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Library Holds Spelling Bee June 20, 2018

The Pequea Valley Library sponsored a spelling bee on June 15 during Heritage Days at Intercourse Park.

In the first division (third grade or younger), the first-place speller was Jackson McGory and second-place honors went to Landon Kneisley. In the second division (fourth through eighth grade), Mariella Esch earned first-place honors and second place went to Martha Sue Stoltzfus. Third division (ninth grade and up) winners included Bill Gravitz in first place and Melissa Harrison coming away with the second-place award.

For details on upcoming library events, readers may visit

Performing Arts

Irish Dancers To Compete June 20, 2018

Solo dancers from The Hooley School of Irish Dance have qualified for the North American Irish Dance Nationals Championships in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, June 30, through Wednesday, July 4. The event draws thousands of competitors from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico as well as Great Britain, Ireland, and mainland Europe.

The Hooley dancers range in age from 8 to 21. The dancers and their competition age category include Kyla Horvath, U8; Avery Winters, Mia Kelly, and Natalie Raff, U10; Abigail Kelly, U11; Victoria Kutz, Olivia Raff, U13; David Irwin, U14; Isabella Carper, U15; Abigail Lauer and Chloe Wentling, U16; McKenna Murphy, U17; Savana Martin, U18; Thomas Lane, U18; Allyson McDaniel, U20; Faith Ishler, U21; and Megan Blount, Senior Ladies Over 22.

The School is led by Irish Dance Certified (Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha) teacher Crystal Carper and teachers Angelina Glick Press and Gretchen Weidler. The school performs locally in parades, talent showcases, performances, benefits, commercials, and Irish-themed celebrations throughout the year.

Things to Do

Art Painting Event

Susquehanna Heritage will offer an art painting event on Thursday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut St., Columbia.

Master artist Ange will lead an evening of painting by the river. There is a cost to participate, and preregistration is required. All materials and instruction will be provided.

To learn more or to register, readers may visit

Community Events

Presentation and Display on Conestoga Wagons

The Swiss Pioneer Preservation Associates (SPPA) will host a program about the Conestoga wagon on Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the Martindale Mennonite Church, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata. Arthur E. Reist will give a presentation in the Fellowship Center.

Arthur is the son of Arthur L. Reist, who was a history teacher, collector, and historian, as well as the author of "Conestoga Wagon - Masterpiece of the Blacksmith." Two of Reist's other ancestors, Abraham and Jacob Reist, raised the now extinct Conestoga horse in the 1700s. Reist's grandmother Frances Lentz Reist gave Arthur an appreciation for the history and heritage of Lancaster County and the value of learning one's past and preserving it for future generations. The Reist family provides assistance to museums, businesses, and organizations like the National Park Service and the Swiss government.

Reist will discuss the Conestoga wagon's history beginning in 1717. Topics will include how and why Conestoga wagons were constructed, historic events involving the wagons, how the wagons influenced the development of the U.S., and how the wagons' influence is still observable today in the way roads are laid out and vehicles are constructed and driven.

The SPPA will display original artifacts, as well as a Conestoga wagon the organization recently purchased from Clair and Arlene Eberly. The couple had bought the wagon 20 years ago at an auction. The wagon is known to have previously spent time in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. On Feb. 2, it was loaded on a trailer and transported to the SPPA museum in New Holland.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information, readers may contact Raymond Zimmerman at 717-354-7139.

The SPPA is dedicated to preserving the local history.

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