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Oberholtzers Celebrate 65th Anniversary April 28, 2017

Jay and Rhoda Stauffer Oberholtzer are celebrating their 65th anniversary. The couple is marking the milestone with a vacation in Panama City Beach, Fla. The couple was married on May 3, 1952, in a double ceremony with Rhoda's twin sister, Ruth Stauffer, and Lloyd Denlinger at Landis Valley Mennonite Church. The twins were each other's maids of honor, and sister Martha Stauffer also served as Rhoda's maid of honor. Jay's best man was his brother Clair.

The couple has three sons: Donovan, husband of Carol; Gregory, husband of Jeannie; and Steven, husband of Sheri. They also have four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jay and Rhoda were involved in Stauffers of Kissel Hill, the family business. Jay was a partner and executive of the SKH and Stobro corporations, and he served on the advisory boards of Commonwealth and Fulton banks and Philhaven Hospital, as well as on the pastoral team of Lititz Mennonite Church.

Rhoda served on the boards of Sovereign Bank, Mennonite Development Associates, and church organizations. At SKH, Rhoda won honors in Floral Design; at Stauffers of Kissel Hill, she developed the Floral Design division and taught the design classes. She also presented a program, "The Parables of the Flowers," at hundreds of clubs and churches in the United States, Canada, and several other foreign countries. She holds Bible studies and recently authored a book, "A Life of Business Fulfilled With Purpose."

The couple resides in Kissel Hill Manor.


Read-Kalenkoski April 28, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. James Read of Elizabethtown have announced the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Read of Elizabethtown, to Jonathan Kalenkoski of Pottsville.

The bride-elect graduated from a homeschool program in 2004 and from Bob Jones University in 2009. She is employed by Tristarr Staffing.

Mr. Kalenkoski is the son of Bernadette Kalenkoski of Pottsville and the late Gerald Miller. He graduated from Shenandoah Valley High School in 2007, from McCann School of Business in 2009, and from an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) school in 2015. He is employed as an EMT.

A September wedding is planned.


Gingrich-Dunn April 28, 2017

Jeff and Ellen Gingrich of Mount Joy have announced the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Gingrich of Mount Joy, to Seth Dunn of Boothwyn.

The bride-elect graduated from Donegal High School in 2007, from Cairn University in 2011, and from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2016.

Mr. Dunn is the son of Dr. Dwight and Connie Dunn of Boothwyn. He graduated from Christian Academy in 2010 and from Geneva College in 2014. He attends Westminster Theological Seminary and will graduate this year. He is employed by the United States Army.

A June wedding is planned.


Bierly Receives Scholarship April 28, 2017

Hempfield High School senior Elizabeth Bierly was awarded the Ithaca College Park Scholarship. Bierly plans to attend Ithaca College's Park School in fall 2017 as a documentary studies and production major.

The Park Scholarship, valued at $250,000, is awarded to high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership in critical engagement, global activism, and ethical performance through a mixture of academic and service programs. Students are expected to engage in significant and meaningful community service and be model citizens in an effort to use the power of mass communications to make a positive impact on the world.

Bierly is one of 10 to receive the award for the 2017-18 school year. She is the first Park Scholar from the Hempfield High School Communications Technology program.


Lathrop-Bookman April 28, 2017

Kevin and Sandy Bookman of Manheim have announced the engagement of their son, Matthew Bookman of Allentown, to Lauren Lathrop of Harrisburg.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Eric and Sondra Lathrop of Flemington, N.J. She graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School, as well as from Messiah College in 2012. She is employed by Harrisburg School District.

Mr. Bookman graduated from Manheim Central High School, as well as from Messiah College in 2012. He is employed by United Parcel Service in Allentown.

A June wedding is planned.


Herr Receives Honor April 28, 2017

Elam M. Herr, assistant executive director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS), recently received the Founder's Award, the organization's highest honor, for his work on behalf of local government.

Presented on April 24 at the organization's 95th annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hershey, the Founder's Award recognizes individuals or groups whose efforts on behalf of local governments have resulted in significant benefits to townships.

Herr's career with the association spans five decades and eight governors. He has devoted much of his professional life to advocacy for township government.

A resident of East Hempfield Township in Lancaster County, Herr chairs the township's zoning hearing board. He and his wife, Patti, have two children.

Past recipients of the Founder's Award have included Govs. Dick Thornburgh, Robert P. Casey, and Tom Ridge; Lt. Govs. Mark Schweiker and Jim Cawley; and former cabinet secretaries Karen Miller and Dennis Wolff.


First Honor Roll Honorees Posted April 28, 2017

Pequea Valley High School recently announced its first honor roll for the third marking period of the second semester for the 2016-17 school year. Students in grades nine through 12 were recognized for their academic achievements.

Seniors named to the first honor roll include Daniel Angelucci, Kiersten Barnes, Estivaly Batista, Jared Bitts, Dana Brill, Savanna Claxton, Alyssa Clemmer, Erin Cutter, Regan Donecker, Tara Doratt, Garrett Elmer, Brittney Fisher, Ryan Fisher, Daniel Gingerich, Daniel Glick, Sarah Groff, Ryan Hoover, Jon Horst, Zachary Horton, Ashlea Huber, Lauren Kaeser, Nicolas Karg, Nicole Mccauley, Rhiannon Peachey, Jesenia Rainey, Sabrina Ryan, Anthony Santiago, Serena Small, Christopher Smith, Patryk Smith, Shelby Smith, Alexandra Spease, Elizabeth Stoltzfus, Mariel Stoltzfus, Megan Stoltzfus, Cheyenne Thompson, Kaitlyn Vaughn, and Savanna Weaver.

Students in the junior class who achieved first honor roll are Jenna Bologa, Deandre Bowlen, Amber Brill, Danielle Buchanan, Lydia Cacciola, Katherine Castor, Elliot Esh, Austin Frey, Rachel Hershey, Nathan Kovalick, Dalton Lapp, Jordan Lapp, Kelly Lapp, Camille Logic, Timothy Malloy, Brody Mann, Alexis Melson, Joseph Olonovich, Anyamae Prokay-Appel, Luke Rohrer, Lydia Rohrer, Querida Santiago, Leona Stoltzfus, Natalie Stoltzfus, Amber Stuart, Kiley Vollmer, Nicholas Walsh, Jonathan Wilkins, Katelyn Wilkinson, Daniel Xentaras, Devin Zhang, and Toby Zook.

Sophomores who achieved first honor roll include Kylie Allain, Molly Ambroziak, Hannah Baldauf, Jonathan Bolton, Alexa Cacciola, Devon Clemmer, Naomi Feister, Jesse Fuir, Rebecca Garton, Joshua Heinrich, Sarah Hershey, Sarah Houck, Alyssa Keenan, Joseph Kennedy, Ryleigh Kurtz, Alexander Lahr, Zachary Lynch, Grace Martin, Margaret McCloskey, Luke McGinnis, Kyle Mowday, Brenna Perring, Heather Quick, Adrianna Reiter, Megan Rogers, Ethan Rohrer, Claudia Shaubach, Brittany Shirk, Bridjitte Smith, Jamie Stephan, Quinten Stephan, Jasmyn Stoltzfus, Andrew Sudbrack, Brycen Suydam, Julie Wang, Sophia Weaver, Brielle Wilinsky, Hunter Winey, and Alyssa Yoder.

Students in the freshmen class on the first honor roll are Nayelly Argueta, Megan Arment, Caroline Bragg, Aidan Cooke, Hope Fisher, Alexander Flaim, Eric Forsyth, Joshua Gingerich, Andrew Gossert, Christie Groff, Caroline Horst, Trevor Huber, Hannah Huyard, Margaret Johnson, Seth Karg, Kalyn Keen, Lauren Kovalick, Evan Landis, Kalexsia Lassak, Abbey Leslie, Jordan Melson, Timothy Murphy, Clara Neff, Jack Olonovich, Talee Patterson, Sommer Reeser, Juanita Reyes, Megan Reyes, Jonah Roelands, Ruth Roelands, Savannah Ryan, Faith Simpson, Jacob Stoltzfus, Victoria Troupe, Luz Villegas-Castro, and Jack Werner.


Class Of 1961 Holds Reunion April 20, 2017


School Posts Honor Roll April 20, 2017

Solanco High School has announced its 4.0 grade point average honor roll for the third quarter.

The honor roll included 12th-graders Brandon Aul, Breanna Bachman, Erika Barr, Kaleigh Bays, Tianna Beiler, Denise Brenneman, Donovan Brown, Hannah Buhl, Charles Canby, Brianna Chapman, Katherine Fausnaught, Christopher Fisher, Curtis Frackman, Owen Frank, Sarah Frawley, Gabrielle Green, Morgan Hall, Lukas Harper, Heaven Harris, Benjamin Harvey, Tianna Hashinger, Gerald Hassel, Eleanor Hatch, Nathaniel Herr, Alexis Kanuha, Wyatt Kudia, Elizabeth Levering, Ciana Malchione, Dorothy McCullough, Paul McDonnell, Morgan Miller, Emily Moore, Ashley Mundorff, Alec Munro, Jada Peace, John Rath, Faxas Rifa, Daniel Russell, Taylor Seiverd, Dallas Sheldon, Berechiah Skolnick, Kylie Stoltzfus, Anna Underwood, Marissa Witmer, Ryan Yaletchko, and Britain Yoder.

Also recognized were 11th-graders Elizabeth Barker, Harleigh Church, Aaron Constein, Lydia Fetterman, Alicia Hertzler, Alexis Jackson, William Lehmann, Allison McDowell, Emily Mellinger, Xiao Moore, Eric Moyer, Austin Murry, Abigail Nelson, Austin Peinhardt, Sophie Plechner, Benjamin Root, Zachary Roten, Jonathon Rush, Timothy Schmitt, Emma Sensenig, Christian Stead, Sarah Sweda, Meredith Underwood, Wyatt Urbine, Aaron Wright, and Jacob Zook.

The following 10th-graders were commended: Aleksa Burger, Joshua Canale, Reece Curry-Saner, Brianna Davis, Erin Dobinson, Timothy Fetterman, Madison Findley, Alyson Glick, Zoe Goebel, Gabriella Griffonetti, Amber Hart, David Harvey, Joshua Herr, Patrick Hodgson, Julianna King, Grace Kreider, Azra Mutapcic, Faith Rineer, Noelle Schneider, Brooke Wheeler, Jadan Willis, and Elsie Zaborskiy.

The ninth-grade honorees were Caroline Arrowsmith, Julia Bare, Luke Brown, Ashley Camacho, Hailey Clark, Brandon Daniel-Morales, Gabrielle Dolan, Jenna Dombach, Nathan Eller, Kaitlyn Himelright, Keirra Laird, Lay Ly, Natalie Mohler, Nathaly Molinarez, Joshua Peinhardt, Elisa Perez, Jessica Richardson, Emma Sheets, Sophia Steinhauer, Hannah Walters, and Bailey Willis.


Brubaker-Reiff April 20, 2017

Doug and Brenda Brubaker of Paradise have announced the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Brubaker, to Brandon Reiff, son of Warren and Kimberly Reiff of Pequea.

The bride-elect is a 2006 graduate of Pequea Valley High School. She graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences with a degree in nursing and is a registered nurse at Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital.

The groom-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Penn Manor High School. He graduated from HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, with a degree in agriculture business. He is employed by Penn's Peaceful Meadow Farm in Mount Joy.

A July 22 wedding is planned to take place at Calvary Monument Bible Church.

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