• Livy — short for Olivia — is a fifth grader at Lititz Elementary and the daughter of Mike and Jody Wetherhold. On Saturday, she joined her dad for the second year in a row to help with the annual Earth Day cleanup in downtown Lititz. Livy plays shortstop on the 10U Warwick Twisters, which is where she got to meet many of the Warriors softballers.
    Sixty volunteers help clean up downtown Lititz

    Livy, short for Olivia, is a fifth grader at Lititz Elementary and the daughter of Mike and Jody Wetherhold. On Saturday, she joined her dad for the second year in a row to help with the annual...

    • Posted April 26, 2017
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  • Youngsters were on hand to help buyers move their purchases from the auction site to their cars. It’s kind of like Uber, only with wagons and mud.
    A sure sign of spring: Muddy boots in Penryn

    Twelve years ago, members of the Amish community surrounding Penryn approached members of the all-volunteer Penryn Fire Department. Their idea was to hold a fundraiser to benefit both the firefighters and the students in the local Amish...

    • Posted March 22, 2017
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  • Cindy Roof was flipping pancakes Sunday morning at the Baron Stiegel Lions Club benefit breakfast at the Brickerville Fire Hall. The four-times a year breakfast has been a village tradition for more than 30 years.
    Breakfast in Brickerville

    Baron Stiegel Lions keep winter bellies warm four Sundays a year Four times a year, in November, January, February and March, a crew of volunteers spends a good part of a Saturday setting up the Brickerville Fire...

    • Posted January 11, 2017
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  • Kris and Shanelle Lee are key part of the Heritage Tree Farm in Rothsville. Christmas trees are a year-round business, but the workload multiplies from November 1 until the week before Christmas.
    Rothsville’s Christmas tree heritage

    Christmas tree farming is a very slow kind of agriculture. Plant a tree this coming spring and you’ll have to wait until 2025 before you have a nice, marketable eight-foot blue spruce, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, or...

    • Posted December 21, 2016
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  • Akron’s annual shoe drop ceremony to ring in the new year will
feature a refurbished shoe, the donated handiwork of Manheim’s
jack-of-all-trades Faith Geib. (Photo by Faith Geib)
    Permanent pole for Akron’s New Year’s Eve shoe drop

    It was cold and windy Friday morning, Dec. 14, as a small group of Akronites gathered to witness the installation of a permanent pole to hold the town’s most famous shoe as it makes its slow New...

    • Posted December 21, 2016
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  • Scouts provided much of the labor that went into the LWCC food bank drive last year. They’ll be on the job again for the 2016 drive. Photo by Owen Blevins
    Scouts help replenish local food bank in time for Thanksgiving

    Last Saturday, if you live in the Warwick School District, chances are excellent that a local Boy or Girl Scout hung a plastic bag on your doorknob. It’s part of the national Scouting for Food drive, an...

    • Posted November 16, 2016
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  • A voter, a pencil, and a piece of paper provides the simplest and fastest way to tally election results, according to local election officials.
    Voters step back from machines for a speedier tally

    It may seem like a step backward, but Lancaster County poll workers this year were gently encouraging voters to use paper ballots. The reason, said Randall O. Wenger, chief clerk to the Lancaster County Board of Elections,...

    • Posted November 9, 2016
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    Eric Wolf: stirring the local political pot since 1984

    You may remember, if you’re old enough, the presidential election of 1984. Where incumbent Republican Ronald Reagan and his running mate, George H. W. Bush, were slinging all kinds of mud and scandalous invective at the other...

    • Posted October 19, 2016
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  • Stevie the Wonder steer has a forever home in Clay.
    Stevie the Wonder steer finds a home in Clay

    Fair sale proceeds donated to disabled Lititz boy Stevie may be the world’s luckiest and most blessed steer. Born blind on a farm in Indiana, he was four months old in July of last year when a...

    • Posted September 21, 2016
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  • Aaron Fry with a banner from the 1956 Lititz bicentennial celebration.
    A bank storyteller

    Lititz collector shares local memorabilia, and tales, at the Antiques and Collectibles show Lee Fry has been collecting Lititz memorabilia for almost all of his 81 years, and he had a stand at the annual Antiques and...

    • Posted August 31, 2016
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