Crabtree Earns Eagle Scout Award May 24, 2018
Ben Crabtree, 17, son of Rebecca and Eric Crabtree of East Hempfield Township was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at the Troop 267 Court of Honor banquet held at the Four Seasons Golf Club on May 15.
Before joining Troop 267, Ben was a Cub Scout with Pack 67 in Centerville, where he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award of Cub Scouting. Ben held the leadership positions of historian, patrol leader, and troop guide with Boy Scout Troop 267. His peers elected him to the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.
For his Eagle project, Ben restored a recreational and educational area on the grounds of Hempfield High School. The project included disposing of dozens of wooden walkways, clearing debris, and removing and replacing new wooden steps into the area. Ben inserted a post to block off an area to be used for scientific field studies.
Ben is a junior at Hempfield High School. In addition to Scouting, Ben plays volleyball for the high school team and also participates in Model United Nations. He is involved in a local robotics team that competes in the FIRST Tech Challenge.
Ben's other interests include history, current events, and jet skiing. His future plans include attending a four-year college to obtain a degree in political science or environmental science.
Mahoney Earns Eagle Scout Award May 24, 2018
Luca Mahoney, 17, son of James Mahoney and Debra Grove-Mahoney of East Hempfield Township, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He received the Eagle Scout Award at Troop 267's Court of Honor banquet on May 15 at the Four Seasons Golf Club.
Before joining Troop 267, Luca was a Cub Scout with Pack 67 in Centerville, where he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award of Cub Scouting. Luca held the leadership positions of chaplain's aide, patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 267. Luca completed 46 merit badges. His peers elected him to the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. For his Eagle project, Luca planned and led others in the demolition and re-building of wooden covers on a 100-year-old stone fence at the Landis Valley Farm Museum.
Luca is a senior and the valedictorian of his class at Hempfield High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Affairs Committee. He has had the lead roles in the spring musical and dance theater at Hempfield. Luca loves baseball and the Boston Red Sox, as well as playing and watching football, going to the gym, and spending time with his cats.
Luca plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh to major in biomedical engineering.
Troop 267 is sponsored by West Hempfield Fire and Rescue. The troop meets on Wednesdays at 6:45 at the fire hall. For more information, readers may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kniffin Earns Eagle Scout Award May 24, 2018
Tyler Kniffin, 17, son of Richard and Michelle Kniffin of East Hempfield Township, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He received the Eagle Scout Award at the Troop 267 Court of Honor banquet on May 15 at the Four Seasons Golf Club.
Before joining Troop 267, Tyler was a Cub Scout with Pack 67 in Centerville, where he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award of Cub Scouting. Tyler held the leadership positions of den chief, patrol leader, quartermaster, assistant senior patrol leader and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. His peers elected him to the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Tyler also attended National Youth Leadership Training and received the Den Chief Service Award. For his Eagle project, Tyler built benches for Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples, Fla., after a hurricane caused damage in 2017.
Tyler is a junior at Hempfield High School. He participates in FIRST Tech Challenge and is captain of the robotics team. He also plays the piano. Tyler plans to attend college to earn a degree in either or both business and engineering.
Troop 267 is sponsored by the West Hempfield Fire and Rescue. The troop meets on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. at the fire hall. For more information, readers may email email@example.com.
Scout Attains Eagle Rank May 24, 2018
Ian Crabtree, 15, son of Rebecca and Eric Crabtree of East Hempfield Township, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at the Troop 267 Court of Honor banquet at the Four Seasons Golf Club on May 15.
Before joining Troop 267, Ian was a Cub Scout with Pack 67 in Centerville, where he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouting. Ian held the leadership positions of patrol leader and troop guide. His peers elected him to the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.
For his Eagle project, Ian restored wooden siding and stakes to their original state on the raised garden beds at the Landis Valley Farm Museum. The gardens will be used for the Heirloom Seed Project.
Ian is a sophomore at Hempfield High School. He plays volleyball for the high school team and is a member of the Varsity Club. Ian's other interest include welding, jet skiing, and waterskiing. He plans to attend a four-year college.
Troop 267 is sponsored by the West Hempfield Fire and Rescue. The troop meets on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. at the fire hall. For more information, readers may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashway Earns Eagle Scout May 23, 2018
Barry Ashway was presented his Eagle Scout rank at his Troop 267 Court of Honor banquet held at the Four Seasons Golf Club on May 15. Troop 267 is sponsored by West Hempfield Fire and Rescue.
Before joining Boy Scout Troop 267, Barry was a Webelos Scout with Pack 181 in Ironville. Barry held the positions of Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader with Troop 267. He was also elected to the Order of the Arrow by his peers which is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America.
For his Eagle project, Barry installed 16 trail etiquette markers on the Northwest River Trail in Lancaster County.
Barry is the son of Debbie and Craig Ashway of Columbia and Christin Ashway of Oil City. He is a senior at Hempfield High School, where he has earned honor roll status, and he was a Pennsylvania All-State Rugby selection and Captain of the Hempfield Nightmare Rugby Team. Barry plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) to major in safety management.
For more information about Troop 267, readers may contact Scoutmaster267@gmail.com.
Boy Scouts Complete Projects At Schools May 23, 2018
Noah Johnson, Matthew Julian, Dylan Terry and Stephen Marquette, members of Boy Scout Troop 268 in Millersville, all recently completed Eagle Scout projects at Penn Manor elementary schools. The projects helped the Scouts attain the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.
Noah built picnic tables for Eshleman Elementary School students to use at recess, and Matthew constructed bins for a new composting program at Conestoga Elementary and helped to rebuild the school's community garden plots. At Central Manor Elementary, Dylan repainted the playground basketball court, and Stephen added a beanbag bull's-eye game to the playground area and cleared overgrown brush from around the property. Both Dylan and Stephen attended Central Manor.
In all the projects, the work was completed at little or no cost to Penn Manor School District, thanks to donated materials and support from PTO groups, individuals and businesses.
The Boy Scouts all attend Penn Manor High School. Noah, Matthew and Dylan are juniors, and Stephen is a sophomore.
JLL Announces Volunteer Award Winners May 23, 2018
The Junior League of Lancaster (JLL) announced the winners of the 2018 Deborah P. Altman Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award. The winners are Thomas Moore from Manheim Township High School, Dory Bittle from Lancaster Country Day School, and Sinclaire Schuetze from Hempfield High School. Each student received a $600 prize of which $100 is designated to a charity of their choosing.
Moore is an Eagle Scout, has earned the Boy Scout's National Outdoor Achievement Award, and performed various conservation projects. He led a project that created a 2-mile interactive nature trail for a municipal park featuring stations educating visitors about the environment. The 12 stations are equipped with QR codes that link to a website with more information and relevant videos, which Thomas designed. He is a volunteer for Aaron's Acres' summer camp, a camp counselor at Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, and a committee member for Mini-THON. His charity of choice was Manheim Township Recreation and Park Planning.
Bittle has volunteered 70 hours every summer since 2015 with Horizons at Lancaster Country Day School (LCDS), a summer enrichment program for children of low-income families. She is also volunteer liaison for LCDS and helps recruit student volunteers for Horizons at LCDS and other programs. Students at LCDS volunteered over 2,500 hours last year alongside Bittle. She also named Horizons at LCDS as her charity.
Schuetze is the secretary of Hempfield's Anchor Club, an international volunteer organization that serves Hempfield students and the Lancaster community. Through the Anchor Club, she participates in activities at Long Home Community, the Autism Walk, and Arch Street Center. She also tutors her peers as well as students at Centerville Elementary. Schuetze published a book titled "Stories from the Heart," a collection of essays from people living with Marfan syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that Sinclaire was diagnosed with at age 3. She is on the Marfan Foundation's National Teen Council and raises money for the Marfan Foundation. She named the Marfan Foundation as her charity.
To learn more about JLL and the Deborah P. Altman Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award, readers may visit www.jllancaster.org.
JLL Members Attend Training May 23, 2018
The Junior League of Lancaster (JLL) sent two members, Leslie Buch and Chaplin Mazzocchi, to a national training in Orlando, Fla. This training opportunity, known as the Organizational Development Institute (ODI), brings together members from all leagues to provide mission-based training in significant areas vital to the healthy functioning of a league.
ODI delegates help to build organizational capacity within their league by learning about new ways to build relationships through marketing and communications, strategies for a robust fund development program, innovative ways to build strong community programs and partnerships, and best practices for developing Junior League members into effective civic leaders.
The Lancaster members were trained alongside 315 delegates from 103 leagues across the nation and attended a concentrated track. Buch focused on membership development, while Mazzocchi focused on communications. Both members had the chance to network with women from across the country as well as gain key skills for both personal and league development.
The JLL prides itself on giving back to Lancaster County by training its volunteers. These training opportunities provide members with a chance to develop their leadership skills and learn best practices they can bring back to the community. To learn more about JLL, readers may visit www.jllancaster.org.
Coalition Selects Executive Director May 23, 2018
The Lancaster Safety Coalition recently announced the appointment of Timothy J. Miller as executive director of the organization. Miller will begin his tenure on Monday, June 4.
Miller hails from York County, where most recently he was chief operating officer of Downtown Inc. in York. At the organization, he created and implemented programming to build a safe and more walkable urban center. Projects included installation of new lighting, a public and private security camera partnership, and transportation safety improvements. In Lancaster, Miller will partner with the community to ensure Lancaster's camera system remains an effective tool to create a vibrant city and improve quality of life.
Since the first Lancaster Safety Coalition security camera went live at the corner of King and Lemon streets in 2003, the number of city cameras has been increased to 170. Operators use the cameras for purposes such as spotting individuals in medical distress and helping to ensure the safety of children walking to and from school.
The camera system is community owned, meaning that the Lancaster Safety Coalition relies on financial contributions from individuals and businesses to maintain and operate the cameras. The City of Lancaster and the Lancaster County Office of the District Attorney have also supported the coalition both financially and in partnership with the shared goal of a vibrant and safe city.
SCORE Celebrates Small Businesses May 23, 2018
When SCORE members and guests gathered at the Ware Center in Lancaster on April 24 for the SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon Small Business Awards Luncheon, they had much to celebrate. Bobb Bewley, Lancaster-Lebanon chapter president, welcomed the group and explained the purpose of SCORE, noting that it is a volunteer organization of 67 business mentors committed to the mission of fostering small businesses with mentorship and education, which he said are critical success factors in starting and growing small businesses.
According to Bewley, in 2017, SCORE volunteers met with 637 new clients and conducted 93 workshops and roundtables, providing more than $1 million in services at no cost to clients. Five of those clients were honored at the luncheon.
Bewley introduced Ken Yancey Jr., SCORE CEO from Washington, D.C., who announced that the Lancaster-Lebanon chapter was named the national chapter of the year. The award is given to the chapter that has provided the most benefit in the community.
SCORE mentor Kathryn Ross introduced the business sponsor representatives, who then presented the awards to the small businesses which had flourished under the tutelage of SCORE mentors.
Clint Krushinsky presented the first award to Mary Beck, who began her own geriatric care management business in Hummelstown. Beck noted that her SCORE mentor, Don Houghton, was instrumental in her success because he brought his expertise as a businessman and helped her prioritize her business goals, persuading her to view her business plan as a working document. She noted that he continues to encourage her as her business grows.
Chad Hotsko presented the award to Anne Kirby, founder of a local community co-working space. Kirby said, "Organizations like SCORE have helped me prosper." She added that her mentor, Jerry Glenn, was willing to ask her the tough questions. Kirby said that she had long referred members of her own organization to SCORE and that she finally took her own advice and connected with a mentor, calling it "one of the best business decisions I ever made."
Alejandro Rosada presented an award to Patrick Rohal, a local doctor who has founded a direct primary care model practice. Rohal said that he and his mentor, Hugh MacMaster, worked together to revise Rohal's business plan, and that MacMaster guided him in crucial matters such as how to hire employees, while helping him to stay true to the vision of his practice as it grew. Rohal noted that working with SCORE gave him reassurance that he was on the right track.
John Anderson, Millersville University president, presented the award to Jason and Sara Hurst, owners of a fencing company located in Gap. Jason discussed how the Hursts, whose mentors included Fred Engle, Joann Brayman, Eric Parker, and Dave Diffenderffer, founded the business with the goal of using it to build people. "We want our business to empower people," he said. "SCORE has walked us through the business plan and market research and set us up for success."
The final award was presented by Brian Jones. He introduced Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program representatives Ezra Rothman and Steve O'Neill. Rothman noted that VITA has grown from preparing 2,000 returns per year seven years ago to preparing more than 10,000 free tax returns this year. More than 200 volunteers at locations throughout the county saved clients more than $2.7 million in tax preparation fees and helped to bring them more than $13 million in refunds. O'Neill added that VITA's success is based on empowering and supporting volunteers and staff, and he thanked VITA's SCORE mentors, Kevin St. Cyr and Tim Douglas, for their part in that success.
Readers who would like more information about SCORE may call 717-397-3092 or visit www.Lancaster.SCORE.org.
Levin Wins Scholarship May 22, 2018
The Chester County Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) presented the Mary Harshbarger Memorial Scholarship to Zachary Levin, a senior at Downingtown High School East, on May 12 at the NSDAR's end-of-year picnic. Chapter regent Karen Christen congratulated Levin for his winning essay and application, which have earned him $1,000 toward his college education. Levin was recognized for his outstanding academic record and his extensive school activities.
The essay topic was "Which place do you consider to be hallowed ground in America?" Students from numerous Chester County High Schools participated in this second year of the scholarship.
Levin participates in National Honor Society, school theater, community theater and choir. As part of the Model United Nations Club, he attended regional and national Model United Nations conferences. Levin is a teacher assistant, and he has interned with an engineering firm and shadowed a metallurgical engineer. He plans to attend Georgetown University.
Mary Fisher Harshbarger was born in Downingtown and was a teacher at the Darlington Seminary in West Chester. Mary was a 50-year member of the Chester County Chapter of the NSDAR, having joined prior to 1919. She was also a member of the Downingtown Friends Meeting and was devoted to leaving an endowed scholarship for future generations.
WIC To Offer FMNP Vouchers May 22, 2018
Community Progress Council will host a kickoff event with its Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program to distribute Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers to WIC participants. The free event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Penn Market, 380 W. Market St., York.
WIC participants will be able to pick up their 2018 FMNP vouchers and have the opportunity to redeem the vouchers the same day on Pennsylvania-grown produce. There will also be activities for children, giveaways, and informational tables from other like-minded community organizations. A WIC ID or photo ID is necessary to receive FMNP vouchers. New participants can also apply for the WIC program on-site.
FMNP distributes vouchers each year to eligible WIC participants, including pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, and children ages 1 to 5. Each eligible participant can receive four vouchers, to be redeemed June through November 2018.
Participants are encouraged to attend the event, so they do not have to wait until their July or August appointments to receive vouchers. Participants living outside of York city who cannot attend the kickoff event are encouraged to attend the walk-in date at their current clinic location.
Vouchers will be distributed from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Golden Connections Community Center, 20 Gotham Place, Red Lion, on Monday, June 4; St. Paul United Church of Christ, 161 S. Main St., Shrewsbury, on Tuesday, June 5; Lewisberry Community Center, 308 Market St., Lewisberry, on Wednesday, June 6; Mason-Dixon Community Services, 5 Pendyrus St., Suite 2, Delta, on Thursday, June 7; Dillsburg Senior Activity Center, 1 N. Second St., Dillsburg, on Thursday, June 14; Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9 N. Main St., Dover, on Tuesday, June 19; and New Hope Ministries, 135 Baltimore St., Hanover, on Tuesday, June 26.
Pennsylvania WIC is funded by USDA. To learn more, readers may visit www.yorkcpc.org.
Cub Scouts Earn STEM Award May 22, 2018
Cub Scouts from Pack 28 in Red Lion, including Ethan Slowik, Paul Craley, and Emory Henz, recently earned the Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award for Webelos, which is the highest STEM-related award in Cub Scouting.
To earn the award, the Scouts worked with their mentor, Brian Henz. They completed five adventures related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); completed experiments using the scientific method; studied famous scientists, inventors, engineers, and mathematicians; visited with someone in a STEM-related field; and learned about STEM-related careers.
Cub Scout Pack 28 meets at St. Paul's Methodist Church in Red Lion. The Cubmaster is Al Gohn, and Pack 28 enrollment consists of 73 Scouts from kindergarten to fifth grade. Pack 28 follows the Boy Scouts of America guidelines and curriculum.
BMP Seeks Female Mentors May 22, 2018
The Junior League of Lancaster and the Bench Mark Program (BMP) are teaming up to recruit female mentors to empower young women with physical and emotional strength. BMP is a local nonprofit helping at-risk youth overcome adversity and achieve their full potential through physical, emotional, and professional development. On April 21, BMP unveiled its newly renovated space on East Liberty Street in Lancaster for women interested in becoming volunteer mentors.
This year's onboarding project for new Junior League members was to recruit more female students and mentors to the Bench Mark Program. JLL members focused on optimizing the organization in three key areas: make the space appealing to young women, increase the female support network, and collect workout clothing, fitness equipment, and other materials to serve students.
Volunteer mentors provide guidance and support to students in three key areas: fitness training, academic counseling, and career coaching. While a professional or amateur fitness background is not required, mentors must be willing and able to make a commitment to the program at least one night per week.
Women interested becoming a mentor and joining its support network for female students ages 14 to 24 may contact Will Kiefer at email@example.com. To learn more, readers may visit www.benchmarkprogram.org.
Travel Trainers Needed In York May 22, 2018
RSVP - York County seeks volunteers age 55 and over to become travel trainers for the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority rabbittransit 3Pride Program. The volunteer travel trainers teach people how to use the paratransit and fixed route public transportation system.
Volunteer benefits include transportation reimbursement, free supplemental liability insurance, recognition and appreciation events, assistance with clearances, and improved personal happiness.
Readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 717-893-8474 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dinniman Receives Award May 22, 2018
The Rotary Club of Central Chester County presented state Sen. Andy Dinniman with the Paul Harris Fellow Award at the club's sixth annual fundraiser, which was held recently.
The club chose to recognize Dinniman for his commitment to the community. In addition, the club made a contribution to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in Dinniman's name.
Also at the fundraiser, which took place at Griffith Hall of the Ludwigs Corner Fire Company, Steve Davenport of Operation Honduras and club president Jim Shrimp honored club member Ted Gacomis for his passion, commitment, and dedication to serve humanity.
Students Of The Month Recognized May 22, 2018
The Rotary Club of Paradise honored three May Students of the Month at its May 10 meeting.
Mallary Groff, daughter of Tina and Shari Groff, Leola, is a junior at Conestoga Valley High School, where she a member of the National Honor Society and plays tennis. She is also a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions and is a PULSE honor student at Hershey Medical Center. She has played piano since the age of 6 and has been involved in Conestoga Valley music programs.
Melissa Umble, daughter of Doug and Karen Umble, Lititz, is a student at Lancaster Mennonite High School, where she is a member of the campus chorale and plays varsity field hockey. Newly elected as president of the National Honor Society for the 2018-19 school year, Melissa also serves on the Junior Class Committee and the Student Advancement Committee.
Gabe Miller, son of Todd and Kim Miller, Gap, is a junior wrestler at Pequea Valley High School, where he was a Lancaster-Lebanon League champion, placing second in District 3 and sixth in the state. Gabe helps coach elementary and junior high wrestlers. He also plays French horn in the band and is a member of the Braves Club, a community outreach program.
Lions Club Supports Community May 22, 2018
Over the past several months, the Weigelstown Lions Club has distributed funds to the following organizations in the Dover community: New Life for Girls, New Hope Ministries, Dover Township Fire Rescue, Dover Area Ambulance Club, Dover Area Community Library, Dover Area Athletic Association, Dover Area Girl Scouts, Heritage Senior Center, Tri-town Boys Club, and the Dover Area High School Scholarship Fund. The club also presented a scholarship to Cy Overmiller.
The Lions Club holds various fundraisers, such as chicken barbecues and a bingo event, to allow it to support community groups.
The Weigelstown Lions Club always welcomes new members to assist with community service and fundraising. To learn more, readers may visit www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/weigelstown or search for "Weigelstown Lions Club" on Facebook.