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Learn about the local heroes, charities, and happenings in the Lancaster, PA community. Hosted by Jeff Giagnocavo and Ben McClure, owners of local store, Gardner's Mattress & More.

Learn about the local heroes, charities, and happenings in the Lancaster, PA community. Hosted by Jeff Giagnocavo and Ben McClure, owners of local store, Gardner's Mattress & More.


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Learn about the local heroes, charities, and happenings in the Lancaster, PA community. Hosted by Jeff Giagnocavo and Ben McClure, owners of local store, Gardner's Mattress & More.






Ep. 15 -June 16th, 2021 - Lancaster Farm Sanctuary, Jonina Turizi

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! This week it's Jeff's turn to host solo while Ben is away, so we asked Adam Zurn from Uncharted Lancaster to 'drop in' and help out with the Local History Nugget, which is a pretty neat story...


Ep. 14 - June 9th , 2021 - Lancaster Barnstormers

On Episode 14 of Lancaster Connects, we're joined by Mike Reynolds, General Manager of the Lancaster Barnstormers. Hosting solo while Jeff is away, Ben and Mike talked 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. There's also: Get all the...


Ep. 13 - June 2nd , 2021 - Lancaster Conservancy’s Water Week, Best Of Our First 12 Episodes

What can you do to help protect the 1,400 miles of streams and rivers that provide recreation, drinking water and economic growth to the Lancaster community? On this special episode of Lancaster Connects, we talk with show contributor and Lancaster Township Engineer, Benton Webber, about Lancaster Conservancy's Water Week. During the chat, you'll learn all about the events, activities and participation opportunities available to you. You'll also hear about Occupational Development Center's...


Ep. 12 - May 26th, 2021 - Building Bridges Foundation, Major Dick Winters with Larry Alexander

On this special, pre-Memorial Day episode 12 of Lancaster Connects, we talk to Ann Marie Shaw from Building Bridges Foundation - Equine Assisted Therapy for Veterans about their equine therapy for veterans suffering from PTSD. We also talk to Larry Alexander, correspondent for The Ephrata Review and bestselling author and historian, about Lancaster native, the late Major Dick Winters, and the Band of Brothers story. There's also: Get the COMPLETE list of local events and food truck stops,...


Ep 11 - 5-19-21 - Lancaster City Alliance, Decades Bowling

On Episode 11 of Lancaster Connects, we're joined by Anne Williams from Lancaster City Alliance who talks about how their "Buidling on Strength" plan is making Lancaster a very attractive place to move to and set up a new business. We're also joined by Chris Trendler from Decades Lancaster bowling alley and arcade to tell us about the business and how they were supported by Lancaster City Alliance to open up for business. There's also: Get all the shownotes, resources and links to listen...


Ep10 - May 12th, 2021 - Ephrata Public Library, The Lancaster Science Factory

On Episode 10 of Lancaster Connects, we’re joined by Penny Talbert from Ephrata Public Library who talks about huge role the library plays in the community as part of the Northern Lancaster Hub and the new developments they have launched or are about to launch. We’re also joined by Rob Reed from Lancaster Science Factory to tell us about the different ways they’re helping kids to learn about STEM subjects – Science Technology Engineering & Math. There’s also: Get all the shownotes,...


Ep. 9 - May 5th, 2021 - North Star Initiative, loKal Experiences

On Episode 9 of Lancaster Connects, we're joined by Alicia Corrado and Janelle Esbenshade from the North Star Initiative who talk about the very important work they're doing right here in our community in Lancaster. We're also joined by Mike Simmons from LoKal Experiences, a very interesting and fun business right here in town, uncovering great things to do, great scenery to take in, great events - and a nugget of local history that's right under our noses. There's also: Get links to...


Ep. 8 - April 21st, 2021 - Help The Fight, Weaver Associates, Inc.

On Episode 8 of Lancaster Connects, you'll meet Lynda Charles from Help The Fight which offers a "hand up" to women fighting for their lives against breast cancer. You'll also meet John Hockley from Weaver Associates - a local printing company that is doing great things to help local businesses and organizations - like Help The Fight - get their messages heard more effectively. You'll learn all about your entertainment options in the area for the coming week, get some local food truck...


Ep 7 - April 21st, 2021 - Lancaster EMS, Lafayette Fire Company, Ephrata Cloister

Get all the show notes, resources, and links to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform: Are those sirens you hear? That's the sound of Lancaster's first responders coming to the rescue! On Episode 7 of Lancaster Connects, you’ll meet Marisa Seubert from Lancaster EMS and a 52-year veteran of LaFayette Fire Company, Howard Hershey. Marisa and Howard explain how the important work of Lancaster EMS and LaFayette Fire Company is entirely donor-funded...


Ep 6 - April 7th, 2021 - Wolf Sanctuary of PA, Sierra Pacific Mortgage

On Episode 6 of Lancaster Connects, we introduce you to a howling pack of wolves from the Wolf Sanctuary of PA with Michelle Mancini. You'll also find out the answers to the top questions Lancaster homeowners and buyers are asking Holly Lyle from Sierra Pacific Mortgage regarding home loans and refinancing. Plus, we'll cover upcoming events in and around Lancaster, dive into the local food truck scene, we announce our new Photo Contest, and we give you a little interesting history nugget...


Ep 5 - March 31st, 2021 - Pitties Love Peace, Roda Marketing

Episode #5 of #LancasterConnects is up! On this week's episode, we cover our vibrant food scene, helping the #LancasterPA community and much more, with our guests... You'll get to meet our "Pet Of The Week" - Nellie - from Pitties Love Peace: Sign Up For Your Chance To Win One Of TWO Gift Cards For A Local Lancaster Restaurant: Learn More About This Week's Guests: Audrey Lilley from Pitties Love...


Ep 4 - March 24th, 2021 - Lancaster’s Santa Stumble, Realty One In Lancaster

On episode 4 of Lancaster Connects, we chat with a local hero - Pete Ruggieri - who embodies the spirit of having fun while helping the community at the same time. We also speak with Lancaster realtor, Claire Chivington, who is involved with numerous charities like The PA Veterans Foundation, Northstar Initiative, Help The Fight and YWAM - while also helping area residents find their dream homes. Learn More About This Week's...


Ep 3 - March 17th, 2021 - Hempfield Area Food Pantry, The Slaymaker Method

On episode 3 of Lancaster Connects, we find out about the important work the Hempfield Area Food Pantry is doing to support the community. We also speak to a local military veteran/entrepreneur - Kyle Slaymaker - about the great work being done by his masonic lodge - and the importance of supporting local independent businesses. You'll also meet our "Pet Of The Week" - Lucy - from Zoe's House. Sign Up For Your Chance To Win One Of TWO Gift Cards For A Local Lancaster Restaurant!...


Ep 2 - March 10th, 2021 - Little Hands Big Plans, Painting With A Twist, Natural Awakenings Lancaster

What are some of your favorite activities to do in Lancaster, PA? On episode 2 of "Lancaster Connects" - Ben McClure and Jeff Giagnocavo talk with Marsha Wagner from Little Hands Big Plans, Gary Griffith from Painting With A Twist & Kendra Campbell from Natural Awakenings Lancaster. During their discussion, they dive into some of their favorite activities in the area while also discussing the best ways to support the Lancaster community. Plus, you'll meet our "Pet Of The Week" - DeDe -...


Ep 1 -- February 17th, 2021 - Off the Streets Now, Doceo, Matching Lancaster

How can you help the Lancaster, PA community? That's what our new show "Lancaster Connects" is all about! On our premiere episode, Ben McClure and Jeff Giagnocavo talk to local business leaders and non-profit champions about what's going on in the Lancaster area - and how you can help. Ben and Jeff are joined by: Enter for your chance to win a $25 gift card to a local Lancaster, PA restaurant at: This show is sponsored by Jeff & Ben's store - Gardner's...


Trailer - Welcome To Lancaster Connects!

Lancaster Connects will bring together local charities, local heroes, and local businesses to showcase the best of what Lancaster, PA has to offer so that in 2021 and beyond - our local neighbors and friends may thrive, be more productive, and live happily and generously. Please nominate or suggest a local hero, charity or even business giving back to Lancaster to be on the show by emailing us Show launches on February 17th, 2021.