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Kwamanakweenda Earns Degree June 22, 2017

Davenport University has announced that Charity Kwamanakweenda of Elizabethtown has officially completed a degree in business, technology, health professions, or urban education at the end of the winter 2017 semester.

Davenport hosted commencement on April 30, in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich.


Loizeaux-Ober June 22, 2017

The wedding of Joyce Ober and Daniel Loizeaux took place on April 29 at Grace Brethren Church in Elizabethtown. The Rev. Jeff Hoffard officiated at the 1 p.m. ceremony. Providing music for the ceremony were Audrey Combs, Sarah Auker, and Nicole Hoshour.

The bride is the daughter of Jerry Ober of Mount Joy and the late Jean Ober. She graduated from Donegal High School in 1999 and from Eastern University in 2003. She is employed by Continental Press in Elizabethtown.

The groom is the son of Robert and Janet Loizeaux of Baltimore. He graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1999 and from LeTourneau University in 2003. He is employed by KCI Technologies in Mechanicsburg.

The maid of honor was Alison Gerke of Akron, and the matron of honor was Heather Fisher of Rockwall, Texas. The bridesmaid was Julia Ober of Mount Joy, sister of the bride, and the flower girl was Jennifer Ober of Marietta, niece of the bride.

Serving as best man was Curt Stanfield of Timonium, Md. Groomsmen were Alan Meseroll of Edgewood, Md., and Brian Nolan of Pasadena, Md., cousins of the groom. The ring bearer was Benjamin Johnson of Aberdeen, Md., nephew of the groom.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a white satin and organza gown with a cascading train.

The reception took place at The Event Place in Middletown.

After a wedding trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico, the couple resides in Elizabethtown.


Center Holds Celebration June 22, 2017

The Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster held its 13th annual Celebration of Achievement on June 4 in the Johnston Auditorium of the Lancaster Masonic Center. A total of 11 children graduated from the program, and several continuing students were recognized for their progress. Additionally, 11 tutors and four scholars were recognized for their work with the 28 students enrolled at the center.

Heather Hinkel, director of the center, addressed the students, tutors and scholars, and governing board, thanking them for the work each provides to the program. Each graduate was given an autograph bear, the mascot adopted by the Children's Dyslexia Centers Inc., as a keepsake. Students presented words of thanks to their tutors and the board of governors.

The center, sponsored by the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Masons, is one of eight such centers in Pennsylvania providing tutoring at no charge to children from elementary through high school who fit a dyslexic profile. Children are eligible regardless of economic status or Masonic affiliation. The Orton-Gillingham approach, a sequential, multisensory, phonetic approach to language, is used as the basis for tutoring and tutor training.

The Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster opened in 2002 and has helped as many as 150 students overcome dyslexic challenges; at least half of them have graduated from the program. Funding for the program, which averages $6,000 per student per year, comes in large measure from the local fundraising efforts undertaken by the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection and the board of governors that oversees the program. Some of the fundraising efforts include holiday pie sales, apple dumpling and chicken corn soup sales, the annual Lancaster W. Scott Stoner Memorial Children's Dyslexia Center Walk, and the Extraordinary Give. Dates for these events can be found at or on the center's Facebook page. Readers may call 717-481-5680 or email for information about the program.


Kritzer-Minieri June 22, 2017

Rebecca and Randal Kritzer of Manheim have announced the engagement of their daughter, Heather Renee Kritzer of Lower Paxton, to Carl Minieri of Lower Paxton.

The bride-elect graduated from Manheim Central High School in 2010 and Towson University in 2013 and received a master's degree in 2016. She is employed by Genesis in Gettysburg.

Mr. Minieri is the son of Rose Marie and Carl Minieri of Manheim. He graduated from Manheim Central High School in 2010 and attended HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. He is employed as a federal firefighter in Carlisle.

A Sept. 9 wedding is planned.


Hendrickson-Hanley June 22, 2017

The marriage of Lt. j.g. Carl E. Hendrickson II and Mary Kristina Hanley took place on April 8, at Southern Oaks Plantation in New Orleans. The Rev. Bob Hildebrandt of Metarie, La., officiated at the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of John and Jeanie Hanley of Manhattan Beach, Calif. She graduated from Mira Costa High School; New York University, Tisch School of the Arts in New York; and Louisiana State University Health and Sciences Center in New Orleans. She is employed by Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children.

The groom is the son of Dan and Cheryl Hendrickson of Lancaster. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2010 and from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 2014. He is stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans.

The maid of honor was Jessica Hanley, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Beccah Hendrickson and Donna Hendrickson, sisters of the groom; Cyndey Nichols; Kristen O'Brien; and Marcy Rosenbaum. The flower girl was Violet Martinez-Lantz, cousin of the bride.

Serving as best man was Tom Whalen of Long Island, N.Y. Groomsmen were Kevin Hanley, brother of the bride; Nick Junker; Chris Maloney; Min Joo Jung; and Nick Busque. The ring bearer was Austin Walker.

The couple resides in New Orleans.


One-Room School Reunion Held June 22, 2017


Harlacher Wins First Place June 22, 2017

Joanna Harlacher of Mount Joy won first place in the Senior Individual Website category at the national finals for the National History Day Contest. Her project was titled "Beyond the Cardigan."

Harlacher, a member of the Class of 2017 at Donegal High School, was presented with the honor on June 15, the day celebrated as #NationalHistoryDay. The first-place award is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and each recipient receives the designation NEH Scholar.

More than half a million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia competed in the 2017 National History Day Contest. Middle and high school students created documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites based on the theme "Taking a Stand in History." The top entries from the contest in each state/affiliate were invited to the national contest held at the University of Maryland, College Park, on June 11 to 15.

To create their projects, students spend hours researching, writing, editing, and using analytical thinking skills. This fall, students around the world will begin creating entries for the 2018 contest, themed "Conflict and Compromise in History." For more information on the contest and how to enter, readers may visit


Amen Receives College Degree June 22, 2017

On May 14, Christina Amen of Elizabethtown graduated from Emerson College, Boston, Mass.

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing, literature, and publishing.


Wolf Named To Dean's List June 22, 2017

Trevor Wolf was named to the dean's list at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn., for the spring 2017 semester. Wolf is a resident of Elizabethtown.

To qualify for the dean's list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than C. Full-time students must complete at least 14 credits in a semester, with at least 12 credits that have been graded on a letter grade basis to be eligible. Part-time students must complete at least six credits during a semester.


Kelly Receives Academic Honor June 22, 2017

Amanda Kelly of Elizabethtown has been named a presidential scholar for the spring 2017 semester at Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y. Kelly is a senior majoring in environmental engineering.

Presidential scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.

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