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Memorial Day Parade Set For May 27 April 28, 2017

Readers are encouraged to mark their calendars now for the Mountville Memorial Day Parade, which will be held on a different date than in previous years. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 27.

"Traditionally, we had it on the 30th (of May) no matter what day of the week it was," said Bob Froelich, commander of Reese-Hall Mountville VFW Post 8757, which sponsors the parade.

"May 30 (is) the official date set aside to decorate the graves of those who died in defense of our country," said Beth Hess, who has taken on the responsibility of coordinating the parade from Lori Leaman. The parade fell on Memorial Day Monday last year and had an especially good turnout, prompting the organizers to break with tradition for 2017. In this and ensuing years, the parade will be held on the Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend. "After much discussion, it was decided that we could best honor our veterans by scheduling the parade at a time that allowed for greater participation from the community," Hess said.

As of late April, 40 entries have been received for the parade. These include school bands, the York Kiltie Band, a bluegrass band, a steam calliope, the Bainbridge Band, Scout troops, the Mountville Youth Athletic Association, and veterans groups. The VFW's color guard will lead the parade, and the post's auxiliary group will be featured in a float. There will be child-oriented entries, and groups will distribute candy, flying discs, and coupons for ice cream and other treats.

The parade will queue at 9:30 a.m. at the Mountville Area Community Center and Mountville Church of the Brethren, located at the intersection of Clay Street and College Avenue. It will traverse 1 mile of Main Street and conclude at Froelich Park, 350 W. Main St. Buses will shuttle participants to the Mountville Cemetery located on Orkney Road. A ceremony that Leaman described as "short but poignant" will be held at 11:30 a.m. to memorialize the servicemen and women who are buried there.

The parade and the ceremony will be held rain or shine.

In preparation for the solemn holiday, on Saturday, May 20, VFW members will place flags on the graves of the veterans who are interred in 11 cemeteries in the Mountville area. Froelich noted that 72 dozen flags have been ordered for that purpose.

Mountville borough is also supporting the Memorial Day events. The event has a price tag of $8,000, and donations to the post are welcome.

Both the VFW and the post auxiliary are accepting new members. The auxiliary formed last year after a hiatus of about a decade. Most posts have an auxiliary, Froelich said. Auxiliary members are individuals who are at least 16 years old and are blood relatives of veterans of foreign wars. While Post 8757 distributes more than $40,000 to a variety of community organizations and events, the auxiliary has a more narrow focus.

"We're trying to raise funds for veterans," said auxiliary president Susan Wile. She noted that around Christmas, the group collected items for veterans at the Lebanon VA hospital.

To learn about the auxiliary, readers may call Wile at 333-8195. Questions about the post may be directed to Froelich at 381-7691 or the post at 285-5035. Anyone wanting to participate in the parade may call Hess at 917-4335.

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Foster Parent Sessions Slated April 20, 2017

Families United Network, 412 S. Angle St., Mount Joy, will offer foster parent orientation sessions on Thursday, May 4, and Thursday, May 18, 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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Alzheimer's Advocates Attend Forum April 20, 2017

A group of advocates from the Greater Pennsylvania chapter of the Alzheimer's Association were among the 1,300 Alzheimer's advocates who gathered at the National Alzheimer's Association Forum from March 25 to 27 in Washington, D.C.

The first two days of the event were spent learning about legislation, how facts and figures have changed over the past year and how to present the advocates' wants and needs to their Congressmen. Alzheimer's is the only disease of the top 10 leading causes of death that cannot be slowed, prevented or cured and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Maria Shriver was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at a dinner on Tuesday evening.

To support the Alzheimer's Association, readers may donate at http://act.alz.org/goto/endAlzheimers.

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ODC Auxiliary Slates Plant Sale April 19, 2017

Occupational Development Center (ODC) is holding a spring flower sale in conjunction with its chicken barbeuce and craft and vendor fair, which is slated for Saturday, May 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Occupational Development Center, 640 Martha Ave., Lancaster. A sale of flowers and herbs will be conducted by the ODC Auxiliary on May 6. Preorders will be available for pickup between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a flower and herb selection of cash-and-carry items under a tent at the chicken barbecue event.

Geraniums, impatiens, and zinnias can be ordered in advance by Monday, April 24. Also available for preorders are 4-inch pots of herbs and quart pots of lavender. Information on preorders can be obtained by calling Harriet Eshleman at 397-0283.

Additionally, gerbera daisies and osteospermum plants will be available on the day of the sale.

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Local Group Will Collect Donations April 18, 2017

Our Lady of Lourdes Council of the Knights of Columbus will once again collect donations for the Arc of Pennsylvania on Sunday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland.

All donations collected by the Knights will go toward helping the Arc of Pennsylvania to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through programs involving education, shelter, and employment.

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Veterans' Expo, Job Fair Slated April 5, 2017

The Veterans' Expo and Job Fair will take place at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., York, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. The free, one-day event is open to veterans of any age, active military members, and military families.

The 9 a.m. opening ceremony will include the presentation of colors by the Korean War Veterans Color Guard. Additionally, a veteran will receive a Quilt of Valor created by Stitches of West Brandywine.

The expo will connect active and retired military members and their families with the benefits and resources available to them. Exhibitors will also include a broad range of businesses, and Shiloh American Legion Riders will have motorcycles on display.

At the job fair, employers will be present from a range of industries. A Resource Center will offer mock interviews, advice on resume writing, guidance on starting a business, and more. Free professional headshots will be available.

For more information, readers may call 285-1350 or visit www.veteransexpo.com.

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CASA Announces Staff Changes April 5, 2017

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County has announced the hiring of Melissa Leibig as the director of community outreach and the promotions of Bonnie Northeimer to administrative and recruitment assistant and Lisa Palmquist to development associate.

Leibig comes to CASA after serving for several years on the board of directors. In her position, Leibig will focus on increasing awareness of CASA's mission while working to increase and cultivate donor relations of CASA. Leibig, a graduate of Lebanon Valley College, previously worked in college admissions.

Northeimer first joined CASA in 2015 as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Northeimer is a graduate of Millersville University and prior to joining AmeriCorps worked for the Ephrata Performing Arts Center. Northeimer will assist CASA with daily operational functions as well as walking alongside potential volunteers as they complete their application and training process.

Palmquist is another returning face of CASA, as she originally joined the organization as a CASA advocate in 2014. Though Palmquist still continues in advocacy, she has joined the staff as a part-time development associate, assisting with financial record keeping as well as facilitating CASA events. She joins CASA as a former educator.

CASA of Lancaster County provides court-appointed volunteer advocacy for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. For more information, readers may call 208-3280 or email casa@CASAlancaster.org.

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Time To "Upcycle!"

Community members of all ages are invited to join Susquehanna Heritage and Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) for "Upcycle!" on Saturday, April 15, at the Columbia Crossing River Trail Center, 41 Walnut St., Columbia.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and attendees will have the opportunity to learn about recycling and create a project using recycled materials for a new purpose. There is a nominal suggested donation.

"LCSWMA wanted to come and celebrate Earth Day with us," said Allison Aubrey, Columbia Crossing program coordinator. "And if the weather is nice, we might be outside on the deck."

Attendees will create seed starters using cardboard toilet paper tubes and zinnia seeds, which they can take home to transplant when temperatures are right, explained Aubrey. Other art and recycled materials will be available for individuals to make additional projects as time allows, and the folks from LCSWMA will present an interactive game about recycling.

The program on April 15 is the last in the current monthly series of Susquehanna Saturdays. The February event, "Presidents Rock!" honored Presidents Day and celebrated the Mount Rushmore monument with activities like rock painting, sculpting, and investigating why Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Jefferson were selected for the grand monument. In March, the Susquehanna Saturday theme of "Harnessing the Wind" explored how wind is a force in everyday life, and participants created sailboats, experimented with flying things in the air, and looked at turbine movements with guests from LCSWMA.

For more information about Susquehanna Saturdays, interested individuals may contact aaubrey@susquehannaheritage.org or 449-5607.

A new season of Susquehanna Saturdays will resume in October. In the meantime, Columbia Crossing will still be abuzz with activity. "We're gearing up for our summer season on the trail," Aubrey said.

As warmer weather returns, so will Columbia Crossing's free yoga classes on the deck with instructor Dawn Hershey. Classes are set to take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, and Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11. Interested individuals may sign up at www.facebook.com/columbiapacrossing or www.susquehannaheritage.org.

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Shelter To Host Open House March 31, 2017

Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children will host an open house at the organization's Emergency Family Shelter in West Chester on Sunday, April 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Friends Association promotes the independence of families with children by providing shelter, programs and services intendef to prevent and end homelessness in Chester County. In 2016, Friends Association saved more than 124 families and 247 children from homelessness. The Emergency Family Shelter helps many local families on their journey to stable housing.

To protect the clients' privacy, an email will be sent to all preregistered guests on Friday, April 8, with the address of the shelter.

To register for the free event, readers may visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-house-emergency-family-shelter-tickets-32959842777?aff=erelpanelorg. For further information, interested individuals may contact Robin Meixner at r.meixner@friendsassoc.org.

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EACTC Activities To Coincide With PowerTalk21 March 31, 2017

Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC) is planning a month of activities in April to coincide with PowerTalk 21 on Friday, April 21, the national day to talk to children and teens about alcohol.

A Power of Parents presentation, available through funds from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, will be offered on Monday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in room 1920 of the Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS), 600 E. High St., or on Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at GracePointe Church of Christ, 4806 Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. The half-hour program encourages parents to have conversations with their children early and often about alcohol and other drugs that can adversely affect their development.

Additionally, EACTC will offer "Power of You(th)," a presentation for teenagers in sixth through 12th grades, at GracePointe Church on April 20. The youth program is a fun, interactive presentation highlighting the fact that most teenagers are making the right choice about underage drinking, which empowers them to feel confident in their decision to say no to alcohol.

EAHS students from the PAWS ... and Think! Club will be present during the GracePointe Church event to speak to area teenagers and will be participating in a program called Sticker Shock at local alcohol retailers. The Sticker Shock program is a partnership between the retailer and the group to remind adults that providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 is illegal. Stickers are placed on various products the week leading up to prom.

Community members who are unable to attend but would like more information about talking to their children about alcohol may visit www.madd.org/underage-drinking/the-power-of-parents/. For a complete list of EACTC's April events, individuals may visit www.eactc.org or the EACTC Facebook page. To preregister for the events, readers may email EACTC at info@eactc.org or call 367-0678.

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