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June 24, 2017: Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.: Work begins on Willow Valley Crossroads; Mick's All American Pub, Morr Outdoors added to lineup


Construction has begun on Willow Valley Crossroads, a mixed-use development with 80,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space along Willow Valley Pike near Long Lane.

The 30-acre tract includes 11 acres that is the former home of Willow Valley Inn & Suites, a hotel, restaurant and bakery that was torn down in 2012.

Mick's All American Pub and Morr Outdoors will join previously announced tenants Fulton Bank, CVS and Turkey Hill Minit Market.

At Willow Valley Crossroads, Mick's All American Pub will occupy a 5,800-square-foot restaurant that will feature 30 bar seats, with inside seating for 150 as well as space for 50 outside.

Owner Mick Owens has his namesake pubs outside Lititz and Mount Joy and along Columbia Avenue in Lancaster Township.

Owens said he plans to close the Columbia Avenue restaurant when the new one is ready, transferring the license to West Lampeter Township.

Construction of the restaurant will begin in early 2018, with completion expected later that fall, Owens said.

For Morr Outdoors, the move to Willow Valley Crossroads will provide space for a shooting range and classroom, as well as more than three times the retail area at the current store just up the street at 2298 Willow Street Pike.

Owned by Nathan Morrison, Morr Outdoors sells handguns, shotguns and rifles as well as shooting accessories including ammunition.

Morrison said he hopes to open the new store in October or, by the latest, January. For the larger store, Morrison is partnering with Tracy Fornwalt.

Other tenants at Willow Valley Crossings include CVS and Fulton Bank, which will both move across the street from Willow Valley Square.

Construction of the CVS and Fulton Bank branch is expected to wrap up in early 2018.

Turkey Hill Minit Market will be taking a 5,200-square-foot store that will be built at the south end of the development. Construction of the Turkey Hill will begin in early 2018.

Willow Valley Square, the Willow Valley Crossroads site and the DoubleTree Resort next door are owned by Willow Valley Associates.

A spokesman for Willow Valley declined to offer a cost estimate for the project.






Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. publishes daily newspapers and a Sunday paper in Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1794 and is based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


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June 24, 2017: Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.: Blacksmiths work metal, make sparks during weekend demonstrations at Hans Herr House

With a resounding CLANG, Dave Kauffman brings the hammer down on the magma-red steel, showering the area around his anvil with glowing, 2,000-degree sparks.

Kauffman is a blacksmith, and showing people what blacksmiths do brings him joy.

"This is an age-old craft that most people think is dead or dying. It's not," Kauffman said Friday. "People like to see it, to try it. to walk and say, 'I made something.' "

Blacksmith Days is an annual event at the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum in Willow Street. Patrons can watch - and, if they want, try - the blacksmith's art, a process that has remained relatively unchanged for millennia.

The event started on a much smaller scale on Friday, with a handful of smiths working at a few fires, with a small but steady flow of onlookers watching them work.

Saturday is the big day, however.

"As long as the weather cooperates, we'll have 80 to 90 registered blacksmiths here," Kauffman says. "Come on out and see a bunch of grimy, grungy, smoke-covered people enjoying the day." A Lancaster industry

"There's no better setting," adds David Schrock, Hans Herr's interim director.

Blacksmithing was a major industry in colonial Lancaster, according to local blacksmith John Laird.

"There were a whole lot of people making a whole lot of things," he says. "Guns, farming tools - the things that people heading west would need to live, to trade with the Indians."

Laird runs his hand over the big doors of the blacksmith shop on the Hans Herr grounds and points out all the metal used in its construction.

"The blacksmith made all of the hardware that went into the house. The nails, the hinges, the locks - everything," he says. "And they made the tools that the other craftsmen used."

"It's an amazing process," says Schrock. "To go from a raw material to something you can use."

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It's not all about brawn. Ask Kauffman about the trade and he'll rattle off facts about smiths in ancient Rome, medieval Europe and colonial America.

He explains the importance of burning off the elements in bituminous coal, converting it to coke that "puts all of its heat" into the steel.

The luminous reds and oranges that help gauge how best to shape the heated metal.

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A blacksmith works on a ornamental piece during Blacksmith Days at the Hans Herr House on Friday. RICHARD HERTZLER | Staff Photographer

The way to choke up on a hammer and use the shoulder, not the wrist, to power the swing.

Kauffman earned his credibility the hard way, plying the trade at various local forges (including one at his home) and helping to build a Viking longship and the biblical Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky.

A former industrial electrician, he started smithing more than a decade ago. He didn't consider himself a blacksmith, though, until the day he made his own 3-pound hammer out of a Chevrolet truck axle.

June 24, 2017: Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.: 4 young Lancaster boxers head to Junior Olympic National Championships

In the world of fighting, the word "camp" has an entirely alternate meaning than it does outside the ring. Camp is not a fun-in-the-sun summer activity, it's the weeks of intense training that an athlete commits to before a big fight.

The difference was never more evident than this past week at Lancaster City Boxing Gym, during interviews with the four young boxers who are heading to the 2017 Junior Olympic National Championships, which begin Tuesday in Charleston, West Virginia.

"Since I started boxing I've never had a summer off," Gaby Camacho (8-4) said.

Camacho began boxing during his freshman year in high school and earned Golden Gloves titles at the local and regional level as a sophomore. Now entering his senior year at McCaskey, and balancing a job at Texas Roadhouse along with tough training, Camacho doesn't regret three summers spent in the gym.

In fact, he likes the heat because making weight (he fights at 132 pounds) is easier. He also likes running outside when it's hot - he's averaging five or more miles a day.

Camacho's attitude is echoed by his younger teammates: Will "Puba" Torres (10-5), Jaren Colon (2-0) and William Valdiva (0-1).

Colon, who's 9, sported the slightly sunburned nose of kid who's spending his summer outdoors. Of the four, he's the only one going to a traditional summer camp this year. So far, he said, he likes it - but he likes boxing more.

He's "a little exited and nervous" about fighting in the upcoming tournament, but he plans to do his thing - throw a lot of punches, especially left hooks.

Excited is also how 9-year-old Valdiva describes himself.

"I like boxing and I never went to the Junior Olympics before," he said.

In fact, very few boxers from Lancaster have made it to the nationals in recent years.

The exception is Torres, who enters the tournament a veteran, despite the fact that he's 13 and heading into the eighth grade.

Last year Torres won his first match in the Junior Olympics. He lost the second fight, but returned home ranked fifth nationally in his division.

This year, a few inches taller and fighting at 70 pounds, he plans "to come in number one."

He's more dedicated to his training, he said. There's been more sparring, he's running on a track on the weekends and he's not taking any breaks.

Coach David Rivera backs up Torres' assessment of himself. He's worked hard, Rivera said, and the gym has high expectations for him this year.

This is the second year Lancaster City has hit the national Junior Olympics and that makes a difference, Rivera said.

"Our foundation is solid after (operating for) three years," Rivera said. "Other gyms know who we are now."

Bringing an entire team, rather than a single fighter, is also a step up. It sets an example for the other boxers, especially those who have never been out of Lancaster, Rivera said. The kids "don't believe it's real, they've only heard of these places. There's a world out there - it's beautiful."

A world very different from the city streets that surround the gym, where Rivera sometimes has to pick up hypodermic needles or other drug paraphernalia from the sidewalk.

Rivera thinks the gym is a positive influence on the area, as well as the kids.

Even if it's not, at all, the average summer camp.

Inside, against a background of swinging heavy bags, speaking over the noise of buzzers and coaches calling out directions to boxers, Torres proclaims that he'd rather be at the gym than any other camp.

"I love the gym," he said. "The gym is like my second home. I get to express myself here."

So far, that expression has resulted in a winning record, national ranking, and, now, a chance to become the No. 1 boxer in his division.

June 24, 2017: Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.: 7 injured in crash that closed New Holland Pike in Manheim Twp. Friday

A crash involving two vehicles closed New Holland Pike Friday between Route 30 and Eden Road for nearly two hours and left seven people injured, police said.

Several ambulances and fire units were dispatched at about 4:35 p.m. to the 1000 block of New Holland Pike where a vehicle reportedly crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on.

The crash left two people trapped and four in critical condition, police said. All patients were later reported stable.

Crews were off scene by about 6:40 p.m.

June 23, 2017: Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.: National Weather Service issues severe thunderstorm watch in Lancaster County

A severe thunderstorm watch was briefly upgraded to a warning for Lancaster County.

The watch began at 2:20 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The warning was in effect until 6 p.m., coupled with reports a major storm system moving over the northern part of the county.

The storm weakened below severe limits and left the warning area Friday evening, NWS said.

The weather service says tornadoes, ping pong ball sized hail and wind gusts up to 70 mph are possible.

The watch includes most of the southern part of Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and Kentucky.

June 19, 2017: Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.: Pressroom Restaurant and Bar evacuated after Sunday morning fire

A fire forced the evacuation of The Pressroom Restaurant and Bar in downtown Lancaster Sunday.

No one was injured.

Firefighters were called to the restaurant, at 26-28 W. King St. near Penn Square, around 11:30 a.m. as smoke began to fill the three-story building. Patrons and staff were safely evacuated from both the indoor and outdoor dining areas.

PPL cut off power to the establishment around noon, and the smoke began to recede, said Lancaster city police Sgt. Mark Heiser. That's a "good indication" the fire was an electrical issue, he said.

Pressroom general manager Rob Commero said the electrical issue started in the Heyne Building, at 24 W. King St.

Lancaster County Community Foundation and Envy Studio Hair and Nail Salon are located within the Heyne Building.

The Pressroom is always closed on Mondays, and Commero said he hopes to reopen as soon as possible.

The Pressroom Restaurant and Bar is owned by LNP Media Group Inc., a Steinman Communications company that publishes LNP, the Lancaster County Weeklies and other publications.

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