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The Shopping News of Lancaster County Community Newspaper Serving Over 38,000 Homes! The Shopping News of Lancaster County was first published on April 14, 1965 as a 24-page half-tab issue.

It was mailed to 10,000 homes in the area. Today, The Shopping News publishes a full-tab paper and is delivered to 38,000 homes each week in and around Ephrata, Adamstown, New Holland, Stevens, Terre Hill and more! During the early 1960’s there were no free papers covering Northern Lancaster County. Publisher John Hocking had been thinking about starting a free paper for quite some time. At the ti

It was mailed to 10,000 homes in the area. Today, The Shopping News publishes a full-tab paper and is delivered to 38,000 homes each week in and around Ephrata, Adamstown, New Holland, Stevens, Terre Hill and more! During the early 1960’s there were no free papers covering Northern Lancaster County. Publisher John Hocking had been thinking about starting a free paper for quite some time. At the ti

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Where In The World WinnerWould you like to win $50 next month? Enter The Shopping News “Where In The World” contest! As ...

Where In The World Winner

Would you like to win $50 next month? Enter The Shopping News “Where In The World” contest! As always, we’ve received many interesting entries this month and it was difficult to pick a winner. There were entries from Florida, New Orleans, U.S. Virgin Islands and more!

The winner for the month of May, shown in the photo above, is Kathy Martin, New Holland, who is shown at the Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland. She chose to receive her $50 gift card to Shady Maple.

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 3B. Check out our page in the near future to see all of the entries we have received to date!

“Pieces From The Past” – FeaturingThe New Holland Area Historical SocietyShopping News Photo by Donald Reese“Pieces From...

“Pieces From The Past” – Featuring
The New Holland Area Historical Society
Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

“Pieces From The Past” continues this week, featuring the New Holland Area Historical Society. In this weekly article, Shopping News readers will learn about local items housed in local museums and historical societies.

The 1869 Lancaster County Directory lists 13 shoemakers in the little village of New Holland. A prominent one at that time was Carpenter “Cap” Weaver (1834–1916), whose cobbler’s bench is now on display at the New Holland Area Historical Society museum. Of course, by the mid-19th century, recent progress meant that a new pair of shoes was no longer two identical shoes, but included a different one for the wearer’s right foot and left foot. However, the process of buying new shoes was not anything like today’s shopping, and could explain why a small town had so many shoemakers. At that time, none of the local cobblers carried any inventory of the finished product. The customer would visit the tradesman and select a style of footwear. Next, the shoemaker would measure the customer’s feet. Then the wait began. Sometimes only two weeks, but more often a month. Certainly, there are great advantages to quick and easy modern shoe shopping, unless your right foot is a size 10 and your left foot is a size 11!

The New Holland Area Historical Society Museum is located on the second floor of the Kauffman Building, 207 East Main Street, New Holland. Because of improving conditions with the Coronavirus pandemic, the Museum is pleased to announce that it is now open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If conditions change with the pandemic, the Museum will announce opening changes on their website ( For more information, call 717-538-3079.

Reamstown Athletic Association Awards Nine ScholarshipsShopping News Photo by Donald ReeseThe Reamstown Athletic Associa...

Reamstown Athletic Association Awards Nine Scholarships
Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

The Reamstown Athletic Association recently award­ed nine $ 3,000 scholarships to local graduating high school seniors. There were three scholarships awarded in each category of Academics, Athletics and a General “Club” category. This year, the scholarships have been awarded to graduating Cocalico High School seniors.

Shown, from left to right, are Hannah Martin, Isabella Hale, Katelynn Nedimyer, Dylan Koehle, Reamstown Athletic Association repre­sentatives Jim Tressler (Club Board Member), and Deb Antol (Club President), Aiden Pavlek, Alexander Pavlek and Luke Angstadt.

The Cocalico scholarship recipients are: Katelynn Nedimyer – Athletic Schol­arship – accepted to Alvernia University for Healthcare Science – her father, Doug Nedimyer, is a member of the Reamstown Athletic Association; Aiden Pavlek – Club Scholarship – accepted to Nazareth College for Business, Artificial Intelli­gence, and Innovation – his parents Bill and Diane Pavlek are also members; Alexander Pavlek – Academic Scholarship – accepted to Penn State University for Health & Human Development – his parents Bill and Diane Pavlek are also members; Dylan Koehle – Athletic Scholarship – accepted to Elizabethtown College for Exercise Science/Athletic Training; Luke Angstadt – Athletic Scholarship – accepted to Penn State University for Engineering – his parents Jeff and Heather Angstadt are also members; Isabella Hale – Club Scholarship – accepted to Binghamton University for Art & Design – her parents Michael and Anne Hale are also members; and Hannah Martin – Academic Scholarship – accepted to Liberty University for Nursing. There is also an award going to a Warwick Student, and a Lebanon School District student.

The giving of these awards is just one of the civic services provided to the community by the Reamstown Athletic Asso­ciation. They also donate funds to many of Northern Lancaster’s athletic asso­ciations, including: Youth T-ball, local swim teams, and their own local ice hockey club. In addition to local athletics the Reams­town Athletic Association donates funds to help out local organizations such as the East Cocalico Lions, the Reamstown Fire Company, the Reamstown Memorial Park and the annual Night Out Event. The presentation of these awards and the support of these organizations are all part of actualizing the Reamstown Athletic Association’s mission statement to promote and stimulate social enjoyment, friendship, civic duty, citizenship, and various sports and athletic diversions among the members and the community.

Akron Lions Club To Hold Annual Day In The Park EventShopping News Photo by Donald ReeseThe Akron Lions Club once again ...

Akron Lions Club To Hold Annual Day In The Park Event
Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

The Akron Lions Club once again will sponsor a free day for all on Saturday, June 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Akron Day in the Park event. It will include a car show with awards, Bingo, music by a one-man band, pony (horse) rides, a candy scramble, a barrel train ride and other fun activities.

Shown with an event poster, from left to right, are Tim Kilhefner with his ‘66 Chevy Nova Super Sport (on the left); Jeff Shirk and his ‘55 Buick Century Riviera (on the right); and Les Auker with his ‘68 Chevy Corvette (in the middle).

The Akron Lions Club and the car club, the Axelsnappers, are working together to make this day extra special. Dennis Stauffer, Lions Club project coordinator, said, “except for food or car registrations, this is a free event.”

A major draw will be the car show, held from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. Jeff Shirk, a Lions Club member who is also a member of the Axelsnappers, encourages any and all vehicles, “from a bicycle to an 18-wheeler” to join the car show festivities. Unique trophies, designed and crafted from old car parts, will be presented to award-winning vehicles. Some awards will include the Lions President Pick, Mayors Choice, the Axelsnappers Pick, and other special awards.

“We are a car club for car people,” said Jeff Shirk of the Axelsnappers. “We don’t care if it’s a Volkswagen or a Maserati, as long as it has wheels on it, you’re welcome to our show.”

A small donation fee is required to participate in the car show. Half of it will be for the Lions to defray the cost of the event, and the other half will go to the Axelsnappers club, that will later donate the funds to charity.

In addition to the car show, other free and fun activities are planned for families with children. One popular event will be the candy scramble. Children will be divided into three age groups and the candy will be blown from an air cannon for added excitement. Children will also be invited to ride horses or a barrel train, that will ride around the park circle to 11th Street and back.

Adding to the festivities, one-man band, Adriano, will sing and play the piano in the big pavilion beginning at noon. Many will enjoy the free Bingo event, held at the band shell from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Prizes will include restaurant and other gift cards, products, and some cash awards. Lions Club member, Dennis Stauffer expressed his gratitude, “we get a lot of support from the community, not only for bingo prizes, but checks from community organizations and others.”

Food will be plentiful at the event. The Grace EC Church will provide a breakfast in the big pavilion from 6:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.; the Boy Scouts will be serving food as a fundraiser; and food trucks will serve ice cream, pizza, wild wings, wieners and Italian Ice.

People are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the event that will be donated to Ephrata Area Social Services. The Akron Lions Club encourages everyone in the community, or surrounding communities, to attend this fun day.


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“Pieces From The Past” – Featuring Landis Valley Village And Farm Museum Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese “Pieces From The Past” continues this week, featuring the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum. In this weekly article, Shopping News readers will learn about local items housed in local museums and historical societies. An icon of Lancaster County’s history and heritage is the Conestoga wagon. Likely developed here in the Conestoga River Valley of Lancaster County, the wagon was the backbone of the transportation of goods and people throughout the county, region, and beyond. Because of the deep connections of the wagon to Pennsylvania German history, it is well represented in the museum collection of the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum. In addition to seven Conestoga wagons, there are also wagon tools, toolboxes, and other wagon components in the museum collection. Although the wagon’s origin is traced to Lancaster County, it is not known who originated the design or built the first wagon. An early mention of the Conestoga wagon was in an account book of James Logan at the end of 1717. Drawn by a team of horses, mules, or oxen, the Conestoga was used through the 18th Century, the American Revolution, and well into the 19th Century. In addition to moving goods to the major ports and cities of the region, it moved settlers and commodities further and further into the lands of central and western Pennsylvania. Another legacy of connected to the Conestoga wagon was the early and extensive road network connecting Lancaster County to Philadelphia. As a colony and the early years of the United States, waterways were the principle means of transit of people and goods. Between the agricultural products grown in the rich soils of Lancaster County, and the array of iron furnaces and forges in the region, an interior network of roads was critical to transport goods to the port of Philadelphia. As result, Pennsylvania had one of the largest and best-developed road systems of any state along the eastern seaboard. Still, the roads were rough and difficult to use in poor weather. A vehicle to transmit goods over a primitive road system was essential. Success of the Conestoga wagon was nearly guaranteed. The body of a Conestoga is curved upwards rather than flat, like a typical wagon. The curved body provided, with tall sides, made for a stable carriage that prevented its contents from shifting or tipping. The typical wagon could carry nearly 12,000 pounds of cargo. Many had a frame over the bed in which a cloth cover could be stretched to protect its contents. Tar or other substances could be used to seal the seams of the body to make the interior of the wagon waterproof when it crossed stream or rivers. The wagon’s axels were often made from hickory to provide strength. The large wheels provided stability, especially when crossing water. Contrary to the images seen in movies and television, the earliest wagons were controlled by a person sitting in the wagon. Rather, it was with a drover. The drover walked next to the left side of the wagon or could ride standing parallel to the body of the wagon on a pull-out board, often called the lazy board. Walking or standing, the drover would have access to a brake handle between the front and rear wheel. Being on the left of the wagon provided a good line of sight to the road ahead and on-coming traffic. It is often said that the Conestoga wagon began the custom of “driving” on the right-hand side of the road in the United States. If the wagon was pulled by a horse team, the left horse near the wagon was referred to as the wheel horse and was sometimes ridden. With all the moving parts and long days of travel on rough roads, every wagon carried a box of tools. Attached to the body of the wagon, it would contain tools and components for roadside repair. The hinges of the toolbox, and some of the ironwork of the carriage, would often use design elements associated with Pennsylvania Germans – the tulip or the profile of a bird. As with the body of the wagon to which it was attached, the toolbox was typically painted an aqua blue while the carriage and wheels were a vermillion red and ironwork black. Blue and red are often associated with Pennsylvania Dutch design traditions and were the common colors of Conestoga wagons. Conestoga wagons were considered the ‘big rig’ trucks of their day. Yet by the mid-19th Century, modes of transit were changing. Fist canals, then railroads, were able to transport goods faster and over longer distances. Today, these wagons are a potent symbol of ingenuity, craftsmanship, and tradition. Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum is managed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The museum is open Thursday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday’s 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Events, activities, classes, and admission fees are found at the museum’s website: You can reach the museum at 717-569-0401. The museum is located at 2451 Kissel Hill Road in Lancaster.
Friends Of Adamstown Library Book Sales Are Back Again Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese The Friends of the Adamstown Library are once again having weekly book sales beginning Tuesday, March 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. They have also added a new time – Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Donations are still being accepted. They have a good selection of books to browse through and purchase. The book sale will be held at the former library location along Route 272. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are booksorters and Team Amazon (standing in front of the books) Pat Acebo; (back) Susan Hess, Carole Evans, Margaret Harting, Winnie Cammauf and Ann Roseboro.
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Reinholds VFW Contributes To Local Fire/Ambulance Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese The Reinholds VFW Post 6759 donated $16,000 to the fire companies and ambulance associations of this community. The VFW takes great pride in being able to help the first responders in the area. The awesome patrons make it possible to donate this money. Stop in to see how you can help give back through the VFW. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (front) Regina Haldeman (Reams­town Fire Company Ambu­lance), Barb Parks (Rein­holds Community Ambu­lance), Jessica Nino (Rein­holds Community Ambu­lance), Elsie Kauffman (Trustee, Stevens Fire Company); (back) Scott Fisher (Adjutant, Reinholds VFW), Britta Stuart (Stew­ard and Auxiliary President, Reinholds VFW), Jeff Garner (President, Reams­town Fire Company), Joe Groff (Reinholds Fire Company), Donny Stover (Smokestown Fire Com­pany), Derek Miller (Adams­town Fire Com­pany), Shannon Hilton (Den­ver Fire Company), Jon Beaver (Quartermaster, Reinholds VFW), Jeff Hackman (Schoeneck Fire Company), Michelle Brown (Reinholds Community Ambu­lance) and Richard Sweigart (Reinholds VFW, President Home Associ­ation).
Ephrata Theatre Program To Perform “The Wizard Of Oz” Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese The Ephrata High School Theatre Program will be presenting “The Wizard of Oz” with performances on Thursday, March 17, Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m. “The Wizard of Oz” will feature a cast of 60, including students from all Ephrata Area School District elementary and intermediate schools. It is directed by Irving I. Gonzalez with vocal direction by Gabbrielle Umholtz. Pit orchestration is by Jill Klinger and costumes are by Carolyn Tornielli. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-967-8167 or visiting the website Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Brett Devlin (senior) as the Cowardly Lion, Adam Tornielli (junior) as the Scarecrow, Madalyn Sandell (sopho­more) as Dorothy and Paul “Will” Sensenig (senior) as the Tinman.
Shown in the photo is the Washington Avenue School (Ephrata) kindergarten class with teacher Ethel Bolster (late 1950s). If you can identify anyone in this photo, please call the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley 717-733-1616. (Photos provided for publication by The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley.