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Homeschool Students Immerse Into Living History Encampment

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

Approximately 20 local students from Pathways, a homeschool community near Bowmansville, recently participated in the Lancaster County Longrifles Rendezvous and Encampment at Muddy Run Park. The students dressed in historic period attire, slept in authentic tents and were immersed in activities of the period. They were also given the opportunity to tour and speak with participants who reenact this period in time. The Pathways curriculum is dedicated to upholding Biblical truths, and their learning program is immersive, active, and relevant to the students lives. They strive to develop the whole child; spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. Their three-day camp trip taught them about aspects of life from the 1700 to 1840 fur trade era.

Shown in the photos, clockwise, are: chess players Chloe and Megan and in the back are Shaun and Justice; parent Matt Halligan, Bethany Zimmerman and Makenzi Halligan playing cards; Pathways students visiting a display of longrifles; and finally playing marbles are Bethany Zimmerman, Caleb Myers and watching is Makenzi Halligan.


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“Where’s Oakley?” – Ready To Step Up To The Plate

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

Many may remember The Shopping News’ “Where’s Bella?” contest from a few years ago. Sadly, Bella went to doggie heaven in 2016, but now Oakley bursts on to the scene in a new contest, “Where’s Oakley?”.

Oakley, a yellow lab, is the “son” of Lauren Max­well and Nick Fetter of Rothsville, and he is all geared up to travel through­out The Shopping News delivery area. Each week readers can identify Oakley’s location and enter to win one of two 4-packs of tickets to the Lancaster Barnstormers’ for the 2021 baseball season.

Look in the “Things To Do, Places To Go” section of next week’s issue for your first chance to identify his location and win tickets to a Barn­stormers game. The first winners will be drawn on Wednesday, May 26, and their names will be printed in the Wednesday, June 2 issue. The winners will also be announced on The Shopp­ing News of Lan­caster County’s Face­book page.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, is (front) Barnstormer’s mascot Cylo, Oakley, Ross Peeples (Team Manager); (back) Dylan Keenen (Grounds­keeper) and Maureen Wheeler (Director of Community Relations).


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Ephrata Mennonite School 18th Annual Plant Exchange

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

Ephrata Mennonite School invites you to its 18th Annual Plant Exchange on Friday, May 14. The event starts at 12:00 p.m. followed by a demonstration of the BCS tiller system at 1:00 p.m. and the exchange at 1:30 p.m. This year Wes Stauffer Equipment is collaborating with the school in an educational demonstration of the BCS tiller system and attach­ments.

The Plant Exchange will feature herbs, perennials, annuals, bulbs and seeds, fruits and vegetables, shrubs and trees, houseplants, water garden plants and ground covers. Visitors are invited to become involved by bringing one or more potted and labeled plant to exchange. Label with kind of plant, flower color and growing conditions. At 1:30 p.m. the exchange of plants will take place. To keep the selection of plants attractive for everyone, only one invasive plant per person.

The Plant Exchange is held rain or shine on the grounds of the Ephrata Mennonite School, 598 Stevens Road, Ephrata, at the corner of Stevens Road and Schoeneck Road. For directions or more infor­mation, call the school at 717-738-4266 extension 210.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Kevon Weaver, Cole Martin, Kordell Copenhaver and Kendal Zimmerman.


Marlene Witmer-Siesta, Florida - April 2021 winner

Where In The World Contest Winner

Would you like to win $50 next month? Enter The Shopping News “Where In The World” contest! We’ve received many interesting entries this month and it was difficult to pick a winner. There were entries from Mexico, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, New Jersey and Costa Rica!

The winner for the month of April, shown in the photo above, is Marlene Witmer of Leola, who is shown in Siesta Key, Florida. She will receive a $50 gift card to Good’s Store

Could the next winner be you? Once a month one winner will be selected and they will receive a $50 gift card from any regular Shopping News advertiser of their choice as their prize. To read all of the contest criteria and get an entry form, see page 10A. Check out our Facebook page in the near future to see all of the entries we have received to date!


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“Pieces From The Past” – Featuring The Lititz Historical Foundation

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“Pieces From The Past” continues this week, featuring the Lititz Historical Foundation. In this weekly article, Shopping News readers will learn about local items housed in local museums and historical societies.
The Lititz Brewery
The bottle shown from The Lititz Brewery is a special node because of the unique original spelling of Lititz, which is “Litiz” on the bottle. The name Litiz was changed by the postmaster to Lititz to better match the pronunciation.
In 1833, John Kreiter first began a brewery with permission from the Moravian church. During this era, Lititz was a closed town, with only people of the Moravian faith as inhabitants. In order to operate a new business, an idea had to be presented to the church elders, who would then decide whether or not the establishment would benefit the community. The brewery was eventually approved due to the beer that was to be produced being less potent and thus, would create less problems and “drunkedness” by the townspeople who were, up to this point, for the most part only consuming the stronger whiskeys that were being produced in other parts of the town.
The Lititz Brewery was erected on the hill along Maple Street, near the head end of the Lititz Springs Park. A short time later, Kreider sold the business to a Michael Muicke. A gentleman named John Hamm purchased it next, with his son in law, Jacob Weitzel, actually in charge of operations from 1840 to 1859. The next owners were Francis Rauch and Richard R. Tshudy (previously owning the malt house mentioned above), who had a very successful partnership for six years.
In 1865, the Rauch and Tshudy brewery burned to the ground. The fire originated in the kiln used for drying malt and destroyed fixtures, barley, and ruined the beer. The loss was estimated at $12,000 – about half of which was covered by insurance. News of the fire made headlines in newspapers as far away as Philadelphia. After the fire, Rauch decided not to go back in business with his partner, but Tshudy found a new partner in a Mr. Keller, and the partners ran the new brewery for another three years, finally selling it to two new partners, Bruckhart and Kauffman in 1868 for the sum of $28,500. Subsequent owners after that included David Burkholder, Adam Groff and David Landis, Henry Zartman, David Landis and Zartman and Scheef.
Not only was the brewery profitable, but the building served as a meeting place and restaurant of sorts over the years – in 1877, fresh oysters were available for purchase at the brewery, with local deliveries being free. Additionally, orchestras from various parts of the county played there, much to the pleasure of the patrons.
By October 1883, the brewery had new owners, and the first few batches of beer in a long time were brewed at the facility.
The Lititz Historical Society is located at 145 East Main Street, Lititz, is now open. Their hours of operation are: Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beginning on Memorial Day their hours will be Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Timed tours “on the :15” will be available beginning with the first tour of the day at 11:15 a.m., and the last tour of the day beginning at 4:15 p.m. Due to COVID-19, they will be following all CDC guidelines, including masks, social distancing and socially-distanced tours, one-way arrow tape on the floors and hand sanitizer. Walk-in tours are welcome, but scheduling a tour in advance is highly encouraged. Call the foundation today at 717-627-4636 to schedule your tour.