• Local ag judging team competes nationally

        Four Lancaster Country teens, friends and longtime 4-H members, capped an exciting six months of 4-H livestock judging with a top 10 finish in national competition at the North American International Livestock Exposition Nov. 13...

    • Posted November 28, 2018
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  • Continuing a Thanksgiving tradition

    Nineteen years ago, the clergy of Lititz area churches decided to host a Thanksgiving dinner for those in need. With the support and encouragement of then Mayor Russell Pettyjohn, the churches hosted their first community celebration for...

    • Posted November 28, 2018
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  • Two local FFA teens prepare for PA Farm Show

    FFA members Jeremiah Snyder, Manheim, and Danielle Oberholtzer, Ephrata, have spent the summer down on the farm — literally. Jeremiah, 16, and Danielle, 19, raised goats and sheep for the fall fair circuit and farm shows in...

    • Posted October 31, 2018
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  • Fiddling around in New Holland

    The warm and muggy weather on Labor Day kept some of the crowd away from the 31st Fiddlers’ Picnic, the grand finale of the New Holland Summer Arts Association 2018 programs — but the 1,000-plus who braved...

    • Posted September 5, 2018
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  • 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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