• Josh and Kelly Funk took a break from opening their new restaurant to welcome Joshua Robert Funk II to the world. Now it's back to business for Josh, who is a partner at Gravie, located at the Rock Lititz campus.
    Gravie opens at Rock Lititz

    To say Josh Funk has a lot going on is an understatement. He is well-rested, he says, because his wife, Kelly Funk, is a “complete trooper.” Days after opening Lititz’s newest eatery, the Funks welcomed Joshua Robert...

    • Posted January 18, 2017
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  • Critic Michael Upton predicts big things for “La La Land,” staring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, when Oscars roll around. Both Gosling and Stone received Golden Globes for their performance in the musical, and the film captured best comedy picture, director, screenplay, score, and song. (Image from CLTure.com)
    Oscar predictions: In my humble opinion

    With the Golden Globes wrapped up, it is only natural to look ahead to Feb. 26 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out Oscars. Like always I’ll try and predict nominees and winners...

    • Posted January 18, 2017
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    Boniface and General Sutter pair up

    Beer pairings and dinners have become a popular event over the past couple of years for brew fans and foodies. The General Sutter Inn and Bulls Head Public House have been capitalizing on the popularity for some...

    • Posted January 11, 2017
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  • Natalie Portman bears an eerie resemblance to former First
Lady Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie.” (Image from vanityfair.com)
    Reel Reviews: ‘Passengers’ and ‘Jackie’

      The bad future and good past It was almost a certainty. My friends and family agreed. “Passengers” looked like a bad movie. Well, I went to see it anyway. Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is a mechanic...

    • Posted January 4, 2017
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  • Each bottle of Celebrator is sold with a tiny, plastic, long-horned
goat attached to the neck by a red string. Buy enough, and you
can trim an entire Christmas tree! (Photo by Michael Upton)
    Celebrating New Beers Eve

    Since I’ve been on a seasonal kick, I thought I might try and find a few beers to help ring in the New Year. There must be beers more celebratory than Miller High Life, the “champagne of...

    • Posted December 28, 2016
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  • Felicity Jones portrays Jyn Erso, the heroine of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” (Image from bustle.com)
    ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

      The war outside Star Wars Let it be known … this Reel Reviews will be full of spoilers. So, tread lightly if you have yet to see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” During its opening...

    • Posted December 21, 2016
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  • ‘Tis the season for seasonal brews, full enough of spice to rekindle the spirit of Christmas. Funck’s,
in Leola, is a great place to sample a flight. (Photo by Michael Upton)
    Christmas concoctions

      Spring and summer have their wheat beers and Goses. Fall brings beer drinkers Oktoberfests. But winter is the time for truly seasonal beers, those full enough of spice to rekindle the spirit of Christmas. Now, these...

    • Posted December 14, 2016
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  • Max Isernia buys old audio equipment, works his magic on it, and sells it to his appreciative buyers.
    The sound man of Manheim: Vintage and high-end audio shop opens downtown

    Adriano Isernia has always loved music. He grew up around it; his uncle is a singer and all his siblings can sing and play instruments. “I haven’t met an Italian that doesn’t sing or play,” said Isernia....

    • Posted December 9, 2016
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    British invasion at EPAC: Oliver!

    I sat down with my copy of The Weekly Chronicle, No, 23 384, dated November 1837. The headline spoke of the Poor Amendment Law, which three years after its passing has shown little effect in the view...

    • Posted December 7, 2016
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  • Felicity Jones (center), as Jyn Erso, leads a band of ragtag rebels
in “Star Wars: Rogue One.” Shown (left to right) are Riz Ahmed,
Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen. The movie
opens Thursday at Penn Cinema. (Photo by Jonathan Olley)
    ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

    A primer… and beyond I’ve recently heard a lot of confused chatter from Star Wars fans of my generation (X) and some older generations. What is this new Star Wars movie? When does it take place in...

    • Posted December 7, 2016
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