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A simple show of hands can
be telling when it comes to
misconceptions about Lancaster
Tom Baldrige, president of The
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce &
Industry, often asks audiences what
industry they believe to be most
important here. Depending on who’s
defning “important” and what data
they’re using, the seemingly obvious
answer is probably wrong.
“They put their hands up for
agriculture, tourism, health care or
retirement communities,” explains
Baldrige. “They’ll almost never
say manufacturing. It just isn’t on
people’s radar screens.”
In fact, the county’s agrarian roots
long ago gave way to a healthy
manufacturing and services industry.
According to state fgures, the
number of industrial companies,
service-based businesses, retailers
and wholesalers all outrank the
number of agriculture frms in the
To be fair, those numbers don’t
include individual farmers. But even
with about two-thirds of the county’s
630,000 acres in farmland, farm-
related business accounts for just
under one-third of the county’s $21
billion in gross domestic product.
Farming’s high visibility belies
the economic evolution that’s
been taking place.
much of the county,
it’s the sight of open
pastures and buggies
that locals tend to
identify with and
want to protect.
“There is a
design, a landscape
of the Lancaster
“People value it
whether they know
why they value it or
That puts added
pressure on policy
Cowhey says must
help retain the
based culture and
make way for
businesses that will help support a
Determining what will best fuel
the county’s growth in the future is a
challenging task. Baldrige and others
warn that it’s not easy to classify
the county’s economic drivers;
many cross boundaries between
sectors and don’t ft easily into
offcial categories. Consider agri-
tourism or the strength of local food
Developing better data and
identifying realistic economic trends
will allow offcials to map out the
county’s long-term needs, whether
those include land use, better
transportation options or improved
“If we base our assumptions on
some stereotypes we have about our
economic drivers,” says Baldrige,
“we’re missing opportunities that
may have greater impact on our
If manufacturing is the clear
economic leader in Lancaster
County, the fght might be over the
No. 2 and No. 3 spots.
Scott Sheely wears two hats
in local economic circles as the
executive director of both the
Lancaster County Workforce
Investment Board and the Lancaster
County Agriculture Council.
He ranks manufacturing the
county’s clear leader in terms of
output, but believes agriculture still
follows closely in second. The Ag
Council is currently pursuing a study
to better calculate the value of local
agriculture, particularly its role in
supply and distribution chains, ways
to increase agricultural exports and
how to attach value to intangibles
like farming’s tourism draw.
“We’re really breaking new
ground and trying to take the
research to a new level,” Sheely
Agriculture, manufacturing, tourism:
What’s Lancaster County really about?
— continued on page 6
The Amish Farm & House, situated right next to Target in East Lampeter Township,
is one of Lancaster County’s popular tourist attractions.
Workers hook up the milking apparatus on the cow carousel at Kreider’s Dairy.
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The county has the largest non-
irrigated farm industry in the U.S.,
but its value goes far beyond the
feld. Sheely includes agricultural
manufacturing (for instance, companies
like Lititz-based Sauder’s Eggs that
package food products) in his annual
estimates. State fgures classify those
food manufacturers as manufacturing
frms—and so agriculture gets no credit
for them, even if county chickens are
doing the hard work.
Sheely also counts about $1 billion
in agricultural “spin-off” value, also
referred to as the multiplier effect. For
each agricultural dollar made, money is
spent with seed dealers, loans are taken
on new tractor equipment or local banks
invest in agricultural portfolios.
“You have to think about the whole
infrastructure,” Sheely says.
Kathleen Frankford is seeking
proof that her industry is No. 2 in the
county, but for now the director of the
Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and
Visitors Bureau relies on state estimates
that show tourism contributed $1.8
billion in direct sales to the county
economy in 2011.
Surveys indicate visitors to Lancaster
County are largely drawn by the Amish
experience; other crowds want to
experience shopping at the outlets or
in downtown boutiques; the third-most
likely destination is a dining experience.
Frankford says it’s hard to know where
one industry stops and the next begins:
if a visitor heads to a working farm for
a tour, should the money they spend
be classifed as agricultural or tourism
revenue? Are stops at the outlets retail
or tourism dollars?
The classifcation may be less
important than the impact. About
22,000 people in Lancaster County are
employed directly or indirectly in travel
or tourism; if tourism falters, it cuts
into the job pool as well as the local tax
Even policy decisions that reduce
local tourism marketing can be
devastating. After having its state and
county funding cut substantially since
2009, the convention and visitors
bureau saw 27 of its 700 members go
out of business in 2013. Frankford
says that’s the highest number in the
Why It Matters
While Sheely supports both
agriculture and industry, he’s most
concerned with providing jobs that help
local residents sustain a high quality
Though farms are nice to look at,
preserving too many will make the
county less marketable to businesses
that would otherwise fnd the location
ideal. Lancaster, Baldrige notes, is
within 250 miles of more people than
any other city in the U.S. That makes it
a strategic location for national chains
and distributors, who depend on local
transportation routes to move their
supplies in and push their product out.
Jobs at those manufacturers have
long paid better wages than local retail,
service-industry or farming jobs. In
2008, the last year reported by the
Economic Development Company,
industrial wages averaged $52,486
annually, versus the countywide average
Over the next decade, the Workforce
Investment Board expects agricultural
and food processing; metal and metal
fabricating; and chemical, rubber and
plastic manufacturing to continue
growing here more so than in other
areas. Logistics and transportation
will provide critical support to those
But just as
agriculture lost many
jobs to automation,
slowed or changed
their hiring patterns,
says Sheely. Positions
require more specifc
skills than in the
past, putting them
out of reach for many
“How do we get
more people the
higher level of skills
that they need?”
asks Sheely. “Often
times, people are
short-sighted when it
comes to jobs and job
It’s critical, he says, that business and
educators partner to create the right kind
of job training programs. Sheely says
it’s also important for county offcials
and residents to support development
that will have a ripple effect on the local
He points to a Perdue soybean
processing plant proposed for Marietta.
Though it will provide only 40 or so
direct jobs, he estimates that each of
those jobs will support another 14 to
deliver products or supply and service
equipment. Farmers also will beneft
because they’ll have a local place to sell
crops and buy meal.
Cowhey says the county is prepared
for continued commercial and industrial
growth. The 2030 comprehensive plan
sets up growth zones that aim to retain
traditional, outlying agricultural areas
while making some close-in farmland
along major transportation corridors
available for development.
While the public generally showed
support for the plan, Cowhey says
individual communities often still resist
high-density residential development
and commercial projects in their own
But with a population expected to
grow by 70,000 in the next 25 years,
Cowhey says, it’s not practical to
simply support agricultural preservation
projects. The 2030 plan, titled
“Balance,” is driven by a need to retain
the county’s culture while embracing its
“That was a fundamental concept
for us,” Cowhey says. “Creating
balance between agricultural lands, the
forested hills…and the built part of our
environment. That balance has existed
for centuries and has to continue.”
— Kimberly Marselas
— continued from page 5
President, Lancaster Chamber of
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Director, Lancaster County Workforce
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center that includes a full
gymnasium and ftness room.
Shonk, who served as project
architect, explains that there were
two major challenges — the
size of the site itself and the fact
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one interconnected building that
served two separate purposes.
“The lot size meant that
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Another project that the
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larger planetarium, larger choir
room, a larger reconfgured band
room, new orchestra room and
sound-isolated practice rooms.
Art rooms and the library were
relocated, and new fooring and
bleachers were installed in the
Shonk says the high school’s
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“We did a survey of students
and found that they liked the
existing courtyard and did
not want to lose it. With that
information, we worked with
the school district to create a
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This day-lit atrium, which
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Sustainable design features
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materials were used, including
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“This project really showcases
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A Lancaster couple recently launched a small
business selling micro-roast coffee.
An audiologist began her own practice 13
years ago and now oversees three thriving
Lancaster County locations.
A Lancaster nonproft that helps single
mothers care for their children and get an
education went from being in the red to being on
the road to sustainability.
What do these three scenarios have in
All have been made possible by the Lancaster
chapter of SCORE, which provides small-
business mentoring and educational programs
for startups and existing businesses as well as
These recipients of SCORE Lancaster’s
guidance are happy to sing the organization’s
praises, particularly for the free mentoring
provided by its volunteers, mostly retirees with
But there’s more than local voices in that
chorus — SCORE Lancaster also has received
national recognition. This summer, the U.S.
Small Business Administration and national
SCORE honored SCORE Lancaster with the
Chapter of the Year award for 2013. Lancaster is
one of more than 340 chapters nationwide.
“SCORE Lancaster is a banner chapter
because its leaders and mentors are always
fnding ways to push the envelope as it relates to
helping small businesses succeed,” Ken Yancey,
national SCORE CEO, said in a news release.
Lancaster is the only Pennsylvania chapter
to ever receive this honor, notes Bill Regitz, an
Intel Corp. retiree and the chapter’s president for
the 2013 fscal year, which ended Sept. 30.
Previously the Service Corps of Retired
Executives, the organization is now known
as SCORE (score.org). Many of its volunteer
mentors are not retired.
Lancaster Chapter 16, founded in 1965,
has 75 members, including 57 active mentors.
About a dozen are retirees of Armstrong World
In 2012, total volunteer hours were 12,012.
Mentors want to give back to the community,
using their hard-earned business acumen.
Requests for mentoring from new clients rose
23 percent in fscal 2013.
“The great reward for me is when I see
someone successful in business,” says
Armstrong retiree Jerry Glenn, a Lancaster
mentor and chairman of the SCORE national
board of directors. “That is a joy for me.”
Lancaster SCORE helps launch small businesses
Displaying the coffee roasting setup at the Sambrick
home are, from left, Carol Aubitz, Tom Burgum and
— continued on page 12
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Lancaster County has many
distinctive characteristics. It is
bucolic beauty combined with
innovative culture. Those who
know Lancaster County know that
it is a thriving community steeped
in rich history, and partnered with
an unblinking eye toward the
One of the lesser known
distinctions of Lancaster is as a
leader in senior living. Lancaster
County has one of the largest
concentrations of continuing care
retirement communities in the U.S.
According to LeadingAge PA, a
state association for senior living
and service providers, a continuing
care retirement community is a
type of senior living community
that offers independent living in
combination with the long-term
health care of personal care and/
or assisted living and nursing care.
Residents in these communities are
able to move from one setting to
another as needs change within the
same community. The Pennsylvania
Department of Insurance, which
licenses CCRC’s, lists 23 such
communities in Lancaster County
Willow Valley Communities
is a nationally known, award-
winning organization, with four
CCRC’s on two campuses on 210
acres, just over three miles from
downtown Lancaster. In June of
1984, Willow Valley Communities
welcomed its frst resident. In
the nearly 30 years that have
followed, Willow Valley has
earned a reputation for exceptional
environments and excellent service.
“Innovation is a hallmark of our
communities,” says Kim Daly
Nobbs, chief marketing offcer.
“We continually strive to enhance
the breadth of what we have to
offer.” This spirit of renewal
refects the same energy so present
in the Lancaster community as
a whole. A top real estate blog,
Movato, recently named Lancaster
one of the top 10 Exciting Small
Cities in America on the heels of
Lititz being named 2013’s Coolest
Small Town in America by Budget
It is, in part, that energy that has
contributed to Lancaster’s ranking
as a top four-season retirement
destination. Willow Valley
Communities can attest to the
appeal of Lancaster, with residents
hailing from 37 states. The
combination of location with the
value of what Willow Valley has
to offer draws people who have no
previous connection to Lancaster.
Many of Lancaster’s senior
living communities are undergoing
some type of expansion, which
can only beneft Lancaster County.
The senior living and services
sector of Lancaster County’s
business community, as a whole,
has a signifcant economic impact,
especially when it comes to
employment. Together, the 23
CCRC organizations serve almost
12,000 people and employ nearly
9,000 team members.
Willow Valley’s newest
expansion, Providence Park, is a
prime example of the organization’s
innovative approach to senior
living, and its ability to engage the
elusive baby boomer generation.
The residential component of
Providence Park includes 42
villas, 12 townhomes and 50
apartments. At a time when the
median age for entry at many
communities is approaching 80
years old, Providence Park’s frst
phase (the villas) has a median
age of 68. “The design features of
the villas, the neighborhood feel
and the surrounding amenities all
have contributed to our ability to
attract a younger resident,” Nobbs
Part of what makes this
neighborhood so vibrant is The
Clubhouse, an adjacent recreation
center which will feature bowling,
a vintage arcade, a gymnasium
with basketball, badminton and
pickleball courts, an outdoor pool
and tennis courts. Upstairs, The
Clubhouse will feature a restaurant
The Providence Park expansion
also includes an open-air
amphitheater, with seating for 200,
for musical and theatrical events.
While many things have
grown and changed, the fnancial
foundation of life at Willow Valley
continues to be the “Type A,” “all-
inclusive” or “lifecare” contract,
which includes personal care and/
or assisted living and nursing care
without an increase in fees should
that care be needed. Willow Valley
is the only full lifecare community
in Lancaster County, though a
limited number of contracts are
offered by other communities.
“The protection of lifecare,” says
Nobbs, “is a ‘must-have’ priority
for many of those who come to see
Whatever a person might be
looking for in a senior living
community, they are sure to fnd
it in Lancaster, surrounded by the
county’s beauty and infused with
the energy of growth and renewal.
Willow Valley is the largest of Lancaster County’s many retirement communities.
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The organization also reports that it
helped to create an estimated 36 new
companies in Lancaster County that
year, leading to about 67 new jobs.
“Our mission is to help create jobs.
That’s our mission,” says Armstrong
retiree Tom Burgum. “We do that by
helping companies get started, which
creates jobs, creates employment.”
The chapter also was recognized
for its contributions to the national
organization. Those include helping to
develop the “Simple Steps for Starting
a Business” curriculum, now used
nationwide, and pioneering the concept
of business roundtables.
It also developed the Net Promoter
Score, a tool to evaluate the
effectiveness of SCORE chapters.
Armstrong retiree Lou Davenport is
SCORE Lancaster’s longest-serving
volunteer (17 years) with the most
clients (nearly 35). A past chapter and
district president, he serves on the
SCORE national advisory council.
Davenport credits Lancaster’s
success to “long-term sustained
excellence” and “a succession of great
leaders year after year.” “This was not a
one-year fash in the pan,” he says.
Jody and Laura Sambrick’s
relationship with SCORE Lancaster
goes back 13 years. Sambrick is a
United Methodist pastor, serving
Living Waters Church, and an assistant
tennis coach at Millersville University.
Mrs. Sambrick is the church’s part-time
director of administration. They’ve
always been interested in starting a side
Sambrick frst attended a SCORE
workshop in 2000. The couple
connected with mentor David
Templeton and considered different
ventures, including an indoor tennis
facility and a couple of franchises. With
input from SCORE, they decided these
That process brings up another
“A lot of what we do is to help
people understand that maybe starting
their own business is not the best thing
to do,” says Burgum, who is part of the
Sambricks’ mentoring team.
The Sambricks fnally hit on a
promising enterprise that fts their
lifestyle and incorporates their love of
It’s their recently launched Red Rose
Coffee Roasters, which has placed
microroasted coffee in local inns, shops
and at all three Darrenkamp’s grocery
stores. A portion of profts goes to
For the Sambricks, mentoring has
made a big difference. “You get to
bounce 10 ideas off of them that you
have and they help you focus on two
ideas that are really relevant to your
business now,” says Sambrick.
Says Mrs. Sambrick, “I feel like they
have ownership in what we’re doing.
They really want us to succeed. And
that’s a good feeling. They make you
feel like you’re not in it alone.”
“They help make people’s dreams
come true,” she adds.
SCORE also helps existing
Kamal Elliot worked with SCORE
when she began a solo audiology
practice in 2000. Today, A&E
Audiology and Hearing Aid Center has
offces in Lititz, Lancaster and Willow
Street, with 18 employees, including
She contacted SCORE again last
year for help in better managing the
business and was connected with
“I’m really indebted to them for all
the support and advice I’ve received,”
says Elliot. “I can’t imagine a better
organization where you can fnd such
great talented and experienced people
that are so wonderful about helping
people like myself.”
When Maryanne O’Neill became
executive director of Mom’s House two
years ago, the organization was in the
red and drawing on a line of credit to
operate, she said.
She contacted SCORE for help with
developing a new business plan and
has worked with a team headed by
Davenport. She has been impressed
with the mentors’ expertise.
“I can learn from them in an hour
what it would take me a whole semester
to learn in college,” she states.
With “more intentional” practices in
place, particularly in securing donations
and other funding, O’Neill reports that
Mom’s House is in the black, providing
school-bound single parents with free
child care and other services.
Says O’Neill, “It has been a
tremendous help for us, and we’re so
appreciative of everything they’ve
— Diane Bitting
— continued from page 10
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Meteor Tower’s stage set for Bon Jovi’s 2013 “Because We Can” tour.
Meteor Tower takes marketing to new heights
So what is it that the guys at Meteor Tower do to bring
rocker Bon Jovi to the 10th foor of the Griest Building?
Well, the media group doesn’t exactly host the
legendary New Jersey music star in downtown Lancaster’s
most famous skyscraper. But from their high-rise offce
perch, producers Owen Byrne and Connor Patterson,
Senior Creative Director Ryan Mast, Technical Director
Andy Babin, Junior Creative Director Adam Taylor and
Doug Hallman, who is in charge of technical operations,
make the Red Rose City a pretty cool source of
Take note of that word “pretty.” The motto at Meteor
Tower is “Meteor Makes Pretty.”
It sounds like an abstract concept. What does one to do
to make something pretty, and what does that encompass?
“It was tough coming up with a mission statement,
because we do so many things,” Byrne admits. “I’d
describe ourselves as an entertainment marketing
The word “marketing” implies something dry and
corporate. Not so with Meteor Tower. After all, they did
get to help create a gigantic stage set for Bon Jovi for
the rock star’s 2013 “Because We Can” tour. The set was
based on the grill of a 1959 Buick Electra.
The guys, working in conjunction with other creative
teams, crafted a stage piece that not only had to dazzle, but
also had to be adaptable to arena and stadium venues.
The results yielded a Buick like no other, built of LED
video screens and bedecked with oversize headlights. It
helped bring extra life to such Bon Jovi hits as “Captain
Crash & the Beauty Queen from Mars.”
If you are really into the technology behind all of this
– and there is more to doing rock shows than just setting
up lights and speakers – check out livedesignonline.com,
which features an interview with Mast and is linked to
Meteor Tower’s main Web site, meteortower.com.
By the way, as an extra feather in their cap, the
“Because We Can” tour was ranked by Billboard magazine
as the most-attended, highest-grossing tour of 2013.
Was Bon Jovi Meteor Tower’s most interesting project?
“I don’t know if there is one,” says Patterson, noting
that the crew also was instrumental in conceptualizing
sets for the 2012 BET Soul Train Awards and helping
to transform New York City’s Rockefeller Center into a
football fan’s paradise for the 2012 NFL kickoff event.
The men of Meteor Tower don’t always leave Lancaster
to do their thing. Among their local projects was an effort for Coldwell
Banker-Select Professionals’ “We Believe in Central PA” real estate
campaign, which spotlighted local Realtors reading lines in quick-cut
fashion about why home matters.
That sort of ties in with Meteor Tower’s base in Lancaster’s own iconic
tower in Penn Square. For Byrne, home is a stroll away. “I walk to work,”
says the city resident, who originally hails from the Trenton, N.J., area.
The offce suite of Meteor Tower is still a work in progress when it
comes to décor. Expect some boxes on the foor if you visit. But the
location has an asset that underscores its name.
“We have an awesome view,” says Patterson, noting the downtown
city skyline and the rolling hills of southern Lancaster County in the
“We get to watch the weather patterns!” he adds with enthusiasm.
What’s in the future for a company that also does media buys for
television, cinema and the Web; graphic design and videos, not to mention
two- and three-dimensional animations?
Well, take a hint from meteors, which streak across the sky and inspire.
“I want to do a full immersion mapping project,” Patterson says of a
goal which, chances are, involves software and hiking across America like
explorers Lewis and Clark.
Byrne has set his heights on something even loftier.
“I want to do something in space,” he says with a grin. “But that’s 10
years down the road.”
— Stephen Kopfnger
Meteor Tower was instrumental in conceptualizing sets
for the 2012 BET Soul Train Awards
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It’s a dairy. It’s a major manufacturer and retailer.
It’s a tourist attraction complete with a giant cow
sign. Turkey Hill also is an example of the way some
Lancaster County companies have blurred the lines
between industries to continue growing in an ever-
When new president John Cox came on as a
marketing employee 29 years ago, the company was
still home-delivering milk and sold its frozen goods
in just a few shopping markets. Since then, Turkey
Hill has capitalized on its location and its connections
to become a nationally competitive company with
annual revenues of about $300 million.
Though it was acquired by Kroger Co. in 1985,
Cox says it remains a quintessential Lancaster
County business. The milk supply still comes almost
exclusively from Lancaster. Cox says he’s also
been able to retain more local employees—who
he praises for their industriousness—as the county
has developed more attractive housing and cultural
Turkey Hill makes its ice cream inside its
300,000-square-foot Manor Township facility, with a
109,300-square-foot expansion on the way. When the
company wants to innovate or improve effciency in
its manufacturing process, offcials don’t have to look
far for help.
“If you can sort of imagine what has grown
up around the food industry in south central
Pennsylvania and Lancaster County, there’s a critical
mass that’s developed,” says Cox. “There’s a whole
variety of services and supplies that are available
as part of this community. It’s really a wonderfully
integrated support system.”
Turkey Hill has worked with an Allentown
engineering frm on dust collection and fuid bottling.
A manufacturer representative in Reading helps with
equipment specifcations, layout and installation
services for metal detectors and weighing machines.
In other cities, those kinds of services “could be
1,000 miles away,” Cox says.
But location is also critical because it allows
Turkey Hill to get its cold products to so many ice
cream and iced tea fans. Cox says about one-quarter
of the country’s population is within a day’s drive of
the plant and storage facilities, and even customers in
Bermuda, Chile and the Middle East get their Dutch
chocolate straight from Lancaster County.
Even with its many manufacturing successes,
Turkey Hill continues to diversify. Since its 2011
opening, the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia has
attracted 262,000 visitors and captured a slice of the
county’s tourism dollars.
Kathleen Frankford, president of the Pennsylvania
Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau, says “agri-
tourism” doesn’t fully capture what Lancaster
businesses have been able to do by stretching beyond
their original industry. “They all stand to increase
sales and build lifelong customers. There are so many
things to do: wine tours, cooking classes, farm tours,”
Frankford says. “We’re seeing a lot of creativity.”
— Kimberly Marselas, Correspondent
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When she enrolled in Thaddeus
Stevens College of Technology
to learn computer-aided drafting,
Kate Coolidge never imagined
she’d become a paid intern at a
foundry. She writes programs for the
Quarryville-based Buck Company’s
robotic grinder. “I had no idea that
this possibility existed in Lancaster
County,” she says.
Coolidge graduated from
Franklin & Marshall College with
a bachelor’s degree in geology, but
discovered there were few openings
in her desired feld. Since she
needed a job, she decided to enroll
in Stevens College, which has a 95
percent job placement rate.
Although she knew nothing about
robotic grinders when she attended
a Stevens College career fair, a
Buck Company representative said,
“Why don’t you give the internship
a try?” She is glad she did, since her
summer internship has continued this
The metal casting company
makes everything from parts for
elevators in world-class skyscrapers
to snow guards for metal roofs.
“It’s really interesting,” Coolidge
says. “It defnitely keeps my brain
engaged.” But that’s just one of the
perks of being a female in the male-
dominated world of manufacturing.
Manufacturing today is less about
brawn and more about brains. Dark,
dirty, physically demanding factory
toil is being replaced by bright,
clean, computer-automated processes
that require smart, skilled operators
often working in climate-controlled
conditions and taking home
A high school diploma is no longer
enough to get such good-paying
jobs. Area companies seek trained
workers for entry-level jobs; yet they
continually struggle to fnd enough
skilled employees, particularly as
the baby boom generation retires
and as technological advances
require a more skilled workforce.
Having profcient math and science
knowledge is important.
Matthew Sullivan, president of
Buck Company, says, “We need to
bolster the understanding of our
workers and fnd ways to develop
new apprentices for the new
technologies in metal casting and
A bottleneck in Lancaster is
holding back area production
companies and inhibiting young
dreams. On the one side are myriad
industries crying for skilled workers,
and on the other side a generation
of young adults unaware of area
opportunities who wander into four-
year college programs that may offer
few direct pipelines to jobs.
Enter the two-year associate’s
degree in technical felds, such
as machine tool and computer-
aided manufacturing, mechanical
engineering technology, electrical
technology, or metal fabrication and
welding technology. When Lancaster
attorney and US Congressman
Thaddeus Stevens left $50,000 in
his will to establish a school in
Lancaster that would teach orphaned,
homeless boys a trade at no cost to
them, he knew such an education
was the ticket out of poverty. The
same is true today. Although the
mission of Stevens College on East
King Street now includes women as
well as tuition-paying students, the
college is still dedicated to enrolling
low-income students, which make up
55 percent of its approximately 900
Knowing that more students
need to be trained for today’s high-
demand, high-skill technical careers,
Stevens College has ambitious plans
to double its capacity by 2020,
adding new programs of study and
doubling existing ones.
To begin to alleviate these
problems, Stevens College recently
renovated the old Lancaster
Community Hospital several blocks
from its main campus on East King
Street and moved seven programs
into that facility, along with added
dormitory space. This freed space on
the main campus to begin increasing
enrollment of some programs.
In addition, Stevens College has
negotiated the purchase of a 4½-
acre tract of land that includes three
buildings and a parking lot area
along Chesapeake Street in Lancaster
city, two blocks south of the
college’s main campus. Previously a
National Guard Amory, it is currently
owned by the City of Lancaster and
is being used for maintenance of
city vehicles, the offces of the city’s
Parks and Recreation Department,
and to house the SPCA.
On that site, Stevens College is
planning a multi-phase effort to
create and equip a new regional
manufacturing hub for technical
education and community support
for preparing and maintaining a
globally prepared manufacturing
workforce. The site will be named
the Greiner Technical Center, thanks
to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Greiner
Jr. of Greiner Industries, who have
pledged to match donations for the
site up to $1 million.
The college is working with area
industries in creating new programs
of study. The Buck Company and
other area metal casting companies
are advising college offcials about
the skills they seek in entry-level
workers. The Lancaster Workforce
Investment Board and other
consultants are also involved in
other curriculum development,
including the emerging feld of
sometimes called mechatronics
or industrial automation. A recent
three-year, $2.5 million grant from
the US Department of Labor will
help the college develop several
programs and purchase and install
some necessary student training
New programs enrolling
now for fall include water
management technology and
associate degree programs, and a
metal casting certifcate program
that can be completed in less
than one year. Financial aid is
available for qualifed candidates.
See stevenscollege.edu and
— Deb Strubel
degrees lead to jobs
using new technologies
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Once upon a time — in February
of 1961 — a group of Lancaster
County citizens had a wonderful
idea, which would have a positive
impact on three generations of
The group pledged to start a
fnancial aid fund for local students.
To supplement their personal “seed
money,” the fund-raisers set up
booths at downtown banks and at
Watt and Shand, Hagers, Piersol’s,
J.C. Penney’s, and Garvin’s. In
three months, supporters of Citizens
Scholarship Foundation of Lancaster
County had raised enough money to
award 15 interest-free loans totaling
Among the 1961 recipients was
Dr. Carol Ann Dussinger Kauffman,
now a professor at the University
of Michigan Medical School, chief
of the infectious diseases section
at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor
Healthcare System — and a generous
donor to the organization that had
been the source of the frst fnancial
aid she received. Years later, she
remembers that it “was enormously
helpful. … I should add that those
were times when young women
were discouraged, at many levels,
from pursuing a career in medicine.
Receiving this award helped bolster
my confdence that I could do this.”
Another interest-free loan recipient
from the early 1960s was Yvonne
Kauffman, who later became a
national award-winning basketball
coach at Elizabethtown College, a
CSF board member, and also a donor
to the organization that helped her
start on the road to success. From the
time she was a girl, she had wanted
to be a physical education teacher.
“We had no money,” says
Kauffman, whose father died when
she was fve. Helped by CSF, she
enrolled at Virginia’s Bridgewater
College. “Without that $400 a year,
I wouldn’t have been able to go to
college,” she says.
CSF’s fnancial resources grew
slowly but steadily, thanks to local
donors and service clubs. Newspaper
articles and editorials boosted
community awareness. Local
college leaders supported the cause.
By the end of year seven, the fund
had reached $100,000.
In the 1970s college expenses
were climbing and state and
federal governments had entered
the loan business. But CSF loans
were unique — they were interest-
free. In 1971, CSF was one of 25
area organizations nominated for
Community Betterment citations.
Newspaper articles pointed out that
students repaid their loans to fund
new loans for a new generation.
A 1984 Ephrata High School
graduate, David Fassnacht, received
interest-free loans from CSF for
four years at the University of
Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of
Business. Senior vice president,
partner and equity portfolio manager
at Wellington Management Company
LLC, he remembers the assistance
he received and is now a generous
“I have been blessed by the
opportunities provided to me and I
strongly believe that it is incumbent
upon me to give back generously…
so that as many students as possible
have an opportunity to reach for and
attain their own lofty goals,” he says.
From the start, many contributions
were modest, but added up to a
signifcant impact. In 1986, its 25th
year, 103 loans were
awarded. To raise
funds in 1990, board
on Penn Square to
magnets to donors.
Eric Wier, a
2005 graduate of
High School — and
his identical triplet
brothers Adam and
Gregory — received
during their four
years majoring in
is now a PhD
of Public Health.
He is currently
in his fourth year
regulation and its role in colon
cancer. Of his fnancial assistance
from DFS he says: “It was a fantastic
way to get some money for college
without having to worry about
exorbitant interest rates.”
Dat Vuu is the son of Vietnamese
immigrants and a graduate of
McCaskey High School. He was
awarded a degree in fnance from
Temple University’s Fox School
of Business in February 2013
and is now employed at Deloitte
Consulting. Regarding the DFS
loans awarded him during his
college career, he says: “This is an
outstanding organization that is
dedicated to the success of Lancaster
County’s scholars. Thanks to its
interest-free loans, I was able to
focus on and stay committed to what
really mattered — my education.
Everyone deserves the right to an
education; fnancial situation should
not be a limiting factor.”
Through the years the number
of loans has increased thanks to
generous gifts and bequests as well
as a repayment rate that’s close to
perfect. In 2011, its 50th anniversary
year, checks totaling $867,000 were
mailed to schools on behalf of 583
Lancaster County students.
Having begun in 1961 as Citizens
Scholarship Foundation, the
organization underwent a name
change in 2007 to better refect its
mission of awarding interest-free
loans rather than scholarships. It
operated as Dollars for Scholars
of Lancaster County until October
2013, when the name changed again.
For 53 years it had been a
chapter of the national Dollars for
Scholars organization, a program of
Scholarship America. The Lancaster
County group’s Board of Directors
has always endeavored to be a good
steward for the resources entrusted
to it by its donors and in the past
several years had seen the value
diminish in its association with
Scholarship America. Therefore the
decision to become a stand-alone,
Lancaster County-based nonproft
led to a new brand.
After extensive research, the
Board of Directors chose Lancaster
Dollars for Higher Learning as its
new name, thus refecting all three
criteria of its on-going Mission:
the organization’s connection
to Lancaster County, its lending
function and its targeted recipients
– those in need of funds for higher
New name, same mission:
Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning
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who have found a “place to belong” in a local
faith-based educational community that transcends
About the welcoming Lancaster Mennonite
School community, Superintendent J. Richard
Thomas claims, “If you walk our halls you will
fnd that Lancaster Mennonite is a place of fun,
friendship and mutual respect. Exceptional teachers
…are important role models through their teaching,
caring and commitment. It’s a place to belong.”
Thomas adds, “My personal experience leads me
to affrm that love is central in a Christian school
education.” It may seem different for an educator
to talk about love being the heart of a school’s
mission. Perhaps that is because LMS emphasizes
a commitment to following the life and teachings
of Jesus, including creating a culture of life,
peacemaking, justice and service.
Along with a holistic, comprehensive educational
program with excellent academics, a host of
co-curricular activities enhance LMS’s special
character-building community. LMS students thrive
in music, drama and art in addition to 13 sports in
the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
Lancaster Mennonite School is comprised of
four campuses: The Lancaster Campus on Route 30
East, home of Lancaster Mennonite High School
and Lancaster Mennonite Middle School; the
Kraybill Campus in Mount Joy for prekindergarten
through eighth grade; the Locust Grove Campus in
Smoketown, also offering grades PreK-8, and the
New Danville Campus for grades PreK-5.
The school is offering merit scholarships to new
students entering grades 6-12. This $500 merit
scholarship is available to good students in addition
to any need-based fnancial aid for which they may
Applications for admission are now being
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Some of the newest developments in eye care
and eye surgery are helping Lancaster County
residents preserve their precious vision.
“We have had some very exciting new
advancements in age-related macular degeneration
and other conditions,” says Thomas F. Krulewski,
M.D., of Eye Physicians of Lancaster.
Macular degeneration is an eye condition that
results from damage to the macula, a small spot
near the center of the retina and the part of the
eye needed for sharp central vision. Macular
degeneration begins with blurred vision and may
lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes.
“In the past, macular degeneration often led
to profound vision loss. Now we are able to
inject medicines into the eye that can stabilize
and prevent further damage to the eye,” says
In some cases medications can even undo
previous damage, he notes. That is important news
for people older than 50, who are most at risk.
The medicines are able to seal off blood vessels,
especially in cases of diabetes, which can be a risk
factor for macular degeneration.
There is also research on the use of vitamins to
deter the progression of macular degeneration. A
prescribed formulation of antioxidant vitamins and
minerals, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A,
zinc and copper may be useful in reducing the risk
of vision loss in people with intermediate macular
degeneration. For those with advanced stage
macular degeneration in one eye, this combination
of vitamins may reduce the risk of developing
vision loss in the other eye.
“Now we are able to inject
medicines into the eye that can
stabilize and prevent further
damage to the eye,” says
Krulewski also reports that treatment for torn
or detached retinas has become more effective
than ever. With advancements in diagnostics, eye
physicians are better able to detect retina problems
that can cause vision loss.
“There have been tremendous improvements in
cataract surgery in recent years,” adds Krulewski,
noting that cataract surgery now requires a stay of
only a few hours at an outpatient surgery center.
Mild sedation is required and patients often return
home without the need of an eye patch.
Another big change that has occurred recently
is the development of newer intraocular lenses.
These lenses are known not only for their excellent
optics with superb clarity, but for their ability to
reduce dependence on glasses.
“Many patients tell me they have never seen
better in their lives,” says Krulewski, adding
that the implants can correct a variety of
vision problems, such as nearsightedness and
Eye Physicians of Lancaster, located on
Plaza Boulevard near Park City Center, is a
comprehensive ophthalmology practice, serving
Lancaster County since 1974. The facility is
equipped with an intraocular quality Zeiss
operating microscope and Statin 5000 autoclave.
Specialty equipment includes Sonomed Pacscan
300A, Sonogage Corneo-Gage Plus, Humphrey
Atlas 995 Eclipse, Topcon 50x retinal camera,
Heidelberg HRT2 retina and optic nerve analyzer,
Humphrey 750 visual feld analyzer with advanced
computing, Topcon KR-8800 autorefractor,
Bausch & Lomb Keratometer, Humphrey lens
analyzer, and a VISX wavefront wavescan.
The optical center is situated adjacent to the
reception area, with full optical services for
eyewear needs, including eyeglass and contact
lens prescription fulfllment. The Optical Center
offers the latest technology in lenses, contact
lenses and frame styles to meet a variety of
Krulewski is board certifed by the American
Board of Ophthalmology. He served as clinical
instructor with the Wilmer Eye Institute at John
Hopkins University and has been appointed Chief
of Ophthalmology at Lancaster General Hospital.
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Hospice & Community Care,
founded as Hospice of Lancaster
County, is widely known for
providing supportive care for patients
and families who are coping with
a serious illness and facing a life
expectancy of weeks or months.
Not as commonly known is
that Hospice & Community Care
also provides “palliative care” for
individuals at any stage of a serious
illness, not just those with a limited
life expectancy. Palliative care
provides relief from pain, symptoms
and medical and family issues
associated with illness to improve
the quality of life during an illness or
In recognizing that palliative
care can be different from hospice
care, Hospice & Community Care’s
palliative care team coordinates care
with a patient’s family and his or her
physician. The palliative care team
provides assistance for patients in the
hospital, nursing home or at home.
Members of the palliative care team
include Hospice & Community Care
physicians, nurses and social workers,
who work to relieve symptoms such
as pain, anxiety or loss of appetite
for people who are coping with and
being treated for cancer, cardiac or
respiratory disease, dementia and
other serious illnesses.
The pain, symptoms and stress
of dealing with serious illness, as
well as treatments, can be extremely
challenging for patients and their
families, and the palliative care
team can provide dedicated time and
Over the years, Hospice &
Community Care physicians
have been increasingly asked by
hospitals to see patients regarding
pain management and to assist in
determining the support needed to
help patients during treatment of
Hospice & Community Care
recognized that not only did a
different form of care need to be
provided, but this medical care needed
to be recognized as separate from
end-of-life hospice care. Palliative
care medicine was added to hospice
services to meet this growing need,
and serves as a valuable service for
members of the community who may
not be ready for hospice.
“We can care for those who
wouldn’t normally work with
hospice,” says Joan Harrold, M.D.,
Vice President of Medical Services
at Hospice & Community Care, “as
some see hospice as giving up. So
we are helping those that normally
wouldn’t come see us.”
In addition to addressing the
medical and symptom issues of
serious illness, another palliative care
service available through Hospice &
Community Care focuses on dementia
Sara Wright, a Hospice &
Community Care geriatric nurse
practitioner, has been providing
geriatric care for more than 20 years.
As part of the palliative care team,
she assists patients
and families in
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viewpoint — that
of someone who
is being asked of
“We are not
taking over care of
the patient — we
are invited into the
care — serving
as a link between
patient and doctor,”
says Dr. Harrold.
“In addition, the
palliative care team
can dedicate more
time to patients
as they are not
the same time restrictions as hospital
As with the hospice services
Hospice & Community Care provides,
no patient is ever denied palliative
care due to an inability to pay.
“Palliative care is such an
important service for so many in
the community,” says Steve Knaub,
Hospice & Community Care President
and CEO. “We look forward to being
able to increase this area of care and
respond to the growing needs of
patients and families, and the medical
Hospice isn’t just about end-of-life issues
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Ephrata Area Rehab Services ofers
skills, training and more
Ephrata Area Rehab Services was developed
in 1970 to serve a need in the community.
Karen Hummel, director of marketing &
development, says the organization was founded
by a group at Bethany UCC, an Ephrata
area church, who wanted to start a sheltered
workshop for people with developmental
“What makes EARS different is that we offer
a continuum of services to meet the changing
needs of individuals with intellectual and/
or emotional disabilities. There are some
individuals who have been with us for 40 years,”
Services range from competitive employment
preparation to adult day care. EARS has grown
to include seven different programs to meet
the individualized needs of those served. All
of the programs are licensed through the state
Department of Public Welfare and its Offce
of Long-Term Living. Hummel stresses that
people must be referred to EARS by county or
“We are proud to give people the
opportunity for achievement. We
encourage independence in all areas
of life and provide dignity for all
accomplishments,” Hummel said.
EARS started with two staff
members and 20 individuals with
intellectual and/or emotional
disabilities. The organization has
grown to 63 staff members working
with 260 individuals from Lancaster,
Lebanon and Berks counties. There
are two locations in Ephrata and one
Hummel says Ephrata’s Fulton
Street location is the largest one,
and its focus is work. Individuals
are encouraged to develop skills to
participate in mobile work crews, job
sites in industry and, for those who
are capable, placement in competitive
employment. On average, 80 to
85 people work in the vocational
training program performing packing,
assembly and mailing jobs for 35
Hummel points out that one of the
companies EARS has worked with for
several years has ties to our area’s rich
heritage — months before Christmas,
EARS workers can be found hand-
assembling Moravian stars for a
Individuals who have the skills to
work on a semi-independent basis
may work as part of a mobile crew.
Mobile crews perform a variety of
jobs outside of the EARS facility
including lawn care services,
janitorial/cleaning services, light
maintenance and production services
such as mailing, assembly and
packaging. Transportation is provided
EARS workers hand-assemble
Moravian stars, above, for a
Harrisburg company each year
before Christmas. At left, an EARS
staffer shares a smile with one of
the individuals with whom
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EARS also offers an
program. Staff members
work with individuals to
create a resume, develop
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develop job search skills.
“We also provide support
to employers once the
individual is on the job.
Our individuals are very
dependable and enthusiastic
about their job, and we
can assist an employer in a
variety of areas including
job training, task analysis,
job coaching and resolving
transportation issues. It’s
a win-win for both the
employee and employer,”
She says that although
EARS’s main focus is
adults, sometimes the
organization will assess
students with intellectual
and/or emotional disabilities
who are close to graduating
from school to help the
family with the student’s
transition from school to
EARS also promotes
awareness of recreation
and community activities.
Last year, EARS launched a
garden project. Individuals
at Ephrata’s Fulton Street
location germinated seeds,
transplanted them into two
garden plots and watched
as beets, lettuce, zucchini,
onions, peppers, tomatoes,
chives, cilantro, basil,
cucumbers and fowers
began to grow. Flowers
were cut and arranged
in small vases to adorn
the tables in the facility’s
cafeteria, and produce was
used in cooking classes.
“This was a great project
that offered a variety of
We’re researching how we
can expand it in the future,”
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Zumba studios, people — mostly women — are focking
to an exercise with lively Latin rhythms that feels more
like a night out dancing than a strenuous workout.
“It seems like so much fun, but you realize you are
getting a great workout at the same time,” says Mai
Orama, owner of Superfy Fitness in Lancaster. “It’s the
only exercise that has really worked for me.”
Orama was so impressed with the benefts of Zumba
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Zumba get her up and active, but she loved the
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“I ended up losing 80 pounds,” says Orama,
who now weighs in at a healthy 131 pounds.
Through a combination of eating smaller
portions of her favorite foods — “small plates”
she calls it — and getting up and moving to
Zumba, Orama can’t say enough good things
about the dance-ftness party exercise. In fact,
that’s what led her to open SuperFly, so she
could offer Zumba and other exercises that made
ftness fun. She still has her MIO Studio jewelry
design shop, but she makes sure to mix it up
with lots of breaks for moving around.
With a staff of certifed Zumba instructors,
SuperFly Fitness offers a variety of classes for
all ages and abilities. They follow the guidelines
of Zumba, which is one of the best known
branded ftness programs in the world.
Zumba originated with Colombian ftness
trainer Alberto “Beto” Perez. The story goes
that one day in the mid-’90s, Beto forgot to
bring his regular aerobics-style music tape to the
group exercise class he was leading. He quickly
replaced his usual music with some of the Latin
dance music tapes he had in his car. The lively
beats of merengue and rhumba were mixed in
with his fondness for dancing at salsa clubs, and
his new exercise was born.
In time, Beto rebranded his ftness program
and named it Zumba.
There also are many different variant forms
of Zumba. Some of these include Zumba Step,
Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Gold,
Zumba Kids and Zumbini. All instructors must
be certifed in order to offcially teach Zumba.
Nowadays, there are an estimated 12 million
people at 110,000 sites, in 125 countries around
the world, getting ft with Zumba.
“I think people like Zumba because it doesn’t
feel like exercise. It’s really fun and has a very
social aspect,” says Penny Sorensen, owner of
PonyTails Dance and Fitness Center in Ephrata.
Sorensen believes that Zumba has aerobic
benefts and helps to shape and tone. People who
take Zumba classes at her ftness center enjoy it
so much that it becomes almost addictive — in
a good way. It is suitable for all ages, she adds,
noting that PonyTails will be offering Zumba
Kids classes in 2014.
“Too many kids are sitting at their computers,
TVs and smartphones. They need to get up and
move, so they will be healthier adults,” says
Sorensen. “And this is a fun way to do it.”
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in the United States each year, which amounts to one
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disease apply to both men and women.
Here in Lancaster County, the risks are much the
same as — if not a little worse than — the rest of
the country. With a local diet that is high in sugars,
fats and carbohydrates, obesity is always a risk. And
that, in turn, increases the risks for diabetes and
The American Heart Association and its local
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One of the most important things for people to
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The local chapter of the American Heart Association
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light-headed, or faint; chest pain or discomfort; pain
or discomfort in the arms or shoulder; and shortness
of breath. If you have any of these symptoms, it is
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such an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness
or pain in the center of the chest; breaking out in a
cold sweat; nausea and vomiting; and back or jaw
pain. “I thought I had the fu,” says Mariel Lewis of
Lancaster. “I was having a heart attack.”
Other patients have confused heart pain with
everything from heartburn and indigestion to neck
and shoulder pain. A heart attack can be brought
on by stress, as in a Lititz area man who was trying
to put out a brush fre on his property. When the
fre company arrived, they saved his life by using
a defbrillator to revive him. A heart attack can
lead to other risks, as in an Ephrata man who was
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According to the Heart Group, patients with
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At the Women’s Heart Health Clinic at Women
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The kids are grown and on their own.
Retirement years have just begun, or are drawing
near. It’s a time to travel, enjoy life and relax
without worries about maintenance or mowing a
“Our house was just too big for the two of us,”
says Gail Diamonte of Lancaster. “So we are
looking at some of the 55+ communities that are
cropping up. We’re not ready for a retirement
home. We just want a simpler lifestyle.”
She and her husband are in their early 60s. She
still works, while he is retired. She hopes to retire
within a few years. They both want to travel and
have the freedom to come and go as they please.
“Maintenance is the biggest issue for us. We
have a big yard and we are tired of taking care of
it,” she adds.
The Diamontes are like other couples who are
looking at retirement living in a 55+ community.
They want an active lifestyle in a neighborhood
with people in a similar stage of life. You might
call them ’tweens.
They’re not young couples with children.
They’re not old, either. They are somewhere in
between youth and old age, some still working and
others looking at retirement. They don’t want to
deal with weeding and mowing and painting and
shoveling snow. They might want to pack up and
take a cruise or travel to Europe whenever they
“One of the charms of living at communities
like Traditions of America is that they are
maintenance free, with a lower stress,
simpler lifestyle,” says Nathan Jameson
of Traditions of America.
In September, a presale event for
Traditions of America’s newest location
in Lititz drew dozens of 55+ residents.
The result was about 52 homes
presold in Phase I of the development,
which will be built this year.
Traditions of America is based
in Radnor, and has built retirement
communities in Pennsylvania, New
Jersey and Delaware, including a 55+
community in Mount Joy.
The Lititz location in Warwick
Township is situated near Heart of
Lancaster Hospital and will feature
244 residences on 60 acres, with 172
singles and 72 duplexes. The Traditions
of America development will have a
7,800-square-foot clubhouse with ftness
facilities, a business center and a sports
bar inside and a three-season heated
swimming pool outside.
“There also will be extensive walking trails, a
tennis court and a pickle ball court,” says Jameson,
adding that other active lifestyle amenities include
a network of trails that connect to existing paths
in Warwick Township, for a two-mile walk to
Single homes start at $264,900, the base price
of the two-bedroom, two-bath William Penn, with
1,274 square feet on the frst foor. The homes
are designed for frst-foor living with an optional
second-foor fnished loft.
There are regulations for age-restricted
communities like Traditions of America. Eighty
percent of the homes must have at least one
resident 55 and over. Everyone in the community
must be at least 19 years of age. There are no
issues with having children visit or even spend the
“Many of our residents have grandchildren, and
love to have their grandchildren visit or stay over,”
says Jameson. “That’s not a problem.”
As Jameson points out, the idea is to provide the
kind of lifestyle that people over 55 are looking
for, namely downsized homes without a lot of
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unneeded bedrooms, easy-to-maintain construction
and the reduction of yard work and snow removal.
The Diamontes are looking at Traditions of
America as well as other 55+ communities in
Lancaster County. One of those is Home Towne
Square, which is located just west of Ephrata, a few
blocks off Route 322.
Home Towne Square features a unique Arts &
Crafts-style design for new homes that have an old-
fashioned appeal. The designs include one-story and
two-story homes, with convenient frst-foor suites.
There are also walking and biking trails and a private
Another 55+ community is Village Grande at
Millers Run in Lancaster, which is an adult lifestyle
neighborhood that has a country village design. There
is an English garden with traditional landscaping with
arbors and benches. There is a community clubhouse
with a card room, billiards room, lounge, library and
ftness center. Outdoors, there is a swimming pool,
bocce ball court and tennis court.
People who are considering 55+ living have many
choices, and based on the popularity of the recent
presale of Traditions of America, it’s a option with
appeal for those who want a neighborhood with
residents who are in the same stage of life.
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Paul Haller grins as he tells the
story of a day this past summer when
a fellow resident at Mennonite Home
Communities picked him up in a
snazzy car, and the two went out to
“Bob said to me, ‘I’m 91 and I
play to win.’”
Haller and his wife of nearly 57
years, Jean, have been living in an
apartment in Woodcrest Villas for
less than a year. The home they
left was a house they’d “built from
scratch” and lived in for 49 years,
Jean Haller says.
Moving wasn’t an easy decision.
Jane Gamble, moving coordinator
for Mennonite Home Communities,
says there’s always anxiety about the
transition, as people weigh the pros
and cons of moving into a retirement
or continuing care community.
Gamble’s mother, Cecilia
Cunnion, has called one of the villas
at Woodcrest home for six years now.
Villas, apartments and fully
assisted living are the three options
Mennonite Home Communities
offers. The apartments and villas that
make up the Woodcrest Villa campus
were built in response to people on
the waiting list who wanted access
to care, but didn’t want to move into
“the home,” Nelson Kling, president,
Residents who are independent,
like the Hallers and Cunnion, are
part of a community of people age
60 and older who live in everything
from cozy, one-bedroom apartments
to two bedroom, free-standing homes
with sunrooms and garages.
Community gathering spaces
include dining rooms, libraries,
a recreation room — Paul Haller
shoots pool regularly, enjoying the
game if not his losing streak — and
chapels. There’s also a bank, salon
This year, again, in response to
requests, the wellness center and
social spaces will be remodeled
and expanded. Kling says
that administrators of today’s
communities need to think about the
whole person: physical, mental and
“Our industry constantly changes
… do we offer ftness trainers? It’s
a far cry from the early ’90s.” Kling
The whole-person thinking
extends to the care campus, the site
of the original Mennonite Home in
1903. The board, Kling says, “took a
hard look at the environment of the
nursing center” and decided to add
kitchens, dining rooms and parlors
to enhance the lives of residents who
require skilled nursing care.
The rehabilitation wing offers
specialized help for residents who
are recovering from illness or
Cecilia Cunnion knows about the
fexibility of continuing care frst-
hand. Her frst year in residence
she broke her femur, and spent four
weeks in rehab.
Shaking her head and chuckling,
Gamble (who began her job as
moving coordinator several years
after her mother moved into
Woodcrest) tells the story of her
mother falling. Instead of following
protocol, Cunnion called the
marketing department, because she’d
made friends with the staff.
Cunnion, however, is unfazed by
her daughter. “I love my children
(she has fve), but I don’t want to live
with them.” She made the decision
to move after the sudden death of her
husband, Robert J. (Bob) Cunnion,
She wanted “to do something with
her life” and, with fve grandkids in
the area, Lancaster made sense.
With a large kitchen (Gamble says
her mom is a great cook) and a living
room with a gas freplace, as well as
a lifetime of beautiful furnishings
and decorations, it’s clear that the
villa is now Cunnion’s home.
Cunnion says she enjoys being
part of a community and likes that
she’s not alone. She works as a
volunteer, attends Mass at St. Leo’s,
and goes to various lectures.
Community dining rooms and
a café are also a draw for many
residents. There’s always a variety
of food to choose from, according
to resident Florence Denlinger and
two friends who were joining her
for dinner, but some days the food
choices appeal more than others.
Jean Haller says she loves to cook
and bake, but didn’t use her oven
until recently. She broke it in by
making Christmas cookies.
She and her husband agree that
this is a wonderful time of life.
“There’s a season for everything
… this is not the end,” she says.
But, of course, no one will play in
the game of life forever.
Part of buying into Mennonite
Home Communities (renting is
also an option) is the assurance of
knowing that care will continue
through the end.
Gamble says there are many
options including home care,
hospice or moving from Woodcrest
to Mennonite Home and receiving
skilled nursing care onsite.
It is “part of the journey to the
end” Gamble says.
If a resident moves, the staff try
to make the transition as seamless
as possible, transferring mail, phone
numbers and personal belongings.
There are also three pastors who
minister to both the dying and the
bereaved. Gamble says she is in awe
of their compassion, patience and
Mennonite Home Communities is
offcially faith-based, but all walks of
faith are welcome.
Jean and Paul Haller still go
to services at Hempfeld United
Methodist, where they’ve gone for
High school sweethearts who grew
up, married, raised a family and
built a life in the area, both say they
wouldn’t consider moving out of this
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relaxed, discussing the lack of snow
shoveling and furnace maintenance
in his life, Paul Haller says, “once
you’re here, it’s worry free.”
— Stephanie Bradford
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“Going green” is a hot trend today. But for
Landis Communities, going green is more than a
trend. Landis Communities operates both Landis
Homes Retirement Community in Manheim
Township and Steeple View Lofts, a 36-unit rental
complex designed for adults 55 and older, in
“We are a faith-based community, and we focus
on being good stewards of our natural resources,
which we view as God’s creation,” explains
Linford Good, vice president of planning and
Established in 1964, the Landis Homes campus
is located on 114 acres, surrounded by farmland.
Good says that green infrastructure projects were
initiated on the campus four years ago. “We
may have done a few things before that, but our
focus on green infrastructure is fairly recent. We
decided to do something different; something
other than piping our stormwater runoff and
discharging it unfltered into the stream (Kurtz
Run fows through Landis Homes),” he says,
“Now most of our stormwater is fltered is some
fashion before it hits the stream.”
Landis Homes has several initiatives, some
of which affect the entire campus, and some
of which affect the newer, south part of the
campus. Wherever possible, downspouts have
been disconnected. Good explains that in the
past, all downspout discharge was piped and
then discharged into the stream. Now, where
it’s feasible, downspouts allow stormwater to
run across the lawn and eventually fow into
stormwater inlets. “During a small storm, the
water is absorbed by the lawn, and it never makes
it to the inlet,” he says.
Last year Landis Homes completed a foodplain
restoration project of Kurtz Run that involved
5 acres of land. A pond in the foodplain was
removed and is now a wetland that attracts birds
and waterfowl. The remnants of a low-head dam
and an estimated 27,500 cubic yards of “legacy”
sediment behind the dam were removed. The
sediment was rich in nutrients and has been used
as topsoil on several areas on the campus.
“This project not only allows water to fow
onto the food plain and infltrate into the ground,
but the water in the stream moves slower, which
means less erosion and an improvement in water
quality. The slower-moving stream also creates a
better habitat for fsh and wildlife,” Good explains.
Landis Homes’ south campus, which contains
cottages and hybrid homes that combine the
features of cottages and apartments,
was awarded LEED (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design)
gold certifcation in 2012. LEED status
recognizes the project as a top “green” project in
design, construction and operation.
On the south campus, rain water is harvested
by collecting it in barrels. The collected water
is stored in underground tanks
and then used to wash cars at
two rainwater car wash stations.
The harvested water is fltered
before reaching the storage
tanks and fltered again at the
car wash station. Good says
this eco-friendly car wash is one
of the best types of car washes
because it contains fewer harmful
chemicals or sediments that come
from public water sources. Plus
it saves drinking water by using
non-potable water for washing
The south campus also
contains a rain garden of native
shrubs, perennials, and fowers
planted in a small depression. It
is designed to temporarily hold
rain water runoff that fows from
roofs, driveways, patios or lawns.
Permeable pavement was used
instead of traditional asphalt, an impermeable
surface, on parking areas and walkways.
Green features such as permeable asphalt were
also part of the Steeple View Lofts project in
Lancaster. This project, which was developed by
Zamagias Properties, transformed a previously
empty brick tobacco warehouse into retail
space and age-restricted rental apartments that
were developed by and leased through Landis
Good says a narrow alley that had previously
been closed was opened as part of the Steeple
View Lofts project and, like the parking lot, the
alley is a “green” alley with permeable pavement.
Katzenmoyer, director of
public works for the City
of Lancaster, explains
that pervious pavement
uses natural systems
to manage stormwater
and allow nature to
treat it rather than
overwhelming the sewer
system with fairly clean
“By infltrating the
stormwater into the soil
below the pavement,
allows our sewers to
carry more sanitary fow
to our treatment plant
Landis Communities and Landis Homes focus
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rather than overfowing combined fow
(storm fow and sanitary fow) into the
Conestoga River. It also helps with storm
water quality since it uses the natural
fltering system of soils to treat the storm
fow by allowing the soils to flter out
sediment and other debris (salts, motor
fuids, etc.) and uses the bacteria in the
soil to break these contaminants down,”
Katzenmoyer says Lancaster is seeking
to partner in other green infrastructure
projects, and has roughly $3.5 million
to offer through an “early adopters
program” for private property owners to
demonstrate how green infrastructure can
be used on private property and not just in
“We offer 90% of the green
infrastructure cost and the property owner
has to pay 10% of the construction costs.
Through our 25-year green infrastructure
program we expect that approximately
50% of the reduction in our stormwater
fow will come from private properties
managing their own stormwater on their
property before it ever gets into the public
system. So we needed to incentivize
these early adopters to show how this can
be accomplished and to jump-start the
groundswell in private projects that we
are hoping for over the next 25 years,” she
She credits Zamagias Properties and
Landis Communities for their efforts.
“It is great to see good stewards of our
environment, like those two entities, being
leaders in these efforts to eliminate our
overfows and protect our local waterways
and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. It
is leaders like them that are not afraid to
take these frst steps that set the stage for
others to follow,” Katzenmoyer says.
— Rochelle Shenk
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It all started in the 19th-century
equivalent of living rooms.
Perhaps they were called “parlors”
or “drawing rooms” then, but 125
years ago that’s where a group of
progressive-minded Lancaster ladies
gathered to help form what would
become the Lancaster branch of the
It was an organization originally
designed to foster safe and good
living conditions for young women
who were trying to make their place
in a man’s world. It has since grown
to become much more.
In 1889, when the YWCA took
root in Lancaster, terms such as
“domestic violence,” “sexual
assault” and “homeless families”
were unspoken. The Industrial Age
granted women the right to work,
but in many cases, that meant life
in a factory, where conditions were
unsafe and unenlightened. Women
had no right to vote until 1920, and
they and their children had no voice.
The YWCA – founded in New
York City in 1858 as the United
States Ladies Christian Association –
assumed its present name in Boston
in 1866, when it became known
as the “Young Women’s Christian
Association.” Yet even early in its
life, the organization made clear that
it went beyond religious defnitions
in helping women. That was the case
even in the largely conservative and
Christian Lancaster of the 1800s and
early 20th century.
“Here in Lancaster, the YWCA
started with a group of women
who met in living rooms,” says
Angela Trout, communications and
advocacy coordinator at the present
home of YWCA Lancaster, a stately
Georgian-style structure at Orange
and Lime streets. The building,
constructed around 1913, resembles
a grand hotel, but its purpose is much
more down to earth, and refects how
far “The Y” has come in this town.
The ladies who started Lancaster’s
YWCA branch frst met on Feb. 18,
1889, in the former First Methodist
Episcopal Church. Trout describes
them as “a group of serious women”
whose goal was to “improve the
vitiated atmosphere of workshops
and factories in Lancaster” and to
“circumvent evil communication that
corrupts good manners,” to quote a
YWCA Lancaster history source.
“Vitiated,” by the way, means
debased or inferior. Women had their
share of being made to feel that way
in a rapidly changing age.
“Women were moving off of
the family farms to the city to fnd
work,” says Trout. “They couldn’t
fnd proper boarding.
“In the early 1900s, the YWCA
started going into the factories.
Conditions were deplorable, and
women were making less than men.”
After their initial meeting, the
women who would form YWCA
Lancaster met for a time in the
William Montgomery House, a
historic structure which is now
incorporated into the Lancaster
County Convention Center and
the Lancaster Marriott hotel at
They worked to establish
programs that covered everything
from practical nursing to
stenography. Typing and courses in
speaking properly were hallmarks of
“effciency classes,” which went into
effect during World War I.
“You would be amazed how
progressive an organization this was
in the beginning,” Trout says.
In the 1950s, the YWCA became
involved with the cause of racial
justice. At one point during that
decade, the national chapter of
the YWCA cancelled a scheduled
would not allow
delegates to share
with their white
Y” worked with
resolve the matter.
That paved the
way for probably
what is YWCA
event, the annual
Racism. The next
race, in downtown
Lancaster, will take
place April 26.
“It gets bigger
every year,” Trout
And speaking of years, 2014
will be a time of mixed feelings
for YWCA Lancaster. Maureen
Powers has served 30 years with the
organization, 28 of which she served
as chief executive offcer. She will be
stepping down at the end of this year.
“It’s a bittersweet celebration,”
says Trout. “A lot of growth has
happened under her watch.” Today,
YWCA Lancaster aids victims
of sexual assault and has been
recognized by the Enola-based
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
as the leading sexual assault center
of Lancaster County. The YWCA
can’t offer legal advice, but it works
to guide victims and their families
through the process of dealing with
“I would say we have always tried
to meet the needs of women and be
an advocate for them,” says Powers
in a phone interview.
Even as she prepares to step down,
Powers knows YWCA Lancaster’s
work is never done.
“The demand for anti-racism is
going to continue to grow,” she
says. Powers also acknowledges the
economic gap in America’s working
“The poverty rate is really
appalling,” Powers says.
To that effect, the YWCA has been
working to establish a permanent
housing agreement with the federal
Housing and Urban Development
department. Twelve rooms at YWCA
Lancaster have been renovated into
permanent housing for working poor
women; they will pay 30 percent of
their income for shelter.
It’s another step forward for
YWCA Lancaster. But that’s never
been a problem for the organization.
“There’s some risk involved in
being an advocate,” Powers says.
She’s also confdent in the
direction the organization will take in
the year she retires.
“I’ll probably stay involved,”
Powers says, adding that “I feel very
comfortable. I’m not at all worried.”
— Stephen Kopfnger
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Thousands of families in Lancaster
County have cherished pets — dogs,
cats and other assorted creatures —
that seem like part of the family.
They sleep in comfy beds, dine on
gourmet food and more than a few
make themselves quite at home on
the couch or lounge chair when their
owners are away. They have dog
dishes with their names on them. They
get shampooed and groomed. Some
even have their own high-fashion
Yet, for every pampered pet, there
are many more without homes. Some
are strays that scrounge for food.
Some have been given up for various
reasons by owners who no longer
want them. Some are feral cats that
have never known a human touch or
kindness. Others have been cruelly
abused and mistreated.
Not long ago, one young cat was
found with a soup can stuck on her
head. Had she not been rescued, she
surely would have died. Another dog
was discovered limping and bloody,
with an injured leg that ultimately
needed to be amputated. Still another
young dog was hit by a car and left
to die by the motorist, who never
stopped. The dog was taken to P.E.T.S.
for emergency treatment by another
driver, who eventually adopted her.
Here in Lancaster County, there are
several options for pets that do not
have homes, including the Humane
League of Lancaster County, the
Lancaster County SPCA (Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals), ORCA (Organization for
the Responsible Care of Animals)
and PAWS (Preservation of Animal
Welfare and Safety). There are also
spay/neuter programs for feral cats,
so that the rapid cycle of reproduction
and homelessness can be reduced.
For the Humane League of
Lancaster County, the past year
marked signifcant changes for the
animal shelter. The main change was
that the Humane League became a no-
kill shelter. Animals that were rescued
and being cared for at the Humane
League were no longer at risk of being
euthanized, except in cases of severe
illness or being dangerous.
The new policy means that the
Humane League has limited space
for animals, and that the focus is on
caring for the animals
that are there, providing
pet care services and
teaching pet owners to
be more responsible
for the pets they adopt.
The policy also places
the responsibility of
holding lost pets back
on the municipalities in
which they are found.
The Humane League
of Lancaster County
will continue as a
no-kill shelter, with
an emphasis on a trap/
for cats, as well as pet
health and adoption
programs, says interim
Karel Minor. “But the
most exciting news
is our merger with
the Humane Society
of Berks County,
a longtime service
partner and the region’s
With the changes at
the Humane League,
of caring for lost,
feral, unwanted and
mistreated animals falls to several
local organizations and to the local
municipalities. Some municipalities
have contracted with the Humane
League, while others have developed
programs for housing lost pets until
their owners claim them.
The Lancaster County SPCA, like
the Humane League, is a nonproft
organization supported by public
donations. The SPCA exists to provide
shelter, humane care and adoptions
of stray and unwanted animals and
animals that come to them as the
result of owner surrender and cruelty
Anyone who is interested in
adopting an animal should visit the
shelter at 599 Chesapeake Street
during regular business hours. Pets
can be surrendered at the SPCA, but
at a cost. There is a charge ranging
from $45 for a cat to $75 for a dog,
and while every effort is made to fnd
every animal a permanent adoptive
home, that cannot be guaranteed. It is
expensive to care for animals at the
shelter, and fees and donations are the
only way to pay for the costs.
Finding homes for cats, dogs and
other pets is the primary focus of the
Humane League as well. Starting
in 2014, adoption hours have been
expanded, with hours every day from
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. That gives people
who are looking for a pet more time to
fnd the new family member.
County has several options for homeless animals
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The Humane League has two separate facilities for
cats and dogs, with the pets housed in open pens and
even in rooms with furniture. Life is a little happier for
pets that are no longer at risk of being euthanized, and
they are treated much like pets in loving homes — except
that they are still waiting for that loving home.
Another organization that cares for homeless
pets is PAWS, which also has an adoption center at
PETsMART. It is also a no-kill shelter and rescue group
that is privately funded by donations. There is a strong
emphasis on spay-neuter programs.
“We seek a time when there are no homeless animals,
when every companion animal can be guaranteed a
loving place to live,” says the PAWS director, adding that
many of the animals at PAWS live in foster homes until
they can fnd those loving homes.
At all of the animal rescue groups and shelters,
donations are always needed to pay for beds, food,
veterinary care and other items for the homeless animals.
Volunteers are also needed, to tend to essential care at
the shelters, like changing cat litter, walking dogs and
providing affection. Foster homes are also needed for
pets, especially expectant mothers and new kittens and
“I would say that every one of us is an animal lover.
We wouldn’t be doing this if we weren’t,” says Humane
League vice president of development and outreach
Megan Gallagher, who has two dogs and two cats, some
of which started off as foster pets.
— Laura Knowles
Susan Martin plays with Macho, a ferret that is up for
adoption at the Lancaster County SPCA.
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Learn by playing at Hands-On House
Hands-On House Children’s
Museum of Lancaster combines
learning and fun.
The building’s shape is a blend
of contemporary and traditional
architecture and takes its architectural
cues from a building on the grounds
of the adjacent Landis Valley
Museum. “The building was
designed to ft in with the
Landis Valley community.
It’s not a big building, but we
squeeze as much fun into the
space as we can,” explains
executive director Lynne
Located at 721 Landis
Valley Road, the museum is
designed for children ages 2
to 10. Hands-On House has
been providing interactive
learning opportunities for
children and their families
“When we frst opened,
people weren’t familiar
with the concept of hands-
on learning through play.
Children’s museums like
us introduced the concept
of hands-on learning to
traditional museums; when
people visit traditional
museums today they expect
a hands-on component,”
The museum attracts nearly
75,000 visitors per year;
the majority of visitors are
parents with their children,
or grandparents with
“We encourage adults
and children to play and learn
together,” Morrison says. “For young
children, play is how they learn
about the world. Since we’ve been
around for nearly 30 years, we have
parents who bring their children to
experience the same fun that they had
as children, and grandparents who
bring grandchildren as they brought
their children here. It’s a shared
experience that creates memories for
both children and adults.”
There are several different themed
areas, and the exhibits in those
areas allow for open-ended play or
play with planned outcomes. There
are thousands of sights, sounds
and sensations that are designed to
stimulate and educate.
“A good children’s museum
showcases its community. We
create most of our own exhibits, so
at Hands-On House, many of the
exhibits have an agricultural theme,”
● “E-I-E-I KNOW,” where kids
discover how Lancaster County
farmers grow food on today’s farm.
Fun activities include picking “corn”.
● “Right In Your Own Backyard,”
which allows children to go on
a sound treasure hunt, catch fsh
and measure them to see if they’re
“keepers,” and experiment with
● “Mostly Make-Believe,” where
children learn about the elements of
a story and have a chance to star in a
story adventure either using puppets
or with costumes and acting out the
story on the stage.
● “Marty’s Machine Shop,” where
children work on an assembly line
and learn about recycling materials.
“Kids learn about the world of work
in this exhibit. They get to ‘punch
in’ on a time clock and often want to
try out every station on the assembly
line,” Morrison explains.
Museum visits are self-directed, so
children may visit the exhibit areas in
any order and they and their families
may spend as much time as they like
at each exhibit. There is fun around
every corner at Hands-On House,
and children of varying ages will fnd
something to pique their interest in
“What’s really neat is that children
of varying ages may focus on
different parts of an exhibit, which
makes it great for siblings. We’ve
found that even if a child comes back
to visit several times a year, there’s
something that will capture their
attention and creativity,” Morrison
Although most of the fun is
indoors, Hands-On House also has
an outdoor area, Mason’s Active
Adventure Garden. Morrison says
this outdoor exhibit combines areas
for active play, connecting to nature,
playing together, and using your
“Mason’s Active Adventure
Garden doubles our museum space.
It’s a great warm-weather space
with things like a sand box and sand
tunnel, active challenges, and paths
and boardwalks that children can
follow to create their own adventure.
We hold a lot of programs there as
well as our summer camp,” she says.
There are also special
drop-in programs that are
included with admission.
Morrison says these
seasonally themed programs
can offer some extra fun.
Drop-in programs for
February and March include
“Frosty Friends,” where
children create sparkly
snow creations using
Act,” which features
information about where
snowmen go on warm, sunny
days and a make-it and
take-it project; and “Sticky
Business,” a program about
Hands-On House also
offers a number of classes
and programs geared to
specifc age groups; these
programs have a minimal
charge that includes museum
admission for the child and
registration is required.
Programs for February
and March include “Sweet
Treats” — children prepare
treats such as cherry tarts,
and peppermint patties;
and “Saint Patrick’s Day
Shenanigans,” featuring art,
science and a Saint Patrick’s Day
A listing of programs, details and
dates may be found on the museum’s
website: handsonhouse.org. Children
also can share the fun at Hands-On
House with their friends through
Birthday Bash birthday celebrations.
Hands-On House is also a
group destination for pre-school,
kindergarten and frst and second
grade students; group visits last
approximately 90 minutes and
are available weekday mornings
or afternoons. The museum can
accommodate groups of 20 to 100
— Rochelle Shenk
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When Next to New Fine Furniture
Consignment Shop consolidated
three stores into one last fall, co-
owners Diana Keener and Gary
Alvord had high hopes.
Even so, “We were shocked at
the way it took off,” says Alvord.
With a whopping 14,000 square feet
of space, there is plenty of room
to display home furnishings and
jewelry. Shoppers and consignors
alike have responded.
The new store, a reuse of an
existing building, is located at 573
Willow Road, off Greenfeld Road in
East Lampeter Township. It’s out in
the country, bordered by farmland,
but, Alvord points out, “Everyone
knows where Costco is, and we’re
eight-tenths of a mile from Costco.”
Inside, the expansive showroom
is packed with an eclectic array of
merchandise: an antique Chippendale
tall clock, contemporary leather
sofas, chairs for any room, beds,
rugs, lamps, art, china, glass, silver,
baskets, mirrors, and countless
knick-knacks. They are displayed
in mini-room settings and vignettes.
A glass showcase houses jewelry,
watches, and pen sets.
Shoppers (a.k.a. “treasure
hunters”) range from antiques
“pickers” to students and from
downsizers to people sprucing up
their home. Regulars show up every
week to see new arrivals.
“A lot of wealth walks in the
door, but also the college student
who needs a dresser,” Keener notes.
“They get a clean piece of furniture
and they’re grateful. Young people
being thrifty like to recycle or
“What we offer here is unique,”
Unlike a new-furniture store that
purchases from multiple wholesalers,
Next to New has numerous private
sources. Anyone can consign
here: individuals wishing to sell
anonymously, local builders as
their model homes sell, lawyers
involved in divorce settlements,
and people who like to change up
their decorating. Consignor and
consignee split the purchase price:
to the consignor, 50 per cent for the
merchandise; to the shop, 50 per
cent for the storefront exposure and
Small items may be dropped off
during store hours, with a limit of
three boxes at a time, once a month.
For furniture, “We like to see it frst,”
Keener says. “We schedule an in-
home review, offer pickup, display
the items for up to fve months, and
send a check when it sells.”
Prices are set based on fair market
value. Over the next months, the
price is reduced in increments if the
item isn’t sold, to 30 per cent lower
than the starting
In some cases,
direct buyout is
an option. “We
purchase one item
to whole estates,”
was asked to
at the original
Next to New.
When the former
owner sold the
business in 1998,
in Lancaster as
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Clothing.) She got
license and built
her knowledge of
the market for used goods.
Alvord has been in the antiques
business for 30 years. He frequented
Keener’s shops as a treasure hunter
himself. Now partners in both
business and life, he provides the
antiques expertise while Keener
knows the consignment aspect of
the business. They planned the new
business model around their desire to
join forces and have the space to buy
They are excited about the
new garden center going into an
open outdoor section under roof.
Merchandise will include statuary,
millstones, cast iron, antiques and
“unusual stuff.” Alvord says, “People
love their gardens and they’ll fnd
things here they won’t fnd anywhere
The partners also are planning
a trip to France to ship back
merchandise. “We’re going
international,” Keener announces.
“We don’t just sell locally and we
don’t just buy locally.”
While the new Next to New can
be overwhelming in its volume
and temptations, Alvord considers
“this atmosphere a more controlled
environment than buying at auction.”
One doesn’t have to sit through a
long auction waiting for a shot at
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At the top of the list is the item’s condition. Even
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So it’s a good idea to clean up your piece before
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Things that could hold the most value are the things
that you might have thrown away. You might not
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Lancaster’s Wacker Brewing Co. or a two-piece
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wienies in the warmer months anymore.
Many homeowners — and even some businesses — are embracing the
concept of the fre pit. Structures usually made of stone or metal, fre pits
sometimes incorporate other materials which bring the warm ambience of an
indoor freplace outdoors and combine that with the coziness of a campfre.
“I think that what we fnd is that people are looking for that outdoor
extension of the interior of the house,” sums up Paul Squierdo, landscape
designer with Tomlinson Bomberger, a Lancaster lawn care, landscape and
pest control business.
Credit California for the trend
“The theme of the fre pit actually originated on the West Coast,” says
Jim Pierzga, vice president of The Concrete Authority Inc., a Lititz-based
“In the last 10 years, it has really (moved) to the East Coast,” Pierzga says,
adding that The Concrete Authority itself is getting ready to roll out a series
of pre-cast fre pits made from — yes — concrete. It promises a custom look
in something that can be transported by your pickup truck, Pierzga says.
The term “fre pit” might conjure up an image of something from “The
Flintstones,” but banish those thoughts. Stone-Age Fred never had a
backyard accoutrement like this; indeed, fre pits can be the centerpieces of
outdoor living rooms complete with terraces and pergolas.
The sky can be the limit, or you get your start at a home retail giant such
as Lowe’s, where a self-standing black steel wood burner can be had for as
little as $59.
A fre pit, such as this one by The Concrete Authority in Lititz, deserves to be
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you’re going for heat or ambience.
What companies such as Tomlinson Bomberger, The
Concrete Authority and Penn Stone Outdoor Living do is a
little more high-end, though not as much as you might think.
A circular 29-inch diameter stone unit — assembly required
— can be had for $1,162 at Penn Stone, notes company
owner John McGrann.
That sounds like a lot of money, but one can spend
more than that on a new sofa. Pierzga calls fre pits a “cost
effective” investment. And it’s one that requires some
thought. For instance, do you want a wood-burning unit, or
one fred up by propane or natural gas?
Wood-burners are still the most popular option among
customers, says Squierdo, because many folks associate
backyard fres with wood.
“A lot of it comes down to the atmosphere you want to
create,” he says. “Propane and natural gas (are more for)
ambience instead of a natural heat source.”
Propane and gas units do have both practical and aesthetic
advantages. A gas fre pit, like its indoor cousin the gas
freplace, can have the fames burning almost immediately.
And there’s a creative element to some gas/propane pieces,
something called “fre glass,” which Pierzga describes as
“crushed glass of different colors” that refect a dazzling,
romantic atmosphere when the fre is lit.
Whether you burn wood or gaslight your fre pit, be sure
to check with your local municipality before you commit.
Many communities have rules regulating how close to your
home, or to adjoining properties, you can burn something
like a fre pit. “You have to be aware of what your codes
are,” says Tomlinson Bomberger’s Squierdo.
Also, keep in mind such factors as wind direction, or how
many tall trees are around your property. Fire pits in general
are better at containing embers than an open, campfre-style
blaze — “the only maintenance is getting the ash out,” says
Squierdo — but, as with any fame, it’s better to be safe than
sorry. Also, if you do decide to go with a gas or propane
unit, a cover might be a good thing in which to invest.
Think of a fre pit as a kind of staycation, one that extends
outdoor living into the chilly months.
“We don’t want a deck or a patio that’s open only until
September,” Pierzga sums up.
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The image of a winter evening at dusk usually doesn’t conjure up
the term “cozy,” but with a blazing fre pit, John McGrann, owner
of Penn Stone Outdoor Living, gets to hang out a little longer
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homeowners, we turn on a faucet and
water comes out. What can there be
to think about other than that your
teenager showering way too long or
running a half-empty dishwasher can
result in an excessive water bill?
When asked about water appliances
in their homes, most people might
bring up water softeners and water
heaters — and, possibly, a water flter
on their faucet. If they think hard
enough, they may tie the ice cube
maker into that list.
“When it comes to municipal
water, the bacteria is taken care
of, but the hardness and chlorine
are often the issues,” says Larry
Rohrer, owner of Benjamin Franklin
Plumbing, 518 Running Pump
Road. “People (who don’t like their
municipal water) tend to not like the
taste of it or like to bathe in it.”
Hard water isn’t caused by
something homeowners do or don’t
do, but altering it once it passes from
municipal water lines into
the home’s network of supply lines is
something the homeowner can do.
Authorities in each municipality
can tell residents in their area the
status of their water. To get more
specifc results, a homeowner can
look up any independent EPA-
certifed lab that will test samples.
Rohrer notes that his technicians can
test water on the spot and determine
what needs to be treated.
For the most part, Rohrer says,
residential water-related units and
appliances start with a carbon flter
unit, sized based on contaminants
and demand, that is installed directly
where the water supply enters the
Following the carbon flter is the
water heater, followed by a softener.
Reverse osmosis fltration systems,
sediment flters and drinking water
carbon flters in refrigerators round
out the residential water basics.
In general, a water heater can be
the biggest energy-draining appliance
in a home, second only to the home’s
heating and cooling unit.
Homes with hard water can make
the water heater more ineffcient,
and more soap is required to
wash clothes, dishes and bodies.
Water softeners remove calcium
and magnesium from a home’s
water, according to the folks at
GeneralElectric.com. Soft water also
prevents scale buildup inside water
supply pipes, toilets, faucets and
other appliances, therefore decreasing
repair costs down the road, according
Energy Star is an EPA-recognized
label used to indicate superior energy-
effcient appliances. Rebates often are
available when energy-effcient units
replace less effcient units. Electricity
suppliers and accountants usually can
suggest rebates and tax exemptions
or credits when a homeowner is
converting to Energy Star-labeled
appliances and units. More info can
be found at energystar.gov.
“Grossness” in our drinking water,
more professionally referred to as
contaminants, can be remedied by
using a reverse osmosis fltration
system installed in a cabinet under the
sink used for drinking water. Carbon
flters also are used in refrigerators
to flter out the bad taste and smell
sometimes found in drinking water.
Refrigerator carbon water flters
should be changed at least once a
year, Rohrer says, to ensure clean
In some cases, according to Rohrer,
sediment flters are installed right
after the meter where the water enters
the house. To determine if there is
a need for sediment flter, Rohrer
says, check to see if there’s obvious
sediment in the back of the toilet
tank. If sediment is found in there, it’s
time to invest in a sediment flter.
— Roxanne McRoberts
LNP staff writer
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the fash and splash of massive, luxe homes feels
out of place during what are still times of economic
uncertainty for many folks.
Here’s what local experts say is “in” for the coming
n Size: Brian Gavin, general manager at Kenneth
Homes, 320 Granite Run Drive, says that, while he’s
seeing “no end in sight to (buyers’) preference for open
foor plans,” the local trend also “seems to be moving
away from bigger ‘box’ homes.”
n Modern styling: Transitional to modern styling
is truly making itself the dominant choice, says Bill
Patrick, senior designer and remodeling manager at
EGStoltzfus Homes, Lancaster. Clients are requesting
“cleaner lines, less built-up traditional moldings and
door styling, particularly in the kitchen and bath.”
n Get online: “Houzz.com is the biggest story for me
as a professional,” Patrick says. “In dictating design
trends of 2013 it really came into its own, and has
become my go-to tool for cataloging inspiration when
working with design clients.
“Not so long ago, he says, the project design process
revolved around “a stack of varied design magazines
and Post-It’s. “Now, it’s shared ‘Ideabooks’ that
communicate the styling and other aspects of end-in-
mind at the beginning of any project of any size.”
n New neutrals: “The shift into the use of gray may
have reached its peak as an alternate neutral to whites,
off-whites and blacks in 2013 simply because it was
all over work I did here in Lancaster this past year,”
Patrick says. “There is no doubt a richness in the gray
shades and adding hues, particularly blues and yellow,
will forever be an interesting alternative to the more
pure and safe neutrals.”
n Eclectic style, going beyond any one vernacular or
homogenous theme, will continue to have a place in
2014, Patrick predicts. “Find the items and elements
you love and build your style. Apply timeless design
principles such as line, color, shape, texture, form,
balance and scale, etc., and you will have composed
your unique taste.”
n Aging in place: More homeowners are continuing
to opt for fxtures, such as door levers and shower
controls, that are easy to operate even as the
That makes the home more welcoming for
multigenerational families, too.
n Bigger projects are back: Patrick expects people to
return in earnest to renovating and remodeling their
homes in 2014. “National real estate market values
and subsequent equity rebuilding has led to appraisals
stabilizing nearly everywhere,” he says.
“Momentum will pick up … and many homeowners
will undertake the many projects deferred over the last
— Jennifer Kopf
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One never knows what one might fnd, so
many patrons have made it a regular habit
to browse the clothing racks and shelves of
household items. The shelves may be stocked
with antiques, collectibles and vintage items, or
they may feature modern glassware, books and
Donating to the store or stopping in to make
a purchase goes a long way in supporting badly
needed community services, such as counseling
for those unable to afford to pay.
The Community Closet Thrift Store opened
in May 2004. It was the brainchild of directors
of New Hope Life Ministry, which was
formed 17 years ago as a counseling ministry.
Neighborhood churches quickly signed on to
participate and a counseling program for anyone,
regardless of income, was developed.
As the demand for counseling services grew,
organizers such as Kenneth Zieber decided to
open a thrift store as a means of raising more
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The store, at 128 TownsEdge Drive,
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The thrift store is a busy place on almost any
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Deb Riddell, store manager, says “thrifting”
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“It’s the hunt,” adds shopper Susan Chytla.
“We like our store to be nicer than some of the
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“There is a sense of warmth there. … This
doesn’t feel like a thrift store,” Uniacke says.
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2013 New Restaurant Roundup
Over the past year, Lancaster
County has seen an explosion of new
restaurants, from tiny coffee shops to
24-hour diners to swanky foodie joints.
It’s no question Lancaster’s food culture
is stronger, richer and more diverse than
it’s ever been. Here’s the run-down of
how 2013 tasted.
Aussie and the Fox
Australian-inspired cuisine and
local favorites come together in this
fne-dining cafe. The restaurant is
a collaboration between Lancaster
native Julia Garber; her grandfather,
Frank Fox; and her Australian-born
fancé, Colin Morrell. The menu brings
together items like Aussie burgers, fresh
seafood, vegetarian and vegan options,
beer from around the world and a full
line of Australian wines. Open for
breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a
week. 38 W. King St., Lancaster; 826-
Baron Von Schwein
Barbecue lovers should keep their
eyes peeled for Baron Von Schwein,
a food truck specializing in smoked
pulled pork. Menu items include pulled-
pork sandwiches, mac and cheese,
baked corn and the house specialty, the
pork bun – a baked sweet bun flled with
smoked pulled pork. The Baron makes
its own sauces, including the Rooster
Kick Ass (a Sriracha-based barbecue
sauce) and Applejack (apples, whiskey
and smoke favor), as well as its own
signature sodas made with fresh fruits
and vegetables. Traveling food truck;
Bee’s Knees Bakery
Bee’s Knees Bakery, a cafe and
bakery featuring a 1930s theme, opened
in downtown Lancaster in the former
home of Pop Deluxe vintage store.
The cafe features a tearoom with table
service for 15 people. Menu items
include a variety of pastries, scones,
tarts and muffns, as well as cupcakes
from Just Cupcakes of York. A variety
of loose-leaf teas are also for sale.
Owners and mother/daughter duo
Christine Martin and Sarah Koveleski
also operate Just Cupcakes, which
sells wedding cakes, cupcakes and
other treats. 6 N. Prince St.; 848-4488.
The Busted Bean
The second location of Busted Bean
opened in the Shoppes at Landis Valley
with a larger breakfast menu, seasonal
offerings and a full line of coffee,
sandwiches, salads and pastries. There
is seating for more than 40 customers.
2351 Oregon Pike; 208-7272.
The former Riverview Bar & Grill
has new owners, a new name and a
new look after going through major
renovations last fall. Now known as
Brucekies Pub (a nod to owner Bruce
Murray), the bar offers daily food
and drink specials, like taco Tuesdays
(soft shell, hard shell, loaded nachos,
walking tacos, chicken quesadillas and
taco quesadillas) and wing Wednesdays
(featuring a dozen jumbo wings for
$4.75). Entertainment includes DJs,
karaoke and more. Several big-screen
TVs have also been added to the bar.
401 S. Second St., Columbia; 684-3555.
Cafe Di Vetro
Cafe Di Vetro is a coffee shop located
in the new downtown T.W. Ponessa
& Associates building. Menu items
include a variety of coffee drinks,
wraps, sandwiches, panini, soups and
salads. Breakfast items include danish,
yogurt, granola and muffns. The cafe
has seating for 45 customers spread
Aussie and the Fox
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throughout three foors, including two
outdoor balconies. 410 N. Prince St.;
Caribbean Chez Nous
Caribbean Chez Nous Restaurant
became the frst Haitian restaurant
in the region when it opened on the
northeast end of Lancaster in April.
The 20-seat restaurant is run by Glenna
Justin and her husband, Junior, who
serves as manager. Menu items feature
traditional Haitian dishes like kabrit nan
sos (stewed goat), lanbi nan sos (stewed
conch) and taso kabrit (goat with
watercress dipping sauce). 630 N. Plum
Modern French fne dining restaurant
Citronnelle opened in downtown
Lancaster. Owned and operated
by Rafael Perez and Susan Louie,
Citronnelle blends fresh, local, seasonal
and organic ingredients into an artisanal
menu of modern French cuisine.
Noteworthy appetizers include creamy
crab croquettes (with radish pickle,
cucumber grass, Yuzu-wasabi aioli and
seasonal microgreens) and warm beluga
lentil terrine (with house-made Merguez
sausage, shaved fennel, saffron labneh
and Harissa oil). And entrees include
organic chicken bisteeya (with almonds,
cinnamon, herb salad and pomegranate
vinaigrette) and pork tenderloin (with
onion conft and lardon brussels sprouts,
sweet potato gratin, fried sage and apple
balsamic reduction). 10 W. Orange St.;
Commonwealth On Queen
Commonwealth on Queen is owned
by Anne Kirby, George Hunter, Rachael
Vieni Reinmiller and Mark Reinmiller,
with Rachael handling most of the cafe
responsibilities after working in the
restaurant industry for 16 years. The
cafe serves coffee, pastries, smoothies,
sandwiches and salads for breakfast
and lunch and features different
pop-up dinners in the evenings for a
variety of dinner options. The cafe also
hosts private parties, music acts and
community events, with room for about
60 guests. 301 N. Queen St.; 572-4798.
Corner Coffee Shop
Corner Coffee Shop opened in
the newly created Smucker Village,
a retail center with several other
businesses. The cafe features a menu of
coffee drinks, smoothies, pastries and
cupcakes. The baked goods are made
in-house or bought from Sadie’s Bakery,
which has a kiosk just outside the shop.
Corner Coffee Shop has seating for 24
inside, as well as an outdoor patio with
three benches and four small high-top
tables. The patio also features a raised
stage for live music in the warmer
months. 3536 Old Philadelphia Pike,
Countryside Diner occupies the space
that was previously Leenah’s Family
Restaurant, (adjacent to Achenbach’s
Pastries).The menu features breakfast,
lunch and dinner items that utilize fresh,
and many items
made from scratch.
Owner Wally Khalil,
who formerly ran
diner, is getting
back into the
after several years
The diner features
140 seats at a large
counter, tables and
booths. 71 E. Main
St., Leola; 656-
opened just off
Fruitville Pike in
the Village Shops
at Brighton (the
is in Mount Joy).
Menu items include
dishes and more.
specialty is tomato
pie made with
sauce. DiMaria’s has seating for 40 at
tables and booths. 1183 Erbs Quarry
Rd, Lititz; 208-6028. dimariaspizza.com
E-Cuisine, featuring Chinese and Thai
food, is the second Asian restaurant
in Lancaster County for owner Lance
Zou, who also operates E-Yuan in
Elizabethtown. E-Cuisine serves dishes
without using monosodium glutamate
(MSG) as a favor enhancer. Some of
the menu specialties include General
Ching’s chicken (breaded white chicken
with broccoli, snow peas, mushrooms,
water chestnuts, Napa cabbage, baby
corn and green pepper with a mix of
brown sauce and General Tso’s sauce)
and Green Jade chicken (shredded
chicken sauteed with mushrooms, snow
peas and broccoli in a special house
brown sauce).The restaurant focuses
mainly on takeout and delivery service,
but also offers a small in-house seating
area. 89 E. Main St., Mount Joy; 653-
After many months of construction,
Federal Taphouse opened its downtown
Lancaster location over the summer
on the corner of North Queen and East
Chestnut streets. The spot features
Cafe Di Vetro
Citronnelle Caribbean Chez Nous
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wood-fred pizzas, sandwiches, salads,
appetizers and 100 different beers on
tap. Microbrew selections are constantly
changing and always include a wide
variety of styles. The restaurant, which
seats hundreds of patrons on two foors,
features regular concerts and displays of
local artwork. 201 N. Queen St.; 490-
Francesco’s second location opened
just outside of Lancaster (the original is
in Manheim). The two restaurants share
a menu of thin-crust pizza, stromboli,
subs and pasta dishes. The restaurant
has seating for 48 and offers take-out
and delivery to local businesses. 805A
Rohrerstown Road; 617-2420.
Gracie’s On West Main
Gracie’s on West Main, a 22-seat
breakfast and lunch restaurant, offers
dishes made from scratch and house-
made jams, jellies, salad dressings
and baked goods. The menu features a
variety of soups, salads and sandwiches,
specialty coffee drinks and meats,
including turkey and bone-in hams
that are smoked in-house and served in
sandwiches and other dishes. Catering
options are also offered. Owned and
operated by Jim Rutolo and Mariella
“Gracie” Volker, Gracie’s underwent
some renovations, including the
addition of a small counter and an
expanded kitchen. 264 W. Main St.,
Leola; 826-4314. gracieslancaster.com
Grills Goin’ Wild
The popular local food truck Grills
Goin’ Wild moved off the road and into
a brick-and-mortar restaurant, taking
the place of the former Hot Diggity
Dog, which closed in late 2012. The
1,700-square-foot restaurant, which
offers seating for 46 patrons, received
minor upgrades, including painting and
new furniture. The menu is similar to
the one found in the food truck; menu
items include hot dogs, pulled pork,
roast beef, chicken sandwiches, burgers,
fries, soups and salads. Unusual burger
and hot dog combinations include The
McCheesy (cheese and mac & cheese)
and The Elvis (peanut butter and a
banana) – both available as a dog or a
burger. 1325 Fruitville Pike; 917-6729.
Hunger-N-Thirst / Here
What began as a concept four years
ago between brothers David and
Andrew Neff came to fruition with the
August opening of Hunger-N-Thirst.
The 6,000-square-foot space houses
a unique combination of specialty
grocery, gastropub and bottle shop. The
bottle shop has several coolers with
hundreds of different beers to choose
from, and the specialty grocery focuses
on meats, cheeses, olives, antipasto and
more. The gastropub offers seating for
60 guests (with additional seating on
the large outdoor patio in the summer
months) and features 24 beers on tap
with a focus on microbrews, plus
an extensive list of wine, bourbon,
Scotch and mead. Local chef Anthony
Marini created a menu that includes
everything from meat and cheese
plates and specialty salads to a braised
short rib sandwich and soft pretzels.
In November, Marini opened Here
— a restaurant within a restaurant on
Hunger-N-Thirst’s mezzanine level —
based on a constantly shifting menu of
traditional and experimental dishes that
change every two weeks. 920 Landis
Ave.; 208-3808. hungernthirst.com and
Owners Andre Pham and Donna
Hranica are highlighting the recipes of
Pham’s parents, Robert and Naomi, who
run the Issei Noodle location in Carlisle.
The new Lancaster location takes the
space of the former Stacked Carvery
and offers menu items like fresh ramen,
Vietnamese pho and other traditional
noodle dishes. Issei Noodle also
features a takeout window – Issei Banh
Mi – which opened along the sidewalk
on North Queen Street. Menu items for
takeout include Vietnamese-style banh
mi sandwiches, spring rolls, bubble
tea and Vietnamese iced coffee. 44 N.
Queen St.; 449-6800. isseinoodle.com
Jim’s Specialty Hoagies
Sandwich lovers have a new dining
option with the opening of Jim’s
Specialty Hoagies in the New Holland
Shopping Center. The restuarant
occupies the spot formerly housing S&S
Grilling & BBQ. The menu features
16 different cold subs with locally
inspired names, including The Spartan
(prosciutto, capicola, Genoa salami
and aged sharp provolone) and The
Cloister (capicola, cotechino, peppered
ham, Genoa salami, hot soprassata and
mild provolone). Hard and soft rolls
are delivered daily from a bakery in
Philadelphia, and sides include cole
slaw, pepper cabbage, red beet eggs,
pickles and potato chips. 677 W. Main
St., New Holland; 847-3126.
Johnny’s Pizza & Grill
The former home of Roma Pizza and
New Holland Pizza became Johnny’s
Pizza & Grill. Owned by John Siino,
the restaurant features several pizza
options, burgers, cheesesteaks, salads,
subs and gyros for dining in or take
out. The daily lunch special includes
two slices of cheese pizza and a can of
soda for $3.99. The restaurant offers
seating for around 25 patrons. 117 E.
Main St., New Holland; 354-4222.
Knight & Day Diner
The former Airport Diner at the
Shoppes at Bloomfeld Village has been
overhauled and rebranded as the Knight
& Day Diner. Extensive renovations
at the restaurant took nearly a year
and included a new stone foor, new
furniture and new kitchen equipment.
Table and booth seating accommodates
more than 200 patrons in three dining
areas. The Knight & Day Diner is
operated by the same owners as the Park
City Diner at 884 Plaza Boulevard in
Lancaster and features a similar menu,
including seafood, sandwiches, steaks,
burgers and wraps. The restaurant is
open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
3140 Lititz Pike, Lititz; 490-6198.
Le Viet Bistro
Le Viet Bistro features cuisine from
different regions of Vietnam. The menu
features a variety of noodle, rice and
specialty dishes, along with appetizers,
sandwiches and soups. Specialties
include the central Vietnamese dish
bun bo hue (peppery beef soup with
rice noodles, cabbage, bean sprouts and
herbs) and northern Vietnamese pho
(rice noodle soup in beef broth with thin
cuts of beef).The restaurant has seating
for about 50 at booths and tables. 1930
Columbia Ave.; 299-2771. levietbistro.
Macklin’s Cafe, which opened a
few years ago in York, launched a new
location in Lancaster. The 25-
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offers a breakfast and lunch menu
of sandwiches, soups and salads as
well as gourmet cupcakes, coffee and
ice cream. Breakfast items include
chipped beef gravy and biscuits, fruit
crepes, scotch eggs and more. The
house specialty is the cupcake crepe,
made with dark chocolate or vanilla
cupcake wrapped in a crepe and topped
with whipped cream and a cinnamon
coffee drizzle.The restaurant features
live acoustic entertainment and local
artwork. 24 E. Orange St.; 781-3618.
Pop’s Coffee Shoppe
Pop’s Coffee Shoppe debuted at Lititz
Junction, below Appalachian Brewing
Company. The coffee shop is owned
by Tom and Fiona Hart and features
gourmet coffee from Antonino Coffee
Company, which is also owned by the
Harts and named for Tom’s grandfather,
an Italian immigrant. Antonino works
with a micro-roaster to blend fair-trade
and organic coffee varieties that are sold
at the shop, brewed or as whole beans
by the bag.The shop also carries baked
goods, including muffns, cheesecake
and cupcakes, as well as quiche and
biscotti. There is seating for more than
10 patrons at tables. 55 N. Water St.,
Lititz; 627-7677. popsbrew.com
Pork & Wally’s
This restaurant features a menu with
sandwich selections such as the chicken
and apple cheddar melt and the hot
pork and melted cheddar on a pretzel
roll, as well as dinner entrees including
pot roast with corn bread, roasted
chicken and grilled Atlantic salmon.
The restaurant has seating for 50 inside
and room for an additional 50 customers
on an outdoor deck during the warmer
months. 56 N. Broad St., Lititz; 625-
RD’s American Grill
Rich and Tisha Tipton bought the
former Valley View Restaurant in
May 2013, overseeing renovations
that included adding dining room
seating and a smoker for its barbecue
operation. Before opening RD’s, Rich
operated Tipton Catering and sold
barbecue from a stand in the parking
lot while renovations were under way.
The restaurant specializes in several
different barbecue dishes, including
ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Seafood,
steaks, burgers, sandwiches and a
breakfast menu are also offered. 1426
Lancaster Pike, Quarryville; 548-4227.
Roaring Brook Market
Aiming to increase transparency of
food supply and production and connect
local producers with consumers, this
venue features a small grocer selling
local products and a dine-in and
carry-out cafe using items from the
store to create seasonally based meals.
Special events include cooking classes,
pop-up dinners and showcases to
build awareness of the county’s food
system. 155 E. King St.; 298-7404.
Sandy’s Cake And Pastry Shoppes
Owned by Sandy Leed, Sandy’s Cake
and Pastry Shoppe is a small shop that
features an array of pastries, gourmet
cupcakes, cookies and scones. Specialty
made-to-order cakes are also available.
The interior, with its red-and-white
checkered foor, antique tinware on the
wall and old ads from Look and Life
magazines, is decorated to resemble a
vintage 1950s shop. There is no seating
in the store, but Leed has teamed up
with Naturally Grounded coffee shop
next door to allow customers to take
their treats into the coffee shop. 1828
N. Reading Road, Stevens; 335-2253.
Skinny Park Juice
After the closing of Pemberly Tea
Shop, a longtime Lancaster tea room,
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Skinny Park Juice opened in its place.
The cafe offers a variety of fruit and
vegetable juices, smoothies and coffee,
as well as a light breakfast and lunch
menu. Menu items include hand-rolled
Brooklyn-style bagels, house-cured
wild Alaskan salmon, scones, quiche,
granola, wraps and salads. More than
50 different styles of tea from around
the world are also on the menu. Skinny
Park Juice, which retains the general
layout of the former tea shop, has
seating for about 30. A rotating exhibit
of local art is displayed throughout the
restaurant. 447 N. Mulberry St.; 394-
Soul Restaurant – opened just off of
East King Street in Lancaster – is an
offshoot of owners Derrick Burch and
Elizabeth Kirej’s catering business,
DD Catering and Event Planning. The
restaurant’s menu includes items like
fried fsh; pork chops; fried, barbecue
and jerk chicken; collard greens; potato
salad; and macaroni and cheese. It also
features special dinner nights, including
pasta and steak nights. The owners
made upgrades, including new furniture,
new lighting, and jazz-themed murals
on the walls. 33 Ranck Ave.; 617-2005.
St. Boniface Brew Pub
After spending two years at its
original Ephrata Artworks location,
Saint Boniface Craft Brewing moved to
a larger space and added its own tasting
bar. Now located on West Main Street
in Ephrata, the popular microbrewery
flls a space between the Elite Coach
and Fulton Bank buildings that was
formerly used as a storage space for
Ephrata Borough.The new space
features an open-air layout with a bar
made out of a fallen oak tree that came
from owner Michael Price’s yard. The
brewery’s own beer is on tap, and food
will be provided by a rotating cast of
food trucks. 1701 W. Main St., Ephrata;
Steeplechase Jack’s Meatball Shop
Steeplechase Jack’s — an offshoot
of the Central Market stand of the
same name — features an array of deli
sandwiches, knishes, breakfast items
and more. Owned by Steve and Dani
Brickman, Steeplechase Jack occupies
the space in downtown Lancaster that
formerly housed Red Rose Segway.
Menu items include traditional New
York Kosher-style Jewish and Italian
foods like pastrami and Reuben
sandwiches, matzo ball soup, sausage,
meatballs, salads and more. The interior,
decorated with album covers and music
paraphernalia, includes seating for 30.
305 N. Queen St.; 290-6943.
Eco-friendly and reclaimed wood
store Tellus360 underwent massive
renovations, adding a bar, a cafe (known
as The Farmette), and two concert
rooms and a music recording studio.
The Farmette is operated by local
caterer The Scarlet Runner and features
a weekly rotating menu of dishes based
on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.
The Tellus bar features Irish beers and
whiskeys, as well as beers from regional
craft breweries such as Lancaster
Brewing Co., Tröegs, Spring House and
Stoudts. 24 E. King St., Lancaster; 393-
Willie James Soul Food
Willie James Soul Food Restaurant
@ Downtown took over the space
of the former Wings & Fins Minit
Market in downtown Lancaster.The
restaurant features traditional soul food
dishes, including fried chicken, fsh
sandwiches, barbecue ribs, pulled-pork
sandwiches and oxtail, as well as collard
greens, mac and cheese, fried cabbage,
cornbread and grits. Homemade desserts
include peach cobbler, sweet potato
pie and more. Owner Mark Wilson
says many of the menu items were
inspired by family recipes. The space
underwent extensive renovations before
opening and now has seating for about
30 patrons. 113 W. King St.; 293-5193.
Mount Joy received its second
brewery with the opening of
Zuckfoltzfus Brewing Co. Owners
Michael and Karen Boyer moved
brewing operations from their home to
the new space, where they make several
different beer varieties. The brewery
features seating for 38 customers and
a gastropub featuring locally sourced
specialties, including meat and cheese
plates, pizzas and a meat pie with a
crust from byproducts of the brewing
process. 12 S. Market St., Mount Joy;
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Nothing, that is, except for art, and
the need for crafting programs and
projects that are inclusive and reach
out to the community.
But, within that framework each
program is unique.
Like the works of art themselves
— even commissioned work such
as the 6,000 recently fnished metal
medallions that Glatfelter Paper
Company needed for an anniversary
The medallions were made using
a sand molding process. First a
pattern board was created and a mold
made. Molten metal was poured
into the molds to produce the cast
After casting, each medallion was
hand-worked by sanding the edges
and polishing. Each fnished piece
was distinct, slightly different from
“Nothing is replicated” George
Mummert, artist in residence and
executive director, says.
Each time metal is forged or
bronze cast, each time a mold is
made or a piece polished, each time
a pencil line is sketched, it is its own
distinct form and experience.
Then, there’s the art woven into
public spaces, such as the ongoing
Garden of Dreams, a community
garden near Martin Luther King
Elementary School, 466 Rockland
Installations like this create the
opportunity for a multi-faceted
experience. In this case, the
project began with outreach to, and
conversations with, the community.
The idea was to reach people who
didn’t have access to art and give
them a chance to express and involve
Funding, especially when
working in economically challenged
communities, is vital for a project to
move from concept to reality. Early
on, around 2010, Mummert wrote
proposals and secured grant money
from the National Endowment for
the Arts and The Lancaster County
Partners joined in, including the
Spanish American Civic Association,
Brightside Opportunities Center and
Crispus Attucks Community Center,
as well as the school. Kids from
each organization were taught how to
make a bronze sculpture.
This spring, a sculpture designed
by the kids will be installed,
Mummert says. The piece will be
made up of small bronze portraits
made by the children of a person
who is important to them.
Parents, aunts and famous fgures
such as Martin Luther King Jr.
were acceptable as role models;
Spongebob and action heroes were
After the installation, Keystone
will step back from the project. The
local residents have already taken
over, as Mummert had hoped.
“When you plant a seed, you’re
never sure it will grow,” he says.
Keystone itself has done more
than grow since it began nearly ten
years ago. At frst it was a private
studio, then a space with a public
gallery. Classes in bronze casting
and welding were added, then the
ceenter began working with partners
and started a camp.
In 2006, Mummert says, it
received offcial 501(c)(3) status.
This let the center support creative
efforts in Lancaster by becoming a
nexus for other ventures.
Lancaster Creative Reuse is
one of those ventures. Offcially,
it is a project of Keystone, but
the organization is in a different
location and takes the idea of art
and community in a very different
The goal of LCR is to “connect
community excess to those who can
use it creatively. The project inspires
creativity, increases access to the arts
through affordability, and encourages
There are two main components to
LCR: a store and an open craft table.
The LCR store provides low-cost
supplies, from buttons and pens and
candles to, recently, 21,000 slides
from the Swarthmore art history
Materials, and the space to create,
have been a focus of Keystone
since the beginning. The renovated
warehouse at 420 Pearl St. in
Lancaster’s Southwest neighborhood
has a working bronze foundry, the
tools needed for beginning metal
working and casting classes and the
space needed for skilled artists to
come in and work.
This year, Mummert plans to
create studio space for individual
artists and craftspeople. This will
mean losing most of the public
gallery, but the city of Lancaster
now has a multitude of places where
artists can exhibit their work, from
galleries to coffee shops. Art and
culture in Lancaster have “grown
tenfold; a hundredfold” over the past
15 years, he says.
With all the growth in the arts
community, there is a real need
for “a space to work and a place
to work.” Especially, Mummert
believes, for those who work with
wood, metal and other art materials
considered to be non-standard.
One artist he’s talking to makes
furniture, and needs a rectangular
room to accommodate lumber.
Others might need a smaller room,
but with great ventilation.
In reaching out to individual
artists, Mummert is also hoping
to fnd ways in which creative
organizations can work together,
not just to support the needs of the
artistic community, but to bring
art and creativity to the broader
community — disadvantaged kids,
incarcerated youth, even older people
or people in transition.
Mummert knows that Keystone,
while one of the original hubs for art
in Lancaster, is no longer the only
place that creates community and
“Partnerships are the only way
for smaller arts organizations to be
So, the framework made up of
art, craft, individual and community
will stay in place. But it will fex
with potential partnerships, and the
changing needs of people who are
artists — whether they know it yet
— Stephanie Bradford
Nothing is set in stone at
the Keystone Art & Culture Center
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Welcome to ‘Traintown U.S.A.’
People think of model railroads as
a holiday thing, picturing an electric
train making its way around the
For Tom Groff, the trains keep
rolling long after everybody’s tree
has come down. They have to; those
locomotives and freight cars and
passenger cars and cabooses are
what makes up a Lancaster County
institution: The Choo Choo Barn.
“We’re starting our 53rd year,”
says Groff with pride. “It’s hard to
The model display, which has 22
operating trains and so much more
– look out for that miniature house
that’s on fre! – is a veritable map of
the Garden Spot, with a little extra
imagination thrown in. Well, actually
a lot. It’s what has kept Groff,
current president of the attraction,
going for more than 50 years.
“I love creating,” sums up Groff,
who is forever tinkering with the
gigantic train layout his father,
George, started in 1961. It opened on
Thanksgiving Day of that year.
The address of the Choo Choo
Barn is Strasburg, which is also
home to the Strasburg Rail Road’s
real-life steam train collection
and the Railroad Museum of
But fip over Groff’s business card
and the address reads “Traintown
U.S.A.” The Choo Choo Barn itself
is more than a barn these days;
adjoining the main structure which
houses the 1,700-square-foot layout
is a string of train-related shops
selling railroadiana ranging from
books to Thomas the Tank Engine
items to upscale train sets for the
Not bad for a business that got its
start in the family basement, not long
after George Groff came home from
World War II.
“He was a painter and a paper
hanger,” Tom Groff says of his dad.
But what started out as a single
train set grew into a layout which
eventually engulfed the cellar of
their Strasburg home.
“We always started to work on
the layout in the basement after
Halloween,” recalls Groff, who’s
The local folks eventually took
notice, stopping in to see the display.
“Dad said ‘We can open up
a model railroad and charge
admission,’ ” Groff remembers. The
painting and paper hanging business
was soon eclipsed by the miniature
world the elder Groff eventually
transferred to the present structure on
“He went in this full-time,” Groff
says. “I literally can remember that
empty building,” which was once
an old maintenance facility that
happened to look like a barn.
The Choo Choo Barn very much
became a family affair. George
Groff opened the business with his
wife, Florence, and “we all worked
here,” says Tom Groff of his siblings,
Gary (who was the recipient of that
original train set when George came
home from the war) and Susan.
It’s still very much that way. When
George and Florence Groff retired
in 1979, Tom stepped in, along with
wife Linda, who’s general manager,
and daughter Kristi, who serves as
operations manager. While Tom’s
title is president, “I like to say I’m
the creator and the animator” of the
ever-changing display. “That sounds
Trains, Groff says, “are a means to
an end. What I do is an art form. If
I’m not improving on something, I’m
Indeed, the Choo Choo Barn
is more than trains. Look at the
thousands of details on the layout
and you’ll see everything from
a Lancaster County Amish barn-
raising to a “Hall of Presidents”-style
monument to America’s leaders.
There’s also a salute to another
county attraction: the castle at the
Dutch Wonderland amusement park.
But there’s one non-train item that
grabs every visitor’s attention.
“The fre scene,” Groff says of the
Choo Choo Barn’s famous burning
house, where tiny fremen race
against time to save the day.
“That one has the ‘wow factor.’
They know it for the fre scene.”
Everything on the layout, Groff
sums up, “has a backstory.”
Upgrading and maintaining the
display is also a kind of educational
discipline, Groff says. “It’s
engineering,” he says. “You learn
electronics. You learn landscaping.”
And there’s another secret to
making the unreal realistic.
“You judge a good train by how
it goes, not how fast it goes,” Groff
says. “It [has to] run at a more
prototypical speed,” meaning just
like an actual train, not a sped-up toy.
All of this is run from a kind of
control tower from where Groff
can watch the trains run, the house
fre burn, the barn go up and, at one
point, turn day into night and back
again. There are old-fashioned toggle
switches and dials, but also modern
computer elements (Groff also stars
in a series of behind-the-scenes
videos on the attraction’s Web site,
“I’m a tinkerer,” admits Groff.
He plans to be one for a long time.
“I can’t imagine retiring,” Groff
says. “I enjoy what I do.”
— Stephen Kopfnger
Tom Groff landscapes at the Choo Choo Barn.
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A visit to the Wilbur Chocolate
Candy Store and Museum in Lititz
is a treat for the senses. Visitors are
greeted with the tantalizing aroma
of chocolate as they near the facility,
which has expanded its offerings.
Inside, one can learn about the
history of chocolate, view candy
molds, tins and boxes and watch
Wilbur’s chocolate artists at work in
the candy kitchen. The feast for the
eyes is accompanied by a rhythmic
sound overhead from the machines
that make Wilbur cookie drops and
Kathy Blankenbiller, promotions
and special event coordinator, is also
Wilbur’s resident artist. From July
through October, she spends some
time each week creating a special
edible sculpture for the Kiwanis
Club’s annual Chocolate Walk, a
“chocolate for charity” event held
the Saturday of Columbus Day
weekend. Wilbur is one of the stops
on the tour, and since its inception in
2001, Blankenbiller has created the
“Each year I do something a bit
different, but it’s always something
magical. I often use children’s
stories of fairy tales as inspiration,”
she explains. The sculpture featured
in the 2013 Chocolate Walk featured
13 nursery rhymes and, as an
added treat, Blankenbiller set up a
workbench flled with the tools of
her trade beside the sculpture and
offered visitors the recipe for the
candy clay that was used to create
some of the fgures.
“People think the sculpture will
appeal only to children, but I have
included some jokes that the adults
will enjoy. Humpty Dumpty is ready
for his fall; there’s a tube of Super
Glue beside him. Little Bo Peep
has installed an Invisible Fence so
she won’t lose her sheep (red fags
surround the area with her sheep, and
one of the sheep has a collar).” she
says with a smile, “People always
ask how long it takes to create the
sculpture, but I really don’t know.
When I’m working on it, I get in the
zone and time goes by quickly.”
The sculpture is usually on display
in the candy store and museum for
several weeks after Chocolate Walk.
While Wilbur is a great place to visit
any time, several special monthly
events were initiated to add more fun
to the mix.
Play Date Saturdays are held the
last Saturday of the month; there are
two sessions: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Play Date
Saturdays have ranged from 35 to
75 participants, who each don a hat
or hairnet and disposable apron and
gloves to create confections such as
a candy turkey. “It was originally
designed for kids, and we had
interest from adults. So it’s now open
to all ages — young and young-
at-heart. Each month I teach the
group how to make a different treat.
It’s something simple, but cute —
something they can easily re-create
at home,” Blankenbiller says. “It’s
a great deal — for $1 they learn a
lesson, make a product and get to
Guest Star Wednesday is held from
2 to 3 p.m. the second Wednesday
of the month. The guest stars and
their topics vary — they may be
local chefs or confectioners.
The guest stars explain
and demonstrate their
products. “It’s an informal
presentation — people
are encouraged to ask
questions and sample,
and there’s no charge,”
November’s guest star was Andy
Duncan of Lancaster’s CTC Lollipop
Company. He shared the history of
clear toy candy, which is believed
to have been brought to this country
by German immigrants in the mid-
1700s, as he made several batches
using vintage cast iron molds for
people to sample.
“Clear toy candy was part of the
Pennsylvania German Christmas
tradition, but today it’s a year-round
product. I do still use the old-
fashioned recipe,” Duncan says.
Tasty Tuesday was added to this
lineup of special events earlier
this year. There’s no charge for
this hour-long event that features
Blankenbiller demonstrating how
to make an edible item such as a
wedding favor or birthday favor.
“I love crafts, so this should be
really fun for people. It’s not hands-
on but it is interactive, and people
will get to taste either one of the
products I’m working with or the
fnished item,” she explains.
She welcomes input from people
about the confection products
they’re interested in and the types
of confection demonstrations they’d
like to see. “I want this to be useful
to people as well as fun,” she says.
Tasty Tuesdays, Guest Star
Wednesdays and Play Date Saturdays
may be the touchstones of other
special events. “We may be rolling
out other special outreach events and
activities,” Blankenbiller says.
— Rochelle Shenk
Chocolate, fun and more at Wilbur store
Emmitt Leister enjoys the fun during
a Wilbur Chocolate Play Date Saturday.
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