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Fibromyalgia Group To Meet April 28, 2017

The Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Awareness and Education Group, in association with Lancaster General Health, will host a free presentation, "Treatment Options to Improve Your Life," from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, at the Suburban Pavilion, third-floor conference room, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Cora L. Bilger will discuss the use of meditation, cognitive behavior, acupressure, balance balls, trigger point injections, and other modalities to improve daily living.

Bilger has been a practicing physician's assistant for 29 years. She has experience in family practice, emergency medicine, and orthopedic medicine, and she also spent the past 19 years practicing pain management.

The event is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend. Readers with questions may contact Juli Heisler at 544-3227.


Local Blood Drives Slated April 28, 2017

Lancaster General Health sponsors community blood drives each month throughout Lancaster County. Blood donors must be age 16 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. Blood that is collected stays in Lancaster County to benefit members of the community. No appointments are needed; however, all donors will be asked to present picture identification when they arrive to donate at all LGH blood drives.

Dates and locations of upcoming blood drives are as follows: Wednesday, May 3, Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, May 4, Grace United Methodist Church, 153 W. Frederick St., Millersville, 2 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, May 9, Conestoga Valley High School, 2110 Horseshoe Road, Lancaster, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, May 10, Bird-in-Hand Fire Company, 313 Enterprise Road, Bird-in-Hand, 2 to 7 p.m.; Thursday, May 11, Wrightsdale Baptist Church, 310 Little Britain Road, Peach Bottom, 2 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, May 16, Lancaster Country Day School, 725 Hamilton Road, Lancaster, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday, May 17, Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., third-floor balcony, James Street, Lancaster, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, May 18, Alliance Church, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown, 2 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, May 23, Bart Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville, 2 to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, May 24, Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, Mount Joy Campus, 432 Old Market St., Mount Joy, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, May 25, Yoder's Country Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland, 2 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, May 30, Bareville Fire Company 211 Main St. (Route 23), Leola, 2 to 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, May 31, Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Community members may also schedule appointments to donate at the Lancaster General Health Blood Donor Center in the Suburban Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 544-0170 and choosing option 1 or visiting The center's hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Red Cross Plans Training April 28, 2017

The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers for various positions. A training event will be held on Friday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Noah W. Wenger Center, 229 Walnut St., Columbia.

Volunteers are needed for three positions. Smoke alarm installers conduct home visits, test existing smoke alarms, replace batteries and install smoke alarms. Disaster safety instructors educate residents on the importance of fire safety and assist them in creating home fire escape plans. Reporters document resident information, including what services were provided during a visit. They complete the acknowledgement forms and reports used for campaign tracking.

To register, visit or contact Hope Roaten at or 234-3101, ext. 1202.


Fire Company Plans Safety Day April 20, 2017

Bareville Fire Company, 211 E. Main St., Leola, will host Bareville Safety Day on Saturday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Attendees may learn about fire safety, how to use a fire extinguisher, fire and smoke in one's house, road safety, how to call 911 in an emergency, home food preservation safety, PTO and skid loader safety, silo gas and manure pit gas, how to compost animal farm mortality, chemical and pesticide safety, propane safety, and how hay hole covers can prevent injury and death. Attendees may also talk to a police officer and see a police car. Leola Ambulance will provide blood pressure checks, and Lancaster City K-9 Unit dogs will be present. There will be a bounce house for children.


Two Home Repair Programs Posted April 20, 2017

With the harmful effects of widespread lead issues making national news, the Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority will offer two home repair programs. The first is a Lead Remediation Program where low- and moderate-income families with a child under age 6 may qualify to receive a grant to rid homes of dangerous lead conditions that may affect the health of children.

The second is a Home Repair Program where homeowners can receive financing to fix things like an old heating system, a leaking roof, a faulty electrical system, and more. The program is not for general repairs or cosmetic work. The funds are provided to the homeowner as a no interest, deferred payment loan that is secured with a mortgage on the property. There are no monthly payments required, and the loan does not need to be repaid as long as the recipient maintains the house as its primary residence. Other restrictions do apply.

Qualification for both programs are based on household income, creditworthiness, home value, and equity. Also, the homeowner(s) must have owned the house for a minimum of two years.

Interested homeowners may obtain an application for the Home Repair Program at or by contacting or 394-0793, ext. 226. A rolling application deadline applies.


Groups Plan Health Summit April 20, 2017

The Central Penn Business Group on Health and LiveWell Lancaster County Coalition will host their annual Health Summit on Thursday, May 11, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster.

The Health Summit is designed to bring together the business community and other community partners to promote better health and well-being in the community. The focus will be on developing better ways to deal with stress to minimize its impact on community members' health and the health of the community. The goal of the event is to provide employers and community members with the tools they need to deal with stress in the lives of their employees and the community they are trying to serve.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Sapolsky, a noted science and nature writer, biologist, neuroscientist and stress expert.

The event will also include the presentations of the annual Well Workplace Awards in conjunction with LightenUp Lancaster. Awards will go to both large and small employers in the community who have focused on improving the health of their employees as demonstrated through their completed CDC scorecards. The organizers will also recognize two employers who have used innovation in the development of their programs and demonstrated the impact of their offerings. The summit will also include breakout sessions targeting all aspects of well-being.

The registration fee includes breakfast. To register readers may visit


Easter Bunny Visits Hospital April 19, 2017

For more than a decade, the Chester County Sheriff's Office has teamed up with Chester County Hospital to spread cheer in the pediatric and maternity wards during the Easter season. Leading the effort each year is a furry, six-foot rabbit.

On April 13, Cpl. Brad DeSando and Chester County Sheriff Carolyn "Bunny" Welsh escorted the Easter Bunny to the hospital, where visitors, staff, and patients awaited their turns to get photos.

The visit was particularly special for Jodi and Jason Kukulka of West Chester, who had just welcomed a baby girl into the family a day earlier. Their son, Owen, turned 3 on April 16, and they have a photo of his visit with the Easter Bunny at Chester County Hospital when he was born. This time around, Owen got a junior deputy sheriff's pin as well as a stuffed bunny.

In another room with a newborn, DeSando, a certified child-seat technician, noticed that the infant safety seat was not properly set up and worked with the couple to fix it.

Three-day-old Noah Preston, the son of Lai-Onda Welcome, who works for the county's Juvenile Probation Department, and her husband, Titus, got to meet the Easter Bunny on his way out of the hospital. Also, 2-year-old Ameer Amer, son of Mahmoud and Hadeel of West Chester, was excited to meet the Easter Bunny and receive a stuffed rabbit.

The Easter Bunny also posed with Jackie Felicetti, director of the hospital's Human Resources Department. Felicetti recently authored a children's book about eggs that is available in the hospital's gift shop. Proceeds from its sale go entirely to fund improvements to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Sam and Eleanor Meiner founded Easter Bunny Inc. in 1995, receiving 501(c)(3) status in 2001. At the national Sheriff's Conference in Washington, D.C., in 2004, the Meiners began the process of partnering with sheriff's offices in order to extend the organization's mission. Chester County signed on for the following year, receiving a free costume and stuffed bunnies to distribute.

According to the Easter Bunny Inc. website, 100 sheriff's offices and four police departments participated last year, delivering smiles to 9,000 hospitalized children in 29 states.


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NAMI Support Groups To Meet April 19, 2017

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nationwide grassroots organization dedicated to the eradication of mental illness and the improvement in the quality of life of those affected by these diseases. NAMI's goals are to educate, support, and advocate for individuals who are affected by mental illness.

The NAMI Family Support Group is a monthly support group for family members, partners, and friends of individuals living with a mental illness. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month at Luther Memorial Church, 1907 Hollywood Drive, York, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

NAMI Connection weekly support groups, which are exclusively for persons with a diagnosed mental illness who are in recovery, will also be offered. Groups will meet on Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 2000 Hollywood Drive, York, and on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the NAMI office, 140 Roosevelt Ave., second floor, York.

Information shared at any NAMI-sponsored support groups is always confidential. Attendees do not need to be a NAMI member or be receiving services from any of the sponsoring locations to attend meetings. No fee or registration is required.

For additional information, readers may call the NAMI York office at 848-3784 or visit More details about NAMI and mental illness in general are also available at or In the case of inclement weather or holidays, readers may call the NAMI York office for cancellations.


Leadership Panel Event Planned April 19, 2017

Leadership Cumberland will hold an "Evolution of Leadership" panel discussion on Wednesday, May 3, at 3:30 p.m. at the U.S. Army Heritage Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle.

Kyle C. Snyder, chief administrative officer of Geisinger Holy Spirit, will speak during the event. At Geisinger Holy Spirit, Snyder is responsible for the operations of the hospital, medical group and emergency medical services in central Pennsylvania. Prior to assuming this position in June 2016, he served as vice president of operations/integration following Holy Spirit's affiliation with Geisinger Health System in 2014.

The interactive panel discussion will also feature Bob Marquette, president and chief executive officer, Members 1st Federal Credit Union; Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, commandant, U.S. Army War College; and Maddie Young, president and chief executive officer, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Panelists will discuss what has shaped their careers and how their leadership styles have changed over the years.

The event is free, but registration is requested. To register, readers may visit, email, or call 763-9300.

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