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MT Tops Spartans, Bears in LL League Playoffs February 15, 2019

The Manheim Township boys' basketball team reached the Lancaster-Lebanon League championship game for the first time in 14 years with a 63-52 defeat of Elizabethtown on Thursday night. In the semifinal game held at Conestoga Valley, the Blue Streaks (16-7) won the first game of a doubleheader with Cedar Crest and Warwick squaring off in the nightcap.

Playing in the championship game has special meaning for the Blue Streaks head coach Matt Johns.

"It has been played at Manheim Township for the past 10 or 11 years," Johns said. "It's means a lot for our kids to get to the championship game."

The Streaks' win in the semis was the team's sixth straight L-L League victory, including a stretch that helped the team claim the Section One title by one game over Cedar Crest.

"It was great to see our kids respond when we were down a couple of weeks ago," said Johns. "We played it one game at a time."

Thanks to a big second quarter, the Streaks went into the locker room at halftime leading 36-27. The second half was much closer with E-town nearly matching Township point-for-point.

"We got ahead with a nice lead in the first quarter and stretched it out by halftime," Johns explained.

The Bears' comeback made it a closer game down the stretch, however.

"We were up by only one in the fourth quarter," Johns continued. "We knocked down some key baskets.

"We had a few three's against them," he added. "Will Greiner had three three-pointers and finished with 11 points. Zac Oldac and Tyler Crespo each had a big game."

Oldac finished with a game-high 20 points and Crespo poured in 18.

The championship game will have the Streaks facing Warwick. The Warriors defeated Cedar Crest 72-47 in the other semifinal game. Results of that game will appear in the February 27 edition.

On Tuesday, Township took advantage of several Garden Spot turnovers in a 70-34 victory that advanced the Streaks into the Lancaster-Lebanon League semifinals.

"We gave away the ball 13 times in the first quarter, and had 27 turnovers in the game," said Garden Spot head coach Nate Musselman. "Give Manheim Township credit, certainly, but you can't turn the ball over in a playoff game at that rate."

"It was definitely a key factor in the game," Johns said of the high turnovers by Township's opponents.

"We started the game by pressing," Johns explained. "We've done that a handful of times where we've had success and stuck with it."

The quarterfinal match was actually played on the Streaks' home court, having been rescheduled twice due to weather conditions until it was finally played on Wednesday.

Therefore, the Streaks as well as the opposition - the Section Two runner-up Elizabethtown Bears - didn't have any off days before the semis. E-town eked by Lampeter-Strasburg 47-44 on Wednesday.

The Streaks jumped out to a 23-11 lead and extended that to 39-16 by halftime. Township finished strong with a 17-8 run in the fourth quarter.

Brendan Mellott led all scorers. The Streaks' senior guard poured in 18 points, including a three-point basket. Zach Oldac added 14 points which also included a three-pointer. Tyler Crespo, who went 5-for-5 at the foul line, and Mickey Stokes each scored seven points.

"Tyler Crespo was distributing the ball well. He had a lot of assists," said Johns. "He was making the right reads and getting them the ball. It was a game where the guys were unselfish."

Andrew Zentner and Keontae Nunn each scored 10 for the Spartans.


Township's top finisher in the L-L League bowling championship was Rhiannon Kott. In the championships, which were held at Leisure Lanes on Wednesday, Kott finished eighth to earn a medal. The winner on the day was Cedar Crest's Paige Boyd, who defended her title.


Warwick Tops Blazers, Falcons in LL Playoffs February 15, 2019

Go big or go home. Warwick's boys' basketball team is certainly claiming that as their mantra in a season for the ages, or at least the past three decades. That is how long the Warrior's drought of not winning a single game of the L-L League tournament ran, but the dam burst Wednesday night when Joey McCracken's coast-to-coast layup barely fell through the net before the final buzzer sounded on Warwick's 64-62 quarterfinal victory over Lancaster Mennonite.

Playing on their home court, the Warriors trailed by seven after the first quarter before shaving one point of that deficit by halftime where they trailed 25-19. But whatever transpired in the locker room during the break brought out an inspired McCracken who was held scoreless in the first half but opened up for 17 points, including a perfect 6-6 from the foul line, in the second to lead the team.

With the score tied and Lancaster Mennonite controlling the final seconds of the game, the Blazer's Elijah Terry, with McCracken contesting, put up a three-point shot with only seven seconds remaining. Standing in the key, McCracken gathered the resulting rebound of Terry's failed attempt and with just under six seconds showing on the clock dribbled the length of the court to deliver the game winner.

Warwick followed a lackluster first half, in which the Warriors only scored eight points in the second quarter, with 22 in the third and 23 in the fourth. Brock Fassnacht tallied 16 followed by Colby Martin and Ryan Shirk who each scored nine, Trysten George with seven and Conor Adams, Caleb Schmitz, and Broden Price contributing two apiece.

With that win, the Warriors advanced to Thursday's semifinal matchup against Cedar Crest at Conestoga Valley. Playing the late game following Manheim Township's 63-52 victory over Elizabethtown, Warwick continued its winning ways with a definitive 72-47 win over the Falcons to earn a finals showdown with the Blue Streaks which was played on Saturday following press time.

The trio of Martin (16), Fassnacht (13) and McCracken (12) led the Warriors who jumped out to a 15-9 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. With a barrage of treys raining down on them, 11 to be exact, the Falcons couldn't find traction and wilted under Warwick's offensive attack as its top three scorers accounted for nine of those three-pointers alone.

A strong second half, in which they held a 39-21 advantage, helped cement the Warrior's dominant effort as did a solid showing by Warwick's bench in a total team effort. George, Adams, and Kai Cipalla all tallied seven points each, while Shirk and Schmitz each had five.


Looking to improve on her third-place finish in last year's L-L League bowling championships, Warwick's Ashley Sham worked her way up to take on defending champ Paige Boyd of Cedar Crest in the ladder formatted semifinals at Clearview Lanes last Wednesday. Despite her efforts, she came up just short of making the finals and again finished third when Boyd barely edged the Warrior 180-179 before defeating Northern Lebanon's Aliza Shirk 203-200 to maintain her crown.

Sham's 218 average heading into the tournament was a league best and she and teammate Isaac Erickson, whose 229 average was tops for the guys, will look to help Warwick claim a team title on the 19th of this month. Originally scheduled to precede the girl's and boy's championship, the team meet was postponed due to weather and Erickson will have already taken part in the boy's meet which took place on Friday the 15th, also after press time.


Pioneers Fall in L-L League Playoff Quarters February 15, 2019

Defending L-L League champ Lampeter-Strasburg, aiming for a second straight semifinals appearance, a first for the program, suffered just its third loss of the season, a 47-44 final against Elizabethtown last Wednesday at home.

The tightly contested, physical game that see-sawed back-and-forth became clear with six seconds remaining in the contest. A Pioneer turnover, off a double-team at midcourt, eventually found Larry Locker with a layup and a foul and erased a 44-44 tie, knotted by a Seth Beers triple with 1:35 left to play.

"It was a good game," said head coach Ed Berryman. "We just came up short. We missed some open shots that we normally hit and we had some turnovers, though not many, at inopportune times and they capitalized. We couldn't seem to hold the momentum."

Elizabethtown, with its pesky zone defense, shook off a 3-0 start behind the hot hand of Dylan Sweger. The senior knocked down three of his five triples in a first quarter that had the visitors in front, 11-7.

"We wanted to attack that zone from inside," said Berryman, "but we didn't do that consistently."

After 2:20 of scoreless play to start the second period, Patrick Holmes, who led the Pioneers with 13 points, opened the scoring with a three ball. Both teams traded baskets until an 8-0 run sparked the home team. A Jarred Getchis bucket in the paint knotted the score at 16. Seth Beers followed with a triple and hit the second of two free throws for a 20-16 lead with 2:12 left in the half.

L-S won the quarter 16-8 but Sweger, who led all scorers with 15 points, had the last say, dropping in a three with .5 left and cutting the lead to 20-19 at the break.

"They shot the ball really well," said Berryman. "But I don't feel we were playing our best basketball."

The Bears came out strong in the third quarter, taking the lead with the first four points and pushing out to a 28-23 advantage on a triple by Ryan Parise (9 points) with 4:45 left. Before a Chase Broderick (8 points, all in the second half) triple closed the gap to 30-28. E-town again had the last say, posting a 5-2 run for a 35-30 lead with one quarter remaining.

L-S looked determined to start the fourth, using an 11-5 run and a triple by Beers (12 points) for a 41-40 lead with 4:28 left to play. Unfortunately, the Pioneers managed just one more field goal, a trey by Beers that tied the game with 1:35 left, setting the stage for that untimely turnover and E-town's finish.

The Bears were 7-of-8 from the free throw line. L-S managed 3-of-8.

"It's hard to stay at the top once you get there," Berryman stated. "Obviously it's disappointing for everyone. But if you don't learn from a loss then it serves no purpose. Now we have a bit more time to focus on districts.

"It's win or go home now so hopefully we can make some noise in districts," he continued. "We didn't do what we wanted to last year."

L-S, at 20-3, enters the tournament this week as the No. 2 seed in the 5A bracket and will take on No. 15 Big Spring (13-8). Results will appear in the February 27 edition.


Middletown Closes With Win Over PV February 15, 2019

In a typical high school basketball season winning the first and last games would be a good thing. And for the Middletown Blue Raiders it was.

"It was nice to bookend the season with winning efforts," said first year head coach Chris Bradford.

Unfortunately for Bradford, and the Blue Raider faithful, this year's extremely young team experienced a very bumpy season in between those two wins. That road included just one other victory leaving the Blue Raiders 3-18 on the year. The February 2 win over West Perry snapped a 15-game slide but Middletown tumbled into a smaller three game snap before taking out Pequea Valley to close the season.

"We could have caved with a double-digit losing streak. Young teams do that," said Bradford. "But we didn't. We fought. We got game experience that can't be substituted with anything else. If we are to improve, move forward and build off of this season, it will be with each and every one of the tough losses, double digit defeats, overtime losses, playing up in the 4th, fighting back in the second experience has no substitute."

The 64-28 season ending win over Pequea Valley took place on February 13 after a few rounds with Mother Nature had pushed the game back three different times. The Blue Raiders took their frustrations over the multiple postponements out on the Braves, holding the visitors to single digits point totals in three of the four quarters. That included a stifling first half where Middletown allowed a measly nine points, just three of which came in the opening quarter.

While Bradford's bunch was busy locking down the defensive end, they were also busy scoring. Behind Tyler Petroski, the lone senior, Middletown managed 23 points in the first quarter and jumped out to a 23-3 lead. Petroski fueled the first quarter surge, collecting 11 of his 17 points in the frame with nine of them coming from his only made three pointer of the contest.

Middletown continued their strong start through the remainder of the opening half, outscoring Pequea Valley 21-6 in the second quarter and enjoying a 44-9 lead at the break. The Blue Raiders cooled off in the second half, so much so that the Braves were able to post a 12-8 edge in the third quarter but that only served to shrink the lead a mere four points. Middletown regained control in the final frame but not on the same level as their first half dominance, leading to a 12-7 advantage that set the 64-28 final.

Julian Nester nipped Petroski by one point for game high honors, finishing with 18 points in the win. Tony Powell added 10 points to give the Blue Raiders three double digit scorers.


Pathways Institute Kicks Off Spring Term February 14, 2019

The spring 2019 term of the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning at Landis Homes began with a kickoff reception on Jan. 31. More than 200 persons participated in the event, which was held at Calvary Church.

Pathways advisory board chair Richard Cook, who has also been a student and instructor, served as moderator for the short program. Following the opening remarks, class instructors and class titles were introduced by Landis Homes resident and Pathways board member Judy Sargent. The new Pathways Institute catalogs were distributed, and attendees were able to visit instructors at display tables around the room and begin registering for classes.

The more than 40 courses and learning opportunities, which will run from March through May, are open to all people age 55 and up who are residents of Lancaster County or neighboring counties. New class topics include "The Code Girls of WWII," "Medical Choices of the 21st Century: Taking Charge of Your Health," "The Underground Railroad in Lancaster County," "Telescopic Viewing of the Night Sky" and multiple classes on nature, history and religion.

There is a registration fee, which includes enrollment in to up to eight courses per semester, as well as a per-course payment option. Day trips and special events will also be offered in addition to the regular classes.

In 2008, Pathways Institute, an affiliate of Landis Communities, started the Lancaster County program in cooperation with the original program, which began at Messiah Lifeways, Mechanicsburg, in 2006.

Most classes are held on the Landis Homes campus, which is located at 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. The spring 2019 catalog and registration information can be found at For more information, readers may call 717-569-3271 or email


Library Programs Posted February 14, 2019

Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, will offer a variety of programs, including an assortment of adult enrichment classes. For more details on events and registration, readers may visit or call the library at 717-533-6555.

A story time for adults will take place on Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m. Attendees will listen as Emily Fortney continues reading aloud the adventures of Sherlock Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This program is best suited for those age 18 and older. Registration is not required.

Dungeons and Dragons, for high school teenagers, will meet at 3 p.m. on Fridays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Registration is required for each session.

Adult enrichment classes will be offered. Classes will include Floral Arrangement, Card Making, two sessions of Fused Glass Art classes, Creative Nonfiction Writing, SPLAT Studio Painting Class, Etched Brown Pysanky Egg Decorating, and Spring Planter class. For details, readers may visit the aforementioned website or contact Julie Brnik at Registration must be done in person.

Young filmmakers are invited to enter works in the seventh annual Friends Student Film Festival. Participants may submit up to three short films of up to 25 minutes. Submission forms are available at the library, and details on how to submit films are also available by visiting the library website and clicking on "7th Annual Friends Student Film Festival" under News/Events. Film festival organizers Steve Ballard and Martha Brown may be contacted at and

Representatives of the Franklin Institute will present How to Build a Storm at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. The children's program will reveal the science of weather. Registration is not required. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Hershey Public Library.

On Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m., Marta McDowell will present A "Wilder" Garden. McDowell will share her love of horticulture and garden history through the written and spoken word. Her garden writing has been published in various magazines and newspapers. McDowell's latest book, "The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder," tells the tale of the plants and places of the author of the Little House series. McDowell's other books include "Emily Dickinson's Gardens," "All the President's Gardens," and "Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life." Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Registration is requested.

Chess Club, for all ages, meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The club will not meet on March 2. Beginners are welcome. On Saturday, May 4, the library will hold its third USCF Chess Tournament. Details are available on the library's website.

Children age 6 and older may register for Lego Club, set to take place from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6. Participants may build creations based on a challenge issued by children's librarian Rita Smith. Families with preschool-age children may register for Play Day for Families, set for 10 a.m. on Friday, March 22. The program will consist of an hour of play at learning stations.


Book Discussion Group To Meet February 14, 2019

Exploring, Growing Together, a book discussion group at Lititz United Methodist Church (UMC), 201 E. Market St., Lititz, will continue its 2018-19 series, which aims to help people explore beliefs in a safe discussion environment.

The group meets on Thursdays on the lower level from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees should use the lower-level parking lot entrance to the building.

On March 7, 14, and 21, Gerry Gwinn will lead the discussion on "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row" by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin. The story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading tells of Hinton, who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. Arrested and charged in 1985, Hinton won his release in 2015.

In the case of inclement weather, the group will follow the Warwick School District schedule; if there is a delay or school is closed, the group will not meet that day.

Individuals do not have to be readers to join in the discussions. Each person must acquire the materials to read. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch to eat during discussions, if they wish.

A flyer and brochure with information on upcoming leaders and topics can be obtained at the Lititz UMC front lobby small group kiosk or by contacting Linda at 717-626-0745 or Readers with questions, concerns, or suggestions may contact Linda. Individuals with questions about the book may contact Gwinn at


Program To Highlight Pennsylvania Dutch Community February 14, 2019

The community is invited to a program focusing on the truths behind the myths about the Pennsylvania Dutch community on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Senior Commons at Powder Mill, 1775 Powder Mill Road, York. The program will feature special guest John Kissinger.

The event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. To register, readers may call 717-741-0961.


Academy Sets Lecture February 14, 2019

Veritas Academy will sponsor a lecture oriented toward parents of children in kindergarten through 12th grade on Thursday, March 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Wheatland Presbyterian Church, 1125 Columbia Ave., Lancaster. Dr. Andrew Mitchell will present the lecture, titled "Hungry Souls in a Self-Affirming Culture: Rediscovering the Beauty of Food and Feasting." Parents, teachers, and community members are invited to attend.

Mitchell will address a hunger that needs to be satisfied, different than stomachs seeking to be filled or personalities seeking affirmation. He will encourage those in attendance to reclaim mealtimes as more than the intersection of food and beverages, but rather as the convergence of history, poetry, and theology.

Mitchell earned his bachelor's degree from Hillsdale College and his master's and doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University. He is an associate professor of history at Grove City College.

There is no fee for the lecture, but reservations are required, as space is limited. To register, readers may visit or call 717-205-3617. The event is co-sponsored by Veritas Academy and The Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College.

Veritas Academy offers a classical Christian education to students in preschool through 12th grade, instructing students in the three stages of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. To learn more about Veritas Academy, readers may visit


Lititz Library Plans Programs February 14, 2019

Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, has posted its upcoming activities. For more information on the programs, readers may call 717-626-2255 or email

Knitting Club will meet on Mondays, March 4 and 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program is not a class or instruction time, but a friendly gathering where people work on knitting projects. Attendees must bring their own supplies. Crocheters are also welcome. Preregistration is requested.

The Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County will host a program on Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to meet with the group and learn what to look for in the monthly sky.

Scrabble Meet-Ups, for which attendees are asked to bring their own boards, will take place on Monday, March 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The History Book Club will meet on March 11 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Mary S. Lovell's "The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family."

The Painting Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, with March's programs set for March 13 and 27 at 12:30 p.m. Attendees should bring their own painting supplies.

The Lancaster Civil War Roundtable will meet on Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. Mary Weigley will present "Kilpatrick's Raid Around Atlanta."

The Jane Austen Society will meet on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to enjoy a cup of tea and discuss all things Austen.

Fire in the Glen, a Celtic eclectic band, will give a concert on Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. Preregistration is requested.

The Lititz Art Association will meet on Tuesday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. Jane Wolf will present "Experimenting with High Flow Acrylics on Yupo Paper."

The documentary film "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" will be shown on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. to celebrate Mr. Rogers' birthday month. Popcorn and a beverage will be provided. Preregistration is requested.

The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 1, and again on Saturday, March 2. Attendees will celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and enjoy his stories. Children of all ages are welcome with a caregiver. Registration will begin on Friday, Feb. 15. Preregistration is requested.

During Paws to READ, children may practice their read-aloud skills by reading their favorite stories to trained Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Sessions will take place at 10, 10:30, and 11 a.m. on Saturdays, March 9 and 23.

A Mystery Challenge, geared for children ages 6 to 9, will take place on Monday, March 18, at 4 p.m. in the community room. Participants will be asked to complete a challenge using everyday items.

Cruise Into Kindergarten, a Pennsylvania early literacy program for 3- to 6-year-olds based on the national Every Child Ready to Read program, will be offered monthly, with the next session set for Monday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. After hearing a story, children and their caregivers will visit stations designed to help children hone skills needed to start school.


Students Hold Bainbridge Bowl February 14, 2019

Bainbridge Elementary School recently held its annual Bainbridge Bowl nonperishable food item and personal hygiene item drive to benefit the local food bank. The school collected 355 food items.

The collection is timed to coincide each year with the NFL championship game and helps to restock the shelves of the local food pantry after the holiday season. The schoolwide community service project is intended to teach students the importance of giving to those in need.

In what has become as much a part of the tradition as the food drive itself, students could place their donation on a pile corresponding to their favored team playing in the big game. While they lost the actual game, the Los Angeles Rams rolled over the New England Patriots with 282 nonperishable food or personal hygiene items compared to 73.


Church Sets Sub, Sandwich Fundraiser February 14, 2019

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 90 S. Charlotte St., Manheim, has posted a sub and sandwich fundraiser.

Eight-inch sub varieties include Italian, featuring hot and spicy ham, hard salami, and provolone cheese; American, featuring minced bologna, cooked salami, and American cheese; ham; turkey; roast beef; and tuna. Ham and cheese sandwiches and turkey sandwiches will be available on a four-inch Kaiser roll. Separate costs have been set for tuna subs and for all other meat subs and sandwiches. Individuals may also purchase chips and a cookie for a set fee.

Orders are due by Sunday, March 3. They may be picked up on Thursday, March 14.

For more information, readers may call the church at 717-665-6584.


Art Association To Meet February 14, 2019

Jef Kaufhold will be the presenter for the Lititz Art Association meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road. Kaufhold will discuss "Using an 'Off-Color' in Painting." The program is free and open to the public.

Kaufhold has been drawing and painting since high school. While most of his professional career has been spent pursuing technical careers as a draftsman, a technician, an engineer, a teacher, a network administrator, and a manager, he found creative fulfillment in his spare time through acting, singing, dancing, set design, and building in local theater. He now paints and draws in watercolor, oil, and charcoal.

Kaufhold's formal training began with private lessons with Dorothy Hollinger, an East Petersburg artist. He ended up pursuing a minor in art at Millersville University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Bachelor of Art in mathematics education from Millersville University. He has shown his work at local venues and outdoor art shows.

The purpose of the Lititz Art Association is to foster fine arts and to cooperate with other associations having similar purposes. Membership is open to all interested persons age 18 or older. Meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lititz Public Library. More information may be found at


Released Time Sets Open House February 14, 2019

Warwick Released Time (WRT) teachers and John R. Bonfield Elementary students who are part of the WRT program are preparing for an open house and student program on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Lititz Moravian Church, Church Square, Lititz. WRT students are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m.

The theme for the open house is "Joy - Faith, Fun, Friends," based on John 15:11-12. All are invited to see WRT students as they share what they are learning through the WRT program. Second-graders from Warwick School District and their families are especially invited to attend since they are eligible for WRT classes next school year. They will receive a small gift. The event will include a time to visit the classrooms.

The group singing will be led by Dori Resch and will include the songs "Love the Lord Your God" and "God Is Watching Over You." Resch practices each week on the bus with the students as she escorts them to class.

Third-graders study the Old Testament of the Bible. The class of Mim Thomas will present "I Am Special," the class of Breanna Bergman will present "I Am Who I Am," and the class of Heidi Limbert will share "There Is a Book."

The fourth-grade WRT students study the New Testament of the Bible. The class of Diane Weaver will present "The Unthrown Stone," and the class of Teresa Goodhart will share "New Testament Trivia."

Additional staff members include director Sue Rohrer, on-site director Kim Reese, greeter Jack Blace, bus escort Dori Resch, and bus driver Donna Harnly.

An offering will be received to continue the work of WRT, which has been in existence for 54 years. More information can be found at or by contacting Rohrer at 717-626-4454.


Local Students Earn Degrees February 14, 2019

The Georgia Institute of Technology presented degrees to approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students during the institute's 256th commencement exercises on Dec. 14 and 15, 2018, at the McCamish Pavilion.

Leann Johnson of Mount Joy earned a Master of Science in computer science, and Colby Weit of Lititz received a Master of Science in aerospace engineering.


Johnson Earns Academic Honor February 14, 2019

Hannah Johnson was named to the dean's list at Colby College, Waterville, Maine, for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year. Students named to the dean's list earned a grade point average of 3.77 or higher last fall.

Johnson is a member of the Class of 2021. She attended Hempfield High School and is the daughter of Kerry and Carrie Johnson of Lancaster. She majored in psychology with a neuroscience concentration.


Tamburro Named To Dean's List February 14, 2019

Norwich University recently announced its dean's list for the fall 2018 semester.

Among those receiving recognition was Clyde Gordon Tamburro of Elizabethtown.


Lessans Named To Dean's List February 14, 2019

Maxwell Lessans was named to the dean's list at Colby College, Waterville, Maine, for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year. Students named to the dean's list earned a grade point average of 3.77 or higher last fall.

Lessans is a member of the Class of 2022. He attended Hempfield High School and is the son of Kenneth and Pamela Lessans of Lancaster.


"Soup And Story" Series Slated February 14, 2019

Hosanna! A Fellowship of Christians, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz, will host Soup and Story: Stories of Resilience, a five-week process to help attendees write their sacred story. The program will be offered on Tuesdays, Feb. 26 to March 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Soup and bread will provided on Feb. 26. For the remainder of the evenings, participants will be asked to provide soup and bread; groups can do this together.

The series will focus on helping participants rewriting their life stories in ways that illustrate God's presence in their experiences. As they write, they will consider the function of story as a gift used to create and maintain a relationship with God.

Jane Clark, who has a doctorate in English composition and linguistics and a Master of Arts in spiritual formation/spiritual direction, will facilitate the process.

There is no charge for members and regular attenders of Hosanna! There is a cost for others to attend. To register, readers may call 717-626-2560 or email For more information, readers may visit


McGrinder Earns Academic Honor February 14, 2019

John McGrinder of Glenmoore was named to the president's list for the fall 2018 session at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Students who earn president's list honors must be considered by the registrar to be carrying a full-time course load of graded credit hours and earn a grade point average of 3.900 or above.

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