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Group Sets Prayer Vigil November 15, 2018

Maytown Stands for Life will hold its 14th monthly prayer vigil/witness on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1:30 p.m. The group will meet and pray in the Center Square of Maytown.

Readers with questions may contact Larry Garber at 717-426-3689 or llgarber4@gmail.com.

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Donations Sought For Toys For Tots November 15, 2018

Members of the community are invited to collect new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Toys for Tots program.

From Monday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Dec. 14, community members may bring a new, unwrapped toy to Traditions of Hershey, 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. In addition to toys, other recommended items include books, board games, sports equipment, handheld electronics, and hair dryers or straighteners.

Since 1947, the United States Marine Corps has distributed toys to children during the holiday season, thanks to the generosity of local community members. For more information about the Marine Toys for Tots program, readers may visit www.toysfortots.org.

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Tree Society Launches Membership Drive November 15, 2018

The Columbia Tree Society has begun its annual membership drive for 2019. The society is the fundraising auxiliary for the Columbia Borough Shade Tree Commission. Membership dues enable the Shade Tree Commission to purchase and maintain street trees in the borough.

Over the last 23 years, the Shade Tree Commission has planted approximately 870 trees in the community and maintained street trees. Additionally, it has received the National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA designation for 26 consecutive years.

The Columbia Borough Shade Tree Commission strives to encourage street tree plantings as well as plantings in yards, parks, and public places, as trees retain large volumes of rainfall, thereby reducing and cleansing runoff. They also increase property values, reduce air pollution, and lower noise levels. Manageable storm water runoff results from abundant trees, multi-use catch basins and rain gardens, reduced impervious surfaces, and increased ground vegetation. The benefits may include lower costs and a more livable, sustainable environment.

According to the Shade Tree Commission, shaded homes and tree-filled yards make urban life more pleasant and provide practical benefits such as lower heating and air-conditioning costs and increased resale values. The tree canopy is also a major contributor to storm water runoff reduction.

This year, the society will be partnering with the Columbia Education Foundation (CEF) to dedicate this year's membership drive in honor of two of its members who passed away recently: Charles "Chas" Reinhart and Ruth Crum. Both were educators in the Columbia Borough School District for many years.

Reinhart was a 1964 graduate of Columbia High School (CHS) and a 1969 graduate of Millersville University, where he earned his Master of Arts in education. For 35 years he taught biology, chemistry, and physics, and he was also the science department chairperson at CHS. After his retirement from teaching in 2003, he continued to be involved with many CHS committees, including the CEF, Tide Pride, and CHS Athletic Hall of Fame. He also served as the school's public address announcer for football games and track meets. Reinhart was a founding member and treasurer of the Keystone Record Collectors. He and his wife, Erna, co-authored the book "Jimmy Stewart: On the Air."

Crum was a graduate of Biglerville High School and Millersville University. She had a long career as an English teacher at CHS and after retirement served on the CEF board. Crum was a life member of the Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Gardners.

Memberships are available in the following categories: student, individual, family, business, and life. Memorial certificates in honor of deceased loves ones may also be ordered and will be presented at the annual Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 26, 2019, at CHS, 901 Ironville Pike. During the ceremony, Columbia will be awarded with its 27th consecutive Tree City USA award.

Members of the Columbia Shade Tree Commission are chairperson Amy Evans, secretary Shawn Shuffelbottom, treasurer Amanda Hawn, Nate Smith, and Jack Gamby. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Columbia Borough Municipal Building, 308 Locust St. For more information, readers may contact the municipal office at 717-684-2467.

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Foster Parent Session Slated November 15, 2018

Families United Network, 412 S. Angle St., Mount Joy, will hold a foster parent orientation session on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Foster families are needed.

To attend this session, readers may call 800-722-0136 or email Holly at htanner@families4kids.org.

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CASA Information Session Planned November 15, 2018

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County is recruiting volunteers. The process to become a CASA volunteer advocate is multistep and includes an interview, training and shadowing.

CASA will hold a Tuesday, Dec. 18, information session at Paul Davis Restoration, 1816 Olde Homestead Lane, Lancaster, for its winter 2019 training class beginning in February. CASA information sessions are an hourlong introduction and overview of the role of a CASA volunteer advocate. Attending an information session is a required first step in applying to the program.

The session will be free and open to the public, though reservations are required due to limited seating. To reserve a seat, readers may contact CASA at 717-208-3280 or casa@casalancaster.org.

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Purse Auction Event Raises Funds For AHA November 15, 2018

Nearly 200 people from across Lancaster County attended the eighth annual Pursenalities Party on Nov. 5 at Bent Creek Country Club in Lititz. The silent purse auction event raised $13,325 for the American Heart Association (AHA), a voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and the Go Red for Women movement.

More than 80 designer purses donated by local individuals and businesses were up for bids while guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres. Each purse was displayed with information about the individual or business that donated the bag.

Proceeds from the Pursenalities Party will support the Go Red for Women campaign and the donation of Infant CPR Anytime kits and other resources to WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. The event served as a kickoff to the American Heart Association's annual Go Red for Women campaign, which includes the celebration of National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, and the Lancaster Go Red for Women Luncheon on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

The Pursenalities Party was chaired by Tracy Artus. The event was sponsored by the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, UPMC Pinnacle, Lanco Federal Credit Union, and others.

For more information about the Pursenalities Party or the Go Red for Women campaign in Lancaster, readers may contact Bill Coder at 717-730-1736 or bill.coder@heart.org.

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MHA Welcomes Executive Director, Seeks Donations November 15, 2018

Kim McDevitt, the new executive director of Mental Health America (MHA), invites the community to donate to the organization during the Extraordinary Give on Friday, Nov. 16. Donations will be used to help reach 1,500 more individuals in Lancaster County with the mental health support and services they need. That is McDevitt's 2019 goal for donations.

What are the mental health needs of Lancaster County?

Kim: In a county where we have a mentality of "pick yourself up by your bootstraps," there are those who need hope or assistance to "find their bootstraps." That is what MHA does. We offer wellness education, group support, and personalized advocacy. And as suicide rates increase at an alarming rate, we also need to continue to be proactive about prevention and education for early intervention.

With all the nonprofits that are social work-related, what attracted you to MHA?

Kim: I've always been drawn to organizations that serve the most vulnerable populations, where there is the most need and I can use my passion and experience to make the most impact. Mental health does not discriminate and crosses all social, economic, and educational boundaries. Likewise, we support anyone and everyone needing to navigate the mental health system for wellness.

How can Lancaster residents help impact mental wellness in our county?

Kim: Donate to MHA of Lancaster County on Nov. 16 to provide funding for our staff to carry out the important work related to advocating for individuals, guiding people through the mental health system, and providing suicide prevention education.

To donate to MHA on Nov. 16, readers may visit www.extragive.org and search for "Mental Health America of Lancaster County." Readers may also donate any day of the year at www.mhalancaster.org.

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Consignment Shop Sets Open House November 15, 2018

The Brandywine Consignment Shop, 368 W. Uwchlan Ave., Downingtown, will hold a holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be refreshments, prizes and a silent auction.

The shop sells clothing, furniture, art, collectibles and household items. All proceeds benefit the Brandywine Health Foundation.

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Alliance Seeks Local Feedback November 15, 2018

The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) is looking for feedback from the community concerning its recent State of the County meeting. The public is invited to complete a survey regardless of whether or not they attended the event.

The survey may be found online at www.yceapa.org. For more information, readers may contact David Gonzalez at 717-718-7847 or dgonzalez@yceapa.org.

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Food Pantry Fundraiser Set November 15, 2018

The Well, a faith-based, local, nonprofit food pantry in York city, is holding a fall fundraiser. All proceeds will go toward operational costs. Items for sale include wrapped apple dumplings, as well as 1- and 2-pound packages of cashews, mixed nuts and walnuts.

To order, readers may call 717-781-5208 or email lrslc84@comcast.net. Advance orders are required and are due by Saturday, Nov. 24. Pickup will be at Calvary United Methodist Church, Richland and Market streets, York, on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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UCP Central PA Offers Programs November 15, 2018

Throughout November, UCP Central PA has been celebrating Assistive Technology (AT) Awareness Month. UCP also offers two programs that connect people of differing abilities with the technologies, tools and resources that make everyday living easier and otherwise impossible tasks possible.

The Changing Hands equipment exchange and reuse program provides durable medical equipment and AT devices to Pennsylvania residents of all ages free of charge. UCP's Independent Living Technology program uses remote monitoring technology to increase the independence and safety of older adults and people with disabilities.

To learn more about either of these programs, readers may contact Jackie Wardle at 717-737-3477, ext. 152, or ATUCP@ucpcentralpa.org.

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Memory Loss Group To Meet November 15, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage. The topic will be "Caring for the Caregiver," and the meeting will feature dessert and conversation.

The public is invited to attend. The meeting is designed for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia. The group operates in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. For more information, readers may call Landis Homes at 717-581-3939.

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Memory Loss Group To Meet November 15, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Community Room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

The topic for discussion will be "Frustrations I Experience as a Caregiver."

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CROP Walk Held November 15, 2018

The Stewartstown Area CROP Hunger Walk was held on Oct. 21. Stewartstown Presbyterian Church was the starting and ending point. A total of 39 walkers and support staff raised $3,192. The funds were to be used to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to reducing hunger. A portion of the proceeds will support the food pantry of Mason-Dixon Community Services in Delta.

In addition to collecting funds, participants also packed 200 snack kits for Mason-Dixon Ministries, a new project. The goal of the ministry's programs is to prevent homelessness.

The Cross Roads Ministerium - which includes Cross Roads United Methodist and Hopewell and Round Hill Presbyterian churches - sponsored the walk. Eureka Fire Police of Stewartstown also assisted with the event.

The next Stewartstown CROP Walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. For more information, readers may contact judygrove@verizon.net or 717-741-4366 or visit www.crophungerwalk.org. Details about Mason-Dixon Community Services are available at www.mason-dixon.org.

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Make Way For Trees! November 15, 2018

As the days edge closer and closer to Christmas, for many area residents that means it is time to pick out a tree to bring home. The members of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club are ready to be of service. The club's annual Christmas tree sale will kick off on Friday, Nov. 23, in the parking lot of the Giant Food Store located at 1278 S. Market St., Elizabethtown.

The tree sale will be open seven days a week through Wednesday, Dec. 19. Hours will be from noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Cash and credit cards will be accepted forms of payment.

According to Elizabethtown Rotary Club immediate past president and tree sale chair Tim Haak, the selection will include Fraser and Douglas firs, ranging in size from tabletop size to 9 feet tall. "Frasers are our most popular and will sell out fast due to their limited supply this year," he noted.

Haak said that weekends are consistently the busiest time, and area residents who would like to peruse the selection at a less-crowded time may want to consider stopping by during a weekday afternoon.

Proceeds from the tree sale will benefit the various community projects of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. "The funds our generous sponsors provide pay for the wholesale price of the trees we buy right from the tree farm upstate," explained Haak. "So each tree we sell is pure profit, which goes right back to the various community projects our Rotary Club supports."

Haak noted that the club members are avid supporters of GEARS, Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care, Hope Within Ministries, Rheems Fire Department, Elizabethtown Fire Company, Destination Imagination, Elizabethtown Boys Club, Attollo, Junior Achievement, Cornerstone Youth Center, Wittel Farm Growing Project, Elizabethtown Area School District, Northwest Emergency Medical Services, Mini-THON, and ECHOS.

Club members and community partners take turns working shifts to sell trees, help to load and unload the trees, and assist with setup and tear-down for the sale. The tree sale has been an Elizabethtown Rotary Club tradition for approximately 27 years, and it is one of the group's largest fundraisers. Haak said that last year the sale raised just under $30,000.

To learn more about the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, interested individuals may visit www.elizabethtownrotary.org.

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Solanco CROP Walk Supports Fight Against Hunger November 15, 2018

The 39th annual Solanco CROP Hunger Walk took place at Muddy Run Park, Holtwood, on Oct. 20. About 65 people participated, representing 11 community churches and organizations. Funds raised at this event were slightly over $10,000, which was one of the higher amounts raised in recent years. The funds raised will be divided between Church World Service, which will receive 75 percent, and Solanco Neighborhood Ministries, which will receive 25 percent.

Before the walk began, Teresa Dolan from Solanco Neighborhood Ministries shared words of thanks and encouragement. She noted that the funds will support the work of the Solanco Food Bank. In addition, Emily Miller, a Solanco School District elementary teacher, shared insights about how children at the school where she works appreciated the Solanco Food Bank SWEEP program.

Participants enjoyed a pleasant 5-mile walk through Muddy Run in support of the fundraising efforts. Many participated in a scavenger hunt while they walked. Children collected small items, while adults took photos of the items on their scavenger hunt list. Prizes were awarded to those who successfully found all or most items on their list.

Planners of this event look forward to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Solanco CROP Walk in October 2019.

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Community Place Grand Opening Set For Nov. 17 November 9, 2018

A grand opening celebration for Community Place on Washington, 61 E. Washington St., Elizabethtown, will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Area residents are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony, enjoy light refreshments, and take self-guided tours of the remodeled building.

Formerly owned by St. Peter Parochial School, the two-story brick building was converted into a centralized space for numerous social service providers in the Elizabethtown area, thanks to a collaboration between the United Churches of Elizabethtown Area and various community members, organizations, and businesses. United Churches president Derrick McDonald will speak at the grand opening celebration, and other local dignitaries have been invited.

According to Doug Lamb of United Churches, a capital campaign for the project began in May, the property was purchased in July, and remodeling began in August. Generous donations of time, finances, and labor made the project possible, and Lamb noted that more than 300 people came through the building at some point in the remodeling process to help with everything from electrical wiring to painting and other trades. "One of the exciting things about (the grand opening) will be all the volunteers having a chance to see what it looks like now," remarked Lamb.

The lower level of the building is now home to Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown, which moved into the space in late October. "The clients love it," Lamb relayed. "It's a wide-open space and a lot easier to use." Formerly located on Market Street, the food pantry is open on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only. More information on how to receive services or volunteer is available by contacting 717-361-8149 or etowncupboard@gmail.com.

The upstairs of Community Place includes a community conference room along with office space for Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS) and Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC).

Project leaders had hoped to use the space for as many social service programs as possible, and that goal is already rolling along. Tabor Community Services will offer free financial counseling to anyone by appointment at Community Place. Transfer General Education Development (GED) classes will be offered by United Churches in the community conference room, and that space will also be available for various groups in the community to use by appointment. Plus, Bear Bags, weekend meal bags offered to Elizabethtown Area School District students in need, will be assembled at Community Place.

The house adjacent to the large brick building will be used as the winter shelter operated by ECHOS. Lamb noted that several upgrades still need to be made to that facility, but the main building is about 90 percent complete. "We still have ongoing projects, but it's well on its way," summarized Lamb.

Phase two of Community Place on Washington includes adding a building to the property to allow space for additional social services. Lamb said that several local groups have expressed interest in that space. "That's a dream," Lamb stated. "Our capital campaign is underway, and we're looking for people to partner with us for that." Ideally, Lamb would like to get things in motion to break ground for that new building in the summer of 2019.

To learn more about or make a donation toward Community Place on Washington, interested individuals may visit https://communityplaceetown.org/.

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Lloyd's Rides Posts Update November 9, 2018

Randy "Hoss" Caldwell of Lloyd's Rides has announced updates to the tax-exempt organization's operations.

Caldwell said that the focus will be on attending car cruises, where he will take pictures and talk to people in attendance. Also, he will have a camera so that he can interview the car owners. The interviews will be edited and put on sites such as YouTube.

He is seeking to add more working board members, with the plan that members can staff the organization's table at car cruises and brainstorm ways to increase donations. He is also planning a giveaway drawing.

The organization also has a focus on veterans and first responders, including raising awareness about suicides related to post-traumatic stress disorder. It is promoting the Manheim Veterans Memorial, as well.

Additionally, it aims to help service personnel. Currently, the organization is helping an active Navy chief sell his book about having four small children and dealing with his wife dying of cancer. The group is also helping a 70-year-old Marine, Lance Cpl. Robert Quinn, who grew up locally and graduated with Caldwell from Manheim Township High School in 1966, to publish three novels, along with poems.

For more information, readers may visit www.lloydsrides.org or email lloydsrides@gmail.com.

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Mom's House Sets Pumpkin Fest November 9, 2018

Mom's House of Lancaster will hold the Extra Great Pumpkin Fest at the Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lancaster, on Friday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with the Extraordinary Give. Weather permitting, there will be fall activities offered outdoors and indoors, such as family games, face painting, food, and more.

Individuals are invited to donate to Mom's House at www.extragive.org on Nov. 16. More information can be found at www.momshouselancaster.org/.

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Drive Will Support Food Bank November 8, 2018

The York County Food Bank will benefit from a food drive continuing through Friday, Nov. 30. Donations may be dropped off at ACNB Bank's South York Plaza office, 201 Pauline Drive, and Spring Grove office, 221 N. Main St.

To kick off the food drive, which began on Nov. 1, ACNB Bank made a $1,500 contribution, which was acknowledged with a check presentation at the York County Food Bank, 254 W. Princess St., York.

The York County Food Bank's mission is to reduce and ultimately end hunger in York County by working with partner agencies to increase the quantity of - and dignified access to - high-quality, nutritious food for everyone who needs it. According to the York County Food Bank, many families across York County, even those above the poverty threshold, struggle with food insecurity. For more information food bank and qualifications for support in a time of need, readers may visit www.yorkfoodbank.org.

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