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Murphy To Direct Emergency Services Department January 21, 2019

The Chester County commissioners have announced the appointment of Michael Murphy Jr. as director of the Department of Emergency Services. Murphy was formerly platoon leader for the county's 9-1-1 operations.

Murphy replaces Robert Kagel, who served as director of the department for four years before his appointment as Chester County administrator. John Haynes, deputy director of 9-1-1 operations, has been serving as interim director since Kagel moved to the commissioners' office.

Murphy has been a member of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services for 20 years. As platoon leader for Chester County's 9-1-1 Center, Murphy has maintained national and state certifications in all 9-1-1 disciplines and has led the county's team of telecommunicators using advanced technology to provide timely and accurate emergency assistance to citizens contacting the 9-1-1 Center. During his time as platoon leader of 9-1-1 operations, Murphy worked with every Department of Emergency Services division, all four emergency responder disciplines and their advisory councils, other county departments, and state and federal agencies.

A longtime resident of Chester County, Murphy has served as emergency management coordinator (EMC) and deputy EMC for Caln Township, and he has served as a firefighter with the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Company since the age of 16. He holds a Bachelor of Science in public safety administration and a master's degree in organizational and strategic leadership, both from Neumann University.

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Hospital Slates Health Programs January 21, 2019

UPMC Pinnacle will host several community education events. All programs are free, unless otherwise specified. Refreshments will be served.

Breakthrough Heart Treatments will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Giant Food Stores, Linglestown Community Center, 2300 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg. The program will feature the latest treatments for valve diseases.

Doing Your Part to Maintain a Healthy Heart will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Giant Food Stores, Linglestown Community Center. Attendees will learn about the risk factors that impact heart health, how to make lifestyle modifications to improve heart health, and the role of fitness to prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Preventing and Managing Heart Failure will be offered at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Giant Food Stores, Camp Hill Community Center, 3301 E. Trindle Road, Camp Hill. Participants will learn more about healthy living to prevent heart failure, the most up-to-date scientific management of heart failure, and strategies to care for those with advanced heart failure.

Peripheral Artery Disease - What Can Your Legs Tell You About Your Heart? will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, at UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle Education Center, 361 Alexander Spring Road, Carlisle. Attendees will learn about their risk of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD), which can strike the legs, abdomen, or neck, and learn about medications, lifestyle choices, and treatments to prevent or manage PAD.

Keep the Beat will take an in-depth look at atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder, along with discussion about alternative blood thinner medications and treatment options. The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Giant Food Stores, Camp Hill Community Center.

Space is limited. Readers may register at www.upmcpinnacle.com/events or by calling 877-499-3299.

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New Reporting Tool Available January 21, 2019

A tool for reporting suspicious activity surrounding the prescribing or dispensing of prescription drugs, including opioids, has been created. The tool will be available on the attorney general's website at https://pennsylvania.pmpaware.net, on the Department of Health's website at www.health.pa.gov, and within the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) site for registered users at https://pennsylvania.pmpaware.net/.

By making the attorney general's suspicious activity reporting tool available on the PDMP and the Department of Health's website, another layer of safety is added for the responsible prescribing of controlled substances such as opioids. The illegal diversion of prescription pain pills from doctors' offices and pharmacies is contributing to the opioid epidemic across the commonwealth, but diversion activity is hard to identify and even harder to investigate. The new reporting tool, which is available online to everyone, allows people to anonymously give the attorney general's office detailed information about suspected diversion so criminal activity can be better investigated and prosecuted.

The attorney general's Office of Diversion created the suspicious activity report form, a web-based form, for health care providers and the general public to report suspicious activity involving prescription medication. Things that might be reported include fraudulent, stolen, or altered prescriptions; a suspicious doctor or pharmacy; or an individual obtaining prescription drugs for any purpose other than the treatment of an existing medical condition, such as for purposes of misuse, abuse, or diversion.

Completed reports are assigned to the appropriate attorney general's office investigator in the region where the suspicious activity is alleged to have taken place. Those with an active Pennsylvania professional license that permits them to prescribe or dispense medications must register to use the PDMP. Authorized users include prescribers, dispensers, the attorney general's office (on behalf of law enforcement), designated commonwealth personnel, and medical examiners or county coroners.

More than 90,000 registrants have conducted approximately 1.6 million patient searches each month. The PDMP online database allows prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances to monitor who is obtaining opioids, who prescriptions are being obtained from, and how often they are prescribed, and it also supports clinicians in identifying patients who may be struggling from the disease of addiction and help connect them with treatment services.

For more information on the PDMP, readers may visit https://pennsylvania.pmpaware.net/.

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Fire Company Sets Breakfast January 21, 2019

Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, Robeson Township, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 7 to 11 a.m.

Proceeds will support the fire company. For additional details, readers may call 610-286-6481 or visit www.geigertownfireco.com. Individuals may also find the fire company on Facebook.

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District Welcomes First School Resource Officer January 17, 2019

Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) School District has welcomed Officer David Covey of the West Lampeter Township Police Department (WLTPD) as its first school resource officer (SRO). He is based at L-S High School, but he will regularly work with students in kindergarten through grade 12.

"Safety continues to be the No. 1 priority for our students and staff," said district superintendent Kevin Peart. "Having Officer Covey aboard as our SRO will only strengthen the great partnership that exists between the district and local police."

Administrators have been working with the Board of School Directors, WLTPD Chief Brian Wiczkowski, and the West Lampeter Township Board of Supervisors to employ an SRO since last year. In late summer, Covey's position was approved to begin in January 2019. Since then, he has been on campus several times a week and is quickly becoming a familiar face for students and staff.

"We are very fortunate to already have a strong working relationship with the L-S School District, and we are really looking forward to strengthening that bond with the implementation of a school resource officer," Wiczkowski remarked. "I'd like to thank Dr. Peart, the L-S School Board, and the West Lampeter Township Board of Supervisors for working together to make this happen."

In addition to monitoring the schools and campus for security, Covey's responsibilities will include peer counseling, guest speaking, and teaching. He hopes to conduct a mock crash, self-defense classes, and more.

"My job is to provide a safe learning environment for all students, and that includes awareness of what's happening both outside and inside the schools," Covey said.

Covey is a 19-year veteran of the WLTPD. After nearly two decades on the street, he welcomes the challenge of working with young people.

"Having kids of my own, I can see how things are changing," Covey commented. "Now that I'll be here every day, students can get to know me and feel comfortable sharing their concerns." Covey also noted that he looks forward to explaining to younger students how what they are learning in school can tie in to everyday life.

Covey resides in Lititz with his wife and three daughters.

For more information about the new SRO, readers may call the district at 717-464-3311 or the WLTPD at 717-464-2421.

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Safe Church Programs Set January 16, 2019

Samaritan Counseling Center, 1803 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, will offer three Safe Church/Safe Places programs to the community. All programs will be facilitated by trained professionals. There is a fee to participate in each program.

Circle of Hope, a support group for survivors of child sexual abuse, will be held on Thursdays, Feb. 7, 21, and 28; March 21; and April 4 and 25. Some need-based scholarships assistance is available upon request.

Rising Together, a support group for parents and caregivers of children of all ages who were sexually abused at some point in their lives, will meet begin meeting on Monday, Jan. 28. Sessions will continue on Mondays, Feb. 11 and 25, March 11 and 25, and April 8. There is a discount for couples. Full scholarships are available for women. The group is open to men and women.

Safe Church Cluster will engage congregations of various faiths in a process over seven to nine months to bring child protection practices and policies into practice. The program will begin on Saturday, April 6, at which time future dates will be discussed. Fees will be based on the size of the congregation's membership.

For additional details or registration, readers may visit www.scclanc.org under Upcoming Events or contact ldurbin@scclanc.org or 717-560-9969, ext. 254.

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Fire Company Posts Fundraiser January 16, 2019

West Willow Fire Company, 192 West Willow Road, West Willow, will hold a chicken corn soup sale, sub sale, and bake sale on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. until the food is sold out. Takeouts only will be available.

Soup will be sold by the quart. Individuals should bring their own containers, and the containers should not be glass.

The event will benefit the fire company.

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Beiler Receives Promotion January 16, 2019

Rachelle Beiler, a 22-year-old homeschool graduate from Narvon and a resident volunteer firefighter and EMT with Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District in Sisters, Ore., was recently promoted to resident volunteer lieutenant.

Beiler received her EMT training from Pennsylvania College of Technology in Lancaster in February 2015. She was employed with Lancaster EMS from December 2015 to May 2016. To further her education, she began fire science and paramedicine courses at Central Oregon Community College in June 2016. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA and has the following certifications: EMT, Firefighter 1 and 2, Apparatus Driver, and Hazardous Materials Operations. She has also taken six national incident management courses.

She has served with the fire district in Oregon for nearly two years. In her new role, she will be responsible for providing supervisory support of resident volunteer firefighters and EMTs in the fire district's resident volunteer college program. Through the program, college scholarships and housing are offered to students taking fire science or paramedic courses at Central Oregon Community College. Beiler will complete her four-year scholarship program in June 2020.

Upon completing the program, Beiler will receive certification as an Oregon and National Registry Paramedic and will also obtain a Bachelor of Science in fire service administration.

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Blood Drive Scheduled January 16, 2019

The Rotary Club of Coatesville is sponsoring a blood drive at Olivet United Methodist Church, 310 E. Chestnut St., Coatesville, on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Appointments are preferred. To register, email Leo Scaccia at LeoR.Scaccia@towerhealth.org or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code Coatesville Rotary.

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VFW Recognizes Safety Officers January 16, 2019

The James A. Danner VFW Post 537 recently held a Safety Banquet to honor all first responders from the area and to specifically recognize one firefighter, one emergency medical technician (EMT), and one police officer. VFW Post 537 sought nominations from supervisory officers in Fairview Township, Newberry Township, and the borough of Goldsboro.

To be eligible for an award, nominees had to meet various criteria. The three primary criteria were recognition by their colleagues, unswerving loyalty to and active performance in safety of citizens, and dedication to their official responsibilities over a period of years, showing continuous growth in responsibility and experience.

The Firefighter of the Year for 2018 is Kyle Harbold. He serves as the fire police captain, assisting the Newberry Township Police Department in both emergency and nonemergency situations. He had the highest response to calls within the Newberry Township Fire Department.

Leslie Garner of Newberry Township's EMS was selected as the Post 537's Emergency Medical Technician Award winner for 2018. Garner began as an EMT in 2002 and became a medic in 2008. She has served as a full-time medic in Newberry Township since 2013.

Post 537 chose Detective Daniel Grimme of Newberry Township Police Department as the Police Officer of the Year. Grimme, an eight-year veteran of the Newberry Township Police Department, serves in the department's Criminal Support Unit. In the past year, he was instrumental in prosecuting several individuals who illegally delivered narcotics. In addition to general investigations, he also investigates domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

Nominations for the 2019 Safety Officers can be submitted at any time prior to Sunday, Sept. 1, to the James A. Danner VFW Post 537. For more information, readers may call Charlie at 724-630-4956.

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Blood Drives Slated January 16, 2019

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will host blood drives at three Royer's Flowers and Gifts stores as part of "Buds for Blood."

On Thursday, Jan. 31, stores at 201 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, and 805 Loucks Road, York, will host bloodmobiles from 3 to 6:30 p.m. The third blood drive is set for Saturday, March 16, at the Camp Hill store, 3015 Gettysburg Road, and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments are not needed, but donors should bring ID, eat within four hours of giving blood, and stay well hydrated. Orange juice and snacks will be provided after donating.

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Gonzalez, Holmes Graduate From Police Academy January 15, 2019

The Chester County Sheriff's Office has announced that it was scheduled to add two deputy sheriffs to the roster in January. The new deputy sheriffs are Marjorie V. Gonzalez and Deborah A. Holmes.

Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh recently recalled the day about a year and a half ago when security officers Marjorie V. Gonzalez and Deborah A. Holmes requested a meeting with her. They explained that they had been discussing the possibility of attending Delaware County Community College's Police Academy. If they pursued the part-time program, they could continue as security officers during the yearlong curriculum. At the end, they would graduate with Act 120 certification, which is mandated by Pennsylvania to work as a police officer. The certification was the lone requirement preventing the two from moving up the ranks and becoming deputy sheriffs.

Welsh encouraged Gonzalez and Holmes and brought in the chief and lieutenants to offer additional encouragement.

Holmes said the seeds of the plan date back to March 2014 when she began working in the Sheriff's Office. A longtime friend who was working as a deputy immediately suggested that Holmes attend the police academy, but at the time, the single mother said her plate was full. In addition to caring for her two sons, Holmes was providing assistance to her father, who was seriously ill.

But Holmes, a Coatesville High School graduate who studied criminal justice at West Chester University, said her friend's urgings did not stop. When a colleague in the Sheriff's Office security force enrolled in the academy in 2017, Holmes regularly asked him questions about his experiences in the program.

The answers helped Holmes make up her mind in the summer of 2018, secure in the knowledge that she would be fulfilling a wish for her that her late father had often expressed. At the time, she did not know that Gonzalez once had the same ambition.

Gonzalez said that hearing Holmes announce her goal reignited her own aspirations. Gonzalez said that the thought of having company at the academy appealed to her.

Welsh said one of the most inspiring components of Holmes and Gonzalez's journey was the pair's teamwork, and the duo's commitment, perseverance, and dedication inspired others in the office. Welsh added that the training regimen produced a variety of obstacles.

Both Holmes and Gonzalez found the schedule grueling. After putting in a full day at the Chester County Justice Center, they fought rush-hour traffic, often just making it to the Delaware County campus in time for roll call at 5:45 p.m. Their classes took place from 6 to 10 p.m. Holmes said she arrived back home in time to put her sons to bed. Additionally, Holmes also experienced difficulty with the schedule during the firearms training, as participants had to add full Saturdays and Sundays to their schedules for six weeks.

For Gonzalez, a Navy veteran who joined the Sheriff's Office in April 2011, the physical training and the firearms instruction presented the biggest hurdles. She noted that she and Holmes were the oldest members of their class, and sometimes keeping up with younger classmates proved a bit intimidating.

In addition, Gonzalez, who grew up in Delaware County and attended Haverford High School and Millersville State College, had to call up distant memories. For example, she had not used a firearm in more than three decades.

Besides receiving periodic boosts from one another as well as colleagues in the Sheriff's Office, both cadets benefited from personal support systems. Holmes credited her mother and sons, and Gonzalez praised her pastor and members of her church, Saints Memorial Baptist Church in Bryn Mawr.

When graduation time approached, Gonzalez and Holmes learned that if they were employed by a law-enforcement agency, their boss could participate in the ceremony. Welsh was in attendance at the ceremony to present Gonzalez's and Holmes' diplomas.

Cpl. Brad DeSando was one of the cheering members of the Sheriff's Office at the graduation. The security force supervisor, he said he is losing two stellar officers, but he also expressed pride in Gonzalez's and Holmes' achievements.

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Rec Center To Host Health Screenings January 11, 2019

Health screenings will be provided by Prevention Health Screenings (PHS) at the Hempfield recCenter, 950 Church St., Landisville, on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The following six quick, painless, noninvasive health tests will be performed: a carotid artery screening, an ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms, a peripheral screening that checks the arteries in the legs for poor circulation, a thyroid screening, an EKG that detects abnormal heart rhythms, and a heart disease risk screening that uses ultrasound.

All procedures will use the same state-of-the-art ultrasound and EKG equipment found in many hospitals. Screenings will be performed by experienced vascular technologists registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. A board-certified vascular physician from The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) will review and confirm all vascular screenings before the confidential report is mailed back in 10 to 14 days. The ICAVL accreditation ensures the highest level of testing.

Registration is required. To register, readers may call 717-898-3102. A discounted cost has been set for Hempfield recCenter members.

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Pequea Township Police Department Is Ready To Serve January 10, 2019

After 15 years, Pequea Township has a police department dedicated solely to the municipality. As far as retired police chief and current township supervisor Bob Race can tell, the department was first formed in the 1960s. Lloyd Bachman was the first chief, preceding Race in that role.

"You couldn't even write your own traffic tickets back then," Race related. "You went before the judge, and he mailed them a ticket."

In 2002, Pequea Township partnered with Conestoga Township to form the Southern Regional Police Department (SRPD), which patrolled both townships. At the end of 2017, a decision was made by both townships to dissolve the police commission, and in 2018, Conestoga Township moved to rely on the state police, said current Pequea Township Police Department (PTPD) chief John Michener. The SRPD was left with providing service to only Pequea Township, so it moved into the municipal building at 1026 Millwood Road, Willow Street. From there, the department patrols the 13.6-square-mile township and a population of about 5,000 people.

On the first day of 2019, the department's name was officially changed to Pequea Township Police Department. The PTPD is in the process of changing the names on the cruisers and on signage. New uniform patches were commissioned, and officers now sport an arrowhead-shaped patch bearing the state seal and township name. Michener noted that the design was chosen to be simple and to honor the Native American heritage of the area.

As a result of going from serving two townships to one, staffing was reduced slightly. Now, six full-time officers and a handful of part-time patrolmen provide around-the-clock coverage of the township. One of the officers is a member of the Lancaster County Drug Task Force, which provides the PTPD with resources and intel-gathering for the management of illegal drugs.

"Pequea Township seems more than happy to have us. They're pleased with the police service we're providing," Michener said. "We have a positive relationship with the board of supervisors and overwhelming support from the public. Combined with good officers, all that leads to great service by the police department."

"We have the best officers in the county," Race agreed. "I'm proud to have these (officers). I would hire any of them if I were still chief."

In particular, Michener praised Sgt. Robert Burger, who was named the Officer of the Year at an appreciation dinner on Jan. 5. Burger has been with the department for 16 years and is in charge of criminal investigations. During the transition period when Michener was swamped with extra work, Burger picked up the slack, freeing Michener to focus on making the transition as smooth as possible.

As chief of the PTPD, Michener has plans for the future of the department. He has kickstarted a bicycle patrol in the township's urban growth areas, and he has plans to focus on parts of the township that had been previously overlooked. The PTPD's records management system will be changed soon, and significant updates are being made to the personnel policy, which lays out how the department operates from top to bottom. The PTPD continues to offer house checks while residents are on vacation, Project Lifesaver monitoring and recovery, and safe pharmaceutical disposal. Officers also visit Pequea Elementary School to interact with students and provide positive interactions with police.

Michener noted that he would like to explore other townships getting involved with the police department again. He cited several townships in Lancaster County that contract with other municipalities for coverage and pointed out that the majority of townships in the Southern End rely on the state police for service.

For more information about the PTPD, readers may visit www.pequeatownshippd.org, follow @PequeaTwpPD on Twitter, find Pequea Township PD on Facebook, or call Michener at 717-945-7546.

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Donation Will Establish Sensory Awareness Program January 10, 2019

The Association of Faculty and Friends (AFF) of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine donated $12,500 to the Department of Emergency Medicine on Nov. 14, 2018, to establish the AFF Emergency Department Sensory Awareness Program.

According to Betty Rigberg, president of AFF, the AFF traditionally distributes its funds through an annual grant process, and this is the first nonendowed fund for a program initiative. Individuals may donate directly to the effort through the fund.

The new program will focus on helping patients with autism spectrum disorder and their families when they visit the emergency department. The funds will also be used to provide training to emergency department staff in order to equip them with the skills and procedures needed to ensure the patients receive the highest level of care, including access to resources that cater to their individual sensory needs and tools that may help them tolerate new sensations and regulate their emotions.

The AFF is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support and promote medical education, research, clinical care and scholarship; provide a community of friendship to its members through interest groups; and serve the needs of the community of which it is a part.

For more information or to become a member, readers may contact affhersheypresident@gmail.com.

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Church Plans Blood Drive January 9, 2019

St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 1193 Clover Mill Road, Chester Springs, will hold its semiannual Red Cross blood drive on Monday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 7 p.m. Appointments are available, but drop-ins will also be welcome.

To schedule an appointment, readers may call Annamae at 610-608-8005 or 610-827-7645.

A link to register for the blood drive is also available by searching for "St. Peter's Pikeland United Church of Christ" on Facebook.

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Tips Posted For Managing Stress January 9, 2019

Stress is an issue that seems to affect everyone, especially in the workplace. Workers who take on too much work or those tasked with performing jobs beyond their abilities might be particularly affected. However, they can employ various strategies to manage their stress.

Embrace planning: A 2011 survey from psychologist Robert Epstein asked more than 3,000 participants in 30 countries which stress management technique was most effective at helping them overcome their stress. Epstein discovered that participants felt planning was the most effective way to manage their stress. Planning is essentially a proactive approach to managing stress and fighting it before it even starts. Smartphone apps make it easier than ever to schedule one's time. Utilizing such apps or opting for the more traditional route by using a day planner can be a highly effective way to manage stress.

Practice cognitive reframing: Cognitive reframing is another effective stress management technique that involves changing the way a person looks at something so his or her experience of it changes. Psychologists note that cognitive reframing is effective because the body's stress response is triggered by perceived stress and not actual events. By reframing the way people perceive a potentially stressful event, they can change their body's response to it. This technique is most effective when people are mindful of their thoughts, particularly those that might be negative or stress-inducing.

Take breaks: A heavy workload may compel people to sit down at their desk and keep working until quitting time. However, that approach takes both a physical and an emotional toll. Sitting for long periods of time without getting up not only increases a person's risk for various diseases, but it also can contribute to something known as decision fatigue. Decision fatigue occurs when someone must make frequent decisions throughout the day. Without a break, such people's abilities to reason become compromised, and they may end up making poor decisions or feeling less confident in their decisions, which may increase their stress levels. Frequent breaks, even if they are just brief walks to get a glass of water, can help avoid both the physical and emotional effects of stress.

Stress affects people across the globe. Learning to manage it can make people happier in their personal and professional lives.

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Northwest EMS Presents Scholarships January 4, 2019

On May 16, Northwest Emergency Medical Services (NWEMS) presented Robert C. Stirling Educational Scholarships to three students at Manheim Central High School's (MCHS) awards ceremony for graduating seniors. The ceremony took place at Manheim Central Middle School.

The scholarship is offered each spring through the Stirling family and NWEMS, which the Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association merged with in 2013. A committee of NWEMS and Stirling family representatives selects the recipients each year.

The $1,000 educational scholarship is named in memory and honor of Bob Stirling, who was known for his enthusiasm for the town and community of Manheim, where he lived and worked. Stirling owned an insurance business, was active in many community and civic activities, and was a lifetime member of the Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association.

Stirling's interest in the ambulance service began when he assisted a volunteer ambulance crew at an accident that had occurred in front of his home on East High Street. On the crew that day was Clarence "Mike" Graham, one of the ambulance's founding members, who asked Stirling if he would like to ride along and assist with the transport of the patient. That invitation led to more than 30 years of service for Stirling with the ambulance association. After Bob's passing in June of 1994, his family and the Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association created an educational scholarship for residents of the Manheim Central community who are pursuing a career in the medical field.

The first scholarships were awarded in 1995, and NWEMS proudly continues the tradition today. The 2018 recipients are MCHS seniors Billie Jo Bollinger, Lauren Dorwart, and Elli Weaver.

Bollinger is the daughter of Keith and Michelle Bollinger. She plans to attend Lock Haven University to pursue a career as a physician assistant and to continue playing field hockey and running track. Bollinger said that her love of biology and anatomy and physiology, combined with career shadowing a physician assistant, influenced her decision to follow that career path. At MCHS, she participated in field hockey, softball, and track. Bollinger was a member of Science Honor Society, Math Honor Society, English Honor Society, Science Club, Spanish Club, Interact, Student Council, and Medical Careers Club.

Dorwart, the daughter of Tom and Sara Dorwart, plans to major in nursing at Penn State Altoona. "I've always wanted to help people, and this has been what I wanted to do since middle school," shared Dorwart. Her goal is to become an anesthesiologist. During high school, Dorwart served as the student athletic trainer for the football and wrestling teams and was a member of Student Council and Medical Careers Club. She was also a student adviser for Manheim Central Foundation for Educational Enrichment (MCFEE).

Weaver is the daughter of Nevin and Robin Weaver. She plans to attend Lebanon Valley College to pursue a career as a physical therapist. Tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and going through physical therapy was a big part of her decision to take that career route, Weaver said. At MCHS, she played basketball and was a member of Interact, Student Investment Club, National Art Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Medical Careers Club.

Stirling scholarship applicants do not need to be graduating seniors, but they must plan to pursue a degree in a medical program. To learn more, readers may visit www.nwems86.org.

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Trinity UCC Sets Screening January 3, 2019

Trinity United Church of Christ (UCC), 2340 State St., East Petersburg, will be the site of a Life Line Screening event on Saturday, Feb. 9. Life Line Screening uses ultrasound technology to view the plaque buildup in the carotid arteries, the main arteries that carry blood to the brain. Blockages in these arteries are a leading cause of stroke.

Various fees have been set. To register for the event and receive a discount, readers may call 888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle.

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"Train With The Firefighters" Event Slated January 3, 2019

Northwest EMS will sponsor a Train With the Firefighters event hosted by Mastersonville Fire Company, 2121 Meadow View Road, Manheim, on Monday, Jan. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Subjects will include Hands-Only CPR and Stop the Bleed. Hands-Only CPR is a life-saving intervention that can be performed by bystanders and is believed to be nearly as effective as conventional CPR. The Stop the Bleed campaign is a Homeland Security initiative to prevent loss of life in mass trauma situations by teaching bystanders to apply tourniquets and equipping communities with Stop the Bleed kits.

Call 717-665-5192 to sign up and for more details.

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