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Volunteers Sought For Senior Games March 25, 2019

The York County Senior Games Planning Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with the 2019 York County Senior Games, which will be held from Monday, June 17, through Friday, June 21. Individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses are being sought to assist with a variety of volunteer activities.

Volunteers must be age 14 or older. Assistance is needed with registration, scorekeeping, picking up and delivering supplies, assisting at events, restocking supplies, and more.

To learn more about the volunteer opportunities, readers may contact 717-771-9001 or aging@yorkcountypa.gov.

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Sorority To Offer Free Clothing March 22, 2019

The Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority at Millersville University will host its Spring Cleaning Clothing Exchange on Sunday, March 31, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 24 in the Millersville University Student Memorial Center on South George Street. Free clothing will be available to members of the campus and community.

Donations of gently used items will be accepted on the day of the event. Attendees may donate clothes for men, women, babies and children. Coats, blankets and shoes will also be accepted.

At the end of the event, all remaining items will be donated to the Maternal and Children's Health Consortium of Chester County. The organization's mission is to empower families to build a healthier and brighter future for their children by overcoming the social and environmental barriers that lead to poor health conditions.

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Battlefield Trust Seeks Volunteers March 21, 2019

Volunteers throughout Pennsylvania are teaming up with the American Battlefield Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of five Keystone State battlefields and historic sites as part of Park Day, an annual nationwide, hands-on preservation event. Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities.

Park Day will take place on Saturday, April 6, when Pennsylvania volunteers will be joined by thousands of fellow participants across the country in cleaning up and revitalizing 160 historic sites in 32 states. Activities are mainly outdoor projects that range from raking leaves and collecting trash to painting and gardening. Volunteers will receive T-shirts, and some sites will provide lunch or refreshments. A local historian may also be on hand to talk about the role of the site in the national story.

Starting times, and occasionally event dates, may vary at each site. Pennsylvania volunteers interested in participating in Park Day are encouraged to contact the individual sites.

Sites and the contact people include Brandywine Battlefield - Birmingham Hill in West Chester, Andrew Outten at amoutten@gmail.com; Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Norma Lohman at norma_lohman@nps.gov; Highland Cemetery in Lock Haven, Dave Wallace at davewallace56@verizon.net; Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia, Samuel Ricks at mricks9015@aol.com; and Paoli Battlefield Historical Park in Malvern, James Christ at jchristwc13@gmail.com.

For a complete list of participating Park Day sites and more information, readers may visit www.battlefields.org/parkday.

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Post 455 Presents Donation March 19, 2019

On March 11, members of American Legion Post 455 in Stewartstown donated $1,000 to the York County Veterans Affairs Department. Post 455 commander Bobby O'Farrell and other Legion members presented a check to Terry Gendron, director of the York County Veterans Affairs Department, during the Legion's general membership meeting. O'Farrell stated that the money was raised from various Legion activities and events.

Gendron stated, "The funds will be used for our Higher Standard Project that provides homes for honorably discharged veterans willing to undergo rigorous treatment to recover from substance abuse, trauma or both."

The Higher Standard Project brings together members of the business community, veterans' service organizations, Bell Socialization Services, community social service organizations, the county Treatment Courts, federal Veterans Affairs, judicial outreach, and private treatment providers, along with veteran mentors and veterans' court alumni. More information is available by visiting https://yorkcountypa.gov/images/pdf/veterans-affairs/higher_standard_proj.pdf or contacting York County Veterans Affairs at 717-771-9218.

For information on joining the American Legion, readers may contact O'Farrell at 717-309-3881.

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Local Library Seeks Helpers March 19, 2019

RSVP of the Capital Region - York County is seeking volunteers age 55 and over for Arthur Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main St., Glen Rock. Volunteer benefits include free supplemental liability insurance, recognition and appreciation events, assistance with clearances, and more.

For details or to volunteer, readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 717-893-8474 or yorkrsvp@rsvpcapreg.org.

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Reading Challenge Program Launched March 19, 2019

As part of its focus on literacy, United Way of York County launched a new program in February called the Early Literacy Read to Me Challenge, a pre-literacy program designed to encourage York County families to read to their 1- and 2-year-old children. This project was funded by a grant from the Women's Giving Circle of York County Community Foundation.

United Way delivered its first crates of age-appropriate books to participating early learning center classrooms at Crispus Attucks, YMCA Hanover, YWCA Hanover, and YWCA York. Children will take home a new book each night, and parents will track the number of books read, with the goal of reading 100 books during the school year. The piloted group at these four early learning centers is expected to serve 100 children across 12 classrooms.

By focusing specifically on 1- and 2-year-old children, the Early Literacy Read to Me Challenge will complement the Early Literacy 100 Book Challenge, which serves children ages 3 to 5 in participating classrooms. The program also joins United Way's other current #yorkreads initiatives, including Reach Out and Read, targeted to children ages 6 months to 5 years at pediatrician appointments, and public-facing Reading Ready Corners and Little Free Libraries.

Families in participating classrooms will also receive information about York County Libraries' new initiative, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, which offers library cards and provides community members information on their closest library and incentives for reaching goals along the way. Families will also receive information on the libraries' Summer Reading Program, which operates during the timeframe that the Early Literacy Read to Me Challenge is not active.

Individuals interested in supporting the #yorkreads programs through book donations can drop off new or used children's books at the United Way of York County, 800 E. King St., York, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Readers may also browse the United Way wish list on Amazon at http://bit.ly/yorkreads_WishList, where books can be purchased and sent directly to the United Way.

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Great American Cleanup Planned March 18, 2019

In 2018, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its local affiliates and partners held community improvement events resulting in more than 7.2 million pounds of trash, 2.3 million pounds of electronics waste, and 43,352 tires recycled or properly disposed. The events engaged 129,632 volunteers and resulted in $481,400 of in-kind donations.

The mission of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is to empower Pennsylvanians to keep communities clean and beautiful. The organization has committed county or municipal-based affiliates serving 39 counties across the state that work closely with program partners, local governments, like-minded organizations, and volunteers to coordinate initiatives in the three program areas of Prevent It, Clean It, and Keep It.

The diverse project initiatives include illegal dump and river cleanups, litter pickups, recycling and special collections, tree and flower plantings, murals and painting of community structures, rain garden and outdoor classroom construction, educational events, and more.

To participate in the 2019 Great American Cleanup of PA, which runs through Friday, May 31, readers may visit www.gacofpa.org or contact Michelle Dunn at 877-772-3673, ext. 113, or mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org.

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District Holds Food Drive March 15, 2019

Hempfield School District recently held its ninth annual district-wide food drive. A total of 5,587 pounds of food was donated to the Hempfield Area Food Pantry as the result of the food drive, held during February.

On March 1, representatives from J.K. Mechanical and Market Street Sports Group visited each school location to pick up food donated by students, parents, guardians, staff members, and community members. The food was loaded into vans and transported to the food pantry.

Each month, more than 187 households utilize the Hempfield Area Food Pantry, many visiting on a weekly basis. In addition, the pantry operates solely by volunteers from more than 10 area churches. To learn more, readers may visit http://hempfieldfoodpantry.org.

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Lions Club Holds Campaign March 15, 2019

The Hershey Lions Club received $3,150 from 68 contributors for its annual Sight and Service Campaign. The recent campaign was launched in November and raised funds to help Derry Township residents in the form of service projects and donations. Since 2009, the club has collected $23,842 through the campaign.

Through the support of its donors and other fundraising activities, the club has been able to address needs in the community, including eye exams and glasses for residents in need, local student scholarships, sponsorship of youth sports teams, medical equipment assistance, support to the Hershey Food Bank, Grace United Methodist's "Ready for School" project, tree planting, and more.

Club members met in February and prepared thank-you cards for contributors.

The Hershey Lions Club meets on the first and third Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church, 433 E. Main St., Hummelstown. Lions Clubs are groups of men, women, and families that identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information, readers may visit www.hersheylions.org.

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CASA Lancaster Seeks Advocates March 15, 2019

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) believes every child who has been abused or neglected deserves to have a dedicated advocate speaking up for his or her best interest in court, at school, and in the community. CASAs are empowered by the courts to help ensure children find a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.

No prior experience is necessary to become an advocate. CASA will provide all the training needed, plus a dedicated volunteer supervisor to offer resources and support throughout their volunteer service. With just 12 to 15 hours a month, advocates can give bring comfort, understanding, and hope to children.

Interested individuals are invited to an upcoming information sessions to learn more. Sessions will be held on Tuesday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in the board room at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland; on Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 750 Greenfield Road, Lancaster; and on Monday, June 17, at noon at LGH Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, second-floor Wellness Room, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.

These sessions are free of charge and open to the public. Reservations are required. To reserve a seat, readers may contact CASA at 717-208-3280 or casa@casalancaster.org.

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Reighard Takes Part In ASB Program March 15, 2019

Students at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., embarked on alternative spring break (ASB) trips around the country and world this year. The students spent the week serving others while living simply and submerging themselves in the culture of their surroundings.

The student-led ASB trips took place from March 4 to 11. Each trip focused on a social issue, such as homelessness, resettlement, environmentalism or community wellness, in a specific region.

Adrienne Reighard of Lancaster was among the students who took part. Reighard, who is studying psychology, traveled to Crescent City, Calif., to volunteer with Redwood National and State Park.

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Women Create Comforters, Kit Bags For People In Need March 13, 2019

While people in need around the world receive warmth and a sense of security in the form of comforters made by the Neighbors Caring and Sharing women's fellowship group, the group hopes that the colorful fabric quilts will also let them know that they are not forgotten.

Members of Neighbors Caring and Sharing, which meets weekly at Conestoga Mennonite Church in Morgantown, gathered on March 12 to knot comforters for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a Christian relief organization.

The women completed the project under the guidance of sisters Krista Petersheim and Carmen Weber, who provided nearly completed comforters consisting of a piece of material on top, batting in the middle and more fabric on the back.

Members of the Neighbors group then used heavy thread to knot the three layers of fabric together to make the final quilted product. "We use cotton crochet thread, which is easier to thread (through a needle) than yarn," said Petersheim, noting that during the course of the recent meeting, the women knotted 11 comforters.

Additionally, the women added drawstrings to small bags made by Weber, which are filled with various items before being shipped out of the country. "MCC fills them with school supplies, sewing supplies or health supplies," said Tina Essick, program chairman for the Neighbors group, noting that comforters and bags will be taken to MCC in Akron for distribution. "They will send (the comforters and kit bags) wherever there is a need."

Essick added that the comforters are used by the recipients to keep warm or as room dividers for refugees who live in tents. They also go to sites of natural disasters both in the United States and worldwide.

Weber noted that the tops of the comforters were made with squares of various materials so that no leftover fabric goes to waste. "I keep a small box and every time I receive donated fabric, I place a square in the box. When the box is full, I started piecing (the squares together)," she explained.

Weber said that one of the quilts, featuring many squares with all sorts of patterns, was especially designed with children in mind. "It will give them something to look at," Petersheim said, noting that the comforter includes squares with flowers, birds, teddy bears and more intermingled with solid red and yellow squares. "The yellow (squares) make (the comforter's appearance) warm, so I spread them out," she said.

Neighbors Caring and Sharing meets on Tuesdays from September through June at Conestoga Mennonite Church. About 25 to 30 women attend the weekly meetings, which run from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Attendees enjoy fellowship, snacks and a guest speaker. Various outings are also scheduled throughout the program year.

Child care is provided for infants through kindergarten-age children. While their moms are at the meeting, children enjoy stories, crafts and age-appropriate activities under the supervision of a teacher. Snacks are provided.

All programs and child care are offered free of charge. When a craft is the focus of the meeting, a small fee is charged to cover the cost of supplies.

Essick noted that there are no membership dues. Women can come as often as they like, as their schedule permits.

Conestoga Mennonite Church is located at 2779 Main St. (Route 23), Morgantown. To view a complete schedule of the Neighbors group's meetings and programs, interested readers may visit www.conestogamennonitechurch.org/neighbors.html.

More information about creating comforters and kits for MCC is available at www.mcc.org/get-involved/kits.

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Agency Honors Volunteers March 13, 2019

Ruth Hartnett, Dean Wise, and Shirley Kinard have been named Volunteers of the Month by the York County Area Agency on Aging (YCAAA) for their ongoing service and dedication to the agency and York County's older adults.

Over the years, Springettsbury Township resident Hartnett has served on the YCAAA Advisory Council and as a volunteer ombudsman. She has assisted and advocated for York County's older adults.

York Township resident Wise attributes his current community leadership roles to his history of leadership roles in high school academics and athletics. He is a certified tour guide at the York County Judicial Center. He also volunteers as a substitute delivery driver, distributing newspaper bundles in the community.

Kinard, from York city, said she feels that everyone is placed in this world to help others. She volunteers as a telephone reassurance person, performs AARP tax phone calls, and attends to other general office work. She enjoys reading, music, and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Rotary Club Fights Hunger March 13, 2019

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Club Donates Play Equipment March 13, 2019

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After-School Program Receives Donation March 13, 2019

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Statewide Cleanup Event Scheduled March 12, 2019

The Great American Cleanup of PA is officially underway. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, a statewide nonprofit that provides resources to neighborhoods for community improvement projects, is encouraging anyone who is planning a local event, large or small, to register with the Great American Cleanup of PA, its signature program. Whether it is through cleaning up a vacant lot, roadway, or common area; planting flowers; or mulching a playground, all neighborhoods can be improved with a little effort and camaraderie.

The 15th annual Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Great American Cleanup of PA kicked off on March 1 and will run through Friday, May 31. The program brings together thousands of Pennsylvania families, friends, and communities to pick up litter, clean illegal dumpsites, plant flowers or trees, and join recycling efforts and education programs all geared toward the vision of a cleaner and more beautiful Pennsylvania. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful partners with PennDOT, the Department of Environmental Protection, and Keep America Beautiful to provide free trash bags, gloves, and safety vests to registered participants as supplies last.

Let's Pick It Up PA - Everyday will run from Saturday, April 13, through Monday, May 6. During that time, cleanups registered with the Great American Cleanup of PA are eligible to take their trash to participating landfills free of charge or for a reduced rate.

During the 2018 Great American Cleanup, 108,638 volunteers were instrumental in cleaning up more than 6.6 million pounds of trash. To register an event, readers may visit www.gacofpa.org. To learn more, readers may contact Michelle Dunn, Great American Cleanup of PA program coordinator, at 877-772-3673, ext. 113, or mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org.

Anyone participating in Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful's Great American Cleanup of PA can earn cash for their nonprofit or charity of choice by entering the Great American Cleanup of PA Video Contest. To participate, readers may send Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful a 60-second video of their Great American Cleanup of PA event showing how they keep Pennsylvania beautiful. Details are available at the website above.

To become a supporter of the 2019 Great American Cleanup of PA, readers may contact Shannon Reiter at 724-836-4121 or sreiter@keeppabeautiful.org.

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Gardening Items Sought March 11, 2019

Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County are seeking gently used gardening items. The items will be sold at their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 4, at Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. Tools, equipment, bird feeders, birdhouses, containers, patio items, wind chimes, decor, and any usable items with a garden connection will be considered.

Donors may bring their items to Lancaster Farm and Home Center on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Items may be arranged for pickup at other times by contacting 717-575-1192 or lancastergardenshed@gmail.com. Proceeds will benefit Master Gardener programs.

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Training Sessions Slated March 11, 2019

Penn State Extension is seeking volunteers to become Master Food Preservers and to teach others the basics of home food preservation. This volunteer program is for those who are currently living in the Lancaster County area and have basic knowledge and experience with home food preservation and food safety.

Applicants must be able to attend training sessions, including a webinar on Thursday, May 9, and sessions in University Park on Wednesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 16. To learn more about applying, contact Stacy Reed at 717-394-6851 or sls374@psu.edu. The application deadline is Monday, April 15.

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Throwing Open The Doors To Cinderella's Closet March 7, 2019

Disney's animated Cinderella had a managerie of mice, birds, and other animals to help her get ready for the royal ball. Penn Manor High School girls with financial need have a pride of Lionesses.

On Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 222 N. George St., Millersville, the Millersville Lioness Club will offer new and gently used formal gowns to those who could not otherwise afford to attend prom. Each girl with a valid Penn Manor student ID may take home one gown for free for the purpose of wearing it to the 2019 prom.

The gowns will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Simple alterations will be available from club members. These are not rental gowns, so more involved alterations may be made by other sewists. "We're not taking (the gowns) back," said club president Phyllis Ream.

More than 75 new and gently used gowns in straight and plus sizes have been collected for the event, and the collection is ongoing. The club is also soliciting dress shoes and jewelry as well as gift certificates for manicures, hairstyling, and flowers to be distributed with the gowns. Additionally, the club will host a drawing for prom tickets at the high school. Ream plans to attend a senior class meeting to share the details.

This is the first time the Millersville Lionesses have hosted Cinderella's Closet, but other clubs around the country have held similar events. Ream related that the purpose of the club is to provide community service opportunities for women and to unite its members in friendship, fellowship, and mutual understanding.

The Lioness club stays active in the community by donating to The Loft, the Penn Manor Family Fund, Beacon Lodge, and the Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster County; contributing crafts and cash to Millersville Area Meals on Wheels; hosting monthly bingo events at Brereton Manor; participating in Community Day at the Millersville Lions' community pool and supporting the pool's swim team; making valentines for the Lebanon VA Hospital; helping twice a year at the senior luncheons at the Millersville VFW; funding scholarships for Penn Manor graduates; and collecting envelopes with canceled stamps for VA physical therapy, coupons for the PX on Army bases, and empty prescription bottles for a veterinarian in Africa. Additionally, the club annually hosts a Santa breakfast with gifts for children, has started two Little Free Libraries and is working on a third, and sends books to Operation Paperback for children in military families. In April, Phoenix Assistance Dogs will visit the club's monthly meeting to offer a demonstration, and the club will provide a donation, as it has in previous years. Adding Cinderella's Closet to the club's list of community involvements just seemed like the right thing to do.

"(The girls) are part of our community," past president Rosalie Gessner explained.

The Millersville Lioness Club was started at a time when Lions clubs were for men only. It has continued, even though other Lioness clubs have disbanded. There are only three Lioness clubs left in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, Ream said. The Millersville group has 36 members age 18 and older, and it meets monthly at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

"I like the idea of giving back," said Lioness Tiffany Coleman, who is serving as one of the fashion coordinators for Cinderella's Closet.

Readers who would like more information about the Millersville Lioness Club or Cinderella's Closet or who would like to contribute to the March 30 event may email mlclub168@gmail.com.

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