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Veterans Group Supports Community March 15, 2018

The Vietnam Veterans of America and Associates Chapter 1008 of Lancaster meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Community Center of Pheasant Ridge, located off Stone Mill Road in Lancaster. All Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans and spouses, friends, and supporters are welcome to attend.

The Lancaster chapter is also active in the community. During the holidays, members volunteered to help with the Salvation Army "Ringing the Bell" fundraiser at the Boscov's entrance of the Park City Center. They rang the bell for four days and raised more than $6,400, which was the top amount raised by a volunteer organization.

The chapter has more than 130 members and 15 associate members. For more information, readers may call Ken Ford at 717-584-6537 or visit


ABE/GED Program Seeks Tutors March 14, 2018

RSVP of the Capital Region - York County is seeking volunteer tutors in math for the York County School of Technology ABE/GED Program. The program is looking for retired and senior volunteers age 55 and up. Volunteers must have a bachelor's degree.

Volunteer benefits include transportation reimbursement, free supplemental liability insurance, recognition and appreciation events, and assistance with clearances.

For more information, readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 410-852-7681 or or Beverly Strayer, tutor coordinator, at 717-747-2130, ext. 5509, or


Farm Center Plans Work Day March 13, 2018

Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education, 4945 Horn Road, York, will hold a Spring Cleanup Work Day on Saturday, April 7.

Horn Farm is seeking assistance with a variety of projects, including repairing bluebird boxes, painting sign posts, painting a picket fence, monitoring the bluebird boxes during the nesting season, leading tours of the Horn Farm Center for school and community groups, and writing press releases. Also sought are stewards for the pollinator garden, kitchen garden, and farmhouse garden, as well as a community gardens coordinator. Training will be provided for tour guides. Groups are needed to construct a hoop house and work in the summer kitchen.

All of the organization's programs and operations are dependent on volunteer contributions. Volunteers may participate regularly or for one-time events. Assistance is needed in all seasons.

To sign up for the Spring Cleanup Work Day, readers may visit and click on Volunteer.


Club Meets, Plans Projects March 7, 2018

Thomasville Community 4-H Club recently participated in community service projects and held a meeting.

Ten club members visited residents of the Country Meadows Connections Unit on March 4 to play games together. The group plans to visit the residents every month as a community service project. The club was awarded 2017 Outstanding 4-H Club for Community Service at County Achievement Night in February.

The club held its monthly meeting on Feb. 27 at the York County 4-H Center. Twenty-nine members attended. The club discussed the annual 4-H Benefit Auction, which will take place on Friday, March 16, at 6 p.m. at the York County 4-H Center, 771 Stoverstown Road, York. To help promote the local business community, the Thomasville club's basket will feature gift cards and products from York County businesses.

At the meeting, members also signed up for future projects, including Easter egg painting for the Spring Grove Lions Club, an indoor flower project led by a greenhouse, and a wooden sign painting project. After the meeting, the group had a lesson on the six pillars of character and created bookmarks for Glatfelter Memorial Library visitors.

The next club meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 27, at 6:45 p.m. in room A of the York County 4-H Center.


Garden Club Plans Meeting March 7, 2018

The Conewago Garden Club has planned its spring events.

The club will meet on Wednesday, March 21, at 10 a.m. at the Log House, 2481 W. Canal Road, Dover. Jack Geoghan will speak on "Low-Maintenance Gardening." The club will also hold its annual plant and seed exchange; participants may bring saved seeds and plants to share. A free luncheon will be held afterward.

On Wednesday, April 18, the club will be take a field trip to Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore, Md., departing from the Dover Log House promptly at 10 a.m.

On Wednesday, May 16, the club will plant the planters located in the square in Dover. A free luncheon will follow at the log house. To sign up for a time to help plant, readers may contact Sandy at 717-292-6414. Walk-ins are welcome to meet at the Dover Log House at 10 a.m. Helpers are asked to bring a bloom from their gardens.

For more information about the club, readers may call Sandy at 717-292-6414.


Women's Shelter Opens Campaign March 6, 2018

YWCA Lancaster will sponsor a fundraising campaign to cover the operating costs for the Women and Children's Winter Shelter for the entire 2017-18 season. The funds will be used for typical operating costs, unexpected expenses related to use of the building's plumbing, and unanticipated vandalism expenses resulting in the need for security services. The campaign goal is $22,000.

The Women and Children's Winter Shelter operates as one of the area's primary shelters for the homeless population during the coldest months. The shelter runs from December through March and is open daily from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.

YWCA Lancaster provides a warm and safe place for single women and children to sleep, as well as access to showers and lockers. Lancaster County Council of Churches, the shelter's organizer, staffs it with volunteers and also provides snacks and beverages.

To support the campaign, readers may visit Readers may also contact Michelle McCall, CEO, at or 717-393-1735.


Rathman Becomes Eagle Scout March 1, 2018

C. Ryan Rathman, a 2017 graduate of Ephrata Area High School, attained his Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank in the Boy Scout program. He was recognized at a Court of Honor ceremony this past summer. Ryan is the son of Bob and Lori Rathman of Ephrata.

Ryan began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub in Cub Scout Pack 38 in Ephrata, where he earned his Arrow of Light. In 2010, he became a Scout member of Troop 48, New Holland. He earned 35 merit badges, and he is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. During his Scouting career, he camped every year at Camp Bashore and attended a weeklong high adventure experience at the Florida Sea Base. While in the troop, he served in various leadership positions, including assistant patrol leader of the Fox and Phoenix patrols, troop grubmaster, assistant senior patrol leader, and den chief for Cub Pack 148, earning the Den Chief Service Award. In addition, he was recognized for his dedication and leadership in Troop 48 and served as a junior assistant scoutmaster.

Ryan's Eagle Scout Project included planning, designing, and erecting a welcome sign at the Welsh Mountain Community Center and creating a garden space with seating and stepping stones.


Temple Donates To School February 28, 2018

"Doing Good for Goode," Temple Beth Israel's (TBI) ongoing outreach project to the Alexander D. Goode School in the York City School District, has provided the second-grade classes at the school with 85 e-readers.

The school had requested the e-readers, which were purchased using more than $5,000, which was a portion of the funds raised by TBI's Flavors of York fundraiser held last November.

This is the third year TBI has presented electronics and other items to the school. In addition, the temple conducts a preschool drive for crayons, pencils, pens, and notebooks to be distributed to students at Goode School.

Goode School, for kindergarten through eighth grade, is named in memory of Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, a former spiritual leader of Temple Beth Israel. He was one of the four chaplains who died together when their troop ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine during World War II. A mural of the four chaplains is in the lobby of the school.


Stouffer Shares Poetry At Retirement Community February 28, 2018


Youth Aid Panels Seek Volunteers February 28, 2018

York County Juvenile Probation Services is seeking volunteers for its Youth Aid Panel, a diversionary program that holds youths accountable while avoiding the stigma of permanent criminal records. Under the program, select children facing summary and misdemeanor charges avoid entering the formal criminal justice system by being diverted to court-sanctioned panels made up of community members.

The panels interview the children and their families before deciding the appropriate course of action in the case. The goal is to address the needs of the victim, community, and child. Like a court, the panel assigns tasks for the child to complete. Examples include community service, apology letters, drug and alcohol screenings, and writing or research assignments.

If the child successfully completes the tasks, he or she will be released from the program. No criminal record will be created for the child and his or her name will be expunged from all documents related to the arrest.

There are Youth Aid Panels in every school district in York County. No special training or background is required. Volunteers must be age 18 or older, have no criminal record, and successfully pass Pennsylvania child abuse and FBI clearances, if applicable.

New panel members must attend a one-day training session. The panels meet once a month with the juveniles and their family in the evening.

Interested readers may contact Lori Petraco at 717-771-9567, ext. 2679, or Michelle Breen, ext. 2643, for more information.


Cooper Plans Trip To Liberia February 28, 2018

York College student Cathy Cooper, a senior nuclear medicine technology major from Coatesville who is planning for a career in medicine, will return to her native Liberia in May to interview health care professionals to determine how she can best help the people there.

Cooper's travel experience is part of the opportunities available to her as a Graham Innovation Scholar. Students from all majors are selected for this program, supported by York business leader Don Graham, which allows them to work alongside faculty to learn an "entrepreneurial spirit" by carefully planning their curriculum, by hands-on classes, through global travel experiences, and through summer work and research experiences with local experts. The program invites students to solve real problems and create innovations in the community.

As part of her application to be a Graham Innovation Scholar, Cooper outlined her future career goals, which included eventually returning to Liberia to help make a difference. Her upcoming trip will be the first stage of this process.

She will be joined by two other Graham Innovation Scholars: Megan Chaney, a senior nursing major from Baldwin, Md., and Ezra Moore, a junior with a self-designed major from Dallas, Pa. They will be accompanied on the two-week experience by David Fyfe, associate professor of geography.

Cooper is seeking monetary donations to purchase supplies for the school she attended as a small girl in Liberia. According to Cooper, many children in Liberia do not have access to basic school supplies, including pencils, paper, and backpacks. Her aim is to be able to provide each child with at least one pencil, a book, a notebook, and more. She would also like to start a library. To donate, readers may visit


Donations Sought For Fabric Fair February 27, 2018

The Salvation Army of York Fabric Fair will collect donations through Saturday, June 2. Items wanted include all types of fabrics, yarn, beads, books, patterns, and sewing machines. Drop-off sites are the Salvation Army, 50 E. King St., York, and several York County libraries, including Dover, Kreutz Creek, Paul Smith, Mason Dixon, Hufnagel, Kaltreider-Benfer, Glatfelter, and Guthrie.

For more information, contact Donna Sheffer at 717-767-4912 or


Park Cleanup Projects Scheduled February 23, 2018

The Columbia Park Rangers held their annual meeting on Feb. 11 and announced several cleanup projects. Volunteers are invited to assist with any of the upcoming projects, and tools, beverages, and snacks will be provided.

Projects will take place on Saturdays beginning at 8 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Work details are as follows: March 3, Mount Zion Cemetery; March 24, Glatfelter Memorial Field, with a rain date of April 7; April 14, Locust Street Park; April 21, River Park; Thursday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m., Janson Park; May 5, Makle Park; June 9, Locust Street Park; and Dec. 8, Locust Street Park and Mount Bethel Cemetery.

The organization also approved donations to the Columbia Economic Development Corporation and the Borough of Columbia for two mural projects, a shade tree for the Columbia Public Library's new outdoor reading terrace, and a bench on the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail. In addition, the Columbia Park Rangers will donate plantings and perform landscaping at the Columbia Historic Preservation Society.

Along with its beautification projects, the group places U.S. flags in downtown Columbia on holidays and for special events throughout the year.

The Park Rangers, formed in 2001, are a volunteer organization dedicated to the beautification and maintenance of the community's parks and public areas. For more information, readers may contact president Jeff Groff at 717-684-0861. Other officers are John Meshey, vice president; Robert Wolpert, treasurer; and Caroline McGrath, secretary.


Humane Society Posts Glove Drive February 21, 2018

The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) will hold its annual glove drive throughout February. The iniative helps offset the cost of the roughly 300 cases of gloves HSHA uses every year to reduce the spread of diseases in a shelter environment.

Readers may give monetary donations for the glove drive by visiting before the end of February. They may also order gloves through Amazon and have them delivered directly to the shelter, or they may drop off gloves in one of the bins that are available at HSHA's adoption and intake centers.

For more information, readers may contact Megan Strausbaugh at or 717-564-3320 ext. 125.


MOPH Chapter Awards Grants February 21, 2018


Lions Club Distributes Funds February 21, 2018

The Susquehanna Lions Club holds various fundraisers throughout the year to raise money to support a number of community projects. In 2017, the Susquehanna Lions Club distributed more than $18,000 to support individuals in need, including people who needed eye exams and glasses but did not have the funds to pay for them. Funds were also provided to people who were in need after a fire destroyed their home.

The club also presented funds to local fire companies, Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Northeastern Food Pantry, Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops, a scholarship for a Northeastern School District student, and other organizations. Beacon Lodge, which is the Lions' summer camp for individuals who have special needs, also received funds from the club.

Additionally, Susquehanna Lions Club president, Dennis Moore, recently presented a check for $1,000 to Sylvia Hill, the widow of Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Hill, who was killed in the line of duty in Harrisburg in January. Moore, who is a neighbor of the Hill family, said that Christopher will be missed by many.


Fresh Air Fund Seeks Families February 21, 2018

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


Kiwanis Club Supports Caitlin's Smiles February 15, 2018

The Kiwanis Club of Middletown completed service projects in December and January.

The December service projects included three different Santa/Christmas Holiday events where Kiwanis members gave books to children who attended. These events were held at the Lower Swatara Fire Company, and were offered by the Auxiliary, representatives of Royalton Borough's REMA, and volunteers from Chambers Hills Fire Company.

Children age 6 and older were asked to color preprinted smiles cards developed by a member of the Kiwanis Club. When the finished cards were turned in, the children were able to select a book to take home.

Younger children were given the Kiwanis Club's homemade Young Children Priority One coloring books. When they showed their coloring book to a Kiwanis member they were able to choose a book. Parents of children under age 6 were also able to take home one of three different Early Learning Guides provided free of charge by the Kiwanis Club of Middletown and the Pennsylvania District Kiwanis Foundation.

A box of 200 colored cards completed at these events, along with cards colored by the members of the Middletown Area High School Key Club, were delivered to the Caitlin's Smiles office to be distributed to hospitals and specialty pediatric clinics across the region.

The January club service project was collecting used CDs, purchasing materials and assembling CD wall hanging crafts kits with instructions. During the month, Kiwanis members invested 167 hours to complete and deliver a total of 650 CD craft kits and 25 small journals and sticker books to the Caitlin's Smiles office for distribution. The club also donated $50 dollars' worth of activity and coloring books, along with other craft items, to Caitlin's Smiles.


Organization Receives Donation February 15, 2018

A Woman's Concern recently launched the Expanding Hope Project, a project to expand and move to a new facility with triple the space and amount of services available to women and their families in Lancaster. The announcement was made after the organization was given $81,326 from numerous local chapters and the national chapter of the Knights of Columbus. In addition to expanding its space and services, A Woman's Concern will use the donation to purchase a new ultrasound machine.

The organization's new location is 1102 Millersville Pike, in the West End sector of the city. An official check presentation, celebration and new facility tour took place on Feb. 6.

To find out more about the Expanding Hope Project, readers may visit


Fresh Air Fund Seeks Families February 12, 2018

Fresh Air summers are filled with children running through the sprinklers in the grass, gazing at star-filled skies and swimming for the first time. This summer, volunteer host families in the Harrisburg area are encouraged to open their hearts and homes to a Fresh Air child. 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 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, from age 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 Elizabeth Charleston at 717-817-9110 or visit

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