Area Scholarship Winners Posted July 16, 2018
The board of directors of the Scott and Hoffnagle Scholarship Fund announced the local recipients of 2018 scholarships. Recipients include Madison Petery, Steven Wallen, Wesley Sechrist, and Daniel Forry. The scholarship winners will be recognized at the Sporting Clays Shoot on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Central Penn Sporting Clays in Wellsville.
Petery is a 2018 graduate of Cocalico High School in Lancaster County. She will attend Marywood University in Scranton to study architecture. She was awarded the top scholarship of $7,500.
Wallen is a 2018 graduate of Bermudian Springs High School in Adams County. He will further his education at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown. He will be studying early childhood and special education. He was awarded a $5,000 scholarship.
Sechrist is a 2018 graduate of Dallastown High School in York County. He will attend Penn State University - York Campus to study architectural engineering. He also received a $5,000 scholarship.
Forry graduated in 2017 from Hempfield High School in Lancaster County. He attends York College in York County and is studying mechanical engineering. Forry received the $2,500 scholarship.
To learn more, readers may visit www.cfpsprinkler.com.
Bus Drivers Honored In Competition July 12, 2018
School bus drivers from across Pennsylvania took part in the 42nd annual State School Bus Driver Safety Competition, held on June 22 and 23 on the grounds of the Mount Nittany Middle School in State College.
Sixty-six conventional drivers and 12 transit drivers competed in this year's event. Drivers and competition judges arrived on Friday evening for an orientation and the driver's written examination. On Saturday morning, the drivers got behind the wheel to compete in the skills portion of the competition. Events included a physical and verbal bus inspection, height judgement, diminishing clearance, simulated bus stop, railroad crossings, backing up, and curb line parking.
Conventional bus drivers Shanon O'Brien and Larry Hannon Sr. and transit bus drivers Mike Webster and Beth McGowan will represent Pennsylvania at the International School Bus Safety Competition. The event will take place in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 22.
O'Brien drives for Krapf School Bus in West Chester. She resides in Downingtown and is a three-time champion, having also finished first in the state competitions in 2016 and 2017.
Hannon is a driver for the Centennial School District in Warminster. This year marked his 40th state competition. He has finished first 11 times at the state level and is a nine-time champion of the international competition. He resides in Hartsville.
Webster drives for Brightbill Transportation in Lebanon. At the state competition, he finished in the top spot in 2015 and in second place in 2016. He is a resident of Lebanon.
McGowan is a driver for the Lower Merion School District. She resides in Ardmore. At the state competition, she finished sixth in 2016 and fourth in 2017.
The complete results of this year's competition are available at www.paschoolbus.org.
Writing Contest Winners Posted July 12, 2018
Manada Conservancy, Dauphin County's land trust, recently held a "Backyard Habitat" themed writing contest. The two winners were "Grandmother's Garden" by Laura Breidenstine and "Reverie" by Nancy Avolese.
The contest was judged by a panel of three judges, all of whom are local environmental educators or agency employees.
For more information, readers may visit www.manada.org.
Culver Wins Scholarship July 12, 2018
Brock Culver of Palmyra, a first-year student at Elizabethtown College, has been awarded a Stamps Scholarship. Culver is a computer science major.
Culver is one of five first-year students that are selected each fall semester to receive a prestigious scholarship from the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation.
This exclusive program has been created to recognize students who exemplify leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service and innovation. Recipients of the Stamp Scholarship receive monetary awards, individual mentors and extra opportunities. Those opportunities can include attending retreats, conventions, banquets, and lectures.
Casadonti Earns Eagle Scout Award July 12, 2018
Nicholas Casadonti, a 2018 Solanco High School graduate, recently became an Eagle Scout. The son of Chris and Kat Casadonti of Quarryville, Nicholas is a member of Troop 76 in New Providence. The Scoutmaster for Troop 76 is Fritz Knerr, and the troop is chartered by the Southern Lancaster County Farmer's Sportsmen Association.
Nicholas plans to attend HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in the fall to study psychology.
GateHouse Board Honors Employees July 11, 2018
The board of directors of The GateHouse recently held its annual appreciation dinner for the staff of The GateHouse at The Emerald Foundation Community Center in Lancaster. Each year, members of the board honor employees who have reached new heights through education and certificate advancement that focus on drug, alcohol and opioid addiction recovery.
This year, the board honored Casey Ellis, director of human resources; Lori Fallon, REI coordinator; Tim Gageby, AAC; Alejandro Galarza, recovery specialist; Fran Halligan, counselor; Kristi Martarano, Leadership Lancaster; Kysha Payne-Word, AA Human Services; Brandi Simone, counselor assistant; Brook Turnbull, case manager; Dr. Verlina Velazquez-Millings; and Jessie Zebold, CAAC. Jim Marshall, director of facilities, was awarded the honor of 2018 Employee of the Year.
The board of directors also voted to re-elect John Conahan as president. Mark Walmer has changed to the role of vice president from secretary. Ken Falk remains as treasurer. Amanda Mellinger was nominated and voted in as secretary. Ryan Vandenberg, Laurie Bodisch, Bri Callahan, Susan Deely, and Greg Funk were nominated to the board for the first time.
The GateHouse, founded in 1972 and located in Lancaster County, is an organization that offers programs licensed by the state of Pennsylvania to provide residential and outpatient drug, alcohol and opioid addiction treatment.
Ritsick Wins Competition July 11, 2018
Nevaeh Ritsick, a student at Technical College High School - Pickering Campus in Phoenixville, was the Pennsylvania winner of a speaking competition at the HOSA Leadership Conference. She went on to represent Pennsylvania at the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas, and won a first-place medal. The conference featured more than 10,000 participants and more than 60 competitions.
HOSA is an organization that brings students from middle school to college together with a focus on the area of health care.
Zulkosky Wins Gracie Award July 11, 2018
Danielle Zulkosky of Landisville was among three students from Hofstra University's Lawrence Herbert School of Communication to win national Gracie Awards for excellence in news programming for their work on campus radio station WRHU-88.7 FM.
The honor, given annually by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, recognizes work by, for, or about women in television, radio, and online media on the national, local, and student levels. Honorees were scheduled to receive their awards at a luncheon on June 27 at Cipriani in New York City.
The three 2018 Hofstra honorees competed in student categories against peers from across the nation. Zulkosky, Class of 2019, program director of talk radio at WRHU, won for best public affairs feature for "Empowering Women to Enter Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)," which aired on "A League of Our Own." She is a double major in journalism and political science.
The Alliance for Women in Media is a nonprofit professional organization working to advance the impact of women in the media industry. This year marks the organization's 43rd anniversary of the Gracie Awards.
Student-Athletes Earn Recognition July 11, 2018
Three student-athletes at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology are recipients of national academic awards from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The students are David Thompson, Noah Tarr, and Alexander Prudhomme.
Thompson, a member of the Class of 2019 and the cross country team, was named to the NJCAA All-Academic First Team with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). Thompson, a Warwick High School graduate, is studying electro-mechanical technology.
Tarr, a member of the Class of 2019 and the wrestling team, was named to the NJCAA All-Academic Second team with a 3.86 GPA. The Blairsville native is in the plumbing technology program. As a freshman, Tarr qualified for the national tournament after placing second in the Eastern District II tournament at 157 lbs.
Prudhomme, a member of the Class of 2018 and the track and field team, was named to the NJCAA All-Academic Third Team with a GPA of 3.67 in earning a certificate in electrical construction and maintenance. Prudhomme is a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School.
To learn more about Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, readers may visit www.stevenscollege.edu.
Lowe Earns Recognition July 11, 2018
The Lancaster City Alliance recently named Brandon Lowe as the Ambassador of the Quarter. Lowe was honored for his attention to detail, his willingness to go above and beyond, and overall attitude to get the job done.
Ambassadors patrol many areas of the City and are identified by their red and blue shirts. In warmer months, they patrol on bikes. Red Shirt Ambassadors are observing the area to enhance quality-of-life while stopping to talk with residents, visitors, and business owners. Blue Shirt Ambassadors work specifically in the Downtown Investment District to keep sidewalks clean, including picking up trash and leaves, performing snow removal around curb cuts, applying ice melt in the winter months, and mulching tree wells in the summer. Both red and blue shirted ambassadors are available to listen to concerns, give directions, and even recommend a great place to eat.
From January through June, Lowe and other members of the Blue Shirt Clean Team were responsible for logging 2,975 foot patrol hours, patrolling 4,690 miles on bikes, collecting 71 tons of trash and leaves from sidewalks, spending 515 hours removing snow from curb cuts, and laying down 15,760 pounds of mulch in tree wells.
For more information on the Lancaster City Alliance, readers may visit www.lancastercityalliance.org.
Agency On Aging Honors Volunteers July 11, 2018
Susan Paglia, Zach Valentine, and Pamela Monk are York County Area Agency on Aging's spring volunteers of the month for their service and dedication to York's older adults.
Paglia, of Hopewell Township, volunteers as an APPRISE receptionist, AARP tax scheduler and general office assistant. Paglia said her previous work life also involved helping others. She likes to stay active and volunteering fulfills that role for her.
Valentine, of Conewago Township, helps out as an APPRISE counselor. He started volunteering with the agency during high school and has continued while attending York College, where he is studying human services. Valentine says that he enjoys picking apart the complicated Medicare network.
Monk, of York Township, currently serves as an APPRISE counselor. She has also volunteered as a longterm care ombudsman. As an APPRISE counselor, she provides information about Medicare benefits, Medicare Advantage plans and Supplemental Health plans.
PSBA Safety Grants Posted July 11, 2018
Winners of the Keystone/Pennsylvania School Bus Association (PSBA) Safety Grant were announced at the PSBA's Annual Conference on June 24. Winners included John Polli with Reliance Student Transportation of York, Lea Newcomer with F&S Transportation of York, and Fred and LeeAnn Kline with Allegheny Transportation of Aetna.
Keystone and the PSBA partnered in 2018 to offer the first annual Safety Grant as an opportunity to improve safety of fleet operations or services provided to employees or students. The grant offers up to $30,000 for winners to implement proposed safety initiatives throughout the course of a year, with the opportunity to showcase their efforts during the next year's annual conference.
Reliance Transportation proposed the installation of electronic "child check" units in their passenger vans to minimize the chances of a child being left in a van. F&S Transportation proposed creating an eco-friendly driver simulator for new and seasoned drivers to test skills in real-world environments while saving on fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Allegheny Transportation proposed a mascot, Gus the Goose, to minimize injuries by helping students remember safety rules in videos, school appearances, and signs on the bus.
For more information, readers may visit www.paschoolbus.org.
CYF Staff Members Receive Recognition July 11, 2018
The Chester County commissioners and the director of the county's Department of Children Youth & Families (CYF) have announced the statewide recognition of CYF staff members for their efforts to place children eligible for adoption into permanent loving homes.
At this year's Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Adoption and Permanency Conference, Shadell Quinones, manager of the CYF Adoption Unit, was awarded Permanency Professional of the Year for her commitment to finding permanent homes for children through adoption. Quinones has been a part of Chester County's CYF team for 18 years. In addition to adoption and post-adoption support, she heads the National Adoption Day program for the county every year.
CYF supervisor Kristin Terrell and caseworker Briana Stinson were part of a group that was awarded the Permanency Teamwork recognition for their collaborative effort to promote permanent homes for children with special needs. The team's efforts to find a "forever family" for a 16 year-old Chester County youth who had been in foster care in many different locations for many years were noted as exceptional.
Quinones, Terrell, and Stinson were recognized at the recent Chester County commissioners' Sunshine Meeting, where the commissioners also presented a Child Welfare Professionals Appreciation Month proclamation to Doug Waegel, director of the Chester County Department of Children Youth & Families.
In the proclamation, the commissioners noted the efforts of the county's child welfare staff members, who work to intervene and protect children who are at risk of abuse and neglect and who work with families who are in crisis.
Manor FFA Members Receive Awards July 11, 2018
Manor FFA members earned multiple awards at the chapter's 58th annual banquet, held recently in the Penn Manor High School cafeteria. Pennsylvania FFA state secretary Taylor Halbleib spoke at the event, which celebrated the hard work of chapter members during the school year.
Members received the following awards.
Proficiency: Kenny Barley, agriculture sales; Arilyn Tegtmeier, agriscience research - animal systems; Kyle Bushong, dairy production; Melodie Garrett, diversified livestock production; Jonathan Eshbach, specialty crop production; and Rebecca High, swine production.
Supervised agricultural experience (SAE) Start-Up Grants: Arilyn Tegtmeier, Megan Reen, Maddy Denlinger, Cody Hurlburt, and Brenna McDevitt.
SAE Expansion Grants: Arilyn Tegtmeier, Colin Smith, Marshall Ebersole, Angie Frola, Rebecca High, Alyssa Chalfant, and Austin Kolb.
Scholarship Awards: Clara Hess, Ben Raifsnider, Joe Allman, Becky Barley, Abigail Reiff, Emily Aukamp, Kyle Bushong, Arilyn Tegtmeir, Rebecca High, Alyssa Chalfant, Kenny Barley, and Ben Raifsnider.
Leadership Awards: Michael Brumbaugh, Emily Aukamp, Elizabeth Broderick, Kenny Barley, Melodie Garrett, Rebecca High, Jonathan Eshbach, Arilyn Tegtmeier, Austin Kolb, Becky Barley, Renee Eshbach, Sarah Bleacher, Bobbie Ditzler, Emma French, and Rebecca High.
Additionally, Rebecca High and Melodie Garrett were recognized for receiving Washington Leadership Conference Scholarships for a weeklong conference this summer.
Katey Bleacher, Bradley Groff and Sammy Bleacher were recognized for receiving the American Degree, the highest degree in the FFA.
Austin Kolb was a Star Chapter recipient in agribusiness, and Maddy Denlinger was a Star Chapter recipient in placement.
The Star Greenhand recipients were Laurel Barley in placement, Berklee Perry in production and Jolene Fields in agriscience.
Honorary Degree recipients were recognized for their continued support. They are Rosalind Cowan, Brian and April Eshbach, Kaleb Long, Carroll Herr, Scott Kreider, Ellis Kreider, Dave and Starla Hess, Jay and Bonni Bauman, Erin Deamer, Missy and Larry Eshbach and International Harvester Collector's Club, Chapter 8.
This year's Blue and Gold recipients are Ken and Nancy Witmer.
At the close of the banquet, Manor FFA officers were installed for 2018-19. Rebecca High is president, and Arilyn Tegtmeier and Melodie Garrett are vice presidents. The additional officers are Lauren Sensenich, Maddy Denlinger, Cody Hurlburt, Jolene Fields, Renee Eshbach, Alyssa Chalfant, Sarah Bleacher, Darby Conrad, Michael Brumbaugh, and Laurel Barley.
Lathan Earns Eagle Scout Rank July 11, 2018
Kyle Lathan, a member of Boy Scout Troop 39 of Mount Joy, was presented with his Eagle Scout Award at a special court of honor held at Rapho Township Community Park on May 12. Kyle, the son of Johnny Lathan and Kelli Geib of Manheim, is a 2018 graduate of Manheim Central High School and Lancaster County Career and Technology Center.
For his Eagle project, Kyle coordinated and led the painting of the small picnic pavilion, picnic tables, and trash receptacle at Memorial Park in Manheim.
Kyle started as a Cub Scout with Pack 47 in Manheim, where he earned his Arrow of Light award. Since joining Troop 39, he has served as Webmaster and Patrol Leader. Kyle is also a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.
Kyle has enjoyed the adventures Scouting has provided him, with one of the most memorable being a 57-mile backpacking trip in the backcountry of Glacier National Park in Montana with Troop 307 of Manheim, which also included sightseeing at Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks in Wyoming.
Kyle plans to pursue a future career in firefighting. He is currently a volunteer firefighter with the Manheim Fire Department.
Benner, Organization Receive Awards July 10, 2018
A group and an individual with ties to Landis Homes were honored with Distinguished Service Awards, presented at the LeadingAge PA annual conference in Hershey on June 21. A Landis Homes resident group, Friends of the Woods and Wetlands, tied for the Volunteer of the Year Award, and Dorcas Benner received the award for Caregiver of the Year for her work with Landis at Home.
LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing Pennsylvania's nonprofit organizations that provide housing, health care and community services primarily to seniors. Since 1963, the association has acted as a source for advocacy, networking and education for nonprofit providers of services for older adults.
The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to a group or individual who has enhanced the quality of life of seniors through volunteer work for the benefit of the residents, the member organization or the greater community. The Friends of the Woods and Wetlands stay informed of environmental issues and make suggestions regarding ways to align campus policies and practices with good stewardship of the natural surroundings.
The group was recognized for volunteering its time, talent and expertise on behalf of the flora and fauna on the 110-acre senior living campus. The group was lauded as an environmental education resource to both Landis Homes residents and residents of the larger community. The Friends of the Woods and Wetlands tied for the honor with Midge Coker, a longtime volunteer at Phoebe Allentown Health Care Center in Allentown.
The Caregiver of the Year Award is presented to an individual who provides excellent clinical care while demonstrating leadership and a commitment to the field of aging. Benner, a registered nurse who resides in Willow Street, has 47 years of experience as a nurse, with 19 of those years serving at Landis Homes and with Landis at Home. For the past five years, she has worked as the home care supervisor for Landis at Home, a home care service affiliate of Landis Communities, with offices on the campus of Landis Homes.
Benner and eight individuals representing the Friends of the Woods and Wetlands group, along with friends, family members and colleagues, were hosted at an evening gala attended by other award winners.
For more information about Landis Homes, readers may visit www.LandisHomes.org.
Lions Club Presents Award July 10, 2018
The Shiloh Lions Club and its Hoops for Sight committee recently awarded the Paul Breneman Award to Bonnie Hensel. Hoops for Sight is a Shiloh Lions fundraiser that supports research to find a cure for retinal diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa (RP).
The Paul Breneman Award recognizes a group or person who has made a great contribution in helping the club reach its fundraising goal and advance the cause of fighting RP. The award is named for Paul Breneman, a late club member who worked tirelessly to raise funds for the cause.
Since the establishment of the fundraiser 10 years ago, Hensel has been an active member of the planning committee and has secured numerous donations for the event. She is also a member of the Foundation Fighting Blindness advisory board.
Conservation Award Available July 10, 2018
A prestigious award that celebrates voluntary conservation by farmland owners is coming to Pennsylvania. This year, Pennsylvania will become the 14th state to present the Leopold Conservation Award in partnership with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Heinz Endowments.
Sand County Foundation, a voice for private land conservation, presents the Leopold Conservation Award to farmers, ranchers, and foresters for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation on private working lands. The inaugural award will be presented at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January 2019. The recipient will receive $10,000 and a crystal award depicting Aldo Leopold.
Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes those who inspire others with their dedication to land, water, and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. The award brings together agriculture, government, environmental organizations, industry, and academia to advance the cause of private lands conservation.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau welcomes this opportunity to promote the inaugural Leopold Conservation Award in the state as another occasion to recognize and reward farmers, who are going above and beyond in adopting best management practices on their farms to protect the environment, while maintaining the future economic viability of their farming operations. Nominations for the first Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award are now being accepted.
Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at https://sandcountyfoundation.org/uploads/Pennsylvania-2018-CFN.pdf.
Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, Aug. 15, and mailed to Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, c/o Joel Rotz, P.O. Box 8736, Camp Hill, PA 17001-8736. For application information, readers may visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org.