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MTEF Awards Grants June 23, 2017

Twice a year - in the fall and in the spring - the Manheim Township Educational Foundation (MTEF) disburses contributions from area businesses and individuals to implement educational programs that are applied for by school district educators. In the spring of 2017, the MTEF board of directors voted to approve the grant committee's recommendation to award 13 grants totaling $101,849. Recipients are as follows:

Artist in Residence - AP World History Survival Guide at Manheim Township High School (MTHS), Tammy Sweeney, received $1,575. The project is to create a video survival guide for the AP World History course, led and directed by current students with assistance by the South Central PaARTners.

Mobile Learning Initiative - smart TVs in Manheim Township School District (MTSD), Anthony Aldinger and Jessica O'Gorman, received $64,219 to provide a smart TV in all classrooms and instructional areas in order for teachers and students to wirelessly share information from their electronic devices.

Bucher Stream Study - Hands-on Science (Bucher), Jessica Burkett and Kristen Rychener, received $1,290 for the project, which will offer students in grades two through four lessons presented by a county conservation officer that cover state standards in environment and ecology.

Buddy Bench (Nitrauer), Jennifer McMullin and Missy Weaver, received $3,558 to provide a bench at each elementary school. The grant is made possible through the Artie Shirk Memorial Fund. The Buddy Benches will give students a place to go when they are seeking support from a peer.

Bullying Prevention Program Standardization for elementary and Landis Run, counselors, received $6,594 in order to standardize bullying prevention lessons.

Headsprout Early Reading for elementary, Sharon Schaefer and Kim Kichline, received $2,549. The supplemental early reading program is a phonics-based program that reinforces and reteaches the concepts and skills outlined in the reading and language arts curriculum. The program has been expanded over the past 10 years and is now in place in the kindergarten classrooms at all six elementary schools in the district.

IHT Spirit Adidas Zone Heart Rate Monitors at MTHS, David Ammon and Brad Landis, received $4,495. The system will allow physical education students to exercise within heart rate zones appropriate for their individual fitness levels and to be graded based on their personal effort and fitness improvement.

MT Astronomy Club (MTAC) Little Dippers - Creating Interest in STEM Through Star Watches at MTHS, David Farina, received $6,449. The plan is to create MTAC Little Dippers at the elementary level and MTAC Big Dippers at the middle school and to add telescopes to the new STEAM labs at each elementary school.

Manheim Township Middle School STEM Club, Brian Smoker, received $1,270 to provide students with a fun, interactive, and educational opportunity to explore and enrich their interests in STEM-related topics.

PAES (Practical Assessment Exploration System) Program for Students in the Life Skills Program at MTHS, Cara Sawyer, Ashley Cooper, and Joni Lefever, received $3,450. In a work development lab, students earn simulated money to explore multiple work areas using real work lessons in order to better prepare them for success after high school by learning important career, vocational, and life skills.

Reist Family American History and Agriculture Day at Schaeffer, Jennifer Smith, received $400. The Reist family will work with fourth-grade teachers to provide learning stations that teach Pennsylvania and American history.

Schaeffer Garden, Sarah Phillips and Christopher Zander, received $3,600. The goal of the project is to restructure the ecosystem of the current Schaeffer pond into a stream to help students at all elementary schools study the ecosystem in a safe, hands-on way.

Summer Yearbook Camp at MTHS, Nicole Schiffhauer and Kimberly Wolfe, received $2,400. Current yearbook advisers and four students will have the opportunity to attend a camp to learn how to better their design, writing, editing, photography, photo editing, sales, and public relations skills.


Sportsmen Set Schedule June 23, 2017

The Manheim Sportsmen's Association, 552 Oak Tree Road, Manheim, has posted its upcoming schedule of events. Details are available at

On Monday, July 10, retirees and seniors will gather at the clubhouse at 8 a.m. for their monthly coffee and snack hour, weather permitting. Members and their friends are invited. Readers with questions may call 717-951-6103.

The club's monthly membership meeting will take place at the clubhouse on Thursday, July 13, at 7 p.m. For more information, readers may call 717-665-7729, 717-587-6957, or 717-951-6103.

The clubhouse has been reserved for a member's family gathering on Sunday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The clubhouse is available for rental to members and nonmembers. Readers may call 717-951-6103 for information.

On Saturday, July 22, the club will hold its monthly tactical shoot on the club ranges. The event is open to the public, with registration from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The shoot will begin at 10 a.m. after a shooters' briefing. For details, including regulations, readers may call 717-435-3327.

Each Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m., the club's indoor range is open to the public for handgun practice for a per-shooter fee. There are an NRA-qualified instructor and range safety officer on duty to assist shooters and control all shooting. For further information, readers may contact 717-653-9979 or

The trap shooting committee holds trap shooting practice for anyone on the club's automatic traps on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting. For more information, readers may call Gary at 717-327-5454.

The club's membership application is available on the website, which is currently being upgrading. The club's officers are listed on the site as well. For general information, readers may call 717-951-6103.


Chautauqua Posts Schedule June 23, 2017

This summer, the Pennsylvania Chautauqua in Mount Gretna will host programs highlighting crafting, music, and history. Programs will take place in the Hall of Philosophy, next to the Jigger Shop, unless otherwise noted.

Weekly yoga classes are held on Wednesdays at 4 p.m., with Stephanie Bost instructing. There is a fee.

On Wednesday, June 28, a Mount Gretna School of Art art lecture will be led by Amy Mahnick starting at 10 a.m. Mahnick will present on "Seeking the Whole."

The NY Chautauqua Series will continue with "The Duty of Faith and Citizenship" on Thursday, June 29, at 10 a.m. The video lecture by Ralph Reed will highlight Christian duty and the importance in a culture of inclusion. It will be facilitated by Kathy Snavely.

"Artful Deception - Sleuthing Art Fakes" will be led by Dr. Gary Vikan, retired director of Baltimore's Walters Art Museum, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 30.

On Saturday, July 1, a Fairy Tale Morning: Ice Cream Breakfast Buffet will start at 9:30 a.m. Fiona the Fairy's Storytime and craft will be at 9:45 a.m., with the Fairy Garden Parade, a trip to the fairy garden located behind the Visitor Information Center, at 10 a.m. Children will be able to make a craft to take home. There is a fee. To register, readers may call 717-964-1830.

A showing of "Johnny Appleseed" by the Gretna Theatre for Young Audiences will take place at 11 a.m. on July 1. Separate admission prices have been set for children age 5 and under and for others. For tickets, readers may call 717-964-3627.

A worship service will start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 2, in the Playhouse. It will feature retired Rev. Fred Opalinski of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and soloist Lana Walmer.

Mah Johngg on the Porch takes place every Monday at 1 p.m., with upcoming dates including July 3. All are welcome, including beginners. For more information, readers may call 717-964-2299.

The Fourth of July Celebration and Band Concert will start at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. The 58th annual performance will feature the Keystone Band of Rehrersburg. The Grand Illumination, a post-concert walk along Pennsylvania Avenue and tree candle lighting near the tennis courts, will start at 9 p.m.

More than 150 programs are offered between Memorial Day and Labor Day by Mount Gretna, The Pennsylvania Chautauqua. For more information, readers may visit, search for "Mt. Gretna, The Pennsylvania Chautauqua" on Facebook, find @PaChautauqua on Twitter, or call the Visitor Information Center at 717-964-1830 on Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 8:30 p.m.


Chocolate Walk Tickets On Sale June 22, 2017

The Kiwanis Club of Lititz Area has announced that tickets will go on sale on Saturday, July 1, for the 16th annual Lititz Chocolate Walk, which will be held rain or shine on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Lititz.

Tickets will be sold at and at local retailers, which are listed on the website. Individuals are encouraged to purchase tickets soon, as the event has sold out each year.

Ticketholders will be able to receive unique chocolate samples from more than 30 stops in Lititz. The treats will be donated by local chefs and chocolatiers.

All proceeds will benefit the children's charities that the local Kiwanis Club supports, including Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, Schreiber Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, and children's programs at the Lititz and Manheim Township libraries.


Community Invited To Pack Meals June 22, 2017

Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Road, Lancaster, will kick off its Summer Sundays on July 2 with 10,000 Meals Sunday.

The event will begin with worship and Communion at both 10 a.m. services. Immediately afterward, volunteers of all ages will convene in the church lobby for about an hour to package 10,000 nutritional meals for hungry families around the world through the Rise Against Hunger relief program.

This will be the third time Highland has joined to fight against international hunger through the program. In 2015, its 10,000 meals helped families in Sierra Leone. In 2016, Haitian families benefited from Highland's efforts.

Community members are invited to join in the family-oriented project. To register, visit


Volunteer Opportunities Posted June 22, 2017

Columbia Crossing River Trails Center and the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) Visitors Center have announced a need for volunteers. Among the benefits of volunteering are opportunities to reconnect with old friends, make new connections, and share knowledge of the area with guests.

Columbia Crossing is the trailhead for the Northwest River Trail. The facility houses information about the trail, downtown Columbia, and the Susquehanna Riverlands corridor. Additionally, the Crossing hosts community activities and features river-related exhibits. Volunteers offer visitors information regarding programs, events, and attractions.

SVCC's Visitors Center greets more than 10,000 guests to the region each year, with guests hailing from nearly every state and from an average of 14 countries annually. Volunteers help plan and/or provide assistance with fundraising events for the center; interested individuals may visit for additional information on events. Other volunteer opportunities include staffing the reception desk, stuffing mailers, and serving as tour guides for the trolley that runs throughout Columbia during the summer weekends and for special events.

Individuals who are interested in volunteering may call the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce at 717-684-5249 or Columbia Crossing at 717-449-5607.


Klink Earns Eagle Scout Award June 22, 2017

Kyle Klink, 16, of Manheim received his Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in Boy Scouts, at a recent Court of Honor ceremony at Rapho Township Park. Klink just completed his junior year at Manheim Central High School. He is the son of Scott and Felice Klink and the grandson of Larry and Beverly Berman of Mount Joy.

Kyle earned a total of 51 merit badges through troop activities and programs at Camp Rodney, Camp Bashore, and Elizabethtown College. He served in numerous positions, including assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, and den chief. Kyle was elected into the Order of the Arrow (OA) by the troop, and he became a Vigil member of OA.

For his Eagle Scout service project, Kyle cleared brush, trees, and shrubs, and spread mulch at Cove Park in Mount Joy to allow people a place to picnic.


Wiley Earns Eagle Scout June 22, 2017

Jacob Wiley of Troop 393, Willow Street, was recently awarded the Eagle Scout rank in a Court of Honor ceremony on June 17 at Climbers Run Nature Preserve in Pequea.

Jacob is a rising senior year at Lampeter-Strasburg High School and participates on the tennis and cross-country teams. He has been involved with Interact Club and concert band. Outside of school, he has volunteered at the Lancaster Science Factory, YMCA Fun Runs, Kids Cookie Break Fest Runs, and Wreaths Across America. Jacob has participated in the ACE Mentor program, which allows him to work directly with architects, construction workers, and engineers who help guide high school students in pursuit of these careers. Jacob is also involved with Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 304 in Lancaster, where he is a cadet staff sergeant. Jacob plans to attend college to major in engineering.

Jacob began his Scouting career in second grade as a Bobcat Cub with Pack 286 and continued through Cub Scouting to achieve the Arrow of Light. As a member of Boy Scout Troop 393, he has held numerous leadership positions, including assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, senior patrol leader, and troop guide. He has earned 29 merit badges and the World Conservation Award. He was also inducted into the Order of the Arrow in 2015 and earned Brotherhood membership in 2016.

For his Eagle project, Jacob constructed, assembled, and installed three park benches along with planting shade trees in the Windy Hill Neighborhood Park.


Rotary Club Presents Award June 22, 2017

The Hershey Rotary Club has presented the 2017 Community Service Award to Christine Drexler, founder of Cocoa Packs. Cocoa Packs is committed to addressing food insecurity and overall wellness of mind, body and soul for children in Derry Township.

According to Cocoa Packs, Derry Township School District estimates that more than 600 students face food shortages. While there are programs that help provide students with food during the school day, there can be a gap on weekends or times when school is not in session. Cocoa Packs currently provides weekend food assistance to hundreds of student recipients in six different schools who can benefit from the program.

Hundreds of community volunteers and sponsors help support the mission of the organization. Drexler has inspired and motivated others to acknowledge and actively join her in the fight against childhood hunger in the community.

Each year, the Rotary Club presents the award to a person or service organization whose volunteer public service, community outreach, philanthropic activities and/or community activities, represents an unselfish contribution to the communities of Derry Township and/or surrounding communities. As part of the award, the recipient designates a charitable organization to receive $1,000 in his or her name. Drexler will allocate the award money to Cocoa Packs.

To learn more about Cocoa Packs, readers may visit Information about the Hershey Rotary Club is available at


Troop Celebrates 100 Years June 22, 2017

Boy Scout Troop 48 recently celebrated 100 continuous years of its charter. More than 200 individuals attend the March event to celebrate and reflect on the Scout troop.

Pictures and artifacts from the troop's first 100 years will be on display at the New Holland Area Historical Society (NHAHS) until November.

On Saturday, Aug. 5, the troop will host a model campsite and Scoutcraft demonstration at the site of the old elementary school in New Holland. The troop will also reminisce on Monday, Oct. 30, at the NHAHS and at the December troop Christmas party.

The troop has earned many awards over the years, and recently Troop 48's chartered partner, New Holland Group of Citizens, was been selected as the recipient of the Conestoga River District's Charter Partner of the Year Award. Audra Newhart, committee chair, was selected as a recipient of the District Award of Merit, the highest recognition a district can bestow on a volunteer, and Scoutmaster Charles Ulrich IV was selected as a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition a council can bestow on a volunteer.

To learn more about Scouting, readers may contact Ulrich at 717-371-5284 or

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