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Alliance Seeks Local Feedback November 15, 2018

The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) is looking for feedback from the community concerning its recent State of the County meeting. The public is invited to complete a survey regardless of whether or not they attended the event.

The survey may be found online at For more information, readers may contact David Gonzalez at 717-718-7847 or


Shop Small Event Set November 15, 2018

The ninth annual Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24. Dedicated to supporting the diverse range of local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy, and enhance neighborhoods around the country, Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: getting more customers.

Shop Small is a nationwide movement to support small, independent businesses and call attention to the valuable and distinct contributions they make to their communities and the economy. Shop Small celebrates small businesses ranging from retail stores and restaurants to fitness studios and salons, and everything in between. The Shop Small movement was spurred by the widespread participation in Small Business Saturday.

To learn more, readers may visit


Montage Prints Are Available November 9, 2018

Mount Joy montage prints are available for purchase. The montage includes some Mount Joy history with buildings and people across the bottom. Throughout the rest of the print are Mount Joy businesses that chose to be a part of this project along with parks, cemeteries and other areas of interest in Mount Joy. This is a one-time, limited-edition project.

Montage prints are available at the Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce, 62 E. Main St., Suite 1, which may be contacted at 717-653-0773; the Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, reachable at 717-653-1510; Main Street Mount Joy, 55 E. Main St., reachable at 717-653-4227; and the Mount Joy Borough office, 21 E. Main St., which may be contacted at 717-653-2300.

A total of 75 prints autographed by the artist are available, with a limited number still available at each purchasing location. Of the approximately 760 standard prints, a few hundred are still available.

The Mount Joy Chamber donated the first of 75 prints to the Milanof-Schock Library as an auction item for its recent annual banquet and auction.


Thanksgiving Meal Planned November 9, 2018

Greg and Dolly Workman and family, of Workman Funeral Homes Inc., will host the Workman Friends and Family community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22. The dinner will be held in the hall at the rear of 100 W. Main St., Mountville, where it has been held in the past.

There is no charge for the home-cooked dinner, which will be served family style. Seating will begin at 11:30 a.m., and dinner will be served at noon.

The community is invited. To make reservations and for takeouts and deliveries, readers may call 717-285-4513 or 717-439-8128.


Shop Small Saturday Planned November 8, 2018

Downtown Lititz will host Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 24. The town has more than 70 independently owned shops and eateries offering gift options, and many shops will extend their hours on Nov. 24, as well as on Fridays and Sundays during the holiday season.

For more information, visit


Fall Flash 5K To Cross River October 24, 2018

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, a nonprofit organization, will hold the 10th annual MAG Memorial 5K Fall Flash on Saturday, Nov. 3. Named in memory of Melissa A. Glenn, former executive director of the Chamber, this event provides an opportunity to run the Veterans Memorial Bridge crossing the Susquehanna River between Lancaster and York counties.

The bridge (Route 462) is closed to vehicular traffic during the event. Runners may enjoy the scenic course against the fall foliage of the river valley.

The Fall Flash will begin in Wrightsville at 8:30 a.m., and preregistration is available and includes a T-shirt while supplies last. Participants may also register on the day of the run beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Wrightsville Elementary School, 300 Chestnut St. Following the race, medals will be awarded to the top male and female overall champions as well as to the top three male and female finishers in 13 age groups. Door prizes donated by local businesses will complete the awards ceremony.

For more information or a registration form, readers may visit or call 717-684-5249. Walkers are welcome, and pets and backpacks are prohibited.


Fourth Friday Activities Planned October 19, 2018

Fourth Friday will be celebrated by various establishments in Wrightsville, Marietta, and Columbia on Friday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. The Country Clickers will perform at Bootleg Antiques, 135 Bridge St., Columbia, from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m., and free refreshments will be available. Geltz Gotz Goodeze, 430 Locust St., Columbia, will host a Christmas/holiday card making workshop from 5 to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit


Judges Named For Essay Contest October 10, 2018

Engle Printing & Publishing Co., Inc. (EPC) has announced the panel that will evaluate the entries in the 2018 Children's Essay Contest. Panelists will include Jim Martin, sales representative at Power Pro Equipment in New Holland; Marie Hoover, manager of Musser's Specialty Foods in Goodville; and John Hemperly, sales manager at EPC.

Youths ages 11 to 14 may enter the annual contest by submitting original essays of 300 or fewer words on the topic "A Christmas Surprise." Winners will be announced in a special section published in the Wednesday, Dec. 5, edition of the newspaper. $500 in prize money will be awarded.

For more information, readers may email


Business Award Nominees Posted September 11, 2018

Samaritan Business Consulting, in partnership with the Lancaster Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM), announced its seven nominees for the 2018 Ethics in Business Award. Now in its 11th year, the Ethics in Business Program spotlights Lancaster County businesses and organizations that "do well by doing good" and to broaden the discussion of ethics in the community. The program also provides resources for individuals to establish best practices in ethics at their company.

The seven nominees for 2018 are Astro Machine Works, Ephrata; Benjamin Roberts Ltd., Lancaster; Fulton Theatre, Lancaster; Lift-All, Landisville; ModernEYES Optical, Lancaster; Murray Securus, Lancaster; and The Wenger Group, Rheems. All seven nominees will be recognized, and the final recipient will receive the Ethics in Business Award on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Lancaster Country Club.

In addition to honoring this year's nominees, the program will feature a panel discussion of best practices from the organizations that participated in the program. Panel members will share lessons learned on their organization's journey to integrate core values, integrity, and accountability throughout all their business practices.

For further information, including how to obtain tickets to the event, readers may contact Amy Winslow-Weiss at 717-560-2805, ext. 101, or


Chamber Seeks Volunteers For Mentoring Programs August 22, 2018

The Lancaster Chamber is searching for mentors for its Women in Business Mentoring Program and Young Men's Mentoring Program for the 2018-19 school year. Both programs provide opportunities for local business professionals to provide guidance, wisdom and encouragement to high school juniors through one-on-one mentoring relationships. Activities include job shadowing and special learning and professional growth opportunities. The registration deadline is Saturday, Sept. 1.

There is a fee to participate. An additional fee may be required for criminal background checks. To learn more or to register to be a mentor, readers may contact Sandi Thompson at or 717-239-6963.


YoCo Bloom Micro-Grant Available July 10, 2018

The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) has announced the launch of YoCo Bloom. YoCo Bloom is a new micro-grant program available to YCEA members with initiatives benefiting the York County community.

Two grants in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded to YCEA members based in York County with fewer than 100 employees. This growth opportunity will allow for smaller organizations to increase their impact in the county. In addition, this gives organizations a chance to gain exposure throughout the county.

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Friday, July 13. For details and an application, readers may visit and search for "YoCo Bloom."


Chamber Posts Pop-Up Job Fair June 26, 2018

The Lancaster Chamber, in partnership with the Emerald Foundation and PA CareerLink, will host a second pop-up job fair on Wednesday, June 27, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Emerald Foundation, 2120 Oregon Pike, Lancaster. The event is open to all job seekers and will feature nearly 100 companies that represent all industries and have open positions.

There is no cost to attend, and no registration is required. There will also be a translator to assist with job seekers whose only language is Spanish. To view a list of participating companies, readers may visit


BIG IDEA Contest Deadline Posted June 13, 2018

Ben Franklin's BIG IDEA Contest is open to entrepreneurs in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The prize money will offer an opportunity to put cash into a startup, with additional benefits including business mentoring, networking opportunities, and feedback from experts.

Individuals who have been thinking about developing or commercializing an innovative product, process, or new software application are encouraged to enter the contest. The contest is seeking budding entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers, or even small existing businesses.

Winners can win up to $50,000 in cash, a six-month membership/working space in the BF TechCelerator at TheCandyFactory, a one-year pass to seminars offered by Ben Franklin's eMarketing Learning Center valued at $3,000, and a free consult (and proposal prep) valued at $3,000 on how to access federal research and development grant money from the Innovation Partnership.

Applicants are eligible if they are located in either Lancaster County or Lebanon County; they are developing/commercializing a new, innovative tech-based product/process; they have not previously received an investment from Ben Franklin; and their business is either pre-revenue or has not had sales that exceeded $500,000 to date. For more details, readers may contact or 717-948-6625.

To complete an application, readers may visit The deadline to apply is Monday, June 18, at 5 p.m.


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


Students Learn About Construction Careers April 10, 2018

Over the course of three days, March 13 to 15, 206 students and educators participated in Construction Wars, a career exploration event offering hands-on activities designed to introduce students to the careers available in the field of construction. Students from 14 schools representing local school districts attended.

The following schools participated: CHASE Homeschool Co-op in Lancaster, Cocalico Middle School from Cocalico School District, Eastern York Middle School from Eastern York School District, The Janus School in Lancaster, Lampeter-Strasburg High School and Martin Meylin Middle School from Lampeter-Strasburg School District, Lower Dauphin Middle School from Lower Dauphin School District, Manheim Township High School from Manheim Township School District, Middletown Area Middle School from Middletown Area School District, New Cumberland Middle School from West Shore School District, Northeastern Middle School from Northeastern School District, Salisbury Elementary from Pequea Valley School District, and Smith Middle School and Swift Middle School from Solanco School District.

During the event, students explored a variety of construction trades by building several take-home items, including a wooden bench and a metal tool box. They also participated in plumbing projects and tool identification stations.

Students were assisted by 66 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Keystone member construction professionals who shared their knowledge of the industry. Current ABC Keystone apprentices were also on hand to answer questions, and they shared first-hand experiences of the chapter's apprenticeship training program. Dr. Ben Stiles from Lancaster County Career and Technical Center shared additional educational programs with the students.

Construction Wars, hosted by ABC Keystone Chapter in Manheim, is part of the many workforce development initiatives developed by the Keystone Chapter. For more information regarding the event, readers may contact Todd K. Staub, director of workforce development for ABC Keystone, at or 717-653-8106.


Businesses Invite Shoppers To Discover Quarryville March 22, 2018

"We thought it might be fun to get together to have an event to encourage people to come in and have a good time," said Ferguson & Hassler Supermarket (Fergie's) co-owner Chip Hassler, explaining the reasoning behind Discover Quarryville, a celebration that will run from Thursday, April 12, through Saturday, April 14.

"Quarryville has a lot to offer that even people close by don't know about," added Glendon Strite of Good's Store.

In order to entice folks to visit the borough and patronize the businesses located there, Fergie's, Good's Store, C.R. Lapp's Family Restaurant, Martin Appliance, and Stoner-Wade Ford have collaborated on Discover Quarryville. Each business will host special offers and attractions throughout the three days. In addition, each business has contributed five $100 gift cards, and five individuals will win a gift card from all five companies. To enter, folks must receive a stamp at each participating venue. Entry forms may be picked up at the businesses or found inside an upcoming edition of this paper. No purchase is required to win.

"We are hoping that this inaugural event is such a success that we can offer a couple each year and grow from there," commented Diana Wade, who is the third generation of her family to be involved with Stoner-Wade Ford. "(Quarryville) is a great community with wholesome people. It's neat to see the families evolve over the years, and I get to be a part of that."

Fergie's, located in the Towns Edge Shopping Center, 100 TownsEdge Drive, will offer a first-ever spring meat sale from April 12 to 14. Whoopie pies and cakes made by Shady Maple's bakery will be on sale on April 12 and Friday, April 13. Free samples of the baked goods and other items will be available during those days as well. Additionally, the Kunzler hot dog wagon will be on-site on April 12, and shoppers may enjoy a hot dog, chips, and a beverage free of charge. To learn more about the supermarket, readers may visit or call 717-786-7301.

The hot dog wagon will be located at Stoner-Wade Ford, 415 W. Fourth St., Quarryville, on April 13 and will offer free refreshments. On April 12 and 13, the automotive dealership will host a Ride and Drive event. Folks may test drive a new Ford Escape or EcoSport, driving the vehicles to the businesses participating in Discover Quarryville. Spots are limited, and reservations must be made by calling Wade at 717-806-6236.

In addition, Stoner-Wade Ford will host a birthday party for the Ford Mustang on April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Guests are invited to drop in at any time with their Mustangs or to chat with other muscle car enthusiasts. Cupcakes and other treats will be served, and door prize drawings will be held. Readers planning to attend are asked to contact Wade by Monday, April 9. To learn more about the dealership, readers may visit

The hot dog wagon's final location will be Good's Store, 333 W. Fourth St., Quarryville. Free hot dogs, chips, and beverages will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 14. According to, the department store offers a genuine Pennsylvania Dutch shopping experience complete with friendly service, low prices, and unique merchandise. Good's Store opened in Peach Bottom in 1985 and moved to its current location, where Fergie's previously operated, in 1988.

Strite pointed out that Good's is an independent Ace Hardware, and along with paint, tools, hard goods, and sporting goods, it also sells clothing, housewares, fabric, and craft supplies. A special sale on select items will be held during Discover Quarryville. To learn more, readers may visit the website or call 717-786-9028.

While Martin Appliance, 2318 Beaver Valley Pike, New Providence, will not host the hot dog wagon, it will not be without food. A demonstration of a wood smoker will be held during the three-day event, and folks may sample food that comes off the grill. There will also be storewide specials, and shoppers may look at the latest in residential appliances and household furnishings and learn about water treatment solutions. The showroom will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 12 and 13 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 14. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-786-7373.

For a full meal or only dessert, folks may visit C.R. Lapp's Family Restaurant, 101 Fite Way, Quarryville. The breakfast buffet will be available from 6 to 11 a.m. each day of the event, and the price will be discounted. Folks may enjoy a free breakfast buffet when they purchase a gift card with a minimum value of $30. Additionally, diners may take 50 percent off the cost of a second meal when they buy one at the regular price from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lapp's is owned by the husband-and-wife team of Christy and Robin Lapp. The couple opened the restaurant in February 2005 and offer homestyle Pennsylvania Dutch food. "It feels like a family (here)," said staff member Chrissy Martinez. "A lot of people come in for three meals a day. You really get to know them on a personal level." For a list of current specials and to view menus, readers may visit Takeout orders may be placed by calling 717-786-1768.

For more information about Discover Quarryville, readers may find the event page on Facebook or call or visit any of the participating businesses.


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.


Citadel Seeks Nominations October 4, 2017

Citadel has announced that the nomination period for the 2018 Citadel Heart of Learning Award is now open. Nominations for the 17th annual Citadel Heart of Learning Awards program will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 31. Chester County students, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate a teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit created the Citadel Heart of Learning Award in 2001. Teachers who receive the award show excellence both inside and outside the classroom and make a difference in the lives of their students.

Fifteen finalists, comprised of one finalist from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one from the Chester County Intermediate Unit, and one from a Chester County non-public school, which includes charter and home schools, will be chosen from the nominations. Each finalist will receive $500 to use in their classroom.

From these 15 finalists, three winners, including one high school, one middle school, and one elementary school teacher, will receive an additional $1,500 to use in their classrooms.

In addition, the "Schools with Heart" contest will award the top three schools that submitted the most nominations. Schools with Heart awards three cash prizes, including $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place. The prizezs may be used for support assemblies or events.

For more information, nomination rules, and to submit teacher nominations, readers may visit


10th Annual Designathon Event Announced September 21, 2017

Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to submit their needs for professional quality design materials for Pennsylvania College of Art and Design's (PCA&D) 10th annual Designathon. Every year, PCA&D students create brochures, logos, T-shirts, posters, websites, and more for area nonprofits with the help of faculty.

The 10th annual Designathon will take place on Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24. Interested nonprofits should download an application at and return it by Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.


Student Group To Visit Business District August 17, 2017

First-year Elizabethtown College students will make a trek into the downtown area at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. The annual walk, sponsored by the Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce, allows students to learn what the business district has to offer. This year, the students' final destination will be Rita's Italian Ice, where a disc jockey and entertainment will be provided.

Any business along Market Street may offer giveaways, coupons and more outside its establishment. For businesses not located along Market Street, a table will be available for giveaways and more at Rita's. To participate, contact Susan Zeager at

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