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Local Teenager Inspires Students In Taiwan July 18, 2018

Seven years ago, when Katherine Commale was 10 years old, she was featured in the Community Courier, along with her mother, Lynda, for their work in raising money to purchase mosquito bed nets to help prevent the spread of malaria in Africa. Their efforts, which began at Hopewell United Methodist Church in Downingtown, led them to become spokespersons for Nothing But Nets, a United Nations program that raises awareness and funds to fight malaria.

Katherine has continued her work with the cause through the years and most recently was invited to visit Taiwan by the Maria Social Welfare Foundation. While there, she was the keynote speaker at a convention called Hero Talks, where she gave an address to more than 5,000 Taiwanese students and their parents. She also received the Global Charity Ambassador Award from the vice president of Taiwan and met separately with the president of Taiwan in the presidential office.

Katherine, a resident of Downingtown, explained that her story about raising funds for mosquito netting was featured in the book "Hero 365" by Taiwanese author Kuang-Tsai Hao.

"My story was published in a book and it became required reading for all Taiwanese elementary students," said Katherine. "He wrote an inspirational story or motivational story for every day of the year, and I was (featured on) one of the days."

The whole family was able to take part in the recent trip to Taiwan, including Katherine's mother; her dad, Anthony; and her younger brother, Joseph. "It wasn't about sharing our story and the statistics about malaria; it was more about teaching the kids to become service-oriented and to give back to the community," Katherine said.

Katherine and her family spent June 10 through 17 in Taiwan, and she gave a speech during a Hero Talk event three days into the trip. "I looked up, and there were thousands of seats; it was overwhelming," she said. "My mom and I had practiced the speech that we wrote, so I was secure with that. I just had a little bit of stage fright in the beginning."

She noted that her speech was translated from English into Mandarin Chinese. "We would speak for two to three sentences and then it had to be translated," Katherine said. "It was a little choppy, but it went better than we expected."

Following the speech, other students talked about their efforts in the community. "Some of the projects were about the homeless; others were about bullying - some of the same problems we have here," Katherine said. "They got to hear my story, and I got to hear theirs."

While there, the family also had time to sightsee. "Taiwan is beautiful, and I would definitely go back," she said. "It has the magnitude of New York City, but is cleaner. Their subway system is so nice. They are very respectful people, and they love their country. They are very patriotic."

While in Taiwan, Katherine was photographed, interviewed by journalists and asked for her autograph many times. "It was overwhelming. When we gave our talk, there were 300 or 400 students lined up to meet me and my family," she recalled. "I have never experienced that much love. It wasn't like I was a celebrity; I was their hero.

"I looked up to my mom when she got me into Nothing But Nets when I was 5 years old," Katherine added. "I was an inspiration for them in the same way that my mom inspired me."

Katherine, who will be a senior at the Germantown Academy in the fall, plans to attend college after high school to study biology. "I would like to work for a pharmaceutical company - maybe in genetics," she said. "I would love to bring (my story) to college - to reach a bigger audience and share this story. Also, to go back to Taiwan would be amazing."

For more information about Nothing But Nets, readers may visit


Library Slates August Activities July 18, 2018

The Eastern Lancaster County Library, 11 Chestnut Drive, New Holland, will offer a variety of programs and activities to the community in August. Library hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Most events are free, but require advance registration. To register, readers may stop by the circulation desk at the library, call 717-354-0525, or visit

Preschool Story Time will be offered on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver. Children will enjoy themed books, songs, rhymes, movement activities, or a craft while building language and literacy skills.

Teenagers in grades seven through 12 may socialize during Teen Tuesdays every Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Friday Frolic for Toddlers, open to walking toddlers ages 1 to 3, will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays. Toddlers will dance, zoom, scoot, and hop between stories selected to promote language development. All adults are expected to participate and encourage the children to join in the fun. Stay and Play Fridays will start approximately 15 minutes after the Friday Frolic, offering toddlers and preschoolers a chance to play with a big box of toys until lunch time.

Parachute Play will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. For children ages 1 to 3, the program allows participants to play with parachutes, sing songs, and have fun. Parachute Play aims to help children develop gross motor skills, learn to work together, engage in imaginative play, develop spatial awareness, and express themselves.

Play K - Kindergarten Readiness will be offered on Wednesdays, Aug. 1, 8, and 15, at 2 p.m. The program is for children entering kindergarten in the fall. Children will play and learn skills needed for kindergarten success.

Unos Cuentos: A Bilingual Storytime will take place on Aug. 2 at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 1 to 5. The story time will include stories in English and Spanish. Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers are welcome.

Students who have completed grades six, seven, and eight may take part in Library Crew on Thursdays, Aug. 2 and 9, at 2 p.m. Participants will volunteer their time to help out at the library.

Essential Oils Make and Take classes will be offered on Thursday, Aug. 2, and Monday, Aug. 13. Both classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited, and registration is required. Each class has an associated materials fee, payable at the door.

On Aug. 2, essential oils expert Denise Castelli will share information about making cleaning products using essential oils. Participants will make laundry detergent, cleaning spray, and hand cleaner to take home.

On Aug. 13, after learning about the properties of cedarwood, lime, and lemon, participants will make clay pendant diffusers using these oils. They will also take home an essential oil sample of their choice. Participants should wear clothes that may get dirty. The class is open to people age 16 and up.

Sensory Story Time will be offered on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m. The program is best for children ages 3 to 8, but all ages are welcome to attend. This story time is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories, and sensory activity play. The program is especially well suited for children with sensory input delays or for those who have problems sitting still. This program is funded by the Kiwanis Club of New Holland.

Therapy dogs will visit the library on Aug. 4 at 11:30 a.m. The family event is open to children of all ages and is designed to improve reading skills and allow children to make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The dogs and handlers are from K-Pets.

Children ages 3 to 6 may participate in Together We Are Music - A Preschool Drumming Event on Mondays, Aug. 6, 13, and 20, at 10:30 a.m. Children will learn basic rhythm patterns and practice starting together and stopping. They will also sing songs while keeping a steady beat.

Maker Monday, for people age 3 and up, will take place on Aug. 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participants may make crafts and join in activities related to the theme "Libraries Rock!"

People age 16 and up may attend a Paint Your Own Pottery class on Aug. 6 from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Attendees will paint glasses and obtain tips and techniques from Jamie Hartman from Cedar Grove Stoneware. The glasses will be fired in a kiln and will be available for pickup at the library when they are complete. Space is limited, and registration is required. The fee, payable at the door, includes all needed materials.

A PJ Story Time, open to children up to age 10, will take place on Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees may wear their pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to hear bedtime stories.

Readers' Roundtable Book Discussion will meet on Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. in the downstairs board room. Participants will discuss "House of Thieves" by Charles Belfoure.

A Story Time with the Hank the Health Hero puppet, for children birth to age 8, will be offered on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 10:30 a.m. Children will hear a story about healthful habits and then make a craft to take home.

Yoga Story Time will be offered on Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 2 through 6 and their siblings and adult caregivers. Participants will journey through a story in yoga poses, songs, and imagination. The program is led by Jennifer Musser, a mother, yoga teacher, and former schoolteacher with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in education.

Chopped: Tween Version will take place on Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. Youths ages 8 to 12 may compete to make the best dish. No actual cooking is required. Space is limited, and registration is required.

The Writing Club will meet on Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Participants age 10 and older will begin with short exercises to get their creative juices flowing and then spend time writing independently and share what they have been working on.

The library will hold Soldiers Rock! on Friday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. People of all ages may attend to learn about the lives of deployed soldiers. Participants may then create letters and cards and draw pictures to give to soldiers.

The library will host a Stuffed Animal Sleepover from Aug. 10 to Saturday, Aug. 11. The family event is for people of all ages. Children may register and drop off their stuffed animals on Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Aug. 11, families may return at 9:30 a.m. to eat a light breakfast and view a slideshow sharing what the stuffed animals did all night.

Snacks Rock! will be available to youths in grades seven through 12 on Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. Attendees may bring snacks that relate to their favorite book or a book they you are reading. Participants will eat and talk about the books.

The Lego Creation Club will be held on Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The family event is open to children age 3 and older. Participants will build creations that will be displayed in the library.

Hooks and Needles - Yarn Crafting Club will gather on Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. All ages and skill levels are welcome to bring knitting and crocheting projects, tips, and ideas to share.

Summer Story Times will take place on Tuesdays, Aug. 14, 21, and 28, at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3 to 8 with a caregiver may enjoy themed books, songs, rhymes, movement activities, and crafts while building language and literacy skills.

Teen Dungeons and Dragons Club will meet on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. Designed for students in grades seven through 12, the club is open to teens who love to play this tabletop role-playing game. New players are welcome to attend.

Block Party, a preschool STEM event, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 16. Open to children ages 3 to 6, the program will offer an opportunity to play with the library's wooden block collection.

The No Pressure Book Club, for people age 16 and up, will meet on Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees do not need to have finished the book that will be discussed.

A Teen After-Hours Event, End of Summer Fandom, will take place on Friday, Aug. 17, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Youths in grades seven through 12 may come to the library for karaoke and cosplay. Food and snacks will be provided.

The Teen Advisory Group will meet on Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Teens in grades seven through 12 will help plan future teen events at the library. The Teen Book Club, for teens in grades seven through 12, will meet on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. to discuss any books members have read and enjoy snacks.

The Teen Music Club, for youths in grades seven through 12, will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m. Participants may bring an album they have listened to recently. Snacks will be available.

Children ages 1 to 3 and their caregivers may attend 1, 2, 3 Play with Me! on Wednesdays, Aug. 29 to Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays, Aug. 30 to Sept. 27, at 10:30 a.m. Children may play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group atmosphere while caregivers meet and question community experts in the areas of child development, nutrition, and music.


Conserving And Preserving July 18, 2018

Grant Will Support Water Quality Improvement

Thanks to a grant, Lancaster Farmland Trust has incorporated water quality improvement into its farmland preservation efforts. The three-year grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will enable the trust to focus on the combination of on-farm conservation practices with the permanent preservation of farmland.

Linking these efforts will ensure maximum long-term impact on water quality and allow Lancaster County to continue to be the "garden spot" of the region, said the trust's executive director, Karen Martynick. "We believe (that) a big part of the solution to Lancaster County reaching its required Chesapeake Bay reductions and improving local water quality includes protecting our farmland and finding farmers the resources to increase their conservation practices," she commented.

Lancaster Farmland Trust currently has more than 40 farmers on the waiting list for preservation. To identify the strategic farms for preservation and water quality improvement, these farms will be prioritized according to impairment of the local watershed, proximity to surface water, conservation practices already in place, and opportunities for improvement.

All farms currently preserved by Lancaster Farmland Trust are enrolled in their Smart Farms program, and many are already engaged in conservation practices on their own. Because Lancaster Farmland Trust annually monitors each preserved farm, the trust's staff members are able to track the effectiveness of conservation practices and maximize the financial investment made on each farm.

Laura Brenner, communications coordinator for the trust, noted that conservation efforts utilized in Lancaster County include streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams and reduce farm runoff and erosion into streams, physical improvements to barns with spouting to channel rainwater into designated areas, concrete barnyards, and curbs to keep nutrients in place. Additionally, larger manure storage pits allow farmers to apply manure when it can be used by their crops, instead of when the pit is full and needs to be emptied.

Lancaster Farmland Trust is an active participant in water quality efforts within Lancaster County, as well as throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The trust believes this unique approach of combining land preservation with stewardship is easily replicated in other communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. Through the grant period, Lancaster Farmland Trust will document the practices and findings to share with other land trusts.

According to, the trust works in partnership with landowners to preserve their farms and way of life for future generations - ensuring that farms will be in agricultural use forever, eliminating the threat of development, and protecting the rich, valuable soils - by placing a conservation easement on their property. A conservation easement is a legally enforceable land preservation agreement between a landowner and the trust restricting real estate development, commercial and industrial uses, and certain other activities on a property that are mutually agreed upon by the trust and the property owner. Each easement is customized to the particular needs and future plans of each individual farm family.

For more information about the grant and the water quality improvement efforts, readers may call the Lancaster Farmland Trust office at 717-687-8484.


Fulton Theatre Posts Upcoming Season July 18, 2018

Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, has announced its 2018-19 season.

The Mainstage Series will consist of the following shows: "Treasure Island: A Musical Adventure" from Tuesday, Sept. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 14; "42nd Street" from Tuesday, Nov. 13, to Sunday, Dec. 30; "Chicago" from Tuesday, Jan. 22, to Sunday, Feb. 17; "Once: The Musical" from Tuesday, March 19, to Sunday, April 14, 2019; "Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies" from Tuesday, April 30, to Saturday, May 25, 2019; and "Mamma Mia!" from Tuesday, June 4, to Sunday, July 14, 2019.

In the Eichmann Family Series, Fulton Theatre will present "A Christmas Carol" from Saturday, Dec. 1, to Saturday, Dec. 29; "Pinocchio" from Saturday, March 30, to Saturday, April 13, 2019; "Princess and the Pea" from Saturday, May 11, to Saturday, May 25, 2019; and "Madagascar" from Saturday, June 15, to Saturday, July 6, 2019.

The Ellen Arnold Groff Series will consist of "The Mystery of Irma Vep" from Tuesday, Oct. 16, to Sunday, Nov. 4; "The Glass Menagerie" from Tuesday, Feb. 12, to Sunday, March 3, 2019; "I Am My Own Wife" from Tuesday, April 2, to Sunday, April 28, 2019; and "Next to Normal" from Tuesday, May 14, to Sunday, June 2, 2019.

To purchase tickets and for more information, readers may call 717-397-7425 or visit


Rissers Mennonite To Host Community Picnic July 18, 2018

Rissers Mennonite Church, 8360 Elizabethtown Road, Elizabethtown, will host its annual community picnic on Saturday, July 28. The entire event is free, and registration is not required.

Festivities are slated to begin at 5 p.m. with activities for children and adults. Children's activities will include a barrel train ride, bunnies to pet, a candy scramble, a bounce house, and an activity table with shelled corn and toy tractors and buckets to play with.

A variety of lawn games, including bocce ball, laddergolf, and cornhole will be set up to play, and a campfire will be blazing so that guests may roast marshmallows and make s'mores. Freshly spun cotton candy from a machine will also be available.

A barbecue chicken dinner will begin at 6 p.m. In addition to the main course, church members will provide hot dogs and an assortment of side dishes. Attendees are welcome to bring a snack item to share if they would like, but it is not required.

The main entertainment for the evening will be an outdoor movie showing of "I Can Only Imagine" at dusk. Folks may bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. "I Can Only Imagine" was released in March and is based on the story behind the MercyMe song of the same name. J. Michael Finley stars as Bart Millard, the band's lead singer, who wrote the song about his relationship with his father, who is portrayed in the movie by Dennis Quaid.

Younger children are welcome to watch a VeggieTales movie inside the church, where free child care will be provided during the movie showing.

According to pastor Daryl Heistand, the community picnic is a tradition that began in 2008 and has been growing ever since. "It's a way we can bless the community and get to know people," Heistand said.

Rissers Mennonite Church offers worship services each Sunday at 10 a.m., with Sunday school for people of all ages at 9 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, readers may call 717-653-4549.


Marathon Runner To Raise Funds For The RADAR Project July 18, 2018

Although he lives in Ithaca, N.Y., William LaRose will run the Philadelphia Marathon this fall in an effort to raise money for The RADAR Project, a Chester County-based nonprofit organization that supports victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

LaRose, who recently completed active duty as an officer in the United States Army, has formed the Race for RADAR team, a group of men and women who hope to raise money to allow The RADAR Project to market an app that will allow victims to anonymously report crimes by dropping color-coded pins on a virtual map, marking the locations where the incidents occurred.

Currently, incidents of abuse can be reported at "Right now, it is web-based," LaRose explained. "The big goal of this fundraising initiative is to get a mobile app so people can download it and use it on (their) phones." To learn more about the app, readers may visit

For LaRose, 26, this will be his third marathon. "I did the Philadelphia Marathon in 2013 and then I did a marathon in Korea, when I was in the Army," he reported. "My goal for the Philadelphia Marathon (in 2013) was to make it under four hours. I made it by two minutes. I ran a 3:58."

LaRose became familiar with The RADAR Project through a friend who knew the organization's co-founder, Leslie Holt. LaRose explained that when he signed up for the marathon, a 26.2-mile race, he had the option of raising funds for a charity, and he selected The RADAR Project. "When you sign up on the marathon website, you can link it to which charity you choose," LaRose noted.

Holt, who founded The RADAR Project with attorney Meri López in 2013, explained that the map on the website can identify a "hot spot" of illegal activities, such as a college campus. "Police will and are using it," Holt said. "We're hoping the more populated the map gets the clearer the picture will be. Even though it's anonymous, it gives (law enforcement) a barometer of what is going on."

She said the website aims to empower victims by giving them a place to share their stories. "Every person should have a voice," said Holt. "When people share their stories, that's how other people learn. (The phrase) 'You are not alone' may be overused, but it is the truth. To see it in all those little pins - you can start feeling you are not completely isolated."

Future plans for the organization include developing a registry of volunteers to help victims. "Say a victim has to show up for court and doesn't want their family involved. They can go onto the registry and ask if someone can go with them," Holt explained.

In the meantime, LaRose is running several times a week in preparation for the marathon, which will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18.

"At most, I run four to five times a week. You start off with low mileage, and each week that goes by you increase," he said. "You might have three short- to mid-distance runs, and, on the weekend, you do a longer run."

He said he plans to run the upcoming marathon at a steady pace. "When you start off, your body is full of adrenaline, (but) I start slow. If you come out of the gate too fast, you (burn out)," he said. "You try to keep the same pace throughout."

LaRose would like other runners to join him in the Philadelphia Marathon to benefit The RADAR Project. "We have a dozen or so runners on our team," he added. "They can run the 8K, a half marathon or the full marathon - whatever distance they are comfortable with." The 8K and half marathon will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17.

For more information about joining LaRose or donating to the effort, readers may email or visit


A Community Of Recovery July 18, 2018

For several years, TTC/Potter's House has hoped to build a faith-based rehab facility to combat drug addiction. On July 14, TTC/Potter's House staff, area representatives, and friends of the ministry gathered at 261 School Lane, Brownstown, located along the Conestoga River, to dedicate the property to that cause and break ground for the recovery center, to be called Still Waters.

TTC/Potter's House is a nonprofit, Christ-centered ministry that offers a holistic approach to physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of pre-release and post-release prisoners and individuals desiring to overcome addictions. The organization is in the midst of a capital campaign seeking to raise $2 million for Still Waters Recovery Center, which will include a 30- to 90-day intensive program in a controlled environment.

Wendell Metzler and Ryan Forbes opened the ground-breaking event by telling their story of an unlikely friendship between a repeat offender, Forbes, and a police officer, Metzler. As Forbes finished speaking, he began to compare the fallow ground near the river to the fallow ground in the hearts of those fighting addiction, noting that the new center will provide the opportunity for the seed of Christ's love to be planted in those hearts.

Lloyd Hoover, executive director of TTC/Potter's House, echoed Forbes' thoughts as he noted that Still Waters can be a place that tells a new story of recovery from addiction. "I declare here today the need for a higher power (to overcome addiction) is an absolute necessity, and that higher power is Jesus Christ, our Lord," said Hoover. "This place (can) become a place of transformation and recovery, and today we are turning soil for a new day."

Rob Wetherholtz, associate ministry director for TTC/Potter's House, whose family had owned the land along the river for decades, spoke of a vision the Lord gave him for the property as a place of healing for the lost and addicted in need of a way home. "This is where we come to the green pastures beside the still waters," he said, referencing both the 23rd Psalm and the name of the facility.

Jay Myelin, member of the TTC/Potter's House board, noted that the capital campaign that the organization began a year ago has raised $750,000. "We have a long way to go yet, but we have a great start," he said, adding, "But it's not about the numbers and buildings; (it's about the staff's) heart and vision for transformation of lives. ... There is nothing we do any more rewarding than that."

Rep. Keith Greiner of the 43rd District told the gathering that he grew up not far from the site of the ground breaking. "In Harrisburg, we know there's a problem with opioid addiction, and we are trying to do things legislatively," said Greiner. "But a ministry like this can mean a story like Ryan and Wendell's can happen to a lot of people."

Rep. Dave Zimmerman of the 99th District said that the Still Waters setting brought to mind the need for quiet spaces. "In Scripture, Jesus would find a secluded place (to pray)," he said. "For all those who struggle with addictions, there is hope."

As representatives and friends of the ministry stepped forth to take hold of shovels and turn the earth, Samuel Mwangi, pastor of Carpenter Community Church in Brownstown, offered the prayer of dedication. "We are trusting God that this property is not just buildings and a curriculum," said Mwangi. "We are trusting God for a divine power to change every life that steps on this property, (where) the name of Jesus will be honored as lives are changed."

Following the dedication, five clients of TTC/Potter's House gave their lives to Christ and were baptized in the river adjacent to the property.

Readers who would like to know more about the ministry may visit


PVPL Schedules Summer Events July 18, 2018

Pequea Valley Public Library (PVPL) and Salisbury Township Branch (STB) in Gap will offer a variety of activities to the public. Programs will be held at PVPL, unless otherwise noted. For details and registration, readers may call 717-768-3160 or visit

Basic Junkyard Drumming will be presented by Jeo Ramos of Heads Up Lancaster at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at STB. Children age 8 and older will learn the basics of rhythm and make music using everyday objects.

Legos and More will offer children age 3 and older with an opportunity to build with Legos and experiment with other STEM toys and materials at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2. Registration is required and space is limited.

Yummie's Birthday Story Time will be held at Ten Thousand Villages, Intercourse, at noon on Saturday, Aug. 4. The program is open to the entire family. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 11:15 a.m., Preschool Story Time and Playtime, for children through age 6, will share a story, and then attendees may stay and play with age appropriate toys.

Rocks are a Blast from the Past will be presented by geologist Jeri Jones at STB on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. Participants will learn about rocks, minerals, and fossils. The program is open to children in kindergarten and older.

Let it Rain will be presented by a county park naturalist at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9. Children in kindergarten through grade six will make a rain stick and do a rain-making activity. Children should bring a paper towel tube for the craft.

An outdoor movie will be shown on the lawn at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10. Refreshments will be provided. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be held indoors.

The Summer Reading program will end on Saturday, Aug. 11. Logs must be handed in by noon to receive reward coupons.


Prayer Vigil Held July 18, 2018

A prayer vigil was held on the lawn of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Holland on July 2. More than 50 people attended to pray, sing, and hear stories of immigration.

The vigil was organized by pastors Charles Oberkehr, Trinity Lutheran Church, and Dawn Ranck Hower, New Holland Mennonite Church. It began with a welcome by Oberkehr. Two local clergy also shared, including Elaine Miller Bortman of Ranck's United Methodist and Ranck Hower, whose message was translated into Spanish. Members from New Holland Mennonite sang "How Can We Be Silent?" Two local women, Jen Morales and Wanda Gonzalez-Bortzel, shared as well.

Candles were lit, and Patricia Heisse offered a prayer in Spanish. Overkehr then led the participants in a responsive reading. The evening concluded with Chuck Hagan leading "We Shall Overcome," as well as with a time of prayer.


Landis Homes Hires Administrator July 18, 2018

Landis Homes has announced that Danielle Martin joined the team as the new nursing home administrator (NHA) in early June. In the role, Martin will be responsible for the coordination and delivery of programs and services within the skilled nursing houses. She will also provide direction for the campus supervisors, assessment coordinators and medical records personnel.

Martin, who has 27 years of health care experience, was most recently employed as the NHA at Penn State Health Transitional Care in Hummelstown. Her previous experiences in long-term care include serving as a director of nursing, director of quality and registered nurse case manager.

Martin's education includes receiving licensed practical nurse credentials from Lancaster County Career and Technology Center in 1993, registered nurse credentials from HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in 2006; a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University in 2014, and her NHA credentials from York College in 2015.

She was born and raised in Lancaster County and currently lives in Bird-in-Hand with her family.

For more information about Landis Homes, readers may visit


Historical Society Plans Exhibit July 18, 2018

"Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War" is a traveling exhibit that remembers the stories of people of faith who opposed the war. The exhibit examines key questions such as: "Who speaks for peace in times of war?" "What am I willing to fight for?" "Is paying for war participating in war?" and "Who are the voices of conscience today?"

The exhibit will be held in the Crossings Meeting Room at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. The entrance is via the main entrance of the new Calvin G. and Janet C. High Learning and Wellness Center at Landis Homes. The display is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 19, through Wednesday, Sept. 26, and will be open daily from 2 to 7 p.m., with other hours by appointment. An opening reception will take place at 2 p.m. on Aug. 19.

A century ago, the United States had just entered "The Great War." While many endorsed the effort, there were persons who could not in good conscience be involved in the killing of other humans. Often at great cost, even including death in a few cases, they spoke through their words and actions of a different path. A series of educational meetings will be held alongside the exhibit, focusing on conscientious objection to war.

"Voices of Conscience: The Witness of Conscientious Objectors in WWI" will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, at Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata. The program will feature a dramatic reading of the court martial trial of Elbert Hostetler. Dr. Steve Nolt, senior scholar at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, will speak on peace churches and World War I, and the Conservative Anabaptist Service Program will make a presentation.

Interested individuals may take a broader look at the conscientious objector experience at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church, 1865 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster. Anne Yoder, peace collection archivist at Swarthmore College, will share from her work collecting the accounts of conscientious objectors. She will expand the narrative to include nonreligious views in the understanding of conscience in World War I. Beth Hostetler Mark, librarian emeritus at Messiah College, will present the story of E.J. Swalm, who was drafted by the Canadian military but refused to enlist and was imprisoned. He was later paroled through the intervention of Samuel F. Coffman and other Mennonite leaders. He became a minister and bishop with the Brethren in Christ Church and was well known for his active support of the peace position.

The exhibit was created and is being toured by the Kauffman Museum, Bethel College, North Newton, Kan.


Global Fair Held July 18, 2018

Eastern Mennonite Missions' (EMM's) 23rd annual Global Fair took place on July 7 at the Hans Herr House in Willow Street. It is estimated that more than 1,500 attendees experienced more than 20 different countries and cultures.

In addition to the usual mix of food stands held by local cultural groups and booths held by EMM international workers, Global Fair featured several new components this year, including a demonstration of traditional Korean dance by Moon Jung Kang.

EMM also hosted free children's activities, while several EMM workers hosted their own children's activities. Glenna Sollenberger played a wooden recorder and sang Psalm 121 in the Quechua language.


Kitch-Coblentz July 18, 2018

Dawn Kitch of Stevens and Chad Coblentz of Hopeland have announced their engagement.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Dave and Sue Kitch of Stevens. She graduated from Ephrata High School in 2012. She is employed by Starlite Campground in Stevens.

Mr. Coblentz is the son of Gideon and Beth Coblentz of New Holland. He graduated from Garden Spot High School in 2013. He is employed by Keystone Gun-Krete LLC in Mohnton.

An October wedding is planned.


Lineup Announced For Mountville Lawn Concerts July 18, 2018

Series Will Run From June 3 to Aug. 19

The sounds of music will once again ring through the streets of Mountville this summer. The Mountville Lawn Concert Series features a variety of musical styles and performances free of charge, thanks to funding from the Mountville Community Services Foundation in conjunction with the Mountville Welfare Association - Ed Froelich Trust Fund.

The concerts will take place on the lawn of Mountville Church of the Brethren, College Avenue and Clay Street, Mountville. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held inside the church. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. on Sundays from June through August, with the exception of the final concert on Aug. 19, which will start at 6 p.m.

The series will kick off on June 3 with the Bainbridge Band, which will perform concert band music. Acoustic folk rock artist Duane Slaymaker will entertain on June 10. The Fabulous Cheeze Brothers and Sisters will rock out to hits of the '50s, '60s, and '70s on June 17. The Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band will round out the month with brass band music on June 24.

No concert will be held on July 1. The series will start up again on July 8 with a performance of "I'll Fly Away," a new show by Servant Stage Company featuring bluegrass music. The Perseverance Band of Lebanon will offer concert band music on July 15. Audiences will be treated to classic rhythm and blues from Class Act featuring Rita on July 22. The concert on July 29 will feature the Amy Banks Quartet, which will perform traditional standards with Philadelphia all-star musicians, including Aaron Graves, piano; Kevin MacConnell, bass; and Doug Hirlinger, drums, and featuring guest saxophonist and vocalist Erich Cawalla.

Steven Courtney Band will perform bluesy rock 'n' roll on Aug. 5. The Herm Miller Big Band will perform big band music on Aug. 12. The series will conclude on Aug. 19 with concert band music played by the New Holland Band.

Donations to continue the concert series will be accepted. To learn more about contributing or for additional information about the concert series, readers may call 717-285-5122.


Schreiber Pediatric Hires Lewis, Sollenberger July 18, 2018

Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center recently named Courtney Lewis director of the financial development department and hired Kaitlyn Sollenberger to fill a new social worker position in the social services department.

Lewis will oversee the three-person staff that works in Schreiber's fundraising department. Her work will include directing special events, grant writing and supporting fundraising communications. She previously served as vice president of marketing and communications for First Family Health in York. She received a bachelor's degree in speech communications and a master's degree in emergency/crisis management from Millersville University. She lives in Lancaster.

Sollenberger has a background in early childhood education and behavioral health. Most recently, she worked as an early education teacher at U-Gro Learning Centres in Hummelstown. Previously, she was a behavioral health worker at Children's Crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia. She received a bachelor's degree in social work from Messiah College and a master's degree in social work from Millersville University. She lives in Mount Joy.


KWVA Chapter Plans Meeting July 18, 2018

The Gen. John H. Michaelis Chapter 327 of the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) will meet at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the Bluebird Commons of Woodcrest Villa, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Membership in the KWVA is open to all men and women who served in Korea at any time from 1945 to the present or were in uniform serving anywhere during the period from June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955. A special effort is being made to recruit men and women who served in Korea at any time following the armistice in July 1957.

For more information, call Paul Cunningham at 717-299-1990.


Power Packs Project Hires Thompson July 18, 2018

The Power Packs Project board of directors welcomed Jennifer Thompson as the organization's new executive director. A resident of Lancaster, Thompson comes to Power Packs with experience in both the nonprofit sector and the restaurant industry.

In the past, she served as director of community initiatives at the former St. Joseph Hospital in Lancaster, president and CEO of St. Joseph Health Foundation, and interim vice president of St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation. After operating a cafe and catering company in Lancaster, she served as a restaurant consultant.

Thompson holds a master's degree in education from Winthrop University and a culinary arts certificate from the Culinary Institute of America. She is a Healthy Communities Fellow through the American Hospital Association and was named to the 40 Under 40 list by Central Penn Business Journal.

Power Packs Project provides healthful weekend meals, recipes, and nutrition education for food-insecure families in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. To learn more, readers may visit


Freedom Award Project Will Help Educate Campers July 18, 2018

Campers at Woodcrest Retreat in Ephrata now have an added opportunity to learn about the wonders of creation as they traverse the 110 acres the camp offers. In pursuit of his Freedom Award, Trail Life USA trailman David Mease, a member of Trail Life Troop PA 0316, which meets in Lititz, built four outdoor kiosks he calls Creation Discovery Stations to help teach campers about certain insects, trees, animals, and birds, the majority of which are considered native to Pennsylvania.

In January, Mease contacted Woodcrest Retreat executive director Cliff Martin about the possibility of completing his servant leadership project at the camp. "When (Mease) approached us about a project here, (the stations) came up as a great thing to tie into what we do with summer camp," said Martin. Mease said that Martin had photographs of similar stations that Mease could use as a prototype for his own. Mease, who credits his father, Dave, for suggesting the name "Creation Discovery Stations," began fundraising to purchase supplies by sending out sponsorship request letters to family members, friends, and fellow church members between January and April.

By early April, Mease had raised $1,100 to purchase supplies, and he had created a design. He began spending one evening a week in a shop at Woodcrest building the stations. By early May, the four were completed, representing more than 60 hours of planning and preparation and another 70 hours of construction.

Each station uses a series of interactive tiles to teach campers about nature. Each tile contains a photo. When a camper lifts the photo, information about the bird, insect, or tree is underneath. "I included basic information for each (bird, insect, and tree) and their habits and habitats," explained Mease. "The animal tracks (station is) a little different because I put a photo of the track on the front and the picture of the animal underneath." Mease pointed out that one of the animals represented at the station, the mountain lion, may not actually live in Pennsylvania because the presence of the big cats in the state continues to be a hotly debated topic. "We thought the (campers) would think that was fun," added Mease's mother, Amy.

"With our summer camp program, we strive to teach (about) creation and nature," noted Martin. "(The stations are) a fun way for campers to learn on their own as they pass these." Martin added that the stations, which were installed around the camp on June 14, are portable so that placements can be changed and to protect them in winter by storing them in a sheltered place.

"This is quite the accomplishment," noted Martin. "Woodcrest is grateful for (Mease's) investment in the children and adults who come (to Woodcrest)." Mease, who lives in Stevens, is a recent homeschool graduate.

Trail Life USA, which was founded in 2013, is chartered locally by Cornerstone Baptist Church. The organization provides a faith-based outdoor adventure program that includes character and leadership development components for boys in kindergarten through 12th grade. More information about Trail Life may be found at

Woodcrest is a nonprofit organization that provides outdoor experiences for more than 1,400 campers each summer. Readers who would like to learn more about Woodcrest may visit


Saunders Receives Associate Degree July 18, 2018

Jotham Saunders of Talmage recently graduated from Bard College at Simon's Rock with an Associate of Arts degree.

Saunders was one of 140 students to graduate from the college at a commencement ceremony in May. White House reporter, CNN political analyst, and author April Ryan addressed the graduates.


Area Historical Society To Meet July 18, 2018

The Sadsbury Township Historical Society will hold a meeting on Monday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Highway, Sadsburyville. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. The guest speaker, Dusty Grady, will present "The Mill at Anselma."

The meeting is open to the public. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 717-442-9240 or search for "Sadsbury Township Historical Society" on Facebook.

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