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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


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.


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


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

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.


Proposal To Be Discussed June 15, 2017

The Derry Township board of supervisors invites the public to attend a meeting to learn about the proposed new community center. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Derry Township Municipal Building, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey.

Since 2014, a team of community members representing various areas of recreational needs has been involved in the process of exploring a new community center to replace the existing one, which was built in 1963. The proposed center would serve to meet the current and future needs of the community. On June 27, a status update on the proposed project will be presented to the Derry Township board of supervisors and the public.


Bridge Replacement Scheduled June 14, 2017

Construction for the Central Manor Road (Route 3017) bridge, spanning the West Branch of Conestoga Creek in Manor Township, is scheduled to begin as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement of the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Lancaster County's structurally deficient bridge list.

Construction is expected to begin during the week of Monday, June 26, and be completed in early September. During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Letort Road (Route 3032), George Street (Route 3029) and Route 999 (Blue Rock Road). In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, the schedule may change.

The bridge is referred to as JV-282 and is one of 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between the groups leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership between PennDOT and a business, under which the business will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The partnership approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing the impact on motorists.

To learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, readers may visit Information about PennDOT public-private partnerships is available at


Parks Department Slates Activities June 8, 2017

Lancaster County Parks Department will offer several programs to the community. Unless noted otherwise, programs will take place at Lancaster County Park Environmental Center, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. There is a nominal fee per person to participate. Unless otherwise stated, children must be accompanied by an adult. To register and for more details, readers may call 717-295-2055.

A Junior Girl Scout Geocacher Badge event will take place on Saturday, June 17, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Junior Girl Scouts will play introductory global positioning system (GPS) games, make a trade item, and practice the sport with special caches. Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will lead girls in completing indoor and outdoor activities to complete the badge. The registration and payment deadline is Wednesday, June 14. The badges are not included in the fee.

Two summer camps will be offered from Monday to Friday, July 10 to 14, at Lancaster County Central Park. For both camps, there is a fee to participate, and registration and paperwork are due by Friday, June 30.

Rocks Rock! camp will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The camp is for children ages 6 to 9 who have completed kindergarten. Children will hike to discover Central Park geology, and they will collect rocks and test their physical properties. Campers will also make simple seismographs, simulate earthquakes, and examine sands from various localities.

Times Gone By: Native American and Pioneer Life camp, for children age 8 and up, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers will experience lifeways of native peoples in North America prior to European contact and learn about the lives of pioneers on the frontier. Throughout the week, campers will participate in tasks of daily living, as well as the crafts and games that Native American and pioneer children enjoyed.

Finding Gratitude Through Nature, recommended for age 10 and up, will be offered on Mondays, June 26, July 31, and Aug. 28, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The program will take place in Lancaster County Central Park at the Exhibit Farmhouse, 2 Exhibit Farm Drive, Lancaster. Schlegel will lead participants in seeking small changes in perspective to enrich their daily lives. Participants are encouraged to bring a book for journaling and to attend all sessions if possible. They are asked to dress for a trail walk of a mile or two. The events are based on Janice Kaplan's "Gratitude Diaries." Registrations are due by noon on the Friday prior to each program.


Parks Group Seeks Volunteers June 7, 2017

York County Parks is seeking volunteers to assist with several of the organization's historical structures. The locations and 2017 hours are as follows.

Hanover Junction Train Station, 2433 Seven Valleys Road, Seven Valleys, and New Freedom Train Station, 110 Front St., New Freedom, are operated by the Friends of the Rail Trail Corridor and are open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October and Sundays and holidays from 1 to 5 p.m. through September. The Hanover Junction Train Station contains a museum with an 1860s theme and includes local history on the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and the village. New Freedom Train Station is a railroad museum centered around the 1940s. The shift hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Wallace-Cross Mill, 15759 Cross Mill Road, Felton, is operated by the Friends of Wallace-Cross Mill. Open houses are held every Sunday from the second Sunday in June through the first Sunday in October. Hours are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. There are also several special events on Fridays and Saturdays. An ice cream social, Milling Day, Cider Fest and Bluegrass Day are held during the season.

Training is provided to those interested by shadowing a veteran greeter or docent. There are no qualifications, as any skills and responsibilities are taught during shadowing. There are no limitations on the number of times people must volunteer. During the year, each Friends group hosts several volunteer socials. York County Parks also holds several volunteer recognition events during the year.

Interested individuals may contact Jeri L. Jones at 717-840-7226 or


Agency Names Volunteers Of The Month June 7, 2017

Burnell Kehr, Dorothy Blevins, Cheri Muir and Dorothy Daniels have been named York County Area Agency on Aging's Volunteers of the Month for their service and dedication to York's older adults.

Kehr, of York Township, volunteers as a financial counselor. Following employment as a caseworker for the agency in the 1980s, Kehr pursued a degree in nursing. Once retired, she became a volunteer to stay busy.

Blevins, of Hopewell Township, is a visitor. After teaching for many years, she decided to help others. Blevins finds volunteering rewarding, and she encourages others to find something they enjoy doing and give it their best.

Muir, of Spring Garden Township, began volunteering for the agency to give back after she saw how the services benefited her father. She is recently retired and wanted to keep her skills sharp. She encourages others to volunteer as well.

Daniels, of Windsor Township, provides general office assistance for the agency. She began volunteering after her career as a registered nurse, where she often worked with older adults.


Memorial Honors Fallen Officers June 7, 2017

York County's fallen police officers memorial, held on May 12 at the York County Emergency Services Center in Springettsbury Township, recognized law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This year's honorees were Curtis D. Sowers of North York Borough Police, who died in 1929; Dean N. Zeigler of Pennsylvania Motor Police, 1942; Henry C. Schaad of York City Police, 1969; Edward Eugene "Skip" Schroeder of York County Sheriff's Office, 2005; David D. Tome of Northern York County Regional Police, 2008; and David L. Grove of Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2010.

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