America’s Best Affordable Places To Retire

Reading's Pagoda seen from Skyline Drive

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A new survey of great places to live if you are retired.  Number 7 – Reading, PA!  The one and only Pennsylvania location in a mostly Florida and Arizona list.  Click on the link below to see all the winners!

http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/07/0702_affordable_places_to_retire/8.htm

Rut-Ro Rorge! Auntie Anne’s Has Been Sold!

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

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Wildly popular Lancaster-based Auntie Anne’s Pretzels has been sold to huge food conglomerate FOCUS Brands of Atlanta, GA.  Auntie Anne’s, while no longer being locally owned, will stay based in Lancaster.  The sale was completed Monday for an undisclosed price.  Auntie Anne’s is the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel chain with 1,100 stores internationally.  Auntie Anne’s is expected to produce $375 million in sales this year.  That’s a LOT of pretzels!

There are 274 employees based in Lancaster at the headquarters and at the production/warehouse facility.  Hopefully they won’t end up like Mrs. Smith’s!

FOCUS Brands owns Carvel, Cinnabon, Seattle’s Best Coffee (some international rights), Schlotzsky’s and Moe’s Southwest Grill in addition to Auntie Anne’s.  FOCUS Brands is owned by even larger Roark Capital, also based in Atlanta.

A Carton Of Cigarettes, A Soda And A Pack Of Gum Ruin Two Lives

I certainly hope less than a hundred dollars worth of merchandise was worth getting a criminal record over.  These two bone-heads don’t have a brain cell between them for pulling a stunt this stupid.  I think a Darwin Award is in order.   To read this truly flabbergasting story of two people old enough to know better, click on the link below.

http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/311160