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Parking Vouchers Will Be Available November 15, 2018

The Lancaster Parking Authority will provide two hours of free parking in any of its garages to encourage shoppers to participate in Small Business Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 24. Free parking will only be available in Lancaster Parking Authority garages and is only for two hours.

Shoppers will need to get a free parking voucher at one of three locations, including Mio Studio, 154 N. Prince St.; BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 342 N. Queen St.; and the Lancaster City Visitor Center, 38 Penn Square. Shoppers must show their receipt demonstrating a purchase at any city business and receive their parking voucher. Each of the three locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 24 and will have staff on hand to assist shoppers with getting their parking vouchers.

Any time over two hours will be charged. For parking assistance, readers may call the Lancaster Parking Authority at 717-299-0907. For more information on the Lancaster Parking Authority's garages, readers may visit www.lancasterparkingauthority.com/where-to-park/garages-and-lots/.

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LIHEAP Opens Enrollment November 15, 2018

Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel, or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income level. For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,210; for a couple, the limit is $24,690; and for a family of four, it is $37,650.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP at www.compass.state.pa.us, by contacting the Dauphin County Assistance Office, 2432 N. Seventh St., Harrisburg, or by calling 800-788-5616 or 717-787-2324.

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Township Manager Negley Retires November 15, 2018

James Negley has retired as township manager, ending a 44-year career with Derry Township. An event was held in Negley's honor on his last day, Nov. 5.

Friends and colleagues gathered to wish him well and to thank him for his support and leadership. He was presented with a Derry Township Retirement Award and a proclamation naming Nov. 5 as James Negley Employee Service Day in Derry Township. Dauphin County Commissioner Michael Pries, former Derry Township supervisor, presented Negley with a citation, and state Rep. Thomas Mehaffie presented him with a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. A citation acknowledging his service was also presented from state Sen. John DiSanto from the Pennsylvania Senate.

Negley served in the Marine Corps from 1965 to 1969, which included combat service in Vietnam. Five years following his return home from his military tour, he became a police officer with the Derry Township Police Department, with three years of experience in law enforcement as an officer with the Borough of Elizabethtown. He became a detective in 1976 and possessed commendable investigative skills and most notably an exceptional ability in facilitating polygraphs, gaining him recognition from Dauphin and surrounding counties.

Negley rose to the top-ranking position in the department in 1991 when he was promoted to chief of police. The department achieved both state and national accreditation under his leadership. He answered a call for assistance to oversee township government as interim manager in 1993 and again in 1996, a position that he was offered permanently until his retirement. He filled dual roles as chief of police and township manager for five years until he official resigned as the chief on March 29, 1996. He was the township manager for 22 years, during which time the Municipal Complex on Clearwater Road was constructed. He served as the manager of the Industrial Commercial Development Authority.

He has been married to his wife, Deb, for 46 years.

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Aument Receives PIADA Award November 15, 2018

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Award Nominees Are Being Sought November 9, 2018

The Manheim Township Community Life Task Force and the Manheim Township Commissioners are seeking nominees for their Community Service Award program, which honors and recognizes individuals for their impact on the community. Two service awards, the Community Spirit Award, presented to a township resident, and the Youth Service Award, presented to a township youth in grades seven to 12, are available.

While nominees must be Manheim Township residents, their service may be for an organization outside of the township. Examples include an individual's service to civic organizations, youth sports teams, Scouts, church groups, PTOs and more.

The nomination form for these service awards is available at www.manheimtownship.org. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The presentation of awards will be made at a commissioners public meeting in March 2019.

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Nominations Sought For Women's Hall Of Fame November 9, 2018

The Lebanon County Commission for Women is seeking nominations to the 2019 Women's Hall of Fame. The goal of the commission is to seek out hidden heroines - women who have quietly used their talents to increase the quality of lives in Lebanon County - and hear their stories. Nominations will be accepted by the commission through Friday, Nov. 30.

The categories for which a woman can be nominated are leadership, community, agriculture, athletics, justice, healthy lifestyles/health care, arts, education, military, and science/technology. The nominee must live and/or work in Lebanon County and should excel in one of the categories. The commission invites everyone to submit nominations for women they believe should be recognized and honored for their work or volunteer activities.

Nomination forms and information about the Women's Hall of Face can be obtained at www.lebcounty.org/depts/womens_commission or via email at womenscommission@lebcnty.org. The nominee's accomplishments and contributions to the community should be detailed in the nomination. Persons developing the nomination can also include their thoughts as to how the woman has served as a role model. Awards will not be presented in categories were fewer than three nominations have been received. Nominees that are not selected for induction to the 2019 Hall of Fame will automatically be submitted for nomination the following year.

Current members of the Lebanon County Commission for Women, previous inductees, and members of the Hall of Fame committee are not eligible for nomination. The list of these persons is available on the website. Individuals with questions may direct them to the commission via email or by visiting the Lebanon County Commission for Women's Facebook page.

The luncheon and induction will be held on Wednesday, March 27, during Women's History Month. This spring will mark the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Women's Hall of Fame. Proceeds from the Women's Hall of Face luncheon support the various projects of the commission, which in past years have included contributing to the Memory Garden for Susan Funk Klarsch at White Deer Run, the H.O.P.E.S. Family Shelter project, and the Lebanon Historical Society.

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CCAP To Hold Conference November 9, 2018

Leaders from counties in Pennsylvania will meet on Monday, Nov. 19, and Tuesday, Nov. 20, at The Hotel Hershey to discuss issues of interest to counties during the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) fall conference.

On Nov. 19 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., the opening general session will be presided over by CCAP president and Lancaster County commissioner Dennis Stuckey. The first scheduled speaker, Lisa Soronen, executive director of the State and Local Legal Center, will discuss cases currently being argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. Matthew Knittel, director of the Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office, will then speak about fiscal and demographic trends and the Pennsylvania economy.

On Nov. 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the closing general session will feature Matthew Baker, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discussing the role of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Also, corrections secretary John Wetzel will discuss contraband efforts and veterans units opened in state correctional institutions.

More information may be found at www.pacounties.org.

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Applications Available For LIHEAP November 8, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-19 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP provides assistance with home heating bills and is available to renters and home owners who meet designated income guidelines.

Crisis and regular grants began on Nov. 1. Online applications can be completed by visiting www.compass.state.pa.us. Paper applications are available from the Lancaster County Office of Aging or at the local county assistance office at 717-299-7543. Applications can also be downloaded and printed from the Department of Human Services website, which is available at www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/heatingassistanceliheap/index.htm.

For tips on keeping warm throughout the winter while saving money on utility costs, readers may visit www.energysavers.gov.

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County Parks Programs Set November 8, 2018

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee for the programs, which will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. To register, readers may call 717-295-2055. Registration is required by noon on the business day before the event.

Discover Money Rocks will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Money Rocks County Park, 936 Narvon Road, Narvon. The program, open to children age 6 and older, will explore the park with a naturalist during a 2- to 3-mile hike over rough, rocky, and hilly terrain.

Native American Games will be offered to children age 3 and older from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. The event will feature an afternoon of fun playing a variety of games once enjoyed by Native American children. Participants will learn the significance of the games in the lives of the children and practice the same skills the Native Americans learned.

Munchkin Science - Predator-Prey Relationships, designed for children ages 3 to 5 with adults, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. After hands-on learning inside, attendees will go outside to play predator-prey tag games in which the children will represent different animals and learn the animals' relationships to each other.

Fun and Fascination: Owls will be offered to students ages 6 to 10 with adults from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Children will be introduced to common local owls and explore owl pellets.

An Owl Prowl will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 21. Participants will join a park naturalist for a night of looking and listening for owls.

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Gift Card Donations Sought For Holiday Program November 8, 2018

Lancaster County Office of Aging's 2018 holiday program is underway. Again this year, the agency plans to distribute grocery store gift cards to its low-income clients who are in need of assistance.

Community members can help with the program by purchasing a gift card in any demonination up to $25 to Giant or Weis Markets. The Office of Aging is also accepting monetary contributions in the form of checks.

Donations for this year's holiday program will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 10, and can be dropped off at the Lancaster County Government Center, 150 N. Queen St., Lancaster, during regular business hours, which are Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, including details on making a monetary contribution or on mailing donations, readers may call Derek Bendetti or Lisa Paulson at 717-299-7979.

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Fall, Winter Walks Planned November 7, 2018

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Gifford Pinchot State Park will host fall and winter walks during the 2018-19 season. Easy to moderate walks will be led by a park naturalist and will last about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on weather conditions. Atttendees are asked to meet at the main day use building in the Conewago Day Use Area off Alpine Road.

All walks will begin promptly at 1 p.m. Walk dates are Saturday, Nov. 17; Friday, Dec. 7; Tuesday, Jan. 1; Friday, Jan. 18; Saturday, Feb. 2; and Friday, Feb. 22.

Attendees are asked to bring their own water bottle and/or snacks as desired. For more information, readers may call the park office at 717-432-5011.

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Bird Watch Program Slated November 7, 2018

York County Park's FeederWatchers will catalog the birds that visit the feeders at Nixon County Park from November until early April. Individuals who would enjoy joining this citizen science effort may contact Andrew Wolfgang, park naturalist, at 717-428-1961 to learn what it takes to become one of the 20,000 FeederWatchers participating in this program across the nation.

All data from this program are sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which has been using this project to log the movements of winter birds in Canada and the United States for more than 30 years. Beginners are welcome to participate, and the feeders are ADA accessible.

There is no fee, but registration is required by contacting Wolfgang. For information on other programs, readers may visit www.yorkcountyparks.org.

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Agency Awarded $250,000 Grant November 7, 2018

A $250,000 grant was recently awarded to Community REACH Inc., which is based in Red Lion. Community REACH is a nonprofit focused on helping low-income families in the Red Lion, Dallastown, and Eastern York school districts. The organization operates a food pantry and a clothing drive, provides life skill training, and collects and distributes school supplies for local students.

Individuals or families in the Red Lion, Dallastown, and Eastern York school districts in need of assistance may contact 717-244-6934 or communityreachinc@gmail.com.

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2018-19 LIHEAP Applications Open November 7, 2018

The start of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application process for the 2018-19 season has begun. LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months. Assistance is available for renters and homeowners. Crisis and regular LIHEAP applications are available now through Friday, April 12, 2019.

During the 2017-18 LIHEAP season, 344,008 households statewide received nearly $116 million in LIHEAP cash benefits. These households received an average season benefit of $337. LIHEAP benefits are paid directly to the utility company.

Consumers are encouraged to enroll in LIHEAP and to explore other assistance programs available from their utilities and various nonprofit groups. Combined, these many different resources help hundreds of thousands of households and families across the commonwealth every year.

The program's goal is to prevent LIHEAP customers from entering the winter season with shut-off utilities. Eligibility for the 2018-19 LIHEAP season is set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines.

Online applications for LIHEAP can be completed at www.compass.state.pa.us. Paper applications are available through local county assistance offices. For helpful tips on keeping warm throughout the winter while saving money on utility costs, readers may visit www.energysavers.gov.

For more information on LIHEAP, readers may visit www.dhs.pa.gov.

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DMVA Shares News For Veterans November 5, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) appreciates the sacrifices made by all veterans and wants to see that everyone leaving the military receives every benefit they earned with their service to America. To prepare for the future, veterans are encouraged to register with the DMVA, apply for federal health care benefits, and safeguard important military paperwork. Taking these steps when transitioning back to civilian life may help to make accessing military benefits easier going forward.

Veterans can sign up for the DMVA Veterans Registry at www.register.dmva.pa.gov. In addition to veterans, family members and people who work with veterans can sign up for the registry to receive helpful information about programs, benefits, and services. Information about how to apply for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care benefits can be found by going to www.va.gov/HEALTHBENEFITS/apply/.

It is also important for veterans to safeguard their DD-214/215 and other military documents by filing them at their county courthouse of record. The DD-214 is an official document that contains the information needed to verify military service and help to avoid verification issues later in life. The DD-215 is used to correct errors or make additions to a DD-214.

Additionally, any National Guard member who has not been ordered on active duty will not receive a DD-214. The discharge documents for National Guard members are the NGB-22 and NGB-23.

The easiest way to manage military documents is to make sure they are filed in a safe place immediately upon leaving the military. However, veterans who need help should never hesitate to contact the DMVA for assistance with searching for any military documents.

Anyone needing assistance from the DMVA to locate their DD-214/215 or other military documentation may contact 717-861-8910 or ra-req@pa.gov.

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Archery Hunts Rescheduled For Silver Mine Park November 1, 2018

Permits Established For Hunting, Vending, And Firewood Collection

The response to the archery hunts scheduled for Pequea Township's Silver Mine Park, 200 Silver Mine Road, Conestoga, was predominantly positive. However, as a result of a legal challenge, the hunt was canceled, and all participants' entry fees were refunded. Hunters may rejoice, though, as another hunt has been scheduled and a new permitting process has been established.

The hunt will be held during the Pennsylvania Game Commission's late archery season on Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Hunting will be authorized with a Pequea Township Wildlife Management Archery Hunt permit, and only 96 permits will be issued through a random drawing. Successful applicants must be properly licensed to participate on the days of the hunt. Archery hunters must possess a valid archery license and a valid antlerless deer license for Wildlife Management Unit 5B. A fee for the wildlife management permit was established by the board of supervisors during the Oct. 17 public meeting.

The decision to host the hunt in the 67-acre north portion of the park was approved unanimously by the board of supervisors. Cynthia Evans-Herr, vice chair of the board of supervisors and secretary of the Pequea Township Parks and Recreation Board, noted that the park and the surrounding community are overrun by deer. According to her research, 640 acres of land are needed to healthfully sustain 30 deer. In comparison, more than 30 deer have been counted in the park. When the deer are not destroying farmers' corn and soybean crops, they are eating the native plants in the forests, making room for the invasion of nonnative species.

"Our forest is full of invasives," Evans-Herr lamented. "We need to do what is necessary to manage our resources."

Hunters who want to purchase a wildlife permit must submit a standard postcard with their name, complete mailing address, phone number, hunting license number, and anterless deer license number for Wildlife Management Unit 5B, as well as the words "Wildlife Management Archery Hunt - Late Season." Only one application per hunter may be submitted. The cards must be mailed to Pequea Township, 1028 Millwood Road, Willow Street, PA 17584 by Monday, Nov. 19. A drawing will be held at the park barn at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, with Lancaster County treasurer Amber Martin participating. Successful applicants will be notified by mail; those in attendance may obtain their permits that night; at the barn at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26; or on the morning of each hunt day.

In addition to establishing the hunting permit, Pequea Township has created permits for firewood and vendors. With a firewood permit, folks may collect downed wood in the park for their personal use. Standing trees may not be cut, and each permit will allow up to two cords of wood for one fee. Gleaners may not drive into the forests, but wheelbarrows will be allowed.

"There's a lot of hardwood along the roads," Evans-Herr remarked. "It's a lot of wood if someone wants to be industrious."

The vendor permit will give permission for sellers to offer food, beverages, or other items at the park. Evans-Herr noted that of the three, this permit has received the most attention on the park's Facebook page.

For more information about the hunt or the permits, readers may call Pequea Township Parks and Recreation Board chair Tim Weaver at 717-672-1479.

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Marsico Receives Award November 1, 2018

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Foundation Receives Flag Donation November 1, 2018

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Parks Department Plans Events November 1, 2018

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee for the programs, which will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. To register, readers may call 717-295-2055. Registration is required by noon on the business day before the event.

Family Campfire - Creatures of the Night, a program for all ages, will run from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. A naturalist will offer a talk about animals that love the night. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and supplies for s'mores.

Afraid of Snakes? will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. The presenters will discuss Pennsylvania's venomous and nonvenomous snakes and tips to recognize them as well as truths and myths about snakes. A park ranger will also speak about Pennsylvania's snake hunting regulations and treatment for venomous bites. Participants will have the opportunity to see snake skins, including that of a copperhead.

Nature Parachute Play, designed for children ages 1 to 3 with an adult, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Children will learn about colors, the weather, ecosystems, animals, and more all while playing with a parachute. Introducing a new theme each meeting, the games will vary and will include a short picture book. Older siblings may attend, but the program is geared for ages 1 to 3 years.

A Build a Bluebird Box program will be offered to all ages on Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will build bird houses to attract wildlife to their own backyard and learn about other cavity nesting birds.

Letterboxer Badge for Brownie Girl Scouts will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Environmental Center. Girls will complete all badge requirements with naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel, and attendees should dress for both indoor and outdoor activities and bring a snack if desired. Interested participants should register online or call 717-295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Separate fees have been set for Scouts and for adults; badges are not included.

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Representative Visits Virtual School October 31, 2018

A group of first-graders taught by Katie Barnett through Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School (PA Virtual) received a virtual visit from Rep. Stanley Saylor on Oct. 25. Throughout his 26 years of public service, Saylor has met with students and teachers from across the 94th District, but this was the first time that he joined a virtual classroom.

PA Virtual is a public charter school where students attend class online from their homes. The virtual classroom environment enables students from across Pennsylvania to engage with one another while receiving direct, interactive instruction from their teacher.

Barnett has been teaching first grade at PA Virtual since 2006, but she realized that her representatives did not have much experience with the virtual education model. During Saylor's visit, the first-grade students read a story with Saylor. They also shared their discovery of the importance of listening to people even if you do not agree with them.

While interacting with the class, Saylor asked Barnett to name the biggest challenge of being a virtual classroom teacher. Barnett said that in a virtual environment, the teacher is not only teaching the students, but also everyone in the household. In order for a student to be successful, everyone has to work together to support the student's goals.

For more information on PA Virtual, readers may visit www.pavcsk12.org or call 866-728-2751.

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