lancaster county pa: July Fourth at Lititz Springs Park, Lititz PA - 07/09/07 09:38 AM
July Fourth at Lititz Springs Park, Lititz PA
This year marked the 190th Independence Day celebration at Lititz Springs Park!  Events were planned from July First all the way through July Fourth.  July 4th started out with a Tang Soo Doo karate demonstration, followed by an accoustic guitar program from Corty and Scott from the Green Onions.

A national bell ringing ceremony was followed by Lititz's eighteenth annual baby parade.  The New Line Review, a dance ensemble, performed, while the kids "panned for gold" as the legendary General Sutter did in the 1849 Gold Rush.
                      
Later in the afternoon, attendees … (0 comments)

lancaster county pa: Northgate in Lancaster PA - 06/25/07 09:53 PM
Northgate in Lancaster PA:
An exciting new project is taking place at the corner of North Queen and East Lemon Streets.  The complex of buildings formerly owned by J. F. Wilde is being partially demolished and partially restored and converted.  The new gated community of Northgate in Lancaster will consist of upscale condominiums, office and retail spaces.

The historic warehouse on North Christrian Street shown above will be converted into six luxury condos with 13-foot ceilings,  hardwood floors, and fireplaces.
               
Townhouses along East Lemon Street will be converted into additional condos.      
                                   
Thirty parking spaces will be … (0 comments)

lancaster county pa: Six Steps for Success in Buying a Home - 06/22/07 07:12 PM
Six Steps for Success in Buying a Home:
Buying a home can seem like an intimidating prospect.   So much is at stake - your credit rating, your savings - it can be difficult to work up the nerve to sign a contract.  How do you determine whether or not the purchase of a home is a good investment?  Here are some steps for success in your search:
1)  Start out by establishing your needs and wants.  I recommend that you do this in writing.  Make two columns:  one for what you would ideally want, and the other for what you definitely … (0 comments)

lancaster county pa: Lititz Springs Park, Lititz PA - 06/22/07 04:23 PM
Lititz Springs Park, Lititz PA
The first Independence Day celebration in Lititz Springs Park was held July Fourth, 1811.  Apparently the Moravial board of overseers disapproved of all the merry-making and noise!  It wasn't until 1818 that Lititz held another community-wide observance on July Fourth.

Since then, there hs been a continuing tradition of patriotic demonstrations at Lititz Springs Park every Independence Day.
                   
On July 4, 1843, a feature was started which has become a unique tradition ever since.  It was decided to light 400 candles at night, described as a "general illumination of the grounds".  At the … (2 comments)

lancaster county pa: Lancaster County PA Firsts & Bests, III - 06/21/07 08:50 PM
Lancaster County Firsts & Bests, III
Lancaster County has an unusual depth of history and variety in its economy.  Did you know that for all the commercial and residential growth in recent years, Lancaster County is still the largest producing agricultural county in Pennsylvania?
In Lititz, the Sturgis Pretzel House is the oldest commercial pretzel bakery in the United States!  The stone house was built by Peter Sturgis in 1784, and the first pretzels were baked by Julius Sturgis in 1861.
In Elizabethtown, A. Buch & Sons was the first commercial wheelbarrow manufacturer in the U.S.
In Columbia, The National Watch … (2 comments)

lancaster county pa: Columbia, PA Classic Car Show - 06/16/07 08:05 PM
Columbia, PA Classic Car Show
June 16 was a perfect day for a classic car show in Columbia, PA.  The temperature was a comfortable seventy-eight degrees.  The sun framed the few white clouds in the sky, making a great backdrop for some of the finest antique, classic and customized cars and motorcycles in Lancaster County.

American flags festooned the street lamp posts, and a good crowd was out for the celebration.  Locust Street, Columbia's main business street, was closed off from traffic.  Some local businesses had displays or refreshments out on the sidewalk.
                
OF course, concession food was … (0 comments)

lancaster county pa: Sturgis Pretzel House to be Renovated - 06/14/07 11:34 AM
In 1784 Peter Sturgis built a lovely stone house at 219 East Main Street, Lititz.  In 1861, Julius Sturgis began baking pretzels at the house.  The Sturgis Pretzel House, now a Lititz landmark, is the oldest commercial pretzel bakery in the United States.
                          
Lititz Improvement, Inc. has purchased the Pretzel House for renovation.  Managed by Dennis Beck, Lititz Improvement is a real estate investment group made up of civic-minded local investors who have purchased and renovated several Lititz buildings in the past.
Modern rest facilities are planned so that the Pretzel House can accommodate bus tours.  Lititz Improvement, Inc. … (2 comments)

lancaster county pa: Central Farmers Market Enforces Standholder Hours - 06/13/07 05:31 PM
Lancaster's Central Market, the nation's oldest (1730s) publically owned, continuously operated farmers market, is changing its rules - and not everyone is equally happy about it.  The non-profit Central Market Trust, which was formed a year ago to take over management of the Central Market from the city, has decided to enforce the hours that standholders will be open for business.

The present Central Market building, built in 1889, is pictured here to the right of the Heritage Museum.  The market's hours have traditionally been 6:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesdays and Fridays, and 6:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays.
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lancaster county pa: "The Edge of the East": Lancaster's New Strategic Plan - 06/13/07 04:12 PM
Mayor Rick Gray, along with top city officials, has come up with a strategic plan for Lancaster.  Starting with group sessions conducted last summer, the plan has been in formation for a year.  Now it has been boiled down to one page, which the mayor pledges to carry in his pocket.
Mayor Gray is comitting to rebranding the city as an East Coast arts destination.
City Hall will become focused on its customers, the people.
Three hundred owner-occupied housing units will be brought onto the market.
More police officers on foot or bicycle will patrol the city.  It has been shown that police are accepted … (0 comments)

lancaster county pa: Harrisburg Avenue Office and Retail Construction in Full Swing - 06/12/07 05:38 PM
Across from the Williamson Athletic Field at Lancaster's Franklin & Marshall College, Construction of new retail and office space is going full swing!
The new construction is part of the overall downtown Lancaster City renovation.
                        
The projects are being coordinated as part of the James Street Improvement District.
                
The new stores and offices will compliment the Clipper Magazine Stadium, the Lancaster Convention Center, and other projects coordinated by the Downtown Investment District.
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lancaster county pa: Southern Lancaster City Townhouse - 06/12/07 04:21 PM
SOLDHere's a low-cost four-bedroon townhouse that would make a great starter home, or an excellent investment property!  The house has new wiring throughout.  The gas furnace is only two years old.
Priced at only $34,900, the house has a remodeled kitchen and 2-year-old Pergo flooring!  For more information on this and other city homes, or for your own showing, call Brian Schulman at 717-951-5552.
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lancaster county pa: Burning Bridge Antiques Market, Columbia PA - 06/11/07 09:06 PM
Burning Bridge Antiques Market, Columbia PA:
For over 100 years, Herr's Hardware Store stood on the corner of North Third and Walnut Streets in Columbia, PA.  When Herr's closed its doors a few years ago, it was hoped that the whatever new use was found for the building, its unique architectural features would be preserved. 

And indeed they have been!  Burning Bridge Antiques Market is one of the finest dealer cooperative antiques markets in Lancaster County.  The ornate pressed tin ceilings have been preserved, as has the original antique elevator that runs from the basement to the second floor.  The … (2 comments)

lancaster county pa: Prices Still Trend Up; Home Sales Decrease - 06/10/07 09:27 PM
The Lancaster County  Association of Realtors(R) reports that 490 homes sold this May, a 15.1% decrease from May 2006. However, the average May sales price was $195,173, which was an 8.1% increase from May 2006.  However, the average sales price was down from the record April 2007 average of $200,996.  
New residential listings were up 9.7% to 912 properties, up from 831 listings in May 2006. Interest rates are still historically low, and home sales are still fairly strong. although slower when compared to the hot markets of the last few years.
In Lancaster County our market seems to be following the … (0 comments)

lancaster county pa: Is Inflation Returning? - 06/10/07 08:08 AM
As of May 31, the national average mortgage commitment rate for a 30-year fixed-rate loan was 6.42%.  The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage was 6.12%, and the one-year adjustable rate averaged 5.57%. 
A poll of local Lancaster County lenders, conducted by the Lancaster County Association of Realtors(R) on June 6 showed an average 30-year fixed conventional mortgage rate of 6.11%, and an average conventional 15-year rate of 5.78%.  Lancaster County's mortgage lending industry is very competitive, and typically seems to have rates a bit better than the national averages.  
These rates are still historically low, and are rising only moderately.  The question … (0 comments)

lancaster county pa: The Linden House, Marietta, PA - 06/08/07 05:54 PM
The Linden House, Marietta PA:
In 1983 I purchased the Linden House in Marietta, PA.  Built ca. 1805 by lumber magnate Henry Cassel, the 6,000 SF mansion had fallen on hard times.  After being unceremoniously chopped up into ten low rent apartments, the roof had been burned off and the house condemned.  The mansion had 606 window panes (yes, I counted them), most of which were broken.  It also had three center halls, fifteen fireplaces including a walk-in fireplace in the summer kitchen, and an ornate fanlight over the front door.

Linden House Antiques was just one of the plans I had for … (12 comments)

lancaster county pa: Lake Grubb Nature Park & Walking Trail, Mountville PA - 06/08/07 03:31 PM
Lake Grubb Nature Park & Walking Trail, Mountville PA:
Lake Grubb was created on the site of the former Chestnut Hill Iron Ore mine.  The ore pit was filled with water, creating the 13-acre lake.

The 55-acre Lake Grubb Nature Park and Walking Trail was created in 2001 as a joint effort between Mountville Borough and West Hempfield Township.
                      
The park has two picnic pavillions, a playground, parking and restroom facilities.
                                   
The walking trail around Lake Grubb is a mile long, somewhat hilly, but not too difficult to hike.  There are several scenic stops.  A quarter mile … (4 comments)

lancaster county pa: Renters - Are You Adequately Insured? - 06/03/07 12:55 PM
Renters - Are You Adequately Insured?
Recently I read a sad post by Steve Conklin.  A family of renters lost everything they had, to a devastating fire.  Fortunately, they were out of the house at the time of the fire, and are not physically hurt.  However, they are now homeless, and have lost every photograph, keepsake, and personal item that took a lifetime to accumulate.
Apparently the family was uninsured, thinking that since they were only renting, they were not eligible to get insurance.
I hope that my post today reaches someone who is renting and who thinks insurance is unavailable, … (2 comments)

lancaster county pa: Nine Deadly Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing Your Next Home - 05/28/07 09:26 PM
Here are nine mistakes that can cost you time, money and stress!
1)  Purchasing contingent before your own home is listed or sold.  Contingency contracts often don't settle.  This will cause you undue stress and may lead you to take a lower offer on your property as an act of desperation.  Additionally, the seller will be free to shop other offers and call for your release, but you will be tied to one property.
2)  Failure to plan.  What if you found the perfect home at the perfect price the first time you looked, and while you were thinking it over, … (0 comments)

lancaster county pa: "Lancaster City Living" Makes Its Debut! - 05/22/07 09:10 PM
A new non-profit group is making its presence known in Lancaster!  The goal of Lancaster City Living is to boost homeownership in Lancaster City, and to encourage the recent trend of suburbanites to move back into the city.
A new website has been launched in cooperation with the Lancaster County Association of Realtors(R) so that the MLS can be searched. (You can also search the Mult-List for  homes at  http://findlancasterhomes.com/).  You can explore Lancaster neighborhoods, and find interesting articles on local events and attractions.
Lancaster City Living is building on the success of similar groups in other cities.  Many young people as well … (0 comments)

lancaster county pa: Two Investment Districts Join Forces in Lancaster - 05/21/07 11:31 PM
With all the recent publicity about the new Lancaster Convention Center, there has been some concern that putting such a huge $170 Million project in the middle of downtown, without making concurrent improvements in the overall environment,  might not be the best recipe for long term success.  Political uncertainty about whether the Convention Center and hotel would ever actually be built put other plans on the back burner.  Now new retailers will have to be brought into the area; more police will be needed to provide a safe environment.  Simple things like neglected trash cans and lamp posts with peeling paint … (0 comments)

 
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