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Girl Scouts Earn Silver Awards January 16, 2019

Seven eighth-grade Cadette Girl Scouts in New Freedom completed a major milestone this winter. They earned their Silver Awards, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette in sixth through eighth grades can earn. The Girl Scout Silver Award includes completing a long-term project, educating others, and making a difference in the Scouts' community while working as a team and exhibiting leadership skills. The New Freedom Cadettes completed two projects in the community.

The first project was assembly of chemotherapy care kits. Partnering with the local H.O.P.E. foundation, along with the Southern Branch YMCA, the Paul Smith Library and St. John Lutheran Church, the girls collected donations from local residents and businesses. These donations included items of comfort and hygiene for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment, including fleece blankets, sensitive skin soap, unscented hand sanitizer, puzzle books, coloring books, cards, mints, tissues, and toothbrushes. Part of the project included teaching younger Girl Scouts about cancer and chemotherapy treatment and making cards of comfort and encouragement for chemotherapy patients. Through donations, the girls were able to package and donate more than 100 chemotherapy care kits. Through the project, the girls aimed to raise awareness of cancer, chemotherapy, and the local H.O.P.E. foundation and to encourage the community to continuing donating to the cause.

The second Silver Award project was collecting pet care items and toys for animals in shelters. Partnering with the local New Freedom Animal Rescue Inc., Bark of the Town, and Shrewsbury Family Pet Shop, the girls collected donations of pet food, pet toys, cleaning supplies, and blankets. Additionally, the girls talked to younger children about animal care and made fleece cat and dog toys. The girls were able to donate three large carloads of pet care and toys, with the hope that the items would make animals in shelters more comfortable and more likely to be adopted. The girls encourage community members to continue donating to and adopting animals from local animal shelters.

Through these projects, the Scouts learned the importance of giving back to the community.


Hopewell UMC Packs Meals January 16, 2019

Members of Hopewell United Methodist Church (UMC), 852 Hopewell Road, Downingtown, recently took part in an effort to feed those across the world suffering from hunger.

Proceeds from the Hopewell UMC congregation and Hopewell vacation Bible school raised more than $6,765 in order to pack 23,328 meals for those in need around the world through Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), an international relief effort that apportions food and aid to impoverished countries.

More than 100 volunteers of all ages helped to pack the meals within a two-hour time frame.

Greg, one of event's organizers, shared his story of how hunger impacted his childhood and why he gives his time to Rise Against Hunger.

For more information about the church, readers may visit


Polka Group Donates Toys January 15, 2019


School Receives Donation January 15, 2019

The Knights of Columbus 10474 Father Gerrity Council of Holy Infant Parish in Manchester recently presented York Catholic principal Katie Seufert a check for $10,000 in support of York Catholic's "Grow Today, Impact Tomorrow" Capital Campaign. The campaign is designed to provide resources for needed renovations and improvements to the high school with a focus on academic, student life, and extracurricular experiences.

Among the projects are renovated classrooms with facility-wide air-conditioning; upgrades and modernization to science labs and science lecture rooms; facility-wide safety enhancements, including an elevator; the creation of a new Student and Media Center, which will also house a College and Career Readiness Center, student center, renovated chapel, and upgraded lobby; and the installation of a turf athletic field that will be used by 12 athletic teams.


BPW Group Presents Donation January 14, 2019


Women's Club Announces 2019 Grant Program January 10, 2019

The Women's Club of Manheim has announced details of its 2019 Grant Program. The club will award grants of up to $1,000 to nonprofit organizations serving Manheim and the Manheim community. Interested individuals and organizations may find the one-page application for the grants on Facebook by searching for "The Women's Club of Manheim" or request an application by emailing

Grant applications are due on Friday, Feb. 15. Information for submitting the grant application can be found on the application. Winners of the grants will be announced in March. Readers who would like more information about the grants may contact Kathy Bower at or call 717-665-9141.

The Women's Club of Manheim, which has been in existence since 1937, is an organization of Manheim women committed to friendship, community service, and civic responsibility. The club is a nonprofit organization that contributes more than $10,000 each year to the Manheim community.

Projects and organizations that received funding in the past include the Manheim Community Library Summer Reading Program, Secret Santa gifts for children in the Manheim Central School District, Aaron's Acres, Manheim Central High School (MCHS) post prom, Manheim Central Food Pantry, scholarships for female seniors at MCHS, Manheim Central Elementary Run for Fitness, Manheim banners, Pleasant View Retirement Community bingo, and activities for residents at The Danner Home.


Troop 82 For Young Women Forming In CV January 10, 2019

Conestoga Valley High School senior Lyndsey Nedrow was involved in a scouting program when she lived in Canada as a child. When the triplet moved here, she was surprised to learn that she and her sister, Lauren, could not take part in the same Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program as her brothers Ryan and Austin. Undeterred, Lyndsey attended meetings, merit badge outings, and campouts along with her brothers and her father, Mike, who is an assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 83.

Now, Lyndsey, Lauren, and eight other young ladies are preparing to transition to forming their own BSA Troop 82, which will function alongside Troop 83. At the Troop 83 Court of Honor held on Dec. 17 at Zion Lutheran Church in Leola, Abram Shrom, West Earl Lions Club member, signed a new unit application to further the process of creating the troop, which plans to begin meeting on Sundays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 11 N. Church St., Brownstown, in February. The troop will be open to girls ages 11 to 17 who wish to pursue the Eagle Scout rank.

The West Earl Lions Club serves as the chartering organization for Crew, Pack, and Troop 82. The Lions have been supportive of Brownstown-area youths since 1958.

Venturing Crew 82 has been active since April 2018. During that time, members of the crew have performed more than 200 hours of service, hiked, fished, canoed in Maine, and attended a variety of BSA training programs. The members have split logs with saws, staffed two summer camps, and spent a weekend in tents nearly every month since spring, according to Scoutmaster Erin Blank.

The Eagle Scout rank is BSA's highest award. Only a percentage of Scouts reach the rank, which is presented in a special Court of Honor. Lyndsey's father and two brothers are both Eagle Scouts, but the creation of the troop did not allow enough time for her and Lauren to achieve Eagle status. Both girls have applied for extensions to pursue that rank while in college. According to Blank, members Jenna and Sarah Marston will probably also apply for the extension just before they turn 18.

When Lyndsey was 14, she joined a coed Venturing Crew 1861, which is a Fife and Drum Corps, along with her brothers. Venturing Crews are formed to promote interest in a particular activity, and the curriculum focuses heavily on leadership and service. Taking part in the crew activities allowed Lyndsey to participate, but she wanted more.

The girls of Venturing Crew 82 have been hard at work learning Scout-level skills, and they are making changes in preparation for Troop 82. "Our specific mission is to become a troop," explained Lyndsey. "We are wearing the tan uniforms, and instead of being president, I am senior patrol leader. We are trying to create that foundation so there will be a place for (younger) girls to join." The group members are looking forward to attending the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia in late July.

Troop 82 will be all female, but it will be linked to Troop 83. "We will do events with them, and we share gear," noted Lyndsey, adding that the leaders and members of Troop 83 have been very supportive of the fledgling Venturing Crew.

On Dec. 17, Lyndsey led the posting of the colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the BSA oath and law at the start of the meeting, which was opened by Troop 83 committee chair Charlie Letteer. Two members of Troop 83 were recognized for rank advancements. Julian White moved up from Scout to Tenderfoot rank, and Harrison Booth moved from Star to Life Scout.

Young people in the Brownstown area who are interested in Scouting may contact Blank at 717-799-0233 or Dan Dennis, Pack 82 Cubmaster, at 717-989-1906. Readers who would like more information about the new troop may visit


Student Organizes Fundraising Events January 10, 2019

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) has announced its 2019 Students of the Year candidates, which include Logan Conrad of Elizabethtown. The program is a seven-week initiative in which select high school students from around the country participate in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS.

Logan, 14, is a freshman honors student at Elizabethtown Area High School. He is a member of the soccer team and participates in Mini-THON, chess club, and Model UN. He has become involved with LLS because he would like fewer families to be affected by cancer.

The campaign began on Jan. 13 and will run through Saturday, March 2. Logan's fundraising page is available at

Logan is organizing a cornhole tournament fundraising event, slated for Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m. at Funk Brewing, 28 S. Market St., Elizabethtown. A portion of the proceeds will go to LLS. To register, readers may visit

In addition to this event, Logan plans to organize events at school to engage his peers, place donation boxes at several local businesses, and organize other fundraising activities.


Fresh Air Fund Seeks Families January 9, 2019

The Fresh Air Fund seeks volunteer host families in Lancaster County to open their hearts and homes to a Fresh Air child this summer. Each summer, thousands of children from New York City's low-income communities visit suburban, rural, and small-town communities along the East Coast and in southern Canada through The Fresh Air Fund's Friendly Towns Program.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, nonprofit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls ages 7 to 18 who live in New York City. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips.

For more information about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, readers may contact Elaine Hurst at 717-951-0203 or visit


Foundation Supports Housing Charities, Disaster Relief January 9, 2019

The Realtors Association of York and Adams Counties (RAYAC) Foundation has announced that in 2018 it awarded $2,500 to the American Red Cross to aid flood relief efforts in York and Adams counties, as well as $46,650 to 17 housing-related charities in York & Adams counties. Individual donors, event sponsors and volunteers made the donations possible. The monies were raised during four fundraisers throughout 2018.

The foundation presented checks to the housing-related nonprofit organizations during a ceremony on Dec. 21 at the RAYAC office in York. Recipients included Adams Rescue Mission for Project 114, Bridge of Hope of York County for rent assistance for homeless mothers and children, Children's Aid Society to replace privacy windows in the crisis nursery, Children's Home of York for the residential youth program, Hoffman Homes for Youth to help replace the facility's roof, House of Hope to help with refinishing floors, and LifePath Christian Ministries to refurbish the men's shelter shower.

Also, funds were presented to Margaret E. Moul Home to replace garden boxes and outdoor furniture, Miss Bobbi's Place to assist with homeless shelters, New Hope Ministries for its housing assistance program, Penn-Mar Human Services to provide a patient lift for mobility in a residential home, Servants Inc. for its Home Helps program, SpiritTrust Lutheran to help older adults feel at home, Survivors Inc. for the Claudia House Storage Project, TrueNorth Wellness Services for bathroom renovations, YWCA Hanover for safe home transitional housing, and YWCA York for building repairs.

For more information about the RAYAC Foundation, readers may contact Jaclyn Eriksen at 717-843-7891 or


Club Holds Fundraiser January 9, 2019


Club Supports K-9 Unit January 3, 2019


David's Drive Wraps Gifts For Veterans January 2, 2019

David's Drive 831 (DD831), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of veterans, held its ninth annual Christmas Gift Wrapping Extravaganza on Dec. 14 at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

During the event, approximately 200 volunteers wrapped 1,000 gift boxes containing personal care items, snacks and more. The Christmas gifts were distributed to veterans who reside at the Coatesville VA Medical Center, as well as to veterans at other facilities.

DD831 is named after David Turner Jr., who died at the age of 20 on Dec. 16, 2009. At the time of his death, David was employed at the VA center, and afterward, his family members started the David's Drive charity to benefit veterans by providing much-needed goods and services. The 831 symbolizes the phrase "I love you," because it contains eight letters and three words that have one meaning.

During the event, in an assembly line fashion, volunteers packed the boxes with the individual items that were purchased in advance with donated funds. Each box contained deodorant, lotion, toothpaste and a toothbrush, a pen and pencil, chocolates, mints, socks, a hat, a scarf, gloves and a puzzle book, among other items. "Each box also (contained) a holiday card, including homemade ones," explained David Turner Sr., founder and president of David's Drive 831. "There were 25 items total in each box."

Boxes were then wrapped in white paper. The wrapped boxes were given to volunteers who decorated them with various designs. "Anybody that wanted to color the boxes was (invited)," said Turner. "There were Girl Scout troops there and church groups and (representatives) from some of the veterans' service organizations."

Turner noted that many of veterans who receive the boxes carefully remove the wrapping paper and hang it on their walls as a decoration.

Special guests at the wrapping event included state Sen. Andy Dinniman, who presented the volunteers with citations, and singer Jess Zimmerman. "We hired the Jess Zimmerman Band (to perform) a country music concert during Veterans Week at the VA," Turner explained. "Right in the middle (of the gift-wrapping event), Jess Zimmerman stopped volunteers in their tracks with a beautiful rendition of our national anthem."

Jenn Lilly, chief of voluntary service at the Coatesville VA, was also on hand at the event. "She had the idea to place all the (wrapped and decorated) boxes in the shape of 831," Turner noted. "It worked out really well."

The Christmas boxes were distributed to veterans at the Coatesville and Lebanon VA medical centers, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Veterans Center in Spring City and the Delaware County Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Broomall.

Turner noted that fundraising efforts are held year-round to purchase gifts and wrapping materials for the project, which costs approximately $25,000. "We got grants from the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation and a grant from the Veterans Trust Fund," he pointed out. "There are also companies in the area that always help us out. A local company donated 25 pizzas for the volunteers."

The Christmas Gift Wrapping Extravaganza is one of DD831's many efforts that benefit veterans. The charity collects socks and underwear throughout the year and also offers assistance to previously homeless veterans by helping them with transitional housing and by purchasing new beds and household items for them.

Turner said that the various projects not only provide comfort to his family but also honor David Turner Jr. In a post at, Turner wrote, "Thanks to the love from the community we get to honor him - to ensure he is not forgotten. We feel close to David as it keeps his memory alive."

For more information about David's Drive, readers may visit the Facebook page or


Scout Builds Pedestrian Bridge January 2, 2019

Max Francis, a member of Boy Scout Troop 20, recently completed his Eagle Scout service project.

For his project, Max led the construction of a 28-foot-long pedestrian bridge connecting Leg Up Farm's overflow parking field to its main facility and easing pedestrian traffic between the two areas. Leg Up Farm used the pedestrian bridge for the first time during its 2018 Fall Fest, held on Oct. 13, 2018.

Max, a ninth-grader at York Suburban High School, is the son of Steve and Sallie Francis. Troop 20 meets at St. John Lutheran Church in York.

The construction mentor was Kevin Inch, owner of Construction by Inch. Additionally, many local businesses, as well as East Manchester Township and many volunteers, helped construct and fund the bridge.


DAR Chapter Places Wreaths At Cemetery December 27, 2018

On Dec. 14, 2018, the Harrisburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) placed 230 name-specific wreaths at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery to honor those who have served. These special placements were laid by volunteers, and a picture of each headstone with the wreath was taken to be sent to the relatives who had ordered the placement.

Again on Dec. 15, members of the Harrisburg Chapter of the DAR, along with other DAR members from around the state, attended the memorial ceremony and assisted with laying the thousands of wreaths still to be placed. The Harrisburg Chapter contributed more than 700 wreaths. Through this effort and the efforts of many other organizations and individuals, every grave at the Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery had a wreath during the holiday season.

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


Boy Scouts Place Wreaths December 26, 2018


York Food Bank Seeks Helpers December 26, 2018

Volunteers are needed to sort and stock food items at the York County Food Bank, 254 W. Princess St., York, from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, Jan. 10 and 24. This project will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For further information, readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 717-893-8474 or


Club Will Accept Grant Applications December 24, 2018

Uptown York Rotary Club (UYRC) strives to attract a diverse group of professionals who share a passion for giving back to their community and making a difference in the world. The club's service focus areas are downtown revitalization, environmental sustainability, and community and youth development.

One way the group serves its focus areas is to provide funding for initiatives that make a difference in the community. UYRC is launching a Community Giving grant program to identify and support needs in its service area.

Grant applications will be accepted three times per year, with the first session opening now and remaining open through Friday, Feb. 15. Grantees can apply for two levels - up to $500 for programs that serve the UYRC service area and up to $1,000 for the programs that serve the UYRC service area and impact one of Rotary's six areas of focus.

Grants approved by the Rotary Club of Uptown York are to support programs that service York and the York County community. The club is particularly interested in supporting organizations whose best practices and initiatives support Rotary's six areas of focus: Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development, Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, and Water and Sanitation.

Not-for-profit or 501(c)(3) organizations may apply for a grant. Selection criteria includes, but is not limited to: how well the project demonstrates the use of Rotary's six areas of focus, the level of impact on the community, the level of documented need for the program/project and/or the grant funding, the level of collaboration with other organizations or community initiatives, clearly defined measures of success, and Rotarian involvement (individual/group).

Applicants are asked to describe the sustainability of the project after the grant funds have been disbursed. Funding is not considered for ongoing operating costs of an organization, capital campaigns, scholarships, or stipends for individuals. For more information, readers may visit


RSVP Posts Volunteer Opportunity December 24, 2018

RSVP of the Capital Region - York is seeking volunteers age 55 and over for the Therapeutic Riding Department at Leg Up Farm in York. The opportunity is especially geared toward individuals who enjoy working with children.

Volunteer benefits include transportation reimbursement, free supplemental liability insurance, recognition and appreciation events, paid assistance with clearances, and more. For further information, readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 717-893-8474 or


Lions Club Members Attend Eye School December 24, 2018

Members of the Hershey Lions Club attended the Penn State Eye Center's Eye School held at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center on Nov. 17.

The Eye School is an educational event held annually each fall. It is sponsored by the Lions of District 14-T, which includes the Hershey Lions Club. District 14-T encompasses Lions, Lioness, and Leo Cubs within Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, and Perry counties.

The Eye Center's mission includes patient care, education, research, and community outreach. The Eye School is part of that outreach and consists of vision-related topics delivered by Penn State Eye Center care providers.

A total of 90 registrants attended this year's Eye School. Attendees included community members, patients, students, health care workers, volunteers, and Lions. The Hershey Lions were joined by Lions from other clubs including Lower Paxton Township, Richfield, and Paxtang. Lions Clubs were founded in 1917. Since 1925, Lions have worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired.

The Hershey Lions Club meets on the first and third Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Hummelstown. Lions Clubs are groups of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.

For more information, readers may visit or

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