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Woodturners Club To Meet January 16, 2019

The next monthly meeting of the South Central Pennsylvania Woodturners Club will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the Park Building at Christ United Methodist Church, 18 Water St., Jacobus, on the first Tuesday of each month.

The February meeting will feature Tom Dineen demonstrating three different ways of turning a bowl on a lathe. The March meeting will provide an introduction to chip carving. Meetings include displays of recent members' projects, discussions, and demonstrations on techniques for various woodturning projects. Experienced woodturners are available to answer questions in all areas of woodturning.

Anyone with an interest in woodturning, from beginner to professional, is encouraged to attend. For more information, readers may visit or email Barry Stump at


Sewing Network Plans Meeting January 16, 2019

The Lancaster Area Sewing Network will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at Lancaster Friends Meeting House, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster. Guests are welcome to attend.

The group has announced 2019 will be its Year of the Pant, and the upcoming meeting will introduce the topic, with suggestions for choosing fabric and patterns. Expert sewists will be available to take body measurements. Anyone wishing to be measured for pants is advised to wear close-fitting clothing.

For more information, readers may email


Club To Host Holocaust Survivor January 15, 2019

The World War II Oral History Club will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at St. Anne's Retirement Community, 3952 Columbia Ave., Columbia.

The club will welcome Lancaster County resident Rosette Lobel, a Holocaust survivor. Lobel was born in France and grew up under Hitler's regime during the five-year Nazi occupation.

The club meets at St. Anne's on the last Tuesday of each month except December. All WWII veterans and family members, as well as those who have an interest in WWII history, are invited to attend. WWII veterans and family and friends of WWII veterans who would like to speak at a meeting may contact the club.

For more information, call 717-319-3430.


Garden Club Plans Meetings January 14, 2019

The Shiloh Garden Club will hold its monthly meetings at Dover Community Center, 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover. At the meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24, a chair yoga program will be presented.

Upcoming meetings will feature a presentation on Thursday, Feb. 28, by club member Margaret Runkle on her visit to the Chelsea Flower Show and English gardens; spring table settings on Thursday, March 28; and floral arrangements and the installation of new officers on Thursday, April 25.

For more information, readers may contact


Postcard Club Plans Meeting January 14, 2019

The Lancaster County Postcard Club will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. The program for the evening will be member participation using the theme "One of My Favorite Postcards." The postcard competition will be "A Postcard With the No. 19" or showing 19 items.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 717-413-6882.


Talk To Focus On Disaster Relief January 11, 2019

The Palmyra Area Lions Club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hometown Restaurant, 1 N. Londonderry Square, Palmyra. Jim Groff, Pennsylvania Lions disaster relief coordinator, will speak about how to help make a difference in the community when disaster strikes. Groff will discuss his work on disaster scenes and the Lions Club's efforts to aid local families following recent flooding disasters.

Readers are asked to register by calling 717-838-6000 and leaving a message including the number of people who will attend. Attendees will order and pay for their own dinner.


DEAC Plans Meeting January 11, 2019

The Derry Environmental Action Committee (DEAC) will meet on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Hershey Room at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave. All residents interested in environmental issues are welcome.

For more information, readers may visit


Historical Society Sets Meeting January 11, 2019

The Solanco Historical Society will hold a meeting on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at its Archives Building, 1932 Robert Fulton Highway (Route 222), Quarryville. The program, titled "Mechanics Grove," is free and open to the public.

Stan White and Mike Roth will tell the story of how a portion of a large, mostly wooded farm became a crossroads village with the building of a general store. This village, Mechanics Grove, is located on Route 222, where Spring Valley and Church Roads join the highway in East Drumore Township.

White and Roth are longtime members of the Solanco Historical Society, with Roth currently serving as treasurer and White as president. Co-authors of "A Railroad for the Southern End," "Quarryville," and "Fulton House," the two have collaborated on many presentations.

The Archives Building is located 6 miles south of Quarryville across from the Robert Fulton Birthplace.


Garden Club Plans Meeting January 10, 2019

The Penn-Cumberland Garden Club (PCGC) will meet on Monday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. at the Camp Hill Borough Hall, 2145 Walnut St., Camp Hill.

Diane Barge, of the West Shore Garden Club, will present "Seed Starting How-To and Tips." A short business meeting and luncheon will follow the program. Attendees are asked to bring their own place settings for the luncheon. A small donation for the luncheon is requested. Pressed flower items and tickets for a basket giveaway drawing will be available for purchase.

The event is open to the public. For more information, readers may call Anne at 717-697-7205.


Parade Committee Sets Meeting January 10, 2019

The Maytown Memorial Day Parade Committee will meet on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the East Donegal Township Building, 190 Rock Point Road, Marietta. All interested members of the community are invited to attend the organizational meeting for the 2019 parade.

The committee is in need of adequate participation for planning and especially on parade day. The committee notes that the future of the parade is dependent on additional help.


4-H Clubs Will Hold Meetings January 10, 2019

Three Lancaster County 4-H clubs will host reorganizational meetings in January. All 4-H programs are available to all youths who are ages 8 to 18 prior to Jan. 1. Completed enrollment forms must be handed in at the reorganizational meeting.

The Lancaster County 4-H Livestock Club will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the auditorium of the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, with registration at 7 p.m. Parents are encouraged to attend this meeting with their youths. The enrollment dues per member are payable at the meeting. Participants in the club learn about beeves, market goat, swine and sheep. Readers may contact Emily Welk at the Lancaster County Extension office at 717-394-6851 for more information about the 4-H livestock program.

The Saddle Cinches 4-H Horse Club will hold its meeting on Monday, Jan. 27, at Ruhl's United Methodist Church, 4810 Elizabethtown Road, Manheim. This will be a drop-in registration meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. This will be an informational meeting for new member inquiries and for returning members. Members are required to bring a parent/legal guardian to the meeting. There is a club enrollment membership fee for the year.

The club will offer both paper enrollment form and online registration. All club member enrollments and horse registration forms are due in the Extension Office by Wednesday, May 1. Readers may contact Sherry McCarthy at 717-645-2315 or for more information. Again this year, the club will offer a horse Cloverbud program for children ages 5 to 7 as of Jan. 1. Class size will be limited.

The Rabbiteers 4-H Club of Lancaster County will meet on Monday, Jan. 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Farm and Home Center. Youths, along with a parent and/or legal guardian, are invited to attend. The club's members will focus on learning about, caring for, and showing rabbits. Members do not need to own a rabbit to join the club. For more information about the Rabbiteers club, readers may contact LuAnn Gallagher at

For more information on 4-H clubs, readers may visit, click on Menu, and click on Youth, Family, and Health. Information is also available by contacting Lori Little, Extension educator, at 717-394-6851 or


Textile 4-H Club To Meet January 10, 2019

The Ephrata Cocalico 4-H Club, a textile science club, will hold its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Ephrata Fair Association office, South State Street, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Youths need to be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Club members will learn sewing skills to create usable items or clothing, and they will also learn about club and county 4-H activities. The club will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the leader's home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Also offered is a Cloverbud Club for those ages 5 to 7 prior to Jan. 1, the Cloverbuds will work on age-appropriate projects. Class size is limited.

Readers may call Elaine Sensenig, the club's organizational leader, at 717-335-3396 for more information.


Troop 82 For Young Women Forming In CV January 10, 2019

Conestoga Valley High School senior Lyndsey Nedrow was involved in a scouting program when she lived in Canada as a child. When the triplet moved here, she was surprised to learn that she and her sister, Lauren, could not take part in the same Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program as her brothers Ryan and Austin. Undeterred, Lyndsey attended meetings, merit badge outings, and campouts along with her brothers and her father, Mike, who is an assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 83.

Now, Lyndsey, Lauren, and eight other young ladies are preparing to transition to forming their own BSA Troop 82, which will function alongside Troop 83. At the Troop 83 Court of Honor held on Dec. 17 at Zion Lutheran Church in Leola, Abram Shrom, West Earl Lions Club member, signed a new unit application to further the process of creating the troop, which plans to begin meeting on Sundays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 11 N. Church St., Brownstown, in February. The troop will be open to girls ages 11 to 17 who wish to pursue the Eagle Scout rank.

The West Earl Lions Club serves as the chartering organization for Crew, Pack, and Troop 82. The Lions have been supportive of Brownstown-area youths since 1958.

Venturing Crew 82 has been active since April 2018. During that time, members of the crew have performed more than 200 hours of service, hiked, fished, canoed in Maine, and attended a variety of BSA training programs. The members have split logs with saws, staffed two summer camps, and spent a weekend in tents nearly every month since spring, according to Scoutmaster Erin Blank.

The Eagle Scout rank is BSA's highest award. Only a percentage of Scouts reach the rank, which is presented in a special Court of Honor. Lyndsey's father and two brothers are both Eagle Scouts, but the creation of the troop did not allow enough time for her and Lauren to achieve Eagle status. Both girls have applied for extensions to pursue that rank while in college. According to Blank, members Jenna and Sarah Marston will probably also apply for the extension just before they turn 18.

When Lyndsey was 14, she joined a coed Venturing Crew 1861, which is a Fife and Drum Corps, along with her brothers. Venturing Crews are formed to promote interest in a particular activity, and the curriculum focuses heavily on leadership and service. Taking part in the crew activities allowed Lyndsey to participate, but she wanted more.

The girls of Venturing Crew 82 have been hard at work learning Scout-level skills, and they are making changes in preparation for Troop 82. "Our specific mission is to become a troop," explained Lyndsey. "We are wearing the tan uniforms, and instead of being president, I am senior patrol leader. We are trying to create that foundation so there will be a place for (younger) girls to join." The group members are looking forward to attending the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia in late July.

Troop 82 will be all female, but it will be linked to Troop 83. "We will do events with them, and we share gear," noted Lyndsey, adding that the leaders and members of Troop 83 have been very supportive of the fledgling Venturing Crew.

On Dec. 17, Lyndsey led the posting of the colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the BSA oath and law at the start of the meeting, which was opened by Troop 83 committee chair Charlie Letteer. Two members of Troop 83 were recognized for rank advancements. Julian White moved up from Scout to Tenderfoot rank, and Harrison Booth moved from Star to Life Scout.

Young people in the Brownstown area who are interested in Scouting may contact Blank at 717-799-0233 or Dan Dennis, Pack 82 Cubmaster, at 717-989-1906. Readers who would like more information about the new troop may visit


Meeting Will Feature Heirloom Apple Expert January 9, 2019

"The only apple I remember from my childhood was the Red Delicious someone gave me at Halloween. I felt ripped off that they didn't give me candy," recalled author and Maine apple historian John Bunker. "(At that time), I thought apples came in only red and green."

After Bunker grew up, graduated from college, and moved to Super Chilly Farm in Palermo, Maine, he discovered apple trees, specifically those ancient specimens that grow in backyards and in far-off fields throughout rural Maine. Appreciating a potential source of free food and seeing as no one did anything with the fruit, Bunker sought for and received permission to collect the windfalls. In the course of his collections, Bunker began learning about apples from the owners and soon came to a surprising realization.

"I realized pretty quickly there were more than red ones and green ones. There were thousands (of varieties)," Bunker recalled.

Thus began a lifetime of fascination with the heirloom apples of Maine. Bunker has spent nearly five decades on Super Chilly Farm, developing an off-the-grid homestead and community-supported agriculture program. He has collected information about as many of the different varieties of apples growing in Maine as possible, and in 1984, he started Fedco Trees to encourage others to plant trees and to fund his travels. Bunker writes about his tree-tracking adventures in the Fedco Trees catalog, and he has published a book, "Not Far From the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchards of Palermo, Maine."

In addition to scouring Maine, Bunker has visited old orchards in Europe, and he has journeyed to Kazakhstan, which is the home of the ancestors of the modern apple.

"Most of the Europeans who came here had apple orchards," Bunker remarked. "Johnny Appleseed was a real person. Every seed that he planted was genetically unique. From those millions of seedlings that were planted in the United States (by Appleseed and other Europeans), they would graft (preferred types) onto a root stock to give to their neighbor or have a second one. Around the Civil War, we had about 25,000 varieties of apples."

Bunker noted that commercial fruit growers have focused on apples ideal for eating raw, so many of those varieties have either died out or become rare, and folks are missing out. "There are so many uses for apples: cooked, baked, in sauce, or cider," Bunker said. "I eat apples daily. I make sauce every morning. The apple (variety) doesn't look pretty, but it stores well in the cold cellar, and it doesn't need any spices or sugar. But if you ate (that apple variety) raw, it would be awful."

Bunker will discuss apples, particularly heirloom varieties, at the annual Backyard Fruit Growers winter meeting on Saturday, Jan. 19. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, and the doors will open at 9:15 a.m. Admission will be free of charge, but donations will be accepted. Attendees may bring lunch or purchase it at the FFA event held next door. Additionally, empty Mason bee tubes will be available during the lunch break.

While Bunker will be the primary speaker at the event, Tim Elkner will also be on hand to discuss the spotted lanternfly invasion and the current state of the quarantine.

For more information about the meeting, readers may call Backyard Fruit Growers vice president Andrew Weidman at 717-813-1874 or visit


Veterans Welcome To Join American Legion Post January 9, 2019

Local veterans are invited to attend meetings of American Legion Charles F. Moran Post 475, which meets on the fourth Monday of every month at 11 a.m. at Freedom Village at Brandywine, 15 Freedom Blvd., Coatesville. The next scheduled meeting will be on Jan. 28.

Each monthly gathering features a formal meeting where each post officer gives a report, generally followed by a guest speaker. Past speakers have included representatives from the Holocaust Museum, the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and Quilts of Valor. The post provides a free buffet lunch following the program, but donations are accepted.

According to Chuck Wimer, chapter adjutant, Post 475 has approximately 90 members. The post is named for a Downingtown resident who was one of the first local soldiers known to have died in World War I.

Membership is open to veterans of various conflicts, including World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War and the Gulf War, as well as those currently serving in the War on Terror. Those who join are asked to pay a yearly membership fee.

The chapter is seeking younger veterans and active-duty military personnel to join the post in order to ensure that the chapter continues. "A lot of people don't get involved until they retire, but without the younger people a lot of veterans organizations would have to (disband)," Wimer stated.

Wimer explained that the post is called a "paper chapter" because it does not have a building and social hall like other local American Legions. Rather, members meet at Freedom Village. "We are not a place to come and (socialize). We are really focused on the community," he said.

Post members take part in various activities. They provide an honor guard at area parades, attend the funerals of veterans, take part in Veterans Day ceremonies and replace the American flags on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day. The members also work closely with the Coatesville VA to provide assistance to veterans.

Most recently, members of the post participated in the Wreaths Across America event at Hopewell United Methodist Church on Dec. 15, 2018. Following a ceremony in the church recognizing the various branches of the military, post members joined Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and members of the community to place wreaths on the graves of veterans.

"We are involved in various Scout troops, plus we sponsor the Diamond Dogs, the Downingtown Legion baseball team," noted Wimer.

Post 475 awards college scholarships to one student from each Downingtown High School East and West, presents school medals to eighth-grade students selected by their teachers as good citizens and sponsors a student to attend Keystone Boys State, a good citizenship training program.

The American Legion, with a motto of "Still Serving America," is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. "We are in the planning stages of doing something special this year," said Wimer.

For more information about the American Legion, including details on membership, readers may contact Wimer at or 484-645-2369. Freedom Village is located just off the Route 30 Bypass, adjacent to the Brandywine Hospital.


Milk Duds 4-H Club Will Meet January 9, 2019

The Milk Duds 4-H Dairy Club will hold its reorganizational meeting on Monday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. Club activities include taking part in dairy judging practices and competitions, fitting and showing workshops, the county show, and other events, and each meeting has a different topic related to the dairy industry.

Items attendees should bring to this meeting are a pen or pencil, a 2019 calendar and the completed enrollment form with parent signatures. This meeting is important for both new and returning club members and their parents, so those who cannot attend the meeting are asked to turn in their enrollment form to the Extension office prior to the meeting date. Readers may contact Amanda Arrowsmith, club leader, at 717-548-2664 or for additional information.


Neighbors Club Slates Luncheon January 9, 2019

The Newcomers and Neighbors Club has announced that its Wednesday, Feb. 13, luncheon meeting will feature a longtime Lancaster County glass business. Walter R. Rowen will talk about his company and its history.

There is a fee for person for the luncheon. Those interested in learning more about or joining Newcomers and Neighbors, a nonprofit social organization open to all women residents of Lancaster County, or who would like to attend the luncheon, are asked to visit


Program To Feature Local History January 9, 2019

The Paradise Township Lions Club will present a family-oriented program titled "The 12 Anecdotes of Lancaster County" on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. The event will take place in the Eagle Room behind the Bird-in-Hand Restaurant, 2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand.

The presenter will be writer Jack Brubaker, who shared Lancaster County culture, history, and humor for more than 30 years in his syndicated newspaper column. He has also authored a dozen historical books and magazine articles. Copies of some of his books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, contact Bill Dodds at


Garden Club Plans Meeting January 9, 2019

Dillsburg Garden Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Maple Shade Barn, 35 Greenbrier Lane, Dillsburg. "Ticked Off" will be presented by Lisa Rocuskie, who is affiliated with the Harrisburg Area Lyme Disease Support Group. She will share her story about both of her children contracting Lyme disease. Rare and common symptoms to look for will be discussed, as well as preventive measures.

Refreshments and a brief business meeting will follow the program. Newcomers are welcome to attend. For more information, readers may call 717-697-9617.


MOMS Club Will Meet January 9, 2019

Members of the MOMS Club of Brandywine Wallace/Springton Manor invite all stay-at-home or part-time working mothers residing within the areas served by Springton Manor or Brandywine Wallace elementary schools in the Downingtown Area School District to attend its monthly Plan and Play gathering on Monday, Jan. 21, at 9:30 a.m. This group offers play dates, moms' nights out and community service projects.

For more information, including the location of this meeting, readers may email More details about the group are available at

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