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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Diocese Of Harrisburg Honors Teachers, Administrators May 22, 2018

Seven local Catholic school teachers and administrators received Golden Apple Awards presented by the Diocese of Harrisburg at a ceremony held at the Cardinal Keeler Center in Harrisburg on May 8. The award symbolizes a teacher's professional excellence, leadership, commitment to Catholic values, and devotion to teaching in Catholic schools.

The 2018 Golden Apple Award recipients are Tammy Dreihaup, instructional support teacher and librarian at Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata; Jennifer Fleming, second-grade teacher at Saint Francis Xavier School in Gettysburg; Michael Warren Hayes, religion teacher at Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster; Sister Susan Marie Kuk, math teacher and activities director at Trinity High School in Camp Hill; Jane Lobeck, kindergarten teacher at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Lancaster; Katherine Phenicie, religion teacher and director of spiritual life at Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown; and Theresa Smith, fourth-grade teacher at Saint Joseph School in Hanover.

This year's recipients cover the broad spectrum of Catholic education. They boast a combined total of 196 years of education experience. Each recipient was nominated by a parent, student, or fellow teacher. Nominees were then evaluated on their teaching skills, leadership, service to the church and community, and commitment to their students and school.

Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, who helped present the awards, spoke of the selfless commitment that the awardees had demonstrated in service to the families of their students. The Rev. Edward Quinlan, secretary for education for the diocese, reflected on how Catholic schools partner parents in the education of their children, and he recognized the honorees for their academic achievements. All teachers in Catholic schools in the diocese must have state credentials, as well as additional certifications in education from the diocese.

Kuk offered remarks on behalf of all of the winners. She thanked everyone who was involved in the award process, including those who offered the nominations, the members of the screening committee, and the Donahue Family Foundation, which founded and supports the Golden Apple Awards. Each of the Diocese of Harrisburg's Golden Apple Award recipients received a certificate of achievement, a $5,000 cash award, a golden apple with a 24-carat gold cross, and an individual photo with Gainer.

In the Diocese of Harrisburg, approximately 11,000 students are enrolled at 39 schools. They are taught by a total of approximately 950 faculty. For more information about the Golden Apple Awards and Catholic education, readers may visit www.GoCatholicSchools.org.

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White Rose Chorus Receives Awards May 22, 2018

In a multi-state regional competition in Virginia, the White Rose Chorus won two honors. First, the chorus was awarded the 2018 Central Division Plateau A Chorus Champion plaque. The group also went on to win the plaque for the 2018 Central Division Most Improved Chorus.

The White Rose Chorus of York is affiliated with the global Barbershop Harmony Society. The group rehearses on Thursday evenings at Senior Commons on Powder Mill Road in York. New choir members are welcome.

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Cub Scouts Earn STEM Award May 22, 2018

Cub Scouts from Pack 28 in Red Lion, including Ethan Slowik, Paul Craley, and Emory Henz, recently earned the Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award for Webelos, which is the highest STEM-related award in Cub Scouting.

To earn the award, the Scouts worked with their mentor, Brian Henz. They completed five adventures related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); completed experiments using the scientific method; studied famous scientists, inventors, engineers, and mathematicians; visited with someone in a STEM-related field; and learned about STEM-related careers.

Cub Scout Pack 28 meets at St. Paul's Methodist Church in Red Lion. The Cubmaster is Al Gohn, and Pack 28 enrollment consists of 73 Scouts from kindergarten to fifth grade. Pack 28 follows the Boy Scouts of America guidelines and curriculum.

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Klein To Receive Lukens Award May 22, 2018

The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum (NISHM) in Coatesville has announced that its 12th annual Rebecca Lukens Award will be presented to historic preservationist and museum management consultant Janet S. Klein.

The award will be presented to Klein at a reception in the Lukens National Historic District, 50 S. First Ave., Coatesville, on Thursday, May 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased, and reservations are required. For event information and reservations, readers may contact NISHM at 610-384-9282 or visit www.steelmuseum.org.

The award was established by the Graystone Society to honor individuals who exhibit the qualities of Rebecca Lukens. Klein proved vital in the seminal stages of the restoration of Terracina, the home of Rebecca Lukens' daughter Isabella Huston and the first historic home in the Lukens National Historic District.

According to Eugene DiOrio, a Graystone founder and historical adviser for NISHM, the William Penn Foundation initially underwrote programs for historic house assistance in the Philadelphia region. The group applied for the grant, and Klein paid a visit and was impressed. Although the group did not win that year, it did the following year, and Terracina was chosen as one of six houses to receive operational and restorative advice from experts.

Klein, a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is known for her work inspiring and promoting Fairmount Park house tours for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is also credited with the creation of such projects as The Liberty Trail, for which she designed and promoted a 165-mile automobile route of historical attractions, installed road signs, and produced and distributed a corresponding color map and brochure. She became affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which provided technical assistance to 18 historic house museum agencies. Klein has also served in various capacities with numerous organizations and businesses.

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LMHS Receives Award May 22, 2018

Tracy Linn, traffic safety specialist for the Center for Traffic Safety in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, recently presented an award to Lancaster Mennonite High School (LMHS) for displaying the greatest improvement in the 2017-18 Seat Belt Challenge from fall 2017 to spring 2018. The Center for Traffic Safety collected data on students using seat belts as they left campus in the fall and the spring. During that time, student seat belt use improved from 81 percent to 95 percent.

For this achievement, the high school received an award of $500 for vehicular safety education and the use of a photo booth at a school function. Geoff Groff, the school's driver education teacher, and principal Elvin Kennel accepted the award on behalf of the school.

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Northwest EMS Presents Scholarships May 21, 2018

On May 16, Northwest Emergency Medical Services (NWEMS) presented Robert C. Stirling Educational Scholarships to three students at Manheim Central High School's (MCHS) awards ceremony for graduating seniors. The ceremony took place at Manheim Central Middle School.

The scholarship is offered each spring through the Stirling family and NWEMS, which the Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association merged with in 2013. A committee of NWEMS and Stirling family representatives selects the recipients each year.

The $1,000 educational scholarship is named in memory and honor of Bob Stirling, who was known for his enthusiasm for the town and community of Manheim, where he lived and worked. Stirling owned an insurance business, was active in many community and civic activities, and was a lifetime member of the Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association.

Stirling's interest in the ambulance service began when he assisted a volunteer ambulance crew at an accident that had occurred in front of his home on East High Street. On the crew that day was Clarence "Mike" Graham, one of the ambulance's founding members, who asked Stirling if he would like to ride along and assist with the transport of the patient. That invitation led to more than 30 years of service for Stirling with the ambulance association. After Bob's passing in June of 1994, his family and the Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association created an educational scholarship for residents of the Manheim Central community who are pursuing a career in the medical field.

The first scholarships were awarded in 1995, and NWEMS proudly continues the tradition today. The 2018 recipients are MCHS seniors Billie Jo Bollinger, Lauren Dorwart, and Elli Weaver.

Bollinger is the daughter of Keith and Michelle Bollinger. She plans to attend Lock Haven University to pursue a career as a physician assistant and to continue playing field hockey and running track. Bollinger said that her love of biology and anatomy and physiology, combined with career shadowing a physician assistant, influenced her decision to follow that career path. At MCHS, she participated in field hockey, softball, and track. Bollinger was a member of Science Honor Society, Math Honor Society, English Honor Society, Science Club, Spanish Club, Interact, Student Council, and Medical Careers Club.

Dorwart, the daughter of Tom and Sara Dorwart, plans to major in nursing at Penn State Altoona. "I've always wanted to help people, and this has been what I wanted to do since middle school," shared Dorwart. Her goal is to become an anesthesiologist. During high school, Dorwart served as the student athletic trainer for the football and wrestling teams and was a member of Student Council and Medical Careers Club. She was also a student adviser for Manheim Central Foundation for Educational Enrichment (MCFEE).

Weaver is the daughter of Nevin and Robin Weaver. She plans to attend Lebanon Valley College to pursue a career as a physical therapist. Tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and going through physical therapy was a big part of her decision to take that career route, Weaver said. At MCHS, she played basketball and was a member of Interact, Student Investment Club, National Art Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Medical Careers Club.

Stirling scholarship applicants do not need to be graduating seniors, but they must plan to pursue a degree in a medical program. To learn more, readers may visit www.nwems86.org.

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Softball Team Honors Teachers May 18, 2018

The Manheim Township High School softball players held Honor an Educator Day at their game on May 7. The players honored all the teachers in the Manheim Township School District, particularly four teachers chosen by the seniors as their favorite teachers during their time in the school district.

Andrea Acosta honored Betsy Cook, who was her second-grade teacher at Neff Elementary School. Acosta honored Cook for her kind and loving heart, compassion, patience, excellent communication skills, and ability to make her class feel like a family and her classroom feel like home. Acosta said that even on tough days Cook had a special way of connecting with her students to let them know that everything was going to be OK.

Tahj Charles honored high school English teacher Judy Lepore, who was one of Charles' teachers in 11th grade. Charles recognized Lepore because of her honesty, sense of humor, and equal and respectful treatment of all students. Charles said Lepore listens to and supports her students, but she also requires everyone in her classes to respect her and each other. Charles said she learned a great deal from Lepore in the one year she studied with her.

Breeze Brown recognized Kathy Costello, her fourth-grade teacher at Brecht Elementary. Brown said Costello came to school every day with a smile on her face and had a way of making her day better when she was feeling down. She said Costello had high expectations for her students and worked with each of them to help them reach their full potential in the classroom. Brown also remembered a time Costello made cookies for the class, proving that the most memorable things in life are often the little things that are done in kindness.

Mikayla Brennan recognized Nicole Eshelman, who taught her 11th-grade Advanced Placement U.S. History class. Brennan honored Eshelman for her smile, positive attitude, and unique way of teaching history that makes her class fun and the material memorable. No matter what kind of day Brennan was having, she always looked forward to Eshleman's class.

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