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Students Participate In Service Day November 16, 2018

Kraybill Mennonite School held a service day for students in third through eighth grades on Nov. 9. Students traveled to Global Aid Network (GAiN) in Mount Joy.

GAiN is a local organization that helps express the kindness of Jesus through humanitarian aid. It brings relief to those who are suffering while restoring dignity and hope to people around the world.

Seventy-five students, teachers, and parents worked in mixed grade-level groups, packing aid kits, cutting towels, sorting clothes, and creating beaded bracelets. At the end of the day, many students said they enjoyed getting to know students from other grades and having the chance to interact while they worked. They said they also enjoyed being able to provide support and comfort to people from the countries helped by GAiN.

According to principal M.J. Smith, the school has a long-standing tradition of giving to people beyond the school during the holiday season. School supplies and money for supplies is being collected in the school office through Wednesday, Dec. 12. After that date, students in prekindergarten through second grade will work together to pack the school supply kits at school before delivering them to the GAiN warehouse.

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LCCC Presents Donations At Car Show November 15, 2018

The Lancaster County Corvette Club (LCCC) held its annual American Legends Fun Show for Corvettes and any other GM or GM-powered cars at Faulkner Chevrolet on Oct. 21. More than 145 cars showed up for the event despite the cold weather. Awards were presented in 15 classes - seven for Corvettes and eight for non-Corvettes - along with special awards presented by Clare House Lancaster and Faulkner Chevrolet. Best of Show trophies were awarded for Best GM Car, Best GM Truck and Best Corvette.

During the afternoon, checks were presented for $23,000 to Clare House and for $22,500 to the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation (CMAF). During the year, LCCC members sold giveaway drawing tickets for a new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The proceeds from the ticket sale minus the costs of the car were split between the Clare House and CMAF. The car was awarded to Chris and Donna Giles of Conisteo, N.Y., during the annual Corvettes at Carlisle event in late August. LCCC governor Clyde Mooney presented checks to Eva Dombrowski, Clare House executive director; Valerie Kissinger of Clare House board of directors; and Judy Miller, Chip Miller's widow and assistant treasurer of the CMAF.

The club has organized numerous car giveaway drawings in the past, but after a gap it restarted its efforts last year. In 2016 and 2017, the club distributed more than $51,000 each year to the same two charities. Along with the giveaway drawing for the car, the club also has other shows and events through the year. These activities also raise additional funds for Clare House, the club's dedicated primary beneficiary.

For more information, readers may contact Mooney at 717-898-2766 or govenor@lcccpa.com.

Information about the charities is available at http://clarehouselancaster.org/ and http://chipmiller.org/. Information about LCCC is available at www.lcccpa.com.

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Program Seeks Bread Makers November 7, 2018

SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care and Hospice provides grief services to bereaved families for at least 13 months after their loved one dies. Its Bereavement Bread program is designed to extend condolences to families and to introduce the bereavement support services.

This gesture shows its hospice families that people in the community care about them and their loss. The sweet bread is baked by volunteers from the community. SpiriTrust looking for volunteers who are willing to bake the bread to support the program. Bread can be baked by individuals or groups, and one-time donations are also accepted.

Readers interested in helping support this program or seeking more information may call SpriTrust at 717-680-0301.

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Scouts Will Collect Food Donations November 2, 2018

The Scouts of Mount Joy are collecting food for local people in need through the Scouting for Food collection. Last week, the Scouts placed door hangers on the doors of homes in the Mount Joy community. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Scouts will collect food donations from residents. Residents should leave food outside the door of their home by 10 a.m.

Donations of canned fruits or vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, rice or rice mixes, cake or pancake mixes, powered milk, and cereal will be most appreciated. Last year, the Scouts collected more than 922 bags of food and delivered them to the Mount Joy Food Bank. With the help and generosity of the community, the Scouts hope to exceed that total this year.

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Scouts Will Collect Food Donations November 2, 2018

Each year Scouts from Mount Joy participate in the Scouting for Food collection of food for people in need. Last year, the Scouts collected 922 bags of food from the Mount Joy neighborhoods and delivered them to the Mount Joy Food Bank.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, more than 75 Scouts will begin placing door hangers at every residence in Mount Joy asking for food donations. The Scouts will return on the following Saturday - Nov. 17 - to collect residents' food donations.

Current food bank needs include canned fruits or vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, rice or rice mixes, cake or pancake mixes, powered milk, and cereal.

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Sierra Club Seeks Volunteers November 1, 2018

The Sierra Club - Lancaster Group is seeking volunteers for its rescheduled meadow reclamation project at Pequea Township Silver Mine Park in southern Lancaster County, which is now set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Originally slated for late October, the event was postponed due to inclement weather.

People who want to join in this activity are asked to bring gloves, long pants, work boots, brush trimmers, lightweight saws and water. They should dress to get dirty and wear long-sleeve shirts. Participants should meet Sierra Club outings leader Jim Meenan in the parking lot near the top of the hill. Directions to the park are available at www.pequeatwp.org/park-info.

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Items Needed For Care Packages November 1, 2018

Blue Ridge Communications, 804 Academy Heights Drive, Ephrata, invites the community to support Keystone Military Families and its Stocking for Soldiers program. Keystone Military Families' mission is to provide caring support for deployed military members in all branches of service to the country, no matter where they are stationed in the world.

Keystone Military Families provides care packages, special holiday packages, letters, cards, and more to raise the spirits of troops with some of the small comforts of home that others enjoy every day. Donations will be accepted through Sunday, Nov. 18, at the display in the lobby at Blue Ridge Communications.

A list of requested care package items can be found at www.facebook.com/KeystoneMilitaryFamilies.

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Klimes Completes Eagle Scout Project October 31, 2018

Benjamin L. Klimes, a Life Scout of Troop 20 in the New Birth of Freedom Council in York, recently completed his Eagle Scout project. Benjamin designed and constructed a gaga ball pit as a playground extension project for Yorkshire Elementary School in the York Suburban School District. The gaga ball pit has the Scout Law words routed into the boards, so the elementary school students can learn about the values of Scouting. Benjamin and other Boy Scouts from Troop 20 all volunteered service hours to help prepare materials and build the project.

The Eagle Scout project was dedicated to Yorkshire Elementary school on Oct. 17. Principal Dr. Kimberly Stoltz and members of the PTO were present during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Benjamin returned the next day to teach all the students and teaching staff members the rules of gaga and to present a demonstration of the game.

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Legion Post Holds Drive October 31, 2018

The Stewartstown American Legion, 19222 Barrens Road South, is holding its annual Care Package Drive through Friday, Nov. 9. The post is working with Support Our Troops, a charity through which Americans aim to strengthen the morale and wellbeing of current military service members and their families. Care packages contain items requested by the troops themselves.

One does not need to be a post member to participate. Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours. Requested items include personal hygiene products, food and gift cards. For more donation ideas, readers may viisit www.supportourtroops.org/care-packages.

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Scouts Plan Food Drive October 31, 2018

Boy Scout Troop 24 of New Freedom will host a food drive on Saturday, Nov. 17. Scouts will begin collecting nonperishable food items at 9 a.m. in local neighborhoods.

All items should be placed curbside or on the front porch. Scouts will also knock on doors to collect items.

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Group To Distribute Books October 31, 2018

Three years ago, the York Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (YACDST) began working to register 1,000 educators and community leaders who work with children with First Book, which distributes books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families. First Book promised that it would bring 20,000 brand-new children's books to York if YACDST was able to meet the goal. Assisted by various community groups, YACDST reached its goal.

On Friday, Nov. 9, First Book will deliver 20,000 brand-new children's books to 459 W. King St., York, which is the former New Hope Charter School and future home of the Salem Square Champion Community Center. The books, appropriate for children ranging in age from birth to 18 years old, will be removed from the truck, sorted and readied for distribution on Saturday, Nov. 10, to registered individuals.

Any books remaining will be distributed to schools, agencies, libraries, barbershops, beauty salons and other places where children gather. For more information, readers may call Serena Barnes at 717-743-2665.

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Club Installs Blue Star Marker October 31, 2018

The Green Thumb Garden Club (GTGC) installed a Blue Star Memorial Highway marker at the Keystone Welcome Center on I-83 North, mile marker 2.5, Shrewsbury, on Sept. 19.

GTGC member Iona Bradley had the idea to sponsor the marker four years ago, and she enlisted GTGC members' support for the project. The marker is a tribute to all members of the U.S. armed forces. Placement was made in cooperation with PennDOT, District 8, York County, and the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania.

The Blue Star Memorial Marker program of the National Garden Clubs Inc. began in 1945 to honor the men and women serving in the armed forces during World War II. The blue star was chosen as the symbol for the program because of the star on flags displayed in homes and businesses, indicating family members were serving in the military. The designation of Blue Star Highways was achieved through petitions to state legislatures and cooperation with the Departments of Transportation. A uniform memorial marker was designed to identify the highways. Blue Star Memorial Markers extend across the United States to honor all members of the armed forces of the United States.

Installation of the GTGC's marker involved many people, such as GTGC members and friends Iona Bradley; Melanie Markowski, club president and landscape designer; Jossel Fears, landscape designer and plant provider; Judith Englert; and Maria Landry. GTGC members worked to raise funds. Richard Fears and John Morgan installed the marker. PennDOT facility administrator Frederick Hechler and PennDOT roadside specialists James Cessna and George Reigel made the site available and offered guidance.

GTGC members planted approximately 60 gallon pots of native perennials to attract butterflies and pollinators and three dwarf winterberries to provide winter interest. Additionally, native bulbs were slated to be added in October, along with annuals in the spring.

The GTGC plans to hold an official dedication of the Blue Star Memorial Marker on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, 2019. Everyone is invited to attend.

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Students Hold Day Of Service October 26, 2018

Manheim Central High School students participated in the first Going Beyond Day on Oct. 18. The overall goal was to turn a regular school day into a schoolwide day of service. Through the event, organizers hoped to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with the community. The school partnered with more than 25 locations within the community and the county. These partnerships provided placements for more than 500 students.

The partnering organizations included Aaron's Acres, Pleasant View Retirement Community, Jubilee, Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, Ronald McDonald House, Teen Central, local churches, local day cares, H.C. Burgard Elementary, Doe Run Elementary, Manheim Central Middle School, Manheim Central High School, Manheim Central School District maintenance, Manheim Library, the local historical society, the Manheim Farm Show, and more.

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Scouts Help With Recycling Collection October 25, 2018

On Oct. 13, Girl Scouts from Friendly Valley Troops 70569, 70105, 70136, and 70173 helped PPL collect old air conditioners and dehumidifiers at the Home Depot located on Fruitville Pike in Lancaster. The old appliances will be recycled and their materials will ultimately be used in other products. The project will keep the units out of landfills and take less energy-efficient models off the grid.

With the help of the Girl Scouts, more than 450 old air conditioners and dehumidifiers were collected. The Girl Scouts helped direct traffic and unload cars, and they helped people to complete intake forms, collected completed forms, and collected canned good donations. The troops delivered 196 pounds of canned goods to the Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services food bank.

Local Girl Scout troops are recruiting girls to participate. More information can be found at www.gshpa.org or by calling 800-692-7816.

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Lions Club Announces Eyeglass Collection October 25, 2018

To combat the leading causes of blindness and assist in preserving vision, the Hershey Lions Club participated in Lions World Sight Day and the Worldwide Week of Service in Sight. Both traditionally held in October, the initiatives' purpose is to heighten awareness and education about sight preservation and preventable blindness. The initiatives are sponsored by Lions Clubs International and Lions Clubs International Foundation. The theme for World Sight Day 2018 is "Eye Care Everywhere."

As part of the initiatives, the Hershey Lions Club will collect used eyeglasses in the community. Community members may deposit their no-longer-needed prescription eyeglasses at Lebanon Valley Family Medicine, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Northwest Savings Bank, Penn State University Physicians Group, Cocoa Family Medicine, Grace United Methodist Church, Karns, and the Mohler Senior Center. The eyeglasses will be matched up with people in need around the world.

Since the Hershey Lions Club's chartering in 1944, its members have worked on a variety of projects in the local community, including collecting used eyeglasses and helping visually impaired people with eye exams and eyeglasses.

For more information about Lions Clubs International, readers may visit the web site at www.lionsclubs.org. Information about the Hershey Lions Club is available at www.hersheylions.org.

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Grateful For An Act Of Kindness October 25, 2018

Nancy Hower, president of the Columbia Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 2435, 401 Manor St., Columbia, had been having a difficult time finding resources to accomplish some of the much-needed repairs on the building. After sending out letters and posting requests on Facebook, Hower began making phone calls and was delighted when a local small business owner stepped up to the task this past summer.

Columbia native Lewis Weber started his own business, L. Weber Painting, 12 years ago with a minivan and two crew members. Hower had known Weber as a child and said that as soon as she contacted him about the need for improvements at the Columbia VFW, he was immediately willing to donate the time and services of his business.

"It's just so exciting to think that there are still people out there who will do things like this," Hower remarked. "Columbia VFW, our veterans, and our community would like to extend a very warm and respectful thank you to Lewis for giving back to Columbia in (memory of) his mom, Linda Weber."

According to Hower, the crew spent three 10-hour days repairing and painting the exterior of the Columbia VFW in extremely hot and humid temperatures this summer. She was thrilled with how quickly the crew members completed the project and noted that last year Weber had also donated two weeks of labor to repairing and painting the restrooms at Glatfelter Field.

"(Linda) would have been very proud to know her son gave back to veterans and Columbia, the town she loved so much," Hower said. "And now his kids can drive by the Columbia VFW and say, 'My dad made this happen.'"

Hower is still working to raise funds and find assistance with completing other updates to the building, such as replacing the roof and air-conditioning system. "We just don't make enough money to do repairs," she explained. The building is approximately 50 years old, with the exception of an addition that was put on in the 1980s. Individuals interested in making a financial donation may call the VFW at 717-684-7380 or stop in.

The Columbia VFW currently has approximately 480 members and is open from 1 to 10 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, as well as from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays. To become an active member, interested individuals must join under a relative who has served in the military and is an active member. Anyone is welcome to join as a social member.

Bingo events, which are open to the general public, take place on the third Saturday of each month. Doors open at noon, and play begins at 1 p.m. Additionally, the Columbia VFW hosts an oldies dance from 5 to 9 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month.

Hower noted that building rentals are one of the things that currently keep the location afloat financially. Folks who are interested in renting out the Columbia VFW for weddings, parties, and other events may call 717-684-7380.

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Sailors Take Part In Cleanup Project October 24, 2018

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Tree Planting Held October 24, 2018

On Oct. 14, the Rotary Clubs of York, Southern York County, and Red Lion-Dallastown held their first tree planting. More than 125 community members assisted in planting 61 trees. The event was the first of three planned to restore the Road of Remembrance Veterans Memorial along the Susquehanna Trail. Two additional plantings are scheduled for the spring and the fall of 2019. The memorial currently reaches approximately 12 miles from Jacobus to the Maryland state line.

The goal of the three Rotary Clubs is to plant a total of 200 trees in an effort to restore the beauty of this roadway on behalf of veterans. The trees were donated by individuals, families, area businesses, and local foundations.

In the early 1920s, the War Mothers Club planted about 400 sycamore trees as a memorial to those who fought in World War I. Currently, approximately 200 century-old sycamore trees are still standing.

The project has sparked interest in local communities along the Susquehanna Trail. The Trees for the Trail Committee will hold informational public meetings at 7 p.m. on the following dates: Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Goodwill Fire Company, 1 S. Main St., Jacobus, and Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Grace United Methodist Church, 473 Plank Road, New Freedom.

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YCLC Plans Tutor Training October 24, 2018

The York County Literacy Council (YCLC) is seeking volunteers to tutor English as a Second Language (ESL) and native-born adult students. YCLC provides free and confidential literacy services to adults in York County.

Tutors may help their student to study for their high school equivalency test or to reach a literacy goal such as being able to read to their children, securing or improving employment, and working toward entry into an institution for higher learning.

Volunteer tutors do not need a background in education to help someone to accomplish their literacy goals. The next training will be held at Hanover Office of York County Literacy Council, located in Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 10 and 17. Participants must attend all of the training sessions.

After completing the training, volunteers will meet with their student once per week for one and a half to two hours in a public location arranged by YCLC. YCLC coordinators will help tutors with selection of materials and lesson planning throughout the tutoring experience.

Requirements to be a tutor include a high school diploma or equivalent, sensitivity, patience, reliability, and attendance at the course, pending a preliminary interview. To register for the training, readers may call 717-845-8719 or email volunteers@yorkliteracy.org. For additional information, including a complete training schedule, readers may contact Rita at 717-845-8719 or cr.mgr@yorkliteracy.org or visit www.yorkliteracy.org.

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Volunteers Sought For Library October 23, 2018

RSVP - York County is seeking volunteers age 55 and older to assist at the library in Glen Rock. Volunteer benefits include transportation reimbursement, free supplemental liability insurance, recognition and appreciation events, and assistance with clearances.

For further information, readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 717-893-8474 or yorkrsvp@rsvpcapreg.org.

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