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May Day Celebration Set April 28, 2017

Columbia High School, 901 Ironville Pike, will host the 72nd May Day celebration on Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the school's gymnasium. May Day is a celebration of nature.

For the past three years, a group of Columbia High School alumni has worked with one junior and one sophomore to create a new May Day celebration as the students' senior project. This year, junior Jordan Haberstroh and sophomore Brittnie Betteley are working with the alumni to hold the 2017 cherry blossom-themed May Day celebration. Additionally, many local organizations have donated toward the event.

Separate ticket costs have been set for adults and for students and senior citizens. Children under age 5 will be admitted for free.


Fitness Hike, Music Jam Posted April 28, 2017

Governor Dick Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna, has posted its programs. Individuals should meet at the Environmental Center. Programs are free unless stated otherwise, but preregistration is required. For more information or to register, readers should email or call 964-3808 and leave a name and phone number in case the program is canceled.

A fast-paced 4- to 6-mile fitness hike will be offered on Sunday, May 7, at 9 a.m.

Also on May 7, Music on the Porch, a bluegrass music jam, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Individuals may bring a lawn chair and a stringed instrument.


Scouts Hold Fishing Weekend April 28, 2017

Scouts from Londonderry's Boy Scout Troop 97 recently spent a weekend fishing at Gifford Pinchot State Park. Despite the rainy weather, the boys hiked, camped and fished at the park, which was dedicated in 1961 and was named after former Pennsylvania Gov. Gifford Pinchot. The park offers fishing in its 340-acre lake.

Life Scout Daniel "Texas" Jilka had the biggest catch of the weekend, a large mouth bass. Bass were in abundance, but the Scouts also pulled in sunnies and crappies. The senior Scouts taught the younger boys how to bait their hooks and cast properly. A Scout leader demonstrated how to clean and fillet a crappie.

The younger Scouts took a break from fishing and went on a 5-mile hike in order to meet rank advancement requirements. They also had their first camp cooking experience with the older boys guiding them.

Upcoming events for Troop 97 include Philmont Shakedown camping and hiking in Loysville at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation, Scout weekend camping at Knoebels, Adopt-A-Highway road clean-up, and exhibiting at the Londonderry Elementary School May Fair. To learn more, readers may contact Kevin Little at 944-1957 or Ted Pauley at 944-2766. Boy Scout Troop 97 is sponsored by the Londonderry Fire Company.


Local Students Receive Honor April 28, 2017

The Donegal High School Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for May. Students who are selected for the honor are recognized by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during their monthly meeting.

The Mount Joy Rotary Girl of the Month is Delainie Morelock, daughter of Kim and Ted Morelock of Mount Joy. Delainie has been a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council during her junior and senior years and has been involved in yearbook since 10th grade. Delainie also serves as a class officer, holding the position of class historian as a junior and senior, and as a Link Crew leader, mentoring freshman classmates. She is also a four-year member of the girls' tennis team and has been involved in the Booster Club all four years of high school.

Delainie participates in the annual Relay for Life benefit for the American Cancer Society, and she also took part in the German American Partnership Student Exchange Program during the summer of her junior year. After graduation, she plans to attend California University of Pennsylvania.

The Mount Joy Rotary Boy of the Month is Kobe Bistline, son of Tony and Leslie Bistline of Marietta. Kobe has been involved as a junior and senior in organizations such as Future Business Leaders of America, serving as Parliamentarian; National Honor Society; and Link Crew, serving as a Link Crew Leader. Kobe is also a four-year member of the varsity football and baseball teams, serving as team captain during his senior year.

Kobe is a member of the Mount Joy Church of God, where he volunteers as a Sunday school teacher in the children's ministry, serves as a supervisor in the church nursery, and coaches the youth flag football team. During the summer months, he also volunteers as a church camp counselor. After graduation, Kobe plans to attend Lancaster Bible College to obtain a degree in pastoral ministry with a long-term goal of one day serving as a pastor in his own church.


Seniors Of The Month Honored April 28, 2017

Leah Hoffman and Kyle Peters have been selected as May Seniors of the Month at Manheim Central High School. The Manheim Women's Club sponsors the Girls of the Month and honors them at a dinner meeting at the end of the year. The Boys of the Month are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Manheim. Both students are invited to a luncheon at Teen Central for the month they are chosen. Seniors of the Month are chosen by the professional staff of the high school based on academic achievement, character, and involvement within the school and community.

Leah Hoffman is the daughter of Randy and Kiersten Hoffman of Manheim. She is a four-year member of Spanish Club and the field hockey team and has been involved in Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society (NHS) her junior and senior years, serving as NHS president this year. She was class historian as a junior and has taken part in Wednesday Morning Worship as a junior and a senior. She received the National Spanish Exam Silver in 2016 and National Spanish Exam Bronze in 2015 and was named Lions Club History Student of the Year in 2013 and Field Hockey JV Player of the Year in 2015. She is the president of the youth group at Chiques Church of the Brethren youth group, and she has served as a day camp counselor, and a Manheim Central field hockey youth camp coach. After graduation, she plans to attend college.

Kyle Peters is the son of Brian and Michelle Peters of Manheim. He is a four-year member of video yearbook and the high school tennis team and has served as manager of the girls' tennis team for all four years of high school. As a junior and senior, he has been involved in pingpong club. He attended STN (Student Television Network) in Anaheim, Calif., for film in March. He was named Most Improved Player for tennis during his junior year and has received first and second honors throughout high school. He attends St. Paul's United Church of Christ and plays on a softball team. He has also completed mission work with churches both locally and in Tennessee, and he has served community breakfast once a month through his church. Kyle plans to pursue a career in film/cinematography.


Woman's Club Honors Local Student April 28, 2017

The Hempfield Woman's Club has announced that Sara Kontra is the May Student of the Month. Sara, a senior at Hempfield High School and the daughter of Pete and Shelly Kontra, was selected by the Hempfield Art Department.

Sara is enrolled in the Advanced Placement Art Program. She has been the recipient of a Gold Award in ceramics. She has also received two Lancaster Young Artist Awards for ceramics and drawing. Sara would like to earn an associate degree in fine arts and then become a tattoo artist.


Michael Gleiberman April 28, 2017

Michael Gleiberman will talk about his personal experiences during the Holocaust on Thursday, May 11, in the auditorium at Warwick Middle School, 401 Maple St., Lititz, at 6:30 p.m. Gleiberman will answer questions at the end of his talk.

Born in Pinsk, Poland (now part of Belarus), in 1927, Gleiberman was a young teenager when the predominantly Jewish town became divided between the Germans and the Russians during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Under the Soviet regime of Stalin, Gleiberman and his immediate family were deported to Siberia in 1941. Two weeks later, the Germans invaded the Soviet Union, and the Jews of Pinsk - including 46 members of Gleiberman's extended family - were killed.

After World War II ended, the Gleibermans were allowed to leave Russia and traveled to Stettin, Poland. Gleiberman and his sister crossed the border to the American sector of Berlin, where they went to a displaced persons camp.

In 1951, Gleiberman traveled to the U.S. while his parents and siblings went to Israel. He was sponsored by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and sent to Milwaukee, Wis. He learned the hotel business working in Wisconsin, Chicago, Atlantic City, and Lancaster, where he met his wife, Carol. They have been married 53 years, and they have three children and five grandchildren.

The program is free and open to the public. Afterward, there will be a reception of light refreshments to celebrate Gleiberman's 90th birthday.

The program is being presented by the Warwick Education Foundation as an educational opportunity for Warwick students and the community. To learn more about the Warwick Education Foundation, readers may visit or contact


Bike Ride To Showcase Local Area April 28, 2017

Manor Township was home to numerous settlements of Native Americans. Participants in a 16-mile bike ride on Saturday, May 13, will explore this area, with tours leaving every 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and noon. The tours will begin and end at Ann Letort Elementary School, 561 Letort Road, Washington Boro. Support will be available if needed.

Groups of bikers will experience the saga at 11 stops along the way, where historians and Native American storytellers will present 10-minute historical and cultural stories.

The ride is not meant to be too difficult even though it rests among the "River Hills." The tour is intended to be an enjoyable and educational experience for families, school groups, and individuals wanting to learn more of the area's native history. Individuals who are unable to ride may drive the route, but they are asked to start at the school in order to carpool.

In addition, Barry Lee of Spirit Wing will give a concert of contemporary and traditional Native American music at 3 p.m. at the longhouse on the grounds of the Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street. The longhouse will be open, and storytellers will be available to answer questions. Attendees sould bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Bike tour registrants should arrive 20 minutes before their start time. Groups intending to ride together should make their request when registering. To register for the bike tour or the concert and longhouse tour, readers may visit or call 393-9745.

In the case of inclement weather, the tour will be held on Sunday, May 14, with groups beginning at 2 p.m. The concert will be at 7 p.m.


Robotics Team Seeks Members April 28, 2017

Imagine It, Lebanon County's award-winning robotics team, is seeking several high school students who desire to apply their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to a real-world, hands-on application.

Imagine It is a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team that meets twice weekly to design and build a robot for competition against other high school teams in Pennsylvania. Students from any high school are welcome to attend.

Students who are interested in robotic design, software development, website construction, and business development are encouraged to join. Readers who are interested may email Tim Cope at More information about FIRST is available at, with details on Imagine It found at


Women's Connection Slates Brunch Event April 28, 2017

Hershey Area Women's Connection, which is affiliated with Christian Women's Clubs of America, will present the "April Showers Bring May Flowers" brunch buffet at Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey, on Wednesday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m. All ladies are invited to attend. There is a set inclusive fee.

The feature, "Spring Gardening Tips," will be presented by Dennis Burd, a horticulturist from Hummelstown. Kaylor Long, a baritone vocalist from Hummelstown, will perform. The speaker, Conaley Visneski from Shamokin Dam, Pa., will share on the topic of "My Barbie Doll Dreams."

For reservations, readers may call Edna at 652-0997 or Mary at 533-3497 or email The reservation deadline is Friday, May 5.

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