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Lionettes Slate Meeting March 22, 2019

A representative from North Star Initiative will present "Welcome to the Battle" at the Londonderry Lionettes' meeting on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Londonderry Elementary School, 260 Schoolhouse Road, Middletown.

North Star supports women who are survivors of domestic sex trafficking. The organization provides physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual care through a Christ-centered focus, as well as supplying everyday necessities such as toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, healthy snacks, and gift cards.

For more information, readers may call 717-944-6518.


Smeltz-Ransing March 22, 2019

Bruce and Laura Smeltz of Lancaster have announced the engagement of their daughter, Emily Smeltz of East Petersburg, to Stephen Ransing of East Petersburg.

The bride-elect graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2014. She is employed by Emerald Springs Spa, Lancaster.

Mr. Ransing is the son of Greg and Marcia Leibrand of East Petersburg. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2013. He is employed by Zephyr Aluminum, Lancaster.

A June wedding is planned.


Women's Group Slates Brunch March 22, 2019

The Elizabethtown/Mount Joy Christian Women's Connection invites area ladies to its "Traveling for Life's Dreams" brunch, to be held Thursday, April 4, at 9:30 a.m. at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy. An inclusive price has been set.

Featured will be Linda Hollingsworth, a travel agent from Elizabethtown. Mitchell Ebersole, a vocalist from Mount Joy, will provide special music. Linda Parker, from Vienna, Va., will speak on "Packing and Unpacking Life's Dreams." She is the wife of a former Secret Service agent and has victoriously battled depression.

Reservations for the brunch must be made by Friday, March 29, by calling Judy at 717-367-3076, Sandy at 717-367-5140 or Karen at 717-397-8987. All reservations not canceled by Tuesday, April 2, must be honored.


Students Of The Month Receive Honor March 22, 2019


Program Will Feature Juggler March 22, 2019

The Conoy Township youth organization CONNEC+ will sponsor Christian juggler Chris Ivey for a program on Thursday, April 4, at 6 p.m. at Word of Life Chapel, 139 Wickersham Road, Bainbridge. CONNEC+ is supported by four churches in the Conoy area that sponsor youth activities on the first and third Thursdays monthly.

There is no cost to attend the program, and the public is invited. For more information, readers may call 717-879-9147.


Lititz Library Posts Programs March 22, 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

The Friends of the Lititz Public Library will hold their Costume Jewelry Sale on Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Monday, April 1, from 2 to 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the library.

Knitting Club will meet on Mondays, April 1 and 15, 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, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker Bob Naeye will discuss the disconnect astronomers are facing between different methods used to measure the expansion rate of the universe, known as the Hubble constant.

The Lititz Garden Club will meet on Thursday, April 4, with the presentation to begin at 6:45 p.m. Bob Goodhart will present on "Then and Now Four-Square Gardens."

Family story time will feature the One Book, Every Young Child selection "Not a Box" by

Antoinette Portis on Saturday, April 6, at 10a.m. One Book, Every Young Child is a program that highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers. Preregistration is requested.

Scrabble Meet-Ups, for which attendees are asked to bring their own boards, will take place on Monday, April 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The History Book Club will meet on April 8 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Richard Henry Dana's "Two Years Before the Mast."

Journaling for Life will take place on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about different types of journals, how to keep a journal, and the health benefits of journaling for lowering stress and clearing the mind.

The Painting Club will only meet on the second Wednesday this month, with April's program set for April 10 at 12:30 p.m. Attendees should bring their own painting supplies.

The Great Decisions Discussion Group will meet on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. Those interested in foreign affairs are invited to join this moderated, nonpartisan discussion group.

The Lancaster Civil War Roundtable will meet on Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. Valgene Dunham will present "Allegany to Appomattox: The Life and Letters of Private Wm. Whitlock of the 188th New York Volunteers."

"McElligot's Pool," a Dr. Seuss story, will be presented by the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation on Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. The story will be followed by some related activities.

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, April 13 and 27.

A Mystery Challenge, geared for children ages 6 to 9, will take place on Monday, April 15, at 4 p.m. in the community room. Participants will be asked to complete a challenge using everyday items.

The Jane Austen Society will meet on Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to enjoy a cup of tea and discuss all things Austen.

The Genealogy Club will meet on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn tips and techniques for researching their family tree.

Cruise Into Kindergarten, a Pennsylvania early literacy program for 3- to 6-year-olds based on the national Every Child Ready to Read program, is offered monthly, with the next session set for Monday, April 22, 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.

Family Book Adventures will feature "Fabulous Fishes" on Tuesday, April 23, at 10 a.m. The program aims to promote family engagement experiences, with children of all ages and abilities welcome with an adult. Preregistration will begin on April 9.

Parachute Play for children ages 3 to 5 will be held on Fridays, April 26 and May 3 and 10, at 9:30, 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. It encourages cooperative play, following directions and motor skills coordination. Each class is limited to 12 children, with preregistration to begin on Friday, April 12.

The Lititz Art Association will meet on Tuesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lititz recCenter. Kim Myers Smith will present "Making Time to Do What You Love."


Layden Named Police Chief March 22, 2019

West Hempfield Township has selected Lisa Layden as its new police chief to replace retiring Chief Mark Pugliese. Pugliese had served the township for 35 years, the last 17 in the capacity of chief.

Layden is currently a detective-sergeant with the Southwestern Regional Police Department (PD) in York County. She has been with the department since 1996 and has previously held the ranks of patrol officer and patrol sergeant. In her capacity with Southwestern Regional PD, Layden has been the lead investigator for major crimes, department supervisor for criminal investigation and crime prevention, primary Internal Affairs investigator, and training officer for patrol and supervisors. Layden is certified as an Expert Witness for investigation of Child Abuse and Application of Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law in Federal Court. She was named Officer of the Year in 2002, 2012, and 2017 and received an Academic Achievement Award in 2007 and 2010. She has received numerous commendations during her tenure.

Layden is a 1995 graduate of the Harrisburg Area Community College Police Academy, a 2007 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Behavioral Science in criminal justice, a 2019 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Master of Public Administration, and a current student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she is completing her Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology in administration and leadership studies.

Layden currently resides in York County with her husband, Dale. They have three grown sons, Dan, Tod, and Andy. She enjoys making mosaic art pieces and wildlife pen and inks.

Layden is a runner, participates in 5Ks, and is training to run marathons in the future.

Layden will be publicly appointed as chief by the West Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Tuesday, April 2, and she will start work shortly thereafter. The Board of Supervisors selected Layden unanimously.


Chamber Seeks Scholarship Applicants March 22, 2019

Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce scholarship applications are available at the Chamber office, located at 62 E. Main St., Suite 1, Mount Joy, and at Two $1,000 scholarships are available: one to a student who will be graduating shortly from high school and going on to college and one for someone continuing with his or her college education. Also awarded will be the $500 Dorothy Metzler Memorial Scholarship, which is based on community service.

These scholarships are available for Mount Joy-area residents as well as Chamber members' children no matter what school district they attend. The application deadline is Friday, May 10.


Senior Center Posts Schedule March 22, 2019

The Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, located in the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, invites area seniors to its upcoming programs. The center, a service of GEARS and the Lancaster County Office of Aging, is open regularly on Mondays through Fridays. Interested individuals may call the center at 717-367-7984 for more information or to make reservations.

On Thursday, March 28, the center will offer walking at 9 a.m., Music with Al Shade at 10:30 a.m., and pinochle or bridge at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be a warm ham and cheese sandwich on a whole-grain ciabatta roll, creamy tomato bisque with crackers, and fresh fruit.

Activities on Friday, March 29, will include walking at 9 a.m., Bible study or table games at 10 a.m., a medical safety tip at 11 a.m., and a TGIF dinner and bingo party at 5 p.m. Lunch will be vegetable lasagna, tossed salad with eggs and cucumber, cottage cheese with diced peaches, and a breadstick.

The schedule on Monday, April 1, will include walking at 9 a.m.; shuffleboard at 9:30 a.m.; Strength, Stretch, and Balance at 10 a.m.; a Juniors Helping Seniors activity at 11 a.m.; and pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be a sweet sausage sandwich on a whole-grain sausage roll with pepper and sauce, cheesy hashbrowns, and fresh watermelon.

On Tuesday, April 2, the center will offer walking at 9 a.m., a morning stretch at 9:30 a.m., a Name That Song game at 10:30 a.m., a town meeting at 11:15 a.m., and cartoons at 1 p.m. Lunch will be roasted pork with Dijon mushroom sauce, vegetable rice pilaf, green beans, wheat bread, and pineapples.

The schedule on Wednesday, April 3, will include walking at 9 a.m., a WISE Program from 9 to 11 a.m., chair exercise at 9:30 a.m., Wii bowling or table games at 10 a.m., and Bingo for Bucks at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be pepper steak with gravy, whipped potatoes, carrots, white bread, and pears.


Spiritual Renewal Weekend Planned March 22, 2019

"Seeking First the Kingdom," a spiritual renewal weekend, is being planned at Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Ave., for Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, around the theme of spiritual disciplines, discernment and discipleship. Tara Hornbacker, recently retired professor at Bethany Theological Seminary, will be the keynote speaker on March 30 and the preacher at worship services at 8 and 10:15 a.m. on March 31.

In addition to Hornbacker's messages at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 30, workshops will be offered by Jennifer Biemiller, Peggy Gish, Leonar Ochoa, Jamie Nace and Christina Bucher. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-397-4751.


Grandview Will Host Concert March 22, 2019

On Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m., the Manheim Township High School Concert Choir and Troubadours will present a concert at Grandview United Methodist Church, 888 Pleasure Road, Lancaster. The concert will be free of charge and open to the public.

The Concert Choir is a curricular ensemble of 40 to 50 students selected from the school's chorus. The Troubadours are a vocal ensemble comprised of 16 students selected by audition from those in the chorus and Concert Choir. Both ensembles are directed by Mark Wagner, who is in his 32nd year of teaching at the high school.

More information is available by calling 717-394-6887 or visiting


Students Participate In Regional Orchestra March 22, 2019

Elizabethtown Area High School orchestra students Sean Brown, violin, and Mayelin Ebersole, viola, recently took part in the 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Central Region Orchestra Festival held at the Performing Arts Center in Williamsport. Dr. Gerardo Edelstein, director of orchestras at Penn State University, conducted the ensemble of about 100 talented high school musicians.

A team of judges, composed of local music teachers, selected the students to the Central Region Orchestra based on their performance at the District 7 festival held in January.

Participants at the regional level represented the top orchestra students from not only District 7, which covers Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties, but also District 8, which consists of Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union counties.

This is the second time that Ebersole has played in the regional orchestra and the third time that Brown has earned the honor.

The high school's orchestra director is Rich Winey.


GEARS Posts Programs March 22, 2019

GEARS has posted its schedule of programs and activities. Unless otherwise noted, separate costs have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers, and registration is required. For more information or to register, readers may visit or call 717-367-0355.

The Elizabethtown Area Youth Soccer Program will operate on Saturdays from April 6 through May 18 (except April 20) from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Elizabethtown Area High School Field 3, 800 E. High St. This program is designed to be instructional as well as provide a chance to participate in low-competitive games. Both boys and girls in grades one through three are invited.

Introduction to Tai Chi and Advanced Tai Chi classes will meet on Tuesdays from April 9 through June 11 in the gymnasium at Rheems Elementary School, 130 Alida St. The introductory class will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the advanced class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Canine classes will be offered on Tuesdays, April 9 through 30, at the Elizabethtown Fairgrounds, 900 E. High St. Canine Fast Track Basic Obedience will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., with Advanced Canine Fast Track from 8 to 9 p.m.

The 13th annual four-person Spring Mix Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, April 26, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Sunset Golf Course, 2601 Sunset Drive, Middletown. Tournament proceeds will benefit the GEARS Summer Playground Program.

A trip to Washington, D.C., to watch the Cherry Blossom Parade on Constitution Avenue between Seventh and 17th streets is set for Saturday, April 13. Departure will be at 6 a.m. from the Elizabethtown Area High School parking lot.


Farmdale Students Receive Recognition March 22, 2019


Sportsmen Plan Events March 22, 2019

The Manheim Sportsmen's Association, 552 Oak Tree Road, Manheim, has posted its upcoming schedule. Readers may visit for information on all club activities.

The club's trap shooting program will restart on Wednesday, April 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will continue each Wednesday at the same time through October. On Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again each Saturday through October, trap shooting practice will also be offered to the public. For more information, readers may call 717-392-3796.

On April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the club will offer a hunter-trapper education course at the Manheim Farm Show Complex, 502 Adele Ave. Anyone over age 11 can take the course. Those interested may call the head instructor, Tagge Forrest, at 717-283-9198. The event will be free, but preregistration is required.

The monthly coffee hour for retirees and seniors will be held at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 8. Members, past members and friends are invited to enjoy fellowship, including hunting stories from past seasons. For more information, readers may call Charlie at 717-951-6103.

The monthly membership meeting will take place on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. Anyone is welcome, especially new members. For more information, readers may call 717-665-7729.

On Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., the indoor range is open for handgun practice. The club has a range safety officer and an NRA instructor on-site to assist shooters and control all shooting. For more information and regulations, readers may call Allan at 717-653-9979.

The club's officers thank all members who helped at a scheduled workday at the club on March 16. A total of 42 members participated in the workday.


Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students March 22, 2019

The Donegal High School (DHS) Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that Janell Brinser and Nathan McNece are the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for March. The selected outstanding students were slated to be honored by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during their monthly luncheon meeting.

Janell Brinser is the daughter of Jim and Sandy Brinser of Mount Joy. She is a member of National Honor Society (NHS), Women in Business, and Key Club, and she has served in leadership positions in Link Crew, as well as serving as president of National Art Honor Society, treasurer of Student Council, and president of Mini-THON. She also participated in Donegal Performing Arts wardrobe crew and Ski and Snowboard Club all four years of high school, DEEP as a senior, and Varsity Club in 10th through 12th grades. She is a four-year member of the track and field and soccer teams, serving as captain of the latter.

Outside of school, Janell volunteered at Lancaster General Hospital over the summer and participates with the Penn Legacy Soccer team. She also attends Trinity Lutheran Church and is a member of the youth group.

After graduation, Janell plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship. She plans to major in nursing.

Nathan is the son of Brian and Andrea McNece of Mount Joy. He is a two-year member of NHS and Math Honor Society. He was a 2018 Lenfest Scholar Semifinalist; Lenfest is a prestigious and competitive local scholarship. He participated on the tennis team all four years of high school and was also involved in the Spanish Club, ping-pong club, and chess club. He is a performing arts member and participated in the musical "Anything Goes." Nathan was on the Donegal Court this year.

Outside of school, Nathan plays tennis and participates in youth group.

After graduation, Nathan plans to attend Lehigh University to study computer science and business.


Library Will Host Programs March 22, 2019

Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, has posted its upcoming programming. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and require preregistration. Readers are encouraged to register at or by calling the library at 717-653-1510. More information is available by calling or visiting the library.

A community blood drive will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot. A form of ID is required to donate.

A free community paper shredding event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mount Joy will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the parking lot. Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Mount Joy Food Bank.

Read With Kirby will offer struggling readers an opportunity to practice reading aloud to Kirby, a Westie and certified therapy dog. Kirby will be available on Mondays at 6 p.m. Individuals should call Miss Jan to register.

Family Story Time will be offered on Monday, April 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the East Donegal Township Municipal Building, 190 Rock Point Road, Maytown. Families may enjoy stories, songs, and a craft based on a theme of the week. Family Story Time will also be held in Marietta at the old First National Bank, 100 W. Market St., on Monday, April 15, at 10:30 a.m.

Homeschool Spanish, a basic conversational Spanish class, will meet on Tuesdays, April 2, 9 and 16, at 2 p.m. The class is for children age 7 and up.

Sing, Shake and Sway Story Time is set for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, April 3 and 17, and Thursdays, April 4 and 18. It will encourage children to interact and move to songs and stories.

Preschool Super Science will be held on Tuesday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m. Miss Jan will lead themed science experiments or activities relating to the lives of 3- to 6-year-olds.

Lego Club, for people of all ages, will take place at 6 p.m. on April 9. Legos will be provided.

Family Story Time will be held on Wednesday, April 10, and Thursday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m. Miss Jan invites families to enjoy stories, songs and a craft based on a theme of the week.

STEM Club, for children age 7 and up, will be offered at 6 p.m. on April 11. Participants will turn 2-D instructions to 3-D thinking using Keva Planks for creative building.

Fun Fort Friday will be held on Friday, April 12, at 5 p.m. Attendees will build a family fort among the bookshelves, read inside and have a snack. They are asked to bring their own blankets or sheets and a flashlight.

Fun Family Book Bingo has been set for 6 p.m. on April 16. Attendees are asked to bring a light snack to share.

Sensory Story Time will be offered on Tuesday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. The program is geared toward children ages 3 to 5 who are differently abled, who may be on the autism spectrum, who have sensory processing issues or who feel overwhelmed by noises or crowds. A time of monitored social play will be available afterward. Registration is required, and space is limited.

Sing and Sign Story Time, during which basic American Sign Language is incorporated, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, April 24 and 25.

The next few gatherings of Dark Order Teen Anime will give teenagers age 13 and up an opportunity to learn the role-playing game Legend of the 5 Rings. The next session will take place on Saturday, April 13, at 6 p.m.

A game night for adults will take place on April 1 at 6 p.m. Attendees may bring games.

Closely Knit, a group for avid knitters or those who aspire to knit, will meet at 1 p.m. on Mondays, April 8 and 22. Attendees may knit or crochet individual projects, and no registration is necessary.

The Friends group will meet on April 8 at 6:30 p.m. New members are always welcome.

The book discussion group focused on the classics will discuss "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut on Monday, April 15, at 10:30 a.m.; the group's May selection will be "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. The Lit Lovers book discussion group will discuss "The Radium Girls" by Kate Moore on Tuesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m.; the group's May selection will be "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque.

"Maytown, Queen City of Donegal" will be the first in a three-part My Hometown series on April 15 at 6 p.m. Presenter Bob Lescalette will talk about the history of Maytown.

Make-It Monday on April 22 at 6 p.m. will focus on card making. Participants will make three different handmade cards. Presenter Kathy Bistline will provide all materials and will offer tips and suggestions on making cards for all occasions.

All writers, whether recreational or professional, are welcome to work on their current projects or write to prompts by facilitator Ingrid Andersen during the Writers' Circle at 6 p.m. on April 22.


Chiques COB Sets Evangelistic Services March 22, 2019

Chiques Church of the Brethren (COB), 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, will hold evangelistic services on Sunday through Wednesday, April 7 to 10. The theme will be "Believe," based on the book of the same name by Randy Frazee.

On April 7 at 10:15 a.m., the title will be "God," and the service will be based on 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Evening services will take place at 7 p.m., with the schedule, including the titles and their Scriptures, as follows: April 7, "Personal God," Psalm 121; Monday, April 8, "Salvation," Ephesians 2:8-9; Tuesday, April 9, "The Bible," 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and April 10, "Sharing My Faith," Ephesians 6:19-20.

Featured during the services will be Tim Fleener, who serves as pastor at Richland Church of the Brethren in Lebanon County. He and his wife, Sarah, live on a small farm and raise sheep and beef cattle. They have two sons; one is married and the other plans to marry in the fall. They also have two grandsons.


Historical Society To Hold Meeting March 22, 2019

The East Petersburg Historical Society (EPHS) will hold its next meeting on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the East Petersburg Community Building, 6051 Pine St. The guest speaker will be longtime East Petersburg resident Steven Hain, discussing Bart Lynch, a local historical figure.

All EPHS meetings are free and open to the public and are very informal. Readers may visit the EPHS Facebook page or or call Lynn at 717-664-3808 for more information.


Local Residents Take Trapping Trip March 22, 2019

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