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Lionettes Slate Meeting March 22, 2019

A representative from North Star Initiative will present "Welcome to the Battle" at the Londonderry Lionettes' meeting on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Londonderry Elementary School, 260 Schoolhouse Road, Middletown.

North Star supports women who are survivors of domestic sex trafficking. The organization provides physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual care through a Christ-centered focus, as well as supplying everyday necessities such as toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, healthy snacks, and gift cards.

For more information, readers may call 717-944-6518.


Chamber Seeks Scholarship Applicants March 22, 2019

Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce scholarship applications are available at the Chamber office, located at 62 E. Main St., Suite 1, Mount Joy, and at Two $1,000 scholarships are available: one to a student who will be graduating shortly from high school and going on to college and one for someone continuing with his or her college education. Also awarded will be the $500 Dorothy Metzler Memorial Scholarship, which is based on community service.

These scholarships are available for Mount Joy-area residents as well as Chamber members' children no matter what school district they attend. The application deadline is Friday, May 10.


Sportsmen Plan Events March 22, 2019

The Manheim Sportsmen's Association, 552 Oak Tree Road, Manheim, has posted its upcoming schedule. Readers may visit for information on all club activities.

The club's trap shooting program will restart on Wednesday, April 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will continue each Wednesday at the same time through October. On Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again each Saturday through October, trap shooting practice will also be offered to the public. For more information, readers may call 717-392-3796.

On April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the club will offer a hunter-trapper education course at the Manheim Farm Show Complex, 502 Adele Ave. Anyone over age 11 can take the course. Those interested may call the head instructor, Tagge Forrest, at 717-283-9198. The event will be free, but preregistration is required.

The monthly coffee hour for retirees and seniors will be held at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 8. Members, past members and friends are invited to enjoy fellowship, including hunting stories from past seasons. For more information, readers may call Charlie at 717-951-6103.

The monthly membership meeting will take place on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. Anyone is welcome, especially new members. For more information, readers may call 717-665-7729.

On Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., the indoor range is open for handgun practice. The club has a range safety officer and an NRA instructor on-site to assist shooters and control all shooting. For more information and regulations, readers may call Allan at 717-653-9979.

The club's officers thank all members who helped at a scheduled workday at the club on March 16. A total of 42 members participated in the workday.


Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students March 22, 2019

The Donegal High School (DHS) Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that Janell Brinser and Nathan McNece are the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for March. The selected outstanding students were slated to be honored by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during their monthly luncheon meeting.

Janell Brinser is the daughter of Jim and Sandy Brinser of Mount Joy. She is a member of National Honor Society (NHS), Women in Business, and Key Club, and she has served in leadership positions in Link Crew, as well as serving as president of National Art Honor Society, treasurer of Student Council, and president of Mini-THON. She also participated in Donegal Performing Arts wardrobe crew and Ski and Snowboard Club all four years of high school, DEEP as a senior, and Varsity Club in 10th through 12th grades. She is a four-year member of the track and field and soccer teams, serving as captain of the latter.

Outside of school, Janell volunteered at Lancaster General Hospital over the summer and participates with the Penn Legacy Soccer team. She also attends Trinity Lutheran Church and is a member of the youth group.

After graduation, Janell plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship. She plans to major in nursing.

Nathan is the son of Brian and Andrea McNece of Mount Joy. He is a two-year member of NHS and Math Honor Society. He was a 2018 Lenfest Scholar Semifinalist; Lenfest is a prestigious and competitive local scholarship. He participated on the tennis team all four years of high school and was also involved in the Spanish Club, ping-pong club, and chess club. He is a performing arts member and participated in the musical "Anything Goes." Nathan was on the Donegal Court this year.

Outside of school, Nathan plays tennis and participates in youth group.

After graduation, Nathan plans to attend Lehigh University to study computer science and business.


Center Posts Special Events March 22, 2019

Governor Dick Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna, will offer two special events to the community. The programs are free unless noted otherwise, but preregistration is required by contacting or 717-964-3808 and leaving a name and phone number in case the program is canceled.

"Preparing for Spotted Lanternfly, An Environmental Threat to Our Region" will be presented by Jon Schach, an ISA board-certified Master Arborist, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.

A Beginning Orienteering Class will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 31. Attendees will learn what this sport is all about, and after the class, participants will try out what they learned. Children and adults are welcome to attend.


Clubs Hold Pork And Sauerkraut Meal March 22, 2019

The Federated Women's Club of Hershey and the Hershey Lions Club jointly held a pork and sauerkraut dinner on March 3 despite inclement weather. Proceeds will benefit the community.

Seven cadets from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and students from the National Honor Society volunteered at the dinner. Most of the 350 meals were presold. The dinner included homemade desserts provided by the Federated Women's Club of Hershey.

The Federated Women's Club of Hershey and the Hershey Lions Club have a long history of community service. Among the local charities the Federated Women's Club of Hershey currently supports are Cocoa Packs, the Hershey Food Bank, domestic violence shelters, the People Movers, Camp Catherine and local libraries. The Hershey Lions Club provides eye exams and glasses for residents in need, scholarships for local students, sponsorships of youth sports teams, medical equipment assistance, and more.

For more information, readers may search for "Federated Women's Club of Hershey" on Facebook or visit


Students Of The Month Honored March 22, 2019

The Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club has recognized seniors Janna Oyola and Adrian Waplinger as Manheim Township High School Students of the Month for January. The club also recognized Jolie Awad and Liam Rockwell as Manheim Township Middle School Students of the Month for January. The students were recognized for school and community activities, leadership and achievements.

Janna's favorite subjects are English, Spanish and biology. She is a member of Key Club International and the International Baccalaureate Program, as well as president of the Asian Pop Culture Club. Janna received a student leadership award and volunteers at Manheim Township Public Library.

Adrian participates in Interact and Mini-THON and is a member of National Honor Society. His favorite subjects are economics and math, and he is on the first honor roll. Adrian is a varsity letter winner for swimming and Five-Star Swim Club participant.

Jolie's favorite subjects are math and world language. She is involved in vocal ensemble, chorus and orchestra and is a member of the Skyline Sharks Swim Team.

Liam's favorite subjects are math and science. He participates in cross-country and track.

Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Country Club on New Holland Pike, Lancaster. New members are always welcome. For more details, readers may visit


Group Project Focuses On Distracted Driving March 22, 2019

The PAWS ... and Think Club from Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) entered a "Just Drive" Public Service Announcement (PSA) video contest in November 2018.

For the contest, students focused their efforts on showing the possible outcomes of distracted driving. Distracted driving is defined as the act of driving while engaging in other activities that take the driver's attention away from the road. The club's video specifically focuses on texting and driving and its implications.

Club members gathered facts on distracted driving, and, with the assistance of Madelyn Fanella, an EAHS senior who is interested in furthering her education in video production, club members developed plans for video shots. The club received a stipend from contest sponsors for production costs and used a portion of the funds to purchase an action camera to enhance the video quality. The club plans to use the camera for future projects as well as loan it to other school clubs.

With the storyboard and equipment secure, the next step was enlisting first responders. Amy McEvoy, the PAWS ... and Think liaison from Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC), recruited Northwest Regional Police Department and Northwest EMS for the project. Northwest Regional Chief of Police Mark Mayberry and Northwest EMS operational director Suzette Kreider showed commitment to the project.

Filming took place in early January at the intersection of College Avenue and Campus Road in Elizabethtown. With each department's assistance and participation, shots were filmed both there and at Northwest Regional's headquarters.

After several weeks of post-production, the completed PSA was submitted to the contest organizers. The club is among the top six finalists, and the top three contestant finalists will be announced on Friday, April 5, at an event at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Prizes include cash awards and a driving simulator.

To view the club's completed 30-second PSA and full-length PSA, readers may visit Both the police department and Northwest EMS plan to use the PSA when informing area teenagers about the dangers of distracted driving.

The PAWS ... and Think Club aims to spread the word about the positive, healthy choices EAHS students are making in their lives. The club adviser is Ken Boland.

EACTC is a community organization committed to improving the lives of children, youths, and families in the Elizabethtown area.


Peiffer Wins Service Award March 22, 2019

Scott Peiffer, of the Quarryville Borough Maintenance Department, is the recipient of the second annual Community Service Award from the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes a person who has provided important, lasting, volunteer public service in Quarryville and southern Lancaster County.

Kendall Keeler, chairman of the Chamber's Community Service Award committee, presented Peiffer with a plaque during the Chamber's annual banquet at Drumore Estates in Pequea. In addition, Keeler announced that a $500 scholarship in Peiffer's name will be awarded to a student in Solanco School District or Lampeter-Strasburg School District who plans to major in a business-related field at a college or technical school or who plans to operate their own business following their graduation from high school.

While presenting Peiffer with the award, Keeler noted Peiffer's support for the community and involvement in many activities, including the Hometown Heroes banners in Quarryville; the handicapped-accessible facilities at Huffnagle Park; the Solanco Fair Association; the Quarryville Teen Club, including the Miss Solanco Pageant; and the Quarryville Lions Club.

Nominees for the 2020 Community Service Award are now being accepted. To nominate someone, readers may visit or email Keith Kaufman at


Oniskey Receives Award March 22, 2019

The Ephrata Cloister Toastmasters Club recently presented Jude Oniskey with the club's John J. Nonamaker Award. Oniskey's fellow club members voted him their top Toastmaster of 2018, recognizing his leadership as the club's vice president of membership. Club president Dana Ferber presented the award at the first club meeting of the new year.

The Ephrata Cloisters Toastmasters Club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. Interested individuals are encouraged to join the club for a complimentary introductory meeting. For more information, readers may call 717-475-7722.

The club is part of Toastmasters International, which has more than 352,000 members.


Sorority To Offer Free Clothing March 22, 2019

The Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority at Millersville University will host its Spring Cleaning Clothing Exchange on Sunday, March 31, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 24 in the Millersville University Student Memorial Center on South George Street. Free clothing will be available to members of the campus and community.

Donations of gently used items will be accepted on the day of the event. Attendees may donate clothes for men, women, babies and children. Coats, blankets and shoes will also be accepted.

At the end of the event, all remaining items will be donated to the Maternal and Children's Health Consortium of Chester County. The organization's mission is to empower families to build a healthier and brighter future for their children by overcoming the social and environmental barriers that lead to poor health conditions.


Billow To Address World War II Roundtable March 22, 2019

The Central Pennsylvania World War II Roundtable will meet on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 433 E. Main St., Hummelstown. World War II veteran Harold Billow will share his experience.

Billow will share his story of surviving the Malmedy Massacre on Dec. 17, 1944. As a member of Battery B, 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion, Billow was tasked with determining the locations of German artillery so American artillery knew where to aim their shells. His unit did not expect to directly engage the opposing force, let alone face its tanks and half-tracks. Billow and the rest of his convoy surrendered to the Germans. Billow, a 96-year-old Mount Joy resident, is believed to be the only remaining survivor of the Malmedy Massacre.

Dec. 17 is also significant to Billow for a second reason, which is associated with pleasant memories. On that date in 1945, he married Vera, a woman he had met in England.

Roundtable meetings are held the first Thursday of every month. Anyone with an interest in World War II is invited to attend the meetings. There are no membership or admission fees. For more information, readers may contact Charlie Lloyd at or 717-503-2862 or visit


Business Women Slate Meeting March 22, 2019

The Blue Mountain Chapter of the American Business Women's Association will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at the Dodge City Restaurant on the corner of Paxton and Cameron streets in Harrisburg.

This month's speaker will be Yolonda Carey, Reiki master practitioner. The event will also include dinner and time for networking.

For reservations or more information, readers may call Sharon Geary at 717-233-3250.


DAR Chapter Recognizes Freyberger March 22, 2019

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Harrisburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honored the late Dr. Ruth Matilda Freyberger, who resided in the local area.

Freyberger was born in Lancaster on Nov. 15, 1912. According to the Harrisburg Chapter of the DAR, Freyberger was the first woman to receive a doctorate in art education from Penn State. She taught in New Holland, Huntingdon, and Hershey and eventually was a professor at Illinois State University for 31 years until her retirement in 1983. Freyberger continued to focus on art education with her legacies, specifically children's art education, with endowments to include the Freyberger Gallery of Art at Penn State University - Berks County Campus and the Freyberger Children's Art Collection at Boise State University in Idaho.

On March 14, the Harrisburg Chapter of the DAR presented the award for Freyberger for Women in American History, with the assistance of Margaret Wasson, DAR Harrisburg Chapter member, and Marilyn Fox, representative from the Freyberger Gallery at Penn State University - Berks County Campus. Fox provided an overview of Freyberger's life and what her legacy endowment has been able to provide to the art gallery and community, as well as how it has provided various educational opportunities.

The DAR was founded in 1890 with the mission of promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. The Harrisburg Chapter was founded in 1894 and aims to locally continue to preserve the legacies of the Founding Fathers and the patriots who fought for the independence of the United States of America. In May, the chapter will celebrate its 125th year and the launch of a chapter history including biographies of more than 60 Revolutionary War patriots.

For additional information, readers may contact Jennifer Stratton at or visit


Garden Symposium Will Emphasize Native Plants, Pollinators March 22, 2019

The Master Gardener organizers of the 27th annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium have once again planned an event to appeal to anyone with an interest in gardening. Speakers during the event will talk about trends in gardening, weeds, woodland wildflowers, native bees, and plants for pollinators. An update on the spotted lanternfly infestation will also be offered.

"For a gardener, this is the place to be," said symposium co-chair Brenda Walker.

Fellow co-chair Holly List added, "It's a wonderful place to talk with other gardeners."

The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. When the doors open at 7:45 a.m., a continental breakfast will be available, and attendees may shop the Gardeners' Marketplace. Vendors will include sellers of stoneware and porcelain pottery, pollinator-attracting native plants, home and garden decor, small-batch bath and body projects, succulents, herbs, perennials, and preplanned gardens. Walker explained that preplanned gardens are approximately six to eight complementary plants sold as a group.

In addition to the businesses selling items, the Master Gardeners of Lancaster County will host the Garden Shed, offering gently used gardening materials as a preview of the group's annual plant sale, which will be held on Saturday, May 4, this year. "These are true gardeners' treasures," Walker remarked.

The newest class of Master Gardeners will display projects outlining the results of current research, including information on rain gardens, pollinators, vegetables, and more. All of the Master Gardeners were given an opportunity to include tidbits about their own gardens in the event booklet, a copy of which every attendee will receive along with seeds, information, and other resources.

Symposium attendees may visit the vendors during the breaks between sessions. Jourdan Cole of the Garden Media Group will kick things off by reviewing eight recent garden trends that encourage a love of nature.

"People have been saying they're looking forward to this (session)," List said.

Recently retired horticulture extension educator and Master Gardener Annette MaCoy will talk all about weeds and how to control them. List praised MaCoy's knowledge base and noted that she has trained many of the Master Gardeners in Lancaster County.

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve executive director Miles Arnott will discuss the life cycles of early spring plants and their ecological benefit. "We don't often use them (in planned gardens) because they're not around very long, but they add a taste of spring when we're yearning for it," List said.

Kelly Gill is a pollinator conservation specialist for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and a partner biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. She will talk about native bees and their habitat needs, a topic that she frequently discusses during her role helping farmers, landowners, and others implement Farm Bill practices to conserve pollinators and other beneficial insects. In a second session, Gill will talk about designing and managing pollinator-friendly landscapes.

"Even a pot on a patio will help pollinators," said Master Gardener and symposium committee member Dyan Eisenberger. "They can act as way stations for insects and birds during migration."

Breakfast and lunch, as well as entries in the drawing for more than 100 prizes, will be included in the cost of attendance, and folks should register by Sunday, April 7, by visiting or by calling the Penn State Registration Service at 877-345-0691 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, readers may contact Master Gardener coordinator Lois Miklas at or 717-394-6851.


YWCA Sets Annual Campaign March 21, 2019

In conjunction with April being National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, YWCA Lancaster has slated its annual campaign to address sexual violence and promote the prevention of sexual violence in the local community. The 2019 theme is "I ASK."

YWCA Lancaster will hold its fifth annual Clothing and Comfort Drive during April. Community members are invited to make donations of new clothing items or monetary donations to purchase new clothing for victim survivors of sexual assault who are given a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) at local hospitals. Many hospitals provide donated clothing to patients in order to replace the clothing collected for evidential purposes. Items needed include undergarments, sweatshirts, T-shirts, yoga pants, and sweatpants for people of all genders and ages, as well as comfort items such as small stuffed animals, fidget toys, coloring books, and stress toys. Items may be dropped off at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime St., Lancaster, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays from Monday, April 1, through Tuesday, April 30.

Take Back the Night will take place on April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at YWCA Lancaster. The survivor-centered event will focus on uplifting and supporting those whose lives have been impacted by sexual violence. It will feature Jennifer Storm, Pennsylvania Victim Advocate and survivor, as well as a survivor speak-out, during which survivors may share their stories, how they healed, and how they have moved forward.

Body Safety Story Time and Craft events will be offered at Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St. Sexual assault counselor and educator Danielle Perez will lead the interactive and family-friendly programs, which will focus on raising awareness of body safety and boundaries. Programs for prekindergarten-age children will be offered on Mondays, April 1 and 15, at 10:30 a.m., with programs for school-age children on Wednesdays, April 10 and 24, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Not Alone: Uniting Stories of Survivors will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at Zoetropolis, 112 N. Water St., Lancaster. YWCA Lancaster, in collaboration with Lancaster Story Slam, will host a night of storytelling and spoken word sharing survivors' stories. Registration is required for the pay-as-you-can event.

On Wednesday, April 17, a fundraiser will take place at Rachel's Creamery and Creperie, 201 W. Walnut St., Lancaster. Business hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. A portion of the business's proceeds will be donated to YWCA Lancaster's Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center.

A screening of "Roll Red Roll" will take place on Monday, April 22, at Zoetropolis. The movie is a true-crime thriller.

To see a listing of all the events and to register for Not Alone: Uniting Stories of Survivors, readers may visit


Group Sets Information Meeting March 21, 2019

Daughters of Union Veterans Mammy Ruggles Tent 50 will hold an information meeting on Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Heidelburg United Church of Christ, 47 W. Philadelphia St., York. Those interested in membership are invited to attend.

Members will inform attendees about the group's activities, how to become involved, and how to search for their Civil War ancestors.

Those who attend are asked to use the rear entrance. Parking is available at the rear of the church.


Association Plans Annual Event March 21, 2019

The Manufacturers' Association of southcentral Pennsylvania has announced that area television traffic anchor and reporter Corinne Lillis will be the master of ceremonies of the association's upcoming 113th annual event on Thursday, April 25, at The Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York.

Lillis, who joined a local television station in the spring of 2016, has a broadcasting degree from Millersville University. Her first job out of college was as the host of a morning talk show at a radio station just outside Philadelphia.

The evening's guest and keynote speaker will be noted oceanographer and explorer Robert Ballard, who discovered the remains of the Titanic and many other notable shipwrecks, including John F. Kennedy's PT-109. Much of Ballard's talk will center on the pioneering of tele-operated robots that are beginning to impact the manufacturing industry.

The program will feature musical numbers followed by the national anthem performed by the Keystone Capital Chorus. Known throughout southcentral Pennsylvania for its blend of harmonies, the group serves as the Harrisburg Chapter of The Barbershop Harmony Society. With more than 80 members, it competes in the western division of the Mid-Atlantic District and has won the division championship eight of the past 12 years. The chorus has been performing for more than 65 continuous years.

The association will also recognize several regional manufacturers for their 2018 contributions either to their business organization or their local community. Categories will include Manufacturer of the Year, Community Investor, and Manufacturing Innovator. The organization will also present its Partner of the Year Award and the first-ever Manufacturing Trailblazer Award, honoring an early manufacturer who contributed significantly to the strength of today's regional manufacturing economy.

Award contenders may be nominated by the public, provided the company is a current member of The Manufacturers' Association. Nomination forms can be found at and may be submitted prior to Friday, March 29. Nominations can be emailed to or mailed to an address found on the previously mentioned website.

The event will include business networking, along with cuisine and desserts.

Tickets are available for purchase, with a discount for students with a valid school ID. To purchase tickets, readers may email or call 717-843-3891. For more information, including available sponsorships, readers may visit


Mitura To Speak At ALLVETS Event March 21, 2019

ALLVETS will welcome speaker Paul Mitura at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at the York History Center, 250 E. Market St., York. ALLVETS is a nonprofit organization that records veterans' stories.

Mitura served in the Army for more than 30 years and is the author of "The Best Worst Tank" and other books.

ALLVETS meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the York History Center. The free event is open to the public, and free parking is available. For more information, readers may contact Linda Bean at 717-881-6651 or Veterans who are interested in sharing their story may contact the group.


ASSETS Posts Staffing Decision March 21, 2019

After 18 months serving as interim co-executive directors at ASSETS, a local nonprofit focused on transforming the community through ethical business, Tina Campbell and Jonathan Coleman accepted the offer to move into a permanent co-executive directorship, effective Jan. 1. The decision came after a period of discussions with Jess King, a former ASSETS executive director of seven years and a recent congressional candidate.

When King left ASSETS in the fall of 2017 to run for Congress, the board appointed Campbell and Coleman as the interim co-executive directors. Both already served on staff in full-time capacities - Campbell as the director of development and Coleman as the director of programs.

At the beginning of this year, the ASSETS board extended permanent leadership roles to Campbell and Coleman. As co-executive directors, Campbell leads administration and all fundraising efforts, while Coleman serves as the external face of the organization and oversees the programmatic side of ASSETS. King remains involved with ASSETS as a consultant and supporter.

To learn more about ASSETS, readers may visit or call 717-393-6089.

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