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Univest To Open New Retail Financial Centers April 28, 2017

Univest Bank and Trust Co. recently signed two long-term leases and began renovations on its third and fourth retail financial centers in Lancaster County. One is expected to open in June in Brownstown at 4242 Oregon Pike. That location will be followed by the Georgetown financial center, which is planned to open in early fall at 1135 Georgetown Road.

The two locations are expected to create approximately six full-time jobs, which will be filled by local, well-known financial professionals with extensive experience in the Lancaster market. The financial center staff will be led by Jennifer Miller, vice president and area manager, who oversees consumer banking in Lancaster County.

"We see these areas as underserved markets in need of exceptional financial solutions and customer service," explained Miller. "With staff who live locally, we will be able to deliver the community-focused banking that Univest has provided well for more than 140 years."

Univest has quickly planted roots in Lancaster by investing in multiple financial centers since entering the market in 2016. Univest opened its first financial center in Willow Street last summer, and a Strasburg location opened in April. In addition, Univest has a regional office located in the Greenfield Corporate Center that opened in spring 2016. With the addition of the Brownstown and Georgetown financial centers, Univest will employ approximately 35 people in Lancaster County. In addition to consumer banking, Univest has an agricultural lending team led by Dale Hershey and a commercial lending team led by Bryan Moyer.

"We are excited to continue our expansion in the Lancaster community," said Mike Keim, president of Univest Bank and Trust Co. "We have received a very positive response from local businesses and consumers, leading us to accelerate our expansion plans. We are excited to open these new locations, which will allow us to bring Univest's comprehensive financial solutions, exceptional service and local approach to even more residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations."

Since its founding in 1876 in Souderton, Montgomery County, Univest has expanded its service area and offerings. In addition to traditional banking, Univest currently provides a full range of financial solutions including insurance, investments, mortgage banking, wealth management and equipment financing. It has offices in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Philadelphia and Lancaster counties and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, as well as in Cape May County in New Jersey.

Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania, including its wholly owned subsidiary, Univest Bank and Trust Co., Member FDIC, has approximately $4.2 billion in assets and $3.2 billion in assets under management and supervision through its Wealth Management lines of business. For more information, readers may visit www.univest.net.

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Eldreth Pottery Founder To Retire April 28, 2017

Annual Open House Planned In Oxford

Eldreth Pottery was founded by David and Faye Eldreth in 1976. David, who graduated from the Maryland School of Art in Baltimore, took a ceramics class, enjoyed the art, and decided to give the pottery business a try. With little funds to start the company, David and Faye dug their own clay in Quarryville, made their own potter's wheel out of a washing machine, and borrowed a kiln. Through much trial and error, as well as determination, the couple began producing pottery and selling it at local museums. As members of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, they also participated in art shows, displaying and selling their handiwork.

The pottery business started in the Eldreths' basement and then expanded into their garage. In the early 1980s, the Eldreths purchased their current property at 902 Hart Road, Oxford, which they transformed into a production facility and showroom, converting an old mushroom house with the help of production manager Dan Wirt. A second showroom later opened at 246 N. Decatur St., Strasburg. As the business was growing, a few additional people were hired, and David worked full time as an art teacher.

Eldreth Pottery is known for offering handmade pottery crafted in Lancaster County by a crew of talented artists. Many artists have been working with Eldreth Pottery for more than 20 years. According to David, Eldreth Pottery is one of the few remaining companies that handcraft salt-glazed stoneware and redware pottery, and each piece is created to be unique.

David recently announced that he will retire from the pottery business at the end of 2017. Leading up to his retirement, he will sign pieces of pottery and answer questions at the business's annual open house events. The first event, the Oxford location's spring open house, will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 7, from noon to 5 p.m. The open house will feature unique pottery items and collectables, demonstrations, activities for children and adults, a prize drawing, and free food to benefit a charity. The Strasburg location will host its annual Christmas open house later in 2017.

Although he will no longer be involved in the pottery business, David plans to continue in his fine art pursuits as a full-time painter. He has been pursuing his interest in painting for the past six years, and he will display his work at upcoming shows in New York City, the Hamptons, and Philadelphia. David and Faye's children will continue to operate the Eldreth Pottery business.

The Eldreth Pottery factory and showroom in Oxford is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The Strasburg showroom is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Readers can reach the Oxford location at 888-811-4313 or the Strasburg location at 717-687-8445. Tours may be scheduled at the Oxford factory and showroom.

Additional information, including details on the available selection of hand-turned and hand-painted pottery, may be found at www.eldrethpottery.com.

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Fergie's Introduces Online Ordering April 20, 2017

The owners and managers of Ferguson & Hassler ("Fergie's") supermarket, 100 TownsEdge Drive, Quarryville, have introduced a new service that they hope will be a boon to the community. On April 24, online ordering was slated to go live through the Rosie app.

"This is the way grocery shopping is going," noted store manager Jimmy Hassler. "We wanted to be the first in our area to kick this off."

The online ordering service has been successful in other states, so Fergie's owners - brothers Tim and Jim Hassler, along with their cousin George "Chip" Hassler III - introduced the idea last year, when the store marked its100th anniversary.

"When we opened in the early 1900s, we did the shopping for you," said e-commerce manager Timothy Hassler.

"We're kind of going back to the future," Jimmy quipped.

The similarities are striking, with a few noticeable differences. Rather than write out a paper list of desired items that they would hand to a clerk, today's customers may open the Rosie app on their mobile devices or personal computers, add items to their virtual cart, pay using a credit card, and collect their bags of goods at the store. When an order is submitted online, Fergie's employees will collect the items and have them ready for pickup during a set time. Customers will not have to leave their vehicles.

"A lot of working moms with kids like (the idea)," Jimmy said.

The service will also be beneficial for people with mobility challenges, those who do not have time to shop, and those who do not enjoy grocery shopping in general.

A service fee will be charged per order, but the fee will be waived for each customer's first purchase. Items may be favorited, and previous purchases may be reordered through the app. The Fergie's customer loyalty program is not linked to Rosie, but advertised sale prices will be honored. The only difference is that online purchases will not earn gas rewards.

Currently, only credit cards are accepted for payment for online orders, but the team is working on adding PayPal as a payment option.

Two pickup times have been set each day, and 20 orders will be accommodated during each time slot. Orders may be picked up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays as well as from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Fergie's is closed on Sundays. Orders must be placed at least three hours before the preferred pickup slot. If the service proves popular, additional slots will be opened. Eventually, grocery delivery may be added.

During the pickup times, a Fergie's employee will be stationed by the new refrigerator and freezer that have been installed under the overhang at the front of the store. Customers will show a code generated by the Rosie app to collect their orders, which will be retrieved from the cold storage or from the warehouse if nonperishable.

While practically the entire Fergie's inventory is accessible through the Rosie app, customized bakery items, party platters and other catering items, and self-serve food bar selections will not be available. Customers should call the store at 786-7301 to place orders with the bakery and catering departments.

The Rosie app may be downloaded through the Apple Store and Google Play or by visiting www.fergusonhassler.com. Readers with questions about the online ordering service may call or text 725-0070 or email expressfergies@gmail.com.

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HACC Hosts Financial Literacy Courses April 20, 2017

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Groups Plan Health Summit April 20, 2017

The Central Penn Business Group on Health and LiveWell Lancaster County Coalition will host their annual Health Summit on Thursday, May 11, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster.

The Health Summit is designed to bring together the business community and other community partners to promote better health and well-being in the community. The focus will be on developing better ways to deal with stress to minimize its impact on community members' health and the health of the community. The goal of the event is to provide employers and community members with the tools they need to deal with stress in the lives of their employees and the community they are trying to serve.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Sapolsky, a noted science and nature writer, biologist, neuroscientist and stress expert.

The event will also include the presentations of the annual Well Workplace Awards in conjunction with LightenUp Lancaster. Awards will go to both large and small employers in the community who have focused on improving the health of their employees as demonstrated through their completed CDC scorecards. The organizers will also recognize two employers who have used innovation in the development of their programs and demonstrated the impact of their offerings. The summit will also include breakout sessions targeting all aspects of well-being.

The registration fee includes breakfast. To register readers may visit www.lancasterhealthsummit.org.

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Fourth Friday Passport Program Set April 19, 2017

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) will offer the Fourth Friday Passport program from Fourth Friday, April 28, until Fourth Friday, Aug. 25. Venues will be open various days and hours throughout the week, as well as each Fourth Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Six local businesses in the Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville areas will offer special discounts or promotions only for holders of a program passport. Those who obtain an approved vendor stamp from five of the businesses may enter a prize drawing, set to occur at the SVCC Visitors Center on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Completed passports must be submitted by Monday, Aug. 28, to qualify for entry.

Passports may be purchased at the SVCC Visitors Center, 445 Linden St., Columbia, and most participating businesses at any time until the end of the program. To learn more, call the SVCC Visitors Center at 684-5249. First Friday details are also available at www.parivertowns.com.

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TrueNorth Takes Part In Campaign April 19, 2017

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Leadership Panel Event Planned April 19, 2017

Leadership Cumberland will hold an "Evolution of Leadership" panel discussion on Wednesday, May 3, at 3:30 p.m. at the U.S. Army Heritage Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle.

Kyle C. Snyder, chief administrative officer of Geisinger Holy Spirit, will speak during the event. At Geisinger Holy Spirit, Snyder is responsible for the operations of the hospital, medical group and emergency medical services in central Pennsylvania. Prior to assuming this position in June 2016, he served as vice president of operations/integration following Holy Spirit's affiliation with Geisinger Health System in 2014.

The interactive panel discussion will also feature Bob Marquette, president and chief executive officer, Members 1st Federal Credit Union; Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, commandant, U.S. Army War College; and Maddie Young, president and chief executive officer, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Panelists will discuss what has shaped their careers and how their leadership styles have changed over the years.

The event is free, but registration is requested. To register, readers may visit www.leadershipcumberland.org, email director@leadershipcumberland.org, or call 763-9300.

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Coffee With A Cop Event Held April 19, 2017

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"Stuff The Bus" Project Held April 19, 2017

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