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SAR Chapter Presents Plaque November 24, 2017

The Harris Ferry Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), of Harrisburg, presented the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown with a plaque recognizing its Eternal Flame monument and its efforts to honor all American active and deceased veterans of the U.S armed forces.

The Eternal Flame monument was added to Masonic Village's Veterans Grove in 2014. It is inscribed with the words "All Gave Some, Some Gave All." Pavers surrounding the monument are engraved with names of those who have served or are serving as designated by loved ones who have purchased them to support the construction and maintenance of the monument. The walking paths, picnic area and restroom facilities throughout the Veterans Grove, which was originally built in 1920, are provided for family and friends to take time to remember, honor and pray for people currently serving in the U.S. armed forces and to pay respect to all veterans year-round.

SAR is an organization of male descendants of people who rendered unwavering loyal service to the cause of American independence during the American Revolution. From its inception, SAR has been dedicated to patriotic, historical and educational objectives to help perpetuate understanding of, reverence for, and preservation of the institutions of American freedom as delineated in the Preamble of the United States Constitution.

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Making Spirits Bright November 24, 2017

Women's Club Of Manheim Sets Holiday Home Tour

Renovating one of Lancaster County's iconic old barns into a living space may not be something everyone wishes to do, but it was an undertaking that Chris and Michelle Simon had the vision and drive to accomplish. After house hunting for a while with no luck, the Simons heard about a property with an old bank barn on it that was for sale. Michelle said they knew right away that it was a good fit for their family and quickly put in an offer.

The remodeling began in July 2016, and the Simons moved into their new house by December 2016 - a fairly rapid timeline - and the couple is grateful to the Amish construction group that they hired for completing the overhaul. Built in 1871, the bank barn was home to herds of dairy cattle and crops for many years before it was vacated and later became the Simon residence.

The Simon home will be one of seven stops on the annual Women's Club of Manheim (WCM) Holiday Home Tour scheduled for 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. Photos of the barn prior to its transformation into a home and workplace will be on display at the Simons', and tourgoers will be able to see a lot of original items from the barn that were incorporated into the renovation, including plenty of repurposed wood.

In addition to the Simon home at 608 Milton Grove Road, Mount Joy, the 2017 tour will include the residences of Ted and Yiota Gavala, 45 Autumn Leaf Lane, Manheim; John and Janet Trovato, 118 Autumn Leaf Lane, Manheim; Michael and Robin Buchmoyer, 120 Adele Ave., Manheim; Phil and Cyndi Garber, 860 Milton Grove Road, Mount Joy; and T.J. and Brooke Mousetis, 67 S. Penn St., Manheim. Another stop will be Split Ends, 15 S. Main St., Manheim.

Christmas decorations will be showcased in each of the homes, explained tour chairperson Karen Lewis. She noted that the tour is intended to inspire new ideas and celebrate the season, as well as to support the WCM's various projects in Manheim.

Discounted tickets for the tour are available in advance from any WCM member or at the following Manheim locations: Shaub's Dry Cleaning, 22 S. Main St.; Longenecker's Hardware, 127 Doe Run Road; and Divine Consign, 37 Market Square. Full-price tickets will be available on the day of the event at any of the stops on the tour.

All proceeds from the home tour will be used for community projects in Manheim, such as the upcoming Secret Santa gift distribution. WCM member Linda Williams said that each year WCM members shop for surprise Christmas gifts for children in need in the Manheim Central School District. Guidance counselors help to coordinate the effort so that families can remain anonymous, and each child fills out of a wish list with three needs and three wants. "We don't do gift cards - we actually shop for specific gifts," Williams noted.

In addition to money raised by the WCM, the Secret Santa gift distribution is made possible by donations from the Manheim Central High School football team - which are raised at the team's annual Lancaster-Lebanon League lineman's challenge - and from the family of Joanne, Larry, and Chad Hollinger.

For more information on the home tour, readers may call Lewis at 717-201-0909 or find "Women's Club of Manheim" on Facebook.

Fire Department

Christmas craft show and holiday bazaar

The Stevens Fire Hall, 91 Stevens Road, Stevens, will host a Christmas craft show and holiday bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will feature holiday wreaths, woodcarving, crocheted items, flower arrangements, wooden toys, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, and more.

The kitchen will be open. Admission will be free.


Holiday Helpers

Water's Edge United Methodist Church, 471 Abels Road, Wrightsville, will host Holiday Helpers on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church will provide free child care for children ages 3 to 12. Breakfast for adults and children will be available at 8 a.m., followed by games, crafts and lunch for children.

Preregistration is preferred. To register, visit For more details, email or call the church office at 717-246-2428.

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