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Lions Club Honors Student November 17, 2017


Smith Honored For Milestone November 17, 2017

The National Association of Home Builders and the York Builders Association (YBA) recently honored Mack L. Smith Sr., owner of M.L. Smith & Son Builders, for 50 years of association membership.

Smith joined the YBA in 1964 and has served at the local, state, and national levels in many capacities since that time, including YBA president in 1977-78 and Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) president in 1984. In 1978, PBA presented Smith with the Builder of the Year Award, and in 2007 he received PBA's Distinguished Achievement Award. Smith is also a senior life director at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He is currently serving as a director on YBA's 2017 Association Leadership team.


Youth Rec League Basketball

Registration is now open for youth basketball leagues for area high school boys and for boys and girls in first grade through middle school at the Lititz recCenter, 301 W. Maple St., Lititz. Homeschooled students, private school students, and students from the Warwick and surrounding school districts are welcome to take part.

Skills evaluation sessions will be held for students in third through sixth grades on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 to noon and for older students on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration for the Nov. 18 evaluation should be completed by Wednesday, Nov. 15, and registration for the Dec. 2 session should be completed by Thursday, Nov. 30. First- and second-grade students should register by Saturday, Dec. 30. Games for all leagues will be scheduled for eight Saturdays during January and February. There is a cost to take part in the program.

According to rec center program director Ron Stief, evaluation sessions are important to help coaches assess students for team placement. "We work really hard to split up teams as fairly as we can," said Stief.

Stief noted that the rec center offers a special program for the youngest players in the league. "We also have a unique first- and second-grade program," he stated, noting that for students in third-grade and up, the program includes one practice per week and a game on Saturday. "(Our) first- and second-graders meet on Saturday, and we teach them, and then (we) have them play games as an introduction," he said. "This is the first time they are on the court for full-court basketball, and (this approach) has gone over really well. Parents seem to like it."

According to Maria Tivoli, recCenter coordinator, organizers of the league are appreciative of those who volunteer to help out with the program. "We rely a lot on our parent volunteers who coach teams and run practices," she said, adding that last year was the first year that members of the Warwick High School (WHS) varsity and junior varsity basketball teams were involved with helping the younger students.

"The (WHS) varsity coaches bring some players over to help," said Stief, who noted that the effort is a win-win for the high school and rec center. "(The high school teams) are the beneficiaries of a strong youth program," Stief said. "(The rec league) feeds the Warwick travel teams and the middle school teams and gets (children) comfortable playing basketball, and for the older students it's a learning experience."

Both Stief and Tivoli noted that volunteer coaches are always welcome in the program. "If (an area resident) is interested and has some basic basketball (experience), we will help them," shared Tivoli. "We provide some training for coaches," she added, stating, "We have a coaches' meeting to organize everything."

The youth rec league has been a tradition in Lititz for many years, but Stief noted that it is growing. The 2016-17 program attracted 350 players and volunteers, and 35 teams took part in the program. "Forty teams would be great (this year), if we can get 400 (participants)," Stief said. "It has grown significantly every year."

Registration for the leagues may be completed at Area residents who wish to volunteer may call the center at 717-626-5096.


Rally Day and Harvest Home Celebration

Longstown United Methodist Church, 2975 Carol Road, York, will present the group Re-Creation on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 9:15 a.m. The singing group will perform during the church's Rally Day and Harvest Home celebration.

A freewill offering will be received to help support their ministry. For details, readers may call the church at 717-757-5861.

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