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Parks Department Slates Activities April 28, 2017

Lancaster County Parks Department has posted its schedule of upcoming programs. The programs will be held at Lancaster County Park's Environmental Center, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Unless otherwise noted, there is a fee per person and registration is required by calling 295-2055.

The Cub Scout and Webelo Nature Walk will be held on Friday, May 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Environmental Center. In addition to hopefully seeing some wildlife, naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will assist Cub Scouts and Webelos in identifying trees and plants and discovering their values for wildlife and humans. Scouts are welcome to arrive a half-hour early or linger afterward to visit the Environmental Center. This program will address requirements for several levels of Cub Scouts and Webelos. Registration is required by noon on Thursday, May 4.

Nature Hike: Life Under Logs, a program for people of all ages, will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Environmental Center. Participants will discover the world under (and inside) fallen trees with naturalist Erin Freeman, who will guide a hike in search of the salamanders, fungi, and insects that can be found living under logs in Central Park. Interested participants should register by noon on May 5.

Spring Stepping Stones, a program for people of all ages, will also be offered on May 6. Held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Environmental Center, the program will allow participants to create a unique present for someone special. Naturalist Ann Strauss will provide the materials for making a cement stepping stone that can placed in a garden or along a walkway. Participants are welcome to bring their own items for decorating the stone. Registration is required by noon on May 5.

A Wildflower Walk, for people of all ages, will be offered on Sunday, May 7, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and on Monday, May 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Pavilion 21 in Lancaster County Central Park, 823 Kiwanis Drive, Lancaster. Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez will lead the walk, which will explore the woodlands and lawns for spring wildflowers. Participants will learn ways to identify the flowers and learn about their value to humans and wildlife. Interested participants should register by noon on the Friday before each program.

A Stream Investigation, for people of all ages, will take place at the Environmental Center on Saturday, May 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Naturalist Nate Alter will lead the in-depth stream study of Mill Creek in the park. Participants will learn about native species that live in nearby streams and will try techniques to collect organisms for a closer view. Attendees should dress for the weather, including closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get wet. Registration is required by noon on Friday, May 12.

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Basketball Leagues Announced April 28, 2017

Manheim Township Recreation Department will offer four summer basketball leagues for Manheim Township residents. Leagues will be available for boys and girls in fifth and sixth grades and for boys and girls in seventh and eighth grades.

The goal of the leagues is to provide a fun atmosphere in which youths may enhance their basketball skills. Teams will be chosen by the recreation coordinator, with a schedule and team roster distributed on Monday, May 29. Games will be played at the basketball court at Stauffer Park, located along Route 501, on Tuesdays from June 6 to July 18, (except July 4) at 6, 7, or 8 p.m. There is a registration fee.

For more information and registration procedures, contact the Recreation Department office at 290-7180, ext. 3100,on Mondays through Fridays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Two Home Repair Programs Posted April 20, 2017

With the harmful effects of widespread lead issues making national news, the Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority will offer two home repair programs. The first is a Lead Remediation Program where low- and moderate-income families with a child under age 6 may qualify to receive a grant to rid homes of dangerous lead conditions that may affect the health of children.

The second is a Home Repair Program where homeowners can receive financing to fix things like an old heating system, a leaking roof, a faulty electrical system, and more. The program is not for general repairs or cosmetic work. The funds are provided to the homeowner as a no interest, deferred payment loan that is secured with a mortgage on the property. There are no monthly payments required, and the loan does not need to be repaid as long as the recipient maintains the house as its primary residence. Other restrictions do apply.

Qualification for both programs are based on household income, creditworthiness, home value, and equity. Also, the homeowner(s) must have owned the house for a minimum of two years.

Interested homeowners may obtain an application for the Home Repair Program at www.lchra.com or by contacting homerepair@lchra.com or 394-0793, ext. 226. A rolling application deadline applies.

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Three Excursion Programs Posted April 19, 2017

The York County Department of Parks and Recreation will host three excursion programs in 2017, with rides designed for anyone who wants to see the parks' backwoods and enjoy the outdoors. Participants will be transported by the people mover, a trailer with benches pulled by a pickup truck.

The rides will be narrated by parks staff. Participants should dress for the weather. In the event of rain, the trip will be canceled.

The one-hour rides will be held on Thursdays. On June 15, the ride will tour John Rudy County Park, 400 Mundis Race Road, York. The tour will feature the Master Gardeners' gardens, Canine Meadows, maintenance building, sport fields, and a view of the sun through a telescope at the observatory. Rides will take off at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m.

A tour of the Heritage Rail Trail County Park, Brillhart Station parking area, Days Mill Road and Brillhart Station Road, will take place on July 27 and Oct. 12. Participants will take a ride on the Rail Trail passing through Howard Tunnel and learn some of the history and folklore of the region. Departures will take place on July 27 at 11 a.m. and 1 and 7 p.m. On Oct. 12, tours will begin at 11 a.m. and 1 and 5:30 p.m.

Registration is required. There is a cost per person. For more information or to register, readers may call York County Parks at 840-7440. For more information on this and other programs, readers may visit www.yorkcountyparks.org.

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Walks Through Park Planned April 19, 2017

The York County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer recreational programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, programs will take place at Richard M. Nixon County Park, 5922 Nixon Drive, York. Registration is required for most programs, and programs are free, unless otherwise stated. For more details or to register, readers may call the Nature Center at Nixon Park at 428-1961 or visit www.yorkcountyparks.org.

A Spring Migration Bird Walk will take place on Sunday, May 7, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. A parks naturalist will lead participants along trails to identify returning summer residents, including vireos, phoebes, warblers, and tanagers. Participants should bring binoculars and a field guide. A limited number of lending binoculars will be available. The program is open to individuals age 10 and older. No registration is required.

A Mother's Day Nature Walk will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 14. Parks staff will lead participants on an easy walk along a stream to enjoy the spring woodlands, see the fleeting blooms of spring, and hear the calls of birds and frogs. Registration is not required.

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Stations Plan Open Houses April 19, 2017

Friends of the Heritage Rail Trail Corridor will host open houses at the New Freedom Train Station, 117 N. Front St., New Freedom, and the Hanover Junction Train Station, 2433 Seven Valley Road, Seven Valleys. The stations will be open to the public for the season from May through October. Both stations are part of the Heritage Rail Trail County Park.

The museums will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the season; as well as on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. from June through September; and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29; Tuesday, July 4; and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. Open houses will also take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 14 and 28, at Hanover Junction and on Wednesdays, July 12 and 26, at New Freedom.

For more information on the museums, readers may call York County Parks at 840-7440. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information on this and other programs, readers may visit www.yorkcountyparks.org.

Greeters are being sought for both stations. For more information on becoming a greeter, readers may contact Jeri Jones at 840-7226.

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Veterans' Recognition Event Posted April 19, 2017

The fifth annual breakfast and recognition ceremony to honor and recognize veterans and active military personnel residing in the 88th legislative district will occur on Tuesday, May 2. The event, hosted by state Rep. Sheryl Delozier, will take place at the First Church of God Community Center, 201 E. Green St., Mechanicsburg. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 8 a.m.

All service members are welcome to participate, regardless of when they served. Vietnam veterans will receive a special commemorative lapel pin as part of the nation's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general, will be the keynote speaker.

Veterans and active duty personnel are invited to bring a guest to the event; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Those interested in attending may register by visiting www.RepDelozier.com or calling Delozier's district office at 761-4665.

More details are available at the previously mentioned website and www.Facebook.com/RepDelozier.

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Center To Host Judicial Forum April 19, 2017

Nine candidates running for the position of judge for the York County Court of Common Pleas are anticipated to participate in a judicial forum hosted by York College of Pennsylvania Center for Community Engagement to help inform voters in advance of the Municipal Primary on Tuesday, May 16.

This free event is open to the public and will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall. The meet-and-greet with the candidates will be immediately prior to the event from 6:30 to 7 p.m., with a question-and-answer session scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. in the DeMeester Recital Hall. York College is located at 441 Country Club Road, York.

Each candidate will have an equal opportunity to address the public by answering questions developed by a panel of community leaders and attorneys. There will also be an opportunity for community members to meet candidates following the event. Judges elected to the York County Court of Common Pleas hear major civil and criminal cases, in addition to deciding cases that involve adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency and dependency, termination of parental rights, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations, and many other matters. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, three judges will be elected to the Common Pleas courts to serve 10-year terms.

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Motorcycle Safety Programs Posted April 19, 2017

With warmer temperatures comes the motorcycle riding season in Pennsylvania, and PennDOT urges riders of all ages to prepare by taking a free motorcycle training course. The courses are available to Pennsylvania residents throughout the state through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP).

Free courses for novice through seasoned riders will be offered at numerous locations statewide to Pennsylvania residents who have a motorcycle learner's permit or motorcycle license. All training courses will be conducted on a riding range under the supervision of certified instructors.

For inexperienced riders seeking a license for the first time, PAMSP offers a five-day, 15-hour licensing course called the Basic Rider Course (BRC). The course consists of five hours of in-class instruction and 10 hours of practical riding. It 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.

Students taking the BRC will be provided with a motorcycle and helmet to use during the class; however, students are responsible for providing all other protective gear. Act 84 of 2012 put into place the requirement that all permit holders under age 18 successfully complete the BRC in order to receive their motorcycle license.

More experienced riders who have held a permit for an extended period and already have a motorcycle may take a one-day, six-hour licensing course - the Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2). The course is also recommended for skilled riders who want to refresh their safety knowledge and hone their on-road skills. Students taking the BRC2 must provide their own motorcycle and protective gear.

The Advanced Rider Course (ARC) is a one-day training session modeled after a military training course, which offers licensed motorcyclists a chance to enhance their safety skills through a minimum of 3.5 hours of classroom instruction and 4.5 hours of practical riding experience designed to enhance riding attitude and awareness. Participants in the advanced course are required to use their own motorcycle.

Rounding out the PAMSP training courses is the 3-Wheeled Motorcycle Basic Rider Course (3WBRC), a 12-hour course comprised of four hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of practical riding. Students must provide their own three-wheeled motorcycle and protective gear.

Motorcycle learner's permit holders who successfully complete the BRC, BRC2, or the 3WBRC will be issued a motorcycle license. Those who successfully pass the 3WBRC 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 more information or to enroll in a course, readers may visit www.pamsp.com or call 800-845-9533. Potential riders looking for a convenient way to prepare for their knowledge test can download the PA Motorcycle Practice Test app by visiting www.pa.gov and searching the mobile apps for the Pennsylvania Motorcycle License Practice Test or by using the App Store (Apple devices) or Google Play (Android devices). A copy of the "Motorcycle Operators Manual" may be downloaded for free at www.dmv.pa.gov.

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Great American Cleanup Planned April 19, 2017

The 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA began on March 1 and will end on Wednesday, May 31. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful reminds Pennsylvanians there is still time to register events and get free trash bags, gloves, and safety vests from PennDOT district offices, as supplies last.

Events can be litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections, and educational events registered through the Great American Cleanup of PA website at www.gacofpa.org. To find a local event to join, readers may visit the Find An Event webpage at https://goo.gl/7ttacb.

As part of this event, the Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association will sponsor Let's Pick It Up PA - Everyday from April 18 through Monday, May 8. During this time, trash collected at registered events can be taken to participating landfills and receive free or reduced cost disposal with prior approval.

In conjunction with the Great American Cleanup of PA, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will host its annual video contest for participants to highlight their enthusiasm and accomplishments. To participate, individuals may send a two-minute video of their 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA event showing individuals, groups, children, and adults having fun keeping communities clean and beautiful. Entrants should be sure to mention the Great American Cleanup of PA in their video.

Cash prizes, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, will be $200 for the winning entry and $100 each for two runners up. More information is available on the Video Contest webpage at http://www.gacofpa.org/video-contest/. Readers may submit videos by email to slarson@keeppabeautiful.org. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 2.

For more information, readers may contact Michelle Dunn at 877-772-3673, ext. 113, or mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org.

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