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Girl Scouts Earn Silver Awards January 16, 2019

Seven eighth-grade Cadette Girl Scouts in New Freedom completed a major milestone this winter. They earned their Silver Awards, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette in sixth through eighth grades can earn. The Girl Scout Silver Award includes completing a long-term project, educating others, and making a difference in the Scouts' community while working as a team and exhibiting leadership skills. The New Freedom Cadettes completed two projects in the community.

The first project was assembly of chemotherapy care kits. Partnering with the local H.O.P.E. foundation, along with the Southern Branch YMCA, the Paul Smith Library and St. John Lutheran Church, the girls collected donations from local residents and businesses. These donations included items of comfort and hygiene for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment, including fleece blankets, sensitive skin soap, unscented hand sanitizer, puzzle books, coloring books, cards, mints, tissues, and toothbrushes. Part of the project included teaching younger Girl Scouts about cancer and chemotherapy treatment and making cards of comfort and encouragement for chemotherapy patients. Through donations, the girls were able to package and donate more than 100 chemotherapy care kits. Through the project, the girls aimed to raise awareness of cancer, chemotherapy, and the local H.O.P.E. foundation and to encourage the community to continuing donating to the cause.

The second Silver Award project was collecting pet care items and toys for animals in shelters. Partnering with the local New Freedom Animal Rescue Inc., Bark of the Town, and Shrewsbury Family Pet Shop, the girls collected donations of pet food, pet toys, cleaning supplies, and blankets. Additionally, the girls talked to younger children about animal care and made fleece cat and dog toys. The girls were able to donate three large carloads of pet care and toys, with the hope that the items would make animals in shelters more comfortable and more likely to be adopted. The girls encourage community members to continue donating to and adopting animals from local animal shelters.

Through these projects, the Scouts learned the importance of giving back to the community.


Rupe Installed As Zembo Shrine Potentate January 16, 2019

Imperial Sir Mark Hartz, Past Potentate of Boumi Shrine in Baltimore and the current Imperial Outer Guard of Shriners International, was the installing officer for the 2019 Divan members of Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg on Jan. 6. The program was held in the auditorium of Zembo Shrine and was attended by more than 170 Shriners, friends and family members.

Joseph W. Rupe Jr. of Derry Township was installed as the 98th Illustrious Potentate of Zembo Shrine. His wife, Susan, has chosen the Walk for Love to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children - Philadelphia as her First Lady's Project. The event will take place on Saturday, June 22, at Italian Lake across Division Street from the Shrine Center. The Philadelphia hospital serves children in the Zembo area of Dauphin, Cumberland, York, Adams, Franklin, Perry and Juniata counties and portions of Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

Zembo members transport patients and their families to medical appointments at the Philadelphia hospital, sometimes making as many as three trips per week. Treatment is administered regardless of a family's ability to pay.

Serving in addition to Rupe will be Chief Rabban Stanley E. Johnston Jr. of Linglestown and Lady Cheryl; Assistant Rabban Larry A. Fahnestock of Mechanicsburg; High Priest and Prophet J. Scott Burford of York and Lady Joan; Oriental Guide Lynn E. Shields, Past Potentate, and Lady Jo-Ann; Treasurer Terry L. DiGruttolo of Elizabethtown and Lady Susan; and Recorder Huey A. Long of Mechanicsburg and Lady Aggie.

The elected Divan also serves as the board of directors of the Shrine Center.

Preceding the installation was a family worship service conducted by the Zembo Chaplain Corps with music by the Zembo Highlander Bagpipe Unit. Reception music featured the highly acclaimed Zembo Shrine String Band.

Membership in Zembo is open to any Master Mason in good standing in a Masonic lodge.


Assistance Hours Posted For Veterans January 16, 2019

Rep. Kate Klunk will host Veterans' Outreach Days twice a month at her district office, located at 118 Carlisle St., Suite 300, Hanover. Veterans' outreach assistance with a representative from the American Legion will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday and from 2 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. In the coming months, the program will be held on Feb. 12 and 26, March 12 and 26, and April 9 and 23.

Some of the services available to veterans and their dependents include assistance with compensation, pension claims, death benefits, education and health care, as well as any issues pertaining to veterans' benefits. All veterans and their spouses are encouraged to sit down with a veteran service officer to understand what services may be available for them.

Appointments must be made in advance by contacting Klunk's office at 717-630-8942.


VFW Recognizes Safety Officers January 16, 2019

The James A. Danner VFW Post 537 recently held a Safety Banquet to honor all first responders from the area and to specifically recognize one firefighter, one emergency medical technician (EMT), and one police officer. VFW Post 537 sought nominations from supervisory officers in Fairview Township, Newberry Township, and the borough of Goldsboro.

To be eligible for an award, nominees had to meet various criteria. The three primary criteria were recognition by their colleagues, unswerving loyalty to and active performance in safety of citizens, and dedication to their official responsibilities over a period of years, showing continuous growth in responsibility and experience.

The Firefighter of the Year for 2018 is Kyle Harbold. He serves as the fire police captain, assisting the Newberry Township Police Department in both emergency and nonemergency situations. He had the highest response to calls within the Newberry Township Fire Department.

Leslie Garner of Newberry Township's EMS was selected as the Post 537's Emergency Medical Technician Award winner for 2018. Garner began as an EMT in 2002 and became a medic in 2008. She has served as a full-time medic in Newberry Township since 2013.

Post 537 chose Detective Daniel Grimme of Newberry Township Police Department as the Police Officer of the Year. Grimme, an eight-year veteran of the Newberry Township Police Department, serves in the department's Criminal Support Unit. In the past year, he was instrumental in prosecuting several individuals who illegally delivered narcotics. In addition to general investigations, he also investigates domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

Nominations for the 2019 Safety Officers can be submitted at any time prior to Sunday, Sept. 1, to the James A. Danner VFW Post 537. For more information, readers may call Charlie at 724-630-4956.


Senior Center Posts Schedule January 16, 2019

The Delta Area Senior Center, located in the Peach Bottom Township Recreation Building at 5 Pendyrus St., has announced its upcoming activities. For more information, readers may call 717-456-5753.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the veteran service officer will be present. Appointments are required. The veteran service officer visits the senior center on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Dutch Welker will be present at 9:30 a.m. to make minor watch repairs and replace batteries. Other activities will include dominoes at 9 a.m., light exercise at 11 a.m. and the puzzle challenge at 12:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m., Sequence will be played. An herb garden craft and Wii Bowling will both begin at 9:30 a.m. Penny will lead a line dance class from 10 to 11 a.m. Music with Patrick at 11:15 a.m. will be followed by pinochle from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Friday, Jan. 25, from 8 to 9 a.m., the senior center will hold a breakfast of pancakes or chipped beef. Bingo will be played at 9:30 a.m.; cards will be available for a nominal fee. Pickleball will also begin at 9:30 a.m. Cribbage will be played from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Light exercise will begin at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome. The challenge of the day will take place at 12:30 p.m. The knitting class will occur from 1 to 3 p.m.

Activities on Monday, Jan. 28, will include dominoes at 9 a.m., Sit and Sew at 9 a.m. and Wii Bowling at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend a Bible study at 10 a.m. Light exercise for people of all abilities will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 28 will be Giveaway Day. Sundaes will be served to those who eat lunch at the senior center at 12:30 p.m. The crochet class and Sew for Vets will both take place from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, bingo and pickleball will both be played at 9:30 a.m. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? will start at 12:30 p.m., and the card game Phase 10 will be played from 1 to 3 p.m. The Creative Writers group will meet at 1:15 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, dominoes will be played at 9 a.m. at the center, as well as Wii Bowling at 9:30 a.m. A group will meet at Lion Bowling Center at 9:30 a.m. A dietician from the York County Area Agency on Aging will visit the center at 10 a.m. for a nutrition lesson. The group going to Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse will meet at 10:30 a.m. Light exercise will begin at 11 a.m., and the challenge will take place at 12:30 p.m. The art class will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m.


Students Win Recognition At Conference January 16, 2019

Nine students from the West York Area High School Model United Nations Club attended the Hershey Regional Conference, held at the Hershey Conference Lodge and Hotel on Jan. 4 to 6.

Two West York students took home awards. Alisa Steele, a ninth-grader, won an Outstanding First Year Delegate Award for her committee, and senior Lydia Slajchert won an Outstanding Country Team Award. Alisa represented Ecuador on the Pan-American Summit, and Lydia represented Oman on the Middle East and North Africa Summit.

The other West York attendees, their represented countries and their committees are as follows: 12th-grader Angelina Marchozzi, Algeria, Environment and Technology Committee; 12th-grader Melody Slajchert, Canada, General Assembly A; 11th-grader Katherine Hutton, Canada, General Assembly C; 11th-grader Ashley Jordan, Denmark, Social and Humanitarian Council; 11th-grader Awaiz Zahra, Legal B Committee; ninth-grader Tyler Bard, Syria, Historical Security Council, 1967; and ninth-grader Kylie Smith, Canada, General Assembly B.

The club adviser for the West York Model United Nations Club is Melissa J. Carl, a social studies and gifted support teacher at the high school. Carl is also the National Honor Society adviser for West York.


Program For Seniors Slated January 16, 2019

The Well, 107 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, will meet from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays starting on Jan. 23 for coffee, snacks, games, art, crochet/knitting and Faith Talk. All seniors are welcome to participate.

The Well is a ministry of Hopewell United Methodist Church. For more information, readers may call 610-269-1545.


Polka Dance Event Planned January 16, 2019

The White Rose Polka Dancers Association of York will hold a dance on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Alert Fire Company, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville. Dance music will be provided by The Monaldi Brothers.

Admission tickets will be sold at the door or in advance by calling 717-244-3436. Refreshments will be included in the price of admission.


Windy Hill Sets Dancing Classes January 16, 2019

Windy Hill on the Campus, 1472 Roth's Church Road, Spring Grove, will offer beginner ballroom dancing classes on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m.

Participants will learn some popular dances including the rumba, foxtrot and East Coast swing. There is a fee for each class, which will be taught by members Dan and Brenda Miller. No experience is necessary, and no special shoes are needed. Classes are open to adults age 60 and up.

For registration and information, readers may contact the center at 717-225-0733.


St. James Church To Host Sale January 16, 2019

St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25 N. Adams St., York, will host a sale on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be books, puzzles, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch items for sale.


Dance Event Slated January 16, 2019

York USA Dance Chapter 3008 will hold its first ballroom dance of the new year on Sunday, Jan. 27, while returning to its previous venue, Alert Fire Hall, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville. The dance will begin at 3 p.m. with a lindy hop lesson taught by Anthony Obin, followed by open dancing to a mix of swing, ballroom and Latin music from 4 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available, and food donations will be accepted.

All USA Dance events are open to the public, including dancers of all ages and experience levels. Admission fees, which include the lesson, have been set for members, guests and students with IDs.

More information may be found at the York USA Dance Chapter 3008 Facebook page or at


Woodturners Club To Meet January 16, 2019

The next monthly meeting of the South Central Pennsylvania Woodturners Club will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the Park Building at Christ United Methodist Church, 18 Water St., Jacobus, on the first Tuesday of each month.

The February meeting will feature Tom Dineen demonstrating three different ways of turning a bowl on a lathe. The March meeting will provide an introduction to chip carving. Meetings include displays of recent members' projects, discussions, and demonstrations on techniques for various woodturning projects. Experienced woodturners are available to answer questions in all areas of woodturning.

Anyone with an interest in woodturning, from beginner to professional, is encouraged to attend. For more information, readers may visit or email Barry Stump at


Senior Center Activities Set January 16, 2019

Stewartstown Area Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, has announced its upcoming schedule of activities. For more information, readers may call 717-993-3488.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Barb's aerobics class will be held in the fellowship hall from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. To mark National Pie Day, people are invited to bake their favorite pie and bring it in for sampling. Mary Ellen will help with ceramic projects in the morning. There will be a winter driving safety class at 10:30 a.m., when the Red Hat group will also meet. Wii bowling and other table games will be available throughout the day, and the bridge group will meet at noon.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, Barb's aerobics class will be held in the fellowship hall from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. A nurse will be available to check weights and blood pressures from 9 to 11 a.m., and Kings in the Corner will begin at 9:30 a.m. The yoga class will meet at 10:30 a.m. Table games and Wii will be available throughout the day, and the acrylic art class and the Hand and Foot group will both meet at noon.

On Friday, Jan. 25, Barb's aerobics class will be held in the fellowship hall from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Bocce will start at 10:30 a.m., table games and Wii games will be available throughout the day, and bingo will be played after lunch.

On Monday, Jan. 28, Barb's aerobics class will be held in the fellowship hall from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Various table games will be available throughout the day. The movie for the month is "Mamma Mia." The board of directors will meet at 3 p.m.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, Barb's aerobics class will be held in the fellowship hall from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and the watercolor art class will begin at 9:15 a.m. Doug will assist with computer issues, table games and Wii will be available throughout the day, and the pinochle players will meet at noon.


Sewing Network Plans Meeting January 16, 2019

The Lancaster Area Sewing Network will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at Lancaster Friends Meeting House, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster. Guests are welcome to attend.

The group has announced 2019 will be its Year of the Pant, and the upcoming meeting will introduce the topic, with suggestions for choosing fabric and patterns. Expert sewists will be available to take body measurements. Anyone wishing to be measured for pants is advised to wear close-fitting clothing.

For more information, readers may email


Sponsorships Sought For Winter Blast Retreat January 16, 2019

Both Carl Edwards, youth center director with CrossNet Ministries, and assistant youth center director Shanice Smith-Starr agree that one of the best reasons to take area high school students to Camp Orchard Hill each year for Winter Blast is that the retreat gives students and staff a chance to build relationships. "That is why students continue to pester Shanice and me about when registration is starting," shared Edwards. "They have been asking for weeks."

The 2019 Winter Blast will be held Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 10. The weekend, which is specifically designed for students from urban youth centers, will bring together more than 200 students and will feature a Christian hip-hop artist and speaker Josh Ott, a Schuylkill County pastor. In addition to four sessions with Ott, the students will have the chance to enjoy activities such as sledding, snow football, an indoor climbing wall, inflatables, hockey, and bubble ball. The theme for this year's Winter Blast is "The Greatest," based on I Corinthians 13:13, which reads, "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

According to Smith-Starr, the sessions with Ott can be powerful experiences for the students. "Usually that last session ... includes the Gospel (message of salvation)," said Smith-Starr. Last year, three CrossNet students accepted the Lord during Winter Blast. "(These sessions have) been a blessing, especially as the students hear teachings and worship," Smith-Starr added. "They are exposed to the Gospel during that time, so they are connecting with their peers and hearing God's Word."

Edwards noted that the atmosphere at the event helps students feel comfortable. "We appreciate that Camp Orchard Hill creates a weekend for our students," said Edwards. "(Camp Orchard Hill staff members) allow students to be who they are without a sense of judgment. They preach the Gospel (because) they want to see students come to Jesus, so they make sure the students are safe and cared for and that it's a different (experience) than going to a church."

When students who make a decision for Christ during the retreat return to New Holland, CrossNet staff members take steps to help disciple them. "We are thankful those (young people) made those decisions," explained Smith-Starr. "We try to be intentional with them when they come back from that weekend."

Because Camp Orchard Hill staff members plan and organize the retreat, Edwards and Smith-Starr have the opportunity to focus on the students they have brought. "We get to be leaders. We get to be fully invested," said Edwards. "We get to be with our students to learn together and grow together. It's so great."

This will be the 10th year that the center has taken a group to Winter Blast. Each year, the CrossNet youth center staff members endeavor to take 35 to 40 students on the trip. The total cost to send one student to the event is $150, and CrossNet is seeking scholarships to help fund the trip. "Anyone can sponsor a student," noted Edwards. "Churches can come together to take a group." Each sponsorship covers travel, food, lodging, and camp fees. Sponsors will receive ways to pray for the student prior to the trip. After the trip, sponsors will receive a group photo and a thank-you note from the student. Readers who are interested in contributing toward sponsorship of a student may contact either Edwards at or Smith-Starr at or call 717-355-2454.

CrossNet Youth Center, located at 100 W. Franklin St., New Holland, is now open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Each night, dinner is served at 6 p.m. Round table discussions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. The center is open to groups of sixth- through 12th-grade students, with Tuesdays designated for male students and Thursdays designated for female students. The center is open to all students on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Quilting Group Slates Meeting January 16, 2019

The Mission Quilters at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Coatesville will meet on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. to create quilts that will be donated to Lutheran World Relief and distributed worldwide. Volunteers are invited to help tie the quilt layers together during meetings of the group, which are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. No experience is needed.

The group is also seeking fabric donations.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 107 S. 17th Ave., Coatesville. For more information about joining the Mission Quilters or donating fabric, readers may email Jean Broderick at


Hopewell UMC Packs Meals January 16, 2019

Members of Hopewell United Methodist Church (UMC), 852 Hopewell Road, Downingtown, recently took part in an effort to feed those across the world suffering from hunger.

Proceeds from the Hopewell UMC congregation and Hopewell vacation Bible school raised more than $6,765 in order to pack 23,328 meals for those in need around the world through Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), an international relief effort that apportions food and aid to impoverished countries.

More than 100 volunteers of all ages helped to pack the meals within a two-hour time frame.

Greg, one of event's organizers, shared his story of how hunger impacted his childhood and why he gives his time to Rise Against Hunger.

For more information about the church, readers may visit


Crafting Group Plans Meetings January 16, 2019

The Chatty Crafters group meets every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook. People are invited to crochet, knit, cross stitch, color, craft and chat. Attendees should bring their own supplies. Any kind of craft making is welcome.

For more details, call 610-273-3303 or email


Applications For Bike Grants Sought January 16, 2019

"We have given out $350,000," said John Mullineaux of the Lancaster Bicycle Club (LBC). "The single biggest (amount) was for municipal and EMS (emergency medical services) bike patrols. We've purchased bicycles and equipment (for those organizations)." Mullineaux added that Lancaster police and police stations in a number of county boroughs have received funds from the club to purchase bikes.

LBC is currently seeking applicants so that the club can give away another $25,000 in grants. Grants are available to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools. The application form may be found at Completed applications are due to the club by Friday, Feb. 15.

"It is a simple application process," said Mullineaux. "We ask for a short description of what they will do (with the funds) and how much they want." Mullineaux said that the application form also asks what the organization will do if it does not receive the grant.

"I pull all the applications together and do a presentation for the board, and they (usually) vote up or down," said Mullineaux, who added that sometimes the amount of the grant request is modified by the group. Those receiving grants must initiate their projects during the 2019 calendar year.

The grants were first given in 1990. Over the years, the types of requests that have been granted have varied. "We have spent money on bicycle advocacy," recalled Mullineaux. "We have spent more than $30,000 on bicycle racks." Mullineaux said many bicycle racks seen in theLancaster city and around the county were provided by the club. The club has also purchased road signs and bicycles for elementary school gym classes that were used to teach bicycle safety.

Mullineaux said that one of the most unusual awards was to the mural project at the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail near Columbia. A part of the 250-foot-long mural will show a bicycle rider on the trail.

In addition to the $25,000 grants, LBC also donates $5,000 to the county to help defray costs of maintaining covered bridges and $5,000 to HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Commuinty College, for student scholarships.The scholarship program grew out of the 450-member club's annual Covered Bridge Ride. The ride, which dates back 40 years, was originally just for club members. "We expanded (the ride) to include visitors because of the great place Lancaster County is," said Mullineaux. Originally, the intention of the ride was to raise funds to augment the club's budget, but in the 1990s, Bicycling magazine listed the ride as the best in Pennsylvania.

"Attendance exploded," said Mullineaux. "One year, we hit 4,000 (riders)." The ride is now restricted to 2,300 participants. It begins at the HACC Lancaster campus, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. Several routes will be offered. The 62-mile metric century route will head north to New Holland, Farmersville, Terre Hill, and Reamstown, before turning south to return to HACC. Seven covered bridges will be part of the route. Additional routes include a 31-mile course with four covered bridges and a 15-mile ride with two covered bridges. One option adds a loop at Stevens that travels 32 difficult miles for riders who wish to complete a more challenging ride.


Library To Host Bluebird Event January 16, 2019

Chester Springs Library, 1709 Art School Road, Chester Springs, will host master bluebirder Ken Leister as he presents an informative program on bluebirds on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m. He will talk about their protection, enjoyment and propagation, and he will discuss what makes a good nest box for bluebirds.

For more information and to register, readers may visit and click on Calendar or call 610-827-9212.

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