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Daisy Troop Takes Part In Garden Project August 23, 2017

Despite their young age, members of Daisy Troop 4044 recently learned an important lesson about gardening and feeding the hungry through the troop's first community service project.

The troop, composed of girls ages 5 and 6 who attend Lionville Elementary School (LES), where the troop meets, joined members of the LES Garden Club in its efforts to grow fresh produce for the Chester County Food Bank (CCFB). LES currently has several raised bed gardens located behind the school that are designated as CCFB gleaning gardens.

In April, the Daisies, who at the time were kindergarten students at LES, visited the gardens and planted spring annuals, including marigolds, in the garden bed in order to attract butterflies. They also planted pepper seeds in a different garden bed.

The troop, which formed in September 2016, used a portion of the proceeds from its first Girl Scout Cookie sale for the garden project. "We wanted the girls to decide what to do with their cookie money, and we talked about using the money as a way to give back to the community," explained troop leader Andrea Colleluori, noting that some of the money was saved for patches and events, while some helped to fund a celebratory "bouncy party." "They raised $800, and 10 percent of the money was used for the garden project."

Colleluori noted that the girls sold between 200 and 250 boxes of cookies during their inaugural cookie sale. "(They manned) two or three cookie booths," she added. "I wanted them to get a taste of cookie sales."

The troop members returned to the gleaning gardens in June and helped to pick vegetables. "We got to harvest radishes, kale and collard greens, and we got to try the radishes," Colleluori said. The girls plan to return for fall harvesting in October, at which time they are also scheduled to pay a visit to the CCFB.

"This (project) was an introduction (to community service)," Colleluori explained. "We wanted to give back to the community because that is what Girl Scouts is all about."

The girls left a permanent marker of their project in the form of a heart-shaped garden stone, which is etched with all their names. The stone was placed in the butterfly bed. "They can come back and see something tangible and be able to say 'I helped with this,'" said Colleluori.

The troop members are now first-grade students at LES. Colleluori noted that when they get to second grade, they will advance to Brownies.


RLABA Bestows Scholarships August 23, 2017


Auxiliary Plans Car Show August 23, 2017

Austin L. Grove Post 403 American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor a Veteran Support Service Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. at the Post, 4035 Manchester St., Glen Rock. In the case of rain, the event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 15.

The purpose of the event is to assist local veterans and others in receiving the help they need. Approximately 10 to 12 veteran service organizations will be represented, including the recorder of deeds for DD 214 recording, groups offering financial assistance for veterans and their families, groups that provide service dogs for veterans, and organizations that provide assistance for people struggling with drug or alcohol abuse or who have criminal records.

Admission is free, and it is free to register a vehicle for the car show. Food will be available.

To preregister and for more details, readers may contact Sharon Krout at 717-235-5157 or


Legion Plans To Encourage Troops August 23, 2017

The Stewartstown American Legion Auxiliary Unit 455 wants to recognize and send encouragement to local men and women currently serving in the military.

Individuals who would like to include a loved one or friend currently serving may contact Maureen Fromm at 717-993-8348.


Cub Scouts Post Signup Events August 23, 2017

The Indian Rock District of the New Birth of Freedom Boy Scout Council has scheduled its Cub Scout signup nights. Cub Scouting offers boys in kindergarten to fifth grade opportunities to have fun and grow as individuals by learning new things, mastering new skills, gaining self-confidence, and developing strong friendships.

Signups will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The events are as follows.

Dallastown: Dallastown Elementary, 105 S. Charles St., Dallastown, Packs 40, 43, and 180, Tuesday, Sept. 12; Leaders Heights Elementary, 49 Indian Rock Dam Road, York, Packs 50 and 180, Wednesday, Sept. 13; Ore Valley Elementary, 2620 Springwood Road, York, Packs 40, 43, and 50, Thursday, Sept. 14; and York Township Elementary, 2500 S. Queen St., York, Packs 40, 43, 50, 155, and 180, Sept. 14.

Red Lion: Fairmount Park, Boundary Avenue, Pack 28, Sept. 14, and Chapel Church, 3050 Cape Horn Road, Pack 155, Saturday, Sept. 9, noon to 3 p.m.

South Eastern: Fawn Area Elementary, 504 Main St., Fawn Grove, Pack 83, Monday, Sept. 11, and Stewartstown Elementary, 17945 Barrens Road North, Stewartstown, Pack 156, Sept. 12.

Southern York County: Friendship Elementary, 3457 Sticks Road, Glen Rock, Pack 48, Sept. 13; Shrewsbury Elementary, 331 S. Main St., Shrewsbury, Pack 90, Sept. 13; and Southern Elementary, 3280 Fissels Church Road, Glen Rock, Packs 24, 48, and 90, Sept. 13.

York Suburban: Indian Rock Elementary, 1500 Indian Rock Dam Road, York, Pack 37, Sept. 14; Valley View Elementary, 850 Southern Road, York, Pack 37, Sept. 12; and Yorkshire Elementary, 295 Mills St., York, Pack 20, Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. East York students are invited to attend the event at Yorkshire Elementary.

Anyone who cannot attend an event may obtain more information by visiting


New Hope Receives Grant August 23, 2017

New Hope Ministries has announced that it has received a $10,000 grant from the PPL Foundation. The funds will support New Hope's workforce development and stability programs designed to make people job-ready for open and needed positions in the southcentral Pennsylvania region.

According to New Hope executive director Eric Saunders, the goal of the organization's job training and workforce development programs, along with soft-skills training and personal encouragement and support, is to address and reduce community instability and poverty.

The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.

New Hope Ministries is a community-based, Christian, social service agency that aims to show the love and hope of Christ by meeting the needs of low-income families and individuals through crisis assistance centers in Dillsburg, Dover, Hanover, Mechanicsburg, New Oxford, and the West Shore. New Hope provides help with food, housing, utility, and transportation needs to 18,000 individuals from 7,600 families every year. In addition, New Hope provides structured after-school programs for underprivileged youths. For more information, readers may visit


Woodturners Club Sets Meeting August 23, 2017

The next monthly meeting of the South Central Pennsylvania Woodturners Club will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will feature hands-on turning.

Meetings are held in the Park Building of Christ United Methodist Church on Water Street in Jacobus on the first Tuesday of the month. Meetings include displays of members' recent projects, discussions, and demonstrations of techniques for various woodturning projects. Experienced woodturners are available to answer questions in all areas of woodturning.

Anyone with an interest in woodturning, from beginner to professional, is encouraged to attend. For more information, readers may visit


Group Slates Chicken Barbecue August 23, 2017

Keystone Wildfire Crew Inc. will hold its annual chicken barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 2, at Tractor Supply Co., 1008 Lancaster Pike, Quarryville, in the parking lot at 10 a.m.

Each dinner will include chicken, a baked potato, applesauce, a dessert and a beverage. Individual half-chickens will also be available. There is a fee for the food.

Keystone Wildfire Crew Inc.'s goal is to protect life, property, and natural resources. For more information, visit


Clothing Drive August 23, 2017

The Charles Ludwig VFW Post 7362, 755 Rancks Church Road, New Holland, is seeking donations of clothing for its second annual clothing drive for veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

Organizer and post commander Norman E. Brower Jr. noted that clothing for both men and women veterans, such as pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses, and new stockings, will be accepted, as well as items such as carry-on bags and suitcases.

Interested individuals may schedule an appointment to deliver items to VFW Post 7362 by calling Brower at 717-824-2343.

According to Brower, many times veterans will arrive at the Coatesville VA Medical Center with only the clothing they are wearing. After receiving help through the center's programs and services, the veterans are able to leave the center to find employement and go on to lead a successful life.

VFW Post 7362 offers many programs and services to the community, including an American flag retirement program as regulated by the flag code, services to veterans and their families through the VA administration, and donations of hospital equipment.


Fire Company Sets Breakfast August 23, 2017

Geigertown Fire Company, located at 3433 Hay Creek Road, will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 7 to 11 a.m. Proceeds will support the fire company.

For more information, readers may call 610-286-6481, visit or like the fire company's page on Facebook.


Berks Strollers To Visit Cloister August 23, 2017

Members of the Berks Strollers will visit the Ephrata Cloister on Saturday, Sept. 2. The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Cloister parking lot off Main Street, just before the Route 272 overpass, for the 10 a.m. tour. There will be a cost.

Participants will spend about an hour and a half touring the grounds and buildings. Then they will walk to one of the cemeteries and through parts of Ephrata. For more information, readers may contact hike leaders Randy and Shelby at 610-273-9160.


One-Room Schools Reunion Set August 23, 2017

The Upper Oxford Township One-Room Schools Reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, at noon at Manor Presbyterian Church, 505 Street Road, Cochranville, in the social room. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish and memorabilia.

The program will include a video of the one-room school dedications in 2016. The history room, featuring displays about the schools' history, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To make reservations, call 610-932-9718 or email


Volunteers Sought To Harvest Crops August 23, 2017

The Knights of Columbus Saint Elizabeth Council is looking for volunteers to assist with harvesting potatoes and onions on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The crops were planted in April for the Farming Project for the Hungry. Participants should bring older clothes, work gloves, sunscreen, and a hat.

The harvest will be donated to the Lord's Pantry of Downingtown. Last year, volunteers harvested 1,700 pounds of potatoes. After sorting and stacking, the project yielded 47 crates of potatoes that were delivered to the Lord's Pantry to help with its efforts.

This is a family project, so adults can bring children. Beverages and snacks will be provided, and the Knights will grill hot dogs and possibly cook potatoes to serve for lunch.

The farm field is located on Route 100, 4 miles north of Ludwig's Corner (routes 100 and 401). For attendees driving north, the field is located on the right side of the road between Priser's/Little's John Deere Store and Pughtown Road. Individuals should look for a sign along Route 100 at the dirt road.

For more information, readers may visit


Newcomers Club Plans Meeting August 23, 2017

The Newcomers Club of Central Chester County (NCCCC) will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Downingtown Area Senior Center, 983 Lancaster Ave., Downingtown.

The first meeting will be an open house and will offer members the opportunity to learn about the club's various interest groups. Many interest group leaders will be on hand. In addition, there will be information regarding the club's fundraising efforts. Membership forms will be available, and light refreshments will be served.

Members will collect for "Chester Bears," a group of Chester County Hospital volunteers who handcraft bears to distribute to any child who arrives in the emergency room of the hospital. Items will include fabric (fleece is the preferred fabric), ribbons, and poly-fill stuffing.

The club's two primary goals are to provide activities and social gatherings for women and to involve members in fundraising activities benefiting Chester County charities. At each general monthly meeting, members have the option of donating to that month's featured charity.

Women of all ages and interests are welcome to join Newcomers. For more information about the NCCCC, readers may attend a general meeting, visit, or contact


Dairy Round-Up Results Posted August 23, 2017

Daisy Herr of Christiana won Supreme Champion at the Chester County 4-H Dairy Round-Up on Aug. 11. She received the honor for her Junior 2-Year-Old Jersey entry.

The champion results from each breed are as follows.

Ayrshire: Junior Champion and Best Animal Bred and Owned by a 4-H member, Katelyn Nolan; Reserve Junior Champion, Colton Nolan; Grand Champion and Senior Champion, Colton Nolan; and Reserve Senior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion, Jarod Stowe.

Brown Swiss: Junior Champion, Makayla Malcom; Reserve Champion and Reserve Junior Champion, Daisy Herr; and Grand Champion and Senior Champion, Micah Freeberg.

Jersey: Junior Champion, Allison Herr; Reserve Jr. Champion, Allison Herr; Grand Champion, Senior Champion, and Best Animal Bred and Owned by 4-H Member, Daisy Herr; and Reserve Grand Champion and Reserve Senior Champion, Allison Herr.

Guernsey: Grand Champion and Junior Champion, Tyler Parsons.

Holstein: Junior Champion and Reserve Champion, Elizabeth Davis; Reserve Junior Champion, Caleb Cunningham; and Grand Champion, Senior Champion and Best Animal Bred and Owned by a 4-H Member, Cody Nolan.

Red and White: Junior Champion and Best Animal Bred and Owned by a 4-H Member, Rosa Johnson; Reserve Junior Champion, Jacob Difilippo; Grand Champion and Senior Champion, Lily Bramm; Reserve Grand Champion and Reserve Senior Champion, Kelsey Peifer.

Lineback: Reserve Champion and Junior Champion, Hailey Stowe; Reserve Junior Champion, Aiden Stowe; Grand Champion and Senior Champion and Best Animal Bred and Owned by a 4-H Member, Jarod Stowe.

Milking Shorthorn: Grand Champion and Senior Champion, Dalton Nolan.

In the Fitting and Showmanship contests, the champion results from each age division are as follows.

Showmanship: Senior, Jarod Stowe of Oxford; Intermediate, Katelyn Nolan of Kinzers; Junior, Tyler Parsons of Pocopson Township; First Year, Makayla Malcom of Elverson.

Fitting: Senior, Colton Nolan of Unionville; Intermediate, Rosa Johnson of Elverson; Junior, Claire Obara of Kimberton; and First Year, Makayla Malcom of Elverson.

The 4-H program is open to all young people ages 8 to 18. For more information, readers may contact Penn State Extension at 610-696-3500.


Girl Scout Group Plans Signups August 23, 2017

Conestoga River Girl Scouts in Lancaster and Penn Manor will hold three registration and information events for the new Girl Scout year for girls from kindergarten through 12th grade. The signup events will be as follows: Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 2111 Millersville Pike, Lancaster, on the upper level, with directional signs posted; Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., Rawlinsville United Methodist Church, 1043 Truce Road, Rawlinsville; and Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m., Friendly's, 1655 Columbia Ave., Lancaster.

Anyone who is unable to attend any of the events may call Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania Customer Care at 800-692-7816 for information.


Samara Receives Donation August 23, 2017

Members of Team Has Beens, one of 14 teams to compete in Harrisburg Hoopla in June, recently presented a check for more than $2,186 to Samara - The Center for Individual and Family Growth. The funds will be used for general operating expenses, including providing meals for parents and children.

Samara's programs are designed to create growth and new possibilities for families. Its intensive parenting/children's programs are held in Allison Hill twice a week year-round.

Combining fun with philanthropy, the inaugural Harrisburg Hoopla raised more than $7,000 for local nonprofit organizations. The event gave participants a chance to relive middle school days and compete in events such as potato sack races, three-legged races, tug-of-war, and more.

Each of the 14 teams that competed represented a local charity of its choice. The top three teams donated part of the event proceeds to their selected charities, with Samara executive director Pamela Haddad noting that Samara received the first-prize proceeds.

Harrisburg Hoopla is an event of the Emerging Philanthropists Program (EPP), a partnership between The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) and Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP). Individuals may visit for more information on the Emerging Philanthropist Program. Readers may also like Harrisburg Hoopla on Facebook at


Scout Pack Slates Open House August 23, 2017

Cub Scout Pack 97 of Londonderry will hold its annual open house on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Scout Complex, 1831 Felker Road, Middletown. The event is open to all boys going into kindergarten through fifth grade. Boys do not need to reside in Londonderry Township to join the pack. Parents or adult caregivers should plan on staying at the event.

The open house will feature an opening flag ceremony, followed by five activity stations: rocket launching, fire making, camp food skills, an obstacle course, and a rain gutter regatta. Refreshments will be available. Scout leaders will be present to answer any questions, and membership applications will be available.

For more information, contact Cubmaster Joan Nissley at 717-395-7874 or search for "Cub Scout Pack 97 Londonderry" on Facebook. Cub Scout Pack 97 is sponsored by the Londonderry Fire Company.


Community Meals Posted August 23, 2017

The public is invited to enjoy meals that are offered in the New Holland and ELANCO area at several venues throughout the month.

A meal is offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 276 W. Main St., New Holland. A meal is held on the second Wednesday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September, and November) from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Weaverland Mennonite Church, 210 Weaverland Valley Road, East Earl.

On the third Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., a meal is served at New Holland United Methodist Church, 120 W. Main St., New Holland. CrossNet Youth Center, 100 W. Franklin St., New Holland, is the site of a meal on the fourth Monday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Boating Course Posted August 23, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 19-04 of Lancaster will present an eight-hour About Boating Safely course on Saturdays, Oct. 7 and 14, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA, 800 Village Road, Lancaster. The course is NASBLA approved.

The boat and water safety course topics include Introduction to Boating, Boating Law, Safety Equipment, Safe Boating, Navigation, Rules of the Road, and Trailering, as well as other boating tips. The class is mandatory for all operators of personal water craft and for persons born after Jan. 1, 1982, who operate a boat with greater than a 25 HP motor. Students who successfully complete the course and certification exam will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Space is limited. Preregistration and payment are required by Sunday, Oct. 1. For information, including how to register, contact Matt at 717-581-3434 or at

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