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Brittany's Hope Schedules 5K May 24, 2018

Brittany's Hope will hold its annual Walk of Love Cross Country 5K and Fun Walk on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8:30 a.m. at Star Barn Village and Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown.

The event will also include games, children's activities, competitions for adults, drawings, and food.

The organization hopes to raise $65,000. All donations will go directly to orphaned children. All nonprogram expenses, such as fundraising and overhead, are paid for by a corporate benefactor.

Space will be limited. Separate registration fees have been set for walkers and runners. Children age 12 and under may participate for free. To register, readers may visit For more information, readers may contact Alicia Kautz at 717-367-9614 or email


Protecting Local Waterways May 23, 2018

Expo Set For June 6

Promoting good stewardship of the land within the Chiques Creek Watershed in order to protect the Chiques Creek and preserve it for future generations is the primary mission of the Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance (CCWA), according to CCWA president Steve Gergely. The Chiques Creek Watershed covers approximately 126 square miles of area beginning in Lebanon County and extending 31 miles to the creek's confluence with the Susquehanna River near Marietta Borough. "No matter where we live, we can all become mindful of our local environment and our impacts," Gergely said.

One of the ways the organization gets the word out about its objective is by hosting the annual Watershed Expo, which will be front and center this year as a featured event during the Lancaster County Conservancy's Water Week, set for Saturday, June 2, to Saturday, June 9. The Watershed Expo will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at the Manheim Farm Show Complex, 502 E. Adele Ave., Manheim.

The public is invited to attend the free expo, which will include an assortment of educational exhibits and family-friendly activities, including rain barrel painting, a giveaway, fish shocking, a home composting workshop, a model rain garden, a native plant display, fish print T-shirt making, a streambank fencing exhibit, beekeeping and reptile displays, and water balloon slingshots.

Lisa Sanchez, a naturalist from the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation, will lead an interactive lesson that will give participants a chance to look for macroinvertebrates in the creek.

Attendees may enjoy live music from Songsmith and free ice cream and beverages provided by a local dairy. Free reusable shopping bags will also be distributed at the expo. Additional food will be available to purchase from local food trucks.

Some of the participating exhibitors include Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Lancaster Environmental Center, Lancaster County Conservation District, Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center, Lancaster County Beekeepers Society, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and more.

Organizers hope to educate the public on various ways individuals can have an impact on and make a difference in the health of local watersheds. "This can range from large projects, like the recent Logan Park stream restoration project, to smaller everyday activities like composting, installing rain barrels and rain gardens, and being aware of the chemicals in lawn fertilizers," Gergely stated. "It's also a great way to see what other organizations are up to regarding local and regional efforts to protect our waterways."

The CCWA is a nonprofit organization driven by local volunteers and community leaders. To learn more, readers may visit


Dinner Raises Funds May 23, 2018

The fourth annual West Chester Beefsteak dinner took place last fall at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester.

One hundred men gathered to enjoy a meal featuring tenderloin steak as well as to raise money for Kasipiti Children's Home, a home for 18 children in Harare, Zimbabwe. Attendees and sponsors donated $13,960 to the cause.

Since it began, the event has raised more than $38,000 for several causes. Details on next year's event will be posted at as they become available.


Garden Spot Village Posts Programs May 23, 2018

Garden Spot Village (GSV), 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, has posted several upcoming events.

GSV will host Musical Memories on Saturday, June 2, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the chapel. The musical program is for individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia and their caregiver. The event will provide an opportunity for individuals experiencing the symptoms of dementia to spend a musical afternoon with family members or a caregiver. For more information and to register, readers may contact 717-355-6500.

The Living With Loss Support Group will meet on Wednesday, June 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the board room. GSV chaplains Chet Yoder, Marian Harnish, and Ken Martin will facilitate a conversation. The Living With Loss group is for persons who have experienced the death of a spouse or family member. For more information, readers may call Jenny Snyder at 717-355-6259 or email

The Alzheimer's Association and GSV will host a Caregivers Support Group on Monday, June 11, at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room. This meeting will be an open discussion. Attendees may bring their questions, concerns, and comments about caring for their loved one. The group is for family caregivers of persons with dementia. By prior arrangement, free respite care may be available for this meeting by calling GSV Adult Day Services. For more information, readers may contact Marcia Parsons at 717-355-6239 or

The Parkinson's Support Group will meet on Monday, June 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater. Bill Parson, certified senior adviser, will present "Paying for Care: Navigating Medicare, LTC, Advantage Plans and More." Free resources will be available. The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family and friends. For more information, readers may call Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or email


Foster Parent Sessions Planned May 23, 2018

Families United Network, 412 S. Angle St., Mount Joy, is seeking foster families. The organization will host foster parent orientation sessions on Thursdays, June 7 and 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

To attend either of the sessions, readers may call 800-722-0136 or email Holly at


Yard Sale To Benefit Mission Trip May 23, 2018

Sisters Zoie and Marissa Senn, who are students at Lancaster Bible College, will hold a yard sale at 48 Rabbit Run Lane, Glenmoore, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 1, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. The sale will feature hundreds of items, including bikes, antiques, quilts, fashions, jewelry, sports gear, electronics, and a canoe.

The rain-or-shine event will raise funds for a mission trip to assist young children, many of whom are orphaned, at the Ngunyo Care Point in eSwatini (previously called Swaziland) in southern Africa.

The young children often walk 3 or more miles daily to the Ngunyo Care Point for care and love, as well as a meal, which is the only meal of the day most of them receive. Zoie and Marissa have prayed for these children since they learned of their plight several years ago through Calvary Chapel Chester Springs (CCCS). This year, CCCS is sending a mission team to work with the children at the Care Point as well as on home visits, and both Zoie and Marissa will be part of the group.

Each member of the team is raising $2,900 to pay for their travel and expenses. All proceeds from the yard sale will benefit the mission trip.


LHOP Hires McDevitt, Thorsen May 23, 2018

The Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) has announced the hiring of two new management staff members. Kim McDevitt has joined LHOP as chief operating officer, and Jake Thorsen is the new SoWe neighborhood director.

McDevitt comes to LHOP with more than 20 years of executive and management leadership experience, including her most recent position, executive director at Power Packs Project. While there, she oversaw the growth of the organization, which under her leadership had programming in two counties and served more than 2,400 families. At LHOP, McDevitt will have operational oversight and responsibilities in team and program development, project management, fundraising, and marketing.

On May 7, Thorsen took over as SoWe neighborhood director after the retirement of Jim Shultz. Thorsen graduated with a bachelor's degree from SUNY Buffalo and a master's degree from Syracuse University. He has experience in community and neighborhood development through service as an AmeriCorps volunteer and having served with a land bank and neighborhood organizations.

SoWe is a resident-driven organization in the southwest community of Lancaster and is under the umbrella of LHOP. In 2016, the Southwest Lancaster Revitalization Strategy was developed and implementation funds awarded by the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation. In his new position, Thorsen works with SoWe residents and stakeholders.

LHOP has 11 full-time and two seasonal part-time staff. It has offices in Lancaster, York and the SoWe neighborhood. LHOP also operates an eight-county regional loan fund known as the Local Housing Investment Fund and Trust (LHIFT) of South Central PA.


SCORE Celebrates Small Businesses May 23, 2018

When SCORE members and guests gathered at the Ware Center in Lancaster on April 24 for the SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon Small Business Awards Luncheon, they had much to celebrate. Bobb Bewley, Lancaster-Lebanon chapter president, welcomed the group and explained the purpose of SCORE, noting that it is a volunteer organization of 67 business mentors committed to the mission of fostering small businesses with mentorship and education, which he said are critical success factors in starting and growing small businesses.

According to Bewley, in 2017, SCORE volunteers met with 637 new clients and conducted 93 workshops and roundtables, providing more than $1 million in services at no cost to clients. Five of those clients were honored at the luncheon.

Bewley introduced Ken Yancey Jr., SCORE CEO from Washington, D.C., who announced that the Lancaster-Lebanon chapter was named the national chapter of the year. The award is given to the chapter that has provided the most benefit in the community.

SCORE mentor Kathryn Ross introduced the business sponsor representatives, who then presented the awards to the small businesses which had flourished under the tutelage of SCORE mentors.

Clint Krushinsky presented the first award to Mary Beck, who began her own geriatric care management business in Hummelstown. Beck noted that her SCORE mentor, Don Houghton, was instrumental in her success because he brought his expertise as a businessman and helped her prioritize her business goals, persuading her to view her business plan as a working document. She noted that he continues to encourage her as her business grows.

Chad Hotsko presented the award to Anne Kirby, founder of a local community co-working space. Kirby said, "Organizations like SCORE have helped me prosper." She added that her mentor, Jerry Glenn, was willing to ask her the tough questions. Kirby said that she had long referred members of her own organization to SCORE and that she finally took her own advice and connected with a mentor, calling it "one of the best business decisions I ever made."

Alejandro Rosada presented an award to Patrick Rohal, a local doctor who has founded a direct primary care model practice. Rohal said that he and his mentor, Hugh MacMaster, worked together to revise Rohal's business plan, and that MacMaster guided him in crucial matters such as how to hire employees, while helping him to stay true to the vision of his practice as it grew. Rohal noted that working with SCORE gave him reassurance that he was on the right track.

John Anderson, Millersville University president, presented the award to Jason and Sara Hurst, owners of a fencing company located in Gap. Jason discussed how the Hursts, whose mentors included Fred Engle, Joann Brayman, Eric Parker, and Dave Diffenderffer, founded the business with the goal of using it to build people. "We want our business to empower people," he said. "SCORE has walked us through the business plan and market research and set us up for success."

The final award was presented by Brian Jones. He introduced Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program representatives Ezra Rothman and Steve O'Neill. Rothman noted that VITA has grown from preparing 2,000 returns per year seven years ago to preparing more than 10,000 free tax returns this year. More than 200 volunteers at locations throughout the county saved clients more than $2.7 million in tax preparation fees and helped to bring them more than $13 million in refunds. O'Neill added that VITA's success is based on empowering and supporting volunteers and staff, and he thanked VITA's SCORE mentors, Kevin St. Cyr and Tim Douglas, for their part in that success.

Readers who would like more information about SCORE may call 717-397-3092 or visit


Fundraiser To Benefit Four Diamonds May 23, 2018

Four Diamonds at Hershey Medical Center will benefit from a fundraiser on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Paradise Park, 6 Londonvale Road, Paradise. Live music by the Allen Fisher Band, Victory Express, and Call of Grace and Levi King will begin at 4 p.m. Children's activities, a bounce house, a candy drop, coed softball and volleyball tournaments, food, entertainment by comedian Amos Fisher and Sons, and a stilt walker will be featured. Attendees are encouraged to bring seating.

Four Diamonds helps families with children who are battling cancer. For more information, call Lydia at 717-701-3645 or Abner at 717-701-1643.


Teeing Off For A Good Cause May 22, 2018

Naaman Center Plans Golf Tournament

A four-person scramble golf tournament to benefit the efforts of Naaman Center, a drug and alcohol treatment facility, will be held on Friday, July 13, at Par Line Golf Course, 4545 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. Registration for the 26th annual event will begin at 7 a.m., and golfers will take to the green with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The tournament is open to the first 144 golfers. Interested individuals may email by Friday, June 29, to register. Entry forms may also be downloaded at The entry fee will include green fees and golf cart rental, a continental breakfast and refreshments during the tournament, the opportunity to win one of several prizes, and a complimentary post-tournament luncheon at 1 p.m.

An awards ceremony will take place during the luncheon. Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams in the open division, as well as in the 65-plus division. Additional prizes will be distributed to the top women's team, the top mixed group, and the top church team with a pastor participating. Plus, this year golfers will have the chance to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle by sinking a hole-in-one on the hole designated by course officials.

Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available, including a platinum sponsorship level, which will include full-page recognition in the printed materials distributed to each player, a banner display at registration or a hole on the course, and eight golfer entries. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, readers may email

Naaman Center is a nonprofit, faith-based drug and alcohol treatment center that provides intensive outpatient drug and alcohol abuse treatment, including individual, family, and group counseling, along with drug and alcohol evaluations. The organization currently operates treatment centers in Elizabethtown, Elizabethville, Gap, Lancaster, and Quarryville.

As stated on, Naaman Center believes that "all persons are created in the image of God, endowed with dignity and worth. We believe that a relationship with Jesus Christ is necessary for ultimate healing and wholeness. We seek to provide services to persons who desire recovery in a loving relationship where Jesus Christ is the source of their recovery and growth."

To learn more, readers may call 888-243-4316 or visit


HOPE Program Schedules Events May 22, 2018

The Hounds of Prison Education program (HOPE) will have representatives available to answer questions about the program and about adoptable dogs at two upcoming events.

HOPE representatives will visit Sam's Club, 2801 E. Market St., York, on Sunday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

HOPE will also attend HoneyFest at Shelly Park, 248 N. Highland Ave., York, on Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The awareness event will include food, giveaway drawings, music, multiple vendors, rescues, adoptables, and the guest of honor, Honey, a rescued dog. Event attendees may meet HOPE volunteers, learn about the program and adoptable dogs, and purchase HOPE T-shirts and hoodies, and furry friends may receive free dog biscuits.

The HOPE program of the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA) pairs rescued dogs with carefully screened inmates at the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill for training, socialization, and love. The dogs receive assistance of professional trainers and their inmate handlers. Once adopted, the dogs receive free training assistance for life. More information on HOPE can be found at


Foundation Holds Fundraising Event May 22, 2018

The Foundation for the West York Area School District held its All In For Education community fundraising event on March 16. Proceeds from the event were to benefit students and teachers in the West York Area School District.

The Foundation for the West York Area School District is a volunteer-led organization that serves the students of the West York Area School District by funding programs that otherwise may not be implemented due to budgetary constraints. Most of the money raised by the foundation benefits West York Area School District students through scholarships, teacher grants and technology-enhanced classrooms that are placed throughout schools in the district. For more information, readers may email or visit

A list of all monetary and gift-in-kind donors for this year's fundraising event is available at


Riverlands Trail Festival Expands Offerings May 22, 2018

Hiking, biking, and paddling will all be in the mix of activities at the Susquehanna Riverlands Trail Festival on Saturday, June 2, along the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail in celebration of National Trails Day. The community is invited to hit the trail any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Organizers said that this year's event has expanded to include a launch event hike at the Wilton Meadows Nature Preserve in Wrightsville, a youth canoeing race, and an assortment of activities at the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut St., Columbia.

Fritz Schroeder, director of urban greening for the Lancaster County Conservancy, noted that National Trails Day is organized by the American Hiking Society and encourages individuals, clubs, and organizations from around the country to host events centered on recreational trail activities like hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, bird watching, and more.

Lancaster County Conservancy will host a public launch event at Wilton Meadows Nature Preserve. A 3-mile hike will begin from Highpoint Scenic Vista, 199 Hilt Road, Wrightsville. The hike will continue along the Mason-Dixon Trail through meadows and woodlands to the preserve and will end at John Wright Restaurant, 234 N. Front St., Wrightsville.

High school students are invited to take part in the third annual Pennsylvania Student Leadership Canoe Classic, which is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and will begin from the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center. High-schoolers may team up in pairs of two to test their canoeing skills against teams from across Pennsylvania. Interested individuals may sign up at No entry fee is required; however, each participant is required to complete one of the following actions in an effort to support clean water: plant a native tree, sign a pledge to stand with student leaders restoring waterways, or organize a clean water advocacy, action, or awareness campaign at school.

Columbia Crossing manager Hope Byers noted that additional activities at Columbia Crossing will include live music, disc golf, cornhole, nature journaling, bicycle helmet fittings for people of all ages, stretching instruction from local yoga teachers, and on-land demonstrations for kayak fishing and paddle boarding. Organizations such as hiking, birding, and running clubs will have information about their activities, and Lighten Up Lancaster County will offer healthy snacks and a hydration station learning activity. A food truck will have other items available to purchase.

Children's activities will be available throughout the day in the park, including an opportunity to paint part of a local mural.

Also of note, the Hempfield Fifth Element Club will be plogging the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail before and after the event. "Plogging is a new, environmentally conscious fitness trend where people pick up rubbish while on a run," explained Byers.

People exploring the trail will be able to stop at the Marietta trailhead for furnace tours at Musselman-Vesta Iron Furnace, Furnace Road, Marietta. Conoy Township and East Donegal Township will offer other activities along the trail, too.

The Trail Festival is organized by the Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape. To learn more, readers may visit


Another Cycle Around The Sun May 18, 2018

Solstice Ride To Benefit Horn Farm Center

"This is the fourth year we've put on Cycle the Solstice, and we always try to do something different to keep riders coming back," said organizer Jason Blome. "While we try hard to keep the courses as tame as possible, York County - the river valley especially - is constantly rolling. We often hear how challenging the ride was because of the elevation gain but how beautiful the views were."

This year, Blome and others reworked the routes to cut more of the elevation gain and to keep riders out of traffic. "Having ridden all over York and Lancaster counties, eastern York County is my favorite with the constant undulation of the road to keep you engaged in the ride," said Blome, adding that quaint farms, lush woodlands, and plentiful waterways all help to set the backdrop for a wonderful bike ride.

The fourth annual Cycle the Solstice bicycle ride will take place on Saturday, June 23, with three ride options through York and Lancaster counties. The 20-mile Grower Ride is a no-one-dropped, guided ride led by an experienced bicycle mechanic and is ideal for beginners. The Heirloom 30-Miler will follow a rolling, scenic route that includes four rest stops, while the Metric Century will cover 62 miles in two counties, including trips over the Veterans Memorial Bridge, which spans the Susquehanna River.

Each ride will depart from the Horn Farm Center, 4945 Horn Road, York, in the morning, and riders will complete their chosen loop at their own pace. Road blazes and cue sheets will offer guidance along the way, and refreshments will be provided at several farms and other local food and agriculture businesses. Each loop will conclude at the Horn Farm Center, where a lunch made with fresh, local ingredients will be served to participants.

Proceeds will benefit the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education, particularly the Woodlands Restoration Project. In 2016, after the Horn Farm Center team achieved its dream of placing the 186-acre property in a farmland preservation program, it began the Woodlands Restoration Project in a six-acre woodland and stream corridor on its grounds. According to, the project is designed to provide ecological, economic, and educational yields through the replacement of overly abundant vining species with a greater diversity of useful plant species.

"Cycle the Solstice is a great opportunity for riders to support local agricultural education and check out the riding eastern York has to offer," summarized Blome.

Riders of all ages and ability levels are invited to register for the route of their choice at

Folks may pick up registration packets from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 22, at the Horn Farm Center or beginning at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Start times will vary depending on the distance. A light breakfast and coffee will be provided for participants during registration, in addition to the post-ride meal.

Past years' participants have traveled from all over Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., to support the event.

To learn more, readers may visit or call 717-757-6441.


School Fundraises For Organization May 18, 2018

York Suburban Middle School concluded its Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraising campaign by honoring top performers and Big Brothers Big Sisters during its Pride Assembly on May 2. Every year, hundreds of students, staff, and families work together to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams Counties. In 2018, the campaign raised $21,561 through students' individual efforts, cookie sales, and school support. To reward the students for their hard work, Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted bowling events at Laser Alleys in February, providing prizes, food, bowling, laser tag, and spirit contests for more than 330 bowlers on 64 teams.

York Suburban Middle School is part of the York Suburban School District. Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts its School Mentoring Program at several schools throughout the district.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one relationships intended to change their lives for the better, forever. More information is available at


Luncheon Raises Funds For AHA May 17, 2018

More than 200 women, along with a few men, from across Lancaster County gathered at Bent Creek Country Club in Lititz on May 4 for the 2018 Lancaster Go Red for Women Luncheon to raise awareness and funds to support the fight against heart disease in women. The event raised more than $129,000 for the American Heart Association (AHA).

Gale Zorian of Lancaster shared her story of surviving two strokes on April 30, 2017. Zorian had just returned from a brief trip to Florida, where she and her husband had just purchased their second home. She went out with friends to celebrate at a restaurant in downtown Lancaster. After a sudden neck movement, she instantly knew something was wrong. She lost her balance and control of her movements and then experienced a headache. She realized she could not lift her left arm or speak without slurring. Her friends called 911, and while they never suspected Zorian was having a stroke, the emergency medical technicians were able to diagnose her stroke immediately and alerted the hospital.

Zorian was diagnosed with having two cerebellum strokes within 15 minutes of each other, but she survived. Slowly, with the help of intense therapy, she recovered the ability to walk and speak. While doctors could not determine for certain what led to Zorian's stroke, she believes that the extended time she spent sitting on an airplane and at her desk working in the days leading up to her stroke may have contributed to the formation of a blood clot.

Zorian mentioned the acronym F.A.S.T., which is a reminder of the signs of a stroke and a step for action: facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, and time to call 911. She encouraged people to call 911 as soon as they recognize the signs.

Dr. Venkatachalam Mangeshkumar, founder of Neurology & Stroke Associates, PC, in Lititz, and Dr. David Scher, cardiologist with The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health, provided keynote lectures on stroke and heart health.

Guests who arrived early also had the opportunity to browse the silent auction, receive a mini manicure provided by students of the Lancaster School of Cosmetology, be inspired for summer styles by roaming models wearing the latest fashions from local boutiques, and receive a free blood pressure screening from UPMC Pinnacle.

Funds include $26,000 that was raised at the Go Red for Women Pursenalities Party on Oct. 16, 2017. Those funds were used to provide a donation of Infant CPR Anytime Kits to the Women's Place at UPMC Pinnacle Lititz. Additional funds raised will support the AHA's Go Red for Women campaign and mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The event was co-chaired by Marilyn Berger, real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty, and Dr. Dana Weinstein, cardiologist with The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health.


Hummelstown Hunger Run Supports Food Pantry May 17, 2018

The 5K Hummelstown Hunger Run was recently held for the fourth consecutive year.

A total of 256 participants took part. The overall male winner was Alex Pearson of Hummelstown with a time of 16 minutes, 8 seconds, and the overall female winner was Michelle DeStefano of Harrisburg with a time of 19:52.

Through the event, more than $20,000 was donated to the Hummelstown Food Pantry. The food pantry also received two truck beds full of nonperishable food items donated by participants, volunteers, and vendors, along with fresh fruit, water, and snacks from the event day.

A total of 124 local businesses and a number of individual donors supported the event. Local businesses provided lunch, sweet treats, water, bananas, chocolate, snack crackers, coffee, and other beverages. Health fair vendors were also involved in the event.

The 5K was also supported by Hummelstown Borough staff; the volunteer fire police, who provided traffic control; and the Lower Dauphin baseball team and staff.

The fifth annual 5K Hummelstown Hunger Run is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2019.


Support Groups Will Meet May 17, 2018

The Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer support groups to the community. There is no cost to attend.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, June 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. The group is open to anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one. For directions and to register, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

The Bereavement Support Group will meet on Thursday, June 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. Refreshments will be served. For more information, readers may contact Heidi Young at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.


CASA Holds Community Awareness Breakfast May 17, 2018

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County hosted its sixth annual Community Awareness Breakfast on April 27 at the Cork Factory Hotel Ballroom. Board president William Stratton welcomed the more than 130 guests, and CASA executive director Jessica Laspino shared the organization's mission and vision. A former foster child shared about his experience in care and the positive impact of having a CASA volunteer by his side.

The event concluded with CASA director of community outreach Melissa Leibig asking guests to join CASA in helping children in foster care by making a commitment to the organization. Options for assisting the organization included making a donation, taking the first step to becoming an advocate, and committing to spreading awareness about CASA and the youths served in local communities. The event raised more than $30,000 in donations and brought several new volunteers to the organization.

CASA will host information sessions on Tuesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at CASA, 53 N. Duke St., Suite 218, Lancaster, and Tuesday, June 19, at noon at Ephrata Rec Center, 130 S. Academy Drive, Ephrata.

A court-appointed special advocate volunteer is a trained citizen age 21 or older who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of a child in court. The children that CASA volunteers advocate for have been abused and neglected and placed into the foster care system. CASA volunteers work to help ensure a safe and permanent home for the children as quickly as possible. For more information or to make reservations for an information session, readers may call 717-208-3280, email or visit


CASA Receives Donation May 17, 2018

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