Nyambi Chosen To Lead MEDA September 20, 2018
The board of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) announced the appointment of Dr. Dorothy Nyambi as the organization's next chief executive officer and president. She will succeed Allan Sauder, who is retiring from a role which he has held for the past 16 years.
Nyambi is a dual citizen of Canada and Cameroon and is bilingual, speaking both English and French. Her background includes over 20 years of international development policy and programming experience at the strategic and analytical level, with country, regional, and continental scope.
Nyambi has work experience in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Caribbean, and North America. She began her career as a medical doctor before moving into the field of international development.
Nyambi and her husband currently live in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. Her official start date is Monday, Nov. 26. She will be introduced publicly at the convention in Indianapolis from Thursday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Nov. 11. Nyambi will work closely with Sauder through a period of transition to Friday, Dec. 14.
For more information, readers may visit www.meda.org or contact Linda Whitmore at 226-499-8993 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tabor Names New President September 20, 2018
Tabor Community Services Inc. has named Michael F. McKenna as president.
McKenna comes to Tabor with years of experience working to mitigate poverty and promote self-sufficiency. He most recently served as chief impact/operations officer at Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, where he previously served as director of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program. Prior to moving to Lancaster, McKenna was the assistant director of poverty concerns and faith connections at the Center for Community Service and Justice of Loyola University Maryland, and he was field manager/ service coordinator for the No Kid Hungry Campaign. He has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in foreign service from Georgetown University.
McKenna lives in Lititz with his wife and young daughter. He will begin in his role on Monday, Oct. 8.
Tabor is a nonprofit provider of housing and financial counseling and education services for Lancaster County residents. With 50 staff members, the organization serves 5,000 clients through its 18 programs and services. Tabor's programs have been recognized for their high quality by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Central Penn Business Journal, Millersville University and the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership.
Tabor is celebrating its 50th anniversary of serving Lancaster residents in 2018. To learn more, readers may visit www.tabornet.org.
Chamber Awards Scholarships September 20, 2018
Each year the Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships to local students. Each scholarship has specific requirements, and the students must also submit an essay.
Kylee Lorio of Mount Joy is the daughter of Paul Lorio and was awarded the Dorothy Metzler Memorial Community Service Scholarship. Kylee will attend Bridgewater College to major in political science.
Jamie Walmer of Mount Joy, the daughter of Lori Ann Walmer and Daniel Walmer, is a recent graduate of Donegal High School. She was awarded a $1,000 Continuing Education Scholarship. Jamie will attend Eastern Mennonite University to major in nursing.
Alayna De Bruin of Mount Joy, the daughter of Troy and Amy De Bruin, was awarded a $1,000 Continuing Education Scholarship. Amy will attend York College of Pennsylvania to major in nursing.
The Chamber Scholarship Team, which includes Jan Johnson, Holly Noll, and Emi Nissley, spent many hours reading all of the applications and conducting interviews before making the final decisions.
The Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce also sponsors two $500 scholarships for two graduating Donegal seniors. The winners of these scholarships are chosen by the school district and are honored at the Senior Awards night. The Chamber also awards two $500 scholarships to two local students who attend The Janus School in Mount Joy. These two scholarship winners are chosen by The Janus School.
The Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce has more than 200 members including small to larger local businesses, local churches, organizations, nonprofits and individuals. For more information, readers may call 717-653-0773, email email@example.com, or visit www.mountjoychamber.com.
REYS Names Board Members September 20, 2018
Rainbow's End Youth Services (REYS) has named two new members to its board of directors. Dwight Gehman and Rachel Stebbins will each serve a three-year term.
Gehman is the youth pastor at Crossroads Brethren in Christ Church in Mount Joy. He has a history of youth ministry experience, having led junior high and senior high ministries for more than a decade and developing a focused outreach to students in the community.
Stebbins owns and operates Rachel Stebbins Consulting. She is active in the local community as a volunteer and community leader. Stebbins grew up in Mount Joy, and she holds degrees from Lancaster Bible College and Elizabethtown College. Stebbins brings experience and a desire for serving young people.
Gehman and Stebbins join the REYS board of directors whose other current members include Josh Keefer, president; Paul Newcomer, treasurer; Aaron Brown, secretary; Charlie Engle; Sharon Funk; Missy Hartman; and Duane Heisey.
REYS provides free after-school, evening, summer and music programs for children and teenagers at its youth center, located at 105 Fairview St., Mount Joy. Through providing spiritual direction, academic assistance and social support, REYS staff and volunteers seek to provide a positive life impact, one student at a time. For more information, readers may call 717-653-9511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steam Into History Wins Award September 19, 2018
New Freedom-based organization Steam Into History received the York County History Center's 2018 Community Award for a Local History Organization on Sept. 13.
The award recognizes associations or organizations whose activity in local and regional history serves as a role model of excellence for others to follow. Recipients must be associated with local historical efforts that are deemed to have made a significant contribution in preserving, interpreting, promoting, researching or otherwise extending knowledge and understanding of the history of their locality, county or region within York County.
AHLEF Scholarships Awarded September 19, 2018
The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF), the philanthropic arm of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), has awarded $1.3 million via 420 scholarships this year, the highest amount ever awarded to students seeking careers in the hospitality industry. More than 70 percent of scholarship recipients are women, and more than one-third of the total recipients are minority students.
AHLEF administers nine scholarship programs for students enrolled in hospitality-related degree programs at colleges and universities across the country. The foundation received and evaluated more than 2,000 applications based on financial need, academics, relevant work experience, extracurricular activities and personal attributes. Scholarships up to $7,500 are awarded based on the university program and student's enrollment status.
Since its founding, AHLEF has distributed more than $14 million in scholarship funds to promising hospitality management students. Scholarship funds are available to incoming freshmen through graduate level for students studying hospitality management. The AHLEF Annual Scholarship Grant Program includes funds provided by the AHLEF General Campaign, AHLEF Hospitality 2000, Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), AHLEF New Century, the National Restaurant Association, Melinda Bush Mentors, John Clifford Memorial, Cecil B. Day Memorial, Handlery Hotels, Conrad N. Hilton Memorial, Creighton Holden Memorial, Hospitality Asset Managers Association, Steve Hymans Extended Stay Scholarship, Richard Kessler, J. Willard Marriott Memorial, Joseph McInerney Scholarship, Curtis C. Nelson and AHLEF's Annual Giving Program.
Additional scholarship programs include The Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students; the Rama Scholarship for the American Dream Program; the American Express Scholarship Program; the Ecolab Scholarship Program; the Karl Mehlmann Scholarship; the Graduate Scholarship Program; the Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship Program; the Incoming Freshman Scholarship, which awards PepsiCo Foundation and ALIS Scholarships; and the Opening Doors to Opportunity Scholarship, which awards Minaz Abji Scholarships.
For more information, readers may visit www.ahlef.org or contact Michelle Poinelli at 202-289-3181 or email@example.com.
Recycle-Bowl Competition Posted September 19, 2018
Registration is open for the 2018 Recycle-Bowl. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is encouraging educators in Pennsylvania to get their students involved in Keep America Beautiful's Recycle-Bowl competition, which is a program designed to revitalize student participation in recycling through a national recycling competition for students in kindergarten throught 12th grade.
The objectives of the competition include: establishing new recycling programs within schools, the increase of recycling rates in schools that currently recycle, and the provision of teacher/student educational opportunities about recycling and waste reduction.
Recycle-Bowl competition will run from Monday, Oct. 15, through America Recycles Day, Thursday, Nov. 15.
In 2017, Albert M. Greenfield School in Philadelphia was named State School Division Champion of the Recycle-Bowl. Students and faculty of Albert M. Greenfield School collected 11,536 pounds of recyclables generated from within the school during the competition.
More than 1,000 elementary, middle and high schools in 42 states around the country participated in this race to collect the most recyclable material and learn about waste reduction and environmental responsibility through in-school recycling.
Two million pounds of material were collected for recycling by the more than 550,000 participating students, teachers and administrators.
To register, readers may visit www.kab.org/our-programs/recycle-bowl.
YCLC Plans Tutor Training September 18, 2018
The York County Literacy Council (YCLC) is seeking volunteers to tutor English as a Second Language (ESL) and native-born adult students. YCLC provides free and confidential literacy services to adults in York County. Tutors may help their student to study for their high school equivalency test or reach a literacy goal such as being able to read to their children, securing or improving employment, or working toward entry into an institution for higher learning.
Volunteer tutors do not need a background in education to help someone to accomplish literacy goals. The next training will be held at York County Literacy Council, located in the United Way Building at 800 E. King St., York, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 9 and 16, and Thursdays, Oct. 4 and 11.
Participants must attend all of the training sessions. The parking lot may be entered from Sherman Street.
After completing the training, the tutors will meet with their student once per week for one and a half to two hours in a public location arranged by YCLC. YCLC coordinators will help tutors with selection of materials and lesson planning throughout the tutoring experience.
Requirements to be a tutor include a high school diploma or equivalent, sensitivity, patience, reliability, and attendance at training, pending a preliminary interview. To register for the training, readers may call 717-845-8719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, including a complete training schedule, readers may contact Rita at 717-845-8719 or email@example.com or visit www.yorkliteracy.org.
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 www.skincancer.org/schoolnote.
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.
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.
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.
VisionCorps Welcomes Tice September 13, 2018
VisionCorps has hired Beth Tice as its director of human resources. Tice will oversee human resources (HR) functions and lead the organization in employee development. She will also contribute to furthering VisionCorps' strategic initiatives with the Senior Leadership team.
Prior to joining VisionCorps, Tice served as HR manager for Flagger Force Traffic Control Services LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Lebanon Valley College and a certificate in human resources from Cornell University.
For information regarding VisionCorps, readers may visit www.visioncorps.net or call Amy Giangiulio at 717-291-5951.