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VFW Recognizes Safety Officers January 16, 2019

The James A. Danner VFW Post 537 recently held a Safety Banquet to honor all first responders from the area and to specifically recognize one firefighter, one emergency medical technician (EMT), and one police officer. VFW Post 537 sought nominations from supervisory officers in Fairview Township, Newberry Township, and the borough of Goldsboro.

To be eligible for an award, nominees had to meet various criteria. The three primary criteria were recognition by their colleagues, unswerving loyalty to and active performance in safety of citizens, and dedication to their official responsibilities over a period of years, showing continuous growth in responsibility and experience.

The Firefighter of the Year for 2018 is Kyle Harbold. He serves as the fire police captain, assisting the Newberry Township Police Department in both emergency and nonemergency situations. He had the highest response to calls within the Newberry Township Fire Department.

Leslie Garner of Newberry Township's EMS was selected as the Post 537's Emergency Medical Technician Award winner for 2018. Garner began as an EMT in 2002 and became a medic in 2008. She has served as a full-time medic in Newberry Township since 2013.

Post 537 chose Detective Daniel Grimme of Newberry Township Police Department as the Police Officer of the Year. Grimme, an eight-year veteran of the Newberry Township Police Department, serves in the department's Criminal Support Unit. In the past year, he was instrumental in prosecuting several individuals who illegally delivered narcotics. In addition to general investigations, he also investigates domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

Nominations for the 2019 Safety Officers can be submitted at any time prior to Sunday, Sept. 1, to the James A. Danner VFW Post 537. For more information, readers may call Charlie at 724-630-4956.


Rupe Installed As Zembo Shrine Potentate January 16, 2019

Imperial Sir Mark Hartz, Past Potentate of Boumi Shrine in Baltimore and the current Imperial Outer Guard of Shriners International, was the installing officer for the 2019 Divan members of Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg on Jan. 6. The program was held in the auditorium of Zembo Shrine and was attended by more than 170 Shriners, friends and family members.

Joseph W. Rupe Jr. of Derry Township was installed as the 98th Illustrious Potentate of Zembo Shrine. His wife, Susan, has chosen the Walk for Love to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children - Philadelphia as her First Lady's Project. The event will take place on Saturday, June 22, at Italian Lake across Division Street from the Shrine Center. The Philadelphia hospital serves children in the Zembo area of Dauphin, Cumberland, York, Adams, Franklin, Perry and Juniata counties and portions of Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

Zembo members transport patients and their families to medical appointments at the Philadelphia hospital, sometimes making as many as three trips per week. Treatment is administered regardless of a family's ability to pay.

Serving in addition to Rupe will be Chief Rabban Stanley E. Johnston Jr. of Linglestown and Lady Cheryl; Assistant Rabban Larry A. Fahnestock of Mechanicsburg; High Priest and Prophet J. Scott Burford of York and Lady Joan; Oriental Guide Lynn E. Shields, Past Potentate, and Lady Jo-Ann; Treasurer Terry L. DiGruttolo of Elizabethtown and Lady Susan; and Recorder Huey A. Long of Mechanicsburg and Lady Aggie.

The elected Divan also serves as the board of directors of the Shrine Center.

Preceding the installation was a family worship service conducted by the Zembo Chaplain Corps with music by the Zembo Highlander Bagpipe Unit. Reception music featured the highly acclaimed Zembo Shrine String Band.

Membership in Zembo is open to any Master Mason in good standing in a Masonic lodge.


Conservancy Receives Acquisition Grant January 16, 2019

The Brandywine Conservancy has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to be used toward the acquisition of a 569-acre natural area along the Octoraro Creek in Lower Oxford and West Nottingham townships in Chester County. The area is a portion of the 952-acre Glenroy Farm property that spans Chester and Lancaster counties.

The Conservancy's ultimate goal is to work with the landowner to permanently protect the entire property through purchase and agricultural easements. The $1.5 million from DCNR will be used to match an already approved multi-year $3 million grant from the Chester County Preservation Partnership Program.

Eventually, the goal is for the 569-acre natural area to be transferred to and managed by the Oxford Area Foundation (OAF). OAF will manage it as a passive preserve with 5 miles of trails mostly along the Octoraro Creek. Once completed, the project will help create 6,739 acres of contiguous preserved lands in the Octoraro watershed, according to director Ellen Ferretti.

The Brandywine Conservancy also assisted the landowner in applying for and securing agricultural preservation funding to preserve the 220 acres of farmland on the property.

The Brandywine Conservancy is seeking additional funds to meet the acquisition price, with a desired completion by 2021 for the remaining lands in Chester County and an additional 156 acres of farmland along the Octoraro Creek in Lancaster County.


Sieglitz Named To Manage Partnership January 15, 2019

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has named Brenda Sieglitz to manage the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, one of Pennsylvania's efforts to restore and protect its rivers and streams by planting 10 million trees by the end of 2025.

The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership is a collaborative effort, coordinated by CBF, of national, regional, state, and local agencies, conservation organizations, watershed groups, conservancies, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses, and individuals dedicated to planting trees to improve the condition of Pennsylvania waters.

Trees clean and protect waterways, including drinking water sources, by filtering and absorbing polluted runoff, stabilizing stream banks, and improving soil quality. Simultaneously, they help cleanse the air of harmful contaminants and beautify communities.

As the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership manager, Sieglitz will help ensure the success of the Partnership by synchronizing creative strategies that serve and diversify the partners, funders, agencies, and other priority audiences. Working closely with CBF's Making History Campaign team, Sieglitz will also serve as the key internal point person to ensure the Partnership activities are coordinated and communicated.

For more than a decade, Sieglitz worked in the private sector, where she has focused on project management, business development initiatives, sales, and marketing. During that time, she created and led multiple marketing and other events centered on public-private partnerships, including leading the development and launch for a biodegradable food service disposables line in the Mid-Atlantic region.

She resides in Mount Joy and is co-chair of Lancaster County Conservancy's Riverlands Trail Festival. She has held leadership and mentor roles with the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, Team Sarcoma Keepin' it Kevin, and the National Parks Service. She is also a certified Pennsylvania Master Naturalist.


VisionCorps Names Marketing Director January 15, 2019

VisionCorps has named Amy Giangiulio as director of marketing communications. In this position, she will oversee the development of communication strategies for all counties served by the organization.

Giangiulio has more than a decade of experience in marketing and public relations. She joined VisionCorps in 2015 as marketing communications coordinator. Previously, she worked as a public relations account manager for Godfrey in Lancaster. Giangiulio holds a Bachelor of Science in speech communication from Millersville University.

For information regarding VisionCorps, readers may visit or contact Giangiulio by calling 717-291-5951, ext. 4118.


Art Festival Receives Honor January 15, 2019

The art festival of Long's Park Amphitheater Foundation was recently rated the best Art Fair on the East Coast and one of the top 50 in the nation by, a juried fine art fair and art shows listings website promoting attendance at art fairs, craft shows, and art festivals nationwide.

Close to 1,000 nominations were received online, and there were more than 2,000 voters. The surveys asked participants to select their five favorite art fairs and craft shows and which one is the best. The factors judged included quality of art, venue setting and ambiance, affordability/wide price range, family-friendly/children's activities, number of exhibitors, location, accessibility, parking, variety of media, and food and music.

The America's Best Art Fairs Awards are based on online voting by art fair patrons, collectors, organizers, and artists, both regionally and nationally. The national survey of art fairs and festivals is designed to recognize achievement in art fair event production and promote the cultural importance of fine art events across America.

All proceeds from the art festival fund the Summer Music Series each year. To learn more, readers may visit


Livestock Judging Team Places Ninth In Nation January 15, 2019

Four students from Lancaster County achieved ninth place as a team in the 95th National 4-H Livestock Judging contest held from Nov. 8 to 14 in Louisville, Ky. The team placed ninth overall out of 33 teams with students ages 15 to 19 from across the country, as well as 10th in beef cattle and 11th in reasons. Members of the award-winning 2018 4-H Senior Livestock Judging Team included Emma Musser, Maddie Musser, Jacob Snavely, and Leah Welk.

Individually, Leah earned 15th overall for her scores at the national competition. Leah, the daughter of Don and Emily Welk of Strasburg, is a senior at Lampeter-Strasburg High School. She has been involved in 4-H for eight years and is also a member of FFA. After graduation, Leah plans to attend Penn State University to major in agricultural science and minor in animal science or agricultural communications. Plus, she plans to get involved in livestock judging at the collegiate level.

"I learned I can compete at a higher level just like anyone else can," said Leah. "It was one of the best experiences I've ever had." Earlier in the year, Leah set the goal of becoming an All-American, and achieving that was the highlight of her year.

Prior to the national competition, the team won the state championship at the Penn State 4-H Achievement Days held at University Park from July 23 to 25. The team placed second at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition on Oct. 5. Individually, Maddie earned fourth, Emma took eighth, and Leah came in 13th. At the Southeast Regional Contest in Raleigh, N.C., on Oct. 27, the team came in fourth place, with Maddie taking sixth and Leah placing ninth.

Coached by Adam and Dani Zurin of Mount Joy and Johanna Rohrer of Manheim, the team began holding practices in January 2018 at the Farm and Home Center. Beginning in March, practices went from going over basic information in a classroom setting to visiting local farms for hands-on experience judging real animals. Each student was required to raise funds for the costs involved with traveling to and from competitions and did so by sending letters to family and friends as well as selling baskets at the Elizabethtown Fair and Manheim Farm Show.

"We bonded really well as a team, and it was a lot of fun being together," remarked Emma when reflecting on the group's success. Emma, the daughter of Greg and Jodi Musser of Elizabethtown, has been a 4-H member for eight years. She is a junior at Elizabethtown Area High School, where she is president of FFA and plays tennis. "It was cool getting to see livestock from different states and getting to meet people from different states," said Emma, "and representing Lancaster County and getting to do it all with my sister."

Emma's sister Maddie has been a 4-H member for nine years and is currently a freshman at Penn State University, where she is studying agricultural business management. Maddie attributed the team's outstanding year to the coaches, who volunteered countless hours instructing and practicing with the students. They also planned stops at nine farms along the way to the national competition in Louisville for the team to practice judging animals.

Jacob Snavely, the son of Jason and Erica Snavely of Manheim, has been a 4-H member for six years. He is a sophomore at Manheim Central High School, where he is actively involved in FFA and started a student livestock judging club. Jacob decided to try out for the Senior Livestock Judging Team after hearing about it at the annual Lancaster County 4-H reorganizational meeting, where volunteers share about the various opportunities for the coming year.

The 2019 4-H Livestock Clubs reorganizational meeting is set to take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. Students interested in learning more are welcome to attend or to visit for more information.


Students Of The Quarter Honored January 15, 2019

Lancaster Catholic High School students Ella Cassidy, Matthew Keebler, Sebastian Klemmer, and Vivian Klemmer were named Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Students of the Quarter. They were honored for their school and community activities, leadership and academic achievements.

Ella's favorite subjects are precalculus and chemistry. She participates in the marching and jazz bands as well as the percussion ensemble/samba band and quiz bowl club. She is on the Mini-THON committee and is a member of the Crusader Youth Club and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She participates in dance classes at the Cavod Academy of the Arts and has participated in County Band and Orchestra.

Matthew's favorite subjects are calculus, chemistry and biology. He founded the school's Autism Awareness Club and is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society and Future Medical Leaders of America. Matthew is on the bowling and tennis teams and captains the school soccer team, which voted him Offensive Player of the Year. He is also a 2018 Lancaster-Lebanon League first-team soccer All-Star. Matthew volunteers at Landis Homes and Lancashire Hall Nursing and Rehab Center.

Sebastian's favorite subjects are Western civilization and Advanced Placement English literature and composition. He enjoys playing in the jazz and marching bands and the pit orchestra. Sebastian participates in cross-country, track and field, and quiz bowl. He is an altar server and teaches eighth-grade religious education at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. Sebastian received a 2018 National Merit commendation.

Vivian's favorite subjects are algebra 2 and world history. She enjoys field hockey and basketball and plays in the brass and string ensembles as well as the pit orchestra for the school musical. She is a member of the quiz bowl club and the Aevidum student suicide awareness club. Vivian is an altar server.

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


Organization Elects New Officers January 15, 2019

The officers of the Lancaster County Junior Holstein Association ended their terms on Dec. 19, 2018, and new officers were elected.

The new officers include Madison Weaver, daughter of Tammy and Fred Weaver of Ephrata, president; Caroline Arrowsmith, daughter of Tom and Mandy Arrowsmith of Peach Bottom, vice president; Amber Pownall, daughter of Betsy Pownall of Quarryville, secretary; Katelyn Teaman, daughter of Trevor and Sheri Teaman of Quarryville, treasurer; Hannah Welk, daughter of Arien and Jeremy Welk of Quarryville, state executive committee representative; Andrew Wanner, son of Andrew and Suzanne Wanner of Honey Brook, news reporter; and Madelynn Hoffman, daughter of Curt and Psuche Hoffman of Manheim, news reporter.


Lions Club Honors Student January 15, 2019


CASA Volunteers Sworn In January 14, 2019

A total of 12 new volunteers with Lancaster County's Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program were sworn in on Nov. 19, 2018, at the Emerald Foundation in Lancaster. More than 40 family members, friends, and CASA supporters were in attendance.

The 12 new volunteers are Jason Burkholder, Lititz; Diane Gottlieb, Lebanon; Teresa Caruthers, Ephrata; Bev Kennel, Willow Street; Adele Ruszak, Lancaster; Jordan Schonhaut, Millersville; Sherri Stauffer, Manheim; Terri Small, Lancaster; Sophia Wanner, Lancaster; Liz Yocum, Millersville; Linda Williard, Lancaster; and Lisa Wood, Lancaster.

CASA of Lancaster County trains community volunteers to be qualified, compassionate advocates for abused and neglected children within the court system. Advocates fight for and protect a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family. CASAs are asked to meet with the child regularly and are authorized to interview people in the child's life, such as social workers, attorneys, and teachers. They attend court hearings with the child and report their findings to the judge.

Over the course of 2018, CASA volunteers advocated for 325 children, and 92 children are now with their forever families.

Information sessions have been set for Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. at United Disability Services, 2270 Erin Court, Lancaster, and Thursday, March 14, at noon at New Joy Church, 35 New Joy Drive, Ephrata. Each program will not exceed one hour. The sessions are free and open to the public, but preregistration is required due to limited seating.

Additionally, the next advocate training session will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 20. To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer or to preregister to attend an information session, readers may contact CASA by calling 717-208-3280 or emailing


Rotary Club Posts Fundraiser January 14, 2019

The Rotary Club of Red Lion-Dallastown has announced its newest fundraiser, "The York Area Keyway to Dining Guide." The club has partnered with nine local restaurants to provide a dining guide that will entitle the holder to a unique offering at each restaurant. Each offer is valid one time.

The dining guide must be brought to the restaurants for validation. To purchase a dining guide and for more details, readers may contact Ashleigh Fishel at Proceeds will support local high school scholarships.


Trees For America Campaign Posted January 14, 2019

Local residents can receive 10 free flowering trees or five crepe myrtles by joining the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation any time during January. The flowering trees include two Sargent crabapples, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, and three white flowering dogwoods. The free trees are part of the foundation's Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Friday, Feb. 1, and Friday, May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members will also receive a subscription to the foundation's bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and "The Tree Book," which includes information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the Arbor Day Foundation and to receive the free trees, readers may send the minimum contribution by Thursday, Jan. 31, to Ten Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410. Readers may also join by visiting


Horse Show Results Posted January 14, 2019

Horse shows in the Jack Frost Jubilee Fun Show Series were held on Nov. 18 and Dec. 9, 2018, at Crescendo Training Centre in Ephrata. The series raised more than $100 for Greystone Therapeutic Riding Center of Leola.

The series offered many different disciplines, including dressage and Western dressage, showmanship, Hunter Over Fences, Western and English entries, and gymkhana goes.

November's show featured 47 horses shown by 49 riders, 42 Dressage rides, 128 Hunter Over Fences rounds, 40 Western entries, 48 English entries and 52 gymkhana goes. Ange Bean was the judge. December's show featured 35 horses shown by 36 riders, a total of 30 dressage rides, 89 Hunter Over Fences rounds, 54 Western entries, 19 English entries and 38 Gymkhana goes. Penny Piersol was the judge.

Prizes were awarded to the riders who earned the highest scores in the final high-point standings. The winners were as follows.

Leadline: Champion: Ben Gruber and Royal Chaos with 32 points; Reserve: Ava Shedden and Blackberry Pearl with 30 points; Third: Olivia Weik with 16 points.

Dressage: Champion: Virginia Myers and Naaquinos San Peppy+/ with 49 points; Reserve: Rebecca Richard and Vasari AF with 48 points; Third: Teresa Grogan and Levi Smartchic+// with 45 points.

Western: Champion: Teresa Grogan and Levi Smartchic+// with 134 points; Reserve: Virginia Myers and Naaquinos San Peppy+/ with 95 points; Third: Rebecca Richard and Vasari AF with 65 points.

Over Fences: Champion: Mia Basilio and RT Dooley with 128 points; Reserve: Valerie Purretta and My Quest with 119 points; Third: Amanda Johnson and RT Dooley with 113 points.

English: Champion: Megan Vance and Wild Roses with 67 points; Reserve: Wendy Bowles and O'Riley Rocket with 54 points; Third: Rebecca Danko and Landsdowne with 52 points.

Walk-Trot/Jog: Champion: Megan Vance and Copper Creek with 162 points; Reserve: Dustin Bowles and Big Stars Design with 68 points; Third: Lianne Harking and EAF Kidmann with 50 points.

Gymkhana: Champion: Megan Vance and Wild Roses with 115 points; Reserve: Virginia Myers and Naaquinos San Peppy+/ with 76 points; Third: Wendy Bowles and O'Riley Rocket with 68 points.

Overall: Champion: Megan Vance and Copper Creek with 262 points; Reserve: Megan Vance and Wild Roses with 253 points; Third: Virginia Myers and Naaquinos San Peppy+/ with 220 points.

The next show in the series will take place on Sunday, Jan. 20. It will offer a variety of classes, including Showmanship, Ranch Horse Riding, Pleasure, Halter and Trail, Western Horsemanship and Pleasure, Over Fences, Dressage (including Western Dressage and Musical Freestyle), English Equitation, Walk-Trot division (both English and Western), Gymkhana (Barrel Racing and other speed classes), and games for all ages. The competition will be adjudicated by Christine Betz.

The final two shows of the series are scheduled for Sundays, Feb. 10 and March 10. Katie Weagley-Ware will be the judge for these shows. The March 10 show will be the championship show and will feature double points.

Winners at the shows will earn points toward the series-end awards, to be presented on March 10. New in this series is a Dressage/Western Dressage Musical Freestyle Challenge with a captain's chair as the series-end prize. If an award winner is not present at the March show, the award will be given to the next highest point winner who is present. The awards will be presented to first- through third-place winners in each division.

Classes will be held indoors at 288 S. Fairmount Road, Ephrata. Weather permitting, the jumping classes will be help outdoors, with the games and gymkhana held simultaneously indoors.

The Western, Ranch and Western Dressage classes will run on Saturdays, Feb. 9 and March 9, starting at approximately 4 p.m., and the Dressage will start at 9 a.m. on Sundays. Admission is free to spectators.

For more information, readers may contact Kriss Phelps at 717-475-3047 or


Scout To Receive Eagle Rank January 11, 2019

Eric William Moldenhauer of Lititz is slated to formally receive the rank of Eagle Scout during a ceremony on Monday, Jan. 28. For his Eagle Scout leadership project, Eric repaired, restored, and reroofed a gazebo and access ramp for the Humane League of Lancaster County.

Eric is the son of Edward and Jo Ann Moldenhauer and a sophomore at Manheim Township High School. He has served as Den Chief for Pack 93 and as an assistant patrol leader for Troop 99.


Students Of The Month Honored January 11, 2019

The Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club has recognized Students of the Month from Manheim Township High School and Manheim Township Middle School. High school seniors Hoa Bui and Olivia Sterenfeld were honorees for November. Middle school students Shariyah Etienne and Michael Vogt were honorees for November and December. The students were recognized for school and community activities, leadership and achievements.

Hoa's favorite subjects are chemistry and economics. He participates in varsity track and field, is a member of National Honor Society and is president of the school's Interact Club. Hoa completed the student volunteer program at Lancaster General Hospital, volunteers at the North Museum of Nature and Science and is an altar server at St. Anne Catholic Church.

Olivia's favorite subjects are English and history. She enjoys tennis, mock trial, Model UN and the Student Awareness philanthropic club. Olivia edits the student news publication, Blue Streak News Online. She also tutors students in English as a Second Language.

Shariyah's favorite subjects are English and German. She participates in the vocal ensemble and chorus, and she is learning American Sign Language. The seventh-grader has been listed on the first honor roll in every marking period.

Michael's favorite subjects are language arts, social studies and math. He participates in cross-country and track and field. The eighth-grader enjoys First Tech Challenge and was the state champion in the Math 24 Challenge Tournament in 2017.

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


Garden Club To Offer Scholarships January 11, 2019

The Harrisburg Area Civic Garden Club will offer a $500 scholarship to seniors enrolled full time in an accredited college or university in any state. Applicants must major in specific areas, including horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, biology, forestry, agronomy, conservation, plant pathology, environmental concerns, city planning, or other allied subjects approved by the scholarship committee chairperson.

A complete application packet must include the application form; complete official academic transcript; a letter from the applicant discussing their goals, background, financial needs, and personal commitment to their career choice; a list of extracurricular activities and honors received; and three letters of recommendation discussing scholastic abilities, personal character, and work-related experiences.

For more information, readers may call Betty Lewis at 717-566-0725.


Nominations Sought For Hall Of Fame January 11, 2019

Harmonia Music Association has announced that nominations are being sought for the Lebanon County Musicians Hall of Fame for 2019. Applications to make nominations are now available at Marty's Music Store, 1245 E. Main St., Annville.

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, Feb. 11.


O'Donnell Earns Eagle Scout Rank January 10, 2019

Jacob O'Donnell of Troop 97 has been recognized by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for earning the rank of Eagle Scout. This is the highest rank BSA offers. Jake's Court of Honor was recently held at the Londonderry Scouting Complex in Londonderry Township. Committee chair Ted Pauley of Troop 97 bestowed the rank of Eagle Scout on Jake on behalf of the National Boy Scout Council.

Jake began his Scouting career as a Cub Scout with Pack 97 when he was in first grade. He went on to join Boy Scout Troop 97, where he was a member of the Panda Patrol. While in Troop 97, he was inducted into the BSA Order of the Arrow, BSA's national honor society.

Community service is an important part of reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. By the end of 2018, Jake had completed a total of almost 250 community service hours, including volunteer work for the Epilepsy Foundation, the Autism Society, Adopt-A-Highway, Fountain of Life Food Bank, Middletown Home, Geyers United Methodist Church, Middletown National Night Out, and Toys For Tots. Jake has participated in Londonderry Township flood relief projects, acted as a disaster victim during a disaster drill sponsored by an area hospital, helped to clear trails at Sunset Park, and helped at the Londonderry Elementary May Fair. He has taken part in numerous projects for the Londonderry Fire Company. In addition, Jake has served in color guards for Helping A Hero, multiple Londonderry Township Fourth of July celebrations and the Highspire Fire Company's State Firemen's Conference.

A community project that demonstrates leadership skills is required as part of earning the Eagle Scout rank. The Middletown Anglers and Hunters group has been extremely supportive of Jake and Troop 97 over the years. Consequently, Jake wanted to give back to the organization that supported him, his fellow Scouts, and the community as a whole. Jake organized a team to work on numerous projects at the Middletown Anglers and Hunters' facility in Londonderry Township. Among those projects, Jake repaired and painted the target range and built shooting tables for the rifle range.

Jake also demonstrated his leadership qualities by holding the positions of troop quartermaster and patrol leader within Troop 97. Jake has become an assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 97 so that he can share his love of Scouting by encouraging younger Scouts. He plans to help them develop their camping and outdoor skills.

Jake was a member of the Ender Dragon Patrol during the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree in Bechtel, W.Va., with Troop C203. He was among the 50,000 Boy Scouts from around the world who attended the event in 2013.

Jake said he particularly enjoyed Scouting's High Adventure camps. He sailed at Sea Base High Adventure Camp in the Florida Keys in 2016 and canoed in the backwaters of Atikokan, Ontario, Canada, at the Northern Tier High Adventure Camp in 2018.

Jake has logged 108 nights of tent camping, 60 miles in trail hiking and more than 75 paddling miles with Troop 97. In addition, he has earned 28 merit badges during his Scouting career.

Jake is the son of Tammy and Ralph O'Donnell of Londonderry Township. Tammy has also been an active volunteer and has especially been involved in fundraising so that troop members can experience Scouting programs. Ralph has been involved with Pack 97 and Troop 97 for more than 13 years, serving as the troop treasurer and as a committee member.

Boy Scout Troop 97 is sponsored by Londonderry Fire Company in Londonderry Township.


Board Elects Leaders January 10, 2019

The board of directors of Lancaster's Economic Action for Downtown's Success (LEADS) elected new leadership at its December meeting. The all-volunteer nonprofit organization raises funds for beautification efforts in the city of Lancaster with its summertime hanging baskets and holiday decor in Penn Square and the lampposts.

The leadership team includes Joel Henry, president; Emanuella Parveris, vice president; Amber Strazzo, secretary; and Christopher Stetler, treasurer.

Henry is general manager of BUiLDiNG CHARACTER and started working with LEADS in 2015 as the watering contractor taking care of the flower baskets each day. He joined the board in 2017 and was elected vice president in 2018. He is beginning his first term as president in 2019. Originally from Baltimore, Henry and his family live in the city's Stadium District.

Parveris is a senior buyer and head of merchandising and social media for Savemart Inc. and owned Nick's Pizza on North Queen Street from 1998 to 2008. She attended St. Mary's Catholic School and has volunteered as social media manager for LEADS since 2014. She joined the board in 2018 and is beginning her first term as vice president in 2019. She has volunteered with other organizations, as well. She lives in East Hempfield Township.

Strazzo is the communications and marketing manager for the City of Lancaster. She graduated from Millersville University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in print media studies. She volunteers at the Lancaster Central Market and is an active member of Lancaster Young Professionals. She joined the LEADS board in 2016. Strazzo lives in the West End with her Boston terrier, Doug.

Stetler is a senior tax accountant at Trout, Ebersole and Groff and studied collision repair technology at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology before pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration at Millersville University, where he graduated in 2011. He and his family live in West Hempfield Township.

For additional information about LEADS and its mission to make downtown Lancaster a more beautiful place to live, work, and visit, readers may visit

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