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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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CASA Posts Informational Sessions June 8, 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.

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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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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Volunteer Advocates Sworn In May 31, 2017

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County recently trained its second largest class of volunteer advocates. Judge Thomas Sponaugle swore in the 25 new volunteer advocates during a ceremony on March 22 at Emerald Foundation Community Campus in Lancaster.

The newest CASA volunteer advocates will be appointed by the court to represent the best interests of children in foster care. CASA advocates are adults who walk beside a child throughout his or her entire journey in foster care. There are hundreds of children in Lancaster County who are without a CASA volunteer advocate.

The winter 2017 class of advocates will bring the total number of trained and currently active CASA advocates in Lancaster County to 160. The 25 new volunteer advocates will serve nearly 50 children in foster care. CASA volunteers have served 509 children to date since the organization's first appointment in January 2010.

Before being sworn in, CASA volunteers complete a required 30-hour training program. Volunteers must also complete a series of background clearances prior to being appointed to a child.

The new advocates are Kristine Augsburger, Melanie Augsburger, Anne Beecher, Kathleen Cooper, Christine Daly, Marsha DiBonaventuro, Donald Fenestre-marek, Carol Gallimore, Janet Geesey, Leslie Gianopoulos, Tommi Herbert, Mike Higgs, Jean Kelley, Sherry Lowry, Bonnie Northeimer, Wanda Oswald, Lydia Pease, Mallory Peterman, Greg Price, Sarah Scholly, Sam Thomas, Abby Tucker, Peter Voci, Margaret Williams and Tammy Wilson.

CASA works to make sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.

For more information about CASA, readers may call 208-3280 or email casa@casalancaster.org.

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