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Group Sets Prayer Vigil November 15, 2018

Maytown Stands for Life will hold its 14th monthly prayer vigil/witness on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1:30 p.m. The group will meet and pray in the Center Square of Maytown.

Readers with questions may contact Larry Garber at 717-426-3689 or llgarber4@gmail.com.

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Donations Sought For Toys For Tots November 15, 2018

Members of the community are invited to collect new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Toys for Tots program.

From Monday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Dec. 14, community members may bring a new, unwrapped toy to Traditions of Hershey, 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. In addition to toys, other recommended items include books, board games, sports equipment, handheld electronics, and hair dryers or straighteners.

Since 1947, the United States Marine Corps has distributed toys to children during the holiday season, thanks to the generosity of local community members. For more information about the Marine Toys for Tots program, readers may visit www.toysfortots.org.

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CASA Information Session Planned November 15, 2018

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County is recruiting volunteers. The process to become a CASA volunteer advocate is multistep and includes an interview, training and shadowing.

CASA will hold a Tuesday, Dec. 18, information session at Paul Davis Restoration, 1816 Olde Homestead Lane, Lancaster, for its winter 2019 training class beginning in February. CASA information sessions are an hourlong introduction and overview of the role of a CASA volunteer advocate. Attending an information session is a required first step in applying to the program.

The session will be free and open to the public, though reservations are required due to limited seating. To reserve a seat, readers may contact CASA at 717-208-3280 or casa@casalancaster.org.

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Tree Society Launches Membership Drive November 15, 2018

The Columbia Tree Society has begun its annual membership drive for 2019. The society is the fundraising auxiliary for the Columbia Borough Shade Tree Commission. Membership dues enable the Shade Tree Commission to purchase and maintain street trees in the borough.

Over the last 23 years, the Shade Tree Commission has planted approximately 870 trees in the community and maintained street trees. Additionally, it has received the National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA designation for 26 consecutive years.

The Columbia Borough Shade Tree Commission strives to encourage street tree plantings as well as plantings in yards, parks, and public places, as trees retain large volumes of rainfall, thereby reducing and cleansing runoff. They also increase property values, reduce air pollution, and lower noise levels. Manageable storm water runoff results from abundant trees, multi-use catch basins and rain gardens, reduced impervious surfaces, and increased ground vegetation. The benefits may include lower costs and a more livable, sustainable environment.

According to the Shade Tree Commission, shaded homes and tree-filled yards make urban life more pleasant and provide practical benefits such as lower heating and air-conditioning costs and increased resale values. The tree canopy is also a major contributor to storm water runoff reduction.

This year, the society will be partnering with the Columbia Education Foundation (CEF) to dedicate this year's membership drive in honor of two of its members who passed away recently: Charles "Chas" Reinhart and Ruth Crum. Both were educators in the Columbia Borough School District for many years.

Reinhart was a 1964 graduate of Columbia High School (CHS) and a 1969 graduate of Millersville University, where he earned his Master of Arts in education. For 35 years he taught biology, chemistry, and physics, and he was also the science department chairperson at CHS. After his retirement from teaching in 2003, he continued to be involved with many CHS committees, including the CEF, Tide Pride, and CHS Athletic Hall of Fame. He also served as the school's public address announcer for football games and track meets. Reinhart was a founding member and treasurer of the Keystone Record Collectors. He and his wife, Erna, co-authored the book "Jimmy Stewart: On the Air."

Crum was a graduate of Biglerville High School and Millersville University. She had a long career as an English teacher at CHS and after retirement served on the CEF board. Crum was a life member of the Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Gardners.

Memberships are available in the following categories: student, individual, family, business, and life. Memorial certificates in honor of deceased loves ones may also be ordered and will be presented at the annual Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 26, 2019, at CHS, 901 Ironville Pike. During the ceremony, Columbia will be awarded with its 27th consecutive Tree City USA award.

Members of the Columbia Shade Tree Commission are chairperson Amy Evans, secretary Shawn Shuffelbottom, treasurer Amanda Hawn, Nate Smith, and Jack Gamby. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Columbia Borough Municipal Building, 308 Locust St. For more information, readers may contact the municipal office at 717-684-2467.

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Foster Parent Session Slated November 15, 2018

Families United Network, 412 S. Angle St., Mount Joy, will hold a foster parent orientation session on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Foster families are needed.

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

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Alliance Seeks Local Feedback November 15, 2018

The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) is looking for feedback from the community concerning its recent State of the County meeting. The public is invited to complete a survey regardless of whether or not they attended the event.

The survey may be found online at www.yceapa.org. For more information, readers may contact David Gonzalez at 717-718-7847 or dgonzalez@yceapa.org.

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Food Pantry Fundraiser Set November 15, 2018

The Well, a faith-based, local, nonprofit food pantry in York city, is holding a fall fundraiser. All proceeds will go toward operational costs. Items for sale include wrapped apple dumplings, as well as 1- and 2-pound packages of cashews, mixed nuts and walnuts.

To order, readers may call 717-781-5208 or email lrslc84@comcast.net. Advance orders are required and are due by Saturday, Nov. 24. Pickup will be at Calvary United Methodist Church, Richland and Market streets, York, on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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UCP Central PA Offers Programs November 15, 2018

Throughout November, UCP Central PA has been celebrating Assistive Technology (AT) Awareness Month. UCP also offers two programs that connect people of differing abilities with the technologies, tools and resources that make everyday living easier and otherwise impossible tasks possible.

The Changing Hands equipment exchange and reuse program provides durable medical equipment and AT devices to Pennsylvania residents of all ages free of charge. UCP's Independent Living Technology program uses remote monitoring technology to increase the independence and safety of older adults and people with disabilities.

To learn more about either of these programs, readers may contact Jackie Wardle at 717-737-3477, ext. 152, or ATUCP@ucpcentralpa.org.

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Consignment Shop Sets Open House November 15, 2018

The Brandywine Consignment Shop, 368 W. Uwchlan Ave., Downingtown, will hold a holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be refreshments, prizes and a silent auction.

The shop sells clothing, furniture, art, collectibles and household items. All proceeds benefit the Brandywine Health Foundation.

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Community Place Grand Opening Set For Nov. 17 November 9, 2018

A grand opening celebration for Community Place on Washington, 61 E. Washington St., Elizabethtown, will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Area residents are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony, enjoy light refreshments, and take self-guided tours of the remodeled building.

Formerly owned by St. Peter Parochial School, the two-story brick building was converted into a centralized space for numerous social service providers in the Elizabethtown area, thanks to a collaboration between the United Churches of Elizabethtown Area and various community members, organizations, and businesses. United Churches president Derrick McDonald will speak at the grand opening celebration, and other local dignitaries have been invited.

According to Doug Lamb of United Churches, a capital campaign for the project began in May, the property was purchased in July, and remodeling began in August. Generous donations of time, finances, and labor made the project possible, and Lamb noted that more than 300 people came through the building at some point in the remodeling process to help with everything from electrical wiring to painting and other trades. "One of the exciting things about (the grand opening) will be all the volunteers having a chance to see what it looks like now," remarked Lamb.

The lower level of the building is now home to Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown, which moved into the space in late October. "The clients love it," Lamb relayed. "It's a wide-open space and a lot easier to use." Formerly located on Market Street, the food pantry is open on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only. More information on how to receive services or volunteer is available by contacting 717-361-8149 or etowncupboard@gmail.com.

The upstairs of Community Place includes a community conference room along with office space for Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS) and Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC).

Project leaders had hoped to use the space for as many social service programs as possible, and that goal is already rolling along. Tabor Community Services will offer free financial counseling to anyone by appointment at Community Place. Transfer General Education Development (GED) classes will be offered by United Churches in the community conference room, and that space will also be available for various groups in the community to use by appointment. Plus, Bear Bags, weekend meal bags offered to Elizabethtown Area School District students in need, will be assembled at Community Place.

The house adjacent to the large brick building will be used as the winter shelter operated by ECHOS. Lamb noted that several upgrades still need to be made to that facility, but the main building is about 90 percent complete. "We still have ongoing projects, but it's well on its way," summarized Lamb.

Phase two of Community Place on Washington includes adding a building to the property to allow space for additional social services. Lamb said that several local groups have expressed interest in that space. "That's a dream," Lamb stated. "Our capital campaign is underway, and we're looking for people to partner with us for that." Ideally, Lamb would like to get things in motion to break ground for that new building in the summer of 2019.

To learn more about or make a donation toward Community Place on Washington, interested individuals may visit https://communityplaceetown.org/.

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Lloyd's Rides Posts Update November 9, 2018

Randy "Hoss" Caldwell of Lloyd's Rides has announced updates to the tax-exempt organization's operations.

Caldwell said that the focus will be on attending car cruises, where he will take pictures and talk to people in attendance. Also, he will have a camera so that he can interview the car owners. The interviews will be edited and put on sites such as YouTube.

He is seeking to add more working board members, with the plan that members can staff the organization's table at car cruises and brainstorm ways to increase donations. He is also planning a giveaway drawing.

The organization also has a focus on veterans and first responders, including raising awareness about suicides related to post-traumatic stress disorder. It is promoting the Manheim Veterans Memorial, as well.

Additionally, it aims to help service personnel. Currently, the organization is helping an active Navy chief sell his book about having four small children and dealing with his wife dying of cancer. The group is also helping a 70-year-old Marine, Lance Cpl. Robert Quinn, who grew up locally and graduated with Caldwell from Manheim Township High School in 1966, to publish three novels, along with poems.

For more information, readers may visit www.lloydsrides.org or email lloydsrides@gmail.com.

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Schreiber Announces New Name November 8, 2018

Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center of Lancaster County has announced that it has a new name: Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development.

The organization that is called Schreiber today has been around since 1936. In those 82 years, it has gone by several different names, adopting its most recent name, Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center of Lancaster County, in 1994.

In the nearly 25 years since, Schreiber has experienced many changes and a lot of growth. The center now sees more children than ever and sees children with a wider array of diagnoses. The center underwent a major expansion in 2006, and it has added new services, including aquatic therapy and the Circle of Friends Academy day care center.

The organization's new mission statement reads: "We provide everything needed for all of life's challenges, so that families and children can reach their dreams and vision. We see every child's unique capabilities and help them achieve their fullest potential." That new mission statement guided the conversations about finding a new name to reflect the breadth of services Schreiber provides. After numerous meetings, a stakeholder survey, and a final review by the board, the center made the switch to the Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development. The center also adopted a new logo.

Schreiber has also announced that donations it receives during the Extraordinary Give on Friday, Nov. 16, will go directly to the therapy services that help thousands of children each year. The organization is also asking supporters who are able to make a second donation to Schreiber to do so, and these additional monies will go to the Schreiber Endowment Fund. The endowment started with a $100,000 gift in 2014, and it is now approaching $750,000. A goal has been set to reach $1 million by next year, which will be a major milestone in the effort to secure Schreiber's long-term financial future. For information on donating during the Extraordinary Give, readers may visit www.extragive.org. For more information about Schreiber, readers may visit www.schreiberpediatric.org.

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NSI To Participate In Fundraising Event November 8, 2018

North Star Initiative (NSI) will participate in Extraordinary Give events at two locations: Dough & Co, 46 N. Prince St., Lancaster, from 1 to 9 p.m. and Lititz Springs Park, 24 N. Broad St., Lititz, from 4 to 6 p.m.

NSI's mission is to support women who are survivors of domestic sex trafficking by providing physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual care through a Christ-centered focus. NSI offers a residential restoration home and program that connects clients with their next steps, whether those involve education, counseling, recovery from addiction, or life skill courses.

For more information about NSI, readers may visit www.NorthStarInitiative.org, email info@NorthStarInitiative.org, or call 717-568-2700. More information about the Extraordinary Give is available at www.extragive.org.

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Education Summit Set November 7, 2018

PA Schools Work, a nonpartisan statewide movement working to make sure public schools are fully funded, is holding eight regional Communities United for Our Students' Future Summits for hundreds of local school and community leaders. The central Pennsylvania summit will be held at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, 400 Bent Creek Blvd., Mechanicsburg, on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Those interested in learning more about the summit and becoming a PA Schools Work Advocacy Leader should visit www.paschoolswork.org or email info@paschoolswork.org.

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Arbor Day Foundation Offers Gift Opportunities November 7, 2018

Returning for the ninth season in a row, Give-A-Tree cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations. Again this year, Give-A-Tree cards can be purchased individually and with customized text for a set price.

Also, purchasing the Arbor Day Foundation's coffee helps preserve rain forests in Central and South America. The foundation's coffee, a part of the Rain Forest Rescue program, is shade-grown under the canopy of Latin American rain forests.

The foundation's Trees in Celebration program allows the giver to honor loved ones while supporting conservation efforts. For each dollar donated, one tree is planted in a high-need forest, and recipients are given a certificate showing them where the trees were planted.

In addition, with foundation membership, recipients will be sent 10 free trees, which will be shipped at the right time of year for planting. Membership levels vary and begin with a set minimum contribution.

For more information, readers may visit www.arborday.org.

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Ministry Announces Temporary Relocation November 5, 2018

The York CARES (Community-Assisted Resources and Essential Services) for the Homeless Coffee Spot is temporarily relocating to Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 47 W. Philadelphia St., York, on Thursday, Nov. 15. The Coffee Spot, which provides free coffee, community and conversation to neighbors and members of the York community, has been housed in the Salvation Army multipurpose room on South Duke Street throughout the summer. The Salvation Army is in need of that space to provide holiday services and events and closed to the Coffee Spot on Nov. 9.

The Coffee Spot will open with extended hours from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays unless there is a holiday or if snow causes closure. Visitors and guests to the Coffee Spot should use the church's rear entrance, located in the alley off of Beaver Street. Guests and visitors are invited to share in coffee and other hot beverages, snacks, fruit, water and a once-a-month celebration of community. All items and information are free.

The Coffee Spot is a ministry of York CARES, a partnership of more than two dozen faith communities. It is also a partner program of The Children's Aid Society (CASSD) and is run through the generosity of the people of York and the dedication and work of volunteers. Volunteers are always needed, and those interested in donating time, materials or funds are asked to email YorkCARESVol@cassd.org

Those interested in learning more about York CARES are invited to an open group meeting on Nov. 15 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Heidelberg Coffee Spot. For more information, readers may email YorkCARES@cassd.org or call 717-624-4461.

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Tabor To Offer Financial Counseling November 2, 2018

Tabor Community Services has announced that its Barshinger Financial Empowerment Center for Lancaster County (BFEC) will soon offer in-person financial counseling services in a second office in Elizabethtown. Services will include financial assessments, assistance in developing a workable household budget, a personalized action plan to help people achieve their goals, help with reviewing and understanding one's credit report and how to improve credit scores, effective strategies for paying down debt, counseling to buy a home, and ongoing financial coaching to help people stay on track and make needed adjustments as life changes.

In partnership with the Elizabethtown Area HUB, which is providing an office at the Community Place on Washington, located at 61 E. Washington St., Elizabethtown, a certified BFEC financial counselor from Tabor will see clients by appointment every Wednesday starting Nov. 7.

Scheduling for financial counseling at the Elizabethtown Area HUB is done by BFEC staff at Tabor's main office in Lancaster. For an appointment, readers may contact Barbara at 717-358-9364 or bfolker@tabornet.org. More information about the services of the BFEC are available at www.tabornet.org under the Barshinger Financial Empowerment tab.

The Elizabethtown Area HUB aims to mobilize the community to tackle poverty together in the Elizabethtown area. At the Community Place on Washington, organizations can efficiently share resources and provide community members access to a variety of services, such as emergency food and shelter, case advocacy, financial counseling services, and career services. Resources regarding substance use and education are also available.

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Free Pet Adoption Weekend Set For Veterans November 2, 2018

The Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will host Free Pets for Vets - Fee-Free Adoption Event from Saturday, Nov. 10, through Monday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Throughout the event, veterans and their families can view, select, and meet and greet any animals, including dogs, cats, and other critters that are available for adoption.

Waived adoption fees include Humane Pennsylvania's 30-day adoption health supplement, spaying or neutering prior to adoption, vaccinations (including current rabies vaccination) and deworming medication, flea treatment, and microchipping and chip registration. Adopters will also receive a free bag of pet food.

Veterans interested in adopting a pet during the Free Pets for Vets event will be asked to present their military ID as part of the adoption application process and verification of their service.

To view the animals available for adoption, readers may visit humanepa.org/adoption or meet the animals at the shelter, in-person, during scheduled operating hours. For more information about the free adoption event, readers may call 717-393-6551 or email adoptlancaster@humanepa.org.

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MAMS To Host Veterans Day Program November 1, 2018

Middletown Area Middle School (MAMS), 215 Oberlin Road, will host its annual Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 9. The community is invited.

The event will begin with a continental breakfast for all veterans from 8 to 9 a.m., and the program will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. It will feature a tribute to the veterans of the Vietnam War. The guest speaker will be Lou Braasch, also known as Dan Steele.

The event is sponsored by American Legion Post 594, VFW Post 1620, Middletown Moose Lodge 410, Middletown Anglers and Hunters, and the MAMS National Junior Honor Society.

For directions, readers may call 717-930-0739.

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After-School Mentors Needed October 31, 2018

Volunteer mentors, age 55 and over, are wanted for an after-school program at North Harford Middle School, 112 Pylesville Road, Pylesville, Md. The schedule is flexible, with two-hour slots once a week available.

Volunteer benefits include transportation reimbursement, free supplemental liability insurance, recognition and appreciation events, paid assistance with clearances, and free two-hour tutoring training.

Interested readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 717-893-8434 or yorkrsvp@rsvpcapreg.org for more information.

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