On Episode 8 of Lancaster Connects, you’ll meet Lynda Charles from Help The Fight which offers a “hand up” to women fighting for their lives against breast cancer.
You’ll also meet John Hockley from Weaver Associates – a local printing company that is doing great things to help local businesses and organizations – like Help The Fight – get their messages heard more effectively.
You’ll learn all about your entertainment options in the area for the coming week, get some local food truck news, get an update on our Lancaster Photo Contest, find out how you can help find a cure for MS, support soldiers that’ve made the ultimate sacrifice, and learn an interesting history nugget about PA.
🐺 Lastly, you’ll get to meet Rusty – our Pet Of The Week from Zoe’s House Rescue!
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This Week’s Guests:
👉 Help The Fight:
- Web: https://www.helpthefight.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HelpTheFight
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/help-the-fight-non-profit-2b8b5a1a8
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/HelpTheFight
👉 Weaver Associates, Inc.:
- Web: http://www.WeaverAssociatesInc.com/
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/WeaverAssociatesInc
- Connect With John Hockley II On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-hockley-ii-b753abb0
Events Around Lancaster This Week:
- Now thru December
- 🎭 “Queen Ester” at Sight And Sound Theater, Lancaster, PA
- Stories of the old testament come to life through magnificent sets, special effects and live animals.
- Showtimes are 11am, 3pm and 7pm
- Location: 300 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks, PA
- Until May 1st
- 🍁 36th Anniversary at Shady Maple Smorgasbord
- The Shady Maple Smorgasboard is celebrating its 36th anniversary now through May 1st with meal specials and door prizes awarded hourly.
- Location: 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl, PA
- Until May 1st
- 🐄 Milk a Cow at Old Windmill Farm
- There’s still time to milk a cow on the farm tour at Old Windmill Farm.
- Cost: $16.00 per person, 5 and under free
- Location: 262 Paradise Lane, Ronks, PA
- Call: 717-687-7929
- Wednesday, April 28th
- 🎵Shea Quinn & Guests at Tellus360
- Live in The Temple
- 8:00pm – 10:30pm
- Location: 24 East King Street, Lancaster, PA
- Call: 717-393-1660
- Friday, April 30th
- 🎨 Say It With Paper at Horst Arts
- Express your creative side and create a fun sign at an art studio. With some instruction, you’ll experiment with paper arts and glue scraps of paper onto a wooden canvas and create a colorful, ready to hang sign. Great for large or small groups!
- Tickets are $25.
- Location: 17 North Main Street, Manheim, PA
- Call: (717) 682-2403
- Friday, April 30th
- 🎵 PhanDemic ft. Wallace, The POF, and Big Boy Brass in the Beer Garden at Phantom Power
- Enjoy funk, R&B and New Orleans jazz.
- Location: 121 W. Frederick St, Millersville, PA
- Call: 717-719-3428
- Friday, April 30th
- 🎵 Jon Smith’s Voyages – Solo at Tellus360 Rooftop
- Charismatic, theatrical-rock band
- 6pm – 8pm
- Location: 24 East King Street, Lancaster, PA
- Call: (717) 393-1660
- Friday, April 30th
- 🥡🍺🎵 Two Pints Shy at Weathered Vineyards Ephrata Tasting Room & Wine Bar
- Come out for a great night of food, drink and LIVE music in their TENTED Courtyard!
- Reservations are not required, nor are they taken.
- There’s a $5/person cover charge, 100% of it goes to the musician.
- If the parking lot is full, there is overflow parking at the Ephrata Rec Center. Do NOT park in B&B Overnight Guest reserved spaces.
- Mediterranean Bistro Menu will be served from 5 – 8 pm.
- Complying with all government mandates. Since they have a tent, their live music is happening rain or shine!
- Location: 900-A West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
- Call: (717) 271-7274
- Saturday, May 1st
- 🥨 Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting: “Mom’s Pretzels” at Kitchen Kettle Village
- 10:45am-12:45pm – Big Boy Brass Band playing live music at the stage area
- 11am – Ribbon Cutting at Mom’s Pretzels
- 11am-1pm – Balloon twisting with Tony the Balunguy in the Village
- 1:30pm – 2:30pm – PV Brave Sounds Intermediate School Choir performing at the stage area
- Location: 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA
- Call: 717-768-8261
- Saturday, May 1st
- 🧺 Picnic Tasting Tour at Kitchen Kettle Village
- Self-guided tours allows you to sample foods at your own speed.
- 8:30am – 11am
- Reservations required
- Cost $20 + taxes & fees
- Location: 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA
- Saturday, May 1st
- 😍 Local Makers Market at The Shops @ Rockvale
- Come shop your favorite local makers all in one spot. Offering a wide variety of goods such as candles, soaps, skincare, woodworking, oils, jewelry, sweets, and goodies! As well, live music from Ben Pierson and enjoy food and drinks from Auntie Anne’s, Sarah’s Creamery, Fetish Brewing Co, and many more!
- 10am – 3pm
- Location: 35 S Willowdale Drive, Lancaster
- Saturday, May 1st
- 🎵 Tractor Jerry & the Mud Bucket in the Beer Garden at Phantom Power
- Local alternative-county band.
- Tickets $5
- Doors open 5pm. Show starts at 6pm.
- Location: 121 W. Frederick St, Millersville, PA
- Call: 717-719-3428
- Sunday, May 2nd
- 🍗 Chicken BBQs at Country Barn Events on the Farm
- Farmer Jim’s ‘almost famous’ Chicken BBQs are back again. They take walk-ins, but to guarantee a meal, you can pre-order your meal.
- Chicken BBQ Meals includes: Leg & Thigh, Baked Potato (or Roasted Sweet Corn in season), Coleslaw or Macaroni Salad, Roll & Butter, & Drink
- $10 per meal!
- 11am – 2pm
- Location: 360 Weaver Road, Lancaster, PA
- Reservations: Click Here
- Every Wednesday
- One for the kids!
- Outdoor Story Time (In-Person) at Ephrata Public Library
- Wednesdays at 10 a.m. outside of the Library building.
- Registration is required.
- Sign up for future Story Times on the Library’s event calendar.
- Location: 550 South Reading Rd, Ephrata, PA
- 7 Days A Week
- 🍷 Wine Tasting & Charcuterie Board at Nissley Vineyards
- Enjoy a wine tasting and charcuterie board on the patio or your own picnic on the lush lawns.
- Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm
- Location: 140 Vintage Dr., Bainbridge, PA
- Call: 717-426-3514
Lancaster’s Food Truck Scene For This Week:
- 🍓🥤Oola Bowls
- Fresh Acai bowls, Pitaya Bowls, smoothies and healthy food bites with a local twist!
- Thursday – Sunday from 8am-3pm: Parked @ Market at the Wilbur at 48 PA-501, Lititz, PA
- Monday – Saturday from 9am-6pm and Sundays from 9am-3pm: Parked @ Lancaster Marketplace at 2084 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster
- Tuesday, Friday & Saturday from 7am-3pm: Parked @ Central Market Lancaster at 23 N Market St., Lancaster
- Follow on Facebook: @OolaBowls / Website: https://www.oolabowls.com
- ☕ Beansie’s Cafe Espresso & Smoothie Truck
- 🍖🥩 Holy Smoked Meats
- Friday, April 30th from 5pm-8pm: Parked @ 611 Orchard Road in Reinholds at Blumenmarkt
- 🍺🎵🍔 Bulls Head Public House @ Kissel Valley Farm
- Food trucks, live music and beer!
- Saturday, May 1st from 3pm-8pm & Sunday May 2nd from Noon-5pm
- Admission is $5
- Saturday’s music: Mike McManagle & Colebrook Road
- Sunday’s music: Andy Mowatt & Nearly York
- Food Trucks: Crave Catering, Blazing Swine BBQ, Haj Paj Catering
- Bulls Head Public House is located at 14 E Main St Lititz, PA 17543
Lancaster Connects Community:
- Help Find A Cure For MS!
- Volunteers Needed at Steven Greenland Cemetary
- In advance of Memorial Day there is an incredible effort of informal collaboration to honor those who’ve been forgotten, and who served our country in the ultimate way, now interred at Stevens Greenland Cemetery.
- 3 Ways To Help:
- Volunteer to help with clean-up for all the Saturday mornings between now and Memorial Day.
- Donate for repairs and ongoing maintenance by sending a check to:
- Sons of the American Legion Post 34 c/o Gary Wilson
1388 Arcadia Rd.
Lancaster, PA 17601
- Sons of the American Legion Post 34 c/o Gary Wilson
- Attend on Memorial Day to honor those who have served our country.
- Email DRIVE@co.lancaster.pa.us for more information
- Location: 1000 S Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602
- Do you have a non-profit, good cause, or worthwhile endeavor that you’d like to promote on the show?
Tell us all about it via our contact form.
- Do you need volunteers to donate their time to help with a non-profit, good cause or worthwhile endeavor?
Tell us all about it via our contact form.
- Would you like to donate some of your time to supporting local non-profits, good causes and worthwhile endeavors in the Lancaster area? Join the Lancaster Connects community by checking the box on our free restaurant gift card giveaway entry form!
- Photo Contest Update
- Voting for our 1st round has begun!
- Visit our “Photo Contest – Round 1 Voting” post and leave a comment with the number of your favorite photo!
- Link coming soon!
- Visit our “Photo Contest – Round 1 Voting” post and leave a comment with the number of your favorite photo!
- Round 2 has begun!
- Enter the contest by posting your picture as a comment on our “Photo Contest” post on our Facebook page.
- Link coming soon!
- Enter the contest by posting your picture as a comment on our “Photo Contest” post on our Facebook page.
- Winners in the photo contest will get a $60 custom pillow from Gardner’s Mattress And More!
- Voting for our 1st round has begun!
Episode Transcript (Click Here To Open/Close)
Jeff Giagnocavo 0:00
How can you support the local Lancaster community?
Ben McClure 0:03
That’s what this show is all about.
Jeff Giagnocavo 0:22
Coming to you from the Dream Room at Gardner’s Mattress &, More, Lancaster Connects is brought to you by the “Sleep Better” book…right over my shoulder. You can get the sleep better book…
Ben McClure 0:31
The other shoulder.
Jeff Giagnocavo 0:32
Right. You can get the Sleep Better book by going to GardnersMattressAndMore.com. We’ll mail you a free copy. Just go to GardnersMattressAndMore.com, and we’ll get you your very own copy of Sleep Better.
Ben McClure 0:45
What’s going on in your world, Jeff?
Jeff Giagnocavo 0:47
You know I’m hurting today.
Jeff Giagnocavo 0:51
I got a knot in my back from basketball this morning. Why are you hurting?
Jeff Giagnocavo 0:54
My hurting pains are far more captivating and glorious
Ben McClure 1:00
Than my basketball?
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:01
As you know, I got back into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu years ago and I competed pretty significantly, trained very often and was far more flexible and malleable. Age has hindered me. Last night I discovered my knee, my left knee, which has had nine knee operations, is not nearly as malleable as it once was. But, here we are. We’re malleable, aren’t we?
Ben McClure 1:27
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:27
This week’s a malleable week, it’s busy.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:29
It’s been a busy week. We continue to be blessed with traffic in our doors and man, it’s it’s been great. Yeah, people are ready to improve their sleep.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:40
That’s a very good thing. I wouldn’t be able to be here getting back on the mats if I wasn’t sleeping.
Ben McClure 1:46
Well, that’s true.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:47
Not a self serving statement.
Ben McClure 1:48
Very much true.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:49
Yeah, very much true. So we’ve got some great guests coming up. We’ve got Lynda Charles from Help the Fight. John Hockley from Weaver Associates is here. We have what’s going on, in and around Lancaster. We’ve got our photo contest update and I’ve got a quick tip for you on how to sleep better.
Jeff Giagnocavo 2:12
We’re going to talk about food trucks as always, where they are, when they’ll be where they are. We’ll also talk about how you can help your neighbors by joining the Lancaster Connects Community and also how you can help nonprofit organizations. We got a couple of things people can do in that segment, including important volunteering opportunities or opportunity.
Jeff Giagnocavo 2:37
Yep, I’ve got a local history nugget for you. We’ll introduce you to our pet of the week, Rusty.
Ben McClure 2:42
Jeff Giagnocavo 2:43
I have Rusty and of course another local restaurant gift card giveaway.
Jeff Giagnocavo 2:49
I think my goal is to try to weave a Seinfeld reference into every every podcast.
Jeff Giagnocavo 2:56
Every podcast? Should be every day.
Ben McClure 2:58
Dude, you know me…that’s normal.
Jeff Giagnocavo 3:00
Yeah. Hey, remember this show is also available as a podcast. Find the links at LancasterConnects.com. Please Like and Share this video. You can leave a comment and tell a friend about this show. We would love to have you do that. So right now welcome Lynda Charles from “Help the Fight Now” and John Hockley from “Weaver Associates”. Welcome to the show.
Lynda Charles 3:25
Good morning. Thank you for having us.
Jeff Giagnocavo 3:29
Glad you’re here joining us. So we’re gonna run down some of our local events. If that’s all right, and then we’ll see what you think about them, if any might pique your interest then you can share what interests you. All right, so showing now through December 23rd, Queen Ester at the Sight and Sound Theater. Stories of the Old Testament come to life through magnificent sets, special effects and live animals. Showtimes are 11, 3 and 7. The Sight and Sound Theatre is located at 300 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks, Pennsylvania. Website is Site-Sound.com
Jeff Giagnocavo 4:11
It’s really great that they’re doing events again and being able to produce their shows. It’s just amazing if you’ve never been to the Site and Sound Theatre, obviously take the whole family, take friends. It’s an amazing production that they put on and it’s kind of crazy that it happens right here in our backyard. Mom’s Pretzels sounds like a great thing. Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for Mom’s Pretzels at the Kitchen Kettle Village. Kind of down the road from Sight and Sound a little bit…it is May 1st, their grand opening from 10:45 to 12:45. There’s fun family activities, local music and entertainment at Mom’s Pretzels opening in the Kitchen Kettle Village.
Jeff Giagnocavo 4:55
Also going on at Kitchen Kettle Village, Picnic Tasting Tour, May 1st. This is a self-guided tour that allows you to sample foods at your own speed from 8:30 to 11 o’clock at Kitchen Kettle. Kitchen Kettle’s, of course located at 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike in Intercourse. And you can find more info on the Picnic Tasting Tour at KitchenKettle.com.
Jeff Giagnocavo 5:18
So we’ve talked about Phantom Power before, that’s an event center or place in Millersville. Just off Millersville University campus on April 30th, they’ve got Phandemic, which is featuring musical guests Wallace, The POF and get ready for it…Big Boy Brass. That sounds like it’s right up my alley. They do funk, r&b and New Orleans Jazz. Also at Phantom Power you got Tractor Jerry and the Mud Bucket. His band names are awesome. That’s going to be May 1st at 6pmt…Tractor Jerry and the Mud Bucket. They are a local alternative-country band, there they are on the screen. Phantom Power is located in Millersville at 121 West Frederick Street, and you can visit PhantomPower.net to check out their calendar schedule.
Jeff Giagnocavo 6:15
We’ve got a couple events at Tellus360 April 28th at 10:30, Live in the Temple at Tellus360, popular local New Wave musician Shay Queen and Guests. If you don’t know Tellus360 is located 24 East King Street in downtown Lancaster. If you want more information, you can call them 717-393-1660 or go to Tellus360.com/events. I got one more Ben, what’s that one?
Jeff Giagnocavo 6:45
We do? Oh, yeah, I flipped my page too early. We don’t do this from memory. Rely on reading. Yeah, April 30th, that’s coming up from six to eight, Live on the Roof Top at Tellus360, you can go on the roof, look out over the city where roof top events are held. Yes. I appreciate that. Thank you. John Smith’s Voyages, they are a charismatic, theatrical rock band. Kind of sounds like Queen maybe? A theatrical rock band.
Jeff Giagnocavo 7:16
I would have went Monty Python with music.
Jeff Giagnocavo 7:19
There you go. Yep, yep, yep, coconuts. Right. Tellus360 is located at 24 East King Street in Lancaster. And you can get more information at Tellus360.com.
Jeff Giagnocavo 7:32
And remember this show also available as a podcast. Again, you can find the links at LancasterConnects.com. And don’t forget to like and share this video and leave a comment and tell a friend about this show. We would greatly appreciate it. Lynda, John, anything interesting there that you’d like to attend?
Lynda Charles 8:00
I was just in Millersville yesterday and saw the sign for Phantom Power. So when you brought it up, it was cool. Yeah, it’s great. You know, I did not get a good night’s rest like you two gentlemen did last evening. So I think I need to go to Gardner’s.
Jeff Giagnocavo 8:21
We might know a guy that can help. John, you’re man about town.
John Hockley 8:29
I will second the sentiment on Sight and Sound Theatre. Buddy of mine is one of the actors down there, so I get in to see him a lot, but definitely a family friendly atmosphere. You know, if you can get into some of the ones that have the live animals, you know, get the elephants on stage, it’s pretty crazy. Of course, Tellus360, is a great place downtown. And, Phantom Power, the old Point of View in Millersville used to live right across the street from that, so some some good memories from that place.
Ben McClure 9:06
The Point of View Theater was where the same guy took your ticket, you bought your ticket from and was the same guy that ran the concessions and also the same guy that hit the start button on the movie. You have a great, great experience an old timey theater experience.
Jeff Giagnocavo 9:25
Nice. Well, Lynda, thanks for joining us. We have Lynda Charles on the show today. She is the President and Founder of Help the Fight. And so welcome, Lynda. We appreciate you being here on the show and taking some time with us. As I understand it, we’ve got a little bit of a video to show. So why don’t we cue that up.
Lynda Charles 9:52
We didn’t set out to start a nonprofit. We’re here because we had to raise money for a family member and a co-worker that were fighting breast cancer. A number of years later, here we are. (Heard in video clip playing, “Hello, help the fight?”) Almost entirely volunteer run, and more focused than ever, on directing the funds that we raise directly back to the folks that are in the fight. (From video clip, “My name is Amy, and I’m a breast cancer survivor. I feel so blessed to have helped the fight in my life, they helped me and my family get through some really tough days during my treatment.”) Helped the Fight…people helping people.
Ben McClure 10:37
That’s a great overview, to what Help the Fight does. You started the organization with a similar idea to how we started Lancaster Connects, you know, encouraging our local community to play a small part in supporting the community. Tell us about how you got Help the Fight started.
Lynda Charles 10:57
Well, first of all, thanks again for having us. It’s so exciting for you to give us this exposure. But, I lost my mom to breast cancer years ago. And my grandmother had it and my sister had it. And I think we all know someone, either within your own family or friend’s that has battled breast cancer at some point or another. Being a volunteer for many other organizations, my husband and I said, “How can we bring this to Lancaster? How can we bring this to Lancaster where we have a nonprofit and the money actually goes to that patient?” Well, not the patient direct, but we actually help pay the bills or whatever bill that patient needs help with. Whether it’s medical bill, daycare, whatever it is, and we evolved over the years. But what we did do is we came together in a few weeks, had a large bake sale and raised over $9,000. Helped out the individuals that we intended to and then also helped our local community. And the interest and need was so great that we said, “Okay, we have to knuckle down and take this further.” And that’s what we did.
Jeff Giagnocavo 12:13
That’s really…$9,000 on an initial bakery fundraiser is pretty astounding. I’ve done enough volunteer work in years gone by, that’s a lot of money. So that’s a testament to your commitment, which is great. So how do you, like what’s the work that Help the Fight does? What are you doing there? Share with our listeners, how many people you help and and what’s the cost of all this, I mean to run Help the Fight?
Lynda Charles 12:42
Well, we keep our costs as low as possible, because basically we’re volunteer run.We have two very part time paid employees. Outside of that, everything that we’ve done over the past 11 years has been volunteer. We hold as many fundraisers as we can. COVID really squashed a lot of that as it did for all nonprofits. But the local community has rallied behind us and we’ve done as many things online as possible. Last year alone, you know, COVID may stop social events and may stop people from, you know, getting together in large groups. But it didn’t stop the cancer diagnosis. So last year alone, we helped over 200 patients that needed us. We provide gap funding for people that are battling breast cancer. But we also let’s say your brother or a sister of someone who was diagnosed, and you want to get the genetic testing or you want to have a mammogram or you you need an ultrasound. Insurance companies don’t always cover these things. We help with those as well. We really will do we’re open to many options when it comes to fundraisers. We’ve got a couple going right now. And we have our main event coming this October, which the board just voted to hold and that would be a smoking knock and we can get into that then in a few moments.
Jeff Giagnocavo 14:05
Yeah, that’s great. I mean 200 people is pretty incredible, incredible to have been able to help and it’s an interesting void that you fill that gap. Funding, I believe, is what you referred to it as, if that is the right word?
Lynda Charles 14:21
Jeff Giagnocavo 14:21
And not just the medical bills, it’s everything else that they might need help with.
Lynda Charles 14:29
No, right. It could be groceries, right? It could be groceries, it could be medicines, it could be anything. I recently had a patient call me and you know, she was receiving treatment at a facility and she needed financial assistance. And you know, the the larger hospitals, they’ve got protocol and guidelines. And she was in tears on the phone and she said, “Lynda”, she said, “my husband makes this much money but that doesn’t mean that our debt load isn’t this and we don’t have money to pay all these bills.” I said, “Look, we’re not gonna discriminate, submit the forms, and we were very quick to help.” And in emergency situations, we can help in a matter of hours financially. We’ve needed to do that. We’ve actually, yeah, I actually had a physician call and say, “I have a gal that’s about to start chemo and her insurance doesn’t cover the the chemo drugs, the prior to you know, the anti nausea and so on and so forth.” We really rallied quickly, and got ahold of the pharmacy, and we got her those drugs and she started chemo on time.
Ben McClure 15:41
Wow, that’s great. I know we’ve got viewers and listeners who would like to support Help the Fight. You’ve got a number of ways that people can support you, what are some of those ways?
Lynda Charles 15:56
We do have a number of ways. You know, we have a Facebook page and a web page, and we’re on Instagram. And we try to promote all of our fundraisers on those. So to be aware of those first and foremost is very helpful. We oftentimes need volunteers, whether it’s volunteers to help us go into the public to get donations, for example, our main event is October 2 this year at Smokey Knock. Now in 2019, we had over 600 attendees. With COVID, we don’t know where we’re going to be in October, we don’t know what the attendees are. But being a volunteer run organization, we get as many donations as possible. So for volunteers to be out there and help us get donations is an amazing help. Also, for the business owners out there that are looking for exposure, we offer a real land of sponsorships, whether it be a smaller sponsorship, whether it be a very large sponsorship, we have many opportunities to do that. Right now we are selling tickets for our summer cash giveaway. We do it every June, we give away cash every day, for the entire month of June. The ticket is $10. That’s for 30 chances to win, you could win $50, $100 or $250. So you know, reach out to us get tickets, help us sell tickets. It’s that easy.
Jeff Giagnocavo 17:25
Yeah, that’s great. And I mean, that’s one of the things we remind our listeners of every episode is, if you’re not able to financially help, again, you’ve got the time that you could offer, you could help to sell tickets, you could help with the fundraising events, folks like yourself. I mean, yes, the funds are so important. But you also have to execute, you have to put the boots on the ground and kind of get the work done. So that’s what Lancaster Connects Community is about. We’ll talk about that a little later. But you’ve got you mentioned some fundraisers for April right here this month yet. You’re doing a Designer Purse Giveaway. What’s that all about?
Lynda Charles 18:01
Well, we sold tickets and the tickets are $20 apiece. And we give away a designer handbag for each day for the entire month of April. It was a real success. Yeah, in 2019, we actually had a Designer Handbag Bingo at the Lancaster Forum Center. Well, we couldn’t do that this year. So we thought how can we raise money? We have to be as creative as anyone else does these days. And we sold a lot of tickets. It was a very beneficial fundraiser for us. And I can tell you that the winners of these handbags are super delighted. It’s Tory Burch, it’s Michael Kors, it’s Coach, it’s Kate Spade, it’s Dooney and Burke, it’s the good stuff that sell those tickets. Yeah, those tickets are no longer available.
Jeff Giagnocavo 18:50
Gotcha. And you mentioned the Summer Cash Giveaway. We understand you had to apply for a special paperwork for that?
Lynda Charles 19:00
Well, with what we do throughout the year, we do we have a Game of Chance License, we have a gaming license and some people really give us a hard time. They’re like, “Lynda, you really have a gaming license?” Yeah, we need to and the criminal background check has been been done. I cleared, but in order to do that we want to do everything legal, Being a 501c3, which is very costly to become a 501c3 and again, we’re volunteer run so we highly rely on the public to support us and we’re looking for exposure again, so grateful to you gentleman today to have us on. So yes, we do have our our gaming license.
Jeff Giagnocavo 19:48
I remember that from football, we had fundraisers. Oh yeah, making sure we always had the update of gaming license every year was very important.
Lynda Charles 19:58
It really is kind of neat.
Jeff Giagnocavo 20:02
Yeah, it needs to happen. But it’s also, you kind of think, “Really? I need to do this as a nonprofit?” But such as it is. But yeah, good for you. So you’ve got the big fundraiser coming up in October. That was October 2nd, I believe. Is that correct?
Lynda Charles 20:18
It is October 2nd. This is our main main event of the year. Yeah, it’s October 2nd. I actually have just mailed out our save the date cards. It’s our 12th year of doing this. Can everybody see that? There you go. There you go. Yep. We’ve got doors open at 4:30.
Jeff Giagnocavo 20:37
[Inaudible] on the show notes.
Lynda Charles 20:44
We sell tickets for $55. But it’s a great night. It’s a fun, fun night. Not a super dress up night. We want everyone to be comfortable. But we have a live auction. We have a silent auction and we have games of chance, again, hence the license. We have many raffles. Hopefully the majority of these items have been graciously donated to us by businesses and individuals. It’s $55 for an all you can eat buffet that includes desserts, which is my favorite part. It’s a fun night. Melanie Garner from More 103 is our emcee every year. She is become part of our family. She’s been so generous with her time. And we’d love to have have you there.
Jeff Giagnocavo 21:32
Yeah, very nice. So if people want to get tickets, looks like we have to call to get tickets. What number is that? Let’s do for those that listen. Certainly watch the show.
Lynda Charles 21:47
Yeah, they would call the Help the Fight office is 717-455-7095. We also will be promoting on Facebook and Instagram, how to reach us. Everyone on our mailing list currently will receive everything through the mail if they wish to get tickets or tables of eight. We typically have done tables of eight tables of 10. We’re not sure with COVID if we’re going to do tables of 10 that still to be decided. But you can also go to our web which is helped the fight.org we have everything on our website.
Jeff Giagnocavo 22:22
Jeff Giagnocavo 22:23
So if somebody wanted to donate an auction item, what what kind of auction items are good? And how would they do that?
Lynda Charles 22:33
Well, they can certainly call us with auction items. It could be anything from artwork, it could be, we’re looking for all new items, whether it’s jewelry, gifts, gift certificates are amazing, food trucks are so popular right now. So maybe, you know we could give a gift certificate for four people for a food truck or something like that or dinner for two somewhere or dinner for family. We also do everything from there’s a lot of crafty people in the Lancaster County area. So we’ve received gorgeous pottery, gorgeous woodworking items and things like that. One year, a gentlemen came in. He didn’t want to be recognized. He brought us the most gorgeous birdhouse. He makes birdhouses and things like that. So we really are looking for anything. Gift baskets are very, very popular. Children’s toys, wagons, and larger items. Our live auction items could be anything from a smoker. Yeah, that would be fabulous…a mattress.
Jeff Giagnocavo 23:44
Yeah, maybe we can wrangle up a couple of our vendors.
Jeff Giagnocavo 23:48
I’m sure we can.
Jeff Giagnocavo 23:49
We’ll get you something great, let’s put it that way.
Lynda Charles 23:51
Oh, we’d really appreciate it guys. Well, we know you’re great, so we’ll hold you to it.
Jeff Giagnocavo 23:59
Yeah, I’m sure you will. But something tells me about you, Lynda, that that’s not a problem. So we talked about volunteers and we talked about, obviously if people can donate money, you know they can reach out to you to HelpTheFightNow@Gmail.com or give you a call 717-455-7095. But if that’s not, if you’re just not able to do that timewise again, how can people help you with their time? What, where’s the need in prep for this big fundraiser? Where’s the need over the summer for the cash giveaway? How can people help you there?
Lynda Charles 24:36
Well, the gift of time is immeasurable. And we’re so grateful to those that have been committed to us over the years. But how they can help us by selling tickets selling these cash summer or the summer cash giveaway tickets is so easy, because most people would spend $10 for a chance to win cash 30 times but for the main event, to help us procure donations to help. You want to help?
Jeff Giagnocavo 25:11
I do as well, I do as well.
Lynda Charles 25:14
But you know, to help us procure donations. Closer to the event, we need help with merchandise they need items in, in putting things in the gift baskets, we have a merchandise. It’s fun, we might order 10 pizzas. You know, but but it’s fun, everybody gets together and we we you know, we get everything together looking gorgeous. We load it into a trailer until the night prior to where we set up. We do we need time helping to set up and we’ve had that we’ve had people that just say, Linda, look, I can’t help prior to I can’t come to meetings, that’s fine. Show up the night before and help us set up even give us two hours, that would be a huge benefit to us.
Jeff Giagnocavo 25:56
Yeah, I can second and third and fourth infinity that. I know from my volunteer days, you know you’re in this every day. You’re running helped me every day you and your team. And you know, the combination of an annual event is always great. The payoff is great, but boy, is it physically mentally emotionally exhausting. So if you’re listening to this, and you’ve got that time lock, October 2 is four months away or so five months away. Five months away, almost put into your calendar and reach out to this organization and you know, pick things up and put things down for a couple hours. You’ll help your community you’ll help those in need. You know, I’ve got a retailer friend of mine as a peer, Ben, I think you’ve met him Nick Urban from Delaware.
Ben McClure 26:47
Jeff Giagnocavo 26:48
His wife Taylor, as was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, as I understand seems to be fairly advanced. They’re in Delaware. So Taylor, Nick, we’re thinking of you. Figured I would mention it here on this episode, when I knew we’d have Lynda on. She’s got a great network. Her friend, her friend network on Facebook looks amazing. So we’re thinking of her and we’re thinking of everybody with breast cancer. But as we wrap up here, so we get ahold of you at HelpTheFight.org. What other social media channels are you on? Where can people connect with you on that?
Lynda Charles 27:26
Nany people connect with us through Facebook? Okay, so we’re just Help the Fight on Facebook, and then Instagram, we have @HelpTheFight for our Instagram page. Many people, Facebook just seems to be the largest social media avenue for us currently, we’re also on LinkedIn. You can reach out to us on LinkedIn, we’ve had people do that in the past, we’ve had people just show up at our physical location here in Melville, but to call us, and we’re not always here, you know, I do have a full time career in addition to help and run the nonprofit. But if we’re not, you can always leave us a message we will get back to you quickly.
Jeff Giagnocavo 28:08
And if you want to call help the fight on 717-455-7095?
Lynda Charles 28:14
Yes, yes. And we will keep your friend in our prayers. And if we can assist, please let us know.
Jeff Giagnocavo 28:22
Thank you. Yeah, we’ll do that for Taylor, very much appreciated. Well, we’ve got a little something for you. We’ll certainly commit to some raffle prizes for the big event. You know, we’re grateful and that our vendors typically when we ask for things like that, they’ll they’ll help us out. If we can’t get that help, we’ll certainly fill the void with our own generosity there and do it. But right now we’ve got a little donation for you. So we’ve got $125 for help the fight wound checkout in the mail to you today. Get that out in the mail. Just a small token for you being here, you taking the time, and hopefully that can help help those in need that, you know, need to fill that little void there. So, Lynda, thank you for all your very, we really, really appreciate it.
Lynda Charles 29:12
Thank you. We’re so humbled by your support and your generosity. Thank you so much. I look forward to talking to you.
Jeff Giagnocavo 29:19
You’re welcome. Yeah, yeah. Thanks for hanging along. Well, we’ll have you back. We’ll talk about some other fun stuff your little later. Okay. All right. So we’ve got a photo contest update. All right. That’s a photo contest time and we need you in the audience to decide who the winner will be. All right, the winner gets a custom made pillow made right here in our store and to their exact requirements. We basically have a pillow making machine and we’ll build it for you. We’re starting a new round of our photo contest and we want as many submissions as possible. This time we’re going to limit to one entry per person. I think that’s fair, too. All you need to do is post your picture as a comment on our photo contest on our Facebook page. And that’s of course facebook.com/LancasterConnects. And we’ll show our shortlist of the best pictures on next week’s show and ask you the viewer to vote for the winner.
Ben McClure 30:22
That’s awesome. Can I can I enter?
Jeff Giagnocavo 30:24
No you can’t enter. Okay, so what we need you to do now. The audience is help us pick a winner for the first round. We have three entries to vote for your favorite. Just leave the comments on this clip with number one, two or three. All right. So photo number one is from Mike Okenaro. We’re going to go with that, Mike O. Thankfully, we don’t have another Mike O. Photo number one’s from Mike Okenaro, this is springtime in Strasburg. Photo number two is also from Mike Okenaro. This is Hans Herr House in Lancaster County. All right. I like his first one best. Well, you’re not see you’re not supposed to weigh in.
Jeff Giagnocavo 31:07
Not allowed to give my opinion. Not right now.
Jeff Giagnocavo 31:09
It’s a fair contest photo number three. This picture is from Sarah Reynolds. And this is Rock Hill Access in Conestauga. That’s nice, too. All right. So we’ve got three options that you can choose from just post one, two or three in the comment there. And we’ll announce the winner on the next show. Just for fun though. This is my homage photo. I’m disqualifying myself, of course. But if you recall from past episode, this was my trip to Amish country. I always like going out there I kind of like windshield time. I like driving. There’s there’s a couple of little smart Alex out there. It’s always fun to kind of interact with them. It’s almost like meeting a different culture question. Yeah, but yeah, Ben’s done the trip, you know, but you know, we connect with this factory, their family owned, righteous company full of integrity. And they make a great product for our customer that we believe in. You know, while seemingly not all that important, the foundation box spring It really is. It’s all the support your mattress needs is what’s going to keep you comfortable and stable in the bed all night long. So it’s part of the system. It’s important one of those unsung heroes. That’s true.
Jeff Giagnocavo 32:20
That’s true. So yeah, we need your help the audience help to pick a winner for the photo contest. To vote for your favorite just leave a comment on this clip, with one two or three and the winner will get that $60 custom made pillow. Do that on our Facebook page. Like it there facebook.com/LancasterConnects.
Jeff Giagnocavo 32:43
Yep. Yep, look for photo contest number one. Post your favorite one, two or three. So I’ve got a Sleep Better tip or do you want to read the Sleep Better tip?
Jeff Giagnocavo 32:50
Go ahead. Maybe one day I’ll get up the nerve to read a Sleep Better tip. This is your second.
Jeff Giagnocavo 32:58
I’ll just you’re gonna relax. Alright, so sleep can help with weight control. Much promising research revealed as revealed that sleep can play a key part in helping those who struggle with weight control. Getting the necessary amount of good quality sleep consistently, will help to make you less prone to gain excess weight over time. Sleep helps keep your body’s hunger controlling hormones and metabolism more balanced and regulated. And when you’re well rested, you’re more apt to choose healthy foods have more resistance to unhealthy food choices, which is very important nowadays because it’s like everywhere. And those choices will most definitely have a positive impact on your health. All right. Little known fact to go along with that. Try not to eat after seven o’clock you can actually on an empty stomach burn about 400 calories overnight just by sleeping 400 calories on an empty stomach don’t eat after seven.
Jeff Giagnocavo 33:52
I can’t say that I fall.
Jeff Giagnocavo 33:54
Yeah. I mean like I know like you know for me to burn 400 calories in Jiu Jitsu getting back on the mat is like getting myself just like, basically beat up for about 45 minutes. Yep. So empty stomach, get beat up. Your choice, right? So anyway, you can get your free copy and sleep better. We’ll mail you a free copy like this. Just go to GardnersMattressAndMore.com.
Jeff Giagnocavo 34:31
That was pretty funny.
Jeff Giagnocavo 34:32
Yeah, it was pretty fun.
Jeff Giagnocavo 34:34
We got some more events to talk about once you kick those off. Yeah, so Nissley Vineyards and Wineries Estate. They’ve got a wine tasting and charcuterie. Did I say that right?
Jeff Giagnocavo 34:47
Jeff Giagnocavo 34:48
Charcuterie, see that? That’s above my level of fanciness. So, it’s on the patio, or your own picnic on the estate lawns of the Nissley Vineyards and Winery Wstate. Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5 and Sunday, 12 to 5, and they are located at 140 Vintage Drive in Bainbridge, Lancaster County and you can visit their website for more information at nissleywine.com
Jeff Giagnocavo 35:21
Damn good thing we didn’t have you read the book.
Ben McClure 35:24
Words are hard today.
Jeff Giagnocavo 35:27
“Saturday” almost was above your paygrade.
Ben McClure 35:29
Yeah, and charcuterie.
Jeff Giagnocavo 35:30
Charcuterie or charcuterie board and Saturday. It’s so funny because I have this joke with my sister about it’s just cheese and crackers and meat on a board. Like everybody goes crazy for this stuff.
Ben McClure 35:40
Jeff Giagnocavo 35:41
And I guess the art is in the art of the display.
Ben McClure 35:44
Right, sounds right. I get that. Move on.
Jeff Giagnocavo 35:55
Yeah, we’ll move on but I get why the meat and cheese boards or charcuterie boards are something I get as a chef. I worked at Zen’s Diner as a chef as a young teenager or a teenager years ago so I get presentation, but it to me it’s just cheese and crackers.
Ben McClure 36:10
I mean, apparently.
Jeff Giagnocavo 36:12
Our producers are telling us it’s meat as well. But I see an awful lot of cheese and crackers with it too. So I stick with my assertion anyway, on the more meat, always more meat to be found here. Shady Maple Smorgasbord celebrating its 36th anniversary. Now through May 1st with meal specials and door prizes awarded hourly. Shady Maple is located at 129 Toddy Drive East in Earl. That’s right off of Route 23. Visit the website for more info on the smorgasbord at ShadyMaple.com/smorgasbord. Love me some Shady Maple.
Jeff Giagnocavo 36:49
Yeah. It’s been a while since I’ve been there. But I remember it’s an experience. It’s definitely an experience. Yeah. The Ephrata Public Library, my good friend Penny Talbert runs the Ephrata Public Library. Yeah, yeah, she does a fantastic job there. I know. All libraries in general have struggled this last year, but they’ve got one for the kids coming up. In-person outdoor storytime at the Ephrata Public Library. Is actually every Wednesday at 10am outside the library building. Registration is required. You can sign up for future storytimes on the library’s event calendar. The library is located at 550 South Redding Road in Ephrata and you can get more info on their site at EphrataLibrary.org.
Jeff Giagnocavo 37:40
My younger days when the Ephrata Public Library building was built it was like advanced high architecture. It is very cool. Yeah. You got time for this one, yeah? It wraps up May 1st, milk a cow. That’s fun. I did. I grew up on a farm as a kid. So I know all about that. Still time to milk cows on the farm tour at Old Windmill Farm. Windmill Farm is found at OldWindmillFarm.com. And the address is 262 Paradise Lane, Ronks. It’s $16 bucks a person 5 and under are free. Really interesting thing to do with your family there for sure you’ll have a great time I’m positive.
Jeff Giagnocavo 38:20
So this is a neat thing. It’s an event called Say It With Paper. It’s at Horst Arts on April 30th. Friday, April 30th. You can express your creative side and create a fun sign at the Art Studio. With some instruction you’ll experiment with paper arts and glue scraps of paper. And you’ll put that onto a wooden canvas and create a colorful ready to hang sign. It’s great for large or small groups, businesses that sort of thing. Looking for a girls night or guys night, maybe not a guy’s night…probably more of a girls night thing. Oh, it might be…it could be guys. They’re located at 17 North Main Street in Mannheim. Tickets are $25 you can visit HorstArts.com for more information.
Jeff Giagnocavo 39:04
Speaking of wood canvases, we have reached that part of the show.
Jeff Giagnocavo 39:09
Yeah, it is just a little aside. Hey, if you’re into any of that like repurposing of wood pallets, all right. I think Ben knows where I’m going with this. We have an abundance of wood pallets here. So if you would like to build one of those really cool pallet deck furniture projects. We’ve got pallets for that. I actually made a wine rack out of a pile.
Ben McClure 39:30
Did you really?
Jeff Giagnocavo 39:31
Jeff Giagnocavo 40:38
So the next is Country Barbecue at Country Barn. On Weaver Road in Lancaster. My family we used to live in Millersville and down the road from Country Barn. It was always a fun place. They had you know, petting zoos. Actually my wife’s company that she works for does their company picnics, that country barn, a lot of really really cool fun summery farm things but they’ve got delicious barbecue right there at the farm. They take walk ins but they can’t guarantee a meal. You should pre order your meal. The chicken BBQ meal includes a leg and thigh, chicken leg and thigh, baked potato, roasted corn, coleslaw, macaroni salad, roll, butter, pretty much everything you’d get with a normal chicken barbecue. Only $10 a meal. You can check our show notes on LancasterConnects.com for more information. And again they’re located at 360 Weaver Road in Lancaster.
Jeff Giagnocavo 41:44
And then our last event, Local Makers Market at the Shops at Rockville Property is reimagining itself. The Makers Market we know was always well attended from when we had our outlet store there. Saturday May 1, 10 to 3. So listen you could reserve your meal at the Country Barbecue Country Barn and then hit the Maker’s Market and go pick your meal up. Saturday May 1st, 10-3, come shop your favorite local makers all in one spot. This is local artisans opportunity to sell their wares and meet the public. A wide variety of goods candles, soap, skincare, woodworking, oils, jewelry, sweets and goodies. They also have live music from Ben Pearson, and enjoy food and drinks from Auntie Anne’s, Sarah’s Creamery, Fettish Brewing Company and many more. That’s at the Shops on Rockvale, if you’re local Lancaster you know where Rockville is, but if you’re not it’s 35 South Willowdale Drive right at the corner of Lincoln Highway on Route 896. We’ll get you there all right.
Jeff Giagnocavo 42:41
That event segment was well done Jeff.
Jeff Giagnocavo 42:43
I think so. Yeah, we did promise we’d talk about food trucks.
Ben McClure 42:47
Food truck alert! We should have something that flashes on the screen.
Jeff Giagnocavo 42:51
Yeah. Food Truck Alert!
Jeff Giagnocavo 42:53
You know that Simon? Billy? Oola Bowls Food Truck will be located at the following locations over the next week. Man that looks good on the screen. They are at the Market at Wilbur Chocolate in Lancaster, the Wilbur Building. That’s off of 501 and it’s Thursday through Sunday 8am to 3pm at the Lancaster Marketplace on Fruitville Pike. Also Monday through Saturday, 9am to 6pm and Sundays, 9am to 3pm at Central Market in Lancaster. You can get more information and follow them on Facebook @OolaBowls or visit their website OolaBowls.com.
Jeff Giagnocavo 43:41
Beansie Cafe, espresso and smoothie truck, will be at Blumenmarkt in Reinholds. I didn’t even know there is a Blumenmarkt in Reinholds, that’s cool.
Jeff Giagnocavo 43:54
Isn’t there like a German village up there? Is that it?
Jeff Giagnocavo 43:56
I guess, yeah, that’s probably it. Don’t take our word for it. Go to BeansiesCafe.com, but they’ve got their espresso and smoothie food truck will be at the Blumenmarkt May 1 from 9 to 3. All right, so check them out.
Ben McClure 44:19
Holy Smokes Meats. They will be at Blumenmarkt as well. There’s a picture of Blumenmarkt right now, maybe that’s not Blumenmarkt, anyway that’s a picture of their truck. Yeah. They will be at Blumenmarkt in Reinholds April 30 from five to eight o’clock located at 611 Orchard Road in Reinholds.
Jeff Giagnocavo 44:58
It’s proving more difficult than we think it should be to tell viewers where to find the great food trucks in our area. So food trucks if you’re going to be somewhere let us know. And it’s up at LancasterConnects.com, we’ll tell our viewers where you’ll be so they can find out and support you. Fill out the form at LancasterConnects.com and tell us where you’ll be at. And don’t forget to of course like and share this video help us help you leave a comment and tell a friend about the show.
Jeff Giagnocavo 46:33
Guests, Lynda and John, food trucks? Any food trucks that you typically support or any of those that we talked about look good?
Lynda Charles 46:45
I don’t know about you, John, but if there’s a food truck on there, it just means I don’t have to go home and cook. Food trucks are great, aren’t they? I think the Lafayette Fire Company has a big food truck event this evening. We just got an email about that. Yeah. So definitely we’ll be sure to be there.
Ben McClure 47:10
That’s awesome. John?
John Hockley 47:14
Sugar Whipped is a is a good one if you like your cupcakes and your your sweet stuff. They’re known for their vegan cupcakes and vegan pretty much everything basically.
Jeff Giagnocavo 47:27
Right up my alley right now.
John Hockley 47:29
Yeah so that’s probably my number one.
Jeff Giagnocavo 47:34
That’s good. Yeah, it’s Steph who runs Sugar Whipped Bakery is pretty great. She makes some fantastic treats.
Jeff Giagnocavo 47:45
So John, from Weaver Associates, thank you for joining us. You know we’re wearing your fine apparel. I love these shirts. The former outlet shirts have now become my you know when I’m home office day shirts or going out shirts and I’m not like dressing up per se. Even though it’s collared shirt that my that my old outlet shirts become my shirt. It’s kind of funny. My grandfather was always known for wearing a sport coat. I become around the house is all there’s dad with his black golf shirt. So we love them. Very comfortable.
Jeff Giagnocavo 48:19
So Weaver Associates has a couple of food truck clients. Tell us more about that. Maybe our listeners don’t know and tell us about your food truck clients and what they get from you guys.
John Hockley 48:38
So Weaver Associates, we kind of have our hand in lots of things but our motto is “We Help You Put Ink on Paper”. So whether that is selling you the printer itself, the supplies for the printer, or we have a full service print shop that can print it for you. So just depends on the the job, the scope of the job, and then we can kind of help you out with that. But we do have a couple food trucks. Yeah, Vinnie and Those Guys is a pizza shop down on Strasburg Pike and they have a food truck, we print their menus for them. DK Smokin BBQ is another barbecue, you know, smoked brisket, beef stand. We pretty much do everything for them. We do a lot of their other apparel, their business cards working on menus. We did the magnets for the side of their truck that they pull their gear behind. So kind of run the gamut with them.
Jeff Giagnocavo 49:43
You’re really kind of a one stop shop for really any any type of business because every business needs business cards and printed materials and signs and posters and restaurants with menus. You’re kind of a one stop shop for all that stuff.
Jeff Giagnocavo 50:01
John’s doing postcards for my kids grass cutting side [Inaudible].
Ben McClure 50:05
John Hockley 50:09
Yeah, there’s, we we pretty much say, you know if there’s anything that gets printed, give us a call if we can’t do it, we’ll find you the right person to do it. But we do a lot of ad specialty. So even your your trinkets and your tchotchkes that you that you would give away. We can do those.
Ben McClure 50:29
Yep, that’s awesome.
Jeff Giagnocavo 50:31
Well, we’ve known John for a long time. Well, Ben, longer than I, John, you and I’ve known each other for about 10 years now, actually. Our 10 year of knowing each other anniversary is coming up. Does he know that?
Jeff Giagnocavo 50:45
Yes, he’s got it marked on the calendar.
John Hockley 50:48
Jeff Giagnocavo 50:50
It’s my you, me, you me, man?
John Hockley 50:53
Jeff Giagnocavo 50:54
So John, you started out on the delivery truck at Gardner’s way back in 2001. Twenty years ago. So obviously, you know, you’ve moved on to bigger and better things for for yourself in your career from Gardner’s, but you know, it’s just maybe talk a little bit about old Gardner’s. You know, who we were, and just share a little bit about that old time.
John Hockley 51:23
Sure. So, as Jeff said, Ben and I have known each other for 20 plus years, going back to 25 years.
Jeff Giagnocavo 51:37
It is showing, right?
John Hockley 51:39
Yeah, my hair’s a little blonder. So it blends in a little bit better. But the House of Pizza in Millersville was Jim Gardner, the former owner’s favorite spot to put job postings. And I think that’s where Ben found it because one of my roommates was already on the truck. And then when he left, I kind of filled in for him. While I was in school, it was a nice part time job, like, yeah, pick things up, put them down pretty easy. Like Ben transitioned into a little bit of sales, after you know, working with the truck as well. But Jim was gracious enough when I got out of school. I was in it, and did your mostly contract work? And, you know, when the contracts up, you’re out of a job. And Jim was gracious, gracious enough to always let me come back and fill in jobs here and there? You know, if it was busy enough work on the floor, if it wasn’t then help out on the truck.
John Hockley 52:47
And then let’s say 10 years ago or so, Jeff said, you know, I was in that in between job period again, and that’s when you guys offered me the position at the new store.
Jeff Giagnocavo 53:05
Yeah. And, you know, I think, you know, obviously, you’re with Weaver associates. Now, I consider that as a business owner, one of our proudest moments when we can help a team member, you know, build a skill set, advance their career, and whether it’s growing bigger with us or growing bigger elsewhere. That’s great. So I’m very happy. I’ve said that to you numerous times, but I’ll say it again, because it’s one of the proudest moments for me as a business owner. So with Weaver, Weaver associates, you do a lot of work. Work with nonprofits help the fights one of your clients, you actually nominated them to be on the show. So thank you again for that. Yep. How many nonprofit associates work with? Yeah, of course, you work with them? How many do you work with? What do you do for them? And why did you start working? I guess really the more important question is Ron Weaver is the owner of the company. I believe I have that correct. Yeah. What’s his believe that there to help the nonprofits in the area.
John Hockley 55:29
As far as the sheer number, I was trying to come up with that number the other day, and I would say we’re probably close to 200 nonprofits that we work with in the in the area. And in some of that has come from, you know, Ron, and I come from a small private school background. And as anyone knows, small private schools or nonprofits themselves and don’t have a ton of money. So we started out by, you know, helping some of the local schools with their print needs, getting them supplies cheaper, we always offer nonprofit rates. So if whether that’s a print job or supplies, you know, we offer lower rates to to nonprofits at the end of the year, than when we’re, you know, kind of in December time, Ron will then, you know, make donations back to all of those nonprofits that we work with. So he takes a you know, a portion of the proceeds that we make from them, and gives back. So nonprofits are very near and dear to our heart, doesn’t really matter what what it is, you know, we kind of cover the base with, with all different kinds of nonprofits.
Jeff Giagnocavo 56:55
Great, fantastic. So you help businesses obviously, with their their tech needs, and one of those tech needs is often a printer, we actually invested in a Mambo printer with from other lever associates. And it’s guaranteed to save us toner and ink cost, I know this, but you offer a free printer audit.
Jeff Giagnocavo 57:24
Tell us about a printer audits John.
John Hockley 57:28
So basically, what we would do, now I was very familiar force with with the gardener situation. So I knew, you know, based on my own experience here, or there, what what their needs were. But let’s say if you called me out of the blue, you know, whether you’re a small five man shop, or you’re a big, huge warehouse that has 100 printers, or even an office that has multiple printers, we have a software that we can put on the network, it will basically scan all the printers, we’ll let it run for a couple weeks, and see what print jobs you’re printing to what printers, we know enough about pretty much most of the printers to know where if you’re sending volume to a smaller machine, it’s going to be a higher cost per page, we can kind of shift that to another machine. Or, you know, maybe the machines are so old, the cost of supplies is so high, we can make recommendations for new machines that are, you know, like Ben said, the the costs of the supplies for the machine that he they just bought is gonna save them. I mean, I’m 1000s over the next five years in supply cost, that’s that’s how much they’re going to say. So it’s things like that, that we come in and kind of educate the customer on different printers. You know, we’ll explain that the bigger the printer, the bigger the supplies, the lower the cost per page. So while you might shell out a little bit more, you know, at the time of sale over the five year period, which is what we kind of base everything on, you’re going to save some money.
Jeff Giagnocavo 59:22
Yeah, how does a business request that audit?
John Hockley 59:26
Easiest way is to reach out to us by phone. I mean, the 717-394-5009 You know, we’re always always in the office. sales guys are always in the office. But you know, there’s always multiple people there. Our website is kind of under construction at this point. So AI mean, you more than welcome to go to it WeaverAssociatesInc.com. But once the website is up, we’ll probably have a link to to reach out about the audit because it’s something that we talk about a lot.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:00:03
And you’ve got some tips for nonprofits. I mean, just the fact that you work with 200 nonprofits locally is here that number for me, it’s a big number. Yeah, I guess speaks to the need to help our neighbors out. And so thank you for Weaver for doing that. But the tips that nonprofits can can use to save money on their printing, what do you have there to share?
John Hockley 1:00:27
I mean, it’s usually reaching out to us with, you know, kind of the scope of the job. And, you know, letting us know, let’s say, if it was a nonprofit, they did a lot of printing in house, we can look at that job. And you know, there’s the time of somebody to stand there and watch the machine print. There’s, you know, you’re buying the supplies, and like anything else, you got to buy a ton of it to get the cost down. So we can look at taking that print, bringing it into our print shop, and delivering it back to them desktop, cheaper than they can print it themselves. I mean, that’s, that’s pretty much the biggest tip that we can give to any company, but especially nonprofits that are trying to save as much as they can.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:01:19
Yeah, and we actually just did that. One of our most recent projects, when we, when we deliver our mattresses to our customers, we have a thank you letter, a little coupon, as a new customer welcoming you to the family, a testimonial review form another referral form. And that takes a lot of work for our staff to organize that. So now, twice a week, Weaver will drop those off for us. So whether it’s a big job, a small job, look, the john, they’ve got a lot of tips. Probably, you know, since it’s so unique to every business, just give john a call or Weaver associates. I believe it’s WeaverAssociatesInc.com you can go there. So John, thanks for being with us. I’ve got a local history nugget. So stay tuned. This one’s interesting. So the history nugget this time is the Lancaster Rifle. Several treaties between Native Americans have the government in the 1860s involved. The presence of muzzle loading weapons for Native Americans. The Lancaster Rifle was a special yet inexpensive model became extremely popular with the government and other companies who were trading with the Native Americans on the western plains. Lancaster Rifle was designed by Henry E. Leman who was born right here in Lancaster. I knew that as soon as I read the name there is on your screen, March 8, 1812. In 1950, he built a new steam powered factory at the corner of Walnut Street and Cherry Alley in Lancaster. In 1860, he moved to a larger facility at the southeast corner of James and Christian Street. In 1887, Leman had passed away. During his life, his factory produced more than 100,000 guns. This information is courtesy of Donald Kauntz. You can learn a lot more about the history of Lancaster County on his website. www.DonaldKauntz.com.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:03:44
That’s pretty cool. Yeah, very good history nugget.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:03:46
That is a neat one. Yeah, so there we go. The Lancaster Rifle, who knew? Yeah, brought to you from Lancaster Connects.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:03:53
Yeah, remember, this show is available as a podcast. And you can find the links at LancasterConnects.com you can watch you can listen. And also don’t forget to like and share this video on Facebook and the other social media platforms. Please leave a comment. Tell us what you like about the show. Tell us what you’d like to see. If you have anybody that or want to nominate somebody that we can highlight on the show. Please do that. And you know, tell your friends and family about the show. The more people who know about the show and who listened regularly, the more people in the community we can impact over time.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:04:30
So this part talking about the Lancaster Connects Community will kind of segway into a bigger calling locally. But something that goes on every day. I’ve been doing this with my wife now for let’s see, 22 years because we’ll be married 22 years this year. Actually 23 years. We got married, and now we’ve been together that long. Oh, okay. conflating the dates. My wife was diagnosed with that. is in 2001. So it’s 20 years that we’ve been doing the MS walk together or as a family, there’s last year’s walk, where it was just us because of COVID. As a family years prior, it’s been a bigger group of the steps, MS Steppers as part of the team. I’m very proud of my wife in the way that she’s kind of spearheaded her own team, gathering folks. I know she’s raised a lot of money over the years for MS. Typically, we’re good as a unit and team for, you know, in the realm of maybe 2500 to $3,000. We’ve been doing that consistently now, for 20 years, this may. So we are doing the virtual walk event, which means we’re going to walk again, as a family.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:05:47
This weekend, the 2nd, May 2nd, coming up here. So we’ll be doing that. So shout out to my wife, I’ve seen what MS has done to her from a physical place and a mental place, it’s not an easy disease, because it’s one of those that, you know, you look at somebody and you just really never know, for the most part unless they’re at the end of their journey with a disease where, you know, mobility has been affected where they might have a cane or a wheelchair, you know, some sort of mobility device, or their speech is slurred. It’s really a rough disease, there’s a million things that can be attributed to it. And for a long time, it wasn’t really even a diagnosable disease. If we go back, when she was first diagnosed, she was in the hospital for a week for a steroid treatment, that they didn’t really know what it was. And this is in 2001. Now, she basically takes a twice a year, six hour long infusion, and it’s about the closest thing to a cure that MS has and for her, it’s been really, really amazing. So it’s an interesting disease in the fact that it’s largely unknown, hard to diagnose, hard to deal with symptoms come out of nowhere. And my wife Steph is just amazing for the way she handles at all and runs our family and has just been a champion for helping awareness of the disease.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:07:06
So we’re doing that the second in Lancaster may 15 Lancaster has an MS Walk May 15. You can go to the national MS society’s website at NationalMSsociety.org for specific links. And of course, you can check the show notes at LancasterConnects.com.
Ben McClure 1:07:27
Thank you, Jeff. That’s great. We’ve got a call for volunteers. Of course the Lancaster Connects community. We’re going to talk about this after this note about the volunteers that are needed for Memorial Day preparations at Stephens Greenland Cemetery in Lancaster. So, in advance of Memorial Day, there’s really an incredible effort of informal collaboration to honor those who’ve been forgotten who’ve served our country in the ultimate way. Of course Memorial Day is coming up in May here.
Ben McClure 1:08:03
This is at Stephens Greenland Cemetery if you’d like to help, if you feel led to help, there are several ways to participate. You can volunteer to help with cleanup for all the Saturday mornings between now and Memorial Day. You can donate for repairs and ongoing maintenance at the cemetery. You can send a check to “Sons of American Legion Post 34”, care of Gary Wilson. We’ll have some of this information on our website, LancasterConnects.com but Gary Wilson at 1388 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 if you’d like to make a financial donation. You can also attend the cemetery on Memorial Day to honor those who have served our country. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for anyone interested in volunteering to help them out.
Ben McClure 1:08:59
Their latest email says that they’ve got 60 headstones left to clean. And that should be done within the next two Saturdays. If you can volunteer that would be helpful. They also need help planting shrubs and and other items. They need help picking up trash within and around the cemetery property. You know we you know you see cemeteries and you don’t realize that actually somebody needs to upkeep those. So these are some of the things that they need help with picking up trash around the cemetery property. And they also need volunteers to help scrape the memorial and repaint it. One major area they could use help with is fundraising.
Ben McClure 1:09:42
They are selling coupons for Clyde Weaver’s subs, $6 apiece. They’ll have those coupons every Saturday at the cemetery and funds go again towards the maintenance of the cemetery. Just stop by any Saturday morning from now through Memorial Day and buy coupons Understand. And in addition to the fundraiser, coupons, Merrill Shaeffer is collecting money towards the restoration of four broken crosses within the cemetery. They need $400 to fix them. And as of yesterday, they’ve raised half of that amount. So if you can help financially, that would be helpful. If you and you can do that on their website or just by going to the cemetery on Saturday, and we appreciate Benton Webber, he provided this information to us so please, you know, support support them. Memorial Day coming up, it is a time to remember those who again gave the ultimate sacrifice for us and, and yeah, anything that’s donated helps the cemetery out and that helps needed at Stevens Greenland Cemetery and that’s located at 1000 South Duke Street in Lancaster.
Ben McClure 1:10:48
So this Saturday, the first, if you’re looking for something to do want to give back, you feel called with our “Lancaster Connects Community” just show up there, Saturday mornings, there at 1000 South Duke Street, downtown Lancaster. All the information we’ve just given you, and continue to give you through these show, here on Lancaster Connects, all the links, email addresses, all the important things that you need to do to connect to any event charitable effort we’re doing. They’re all in the show notes. You can find those show notes by going to LancasterConnects.com and hitting up the page for this episode in particular, episode number 8.
Ben McClure 1:11:26
Let’s talk about the “Lancaster Connects Community”. The Lancaster Connects Community is the volunteer effort we’re we’re gathering a list of volunteers that we can produce to nonprofit organizations. If you feel led to volunteer for an organization, but don’t know who you can volunteer your time to. We can help match you to that nonprofit organization. Go to LancasterConnects.com you’ll enter our contest entry form for a restaurant gift card. We’ll reveal our winners of this week’s episode in just a little bit. But there’s also a button there on the form, you could select to be part of Lancaster Connects community, and we can put you in contact with nonprofit organizations who could use your time.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:12:14
So if you’ve got that worthwhile cause that can make excellent use of our members of the Lancaster Connects volunteering community and their time. That’s what the show is all about. Whether you have a good cause that needs volunteers or you want to donate time, and to help out in the community, we want to hear from you. If you’d like to volunteer your time, enter that giveaway LancasterConnects.com and you can check the box if you’d like to volunteer. If you have a good cause that can use volunteers and that we can promote for you on our show, please get in touch via the contact form at LancasterConnects.com. And of course, please like and share this video, leave a comment, tell a friend all about this show.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:12:53
And all of that wonderful goodness on the show notes. All of the upkeep on Lancaster Connects, reaching out to the great causes that have things going on in our community, the charities that are in need, lining up our guests making sure the show sounds great. Looks great. That’s all done by Get Super Cereal. They are our production team. They are they work tirelessly to help us produce a great show for your enjoyment for the benefit of our community. So you can go to Get Super Cereal.com if you’d like to produce a show like this for your business, maybe your nonprofit. If you’ve got something to say on a regular basis and feel that a show like this would make sense. They’ll certainly help you make it a success.
Ben McClure 1:13:35
We’ve got a Pet of the Week. We teased rusty at the open – show open
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:13:40
That was your Seinfeld reference.
Ben McClure 1:13:41
Yeah, Rusty? Yeah, that was a horse but you know, Rusty is a dog from Zoe’s House. I think we got rusty. Ah, Rusty! Meet rusty. Rusty is a six year-old boxer mix, looking for his “Fur Ever” home. He’s full of energy in life and looking for a home in which his family will spend time playing with him and give him an opportunity to run. He needs a home that offers structure, consistency, positive reinforcement, and of course lots of love. He would like a family who will take the time to continue to work with him and who has experience with his mother. It’ll even help you shovel snow. He’s better at that than my kids. So he’s looking for a family who has experience with his breed and could be beneficial for him. He likes to please you. We love snuggling. He loves the company of people. He would do best as the only animal in the house as he loves to have all of your attention and doesn’t always like the company of other doggy friends. He’s not a fan of cats either. So no kitties for this guy. He and I get along in that respect. Rusty would also do with children who are a little older, unless they’re used to being around bigger dogs, a home with a fenced in yard is a must as rusty loves to run and play. He does need time to warm up to new people. He gets very excited, sometimes forgets to use his manners and or it gets a little nervous when somebody enters his home. He’s made great progress though since being with those house and needs a family who understands him and his needs and will continue to put in the time to work with him. He’s truly a sweet guy. I love that video. That’s awesome. And he spends most of his day snuggling and just hanging out.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:15:41
Yeah, I’ll say let’s help find Rusty a “Furever Home”. You can go to ZoesHouseRescue.com. Learn how to adopt maybe if you want to foster donate time, they’re always in need of people to help transport animals to spay and neuter appointments, vet appointments. Yeah, all of their volunteers are folks who have jobs have daily lives but they see a need to help pets. I’m directly involved with Zoe’s House with my volunteer time. We fostered a dog and actually an announcement we formally adopted DeDe yesterday. Yeah, you know, listen, she’s, she’s an older pup. And I just didn’t have the heart to put her through getting to know another home because as we highlight these pets of the week, you see these failed adoptions, these failed situations, because, you know, listen, animals are animals, they don’t know how to communicate, they’re not like us humans, right?
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:16:38
You know, if you if you think about if you’ve been to like a networking event, or a large group party, there’s always that guy or gal who kind of acts out a place, who is a close talker. Who has a puffy shirt. Low talker, yeah, yeah, who just doesn’t like kind of fit in? Well, that’s, you know, animals when they got that stress. They’re like all those people. And it takes the right person the right time, the right amount of patience to figure that out. And sometimes it just doesn’t work. just doesn’t work out and that’s not a fault of the animal. As much as it is of the people around them. We need to guide these animals. So it does take time and in at the end of the day, sorry our producers are in my year here making me laugh. At the end of the day, we just need to have time and patience for these paths. So if you’ve got that fostering might be for you adopting rusty might be for you, but let’s try to help rusty get a really great forever home. It looks like a great little pup there.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:17:37
Ben, we’ve got some gift card winners.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:17:38
We have some winners. Congratulations to Deborah Dilbert from Lititz and Ed Camacho of Lancaster. They are winners of the Lancaster Connects restaurant gift card giveaway contest. If you’d like to be a winner, all you need to do is go to LancasterConnects.com enter the contest entry form. There’s also the opportunity to join the Lancaster Connects Community we’ll connect you as a volunteer to local nonprofit organizations. But yeah, you’ll potentially win $25 gift card to a great restaurant here in Lancaster County.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:18:14
Yep, that’s right. And all of the info and links again for the show are available on the website via and via email each week. Again, you’ll get on that email list you’ll learn about the show. Go to LancasterConnects.com and subscribe to our weekly email update with all of our show info. So again, congrats to Deborah and Ed on the discussion. Guess we’re at the end of the episode. Hopefully this was a fun one for you even as you sat and listened. We always kind of like to wrap up what do you love about the area?
Ben McClure 1:18:46
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:18:47
Lynda just gave a thumbs up. I love this show.
Lynda Charles 1:18:52
I do love this show. I do. You guys crack me up.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:18:58
Good. We’ve entertained one person.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:19:01
Yes. Yes. That’s the last episode.
Ben McClure 1:19:05
We really have a lot of listeners we do i get i get people like all over saying like I would have no I didn’t know they know about the show. And they reached out like hey, I saw your podcast and I’m like “Oh, that’s that’s pretty cool. I didn’t know you knew about it.”
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:19:17
What do you love – why do you love Lancaster? What do you love about the area?
Lynda Charles 1:19:22
Well, I didn’t grow up here. I actually grew up in Northern PA. When I when I did move here after college in the early 80s, so it still makes me 30, just so you know. I love diversity here. Yeah, I love the diversity but having worked in a community and being a real active part of Lancaster community. I love how the community gives back and supports its own. There’s what’s not to love about Lancaster community.
Ben McClure 1:19:56
Seriously, it’s awesome.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:20:00
Yeah that we see that you know, once a year at the extra give it always is surprising moment that you know, giving is every day whether that’s money or time but that one day is always kind of a neat refreshing day to focus on it. John, what about you? What do you love about Lancaster?
John Hockley 1:20:17
Well, unlike Lynda, I’ve lived here my whole life. So I’ve never really left for any length of time. One thing I like about Lancaster is we have charcuterie boards, unlike Boyertown. Evidently they don’t have those. But I will, I will ditto everything that Lynda said about the diversity and everything. But one of the other great things about Lancaster is how centrally located is I mean, you can get to Baltimore, you can get to Philly, you can get to New York. You know, even Pittsburgh’s just a long drive across the state, but it’s just an awesome area of you know, whatever.
Ben McClure 1:21:06
It’s very connected to other things, right?
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:21:07
Directional ease is I think the way you were going there.
John Hockley 1:21:11
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:21:13
Yes. Listen, I mean, it is neat. You’ve got the train station. You can get to Philadelphia, New York pretty quick. So yeah. This area’s pretty neat.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:21:21
We enjoy it. We enjoy the community. That’s why we do the show.
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:21:28
Simon says, “It’s not Delaware!”
Jeff Giagnocavo 1:21:32
But anyway, Lynda, John, thank you so much for being on the show, I think we are done. Line 96 says “That’s a wrap!” We’re there. Thank you for joining us on this episode of Lancaster Connects. Go to HelpTheFight.org to support everything Lynda and her team are doing there. And John, thank you for nominating Lynda. Thanks for tuning into this episode. We’ll see you next week.
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