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VFW Recognizes Safety Officers January 16, 2019

The James A. Danner VFW Post 537 recently held a Safety Banquet to honor all first responders from the area and to specifically recognize one firefighter, one emergency medical technician (EMT), and one police officer. VFW Post 537 sought nominations from supervisory officers in Fairview Township, Newberry Township, and the borough of Goldsboro.

To be eligible for an award, nominees had to meet various criteria. The three primary criteria were recognition by their colleagues, unswerving loyalty to and active performance in safety of citizens, and dedication to their official responsibilities over a period of years, showing continuous growth in responsibility and experience.

The Firefighter of the Year for 2018 is Kyle Harbold. He serves as the fire police captain, assisting the Newberry Township Police Department in both emergency and nonemergency situations. He had the highest response to calls within the Newberry Township Fire Department.

Leslie Garner of Newberry Township's EMS was selected as the Post 537's Emergency Medical Technician Award winner for 2018. Garner began as an EMT in 2002 and became a medic in 2008. She has served as a full-time medic in Newberry Township since 2013.

Post 537 chose Detective Daniel Grimme of Newberry Township Police Department as the Police Officer of the Year. Grimme, an eight-year veteran of the Newberry Township Police Department, serves in the department's Criminal Support Unit. In the past year, he was instrumental in prosecuting several individuals who illegally delivered narcotics. In addition to general investigations, he also investigates domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

Nominations for the 2019 Safety Officers can be submitted at any time prior to Sunday, Sept. 1, to the James A. Danner VFW Post 537. For more information, readers may call Charlie at 724-630-4956.


Woodturners Club To Meet January 16, 2019

The next monthly meeting of the South Central Pennsylvania Woodturners Club will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the Park Building at Christ United Methodist Church, 18 Water St., Jacobus, on the first Tuesday of each month.

The February meeting will feature Tom Dineen demonstrating three different ways of turning a bowl on a lathe. The March meeting will provide an introduction to chip carving. Meetings include displays of recent members' projects, discussions, and demonstrations on 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 or email Barry Stump at


Sewing Network Plans Meeting January 16, 2019

The Lancaster Area Sewing Network will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at Lancaster Friends Meeting House, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster. Guests are welcome to attend.

The group has announced 2019 will be its Year of the Pant, and the upcoming meeting will introduce the topic, with suggestions for choosing fabric and patterns. Expert sewists will be available to take body measurements. Anyone wishing to be measured for pants is advised to wear close-fitting clothing.

For more information, readers may email


Girl Scouts Earn Silver Awards January 16, 2019

Seven eighth-grade Cadette Girl Scouts in New Freedom completed a major milestone this winter. They earned their Silver Awards, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette in sixth through eighth grades can earn. The Girl Scout Silver Award includes completing a long-term project, educating others, and making a difference in the Scouts' community while working as a team and exhibiting leadership skills. The New Freedom Cadettes completed two projects in the community.

The first project was assembly of chemotherapy care kits. Partnering with the local H.O.P.E. foundation, along with the Southern Branch YMCA, the Paul Smith Library and St. John Lutheran Church, the girls collected donations from local residents and businesses. These donations included items of comfort and hygiene for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment, including fleece blankets, sensitive skin soap, unscented hand sanitizer, puzzle books, coloring books, cards, mints, tissues, and toothbrushes. Part of the project included teaching younger Girl Scouts about cancer and chemotherapy treatment and making cards of comfort and encouragement for chemotherapy patients. Through donations, the girls were able to package and donate more than 100 chemotherapy care kits. Through the project, the girls aimed to raise awareness of cancer, chemotherapy, and the local H.O.P.E. foundation and to encourage the community to continuing donating to the cause.

The second Silver Award project was collecting pet care items and toys for animals in shelters. Partnering with the local New Freedom Animal Rescue Inc., Bark of the Town, and Shrewsbury Family Pet Shop, the girls collected donations of pet food, pet toys, cleaning supplies, and blankets. Additionally, the girls talked to younger children about animal care and made fleece cat and dog toys. The girls were able to donate three large carloads of pet care and toys, with the hope that the items would make animals in shelters more comfortable and more likely to be adopted. The girls encourage community members to continue donating to and adopting animals from local animal shelters.

Through these projects, the Scouts learned the importance of giving back to the community.


Rupe Installed As Zembo Shrine Potentate January 16, 2019

Imperial Sir Mark Hartz, Past Potentate of Boumi Shrine in Baltimore and the current Imperial Outer Guard of Shriners International, was the installing officer for the 2019 Divan members of Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg on Jan. 6. The program was held in the auditorium of Zembo Shrine and was attended by more than 170 Shriners, friends and family members.

Joseph W. Rupe Jr. of Derry Township was installed as the 98th Illustrious Potentate of Zembo Shrine. His wife, Susan, has chosen the Walk for Love to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children - Philadelphia as her First Lady's Project. The event will take place on Saturday, June 22, at Italian Lake across Division Street from the Shrine Center. The Philadelphia hospital serves children in the Zembo area of Dauphin, Cumberland, York, Adams, Franklin, Perry and Juniata counties and portions of Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

Zembo members transport patients and their families to medical appointments at the Philadelphia hospital, sometimes making as many as three trips per week. Treatment is administered regardless of a family's ability to pay.

Serving in addition to Rupe will be Chief Rabban Stanley E. Johnston Jr. of Linglestown and Lady Cheryl; Assistant Rabban Larry A. Fahnestock of Mechanicsburg; High Priest and Prophet J. Scott Burford of York and Lady Joan; Oriental Guide Lynn E. Shields, Past Potentate, and Lady Jo-Ann; Treasurer Terry L. DiGruttolo of Elizabethtown and Lady Susan; and Recorder Huey A. Long of Mechanicsburg and Lady Aggie.

The elected Divan also serves as the board of directors of the Shrine Center.

Preceding the installation was a family worship service conducted by the Zembo Chaplain Corps with music by the Zembo Highlander Bagpipe Unit. Reception music featured the highly acclaimed Zembo Shrine String Band.

Membership in Zembo is open to any Master Mason in good standing in a Masonic lodge.


FFA Members Attend Mid-Winter Convention January 16, 2019

On Jan. 7, Grassland FFA traveled to the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg to participate in the 90th annual Mid-Winter Convention held by the Pennsylvania FFA.

During the convention, 10 Grassland FFA seniors received the Keystone Degree - the highest degree that Pennsylvania FFA offers. Each qualifying member completed more than 300 hours in a placement supervised agricultural experience (SAE) or productively invested $1,000, completed 25 hours of community service, and participated in 10 chapter and five above-level FFA activities. Degree recipients include Brandon Bixler, Natalie Eberly, Hadassah Hoover, Mikayla Horst, Tate Myers, Alexandria O'Neill, Ashley Risser, Sarah Shirk, Jared Weaver, and Shawn Zimmerman. Bixler, the 2018 Eastern Regional STAR in the Placement category, competed for the State STAR award.

Each year, the Pennsylvania FFA Alumni group hosts a jacket campaign for first-year members to apply to earn their official FFA jacket. Jackets are sponsored by agribusinesses and companies throughout Pennsylvania. Grassland FFA had five freshmen earn their jackets: Amanda Hoover, Miriah Lehman, Shania Jagiah, Gregory Weidman, and Allison Zimmerman.

Grassland FFA had an Agriculture Issues team compete at the state-level Leadership Development Event (LDE), sharing about the issue of the spotted lanternfly. Team members included Brandon Bixler, Daniel Horning, Jack McCarty, Abigail O'Neill, Shirk, and Jared Weaver. The team chose a relevant agricultural issue and developed a 15-minute skit presentation presenting the pros and cons of the issue. The team placed second in the state.


Hopewell UMC Packs Meals January 16, 2019

Members of Hopewell United Methodist Church (UMC), 852 Hopewell Road, Downingtown, recently took part in an effort to feed those across the world suffering from hunger.

Proceeds from the Hopewell UMC congregation and Hopewell vacation Bible school raised more than $6,765 in order to pack 23,328 meals for those in need around the world through Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), an international relief effort that apportions food and aid to impoverished countries.

More than 100 volunteers of all ages helped to pack the meals within a two-hour time frame.

Greg, one of event's organizers, shared his story of how hunger impacted his childhood and why he gives his time to Rise Against Hunger.

For more information about the church, readers may visit


Conservancy Receives Acquisition Grant January 16, 2019

The Brandywine Conservancy has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to be used toward the acquisition of a 569-acre natural area along the Octoraro Creek in Lower Oxford and West Nottingham townships in Chester County. The area is a portion of the 952-acre Glenroy Farm property that spans Chester and Lancaster counties.

The Conservancy's ultimate goal is to work with the landowner to permanently protect the entire property through purchase and agricultural easements. The $1.5 million from DCNR will be used to match an already approved multi-year $3 million grant from the Chester County Preservation Partnership Program.

Eventually, the goal is for the 569-acre natural area to be transferred to and managed by the Oxford Area Foundation (OAF). OAF will manage it as a passive preserve with 5 miles of trails mostly along the Octoraro Creek. Once completed, the project will help create 6,739 acres of contiguous preserved lands in the Octoraro watershed, according to director Ellen Ferretti.

The Brandywine Conservancy also assisted the landowner in applying for and securing agricultural preservation funding to preserve the 220 acres of farmland on the property.

The Brandywine Conservancy is seeking additional funds to meet the acquisition price, with a desired completion by 2021 for the remaining lands in Chester County and an additional 156 acres of farmland along the Octoraro Creek in Lancaster County.


Club To Host Holocaust Survivor January 15, 2019

The World War II Oral History Club will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at St. Anne's Retirement Community, 3952 Columbia Ave., Columbia.

The club will welcome Lancaster County resident Rosette Lobel, a Holocaust survivor. Lobel was born in France and grew up under Hitler's regime during the five-year Nazi occupation.

The club meets at St. Anne's on the last Tuesday of each month except December. All WWII veterans and family members, as well as those who have an interest in WWII history, are invited to attend. WWII veterans and family and friends of WWII veterans who would like to speak at a meeting may contact the club.

For more information, call 717-319-3430.


Sieglitz Named To Manage Partnership January 15, 2019

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has named Brenda Sieglitz to manage the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, one of Pennsylvania's efforts to restore and protect its rivers and streams by planting 10 million trees by the end of 2025.

The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership is a collaborative effort, coordinated by CBF, of national, regional, state, and local agencies, conservation organizations, watershed groups, conservancies, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses, and individuals dedicated to planting trees to improve the condition of Pennsylvania waters.

Trees clean and protect waterways, including drinking water sources, by filtering and absorbing polluted runoff, stabilizing stream banks, and improving soil quality. Simultaneously, they help cleanse the air of harmful contaminants and beautify communities.

As the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership manager, Sieglitz will help ensure the success of the Partnership by synchronizing creative strategies that serve and diversify the partners, funders, agencies, and other priority audiences. Working closely with CBF's Making History Campaign team, Sieglitz will also serve as the key internal point person to ensure the Partnership activities are coordinated and communicated.

For more than a decade, Sieglitz worked in the private sector, where she has focused on project management, business development initiatives, sales, and marketing. During that time, she created and led multiple marketing and other events centered on public-private partnerships, including leading the development and launch for a biodegradable food service disposables line in the Mid-Atlantic region.

She resides in Mount Joy and is co-chair of Lancaster County Conservancy's Riverlands Trail Festival. She has held leadership and mentor roles with the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, Team Sarcoma Keepin' it Kevin, and the National Parks Service. She is also a certified Pennsylvania Master Naturalist.


VisionCorps Names Marketing Director January 15, 2019

VisionCorps has named Amy Giangiulio as director of marketing communications. In this position, she will oversee the development of communication strategies for all counties served by the organization.

Giangiulio has more than a decade of experience in marketing and public relations. She joined VisionCorps in 2015 as marketing communications coordinator. Previously, she worked as a public relations account manager for Godfrey in Lancaster. Giangiulio holds a Bachelor of Science in speech communication from Millersville University.

For information regarding VisionCorps, readers may visit or contact Giangiulio by calling 717-291-5951, ext. 4118.


Art Festival Receives Honor January 15, 2019

The art festival of Long's Park Amphitheater Foundation was recently rated the best Art Fair on the East Coast and one of the top 50 in the nation by, a juried fine art fair and art shows listings website promoting attendance at art fairs, craft shows, and art festivals nationwide.

Close to 1,000 nominations were received online, and there were more than 2,000 voters. The surveys asked participants to select their five favorite art fairs and craft shows and which one is the best. The factors judged included quality of art, venue setting and ambiance, affordability/wide price range, family-friendly/children's activities, number of exhibitors, location, accessibility, parking, variety of media, and food and music.

The America's Best Art Fairs Awards are based on online voting by art fair patrons, collectors, organizers, and artists, both regionally and nationally. The national survey of art fairs and festivals is designed to recognize achievement in art fair event production and promote the cultural importance of fine art events across America.

All proceeds from the art festival fund the Summer Music Series each year. To learn more, readers may visit


Livestock Judging Team Places Ninth In Nation January 15, 2019

Four students from Lancaster County achieved ninth place as a team in the 95th National 4-H Livestock Judging contest held from Nov. 8 to 14 in Louisville, Ky. The team placed ninth overall out of 33 teams with students ages 15 to 19 from across the country, as well as 10th in beef cattle and 11th in reasons. Members of the award-winning 2018 4-H Senior Livestock Judging Team included Emma Musser, Maddie Musser, Jacob Snavely, and Leah Welk.

Individually, Leah earned 15th overall for her scores at the national competition. Leah, the daughter of Don and Emily Welk of Strasburg, is a senior at Lampeter-Strasburg High School. She has been involved in 4-H for eight years and is also a member of FFA. After graduation, Leah plans to attend Penn State University to major in agricultural science and minor in animal science or agricultural communications. Plus, she plans to get involved in livestock judging at the collegiate level.

"I learned I can compete at a higher level just like anyone else can," said Leah. "It was one of the best experiences I've ever had." Earlier in the year, Leah set the goal of becoming an All-American, and achieving that was the highlight of her year.

Prior to the national competition, the team won the state championship at the Penn State 4-H Achievement Days held at University Park from July 23 to 25. The team placed second at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition on Oct. 5. Individually, Maddie earned fourth, Emma took eighth, and Leah came in 13th. At the Southeast Regional Contest in Raleigh, N.C., on Oct. 27, the team came in fourth place, with Maddie taking sixth and Leah placing ninth.

Coached by Adam and Dani Zurin of Mount Joy and Johanna Rohrer of Manheim, the team began holding practices in January 2018 at the Farm and Home Center. Beginning in March, practices went from going over basic information in a classroom setting to visiting local farms for hands-on experience judging real animals. Each student was required to raise funds for the costs involved with traveling to and from competitions and did so by sending letters to family and friends as well as selling baskets at the Elizabethtown Fair and Manheim Farm Show.

"We bonded really well as a team, and it was a lot of fun being together," remarked Emma when reflecting on the group's success. Emma, the daughter of Greg and Jodi Musser of Elizabethtown, has been a 4-H member for eight years. She is a junior at Elizabethtown Area High School, where she is president of FFA and plays tennis. "It was cool getting to see livestock from different states and getting to meet people from different states," said Emma, "and representing Lancaster County and getting to do it all with my sister."

Emma's sister Maddie has been a 4-H member for nine years and is currently a freshman at Penn State University, where she is studying agricultural business management. Maddie attributed the team's outstanding year to the coaches, who volunteered countless hours instructing and practicing with the students. They also planned stops at nine farms along the way to the national competition in Louisville for the team to practice judging animals.

Jacob Snavely, the son of Jason and Erica Snavely of Manheim, has been a 4-H member for six years. He is a sophomore at Manheim Central High School, where he is actively involved in FFA and started a student livestock judging club. Jacob decided to try out for the Senior Livestock Judging Team after hearing about it at the annual Lancaster County 4-H reorganizational meeting, where volunteers share about the various opportunities for the coming year.

The 2019 4-H Livestock Clubs reorganizational meeting is set to take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. Students interested in learning more are welcome to attend or to visit for more information.


Students Of The Quarter Honored January 15, 2019

Lancaster Catholic High School students Ella Cassidy, Matthew Keebler, Sebastian Klemmer, and Vivian Klemmer were named Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Students of the Quarter. They were honored for their school and community activities, leadership and academic achievements.

Ella's favorite subjects are precalculus and chemistry. She participates in the marching and jazz bands as well as the percussion ensemble/samba band and quiz bowl club. She is on the Mini-THON committee and is a member of the Crusader Youth Club and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She participates in dance classes at the Cavod Academy of the Arts and has participated in County Band and Orchestra.

Matthew's favorite subjects are calculus, chemistry and biology. He founded the school's Autism Awareness Club and is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society and Future Medical Leaders of America. Matthew is on the bowling and tennis teams and captains the school soccer team, which voted him Offensive Player of the Year. He is also a 2018 Lancaster-Lebanon League first-team soccer All-Star. Matthew volunteers at Landis Homes and Lancashire Hall Nursing and Rehab Center.

Sebastian's favorite subjects are Western civilization and Advanced Placement English literature and composition. He enjoys playing in the jazz and marching bands and the pit orchestra. Sebastian participates in cross-country, track and field, and quiz bowl. He is an altar server and teaches eighth-grade religious education at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. Sebastian received a 2018 National Merit commendation.

Vivian's favorite subjects are algebra 2 and world history. She enjoys field hockey and basketball and plays in the brass and string ensembles as well as the pit orchestra for the school musical. She is a member of the quiz bowl club and the Aevidum student suicide awareness club. Vivian is an altar server.

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 welcome. More information is available at


Polka Group Donates Toys January 15, 2019


Organization Elects New Officers January 15, 2019

The officers of the Lancaster County Junior Holstein Association ended their terms on Dec. 19, 2018, and new officers were elected.

The new officers include Madison Weaver, daughter of Tammy and Fred Weaver of Ephrata, president; Caroline Arrowsmith, daughter of Tom and Mandy Arrowsmith of Peach Bottom, vice president; Amber Pownall, daughter of Betsy Pownall of Quarryville, secretary; Katelyn Teaman, daughter of Trevor and Sheri Teaman of Quarryville, treasurer; Hannah Welk, daughter of Arien and Jeremy Welk of Quarryville, state executive committee representative; Andrew Wanner, son of Andrew and Suzanne Wanner of Honey Brook, news reporter; and Madelynn Hoffman, daughter of Curt and Psuche Hoffman of Manheim, news reporter.


Lions Club Honors Student January 15, 2019


School Receives Donation January 15, 2019

The Knights of Columbus 10474 Father Gerrity Council of Holy Infant Parish in Manchester recently presented York Catholic principal Katie Seufert a check for $10,000 in support of York Catholic's "Grow Today, Impact Tomorrow" Capital Campaign. The campaign is designed to provide resources for needed renovations and improvements to the high school with a focus on academic, student life, and extracurricular experiences.

Among the projects are renovated classrooms with facility-wide air-conditioning; upgrades and modernization to science labs and science lecture rooms; facility-wide safety enhancements, including an elevator; the creation of a new Student and Media Center, which will also house a College and Career Readiness Center, student center, renovated chapel, and upgraded lobby; and the installation of a turf athletic field that will be used by 12 athletic teams.


Gillen Competes At Farm Show January 14, 2019


BPW Group Presents Donation January 14, 2019

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