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Lister Receives Field Hockey Recognition August 17, 2017

Senior Taylor Lister has been recognized as one of five University of Delaware field hockey players to be named a preseason All-CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) honoree. The team is a four-time defending conference champion and captured the program's first-ever NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship in 2016.

Lister garnered CAA All-First Team, CAA All-Tournament Team, and NCAA All-Tournament Team accolades a season ago. Lister also received NFHCA regional All-American First Team status.

Lister is from Hummelstown.


Junior Supervisor Recognized For Service August 16, 2017

During a Lower Oxford Township Board of Supervisors meeting on Aug. 9, a resolution was passed unanimously recognizing Gabrielle Murphy for her service as junior supervisor.

This is the first time that Lower Oxford Township has appointed a junior supervisor, and township officials were pleased with the results. "She did a terrific job. We're very proud of her," supervisor Ron Kepler said.

It was Murphy who originally contacted township officials, asking if they had a junior supervisor and proposing that she fill that spot if they did not. She was appointed to the position on Sept. 14, 2016.

The position of junior supervisor allows a selected high school student to attend board meetings, participate in discussion and add a younger generation's viewpoint to township matters. A junior supervisor does not vote and is not allowed to attend executive sessions.

In Murphy's case, she was able to contribute to the township in additional ways by helping select a new color of paint for the township meeting room.

She attended meetings throughout the year, often commenting on items that affect younger residents such as parks and traffic. She made a significant contribution when she stepped in to take notes for minutes at several township meetings when secretary Sara Laganelli was unable to attend.

Looking back on her year with the township, Murphy is grateful for the experience. "I am so thankful. It was incredible. I've learned so much," she said. "It's definitely broadened my horizons."

Murphy graduated from Oxford Area High School (OAHS) in June. At OAHS, Murphy was involved in FBLA, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, the Helping Hands Club and Leo Club. She was Student Council vice president and a member of the varsity cheerleading squad, plus she played the flute in the concert and marching bands.

Soon after her final meeting as junior supervisor, Murphy traveled with her family on a vacation to national parks prior to starting college at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. She plans to double major in international business and political science, as well as pursue a minor in Spanish.

Based on her experience, Murphy would suggest other students consider becoming involved in local government. "I would encourage any student to take advantage of this opportunity. It was such an enthralling experience," she stated. "It's not an opportunity to be passed up."

At this point, the township supervisors do not have a replacement for Murphy lined up, but they are open to the idea of continuing the position. "We got a good student. She set some pretty high standards," Kepler said.


Apol Named Appell Fellow August 16, 2017

Matthew Apol, a 2007 graduate of York College, has been named as the sixth recipient of the college's Appell Arts Fellowship.

After graduating with a dual major in fine art and graphic design, Apol worked as a graphic designer for Toys "R" Us, Bright Logic, and The Creative People Group. He then opened and operated CrossFit Momentum, a personal fitness facility in Nyack, N.Y. Upon selling his business, Matt returned to York in 2016 to pursue his career in the arts.

The Appell Fellowship was established in 2012 through a gift from the late Louis Appell Jr. Last year, the Anne and Philip Glatfelter Foundation added its support to continue this program, honoring the legacy of Appell while supporting the ongoing growth of the York arts community.

The Appell Fellow works from a dedicated studio in York College's Marketview Arts building, honing skills both in his/her craft and in promoting the arts in the community. Previous Fellows include Rita King Whitney, Kree Weide, Dillon Samuelson, Anya Felch, and Cody Bannon.


Dancer Reaches Milestone August 9, 2017

Manasvi "Manu" Pannala of Chester Springs completed her Arangetram of the art form Bharathanatyam on July 29 at Duffy Arts Center. Manu is the daughter of Dr. Neetu Reddy and Sudhir Pannala and the sister of Rohit. Manu has graduated from Lionville Middle School in Downingtown School District.

Arangetram is a performance marking the completion of a person's initial training in Bharathanatyam over several years. During the Arangetram, the dancer showcases what she has learned in front of an audience. The Arangetram is similar to a high school graduation, as it is a milestone in the student's education, and the student may choose to continue studying afterward.

At her Arangetram, Manu danced eight different dances for a total of more than three hours. Manu started learing Bharathanatyam at age 5 and practiced for more than eight years at Natyaswara, an Indian arts school, where she was taught by guru Sangeetha Balachandar.

The event was attended by nearly 600 people. The attendees included members of Congress, state representatives, a police chief, community leaders and friends and family members.

Bharathanatyam is a 2,000-year-old classical dance created and developed in the temples of southern India. The word Bharathanatyam is derived from several words, including bha, representing bhava, meaning expression; ra, representing raga, meaning music; and ta, representing tala, meaning rhythmic cycles. Therefore Bha-ra-ta Natyam is the dance of expression, melody and rhythm.


Savoca Receives Academic Honor August 3, 2017

Stacie Savoca of Mount Joy was inducted into Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) music fraternity at Susquehanna University.

Savoca, an accounting major, graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School in 2016. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Christine Savoca.


Tobias Named Officer Of The Year August 3, 2017

The Northwest Lancaster County Regional Police Department has named Officer Charles A. Tobias as its Officer of the Year for 2017. The Northwest Lancaster Regional Police Officers Association members presented the award to Tobias at the July 25 meeting of the Northwest Regional Police Commission.

Tobias was recognized for his dedication and initiative in coordinating the department-wide aggressive driving and buckle-up enforcement details conducted by the police department to increase the safety of the community roadways.

As a field training officer, Tobias guides, motivates and properly instructs newly hired officers in the department's policies and procedures and helps them develop into outstanding community officers. Tobias is also an evidence technician for the Lancaster County Forensic Team.


YCABC Seeks Award Nominations August 1, 2017

The York County Agriculture Business Council (YCABC) will host the 32nd annual Agricultural Recognition Banquet on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., York, in Old Main Hall. The purpose of the banquet is to recognize the accomplishments of the agricultural community in York County.

Nominations are sought for the Farm Family Award and the Ag Industry Award, which have been presented annually since 1988. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, Sept. 4. Readers may contact Gabrielle Wentworth at 717-887-6465 or for a nomination form.

The criteria for the selection of the Farm Family Award are as follows: excellence in farming, excellence in production quality, dedication to agriculture, community involvement, participation in agriculture-related organizations and activities, and positive lifestyle example.


VFW Post Commander Honored July 28, 2017

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the U.S. has announced that Middletown VFW Post 1620 commander Ricky Snyder has achieved All-American status as a post commander. Snyder is among a select group of VFW leaders across the country and 279 VFW Post commanders worldwide to earn the title of All-American Commander. They were recognized by National VFW commander Brian Duffy during the organization's recent national convention in New Orleans.

To achieve the honor, post commanders must meet strict requirements in their role. Requirements include exceptional leadership, authentic accomplishment in membership growth, and strong support of VFW core programs, which include community service, student scholarships, assistance of veterans, and military support.

Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW consists entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. The VFW is dedicated to serving veterans, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information, readers may visit


Anglers Place Second In Tournament July 27, 2017

Anthony "Bubba" Cicero, age 16, from Elizabethtown and Dusten Wevodau, age 16, from Central Dauphin, represented the Lancaster County Junior Hawg Hunters in the Bass Federation Quad State Championship tournament. The fishing event was held at Elk Neck State Park on the upper Chesapeake Bay in Maryland on July 9. Young anglers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland competed.

The Lancaster County Junior Hawg Hunters' boat captain was Barry Potteiger from Middletown. The team placed second overall in the tournament with a total weight of 16.01 pounds, and they nearly had a 5.43-pound largemouth bass. The second-place finish qualifies Bubba and Dusten for the Bass Federation National Tournament.


Student Wins Scholarship July 27, 2017

Michael Stock of Peach Bottom was a winner in the Terumo Americas Holding Inc. Scholarship Program. Michael, the son of Edward Stock, is studying finance at Bloomsburg University. His school and community activities include FBLA and the Swat Clean-Up Team. He also coaches basketball.

The scholarship program provides scholarships to children of Terumo Medical Corporation associates. Recipients must be enrolled or plan to enroll full time in a college, university, or technical school program. The recipients are chosen competitively on the basis of their academic record and personal achievements.


Students Win American Legion Awards July 26, 2017

Southern Middle School students Declan Wilson and Emily Sweitzer received the American Legion Award for 2017. It is the highest award the American Legion gives to middle school students.

The annual award represents honor, courage, scholarship, leadership, and Americanism. Glen Rock American Legion Post 403 second vice commander Eric Mueller and Auxiliary president Sharon Krout presented the students with their awards at the end of the 2016-17 school year. The students will be in ninth grade at Susquehannock High School in the fall.


Department Honors First Responders July 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars recently recognized recipients of its annual Public Safety Awards in the Commonwealth. Each year, the Pennsylvania VFW presents awards to an outstanding firefighter, police officer, and emergency medical technician to honor them for the critical roles they fill as first responders who keep citizens safe.

PA VFW Emergency Medical Technician of the Year was bestowed upon Donald J. Sanders Jr. of York, sponsored by West York VFW Post 8951. PA VFW John Radko Police Officer of the Year was awarded to Police Chief George McClay of Morrisville, sponsored by Yardley VFW Post 6393. PA VFW Firefighter of the Year was given to Tony E. Albright of Shippensburg, sponsored by Chambersburg VFW Post 1599.

Nominations for PA VFW safety awards must be processed through a local VFW Post with a nomination letter and resume from the sponsoring safety organization. Winners advance to the national level for consideration as the VFW's national first responder award winners.

For additional information, readers may call 717-234-7927 or visit


Zubrickie Receives Award July 25, 2017

George Zubrickie of Harrisburg received an award from UniqueSource Products and Services on June 19 at an Embrace the Abilities event at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. The award recognized Zubrickie's abilities in the workplace.

Embrace the Abilities showcased the skills and talents that individuals with disabilities bring to the workplace. Zubrickie was among 26 individuals who were recognized with UniqueSource Achievement Awards in front of family, friends, co-workers and legislators for the contributions they make in jobs that they choose to have.

Following the awards ceremony, guests heard a keynote address from Jessica Cox, a woman who was born without arms and whose many accomplishments include receiving the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet.

For the last seven years, Zubrickie has been employed by Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania, where he works as a custodian. In that time, he has independently maintained two sites for Vision Resources. Zubrickie's responsibilities include cleaning restrooms, picking up trash, vacuuming and dusting. He also informs his supervisor of what supplies are needed.

He said his job has helped him build his self-esteem and self-confidence. When he is not working, he enjoys bowling, going to the gym, and taking reading and math classes at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. Zubrickie also said he enjoys attending activities, such as baseball games, that are sponsored by his employer.


Rosengrant-Stein Wins Award July 24, 2017

Betsy Rosengrant-Stein of York has been awarded the Mack Smith Award from the York Builders Association (YBA). The award is part of the PEAK Awards, presented annually by YBA. The Mack Smith Award recognizes an individual's commitment to the goals and objectives of the YBA and his or her contribution to the YBA, the profession, and the individual's community. Rosengrant-Stein received the award at the 2017 PEAK Achievement Awards Banquet on May 11 at the Out Door Country Club in York.

Rosengrant-Stein is the owner and president of K D Rosengrant Building and Remodeling. She has been active in the progress and continued success of YBA and is committed to the building industry by serving as a board member and past president at the local group. Rosengrant-Stein was recognized for being involved, devoted and compassionate. She has been involved in community service projects, including the YBA's fundraiser for Leg Up Farm and renovation of Matthew's Town, an installation at Leg Up Farm that aims to help children with special needs navigate therapy in everyday settings. Rosengrant-Stein has also participated in community projects at Children's Home of York, Habitat for Humanity, the YWCA, and other organizations.

Rosengrant-Stein has served on numerous YBA committees throughout her companies' more than 40 years as a member, and she was the first woman president of the YBA in 2007. In receiving the award, she was also recognized for her role as director of the Pennsylvania Builders Association and National Association of Home Builders. She is a second-term board member of Children's Home of York and the chairperson of the buildings and grounds committee.

The full list of award-winning projects from the PEAK Achievement Awards is available at Other award winners included categories like Best Kitchen, Best New Home, and Best Landscaping Projects.


DAR Honors Chester County Students July 19, 2017

Each year, members of the Chester County Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) present American History Essay Contest Awards and Good Citizen medals to deserving Chester County students. In addition to those honors, the DAR gives out Outstanding Work in American History Awards to local eighth-graders.

Unlike the other DAR awards programs, which ask students to complete essays that are judged by DAR members, the winners of the Outstanding Work in American History Awards are chosen by the staff members at local public and parochial schools.

According to Kym Dyer, history award chair, the DAR asks schools throughout Chester County to identify one student in the graduating eighth-grade class to receive the award. Students are chosen based on their work "with respect to achievement, interest and knowledge of our American history" and their interest and involvement in acquiring knowledge of American history.

"I send a letter to the principals in April, and they follow up," Dyer explained. "They choose a child who they feel has excelled in American history or has an interest in American history. There are no hardfast rules."

Winners of the award in 2017 include Caroline Czerpak, Fred S. Engle Middle School; Joshua Cuozzo, Fugett Middle School; Liam Wenger, Holy Family Elementary School, Phoenixville; McKenna Norton, Kennett Middle School; Krishna Amin, Lionville Middle School; Ryan Sheets, North Brandywine Middle School; Sydney Burkhardt, Octorara Junior High School; Ava Lasmanis, Owen J. Roberts Middle School; Emily Clark, C.F. Patton Middle School; Alexander Hughes, Pierce Middle School; Adam Saccomandi, Penn's Grove Middle School; Morgan Beatty, Phoenixville Middle School; Madeline Ladd, St. Agnes Middle School; Patrick Dougherty, St. Elizabeth Parish School; Aidan Kelly, SS. Simon and Jude School; Katherine McLaughlin, SS. Phillip and James School; Franklin Calle Jr., Scott Middle School; Diana Smyles, South Brandywine Middle School; Benjamin Kiddie, Stetson Middle School; and John Muha, Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic Elementary School.

Each winner received a certificate and a bronze medal. Their names will also be entered into DAR National and Chester County records.

Dyer said some schools hosted DAR members to present the awards personally at end-of-school-year awards ceremonies. Other certificates and medals were sent to the schools for presentation.

The awards are part of the DAR's commitment to supporting education. "The DAR started with the three goals of (promoting) patriotism, history and education, and we are continuing with these goals," Dyer said. "That's our job as DAR members.

"We are proud of our heritage and history, and we're proud the schools participate," she added. "One hundred percent of the middle schools - parochial and public - participated."

For more information about the Chester County DAR, readers may visit


Dohrman Receives Recognition July 19, 2017

SpiriTrust Lutheran has announced that LeadingAge PA awarded its highest honor, the Paul P. Haas Distinguished Achievement Award, to Angela Dohrman, senior vice president and COO for SpiriTrust Lutheran, at LeadingAge PA's annual conference held in June in Hershey. The award is presented to a distinguished individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, service and commitment to the association and across the state to positively impact and advance the aging services field.

Dohrman was recognized for her mission to serve, overall achievements and multiple leadership roles in both her profession and the community. Some of her leadership roles have included public policy chair for LeadingAge PA and LeadingAge PA board chair, as well as positions with National LeadingAge Public Policy Congress, Healthy York County Coalition Leadership Council, and the LeadingAge PA Central Chapter board of directors. She also has active roles in the Embracing Aging Advisory Committee of the York County Community Foundation and the Your Life, Your Wishes Task Force.

In her role at SpiriTrust Lutheran, Dohrman provides operational direction and oversight for the agency's six senior living communities, which are located in York, Hanover, Shrewsbury, Gettysburg and Chambersburg. She also plays a key role in the development and operation of the agency's overall strategic plan and has been designated to serve as acting CEO, if needed.


Scouts Earn Silver Award July 19, 2017

Several members of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 20670 recently completed and earned the Silver Award. The girls, who will be seventh- and eighth-graders in the fall, created borrowing boxes for Rexroth Park in Lower Windsor Township. The boxes, which are available for individuals to use during their visit to the park, contain toys and equipment such as bats, balls, kites, bubbles, table games, and flying discs.

During their six-month Silver Award journey, the girls fine-tuned their creativity, organization and letter writing skills; learned about time management and budgeting; and sought out assistance from local community members by securing donations and monetary contributions.

The girls invite community members to make use of the borrowing boxes and comments in the visitor's logs within the boxes.


Weischedel Receives Certification July 19, 2017

Jim Weischedel recently completed training and is now a certified administer Activity Vector Analysis (AVA) analyst through Bizet Human Asset Management. The certification allows Weischedel to administer AVA assessments to individuals and organizations.

AVA is a behavioral assessment that renders profiles of individuals, identifying their natural tendencies and predicting their workplace behaviors. AVA also measures the behavior demands of specific positions.

Weischedel is a human resources consultant at Samaritan Business Consulting in Manheim Township. A resident of East Lampeter Township, he joined Samaritan in January. Previously, he had been director of human resources at American Home Bank and Valco Companies and human resources manager at New Standard Corporation.

For further information, readers may contact Amy Winslow-Weiss at 717-560-2805, ext. 101, or


Rodgers Wins Recognition July 13, 2017

Kyle J. Rodgers of Lancaster was among 60 members of The University of Scranton's undergraduate class of 2017 honored for academic excellence, service or both at Class Night on May 26 on campus.

Students with the highest GPA in each of the university's three undergraduate colleges were presented Frank J. O'Hara Awards for General Academic Excellence, a memorial to the late administrator who served the university for 53 years. Students were also recognized for excellence within their various disciplines.

Rodgers was a recipient of the Excellence in Biochemistry Award. Rodgers graduated magna cum laude with degrees in biochemistry and philosophy, with a minor in Spanish. He is a member of the Honors Program and the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program. Rodgers is a member of the Phi Sigma Tau, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta and Alpha Sigma Nu honor societies. He was a member of the Health Professions Organization, performed biochemistry research on cancer metabolism, and was the research chair for the 2016-17 year. From fall 2013 through spring 2017, Rodgers has been a cantor for the music ministry and a member of the Liva Arts Company, for which he was the president for the 2016-17 academic year.

Rodgers will be dedicating the next year to service through the Catholic Volunteering Network, after which he plans to attend medical school in fall 2018. Rodgers is a graduate of Conestoga Valley High School.


Schmidt Earns Award July 6, 2017

A career and technical student in Pennsylvania won one of the nation's highest awards at the 2017 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., on June 21 and 22. Emily Schmidt, a resident of Lawn and a student at Lebanon County Career and Technology Center in Lebanon, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Commercial Baking.

Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 72 occupational and leadership areas to students who met a predetermined threshold score in their competition, as defined by industry. The Skill Point Certificate is a component of SkillsUSA's assessment program for career and technical education.

More than 6,000 students competed at the national event to demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills, and personal skills in 100 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions, including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance, and public speaking.

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