• 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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  • John B. Kline died April 12 at age 92. His obituary was published in the April 20 Record Express.
    The legacy of John Kline

    John B. Kline, a familiar farmer who lived just north of Lititz in Lexington, sadly passed away last month at the age of 92. In a unique way, he was a mentor of mine, and I’d like...

    • Posted May 25, 2016
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  • 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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