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Episode 97 - The Magic of Lancaster
Join Ben & Jeff on this episode as they dive into the captivating world of Magic & Wonder Dinner Theater with the founder and owner, Brett Myers. He and his team's commitment to innovation and creativity have propelled the business to new heights, making Magic & Wonder a must-visit destination for all magic enthusiasts.
From transforming a simple theatre into a whimsical and enchanting space to crafting shows that awe guests of all ages, Brett and the Magic & Wonder team have revolutionized the entertainment industry. In recognition of his exceptional work, Brett was awarded the Merlin Award in 2021, often called the magic industry's equivalent of the "Oscars."
Tune in or watch to learn more about the remarkable journey of growth and discovery as Brett and the Magic & Wonder Dinner Theater continually strive to deliver unforgettable experiences to Lancaster!
Episode 96 - Lancaster's Clean Water
In this episode, Ben & Jeff sit down with Stephen and Jordan, the dynamic duo behind HQ Water Solutions LLC, a leading provider of water treatment services in Lancaster and the surrounding areas. Stephen, the proud owner and founder, brings his extensive experience in the water treatment industry and a passion for helping others to the table. Jordan, co-owner and Business Development Executive, combines her marketing expertise and commitment to community engagement to drive HQ's growth and customer outreach efforts.
Outside of their professional pursuits, Stephen and Jordan have rich personal lives. Stephen cherishes spending time with his wife and daughters, indulging in craft beers, and pursuing his hobbies of dirt-bike riding and mountain-biking. Jordan, a dedicated mother and wife, leverages her Master's degree in clinical psychology and her background in fundraising to fuel HQ's marketing initiatives, including social media, website development, and newsletters. She also shares her love for yoga, Peloton workouts, and the occasional glass of champagne.
Both Stephen and Jordan have a deep-rooted commitment to community involvement, supporting various non-profit organizations and participating in fundraisers. Stephen's contributions to the Manheim Chamber, and Jordan's work with the Spina Bifida organization, showcase their shared passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others.
As a seasoned digital marketer and the owner of two businesses, Mike Canarelli helps owners of startups and small to mid-sized businesses of every type reexamine their operations and systems, refine and improve their sales and marketing plans, and develop budgets and financial goals. He can also provide insight and expertise on management issues, employee relations, retention, and recruiting, as well as business technology platforms.
Tune in as they delve into the world of water treatment, the challenges and opportunities in the industry, and how Stephen and Jordan combine their entrepreneurial dreams with a genuine desire to serve their community.
Episode 95 - Lancaster's Music in the Park
The Long's Park Amphitheatre Foundation is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to curating music and arts in Long's Park, Lancaster County. Their mission is to enrich the quality of life in the community by providing diverse cultural experiences. The foundation's financial resources come from businesses, individuals, and grants within their community.
In addition to their events, the foundation goes beyond their resources by inviting local foundations to collaborate and provide meaningful services to the community. This collaboration creates opportunities to serve those in need and strengthen community connections.
The foundation is committed to supporting new artists and sponsors their attendance at the Award Winning Art Festival to help launch their careers. Woodstream is a significant sponsor for this program, and the foundation encourages other organizations to support it as well.
Tune in or watch to learn more about Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation and all the exciting things that the organization does for the Lancaster community.
Episode 94 - Building a Stronger Lancaster
In this episode, Ben will be joined by Jose Lopez, the President of SACA & SACA Development Corporation. With over two decades of experience in leadership positions, including in commercial real estate and financial services, Jose has a wealth of knowledge to share.
Throughout his time at SACA, Jose has implemented a strategic model that encourages stakeholder and staff engagement, empowering them to take ownership and be storytellers for the organization. He has also selected board members who represent a diverse cross-section of the community, ensuring that SACA has a solid foundation for future growth and maximum community impact.
Tune in as Jose shares his leadership philosophy, the importance of diversity in organizational leadership, and the work that SACA is doing to make a positive impact in the Lancaster community.
About SACA: Since the early 1940’s, diverse groups have found hope and opportunity in Lancaster’s prosperous region. One of those diverse groups is the Latino community that today represents about 40% of the population within the City of Lancaster. This extraordinary statistic reflects a vigorous pattern of growth over the decades. In direct response to this pattern of growth, the Spanish American Civic Association, now known as SACA, was established in 1973 to help this growing population assimilate to life in Lancaster. Today, the mission of SACA is to uplift and restore marginalized communities through human, economic, and social services, while supporting cultural identities.
Episode 93 - Lancaster's Business Printing Experts
On this episode, Jeff welcomes Nate Heisey and Mike Williams from H&H Group, a company that has been providing printing and sign-making services to the Lancaster area for over 50 years.
Mike is the President of H&H Group. He shares the company's values of Relationships, Integrity, and Problem Solving, which have been refined over time to make the buying experience easier and better for their customers. With a focus on understanding customer needs, H&H Group strives to be a go-to resource for businesses in the region by offering a wide range of services, including mailing, kit fulfillment, corporate apparel, and promotional products.
Nate has been with The H&H Group for almost 10 years, starting as the production manager and eventually becoming a partner. He currently oversees all things production, including people, machines, and materials, as well as the facility. He is also in charge of marketing and promoting the business in the community.
In addition to their commitment to customer service, H&H Group is also dedicated to giving back to the community through acts of service, product donations, and producing products at a discount for worthy causes. They also started an official day of service called Mary's Giving Day, which honors the legacy of Mary Kohler, who was the past President of the company and had a heart for the community.
Episode 92 - Fresh Roasting in Lancaster
Whiff Roasters is a specialty coffee roaster located in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Since 1999, their focus has always been on superior quality and consistency. They roast only the highest grade Arabica beans acquired from estates all over the world and pride themselves on excellent quality and service. All of their coffees are freshly roasted and made to order in small, custom batches. You can expect to find at least 28 regular coffee varieties, over 60 flavored coffees, and over a dozen decaffeinated coffees. Keith Frey and the team invite you to experience for yourself the fresh, rich flavor and exquisite blends of Whiff Roasters Coffee!
ABOUT WHIFF ROASTERS: Our uniqueness is simple: We set a high standard for bean quality, freshness, and roast which allows us to consistently produce incredible coffee bag after bag and cup after cup.
FRESH ROASTED IN LITITZ, PA Voted the coolest small town in America, we are Lititiz hometown coffee roaster. Since 1999 Whiff Roasters is proud to be a local favorite for specialty coffees.
THE BEANS We are passionate about selecting and roasting only the highest grade Arabica beans acquired from estates all over the world. Sourcing only the best, we custom roast them in small, made-to-order batches.
LOVE AT FIRST SIP All coffees are not created equal. Roasting premier coffee is an art that we have mastered over time. We invite you to experience for yourself the fresh, rich flavor and exquisite blends of Whiff Roasters coffee. Savor the best!
Episode 91 -Lancaster's Vision Assistance
In this episode, Ben & Jeff speak with Megan Tomsheck, the Director of Fundraising and Development at VisionCorps. Megan is responsible for overseeing the fundraising and development department, which includes annual campaigns, grant writing, and the annual signature rappelling event, The Eye Drop. The funds raised from these initiatives go towards empowering individuals with vision loss to attain independence.
Megan also leads marketing and community relations initiatives for VisionCorps. In addition to her work at VisionCorps, Megan serves on the board of directors for the Lancaster City Police Foundation and is a member of Lancaster Lions Club.
During the conversation, Ben & Jeff will dive into Megan's experience working at VisionCorps, her role in overseeing fundraising and development initiatives, and the impact that the organization has on individuals with vision loss.
Listen in or watch the episode to learn more about Megan's work and the inspiring efforts of VisionCorps.
Episode 90 -The Way Lancaster Moves
In this episode, Ben & Jeff welcomes Dawn Cox who is a PT, MSPT, and CFMT. Dawn is a late bloomer by most physical therapist standards as she found herself in PT school at the age of thirty. In an effort to then be on the fast-track immediately after graduating, she signed up for her first functional manual therapy™ course with the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) in 2001 at the recommendation of a respected mentor. She was blown away at the specificity and efficiency the IPA philosophy provided and quickly registered for as many physical therapy continuing education courses as her schedule would allow while working two jobs.
Dawn and her family then moved to Lancaster, PA to be closer to family. Although a challenging transition at first, Dawn realized that she was bringing a new approach to treatment to the area with her functional manual therapy techniques in her “tool bag.” Doctors and other members of the community were quick to recognize the differences from traditional physical therapy. This gave her the drive to continue her education by achieving her certification in Functional Manual Therapy™ (CFMT™) in which she passed with distinction. She is only one of only several physical therapists in Pennsylvania with this qualification. And now, she is thrilled to bring her “physical art” to Prana Functional Manual Therapy as owner.
Dawn is active in the downtown Lancaster community including serving in the past as a James Street Improvement District board member and a member of the Executive Leadership Team for Marketing for the Lancaster City Alliance. In early 2011, she was recognized by SCORE Lancaster with an award for excellence in business development. And shortly after she was recognized by Fig as a leader in the healthcare industry in Lancaster. She also gives regular seminars at local businesses and organizations on movement health and wellness and jokes about being known on the street as the “chief of the posture police.” She will give postural tips to anyone who listens! This has sparked another business based on preventative physical therapy through a video curriculum and on-site PT sessions called Myokind.
Episode 89 -Preserving Lancaster's Outdoors
In this episode, Ben & Jeff will be joined by Dawn Rise Ekdahl, the Executive Director at Historic Poole Forge in Churchtown, Lancaster County. Dawn shares her experiences working in her current role as Executive Director at Historic Poole Forge, where she focuses on preserving the rich history of the region and improving the watershed and riparian habitat for the park's flora and fauna. She is also passionate about educating children in nature and ecology and promoting outdoor recreation.
Listen in as Ben & Jeff learn about Dawn’s dedication to conservation and education and more about Historic Poole Forge.
About Historic Poole Forge: Historic Poole Forge is a 26-acre site with a preserved historic Ironmaster’s mansion, children’s playground, picnic pavilion, ball field, Nature Trail, Riparian Buffers, wildflower meadows, many beautiful gardens and a covered bridge along the Conestoga River in Eastern Lancaster County. They currently host a wide range of free public events, recreational and educational experiences. They restored their 1770’s Ironmaster’s mansion that serves as a heritage/community center and also a venue for private and public celebrations. Historic Poole Forge have also expanded their environmental and educational programs and opportunities for both children and adults while continuing our preservation of the Conestoga Creek, historic iron forge and grounds.
Episode 88 -Mentoring Lancaster Businesses
In this episode, Ben & Jeff welcome Margot Hoerner from SCORE, which is the nation’s largest network of volunteers and expert business mentors helping small businesses achieve their business dreams and goals. Since 1964, they have provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. SCORE has a local chapter in Lancaster-Lebanon providing mentoring and educational opportunities to businesses. They also have their annual Small Business Awards coming up to recognize a few winners.
Margot Hoerner retired from a 35 year career as a sales, marketing and HR Executive at Procter and Gamble. Volunteering with SCORE has provided a forum to give back to the community and help small businesses looking for mentoring and coaching.
Dr. Andrew Lally is a golf obsessed Physical Therapist, and Founder of inJoy Golf. Andrew's passion for golf has always been rooted in family bonds, friendship, and competition. Things that he credits in adding an immense amount of joy into his life. When looking for a career pivot, and more of that joy in his life, he leaned into those experiences and founded the aptly named "inJoy Golf".
InJoy Golf is Lancaster's premier indoor golf venue where customers can play a variety of games and courses on industry leading Trackman simulators, take a lesson with their in house instructor, or take advantage of expert level golf specific physical training and rehab services, directed by Dr. Lally himself. InJoy has been open since November of 2021 and hosts leagues, corporate events, birthday parties, and many other group events. What Andrew is most proud of though, is the new friendships, and golf community that continues to grow at inJoy.
Score Website: https://www.score.org/lancaster-lebanon
Score Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCORE.LancasterPA
InJoy Website: https://injoygolf.com/
InJoy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inJoyGolf/
Episode 87 - Safer and Happier Lives in Lancaster
In this episode, Ben & Jeff speak with Jennifer King, a full-time Service Dog Ambassador for UDS, to discuss her journey with the organization. Jennifer began as a volunteer in April 2017 and was later hired as the administration assistant to the program. We'll learn about her role as an ambassador and the importance of spreading awareness about the program. Jennifer also shares her personal experience caring for her ambassador dog, Nova.
Tune in or watch to hear Jennifer's inspiring story and the impact of UDS on the community.
About UDS Foundation: UDS Foundation is a Lancaster, PA-based organization whose mission is to improve the lives of people with physical and age-related disabilities. UDS Foundation accomplishes that by providing a variety of home- and community-based services to help people with disabilities enjoy safer, happier, and more independent lives in the comfort of their homes. Incorporated in 1970, UDS Foundation has evolved from a small organization to a company providing a network of 12 different programs through several nonprofit and for-profit entities. UDS Foundation serves individuals with disabilities, including the aging and veterans, throughout Pennsylvania and coordinates a network of business partners and satellite offices in multiple counties.
Episode 86 - Empowering Lives with The Arc
In this episode, Ben & Jeff speak with Maureen Westcott, the Executive Director of The Arc Lancaster Lebanon, to discuss the organization's mission to empower individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) to live independent and fulfilling lives. With a personal connection to the cause as a parent of an adult with I/DD, Maureen shares her expertise as both a provider and advocate.
Listen in as they delve into this inspiring conversation on making a positive impact in the lives of those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).
🌟 Upcoming Gala & Auction: May 6th 🌟
About The Arc Lancaster Lebanon: Mission: Empowering people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and their families to lead full, satisfying, independent lives of their choice.
The Arc plays an extremely important role in their community serving as a resource, listener, and advocate for those unable to express or verbalize for themselves and their families. Most importantly, they empower people with disabilities and families to make informed choices, based on up to date knowledge.
What they do: Advocate: Empower and Support; Educate: Teach, train, inform on issues related to I/DD;
Navigate: help to understand the issues and identify paths to solutions Collaborate: Partner with the community to embrace shared goals in order to create positive change.
Programs: advocacy (one on one support), self-advocate and sibling programs, family connections, school presentations on disability acceptance, training, holiday gift program.
Episode 85 - Providing Care For Alzheimer's
In this episode, Ben & Jeff are joined by Frances Gibbons, the Senior Director of Development at the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Serving 59 counties in western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania, Frances and her team organizes and executes the Walk to End Alzheimer’s® events, the second-largest peer-to-peer fundraising event in the United States.
Here in the Eastern, Central & North part of the Greater Pennsylvania, she works on achieving designated financial and participant goals through team and individual fundraising, corporate solicitation, community partnerships, as well as increasing Alzheimer's Association awareness and visibility in the community. Frances oversees 13 of the 23 Walks in the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter which helps the Alzheimer's Association fund the mission & vision of a world without Alzheimer's & other dementias.
Tune in for an engaging and informative conversation as we walk towards a brighter future for all those affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Episode 84 - The Sweet Side of Lancaster
In this episode, Ben welcomes Jonathan and Jennie Groff, a husband and wife team who are the owners of the Lancaster Sweet Shoppe and Stroopies, Inc. located in downtown Lancaster City. With over 23 years of marriage and 4 children, Jonathan and Jennie share their passion for using business to solve social issues and how it has allowed them to connect and serve people from different walks of life through their businesses.
They will delve into their journey as entrepreneurs, their approach to business and social impact, and the role of community in their success. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or a seasoned business owner, this episode is for you.
Tune in to discover how Jonathan and Jennie Groff have successfully integrated their passion for social impact into their business model.
Episode 83 - The Jewel of Lancaster City
In this episode, Ben & Jeff welcome Melissa Siwiec, the Executive Director of CMT (Central Market Trust). She brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management, having served at organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, and Clare House.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State and a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Central Penn College, as well as a certification as an Associate in Project Management.
Listen in as Melissa shares her insights and expertise on nonprofit management and leadership.
About Lancaster Central Market: Designated as a market town in 1730, the City of Lancaster is home to Lancaster Central Market, the oldest, continuously running public farmers’ market in the country. The Central Market Trust (CMT) was created in 2006, and has since developed a sustainable business model offering fresh healthy foods to the community within the iconic and historic Market House. The Central Market remains a jewel of center-city Lancaster, a popular tourist destination, and a thriving Farmer’s Market.
Episode 82 - Person-Centered Change in Lancaster
In this episode, Ben & Jeff welcomes Vanessa Philbert, who is the Chief Executive Officer for the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County. In her role at CAP, she provides leadership and strategic vision to CAP’s 15-plus programs and brings a unique perspective to community problem-solving based on her lived experiences and journey out of poverty. She works to address generational problems with generational solutions and through a cross-sector, strategic approach.
About The Community Action Partnership: The Community Action Partnership is Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization and boasts a service profile that interrupts inter-generational poverty with programs that assist families at every age and place in life.
Knowing that poverty is complex and its contributing factors vary, CAP is committed to creating innovative, person-centered initiatives, including social enterprise businesses, to augment our many long-standing and successful anti-poverty programs that advance the social and economic mobility of families. CAP is person-centered, outcomes-based, data-driven, and focused on greater sector impact and systems change.
Episode 81 - Lancaster's LEGO Master
In this episode, Ben & Jeff welcome Dominic Forte, a former contestant who was on the show, "Lego Masters''. This is where contestants compete for a chance to win $100,000 and be named the next “Lego Master”.
Dominic has had a passion for Legos ever since he received his first LEGO set at 6 years old and it has now evolved into something amazing that brings creativity and skill together. They’ll talk about his experience and what Dominic gained/learned from this opportunity.
Episode 80 - Transforming Lives in Lancaster
In this episode, Mandy Richardson, Executive Director of Clare House will be joining with Ben & Jeff to discuss her experience working in nonprofit management and her vision for Clare House Lancaster, an organization that has been helping women and their children since 1980 through a mix of employment-focused programs, short-term housing, and goal-based services. Mandy brings a wealth of experience to the role, having earned a BA in Professional Writing and Pennsylvania German Studies from Kutztown University. She began her career working to improve programming and events at a local folklife museum and cultural institution. From there, she transitioned into marketing and content writing for several corporations, while earning her Master of Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management from Villanova University.
When asked what drew her to the position of Executive Director at Clare House, Mandy said the mission and stability of the program pulled her in and piqued her interest. She's excited to empower the women of the community and help them start a success story.
Episode 79 - Unlocking Star Power and Potential
On this episode, Ben & Jeff speak with Jennifer West, a native of Lancaster County and the program director and co-founder of Girls on the Run of Lancaster and Lebanon. Jennifer started the program in 2009 with Carrie Johnson and it has grown from 25 girls to having served over 18,000 girls over the past 13 years.
Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization that uses physical activity and an experienced-based curriculum to empower girls to realize their star power, potential, and inner strength. The program is designed to meet the unique needs of each girl, no matter her circumstances, ability or background. GOTR relies on trained volunteer coaches to lead teams of 8-15 girls in 3rd-8th grade through a 10-week season which culminates in a 5K celebration. The girls leave the program feeling more confident, equipped with conflict resolution tools, and in control of their own thoughts and emotions.
Tune in on Monday to hear more about the impact GOTR is making in the Lancaster and Lebanon counties and how you can get involved as a volunteer, coach, or supporter.
Episode 78 - Have You Been Sleeping Wrong?
In this episode, Ben and Jeff will be sharing their upcoming Sleep Elevated Seminar hosted by Gardner’s Mattress & More. This is a fun, interactive, and informative presentation focused on helping you improve your sleep.
During this FREE seminar, you will hear some of their best tips and tricks for getting a good night's rest, including advice on choosing the right mattress, creating a sleep-friendly environment, and developing healthy sleep habits.
Learn more about our Sleep Elevated Seminars here.
Episode 77 - A (Clean) Window to Lancaster
Austin Hartman is from Columbia, PA and helps run and operate a family business with his mother, father and brother. Austin graduated from Lock Haven University with a marketing degree in 2019.
By 2020, due to the pandemic, Austin joined forces with his father to help and was the best decision Austin could have ever made. Austin loves what he does and is thrilled to be a part of achieving his parents dream of running a successful business. Outside of work, Austin lives a simple life by hanging with friends and workouts daily.
Austin and his family are active in helping the Columbia community they live in.
Episode 76 - A Festivus for the Rest of Lancaster
Mark your calendars and tune in on Monday for a festive and entertaining episode where Ben & Jeff will focus on these three areas:
Feats of (Giving) Strength: They will revisit some of their past guests to hear about the most impressive feats of generosity they've contributed or made an impact in the community.
Airing of Gratitude: They will share some of the people they are most thankful for at Gardner's Mattress. From their loyal customers to their hardworking employees, celebrating the people who make their business thrive.
Mattress Grievances: Buying a new mattress can be a daunting task, and throughout the process, there are bound to be some issues that arise. In this segment, Ben & Jeff will discuss some of the common issues customers have when shopping for a mattress, and offering some tips and advice on how to navigate these challenges.
Episode 75 - Family, Fun and Fitness in Lancaster
Universal Athletic Club is annually voted the #1 fitness center in Lancaster County. Serving the community since 1994, Universal guarantees the success of every member. In a world that is constantly working against fitness success, Universal provides all of the tools to finally become fit for life.
Episode 74 - Lancaster's Community Hub
Playing at fan-friendly Clipper Magazine Stadium, located just north of downtown Lancaster, the Barnstormers have brought enjoyment to over four million patrons since that memorable first-ever game on May 11, 2005. During that time, the club has produced two championships, winning Lancaster’s first professional baseball title in more than half a century in 2006. The ‘Stormers repeated the feat in 2014.
In addition to their successes in the standings, the Barnstormers have sent a number of players either back to the Major Leagues or to “The Show” for the first time. Among the players who have gone from Prince Street to the big leagues are former first round pick Jerome Williams, who later took the mound for the Phillies, local product Matt Watson and current Boston Red Sox right-hander Marcus Walden.
Clipper Magazine Stadium has become a venue that is utilized for far more than baseball. It has become a party venue, an expo center, a concert hall, a Christmas village, and much more.
Upcoming Christmas Events at the stadium: https://www.lancasterbarnstormers.com/events-2022/
Community Events: https://www.lancasterbarnstormers.com/community/
Episode 73 - The Annual Lancaster Santa Stumble
Pete Ruggieri started the Lancaster Santa Stumble over a decade ago. Year one was just a handful of friends. Each year the stumble grew in number and donations to charity increased as well. Over the years the Stumble has raised over 250K for charity and has also given downtown businesses and restaurant employees a well needed financial boost.
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Episode 72 - Serving the ELANCO Community
CrossNet Ministries exists to offer help and hope in the name of Jesus by empowering people in Easter Lancaster County. They seek to build resources and build relationships with those they serve. CrossNet Ministries offer programs in the areas of Youth, Social Services, Food & Nutrition and Community. Programs include housing, after school programs, mentor program, transportation, educational programs, food pantry and food programs and much more!
Episode 71 - Help the Fight
Help The Fight is a non-profit organization that provides supportive funding for those diagnosed with breast cancer. They call this gap funding, which helps patients with bills such as personal/household bills, medical treatment bills, daycare, insurance payments and much more. Help The Fight prides itself on helping the people. Financial assistance is also available for those needing the necessary screening process for early detection, as early detection is the key to the survival of breast cancer.
Help The Fight is a 501(c)3 organization, EIN#27-0729960
Episode 70 - Lancaster Gives Back
Tune in on Monday as Mark Pontz from Fine Living Lancaster magazine shares how we can support and give back to local charities and nonprofits in the community.
Born and raised in Lancaster County, Mark Pontz’s love of the city’s unique food, music, art, and culture led him to create Fine Living Lancaster magazine. For 15 years, he has served as the publisher of this quarterly magazine.
Mark enjoys many professional titles. Mortgage loan officer, photographer, publisher, musician... and he approached them all with a fierce passion and an energy that remains undiminished by any factors.
Episode 69 - Lancaster's House for Fitness
Tread House is an hour long workout combining cardio and strength training targeting specific muscle groups to maximize results and prevent overtraining. With encouraging certified trainers, high-energy music, and the nations #1 treadmills, Tread House guarantees an experience like no other.
The company pillars are the experience, the coaches and the community. Tread House offers the best in-studio experience with their coaches, music and atmosphere. The coaches are all highly qualified and experienced to provide an amazing workout. The community is two-fold: within the studio walls where they have a great community of people who share a common goal of creating a healthy lifestyle and being part of an uplifting group. The second part of the community pillar is their impact on the Lancaster community through raising and donating to local nonprofits as well as providing "community days"each month to allow anyone to come in for free.
Episode 68 - Home for the Underdogs!
Acorn Acres Wildlife Rehabilitation, located in Millersville is the only facility in Lancaster County that specializes in the rehabilitation of squirrels, cottontails, and juvenile groundhogs.
They offer the little guys, the underdogs, a second chance. They also provide fun, exciting educational programs to groups and schools. Acorn Acres brings the wildlife experience to you! Their ambassador animals are Poppy the Groundhog, Snags the Squirrel, and Elliott the Groundhog. They provide their human neighbors in Lancaster County and surrounding areas with a free resource for these species.
To their patients, they offer a proper environment (clean, quiet, and predator free) to grow, thrive, and recover with species specific optimal nutrition as well as veterinary care. To their human neighbors and wild patients, Acorn Acres commits to maintain and further their education as they strive to implement the latest technologies and practices.
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow!
Episode 67 - Rich Stories of Railroads
Patrick C. Morrison trained in college to become a social studies teacher but found his true calling working in museums. He has currently spent more than 26 years at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, where he has developed interactive tours, exhibits, workshops, the summer day camp, community outreach, sensory hours and on-site virtual programming. He also has instructed school-age children and adults, worked with volunteers, expanded the railroading merit badge program and lent his considerable expertise to visitor services and interpretation.
Pat was the 2016 recipient of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s Link & Pin Award, which is conferred on an employee in recognition of long-standing, dedicated and exceptional service. A native of Alexandria, Pennsylvania, Pat and his wife Andrea Girard Morrison reside in Landisville, Pennsylvania with their children Trevor and Julia.
Episode 66 - Bringing Magic to Families!
Making Magical Vacations Travel is local in the Lancaster County Area. She is a Manheim native and Class of "88 Graduate of Manheim Central, with clients spanning the globe from Dutch Harbor, Alaska to Puerto Rico. Monica Forte, owner, has been in the travel industry for 33 years with being directly contracted and awarded designations with MAJOR travel suppliers. Monica and her 25 MAGICAL Specialists Maximizes Your Time - Saves You Money and Ensures You and Your Family Will Get The MOST Out of Your Vacation Needs.
Monica, has been asked by many WISH granting organizations to assist and plan Magical Vacations for those who have had terminal illnesses, who are retired, wounded vets that have served our country and families who are currently serving. It's such an honor for them to create magical vacations for all families. It's a tall order they receive from families to have confidence in them and to have her take over their vacations. When they become frustrated and confused, that's when Monica's services are called in. Monica knows first hand the magic any vacation can bring. The only question she'll ask you is "Where Will Your Dreams Take You?"
Episode 65 - Celebrating 32 years!
Join us as we celebrate Gardner’s Mattress & More 32 year anniversary! We will kick off our anniversary event for the month of October and share some of our highlighted moments from our past shows.
Episode 64 - Special Mystery Guest
Join us next week to find out who the special mystery guest is! 🤔 This person has made such a significant impact on the community and we’re looking forward to the conversations and the legacy they left behind. You won’t want to miss this episode!
Episode 63 - On the Rise: Women in Business
Paragon Behavioral Health Services started in December of 2017 as a small, women-owned behavioral health company with co-owners, Kryn McClain and Paulina Colonna as the sole providers. Paragon is defined as a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality. If one thing was clear when they discussed how they named their business, it was that they were striving to build something that would be a model of excellence, so “Paragon” fit perfectly. Since 2017, they have grown from 2 employees to 76, from 1 service modality to 5, and from $400k gross revenue to a projection of $3 million annually in just under five years.
Today, Paragon offers a range of mental health services: traditional outpatient therapy, autism diagnostic evaluations, immigration evaluations, and autism individual and group community services. Where they really shine is in their philosophy of caring for the caregiver. Too often, caregivers found themselves working in the drudges of healthcare where the providers are overworked, burned out, and underappreciated. Having both grown up in rural towns has made Kryn and Paulina acutely aware of the shortfalls of mental health services, access to care, and the limitations that bind decision-making for many organizations. Paragon takes their people-first philosophy into the core of the company because they believe if you take care of your people in healthcare, they can all work together in reaching their mission.
- Website: https://www.paragonbhs.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paragonbhs
Episode 62 - A Focus on Fitness
Chris Russell is the Founder and CEO of Fitness 4 Focus. After college Chris returned to Central Pennsylvania where he began to work for a local agency as a Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) from 2003-2012. His primary role as a TSS was to provide intervention strategies in order to assist students in developing daily living, social and cultural skills.
In 2005, while playing catch during recess with a client named Tommy, Chris took notice that Tommy had deficits in areas that many take for granted. Due to Chris' background in physical education and athletics, he immediately began to help Tommy improve in the areas of physical endurance, strength and coordination. At that moment, an idea was born. Chris began to envision a place where individuals with intellectual and developmental delays like Tommy could participate in meaningful physical activity. A place where given the right kind of training they could become physically and mentally stronger, gain more independence, and as a result become happier and healthier. Chris’s new found passion combined with his knowledge and experience led to the creation and now continued success of Fitness 4 Focus.
- Website: https://www.fitness4focus.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fitness4Focus
Episode 61 - A Voice for the Voiceless
Melody Sanders is the CEO & President of the Board for The Pet Pantry which was founded on three core services – to fix, feed, and rescue animals in need.
Lindsay High is the Development Director for Pet Pantry of Lancaster County. Through this role she is able to build lasting connections within the community in order to influence measurable and positive change in the lives of homeless, neglected, and abused animals who are receiving lifesaving care through the organization.
The Pet Pantry was founded on three core services – to fix, feed, and rescue animals in need. Each year the Pet Pantry helps place over 500 animals in need of love and care into homes that share Mel’s core philosophy.
- Website: https://petpantrylc.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PetPantryofLancaster/
Episode 60 - Learn About Therapeutic Equine-Assisted Activities
Jenn Rummel is the Executive Director of Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center. She has her Master’s in Public Administration from Capella University and has been helping nonprofits raise money since 2008.
Steph Fleck is the Program Director for Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center. She has dual degrees in Equine and Equestrian Studies and Equine Facilitated Therapeutics from Wilson College. She is an accomplished therapeutic equine instructor with certifications from both the Council for Education and Certification in Therapeutic Horsemanship and PATH International.
Greystone Manor TRC, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been providing quality equine-assisted activities to children and adults with special needs in Lancaster, PA, since 1981. Every year their program and number of participants grow. They started with only seven riders and now more than 50 riders participate in lessons each week.
- Website: https://greystonemanortrc.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greystonemanorTRC
Episode 59 - Helping Our Most Vulnerable Children Succeed
The Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development serves more than 4,000 children every year. They provide outpatient and in-home pediatric therapy services including occupational, physical, and speech-language therapy for children from birth to age 21, and in 2020 they added behavioral health services. Over their 85-year history, doctors across central Pennsylvania have referred thousands of children to their facility for life-changing services.
Schreiber cannot provide these services without the help of the community. It is their mission to provide excellent care to every child who needs them, regardless of their family's ability to pay. With low reimbursement rates from Medicaid which covers almost 95% of the client population, it is up to Schreiber to raise $1.6 million annually through philanthropy to make up the budget shortfall.
- Website: https://www.schreiberpediatric.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schreiberpediatric/
Episode 58 - Fighting Homelessness in Lancaster
Tim Keller, C.E.O of H.K. Keller and Donna Giovingo, realtor for Berkshire Hathaway HS Homesale Reality will share an upcoming benefit event that is put together by the LCAR (Lancaster County Associations of Realtors) on September 20th, 2022. This will be its 34th Annual Event.
The event is to support the Transitional Living Center, a project of TenFold in Lancaster. With 80 years of collective expertise, TenFold will continue to serve as a trusted community partner offering a broader continuum of services to address homelessness to affordable rental housing to homeownership, and the creation of new housing units through Tenfold Community Lending.
Tenfold Website: https://wearetenfold.org/tlc/
LCAR Website: https://www.lcaronline.com/
Episode 57 - Lessons with The Money Girl
Lancaster Homegirl, Christina Diehl, Realtor and experienced Real Estate Investor, is passionate about helping young women get their financial lives started off on the right foot. When the pandemic began in 2020, Christina, like many Realtors, found her business sidelined. Unable to go out on showings or complete transactions, she was more grateful than ever for the passive income stream she had built up over the years.
“For many years, I kept my goals and successes to myself for fear of making people uncomfortable . . . after all, we aren’t supposed to talk about money, right? But when I started sharing my experiences with others, so many people said to me, ‘I wish I had known what you knew about money earlier.’”
Christina’s knowledge was passed down to her from her father, but many parents don’t know where to begin when talking to their children about finances.
“It is my dream and my mission to help other young women achieve the financial freedom I now enjoy.” While Christina never envisioned herself as an author, this subject matter was just too important for her to ignore.
Episode 56 - Discovering Lancaster
Edward Harris has served as President & CEO of Discover Lancaster – the county’s official destination marketing organization – since June 2020.
Ed came to Lancaster from the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB), where he had led their creative team since 2014 as Chief Marketing Officer.
Prior to joining VFTCB, he held brand management roles at the Converse line of Nike, eBay, Under Armour, and Timberland. He is often a guest presenter at industry conferences, and was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list in 2017.
Harris earned a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University and obtained his MBA from Boston College.
Episode 55 - A Midsummer Night...Tent Sale
Are you looking to upgrade your mattress? Or to find something new for yourself? Now is your chance to save big and get on these deals!
💥Join Ben & Jeff as they share about their tent sale event happening now until Monday, July 4th. 💥
Stop by Gardner’s Mattress & More to shop for amazing deals that are up to 50% off! This includes:
✅ Luxury Mattresses at Discount Prices - kings and queens and fulls
✅ Twin, full, queen and king size mattresses in a box, in stock for easy pick up
✅ Floor model savings on hybrids
✅ Floor model savings on bed bases
✅ Floor model savings on Number Beds
✅ Hybrids of all types and sizes
✅ Headboards & platform beds
Or if you want to shop our typical offerings…
✅ Double Dealzzz Savings on mattresses and items not on sale in the tent!!!
Gardner’s Mattress & More
830 Plaza Blvd - Behind Park City Mall Lancaster, PA 17601 www.GardnersMattressAndMore.com
Episode 54 - Type 1 for No One
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their strength lies in their exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.
JDRF works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people—and to prevent anyone else from ever knowing it—by funding research; advocating for government support of research and new therapies; ensuring new therapies come to market and are recommended by healthcare providers; and connecting, engaging, and educating the T1D community.
Connect with JDRF:
- Website: https://www.jdrf.org/westcentralpa/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JDRFCentralPA
Episode 53 - Investing in Lancaster
Ross Stockdale is a Lancaster county native and graduate of Warwick High School and Elizabethtown College. Ross has spent the last decade in the digital marketing industry and since 2019 has transitioned into the private equity industry.
Ross is a co-founder of Perpetual Equity Group, a Lancaster based private equity firm seeking to preserve, enrich and grow their investors, assets, and community.
Ross is the host of The PMG Pod podcast and co-founder of Perpetual Marketing Group. In his spare time, Ross enjoys preparing for fatherhood, golf, fitness, and giving back to the community through service at the Lititz Young Men's Business League.
Connect with Ross:
- Website: https://perpetualequitygroup.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ross.stockdale/
Episode 52 - Empowering Elizabethtown
ECHOS purpose is to empower families and individuals experiencing housing instability and insufficient income in the Northwest Region of Lancaster County. Their mission is to mobilize communities to provide services that prevent and alleviate poverty and empower stability in our neighbors.
Brie started her leadership at ECHOS as the Executive Director in March 2021. She began her professional experience in direct service but transitioned to macro-focused work as a medical advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and as an executive director of a non-profit senior community center.
Connect with ECHOS:
- Website: https://echoslancaster.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ECHOSLancaster/
Episode 51 - Helping Lancaster Wake Up Happy
Join Ben and Jeff as they share updates about their recent Gardner’s Give Back initiative, their 7 Step Promise, and their upcoming Memorial Day Savings Event! They’ll also discuss the Lancaster Newspaper Readers Choice Award voting where they’re going for a 13th straight win for “Favorite Mattress Store” category.
Ben and Jeff were also featured on WGAL News where they discuss why it’s important to choose the right mattress for a better sleep.
Episode 50 - Connecting Through Crisis
In this episode, we will be joining with Dawn Tluczek who is the Donor & Church Liaison & Event Manager for Bethany Christian Services, along with Charlotte Guerin who is the Refugee Resettlement Site Supervisor. This will focus on the Ukraine crisis as they discuss how Bethany will provide support for refugees and their needs.
Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit that supports children and families with world-class social services, all designed to help families thrive. For more than 75 years, their faith has inspired them to stand for children close to home and around the world.
Connect with Bethany Christian Services:
- Website: https://bethany.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bethanyfans
Episode 49 - The Gift of Strength and Hope
At A Week Away, the foundation coordinates and finance respite weeks for families who are battling a life-threatening illness, with the goal of providing them the hope they need to continue their fight.
“When you get away, you get to feel normal.” — Caleb Walker, Founder
Caleb was Lynn Walker’s son. He passed away in December of 2014 knowing that he had successfully established his foundation with the help of very loyal & committed friends and his family. Lynn is so thankful for all of the support they have and is committed to helping to grow AWA’s impact in helping families and keeping Caleb’s legacy going onward.
Joe and a few others were responsible for launching The A Week Away foundation along with Caleb and he is a huge factor in the growth that the foundation has experienced in their first 5 years. After taking a two year break, he is back again as President of their Board of Directors and brings his passion for the mission with him.
Connect with A Week Away:
- Website: https://www.aweekaway.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aweekawayfoundation
Episode 48 - Lancaster County In Focus
Jon, Chad, and Ralph, best friends since high school, started ModernEYES Optical 15 years ago as a kiosk at Park City Mall selling stylish eyewear. They grew the business in many creative ways including allowing their customers to host home eyewear parties, partnering with local school districts to increase business and being able to help kids in need of eye exams and glasses but can't afford them, and partnering with local non-profits for fundraiser events.
8 years ago, ModernEYES opened their new eyewear boutique location at Chelsea Square on Manheim Pike. It is a relaxed and fun environment! They have helped over 800 local children in need with eye exams and glasses at no charge and have raised over $150,000 for local non-profits. They pride themselves on having the best selection of stylish eyewear and sunglasses in the Central PA area. They also offer quality eye exams and contact lenses.
Connect with ModernEYES:
- Website: https://www.meoptical.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ModernEyesOptical
Episode 47 - Music Empowers Dreams
Diana Vuolo is the Founder/Executive Director of SWAN4kids. She received a full-tuition scholarship to study violin with world-renowned teacher Dorothy DeLay at The Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (PCPA). She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance and was a masterclass performer for Miss DeLay at PCPA and the Aspen Music Festival.
Her performance career began with a chamber music concert in Carnegie Hall, NY, and as co-concertmaster for the International Lyric Festival Opera Orchestra, Barga, Italy. Diana was a member of the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Philly Pops Orchestra, Canton Symphony. She served as a substitute for the Saint Louis Symphony under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. In addition to performing, Diana has taught violin, music theory, and ensemble classes over the past 45 years and served as an adjunct violin professor at Lancaster Bible College. Volante, one of her high school student groups, was featured on CBS, “The Early Show.” Her SWAN students have been featured on national and local television and radio broadcasts.
Mission: To be dedicated advocates for children affected by parental incarceration by providing life-changing intervention through music and mentoring. SWAN provides free music lessons, ensemble training, and performance opportunities as an after-school program within the School Districts of Lancaster, Red Lion, and Lancaster's Youth Intervention Center.
Connect with Diane:
- Website: https://swan4kids.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SWAN4kids/
Episode 46 - From Success to Significance
You won’t want to miss this very special episode of Lancaster Connects. Join Ben & Jeff as they discuss how Gardner’s Mattress & More will be giving everyone an opportunity to make more of an impact to the Lancaster Community. This includes the new roll out of their Gardner’s Gives back initiative: Round Up, Help Out. A great way for both you and Gardner’s Mattress & More can work together, choose to make a difference, and move from success to significance in the Lancaster Community. Together, we can create a better Lancaster County.
Connect with Gardner's:
Episode 45 - Serve, Listen & Lead
Steve is the owner/Chief People Builder of the Goble Group, a talent and leadership development organization serving businesses, non-profits, and teams in Central PA and surrounding areas. He is passionate about helping people grow and solve problems. As an author, a Founding Partner of the Maxwell Leadership Certified Team, a Certified Coach, and a Certified Human Behavior Consultant, Steve was a 2017 ’40 Under 40’ recipient from the Central Penn Business Journal. Steve is also the co-host of the ‘A Dram of Leadership’ podcast, sharing leadership principles and action steps to improve yourself/team from leading business books.
Steve currently resides in Lancaster County, PA with his family, where he enjoys petting other people’s dogs and a good pint of IPA or dram of whiskey. No, he and his family are not Amish.
Connect with Steve:
- Website: https://www.thegoblegroup.com/
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gobles/
Episode 44 - Restoring Lancaster County
In 2014, Kapp and Linda Brown took a big step to follow their dream. They entered in to the world of entrepreneurship. Kapp’s desire to serve others and continue learning and growing led him to partner with The Master’s Touch (Glendale Arizona). TMT was one of the largest non-franchise training companies in the world. They personally set up over 1500 people in business for themselves all over the world.
In the past 7 years, Newly Restored has branched out from cleaning tile and grout to carpets, upholstery, power washing, concrete cleaning, duct cleaning, and disinfecting services. As new technologies emerge, Kapp and Linda are anxious to be on the front line – bringing the very best to the customers they serve!
Connect with Kapp:
- Website: https://newlyrestored.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Newlyrestoredhscr/
Episode 43 - Learning to Lead
Dr. Keith Floyd is the founder and President of iNVISION Group Leadership Services Group. Founded in 2013, iNVISION Group LSG LLC is a full-service leadership development consultancy focused on the areas of coaching, training, planning, and analytics and services clients both regionally and nationally. Dr. Floyd and iNVISION Group works largely in the professional services space (attorneys, accountants, engineers, and those in the financial industry), but also assists clients (and their teams) in a multitude of other industries..
Connect with Dr. Keith:
Episode 42 - Two Dudes Discuss Lancaster
From residential and commercial painting projects to the most elaborate, beautiful murals, Two Dudes is committed to taking the time and care needed to ensure each customer achieves their vision. They aim to inspire and enhance the lives of their employees, clients, and their community. This commitment to excellence has shaped and molded the company into a business that significantly values what they do and how they do it.
Connect with Tony and Two Dudes:
- Website: https://twodudes.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twodudespaintingcompany
Episode 41 - Kisses for EB
Kisses For EB is a non-profit created in 2017 after Kiba was born in 2015. EB is short for epidermolysis bullosa: a very rare genetic disorder that affects about 200 births yearly worldwide. EB individuals are missing the protein in their skin layers to keep their layers together. any sort of friction can cause blisters and wounds, there is no known cure and only pain management and wound care, EB individuals are more apt to get infections.
Kisses For EB was created to bring awareness to the community and to bring assistance to the individuals and families that live with the most horrible disease you have never heard of.
Connect with Dana, Ashley & Kisses for EB:
Episode 40 - The Finer Things in Lancaster
Mark Pontz has spent nearly three decades helping folks finance their dream homes. As a senior loan officer at loanDepot, he has earned the honor of Chairman’s Elite for each full year that he’s been with the company.
Born and raised in Lancaster County, his love of the city’s unique food, music, art, and culture led him to create Fine Living Lancaster magazine. For 15 years, he has served as the publisher of this quarterly magazine.
In recent years, Mark has channeled his passion for the arts into a study of photography. In his work at Mark Pontz Photography, he feels that the best photograph is one that lets the true personality of a person (or product, dish, or drink...) shine through. In his spare time, he plays bass in the folk-rock band Bailey Run.
Connect with Mark Pontz:
Fine Living Lancaster: https://fllmag.com/
Episode 39 - Using the Gokhale Method To Improve Your Sleep & Reduce Your Pain
As a nationally award-winning Licensed Massage Therapist, Rachel Benbow’s understanding of anatomy and physiology enable her to clearly instruct her Gokhale Method students with an understanding of how their muscles and bones work to realign their posture.
As a CranioSacral Therapist, Rachel also recognizes that our minds and our bodies are not separate, but are actually a unified whole. She understands that by addressing the body with the Gokhale Method, we are likewise addressing our minds.
After obtaining better posture, regaining range of motion, and reducing or eliminating pain, many people using the Gokhale Method find that they approach life with greater confidence and ease.
Connect with Rachel Benbow:
Episode 38 - It Takes a Village!
Lancaster Downtowners is a village-model non-profit that connects people who have chosen to age-in-community in the City of Lancaster. Founded in 2008, the organization provides social, educational & wellness programs; volunteer support for day-to-day tasks; and information and recommendations when other resources are required. A member of the national Village to Village Network, the Lancaster Downtowners is made up of over 200 seniors who value a vibrant, interdependent, and multigenerational community.
Melissa Ressler has been the Executive Director of Lancaster Downtowners since 2018. She has a Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Gerontology, with previous positions held at the Occupational Development Center and Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. She serves as leadership for Age-Friendly Lancaster City, and has presented locally and nationally about collaborative partnerships, villages, and intergenerational volunteer engagement.
Connect with Lancaster Downtowners:
Episode 37 - A Renewed Focus on Northern Lancaster County
Casey Ellis recently joined Ephrata Area Social Services as the new Executive Director. Even though she is fresh in her position, she is excited to share the mission of EASS with the community. She has been overwhelmed and humbled by the staff, volunteers, and community that rallies around EASS and the clients served. She has learned quickly it really is about neighbors helping neighbors.
Connect with Ephrata Area Social Services:
Episode 36 - Recreation For All - Bringing Joy To Our Community!
The Lancaster Recreation Commission (Lancaster Rec) is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency formed by a partnership agreement between the City of Lancaster, School District of Lancaster and Lancaster Township. Our administrative offices are located at the Lancaster Recreation Center.
Operating since 1909, we provide neighborhood-based recreation and learning opportunities for all ages – with an emphasis on affordable programs for children – at schools, parks, playgrounds, and other indoor and outdoor facilities. Programs include youth and adult instructional sports programs and leagues, senior centers, fitness and wellness classes, summer playgrounds and day camps, full-day child care for infants through age 5, club activities, before and after school care, preschool education and seasonal family events.
Our most important functions are the intangible ones – family interaction, the friends we make, memories of playing on the playground, being part of a team or learning to swim. Our recreation services bring people together and make our community stronger.
Heather Dighe has been a part of the Lancaster Recreation Commission for nearly 6 years and has served as the Executive Director for 4 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Marketing and a Master's Degree in Adult Education and Training. Heather enjoys her role and the opportunity to bring joy and recreation to the people in her community.
Connect with Lancaster Rec:
- Website: https://www.lancasterrec.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LancasterRec
Episode 35 - Real Results for Real People!
Rod Redcay is the Executive Director of Real Life Community Services. which began in 2010 as an outreach service project. Later, in 2015, they changed their name to REAL Life Community Services to better represent the resources they provide to the Cocalico region.
REAL's mission is to do everything possible to connect the community to hope through partnerships, collaborations, and building relationships.
Their vision is empowering people in the name of Christ to have hope and purpose in life by meeting basic human needs.
Connect with Real Life Community Services:
- Website: https://www.reallcs.org/
Episode 34 - Delivering Amazing & Joyful Fun, For Non-Typical People
We're joined by Risa Paskoff and Kate Mullen of Aaron's Acres, which seeks to provide all children and young adults with disabilities opportunities to participate in the most innovative and unique social and recreational programs in an atmosphere of acceptance that embraces the child and family.
They provide individuals with disabilities ages 5-21 year-round therapeutically based age-appropriate recreational programs directed by specially trained and certified staff in a supportive environment that enhances socialization and communication skills. Emotional, educational, and recreational support is offered for the entire family.
Connect with Aaron's Acres:
- Website: https://aaronsacres.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aaronsacresorg
Episode 33 - A Hand Up for Lancaster's Vulnerable
We're happy to have Anne Williams & Sarita Rivera of Lancaster CIty Alliance on the show!
Lancaster City Alliance is a non-profit that promotes City growth and stability so that Lancaster City flourishes and everyone shares in its success. They are here to listen, collaborate, and connect organizations so the City succeeds.
Connect with Lancaster City Alliance:
- Website: http://lancastercityalliance.org/
Episode 32 - Changing Lives One Meal at a Time
Brad Peterson is the Executive Director of Power Packs Project, a non-profit 501(c)(3) that aims to improve the mental and physical health of children by helping their parents provide nutritious meals over weekends when school breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable to them.
PPP is in 45 schools in 13 school districts in Lancaster and 3 school districts in Lebanon. They have over 500 volunteers and serve over 1600 families.The many volunteers at the warehouse and distribution points give their time each week to ensure that the participating parents have the groceries and the tools to provide complete meals to their families over the weekends. It’s nothing short of inspirational! And the feedback from families that they are now sitting down to have complete and nutritious meals over the weekends is gratifying to the project volunteers.
Connect with Power Packs Project:
- Website: https://www.powerpacksproject.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/powerpacksproject
Episode 31 - A Place to Call Home
Lena Hohenadel is with Off the Streets, which helps families and individuals in Lancaster, PA get “off the streets” and into permanent housing. They fill critical missing pieces to transition those who are homeless into housing. They also work with local service agencies to identify those who need help and then they provide:
- Security deposit sent directly to the landlord
- Basic furnishings and household items
Connect with Off The Streets:
Episode 30 - Lancaster Gives Hope
Jenn Knepper is the organizer of the Lancaster Gifts That Give Hope Alternative Gift Fair which is taking place:
- Sunday December 12 from 10am-3pm
- Farm & Home Center
- 1383 Arcadia Road
- LANCASTER, PA 17601
At this amazing event you can purchase meaning-filled gifts for everyone on your shopping list!! This Gift Fair features alternative gifts, fair trade, social enterprise, food trucks and more. There's something for everyone and the atmosphere provides a festive and laid back setting to find meaning-filled gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
Connect with Jenn:
Episode 29 - The Shirt Off Your Back!
Based in Lancaster PA, but delivering worldwide, BigPlanetApparel has been owned and operated by Christian Newcomer since its inception in 2009.
While they are proud to be local to Lancaster, PA and primarily serve businesses and organizations in Lancaster County with their custom t-shirts needs, they also work with many people on the other side of the country or even the other side of the globe.
Today, Chris continues to do high-quality screen printing jobs for organizations and businesses, mostly in the Lancaster PA area. His vision for the future remains rooted in the idea to stay local while maintaining a global awareness.
Connect with Chris:
Episode 28 - The Secrets of Lancaster, REVEALED!
Mary Sue Wolf is a Realtor with Wolf and Webb Real Estate in Lancaster. She's raised her family in Lancaster, PA for the past 30 years, enjoys staying active in the community and exploring new adventures in the area.
Mary Sue also heads up Lancaster Local Secrets (https://lancasterlocalsecrets.com) the official blog where she shares her 'secrets' with you about the most enjoyable things in Lancaster and is dedicated to Lancaster local businesses and the memories they create for families every day! Connect with Mary Sue:
Episode 27 - Walking and Talking Lancaster
John Erisman is of Stratix Systems in Lancaster - a Family-Owned company who finds a way to communicate clear solutions to teach, plan, coordinate, and execute ways to save your business time and money with your IT and copier needs.
Join us as we take a virtual walk with John on Lancaster Connects!
Episode 26 - Preserving the Past for Tomorrow
We are honored to be joined LIVE by Parke Oehme of War Horse Garage and Dom "Slice" Teich of Peak Performers on our special Veteran's Day Episode of Lancaster Connects.
Parke, Oehme Bros. & War Horse Garage specialize in the restoration and preservation of WWII vehicles and armor based in Litiz, PA - "The Coolest Small Town in America." They have some amazing projects they are working on that we are thrilled to show and talk about.
Dominic "Slice" Teich, is a decorated F-16 instructor pilot in the U.S. Air Force. His service to our country includes 69 combat missions and 2 deployments to Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.
For the past 16 months Dom has built a business to serve others: Peak Performers.
"Single Seat Wisdom" is the first of a series of books which highlights the stories and wisdom from America’s fighter pilots. The goal of this book is two-fold:
1- To guide and inspire the next generation of American fighter pilots.
2- To raise $100,000 for the Anna Schindler Foundation and all the children in the world that are riddled with cancerous malignancies (all book profits are being donated to this important cause).
Their main goal is to drive as many Kindle or print book sales as possible just after Veterans Day (November 11, 2021).
Episode 25 - Iron Sharpens Iron
Justin and Men Of Iron are celebrating 15 years of impact through mentorship this year - sharing stories of men committed to know God and their purpose. And the ripple effects across marriages, families and communities has been nothing short of AMAZING!
Justin will be sharing his story, plus talking about the huge upcoming Iron Sharpens Iron Dinner on April 19 featuring Coach Tony Dungy!
Episode 24 - Main Street vs. The Mall
The special guest this week is Mark Allan Maurer, II of Vanscoy, Mauer & Bash Diamond Jewelers in Lancaster. This episode provides great insight of the day-to-day battle that businesses of varying size have vs the behemoths on Main Street. We will be LIVE! so please join the discussion.
Mark Mauer started the store back in 1981, so this is his 40th year and it is Mark Allan’s 27th year. When they bought Bash Jewelers in 2004, they assumed their legacy which goes back to 1956.
They are the only David Yurman dealer between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and also the only Rolex Jeweler between Philadelphia and Camp Hill. They've also been importing diamonds directly from the Fischler Diamond Co. of Antwerp, Belgium for 37 of the 40 years they've been in business. They truly import in a way that no other jeweler does in the great Central Pennsylvania area.
The Maurer Star Diamond is very special and every Maurer Star is hand selected by either Mark Allan or Mark Mauer and put through the rigorous standards of the American Gem Society. There are very few AGS stores in the area and they are proud to be a member of the American Gem Society (AGS) as they are an organization has high standards for ethics and education.
Episode 23 - Freedom Is Never Free
We're honored to have Jeffrey Butch of the Red Rose Chapter of Disabled American Veterans as our special guest. Jeffrey will discuss the core values and mission of DAV, as well as how we can all work together to give back to those that have so graciously served our great country. In addition, Jeffrey will discuss an upcoming Veteran's Luncheon
DAV Luncheon (1st Tuesday of every month):
- 11/2, 11:30a - 4:00p
- Lancaster Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road Lancaster, PA
- For all honorably discharged veterans, spouse/guests are welcome
- Buffet lunch by Hess BBQ Catering
- Guest Speaker
- Door prizes
- Chinese Auction, 50/50 Drawing
- Info and display tables from various organizations
- Register - https://www.DAVREDROSECHAPTER80.org
- Register by 10/27
- $20 cash or check at the door
Connect with Jeffrey: [email protected] http://davredrosechapter80.org/ https://www.dav.org
Episode 22 - A very special episode as we celebrate YOU! We will be joined by many of our great customers live from here in Lancaster and discussing their favorite charities they support. We also are discussing our 31st Anniversary event and Double DealZZZ - as well as anniversary contests and prizes!
Episode 21 - Our guest today is Andrew D. Woolley, CFP® is a part of Personal Wealth Advisory, LLC in Lancaster. What excites Andrew is the personal aspect of the business. With so many technical factors to consider, it is easy for financial planners to forget about the very real relationship they are trusted to maintain. Going to work every day where he gets to spend his time helping clients achieve what matters most to them is a privilege that should never be taken for granted.
Episode 20 - Our guest is Justin Lehman of Interiors Home. Small, family business is very important to Justin as an individual and to Interiors as a company. They believe that small business is an important part of the foundation of the Lancaster community, and they love to connect with and support other small businesses!
Episode 19 - Today we're joined by Debbie Mays and Takisha Stokes with Mary Kay. As a Mary Kay Independent Sales Director, Debbie Mays teaches skin care, sells skin care products, body care products & fragrances. In addition, Debbie helps other women who are interested in starting their own Mary Kay businesses.
Episode 18 - Today we're joined by Dawn Tluczek who is the Donor and Church Liaison for Bethany Christian Services . Bethany believes every child deserves to be safe, loved, and connected. For more than 75 years, their faith has inspired them to stand for children close to home and around the world. Together, we can change the world through family.
Episode 17 - This week we were pleased to have Jessica Meyer from White Chimneys a 300-year-old historical homestead and events venue on the show. We discussed the history of her property, the second oldest building in Lancaster county.
Bonus Video! Ben and Jeff discuss an interesting history nugget with Adam Zurn of Uncharted Lancaster.
Episode 16 - This week we were pleased to have Aaron Spangler from The Lancaster County Community Foundation. We discussed at length their new initiative Lancaster Snapshot. Lancaster Snapshot seeks to build an interactive personal road map of all things Lancaster that each of us holds dear.
Episode 15 - On Episode 15 of Lancaster Connects, we’re joined by Jonina Turzi to tell us about the important work done by Lancaster Farm Sanctuary to help rescued farm animals live a happy life. As the co-founder of the Farm Sanctuary, Jonina shares some stories and clips with us that will brighten up your day!
Episode 14 - On Episode 14 of Lancaster Connects, we’re joined by Mike Reynolds, General Manager of the Lancaster Barnstormers. Ben talked to Mike about the Barnstormers’ 2021 summer baseball season, new game rules, the huge role played by the team and Clipper Magazine Stadium in the community – and how you can catch a game for free AND earn $20 for United Way of Lancaster County, PA, just by volunteering as an usher at the stadium.
Episide 13 - Clip Show! - This week, we changed things up a bit and put together a highlight reel of the best from our first 12 episodes. It highlights many of the great guests and non-profits we had on the show, and has a ton of funny moments and bloopers. We also talked to friend of the show Benton Webber about the Lancaster Conservancy Water Week.
Episode 12 - On Episode 12 of Lancaster Connects we we joined by Ann Marie Shaw representing Building Bridges Foundation. An amazing horse therapy farm and ranch here in Lancaster County specializing in stress, anxiety, and PTSD therapy for our Veterans. And also Larry Alexander who you may recognize the name from Lancaster Newspapers. A long-time journalist turned author and history expert. Larry spent time with us discussing Major Richard “Dick” Winters of the 101st Easy Company made famous by the mini-series Band of Brothers.
Episode 11 - On Episode 11 of Lancaster Connects, we took a deep into Lancaster City with Anne Williams from Lancaster City Alliance and Chris Trendler from Decades “bowl-cade.” With the city as our county hub a thriving city makes for a stronger county and we dug into all that makes Lancaster City thrive.
Episode 10 - On Episode 10 of Lancaster Connects, we were joined by Penny Talbert from The Ephrata Public Library. The library is more than just books, in fact we likely spent only a minute or two on books. The resources offered to the community are amazing. We also talked Rob Reed from the Lancaster Science Factory. The science factory focuses on STEM - science, technology, engineering and math in a fun and focused way where kids think they are playing but are really learning and most importantly striking a fire within themselves to discover what they are excited about.
Episode 9 - On Episode 9 of Lancaster Connects, we were joined by Janelle Esbenshade & Alicia Corrado - from North Star Initiative. They help victims of sex trafficking right here in Lancaster County. It’s incredible to me that we have this problem here in our own backyard, even more incredible that an organization like North Star exists. And we're also joined by Mike Simmons - from LoKal Experiences. Pronounced Lou-call, Lokal Experiences is an experience based guided tour company who give craft-brewed highly specialized tours of our county. If your far away travel plans are still on hold maybe a more local staycation is in order which includes a guided tour from Lokal.
Episode 8 - On Episode 8 of Lancaster Connects, we were joined by Lynda Charles from Help The Fight in Mountville an amazing charity born right here in Lancaster out of the need to help those battling breast cancer who face unexpected expenses one might think insurance would cover. And also John Hockley from Weaver Associates. Weaver is a one stop shop for all your printing needs ranging from printers, toner, paper, print projects, signs, direct mail, logo’d apparel, logo’d giveaway items and more. Weaver Associates also gives back to non profits each year, and offers them special discounts too.
Episode 7 - On Episode 7 of Lancaster Connects, we were joined by Howard Hershey -who has served the Lafayette Fire Company here in Lancaster for 52 years! Amazing man, with a giver's heart. Imagine anything continuing for 52 years, and by the way - everyday year in and year out as a volunteer! Thank you Howard! Also on the show was Marisa Seubert from Lancaster EMS. They dispatch thousands upon thousands of rescue calls annually and while recording our show the calls didn’t stop. Certainly a critical part of our community and without direct funding they need our help. And finally, Elizabeth Berthaud who is the administrator of the Ephrata Cloister a local treasure chock full of history they too function as a non profit organization and welcome visitors right now.
Episode 6 - On Episode 6 of Lancaster Connects, we were joined by Michelle & Joe from the Wolf Sanctuary along with Vivian and Violet from the Serenity wolf pack. This is an amazing charity and entertainment venue right in our own backyard. You can visit for tours, even adopt a wolf for the year! Lots to take in, and you get outside for the day, create family memories and unplug from the daily grind. In light of Covid the sanctuary could use your support and as spring is here with summer around the corner a trip to the sanctuary might be just what you need and they would appreciate the support. Be sure to watch the episode to see Vivian and Violet howling for the episode too! Our business guest this week was Holly Lyle from Sierra Pacific Mortgage. We’ve known Holly personally for years now as part of our referral group. She is a true professional and is more than happy to start a conversation today that may, or may not, end up with a mortgage six months, a year, or more from now. She is truly here to serve her client’s needs and answer their questions.
Episode 5 - On Episode 5 of the Lancaster Connects Podcast, we're joined by Audrey Lilley a volunteer board member with Pitties Love Peace, an Elizabethtown based rescue organization. They are 100% volunteer run utilizing their network of foster homes and veterinary offices to help bully breed dogs in need. We had a great discussion about the bully breed and how they can best succeed in new homes. They are always in need of volunteers, foster homes and of course donation. Our business guest this week was Matthew Roda from Roda Marketing. He helps businesses to meet their customers online as they search for their products and services. As we discussed last year we found Matthew had a giving heart when he helped his clients navigate the pandemic by extending added services at no extra charge.
Episode 4 - On Episode 4 of the Lancaster Connects Podcast, we're joined by none other than Local Lancaster Man, Keeper of the Gap Lighthouse, and all-around good guy - Pete Ruggieri. Pete is somewhat of a local celebrity due to his connections into the community with all of his efforts for the Lancaster City Mounted & K-9 Unit. He also works with dog rescues and the Masons. Our business guest this week was Claire Chivington of The Realty One Group. I’ve known Claire personally for 5 years now and have seen firsthand via our weekly referral group meet-ups her passion and dedication to her customers to find the perfect fit in a new home.
Episode 3 - On Episode 3 of the Lancaster Connects Podcast, we're joined by Dave Bleil representing the Hempfield Food Pantry. We had an in-depth discussion on the need this food pantry fills and the stories of how they help our community, no more than ever in the time of COVID. Our business guest this week was Kyle Slaymaker owner and founder of The Slaymaker Method. He served in the Navy for 4 years saw time in the Persian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom and then served 2 years in reserves. Now his company helps other businesses to better define their sales process without resulting in high pressure tactics so their customers have a 5-star experience.
Episode 2 - On Episode 2 of the Lancaster Connects Podcast, we're joined by Marsha Wagner, of the Wagner family from Quarryville - an amazing group of people who have adopted 11 children, most with special needs. Over the years, two children have sadly passed away and as such this family is deeply connected to Make A Wish, having raised about $95,000 to grant wishes to children. Also joining us was Kendra Campbell from Natural Awakenings Lancaster and she publishes a great magazine all about natural, healthy, and organic living, and really the magazine serves to highlight amazing businesses helping you live better. Typically, one would think these businesses exist only in larger cities, but in reality, Lancaster County offers a plethora of options to help you live more naturally and healthier. Also joining us was Gary Griffith from Painting With a Twist. Gary and his wife Sue offer an alternative to the typical entertainment options available to us here in Lancaster. And even in light of COVID precautions they can still offer an incredible experience where you can create amazing paintings and memories together with your friends and families. The best part is that if you have a charity you work with you can host painting parties and a portion of the fee is donated to your cause.
Episode 1 - On Episode 1 of the Lancaster Connects Podcast, we're joined by Chuck Sierk who is a Lancaster-based Realtor and founder of the Rockstar Connect Lancaster business owner group. Also joining us is long-time friend John Erisman from Doceo business solutions and Lena Hohenadel from Off the Streets, a local charity helping get folks off the streets and into housing.