• Getting an early start on the (Servant) Stage

        Riley Shroyer is an eighth grader from Lititz. She has been performing at both the Dutch Apple and American Music Theaters since age eight. “The Servant Stage instructors trust us to work hard and teach...

    • Posted July 18, 2018
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  • The road to Ten Thousand Villages

    In 1946, Akron’s Edna Byler returned from a trip to Puerto Rico with her husband (a member of the Mennonite Central Committee) with handmade embroidery she purchased from a woman in LaPlata. The crafters’ work was so...

    • Posted July 3, 2018
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  • Sky’s the limit

    Shortly after sunrise or nearing sunset, it’s easy to glimpse hot air balloons rising above Lancaster County farmland. It is a beautiful sight from the ground and breathtaking for flyers in the balloon basket above. Ballooning has...

    • Posted April 18, 2018
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  • Lyrica Sacra: a renaissance in Anabaptist musical life

      The musical traditions of the conservative Anabaptist Christian churches are focused on four-part, acappella singing. Children are taught hymns early and master four-part harmony in their teens. For this community, musical instruments might be played in...

    • Posted April 4, 2018
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  • A timeless tradition: Celebrating the Moravian Christmas vigil

    The Lititz Moravian Congregation began celebrating a vigil on Christmas Eve shortly after its arrival in Lancaster County in the mid-1700s. Today, nearly 300 years later, it continues to be celebrated several times each December to honor...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • The Angel Lady: A first-person encounter with Billie Stitt

    It’s the holiday season, which means the angels are among us, perhaps more than usual. Eileen Elias Freeman, in The Angels’ Little Instruction Book, says, “Angels are all around us, all the time.” Freeman needs to meet...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • Things are busy at Outback Toys

    Farm toys are holiday favorites When you visit Outback Toys in Lititz for the first time, you may not be sure if you’re in a store that sells “playables” or a specialty shop of “collectibles.” The sales...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • Finding the right Christmas tree

    It was an unusually warm late fall day when Randy Ketchum arrived at Bowser’s Christmas Tree Farm on Stauffer Road in Lititz. He was on a mission to get the perfect tree and, between taking calls on...

    • Posted December 6, 2017
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  • Be prepared: Scouts hope to collect more than 12 tons of food Saturday

    Last Saturday, some 200 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts braved the morning chill to support the Lititz Warwick Community Chest, dropping off bags and cards at some 10,500 homes in the Warwick School District for...

    • Posted November 15, 2017
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  • The simple pleasures of Amish in-home dining

    Samuel and Ruth Lapp’s farm spreads out for 25 acres from White Oak Road in Paradise. It’s picture perfect and what tourists come to Lancaster County to see. Earlier this spring, when the family’s two-acres of strawberries...

    • Posted September 27, 2017
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