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JB Zimmerman's Will Hold Grand Opening Weekend March 21, 2019

A grand opening weekend will be held at the new JB Zimmerman's Ace Hardware store, 880 E. Main St. (Route 23), New Holland, on Friday through Sunday, April 26 to 28. The store will continue to offer the company's unique blend of personal, knowledgeable, and helpful service paired with quality home maintenance expertise and products to local residents.

The local retail establishment has converted from True Value to Ace Hardware and is now part of a team of more than 5,000 locally owned and independently operated Ace stores across the globe. In August 2018, the decision was made to join the Ace Hardware company. Improvements were made to the exterior and a complete reset of all departments began in September 2018. The store conversion began in December 2018 and is slated to wrap up on Saturday, March 30.

JB Zimmerman's was founded by Jacob B. Zimmerman in 1931 in Blue Ball. The first store, which focused on electrical, plumbing, and heating, was located near the Blue Ball square. It also sold Delaval milking machines and cream separators. Adding hardware to the business created a need for a new building by 1938, and the new store was built five houses west of the Blue Ball garage. Jacob and Laura later built their home beside the business.

The couple's two sons, Melvin and Charles, were incorporated into the business in 1960. When JB Zimmerman and Sons Inc. expanded by opening a store in Strasburg, Melvin and his family moved to that area in 1962 to manage it; this store soon outgrew its location, and a new store was built in 1980. The Blue Ball store continued to grow, and a new building was built less than a mile west of its location in 1974; Charles was the manager of that location.

In 1971, a decision was made to become a member of the True Value co-op. This change brought a broader array of products, competitive prices, and national recognition as a quality dealer of hardware.

In the late 1930s, the business began selling major appliances, and by the end of 1945, the department expanded and eventually included home entertainment products.

The Blue Ball store was enlarged in 1985 to its current size of approximately 30,000 square feet.

In 1992, the Delaval Dairy equipment division, which had long since graduated from selling cream separators to selling, installing, and servicing all aspects of dairy equipment, moved to its present location, the original hardware store facility at 1044 Main St., Blue Ball. The Strasburg location became independent from the original business in 1993 and was renamed Zimmerman's Hardware Inc.

The Blue Ball store took the name of JB Zimmerman in 2000. After a renovation that year, the store added a rental department, an expanded paint department, and a live kitchen. The store was remerchandised, and several side warehouse areas were reconstructed and added on to the housewares and paint departments.

In more recent years, JB Zimmerman's added a Sealy and Stearns & Foster mattress showroom that also features Catnapper recliners, sofas, and loveseats. The grilling area was expanded to showcase Weber, Grill Zone, and Charbroil gas grills; Traeger pellet grills; and griddle stations.

Now, more than 87 years after its founding, Jacob B. Zimmerman's business is still family-owned and family-operated and continues to provide quality products at competitive prices with the personal service that Jake, as he was known to customers and neighbors, would have provided himself.

"Our mission is to provide customers with the neighborly advice, excellent products, and assistance they have come to expect from us," said Gerry Weaver, who co-owns the store with his wife, Lynda. Calvin Horst is operations manager.

"We are proud to serve the community and our customers with the same strong work ethic and faith in God," the owners noted. "Our desire is to make a difference in the lives of our employees and our customers."

The store features thousands of products and supplies, including brand-name and best-selling items to help people take care of their homes. Key brands offered include Craftsman, Weber, Traeger, Yeti, Stihl, Toro, Ego, Stearns & Foster, Sealy, and Catnapper, along with many brands of major appliances. Also offered are paint brands including Clark+Kensington, Valspar Optimus, Valspar Aspire, Benjamin Moore, and Magnolia Home.

JB Zimmerman's offers delivery, installation, and service after the sale of major appliances with factory-trained technicians on call.

The store is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, readers may call the store at 717-354-4955 or toll-free at 877-836-3960 or visit Details about Ace are available at


A&B Sales & Service Reopens After Fire March 19, 2019

A&B Sales & Service experienced a devastating fire and loss in November 2018. Merv Beiler offers his overwhelming thanks to the fire companies and the local community for all they did and for their support during the rebuilding process.

Abner Beiler founded the business in the 1970s and then took on the line of Stihl products in Leola. Eventually, Merv took over, and in 2014 he moved the business to 303 Queen Road, Gordonville, just south of Intercourse. Merv says he has seen a lot of changes, with the business now having trimmers and blowers available with battery power.

The community is invited to A&B Sales & Service's spring open house on Friday, March 29, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plenty of Stihl products are on display in the new showroom, which has been rebuilt since the fire and is now open. There will be products like the new Stihl BR 800 Blower, which is all new and is recognized as one of the largest available in the industry. Visitors to the open house may enjoy free refreshments, and there will be chicken barbecue available for purchase.

The store also offers push mowers, trimmers, chain saws, blowers, and much more. Service is available on most makes and models of push and riding mowers.

A&B Sales & Service is open on Mondays through Saturdays; it is closed on Sundays. For more information, readers may call the store at 717-656-6080.


Farm Joins Angus Association February 8, 2019

Fishing Creek Farm in Quarryville is a new member of the American Angus Association, which keeps detailed records on more than 18 million registered Angus. The records, including ancestral information, production information and genomic data, are used to develop selection tools for Association members.

The American Angus Association has more than 25,000 active adult and junior members.


Priori's Mattress Celebrates 40 Years In Business January 28, 2019

"It really has been a great 40 years serving the Chester County community," stated Larry Priori, owner of Priori's Mattress. The showroom, which has dozens of models on display, is located at 45 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. "I've met so many great individuals and families, and I truly appreciate the strong support our business has received from the community," Priori noted. "They truly adhere to the 'buy local' philosophy."

Over the years, Priori's has strived to maintain its mission to "make every effort to find the best mattress for customers, not the most expensive." According to business representatives, studies verify that the great majority of persons spend one-third of their lives sleeping, so the proper mattress is crucial to one's health and well-being.

Priori's has a price range to meet any customer's budget. Priori noted that not having corporate and franchise overhead expenses almost always allows the store to be below competitors' pricing. The store carries a selection of products from Sealy, Stearns and Foster, Tempur-Pedic, Oliver & James, and Simmons.

Along with more-than-competitive pricing, the store offers free next-day delivery, free removal of old bedding, and free setup of all new sets. Priori's also provides a free financing program to customers and offers further discounts for senior citizens and for cash-and-carry transactions. Adjustable beds are on display in the showroom, and custom bedding is also an available option.

Customer service is of primary importance to Priori and his staff. "We want to make certain every customer has a bed that is the right fit for them and within their budget," he said. Thanks to Priori's 40 years of experience and the store's experienced staff, customers can be walked through the selection process.

"Next-day delivery is at our customers' convenience, and our delivery team does an outstanding job of setting up the new bedding and removing the old bedding," Priori noted. The staff is also aware that, at times, customer service is required after sales. At Priori's, almost all of these services are free of charge. Priori's also assists with customers' warranty concerns and questions.

Priori and his staff welcome new and past customers to stop in and say hello. Special anniversary savings are also available, and readers can check out the full-page ad in this week's Community Courier. Among the specials, free box springs, with a mattress purchase, are available during the business's anniversary sale.

Priori's Mattress offers plenty of parking. The store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Readers can reach the business at 610-269-3736, and more information is available at


Eye Associates Opens New Holland Office January 17, 2019

Eye Associates of Lancaster, which has been named Lancaster County's No. 1 rated eye care provider for 16 years in a row, is opening a new office in New Holland. Eye Associates will be providing complete eye care from its new location at 654 E. Main St., New Holland. Patients can have a complete eye exam and order new glasses or contacts all in one visit from the company's full-service on-site optical shop.

Dr. John B. Fileta, Dr. Pierre K. Palandjian, Dr. Patrick T. Tiedeken, and Dr. Wenxin T. Wei will be seeing patients in the New Holland office. They are all board-certified and fellowship-trained eye surgeons with expertise in everything from routine eye exams to treating cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, double vision, macular degeneration, conditions relating to diabetes, and more. Cataract surgery and LASIK surgery with follow-up visits in New Holland are available. In addition, optometrists Dr. Melissa S. Walker and Dr. Meetal V. Umarvadia will be seeing patients for contact lenses, glasses, diabetic exams, and routine eye care.

In addition, Eye Associates of Lancaster offers cataract and small incision implant surgery and femtosecond laser cataract surgery, including multifocal implant lenses and astigmatism correction; state-of-the-art laser surgery for glaucoma and other ocular problems; corneal transplantation; neuro-ophthalmology; and more.

The full-service optical shop in New Holland will strive to offer outstanding quality, professional expertise, and affordable prices. Patients will be able to choose from a large selection of fashionable, high-quality frames and the latest technologies and innovations in lens design. Readers may view the ad in this publication for a discount on purchasing glasses.

Eye Associates will be accepting new patients and seeing current patients and will also be available for emergency appointments. Readers may call 717-397-4724 to schedule an appointment or visit for more information. Eye Associates of Lancaster participates with more than 40 insurance plans, and discounts are offered for uninsured and self-pay patients.

Eye Associates of Lancaster also has locations at 1254 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, and in the Lancaster Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2106 Harrisburg Pike, Suite 309, Lancaster.


Reiki Office Opens In Quarryville December 6, 2018

Reiki practitioners Claudia Kirk and Jennifer Buttriss opened an office in Solanco Office Suites, 215 W. Fourth St., Suite 108, Quarryville, in June. Kirk provides services through her business, Southern End Reiki, from noon to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Buttriss' business, Reiki by Jenn LLC, offers flexible hours.

Reiki - pronounced "RAY-key" - was developed by Mikao Usui of Japan as an ethical approach to life and a way to utilize the energy of loving compassion to support the body's innate or natural healing abilities. It is not a religion and does not aim to endorse or oppose any faith. The ethical cornerstone of reiki is embodied in the five principles of its founder: do not anger, do not worry, be humble, devote yourself to your work, and show compassion to yourself and others.

Kirk and Buttriss assert that reiki can be used in addition to conventional medical care because it is noninvasive and has not been shown to have harmful effects. In a 2015 article, "Reiki: In Depth," the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health described reiki as "a complementary health approach in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above a person, with the goal of facilitating the person's own healing response."

Kirk became a reiki master in 2009 because she had benefited from reiki and wanted to share it with others. In 2016, she began working at the Lancaster Reiki Clinic, a monthly outreach to the community held at the Farm and Home Center, where people can try reiki for a donation. This work deepened and strengthened Kirk's commitment to the principles of reiki. Following Kirk's retirement from the Quarryville Post Office, she looked for an opportunity to practice reiki in the borough and connected with Buttriss.

Buttriss is a certified life coach, wellness coach, fitness instructor, and reiki master. In her journey to understand the human body and how food and emotions affect it, Buttriss discovered the reiki approach to energy and healing. She is excited to combine reiki with her life and wellness coaching to provide clients with a well-rounded way to address issues regarding health and weight. In addition, Buttriss has also given reiki to horses at Noble Hill Horse Rescue.

When humans receive reiki treatments, they remain fully clothed and relax on a table with a pillow. During sessions, which run for 30 minutes or an hour, the practitioner will use various hand positions on or above the client's body, primarily the head, shoulders, abdomen, arms, hands, legs, and feet. Kirk and Buttriss noted that many people become deeply relaxed and enter a quiet state of slumber, and they have reported feeling increased warmth emanating from practitioners' hands. After a session, clients may feel relaxed and less stressed, and they may feel a lessening of physical pain.

According to Kirk and Buttriss, reiki is offered in health care facilities, including Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and New Jersey. Kirk and Buttriss also noted that at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital, reiki is available to clients after total joint replacements and in the chemotherapy infusion suite. Some studies have reported that reiki may help to reduce pain, anxiety, and blood pressure after knee replacement surgery.

Readers who would like to try reiki for themselves may schedule appointments by calling Kirk at 717-786-2144 or Buttriss at 717-314-0408.


Bird-In-Hand Stage To Feature Uplifting Entertainment November 28, 2018

The Bird-in-Hand Stage focuses on bringing live entertainment to its audiences up close and personal. Performance offerings include Broadway-style musicals, packed with humor, heart, and purpose. Audience members can also enjoy shows presented by a master illusionist, where they watch his every move and still wonder how he does it. Local residents and visitors can experience on-site dining at the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord and treat themselves to a memorable theater experience with friends and family.

Currently, the Bird-in-Hand Stage is presenting the new holiday musical "A Christmas to Remember" and also welcoming back the illusions of Brett Myers and "Magic & Wonder of Christmas."

"A Christmas to Remember" will run through Saturday, Dec. 29. In this live holiday musical, Matthew and Mary face unforeseen challenges as the new owners of a thrift store and caregivers of an elderly parent with Alzheimer's. The play's intriguing characters, unique situations, and universal themes reveal unexpected treasures in the most unlikely places. Bird-in-Hand Stage welcomes audiences to join in this inspirational journey this Christmas season.

During "Magic & Wonder of Christmas," which will run through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, Brett Myers and his talented cast combine astounding illusions and heartwarming comedy with the best of the holiday spirit in a journey of joy, hope, and celebration that offers seasonal holiday fun for people of all ages. Attendees may create lifelong memories as they rediscover the wonder and true meaning of Christmas.

The Bird-in-Hand Stage is located on the lower level of the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant at 2760 Old Philadelphia Pike in Bird-in-Hand. Discounted tickets with meal packages are also available. For a limited time, readers may use promotional code LOCAL for $5 off tickets to any 2018 Christmas show. To order tickets, readers may call 800-790-4069 or visit The discount is not valid on previous purchases or with other offers, and it will expire on Jan. 1, 2019.

Bird-in-Hand Corporation has been celebrating 50 years of Smucker family hospitality in 2018. The Smucker family's successful experiment with hospitality began in 1968 when family members built a motel in the pasture of their Bird-in-Hand farm. Guests soon found their 30-room Bird-in-Hand Motor Inn along the historic Old Philadelphia Pike, where they enjoyed wide-open spaces and views of farming country. Two years later, the family opened the Bird-in-Hand Motor Inn Restaurant, offering Pennsylvania Dutch foods that were, according to the slogan in 1970, "home cooking at its best."

Customers who stop by the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant through December may enjoy a special 50th anniversary menu, featuring top-selling dishes at special prices and a fresh new twist on old family recipes and guest favorites from the original menu in 1968.

Individuals may follow the Smucker family's journey from Switzerland to Bird-in-Hand and the development of the family's hospitality businesses in "The Bird-in-Hand Story: 50 Years of Smucker Family Hospitality," a two-part commemorative book. The book tells the story of the Smucker family and how the family's members have shared their land and way of life with thousands of visitors to the Village of Bird-in-Hand. This book is available for purchase at the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant and Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Cafe. For more information, readers may visit


SM Johns & Son Construction Adds Automotive Services November 23, 2018

SM Johns & Son Construction, LLC, 645 Donegal Springs Road, Mount Joy, has announced that the garage that was used to maintain its fleet and equipment has expanded to allow the business to offer auto, truck, equipment, trailer, and camper repairs to outside customers. The business has a team of three mechanics to handle inspections, repairs, and maintenance for all types of vehicles.

Owner Steven M. Johns worked in excavating, paving, and sales for 13 years prior to starting SM Johns & Son Construction in 2010. Beth Johns bought the first skid loader on her own at an auction because Steve was unable to attend. Steve and his son, Cameron, bought the first truck for the business and worked for two months to repair rust and mechanics to get it road worthy. They then drove it to Baltimore to purchase the business's first trailer, a trip that they remember as being an adventure, complete with their vehicle blowing two tires on the way.

The business started with small excavation jobs. With each job, funds were saved toward building the business and adding equipment. That model continues to today, with each job helping to add to the equipment and business. Today the company has a fleet of dump trucks, pickup trucks, trailers, mini excavators, trackhoes, rollers, and more.

Passersby will see crews from SM Johns & Son Construction working on sidewalks in the area, at the Amtrak station in Mount Joy, and at many other local sites. The business has completed work at Dutch Wonderland, Historic St. Mary's Church in Lancaster, Fire Department Mount Joy, and other residential and commercial sites in Lancaster and York counties.

SM Johns & Son Construction offers a number of services for homeowners and commercial properties. In the area of excavation, the business completes small to large residential, commercial, and industrial projects, as well as driveways, regrading, pond work, stormwater projects, and tasks related to utilities. The business is also at the ready for emergency situations involving utilities such as water and sewer, as well as sinkholes.

Concrete jobs are part of the company's repertoire, with examples including curbs and sidewalks, walls, stamped concrete, patios, and driveways.

The business is also able to complete residential, commercial, and industrial general construction jobs. Complete construction is available, including framing, electrical work, plumbing, HVAC jobs, drywall installation, flooring, and roofing from start to finish. Services are available for additions, remodeling, kitchens and baths, basements, decks and patios, and hardscape.

The company's automotive services are offered for cars, trucks, medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks, trailers, and campers. In addition to state and emissions inspections, services are available for lube, oil, and filter; air conditioning; tires; and hydraulic hoses. The company also offers in-house alignments, diagnostics, and fabrication and welding.

SM Johns has grown to include 18 full-time employees in the construction and auto service divisions. Steve noted that the company is proud to be known as a family-oriented, fun place to work.

Steve believes that the hard work and pride employees show in their work, along with the care and service provided to customers, are what helps the company to continue to grow. "We look forward to serving our community for many years," Steve said.

SM Johns' hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, readers may call 717-492-8126 or visit


Residence Sets Grand Reopening As Paramount Senior Living November 23, 2018

Local seniors and their families have grown accustomed to the name Longwood Manor. Longwood Manor has served the community as a premium personal care residence for close to 20 years, allowing area residents to "age in place" with comfort. But as seasons change, so do names, and the residence is now known as Paramount Senior Living at Lancaster County.

A grand reopening event will take place at the facility, located at 2760 Maytown Road, Maytown, on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. It will include appetizers, music by Katie Robinette Trio of the Central City Orchestra, and giveaway drawings from exclusive vendors. New management will be on hand to reassure residents and guests that the same level of care will never stop being a top priority.

"We're looking forward to showcasing our beautifully renovated senior living community," said Lori Prevost, executive director of Paramount Senior Living at Lancaster County. "We've provided updates and upgrades to areas used by all residents, such as media, television, and living room areas, plus the beautiful newly renovated lobby, reception area, and community dining room."

Paramount Senior Living, a Paramount Health Resources community, has a dedicated staff that offers personal care and memory care services with the goal of helping seniors to remain in familiar surroundings. Services include home health care; physical, occupational, and speech therapies; hospice services; and additional outside services. Further renovations at the Maytown facility are planned, including a short-term rehabilitation unit scheduled for 2019.

For more information about the grand reopening celebration or for general inquires about Paramount Senior Living at Lancaster County, readers may call 717-426-0033 or visit


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.


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, or call 610-644-7555.


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 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.


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 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.


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 The website features an online gallery of new and quality used furniture.


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

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


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 or call 717-653-2404.


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


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


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 The office is currently welcoming new patients.


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, 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

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