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Glen Lapp Volleyball Tournament

John Denlinger, advancement associate with Lancaster Mennonite School (LMS), feels that the annual volleyball tournament that benefits the Glen D. Lapp Endowment for Student Aid is unique. "We organize the tournament 'Glen-style,'" said Denlinger. "(Glen Lapp) was so laid-back and relaxed."

"Glen-style" means there are no officials. "Everybody calls their own game," explained Denlinger. "If they touch the net, they make their own call. If it's out, you make your call. That's how Glen would have wanted it." Denlinger added that the Glen-style play is explained to the teams prior to each tournament. This year's fundraiser will be held on Saturdays, Jan. 5 and 12, 2019, at Lancaster Mennonite High School (LMHS), 2176 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster. The tournament will be divided into two divisions. Division B will play beginning at 9 a.m. on Jan. 5, and Division A will play beginning at noon on Jan. 12. A maximum of 20 teams will play in each division.

The tournament is organized by Mark Leaman and Kevin Groff, with help from Glen's cousin Joel Lapp. Leaman and Groff played volleyball for Lancaster Mennonite High School (LMHS) and were coached by Glen in 1992 and 1993. The initial tournament held in Glen's honor was organized by his cousin Tim Lapp.

Glen was killed on Aug. 5, 2010, when he and nine others were ambushed after holding an eye and dental clinic in a remote area of Afghanistan. Glen, a nurse, traveled to Afghanistan in October 2008 through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in partnership with International Assistance Mission. Eye care is a pressing need in Afghanistan. To reach the village where the clinic was held, members of the group first flew, then drove, and then walked, packing their equipment on hired horses.

Before becoming a nurse, Glen attended Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), where he played volleyball and earned a degree in math. Following graduation from EMU, Glen was not quite sure what he wanted to do next. He worked as the dorm supervisor at LMHS and coached volleyball. Eventually, he decided to become a nurse, completing a Johns Hopkins accelerated course to become a registered nurse in one year.

During his adult life, Glen lived in six states, serving people from all walks of life as a registered nurse working at Lancaster Regional Hospital and with the Traveling Nurses Association, which took him to New York City and Oregon. He also worked in a government clinic on a Native American reserve in Supai, Ariz.

In December of 2011, LMS began the endowment, which - in honor of Glen's work overseas - is used to provide scholarships for immigrant and refugee students. The fund supports need-based scholarships that enable students to receive an education at LMS. Since it began, the volleyball tournament has raised $50,000 for the fund.

Denlinger noted that the tournament, which started with family and friends of Glen, has grown over the years and that last year, a few teams had to be turned away. This year, MCC, which still has a presence in Afghanistan, will have a display at both events that will include photos of Glen and testimonials. Representatives will be with the display to answer questions.

Readers who wish to learn more about the tournament may visit Players and teams that wish to register may do so by searching for "Glen Lapp Memorial Volleyball" at Registrations will be accepted through Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.


Everyboyd In Dance Party

Youths with special needs are invited to enjoy dance parties that will be held at Grove United Methodist Church, 490 W. Boot Road, West Chester. Dances will be held several times each month beginning on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, from 10 to 11 a.m.

The dance parties, themed "Everybody In," are being presented by Lizzy Stahelek, who is organizing the event as part of a service project in conjunction with pursuing the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award in Cadette Girl Scouting. Lizzy, 13, is a seventh-grade student at Peirce Middle School and a member of Girl Scout Troop 4297, which meets at the school.

"It will be a relaxed event that all people with special needs can attend and enjoy. Kids with special needs can dance their own way and enjoy the music in their own way," Lizzy said. "The kids will not have to follow dance steps; it will be a dance party."

Lizzy's 9-year-old sister, Ally, who has special needs, was the inspiration for the project. "My sister likes a lot of music," Lizzy said, noting that the family had previously attended a dance class for special needs students. "It was mainly (learning) a routine, and some of the steps were harder to follow. (For these dances), we wanted people to just have a party."

The girls' mother, Margaret Stahelek, explained, "There wasn't a place for someone like our daughter, so Lizzy wanted to create something where everyone can participate. I think it will be really fun."

Lizzy began planning for the dance parties this past summer, which included scouting for a handicapped-accessible location.

After the opening event on Jan. 5, upcoming dances will be held on Jan. 19; Feb. 2 and 16; March 2, 16 and 30; and April 6 and 20, 2019. It is not necessary to register for the events, and participants can attend as many dance parties as they choose.

All attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian who must stay with them during the hour-long session. Siblings are welcome. No snacks will be provided, so dancers are encouraged to bring bottled water or other beverages.

Lizzy has prepared a playlist with dances such as the hokey pokey. "We have to tailor it to who is there, and we have multiple playlists," said Lizzy, noting that there will also be some surprises.

"Once (the dance parties) start, we will make changes as necessary," Margaret added. "We want the kids to feel part of a group and have them go to an event that they enjoy."

Lizzy noted that the dance parties are modeled after High 5 Soccer, which Ally participates in. High 5 is a program offered each spring and fall by the Glenmoore Eagle Youth Association (GEYA). The program, run by coaches Jenn and Matt Wagner, offers children with special needs one hour of soccer each weekend, during which players pair up with a teenager or adult buddy for activities and games that are adapted to their abilities. "The dance will not have assigned buddies like High 5, but there will be volunteers dancing with them," said Lizzy.

During High 5 Soccer while the children are on the field, parents frequently network and talk about their children's needs and discuss programs that are offered in the area. At the dance parties, the goal is to foster a similar support system. "If parents do want to dance, they can, but they don't necessarily have to, and hopefully they will talk to the other parents like they do at High 5," Margaret said.

Upon completion of the project, Lizzy will present a report about the dance parties to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania for final approval before receiving the Silver Award.

For more information about the dance parties, readers may email

More information about High 5 Soccer is available at and


York Symphony Orchestra

The York Symphony Orchestra (YSO) will present "National Heroes" on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., York. The Classical Series Concert will include a special guest performance from award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski.

The National Heroes concert will begin with a performance of "Make Gentle the Life of This World," composed by Raymond Horton, which honors the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The audience will hear the famous speech delivered by Robert F. Kennedy in the wake of King's assassination.

The Jan. 19 concert will also celebrate two composers who were national heroes in their homelands - Dmitri Shostakovich in Russia and Jean Sibelius in Finland. Shostakovich was a major composer of the 20th century. Sibelius was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods.

Paremski began her piano studies when she was 4 years old, and she made her professional debut at age 9. She was awarded several prestigious artist prizes at a very young age, including the Gilmore Young Artists prize in 2006 at age 18, the Prix Montblanc in 2007, and the Orpheum Stiftung Prize in Switzerland. In September 2010, she was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist of the Year Award. She has performed with major orchestras throughout North America and was featured in a major two-part film for BBC Television on the life and work of Tchaikovsky.

Separate ticket prices have been set for adults and for students. To purchase tickets, readers may visit or call 717-846-1111.


Messiah Sing-Along

The Chester County Christian Chorale will present the 32nd annual Chester County "Messiah" Sing-Along on Friday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. at Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church, 1121 Octorara Trail, Parkesburg.

Area residents are invited to attend to sing or listen during the performance. Participating singers, who do not rehearse in advance, will be accompanied by a professional 16-piece orchestra.

The sing-along will also feature professional soloists, including Heidi Shannon, soprano; Heidi Kurtz, mezzo soprano; Timothy Bentch, tenor; and Mark Moliterno, bass. The guest conductor will be Marcella Hostetler, Campus Chorale director at Lancaster Mennonite School. Complete biographies and photos of the soloists can be found at

The Chester County Christian Chorale was founded in 1976 by Clair Leaman, who wanted to provide local singers an opportunity to sing with a professional orchestra and soloists, who are hired prior to the performance.

On the night of the sing-along, members of the community who would like to sing in the choir are asked to arrive at the church at 6:30 p.m. Attire is business casual. Singers will then be organized by voice part. Leaman noted that between 130 to 150 singers generally take part.

According to, the full "Messiah" by G.F. Handel is organized into three parts. The first part covers Christ's birth and fulfillment of prophecy, and the second part focuses on Christ's suffering and death. The third part concludes with triumph over sin and death through the Resurrection.

Leaman explained that at Christmastime, the Chester County sing-along covers all of the first part, sections of the second part and excerpts of the third part of the score. A Lancaster County sing-along is also offered at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster during the Easter season. That program begins with the overture and then includes all of parts two and three. During the "Hallelujah" chorus, the audience is encouraged to stand and sing with the vocalists.

Both performances are open to anyone who wants to sing or listen. The timing of the events is designed not to interfere with Christmas and Easter schedules and to occur when professional musicians are less busy.

At the event on Dec. 28, Carol Stevens and Grace McConkie will provide American Sign Language interpretation at Stevens' suggestion. "The signers are really important," said Leaman. "It started because Stevens came to one of the sing-alongs and she came up to me afterward (and mentioned having signers), and we have had signers ever since at both venues.

"We may have people who can't hear, (and also) others love it because it adds something," Leaman added.

Leaman encourages vocalists who wish to take part to practice using the "Learn and Practice Your Voice Part" link at Singers may rent or purchase music to use at the event.

The event is free and open to the public. Early seating is advised.

A freewill offering will be received to help finance the cost of the event. The concert is supported by local businesses, as well as the Huston Foundation, the Robert Carwithen Music Foundation, the J.S. Herr Foundation, the James M. and Lois B. Herr Family Foundation and the Stewart Huston Charitable Trust. Readers who would like to learn more may visit and

Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church is located 1 mile south of Route 30 on Route 10.


SMBA Bluegrass Concert

Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association (SMBA) will present its next concert on Saturday, Dec. 29, in the social hall at Goodwill Fire Company, 2318 S. Queen St., York. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The Werner Family Band from Mount Joy will perform at 6:30 p.m., and Darin and Brooke Aldridge will perform at 7 p.m.

The Werner Family Band consists of a father and several of his sons, most of whom have received SMBA scholarships.

Brooke is the IBMA Female Vocalist of the year for 2017 and 2018. Darin is a multi-instrumentalist.

The kitchen will be open and operated by the Goodwill volunteer firefighters and ladies auxiliary members. There is a separate charge for the food in addition to the tickets for the show. The family show will be a smoke-free and alcohol-free event.

Separate ticket costs have been set for SMBA members and for nonmembers. The annual membership fee of a set cost per family can be paid the night of the show.

The SMBA 2018-19 show schedule is available at For more information, readers may contact 717-395-7128 or 717-515-3324.


Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser

A chili cook-off fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dover Community Center, 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover.

Attendees may judge chili samples for a nominal fee. Chili takeout will be available. The event will also feature craft vendors and a drawing.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. Readers may contact Kayla at 814-590-0133 for more information.


Paws for Reading

The Avon Grove Library, 117 Rosehill Ave., West Grove, invites children to practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to a therapy dog on the first Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon. The next scheduled session will be held on Jan. 5, 2019.

Ten-minute slots are available for reading aloud to Cooper or Wesley, the library's Paws for Reading canine partners.

Advance registration is required. To register, contact 610-869-2004 or


Night to Shine

Freedom Life Church will host a Night to Shine event on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Shady Maple Banquet Facility, 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl. The event is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Night to Shine is a prom experience for people with special needs age 14 and older. All Night to Shine guests and their caretakers are asked to register at The first 75 applicants will be accepted.

For more information, readers may call 610-593-5959 or email


Breakfast Buffet

Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, Robeson Township, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, from 7 to 11 a.m.

There will be separate prices for adults and children ages 6 to 12. Children under age 6 may eat for free.

For more information, readers may call 610-286-6481 or visit


Human Trafficking Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil

ACE Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance of Oxford will hold a one-hour candlelight vigil on Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. The event will take place at the corner of Third Street and Route 472 at 6 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a candle. Some candles will be available.

The event will be considered the monthly meeting. There will be no meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. For more information, readers may call 610-932-0337.


Remington Ryde Concert

Remington Ryde will perform bluegrass music at the Reinholds Fire Company, 138 Main St., Reinholds, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. Also performing will be Chester Johnson and The Foggy Mountain Grass and Scott Eager.

Remington Ryde has been nominated for 10 SPBGMA Bluegrass Awards, including Entertainers of the Year. The group formed as a bluegrass band in 2002 and hosts the annual Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival every July. The band performs across the country.

Remington Ryde is led by Ryan Frankhouser on guitar and lead vocals. Frankhouser has written some of the band's songs, including "The Bible Grandma Gave Me," "One More Day" and "Grandpa Was My Guide." Frankhouser started the Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival.

Billy Lee Cox, a national banjo champion, has worked with Charlie Moore, the Country Gentlemen and Mac Wiseman. Cox started Mason Dixon Grass and fronted that band for more than 25 years.

Ron Truman started playing bluegrass at the age of 10. He has played with Raymond Fairchild and the late James King. Truman plays bass and makes his home in Charleston, W.Va.

Stanley Efaw has been playing bluegrass music on his mandolin for many years. For the last few years, Stanley has been touring with Larry Efaw and The Bluegrass Mountaineers. Stanley also contributes tenor singing in Remington Ryde.

There are requested donation amounts per person with discounts for teenagers ages 13 to 17. Children age 12 and under will be admitted for free. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and the music will begin at 6 p.m. Food will be available. For more information, readers may call 610-573-0797 or search for "Farm Country Shindig" on Facebook.


Homeschool Series

A Homeschool Series for students ages 5 to 13 will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut St., Columbia. Topics will include "River Erosion" on Jan. 15, "Nature Journaling" on Feb. 19, "Bees and Pollinators" on March 19, "Harnessing the Wind" on April 16, and "Mayflies, Dragonflies, and Fireflies, Oh My" on May 21.

There is a per-student cost per program. To register or to obtain more details, contact Allison Scholz at or 717-449-5607, ext. 2. Program will be canceled if Columbia Borough School District is closed for weather emergencies.


LIFT Informational Session

LIFT Nutrition and Strength Training Classes for men and women will be offered by Penn State Extension in Lancaster County. Penn State Extension, in collaboration with Virginia Tech, will offer an eight-week strength training and nutrition class to help men and women age 40 and older improve their strength, flexibility, bone density, and stamina.

A free informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Training Room at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. All new registrants are required to attend. LIFT classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 28 to March 20, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Farm and Home Center Training Room.

The deadline to register is Thursday, Jan. 10. Readers may call Registration Services at 877-345-0691 to register by phone or visit and select the class location, date, and time. For more information, readers may contact the Penn State Extension Lancaster office at 717-394-6851 or


Lyme Disease

The Lancaster Chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Association will host "Lyme Disease - What It Is, What It Isn't," a presentation by Keith Sheehan, Natural Health Improvement Center, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program will be held at the Sage Continuing Education Center, 719 Old Hickory Road, Suite B, Lancaster.

There is a cost to attend. For details and registration, readers may contact or 717-203-9666.


Hershey Medical Center Retirees Lunch

Hershey Medical Center retirees will get together for a lunch social on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hoss's Steak & Sea House, 9009 Bridge Road (Route 322), Hummelstown. A banquet room will be provided by the restaurant. Retirees will be responsible for purchasing their own meals, and meal orders will be taken at the table after being seated.

The purpose of the group is to meet quarterly on a social basis, providing retirees an opportunity to renew friendships and to network on retirement matters and issues. All Hershey Medical Center retirees are welcome, and new retirees are especially invited to attend.

Readers with any questions about the luncheon may call Ginny Mullen at 717-641-3332 or Ellie Kuntz at 717-469-0220.



The Berks Strollers will hike at Angelica Creek Park, 700 Arlington St., Reading, on Saturday, Dec. 29. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the park on Route 10, just a short distance past the Brentwood Industries parking lot.

For more information or directions, readers may call Susie, the hike leader, at 610-451-6715.


Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers Support Group

A new Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers Support Group, presented by the Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, will be offered in the church house at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Oxford. Meetings will take place on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m., beginning on Jan. 5, 2019.

"Were going to start on Saturdays, but if the group feels that is not going to meet their needs then we'll take a consensus of the group and see what they prefer," said Betsy Bradford, who is co-facilitator for the group along with Ellen Neff.

The aim of the group is to help caregivers build a support system with people who understand the difficulties they are facing. Group members can exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions, as well as talk through issues and ways of coping. They may also simply share their feelings. The group will also help people learn about helpful resources in the community.

"Every quarter we're required to have an educational session, but between times we are whatever the group needs," Bradford said. "We're not leaders; we're facilitators. We're going to share differences and commonalities and try to support one another."

Both Bradford and Neff are nurses and have experience with the issues caregivers are facing. Bradford, who is also on the church's health care ministry team, is a retired nurse who worked in geriatrics and has experience with veterans' support groups, plus she has a personal interest in the topic.

"My mother had Alzheimer's for 14 years and was in a community nursing home in the area, and there was no support group. I always said (that) when I retired, I was going to have a support group in the area," Bradford said. She noted that the closest support groups to the Oxford area are in Kennett Square and Elkton, Md.

"One of the things we've been trying to identify with the parish is what niches or what places in the community are not being served," St. Christopher's pastor Mary Ann Mertz said. "To have a support group for the caregivers of people who have Alzheimer's and dementia, that's huge."

The caregivers group is open to everyone, is not a faith-based organization and is completely confidential.

"It's for anyone who is taking care of anybody with a memory issue," Mertz said. "Sometimes people live it multiple times. When you have to grieve that kind of loss multiple times, it is good to have a group that is safe and confidential (so you can) move through that time with people you can trust."

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church is located at 116 Lancaster Pike, Oxford. For more information, readers may contact Bradford at or visit the Alzheimer's Association website at


New Year's Day Shoot

The Craley Community Fire Company will sponsor its annual New Year's Day Shoot on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. The doors and kitchen will be open at 1 p.m.

The first two rounds will be for meat prizes. The third round will be for cash.

The fire company is located at 73 New Bridgeville Road, Craley. For more information, readers may call 717-525-1622 or 717-244-5237.


Lifetree Cafe

Lifetree Cafe will address the pain of living a double life on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 9:15 a.m. and on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ (UCC), 2173 Stoverstown Road, Spring Grove. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable, and safe setting.

The program, titled "Living a Lie: The Perils of a Double Life," will feature the filmed story of Carol Grever, a woman who discovered after 30 years that her husband had been living a double life. The cost of living with a lie will be discussed. Participants will gain practical insights into coping with the pain of discovering double lives as they follow Grever's journey toward forgiveness, growth, and hope.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. For details on the program, readers may contact Chip Hoover at 717-792-3153 or


A Peek Into the Floral Industry"

The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet on Monday, Jan. 7, at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 2650 Freysville Road, Red Lion. The program will be held at a new time from 11 a.m. to noon. A business meeting will follow.

"A Peek Into the Floral Industry" will be presented by Miranda Markowski.

The meeting is free, and visitors are welcome to attend. For details, readers may contact Melanie Markowski at 717-617-7457 or

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