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Scearce Receives Award January 15, 2018

Bell Socialization Services has announced the selection of Crystal Scearce as the recipient of the agency's 2017 Pauline Whitacre Community Services Award. Presented annually to an individual who provides time and resources to enhance Bell's mental health programs, the award was received by Scearce at a meeting of the advisory board of Bell's Oasis House program on Nov. 14.

Scearce, on-site manager with Abacus Corporation, a temporary employment agency in Etters, has been an active volunteer with Oasis House since October 2015.

Oasis House, started in 2006, is designed on the clubhouse model of Fountain House in Manhattan, New York, and is accredited by Clubhouse International. A clubhouse is a recovery-oriented joint operation between members and staff, where people with a history of mental illness can go for support in their efforts to become more a part of their community.

Bell Socialization Services Inc., based in York, provides housing and basic living skills supports to individuals living with mental illness, people with intellectual disabilities, and homeless families.


Scholarship News Posted January 12, 2018

The Merit Shop Training and Research Center invites applications for its Merit Shop Construction Scholarships, which are awards dedicated to assist individuals seeking to further their education in construction careers. Typically, eight scholarships are awarded each year with Merit Shop Construction scholars receiving up to $4,000.

The Merit Shop Construction Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC Keystone) and is administered by the Merit Shop Training and Research Center.

To be eligible, applicants must enroll in a trade school, college, or university program that is directly related to a construction career. This includes skilled trades, engineering, and construction management.

The Merit Shop Training and Research Center was established by ABC Keystone as a nonprofit fund with the mission to provide financial assistance to students who have chosen construction-related career paths. The center is funded by members of the chapter to be proactive in assisting men and women in their preparation for this industry. The center has awarded more than $473,000 since its inception.

Applications will be reviewed by distinguished industry professionals serving on the Scholarship Selection Committee of the Merit Shop Training and Research Center Inc. The scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of merit and without regard for the race, color, religion, national origin, or gender of applicants.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. The deadline includes all reference forms. Finalists will be notified in May. To download scholarship application materials, readers may visit


Local Residents Earn Honors January 11, 2018

Michael Shearer and Bob Shearer of Mount Joy recently placed in the 2017 National Sorghum Producers (NSP) Yield Contest. Michael won first place state in the dryland reduced-till division, while Bob won second place state in the dryland no-till division. Both winners used Pioneer hybrid 84G62, which yielded 181.5 and 176.08 bushels per acre, respectively.

First-, second-, and third-place national honors were awarded in each of eight divisions, including dryland conventional-till, dryland double crop, dryland no-till, dryland reduced-till, irrigated conventional-till, irrigated double crop, irrigated no-till, and irrigated reduced-till.

A detailed listing of individual winners can be found at


Marilyn Hershey Receives Honor January 11, 2018

State Sen. Andy Dinniman recently recognized Marilyn Hershey for being named Dairy Woman of the Year at the 51st annual World Dairy Exposition. He presented her with a Senate Citation in recognition of the honor.

Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, noted that Marilyn exemplifies the heritage, spirit, and values of the industries of dairy farming and agriculture.

Marilyn and her husband, Duane, have been operating Ar-Joy Farms, an 800-cow, 550-acre farm in Cochranville, for more than 30 years. The Hersheys farm and ship their milk to the Land O'Lakes Cooperative.

In addition, Marilyn, who grew up on a farm in Atglen, is an advocate for agriculture and the dairy farming industry. She writes a monthly column for Hoard's Dairyman, serves on the National Dairy and Research Promotion Board, and is vice chair of Dairy Management Inc. Duane is also active in the dairy industry.

In addition to promoting dairy products and dairy agriculture, Marilyn and Duane continue to incorporate innovative and sustainable technology into their farming operations. The most recent addition is a specialized methane digester that converts waste into electrical power.


Senior Center Director Named Outstanding Citizen January 11, 2018

The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce has named Oxford Area Senior Center executive director Jim McLeod as its Outstanding Citizen for 2017.

The honor is the latest recognition for McLeod, who is well known throughout the Oxford area for his record of community service. A formal presentation of the award will take place at the Chamber dinner on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Longwood Gardens Conservatory in Kennett Square.

"I'm very much appreciative, but very surprised also," McLeod said. "(The award represents) the whole end of the county; it isn't just Oxford. I'm humbled and I'm honored."

McLeod has a long history of service locally, as well as at the county and state levels. He has served on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association, the Fulton Bank Brandywine Division Advisory Board and the American Red Cross Chester County Brandywine Division's Disaster Action Team. Additionally, he was development chairman of the Southern Chester County Emergency Medical Services.

McLeod has been a member of the Oxford Rotary Club for 28 years and has been a board member of the Oxford Educational Foundation, Oxford Neighborhood Services Center (NSC), Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce, Oxford Athletic Association and Oxford Area Sewer Authority.

He was a founding board member of the Jennersville YMCA and was on the board of directors of the SCCOOT bus service from 1997 until 2005. He is well known for organizing the annual Oxford Halloween parade and the annual Spirit of Giving Luncheon held on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which benefits NSC.

"That was my wife's idea. We started it in 1987 or '88," McLeod said, explaining how the luncheon began. "I ran with it and continue to do it."

McLeod's record of community service includes many more involvements. He is also a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church, where he has served as an elder and a deacon.

McLeod has been recognized for his service before. He has been the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Oxford Area School District and the Oxford Area Community Service Award from the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce.

McLeod has been the executive director of the senior center since January 2002. "I enjoy it. As you do things here, you can see the effect you're having on people's lives and they're happier when they leave. They want to come back because we're offering good things to do," McLeod said. "We're doing good work here, and we have a good staff."

In addition to regular programming and meals, the Oxford Senior Center provides information and referral services. "As people turn into their senior years, they have questions about services that are available to them, like Social Security, Medicare and different insurance programs," McLeod said.

As the population ages, the needs of senior citizens are changing, and McLeod is working to keep pace with them. "As the GI generation (people born in the mid-1920s or earlier) gets older, Baby Boomers like myself are coming in. That's a whole new group of people and new issues," McLeod said. "We're doing a lot of night programs because the Baby Boomers are taking care of their parents, taking care of their grandchildren or both, and they're still working. They can't come in the daytime."

Upcoming activities at the senior center include a belly dancing class, line dancing, a workshop on greeting card stamping and an Introduction to Genealogy class.

The Oxford Area Senior Center is located at 12 E. Locust St., Oxford. For more information about activities, readers may call 610-932-5244 or visit More information about the dinner and awards ceremony at Longwood Gardens is available at


Sacred Heart Boys' Basketball Team Wins First Trophy January 10, 2018

For the first time in school history, Sacred Heart School in Oxford now has a trophy that honors a boys' athletic team.

The Sacred Heart Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) boys' varsity basketball team, composed of seventh- and eighth-grade boys who attend the school or are members of Sacred Heart Parish, recently captured second place in the 14th annual St. Agnes CYO Christmas Tournament held in West Chester in December 2017.

"For them to win second place in a tournament and get their first trophy for the school is a big deal," said coach Dan Clinton. "A lot of other teams have 50 or 60 kids try out, and their A team will be the top 12 kids and then they will have a B team. We have 12 or 14 kids try out."

Although the tournament lasted three days, the CYO team from Sacred Heart, named the Saints, played all its games on Dec. 28.

In the first game, Sacred Heart defeated the St. Thomas the Apostle CYO team from Glen Mills by a score of 33-31. Dan noted that keys to the victory were the performance of the defense and Anthony Nudy's 14 points.

In the second game, Sacred Heart outlasted the St. Simon and Jude team by a score of 50-48 in overtime. "Wesley Clinton made two foul shots to put Sacred Heart ahead with 12 seconds and, seconds later, took a charge to end the game and send the Saints to their first championship game," Dan reported. "Matt Alesi scored 6 of the 10 overtime points."

In the championship game against St. Agnes, Sacred Heart trailed by as many as 16 points but was able to make a comeback led by Dom Kendrick and Aidan Dearing, tying the game at 46-46. However, the Saints fell short by a score of 51-47 in the end.

Dan, who is in his fifth year coaching Sacred Heart CYO basketball, said that he would have liked the outcome of the final game to have been different, but he was pleased with the results nonetheless. "We played three consecutive games, and the team we played in the championship had a two-hour break," he noted. "It was a tie game with a minute (and) 40 seconds left, but we (were exhausted)."

The CYO season runs from November through February, during which Sacred Heart plays CYO teams from various parishes such as St. Philip and James in Exton, St. Maximillian Kolbe in West Chester, St. Joseph in Downingtown and Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary in West Grove. "We play one tournament at the end of the season and the Christmas tournament at St. Agnes," Dan stated. "We have about 20 games during the season, with one or two practices a week."

Dan credits the boys' determination and teamwork for earning the trophy. "They have been playing together since first grade. They play well together," said Dan. "I am so proud of the unselfishness of this team and the commitment they have to each other."

He also expressed appreciation to assistant coach Jack Canavin and athletic director Chris Dearing.

In addition to the trophy, the team members received medals and were honored during morning announcements at Sacred Heart School.

Dan hopes that the team's tournament success will inspire other players to join the group. "For kids playing at local Ys or the rec league, if they are parishioners, they are welcome to come out," he stated. "We want to create a fun, team-oriented atmosphere where we can have a successful program. It's making sure the kids are having fun, and it's nice to win, too."

Sacred Heart School is located at 205 Church Road, Oxford. For more information, readers may call 610-932-3633 or visit


Students Receive FFA Accolades January 10, 2018

Several Solanco students have been presented with Keystone FFA Degrees or FFA First Year Jacket Scholarships.

The Keystone FFA Degree is the highest degree awarded by the state to FFA members. Katelyn Teaman, Alexis Jackson, Trinity Walter and Jordan Hoover received their Keystone FFA degrees at the State Farm Show in Harrisburg. The Keystone FFA Degree is awarded based on the student's project program; leadership activities, including office and committee assignments within FFA; FFA cooperative activities, including chapter, county, regional, state, and national activities; and school and community activities outside FFA.

Katelyn is the daughter of Treavor and Sheri Teaman of Quarryville. Her supervised agricultural experience (SAE) records include dairy cows and pigs. She has continued working on her showmanship skills over the four years of her SAE, and she recently used those skills at the FFA state competitions. She is currently enrolled in wildlife management and leadership classes, as well as half-day agriculture work study.

Alexis is the daughter of Randy and Christine Jackson of Peach Bottom. She has been keeping SAE records on her horse for four years. She is currently enrolled in Solanco's animal science program. After graduation, she plans to attend Delaware Valley University to study biology with a minor in animal science.

Trinity is the daughter of Kerri Walter of Quarryville. She currently is working on a dairy beef SAE, through which she has improved her animal care and showmanship skills. Trinity is enrolled in the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (CTC) program for animal science and veterinary science. She works with both the CTC and Solanco FFA to improve her skills for a future career as a veterinary technician.

Jordan is the son of Jere and Diane Hoover of Quarryville. His SAE is swine finishing, and he says it has taught him how to keep records and manage the farm tasks. Jordan is currently taking wildlife management and land use planning classes in Solanco's FFA program. When he graduates, Jordan plans to work with his family on the farm.

The Solanco recipients of the Jacket Scholarships are Jacoby Kreider, Morgan Whaley, Jarrett Welk, Cody Little and Kayla McCauley. The Jacket Scholarship is offered through the Pennsylvania FFA Alumni Association. Students write an essay about the purpose of the FFA and why FFA membership is important to them. The essays are judged, and top finishers receive a free FFA jacket.


Retiring Township Supervisors Honored January 10, 2018

State Sen. Andy Dinniman recently recognized Dr. Thomas Egan on his retirement from service to East Bradford Township and Mark Blair on his retirement from service to West Bradford Township.

Egan and Blair both gave 37 years of service to their respective townships, each beginning in 1980 on the municipal planning commissions. They both retired at the end of 2017. Dinniman noted that they were each honored for showcasing civic service, volunteerism, and dedication, and for striving to improve their respective communities.

Egan was elected to the East Bradford Board of Supervisors in 1988. He served five consecutive terms and was chair of the board of supervisors upon his retirement.

Blair was elected to the West Bradford Board of Supervisors in 1992 and was chair of the board of supervisors upon his retirement.

Dinniman presented Egan and Blair each with a Senate Citation in honor of their milestones.


Norris Earns Eagle Scout Rank January 9, 2018

Mason E. Norris, a member of Boy Scout Troop 84, which is sponsored by St. Peter's Lutheran Church, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Mason is the son of Wendy G. Norris.

To earn the Eagle rank, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and carrying out an Eagle project. Mason's Eagle project consisted of planning and building a storage closet for Lydia's Closet, a Manheim Township student clothing bank, which took more than 120 hours to complete with the help of several youths and adults. Lydia's Closet offers free clothing to school-age children in need on the first Saturday of each month at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lancaster.

As a Cub Scout with Pack 102, Mason earned the Arrow of Light Award and the God and Family Award. As a Scout with Troop 84, Mason has held positions including chaplain aide, instructor, assistant senior patrol leader, and senior patrol leader, and he is currently troop guide. Mason is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, and he completed his National Youth Leadership Training.

Mason is a sophomore at Manheim Township High School, where he is a member of the concert band, marching band, chorus, and concert choir. He was recently cast in the musical "Cinderella." Mason is also treasurer of the Astronomy Club. Mason attends Neffsville Mennonite Church, where he is on the SLIM team.

Mason's Court of Honor ceremony is scheduled for January.


School Holds Spelling Bee January 4, 2018

Ten rounds after contestants ran out of words from the official list, Lower Dauphin Middle School seventh-grader Toby Waters secured the school's spelling bee crown.

The bee started with 25 competitors, representing the top three spellers from each sixth-grade academic team and English classroom in seventh and eighth grades. After 10 rounds, the field was reduced to four - Toby, second-place winner Abigail Foran, third-place winner Andrew Seacord, and Kayla Nguyen.

These four spellers went through three rounds before the list of words was exhausted. Organizers then switched to a list of appropriately difficult words that the students had not had a chance to study. They continued with that list for three rounds before Kayla bowed out.

The school's returning champion, Andrew, fell two rounds later. Toby and Abigail went five more rounds to reach the 22nd round of the bee before Toby took the title with the word "seafaring."

Toby is the son of Pam and David Waters, and Abigail is a sixth-grader and the daughter of Donna and Joe Foran. Andrew, a seventh-grader, is the son of Susan and Steven Seacord, and Kayla, an eighth-grader, is the daughter of Dan and Lien Nguyen.

Each of the top four finishers received a monetary award and the opportunity to take the WITF Central Pennsylvania Spelling Bee's semifinal written test. Depending on their scores, they will then advance to the grand championship oral spelling bee in the spring.


Lower Dauphin Students Honored January 4, 2018

A pair of Lower Dauphin elementary school students and a high school sophomore were recently recognized by Hummelstown Police and Lower Dauphin Communities That Care through the Do the Right Thing program.

South Hanover Elementary School fourth-graders Grace Lindsay and Torree Robertson were honored for deciding to organize an effort to collect books for people in need. At the high school, Jared Carson was nominated by school secretary Betty Anne Fry for his honesty in finding and turning-in $40 in cash. The students were recognized with $25 gift cards, Do the Right Thing t-shirts and certificates, and pizza coupons.

A pair of students at South Hanover Elementary School, second-grader Casey O'Brien and third-grader Michael Rolling, received Do the Right Thing certificates for their friendliness and kindness and for making their school a better place.

The Do the Right Thing program is modeled after a successful national program. Now in its 11th year, the program recognizes students in the Lower Dauphin community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude, or outstanding efforts. The program provides a way to recognize good deeds and reinforce exemplary behavior.

School staff members and police officers typically nominate students whose positive actions come to their attention, but any adult over the age of 18 can nominate a child. A volunteer committee reviews the student nominations on a monthly basis and selects a winner each month.

For more information, readers may contact Kathy Peffer at 717-566-6096.


Santiago Earns Recognition January 4, 2018

The Lancaster City Alliance named William Santiago the 2017 Ambassador of the Year for his integrity, positive attitude, and excellent customer service. Santiago has been part of the 15-member Lancaster City Alliance Clean and Safe Team for about six years, and he keeps the sidewalks in the Downtown Investment District clean year-round.

According to Marshall W. Snively, president of the Lancaster City Alliance, the organization received numerous compliments about Santiago in 2017. One such compliment was from an out-of-town visitor, who shared that Santiago had recommended a place to eat. When he saw her later on, he inquired about her visit.

In 2017, Santiago and other members of the Lancaster City Alliance Clean and Safe Team were responsible for picking up 76 tons of trash, removing 17 tons of leaves, performing more than 4,000 hours of sweeping, completing 163 hours of snow removal, giving more than 1,800 directions, and assisting residents more than 2,500 times. To learn more about the Lancaster City Alliance Clean and Safe Team, readers may visit and click on Clean and Safe.


Hendersons Receive Award December 29, 2017

Manheim Sertoma has honored Aaron and Leslie Henderson as the 2017 Service to Mankind Award recipients for their longtime exemplary community service in volunteering with the Manheim Scouting program and Manheim Lions Club.

Aaron has worked with the Scouting program for more than 10 years, and his wife is supportive of his involvement in the Scouting program. Leslie worked with Aaron in the activities of the program for five years or more. When Aaron joined the Manheim Lions Club, he was enthusiastic about the Scouting program and advocated for money from the Lions Club to help with expenses of the Scout Hall, where numerous Scout clubs meet. He is also active with the Pinewood Derby held each year. He is a member of the Good Scouting Committee. When Aaron was in middle school, he served as a counselor at Camp Ladybug, a special needs summer camp in Elizabethtown.

Aaron represents the Manheim Lions Club in promoting the BRAKES Safe Driving Program, in which he is very active. He took the responsibility of presenting the program to numerous Lions Clubs throughout the district and persuading them to become part of the program for teenagers.

Aaron served the Lions Club as president for two years and presently serves on the district cabinet as region chairperson. Leslie recently joined the Manheim Lions Club and served as assistant secretary before becoming secretary in the 2016-17 club year.

Manheim Sertoma is currently seeking nominations for the 2018 Service to Mankind Award. The accolade is awarded to people in the Manheim community who have gone unrecognized for their volunteer efforts. Nominations may be mailed to Manheim Sertoma, P.O. Box 214 Manheim, PA, 17545 or emailed to

Manheim Sertoma meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Scout Hall in Manheim. For information about joining Manheim Sertoma to help raise funds for use in the Manheim area, readers may contact Mike Deppen at 717-665-1963 or email at The organization is seeking new members.


Stevens Awarded Scholarship December 28, 2017

Keeryen B. Stevens of Mount Joy was awarded a four-year Trustee Scholarship of $112,000 from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. Stevens is currently a senior at Donegal High School.

Stevens was named 2017 Defensive Back of the Year by the Donegal Football Association. He was recognized as the 2017 All-Star Outstanding Back of the Year Lancaster-Lebanon League Section III and the 2016 Rookie of the Year by Donegal track and field. He was also a member of the 2017 Lancaster-Lebanon League Section III track and field champion team.

Stevens plans to major in computer science or nursing and pursue a career in anesthesiology.


Students Of The Month Honored December 28, 2017

Middletown Area School District students Sarah Fluke and Kyle Truesdale were named Students of the Month for December.

Sarah is the daughter of Nicole Fluke. She is a member of National Honor Society and is involved with Link Crew. She participates in concert choir and select choir and has been named to County Choir, District Choir, Regional Choir, and All-State Choir. She is a member of concert band, jazz band, and marching band, and she is president of Tri-M Music Honor Society and GSA. She is doing an internship with Fink and Reid with music teacher Mrs. Checco. Sarah plans to attend a four-year college to major in music education.

Kyle is the son of Jody Truesdale and Ramie Truesdale. He is a member of Student Council and Key Club and is the vice president of the Class of 2018. He is involved with Mini-THON, P.R.I.D.E., football, baseball, and basketball. In football, he has received recognition including Mid-Penn All-Star, Defensive MVP, and the Mel Fager Award, and he is a two-time district champion and two-time Eastern state champion. He participates in Middletown basketball and football youth camps. Kyle plans to attend U.S. Naval Academy or Air Force Academy.


Decorating Competition Held December 27, 2017

The Terre Hill Days Committee recently held a Christmas decorating competition. Winners were named in the following categories:

Best Religious Theme: 307 Broad St., Robert and Debra Henderson, first place; 231 E. Main St., William and Penny Hanna, second place; and 222 New St., Carol Calle, third place.

Best Children's Theme: 14 Vine St., Todd and Tina Trupe, first place; 212 New St., Mike and Bobbi Boose, second place; and 237 New St., Shana Boose, third place.

Best Decorated House: 232 E. Main St., Jennica Pike, first place; 301 Park Circle, Ralph and Karen Rossi, second place; and 203 Lancaster Ave., Deb and Barry Sensenig, third place.

Best Decorated Doorway/Entrance: 337 Broad St., Chris and Michelle Coblentz, first place; 108 North Hill Road, Ron and Sandra Deshong, second place; and 311 Broad St., Gloria Thomas, third place.

The committee is planning a new Christmas in the Park event for December 2018. A planning meeting has been set for Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Terre Hill Community Center, 131 W. Main St. All are welcome to attend. The group seeks suggestions, volunteers and sponsors for the new event.

For more information, readers may contact John Styer at


Hall Of Fame Names Inductees December 26, 2017

York Catholic High School's Athletic Association will induct six new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame. The Athletic Hall of Fame honors former coaches and student-athletes and the dedication of athletic program volunteers.

The inductees will be introduced on Saturday, Jan. 13, prior to the start of the girls' varsity basketball game versus Minersville, which is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. tip-off. The induction and reception will immediately follow the game in the cafeteria.

Individuals being inducted include Kelly Rhein Bray, Class of 2008; Sarah Cadwallader Fermento, Class of 2008; Patrick Hickey, Class of 1996; Ashton Bankos Hirsch, Class of 2008; Jacob Iati, Class of 2008; and Tim McConville, Class of 1994.


Youths Compete At State Horse Show December 26, 2017

The 58th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show was held on Oct. 27 to 29 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. More than 700 youths from more than 55 counties participated in 73 performance classes throughout the weekend. More than 1,600 entries were shown.

The State 4-H Horse Show is the final competition of the year for 4-H members enrolled in performance horse projects. To be eligible for the show, members must advance through qualifying competitions at county and district levels. Events include showmanship, horsemanship, equitation, pleasure, over fences, driving, Western riding, reining, trail, and timed events. A therapeutic riding division for riders with special needs is also included. Results and photos from the show are available at

All class champions in the show were awarded champion ribbons and pewter plates, as well as embroidered champion jackets. Reserve champions in each class received a ribbon and a leather bracelet or leather key chain. All exhibitors in the therapeutic riding division received personalized horseshoes made by Randy Rider Jr. and sponsored by Randy and his wife, Amanda. Several sponsors donated items for the silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the 4-H horse program. The show benefited from the support of additional business and individual sponsors, as well.

York County had twenty 4-H members qualify to compete in the State 4-H Horse Show. Those who placed in the top 10 in their class are as follows: Shannon Flaharty of Red Lion - Working Western Horse or Pony - fourth place and Novice Reining - eighth place; Bella Gable of Hanover - Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat, 8-11 - sixth place; Aimee Getgen of Etters, Raised Box Keyhole Ponies, 14-18 - reserve state champion, Barrel Race Ponies, 14-18 - fifth place, Pole Bending Ponies, 14-18 - ninth place, and Cutback Ponies, 14-18 - 10th place; Amanda Haugh of Red Lion, Novice Reining - sixth place; RyLee Haugh of Hanover - Low Equitation Over Fences - state champion, Classic Hunter Under Saddle Horses, 8-13 - state champion, Low Working Hunter Horses - seventh place, and Hunter Hack Horses - fifth place; Noah Kowalski of Dillsburg - Classic Hunter Under Saddle Horses, 8-13 - eighth place; J.J. Martin of Loganville - Working Western Horse or Pony - state champion and Open Trail Horses, 14-18 - fourth place; Amber Middleton of York - Low Equitation Over Fences, 14-18 - eighth place; Savannah Six of Pylesville, Md. - Cutback Horses, 14-18 - third place, Raised Box Keyhole Horses, 14-18 - fourth place, and Pole Bending Horses, 14-18 - 10th place; Carly Walls of Dover - Equitation Over Fences, 8-13 - state champion, Working Hunter Ponies - third place, and Hunter Hack Ponies - third place; Skylar Zepp of Glenville - Working Hunter Horses - sixth place; Sydney Zepp of Glenville - Equitation Over Fences, 14-18 - ninth place.

There are more than 4,500 4-H horse projects involving youths throughout Pennsylvania. Programs are designed to develop life skills in youths and knowledge of horse production, use, and management.

For additional information on 4-H horse programs in Pennsylvania, readers may visit or Details on the 4-H program in York County are available by contacting the office of Penn State Extension in York County at 717-840-7408 or or visiting


ODU Inducts Benner Into Sports Hall of Fame December 22, 2017

Old Dominion University (ODU) athletics inducted five former student-athletes, including former field hockey player Janelle Engle Benner, into the ODU Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 4.

Benner was a First-Team National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-American in 2005. She also earned CAA Player of the Year and ODU Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and was a CoSIDA Academic All-American. In 2005, Benner scored 20 goals and added 10 assists to help lead the team to a Division 1 Final Four appearance. She won the Norfolk Sports Club Tom Scott Award, given to the top senior athlete at ODU, and was one of nine finalists for the 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year.

She graduated with a 4.00 GPA in music education and was the first violinist in the Deihn String Quartet and concertmaster of the ODU Symphony.

Benner is a 2002 graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School and is currently head field hockey coach at Ursinus College.


Batdorf Receives ATHENA Award December 20, 2017

Cheryl Batdorf was chosen by the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce's ATHENA selection committee as the 2017 ATHENA Award recipient. The award was presented by the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce at its annual breakfast in December.

Presented by the Chamber each year since 1990, the award is designed to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through their professional accomplishments and community service and who have assisted women in advancing their leadership skills and reaching their full potential. The 2017 ATHENA Award and recognition pin were sponsored by a business and the past ATHENA Award recipients, respectively.

ATHENA recipients must demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improving the quality of life for others in the Lebanon Valley, and assist women in reaching their full potential. Kim Kreider Umble nominated Batdorf.

Batdorf is a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Lebanon. Batdorf has held many positions in higher education, including positions at Lebanon Valley College (LVC); HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College; and Millersville University. She holds an MBA from LVC and a doctorate in management from Argosy University. Batdorf has received many awards, including the 2008 Leadership Award from HACC, 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award from Junior Achievement of Central Pennsylvania, and 2014 Community Builder Award from the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Batdorf serves the community in many ways, volunteering her time and support to many local organizations, including the Lebanon County Commission for Women; Community of Lebanon Association where she has served as president; Central Pennsylvania Supports the Troops; and Junior Achievement of Central Pennsylvania, as a board member, Young Women's Futures Symposium steering committee member, and volunteer.

For more information about the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, readers may visit

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