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Barbershop chorus to deliver singing valentines

Still looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart?

The Hanover Barbershop Chorus will gladly serenade your significant other.

Several dapper quartets from the chorus are offering their services for Valentine's Day weekend. For $40, they will sing "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" by Leo Friedman and Beth Slater Whitson and "Heart of My Heart" by Ben Ryan and present a rose to your beloved in the Hanover-Adams area.

"(Music) expresses the feelings of someone for another person," said chorus past president Arnie Cederberg, 88, of Hanover. "Music has been around forever. I think most people enjoy music of one kind or another. It lifts your spirits."

Reservations will be accepted for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and can be made by calling Dick Graybel at 717-225-1438. The singing valentines will be delivered between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Graybel, 83, of Spring Grove said it doesn't matter if the valentine recipient is a man or woman, 8 years old or 88 years old - the chorus members will perform for them. Their clientele has included a little girl in Hanover who was celebrating her birthday and elderly people receiving valentines from their children.

"Some of the older people, you can see the tears in their eyes when you tell them it came from their son or daughter," Graybel said. "We get quite a few of those."

Chorus members have delivered the romantic gestures to people throughout the Hanover area for several years, Cederberg said.

"They like the interaction with the people that they sing to, to see the expression on their face," he said.

For those that don't receive a singing valentine from the chorus, Cederberg said the group will hold its annual performance at Hanover High School sometime in September. Additionally, Graybel said the chorus is willing to sing for any holiday or special occasion, except for a divorce.

To learn more about the Hanover Barbershop Chorus, visit