D. Stone September 20, 2018
U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Dorrian Stone 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.
Stone, the son of Angela Stone of Mountville, is a 2015 graduate of Lebanon High School.
Herbst Reunion Planned September 20, 2018
The 57th annual Jacob and Julia Herbst reunion will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, at Springvale United Methodist Church, 265 Circle Drive, Red Lion. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish to share. Place settings and beverages will be provided.
For more information, readers may call Esther at 717-993-6351 or Crystal at 717-244-8956.
Sieradzan-Melhorn September 19, 2018
The marriage of Jennifer Melhorn and Phillip Sieradzan took place on Sept. 8 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Freedom. The Rev. Keith Carroll officiated at the 1:30 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Donna Melhorn of York and the late Steven Melhorn. She graduated from York Catholic High School in 2008 and Lycoming College in 2012. She is employed by the Glatfelter Agency in York.
The groom is the son of Marian and Eva Sieradzan of Baltimore, Md. He graduated from Eastern Technical High School in 2005 and Stevenson University in 2009. He is employed by Blakeslee in Baltimore, Md.
The bride was given in marriage by her mother.
The reception took place at Emory Grove in Glyndon, Md.
The couple now resides in Loganville.
Steam Into History Wins Award September 19, 2018
New Freedom-based organization Steam Into History received the York County History Center's 2018 Community Award for a Local History Organization on Sept. 13.
The award recognizes associations or organizations whose activity in local and regional history serves as a role model of excellence for others to follow. Recipients must be associated with local historical efforts that are deemed to have made a significant contribution in preserving, interpreting, promoting, researching or otherwise extending knowledge and understanding of the history of their locality, county or region within York County.
McGinnis-Richmond September 19, 2018
Kenneth and Trish McGinnis of Peach Bottom have announced the engagement of their daughter, Courtney McGinnis of Peach Bottom, to William Richmond of Peach Bottom.
The bride-elect graduated from Solanco High School in 2017 and is employed by Buck Company in Quarryville.
The groom-to-be is the son of Theresa Richmond and Daniel McIntosh of Oxford and Mark J. Richmond and Dana Bender-Richmond of Warwick, Md. He graduated from Avon Grove Charter School in 2016 and is employed by Buck Company in Quarryville.
A fall 2020 wedding is planned.
Downingtown Seniors Recognized September 19, 2018
The Downingtown Area Senior Center recently received a visit from state Sen. Andy Dinniman. The legislator presented Senate Certificates of Recognition to residents who have reached the age of 90 years or older.
Since taking office, Dinniman has visited senior centers and senior living facilities throughout the region to offer birthday wishes to almost 1,000 seniors each year who are part of his 90+ Birthday Program. Through the program, area seniors age 90 and up receive certificates on their birthdays. Dinniman said the 90+ Birthday Program is part of his effort to not only recognize the vast contributions of the senior community, but also to ensure that local seniors are receiving all the support and services Pennsylvania has to offer, from tax rebates to medical assistance.
Caring Cupboard Receives Recognition September 13, 2018
The Caring Cupboard, located on North Railroad Street in Palmyra, earned runner-up honors for the Agency Partner Award from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (CPFB).
Each year, the CPFB hosts its Agency Appreciation Conference. This year's event was held on Aug. 24. More than 900 agencies within 27 counties partner with the CPFB, including The Caring Cupboard.
The Caring Cupboard serves more than 420 families in the Palmyra and Annville-Cleona school districts. The organization averages roughly 150 families every week. The food pantry relies heavily on the help of volunteers and donors.
To donate or volunteer at The Caring Cupboard, readers may visit www.caringcupboard.org or call 717-838-9493.
Kiwanis Club Honors Barshinger September 13, 2018
The Kiwanis Club of the Lititz Area honored Ann B. Barshinger with its first Kiwanis Heroes Award on Aug. 28 at the Willow Valley Lakes auditorium. The event was attended by Kiwanis members, family members, friends, and representatives of organizations and agencies that Barshinger has supported.
Kiwanis is an international organization with the mission of supporting children everywhere. Through the Kiwanis Heroes program, the Kiwanis Club of the Lititz Area recognizes persons in the region who have been exemplary in their assistance of children.
Alan Stoeckle, president of Kiwanis Club of the Lititz Area and master of ceremonies, described Barshinger, a Lancaster philanthropist, as a generous supporter of many organizations and agencies, including numerous groups that serve children. Among these are the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, the Lancaster Boys and Girls Club, Aaron's Acres, and VisionCorps. Stoeckle also mentioned that Barshinger recently contributed to the campaign to build a new pediatric inpatient center at Lancaster General Hospital. The new center will open in August 2019 to all children in the community who need medical care, regardless of their family's ability to pay.
The event was highlighted by special guest and motivational speaker Dr. Dennis Denenberg. He began his remarks by naming Barshinger the First Lady of Philanthropy of Lancaster. Through personal stories and comparisons with historical heroes, he highlighted Barshinger's heroic virtues, including doing good deeds for others, making a difference in the world, and teaching others values.
Stoeckle presented a check to Barshinger, who in turn presented it to the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic. Dr. Rusty Long, executive director emeritus of the clinic, thanked Barshinger and the Kiwanis Club of the Lititz Area for their long-term financial support. Rodger Weaver gave a testimonial on how his daughter Keturah received high-quality care at Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic.
SYCSD Educators Will Receive Awards September 12, 2018
Two educators from Southern York County School District (SYCSD) are recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award for 2018-19, sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council. Susquehannock High School art teacher Wade Bowers and Friendship Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Katie Lhotsky will be honored with the award at a luncheon at Shippensburg University in November.
Bowers has been teaching in Southern York County School District for 14 years. He started teaching fine arts at Susquehannock High School before taking over the visual communications program. He received his bachelor's degree from York College in graphic design with minors in fine arts, art history, and photography. Bowers completed his master's degree in art education from Messiah College.
Lhotsky recently began her 11th year at Friendship Elementary School as a sixth-grade teacher. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from West Chester University with a minor in literacy. She earned her master's degree in curriculum and teaching from Northcentral University.
Addlesberger-Weary September 12, 2018
Michael and Marijo Addlesberger of York have announced the engagement of their daughter, Keila Addlesberger of York, to Brandon Weary of York.
The bride-elect graduated from Dover Area High School in 2007, Delaware Technical and Community College in 2011, and Wilmington University in 2012. She is employed by Select Rehab at Green Ridge Village in Newville.
The groom-to-be is the son of Marlin and Deborah Weary of Dover. He graduated from Dover Area High School in 2007 and California University of Pennsylvania in 2011. He is employed by Turner Hydraulics in Carlisle.
A June 2019 wedding is planned.
Class Of 1963 Plans Reunion September 12, 2018
The Susquehannnock High School Class of 1963 will hold its 55th reunion luncheon at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The gathering will take place at Lion's Pride Family Restaurant, 20 Dairyland Square, Red Lion.
For more details, readers may call Sue at 717-235-2922 or Judy at 717-235-4136.
Siblings Earn Scouting's Highest Awards September 12, 2018
In June of 2009, the Community Courier featured an article about 9-year-old Amanda Wisk of Downingtown and her younger brother, Jonathan, 8, who sold rocks and toys to benefit the Smile Train, an organization that provides cleft palate surgery to children in need of the operation. Combining sales with other donations, they raised $250, the amount needed for one operation.
Now, nine years later, the siblings have earned the highest awards in Scouting, the Boy Scout Eagle Award and the Girl Scout Gold Award. Amanda, 18, a member of Girl Scout Troop 4952 in the Coatesville Service Unit and a graduate of Coatesville Area Senior High School (CASH), completed her Gold Award in the spring of 2018. Her project, titled "The Art of Being Unique," addresses issues associated with autism.
"Being on the spectrum herself, Amanda thought it was important to educate her school and community (about) how they could work with autistic students to foster acceptance and inclusion," said the siblings' mother, Tammy Wisk. "Amanda created paper puzzle pieces, which she gave to her classmates to fill out with something that makes them unique." She noted that some students depicted comic books or musical instruments, while others drew their favorite sports teams or foods.
Amanda collected the pieces and used them to create four murals, which are on display at CASH. She also developed pamphlets with data on autism that were made available to students and staff members at CASH.
Amanda had to present information about both the murals and the pamphlets to the school board at its monthly public meeting. Tammy said this was a proud moment. "When the crowd heard about her acceptance to West Chester University and her plans to become an author/illustrator of children's books for kids with autism, they gave her a standing ovation," Tammy reported.
Amanda is currently attending West Chester University (WCU), studying art and communications. "She wants to be that advocate who goes around to schools and tries to (promote) autism acceptance," said Tammy.
Jonathan, 17, officially earned the rank of Eagle Scout at his Board of Review on July 24. He is a member of Troop 2 in Downingtown in the Horseshoe Trail District, which is part of the Chester County Boy Scout Council.
Since he joined Scouting in the fall of 2007 as a Tiger Cub in first grade, he has participated in Scouting for Food drives, popcorn sales, five pinewood derbies, camping trips and other outings, as well as the troop's annual Easter flower sale.
Jonathan earned numerous awards and recognitions over the years and held a number of leadership positions in Troop 2. A senior at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, he is currently serving as junior assistant Scoutmaster.
For his required Eagle Scout service project, Jonathan spent more than 120 hours installing benches on the grounds of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, where the family attends. He researched and then ordered maintenance-free, recycled plastic benches, raising the funds to buy the benches, gravel, cement, mulch and other needed materials. Jonathan then led a group of 15 volunteers, including Scouts, friends and adults, in the assembly and installation of two benches - anchored to cement pads - on each side of a path leading to a statue of the Holy Family. He purchased flowers from the troop's Easter flower sale and placed them in large planters next to the benches, creating an area for meditation and prayer.
Jonathan plans to attend a college in the Washington, D.C., area to dual-major in political science and computer analysis with a minor in psychology. He aspires to one day become an FBI agent.
Jonathan's Eagle Court of Honor will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, at St. Joseph's.
Nagle-Geckle September 12, 2018
Robert and Christine Nagle of Red Lion have announced the engagement of their daughter, Chloe E. Nagle of Red Lion, to Joshua C. Geckle of Webster, N.Y.
The bride-elect graduated from Red Lion Area Senior High School in 2011 and from Penn State University in 2015, and she attends Johns Hopkins University. She is employed by Lockheed Martin in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Mr. Geckle is the son of Mark and Laura Geckle of Webster, N.Y. He graduated from Webster-Thomas High School in 2011 and from Penn State University in 2015. He is employed by Exelon in Baltimore, for which he telecommutes.
A May 2019 wedding is planned.
United Way Bestows Awards September 12, 2018
On Sept. 5, United Way of Chester County honored local businesses and community partners at its Campaign Kickoff and annual meeting held at Penn Oaks Golf Club. Guests enjoyed lunch and networking, and award winners were commended for their enthusiasm and dedication to the United Way's mission to support the health, education, and financial independence of each person in Chester County.
Each year, the United Way of Chester County spotlights a select list of partners who, for the past campaign year, have exemplified the spirit and dedication of hundreds of companies and organizations supporting the United Way.
This year's award recipients included the following: PECO, Spirit of Chester County Award, United Way of Chester County's highest honor; West Chester Area School District, Corporate Partner of the Year; Maryellen Derr of Cakes and Candies by Maryellen, Community Partner of the Year; Debbie Pierce of Rita's Water Ice, Community Partner of the Year; Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children, Agency Partner of the Year; and Jocelyn Gilmore of the Chester County Intermediate Unit, Workplace Campaign Chair of the Year. Award winners were presented with a plaque and given an opportunity to share their reasons for supporting the United Way.
To find out more, readers may contact 610-429-9400 or visit www.liveunitedchestercounty.org.
Funk Receives Medical Degree September 11, 2018
Nearly 7,500 students received degrees during the spring commencement ceremonies at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis., in May.
Chadd Funk of Millersville earned a Doctor of Medicine from the School of Medicine and Public Health.
Snyder Wins Award September 11, 2018
Representatives from the northeastern U.S. traveled to Lancaster for the National Association of Conservation District's (NACD) Northeast Regional Meeting. Conservation leaders from these states met for educational programs, tours, and networking.
After the meeting, the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Inc. (PACD) and the State Conservation Commission held its 71th Joint Annual Conference. Several Pennsylvania conservationists were recognized at an awards luncheon on July 18.
Jay Snyder of Ephrata received the Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director Excellence Award, which is given to a conservation district director or associate director for his or her volunteer efforts which have furthered the activities and accomplishments of conservation districts on a statewide basis.
Since his appointment to the Lancaster County Conservation District (LCCD) board of directors in 2007, Snyder has served in various roles of leadership to support the district's overall mission. He has a combined 50 years of experience managing water and waste water and his experience is instrumental in serving the many committees and conservation organizations with which the District partners.
Snyder is an active volunteer, taking time off from his job to volunteer at Youth Conservation School and to provide presentations regarding wastewater and stormwater. During his tenure with the LCCD board of directors, Snyder has actively served on seven of LCCD's 10 program and operation committees. Active in his community, Snyder has worked with the Lancaster Clean Water Consortium, Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County, and the Cocalico Creek Watershed Association.
Business Award Nominees Posted September 11, 2018
Samaritan Business Consulting, in partnership with the Lancaster Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM), announced its seven nominees for the 2018 Ethics in Business Award. Now in its 11th year, the Ethics in Business Program spotlights Lancaster County businesses and organizations that "do well by doing good" and to broaden the discussion of ethics in the community. The program also provides resources for individuals to establish best practices in ethics at their company.
The seven nominees for 2018 are Astro Machine Works, Ephrata; Benjamin Roberts Ltd., Lancaster; Fulton Theatre, Lancaster; Lift-All, Landisville; ModernEYES Optical, Lancaster; Murray Securus, Lancaster; and The Wenger Group, Rheems. All seven nominees will be recognized, and the final recipient will receive the Ethics in Business Award on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Lancaster Country Club.
In addition to honoring this year's nominees, the program will feature a panel discussion of best practices from the organizations that participated in the program. Panel members will share lessons learned on their organization's journey to integrate core values, integrity, and accountability throughout all their business practices.
For further information, including how to obtain tickets to the event, readers may contact Amy Winslow-Weiss at 717-560-2805, ext. 101, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jones Earns Distinction September 11, 2018
Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y., recently announced those students named to its spring 2018 dean's award with distinction. Students who receive a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher while completing at least three courses for a conventional letter grade during the semester earn the dean's award with distinction.
Malachi Jones of Akron received this academic honor. Jones is a graduate of Ephrata High School and a member of the Colgate Class of 2020. Jones' current major is economics.