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Pet Parade Results Announced October 20, 2017

The New Holland Fair Pet Parade took place on Oct. 7. The judges were Laura Sabasino, Heather Smith, and Willoh Robbins, and the parade was chaired by Kelci Robbins.

The results were as follows.

Most Creative Float: first place, Abby, dog, and owner Emily Maldonado.

Most Unusual Pet: first place, Hermie, hermit crab, owned by Lincoln Hoover; second place, Zelda, pig, owned by Sophia Ashcroft; third place, Farrah, rabbit, owned by Amber Scritchfield.

Owner-Pet Look-Alike: first place, Buster, dog, and owner Michael Hoover, and second place, Dagwood, dog, and owner Tori Lingg.

Owner-Pet Team Theme: first place, Buddy, dog, and owner Joanne Dennis; second place, Lilly, dog, and owner Makenzie Pack; and third place, Eva and Walter, dogs, and owner Brandi Parshley.

Most Beautiful Cat: first place, Bandit, owned by Marcella Hess.

Most Handsome Dog: first place, Geoffrey, owned by Shirley Siedhof; second place, Chloe, owned by Greg Scritchfield; and third place, Harley, owned by Angelo Porreca.

Smallest Dog: first place, Indie, owned by Lourdes Bard.

Best Dressed Pet: first place, Faith, dog, owned by Sarah White; second place, Lila, dog, owned by Morgan Shenk; and third place, Sofia, dog, owned by Felix Grau.

Emily Maldonado's dog, Abby, won Best of Show.


Velkly Earns Eagle Scout Award October 20, 2017

Conner Velkly, 17, received his Eagle Scout award in a Court of Honor ceremony held on Oct. 14 at Lititz Moravian Church.

Conner began his involvement in Scouting as a Tiger Cub with Cub Scout Pack 154, earning his Arrow of Light award with Cub Scout Pack 100 in 2012. Since joining Troop 100, he has earned 24 merit badges and served as den chief, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and senior patrol leader. He was a founding member of both Pack 100 and Troop 100.

For his Eagle Scout service project, Conner constructed and installed new veteran markers in the cemetery at Lititz Moravian Church. His project involved the supervision of 17 volunteers and required 168 work hours.

Conner is a junior at Lititz Christian School and attends the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center. He is the son of Eric and Elizabeth Velkly of Lititz.


Martinez Takes Part In Research Project October 20, 2017

Austin Martinez of Marietta is one of three psychology students studying baby babble in collaboration with a faculty researcher at Lebanon Valley College (LVC). Martinez, a graduate of Donegal High School, is a member of the Class of 2018 at LVC, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in psychology.

Dr. Rachel Albert, assistant professor of psychology, and her student research assistants study how caregivers respond to their child's vocal cues, or baby babble.

Martinez and classmate Josh Rhinehimer spent the summer developing a study investigating fathers' responses to their infants. For the study, fathers and their 9-month-old infants come to the lab to play and be observed.

Martinez and Rinehimer are preparing to submit the work to present at the International Congress of Infant Studies biennial conference. If the research is accepted, they will present the findings to an international audience in Philadelphia next July.

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Students Study Abroad October 20, 2017

Several Susquehanna University students, including Ty Bricker of Manheim and Anne Horting of Elizabethtown, are participating in the Sigmund Weis School of Business London Program during the fall 2017 semester.

The program provides business students with an international experience in order to develop and expand their learning capabilities and broaden their perspectives about possible careers. While abroad, students complete an internship, as well as courses in operations management, quantitative methods for business, international business practice, and management and organizational behavior.

Bricker is a finance major in the Class of 2019. A 2015 graduate of Manheim Central High School, he is the son of Craig and Shelly Bricker.

Horting is an accounting major in the Class of 2019. A 2015 graduate of Elizabethtown Area High School, she is the daughter of Ken and Christine Horting.


Hanselman Named To Honor Society October 20, 2017

Nicole Hanselman of Manheim was one of more than 30 students inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society during a ceremony held recently at Elmira College.

Phi Eta Sigma, a first-year honor society, was founded in 1923 at the University of Illinois with the goal of encouraging and rewarding academic excellence among full-time, first-year students in institutions of higher learning. The Elmira College chapter was established in 1990.


Local Students Graduate October 20, 2017

A total of 38 students graduated from Elizabethtown College in August. Among them were five local students.

Graduating with master's degrees in occupational therapy were Ashley M. Cox of Mountville, Allison R. Doughton of Manheim, Jacalyn P. Hikes of Elizabethtown, and Mikayla R. Kemmerly of Columbia. Bhim K. Thapaliya of Lancaster graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology.


Students Of The Month Honored October 19, 2017


King-Fairchild October 19, 2017

Brian King and Shelly Fairchild celebrated their marriage along with family and friends on May 27. The ceremony and reception took place at Pheasant Run Farm Bed and Breakfast in Willow Street. Pastor John Hostetter officiated at the 5 p.m. ceremony.

The couple resides in Lancaster.


Mohler Named National Merit Semifinalist October 19, 2017

Lancaster County Christian School senior Emma Mohler has been named a National Merit Semifinalist for 2018. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Emma joins approximately 16,000 students nationwide who have been recognized in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship program. These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for the approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth a total of more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.


Olivet UMC Celebrates 200 Years October 18, 2017

Sen. Andrew Dinniman joined local officials and parishioners in marking the bicentennial of Olivet United Methodist Church (UMC) in Coatesville at a celebratory event and luncheon on Oct. 6. Dinniman presented a special citation commemorating the milestone and also read a letter from Gov. Tom Wolf in honor of the occasion.

The Oct. 6 event kicked off a weekend of activities commemorating the church's 200th anniversary, including a public open house and concert on Oct. 7 and a special luncheon at the Coatesville Country Club following services on Oct. 8.

Patty Biffen, co-chair of Olivet's Bicentennial Committee and Olivet layleader, gave a presentation on the church's history. Michael Givler, co-chair of Olivet's Bicentennial Committee and chairman of its Staff Parish Relations Committee, spoke of the parish's legacy of commitment and involvement in the Coatesville community.

Givler referred to work on the Third Avenue Streetscape Project, currently underway. The streetscape project, the first phase of revitalization work related to the new Coatesville Train Station, aims to transform Third Avenue as a gateway into the city from the new station. It includes the repaving of Third Avenue and the installation of sidewalk amenities, including ADA accessibility improvements from Lincoln Highway to Fleetwood Street.

The project also calls for the repaving of and significant improvements to the nearby parking lot of the church, which will be available to rail riders under an agreement being worked out with the church.

The entire project is expected to be completed in about a year.

In addition, the design work on the realignment of the station's location on Fleetwood Street is ongoing, but preliminary design work is complete. These designs include plans for commuter and bus access and a review of conceptual designs offering transit-oriented development projects related to the new train station.


Taylor-De Jesus October 18, 2017

Nan and Tate Taylor of York have announced the engagement of their daughter, Megan Taylor of York Haven, to Edgar De Jesus of York Haven.

The bride-elect graduated from Central York High School in 2008 and attended HACC. She is employed by Typical Life Corporation in York.

Mr. De Jesus is the son of Celines and Edgardo De Jesus of York. He graduated from Cocoa High School in 2010 and from Brevard Community College in 2011. He is employed by Assurant in York.

A June 2018 wedding is planned.


Hartman Earns Lacrosse Honors October 18, 2017

Grant Hartman, a member of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns lacrosse team, was selected as 2017 Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) All-American Honorable Mention Short Stick Defensive Midfielder. Hartman was also selected MCLA Lone Star Alliance Division II First Team All-Conference Short Stick Defensive Midfielder.

Playing in all 14 games of the 2017 season, Hartman scooped up 24 ground balls and tallied 6 points with 2 goals and 4 assists. The Ragin' Cajuns concluded the 2017 season with a 9-2 record.

Hartman, a senior computer science major, is a 2014 graduate of Dallastown Area High School.


Lacrosse Coach Receives Honor October 18, 2017

York County's Dan China has been awarded US Lacrosse's top national youth award, Outstanding Contribution to the Game: U15 and Under. The youth game's highest honor is given to a US Lacrosse member who is a longstanding contributor to the youth game and who has had a lasting impact by supporting the US Lacrosse mission and vision.

China was selected jointly by both Men and Women Recognition Committees and was surprised with the award presentation in September at York Catholic High School among fellow coaches and regional leadership, players, alumni, friends, family, and the community.

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National Guard Aids After Hurricane October 18, 2017

The Pennsylvania National Guard sent 20 soldiers to assist the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Oct. 12. The anticipated mission for the Guard members was to provide first aid, point-of-injury care and sick call for the service members providing relief to civilians there. In addition, they will provide urgent care to civilians on the islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, expanding an outreach mission established by the preceding unit. Upon arrival, the medical personnel integrated with thousands of National Guard members, active duty military, and first responders on site.

Additional Pennsylvania National Guard members are on duty at the Pennsylvania National Guard's joint emergency operations center. The center maintains continuous communications with the National Guard Bureau and PEMA in order to anticipate future requirements that could be assigned to Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers and airmen.

There are currently 22 Pennsylvania National Guard members and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters in Puerto Rico supporting relief operations. In September, the Pennsylvania National Guard sent a variety of both troops and equipment to provide support in Texas after Hurricane Harvey, Florida after Hurricane Irma and the U.S. Virgin Islands during Hurricane Maria.


Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students October 13, 2017

The Donegal High School (DHS) Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that Grace Miller and Andrew Erb are the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for September. The selected students were slated to be honored by members of the Mount Joy Rotary Club during the monthly club meeting.

Grace is the daughter of Chris and Julie Miller of Mount Joy. She is a member of National Honor Society (NHS) and Student Council. She plays in the DHS orchestra and is secretary of the Class of 2018. She is a four-year member of the field hockey and softball teams. Outside of school, Grace serves as a tutor. After graduation, Grace plans to attend the University of Delaware to major in exercise science and participate in field hockey.

Andrew is the son of Phil and Mindy Erb of Mount Joy. Andrew is a member of the NHS and was president of FBLA. He is a leader for the Prayer Group and serves as president of the Class of 2018. He is also a four-year member of the football and baseball teams. Outside of school, Andrew has served as a counselor at church camp. After graduation, he plans to attend a four-year college to major in business.


Class Of 1962 Holds Reunion October 12, 2017

The Warwick High School Class of 1962 held its 55th class reunion on Oct. 7 at the Brownstone Manor in Lititz. It was the first class to complete all six years at the new Warwick High School.

In addition to the spouses and guests of classmates, attendees included former teacher Joan L. Riehl.

The reunion committee included Jim Boose, Terry Dagen, Joe Doster, Barry Garman, Fay Hirneisen Peachey, Claudia Hostetter, Glenn Knight, Margy Lehigh Hershey, Carol Ludwig Groce, Doris Peters Sauder and Carole Vogeler Herr.

The Class of 1962 will hold its monthly breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 8:30 a.m. at Oregon Dairy Restaurant, 2900 Oregon Pike, Lititz. Classmates who plan to attend may call Don Brubaker at 419-358-8558. All class members are welcome.

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Walter Named To Dean's List October 12, 2017

Molly Walter of Columbia has been named to the summer 2017 dean's list at University of the Sciences. Selection for the honor was based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a C and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the summer of 2017.

Walter is a Doctor of Pharmacy student.


Hendershot-Strittmatter October 12, 2017

The marriage of Emily Strittmatter and James Hendershot took place on Aug. 26 at Normandy Farm in Blue Bell. The Honorable Daniel J. Clifford presided over the 5 p.m. ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. John and Betsy Strittmatter of Youngsville, N.C. She graduated from Garden Spot High School in 2007 and Susquehanna University in 2011 and received a master's degree from the University of the Sciences. She is employed by Abington Jefferson Hospital in Abington.

The groom is the son of Neil and Patricia Hendershot of Harrisburg. He graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 2006, Susquehanna University in 2010, and the Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law in 2014. He is employed by Braverman Kaskey Law in Philadelphia.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

The reception was held in Silos Ballroom at Normandy Farm in Blue Bell.

After a wedding trip to St. Lucia, Lesser Antilles, the couple resides in Cheltenham.


Baby Parade Results Posted October 12, 2017

New Holland Farmers Day Association held its the 86th annual Farmers Fair Baby Parade on Oct. 7 in New Holland.

The walking category winners were as follows. Grand Prize Walking: Bexley Hooper, child of Douglas Hooper, Ephrata. Grand Runner-Up Walking: Brycen Hooper, child of Armine Martin, Ephrata. Best Characterization Walking: first place, Natalie Hoover, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hoover, Ephrata, and second place, Austyn Rhoades, son of Jaclyn Rhoades, Denver. Cutest Family Group August and Ellie Ernst, children of Max and Katie Ernst, Cheltenham.

The wheels category winners were as follows. Grand Prize Wheels: Brooklyn and Kolton Yeagle, children of Stephanie and Kevin Yeagle, Lancaster. Runner-Up Grand Wheels: Harmony Roth, daughter of Tabatha Roth, Ephrata. Best Decorated Coach/Stroller: first place, Teddy Rhoades, son of Jaclyn Rhoades, Denver. Best Decorated Wagon: first place, Blake Houghton, son of Sara and Jason Houghton, Cochranville; second place, Brook Yoder, daughter of Britney Thompson, East Earl; and third place, Marisa Wenger, daughter of Mary Wenger, Paradise. Best Decorated Mini Float: first place, Hailey Beiler, daughter of Mervin Beiler, New Holland; second place, Connor and Cooper Dingess, children of Mitch and Laura Dingess, Narvon; third place, Kayla and Sage Serrano, children of Amber and Steven Seranno, Denver; and fourth place, Logan Lutz, son of Dawn Brady, New Holland.

The float category winners were as follows. Grand Prize Float: Jaxson and Everly Sweitzer, children of Glenn and Amy Sweitzer, Ephrata. Runner-Up Grand Float: Mackenzie, Sophia, Delilah, Kendall, and Kennedy, children of Kristen Ebersol, Travis Diem, Rebekah Diem, Mike Diem, and Nicole and Kevin Boley, East Earl. Most Original Float: first place, Ella Johns and Boden, Rusty and Riley Fisher, children and friends of Krista Sensenig, New Holland; second place, Cael and Ellis Thompson, Sinking Springs; and third place, Emma McCann, daughter of Lydia McCann, Lancaster. Most Beautiful Float: first place, Luke Willoughby, son of Noelle Willoughby, New Holland.


FFA Competition Results Posted October 12, 2017

Grassland FFA Safe Tractor Operation Competition posted its results. Competitions were held in senior and junior divisions. Roy Braum was the overall winner for the senior division, and Luke Shirk was the winner in the junior division. Braum and Shirk qualified for the next level of competition at the Manheim Farm Show.

In addition to Braum, winners in the senior division include Brooke Leeland, second; Natalie Eberly, third; and Tyler Stauffer, fourth. In the junior division, winners are Madelynn Sasso, second; Austin Martin, third; and Joseph Weinhold, fourth.

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