Paul Ondulich is hopelessly devoted to Olivia Newton-John.
The Trafford, Pa., resident has seen the “Grease” star in concert nine times, first in Pittsburgh for 1982’s “Physical” tour, and most recently on July 24, 2016 at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster. All but one time he sat in the front row.
At each show, he gives Newton-John flowers. She has repaid the favor, holding his hand at many of the shows, he said, and singing to him several times. He shared a clipping from the Buffalo News, showing a photo of him and Newton-John from a 2006 show at a casino in Niagara Falls, Ont.
“I don’t know,” Ondulich said when asked to explain his good fortune, “I’m just lucky, I guess.”
A web developer by day, operator of a Pittsburgh Pirates fan website in his spare time, Ondulich called in his flower order to our Lancaster West store two weeks before the July show. The flowers for Newton-John included 10 white stargazer lilies, 20 dendrobium orchids, and orange roses.
He said he presented them to Newton-John approximately 15 minutes into the concert; of course, she had him come up on stage. She placed the flowers on the piano for the rest of the show and told the audience how beautiful and sweet-smelling they were.
Joining Ondulich at the concert was his wife, Joanne, who seems to be OK with her husband’s fondness for the singer.
“She’s known I’m a fan and I love Olivia,” he said.
Besides, Ondulich also ordered one-dozen long-stem red roses for Joanne.
From June 18-July 2, “Royer’s Stems Hunger” asked customers to drop off donations at any Royer’s store in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.
In return, customers received a free carnation for each food item, up to a maximum of six carnations per family per visit.
This year’s total of 2,061 pounds included contributions from five Drayer Physical Therapy Institute outpatient centers in the midstate.
In its six-year history, Royer’s Stems Hunger has collected nearly 12,000 pounds of food.
Royer’s Kids Club is drinking in the season with its free “Celebration of Summer” event on Aug. 20.
Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create an arrangement in a party cup and adorn it with a pinwheel stick-in.
Participants also will receive a free balloon.
Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.
We hope to see you there!
Royer’s has donated $3,090 to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
The donation will support breast cancer survivors and their families and breast cancer research in Pennsylvania.
With every sale of its “Power of Pink” arrangement, Royer’s donates $10 to breast cancer organizations. The arrangement is available year-round.
Based in Lebanon, the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition (pabreastcancer.org) represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants.
Patti created it, and Michelle helped name it.
Patti Barclay, store manager for Royer’s in Columbia, Lancaster County, developed an arrangement that was wildly popular with her customers.
It was so popular that Royer’s decided to offer it in all of its stores and online. But the arrangement didn’t have a name.
So Royer’s asked the public for help. A recent name-the-arrangement contest garnered 550 entries, including two from Michelle Hooper of Manheim Township, Lancaster County, that inspired the arrangement’s new name:
The arrangement, which will be available companywide on Oct. 1, features carnations, mini carnations, gerbera daisies, spray roses, alstromeria, limonium, hypericum berries, and greens (in hot pink, orange and lime-green) arranged in a large mason jar accented with hot-pink polka dotted and orange ribbon.
Hooper will receive one of the arrangements as her prize.
Thank you to everyone who submitted names.
The final day of operation for Royer’s Palmyra store will be June 30. Greg Royer, president and CEO of Royer’s, explained the closing in a letter being sent to the store’s customers:
After months of negotiations, Royer’s was unable to agree on new lease terms with the owners of the Palmyra Shopping Center. Unfortunately, the result is we will close the Palmyra store effective July 31.
The good news is we have two nearby stores, each one offering the great products and personalized customer service you’ve come to expect.
Our Palmyra staff will be reassigned to the Hershey store, which will answer calls placed to the Palmyra phone number and will continue to deliver twice daily to Palmyra. If you live on the east side of Palmyra, our original store in Lebanon may be more convenient for you.
Of course, you can reach us any time at royers.com.
Thank you for your understanding and for the continued opportunity to serve you.
Gregory J. Royer
Chara Harter, 10, plays the piano, reads mysteries and historical fiction, and likes to draw.
In fact, she’s an award-winning artist.
Her drawing of flowers is the winning entry in the 2016 edition of the Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest.
Her design will be featured on the electronic card that kids club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year. Chara’s prize is a free flower delivery on her next birthday.
Chara lives in Lititz with her parents, Carl and Ellen Harter. She will be a fifth-grader at Ephrata Mennonite.
Thanks to everyone who entered this year’s contest.
The Royer’s Kids Club is free to ages 5 to 12. With parental permission, children may register for the kids club at any Royer’s store or online at www.royers.com/kidsclub.
Membership benefits include a membership card, Web site activities, an e-mail newsletter, contests and in-store events.
Royer’s has a pretty elaborate process for developing new arrangements, typically involving a team of people.
But Patti Barclay, store manager for Royer’s in Columbia, Lancaster County, developed an arrangement on her own by experimenting with her customers’ preferences.
Her design features carnations, mini carnations, gerbera daisies, spray roses, alstromeria, limonium, hypericum berries, and greens (in hot pink, orange and lime-green) arranged in a large mason jar accented with hot pink polka dot and orange ribbons.
Seemingly as fast as Patti can make one of her arrangements, it’s purchased out of her store’s front cooler. Because of its popularity, Patti’s design soon will be available year-round in every Royer’s store and on royers.com.
“So we’re making it a part of our regular product line,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of family-owned Royer’s.
But there’s only one problem: The arrangement needs a name.
This is where you come in.
We’re asking the public to offer suggestions in our name-the-arrangement contest. The winner will receive one of the arrangements as his or her prize.
To enter the contest, visit royers.com/contest. The deadline to enter is July 5; limit one entry daily per email address.
Royer’s is expanding to Chambersburg this fall, which will allow us to extend deliveries into the Hagerstown, Md., area.
Construction has begun on the 4,000-square-foot store on a half-acre at 7 St. Paul Drive, Chambersburg, with a planned September opening.
Chambersburg represents both the farthest west and south that we will have operated from our Lebanon County base. It will be our first store in Franklin County.
“We’ve been looking for our next new growth area for a long time,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of Royer’s. “Chambersburg is a great market in its own right and gives us a terrific jumping-off point as we begin our move into northern Maryland.”
Royer’s annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – will take place June 18-July 2 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.
Royer’s Kids Club will help out with a special event on June 18 for children ages 5 to 12.
They are asked to donate a non-perishable food item as the price of admission and to bring an empty food can in which to make an arrangement for themselves.
Participants also will have an opportunity to enter the kids club’s birthday card design contest and will receive a balloon.
Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at each of Royer’s 16 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.
Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.
In its five-year history, Royer’s Stems Hunger has collected nearly five tons of food.