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Klink Earns Eagle Scout Award June 22, 2017

Kyle Klink, 16, of Manheim received his Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in Boy Scouts, at a recent Court of Honor ceremony at Rapho Township Park. Klink just completed his junior year at Manheim Central High School. He is the son of Scott and Felice Klink and the grandson of Larry and Beverly Berman of Mount Joy.

Kyle earned a total of 51 merit badges through troop activities and programs at Camp Rodney, Camp Bashore, and Elizabethtown College. He served in numerous positions, including assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, and den chief. Kyle was elected into the Order of the Arrow (OA) by the troop, and he became a Vigil member of OA.

For his Eagle Scout service project, Kyle cleared brush, trees, and shrubs, and spread mulch at Cove Park in Mount Joy to allow people a place to picnic.


Wiley Earns Eagle Scout June 22, 2017

Jacob Wiley of Troop 393, Willow Street, was recently awarded the Eagle Scout rank in a Court of Honor ceremony on June 17 at Climbers Run Nature Preserve in Pequea.

Jacob is a rising senior year at Lampeter-Strasburg High School and participates on the tennis and cross-country teams. He has been involved with Interact Club and concert band. Outside of school, he has volunteered at the Lancaster Science Factory, YMCA Fun Runs, Kids Cookie Break Fest Runs, and Wreaths Across America. Jacob has participated in the ACE Mentor program, which allows him to work directly with architects, construction workers, and engineers who help guide high school students in pursuit of these careers. Jacob is also involved with Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 304 in Lancaster, where he is a cadet staff sergeant. Jacob plans to attend college to major in engineering.

Jacob began his Scouting career in second grade as a Bobcat Cub with Pack 286 and continued through Cub Scouting to achieve the Arrow of Light. As a member of Boy Scout Troop 393, he has held numerous leadership positions, including assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, senior patrol leader, and troop guide. He has earned 29 merit badges and the World Conservation Award. He was also inducted into the Order of the Arrow in 2015 and earned Brotherhood membership in 2016.

For his Eagle project, Jacob constructed, assembled, and installed three park benches along with planting shade trees in the Windy Hill Neighborhood Park.


Rotary Club Presents Award June 22, 2017

The Hershey Rotary Club has presented the 2017 Community Service Award to Christine Drexler, founder of Cocoa Packs. Cocoa Packs is committed to addressing food insecurity and overall wellness of mind, body and soul for children in Derry Township.

According to Cocoa Packs, Derry Township School District estimates that more than 600 students face food shortages. While there are programs that help provide students with food during the school day, there can be a gap on weekends or times when school is not in session. Cocoa Packs currently provides weekend food assistance to hundreds of student recipients in six different schools who can benefit from the program.

Hundreds of community volunteers and sponsors help support the mission of the organization. Drexler has inspired and motivated others to acknowledge and actively join her in the fight against childhood hunger in the community.

Each year, the Rotary Club presents the award to a person or service organization whose volunteer public service, community outreach, philanthropic activities and/or community activities, represents an unselfish contribution to the communities of Derry Township and/or surrounding communities. As part of the award, the recipient designates a charitable organization to receive $1,000 in his or her name. Drexler will allocate the award money to Cocoa Packs.

To learn more about Cocoa Packs, readers may visit Information about the Hershey Rotary Club is available at


Troop Celebrates 100 Years June 22, 2017

Boy Scout Troop 48 recently celebrated 100 continuous years of its charter. More than 200 individuals attend the March event to celebrate and reflect on the Scout troop.

Pictures and artifacts from the troop's first 100 years will be on display at the New Holland Area Historical Society (NHAHS) until November.

On Saturday, Aug. 5, the troop will host a model campsite and Scoutcraft demonstration at the site of the old elementary school in New Holland. The troop will also reminisce on Monday, Oct. 30, at the NHAHS and at the December troop Christmas party.

The troop has earned many awards over the years, and recently Troop 48's chartered partner, New Holland Group of Citizens, was been selected as the recipient of the Conestoga River District's Charter Partner of the Year Award. Audra Newhart, committee chair, was selected as a recipient of the District Award of Merit, the highest recognition a district can bestow on a volunteer, and Scoutmaster Charles Ulrich IV was selected as a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition a council can bestow on a volunteer.

To learn more about Scouting, readers may contact Ulrich at 717-371-5284 or


GOTR Presents First Ellen Award June 21, 2017

When asked why she coaches Girls on the Run (GOTR) at Paradise Elementary School, Falon Doutrich hesitated only briefly before her face lit up. "The girls," she said with enthusiasm. "Their smiles ... their hugs ... their laughter. The best part of coaching is walking alongside them ... and guiding them."

On May 30, Doutrich, who has coached at Paradise Elementary since 2014, was the recipient of the first Shining Light Ellen Coach Award (The Ellen Award) given by GOTR Lancaster. Doutrich, who graduated from Pequea Valley High School in 2007 and York College of Pennsylvania in 2011, is employed as a para-professional at Pequea Valley Intermediate School. Doutrich was chosen from 52 Lancaster County coaches nominated by participants, parents, coaches, school staff, and community members.

The Ellen Award is named for Ellen McCabe, the stepmother of GOTR Lancaster program director Jennifer West. West, along with Lancaster GOTR executive director Carrie Johnson, board member Kate Mullen, and West's daughters, Alex and Regan, formed the selection committee. Coaches were nominated based on their perceived impact as a coach. Those who nominated Doutrich lauded her for her supportive and fun outlook and her ability to make participants feel special and confident. "My daughter loved that at the end of practice there was a note (with encouraging thoughts) for her from this coach," wrote one parent.

"We are so excited to be able to celebrate Falon and everything she encompasses for GOTR," said West, who explained that the Ellen Award is all about paying it forward. "The award is about being kind and compassionate and treating others as you would want to be treated," she said, adding that McCabe, who passed away in the fall of 2016, was instrumental in helping GOTR Lancaster get established. "She was with us every step of the way, and we knew we wanted to keep her legacy alive," said West. "She didn't want to be recognized but wanted to see others flourish and thrive and be the best they could be," said West, who added that when McCabe helped GOTR create the award, it was she who decided that the winning coaches should receive $500 to pay forward to a nonprofit of their choice. Doutrich has not yet decided to which nonprofit she will donate her winnings.

Doutrich said that she is happy to be part of GOTR because she identifies so closely with the goals. "I love the purpose, and I love the mission," she said. "It has become part of me." Doutrich said that she began playing sports at the age of 4, but she did not start running until she was in college. She feels strongly about sharing what running has taught her with GOTR participants. "Running became my outlet as a stress reliever," she said. "I feel like life can't touch me when I run."

Coaching GOTR is different from coaching a sport, according to Doutrich, because the emphasis is on encouragement rather than honing a skill. "With GOTR it's about finding your strengths," said Doutrich, who has not forgotten how difficult elementary or middle school can be for a young girl. "They are all going to have struggles, but (I want) the girls to know that they are not alone. This is me being able to use my life and my story to help another girl."

West noted that Doutrich's enthusiasm and experience make her an ideal coach for GOTR. "The curriculum really works because it marries physical activity and positive youth development," said West. "(Participants) get the endorphins and confidence of physical activity walking, running, skipping, and hopping, and the lessons and curriculum (promote) bonding and sharing."

Readers who wish to learn more about GOTR Lancaster may visit Registration for the fall 2017 program will begin in early August.


TFEC Makes Grant Announcements June 21, 2017

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) awarded 40 grants to area nonprofits through competitive grant opportunities. All award recipients are registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or have a fiscal sponsor. Organizations interested in applying to these or other TFEC grant opportunities may visit

The Camp Hill Community Foundation (CHCF), a regional foundation of TFEC, supports projects that have the potential for the greatest impact on the quality of life and positive outcomes for individuals and families living in Camp Hill. Two organizations were awarded a total of $1,605.59.

Setebaid Services Inc. was awarded $1,000 for the Setebaid Diabetes Camp Camperships program. Awarded funds enable youths living with Type 1 Diabetes to attend a diabetes-focused summer camp.

Please Live was awarded $605.59 for fundraising infrastructure upgrades. Please Live focuses on mental health awareness and suicide prevention aimed toward youth and young adults.

The mission of The Children's Home Foundation fund, a fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, is to provide aid to economically disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties. Six organizations were awarded a total of $25,000.

Capital Region Literacy Council was awarded $2,500 for purchasing and distributing children's books to children living in low-income areas of Harrisburg.

Girls on the Run Capital Area was awarded $6,000 to provide opportunities and services to underserved and at-risk girls and establish new programs in schools.

Harrisburg Area YMCA was awarded $5,000 for youth memberships and free swim lessons for inner city youth. The funding will help the YMCA offer assistance to families in need and help subsidize services and programs.

St. Barnabas Children's Ministry was awarded $5,000 for 2017 summer camp transportation and field trip fees. This will allow the organization to take summer campers to parks and other venues as well as participate in activities like bowling and skating.

The Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society was awarded $1,500 for River School Rides Made Free for Disadvantaged Youth, which aims to make all its 75-minute cruises free for students age 13 and younger.

The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital Region was awarded $5,000 for Food, Clothing, and Education for Kids. This funding will allow the continuation of afterschool programs, a food pantry, and other essentials for children in need.

The Family and Children's Services of Lebanon County, a fund of TFEC, supports nonprofit social service agencies that serve families and children in Lebanon County. A total of $18,723.23 was distributed to 10 organizations.

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of The Capital Region Inc. was awarded $873.23 to reduce the financial burden on the Bigs' and Littles' families and provide staff support for the teambuilding program at Gretna Glen.

Community Health Council of Lebanon County was awarded $1,500 for its Mentor a Mother, Program Starter Bags program, which provide items that promote organizational skills for participants in the program.

Lebanon Family Health Services Inc. was awarded $2,000 for its WE CAN - Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition program. The program looks to eliminate childhood obesity by providing education sessions and materials to WIC participants, schools, and other organizations throughout Lebanon County.

Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts was awarded $2,000 for its Resource Studio program, which is a classroom and art studio in downtown Lebanon city for all county residents, particularly children in the city.

Lebanon Valley Volunteers in Medicine Clinic was awarded $2,500 for its free walk-in, urgent medical care program. The clinic will be a no appointment necessary clinic and will be open during the hours the original, appointment necessary clinic is not open.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Capital Region Inc. was awarded $2,000 for its Summer Fruit and Fun Program, which distributes bags filled with fruit, activities, and recipes to children and families utilizing playgrounds throughout the summer.

Setebaid Services Inc. was awarded $1,850 for the Setebaid Diabetes Camp Camperships program, which will enable youths living with Type 1 Diabetes to attend a diabetes-focused summer camp.

The Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Lebanon County was awarded $2,000 for its Creating an Appropriate Environment for Trauma Focused Therapy for Children program. The funding will be used to update office space dedicated to counseling, therapy, and advocacy services.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania was awarded $2,000 for its Operation Backpack 2017 program, which assists students in obtaining required school supplies.

Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital was awarded $2,000 for its Cribs for Kids and Car Seat Program. The program will create and distribute Safe Sleep Survival Kits and will purchase new infant converter and booster seats for caregivers in need.

The Kids Trust, a fund of TFEC, was created in 2005 by and in memory of Gary L. Houck Jr., whose wish before his death was to create a fund that would provide support and services to young children who living with physical or emotional abuse or neglect. The grantmaking program is for nonprofit organizations providing programs and services for children of abuse and their families in the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York. The Kids Trust awarded a total of $33,138.29 to 10 organizations.

Children Aid Society was awarded $5,000 for The Lehman Center Crisis Nursery. The nursery provides short-term care for children at times when their families cannot provide a stable environment.

Diakon Child Family and Community Ministries was awarded $2,273 for their Resource Family Education Initiative program. The program focuses on providing support to foster children who have experienced trauma, abuse, or neglect and their families.

Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties was awarded $3,500 for its Children and Youth Program. The funding will be used for counseling services for children who are victims of domestic violence or trauma.

Harrisburg Area YMCA was awarded $2,500 for its Northern Dauphin County YMCA Mentoring program. Mentors will serve children who have experienced abuse or neglect and will provide nutrition education, teach alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention, and provide assistance for victims of bullying.

Hoffman Homes for Youth was awarded $2,499.29 for its Music Therapy Program, which will benefit children who have suffered from abuse and neglect.

Leg Up Farm Inc. was awarded $3,866 for an Animal-Assisted Therapy Group. The equine therapy will serve girls ages 7 to 18 who have been victims of sexual abuse or domestic violence.

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance was awarded $2,000 for its Dad and Me program. It seeks to strengthen the relationship between ex-offenders and their children through bi-monthly activities in the Harrisburg area.

Pinnacle Health Hospitals was awarded $2,500 for Victims of Neglect and Chronic Neglect. It will serve children who are victims of sexual or physical abuse or neglect and provide them with mental health and early intervention services.

Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties was awarded $4,000 for its Building Healthy Relationships Summer Program, which focuses on children ages 5 to 7 and works to build resiliency skills and helps develop skills to resist bullying.

The Salvation Army was awarded $5,000 for its Bridging the Gap: Abuse Prevention through Empowering Students with Character Education and Life Skills program, a six-week summer session that touches a wide range of subjects from suicide and self-harm prevention to the development of important social skills.


Students Receive Scholarships June 21, 2017

The Rotary Club of Red Lion - Dallastown recently recognized two students who were awarded Mac McCleary Rotary Scholarships in the amount of $750 each. Both winners were recognized at the June 8 meeting of the club.

From the Dallastown Area Senior High School, the winner was Sydney Terroso, who plans to attend Yale University to study psychology and become an occupational therapist. From the Red Lion Area Senior High School, the winner was Helen Zeidan, who plans to attend Temple University to study English and become an editor or work in the publishing industry.


Effort To Keep York Beautiful June 21, 2017

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania presented a $500 check donation to Keep York Beautiful to help support cleanup and beautification efforts in York City. Preparations are being made for a local community service project with employees of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. The donation will be used to help support future cleanup and beautification efforts in York City.

For more information about Keep York Beautiful and its opportunities throughout York County, readers may contact Tom Smith at 717-840-2375 or Individuals and groups are invited to share their beautification efforts at


Organization Honors Busniess Leaders June 21, 2017

Leadership York held its Leadership Training Program/Executive Connections graduation event on May 24. The organization recognized the Executive Connections Class of 2017 and the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Rob Stone.

The Executive Connections Class of 2017 comprised 21 executives, managers, and directors in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The group met from March through May to learn about York County history, services, and systems, and to explore York's economic and cultural issues and amenities. The annual program series is aimed at those who are new to the York area or to their leadership role and are looking to expand their involvement in the community.

The class consisted of the following individuals: Joe Cerminara, Graham Architectural Products; Jason Elliott, WellSpan Health; Charles Field, PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company; Darryl Jones, HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, York Campus; Michael Konieczka, Wagman Construction Inc.; Scharmen Konieczka, self-sponsored; Brian Laughlin, York Newspaper Company; Andrew Loehwing, York County School of Technology; Ben Marchant, Springettsbury Township; Tim Melita, Graham Engineering; Anthony Moore, Graham Architectural Products; Richard Read, Glatfelter; Kathy Read, self-sponsored; Brian Scutta, Columbia Gas of PA; Stacey Sidle, Northeastern School District; John Stachowiak, Glatfelter; Amy Stout, Harley-Davidson; Tuan Tran, Graham Architectural Products; Janique Walker, Children's Aid Society; Frederick Walker, self-sponsored; and Patricia Zwergel, Graham Engineering.

Each year, Leadership York recognizes one outstanding alumnus or alumna for his or her contributions to the greater good in the community. Stone, the 2017 honoree, is a graduate of Leadership York's Executive Connections Class of 2011.

Stone is president and CEO of Covenant Insurance Group. His community service and leadership includes roles with Dover Township, Historic York, the York County Stormwater Consortium, Katallasso Family Health Center, United States Airforce Auxiliary, and his church. He and his wife, Nancy, have served as foster parents for special needs children for the past 19 years.

The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year selection committee consists of past recipients of Leadership York's Alumnus of the Year Award and Leadership York staff.

Leadership York's mission is to train and support individuals who have the desire to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization was founded in 1978 and boasts more than 3,500 graduates from its six programs. Those graduates provide leadership to more than 250 nonprofit organizations and serve thousands of constituents in state and local government. For more information, readers may visit


Wentzel Wins Essay Contest June 21, 2017

David Wentzel was the first-place winner in the first Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) essay contest, sponsored this spring by York's Yom HaShoah Committee. Wentzel recently finished his freshman year at Susquehannock High School. His essay was chosen from among nearly two dozen entrants from six York County high schools who wrote about lessons of moral courage learned from the Holocaust. He won a cash prize and read his essay at the annual Yom HaShoah program in April.

The second-place winner was Faith Justice of West York High School. The third-place winner was Ashley Pechinski of Dallastown Area High School.

The Yom HaShoah Committee includes representatives from Jewish Family Services of York, Ohev Sholom Congregation, Temple Beth Israel, the York College Hillel and the York JCC. For more information, readers may call 717-843-2676.

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