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VFW Recognizes Safety Officers January 16, 2019

The James A. Danner VFW Post 537 recently held a Safety Banquet to honor all first responders from the area and to specifically recognize one firefighter, one emergency medical technician (EMT), and one police officer. VFW Post 537 sought nominations from supervisory officers in Fairview Township, Newberry Township, and the borough of Goldsboro.

To be eligible for an award, nominees had to meet various criteria. The three primary criteria were recognition by their colleagues, unswerving loyalty to and active performance in safety of citizens, and dedication to their official responsibilities over a period of years, showing continuous growth in responsibility and experience.

The Firefighter of the Year for 2018 is Kyle Harbold. He serves as the fire police captain, assisting the Newberry Township Police Department in both emergency and nonemergency situations. He had the highest response to calls within the Newberry Township Fire Department.

Leslie Garner of Newberry Township's EMS was selected as the Post 537's Emergency Medical Technician Award winner for 2018. Garner began as an EMT in 2002 and became a medic in 2008. She has served as a full-time medic in Newberry Township since 2013.

Post 537 chose Detective Daniel Grimme of Newberry Township Police Department as the Police Officer of the Year. Grimme, an eight-year veteran of the Newberry Township Police Department, serves in the department's Criminal Support Unit. In the past year, he was instrumental in prosecuting several individuals who illegally delivered narcotics. In addition to general investigations, he also investigates domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

Nominations for the 2019 Safety Officers can be submitted at any time prior to Sunday, Sept. 1, to the James A. Danner VFW Post 537. For more information, readers may call Charlie at 724-630-4956.

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Local Residents Earn Honors January 16, 2019

Gavin Mast, Rhoda Mast and Christopher Mast, all of Morgantown, recently placed in the 2018 National Corn Growers Association's (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest. They won the state second place in the A Non-Irrigated division, state second place in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated division, and state third place in the Irrigated division, respectively. They all won with Pioneer P1442AM brand corn, which yielded 263.97, 277.87 and 268.07 bushels per acre, respectively.

The NCGA Corn Yield Contest is an annual U.S. competition among corn growers with the goal of capitalizing on the high genetic yield potential of corn hybrids. Growers compete in six corn production classes: two for non-irrigated, two for no-till/strip till non-irrigated, one for no-till/strip till irrigated, and one for irrigated acres.

For a complete list of national winners, state winners, yield totals, and products, readers may visit www.pioneer.com/ncga. More information about the NCGA is available at www.ncga.com.

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Students Named To Dean's List January 15, 2019

Nicole Hanselman of Manheim and Adam Eby of Lancaster were named to Elmira College's dean's list for academic achievement for the fall 2018 term.

The dean's list recognizes students who have a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

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Art Festival Receives Honor January 15, 2019

The art festival of Long's Park Amphitheater Foundation was recently rated the best Art Fair on the East Coast and one of the top 50 in the nation by ArtFairCalendar.com, a juried fine art fair and art shows listings website promoting attendance at art fairs, craft shows, and art festivals nationwide.

Close to 1,000 nominations were received online, and there were more than 2,000 voters. The surveys asked participants to select their five favorite art fairs and craft shows and which one is the best. The factors judged included quality of art, venue setting and ambiance, affordability/wide price range, family-friendly/children's activities, number of exhibitors, location, accessibility, parking, variety of media, and food and music.

The America's Best Art Fairs Awards are based on online voting by art fair patrons, collectors, organizers, and artists, both regionally and nationally. The national survey of art fairs and festivals is designed to recognize achievement in art fair event production and promote the cultural importance of fine art events across America.

All proceeds from the art festival fund the Summer Music Series each year. To learn more, readers may visit www.longspark.org.

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Fuller-Nie January 15, 2019

The wedding of Xintong "Nancy" Nie and Matthew David Fuller took place on Oct. 6, 2018, at the Boathouse at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Hon. Alan Marrus officiated at the 5 p.m. ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Helen Zeng and Terry Nie of Shenzhen, China. She graduated from Windsor Hills Baptist School in Oklahoma City in 2010, New York University in 2014, and Columbia University in 2016. She is a director of revenue with New York Hotel Management in Manhattan, N.Y.

The groom is the son of David and Geralyn Fuller of Stewartstown. He graduated from York Catholic High School in 2010 and Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014. He is an engineering manager at Adobe in Manhattan, N.Y.

The flower girl was Geraldine Snyder of Stewartstown, grandmother of the groom.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

The gown, designed by the bride, was botanically inspired and created by Anomalie, a company that custom makes wedding gowns. The shoes, also designed by the bride, were created by Harriet Wilde of London, England. The bride carried a bouquet of soft roses and dahlias in maroon, plum and cream.

Providing music for the ceremony was the Highline String Quartet.

The reception took place at The Boathouse at Prospect Park.

After a wedding trip to Thailand and Taiwan, the couple resides in Manhattan, N.Y.

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Hershey-Okan January 15, 2019

Terry Lynn Hershey of Paradise has announced the engagement of her daughter, Ashlee Lynn Hershey of Boston, to Melih Okan of Boston.

The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Dale Richard Hershey. She graduated from Pequea Valley High School in 2007 and Lesley University in 2015. She attends Aberystwyth University, with a graduation date in 2022. She is employed as a professor at Simmons University in Boston.

The groom is the son of Mikail and Bakiye Okan of Elazig, Turkey. He graduated from high school in 2006 and MIT in 2017. He is employed as a technical consultant at Ropes and Gray in Boston.

A June 2020 wedding is planned.

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Hanson-Gladhill January 15, 2019

Krista Markline of Felton has announced the engagement of her daughter, Tarrah Hanson of Felton, to Mark Gladhill of Frederick, Md.

The bride-elect graduated from the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School in 2014 and HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in 2017. She is employed by Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md.

The groom-to-be is the son of Jeff and Chris Gladhill of Union Bridge, Md. He graduated from Linganore High School in 2008 and Frederick Community College in 2010. He is employed by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office in Frederick, Md.

A June wedding is planned.

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Fuller-Cuppone January 14, 2019

David and Geralyn Fuller of Stewartstown have announced the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Fuller of Stewartstown, to Damiano Cuppone of Perugia, Italy.

The bride-elect graduated from York Catholic High School in 2013 and Elizabethtown College in 2017. She is scheduled to graduate from Teacher's College, Columbia University in May with a master's degree in international educational development. She is employed in the education unit at UNICEF Center of Research in Florence, Italy.

The groom-to-be is the son of Fiorinto Cuppone and Maria Pia-Spazzoni of Perugia, Italy. He graduated from Liceo Classico A. Mariotti in 2010, and he received a Laurea Magistrale degree from the Universita di Perugia in 2015. He is employed as a relationship banker with UniCredit in Orvieto, Italy.

A September wedding is planned.

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Austin Named To Dean's List January 14, 2019

Sierra Austin of York has been named to the president's list for the fall 2018 semester at Mansfield University.

To be named to the president's list, a student must attend the university full-time and attain at least a 4.0 quality point average for the semester.

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Gray Receives Academic Honor January 14, 2019

Teah Gray of York has been named to the president's list for the fall 2018 semester at Mansfield University.

To be named to the president's list, a student must attend the university full-time and attain at least a 4.0 quality point average for the semester.

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Couple Celebrates 50th Anniversary January 14, 2019

Barbara (Childs) and Rick Gerz recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. They attended a Christmas show at American Music Theatre and then enjoyed a dinner hosted by their children at a local restaurant.

The couple was married on Dec. 28, 1968, at St. Philip's Church, Millersville.

Barbara and Rick are the parents of Melissa, wife of Chris Dissinger, Lancaster; Michelle, wife of Dan Kerns, Bethlehem; and Matthew, fiance of April Hartman, Maytown. They are the grandparents of Matthew, Andrew, Tyler, Nicholas, Chase, and Mia.

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Clark Receives Academic Honor January 14, 2019

Ethan Clark of Seven Valleys was recently named to the president's list at The State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, N.Y.

To achieve the honor of being on the president's list, a student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically graded semester hours with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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Singal Named To Dean's List January 14, 2019

Aneesh Singal of Red Lion was named to the dean's list for the fall 2018 semester at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.

To be named to the dean's list, students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

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Local Students Receive Honor January 14, 2019

Several local students have qualified for the fall 2018 dean's list at King's College, Wilkes-Barre.

The students include Madison Lawrence, Dover; Bryce Willett, Red Lion; and Emily Agnello, Kerri Carbaugh, Bryce Floyd, Tanner Hale, Joseph Jones, and Steven Ream, all of York.

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Local Students Receive Honor January 14, 2019

Five York residents were named to the dean's list for the fall 2018 semester at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. To be named to the dean's list, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

The local students include Alexis Boie, Kara Brett, Lindsey Chatterton, Giovanni Giambanco, and Elle Stine.

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Hardie Named To Dean's List January 14, 2019

Julia Hardie of Chester Springs qualified for the fall 2018 dean's list at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I.

To be included on the dean's list, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average.

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Norton Named To Dean's List January 14, 2019

Hannah Norton of Morgantown was named to the dean's list for the fall 2018 semester at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

To be named to the dean's list, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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Local Students Earn Recognition January 14, 2019

Two students from Cochranville, Kenneth Pate and Alexandra Taylor, have been named to the president's list for the fall 2018 semester at Mansfield University, Mansfield.

To be named to the president's list, a student must attend the university full-time and attain at least a 4.0 quality point average for the semester.

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Gross Receives Academic Honor January 11, 2019

Senior Susanna Gross was named to the president's list at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., for high academic achievement during the fall 2018 semester. To qualify for the president's list, students must earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester.

Gross, a resident of Marietta, is a biblical counseling major.

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Couple Marks 70th Anniversary January 11, 2019

Harold and Mary Keener of Mount Joy celebrated their 70th anniversary on Dec. 27 with family and friends at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. After a time of food and fellowship, the couple's children and their spouses, also with several great-grandchildren, presented musical selections. There was a time of sharing by family members, which included stories from childhood, reflections on the farm history leading into the Keener potato business, and acknowledgments of God's faithfulness.

They were married on Dec. 15, 1948, at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by the Rev. Noah Risser.

Mr. and Mrs. Keener are the parents of Herb Keener, husband of Barb, Columbia; Carolyn Hoover, wife of Leon, Fresno, Calif.; Joyce Weaver, wife of Nelson, New Holland; Steve Keener, husband of Marilyn, Mount Joy; Willy Keener, husband of Barb, Elizabethtown; Jeff Keener, husband of Cathy, Mount Joy; Kathy Shantz, wife of Stan, Lancaster; and Julie Newman, wife of Pete, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. They have 23 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Keener is retired from Harold Keener and Sons Potatoes of Mount Joy. Mrs. Keener was a homemaker.

Mr. and Mrs. Keener attend Elizabethtown Mennonite Church.

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