Wolfgang Candy bringing back Skipjacks for a limited time

SUBMITTED-- Wolfgang Candy Co. is bringing back its popular Skipjack candy fora limited run.

SUBMITTED– Wolfgang Candy Co. is bringing back its popular Skipjack candy for a limited run.

Wolfgang Candy Co. stopped making Skipjacks two years ago.

But fans of the milk chocolate-covered oyster crackers, which went by the name of Cracker Crowns back in the day, haven’t forgotten them. They’ve been asking Wolfgang to bring them back.

So, starting today, Wolfgang is bringing Skipjacks back for a limited time. They’re on sale online and at the company store in Wolfgang’s North York headquarters. The seven-ounce packages retail for $6 each.

Wolfgang produced 1,000 packages and “when we sell the last package, we sell the last package,” Wolfgang CEO Ben McGlaughlin said.

Skipjacks’ return is part of Wolfgang’s plan to bring back three or four of its other popular “retired” candies a year for a limited run. The company is asking customers on its Facebook page to sound off on which candies they’d like to see make a comeback.

Maybe we’ll see other favorites like Raisin Clusters, Peanut Clusters and Pecan Turtles make a return run.










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Promotion boosts sales of Pa. wines

October’s month-long promotion of Pennsylvania wines drove sales of wines from Commonwealth wineries up 31 percent at Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said.

More than 41,600 bottles of wine from Pennsylvania was sold at the board’s stores in October during Pennsylvania Wine Month, the PLCB said. The bottles sold for a combined $466,000. They were part of the more than 506,700 bottles of Pa. wines, worth a combined $5.5 million, the board’s stores sold in 2014.

“We took a very proactive approach this year in partnering with the Pennsylvania Winery Association to promote Pennsylvania wine during Pennsylvania Wine Month and it clearly made a difference,” PLCB Chairman Joseph E. Brion said in a statement. “We’re thrilled with the results and will continue to look for ways to support in-state wineries. It’s good for the overall economy and its good for our consumers.”

York County is home to several wineries including Allegro Winery in Brogue, Naylor Wine Cellars in Stewartstown and Moon Dancer Winery & Cider House in Wrightsville.






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Fun facts about the Pennsylvania craft beer industry

All it takes is a night out at the Holy Hound taproom, Liquid Hero brewery or other York drinking establishments to see that the craft beer industry is booming.

And a lot of those beers are made in PA, including several from York County.

But I didn’t realize just how big this industry is until I was poking around online and found some data provided by the Brewers’ Association, a group aimed at supporting craft brewers and beer enthusiasts.

Here’s what I learned:

The Pennsylvania craft beer industry has an economic impact just shy of 2 billion dollars.

That’s right– 2 billion, with a “b.”

Keep in mind, economic impact does not mean “profit” or “sales.” It’s a much more complex figure that looks at how the industry affects the economy.

Pennsylvania has the 4th largest craft beer economic impact in the country, after California, Texas and New York.

In terms of output, Pennsylvania produced 1,788,556 barrels of craft beer in 2013.

That’s right– barrels. (Also, as it happens, with a “b.”)

That’s the 2nd highest production in the country, beat out only by California, which generated 2,948,895 barrels in the same year.

This becomes more impressive when you consider that the state of Pennsylvania consists of 46,058 square miles, compared to California’s 163,707.

I’d surmise that nationally-distributed Pennsylvania brands like Victory, Straub and the Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewing Company play a prominent role in this tremendous output. (The database doesn’t break it down by brand). Still, that’s a lot of beer.

In terms of actual craft breweries, Pennsylvania has 108, ranking 7th in the nation.

That number has jumped from 88 in 2011, matching the national trend of increasing numbers of independent breweries nationwide.

Still curious? Check out the Brewers’ Association website and dig around for yourself:

–Brett Sholtis

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York County ranks high when it comes to credit scores

As you open your wallet to buy those last-minute Christmas gifts, know this: York Countians are among the most credit-worthy folks in the country.
A new study released by NerdWallet, a personal finance website, ranked the 20 areas whose residents had the highest average credit score and the 20 areas with the lowest average score.
The York-Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon area had the 18th best average credit score, with an average of 685, according to the report.
Two other Pennsylvania areas also made the top 20. Johnstown-Altoona was No. 12 with an average credit score of 689. Pittsburgh came in at No. 15 with an average score of 688.
Residents of Minneapolis-St. Paul were the nation’s most credit-worthy with an average score of 702. Folks living in the Harlingen-Brownsville, Texas area had the lowest average credit score at 628, the report said.





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“Twelve Days of Christmas” costs 1 percent more in 2014


Geese don’t come cheap, it turns out.
Pittsburgh-based PNC Wealth Management is out with the 2014 edition of its annual Christmas Price Index, which calculates how much it would cost to buy the all of the items in the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
For 2014, PNC figures the cost at $27,673, up 1 percent, or $280 more than in 2013.
Those six geese-a-laying are a lot pricier than they were in 2013. They’re up 71.4 percent, to $360.
The price of a partridge, the one in the pear tree, also increased. It rose 33.3 percent, to $20.
If you purchased all the items mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” as often as they are repeated in all of the song’s verses, it would cost you $116,273, an increase of 1.4 percent from 2013, PNC said.

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Author pens book on long-gone Pomeroy’s department store chain

SUBMITTED -- The cover of Michael Lisicky's new book, "Shop Pomeroy's First," published in October by History Press

SUBMITTED — The cover of Michael Lisicky’s new book, “Shop Pomeroy’s First,” published in October by History Press

Michael Lisicky has a fascination with long-gone urban department stores, the lost giants of retailing’s gilded age whose tea rooms, book departments and prime downtown locations gave way to suburban shopping malls, big-box retailers and online shopping.
Lisicky, who grew up in Cherry Hill, N.J. outside Philadelphia,  has penned books on Philadelphia’s Wanamaker’s,  Baltimore’s Hutzler’s and New York’s Gimbels among other defunct retailers.
With his seventh and latest book, “Shop Pomeroy’s First” (History Press, paperback, $19.99), the Baltimore-based department store expert turns his attention to a beloved southcentral Pennsylvania department store chain that helped turn Bon-Ton Stores into the national retailer it is today.
Pomeroy’s roster of stores included locations in Camp Hill, Harrisburg and Lebanon at the time Bon-Ton Stores bought the chain from Allied Stores in 1987.
Pomeroy’s  Harrisburg location boasted a large book department and a restaurant on the mezzanine level that offered local favorites like cinammon sticks and cheese omelets with grape jelly.
Bon-Ton’s purchase of Pomeroy’s, led by Bon-Ton’s Tim Grumbacher, not only increased the retailer’s presence in Pennsylvania but also launched a series of acquisitions that took Bon-Ton from a regional chain to a national retailer.
“Bon-Ton never could have learned how to expand without its acquisition of Pomeroy’s,” Lisicky said in a phone interview.
Lisicky, whose day job is playing oboe in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, interviewed Grumbacher for the book. He also snagged another retail veteran — Boscov’s Chairman and CEO Albert Boscov — to pen the book’s foreward.
Bon-Ton gave Lisicky access to the archives at the company’s Springettsbury Township headquarters. There, Lisicky found items relating to Pomeroy’s, including the painting of a Pomeroy’s store that graces the cover of Lisicky’s book.




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PCC workers, on strike since Sept. 3, are joined by other unions

On October 13, striking workers at Precision Custom Components got a visit from other regional labor unions, according to a union news release.

Members from USW local 7687, AFSME teachers Union, IBEW, UAW, Teamsters and other IAM locals showed up at the picket line, as well as members of PAAFL-CIO.

Rick Bloomingdale (President), Frank Snyder (Secretary-Treasurer), and Zach Hause (Central PA Area Director), and members of the York Area Labor Management Council (YALMC) also were present.

Judging from the photo they submitted, Rosie the Riveter also made an appearance:

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Precision Custom Components employees have been on strike since September 3. They claim that the company-proposed health insurance package would be too costly for employees and their families, according to Earl Shue, the president of the union at the company.


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York and Adams County realtors get “Happy” in promotional video

It’s not too often you see real estate agents just goofing around and having fun.

It’s perhaps even less often that you see Berkshire Hathaway, RE/MAX, Howard Hanna and other competing real estate companies together in one video.

This video, organized by Realtors Association of York and Adams Counties, highlights some of the region’s real estate companies, dancing along to “Happy,” the chart-topping Pharell Williams song.

RAYAC hired a production company to film the video, which was shown at their annual meeting.

Self-producing videos to “Happy” has become a worldwide phenomenon, with universities, corporations and even the city of Abu Dhabi busting moves to the maddeningly catchy and irresistibly positive song.

You can check out RAYAC’s video here, and see how it compares to other “Happy” videos out there.


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Parade of Homes winners announced

The York Builders Association has announced the winners from this year’s Parade of Homes and Chefs on Parade events, which were held in September.
They are:
— Chefs on Parade:
Favorite chef: Chef George from Victor’s Italian Restaurant
Favorite kitchen: Raffy’s Remodeling
— People’s Choice Awards:
Favorite kitchen: Raffy’s Remodeling
Favorite bathroom: RF Hager Construction
Favorite outdoor space: Hively Landscapes
Favorite remodeled home: Kruszon Remodeling
Favorite new home: Aiello’s Custom Homes






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Ribbon-cutting for brewvino, new downtown restaurant, set for Wednesday

Downtown York’s growing restaurant scene has grown a little bigger.
Brewvino, a new gourmet pizza and salad restaurant near Santander Stadium in downtown York, will have a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday at  4 p.m., according to a press release from Downtown Inc.
The restaurant, which is in the space at 251 N. George St. formerly occupied by La Casa de Tapas, already had its soft opening.
Brewvino’s menu lists a wide assortment of hand-crafted or gluten-free pizzas from $10 to $14. They include intriguing selections like the $12 “whistle pig” (slow-cooked pork, goat cheese, roasted garlic sauce, sliced apple and balsamic drizzle) and the $10 “downtown” (ground beef, cheddar cheese, red onion and roasted tomato sauce.)
And there’s beer or wine to wash it all down. Brewvino’s website lists what it says is a changing assortment of beer on tap. The list currently on the website includes Liquid Hero Schweet, Troegs Brewing Co.’s Troegenator and Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA.

Here’s a link to the brewvino website.


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