Marching Band Members Perform Service September 14, 2018
The Manheim Township High School marching band participated in the United Way of Lancaster County's annual Day of Caring on Sept. 8. The work was completed as part of the 2018 United Way Day of Caring.
This year, a total of 150 students, staff and adult volunteers traveled to the Wittell Farm in Elizabethtown to pick sweet corn.
Dr. Robin Felty, Manheim Township School District superintendent, thanked the students for their efforts and for giving back to the community. After receiving additional thanks and instructions from Scott Siegel, Manheim Township band director, and pastor Matt Lenahan, Hunger Free Lancaster County board member and the manager of the Wittell Farm Growing Project, the volunteers took to the fields for three hours, picking the corn and collecting it in large bins.
Student and adult volunteers could be seen through the field picking corn and loading it into bins while talking, laughing and singing. The group's work wrapped up by 11:30 a.m. with 8,800 pounds picked. Kevin Ditzler, the United Way of Lancaster County's vice president of development, thanked the band for its participation. The Manheim Township marching band has participated in the United Way Day of Caring for the past four years.
For more information on the Manheim Township marching band and the Manheim Township Marching Band Boosters, readers may visit www.facebook.com/mtmbb.alumniandfriends.
Vietnam Veterans Participate In Ceremony September 13, 2018
In August, Vietnam veterans from Chapter 542 of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), along with their families and friends, traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. In addition to the Harrisburg veterans, members of a Boy Scout troop and another VVA chapter from Silver Spring, Md., participated.
The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance. The service members listed on the wall were called to attention. Many of the veterans located the names of friends lost during the war and honored them by washing their granite panels on the wall. Following the wall washing, the ceremony concluded with laying of a wreath of flowers.
VVA Chapter 542 meets at 12:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at 8000 Derry St., Harrisburg. The next meeting will take place on Oct. 14. The meeting is open to the public.
Scout Project Honors Haldeman September 12, 2018
Garret Yoder, a member of Scout Troop 8, which meets at the Bird-in-Hand United Methodist Church, knew David G. Haldeman because the longtime Paradise Rotary Club member was serious about his position as charter representative with the troop. "Haldeman was the charter representative for 30 years," said Garret's father, Kevin. "He came to Scout picnics and banquets."
After Haldeman passed away in March of 2017, Scoutmaster Luther Wagner recommended Garret find a way to honor the Rotarian with his Eagle Scout project. "I was walking through (Flory Park off Strasburg Pike) in the summer of 2017," recalled Garret. "I noticed this area was empty, and I thought it was a good spot to put an Eagle Scout project." Garret considered what to do with the open area located in front of a stone wall, and he decided that a bench and a plaque would give area residents a chance to relax and learn about Haldeman's service to the community. The plaque that the Paradise Rotary sponsored for the site lists Haldeman's membership in the Bird-in-Hand Fire Company, his volunteerism with the Scouts, his charter membership with the East Lampeter Park Board, and his nearly 60 years of perfect attendance at Rotary Club meetings among his accomplishments.
Garret received approval for his project from Scout administrators on Sept. 11, 2017. The park board approved the placement of a bench on the spot in the same month. He and his father, supported by his mother, Carla, began working on the bench in late 2017 and continued into the winter of 2018. "We poured the concrete into molds at home," explained Garret, who said the bench was completed in May and placed in the park, 416 Dohner Dr., Lancaster, on June 16. The plaque was added during a special ceremony attended by Rotary Club members and Haldeman's widow, Mary, on Aug. 16. Garret worked with Rotary Club of Paradise president Bill Dewan to obtain the plaque. A local gardening business provided a number of perennials to be planted around the bench.
Garret will meet with Scout administrators during September to complete approval for his Eagle Scout recognition. The Conestoga Valley High School senior looks forward to scheduling his Court of Honor once the approval process is finished.
The Rotary Club of Paradise meets at noon each Thursday at the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant, 2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand. Readers who would like to learn more about the club may call 717-405-7317 or email email@example.com.
Tax Preparation Volunteers Sought September 12, 2018
The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation Program is seeking volunteers in York County for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide is a program that offers free tax filing help for those people who need it most, especially adults age 50 and older, during the tax season.
A variety of roles are available for individuals at every level of experience. Volunteer tax preparers will complete tax preparation training and IRS certification prior to working with taxpayers. After completing training, volunteers will receive continued support. There is also a need for grassroots leadership, on-site greeters, and interpreters who can provide language assistance.
Last year in York County, nearly 60 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped a total of more than 3,500 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at 14 sites in York County, including senior centers, churches, and libraries.
For more information, readers may contact Dick Hershey at 717-741-1868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LWCC Members Volunteer Locally August 22, 2018
Ten volunteers from Living Word Community Church (LWCC) of Red Lion volunteered for Bell Socialization Services Inc. on Aug. 11.
For the fifth year, volunteers from the church removed weeds from flower beds and yard areas, laid mulch and gravel, and did landscaping tasks for two residential facilities that are part of Bell's Intellectual Disabilities Department and the CHIPP Assisted Living Program. This year, the homes were located at Fox Run Drive in York and South Park Street in Dallastown.
The LWCC volunteers are part of the church's Seasons of Service project, formerly known as "900 for 90." LWCC of Red Lion has the goal for 900 of its church members to each volunteer for 90 minutes this year.
Bell Socialization Services Inc. is a 501(c)(3) human services agency based in York that provides housing and living skills supports to individuals living with mental illness, people with intellectual disabilities, and homeless families. Since 1966, Bell programs have aimed to provide an environment of support and empowerment to help people throughout the greater York/Hanover area improve their quality of living.
Scout Completes Service Project August 21, 2018
Nicholas Spangler, a member of Scout Troop 67, recently spearheaded the construction of three eyeglass collection boxes for his Eagle Project.
The boxes are located at the Dover Borough Office Building on Butter Road, at Dover Fire Hall on East Canal Street, and at the Dover Township Building on West Canal Road.
Nick chose this project with the help of a friend, knowing that the Dover Lions Club collects eyeglasses for reuse. Nick and his father started with lockable mailboxes, and Nick retrofitted them for his project, including fabricating the parts, sanding, painting, and applying decals.
Dover Scout Troop 67 is chartered by Dover Lions Club, and the two organizations work together throughout the year.
Nick is a 2018 Dover High School graduate and is slated to attend Elizabethtown College to study international business.
Girl Scouts Clean Up Litter August 15, 2018
This year, 24 Girl Scouts from Junior Troop 70163 completed projects to address the problem of litter in their community. They had seen firsthand the effects of litter on the beauty of the world and had also heard of the deadly impact that litter may have on wildlife and pets. The Scouts visited a local playground to pick up litter and also brainstormed ways to encourage people to put their trash in a receptacle instead of discarding it on the ground. Their solution was to make trash receptacles more colorful and interesting.
Thanks to a donation from a local business, the troop was able to obtain two durable, outdoor trash receptacles, which they decorated with colorful artwork. The fully functional works of art were donated to West Lampeter Township and may be used at parks in the township. The Scouts held dedication ceremonies for the receptacles.
Scoutmaster Recognized For 50 Years Of Service August 15, 2018
St. James Lutheran Church, 180 W. Market St., Hallam, recently celebrated George Gayman's 50 years of service to Boy Scout Troop 49. During George's time as Scoutmaster of Troop 49, 72 boys earned the title of Eagle Scout. He has attended two World Jamborees in England and Holland. George has also attended seven National Jamborees, the most recent one being held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.
George and his wife, Shirley, became actively involved in the Cub Scouts in 1968. In 1970, George became a committee member for Troop 49, and in 1972 he became Scoutmaster of Troop 49, with Shirley serving as his right hand in all of the troop's activities and endeavors. Over the years, George has strived to teach hundreds of boys - through his example - the meaning of the Boy Scout oath of showing respect to God and country and kindness to all.
George has been a faithful member of St. James Lutheran Church and has served on various committees, including the Property Committee and Church Council. George and Shirley have three children, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. George has a reputation as an excellent cook, with specialties including broccoli salad, barbecue, chicken corn soup, cake, and - perhaps most notably - fudge, which he frequently shares with others. George even made his famous fudge to share while he was in England attending a World Jamboree.
The celebration of his time serving with the Boy Scouts took place on May 20. George received recognition and citations of achievement from state Rep. Keith Gillespie, Hallam Borough Council member Cindy Knox, past Troop 49 committee chairman Leroy Hanson, assistant director commissioner for York New Birth of Freedom Council Jonathan Hess, and St. James Lutheran Church council representative Barry Hilt.
Meals On Wheels Drivers Needed August 15, 2018
RSVP of the Capital Region - York County is seeking volunteers age 55 and older to serve as drivers for a Meals on Wheels senior center in York County. Volunteer benefits include transportation reimbursement, free supplemental liability insurance, recognition and appreciation events, and assistance with clearances.
Readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 717-893-8474 or email@example.com.
PASR Celebrates 80 Years August 15, 2018
The Chester County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) joined the Coatesville Area Senior Center on June 28 to commemorate PASR Day. Designated by gubernatorial and legislative proclamation, the day observed the 80 years that PASR had been serving retirees of public schools in the state.
The mission of the PASR is to serve others in need and to help one another to enjoy retirement. Not only does PASR work to assist its members in retirement, but it also advocates for legislation that assists all Pennsylvania seniors and retirement groups. PASR also engages in community service projects, educational support projects, and the distribution of information through websites, social media, and newsletters.
The flag that flew over the nation's capitol on June 28 was flown in recognition of PASR's 80 years. To celebrate PASR's anniversary event and the Independence Day holiday, members of the Chester County Chapter distributed 80 American flag lapel pins to people assembled at the Coatesville Area Senior Center. Those in attendance included senior citizens, veterans, staff, volunteers and community members.
Near the conclusion of the luncheon activities, veterans were asked to stand and share their branch of service and military memories. Attendees expressed their appreciation.
Group Aids Food Bank Program August 15, 2018
Members of the American Legion Riders (ALR) Stewartstown Post 455 presented a check for $500 to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank on July 18. The funds will go toward the food bank's MilitaryShare program, which is designed to provide fresh, nutritious foods for families with at least one member who served in the armed forces. The program serves clients within the food bank's 27-county service territory.
The funds were raised by the Stewartstown ALR group at various events, including a meet-and-greet event at Saubel's Market in Stewartstown on July 1, and during several charity fundraising rides held in 2018. Veterans and family members of veterans who are interested in joining the Stewartstown American Legion Riders group or the Stewartstown American Legion may contact Butch Hensel at 410-371-9331.
For more information about MilitaryShare, readers may call Greg Stegall at 717-564-1700 ext. 2315.
Local Veterans Visit Eagles Practice August 8, 2018
Outing Provided By David's Drive
When the David's Drive 831 charity was provided with tickets to a recent practice session of the Philadelphia Eagles, representatives of the organization immediately donated a majority of those free passes to veterans who reside at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.
Thirty individuals, including veterans and their support staff, along with David's Drive committee members, were able to visit the Aug. 5 practice of the championship football team, held at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The event was designated as Military Appreciation Night.
"We had seven (people) from David's Drive (attend); the rest were veterans and support staff," explained David Turner Sr., founder and president of David's Drive.
The veterans were bused to the stadium by the VA and provided with box lunches.
Upon arrival at the stadium and after the resolution of a computer ticketing glitch, the members of the group were surprised to learn that they would be given access to club-level seating.
"It took us a while to get in and once we got in, I have a buddy in the Eagles (organization) and he met us at the door and ushered us through, and guest services gave us passes for the club level," said Turner. "We were treated to club-level seating, which was air conditioned, and there was complimentary food and beverages and sideline access."
Turner, who was accompanied by his wife, Joy, and their daughter, Sam, said he enjoyed visiting with the veterans, most of whom had never visited the Eagles' stadium. "One of the vets told me his mom was an Eagles fan. They had gone to the Vet (Veterans Stadium) but never had a chance to go to the Linc," Turner related. "Joy, Sam and I sat back and were lucky enough to watch them talk and tell stories about their Eagles (memories)."
Turner said the highlight of the event came at the end of the evening. "At the end of the practice, they brought about 100 veterans all dressed in their uniforms and they stood on one sideline from end zone to end zone and on the other side was a whole line of Eagles players," Turner explained. "They all walked to the center of the field, shook hands and the players took their jerseys off and gave them to the veterans. It was really moving."
He said that the local veterans really enjoyed their special treatment at the practice. "The Eagles showed their love and respect for our veterans, and our veterans appreciated it," Turner said. "It was nice that they got a little bit of the VIP treatment."
David's Drive is named for David Turner Jr., an avid Eagles fan, who was a cashier at the canteen at the VA hospital when he died in 2009 at the age of 20. His family started the charity in 2010 to improve the lives of veterans. The organization's motto is "Helping Veterans Because We Should."
Since its formation, David's Drive has donated more than $1 million to support veterans. In addition, the organization sponsors parades and picnics for the veterans, along with other social outings.
David's Drive also assists veterans transitioning from homelessness to independent living through the Housing and Urban Development - Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. The program provides housing vouchers to homeless veterans and gives them an opportunity to live independently in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties by providing appliances, household goods, personal care products and financial assistance for rent and utilities. Furniture is provided to the veterans through the charity's partnership with the Community Warehouse Project.
For more information about David's Drive, including volunteer opportunities, readers may email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.davidsdrive831.org or www.facebook.com/davids.drive.
VFW Post 1446 Extends Item Collection August 8, 2018
Red Lion VFW Post 1446 and Auxiliary has announced that the VFW will continue its item collection through September. Post 1447 and Auxiliary members, along with other members of the Red Lion community, have been donating and collecting items for Pennsylvania National Guard members deployed in Kuwait. Organizers have already packed and mailed 14 boxes. Another mailing will be sent to the troops in time for the holiday season.
Donation suggestions include current issues of magazines, foot care items, powdered beverage mixes, playing cards, foam balls, frisbees, and small board games. Monetary donations will also be accepted to help offset the cost of mailing the items. Donations will be collected at the VFW's chicken barbecues on Saturdays, Aug. 18 and Sept. 22. Donations may also be dropped off at the post, 815 S. Main St., Red Lion.
For more information, readers may call 717-246-1446.
Rotary Members Volunteer With Mission Project August 7, 2018
In the summer of 2016, a shipping container called the HOOP was transformed by volunteers at Hopewell United Methodist Church (UMC) in Downingtown into a kitchen and meeting room. The container was also filled with donations before being sent to Mosaic, an organization that helps orphaned children in South Africa. The container was added to the Mosaic Paarl Community Center, which already consisted of eight previously renovated shipping containers that were attached together.
This summer, local volunteers are again renovating a shipping container, which is currently situated in the far corner of Hopewell UMC's parking lot. Once completed, HOOP 2 will be made into two rooms to be used for job training for parents who have adopted or are fostering orphaned children in South Africa.
Members of the Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown recently joined the effort by volunteering to add drywall to the interior of the container. Rotary member Elva Wright, who is also member of Hopewell UMC, said that the Rotary Club is involved with local and international charities. "The motto of Rotary is 'Service Above Self,' and with that each Rotary Club has a local emphasis and an international emphasis," she stated. "We're always looking for projects."
The group was welcomed by church member Tony Brantzeg, who is project chair for HOOP 2. He displayed a photo of the community center built out of shipping containers. "A couple of years ago, we renovated a 40-foot container here and we called it the HOOP, which is a South African word for 'hope' and loosely stands for 'Helping Orphans Out of Poverty," he explained.
He said that the kitchen portion of the container is used to serve breakfasts and snacks to local children. "About 160 kids come for that every day," he stated. "Before the kitchen, they had to bring the food in. They were ecstatic when we provided the kitchen." The meeting room is used by more than 100 children during Mosaic's after-school program.
Brantzeg, who has traveled to South Africa about 20 times, noted that Mosaic was founded by South Africans Meyer and Louise Conradie, when they were only 21. "(They) felt specifically called to address the issue of orphaned and vulnerable children," he noted.
While displaying a photo of a brick home, Brantzeg explained that Mosaic identifies families that have taken in orphaned children and relocates them from makeshift shelters into 600-square-foot brick homes. The homes are completed by volunteers and local workers.
Karen Ladd Baker, president of Mosaic USA, was also on hand to greet the volunteers from the Rotary Club. She noted that Mosaic has been serving children and families in South Africa for 10 years. "Our goal is that all of (the orphans) will have the home and the care they deserve," she said.
The container is scheduled to be shipped this fall. The community is invited to participate in the renovation or to donate new and gently used items that will be placed in the container before shipping, including kitchen essentials, such as cookie sheets and mixing bowls, along with dictionaries, wooden puzzles, educational toys and youth-size clothing.
For more details on the project and how to donate time or goods, readers may visit www.hopewellumc.org/the-hoop-2.
More information about the Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown and its activities is available at www.thorndalerotary.org.
Groups Relocate Trail August 7, 2018
The Mason-Dixon Trail System (M-DTS) relocated a 2.7-mile section north of Wrightsville off the roads onto the land that was the former Marietta Gravity Water Company property. The Lancaster County Conservancy is in the process of purchasing the property and plans to rename it the Hellam Hills Preserve.
The initial relocation was constructed by the joint M-DTS/York Hiking Club (YHC) Thursday work crew and is now blazed and open to foot traffic. The relocation goes into the woods near the junction of River Drive and Furnace Road. It emerges onto River Drive near Dugan Run. Along the trail, people may see Grubs Bank iron mine, established in 1866, as well as a gas pipeline, an old dam that became clogged with silt, and the pumping station for the Columbia Water Company. The old route followed River Drive.
In the future, a planned relocation will route the trail down to the old dam site on Wildcat Run and a backpackers' shelter at the old dam site.
VFW Post Slates Combat Recovery Course August 7, 2018
The James A. Danner VFW Post 537, 1095 Pines Road, Goldsboro (Etters), will host a 12-week REBOOT Combat Recovery course beginning on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. The training focuses on healing the spiritual wounds of combat and is led by combat veterans, including a nationally certified counselor. The course is open to combat veterans, along with spouses and partners. Free child care and dinner are included, as well.
VFW Post 537 received positive reviews from the combat veterans and their spouses who graduated from its fall 2017 and spring 2018 classes.
To register, visit www.rebootrecovery.com. For more information on REBOOT, contact Charlie Yost at email@example.com or 724-630-4956 or Doug Wahl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-649-4479.
Volunteers Serve Community Through The Manheim Project August 6, 2018
The Manheim Project once again brought together hundreds of individuals from local churches this summer as they collectively worked toward the same goal of showing love and compassion through good deeds to the Manheim community.
From July 16 to 27, volunteers sporting blue T-shirts emblazoned with The Manheim Project name and logo could be spotted assisting Manheim-area residents with work projects including repairs to porches and ceilings, power washing, patio cleanup, scraping and painting projects, carpentry work, plumbing repairs, weeding, landscaping, trash removal, and other miscellaneous tasks.
Ephrata, Lititz, and Manheim all host similar work camp projects in their communities. Each one is coordinated through Love INC of Lancaster County, which refers to the initiative as The Compassion Project. The project is publicized several weeks in advance through flyers and newspaper advertisements with a telephone number for area residents to call if they have a need. Love INC then fields all the calls and connects each church with service work according to the number of volunteers and skill sets they have to offer. Nate Minnich, who attends White Oak Church of the Brethren (COB), serves as the regional organizer for Manheim.
To meet those needs, volunteers of all ages from the following Manheim-area churches joined forces: Trinity Evangelical Congregational (EC) Church, East Fairview COB, Erb Mennonite Church, Manheim Brethren in Christ (BIC), Salem United Methodist Church, White Oak COB, Jerusalem Church, Newport Church, LCBC Manheim, Erisman Mennonite, and St. Paul's United Church of Christ.
Loren Gochnauer of Trinity EC Church explained that the volunteers work as teams to complete tasks and also take time to talk to and pray with the recipients. Recipients and volunteers are mutually blessed by the symbiotic nature of The Manheim Project. Twenty-eight people from Trinity participated this year, contributing more than 200 hours of time to help others with tasks at their homes. Some folks schedule time off work in advance while others squeeze the projects into their week in addition to working regular hours at their jobs. "Our youngest volunteer was 10 years old, and folks in their 70s (also helped)," noted Gochnauer.
Manheim-area churches or individuals who would like to participate next summer may email email@example.com or search for "The Manheim Project" on Facebook. To learn more about Love INC, readers may call 717-735-7540 or visit https://loveinclancaster.org.