• Debbie Hevener (left) and Marcia Lefever are among the dedicated volunteers at Matthew 25. Photos by Missi Mortimer
    Matthew 25 makes top 10

    Thrift store has raised more than $2.5 million for charity since opening in 2000 For years, locals have known of the gems that can be found at Matthew 25. But now, the popular downtown thrift shop is...

    • Posted April 19, 2017
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  • The front of an 1887 advertising card (All items from the Sketch Mearig collection)
    Fast times at Warwick Driving Park

      In the late 1800s, the corner of North Locust and Brunnerville roads was the place for thrill seekers and horse racing fans alike. For this was the location of the Warwick Driving Park, where thousands of...

    • Posted April 5, 2017
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  • Lititz artist Fred Rodger created this poster advertising Roots and Blues 2017.
    Roots and Blues 2017

    Last weekend, the fourth annual Roots and Blues Festival took place in downtown Lancaster. The three-day celebration of music, organized by local promoter Rich Ruoff, boasted more than 70 artists who played across nine performance venues both...

    • Posted March 1, 2017
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  • 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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