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Beam Receives 4-H Volunteer Award January 21, 2019

Nelson Beam of Elverson was recently selected as the 2019 4-H Outstanding Swine Club Leader. He was recognized for being a longtime volunteer and leader with Penn State Extension's 4-H Youth Development program in Chester County.

Beam was a member of the Chester County 4-H Swine Club for 11 years before attending Penn State, where he received his Bachelor of Science in animal science. After college, he returned to Chester County and began volunteering as the club leader for the Chester County 4-H Club. He has served in this role for more than 30 years.

The nominations were judged on the following areas: contributions to the nominee's county 4-H swine program; contributions of innovative educational programming and activities; involvement in 4-H youth shows, contests, and sales; length of service; participation in 4-H community service; and contributions to the region, state, and national swine program or industry.

Beam received the award before the swine sale of the junior market livestock sale during the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Benjamin Williamson, chairperson of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Junior Market Animal Department, was on hand to present the award.

Now operating a 250-sow operation in modern facilities transformed on his home farm, Beam has remained involved in the swine industry from his engagement with local industry partners to serving in leadership roles with joint-county organizations for nearly 10 years. He continues to serve as a resource for the Penn State Extension Chester County 4-H program, as well the larger swine industry and its producers.

Administered in Pennsylvania by Penn State Extension, 4-H is a community of more than 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Penn State Extension 4-H youth development educators in all 67 counties throughout Pennsylvania administer local 4-H programs through nonformal education and outreach. To find a local program, readers may visit


Library Slates Activities January 21, 2019

Kreutz Creek Library (KCL), 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam, has announced its schedule of upcoming programs for February. For the complete listing of Kreutz Creek Library's activities and events, readers may visit and view the KCL calendar.

Registration is open for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten early learning initiative, which encourages families to build daily reading habits with their young children. Community members may sign up for the program during regular operating hours.

Babies and Toddlers Story Times with Miss Lisa, a program for children from birth through 3 years old, will be offered on Mondays through March 4, with sessions at 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Registration is required, and interested families may contact the library at 717-252-4080.

Preschool Story Times with Miss Felicia, for children ages 3 to 5, will meet on Fridays through March 8. Sessions will take place on Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m. and Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required, and interested families may call the library.

Wee Build Wednesdays are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for children ages 3 to 5. Wee Build STEM materials will be available on Feb. 13 and 27.

Two programs will be geared to tweens ages 9 to 12. On Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., The Danger Club will be held. Tweens may join Miss Jennifer for a new adventure every month. The Tween Library Squad will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., and attendees will shape library programming for their age group.

Programs for teenagers ages 13 to 18 will be offered. Every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., Teen Time will allow teenagers to gather for hangout time and conversation at the library. All teenagers are welcome to participate in the program, which will be held on Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Teen After Hours will meet on Friday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Teenagers may hang out, chat, and play games.

The Friends of Kreutz Creek Library Branch Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m.

The Knitters and Crocheters group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. People of all skill levels are welcome, and group members will help others learn to knit or crochet. Attendees should bring needles and yarn. Knitters and crocheters may bring their current projects to work on and projects for show-and-tell. The group will meet from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 5 and 19.

The library's tech guru, Rebecca Hofmann, has been visiting the library on the third Thursday of each month from 4 to 5:45 p.m. On Feb. 21, Hofmann will answer questions about computers, tablets, e-readers, and smartphones. No appointments are needed for this free service.

The Green Thumb Garden Club will host a program on Feb. 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Melanie Markowski, a National Garden Club (NGC) study consultant, will present "Raised Bed and Square Foot Gardening." The Garden Club offers a program on the second Thursday of each month.

The Lego Builders Club for children age 6 and up will be held on Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Murphy To Direct Emergency Services Department January 21, 2019

The Chester County commissioners have announced the appointment of Michael Murphy Jr. as director of the Department of Emergency Services. Murphy was formerly platoon leader for the county's 9-1-1 operations.

Murphy replaces Robert Kagel, who served as director of the department for four years before his appointment as Chester County administrator. John Haynes, deputy director of 9-1-1 operations, has been serving as interim director since Kagel moved to the commissioners' office.

Murphy has been a member of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services for 20 years. As platoon leader for Chester County's 9-1-1 Center, Murphy has maintained national and state certifications in all 9-1-1 disciplines and has led the county's team of telecommunicators using advanced technology to provide timely and accurate emergency assistance to citizens contacting the 9-1-1 Center. During his time as platoon leader of 9-1-1 operations, Murphy worked with every Department of Emergency Services division, all four emergency responder disciplines and their advisory councils, other county departments, and state and federal agencies.

A longtime resident of Chester County, Murphy has served as emergency management coordinator (EMC) and deputy EMC for Caln Township, and he has served as a firefighter with the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Company since the age of 16. He holds a Bachelor of Science in public safety administration and a master's degree in organizational and strategic leadership, both from Neumann University.


Rotary Club Honors Students January 21, 2019


Trail Life Troop Holds Court Of Honor January 21, 2019

Trail Life USA Troop 316 held its fourth annual Court of Honor on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. at Speedwell Brethren in Christ, Lititz. At the Court of Honor, the 70 boys plus parents and family members were welcomed by Jeff Klansek, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Lititz, which chartered the troop. The organization provides a Christ-centered program that also teaches outdoor skills to boys ages 5 to 18. Adult leadership for the group includes chairman Allen Chanko and Troopmaster Amos Lapp.

The gathering then enjoyed lunch, followed by the opening ceremony, overseen by Harry Rogish, which included the presentation of the colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Trailman Oath. Klansek provided a history of the organization, and Piercing Word gave a musical presentation based on the Sermon on the Mount.

Unit recognitions and honors were overseen by Rodney Martin, Matt Gladhill, and David Mease. Units that received recognition and honors included Fox, Hawk, Mountain Lion, Navigator, and Adventurer. Fox Unit includes Eli Coulson, Gideon Gopalan, Everett Reber, Toby Rohrer, Levi Stoudt, and Cohen Ulrich. The two Hawk Units include Jonathan Gladhill, Liam Henson-Oliver, Elliott Holmes, Seth Martin, Amos Mease, Benjamin Musser, Kenny Rothacker, McKinley Taylor, Christopher Trostle, Ben Tyer, C.J. Boone, Ari Brubaker, Jehu Burkholder, Ian Charles, Adam Leaman, Tyndale Manley, Caleb McClure, Isaac Moser, Xavier Pickel, Mark Rissler, Benjamin Trostle, and Jed Yunginger. The two Mountain Lion Units include members Quinn Coleman, Lincoln Good, Joseph Martin, Haddon Reber, Caleb Staub, Josiah Trusty, Joseph Crossgrove, Luke Crossgrove, Caleb Moser, Jacob Noll, and Thomas Yousef. The members of the three Navigator Units include Alex Gladhill, Ben Gladhill, Joshua Marquez, Gordon Martin, Adin Mease, and Danny Noll, Elijah Capwell, Miles Coleman, Dannion Reber, Wayne Trostle, Zayne Trostle, and Braiden Trusty, Andrew Herr, Ryan Hugar, Josiah Lapp, Lucas Martin, Tanner Martin, and Caleb Yunginger. The Adventurer Unit members include David Crossgrove, George Hartman, Sanford Lefever, Matthan Mease, Caleb Musser, patrol leader-elect Luke Rissler, Jake Yunginger, Sena Graver, Caleb Martin, Isaac Munoz-Loomis, Bryuce Nolt, Paul Rissler, and patrol leader-elect Harry Rogish.

Members of the Navigator Unit who received awards included Alex Gladhill, who received the Worthy Life Award, the Navigator Third Service Star, and several Trail badges. Alex also earned the rank of Ready Trailman. Ben Gladhill earned the rank of Recruit Trailman and received Trail badges. Joshua Marquez received several Trail badges, and Navigator Service Stars, and he completed Faith Building Activities. Gordon Martin, Adin Mease, Dannion Reber, Wayne Trostle, and Zayne Trostle all earned the rank of Recruit Trailman. Josiah Lapp and Tanner Martin both received Trail badges.

Adventurer Unit members who received Trail badges included David Crossgrove, Bryce Nolt, Paul Rissler, and Harry Rogish. George Hartman, Luke Rissler, Jake Yunginger, Sena Graver, Caleb Martin, and Isaac Munoz-Loomis all received Journey Awards.

Standards were awarded by Amos Lapp, and the Trailmen's Charge was given by Klansek and Amos Lapp. The event closed with a worship song and retirement of the colors.

The troop was chartered in October 2014. Membership now encompasses boys from nearly 40 area churches. Activities have included campouts, fundraisers, and service projects.


A Woman's Concern - New Location, Expanded Services January 21, 2019

A Christmas postcard sent out by A Woman's Concern shows a photo of double purple doors decorated with holiday wreaths and an "open" sign. "Our purple doors mean 'love, compassion, and support,'" said Jill Hartman, executive director of A Woman's Concern, which relocated from Duke Street in Lancaster city to 1102 Millersville Pike, Lancaster, in July 2018. "We painted the doors purple so our clients could find us."

These clients are the more than 600 women who benefit from A Woman's Concern services each year. Those services include pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, and education on healthy relationships, pregnancy, parenting, and more. "We create a loving, compassionate, nonjudgmental environment for clients, so they get all the support they need," explained Hartman.

The move nearly quadrupled the space that A Woman's Concern could utilize, and staff and volunteers are planning to offer more services in the future by partnering and collaborating with other community organizations. Among those services are a program called Redefined, which will aid in healing for women, and a fatherhood mentoring program called The Fatherhood Journey. Matthew Neff of Family of Restoration Ministries has already run a fatherhood workshop, and Neff will soon become the first volunteer male client advocate for A Woman's Concern. "I think that will make a huge difference in reaching the boyfriends, fiances, and husbands," added Laura Kline, marketing and communications director.

Other services that the organization will offer will include working with a local market to provide dieticians to teach prenatal and postnatal nutrition to clients. In addition, a volunteer will help the organization expand lactation services, and the Knights of Columbus has funded a part-time medical position for 24 months, along with purchasing materials to expand the CPR program, which is a family safety initiative A Woman's Concern provides.

Offering services in both Spanish and English has been an important goal for the organization. One paid and one volunteer staff member are bilingual, and Kline has reworked the website,, to include basic information in Spanish as well as English.

Of course, more space means more opportunity to offer clients medical services as well. A room to conduct ultrasounds and space for client advocates, along with meeting and business space and offices wer all made possible by the larger, new facility.

According to Hartman, the nonprofit has been available to local women facing unplanned pregnancies since 1972, when it opened as Birthright. As A Woman's Concern outgrew its Duke Street location, an East Chestnut Street facility was opened, but in July 2017, Harvest Bible Chapel offered its administrative offices, including two buildings on Millersville Pike to the organization. A successful 2018 capital campaign provided funds to renovate the main building. A grant from the High Foundation will help remodel the carriage house, called Hope House, which is located behind the building, for meetings and classes.

Hope House also offers large items that clients may need, such as cribs and strollers. A boutique for smaller items is found in the front foyer of the main building. Hartman explained that as a "hand-up" organization, allowing clients to work with client advocates and receive points, which they can redeem for items they need for their babies. "Many of the items come from (area) church (members) who hold baby showers (for us)," explained Hartman. "We have a wish list on our website."

The baby items are one more way A Woman's Concern aims to create a welcoming and positive atmosphere for clients. "What we give here is knowledge and empowerment and love and compassion," said Hartman. "

A Woman's Concern will hold its annual banquet featuring Dr. Ron Archer at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, on Thursday, April 11.

Readers who would like more information about the ministry may visit the website or call 717-394-1561.


Drivas Receives Academic Honor January 21, 2019

Magdalayna Drivas of York was named to the dean's academic honor roll by the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, for the 2018 fall semester.

Students honored on the dean's list are Baylor undergraduates with a minimum grade point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.


Hellam Township Posts Meetings January 21, 2019

Hellam Township recently posted its meeting schedule for February. All meetings will be held at the Hellam Township Municipal Office, 44 Walnut Springs Road, York.

Scheduled meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m., unless noted otherwise. Meetings include Eastern York Area Recreation Authority at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6; board of supervisors on Thursdays, Feb. 7 and 21; Environmental Advisory Council on Monday, Feb. 11; the Planning Commission on Thursdays, Feb. 14 and 28; and the Zoning Hearing Board at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The township office will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18. Meetings are subject to change. To request special needs accommodations, readers are asked to contact Corina Mann at 717-434-1300 or at least two weeks prior to the meeting.


Hospital Slates Health Programs January 21, 2019

UPMC Pinnacle will host several community education events. All programs are free, unless otherwise specified. Refreshments will be served.

Breakthrough Heart Treatments will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Giant Food Stores, Linglestown Community Center, 2300 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg. The program will feature the latest treatments for valve diseases.

Doing Your Part to Maintain a Healthy Heart will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Giant Food Stores, Linglestown Community Center. Attendees will learn about the risk factors that impact heart health, how to make lifestyle modifications to improve heart health, and the role of fitness to prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Preventing and Managing Heart Failure will be offered at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Giant Food Stores, Camp Hill Community Center, 3301 E. Trindle Road, Camp Hill. Participants will learn more about healthy living to prevent heart failure, the most up-to-date scientific management of heart failure, and strategies to care for those with advanced heart failure.

Peripheral Artery Disease - What Can Your Legs Tell You About Your Heart? will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, at UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle Education Center, 361 Alexander Spring Road, Carlisle. Attendees will learn about their risk of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD), which can strike the legs, abdomen, or neck, and learn about medications, lifestyle choices, and treatments to prevent or manage PAD.

Keep the Beat will take an in-depth look at atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder, along with discussion about alternative blood thinner medications and treatment options. The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Giant Food Stores, Camp Hill Community Center.

Space is limited. Readers may register at or by calling 877-499-3299.


Library Posts Event Calendar January 21, 2019

New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, will offer a variety of programs and activities. Programs are free and open to the public, unless stated otherwise.

The Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library will hold preowned book sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 2 and 16, in Foundation House, located across the shared parking lot. Hardback and paperback books, vintage jewelry, DVDs, music CDs, puzzles, children's books, 33 rpm records, tote bags, note cards, and prints will be available. All proceeds will benefit the library.

The Monday Great Books Discussion Group will meet in the dining room from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 4 and 18. The group will discuss "Jude the Obscure" by Thomas Hardy and "A White Heron and Other Stories" by Sarah Orne Jewett, respectively. For details, readers may call Ethel Bitterman at 717-938-1590 and Joan Short at 717-938-3494.

Ruth's Mystery Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 10:15 a.m. to noon in the Browsing Room. The focus will be on "Partners in Crime."

Crafting for Adults - Zentangle a Plate will take place on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room. Adults are welcome to attend this free craft program to Zentangle a white plate with markers. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required for this free program.

A Write-On Writer's Workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room. Open readings will be held on Saturdays. For more details, readers may call Sue Kerr at 717-802-2594.

The Book Review Program will feature a review by Sally Flaherty of "President George Washington: His Journey to Becoming a Traitor" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Foundation Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

The Wednesday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Wednesdays, Feb. 13 and 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the meeting room. Works selected from "Great Short Stories of the Masters" will be reviewed.

Couponing for Extreme Savings will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to noon in the second-floor meeting room. Readers may contact for further details.

The Children's Book Writers Critique Group for adults only will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 16 in the second-floor meeting room. For more details, readers may contact Susan Sempeles at 717-574-9251 or

The Tuesday Night Book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesdays through Feb. 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The group will meet in the second-floor meeting room to discuss "It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered" by Lisa TerKeurst.

PennWriters will meet in Foundation Hall on Feb. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. The group is open to anyone who is interested in improving their writing skills. For details, readers may contact Carrie Jacobs at

Lego Madness! will be offered on Feb. 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for children ages 4 to 12. The program will include a short story time, then time to build based on a monthly theme or from their own imagination. No registration is needed.

Valentine Makerspace for children ages 3 to 5 will be held on Friday, Feb. 8, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Preschoolers are welcome to drop in to the library for Valentine inspired simple crafts and activities. This is a drop-in event, and no registration is required.

Valentine Makerspace for children age 6 and older will be offered from noon to 5 p.m. on Feb. 8. The drop-in event will include Valentine's Day crafts with options for children of all school ages and abilities, from elementary through high school. The crafts will include Valentine's Day-themed paper crafts, including cards, garlands, and more. Crafts can be scaled up or down for age and ability, and teens are welcome to attend.

Tape Town, designed for children ages 3 to 7, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 and Monday, Feb. 18. A session will also be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18. The program room will be transformed into a "Tape Town" with themed stations along the way to build, play, learn, and create. Children are encouraged to bring a matchbox-sized car to explore a tiny town or borrow one from the library for this self-guided activity. There is no registration required for this drop-in program.

An Engineering Challenge will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, for families with children ages 7 to 12. The program will celebrate 2019's National Engineers Week, themed "Invent Amazing." There is no registration required for this drop-in program.

Several story time programs will also be offered. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Preschool Story Time, open to children ages 4 to 6, will be held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 1 p.m. through Feb. 12. Twos and Threes Story Time will be offered to children ages 2 to 3 on Mondays at 11 a.m. Book Babies Story Time, open to infants ages 6 to 23 months, will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays through Feb. 19. 1-2-3 Library! will be held on Mondays through Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. for children ages 2 to 6.

For more information, readers may call the main circulation desk at 717-774-7820 or the Children's Library at 717-774-7822. Readers may also visit for details.


Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students January 21, 2019

The Donegal High School Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that Lyla Naqvi and Bailey Crager are the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for January. Students selected for the honor are recognized by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during their monthly luncheon meeting.

Lyla, daughter of Jill and Ali Naqvi of Marietta, is a member of National Honor Society, in which she has served as president as a junior and senior; National Art Honor Society, serving as treasurer as a junior and senior; and Math Honor Society, serving as secretary since 10th grade. Lyla has been the marketing director for Student Council since 10th grade and class treasurer throughout high school. She has been a Link Crew member for two years. She is a three-year member of the tennis team and is captain this year.

Outside of school, Lyla volunteered in the area of endoscopy at Hershey Medical Center and has assisted with ESL classes at a local church. After graduation, Lyla plans to attend a college to major in biology and pursue a career in medicine.

Bailey, son of Jill and Ed Crager of Mount Joy, is a two-year member of National Honor Society and Math Honor Society. He was a college ambassador as a junior and has served as vice president of the Varsity Club his junior and senior years. He fills the role of the school mascot this year. He participated on the baseball team his freshman, sophomore, and junior years, as well as the basketball team as a ninth- and 10th-grader; he is a member of the track team his senior year.

Outside of school, Bailey has volunteered with youth baseball and basketball. Bailey has served as a scoreboard operator for junior high basketball and high school soccer teams. After graduation, Bailey is planning to pursue a degree in nursing and then obtain his master's degree in anesthesia.


Students Receive Recognition January 21, 2019

Seven Elizabethtown Area School District students were recently recognized as Do the Right Thing recipients.

Ashton Aipa, a seventh-grade student at Elizabethtown Area Middle School (EAMS), was recognized for helping a classmate collect a dropped binder and papers. Fallon Amick, a first-grade student at Rheems Elementary, was honored for collecting donations for Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS) in lieu of birthday presents. Rheems third-graders Gavin Bush and Quinn Dugan received recognition for encouraging their peers. Hannah Fitzwater, an Elizabethtown Area High School senior, was honored for calming younger students during the November snow storm, when bus transportation was delayed. Gwyneth Slade, a third-grade student at Bainbridge Elementary, was recognized for participating in a hurricane relief trip to Wilmington, N.C. Kierstan Swanger, a third-grade student at Bainbridge, received recognition for befriending a classmate who was sitting alone at lunch.

The students' good deeds were acknowledged at ceremonies held recently at their respective schools, where they received a certificate of recognition, a Do the Right Thing T-shirt, and a gift certificate.

Do the Right Thing is a national program that is offered locally as a collaborative effort between Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC), the Elizabethtown local police departments, and the Elizabethtown Area School District. The program seeks to recognize students in the community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude, or outstanding efforts, and it emphasizes random acts of kindness that otherwise may go unnoticed.

School staff members and police officers typically nominate students whose positive actions come to their attention, but any adult over the age of 18 can nominate a student. A volunteer committee reviews nominations and selects a winner or winners for each month. Nomination forms are available at


Mount Joy Rotary Welcomes Speakers January 21, 2019

At its Jan. 15 meeting, held at The Gathering Place in Mount Joy, the Rotary Club of Mount Joy welcomed several international guests.

The guest speaker, Bianca Neff, discussed the Rotary Peace Fellowship. Neff is a 2010-11 Peace Fellowship recipient who is attending University of Bradford in Bradford, the United Kingdom, to earn her Rotary-sponsored master's degree in conflict resolution.

Throughout the world, there are six Rotary Peace Centers, which have had 1,200 graduates since 2002. Graduates are in strategic positions of leadership around the globe providing peacebuilding services. Neff founded an organization dedicated to providing mental health services to NGO workers who have experienced job-related trauma and stress.

Neff, the daughter of a Basque mother (Spain) and an American father, now lives in Spain. Her Basque heritage gives her a perspective of what it means to be a minority working through issues of ethnic conflict. Having been active in global humanitarian work for more than 15 years, she has lived in Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Spain, and Kenya.

The club also received an update from Freddy Tuyizere. Tuyizere, from Burundi, Africa, spoke about a water distribution project developed by the boys at his school for street children. The Burundi project has been one of special interest for the Rotary Club during the past two years. With Tuyizere was Keren Korineza, a graduate of his school in Burundi who is currently attending college in the United States.

For more details, readers may visit the Mount Joy Rotary Club's Facebook page. Individuals who are interested in being guests at either the Tuesday noon or Thursday evening meetings may call Mark Rorabaugh at 717-653-4717 or email


Released Time Program Plans Open House January 21, 2019

Warwick Released Time (WRT) invites the community to attend the student program and open house at Salem Lutheran Church, 26 Owl Hill Road, Lititz, on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. Third- and fourth-grade students from Kissel Hill Elementary who attend weekly religious classes at Salem Church will showcase what they are learning. Second-grade students and families are especially invited to attend the open house, since these students will be eligible for WRT classes next school year.

The theme for open house is "Faith, Fun, Friends - JOY," based on John 15:11-12. The program will begin with a song by all students, "Every Move I Make," and on-site director Sue Weiser will welcome attendees.

The fourth-grade class of Liz Preston and Correen Russo will present "Faith, Fun, Friends," and Betsy Wenger's class will sing "These Are the Books."

The story of Jacob and Esau will be presented by the third-grade class of Carolyn North, and members of Mim Shenk's class will share what they have been learning about Old Testament faith.

An offering will be received for the WRT program, and Sue Rohrer, WRT director, will give the prayer. The piano offertory, "Joy in Serving Jesus," will be played by Faith Meier. Concluding the program will be a congregational song, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." The benediction will be given by Walter Wagner, interim pastor at Salem.

Hank Hershey will provide technical support for the open house program.

WRT has been in the Warwick School District since 1965.


Photo Contest Slated January 21, 2019

A Ten Thousand Acts of Kindness Photo Contest will be held to celebrate York's unity through 10,000 acts of kindness. Residents of York County are invited to use their phones to snap a picture and post it using the hashtag #yorkindnessphotos.

Individuals of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate. Photos should include an original title and a statement of context in 20 words or fewer. All entries must be submitted by noon on Friday, Feb. 15. The top five photos will be made into Yorkindness post cards. Winners must be residents of York County.

The general public is invited to review photos online and like their favorites. For more information, readers may contact with Kindness Photo in the subject line. To learn more, readers may visit


Manheim Central Students Honored January 21, 2019


MCDS Sets Open House January 21, 2019

Manheim Christian Day School (MCDS), 686 Lebanon Road, Manheim, has announced that open enrollment time will begin in February. Families interested in a Christian education for their children from prekindergarten age through eighth grade are invited to the school's upcoming open house, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 11.

Parents and their children are welcome to come during the daytime slot to see classes in action and tour the school. The evening time slot will provide another option for families' convenience. Tours of the school will be offered, along with opportunities to meet classroom teachers.

One focus at the open house will be the school's kindergarten program. Two full-day kindergarten options are offered each year: a five-day program and a three-day program. The five-day option is designed for families with working parents or for students needing extra enrichment prior to entering first grade. For families that prefer to ease their children into full-time school, the three-day program is offered as a separate class with a designated teacher. This class also works well for students who score high on their kindergarten testing.

During the daytime open house, prospective kindergartners and their parents can participate in circle time at 10:30 a.m. Afterward, parents can learn more about the kindergarten program while their children have an opportunity to explore the classroom and play.

The evening open house will give prospective parents an opportunity to ask questions of the kindergarten teachers while their children enjoy free play and a craft.

All grades are open to new students and will be represented during both open house events.

MCDS began in 1952 and is a Christian-based school for prekindergartners through eighth-graders and their families in the Manheim area and surrounding communities. Although the school is associated with the Manheim Mennonite District of Churches, presently the student body represents more than 50 churches from various denominations. Close to 200 students are enrolled.

Enrollment in MCDS is available to students of varied cultural, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The school seeks to train children in Christ-like behavior by making the teachings of Jesus central to all subject matter.

For more information on the school and its programs, as well as to inquire about enrollment or request a personal tour, readers may call 717-665-4300 or visit


Hiking Club Posts Calendar January 21, 2019

The York Hiking Club will host several hikes and special events during February. For more details and weather updates, readers may contact the designated hike leader or visit or Facebook. Participants should dress for the weather, including appropriate footwear, and bring water, snacks, and/or lunch, as applicable. Carpool fees apply to most hikes.

A 10-mile hike on the Lakeside Trail will begin on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Conewago Day Use Area in Pinchot Park. Carpoolers will meet at the Park and Ride at the Emigsville exit on I-83 at 8 a.m. The alternate meeting location will be the Conewago Day Use Area rental building/bathrooms at 9 a.m. The hike leader is Todd Trimmer at 717-817-2394 or Hikers using the alternate meeting place are asked to contact Trimmer.

An 11-mile hike on Saturday, Feb. 9, will travel the Knauber, Water Tank, Rattling Run, Horse-Shoe, and Appalachian trails to find the Stony Mountain Lookout Tower and the Devil's Racecourse. This hike will involve multiple steep climbs and many rocks. Hikers will carpool at 8 a.m. from the Emigsville Park and Ride, Exit 24, Route 83. Leader David Lukes may be reached at 717-818-4751 or

A short hike and chili dinner will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10. Hikers will meet at JPJ Cabin, 1145 Furnace Road, Airville, to depart at 11 a.m. The chili dinner will begin at 1:30 p.m. Reservations and payment for dinner must be made by 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, by contacting Julie Falsetti at 717-854-3437 or

A 5-mile hike around Rocky Ridge Park will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17. Hikers will meet at the first parking lot on the left at Rocky Ridge Park at 1:30 p.m. Leaders Jerry and Chris Broome may be contacted at 717-757-6357 or

A 6-mile hike on Saturday, Feb. 23, will loop around Lake Williams and include a few moderate climbs. Hikers will carpool from the parking lot at York County School of Technology at 1 p.m. Leader Deb Clemons may be contacted at 717-659-8973 or

A 9-mile hike on the Weiser State Forest Haldeman Tract on Broad Mountain will travel the snowmobile trails for easy walking. If the hike exceeds 20 participants, two groups will be formed. Carpoolers will meet at Emigsville Park and Ride at 8 a.m. Leader Jim McCoy may be reached at 717-984-2712 or


Students Named To Ensembles January 21, 2019

Hempfield High School students recently earned recognition for their musical abilities.

Cellist Konrad Hurst, a junior, earned second chair at the recent District 7 Orchestra Festival. He will continue on to the Central Region Orchestra Festival in Williamsport on Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 20 to 22. Konrad will be eligible for a seat in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Orchestra.

Double bassist Michael Banks, a senior, has been selected to perform at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-East Orchestra Festival, a highly competitive and selective honor ensemble for students in the northeastern United States. Additionally, Michael is currently pursuing auditions at prestigious music schools for a future career in performance and music education.

The PMEA All-State Orchestra and NAfME All-East Orchestra festivals will be held in Pittsburgh on Thursday through Sunday, April 4 to 7.


Garden Club Plans Meeting January 21, 2019

The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 4, at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 2650 Freysville Road, Red Lion. Jennifer Cristofoletti, community outreach coordinator for York County Solid Waste Authority, will present "Waste to Energy" from 11 a.m. to noon. The presentation will be followed by a business meeting.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For details, readers may contact Melanie Markowski at 717-617-7457 or

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