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Scout Project To Promote Literacy August 17, 2017

In the fall of 2016, when the Girl Scouts in Kerri Bogda's Junior Troop 70180 decided to earn their Bronze Award - the first tier in the Girl Scout award platform, which also includes the Silver and Gold awards - they held a brainstorming session.

"We talked about different ideas for a project they might want to do," said Kerri, who noted that the troop members were in agreement that the project should involve encouraging literacy. "They wanted to read to students at school, but there were a lot of logistics involved, and (the troop members) had busy schedules."

Since the girls could not go to the schools to read to students, they decided to bring the books to children in the Grandview Heights area by creating a little library. According to Kerri, the little library was built from scratch rather than a kit and placed, along with two benches, in an area adjacent to a small playground on the grounds of the St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 700 Pleasure Road, Lancaster.

On July 20, at 6:30 p.m., seven troop members including Helena Carroll, property chair; Lucy Van Harskamp, fundraising chair; Luisa Bogda; Tori Fox; Sara Geyer; Abby Piper; and Quinn Podgurski, gathered at the site, along with Kerri and pastor Robin Fero, to dedicate the little library of Grandview Heights.

Kerri said that the site was chosen in part because of its proximity to Schaeffer Elementary School and because of the number of children who live in the neighborhood. "We thought it suited the needs (of the area) and was something we could maintain over time, and it would be interactive," Kerri explained. The little library, which is painted in reddish orange, blue, and white, sports a slate roof to help keep books dry and is laid out with shelves that will accommodate both smaller books and larger children's books. Troop members donated books from their own collections to fill the library. "The books are mostly geared toward children, with a few adult books," said Kerri, who noted that the troop members will be keeping watch on the library and expect to have to replenish the supply at a later date.

The little library project also fulfilled the requirements of the Bronze Award. "The Bronze Award requires that (troop members) recognize a need in the community and do something sustainable (to address it)," said Kerri.

In February, Kerri connected with Brenda Stauffer, president of the church council at St. Matthew's, and they began discussing the possibility of placing a little library on the church grounds. The pastor and the congregation were excited by the idea of the project, so in March, troop members canvassed the neighborhood handing out flyers and putting up posters to tell area residents about a Sunday morning meeting that would be held at the church to announce their plans. "In the beginning of April, the girls came and spoke to the congregation about the project," said Kerri. "Then they had a bake sale afterward."

Now that the library has been dedicated and is officially open for business, Kerri will complete a report that explains the project, which will be sent to the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania Council for approval.


KAB Awards $10,000 Grant August 16, 2017

National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Lowe's awarded local Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful affiliates, Keep Blair Beautiful, Keep Lancaster County Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful a total of $40,000 for high impact community improvement projects. Lowe's is supporting more than 30 other grant-funded community service projects in 2017.

The 2017 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe's Community Partners Grant Program engages local volunteers to take action to benefit their community with projects that focus on critical needs. Pennsylvania funded projects include Keep Lancaster County Beautiful. A grant of $10,000 was awarded to educate the community about the value of recycling, create an opportunity for skill sharing by fabric artists and hobbyists, and provide job training/transitional employment for low-income residents.

To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, readers may visit


Legion Makes Donation August 16, 2017

The Austin L. Grove Post 403 American Legion Riders of Glen Rock held its first benefit ride in July. Approximately 65 riders participated to raise funds for the York County Veterans in Need Fund. Checks in the amount of $1,650 were presented to York County Veterans Affairs. The York County Veterans in Need Fund is managed by the York County Department of Veterans Affairs.

Each veteran who receives assistance is given a complete interview to determine eligibility for any other veteran benefits that may be available. In addition, the fund ensures that veterans are aware that this assistance comes from private citizens, veterans and businesses of York County.


YCHS Students Become Eagle Scouts August 16, 2017

York Catholic High School (YCHS) students Vincent Devlin and Aaron Lesher recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. They each chose YCHS as the beneficiary of their Eagle Scout projects.

Vincent, a 2017 graduate, saw a need in the school's Grotto and built benches, modified the reflecting pond, and helped improve rain filtration by adding stones. Aaron, a rising junior, constructed a ticket booth for the school's football stadium. Both Scouts oversaw the design, organized a team of volunteers, and coordinated the final construction.


DYFA Receives Donation August 16, 2017


Lions Club Posts News August 16, 2017

The York New Salem Lions Club has posted its club news.

Lions Clubs International members around the world are celebrating the organization's 100th anniversary this year. In observance of the milestone, clubs were asked to do something to celebrate. The York New Salem Lions Club chose to place a bench in the square of New Salem.

Other recent Lions Club activities included presenting two scholarships to high school students in May. The scholarships totaled more than $2,000 and will go toward the students' college expenses. In the past 40 years, the club has given more than $60,000.

Additionally, York New Salem Lions Club member Kenneth Shearer received a gold pin for being a Lions Club member for more than 50 years.


MSTRC Awards Scholarships August 16, 2017

Eleven deserving individuals were recently awarded scholarships from the Merit Shop Training and Research Center (MSTRC). The $24,000 in scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year brings the total to $473,000 that has been awarded by MSTRC since its inception, helping students entering a career path in the construction industry.

The purpose of the Merit Shop Construction Scholarship Program, sponsored by ABC Keystone and administered by the Merit Shop Training and Research Center (MSTRC), is to assist individuals seeking to further their education in the construction field. To be eligible, applicants must enroll in a trade school, college, or university program that is directly related to a construction career. This includes skilled trades, engineering, or construction management. Students are evaluated on recommendations, academic achievement, initiative, and community and extra-curricular activities.

Lauren Herr of Lititz received a $5,000 scholarship. The recipients who received $3,500 scholarships include Michael Cowart of Kennett Square and Lauren McIlvain of Lancaster. Students who received a $2,000 scholarship are John Hosler of Lititz, Bailey Jones of Newville, Isabelle Macioce of Carlisle, and Bradley Zanette of Hazelton. Scholarships of $1,000 were awarded to Justin Herrington of Shippensburg, Oliver Martin of Manheim, Nicolas Myer of Lititz, and Sheldon Snell of Harrisburg.


Garden Club Judges Summer Contest August 16, 2017

Two teams of members from Twin Valleys Garden Club (TVGC) recently served as volunteer judges in the 2017 Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS) Gardening and Greening Contest. The annual PHS contest offers an opportunity to celebrate all gardeners, including individuals, garden clubs, businesses and municipalities in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.

Contestants choose from many garden-related categories that cover both flowers and vegetables. One team of judges from TVGC, including team leader Carol Heilner of Glenmoore, Gerallyn Duke of West Chester, and Trish St. Georges of Glenmoore, toured gardens in West Chester, Chadds Ford, and Kennett Square. One garden in the Garden Block/Main Street class was entered as a community effort to beautify a local town.

Another was a Children's Vegetable Community Garden, which is being tended throughout the summer months by families at Patton Middle School in Kennett Square. Produce from the garden is being shared with a local food bank. Additionally, the garden gives participating children the opportunity to eat their favorite vegetables and also taste new ones.

The second team of judges from TVGC was comprised of team leader Debbie Kuhn of Malvern, Susan Aggarwal of Malvern, and associate member Dot Alloway of Downingtown. They visited three gardens in southwestern Chester County and one in Lancaster County, including flower gardens, gardens featuring a combination of vegetables and flowers, and one farm with gardens and animals.

The gardens were judged on distinct criteria, ranging from ordinary maintenance to imaginative ideas to the total visual effect. Judges for PHS were required to take photos of the gardens, including close-ups of flowers and vegetables, water features, sculpture, unusual plant material, and the gardeners themselves.

An awards reception will be held by PHS later in the year for the winning gardeners.


Mom's House Receives Grant August 16, 2017

Mom's House Lancaster received a $5,000 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support the Single Parent Life Skills Workshops. The workshops are designed to teach important skills like budgeting, cooking, parenting, resume writing, and more.

Mom's House provides state-accredited child care and other support services at no cost to single parents enrolled in school full-time. Support services include a children's clothing bank, food bank, tutoring, and Life Skills Workshops.

To learn more about Mom's House, readers may visit


Club Announces Meeting Schedule, Officers August 15, 2017

The Zonta International Harrisburg-Hershey Club has announced its 2017-18 meeting schedule and officers. Zonta is a global international organization of professionals that seeks to empower women worldwide through service and advocacy. At the local level, Zonta of Harrisburg-Hershey has organized activities and events to benefit and empower women in the community.

The club will hold monthly dinner meetings at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, beginning on Sept. 14. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets, readers may call 717-774-8333.

The speaker on Sept. 14 will be Carolyn Blatchley, executive director of the Cumberland County Library System. In October, the club will hear from Steven R. Junkin, chief of police for the Hampden Township Police Department. In November, a representative of Imagine Goods, a woman-owned business in Lancaster, will speak.

The club's new officers for the year are as follows: Nancy Fodor, president; Elaine Weinert, vice president; Alice Kirchner, treasurer; and Eileen Baylor, secretary. Also recently named were directors Diana Laughner and Amy Peffley, as well as past president Suzanne Gale and nominating chair Mary Ann Mihok.

Locally, Zonta has supported many charitable organizations, including the Shalom House. The club takes an annual trip to the state Capitol for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. In addition, the group has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships to local high school and college women. More information is available at


Club Awards Scholarship August 10, 2017


Student Wins District Essay Contest August 10, 2017

Ann Arriola, a student from Central York Senior High School, recently garnered top honors in the Atlantic Central District's essay contest, held in Reading. Ann won first place for her essay on the theme "Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges." She had previously won the local contest sponsored by the Optimist Club of East York. As the winner of the district contest, Ann will receive a $2,500 college scholarship.

Optimist International has offered its oratorical contest since 1928. The Atlantic Central District includes Optimist clubs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Optimist International is a service club organizations with more than 75,000 adult and youth members in 2,600 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico, as well as throughout the world. Optimist Club members conduct positive service projects that reach more than 6 million young people each year. To learn more about the Optimist Club, readers may call Jim Ward, president, at 717-817-7805.


Gretna History Book Is Available August 9, 2017

A new book, "Two for the Woods," which chronicles the history of Mount Gretna, is now available and is on sale through the Mount Gretna Area Historical Society. The book was written by former Mount Gretna resident Tom Meredith.

The book is written in the same style and with a similar combination of historic photos and text as Meredith's earlier book "Listed!" "Two for the Woods" tells the story of the "fraternal twins" - Mount Gretna's Campmeeting and Chautauqua areas - and the challenges encountered in creating the two historic communities in Mount Gretna. Featuring more than 50 photographs, the book provides historic and current glimpses of Mount Gretna.

The book was written for the 125th anniversary of Mount Gretna's Campmeeting and Chautauqua areas that is being celebrated this year.

The book may be purchased at the society's headquarters, located at 206 Pennsylvania Ave., Mount Gretna, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays or at the Mount Gretna Visitors Center from 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. Books may also be ordered from the society by calling 717-964-1105.

Society members will receive a discount. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to support the operations and mission of the society.


Organization Wins Award August 9, 2017

Travelers Protection Association (TPA) Post D in Lancaster recently received a first-place Communications Award at TPA's National Convention. At a recent Post D meeting, TPA past national president George Kern and Post D Lancaster president Howard Hill presented the first-place award to George Keebler, Post D communications chair. Carol Niven, TPA national communications chairperson, commended Keebler for his work.

Keebler submits news items about TPA Post D projects and events to local media outlets throughout the year. TPA is a community service safety organization.


Post D Presents Altruism Awards August 9, 2017

The Travelers Protective Association (TPA) Post D in Lancaster recently presented two Altruism Awards. The recipients were Samantha Domyer of Cocalico High School and Alyssa Clemmer of Pequea Valley High School.

TPA presents Altruism Awards annually to high school seniors who excel in community service work while maintaining a well-rounded schedule in school.


USO Volunteer Opportunities Posted August 9, 2017

RSVP of the Capital Region and the USO are looking for volunteers to assist in 50 USO Center positions at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville. Volunteer jobs include greeting, registering, and assisting guests; providing assistance to callers, including directions and information; food and beverage preparation; and cleaning and tidying the USO.

Volunteers must be age 18 or older if a resident of Dauphin, Perry, or Cumberland counties. Volunteers must be age 55 or older for residents of Lebanon, Lancaster, York, Adams, or Franklin counties per RSVP regulations. Qualifications include reliable, professional communication skills, detail-oriented, utilizes problem-solving and decision-making skills, and adheres to all health and safety regulations. A criminal background check will be required at the USO's expense.

Opportunities are available throughout the week based on the volunteer's schedule. Two- and four-hour time slots are available monthly. Orientation and job training are provided. All RSVP volunteers are insured by RSVP for excess liability, accident, and auto.

For further information, readers may contact RSVP of the Capital Region at 443-619-3842 or


Scouts Attend Summer Camp August 9, 2017

Boy Scout Troop 48 recently attended summer camp at Bashore Scout Reservation. Twenty-four Troop 48 Scouts participated, including four first-year campers, known as Blue Mountain Men. Under the direction of senior patrol leader PJ Newhart and assistant senior patrol leader Jack McCarty, with the support of the entire PLC team and troop membership, the troop received several recognitions.

The troop won the first-place Outstanding Gateway Award, the first-place We Put Up Our Own Sign Award for their field marker, the Troop Award of Excellence, and the Clean Campsite Award, as well as the Baden Powell Patrol Award for the Senior, Owl, and Panther patrols. Troop members earned a total of 77 merit badges, an average of more than three per Scout. Members also earned four Totin' Chips, five Firem'n Chits, and second place in the one-mile swim. The troop had three Advanced Archery participants and one Advanced Shooting participant. During the Friday night campfire, McCarty was invited to join the Order of the Arrow.

To learn more about Scouting, readers may contact Charles Ulrich at 717-371-5284 or


Leadership York Elects Board Members August 9, 2017

Leadership York has elected eight new members to its board of directors. Their terms began in July. Each new member was carefully selected because of his or her commitment to servant leadership and unique expertise professionally and within the York community.

The new board members are as follows: Brady Barnes, vice president for Union Community Bank; Anna Breland-Williams, retired school counselor with the School District of the City of York; Sarah Chain, account director at Gavin; David Gonzalez Jr., advocacy coordinator for the York County Economic Alliance; Nancy Newton, manager of grants and special projects for WellSpan Health; Melissa Plotkin, director of community engagement and diversity at the York Jewish Community Center; Jamie Reid, senior branch manager at York Traditions Bank; and Joyce Santiago, finance director for York Area Housing Group.

Leadership York's mission is to train, connect, and inspire individuals to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization was founded in 1978 and boasts more than 3,500 graduates from its six programs. Those graduates provide leadership to more than 250 nonprofit organizations and serve thousands of constituents in state and local government.


Gibson Elected To Board August 9, 2017

Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, a statewide multidisciplinary arts advocacy organization, has elected Kelley Gibson as a member of its board of directors. Gibson will help the Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania staff communicate the value and impact of the arts to decision makers in the media, government, corporate, and philanthropic sectors and take a stand on legislation and public policy that affect the arts.

On the Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania board of directors, Gibson will advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania so as to support the organization's mission and needs. Gibson will serve a three-year term, from this August to August 2020.

Kelley Gibson is the director of communications and engagement with the Cultural Alliance of York County, a United Arts Fund that brings arts and culture to the community through its operational funding of eight essential cultural partners and project-based grants to organizations that positively impact the community through the arts. As director, Gibson leads the agency's external communication strategy, works on public relations building, and engages in community partnerships on projects that bring arts and culture to the community. For information about the Cultural Alliance of York County, readers may call the organization at 717-812-9255, visit, search for "Cultural Alliance of York County" on Facebook, and follow @culturalyork on Twitter.

For more information about Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, readers may visit or


Foundation Seeks Nominations August 9, 2017

The Nobody's Cats Foundation is seeking nominations for its annual Marley Awards, a program paying tribute to Trap Neuter Return (TNR) advocates in southcentral Pennsylvania. The Marley Award was named in honor of a free-roaming domestic feline and his longtime caretaker, Nobody's Cats Foundation founding board member Karen Koch, who maintained a lifelong relationship until Marley's death at age 17 in early 2014.

Nominations for awards are welcome from the following counties: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, and York. Nominees must be confirmed supporters of TNR within the region. Examples include nonprofit groups, businesses, institutions, municipalities, and individual advocates. Nomination information and forms are available by visiting or stopping by 3909 Hartzdale Drive, Suite 905, Camp Hill, on Tuesdays through Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or Saturdays between noon and 4 p.m. Nominations must be postmarked no later than midnight on National Feral Cat Day, Monday, Oct. 16.

The Nobody's Cats Foundation promotes the adoption of TNR as the preferred strategy for humanely stabilizing and reducing free-roaming domestic feline populations in 15 southcentral Pennsylvania counties. The organization's strategies include creating a culture of ownership of free-roaming cat colonies, encouraging owner caretakers to implement benchmarked TNR standards of care, and providing spay/neuter surgeries through its dedicated surgery clinic. For more information, readers may visit the aforementioned website or call 855-867-4228.

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