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Parks Events Scheduled March 20, 2019

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

Nature Play, a program for toddlers ages 12 to 36 months will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 29. A naturalist will lead an exploration of nature through play, including group activities like parachute games, stories, and yoga as well as free play with natural materials. Parent participation is essential to the program.

March Winds ... Bring Kites! will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30. The program is open to people of all ages. Participants will celebrate the winds of March and the arrival of spring by assembling, personalizing, and test-flying simple sled kites.


Investments For Coatesville Announced March 20, 2019

The Chester County commissioners, joined by Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) general manager Jeff Knueppel, recently announced details of major investments that are designed to boost public transportation, economic development and community services in the city of Coatesville.

At a briefing held at the location of Coatesville's proposed new train station, Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone, and Terence Farrell noted the many city, county and state initiatives and efforts that have come together - and are expected to continue to come together - to strengthen Coatesville's neighborhoods and its downtown.

Headlining the list of the commissioners' announcements is Chester County's agreement with SEPTA to bring back the regional rail service to the city of Coatesville that ceased operation in 1996. The proposed new service will extend SEPTA train operations beyond the current terminus in Thorndale to a new station in Coatesville. Service will begin when construction of the new train station is completed by PennDOT.

The design for the new Coatesville Train Station is well underway, and PennDOT anticipates that the station project will be completed within three years of the start of construction.

The county commissioners also announced funding of $1 million in community revitalization funds for the city, to be used to kickstart the parking garage project that is part of the train station development.

The commissioners also noted further commitments, including funding for infrastructure improvements, affordable housing projects, education, training and job creation opportunities and access to community programs and services.

Work on the First Avenue and Lincoln Highway intersection is just beginning through $1.7 million in Chester County Community Revitalization Program funds, and $750,000 was provided late last year by the county to purchase the new Chester County OIC offices and to make major renovations to the Coatesville Library.

In March, a Coatesville Community Connections service was slated to set up shop in the Coatesville Library with a "community connector" who can help all individuals and families to find crucial services such as food, rental and utility assistance; housing; child care; jobs; transportation; health and dental programs; and CHIP information. The service is administered by the Maternal and Child Health Consortium and funded by the Chester County Department of Human Services.


Vietnam War Veterans Day Planned March 20, 2019

National Vietnam War Veterans Day will be recognized on Friday, March 29, across York County through programs serving as a retroactive welcoming home for veterans who served in the Vietnam War. National Vietnam War Veterans Day is established in federal statutes due to local veteran Harold E. Redding's work.

The Valley Street Bridge in Glen Rock will be dedicated on March 29 and renamed the WO1 Martin E. Bixler Memorial Bridge. The ceremony will start at noon, with a reception to follow at the American Legion Post 403, 4035 Manchester St., Glen Rock. Bixler, of Glen Rock, was an army helicopter pilot killed in action in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action, the third-highest valor distinction in the U.S. Armed Forces. Arrangements for this dedication are being coordinated by state Rep. Kate Klunk and her staff. For more details, readers may call Klunk's district office at 717-630-8942.

A second ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on March 29 inside the Horticulture Hall at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., York. Dr. Walter W. Brown II, retired U.S. Navy captain, will be the keynote speaker. Redding, a retired first sergeant of the U.S. Army and this year's recipient of the George H. Eyler Award for meritorious service, will also speak at this event. Redding is a lifelong resident of York County who served in Vietnam during 1966-67.

There will be a performance by the Central Middle School Fife and Drum Corps. Vietnam War medallions will be presented to all veterans attending who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces any time from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location. Arrangements for this dedication are being coordinated by Bob Glatfelter, president of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1032. For more information, readers may contact Glatfelter at 717-309-4612 or call Chapter 1032 at 717-292-3138.

The city of York will also display "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans" banners over Continental Square and at George and Rathton streets to commemorate this day.


Report Focuses On Homelessness March 20, 2019

A report compiled by the Chester County Department of Community Development (DCD) and the Decade to Doorways partnership has found that 517 people were identified as experiencing homelessness in Chester County in the early hours of Jan. 24. This represents a decrease of 24 percent over four years in the number of people experiencing homelessness. A summary of the findings were reported by Pat Bokovitz, director of the Chester County Department of Community Development, at the Chester County commissioners' recent Sunshine Meeting.

Full details of the report will be presented at the county's Decade to Doorways partnership event scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester. For additional information, readers may call Gene Suski at 610-344-6900 or visit


Veteran Resource Program Posted March 19, 2019

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 service officers to learn about their eligibility for VA benefits.

VFW service officer John Chiodi is now available for scheduled appointments at the new VA Clinic, 5070 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chiodi will also schedule appointments at the Camp Hill office of state Sen. Mike Regan, located at 2151 Market St., Camp Hill. He is available at Regan's office on the third Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To schedule appointments at either location, readers may call VFW State Headquarters in Harrisburg at 717-234-7927 and ask to speak with the service office secretary. Veterans can also see VFW service officers at the organization's State Headquarters, 4002 Fenton Ave., Harrisburg.

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 can find general information about the VFW's Service Officer Network by visiting and entering the VA Claims Help or State Service Officers sections. Website pages for Veterans Links and Veterans Resources also provide veterans with helpful information.


Post 455 Presents Donation March 19, 2019

On March 11, members of American Legion Post 455 in Stewartstown donated $1,000 to the York County Veterans Affairs Department. Post 455 commander Bobby O'Farrell and other Legion members presented a check to Terry Gendron, director of the York County Veterans Affairs Department, during the Legion's general membership meeting. O'Farrell stated that the money was raised from various Legion activities and events.

Gendron stated, "The funds will be used for our Higher Standard Project that provides homes for honorably discharged veterans willing to undergo rigorous treatment to recover from substance abuse, trauma or both."

The Higher Standard Project brings together members of the business community, veterans' service organizations, Bell Socialization Services, community social service organizations, the county Treatment Courts, federal Veterans Affairs, judicial outreach, and private treatment providers, along with veteran mentors and veterans' court alumni. More information is available by visiting or contacting York County Veterans Affairs at 717-771-9218.

For information on joining the American Legion, readers may contact O'Farrell at 717-309-3881.


Nominations Sought For Conservation Award March 18, 2019

The 2019 Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominations of farmers or foresters who go above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources. Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 13 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In Pennsylvania, the $10,000 award is presented with Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Heinz Endowments.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water, and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. In his 1949 book, "A Sand County Almanac," Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at Nominations must be postmarked by Thursday, Aug. 1. The Leopold Conservation will be presented at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January 2020.


Spring Chores Help Available March 13, 2019

York County seniors interested in help with spring cleanup, mowing, yard work, electronic devices, or with other household chores are encouraged to arrange for a Rent-A-Kid. The Rent-A-Kid program, sponsored by the York County Area Agency on Aging, is an intergenerational program that connects York County older adults and teenagers.

For more than 30 years, teenagers have been helping and learning from older adults through the Rent-A-Kid program. It gives individual teenagers the chance to help York County seniors age 60 or older with indoor and outdoor household chores. The senior needs to be agreeable to a reimbursement of a minimum fee per hour or a negotiated rate based on the job.

Interested York County seniors can request assistance by calling Hope Eberly at 717-771-9103 or 800-632-9073. Information is also available at


Input Sought On Transportation Priorities March 12, 2019

Pennsylvanians can view ratings of the state's efforts in transportation safety, mobility, system preservation and accountability by way of the 2019 Transportation Performance Report, viewable at Residents are also encouraged to visit the website to provide input on their transportation priorities and to register for an interactive online public meeting to be held on Wednesday, March 20.

The biennial report is a combined effort of the State Transportation Commission (STC), the State Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and PennDOT. The report is the first step in the state's transportation program planning process and helps to evaluate the system's performance and opportunities for progress.

The online public meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 20. During the live meeting, there will be an update on the Transportation Performance Report and a public comment period, as well as answers to questions submitted before and during the meeting. Questions may be submitted in advance to

Through Friday, April 26, the public can also submit feedback by taking the survey online at, or they may email or call 717-783-2262 to request a printed survey copy.


Demolitions Training Posted March 7, 2019

Fort Indiantown Gap is scheduled to host demolitions training between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Thursday to Sunday, March 14 to 17, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26 and 27. The training is expected to result in increased noise levels for nearby residents. The schedule is subject to change based on the military training mission.

To learn more, readers may visit or follow Fort Indiantown Gap on Facebook. Individuals may also call the installation's community information line at 717-861-2007 to hear a recorded message with dates and times of community activities and training events.


Parks Department To Hold Programs March 7, 2019

Lancaster County Parks Department has scheduled several upcoming programs. Registration and fees apply unless otherwise noted. To register, readers may visit or call 717-295-2055. Preregistration and prepayment are due by noon on the business day before each program.

Nature Play, a program for people ages 12 months to 36 months, will be held on Friday, March 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Lancaster County Central Park Environmental Center, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. Naturalist Kristyn Small will lead an exploration of nature through play, including group activities like parachute games, stories and yoga as well as free play with natural materials. Parent participation is essential to the program.

"What on Earth Is the Spotted Lantern Fly?" will be held on Saturday, March 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Environmental Center. The program is free and open to people of all ages. Naturalist Emily Snyder will share about the spotted lantern fly and how community members can contribute to its management.

"Ticks Are No Joke!" will be held on March 16 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Environmental Center. The program is free and open to people of all ages. Snyder will teach attendees how to outsmart ticks.

Spring Equinox and a Full Moon Hike, a program for people of all ages, will be held at the Environmental Center on Wednesday, March 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez will lead participants through the fields and woods and along the creek to enjoy the nighttime sights and sounds.

World Water Day, an all-ages program at the Environmental Center, will be held on Friday, March 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. Naturalist Ellen Blazer will share information and demonstrations intended to foster a new appreciation for access to clean water.

Story, Craft and Critter: Mammals, a program for children ages 3 to 12, will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Environmental Center. Participants will learn about furry creatures through an interactive story reading, make a craft celebrating mammals, and meet live mammals with naturalist Kelsey Frey. Children must have an adult helper.

Munchkin Science: Whales, a program for children ages 3 to 5, will be held on Tuesday, March 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. Children will listen to whale songs, learn about whale habits, and make their own whales to take home. If weather permits, naturalist Ann Strauss will finish by leading a game that simulates whales hunting their prey.

Fun and Fascination: Amphibians in Spring, a program for participants ages 6 to 10, will be held on Wednesday, March 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Environmental Center. Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will assist as children learn features of common local amphibians before heading outdoors to search for them in the Fluctuating Pond area. Attendees are asked to dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear shoes that can get muddy. Children under age 6 with adults are welcome if accompanying older siblings.


Medication Boxes Set Up March 5, 2019

The York County Solid Waste Authority has purchased a secure medication take-back box for the North Hopewell Township Police Department, bringing the number of participating police departments in York County to 18. Members of the public may deposit unwanted medications anonymously in the take-back boxes during police department hours, except on holidays.

This partnership program provides a secure disposal option for unwanted medications from residential sources at no cost to the public or law enforcement. Once medications are deposited, they cannot be retrieved and are contained in a locked compartment accessible only by law enforcement.

People should remove their personal information from medication containers before depositing them in the take-back boxes. Only residential prescription or over-the-counter medications are accepted, along with pet medications. Pharmacies, hospitals and other commercial sources of medications are not eligible to participate. Syringes and other "sharps" are not accepted in this program.

For more information about the program, readers may visit


Assistance Sought For Comfort Stations March 5, 2019

During the extreme heat of summer and the ice and snow of winter, there is always the possibility of disruptions in electricity to power heat and/or air conditioning in homes and businesses. These disruptions may go on for hours and even days.

Although everyone should be prepared for emergencies and to sustain themselves for up to 72 hours, this is not always possible, especially for the elderly, those with access and functional needs, or families with small children. York County Local Municipal Emergency Management Coordinators (EMCs) look for organizations within their individual municipalities that may be able to provide cooling stations and/or heating comfort stations.

EMCs have found that faith-based community organizations (FBCOs) are best able to provide residents with a place to go. Therefore, local EMCs attempt to coordinate heating and/or cooling comfort stations with FBCOs. Memorandums of agreement with FBCOs are written by EMCs and signed by local elected officials and the officials of the FBCOs, which agree to be available to shelter people on short notice.

These comfort stations are not required to provide meals and/or overnight accommodations, but they do have chairs, tables, bathroom facilities and water fountains. In the event of a known long-term disruption to power, mass care shelters may be established by the local chapter of the American Red Cross, but may take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours to be set up.

More information is available by contacting one's local municipal government office.


Peck, Ward To Receive Awards March 4, 2019

Chester County 2020 will honor Sarah Peck, principal of Progressive New Homes, and David Ward, former assistant director of the Chester County Planning Commission, during the organization's annual reception on Thursday, April 25.

Peck will be given the Citizen Planner award of 2019. She is a recognized expert on infill housing development and the concept's growing acceptance in suburban communities. Peck is a former CEO of Rouse/Chamberlin Homes of Exton and co-founder of the Housing Partnership of Chester County.

Peck was named National Builder of the Year by Professional Builder Magazine and has served as an adjunct professor of West Chester University.

Ward will receive the Lifetime Achievement award. He has been involved in planning for more than 40 years and retired in 2018 from Chester County's Planning Commission. Ward played a key role in developing the county's award-winning Landscapes program and managed the first revision of the plan, Landscapes 2.

Ward worked with county municipalities during his tenure with Chester County and will continue to serve as an instructor and board member of the Pennsylvania Municipal Education Institute.

The April 25 reception will take place at the Chester Valley Golf Club, 430 Swedesford Road, Malvern. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m. The master of ceremonies will be Ken Knickerbocker, a former Chester County2020 board member and a prior member of Parkesburg Borough Council.

There is a registration fee. For tickets, readers may visit and visit the shopping section. For more details, readers may call 484-680-5570 or email


LCPC Seeks Input On Transportation Plan February 28, 2019

The Lancaster County Planning Commission (LCPC) invites local residents to review the draft Active Transportation Plan and provide feedback on how to improve it. The plan includes steps for making Lancaster city and Lancaster County safer and more accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The plan includes an analysis of current conditions, network gaps, and barriers to walking and bicycling; a proposed bicycle network for Lancaster city and Lancaster County; and policies and programs to enable and encourage walking and bicycling. It also includes feasibility studies for proposed trails, such as the Greater Lancaster Heritage Pathway, including the Goat Path; the Northeast Greenway; and the Engleside Greenway.

To learn more, readers may visit


Seedling Sale Aims To Brighten, Strengthen Local Soils February 28, 2019

The Lancaster County Conservation District (LCCD) is holding its 45th annual tree seedling sale. Orders for conifers, hardwoods, wildlife food sources, groundcover, and pollinator-friendly perennials will be accepted through Monday, March 11. The preordered and prepaid plants will be ready for pickup on Thursday, April 11, in the auditorium at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster.

"That's the weekend before Easter," remarked education coordinator Sallie Gregory. "Hopefully folks will consider purchasing (plants) to celebrate Easter and Earth Day, which is on April 22."

Gregory explained that conservation districts were created in response to the Dust Bowl, in which windstorms caused massive soil erosion in the Midwest in the early 1930s. Men and boys employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) planted trees around the nation, including Pennsylvania, to reduce erosion, especially along streambanks. The first Earth Day was observed in 1970, and the LCCD launched its first tree seedling sale in 1974 to celebrate Earth Day and honor the CCC.

"It combined the effort to make trees available to everybody and conserve soil and waterways," Gregory shared.

The tree sale has continued for nearly a half-century. It is the only fundraising event for the LCCD, which, as an annex to county government, receives some public funding as well as grants and private contributions. The funds are used to provide education and watershed programs, which are held in classrooms or on individual waterways where volunteers are working on stream cleanups, Gregory said. The education programs are available for teachers in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as college classes, and all lessons meet state standards for environment and ecology. LCCD also works with classes to perform stream studies, which assess the health of a waterway by cataloging and counting plant, insect, and fish life.

There is a second, equally important reason for the seedling sale.

"We're making trees and other plants accessible for county residents to put in the soil to keep it in place so it doesn't erode due to wind or rain," Gregory said. Many of the plants also serve dual purposes, whether it is providing food for people or wildlife or acting as windbreaks or Christmas trees.

The sale organizers make sure they are offering as many native species as possible, and they work with area nurseries to get appropriate stock for the sale. New offerings this year include coralberry, which holds its bright berries through the start of winter, and three self-pollinating fruit trees: Montmorency sour cherry, Klondike white peach, and coral star peach.

The majority of trees on the sale list are bare root stock that will be dipped in a root preservative gel so that buyers will not have to plant their purchases immediately. As the trees are seedlings, the sale is also offering tubes with stakes designed to protect young plants from stressors and potential damage from deer, moles, voles, and other creatures that would eat their roots or stems.

To see a pictorial description list of all species and access an order form, readers may visit For more information or to request that an order form be mailed to them, folks may call the LCCD at 717-299-5361, ext. 5. Payment is due when orders are placed and must be sent to the LCCD. The office is located at the Farm and Home Center and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.


Committee Posts Update February 22, 2019

The members of the Elizabethtown Area Republican Committee met on Feb. 13 to interview and endorse Republican candidates for the following offices: School Board, Elizabethtown Borough Council, Mount Joy Township Supervisor, West Donegal Township Supervisor, Conoy Township Supervisor, and Magisterial District Judge.

The Committee endorsed the following candidates:

School Board: Craig Hummer, Caroline Lalvani, Michael Martin, Terry Seiders, and Karen Sweigart. All are currently serving on the school board and are seeking re-election.

Elizabethtown Borough Council: Tom Shaud - Ward 1, Jeff McCloud - Ward 2, and Phil Clark - Ward 3. They currently serve and are seeking re-election.

Mount Joy Township Supervisors: Lisa Heilner and Kevin Baker. Heilner currently serves as supervisor, and Baker is running for his first term.

West Donegal Township Supervisors: Roger Snyder, Doug Hottenstein, and Ralph Horne. Snyder and Hottenstein are currently serving, and Horne, who previously served on the Board of Supervisors, is seeking to fill an unexpired term.

Conoy Township Supervisor: John Shearer, who is seeking re-election.

The committee also considered six candidates for the position of Magisterial District Judge, which is vacant due to the resignation of Judge Jayne Duncan last year. The committee has endorsed local attorney Randall L. Miller. Miller, a graduate of Widener University School of Law, has been an attorney for 28 years. He previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Lancaster County. Miller currently is in private practice and serves as detention hearing officer at the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center. Miller resides in Mount Joy Township with his wife, Kelly.

The Elizabethtown Area Republican Committee is made up of locally elected committeemen and committeewomen who are selected by Republican voters in each of the voting precincts in the Elizabethtown area. In order to receive the committee's endorsement, candidates must have received at least a two-thirds vote of committee members.

For more information, readers may contact Chris Leppler, chairman of the Elizabethtown Area Republican Committee, at 717-689-0598 or


Parks Department To Host Programs February 20, 2019

Lancaster County Parks Department has scheduled several upcoming programs. To register, readers may visit or call 717-295-2055.

Middle Creek Migration for Beginning Birders, a program for people age 6 and up, will be held on Friday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, 100 Museum Road, Stevens. Attendees will meet naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel at the visitor center and proceed to viewing areas. At Willow Point, participants will walk about a half-mile on a level path to an overlook. In the case of heavy rain or snow, the event will be postponed until Friday, March 8. Readers should register and prepay by noon on Thursday, Feb. 28.

"The Lorax," a program for children age 3 and up, will be held on Saturday, March 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Lancaster County Central Park Environmental Center, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. Children will join in reading the Dr. Seuss story and discussing the quirky characters with naturalist Ann Strauss. Everyone will have the opportunity to make a paper bag puppet of the Lorax at the close of the program. Interested participants should register and prepay by noon on Friday, March 1.

DIY Beeswax Wraps, a program for people age 10 and up, will be held on Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Environmental Center. Participants will learn to make an eco-friendly substitute for plastic wrap. Participants may bring whatever design of thin cotton fabric they choose. Naturalist Emily Snyder will lead the craft, which is messy. Interested readers should register and prepay by noon on Friday, March 1.

Geology for Kids, a program for children age 6 and up, will be held in the Environmental Center on Tuesday, March 5, from 2 to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, March 9, from 1 to 2 p.m. Participants will examine the differences between igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks with naturalist Ellen Blazer. All are welcome, but the material will be geared toward children. Interested participants should register and prepay by noon on the last business day prior to each program.

Happy Hens, an all-ages program at the Environmental Center, will be held on Saturday, March 9, from 3 to 4 p.m. Naturalist Emily Snyder will provide information about backyard chickens and ducks. All ages are welcome, but the program will be geared toward people age 10 and up. Readers should register and prepay by noon on Friday, March 8.

Build a Bluebird Box, a program for all ages, will be held on Monday, March 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Environmental Center. Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez will lead participants in building bird houses to attract wildlife. Interested participants should register and prepay by noon on Friday, March 8.

Munchkin Science - Maple Sugaring, a program for children ages 3 to 5, will be held on Tuesday, March 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. Participants will meet naturalist Ann Strauss at Pavilion 11, Central Park's Sugar Shack, 733 Williamson Road, Lancaster, for a walk through stations illustrating the process of maple sugaring. Interested attendees should register and prepay by noon on Monday, March 11.

Weather Merit Badge, a program for participants ages 10 to 17, will be held on Tuesday, March 12, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Environmental Center. Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will assist Boy Scouts in completing merit badge requirements 1 through 8 during this indoor session. Remaining requirements may be completed by attending a spring weather event at the Millersville Weather Center and speaking to a group about safety in hazardous weather. Interested Scouts should register and prepay by noon on Monday, March 11.

Fun and Fascination: Mammal Tracks and Signs, a program for children ages 6 to 10, will be held on Wednesday, March 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Environmental Center. Following an indoor introduction, children will head outdoors with naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel to look for tracks and signs of local mammals. Children under age 6 with adults are welcome if accompanying older siblings. Interested readers should register and prepay by noon on Tuesday, March 12.


Fund Will Aid Military Families February 20, 2019

Individuals filing their 2018 Pennsylvania personal income taxes can help Pennsylvania's military personnel and their families by donating part or all of their refund to the state's Military Family Relief Assistance Program.

The program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, provides grants of up to $3,500 to Pennsylvania members of the armed forces and their families who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. The tax form includes instructions on how to donate. Since the program began in 2006, more than $1.85 million has been donated by individuals filing their Pennsylvania personal income tax returns and through private donations.

Members of the armed forces who are residents of Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for assistance while they are serving on active duty for 30 or more consecutive days with the Army, Army Reserve, Navy, Navy Reserve, Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve, or Pennsylvania Army or Air National Guard.

All members of the armed forces who were discharged for medical reasons are also eligible to apply for assistance for up to four years after a medical discharge. In addition, reserve component service members, including Pennsylvania National Guard members, and their families may be eligible for a grant for a period of up to three years after release from a qualifying active-duty tour.

The program also applies to certain family members of eligible service members who are Pennsylvania residents. Applicants must show that they have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control.

In addition to the check-off box on the Personal Income Tax form, contributions can be made directly by sending a check to the Military Family Relief Assistance Program. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent authorized by federal law. For more information, including an address where donations may be sent, readers may visit


Recycled Art Contest Planned February 19, 2019

To promote recycling and celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22, the York County Solid Waste Authority is sponsoring its fifth annual Recycled Art Contest for York County high school students. Students have until Sunday, April 14, to complete and submit their recycled art. The artwork will be on display at York College's Marketview Arts Gallery, 37 W. Philadelphia St., York, from April 14 through Saturday, April 20.

The contest awards event will be held on Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m., when the winners of the contest will be announced. Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries as determined by celebrity judges. Each student winner will receive an art supply gift certificate, and their school's art department will also be granted an art supply gift certificate in the same amount.

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