Local Teenager Inspires Students In Taiwan July 18, 2018
Seven years ago, when Katherine Commale was 10 years old, she was featured in the Community Courier, along with her mother, Lynda, for their work in raising money to purchase mosquito bed nets to help prevent the spread of malaria in Africa. Their efforts, which began at Hopewell United Methodist Church in Downingtown, led them to become spokespersons for Nothing But Nets, a United Nations program that raises awareness and funds to fight malaria.
Katherine has continued her work with the cause through the years and most recently was invited to visit Taiwan by the Maria Social Welfare Foundation. While there, she was the keynote speaker at a convention called Hero Talks, where she gave an address to more than 5,000 Taiwanese students and their parents. She also received the Global Charity Ambassador Award from the vice president of Taiwan and met separately with the president of Taiwan in the presidential office.
Katherine, a resident of Downingtown, explained that her story about raising funds for mosquito netting was featured in the book "Hero 365" by Taiwanese author Kuang-Tsai Hao.
"My story was published in a book and it became required reading for all Taiwanese elementary students," said Katherine. "He wrote an inspirational story or motivational story for every day of the year, and I was (featured on) one of the days."
The whole family was able to take part in the recent trip to Taiwan, including Katherine's mother; her dad, Anthony; and her younger brother, Joseph. "It wasn't about sharing our story and the statistics about malaria; it was more about teaching the kids to become service-oriented and to give back to the community," Katherine said.
Katherine and her family spent June 10 through 17 in Taiwan, and she gave a speech during a Hero Talk event three days into the trip. "I looked up, and there were thousands of seats; it was overwhelming," she said. "My mom and I had practiced the speech that we wrote, so I was secure with that. I just had a little bit of stage fright in the beginning."
She noted that her speech was translated from English into Mandarin Chinese. "We would speak for two to three sentences and then it had to be translated," Katherine said. "It was a little choppy, but it went better than we expected."
Following the speech, other students talked about their efforts in the community. "Some of the projects were about the homeless; others were about bullying - some of the same problems we have here," Katherine said. "They got to hear my story, and I got to hear theirs."
While there, the family also had time to sightsee. "Taiwan is beautiful, and I would definitely go back," she said. "It has the magnitude of New York City, but is cleaner. Their subway system is so nice. They are very respectful people, and they love their country. They are very patriotic."
While in Taiwan, Katherine was photographed, interviewed by journalists and asked for her autograph many times. "It was overwhelming. When we gave our talk, there were 300 or 400 students lined up to meet me and my family," she recalled. "I have never experienced that much love. It wasn't like I was a celebrity; I was their hero.
"I looked up to my mom when she got me into Nothing But Nets when I was 5 years old," Katherine added. "I was an inspiration for them in the same way that my mom inspired me."
Katherine, who will be a senior at the Germantown Academy in the fall, plans to attend college after high school to study biology. "I would like to work for a pharmaceutical company - maybe in genetics," she said. "I would love to bring (my story) to college - to reach a bigger audience and share this story. Also, to go back to Taiwan would be amazing."
For more information about Nothing But Nets, readers may visit www.nothingbutnets.net.
KWVA Chapter Plans Meeting July 18, 2018
The Gen. John H. Michaelis Chapter 327 of the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) will meet at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the Bluebird Commons of Woodcrest Villa, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Membership in the KWVA is open to all men and women who served in Korea at any time from 1945 to the present or were in uniform serving anywhere during the period from June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955. A special effort is being made to recruit men and women who served in Korea at any time following the armistice in July 1957.
For more information, call Paul Cunningham at 717-299-1990.
Roadside Litter Program Posted July 18, 2018
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has a statewide adoption program available to residents, local groups, and businesses to become part of the solution to roadside litter. The program is an option for most types of local areas, such as municipal roads, communities, parks, neighborhood blocks, greenways, waterways, and trails.
According to Keep America Beautiful's 2009 "National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study," litter clean-up costs the U.S. more than an estimated $11.5 billion each year with municipalities spending more than $790 million and counties spending $185 million each year. The Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful adoption program works to help mitigate the costs associated with cleaning up by encouraging local residents to take ownership of communities.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful provides a sign recognizing the groups or individuals who have adopted the road or area and seeks the support of the local municipalities to provide the sign post, install the sign, and provide trash disposal options, as needed. The benefits of removing roadside litter are far-reaching. It sends a message to travelers that littering and dumping will not be tolerated, removes dangers to people, animals and equipment, makes our communities more attractive for residents, tourists and potential newcomers and increases property values and community pride. Removing roadside litter is good for everyone.
By participating in this program, residents will invest in a cleaner, more livable community. Readers may visit www.keeppabeautiful.org and click on Keep It or contact Stephanie Larson at email@example.com or 724-836-4121, ext. 104, for more information. For information about adopting a state maintained road, readers may visit the PA Department of Transportation at www.penndot.gov and search Adopt-a-Highway.
Troop 97 Honors Scouts July 17, 2018
Londonderry Township's Boy Scout Troop 97 recently held a Court of Honor to recognize the achievements of Scouts. It also included a flag retirement ceremony.
Life Scout Kyle Hoyt served as the master of ceremonies. As part of the communication merit badge, Hoyt designed the Court of Honor. The troop retired more than 60 flags.
Advancement chair Julie Meyers and committee chair Ted Pauley presented approximately 20 merit badges, with the most common being electricity, citizenship of the community, cooking, emergency preparedness, environmental sciences, and safety. Pauley also presented service awards to the Scouts ranging from one year to seven years of service to the community.
Scoutmaster Kevin Little recognized Kyle Hoyt, Leo Nissley, and Luke Spangenberg as the troop's newest inductees to the Order of the Arrow. Leo was also recognized for the Forest Conservation Award, which is bestowed upon those who have completed environmental science and forestry merit badges.
Ben Spangenberg and Luke Spangenberg were honored for earning a Scouting religious award, God and Church.
Matthew Brion, Jaime Gallick and Jesse Reigle were inducted as full Scouts by Life Scout Cole Carlson and Scoutmaster Ed Barrick. They mastered learning the Scout Oath and Law, the motto, and Outdoor Code. The Scouts presented Parent Ribbons to their families with their first rank pin attached.
Bryson Harris advanced to Tenderfoot and then on to Second Class Scout. Star Scout Leo Nissley and Scoutmaster Matt Pauley prepared him for his oath as a Tenderfoot while First Class Scout Mason Barrick and Scoutmaster Garrett Little recognized him for Second Class Scout rank. Bryson mastered preparing and cooking meals on campouts, first aid techniques, safe hiking rules, and intricate knot-tying. In addition, he earned additional merit badges and performed community service hours. Bryson serves as a Patrol Leader for the troop.
First Class rank was earned by Mason Barrick. Life Scout Mason Swartz and Scoutmaster Mike Harris administered the oath. At First Class rank, Mason is able to camp, swim, hike, and use wood tools safely. He is able to plan his own menu, cook his own food, and utilize knots and lashings to build his camp. Mason also developed a better understanding of first aid techniques.
Life Scout Keagan Yocum and Scoutmaster Bill Lee gave Leo Nissley his Star Scout oath. Leo met his requirements by completing additional merit badges and by adding community service hours to his log. As a Star Scout, his goal includes advancing in his own rank while demonstrating leadership.
Second Class Scout Bryson Harris and Scoutmaster Chris Hoyt gave Mason Swartz his official oath as a Life Scout. Mason advanced in rank for serving his troop as Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Guide. He specializes in helping younger Scouts cultivate skills that will permit them to advance in rank. Mason's final goal is the rank of Eagle Scout. He is currently working on merit badges and reviewing projects that will help him earn that rank.
Justin Mills was recognized for earning his Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank awarded in the Boy Scouts. He will take his official oath and be awarded his wings at a special Eagle Court of Honor.
The Volunteer of Honor pays tribute to an adult member that goes above and beyond in serving Troop 97 and its Scouts. Kyle Hoyt chose advancement chair Julie Myers to receive the honor.
For more information, readers may contact Kevin Little at 717-944-1957 or Ted Pauley at 717-944-2766. Troop 97 is sponsored by the Londonderry Fire Company.
Lions Club Awards Scholarship July 17, 2018
The Brogue Community Lions Club awarded this year's annual scholarship to Andrew Bacon. He plans to attend Penn State York in the fall.
Each year the $500 scholarship is awarded to a senior high school student who exhibits the Lions Club's values and service to the community. The scholarship is funded through the sale of copies of the book "A History of Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania 1747-1997."
One-Day Bus Trip Planned July 17, 2018
Upper Leacock Township War Memorial Association (ULTWMA) will sponsor a one-day trip to the Flight 93 Memorial and Quecreek Mine Rescue Site on Friday, Aug. 17. A motorcoach will leave from the rear parking lot of the Leola War Memorial Building, 54 W. Main St., Leola, at 6 a.m. and will return around 6 p.m.
For a complete list of activities and other details, visit www.ultwma.org or call Barry at 717-656-0572. Reservations are due by Friday, Aug. 3. All proceeds will support the War Memorial Building.
Women's Club Plans Luncheon July 17, 2018
Lancaster Christian Women's Club will host a luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Bent Creek Country Club, 620 Bent Creek Drive, Lititz. The program will feature "Love Songs" by Jim and Rita Steward. Rita, the speaker, will present "Secret to Lasting Wealth."
There is a cost to attend. For reservations, call Pat at 717-951-0773.
Area Scholarship Winners Posted July 16, 2018
The board of directors of the Scott and Hoffnagle Scholarship Fund announced the local recipients of 2018 scholarships. Recipients include Madison Petery, Steven Wallen, Wesley Sechrist, and Daniel Forry. The scholarship winners will be recognized at the Sporting Clays Shoot on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Central Penn Sporting Clays in Wellsville.
Petery is a 2018 graduate of Cocalico High School in Lancaster County. She will attend Marywood University in Scranton to study architecture. She was awarded the top scholarship of $7,500.
Wallen is a 2018 graduate of Bermudian Springs High School in Adams County. He will further his education at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown. He will be studying early childhood and special education. He was awarded a $5,000 scholarship.
Sechrist is a 2018 graduate of Dallastown High School in York County. He will attend Penn State University - York Campus to study architectural engineering. He also received a $5,000 scholarship.
Forry graduated in 2017 from Hempfield High School in Lancaster County. He attends York College in York County and is studying mechanical engineering. Forry received the $2,500 scholarship.
To learn more, readers may visit www.cfpsprinkler.com.
Fresh Paint Days Slated July 16, 2018
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will accept applications for their 2018 Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania, a program designed to provide community groups with paint and painting supplies enabling them to renew a community structure in need into something beautiful through the application of fresh paint. This event is held in partnership with support from BEHR paint and The Home Depot.
Eight grants of up to 20 gallons of exterior paint and a gift card for painting supplies will be awarded to tax-exempt groups within the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Groups will have 30 days to complete their projects, from Saturday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 30.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will select the eight winning projects from among applications submitted. Selected grantees must meet several requirements to be considered - only one building per application, proof of liability insurance, signed permission to paint from the building owner and two before photos of the intended project. Selected grantees must also agree to select a color from the Behr paint line and provide a final report with during and after photos.
Applications must be received by Tuesday, July 31, and grants will be awarded in early August. For more information or to download the application, readers may visit www.keeppabeautiful.org/grants-awards/fresh-paint-days/. Questions can be answered by contacting Michelle Dunn at 877-772-3673, ext. 113, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania grant is available to any tax-exempt group within the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Private property owners or individual applicants cannot apply. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, readers may visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.
Organization Welcomes Dubas July 16, 2018
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced the new hire of Rob Dubas, who joined the team as a program coordinator. Dubas will help facilitate the Illegal Dump Free PA initiative across the state, working with local governments, communities, and enforcement agencies to identify and hold accountable individuals and businesses that choose to dump their trash illegally. IllegalDumpFreePA.org is an innovative program launched in 2015 that provides surveillance camera loans, training, and support to Pennsylvania municipalities and community groups.
After working in banking for almost a decade, Dubas earned a Master of Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University. He decided to change careers to one that made protecting the environment a priority after having spent many hours in the woods volunteering with Pittsburgh-area trail groups, mountain biking, running, and hiking. As part of his studies, he also had internships with an area land trust and a long-term water-quality research project.
The Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Surveillance Camera Loan Program provides grant recipients with three surveillance cameras to capture evidence of illegal dumping at an active dumpsite and technical assistance with installation. To learn more about the program, readers may visit www.illegaldumpfreepa.org or contact Dubas at email@example.com or 724-836-4121, ext. 107.
Organization Bestows Scholarship July 13, 2018
The Elizabeth Hughes Society has announced that the winner of this year's $1,000 Women for Women scholarship is Michelle M. Slaugh.
Originally from Clearfield, Slaugh has been a resident of the greater Elizabethtown area for more than 20 years. She is a mother and a grandmother who is pursuing a degree in organized behavior and applied psychology through Albright College in Lancaster.
The award is bestowed annually, and the next open season will begin in March 2019. Details will be available on the Elizabeth Hughes Society's Facebook page.
Fair Board To Meet July 13, 2018
The Elizabethtown Fair Board will meet on Thursday, July 26, at 8 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church, 996 E. High St., Elizabethtown.
The public is invited.
WWII History Group To Meet July 13, 2018
The World War II Oral History Club will welcome Shamokin native Mickey Yonkovig, an Army and Air Force veteran, to share his WWII experiences during its next meeting, set for Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. at St. Anne's Retirement Community, 3952 Columbia Ave., Columbia.
As a 19-year-old, Yonkovig served as a radar/radio operator in a B-24 bomber and completed 23 missions in the Pacific. On Feb. 7, 1945, he saw the invasion fleet on its way to invade Iwo Jima. Exactly six months later, he flew over Hiroshima and saw the effects caused by the first atomic bomb dropped the previous day. Two days later, he flew over Nagasaki when the second bomb was dropped.
The club meets on the last Tuesday of each month except December. All WWII veterans and all those with an interest in WWII history are welcome to attend.
Swim Team Receives Donation July 13, 2018
The Mount Joy Lions Club has closed its swimming pool on Fairview Street after 54 years of continuous operation. For most of those years, the pool sponsored a summer swim team. With the closing of the pool, the swim team faced an uncertain future.
Through the efforts of the Mount Joy Lions swim team parents group and support from various community organizations, the swim team will continue practicing at Elizabethtown College and will swim all its meets at the scheduled opponent's pool. A recent donation of $2,500 from the Mount Joy Lions Club to the swim team was intended to help defray the cost of operating as a team without a permanent home pool.
Santa Run Registration Opens July 13, 2018
The Manheim Lions Club has opened registration for the fourth annual Manheim Santa Run and Walk 5K, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8:30 a.m. The event provides a time for family and friends to get together and share in the holiday spirit as they dress in Santa suits and run or walk through the Manheim streets.
To kick off the event, the club will offer a "Christmas in July" special. Those who register between Sunday, July 22, and Saturday, July 28, will receive a discount on the registration fee. To register, readers may visit www.active.com. For more information, readers may visit www.manheimlions.org.
DEAC To Meet July 13, 2018
The Derry Environmental Action Committee (DEAC) will meet on Saturday, July 21, at its summer meeting time, 1 p.m., in the Hershey Room at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey.
All are welcome. For more information, readers may visit www.derryeac.wordpress.com.
Beginner ASL Classes Posted July 13, 2018
Lancaster Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 2270 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, will offer two American Sign Language (ASL) classes in the fall. ASL Beginner Class Level - I and II will both run for eight weeks.
ASL I will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 13 to Nov. 1, and ASL II will be held on Tuesdays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 30. Both classes will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and be taught by an experienced deaf instructor.
There is a cost for each class, and the text "Signing, How to Speak With Your Hands" by Elaine Costello is required. A minimum of eight students is required for each class.
For more details, including registration information, readers may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-207-9822. Registration is required by Thursday, Sept. 6.