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Health Screening Posted August 21, 2017

The Manheim Lions Club will hold an Omega Health Screening, performed by Quest Diagnostics, on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at St Paul's United Church of Christ, 50 N. Main St., Manheim.

The personal health screening includes tests for anemia, diabetes, heart disease, gout, and liver and kidney diseases.Optional tests that can be added include PSA (prostate specific antigen, for males), TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), and Vitamin D.

Individuals must not eat or drink for 10 hours before testing, but they may have water and medication.

There is a cost for the screening. To preregister, readers may call 800-776-6342.

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Fundraiser Participants Sought To Go "Over The Edge" August 17, 2017

Over the Edge, a fundraising event for SouthEast Lancaster Health Services (SELHS), will give adventurous individuals the opportunity to rappel 11 stories down Ruoff Tower, 315 N. Prince St., Lancaster, on Friday, Oct. 6. The capacity for the event is 92, and each participant must commit to raising a minimum of $1,000. So far, 17 people have registered for personalized peer-to-peer webpages at https://selhs.networkforgood.com/projects/32569-over-the-edge.

"We were looking for something unique, and we found it," said SELHS director of development Brenda Riehl.

Over the Edge is a professional company that has helped more than 40,000 people in more than 600 events raise tens of millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations by rappelling down tall buildings. The site will be set up following all OSHA regulations and state laws and will follow best practices identified by the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians. Participants must be 18 or older on Oct. 6, and they should weigh roughly between 100 and 300 pounds to ensure harnesses fit safely.

Rappelling will be ongoing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will take place rain or shine as long as there is no thunder or lightning. A small street festival will be held at the base of the tower, and spectators will be welcome. Volunteer opportunities are available and include participating on the planning committee, working at the registration table, and holding the ropes as individuals rappel. No experience is necessary, and training will be provided. Folks who volunteer to serve for the eight-hour day will be invited to rappel free of charge.

The proceeds raised through Over the Edge will help SELHS continue to fulfill its mission to deliver high-quality and compassionate health care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. The nonprofit organization has five campuses within Lancaster city, including the WellSpan Philhaven Center for Integrated Healthcare. Approximately 22,000 individuals receive services at SELHS each year; clients speak a total of 60 languages, and the staff members aim for cultural competence.

"We are one of the few primary care providers accepting new Medicaid patients," Riehl commented. "We also accept patients without insurance." SELHS' sliding fee program offers a discounted rate on medical and dental services provided at its facilities.

SELHS receives a federal grant of about $2 million annually to offset the difference in cost, but additional funding is necessary. Riehl noted that a $425,000 fundraising goal has been set for this year, and Over the Edge has the potential to bring in a significant amount.

"(In general), events are expensive ways to make money, but they're one of the best ways to make new friends," Riehl commented. "We hope this will turn into an annual event."

For more information about Over the Edge, readers may visit the aforementioned link or contact Riehl at 717-945-1553 or brenda.riehl@selhs.org. To learn more about SELHS, folks may visit www.selhs.org.

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Hope Within Plans Annual Golf Tournament August 17, 2017

Hope Within Ministries invests in the health of hundreds of grateful individuals each year, and the organization is able to do so thanks to the financial support of local businesses, churches, and other generous givers. This fall, area residents are invited to join Hope Within's fourth annual Golf for Hope Tournament on Friday, Sept. 29, at Deer Valley Golf Course, 101 Stoudt Road, Hummelstown.

The tournament will feature a four-person scramble format. Registration will open at 12:30 p.m., and play will commence at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 1, and space is limited to 120 golfers. To register in advance as a single player or a team, interested individuals may email annemarie.mcalester@hopewithin.org; call 717-367-9797, ext. 308; or visit www.hopewithin.org. Corporate sponsors are also needed.

Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams, plus individual prizes will be given for hole-in-one, longest putt, longest drive for male and female, straightest drive, and closest to the pin. Jacob Nyman, director of advancement for Hope Within Ministries, said the tournament will also feature a hole honoring veterans, with special prizes for the veteran that hits the ball closest to the pin.

A post-tournament meal and awards ceremony are set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Hope Within Ministries, which operates a community health center at 4748 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. The center provides free primary health care to medically uninsured individuals from Lancaster, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.

Nyman said that Hope Within focuses on people who may otherwise fall between the cracks in the health care system. For instance, many individuals who receive care at Hope Within may be employed full time but still struggling to make ends meet. "We commonly see families having to choose between food, rent, (and health care costs)," Nyman shared.

High health care costs have become an obstacle for an increasing number of the population, and Nyman noted that Hope Within recently expanded its coverage eligibility when the federal poverty guidelines were adjusted for 2017. Financial support is greatly needed in order for Hope Within to continue providing care for all who seek it. "Hope Within stands in that gap caring for people until either coverage can be obtained or they receive the care they need," Nyman stated.

The community health center opened in 2006, and Hope Within Counseling Services was added in 2014 at the same location. Hope Within Counseling Services offers mental health counseling on a self-pay, income-based sliding scale fee, and there are no eligibility requirements. Staff and intern therapists provide counseling to individuals, couples, and families. According to Nyman, Hope Within hosted 787 provider patient visits, 193 nursing care visits and 1,063 nurse visits for medication refills, and had 550 counseling visits in 2016.

Hope Within board member Omar Zook said he was attracted to the mission of Hope Within because of the organization's focus on excellence. "To care well and to do it with quality and excellence is what they strive for," Zook explained. "They provide holistic care, and they always have an eye open to how (the organization) can grow."

To learn more about Hope Within, readers may visit www.hopewithin.org or call 717-367-9797.

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Community Blood Drive Posted August 16, 2017

The next community blood drive in the Stewartstown area will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. The event will be held in the fellowship hall at Stewartstown Presbyterian Church, 14 College Ave., Stewartstown.

Walk-ins are welcome, and donors will receive a free T-shirt. A form of identification is required to donate.

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Seminars To Focus On Medicare August 16, 2017

The York County Area Agency on Aging's APPRISE Program will present free Medicare Facts for New or Pre-Retirees seminars at local venues. APPRISE is the state health insurance counseling program for all Medicare beneficiaries in Pennsylvania. Individuals who are recently retired or are considering retirement are encouraged to attend.

Seminars have been set for Thursday, Aug. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Windy Hill on the Campus, 1472 Roth's Church Road, Suite 103 in Spring Grove, as well as Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Penn State Extension Offices, located in the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Road in Springettsbury Township.

Topics to be covered include a review of Medicare benefits, Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plan options, Medicare prescription drug coverage and the Drug Plan Finder, Medicare savings programs, Medicare preventive services, and supplemental insurance Medigap plans.

Seating is limited, and preregistration is required. Readers may call 717-771-9008 or 800-632-9073 to register and for more information.

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Class To Focus On Relieving Stress August 16, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health will offer Bounce Back From Stress in the conference room at LG Health Parkesburg, 950 S. Octorara Trail, Parkesburg, on Monday, Aug. 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Participants will receive the tools to set wellness goals, change unhealthy habits, and stay motivated to live a healthier lifestyle. The program will help attendees identify stress triggers and learn how to manage them.

Registration is required. To register, readers may call 717-544-4636 or visit www.lghealth.org/wellness.

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Parkinson's Support Group To Meet August 16, 2017

The monthly meeting of the Parkinson's Support Group at Garden Spot Village will take place on Monday, Aug. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. Special guest speaker Dr. Sol De Jesus, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Penn State Milton Hershey, will speak on how a specialist can be helpful to someone with Parkinson's disease.

Free resources from the National Parkinson's Foundation are available at the monthly meetings. The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family, and friends.

For more information, contact Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or slapp@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Clothing Drive August 15, 2017

The Charles Ludwig VFW Post 7362, 755 Rancks Church Road, New Holland, is seeking donations of clothing for its second annual clothing drive for veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

Organizer and post commander Norman E. Brower Jr. noted that clothing for both men and women veterans, such as pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses, and new stockings, will be accepted, as well as items such as carry-on bags and suitcases.

Interested individuals may schedule an appointment to deliver items to VFW Post 7362 by calling Brower at 717-824-3443.

According to Brower, many times veterans will arrive at the Coatesville VA Medical Center with only the clothing they are wearing. After receiving help through the center's programs and services, the veterans are able to leave the center to find employement and go on to lead a successful life.

VFW Post 7362 offers many programs and services to the community, including an American flag retirement program as regulated by the flag code, services to veterans and their families through the VA administration, and donations of hospital equipment.

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Trout Named To New Role August 14, 2017

WellSpan Health has named Jason Trout as vice president of philanthropy and chief development officer for WellSpan Health. Trout had previously served as WellSpan's regional chief development officer for Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

In his new role, Trout leads the development efforts of WellSpan's community-based foundations and development offices, which work to improve the health of local communities by supporting WellSpan's nonprofit charitable mission. Trout leads all foundation and fundraising programs across WellSpan. WellSpan's philanthropy work is done through community-based foundations: Ephrata Community Health Foundation, Gettysburg Hospital Foundation, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, WellSpan York Health Foundation and the WellSpan Philhaven development offices.

Trout has 25 years of senior leadership experience in the health care field. He had previously served as vice president of development and community affairs at Good Samaritan Hospital, prior to the hospital's affiliation with WellSpan in July 2015.

Trout is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology.

For more information about WellSpan philanthropy, readers may visit www.WellSpan.org/Giving.

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Auction To Benefit Police Unit August 11, 2017

The K-9 unit of Northwest Regional Police Department will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from a benefit auction set for 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, at 2327 S. Market St., Elizabethtown.

There will be one item, a 2001 Acura 3.2CL, up for bids at the auction. The vehicle, which has 128,000 miles on it, has had one owner, and all components are in working condition.

For more information, readers may visit www.hessauctiongroup.com or call 717-664-5238 or 877-599-8894.

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Labor Day Auction To Return To Solanco Fairgrounds August 11, 2017

After a record-setting year in a new location, Hospice & Community Care's Labor Day Auction will be held for the second time at the Solanco Fairgrounds, 101 Park Ave., Quarryville. The venue will open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, and on Monday, Sept. 4, and bidding will start at 9 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively.

"There was an increase of a few hundred bidders," said communications manager Ashley Peck. "We were very happy about this increase and where they were coming from: Maryland, New Jersey, even New York, and a lot of the Quarryville community."

A total of $710,000 was raised through the 2016 Labor Day Auction, with $79,000 of that amount coming from the sale of an original Norman Rockwell painting. The proceeds from the auction, which is now in its 33rd year, make it possible for Hospice & Community Care to provide hospice, palliative, and bereavement services to patients and families, regardless of their ability to pay. The average cost to provide one day of care for a patient is $182, and auction attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a Day of Care during celebrity auctions at noon on Sept. 2 and 4. Folks who are unable to attend but who would like to purchase a Day of Care may do so at www.hospiceconnect.org/one.

There will also be plenty of tangible items to buy at the Labor Day Auction, and with the additional space at the Solanco Fairgrounds, more items will be offered. A few of the unique items include a restored mail sleigh circa the 1850s, which had been included in the Pennsylvania State Museum's "Common Canvas" exhibit in 2009; a limited giclee print of "Remembering Nickel Mines" by former state trooper Glenn Blue; an Amish buggy donated by a craftsman in the Amish community; and the chance to ride in a street-legal, modified shopping cart with three friends.

"Moving to the Solanco Fairgrounds was a terrific idea, and the increased space is affording us more flexibility to expand how the auction looks over the weekend," Peck remarked. "For example, the schedule has been updated to reflect a true two-day event, with the art auction moving to Saturday at 1 p.m., the plant auction taking place both Saturday and Monday, and expanded food selections on Saturday that include a pork barbecue dinner."

Full dinners will be served on both days, and there will be plenty of homemade snacks and sweet treats as well. Made-to-order omelets, milkshakes, chicken salad sandwiches, breakfast logs, chicken and rib barbecues, fruit smoothies, sticky buns, doughnuts, and a new salad bar will be prepared by Amish cooks. Folks who want to enjoy unlimited food on just one day of the auction may purchase wristbands, which Peck noted have increased in price to reflect the expanded options. Those who join the Auction Club, however, will receive all-you-can-eat privileges on both days of the event, recognition in the program and in the "Hospice Horizons" newsletter, and credit for a tax-deductible donation. Readers who are unable to attend may show their support by joining the Auction Club at www.hospiceconnect.org/auctionclub.

A complete schedule, a map of the fairgrounds, a listing of lead items and used vehicles, donation information, and an application to volunteer are available at www.labordayauction.org. Lists of sports memorabilia, fine art, and handmade quilts are also posted.

For more information, readers may contact Natalie Scolnick at 717-735-2497 or nscolnick@hospicecommunity.org.

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Medication Take-Back Event Posted August 9, 2017

South Central York County Senior Center, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom, will host a medication take-back event on Friday, Aug. 25, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The Southern Regional Police Department will collect unused or out-of-date prescriptions medications at the senior center. The medications will then be sent to a hazardous waste facility for disposal.

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HealthTalk Planned August 9, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will hold a HealthTalk on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Exploratorium at Ephrata Public Library, 560 S. Reading Road, Ephrata. "Sleep Apnea: The Condition and Treatment Options" will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m.

All presentations are free but require registration by calling 855-237-4222.

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ASL Classes Planned August 9, 2017

SpiriTrust Lutheran Deaf Connections will offer weekly beginner-level American Sign Language (ASL) classes on Tuesdays, Sept. 19 to Nov. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at SpiriTrust Lutheran's The Village at Kelly Drive, 750 Kelly Drive, York.

Students will learn facts about hearing impairment, deafness, and deaf culture; fingerspelling and principles of reading and expressing finger-spelled words; information about the grammatical structure of ASL; and more than 300 signs.

The course fee includes class materials and the required textbook, "A Basic Course in ASL" by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden, Terrence J. O'Rourke and Frank A. Paul. To register, readers may call SpiriTrust Lutheran Deaf Connections at 717-852-4357 or call 717-848-6765 to use TTY. Registrations will also be accepted at www.spiritrustlutheran.org/american-sign-language-classes. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 12.

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Immunization News Update August 9, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has revised Pennsylvania's school immunization requirements for the 2017-18 school year. The new rules require parents to get their children fully immunized prior to the fifth day of school or the students will be excluded from school.

Previously, parents had eight months to meet school immunization requirements. If a student is in the middle of an immunization series, and it is too soon for the next dose, the parents must provide the school nurse with a written plan, signed by their health care provider, within the first five days of school.

For more information, readers may contact their health care provider, visit www.health.pa.gov, or call 877-PA-HEALTH.

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Blood Drives Posted August 8, 2017

Lancaster General (LG) Health has announced its August community blood drives. Donation takes approximately 45 minutes.

Blood drives will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Blood drives will be held on the following dates: Wednesday, Aug. 9, at County Line LGHP, County Line Village at Gap Shopping Center, 5360 Lincoln Highway Suite 15, Gap; Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; Thursday, Aug. 17, at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St., third-floor balcony, James Street, Lancaster; Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Caenarvon Fire Company, 2145 Main St., Churchtown; Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Kinzer Fire Company, 3521 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzer; Thursday, Aug. 24, at Manheim Brethren In Christ Church, 95 N. Penryn Road, Manheim; Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at LGH Burle Industries, 1040 New Holland Pike, Building 12A, Lancaster; and Thursday, Aug. 31, at Intercourse Fire Company, 10 N. Hollander Road, Intercourse.

Blood donors must be at least age 16 and weigh at least 110 pounds. Blood that is collected stays in Lancaster County to benefit members of the community. No appointments are needed, but photo identification must be presented.

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 717-544-0170 and choosing option 1, or by visiting www.lancastergeneralhealth.org/blood.

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Hunger Free America News August 8, 2017

The nonprofit group Hunger Free America is ramping up its efforts to publicize the USDA National Hunger Hotline - which can be reached at 866-3-HUNGRY or 877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) - through which callers can locate summer meals sites for children, food pantries, or soup kitchens for families, and/or other government and private meals programs near them.

Even though children need just as much, if not more, nutrition during the summer months, in Pennsylvania, only 14.5 percent of children who receive free and reduced school meals receive summer meals. Raising awareness about the program is the single greatest barrier to participation. Summer meals are available to all children age 18 and under, and no identification is required. The hunger hotline can immediately help connect families with food providers in their area.

Hunger Free America also just launched www.hungervolunteer.org, a state-of-the-art volunteer matching portal to make it easier to mobilize the unique talents and skills of each individual volunteer in order to take the biggest bite out of hunger.

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Climbing For The Fallen August 4, 2017

A record number of people participated in the 2016 Lancaster 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. A total of 455 participants climbed the equivalent of 110 stories at the Barnstormers' stadium in memory of the 343 New York City firefighters who died when the World Trade Center towers collapsed in 2001. Event organizer Scott Yuill was encouraged by the turnout, as he always hopes to have each of the firefighters represented by a climber.

"But if 100 (people) show up, that's OK. It's not about the numbers," Yuill remarked. "It's about remembering the (firefighters) who died and the sacrifices they made. They were just doing their jobs."

This year's stair climb will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10, at the stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster. Registration will open at 8 a.m., when each participant will receive a commemorative badge containing the name and photo of a deceased firefighter. Participants will start gathering on the infield at 9 a.m. for the opening ceremony.

"Last year, we got people on the field for the welcome," Yuill said. "We played a video with the roll call (of the firefighters who died on 9/11). Whoever had that person's badge stood up. It was impactful."

This year's opening will include the roll call as well as calisthenics led by Abby (Rankin) Wood and Nancy Crawford, who are the widow and mother, respectively, of the late Keith Rankin, a local firefighter who died in the line of duty in 2011. An ensemble of music teacher Katie Wieand's students will sing the national anthem. Bagpipers will play "Amazing Grace," as well as additional melodies throughout the morning.

The climb will begin at approximately 9:20 a.m. It will pause for moments of silence at the times the towers fell: 9:59 a.m. for the south tower and 10:28 a.m. for the north tower. The event will conclude by noon, but participants will be encouraged to pace themselves as they walk up and down the stairs of the stadium.

"We stress it's not a race," Yuill said.

"It's a solemn occasion," added planning committee member Joyce Mokros.

Non-climbers are invited to watch from the stands.

"We need spectators to come out and cheer the (participants) on," said Frank Mokros, Joyce's husband and another member of the planning committee.

Last year's turnout was so far beyond expectations that bottled water ran short, but the organizers have prepared accordingly for the upcoming event. Plenty of water will be available, as two pallets of bottled water have been donated.

Donations will be accepted for participation in the stair climb, and participants are encouraged to fundraise. Last year's event brought in more than $30,000. Joyce noted that $7,500 of that total was contributed by the stadium, which raised the money in conjunction with a visit from actor and former Lancaster County resident Taylor Kinney of "Chicago Fire." According to the registration page, the stair climb benefits the counseling services unit of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), helps cover the costs for FDNY families to attend Memorial Weekend, and funds programs provided by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to support the families of the nation's fallen firefighters.

Online registration will be open until Saturday, Aug. 26. After that date, folks will need to complete their registrations at the event. Registrations and donations may be submitted by following links from www.lancasterstairclimb.org. Readers may visit that site for more information about the event, and they may view photos from past events by finding "Lancaster Stair Climb" on Facebook. Folks with questions may email Yuill at syuill@lancasterstairclimb.org.

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Behavioral Health Center Opens August 3, 2017

After an extensive physician search and the renovation of a new facility, the CHI St. Joseph Children's Health Behavioral Health Center was slated to open to patients and families on Aug. 7 at 1929 Lincoln Highway East, Suite 100, in East Lampeter Township.

The new Behavioral Health Center is led by a team of dedicated mental health professionals and delivers a program focused on working with and supporting families to treat and prevent behavioral health and psychiatric challenges faced by children throughout the community of Lancaster. Dr. Thomas Foley, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, and Mary Jo Hanley, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, lead the center's behavioral health team.

The Behavioral Health Center's family-focused approach will incorporate family functioning, as well as the health and well-being of parents and caregivers, into the child's treatment strategy. Together, the team of providers will work with each child's family to make modifications and changes to their daily lives to improve the health and well-being of the child and of the entire family.

To further assist the community, CHI St. Joseph Children's Health's new Behavioral Health Center has begun partnering with Lampeter-Strasburg, Penn Manor and Pequea Valley school districts to provide assessments and treatment strategies for children and families based on school referrals. The Behavioral Health Center anticipates that it will develop additional partnerships as well.

Behavioral health services are available to children up to age 26. Although CHIP, Medicaid and private insurance will be accepted, the new Behavioral Health Center will provide mental and behavioral health services for children in Lancaster County regardless of insurance. In addition, a discount program based upon household income is available to uninsured families.

For more information, readers may call 844-837-9285 or 717-947-6535 or visit www.chistjosephchildrenshealth.org.

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Tobias Named Officer Of The Year August 3, 2017

The Northwest Lancaster County Regional Police Department has named Officer Charles A. Tobias as its Officer of the Year for 2017. The Northwest Lancaster Regional Police Officers Association members presented the award to Tobias at the July 25 meeting of the Northwest Regional Police Commission.

Tobias was recognized for his dedication and initiative in coordinating the department-wide aggressive driving and buckle-up enforcement details conducted by the police department to increase the safety of the community roadways.

As a field training officer, Tobias guides, motivates and properly instructs newly hired officers in the department's policies and procedures and helps them develop into outstanding community officers. Tobias is also an evidence technician for the Lancaster County Forensic Team.

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