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Event Held For Girl Scouts December 15, 2017

In a collaborative effort, volunteers from the four York County chapters of Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) - Beta Beta, Beta Delta, Beta Gamma, and Eta - worked with Jessica Delp, a Girl Scout representative, to develop a program that would allow York County Girl Scouts to get the DKG Girl Scout patch. Crystal Mueller served as coordinator and liaison.

A total of 105 Girl Scouts ranging from Daisy Scouts to Senior Scouts participated in the event, which took place on Nov. 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in York and Fissel's one-room schoolhouse in Glen Rock. During the event, Girl Scouts completed activities and attended programs led by Kate Klunk, Kristin Phillips-Hill, Laura Fitz, Barb Heilman, Crystal Mueller, Bonnie Thompson, Karen Snyder, Pat Walker, Kathy Lauer, Betty Stein, Terri Stetler, Yvonne and Molly Baldwin, Kathryn Bortner, Carol Noble, and Ellie Shoemaker.


Toy Safety Tips Posted December 15, 2017

Last year, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report stating that there were an estimated 254,200 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. An estimated 88,700 of those injuries were to children younger than age 5. And 45 percent of the total injuries were to the head and face area.

To help shoppers select appropriate gifts this holiday season, Prevent Blindness has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness month. Prevent Blindness offers tips for purchasing toys.

Parents should avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off. People should ask themselves or the parent if the toy is right for the child's ability and age and consider whether other smaller children may be in the home and may have access to the toy. Purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods, or dangerous edges should be avoided. All art materials should be labeled as "nontoxic."

Adults should buy toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous shards. Shoppers should look for the letters "ASTM." This designation means the product meets the national safety standards set by ASTM International.

Toys with small parts should not be given to young children. Young children tend to put things in their mouths, increasing the risk of choking. If any part of a toy can fit in a toilet paper roll, the toy is not appropriate for children under age 3.

Toys with long strings or cords should not be purchased, especially for infants and very young children, as these can become wrapped around a child's neck. Uninflated or broken balloons should be disposed of immediately.

Toys with small magnets should not be purchased. Magnets, like those found in magnetic building sets and other toys, can be extremely harmful if swallowed. Parents should seek immediate medical attention if they suspect a child may have swallowed a magnet.

Parents should ensure any batteries are securely in place. All warnings and instructions on the box should be read. Adults should always supervise children and demonstrate to them how to use their toys safely. If purchasing sunglasses, parents should make sure they are labeled as 100 percent UV-blocking.

Sports equipment is a popular gift idea. Prevent Blindness suggests that the proper sports eye protection is also included. Recommendations may be found at

For more information on safe toys and gifts for children, readers may visit For more information on sports eye protection and safety, readers may visit


Rotary To Offer Scholarships December 15, 2017

Applications for the 2018-19 Rotary Foundation Global Scholarships are now available from Rotary Clubs in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties and from the Rotary District 7390 District office headquartered in York. The Rotary District 7390 Scholarship Committee will award one scholarship for 2018-19.

Rotary Global scholars must study abroad in one of the six areas of focus of The Rotary Foundation. The areas are peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and community development.

The scholarships, which are designed to further international understanding and goodwill, provide for study abroad in more than 200 countries and geographic areas where Rotary Clubs are located. Rotary Global Scholarships are generally for one academic year abroad and provide funding for roundtrip transportation, tuition and fees, room, board, some educational supplies, and language training, if necessary, up to a maximum award of $30,000 or its equivalent.

For more information, readers may contact the Rotary District 7390 office at or 717-854-7842. Interested individuals may also visit

Applications must be submitted through a local Rotary club in the area of the applicant's legal or permanent residence or place of full-time study or employment. Rotary clubs must then submit the endorsed application to the district chair by Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Interviews will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, in York.


Smith Honored For Milestone December 15, 2017

The National Association of Home Builders and the York Builders Association (YBA) recently honored Mack L. Smith Sr., owner of M.L. Smith & Son Builders, for 50 years of association membership.

Smith joined the YBA in 1964 and has served at the local, state, and national levels in many capacities since that time, including YBA president in 1977-78 and Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) president in 1984. In 1978, PBA presented Smith with the Builder of the Year Award, and in 2007 he received PBA's Distinguished Achievement Award. Smith is also a senior life director at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He is currently serving as a director on YBA's 2017 Association Leadership team.


Grant Supports Local Preschool December 15, 2017

iPadz for Autism was awarded a $1,000 grant by Wells Fargo's Community Connection Program. The grant enabled iPadz for Autism to purchase three iPads for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 preschool program. The remaining funds will be used to purchase Apple AppStore cards to accompany the iPads.

The iPads purchase enabled iPadz for Autism to complete its promise to the preschool program. In total, 130 iPads were placed since 2013.


Winning Essay Writers Posted December 15, 2017

The James A. Danner VFW Post 537, 1095 Pines Road, Etters, announced the top Voice of Democracy essayists from two local high schools. The Voice of Democracy is a worldwide audio-essay competition that requires entrants to write and record a three- to five-minute essay on a patriotic-based theme. "American History: Our Hope for the Future" was this year's theme.

The winning essays from Cedar Cliff High School were presented by Erik Homovich (first place), Ella Miller (second place), and Lindsay Garbacik (third place). From New Red Land High School, the winning essays were presented by Daniel Bloor (first place), Hayden Gerver (second place), and Hailey VanderSlice (third place). Each winning student, their families, and their teachers will be invited guests to the Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen Awards banquet on Thursday, Jan. 25, at the VFW Post.

Over 50 students participated in the local competition this year. The top essays from each school were forwarded to the District 21 competition against students from Adams, Franklin, and York counties. Cedar Cliff High School's Homovich was selected as third place winner in District 21.

The student who won at the district level goes on to compete against student essays from across Pennsylvania. The winner at the state level will be one of 54 finalists worldwide and will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete at the national level for the first place prize of a $30,000 college scholarship.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of Democracy Scholarship program in 1947. The VFW became a national sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the program in 1961. The competition was created to provide students in grades nine to 12 the opportunity to express themselves in regard to democratic ideas and principles. Around 40,000 students participate in the competition each year, and VFW awards more than $2 million in scholarships every year.


Patriot's Pen Winners Posted December 15, 2017

The James A. Danner VFW Post 537, 1095 Pines Road, Etters, announced the top Patriot's Pen essayists from two local middle schools. The theme "America's Gift to My Generation" was the topic for the 300- to 400-word essays.

From Crossroads Middle School, the top student essays were written by Annabel Coulter (first place), Marlayna Concannon (second place), and Daniella Higgins (third place). From New Cumberland Middle School, the top student essays were written by Erik Schaeffer (first place), John Linsey (second place), and Sophia Kolivras (third place).

Each winning student, their families, and their teachers have been invited as guests to the Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen Awards banquet on Thursday, Jan. 25, at the VFW Post at 1095 Pines Road in Etters.

The National VFW created the Patriot's Pen youth essay competition in 1995 as a way to encourage young minds to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society while improving their writing skills. The contest is a worldwide competition that gives students in grades six through eight the opportunity to write a theme-based essay expressing their views on democracy while competing for awards and prizes.

Over 70 students participated in the local competition this year. The top essays were submitted to the VFW District 21 competition to compete against middle schools across Adams, Franklin, and York counties. The winner at the district competition goes on to compete at the state level. The state winner then competes at the national level for individual awards, ranging from $500 to $5,000.

For more information about the VFW, readers may visit


WIC Program Posts Hours December 15, 2017

As the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program provider for York County, the Community Progress Council WIC Program offers later appointments at its York City office for working families. Twice a month, the WIC office at 130 W. Market St., York, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Readers may call the main office at 717-843-7942 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

WIC provides supplemental food and nutrition education for pregnant and breastfeeding women, mothers who have given birth within the past six months, and infants and children up to age 5. Eligibility for WIC is based on income, residency, and medical/dietary-based conditions.

Readers may start a pre-application at Pennsylvania WIC is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).


Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students Of The Month December 14, 2017

The Donegal High School Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that Molly Stoe and Dylan Zuch have been named the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for December. Students receiving the honor will be recognized by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during its monthly luncheon meeting.

Molly is the daughter of Thomas and Kim Stoe. From ninth through 12th grades, she has been an active member of the Donegal Performing Arts Club, marching band, concert band, and chorus. Molly holds leadership roles in the marching band and chorus. She is a member of Tri-M, National Honor Society, and Math Honor Society, and she has helped guide underclassmen at DHS by being a Link Crew Leader.

Molly has also been active in County Band and swimming over the summer. She plans to attend Shippensburg University or Elizabethtown College to major in communications with a focus in public relations.

Dylan is the son of Tim and Mariella Zuch. From ninth through 12th grades, he has participated in basketball and track and field, as well as cross country his junior and senior years. He is vice president of D.E.E.P. and helps underclassmen by serving with the Link Crew at DHS.

Outside of school, Dylan has run with the Keystone Track Club. Dylan has also participated on his church's television show, "Cause of our Joy", and traveled on a mission's trip with his church, Mary Mother of the Church. He plans to attend pharmacy school at the University of the Sciences and compete on the cross country and track teams.


Norris Earns Eagle Scout Rank December 14, 2017

Mason E. Norris, a member of Boy Scout Troop 84 sponsored by St. Peter's Lutheran Church, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Mason is the son of Wendy G. Norris.

To earn the Eagle rank, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and carrying out an Eagle project. Mason's Eagle project consisted of planning and building a storage closet for Lydia's Closet, a Manheim Township student clothing bank, which took more than 120 hours to complete with the help of several youths and adults. Lydia's Closet offers free clothing to school-aged children in need on the first Saturday of each month at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lancaster.

As a Cub Scout with Pack 102, Mason earned the Arrow of Light Award and the God and Family Award. As a Scout with Troop 84, Mason has held positions including Chaplain Aide, Instructor, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, and he is currently Troop Guide. Mason is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, and he completed his National Youth Leadership Training.

Mason is a sophomore at Manheim Township High School, where he is a member of the concert band, marching band, chorus, concert choir, and was recently cast in the musical, "Cinderella." Mason is also treasurer of the Astronomy Club. Mason attends Neffsville Mennonite Church, where he is on the SLIM team.

Mason's Court of Honor ceremony is scheduled for January.


Lioness Club Holds Screening December 13, 2017

The New Freedom Lioness Club recently conducted an eye screening at the New Freedom Farmers Market. Thirty-five children were screened, and each child was given a free book.

The club will hold its next meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at 6:15 p.m. at New Freedom Community Center, 150 E. Main St., second floor, New Freedom. An elevator is available. Lioness Deb McKnight will relate her experiences in Japan at the Lions International Convention.

For additional information, readers may call Dianne Donahue at 717-235-2144 or search for "New Freedom Lioness Club" on Facebook.


Rotary Club Honors Students December 13, 2017


Christmas Bird Count Planned December 13, 2017

Since 1900, the National Audubon Society has conducted a bird census called the Christmas Bird Count, with much of the leg work done by volunteers. The event is the biggest annual citizen science effort and all levels of birders can help, including backyard watchers. The data collected has been invaluable for studying bird population trends, migration patterns, and conservation policy.

Locally, there will be opportunities to participate in the count. Interested persons are assigned to a team with leaders who are acquainted with their areas. Backyard birders need to register with the contact person before the count to determine if their home is within the count circle.

The Count for Kids will be held in collaboration with the Lancaster County Park System and at the Lancaster County Central Park on Saturday, Dec. 30. It is designed to teach children about birding and volunteering as a citizen scientist. All children are required to register with the Lancaster County Park system by calling 717-295-2055 or 717-299-8215 and must be accompanied by an adult. For details, readers may contact John Lahr at 717-284-3497 or

Counts will take place in Lancaster on Dec. 30, and the contact person is Roger Stoner at 717-393-9030. On Sunday, Dec. 31, a count will be held in Lititz, and details are available from Ted Nichols at 717-856-3851 or

To learn more about the Lancaster County Bird Club, readers may visit or


Chamber Singers Open Auditions December 13, 2017

The Lancaster Chamber Singers (LCS) will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a gala concert. In addition, new member auditions are slated for early January.

The celebratory anniversary performance will feature Mozart's "Coronation Mass," with local soloists and orchestra. The concert's program also will include a mixture of favorite pieces from the ensemble's history of performances.

Anyone interested in auditioning to join the ensemble may contact Patti Hartman by Wednesday, Dec. 27, at For more information about the ensemble, readers may visit


Organization Hires Williams December 13, 2017

The Lancaster City Alliance recently hired Anne Williams for its newly created position of director of communications. Williams' professional experience is rooted in communicating to diverse populations with an expertise in politics, health care, and social justice. At the Alliance, she will lead the organization's outreach to engage each city community and foster participation to solidify a positive future for Lancaster. Williams will also work closely with the Lancaster City Alliance's key partner organizations to continue strengthening the city and share the stories that make Lancaster a special place.

Most recently, Williams was employed at Capital BlueCross in Harrisburg. Prior to her work for the health insurer, she served both Gov. Rendell and Corbett as a spokesperson assigned to health and human services agencies. Williams grew up in New Holland, graduating from Garden Spot High School. She earned her communications degree from Susquehanna University and now resides in Lancaster County.

Through conversations, partnerships and measurable outcomes, the Lancaster City Alliance seeks to curate and engage the community, strengthen neighborhoods in all four quadrants of the city, oversee the Downtown Investment District, and implement the Building On Strength strategic plan. For more information, readers may visit or search for "Lancaster City Alliance" on Facebook.


Garden Club Posts Schedule December 13, 2017

The Shiloh Garden Club will meet monthly from January through April. All meetings will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Dover Community Center, 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover.

Each meeting will feature a program. Programs will include a hands-on workshop on creating a rose from an orange on Thursday, Jan. 25; a presentation of British gardens and an overview of the Chelsea Garden Show on Thursday, Feb. 22; a hands-on workshop on creating a terrarium on Thursday, March 22; and a program on rain gardens on Thursday, April 26.

For further information, readers may contact


Rotary Club Donates Chairs To Library December 13, 2017


Bentley Earns Eagle Scout Rank December 12, 2017

Hunter Bentley received his Eagle Scout award in a Court of Honor ceremony on Nov. 6 at Highland Presbyterian Church.

Hunter began his scouting career as a Wolf in Pack 125 and earned his Arrow of Light in 2011. Since joining Troop 99, Hunter has served as guide, instructor, and crew leader on the troop's high adventure and service trip to Glacier National Park.

He earned 24 merit badges and participated in major trips to the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Delaware Water Gap, Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. In 2015, Hunter backpacked 82 miles through the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico with a group of Troop 99 Scouts.

For his Eagle Scout Project, Hunter built and installed four sets of custom shelves for the Power Packs organization in downtown Lancaster. He continues to be involved with Power Packs.

Hunter is a senior at Lancaster Country Day School. He is the son of Robert and Lori Bentley of East Hempfield.


Student Receives Recognition December 12, 2017

Elizabethtown Area High School student Dalton Kerstetter was recently recognized as a Do the Right Thing winner for November. Kerstetter was recognized for helping and encouraging another student.

He received his award on Nov. 17. Kerstetter, his family, the nominator, the business sponsor, the school principals, and the school resource officer attended the award presentation. The honoree received a certificate of recognition, a Do the Right Thing T-Shirt, and a gift certificate.

The Do the Right Thing program seeks to recognize students in the Elizabethtown community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude or outstanding efforts. The program especially emphasizes random acts of kindness that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. Any adult over the age of 18 may nominate a child. For more information, readers may contact Gail Viscome, executive director of Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care at 717-367-0678.


Candidates Being Sought December 12, 2017

The Republican Committee of Lancaster County (RCLC) is accepting letters of intent for all races in the 2018 Election Cycle. This notice includes the races for the 7th and 16th Congressional districts, the 36th State Senatorial district, and all State House districts, which will appear on the 2018 primary election ballot.

The RCLC will also select Republican State Committee members. State Committee members are made up of seven female and seven male elected members as well as the chairman of the RCLC and one State Committee member from Lancaster city.

Written letters of intent for all candidates seeking election to these positions must be submitted to the Republican Committee of Lancaster County, 902 Columbia Ave., Lancaster, by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, if the candidate wishes to be considered for the committee's endorsement or selection.

For more information, readers may contact the Republican Committee of Lancaster County at 717-392-4165 or

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