UGI Investing $4.4M In Lancaster County This Year To Replace And Extend Gas Lines

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UGI Utilities will spend $4.4 million this year strengthening and extending its gas-line network in Lancaster County, the firm said Thursday.

That sum consists of $1.3 million to replace old gas mains, generally at least 50 years old, and $3.1 million to lengthen lines to serve new customers.

 

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/ugi-investing-m-in-lancaster-county-this-year-to-replace/article_7c448380-c63f-11e3-aa32-001a4bcf6878.html

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Two Arrested After Stabbing At Park City

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A male shoplifting suspect took off running through the Boscov’s department store at Park City Center Friday afternoon after cutting a loss-prevention officer on the hand, Lancaster city police said.

His female accomplice bolted as well, city police Officer Marc Shaffer said.

Police have charged Noel H. Israel-Negron, 35, of the 600 block of Columbia Avenue, with retail theft, robbery, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and criminal conspiracy.

Kriste L. McManus, 40, of the 600 block of Market Street, Marietta, was charged with retail theft, robbery and criminal conspiracy.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/two-arrested-after-stabbing-at-park-city/article_1927c53c-c1a3-11e3-9783-001a4bcf6878.html

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Clerk, Two Friends, Rob Ephrata Convenience Store

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An Ephrata convenience store clerk and her two friends robbed the store of over $12,000 worth of goods and disappeared on Thursday.

Police are looking for Brittany Lee Taylor, 23, Anthony Joseph D’uva, 25 and Damion Lee Good, 24, all of Ephrata.

According to Ephrata Borough Police, at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, a patron discovered the Pricetown Ephrata Gas and Food Mart, 529 W. Main St., open but vacant.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/ephrata/news/clerk-two-friends-rob-ephrata-convenience-store/article_b6835b88-c11d-11e3-b9dd-001a4bcf6878.html

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Armstrong Starts $41M Expansion Of Dillerville Road Plant

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Armstrong World Industries formally started an expansion Friday of its Lancaster floor plant, so it can begin making luxury vinyl tile there.

The $41 million project, announced by the company in October, is expected to create 60 jobs.

Shipping of luxury vinyl tile from the city plant is expected to begin in mid 2015.

The product made in the 1067 Dillerville Road plant will replace product made for Armstrong by a manufacturer in China.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/armstrong-starts-m-expansion-of-dillerville-road-plant/article_da8d7aa2-c0c0-11e3-8ebf-001a4bcf6878.html

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Columbia Bypass Work Beginning

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When explaining to various officials the problems truck traffic causes in Columbia, Mayor Leo Lutz liked to give tours.

In the basement of Hinkle’s Pharmacy, they could see old brick and mortar being turned to powder, and feel the heavy trucks travel on Locust Street.

On the sidewalks, they could see, hear and feel the trucks rumble by in the center of the historic town.

“Then they knew what we were talking about,” Lutz said.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/columbia/news/columbia-bypass-work-beginning/article_d65b79c6-beb7-11e3-9333-001a4bcf6878.html

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Poll: Those In NEPA Among Most Miserable In U.S.

Locator map of the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Metro...

Locator map of the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Metropolitan Statistical Area in the northeastern part of the of . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Lancaster, PA ranked 21st on the list :)  The happiest of any Pennsylvania Metropolitan Area.  Hey now!

People in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area are among the most miserable in the nation, according to a report that ranks the area 177th out of 189 it surveyed to gauge residents’ sense of well-being.

Their continuing economic downslide, bad memories, misperceptions and even a lack of sunlight may play a part in Northeast Pennsylvanians’ gloomy outlook, some local experts say in commenting on the State of American Well-Being, the report released last week by Gallup and Healthways.

The highest-ranked area was Provo-Orem, Utah, and the lowest-ranked was the Huntington, W.Va.-Ashland, Ky. area. More than 178,000 people across the country were interviewed last year, including a sample size of 1,092 from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.

The survey asked people to rate their life evaluation – a combination of current situation evaluation and the anticipated situation in five years – emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and basic access to health care and other necessities.

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/poll-those-in-nepa-among-most-miserable-in-u-s-1.1663838

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Planner: Despite $90 Million Cost, Route 222 Widening Not A Return To Big PennDOT Projects

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Friday evening, just as it is most evenings, traffic was backed up as drivers coming from U.S. 30 waited to merge onto Route 222 in Manheim Township.

Friday morning, just as it is most weekday mornings, the Route 222 traffic backed up merging onto U.S. 30.

The situation is nothing new to PennDOT.

With additional money coming from the new state transportation law, state Transportation Department officials will soon begin looking for ways to address the problem.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/conestogavalley/news/planner-despite-million-cost-route-widening-not-a-return-to/article_de7c88b6-bc32-11e3-a1a1-001a4bcf6878.html

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2-Alarm Fire Destroys $1 Million House In Northern Lancaster County

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A 2-alarm fire destroyed a $1 million home under construction in East Cocalico Township Thursday morning, fire officials said.

The owner/founder of Four Seasons Produce, David Hollinger, and his wife, Debbie, had planned to move into the largely-finished, 6,600-square-foot home in September.

Neighbors reported the 3:30 a.m. blaze at 755 White Oak Road.

Wailing fire engine sirens woke members of the Hollingers’ two children’s families who live nearby.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/alarm-fire-destroys-million-house-in-northern-lancaster-county/article_7cb2f25c-bb0e-11e3-b5b7-0017a43b2370.html

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Fulton Bank Starting Temporary Fill-In Of East King Expansion Site

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Fulton Bank is facing another delay to its East King Street expansion project and temporary fill-in of the site.

This time, Mother Nature is the culprit.

“We’re behind due to the extreme weather” this winter, said bank spokesman Laura Wakeley on Tuesday.

In its previous timetable, Fulton planned to start filling in the 23 E. King St. site in January.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/fulton-bank-starting-temporary-fill-in-of-east-king-expansion/article_ca61c3f4-b9db-11e3-80de-0017a43b2370.html

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Rock Lititz Gets Rolling: Tait Towers, Clair Global Begin Work On $100 Million Campus

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This month, on a farm near Route 501, construction began of an innovative facility named Rock Lititz Studio.

The studio is being built to fill a need in the concert-tour industry for affordable, accessible and available production-rehearsal space.

Costing more than $7 million to develop, according to industry sources, Rock Lititz Studio is set for completion in August.

Rock Lititz Studio will start as a 52,000-square-foot building, or roughly the size of a supermarket, except with  a 100-foot-high roof.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/rock-lititz-gets-rolling-tait-towers-clair-global-begin-work/article_d8c3c464-b6b7-11e3-b66c-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=story

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Warmer Weather Might Be Here To Stay In Lancaster County

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It might be time to put away the shovels and to prep the lawn mowers.

Spring-like weather looks to be settling into Lancaster County for the foreseeable forecast.

Starting Friday, AccuWeather’s extended forecast doesn’t show daytime temperatures falling out of the 50s for 10 days.

For today, temperatures should reach the mid-40s. Overnight Thursday, temperatures will fall back into the low-30s with winds around 10 mph.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/warmer-weather-might-be-here-to-stay-in-lancaster-county/article_9b92e53e-b59f-11e3-98f2-0017a43b2370.html

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‘Affordability Gap’ In Lancaster County Widens For Renters

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The typical renter in Lancaster County is finding it harder to afford a basic apartment here, a new study shows.

The so-called “affordability gap” in Lancaster County has hit a record high, according to the latest report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

The gap is the difference between the average renter’s hourly wage and what he needs to earn to comfortably afford the basic apartment.

According to the coalition, the average renter here earns $11.78 an hour.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/affordability-gap-in-lancaster-county-widens-for-renters/article_01bfb1ee-b39c-11e3-aa3f-001a4bcf6878.html

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Lancaster City Restaurant Week: Starts Monday, Check Out The Offerings

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Lancaster City Restaurant Week begins Monday and customers will have a variety of restaurants and price packages from which to choose.

Participating restaurants vary from casual to upscale to a pop-up event at Commonwealth on Queen.

Miesse Candies will also be represented as POUR, Character’s Pub and The Pressroom Restaurant will all be incorporating the chocolatier’s products into their Restaurant Week offerings.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/lifestyle/lancaster-city-restaurant-week-starts-monday-check-out-the-offerings/article_1674afb0-b129-11e3-9f44-001a4bcf6878.html

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Steinman Family Foundations Merge, Form One Of The Largest Philanthropic Forces In Lancaster County

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Uniting to be a stronger force for good in the community, two Steinman family foundations are now one.

Tuesday, the James Hale Steinman Foundation and the John Frederick Steinman Foundation, operating separately for 62 years, became simply the Steinman Foundation.

The new charitable organization, with combined assets of more than $85 million, will be one of the largest private foundations in the area, certainly the largest in Lancaster County.

The mission of the foundations has always been to improve the quality of life for people who live here.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/steinman-family-foundations-merge-form-one-of-the-largest-philanthropic/article_5105ba3e-aed1-11e3-928f-001a4bcf6878.html

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Mount Joy Hires New Police Chief, Lifts Restriction On Police Overtime

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Mount Joy Borough officials lifted restrictions on police overtime and approved the hiring of a new police chief on Monday, March 3, after hearing discussions on recent staffing issues within the department.

Council members agreed to hire Kevin Girling, a Lieutenant with the York City Police Department, as chief of the Mount Joy Borough Police Department at a salary of $85,000 following a mid-meeting executive session to discuss the matter.

Girling, who is still working in York, will need to sign an employment agreement before officially joining the Mount Joy department , no later than April 1.

“Thank you to everybody who helped with the process,” council member William Hall said. “We put a lot of hours in, a lot of meetings, a lot of feedback from the public, and I’m very confident that this is going to work out.”

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/mount-joy-hires-new-police-chief-lifts-restriction-on-police/article_7d374eac-a872-11e3-839d-001a4bcf6878.html

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Video – Happy Lancaster, PA

Happy Lancaster – Inspired by Pharrell Williams “Happy.”

Lancaster is Happy! Special thanks to featured dancers – Franklin & Marshall Dance Department, Heads Up kids, Mayor Rick Gray, Cylo and Lancaster Barnstormers, the Infantree, Iron Hill Brewery and Lancaster Central Market for putting up with our shenanigans and helping celebrate our extraordinary community!

Lancaster County Community Foundation – http://www.lancfound.org

Miller’s Smorgasbord, Plain & Fancy And AmishView Offered For Sale

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three major tourism businesses and their properties in eastern Lancaster County are for sale, it was announced Wednesday.

The businesses are Miller’s Smorgasbord, Plain & Fancy Farm and the AmishView Inn & Suites.

They employ a combined 280 people and post annual revenues exceeding $12 million.

“There will be a transition, but it doesn’t have to happen tomorrow,” said Al Duncan of Thomas E. Strauss Inc., which owns the businesses.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/miller-s-smorgasbord-plain-fancy-and-amishview-offered-for-sale/article_d0c5d524-a4b8-11e3-bfa2-0017a43b2370.html

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Late-Season Storm Could Dump Up To A Foot Of Snow In Lancaster County

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A major, late-season storm could dump up to a foot of snow on us Sunday and Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook that notes the storm likely will produce “a heavy snowfall” from late Sunday through much of Monday.

The Weather Service’s preliminary forecast is for 8 to 12 inches of snow to fall in Lancaster County. AccuWeather is calling for 6 to 10 inches here.

But National Weather Service forecaster Craig Evanego cautioned that the storm is a difficult one to predict.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/late-season-storm-could-dump-up-to-a-foot-of/article_2317f504-a078-11e3-9c7a-0017a43b2370.html

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No Sad Notes At First Lancaster Roots & Blues Fest

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It’s doubtful there have ever been as many sad guitars and harmonicas in Lancaster as there were Friday during the initial night of the first, hopefully annual, Lancaster Roots & Blues music festival.

It was hard to keep up with all the music being unleashed since as many as six groups performed at once within walking distance of each other downtown.

“Woo, I hope Lancaster does this every year. This is a wonderful thing,” said a revved-up Karen Good, 54, of Conestoga, between searing guitar licks by Clarence Spady, which drew about 200 people to a one-hour set at the Lancaster County Convention Center.

All 28 acts showed up and performed to enthusiastic, sometimes intimate, sometimes large, vocal audiences.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/no-sad-notes-at-first-lancaster-roots-blues-fest/article_4d6763c4-9b70-11e3-8505-001a4bcf6878.html

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Wells Fargo Building In Downtown Lancaster Adding Tech-Firm Incubator

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The new owners of a key downtown building are creating a technology-company incubator there.

The incubator, initially with nine young firms, soon will open on the now-vacant top floor of the Wells Fargo building, at Queen and Orange streets.

Operating the incubator will be Aspire Ventures, founded by developer Robert L. Redcay, tech entrepreneur Sam Abadir and others.

“We’re trying to do something unique, even for the East Coast,” said Abadir on Tuesday.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/wells-fargo-building-downtown-adding-tech-firm-incubator/article_46794bc6-9360-11e3-b140-0017a43b2370.html

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