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Toy Safety Tips Posted December 15, 2017

Last year, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report stating that there were an estimated 254,200 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. An estimated 88,700 of those injuries were to children younger than age 5. And 45 percent of the total injuries were to the head and face area.

To help shoppers select appropriate gifts this holiday season, Prevent Blindness has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness month. Prevent Blindness offers tips for purchasing toys.

Parents should avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off. People should ask themselves or the parent if the toy is right for the child's ability and age and consider whether other smaller children may be in the home and may have access to the toy. Purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods, or dangerous edges should be avoided. All art materials should be labeled as "nontoxic."

Adults should buy toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous shards. Shoppers should look for the letters "ASTM." This designation means the product meets the national safety standards set by ASTM International.

Toys with small parts should not be given to young children. Young children tend to put things in their mouths, increasing the risk of choking. If any part of a toy can fit in a toilet paper roll, the toy is not appropriate for children under age 3.

Toys with long strings or cords should not be purchased, especially for infants and very young children, as these can become wrapped around a child's neck. Uninflated or broken balloons should be disposed of immediately.

Toys with small magnets should not be purchased. Magnets, like those found in magnetic building sets and other toys, can be extremely harmful if swallowed. Parents should seek immediate medical attention if they suspect a child may have swallowed a magnet.

Parents should ensure any batteries are securely in place. All warnings and instructions on the box should be read. Adults should always supervise children and demonstrate to them how to use their toys safely. If purchasing sunglasses, parents should make sure they are labeled as 100 percent UV-blocking.

Sports equipment is a popular gift idea. Prevent Blindness suggests that the proper sports eye protection is also included. Recommendations may be found at www.preventblindness.org/recommended-sports-eye-protectors.

For more information on safe toys and gifts for children, readers may visit preventblindness.org/safe-toy-checklist. For more information on sports eye protection and safety, readers may visit www.preventblindness.org/sports-eye-safety.

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Rotary To Offer Scholarships December 15, 2017

Applications for the 2018-19 Rotary Foundation Global Scholarships are now available from Rotary Clubs in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties and from the Rotary District 7390 District office headquartered in York. The Rotary District 7390 Scholarship Committee will award one scholarship for 2018-19.

Rotary Global scholars must study abroad in one of the six areas of focus of The Rotary Foundation. The areas are peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and community development.

The scholarships, which are designed to further international understanding and goodwill, provide for study abroad in more than 200 countries and geographic areas where Rotary Clubs are located. Rotary Global Scholarships are generally for one academic year abroad and provide funding for roundtrip transportation, tuition and fees, room, board, some educational supplies, and language training, if necessary, up to a maximum award of $30,000 or its equivalent.

For more information, readers may contact the Rotary District 7390 office at office@rotary7390.org or 717-854-7842. Interested individuals may also visit www.rotary.org.

Applications must be submitted through a local Rotary club in the area of the applicant's legal or permanent residence or place of full-time study or employment. Rotary clubs must then submit the endorsed application to the district chair by Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Interviews will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, in York.

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Grant Supports Local Preschool December 15, 2017

iPadz for Autism was awarded a $1,000 grant by Wells Fargo's Community Connection Program. The grant enabled iPadz for Autism to purchase three iPads for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 preschool program. The remaining funds will be used to purchase Apple AppStore cards to accompany the iPads.

The iPads purchase enabled iPadz for Autism to complete its promise to the preschool program. In total, 130 iPads were placed since 2013.

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Smith Honored For Milestone December 15, 2017

The National Association of Home Builders and the York Builders Association (YBA) recently honored Mack L. Smith Sr., owner of M.L. Smith & Son Builders, for 50 years of association membership.

Smith joined the YBA in 1964 and has served at the local, state, and national levels in many capacities since that time, including YBA president in 1977-78 and Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) president in 1984. In 1978, PBA presented Smith with the Builder of the Year Award, and in 2007 he received PBA's Distinguished Achievement Award. Smith is also a senior life director at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He is currently serving as a director on YBA's 2017 Association Leadership team.

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Event Held For Girl Scouts December 15, 2017

In a collaborative effort, volunteers from the four York County chapters of Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) - Beta Beta, Beta Delta, Beta Gamma, and Eta - worked with Jessica Delp, a Girl Scout representative, to develop a program that would allow York County Girl Scouts to get the DKG Girl Scout patch. Crystal Mueller served as coordinator and liaison.

A total of 105 Girl Scouts ranging from Daisy Scouts to Senior Scouts participated in the event, which took place on Nov. 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in York and Fissel's one-room schoolhouse in Glen Rock. During the event, Girl Scouts completed activities and attended programs led by Kate Klunk, Kristin Phillips-Hill, Laura Fitz, Barb Heilman, Crystal Mueller, Bonnie Thompson, Karen Snyder, Pat Walker, Kathy Lauer, Betty Stein, Terri Stetler, Yvonne and Molly Baldwin, Kathryn Bortner, Carol Noble, and Ellie Shoemaker.

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Banana And Coconut Loaf December 15, 2017

The idea of the aroma of homemade bread baking in the oven is enough to compel many people to get in the kitchen and bake. There is nothing quite like waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread coming from the kitchen. With that in mind, readers may want to try the recipe for Banana and Coconut Loaf from Linda Collister's "Quick Breads" (Ryland, Peters & Small).

Banana and Coconut Loaf (Makes one medium loaf)

3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

Grated peel of an unwaxed lime

2 extra large eggs, beaten

3 medium bananas, very ripe (about 1 cup peeled)

3 tablespoons plain yogurt (not fat-free)

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

A good pinch of sea salt

1 8 x 4 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pan, greased and base-lined with parchment paper

Directions:

1 - Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2 - Put the coconut in an ovenproof dish and toast in the heated oven for about 3 minutes until a light gold color. Let cool until needed.

3 - Put the butter into a large bowl, add the sugar and the grated lime peel. Beat well with a wooden spoon or electric mixer. Gradually beat in the eggs.

4 - Using a fork, mash the bananas fairly roughly so they keep a bit of texture. Add to the bowl together with the coconut. Halve the lime and squeeze out the juice, then add 1 T of the juice to the bowl with the yogurt. Mix in gently.

5 - Set a strainer over the bowl and sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt onto the mixture. Mix in well, then scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the surface.

6 - Bake for about 1 hour until golden and a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Carefully remove from the pan and let cool on a wire rack. Serve thickly sliced. Best eaten within 3 days. Can be frozen for up to 1 month.

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Theater Invites Firefighters December 15, 2017

The Resident Theatre Company invites the volunteer firefighters who responded to the Nov. 16 five-alarm fire at Barclay Friends Senior Living Center to see "A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play" free of charge on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24. The invitation is extended to local fire companies, including Fame Fire Company, First Fire Company of West Chester, and Goodwill Fire Company, as well as the dozens of other regional fire companies who responded to the fire. The families of the firefighters are also invited to attend free of charge.

Firefighters may contact the box office at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester, to reserve tickets for the matinee performance of "A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play" at 3 p.m. The performance will run 90 minutes, without intermission.

To reserve tickets, firefighters may call 610-356-2787.

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Students Complete Internships Abroad December 15, 2017

Several local students studying at Susquehanna University served internships while participating in the Sigmund Weis School of Business London Program in the fall. Students also completed courses in operations management, quantitative methods for business, international business practice, and management and organizational behavior.

Ty Bricker, of Manheim, served an internship at Europe Economics, where he gained experience in the studies of finance and economics and assisted in research for proposals and projects. Bricker, a finance major in the Class of 2019, is a 2015 graduate of Manheim Central High School and the son of Craig and Shelly Bricker.

Anne Horting, of Elizabethtown, served an internship at Taxxa LLP, where she gained experience in intercultural work, built and maintained a database, researched, met clients, and worked on client documents. Horting, an accounting major in the Class of 2019, is a 2015 graduate of Elizabethtown Area High School and the daughter of Ken and Christine Horting.

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Hempfield Places On AP District Honor Roll December 15, 2017

Hempfield High School is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the eighth annual AP District Honor Roll.

To be included, Hempfield School District had to increase the number of students participating in AP since 2015 while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. The district is also committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, along with consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the eighth annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP exams, including world language and culture.

To receive the recognition, districts needed to increase participation/access to AP by a set percentage based on the size of the district; increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and scoring a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam; and improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district had already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students earned a 3 or higher.

The complete eighth annual AP District Honor Roll may be viewed at https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/score-reports-data/awards/honor-roll.

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Fire Company Plans Booklet December 15, 2017

The Craley Fire Company is currently selling business ads for its special 42nd anniversary Craley Days booklet. First-time advertisers may contact Bob Kline at 717-244-5237 for more information, including ad prices and details about payment.

The deadline for ad placement is Monday, June 26.

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Winning Essay Writers Posted December 15, 2017

The James A. Danner VFW Post 537, 1095 Pines Road, Etters, announced the top Voice of Democracy essayists from two local high schools. The Voice of Democracy is a worldwide audio-essay competition that requires entrants to write and record a three- to five-minute essay on a patriotic-based theme. "American History: Our Hope for the Future" was this year's theme.

The winning essays from Cedar Cliff High School were presented by Erik Homovich (first place), Ella Miller (second place), and Lindsay Garbacik (third place). From New Red Land High School, the winning essays were presented by Daniel Bloor (first place), Hayden Gerver (second place), and Hailey VanderSlice (third place). Each winning student, their families, and their teachers will be invited guests to the Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen Awards banquet on Thursday, Jan. 25, at the VFW Post.

Over 50 students participated in the local competition this year. The top essays from each school were forwarded to the District 21 competition against students from Adams, Franklin, and York counties. Cedar Cliff High School's Homovich was selected as third place winner in District 21.

The student who won at the district level goes on to compete against student essays from across Pennsylvania. The winner at the state level will be one of 54 finalists worldwide and will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete at the national level for the first place prize of a $30,000 college scholarship.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of Democracy Scholarship program in 1947. The VFW became a national sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the program in 1961. The competition was created to provide students in grades nine to 12 the opportunity to express themselves in regard to democratic ideas and principles. Around 40,000 students participate in the competition each year, and VFW awards more than $2 million in scholarships every year.

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Patriot's Pen Winners Posted December 15, 2017

The James A. Danner VFW Post 537, 1095 Pines Road, Etters, announced the top Patriot's Pen essayists from two local middle schools. The theme "America's Gift to My Generation" was the topic for the 300- to 400-word essays.

From Crossroads Middle School, the top student essays were written by Annabel Coulter (first place), Marlayna Concannon (second place), and Daniella Higgins (third place). From New Cumberland Middle School, the top student essays were written by Erik Schaeffer (first place), John Linsey (second place), and Sophia Kolivras (third place).

Each winning student, their families, and their teachers have been invited as guests to the Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen Awards banquet on Thursday, Jan. 25, at the VFW Post at 1095 Pines Road in Etters.

The National VFW created the Patriot's Pen youth essay competition in 1995 as a way to encourage young minds to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society while improving their writing skills. The contest is a worldwide competition that gives students in grades six through eight the opportunity to write a theme-based essay expressing their views on democracy while competing for awards and prizes.

Over 70 students participated in the local competition this year. The top essays were submitted to the VFW District 21 competition to compete against middle schools across Adams, Franklin, and York counties. The winner at the district competition goes on to compete at the state level. The state winner then competes at the national level for individual awards, ranging from $500 to $5,000.

For more information about the VFW, readers may visit www.vfw.org.

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YCCF Receives Award December 15, 2017

In recognition of outstanding contributions to the city of York, York County Community Foundation (YCCF) was presented with a Commonwealth Award from 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania for its social impact investment work. The award was presented during the Commonwealth Awards celebration on Dec. 7, 2017. At the event, YCCF was also recognized for the role it played in the York City Heritage Rail Trail Development and the Salem Square Neighborhood Initiative.

In the past three years, YCCF has invested more than $1 million in revitalizing downtown York through a variety of funds and initiatives. Recognizing that it is often a challenge for developers to make the financials work on urban redevelopment projects, YCCF recently established the Social Impact Investment Fund to provide patient capital at attractive rates.

The Social Impact Investment Fund mirrors what community foundations are doing across the country, using some of its assets to invest in economic development projects that may or may not be led by nonprofits. The fund also provides a vehicle for donors who want to support redevelopment while making a charitable gift to the fund. The fund was established to promote economic development in downtown York city through market-rate housing, redevelopment of blighted and vacant spaces, and development along the Codorus Creek.

Distributions from the fund may be in the form of grants, loans or other equity investments. Proceeds from the investments are returned to the fund for redistribution to new projects. Through the Social Impact Investment Fund, YCCF provided $250,000 in loan funding for RSDC's Market Street Revitalization project and made a $200,000 financial commitment to the redevelopment of the Yorktowne Hotel.

To create and sustain momentum in downtown's economy, YCCF dedicated portions of its discretionary Fund for York County and Beautiful York Fund to quality public and commercial spaces. In recent years, these funds awarded more than $350,000 in grants for the lighting of Continental Square, improvements to the rail trail, public art, building capacity of the Community First Fund to implement new market tax credit projects, security cameras in the Market District, revitalization of the Salem Square neighborhood and $50,000 toward predevelopment costs for the Yorktowne Hotel.

YCCF knows that many people are excited about the renaissance of downtown and it wanted to provide new opportunities for givers to join in. YorIt is an initiative of YCCF, comprised of people who are excited about building their lives in York, who are enthusiastic about York's potential, and who wish to contribute to the vitality of York. Through the YorIt Social Venture Challenge, the group supports emerging, socially minded organizations that add to the vitality of York. YorIt members pool their gifts and solicit project ideas, interview applicants, and organize a live pitch event where members vote on the project that they think will create the greatest spark downtown. Successful Social Venture Challenge winners include Working Class York, The Parliament Arts Organization, Pedi Cabs of York and the popular Taste Test pop-up restaurant.

For more information, readers may visit www.yccf.org.

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WIC Program Posts Hours December 15, 2017

As the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program provider for York County, the Community Progress Council WIC Program offers later appointments at its York City office for working families. Twice a month, the WIC office at 130 W. Market St., York, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Readers may call the main office at 717-843-7942 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

WIC provides supplemental food and nutrition education for pregnant and breastfeeding women, mothers who have given birth within the past six months, and infants and children up to age 5. Eligibility for WIC is based on income, residency, and medical/dietary-based conditions.

Readers may start a pre-application at www.pawic.com. Pennsylvania WIC is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Gallery To Feature Artwork December 15, 2017

The art gallery at United Zion Retirement Community, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring Sandra Desrosiers as December's Artist of the Month.

Desrosiers began oil painting in 2015 shortly after her husband of 11 months passed away. She also began sketching in January 2015, which led her to enroll in a drawing class at the Hanover Area Arts Guild. Shortly after, Desrosiers took a painting class using a variety of mediums except oil. Later, a local artist offered her instruction in oil using Flemish Maroger, an all-in-one painting medium.

Desrosiers began painting up to 12 hours a day every day. She paints what she enjoys - still life, florals, animals, and people - and she studies old master works. Desrosiers' work has received multiple awards, including Best of Show awards at the 2016 and 2017 York Fair and seven other first-place ribbons. In June 2017, she was accepted to several juried shows, including the Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Show, where she won a blue ribbon in the painting category. Other achievements include Awards of Merit and honorable mentions at the Hanover Area Arts Guild.

Desrosiers' work will be on display during December. The gallery is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at awojcik@uzrc.org.

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District Hires Serfass December 15, 2017

At its Dec. 12 action meeting, the Elizabethtown Area School District board of education unanimously approved the hiring of its former high school principal Dan Serfass as the assistant to the superintendent for learning. Serfass will replace Amanda Hann, who will be leaving for the Donegal School District in mid-January. Serfass will rejoin the district in June 2018 at the completion of his commitment as principal of Wiesbaden Middle School in Germany.

Serfass was hired following an extensive search process that involved a series of interviews. The interview team was comprised of district and school administrators, teachers, and school board members.

Wiesbaden Middle School is a United States Department of Defense public school for children of U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. Prior to his most recent position at Wiesbaden, Serfass was principal at Elizabethtown Area High School for two years.

Serfass has also successfully served as the principal of Rota Middle-High School in Spain and Livorno Elementary-Middle School in Italy. Further, he has served as assistant principal at Hershey High School and Radnor High School in Wayne. He also taught civics and science and coached at William Allen High School in Allentown and The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr prior to transitioning into public school administration.

Serfass is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he earned a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics. He was awarded a master's degree in educational Leadership from Lehigh University in 2005. Other postgraduate degrees include a master's in management from Troy University in 1996 and a master's in public administration from Shippensburg University in 1993, which he received while studying National Security Affairs at the U.S. Army Senior Officer War College in Carlisle. During his 20-year career as a United States Naval officer, his tours of duty included leadership positions as a commanding officer and chief of staff. He also trained countless men and women in the performance of their skilled trades while sustaining exceptional rates of organizational mission accomplishments.

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Students Of The Month Honored December 15, 2017

Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) seniors Hannah Ruby and Austin Denlinger were named the Elizabethtown Rotary Club's Students of the Month for December. Ruby and Denlinger were honored for their high academic achievement and extensive involvement in school and community service activities.

Ruby is the daughter of Greg and Nikki Ruby of Bainbridge. She is a member of National Honor Society (NHS) and is active with the school newspaper, where she serves as opinion editor. She is a member of the competition science team and Key Club and treasurer for the Class of 2018. In the community, she serves as a peer tutor in French. She plans to attend college to double major in biology and psychology with the goal of attending medical school.

Denlinger is the son of Matthew and Marianne Denlinger of Elizabethtown. He is a member of NHS and is active in numerous school activities, including Student Council and Mini-THON. He also earned Lancaster-Lebanon League all-star status in both soccer and baseball. In the community, Denlinger is active with the Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce, packing bags for Santa at the holiday parade. He also supports the Rotary Club and its Christmas tree sales. Denlinger plans to attend college and later pursue a degree in civil engineering.

For more information on the Rotary Club of Elizabethtown, readers may visit www.elizabethtownrotary.org.

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Library Sets Winter Reading Challenge December 15, 2017

Manheim Community Library, 15 E. High St., Manheim, will offer its Winter Reading Challenge, Blizzard Bingo, from Dec. 18 through Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Through the challenge, book lovers of all ages will have the opportunity to win prizes.

Blizzard Bingo cards are available for emerging readers (Read-Aloud and beginning readers), independent readers, and adult readers. Tasks vary by level and include reading prompts, such as reading a folk or fairy tale, an adventure book, or a book with snowmen, as well as activity prompts, including drawing a picture of a favorite book character, making a fort and reading inside it, or watching a movie based on a book. Game boards may be picked up at the library or downloaded from manheimlibrary.org.

Prizes are available for completing five in a row, the five specially marked spaces for emerging readers and independent readers, or every square on the board. Players may win prizes for each category.

Like Manheim Community Library's successful Summer Reading Program, which had 900 youth participants this year, the Winter Reading Challenge is part of an initiative to help enrich and transform the lives of community members. The library offers programs throughout the year that focus on five essential literacies: Basic, Information, Civic and Social, Health, and Financial.

For more information, readers may stop by the library, visit the website, or follow Manheim Community Library on Facebook.

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Seminary Hires Professor, Sets ThD Program December 15, 2017

Evangelical Seminary has announced that scholar and author Dr. Leonard Sweet is slated to join the faculty as the new Charles Wesley Distinguished Professor of Doctor of Theology Studies, beginning Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Seminary president Tony Blair studied under Sweet in a Doctor of Ministry program years ago. Sweet will serve in a part-time role, leading the ThD program's Semiotics track (studying signs) and teaching several of the core courses.

Sweet is an honors and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Richmond, having earned a Master of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and a doctorate from the University of Rochester. He has authored more than 200 articles, 1300-plus published sermons, and more than 60 books. In 2006 and 2007, Sweet was voted by his peers "One of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America" by ChurchReport Magazine, and in 2010, he was selected by the top non-English Christian website as one of the "Top 10 Influential Christians." He is known for his podcast, "Napkin Scribbles," and for his homiletics resource, www.preachingthestory.com.

Currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Portland Seminary in Oregon and Tabor Colleae in Kansas, Sweet was previously vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the Theological School at Drew University. He also served for 11 years as president and professor of church history at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, and is currently its president emeritus. Sweet resides in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state.

Evangelical's Doctor of Theology (ThD) program is currently in the proposal stage as it awaits approval from accrediting agencies, including the Association of Theological Schools and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Approval is anticipated by February 2018. The ThD program, which will commence in the summer or fall of 2018, is designed for reflective ministry practitioners.

The seminary is also slated to launch its first-ever graduate program accessible entirely online. The new Master of Arts (Bible) is designed for practitioners and supplements a more intensive Master of Arts in Religion (Bible concentration) created for those pursuing a scholarly career in biblical studies. The MA (Bible) can be earned through courses at the Myerstown campus of the seminary or online or through a combination of the two.

For more information about Evangelical Seminary, readers may visit www.evangelical.edu or email admissions@evangelical.edu.

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Senior Center Posts Schedule December 15, 2017

The Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, located in the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, invites area seniors to its upcoming programs. The center, a service of GEARS and the Lancaster County Office of Aging, is open regularly on Mondays through Fridays. Interested individuals may call the center at 717-367-7984 for more information or to make reservations.

On Thursday, Dec. 21, activities will include walking at 9 a.m., shuffleboard at 9:30 a.m., craft class at 10 a.m., Uno and Skip-bo at 11 a.m., and pinochle and bridge at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be chicken potpie, mixed vegetables, coleslaw, and seasonal fruit.

The schedule on Friday, Dec. 22, will feature walking at 9 a.m., Bible study and table games at 10 a.m., and Christmas music with Sandy Heisey at 11 a.m. Individuals are encouraged to wear Christmas sweaters. Lunch will be a beef burrito, fiesta corn, and baked pineapple.

The center will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25, for Christmas.

On Tuesday, Dec. 26, the center will offer walking at 9 a.m., a morning stretch at 9:30 a.m., bingo at 10:30 a.m., and jokes and funny stories at 1 p.m. Lunch will be Swiss steak, whipped potatoes, lima beans, and pears.

Activities on Wednesday, Dec. 27, will include walking at 9 a.m., chair exercise at 9:30 a.m., Wii Bowling at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and table games at 11 a.m. Lunch will be roasted pork loin with gravy, redskin potatoes, green beans, and seasonal fruit.

Two new programs will begin in January 2018. Ukulele Band will meet the second and fourth Wednesdays at 2 p.m., and individuals may join to learn how to play or to sing along with the band. Walk With Ease will take place on Mondays and Fridays, Jan. 8 to March 9, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and will offer opportunities for exercise and walking indoors. Readers may call the senior center for costs and additional information.

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