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Krout Wins Award March 26, 2019

The Shiloh Lions Club recently awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship award to LeVern Krout. This international award is the highest honor from the Lions Club International Foundation that embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.

The recipient of this award becomes a model of service to the Shiloh Lions Club and to the community it serves. Krout was given the award for his friendship, commitment, and service as a Lion for 19 years. He has managed the parking for West Manchester Township's Olde Tyme Carnival since its inception and was the club's representative on the township's Recreation Advisory Committee. He is known for his dependability and encouragement of a spirit of comradery with his fellow Lions.

To learn more about the Shiloh Lions Club, readers may call 717-781-2191.


4-H Clubs Hold Celebration March 26, 2019

In celebration of Pennsylvania 4-H Week from March 17 to 23, Chester County 4-H clubs promoted the organization through a window display contest in storefronts throughout the county, providing awareness of the Penn State Extension's 4-H Youth Development program.

This year's overall winning club for the window display contest was the Tri-Community 4-H Dairy Club. The display exhibited happenings with the club, as well as the entire 4-H program. It was accompanied by three cow figures sitting on straw bales.

The second overall winning club was Sparks 4-H Club. Its display highlighted the club's activities and its members through photos of a variety of hands-on projects.

The contest was open to any club in the Penn State Extension's 4-H Youth Development program within Chester County, and it promoted the 4-H program and its clubs' activities. The displays were evaluated in the following categories: overall design, attractiveness and creativity, and promotion of the 4-H program.

As a culmination to Pennsylvania 4-H Week, the annual Spring Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover campaign will run through Sunday, April 7. All Chester County Tractor Supply customers can participate in the campaign by purchasing paper clovers at the register when checking out. The funds raised will help fund scholarships for individual Chester County 4-H members attending 4-H camps and leadership conferences.

For more information, readers may visit


Extension Opens Hotline March 26, 2019

The Chester County Master Gardeners have established a free hotline. It is staffed on Tuesdays through Thursdays, and Master Gardeners with Penn State Extension are available to answer gardening questions.

The hotline can be reached at 610-696-3500 or More information is available at


LifePath Earns Accreditation March 25, 2019

LifePath Christian Ministries has received accreditation from the ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance, and ethical fundraising.

LifePath Christian Ministries joins a growing number of Christ-centered churches and ministries across America, supported by more than 27 million donors that have earned the right to display the ECFA seal. When an organization is accredited by ECFA, it demonstrates its willingness to follow the model of biblical accountability.

To learn more about LifePath Christian Ministries, readers may visit For more information about ECFA, including information about accreditation and a listing of ECFA-accredited members, readers may visit or call 800-323-9473.


Food Bank Expands Hours March 25, 2019

As of April 1, the York County Food Bank has expanded hours in order to better serve the community. Hours have been added to serve individuals during the evenings and on Saturdays. Other food bank hours have not changed. The food bank is closed daily from noon to 1 p.m.

Anyone in need of nutritional assistance is invited to come to the food bank on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the evening Food for Families program. Anyone who is hungry qualifies and can benefit from this free program.

Expanded hours include office and warehouse hours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and the shopping area from 1 to 7 p.m., as well as Food for Families from 5:30 to 7 p.m. On the third Saturday of the month, the food bank will be open from 8 a.m. to noon for vouchers only.

For more information or to learn how to help, readers may contact Debbie Krout at 717-846-6435 or


BSCPA Gives Award March 25, 2019

Bicycle South Central Pennsylvania (BSCPA) recently awarded its Bicycle Champion Award to Commuter Services of Pennsylvania. The award honors outstanding leaders, advocates and organizations that made significant contributions to improving and encouraging bicycle transportation in southcentral Pennsylvania.

Commuter Services of Pennsylvania earned the award for the work it has done to promote cycling throughout the region. It offers incentives during bike month; the Free Ride Home program, which helps cyclists who have emergencies and cannot ride back home; and tips on safety and bike commuting. It also provides resources for employers who want to encourage active transportation modes for their employees. In addition, Laura Heilman, vanpool, bicycle and pedestrian outreach manager for Commuter Services of Pennsylvania, is spearheading the BSCPA Bicycle Safety Initiative, which encourages the sharing of successful programs throughout the PennDOT District 8 area.

The award was presented on March 16 at the Bicycle South Central Pennsylvania Bike Summit held at Dickinson College in Carlisle.


VFW Auxiliary Recognizes Contest Winners March 25, 2019

The Columbia VFW Auxiliary 2435 recently announced the student winners of its coloring contest.

At Our Lady of Angels School, the first-place winners were Milania Huggins, second grade; Victoria Brook, third grade; Joseph Snyder, fourth grade; and Jarret Schmitt, fifth grade.

At Park Elementary School, the first-place winners were Liliana Stuber, second grade; James Weber, third grade; and Abby Mowrer, fourth grade.

The first-place winner from Columbia Middle School - Taylor Campus was fifth-grader Alena Reilly.


Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students March 22, 2019

The Donegal High School (DHS) Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that Janell Brinser and Nathan McNece are the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for March. The selected outstanding students were slated to be honored by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during their monthly luncheon meeting.

Janell Brinser is the daughter of Jim and Sandy Brinser of Mount Joy. She is a member of National Honor Society (NHS), Women in Business, and Key Club, and she has served in leadership positions in Link Crew, as well as serving as president of National Art Honor Society, treasurer of Student Council, and president of Mini-THON. She also participated in Donegal Performing Arts wardrobe crew and Ski and Snowboard Club all four years of high school, DEEP as a senior, and Varsity Club in 10th through 12th grades. She is a four-year member of the track and field and soccer teams, serving as captain of the latter.

Outside of school, Janell volunteered at Lancaster General Hospital over the summer and participates with the Penn Legacy Soccer team. She also attends Trinity Lutheran Church and is a member of the youth group.

After graduation, Janell plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship. She plans to major in nursing.

Nathan is the son of Brian and Andrea McNece of Mount Joy. He is a two-year member of NHS and Math Honor Society. He was a 2018 Lenfest Scholar Semifinalist; Lenfest is a prestigious and competitive local scholarship. He participated on the tennis team all four years of high school and was also involved in the Spanish Club, ping-pong club, and chess club. He is a performing arts member and participated in the musical "Anything Goes." Nathan was on the Donegal Court this year.

Outside of school, Nathan plays tennis and participates in youth group.

After graduation, Nathan plans to attend Lehigh University to study computer science and business.


Chamber Seeks Scholarship Applicants March 22, 2019

Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce scholarship applications are available at the Chamber office, located at 62 E. Main St., Suite 1, Mount Joy, and at Two $1,000 scholarships are available: one to a student who will be graduating shortly from high school and going on to college and one for someone continuing with his or her college education. Also awarded will be the $500 Dorothy Metzler Memorial Scholarship, which is based on community service.

These scholarships are available for Mount Joy-area residents as well as Chamber members' children no matter what school district they attend. The application deadline is Friday, May 10.


Students Of The Month Honored March 22, 2019

The Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club has recognized seniors Janna Oyola and Adrian Waplinger as Manheim Township High School Students of the Month for January. The club also recognized Jolie Awad and Liam Rockwell as Manheim Township Middle School Students of the Month for January. The students were recognized for school and community activities, leadership and achievements.

Janna's favorite subjects are English, Spanish and biology. She is a member of Key Club International and the International Baccalaureate Program, as well as president of the Asian Pop Culture Club. Janna received a student leadership award and volunteers at Manheim Township Public Library.

Adrian participates in Interact and Mini-THON and is a member of National Honor Society. His favorite subjects are economics and math, and he is on the first honor roll. Adrian is a varsity letter winner for swimming and Five-Star Swim Club participant.

Jolie's favorite subjects are math and world language. She is involved in vocal ensemble, chorus and orchestra and is a member of the Skyline Sharks Swim Team.

Liam's favorite subjects are math and science. He participates in cross-country and track.

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 always welcome. For more details, readers may visit


Group Project Focuses On Distracted Driving March 22, 2019

The PAWS ... and Think Club from Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) entered a "Just Drive" Public Service Announcement (PSA) video contest in November 2018.

For the contest, students focused their efforts on showing the possible outcomes of distracted driving. Distracted driving is defined as the act of driving while engaging in other activities that take the driver's attention away from the road. The club's video specifically focuses on texting and driving and its implications.

Club members gathered facts on distracted driving, and, with the assistance of Madelyn Fanella, an EAHS senior who is interested in furthering her education in video production, club members developed plans for video shots. The club received a stipend from contest sponsors for production costs and used a portion of the funds to purchase an action camera to enhance the video quality. The club plans to use the camera for future projects as well as loan it to other school clubs.

With the storyboard and equipment secure, the next step was enlisting first responders. Amy McEvoy, the PAWS ... and Think liaison from Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC), recruited Northwest Regional Police Department and Northwest EMS for the project. Northwest Regional Chief of Police Mark Mayberry and Northwest EMS operational director Suzette Kreider showed commitment to the project.

Filming took place in early January at the intersection of College Avenue and Campus Road in Elizabethtown. With each department's assistance and participation, shots were filmed both there and at Northwest Regional's headquarters.

After several weeks of post-production, the completed PSA was submitted to the contest organizers. The club is among the top six finalists, and the top three contestant finalists will be announced on Friday, April 5, at an event at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Prizes include cash awards and a driving simulator.

To view the club's completed 30-second PSA and full-length PSA, readers may visit Both the police department and Northwest EMS plan to use the PSA when informing area teenagers about the dangers of distracted driving.

The PAWS ... and Think Club aims to spread the word about the positive, healthy choices EAHS students are making in their lives. The club adviser is Ken Boland.

EACTC is a community organization committed to improving the lives of children, youths, and families in the Elizabethtown area.


Peiffer Wins Service Award March 22, 2019

Scott Peiffer, of the Quarryville Borough Maintenance Department, is the recipient of the second annual Community Service Award from the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes a person who has provided important, lasting, volunteer public service in Quarryville and southern Lancaster County.

Kendall Keeler, chairman of the Chamber's Community Service Award committee, presented Peiffer with a plaque during the Chamber's annual banquet at Drumore Estates in Pequea. In addition, Keeler announced that a $500 scholarship in Peiffer's name will be awarded to a student in Solanco School District or Lampeter-Strasburg School District who plans to major in a business-related field at a college or technical school or who plans to operate their own business following their graduation from high school.

While presenting Peiffer with the award, Keeler noted Peiffer's support for the community and involvement in many activities, including the Hometown Heroes banners in Quarryville; the handicapped-accessible facilities at Huffnagle Park; the Solanco Fair Association; the Quarryville Teen Club, including the Miss Solanco Pageant; and the Quarryville Lions Club.

Nominees for the 2020 Community Service Award are now being accepted. To nominate someone, readers may visit or email Keith Kaufman at


Oniskey Receives Award March 22, 2019

The Ephrata Cloister Toastmasters Club recently presented Jude Oniskey with the club's John J. Nonamaker Award. Oniskey's fellow club members voted him their top Toastmaster of 2018, recognizing his leadership as the club's vice president of membership. Club president Dana Ferber presented the award at the first club meeting of the new year.

The Ephrata Cloisters Toastmasters Club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. Interested individuals are encouraged to join the club for a complimentary introductory meeting. For more information, readers may call 717-475-7722.

The club is part of Toastmasters International, which has more than 352,000 members.


DAR Chapter Recognizes Freyberger March 22, 2019

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Harrisburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honored the late Dr. Ruth Matilda Freyberger, who resided in the local area.

Freyberger was born in Lancaster on Nov. 15, 1912. According to the Harrisburg Chapter of the DAR, Freyberger was the first woman to receive a doctorate in art education from Penn State. She taught in New Holland, Huntingdon, and Hershey and eventually was a professor at Illinois State University for 31 years until her retirement in 1983. Freyberger continued to focus on art education with her legacies, specifically children's art education, with endowments to include the Freyberger Gallery of Art at Penn State University - Berks County Campus and the Freyberger Children's Art Collection at Boise State University in Idaho.

On March 14, the Harrisburg Chapter of the DAR presented the award for Freyberger for Women in American History, with the assistance of Margaret Wasson, DAR Harrisburg Chapter member, and Marilyn Fox, representative from the Freyberger Gallery at Penn State University - Berks County Campus. Fox provided an overview of Freyberger's life and what her legacy endowment has been able to provide to the art gallery and community, as well as how it has provided various educational opportunities.

The DAR was founded in 1890 with the mission of promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. The Harrisburg Chapter was founded in 1894 and aims to locally continue to preserve the legacies of the Founding Fathers and the patriots who fought for the independence of the United States of America. In May, the chapter will celebrate its 125th year and the launch of a chapter history including biographies of more than 60 Revolutionary War patriots.

For additional information, readers may contact Jennifer Stratton at or visit


ASSETS Posts Staffing Decision March 21, 2019

After 18 months serving as interim co-executive directors at ASSETS, a local nonprofit focused on transforming the community through ethical business, Tina Campbell and Jonathan Coleman accepted the offer to move into a permanent co-executive directorship, effective Jan. 1. The decision came after a period of discussions with Jess King, a former ASSETS executive director of seven years and a recent congressional candidate.

When King left ASSETS in the fall of 2017 to run for Congress, the board appointed Campbell and Coleman as the interim co-executive directors. Both already served on staff in full-time capacities - Campbell as the director of development and Coleman as the director of programs.

At the beginning of this year, the ASSETS board extended permanent leadership roles to Campbell and Coleman. As co-executive directors, Campbell leads administration and all fundraising efforts, while Coleman serves as the external face of the organization and oversees the programmatic side of ASSETS. King remains involved with ASSETS as a consultant and supporter.

To learn more about ASSETS, readers may visit or call 717-393-6089.


WSA Announces Competition Winners March 21, 2019

The Women's Symphony Association (WSA) has announced the winners of the 2019 Youth Instrumental Competition.

In the Junior Division, winners included Naomi-Jeanne Main, violin, ninth grade, McCaskey High School, first place; John Adkins, piano, ninth grade, Veritas Academy, second place; and Holly Bogle, violin, eighth grade, homeschooling program, third place.

In the Senior Division - Piano and Strings, winners were Dawson Freeman, piano, 12th grade; homeschooling program, first place; Sarah Stoltzfus, violin, 11th grade, Lancaster Mennonite High School, second place; and Alarie Hurst, violin, 11th grade, Lancaster Mennonite High School, third place.

In the Senior Division - Woodwinds, winners included Joselyn Castaneda, flute, 12th grade, McCaskey High School, first place; Jonathan Helm, clarinet, 11th grade, Lancaster Country Day School, second place; and Spencer Houser, oboe, 12th grade, Donegal High School, third place.


Rotary Club Honors Students March 20, 2019

Peyton Cassel and Sameeha Hossain, seniors at Penn Manor High School, have been selected as Lancaster South Rotary Club's Students of the Month for March. They were presented to the club by Dr. Michael Leichliter, superintendent of the Penn Manor School District. Students of the Month are selected on the basis of academic excellence as well as school and community service.

Peyton is the daughter of Steve and Jennifer Cassel of Lancaster. She has been consistently included on the honor roll. In 2017, she was inducted into the National Honor Society. Peyton is a member of the marching band, where she serves as trumpet section leader; concert band; jazz band; and full orchestra. She is a multi-year member of the Millersville University Honors Wind Ensemble, consisting of high school musicians from throughout Lancaster County.

Peyton has won numerous writing awards. She received her first writing award in middle school when she placed first in the Senior Fiction category of the Hershey Story competition. In her freshman year of high school, Peyton earned first place for an editorial in the Newspapers in Education contest. She has won multiple Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, including numerous regional Gold Keys for poetry, fiction, flash fiction and personal memoirs. Additionally, Peyton received national recognition both her freshman and junior years for a poetry collection and fiction piece.

In the community, Peyton helped start the Penn Manor Bus Library system. She also volunteers at the Water Street Mission and sings for Calvary Student Ministries Worship Team.

Next year, Peyton plans to attend Messiah College and major in secondary English education, with a minor in creative writing. Her goal is to become a teacher.

Sameeha is the daughter of Kazi Hossain and Sharmin Maswood of Millersville. Sameeha has been a consistent honor roll student. In 2017, she was inducted into the National Honor Society, where she serves as secretary. Sameeha is also a member of the Science National Honor Society, where she serves as president. She is a member of Student Council and the Young Humanitarians League, and she has participated in the Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy. Sameeha is also an advisory board member of Serteen, a student branch of Sertoma.

Sameeha is a past Millersville Lions Club Student of the Month and was a 2018 Yale Book Award recipient. In 2017, she was a first-place winner at the Lancaster County Science Fair. Sameeha has also received the Pennsylvania Specialty Pathology: Excellence in Medicine Award.

In the community, Sameeha volunteers at Lancaster Regional Medical Center, tutors elementary school students for the Math Bowl, and is a camp counselor at the Lancaster Science Factory. She plays the piano.

Next year, Sameeha plans to attend a four-year college to study medicine. Her goal is to become a doctor and provide free health care to underprivileged areas across the nation. She also hopes to promote healthy lifestyle practices and create community outreach programs and health clinics in various communities.


LDHL Announces Board Members March 19, 2019

Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning (LDHL) has announced the appointment of six new board members. The new board members are Jim Lee, Mark Newkirk, Joe Franze, Brayden Campbell, Adrian Garcia, and Madelyn Buckwalter. Newkirk recently joined the board as treasurer.

LDHL has helped more than 10,000 local students attend colleges, universities, technical schools, and trade schools by offering interest-free loans since 1961. To learn more, readers may visit


Post 455 Presents Donation March 19, 2019

On March 11, members of American Legion Post 455 in Stewartstown donated $1,000 to the York County Veterans Affairs Department. Post 455 commander Bobby O'Farrell and other Legion members presented a check to Terry Gendron, director of the York County Veterans Affairs Department, during the Legion's general membership meeting. O'Farrell stated that the money was raised from various Legion activities and events.

Gendron stated, "The funds will be used for our Higher Standard Project that provides homes for honorably discharged veterans willing to undergo rigorous treatment to recover from substance abuse, trauma or both."

The Higher Standard Project brings together members of the business community, veterans' service organizations, Bell Socialization Services, community social service organizations, the county Treatment Courts, federal Veterans Affairs, judicial outreach, and private treatment providers, along with veteran mentors and veterans' court alumni. More information is available by visiting or contacting York County Veterans Affairs at 717-771-9218.

For information on joining the American Legion, readers may contact O'Farrell at 717-309-3881.


Lions Club Honors Student March 19, 2019

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