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Ribbon Cutting Set For Rail Trail Bridge May 23, 2018

On Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m., the Providence Township board of supervisors and staff members will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony near the Fairview Trailhead for the recently completed Enola Low Grade Trail pedestrian bridge over Route 222 just outside Quarryville.

Dignitaries slated to participate in the event include Lancaster County commissioners, Rep. Bryan Cutler, the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and a representative of Sen. Scott Martin. The Solanco High School chorale will perform the national anthem, and a local Boy Scout will carry the flag. After the ribbon is cut, attendees will be invited to walk across the bridge.

Pre-ceremony festivities will begin at 10 a.m. Local nonprofit organizations will have booths set up along the trail, where they will offer information and activities free of charge. Local fire companies will be on hand to sell hot dogs, burgers, beverages, and more.

Providence Township's parks and recreation committee will be represented in the row of booths. The committee will provide information about the Enola Low Grade Trail, which runs from Atglen to Manor Township. The western portion of the trail has been completed through Quarryville, and a grant was recently obtained to continue working east. Township manager Vicki Eldridge noted that the plan is to build an Amtrak station in Atglen, which will enable folks to take the train there, then ride their bikes or hike up the trail.

"It will be an economic boost to the towns along the trail," Eldridge said, adding that the township hopes to work with Quarryville borough to build a trailhead east of the borough on East State Street (Route 372) so trailgoers can access local shops.

Construction on the 200-foot concrete-decked span began in the spring of 2017, approximately eight years after the tunnel over Route 222 was deconstructed.

"The bridge was always in the plans since the trail was created," Eldridge remarked. "It was a Pennsylvania Utility Commission order to the remove the tunnel. We needed to figure out a way to replace it to have this trail. The state and county are enthused to have this finished."

Providence Township received a state grant of $1.1 million and a county grant of $808,000, both of which were funded by the federal Transportation Alternative Program.

"We will get an additional $100,000 for paving hopefully this year," Eldridge said, explaining that the trail will be paved from Fairview Road to Oak Bottom Road. Once that is completed, park benches built by the township's road crew will be installed. The cost of the benches has been covered by sponsorships.

"We're thrilled (with the progress on the trail)," Eldridge commented. "It's a great asset to the Southern End: just the benefit of physical fitness, and it's a safe place for families. Kids can ride bike safely here."

Horses and motorized vehicles are prohibited on the trail.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held rain or shine. Guests are advised to bring chairs for seating. Event parking will be located at New Providence Baptist Church, 2411 Beaver Valley Pike, New Providence, and a shuttle will transport people to Fairview Trailhead. Handicapped-accessible parking will be located at the trailhead, 520 Fairview Road, New Providence. A golf cart will be available for folks who need assistance.

For more information about the Enola Low Grade Trail and the New Providence bridge, readers may contact Eldridge at 717-786-7596, ext. 4, or


Seminars To Discuss Preventing Identity Theft May 23, 2018

State Sen. John DiSanto will host free seminars to provide constituents with tips to safeguard their identities. Participants will learn how to prevent identity theft, how to recognize the signs that their personal information may have been compromised, and the steps to take if they think their identity has been stolen. The free forums will feature Jerry Mitchell, education and outreach specialist with the Office of the Attorney General.

A seminar will be held on Tuesday, June 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library, 2410 N. Third St., Harrisburg. Seminars will take place on Thursday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at William H. and Marion C. Alexander Family Library, 200 W. Second St., Hummelstown, and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at East Shore Area Library, 4501 Ethel St., Harrisburg.

For more details or to register, readers may call DiSanto's office at 717-787-6801. Seating is limited. For anyone unable to attend, a seminar will be recorded and made available at in late June.


LCPC Releases Draft Of Comprehensive Plan May 23, 2018

The Lancaster County Planning Commission (LCPC) announced the release of the preliminary public draft of places2040, the new Lancaster County comprehensive plan. The plan is available for public review and comment at

The comprehensive plan is a vision for the future of Lancaster County and serves as an advisory policy document for decision makers regarding issues and opportunities that affect countywide land use, transportation, and quality of life.

Over the past two years, the commission hosted more than 100 presentations at a variety of meetings and events. County residents also participated in online surveys to help identify priorities for the county's future. Over 8,000 people were involved in the process. All of this input led to the plan's five "big ideas," 26 policies, and seven catalytic tools and strategies for implementation.

The public is encouraged to provide comments on this draft by Saturday, June 30. In addition to the digital copy available at the website, hard copies are available by contacting the LCPC at 717-299-8333.

The Lancaster County Planning Commission will release a final draft of the plan in late July, kicking off a 45-day review period prescribed by state law. At the conclusion of this period in the fall, the commission will hold a public meeting on the plan before forwarding it to the Lancaster County Board of County Commissioners for possible adoption.


Dial Gauge Testing Events Planned May 23, 2018

A Penn State Extension food preservation consultant will be available to test dial gauges at various locations in Lancaster County during the summer. Dial gauge pressure canners need to be checked for accuracy each year.

The test is free and will only take a few minutes. Only the lid is needed for testing. New canners and new gauges should also be tested. Pressure canners with a weighted gauge do not have to be tested for accuracy, because they cannot go out of calibration.

Free testing will take place on Friday, June 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Weaver's Store, Fivepointville; Thursday, June 21, from noon to 3 p.m. at Good's Store, Schaefferstown, and from 6 to 8 p.m. at Good's Store, Ephrata; Friday, June 22, from noon to 3 p.m. at Good's Store, East Earl; and on Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at Good's Store, Quarryville.

Dial gauges may also be tested on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, 1383 Arcadia Road, Room 140, Lancaster. Readers are asked to call 717-394-6851 to schedule a Wednesday appointment.


Parks Department To Offer Class May 23, 2018

Lancaster County Parks Department will offer "DIY Natural Insect Repellant and Sunscreen" on Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Environmental Center, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. During this class, participants will make a 4-ounce spray bottle of natural insect repellent and a 4-ounce jar of natural sunscreen. Additional recipes will also be provided.

The class is open to individuals age 9 and older. There is a cost to attend. Registration is required by noon on Friday, June 1, by calling 717-295-2055 or visiting


County Swimming Pool Set To Open May 22, 2018

The Lancaster County Central Park swimming pool is a 15,255-square-foot pool that is ADA accessible and has zero depth entry. Other pool features include a wading area, six-foot deep end, water slides, and water features. Within the swimming complex, there is a children's playground with a state-of-the-art rubber surface, a basketball court, vending machines, and a spacious, green lawn.

The pool will open for the Memorial Day holiday weekend from Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28, and Saturdays and Sundays, June 2, 3, 9, and 10. After that, the pool will open daily effective Wednesday, June 13.

Pool users can pay a one-time membership fee for unlimited pool use or purchase day passes. Day passes are available at the pool entrance while season memberships and swim lesson registrations can be purchased online at or at the Park Office, 1050 Rockford Road, Lancaster. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The office may be reached at 717-299-8215.

Certified lifeguards and water safety instructors lead participants in a swim lesson program that includes sessions for infants through school-age children. Lessons will be held before public hours. Private lessons for all ages are also available.

For more information, readers may visit


Car Seat Safety Check Event Set May 22, 2018

Rep. Sheryl Delozier will host her annual car seat safety check on Thursday, May 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. at L.B. Smith Ford Lincoln, 1100 Market St., Lemoyne. Local law enforcement will be on hand to ensure that child safety seats are properly secured in vehicles. Parents and caregivers also will be instructed on the correct installation procedures.

For more information about the car seat safety check, readers may contact Delozier's district office at 717-761-4665 or visit


Recreational Programs Set May 22, 2018

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee to take part in the programs, and programs 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, unless noted otherwise.

A Stream Investigation program will be held on Saturday, May 26, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Participants age 7 and older will join a naturalist for an in-depth study of Mill Creek. Participants will learn about native species who live in nearby streams and try a few techniques to collect organisms for a closer view. Weather appropriate attire and closed-toe shoes are encouraged.

Family Fishing in Strasburg Pond will offer an evening of fishing for individuals age 6 and older from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. The pond is located on S. Jackson Street, Strasburg. Fishing poles will be available to rent for a nominal fee. Bait worms will be provided.

A Full Moon Hike for individuals of all ages will be held on Tuesday, May 29, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. A naturalist will lead a walk under the full moon.


Parade Honors Armed Forces May 22, 2018


Vietnam War Veterans Day Announced May 22, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), an official partner in the Department of Defense's Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, noted that March 29 was National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a time to remember the heroism, bravery, and sacrifices of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 permanently designates that every year March 29 will be celebrated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It was on March 29, 1973, when combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day also serves to draw attention to the national Vietnam War Wall of Faces program. For the past few years, the DMVA has partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in Washington, D.C., to find a photo of every Pennsylvanian whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall - commonly referred to as The Wall. The VVMF is posting the photos on a virtual Wall of Faces in order to put a face and a story to every name, allowing these Vietnam veterans to be honored by family, friends, and others from around the world.

Though great progress has been made to find all 3,151 photos of service members from Pennsylvania whose names are on The Wall, there are still 34 missing. The DMVA continues to search for the remaining photos, but help from the community is needed.

A complete list of Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans whose photos are still needed can be found by visiting and clicking on Wall of Faces. Instructions on how to submit a photo can be found at To view the virtual Wall of Faces, readers may visit


Urban Centers To Use Grants For Revitalization May 16, 2018

Chester County Commissioners unanimously approved $2.5 million in grants through the county's Community Revitalization Program (CRP) at a recent meeting. One of the goals of Chester County's VISTA 2025 economic development strategy is to invest in growth in its urban centers. These Community Revitalization awards aim to enhance towns, spur additional economic development along main streets, and provide funding for necessary infrastructure to prepare for growth.

The Borough of West Grove will receive a $1.3 million grant to be spent on updated construction costs, prevailing wage increases, and an expansion of the Habitat for Humanity project to construct 36 homes at Willow Street and S. Guernsey Road.

Avondale Borough will receive $535,384 to improve its water system, including an updated filtration system. Honey Brook will use a $184,305 grant to rehabilitate its curbs and sidewalks, making them ADA compliant, as well as storm water improvements and street paving repair.

Downingtown was awarded $47,715 for upgrading lighting in the borough's library and Kerr Park parking lots. Phoenixville will use its award of $415,513 for a waterline replacement project on Starr Street from Washington Avenue to Third Avenue. The water main on Second Avenue from Nutt Road to Gay Street will also be replaced.

Since the Community Revitalization Program began in 2002, Chester County has awarded more than $65 million in Community Revitalization Program and Community Development Block Grant program grants to the 16 urban centers for infrastructure improvements.

To learn more, readers may contact Rebecca Brain at 610-344-6279 or Mark Rupsis at 610-344-6026.


Women Veterans Invited To Take Survey May 16, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is conducting an online survey to identify issues of concern to Pennsylvania's approximately 60,000 women veterans. Survey topics include benefits and services, access to health care, and veterans' service organizations. The data submitted by respondents will be used by DMVA to recommend policies or procedures that address issues women veterans face as a result of military service.

The survey will be available through Monday, June 18, at


Parks Department Slates Programs May 16, 2018

Lancaster County Parks Department has planned several activities. Preregistration and prepayment are due by the business day before the program. To register, readers may visit or call 717-295-2055.

Wild about Wetlands! will take place on Saturday, May 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Lancaster County Central Park at the Environmental Center, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. People of all ages may attend. In celebration of American Wetlands Month, participants will explore Fluctuating Pond and its environs near the Environmental Center. The group will discuss characteristics of wetlands. Mary Ann Schlegel, naturalist, will lead the program.

The Spring Hike Series program will conclude with a hike on Sunday, May 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Theodore A. Parker III Natural Area, 244 Wesley Road, Quarryville. Attendees should use the lower dirt road entrance. Participants will hike on the trail that follows Stewart Run, which is home to brook and brown trout, as well as other organisms that indicate healthy water. The hike will be 1 to 1.5 miles long. The trail is steep, rocky, and challenging in places. Anyone who wishes to wet their feet in the creek must wear closed-toe shoes. People age 8 and up may participate. Ann Strauss, naturalist, will lead.


Paper Shredding Event Planned May 16, 2018

Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. will host a paper shredding event on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at the borough of South Coatesville Citadel Federal Credit Union, 135 Modena Road, Coatesville.

The event, which will feature an on-site industrial paper shredder provided by a shredding company, will offer the opportunity for households and businesses to shred up to four packing boxes of materials. The boxes will be returned to residents; the company will not keep nor shred boxes.

Only paper will be accepted, and no cardboard will be permitted. Staples and paper clips need not be removed. All shredding will take place on-site.

For more information, contact Lewis' district office in Downingtown at 610-269-1289.


Agencies Post Road Safety Information May 15, 2018

To encourage safer driving in the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the State Police recently urged drivers to review and obey driver safety laws that may not be well known among the public.

Pennsylvania's Blind Pedestrians law mandates that the driver of a vehicle yield the right of way to any totally or partially blind pedestrian carrying a visible white cane or accompanied by a guide dog. The driver of the vehicle shall take any precaution necessary, including bringing the vehicle to a stop, to avoid injuring or endangering the pedestrian. This is a summary offense and in punishable by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $150.

The Prohibiting Use of Hearing Impairment Devices law prohibits any driver from wearing headphones while behind the wheel. The section does not prohibit the use of a headset in conjunction with a cellphone that provides sound through one ear and allows surrounding sounds to be heard with the other. Wearing headphones while behind the wheel limits the driver's ability to hear sirens belonging to emergency responders.

Title 75, Section 3112 under Traffic Control Signals dictates laws surrounding traffic lights. As part of a 2016 amendment, the law includes instruction on what may be done if a driver believes the traffic light is not functioning properly. This includes when the light's sensor does not detect the vehicle. In this case, drivers are instructed to stop in the same manner as they would at a stop sign and proceed when it is safe to do so.

The Unattended Motor Vehicle law limits where a vehicle may be left running and unattended. The law states that a person may not leave a vehicle unattended while the engine is running or while the key is in the ignition. The law, however, does not apply to private property such as private driveways.

The agencies also reminded drivers to always wear a seatbelt and to never drive while impaired.

For more information on highway safety, readers may visit Readers may join the conversation on social media using #PATrafficLaw on Twitter and Facebook.


Motorcycle Safety Classes Posted May 15, 2018

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, a new line of Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) clinics focused on developing operator proficiency among prospective, experienced, and new Pennsylvania riders will be offered in 2018. Clinics will be offered free to Pennsylvania residents who have a motorcycle learner's permit or motorcycle license.

Riders of all skill levels can benefit from the valuable skills and safety lessons learned through Pennsylvania's free motorcycle safety clinics. The time spent in training translates into many safe miles of riding by helping riders sharpen reflexes and hone the split-second decision making required to safely operate a motorcycle.

Developed by PennDOT's new program coordinator, Total Control Training Incorporated, PAMSP will offer five revamped training syllabuses tailored not just to hone a rider's knowledge, but to test their ability to physically manipulate a motorcycle properly. All training clinics will be conducted under the supervision of certified instructors at one of numerous riding ranges located throughout the state. Three of the clinics - the Beginning Rider Clinic (BRC), the Intermediate Riding Clinic (IRC), and the 3-Wheel Riding Clinic (3WRC) - offer a pathway to earning a motorcycle license.

The 17-hour BRC, consisting of seven hours of in-class instruction and 10 hours of practical riding, provides valuable training for new riders and gives experienced riders the opportunity to polish their skills and correct any unsafe riding habits they may have developed. Basic riding skills, shifting, stopping, swerving, turning, and mental skills for hazard avoidance highlight the training. Students taking the BRC are provided with a motorcycle and helmet; however, students are responsible for providing all other protective gear. Act 84 of 2012 put into place the requirement that all permit holders under the age of 18 successfully complete the BRC to receive their motorcycle license.

The eight-hour IRC allows skilled riders to refresh their safety knowledge and hone their on-road skills. The IRC is based on motorcycle crash research and focuses on cornering, braking, and swerving skills. Students taking this clinic must provide their own motorcycle and protective gear and provide proof of insurance, current registration, and inspection for their motorcycle.

During the 3WRC, riders learn skills and safety strategies like those taught in BRC, except on a three-wheeled motorcycle. As with the IRC, students must provide their own motorcycle and protective gear and provide proof of insurance, current registration, and inspection for their motorcycle. The clinic is comprised of four hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of riding.

Motorcycle learner's permit holders who successfully complete the BRC, IRC, or 3WC will be issued a motorcycle license. Those who successfully pass their skills test on a three-wheeled motorcycle will be issued a motorcycle license with a "9" restriction, meaning they are prohibited from operating a two-wheeled motorcycle.

For those would-be riders who are still not sure if they want to ride, PAMSP offers the new, four-hour Introduction to Riding Clinic (ITR). This non-licensing clinic teaches fundamental skills for operating a two-or-three wheeled motorcycle and progresses from classroom to street skills and strategies. Students are provided with a motorcycle and helmet.

Rounding out the PAMSP offerings is the Advanced Rider Clinic (ARC), a one-day clinic for experienced riders who want to enhance their safety skills through attitude and awareness. The clinic is designed to enhance a rider's ability to avoid a crash through honing their decision-making abilities, riding strategies, risk management, and rider behavior and choices.

In addition to the benefit of improving riding skills, according to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, many insurers offer discounts for motorcyclists who have completed safety courses, have memberships in certain associations, or have a safe driving record. Anti-lock braking systems help maintain control during sudden stops, and some insurers offer discounts for motorcycles with factory installed anti-lock braking systems. Individuals should check with their insurance company for any applicable discounts.

For more information or to enroll in a clinic, readers may visit or call 800-845-9533. Potential riders who want a convenient way to study for their knowledge test can download the PA Motorcycle Practice Test app by visiting and searching the mobile apps for the Pennsylvania Motorcycle License Practice Test by clicking on the Apps link at the bottom of the page.


Veterans' Benefit Assistance Available May 11, 2018

The Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars invites veterans of all ages and from all service eras to utilize its Service Officer Network to receive free information and assistance for government benefits, including VA health care, compensation, pension, education, and dependent benefits. Surviving spouses can also use these VFW Service Officers to learn about their eligibility for VA benefits.

VFW State Service Officer Ronald Smith, a Vietnam War veteran, is now available for scheduled appointments at Lititz VFW Post 1463, 14 N. Spruce St., Lititz, in Mondays from noon to 5 p.m. Appointments are recommended and can be scheduled by calling VFW State Headquarters at 717-234-7927 and specifying Lititz as the preferred location.

Veterans do not have to be a VFW member to receive benefit filing assistance, but they must provide a DD-214 discharge form and possibly other information about their military service in order to enter a VA claim. Veterans requesting that the VFW becomes involved in their claim must sign a form declaring the VFW as their power of attorney. Veterans who have already signed a power of attorney with another organization should either follow up with that organization or sign over their power of attorney to the VFW.

The VA has defined some health conditions as being presumptive for being caused by exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange. Vietnam veterans with the following health conditions may be eligible for benefits: AL amyloidosis, chronic B-cell leukemias, chloracne, diabetes mellitus Type 2, Hodgkin's disease, ischemic heart disease, multiple myeloma, Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Parkinson's disease, peripheral neuropathy and early onset, porphyria cutanea tarda, prostate cancer, respiratory cancers, and soft tissue sarcomas. For more details, readers may visit and search for Agent Orange information.

Veterans can find general information about the VFW's State Service Officer Network by visiting and entering the VA Claims Help section. Details are also available in the Veterans Links and Veterans Resources sections.


Veterans Outreach Program Slated May 10, 2018

Pennsylvania veterans and their family members may speak with an accredited veterans service officer from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs during an outreach event on Thursday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place at Rep. Bryan Cutler's district office behind Musser's Market, 33-G Friendly Drive, Quarryville.

The veterans service officer will provide information and assistance to veterans and family members. A staff member from Congressman Lloyd Smucker's office will also be available to answer questions. The Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds will process veterans discount cards at the event. The cards offer discounts for goods and services from more than 280 merchants. To receive a discount card, veterans are asked to bring their original DD 214 and photo identification.

For more information, contact Cutler's district office at 717-284-1965.


Revolutionary War Battlefield Receives Grant May 10, 2018

The National Park Service recently announced a $642,970 grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to help protect 13.2 acres of a Revolutionary War battlefield in Pennsylvania threatened with damage or destruction by urban and suburban development. The grant will preserve a portion of the Brandywine Battlefield, site of a pivotal battle that resulted in a significant loss for the Continental Army led by General George Washington and the Continental Congress temporarily relocating from Philadelphia in 1777.

The grant is administered by the ABPP, one of more than a dozen programs operated by the National Park Service that provide states and local communities technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve their own history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities. Consideration for the battlefield land acquisition grants is given to battlefields listed in the National Park Service's Civil War Sites Advisory Commission's 1993 Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields and the ABPP's 2007 Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States.

Grants are awarded to units of state and local governments for the simple acquisition of land, or for the nonfederal acquisition of permanent, protective interests in land (easements). Private nonprofit groups may apply in partnership with state or local government sponsors.

The grants are funded from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which uses revenue from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf to purchase land, water and wetlands for the benefit of all Americans, instead of taxpayer dollars. Since its establishment in 1964, LWCF has conserved land in every state and supported tens of thousands of state and local projects, including protecting important water sources, expanding access for hunting and fishing, preserving historic battlefields, and creating ball fields and other places for children to play and learn.

For more information about ABPP, including these grants, readers may visit


Safety Seminar Posted May 10, 2018

The Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Department, 1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown, will be the site of an Active Shooter Safety Seminar on Thursday, May 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Derry Township Police Department will give a presentation on survival methods and responses that may be employed during an active shooter scenario.

The event is free and open to residents of the 106th District, but seating is limited and registration is required. To register, readers may contact state Rep. Tom Mehaffie's office at 717-534-1323 by Thursday, May 24. More information is available at and

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