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Semper Fi 5K Set For Veterans Day October 20, 2017

Elizabethtown residents and Marine Corps veterans Steve Bowers and Richard Brinkman have completed more than 30 marathons between the two of them, and each has run the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., 10 consecutive years. "Once you run that for 10 years in a row, you're in a special club," Bowers said. "We're both pretty proud of that."

Now, Bowers and Brinkman are putting all of that running experience to good use as the race directors for the Semper Fi 5K Run/Walk on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. The Marine Corps League of Lancaster County Detachment 294 welcomes runners and walkers of all ages to participate in the race, which will step off promptly at 8 a.m. from Columbia High School (CHS), 901 Ironville Pike, Columbia. "This is a Marine Corps League run, but we're going to be honoring all the veterans," Bowers said.

Race day check-in and registration will be open from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. Interested individuals may register at www.pretzelcitysports.com/online-registration through Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Participants will follow a route down Ironville Pike and through borough streets to the finish line at Locust and Bank streets. Bowers described the point-to-point course as a very fast, downhill route. "You can see the finish line from the starting line," remarked Bowers.

A shuttle bus service will be available at Columbia Crossing to transport runners back to CHS for their vehicles after the race. Organizers will also offer a free baggage claim service so participants may check a bag or clothing item before the race that they would like to have waiting for them at the finish line.

Prior to the race, the presentation of colors will be led by the Marine Corps League of Lancaster County color guard, and the national anthem will be sung.

Mile markers will be provided at every half-mile, and a water and aid station will be set up at the halfway point. Marine cadences and music will play at various parts of the course, and Marine Corps veterans will be calling out motivation from the sidelines.

Organizers encourage area residents and spectators to cheer on the runners and wave flags in honor of Veterans Day. "The last mile is straight down Locust Street, and we'd really like the public to join us in cheering on the runners and in the celebration (of veterans)," Bowers stated.

Afterward, everyone is invited to take what Bowers called "a cool-down walk" a few blocks farther to the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut St., Columbia, for post-race festivities. Live music will be performed by Musicians Bedside Manner, and free food and beverages will be available.

Children ages 3 to 12 may take part in the quarter-mile Chesty's Challenge Fun Run, named after the Marine Corps bulldog mascot. Registration will open at 8 a.m. at Columbia Crossing, and the fun run will take off at 9 a.m. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, medal, and goodie bag. A Chesty mascot will also visit the event.

An awards ceremony, including time to honor and recognize veterans for their service and sacrifice, will begin at approximately 9 a.m. at Columbia Crossing. Cash prizes and plaques will be given to the overall male and female winners, as well as to the first-place masters (age 50 and up) male and female finishers. The top three finishers in various five-year age range categories will receive awards, and additional door prizes will be randomly distributed to participants. "We do have a couple of surprise awards, too," Bowers noted.

Proceeds from the event will support outreach programs for veterans in the greater Lancaster County area, including Victory House of Lancaster and the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

For more details, readers may visit www.semperfi5k.rocks. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the race, interested individuals may call Bowers at 717-361-8639.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet October 19, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

The topic will be "How Office of Aging Can Help You." A representative will share about resources and answer questions.

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Foster Parent Sessions Planned October 19, 2017

Families United Network, 412 S. Angle St., Mount Joy, is seeking foster families. The organization will host foster parent orientation sessions on Thursdays, Nov. 2 and 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.

To attend either of the sessions, readers may call 800-722-0136 or email Holly at htanner@families4kids.org.

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Local Support Groups Posted October 19, 2017

The Masonic Village, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer two support groups that are open to the community. Light refreshments will be served, and there is no cost to attend.

Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to attend the monthly Bereavement Support Group on Thursday, Nov. 16. The group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. For more information, readers may contact Heidi Young at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The group will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Masonic Village's Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. Anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one is invited to attend. For directions and to register, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

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School Holds Fundraisers For Red Cross October 18, 2017

Shrewsbury Elementary School recently held two fundraisers to benefit the American Red Cross. The events, Penny Wars and Hat Day, raised almost $2,500 for the organization.

Hat Day was held on Sept. 8. Students were able to make a donation to the Red Cross and wear a hat to school. Almost $1,000 was raised by the staff and students during the event.

Students ran the Penny Wars contest during homeroom period throughout the week of Sept. 18 to 22. Each grade level competed to see who could accumulate the most points during the week, with each penny worth one point. Overall, the students raised more than $1,512, with fifth grade finishing in first place, third grade in second place, and fourth grade in third place.

Art teacher Michele Reedich volunteered to make a banner as a prize for the winning grade level. Students from the winning grade level signed the banner, which will be displayed in the school lobby.

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School Announces Fundraiser October 18, 2017

Solanco High School students, teachers and staff will raise funds in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Students in the Ophelia Club are selling breast cancer awareness bracelets during lunch periods at the high school. At the Solanco football game on Friday, Oct. 27, bracelets and rally towels will be distributed to people who make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The school is located at 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville.

Students and staff also plan to wear pink to school and the football game on Oct. 27 to support people impacted by breast cancer and to help raise awareness of the battle against breast cancer.

For more information, email Solanco High School counselor Lindsay Capoferri at lindsay_capoferri@solanco.k12.pa.us.

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Fundraiser Benefits Four Diamonds October 18, 2017

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Bereavement Group To Meet October 18, 2017

The Pastoral Care Department at Geisinger Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill, will offer a six-week bereavement support group that will be held in the pastoral care consultation room. The group will meet Wednesdays, Oct. 25 through Nov. 29, with two sessions offered each day. An afternoon session will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and an evening session will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Both sessions will focus on the same topic, so participants can choose either time to attend.

The group is open to anyone experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one. Each week's focus will assist participants in understanding how to cope with grief and how to develop the skills necessary to turn mourning into memories. Presenters will include Sister Margaret Washington, director of pastoral care services at Geisinger Holy Spirit, and Sister Ann Marie Marabella, pastoral care associate.

Participation is free, but registration is requested. To register, readers may call 717-763-2118 or 717-972-4255.

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PCD Receives Donation October 18, 2017

The Capital Region Partnership for Career Development (PCD) recently announced it has been awarded $29,500 from the South Central Workforce Development Board (SCPaWorks) to assist with program support for the 2017-18 program year. The funding will assist with the development and ongoing needs of student and educator programs. The programs are dedicated to assisting students, educators, counselors, administrators and other relevant district personnel in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and northern York counties with career exploration and development.

The funding will help to provide Educator in the Workplace sessions, educator professional development sessions, Student Career Connections sessions and a pre-apprenticeship feasibility study for the region.

The Capital Region Partnership for Career Development is an intermediary organization dedicated to providing career exploration and development opportunities that help with student career awareness, exploration and experiences and align with the needs of the workforce. PCD notes that additional support is needed in the forms of funding, program support and partnerships. For more information, readers may visit www.crpcd.org or contact PCD at info@crpcd.org or 717-732-8480.

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Walk Supports Heart Health October 18, 2017

The annual Capital Region Heart Walk took place at City Island in Harrisburg on Oct. 15. Nearly 2,500 walkers turned out to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke and honor people whose lives have been touched by these diseases. The event raised $750,000 for the American Heart Association, and the fundraising total is expected to climb as additional donations are accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The walk was led by Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer, a 12-year-old congenital heart defect survivor from Duncannon. Lorelei was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and she has undergone 26 medical procedures. After one of her open-heart surgeries, she was inspired to create child-size heart compression pillows for other children undergoing open-heart surgery. Lorelei's Heart Hugs project includes a network of volunteers who have made thousands of heart pillows for patients around the world. The project also funds heart care and surgery for orphans around the world and advocates for reform in cardiovascular care for veterans.

The masters of ceremonies for the opening ceremonies were radio personality RJ Harris and television news anchor Robb Hanrahan. Brad Hollinger chaired the event. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Vibra Healthcare; the founder and CEO of The Hollinger Group; and a co-founder and the chairman of the board of Vibra Health Plan.

The event culminated with a 1-mile survivor walk around City Island or a 3-mile walk that continued across the river onto Front Street, both routes finishing across home plate at FNB Field. Participants could also take advantage of other healthful activities before and after the walk, including Hands-Only CPR demonstrations, Healthie Selfies, healthful snacks, and activities for children. The offering of healthful activities and education for people of all ability levels and interests at the Heart Walk was part of the American Heart Association's new Healthy for Good initiative to encourage individuals to make lasting changes to their health and life, one small step at a time. Healthy for Good is focused on four key areas: eat smart, add color, move more, and be well.

Dollars raised at the Capital Region Heart Walk will support the American Heart Association's lifesaving mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, the nation's numbers one and five killers, through supporting heart disease and stroke research, health care quality improvement, advocacy, prevention and education.

For more information about the Capital Region Heart Walk, readers may visit www.heart.org/capitalregionwalk or contact Jillian Horan at 717-730-1782 or Amy Nilsen at 717-730-1766.

Information about the American Heart Association is available by calling 800-AHA-USA1; visiting www.heart.org, www.facebook.com/AmericanHeart or https://twitter.com/American_Heart; or calling any of the organization's offices across the country.

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Eastern York Dollars For Scholars Plans 6K, Fun Run October 18, 2017

The Eastern York Dollars for Scholars (EYDFS) 6K and 1-mile fun run will be held rain or shine on Saturday, Nov. 11. Check-in and race-day registration will take place at Eastern York High School (EYHS), 720 Cool Creek Road, Wrightsville, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The race will begin at 9 a.m. Online registration is available at www.eydfs.org/6krun.aspx through Tuesday, Nov. 7. Those who register by Tuesday, Oct. 31, will receive a race T-shirt. Separate registration fees have been set for the 6K and the fun run, and military veterans may register for half-price. All proceeds will benefit EYDFS.

Formerly known as the Jacob Dannels Memorial 6K, the event is a key fundraising component for EYDFS, an organization that exists to support EYHS graduating seniors through scholarships. Scholarships are awarded annually to individuals who demonstrate strong academic achievement and improvement, exhibit involvement in community and school activities, maintain consistent school attendance, and receive strong professional recommendations.

Event organizer Sherrie Snyder said that the group's goal is to provide as many scholarships as possible by hosting fundraising events like the 6K and an annual three-versus-three basketball competition, as well as through business sponsorships. More than $72,000 was awarded to graduates from the EYHS Class of 2017, said Snyder.

The EYDFS 6K course, which is equal to approximately 3.73 miles and will include a mix of roads and trails, will begin in the parking lot of EYHS, travel through a portion of Highpoint Scenic Vista and Recreation Area, and conclude on the EYHS track. The course does not accommodate pets or strollers.

A water station will be located at the halfway point at Highpoint. Volunteers will be stationed on the hill to cheer on the runners. Among the volunteers will be an EYDFS board member who is known as "King of the Mountain" for his faithful encouragement to runners at that spot each year. "People love the challenge," shared Snyder. "Our race volunteers come back every year and have a great time."

The 1-mile fun run will begin shortly after the 6K runners take off. "The fun run course is for those who want to participate on a small scale," Snyder explained. "The course (goes) on the Eastern York campus and (is) great for any age group."

As is tradition, homemade Italian wedding soup and tortilla soup will be provided for all participants after the race.

Awards will be presented to the top three men and top three women overall, as well as to the top male and female finishers in various age groups. The top three finishers in the fun run will also receive awards. Snyder said the awards ceremony will begin at approximately 10 a.m.

Last year's event had great weather and drew 94 participants for the 6K and 26 for the fun run. "We started giving random prizes (to people) after the race," Snyder said. "We will do that again this year - something a little extra for the great group of people who help support us."

For more details, readers may email 6K@EYDFS.org or visit http://easternyork.dollarsforscholars.org.

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Evans To Lead Iron Furnace Walking Tour October 18, 2017

With the advent of the "hot blast" anthracite-fired iron furnace in the 1830s, according to Rivertownes PA USA president Dave Haneman, the stretch of land between Marietta and Columbia became a hotbed of activity. Using the Susquehanna River as a conveyor of anthracite coal from northeast Pennsylvania, as well as the Pennsylvania canal and railroad systems, the eight furnaces provided "pig iron" for the quickly growing population of the United States.

The furnaces are just one element of the region's rich history that Rivertownes aims to preserve and promote. The nonprofit organization will host its biannual Iron Furnace Walking Tour from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, beginning at Breezy View Overlook, 881 Chickies Hill Road, Columbia.

The tour is free to the public, but donations for the Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center in Marietta will be appreciated. Individuals may preregister by calling Haneman at 717-314-4060.

After an overview of the valley, attendees will drive to the Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center, located in the Chickies Rock County Park. The center features displays, articles, and drawings that tell the stories of the region's iron industry and the residents who made the area "the Pittsburgh of the East." Additionally, attendees will be able to view the diorama of the Musselman Vesta Furnace, which produced iron until 1926. Following time at the center, participants will step off for the walk, which will be approximately three quarters of a mile along a flat, paved surface on the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail.

Walking tour attendees will visit seven furnaces, including the Marietta Furnaces, the Donegal Furnace, and Chickies Furnaces I and II, before ending at the Henry Clay Furnace, where Dr. June Evans will discuss the archaeological digs and findings at the site.

A Hellam native, Evans is a retired archaeologist who taught at Millersville University (MU). She conducted five MU summer archaeology field schools at the site of the ruins of the Henry Clay Furnace between 1988 and 1994. The classes recovered more than 50,000 artifacts, which are cataloged and stored at the Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center.

Evans has been conducting furnace tours for more than 25 years.

For more information, readers may email dshaneman@embarqmail.com or visit www.rivertownes.org.

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RSVP To Accept Donationed Items October 18, 2017

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is participating in Sock It To Us! The statewide signature project of Senior Corps of Pennsylvania launched locally on Oct. 1.

Local residents are invited to donate new socks, scarves, gloves, or hats for any age child or adult. Items may be donated through Tuesday, Oct. 31, at any of the following drop-off sites: Windy Hill Senior Center, 1472 Roth's Church Road, Suite 103, Spring Grove; State Farm, 2241 W. Market St., York; White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St., Suite 1, York; Visiting Nurses Association of Hanover and Spring Grove, 440 N. Madison St., Hanover; TrueNorth Wellness Services, 1195 Roosevelt Ave., York; and TrueNorth Wellness Services, 73 E. Forrest Ave., Suite 312, Shrewsbury, York. A Sock It To Us! sign and bin will be available at each site.

The donated items will be given to Hanover Council of Churches, LifePath Christian Ministries, York Housing Authority, and various other organizations that work with people in need. All items will be distributed to residents of York County.

People with large donations and those who would like more information may call RSVP's York County office at 443-619-3842 or the statewide Senior Corps of Pennsylvania hotline at 800-870-2616. RSVP recruits and places volunteers in York County.

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"Columbia Four" To Run Marine Corps Marathon October 13, 2017

On Oct. 22, the self-dubbed "Columbia Four" - Paul Resch, Jeff Detz, Jeff Seibert, and Jason Bootie - will run the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. Three of the men - Resch, Seibert, and Bootie - will be running their first marathon. Detz, a Marine Corps veteran, will be running his second, having run the same race last year.

The friends, who range in age from 36 to 59, have two goals: finish the 26.2 miles and raise $13,100 ($500 per mile) for Hospice & Community Care. All donations will be designated for the Hospice Care for Veterans program, which provides compassionate care to veterans and their families. To date, the runners have raised almost $10,000 toward their goal.

Through Hospice Care for Veterans, staff and volunteers provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support to veterans and their families. This specialized support, which is focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgement of the patient's military service, can be especially meaningful to veterans at end of life. In 2016, Hospice & Community Care provided services to more than 600 veterans in the local area.

The Columbia runners are pleased to have the support and encouragement of eight veterans and one active-duty service member who are serving as honorary chairmen of their fundraising campaign. All five branches of the military are represented among the group, which includes: Don Armold of Lancaster (Marines); Keith Combs of Columbia (Navy); Andrew Combs of Norfolk, Va. (Navy, active duty); David Detz of Leesville, La. (Army, retired); John H. Hahn of Columbia (Air Force); Joseph "Gabby" Hartman of Columbia (Navy, WWII); Lamar Kauffman of Columbia (Coast Guard); Benjamin Zeamer of Columbia (Army); and Ed Wickenheiser of Columbia (Marines, retired).

The Marine Corps Marathon attracts approximately 30,000 runners from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. The race steps off in Arlington, Va., and crosses over the Potomac River into Washington, D.C., before ending back in Arlington at the Marine Corps War Memorial.

The Columbia runners entered the Marine Corps Marathon lottery in March and were selected to participate in the race. They began training in April and estimate they each have logged nearly 1,000 miles running and walking - roughly the distance from Columbia to Orlando.

Raising money for Hospice & Community Care is especially meaningful to Resch, who lost his grandfather in June. He and his family were thankful for the compassion shown by hospice employees during that difficult time. "Training for my first marathon has been a life-changing experience," Resch said. "Come race day, my motivation will be knowing that I'm not just running for personal satisfaction, but I'm running for veterans and their families who are going through difficult end-of-life experiences."

"I feel proud and privileged to run the Marine Corps Marathon and raise funds to help our amazing heroes who have served our country and for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to give us our freedoms and protections in the greatest country in the world," Bootie said.

Seibert echoed those sentiments, saying that he is often reminded of the saying "All gave some, and some gave all." "While my miniscule efforts in this marathon can't offer anything to those who gave all, if I can somehow offer my gratitude to those who gave some in perhaps their final days on earth, then my efforts in this marathon will surely be worth it," stated Seibert.

To donate, interested individuals may visit www.hospiceconnect.org/give and enter "Marine Corps Marathon" under special instructions.

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Shelter Receives Donation October 12, 2017

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Race For The Roses October 12, 2017

New Holland Club Tops In State Flower Sales

According to New Holland Area Kiwanis Club member and rose sale chairman Lee Shaffer, not only does the club sell more dozens of roses than any other Kiwanis Club in the state, the club's 2017 sales have broken past records, with more than 700 dozen sold. The annual fundraiser helps the club support a variety of local organizations that aid children, including CrossNet Ministries, local Girl Scout troops, Cub Scout Pack 148, and the ELANCO Library.

While being number one in the state is fun, Shaffer said that the best part of the effort is when the club members meet to box the roses, scheduled for the morning of Thursday, Oct. 19. "It is the biggest event the Kiwanis Club has to get together and have fun," said Shaffer, who noted that at 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 19, a truck loaded with a thousand bouquets of a dozen roses will arrive at Grace Family Church in New Holland. "We are the hub for this area of the state," explained Shaffer, who added that representatives of about 10 Kiwanis clubs from Reading, Lebanon, Elizabethtown, and Lancaster will venture to New Holland to pick up their own orders.

Up to 45 members and friends of the New Holland club will meet at the church at 6 a.m. to begin boxing the more than 700 dozen roses sold by the club this fall. Shaffer makes sure that coffee and doughnut holes are available to the volunteers before beginning the second stage of the two-stage boxing process. Stage one will be completed on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 18, when about 10 club members will gather to assemble more than 1,400 pieces into boxes and lids to hold the roses.

Shortly after 6 a.m. on Oct. 19, production lines will be set up at long tables, with each person taking a specific job preparing and boxing the roses for delivery. Shaffer added that because of the large number of participants and skill that has come from years of experience, the 710 dozen roses will be boxed in about an hour and most club members will be headed out to deliver their roses between 7 and 8 a.m.

The sale is the club's second-biggest fundraiser, with the first being the golf tournament held each May. Shaffer said that the 2017 rose sale should raise about $6,000 for the club. According to Shaffer, many of the roses the club sells are purchased by local business owners who use them to show employees they are appreciated and reward them for their service.

The New Holland Kiwanis Club, which currently boasts about 58 members, was chartered in 1949. The club meets each Tuesday at noon at Garden Spot Village. The international organization's mission is to change the world, one child and one community at a time. Readers who would like to learn more about the local club may call 717-445-6749.

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Friends Group Plans Halloween Dance October 11, 2017

Those who used to shop at the old Collinsville Discount Center will remember that the store had a little bit of everything, and Betty Bell, a member of the Friends of the Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, said that the Collinsville Discount Band's musical repertoire includes that same "little bit of everything." The band will play at the Friends of the Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center's Halloween Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Kreutz Creek Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7045, 341 Yorkana Road, York.

The dance is open to anyone age 21 and up. Costumes are welcome but are optional. However, masks will not be permitted. Snacks will be included with the price of admission, and beverages will be available to purchase. It is a nonsmoking event. Interested individuals may purchase discount tickets in advance for a lower rate at the VFW or at the library, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hallam, as well as from members of the Collinsville Discount Band. Full-price tickets will also be available at the door.

At the dance, the band will play music including hits from the 1970s to today, as well as original songs like "Cloud 9" and "She Called Me Hon." The band members include Alex Degnan on bass, Jason Greenwood on guitar, Ryan Waltemyer on drums, and vocalists Terry Atwood, Jackieraye, and Jennifer Plonk. Degnan has performed with DaNica Shirey, a former contestant on "The Voice," and played with the band Shrimpboat. Greenwood provides studio work for local artists and has performed live with Lindsey Erin. Waltemyer can be heard playing with The Whiskey River Band.

Bell, who has been a member of the Friends for approximately 14 years, said that band is high energy and does a spectacular job of making sure its audiences have a great time. "They really have a large following in the area," she remarked. The band will also have T-shirts available to purchase at the dance.

The Friends group has held fundraising dances in the past, but this will be the first one in at least seven years, according to Bell. Proceeds will benefit the programs offered at the Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center and help to meet the $35,000 portion of the library's budget that the Friends group is responsible for raising.

For more information on the library, readers may visit www.yorklibraries.org/kreutz-creek.

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Birdseed Sale Will Conclude October 11, 2017

The York Audubon Society has announced that Wednesday, Oct. 25, will be the last day to order birdseed in support of the organization's 34th annual Birdseed Sale. Sales fund the York Audubon Society's numerous environmental education and conservation programs throughout York County.

Seed selection includes black oil sunflower, premium mix, economy mix, cracked corn, safflower seed, nyjer seed, sunflower hearts and peanuts in the shell. To make selection easy, the organization has prepared a free feeding chart that lists how and what to feed the most common bird species found in York County.

Everyone who places orders before the order deadline will be entered in a drawing to win a pair of birding binoculars.

All seed orders may be picked up on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the former Record Club of America parking lot on 4075 N. George St. Extension, Manchester, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. To place orders or for more information, readers may call Richard Humbert at 717-266-1864.

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YWCA York Holds Fundraiser Walk October 11, 2017

More than 400 walkers helped raise $120,000 at this year's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in the city of York to benefit victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Participants donned women's shoes to walk approximately 1 mile in an effort to raise awareness and funds for YWCA's ACCESS York and Victim Assistance Center and Still Waters in Hanover. The money raised will help the organization provide counseling, legal services, emergency shelter, housing and community education here in York County.

Awards were given to the team, individual and father-son duo that raised the most money. This year's top team winner was WellSpan Health, which raised $20,315. The top individual award went to Keith Noll, who raised $6,660. The top father/son fundraising team was Greg and Sean Young, who brought in $255.

The event included a Kick Up Your Heels pre-party, a proclamation by the York County board of commissioners of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and YWCA York's Temple Guard performance. The walk finished on Beaver Street in York with a dance party, children's activities and an interactive display of how bystanders can help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Keith Sheffer was the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes chair.

To support York County victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking through monetary donations, readers may text the word HEELS and the amount they would like to donate to 501-55. For more information, readers may contact YWCA York at 717-845-2631 or go to www.ywcayork.org.

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New Support Group To Meet October 11, 2017

A Chronic Pain and Illness Group will meet on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at New Creation Community Church, 3005 Emig Mill Road, Dover. The first meeting will take place on Thursday, Oct. 19. All are welcome.

For further information, readers may call Michael Krall at 717-793-7322.

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