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Support Drive Will Aid Local Fire Companies November 15, 2018

When Linda Kosich lived in Boston, she took her public servants for granted. Taxes ensured that fire and rescue services were staffed by professionals. Moving to Lancaster County, where the majority of fire companies are all-volunteer, was a shock to the system.

"It's amazing to me that people don't realize (fire companies are not fully funded)," Kosich remarked. "Volunteer firefighters fill a much-needed role in their communities, protecting the lives and property of many people. While some municipalities provide monetary operational support, most volunteer companies need to make up the difference through fundraising efforts."

"We're trying to run a million-dollar business on donations," said Lafayette Fire Company chief David Keens. "Without the support of the community, we can't make ends meet."

During this holiday season, Kosich and her business partner, Nicholas Pray, hope to inspire community members to support their local fire companies. The pair reached out to the fire companies in their neighborhoods for wish lists of items that would assist in their duties or improve the comfort of their fire stations, where volunteers spend countless hours each month training for, preparing for, and cleaning up from calls for assistance.

"We've never done anything like this before," Keens said, remarking on the novelty of the community-generated support drive. He added that the fire company is saving to buy a new fire truck by 2021 and that day-to-day items, including cleaning supplies, are needed regularly.

Items will be collected through Friday, Dec. 7. Kosich and Pray will accept donations at the office of Homestead Funding, 120 North Pointe Blvd., Suite 103, Lancaster, during normal business hours. Items may also be dropped off at Lafayette Fire Company, 63 Lafayette Way, Lancaster, on Mondays from 6 to 10 p.m. and the West Lampeter Township municipal building, 852 Village Road, Lampeter, on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Folks may also call Kosich at 717-615-8787 or Pray at 717-715-5031 to arrange for items to be picked up.

Additionally, a collection event will be held at Lafayette on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours of the facility will be available during the event.

After the drive concludes, Kosich and Pray will sort the items and distribute them among the Lafayette, Witmer, Strasburg, Willow Street, Lampeter, and West Willow fire companies. The companies' combined wish list includes bottled water, laundry detergent to wash turnout gear, cleaning and degreaser products, ice melt, copier paper, gel pens, toilet paper, paper towels, industrial wire ties, sports drinks, wet wipes, trash bags, sleeping cots, blankets, and hand soap, specifically Orange Goop. The list also contains gloss black spray paint, which is sprayed on tools after each use to prevent rusting; extra-large nitrile exam gloves; large tarps, which are used to protect furniture, cover roofs, and divert water; coffee pods; and other nonperishable food items. Residential fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, and smoke detectors for distribution in the community are also desired.

Kosich and Pray also compiled a list of higher-value items for which the fire companies are accepting monetary donations in order to purchase. These include high-visibility vests for road safety, extra-protective rescue gloves, nonethanol fuel for chainsaws so they start on the first pull, defibrillators, and rescue saws and accessories such as chains, blades, and batteries. Rescue apparel is also on the list; it costs $10,000 to fully outfit one firefighter.

For more information about the support drive, readers may call Kosich or Pray at the aforementioned numbers.


HLAA Chapter Sets Meeting November 15, 2018

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Capital Region Chapter will hold a meeting on Monday, Nov. 26, at 7:10 p.m. in the Community Center at the GIANT Food Store, second floor, 3301 Trindle Road, in the Camp Hill Shopping Center.

Guest speaker Matthew Frampton of South Central Pennsylvania Highway Safety will share about the PA Yellow Dot Program and how individuals can use it. He will also discuss Emergency Contact Information programs.

The meeting is free and open to the public. People who are hard-of-hearing and those they live with are especially invited to attend. The meeting will be captioned in real-time, and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, readers may may visit or call 717-802-6918. Details about the HLAA are available at


Diabetes Education Sessions Offered November 15, 2018

Geisinger Holy Spirit will host two free diabetes education sessions in November.

A free information session on diabetes and heart disease will take place on Monday, Nov. 26, at 4 p.m. at the Dillsburg Area Public Library, 204 Mumper Lane, Dillsburg. Prasanna Sugathan will discuss the link between diabetes and heart disease and share how lifestyle modifications can help people manage diabetes and lower their risk of developing heart disease.

The session is free, but space is limited. To register, readers may visit, email, or call 717-972-4289. Preregistered guests will receive a goodie bag at check-in.

"Living Well with Diabetes," a free workshop, will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the cafe at Weis Markets, 4525 Valley St., Enola. Presenters Erica Italiano and Erin Dunleavy will discuss goal glucose values and potential complications of diabetes. They will also share recipe ideas and samples along with healthy cooking and shopping strategies. Attendees will receive a free packet containing recipes, coupons, and more.

The event is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, readers may call 717-732-7830 or email

The final "Spirit of Health" session for the year will be held on Monday, Dec. 10, with Aditya Sharma.


MHA Welcomes Executive Director, Seeks Donations November 15, 2018

Kim McDevitt, the new executive director of Mental Health America (MHA), invites the community to donate to the organization during the Extraordinary Give on Friday, Nov. 16. Donations will be used to help reach 1,500 more individuals in Lancaster County with the mental health support and services they need. That is McDevitt's 2019 goal for donations.

What are the mental health needs of Lancaster County?

Kim: In a county where we have a mentality of "pick yourself up by your bootstraps," there are those who need hope or assistance to "find their bootstraps." That is what MHA does. We offer wellness education, group support, and personalized advocacy. And as suicide rates increase at an alarming rate, we also need to continue to be proactive about prevention and education for early intervention.

With all the nonprofits that are social work-related, what attracted you to MHA?

Kim: I've always been drawn to organizations that serve the most vulnerable populations, where there is the most need and I can use my passion and experience to make the most impact. Mental health does not discriminate and crosses all social, economic, and educational boundaries. Likewise, we support anyone and everyone needing to navigate the mental health system for wellness.

How can Lancaster residents help impact mental wellness in our county?

Kim: Donate to MHA of Lancaster County on Nov. 16 to provide funding for our staff to carry out the important work related to advocating for individuals, guiding people through the mental health system, and providing suicide prevention education.

To donate to MHA on Nov. 16, readers may visit and search for "Mental Health America of Lancaster County." Readers may also donate any day of the year at


Friends Fund New WLTPD Purchases November 15, 2018

The fleet of vehicles owned by the West Lampeter Township Police Department (WLTPD) has expanded by one cruiser and two pedal carts. While most community members have no desire to take a ride in the back of the cruiser, department employees hope folks will be interested in the pedal carts. When cart drivers wear special goggles, they can safely experience what driving under the influence of a blood alcohol content ranging from .08 to .35 might be like.

"We'll set up a course and have you put the goggles on, and you'll see how you can't see," explained Chief Brian Wiczkowski.

Wiczkowski noted that the carts and goggles are primarily for Officer Dave Covey to use in his role as the new resource officer for the Lampeter-Strasburg School District, which will begin in January. Before purchasing the equipment, Wiczkowski and Sgt. Jeremy Schroeder researched the concept. A test of similar equipment in Heidelberg Township easily convinced the public servants that the carts and goggles would be an excellent teaching tool for West Lampeter Township residents.

"We thought it was an immediate home run to get the message out to the community, not just kids: Don't drink and drive," Wiczkowski said.

"We have to develop the lesson plan so we can incorporate a fun way to learn," Schroeder added. "I think Dave will do a great job with that."

The carts and three pairs of goggles were purchased by the Friends of the Force, which is dedicated to funding the acquisition of items that would make community policing safer and more effective while not adding to the tax burden.

"It was a short turnaround. We went to the Friends, and (the equipment) was ordered and delivered in several weeks," Wiczkowski said.

The new equipment cost $2,500, and it arrived in time for the West Lampeter Fair. Unfortunately, weather conditions prevented its introduction to the public. "We needed canoes instead," Wiczkowski quipped.

The Friends also recently helped to outfit two department vehicles. The aforementioned cruiser was purchased by the department for Covey to use, and the Friends covered the costs for an integrated enhanced seatbelt system, a molded plastic rear seat, window bars, a tablet mount, a docking station, a portable printer, and a pushbar for the front of the cruiser. The Friends also helped to stock a second vehicle, for a total value of $5,200.

An additional $2,400 was approved on Nov. 6 to stock a ready bag for Covey's vehicle. A utility bag is assigned to every cruiser, and each bag contains small items officers might need to perform their duties. These include a tourniquet, a window punch, a seatbelt cutter, a defibrillator, a portable breath test, a small digital camera, emergency blankets, a CPR mask, a leash, a canister of naloxone, a comprehensive guide to the laws police officers enforce, and more.

"When the chief (initially) presented the ready bag (idea) to us, it was a no-brainer (to approve)," said Friends president Jim Kulp.

The recent purchases bring the total amount the Friends have spent for the department up to nearly $130,000. "That's from township residents," Friends member Barb Smith commented. "It shows how they think of the department. It's thanks to (residents we can do this)."

"We're really fortunate to have a supportive community," Wiczkowski added.

New members of the Friends are always welcome. The group meets monthly, and board members vote on purchases requested by the department. The Friends do not solicit in any way other than in an annual letter; the 2019 letter is expected to be mailed in February.

For more information, readers may visit or call Kulp at 717-917-2184.


Library Plans Blood Drive November 9, 2018

Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, has partnered with the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank for another community blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Bloodmobile will be located in the library's parking lot.

All donors will receive a coupon good for a free movie rental at the library, two free admission vouchers to a comedy show, and coupons for pizza and ice cream. A form of identification is required to donate. For more information about blood donation, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, readers may visit Information about the blood drive and all other library programs and services is available at


SCCEMS Medic 94 Marks 35 Years Of Service November 7, 2018

For 35 years, people in the area have been able to depend on Southern Chester County Emergency Medical Services (SCCEMS) Medic 94 for advanced life support services in southern Chester County.

SCCEMS Medic 94 operates independently from an ambulance service. When an emergency call comes in, 911 operators follow a set protocol and dispatch the closest ambulance and, if necessary, Medic 94 as well. Only about half of the ambulance calls will also be Medic 94 calls.

SCCEMS Medic 94, based at Jennersville Hospital and Avon Grove Fire Company, does not transport patients - that is done by ambulance. What it does is provide additional care beyond what the ambulance emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are authorized to do.

"Think of us as the emergency room on wheels," said Bob Hotchkiss, SCCEMS Medic 94 CEO and emergency medical services (EMS) chief. "The paramedics bring advanced life support, medications, IVs, airway equipment and advanced monitoring equipment. We only go out on life-threatening calls."

Oct. 15 was the official birthday for SCCEMS Medic 94, which was originally established as a joint venture between the former Southern Chester County Medical Center, the St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, the former St. Joseph's Hospital in Lancaster and the local volunteer ambulance services in Oxford, West Grove, Avondale and Kennett Square.

Until the advent of SCCEMS Medic 94, if advanced life support care was needed, paramedic units had to travel from West Chester or Coatesville to reach patients with their lifesaving care. The distance involved ate up valuable time that is important in treating a patient with a life-threatening condition.

Cutting that response time by utilizing units in the region has improved outcomes, according to Hotchkiss. SCCEMS Medic 94 serves more than 75,000 people in a 225-square mile region encompassing 18 municipalities, with a fleet of four licensed paramedic units and 18 employees. Last year, SCCEMS Medic 94 paramedics responded to more than 2,700 dispatch calls, working closely with local ambulance services as well as Jennersville Hospital and other area hospitals. SCCEMS Medic 94 also provides community outreach and wellness programs and is an accredited Pennsylvania Department of Health Continuing Education Training Institute.

Hotchkiss said the goals on each call are to stabilize the patient before leaving the scene, provide the right pre-hospital care and ensure a smooth transition from paramedic care to hospital care. In 2017, SCCEMS Medic 94 was recognized as the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council (PEHSC) EMS Service of the Year.

SCCEMS Medic 94 is a nonprofit organization with a community-based board of directors, composed of community members and representatives from the local ambulance services in Oxford, West Grove and Avondale.

As a nonprofit organization, it does bill insurance companies for patient care, but the amount it receives covers an average of just 60 percent of actual costs. To make up the difference, SCCEMS Medic 94 depends on contributions from the municipalities it serves and donations from the public.

"The community supports us in two ways - one is a fund drive," said Hotchkiss, adding that the second way the community supports SCCEMS Medic 94 is by knowing basic first aid practices. "We're the professionals who come out when you dial 911. What the general public does is as important as what we do - that they know CPR and that they know how to control life-threatening bleeding. These are things the public can do that make a tremendous difference."

For more information about SCCEMS Medic 94, readers may visit or


Christmas Tree Sales Posted November 7, 2018

Middletown Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Christmas tree sales starting on Black Friday, Nov. 23. The sales will take place in the Grove Car Wash parking lot on East Main Street, Middletown.

On Black Friday, the sale will be open from noon to 7:30 p.m. After Black Friday, sales will occur from noon to 7:30 p.m. on weekends and from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on weeknights. Tree netting and drilling will be available.

For more information, call 717-944-1644.


Program Seeks Bread Makers November 7, 2018

SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care and Hospice provides grief services to bereaved families for at least 13 months after their loved one dies. Its Bereavement Bread program is designed to extend condolences to families and to introduce the bereavement support services.

This gesture shows its hospice families that people in the community care about them and their loss. The sweet bread is baked by volunteers from the community. SpiriTrust looking for volunteers who are willing to bake the bread to support the program. Bread can be baked by individuals or groups, and one-time donations are also accepted.

Readers interested in helping support this program or seeking more information may call SpriTrust at 717-680-0301.


2018-19 LIHEAP Applications Open November 7, 2018

The start of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application process for the 2018-19 season has begun. LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months. Assistance is available for renters and homeowners. Crisis and regular LIHEAP applications are available now through Friday, April 12, 2019.

During the 2017-18 LIHEAP season, 344,008 households statewide received nearly $116 million in LIHEAP cash benefits. These households received an average season benefit of $337. LIHEAP benefits are paid directly to the utility company.

Consumers are encouraged to enroll in LIHEAP and to explore other assistance programs available from their utilities and various nonprofit groups. Combined, these many different resources help hundreds of thousands of households and families across the commonwealth every year.

The program's goal is to prevent LIHEAP customers from entering the winter season with shut-off utilities. Eligibility for the 2018-19 LIHEAP season is set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines.

Online applications for LIHEAP can be completed at Paper applications are available through local county assistance offices. For helpful tips on keeping warm throughout the winter while saving money on utility costs, readers may visit

For more information on LIHEAP, readers may visit


Holiday Tree Tips November 7, 2018

Natural Christmas tree aficionados love the authenticity such trees provide during the holiday season. Natural trees also provide a unique aroma that can make holiday celebrations feel more homey. A few simple strategies can help holiday revelers ensure their Christmas trees make it through the holiday season unscathed.

When purchasing natural trees, holiday celebrants, especially those who like to buy their trees in early December, may be concerned about keeping their trees fresh throughout the holiday season. Several tips can help trees last until the final present is unwrapped and the last of the egg nog has been consumed.

The first tip is to buy a freshly cut tree. Whenever possible, people should cut their own trees. This ensures that the tree they bring home is fresh, increasing the chances it will remain so throughout the season. If it is not possible to cut one's own tree, the National Fire Protection Association notes that fresh trees should have green needles that do not come off when touched. Trees that appear to be dried out or those that shed needles when touched should be avoided.

The Tree Care Industry Association advises consumers to protect their Christmas trees as they transport them home. The tree should be wrapped in a plastic wrap so it makes it home damage-free. A damaged tree might not make it through the holiday season.

Pre-cut trees should be cut again before leaving the lot. Pre-cut trees can make it through the holiday season looking their best, but buyers should request that employees cut as much as two inches off the bottom of the tree before leaving the lot. Once trees are cut, sap begins to seal their base, making it hard for them to absorb water. By requesting that between one and two inches be removed from the bottom of the tree at the time of purchase, buyers are ensuring their trees will be able to absorb the water they will need to make it through the season when they get home.

To prevent the base of the tree from drying out, the tree should be placed in water the moment it gets home. Freshly cut trees may initially need the water in their tree stands filled in the morning and then again in the evening. As the season progresses trees likely will not need their stands filled more than once per day.

The tree should be placed away from heat sources. Placing trees away from heat sources, such as radiators, fireplaces, heating vents, and lights, reduces the likelihood that trees will dry out and also reduces the risk of fire.


Making Lighting Displays Safer November 7, 2018

Lighting displays are one of the many things that help make the holiday season a special time of year. Holiday lighting displays present a perfect opportunity for communities and individuals to showcase their festive sides.

Safety should always be a priority when stringing holiday lights both inside and outside a home. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) notes that each year between 2009 and 2014, fire departments in the United States responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees. Lighting displays strung on home exteriors also can pose safety risks if homeowners do not exercise caution. Fortunately, various strategies can help homeowners safely decorate their homes' interiors and exteriors this holiday season.

The NFPA recommends celebrants who prefer natural Christmas trees choose ones with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Dry trees are more likely to catch fire than freshly cut trees. Adding water to the tree stand each day will keep trees fresher longer. When placing the tree, avoid placing it too close to heat sources, making sure it is at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, and lights.

All lights, including those going on trees inside a home and those being strung outside, should be inspected prior to being strung. Owners should look for any worn or broken cords and replace any defected lights.

When stringing lights, individuals should always work with at least one other person. This makes it safe for homeowners who must climb ladders to string lights on especially tall trees and/or on their home exteriors.

People should avoid working outdoors in inclement weather. The weather during the holiday season can sometimes be unpleasant or unpredictable. People should check the forecast before stringing exterior lights to ensure Mother Nature will not pose a threat. They should avoid hanging lights if the forecast predicts wet, icy, or windy conditions that can make ladders unstable.

Individuals should turn lights off when going to bed and/or leaving the house. Interior and exterior holiday lights should not be left on when no one is home or everyone inside is sleeping. If left on overnight or when no one is home, lights may contribute to fires that damage homes and may even prove fatal.

Holiday lighting displays help make this time of year special. Following some simple safety procedures when decorating with lights can ensure everyone enjoys a safe and happy holiday season.


Blood Pressure Kiosk Installed November 6, 2018

The American Heart Association recently dedicated a second blood pressure kiosk in Lancaster thanks to support from the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation and matching funds from CVS Health. Carol Culliton of the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation and representatives from the American Heart Association were on hand at Bright Side Opportunities Center on Sept. 12 for a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new blood pressure monitoring kiosk, which is available for public use.

The first kiosk was installed at the Barnstormers' home stadium in July with the support of the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation. The kiosks are also the first American Heart Association blood pressure kiosks to be installed in Pennsylvania. The kiosks provide instructions to ensure the user receives an accurate blood pressure reading and information to interpret their blood pressure reading and make healthy lifestyle choices that can help control their blood pressure.

Users will also have the opportunity to register for the American Heart Association's evidence-based blood pressure control tracker called Check. Change. Control. The program provides users with ongoing information and tips via email and helps them track their progress toward lowering their blood pressure over time using an online tracker. Anyone in the Lancaster community may take enroll in the Check. Change. Control. program by visiting and entering campaign code GCFBP.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure. For more information about controlling high blood pressure and other healthy living tips, readers may visit


Tips For Sharing The Road Safely November 5, 2018

The country's roadways are for all to enjoy. Tens of millions of cars take to the roads every day, but they are not the only mode of transportation allowed on the road. Cyclists and pedestrians also make use of streets when sidewalks or biking paths are unavailable.

Although biking and walking are inherently safe activities for millions of people per year, motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians can all take steps to make roads safer for everyone.

Everyone should follow the rules of the road. Whether riding a bike or driving a motor vehicle, the rules of the road are the same. That means heeding traffic signals, signage, right-of-way, speed limits, and more.

When using the roads, people should avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs motor skills, which are necessary to walk and operate cars and bicycles safely. Many accidents and fatalities on the roads can be traced to alcohol consumption. Individuals should not drink and drive or drink and ride. Pedestrians who need to walk heavily trafficked areas would be smart to limit their alcohol consumption as well.

Pedestrians and cyclists can make themselves more visible to motorists in various ways. Wearing bright-colored, reflective gear when walking or riding and installing reflective lights on bicycles are ways to be more visible.

Drivers should remain alert at all times when behind the wheel. Motorists should be focused on the road at all times, avoiding distractions such as smartphones and in-vehicle entertainment systems. Such devices can dramatically reduce motorists' reaction times, greatly increasing the risk of accident. Drivers should slow down when cyclists, runners, and other pedestrians are nearby.

Drivers should pass safely and give room. They should not pass too closely when driving near cyclists and pedestrians. Drivers should always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Whether driving, riding a bicycle, or walking, everyone should work together to share roads safely. For more information, readers may visit


Support Group To Meet November 2, 2018

The Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute Bladder Cancer Support Group will hold a meeting at the Hershey Medical Center on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. Attendees should use the main entrance and go upstairs to room T2500.

Dr. Eugene Lengerich will be the guest speaker. He is an epidemiologist who develops, tests, and disseminates evidence-based strategies for the clinic and public health.

For more information, readers may contact Theda at 717-531-3028 or


Scouts Will Hold Flag Retirement Ceremony November 2, 2018

Boy Scout Troop 58, in conjunction with Cub Scout Pack 58 and the Willow Street Fire Company, will host a flag retirement ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. A temporary fire pit will be set up in the field behind the fire station, 2901 Willow Street Pike, Willow Street, and folks may bring chairs to set up around it.

Scoutmaster Dave Haas explained that after a number of years without a flag retirement ceremony, the troop's charter organization, Willow Street Lions Club, last year asked the troop to resurrect the event. The group has opted to hold one on every Veterans Day and Flag Day. The upcoming event will be held at the fire station in hopes of increasing the event's visibility, Haas noted. "It's us trying to give back on that day," he said.

"This troop is part of the community of Willow Street," said deputy chief Dave Reese, explaining why the fire company had agreed to host the ceremony. "(We support) teaching the Scouts that you don't just take our nation's symbol and throw it in the trash."

United States flags cannot just be tossed on a fire. Instead, retired flags are prepared to burn by being cut apart in specific sections, and the troop members have taken care of that for all of the flags that have been donated to the group. Folks may bring worn-out flags to the ceremony, but these will be disposed of at a later time due to the preparation required.

The troop has received several nylon flags from local businesses and hundreds of small flags from area cemeteries. Some of those small flags are from the graves of veterans buried at Willow Street Mennonite Church. One of Troop 58's commitments to the community is replacing the flags at the graves every Memorial Day.

Haas estimated that the service will run for 60 to 90 minutes and will include a special part for veterans. There will be an opportunity for attendees to participate as well.

The flag retirement ceremony will be open to the public free of charge, but folks may bring nonperishable food items to the event. Scouting for Food bag drop-offs will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, and the Scouts will return on Saturday, Nov. 17, to collect filled bags. Everything collected on Nov. 11 and 17 will be given to the food bank at Lampeter United Methodist Church. The troop is hoping to collect 3,000 pounds of canned goods, Haas said.

Boy Scout Troop 58 was chartered 78 years ago. The group meets on most Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Scout house, which is located behind Willow Street United Church of Christ, 2723 Willow Street Pike North, Willow Street. Currently, there are nine boys in the troop, and they range from age 11 through 17. Cub Scout Pack 58 is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade. Applications to join the groups will be available at the flag retirement ceremony.

For more information about the troop or the event, readers may email


WellSpan Slates Programs November 1, 2018

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will host a variety of classes. Unless otherwise noted, readers may register for the programs by calling 717-721-8790.

WellSpan will offer two HealthTalks in November. Admission is free, but registration is required by calling 855-237-4222.

The Fourth Trimester: Recovery and Wellness for the New Mother will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at The Exploratorium at Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata. Jane Hearren, WellSpan certified nurse midwife, will talk about the physical and emotional changes that occur after childbirth.

Heart Disease: Plumbing vs. Electricity will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Fieldcrest Great Room at Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster. Dr. Tatjana Sljapic, WellSpan cardiologist, will talk about the causes of and treatments for heart disease.

Also in November, chefs will compete to make best carb-smart dishes at Cooking for Diabetes: The Carb-Smart Chef Challenge. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Farm Crest Community Room of Fairmount, 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata. Attendees should use entrance 2.

Three local chefs will offer a cooking demonstration at 6:30 p.m., preparing carb-smart, healthy dishes. The meals will be judged by selected audience participants.

The event will also feature products and tools that may help people to better manage their diabetes. Exhibits will be open from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The event is free, but registration is required by calling the Wellness Center at 717-721-8790, ext. 0.

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will host two diabetes education classes. Registration is required.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Nov. 12 to Dec. 17, in the conference rooms of the WellSpan Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. The classes will provide people who have diabetes with essential day-to-day skills for better blood sugar control. The program will include 10 hours of group instruction, an initial assessment with a registered dietitian and a registered nurse, and a follow-up. A family member or friend may attend as a support person. The cost will vary by insurance provider.

A Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention Program will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Nov. 14, 21, and 28, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. The program will focus on the effects of pre-diabetes on the body and how preventive strategies such as healthy eating, portion control, label reading, physical activity, and behavior change can have a positive influence on one's health. There is a fee to attend.

The Bariatric Surgery Support Group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The support group provides education and support for both people who are preparing to undergo bariatric surgery and people who have undergone bariatric surgery. Participation is free. To register and for more information, readers may call 717-721-8795.

The WellSpan Ephrata Community Health Foundation will hold its 31st annual Starlight Gala - Masquerade Ball. The event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Lancaster Country Club, 1466 New Holland Pike, Lancaster.

The gala will feature musical entertainment, dinner, dancing, and both silent and live auctions. Items up for bids will include original artwork, trips, dining, and sports memorabilia.

For tickets or sponsorships, readers may call 717-466-2440 or visit There is a fee to attend. Proceeds will benefit the Nursing Education and Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program.

WellSpan will offer a variety of wellness classes in November. Registration is required.

A Basic Life Support/CPR training will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. Topics will include adult and pediatric CPR, two-rescuer scenarios, the use of a bag mask, and foreign body airway obstruction. The classes will also include instruction on the automated external defibrillator (AED). There is a fee.

Heartsaver Adult, Child, and Infant CPR with AED Training will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. Attendees will learn CPR and relief of choking for adults, children, and infants. The class will include instruction on the AED. There is a fee.

Heartsaver First Aid will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. The American Heart Association First Aid course is designed to meet the requirements of child care workers and emergency response team members. Participants will learn how to respond to and manage an emergency. Topics will include stopping bleeding, applying bandages, and using an epinephrine pen. There is a fee.

WellSpan will also host a Cancer Support Group meeting from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. The group will share information, offer support, and provide resources and strategies for people living with cancer and for their caregivers. The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are is free and open to the community. More details are available by calling 717-721-4835.


Fire Company To Host Breakfast, Craft Show November 1, 2018

The members of Bart Township Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville, will host their second annual veterans breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 10 a.m.

"We want to show appreciation to the veterans for their service," said special division member Darlene Swisher. "They protect us and take care of us, so I think it's important that we show them respect. It's an honor to do it."

Military veterans will be admitted to the breakfast free of charge. Fees have been set for admission for all other individuals and for takeouts.

Swisher noted that the special division supports the fire company through fundraising. The group meets at the fire hall on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend.

The proceeds from the breakfast will be used for "whatever (we) need and the upkeep of the kitchen," Swisher said. "It all goes back into the fire company."

There will be a wide variety of food served buffet-style at the meal, including sausage, bacon, ham, scrapple, chipped beef gravy, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, pancakes, pastries, juice, and coffee. Volunteers will begin cooking at 4 a.m. in order to have everything ready in time for hungry diners. Fire company member Debbie Hoover reported that more than 300 people attended last year's breakfast.

Additionally, the fire company will host a craft show on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A total of 40 vendors will sell unique items; direct sales vendors will not be part of the event. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus are slated to visit at 10 a.m.

Bart Township Fire Company covers all of its namesake as well as parts of Eden, Sadsbury, Colerain, and Paradise townships. The all-volunteer organization, as well as its special division, is always accepting new members. Volunteering with the fire company in any capacity is appreciated.

"I wanted to give back to my community and to make it a better place," Hoover said, explaining why she joined the fire company.

To learn more about volunteering or any of the fire company's upcoming events, folks may call the station at 717-786-3348.


Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic Planned November 1, 2018

PAWS and The Dogs' Den will hold a low-cost vaccine and microchipping clinic for cats and dogs on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PAWS, 9803 Jonestown Road, Grantville.

Distemper, rabies and Bordetella vaccinations will be administered by Dr. Kathryn Papp for a fee per vaccine. Microchips will also be available for a set price, which includes registration.

All pets must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. Breeders will not be serviced. For more information, readers may call 717-469-7325 or 717-957-8122, ext. 5, or email or


Smoking Cessation Program Set November 1, 2018

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health's Wellness Center is offering a free tobacco cessation program. The "Ready to Quit!" group class will meet on Tuesdays from Nov. 13 through Dec. 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Suburban Pavilion, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.

During this six-week program, resources, information and support will be provided. Topics covered in this course will be preparing to quit, planning for change, recovery symptoms, coping strategies and many other techniques to help in the journey to becoming tobacco-free.

Registration is required. For more information or to enroll, readers may call 888-544-4636 or visit

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