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Area Scholarship Winners Posted July 16, 2018

The board of directors of the Scott and Hoffnagle Scholarship Fund announced the local recipients of 2018 scholarships. Recipients include Madison Petery, Steven Wallen, Wesley Sechrist, and Daniel Forry. The scholarship winners will be recognized at the Sporting Clays Shoot on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Central Penn Sporting Clays in Wellsville.

Petery is a 2018 graduate of Cocalico High School in Lancaster County. She will attend Marywood University in Scranton to study architecture. She was awarded the top scholarship of $7,500.

Wallen is a 2018 graduate of Bermudian Springs High School in Adams County. He will further his education at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown. He will be studying early childhood and special education. He was awarded a $5,000 scholarship.

Sechrist is a 2018 graduate of Dallastown High School in York County. He will attend Penn State University - York Campus to study architectural engineering. He also received a $5,000 scholarship.

Forry graduated in 2017 from Hempfield High School in Lancaster County. He attends York College in York County and is studying mechanical engineering. Forry received the $2,500 scholarship.

To learn more, readers may visit www.cfpsprinkler.com.

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Fresh Paint Days Slated July 16, 2018

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will accept applications for their 2018 Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania, a program designed to provide community groups with paint and painting supplies enabling them to renew a community structure in need into something beautiful through the application of fresh paint. This event is held in partnership with support from BEHR paint and The Home Depot.

Eight grants of up to 20 gallons of exterior paint and a gift card for painting supplies will be awarded to tax-exempt groups within the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Groups will have 30 days to complete their projects, from Saturday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 30.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will select the eight winning projects from among applications submitted. Selected grantees must meet several requirements to be considered - only one building per application, proof of liability insurance, signed permission to paint from the building owner and two before photos of the intended project. Selected grantees must also agree to select a color from the Behr paint line and provide a final report with during and after photos.

Applications must be received by Tuesday, July 31, and grants will be awarded in early August. For more information or to download the application, readers may visit www.keeppabeautiful.org/grants-awards/fresh-paint-days/. Questions can be answered by contacting Michelle Dunn at 877-772-3673, ext. 113, or mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org.

The Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania grant is available to any tax-exempt group within the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Private property owners or individual applicants cannot apply. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, readers may visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.

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Organization Welcomes Dubas July 16, 2018

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced the new hire of Rob Dubas, who joined the team as a program coordinator. Dubas will help facilitate the Illegal Dump Free PA initiative across the state, working with local governments, communities, and enforcement agencies to identify and hold accountable individuals and businesses that choose to dump their trash illegally. IllegalDumpFreePA.org is an innovative program launched in 2015 that provides surveillance camera loans, training, and support to Pennsylvania municipalities and community groups.

After working in banking for almost a decade, Dubas earned a Master of Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University. He decided to change careers to one that made protecting the environment a priority after having spent many hours in the woods volunteering with Pittsburgh-area trail groups, mountain biking, running, and hiking. As part of his studies, he also had internships with an area land trust and a long-term water-quality research project.

The Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Surveillance Camera Loan Program provides grant recipients with three surveillance cameras to capture evidence of illegal dumping at an active dumpsite and technical assistance with installation. To learn more about the program, readers may visit www.illegaldumpfreepa.org or contact Dubas at rdubas@keeppabeautiful.org or 724-836-4121, ext. 107.

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Organization Bestows Scholarship July 13, 2018

The Elizabeth Hughes Society has announced that the winner of this year's $1,000 Women for Women scholarship is Michelle M. Slaugh.

Originally from Clearfield, Slaugh has been a resident of the greater Elizabethtown area for more than 20 years. She is a mother and a grandmother who is pursuing a degree in organized behavior and applied psychology through Albright College in Lancaster.

The award is bestowed annually, and the next open season will begin in March 2019. Details will be available on the Elizabeth Hughes Society's Facebook page.

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Swim Team Receives Donation July 13, 2018

The Mount Joy Lions Club has closed its swimming pool on Fairview Street after 54 years of continuous operation. For most of those years, the pool sponsored a summer swim team. With the closing of the pool, the swim team faced an uncertain future.

Through the efforts of the Mount Joy Lions swim team parents group and support from various community organizations, the swim team will continue practicing at Elizabethtown College and will swim all its meets at the scheduled opponent's pool. A recent donation of $2,500 from the Mount Joy Lions Club to the swim team was intended to help defray the cost of operating as a team without a permanent home pool.

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AHG Group Visits State Capitol July 13, 2018

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Students Recognized In VFW Contest July 13, 2018

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Students Receive Award July 12, 2018

Southern Middle School students Arianna Davis and Roman Davis received the American Legion Award for 2018. It is the highest award that the American Legion gives to middle school students.

The annual award represents honor, courage, scholarship, leadership, and Americanism. Glen Rock American Legion Post 403 second vice commander Eric Mueller and Auxiliary president Sharon Krout presented the students with their awards at the end of the 2017-18 school year. The students will be in ninth grade at Susquehannock High School in the fall.

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Still Roarin' - Lions Club Helps Support Community July 12, 2018

Former Bareville, Leola, Leacock Lions Club president Justin Kulp likes how club activities fit into his regular schedule. "I am pretty busy, but it has been practical to stay a member and active," said Kulp. "The expectations (of a club member) are realistic."

The 34-member club met in the Leola Community Park on July 9 for a barbecue, but members generally meet at the Upper Leacock War Memorial Building, 54 W. Main St., Leola. "We meet the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:15 p.m.," shared Kulp.

The club supports a number of local organizations, including Upper Leacock Township, the Leola Branch Library, the Leacock and Bareville fire departments, and the Leola Ambulance. The Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services, Leola Homes of Hope, and Cub Scout Troop 54 have all been recent recipients of financial donations from the club. A Conestoga Valley High School student award is also given. More than $10,000 was bestowed on local groups and individuals in the last year.

To raise funds for these donations, the club hosts a number of yearly events, including a challenging 5K run, held each September. This year's Lions 5K Country Run/Walk will take place on Friday, Sept. 14. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the race will step off at 6:30 p.m. The event will begin at Leola Community Park and Pool, Upper Pavilion, 23 E. Main St., Leola.

According to Kulp, the club holds a pancake and sausage breakfast at the War Memorial Building each spring and a few chicken barbecues each summer, along with one or two hoagie sales. One of Kulp's favorite club fundraisers is White Cane Days. "We hang out at Oregon Dairy and Sharp Shopper," said Kulp. "We're not pushy in asking for money, but people talk to us, and it's amazing how generous people are." Kulp noted that the two-day events often raise as much as $1,000.

The Bareville, Leola, Leacock Lions business directory fundraiser is well-known in the local area. "Don Allen pours his heart into creating the Leola business directory that we sell," said Kulp. "(Allen) is the editor-in-chief, and the rest of us sell ads. This is still a community that relies on paper communications."

Because each meeting includes small club fundraisers, Kulp noted that administrative costs are easily covered. "That allows us to keep the money we raise through fundraising going back out to the community," Kulp said. He added that the Lions Clubs International Foundation requires some funds from the group. The international organization enables local clubs to help in the work to fight the devastation caused by diseases like measles.

Kulp reiterated that taking part in club activities is not as taxing as some nonmembers may believe. "People think they are way too busy to be part of a club, but if they can make half the meetings and pay (all) their dues and help at some of the fundraising events, (they) are a full-fledged active Lion," said Kulp. "You can choose one or two events to really participate in (because) we have enough active (club members to) allow us (to do that)."

Long associated with serving the blind and visually impaired, the club also accepts gently used eyeglasses and supports local organizations such as VisionCorps.

Readers who would like to learn more may search for "Bareville, Leola, Leacock Lions Club" on Facebook or call 717-656-7375.

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Casadonti Earns Eagle Scout Award July 12, 2018

Nicholas Casadonti, a 2018 Solanco High School graduate, recently became an Eagle Scout. The son of Chris and Kat Casadonti of Quarryville, Nicholas is a member of Troop 76 in New Providence. The Scoutmaster for Troop 76 is Fritz Knerr, and the troop is chartered by the Southern Lancaster County Farmer's Sportsmen Association.

Nicholas plans to attend HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in the fall to study psychology.

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TPA Pennsylvania Division Wins Award July 12, 2018

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Lowe Earns Recognition July 11, 2018

The Lancaster City Alliance recently named Brandon Lowe as the Ambassador of the Quarter. Lowe was honored for his attention to detail, his willingness to go above and beyond, and overall attitude to get the job done.

Ambassadors patrol many areas of the City and are identified by their red and blue shirts. In warmer months, they patrol on bikes. Red Shirt Ambassadors are observing the area to enhance quality-of-life while stopping to talk with residents, visitors, and business owners. Blue Shirt Ambassadors work specifically in the Downtown Investment District to keep sidewalks clean, including picking up trash and leaves, performing snow removal around curb cuts, applying ice melt in the winter months, and mulching tree wells in the summer. Both red and blue shirted ambassadors are available to listen to concerns, give directions, and even recommend a great place to eat.

From January through June, Lowe and other members of the Blue Shirt Clean Team were responsible for logging 2,975 foot patrol hours, patrolling 4,690 miles on bikes, collecting 71 tons of trash and leaves from sidewalks, spending 515 hours removing snow from curb cuts, and laying down 15,760 pounds of mulch in tree wells.

For more information on the Lancaster City Alliance, readers may visit www.lancastercityalliance.org.

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Alshouse Wins Scholarship July 11, 2018

The Wheatland Conestoga Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) recently awarded a $2,000 Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF) Impact Scholarship to Lindsay Alshouse of Lancaster. She is the daughter of David and Renee Alshouse.

Lindsay graduated from Conestoga Valley High School and plans to major in fashion design at Drexel University. She was the historian for her school's National Honor Society chapter and volunteered for school and church activities. She also completed an internship.

SBMEF is the national scholarship trust of ABWA and provides educational grants and scholarships to women pursuing their undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as ongoing professional development. The Wheatland Conestoga ABWA chapter has awarded more than $119,000 in scholarships.

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Farmers Market Vouchers Available July 11, 2018

To ensure that families with nutritional needs have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, the Community Action Partnership has announced that the agency's WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) locations will distribute farmers market vouchers to WIC customers through the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), which helps ensure good health for mothers and children and support both community farmers markets and Pennsylvania farmers.

FMNP provides qualifying WIC customers with $20 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets through Friday, Nov. 30. Pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and children ages 1 to 5 are eligible.

WIC nutrition staff distribute the vouchers to WIC customers along with nutrition education emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and a list of participating farmers markets in the area. The FMNP is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Across the commonwealth, more than 1,000 farmers benefit from the program.

More information about WIC is available by calling 717-509-3686 or visiting www.caplanc.org.

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Libraries Receive Donation July 11, 2018

The Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Lancaster raised $1,250 to benefit the public libraries of Lancaster County. The community group chooses two groups or organizations each year to support. This year, it chose the public libraries of Lancaster County as recipient of its fundraising efforts. Funds are to be used for the purchase of children's books, as specified by the club. All books purchased with the funds will be recognized with a bookplate honoring the Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Lancaster for its support.

Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Lancaster is a nonprofit social organization of women whose purpose is to extend a friendly and neighborly hand to new and longer-term residents of Lancaster County. The club offers the opportunity to participate in a variety of special interest groups. Additionally, the club offers local community service and volunteer opportunities as needs arise during the year. General meetings of the member are held monthly from September through June.

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Mom's House Receives Grant July 11, 2018

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Mom's House of Lancaster a $6,700 grant to support family literacy. This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits, and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

With help from the grant, Mom's House impacts the lives of the community by starting with the very basics of education, the fundamentals, and growing from there. Mom's House believes that it is possible to respect each parent in a way that strengthens the desire to learn and pass that trait down to their children.

Mom's House believes that all parents have the right to resources to raise their children in conditions of dignity and financial independence and it is the only organization in Lancaster County that provides free child care services to low-income single parents enrolled in school full-time. The goal of Mom's House is to empower these single parents to break out of the cycle of poverty and raise their families in financial independence.

To learn more, readers may visit www.momshouselancaster.org.

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Storm Drain Art Contest Posted July 11, 2018

The Master Watershed Stewards in York are partnering with the City of York, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association and the Watershed Alliance of York to launch the Street 2 Creek Project, a project to raise awareness about stormwater runoff and the negative impacts it can have on waterways.

The project will help raise water pollution awareness using street art. A contest will invite artists to paint environmentally themed murals around storm drains in downtown York. Each storm drain will tell a story so people stop and think about where the water flows after it enters the storm drain. Each participant must submit their original design to drainart.york@gmail.com by Friday, July 20. Individuals must include their name, address, phone number, and email address with the submitted artwork.

Artists will then be selected by a panel of local artists and community leaders. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. The goal is to have three storm drains painted by Friday, Aug. 24, so they can be seen during Yorkfest on Aug. 25 and 26. Artists must currently reside in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, must be able to paint their submitted design at a designated storm drain and must read and follow the Memorandum of Agreement found on the project website.

For more information, readers may visit www.street2creek.org or email drainart.york@gmail.com or contact Jodi Sulpizio at 717-840-7408 or email jrb143@psu.edu. More information about the Master Watershed Steward Program is available at www.extension.psu.edu/york.

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Area Partners Receive Funds July 11, 2018

The Cultural Alliance of York County recently announced the allocation of $597,780 to be distributed to its eight partner agencies in 2018. These dollars were raised in the 18th annual "Bringing Arts and Culture to Life" campaign that funds eight partner agencies and the Creative Impact Awards that bring arts, history, and culture to the people of York County.

The funds they receive are unrestricted funds and are based on the scores of an all-volunteer review panel made up of contributors. Every year, the Allocations Panel reviews each partner and scores its organizational and fiscal strength, leadership, and support of the cultural sector. As a result, the agencies receive constructive suggestions and recommendations as well as the unrestricted cash.

The funding allocated to each partner includes Appell Center for the Performing Arts, $286,089; Creative York, $45,278; Greater York Dance, $10,777; York Art Association, $7,033; York County History Center, $209,316; York Junior Symphony Orchestra, $7,813; York Symphony Orchestra, $27,047; and York Youth Symphony Orchestra, $4,427.

For more information, readers may call the Cultural Alliance at 717-812-9255 or visit www.culturalyork.org.

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Tourism Grant Program News July 11, 2018

The York County Tourism Grant Program supports projects that grow the local tourism industry and draw more visitors to York County. Funded by the local room tax, tourism grants can help enhance existing programs, create a new event, improve marketing efforts, and much more.

The application period for 2018 Round Two grant awards is open with a maximum grant amount of $10,000. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Local businesses may apply to grow their business, reach new customers, and make York County an even better place to live, work and play. Creative ideas could be a perfect fit if they enhance the visitor experience, create a positive economic impact through overnight stays, strengthen an existing attraction, and attract visitors beyond a 50-mile radius of York.

To apply for the grant, readers may visit www.yorkpa.org/about-us/york-county-tourism-grant-program/. Grant applications must be submitted online. For questions, readers may contact denise@yorkpa.org.

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Foundation Awards Grants July 11, 2018

The York County Community Foundation's (YCCF) Fund for York County, Beautiful York Program Fund, Children's Program Fund, and White Rose Foundation Fund recently awarded grants totaling $111,000 to 12 programs designed to improve the quality of life in York County.

The Fund for York County is the foundation's fund for high-impact initiatives that support quality education, workforce development and revitalizing downtowns and neighborhoods. It comprises nearly 60 funds designated to meet the community's most pressing needs.

The Beautiful York Fund aims to help ensure that the beauty of York city lasts forever. The Children's Program Fund is a field of interest fund for programs that improve the lives of York County's children. The White Rose Foundation Fund was created when the White Rose Foundation dissolved and moved its assets to YCCF.

YMCA of York and York County received $3,000 to support the New American Welcome Center. The center will work to strengthen immigrant access to vital social services and strengthen bridge-building and community integration strategies to advance newcomer inclusion.

SpiriTrust Lutheran received $6,000 to support the Educating the Next Generation of Certified Nursing Assistants program. SpiriTrust Lutheran plans to test a workforce development program that would help part-time personal care aides become full-time certified nursing assistants.

Mason-Dixon Business Association received $10,000 to support Delta Borough Revitalization. A third annual contract for Delta Borough revitalization with Pennsylvania Downtown Center will continue efforts to create economic vitality, promotion, town improvements and marketing.

Philanthropic Endeavors, fiscal sponsor for Oliver Bliss Designs, was awarded $8,000 to support Community Murals and Arts Program on Demand in three York City neighborhoods. The program is designed to allow community residents to create public murals in city neighborhoods.

Northeast Neighborhood Association received $17,000 to support the Chrystal's Place Rehab demolition project. The project's goal is to increase safety and clean, green space by removing several unsuitable buildings from the property at 216 Chestnut St.

York Academy Regional Charter School received $10,000 to purchase software that will be used to store the school's child accounting information. The software gives parents the ability to monitor their children's academic achievement.

Philanthropic Endeavors, fiscal sponsor for Studio 117, was awarded $6,000 to support the Mobile Music Lab (MML), a traveling music production teaching lab. The MML will operate within York County and beyond to provide instruction in the areas of musical production and technology to students of all ages.

PA Child was awarded $9,000 to support Jook University 101. The program aims to provide youth program leaders throughout York city with training in a core of fundamental values and best practices in building relationships.

York County Bar Foundation received $10,000 to support Hard Bargains 1777. A dynamic mix of art and history, the public art installation will celebrate the adoption, in York, of the Articles of Confederation, the precursor to the U.S. Constitution. The YCCF Beautiful York Program Fund also awarded $10,000 to York County Bar Foundation to support Hard Bargains 1777.

The YCCF White Rose Foundation Fund announced a $6,000 grant to City of York-Bureau of Health to support Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies Read Together. The Bureau of Health's nurse home visiting program strives to promote literacy and the love of reading from pregnancy through kindergarten.

Big Brothers Big Sisters received a $10,000 grant from YCCF Children's Program Fund to support the Kindred Spirit program. Kindred Spirits is an outreach campaign to recruit volunteers from the minority community to be mentors for children in Big Brothers Big Sisters' programs.

The Children's Program Fund also awarded $6,000 to WITF to support a Media Literacy program that provides a hands-on learning opportunity to teach Middle School students how to comprehend, create and challenge media.

For more information about YCCF, readers may visit www.yccf.com.

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