• Back in 1919, Roy Musselman was known to give locals rides in his airplane, taking off from a field north of town. The photo was most likely taken on the property of the Spruce Villa Dairy. (Photo from the Robert “Sketch” Mearig collection)
    The 1919 Aeromania Epidemic

    Ever since the first successful airplane flight near Kitty Hawk, N.C., by the Wright Brothers in 1903, Americans, as well as the entire world, have been fascinated with the magic of flying. And Lititz residents are no...

    • Posted March 30, 2016
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  • Photos courtesy of Dave Stehman Adam Fahnestock on his tractor, with his son Lloyd
    Think spring: First rotary powered mower was invented in Lititz

    “It;’s official: the groundhog didn’t see his shadow, which means that spring is just around the corner.” And with the promise of warmer weather comes blue skies, outdoor grilling, and waking the lawn mower up from its...

    • Posted February 24, 2016
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    Lititz musicians performing at Roots & Blues

    Now in its third year, the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival brings together more than 50 artists on 11 different stages, spread out across 10 venues in downtown Lancaster this weekend. And many folks with local ties...

    • Posted February 24, 2016
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    Lititz gems at Manheim auction

      For those seeking Lititz treasures from days gone by, it turns out that Manheim was the place to be this past Saturday. The hot spot was Hess Auction Center on Cider Press Road, where hundreds of...

    • Posted February 24, 2016
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    Troubled waters: Lititz families recount perilous cruise

    What was supposed to be a relaxing getaway for a couple Lititz families quickly turned to a situation they will never forget when the Royal Caribbean cruise ship they were on was forced back to New Jersey...

    • Posted February 10, 2016
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    Downtown diversity

    New Mexican restaurant is a great addition to the Lititz culinary experience Downtown Lititz has its share of unique food choices, but we could always use a few more. Right now there’s a lot of buzz about...

    • Posted February 3, 2016
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    A bittersweet goodbye to our beloved chocolate factory

    History of an icon The story of Wilbur Chocolate originally began in Philadelphia in 1865, when Henry Oscar Wilbur entered into a candy making partnership with Samuel Croft. As Croft, Wilbur & Company, they primarily produced hard...

    • Posted January 28, 2016
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  • One hundred years ago, Lititz borough placed its first community Christmas tree at the Roebuck Memorial Fountain in the square. Pictured are (front row, left to right) John Ely and Milfred Marks, (back row, l-r) Sam Steffy and Harvey Seaber, who organized and constructed the display.
    A Toast to 1915 and a holiday roast from Lutz’s butcher shop

    How was the Christmas season celebrated exactly 100 years ago in Lititz? Well grab a mug of hot cocoa, select a cozy spot by the fireplace, and close your eyes and join me as we take a...

    • Posted December 22, 2015
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    Jordanmania! — Jordan Brothers exhibit opens Nov. 22

    They entertained fans from all over the world, and now they will have an exhibit space dedicated to them in a Pennsylvania museum. They are the Jordan Brothers from Frackville, and no doubt, many remember their hit...

    • Posted November 18, 2015
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    Less than Ideal: A brief history of Rothsville’s auspicious canning company

    What began as a promising local business venture more than a century ago sadly fell to financial ruin in just a few short years. That operation was the Ideal Canning Company of Rothsville. The factory was organized...

    • Posted October 16, 2015
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