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Veterans Present Donation October 18, 2017

The James A. Danner VFW Post 537 in Etters presented a $1,000 donation to the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, which does business as rabbittransit, on Oct. 2.

The donation will support the YorkVet transportation shuttle in partnership with the York County Depart of Veterans Affairs. The shuttle provides veterans with transportation to local community-based outreach clinics in York and Camp Hill, as well as transportation to the VA hospital in Lebanon.

The YorkVet shuttle operates every weekday and departs York at 6:30 and 9:30 a.m. For more information, readers may call 800-632-9063, email info@rabbittransit.org or visit www.rabbittransit.org.

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Volunteer News Posted October 17, 2017

RSVP of the Capital Region - York County is seeking volunteers age 55 and older for a variety of opportunities. For more details, readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 443-619-3842 or yorkadamsfranklin@rsvpcapreg.org.

Tutors are needed for the York County School of Technology ABE/GED Program. Volunteers need to have a bachelor's degree. Readers may contact Beverly Strayer, tutor coordinator, at 717-747-2130, ext. 5509, or bstrayer@ytech.edu for more information.

Drivers to help support those who need to be driven to appointments and various places in the York and Hanover areas are needed. Tutors in math or reading for the elementary schools in the City of York School District are needed, and volunteers may choose at which school they want to tutor. Volunteers are also needed for York County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

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VFW Groups Support Fight Against Diabetes October 10, 2017

In September, the James A. Danner VFW Post 537 and Auxiliary contributed a combined gift of $5,500 toward the fight against diabetes as part of VFW District 21 and the Pennsylvania VFW's Veterans' March for Diabetes.

For the past 11 years, VFW District 21 leaders have invited others to participate in their Fall Fundraising Walk for Diabetes. Every year, over the course of a September weekend, participants walk an average of 2 miles at each of the 10 VFW posts in the district, which comprises Adams, Franklin, and York counties. This year, upon arrival at Post 537, the VFW and Auxiliary leaders were ready with an oversized check for $5,500 to put toward the cause.

The VFW is accepting donations to benefit people who have diabetes and to help prevent others from developing diabetes. Additional information on other VFW community, educational, and philanthropic efforts is available at www.vfw.org/Community/.

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Donations Sought To Aid In Hurricane Recovery October 6, 2017

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is seeking contributions to assist with recovery efforts in Haiti and Cuba after Hurricane Irma hit in early September.

In Haiti, less than 48 hours after Hurricane Irma passed, MCC staff members conducted the organization's first distribution of comforters, water purification tablets, and relief kits containing hygiene supplies for a family of four. MCC also is preparing for a food security response for families in and around La Chapelle, Haiti, including the distribution of food assistance and seeds so people can replant their gardens.

To contribute to MCC's disaster response in Cuba and Haiti, readers may donate at donate.mcc.org/cause/hurricane-irma-response or by phone at 888-563-4676.

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Delivering Christmas Joy October 6, 2017

Once again this year, the community of Columbia will come together to lend a hand to those in need. The annual Christmas Food Box Delivery is made possible through the efforts of the Columbia Lions Club and Sunsnappers, area businesses and organizations, and, of course, hundreds of volunteers.

Each year, the fraternal organizations join together, along with numerous community volunteers, to pack hundreds of boxes with essential holiday dinner items and additional grocery staples. Each box contains a turkey, eggs, bread, milk, canned vegetables, cereals, and more. Families with children (newborn to age 10 and not receiving Toys for Tots donations) will also receive toys along with the food boxes.

Volunteers are invited to gather at the Columbia Borough Fire Department at 10th and Manor streets in Columbia at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. Individuals are needed to pack the boxes and to participate in the delivery. Last year, more than 700 boxes were packed and delivered to families in Columbia and the surrounding areas.

Individuals who are interested in donating monetary funds to help with the purchasing of food or toys may call 717-715-3592 or email ColumbiaChristmasFoodBoxes@gmail.com. Families in Columbia and the surrounding area wishing to register to receive a food box must visit Columbia Life Network, 336 Locust St., Columbia, between the hours of 1 and 7 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays between Monday, Oct. 30, and Monday, Nov. 6, to sign up. Written information regarding the delivery will be distributed to families during this time. Only families outside of the area or unable to travel to Columbia Life Network should call 717-715-3592 during the aforementioned time frame to sign up. The final deadline to sign up will be Saturday, Nov. 25.

The members of the Columbia Lions Club and Sunsnappers are grateful to everyone who supports the annual Columbia Christmas Food Box Delivery.

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New Portal Posts Opportunities October 2, 2017

Individuals age 55 or older who want to put their faith into action are invited to explore volunteer opportunities with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Available opportunities may be reviewed at the newly created Anabaptist Service Opportunities Portal at www.ASOPortal.org.

Through ASOPortal.org, potential volunteers age 55 and older can discover all of the short-term, international service opportunities being offered by both EMM and MCC. The assignments currently listed are typically three to six months in length, although some go on for a full year. Teachers, children's home workers, visiting professors, accountants, church development workers, and healthcare workers are some examples of the volunteers needed.

Many retirees and older adults have spent time serving overseas through opportunities provided by both EMM and MCC. ASOPortal.org is a partnership between the two agencies meant to help interested adults identify service opportunities more easily. The resource allows adults approaching retirement age an opportunity to stay engaged and use their gifts and talents in productive ways.

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Families Invited To Register For Distribution October 2, 2017

The Salvation Army of York will conduct registrations for its annual Christmas Cheer Distribution at the Salvation Army Chapel, 124 S. Duke St., York, from Monday, Oct. 23, to Friday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. An evening registration session will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Families wishing to sign up for a holiday food box and toys for their children ages 1 to 10 should bring a photo identification for adults, proof of York County residence, Social Security cards for all persons in the household, and proof of age for children born between Jan. 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2016.

Families must be preregistered for the distribution. All eligible families are encouraged to register during the sign-up period.

The Christmas Cheer Distribution, which will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19, and Wednesday, Dec. 20, will provide holiday food boxes for individuals and families in need. Children ages 1 to 10 will also receive toys collected through the Angel Tree Program. Shoppers are invited to take an angel from one of the trees located at various malls and purchase gifts for the child listed.

For more information, readers may call Norma Escobar at 717-848-2364, ext. 229.

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Coat Drive To Begin Fourth Year September 28, 2017

The Gregory Frey Memorial Coat Drive, now in its fourth year, will kick off during the Millersville Community Parade on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m. The coat drive was created by the friends and loved ones of Gregory Frey, who was a junior at Penn Manor High School when he passed away during a birthday camping trip in 2013.

During the parade, many of Gregory's loved ones will collect donations and help spread the word about the drive. Donations will be accepted until Saturday, Nov. 11, and donation boxes will be set up at locations such as Joe's Shoe Repair in Millersville, Life Span Psychology Practice in Willow Street, ABC Auto Auction in Manhiem, and Jack's Pub in Millersville. Additional sites will be announced.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, Giveaway Day will be held at the Lancaster Labor Council Building, 675 Manor St., Lancaster, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome to come and receive warm clothing. Anything not given away that day will be split between the Lancaster County Council of Churches and Water Street Mission, to be donated in Gregory's name.

Items accepted will include new or gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves, snow pants, winter boots, sweaters, and sweatshirts. Any sizes will be accepted.

Readers with questions may contact Emily Frey at 717-925-4780 or Sarah Wittensoldner at 717-333-5770.

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CASA Seeks Volunteers September 28, 2017

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County is seeking both male and female volunteers. Volunteers are specially trained individuals whom the court appoints to protect the best interest of the children involved in cases.

Typical duties of a CASA include conducting independent investigations, providing written reports documenting findings and recommendations, appearing at hearings to advocate for the child's best interests, explaining court proceedings to the child, making recommendations for appropriate services, and advocating for necessary services.

Interested individuals are invited to attend an information session. Sessions will take place on the following Tuesdays: Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at Passenger Coffee, 7 W. King St., Lancaster; Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at CASA, 53 N. Duke St., Suite 218, Lancaster; and Dec. 19 at noon at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland.

For more information, readers may contact CASA at 717-208-3280 or casa@casalancaster.org.

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Foundation Seeks Foster, Permanent Homes For Rescue Pets September 28, 2017

The Buddy Rescue Foundation, a nonprofit organization that was established to rescue, foster and place abandoned and special needs animals, is seeking foster homes for rescued pets. People who are willing to provide a forever home for animals currently in foster care are also sought.

The Buddy Rescue Foundation operates a local network of foster homes for animals that are considered unadoptable or have no one to care for them. The ultimate goal is to place them in permanent loving homes.

"(The Buddy Rescue Foundation) is a network of (foster homes) rather than a physical (building)," explained Kevin Gibson, whose wife, Barbara Smith, runs the foundation. "The majority of times (we rescue) dogs. We also bring in horses, llamas and goats as needed."

The organization, which was named for a beloved family dog that passed away, was established by Smith 10 years ago as a way to help animals in danger of being euthanized due to a medical condition.

"If a dog was in a shelter and they were going to put him down because he needed a new hip, we would pull him from the shelter, find him a foster home near the shelter and then raise money to be able to get the dog what he needs," Gibson explained. "Once he's healthy, he will be put up for adoption."

Those who want to adopt a dog or volunteer as a foster must complete an application. "Right now, we don't have enough fosters for the pets," said Gibson, adding, "Any adopter or foster requires a site visit from myself or my wife."

The rescue learns about the animals in need through local shelters and veterinarians. "One dog was local and his owner had a stroke and no one would take him, so we took the dog into our rescue," said Gibson. "If (his owner) gets better, we will give him back.

"A lot of the people we deal with are grateful for what we do," he added.

For more information, readers may visit www.buddyrescue.org or contact Smith at 201-264-6968 or Barbara@buddyrescue.org. Photos of adoptable pets can also be found on the website.

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Girl Scouts Complete Silver Award Project September 27, 2017

Using their love of sewing as a basis for their Girl Scout Silver Award project, twin sisters Lauren and Becca Goldman, who are members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 1441, recently presented 100 drawstring bags filled with snacks and personal care items to children served by Bridge of Hope Lancaster and Chester Counties, a nonprofit organization that provides support and assistance to homeless single mothers and their children.

The Silver Award, which is the highest achievement for Cadettes, requires a community service project that takes a minimum of 50 volunteer hours to complete.

On Sept. 11, the sisters, who are seventh-graders at Twin Valley Middle School, presented the bags to Bridge of Hope during the organization's quarterly meeting held at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Coatesville.

The girls said they have always enjoyed sewing. They have sewed badges on their Girl Scout vests and made clothes for their dolls and stuffed animals. "When we were in Junior Scouts, we earned our Homelessness (Awareness Patches) through Bridge of Hope, and we loved the (organization) so much we wanted to do something for them," Becca said.

After getting approval from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, the Scouts contacted Bridge of Hope to determine what items were most needed by the children. At the suggestion of Cheryl Miles, Bridge of Hope program director, the Scouts decided to fill the handmade bags with healthy snacks, a reusable water bottle and a toothbrush and toothpaste, among other items. They also set about creating a healthy snack recipe booklet to include in the bag.

In June and July, the girls secured donations from local businesses and friends to create and fill the bags. They gathered donations of fabric, thread and cord for the drawstrings, as well as the items to be placed inside the bags.

In preparation for teaching their fellow Scouts and friends to make the bags, they also attended a session of Sewing With Ms. Nancy held at the Honey Brook Community Library.

In August, Lauren and Becca and their mother, Lisa Goldman, troop leader, spent six days leading and teaching a sewing workshop at their Honey Brook home. As part of the Silver Award requirement, the project must showcase the girls' leadership skills.

"We had to lead a group of people and have at least 10 hours of teaching," Lauren explained. "Six days this summer everybody came to our house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m."

"Some girls knew a little bit about sewing, and some knew nothing," Lisa added. "Some of them had to learn how to use a sewing machine."

Both Scouts said the hardest part of the project was the planning. "Everything had to be in order," Lauren said. "We had to gather materials and make sure everyone was available and really committed to the project."

They noted that one of the workdays fell on the day of the solar eclipse. "On Aug. 21, which was the solar eclipse, we turned it into an eclipse party," Becca said. "It was the last day of sewing and (the day) we stuffed the bags."

The cloth bags - made out of various materials - are washable and can be used for years to come. "They could use them for their toys or gym clothes at school or put makeup in them," Lisa noted.

In addition to the goodies in the bag, the girls enclosed a brief synopsis of the project and a wish for the recipients, "We hope you enjoy the bags - reusing (them) over time - and the goodies inside."

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Discount Available For Relief Shipments September 27, 2017

Anyone who is shipping packages to FEMA-designated hurricane disaster counties, along with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, will be able to receive a discount on packaging and certain shipping and freight costs through Friday, Oct. 20.

The discount is available at the Postal Connections stores located in the Ephrata Market Place, 848 E. Main St., Suite 800, Ephrata; the Lancaster Shopping Center, 1653 Lititz Pike, Lancaster; and the Windsor Commons Shopping Center, 3151 Cape Horn Drive, Red Lion.

The offer applies to shipments designated as hurricane relief to any residential address in the ZIP codes affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as temporary relief centers. A list of FEMA disaster area ZIP codes is available at the stores.

Shipped items are limited to 150 pounds and the carrier's size restrictions. Freight shipments can be arranged for shipments over 150 pounds.

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Scouts Make, Donate Blankets September 25, 2017

Members of Mount Joy Junior Girl Scout Troop 70027 made blankets from June through September as part of their Bronze Award Service Project. Earlier in the year, girls brainstormed issues that they would like to address in their project, and all nine girls said they felt compelled to help homeless people in Lancaster.

The girls made 74 blankets, which were donated to Water Street Mission and the Lancaster County Council of Churches to be used in their mission work. Each Scout contributed more than 20 hours assembling the blankets. The girls hope to receive the Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn, as a result of their project. Junior Girl Scouts are fourth- and fifth-graders.

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Trout Unlimited Chapter Posts Events September 21, 2017

Donegal Chapter of Trout Unlimited has announced several upcoming events.

Hooked on Scouting will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Camp Mack, 2 Scout Lane, Newmanstown. The objective of the event is to introduce Scouts to the fundamentals of fishing and Donegal Trout Unlimited. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and volunteers are welcome. For additional information, readers may email Barry Witmer at cbwitmer29@gmail.com.

A tree dispersal project will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Millport Conservancy, 737 E. Millport Road, Lititz, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to organize trees for dispersal to various projects. Participants should bring gloves and sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. For more information, readers may email Garry Longenecker at garrylongenecker@gmail.com.

The chapter has booked well-known fly tyer, author, and guide Dave Rothrock for its annual OctoberFest gathering on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tellus360, which is located at 24 E. King St., Lancaster. Tickets, which are available for a set fee per person, will include a choice of a rack of ribs or a grilled, marinated half-chicken, plus sides. Tickets also include the opportunity to listen to the speaker and a chance to win a fly rod and reel. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, readers may email Derek Eberly at keystoneflyguides@gmail.com. For reservations, which should be made by Sunday, Oct. 1, readers may email Dan Van Buskirk at danvb11580@hotmail.com.

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Youths Raise Funds For UNICEF September 21, 2017

High school and middle school students from the Bell Tavern community in Downingtown organized a UNICEF fundraising event on Sept. 10 to benefit children with disabilities by conducting "Olympics for Little Hearts" games.

Realizing the importance of supporting families with children with disabilities, the youths decided to raise funds to benefit those in need. The goal was not only to bring in donations but also to bring the community together and spread awareness of the challenges that children with disabilities face.

The event, held in Downingtown's Kerr Park, featured fun, games, and food. Children in five age groups played eight games, including Don't Drop the Ball, sponge bucket, three-legged races, noodle hurdles, noodle javelin, balloon tennis, soccer shoot-out, and potato sack race. Children received medals.

The event raised approximately $2,100 for UNICEF. The amount was achieved with the help of donors who bought tickets to play games, along with sponsors. Additionally, both youths and adults volunteered during the event. A special guest, Downingtown Police Chief Howard Holland, also known as "Officer Naseef," presented the youths with a UNICEF volunteer recognition certificate.

Members of the event youth organizing team included Bhavana Nagoti, Srikar Nagoti, Jishnu Katupilla, Shriya Katupilla, Rishi Kamtam, Rithik Kamtam, Shriyans Taduri, Apurva Sista, and Srija Vanacharla. Members of the event youth volunteer team included Vedha Viddam Reddy, Saanvi Bandapelli, Srikar Bhumireddy, Vineeth Gabbireddy, Divy Gabbireddy, Ashwin Murali, Tej Ramachandrula, Vasishta Sree Tumuluri, Gaurav Kruthiventi, Aayush Kruthiventi, Ryan Nguyen, Logan Moore, Santiago Zea, Saket Eesarapu, Kushi Iyer, and Sidharth Madipadaga.

The youths plan to make the event an annual tradition and are ready to start planning for the 2018 event.

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CATRA Seeks Volunteers September 20, 2017

The Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA) in Grantville is looking for volunteers to help with its riding program. Therapeutic riding helps children and adults with disabilities achieve their goals of muscle conditioning, improved balance and eye-hand coordination, and helping the nervous system find and use undamaged pathways for improved body functioning. Riders enjoy friendships, improved self-esteem, and increased socialization.

Volunteering at CATRA is ideal for those who love horses or ever wanted to own a horse. Volunteers care for and handle special equines. Additional opportunities are available to assist with the care of an array of interesting animals such as miniature horses, goats, dogs that ride the horses, cats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, and a pot-bellied pig.

Any amount of time is appreciated. Scheduling is done at the convenience of the volunteer. Morning or afternoon is available seven days a week, year-round. A volunteer orientation will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Interested readers are encouraged to contact 717-919-4587 or 717-649-9822 or info@catra.net for directions. Readers may visit www.catra.net for details by clicking on Volunteer to download a volunteer application.

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Girl Scout Provides Owl Boxes For Walking Trail September 19, 2017

The popular walking trail at Living God Lutheran Church (LGLC) in Honey Brook, which is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels and rabbits, should now also attract owls thanks to the efforts of Girl Scout Cadette Kelly Fox.

As part of the service project she completed in pursuit of her Silver Award, which is the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, Kelly, a member of Troop 1441, built three owl boxes that will be installed along the trail by church volunteers. The project is titled "Whoo's Up There?"

Also as part of the project, Kelly created an educational brochure about owls for the trail's kiosk and made informational signs that will be placed at the owl box locations to let walkers know to look up to view the boxes.

Kelly, a 12-year-old student at Twin Valley Middle School, recently presented the three owl boxes to church volunteers Kurt Schneidmiller and Ed Turner, who will install them in large trees along the trail over the next few weeks.

The two smaller boxes, which are designed for screech owls that measure between 7 and 12 inches, must be placed at least 10 feet off the ground. The large box has been designed for a barred owl, which grows to 16 to 25 inches tall. The barred owl box must be placed at least 15 feet off the ground.

"We are trying to find the safest and most secure ways to put them up," said Schneidmiller. "We have identified locations along the trail that will be easier to get to."

Kelly's troop was one of three local Girl Scout troops that helped to install more than 15 birdhouses along the trail during a spring cleanup at LGLC in 2016. A local Boy Scout troop had constructed and painted the birdhouses prior to the cleanup. "I knew there was a walking trail here, and I wanted to do something with owls," said Kelly, explaining her reason for choosing the project. She noted that the goal of the project was to provide a safe place for owls to nest and to increase the presence of owls, which benefit local famers by reducing the number of pests and rodents.

Kelly was required to work on the project for a minimum of 50 hours. She was responsible for all aspects of the project, including writing a proposal, getting the materials, completing the project and then writing a follow-up report to be submitted to Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania.

"For the first box, I had help from my supervisor, Ted Lessick, and I did the second one by myself. For the third box, I had help from my friends," Kelly said, noting that she is also planning to present a program about her owl project to the church congregation.

The walking trail at LGLC opened in 2010. For a year prior to the opening, a select group of congregation members, nicknamed "The Trail Blazers," cleared a path in the woods located next to the church, laying down mulch and building wooden bridges - all to create a scenic and serene walking trail that is open to the entire community.

There are three trails that walkers of various skills can enjoy. The woods trail is approximately three-quarters of a mile long, but it has a shortcut, which makes it approximately two-thirds of a mile long. There is also a trail that goes around the perimeter of the property that measures one-third of a mile.

Benches are located in several places where walkers may rest, relax, pray or meditate. Additionally, children may enjoy the whimsical figurines placed along the trail.

Maps are available at the trail entrance. Leashed dogs are permitted on the trail, which is open daily from dawn to dusk.

LGLC is located at 3200 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honey Brook. For more information, readers may call the church office at 610-273-9383. A brochure, including a map of the trail, is available at www.livinggodchurch.org/lglc/trail.htm.

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Chamber Announces New Service Award September 14, 2017

The Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will offer something new at its booth at the Solanco Fair this year. Visitors may pick up nomination forms for the first-ever Community Service Award given by the Chamber.

Chamber board member Kendall Keeler noted that in addition to the new award, the organization has added a scholarship that will be given to a high school student in honor of the Community Service Award winner.

Ideal candidates for the award include those who make significant contributions of their time, talents, and dedication to the southern Lancaster County community; serve as models of compassion; strive to make the world a better place; and deserve more recognition than they receive. The criteria for the award specify that charitable activities and service cannot be part of the nominee's job description and that the nominee must not have received any monetary benefits.

Nomination forms may be obtained at the Solanco Fair, to be held Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 20 to 22, as well as at www.southernlancasterchamber.org. Readers may also request a form by emailing secretary@southernlancasterchamber.com.

Completed nomination forms must be submitted before Wednesday, Nov. 1. Those who submit forms will receive a gift from the Chamber. Additionally, the person whose nominee is selected for the award will receive two complimentary tickets to the Chamber banquet in March, when the award will be presented.

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Donations Sought For Winter Coat Drive September 14, 2017

CrossNet Ministries has announced a winter coat drive. Community members are invited to donate gently used or new winter coats for children or teenagers, which will benefit local residents in need. Individuals who donate a new coat will be entered to win a gift card.

Donations must be received by Thursday, Oct. 5. They may be dropped off at the CrossNet Ministries office, 123 W. Franklin St., New Holland. The coat giveaway will take place on Monday, Oct. 9, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Readers with questions may contact the office at office@elancocross.org or call 717-355-2454.

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Rotary Distributes More Than $20,000 September 14, 2017

On June 8, the Rotary Club of Paradise met at noon at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn in Paradise. Both members and guests were on hand as the club worked to distribute more than $20,000 in checks to local organizations. Funds were raised by the club's Amish Country Classic Bike Ride, which is held in September. Last year, more than 200 riders took part in the event. The committee to distribute funds was comprised of club members Tonya Martin, Sherry Oswald, Neal Rice, and Jewell Shivery.

Seven of the nearly 20 local organizations that received funds from the club sent representatives to accept checks from Martin, who is the incoming club president. Current club president Ross Weidman accepted $1,000 for BCM (Bible Centered Ministries) International. The organization provides camps for youngsters, and the funds will be used to provide camp scholarships for campers in need.

Vernon Wright, of Christ's Home for Children, accepted a check in the amount of $1,250. The home, with locations in Paradise and Warminster, cares for children from infants through teenagers and includes a home for pregnant teenagers. Wright noted that part of the program helps teenagers transition from a group setting to independent living. "We had three students in transitional living graduate (this spring)," noted Wright.

Cliff Mast represented The Factory Ministries, which received a check for $1,500. One of The Factory's goals is to empower community members for the good of the whole. "We like to give a hand up rather than a handout as we work with community partners toward the common good," said Mast.

Friendship Community is a ministry that helps individuals with developmental disabilities to impact the world with their capabilities. Milt Stoltzfus accepted the check from Martin for $1,750, saying, "We serve 140 individuals in 26 group homes, and we depend on community (contributions) to help provide quality care."

Stacie Reidenbaugh, executive director with Lancaster Habitat for Humanity, accepted a check for $1,750. She said that the organization is working to revitalize a block of South Christian Street in Lancaster. "We help families transform lives with financial education programs (in partnership with) Tabor Community Services," said Reidenbaugh.

Becky Doumaux accepted a check for $1,750 for Junior Achievement. Domaux noted that the organization has merged with Junior Achievement in York to reach 14 counties and more than 85,000 students.

Neal Rice spoke on behalf of North Star Initiative, which received a check for $1,500 from the Rotary Club. Rice said the organization is very close to opening The Harbor to help restore victims of human trafficking. "(The Harbor will be) a safe place where victims can get restorative care and get back on their feet," said Rice, who added, "This care is very expensive because the trauma is so deep and personal."

Other organizations that will receive funds from the club include Boy Scout Troop 8, which will receive $1,230; Byrnes Health and Education, Pequea Valley Youth Baseball, and Conestoga Valley Little League, which will each receive $200; and the Pequea Valley High School (PVHS) "Tribe" program, which will receive $1,000. An organization that performs cleft palate surgeries overseas will also receive $1,000. The high school Four-Way Test Competition will receive $450 toward registration fees, Pequea Valley Library will receive more than $200 for speaker books, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference will receive $2,850. Another $3,000 total was presented to PVHS, Conestoga Valley High School, and Lancaster Mennonite High School to serve as scholarships for students who are deemed to best exemplify the Rotary motto of "Service above self."

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