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New Record Shop Focuses On Classic Albums November 2, 2018

Jack Walton has a passion for music, both as an avid listener and as a concertgoer. During his 30-year career as a middle school history teacher, Walton used music to help him teach his students. Now, Walton is inviting the public to join him in his love of classic sounds through his new record shop, Spiders From Mars.

The shop takes its name from David Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," which is Walton's all-time favorite album. It specializes in new and used vinyl and compact disc recordings of the 1960s and 1970s.

Spiders From Mars is located at 2223 Dutch Gold Drive, Lancaster, in a small commercial strip across from Dutch Gold Honey. The shop is filled with more than 1,000 albums, as well as turntables, incense, gift items, T-shirts, Baja sweaters, magnets, buttons, posters, tapestries, hats, shoulderbags, and more. Groovy cat toys handmade by Walton's wife, Beth, and his mother-in-law, Jackie, are also available at the shop. The shop also sells gift certificates, which Walton noted are ideal for holiday giving.

Community members are invited to stop by to see the unique items found in the shop. Spiders From Mars is open on Sundays from noon to about 5 p.m., Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to about 5:30 p.m., and Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to about 6 p.m.

"When you step into the shop, you step into a time warp. You are (transported) into the 1960s and 1970s," Walton said. "There is a special section dedicated to the Rolling Stones and David Bowie. It's a fun place that honors the best music ever made."

Walton readily admits that he is not a businessman, and he considers Spiders From Mars a hobby. According to Walton, only time will tell the direction this hobby will take. "As David Bowie said, 'I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring,'" Walton quoted.

For more information about Spiders From Mars, readers may call the shop at 717-405-8162.

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Downingtown Yoga Marks Milestone, Plans Workshop Series October 31, 2018

Meditation for Caregivers, a free workshop for professional caregivers - from those just starting out in the field to seasoned professionals - will be offered on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Downingtown Yoga & Meditation Center, 116 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. People who are caring for a loved one may also find the workshop beneficial.

"Many forget, in the tornado of life, how important it is to take care of yourself while taking care of others," said Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati, known internationally as Swamiji.

The event is a way for Downingtown Yoga to give back, especially on its fifth anniversary at its current location. The center was born five years ago after Swamiji studied in India and taught in California for many years.

Swamiji is an American woman who has dedicated her life to meditation and teaching others. Described as down-to-earth, knowledgeable, and funny, she aims to make profound teachings both accessible and useful in others' modern-day lives. She settled in Downingtown in order to make meditation easily available to the local community.

At the center's five-year milestone, Swamiji is kicking off a year featuring a series of free workshops; Meditation for Caregivers is the first one.

First responders and military members are invited to learn to meditate, as well. Those who are interested may make a reservation by calling 610-644-7555.

Swamiji is also available to teach meditation to groups at their location at no charge. Groups interested in a free workshop may call the previously mentioned phone number. "If you have tried to meditate and say you can't, these workshops are for you!" Swamiji said.

The free event on Nov. 11 will teach attendees how to find inner peace in a five-minute meditation. They will learn from Swamiji, a meditation master who is known for making meditation easy and accessible. Swamiji, originator of Svaroopa Vidya meditation, which she said is a "contemplative, slow-paced, and customized practice," will show participants the way inward and help them to discover the source of peace within. Attendees will also learn easy moving-and-breathing practices for instant centering.

Also presenting at the workshop will be Christine Jaskulski, B.A., B.S.W, M.A., P.P.A. For more than 40 years, she has worked in the field of developmental disabilities. Providing information and support to professional and familial care providers has been a passion and integral part of her work. "Knowledge is power," she emphasized.

Shelley Zeichner, a health and wellness event planner, will also present at the workshop. The stress from many years of planning and designing all types of special events led Zeichner to seek techniques for peace of mind. She explained that finding meditation was life changing and career changing. Now she shares the benefits of meditation through events designed for the caregiver community.

Downingtown Yoga offers free meditations on Sundays and Tuesdays. In addition, the center has yoga classes, workshops, retreats, meditation, and yoga teacher trainings. The weekly classes are for everybody.

For more information, readers may stop by Downingtown Yoga & Meditation, visit www.downingtownyoga.org, or call 610-644-7555.

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The Country Store Celebrates 40 Years October 26, 2018

The Country Store LLC, located at 3140 Mount Joy Road, Mount Joy, is celebrating 40 years in business. The store has been family owned and operated since 1978.

Over the years, what began as a small farmhouse business for Jim and Lillian Zimmerman has grown to include a diverse selection of fresh lunch meats and cheeses, bulk foods, produce, and frozen foods. The Country Store also features natural and organic foods.

The Zimmermans' son, Jamie, eventually joined the business; he helps to manage the day-to-day operations. Additionally, Tim Wilson and Wendy Arnold are being added to the team. Wilson will manage the store's new fresh meat department, featuring fresh chicken, beef, and pork.

The store continues to focus on providing friendly service, top-quality products, freshness, and reasonable prices, all in the charm of a truly authentic country setting. Fax and phone orders are accepted on deli orders and large bulk orders. The store's phone number is 717-653-2652, and the fax number is 717-653-8911.

Customers are invited to join The Country Store in celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special sale from Wednesday, Oct. 31, to Tuesday, Nov. 13. Anniversary deals will be offered on bulk foods, deli items, produce, and frozen foods. A list of specials can be found at www.thecountrystoremtjoy.com and in the ad listed in this publication.

The Country Store's hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays; 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is closed on Sundays.

The store is located on Route 772 between Route 283 and Mount Joy. For more information on The Country Store, readers may call 717-653-2652 or visit the previously mentioned website.

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A Lot To Celebrate At The Bake Shoppe At Country Table October 19, 2018

The Bake Shoppe at Country Table, located at 740 E. Main St., Mount Joy, will hold its second annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"When my husband and I took over the business last year, we never looked at it as getting into the bakery business; we were getting into the celebration business," said Jessica Daly, who, along with her husband, Tom, owns and operates The Bake Shoppe. "Yes, we bake products from amazing recipes and use the best ingredients, but our mission is to help bring people together through celebration," Jessica explained. "Our Customer Appreciation Day is a celebration of the one ingredient we couldn't do without - our customers."

The Bake Shoppe at Country Table is a full-service bakery specializing in homemade pies, custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and pastries. The Bake Shoppe team spent its first year brainstorming ways to make the shopping experience special for its customers. "We are particularly proud of our new online cake ordering app," said Tom, who has a background in engineering from Virginia Tech. "We thought ordering a birthday cake should be easy and fun, so we built an app that lets you customize a cake from your phone in five minutes or less."

The customer appreciation event on Oct. 27 will feature a variety of promotions and giveaways.

"We're going to have fun this year with a different promotion every two hours," said Jessica. "We start off with free coffee with every purchase from 7 until 9 a.m., and after that we'll have some of our bestselling items promoted at buy-one-get-one free." Buy-one-get-one-free promotions, which will exclude orders, will include cupcakes from 9 to 11 a.m., cookies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and whoopie pies from 1 to 4 p.m. Additionally, the shop will offer 50 percent off all doughnuts, muffins, and sticky buns from 4 to 7 p.m. All of that is on top of free samples of baked goods ranging from muffins and cookies to pumpkin pie.

Tom and Jessica will personally hand out samples to customers from 9 to 11 a.m. "If you haven't been in for a while, come by this Saturday," encouraged Jessica. "We'd love to meet you."

For more information about The Bake Shoppe at Country Table or to place an order, readers may visit www.thebakeshoppe.net or call 717-492-8440. The Bake Shoppe at Country Table is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.

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Moyer's Furniture Store Marks 25 Years October 19, 2018

Moyer's Furniture Store, 1105 W. Main St., Mount Joy, is celebrating its 25th year in business. Owners Daryl and Kay Moyer have been selling new and quality used furniture to the community since the business's inception. "We consider (this milestone) a true blessing from the Lord," they said.

"When we first opened 25 years ago, we felt the need to have a good selection of new and quality used furniture at a great price and to give better service as a hometown business," the owners noted.

What started out as a two-room store has now grown into more than 10,000 square feet of display area for furniture, allowing customers a larger selection of furniture from which to choose.

As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, Moyer's Furniture Store is offering its biggest sale in its history on every item in the store. The sale is taking place now through Thursday, Nov. 15. Shoppers may also qualify to enter to win a new BarcaLounger recliner, with the drawing to be held on Nov. 15.

"It has been our pleasure serving you," the Moyers said. "We want to personally thank all of our customers, (as they are) the reason we have been in business so long. We could not have done it without you."

Regular business hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, as well as 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The business is closed on Sundays. For more information, readers may call Moyer's Furniture Store at 717-653-6653 or visit www.moyersfurniturestore.com. The website features an online gallery of new and quality used furniture.

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Lititz Bikeworks Opens Community Cyclocross Course October 15, 2018

Free Weekly Youth Clinics Available

The town of Lititz now boasts its own cyclocross course. Lititz Bikeworks owners Rebecca and Mark Branle opened the course - called The Rock Garden - on the Rock Lititz campus.

"When Rock Lititz invited us to open a bicycle shop on their campus, it came with a heavy dose of self-applied pressure," said Rebecca. "We didn't want to be an ordinary bike shop on an extraordinary campus."

The Branles knew that they wanted Lititz Bikeworks to offer all of the standard services customers expect from a bike shop, such as selling and servicing bikes. They also wanted to encourage riders of all ages and experience levels to ride, right at the shop, with no worries about traffic. That's where the idea of a cyclocross course came into play.

According to the Branles, there are no other bike shops on the East Coast that have their own cyclocross courses that are open year-round, free to the community at large.

Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing with European roots that might be best compared to a Tough Mudder on bikes. The sport is off-road, often twists through grassy fields, and always includes obstacles. Some obstacles riders can ride through or over, like log crossings, sharply pitched but short hills, or rock gardens. Some will cause the riders to dismount their bikes and carry them over barriers or up run-ups. The Rock Garden has a sampling of all of these attributes, but riders of all levels can navigate the course without having to dismount their bikes or attempt log crossings.

"When we were designing the course, we thought lots about our own families," explained Mark. "We wanted to create something we could all do, from kids to parents and on to grandparents. That's why the course splits into three sections."

"While everyone gets to enjoy the flowing, grassy section of the course, more experienced riders and racers can opt to explore the expert section, featuring some more technical aspects, including some intense rocky segments that will appeal to mountain bikers," Mark noted. "The intermediate section offers log crossings and some more mild rock gardens. The beginner section just sticks to the fun, flowy stuff and is perfect for new riders."

Rebecca added, "Because races loop through fields on shorter, closed courses, spectators can typically see all of the action, rather than just watching road riders fly by."

"Until now, those interested in the sport needed to enter a race in order to experience it," Rebecca explained. "Cyclocross courses just don't tend to exist for longer than the weekend of the race. Promoters would build up a course on borrowed land and then tear it down."

There are no plans to tear down The Rock Garden, which was designed with input from the Susquehanna Area Mountain Biking Association (SAMBA). Volunteers from SAMBA teamed with Lititz Bikeworks employees and community volunteers to physically create the course.

Currently, the course is open during the bike shop's hours, which are Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The shop is closed on Tuesdays. Riders should park at the bike shop, stop into the shop to sign a waiver of liability, and then ride their bikes over to the course. Mountain bikes and cyclocross bikes will work best. Experienced riders who want to hone their skills are invited to join the shop's weekly Thursday night ride. Mark, a licensed cyclocross racer, leads the free training ride.

One of the Branles' goals from the outset was to use the course to create opportunities for local children to hone their biking skills. When Seth Gunderson from 717Cycling, an amateur cycling team with roots in York and Lancaster counties, approached the pair about hosting a Junior Cyclocross Clinic on the course, the answer was an emphatic yes.

"Our focus with the 717Juniors program is to expose more kids and juniors to the joy of riding a bike (and) the confidence that comes with accomplishing difficult tasks and to foster a lifelong love of a healthy, sustainable, athletic lifestyle," says Gunderson.

The clinics, which are open to riders ages 8 to 17, began in August and take place on Fridays at 6 p.m. No previous cyclocross experience is necessary, and, in fact, most of the attendees are brand new to the sport. Gunderson provides families with information on upcoming cyclocross races and even offers to cover registration fees and license fees for children willing to commit to at least four races.

Youths who would like to participate but whose bikes are not in the best condition can borrow bikes from both Lititz Bikeworks and 717Juniors to use during practice and at races for no charge.

"Our main objective with this clinic isn't to be the winningest team, although we certainly want to provide kids with all the tools they need to win," added Rebecca. "The main goal is to provide every child the opportunity to participate, without being a financial stressor for parents."

Lititz Bikeworks will team up with Troeg's Independent Brewing to host Troegenator Cross at The Rock Garden on Saturday, Oct. 27. The race, designated as the Pennsylvania State Cyclocross Championships, will be the course's inaugural competitive event.

Several hundred racers are expected to attend, with races beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. Race categories will be offered for beginner adults; elite males and females; masters racers in their 60s, 70s, and 80s; and juniors ages 9 to 17. Registration fees vary depending on the racer category, as do prizes. The top five elite male and female riders will earn cash awards. Elite women will race at 1:30 p.m., with the men following at 2:30 p.m.

Spectators are encouraged to attend. Lancaster's BUZZ food truck will be on-site starting at 7:30 a.m., serving up coffee and breakfast sandwiches. For lunch, Gravie Kitchen and Commons will offer Oktoberfest-themed items. There could also be some musical surprises throughout the day.

A race announcer will keep spectators abreast of all the action, and bike-themed vendors will show the latest and greatest bicycle goods. The bike shop itself will have its own tent packed with clearance bikes, apparel, and accessories.

Those wishing to participate in the race can register at www.bikereg.com/troegenator-cross.

Lititz Bikeworks is located at 201 Rock Lititz Blvd., Suite 11, Lititz. The shop can be reached at 717-553-7997, or readers may visit www.intercoursebikeworks.com.

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Dental Practice Announces New Name, Welcomes New Dentist October 12, 2018

MJP Family Dental, formerly known as Kassab & Johnson Family Dental, 28 N. Barbara St., Mount Joy, has recently transitioned to new leadership. In August, Dr. Eli Katz replaced Dr. Edward Kassab and Dr. Janice Johnson upon their retirements.

While the practice features a new name and primary care provider, the office has retained its same location and six team members. Katz, who speaks English and Spanish, and his staff are committed to providing personalized service of the highest quality, as well as to maintain an active schedule of continuing education in order to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and materials.

Katz graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in engineering science and then received his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) from Temple University's Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry. Katz, who is a Philadelphia native, followed in his father's footsteps and became the third generation of dentists in his family to graduate from Temple. "I was never actually interested in dentistry as a kid, but as I got older I wanted a profession that I could use to help others and work with my hands," reflected Katz.

Dentistry certainly fits those parameters, and today Katz is grateful to be in a position to help transform the lives of his patients through dentistry on a daily basis. Being able to care for people and take them out of excruciating pain is part of what makes being a dentist such a rewarding profession, Katz said. He believes dentistry can not only positively impact a person's physical health but have a meaningful impact on his or her wellbeing and confidence as well. "Even just a simple aesthetics case can make a huge difference," Katz remarked.

MJP Family Dental provides comprehensive care and services that include implants and restorations, endodontics (root canal treatments), orthodontics, crowns and veneers, extractions, white filling, nonsurgical periodontal therapy, nonmetallic flexible dentures, low-radiation digital X-rays, teeth whitening, oral cancer screening, and more. "We try to cover all the bases," Katz stated. Same-day appointments and treatment for emergency situations and 24-hour on-call coverage are also offered.

MJP Family Dental is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Additional appointments may be available upon request on Fridays. The practice is accepting new patients. Most insurances are accepted. To schedule an appointment or learn more, readers may visit www.mjpfamilydental.com or call 717-653-2404.

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ECS Comfort Celebrates 30th Anniversary September 20, 2018

ECS Comfort, 31 N. Spruce St., Elizabethtown, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. ECS Comfort specializes in the installation and service of heating and cooling equipment for both residential and commercial customers.

Dave and Tracey Sattazahn started ECS Comfort (then known as Environmental Controls & Service Inc.) out of their home in Hershey in 1988. At the time, Dave had been working as a field service technician for another heating and cooling company in the area for more than 10 years. After securing a few commercial accounts, he launched his own business, with the goal of providing superior service to area customers.

Dave soon hired a helper and moved the business to a building on Gates Road in Hershey. In the late 1990s, the business started serving residential customers, and that piece of the business grew quickly. By 2010, the majority of the company's customers were residential.

Around that time, ECS Comfort purchased the old Simon Candy building in Elizabethtown and moved to the 31 N. Spruce St. location in the summer of 2010. From this location, ECS Comfort has been able to expand its services to include customers throughout the Lancaster, Lebanon, and Harrisburg areas. The business employs technicians who live as far away as Lancaster and Dillsburg, and the company's technicians are often dispatched directly from their homes, which reduces the wait time for customers and allows the technicians to respond more quickly for morning appointments and in the event of an emergency on a weekend or at night.

ECS Comfort is a family-owned and family-operated business, and Dave is still involved in the business on a daily basis. He grew up in Hershey and now lives in Annville with Tracey, his wife of nearly 40 years. Andy Sattazahn, Dave's nephew, is the general manager, overseeing the sales and operations of the business. Most of the employees have been with the company for several years or more.

The products that ECS Comfort offers include central heating systems, including furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and ductless heat pumps; central cooling systems, including central air conditioning, heat pumps, and ductless heat pumps; gas and electric water heaters; and air filtration and cleanings systems, including air purifiers, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and air cleaners. The business offers services such as annual and semiannual tune-ups and cleaning, annual water heater tune-ups and cleaning, and diagnosis and repair of heating and cooling system malfunctions. While the business services all brands of equipment, it primarily installs Daikin brand equipment. ECS Comfort is recognized as one of the few Daikin Comfort Pro dealers in the area.

When customers call the ECS Comfort office, service manager Shannon Keefer answers each call personally. Technicians note that they know customers by name and think of them as family, and they take the time to listen to what they need and provide them with the best possible service.

ECS Comfort trains its employees so that they are current on the latest technologies and trends in the industry. The technicians train in the office several hours per week and attend professional continuing education training several days per year. All of the business's technicians drive fully stocked, GPS-tracked vans and carry with them internet-connected tablets and cellphones.

Technicians explained that the business's best rates and discounts are offered to customers that are part of ECS Comfort's Comfort Club program. The Comfort Club program is a planned maintenance program that allows customers to pay a small monthly fee that covers one or two system tune-ups and cleanings per year and includes discounts on any repairs or accessories that the customer needs or wants to purchase throughout the year.

ECS Comfort follows a flat-rate pricing model, which means that once staff members diagnose the problem, they give customers a price to complete the work before they even start. Customers have the option to accept or decline before work begins, and there is never a surprise on the bill because a part cannot be found or because something takes longer than initially expected.

The business stands behind its work, with technicians stating that if a customer is not happy with ECS Comfort's service or equipment, the business will do what it takes to make it right. Ultimately, if the customer is not happy with a system that is installed, BCS will pull it out and refund the customer's money with no questions asked.

ECS Comfort offers 24-hour emergency service. For more information and to take advantage of ECS Comfort's 30th anniversary specials, readers may call 717-890-1885. Information is also available at www.ECScomfort.com.

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Freedom Flooring Opens In New Holland September 19, 2018

Freedom Flooring recently opened in New Holland. The business, co-owned by brothers Gary and Darwin Hurst, features a showroom located at 205 Diller Ave., New Holland.

A grand opening will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free food and ice cream will be available. Everything in the store will be 10 percent off, and there will be blowout pricing on factory direct sheet vinyl.

Freedom Flooring serves Lancaster, Lebanon, Chester, York, and Berks counties and surrounding counties. The business, which has the tagline of "Experience the Difference," is focused on providing exceptional service to each of its customers. "From the first time you set foot in our 3,500-square-foot showroom to the time the installer leaves the job site, we guarantee that you will be satisfied each step of the process," noted the owners.

The business sells and installs carpet, hardwood, vinyl, laminate, and tile, and it specializes in custom-design tile work, including tile showers. Full design service is offered for the purpose of making the selection process easier. Seasoned installation technicians meticulously install products and designs customers have selected to beautify their homes. "We pride ourselves on leaving clean workspaces, with no tools or dirt left behind," the owners said.

Gary began his career in the flooring industry when he was 17 years old, when he started assisting the warehouse manager at a local flooring store as a summer job. He never left the flooring industry, and he has extensive experience in all aspects of the industry, including installation of all types of products, sales, customer service, and business management. He most enjoys taking an old floor that needs extensive repairs and using his experience to give the customer a structurally sound and beautiful floor.

Darwin started working with Gary in the flooring industry 14 years ago, when he was pursuing a degree in secondary education at Millersville University and helped Gary over the summers to pay his way through college. Gary taught him how to successfully install various types of flooring. When Darwin began his teaching career, he continued to work with Gary over the summers. After five years of teaching, during which time he was a high school technology education teacher, he decided to pursue his dream of starting a business. Over the next few years, he worked at area flooring stores and operated as an independent installer, gaining experience and knowledge in various aspects of the industry.

In the spring of 2018, Gary and Darwin decided to combine their experience and dream of being business owners to start Freedom Flooring. "We are excited to operate Freedom Flooring as a business that focuses on relationships," they said. "The most valuable part of our business is the relationship we build with our customers and the opportunity we have to improve their home and their life."

Gary currently lives in Reinholds with his wife and four children. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys playing basketball and golf. He also serves as a deacon at Bethesda Christian Fellowship in Ephrata. Darwin enjoys spending time with Krista, his wife of 10 years, and their two young sons, Emerson and Sullivan. They attend Ephrata Community Church and enjoy being connected to and serving the community.

Freedom Flooring may be reached at 717-344-5963. More information is available by visiting www.freedomflooringllc.com.

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New Office Opening August 27, 2018

CPRS Physical Therapy will open a new physical therapy office on Monday, Sept. 10, at 1170 Erbs Quarry Road, Suite 1, Lititz, located in the Shoppes at Brighton Village. The location will be the business's own independent office. The new location is now the only location in Lititz where CPRS will be providing care; CPRS is no longer providing care at the Highlands Drive location with which it was previously associated.

CPRS is a leading provider of outpatient physical therapy and athletic training services throughout central Pennsylvania. The company is 100 percent employee owned, which means that the therapists, athletic trainers, and clerical and billing professionals are the owners of the business. CPRS representatives note that the company is known for expert clinical care and superb customer service, as well as for providing care in an exceptional atmosphere. CPRS professionals strive to create an environment that allows patients to have a unique physical therapy experience where they are the individual focus and can receive care in a welcoming and comfortable environment.

CPRS was recently honored with Central Penn Parent's Family Favorite Physical Therapy Practice honors and Central Penn College's Business Partner of the Year recognition. "I am excited to lead our new Lititz office and have enjoyed working with the many patients and their families from the Lititz area that I have treated over the past several years," shared Andrew Groft, DPT, OCS, who is the clinic manager of the office. Groft is a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School and Lebanon Valley College.

The professional staff in the office will include Henry Hershey, physical therapist. He has been active in the Lititz health care community for more than 30 years, and he owned his own practice until joining CPRS. Hershey graduated from Warwick High School, Millersville State College, and Emory University. Caitlin Sigle, physical therapist assistant, will also be on staff. She is a graduate of Warwick High School and Central Penn College. Also on staff is Lynn Journey, physical therapist, a graduate of Montana State University and Hogeschool Enschede in the Netherlands. She is a specialist in pelvic floor and women's health conditions. A team of pediatric therapists will round out the staff. Several members of the team live in Lititz.

Services offered include physical therapy for neck and back pain, post-operative orthopedic care, general injury and musculoskeletal conditions, vestibular and balance disorders, sports-related injuries, pelvic floor and women's health conditions, work-related injuries, pediatrics, and any condition affecting movement and functional ability. Patients may schedule an appointment with or without a referral from a physician.

CPRS is a local, community-minded business that is committed to giving back to the communities it serves. The business regularly donates to various charitable and community organizations. "We are humbled by the support and excellent feedback from patients and physicians in the Lititz and Lancaster areas that we serve. Many of us live, worship, and are involved in local community organizations in the area, and we are proud to call it home," noted CPRS vice president Jerry Rush, MPT, OCS.

The new CPRS Lititz office can be reached by phone at 717-537-9131 or fax at 717-803-4038. Interested individuals may also visit www.cprspt.com. The office is currently welcoming new patients.

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Bank Of Bird-In-Hand Launches Mobile Unit August 1, 2018

Bank of Bird-in-Hand, a community-based, full-service bank with assets of approximately $308 million as of June 30, has announced that it has launched its mobile banking unit. The unit, which is a 29-foot-long, full-service mobile bank on wheels, has begun to travel to various locations in Lancaster and Chester counties.

"As a community bank, Bank of Bird-in-Hand continues to look for innovative ways to service customers with the financial products that they want and need while maintaining an efficient and cost-effective means of delivery," said Lori A. Maley, president and CEO of Bank of Bird-in-Hand.

According to bank representatives, Bank of Bird-in-Hand's success is based on its dedication to providing exceptional value, service, and convenience to small and medium-size businesses, farmers, professionals, individuals, and families. The bank aims to provide personalized service while ensuring that customers have access to a full range of products.

The mobile unit has a built-in ATM, a walk-up customer service window, and also room inside for customer service representatives to open accounts and transact business. The mobile unit's schedule is as follows: Mondays - Honey Brook Hardware, 5004 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, from 9 a.m. to noon and Brandywine Shoe Shop, 1620 Cambridge Road, Honey Brook, from 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays - Noble Road Milking Equipment, 1523 Kirkwood Pike, Kirkwood, 9 a.m. to noon and R.H. Rohrer & Sons, 16 E. State St., Quarryville, from 1 to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays - Sunrise Greenhouse, 2319 Robert Fulton Highway, Peach Bottom, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays - Dutch-Way Family Restaurant, 365 Route 41, Gap, from 9 a.m. to noon and Green Tree Hardware, 1342 Georgetown Road, Quarryville, from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Fridays - A.B. Martin Roofing Supply, 82 Garden Spot Road, Ephrata, from 9 a.m. to noon and Meadow Creek Barbecue Supply, 140 W. Main St., New Holland, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Bank of Bird-in-Hand has also launched a new mobile app. Through the app, individuals will be able to access secure banking tools, check spending transfer money, deposit checks, and more from their mobile phone or electronic tablet.

Since 2013, Bank of Bird-in-Hand's assets have grown from $35 million to $308 million, according to bank representatives. As of June 30, the bank had total deposits of $249 million and total gross loans of $269 million. Representatives noted that the bank has substantially exceeded its profit projections and balance sheet growth when compared to its original business plan as a result of support from the local community.

Bank of Bird-in-Hand has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in both 2018 and 2017 by the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal, and, according to DepositAccounts.com, Bank of Bird-in-Hand was ranked 40th on its Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America Listing for 2018. The bank has also earned a 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial.

"We are pleased to be recognized among the top-performing banks of our asset size," Maley noted. "We take this recognition as further proof of the success and profitability of our customer-focused banking model and of the impact that quality banking products can produce for the customers and communities we serve."

The bank's Bird-in-Hand branch is located at 309 N. Ronks Road and may be reached at 717-768-8811. Its Intercourse branch is located at 3540 Old Philadelphia Pike and may be reached at 717-929-0829. For more information about Bank of Bird-in-Hand, readers may visit www.bihbank.com.

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Local Orchard Owner Named Grower Of The Year June 26, 2018

Cherry Hill Orchards owner Tom Haas was recently presented with the 2017 Outstanding Grower of the Year Award by the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania. Tom received the honor for his outstanding contributions to the fruit tree industry and the association.

Tom has learned a great deal about growing and merchandising fruit, having worked at the family business since he was a young boy. The Haas family has been operating Cherry Hill Orchards, 400 Long Lane, Lancaster, for more than 45 years.

The ownership and day-to-day operation of the business passed to Tom more than 15 years ago from his father, Richard, who has more than 55 years of experience growing and marketing fruit in Lancaster County.

Tom received the award thanks to recognition by his peers for his significant contributions, including serving on the state board and numerous committees involved in research projects to benefit the state fruit industry. This research benefits Tom's business, as well. He noted, "It benefits us in management strategies to handle the quality of new varieties, to deal with pests, and to help in many other aspects."

As the oldest of four children, Tom says that farming has always been part of his life and it is where he is most comfortable and hands-on.

"I've always liked the change of seasons and the different challenges with each," Tom added, noting that the seasons provide him and his team with the opportunity to grow the unique varieties of quality produce for which Cherry Hill Orchards is known.

The operation grows 30 varieties of cherries on 23 acres, 45 varieties of apples on 45 acres, and 40 varieties of nectarines and peaches on 45 acres. There are also five acres for sweet corn and five acres for pumpkins, along with acres for plums and apricots.

"We provide people the best possible product we can offer, with outstanding varieties at different prices," said Tom, noting that the orchard also keeps up with industry trends. For example, Tom pointed out that the popularity and demand for Honeycrisp, Gala, and Fuji varieties of apples has been rising in the past five to eight years.

Approximately one-third of the orchard production is harvested on a "pick-your-own" basis. Another third is sold retail through the Orchard Outlet store. The final third is sold wholesale to a variety of customers. "We continually plant new varieties to be able to offer our customers the best-flavored, highly colored fruit," Tom shared.

According to Tom, Cherry Hill Orchards' fruit flavors and colors are the result of care taken during growing and picking processes. "Through a management process, we've learned about soil, root stock, (and) minerals," Tom explained. "(We've also learned) when to pick at just the right time and get our product into cold storage for sale."

Tom notes that the pick-your-own periods throughout the growing season are popular among Lancaster County families. "It's a great teaching opportunity where young people can learn where fruit comes from. And you can't get it any fresher," Tom said.

Cherry Hill Orchards employs approximately 25 people during the summer season and 12 in the offseasons. "I have to thank my whole team," Tom noted as he reflected on the state association's award. "I certainly couldn't be involved in all the committee meetings and travel without the staff's support here."

As for the spring, summer and fall seasons ahead, Tom is hoping for bountiful crops, but he is philosophical about the nature of the business. "A lot of things we can't control, like the weather, but you work hard with what you can manage," Tom shared. "Some of our best customers are the ones who grow things themselves, in gardens and other ways. They know good produce doesn't just happen. A lot of work goes into it!"

Cherry Hill Orchards, which is located in New Danville, is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays. The business can be reached at 717-872-9311. Additional information is available at www.cherryhillorchards.com.

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J.G. Graybill Plumbing Announces Merger, Expansion June 13, 2018

Over the years, J.G. Graybill Plumbing Inc. has strived to show its loyal and valued customers that quality workmanship still exists. Business owners Jason and Evan Graybill attribute their work ethic to lessons learned from their father, the late Larry N. Graybill, who taught them from a young age the value of honest work.

Jason and Evan's expertise from their business degree backgrounds, combined with decades of experience, have helped create the company's enduring foundation, allowing them to shape J.G. Graybill Plumbing into an entity that serves Lancaster County and the surrounding areas.

Built upon a legacy started by Larry's 25 years of service for E.G. Stoltzfus Homes, J.G. Graybill Plumbing Inc. branched off in 2002 to become a stand-alone company. Jason and Evan noted that they are driven by moral character and a desire to get the job done right and that they have strived to serve the community with gratitude over the years. "J.G. Graybill thinks of our business as a family," explained the owners. "We look forward to continuing to provide outstanding workmanship to our growing customer base."

When not serving customers, the Graybill brothers are dedicated to serving their families, local organizations, and the church community. "We consider ourselves fortunate to be a part of a company that is able to serve a multitude of families in both urban and rural Lancaster County," noted the brothers. "We appreciate all the blessings and opportunities that the business has provided for us."

Showing the business is serious about providing high-quality work, J.G. Graybill has recently acquired Strasburg's Albert Herr Plumbing, another local company with more than 30 years of plumbing service experience. This new venture allows Richard "Dick" Hershey, owner/operator of Albert Herr Plumbing, to bring his expertise to J.G. Graybill Plumbing Inc., where he will strive to continue to provide the same standard of quality service that he provided for Albert Herr customers. Hershey will be welcomed to the J.G. Graybill team as a service technician.

"The new opportunity will allow Mr. Hershey to continue to serve the community with the standards of excellence that J.G. Graybill upholds," explained the Graybill brothers. "After all, people in the community want and deserve a business that is invested in both quality work and their customers."

J.G. Graybill's home office is located at 9 Township Drive, Paradise. The business specializes in water heaters, well pumps systems, hydronic heating, fixture upgrades and repairs, water treatment, and more. The upgraded service team can be reached by calling 717-768-3276. Additional information is available at www.jggraybill.com.

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Commonwealth Mobile Blasting Offers Services June 1, 2018

Commonwealth Mobile Blasting LLC is a new local business that provides mobile sandblasting services. Owner Jack Fauth Jr. said that the business's mobile sandblasting unit uses water and different types of media to remove paint, grease, mold, stains, rust, or fire damage. Commonwealth Mobile Blasting can help customers with restoration or cleaning projects using recycled materials that are considered friendly to the environment.

According to Fauth, the process is quick, creates less mess than traditional sandblasting, and is safe on most surfaces. The business is fully mobile, so for projects large or small, Commonwealth Mobile Blasting will come to the customer's location.

Fauth noted that a paint job is only as good as the surface preparation. He added that his company's services may be used in restoring all types of vehicles, including classic cars, modern cars, coach buses, campers, RVs, fleet vehicles, heavy machinery, trucks, tractors, trailers, and more. He explained that vehicle surfaces will easily go from rusty old paint to bare metal and that this process will even remove layers of body filler quickly without any hand sanding. Fauth stated that the blasting process will not warp metal on a vehicle restoration project, allowing for fast and effortless surface preparation. Customers can use the company's services to restore antiques and make old things appear new again.

Commonwealth Mobile Blasting cleans and restores any type of surface, including stone, granite, tile, marble, and even wood. For jobs requiring heavy-duty cleaning of pools, boats, masonry, brick, wood, metal, or equipment, Commonwealth Mobile Blasting can provide the solution for restoration and cleaning needs.

The company specializes in the removal of graffiti and other paint for various restoration projects. The business will renew and refresh a variety of surfaces by removing unwanted paint, rust, and dirt without harsh chemicals or backbreaking sanding and grinding. Restoration and cleaning projects may also include commercial buildings, public garages, and municipal properties. Customers can also have their old metal patio furniture restored by removing all the layers of paint and exposing the pieces' details without scraping and wire brushing.

Fauth explained that unlike pressure washing, which uses super high-pressure water that can reach over 1000 PSI, Commonwealth's type of blasting is done at very low pressure and is ideal for areas like antique mortar and brick, which will not be damaged by this system. Fauth noted that the method is effective at removing the paint and restoring the look and value of brick homes.

For more information or a free quote, readers may call Commonwealth Mobile Blasting at 717-598-2700, visit www.commonwealthmobileblasting.com, or email jack@commonwealthmobileblasting.com. Commercial and residential services are available by appointment seven days a week. Commonwealth Mobile Blasting is fully licensed and insured.

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Artistic Input Sought For Project May 30, 2018

As part of the renovation of the Yorktowne Hotel, which is now a part of Hilton hotel chain's Tapestry Collection, the York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA) and the interior design team are seeking local artists and artisans to provide proposals on artistic and fixture elements throughout the planned public spaces that reflect the spirit and history of York.

The YCIDA is partnering with the Cultural Alliance of York County to reach out to local artists, craftspeople, and artisans. Those interested in having their work as part of the interior design of the Yorktowne Hotel can sign up at www.culturalyork.org or contact the Cultural Alliance at 717-812-9255. The deadline to submit information is Friday, June 22.

Information about the Cultural Alliance is also available by searching for the Cultural Alliance of York's Facebook page and following @CulturalYork on Twitter.

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Cropper Family Opens Business May 17, 2018

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Dumas Sapp & Son Celebrates 70th Anniversary May 4, 2018

Dumas Sapp & Son, 523 Lincoln St., Oxford, is celebrating 70 years in business.

Kenneth Sapp has owned the auto sales and service business since 2003, when he purchased it from his father, Dumas. Ken has managed the dealership since 1996.

Dumas originally opened the business in 1948, and the dealership has sold more than 15,000 vehicles since then. Ken estimates that repeat customers account for approximately 50 percent of all the purchases. The business has a new slogan, "70 Years in the Same Small Town," and remains committed to its reputation for top-notch sales and service that it has built over the years.

Sapp's provides auto sales and service the old-fashioned way - one customer at a time. The business offers five reasons to choose Sapp's for a used vehicle purchase. First, the business is known for its reliability and experience, having been been doing business in the same small town for 70 years and serving generations of Oxford residents. Secondly, Sapp's offers a large selection, with more than 40 units available, including cars, trucks, and SUVs. Third, the business offers bank financing with attractive terms for those who qualify. Sapp's also offers reasonable prices. "No gimmicks, just straight-forward pricing," Ken noted. Finally, the dealership strives to foster a low-key atmosphere. Customers can deal directly with the owner, and there is never any sales pressure.

In addition to Ken, the business' staff includes sales assistant John Paxson and technician Lex Weeks. Sapp's specializes in quality, preowned vehicles and is a CARFAX Advantage dealer, which means that every vehicle sold comes with a free and comprehensive CARFAX vehicle history report.

Dumas Sapp & Son is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The business is closed on Sundays. Customers can reach Sapp's at 610-932-8564. Additional information is available at www.sappqualitycars.com.

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Token Transit Pilot Slated May 2, 2018

A mobile ticketing application pilot will be launched by rabbittransit in partnership with Token Transit that gives customers a new and cashless fare payment choice. The technology platform will allow those riding York fixed route, Freedom Transit fixed route, and rabbitEXPRESS commuters to download the Token Transit app and purchase bus passes through a mobile device.

A special promotion will be run by rabbittransit through Tuesday, May 22, in which those who purchase a multi-ride pass will receive 50 percent off their first-time purchase and those purchasing single rides through the app will receive 50 percent off single rides (maximum 40) throughout the special.

The program will be evaluated after a six-month period to determine if the app fare payment is beneficial. Those who are interested in using Token Transit can download the app by visiting Google Play or the App Store and searching "Token Transit." For more information, readers may visit www.tokentransit.com.

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Fisher Paints Opens Second Location April 25, 2018

Fisher Paints, based in Kinzers, is a growing family-owned business that has been in operation since 1982. It offers a broad range of residential and commercial painting supplies, as well as equipment rentals. The business serves both homeowners and contractors alike in Lancaster and surrounding counties by providing high-quality lines of paints, paint supplies, and paint sprayers.

In November of 2017, Fisher Paints expanded into the Ephrata area and acquired the former Ephrata East End Mart, located at 711 E. Main St., Ephrata, on the corner of Bethany Road and Route 322. In addition to the quality products already stocked at this location, Fisher Paints has expanded the paint department, adding Benjamin Moore, Coronado, and PPG products. This store location also offers a selection of hardware, a large selection of Werner ladders, and top brands of wallpaper patterns and borders for customers to decorate their homes.

Fisher Paints invites the public to its grand opening event at the Ephrata location on Friday, May 4, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free food and beverages, a multifamily yard sale, and the opportunity to register to win free ladders and other door prizes.

"We pride ourselves on maintaining customer satisfaction at all times, and we offer the same low prices, quality products, and excellent service at both our Kinzers and Ephrata locations," said owner Ben Fisher, adding that the business also offers a lowest price guarantee.

Fisher Paints can help answer questions customers have about their spring painting projects and can help find solutions to problems. The business's experienced, knowledgeable staff is able to provide custom color matching and tinting, as well. Additionally, delivery is available anywhere in the continental United States.

The Kinzers location offers service and repair of most brands of spray equipment. Sales and rentals of new and used sprayers, as well as sprayer parts and supplies, are also available.

"Fisher Paints is a business that strives to always exceed the expectations of those we serve and do business with. Maintaining strong relationships and connections to the surrounding community and neighboring businesses is something we highly value," Fisher noted. "We are excited to be branching out in the county and are honored to now be a member of the Ephrata community."

Prior to the transfer in ownership, the Ephrata East End Mart had been family-owned and family-operated since its beginnings as a traveling housewares, hardware, and paint operation. Years after David H. Burkholder began taking his stock across Lancaster and its surrounding counties in his step-van, the Burkholder family opened the retail storefront, Ephrata East End Mart Inc. More than 40 years later, David's children, Paul, Rhoda, Orpha, and Virgie, owned and operated the growing business, which was a proud member of the Ephrata community.

The regular hours of operation at Fisher Paints' Ephrata location are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The Ephrata store can be reached at 717-733-4388. More information on Fisher Paints is available at www.fisherpaints.com.

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Manor Self Storage Opens In Mountville April 13, 2018

Manor Self Storage LLC, 199 S. Manor St., Mountville, recently opened its brand-new, state-of-the-art facility. Owners David Charles and Jeffrey Funk are both local residents, each bringing more than 30 years of experience to the business.

Both owners have extensive experience in real estate brokerage with Charles & Associates Real Estate. Charles specializes in real estate land development, building, and sales, while Funk specializes in managing the real estate office, brokerage sales, and property management.

Charles and Funk have worked together on various projects around Lancaster County. As owners and managers of multiple apartment communities, they have ventured into the storage unit business with Manor Leasing & Property Management overseeing the new facility.

Manor Self Storage is a turnkey operation. Charles and Funk purchased the raw land, developed and built the storage facility, and will now maintain the property through Manor Self Storage.

The storage facility features 220 storage units, as well as more than 50 outdoor parking spaces for cars, boats, trucks, trailers, or RVs. Storage units range in size from 5 by 10 feet to 10 by 30 feet. All units are ground-level with drive-up access.

Manor Self Storage offers well-lit aisles and buildings with 24/7 access by an electronic gate code. The location, which has recorded video surveillance, offers easy access from major highways and roads. Customers may reserve units online, and online bill pay and month-to-month leasing are available.

Manor Self Storage strives to offer customers clean and affordable storage units that are built to store precious possessions. "At Manor Self Storage, we don't adhere to a one-size-fits-all philosophy," the owners said. "We give you choices." Individuals unsure of what size unit they may need are welcome to contact the friendly office staff for assistance. "Our team works to address your storage needs so that we can get you into the right space at a reasonable rate," noted the owners.

Manor Self Storage wants customers' storage experience to be as smooth as possible, so the business keeps an assortment of commonly needed packing and moving supplies right at the facility. Supplies include storage locks, boxes, packaging tape, permanent markers, rope, and portable LED lights.

The on-site leasing office is open Mondays through Fridays and by appointment. The property manager is Krystle Black. Readers may call 717-522-5979 to reserve a unit or parking space, or they may visit www.manorselfstorage.com or email info@manorselfstorage.com.

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