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.
September 8, 2016 |
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.
September 3, 2016 |
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.
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.
August 24, 2016 |
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.
August 15, 2016 |
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.
August 4, 2016 |
"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.
July 20, 2016 |
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.
July 17, 2016 |
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.
June 27, 2016 |
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.