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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.

School News

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.

Special Events

A Taste of Phoenixville

A Taste of Phoenixville, a fundraiser to support Good Samaritan Services (GSS), will be held at a new venue this year - the Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Ave., Phoenixville. The 17th annual event, which will feature food and beverages, as well as a silent auction, live music and dancing, will take place on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 6 to 10 p.m. People also have an opportunity to purchase tickets for a VIP reception to be held from 5 to 6 p.m.

Those who attend the event will be treated to hors d'oeuvres and samples of main dishes and desserts prepared by chefs from local fine restaurants and caterers. Among the menu items will be Irish-American cuisine, seafood, pasta and an assortment of sandwiches. Desserts will include gourmet baked goods and chocolate and specialty coffees.

As part of the evening, representatives from each establishment will set up a table, and participants will be invited to move from station to station to sample the food. "We will have at least 20 restaurants," noted Christine Stoltzfus, GSS events manager. She noted that the restaurants are currently being featured at

The event will also feature musical entertainment by Hytha Family Band, featuring Greg and Linda Hytha, who have performed at the event each year since its inception. A dance floor will be available.

The evening will also include a silent auction offering items donated by local businesses such as artwork, jewelry and sports memorabilia. "We will also have gift cards for restaurants and outings to local museums," noted Stoltzfus.

An online mobile bidding system will be utilized this year for the fifth time. As part of the process, ticketholders can use their smartphones to bid on silent auction items while they are at the event or beforehand.

The event is the organization's major fundraiser, bringing in about $60,000 each year through ticket sales, the silent auction and sponsorships. More than 500 people attended the 2018 event.

The Good Samaritan Shelter, a private, nonprofit, nondenominational Christian organization, was started by several Phoenixville-area churches and other community supporters in 1999. The shelter's name comes from the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan, which teaches people to love others by taking care of their physical and emotional needs.

The shelter now includes eight properties, six in Phoenixville for men and two in Ephrata for women and children. The shelters offer a safe place to sleep, meals, counseling, training and job placement assistance.

In 2017, the organization merged with Bridge of Hope Lancaster and Chester Counties. The merger created a new organization, Good Samaritan Services. According to GSS chief executive officer Nate Hoffer, funds generated at A Taste of Phoenixville will support all of the organization's services and programs.

In his year-end report, Hoffer announced GSS' accomplishments in 2018. He noted that 342 individuals and families received emergency shelter, transitional living and permanent housing during the year, noting that about half of the number represents children. Additionally, 70 percent of program participants found employment.

GSS also helped its clients increase their financial stability by providing more than $11,000 through the Matched Savings and Microloan programs. Finally, GSS provided more than $90,000 in rental assistance to single mothers across Lancaster and Chester counties.

For more information about A Taste of Phoenixville or to order tickets, readers may visit the Facebook page or

Special Speaker/Event

Snowman Craft Class

Mount Pisgah Trinity United Methodist Church, 5615 Mount Pisgah Road, York, will hold its rescheduled craft class on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. Participants will make a snowman using recycled yogurt jars.

Registration is required by Monday, Jan. 14, by calling Sandy at 717-751-6437.

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