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Health Screening Posted August 21, 2017

The Manheim Lions Club will hold an Omega Health Screening, performed by Quest Diagnostics, on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at St Paul's United Church of Christ, 50 N. Main St., Manheim.

The personal health screening includes tests for anemia, diabetes, heart disease, gout, and liver and kidney diseases.Optional tests that can be added include PSA (prostate specific antigen, for males), TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), and Vitamin D.

Individuals must not eat or drink for 10 hours before testing, but they may have water and medication.

There is a cost for the screening. To preregister, readers may call 800-776-6342.


Foundation Awards Grant August 21, 2017

As part of Manheim Township's Mobile Learning Initiative, the Manheim Township Educational Foundation (MTEF) has awarded a $64,219 grant to the district to purchase streaming devices for television and other digital media. The devices will be put in every classroom in the Manheim Township School District.

Anthony Aldinger and Jessica O'Gorman applied for the grant in an effort to provide a device in each classroom and instructional areas so teachers and students could wirelessly share information from their electronic tablets or laptops. The streaming device is a complementary device to the electronic tablets and will be used to promote the 21st-century skills of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking in classrooms across the district. Many teachers in the district are already creating innovative lessons that will utilize the technology.

Over the next two years, the district plans to provide electronic tablets to all students as part of the one-to-one technology plan. The addition of the streaming devices creates a real-life collaborative learning environment intended to improve student participation and interaction.

The MTEF disburses contributions from area businesses and individuals to implement educational programs that are applied for by school district educators. For the spring of 2017, the MTEF board of directors awarded 13 grants totaling more than $100,000. The streaming devices grant is one of the largest MTEF has ever awarded and was made possible, in part, by donations from the Clark Associates Charitable Foundation.

The donations were a portion of the funds during the Clark Associates Charitable Foundation's fifth annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser. Funds were also donated to Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, Conestoga Valley Education Foundation, the Anchorage Breakfast Program, and several other local nonprofit organizations.

The MTEF aims to strengthen, enhance and enrich the educational experience of Manheim Township school district students by promoting innovative educational programs and assisting faculty and staff in supplementing existing curriculum. In addition, MTEF is a resource for the community, supporting academic, artistic or athletic educational experiences that enhance the normal curriculum or extracurricular activities. MTEF fulfills its mission by awarding grants throughout the school year and providing services to the alumni association.


President Buchanan Re-enactor To Entertain At HMPS Dinner August 21, 2017

The community is invited to attend the seventh annual Tavern Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Haldeman Mansion, 230 Locust Grove Road, Bainbridge. Entertainment for the evening will be a historical re-enactment of conversations between President James Buchanan and Samuel, Horace, and Paris Haldeman.

The dinner, hosted by the Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society (HMPS), pays homage to the times in the 19th century when taverns were the heart of a community. HMPS board member Elaine Jackson noted that in those days people would meet at taverns to socialize and hear the latest news.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a homemade dinner prepared by the members of the HMPS events committee. Appetizers will include a variety of cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, and mint tea and other beverages. The dinner menu will be pear salad, butternut bisque soup, baked ham with a raisin sauce, scalloped potatoes, and baked corn.

As the meal winds down, guests will be served coffee and tea and homemade carrot cake for dessert, and the historical presentation will begin. HMPS board member Dale Good wrote the program based on letters written between President Buchanan and members of the Haldeman family.

Doug O'Brien will make an appearance as President Buchanan. O'Brien is a retired broadcaster who spent most of his career working in New York City. He began giving tours at Wheatland shortly after moving to Lancaster in 2014 and has experience doing re-enactments of President Buchanan and other historical figures associated with him. O'Brien serves as a member of the marketing committee and volunteers at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. He is married to Lancaster native Catherine Smith, and the couple has one daughter and two granddaughters who reside in Tennessee.

Guests can enjoy listening to the re-enactment while taking in the beauty of the mansion, which was built in four stages and was completed in 1811. The home was the birthplace of Samuel Haldeman, who became a prominent and respected scientist and scholar, largely through self-study, and made significant contributions in the fields of zoology and linguistics, according to Samuel was the eldest of nine siblings. His younger brother Horace served in the Mexican and Civil wars, and their younger brother Paris traveled by wagon to the California Gold Rush.

There is a fee per person for the dinner. Reservations are required and should be made by Tuesday, Sept. 5, by contacting Jackson at 717-426-3794. Space is limited.

Proceeds from the event will support the ongoing preservation of the Haldeman Mansion.

Free tours of the historic Haldeman Mansion are offered to the public during open houses on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The property is also available to rent for weddings, reunions, and other celebrations.

For more information on the Tavern Dinner and other events at the mansion, readers may visit


Marching Through "Decades" August 21, 2017

Steven Barraclough, Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) marching band director, believes that the more input students have in something, the more they will take ownership in the end. "We all work together on (the drill)," Barraclough said. "It's a collective effort." This fall, the approximately 120-member band will present "Decades" during halftime at home football games.

Head drum major Jared Wolf said the show will take audiences on a journey through the 1950s, '60s, and '70s with a song from each time frame - "Johnny B. Goode," "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Assistant drum major Carissa Warren said this year's songs are a lot of fun. "They make you want to dance," she shared.

Overall, the show is very upbeat, Jared said, and the inclusion of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" adds a different pace than previous years' shows. "Our school hasn't done a slow song for five years, so it's nice to change it up," Jared remarked. "It's such a powerful piece."

Audiences can also look for a lot more precision drill movements, something Jared said is used frequently in college marching band productions. "When we do it right, it looks amazing," said Carissa.

To learn the show and solidify its music and movements into their minds and bodies, marching band members took part in a week of band camp from Aug. 7 to 11 at EAHS. The drum majors - Jared, Carissa, and Claire Fritz - planned the annual theme days that are a highlight of band camp. Students went all out for Section Day, Tourist Tuesday, Wild West Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Freedom Friday. As an added bonus, the students concluded the week of intense practices with an all-out water balloon battle on Friday.

Carissa explained that another key part of band camp is the buddy system - when each of the seniors pairs up with a freshman. "It's sort of someone who can mentor you throughout the week and the school year, too," said Carissa. Plus, since only seniors are allowed to go off-campus for lunch during the week, they often bring back treats like slushies and candy for their freshman buddies. Alumni band members also return to visit during lunch breaks.

The public may check out the marching band's performance of "Decades" during the first EAHS home football game, when the Bears take on the Hershey High School Trojans at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8.

Aside from playing at football games, the EAHS marching band takes part in plenty of area parades throughout the school year, including the Bainbridge Halloween Parade, Elizabethtown Holiday Parade, and the Elizabethtown Memorial Day Parade. The band will also perform at the annual Falmouth Goat Races on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Governor Stable Park, 101 Governor Stable Road, Bainbridge.


Swim Team Honors Harold Billow August 21, 2017

The Mount Joy Lions Swim Team recently held an event to honor local resident and World War II veteran Harold Billow. He was made an honorary member of the swim team.

Known to team members as "the fireworks man," Billow sets off a fireworks display that is presented at the end of each of the swim team's home meets at the Lions Club pool. Both home and visiting team members and spectators look forward to the display after each home meet. Win or lose, team members say that Billow makes them feel special, and they are grateful for his support.

Billow is the last living survivor of the Malmedy Massacre. He has received Congressional recognition and he has been honored by the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum and Fort Indiantown Gap. He has shared his experience as a guest speaker at Donegal High School and at veterans events, and he was a past grand marshall for the Mount Joy Memorial Day parade.


DHS Marching Band To Perform "H2O" August 21, 2017

"Bring water and reapply sunscreen even if you don't think you need to!" That is good advice for anyone spending time outside in the summer, and Donegal High School (DHS) marching band director Dale Sellers frequently repeated the reminder to his students during band camp.

Camp took place on weekdays from July 31 to Aug. 11, and DHS students spent the first week indoors learning the music for this year's show, "H2O." "It's about the properties of water and the power it has," explained senior and marching band president Molly Stoe. "It's more of an abstract show."

The five songs in "H2O" are "Northwoods Introduction," "Machine Age," "Paradiso," "A Zillion Nickels," and "Northwoods: Of Might and Mettle." Molly said the idea behind the first week is that the instrumentalists will be able to memorize the music so they can focus on learning the movements and other aspects of the show during week two, which was spent in the athletic fields behind DHS.

Color guard captain and senior Charlotte Garner noted that the show has a lot more movement than previous years' shows. "I like the ballads the best, because you get to dance a lot and use the big swing flags," Charlotte said. Brenna Barber, a senior and vice president of the marching band, said that the rhythms the band members march to for "H2O" were some of the most challenging things to solidify. Molly agreed, noting that the show is fast-paced. So much so that the students had to complete dreaded distance runs and sprints during camp to prepare.

To balance out all of the hard work, sweating, and running, band members planned theme days which included Clash Day, Tie Dye Tuesday, dressing as twins and multiples on Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Induction Shirt Friday.

"Friday's the easy day because we get out at 2:30," remarked Molly. From there, the marching band students headed to the Mount Joy Pool to relax and unwind and then to Molly's house for an induction ceremony to welcome all of the freshmen and any other new members. A scavenger hunt planned by the seniors is a longstanding DHS band camp tradition that also takes place at the induction ceremony. This year Molly, Charlotte, and Brenna opted to include everybody in the scavenger hunt, which is typically only for newbies. "We wanted it to be more inclusive," Molly said.

Band camp culminated with unveiling the new show to family members and friends on Aug. 12. Before the public showing the students gathered for their traditional "Tomahawk Feast" - another beloved DHS band camp ritual.

The community can catch a performance of "H2O" at the first DHS home football game against William Penn Senior High School, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24. The stadium is located at 1025 Koser Road, Mount Joy.


Haugs Celebrate 45th Anniversary August 21, 2017

James and Paula Haug of Columbia celebrated their 45th anniversary on Aug. 26. They were married on Aug. 26, 1972, in the chapel at the former First English Lutheran Church in Columbia.

They are the parents of Patricia Haug; Jennifer, wife of James Jones; Jessica Haug; and Pamela Haug. They have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. James' parents are Carl A. Haug of Columbia and the late Anna Arndt Haug.

James is retired from the Columbia Post Office and Lancaster Newspaper. Paula is employed at QVC.


College Names Board Of Trustees Chair August 21, 2017

Elizabethtown College has announced the appointment of Robert J. Dolan as board of trustees chair, beginning Aug. 15. He replaces P. Edward Lovelidge, Class of 1982, who was acting board of trustees chair following the departure of Dr. Robert O. Kerr in spring 2017. Lovelidge will continue as vice chair.

Dolan's mother, brother, and daughter-in-law graduated from Elizabethtown College, and both of his parents were on the faculty. Dolan's father, Bob, taught math from 1964 until 1992; his mother, Sue, taught business from 1975 until 1994. Dolan has served on the Elizabethtown College board of trustees for four years.

Dolan graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School in 1969 and the University of Notre Dame in 1973. He became an associate of the Society of Actuaries in 1975 and an enrolled actuary in 1981. He attended Dartmouth Executive Management Series and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. He also is a fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. He became chief operating officer at Conrad Siegel Actuaries in 1991, president and chief executive officer two years later, and chair of the board in 2007, retiring from that position in 2013. Dolan has also served with many organizations.

Lovelidge is a 35-year veteran and partner with Philadelphia PwC, an assurance, tax, human resources, transactions, performance improvement, and crisis management firm. He earned his bachelor's degree from Elizabethtown College in 1982 and his master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

In addition to his time on the Elizabethtown College board of trustees, he is active in civic activities throughout the greater Philadelphia region.


Airport Slates Community Days August 21, 2017

The Lancaster Airport Community Days 2017 Celebration of Flight will take place at the Lancaster Airport, 500 Airport Road, Lititz, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27. The event is free and open to the public, but there is a fee for parking.

Community Days will give people of all ages the opportunity to view aircraft up close, talk to pilots, and learn more about the world of flying. This year's event will feature the Ford Tri-Motor, World War II C-47 and C-45, B-25 Bomber, and TBM Avenger. The Commemorative Air Force "Rise Above" traveling exhibit will also be a highlight of the weekend. A variety of airplane and helicopter rides and military and civilian aircraft displays will round out the event.

In addition, there will be community business, organization, and U.S. Armed Forces displays. Food will be available for purchase, and tickets will be for sale for a children's amusement area.

The Parade of Planes will take place again this year. All types of aircraft will make their way to the Circle of Flight, and an Airshow will start at noon each day.

The Community Days event has taken place since 1996. For more information, readers may visit


WHS Band To Present "Dejà Vu" August 21, 2017

"Dejà vu" is a French term to describe the phenomenon of feeling that a current experience has already happened in the past. Warwick High School (WHS) band director Matthew Tenaglia and the 53 members of the school band, including six color guard, will perform a drill, themed "Dejà Vu" that works to display that concept on the field. "We will try to capture the feelings one experiences (during) the phenomenon of dejà vu using visual ideas and music," said Tenaglia, who noted that recurrences and mimicking will be important parts of the drill.

Band members were working to master the drill when band camp was held from Aug. 7 to 11 and 14 to 18. Additional rehearsals are being held from Aug. 21 through 24.

Tenaglia pointed to formations on the field designed to capture the dejà vu feeling. "Some things will happen on one side of the field and then happen on the other or one side will get larger while the other gets smaller," he said. "We will play a lot with circles in the ballad." According to drum major Abby Beatty, platforms and mirrors will be used as props to enhance the dejà vu feeling.

The music by composers Ian Grom and John Mapes will also reflect the theme. "The way the music is composed is that little clips from the opening theme blend together at the end," said Tenaglia. Beatty added that the music moves quickly and that at the beginning the feel is almost confusing, but then the band comes together. "The music is really cool," she said. "It entertains."

The pit will feature heavily in the show. Pit captain Salem Longer noted that the 10-member pit will include marimbas, keyboards, bass guitar, timpani, xylophone, and glockenspiel. "We have the melody, and other times we have cool harmonies that go with the music," she said. Tenaglia added that the pit will also utilize electronic sound manipulations. "We will manipulate some sound, and our synthesizer player will be triggering some sound effects throughout the show," he said. "There will be echoes."

The drumline will also be showcased in the percussion-heavy show, which will include mellophone solos by Maddie Grisbacher and Maddie Felpel and a trumpet solo by Nick Taylor.

The color guard will use flags and rifles in the drill. Color guard captain Jackie Leto will have a solo where she catches a flag toss with her leg. "With the flags, we have a lot of cool tosses at a fast tempo," said Leto, who added that the guard will also do dance movements including jazz running.

Tenaglia said that challenges during band camp included working with nearly 20 new members who have never marched before. "It is a blessing to have that many new members joining us, and we love it," said Tenaglia, who added that the students are picking up the drill quickly. "We are seeing growth every day, and that's a good challenge to have," he said.

To up the fun quotient at band camp, student leaders held theme days. On one day, band members were encouraged to dress as an older or younger version of themselves. Other themes included staff impersonation day, color day, and sectional spirit day. According to Beatty, the spirit week is more than just fun; it is a bonding experience. "It's a chance to get to know everyone," she said. "At band camp, people start feeling more comfortable with each other and with marching and the music."

WHS competes in the Cavalcade of Bands circuit in the American division. This year, the band will attend competitions on Saturdays including at Conestoga Valley High School on Sept. 23, at WHS on Sept. 30, at Wilson High School in Reading on Oct. 21, at Governor Mifflin High School in Shillington on Nov. 4, and at Hersheypark on Nov. 11.


Mom's House Gala Will Focus On Empowerment August 21, 2017

The second annual fundraising gala to benefit Mom's House of Lancaster has been titled "An Evening of Empowerment." The event will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. at Lancaster Country Club, 1466 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, and will include dinner and live and silent auctions. An optional social will be held on the veranda following the gala for adults age 21 and older.

To highlight the event's theme, three past program participants will share how Mom's House empowered them to break the cycle of poverty through child care, support, and resources. A recent graduate, a person who graduated in 2008, and an individual whose daughter is now in college are slated to speak.

Executive director Sara Johns, who moved from the board of directors to the head of the organization in February 2015, also has a story of empowerment. Johns became a mother at 17 and had planned to quit school, but a tour of Mom's House changed the direction of her life.

"You can be successful by getting an education," Johns recalled hearing on the tour.

The program offered by Mom's House today is similar to the one that enabled Johns to continue to attend high school. Mom's House provides child care for infants as young as 6 weeks through preschool-age at no cost to single parents. The parents are required to be enrolled in school full time, achieve good grades, and invest three hours of service each week at Mom's House. One of those hours can be fulfilled by attending a life skills workshop.

"We try to have them do things they generally need in their everyday lives (for their service hours)," Johns explained. That includes cleaning the facility at 415 S. Queen St., Lancaster, disinfecting toys, and even writing thank-you letters to donors. "The moms really enjoy making that connection," Johns said of the letter-writing task.

Currently, Mom's House serves 21 families, and 25 additional families are on the waiting list. The proceeds from the gala will help toward reaching a goal of hiring a new staff person so that an additional eight families can be added to the active clientele. A new or expanded facility may also be in the organization's future. Discussing possible locations, Johns pointed out a common misconception about Mom's House: that its services are restricted to Lancaster city residents.

"(When it started), it was strictly city-based, but we are blessed with a philanthropic community, so now families (in need) have more transportation options," Johns said. "A lot of families we serve are coming from rural areas."

Proceeds from the gala represent a significant portion of the Mom's House budget, said treasurer and gala committee chair Dan Massey. Last year's inaugural event, which celebrated the organization's 25th anniversary, attracted between 120 and 130 attendees, more than the 100 organizers had hoped for.

"We'd love to have 200 (this year)," Massey remarked.

"We would like to attract some businesses (that) would like to be community supporters," added board member and gala committee member Jean Good.

Sponsorships in a wide range of price points are available for businesses and individuals, and the committee is accepting donations of items for the auctions. The committee is planning to feature six significant items or packages in the live auction and 50 or more lots in the silent auction. Current donations include a high-end necklace from a local jeweler, a custom Renaissance-style family portrait painted by a regional artist, and gift cards and certificates.

To learn more about the gala, schedule a donation, or purchase tickets by the deadline of Friday, Sept. 1, readers may visit


Church To Host Book Discussion Series August 18, 2017

Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St., Lititz, invites community members to participate in a 2017-18 book discussion series, Exploring, Growing, Together. The series is meant to help participants explore their beliefs in a safe discussion environment without judgment. The group will meet on the lower level of the church in room 103 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Thursdays, Sept. 7 and 14, Linda Van Til, certified lay minister, will lead the discussion. The sessions will focus on the book "Beyond Belief" by Jenna Miscavige, niece of current Scientology leader David Miscavige. If necessary, the discussion will be concluded on Thursday, Sept. 21. Supplemental reading for the month may include "Troublemaker" by Leah Remini, "Counterfeit Dreams" by Jefferson Hawkins and "Ruthless" by Ron Miscavige, father of current leader David Miscavige. Participants may watch "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" television series and various YouTube videos on Scientology for further education on the subject to be discussed. Handouts will be included for discussion.

The series will continue in October with the Rev. Larry Leister using the book "Amish Grace." In November, lay leader Shanna Boley will talk about "The Glass Castle: A Memoir." No book discussion will be held in December.

In January, the Rev. Art Rettew will discuss the "Intertestamental Period: The Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical." Participants may read books from the Apocrypha in preparation for the class discussion. In February, lay leader Evie Bergey will discuss "Holy Ghost Girl," and in March, lay leader Arlene Schlotter will focus on the YouTube series "God's Roadmap to the End of the World."

April's topic is yet to be announced, and the May meetings will conclude the series when Van Til will speak about the movie "The Shack." Handouts will be provided.

Participants do not have to be readers. Each person will acquire his or her own materials to read. Attendees may bring a bag lunch to eat during the discussions. A flyer and a brochure about the discussion group are available in the church's front lobby foyer. For more information, readers may contact Van Til at 717-626-0745 or


MTHS Fall Drill Will Pay Homage To Bond, James Bond August 18, 2017

Student leaders in the Manheim Township High School (MTHS) marching band are secretive when discussing the first and final sets of the fall show, which will pay tribute to James Bond 007 with music from Bond movies, students playing Bond and a villainess, and opportunities for students to act as well as play and march on the field. Leaders would admit that the opening and closing sets will have special features that will appeal to Bond fans. "There are iconic (Bond features) that make the way into the drill," said brass captain Michael Buffa.

The nearly 140-member band, including 39 color guard, spent time during the weeks of Aug. 7, 14, and 21 at the school learning the drill, which was written by Scott Goebel and utilizes well-known movie music including the Bond theme, "Live and Let Die," "Goldfinger," "Die Another Day," and "Skyfall." The show will end with a medley of all the songs.

"We incorporate the theme a lot into the drill this year," said Will Esposito, who shares drum major duties with Madison Vaughen. "There is a lot of James Bond 007 influence in the drill." According to color guard captain Shannon Rehkugler, the theme will be acted out on the field with band member Justin Moore playing James Bond to Bella Sisay's villainess. Sisay, a color guard member, will be tossed into the air at the start of the show using a basket toss technique that guard members learned. "We start the show with Bond and a villainess who is trying to defeat Bond," said Rehkugler, who added that the color guard members will act like spies. "Throughout the show Bond and the villainess have this conflict."

Moore and Sisay will not be the only students who have a chance to act during the show. Esposito said that during parts of the show musicians will be acting sneaky or suave.

Vaughen described the drill as geometric, and woodwind captain Sheila Long added that the marchers will perform a number of lunges and casual walking moves along with acting on the field.

Several musicians will have areas where they are spotlighted during the show. Percussionists Tyler Brooks and Joshua Amoro said that the drummers will be busy during the show. "We have several drum features, and it's a blast," noted Brooks. Esposito added that Bryce Katch will play a saxophone solo during "Skyfall." "That's a big feature point," he said. Buffa added that his section will be highlighted as well. "There are two or three low brass features where baritones and tubas play for a few measures," he said, adding with a smile, "We can play as loud as possible, and it's a lot of fun."

Student leaders noted that having a large number of new band members this year has been challenging, but they are excited to see the band growing. Both entering freshmen and upperclassmen have joined the band this fall. The percussion section gained four new members, and 19 students joined the color guard.

To break up the practice routine of band camp, the students chose the middle week to hold theme days, which included 'Merica Monday, when students dressed in patriotic wear; Twin Tuesday, and Wacky Sock Wednesday. On Township Thursday, students wore spirit wear clothing, and on Section Pride Friday, each section made its own T-shirts to wear to rehearsal.

Several years ago, the MTHS band joined the Lancaster County Marching Band Coalition. The coalition was created by a group of county band directors who have chosen to make an intentional move to provide students with more balance in their high school years. The MTHS band will perform this year's drill at Lancaster Catholic High School's band showcase on Saturday, Sept. 23, and at its own band show on Saturday, Sept. 30.


Golf Tournament To Support Pleasant View August 18, 2017

Pleasant View Retirement Community will host its eighth annual golf tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Overlook Golf Course, 2040 Lititz Pike, Lancaster. Proceeds from the annual fundraising event will benefit Pleasant View's Cognitive Care Fund.

Registration and lunch will open at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. to kick off the four-person scramble tournament. The event will feature a hole-in-one contest, sponsored by a Manheim automotive business, for a chance to win a car. The day on the links will include lunch, dinner, on-course refreshments, cart rental, green fees, and a golfer goodie bag.

Early bird registration rates are available for individual golfers and foursomes through Friday, Sept. 1. More information and registration materials are available at

The deadline to complete online registration is Friday, Sept. 8.

Through the tournament, Pleasant View Retirement Community hopes to raise $25,000 to directly support the needs of its residents with dementia and their caregivers by offering specialized equipment and tools, environmental adaptations, staff training, and supportive programming. For more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities, readers may contact Amanda Hall, sales and marketing manager, at or 717-664-6207.

Pleasant View Retirement Community is a not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community in Manheim, with a mission of striving to enhance the quality of life for those it serves, in a secure, caring, Christian environment. To learn more about senior living options, readers may call 717-665-2445 or visit


Marching Barons To Present "Pompeii" August 18, 2017

When Manheim Central High School (MCHS) marching band members were feeling the heat and exhaustion during band camp, the thought of blasting their director with water balloons might have given some of them just enough incentive to press on. "On the first Thursday of band camp, they get to throw a few hundred water balloons at me," explained John Brackbill, who is in his ninth year serving as the MCHS marching band director. It was during his first year that Brackbill decided to let the students throw water balloons at him as a fun way to let go of some of their frustrations. Naturally, everyone loved it, and the tradition stuck.

Band camp took place on weekdays from July 31 to Aug. 11 at the MCHS football field, with daily sessions from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.

"(Band camp) is a long stretch to push through, but it's worth it," said drum major and MCHS junior Laura Forwood. Besides the water balloon tossing tradition, the students mixed things up with theme days during the second week of camp. These included Monochrome Monday with one specific color assigned to each section, crazy hats on Tuesday, "Star Wars" attire for Wednesday, and Throwback Thursday. Camp always ends with Section Day on Friday, where each section performs a skit or some kind of performance for the rest of the crew. "It's a nice way for each section to bond," Brackbill said.

Drum major and MCHS senior Andrew Kerdeman said this year's show, "Pompeii," is a significant switch from last year's steampunk-themed production. "It's more emotionally driven," Andrew noted. Audiences will be introduced to the ancient city of Pompeii as its people throw a lavish celebration until Mount Vesuvius erupts. The third movement depicts people saying goodbye to one another before they are all swallowed up by fire and smoke in the final movement.

"The music is pretty compositionally advanced," said Laura, adding that she likes the broad range it covers from classical to modern. With 44 new students in the 118-member MCHS marching band this year, tackling such a complex show is no small feat. Band camp helped to solidify the music and movements. Brackbill said that while plenty of high schools stick to just one week of band camp, he opts for two so that the students can more fully learn the show before jumping into the school year.

Rehearsals will continue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as the band prepares to perform "Pompeii" at football games and in Cavalcade of Bands competitions. MCHS is part of the Patriot Conference for Cavalcade of Bands - the largest division, which is open to bands with more than 101 members. "I'd say this band is about 12 to 15 percent of the high school's population," Brackbill commented. "We've worked hard to make it as inclusive as possible."

The MCHS marching band and Manheim Central Band Boosters will host the Baron Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 28, with 20 high school bands competing in a display of marching and music. The public is invited to attend.

For more information on the MCHS marching band, readers may visit


School Day Extension Announced August 18, 2017

Resurrection Catholic School has announced a change to the length of its school day. The change will be effective on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 28.

Students will attend from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., a 30-minute extension. The additional half-hour will be dedicated to English language arts. As always, doors will open at 7:30 a.m. to provide supervision for those who arrive between 7:30 and 8 a.m. The After School Program is available to all families, and it will continue to provide supervision for students until 6 p.m.

Core courses, including religion, language arts, math, science and social studies, are taught daily at Resurrection. Weekly classes include art, music, library, computer, physical education and Spanish. The school also offers field trips to enhance learning.


Donations Sought For Annual Sale August 18, 2017

The Friends of the Lancaster Public Library are seeking donations for their third annual Baubles and Bling Sale, which will take place in November.

Donations of fine, vintage, costume, and fashion jewelry, along with watches, scarves, handbags, purses, and evening bags, may be dropped off at the Julianna Book Store in the Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays, as well as at the Marshall Street Book Store, 225 N. Marshall St., Lancaster, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.

Donations will help the Friends group to support the library. According to JoAnn Dumas, co-chair of this year's event, last year's sale raised more than $6,000 for the library.

The Baubles and Bling Sale will be held at the Lancaster Public Library from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, as well as from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4. All sale proceeds will directly benefit the library.

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Community Fun Day Planned At Grace Church August 18, 2017

The members of Grace Evangelical Congregational (E.C.) Church invite Columbia-area residents of all ages to the second annual Community Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the church, located at the corner of North Eighth Street and Walnut Street, Columbia.

Free activities for the whole family will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Children can enjoy a bounce house, and there will be a dunk tank for individuals of all ages to take a few throws.

Hot dogs, popcorn, water, and other edible treats will also be available at no charge.

"The church is sponsoring this day as an opportunity to greet neighbors and friends and to introduce the church family to our community," said pastor Don Wert, noting that everyone is welcome. "We want the community to know that we care about them."

Wert's hope is that this event will allow people to get to know Grace E.C. Church and what it has to offer. Grace Church started to minister to the people of Columbia more than 100 years ago and is an Evangelical Bible teaching ministry. Wert has served as the church's lead pastor since 2013.

Grace E.C. Church holds worship services each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., with Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend, and child care is available during the services. Columbia-area residents are also welcome to join in the weekly prayer meeting and Bible study offered at the church each Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Members of Grace E.C. Church also help sponsor the Good News Club at Park Elementary School on Tuesday afternoons for six weeks each fall and spring.

For more information about the Community Fun Day or the church, readers may call Wert at 717-299-2904.


Community Chorus Seeks Members August 18, 2017

The Elizabethtown Community Chorus is seeking new members. People age 15 and up of all voice parts and singing abilities are welcome. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 29, and the last day to join is Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The chorus rehearses on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:20 p.m. in Leffler Chapel/Musser Auditorium on the campus of Elizabethtown College, 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown. Concert performances are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 3.

Readers with questions may contact Matthew Fritz at or 717-361-1112.


GEARS Offers Aquatics Class August 18, 2017

GEARS will offer its next Deep Water Workout class from 7:15 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 14 through Nov. 16. The class will take place at the Patton Pool, located at the Masonic Conference Center adjacent to Masonic Village at Elizabethtown.

Deep Water Workout participants go at their own pace. Typical Deep Water activities include walking, jogging, running, skiing, and biking. They can be done with or without the use of a floatation belt and are set in motion to different styles of music. Additional strength and conditioning actions are also incorporated into the sequences.

For more information, readers may contact GEARS at 717-367-0355 or the Baird Wellness Center located in the Freemasons Cultural Center at Masonic Village at 717-361-5699, option 4.

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