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Bierly Receives Scholarship April 28, 2017

Hempfield High School senior Elizabeth Bierly was awarded the Ithaca College Park Scholarship. Bierly plans to attend Ithaca College's Park School in fall 2017 as a documentary studies and production major.

The Park Scholarship, valued at $250,000, is awarded to high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership in critical engagement, global activism, and ethical performance through a mixture of academic and service programs. Students are expected to engage in significant and meaningful community service and be model citizens in an effort to use the power of mass communications to make a positive impact on the world.

Bierly is one of 10 to receive the award for the 2017-18 school year. She is the first Park Scholar from the Hempfield High School Communications Technology program.


Herr Receives Honor April 28, 2017

Elam M. Herr, assistant executive director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS), recently received the Founder's Award, the organization's highest honor, for his work on behalf of local government.

Presented on April 24 at the organization's 95th annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hershey, the Founder's Award recognizes individuals or groups whose efforts on behalf of local governments have resulted in significant benefits to townships.

Herr's career with the association spans five decades and eight governors. He has devoted much of his professional life to advocacy for township government.

A resident of East Hempfield Township in Lancaster County, Herr chairs the township's zoning hearing board. He and his wife, Patti, have two children.

Past recipients of the Founder's Award have included Govs. Dick Thornburgh, Robert P. Casey, and Tom Ridge; Lt. Govs. Mark Schweiker and Jim Cawley; and former cabinet secretaries Karen Miller and Dennis Wolff.


Harrold Receives National Award April 19, 2017

Dr. Joan Harrold, chief medical officer and vice president of medical services of Hospice & Community Care, has been awarded the 2017 Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). The award is presented to a hospice medical director or physician who provides the highest quality services and innovative programs and who demonstrates exemplary dedication to the practice of palliative medicine. Harrold was presented the award at the AAHPM annual assembly in Phoenix, Ariz., on Feb. 24.

Harrold has been the vice president of medical services and medical director of Hospice and Community Care since 1998. She is the co-author of "Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness," and her research on hospice and palliative care has been published in more than 30 scholarly journals, conference papers and grants.

The Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award was named for an oncologist who founded the International Hospice Institute in 1983 and was an early pioneer for hospice and palliative care. The recipients of the award are nominated by their peers, and the AAHPM committee chooses the individual who is innovative, dedicated and provides the highest quality services.


Lewandowski Honored April 19, 2017

Dave Lewandowski was recently recognized for volunteer work with the Lancaster County Girls Soccer Recreational League (LAGS). Lewandowski has volunteered with LAGS for 29 years, from 1988 to 2017, and served as commissioner for 22 years.

He will retire after this season, when the girls' league merges with the Boys Recreational League and the group will become a subsidiary of the Travel Lanco League.


Students Receive Recognition April 13, 2017

Two Lower Dauphin High School sophomores and a sixth-grader at Lower Dauphin Middle School were recognized by Hummelstown Police and Lower Dauphin Communities That Care (LD CTC) in the Do the Right Thing program.

The high school students, August Schumacher and Brett Zimmerman, witnessed a physical domestic violence incident while on East Main Street in Hummelstown. They acted quickly by calling 911 to report the incident.

Sixth-grader Carly Stephens was recognized by her teacher, Lori Goncalves, for her donation to the school's Catch The Spirit coin collection. Carly donated all the coins she has been collecting throughout her entire life to help students in need.

For their good deeds, the students each received a gift card, a Do the Right Thing T-shirt and certificate, and pizza coupons.

The Do the Right Thing program recognizes students in the Lower Dauphin community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude or outstanding efforts. School staff members and police officers typically nominate students whose positive actions come to their attention, but any adult over the age of 18 may nominate a child. For more information, readers may contact Kathy Peffer at 566-6096.


Horting Inducted Into Honor Society April 13, 2017

Anne Horting of Elizabethtown was recently inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society at Susquehanna University.

Horting is an accounting major. A 2015 graduate of Elizabethtown Area High School, she is the daughter of Ken and Christine Horting.

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is the honor society for collegiate schools of business and management. To be eligible for membership, a student must rank in the upper 7 percent of the junior class or the upper 10 percent of the senior class.


Shaffer Wins Award April 13, 2017

Millersville University student Zachary Shaffer's painting "Car" recently won first place in the annual Student Juried Show in the Sykes Gallery in Breidenstine Hall at Millersville University. The juror for this year's exhibition was Lauren Nye, director of exhibitions at the Susquehanna Museum of Art.

Shaffer is a first-year art major from Manheim.


Erb Inducted Into Honor Society April 12, 2017

Megan Erb of Elizabethtown was recently inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at Ithaca College. Erb is majoring in occupational therapy.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the only national honor society that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship in all disciplines of higher education. To qualify for membership, juniors must be in the upper 7.5 percent of their class and seniors must be in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class.


VFW Post Honors Miller, Hancock April 11, 2017

The James A. Danner Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 537 recently recognized Dana Lea Miller as the post's Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care Employee of 2017 and retired Col. Frank Hancock as the Citizenship Education Teacher of 2017.

The post has forwarded its recommendation that Miller and Hancock be recognized with the Pennsylvania VA Health Care Employee of the Year Award and National VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award, respectively.

For the Pennsylvania VA Health Care Employee of the Year Award, the Pennsylvania VFW annually recognizes a VA health care employee who takes extra steps to provide exemplary service to military veterans and their families.

Miller has worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2012 and has worked at the Lebanon VA Medical Center, as well as in the community-based outpatient clinics in Reading, Camp Hill, and Lancaster. She currently serves as an advanced medical support assistant at the York clinic.

For the National VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award, the National VFW annually recognizes the nation's top classroom elementary, junior high, and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America's history and traditions effectively. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette, and patriotism are prime candidates for the award.

Hancock serves as the senior military instructor of Cedar Cliff High School's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. The values that Hancock teaches inside and outside of the classroom are intended to inspire cadets to pursue self-improvement, continue their education, choose better paths in life, and display overall good citizenship. Hancock has mentored more than a dozen cadets who went on to attend U.S. service academies to serve their country.

Nominations for next year's VA Health Care Employee of the Year and Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year are currently being accepted. For the latter award, community members may nominate teachers of kindergarten through 12th-grade classes who foster the development of democratic values and beliefs through special projects.

To submit nominations, readers may contact Charles Yost at or 724-630-4956.


Student's Design Wins Billboard Contest April 11, 2017

On April 7, a new billboard that warns of the dangerous consequences of texting while driving was unveiled in York County. The billboard will remain in place throughout the month of April in recognition of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The Center for Traffic Safety developed and launched the No Excuses Youth Traffic Safety Billboard Design Contest last year in Lebanon County, and the center decided to expand the program to include Adams, Lancaster, and York counties this year.

Every high school in York County was invited to enter designs created by students. In total, there were 44 entries from 11 high schools. Two panels of judges were involved in the review process. The first was a panel of representatives from fields including local media, traffic safety, marketing, local planning departments, and insurance. Additionally, an assemblage of students from Eastern Lebanon County (ELCO) High School in Lebanon County reviewed the York County entries and submitted their choice. The decision from both judging panels was strongly based on originality and the strength of the message.

The artist who created the York County winning design was Luzines Maldonado Torres of York County School of Technology. Her message features the warning "Don't Text and Drive" and her design features graphics of shattered glass, a wrecked vehicle, and other images contained within each letter.

The winning design was transformed into a billboard that is now located along I-83, facing south on the northbound side, between Exit 22 (North George Street) and Exit 24 (Emigsville).

The Center for Traffic Safety received a grant from an insurance company that covered the prize award of $100 to the artist who worked on the winning design and a $1,000 mini-grant for the school where the design originated. A $500 prize was also awarded to the second place school, Susquehannock High School.

Participating schools included Central York, Christian School of York, Dallastown, Dover, Kennard-Dale, Northeastern, South Western, Spring Grove, Susquehannock, William Penn, and York County School of Technology.

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