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Program Director Retires January 15, 2018

The board of directors of the Cultural Alliance of York County has announced the retirement of Gayle Cluck as director of the organization's StARTSomething Arts in Education program, one of 14 arts-in-education partnerships in Pennsylvania with Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Cluck was the program's director since its inception.

The stARTSomething Arts in Education program promotes learning in and through the arts for children and adults in York, Adams, Fulton, and Franklin counties. Schools, community organizations and senior centers collaborate with highly trained teaching artists to custom-design learning experiences.

During her 10-year tenure as director, Cluck started the Creative Aging artist residency to engage adults age 55 and up in participatory, professionally run arts programs with a focus on social engagement and skills mastery that has become the model for the state. She also organized the Impact Creative Aging Conference in 2015 for teaching artists and senior care centers in the region, focusing on the use of creative expression in the daily care regimen of seniors to improve their quality of life. One of these Creative Aging residencies, an improvisational theater workshop for older adults called StAGEs hosted by DreamWrights Center for Community Arts, was a Non-Profit Innovation Award runner-up in 2016. Cluck also presented details on the Creative Aging residency model at the National Aging Conference hosted by the National Center for Creative Aging in Washington, D.C., in 2016.

For more information, readers may call the Cultural Alliance at 717-812-9255, visit, find the Cultural Alliance of York County on Facebook, and follow @CulturalYork on Twitter.


Scholarship News Posted January 15, 2018

Northwest EMS and the Stirling family have announced the Robert C. Stirling Scholarship, available to individuals residing in the Manheim Central School District pursuing a degree in the medical field. Applicants do not need to attend Manheim Central to be eligible.

Bob Stirling was involved in the Manheim community until his passing in 1994, including volunteering for 30 years at the Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association. This year will be the 23rd year for the scholarship.

Applications are available by contacting Lori Shenk at 717-665-2904, 717-371-8282, or or by stopping by the nurse's office at Manheim Central High School.

Applications are due Thursday, March 15. Winning recipients will be selected by individuals representing Northwest EMS and the Stirling family, and all applicants will be notified in April. For details, contact Shenk.


Carson Chosen For Leadership Position January 12, 2018

Right Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania S. Eugene Herritt has appointed Ronald B. Carson of Mount Joy as district deputy grand master for Masonic District 1. Carson's role is to support Masonic programs and policies, oversee the operations of the 10 Masonic lodges within his district, counsel and advise members, and arbitrate concerns. The lodges are located in Columbia, Elizabethtown, Ephrata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Manheim, Millersville and Mount Joy. Carson's official presentation took place on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 in Elizabethtown.

A member of Lamberton Masonic Lodge No. 476 in Lancaster, Carson is a graduate of Donegal High School and attended the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, where he studied computer science and biology. He is a service manager for George J. Grove and Son. Inc. in Lancaster.


4-H Dairy Club Meeting Set January 12, 2018

The Milk Duds 4-H Dairy Club will hold its re-organizational meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. Club activities include taking part in dairy judging practices and competitions, fitting and showing workshops, the county show, and more. Each meeting will have a different topic related to the dairy industry.

Members should bring a pen or pencil, 2018 calendar, and the completed enrollment form with parent signatures to the meeting. The meeting is important for members and their parents to attend. For those who cannot attend, it is important that the enrollment form be turned into the Extension office prior to the meeting date. For more information, readers may contact Amanda Arrowsmith at 717-548-2664 or email

This and all 4-H programs are available to all youths ages 8 to 18 prior to Jan. 1. For more information on joining 4-H, readers may contact Lori Little, Extension Educator, at 717-394-6851 or email Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided may contact the Penn State Extension office at 717-394-6851 in advance of their participation or visit.


Narconon Offers Help January 11, 2018

Narconon New Life Retreat encourages people to be aware and look for several signs when it comes to methamphetamine addiction. Signs include hyperactivity, insomnia, weight loss, and tooth decay.

People are urged to report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials and keep loved ones safe from the dangers of methamphetamine addiction.

To learn more about methamphetamine addiction, readers may visit

Narconon can help people to take steps to overcome addiction in their family. For free screenings or referrals, readers may call Narconon at 800-431-1754.


Club Announces Grant Program January 11, 2018

The Women's Club of Manheim has announced its 2018 grant program. The club will award grants of up to $1,000 to nonprofit organizations serving Manheim and the Manheim community. The one-page application is available by visiting the Women's Club of Manheim Facebook page or emailing

Grant applications are due on Thursday, Feb. 15, and they may be emailed to the aforementioned email address. Grant winners will be announced in March. Anyone with questions may call Kathy Bower at 717-665-9141.

The Women's Club of Manheim, which has been in existence since 1937, is an organization of Manheim women committed to friendship, community service and civic responsibility. The club is a nonprofit organization that contributes more than $10,000 per year to the Manheim community.


BBBS Marks Mentoring Month January 11, 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBS) is celebrating National Mentoring Month in January. Every person can be a mentor. Mentors come from every occupation and academic background. Those who decide to invest time in the life of child or young adult will help build better social relationships, greater academic success, and improved decision-making.

BBBS of the Capital Region has a variety of different mentoring programs that allow mentors to find their ideal mentoring environment. These programs benefit children in the community, in schools, and in professional settings. The match process is customized. Throughout the mentoring journey, the mentor, child or young adult, and family receive consistent match support and, where appropriate, training to enhance communication and strengthen the match.

Mentors involved in programs with BBBS of the Capital Region are encouraged to share their Match Stories throughout National Mentoring Month. For more information, readers may visit or or call 717-236-0199.


Newest Board Members Posted January 11, 2018

The Economic Development Company of Lancaster County (EDC) recently announced the appointment of local business leaders as new members of its board of directors. New board members include Robert F. Beard, Geoff C. Finch, Carl Freeman, Liz Martin, and Michelle Rondinelli. EDC also announced E. Philip Wenger as chair of the board and Robert M. Krasne as vice chair of the board.

The EDC board of directors is responsible for the strategic advancement of EDC's mission and the development of policies and procedures to support the mission, values and strategic goals of the EDC.


Seniors Of The Month Recognized January 10, 2018

Oxford Area High School students Jillian Blessington and Brandon Perdue were honored as Oxford Rotary Club Seniors of the Month for December.

Jillian, daughter of Trish and Mike Blessington, serves as treasurer of National Honor Society and Student Council, and she is also a member of National English Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and the LEO Club of Lions International, sponsored locally by the Oxford Lions Club.

As a member of the high school's chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Jillian was part of a team that placed fourth in the Management Decision-Making category at the FBLA Region 9 Workshop and Competition in December. She was a member of the fall cheerleading squad from her sophomore to senior years, and for 10 years she was a fifth-level competitive dancer.

After graduation, Jillian plans to study to be a physician assistant and has been accepted to the University of Pittsburgh.

Brandon, son of Molly and Dennis Perdue, is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and the Helping Hands community service club. He also serves as historian of Spanish Honor Society. Brandon was a four-year member of the varsity soccer team, serving as captain and earning the Coach's Award as a senior.

As a member of FBLA, Brandon qualified to attend the 2017 Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference to compete in the Business Calculations category. At the recent FBLA Region 9 Workshop and Competition, Brandon was part of a team that placed second in the Marketing category.

During his high school career, Brandon has taken 11 Advanced Placement courses and 12 honors courses. As a sophomore, he was permitted to be enrolled in the juniors-only AP Statistics course. In four of his AP exams, Brandon earned a score of 4 or above out of a possible 5, and he scored a 5 in his AP Calculus exam. He is currently enrolled in an independent study course where he is part of a team undertaking a yearlong project to research methods of making more efficient use of solar cells as energy sources.

After graduation, Brandon plans to attend college to study chemical engineering with minors in business and Spanish. He has been accepted to Penn State University.


Youth Center Honors Little January 10, 2018


Federowicz Chosen For Leadership Position January 10, 2018

The Right Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, S. Eugene Herritt, has appointed Henry J. Federowicz of Mount Joy as the district deputy grand master for Masonic District 2. Federowicz's role is to support Masonic programs and policies, oversee the operations of the nine Masonic lodges within his district, counsel and advise members, and arbitrate concerns. The lodges are located in Harrisburg, Hershey, Lykens, Marysville, Middletown, Millersburg and Steelton. Federowicz's official presentation took place on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at Robert Burns Lodge No. 464 in Harrisburg.

Federowicz is a graduate of Mount Carmel Area High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Widener University and a master's degree in business administration at Widener University at Delaware Law School. He is the president and owner of Hummelstown Beverage Distributor Inc.

Federowicz is a member of several professional and recreational organizations. He is a past advisory board chair for the Children's Miracle Network at Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey and is a member of West Shore Sportsmen's Association, Elstonville Sportsmen's Association, Doberman Pinscher Rescue of Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Doberman Pinscher Rescue of Pennsylvania.


Norris Earns Eagle Scout Rank January 9, 2018

Mason E. Norris, a member of Boy Scout Troop 84, which is sponsored by St. Peter's Lutheran Church, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Mason is the son of Wendy G. Norris.

To earn the Eagle rank, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and carrying out an Eagle project. Mason's Eagle project consisted of planning and building a storage closet for Lydia's Closet, a Manheim Township student clothing bank, which took more than 120 hours to complete with the help of several youths and adults. Lydia's Closet offers free clothing to school-age children in need on the first Saturday of each month at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lancaster.

As a Cub Scout with Pack 102, Mason earned the Arrow of Light Award and the God and Family Award. As a Scout with Troop 84, Mason has held positions including chaplain aide, instructor, assistant senior patrol leader, and senior patrol leader, and he is currently troop guide. Mason is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, and he completed his National Youth Leadership Training.

Mason is a sophomore at Manheim Township High School, where he is a member of the concert band, marching band, chorus, and concert choir. He was recently cast in the musical "Cinderella." Mason is also treasurer of the Astronomy Club. Mason attends Neffsville Mennonite Church, where he is on the SLIM team.

Mason's Court of Honor ceremony is scheduled for January.


COOL Elects Board Members January 9, 2018

The Constitutional Organization of Liberty (COOL), an originalist educational organization, has announced the election of members to serve on its managing board for the next two years.

Greg Keiper of Lebanon, who currently serves as chairman of COOL, was re-elected unanimously, as was Monica Carpenter, also of Lebanon, as treasurer and vice chairman and Clint LeRoy of Fredericksburg as secretary. Jeff Griffith was elected to the board as an at-large member, as was Mike Folmer, who also serves as Pennsylvania state senator.

COOL has been providing educational presentations and seminars across Pennsylvania since its inception in 2005. The organization was granted tax-exempt status by the IRS in 2012. During the upcoming term, COOL plans to expand its online presence and revisit the curriculum it offers.

For more information, readers may visit or email


2018 Education Contest Posted January 8, 2018

Lancaster Court Queen of Peace 1023 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas invites all youths in grades four through 12 from all schools to enter the 2018 National Education Contest. The themes are "The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us, We Are Filled With Joy" and "Finding Joy in My Life." Students may enter one or more contests, including art, essay, poetry, computer art, music, and photography.

Readers may visit and click on Education Contest Forms, which are also available in Spanish, under Frequent Downloads for contest rules and details. Entries must be postmarked or delivered by Thursday, Feb. 15. Readers may call 717-390-9035 for more details, including where to submit entries.


Troop 97 Holds Court Of Honor January 4, 2018

Londonderry Township's Boy Scout Troop 97 held a Court of Honor in December at the Londonderry Scouting Complex. Life Scout Bryce Mills served as the master of ceremonies for an evening of awards, recognitions, special moments, and surprises.

Bryce presented Assistant Scoutmaster Bill Lee with the Volunteer of Honor Award, which recognizes an adult volunteer who goes above and beyond in helping the troop excel in every way possible. In addition to serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Lee serves as a camping chaperone, quartermaster lead, merit badge counselor and cooking guru. He designed, updated, and organized the troop's gear and taught Scouts how to maintain and inventory both the cooking and camping equipment.

Scoutmaster Kevin Little continued the surprises when he presented George Heberlig with a Gratitude Award. Heberlig has served in numerous capacities for the Boy Scouts of America for more than 45 years. He began his volunteer work with Londonderry Township's Pack 97 and then quickly became involved as a committee member on the pack and troop levels, a committee chair and Scoutmaster for Troop 97, and a charter representative for the Londonderry Fire Company, the pack and troop's sponsor. Heberlig remains active as a committee representative for the Londonderry Scouting Complex.

Little recognized Cameron Lyons for First Aid Skill, and Assistant Scoutmaster Matthew Pauley recognized 20 Scouts for their participation in the annual Scouting for Food community service project.

Eagle Scout Jake O'Donnell was sworn in as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. O'Donnell has committed to becoming an Assistant Scoutmaster when he turns 18, so that he can encourage younger Scouts the way his predecessors encouraged him.

Advancement chair Julie Myers and committee chair Ted Pauley presented more than 50 merit badges, including Citizenship of the World, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship of the Nation, Cooking, Plumbing, Rifle Shooting, Backpacking and Hiking. Quite a few Eagle Scout-required merit badges were also awarded, including Family Life, Personal Management, Personal Fitness and Communications.

Assistant Scoutmaster Chris Hoyt swore in Mason Barrick as a Second Class Scout. Mason has repeatedly camped in a tent that he pitched on a site he selected. Many of those times, he planned his own menu and cooked his own food. He can tie the knots and lashings needed to build his camp, and he now has the knowledge to learn more about how to interact with nature.

Leo Nissley and Luke Spangenberg were awarded the rank of First Class Scout by Lee. These Scouts can identify local animals and plants, including poisonous plants and snakes, and administer first aid. They have begun to learn about citizenship and know what it means to be part of a family, a community and a nation. Both boys have been part of the Scouting program for seven years.

The Star Scout oath was administered to Brayden Harris by Assistant Scoutmaster Matthew Pauley. To attain Star Scout rank, Brayden completed additional merit badges, completed community service hours and helped guide younger Scouts in order to advance in their own ranks.

Brothers Bryce Mills and Ian Mills advanced to the rank of Life Scout when they were sworn in by Assistant Scoutmaster Ed Barrick. Bryce and Ian are both working toward their final Scouting goal of Eagle Scout. They are in the process of completing their merit badges, and then they will select their Eagle Scout community service projects.

Jake O'Donnell and Colby Stiffler were recognized for earning their Eagle Scout ranks. They represent two of the four Troop 97 Eagle Scouts in 2017. For his Eagle Scout project, Jake built rifle tables for the Middletown Hunters and Anglers and made significant improvements to the organization's rifle ranges. Colby cleared large areas of land to accommodate boat racks that he built for the Middletown Reservoir. Jake and Colby will soon announce the details of their Courts of Honor, where they will officially receive their Eagle Scout awards.

Additionally, Eagle Scout Garrett Little was recognized by Assistant Scoutmaster Joe Jilka for earning his second Silver Palm. Garrett has earned an additional 30 merit badges beyond the requirements of Eagle Scout. He also demonstrated living up to the expectations of the Scout Oath and Law and was active in the troop. Garrett serves as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster and will be promoted to Assistant Scoutmaster when he turns 18 in the spring.

Also during the Court of Honor, Bryce Mills asked troop treasurer Ralph O'Donnell to entertain the Scouts with a gift exchange game, "Left, Right Night Before Christmas." The event concluded with holiday refreshments and a video that reviewed recent Scouting adventures.

Upcoming events include the Klondike at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation in Loysville, first aid and CPR training and camping at the Londonderry Scouting Complex, and an Army Heritage Center and Sky Zone campout. Readers may contact Kevin Little at 717-944-1957 or Ted Pauley at 717-944-2766 for more information. Troop 97 is sponsored by the Londonderry Fire Company.


Rotary Club Honors Students January 4, 2018

Manheim Township Middle School eighth-graders Noa Blumenthal and Timothy Shonk were named Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club students of the month for November. They were honored for their school and community activities, leadership, and academic achievements.

Noa's favorite subjects are Spanish and social studies. Timothy enjoys maths and science.

Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club meets on Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Country Club on New Holland Pike, Lancaster. New members are always welcome. For more information, readers may visit


Lower Dauphin Students Honored January 4, 2018

A pair of Lower Dauphin elementary school students and a high school sophomore were recently recognized by Hummelstown Police and Lower Dauphin Communities That Care through the Do the Right Thing program.

South Hanover Elementary School fourth-graders Grace Lindsay and Torree Robertson were honored for deciding to organize an effort to collect books for people in need. At the high school, Jared Carson was nominated by school secretary Betty Anne Fry for his honesty in finding and turning-in $40 in cash. The students were recognized with $25 gift cards, Do the Right Thing t-shirts and certificates, and pizza coupons.

A pair of students at South Hanover Elementary School, second-grader Casey O'Brien and third-grader Michael Rolling, received Do the Right Thing certificates for their friendliness and kindness and for making their school a better place.

The Do the Right Thing program is modeled after a successful national program. Now in its 11th year, the program recognizes students in the Lower Dauphin community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude, or outstanding efforts. The program provides a way to recognize good deeds and reinforce exemplary behavior.

School staff members and police officers typically nominate students whose positive actions come to their attention, but any adult over the age of 18 can nominate a child. A volunteer committee reviews the student nominations on a monthly basis and selects a winner each month.

For more information, readers may contact Kathy Peffer at 717-566-6096.


Contest Winner Announced January 4, 2018

The Lampeter-Strasburg Area Woman's Club Door Decorating Contest winner is Meggan Tekely of Strasburg. This was the first year for the contest and her door was chosen as the winner from the five entries.

Tekely will receive a gift basket from the Strasburg Merchants Association containing certificates from various local businesses and the National Toy Train Museum.


Santiago Earns Recognition January 4, 2018

The Lancaster City Alliance named William Santiago the 2017 Ambassador of the Year for his integrity, positive attitude, and excellent customer service. Santiago has been part of the 15-member Lancaster City Alliance Clean and Safe Team for about six years, and he keeps the sidewalks in the Downtown Investment District clean year-round.

According to Marshall W. Snively, president of the Lancaster City Alliance, the organization received numerous compliments about Santiago in 2017. One such compliment was from an out-of-town visitor, who shared that Santiago had recommended a place to eat. When he saw her later on, he inquired about her visit.

In 2017, Santiago and other members of the Lancaster City Alliance Clean and Safe Team were responsible for picking up 76 tons of trash, removing 17 tons of leaves, performing more than 4,000 hours of sweeping, completing 163 hours of snow removal, giving more than 1,800 directions, and assisting residents more than 2,500 times. To learn more about the Lancaster City Alliance Clean and Safe Team, readers may visit and click on Clean and Safe.


Rotary Club Honors Students January 4, 2018

Lancaster Catholic High School seniors Grace Davies, Sebastian Klemmer, Maria Howe and Ella Cassidy were named Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club Students of the Quarter in December 2017. They were honored for their school and community activities, leadership and academic achievements.

Grace enjoys playing soccer and lacrosse and is a keen skiier. She participates in Mini-THON and the Aevidum student suicide-prevention club. She is a former Lancaster Sunrise Student of the Month.

Sebastian enjoys playing in the concert, jazz and County bands and participates in quiz bowl and cross-country running.

Maria participates in Mini-THON and the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and she is a member of the marching band. She was a National Merit Semifinalist, won a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award and received special recognition at the Future Business Leaders of America state conference.

Ella enjoys dance and music and participates in the jazz and marching bands, as well as the percussion ensemble. She is also involved in quiz bowl.

Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., at the Lancaster Country Club, 1466 New Holland Pike, Lancaster. New members are welcome. For more information, readers may visit

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