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Shoppes On Market To Relocate June 22, 2017

Jewel David Ministries (JDM) has announced that it will relocate its retail business, Shoppes on Market, to Trellis Place, 153 E. High St., Elizabethtown, in September. The Lights of Hope Thrift Store will close permanently by the end of July. Despite being retail successes, the Shoppes on Market and the thrift store had difficulty operating in their present locations. JDM will continue to focus on its core mission of providing affordable Christian counseling services and education to combat situational homelessness at it 222 S. Market St. location.

"Shoppes on Market was born out of the idea to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for local residents and have the proceeds help fund the mission of Jewel David Ministries," said Dolores Reidenbach, who founded JDM in 2010. "Since we opened the doors of Shoppes on Market, we have seen several new businesses opened in the business incubator of Shoppes and grow to the point where they left Shoppes to open their own location."

Reidenbach explained that under this reorganization, the Shoppes will relocate to Trellis Place, owned and operated by JDM, but ownership of the Shoppes will transfer from JDM to a few of the business owners who have been active with Shoppes on Market.

Shoppes on Market will remain open at its current location until Friday, July 28. The community is invited to a celebration at Shoppes on Market as part of Elizabethtown's Second Friday on July 14 at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Originally opened in 2012 as a "Mall Without Walls," Shoppes on Market allowed local entrepreneurs to rent space to launch and operate their own business within Shoppes' space. Shoppes regularly featured approximately 30 businesses under one roof. Challenges with the building had become an issue, and for over a year, the leadership of JDM discussed multiple options to relocate and to move both the Shoppes and Lights of Hope Thrift Store.

"We have been looking for a space that would be suitable to the needs of both businesses in an effort to keep one or both of them open," said Lethea Myers, a JDM board member. "But since we could only find an alternative for Shoppes on Market that fit, we had to make the difficult decision to not renew our lease at the current location and close the Lights of Hope Thrift Shop."

Shoppes on Market store manager Tammy Stout will stay with JDM but transition to a new role.

The Elizabethtown Food Cupboard, which has subleased space within Shoppes on Market, is planning to remain at its current location.

After Lights of Hope closes, any remaining inventory will be sold to Community Aid, which operates four thrift stores in Pennsylvania. In addition, Community Aid will add a donation box to the parking lot of Trellis Place. Individuals may continue to donate to JDM by placing clothing and other items in the bin. Community Aid will then buy the items from JDM, allowing the proceeds to stay within Elizabethtown. An auction is planned for 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, at Lights of Hope to sell any remaining furniture and fixtures from the thrift store.

JDM will continue to operate the nonprofit Christian counseling center, House of David, and Trellis Place. The counseling center serves individuals, couples, families, and children with a variety of issues and concerns. House of David provides education and training in basic money management, goal setting, and support counseling for individuals and families struggling with homelessness. Trellis Place is boutique-style building that houses two businesses and serves as a small event venue.

To learn more about JDM, readers may visit


WellSpan Joins In Program June 22, 2017

WellSpan Health has announced its participation in the 2017 Donate Life Hospital Challenge, carried out by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, and Gift of Life Donor Program. The Donate Life Hospital Challenge encourages hospitals to raise awareness of the importance of organ, eye and tissue donations.

Nationally, more than 122,000 men, women, and children are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant - including more than 8,500 people just in Pennsylvania. A single donor can save eight lives and positively impact hundreds more.

WellSpan was recently recognized for its commitment to organ, eye and tissue donations during last year's challenge, with WellSpan York Hospital receiving the Platinum Award for its support of the campaign. In addition, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital received Gold awards. Overall, WellSpan Health received the health system Platinum Award and was recognized with second place among the top performers in the southeastern Pennsylvania.

For more information about becoming an organ donor, readers may visit


County Receives Two Awards June 21, 2017

Chester County has received two achievement awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for programs developed by the county's Department of Emergency Services. The two programs - Care Under Fire and the Youth First Responder Career Training - picked up the accolades within NACo's Criminal Justice and Public Safety category. Both awards will be formally recognized on July 23 at NACo's annual conference and exposition in Columbus, Ohio.

"The 'Care Under Fire' program is a one-day, 10-hour training course for police officers that focuses on how and why it is crucial to provide lifesaving first aid procedures for their partners and colleagues while in the line of duty," said Bobby Kagel, Director of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services.

In the Youth First Responder Career Training Partnership, Chester County Emergency Services partners with the Octorara Area High School to present the Octorara Area Homeland Security and Protective Services Career and Technical Education program. The program prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills required to perform entry-level duties in law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medical technician services and other safety services. The program stresses the techniques, methods and procedures specific to the areas of criminal justice and fire protection especially in emergency and disaster situations.

Nationally, the NACo awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services that counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, and civic engagement.


Food Service Program Posted June 21, 2017

Middletown Area School District will participate in the Summer Food Service Program. Free lunches will be provided on weekdays, rain or shine, to children age 18 and under.

Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Middletown Area High School through Friday, Aug. 4, and through Friday, Aug. 11, at the War Memorial Field concession stand at Fink Elementary School. Lunches will also be available at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 121 N. Spring St., Middletown, through Aug. 11 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

There is no need to register. Children may arrive at the location of their choice and join friends for a delicious, nutritious lunch.


Fire Company Seeks Book Donations June 16, 2017

Craley Community Fire Company, 73 New Bridgeville Road, Craley, will accept books to be sold at the 42nd annual Craley Days event on Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12. The eighth annual book sale will benefit the fire company.

Gently used books, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs may be dropped off at the Craley Fire Company or by calling Hollie at 717-246-8735, Bob at 717-244-5237, or Sara at 717-858-3593. No magazines or encyclopedias will be accepted. No books will be accepted after Tuesday, Aug. 1.


Bicycle Repair Station Unveiled June 15, 2017

The American Heart Association and the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lancaster General (LG) Health/Penn Medicine recently unveiled a new bicycle repair station at the Lancaster train station. This is the third bicycle repair station to be installed in the city by the American Heart Association and the Heart and Vascular Institute at LG Health. The first two repair stations were installed at Binns Park and outside the Central Market in 2016.

The new repair station is located on the west side of the train station building, between a series of bicycle racks and the future site of a bike share station. The public bicycle repair stations include equipment to inflate tires and change bolts, along with other tools.

A fourth bicycle repair station is scheduled to be installed along the WERT trail in Warwick Township later in the summer. The bicycle repair station projects are part of a collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Heart and Vascular Institute to encourage the people of Lancaster County to live healthier, more active lifestyles.

To learn more about the American Heart Association, readers may call 800-AHA-USA1 or visit


Artist Turns Gratitude Into A Fundraiser For The Force June 15, 2017

The bucolic scene of sheep grazing in front of the 1719 Hans Herr House as imagined by local artist Roy Peters offers no hint as to the trauma that prompted its creation.

On April 15, 2016, Peters was finishing a project in his West Lampeter Township home when the table saw kicked back and pulled his left hand into the blade. His wife, Miriam, called 911, and West Lampeter Township Police Department Cpl. Jeremy Schroeder responded almost immediately, as the couple lives just a few miles from the township's municipal office.

"The car door opened even before the car stopped completely, and (Cpl.) Schroeder jumped out with a tourniquet," Peters recalled. "He reassured me with his confidence and words of concern as he tended to my injury. He knew he had the tourniquet and was empowered to use it."

When Peters was transported to the hospital, the staff members were impressed by the device used to stanch the flow of blood.

"'That's a military tourniquet! How did you get that?'" Peters recalled one person asking.

The combat application tourniquets - 13 in all - were purchased for the police department by the Friends of the Force in December 2014 at the request of Chief Brian Wiczkowski. The chief had researched the devices and considered their purchase a wise investment.

"We carry them with us," Wiczkowski said, pulling a tourniquet out of a cargo pocket on his uniform pants. "The intent was to have them and never have to use them."

Peters has been the only person who has required deployment of a tourniquet thus far. Although he lost parts of two fingers, he did not lose his life, and he is deeply grateful. As a demonstration of his gratitude, Peters painted a view of the Herr House and donated it to the Friends of the Force, who are offering it for sale in a silent auction. The proceeds will be used by the group to purchase items for the police department.

Recently, the Friends group paid for another year of online training for the department's officers, and the group is also financially supporting the transition to an electronic records management system. Additionally, the Friends purchased equipment that facilitated the department's participation in a new crash team comprised of police departments from East Lampeter Township, East and West Hempfield townships, Manor Township, and Columbia.

"As much as we try to plan ahead, a lot of these things come up, and they're not budgeted for," Wiczkowski remarked. "(Regarding the tourniquet purchase), sure, you can wait, but at what cost?"

"I'm glad you didn't wait," Peters responded.

The donated painting, which features the oldest homestead in Lancaster County, measures 12 inches by 24 inches and is framed. It may be viewed at the municipal office, 852 Village Road, Lampeter, during business hours through Monday, July 3, and from Monday, July 17, to Monday, July 31. It will be displayed at Darrenkamp's, 106 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, from Thursday, July 6, to Friday, July 14, and at the Friends' booth during National Night Out at the Lampeter Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Bids may be submitted via the contact form at through Aug. 1. Final bids may be placed in person only at National Night Out and then only until 7 p.m., after which the winning bid will be announced.

Peters invites other local artists to follow his example by contributing artwork for Friends of the Force fundraising efforts. Interested individuals may contact him at


Fire Company Plans Booklet June 14, 2017

The Craley Fire Company is currently selling business ads for its special 42nd anniversary Craley Days booklet. First-time advertisers may contact Bob Kline at 717-244-5237 for more information, including ad prices and details about payment.

The deadline for ad placement is Monday, June 26.


Fireworks Safety Tips Posted June 14, 2017

Outdoor celebrations dominate social schedules each summer. Several celebrations coordinate with national holidays or days of national pride and are accompanied by barbecues, parades, picnics, and often fireworks.

Fireworks can add character and excitement to group events. When done well, they can be the focal point of festivities and often mark the culmination of a day of fun. The earliest record of fireworks dates back to seventh-century China. Fireworks have long been a part of Chinese culture and were used to accompany many festivities. Soon the use of fireworks spread beyond China.

Today, fireworks may be part of military homecomings, large sporting events and more. Holidays like New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July frequently feature fireworks displays. Fireworks tend to be most commonly used during warm-weather months, which is why fireworks safety is emphasized throughout June and July.

Each year, the National Fire Protection Association warns that thousands of people - most often children and teenagers - are injured while using consumer fireworks. To the novice, fireworks can be dangerous, even in ways people may not realize. The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks urges the public to avoid the personal use of fireworks and to enjoy displays conducted by trained professionals who adhere to various safety protocols.

Those who engage in personal fireworks use are urged to do so properly and safely. The American Pyrotechnics Association says 47 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia allow legal "consumer" fireworks. Individuals should consider the following safety tips whenever fireworks are included in festivities.

Individuals should ensure that fireworks are legal in their state before planning a fireworks display. Fireworks, which can include everything from cone fountains to sparklers, should be purchased from a licensed and reputable dealer. Consumers should read all instructions before lighting and supervise all firework activities, making sure that children do not light any fireworks. Alcohol and drug use should be avoided when lighting fireworks since both can impair judgement and create hazardous conditions. Safety equipment should be on hand, including safety glasses and ear protection. Multiple fireworks should not be lit at the same time.

Also, fireworks should be used in a clearing far away from buildings and vehicles. Individuals should always have a hose or bucket of water available to douse fireworks. Individuals should wait 20 minutes before approaching a "dud" firework, and duds should be soaked in a bucket of water before they are discarded. Fireworks should not be pointed at people. Spectators should maintain a safe distance from the fireworks display. Spent fireworks should be disposed of safely, away from combustible materials.


Firefighters Enjoy Breakfast June 14, 2017

On April 22, the men's prayer breakfast group of the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg hosted members of Strasburg Fire Company No. 1 as an expression of appreciation for the fire company's service. Several dozen firefighters attended.

The fire company was chartered in 1933. With an active membership of 40, the company responds to 200 calls per year; about 50 of those are structure fires, and the rest are a mix of vehicle accidents, fire police assistance, brush fires, and more. The Koch family has had four generations of firefighters serve, from one of the founders to the present. Several other families have served for 40 years or more.

The fire company is based in a well-equipped station in Strasburg, which was dedicated in 2006. The current $160,000 budget is met by municipal contributions, fund drives, and fundraising sales and breakfasts through the year.

The men's prayer breakfast group meets every Thursday at 6:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall at the church, 101 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, and all are welcome to attend.

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