• Ephrata native Whitey Von Nieda in his Tri-Cities Blackhawks uniform. Photo courtesy of NBA Legends
    Eldest statesman: Ephrata’s Von Nieda now the NBA’s oldest alum

    Last week Ephrata native Stan “Whitey” Von Nieda, 97, became the oldest living alum of the National Basketball Association. With the passing of then eldest Billy Gabor, also 97, who died after a brief battle with pneumonia,...

    • Posted June 12, 2019
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  • It’s been a long drive

    A WWII veteran turns 100 I blinked twice when I met George Houck shortly before he celebrated his 100th birthday on May 15. He looked 75, maybe 80 at best. He was animated, talkative, and remembered growing...

    • Posted May 22, 2019
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  • Staying safe on local roads for Memorial Day

    Prior to major holidays in the United States, the American Automobile Association, (AAA), provides drivers with estimates of vehicles on the road, potential bottlenecks, and provides safety tips. The AAA doesn’t dwell on it, but it always...

    • Posted May 22, 2019
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  • Every ‘litter’ bit helps

    It’s a way of life. So, you probably won’t be surprised when you learn that even runners and joggers have started multitasking — it’s called plogging. It started in Sweden in 2016 to help local communities clean-up...

    • Posted April 24, 2019
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  • A couple decades, and change: Vivace Live and Standing Room Only

    Two musical groups with local connections are at crossroads that have them changing with the times. Vivace Live and Standing Room Only (SRO) have different repertoires and perform before widely different audiences. The changes they make will...

    • Posted April 3, 2019
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  • Local teens find PA Farm Show success

      This is the final update in a series about local teens raising livestock to compete in the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show. Correspondent Art Petrosemolo met Danielle Oberholtzer and Jeremiah Snyder mid-summer as they began six months...

    • Posted January 16, 2019
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  • FFA teens prepare for 103rd PA Farm Show

    Part two: Feeding and handling LNP Weeklies and Lancaster Farming correspondent Art Petrosemolo has been following both 4H and FFA members this fall. He wrote about the Lancaster 4H team who represented the state at the Livestock...

    • Posted January 2, 2019
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  • Remembering Christmas ‘back in the day’

    Christmas memories from the past — some just a few years ago and others dating back decades — seem to bubble up in the weeks leading up to the holiday. Viola White, “Vi” to everyone, turned 100...

    • Posted December 26, 2018
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  • Poinsettias and Christmas trees are beloved seasonal decor

    It’s that time of year when all local farm stores look like Santa’s village with piles of Christmas trees and acres of red, pink and white poinsettias plants–symbols of the season in the United States. Christmas Trees...

    • Posted December 19, 2018
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  • A father and son survey the selection at Leola Produce Market. Photo by Art Petrosemolo
    Still time to get those pumpkins

    This fall, your local farm market has pumpkins, but probably not in the quantity that you are used to. Retailers are taking a careful approach this season on stocking Halloween’s iconic jack-o-lanterns. The wild summer weather —...

    • Posted October 24, 2018
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