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Community Invited To Pack Meals June 22, 2017

Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Road, Lancaster, will kick off its Summer Sundays on July 2 with 10,000 Meals Sunday.

The event will begin with worship and Communion at both 10 a.m. services. Immediately afterward, volunteers of all ages will convene in the church lobby for about an hour to package 10,000 nutritional meals for hungry families around the world through the Rise Against Hunger relief program.

This will be the third time Highland has joined to fight against international hunger through the program. In 2015, its 10,000 meals helped families in Sierra Leone. In 2016, Haitian families benefited from Highland's efforts.

Community members are invited to join in the family-oriented project. To register, visit www.HighlandPC.org.

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Volunteer Opportunities Posted June 22, 2017

Columbia Crossing River Trails Center and the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) Visitors Center have announced a need for volunteers. Among the benefits of volunteering are opportunities to reconnect with old friends, make new connections, and share knowledge of the area with guests.

Columbia Crossing is the trailhead for the Northwest River Trail. The facility houses information about the trail, downtown Columbia, and the Susquehanna Riverlands corridor. Additionally, the Crossing hosts community activities and features river-related exhibits. Volunteers offer visitors information regarding programs, events, and attractions.

SVCC's Visitors Center greets more than 10,000 guests to the region each year, with guests hailing from nearly every state and from an average of 14 countries annually. Volunteers help plan and/or provide assistance with fundraising events for the center; interested individuals may visit www.parivertowns.com for additional information on events. Other volunteer opportunities include staffing the reception desk, stuffing mailers, and serving as tour guides for the trolley that runs throughout Columbia during the summer weekends and for special events.

Individuals who are interested in volunteering may call the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce at 717-684-5249 or Columbia Crossing at 717-449-5607.

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Scout Donates Benches, Planters June 21, 2017

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Rotary Club Presents Grants June 21, 2017

The Rotary Club of York recently awarded grants to nonprofit organizations.

Bell Socialization Services received $1,500 to purchase early childhood educational items for volunteers to use with toddlers and preschool children in Bell's Bridge Housing program.

Child Care Consultants received $5,250 to support the Extreme STREAM fair for young children and their families. The fair will engage parents in hands-on, developmentally appropriate science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math activities led by Early Childhood Education providers in partnership with area nonprofit organizations.

Children's Aid Society - The Lehman Center Crisis Nursery received $2,500 to purchase children's books, flash cards, posters, alphabet blocks and other teaching aids and craft and activity supplies to improve readiness to enter school.

York County Library System received $4,000 to support the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten project to improve school readiness and positive parental interactions.

The remaining $4,000 was given to the YMCA of York and York County - Downtown Early Learning Center to support the Cafe Events Program, in which parents are encouraged to actively participate in games and crafts with their children. The grant includes play yard materials; supplies for the art, music, and construction centers; and take-home activities and books.

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Club Installs Commemorative Signs June 21, 2017

Eagle-Glenmoore Lions Club recently installed new signs in Chester County. The signs commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Lions Clubs around the globe. The official anniversary date was June 7.

To commemorate the centennial, Lions Clubs International encouraged clubs to complete a legacy project, something that would leave a visual reminder to the public that Lions Clubs are involved in community service.

The Eagle-Glenmoore club's signs inform the public that a Lions Club exists serving both the Eagle and Glenmoore areas. The new highway signs differ from the old ones that adorned highways for more than 50 years. The new signs include the words "Since 1917" and "Where there's a need there's a Lion."

The Lions Club sign committee was chaired by member Philip Heth of Glenmoore with the help of other Lions and the cooperation of property owners and township officials. The new Lions Club signs are located on Route 100 near the Lexus dealership, on Route 100 near Enterprise Car Rental, on Little Conestoga Road in Glenmoore near Fairview Presbyterian Church, and at the intersection of Fairview Road and Conestoga Road (Route 401) in Glenmoore.

Eagle-Glenmoore Lions Club carries out service projects and fundraisers to support various charities in the community. The club's major fundraiser is the spaghetti dinner held at St. Elizabeth's social hall; the event will take place this year on Saturday, Oct. 28. The proceeds will go to organizations aiding people who are visually impaired and providing vision screenings for children, a camp for children with disabilities, and aid for local food pantries.

New members are welcome to join the club, which meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Eagle Tavern at 6 p.m. For more information, readers may call 610-636-0243.

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Rotary Club Completes Projects June 20, 2017

York East Rotary Club held a day of community service on April 22. In keeping with Rotary's theme of service above self, club members worked hands-on to improve their local community. The club's three sponsored projects were a litter cleanup on Edgewood Road, a spring grounds cleanup at the Gold Star Garden, and landscape mulching at Crispus Attucks.

Rotary members carry out humanitarian efforts both locally and globally. The international organization's many service projects are intended to bring people together to provide goodwill, improve the lives of others, eradicate polio, and promote world peace.

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Overlook Golfers Benefit From Scout's Service Project June 16, 2017

When rising Manheim Township High School junior and member of Boy Scout Troop 99 Spiro Schramm first began considering his Eagle Scout project, he initially considered creating a record board for the Manheim Township Age Group Swim Program, and while he did help to see that goal accomplished and now is in charge of the records and maintenance for that board, his final project involved water in a completely different setting.

Overlook Golf Course, located along Route 501 in Lancaster, now has five new water cooler stands, completed by Spiro and a few of his fellow Scouts on April 17. For his Eagle Scout project, Spiro, who has been golfing since age 3, wanted to improve the condition of the stands on the course. "I spend a lot of time at the golf course, and I noticed the water cooler holders were warped and had moss growing on the roof," he said. Spiro spoke with golf course superintendent John Dougherty and received permission to replace the two existing water stations and add three more to the course. Each station holds a 10-gallon cooler of water that golfers can access to quench their thirst.

In October 2016, Spiro and five of his fellow Scouts came to Overlook with a rented auger and drilled 3-foot holes at all the sites where water stations would be located. They put six-by-six posts in the holes and then filled the holes with concrete. During the winter, Spiro began to build the boxes, which were constructed of plastic lumber made from recycled water bottles. "The plastic won't warp or rot like the wooden ones did," explained Spiro. "I wanted (the stations) to last and be maintenance-free."

Throughout the winter, Spiro worked on the project every Saturday for up to eight hours. "Well over 100 hours of volunteer time went into this," said Spiro, who coordinated the work with Ken Ord, head pro at Overlook, and received some help and advice along the way from other area residents. Ed Federbar, owner of a company that creates trade show booths and display cases, offered the expertise of a staff member, along with a saw to help cut the plastic pieces, and engineering consultant and avid golfer Kurt Moon went over designs with Spiro. "The design went through many changes during the course of the project, and (Moon) offered us wisdom, insight, and tools," explained Spiro.

Spiro noted that completing the project taught him some useful lessons. "I learned time management skills and creative problem solving from running into some issues that I had to come up with creative solutions for," he said. Spiro's father, Steve, noted that his son learned to work efficiently as well. "(Spiro had to) figure out how to do this project economically," Steve said. "He learned how to cut a board with limited waste. (He had) to think through all that."

Dougherty is pleased with the locations and low-maintenance construction of the new stations. "It was good timing," he said. "It's awesome, and we appreciate it." The water stations located near holes 12 and 14 replaced original stations. New stations were added near holes 6, 15, and 2. Spiro situated some of the stations so they can be accessed from multiple holes. He is pleased with the result. "(I knew) it would benefit everyone on the golf course for years to come if I replaced them and added some," he said.

Now that the physical project is complete, Spiro's paperwork from his project will be submitted to the Eagle Scout review committee. He said that once the review is complete, he hopes his Court of Honor will be held in September.

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TVGC Creates Garden At VA Medical Center June 14, 2017

Members of the Twin Valleys Garden Club (TVGC) recently transformed a plot of barren land at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center into a floral shade garden for veterans and visitors to enjoy.

The triangular shade garden, situated near Building 8 at the VA Center, was created by 10 gardeners from the TVGC. Club members planted a wide assortment of plants for the garden, including hostas, hydrangeas, hellebores, astilbes, jack-in-the-pulpit and lily of the valley, which is the official flower of the club. They also planted bulbs that will bloom in spring and summer, as well as anemones, sedum plants and toad lilies, which will offer autumn color.

"(The plants) were specially selected for shade," explained June Allred, chair of the club's community service and outreach work. "The vast majority, with the exception of begonias, are perennials, which will return season after season."

About five veterans from the center provided assistance to the garden club members by helping to clear acorns from the ground, planting and watering. After the garden was completed, club members and the veterans made plant labels to help visitors identify their favorite plants throughout the seasons.

Allred said that the club, which provides holiday decorating at the center, contacted VA staff members Alexis Workman and Jennifer Lilly at the beginning of the year, expressing a desire to do a spring garden project. "We went over and met with the contacts, and they showed us some possible garden sites. We chose this one because some years ago it had been a garden," said Allred, noting that the shade garden is located near benches and picnic tables where veterans gather. "It is a site that (veterans) go by all the time, and they do hang out there and socialize and we thought it was just the right spot."

Some of the plants used in the garden were purchased by club members. Others came directly from members' gardens. "All of the plant materials were donated by the club," Allred said, adding, "(Workman) coordinated delivery of fresh top soil and mulch by the VA Center grounds crew. She also provided gardening gloves and tools for the vets who participated. It was a cooperative effort."

The veterans and TVGC members enjoyed lunch together after the work was completed. The veterans were also invited to help the garden club members maintain the garden in the future by weeding and watering. "The garden club hopes to foster a love of gardening in these veterans and, if they had been gardeners (in the past), to renew their interest in gardening so it becomes a lifelong hobby," said Allred.

She added that the garden project was also designed as way to thank the veterans for their service.

In addition to Allred, who resides in East Nantmeal, TVGC members who helped create the garden include Malvern resident Susan Aggarwal, club president; Sheila McFadden and Debbie Kuhn, both of Malvern; Wendy Brynan of Phoenixville; Jayne Chadsey of Chester Springs; and Susie Zook, Carol Heilner, Rosemary Heth and Trish St. Georges, all from East Nantmeal. Club members Gerallyn Duke of West Chester and Elie Giberson of East Nantmeal also provided plants for the garden.

TVGC, with members throughout northern Chester County, has been taking part in gardening activities and community service projects since 1927. For more information on upcoming projects and club membership, readers may email twinvalleys@aol.com or visit www.twinvalleysgardenclub.wordpress.com.

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Lions Club Donates Books June 14, 2017

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Lions Club Holds Food Drive June 14, 2017

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