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Lancaster City Morning Buzz: Saturday, 14 December

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Head down to King Street today for Roaring Brook Market’s Holiday Open House Party! Enjoy complementary food and beverage. Try your lucj in a raffle for Roaring Brook merchandise. Check out the new winter menu. The Open House Party is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Roaring Brook market and Café is located at 155 East King Street. For more information, or to confirm any weather related schedule changes, readers may call 717-208-7280.

Enjoy Breakfast with Hip Santa today. The 300 block of North Queen Street is hosting this festive event at the Commonwealth on Queen from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. this morning. Reservations available at 717-208-3394

A Christmas feast cooking demo is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Characters Pub, 38 N Christian Street. The cost is $55 plus tax. Reservations are required. Readers should call 717-735-7788.

Do you like The Hobbit? Then Lancaster Public Library has a treat for you today. The Library is holding a “Let’s Live in a Book – The Hobbit” today for free. Build a hobbit house. Enjoy hobbit snacks. Discuss the book and the movie. Discussion is set for 3:30 p.m. To reserve your space, and confirm any weather related changes, call 717-394-2651.

Rehearsal for the Hallelujah Chorus flash mob is still on schedule for today at 10 a.m. The event itself will be next week at a location downtown. Check out the Facebook page for specific locations and weather related updates. The page is

The Ware Center is holding a Hip Hop Happy Festival this morning. This is part of the Fam Fun Fest performances. Adult tickets are $8; kids are $4. Doors open at 10 a.m. The show will start at 11 a.m. and is expected to last one hour. The Ware Center is located at 42 N Prince Street. Due to the anticipated storm, the Ware Center (on their ticket reservation page) states: “Although a winter storm is on its way, all indications right now say that the brunt of the storm is not hitting until later in the afternoon. We plan to present the performance as scheduled. Please be safe, and if you choose not to come we will be happy to exchange your tickets to another Fam Fun Fest performance later in the season. To exchange your tickets, please contact the Millersville Ticket Office at 717-872-3811 during business hours.” Hats off to the Ware Center for promoting winter safety!

The Ware Center issues the same winter safety note for those attending Amahl & the Night Visitors later tonight. Tickets are $21 for general admission.

Wheatland – home of President James Buchanan – will offer Yuletide Tours today from noon to 8 p.m. Readers should call 717-392-4633 for tour times, pricing and weather related schedule changes.

One cannot live in Lancaster without at least hearing about the Paxton Boys and the Conestoga Massacre. Today the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and are sponsoring a mini-conference remembering the event 250 years later. Click here to see the program schedule and to register for this free event.

Lancaster is again under a Winter Storm Warning through 4 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts another “significant winter storm” which may drop a total of six inches or more on the Central Pennsylvania area. The snow may change or mix to sleet and freezing rain Saturday evening. Many schools, churches and other venues have already cancelled Saturday activities. WGAL lists many of the closings on their site. In addition many businesses will list their special hours or closings on their respective Facebook pages. If you do travel today, be careful and a lot extra time. The NWS is predicting a low visibility today.

Cylo is selling trees today. Cylo’s Holiday Tree Farm will be open at the Clipper Stadium from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Lancaster Barnstormer’s team store will also be open.

The United Way of Lancaster County has been conducting a fundraising campaign in local workplaces since August. Yesterday, they announced the randomly chosen winners. Congratulations to: Patti Courtois of Stauffers of Kissel Hill; Patti Messner of Dart Container; Steven Christian of RR Donnelley; Michele Turner of Eurofins Lancaster Labs; and Robert West of Packaging Corp. of America.

Top honors were awarded to the Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County at their International Master Gardener Conference in Seattle, Washington. Warren Wolf, the local coordinator, accepted the first place award in the Youth Division for gardening work done at the Youth Intervention Center (YIC) in Lancaster. Over 71 projects in four categories were submitted for the Search for Excellence awards. The Lancaster Master Gardeners was the only Pennsylvania organization to receive this honor. Congratulations!

Around the Nation:

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. Yesterday, at the Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado, a male student – 18 year old Karl H Pierson - took a shotgun to school seeking out a teacher. One 15 year old female student was injured during the incident. Pierson was found deceased with an apparent self inflicted gun shot wound. Arapahoe High School is located just eight miles from Columbine High School and approximately a half hour from the Aurora Movie Theater, both infamously known for their tragic shootings.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has started a Special Inspection at the Clinton, IL nuclear power plant to review the circumstances surrounding a transformer failure and subsequent plant shutdown Sunday night, according to the NRC. The plant is operated by Exelon Generating Co., the same company that operates both the Peach Bottom and Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plants nearby.

Around the World:

A trekking team made up of servicemen and women reached the South Pole on Friday, reports CNN. Prince Harry was among the trekking team. The walk was to benefit Walking With the Wounded.

China, the BBC reports, is set to land a robotic rover on the moon. Only two other countries – the US and the former USSR – have accomplished this feat.

A bomb in Kenya has killed one person near the Somalia border, according to The Voice of Russia. Three others were injured.

Flooding has forced the evacuations of thousands in Gaza, reports Aljazeera America. More than half of the West Bank is without power.

A man and woman were arrested in Dublin after police found over €40,000 worth of cannabis was found in their car, according to The Irish Times. In US dollars, that amounts to over $54,000.

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