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Student Of The Month Recognized March 19, 2018


Environmental Center Sets Programs March 16, 2018

Governor Dick Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna, has posted upcoming events. Participants should meet at the Environmental Center. Preregistration is required by emailing or calling 717-964-3808 and including a name and phone number in case the program is canceled.

On Saturday, March 24, Intro to Nature Journaling will take place at 1 p.m. The event will aim to help participants draw closer to nature by drawing what they see. The event is not an art class but rather a way to see nature.

The Golden Eagle Hikers will hike for 2 or 3 miles on Sunday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m. Individuals over age 50 are invited.


Parks Department Posts Programs March 16, 2018

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a fee to take part in the programs, and programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. To register, readers may call 717-295-2055. Registration and prepayment is required by noon on the business day before the event unless noted otherwise.

March Winds Bring ... Kites! will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Environmental Center. Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will assist as participants of all ages assemble, personalize, and test-fly simple sled kites. The registration deadline is noon on Thursday, March 22.

The Spring Hike Series, a four-hike series celebrating the parks of Lancaster County, will be led by naturalist Ann Strauss for people age 8 and up. Individuals may register for the full series or for individual hikes.

The series will begin with a hike at Speedwell Forge County Park, 480 Speedwell Forge Road, Lititz, on Sunday, March 25, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Hikers age 8 and up will cover a 2-mile loop trail through a wooded ravine that looks down upon the Hammer Creek. The hike is moderately difficult with a few steep sections, but the trail itself is well maintained and easy to walk.

The series will continue in Lancaster County Central Park on Sunday, April 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Starting from the parking lot at Pavilion 22, 733 Williamson Road, Lancaster, hikers will follow a loop trail. The first half of this trail is moderately challenging, and the second half is easy.

Munchkin Science, for children ages 3 to 5 with parents, is offered at the Environmental Center on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. The topic on March 27 will be Eating and Taking Care of Your Body. Strauss will lead the session, which will include a basic overview of the digestive system, taste tests, and an experiment to highlight the importance of dental hygiene.


Lions Club Sets Egg Hunt March 16, 2018

The Marietta Lions Club will host its 15th annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, rain or shine at the Marietta War Memorial Park. The event will start promptly at 1 p.m., and participants are asked to use North Aaron Avenue to proceed to the egg hunt.

The egg hunt is open to children ages 6 months to 10 years in the Marietta and Maytown areas. Children will be divided into four age groups, with prizes given in each. This year there will be more than 3,500 eggs filled with candy for the children to hunt, with some of the eggs also containing coins or prize-winner announcements.

The Marietta Lions Club has been serving the community for more than 80 years. In addition to the egg hunt, the club maintains the Marietta billboard and community event sign along Route 441, donates to many local organizations, participates in local Memorial Day parades, helps with regular upkeep of the cherry trees on Front Street, donates food and finances to the local food bank, gives an annual citizenship award to a Donegal High School senior, and participates in the Adopt-a-Highway project.

To learn more about the Marietta Lions Club and the Easter egg hunt, readers may call publicity chair Pat Ashcraft at 717-575-7058.


Students Of The Month Honored March 16, 2018

Each month, Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club recognizes two Manheim Township High School seniors for school and community activities, leadership and academic achievements.

Students of the Month for January were Luke Emge and Katherine Lopez.

Luke is a member of National Honor Society and earned First Honor Roll. He is an All-State quarterback, the Maxwell Football Club 2017 Pennsylvania Player of the Year, and he has been selected to play on the Big 33 all-star Pennsylvania football team. He is also a volunteer with local football and baseball youth camps. Emge has been accepted to Harvard University and will continue his football career.

Katherine's favorite school subjects are psychology, English and history. She is involved with Manheim Township girls soccer, serves as one of the heads of the design committee for Mini-THON and belongs to Rotary's Interact Club. Lopez is a Kidz Klub employee at Universal Athletic. She has also received a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award.

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. More information is available at


Sewing Network Plans Meeting March 15, 2018

The Lancaster Area Sewing Network will meet on Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lancaster Friends Meeting House, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster. The meeting will feature a discussion about how to use bias-cut fabric in a garment, as well as other uses such as bias hem facings, Hong Kong hem, bound buttonhole lips, patch pockets and yokes, sleeves, and more.

Guests will be welcome for a nominal fee, which will be payable at the door. No registration is required. The group is open to any sewists interested in learning how to improve their sewing skills in constructing a garment. For more information, call or text Carrie Rhinier at 717-572-2093 or email her at


Healthy Kids Running Series (HKRS) March 15, 2018

Healthy Kids Running Series (HKRS) will return this spring for its seventh season at George Park, Nyes Road and Heatherfield Way, Paxtonia, beginning on Sunday, April 8. HKRS is a five-week, nonprofit youth running program designed to combat childhood obesity while providing children with a positive, educational, and fun introduction in the world of running.

The divisions and race distances are divided by age. Divisions and distances include ages 2 and 3, 50-yard dash; ages 4 and 5, 75-yard dash; kindergarten and first grade, quarter-mile; second and third grades, half-mile; fourth and fifth grades, one mile; and middle school, one mile.

At the completion of the series, each participant will receive a medal, and trophies will be awarded based on total points to the top boy and girl in each age group. All runners registered for the five-week program will receive a race bag and HKRS tech shirt. The series provides participants with a fun learning experience, which includes living an active lifestyle, dedication, and goal setting.

With several locations throughout Central Pennsylvania, readers can register their children, volunteer, or become a sponsor by visiting Anyone interested in starting a Healthy Kids Running Series program in their community may visit the Start a Race page at the previously mentioned website.


Minnich Honored For Service March 15, 2018

Jeff Minnich, owner of Groff's Printing in Quarryville, is the recipient of the first annual Community Service Award from the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce (SLCCC). The award recognizes a person who has provided important, lasting, volunteer public service in Quarryville and southern Lancaster County.

Kendall Keeler, a member of the chamber's board of directors and chairman of its community service award committee, presented Minnich with a plaque during the chamber's annual banquet at The Fireside Tavern in Strasburg. In addition, Keeler announced that a $500 scholarship in Minnich's name will be awarded to a student in the Solanco or Lampeter-Strasburg school districts who will major in a business-related field in college or technical school, or who plan to operate their own business following high school graduation. Upon receiving his award, Minnich announced that he will provide a matching $500 to make it a $1,000 business-related scholarship for a Solanco or Lampeter-Strasburg senior.

While presenting Minnich with the award, Keeler noted Minnich's remarkable support for the community and involvement in many activities, specifically mentioning his coordination of the Solanco Fair parade each year.

Nominees for the 2019 Community Service Award are being accepted. To nominate someone, readers may visit, or email Keith Kaufman at


From Natural To Legal, Symposium Will Cover Array Of Topics March 15, 2018

"We want to support residents who want to support nature," said Holly List, a Lancaster County Master Gardener and chair of the committee that has organized the 26th annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium. The event will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. "We try to have a diversity of topics and speakers," she said, adding that feedback from symposium attendees influences the next event.

This year's event will feature wildlife author Jim McCormac, landscape designer and garden coach Sharee Solow, author Ruth Rogers Clausen, and attorney Rachel P. Roat.

McCormac is an avid photographer and a retiree of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He has published several books and writes a nature column for a Columbus newspaper. McCormac is so in demand that the symposium committee booked him three years ago to speak at the 2018 event.

McCormac's presentation will focus on native plants that benefit wildlife.

"Native plants are not only attractive but beneficial. (We want the public to know) what (native plants) offer to the bees, bugs, and other insects," remarked committee member Lorri Schmick.

Committee member Dyan Eisenberger related that she became interested in gardening after she attended a symposium with her sister eight years ago. At that event, Eisenberger picked up information about pollinator gardens, and she began to build her own. Since then, Eisenberger has become a Master Gardener and achieved national certification for her pollinator garden. She is currently working on creating a monarch butterfly waystation.

"There are all sorts of things that egg you on (in relation to gardening," Eisenberger commented. "The symposium is one of them."

Solow has degrees in theater, marketing, landscape architecture, and horticulture, and she draws on all of them in her business of designing digital landscape plans for a variety of environments. She is on the advisory board of Temple University Ambler Arboretum. Solow will talk about landscape paths and how they can be used to draw people in and around gardens.

Clausen was trained as a horticulturist in England, but she has lived in the United States for many years. She is currently on the board for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek. Clausen will talk about old-fashioned herbs that are essential for modern gardens.

Typically, most of the presentations at previous symposiums have focused on a specific type of gardening or plant; however, Roat will take a broader focus. After representing low-income clients in consumer-related litigation for 25 years, Roat became a Master Gardener in 2005 and switched her practice to tree, neighbor, and garden law. Now she deals with uncertain boundaries, hazard trees, flooding, wildlife, pets, view obstruction, and other issues that homeowners and horticulture professionals encounter. "She's supposed to be quite humorous and entertaining," Schmick remarked.

More than 50 Master Gardeners have helped to plan and produce the symposium. Several of the volunteers will staff the event's "Ask a Master Gardener" booths, where attendees will be able to ask questions on a variety of topics, including vegetables, butterfly gardens, turf and weeds, native plants, and trees and shrubs.

The doors for the event will open at 7:30 a.m., and attendees may enjoy a continental breakfast and shop garden-related vendors after they check in. Lunch will be provided, and both meals will be included in the registration fee. Every attendee will also receive a welcome bag and a door prize.

For more information or to register, readers may visit or call 877-345-0691.


Civil War Round Table Will Meet March 15, 2018

The Harrisburg Civil War Round Table will meet on Friday, March 23. Historian Ed Bonekemper will speak on "Myth of the Lost Cause: False Remembrance of the Civil War." The meeting will take place at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill.

During the meeting, David G. Moore will try to answer the question of why Gen. Rosecrans, who fought successfully in four distinct theaters of the war, was removed from command four times - each time after a victory. He will also try to explain why Rosecrans, who was deemed one of the very top generals of the war during his lifetime, is almost forgotten today.

The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m., and the program will start at 8 p.m. The program is free to the public.


Advoz Posts New Programs March 15, 2018

Advoz will offer three upcoming programs to the community. For additional details and registration, readers may visit

Learn to Facilitate Restorative Justice Victim-Offender Conferencing will be held in April. The program will begin on Tuesday, April 3, and end on Monday, April 23, and will be held on select evenings and Saturdays. The training will take place at HACC - Lancaster, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. Volunteers will be trained to facilitate face-to-face restorative justice with youth and adult offenders and those they have harmed. In addition to learning the conferencing process and practicing it through role plays, trainees will learn about the justice system, about victim's rights and needs, ethics, and communication skills.

Advoz will host its annual dinner, Around the Table with Janet Connors, on Thursday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m. at Eden Resort, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster. This year's theme will be "Walking the Talk."

Train to Resolve Conflicts: Basic Mediation Training will take place from Thursday, May 3, to Saturday, May 5, in Lancaster. Participants will learn and practice communication methods, conflict resolution skills, the mediation process, and ethics. An early bird discount will be offered until Friday, March 30.


Veterans Group Supports Community March 15, 2018

The Vietnam Veterans of America and Associates Chapter 1008 of Lancaster meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Community Center of Pheasant Ridge, located off Stone Mill Road in Lancaster. All Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans and spouses, friends, and supporters are welcome to attend.

The Lancaster chapter is also active in the community. During the holidays, members volunteered to help with the Salvation Army "Ringing the Bell" fundraiser at the Boscov's entrance of the Park City Center. They rang the bell for four days and raised more than $6,400, which was the top amount raised by a volunteer organization.

The chapter has more than 130 members and 15 associate members. For more information, readers may call Ken Ford at 717-584-6537 or visit


ULTWMA Sets Flea Market March 15, 2018

The Upper Leacock Township War Memorial Association (ULTWMA) will sponsor its last indoor flea market and garage sale of the season on Saturday, April 7, from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Veterans Hall of the War Memorial Building, 54 W. Main St., Leola, next to Upper Leacock Fire Company.

More than 40 vendors will feature items for sale such as crafts, toys, period jewelry, socks, cleaning and paper products, books, scarves, coins and collectibles, gift items, seasonal arrangements, tools, candy, and traditional flea market items. Refreshments will be for sale.

There is no admission charge. Ample parking will be available at the rear of the building.

Proceeds will support the maintenance of the War Memorial Building, a community structure dedicated to the area's veterans.

For more information or to rent the hall or a flea market table, contact the ULTWMA at 717-656-6154 or


Rotary Club Installs Officers March 14, 2018


Students, Teacher Win Recognition March 14, 2018

The Richard J. Gross VFW Post and Auxiliary 8896 of East Berlin has announced that it sponsored three district winners in national VFW programs. The winners are all students or teachers in Bermudian Springs School District.

Paige Erdman, a high school senior, was named a first-place winner of the Voice of Democracy speech contest and represented District 21 and Post 8896 at the state level. Isabella Bobe', an eighth-grade student at the middle school, was a second-place winner for District 21 in the Patriot's Pen essay contest. This year's theme was "America's Gift to My Generation."

Additionally, Melissa-Ann Pero, a high school English teacher, was named Voice of Democracy Teacher of the Year for District 21.

Post 8896 and its Auxiliary strive to promote patriotism through the schools and the community in order to encourage children, teenagers and adults to gain and show respect for all levels of government and have love for their country.


YWCA Seeks Nominations For Award March 14, 2018

YWCA York is accepting nominations for the Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award, which each year recognizes a woman in the community who is making a difference in the lives of others.

Nominees must live or work in York County; support advocacy for racial justice, civil rights, empowerment for women and girls, or health and safety for women and girls; actively engage in the community through volunteerism or their profession; and promote YWCA York's mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, strengthening families, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Nominees may not be currently employed by YWCA York.

To nominate someone for the Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award, readers may visit to obtain a form and instructions. The deadline for all emailed submissions is 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.

YWCA York's board advocacy committee will make the final selection, and final notification of the decision will be made to all nominating individuals by the end of March. The honoree will receive the award at YWCA York's Lessons From My Mother Luncheon on Tuesday, May 22, at the Country Club of York.

YWCA York created the Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award in 1995 to honor women advocates working to bring about change in York County. Dorrie Leader dedicated her life to the fight for civil rights, the empowerment of women, and advocating for social justice. Leader was present in 1963 at the March on Washington, accompanied by her two oldest daughters, to hear Dr. Martin Luther King speak of his dream for America. She was commited to helping achieve that dream nationally and in York. Leader served as YWCA York's president in the early 1950s before going onto serve on the national board of the YWCA from 1958 to 1976.

Past honorees include Meg Brubaker, Carla Christopher, Ruthe Craley, Cynthia Dixon, Helen Elfner, Traci Foster, Deborah Gable, Genevieve Ray, Delma Rivera, Stephanie Seaton, Doris Sweeney, Jane Zarfoss, and Jerri Zimmerman.


Creative Impact Awards Posted March 14, 2018

The Cultural Alliance of York County recently announced the winners of the 2018 Creative Impact Awards. These awards help inspire children, energize neighborhoods, and create an interactive community in York County by funding arts-based projects and programs that impact the region and contribute to a thriving local economy and a more connected community.

The recipients of 2018 Creative Impact Awards include Appell Center for the Performing Arts, "Momix: Opportunity, Connection and Inspiration"; Artistic New Directions (Cobblestone Players), "Spring Homeschool Drama Production Camp and Summer Drama Productions Camp"; Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council, "Dillsburg, Its History and Founders"; Downtown Inc., "Spotlight on the Arts: Downtown Community Events"; DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre, "Saturday Series in the Studio"; Gettysburg Community Theatre, "Theatre Changes Lives!"; Give Local York; Greater York Dance, "Live Music Meets Dance at the Appell Center"; Hanover Area Arts Guild, "Arts Education Enhancement"; Hanover Symphony Orchestra, "The Mark Wood Experience: Electrify Your Symphony"; Positive Energy Arts, "On Your Mark, Get Set, Dance!"; Steam into History, "Pennsylvania Cowboy Weekend"; Susquehanna Folk Music Society, The Susquehanna Folk Festival; The Parliament Arts Organization, Summer Art Market 2018; Unforgettable Big Band, "Restoring History: The Big Swing Thing"; WeCo Neighborhood Association, Summer Series 2018; White Rose Chorus, "American Harmony"; York Art Association, "2018 York Country Youth Art Exhibit"; York City Special Events, "Box Lunch Revue Expansion"; York College of PA, "What Are You Afraid Of?"; York County History Center, "(Y)our Storytellers: Capturing York's Community Stories"; and York Fringe - York Fringe Festival.

More than $100,000 in grant dollars were awarded to bring art to life through these Creative Impact Award projects and programs.

For more information, readers may call the Cultural Alliance at 717-812-9255 or visit


EDA Plans Meetings March 14, 2018

Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) holds meetings in Elizabethtown every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Luther Library at Christ Lutheran Church, 125 E. High St., Elizabethtown. The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover from an eating disorder.

There are no dues, fees, diets, or food plans. For information about EDA, visit or contact


Project Earns Second Place March 14, 2018

The Junior League of Lancaster (JLL) recently announced that it has received second place and a $750 award in the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry's 2017 #IMPACTLANCASTER challenge. The #IMPACTLANCASTER challenge focuses on making a positive impact in Lancaster County by solving problems affecting the region.

The JLL worked with students and organizations to design and build rain gardens while teaching the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) elements supporting the process. The rain garden project addresses two problems currently facing the community: the shortage of students, especially young women, pursuing STEM careers, and the required reduction of storm water runoff in Lancaster city. The project provides learning opportunities and activities involving STEM to students that will also reduce storm water runoff which, in turn, will create a cleaner Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The cash prize of $750 will be used to support additional STEM activities, including building more rain gardens. Readers may visit for more information about the JLL's projects, programs, and fundraisers.


MOAA To Offer Scholarship March 14, 2018

The Lancaster Chapter Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) seeks applicants for the association's 2018 scholarship award.

The $1,000 scholarship is available to U.S. citizens who reside in Lancaster County. Applicants must have a family member currently serving, or who has served honorably, in the U.S. military. Applicants also must be graduating seniors planning to attend postsecondary education, or are currently enrolled in ROTC while attending a postsecondary school.

Selection for the award is based on the individual's scholastic record, extracurricular activities and community service with emphasis on demonstrated leadership abilities. The award will be announced in May, and the award recipient and parents will be hosted for recognition at the association's June dinner meeting.

Applications are available at all Lancaster County high school guidance departments and at at the bottom of the main page and under "Serving the Community." Applications, along with all supporting material, must be submitted no later than Friday, March 30, to Lancaster Chapter MOAA, P.O. Box 5031, Lancaster, PA 17606-5031.

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