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My Name is Nancy and I live in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood and I am a buyer for Hunger N Thirst, a new business off the Harrisburg Pike on Landis Avenue, opening in Spring 2013.

I grew up in a small town, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania and went to Juniata College where I truly became a child of the 60's. My passions for justice, fairness, equality developed very early and still inspire me today. After college and marriage to my husband, Sam, now in our 43rd year, we were lucky to live in Crete, Greece for two years serving as a volunteer in the projects of the Archbishop of Crete under the auspices of the World Council of Churches. Again another huge impact for me to live internationally, learn another new language, understand a world view of life...these two years were definitely one of the major influences of who I am today.

Returning to Lancaster, I taught in the Hempfield School District, became the mother of two wonderful sons, worked in Admissions at Franklin and Marshall College, and spent 15 years as executive director of Leadership Lancaster. The last part of my career has been spent working with family business first at S. Clyde Weaver and the last year with my sons and husband as we prepare to open our new business Hunger N Thirst. There are many moving parts to the new business – craft beer bar and restaurant, bottle room for buying six packs and the special gourmet food store. I am enjoying getting back into retail and buying products I hope our customers will purchase! Our Facebook page is Hunger-N-Thirst – friend us to watch the changes now happening everyday with construction.

We have lived in Lancaster city since 1973 and I have been privileged to watch this great city change, grow and become a vital living place to live, raise a family and hopefully grow old in our three story home.

Three people now living I would like to have lunch with: Sonia Sotomayor, Federal Supreme Court Justice, because she is an intelligent, intense, and interesting person who grew up with a challenging and supportive family life that has led her all the way the Supreme Court; Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University men's basketball coach because I have been huge BB fan since the late 70's and love his philosophy of coaching and mentoring his players; Jon Stewart because I love to laugh and it would be fun to talk with him away from his TV character.

The cause I most believe in is: This is a hard question because growing up in the 60's I have so many passions but the most important would be equality for all people under the law. I love living in this diverse city and hope to see us continue to welcome people of all color, faith, gender persuasion and cultures.

Name three things on your bucket list. I want to get to New Zealand and travel this amazing country. I want to learn to speak enough Spanish to relate to my neighbors in the city and to travel in Spanish speaking countries. Music has always been a part of me and I have started singing again in the Music for Everyone Chorus and would like to relearn to play the piano.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I loved geology in college and wanted to become a geologist.

My greatest accomplishment is... My wonderful marriage to my soul mate and the two amazing sons we have raised together. Now I get to see the seeds we have started growing into this amazing family business.

My unfulfilled ambition is...to live in abroad again and learn to adapt to a new culture

Three words to describe me are...passionate, straight forward, and accepting

Tell us something about you that most people don't know. I suspect I have already mentioned that above in my desire to have lunch with Coach K. I love college basketball and much of my life stops when March Madness begins.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? Right now my life is all about Hunger N Thirst. I dream about the new business and wake thinking about what we need to do to be ready for opening. Who will be our customers and what foods will they want to buy!

What's the farthest-away place you've been? Istanbul, Turkey where one of my life long best friends lives. He was a foreign exchange student in my high school and we have nurtured our friendship for over 45 years.

What do you think Lancaster will be like in ten years? I believe Lancaster is truly on the upswing. I have lived here for 40 years and have seen the city get stronger and stronger. I see a place where many young people and aging people live side by side walking to work, market, and entertainment. Because of some of the good financial decisions made today, we will remain strong and growing.

What do you consider to be Lancaster City's greatest asset? The mixture of businesses and residences attracting people of all ages to want to live in our downtown.

Grabbing a bite in Lancaster with - $5, $10, $30 - Where (and what):
Central Market for a quick meal
Fork N Spoon for a wonderful breakfast or lunch,
Carr's for their tasty small plates

Would you describe yourself as introverted or extroverted? I am totally an introvert who enjoys my alone time but also so loves to be with my friends and family too.

What is your coffee shop drink of choice? Coffee Latte

What music are you listening to now? I love to mix jazz and classical on my IPod...maybe even throw in a bit of Bjork.

Best advice from your parents...accept differences

What should they have taught you in school but didn't? I truly needed lots of IT training but the computer was only coming into the mainstream as I was graduating...I wish I had a better natural aptitude for technology!

If there is one thing life has taught me it is... Be open to change...my life motto has been: if it is working it must be obsolete.

Lancaster City Living – Lancaster PA