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Stores Generate Funds For Shelter September 18, 2018

Re-Source York (RSY), a Bell Socialization Services Inc. program, has generated $3,661 through its store sales. The funds are donated to Bell on a quarterly basis in support of Bell Family Shelter to help families transition from crisis situations to independent living in the community.

Both RSY stores - Home Improvements, 161 E. Ninth Ave., York, and Home Furnishings, 405 Carlisle Ave., York - accept donations of quality home goods and building and renovation materials, which are sold at bargain prices. Both locations also offer job training and employment for individuals involved with Bell's Mental Health Vocational Rehabilitation programs.

Bell Socialization Services Inc. is a nonprofit human services agency based in York that provides housing and living skills supports to individuals living with mental illness, people with intellectual disabilities, and homeless families. Since 1966, Bell programs have been providing an environment of support and empowerment to help people throughout the greater York and Hanover area improve their quality of living.


Flower Show Results Posted September 18, 2018

The 67th annual Shrewsbury Flower Show, "Flowers and Fashion," was held on Aug. 25 and 26 at Shrewsbury Assembly of God. Sheri-Le Hittie won the People's Choice Award for her "Three-Piece Suit" arrangement. Nicole Morouse was the Sweepstakes winner. She had the greatest number of winning entries in the horticulture category.

Tess Becket won first place and Best of Show in the photography contest for youths age 18 and under. The contest theme was "Dogs, Kids and Cats in the Garden." Barbara Channell won first place in the contest for adults. The photography entries for youths and adults were judged by Alan Miller.

The Best of Show categories and winners were as follows. Table Settings: Southern York Young Life in the "Denims" buffet table setting category. Fresh and Dried Arrangement: Meghan Connors in the "Sportswear" category. Dried Arrangement: Heidi Ebert in the "Hoop Skirt" category. Petite Design: Jennifer Bates in the "Pearls" category. Perennial and Single Potted Plant: Sharon Hartenstein for her "Pee Gee Hydrangea" specimen and hibiscus. Fresh: Sheri-Le Hittie for"Three-Piece Suit." Professional Class: a tie between Cindy Cancilla and the team of Meghan Connors and Shea Mack for their winning "Kentucky Derby Hat" arrangements.


Sun Protection Tips Provided September 18, 2018

Due to the time of year, sun protection may slip down the list of health and wellness priorities. But harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are present year-round, and one study notes that children sustain a significant amount of sun exposure at school. About 23 percent of lifetime UV exposure occurs before the age of 18, and this exposure can have far-reaching effects.

Sun damage is cumulative, so sun exposure during childhood can contribute to skin cancer risk later in life. The best way to mitigate that risk is to educate young children on effective sun protection, instilling healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Children should understand that summer vacation is not the only time they are exposed to the sun's rays.

The Skin Cancer Foundation offers several recommendations for keeping children sun-safe during the school year. UV rays are most intense from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and this is when students are usually outside for recess, physical education class, and after-school sports. Parents should check with the school to see if there are adequate places for students to seek shade during outdoor activities. Shade can be provided by gazebos and roof structures, awnings, shade sails, and natural shade, such as thickly leaved trees.

Clothing is the single most effective form of sun protection for the body, children should be sent to school in densely woven and bright- or dark-colored fabrics, which offer the best defense. The more skin that is covered, the better, so long sleeves and long pants should be chosen whenever possible.

Children should be sent to school with a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses to protect their face, neck, and eyes. If a child will not wear a wide-brimmed hat, a baseball cap is better than nothing.

Sunscreen should be part of the morning routine. At least 30 minutes before children go outside, parents should apply a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher to their skin. Older children should learn to apply sunscreen themselves and make it a routine habit. To remain effective, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. At a minimum, remind children to reapply sunscreen before after school sports and outdoor activities.

One ounce of sunscreen (about the size of a golf ball) should be applied to the entire body. Parents should remind children to cover those easy to miss spots, such as the back of ears and neck, as well as the tops of the feet and hands.

There is a chance a school does not allow students to use sunscreen or wear a hat outdoors during the school day without written permission from a physician. If that is the case, The Skin Cancer Foundation has created a sun protection permission form that parents and doctors can sign, allowing students to bring these items to school to apply and use as needed. The form is available at


Nature Classes Planned For Young Children September 18, 2018

Green Valleys Watershed Association, located in East Nantmeal Township, will offer its seasonal Little Wonders Nature Classes for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers on select Wednesdays this fall. Classes will be held at Green Valleys' home of Welkinweir, a 197-acre sanctuary including a forest, meadows, ponds and streams. Welkinweir is located at 1368 Prizer Road, Pottstown.

The dates and themes will be as follows: Oct. 3, Nature's Artists; Oct. 10, Water Wonders; Oct. 17, Animals in Disguise; Oct. 24, Bird Basics; Nov. 7, Tracks and Traces; and Nov. 14, Fall Harvest. Children may be registered for one or more class. Identical classes will be offered on each date from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. When registering, attendees should specify at which time they plan to attend.

Little Wonders Nature Classes will teach young participants and their caregivers more about the natural world through age-tailored, themed activities. Each program will include a discovery walk, a story, an art project and a snack.

Adults must attend with their children. There is a fee per child per class, with a discount for Green Valleys members. Adults will be admitted for free.

Space is limited per class, and preregistration is required at least one day prior to each class. To register and for more information, readers may contact Dawn White, education programs coordinator, at or 610-469-8646.

More information about Green Valleys' mission and programming for people of all ages is available at


Knitting Group Will Meet September 18, 2018

The Knit This - Purl That knitting group will meet on Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Parkesburg Library, 105 West St., Parkesburg. Knitters of all skill levels, including beginners, are invited.

Attendees may bring their work, learn new skills and get help fixing mistakes.

For more information, readers may call 610-857-5165 or visit


Conestoga Herb Guild To Meet September 18, 2018

The Conestoga Herb Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Upper Leacock Township War Memorial Building, 54 W. Main St., Leola. The program, "Sourdough! Making Healthy Delicious Breads," will be presented by Holly High-Walker. Herb guild member Liz Yocum will talk about the herb fennel.

Guests may attend for a nominal fee. Guests must preregister by calling Deirdre at 717-288-2126.


MOMS Club Will Meet September 18, 2018

The MOMS Club of Pickering Valley and Shamona Creek will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, at 9:45 a.m. The group is open to all mothers and their children who reside within the boundaries of the Pickering Valley and Shamona Creek elementary schools of the Downingtown Area School District.

For more information, email or visit


Scrap Metal Drive Slated September 17, 2018

Penryn Fire Company will host a scrap metal drive from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will take place at the Penryn Fire Company Park at 542 Oak Lane, Lititz. It is located at Oak Lane and Newport Road in Elm.

Local residents are invited to recycle steel, aluminum, cast-iron, brass, copper, and other scrap metal. Items that will be accepted include washers, dryers, water heaters and tanks, wire, metal siding and roofing, fencing, engines, empty cans, lawn mowers, pumps, farm and lawn equipment, electric motors, lawn chairs, and appliances. All items must be metal.

Items that will not be accepted include refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, propane tanks, chemical and gasoline cans or metal drums containing any oil or other liquids, batteries, wood, plastic, paper, cardboard, magazines, and cloth items.

All oil, coolant, gasoline, and other liquids must be drained from any engines, storage cans, transmissions, and radiators. Only dry, empty metal drums and cans with their tops removed will be accepted.

Assistance will be provided for unloading items. For more information, readers may contact a Penryn fireman or Gary Berlin at 717-224-3501 or


Flower Club Plans Meeting September 14, 2018

The Elizabethtown Flower Club will meet at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy. The program, "Spotted Lanternflies," will be presented by Lois Miklas, Master Gardener.

Guests are welcome. There is a set cost for lunch. Reservations and cancellations must be made by noon on Thursday, Sept. 27, by calling Mary Ann Kale at 717-653-9183 to avoid payment for a reserved meal.


Marching Band Members Perform Service September 14, 2018

The Manheim Township High School marching band participated in the United Way of Lancaster County's annual Day of Caring on Sept. 8. The work was completed as part of the 2018 United Way Day of Caring.

This year, a total of 150 students, staff and adult volunteers traveled to the Wittell Farm in Elizabethtown to pick sweet corn.

Dr. Robin Felty, Manheim Township School District superintendent, thanked the students for their efforts and for giving back to the community. After receiving additional thanks and instructions from Scott Siegel, Manheim Township band director, and pastor Matt Lenahan, Hunger Free Lancaster County board member and the manager of the Wittell Farm Growing Project, the volunteers took to the fields for three hours, picking the corn and collecting it in large bins.

Student and adult volunteers could be seen through the field picking corn and loading it into bins while talking, laughing and singing. The group's work wrapped up by 11:30 a.m. with 8,800 pounds picked. Kevin Ditzler, the United Way of Lancaster County's vice president of development, thanked the band for its participation. The Manheim Township marching band has participated in the United Way Day of Caring for the past four years.

For more information on the Manheim Township marching band and the Manheim Township Marching Band Boosters, readers may visit


Boy Scouts Seek Wreath Sponsors September 14, 2018

Boy Scout Troop 64 is again looking for sponsors for wreaths to be placed on veterans' graves for the holidays.

The troop's efforts in this area started two years ago when the Scouts volunteered to place wreaths on graves at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery (IGNC) with Wreaths Across America, a national program that acknowledges deceased veterans during the December holiday season. The mission of Wreaths Across America is simple: remember, honor, and teach. The program aims to remember the veterans who served, honor their service and sacrifice by placing a wreath on their graves during the holiday season, and teach younger generations about the sacrifices that have been made.

The IGNC has more than 38,000 graves. During the wreath-laying ceremony two years ago, members of Troop 64 watched as volunteers read each veteran's name out loud, placed a wreath on his or her grave, and then saluted.

"Standing in the cemetery, realizing all the history and sacrifice that surrounded us, was overwhelming," recalled assistant scoutmaster Nina Evans. "After emptying all the boxes of wreaths, we noticed that some graves did not get a wreath. Wreaths are privately sponsored, meaning there are only as many wreaths as people sponsor."

Last year, Troop 64 made it a mission to find sponsors for 1,000 wreaths. While the final total was 741, that was several hundred more than expected.

"We were excited and humbled by the generosity of our community," Evans remarked. "But the cemetery was still about 8,000 wreaths short, meaning every grave was not honored with a wreath."

In order to ensure complete coverage, Boy Scout Troop 64 is again seeking wreath sponsors. Volunteers are also welcome to place wreaths during the ceremony that will be held at the cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 15, at noon.

To sponsor a wreath, readers may call Evans at 717-572-3448 or visit

Boy Scout Troop 64 meets at Salem United Church of Christ, 2312 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Boys ages 11 to 18 are welcome to visit or join the troop.


Denlinger Earns Eagle Scout Rank September 14, 2018

Dylan Denlinger of Troop 90 earned the rank of Eagle Scout during a ceremony on Aug. 11. Dylan is the son of Hans and Keri Denlinger of Mountville.

Prior to joining Troop 90, Dylan was a Cub Scout with Pack 159 in Mountville, where he earned the Arrow of Light. Dylan served as patrol leader and troop guide with Troop 90. His peers elected him to the Order of the Arrow, which is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America.

For his Eagle Scout project, Dylan constructed a picnic area, including a grill, picnic table and bench, at a boat launch in Wrightsville. He also installed three poles to collect used fishing line along a popular path used by fishermen.

Dylan is a freshmen at Hempfield High School, where he plays football. He plans to attend a four-year college.

Troop 90 is sponsored by Concordia Lutheran Church, Columbia. Troop meetings are held on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the church. For more information, readers may contact Derik Shelor at 717-517-6340.


Rotary Club Honors Seniors Of The Month September 14, 2018

The Rotary Club of Manheim recognized Carson Brenize and Brittany Benner as the Manheim Central High School Seniors of the Month for September.

Carson is the son of Rob and Deb Brenize of Manheim. Brittany is the daughter of Loren and Amy Benner of Mount Joy.

The students were chosen by the professional staff of the high school based on academic achievement, character and involvement within the school and community.


Retirees Plan Lunch Social September 14, 2018

Hershey Medical Center retirees will gather for a lunch social on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hoss's Steak and Sea House, 9009 Bridge St. (Route 322), Hummelstown. A banquet room will be provided by the restaurant. Retirees will be responsible for their own meal, and meal orders will be taken at the table after attendees are seated.

The group meets quarterly for social events to allow retirees an opportunity to renew friendships and network on retirement matters and issues. The group welcomes all Hershey Medical Center retirees, especially new retirees.

For more information, readers may call Ginny Mullen at 717-641-3332 or Ellie Kuntz at 717-469-0220.


Foundation Awards Academic Grants September 14, 2018

The Solanco Education Foundation (SEF) has awarded 11 academic venture grants totaling more than $5,000 that will enable teachers and educators to provide new educational programs and tools for students in Solanco schools. The SEF announced the availability of the grants in January, and applications were reviewed by the foundation's Academic Venture Grant Committee.

Solanco High School science teachers Leslie McRobbie and Caley Roark received funding for tech bundles to support AP Capstone students. Advanced Placement (AP) Seminar and AP Research students are required to present and orally defend their work as part of their AP score, and this must be recorded for the AP College Board. The technology bundles include multiple pieces of equipment that will enable AP Capstone students to create professional presentations.

High school technology education teachers Todd Brown and Mike Minchhoff received a grant for the Penn State University and U.S. Navy Seal STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Competition. The grant will purchase computers, programming units, power supplies, and other materials students need to participate in the annual Sea, Air, and Land High School STEM Challenge coordinated by Penn State University and the U.S. Navy.

High school family consumer science teacher Christine Sawicki received funding to provide students in the family consumer science class with food chemistry and nutrition lab investigation kits and workbooks. Students will use them to analyze food content and explore how food affects the human body and provides nourishment. The purpose of this STEM activity is to help students develop stronger math and science skills.

George A. Smith Middle School learning support teacher Allyson Pruskowski received a grant that will purchase two "Up" stools that will enable students to work while twisting and turning in their seats. The stools will especially benefit students who need support pertaining to attention and focus.

Clermont Elementary School kindergarten teacher Ashlee Kreider received funding for a classroom carpet that will provide kindergarten students with their own comfortable space each morning to learn new sight words, work in small groups during tier time, and learn addition and subtraction.

Quarryville Elementary School learning support teacher Marisa Sponhouse received a grant to purchase stools for students with attention and focus needs. The stools will provide sensory stimulation and movement, which may increase the students' focus, time on task, and completion of independent work.

Quarryville Elementary reading teacher Jessica Misel received funding to provide balance balls and scoop rockers that enable students to safely move in their seats while learning, increasing their comfort and their ability to better focus.

Quarryville Elementary speech therapist Kayla Resh received a grant to provide access to the SLPnow website that features literacy-themed lessons and an organizational tool to track student progress.

Quarryville Elementary kindergarten teacher Emily Miller received funding to purchase kits that provide students with STEM activities in order to improve their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Providence Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Lindsey Orr received a grant that will provide an educational robotic kit that enables students to create and build robots through fifth-grade curriculum aligned to science, technology, and math standards.

Providence Elementary kindergarten teacher Elise Graybill received funding to purchase blocks, magna tiles, Legos, an easel, a puppet theater, and puppets that will engage students in hands-on engagement opportunities when they arrive to class and during indoor recess.


Scouts Hold Court Of Honor September 13, 2018

Londonderry Township Boy Scout Troop 97 recently held its summer Court of Honor. Second Class Scout Bryson Harris served as the master of ceremonies. Scouts and leaders shared their favorite summer camping story, most memorable community service moment or outstanding Scouting event.

The end-of-summer theme was celebrated with a seafood boil feast and a wet-and-wild version of gaga, a ball pit game that was played under a water sprinkler.

Life Scout Leo Nissley and Scoutmaster Dr. Joe Jilka administered the oath of Tenderfoot rank to Joe Myers. Joe was advanced to the rank of Tenderfoot because he mastered numerous skills including preparing and cooking meals on campouts, first aid techniques, safe hiking rules and intricate knot-tying. In addition, Joe served in numerous community service projects that helped him reach his requirements for advancement.

Committee chair Ted Pauley and advancement chair Julie Myers awarded nearly 40 merit badges. The Scouts took advantage of the summer months to earn badges in primarily outdoor activities including fishing, climbing, canoeing, rifle shooting, camping, astronomy, nature, oceanography, space exploration, bird study, personal fitness, swimming, forestry, shotgun, and insect study.

Scouts Matthew Brion and Jesse Reigle were awarded the Totin' Chip for learning how to use, handle, sharpen and store wood tools properly. They also earned the Firem'n Chit for learning how to choose a safe place for a fire, how to start a fire with no matches and how to make sure the fire is extinguished properly.

In addition, the Scoutmasters presented more than 30 awards earned during Camp Rodney's summer camp on the Chesapeake Bay, as well as nearly 50 awards earned during the Northern Tier high adventure canoeing, fishing and camping trip to Atikokan in Ontario, Canada. Canadian awards included the 50-miler patch, which was earned for paddling more than 50 miles along the Canadian waterways, and the Environmentalist Award to Scouts who participated in a water quality testing experiment with local scientists.

Troop 97 awarded the Volunteer of Honor to an adult who goes the extra mile in helping Scouts. Bryson Harris chose Tom Wealand as the recipient of the award. Wealand is quick to help with maintenance chores at the Scouting Complex and is always available to transport equipment to camping destinations.

Pending events include Adopt-A-Highway road cleanup; Poe Paddy State Park in Coburn, where Scouts will camp, fish, canoe and hike; international Jamboree on the Air campout at the Londonderry Scouting Complex; Scouting For Food; and a camping trip that includes the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia and the USS New Jersey in Camden, N.J. For more information, readers may contact Kevin Little at 717-944-1957 or Ted Pauley at 717-944-2766. Troop 97 is sponsored by the Londonderry Fire Company.


Vietnam Veterans Participate In Ceremony September 13, 2018

In August, Vietnam veterans from Chapter 542 of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), along with their families and friends, traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. In addition to the Harrisburg veterans, members of a Boy Scout troop and another VVA chapter from Silver Spring, Md., participated.

The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance. The service members listed on the wall were called to attention. Many of the veterans located the names of friends lost during the war and honored them by washing their granite panels on the wall. Following the wall washing, the ceremony concluded with laying of a wreath of flowers.

VVA Chapter 542 meets at 12:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at 8000 Derry St., Harrisburg. The next meeting will take place on Oct. 14. The meeting is open to the public.


Donegal Society Sets Bus Trip September 13, 2018

The Donegal Society is sponsoring a bus trip to the American Philosophical Society (APS) in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The trip will also include a tour of the Peale Portrait Gallery at the Second Bank Museum, as well as the Library of the APS, where the group will see some documents relating to the early frontier days of the Donegal area of Lancaster County.

The APS was founded by Benjamin Franklin 275 years ago, and the group will be able to view "Franklin's Footsteps," an exhibit highlighting the groundbreaking work of APS members and the innovations they have made that changed the world. Members have calculated the size of the solar system, explored distant lands, unearthed ancient fossils, invented computer technologies, cured diseases, and walked on the moon.

Highlights of the exhibition include David Rittenhouse's astronomical telescope, Benjamin Franklin's personal library books, one of Lewis and Clark's journals from their expedition, and photographs of the first Bikini Atoll atomic bomb test.

The society is sponsoring four students from Donegal High School to attend the trip. The bus will leave Donegal Presbyterian Church, 1891 Donegal Springs Road, Mount Joy, at 8:30 a.m. and will return at approximately 4:30 p.m. A lunch will be included.

There is a per-person cost. The deadline to register is Saturday, Oct. 6. For more information, including how to register, readers may call Lisa at 717-203-8830.


Seminar Set For Veterans September 13, 2018

A representative from the Lebanon County Department of Veterans Affairs will present a free educational seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. at Traditions of Hershey, 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra. Senior veterans and their families are invited to learn how they may be eligible for benefits that can help offset the cost of long-term care.

Seating is limited. To preregister, readers may call 717-838-2330.


Environmental Center Posts Programs September 13, 2018

The Governor Dick Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna, has posted its schedule. Attendees should meet at the Environmental Center. Programs are free unless stated otherwise, but preregistration is required by emailing or calling 717-964-3808. Individuals should leave a name and phone number in case the program is canceled.

During Toddlers in Tow on Friday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m., children ages 2 to 5 are invited to enjoy a hike, games, and learning in the forest.

A flint knapping demonstration will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m., and attendees will learn how arrowheads and other stone tools are made.

Also on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m., Backyard Biologists: Raptors! will take place. Hawks and eagles are migrating, and attendees will learn how they find their way, where they go, and why they make such a long trip. There is a per-child fee.

The Golden Eagle Hikers will offer a 2- to 3-mile hike for people over age 50 on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1:30 p.m. The hike, which will be at an easier pace, will include a route with rocks and hills.

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