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Historical Society Plans Christmas At The Mansion

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The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley (HSCV) is pleased to announce the 2021 Christmas Open House at the Connell Mansion on Sunday, December 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please join them as they celebrate the holiday season. The magnificent 1868 mansion is located at 249 West Main Street, Ephrata. Due to COVID restrictions, they were unable to share this special time with the community in 2020 and are excited to welcome everyone back to spend an afternoon with them!

Shown ready to welcome you to the mansion are Lou Tshudy (left) dressed in period attire and Brian Chelton (right), aka Santa, as he dons his new suit.

You will enjoy yuletide decorations, with their beautiful Christmas tree being the centerpiece of the Victorian parlor. A chamber vocal ensemble from Cocalico High School will perform from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The lovely antique organ will come to life as you enjoy holiday sounds just like families during Victorian times. Mark Herr, organist, will perform from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mr. Herr is a collector and restorer of historic reed organs with an impressive background in organ music. The Society is delighted to have him and the student musicians to enrich the afternoon.

There will be activities for children, and of course, Santa Claus will be in attendance, who this year has a handsome new velvet suit. He will be traveling around the mansion to share Christmas greetings with adults and children alike. Children will receive something to remember their visit to the mansion.

The print shop is always an interesting stop at the open house. Visitors to the shop will learn about printing practices of the past and will leave with their very own souvenir.

Indoor and outdoor spaces will be available so all may feel comfortable. Refreshments will be served and Christmas cookies and hot chocolate will warm visitors. In addition, candy items by local favorite Lorah’s Handmade Chocolates will be offered for sale, as will clear toy lollipops, a classic holiday treat. Other merchandise, such as Christmas cards and prints of an amazing 1927 aerial photograph of Ephrata, will be available for purchase as well. All proceeds will benefit the HSCV.

Please spend the afternoon with them as they return to sharing this lovely home at Christmas. Bring your family and friends, the mansion will welcome you!

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Terre Hill Christmas In The Park Is A Festive Wonderland

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Join the Terre Hill Days Committee as they kick off the holiday season at Terre Hill’s fourth annual Christmas in the Park! This fun filled event includes over 50 thousand lights, dozens of handmade lighted displays along their Christmas themed walking trail, visits with Santa at Santa’s Workshop, craft vendors, kid’s activities, gingerbread cookie decorating, live music in Christmas Tree Plaza and more!

Bring your appetite and enjoy a variety of tasty treats from the food pavilion and local vendors including fresh soups, sandwiches, pulled pork nachos, French fries, funnel cakes, specialty hot chocolates, hand crafted s’mores and much more. Stop by each night for special events and visit with other community organizations from the area. Parking and admission are free, some activities are a small fee. This year’s featured entertainment includes: Friday night – Mt. Zion Church; Saturday night – Bailey Fulginiti Trio; and Sunday night – Jeff Krick Jr’s Holiday Elvis show.

Admission to the lighted walking trail is by a suggested donation. All proceeds benefit the Terre Hill Park. For more information visit

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Valerie Gregory, Daniel Styer, Noah Keckler, John Styer, Hunter Weaver and Bob Wenger.

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Warwick Education Foundation Receives Generous Financial Gift

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The Warwick Education Foundation (WEF) was recently presented a check in the amount of $100,000 by Henry R.Gibbel, President and CEO of Lititz Mutual Insurance Company. The donation will be used to fund innovative educational programs within the Warwick School District.

Lititz Mutual is a long-time contributor to the WEF through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program, which is administered by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. The EITC Program grants tax credits to eligible businesses that donate to an approved Educational Improvement Organization as the Warwick Education Foundation.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, during the recent check presentation, are Dan Doremus, WEF; Henry R. Gibbel, President and CEO, Lititz Mutual; Barbara Mobley, Executive Director, WEF; Grant Hummer, President, WEF; Henry H. Gibbel, Chairman, Lititz Mutual; and Aaron Schwartz, WEF.

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New Holland Christmas On Main

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The New Holland Business Association will host its 14th annual Christmas on Main in downtown New Holland on Saturday, December 4. North and South Roberts Avenue and a section of Main Street will be closed to create space for an outdoor Christmas market, food vendors, a car show, carriage rides, a visit from Santa and a tree lighting. Activities are planned from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

An annual tradition, Christmas on Main offers a family-friendly, community-based way to celebrate the holiday season. All events and activities are free and open to the public.

Some of the day’s highlights include:

  • Outdoor Christmas Market, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (New Holland Ambulance parking lot, near the corner of South Roberts Avenue and Franklin Street). Enjoy local vendors selling a variety of items including gifts, Christmas decorations, and food for your holiday entertaining.
  • Food Vendors, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (South Roberts Avenue). Featured food vendors include the New Holland Lions Club, Boy Scouts, the Cub Scouts and many more!
  • GMDSOUNDS, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Corner of North Roberts Avenue and Main Street). GMDSOUNDS will emcee the event and provide sounds of the holiday season.
  • Car Show, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy checking out the cars along Main Street.
  • Santa’s Arrival, 3:00 p.m. (Corner of North Roberts Avenue and Main Street). Santa will arrive with a little help from Garden Spot Fire Rescue.
  • Community Christmas Tree Lighting, 6:00 p.m. (Corner of North Roberts Avenue and Main Street).

A wide variety of activities, music, giveaways and more, will be going on throughout the day. For a full list of the activities planned for the day, visit

Shown in the photo are Co-Chairman Jen Parsons (left) and Ed Dougherty (right).

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East Cocalico Lion Recognized As Melvin Jones Fellow

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Recently, Lion Charles Holsey was recognized as a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and the East Cocalico Lions Club for his commitment to serving the world community. Named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones, this fellowship is the highest form of recognition given by the foundation and honors commitment to humanitarian service. Lion Charles has been “Serving” since 2016 but the club has been fortunate with his service since he transferred his membership in December 2017 and since then he has served as Chairperson of the Club’s highly successful “Food Bank” Collection and has or is serving on several other committees. He received a finely crafted plaque, a letter from Past Lions International President Dr. Jung-Yul Choi and a lapel pin acknowledging his dedication to the foundation’s humanitarian goals. As a Melvin Jones Fellow, he became a part of the growing network of individuals who are committed to improving the quality of life for people locally and in communities around the world. Lions Clubs International Foundation is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International. Established in 1968, LCIF is committed to providing humanitarian services to those in need, including providing disaster relief, saving sight, supporting youth, and combating disability.

The members of the East Cocalico Lions, who have been “Lighting the Way” in their community for more than 75 years, congratulate Lion Charles for becoming the club’s newest Melvin Jones Fellows and thank him for giving unselfishly of his time and efforts to “Serve” not only his local community, but also the world. If you are interested in finding out more about Lions Clubs International, East Cocalico Lions or would like to join and help them to “Light the Way” into the next 75 years, please call 717-336-5311.

Shown is recipient Charles Holsey on the left receiving his award from Club President Brent Porter.

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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.

This week’s featured item is a rope bed, which was popular in the 1800s and early 1900s. A phrase often associated with rope beds is “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” However, researchers looking for the origin of “sleep tight” have not found that phrase used in print until 1866, which would be after the coil spring mattress began to replace the rope bed. The mattresses were often stuffed using straw, shredded corn husks, or down feathers. These materials attracted bed begs, and so over time it became a common phrase to say “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” That does not mean the phrase was not used in reference to rope beds. It just means it cannot be proved one way or the other.

The Lititz Historical Society, located at 145 East Main Street, Lititz, is now open. The museum and gift shop will be open Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through the end of December. 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.