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Clubs Hold Pork And Sauerkraut Meal March 22, 2019

The Federated Women's Club of Hershey and the Hershey Lions Club jointly held a pork and sauerkraut dinner on March 3 despite inclement weather. Proceeds will benefit the community.

Seven cadets from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and students from the National Honor Society volunteered at the dinner. Most of the 350 meals were presold. The dinner included homemade desserts provided by the Federated Women's Club of Hershey.

The Federated Women's Club of Hershey and the Hershey Lions Club have a long history of community service. Among the local charities the Federated Women's Club of Hershey currently supports are Cocoa Packs, the Hershey Food Bank, domestic violence shelters, the People Movers, Camp Catherine and local libraries. The Hershey Lions Club provides eye exams and glasses for residents in need, scholarships for local students, sponsorships of youth sports teams, medical equipment assistance, and more.

For more information, readers may search for "Federated Women's Club of Hershey" on Facebook or visit


Students Hold Mini-THON March 22, 2019

Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) students raised $85,766 at its annual Four Diamonds Mini-THON, held from 7 p.m. on March 8 to 7 a.m. on March 9. All proceeds from the 12-hour dance marathon will benefit Four Diamonds, which aims to conquer childhood cancer. The fund originated in Elizabethtown with Chris Millard, who battled childhood cancer while a student at Elizabethtown Area School District in the early 1970s.

Mini-THON is similar to Penn State University's THON in that students are not be permitted to sit down during the event. The EAHS Mini-THON ran for 12 hours and culminated with the unveiling of how much money EAHS raised. This year's theme was "One Small Step for E-town, One Giant Leap for a Cure."

Approximately 350 students were active participants in this year's Mini-THON. Over the past five years, EAHS has raised more than $400,000 for Four Diamonds.


DSAA Plans Expansion March 22, 2019

Donegal Substance Abuse Alliance (DSAA) is developing new programs and services to meet the needs of families impacted by addiction.

Additionally, the organization, which is currently located at 15A W. Main St., Mount Joy, is planning to relocate. The plan is to use the new space as a hub for family support, not just with the services it currently offers, such as family support, assistance with finding treatment, and naloxone distribution, but also with the new programs it intends to start after it moves. These programs are slated to include SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery meetings and SMART Teen meetings; the organization also plans to invite 12-step programs to meet at its location.

Among the special activities slated to be offered are sober social events for those in recovery, such as game nights, potluck dinners, and movie nights. Open hours will be set up for those in recovery to use computers to build resumes and search for jobs. Life skills classes and a clothing/hygiene pantry will also be available.

DSAA also plans to expand its family support programs by offering SMART Friends and Family meetings, as well as six-week group sessions; the organization currently can hold only one-on-one sessions. Additional plans call for holding family retreats to teach families how to manage the challenges that come when addiction is present in a family.

The organization has had many requests for support groups for children impacted by addiction. As DSAA's mission is to support families struggling with addiction, it is currently working with organizations and individuals experienced in working with children to develop evidence-based programming and support. DSAA is also planning to add support for those caring for their family members' children.

DSAA hopes that its hub will be a friendly, welcoming space full of activity. The organization estimates that it will cost $120,000 to cover construction and furnishings. It has currently raised $50,000.

For more information, readers may email or call 717-492-4596.


Sorority To Offer Free Clothing March 22, 2019

The Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority at Millersville University will host its Spring Cleaning Clothing Exchange on Sunday, March 31, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 24 in the Millersville University Student Memorial Center on South George Street. Free clothing will be available to members of the campus and community.

Donations of gently used items will be accepted on the day of the event. Attendees may donate clothes for men, women, babies and children. Coats, blankets and shoes will also be accepted.

At the end of the event, all remaining items will be donated to the Maternal and Children's Health Consortium of Chester County. The organization's mission is to empower families to build a healthier and brighter future for their children by overcoming the social and environmental barriers that lead to poor health conditions.


MAMOW Will Hold Breakfast Event March 22, 2019

The public is invited to attend the Millersville Area Meals on Wheels (MAMOW) community breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Millersville Community Church/First Campus, 121 N. George St., Millersville. Proceeds from the breakfast, sponsored by Millersville University's Phi Sigma Pi Chapter, will benefit MAMOW and its clients.

The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, egg/ham/cheese and potato casseroles, caramel French toast, and coffee and juice. Separate costs have been set for adults and for children, with veterans and military personnel invited free of charge.

For more details, readers may contact Joanne DeRenzis at 717-872-2415 or For complete information about MAMOW, readers may visit


Garden Symposium Will Emphasize Native Plants, Pollinators March 22, 2019

The Master Gardener organizers of the 27th annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium have once again planned an event to appeal to anyone with an interest in gardening. Speakers during the event will talk about trends in gardening, weeds, woodland wildflowers, native bees, and plants for pollinators. An update on the spotted lanternfly infestation will also be offered.

"For a gardener, this is the place to be," said symposium co-chair Brenda Walker.

Fellow co-chair Holly List added, "It's a wonderful place to talk with other gardeners."

The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. When the doors open at 7:45 a.m., a continental breakfast will be available, and attendees may shop the Gardeners' Marketplace. Vendors will include sellers of stoneware and porcelain pottery, pollinator-attracting native plants, home and garden decor, small-batch bath and body projects, succulents, herbs, perennials, and preplanned gardens. Walker explained that preplanned gardens are approximately six to eight complementary plants sold as a group.

In addition to the businesses selling items, the Master Gardeners of Lancaster County will host the Garden Shed, offering gently used gardening materials as a preview of the group's annual plant sale, which will be held on Saturday, May 4, this year. "These are true gardeners' treasures," Walker remarked.

The newest class of Master Gardeners will display projects outlining the results of current research, including information on rain gardens, pollinators, vegetables, and more. All of the Master Gardeners were given an opportunity to include tidbits about their own gardens in the event booklet, a copy of which every attendee will receive along with seeds, information, and other resources.

Symposium attendees may visit the vendors during the breaks between sessions. Jourdan Cole of the Garden Media Group will kick things off by reviewing eight recent garden trends that encourage a love of nature.

"People have been saying they're looking forward to this (session)," List said.

Recently retired horticulture extension educator and Master Gardener Annette MaCoy will talk all about weeds and how to control them. List praised MaCoy's knowledge base and noted that she has trained many of the Master Gardeners in Lancaster County.

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve executive director Miles Arnott will discuss the life cycles of early spring plants and their ecological benefit. "We don't often use them (in planned gardens) because they're not around very long, but they add a taste of spring when we're yearning for it," List said.

Kelly Gill is a pollinator conservation specialist for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and a partner biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. She will talk about native bees and their habitat needs, a topic that she frequently discusses during her role helping farmers, landowners, and others implement Farm Bill practices to conserve pollinators and other beneficial insects. In a second session, Gill will talk about designing and managing pollinator-friendly landscapes.

"Even a pot on a patio will help pollinators," said Master Gardener and symposium committee member Dyan Eisenberger. "They can act as way stations for insects and birds during migration."

Breakfast and lunch, as well as entries in the drawing for more than 100 prizes, will be included in the cost of attendance, and folks should register by Sunday, April 7, by visiting or by calling the Penn State Registration Service at 877-345-0691 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, readers may contact Master Gardener coordinator Lois Miklas at or 717-394-6851.


YWCA Sets Annual Campaign March 21, 2019

In conjunction with April being National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, YWCA Lancaster has slated its annual campaign to address sexual violence and promote the prevention of sexual violence in the local community. The 2019 theme is "I ASK."

YWCA Lancaster will hold its fifth annual Clothing and Comfort Drive during April. Community members are invited to make donations of new clothing items or monetary donations to purchase new clothing for victim survivors of sexual assault who are given a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) at local hospitals. Many hospitals provide donated clothing to patients in order to replace the clothing collected for evidential purposes. Items needed include undergarments, sweatshirts, T-shirts, yoga pants, and sweatpants for people of all genders and ages, as well as comfort items such as small stuffed animals, fidget toys, coloring books, and stress toys. Items may be dropped off at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime St., Lancaster, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays from Monday, April 1, through Tuesday, April 30.

Take Back the Night will take place on April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at YWCA Lancaster. The survivor-centered event will focus on uplifting and supporting those whose lives have been impacted by sexual violence. It will feature Jennifer Storm, Pennsylvania Victim Advocate and survivor, as well as a survivor speak-out, during which survivors may share their stories, how they healed, and how they have moved forward.

Body Safety Story Time and Craft events will be offered at Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St. Sexual assault counselor and educator Danielle Perez will lead the interactive and family-friendly programs, which will focus on raising awareness of body safety and boundaries. Programs for prekindergarten-age children will be offered on Mondays, April 1 and 15, at 10:30 a.m., with programs for school-age children on Wednesdays, April 10 and 24, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Not Alone: Uniting Stories of Survivors will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at Zoetropolis, 112 N. Water St., Lancaster. YWCA Lancaster, in collaboration with Lancaster Story Slam, will host a night of storytelling and spoken word sharing survivors' stories. Registration is required for the pay-as-you-can event.

On Wednesday, April 17, a fundraiser will take place at Rachel's Creamery and Creperie, 201 W. Walnut St., Lancaster. Business hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. A portion of the business's proceeds will be donated to YWCA Lancaster's Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center.

A screening of "Roll Red Roll" will take place on Monday, April 22, at Zoetropolis. The movie is a true-crime thriller.

To see a listing of all the events and to register for Not Alone: Uniting Stories of Survivors, readers may visit


All Things Home Fair Has New Location March 21, 2019

The All Things Home Fair will have a new home this year. The annual event, which was held at Brightside Opportunities Center in previous years, will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lancaster Rec Center, 525 Fairview Ave., Lancaster, and its next-door neighbor, Price Elementary School, 615 Fairview Ave.

The host sites are anchor organizations in SoWe, the southwest quadrant of Lancaster city bordered by Fairview Avenue and Prince, King, Manor, and Seymour streets. SoWe is a larger revitalization effort driven by Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) and neighborhood residents, explained SoWe neighborhood director Jake Thorsen. Residents of the southwest quadrant are especially encouraged to attend the home fair, but everyone else in Lancaster County is welcome to attend.

The fair is organized by LHOP and SoWe and will aim to provide helpful information for renters, homeowners, and buyers and sellers of property. Mortgage lenders, real estate agents, home inspectors, attorneys, and insurance agents will be among the exhibitors. Title companies and pest control agencies, along with the City of Lancaster, Pet Pantry of Lancaster County, and Lancaster-Lebanon Habitat, will also be represented.

"We (will encourage) people to talk to each of the vendors and enter door prize drawings," said LHOP director of development Laurie Moir. Among the prizes is a family pass to Conestoga Pines Pool.

"There are lots of giveaways just for coming," added event co-chair Carole Kirchner. She noted that while giveaways are fun, the real prize is the knowledge folks will glean at the event.

"My daughter came two years ago, and afterward, she said, 'What a really neat event,'" Kirchner related. "You will walk away with something you didn't know."

The event is open to everyone - not just first-time homebuyers - and children will be welcome. There will be activities for the youngsters, including the opportunity to decorate Easter bags and go on a scavenger hunt. There is also a playground behind the rec center and near the school for outdoor play.

Four seminars will be offered at the fair. Although attendance will be free of charge, due to space limitations, folks who plan to attend any of the seminars should register by searching for "All Things Home Fair" at

The seminar topics will cover the pathways to home ownership, real estate investing, rental etiquette, and how to be an attractive rental candidate. "We're emphasizing being your best advocate and having the tools to navigate the (rental or homeownership) system," Moir said. She noted that the seminar "Rental Candidate to Rental Tenant" is a preview of a program LHOP is developing. Topics discussed will be how to build credit and how to get to a position where one is ready to rent.

Spanish language translation will be available at the event.

Sponsor and vendor opportunities are still open. For more information about those and about the All Things Home Fair in general, readers may visit or call 717-291-9945.


GriefShare Cycle To Begin March 21, 2019

A new GriefShare cycle will begin at St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave., York, on Monday, April 1, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. and again on Tuesday, April 2, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Sessions will take place in the fellowship hall.

Each session in the cycle will include a video presentation and a group discussion. A workbook that reinforces the weekly classes is included, with a suggested donation for the book.

Grieving individuals are welcome to come at any time, but they are encouraged to attend the first session on April 1 or 2. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, readers may contact Denise Wright, director of spiritual growth, at 717-840-0382 or visit


Competition To Benefit Food Pantry March 21, 2019

To coincide with the popularity and competitiveness of the springtime college basketball tournament, the Honey Brook Food Pantry is holding its second annual March Madness Food Drive.

As part of the event, local businesses and organizations are competing to see which one can collect the most food and donations for the pantry. Last year, eight teams took part and were dubbed "Honey Brook's Elite Eight," competing against each other to become the 2018 Honey Brook Food Pantry champion.

This year, the event has been expanded to include 18 teams. Local businesses are taking part, as well as Honey Brook Elementary Center (HBEC), Heatherwood Retirement Community and Hickory House Nursing Home.

"Last year we limited it to the top eight employers in the area," explained food pantry volunteer Donna Horvath, one of the event organizers. "That was such a success, we decided to expand it to more retail-oriented businesses."

Horvath noted that Division 1 consists of larger employers, including wholesale-oriented businesses and HBEC. Division 2 is for smaller, retail-oriented businesses.

To equalize the size of the companies, the total pounds collected will be divided by the number of employees at each location. "The winners of each bracket will advance, and the losers will move to a consolation bracket," Horvath explained, noting that Dave Larson of R-V Industries designed the brackets.

For the first week, the food donations were weighed at the food pantry on March 15. A weigh-in was scheduled for March 22, and the final weigh-in will be on Friday, March 29.

Horvath reported that at the end of week one, nearly 2,700 pounds of food and dollars were donated, noting that a donation of one dollar is equal to one pound of food. Specifically, participants collected 1,711 pounds of food and more than $900. As of the first weigh-in, NovaCare Rehabilitation in Honey Brook was in the lead with more than 24 pounds/dollars per employee and HBEC was a close second at 21 pounds/dollars per employee, which includes teachers and support staff.

The winning team will receive a plaque and team picture. HBEC was last year's winner.

"We are a small community, and businesses are always hit up for donations. Rather than go to the business owners, we decided to get the employees involved and make it fun," Horvath said, noting how the idea came about. "It's a good team-building activity. People are enthused about it. People love competition."

Horvath invites the community to participate by donating food or making a financial contribution at a location of their choice. A list of participants and the brackets can be found by searching for "Honey Brook Food Pantry" on Facebook. "Everybody can donate a dollar or a can," she said. "Every pound makes a difference."

The Honey Brook Food Pantry is located at the Good Food Distribution Center, 5064 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook. Two distributions are held each month - on the second Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on the fourth Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, readers may visit or call 610-273-6102.


Dog Rescue Seeks Foster Families, Offers Adoptable Pets March 20, 2019

Founders of To Love a Canine Rescue (TLC), which is based in Chester County, believe that all rescued, stray and abandoned dogs should live in a loving foster home before they find a permanent place to live.

That is why the nonprofit, all breed, no-kill foster-based rescue is seeking local residents willing to take a dog into their homes. Veterinary care, food and supplies such as crates, bowls and toys, are provided.

"We look for people to love the dogs until they are adopted. It's very fulfilling," said April Robinson, TLC marketing and events director. Robinson noted that the organization has found homes for more than 2,900 dogs since it formed in 2013. "We are proud of that," she stated.

She said people may find it hard to release their foster dogs when permanent homes are found, but TLC tries to make that transition easier. "The cool thing about TLC is that the foster families get to meet the people who are adopting the dog. They can answer questions of the adopters, and they get to see where the dog is ending up," Robinson explained. "You need to be in the mindset that the dog will get a great home and you can save another one because there are so many more who need to be saved."

Those who live in an apartment may also foster a dog with proof of their landlord's permission, and foster families are not required to have a fenced-in yard. "We have different types of fosters," said Robinson. "Overnight fosters are for dogs coming from transport. We have long-term fosters who will take a dog until it's adopted; it could be two days, two weeks or two months. There are summer fosters for when people go on vacation. We are very flexible as far as scheduling."

For more information and to complete an application, prospective foster families may visit

Those who are unable to foster a dog can volunteer in other capacities with the organization, such as helping with transports that come from other states. "We need help with meet-and-greet events, which we do every weekend, handling dogs and taxiing dogs and helping set up events," Robinson said.

The next scheduled meet-and-greet, where residents are invited to meet adoptable dogs, will be held on Sunday, March 31, from noon to 3 p.m. at Giggy Bites Bakery, 100 Ridge Road, Chadds Ford.

Those who are looking to adopt a dog from TLC may visit for details. "Once you are approved and let us know which dog you would like to meet, we will set up a private meeting at our adoption center," noted Robinson. "You have to bring your family and household dogs to make sure everyone gets along."

TLC dogs are spayed or neutered and brought up to date on shots appropriate for their age. They are also microchipped prior to being placed in their new homes.

To help finance its work, TLC holds fundraisers. The next event will be its fourth annual "Raffles for Ruffs" fundraiser on Saturday, April 6, at the Quality Inn & Suites, 943 S. High St., West Chester. The event will include food, door prizes and opportunities to win gift baskets and other prizes. "There will be a little box in front of the baskets, and you can drop in your tickets," said Robinson. "The admission fee gets you 25 tickets, and you can purchase more."

Food will be provided by a local Italian restaurant. Menu items will include pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salads. Tickets for the fundraiser will be sold at the door.

For more information about TLC, the fundraiser or upcoming meet-and-greets, readers may email or visit or


Chronic Disease Program Planned March 20, 2019

The York County Area Agency on Aging is offering a chronic disease self-management program called "Looking Beyond My Condition: Empowerment Tools to Manage Your Health, Your Way." The free workshops will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. every Monday from April 1 through May 6 at the Jewish Community Center, 2000 Hollywood Drive, York Township.

York County residents age 60 and older who are living with ongoing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, COPD, stroke, cancer or others are invited to participate in the workshops. This interactive program will be taught by certified instructors through the agency.

Preregistration is required by calling Megan Craley at 717-771-9610.


Bell Hires Program Coordinator March 19, 2019

Anne K. Elliott has been hired as the program coordinator/team lead for Bell Socialization Services' Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program in the agency's mental health department.

In her new role at Bell, Elliott will supervise and oversee the daily functions of the ACT program, which provides rehabilitative support and psychosocial services to help people living with serious mental illness. Using a proactive, client-centered approach, the mobile outreach-oriented team delivers services in people's homes and/or workplaces.

Elliott earned her master's degree in forensic psychology from Argosy University in Phoenix. She most recently worked at WellSpan Philhaven, where she served as an allied mental health professional in Triage and Adult Day Hospital. She currently resides in Hershey with her family.


Fundraiser To Benefit KPETS March 19, 2019

A family-friendly yoga fundraiser to benefit KPETS (Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services) will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, 925 S. George St., York. There will be opportunities to meet KPETS therapy dogs, enjoy a one-hour yoga class alongside the dogs, and participate in a silent auction.

Registration is requested at or by calling 717-699-2000 if registering more than one participant. For more information about KPETS, readers may visit


Bowl For Kids' Sake Events Slated March 18, 2019

Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams Counties is conducting its Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser, which brings in more than $100,000 each year. For the event, individuals may make or join a team to raise as much money as they can however they can. They then celebrate their efforts with Big Brothers Big Sisters at a local bowling alley.

Remaining event dates are as follows: Friday, March 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Suburban Bowlerama, as well as Saturday, March 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Edgewood Lanes.

For more information or to register, readers may, call 717-843-0051, or email Joe Kirkenir at


Group Sets Luncheon, Fashion Show March 18, 2019

Zion's Angels Relay For Life team will hold its fourth annual luncheon and fashion show on Saturday, March 23, at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, 6279 Main St. (Route 72), East Petersburg.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and a catered lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. The fashion show will begin after lunch. The event will also include door prizes, giveaway drawing baskets, and more.

To purchase tickets, readers may call Judy at 717-951-9493, Polly at 717-725-1687 or Bernie at 717-951-4078. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.


Institute To Host Film Prescreening March 15, 2019

The Pennsylvania Family Institute will host an exclusive prescreening of the film "Unplanned" on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at Penn Cinema, 541 Airport Road, Lititz. The film tells the story of Abby Johnson and her change in stance on abortion.

To attend the prescreening, readers may visit

The film's opening weekend is set for Friday through Sunday, March 29 to 31. For information on showings at Penn Cinema, individuals may visit


Fundraiser To Benefit Disaster Response Team March 15, 2019

The North Lancaster Disaster Response Team will benefit from a Community Day fundraiser on Tuesday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Isaac's, 4 Crosswinds Drive, Lititz. A percentage of the cost of participants' meals will go directly toward expenses for the Response Team's trip to New Jersey to assist in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. In addition, a percentage of gift card sales will be added to the fundraiser. The gift cards must be used on a future visit rather than during the fundraiser.

Diners are required to fill out and submit a form or display it on their phones. Forms may be picked up at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, or Bomberger's Hardware Store on Route 501 north of Lititz.

Forms may be used for dine-in, takeout, and online orders. Anyone who would like takeouts is asked to place their order by calling 717-625-1181 before arriving at the restaurant. Those who order at should use the coupon code FUND.


Memory Loss Group To Meet March 14, 2019

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, April 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

Ken Brubaker will speak about "What is D.I.C.E.?"


ECHOS Will Hold Workshop March 14, 2019

Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services (ECHOS) will hold a free "Eat Well, Live Well" workshop on Thursday, March 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Community Place on Washington, 61 E. Washington St., Elizabethtown. The goal of the workshop is to teach individuals how to make healthier food choices and explore available healthy alternatives.

This workshop is a collaboration between PennState Health, Elizabethtown Area HUB and ECHOS. To register, contact Beth DeGoede with ECHOS at or 717-689-3423, ext. 200.

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