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May 28, 2011 | By Ivey Dejesus, HARRISBURG PATRIOT-NEWS
LANCASTER, Pa. - Lancaster's rolling hills are steeped in the traditions of the Amish, whose plain dress and humility are as much a tourist lure as their quilts and pies. But, as an iconic symbol, this Lancaster image could need a revision. Instead of Zerbe's potato chips, think chicharrones. Egg casserole? How about chilaquiles ? Pulled pork? Did someone say lechón asado ? Increasingly, the flavors of this south-central Pennsylvania region - famous for its mud sales and outlets - bear a marked Latin accent that goes beyond language and cuisine.
NEWS
February 27, 2016 | By Anthony R. Wood, Staff Writer
Wednesday was a day like no other in Pennsylvania weather history. The powerful tornado that destroyed an Amish school near the Lancaster-Berks Counties border was unprecedented for February in the period of record, the government's Storm Prediction Center said Thursday. The twister, spun from the potent front that set off strong thunderstorms and flooding downpours in the Philadelphia region, was an EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, packing winds of 120 to 125 mph, the National Weather Service said.
NEWS
April 1, 2013
An ultralight aircraft with one person on board crashed at Smoketown Airport in Lancaster County about 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Federal Aviation Administration officials said. The county coroner's office identified the dead man as 30-year-old Michael Blank, but information on his hometown was not available. The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal reported Saturday night that the crash occurred shortly after takeoff. The cause of the crash was as yet unknown, pending an investigation at the scene.
NEWS
June 11, 2011
A 13-year-old Lancaster County boy was killed by lightning Thursday night while baling hay with his father. Levi Lantz had been walking next to a horse-drawn baler on a farm on the 1100 block of Bartville Road in Sadsbury Township about 7:30 p.m., when the father, driving a team of horses, felt a tingling and heard a loud clap. He turned to see his son on the ground, according to Lancaster Online and WGAL-TV. Sadsbury Township borders Chester County and is about 20 miles west of Downingtown.
NEWS
February 24, 2013
Pennsylvania's Judicial Conduct Board filed formal charges Friday against a Lancaster County district judge who had pleaded guilty to fixing her own traffic tickets. In November 2010, Kelly S. Ballentine received three summary traffic citations totaling $268.50 - two for parking violations and one for an expired registrations for a BMW sedan. Ballentine entered the court's computer system and dismissed her tickets. She pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to tampering with public records. Ballentine, 44, was elected a judge in January 2006.
NEWS
March 30, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
At this month's South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, conversations among music fans sometimes began this way: "Hey, I saw a Philly band called ______. What's their story?" The name of one Philadelphia act was the one most frequently filling in that blank. That would be the Districts, the barely-out-of-high-school foursome fronted by singer Robby Grote, 19. The rising band from Lancaster County played SXSW in support of their self-titled five-song EP. They're now in the midst of a two-month national tour that comes to a close at the Sellersville Theater in Bucks County on Wednesday.
NEWS
May 29, 2016
Love, Murder, and Corruption in Lancaster County: My Story By Lisa Michelle Lambert Camino Books. 416 pp. $17.95 Reviewed by Joseph A. Slobodzian Memoirs are, of course, subjective, and readers shouldn't expect history when someone gives her perspective on the events of her life. Still, readers have the right to expect some introspection and information not found in a biography - not new questions that are never answered. That's a problem with Lisa Michelle Lambert's Love, Murder, and Corruption in Lancaster County: My Story , and it starts early in her book about her conviction for the Dec. 19, 1991, murder of Laurie Show.
NEWS
March 16, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
SPRINGFIELD (Delco) A Catholic educator from Lancaster County will become the next president of Cardinal O'Hara High School, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Friday. Thomas Fertal is to begin the job in June, marking a change in leadership as the Delaware County high school also searches for a new principal. Fertal, 46, now principal of Lancaster Catholic High School, will replace William McCusker, who has led the school since 2001 and announced this academic year that he planned to retire.
LIVING
August 3, 1986 | By Lita Solis-Cohen, Inquirer Antiques Writer
Collectors and students of Americana expect something special when the Heritage Center of Lancaster County announces a new exhibition. This small historical museum, which fills the old city hall next to the farmers market in Penn Square in downtown Lancaster, has, in the past, featured Lancaster County quilts, coverlets, samplers, pewter, silver, pottery - even saddles and gravestones. This year's exhibition, which closes Dec. 20, focuses on elaborately carved and engraved long rifles and Federal furniture made in Lancaster County.
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FOOD
September 9, 2016
My first reaction to the Bedfordshire Clanger at Stargazy was that it was one of the most delicious bizarre foods I'd eaten in a long time. I've never eaten anything ever quite like this long pastry tube, which starts on one end with a spicy filling of curried lamb sausage and then, two-thirds of the way down, morphs into a sugar-dusted peach pie made from lovely Lancaster County fruit. Well, of course, it's "#notthatbizarre," according to Stargazy's English-born Sam Jacobson, who replied on social media.
NEWS
September 8, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
Miriam H. Herr, 89, wife of the late founder of the snack maker Herr Foods Inc., died Sunday, Sept. 3, from heart and respiratory failure at Jennersville Regional Hospital in Chester County. In 1946, James S. Herr bought a small potato-chip company in Lancaster for $1,750. From when she was his fiancee, Mrs. Herr helped with deliveries, packing, and bookkeeping in those early years, said son James M. The company, based in Nottingham, Chester County, generates $250 million in sales annually and employs more than 1,500 people.
NEWS
September 3, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
The parents who allegedly "gifted" their 14-year-old daughter to a Bucks County man who got her pregnant have pleaded not guilty to child endangerment. Lawyers for Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus, a Lancaster County couple, waived arraignment hearings that had been set for Friday after entering the pleas Wednesday. Attorneys for Lee Kaplan, 51, the man accused of statutory rape for impregnating the teen, did the same Tuesday. The now-18-year-old female, the two daughters she has had with Kaplan, and her sisters were discovered in his Feasterville house in June.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2016
East Falls design-maker Lostine taps into back-to-school nostalgia with its Public Chair. Created in late 2015, the piece mimics "the chair we all grew up with - but sophisticated, so you could use them at your dining table or your desk," said Lostine owner Natalie Page. The bentwood seat and back are classic classroom, whereas the powder-coated metal frame, tweaked color combinations, and 31.5-inch height are definitively grown-up. (At $435, so is the price.) Page, also the founder of Bucks County Dry Goods, has the chair's parts made and assembled in Lancaster County and shipped to the Philadelphia studio she shares with husband Robert True Ogden, the lighting-design-builder.
NEWS
August 24, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Lancaster County is embroiled in a controversy over allegations that the sheriff sexually harassed a female deputy with suggestive and pornographic emails. The county Board of Commissioners has called for Sheriff Mark Reese to resign from his elected position after an internal investigation in which the commissioners say he admitted sending the emails, according to the LNP daily newspaper in Lancaster. Reese, 58, who is paid $85,460 a year, has not indicated whether he will step down.
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
EAST LAMPETER, Pa. - They don't email or tweet, Facebook or blog. They don't follow TV news or YouTube, or know a viral moment from a head cold. They do not play casino slots or golf. Bankruptcy is anathema, a sign of shirked responsibility. A divorce - let alone two - is a ticket out of the fold. All of which raises the question: So can the Amish - ruled by mores of 16th-century Anabaptist Christianity - be persuaded to vote for Donald Trump? Amish PAC, a first-of-its-kind political action committee, is trying.
NEWS
August 4, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
"Fourteen," the young woman responded when asked: How old was she when she began having sex with Lee Kaplan, a man 33 years her senior? She was 14 when she moved in with him, she testified, 15 when their first child was born, and 17 when the second one came. Holding a microphone with thin fingers, occasionally looking down or putting a hand to her face, the teenager who was allegedly "gifted" to Kaplan spoke softly but steadily on the witness stand Tuesday at a preliminary hearing in Feasterville for Kaplan and her parents, Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus.
NEWS
July 20, 2016 | By Colt Shaw, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - For another year, at least, cigar smokers can puff away tax-free. In the state budget deal signed Wednesday by Gov. Wolf, they escaped the fate of cigarette smokers, who will have to cough up an extra $1 tax a pack. Users of snuff and chew or loose tobacco will pay 55 cents more an ounce. The price of switching to vapor products and electronic cigarettes will include a new 40 percent wholesale tax. Just about everybody with a nicotine habit will be helping narrow the gap between money coming into state coffers and money going out - everybody but stogie lovers.
NEWS
July 17, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A judge lowered bail Friday for Savilla Stoltzfus, the jailed mother of a teenager found living in a Bucks County home with a man accused of raping and fathering children with her, but her attorney said she will stay in prison. Bucks County Court Judge Jeffrey L. Finley reduced bail from $1 million to $250,000. Stoltzfus would have to post 10 percent to get out of jail. "It's still too high," said Craig Penglase, her attorney, saying Stoltzfus did not have "any financial resources.
NEWS
June 27, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
They played musical instruments and took Hebrew lessons. They slept on basement air mattresses. And often, it turns out, their mother lived there with them. But none had been abused, they told police this week. One even said she loved Lee Kaplan. A week after officers found 12 girls living in Kaplan's Feasterville home, a trickle of new details added some clarity to the case - but also sparked more questions about what happened in the house on Old Street Road. Kaplan, accused of statutory rape of the teen authorities say had been "gifted" to him by her parents, remained jailed.
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