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Garden Spot Village Posts Programs May 23, 2018

Garden Spot Village (GSV), 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, has posted several upcoming events.

GSV will host Musical Memories on Saturday, June 2, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the chapel. The musical program is for individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia and their caregiver. The event will provide an opportunity for individuals experiencing the symptoms of dementia to spend a musical afternoon with family members or a caregiver. For more information and to register, readers may contact 717-355-6500.

The Living With Loss Support Group will meet on Wednesday, June 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the board room. GSV chaplains Chet Yoder, Marian Harnish, and Ken Martin will facilitate a conversation. The Living With Loss group is for persons who have experienced the death of a spouse or family member. For more information, readers may call Jenny Snyder at 717-355-6259 or email jsnyder@gardenspotvillage.org.

The Alzheimer's Association and GSV will host a Caregivers Support Group on Monday, June 11, at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room. This meeting will be an open discussion. Attendees may bring their questions, concerns, and comments about caring for their loved one. The group is for family caregivers of persons with dementia. By prior arrangement, free respite care may be available for this meeting by calling GSV Adult Day Services. For more information, readers may contact Marcia Parsons at 717-355-6239 or mparsons@gardenspotvillage.org.

The Parkinson's Support Group will meet on Monday, June 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater. Bill Parson, certified senior adviser, will present "Paying for Care: Navigating Medicare, LTC, Advantage Plans and More." Free resources will be available. The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family and friends. For more information, readers may call Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or email slapp@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Teeing Off For A Good Cause May 22, 2018

Naaman Center Plans Golf Tournament

A four-person scramble golf tournament to benefit the efforts of Naaman Center, a drug and alcohol treatment facility, will be held on Friday, July 13, at Par Line Golf Course, 4545 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. Registration for the 26th annual event will begin at 7 a.m., and golfers will take to the green with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The tournament is open to the first 144 golfers. Interested individuals may email sschedler@naamancenter.com by Friday, June 29, to register. Entry forms may also be downloaded at www.naamancenter.com. The entry fee will include green fees and golf cart rental, a continental breakfast and refreshments during the tournament, the opportunity to win one of several prizes, and a complimentary post-tournament luncheon at 1 p.m.

An awards ceremony will take place during the luncheon. Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams in the open division, as well as in the 65-plus division. Additional prizes will be distributed to the top women's team, the top mixed group, and the top church team with a pastor participating. Plus, this year golfers will have the chance to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle by sinking a hole-in-one on the hole designated by course officials.

Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available, including a platinum sponsorship level, which will include full-page recognition in the printed materials distributed to each player, a banner display at registration or a hole on the course, and eight golfer entries. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, readers may email sschedler@naamancenter.com.

Naaman Center is a nonprofit, faith-based drug and alcohol treatment center that provides intensive outpatient drug and alcohol abuse treatment, including individual, family, and group counseling, along with drug and alcohol evaluations. The organization currently operates treatment centers in Elizabethtown, Elizabethville, Gap, Lancaster, and Quarryville.

As stated on www.naamancenter.com, Naaman Center believes that "all persons are created in the image of God, endowed with dignity and worth. We believe that a relationship with Jesus Christ is necessary for ultimate healing and wholeness. We seek to provide services to persons who desire recovery in a loving relationship where Jesus Christ is the source of their recovery and growth."

To learn more, readers may call 888-243-4316 or visit www.naamancenter.com.

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Support Groups Will Meet May 17, 2018

The Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer support groups to the community. There is no cost to attend.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, June 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. The group is open to anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one. For directions and to register, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

The Bereavement Support Group will meet on Thursday, June 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. Refreshments will be served. For more information, readers may contact Heidi Young at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.

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Ride, After-Party To Support Breast Cancer Survivors May 15, 2018

As a five-year breast cancer survivor, Bainbridge resident Kim McCoy is all too familiar with the way that medical expenses continue to add up after insurance coverage ends. "A survivor has another chapter in an unwritten book that changes almost daily," McCoy said. "Some things change temporarily; others are permanent changes that have to be adjusted and accepted."

Treatment side effects like neuropathy, lymphedema, heat flashes, scars, fatigue, pain, swelling, hair loss, and depression can linger for a while or last forever. Regardless of the intensity or duration, McCoy points out that these things are often not covered by insurance or other resources. "These (things) are very real to us survivors," she shared. "We live with these ailments on a daily basis."

Last year she and several friends held a fundraiser to help raise funds to support breast cancer survivors. This year, they are teaming up with the Perfect Match Boutique, a durable medical equipment supplier that specializes in meeting the needs of women after breast surgery. "Most hospitals in the area send patients to Perfect Match," McCoy explained. The money raised at this year's fundraiser will go directly toward helping breast cancer survivors who need assistance purchasing items such as compression sleeves, prosthetics and other medical garments and accessories for after surgery and treatments.

"Our goal is to help as many breast cancer survivors with the financial burdens of this disease," McCoy said. "My friends pulled me through all of this. They wouldn't let me hunker down in a hole."

The second annual Ta Ta Rebels Breast Cancer Survivors Event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7. The event will include a motorcycle ride, with registration from noon to 2 p.m. at the Elizabethtown American Legion Post 329, 240 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown. Maps will be provided for the approximately one-hour ride, which will conclude at the Delaches Fishing Association, 5450 Elizabethtown Road, Palmyra. "It's going to be a 'follow the dot' ride, at your own pace," said McCoy.

The after-party will kick off at 2 p.m. at the Delaches Fishing Association and will feature food, music, door prizes, and giveaways. There is a set donation per person to participate in the ride or event.

Meatballs, chicken corn soup, hot dogs and sauerkraut, and homemade side dishes and desserts will be on the menu, and a local business will donate beverages. Bainbridge resident Ernie "Only" Kresge will serve as disc jockey for the day. Door prizes and giveaway items will include electronics, oil changes and motorcycle inspections, jewelry, golf passes, themed baskets, and plenty of gift cards to area restaurants, attractions, and businesses.

Ta Ta Rebels T-shirts will also be available to purchase at the event.

In the case of rain, the motorcycle ride will be canceled but the after-party will still be held. Preregistration for either component is not necessary. Individuals who cannot attend the ride and event but would still like to make a financial contribution to the Ta Ta Rebels Breast Cancer Survivors Fund may email tatarebels247@gmail.com or call 717-368-2586 for more information.

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Parkinson's Support Group To Meet May 11, 2018

The next meeting of the Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group will be held on Monday, May 21, at 2 p.m. in the Westview Community Room at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz.

The topic will be "Interaction With Medications" presented by guest speaker Coleen Kayden, a pharmacist with a local apothecary. The presentation will be followed by a time of questions and answers, refreshments, and informal discussion.

The monthly meetings are designed for education and support for persons diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and their families. The Lancaster Parkinson's Support Group meets at Landis Homes the third Monday of each month from March through November.

For more information or to receive a brochure, readers may call 717-509-5494.

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Friendship Fest May 4, 2018

Organizers of the 25th annual Friendship Community Fest have two goals for the event. First, they want to offer a variety of activities for guests. "The big emphasis is on the day of family fun," said marketing assistant Kyle Gamble. Second, they hope to reward the anticipation of Friendship residents who eagerly await the fest. "It's a wonderful day for our community to interact with the general community," explained Cynthia Beebe, director of development. "Our individuals look forward to (this day) throughout the year because they (see) friends and donors who support them."

Friendship Community is a ministry that helps individuals with developmental disabilities to impact the world with their capabilities. The 2018 Friendship Community Fest, 5K, and Auction will be held rain or shine on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 7 a.m. at Friendship Community, 1149 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. The day will open with a pancake and sausage breakfast and a plant and baked good sale.

Last year, the day included the organization's first 5K run. Registration for this year's run is now open at www.friendshipcommunity.net, or individuals may pick up brochures at the Friendship office. Registration will be discounted through Friday, May 11, and registration will open at 7 a.m. on the day of the run. "Anyone who registers for the run will get a swag bag and breakfast," noted Beebe.

The general auction will begin at 9 a.m. with gift certificates and gift baskets. Tickets to the Fulton Opera House, a Lancaster Christian theater, and another area theater, along with Harrisburg and Reading baseball games, will also be up for bids. "We have a first-pitch (opportunity) for the Barnstormers (baseball team) and a goodie basket including two tickets to a Barnstormers game," said Beebe. Other experiences will include dinner at a local family-style restaurant, golf passes, a week's vacation at Kiawah Island off the coast of South Carolina, and an extended weekend getaway in Potter County. Additional auction merchandise will include lawn care items and lawn furniture, a motorcycle helmet and jacket, and an Eagles cornhole game.

The Friendship Heart Gallery and the Meaningful Day Academy will share a tent, which will be open from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m.

Activities for children, which will include a bounce house and face painting, will begin at 10 a.m. A petting zoo will be on-site, and the Insanity Factor will be on-site from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and perform a magic show at 11:30 a.m.

A food court will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature chicken barbecue meals including a half-chicken, a roll, chips, applesauce, and a beverage. Chicken barbecue will not be available at a drive-through this year. Other food items will include chicken corn soup, hot dogs, french fries, and walking tacos. An ice cream truck serving cones, dishes, and floats will be on-site.

Friendship began offering a fund-a-need program a few years ago. This year, the fund-a-need roster includes furniture and an electrical upgrade for some Friendship homes, concrete repair, safety lighting, driveway paving, shed repair, a new oven, office chairs, and laptop computers. Individuals may donate to the fund at the Friendship website.

Donations of items for the auction are still being accepted, and Gamble noted that volunteers are always needed. Volunteers may sign up through a link on the website.

Through its many group homes and intermediate care facilities, as well as home-based services and programs, Friendship provides services to more than 230 area individuals. Beebe noted that organizers hope this year's fest will raise $80,000 for the cause. Readers with questions may call 717-656-2466, ext. 1101.

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Support Group Plans Meeting May 2, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Monday, May 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, located on Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster. Ashley Avenoso, a speech language pathologist, will speak on the topic "How Speech Therapy Helps Persons With Dementia."

The Memory Loss Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month. For more information, readers may call Shelby Swartley at 717-544-3280.

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Lyme Disease Group To Meet May 2, 2018

The Lyme Disease Association of Southeast Pennsylvania will hold its regular monthly support group meeting on Wednesday, May 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kennett Friends Meeting House, 125 W. Sickle St., Kennett Square. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Guest speaker Dr. Lynne Andersson, Temple University associate professor of human resource management, will give a program titled "The Lyme Wars: Victories and Further Battles." She is known as an expert on the social forces affecting patients and doctors in the Lyme disease community.

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Freezin' For A Reason! April 30, 2018

Polar Plunge Set For Feb. 3

Dover residents Bill and Karen Plappert can remember when two former Special Olympic coaches came up with the idea for a Polar Plunge in York County as a way to raise money for the Special Olympics York County (SOYC). "Our son, Michael, volunteered to do the plunge and help his fellow athletes by raising money," said Karen, who opted to volunteer with team registration with Bill. Folks of all ages came to the inaugural event to experience the thrill of plunging into the Susquehanna River in February.

The plunge turned out to be a big hit, Karen said, and it continues to grow. According to Karen, the event now provides a major portion of the amount needed to fund SOYC's annual budget. Michael's team, The Beach Boys and Friends, is composed of several of his fellow athletes, relatives, Special Olympics volunteers, and the pastor and members of Dover United Church of Christ, where the Plapperts attend.

Last year, The Beach Boys and Friends team raised nearly $11,000. Only the Blue Line Plungers - a group of current and retired law enforcement officers and their family members from throughout the county - edged out The Beach Boys with their financial contributions.

SOYC public relations coordinator Robyn Liggins-Smith - also a proud mom of a SOYC athlete - said that the Blue Line Plungers are always the first team in the river at the Polar Plunge and have supported the event since it began. "My son (and the) other athletes enjoy the plunge and all the activities that happen before the plunge," said Liggins-Smith. "Special Olympics has become a second family for many of us, and the Polar Plunge brings us all together."

The 10th annual York County Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, Feb. 3, along the Susquehanna River at 124 N. Front St., Wrightsville. Registration and sign-in will open at 9:30 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and a costume parade and contest at 10:45 a.m. Awards will be given for the best costume and most original costume. "Basically, they can wear whatever they want," said Liggins-Smith. "One year, we even had (someone wearing) a six-foot walrus (costume).

The chicken dance, set for 11:15 a.m., will be performed by all of the chicken plungers in attendance. "A chicken plunger is someone who supports the plunge but does not go into the water," explained Liggins-Smith.

Plungers will begin assembling in waves around 11:45 a.m., and the plunge will start at noon. SOYC athletes will lead each wave of participants to the river. Plungers may dip in just a toe or go all in for a total of three minutes. "When they come out (of the water), the smiles on their faces tell you why they do it," said Liggins-Smith.

The 2017 Polar Plunge, which raised a total of $91,000, had about 900 plungers and 500 chicken plungers. "The temperatures were a very warm 35 degrees," recalled Liggins-Smith. With temperatures reaching especially frigid lows this January, Liggins-Smith said that the Lake Clarke River Rescue team, which is stationed in the river at each Polar Plunge to ensure everyone's safety, will make the determination as to a potential cancellation. "If the river is frozen, we may have to postpone, but in the nine years we have had the plunge it has never been canceled," noted Liggins-Smith.

Heated tents will be set up for participants to change into dry clothes afterward. Coffee, hot chocolate, and water will also be available.

Folks may register to participate as an individual or a team at www.specialolympicsyorkcounty.org. A preregistration event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 124 N. Front St., Wrightsville. Interested individuals may sign up then or turn in the money they have raised and pick up T-shirts, which are distributed to those who raise $25 or more.

SOYC, which provides training and competition opportunities free of charge to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, currently has 360 athletes participating in 15 sports programs.

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Support Group Slates Meeting April 25, 2018

The Chester County Blind Association will hold a support group meeting for people who are blind or visually impaired on Wednesday, May 9, at 11 a.m. at Olivet Methodist Church, 310 E. Chestnut St., Coatesville. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Each meeting includes a speaker or entertainment, followed by lunch.

For more information, call 610-384-2767 or email info@chescoblind.org.

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Caregivers Invited To Meetings April 25, 2018

A caregivers support group meets on the first Friday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the WellSpan Neurology Office, 228 Saint Charles Way, York. Dr. Ann Stipe from Behavorial Health Services facilitates the meeting.

There is no fee to participate in this ongoing group. Attendees are welcome to talk, ask questions, offer advice, and seek support.

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Village Offers Support Groups April 19, 2018

The Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer support groups to the community. There is no cost to attend.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, May 15, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. The group is open to anyone who serves as a caregiver for a loved one. For directions and to register, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

The Bereavement Support Group will meet on Thursday, May 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. The group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one. Refreshments will be served. For more information, readers may call Heidi Young at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.

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Taking Time To Remember April 17, 2018

While people may tend to recognize the holiday season in November and December as being a particularly difficult time of the year for those grieving the loss of a loved one, Patti Anewalt said that May and June can be another deeply painful season - and one that is sometimes overlooked. Springtime weddings and graduations, as well as the Mother's Day and Father's Day holidays, can all serve as difficult reminders of the person who is now missing from someone's life. "And it doesn't matter how many years it's been," noted Anewalt, who is the director of Hospice & Community Care's Pathways Center for Grief & Loss.

Pathways support groups and events are offered to the public throughout the year, but in 2005 Anewalt decided to organize the first Remembering Our Mothers breakfast as a way to bring together women whose mothers have died. The event continues to take place each year on the day before Mother's Day and gives women the opportunity to remember, honor, and celebrate their mothers' lives.

This year's Remembering Our Mothers breakfast buffet will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 12, at Enck's Banquet and Conference Center, 1461 Lancaster Road, Manheim. There is a set cost per person. Interested individuals may register at www.hospiceconnect.org/events by Tuesday, May 8. Organizers encourage women to register early, as space is limited.

Lancaster speaker and author Carol Cool will be the keynote speaker and will present on "Antiques and Heirlooms: Living Our Legacy." The only instruction given to the speakers is to try to make the time interactive. "I always describe it as an Oprah-type thing. Find times to pause and ask questions," explained Anewalt. "Then we pass the mics around and share. It's just kind of fun to get people talking and sharing about their memories."

Questions are placed on each of the tables to generate conversation during the meal as well, with prompts such as "What did your mom think of your middle school haircut?"

Anewalt hears from many first-time attendees who go into the event thinking that they may cry the entire time, but instead they leave feeling empowered and encouraged by how much their mother made them the person that they are today. "There's that sense of connectedness to be in a room with other women who know what it's like to have a mother who has died," said Anewalt. "When people come to (something like this), they're not sure how they'll feel about it. They don't know if they'll say something, but then when they hear someone else say exactly what they were thinking, they can't help but share."

Some women attend alone, and others come with a sister or friend. One year, after the program had concluded and Anewalt was cleaning up, everyone had cleared out except for one table where the women had all stayed and were still talking and laughing. "Finally I went over to ask whether or not they had come together, and they said, 'No, but we're all going to the shore together this summer!'" recalled Anewalt.

Lebanon resident Vickie Price has attended for the past three years. With her mother's passing, the annual preparations for Mother's Day stopped too - no more shopping for gifts or planning an activity with her mom. "This (event) allows me to do something the day before Mother's Day that comes very natural," Price explained. "It allows me to spend that morning before in reflection and tribute to this loss."

"I was 45 (when my mother died), and she was only 66," said Price. "At 45, I didn't really have any friends who had lost their mother, but here I'm sitting with other women who understand exactly what it's like to lose a mother."

Each attendee is asked to bring a picture of her mother, and the photographs fill the wall behind the speaker as she shares. "That's probably one of the most moving parts," Price said. "It's just this full array of all these women who have shaped these women who are there to honor and pay tribute to them."

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Celebrate Recovery Sets Meetings April 12, 2018

Celebrate Recovery meets every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in The Loft at LCBC Manheim, 2392 Mount Joy Road, Manheim.

Celebrate Recovery is a national program that aims to operate on foundations established on biblical truth. The 12-step program is designed to help participants find freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. People in recovery, as well as their family and friends, are invited to attend. Attendees must be age 18 or older.

There is no cost to attend, and registration is not required. Child care is not available. For more information, email celebraterecovery@lcbcchurch.com.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet April 12, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, in the community room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

The topic will be "Geriatric Syndromes and Memory Loss."

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Korean War Veterans Share Experiences April 12, 2018

The Central Pennsylvania Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) recently held its March meeting. During the program, Dr. Jonghoo Han spoke on behalf of the Korean War Legacy Foundation. Prior to the meeting, Han interviewed 22 KWVA members, with all branches of the U.S. military represented. The members were asked to share memories of their service.

Han's objective was to learn the veterans' feelings regarding past and present press coverage of the Korean War.

Known as the "Silent War," the conflict lasted for 37 months of active combat, from June 1950 to July 1953. U.S. forces lost 36,574 service members, and 103,000 were wounded. The South Korean people continue to honor the Americans who fought for their freedom.

The KWVA Chapter 327, Gen. John H. Michaelis, meets on the second Wednesday of the month at Woodcrest Villa, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Membership includes veterans from Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, Berks, and Cumberland counties.

Prospective members may call 717-299-1990 for more information.

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Bereavement Group To Meet April 11, 2018

The Pastoral Care Department at Geisinger Holy Spirit (GHS), 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill, will offer a six-week bereavement support group. The group will meet on Wednesdays, April 18 through May 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. All sessions will be held in the pastoral care consultation room.

The group is open to anyone experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one. The program will help participants learn how to cope with grief and turn mourning into memories. Sister Margaret Washington, director of pastoral care services at GHS, and Sister Ann Marie Marabella, pastoral care associate, will lead the sessions.

Participation is free, but registration is requested. To register, readers may call 717-763-2118 or 717-972-4255.

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Auxiliary To Host PTSD Seminar April 6, 2018

On Wednesday, April 25, the Elizabethtown American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 329 will host a seminar for the community on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Anyone is welcome to attend the free event, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the back room at the Elizabethtown American Legion Post 329, 240 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown.

The seminar will be presented by Dolores Reidenbach, a Christian counselor and the founder and director of Jewel David Ministries in Elizabethtown. Jewel David Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that started in 2010 and offers counseling services to women, men, couples, families, children, and adolescents.

Reidenbach said that the seminar will provide information about PTSD, which she emphasized is not limited to veterans. Auxilary member Bonnie Malone said that she hopes the event raises awareness about PTSD and reaches as many people in the community as possible.

After the seminar, which will be approximately 45 to 60 minutes long, interested individuals may sign up to schedule a free PTSD screening through InnerMe, a sponsored services program offered by Jewel David Ministries. The Elizabethtown American Legion Ladies Auxiliary donated $1,000 to Jewel David Ministries in January, which will help to fund the PTSD screenings available through InnerMe.

InnerMe offers a no-obligation depression, anxiety, anger, and PTSD screening for men, women, and adolescents. A professional Jewel David counselor meets with the client in privacy and with an open, nonjudgmental ear to listen, Reidenbach explained. The counselor will explain and provide the screening tool for the individual to complete in the Jewel David office setting. Reidenbach noted that the screening is easy to understand and offers individuals a starting point to unbundle the sources of depression, anxiety, and anger. The individual will be given an option to consider counseling to work toward achieving internal peace of mind.

"Our services have been widely embraced by men and women and their families on a pay-what-you-can-afford fees schedule (that makes) counseling affordable for everyone," said Reidenbach.

InnerMe screenings will necessitate ongoing sponsored financial support to cover the majority of the cost of the screening tool and the counselor service costs. Interested donors may contact Reidenbach at info@jeweldavidministries.org or 717-701-7513. Further information about Jewel David Ministries is available at https://jeweldavidministries.org.

The Elizabethtown American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 329 has approximately 475 members. Meetings take place at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Individuals interested in becoming a member must fill out an application and have a spouse or family member who is a member of the American Legion.

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Support Group For Women Slated April 6, 2018

The spring session for Safe Harbor Home Fellowship will be offered on Thursdays, April 19, May 17, and June 21, at 2:30 p.m. at the home of Sue Vogt, 11 Scout Lane, Hummelstown. The Christian-based group is provided to women, with special emphasis on those who are widowed or divorced and/or who are caregivers to an aging parent, a husband, children, or grandchildren.

Based on practical biblical teachings, the support group also offers camaraderie. Each session includes praise and worship, Bible teaching, and an opportunity to pray for one another's concerns.

After the meeting, there is the option to continue fellowshipping by eating at a local restaurant.

There is no charge to attend, but preregistration is appreciated to assist with seating arrangements in the home. For more information, readers may call 717-566-5700. If leaving a message, callers are asked to speak slowly.

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Parkinson's Support Group To Meet April 6, 2018

The next meeting of the Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group will be held on Monday, April 16, at 2 p.m. in the Westview Community Room at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz.

The topic for the evening will be "Parkinson's Disease and Rehabilitation Update." Featured will be Tim Kauffman, PT, PhD, with a local physical therapy practice. Kauffman's physical therapy career spans more than four decades and includes work in U.S. Army and Reserve Unit hospitals, nursing homes, home care, research, writing, lecturing, and private practice.

The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session, refreshments, and informal discussion.

The monthly meetings are designed for education and support for persons diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and their families. The Lancaster Parkinson's Support Group meets at Landis Homes on the third Monday of each month from March through November.

For more information or to receive a brochure about the group, readers may call 717-509-5494.

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