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Borough Sets Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony October 20, 2017

Mount Joy Borough invites the community to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. at Old Standby Park, 223 W. Main St., Mount Joy.

Part of the park property was formerly the site of a historic manufactured gas plant (MGP), which manufactured gas and conveyed it to the local community for lighting, heating, and industrial purposes. Local residents nicknamed the facility "Old Standby" due to its reliability in keeping the lights on during severe weather.

The Mount Joy MGP was constructed around 1879 and operated until approximately 1951. PPL Electric Utilities' predecessor, the former Pennsylvania Power and Light Company (PP&L), owned the property at 225 W. Main St. from approximately 1930 through 1948, when it was sold to United Gas Improvements Company. UGI Utilities Inc. (UGI), a subsidiary of this company and the previous owner of the property, currently operates natural gas regulation and distribution facilities on a portion of the property.

UGI and PPL Electric Utilities Corporation (PPL) jointly conducted an environmental investigation from 2012 through 2017 and an Interim Remedial Action (IRA) at the site in 2015, under the oversight of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).

The assessment included the collection of soil and groundwater samples for chemical analysis to identify whether constituents from the former MGP operations might be present in soil or groundwater. The IRA also included the excavation and off-site treatment and disposal of MGP source areas and readily recoverable contaminants at the site. In order to remove the soils, an adjacent property, 223 W. Main St., with a single-family home located adjacent to the site was purchased by UGI, and the home was demolished due to its close proximity to the excavation area. Approximately 4,095 tons of soils were then excavated and removed from the site.

Prior to completing the IRA, UGI installed planned improvements to the local gas distribution system in the borough. The improvements included the installation of new gas regulating equipment on the UGI property and the installation of upgraded gas conveyance piping on West Main Street and Fairview Street.

UGI and PPL had previously indicated to Mount Joy Borough that they were interested in identifying beneficial public reuse alternatives that Mount Joy Borough may deem appropriate for the property. Mount Joy Borough identified a public benefit for creating a public park at this location.

PPL subsequently provided two conceptual development plans to the borough depicting the layout of a potential driveway to connect to Hopewell Street and the creation of a public park. The new park contains improved handicapped-accessible ramps, stamped asphalt throughout, park benches, park lighting, trash and dog waste receptacles, and landscaping.

Upon completion of the project, Mount Joy Borough accepted deed of dedication from UGI on Oct. 2 and granted a utility easement to UGI for access to their utilities.

The park celebrates the early industrial growth of Mount Joy Borough and the rich, native flora of southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Event To Honor Vietnam Veterans October 19, 2017

State Rep. Frank Ryan will hold a Welcome Home Celebration honoring Vietnam veterans residing in the 101st Legislative District on Friday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will be held in the auditorium at Palmyra Area Middle School, 50 W. Cherry St., Palmyra.

Congress has created special lapel pins on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War to recognize United States military veterans who served during the conflict in Southeast Asia.

At the local event, United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location of service, will be honored.

The event is open only to residents of the 101st District. The 101st District includes the boroughs of Cornwall, Mount Gretna, and Palmyra; the townships of North Cornwall, North Londonderry, South Annville, South Londonderry, and West Cornwall; and the city of Lebanon.

Veterans who wish to be part of the ceremony, be recognized, and be presented with a lapel pin must preregister at RepFrankRyan.com or by calling 717-838-3823.

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Recreation Events Slated October 19, 2017

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer several programs. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee to take part in the programs. Programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster, unless otherwise noted. Registration should be completed by noon on the business day prior to the program by calling 717-295-2055.

Storytelling Around the Campfire will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, at campsite 3, 19 Nature's Way, Lancaster. The campfire sing-along, led by naturalist Erin Freeman, is open to children of all ages, and attendees are encouraged to bring marshmallows, song requests, a blanket or chair, and bug spray.

Leaf Animals will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 28, and is open to people of all ages. Naturalist Ann Strauss will lead a walk under the fall foliage, and participants will learn why leaves change color and what determines their fall hues. After collecting leaves, attendees will create leaf animals.

A Twilight Hike will be led by Strauss on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for participants of all ages. Hikers will look for nocturnal animals such as deer, owls, foxes, opossums, and raccoons.

In celebration of National Author's Day, naturalist Brandon Pentz will host a discussion on influential scientists and naturalists who put their work into words and wrote some of the most famous books about the natural world during a program titled Authors and Their Environment from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Followed by a visit to the Shuts Environmental Library, the discussion will focus on the backgrounds, history, and ideas of famous writers like Rachel Carson, John Muir, and Aldo Leopold. Light refreshments will be provided. The program is open to individuals age 12 and older.

Trash Talk! Our Remarkable System, for people age 16 and up, will be led by Strauss on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. Attendees will find out what happens to trash after it leaves the curb, including several stops and procedures designed to make the least environmental impact.

Let's Go Geodashing! will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 4, for people of all ages. In geodashing, participants locate as many dashpoints or randomly generated locations as possible in the time allowed. Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will choose dashpoints throughout Central Park, and participants will report what they find at each dashpoint to score it. A short introduction to the use of handheld GPS units will be provided, and a limited number of GPS units are available. Individuals who wish to borrow a unit must bring a valid driver's license.

A Fall Full Moon Hike, for people age 18 and up, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 4. Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez will lead the night hike, during which participants will travel through fields and woods looking and listening to nature at night time. The moon will provide all the light that is needed.

Fun and Fascination ... With the World Around Us will be offered to children ages 6 to 10 on Wednesdays, Nov. 1 and 15 and Dec. 6 and 20. Programs, in order, will be Forests, Grasslands, Deserts, and Mountains. Schlegel will lead children in exploring the world's major habitats and the animals that call them home. Activities will include crafts, games, and outdoor time. Children should dress for activity indoors and for the weather outside. Younger children with parents are welcome to attend if accompanying older siblings.

Munchkin Science, designed for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult, will be held on Tuesdays, Nov. 7 and 21. Sessions, led by Strauss, will run from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Participants will discover the science of nature and the plants, animals, and rocks found in the outdoors.

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Nominees Sought For Hall Of Fame October 19, 2017

The Lebanon County Commission for Women is seeking nominees to the 2018 Women's Hall of Fame. The goal of the commission is to seek out and share the stories of hidden heroines - women who have quietly used their talents to increase the quality of lives in Lebanon County. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, Nov. 30.

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

Nomination forms and information about the Hall of Fame can be obtained through the website 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. Awards will not be presented in categories where fewer than three nominations have been received. Nominees that are not selected to the 2018 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. Readers with questions may contact the commission via email or visit the Facebook site.

A luncheon and induction ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, during Women's History Month. This spring will mark the ninth anniversary of the Hall of Fame. Proceeds from the Women's Hall of Fame luncheon support the various projects of the commission. In the past, the commission has contributed 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 to support the preservation of women's history in Lebanon County.

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Concealed Carry Seminar Planned October 18, 2017

Rep. Seth Grove will host a concealed carry seminar on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at the West Manchester Farmers and Sportsman Association, 4900 Pine Hill Road, Dover.

Representatives from law enforcement and the legal field will discuss concealed carry laws in Pennsylvania.

Space is limited. To register, readers may call 717-767-3947. More information is available at www.RepGrove.com and www.Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.

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Commissioners Mark Planning Month October 18, 2017

The Chester County commissioners issued a proclamation in recognition of the work done by local, county, and regional planners in conjunction with the celebration of National Community Planning Month at a recent public Sunshine Meeting.

More than 10,000 Pennsylvanians serve on municipal planning commissions across the state, and they work with public and private sector professional planners to enhance the quality of life in communities.

There are several examples of successful planning efforts in Chester County. The Chester County Planning Commission has been working on Brandywine Battlefield preservation and outreach for more than 30 years and has undertaken multiple battlefield plans and studies in conjunction with other partners such as the Brandywine Battlefield Task Force. In the past five years, a new historic interpretive marker prototype for Trimbleville village was installed. Dilworth Farm and Strode's Mill Barn were preserved, and Osborne Hill's preservation was partially funded. For more information about battlefield preservation initiatives, readers may visit www.chescoplanning.org/resources/PubsHisResources.cfm.

Another example of fruitful planning is the Central Chester County Bicycle and Pedestrian Circulation Plan of 2013. The Chester County Planning Commission, in conjunction with the Health Department, worked with seven municipalities to prepare a coordinated action plan to address transportation, public health, and the environment through improvements to walking, bicycling, and public transportation. East Goshen Township has done significant work to move forward the Paoli Pike Multi-Use Trail, one of the priority improvement projects in the plan. Planning for the Chester Valley Trail Extension to Downingtown, another recommendation in the plan, was completed. For more information, readers may visit www.chescoplanning.org/transportation/OtherPlans.cfm.

The rebirth of Phoenixville Borough also exemplifies positive planning. The Phoenixville Regional Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2008 by the borough and five neighboring municipalities, included recommendations for expansion and revitalization of the borough. The Phoenixville Borough Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2011, also included economic development recommendations. In addition, more than 450 new housing units were built in Phoenixville in the past five years, and there is the potential for at least 1,000 new housing units to be built in the near future. Readers may visit www.phoenixville.org and search for "Phoenixville Regional Comprehensive Plan" and "Phoenixville Borough Comprehensive Plan" for more information.

County residents can get involved with the development of Landscapes3, the next long-range comprehensive plan for Chester County, by attending a public meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Whiteland Township Building, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton.

In addition to the commissioners' proclamation, the Chester County Planning Commission board issued a proclamation earlier in October in recognition of National Community Planning Month. National Community Planning Month has been celebrated since 2006. The American Planning Association's theme for 2017's National Community Planning Month is "Innovation in Planning."

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Baseball Team Honored October 18, 2017

Sen. Andy Dinniman recently recognized the KAU Little League Baseball Team on winning the 2017 U.S. Junior League World Series. Dinniman invited the team to the State Capitol in Harrisburg and presented players and coaches with a special Senate citation in honor of the achievement.

The team, which includes players from both the Kennett Consolidated and Unionville Chadds-Ford school districts, won the national title after a run that fell just short of the world championship title.

Team players include Cory Burns, Andrew Tucker, Dan Kane, Nick Patterson, Louis Sharp, Joey Wolf, Jack Regenye, Levi Jones, Thomas Edmonds, Matt Haggerty, Scott Hansen, and Patrick Methlie. Team coaches include Matt Patterson, Brian Regenye, and Sean Burns.

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Lancaster To Host Governor's Awards For The Arts October 13, 2017

The Governor's Awards for the Arts in Pennsylvania has been a tradition since 1980, and Lancaster County will host the awards ceremony for the first time this year. Presented by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the awards are designed to recognize and honor outstanding creativity and achievement among native Pennsylvanians. Past recipients have included Chaim Potok, Patti LaBelle, James Stewart, Fred Rogers, Andrew Wyeth, M. Night Shyamalan, Jeff Koons, and Michael Keaton.

Three local residents are among the 2017 honorees, who were announced on Aug. 10. Lancaster Mayor J. Richard Gray and Gail Gray received Special Recognition for Public Leadership in the Arts for helping to transform Lancaster city into a thriving arts location. Gail is a fine artist and has exhibited in juried and invitational art events nationally, regionally, and locally.

Lancastrian and nationally recognized playwright, director, and educator Barry Kornhauser earned the Artist of the Year Award. Kornhauser's works have been performed nationally and internationally and have been commissioned and produced by renowned theater festivals and Tony Award-winning theaters. He serves as the assistant director of Campus and Community Engagement at Millersville University.

Other 2017 award recipients include Pepon Osorio of Philadelphia, Distinguished Arts Award; Ann Benzel of Hollidaysburg, Patron Award; and George Junior Republic (GJR) Pointing the Way Program in Grove City, Arts and Leadership Service Award.

The community is invited to celebrate the winners at the Governor's Awards for the Arts in Pennsylvania ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, in Freedom Hall at the Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster. The ceremony will be followed by a coffee and dessert reception. Galleries, museums, and other arts-related businesses have been asked to remain open until 6:30 p.m. in the lead up to the awards ceremony.

The event is free and open to the public; however, organizers request that interested individuals register for a free ticket at bit.ly/govawards2017. The co-chairs of the event are Bob Shoemaker, project executive with the Lancaster City Alliance, and Annie Weeks, director of the City of Lancaster Office of Promotion.

Weeks would like county residents to know that the awards ceremony will be the culmination of a weeklong celebration in downtown Lancaster, in which everyone is invited to take part. "It's really a celebration of the arts in Lancaster. We have a ton of talent to showcase here," said Weeks.

Beginning on Saturday, Oct. 21, and continuing through Oct. 26, each day of the week will be dedicated to a genre of the arts, including music; dance, theater, and performance; film, photography, and poetry; murals and public art; and the visual arts. The week of events has been organized by a community engagement committee.

On Sunday, Oct. 22, the public is invited to enjoy a parade celebrating the arts at 11 a.m. The parade will step off from the Lancaster Barnstormers' stadium at 650 N. Prince St. and continue south on Prince Street before heading east on King Street, north on Queen Street, and west on Clay Street before returning to the ballpark.

In addition to featuring artists, schools, and organizations from throughout the county, the parade will showcase the handiwork of several local student groups that are working with Kornhauser and Spiral Q to create giant puppets. Based in Philadelphia, Spiral Q is a nonprofit organization and arts community that works with thousands of individuals each year to create projects that unleash the power of art.

For more information on any of the events, readers may call 717-291-4758 or go to www.visitlancastercity.com.

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Township Marks 250 Years October 12, 2017

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Parks Department Sets Programs October 12, 2017

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer upcoming programs. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee to take part in the programs. Programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster, unless otherwise noted.

Fun and Fascination ... With the World Around Us! will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays for children ages 6 to 10. Schlegel will lead children in exploring the world's major habitats and the animals that call them home. Along the way, children will be responsible for researching and presenting basic information on select animals. Activities will vary from class to class but will include crafts, games, and outdoor time.

The dates and themes will be as follows: Nov. 1, Forests; Nov. 15, Grasslands; Dec. 6, Deserts; and Dec. 20, Mountains. Participants should dress for both indoor and outdoor activities. Younger children are welcome to attend if accompanying older siblings and attended by a parent. Preregistration is required by noon the business day before the event.

Nature's Art Class, for all ages, will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Led by naturalist Tori Reader, participants will go on a short walk and search for materials they may use to make temporary pieces of art. Participants will leave their artworks in the park for others to see or enhance. Registrations are due by noon on Friday, Oct. 20.

People of all ages are invited to (Not So) Creepy Critters on Oct. 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. Naturalist Brandon Pentz will share information about bats, spiders, and snakes. Attendees should dress for a night hike to see places these critters might call home. Registrations are due by noon on Oct. 20.

A Storytime and Craft: Snakes will be offered on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about snakes and meet live critters. The program will also include a story, songs, and a craft project to take home. Naturalist Kelsey Frey will lead. Registration are due by noon on Oct. 20.

Munchkin Science, for children ages 3 to 5 with their parents, will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, and Nov. 21. The 1 to 2 p.m. session is full. Children will explore science topics, including plants, animals, rocks, liquids and solids, household products, and flying machines and floating machines. Strauss will lead. Registrations are due by the Monday preceding each program.

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Tax Office Issues Reminder October 11, 2017

The Solanco School District Tax Office has announced that taxpayers will avoid a 10 percent tax penalty on their Solanco School District real estate taxes if the tax is paid in full by Tuesday, Oct. 31. A 10 percent penalty will be assessed on the portion of a taxpayer's real estate tax bill that is not paid by Oct. 31.

District residents who have already elected to use the district's installment plan for paying property taxes must make their second payment by Oct. 31. Taxpayers may not elect the installment payment option after Oct. 31.

Property tax payments may be paid at any Fulton Bank branch or forwarded to Solanco School District, P.O. Box 4158, Lancaster, PA 17604. Envelopes must be postmarked by Oct. 31, and late postmarks and incorrect payment amounts may be returned to the sender.

Anyone with questions may call the Tax Office at 717-786-5611.

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Retirement Board Concludes Review October 11, 2017

Guided by the strategic priorities of fiscal management and excellence in governance, the Chester County Retirement Board recently concluded a review and negotiation of investment manager fees relating to the county's pension fund. The review resulted in an estimated annual savings in excess of $370,000.

According to county controller Norman MacQueen, secretary of the Retirement Board, financial growth in an investment fund should result in a lower fee structure. The Retirement Board asked investment managers to review their agreements with the county to see where reductions in fees could be made.

The role of the Chester County Retirement Board is to oversee the county's pension fund investments to ensure they are performing well to provide income security for retired county employees. The board, comprised of the three county commissioners, the county controller and the county treasurer, meets regularly with contracted investment managers to review the performance of the pension fund, currently valued at more than $400 million.

MacQueen attributes the county's financial strength as a result of years of sound fiscal management and an ongoing effort to be transparent and accountable to citizens.

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PennDOT Earns Two Awards October 11, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently received two awards: the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) President's Transportation Award for Performance Excellence and an Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Award.

The AASHTO award was presented for the work of the department's Highly Automated Vehicle (HAV) Senior Leadership Team, having performed exemplary service during the year furthering PennDOT's transportation activities which have, or potentially could have, a valuable impact on transportation nationwide or on a regional basis. The team's achievements and efforts include leadership on the state Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force, collaboration on proposed automated vehicle policy and legislation, and continued public and stakeholder engagement through demonstrations and events.

Information on PennDOT's automated vehicle efforts is available at www.penndot.gov at the Autonomous Vehicles featured resource.

URISA awarded PennDOT with a distinguished enterprise system award for its Maintenance-IQ system. The award cites Maintenance-IQ as an outstanding and working example of using information systems technology in a multi-department environment as part of an integrated process.

Maintenance-IQ compiles information from different systems including maintenance, inventory, condition, traffic, safety, planned projects, and environmental data into a centralized GIS repository. The internal application provides an easy-to-use interface through which staff strategically schedule and plan activities, increasing efficiency and reducing costs.

URISA's ESIG Awards recognize extraordinary achievements in the use of geospatial information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services. The award competition is open to all public agencies at the federal, state/provincial, regional, and local levels.

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Annual PLCB Poster Contest Slated October 11, 2017

In an effort to continue the dialogue about the dangers of underage drinking, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is encouraging students from across the Commonwealth to participate in the 26th annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest. The contest is open to all Pennsylvania students in kindergarten through 12th grade, including those who are home-schooled or in private or parochial schools. Students may enter through their schools, clubs, Scout troops, or individually.

Data shows that alcohol exposure and trial are starting younger and younger, with children as young as age 8 trying a drink and even drinking on a somewhat regular basis. It is important for parents and educators to begin talking with children early and often about alcohol, and this poster contest is a fun and creative way to begin those conversations.

Entries must feature a clear no-use message about underage drinking and may be created using any artistic medium. Students are encouraged to use positive messages and images, such as the benefits of being alcohol free or alternatives to underage drinking.

Each year, approximately 50 posters are selected by a panel of judges for recognition. Each artist who creates a selected poster will be notified of his or her accomplishment and invited to attend a recognition ceremony in Harrisburg in April 2018, which is Alcohol Awareness Month.

Several students will receive $100, and one student from each grade (K-12) will receive $50. Some of the winning designs may be reproduced in various formats and distributed across Pennsylvania.

Entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, Nov. 17. For additional information about submission dates, guidelines, and prizes, readers may review the contest guidelines and entry form available at www.lcb.pa.gov under Education, then Poster Contest. Questions about the contest may be directed to 717-772-1432 or ra-lbeducation@pa.gov.

New this year, the PLCB is also providing a sample lesson plan, which educators are encouraged to use in guiding and teaching students about the dangers of underage drinking.

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Agency Recognizes Volunteers October 11, 2017

Mary Griffin, Cheryl McDowell, Mary Ann Spontak and Holly DeVries have been named York County Area Agency on Aging's Volunteers of the Month for their service and dedication to York's older adults.

Griffin, of Spring Garden Township, volunteers by providing general office assistance and serving on the banquet and volunteer of the month committees and with special events. Griffin's mother was a volunteer for the agency, and Griffin decided to follow in her footsteps after reading an article in the local newspaper.

McDowell, of York Township, decided to volunteer as an APPRISE counselor while using her skills and knowledge of Medicare from her previous work experiences and background. She has volunteered her whole life and enjoys knowing that she has helped people to better their situation.

Spontak, of Newberry Township, also volunteers as an APPRISE counselor. She can provide individuals with information about customized Medicare plans that is not sales-oriented.

DeVries, of Springettsbury Township, currently serves as an ombudsman and a friendly visitor. She enjoys interacting with seniors.

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Township Anniversary Recognized October 6, 2017

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Tips Offered To Avoid Flu October 4, 2017

The state Department of Health encourages all Pennsylvanians age 6 months and up to get a flu vaccine. Infants and children, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions are especially susceptible to developing flu-related complications.

Other steps people can take to protect against the flu include washing one's hands often with soap and warm water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering one's nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throwing any used tissues in the trash; keeping one's hands away from their face, and not touching their eyes, nose or mouth; disinfecting frequently used surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes or countertops; and avoiding contact with individuals who may have the flu. When sick, persons should stay home until at least 24 hours after their fever goes away on its own without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

To obtain a flu vaccine, readers may talk to their doctor or visit www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.

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Agency On Aging Slates Program October 3, 2017

The York County Area Agency on Aging's APPRISE Program will offer free personalized counseling during Medicare's annual enrollment period. This will allow Medicare beneficiaries to review their coverage to see if health and prescription plans still meet their needs. By comparing plans and making changes by Thursday, Dec. 7, Medicare will have enough time to process those changes to ensure that the new coverage will begin on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Medicare beneficiaries throughout the annual enrollment period will be able to receive one-on-one counseling assistance offered by trained APPRISE counselors at different locations throughout York County. Prescheduled appointments are necessary and may be made by calling the APPRISE scheduling line at 717-771-9042 or 800-632-9073.

Dates and locations for the sessions include Red Land High School, 560 Fishing Creek Road, Lewisberry, on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom, on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon; West York Area High School, 1800 Bannister St., York, on Mondays, Oct. 23 and Nov. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m.; Spring Grove Area High School, 1490 Roth's Church Road, Spring Grove, on Tuesdays, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; South Western High School, 200 Bowman Road, York, on Wednesdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 29, from 4 to 6:15 p.m.; and Kennard-Dale High School, 393 Main St., Fawn Grove, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sessions will continue at Dallastown Area High School, 700 New School Lane, Dallastown, on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m.; South Central Senior Center, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom, on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from noon to 2:15 p.m.; York Suburban High School, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, on Thursdays, Nov. 9 and Nov. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m.; Northeastern High School, 300 High St., Manchester, on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m.; Red Lion Area High School, 200 Horace Mann Ave., Red Lion, on Monday, Nov. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and York County Area Agency on Aging, 100 W. Market St., York, on Monday, Dec. 4, through Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more details, readers may contact Jenny Nace at 717-852-4902, ext. 246, or jmnace@yorkcountypa.gov.

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Recreational Programs Set October 3, 2017

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer several programs. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee to take part in the programs. Programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster, unless otherwise noted. Registration should be completed by noon on the day prior to the program by calling 717-295-2055.

A Compass Skills program will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 4 p.m. The program will be open to individuals age 9 and up. After learning the features of a compass, attendees will learn how to use a compass to navigate and find specific points. The final challenge will be the completion of a short compass course. Participants should dress for the outdoors.

Fun and Fascination ... with the World around Us will be offered to children ages 6 to 10 on Wednesdays, Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and 15, and Dec. 6 and 20. Programs, in order, will be Tundra, Forests, Grasslands, Deserts, and Mountains. A naturalist will lead children in exploring the world's major habitats and the animals that call them home. After an introduction to world geography, children will delve into diverse habitats. Actual activities will vary from class to class but will include crafts, games, and outdoor time. Children should dress for activity indoors and for the weather outside. Younger children with parents are welcome to attend, if accompanying older siblings.

Munchkin Science, designed for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult, will be held on Tuesdays, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 and 21. Sessions will run from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Participants will discover the science of nature and the plants, animals, and rocks found in the great outdoors.

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DiSanto Opens More Offices October 3, 2017

State Sen. John DiSanto opened three new outreach offices in October to serve constituents. Appointments can be made by calling 717-787-6801. A complete list of DiSanto's offices and hours are available at www.senatordisanto.com under Office Locations.

An office is available at Hummelstown William H. and Marion C. Alexander Family Library, 200 W. Second St., Hummelstown, on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Office hours will be held at East Shore Area Library, 4501 Ethel St., Harrisburg, on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 1:30 to 5 p.m. On the first and third Tuesday of each month, office hours will be held at Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library, 2410 North Third St., Harrisburg, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

The three new locations are in addition to four outreach offices serving upper Dauphin County constituents in Lykens, Elizabethville, Halifax, and Millersburg. In addition, DiSanto maintains a full-time Harrisburg office at the Capitol and a full-time Perry County office in New Bloomfield.

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