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Borough Recycle Bins August 17, 2017

Columbia Borough has received a grant to purchase recycle bins, and each residence in the borough may receive one free bin. Residents who have not yet picked up a free bin may stop in at the borough office, 308 Locust St., at their earliest convenience. The new bins are round and sturdier than square bins, and they should be used exclusively for recycling.

For more information, call the borough office at 717-684-2467.

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CCEDC Releases Survey Results August 16, 2017

The Chester County Board of Commissioners and Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) recently released the results of a survey of local businesses. Phase 2 of the Take the Pulse business survey shows significant changes from the survey's findings one year ago.

Conducted by CCEDC in partnership with the county commissioners and the county's 10 Chambers of Commerce, the Take the Pulse survey is a key component of VISTA2025, Chester County's 10-year economic development strategy designed to maintain the economic health of the county by striking a balance between progress and preservation.

More than 300 business decision-makers responded to the 20-question online survey assessing the business climate in Chester County. A new question added to the survey this year gained feedback on priorities for economic development investment. Survey respondents strongly favored redevelopment of vacant industrial sites and investment in transportation infrastructure. Other key results from the Take the Pulse survey include the following:

Quality of Place continues to play a critical role in Chester County's economic success. A total of 27 percent of respondents cited it as the primary reason they are located in Chester County (up from 16 percent the prior year). Business owners in 2017 are more optimistic for growth in Chester County (53 percent "improving") compared to one year ago (46 percent "improving" in 2016). Three-quarters of respondents (75 percent) are optimistic for growth in their own companies. Traffic congestion and the availability of qualified workforce candidates remain concerns.

Compared to 2016 findings, respondents in 2017 have a significantly more positive view of several characteristics of the county, including the following: natural environment/open space (90 percent net positive ratings in 2017, up from 76 percent in 2016), location/access to markets (86 percent from 78 percent), and presence of related business clusters (77 percent from 58 percent).

Areas where impressions of the county declined compared to 2016 include the following: availability of workforce (63 percent net positive ratings in 2017, down from 72 percent in 2016), infrastructure (down to 39 percent from 58 percent), roads/highways (37 percent from 62 percent), and permitting process/municipal approval process (19 percent from 26 percent).

The complete results from Phase 2 of CCEDC's Take the Pulse survey will be shared with the Chester County commissioners, local chambers, and the general public to help guide future decision making and policy considerations. CCEDC will also draw insights from the top trends to guide its programs and services for area businesses, including successful practices of job creation, generation of commercial tax ratables, business retention and enhancement, agricultural economic development, and workforce development.

For more information on VISTA2025, readers may visit www.vista2025.com. For details on Chester County, individuals may visit www.chesco.org. More information on CCEDC is available at www.ccedcpa.com.

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Late Summer Programs Set August 16, 2017

Lancaster County Parks Department will offer some late summer activities. Unless otherwise noted, there is a fee to participate and programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. Preregistration is required by noon the business day before the event. For registration and details, readers may call 717-295-2055.

Campfire Building and a Sing-along will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at campsite 2. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own marshmallows and other snacks, bug spray, a blanket or lawn chair. A naturalist will lead the group in some campfire songs in English and Spanish. The event is open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Geocaching in Central Park will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24. Participants should meet at Pavilion 2 to learn the basic skills of geocaching and to test themselves on a challenging course into the woods, through the creek, and around the park. The program is fun for all, but best for individuals age 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Closed-toe creek footwear is required for all participants, and back-up dry shoes are suggested.

A Summer Stream Study will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. Attendees will join a naturalist for a hands-in exploration of the Mill Creek and the critters that make it their home. All participants must wear closed-toe shoes in the water; no flip-flops or sandals will be allowed in the stream. Minors must be under adult supervision at all times. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the program.

A Down River Canoe Trip will be offered to individuals age 12 and older on Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will take a canoe trip down the Conestoga River with park naturalists as guides. Participants will meet at the Environmental Center and be transported to and from the river. Participants should bring a packed snack or lunch and wear shoes and other accessories that can get wet. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Parks Department Sets Programs August 16, 2017

Lancaster County Parks Department will offer summertime activities. Unless otherwise noted, there is a fee to participate and programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. Preregistration is required by noon the business day before the event. For registration and details, readers may call 717-295-2055.

Winged Creatures of the Night, for all ages, will be offered on Friday, Aug. 18, from 10 to 11 p.m. A white sheet will be suspended in the woods and the cloth will be illuminated with a light. Insects attracted to the light will be collected, examined, and then released into the night. Naturalists Alison Mallin and Ann Strauss will lead. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Hunt, Gather and Cook Insects, for all ages, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. After a morning of hunting and gathering edible insects from the stream, woods and meadows, the group will cook and eat them for lunch. Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez will lead. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Meadow Flowers and Wildlife, for all ages, will take place on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Muhlenberg Wildflower Meadow, 548 Golf Road, Lancaster. Sanchez will lead a walk, during which participants will view the flowers, along with the butterflies, birds and insects attracted to the area. Participants may bring binoculars, and a limited supply of binoculars will be available to borrow. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

A Summer New Moon Hike will be held on Monday, Aug. 21, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The hike is designed for adults age 18 and older, and it will be led by Sanchez.

A brief history of environmental protection in the Americas will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The topic will be "Race, Economics, and Environmental Health." Naturalist Erin Freeman will present the program, which is an installment in a brief series of interactive lectures on human environmental impact in the U.S. and beyond. Programs are geared for sixth-graders and up, but all are welcome. The program is pay-as-you-will, and all donations will benefit Environmental Education Summer Camp programs.

A Campfire Building and Sing-Along event, for people of all ages, will take place at Campsite 2 at Mill Creek Camping Area, 19 Nature's Way, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 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.

A program titled Raptors Up Close will take place on Sunday, Aug. 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. and again from 3 to 4 p.m. at Lancaster County Central Park in Pavilion 22. A Hawk Mountain presenter will bring a live raptor or two to the park and share information about the biology, migration, ecology, and conservation of these birds of prey. There is no admission fee for attendees under age 4. Campers who attended a 2017 Lancaster County Parks Department summer camp will receive a discount on the admission fee.

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Survey Options Offered By DCNR August 14, 2017

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced that a strategic plan for Pennsylvania's state parks of the future kicked off over the Fourth of July weekend with surveys being made available to park visitors and other interested parties. Over the holiday weekend, DCNR launched its initiative, "Penn's Parks for All - Planning for the State Parks of Tomorrow."

Input from the surveys, offered at all 121 state parks across the state, will prove invaluable in the plan's implementation. The public also can take the survey online at www.pennsparksforall.com.

During the last 25 years, DCNR has made improvements in most state parks such as modernizing facilities, adding comfortable cabins, and expanding recreation opportunities. The department also has worked to better conserve and manage the parks' natural resources and expand the number of education staff and programs.

Bureau of State Parks officials' goal will be to have a preliminary report, influenced by the information gathered this year, available in the fall of 2018, with a final report in 2019. Public opportunities to offer input will include a paper survey, the online survey, a phone survey of a statistically significant sampling of Pennsylvanians that can be extrapolated to represent the state's population, a targeted, online survey for minority and young adult audiences, and a series of stakeholder input meetings to focus on specific selected topics.

For details on Pennsylvania's state parks, readers may visit www.dcnr.pa.gov.

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Upcoming Area Code Changes Set August 14, 2017

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) recently reminded residents and businesses across central Pennsylvania served by the 717 area code of the upcoming switch to 10-digit dialing for all local calls - in preparation for the activation of a new "overlay" area code, which will serve the entire region.

According to the implementation schedule for the "223" overlay area code, mandatory 10-digit dialing for all local calls will begin on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. Starting on that date, if callers only dial a seven-digit number, they will reach a recorded announcement instructing them to hang up and redial the number using the area code plus the seven-digit number.

For the past several months, telephone callers in the 16-county 717 service area have been encouraged to voluntarily use 10-digit dialing (717 + the full local telephone number). The new 223 overlay area was approved based on forecasts that the remaining supply of available telephone numbers in the 717 area code was close to exhaustion.

For local and toll calls from the 717/223 area to other numbers inside the 717/223 area, callers must dial 10 digits (717 or 223 + XXX-XXXX). For local and toll calls from the 717/223 area to numbers in another area code, callers must dial 1 + 10 digits (1 + XXX-XXX-XXXX). For operator services, including credit card, collect, and third party, callers must dial 0 + 10 digits (0 + XXX-XXX-XXXX).

To begin preparing for 10-digit dialing in the 717 area code, individuals should start looking at the devices they have by making sure they include all the area codes needed, including 717. Chairman Gladys M. Brown also noted that individuals should check devices like medical alert systems, alarm systems, and any other systems that automatically make calls to be sure they are set up for 10-digit dialing. In the future, when callers start adding new numbers, they should be sure to include the area code.

For the last several months, telephone carriers across the region have been providing their customers with educational materials about the upcoming dialing changes - encouraging them to begin voluntarily using 10-digit dialing for calls within the 717/223 service area and also checking the telephone numbers stored on their phones or other devices to ensure that they include the full 10-digit number.

The commission's order approving the overlay plan specifies that any new numbers for the 223 overlay area code shall not be released until Tuesday, Sept. 26, and that requests for numbers in the 717 area code will continue to be honored as long as resources are available.

The overlay area code relief option was supported by the majority of individuals who submitted written comments or testified at PUC hearings, along with the telecommunications industry. Overlay area codes have now been approved for most of Pennsylvania and are in use across much of the country.

For recent news releases or more information about the PUC, readers may visit www.puc.pa.gov.

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Meeting To Focus On High Energy Power Line August 9, 2017

The York County Farm Bureau invites York County farmers and landowners who live near the proposed Transource Independence high energy power line to an informational meeting. The meeting will take place on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Airville Volunteer Fire Company, 3576 Delta Road, Airville.

Speakers from the state Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Farmland Preservation, the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocates and the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law will present information. The purpose of the meeting is to inform people about laws involving agricultural security areas (ASAs), condemnation and eminent domain, as well as landowner property rights and preserved farmland as they pertain to utility easements. There will also be substantial information on the background of the power line project proposed by Transource.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is considering the approval of the installation of a high energy power transmission line that would cross through the following municipalities in southeastern York County: Hopewell Township, East Hopewell Township, Fawn Township and Lower Chanceford Township.

Readers may contact Dolores Krick at 717-487-4556 or sjkrick@gmail.com to reserve a seat and receive an informational packet. The York County Farm Bureau will serve ice cream following the meeting.

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NPS Announces Grant Recipient August 9, 2017

The National Park Service recently announced $1.2 million in grants that will be used to help local communities preserve and protect America's significant battlefields, to include a project in Pennsylvania for $50,000. From lesser known battles that took place before the American Revolution to those fought as a part of World War II, historians and preservationists will use these funds to study and preserve battlefields that capture the American story across the United States and its territories.

This year's American Battlefield Protection Program planning grants provide funding for projects at endangered battlefields ranging from the Indian Wars to the unification of Hawaii and the American Civil War. Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced $7.2 million in additional grants to help identify, preserve, and protect nearly 1,200 acres of battlefield land as part of the American Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants program.

The project will continue an existing preservation plan by examining two properties adjacent to the Battle of Brandywine American Revolutionary War battlefield. A technical report will be written that identifies the defining features of the battle that took place on these properties, recording such details as the location of troop movements, encampments, and other referenced locations in historic letters and reports. The document will be the foundation of future preservation activities, interpretation, and community preservation efforts.

Since 1996, the American Battlefield Protection Program has awarded 579 planning grant awards totaling $19,620,955 to help preserve significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. Federal, tribal, state, and local governments, nonprofit organizations, as well as educational institutions are eligible for the battlefield grants, which are awarded annually.

More information about the American Battlefield Protection Program Battlefield Planning Grants is available online at www.nps.gov/abpp/grants/planninggrants.htm.

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County WRAP Program Wins Awards August 8, 2017

Chester County's Department of Probation, Parole and Pretrial Services has garnered two more national awards for the Women's Reentry Assessment and Programming (WRAP) initiative.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized Chester County for the WRAP program as part of its 2017 achievement awards under the category of Criminal Justice and Public Safety. This award was presented to Chester County at the NACo conference held July 21 to 24 in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to the NACo award, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recently announced that Chester County's WRAP program advanced from the "top 100" to the "top 25" finalist level from a pool of more than 500 applicants for the 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards competition. Described as "the vanguard of creative, solution-oriented government," the Ash Center top 25 finalists represent the dedicated efforts of city, county, state and federal governments and address policy issues such as economic development, environmental and community revitalization, public health, equal access to education, criminal justice and health care.

The WRAP initiative was launched in January 2014 following extensive research to meet the needs of women who have been incarcerated, who were struggling for basic survival or who were lacking in skills to transition back into family life. The program began with 50 women, working with one probation officer trained in motivational interviewing and trauma-informed approaches. In two years, WRAP has expanded to the current census of 170 women using three probation officers, two full-time community case managers in partnership with Home of the Sparrow and curriculums and tools that address women's risk factors.

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

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Live-Fire Exercises Slated At Fort Indiantown Gap August 4, 2017

Fort Indiantown Gap, near Annville, will host live-fire exercises on select August dates between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Exercises include demolitions training through Sunday, Aug. 13, and on Tuesday, Aug. 29. The training schedule is subject to change based on the military training mission. As a courtesy to nearby residents, Fort Indiantown Gap announces training that is expected to result in increased noise levels.

Fort Indiantown Gap is a live-fire, maneuver military training facility. It serves as headquarters to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Pennsylvania National Guard and offers more than 17,000 acres and 140 training areas and facilities for year-round training. The installation balances an ecologically diverse area with a military mission that annually supports 20,000 Pennsylvania National Guard personnel and more than 120,000 additional personnel from other branches of service, multinational partners, and interagency partners at the federal, state and local levels.

To learn more about Fort Indiantown Gap, readers may visit www.ftig.png.pa.gov or www.facebook.com/ftindiantowngap. Individuals may call the installation's community information line at 717-861-2007 to hear a recorded message listing dates and times of community activities and training events.

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County Honored For Technology Practices August 2, 2017

Chester County has announced that the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and National Association of Counties (NACo) have placed the county as eighth in the nation for best technology practices, including initiatives that save tax dollars, boost transparency, focus on cyber security and promote citizen engagement.

Chester County was evaluated and recognized by the Digital Counties Survey in 2016, earning a 10th-place slot. The eighth-place award was presented in late July at the annual NACo Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The judging panel honored the county for achievements such as providing online information about water conditions and results of eatery inspections, offering civil e-filing, and offering Text-to-911.

The Digital Survey is conducted annually in the spring. All U.S. counties are invited to participate in the survey, which examines the overall technology programs and plans of the counties. This year marks the 15th annual survey, and results are available at http://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/Digital-Counties-Survey-2017-Winners-Announced.html.

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LCSWMA Posts News August 2, 2017

The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) recently announced it received final approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on its application for a major permit modification to vertically expand the Frey Farm Landfill. The $56M vertical expansion project will maximize LCSWMA's current landfill site by using mechanically stabilized earthen berms.

The design limits the height increase to just 50 feet and lateral expansion to only 9 acres. The result is 6.4 million cubic yards of capacity, which translates to 18 to 20 years of environmentally safe disposal for Lancaster County. This project also protects local resources by eliminating the need to acquire new land for landfilling purposes.

Leading to this milestone, LCSWMA invested over a decade in planning for a vertical expansion of the Frey Farm Landfill, including extensive environmental and engineering analyses. The goal was to design a project that provides this much-needed public service (i.e., future landfill capacity), while minimizing its environmental, social, and aesthetic impacts.

Through an extensive and comprehensive permit review, DEP determined the public benefits of this project clearly outweigh the known and potential harms. Additionally, DEP undertook an intensive technical review process to affirm the stability of the site and the appropriateness of the project design.

The modified permit contains numerous conditions to protect the environment and community, including ongoing monitoring of the site and surrounding environment. Additionally, LCSWMA is committed to developing a visual landscape synthesis plan to aesthetically blend the Frey Farm Landfill into the surrounding scenery over time.

Construction is slated to begin this fall, to be ready for waste placement by spring 2019. For more details, readers may visit www. lcswma.org.

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Township Offices To Move July 31, 2017

Mount Joy Township has announced that its office will be closed on Thursday, Aug. 10; Friday, Aug. 11; and Monday, Aug. 14, while the office is moved from its current location on Merts Drive to its new location at 8853 Elizabethtown Road, Elizabethtown. Information about an upcoming open house will be posted on the "Mount Joy Township, Lancaster County, PA" Facebook page.

The township asks residents for their patience while the township is preparing its new office building, which will not only house the township office staff, but also the Public Works Department and the Northwest Regional Police Department.

Inquiries for the township may continue to be directed to 717-367-8917. The Mount Joy exchanges for the township office and the public works office will no longer be viable numbers, and those who would like to contact the Public Works Department will need to call the aforementioned number. The Police Department will still be reachable at 717-367-8481.

As always, the township will have the cardboard dumpster for all corrugated cardboard, located to the far left of the front parking area, and the drop box for after-hours deposits of township items such as permits and trash payments. The new drop box, which will be bright red, will be available after Aug. 14. Residents should never place anything in the postal mail boxes.

Parking for all visitors will be located in the front of the building, with the three public entrances to the building clearly marked. The main entrance to the township office will be the double glass doors under the main portico, and the entrance for all public meetings will be located under the portico to the far left of the building. The entrance to the police department will be to the right of the township entrance, accessible by following the sidewalk around the side of the main portico.

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Parks Department Posts Programs July 27, 2017

Lancaster County Parks Department will offer summertime activities. Unless otherwise noted, there is a fee to participate and programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. Preregistration is required by noon the business day before the event. For registration and details, readers may call 717-295-2055.

Reptile Fun: Games and Crafts will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5. The program is designed for children ages 5 to 11, but is open to all ages. The program will feature fun and educational outdoor games, a craft project, and a live critter. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

An Introduction to Bird Watching for Families will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6. The program is appropriate for adults or families with children ages 7 and up. Participants will learn how to get started in this life-long hobby with a naturalist and take a slow-paced walk on the nearby trails. Attendees are asked to bring their own binoculars and a bird guide, if available. A limited supply of lending binoculars will be available.

A Summer Full Moon Hike will be offered on Monday, Aug. 7, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Attendees will experience the sights and sounds of the woods at night. The program is open to all ages, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

A Brief History of Environmental Protection in the Americas will present "Air Pollution and Climate Change" on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The interactive lecture on human environmental impact in the U.S. and beyond is geared for students in sixth grade and up, but all are welcome to attend.

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Free Fitness Classes Set July 26, 2017

Free fitness classes will be offered in New Freedom. Classes are open to the public and sponsored by the New Freedom Recreation Council. Classes will take place in the park behind the New Freedom Community Center, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom.

On Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., Hula Hoops Fitness will be held. Classes will move inside if it rains. Attendees may bring their own hoop or use one that is provided. The class will provide fun for all ages and abilities.

On Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m., Yoga in the Park will be held. Attendees are asked to bring a yoga mat.

For more information, readers may follow New Freedom Recreation Council on Facebook.

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Meeting To Focus On Post Office July 26, 2017

Fawn Grove community members and area businesses are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8, to discuss the potential reopening of the Fawn Grove Post Office. The meeting will take place on at 6 p.m. at the Citizens Fire Company, 171 S. Market St., Fawn Grove. A representative of the postal service will be present to meet with the community and discuss suitable locations for the office.

The Fawn Grove Post Office has been closed for a year after serving the community since 1961. The post office delivered to more than 900 mailboxes and served more than 2,500 people.

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Department Honors First Responders July 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars recently recognized recipients of its annual Public Safety Awards in the Commonwealth. Each year, the Pennsylvania VFW presents awards to an outstanding firefighter, police officer, and emergency medical technician to honor them for the critical roles they fill as first responders who keep citizens safe.

PA VFW Emergency Medical Technician of the Year was bestowed upon Donald J. Sanders Jr. of York, sponsored by West York VFW Post 8951. PA VFW John Radko Police Officer of the Year was awarded to Police Chief George McClay of Morrisville, sponsored by Yardley VFW Post 6393. PA VFW Firefighter of the Year was given to Tony E. Albright of Shippensburg, sponsored by Chambersburg VFW Post 1599.

Nominations for PA VFW safety awards must be processed through a local VFW Post with a nomination letter and resume from the sponsoring safety organization. Winners advance to the national level for consideration as the VFW's national first responder award winners.

For additional information, readers may call 717-234-7927 or visit www.vfwpahq.org.

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CBPRP Document Open For Comment July 26, 2017

The York County Regional Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan (CBPRP) was prepared to meet the requirements of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) permit with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). It includes an estimate of the baseload of pollutants that are discharged to streams in the planning area; the required pollutant reductions as identified by the DEP; proposed storm water improvement projects to achieve the minimum required pollutant reductions; the project sponsors, partners, and probable funding sources; and ongoing operation and maintenance responsibilities for the projects.

The municipalities participating in the Regional CBPRP include the County of York; City of York; townships of Carroll, Chanceford, Conewago, Dover, East Manchester, Fairview, Heidelberg, Hellam, Jackson, Lower Windsor, Manchester, Monaghan, Newberry, North Hopewell, Penn, Spring Garden, Springettsbury, Springfield, West Manchester, West Manheim, Windsor, and York; and the boroughs of Dallastown, Dillsburg, Dover, Felton, Franklintown, Glen Rock, Goldsboro, Hallam, Hanover, Jacobus, Lewisberry, Loganville, Manchester, Mount Wolf, New Salem, North York, Railroad, Red Lion, Spring Grove, West York, Windsor, Wrightsville, Yoe, York Haven, and Yorkana.

This type of regional effort is unique to York County and is recognized as a model for other jurisdictions in the Commonwealth by the DEP. On behalf of municipalities participating in the York County Regional CBPRP, the York County Planning Commission (YCPC) will accept public comments related to the Plan through Friday, Aug. 18. The Regional CBPRP is available for public review on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the YCPC office, located on the third floor of the County Administrative Center, 28 E. Market St., York. It is also available for public review/comment at www.ycpc.org.

Comments must be provided through the website or in writing to the attention of Lindsay Gerner, YCPC senior planner, at the above address or via email to lgerner@ycpc.org. Comments will also be accepted at a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the West Manchester Township Municipal Building, 380 E. Berlin Road, York.

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YCSWA Supports Cleanup Efforts July 24, 2017

The recent free tire disposal program sponsored by the York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) resulted in the proper disposal of 4.04 tons of tires. Thirty-five York County residents delivered 299 tires to the York County Resource Recovery Center where they were safely processed to produce power. This program was an outgrowth of the YCSWA's participation in and support of Keep York Beautiful and its efforts to prevent and eliminate illegal dumping.

Removing waste tires from communities helps clean up illegal dumpsites and reduces the spread of West Nile virus by eliminating potential mosquito breeding sources. Residents can and should place old tires out with their regular garbage. This special tire acceptance program was held to raise awareness that tires should be properly disposed of as household waste and to help prevent illegal dumping of tires.

Tires collected at the curb with regular garbage must be off the rim and may not exceed 32 inches in diameter. Residents should contact their waste hauler for specifics on how many tires can be placed out with each pickup.

The YCSWA is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township and conducts a year-round free litter disposal program to encourage York County residents, organizations, civic groups, schools, and neighborhoods to clean up litter and illegal dumpsites. Waste collected in cleanup programs can be disposed of free of charge at the York County Resource Recovery Center. Preregistration is required. For more information about the free litter program, readers may call the YCSWA at 717-845-1066.

Keep York Beautiful is an affiliate chapter of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Keep York Beautiful conducts cleanups across York County and provides education and outreach programming. Residents interested in helping to clean up an illegal dumpsite may contact Tom Smith at Keep York Beautiful at 717-840-2375 or tls35@psu.edu. Keep York Beautiful can assist with providing free gloves, bags, and safety vests.

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Summertime Events Set July 20, 2017

Lancaster County Parks Department will offer summertime activities. Unless otherwise noted, there is a fee to participate and programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. Preregistration is required by noon the business day before the event. For registration and details, readers may call 717-295-2055.

Bug Fun will take place on Saturday, July 29, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Led by naturalist Kelsey Frey, participants will learn all about insects during some fun and educational outdoor games, make a craft project to take home and meet a live critter. The program is geared for children ages 5 to 11, but all are welcome to attend.

Can You Survive? will be offered for participants age 8 and up at Campsites 3 and 5 in Lancaster County Central Park on Sunday, July 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will spend an afternoon with naturalist Ann Strauss learning valuable lessons while practicing shelter building, fire starting, hunting for food in the creek, and learning about wild edibles. The day will conclude with a fire and s'mores, and participants may eat the edibles found that day if they wish. Parents must sign emergency contact sheets and waivers.

Finding Gratitude Through Nature will be offered to individuals age 10 and older from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 31. With the aid of naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel, participants will delight in the natural world and seek small changes in perspective to enrich daily lives. Participants are encouraged to bring a book for journaling and to attend all sessions, if possible. Participants should dress for a trail walk of a mile or two. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Happy Trails! will be a program for people of all ages on Thursday, Aug. 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Speedwell Forge County Park,480 Speedwell Forge Road, Lititz. Strauss will lead the hike, which will be 1 to 1.5 miles along a woodland trail and will take an hour to an hour and a half to walk. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Storytelling Around the Campfire, for people of all ages, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, at Campsite 3 in Lancaster County Central park. Naturalist Francine Praught will get the fire going as participants share stories to celebrate nature. Attendees should bring chairs and blankets. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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