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Students Win Fine Art Awards May 24, 2018

Hempfield High School fine metals students swept the category of fine arts at the 34th annual Lancaster County Peace Arts Contest, taking first, second, and third places.

Lancaster County-area high school students in grades nine through 12 at public or private schools or homeschool programs competed. The theme was "Peace Begins With Me."

The winners of the 2018 Peace Coalition Creative Arts contest were Allyson Givler, grade 12, first place for her piece "Zusammen"; Shona Spetrini, grade 11, second place for her piece "Basking in a New Warmth"; and Gaby Rudig, grade 12, third place for her piece "Imagine a World Without Trees."

The judges used a rubric indicating attention to theme, individual experience, creativity, construction, and following rules of the contest.

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Manheim Residents Earn Degrees May 24, 2018

Nearly 600 students earned degrees during Arcadia University's 2018 undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 18.

Local students included Manheim residents Benjamin Pinkerton, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration, and Chelsea Rutt, a resident of Manheim, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.

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Student Receives Academic Honors May 24, 2018

Mikaila Guest of Lititz was named to the spring 2018 president's list at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. Guest is studying in the entrepreneurship academic program.

The president's list honors full-time and part-time students registered for at least six college credits who have a term average of between 3.5 and 4.0 and who received no grade of D, F, I, Z, or W on their record for that term. Students must have completed at least 12 college credits successfully.

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Crabtree Earns Eagle Scout Award May 24, 2018

Ben Crabtree, 17, son of Rebecca and Eric Crabtree of East Hempfield Township was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at the Troop 267 Court of Honor banquet held at the Four Seasons Golf Club on May 15.

Before joining Troop 267, Ben was a Cub Scout with Pack 67 in Centerville, where he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award of Cub Scouting. Ben held the leadership positions of historian, patrol leader, and troop guide with Boy Scout Troop 267. His peers elected him to the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.

For his Eagle project, Ben restored a recreational and educational area on the grounds of Hempfield High School. The project included disposing of dozens of wooden walkways, clearing debris, and removing and replacing new wooden steps into the area. Ben inserted a post to block off an area to be used for scientific field studies.

Ben is a junior at Hempfield High School. In addition to Scouting, Ben plays volleyball for the high school team and also participates in Model United Nations. He is involved in a local robotics team that competes in the FIRST Tech Challenge.

Ben's other interests include history, current events, and jet skiing. His future plans include attending a four-year college to obtain a degree in political science or environmental science.

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Ulrich Receives Fulbright Award May 24, 2018

Ryan Ulrich of Lancaster has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) and will spend nine months during the 2018-19 academic year in Indonesia, where he will teach conversational English to high school aged students.

Ulrich, of Lancaster, is a 2018 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College (F&M) with a joint degree in environmental studies and public policy. He graduated from Hempfield High School in 2014. He was a dean's list student at F&M and plans to become a teacher when he returns to the United States.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the Department of State, is an American international exchange program. Since 1946, the Fulbright program has provided more than 325,000 participants from more than 155 countries the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Ulrich is the son of Marcy Dubroff and Steven Ulrich of Lancaster.

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Kosinski Receives Commission May 24, 2018

Ensign Kyle A. Kosinski, of Marietta, received his Navy commission on May 19 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh. He is the son of Leann Kosinski.

Kyle majored in civil and environmental engineering and minored in industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in May. He completed Carnegie Mellon University's Officer Training Corps program. The unit's commanding officer is Capt. William Breitfelder, U.S. Navy. Kyle plans to pursue a career as a submarine warfare officer and will begin his initial training at Navy Nuclear Power school in Charleston, S.C.

He is a 2014 graduate of Donegal High School.

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High School Seniors Receive Awards May 24, 2018

Manheim Central School District recently presented awards to its high school seniors. The honorees and their awards were as follows.

Alicia Bauman: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Barons Best and Brightest, LLMEA County Orchestra, Manheim Rotary Musical Achievement Award, MCEA Scholarship, Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship, and Sara Uibel Brubaker Music Scholarship.

Billie Jo Bollinger: Robert C. Sterling Educational Scholarship, William F. Brossman Scholarship, MCEA Scholarship, Nicholas J. Bryson No. 32 Scholarship, and Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship.

Brooke Breinich: Manheim Rotary Personal Financial Management Award, President's Award for Educational Excellence, Barons Best and Brightest, and Manheim Women's Club Scholarship.

Benjamin Burkhart: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Class of 1954 Math Award, Barons Best and Brightest, and Advanced Physics Award.

Johnathan Butler: First Pin Baron Stage.

Amber Cassel: MCEA Scholarship.

Cody Cressman: Penn Elms Lions Club.

David Cruz: President's Award for Educational Excellence.

Lauren Dorwart: Rick Hershey Unsung Hero Award, Robert C. Sterling Educational Scholarship, MCFEE Student Trustee Appreciation Award, and Manheim Rotary Family Consumer Science Award.

Alexandra Duttera: President's Award for Educational Excellence and Patrick Gilmore Award.

Gretchen Enterline: Best Supporting Actress for Fall Play, Best Actress for Spring Musical, Third Pin Baron Stage, County Chorus, District Chorus, and Regional Chorus.

Danielle Fittery: Ressler Mill Foundation Award.

Samantha Frontz: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Barons Best and Brightest

Timothy Garner: Lancaster County Historical Association, Rho Kappa, and LVC Honors Orchestra.

Desirea Gibson: LCCT Cosmetology - Merit Student.

Cade Ginder: Manheim Rotary Club Production Technology Award.

Ryan Groff: LCCT Welding - Outstanding Student.

Meghan Healy: Manheim Rotary Child Care and Development Award.

Bryan Hernandez: Manheim Central Video Production Award.

Kacie Herr: President's Award for Educational Excellence, William F. Brossman Scholarship, Barons Best and Brightest, MCEA Scholarship, Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship, and Manheim Women's Club Scholarship.

Kayla Herr: William F. Brossman Scholarship, Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship, and Manheim Women's Club Scholarship.

J. Alec Hess: Ressler Mill Foundation Award.

Ashley Hoffer: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Manheim Lions Club 12th Grade Social Studies Award, Barons Best and Brightest, Woody Herman Award, and Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship.

Joshua Hornbaker: LCCT Welding - Workforce Grant.

Madalyn Hosler: Manheim Chamber of Commerce Business Scholarship.

Michael Hudson: LCCT Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation - Outstanding Student.

Christopher Ill: Willow Street CTC Campus Scholarship Winner.

Andrew Kerdeman: Allison Walsh Memorial Stage Crew Award and First Pin Baron Stage.

Tristan Klopp: Best Supporting Actor for Spring Musical, Second Pin Baron Stage, President's Award for Educational Excellence, Manheim Historical Society Robert Morris History Award, Rotary Club Student Council Leadership Scholarship, First Year Physics Award, MCEA Scholarship, Richard Steinhauer Memorial Scholarship, Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship, and Baron Von Stiegel.

Joseph Kolk: LCCT Plumbing - Award of Merit.

Tayler Lauver: Barons Best and Brightest.

Destiny Lebron: Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship.

John Benjamin Lehman: Manheim Sertoma Club Technology Award.

Matthew Lowe: LCCT Advanced Health Careers - Outstanding Student.

An Ly: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Class of 1958 English Award, Manheim Lions Club Literature Award, and Manheim VFW French Award.

Anah Martin: Patrick Gilmore Award.

Trent Martin: Barons Best and Brightest.

Jordan McKey: Second Pin Baron Stage, County Chorus, District Chorus, Regional Chorus, President's Award for Educational Excellence, William F. Brossman Scholarship, Georgia Sowers Memorial Scholarship for Theater Arts, Orrstown Bank Foundation Scholarship, Richard Steinhauer Memorial Scholarship, and Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship.

Holly Musser: Manheim Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Education Award, Manheim FFA Scholarship, Ressler Mill Foundation Award, The Ann Brown Scholarship, and Elizabethtown Area Grange Scholarship.

Serrah Nau: Technical Theater Award for Fall Play, Technical Theater Award for Spring Musical, Third Pin Baron Stage, and Fourth Pin Baron Stage.

Caleb Nolt: LCCT Electrical Construction Technology - Outstanding Senior and LCCT Foundation Workforce Grant Award.

Karlie Nolt: Auxiliary to VFW Post 5956 Manheim Nursing Award.

Paul Jacob Novak: President's Award for Educational Excellence and DeVaughn T. Lee Scholarship.

Sydney Oxenrider: Manheim Lions Club Writing Award.

Gabriela Pacheco: Barons Best and Brightest.

Grant Patrick: MCEA Scholarship, John Philip Sousa Award, and Matthew "Chester" Cupernall Memorial Scholarship.

Dakota Ramsier: First Pin Baron Stage and LCCT Culinary Arts - Outstanding Student.

Rebecca Rogers: LCCT Photography and Digital Imaging - Award of Merit.

Reagan Rohrer: Barons Best and Brightest and MCEA Scholarship.

Ashley Schultz: LCCT Advance Health Careers - Award of Merit.

Taylor Sell: Barons Best and Brightest.

Isaac Shenk: Manheim Rotary Club Energy, Power, and Transportation Award; MCEA Scholarship; and President's Award.

Tyler Shull: Best Actor for Fall Play, Best Actor for Spring Musical, Third Pin Baron Stage, County Chorus, District Chorus, Regional Chorus, All-State Chorus, Barons Best and Brightest, MCEA Scholarship, Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship, Manheim Lodge No. 587 Free and Accepted Masons Arts Award.

Tyler Simon: Army ROTC Scholarship.

Abigail Smith: LCCT Advanced Health Careers - Award of Merit.

Laura Spencer: President's Award for Educational Excellence.

Tanner Stauffer: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Barons Best and Brightest.

Gabriel Stewart: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Senior Math Award, Henry G. Givler Memorial Award, William F. Brossman Scholarship, Barons Best and Brightest, MCHS Senior Science Award, MCEA Scholarship, 2018 Herb Zukauskas Scholarship, Seth Good Integrity Scholarship, and Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship.

Heidi Strausbaugh: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Barons Best and Brightest, and Ressler Mill Foundation Award.

Megan Swope: Manheim Rotary Agriculture Award and Ressler Mill Foundation Award.

Claire Tracy: President's Award for Educational Excellence and Barons Best and Brightest.

Michael Wagner: LCCT HVAC - Award of Merit.

Mary Ellisyn Weaver: President's Award for Educational Excellence and Robert C. Sterling Educational Scholarship.

Felisha Willen: Manheim Lions Club 12th Grade Award and Willow Street Career and Technology Campus Award.

Stefan Winsett: LCCT Materials Handling and Logistics - Award of Merit.

Emily Witmer: Ressler Mill Foundation Award and Dekalb Award.

Josiah Zimerman: LCCT Architectural CAD/Design - Award of Merit and Brownstown CTC Faculty/Staff Award.

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Mahoney Earns Eagle Scout Award May 24, 2018

Luca Mahoney, 17, son of James Mahoney and Debra Grove-Mahoney of East Hempfield Township, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He received the Eagle Scout Award at Troop 267's Court of Honor banquet on May 15 at the Four Seasons Golf Club.

Before joining Troop 267, Luca was a Cub Scout with Pack 67 in Centerville, where he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award of Cub Scouting. Luca held the leadership positions of chaplain's aide, patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 267. Luca completed 46 merit badges. His peers elected him to the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. For his Eagle project, Luca planned and led others in the demolition and re-building of wooden covers on a 100-year-old stone fence at the Landis Valley Farm Museum.

Luca is a senior and the valedictorian of his class at Hempfield High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Affairs Committee. He has had the lead roles in the spring musical and dance theater at Hempfield. Luca loves baseball and the Boston Red Sox, as well as playing and watching football, going to the gym, and spending time with his cats.

Luca plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh to major in biomedical engineering.

Troop 267 is sponsored by West Hempfield Fire and Rescue. The troop meets on Wednesdays at 6:45 at the fire hall. For more information, readers may contact scoutmaster267@gmail.com.

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Kniffin Earns Eagle Scout Award May 24, 2018

Tyler Kniffin, 17, son of Richard and Michelle Kniffin of East Hempfield Township, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He received the Eagle Scout Award at the Troop 267 Court of Honor banquet on May 15 at the Four Seasons Golf Club.

Before joining Troop 267, Tyler was a Cub Scout with Pack 67 in Centerville, where he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award of Cub Scouting. Tyler held the leadership positions of den chief, patrol leader, quartermaster, assistant senior patrol leader and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. His peers elected him to the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Tyler also attended National Youth Leadership Training and received the Den Chief Service Award. For his Eagle project, Tyler built benches for Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples, Fla., after a hurricane caused damage in 2017.

Tyler is a junior at Hempfield High School. He participates in FIRST Tech Challenge and is captain of the robotics team. He also plays the piano. Tyler plans to attend college to earn a degree in either or both business and engineering.

Troop 267 is sponsored by the West Hempfield Fire and Rescue. The troop meets on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. at the fire hall. For more information, readers may email scoutmaster267@gmail.com.

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Scout Attains Eagle Rank May 24, 2018

Ian Crabtree, 15, son of Rebecca and Eric Crabtree of East Hempfield Township, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at the Troop 267 Court of Honor banquet at the Four Seasons Golf Club on May 15.

Before joining Troop 267, Ian was a Cub Scout with Pack 67 in Centerville, where he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouting. Ian held the leadership positions of patrol leader and troop guide. His peers elected him to the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.

For his Eagle project, Ian restored wooden siding and stakes to their original state on the raised garden beds at the Landis Valley Farm Museum. The gardens will be used for the Heirloom Seed Project.

Ian is a sophomore at Hempfield High School. He plays volleyball for the high school team and is a member of the Varsity Club. Ian's other interest include welding, jet skiing, and waterskiing. He plans to attend a four-year college.

Troop 267 is sponsored by the West Hempfield Fire and Rescue. The troop meets on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. at the fire hall. For more information, readers may email scoutmaster267@gmail.com.

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Student Presents Senior Project May 24, 2018

Electrical and mechanical engineering majors at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, presented their senior projects and demonstrated them at an event in April attended by faculty, friends and family. Engineering students in the University's College of Science and Engineering are required to complete a senior project as part of the requirements to complete their degrees.

A Lancaster resident, Douglas Dombrowski, was among the students presenting senior projects. Dombrowski presented "Smart Shot."

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University Recognizes Gingrich May 24, 2018

Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, recognized more than 95 students, faculty, and staff at the Extracurricular Awards Luncheon for their contributions to activities outside the classroom.

Amanda Gingrich of Lititz received the Resident Assistant, Graduating Seniors Recognition presented by Office of Residence Life.

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Kim Wins Music Competition May 24, 2018

The Hershey Symphony Orchestra has announced pianist Ethan Kim as the winner of the 18th Annual Young Artist Competition. Kim received the $1,000 William and Ruth Cagnoli Music Award and will perform with the Hershey Symphony Orchestra at the Hershey Theatre during the orchestra's 2018-19 50th season, which will commence in the fall 2018.

Kim, a rising junior at Manheim Township High School, played the first movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16. He was selected from nine young area musicians by a panel of music professionals including, Dr. Sandra Dackow, Hershey Symphony musical director and conductor; Dr. Douglas Bomberger, professor of music at Elizabethtown College; and Gretchen Decker, performer and music professor at York College.

The late William and Ruth Cagnoli of Hershey played an important role in the lives of local musicians for more than three decades. Their business, Cagnoli Music, served musicians of all ages in central Pennsylvania. The Cagnolis also owned and operated Marty's Music in Lebanon for many years. A professional woodwind player in the region, William was one of the early founders of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra and conducted the musicians on several occasions. He also spent nearly 20 years at the Lebanon Veterans Hospital as a registered music therapist. Allan Cagnoli, William and Ruth's son, provides the annual award to the Hershey Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition winner in memory of his parents, who loved music, education, and their community.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage and foster the best young classical musicians in grades seven through 11 from Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.

For more information about the Hershey Symphony Orchestra, readers may visit www.HersheySymphony.org.

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LCDS Holds Graduation May 23, 2018

Fifty-three seniors participated in the 110th Lancaster Country Day School (LCDS) commencement ceremony on May 19.

During the ceremony, Matt Lane received The Trustee Prize, awarded to the senior with the highest cumulative grade point average. Kathleen Waters received the Ruth S. Hostetter Award, given in memory of a 1931 alumna to a senior who works selflessly and enthusiastically to enhance the school community. Emma Stover received the Ann Musselman Award, presented in honor of a former LCDS teacher to the students who best exemplifies personal qualities of enthusiastic curiosity, the courage to take intellectual risks, and joy in a lifetime of learning. Sam Davis received the Faculty Award, given to the student who is the embodiment of what the faculty most respect in a scholar and a person, someone who has a true love of learning and is a model citizen. Cristian Tineo and Lauren MacKinnon received the Head of School Award, which recognizes the seniors who are most deserving of special recognition for having qualities such as leadership, school spirit, persistence, and civic virtue.

Speakers included faculty member Mary Turner; faculty member Diane Wilikofsky, who gave the invocation; Steve Lisk, head of school; Dory Bittle and Lauren MacKinnon, senior class co-presidents; Clare Jackson, member of senior class; and Genevieve Munson, assistant head of Upper School and English department chair, who gave the benediction.

At an earlier awards ceremony, students were honored in a variety of areas, including Sarah Frick, Music Award; Delphi Aubry and Clare Jackson, Karen Stork Memorial Award/Theatre; Cristian Tineo, Visual Art Award; Matthew Lane, English Award; Delphi Aubry, Elizabeth Ross Award; Maya McDougall, Foreign Language Award - Latin; Lauren MacKinnon, Foreign Language Award - Spanish; Daniel Lane, Foreign Language Award - Chinese; Michael Etter, Science Award; Emma Stover, Female Athlete of the Year; Matthew Lane, Male Athlete of the Year; Nicholas Lane and Matthew Lane, PIAA E. Jerry Brooks Award; and Emma Stover and Samuel Nelson, PIAA Fackler-Hower Sportsmanship Award.

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Espenshade Receives Recognition May 23, 2018

Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, recognized more than 95 students, faculty, and staff at the Extracurricular Awards Luncheon for their contributions to activities outside the classroom.

Todd Espenshade of Hummelstown received the e-Mentor, Graduating Seniors Recognition presented by Office of Student Development.

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Student Receives Award May 23, 2018

Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, recognized more than 95 students, faculty, and staff at the Extracurricular Awards Luncheon for their contributions to activities outside the classroom.

Dylan Fox of Denver received the Two Years of Service award presented by Wilkes University Student Government.

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Hursh-Hertzler May 23, 2018

Bill and Linda Hursh of East Earl have announced the engagement of their daughter, Larisa Hursh of East Earl, to Kyle Hertzler of Gordonville.

The bride-elect graduated from Garden Spot High School in 2014 and West Chester University in 2017. She is employed by Listrak in Lititz.

The groom-to-be is the son of Fred and Christine Hertzler of Gordonville. He graduated from Pequea Valley High School in 2012 and is employed by Rod's Auto Body in Lancaster.

A July wedding is planned.

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Kauffman Completes Nuclear Engineering Program May 23, 2018

United States Navy Petty Officer Keenan Kauffman of Pequea recently graduated from the Navy's Nuclear Power Program. After finishing an eight-week boot camp program in North Chicago, Ill., Kauffman completed the three phases of the Nuclear Power Program: A school in Charleston, S.C.; the Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C.; and prototype school in Ballston Spa, N.Y.

The Nuclear Power Program trains sailors to properly and efficiently operate nuclear power plants on aircraft carriers and submarines. In two years, the sailors must finish what would normally be a four-year nuclear engineering degree.

Kauffman is a 2016 graduate of Penn Manor High School. He also attended Dayspring Christian Academy from 2002 to 2012. Kauffman is the son of Keith and Debra Kauffman of Pequea. He has two younger brothers, Bennett and Preston. He is a grandson of Don and Linda Kauffman of Pequea and John and Linda Fudrow of Reamstown. John and Lisa McCoy of Lititz and Keith and Elizabeth Hershey of Conestoga are his uncles and aunts.

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Barnhart Receives Award May 23, 2018

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Girl Scouts Create Birdhouses For Nature Center May 22, 2018

Members of Twin Valley Junior Girl Scout Troop 1905 recently earned their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can receive, by building birdhouses for Berks Nature/The Nature Place, a new environmental education center that opened in Angelica Park, Reading.

According to Eileen Fox, who is co-leader of the troop along with Dawn Koller, each Scout is required to complete a volunteer project that takes a minimum of 20 hours to complete. "The project's objective must be to benefit the local community or benefit Girl Scouting as a whole in some way," she stated.

Fox noted that the members of Troop 1905 wanted to complete a service project that revolved around animals. Fox's daughter, Kelly, a Cadette Girl Scout, completed her Silver Award project by constructing owl boxes for the walking trail at Living God Lutheran Church in Honey Brook. She was assisted in her efforts by church volunteer Kurt Schneidmiller, who also happens to be on the board at the nature center.

"He contacted me and told me that the center was in need of birdhouses," Fox explained. "He knew that my younger (Scouts) might be interested in doing that project."

The girls made a list of the materials that they needed using building plans and patterns given to them by Schneidmiller. They visited a local home improvement store to price the items and then wrote a donation request letter for the materials, which was approved by the store manager.

The 10 troop members, who are ages 10 and 11, worked as a team to build different types of birdhouses, including one for an Eastern screech owl, one for a Carolina chickadee, three for Carolina wrens and one for a flicker, which is a bird in the woodpecker family. They also built two covered shelves for the Eastern phoebe and robin, totaling eight birdhouses.

Although the wood was cut for them, the girls sanded it, assembled the cut pieces and stained and waterproofed the houses themselves. "One meeting was sanding the wood. Another meeting was putting the pieces together," said Fox, noting that the troop meets at the Twin Valley Elementary Center. "Then the girls came over to my house, and we stained the birdhouses." The girls also created a brochure for the center that includes facts and pictures about each bird and its house.

The girls dropped off the completed boxes and were given a tour of the facility by Tami Shimp, the center's vice president of development and community relations. A few weeks later, on April 29, the troop members returned to the nature center and spent several hours helping to install the boxes with Larry Lloyd, senior ecologist at the center.

"Some of the girls were there for five hours helping install the houses with Larry. They also helped him with planting trees and cleaned up the park by picking up trash," Fox noted.

She said the girls had many challenges throughout the birdhouse building process, but that they were determined to complete the boxes. "It was a good experience for them to learn how to use the tools and follow directions," Fox said.

Fox said that she encouraged the girls to return to the nature center to see the installed boxes and the birds that use them, noting that a phoebe was spotted at the center during the girls' visit. "They can go back with their families and say, 'There's the birdhouse that I made,'" Fox said.

Berks Nature/The Nature Place, located at 575 St. Bernadine St., Reading, offers hiking trails, community gardens, educational programs and an eco-camp. For more information, readers may visit www.berksnature.org or www.facebook.com/BerksNature.

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