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Hess Family Plans Reunion August 16, 2017

The Hans Hess family will celebrate 300 years in America with a pig roast on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Promised Land Camp, 220 Boyscout Road, Conestoga. The event will also be the 45th John Hess reunion.

The reunion will begin with a 10 a.m. brunch. At 11 a.m., attendees will travel to the family's four main burial sites: the graves of Hans and Magdalena Hess at Baumgardner Cemetery, the Byerland Mennonite Church cemetery, the River Corner Mennonite Church cemetery and the David Hess Farm on Sickman Mill Road. The group will then return to the camp for a historical presentation at 3 p.m. and the pig roast meal at 4 p.m.

Hans Hess and his wife, Magdalena, were born in Switzerland. They eventually crossed the Atlantic in 1717 with their six children to find freedom to worship and live their lives by the principles of the Bible. Hans first purchased a tract of land from the Penn family near Willow Street and then sold it to buy a larger piece for his growing family. He cleared the land for farming, made friends with Native Americans living nearby, and built a special altar to God, where he gave thanks for God's blessings in his life.

To register for the reunion, readers may call 717-314-9683 or email promisedland1@juno.com.

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Class of 1957 Holds Reunion August 16, 2017

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Class Will Hold Monthly Luncheon August 9, 2017

The Red Lion High School Class of 1959 will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, at Meadow Hill Family Restaurant, Longstown.

The class meets on the third Monday of each month. Spouses and guests are also invited to attend.

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Markley Family Will Gather August 8, 2017

The annual reunion of the descendants of George and Mary M. Markley will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21, at the pavilion at Ironville Community Park, Prospect Road, Columbia. A covered dish meal will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m., followed by a business meeting, games and an auction.

Each family is asked to bring its own place settings, as well as a hot or cold dish to share, beverages and an auction gift. For more information, readers may call Bob Schmitt at 684-6582.

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Class Of 1957 Plans Reunion August 2, 2017

The Kennard Dale High School Class of 1957 will hold its 60th class anniversary event on Sunday, Aug. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Great American Saloon, 20 Dairyland Square, Red Lion. The event will be a time to celebrate fellow classmates, reminisce, eat, socialize, and honor the 25 classmates who have passed away. Most of the classmates still live in southern York County.

For more information, readers may contact Paul K. Miller at 717-993-6456.

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Sensenig Family Reunion Planned July 27, 2017

A Sensenig reunion and genealogy research day will take place on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Hahnstown Mennonite School, 255 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata. Sensenig (Sensenich, Senseny, Senseney, Sensiney) is a Swiss name found especially among the Mennonites of Lancaster County.

Attendees will be able to view their Sensenig genealogy and update their family information starting at 10:30 a.m. Attendees should also bring a hot and cold dish if staying for the meal at noon. A donation will be accepted to cover expenses.

The guest speaker, Donald Newswanger, will share about a conflict between two Sensenig descendants involving the Bowmansville Public School. There will be a committee meeting following the reunion for anyone who is interested in attending. Volunteers are welcome to help update their family's genealogy.

For almost 27 years, the committee has been compiling information, including more than 245,000 names of descendants of Jacob and Maria Krey Sensenig, who immigrated from Switzerland sometime around 1717. The committee will not add births, deaths, and marriages that occur after Dec. 31, but organizers will continue to update events occurring prior to Dec. 31. The work will be offered on a computer disc for a fee. Plans to publish the Sensenig Genealogy Encyclopedia are under discussion. Attendees of the reunion will be able to see examples of both the disc and the encyclopedia.

Anyone who thinks they may be a Sensenig descendent or wants to find out is encouraged to attend the reunion. For more information, readers may contact Sally Shirk at 717-464-1614 Imashirk@comcast.net. The subject line should be Sensenig Genealogy.

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Wenger Family Reunion Posted July 26, 2017

The 95th annual Wenger Family Association will convene at the Muddy Creek Farm Library, 296 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug. 18, 19, and 20. The association also includes variant spellings such as Wanger, Whanger, Winger, Wengerd, Wengert, Wingerd, Wingert, Wingard, and Wingart. The event will celebrate 300 years of Wengers being in North America, as the family dates to 1717.

A historical meeting on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. will feature Jay V. Wenger speaking on "Brothers 'A' Henry and 'B' Christian Wenger, Immigrants of 1717 and 1718."

Beginning the day at 8 a.m. on Aug. 19 will be a tour of "A" Henry Wenger sites in Pottstown and northern Chester County, "B" Christian Wenger sites of Upper Leacock Township, and Lancaster County sites of "C" Christian Wenger of West Earl Township. The tour will leave from the Muddy Creek Farm Library and will return by 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

At 2 p.m. on Aug. 19 will be a reunion meeting at the Muddy Creek Farm Library, featuring Anne Schmidt-Lange's address, "The Swiss-German Background of 1717 Immigrants' Families." A family dinner will take place at 6 p.m. at Yoder's Restaurant, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland, with Darvin L. Martin speaking on "Land Records of the 1717 Immigrant Families."

Morning worship on Aug. 20 will begin at 11 a.m. at the Wenger Meetinghouse, 16 Supervisors Drive, Jonestown, with a noon lunch to follow. The service will be led by the Rev. David R. Wenger, with Donald and Virginia Good providing special music.

More information on the events and lodging may be obtained by contacting Jay V. Wenger at 717-859-2396 after 6 p.m. The deadline for reservations is Sunday, Aug. 6.

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Spangler Family Holds Reunion July 26, 2017

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Dover Class Of 1962 Holds Reunion July 26, 2017

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Hershey Family Reunion Planned July 26, 2017

The descendants of Levi and Mary Jane Hershey are invited to attend the 95th annual family reunion. The event will be held Sunday, Aug. 13, at 12:30 p.m. at the Shrewsbury playground, which is located behind the Shrewsbury Fire Company.

The reunion will include a covered-dish luncheon, which will be followed by games for children and bingo for everyone, a white elephant sale and opportunities to socialize. Each attendee is asked to bring a bingo prize and an item for the white elephant sale.

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Hirt Reunion Planned July 26, 2017

The 71st annual Hirt reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 20, at noon at the home of John and Venetta Capertino, 1747 Filbert St., York. Attendees are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share.

For more information, readers may call Venetta at 717-843-5360.

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Class Of 1955 Sets Reunion Events July 26, 2017

The Dallastown High School Class of 1955 will meet on the second Tuesday of each month for breakfast at 8 a.m. at Meadow Hill Restaurant, 2935 E. Prospect Road, York. All classmates and guests are welcome.

Readers with questions may call Jamie at 717-244-5949.

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Hershey Reunion Slated July 25, 2017

The Hershey reunion has been slated for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16. The event will celebrate the family's 300th anniversary. More than 300 Swiss German Anabaptists with surnames including Hershey, as well as Brubaker, Hess, Landis, and Nissley, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1717.

Reunion events, which will be based at Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster, will include a bus tour on Sept. 15 and a program on Sept. 16. Both events are open to anyone in the community. Reservations are required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The bus tour will depart from Manor Church at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 15 and return at approximately 4 p.m. It will visit Hershey-related sites in Lancaster County, such as family farms, churches, mills, and a Native American burial site at Kreider Farms.

Additionally, the program on Sept. 16 will include a number of special speakers and the release of the English translation of "Furgge," a historical fiction novel connected to Hirschi family members who lived in Switzerland centuries ago. The English translation has been in the works for 12 years, ever since Don and Joanne Hess Siegrist learned of the book when they stayed with a Swiss hostess in 2005. Joanne met the author, Katharina Zimmermann, three years later, with additional visits following in 2009, 2014, and 2017. All who register for the Sept. 16 event will receive a free copy of the book.

The program on Sept. 16 will also include the revealing of final results of DNA testing by farmers with the surname Hershey who live in Switzerland's Schangnau municipality in the Emmental district. The Switzerland Hersheys had their DNA tested several months ago to determine how closely they connect to Hersheys in Pennsylvania.

For more information, including a complete schedule and registration forms, is available at www.christianhershey.doodlekit.com. Details are also available by searching for "300th Hershey Anniversary - Sept. 15-16, 2017" on Facebook.

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Class Of 1967 Plans Reunion July 19, 2017

The Central High School Class of 1967 will hold its 50th class reunion on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18 and 19.

Any class member who has not been contacted is asked to contact Byron Almoney at 717-266-5917.

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Seldomridge Family Reunion Set July 19, 2017

A Seldomridge family reunion will be held at the Kiwanis Pavilion in the New Holland Borough Park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 29. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be a discussion of family history and ancestry. A catered lunch will be available for a fee at 12:30 p.m.

In the afternoon, organizers will offer excursions to the nearby Zeltenreich Church and cemetery and the New Holland Museum. Several other local cemeteries contain Seldomridge gravesites, too. There will also be free time in the park, which has a swimming pool, a pitch and putt course, a horseshoe pit, and a basketball court near the Kiwanis Pavilion. There will be a music event in the band shell in the evening.

It has been approximately 300 years since the Seldomridge family's common, original North American ancestors Andreas and Anna Maria Zimmerman (possibly Muller) Seltenreich emigrated from Germany. They settled in what was then part of Chester County but is now part of Lancaster County. The family reunion will commemorate the 300th anniversary of the arrival.

The Seltenreichs took a warrant for 214 acres in Leacock Township, on the Mill Creek. When Andreas died in 1760, son George resurveyed and paid for the land and confirmed that his father's desire was to donate part of the farm to become a church with a cemetery. This donated land is the site of the current Zeltenreich's Reformed Church and adjacent cemetery, where many Seldomridge ancestors are buried. More information about the church and cemetery is available at http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/lancaster/church/zelt-ref-earl.txt and http://www.zeltenreich.org/.

An unpublished family history, "Andrew Seldomridge Family," is available at https://www.pa-roots.com/lancaster/biography/seldomridge.html. It was written in 1949 by the late Amos Ranck Seldomridge. Organizers would like to add the recent three generations to this list.

To make reservations for the reunion, readers may contact Gary and Christina Seldomridge at seldomgary@comcast.net or 717-579-8561. Those relatives who have received an invitation are asked to forward it to others who they know are related.

For a park map, readers may visit www.newhollandborough.org.

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Brubaker Reunion Will Celebrate 300 Years July 17, 2017

"William Penn was impressed by the Anabaptists' farming skills, so he invited them to Pennsylvania," said Ken Brubaker, president of the Brubaker Families of America Association, explaining how the Swiss natives moved across the Atlantic Ocean.

After decades of persecution for their faith in Europe, Brubaker ancestors immigrated to Pennsylvania in the fall of 1717. According to http://brubakerfamilies.org, Hans Pupather/Bruppacher and Christian Hershey obtained a land warrant from the Penn family for 1,000 acres in what would become known 12 years later as Hempfield Township. Additional Bruppachers purchased hundreds of adjoining acres, and the families set down roots. Brubachers were also among the Pennsylvania Mennonites who migrated to "Upper Canada" in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

The Brubaker Family Reunion has continued since 1921, except for a four-year break during World War II, and this year will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the family's residence in the United States. The celebration will be held from Thursday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 6, on the campus of Millersville University (MU). Tours and several activities will take place off-site.

"It's really a celebration of our ancestors who had the foresight to bring us over here," remarked Ken's sister, Sharon Hines. "We have people coming from 23 states, Canada, and the Netherlands."

Ken has an avid interest in his family's genealogy, and while there will be plenty of opportunities to connect the relational dots, the reunion will appeal to people with other interests as well. Brubaker artisans, crafters, and other vendors will sell their wares. Shirley Hershey Showalter will be the opening keynote speaker on Aug. 3, with a presentation highlighting the purpose of memory. The keynote address on Friday, Aug. 4, will be "The Brubaker Piece of the Anabaptist Puzzle," presented by Amish and Mennonite expert Donald Kraybill and retired Amish farmer and historian "Pud" Sam Stoltzfus.

Concurrent sessions will be held on Aug. 4 and 5. Sessions on the topics of maintaining brain health and the process of becoming a writer will be offered, and others will discuss Brubaker origins and their migration in Europe, Brubakers in politics, and Early American decorative art. Retired investigative reporter Jack Brubaker will talk about Lancaster and the Brubakers who live there, and the Brubachers in Canada will be revealed through stories and images by multidisciplinary artist Erin Brubacher and thespian Christine Brubaker.

A plaque commemorating the Brubakers' 1717 arrival will be dedicated at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug 5. Guests may park at the Lancaster General Suburban Pavilion on Good Drive and ride a shuttle to the Noel Dorwart Park, where a memorial stone and plaque are located. At 6:30 p.m., Gerald Brunk will present the one-man show, "The Menno Simons Story." Afterward, an auction will be held, culminating with an opportunity to bid on a commemorative fraktur created by Brubaker cousin Lynn Sommer.

A worship service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 6. Song leader David Sauder has selected hymns that will highlight the Brubakers' faith heritage, and mezzo-soprano Amy Yovanovich will provide special music.

Guests are welcome to attend the reunion and celebration. There is a cost for some activities. Meals may be purchased in MU's Gordinier Hall, which is located next to the Student Memorial Center, 21 S. George St., Millersville, where most of the sessions will take place.

For more information or to register, readers may visit http://brubakerfamilies.org, call Ken at 717-305-8539, or email Sharon at sjhines10@gmail.com. Social media users may also find items tagged #Brubaker300.

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Class Of 1962 Plans Reunion July 13, 2017

The Warwick High School Class of 1962 will hold its 55th class reunion Saturday, Oct. 7, at Brownstone Manor, Broad and Orange streets, Lititz. The reunion is open to those who graduated from the school in 1962, as well as those who were in the Warwick Class of 1962 at any time. Teachers are also invited to be the guests of their former students.

A meet-and-greet will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. Following the meal will be an opportunity to catch up with old friends while light entertainment is provided.

There is a fee to attend. Invitations have been mailed. Anyone expecting an invitation who has not yet received it is asked to contact Fay Hirneisen Peachey at 717-859-4575 or Carole Vogeler Herr at 717-626-5065.

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Class Plans 50th Reunion July 10, 2017

The Dallastown Class of 1967 will holding its 50th class reunion on Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23. Any class member who has not been contacted is asked to contact Sharon Sprenkle Scurfield at 717-858-6645 or dashclassof67@gmail.com. Class members may also search the Dallastown Class of 1967 on Facebook.

Events are planned for Friday night. A golf outing will be held on Saturday morning, and dinner will take place on Saturday night. All class members are invited to participate.

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Class Of 1945 Holds Reunion July 6, 2017

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Spangler Family Plans Reunion July 5, 2017

The Spangler Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 15, at 11 a.m. at Elicker's Grove, 511 Roth Church Road, Spring Grove. Thomas Spangler, a descendant of Hans Casper Spangler, will be the featured speaker, and he will give his presentation at noon. The Revelators will provide music from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees are asked to pack their own picnic lunch.

For more information, readers may search for "Spangler Family Reunion 2017" on Facebook.

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