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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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    New Life for an Old Schwinn

    A familiar Schwinn bicycle from a long gone Lititz shop has been recently restored to like-new condition, thanks to the efforts of a Brickerville man. When area resident Terry May first noticed that the bike was for...

    • Posted September 23, 2015
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  • Bill and Kim Martin are breathing new life into an old brick factory building on North Lane.
    What’s New on North Lane?

    “What’s old is new again” is an apt sentiment for ongoing restorations at an old industrial building at 325 North Lane. Erected in the early 1900s, this charming brick structure was once a flourishing factory. A Lititz...

    • Posted August 26, 2015
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  • Maureen McEvoy (aka Sue Shard) was the cute marketing smile behind Wilbur-Suchard candy bars in 1946. (photo from the Sketch Mearig Collection)
    Sue Shard’s sweet success

    The girl who championed Lititz’s candy bar What’s it like to be the face of Wilbur-Suchard Chocolate Company and the host of a WLAN radio show? Just ask Maureen McEvoy-Farrell. In 1946, at age 12, she was...

    • Posted July 8, 2015
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  • This image of passenger pigeons was
published in Lititz’s 1956 bicentennial
book along with Beck’s eye-witness account.
    Passenger pigeons once flocked to Lititz

    Almost 170 years ago, two young boys from Lititz had the honor of witnessing, and having an accurate account of, one of the final great flights of a now extinct bird — the passenger pigeon. Also called the...

    • Posted June 4, 2015
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    Kissel Hill Cemetery beautification set for June 27

    What started out as a post on a Lititz history Facebook page turned into an online fund raising campaign netting $1,000 in less than a week to beautify an over 200 year-old Lititz cemetery. When someone posted...

    • Posted May 27, 2015
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  • Verna Kreider-Schenker (left) gives a piano lesson to one of her current students. (Photo courtesty of Jennifer Schenker)
    She’s been teaching music for over 75 years

    Entertaining and singing have always been at the core of 93-year-old Lititz native Verna Kreider-Schenker’s life. She started playing music at age seven, and has been teaching it for more than 75 years and counting. Verna gained...

    • Posted April 22, 2015
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  • Whiskey from the Becker Distillery, once located along Pine Hill Road in Warwick Township, was transported in Conestoga wagons to Delaware for mass distribution in the 19th century. The still house was razed in the early 1980s. (photo courtesy of the Becker family)
     Pine Hill spirits

    History of the Becker Distillery With the recent popularity of whiskey, both locally and nationally, I thought I would use this month’s historical vignette to discuss one of the Lititz area’s lesser-known but important distilleries, the Becker...

    • Posted March 25, 2015
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  • Ruth Wike and Grace Getz of Lititz witnessed the Hindenburg disaster while on a road trip to New Jersey in 1937.
    Lititz locals brush with history through the years

    Oh, the humanity! “The earth shook.” It was the most terrifying thing we have ever seen, and we never want to see anything like it again.” These were the words quoted in the May 13, 1937 issue...

    • Posted February 25, 2015
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