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Rotary Club Of Mount Joy Invites Veterans To Breakfast October 20, 2017

The Rotary Club of Mount Joy is sponsoring a breakfast for local veterans, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 10, at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy, from 7 to 8:15 a.m. Breakfast, which will be served by Rotarians, will be provided free of charge to all veterans and a guest.

All Mount Joy residents, parishioners, and local employees who are veterans are invited to the breakfast. Members of the local Rotary Club wish to honor veterans who have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

Transportation may be available. To attend the breakfast, veterans should contact Linda Goya-Hartman at 717-653-6300 or Joanne Pinkerton at 717-653-5911. The deadline for breakfast reservation is Wednesday, Nov. 8.

When making reservations, veterans should provide their branch and years of active service. Attendees who will be accompanied by a non-veteran are asked to include the non-veteran in the reservation count.

The Rotary Club of Mount Joy has been serving the area since 1926. The club provides members with the opportunity to give back to their town, entertain at local events, and develop the local social and ecological infrastructure. For more information about the Rotary Club of Mount Joy, readers may contact Gonya-Hartman or Pinkerton.


HMPS Plans Kristkindle Mart October 20, 2017

Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society (HMPS) members are gearing up for the eighth annual Kristkindle Mart on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Bainbridge Fire Company, 34 S. Second St., Bainbridge. The community is invited to stop by the market any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is free.

The event is modeled after traditional outdoor German Christmas markets that are often held in the streets during the four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas - only the HMPS version is condensed into one day and takes place indoors for a warmer atmosphere. "There are a lot of neat crafts that people can buy and get a head start on shopping for Christmas or other gifts," said HMPS board member and event organizer Elaine Jackson, noting that several popular vendors from previous years will be returning.

The Kristkindle Mart will feature a variety of handmade merchandise from local artists and crafters and other unique items. This year's selection will include rocks and minerals, candles, beaded jewelry, doll clothing, baked goods, homemade caramels, stationery, wooden toys and gifts, aluminum and gourd ornaments, knitted hats and scarves, and other crafts.

Breakfast, lunch, and snack options will be available to purchase for shoppers who work up an appetite - or for anyone who would like to stop by the fire hall for a meal or treat. Menu options will include muffins, chili, chicken corn soup, hot dogs, bratwurst, applesauce, chips, and a variety of desserts and beverages.

Activities for children will include crafts and the opportunity to make holiday cards that will be mailed to military service members.

A silent auction will feature items donated by vendors and a few other goods from local businesses.

The first HMPS Kristkindle Mart took place inside the Haldeman Mansion, but the organizers later moved the location to the Bainbridge Fire Company because the mansion does not have a heating system. Board members have been faithfully working to remedy that by hosting fundraising events throughout the year, and all of the proceeds from the Kristkindle Mart will go toward the heating fund for the mansion.

To learn more or to sign up to be a vendor at the event, readers may contact Jackson at or 717-426-3794. The Kristkindle Mart is the final event of the year for the HMPS. Readers may learn more about the mansion by visiting


Semper Fi 5K Set For Veterans Day October 20, 2017

Elizabethtown residents and Marine Corps veterans Steve Bowers and Richard Brinkman have completed more than 30 marathons between the two of them, and each has run the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., 10 consecutive years. "Once you run that for 10 years in a row, you're in a special club," Bowers said. "We're both pretty proud of that."

Now, Bowers and Brinkman are putting all of that running experience to good use as the race directors for the Semper Fi 5K Run/Walk on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. The Marine Corps League of Lancaster County Detachment 294 welcomes runners and walkers of all ages to participate in the race, which will step off promptly at 8 a.m. from Columbia High School (CHS), 901 Ironville Pike, Columbia. "This is a Marine Corps League run, but we're going to be honoring all the veterans," Bowers said.

Race day check-in and registration will be open from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. Interested individuals may register at through Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Participants will follow a route down Ironville Pike and through borough streets to the finish line at Locust and Bank streets. Bowers described the point-to-point course as a very fast, downhill route. "You can see the finish line from the starting line," remarked Bowers.

A shuttle bus service will be available at Columbia Crossing to transport runners back to CHS for their vehicles after the race. Organizers will also offer a free baggage claim service so participants may check a bag or clothing item before the race that they would like to have waiting for them at the finish line.

Prior to the race, the presentation of colors will be led by the Marine Corps League of Lancaster County color guard, and the national anthem will be sung.

Mile markers will be provided at every half-mile, and a water and aid station will be set up at the halfway point. Marine cadences and music will play at various parts of the course, and Marine Corps veterans will be calling out motivation from the sidelines.

Organizers encourage area residents and spectators to cheer on the runners and wave flags in honor of Veterans Day. "The last mile is straight down Locust Street, and we'd really like the public to join us in cheering on the runners and in the celebration (of veterans)," Bowers stated.

Afterward, everyone is invited to take what Bowers called "a cool-down walk" a few blocks farther to the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut St., Columbia, for post-race festivities. Live music will be performed by Musicians Bedside Manner, and free food and beverages will be available.

Children ages 3 to 12 may take part in the quarter-mile Chesty's Challenge Fun Run, named after the Marine Corps bulldog mascot. Registration will open at 8 a.m. at Columbia Crossing, and the fun run will take off at 9 a.m. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, medal, and goodie bag. A Chesty mascot will also visit the event.

An awards ceremony, including time to honor and recognize veterans for their service and sacrifice, will begin at approximately 9 a.m. at Columbia Crossing. Cash prizes and plaques will be given to the overall male and female winners, as well as to the first-place masters (age 50 and up) male and female finishers. The top three finishers in various five-year age range categories will receive awards, and additional door prizes will be randomly distributed to participants. "We do have a couple of surprise awards, too," Bowers noted.

Proceeds from the event will support outreach programs for veterans in the greater Lancaster County area, including Victory House of Lancaster and the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

For more details, readers may visit To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the race, interested individuals may call Bowers at 717-361-8639.


Fair Board Sets Meeting October 20, 2017

The Elizabethtown Fair Board will hold a meeting at the Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church, 996 E. High St., Elizabethtown, on Thursday, Oct. 26. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m.

The public is invited.


Environmental Center Posts Programs October 20, 2017

Governor Dick Environmental Center, located at 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna, has posted several activities. Attendees 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 717-964-3808 and leave a name and phone number in case the program is canceled.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, a flintknapping demonstration will take place at 10 a.m. Attendees will learn the techniques of tool making used by early native peoples.

At 1 p.m. on Oct. 28, Backyard Biologists: Tree Detectives will be offered. Children will learn to identify trees on a walk and will play leaf identification games. There is a per-child fee.

Golden Eagle Hikers will hold a history hike on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 1:30 p.m. Hikers over age 50 will hike to 10 historical areas within the park.


Manheim Sportsmen Set Schedule October 20, 2017

The Manheim Sportsmen's Association, 552 Oak Tree Road, Manheim, has posted its schedule. For more information, readers may visit

The Manheim Sportsmen's Club sold steak sandwiches during the Manheim Farm Show, held Oct. 9 to 13. Helpers donated their time throughout the week to sell the sandwiches.

The club's monthly membership meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. Nominations for officers for 2018 will take place at the meeting and again at the meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14, before the election.

Additionally, membership dues for 2018 are now being accepted. Individuals may print an application from the website and complete and return it to the address listed on the application. Club dues should be paid before the end of 2017 in order to avoid a late fee. Members can call the membership secretary at 717-665-7729 or 717-468-1334 for further information on renewals. New members will be able to enjoy all club benefits for the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018.

On Monday, Nov. 13, retirees and seniors will gather at the clubhouse at 8 a.m. for their monthly coffee and snack hour. It is open to members and friends. Individuals who are planning to attend for the first time may call Charlie at 717-951-6103.

The club will hold its monthly tactical shoot on the club's ranges on Saturday, Nov. 18. Registration will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m., with the shoot starting at 10 a.m. after a shooters' briefing. It will be open to the public. For details and regulations, readers may call Dave at 717-435-3327.

The clubhouse has been reserved by a member for a family Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23. The clubhouse is available to be rented by members and nonmembers for programs, meetings, and more throughout the year. Readers may call 717-951-6103 for rates.

The club's indoor range is open to the public throughout the winter season, weather permitting, on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. New shooters will need to qualify before using the range. There is a per-night cost. A range officer or instructor will be on duty to control shooting and assist shooters. For further information, readers may contact Allan at 717-653-9979 or

The club reminds readers that Saturday, Nov. 11, is the last day for Pennsylvania archery deer hunting. Pennsylvania firearms deer hunting season will be open from Monday, Nov. 27, to Saturday, Dec. 9.


Nominations Sought For Award October 20, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award and are due to the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce by Monday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m.

Recipients must meet each of three specific criteria: demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improving the quality of life for others in the Lebanon Valley; and assist women in reaching their full potential. The ATHENA Award recipient will be presented at the Chamber's annual breakfast, to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at StoneRidge Retirement Living in Myerstown.

The ATHENA Award was launched in 1982 in Lansing, Mich. Since then, more than 8,000 leaders in more than 500 communities have received the award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

In the Lebanon Valley, the ATHENA Award has been presented each year since 1990 through the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Past recipients include the late Ruth Dietz, Todd Snovel, Mayor Sherry Capello, Jenny Murphy-Shifflet, Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, and others.

Nomination forms are available at, or they may be picked up at the Chamber office, 604 Cumberland St., Lebanon. For more information, readers may call 717-273-3727 or email


Event To Honor Vietnam Veterans October 19, 2017

State Rep. Frank Ryan will hold a Welcome Home Celebration honoring Vietnam veterans residing in the 101st Legislative District on Friday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will be held in the auditorium at Palmyra Area Middle School, 50 W. Cherry St., Palmyra.

Congress has created special lapel pins on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War to recognize United States military veterans who served during the conflict in Southeast Asia.

At the local event, United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location of service, will be honored.

The event is open only to residents of the 101st District. The 101st District includes the boroughs of Cornwall, Mount Gretna, and Palmyra; the townships of North Cornwall, North Londonderry, South Annville, South Londonderry, and West Cornwall; and the city of Lebanon.

Veterans who wish to be part of the ceremony, be recognized, and be presented with a lapel pin must preregister at or by calling 717-838-3823.


Tsaplina To Present Program October 19, 2017

The Department of Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine, 500 University Drive, Hershey, will host a presentation on Friday, Nov. 3, at noon in Room C3621 on the third floor of the College of Medicine, above the George T. Harrell Library.

Marina Tsaplina, an artist, patient advocate, and Kienle Scholar in Medical Humanities, will present "Moral Imagination in Chronic Illness: Creativity, Risk, Illness as Teacher, Embracing Complexity, and the Unknown."

She will perform her theatrical piece "The Invisible Elephant," which explores negative effects of losing a part of oneself to diabetes. The performance will be followed by a 30-minute facilitated discussion aimed to help health care providers working in chronic illness focus on the therapeutic exchange in medicine.

The event is free and open to the public. No preregistration is required. For more information, readers may contact Claire de Boer at or call the Department of Humanities at 717-531-8778.


EASD Sets Veterans Day Event October 19, 2017

The Elizabethtown Area School District (EASD) will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10, to honor local military veterans. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown, rain or shine. The public is encouraged to to join students, faculty, and staff in paying tribute to veterans from the greater Elizabethtown area.

Taking part in the program will be Terry Seiders, school board president; Michele Balliet, superintendent of schools; Chuck Mummert, mayor of Elizabethtown borough; and numerous high school students.

All local veterans are invited to take part in the celebration. Interested veterans are asked to register by visiting and completing the online registration form by Tuesday, Nov. 7. They may also register by contacting Troy Portser, director of school and community information, at 717-367-1521, ext. 10024, or


Osterhout Named Kiwanis Trustee October 19, 2017

Benjamin R. Osterhout of Mount Joy has been appointed to the board of trustees for the Kiwanis Children's Fund for a second time. Osterhout began his three-year leadership role on Oct. 1.

A member of Kiwanis International, Osterhout has served as the president of the Norlanco-Rheems Kiwanis Club. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Kiwanis Foundation and a former lieutenant governor. A native of Tunkhannock, Osterhout began his Kiwanis family service in the Builders Club at Tunkhannock Area Middle School.

He is the senior associate director of annual giving at Elizabethtown College. After earning a bachelor's degree in business administration/marketing and accounting from Elizabethtown College, Osterhout began a career in higher education fundraising. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.

The Kiwanis Children's Fund, part of Kiwanis International, develops resources that transform the good will and vision of Kiwanis members into programs that serve the children of the world.


Women's Group Sets Brunch October 19, 2017

The Elizabethtown/Mount Joy Christian Women's Connection invites area ladies to its "Thankful Feet" brunch, to be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 9:30 a.m. at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy. The price is inclusive.

Cindy Zinn, a reflexologist from Lancaster, will share the benefits and effects of reflexology. Special music will be provided by vocalist Chuck Mummert of Elizabethtown. Speaker Kathie Ann Pearcy of Clearfield will share "What Did I Come in Here For?"

Reservations for the brunch and free preschool child care must be made by Friday, Nov. 3, by calling Judy at 717-367-3076, Karen at 717-397-8987, or Sandy at 717-367-5140. Reservations not canceled by Tuesday, Nov. 7, must be honored.


Organizations Form Partnership October 19, 2017

Landis Communities and Lancaster Downtowners signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Oct. 6, creating a collaborative partnership between the two organizations. The goals and the missions of the organizations are significantly aligned, as both want persons to be able to age in the place they choose to call home.

The new partnership will support two key elements of the Downtowners' strategic plan: hiring an executive director and providing an office for the group, which will allow it to offer members more robust resources well into the future that will support them in aging successfully in the homes of their choice.

The new executive director will receive operational support for day-to-day needs, including the support of Landis Communities' leadership team and IT help desk and an office at Steeple View Lofts, an affiliate of Landis Communities located at 118 N. Water St., Lancaster.

Lancaster Downtowners is a network of people who share a common passion for downtown Lancaster as the community of choice for their retirement years. More information is available at

Landis Communities was formed in September 2011 and grew out of the Landis Homes Retirement Community. To learn more, readers may visit


Flower Club To Meet October 19, 2017

The Elizabethtown Flower Club will meet at noon on Monday, Nov. 6, at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy. The program will be "Tea Party Memories" with Barb Eberly. Members are asked to bring a favorite teapot and a memory. Attendees are encouraged to wear a hat to the tea party.

Guests are welcome. There is a cost for the lunch. Reservations and cancellations must be made by noon on Thursday, Nov. 2, by calling Luann Gantz at 717-653-9390 to defray the cost of a reserved meal.


Night Hike Planned October 19, 2017

Manheim Township Parks and Recreation Department will offer a night hike and costume contest on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Boettcher House at Landis Woods, 2369 Lititz Pike. Snacks will be provided.

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes and explore the trails in the dark. They will learn how nocturnal animals are equipped to survive in the darkness. Participants should bring only red-tinted flashlights and wear hiking shoes.

There will be a costume contest before the hike, with prizes awarded in a children's category.

There is a per-participant fee. Registration is available at the Manheim Township Recreation and Park Planning office, Stauffer Mansion, 1241 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, or by calling 717-290-7180.


Foster Parent Sessions Planned October 19, 2017

Families United Network, 412 S. Angle St., Mount Joy, is seeking foster families. The organization will host foster parent orientation sessions on Thursdays, Nov. 2 and 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.

To attend either of the sessions, readers may call 800-722-0136 or email Holly at


Rotary Club Of Mount Joy Makes Donation October 19, 2017


MDA Muscle Walk Results Posted October 19, 2017

More than $89,000 was raised at the 2017 annual MDA Muscle Walk of Central PA on Sept. 30 in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) shared mission to help free children and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility. Teams raised money while raising critical awareness and funds to help accelerate research efforts to find treatments and cures.

Top fundraising teams at this year's event include Twin Power, Team Albertson, Win with Wingate, and Brett's Buddies. The top team, Twin Power, raised $7,741. All of the top teams have someone in their family personally touched by muscular dystrophy.

To learn more about muscular dystrophy, readers may visit


Extension Plans Recertification Meeting October 19, 2017

Penn State Extension - Dauphin County office will host a Field Crops and Fumigation Pesticide Applicator Recertification meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin. The Pesticide Safety Session for core credits will begin at 10 a.m., followed by either a Field Crops or Fumigation Category Session.

There is a fee to attend. To register, readers may visit or call 877-345-0691. Walk-ins will be accepted.

Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided may contact the Extension office at 717-921-8803 in advance of his or her participation or visit. For additional information about the training meeting, readers may contact the Penn State Extension - Dauphin County office.


New Housing Option Posted October 18, 2017

The Cooperative Living House, Ranck Road, New Holland, is nearly complete and is seeking applicants who would like to become the first residents. This unique housing opportunity includes a sliding scale rent for fixed income residents age 62 and older who live in eastern Lancaster County.

For more details, readers may contact Jackie Berrios at Garden Spot Village by calling 717-355-6000.

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