• Manheim Central CTC student Austin Bradley (in orange) and Warwick's Sam Hash confer on the alignment of support posts for the new pavilion being built beside Speedwell Forge Lake.
    Students do the heavy lifting for new pavilion at Speedwell

    The dam on Hammer Creek isn’t the only thing getting new life as part of the project to rejuvenate and refill Speedwell Forge Lake. When the lake was drained in 2011, there was a picnic pavilion at...

    • Posted May 11, 2016
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  • Fine artist Carolyn Kilgore gave a lively presentation on pens and inks through the ages to a rapt audience at the April 28 meeting of the Lititz Art Association. Kilgore will be exhibiting her work for the 37th straight year at the association's 50th fine art outdoor show on July 30.
    ‘Gather ye goose feathers while ye may’

    Carolyn Kilgour entertained and informed members of the Lititz Art Association at their monthly meeting April 29 at the Lititz Public Library. She talked about pens. She talked about inks. And she talked about non-pen things that...

    • Posted May 4, 2016
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  • Lancaster County Parks naturalist Francine Praught (second from right, holding a clipboard) led a twilight tour of Speedwell Forge Park Sunday ni
    Twilight hike is a little serenade

    Eine kleine Nachtmusik at Speedwell Forge county park Lancaster County Park naturalist Francine Praught, with assist Kelsey Frey, a biologist who loves the slippery and slimy denizens of the woods, led a twilight hike Sunday evening through...

    • Posted April 20, 2016
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  • Iconic Warwick basketball coach Dave Althouse (far right) shares a laugh with friends during the Lancaster-Lebanon League Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Friday night at Warwick. (Photo by Dick Wanner)
     Local coaching legends selected for L-L League Hall of Fame

      A few coaching icons had a bit of a reunion Thursday night, Feb. 11, as they were inducted into the Lancaster-Lebanon League Hall of Fame during halftime of the L-L finals’ game between the girls of...

    • Posted February 18, 2016
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    Speedwell’s rebirth is a media darling, and a case study in legislative deal-making

    It wasn’t exactly a media circus, but it was definitely a bit of a party Tuesday morning when the slow rebirth of Speedwell Forge Lake began. At about 11 a.m., a work crew from the Pennsylvania Fish...

    • Posted February 3, 2016
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  • Lititz auctioneer John Stauffer shows off his chant during the 2016 Pennsylvania Auctioneer Association bid calling contest during the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
    Lititz auctioneer first runner-up in bid calling contest

    Lititz native John Stauffer was born to be in the auction business. He grew up in it, and is now a key component of Stauffer Auctioneers, LLC. Is he any good at what he does? His fellow...

    • Posted January 20, 2016
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  • Earl Furman is president, CEO and majority own - er of Versatek Enterprises, LLC
    Versatek succeeds by treating everybody right

    Every Thursday morning, Earl Furman walks through the many workshops at Versatek Enterprises, says “Hello” and “Thank you” as he hands each employee his or her paycheck, and schedules a time to meet with anyone who wants...

    • Posted October 29, 2015
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  • Jeff Graybill (left) takes a turn at piloting Kevin Rohrer’s just-forfun
drone while Rohrer gives a few operational hints.
    Flying high for fun — for now

    Laws may curtail farm’s use of drone technology Kevin Rohrer is about as law-abiding a citizen as you’re ever likely to meet. He owns 140 acres of farmland between Manheim and Mount Joy and rents 200 more...

    • Posted September 9, 2015
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  • Joe Jefferson entertained and informed the spectators at the Rock Lititz Bike Race Sunday. He also urged the racers to pedal harder. (photos by Dick Wanner)
    Meet Joe Jefferson

    The charismatic announcer who calls the Rock Lititz races Joe Jefferson was THE standout performer at the 2015 Rock Lititz Bike Race and Block Party Sunday, and he didn’t have to pedal even once around the 0.8-mile,...

    • Posted April 29, 2015
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  • A bald eagle has been flying around the dry lake bed at Speedwell Forge as workers from KC Construction continue the $4 million project to get the dam rebuilt and the lake refilled. (photo by Dick Wanner)
    Eagle eyes keeping watch on Speedwell Forge dam work

    A bald eagle was keeping an eye on a five-man crew working the ground at the Speedwell Forge dam site Tuesday. The crew had canceled work the day before because slush fell from the sky. The project’s...

    • Posted February 4, 2015
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