• Sitting atop the arched bridge in Lititz Springs Park, Nicole Jackson, secretary and co-founder of the Sweet Pea Project, reads the names of loved ones lost as candles honoring their memories are placed in the stream.
    The club no one wants to join

    Hundreds pay tribute to their Sweet Peas during touching ceremony in Lititz Springs Park As the sun set in pink and orange at Lititz Springs Park, tiny candles of light flickered in the stream. As a guitar...

    • Posted October 19, 2016
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  • Democratic candidates Christina Hartman (Congress) and Charlie Klein (State House) shared their political views with local voters during a Second Friday meet and greet in downtown Lititz
    Democrats enjoy strong turnout at meet and greet

    Local Democratic candidates Christina Hartman and Charlie Klein were in town during Second Friday for a meet and greet at Lititz Framing & Fine Arts. George Sayles, owner of the North Broad Street business, invited the two...

    • Posted October 19, 2016
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  • Taylor Noll (left) was crowned Manheim Central’s 2016 Homecoming Queen on Friday evening during MC’s football match-up versus Ephrata. Last year’s Queen, Chloe Phillips (right), proudly helped Taylor into her tiara.
    Noll crowned Homecoming Queen

    Taylor Noll was crowned Manheim Central’s 2016 Homecoming Queen on Friday evening during MC’s football match-up versus Ephrata. Last year’s winner, Chloe Phillips, proudly helped Taylor into her tiara. Taylor was escorted by Caleb Weaver. Maria Carvell...

    • Posted October 19, 2016
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  • The new Wilbur retail store opened last Friday, following a Thursday night preview for local officials. Photo by Beers + Hoffman Architects
    Officials get sneak peek at new Wilbur store Thursday, opens to public Friday

    The unmistakable aroma of chocolate filled the air as excited visitors savored a preview of the new Wilbur Chocolate retail store last Thursday afternoon. Among the dozens of visitors to the new 3,000-square-foot shop — which includes...

    • Posted October 12, 2016
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  • Indiana governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence made a surprise visit to Lititz last week, stopping to chat with voters at Cafe Chocolate. Photo by Ron Oettel
    Pence makes campaign stop at Cafe Chocolate on Wednesday

    Lititz Fire Chief Ron Oettel received a curious call at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from the Lititz Police Department. “I have something top secret to say,” the caller started, “and you cannot reveal it...

    • Posted October 12, 2016
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  • Lititz was bustling with chocolate fans Saturday. The annual Chocolate Walk featured 32 stops, each showcasing a unique sweet treat. Photo by Laura Knowles
    Thousands indulge during Lititz’s sweetest Saturday

    A little drizzle wasn’t going to stop chocolate walkers from getting their chocolate. At Saturday’s 15th annual Chocolate Walk, thousands of chocolate lovers made their way to 32 different stops throughout downtown Lititz. What would drive so...

    • Posted October 12, 2016
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  • Sarditren Dete (left) and Antovan Enit, residents of Cité Soleil, one of the poorest parts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, stand where their houses used to be. They were washed away by Hurricane Matthew along with their possessions, livestock and gardens.
    Mennonite service workers provide relief in Matthew-ravaged Haiti

    When rushing water of the River Gris, overflowing with rain from Hurricane Matthew, washed away Sarditren Dete’s and Antovan Enit’s houses and possessions, it destroyed their livelihoods too. “Yesterday we lost everything: our chickens, our pig, and...

    • Posted October 12, 2016
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  • Waiting eagerly on the curb for the rain of candy to begin.
    Picturesque parade!

      The Manheim Community Farm Show Parade was held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5. The parade boasted over 135 entries, and to many, it seemed that more people than ever lined the parade route to take...

    • Posted October 12, 2016
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  • Manheim Central High School will hold its Homecoming football game this Friday evening at 7 p.m.,
facing the Ephrata High School Mountaineers at Rettew Stadium. During the game, the Homecoming
Queen will be crowned. Shown above is the 2016 Homecoming Court (left to right) Caitlin Howett,
Madison West, Heather Kulp, Marie Bryant, Hunter Williams, Bailey Brubaker, Taylor Noll, Maria
Carvell, Lauren Hartzler, and Renee Siegrist. Chloe Phillips, the 2015 Homecoming Queen, will be in
town to crown her successor.
    Manheim Homecoming Court announced

    • Posted October 12, 2016
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  • This Sebastopol goose was part of the Manheim
FFA Children’s Farm Show.
    Manheim Farm Show ends the county’s fair season

    The 63rd annual Manheim Community Farm Show was set against a backdrop of warm, sunny skies. The Farm Show’s week-long run caps off the county’s fair season, which began in mid- to late-August with the Elizabethtown Fair....

    • Posted October 12, 2016
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