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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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Mom's House Sets Pumpkin Fest November 9, 2018

Mom's House of Lancaster will hold the Extra Great Pumpkin Fest at the Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lancaster, on Friday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with the Extraordinary Give. Weather permitting, there will be fall activities offered outdoors and indoors, such as family games, face painting, food, and more.

Individuals are invited to donate to Mom's House at www.extragive.org on Nov. 16. More information can be found at www.momshouselancaster.org/.

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Foundation Awards Grants November 8, 2018

More than $100,000 in academic resources and programs are coming to students in Conestoga Valley School District (CVSD) thanks to the Conestoga Valley Education Foundation (CVEF). CVEF is a registered nonprofit organization committed to enhancing CVSD schools by funding innovative programs and classroom strategies. Since its inception, CVEF has provided more than $1 million in grants to teachers, administrators, and students. Grant awards are announced in the fall and spring.

In the fall 2018 cycle, projects receiving CVEF grant awards include funds for ball chairs and a Lego set for an elementary classroom; Field Trip Zoom Zone to enable students to experience live-streamed field trip experiences; lighted gloves for CV chorus students to help accentuate songs being performed in American Sign Language; yoga therapy for children with special needs; the creation of a makerspace at each library in CV's four elementary schools; STEM Camp for teachers; flexible seating options for a first-grade classroom at Fritz Elementary; technology for teachers to actively listen and communicate with students both directly and indirectly while they work in small groups; Fritz Elementary's partnership with a certified dietician to help teach parents and students about healthy eating; and an assembly where students may learn the concept and importance of "I" statements while reinforcing current school culture initiatives.

Projects also include the Odyssey of the Mind Program for entry to state and world Odyssey of the Mind competitions; Rock On, a commissioned arrangement of a song including an audience sing-along; funds for the transportation expenses of a dinosaur fossil donated to CV by a distinguished alumnus; specialized gaming computers for CVHS's eSports Team; immersive technology for lab and field experiences in science; an advanced drone for aviation courses at the high school; environmentally conscious stream study equipment; a whole-class audio system designed to increase on-task behavior while ensuring teacher instruction and direction is delivered to all students; and The Martian Colonization Project that helps support an interdisciplinary STEM problem-based learning experience based on a novel read by all the students.

For more information about CVEF, readers may visit www.conestogavalleyef.org. Readers may also contact Dr. Gerald G. Huesken at 717-399-1550 or gerry_huesken@conestogavalley.org.

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Farmland Trust Holds Annual Dinner November 8, 2018

Lancaster Farmland Trust celebrated its 30th anniversary at its annual dinner on Oct. 23. More than 230 friends, farmers and supporters attended to honor three decades of land preservation in Lancaster County. The event, which was held at the Eden Resort and Suites, raised $150,000 for farmland preservation in Lancaster County.

Event attendees heard from Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding about the value of farmland and the partnership that has been forged between county government and Lancaster Farmland Trust to save farmland. Redding and state Rep. Keith Greiner presented citations to Lancaster Farmland Trust in recognition of 30 years of farmland preservation.

The highlight of the evening was Lancaster Farmland Trust's annual Acres for Auction at which attendees entered "bids" to preserve a farm. During this year's successful "auction," the organization raised enough money to preserve a 155-acre farm in West Cocalico Township.

In the past year, Lancaster Farmland Trust preserved 10 farms. Five of those farm families were on hand to accept a token of appreciation for their commitment to farmland preservation. During the evening's festivities, the Trust honored its other contributors and volunteers.

The Amos Funk Spirit of Cooperation Award was presented to the Ressler Mill Foundation for its support of farmland preservation in the Mill Creek watershed. The Benefactor of the Year Award was awarded to G. Donald and Marilyn Hess for their leadership support of the Trust's current and future programs.

The Darvin Boyd Service to Agriculture Award was presented to Frank Ludwig, longtime volunteer for the Trust and preserved farm owner, for his efforts to preserve farmland in Earl Township by establishing the Earl Township Farmland Preservation Trust. The Volunteer of the Year Award went to John Martin of John Martin Photography for capturing Lancaster Farmland Trust's mission through his photographs.

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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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Campaigns To Support Students' Families November 2, 2018

GoFundMe campaigns have been established for the families of two Warwick students who were involved in a car accident on Oct. 26.

Information about the campaign for the family of Rylan Beebe, who was injured in the accident, is available at www.gofundme.com/rylan-beebe. Information about the campaign for the family of Jack Nicholson, who passed away in the hospital after the accident, is available at www.gofundme.com/jack-nicholsonhospital-funds.

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Giving Local, Giving Extra November 1, 2018

Four of the most established nonprofits in the southern end of Lancaster County - all of which are members of the Solanco Family Life Network - are collaborating to urge residents to participate in the Extraordinary Give, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 16. For 24 hours, folks may make donations at www.extragive.org.

"We depend on what comes in through the ExtraGive. It's part of our budget," said Quarryville Library executive director Sylvia Drennen. "The proceeds will help us add materials and plan programs for next year."

New Hope Community Life Ministry executive director Neil Uniacke noted that while the income from the Extra Give has typically not been exorbitant, it is still greater than the margin in New Hope's operating budget. He pointed out that because it takes place online, the ExtraGive is a great way for folks who have left the area to give back to organizations they supported when they lived here.

"People like what we're doing," Uniacke said. "We touch about 700 couples and individuals a year" by providing affordable professional counseling services.

"The ExtraGive is good for people who want to support their communities from the comfort of their own homes," added Nicole Luecker, executive director of Southern End Community Association (SECA).

For those who would like to participate in public, both the Quarryville Library and Solanco Neighborhood Ministries will host activities on Nov. 16. The two venues will have computers set up so that folks may submit their donations.

Solanco Neighborhood Ministries was formally created in 2012, but its food bank has served the community for 30 years. On Nov. 16, an open house will be held at the headquarters at 355 Buck Road, Quarryville, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Folks may stop in to tour the warehouse, meet staff members and volunteers, learn about the organization's programs, and enjoy refreshments.

"This is our first year in ExtraGive," said community support specialist Hannah Linde. "We will have our doors open for a long time so we can catch people before and after work." Donations are not required to attend the open house. "Come just to learn more about what we can do," Linde invited.

Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville, will offer five programs on Nov. 16. Participation will be free of charge, and all supplies will be provided. As class sizes are limited, folks must register by Wednesday, Nov. 14, by calling the library at 717-786-1336 or visiting the front desk.

A folded-book candle craft - made with recycled books and electric tea lights - will take place at 12:30 p.m. A sample candle is on display at the library.

The Eclectic Readers book sharing group will meet at 2 p.m. Attendees may talk about a book they have read and whether or not they recommend it. Each participant will have a different title, which will be named during registration.

Basic cooking skills will be taught by Anna Flahart. Pizza will be the topic from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and cookies will be the focus from 6 to 7 p.m.

Creative crafts to feed feathered friends will be provided by the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This program will be suitable for people of all ages.

"I wanted to create a fun day for the community," Drennen remarked. "Come out, learn things, and celebrate this day of giving."

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Bidding And Boosting Baron Pride November 1, 2018

The Manheim Women's Club will hold its annual charity auction and Ladies Night Out on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at The Booking House, 210 S. Penn St., Manheim.

Manheim-area ladies of all ages are invited to enjoy an evening of hors d'oeuvres, desserts, beverages, socializing, and bidding. There is no admission fee. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the silent auction will also begin at that time. The live auction will start at 7 p.m., with dozens of items going on the block to be sold to the highest bidders by auctioneer Rhonda Nissley.

The selection will include beverage baskets, gift cards to local restaurants and attractions, jewelry, clothing, home and holiday decor, and more. Among the experiences and getaways up for bids will be a four-night stay in a beach block apartment that can accommodate up to six people in Manasquan, N.J. To preview more of the specific items that will be available at the auction, readers may go to www.facebook.com/WomensClubOfManheim.

All of the auction items are donated by community members and businesses, and proceeds from the auction go right back into the community by helping to fund the grants distributed by the Manheim Women's Club each year. Past grant recipients have included the Manheim Community Library, Aaron's Acres, All Pro Dads in the Manheim Central elementary schools, Manheim Central K-6 Run for Fitness, Manheim Historical Society, Manheim Central High School (MCHS) post prom, Manheim Central Food Pantry, Manheim Student Loan Foundation, and Manheim Central Foundation for Educational Enrichment (MCFEE).

The Manheim Women's Club has been in existence since 1937 and also serves the community through its annual Secret Santa program, in which club members purchase Christmas gifts for children in need in the Manheim Central School District. Plus, the club distributes annual scholarships to three female graduating seniors at MCHS.

Manheim Women's Club meetings are held once a month during the school year for the club's members. Women who are interested in becoming members may contact Suzanne Kopp at 717-715-4118.

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HayLoft Ice Cream Supports Allegany Boys Camp November 1, 2018

Many area children and their parents will remember visiting HayLoft Candles at 95 S. Groffdale Road, Leola. For years, the location was the site of a petting zoo and a place to buy ice cream treats and scented candles.

In the spring, HayLoft Ice Cream, at the same location, became a nonprofit organization raising funds to help troubled boys find success. "We opened May 14 with the sole purpose of supporting the Allegany Boys Camp," explained Merv Lapp, manager of HayLoft, who added that all the on-site staff except the managers are volunteers.

Allegany Boys Camp, located in Oldtown, Md., was founded in 2011 as an expansion of Bald Eagle Boys Camp in Mill Hall, Pa. "They cater to troubled boys ages 9 to 16, and they work with them for up to two years," said Lapp. Allegany operates with the understanding that all young men wish to succeed, but that all boys may not have the emotional tools needed to control behavior when faced with challenging events. In a wilderness setting, campers learn how to build their own shelter, where they may live for up to two years. Physical resources to build the structure and firewood for heat and cooking are provided. HayLoft has a structure built by the boys on display so customers can get an idea of how the boys live. "A group of the boys came up here and put that together for us," noted Lapp.

While at Allegany, the boys learn to build relationships as well as shelter. Campers are counseled and supervised by Christian men, and positive peer pressure is encouraged as successes and failures are evaluated. Hands-on learning experiences are offered, along with team-building exercises and support in the development of healthy relationships. "They (work at) problem solving as a group," said Lapp, who described regular meetings called "powwows," where campers discuss their day and learn to work through problems. "Each camper sets goals to work toward," added Lapp.

Bald Eagle Boys Camp is supported by an eatery in Mill Hall called the Ice Shack, and now Allegany has HayLoft, which sells Italian ice made on the premises, along with 16 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream. "We have soft-serve in vanilla, chocolate, and twist," said Lapp, who added that gelato, sundaes, milkshakes, and ice shakes are also featured on the dessert menu.

The offerings at HayLoft are not restricted to sweet treats, however. "We have salads and yogurt parfaits," said Lapp, who stated that sandwich wraps and soup will likely be added during the winter months. Soft pretzels are made at the facility, and pretzel sandwich flavors including chicken and ranch, ham and cheese sandwiches, pepperoni, and hot dog are on the menu.

In the shop, HayLoft sells a variety of scented candles as in the past, but other items are available as well, including books, dipping mustards, and old-fashioned types of candy. Outside a duck pond is featured, and visitors may purchase pellets to feed the water fowl. Lapp noted that plans for the location include adding a playground on one corner of the property.

HayLoft began the transition to a nonprofit entity when Dave Yoder, who owned the ice cream shop and still owns the building, approached the Allegany Boys Camp board and asked if the group wanted to utilize the building. "It had been the vision of the board to do something like this," noted Lapp. The Allegany board set up a board of six to oversee the HayLoft project. One of the board members knew Lapp from church and asked if he would consider becoming the manager.

According to Lapp, HayLoft is currently open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays, but he added that those hours will probably be adjusted during the winter months. Readers who wish to know more about HayLoft may visit www.haylofticecream.com or search for "HayLoft Ice Cream" on Facebook.

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The Extraordinary Give - Lancaster County's Largest Day Of Giving - Is Set For Nov. 16 October 31, 2018

The Lancaster County Community Foundation will hold the seventh annual Extraordinary Give on Friday, Nov. 16. On that day, from midnight to 11:59 p.m., individuals may visit www.ExtraGive.org, choose from any of 500 local nonprofit organizations, and make an online donation.

Thanks to the Community Foundation, the High Foundation, and corporate sponsors, all participating organizations will receive a prorated portion of the stretch pool, which will total at least $500,000. For example, if an organization receives 3 percent of the total donations raised during the Extraordinary Give, that organization will receive 3 percent of the stretch pool. An additional $50,000 in prizes will be offered throughout the day in the form of Golden Tickets and other incentive structures.

New this year, individuals may support their favorite organizations through peer-to-peer fundraising. Individuals may set fundraising goals and share stories and their ExtraGive personal links with their social network to raise support for their chosen organizations on Nov. 16. Community members may become peer-to-peer ExtraGive fundraisers by visiting the aforementioned website, finding the organization they wish to support, and clicking the Fundraise button.

Additionally, this year dozens of individuals across Lancaster County will be part of spreading the word about the Extraordinary Give by being part of the Give Fleet. The volunteer driving squad is open to members of the public who would like to promote the Extraordinary Give by applying a specially designed magnet to their personal or business vehicle. Magnets will be available through the Lancaster County Community Foundation. Give Fleet volunteers will apply their own magnet at any time from Saturday, Nov. 10, to Friday, Nov. 16. Any licensed driver is eligible to be part of the Give Fleet and may register to participate at the Extraordinary Give website.

On Nov. 16, community members may also support the day of fundraising by attending the Family Give Fest and the ExtraGive Fest. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Family Give Fest will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Lancaster Marriott, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster. Children, parents and grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins are invited to participate. The event is designed with preschool and elementary children in mind.

Families will be able to learn about causes in Lancaster that impact local families every day, give their thoughts on what is important to them, and share their passion with others. The festival will include interactive learning stations, on-site ExtraGive T-shirt printing, and a family photo station. Steven Courtney will present live music.

The ExtraGive Fest will follow from 6 p.m. to midnight on the second and third floors of the Lancaster Marriott and Lancaster County Convention Center. Attendees may count down the final hours of the Extraordinary Give and attend performances by local and regional bands. ExtraGive Fest will also serve as the central hub for the Extraordinary Give, featuring screens that will actively display social media content uploaded by people using #ExtraGive, social media stations for photo opportunities, and giving stations for attendees to donate throughout the evening.

From 5 p.m. to midnight, the Griest Building in Penn Square will be aglow with a 14-story light show, making it a glowing symbol of the community's generosity during the Extraordinary Give. The light show will feature changing colors and patterns that ExtraGive Fest attendees may customize by pushing integrated buttons in an interactive experience. The lights' responses to the individuals' actions are meant to create a metaphorical example of how each individual action may impact the community.

The record-breaking 2017 Extraordinary Give generated a total of $8.6 million for 464 nonprofit organizations in a single day. More than $31 million has been generated since the creation of the Extraordinary Give in 2012.

For more information about the 2018 Extraordinary Give, including a list of participating organizations, readers may visit www.ExtraGive.org.

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Ken's Cancer Fighters To Host Craft Show October 31, 2018

When the members of Ken's Cancer Fighters, a Relay For Life team, were asked why they raise money for the American Cancer Society, co-captain Deb Jones indicated the back of their team T-shirts. There, 20 names were listed under the headings of "in memory of" and "in honor of," up from 16 the previous year.

"We've lost a lot this year," Jones remarked.

"It shows you the scope (of the reach of cancer)," said team member Nancy Yale.

"Everybody's touched by cancer," added Carol Allison, the other co-captain.

The members of Ken's Cancer Fighters host fundraising events throughout the year. They participate in the East Petersburg community yard sale and host an ongoing candy sale. The team will have candy bars in flavors like sea salt caramel, almond toffee, and chocolate mint available for purchase at its annual craft show on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Living Hope Community Church, 2823 Columbia Ave., Lancaster. Also at the event, more than 25 vendors will sell a variety of products, including small tools, jewelry, antiques, yard art, fragranced wax melts, stamped goods, holiday decor, crocheted items, scarves, and more. The team will sell chili and soup by the bowl or quart, along with hot dogs, snacks, coffee, and baked goods.

Last year's craft show brought in $2,000, contributing to the best-ever fundraising total for the team.

"This year, we'll do better," Yale asserted. "We're selling a lot of chocolate. I work in a department with hungry men. That's where my candy bars go."

In addition to selling candy bars, Yale makes yard art that she sells at two events in the spring. She donates all of her proceeds to the team. The team members indicated a desire to add more activities to their fundraising calendar.

"We would like more events to do fundraising instead of the same things," said team member Barb Deery, suggesting that a painting night is in the works.

Folks who would like to be kept up-to-date on fundraising activities for Ken's Cancer Fighters, as well as those who would like to inquire about vending opportunities at the craft show, may call Allison at 717-394-8583.

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COBYS Holds Fundraiser October 31, 2018

The 22nd annual COBYS Bike and Hike took place on Sept. 9 in downtown Lititz. The event drew more than 200 supporters and donors, and a new income record of more than $141,000 was raised for COBYS ministries.

The increase in income marked the 20th consecutive year of growth for COBYS' signature fundraiser. Since its inception, the Bike and Hike has raised more than $1.4 million for COBYS ministries.

In addition to the walk, the event usually includes two bicycle rides and a motorcycle ride, all staged from the pavilion at the Lititz Church of the Brethren. The rides were canceled due to a flood advisory, and the event was moved inside to the church fellowship hall.

A number of would-be riders walked instead or came to donate and pick up a T-shirt. In addition to 210 walkers, many others stopped in for fellowship and ice cream or to bid on the silent auction that ran throughout the afternoon. Total attendance was estimated at 350.

More than 100 businesses provided cash or in-kind donations of auction items, door prizes, or food and supplies. Cash sponsorships from businesses exceeded last year's amount by $11,000 and the previous best by $6,000. The auction generated $4,921.

Top fundraisers were Mari Cunningham of West Lampeter Township, $12,525; Floy Fitzkee, Manheim, $6,685; Londa Brandt, Manheim, $5,810; and Lucy de Perrot, Lititz, $3,900.

Four Church of the Brethren youth groups earned gym and pizza nights by raising at least $1,500. They included Little Swatara, Rehrersburg, $10,462; Mohrsville, $5,031; Mountville, $1,972; and West Green Tree, Elizabethtown, $1,556.

Motivated by Christian faith, COBYS aims to educate, support, and empower children and adults to reach their full potential. COBYS carries out this mission through foster care and adoption services, counseling, and family life education.

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Bazaar To Benefit Food Bank October 26, 2018

Connie Shartle and Sue Rohrer have been crafting once a week for about 10 years. Seven years ago, they decided to invite some of their friends to join them in a Christmas Bazaar. This year's Old-Fashioned Christmas Bazaar Drop-In, which is open to the public, will take place at the home of Connie and Dan Shartle, 256 Old Delp Road, Lancaster, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Attendees who bring food items for the Lititz Warwick Community Food Bank will be entered to win a gift basket.

This year, some of the vendors include Beth Beyer of Manheim, Jen Eberly of Lititz, Liza Peachey of Elizabethtown, Christina Bonner of Lititz, Linda Queen of Columbia, Ellen Howard of Lebanon, Connie Shartle of Manheim Township, and Sue Rohrer of Lititz. Items available for purchase will include jewelry, baked goods, crocheted/sewn items, floral arrangements, Christmas ornaments and decorations, and more.

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FFA Groups Will Host Informational Rally October 25, 2018

Manor FFA Alumni is a group of individuals who champion the Manor FFA chapter and agricultural education at Penn Manor High School.

"Community support here is second to none in the state," remarked Diane Glock-Cornman, agriculture teacher and chapter adviser who networks with others in her position across Pennsylvania. "It says an awful lot that the alumni want to come back and reinvest (in the chapter)."

Membership in the alumni group is open to everyone with an interest in the cause, regardless of whether they were a Manor FFA member. There are numerous ways that folks without agriculture backgrounds can be of use. The Manor FFA Alumni organization hosts fundraisers, funds year-end awards, and interviews students for the chapter officer team.

"They're a great support," added chapter reporter Alyssa Chalfant. "When I started (raising and showing) pigs, I knew nothing. (Alumni members) Megan Shertzer and Carroll Herr helped."

For the past few years, Manor FFA Alumni has raised money to purchase a bus for the chapter so that transportation will always be available to FFA activities. The group is in the process of shopping for the right vehicle.

Additionally, Manor FFA Alumni will host a rally on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, 100 E. Cottage Ave., Millersville. The event will be open to the public free of charge and will include a light meal. During the event, guests will learn about the alumni organization and the chapter and hear updates on the construction of the new high school and how the ag department will be affected. A design professional and district superintendent Mike Leichliter will be on hand to answer questions.

Glock-Cornman estimated that the last time the classrooms in the ag wing were remodeled was sometime in the 1990s. Much of the shop equipment is that old. The new facility will be fitted with up-to-date equipment, and the ag department will be neighbors with the science and technology departments.

"Ag has always been on the cusp of tech development," Glock-Cornman said. "We try to bring in industry-level tech so students are prepared to use it in their careers."

The new facility will be able to accommodate more students, something Alyssa, chapter secretary Cody Hurlburt, and sentinel Darby Conrad are excited about.

"With a new, bigger shop, more kids will want to do it," Cody said.

"I wanted to take (Intro to Mechanics) this year, but every single block was filled to the max," Alyssa lamented.

Parliamentarian Mike Brumbaugh will have graduated by the time the new facility opens. "I won't experience it, but I'm excited for my brother coming up (who will)," he said.

Manor FFA and the ag department are inextricably linked. Glock-Cornman related that three years ago, the state set down a mandate that any student enrolled in an agriculture class is an FFA member by default. As a result, the leadership and career development opportunities offered through FFA are now available to more students.

"I developed time management skills by balancing work, school, FFA, and my time and money," Alyssa said. "You learn more real world things in your ag classes (and FFA). They set you up well for the future."

"FFA taught me different options in the world," added Darby, who is pursuing a career in rodeo. "It got me to be more open than just my rodeo mindset. I discovered that I like animals other than horses."

Reservations for the meal at the rally are requested by Thursday, Nov. 1. Folks may call or text Manor FFA Alumni member Missy Eshbach at 717-606-8879.

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Dance To Support Kreutz Creek Library October 25, 2018

On Friday, Nov. 2, the Friends of the Kreutz Creek Library will host their Autumn Fundraising Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Kreutz Creek Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7045, which is located at 341 Yorkana Road, York. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The Collinsville Discount Band will perform music including hits from the 1970s to today, as well as original songs like "Cloud 9" and "She Called Me Hon." The band members include Alex Degnan on bass, Jason Greenwood on guitar, Ryan Waltemyer on drums, Al Baldassarre on keyboard, and vocalists Terry Atwood, Jackieraye, and Jennifer Plonk. The band members have also been in or are currently active in other bands that may be familiar to attendees, including Screamapillar, Whiskey River Variety Band, Shrimpboat, Sawgy Pickle, Red Sea Radio, In Wilderness, Koji on the Roof, and other projects in the central Pennsylvania area.

The dance is open to anyone age 21 and up. It is a nonsmoking event. Beverages and food, including barbecue sandwiches served by a York-based catering business, will be included with the cost of admission. Door prizes will also be available for attendees to win.

Friends member Betty Bell encourages friends, couples, and groups to plan to attend for an evening of fun and relaxation before the holidays. "And, guys, this is a good time to take your wife or girlfriend out so she won't be upset when you're hunting," added Bell with a laugh.

Bell described the band's performance at last year's fundraising dance as "unbelievable." Tickets sold out for that event, and organizers are hoping for another successful year. Full-price tickets will be available to purchase at the door while supplies last. Interested individuals may purchase discounted tickets in advance from any member of the Friends of the Kreutz Creek Library or the Collinsville Discount Band or by stopping in at the VFW or the library, located at 66 Walnut Springs Road, York.

Proceeds from the dance will go toward furnishing the new Kreutz Creek Library. According to Bell, the capital campaign for the new building will officially kick off in April 2019, with construction set to begin at the end of 2020 or in early 2021. A fundraising goal of $3,000 has been set for the dance in order to eventually help purchase new furniture, bookshelves, and so forth for the new space.

In addition to fundraising for the new library building, the Friends of the Kreutz Creek Library help to raise funds to support the current programs offered at the library and to meet a $35,000 portion of the library's overall budget. "(A lot of) patrons think the state funds the entire library, but that's not the case. What we raise isn't for extra things; it's to fund bills," explained Bell. "This dance is a time for people to get together, enjoy themselves, and support the library."

To learn more about the dance or the library, readers may call 717-252-4080 or visit www.yorklibraries.org/hellam-kreutz-creek.

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Team Meghan Holds Yard Sale October 24, 2018

The Team Meghan Community Yard Sale was held on Sept. 29 at the Brownstone Lodge on Route 322 in Hershey. It featured local vendors, the Derry Township Police Department's K-9 Unit, the Brownstone Lodge, and local residents selling items.

All proceeds from the Team Meghan Community Yard Sale were slated to go to the Meghan M. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund and glioblastoma cancer research at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh.

A 2017 graduate of Lower Dauphin High School in Hummelstown, Meghan passed away on Nov. 21, 2017, after a long battle with Stage 4 glioblastoma brain cancer. She was five days shy of her 19th birthday. The scholarship fund was created to support students pursuing a higher education in the arts, as well as to promote brain cancer awareness and glioblastoma research.

For more information on Team Meghan or to make a donation, readers may visit www.teammeghan.org or www.meghanmjohnson.org.

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Auschwitz Survivor To Speak At Veterans Day Banquet October 24, 2018

Columbia's annual 11-11-11 Veterans Day Banquet will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. at the VFW Post located at Fourth and Manor streets in Columbia. The event will include a ceremony featuring speaker Cantor David S. Wisnia, as well as a meal, which is available for a set fee per person. For tickets and reservations, interested readers may call Kevin Kraft at 717-684-2370. Seating is limited.

The program will begin with the traditional tolling of the bell, a firing squad salute, and the playing of taps. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem, Wisnia will take the stage. A dinner will be served by the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW.

A native of Warsaw, Poland, Wisnia became a prisoner of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as a teenager during World War II. After enduring and surviving horrors in Auschwitz, where he was held for nearly three years, Wisnia discovered that his remarkable singing voice would ultimately save his life.

While in camp, he would sing to entertain the Nazi SS and cell block leaders and composed two songs that became popular among the inmates. He was transferred to Dachau in December 1944, surviving the death march and managing to escape. Wisnia was found and rescued by soldiers from the American 101 Airborne Division. They adopted him as "Little Davey" and took him along on their campaign of liberation through Europe. He engaged actively in combat during the closing days of the war with Germany in 1945.

Wisnia has written a memoir, "One Voice, Two Lives," and continues to share his unique story of being both a Holocaust survivor and a World War II liberator with audiences around the globe. Wisnia served as cantor of Temple Shalom in Levittown, Pa., for 28 years and recently retired after 23 years as cantor of Har Sinai Congregation of Trenton, N.J. Wisnia is a member of the American Conference of Cantors within the UAHC and continues to be an active vocalist, educator, and congregational community leader.

A graduate of the Yavneh-Tarbut Hebrew School System, Wisnia is fluent in multiple languages and received most of his vocal training in Warsaw as a student of famous director and composer Maestro A.Z. Davidovich. He was also tutored by renowned cantors Gershon Sirota and Moshe Koussevitsky, singing in their respective choirs and performing on stage and on Polish radio.

The 11-11-11 Club uses all funds raised during the annual banquet to serve area veterans. The club also assists with Columbia's annual Memorial Day parade. For more information on the 11-11-11 Club, readers may contact Kraft.

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Community Members Sought To Sponsor Wreaths October 24, 2018

Wreaths Across America will be located in Christ Lutheran Church, 126 W. Main St., Dallastown, for Christmas in Dallastown on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wreaths Across America began in 1992 when a wreath company in Maine found itself with a surplus of wreaths. Morrill Worcester, the owner of the company, decided to send the wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery to honor the nation's veterans. The annual tribute was done quietly until 2005, when a photo of the wreaths at Arlington covered in snow began to circulate on the internet, and thousands of requests came in to help with the project.

Wreaths Across America holds its annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, and similar ceremonies are now held in conjunction with this annual ceremony throughout all 50 states and abroad. Locally, the eighth annual wreath laying ceremony will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at noon at Susquehanna Memorial Gardens, 250 Chestnut Hill Road, York.

There is a fee for each wreath, and the wreath company provides a free wreath for every two that are sponsored. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, readers may call or text Joan Snyder, location coordinator for Susquehanna Memorial Gardens, at 717-887-1848 or email jsnyder1848@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page for "Wreaths Across America Susquehanna Memorial Gardens." Online donations can be made at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org by clicking on "Sponsor a wreath with a local fundraising group" and then entering "PA0062" at Find Fundraising Group. The deadline is Friday, Nov. 30.

Many organizations and individuals sponsor a wreath in memory or honor of a loved one who served. Families attend the event together to lay a wreath on their loved one's gravesite. Those who have a loved one whose gravesite is located outside of Susquehanna Memorial Gardens can still sponsor wreaths in memory of them by contacting Snyder. Those with grave-specific requests should contact Snyder via email, text, or phone.

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Disaster Relief Auction Held October 22, 2018

The 42nd annual Brethren Disaster Relief Auction, held at the Lebanon Expo and Fairgrounds on Sept. 21 and 22, concluded with an estimated preliminary total of $420,306.

Some of the highlights include the following: a Landis Myers table sold three times to bring in $4,000; two quilts, "Have a Little Faith" and "Diamond Lite," were resold for a total of $7,200; a theme basket, "A House Divided," sold for $560; a copper kettle sold for $400 and a Trek bike for $370 in the pole barn auction; two gold coins sold for $2,600 each in the coin auction; contributions and matching funds totaled $110,000; baked goods sales totaled $10,000; contributions and donations, including an earlier bequest, exceeded $110,000; matching funds totaled $25,000; quilt sales totaled $33,000; and food sales generated nearly $34,000.

The auction, the largest of its type in the world, in cooperation with the Atlantic Northeast and Southern Districts of the Church of the Brethren, began in 1977 and has provided more than $15 million in disaster relief to victims of natural disasters both in the U.S. and internationally. Funds raised by the auction not only pay for emergency supplies for disaster victims but also support volunteer disaster relief trips throughout the year.

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