Sixteen people were arrested Wednesday in a sweep of northwest Lancaster County by a host of law enforcement agencies.
The arrests were the result of a year-long undercover operation, according to Elizabethtown Borough police.
Here’s who was arrested and their charges:
•Jeffrey Myers, 37, of Elizabethtown, charged with one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance by. Myers was arraigned before District Judge Jayne Duncan and was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.
As LancasterOnline reported Wednesday, Lititz-based Susquehanna Bancshares is being bought by North Carolina banking company BB&T.
So what does that mean if you’re a Susquehanna customer?
Here are five important questions and answers about the $2.5 billion deal.
Q: What happens to Susquehanna’s 245 banking offices in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia, including the 30 offices in Lancaster County?
A: All Susquehanna branches will be retained, although they will be renamed BB&T. No branches are being closed because the Susquehanna and BB&T branch networks do not overlap.
Is it too much of an exaggeration to claim that Lancaster County is THE craft beer capital of the Northeast?
Two county establishments — Bulls Head Public House in Lititz and The Fridge in Lancaster city — are among the 10 Northeast Region finalists in http://www.CraftBeer.com’s 2014 search for the nation’s Great American Beer Bars.
Stargazing might be on the rise in Lititz after all.
The developers of Rock Lititz Studio made clear from the start that the mammoth rehearsal facility under construction in Warwick Township is designed for technical crews, not performers themselves.
But the company is acknowledging that performers might also pop in for a day or two at some point in the tour-preparation process.
LITITZ, PA—This town of 9,400 people in Amish country tells the story of the modern concert industry.
In 1968, when Frankie Valli and his group rolled in for a show, two young brothers who did sound for local dances turned the Four Seasons into one of the first music acts to tour with its own speaker system. The brothers built a reputation on the road, but they never moved out of Lititz. Their company became an anchor for a cluster of businesses that now supply the sound and spectacle for many of the world’s biggest acts.
The effect that lets pop-star Katy Perry soar over her audience while clutching a bunch of balloons. The battalion of speakers blasting Paul McCartney’s voice in stadiums designed for sports, not music. The sliding catwalk that takes a singing, dancing Justin Timberlake from the stage to the rear of an arena. All this gear, currently crisscrossing America in tractor-trailers, was engineered and built in Lititz, along with the apparatus for blockbuster tours of the past by U2, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Michael Jackson. The place has an air of secrecy: Because entertainers want a surprise when the curtain goes up, much of the work here is done in secret by companies that don’t put their names on their buildings.
Once wired with tinny speakers and harsh lights, the world of live entertainment is now powered by computer systems that control sophisticated video displays on sets worth tens of millions of dollars.
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.
When The Rolling Stones or Maroon 5 hit the road, their production crews have spent months practicing, making sure the lighting’s just right, the special effects are perfect, along with the staging, video, pyro and all the theatrics that wow the audience.
Bands used to start tours in smaller towns to work out the kinks on the road.
Today, anyone can take a video and post it online, so that first show has to be perfect.
The question is how to do it. And a couple of Lancaster County music business powerhouses have a solution.
Officials on Sunday released the name of the shooting victim, David P. Giliberti, who was shot and killed by a Lititz police officer.
According to his Facebook profile, the 22-year-old originally was from Cassadaga, N.Y.
The shooting occurred after police responded to 101 Arrowhead Drive just after 3 a.m. Saturday after Giliberti’s grandmother called 911 and said she needed help.
Shaub’s, the longtime retail staple of downtown Lancaster, has opened a new store in Lititz after buying Hess Clothing store at 11-15 Broad St.
The store opening comes about two weeks after Shaub’s closed its store at Shoppes at Landis Valley, where it moved after closing its store at 18 N. Queen St. in downtown Lancaster last summer. Shaub’s opened that store in 1880.
Cinema entrepreneur Penn Ketchum is heeding the advice of 19th century American newspaper editor Horace Greeley.
“Go west, young man.”
Ketchum, managing partner of Penn Cinema, intends to develop a small, luxury two-screen movie theater in York city.
But he said Friday that he has no intention of going south into Lancaster city and doing the same kind of project there.
Ketchum’s $750,000 venture in York was disclosed Thursday by York Mayor Kim Bracey in her State of the City address.
Editor’s note: Awesome write up from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette about Lititz!
LITITZ, Lancaster County — “Why did we come here? To eat pretzels, of course!” said Sue Jones of Churchill, who, along with other members of a Pittsburgh bowling team, rolled into the 152-year-old Sturgis Pretzel Bakery and museum during Pretzel Fest 2013.
“I love pretzels — I’m addicted to them,” she laughed.
“But you’ve got to put yellow mustard on them,” added Doris Libell of East Pittsburgh, wearing a Penguins T-shirt.
This community of 9,000 people in northern Lancaster County — recently named Budget Travel’s 2013 Coolest Small Town in America — has a seven-block downtown area crammed with stone and woodbeam houses built in the late 1700s, a pre-Revolutionary War hotel built by Gen. Johann Sutter, a Moravian Protestant church built in 1749, plus several restaurants, taverns and quaint shops selling antiques, books, furniture and much more.
But Lititz is becoming popular with tourists mainly for two things — pretzels and chocolate candy.
So, are new faces showing up in Lititz these days, checking out the “Coolest Small Town in America?”
“I voted — that’s why you won,” laughed Rose Anne Manfredi of Long Island, N.Y., Sunday afternoon as she and her husband, Ron, both 62, strolled through Lititz Springs Park.
The couple was staying in Ephrata 25 years ago. Needing a place to eat, they thumbed through a phone book and thought the General Sutter Inn sounded interesting.
They fell in love with Lititz and have been making annual pilgrimages ever since.
Lititz and those who love it were in a celebratory mood Saturday after learning it really is “America’s Coolest Small Town.”
The borough north of Lancaster, known for its chocolate, pretzels and Moravian heritage, won Budget Travel‘s online contest after nearly 100,000 votes were cast for 924 towns.
Self-described Lititz “cheerleader” Gaylord Poling said he learned of the honor Friday evening on the Budget Travel website.
Editor’s note: We totally agree!!!
Brian Volpone walks a half-mile to work each day through the streets of Lititz.
He loves inhaling the warm chocolate smell emanating from Wilbur Chocolate. He also enjoys looking at the town’s historic buildings and soaking in its family-friendly vibe.
Volpone, 46, thinks Lititz is “America’s Coolest Small Town.” And so do a bunch of other folks, who are voting online in a national contest being hosted by Budget Travel on its website, budgettravel.com.
“It’s such a neat little place,” said the father of four, who works at Luthercare as a network administrator and is married to a Lititz native, Bev.
A national health-care chain that operates two hospitals in Lancaster County has come under fire after an investigative TV news program aired allegations that profits — and not patient care — motivated many of the company’s decisions in the emergency room.
CBS correspondent Steve Kroft on “60 Minutes” Sunday charged Health Management Associates with running unnecessary tests and admitting patients without cause — all to drive up revenue.
Based in Naples, Fla., HMA is the nation’s fourth-largest for-profit hospital chain. Locally, HMA operates Lancaster Regional Medical Center at 250 College Ave. and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lititz.
Danielle Gilmore, director of marketing for Lancaster Regional, declined to discuss the CBS report, instead sharing a statement issued by HMA’s corporate office in Naples.
Who would have thought that something as diminutive as a cupcake could be such a huge business trend?
All over Lancaster County, cupcake bakeries are popping up like spring flowers.
And some of their cupcakes are even decorated with flowers, as well as fruit and other accents.
Editor’s note: What many people do not realize is that Lititz is the home of three companies that are legendary in the music business. Clair Global, Atomic Design and Tait Towers. These three companies are sound, scenery/lighting and staging giants. This is a great example of a win-win collaboration for everyone involved and a project that provides continued economic development for downtown Lititz.
About nine months ago, local executive Soren West was having a beer at the Bulls Head pub in the General Sutter Inn with Paul Pendyck, a partner in the inn.
The conversation turned to Pendyck’s vision for the pub and inn, two valuable parts of downtown Lititz’s economy and social scene.
Pendyck said he wanted to renovate the inn’s 16 guest rooms, including its little-used top floor, except that the undertaking was too expensive.
Lady Gaga‘s new boyfriend, Taylor Kinney is a Lancaster County native who was raised in Neffsville, PA. Taylor recently had a recurring role on the CW‘s hit series The Vampire Diaries and played Mason Lockwood (who was a werewolf before being killed off by one of the series stars). Taylor also appears in Gaga’s You and I video. You may have heard the Pennsylvania version of You and I, which gets considerable airplay.
It seems Gaga is looking at a home in Bent Creek, a gated community in Manheim Township off of Fruitville Pike. The house is on the market for $1.7 million. Gaga has been seen in the Lititz Giant and various places around Lancaster County for the last several months. Here are some pictures of the home she is looking at http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/12/lady-gaga-pennsylvania-mansion-photos
The Bent Creek development is near Taylor’s parents house. Location, location, location!
Fulton Bank has 23.09% of all Lancaster County deposits, up from 21.3% last year. Fulton increased its lead over rival Susquehanna Bank from 3.37% to 5.14% over last year. Both banks are based in Lancaster County. Susquehanna Bank is based in Lititz and Fulton Bank has its headquarters in Lancaster City on historic Penn Square.
Fulton Bank has a branch in Pottstown located at 799 State Street in the Pottstown Plaza shopping center. Susquehanna Bank maintains a very visible presence downtown Pottstown occupying a 5-story building at the corner of High and Hanover Streets.
Fulton Bank has been named one of the best places to work in Pennsylvania for 2010 in the large company category. http://www.fultonbank.com/viewpage.asp?n=3
Fulton Bank has just announced plans to expand their corporate headquarters in Lancaster City and add 225 more employees. The building project will be between $15-$20 million dollars. To see the details click here: http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/300590