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Nominations Sought For Award October 20, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award and are due to the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce by Monday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m.

Recipients must meet each of three specific criteria: demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improving the quality of life for others in the Lebanon Valley; and assist women in reaching their full potential. The ATHENA Award recipient will be presented at the Chamber's annual breakfast, to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at StoneRidge Retirement Living in Myerstown.

The ATHENA Award was launched in 1982 in Lansing, Mich. Since then, more than 8,000 leaders in more than 500 communities have received the award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

In the Lebanon Valley, the ATHENA Award has been presented each year since 1990 through the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Past recipients include the late Ruth Dietz, Todd Snovel, Mayor Sherry Capello, Jenny Murphy-Shifflet, Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, and others.

Nomination forms are available at, or they may be picked up at the Chamber office, 604 Cumberland St., Lebanon. For more information, readers may call 717-273-3727 or email


Osterhout Named Kiwanis Trustee October 19, 2017

Benjamin R. Osterhout of Mount Joy has been appointed to the board of trustees for the Kiwanis Children's Fund for a second time. Osterhout began his three-year leadership role on Oct. 1.

A member of Kiwanis International, Osterhout has served as the president of the Norlanco-Rheems Kiwanis Club. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Kiwanis Foundation and a former lieutenant governor. A native of Tunkhannock, Osterhout began his Kiwanis family service in the Builders Club at Tunkhannock Area Middle School.

He is the senior associate director of annual giving at Elizabethtown College. After earning a bachelor's degree in business administration/marketing and accounting from Elizabethtown College, Osterhout began a career in higher education fundraising. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.

The Kiwanis Children's Fund, part of Kiwanis International, develops resources that transform the good will and vision of Kiwanis members into programs that serve the children of the world.


Organizations Form Partnership October 19, 2017

Landis Communities and Lancaster Downtowners signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Oct. 6, creating a collaborative partnership between the two organizations. The goals and the missions of the organizations are significantly aligned, as both want persons to be able to age in the place they choose to call home.

The new partnership will support two key elements of the Downtowners' strategic plan: hiring an executive director and providing an office for the group, which will allow it to offer members more robust resources well into the future that will support them in aging successfully in the homes of their choice.

The new executive director will receive operational support for day-to-day needs, including the support of Landis Communities' leadership team and IT help desk and an office at Steeple View Lofts, an affiliate of Landis Communities located at 118 N. Water St., Lancaster.

Lancaster Downtowners is a network of people who share a common passion for downtown Lancaster as the community of choice for their retirement years. More information is available at

Landis Communities was formed in September 2011 and grew out of the Landis Homes Retirement Community. To learn more, readers may visit


Rotary Club Of Mount Joy Makes Donation October 19, 2017


MDA Muscle Walk Results Posted October 19, 2017

More than $89,000 was raised at the 2017 annual MDA Muscle Walk of Central PA on Sept. 30 in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) shared mission to help free children and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility. Teams raised money while raising critical awareness and funds to help accelerate research efforts to find treatments and cures.

Top fundraising teams at this year's event include Twin Power, Team Albertson, Win with Wingate, and Brett's Buddies. The top team, Twin Power, raised $7,741. All of the top teams have someone in their family personally touched by muscular dystrophy.

To learn more about muscular dystrophy, readers may visit


New Housing Option Posted October 18, 2017

The Cooperative Living House, Ranck Road, New Holland, is nearly complete and is seeking applicants who would like to become the first residents. This unique housing opportunity includes a sliding scale rent for fixed income residents age 62 and older who live in eastern Lancaster County.

For more details, readers may contact Jackie Berrios at Garden Spot Village by calling 717-355-6000.


Rotary Club Commends Students October 18, 2017


Robbins Named Chief Program Officer October 18, 2017

Community Progress Council has welcomed Ruth Robbins as chief program officer, effective Sept. 25. Robbins joins Community Progress Council after working for 20 years in higher education, most recently serving as the dean of students at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

In her role, Robbins has leadership responsibility for several Community Progress Council programs: Community Centers, Work Ready, Housing, Foster Grandparents, and Women, Infants and Children (WIC). She also collaborates with the leadership team to enhance program coordination and strengthen processes for measuring program outcomes.

In her prior role as dean of students at Moore College, Robbins had administrative leadership responsibility for the college's counseling, health, resident life, and student services departments. She chaired the college's academic standards committee, participated in strategic planning, and led the school's diversity committee.

Robbins has a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics and a master's degree in human services administration.


Rotary Club Welcomes Members October 18, 2017


Lions, Leos Conduct Eye Screenings October 18, 2017


YCEPC Joins Bar Foundation October 17, 2017

York County Estate Planning Council (YCEPC) has joined the York County Bar Foundation to operate as a program of the foundation rather than as a stand-alone organization. Through the new arrangement, YCEPC will leverage the opportunity of being part of a larger institution that will provide staff support and administration.

As part of the change, the YCEPC board of directors became a steering committee of the Bar Foundation and will focus its efforts on growth of the YCEPC membership, educational programs benefiting members, including offering continuing education credits, and partnerships with organizations whose work intersects with YCEPC.

YCEPC also announced Bryan Tate as its new chairman. Tate is vice president and chief development officer of York County Community Foundation (YCCF) and is the first nonprofit leader to oversee YCEPC. Tate was formerly the vice president of the YCEPC board of directors, which will now serve as YCEPC's steering committee as a program of the Bar Foundation.

In addition to his role at the Community Foundation, Tate is president-elect of Rotary Club of York, president of Central PA Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, program committee chairman of Leave A Legacy York County, and founder of the Spring Grove Alumni Chorus. A resident of the city of York, Tate is a graduate of Temple University and Spring Grove Area High School. In his capacity at YCCF, he assists professional advisers and their clients to create endowed charitable legacies to create a vibrant York County.

For more information about the York County Estate Planning Council, readers may contact Jennifer Mischke at or at 717-854-8755, ext. 202.


Health Tips Posted October 17, 2017

Keeping the whole family healthy can be as easy as A-B-C. The American Heart Association and Penn State Children's Hospital offer several tips for helping children to be healthy.

A - Add color, whole grains, and lean protein. An easy first step to eating healthy is to include colorful fruits and vegetables at every meal and snack. A variety of colors can make these healthy foods more appealing to children. Making sandwiches with whole grain bread instead of white bread will add protein, fiber, and other nutrients. Lean proteins like chicken, fish, and beans can give children the energy they need to power through their day at school without extra saturated fat to slow them down.

B - Be an example. Children's eating habits are influenced by what they see at home. Adults should review the American Heart Association's diet and lifestyle recommendations for children and adults to ensure they are offering appropriate nutritional guidance for their children and modeling healthy eating themselves.

C - Cut the sugar and sodium. Saying goodbye to sugar-sweetened beverages and excess sodium found in processed foods reduces risk for obesity and high blood pressure, even in children. Fruit juices with no added sugar and fruit-infused water are refreshing alternatives to sugary juice drinks and soda. Parents are encouraged to look for low or no sodium added breads, meats, soups, sauces, and condiments and reduce consumption of cheese and savory, salty snacks.

For the second year in a row, Penn State Children's Hospital and the American Heart Association are teaming up to encourage schools, students, and families throughout central Pennsylvania to take youth health to heart. Nearly 85,000 students at schools that participate in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart programs throughout Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties will receive exclusive health education resources from physicians and health experts at Penn State Children's Hospital. Students at participating schools will have the opportunity to learn Hands-Only CPR thanks to the donation of the American Heart Association's CPR Anytime kits, enter the Penn State Healthy Community essay contest and art contest, and receive fun booklets and activities to encourage healthy eating.

Today, about one in three American children and teenagers is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate seen in the 1960s. The rise of obesity in childhood can cause a broad range of health problems that previously were not seen until adulthood, such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and elevated blood cholesterol levels.

Excess weight at a young age has also been linked to earlier death rates in adulthood. The healthiest way to help children achieve a healthy weight is with gradual, permanent changes in eating habits, and physical activity that are shared by the entire family.

For more information on the American Heart Association's children-focused programs and resources, including healthy activities and child-friendly recipes, readers may visit


Kiwanis Club Holds Chocolate Walk October 16, 2017

The Kiwanis Club of Lititz Area had another sold-out Lititz Chocolate Walk, with the 16th annual event held on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The club has raised over a half-million dollars during the past 16 years - $70,000 this year alone - for the children's charities it supports.

Receiving donations from newly elected Kiwanis Club president Alan Stoeckle were Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, represented by president James DeBord, and the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, represented by new executive director Dr. Elizabeth Prada. Each organization received $18,000.

According to Stoeckle, both organizations provide treatment for children with special needs and reflect Kiwanis International's mission of caring for the children of the world.

The Chocolate Walk had its beginnings 17 years ago, when club member Mark Freeman had the idea for a chocolate-themed event that would connect Lititz to its history of chocolate production while also raising funds to benefit children's charities. The Lititz Chocolate Walk was born in 2002 and raised more than $4,000 that year. A total of 2,000 tickets were sold this year, selling out in a matter of weeks. Attendees traveled from as far as California and Alaska.

Many volunteers and sponsors are involved in the event, as well.


Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students October 13, 2017

The DHS Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for October are Alice Fernald and Silas Buckwalter. They were slated to be honored by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during their monthly luncheon meeting.

Alice Fernald is the daughter of Chad and Christy Fernald of Mount Joy. Her high school activities include membership in the National Honor Society as a junior and senior. Additionally, she is a four-year member of Prayer Group and the varsity soccer and track and field teams, and she has been involved with costuming for Donegal Performing Arts since her freshman year. Alice also played on the basketball team from ninth through 11th grades. In the community, Alice is a member of Calvary Bible Church's youth group and is involved helping with children's and junior church services. She is considering spending time overseas for mission work in the future. After graduation, Alice plans to attend college to major in education, with the goal of teaching and coaching.

Silas is the son of Judd and Susan Buckwalter of Mount Joy. He is a three-year member of the cross-country team and a four-year member of the track and field team and Donegal Performing Arts. He was in the marching band in ninth and 10th grades and Rhythm Singers from ninth through 11th grades. As a junior and senior, Silas has had membership in National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. He has also participated in the Donegal Experiential Education Program (D.E.E.P). He attends Calvary Bible Church, where he is a member of the Wilderness Journeymen Group. After graduation, Silas plans to attend college on a pre-medicine track.


Literacy Council Receives Donation October 12, 2017

Rotary Club of Lancaster Sunrise recently made a donation of $2,400 to the Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon. The funds were raised through the Rotary's annual Ride for Literacy bike ride.

The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon serves to promote lifelong learning and provide personalized adult education services.

The Rotary Club supports many local organizations with gifts of time, talent, and financial resources. Causes supported by the Rotary Club of Lancaster Sunrise include PolioPlus; literacy projects, such as the Lancaster-Lebanon Literacy Council and Lancaster Campaign Book Challenge; Ethiopian Eye Mission; and other causes.

Lancaster Sunrise Rotary meets on Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Country Club, 1466 New Holland Pike, Lancaster. New members are welcome to attend. More information is available at


FFA Competition Results Posted October 12, 2017

Grassland FFA Safe Tractor Operation Competition posted its results. Competitions were held in senior and junior divisions. Roy Braum was the overall winner for the senior division, and Luke Shirk was the winner in the junior division. Braum and Shirk qualified for the next level of competition at the Manheim Farm Show.

In addition to Braum, winners in the senior division include Brooke Leeland, second; Natalie Eberly, third; and Tyler Stauffer, fourth. In the junior division, winners are Madelynn Sasso, second; Austin Martin, third; and Joseph Weinhold, fourth.


Club Honors Waltemire October 11, 2017


VFW Posts Scholarship Opportunities October 11, 2017

VFW Post 7012 Auxiliary has announced two scholarship opportunities that are available from the National VFW Auxiliary Organization.

The Voice of Democracy program is available for students in grades nine through 12. It is an audio essay program focused on democratic and patriotic themes. The national prize award is $30,000, with multiple additional awards available between $1,000 and $16,000.

The Patriot's Pen program is available for students in grades six through eight. It is a written essay contest focused on American history and a theme chosen by the VFW commander-in-chief. Awards range from $500 to $5000.

The submission due date for both programs is Oct. 31. Complete details and forms are available at

All entries should to be submitted to VFW Post 7012, 123 W. Main St., New Freedom, PA 17349, with attention to Ed Cook.


Lions Club Names Student Of The Month October 11, 2017


Applicants Sought For Grant Program October 11, 2017

The Cultural Alliance of York County is currently accepting applications for its Creative Impact Awards Community Grants Program. The Creative Impact Awards aim to inspire children, energize neighborhoods, and create community in York County by funding arts-based projects and programs that contribute to a thriving local economy and create a more connected community. The projects can be new ideas or existing programs.

Examples of programs and projects include the following: unique arts experiences such as arts fairs and historic attractions that may make York County more exciting for residents and attractive to visitors; programs and arts hubs such as live music concert series or community arts centers that create sustained excitement and activity in a neighborhood, making it a more attractive and inviting place; activities such as one-of-a-kind artist residencies and teaching artist workshops at area schools that can transform education by aiming to improve student motivation, attitudes, and attendance and make students more likely to succeed; and arts experiences like live theater performances that contribute to a sense of community pride and occur in parts of York County that would otherwise not have access to these experiences.

Projects applying for Creative Impact Award funding must take place within York County. Grantees may be professional, semiprofessional, or amateur, and they must be nonprofit in nature. Individual artists age 18 and older are eligible. All grants are awarded based on a review by the Creative Impact Awards committee.

Applications are available at and are due on Friday, Dec. 8, by 4 p.m. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in early March 2018. Funded project activities must take place between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of 2018.

A grant-writing session will be held for potential applicants on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. at the Cultural Alliance office at 14 W. Market St., York. Space is limited. To make reservations, readers may email kelley@culturalyork or call 717-812-9255 by Friday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. Applicants may also call the aforementioned number to set up individual information sessions.

More information about the Cultural Alliance is available by calling the aforementioned number, visiting, searching for "Cultural Alliance of York County" on Facebook, and following @CulturalYork on Twitter.

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