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Hi, My name is Janet Sierk and I’m also known as “Your Lancaster RE Agent”. I Love all things Lancaster, PA. I live, work, invest and raise my son in this wonderful County. This is a place to see what events are going on as well as getting to know the local businesses. Because I am a Real Estate agent I will occasionally share my “Let’s Talk Real Estate” Playlist. If you’re interested in being featured on my Youtube channel/ Lancaster BUZZ / Podcast, reach out @ YourLancasterRealtor@gmail.co ...
 
This is the official Amish Road Show from Amishroadshow.com Come join us as we travel the countryside discovering lots of great places to see in Lancaster County, PA. We will be meeting great people, seeing great points of interest, and discovering the Amish, Mennonite, and other Plain Communities from the Area.
 
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Hemp has been making a comeback in recent years. It’s a crop that played an important role throughout history until it became illegal to grow because of its relationship to marijuana, although no one was getting high off of hemp. Farmers have been encouraged to grow hemp in the last few years because it’s cheap, easy to grow and has a multitude of …
 
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court last week blocked an inspection of voting machine equipment in heavily-Republican Fulton County – a county where former President Donald Trump won easily. The machines Republicans want to look at have been decertified because another company without election experience examined those machines last year. The company foun…
 
A poll by Muhlenberg College and Keep Our Republic finds that Pennsylvanians continue to be polarized when it comes to elections and voting. Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the poll is how Democrats and Republicans view the 2020 presidential election and see the threats to voting in 2022 differently. For example, 57% of Democrats say voter suppre…
 
The U.S. is in the middle of another COVID-19 surge – this one driven by the omicron variant. Almost two years into the pandemic, one of frustrations for the medical community and — really all of us — is the unpredictability of the virus. And that includes knowing where there will be a surge. Researchers at Penn State may have found one way to pred…
 
The nation’s blood supplies are at historically low levels and it could have real world impacts when patients need blood to be treated for an illness, condition or injury. The American Red Cross has called the current supply of blood a “national crisis” and dangerously low. The Red Cross provides 40% of the nation’s blood supply. They say that righ…
 
The Winter Olympics in Beijing begin in less than three weeks on February 4th. Figure skating will be one of the most watched competitions and one that garners the most interest. Central Pennsylvania has a robust figure skating scene itself. The Central Pennsylvania Figure Skating Club trains skaters and competes in competitions with other local an…
 
News is out this week about the new Giant Center for Advanced Agriculture and Sustainability at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. When in operation, the center will provide “research, education, career pathing in sustainability, controlled environment agriculture, and clean water initiatives.” Ian Kanski, Director for Center is on Th…
 
Fourteen percent of American farmers were Black a century ago. Today, only 1.4% of farmers are African-American. An organization that is trying to change that and help other minorities become part of the agriculture industry is MANRRS – Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. Derek James is the MANRRS advisor and Coordina…
 
Agriculture is touted as Pennsylvania’s number one industry. It has a wide-ranging impact from the food we eat to the businesses that sell or serve that food. The Pennsylvania Farm Show, that is going on now, is the world’s largest indoor agricultural exhibition, that highlights and celebrates the state’s products and farmers every January. It also…
 
Sunday morning, 17 people, including eight children, died in an apartment fire in the Bronx, New York. Twelve people, including eight children, were killed in a Philadelphia row home fire last Wednesday. A 69-year-old man died a house fire in Dauphin County last weekend. The Philadelphia and New York fires were unusual because of the … Continue rea…
 
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has just begun his final year in office. The governor appears on Wednesday’s Smart Talk to discuss a wide range of issues. We’ll talk with Wolf about his legislative priorities in 2022. Topics may include what Wolf’s last state budget blueprint will look like, continuing efforts to fight COVID-19, climate change, … Co…
 
It’s estimated that 200,000 American adults are addicted to pornography — defined as “a person becoming emotionally dependent on pornography to the point that it interferes with their daily life, relationships, and ability to function.” Some 40 million people visit porn sites on line on a regular basis and that includes both women and men. … Contin…
 
Surprise medical bills or surprise balance billing could be a thing of the past under a new law that became effective the first of the year. Patients, covered by health insurance, that were treated with a surgery or procedure would sometimes get a bill later, charging them for services performed by an out-of-network provider.often those … Continue …
 
After almost two years since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., the omicron variant is driving the biggest surge of cases yet. There are some differences from early 2020 though. Most adults are vaccinated and omicron doesn’t appear to cause as serious of an illness and as many hospitalizations as the delta … Continue reading "When …
 
The nation’s first president George Washington was certainly the most revered person in young America and maybe the most beloved chief executive the country has ever had. When Washington was president, most people only knew him by reputation or that he was the commander of the army that won independence from Great Britain. As president, … Continue …
 
Pennsylvania continues to trail other states in meeting its goals for the Chesapeake Bay restoration. According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is a federal/state plan established in 2010 to restore water quality in the region’s rivers, streams, and Chesapeake Bay. It includes pollution limits allocated to eac…
 
WITF’s StateImpact Pennsylvania reports most communities across Pennsylvania will likely face higher flood risks by the end of the century due to climate change. That’s according to research from Penn State. The state’s latest Climate Impacts Assessment expects Pennsylvania to face more extreme rainfall and flooding by 2050 because of climate chang…
 
Thursday, January 6th – is the one year anniversary of the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol where supporters of former President Donald Trump attempted to stop of the certification of votes cast in November 2020 for Joe Biden as President. Twelve months later, hundreds who breached the capitol, including some who violently attacked Capitol …
 
Even though today’s news often focuses on what’s happening on the state and federal levels, local government may have the most significant impact on many Pennsylvanians. Just think about police and fire protection, roads and streets, sewer systems, social programs and more. However, what the state’s cities, boroughs, and townships can do or not do …
 
Snow fell on areas of Pennsylvania Monday for the first time this winter. The first snowfall always is a bit of a challenge as drivers get acclimated to driving on slippery roads again and state and local governments coordinate snow removal efforts. In an ongoing theme of shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania Department … Continu…
 
Voting and election-related legislation will be amongst the proposals getting top billing when Pennsylvania lawmakers return to session. There are deadlines that have to be met for the state’s new Congressional and state legislative districts. Redistricting has become a high-profile exercise — especially in today’s highly charged political atmosphe…
 
You might be one of those people who think of the Amish as a simple, peculiar people who choose to live without modern technology and abide by a 19th Century lifestyle. A new book, What the Amish Can Teach Us in so-many words advises don’t underestimate the Amish and possibly learn from them. The book also answers … Continue reading "What the Amish…
 
Homer Plessy will be pardoned by the state of Louisiana 130 years after his “crime.” The state’s Board of Pardons recommended the pardon for Plessy and Gov. John Bel Edwards has committed to approving it. In 1892, the 29-year-old African-American bought a first class train ticket, but was told to retire to the train car … Continue reading "Infamous…
 
More than 260,000 people are testing positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. each day. Until last Monday, a positive test meant you should stay home for 10 days to avoid infecting others. Now, those who don’t have symptoms after five days can go back to their regular activities as long as they wear a mask, … Continue reading "Is 5-day COVID quarantine go…
 
What do you think about starting 2022 with a hike through nature at a Pennsylvania State Park? The State Department of Conservation and Natural resources is hosting more than 50, free guided hikes at 37 state parks on New Year’s Day. The hikes usually are about one or two miles, but can be longer depending … Continue reading "Pa. State Parks offeri…
 
The National Rifle Association is one of the nation’s most powerful lobbying organizations and probably most responsible for stopping any new significant gun laws. However, the NRA has gone through a series of major financial and legal setbacks in recent years. They include filing for bankruptsy, accusations of financial mismanagement by high-ranki…
 
Most Americans probably believe we have learned everything there is to know about World War II since it ended more than 76 years ago. But the public release two weeks ago of what is known as The American Soldier in World War II has provided hundreds of thousands of viewpoints from American troops on their … Continue reading "Thousands of WWII soldi…
 
Last month State Senate Republicans agreed to pay an Iowa consulting firm $270,000 over the next six months to review the 2020 election in Pennsylvania. They say the review is designed to determine the flaws that exist in the election system and fix them through legislation. Skeptics argue the real impetus for the effort is … Continue reading "Grou…
 
Finding affordable housing can be difficult. As inflation and the cost of living increases, so do home prices and rent. For low-income families or individuals with limited resources, affordable housing might seem like an impossible dream. There is an organization in the mid-state that has spent the past 50 years helping people find safe, welcoming …
 
Pennsylvania has 141 state parks and forests. About half of them have names or paths that derive from Native American tribes that once lived in Pennsylvania. In fact, some of the state parks grew out of American Indian paths. Indigenous people lived in what is now Pennsylvania for at least 20,000 years and European colonists … Continue reading "Nat…
 
Many families and friends will be gathering over the next two weeks to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. It comes at a time when COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Pennsylvania. The state’s Acting Physician General, Dr. Denise Johnson joins us on Monday’s Smart Talk to provide tips and advice on how to stay … Continue reading "Pa. Physician Genera…
 
There have been several explanations or narratives about why millions of jobs are going unfilled. There are about four million more job openings than unemployed people in the U.S. right now. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, there are 11 million job openings and almost 6.9 million unemployed. At the same time, millions … Continu…
 
Only about half of the dinosaurs have lived on Earth more than 60 million years ago have been named. So, it’s big news when a new species is discovered or named. Harrisburg University of Science and Technology professor of Environmental Science and Sustainability Steven Jasinski, PhD. has named or helped name seven different dinosaur species, … Con…
 
Most American workers have some type of retirement plan through their employer, but many don’t. Most employers who don’t offer the rare nowadays defined pension or a 401K plan are small businesses. Usually the cost of a retirement plan is what keeps them from making it available to their employees. The Pennsylvania State Treasury has … Continue rea…
 
Death is not something many of us want to talk about – especially our own deaths. Most of us don’t know when we’re going to die so it may come unexpectedly. With that in mind, planning for after we pass away is common and viewed as a responsible thing to do so that our wishes … Continue reading "What do you know or not know about funerals?"…
 
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