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Smeltz-Ransing March 22, 2019

Bruce and Laura Smeltz of Lancaster have announced the engagement of their daughter, Emily Smeltz of East Petersburg, to Stephen Ransing of East Petersburg.

The bride-elect graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2014. She is employed by Emerald Springs Spa, Lancaster.

Mr. Ransing is the son of Greg and Marcia Leibrand of East Petersburg. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2013. He is employed by Zephyr Aluminum, Lancaster.

A June wedding is planned.


Students Participate In Regional Orchestra March 22, 2019

Elizabethtown Area High School orchestra students Sean Brown, violin, and Mayelin Ebersole, viola, recently took part in the 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Central Region Orchestra Festival held at the Performing Arts Center in Williamsport. Dr. Gerardo Edelstein, director of orchestras at Penn State University, conducted the ensemble of about 100 talented high school musicians.

A team of judges, composed of local music teachers, selected the students to the Central Region Orchestra based on their performance at the District 7 festival held in January.

Participants at the regional level represented the top orchestra students from not only District 7, which covers Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties, but also District 8, which consists of Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union counties.

This is the second time that Ebersole has played in the regional orchestra and the third time that Brown has earned the honor.

The high school's orchestra director is Rich Winey.


Fernald Earns Academic Honor March 22, 2019

Tess Fernald, Mount Joy, has been placed on the Gettysburg College dean's honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the fall 2018 semester.

Gettysburg students with a quality point average of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for a semester's work are placed on the college's dean's honor list.


D.W. Oakes March 22, 2019

U.S. Air Force Airman Dustin W. Oakes graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Oakes is the grandson of Barbara Oakes of Mount Joy. He is a 2017 graduate of Donegal High School.


Stoltzfus Wins Scholarship Award March 22, 2019

Solanco High School student Olivia Stoltzfus has received the 2019 C.X. Carlson Senior Art Portfolio Scholarship Award of $11,500. The scholarship was awarded by the C.X. Carlson Cultural Trust in Lancaster and the Red Raven Art Company.

Olivia was scheduled to be honored during an awards ceremony at the Red Raven Art Company on March 24. Olivia's award-winning work will be featured on the business's Emerging Artist Wall in July.

Olivia has won numerous accolades in the Scholastic Art Awards and the Lancaster County Young Artists Awards. She was featured as the November 2017 Emerging Artist at the Hamilton Club of Lancaster, and her work was published on the cover of the Southern Lancaster Historical Society calendar in 2018. Olivia's work has also been featured in exhibitions at the Lancaster Museum of Art, the Demuth Museum, Millersville University, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Also an accomplished writer, Olivia has seen her written work published in the 2018 winter edition of Philadelphia Stories Jr.

Olivia is currently working on the production of a portfolio to be considered for scholarships from visual arts schools. Olivia is considering The Cooper Union in New York City, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute in New York City, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.


Peiffer Wins Service Award March 22, 2019

Scott Peiffer, of the Quarryville Borough Maintenance Department, is the recipient of the second annual Community Service Award from the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes a person who has provided important, lasting, volunteer public service in Quarryville and southern Lancaster County.

Kendall Keeler, chairman of the Chamber's Community Service Award committee, presented Peiffer with a plaque during the Chamber's annual banquet at Drumore Estates in Pequea. In addition, Keeler announced that a $500 scholarship in Peiffer's name will be awarded to a student in Solanco School District or Lampeter-Strasburg School District who plans to major in a business-related field at a college or technical school or who plans to operate their own business following their graduation from high school.

While presenting Peiffer with the award, Keeler noted Peiffer's support for the community and involvement in many activities, including the Hometown Heroes banners in Quarryville; the handicapped-accessible facilities at Huffnagle Park; the Solanco Fair Association; the Quarryville Teen Club, including the Miss Solanco Pageant; and the Quarryville Lions Club.

Nominees for the 2020 Community Service Award are now being accepted. To nominate someone, readers may visit or email Keith Kaufman at


Oniskey Receives Award March 22, 2019

The Ephrata Cloister Toastmasters Club recently presented Jude Oniskey with the club's John J. Nonamaker Award. Oniskey's fellow club members voted him their top Toastmaster of 2018, recognizing his leadership as the club's vice president of membership. Club president Dana Ferber presented the award at the first club meeting of the new year.

The Ephrata Cloisters Toastmasters Club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. Interested individuals are encouraged to join the club for a complimentary introductory meeting. For more information, readers may call 717-475-7722.

The club is part of Toastmasters International, which has more than 352,000 members.


Hertzler Named To Dean's List March 22, 2019

Olivia Hertzler, a 2016 graduate of Penn Manor High School, has achieved dean's list recognition for the fall 2018 semester at Penn State University, University Park. She has a double major in economics and business management, with a minor in equine science. A junior slated to graduate in May 2020, she works on-campus as a resident assistant and is president of the Penn State Western Equestrian Team.

In order to be recognized for the dean's list, a grade point average of 3.5 must be maintained. Hertzler has been on the dean's list five semesters at Penn State.


DAR Chapter Recognizes Freyberger March 22, 2019

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Harrisburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honored the late Dr. Ruth Matilda Freyberger, who resided in the local area.

Freyberger was born in Lancaster on Nov. 15, 1912. According to the Harrisburg Chapter of the DAR, Freyberger was the first woman to receive a doctorate in art education from Penn State. She taught in New Holland, Huntingdon, and Hershey and eventually was a professor at Illinois State University for 31 years until her retirement in 1983. Freyberger continued to focus on art education with her legacies, specifically children's art education, with endowments to include the Freyberger Gallery of Art at Penn State University - Berks County Campus and the Freyberger Children's Art Collection at Boise State University in Idaho.

On March 14, the Harrisburg Chapter of the DAR presented the award for Freyberger for Women in American History, with the assistance of Margaret Wasson, DAR Harrisburg Chapter member, and Marilyn Fox, representative from the Freyberger Gallery at Penn State University - Berks County Campus. Fox provided an overview of Freyberger's life and what her legacy endowment has been able to provide to the art gallery and community, as well as how it has provided various educational opportunities.

The DAR was founded in 1890 with the mission of promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. The Harrisburg Chapter was founded in 1894 and aims to locally continue to preserve the legacies of the Founding Fathers and the patriots who fought for the independence of the United States of America. In May, the chapter will celebrate its 125th year and the launch of a chapter history including biographies of more than 60 Revolutionary War patriots.

For additional information, readers may contact Jennifer Stratton at or visit


Arndt Receives Degree March 21, 2019

Megan Arndt of Denver is one of approximately 300 students who graduated from Central Methodist University (CMU) in December 2018.

Arndt earned a bachelor's degree in nursing through CMU's online program. Graduates included students from the main campus in Fayette, along with students from extended locations and online programs.


Earning The Eagle Scout Honor - A Family Tradition March 20, 2019

Eighteen-year-old Colin Delestienne of Atglen recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, just as his father and three older brothers have done.

Among those attending the Court of Honor ceremony at Penningtonville Presbyterian Church were Colin's parents, Doug and Sharon Delestienne, as well as brothers Nathan, 29, Eagle Scout 2008; Cameron, 27, Eagle Scout 2010; and Tyler, 25, Eagle Scout 2012.

"You can't be any prouder," said Doug. "I earned my Eagle Scout back in 1978. It was fortunate for myself (that) my wife and I had four sons and I got to relive my childhood."

Doug is originally from Bethel Park in western Pennsylvania, where he earned his Eagle rank, but his sons were all members of Troop 20 of Atglen. "I encouraged them, but it had to be their choice," he said.

Colin joined the Boy Scouts of America when he was about 5 years old, and he has worked through the levels to Eagle, the highest rank among Boy Scouts. This is an achievement that only a small percentage of all Boy Scouts ever reach.

At the ceremony, Colin presented his Mentor Pin to Mitch King. "He was my Scoutmaster at one point. He retired from being a Scoutmaster, but he was with me through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts," Colin said.

Part of the process of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is doing a large project that will be of service to the community. It is the Scout's responsibility to do all the preparation work on the project, organize and lead helpers and complete the work. He must document all the steps he takes in the process and make a presentation about his project.

"The Eagle Scout project has to be run by them with very little adult influence," Doug said.

Colin's project was the construction of a new fence at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Parkesburg, where the Delestiennes are members of the congregation. Working on the actual installation of the fence with Colin were members of Troop 20. They installed approximately 200 feet of white vinyl fence for the church preschool.

"I had to plan it, then I had to organize it and get the materials. Leading it was the hardest part," Colin said. "I've learned to become a better leader and just a good overall adult."

Colin graduated from Octorara Area High School in 2018, where he was on the soccer team and ran track. He is currently attending Penn College of Technology, where he is studying architecture. He enjoys being outside, camping and hiking. He hopes to stay involved in Scouting as an adult leader.

Atglen Troop 20, chartered by Penningtonville Presbyterian Church, meets on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For meeting locations and more information, readers may visit


High School Seniors Win Vocal Competition March 20, 2019

Three local high school seniors were named the winners of the Chester County Choral Society's 27th Excellence in Vocal Performance Competition, held on March 16 at the Exton Baptist Church. The contest was open to high school seniors who reside, attend high school or study music in Chester County.

The first-place winner of the competition was Sofia Bobrysheva, a mezzo-soprano who is a senior at Downingtown East High School. The runners-up included baritone Francis "Frankie" Jacquette, a senior at Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester, and Elana Babbitt, a soprano who attends Great Valley High School.

Sofia, who is a vocal student of Kim Kronenberg Russell of West Chester, has also studied voice, piano and music theory at the Royal Canadian Conservatory of Music. Sofia is a Tri-M Music Honor Society member and sings in her school's Masterworks Choir. She has placed third in the alto II category at the 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Regional Choral Festival. She plans to attend West Chester University in the fall to pursue a dual degree in voice performance and music education.

Frankie, who has participated in the 2018 PMEA District and Regional Choral Festivals, also plays flute, piccolo, tuba, French horn and trombone for the school's marching and concert bands. He performed in high school musicals, playing the role of a mission band singer in "Guys and Dolls" and Mr. Banks in "Mary Poppins." Frankie will attend the University of Delaware in the fall to study music and mathematics and will be a member of the Marching Blue Hens.

Elana studies voice in Russell's studio as well. Her past roles at local theaters and at school have included Reno Sweeney in "Anything Goes," Maria in "The Sound of Music," Mayzie LaBird in "Seussical," Dorothy Brown in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and Hedy LaRue in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Elana plans to attend college to study musical theater.

Sue Sutter, event chair, explained that students are required to apply for the competition in advance and provide a reference from a vocal coach or high school choral teacher. On the day of the competition, students are welcome to use an accompanist provided by the choral society or bring one of their own.

"They sing one compulsory piece, so everyone sings the same piece in their vocal key," explained Sutter. "They bring one classical number of their choice and one musical theater piece of their choice, and they sing to a panel of three judges."

This year, the competition was adjudicated by Courtney Capriotti, Teresa Moyer and Tom Sitzler. "At the end of the auditions, our judges do the tallies and then I notify the first-place winner and two runners-up," said Sutter, noting choral members also attend the competition to escort students to the rehearsal rooms and turn music pages, among other duties.

Sophia will receive $1,000, a certificate of achievement and an award plaque. The runners-up will receive $500 each and a certificate of merit. The awards will be presented at Chester County Choral Society's spring concert, led by Gary P. Garletts. The concert, themed "Favorite Opera Choruses," will be held on Sunday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. at Church of the Good Samaritan, 212 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli.

The late Honorable Charles B. Smith, who passed away in September 2018, sponsored the vocal competition and provided the scholarship money. "This year, we are dedicating the spring concert to Charlie Smith, our benefactor who has sponsored the scholarship since 2010," Sutter said, noting that Smith was a baritone who sang at the Church of the Good Samaritan. "He felt that encouraging young singers was a good thing to do."

All three finalists will perform at the concert. "The runners-up will sing one (number) of their choice, and the winner will sing both of her audition pieces," Sutter noted.

For more information about the choral society, the vocal competition or the upcoming concert, readers may visit


Students Honored As Good Citizens March 20, 2019

Seniors from area high schools were recognized as Good Citizens by members of the Chester County Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) during a ceremony held on March 11 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester.

Recipients included Robert Duncheskie, Bishop Shanahan High School; Lauren DiCamillo, Coatesville Area Senior High School; Grace Yatcilla, Downingtown High School East; Mary Clay, Downingtown High School West; Michaela Hampton, Octorara Junior-Senior High School; Miriam Saadeh, B. Reed Henderson High School; Jane Shevlin, Bayard Rustin High School; Jayna Bruno, Kennett Consolidated High School; Regan Dolinger, Oxford Area High School; Ashlyn Lauder, Unionville High School; and Sarah Guan, West Chester East High School.

Beverly Lawler, chairperson of the Good Citizen Committee, explained that the honor is presented annually to students who demonstrate the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. The students are chosen for the honor by their respective high schools.

"They have been selected by their schools because of their contributions to both their schools and their communities," Lawler said. "DAR chooses to recognize these students because they will become leaders of the future. These students are very bright and multitalented. I was amazed at how much they are already contributing to our society."

Lawler provided a brief history of the Good Citizen Award, which was established in 1934 and originally bestowed upon only one student per state. By 1952, the award was expanded so that each high school could select one Good Citizen honoree.

Each Good Citizen was presented with a certificate and a lapel pin. "The rim contains 13 stars, representing the 13 original Colonies," Lawler explained. "The band of blue identifies our society, and there are four books on the lapel pin, titled dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. These are characteristics of a Good Citizen."

Toni Keg from Sen. Andy Dinniman's office and John McNichol from Sen. Tom Killion's office also presented the students with certificates.


Students Win Writing Awards March 19, 2019

Martin Meylin Middle School eighth-graders Lana Dyer and Bethany Barrall each received a Gold Key in this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Lana was honored in the Poetry category for her poems "Water's Dance" and "Magenta." Bethany's award was in the Novel Writing category for an excerpt from her novel "The Truthbringer." Bethany received both a Gold Key and a National Gold Medal in last year's Scholastic Art & Writing competition for an excerpt from her novel "Sunrise."

As 2019 Gold Key recipients, Lana and Bethany are in the running for Scholastic National Medals. Medalists will be announced in March.


Lukacs-Smith March 19, 2019

Mackenzie Lukacs of York and Brandon Smith of York have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Karen and Brian Keeney of York. She graduated from Central York High School in 2016 and attends York College of Pennsylvania, with a graduation date set for 2020. She is employed in York.

Mr. Smith is the son of Randy and Terri Smith of Huntingdon. He graduated from Huntingdon Area Senior High School in 2007 and attends York College of Pennsylvania, with a graduation date set for 2020. He is employed in York.

A June wedding is planned.


Perrine Wins Award March 19, 2019

Dr. Sean P. Perrine has won the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) 2019 Young Osteopathic Physician of the Year Award. He was scheduled receive the award in March in Chicago.

Perrine is a family physician specializing in addiction medicine and OMT at Lancaster Health Center and Patient First Urgent Care. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013 and completed his residency in 2016 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia.

In addition to his certifications in osteopathic medicine, he is licensed with the US DEA, specializes in opioid dependency treatment, and is a member of the American Heart Association. Perrine has been an active member of ACOFP since 2010, serving on several committees and as a Congress Delegate.

The ACOFP Young Osteopathic Physician of the Year Award honors physicians who have made significant contributions to family medicine between two and 10 years after entering the specialty.

Perrine is the son of Steve and Barbara Perrine of Stewartstown.


Siegel-Dunkle March 19, 2019

David and Lisa Siegel of York have announced the engagement of their daughter, Victoria Kay Siegel of York, to Victor Louis Dunkle of Sykesville.

The bride-elect graduated from West York Area High School in 2015 and attends HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, with an expected graduation date in 2020.

Mr. Dunkle is the son of the late Scott Dunkle, who resided in Pottsville. He graduated from Century High School in 2012 and YTI in 2014. He is employed by Matthews International Casket Division in York.

A November wedding is planned.


Class Of 1957 Plans Breakfast March 19, 2019

The Lower Chanceford High School Class of 1957 will hold its monthly breakfast on Thursday, April 11, at Lion's Pride Restaurant, Red Lion, at 8 a.m.

The class meets on the second Thursday of the month. Former teachers, classmates, spouses, and guests are invited.


Evgeniadis Receives Award March 19, 2019

The Penn State Master Watershed Stewards in York County honored Ted Evgeniadis, the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, with the 2018 Outstanding Partner Award at a recent Extension event. By working together with other conservation agencies and organizations, the Master Watershed Stewards aim to stretch conservation funds and leverage resources to increase watershed restoration and awareness efforts in York County.

In 2018, the Master Watershed Stewards partnered with the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper on several projects, including the Mayfly Festival, the Street 2 Creek Storm Drain Art Project, the Youth and Family Fishing and Conservation Day, stream monitoring, stream cleanups, and habitat restoration projects. In 2019 and beyond, the Master Watershed Stewards will continue to partner with the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper to continue to protect and restore water resources in York County.

For more information about the Master Watershed Steward program, readers may visit or contact Jodi Sulpizio, natural resources educator, at 717-840-7429 or More information about the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association is available at


Ebaugh-Ragsdale March 18, 2019

Mark and Barb Ebaugh of Holtwood have announced the engagement of their daughter, Katey Ebaugh of Holtwood, to Luke Ragsdale of Gap.

Mr. Ragsdale is the son of Jeff and Tammy Ragsdale of Gap.

The bride-elect and the groom-to-be met as counselors at Black Rock Retreat.

An August wedding is planned.

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