• 1919 photo of Eugene (left) and John Longenecker, standing next to the Road-O-Plane.
    John Longenecker and the Road-O-Plane

    When it came to being a salesman, from an early age, John Longenecker of Lititz was an “out of the box” thinker. Originally selling his mother’s cup cheese door to door, he later sold silverware. Then, after...

    • Posted February 24, 2017
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  • Lititz artist John Wenger created this painting of the Park View Hotel in the 1980s.
    History of the Park View Hotel

    In June of 1900, a gentleman named Hiram Holtzhouse opened a brand new restaurant on North Broad Street in Lititz. This business venture, complete with a trolley terminus, would be the perfect location for both travelers and...

    • Posted January 11, 2017
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  • This photo of Rev. I. W. Bobst with his family was taken around 1891. Bobst delivered the Christmas sermon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in 1891. His son Elmer (seated in front of his father) was chairman of the board of Warner Lambert and was responsible for bringing the pharmaceutical factory that still produces Listerine to Lititz in the 1950s.
    Memories of Christmas past

    How did the town of Lititz celebrate Christmas exactly 125 years ago in 1891? President Benjamin Harrison was in office and the Wrigley Company was founded in Chicago. That year also saw the birth of celebrities Cole...

    • Posted December 21, 2016
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  • The cover of Marlene Hershey’s 2012 album, “Gospel Ragtime
and Solitude.”
    Beyond ‘Hearthside Hymns’ — The Marlene Hershey story

      Not many people can say they’ve hosted their own television and radio shows, produced 10 albums, authored a book, and even performed on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. But Marlene Hershey of Lititz can. Here’s...

    • Posted November 22, 2016
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  • Ted’s College Diner was the hottest little spot in downtown Lititz in the late 1930s. This view is looking
west, across Route 501 and toward West Main Street. This scene has changed considerably
since then.
    Oysters on the square: Ted’s tiny diner was a big deal at Broad and Main

      For several years, oysters were the delicacy of choice at restaurants all over Lancaster County. Lititz was no exception. Many recall dinners at Bingy’s restaurant, while others may remember another iconic place that once stood at...

    • Posted October 26, 2016
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  • The Springs Theatre (the building to the left of the Parkview Hotel) was the home of Lititz vaudeville for a brief time in 1911.
    Lititz’s short-lived entertainment venue

    March of 1911 proved to be an important month for live entertainment in Lititz, for that was when The Springs Theatre prepared for its grand opening on North Broad Street. The venue occupied the former building of...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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  • Hail the conquering heroes! Well, not really. Shown, front row (left to right) are Dave Kauffman, Jennifer
Seymour, Michelle Zepp, Gretchen McKinley, and Cory Van Brookhoven; back (l-r) Terry Smythe,
Jen Frymoyer, and Melissa Hunnefield. This “brain trust” didn’t escape from Qurus IV in time. Will
you? (Photos by James Munro)
    Escape Room: real life fun, in a world ruled by virtual games

    You and your friends have exactly 60 minutes to escape the planet Qurus IV before it explodes! Using problem-solving skills of many kinds, your objective is to complete various puzzles and unlock clues that will eventually reboot...

    • Posted August 31, 2016
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    New book a ‘sign’ of hope for local author

    Local resident N. Clair Clawser has spent over 50 years traveling the highways and thoroughfares of Pennsylvania documenting town markers. And now, he recently completed his second book “Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks,”...

    • Posted August 10, 2016
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  • An artist's rendering of the Park House.
    The ‘Great Eastern Wizard’ of the Park House hotel

    M.L. Dellinger was Lititz’s conjurer extraordinaire Millard “Milford” Linville Dellinger loved to entertain. Born in York in October of 1853, he made his way to Lititz around 1898, finding work by operating the Park House, a hotel...

    • Posted July 25, 2016
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  • After her final delivery, Cindy Swisher’s co-workers bid her farewell following 30 years at the Lititz Post Office, where she delivered mail on the Brickerville route.
    30 years: through rain, sleet and snow

    For Cindy Swisher of Manheim, delivering mail in all kinds of weather, including through during some of the most treacherous snow storms in Lancaster County history, was all in a day’s work. And now, after 30 years...

    • Posted July 13, 2016
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