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Students Learn About Legislature June 22, 2017

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Summer Camps Scheduled June 22, 2017

In 2017, summer camps will be offered at the Lancaster County Environmental Center, One Nature's Way, Lancaster. There is a cost per camper, and preregistration is required.

Camps will include Times Gone By: Native American and Pioneer Life from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday, July 10, to Thursday, July 14, and is open to children age 8 and older. Wings and Things will be offered to children ages 6 to 9 from 9 a.m. to noon from Monday, July 31, to Friday, Aug. 4.

For details, including a full schedule of summer camps, and registration, readers may call 717-295-2055 or visit www.lancastercountyparks.org.

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Representative To Hold Meeting June 21, 2017

Residents of the 169th legislative district are invited to a "Coffee with Kate" meeting on Tuesday, July 11, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at state Rep. Kate Klunk's satellite office, located in the Shrewsbury Township building, 11505 Susquehanna Trail South.

The meeting is part of Klunk's "Where in the District is Kate?" series of outreach events. Refreshments will be available.

Klunk's Shrewsbury Township satellite office is normally open from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Tuesday of each month. Since Independence Day falls on Tuesday, July 4, this year, office hours were moved to July 11. Normal office hours will resume on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

"Coffee with Kate" is free to attend, but residents are asked to make reservations by calling Klunk's Hanover district office at 717-630-8942. Space is very limited.

Dates and locations of other upcoming meeting are listed at www.RepKlunk.com.

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Swim Team Receives Recognition June 21, 2017

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County Receives Two Awards June 21, 2017

Chester County has received two achievement awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for programs developed by the county's Department of Emergency Services. The two programs - Care Under Fire and the Youth First Responder Career Training - picked up the accolades within NACo's Criminal Justice and Public Safety category. Both awards will be formally recognized on July 23 at NACo's annual conference and exposition in Columbus, Ohio.

"The 'Care Under Fire' program is a one-day, 10-hour training course for police officers that focuses on how and why it is crucial to provide lifesaving first aid procedures for their partners and colleagues while in the line of duty," said Bobby Kagel, Director of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services.

In the Youth First Responder Career Training Partnership, Chester County Emergency Services partners with the Octorara Area High School to present the Octorara Area Homeland Security and Protective Services Career and Technical Education program. The program prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills required to perform entry-level duties in law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medical technician services and other safety services. The program stresses the techniques, methods and procedures specific to the areas of criminal justice and fire protection especially in emergency and disaster situations.

Nationally, the NACo awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services that counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, and civic engagement.

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PennDOT To Phase In New Cards June 21, 2017

As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver license and identification card products. PennDOT entered a new contract with a company in August 2015 for the design and issuance of driver license and identification cards. Over the last 22 months, PennDOT has worked with the company on planning, design and deployment of the new security enhancement initiative. The update is unrelated to the REAL ID Act.

PennDOT began a pilot of the new products on June 19 at the Riverfront Office Center location in Harrisburg. All driver and photo centers will transition to the new products by the end of October. The new products will be phased in over the next four-year renewal cycle and will replace existing products. Both current and new card designs will be in circulation during the transition period.

The new cards are not REAL ID-compliant. System, building infrastructure and process changes will be necessary for Pennsylvania to issue REAL ID-compliant products. PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at customers' option in 2019.

The new cards have additional enhanced security features designed to improve fraud prevention and protect from counterfeiting and alteration. Some of the enhanced features are a larger primary portrait and smaller ghost portrait and a 2-D barcode, which contains data from the front of the card unique to the cardholder. The keystone outline with the abbreviation "PA" is embedded into the card stock and can be observed by holding the card up to any light source. Each card is laminated with an optically variable pattern featuring the state motto, "Virtue, Liberty, Independence," keystone outline and "1787," the year when the U.S. Constitution was ratified by Pennsylvania. In addition, the magnetic strip has been eliminated on the back of the newly designed driver's license and identification cards.

For more information and to see an image of the new card design, readers may visit www.dmv.pa.gov.

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Rebate Program Deadline Extended June 21, 2017

The deadline to apply for the state's 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended to Sunday, Dec. 31. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2016. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are age 65 or older, widows and widowers age 50 or older, and individuals age 18 or older with disabilities.

Complete eligibility information is available by visiting www.revenue.pa.gov and clicking on Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program under Popular Services. Residents are reminded that they do not need to pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online at the above website or by calling 888-PATAXES.

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2017 Fair Guide Now Available June 21, 2017

The "2017 Pennsylvania Fair Guide" published by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is available at www.agriculture.pa.gov/Promote/Markets/Agricultural%20Marketing/pafairfund/Documents/FairGuide.pdf.

The guide lists the dates, locations, and contact persons for more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled during the summer and fall in Pennsylvania. The guide also highlights 16 fairs that offer live harness racing as part of one of the nation's leading fair-racing programs.

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Repairs Create Street Closure June 21, 2017

South Bonsall Road, between West Kings Highway and Neal Road, is closed to through traffic. The change went into effect on June 26 to allow for repairs to the South Bonsall School Bridge. Bridge repairs are expected to be completed by the end of September.

Drivers are asked to be aware of this closure and use alternate routes through the area. Any questions may be directed to the West Caln Township office at 610-384-5643.

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Summertime Park Events Planned June 16, 2017

Lancaster County Parks Department will offer several summertime activities. There is a fee to participate, unless otherwise noted, and preregistration is required. Unless otherwise noted, registration is required by noon the day before the event. For registration and details, readers may call 717-295-2055.

A Summer New Moon Hike for people of all ages will be held from 9 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 23, at the Environmental Center in Lancaster Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. A park naturalist will lead participants for a walk under the moon of summer to experience the sights and sounds of the woods at night. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

A free Junior Tennis Clinic, open to beginners ages 6 to 13, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 24. The clinic, led by Jeff Kitsock, who is certified by the United States Professional Tennis Registry, will take place at the Central Park tennis courts, 585 Golf Road, Lancaster. Class size is limited, and early registration is encouraged. Participants should bring a tennis racket, if they have one. A small supply of loaner rackets will be available.

Paddle in the Park for people of all ages will take place at Riegart's Landing in Central Park, 1039 Rockford Road, Lancaster. The event will run from 10 to 11 a.m. on June 24. Sessions will also be offered from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and again from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn basic paddling strokes. Safety instructions and paddling techniques will be demonstrated on land, followed by skills practice in the canoes in the flat water of the Conestoga River. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sessions of Finding Gratitude Through Nature, recommended for people age 10 and up, will be offered from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, June 26, July 31, and Aug. 28, at the Exhibit Farmhouse. With naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel, participants will learn how to delight in the natural world and seek small changes in perspective to enrich their daily lives. Participants are encouraged to bring a book for journaling and to dress for a trail walk of a mile or two. Registration is required by noon on the Friday prior to each program.

Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard, for people of all ages, has been scheduled for Monday, June 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Environmental Center. Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez will highlight the life cycle of the ruby-throated hummingbird, and participants will learn how to make their yard a welcoming place for hummingbirds. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and registration is required by noon on Friday, June 23.

A Campfire Building and Sing-Along, for people of all ages, will take place at Campsite 2 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 28, July 26, and Aug. 23. Attendees will learn how to build a campfire and then join naturalist Erin Freeman in singing campfire songs in English and Spanish. Individuals may bring their own marshmallows, bug spray, a blanket or chair, a campfire snack, and song requests. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required by noon on the Tuesday prior to each program.

Fireflies - Nature's Nightlights, for people of all ages, has been set for Friday, June 30, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Environmental Center. The family-friendly program will include a presentation on the beetle known as the firefly, and naturalist Francine Praught will provide information on becoming a volunteer citizen scientist for "Firefly Watch." After the presentation, attendees will head out into the dark to discover the nighttime show.

The Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County will conduct a star watch in the field at the Environmental Center on Friday, July 14, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. The rain date is Saturday, July 15. Attendees will seek to view the stars Izar and Alphecca, the planets Jupiter and Saturn, galaxies M81 and M82, and the constellations Hercules and Corona Borealis. Participation is free, but donations will be accepted. Registration is not required. Weather-related program changes will be posted at http://www.aelc.us/.

Discover the Night Camp, designed for children age 8 and up, will take place on Monday through Thursday, July 24 to 27, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Campers will be immersed in the nightlife of Lancaster County Central Park, including bats, moths, frogs, flying squirrels, shooting stars, and constellations. Activities will include dissecting owl pellets, night hikes, campfires, and stargazing. There is a per-camper fee to take part, and registration and paperwork are due by Friday, July 14.

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