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CHILDREN’S BOOK DRIVE RETURNS OCT 22.-NOV. 5 TO BENEFIT PUBLIC LIBRARIES

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Royer’s annual children’s book drive returns Oct. 22-Nov. 5 to benefit area public libraries.

For each book, donors will receive a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit, while supplies last.

Used books will not be accepted.

For more information, including library wish lists, visit royers.com/bouquetsforbooks.

In its first 10 years, Bouquets for Books has collected more than 15,000 books.

It’s boos and bouquets at Oct. 29 Royer’s Kids Club event

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The Royer’s Kids Club is conjuring a Halloween-themed activity for its Oct. 29 event in all stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to make a special “Boo” bouquet and will receive a balloon.

They are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, too.

Participants are asked to donate a new children’s book as the price of admission in support of our annual book drive — Bouquets for Books — to benefit area public libraries.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.

Ribbon cut, we’re open for business in Chambersburg

Our new Chambersburg store is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Sept. 6

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Our new Chambersburg store is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 6) at 7 St. Paul Drive, next to Sonic and Sheetz.

Not only is it Royer’s first store in Franklin County, but it also will allow us to expand deliveries into the Hagerstown, Md., area. Chambersburg represents both the farthest west and south that Royer’s has operated from our Lebanon County base.

“With a beautiful new building in a terrific new market, we’re thrilled to be a part of the Chambersburg community and beyond,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of Royer’s.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony — the ribbon actually will comprise flowers — is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in conjunction with the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

The 4,000-square-foot store’s grand opening will include specials on hardy mums and loose carnations.

The store will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Store manager Gregory Royer represents the fourth generation of Royer family involvement with the company. He will be joined by assistant manager Heidi Trate and design supervisor Sherry Carbaugh on a 15-person staff.

Royer’s traces its roots to 1937, when Hannah Royer, who grew African violets on her windowsill in Lebanon, began selling them at a local garment factory and area farmer’s markets.

With Chambersburg, Royer’s operates 16 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Franklin, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. Sister company Stephenson’s Flowers & Gifts has one Harrisburg store.

Thanks to a loyal fan, Olivia Newton-John brings Royer’s flowers on stage with her in Lancaster

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Newton-John, a piano, and flowers from Royer’s on stage at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster.

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.”

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Ondulich presents the flowers to Newton-John early in her Lancaster show.

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.

Royer’s annual food drive collects more than one ton for area food banks

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Joe Arthur, executive director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and Erica Bixby, manager of Royer’s in Hershey, which collected the most pounds of any Royer’s store.

Royer’s annual food drive collected more than one ton of non-perishable items for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

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.

It’s a ‘Celebration of Summer’ at Aug. 20 Royer’s Kids Club event

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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!

Thanks to your ‘Power of Pink’ purchases, Royer’s donates $3,090 to Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition

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Greg Royer, president and CEO, Royer’s Flowers, and Kristen Snoke, community outreach director, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

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.

Our new arrangement gets a name: Patti’s Passion

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.

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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:

Patti’s Passion.

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.

A letter to our Palmyra store customers

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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.

We truly value your business and hope you will visit us in Hershey, 304 W. Chocolate Ave. (or by phone at 534-2834), or Lebanon, 810 S. 12th St. (273-2683).

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.

Sincerely,

Gregory J. Royer