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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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Winters Automotive Celebrates Milestone Anniversary April 11, 2018

Winters Automotive was established in Mountville in August 2008 by Chad Winters. What started as a small detail and used car dealership has blossomed into a full-service repair shop at 39 W. Maple St., East Prospect, York County, that provides state inspection and emissions testing; trailer sales of enclosed, steel and aluminum trailers; accessories sales and a showroom; and sales of quality used vehicles.

The business initially focused on cleaning cars, and eventually it also started servicing cars and trucks. In early 2009, Chad opened the used car lot and a full-service repair shop that also offered state inspections, emissions testing, and more. As Winters Automotive grew, Chad started looking for a larger location. In April 2013, Winters Automotive bought M & P Motors and opened in East Prospect. Chad's employees from the Mountville shop moved with him to the East Prospect location.

The team at Winters Automotive has grown to allow Chad to focus on the overall operation of the service department, sales department and the accessories. Chad is a hands-on owner and operator with more than 28 years of experience and believes in hiring good people to help other good people get the product or service they want at a good price.

While the rest of the Winters team members also help wherever needed, each member has a specialty. Jeff, Chris and Brian handle the full-service station and state inspection and emissions testing. The sales and accessories team members include Ray, Ralph, Kyle and Lisa.

Chad and his team believe that buying a used car or new trailer can be a fun experience. The team strives to ensure customers have a low-pressure, informative experience that gets them what they are looking for. The team starts by ensuring the business only carries products of quality and durability and offers competitive prices.

The business's strategy for trailer sales was inspired by the experiences of Chad and his wife, Lisa, when shopping for a trailer one Saturday. Chad decided he could bring three key components - quality products, a good buying experience, and on-site inventory - to his local community. After researching many trailer manufacturers, Chad became a Forest River dealer in late 2016. In 2017, Winters Automotive also started to carry Pequea trailers, which are manufactured in New Holland.

"If you have stuff to haul, they are the guys to call" is a motto of Winters Automotive. Chad and his team will help customers find the right trailer for their needs, with more than 60 trailers in stock regularly and more than 100 trailers in stock in the busy season. Winters Automotive carries Continental Cargo enclosed trailers, along with Force steel utility trailers, wood side trailers, dump trailers, car haulers, aluminum utility trailers and more. In addition, the business carries Pequea utility, deckover, equipment hauler, car hauler and dump trailers. Sizes and styles vary.

In December 2016, Winters Automotive added a new department: Winters Accessories. The business is now an authorized dealer for CURT Manufacturing, Extang, AVS, Husky Liners, WeatherTech, Rough Country, KC HiLiTES, BedRug, BEDSLIDE, Bushwacker, Southern Truck, BAKFlip, ReadyLIFT, Dee Zee and more.

In the Winters Automotive showroom, many of the products associated with the previously mentioned brands are on display, as well as other procducts, such as bed liners, tonneau covers, no-drill mud flaps, bug shields, hitches and attachments for all vehicles, light bars, LED lighting and custom-made floor mats. The business also carries all the necessities for vehicle maintenance, including oil, filters, bulbs, interior and exterior cleaners, tools and straps for towing and hauling.

Winters Automotive offers all the services customers expect from a full-service shop, including state inspections and emissions testing on cars, trucks and trailers; tire sales and service; air-conditioning recharge and repair; brakes and rotor repair and turn; all types of diagnostic work; engine rebuilding and replacement; and more.

Sales hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Service hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Winters Automotive may be reached at 717-252-3464 or wintersautomotive@comcast.net. More information is available at www.wintersautomotive.com.

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Sue's Market Celebrates 10 Years April 10, 2018

Sue and Dave Myers, owners of Sue's Market, 214 Hellam St., Wrightsville, are excited to celebrate the store's 10th anniversary.

Storewide specials will be offered from Monday, April 23, to Sunday, April 29. On Saturday, April 28, door prizes will be awarded every hour and area residents are encouraged to stop by for free hot dogs, beverages, chips, and deli samples all day. Also on April 28, there will be a bake sale to support Druck Valley Church. Major prizes, including bikes, grills, baseball tickets, and more, will be awarded in the evening on April 29, and folks may enter all weekend to win.

Sue's Market offers unique items such as Carman's Ice Cream. Grocery items are available for a quick stop and shop. The store's meat is fresh-cut and local. Also available are specialty deli items, salad, a variety of hot foods, and made-to-order subs and sandwiches for lunch and dinner.

Sue's Market also makes subs and pretzel sandwiches as fundraisers for schools and organizations and for anyone interested in good food. Every holiday, the market offers sidewalk hot dog sales and baked items. Halloween is special to Sue, as she continues to give out candy to local children - a tradition that her late mother loved.

Among other community involvements, the store has made donations to many local schools, as well as a career fund and local individuals in need.

Sue's contributions in the community have been recognized by many local organizations. In 2010-11, she was named Woman of the Year, and she has received additional awards from Helping Hands and Who's Who in Small Business. Sue has also been recognized by Lions Clubs, fire companies, schools, the American Legion, American Riders Clubs, and more.

Sue notes that her motivation for helping the community lies in how much she loves her work and loves making people happy. She has worked at the store for 35 years, dating back to before she purchased it in 2008. Dave helps out at the store and also works for Troy Leiphart Mason.

Sue's Market is a small "Mom and Pop" shop with a big heart. The owners note that as with every small business, the store has had its ups and downs, but with hard work and great customer support, the owners are proud to celebrate 10 years.

"When I first opened, I had a lot of people telling me I could not do it because I am a woman," shared Sue. "Here it is 10 years later, and I am trying to keep everything going."

Sue and Dave love what they do, and they love bringing back some of the old-time traditions for the community. They sincerely thank their customers and friends, hard-working staff members, and their children, Kevin and Keith, for all their support and love.

Sue's Market is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days each week. The store may be reached at 717-252-1415.

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Woof 'N Tails Marks 30 Years, Offers New Delivery Option March 29, 2018

Woof 'N Tails, 809 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, is a one-stop holistic and natural pet food supplier that offers foods designed to provide balanced nutrients that support pets' overall health and physical wellbeing. The shop is celebrating 30 years in business, as well as its new owners, David and Marianne Frantz.

The couple purchased the business in January, after being patrons of the store for 20 years. David was born and raised in the Manheim Township area, and he worked in production for 34 years. Marianne works at Millersville University for the dean of the College of Science and Technology. The couple has two children, Charlie and David, as well as a Havanese dog named Lily, who serves as the Woof 'N Tails mascot.

Woof 'N Tails offers high-quality pet foods, including frozen raw and dehydrated raw options. The store carries brands such as Fromm, ORIJEN, ACANA, Wysong, Aunt Jeni's Home Made, Answers Pet Food, and OC Raw Dog. The owners explained that they strive to support locally and regionally owned food and treat companies.

The business also accepts special orders. "We stock and hold bags for return customers so they always have a bag when they come in," noted the owners. Frequent buyer cards are available for most pet food brands, so regular customers can work toward earning a free bag of food. Woof 'N Tails offers free samples of select foods, as well.

Pet foods are now available at the Woof 'N Tails' satellite store at Gochenauer Kennels, 995 Fruitville Pike, Lititz.

Delivery is now available for residents of the Manheim Township area, including retirement communities and over-55 communities. For details on delivery options, readers may call Woof 'N Tails at 717-481-9663.

Woof 'N Tails' hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, readers may call the aforementioned phone number or visit www.woofntails.com.

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The Rice Law Firm Celebrates Fifth Anniversary February 1, 2018

The Rice Law Firm is celebrating five years of serving business owners and families in the community. The law firm provides personalized legal services, focusing on business startups and transitions, estate planning and administration, and real estate. Attorney Neal Rice opened the business in February 2013.

"I remember those first months well, because I did everything myself: answer the phones, schedule appointments, take out the trash," Rice said. "I spent a lot of time praying for good customers and to be able to serve them well."

Since those first days, the business has steadily grown, and in June 2017, it moved to its current location in Paradise to make room for a growing team. According to Rice, his team members are what make the firm unique. "It's been really rewarding to find excellent people to work with, and it's a priority of mine to continue to hire top-notch people who care about our customers on a personal level," he said.

The law firm works with many area businesses, which is something Rice especially enjoys. "I know what it's like to take a risk and try to build on a business dream," he said. "So I especially enjoy learning about other people's business goals and helping them navigate the risks of starting and growing a business. It's very fulfilling to me."

Over the past five years, The Rice Law Firm has helped hundreds of people start new businesses, create or change business partnerships, and buy or sell businesses. The law firm's team also helps business owners with contracts for customers, vendors, and business partners.

In addition to business work, The Rice Law Firm focuses on estate planning and administration, as well as real estate. The firm prepares wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills, among other estate planning documents. The team also serves families that have lost a loved one by helping administer estates and care for final affairs. "For me, it's all about our customers," said Viviana Peters, the firm's client care director. "If we can help people through their most difficult times or challenges, that makes me really happy," she said.

The business moved to the larger location in Paradise in order to be able to serve its growing client base, and the firm intends to add more team members this year to maintain its reputation for responsiveness to customer needs. "We want to serve our clients well - and promptly," said Janell Burton-Badoo, a business and estate planning paralegal. "It's important to us that we get the work done swiftly and correctly the first time, so our customers can get back to what they do best: building businesses and caring for their families," she said.

A short drive from Strasburg, Willow Street, East Lampeter, Leola, New Holland, and Quarryville, the firm is located at 3314 Lincoln Highway East, Suite 2, near the intersection of Route 30 and Belmont Road in Paradise. To find out more or to schedule an appointment or phone call, readers can reach The Rice Law Firm at 717-556-8158, or email Peters at vpeters@ricelegalfirm.com. Interested individuals may also visit www.ricelegalfirm.com.

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Asian Center Supermarket Opens In Lancaster January 31, 2018

Asian Center Supermarket, located at 2060 Bennett Ave., Lancaster, has recently opened its doors.

The business is owned by James Zhan, Phat Trang, and Doris Zhao, who met at Chinese Bible Church of Lancaster. Zhan worked for the nonprofit Ambassadors for Christ for five years and owns several bookstores in Los Angeles, Calif. Trang is a financial adviser and has experience running a seafood business in San Diego. Zhao's family owned companies in China. The three business partners saw a need for a high-quality Asian supermarket in the area, and they sought to fill that need.

The resulting business venture is Asian Center Supermarket, a 13,500-square-foot store near Wolf Furniture that was previously occupied by Allegheny Furniture Consignment. The market features grocery, produce, meat, and seafood sections, along with items needed for Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisine. An assortment of cooking supplies is also available.

Asian Center Supermarket offers a large selection of Asian noodles and rice. The market has a partnership with Samuels and Son Seafood Company in Philadelphia, so it is able to offer fresh seafood. Free fish cleaning is available at the market as well. Additionally, through a partnership with local farmers, the market will sell locally grown Asian vegetables.

The market is planning to open a food court in the future.

The Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Friday, Feb. 16, and readers are invited to shop at the maket for that occasion. Customers may reach Asian Center Supermarket at 717-826-9925. The market's business hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sundays.

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Ephrata National Bank Opens Full-Service Strasburg Office January 11, 2018

Ephrata National Bank (ENB) officially opened the doors to its new permanent, full-service branch office on Jan. 16. The office, located at 60 Historic Drive at the intersection of Historic Drive and North Decatur Street, Strasburg, replaces the temporary office the bank had been operating at 460 Historic Drive.

Kimberly Tillman, assistant vice president and office manager, will continue to lead the Strasburg team along with assistant office manager Coleen McGarrity. Joining them as financial sales associates are Pamela Esh, Joy Short and Eileen Martin. Tellers include Mathew Anderson, Tara Killian and Colin McCall. The branch also serves as a home office for Derek Arnold, AVP - commercial relationship officer, who is responsible for developing business banking relationships for ENB in southern Lancaster County.

To commemorate its opening, the bank will host a grand opening celebration on Friday, Jan. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend the celebration, which will include a free catered lunch by John Nolt Catering, activities for children, giveaways, and special benefits for becoming a new customer. Interested individuals are invited to stop in at the Strasburg office for more details.

The Strasburg office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to noon. The office can be reached at 717-288-3975.

Ephrata National Bank is an independent community bank with over $1 billion in assets and 12 full-service locations in Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties. For more information about Ephrata National Bank, readers may visit www.epnb.com.

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Fisher's Homestyle Salads LLC Announces New Location January 10, 2018

Fisher's Homestyle Salads LLC is a local Ready to Eat (RTE) food manufacturer specializing in Lancaster County favorites, such as chicken potpie, tapioca pudding, baked rice pudding, egg custard, red beet eggs, chicken croquettes, macaroni salad, broccoli salad, and many other meat, soup, salad, and dessert items.

Owners Henry Fisher and Kyle Martin have announced that the business has moved from its facility in the Greenfield Corporate Center to an upgraded location at 2316 Norman Road, Lancaster. The business has more than doubled its production space and now operates in a 6,000-square-foot area.

Fisher's Homestyle Salads products are delivered by six main distributors and can be found in local grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers markets. Customers can also find its products in the greater central Pennsylvania area, as well as surrounding states. Fisher's also offers its products to caterers, churches, fire companies, or anyone in need of large quantities of food. The business is inspected daily by the USDA and annually by the FDA and the Department of Agriculture.

Fisher started the business 16 years ago with just three employees, and the business has since grown and now employs 20 people. In January 2017, Martin bought into the business and assumed the role of business partner to Fisher. The owners noted that Fisher's Homestyle Salads is always interested in expanding into new products and inventory. If a business or organization is interested in any food products that Fisher's does not carry, individuals may call for more information and to discuss the possibility of producing the food needed.

Fisher's Homestyle Salads LLC can be reached at 717-293-0800 or by email at fhsllc@comcast.net. Readers may also visit www.fishershomestylesalads.com. Regular business hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. The business is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Customers can find most of Fisher's Homestyle Salads' products in stock at the Reading Fairground Market, which is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The market location can be reached at 610-685-2211.

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Mary B's And Fox's Pizza To Celebrate Grand Opening January 10, 2018

Mary B's Kitchen and Buffet, featuring Amish Mennonite homestyle cooking, and Fox's Pizza are now open in one restaurant at 23 Center St. in the village of Intercourse.

Mary Beth Fisher worked at the Center Street Buffet and Fox's Pizza in Intercourse during its early years. Later, when the business was up for sale, she and her father, Amos Fisher, became interested. Amos, a licensed auctioneer and owner of Penn Dutch Auction Service, had experience running a restaurant in a farmers market. Together, Mary Beth and Amos decided to purchase the Intercourse eatery.

Mary B's Kitchen and Buffet, also doing business as Fox's Pizza, was started under new ownership and management in the late fall of 2017 with the goal to improve and expand the location. Mary Beth and Amos immediately added two cooks to join some of the employees from the former business. Local girls and ladies were hired to work as waitresses. It was decided to also buy the Fox's franchise and continue serving pizza, and a representative from Fox's Pizza visited from Pittsburgh to provide special training to the local individuals who were hired to make pizza. Delivery drivers were hired as well, with up to five helping on the road at one time. Mary B's now employs close to 50 people.

The new owners note that having a pizza buffet in the same venue as a buffet featuring homestyle cooking makes the eatery a one-of-a-kind restaurant. Breakfast, available via a buffet or off the menu, is available from 6 to 10:30 a.m. A lunch buffet consisting of soups, salads, burgers, pizza, fries, onion rings, wings, and more, with desserts and beverages included, is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A dinner buffet, available from 4 p.m. until the eatery closes, includes a homestyle cooking buffet, a salad buffet, and a pizza buffet. Dine-in, takeout, and delivery options are available.

The new owners wish to thank all their customers for their patronage and are grateful to God for their success. The public is invited to the eatery's grand opening celebration from Monday, Jan. 22, through Saturday, Jan. 27. Individuals are welcome to stop by to register to win door prizes, including eight large pizzas, four buffet meals, and country paintings and crafts. Additionally, there will be specials such as 50 percent off the breakfast buffet and 25 percent off the regular breakfast menu and the lunch and dinner buffets.

Mary B's and Fox's Pizza is located just off Route 340, across from Kitchen Kettle. Regular hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The eatery is closed on Sundays. It may be reached at 717-929-0450. More information is available at www.marybskitchen.com and www.foxspizza.com.

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Boas Fundraising Is Under New Ownership January 4, 2018

Lancaster County natives Kevin and Terri Wilson recently took ownership of Boas Fundraising, 1500 Wilson Ave., Lancaster.

Kevin grew up in Strasburg and graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High School, while Terri grew up in Millersville, moved to Akron at age 10, and later graduated from Ephrata High School. Kevin worked at West Pharmaceuticals in Lititz for more than 26 years as a training coordinator. Terri was previously employed as an outside sales representative.

Boas Fundraising was founded in 1989, and the Wilsons are the third owners. The business offers individuals and organizations an easy and profitable way to raise funds. Boas Fundraising offers products including super-fresh subs and pretzel sandwiches, pizzas, dessert rolls, and pies, as well as Pellman cakes and cheesecakes. It works with schools, universities, churches, civic groups, youth and adult sports leagues, bands and choral groups, preschools and day cares, animal rescues, dance and gymnastics organizations, Scout troops, and other nonprofit organizations.

"We strongly believe that locals should support locals," noted the owners, explaining why the business partners with local vendors and suppliers whenever possible for its products and services. "This includes companies such as Scheid Produce, Hometown Provisions, Pellman Foods, Papa Dino's, and Cooper Printing," the owners shared. "We are so fortunate to have great local companies that can supply us with what we need, especially since this is who we sell to - our local communities."

Boas Fundraising strives to help its customers by sorting orders when the seller requests and triple-checking orders for accuracy. "We do this because we feel the organizers of a fundraiser have enough to do," the owners said. The business makes subs and pretzel sandwiches the day of the sale to ensure freshness. In addition, Boas offers free delivery on a minimum order of 100 items within a 25-mile radius of its centrally located Lancaster shop. "At Boas, we strive to always achieve excellent customer service, and one of the ways we do this is by always delivering at the time and location requested," the owners stressed. Customers may also pick up orders at the facility, situated right off Columbia Avenue behind the Turkey Hill at Stone Mill Road.

Kevin strives to run the business in a streamlined and efficient manner, from organizing the facility to handling the setup of the sales and the delivery of products. Customers may set up a sale by calling 717-396-0141 or visiting www.boasfundraising.com, where they will find an easy, step-by-step process. For additional information, readers may also email Kevin@boasfundraising.com.

Boas recommends allowing two to three weeks for selling the chosen items. The business requests orders be turned in one week prior to the delivery or pickup date, and orders for desserts should be called in two weeks prior to delivery or pickup date.

"It means so much to us to help others raise the funds they need for what is important to them," said the owners, noting that, for example, the activities of school-age children can take a toll financially on families, especially if multiple children are involved in numerous sports or extracurricular activities. "It's very rewarding to know we help soccer teams, marching bands, animal rescues, and church youth groups - just to name a few - to reach their financial goals," said Kevin and Terri. Fundraising is common for parents, schools, and churches, and Boas aims to provide delicious food that customers want to buy and eat. "We look forward to making each and every sale the best it can be for our customers," the owners commented. "We can't wait to make your fundraiser our next success story."

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Family Hairloom Announces New Services, Welcomes Staff December 19, 2017

Family Hairloom, 131 E. State St., Quarryville, is celebrating 31 years in business and has welcomed three additional professionals to the staff.

The salon currently features six stylists and one nail technician. The two new stylists are Kelsey Deutschlander, formerly of Hair Express with five years of experience, and Melissa McHugh, who was a Sebastian Educator with more than 10 years of experience. Deutschlander and McHugh specialize in all hair care services, along with bridal hair and makeup.

Family Hairloom has also welcomed Maureen Boyer as its new nail technician. Boyer previously worked at Tran Nailery and brings more than 25 years of nail care experience to the salon. She recently added the SNS System to her line of artificial nail enhancements, and the salon uses and carries OPI and CND nail products. A variety of nail artistry is available.

Family Hairloom owner Beth Marsh has been a stylist for 39 years and has been in operation in Quarryville for 31 years. She was previously employed at New Image Salon in Philadelphia; Town & Country Salon in Newark, Del.; and Shear Creations in Oxford.

Marsh noted that Family Hairloom strives to be a friendly, family-oriented hometown salon, and the stylists have experience with customers of all ages. Two stylists, Pat Herr and Glenda Findly, have been with the business for 30 years.

Family Hairloom features color specialists, along with haircuts and perm services. The long-term, experienced stylists offer updated styles and participate in yearly continuing education.

The salon recently added HALOCOUTURE to its services in order to enhance its bridal and special occasion hair offerings. In addition, the salon uses and carries Matrix, Redken, and Paul Mitchell hair care products.

Coming in 2018, the salon plans to add sunless tanning system services. The all-natural spray tanning is designed to last seven to 10 days and is perfect for a special trip, wedding, or prom. It can be applied from head to toe or in targeted areas of the client's choice.

To celebrate the new professionals joining the Family Hairloom team, the salon will offer holiday discounts of $5 off haircuts; $10 off color, foil, or perms done by Deutschlander or McHugh; and $10 off gel manicures and pedicures done by Boyer. The offers will be available through Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, but cannot be combined with any other discount offers.

Family Hairloom can be reached at 717-786-8958. The salon is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.

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Longenecker's Hardware Celebrates 80 Years In Business December 8, 2017

Jean Carl remembers her first day at Longenecker's Hardware nearly 40 years ago in April 1978. It was Bill Longenecker's birthday, and Bill and his wife, Jan, were expecting their first child. Bill retired two years ago after a long retail career, but folks can still find Jean at the cash register greeting customers.

Through many decades of advances, the Longenecker brand, with its commitment to customers, community, and employees, has endured for the last 80 years. Charles G. Longenecker began his small hardware business in Manheim in 1937. During succeeding decades, his sons, Fred and Bill, expanded Longenecker's business footprint in both square footage and inventory selection.

In 1962, Longenecker's became part of the True Value buying group, and in 1996, the business added the Just Ask Rental service and products. A catalog showcases a variety of equipment and event supplies that are available to rent by the hour, day, or week.

Currently, Longenecker's Hardware consists of 47,000 square feet of retail space in the Manheim Shopping Center, plus two warehouses. With 70 employees, Longenecker's Hardware is owned by Mark Foreman, Phil Martin, and Steve Ober. Partners for 18 years with more than 75 years of combined hardware experience, they strive to daily demonstrate their business philosophy: to offer quality products and outstanding customer service, to build relationships and create a pleasant environment for customers, to provide a stable work environment for employees, and to operate a profitable business that is an asset to the community.

As Longenecker's sales continue to increase, consistent with its business strategies, the business voluntarily gives back to the local community. "We feel it's a social and economic responsibility to give back to the community that supports us," noted Foreman, Longenecker's president. "Our achievements are the result of our customers and employees. When people shop locally, we all benefit."

Longenecker's tagline is "More than just a hardware store." The store offers more than 100,000 items, including appliances, paint, lawn mowers, snow blowers, RV supplies, power tools, seasonal decor, electrical and plumbing items, and supplies for greenhouses, lawn and garden, fairy gardens, auto, and office. There is also a gift shop with jewelry and fashions. The store also provides repair services, rental equipment, key duplications, small engine repair, water testing, hunting and fishing licenses, and shipping. Customers look forward to the annual store events such as Ladies' Night, the people-sized giant doghouse full of bargains each January, grill demonstrations, tool shows, fashion shows, Daylight Saving sales, and Easter egg hunts.

Martin, vice president, feels that customer service and positive relationships with customers are the reason for Longenecker's success. He believes that the staff should treat others as they would want to be treated.

The business embraces advances in technology. Online shopping and e-commerce have been added in recent years. Customers can shop 24 hours a day on www.TrueValue.com and receive free shipping to Longenecker's. Store-specific sales and department offerings are available at www.Longeneckers.com, along with the services, do-it-yourself project guides, gift card ordering, event information, and a full online catalog of rental equipment and event supplies.

Apple Pay and Samsung Pay join credit cards and traditional payment options for customers. Timely information regarding the latest sales and events is shared via email, and the store also uses Facebook to communicate with customers and share a more casual take on the Longenecker brand.

Inventory expansion with computerized inventory control allows Longenecker's to meet customers' needs. "To compete effectively in today's marketplace, we now carry a wide selection of brands," shared Ober, secretary/treasurer, who manages the business's technological systems. "In major appliances, we sell and service more than 10 brand names, and in our paint department, we carry Benjamin Moore and Dutch Boy paints as well as our True Value brands."

By continually seeking new opportunities, yet keeping its small-town personality, Longenecker's Hardware has evolved into a major retailer in northern Lancaster County with many departments serving diverse customers. The business looks forward to serving additional generations of customers during the next 80 years.

Longenecker's Hardware is located at 127 Doe Run Road, Manheim. The store's hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, with the Just Ask Rental counter opening at 7 a.m. Customers can reach the store at 717-665-2491 and the rental counter at 717-665-2020. For additional information, readers may email info@longeneckerstv.com or visit www.longeneckers.com.

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