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Gamut Theatre Shares News March 22, 2018

The Gamut Theatre board of directors voted at its 2018 annual meeting to move forward with Phase II of its building renovations to create the Gamut Theatre Education Center, featuring the Alexander Grass Second Stage, two renovated classrooms, areas for students to learn about costume construction, scenery design, sound and lighting, and more. Its new four-stop elevator and outdoor access will make this space fully accessible and ADA-compliant.

After securing donations of $1.5 million for Phase I of the new theater construction, Gamut has raised an additional 87 percent of the approximate $700,000 cost of this new Phase II: The Gamut Theatre Education Center. Led by anchor grants from the Impact Harrisburg Foundation and the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, Gamut has steadily been raising funds for Phase II for the past two years and kicked off a public fundraising campaign on March 1 to raise the remaining $88,000 in costs.

Demo and construction is planned to begin in late April and be completed by August before opening Gamut's Stage Door Series. The Alexander Grass Second Stage will be the permanent home for the Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre, Stage Door Series Ensemble, and the Gamut Theatre Academy. In addition to Gamut's in-house ensembles, the Alexander Grass Second Stage will be available to the community as a resource for presentations of all kinds.

For more information and to stay up to date with the project, readers may visit To learn more about Gamut Theatre, readers may visit


Knapp Wins Essay Contest March 22, 2018

Lampeter-Strasburg High School senior Kyle Knapp was named the winner of the Lancaster County Optimist Club's annual essay contest. His essay was chosen from 28 entries written on the year's theme of "Can Society Function without Respect?"

Kyle has been awarded a $500 scholarship and will move on to district competition, where he has the potential to win an additional $2,500 scholarship.


Sunflower Wreath Sale Scheduled March 22, 2018

The Amazing Racers Relay For Life team will host a sunflower wreath fundraiser. Handmade wreaths may be ordered until Saturday, April 7. Pick-up will be held on Saturday, May 5.

Proceeds will support the American Cancer Society. To place an order, contact Mandy Salimbeni at


Elverson Garden Club Excels At Philadelphia Flower Show March 21, 2018

Once again, members of the Elverson Garden Club placed at the Philadelphia Flower Show, successfully competing in the category titled "Interiorscape - A Passion for Plants." The show was themed "The Wonders of Water."

As part of the Interiorscape competition, themed "My Urban Oasis," entrants were required to create a comfortable room using plants and water to fashion a retreat or sanctuary. "The criteria was to fill a 10-by-12-foot space," explained flower show chair Carol Simonetti. "It had to be an interior room and have rooted plants. It also had to have a water feature."

The Elverson Garden Club created an urban office. In the back of the display, there were three large metal mesh screens hung with plants that were artistically arranged in the shape of a wave pattern to visually create motion. "The top part of those screens was (covered with) bromeliads, and (they were) filled in with spider plants, crotons and air plants," Simonetti noted.

The office desk featured a copper water feature that was able to self-water Sansevieria plants that were hung in containers upside down from the desk, providing a relaxing water sound.

Club members began working on the project in September of 2017. "We started staging the project and blocked the area off with tape," Simonetti said. "'My Urban Oasis' was geared to a young millennial in an urban setting. It would be her home office or home living space."

Club members volunteered to set up the display at the flower show, which ran from March 3 through 11. "We had from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 1 to set up, and then we had two hours the next morning to prepare for judging," Simonetti said.

During the show, each entry was actually judged twice. The first set of judges gave the Elverson Garden Club's entry a second-place ribbon, and the second set of judges awarded the club a third-place ribbon. "It's two totally different sets of judges. The first judging was on March 2 after we set up," explained Simonetti. "The first set loved it."

She noted that there were three other entries in the category. One depicted the library of a botanist. Another entry was a setup for a garage band, and the fourth entry was a potter's studio. Simonetti reported that all of the competitors in the category won blue ribbons for Class Commendations from the judges.

During the show, club members had to do maintenance on their entry. "Different members of the club went down every morning of the show at 6 a.m.," said Simonetti. "They watered the plants and made sure the water feature was running and the area was swept. It was a commitment on the club's part."

Simonetti noted that the local club traditionally does well at the Philadelphia Flower Show. In 2014, it won a blue ribbon for its Salvador Dali-inspired courtyard. In 2015, the club's "Shooting Stars" display won first place in the store window category. In 2016, the club won a ribbon for creating a floral carpet.

"It's the number-one flower show in the world; this is the 12th year the club has had an entry," Simonetti said. "We've done very well. They tend to give us a big space because they feel we have something that is show-worthy."

She said that the club has already planned to enter the 2019 flower show, hoping that its first choice of a balcony scene will be accepted for next year.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Elverson Garden Club are invited to attend the next club meeting, which will be held on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at the Crow's Nest Preserve, 201 Piersol Road, Elverson. Guest speaker Jeffrey Dorr will teach members about growing dinner-plate-size dahlias.

For membership information, readers may contact Linda Horner at 610-286-9184 or


Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students Of The Month March 21, 2018

The Donegal High School Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that Hayley Grosh and Avery Walker have been named the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for February. The selected students were to be honored by members of the Mount Joy Rotary Club during its monthly luncheon meeting.

Hayley is the daughter of Thomas and Theresa Grosh of Mount Joy. She is a member of Donegal Performing Arts, performing in numerous musicals. She has also been involved with track and field, Link Crew, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, German Club, and The German American Partnership Program.

Outside of school, Hayley attends Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church, where she is a member of the youth group, teaches Sunday school, and serves as a worship leader. She has also volunteered as a counselor in training at Kenbrook Bible Camp. She also studies dance. Hayley plans to participate in a mission trip with The World Race Gap Year to Swaziland, India, Nepal, and Guatemala.

Avery is the son of Ken and Wendy Walker of Mount Joy. He is a member of the basketball and track and field teams. He is also a member of the FBLA Club and Varsity Club and serves as a Student Council representative.

Outside of school, Avery has participated in AAU basketball leagues and numerous community service projects. Avery is an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Mount Joy. After graduation, Avery plans to attend college to major in business.


Woman's Club Honors Student March 21, 2018

Brynn Jacobs was selected by the Music Department of the Hempfield High School as the Hempfield Woman's Club February Student of the Month. Brynn is the daughter of Andrew and Patti Jacobs.

Brynn was selected to particiapte in All-National, All Eastern, and All-State Choirs. She is also a member of the Hempfield Singers, the symphonic band, the chamber choir, and the Hempfield Knight Program, and she is involved in the spring musical. Brynn is a member of the National Honor Society.

Brynn also placed first in the High School Division of the Opera Lancaster Classical Voice Competition. She has also placed second in the NATS upper high school classical voice category.

Brynn started in fourth grade as a percussionist in the band. She started to take vocal lessons as well and developed a passion for singing opera and classical literature.

After graduation, Brynn plans to attend college and pursue a double major in vocal performance and music education.


Lions Club Honors Student March 21, 2018


Organization Will Offer Matching Funds March 21, 2018

To promote giving to the arts during the Give Local York one-day online giving campaign on Friday, May 4, the Cultural Alliance of York County will provide a $25,000 arts match stretch pool for York-based arts and culture organizations.

The Cultural Alliance Arts Match is available to participating Give Local York 501(c)3 organizations with arts and culture as their primary mission. The Cultural Alliance Arts Match pool will provide a 1:1 match of all qualifying online gifts made through the website on May 4, with a maximum of $2,500 total match available per arts participant.

Arts organizations must sign up to participate in Give Local York and qualify for the Cultural Alliance Arts Match stretch pool by Sunday, April 1. For more information on Give Local York and to register, readers may visit the aforementioned website.

More information about the Cultural Alliance is available by calling 717-812-9255, visiting, finding the Cultural Alliance of York on Facebook, and following @CulturalYork on Twitter.


NOW Announces Scholarship March 21, 2018

The York chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is accepting applications for the 2018 Mae Millstone - York NOW Scholarship. Women of any age who reside in York County are eligible for the annual $1,000 scholarship. NOW is especially interested in applications from older women, women who are part of minority groups, and women interested in nontraditional careers. Funds may be used for tuition, classes or materials that would help a woman reach her career goals.

To apply, readers may visit More information is available by emailing or calling Peg Welch at 717-846-2089.


Leadership York Will Make Move March 21, 2018

Leadership York recently announced that plans are underway to relocate its office from 39 E. King St., York, to 238 N. George St. this spring. The new space design will facilitate more collaboration and creativity amongst Leadership York's staff and volunteers and allow the organization to develop new and updated programming while increasing awareness and accessibility to the individuals and organizations it serves.

Derek Dilks has been instrumental in making the relocation a reality, working with board leadership and staff to craft a long-term lease in a facility that will position Leadership York for future growth. In addition, Warehaus is helping Leadership York realize its vision by designing an open and flexible collaborative space that can easily be reconfigured for multiple purposes.

Leadership York's mission is to train and support individuals who have the desire to serve the York community in leadership positions. For more information, readers may visit


VROCP Seeks New Possibilities March 21, 2018

When Vision Resources (VR) of Central Pennsylvania began as a nonprofit organization with a mission to assist the blind and visually impaired in 1921, it was determined to create employment opportunities for its clients of all disabilities. Caning, weaving, braiding rugs, and sewing towels to aprons were a few of the earliest income generating businesses the agency incorporated. Today, close to 100 years later, employing individuals with disabilities is more important than ever for the organization and its employees.

The concepts for providing employment remain the same, but the implementation has expanded into endless possibilities. Vision Resources is always looking for new business opportunities to employ more individuals and offer them a chance to earn an income, learn a trade or skill, and lead more fulfilling lives. Accomplishing these goals is not easy, but the rewards for the individuals and the agency cannot be stressed enough.

Currently, VR Business Services employs approximately 80 individuals annually. The majority work part-time, receive training, are respectfully welcomed as part of each business team, and all receive competitive salaries at minimum wage or higher. Vision Resources is very proud to share that in its last fiscal year, business sales to the public provided 85 percent of the agency's income. These revenue streams generated the vast majority of funding to support the organization's mission services and programs to the blind and visually-impaired. This is important financial information that underscores the value of VR Business Services and its employees to the organization's longevity and success.

For more information, readers may call Paul Zavinsky, director of development and public relations, at 717-238-2531.


Adopt A Shelter Pet Day Posted March 21, 2018

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day will be celebrated on Monday, April 30. The community is invited to join the Humane Society and local shelters and fly a Celebration of PAWS flag on April 30 to raise awareness and show support for paws in need.

Each flag purchased will provide 20 meals to shelter animals in Berks and Lancaster counties. To order a flag, readers may visit


Rotary Club Honors Students March 21, 2018


YCLC Sets Training Session March 21, 2018

The Hanover Branch of York County Literacy Council (YCLC) trains volunteers to be tutors who teach native-born, English-speaking adults and also English as a Second Language adults from York County. Tutors, who do not need a background in education, can help people learn to read, speak, or write English or to prepare for the GED. Tutors will meet with their adult student once per week for about two hours in a public location.

The next free training will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, April 7 and 14, at Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover. Individuals must attend both sessions. Readers may call 717-845-8719 to register or for more information. Details about YCLC are available at


JDRF Names Chapter Director March 21, 2018

JDRF International has announced the selection of Natasha Lewis as the new director of its Central Pennsylvania Chapter.

According to Sharie Young, JDRF Central Pennsylvania board president, Lewis' top goal is to further the chapter's efforts to cure, prevent, and treat Type 1 diabetes (T1D) by expanding JDRF's reach in the region.

Lewis brings more than 25 years of nonprofit and fundraising experience to the role. A resident of Manchester Township, Lewis volunteers for the Roundtown Elementary School PTO and serves as co-chair of the school's Outdoor Classroom Committee. She also serves on the board of the Neighborhood Center in Harrisburg and is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals. Lewis received a Bachelor of Science in history from Coppin State University with a minor in art history.

JDRF is a global organization focused on T1D research in order to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications. The Central Pennsylvania Chapter is headquartered in Camp Hill and covers a 24-county territory that includes Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, and York counties.


Student Of The Month Recognized March 19, 2018


Students Of The Month Honored March 16, 2018

Each month, Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club recognizes two Manheim Township High School seniors for school and community activities, leadership and academic achievements.

Students of the Month for January were Luke Emge and Katherine Lopez.

Luke is a member of National Honor Society and earned First Honor Roll. He is an All-State quarterback, the Maxwell Football Club 2017 Pennsylvania Player of the Year, and he has been selected to play on the Big 33 all-star Pennsylvania football team. He is also a volunteer with local football and baseball youth camps. Emge has been accepted to Harvard University and will continue his football career.

Katherine's favorite school subjects are psychology, English and history. She is involved with Manheim Township girls soccer, serves as one of the heads of the design committee for Mini-THON and belongs to Rotary's Interact Club. Lopez is a Kidz Klub employee at Universal Athletic. She has also received a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award.

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. More information is available at


Minnich Honored For Service March 15, 2018

Jeff Minnich, owner of Groff's Printing in Quarryville, is the recipient of the first annual Community Service Award from the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce (SLCCC). The award recognizes a person who has provided important, lasting, volunteer public service in Quarryville and southern Lancaster County.

Kendall Keeler, a member of the chamber's board of directors and chairman of its community service award committee, presented Minnich with a plaque during the chamber's annual banquet at The Fireside Tavern in Strasburg. In addition, Keeler announced that a $500 scholarship in Minnich's name will be awarded to a student in the Solanco or Lampeter-Strasburg school districts who will major in a business-related field in college or technical school, or who plan to operate their own business following high school graduation. Upon receiving his award, Minnich announced that he will provide a matching $500 to make it a $1,000 business-related scholarship for a Solanco or Lampeter-Strasburg senior.

While presenting Minnich with the award, Keeler noted Minnich's remarkable support for the community and involvement in many activities, specifically mentioning his coordination of the Solanco Fair parade each year.

Nominees for the 2019 Community Service Award are being accepted. To nominate someone, readers may visit, or email Keith Kaufman at


Rotary Club Installs Officers March 14, 2018


Students, Teacher Win Recognition March 14, 2018

The Richard J. Gross VFW Post and Auxiliary 8896 of East Berlin has announced that it sponsored three district winners in national VFW programs. The winners are all students or teachers in Bermudian Springs School District.

Paige Erdman, a high school senior, was named a first-place winner of the Voice of Democracy speech contest and represented District 21 and Post 8896 at the state level. Isabella Bobe', an eighth-grade student at the middle school, was a second-place winner for District 21 in the Patriot's Pen essay contest. This year's theme was "America's Gift to My Generation."

Additionally, Melissa-Ann Pero, a high school English teacher, was named Voice of Democracy Teacher of the Year for District 21.

Post 8896 and its Auxiliary strive to promote patriotism through the schools and the community in order to encourage children, teenagers and adults to gain and show respect for all levels of government and have love for their country.

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