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Hope Within Plans Annual Golf Tournament August 17, 2017

Hope Within Ministries invests in the health of hundreds of grateful individuals each year, and the organization is able to do so thanks to the financial support of local businesses, churches, and other generous givers. This fall, area residents are invited to join Hope Within's fourth annual Golf for Hope Tournament on Friday, Sept. 29, at Deer Valley Golf Course, 101 Stoudt Road, Hummelstown.

The tournament will feature a four-person scramble format. Registration will open at 12:30 p.m., and play will commence at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 1, and space is limited to 120 golfers. To register in advance as a single player or a team, interested individuals may email annemarie.mcalester@hopewithin.org; call 717-367-9797, ext. 308; or visit www.hopewithin.org. Corporate sponsors are also needed.

Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams, plus individual prizes will be given for hole-in-one, longest putt, longest drive for male and female, straightest drive, and closest to the pin. Jacob Nyman, director of advancement for Hope Within Ministries, said the tournament will also feature a hole honoring veterans, with special prizes for the veteran that hits the ball closest to the pin.

A post-tournament meal and awards ceremony are set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Hope Within Ministries, which operates a community health center at 4748 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. The center provides free primary health care to medically uninsured individuals from Lancaster, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.

Nyman said that Hope Within focuses on people who may otherwise fall between the cracks in the health care system. For instance, many individuals who receive care at Hope Within may be employed full time but still struggling to make ends meet. "We commonly see families having to choose between food, rent, (and health care costs)," Nyman shared.

High health care costs have become an obstacle for an increasing number of the population, and Nyman noted that Hope Within recently expanded its coverage eligibility when the federal poverty guidelines were adjusted for 2017. Financial support is greatly needed in order for Hope Within to continue providing care for all who seek it. "Hope Within stands in that gap caring for people until either coverage can be obtained or they receive the care they need," Nyman stated.

The community health center opened in 2006, and Hope Within Counseling Services was added in 2014 at the same location. Hope Within Counseling Services offers mental health counseling on a self-pay, income-based sliding scale fee, and there are no eligibility requirements. Staff and intern therapists provide counseling to individuals, couples, and families. According to Nyman, Hope Within hosted 787 provider patient visits, 193 nursing care visits and 1,063 nurse visits for medication refills, and had 550 counseling visits in 2016.

Hope Within board member Omar Zook said he was attracted to the mission of Hope Within because of the organization's focus on excellence. "To care well and to do it with quality and excellence is what they strive for," Zook explained. "They provide holistic care, and they always have an eye open to how (the organization) can grow."

To learn more about Hope Within, readers may visit www.hopewithin.org or call 717-367-9797.

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Foster Parent Sessions Planned August 17, 2017

Families United Network, 412 S. Angle St., Mount Joy, is seeking foster families. The organization will host foster parent orientation sessions on Thursdays, Sept. 7 and 21, 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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Clothing Drive August 15, 2017

The Charles Ludwig VFW Post 7362, 755 Rancks Church Road, New Holland, is seeking donations of clothing for its second annual clothing drive for veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

Organizer and post commander Norman E. Brower Jr. noted that clothing for both men and women veterans, such as pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses, and new stockings, will be accepted, as well as items such as carry-on bags and suitcases.

Interested individuals may schedule an appointment to deliver items to VFW Post 7362 by calling Brower at 717-824-3443.

According to Brower, many times veterans will arrive at the Coatesville VA Medical Center with only the clothing they are wearing. After receiving help through the center's programs and services, the veterans are able to leave the center to find employement and go on to lead a successful life.

VFW Post 7362 offers many programs and services to the community, including an American flag retirement program as regulated by the flag code, services to veterans and their families through the VA administration, and donations of hospital equipment.

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Foundation Seeks Nominations August 9, 2017

The Nobody's Cats Foundation is seeking nominations for its annual Marley Awards, a program paying tribute to Trap Neuter Return (TNR) advocates in southcentral Pennsylvania. The Marley Award was named in honor of a free-roaming domestic feline and his longtime caretaker, Nobody's Cats Foundation founding board member Karen Koch, who maintained a lifelong relationship until Marley's death at age 17 in early 2014.

Nominations for awards are welcome from the following counties: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, and York. Nominees must be confirmed supporters of TNR within the region. Examples include nonprofit groups, businesses, institutions, municipalities, and individual advocates. Nomination information and forms are available by visiting www.nobodyscats.org or stopping by 3909 Hartzdale Drive, Suite 905, Camp Hill, on Tuesdays through Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or Saturdays between noon and 4 p.m. Nominations must be postmarked no later than midnight on National Feral Cat Day, Monday, Oct. 16.

The Nobody's Cats Foundation promotes the adoption of TNR as the preferred strategy for humanely stabilizing and reducing free-roaming domestic feline populations in 15 southcentral Pennsylvania counties. The organization's strategies include creating a culture of ownership of free-roaming cat colonies, encouraging owner caretakers to implement benchmarked TNR standards of care, and providing spay/neuter surgeries through its dedicated surgery clinic. For more information, readers may visit the aforementioned website or call 855-867-4228.

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Foster Parent Sessions Slated August 3, 2017

Families United Network, 412 S. Angle St., Mount Joy, will host a foster parent orientation session on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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

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CCWA Creek Stomp Slated For Aug. 9 July 28, 2017

Ever wonder what inhabits the waters and banks of local streams and creeks - and why? Or why it matters so much? The Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance (CCWA) invites individuals of all ages to find out at the organization's annual creek stomp on Wednesday, Aug. 9. The free event will take place rain or shine.

Participants will gather at 6 p.m. at the pavilion at Mummau Park on West High Street in Manheim, and the creek stomp will take place in Rife Run Creek. The stomp area is limited to a small section of the creek adjacent to the observation platform. Old shoes or sandals that can get wet are recommended, as attendees are encouraged to wade into the water and explore. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

The creek stomp will be led by Matt Kofroth, a watershed specialist with the Lancaster County Conservation District. Participants will learn about the macroinvertebrates that inhabit local creeks and how the species can be indicative of the overall health of the waterways, explained CCWA president Steve Gergely. "The organized stomp is a great opportunity to discover what lies beneath the surface in the presence of an expert (Kofroth), who can help with the identification and also discuss the impacts those species have on our local ecosystem," said Gergely.

"I think people have really enjoyed the interactive element of getting in the creek and discovering how much diversity there is under nearly every rock in the creek," Gergely shared.

CCWA members will be available to answer questions and provide information about the Logan Park Stream floodplain restoration project, which began last summer, as well as the organization's other ongoing efforts to promote good stewardship of the land within the Chiques Watershed.

To learn more, readers may visit https://chiquescreekwatershed.org.

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Racial Justice Institute Posted July 20, 2017

YWCA Lancaster will host its annual three-day Racial Justice Institute (RJI) from Wednesday to Friday, Aug. 16 to 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at First United Methodist Church, 29 E. Walnut St., Lancaster. RJI will be facilitated by Cultural Bridges to Justice, a nationally recognized social justice organization that has led area workshops for more than 10 years and worked with YWCA.

The RJI is intended to deepen awareness of prejudice and oppression, particularly racism, and seeks to mobilize community members to make an ongoing commitment to eliminating racism within their communities. Participants will learn a common language and a framework within which to discuss racism, further their understanding of the historical, political, and social contexts of racism in the United States, and they will develop strategies for challenging racism and effecting change.

At the conclusion of RJI, participants will be able to identify individual, institutional, and cultural racism in their organizations and daily lives and will create an action plan to eliminate racism in their personal and professional environments.

The fee includes a continental breakfast, refreshments, snacks, and lunch. Scholarships are available. For tickets, readers may visit https://racial-justice-institute.eventbrite.com. More information about RJI is available at http://www.culturalbridgestojustice.org/programs/racism/racial-justice-institute.

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Board Welcomes New Members July 20, 2017

The American Heart Association, a voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, recently announced the appointment of Adam Hawk, Richard Pearson and Fran Haldeman to its Lancaster Division board of directors.

Hawk, of Manheim Township, is an operations administrator with WellSpan Health, supporting providers and practices in cardiology, oncology, emergency medicine, anesthesia, pathology and radiology. He has 15 years of experience in health care leadership and a clinical background as a physical therapist. He received a master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Scranton and a master's in business administration from Millersville University. In addition to his service to the American Heart Association, he has volunteered with the Rotary, Central Pennsylvania Healthcare Executive Forum, Lancaster Education Foundation and the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association.

Pearson, of Mount Wolf, currently serves as director of education for Lancaster EMS in Millersville. He previously served as program director and full-time faculty member for the Butler County Community College Paramedic Education Program. He began his EMS career in 1991 as a volunteer EMT with West Mifflin EMS. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's in business administration from Waynesburg University.

Haldeman, of West Hempfield Township, currently serves as vice president of the cash management division at Fulton Bank, where she has worked since 1987. She holds a degree in quantitative business analytics from the Pennsylvania State University and holds the designation of Certified Treasury Professional. In addition to her service on the American Heart Association board of directors, Haldeman also serves on the Heart Walk logistics committee. Her other community activities include serving as secretary of the Lancaster Hempfield Rotary Club and as a board member of the Philadelphia Association for Financial Professionals.

For more information about the American Heart Association, Lancaster Division, readers may visit www.heart.org/lancaster.

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Presentation To Focus On Gerrymandering July 19, 2017

The League of Women Voters Berks County (LWVBC) will host a Fair Districts PA presentation on gerrymandering and redistricting on Thursday, July 27, at 6 p.m. at the Village Library, 207 N. Walnut St., Morgantown. The event will inform attendees about gerrymandering, its impact on communities, and proposed reforms.

League member and Fair Districts PA speaker Jill Greene will present the one-hour information session, which will be followed by a question-and-answer time. A former educator and current government administrator, Greene serves as the redistricting chair of the LWVBC and the director of government reform for the League of Women Voters PA.

Fair Districts PA is a nonpartisan, citizen-led statewide coalition working to create a process for redistricting that is transparent, impartial, and fair.

The LWVBC is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and aims to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The LWVBC is one of 730 leagues nationwide and this year celebrated its 75th anniversary.

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Agency Seeks New Volunteers July 11, 2017

Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County is seeking volunteers to provide services to victims of domestic violence, including individual advocacy and education, front desk coverage, public education and speaking engagements, group facilitation, fundraising, court accompaniment, and children's services. Volunteers must be at least age 18.

The 20-hour classroom training will run from Monday, Sept. 18, to Friday, Sept. 22, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. In addition to the classroom training, a 20-hour online training must be completed. In addition, other volunteer opportunities are available that do not require the 40-hour training.

There is a fee for training. For more information or to schedule an interview, readers may call Cathy Sofilka at 717-299-9677, ext. 3105.

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Annual Luncheon Supports Fight Against Heart Disease June 29, 2017

More than 300 local women and men gathered at the Hotel Hershey on June 14 for the American Heart Association's annual Capital Region Go Red for Women Luncheon. The event raised more than $250,000 toward the fight against heart disease in women.

Dr. Michael Farbaniec of Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute kicked off the event with a presentation on the role of family history in heart disease and stroke risk, followed by a silent "Pursenalities" auction, featuring hundreds of designer purses and gifts donated by area businesswomen. Guests were treated to a heart-healthy lunch that included a lesson on cooking one of the meal's side dishes, herbed cauliflower rice, from chef Ken Gladysz. Attendees received a fresh basil plant to use when making the dish at home.

Guests heard testimonies from four local individuals who have been affected by heart disease and stroke. The testimonies were submitted through the Red Couch Series, which featured a signature red couch that traveled to different locations across the Harrisburg area, encouraging people to share what inspires them to live a healthy life. One of the testimonies came from the luncheon's chair, Patti Husic, president and CEO of Centric Bank, who shared her family history of heart disease and stroke as a driving force behind her passion for the Go Red for Women cause.

The Capital Region Go Red for Women Luncheon also featured the story of heart disease survivor Patti Miletta of Scranton, who received a heart transplant at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center 10 years ago. Patti had a strong family history of heart disease and was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, linked to a defective gene, in 2004. She was put on the transplant list and received her new heart three months later. After some recovery, she realized a remarkable improvement in her strength and energy. She has since run multiple 5K races, two half marathons and an obstacle course race. Her husband even built a gym for her in their home so she can exercise at any time. Through genetic testing, Miletta also learned that her daughter, Sarah, also carries the gene that can cause dilated cardiomyopathy. Sarah is now being monitored by a cardiologist.

Lucy Gnazzo shared the story of her daughter, Lucy Alana, who had a stroke in January, and her mission to educate more people about stroke warning signs and fast treatment. She praised the American Heart Association's advocacy leading to the passing of House Bill 23, now Act 4 of 2017, that improves Pennsylvania's stroke systems of care to get stroke patients the right treatment in the shortest amount of time. The luncheon program was hosted by television news anchor Valerie Pritchett and radio personality Sue Campbell.

For more information about Go Red for Women, readers may visit www.goredforwomen.org or call 888-694-3278.

Information about the American Heart Association is available by calling 800-AHA-USA1, visiting www.heart.org or calling any of the organization's offices.

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CASA Posts Informational Sessions June 29, 2017

CASA of Lancaster County will hold several Community Awareness Sessions on Engagement to share how local residents can advocate for abused or neglected children.

The sessions will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 816 Buchanan Ave., Lancaster; at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at CASA, 53 N. Duke St., Suite 218, Lancaster; and at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Luthercare, 600 E. Main St., Lititz, in the Community Room.

CASA of Lancaster County provides court-appointed volunteer advocacy for children of abuse and neglect in the belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing, and permanent home. CASA volunteers believe that growing up in a safe home is a fundamental human right.

CASA held its fifth annual community awareness breakfast on April 28 at Cork Factory Hotel Ballroom. The morning included a buffet breakfast, opening remarks by board president Scott Landis, a testimony from an adoptive father, and a call to action to join the CASA movement by executive director Jessica Laspino. According to Laspino, CASA has the capacity to serve 40 percent of the children in foster care in Lancaster County, and more volunteers are needed.

CASA volunteers are trained citizens age 21 and up who are appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of a child in court. The volunteers work to help ensure a safe and permanent home for the child as quickly as possible.

For more information about becoming involved with CASA, readers may call 717-208-3280, email casa@CASAlancaster.org or visit www.casalancaster.org.

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Elks 1074 Members Support Veterans June 21, 2017

On May 3, a group of Elks members led by Daphne Grim, Columbia-Middletown Elks 1074 exalted ruler, visited the Lebanon VA Medical Center to deliver requested items to the oncology department, along with other personal care items. The Elkwood Derby game was enjoyed by the residents, along with a time of fellowship, visitation, and snacks as members of the Elks 1074 lodge showed support and appreciation to the veterans for their service and sacrifice.

Also, on May 19, a group of veterans from the Lebanon VA joined lodge members for an evening of baseball, food, and fellowship while watching a Lancaster Barnstormers game in one of the luxury boxes during the Barnstormers Salute to Veterans event.

The Elks National Veterans Service Commission was established in 1946 with the sole mission of serving the nation's veterans. In VA clinics, veterans' homes, USOs, homeless shelters, and elsewhere, thousands of Elks volunteers nationally give their time, energy, and resources to serve veterans and military members each year.

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Organization Appoints Zink June 21, 2017

The American Heart Association, Lancaster Division recently announced the appointment of Valerie Zink of Mount Joy to the board of directors.

Zink currently works as inventory control supervisor for the QVC Lancaster Distribution Center. She has worked at QVC for 18 years, including previous positions as receiving supervisor and inbound expeditor. She has been an American Heart Association volunteer for 13 years, including leading the QVC team for the Lancaster Heart Walk since 2005 and forming her own team, Cameron's Crusaders. The team honors her oldest son, Cameron, who was born with a congenital heart defect.

Zink provides hands-only CPR instruction to employees at QVC Lancaster and at community events and has advocated for several legislative initiatives on behalf of the American Heart Association at the state and federal levels. She and her two sons, Cameron and Chase, were instrumental in the passage of Act 94 of 2014, which ensures that all babies born in Pennsylvania will receive a pulse oximetry screening, which can help detect congenital heart defects, before leaving the hospital. She and her sons were slated to travel to Capitol Hill in late June to represent Pennsylvania at the American Heart Association's You're the Cure on the Hill.

In addition to her service to the American Heart Association, Zink supports City Gate in downtown Lancaster, has served meals to people who are homeless, sponsors children through Child Fund and Compassion International, and supports missionary friends through Embracing Hope Ethiopia.

For more information about the American Heart Association, Lancaster Division, readers may visit www.heart.org/lancaster.

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Foster Parent Sessions Slated June 21, 2017

Families United Network, 412 S. Angle St., Mount Joy, will host foster parent orientation sessions on Thursdays, July 6 and 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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

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Bicycle Repair Station Unveiled June 15, 2017

The American Heart Association and the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lancaster General (LG) Health/Penn Medicine recently unveiled a new bicycle repair station at the Lancaster train station. This is the third bicycle repair station to be installed in the city by the American Heart Association and the Heart and Vascular Institute at LG Health. The first two repair stations were installed at Binns Park and outside the Central Market in 2016.

The new repair station is located on the west side of the train station building, between a series of bicycle racks and the future site of a bike share station. The public bicycle repair stations include equipment to inflate tires and change bolts, along with other tools.

A fourth bicycle repair station is scheduled to be installed along the WERT trail in Warwick Township later in the summer. The bicycle repair station projects are part of a collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Heart and Vascular Institute to encourage the people of Lancaster County to live healthier, more active lifestyles.

To learn more about the American Heart Association, readers may call 800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.

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Greene Elected To State Board June 14, 2017

Jill Greene was elected to the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania's board of directors in charge of election reform issues at the state group's convention from June 2 to 4 at the Inn at Pocono Manor. Greene has been active in promoting League redistricting events in Berks County and will now be responsible for coordinating events throughout Pennsylvania.

Greene is the assistant borough manager in New Morgan Borough and the redistricting chair for the League of Women Voters of Berks County.

The League of Women Voters of Berks County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and aims to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The Berks chapter is one of 730 leagues nationwide and this year celebrated its 75th anniversary.

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DVGRR Plans Workshop June 7, 2017

The Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (DVGRR) will hold an educational workshop focusing on adopting and caring for puppy mill breeder dogs or very shy dogs. The workshop will take place on Saturday, June 24, at its Golden Gateway campus, 60 Vera Cruz Road, Reinholds.

The workshop will be broken into two segments. "Before You Adopt a Puppy Mill Dog" will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and the second segment, "After you Adopt Your Puppy Mill Dog," will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sessions will be conducted by Heather Hatt, director of Project Home Life and manager of The Lynne Glennon Sanctuary for Senior Goldens and Puppy Mill Survivors, and Lisa Jagielski, trainer.

The workshop is open to those who have adopted a dog from a puppy mill or a shy dog and want to learn more about helping the dog to gain confidence or work on challenges like housebreaking, leash walking, doorways, and meeting new people. It is also designed for anyone who may be thinking of adopting a dog from a puppy mill breeder. Attendees should not bring their dogs.

Attendees are welcome to participate in either or both sessions, and separate fees have been set for one and for both sessions. For registration or more information, readers may visit www.dvgrr.org/events/training-for-a-puppy-mill-dog/.

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CASA Accepts Donation June 1, 2017

The Lancaster County 8 Ball League raised $35,000 for CASA of Lancaster County through the annual Harry Hutchinson - Jack Byerly Charity 8 Ball Tournament held from Feb. 23 through 26 at the Riverside Camping Association. The Lancaster County 8 Ball League donated proceeds in the amount of $15,000, and the Riverside Camping Association added another $20,000 in donations. CASA executive director Jessica Laspino accepted the checks on April 11 at Riverside Camping Association in Lancaster.

The tournament was established in memory of Harry Hutchinson and Jack Byerly, two of the founding members of the Lancaster County 8 Ball League. This year marks the seventh year CASA has been honored as the recipient charity.

CASA of Lancaster County provides qualified court-appointed volunteer advocacy for children of abuse and neglect in the belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing, and permanent home. CASA volunteers believe that growing up in a safe home is a fundamental human right.

For more information, readers may call 717-208-3280 or email to casa@CASAlancaster.org or visit www.casalancaster.org.

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CASA Volunteers Sworn In May 31, 2017

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