Volunteers Sought To Help With Camp May 24, 2018
Adult volunteers are sought to assist with Columbia's Edible Classroom Summer Gardening Camp, which will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from June 4 to Aug. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Park School playground. The camp is filled to capacity, with 50 first- through sixth-graders enrolled.
Volunteers will support camp staff. Three volunteers are needed for each camp day, and interested individuals, including parents of campers, are encouraged to sign up for as many days as they are able.
Volunteers need to have Department of Human Services and FBI clearances, which may be completed at www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/clearancesbackgroundchecks/ or by calling 844-321-2101. Volunteers must complete the application and make an appointment with IdentoGO, 1532 Lititz Pike, Lancaster. The borough will reimburse volunteers who have a valid receipt.
Those interested in volunteering are asked to respond by Friday, June 1, at http://bit.ly/ColumbiaEdibleGardenSignUp.
Columbia's Edible Classroom Summer Gardening Camp is a collaboration of Columbia Borough, Columbia Borough School District, CHI, and other supporters.
Yard Sale To Benefit Mission Trip May 23, 2018
Sisters Zoie and Marissa Senn, who are students at Lancaster Bible College, will hold a yard sale at 48 Rabbit Run Lane, Glenmoore, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 1, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. The sale will feature hundreds of items, including bikes, antiques, quilts, fashions, jewelry, sports gear, electronics, and a canoe.
The rain-or-shine event will raise funds for a mission trip to assist young children, many of whom are orphaned, at the Ngunyo Care Point in eSwatini (previously called Swaziland) in southern Africa.
The young children often walk 3 or more miles daily to the Ngunyo Care Point for care and love, as well as a meal, which is the only meal of the day most of them receive. Zoie and Marissa have prayed for these children since they learned of their plight several years ago through Calvary Chapel Chester Springs (CCCS). This year, CCCS is sending a mission team to work with the children at the Care Point as well as on home visits, and both Zoie and Marissa will be part of the group.
Each member of the team is raising $2,900 to pay for their travel and expenses. All proceeds from the yard sale will benefit the mission trip.
Volunteers Honored For Service May 22, 2018
SpiriTrust Lutheran Senior Companion Program volunteers were recently honored during a National Service Recognition Day event at SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Sprenkle Drive. During National Service Recognition Day, local leaders honored AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers, a group that includes the Senior Companion Program, Foster Grandparent Program, and RSVP of the Capital Region.
The SpiriTrust Lutheran Senior Companion Program is designed for financially qualified individuals age 55 or older with access to transportation to augment their income while helping others 15 hours per week. Volunteers receive a tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement, and vacation and sick leave. In addition, they receive 40 hours of paid orientation and training, plus monthly in-service trainings. The program is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is locally provided by SpiriTrust Lutheran.
For more information on the Senior Companion Program or to become a volunteer or client, readers may contact program director Lambrini Nauss at 717-843-2677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scouts Honor Veterans May 22, 2018
On Armed Forces Day, May 19, Cub Scouts from Pack 28 and Boy Scouts from Troop 28 gathered in the rain to assist Paradise American Legion Post 409 in placing a total of 600 American flags on the graves of veterans in the Paradise, Gordonville, Intercourse, Bird-in-Hand, and Kinzers cemeteries. This is the 14th year Paradise-area Scouts have honored local veterans by participating in the annual event with the Paradise American Legion.
Paradise-area Scouts also show their respect for veterans by placing flags and laying wreaths at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery and participating in Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities in Paradise, Leacock, and Strasburg areas.
Garden Club Presents Funds, Dedicates Trees May 16, 2018
The Penn-Cumberland Garden Club (PCGC) has posted its recent activities. The club's allocations committee selected the Trails and Trees Environmental Center to receive a donation of $500. The environmental center, located in Mechanicsburg, has a forest, a large meadow, trails, springs, a stream, a modern pavilion, and a pre-Civil War farmhouse.
Additionally, on Arbor Day, PCGC dedicated three trees that were recently added to the landscape. The trees were dedicated in honor of two members receiving Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania Perennial Bloom Awards and a PCGC past president.
Committee Plans Memorial Restoration Project May 15, 2018
The Rotary Clubs of York, Southern York County, and Dallastown/Red Lion have joined together to restore a veterans memorial along the Susquehanna Trail. The clubs are seeking community support.
In the early 1920s, the War Mothers Club was responsible for planting 400 sycamore trees along the Susquehanna Trail from the Maryland Line to the southern end of York. The trees were a memorial honoring the nearly 200 York County residents who died in World War I. Approximately 200 of the trees still stand, with the rows of trees now ending in the southern part of Jacobus.
At the time the trees were planted, several highways in Pennsylvania were involved in tree plantings to honor the World War I veterans. These examples of early landscape architecture were referred to as Roads of Remembrance and allees.
The veterans memorial restoration committee hopes to engage veterans groups, service clubs, Scout groups, high schools, colleges, and other community members in planting 200 trees along the trail. A mix of sycamore, oak, and maple trees will be planted due to the devastation of the American elm, the current plight of ash trees due to the emerald ash borer, and the potential loss of additional native species from possible invasive pests or disease.
The committee would like to plant a single line of trees this fall, if possible, followed by two plantings in the spring and two in the fall of 2019. Upon completion of the project, a community dedication ceremony will be held. The Road of Remembrance will be re-dedicated to all veterans.
The Boy Scouts, the New Freedom VFW, the New Freedom Lions Club, the Glen Rock American Legion, and the Shrewsbury Lions Club have pledged their assistance. State legislators Kristin Phillips-Hill and Kate Klunk, along with municipalities in southern York County, have endorsed the committee's proposal.
The committee members have been contacting land owners whose property borders the trail along the project's 12-mile stretch to request permission to restore the trees. Land owners may contact Jim Holley, land owner committee chair, at 717-887-6674 to discuss their potential participation. Callers may leave messages.
For information about making monetary donations for the cost of one tree or the partial cost of one tree, readers may call the Rotary Club of York office at 717-848-1370. Callers may leave messages. Information is also available by searching for "Trees for the Trail" on Facebook.
The memorial restoration committee held its first meeting on April 3 at the New Freedom Scout House. The committee includes Partick Barry, Cindy Bilbie, Jeff Brown, Joy Keller-Brown, Linda Elicker, Ashleigh Fishel, Jim Holley, George Lavery, Sue Lavery, Tony Panaway, Shelly Monk Riedel, Doris Rill, Randall Rill, Craig Rohrbaugh, Paul Solomon, Mike Summers, Lindy Sweeney, and Ben Wade. To volunteer to help with the project, readers may contact a committee member or call the Rotary Club of York office at the aforementioned number.
Community Members Send Baby Supplies To Africa May 15, 2018
St. Michael's Evangelical Lutheran Church recently assembled 44 baby layette sets to send to clinics in Liberia, Africa, through Christian Aid Ministries. The layette sets are given free of charge to mothers to encourage them to have their babies at the clinics, where they are able to receive medical help.
More than 64 volunteers from St. Michael's Church, Faith Lutheran United Parish, Boy Scout Troop 146 of Wellsville, and the general community contributed to the layette project by donating baby clothes, sewing homemade diapers, tying fleece blankets, assembling kits, and donating money toward shipping costs. Thrivent Lutheran Action Teams gave a grant to help fund the project.
Students Perform Service Projects May 10, 2018
The Penn's Grove School chapter of EarlyAct, a youth community service club of Rotary International sponsored locally by the Oxford Rotary Club, recently completed two of the club's three required projects for the school year. Among the three required projects are one at the school level, one in the local community, and one with a global focus.
As its community project, the seventh- and eighth-grade EarlyAct members chose to help support local resident Ruth Jenkins, who rescues cats and dogs and finds them new homes. Jenkins also coordinates the capture of feral cats, which are spayed or neutered and returned to the outdoors.
Jenkins also maintains a Facebook page, "Lost and Found Pets of Oxford and Vicinity," where tips about lost, found, or stray pets can be posted.
The Penn's Grove club members held a drive to collect pet supplies, which were donated to Jenkins to help care for the pets she rescues while they await new homes at the LaMancha Animal Rescue in Unionville. They also teamed up with the Student Council to have admission fees to a school dance go toward the Ruth Jenkins Fund at Elk Creek Veterinary Services in Oxford. More than $300 was raised, which will help the Elk Creek staff provide medical services to rescued pets.
For their global project, the EarlyAct members decided to participate in the Hot Wheels From Heaven initiative sponsored by the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation. Through the project, the foundation has sent thousands of toys cars to children's hospitals in all 50 states, where they can be enjoyed by young patients fighting leukemia, lymphoma, and cancer.
Affixed to each package is a gold sticker that reads, "If you found this Hot Wheels From Heaven, please keep it," and asks the recipient to like the foundation's Facebook page and to post a photo with the car. According to Paul Matthews, president of the foundation, supporters have purchased the toys cars, placed the stickers on the packages, and left them in random spots around the world.
EarlyAct members held a drive to collect 530 toy cars, which will have the gold stickers placed on the packaging and be available to students and staff to leave behind wherever they travel this summer. Matthews' son Eli died of leukemia in 2011 at age 9.
Volunteers Sought To Place Flags May 10, 2018
Chester "Chet" Lutz is a remarkable volunteer who is seeking helpers for a special mission. Specifically, Lutz needs some dedicated assistants to help to maintain and place military service markers and American flags on the graves of veterans in cemeteries in Strasburg and the Willow Street area.
Year-round, the energetic octogenarian visits numerous burial grounds to straighten up or replace markers and flags that may have fallen down or been blown over by wind. "I make my rounds to seven cemeteries in our area," Lutz said, listing Strasburg Cemetery; St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Strasburg; First Presbyterian Church, Strasburg; Longnecker's Mennonite Cemetery; Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Eden Township; and Carpenter's and Brackbill's cemeteries in Strasburg Township.
"I have help from the Boy Scouts with two more (cemeteries)," he continued. "Strasburg's BSA Troop 56 cares for the flags at the cemetery at Strasburg Mennonite Church, while Willow Street's BSA Troop 58 attends to the flags of veterans at the Willow Street Mennonite Church cemetery."
Lutz could use some help now as this is his "busy season." Each year after taking careful inventory of how many markers and flags were damaged or lost at each of the nine cemeteries, he places an order for the replacements in March. Once the order is received, he begins to prepare for Memorial Day. Over the years, family, friends, local residents, and fellow members of the Strasburg Area Sertoma Club and the Strasburg Lions Club have chipped in to help him make sure every veteran's grave is honored and marked. "I ordered 55 dozen flags this year and 20 markers. It would be great if I could get more help with setting them out," said Lutz.
Lutz's friends believe that the old adage "If you want to get a job done, ask someone to do it who is busy" applies to him. Known for his loyalty and dependability, Lutz has served the community in many ways for a long time. Lutz had lived and served as a volunteer in the Strasburg area for more than 50 years. Despite moving to Bridgeport several years ago, he continues his volunteer work as a member of the Strasburg service clubs. Retired from the Public Works Department of Strasburg Borough, Lutz recalled that his first stint as a volunteer involved working as a fire policeman with Strasburg Fire Company No. 510. In past years, Lutz was a member of the Strasburg Jaycee Club and Strasburg VFW Post 8710.
"As you may infer, it's time that Chet finds one, two, or several more apprentices to learn the ropes and eventually replace him," said Lutz's friend Barbara Rathbone-Frank. "Learning from the best what needs to be done and carrying on this honorable tradition is a worthy thing to do. Individuals, families, Scouts, or service clubs all can do this work. It just takes commitment, a caring heart, and dedication to those who served their country and have passed."
For further information about this project and to schedule a time to chip in and lend a hand, readers may call 717-371-8508.
World War II Veteran To Lead Memorial Day Parade May 9, 2018
The Strasburg Area Sertoma Club has named John Rineer as the honorary grand marshal of the annual Memorial Day parade, which will be held this year on Monday, May 29. Rineer served in the Philippines during World War II and was a longtime member of the former Paul R. Strubel VFW Post 8710.
"He spent many years helping to organize the parade and the (memorial) service as part of the VFW," commented parade chair and Sertoma member Brian Barr. "The parade committee felt it was a well-deserved honor to name (Rineer) as the grand marshal."
More than 70 years ago, VFW Post 8710 members began a tradition of honoring the sacrifices of deceased veterans, service members missing in action, retired veterans, and those who are currently serving in all branches of the United States Armed Forces. When the post closed a few years ago, the Sertoma Club stepped in to continue the tradition.
On May 29, parade formation will begin at 8 a.m. along Clearview Drive, and the parade will commence at 9 a.m. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Strasburg Cemetery, which is located on West Franklin Street behind the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg. Borough mayor Henry Miller and pastor David Alderson from Wesley United Methodist Church will assist in the program.
In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled. Notification will be given to WGAL-TV and radio station FM97. However, the memorial service will take place in the fellowship hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 S. Decatur St., at 10:30 a.m.
Numerous community service organizations, Scout troops, and church groups are busy preparing parade floats. Veterans and young service persons are expected to participate in the parade by walking the route or riding in a classic car, noted Sertoma Club president and Army veteran Lynda Houck.
Members of the general public are invited to join the festivities by riding decorated bicycles in the parade or displaying flags and other patriotic decorations at their homes along the parade route.
"This is a great way to get the community involved," Barr remarked.
Sertoma Club members will distribute VFW Buddy poppies to spectators in exchange for donations. The club will again pay tribute to heroes, both killed in action and missing, through a special float. The Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) High School marching unit, the Martin Meylin Middle School band, and the L-S Community Band will participate in the parade. The L-S Community Band will also perform at the memorial service.
The parade will stop at several churches along the route to pay respects to veterans interred in their respective burial grounds. Local Girl Scout troops will place bouquets of flowers at each cemetery. After doubling back along East Main Street, the parade will stop at the War Memorial at the Square, where VFW members will lead a flag-changing ceremony. A new flag replaces a retired flag every six months. The flag that will be retired has been flown in honor of Richard Lantz, and the flag that will be raised will honor Frank S. Echternach.
The Sertoma Club welcomes assistance by community members to place American flags in Strasburg-area cemeteries to mark veterans' final resting places. Korean War veteran and Sertoma member Chet Lutz heads up the process, with labor provided by local Boy Scout troops and members of the Strasburg Lodge of Odd Fellows. Folks who would like to volunteer may call Barr at 344-8174, and readers who would like more information about the Memorial Day events in Strasburg or to register a group to participate in the parade may call Barr as well.
Seasonal Garden Service Offered May 9, 2018
Dauphin County Master Gardeners are available to answer gardening questions at Penn State Extension - Dauphin County Office, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin. The public is invited to call with gardening questions or bring in samples of plants or insects from their gardens for analysis and/or diagnosis. All insects brought to the office must be dead and in a container, preferably with isopropyl alcohol due to the bed bug problem.
This service will be available to the public through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Readers may also call the Master Gardeners at 717-921-8803 or visit http://extension.psu.edu/dauphin.
Organization Plans Park Cleanup Day May 2, 2018
The Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter or Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Inc. will hold a Playgrounds Mobilization Day on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to noon.
AKA and its community collaborators plan to clean four Harrisburg parks: Vernon Street Playground, 15th and Vernon streets; Pleasant View Playground, 19th and Forster streets; Braxton Playground, Seventh and Maclay streets; and Shoop Playground, Shoop and 14th streets.
The public is invited to help. Participants should dress for outdoor work, which will include cleaning, painting, and collecting trash and debris. The event will take place rain or shine.
Tournament Raises Funds For CASA May 2, 2018
The Lancaster County 8 Ball League helped raise $35,000 for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County through its annual Harry Hutchinson - Jack Byerly Charity 8 Ball Tournament, held from Feb. 22 to 25. The event took place at Riverside Camping Association in Lancaster, which annually donates the use of the club for the weekend event.
The Lancaster County 8 Ball League donated proceeds in the amount of $20,000, and Riverside added another $15,000 in donations. Checks were presented on April 16 at Riverside. The tournament was established in memory of Harry Hutchinson and Jack Byerly, two of the founding members of the Lancaster County 8 Ball League. All proceeds from the tournament go to CASA to help pay for community awareness, recruitment and the training of volunteers.
The tournament results are as follows. Under 8 event: Jose Vazquez, first; and Joshua Benjamin, second. Ladies Open: Christina Madrigale, first; and Joy McFeaters, second. Open: Derek Schwager, first; and Richard Nace Jr., second. Jack 'n' Jill: Lisa Binkley and Clint Murray, first; and Kristen Crouse and Matt Harnish, second.
CASA of Lancaster County provides qualified court-appointed volunteer advocacy for children of abuse and neglect in the belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing, and permanent home. CASA volunteers believe that growing up in a safe home is a fundamental human right.
For more information about CASA, readers may call 717-208-3280, email casa@CASAlancaster.org, or visit www.casalancaster.org.
Project Linus Plans Meeting May 2, 2018
Project Linus of York will meet on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fourth United Methodist Church, 20 N. Lehman St., York. Project Linus is a volunteer nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans.
Volunteers do not need to know how to sew, as long as they can cut or tie a knot. Those who knit or crochet should bring yarn, needles, and patterns. Community members may also help by donating items, including yarn (as long as it is not wool), child-friendly fabric, fleece fabric, flannel, and white or cream thread.
All are welcome to attend. Attendees should bring their own lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided. For more information, readers may contact 717-887-5448 or email@example.com or visit www.facebook.com/ProjectLinusYork.