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ACS Celebrates Daffodil Days March 26, 2019

The American Cancer Society (ACS) welcomed spring on March 20 with its annual Daffodil Days flower sale. Daffodil Days is a campaign through which local businesses, organizations, churches and individuals in the community can purchase cut daffodils, cut tulips or mini potted daffodil plants in support of the ACS.

This year, the ACS raised more than $16,000 in sales in York County alone. Because of campaigns like this one, the ACS is able to provide free programs and services benefiting the York County area like the Road to Recovery program and its Hope Lodges.

Any business, organization or church that would like to be added to the ACS mailing list may contact Ashley Leary at or 717-848-2229. For more information on the ACS and its programs and services, readers may visit or call 800-227-2345.


Fire Department To Hold Supper March 26, 2019

The Weaverland Valley Fire Department will host a dine-in or takeout community ham and chicken supper event on Saturday, April 13, at the Goodville Station, 1606 Main St., East Earl.

The supper will start at 2 p.m., with serving until 6 p.m.


York Branch AAUW Meeting Posted March 25, 2019

Pamela L. Gay, York County coroner since 2014, will be the featured speaker at York Branch AAUW meeting on Tuesday, April 9. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at York Alliance Church, 501 Rathton Road, York. Gay will speak on "The Opioid Epidemic in York County: A Community Response." A social time will start at 6:30 p.m.

Gay's lecture will address how opioids came to York County, what is being done to combat the epidemic, and how the community can be involved in helping resolve this increasing problem. A registered nurse for 37 years, Gay has had experience in critical care, emergency medicine, and the WellSpan Forensic Nursing Team, working with sexual assault and child abuse victims. For five years, she and her husband, Jeff, raised a great-niece and great-nephew while their mother recovered from addiction.

All are welcome to attend.


Fire Department Plans Fundraiser March 25, 2019

Weaverland Valley Fire Department will host a benefit barbecue chicken event on Saturday, April 13.

Chicken will be available from 10 a.m. until sold out at the Goodville Station, 1606 Main St., East Earl, and at the Terre Hill Station, 403 N. Earl St., Terre Hill.


Layden Named Police Chief March 22, 2019

West Hempfield Township has selected Lisa Layden as its new police chief to replace retiring Chief Mark Pugliese. Pugliese had served the township for 35 years, the last 17 in the capacity of chief.

Layden is currently a detective-sergeant with the Southwestern Regional Police Department (PD) in York County. She has been with the department since 1996 and has previously held the ranks of patrol officer and patrol sergeant. In her capacity with Southwestern Regional PD, Layden has been the lead investigator for major crimes, department supervisor for criminal investigation and crime prevention, primary Internal Affairs investigator, and training officer for patrol and supervisors. Layden is certified as an Expert Witness for investigation of Child Abuse and Application of Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law in Federal Court. She was named Officer of the Year in 2002, 2012, and 2017 and received an Academic Achievement Award in 2007 and 2010. She has received numerous commendations during her tenure.

Layden is a 1995 graduate of the Harrisburg Area Community College Police Academy, a 2007 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Behavioral Science in criminal justice, a 2019 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Master of Public Administration, and a current student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she is completing her Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology in administration and leadership studies.

Layden currently resides in York County with her husband, Dale. They have three grown sons, Dan, Tod, and Andy. She enjoys making mosaic art pieces and wildlife pen and inks.

Layden is a runner, participates in 5Ks, and is training to run marathons in the future.

Layden will be publicly appointed as chief by the West Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Tuesday, April 2, and she will start work shortly thereafter. The Board of Supervisors selected Layden unanimously.


Event Planning Meeting Posted March 22, 2019

The first planning meeting for the 2019 Pequea Township National Night Out event will be held on Tuesday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at the New Danville Fire Company, 43 Marticville Road, Lancaster. The National Night Out event will be held on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Anyone interested in volunteering and members of groups who may be interested in attending National Night Out are encouraged to attend the planning session.


Prescribed Burn Season Begins March 22, 2019

Fort Indiantown Gap has begun its spring prescribed burn season to reduce the risk of wildfires. The burns will be conducted on approximately 4,500 acres, as conditions permit, through Friday, May 3, between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Local residents may notice smoke originating from or in the vicinity of the installation while burns are being conducted.

A prescribed burn is a commonly used forestry management technique that reduces the amount of combustible material naturally existing in the wilderness. It is performed only when conditions such as humidity, wind, and temperature are ideal for managing fires. Prescribed burns are not conducted unless all required conditions are met.

For more information, 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.

Fort Indiantown Gap is now enrolled in AlertPA, a mass notification service by CodeRED. Readers may subscribe to get alerts delivered straight to their phone and/or email whenever the installation is conducting prescribed burns or training that may result in increased noise levels. To sign up for AlertPA, readers may visit and then subscribe to Fort Indiantown Gap community notifications under Additional Notifications. Notification settings may be adjusted as needed at any time.


Event To Focus On Depression March 19, 2019

Geisinger Holy Spirit and the Messiah College School of Graduate Studies will host "Beyond the Blues: Signs, Symptoms and Support for Children and Teens Facing Depression" as part of the Partners in Caring Speaker Series. The free session will be held on Thursday, April 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the college's High Center, 1 College Ave., Mechanicsburg.

Kendra Nichols will lead a diverse group of panelists with expertise in pediatric medicine, family dynamics, school counseling, community crisis intervention, social media and gaming culture. Attendees will learn about the signs, symptoms and influencers of depression and practical ways parents, teachers and community members can support youths.

To reserve free tickets for the event, readers may call the Messiah College ticket office at 717-691-6036 or visit Reserved tickets can be picked up in advance or held at the ticket office. Seating is limited.


Experience Camp Slated March 18, 2019

From Monday, Aug. 12, through Saturday, Aug. 17, at Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge in Equinunk, boys and girls from the Mid-Atlantic will come together to spend a week at Experience Camp. Experience Camps provide free, one-week camps for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver.

Along with swimming, arts and crafts, and team sports, participants take part in bereavement activities including sharing circles, where they are encouraged to talk about their grief. Referrals and applications are being accepted for girls entering grades four through 10 and boys entering grades four through 11 in the 2019-20 school year.

For more information about Experience Camps or to obtain an application, readers may visit


Local Student Supports K-9 Officer March 14, 2019

A third-grade student at Doe Run Elementary recently completed a passion project for his third-grade LEAP class, raising $568 to support Casper, the K-9 officer for Manheim Borough. Nathan Bowerman first became interested in raising money for Casper after seeing a Facebook video made with Casper and his handler, Officer Colwell. The video shared that training and expenses to maintain the K-9 program come solely from donations from organizations and the community.

In connection with his project, Nathan met Casper and Colwell, who gave him a two-hour tour of the new police station, including a tutorial and demonstration of the skill set that Casper brings to the police force. Nathan began researching K-9 officers and devised a plan to raise funds through the sale of puppy chow snack mix, a treat for humans consisting of cereal, peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar.

Nathan and his family made and sold 112 bags of the snack mix through Facebook, at Nathan's school, at a local business, and in the Bowermans' neighborhood. Through support and donations, the project raised $568, and a check was presented to the Manheim Police Department on March 13.

Colwell will join Nathan at Doe Run Elementary on Friday, April 26, when Nathan presents his research and passion project.


Flea Market Vendors Sought March 14, 2019

Cub Scout Pack 37 from Landisville and the Hempfield Fire Department will host the annual Memorial Day Flea Market on Monday, May 27, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hempfield Fire Department, 19 Main St., Salunga. Crafters, artists, and vendors are invited to participate.

The flea market often features fresh flowers, antiques and collectibles, clothing, children's items, and activities such as face painting. The Cub Scouts staff a concession stand, and independent local food vendors are present.

The event is open to the public. All proceeds directly benefit Pack 37 and Hempfield Fire Department.

To reserve spaces, visit More information is available by contacting James Odenwalt at 717-341-0022 or


Community Cleanup Effort Planned March 14, 2019

The annual Kiss Hershey Back, Penn State College of Medicine medical students' annual initiative to give back to the community, will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kiss Hershey Back is an effort to clean up public areas and streets.

Students are calling for help from community members and local businesses, as the cleanup covers a large area and the effort requires donations. Those interested in participating or supporting the cause through donations may email More information may be received at


Deputies Promoted To Corporals March 13, 2019

Four Chester County deputy sheriffs - Frank DeJesse, Martin Lawson, Stanley McDaniel, and Matthew Jamie Mendenhall - recently received promotions to corporal at a ceremony in the Chester County Justice Center.

The program was held in Courtroom One. The deputies were joined by friends and relatives as well as members of the office.

Chief Deputy Jason Suydam opened the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by welcoming remarks from Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh and an invocation from the Rev. Floyd Wheeler, the office chaplain. Lt. Adam Sibley shared about each of the deputies.

DeJesse began working in the Chester County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) in November 2010. His credentials include an associate degree in elementary education and a commercial driver's license. He received his Act 120 certification from Delaware County Community College's Police Academy, and he worked for the Collingdale Police Department from 1997 to 2004. He brings institutional knowledge to his new position, having worked for 22 years in law enforcement in Chester and Delaware counties.

Lawson, who has amassed 21 years in law enforcement in Chester and Philadelphia counties, came to the Sheriff's Office in April 2015. His previous employment included work as a corrections officer at the Chester County Prison, where he served seven years as a corporal on the prison's Internal Emergency Response Team, and police duties for the Westtown-East Goshen Police Department as well as the University of Pennsylvania force. Lawson earned a bachelor's degree in security and management from the University of Phoenix; he also graduated from the Delaware County Community College's Police Academy and the Elizabethtown Corrections Academy.

McDaniel began working a the CCSO in January 2016. He earned a bachelor's degree in theology from Geneva College followed by a master's degree in pastoral leadership from Lancaster Bible College. A national registered critical care paramedic, he received his Act 120 certification from Delaware County Community College's Police Academy. His former employers include the Chester County Youth Center, Life Line Transport and Allied Barton Security. He also served as a lieutenant with the Philadelphia Fire Department, where he was a member for 22 years.

Mendenhall, who is partnered with K-9 Nero, came to the CCSO in May 2017 from the Berks County Sheriff's Office, where he had served as a captain with oversight over the fugitive warrants, domestic relations and K-9 units. He also supervised the Berks County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard. Mendenhall, who has certifications for first aid, CPR, active-shooter scenarios and K-9 decoy work, received his police training at Penn State University and the Reading Police Academy.

To earn the promotions, the deputies had to provide documentation to support their levels of seniority, education and military and specialized training. In addition, they needed to excel in front of an oral interview board, which included supervisors from the Sheriff's Office as well as another county law enforcement agency.


Grant Helps Fund EMS Provider Merger March 13, 2019

In an ongoing effort to create a uniform EMS system that provides high-quality service to all areas of York County, the York County Community Foundation's (YCCF) WellSpan EMS Fund has awarded a grant of $33,000 to three local nonprofit EMS providers to create efficiencies and optimize service delivery. The three organizations in the project are York Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Inc., Grantley Fire Company, and West York Ambulance.

The grant supported the hiring of a legal consultant to perform an analysis of the organizations, the market, infrastructure, and more, resulting in a recommendation for merging that was then taken to each organization's managing board for review and a vote. The grant also supports the execution of the recommendations, resulting in the creation of First Capital Community Transport Partners as the first step toward regionalizing and coordinating the provision of emergency and medical transportation services.

For the past five years, York Regional EMS, Grantley Fire Company, and West York Ambulance have been in discussions about coordination and consolidation to create the foundation on which a sustainable, broad-based, uniform EMS system could be established. With the grant from YCCF's WellSpan EMS Fund, the three nonprofit organizations aimed to create one that is viable, high-quality, and quick to react to and resolve service area challenges now and in the future.

Established by WellSpan Health with the goal of creating a more coordinated, regional EMS system that effectively meets the needs of York County communities, the YCCF WellSpan Emergency Medical Services Fund provides grants for purposes such as professional services, start-up resources, and/or the development of new and innovative collaborative projects in order to meet the emergency medical needs of the community. Since 2014, the fund has awarded more than $200,000 in grants. More information can be found at


REBOOT Combat Recovery March 13, 2019

The James A. Danner VFW Post 537, 1095 Pines Road, Etters, will offer REBOOT Combat Recovery, a free 12-week trauma recovery course, which will start on Thursday, March 21. REBOOT focuses on healing the spiritual and moral injuries of war by addressing the mind, body, and soul. The local REBOOT training will be led by a team of combat veterans.

The fresh approach offers a unique blend of clinical insight and faith-based support in the form of weekly classes that include topic-based instruction, class discussions, homework, group exercises, and a family-style meal. In contrast to traditional mental health treatment options, REBOOT is led by volunteers and provides practical solutions for healing moral injuries, which has led to reduced suicide deaths, increased veteran employment, decreased divorce rates, and restored communities.

To register or for more information on this local REBOOT course, readers may contact Charlie Yost at or 724-630-4956. The training is open to any combat veteran and his or her spouse/partner. Child care and dinner are included. To learn more, readers may visit


EMS Strong Campaign Set March 12, 2019

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), has announced that this year's EMS Strong campaign theme is "Beyond the Call." The annual EMS Strong campaign provides opportunities to recognize the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community, enhance and strengthen the profession on a national level, and expand and celebrate National EMS Week, which will be Sunday through Saturday, May 19 through 25.

The campaign brings together key organizations, media partners, and corporate sponsors committed to recognizing and fortifying the EMS community, commending recent groundbreaking accomplishments, and increasing awareness of National EMS Week. For more information on the campaign, readers may visit


Training Sessions Slated March 11, 2019

Penn State Extension is seeking volunteers to become Master Food Preservers and to teach others the basics of home food preservation. This volunteer program is for those who are currently living in the Lancaster County area and have basic knowledge and experience with home food preservation and food safety.

Applicants must be able to attend training sessions, including a webinar on Thursday, May 9, and sessions in University Park on Wednesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 16. To learn more about applying, contact Stacy Reed at 717-394-6851 or The application deadline is Monday, April 15.


Police Department Receives Grant March 7, 2019

West Hempfield Township Police Department received an $11,000 lifesaving equipment grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The grant allowed the department to purchase eight automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to enhance the department's lifesaving capabilities.

The new AEDs will replace the older machines currently in use. The new AEDs will be placed in service as soon as all officers undergo training on the new equipment.

According to Chief Mark G. Pugliese, "These AEDs are very similar to the machines we currently have except they are completely automatic, and voice prompts even assist the officers in administering CPR by telling the officer is they are going too fast (or) too slow or if chest compressions are too deep or not deep enough." Pugliese also noted, "(The new machines) are smaller, lighter, and extremely user-friendly."

The mission of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is to provide funding, lifesaving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations.


Auxiliary To Hold Yard Sale March 6, 2019

The Auxiliary of Citizens Volunteer Fire Company will hold a yard sale, as well as a soup and sandwich sale, on Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will take place at the fire house, 171 S. Market St., Fawn Grove.

Yard sale spaces are available for rent. For yard sale spaces, call Jane at 717-382-4073.


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.

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