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25-35 years old, stand­ing 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weigh­ing ap­prox­i­mately 190-200 pounds. She said he was wear­ing a khaki col­ored bucket hat, a white tank top, red shorts and a black back­pack. The vic­tim said the sus­pect also had a dis­col­ored front tooth.

Po­lice re­leased a sketch of the sus­pect and are ask­ing that any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent con­tact Trooper Brendan Shearn with the Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit at Skip­pack Sta­tion at 610-584-1250 and ref­er­ence in­ci­dent num­ber PA2018-494350. in­clude a mar­ket cook­book, avail­able at the main mar­ket in­for­ma­tion tent, and boxed wa­ter meant to be more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly than bot­tled wa­ter. Stop by that info tent and you’ll likely meet vol­un­teer Naina Vij, who said she’ll be ready to han­dle any ques­tions about which ven­dors are where, and when.

“I’m a foodie at heart, so I love giv­ing back to my com­mu­nity, stay­ing con­nected to the Lans­dale and North Wales area. A lot of my friends are from this area, so it kind of gives me an ex­cuse to get back,” Vij said.

Some fa­mil­iar fa­vorites will re­turn this year, like al­pacas from Lit­tle Lost Creek Al­paca Farm on open­ing week­end and sev­eral oth­ers through­out the sea­son, and mu­sic by Carl and the Hamil­tones; specif­i­cally, Carl Hamilton and Jimmy Dolan, jazz mu­si­cians who got their start play­ing while stu­dents at Pen­ndale and have stayed to­gether into col­lege.

“This will be our fourth year at the mar­ket, and we play for four hours, vir­tu­ally the whole time,” said Hamilton.

“We never go to this with a set list. We have so many Ven­dors and vol­un­teers for the Lans­dale Farm­ers Mar­ket pose at the en­trance to Pen­ndale Mid­dle School in Lans­dale, where the mar­ket will be held ev­ery Satur­day from May 19 through Nov. 17. things in our reper­toire, we just call them out on the spot. It’s spon­ta­neous, it’s fun,” Dolan said, and Hamilton said the Lans­dale mar­ket is his fa­vorite of any gig they play.

Ven­dor Paula Stoltz­fus of Lans­dale-based soap and can­dle com­pany Sim­ply Clean, Sim­ply Green said 2018 will be her fifth year at the mar­ket, and the Pen­ndale site was her fa­vorite so far.

“It was re­ally nice to have the ex­tra shade, and a lit­tle bit more space for both ven­dors, and for peo­ple to just kind of make it a full day event, or a morn­ing event, to come and stay ver­sus come get your things and leave,” Stoltz­fus said.

Her soaps and clean­ing prod­ucts use lo­cal and sus­tain­ably sourced in­gre­di­ents, and Stoltz­fus said while she’s ready to serve reg­u­lar cus­tomers who use her spe­cialty soaps to deal with al­ler­gies or other med­i­cal con­di­tions, she’s ea­ger to see how McGill’s new busi­ness works out.

“I think it’s in­cred­i­ble to men­tor young en­trepreneurs in this set­ting. It’s per­fect: it’s an in­cu­ba­tor for tal­ent, and lo­cal tal­ent, and a way we can en­cour­age our young folks to dream big, and ex­per­i­ment,” she said.

Mau­reen Plover, a com­mu­nity en­gage­ment as­so­ciate with Lans­dale-based non­profit Manna on Main Street, said she is look­ing for­ward to “Buy Two, Do­nate One” days where mar­ket pur­chases can be do­nated to the non­profit food pantry, and said she hopes the site draws traf­fic from Manna’s new home at the North Penn Com­mons com­bined of­fices just a block away.

“It’s re­ally great that it’s this close. Even when it was over at Hill­crest (shop­ping cen­ter in 2016), we had a lot of peo­ple go­ing there,” Plover said.

John Bar­rett of Ore­land Wood, a hand­crafted fur­ni­ture maker who has been at the mar­ket for all but one of the ten years, said he thinks the Pen­ndale lo­ca­tion is “with­out a doubt, the best spot we’ve ever had,” and said hav­ing both drive­way en­trances to Pen­ndale open this year, in­stead of just one last year, will be a big help in cut­ting down con­fu­sion.

“It’s a lot more invit­ing than a big park­ing lot, or a park­ing lot be­hind Main Street. From the park­ing for peo­ple who want to shop, the shade trees, it’s just a great lo­ca­tion,” he said.

“We do good, qual­ity stuff, and I think that’s pri­mar­ily what you can find at this mar­ket, no mat­ter what you buy: mush­rooms, or ap­ples, or fur­ni­ture, pas­tries, soaps, or lemon­ade,” he said.

Vol­un­teer and mar­ket board mem­ber Patti Thomas said she found out last year just how vis­i­ble the new Pen­ndale site was when she talked to a pair of jog­gers who had come from Val­ley Forge Road, sev­eral miles away, to make their weekly visit to the mar­ket.

“They said ‘Well, we were just out for a jog, and needed some stuff, and of course we were com­ing here.’ I was just so amazed by that,” Thomas said.

All of the ven­dors and vol­un­teers thanked the North Penn School Dis­trict for pro­vid­ing the space at Pen­ndale, and bor­ough coun­cil Pres­i­dent Denton Bur­nell said he was glad to see the mar­ket find a home that ven­dors and cus­tomers both like, and was im­pressed to see it still go­ing strong after a decade.

“The bor­ough re­mains fully sup­port­ive and com­mit­ted to the farm­ers mar­ket, I think they’ve found a nice home here at Pen­ndale, and I cer­tainly thank the school dis­trict for all of their sup­port in al­low­ing the farm­ers mar­ket to be here. I’m ex­cited to see what 2018 brings,” Bur­nell said.For more in­for­ma­tion on the Lans­dale Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, visit www.Lans­daleFarm­er­sMar­ket.org, search for “Lans­dale Farm­ers Mar­ket” on Face­book or fol­low @Lans­daleFM on Twit­ter.


Po­lice are search­ing for a sus­pect in an in­ci­dent that oc­curred on May 8. Po­lice say a vic­tim re­ported that the man de­picted in this sketch ex­posed him­self to a woman run­ning on the Perkiomen Trail.


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