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Pet Parade Results Announced October 20, 2017

The New Holland Fair Pet Parade took place on Oct. 7. The judges were Laura Sabasino, Heather Smith, and Willoh Robbins, and the parade was chaired by Kelci Robbins.

The results were as follows.

Most Creative Float: first place, Abby, dog, and owner Emily Maldonado.

Most Unusual Pet: first place, Hermie, hermit crab, owned by Lincoln Hoover; second place, Zelda, pig, owned by Sophia Ashcroft; third place, Farrah, rabbit, owned by Amber Scritchfield.

Owner-Pet Look-Alike: first place, Buster, dog, and owner Michael Hoover, and second place, Dagwood, dog, and owner Tori Lingg.

Owner-Pet Team Theme: first place, Buddy, dog, and owner Joanne Dennis; second place, Lilly, dog, and owner Makenzie Pack; and third place, Eva and Walter, dogs, and owner Brandi Parshley.

Most Beautiful Cat: first place, Bandit, owned by Marcella Hess.

Most Handsome Dog: first place, Geoffrey, owned by Shirley Siedhof; second place, Chloe, owned by Greg Scritchfield; and third place, Harley, owned by Angelo Porreca.

Smallest Dog: first place, Indie, owned by Lourdes Bard.

Best Dressed Pet: first place, Faith, dog, owned by Sarah White; second place, Lila, dog, owned by Morgan Shenk; and third place, Sofia, dog, owned by Felix Grau.

Emily Maldonado's dog, Abby, won Best of Show.


Velkly Earns Eagle Scout Award October 20, 2017

Conner Velkly, 17, received his Eagle Scout award in a Court of Honor ceremony held on Oct. 14 at Lititz Moravian Church.

Conner began his involvement in Scouting as a Tiger Cub with Cub Scout Pack 154, earning his Arrow of Light award with Cub Scout Pack 100 in 2012. Since joining Troop 100, he has earned 24 merit badges and served as den chief, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and senior patrol leader. He was a founding member of both Pack 100 and Troop 100.

For his Eagle Scout service project, Conner constructed and installed new veteran markers in the cemetery at Lititz Moravian Church. His project involved the supervision of 17 volunteers and required 168 work hours.

Conner is a junior at Lititz Christian School and attends the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center. He is the son of Eric and Elizabeth Velkly of Lititz.


Students Of The Month Honored October 19, 2017


Mohler Named National Merit Semifinalist October 19, 2017

Lancaster County Christian School senior Emma Mohler has been named a National Merit Semifinalist for 2018. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Emma joins approximately 16,000 students nationwide who have been recognized in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship program. These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for the approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth a total of more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.


Hartman Earns Lacrosse Honors October 18, 2017

Grant Hartman, a member of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns lacrosse team, was selected as 2017 Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) All-American Honorable Mention Short Stick Defensive Midfielder. Hartman was also selected MCLA Lone Star Alliance Division II First Team All-Conference Short Stick Defensive Midfielder.

Playing in all 14 games of the 2017 season, Hartman scooped up 24 ground balls and tallied 6 points with 2 goals and 4 assists. The Ragin' Cajuns concluded the 2017 season with a 9-2 record.

Hartman, a senior computer science major, is a 2014 graduate of Dallastown Area High School.


Lacrosse Coach Receives Honor October 18, 2017

York County's Dan China has been awarded US Lacrosse's top national youth award, Outstanding Contribution to the Game: U15 and Under. The youth game's highest honor is given to a US Lacrosse member who is a longstanding contributor to the youth game and who has had a lasting impact by supporting the US Lacrosse mission and vision.

China was selected jointly by both Men and Women Recognition Committees and was surprised with the award presentation in September at York Catholic High School among fellow coaches and regional leadership, players, alumni, friends, family, and the community.

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Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students October 13, 2017

The Donegal High School (DHS) Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that Grace Miller and Andrew Erb are the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for September. The selected students were slated to be honored by members of the Mount Joy Rotary Club during the monthly club meeting.

Grace is the daughter of Chris and Julie Miller of Mount Joy. She is a member of National Honor Society (NHS) and Student Council. She plays in the DHS orchestra and is secretary of the Class of 2018. She is a four-year member of the field hockey and softball teams. Outside of school, Grace serves as a tutor. After graduation, Grace plans to attend the University of Delaware to major in exercise science and participate in field hockey.

Andrew is the son of Phil and Mindy Erb of Mount Joy. Andrew is a member of the NHS and was president of FBLA. He is a leader for the Prayer Group and serves as president of the Class of 2018. He is also a four-year member of the football and baseball teams. Outside of school, Andrew has served as a counselor at church camp. After graduation, he plans to attend a four-year college to major in business.


FFA Competition Results Posted October 12, 2017

Grassland FFA Safe Tractor Operation Competition posted its results. Competitions were held in senior and junior divisions. Roy Braum was the overall winner for the senior division, and Luke Shirk was the winner in the junior division. Braum and Shirk qualified for the next level of competition at the Manheim Farm Show.

In addition to Braum, winners in the senior division include Brooke Leeland, second; Natalie Eberly, third; and Tyler Stauffer, fourth. In the junior division, winners are Madelynn Sasso, second; Austin Martin, third; and Joseph Weinhold, fourth.


Baby Parade Results Posted October 12, 2017

New Holland Farmers Day Association held its the 86th annual Farmers Fair Baby Parade on Oct. 7 in New Holland.

The walking category winners were as follows. Grand Prize Walking: Bexley Hooper, child of Douglas Hooper, Ephrata. Grand Runner-Up Walking: Brycen Hooper, child of Armine Martin, Ephrata. Best Characterization Walking: first place, Natalie Hoover, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hoover, Ephrata, and second place, Austyn Rhoades, son of Jaclyn Rhoades, Denver. Cutest Family Group August and Ellie Ernst, children of Max and Katie Ernst, Cheltenham.

The wheels category winners were as follows. Grand Prize Wheels: Brooklyn and Kolton Yeagle, children of Stephanie and Kevin Yeagle, Lancaster. Runner-Up Grand Wheels: Harmony Roth, daughter of Tabatha Roth, Ephrata. Best Decorated Coach/Stroller: first place, Teddy Rhoades, son of Jaclyn Rhoades, Denver. Best Decorated Wagon: first place, Blake Houghton, son of Sara and Jason Houghton, Cochranville; second place, Brook Yoder, daughter of Britney Thompson, East Earl; and third place, Marisa Wenger, daughter of Mary Wenger, Paradise. Best Decorated Mini Float: first place, Hailey Beiler, daughter of Mervin Beiler, New Holland; second place, Connor and Cooper Dingess, children of Mitch and Laura Dingess, Narvon; third place, Kayla and Sage Serrano, children of Amber and Steven Seranno, Denver; and fourth place, Logan Lutz, son of Dawn Brady, New Holland.

The float category winners were as follows. Grand Prize Float: Jaxson and Everly Sweitzer, children of Glenn and Amy Sweitzer, Ephrata. Runner-Up Grand Float: Mackenzie, Sophia, Delilah, Kendall, and Kennedy, children of Kristen Ebersol, Travis Diem, Rebekah Diem, Mike Diem, and Nicole and Kevin Boley, East Earl. Most Original Float: first place, Ella Johns and Boden, Rusty and Riley Fisher, children and friends of Krista Sensenig, New Holland; second place, Cael and Ellis Thompson, Sinking Springs; and third place, Emma McCann, daughter of Lydia McCann, Lancaster. Most Beautiful Float: first place, Luke Willoughby, son of Noelle Willoughby, New Holland.


School Names Alumni Of The Year October 11, 2017

Lancaster Mennonite School has named Karl D. Stoltzfus Sr., Class of 1958; Barbara Beiler Stoltzfus, Class of 1959; and Keegan Rosenberry, Class of 2012, as the 2017 Alumni of the Year.

Karl has more than 50 years of experience in the aviation industry. He began his aviation career as a partner in his father's aviation company, Chris D. Stoltzfus and Associates of Coatesville. During this time, he was responsible for aerial spray programs to control gypsy moths in North America and was instrumental in designing, building and installing various spray systems for the aircraft.

In 1967, Karl and his twin brother, Ken, left their father's business to attend Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Va., where they began K&K Aircraft to help cover school expenses.

K&K Aircraft expanded operations and in 1997 became Dynamic Aviation, where Karl serves as founder and chairman.

In 2015, Dynamic Aviation purchased the historic Columbine II, the first Air Force One. Stoltzfus leads the multi-year venture to restore the aircraft to presidential configuration for teaching future generations.

Karl holds a commercial pilot's license, a multi-engine rating, instrument rating and a DC-3 type rating. He has more than 6,000 hours total time as pilot-in-command in multiple aircraft operations throughout the U.S. In the early 1960s, he flew a Cessna 180 on floats and skis for a missionary organization in northwestern Ontario for approximately one year, and he has a passion for using aircraft to aid missionary organizations.

Karl has served on the boards of various organizations and has won numerous awards.

Barbara has been by Karl's side through these endeavors and has been involved with Dynamic Aviation as office manager, vice president of finance, chief financial officer and vice president of human resources.

As a young Amish girl in Honey Brook, Barbara determined that she was going to break Amish tradition and seek education beyond eighth grade. Eventually, her family left the Amish community and moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

After Barbara attended public school until ninth grade in Maryland, her parents felt that, if she wanted to get a high school diploma, it ought to be at Lancaster Mennonite School. Consequently, Barbara was enrolled there as a five-day dormitory student. Karl was one of her fellow students. At Lancaster Mennonite, Barbara was the class treasurer.

After graduating, Barbara worked in a shoe store to put herself through the Milford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Milford, Del., from which she graduated in 1963. The same year, she and Karl were married, and she worked at Coatesville Hospital until her first child was born.

In 1967, Barbara accompanied Karl to Harrisonburg, where she worked at night as a nurse while he attended Eastern Mennonite College. When they bought the Bridgewater airport and Karl was starting his aviation business, Barbara took accounting and business courses so she could help with the fledgling enterprise.

Karl and Barbara both have made a significant impact through their service and philanthropy. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren, and they are active members of First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg.

Rosenberry played his four years of high school soccer at Lancaster Mennonite High School between 2008 and 2012. While there, he was on teams that won district titles, as well as a state title during his senior year.

Rosenberry then played four years of Division I college soccer at Georgetown University from 2012 to 2015, making 90 appearances and scoring four goals. While at college, Rosenberry also played for Reading United AC in 2014 and 2015.

On Jan. 11, 2016, Rosenberry was selected third overall in the 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft by Philadelphia Union. He made his Union debut on March 6, 2016. In the home opener, he was nominated for Man of the Match, and he was selected to the MLS Team of the Week. In July 2016, he was also voted into the roster for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game, and at the end of the season, he ranked second in voting for 2016 Rookie of the Year. On Jan. 6, 2017 after a strong rookie season, Rosenberry was called into a camp for the United States national team by coach Bruce Arena. Rosenberry won the MLS Fair Play Award in 2016.


Sentman Earns Eagle Scout Badge October 11, 2017

Louis Sentman earned his Eagle Scout badge on May 23 as a member of Troop 27 of Stewartstown.

Louis is a senior at Kennard-Dale High School and the son of Louis and Carol Sentman.


Student Artwork Recognized October 11, 2017


York Regional EMS Earns Award October 11, 2017

York Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline's EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.

EMS providers are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. They can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. They also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. These correct tools, training, and practices allow EMS providers to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for one year. Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals.


Students Of The Month Honored October 6, 2017


HPTBC Wins Award October 5, 2017

The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County (HPTBC) has announced that its 1753 Keim House Historic Restoration Project will receive Preservation Pennsylvania's 2017 Initiative Award for Preservation Stewardship at a ceremony in Harrisburg on Thursday, Oct. 12.

The project was led by Tom and Chris Lainhoff, who authentically restored the original elements of the 1753 house using period carpentry and joining methods. In December 2016, the Keim Homestead became the county's third National Historic Landmark.

The five-year restoration campaign began with removal of the two-wall 1930s porch. After restoration of the stonework, the missing pent roof and balcony were reconstructed with authentic joinery methods and materials in dimensions provided by clear evidence from the building itself.

Expert microscopic paint analysis determined the earliest colors, which were reproduced by matching modern paints to reproduce the early finish on the balcony, windows, shutters, and cellar-cap. The plastered cove cornice was lathed and replastered on the original curved joist-brackets.

For more information or to donate, readers may call 610-385-4762 or visit


Citadel Seeks Nominations October 4, 2017

Citadel has announced that the nomination period for the 2018 Citadel Heart of Learning Award is now open. Nominations for the 17th annual Citadel Heart of Learning Awards program will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 31. Chester County students, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate a teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit created the Citadel Heart of Learning Award in 2001. Teachers who receive the award show excellence both inside and outside the classroom and make a difference in the lives of their students.

Fifteen finalists, comprised of one finalist from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one from the Chester County Intermediate Unit, and one from a Chester County non-public school, which includes charter and home schools, will be chosen from the nominations. Each finalist will receive $500 to use in their classroom.

From these 15 finalists, three winners, including one high school, one middle school, and one elementary school teacher, will receive an additional $1,500 to use in their classrooms.

In addition, the "Schools with Heart" contest will award the top three schools that submitted the most nominations. Schools with Heart awards three cash prizes, including $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place. The prizezs may be used for support assemblies or events.

For more information, nomination rules, and to submit teacher nominations, readers may visit


Horning Wins Regional Award October 3, 2017

Garden Spot High School graduate William Horning recently won recognition during The Big E Fair in Springfield, Mass., during the weekend of Sept. 15. At Garden Spot, Horning was a participant in Grassland FFA.

In June, Horning won the Agriculture Production State Star Award at Penn State's FFA Activities Week. He was honored for completing and demonstrating excellence in his supervised agricultural experience (SAE) record books throughout his high school career.

At the Big E, Horning competed against participants from 12 other states in the area of Agricultural Production through an application process and an extensive interview. Horning received the Regional State Star Award in the Agricultural Production category. Along with his regional recognition, he brought home hardware and monetary awards.

Horning will be eligible to compete for the National Star Award when he applies for his American Degree, the highest earned degree within the National FFA Organization.


Fulton Theatre Posts Awards October 3, 2017

The Fulton Theatre recently announced its second annual Robert Fulton Awards. Affectionately known as the "Robbies," the awards showcase and honor the great talent that has performed on the Fulton's stage during the 2016-17 season.

Recipients of the Robbies are Production (Best Studio): "Veronica's Room;" Production (Best Mainstage): Disney's "Beauty and the Beast;" Production (Best Family): "Big, The Musical;" Best Director Mainstage: Marc Robin, (Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"); Best Director Studio: Marc Robin, ("Veronica's Room"); Best Director Family: Randall Frizado, ("Big, The Musical"); Best Choreography: Marc Robin, (Disney's "Newsies"); Best Actor Play: Abhi Katyal, (Amir, "Disgraced"); Best Actor Musical: Matt Farcher, (Jack Kelly, Disney's "Newsies"); Best Actress Play: Jane Ridley, (Carol, "4000 Days"); Best Actress Musical: Lexi Rabadi, (Belle, Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"); Best Actor Family: Kevin Murray, (Big Josh Baskin, "Big, The Musical"); and Best Actress Family: Lauren Elledge, (Alice, "Alice in Wonderland").

Awards were also given to Best Featured Actor Musical: Blake Stadnik, (Crutchie, Disney's "Newsies"); Best Featured Actress Musical: Katie Sina, (Babette, Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"); Best Featured Actor Family: Andrew Kindig, (The Mouse King, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"); Best Featured Actress Family (Tie): Sierra Naomi, (The Snow Queen, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas") and Katie Sina, (Dormouse, "Alice in Wonderland"); Best Scenic Design: Tom Ryan, (Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"); Best Costume Design: Ryan J. Moller, (Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"); Best Lighting Design: Jesse Klug, (Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"); Best Sound Design: Jacob Mishler, (Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"); and Best Prop Design: Katelin Walsko, (Disney's "Beauty and the Beast").

The Fulton Theatre performs in the national historic landmark Fulton Opera in Lancaster. For more information or to purchase tickets, readers may call 717.397.7425 or visit


Honor Society Inducts New Members September 28, 2017

The Penn Manor chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) welcomed 52 new members during an induction ceremony on Sept. 20 in the high school cafeteria. To qualify for NHS, the Penn Manor High School juniors and seniors had to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.85 and demonstrate strong leadership, service and character traits.

The inductees include Gabriella Abreu, Ricky Knapp, Ivy Barley, Nicole Krahulik, Robert (Mitchell) Barr, David Kramer, Raj Bhattarai, Brandon Le, Gabby Bitts, Evan Lyon, Elise Borys, Madison McCanna, Billy Briegel, Charlotte Molitoris, Peyton Cassel, Chanel Musser, Shauna Charles, Riley Neuman, Emma Deberdine, Hannah Nguyen, Erin DeVitry, Gurleen Pal, Kyle Echterling, Lisa Schaefer, Emily Flexman, Matthew Schaefer, Ray Gerner, Annie Shepherd, Ryan Glenn, Mark Smith, Logan Graves, Haide Sorial, Alexandria Harnish, Emma Spearing, Joshua Heckman, Erik Starry, Madison Henry, Jared Stephan, Rebecca High, Joel Stoner, Aydan Hinkle, Anna Sugra, Chad Hoglund, Tabitha Swope, Sameeha Hossain, Arilyn Tegtmeier-Oatman, Kara Huber, Elise Thyrum, Diane Imboden, Natalie Whiteside, Anna Katherine Kirk and Julia Young.


Students Take Part In SAEs September 28, 2017

Pequea Valley agriculture learners have the opportunity to create and develop their own personalized Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). The goal is to create an out-of-the-classroom experience for learners where they can use the information that they gain inside the classroom and apply it to their own experiences outside of the classroom. Throughout the year, Doug Masser and Jasmine VanSant conduct SAE visits, allowing them to see what the learners are doing. Recently, they conducted SAE visits with Evan Landis and Jordan Melson, both sophomores and active FFA members.

For Evan's SAE, he is working on a swine production farm, where he is learning what it takes to be a successful swine producer. He has learned how to clip teeth, give injections, and evaluate a vaccination program, and he has learned about feed and the nutrition of pigs. In addition, Evan helps with cutting and bailing hay.

Jordan, who gained an interest in plant science while taking an introduction to agriculture class, is completing her SAE at a local plant nursery and retail center. She has the opportunity to see all stages of plant production, from planting the seed to seeing the plant be sold. She has also learned the methods of plant propagation and how to care for and manage a variety of plants. She also interacts with customers and shares knowledge with them.

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