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Fire Department Sets Egg Hunt March 22, 2018

The Rheems Fire Department, 350 Anchor Road, Elizabethtown, will hold its Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 7. The event was postponed from March 24.

Doors will open at 10 a.m., and the egg hunt "siren" will go off at 10:15 a.m. Children should bring a basket to hunt for eggs in age-appropriate groupings. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos, and children may make a small craft. Door prizes will be given out at approximately 10:45 a.m.

The event is free, and no tickets are required. Donations will be appreciated. For more information, find the fire department's Facebook page or visit


Program Ensures Babies Receive Screenings March 22, 2018

Pediatrician Dr. Katie Williams of the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg will present study results during an annual public health conference at the Eden Resort and Suites, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster, on Tuesday, April 3. Williams will share about a program that she and pediatric cardiologist Dr. Devyani Chowdhury of Cardiology Care for Children in Lancaster developed, allowing midwives to screen babies for heart and lung conditions within hours of birth.

The one-day conference, titled Understanding Public Health In Pennsylvania: A Retrospective Review and Forecast for the Coming Year, will highlight community and public health issues and initiatives for diverse and underserved populations. The conference is offered by the Pennsylvania Public Health Association, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, and the Penn State College of Medicine's Public Health Program.

Williams will speak about a study related to the pulse oximetry test, which measures a newborn's blood oxygen levels to detect cyanosis, or blueness. Cyanosis can be a sign of serious heart defects, lung disease, and infections in newborns that frequently cannot be seen by the naked eye, even by experienced midwives or obstetricians.

The at-home wellness screening program was developed in 2015 by Chowdhury and Williams after Pennsylvania state law mandated, in 2014, that pulse oximetry screenings be performed at 24 to 48 hours of age as part of every newborn's physical examination regardless of their place of birth. Chowdhury's protocol requires screenings be performed by the midwife before she leaves the mother and the baby, typically when the baby is three to five hours old, and again 24 to 48 hours after birth. The program includes workshops to train midwives on using the equipment, as the test is only reliable if performed using the right equipment and by trained personnel. Chowdhury also worked with the Clinic to find initial funding to purchase pulse oximeters.

Mallory Sensenig of Denver realized first-hand the importance of the screening when, within hours of delivering her daughter, Josephine, her nurse midwife, Danielle Malik of Wernersville, found the newborn's oxygen levels below normal. Josephine was immediately seen by Chowdhury, who did not detect any heart problems and recommended they take the baby to Heart of Lancaster. Josephine was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she was treated for fluid in her lungs. After two days, her parents were able to take her home to her four siblings. On Jan. 25, Josephine, a normal, healthy toddler, celebrated her first birthday.

Since 2015, nearly 2,000 newborns have received wellness screenings by midwives. As a result of the in-home screenings, seven newborns have been identified with heart or lung problems and received care before potentially becoming critically ill. Currently, 33 midwives and Birth Care in Georgetown use 51 pulse oximeters while attending deliveries in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland through donations from McDonald House Charities, Abby's Foundation and Hershey Rotary.

For more information about the Clinic for Special Children, readers may visit


A Half-Century Of Sales March 22, 2018

Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company president Victor Ressler has heard stories about the event that led up to the fire company's annual mud sale.

"My dad was here for the first sale," Ressler related. "It was a glorified yard sale at that time. It was a very small community, and there were just a few farmers around here."

For the first 20 years, fire company members ran the sale, but it eventually became too much, and they considered discontinuing the sale. "Then the Amish community stepped up," Ressler said. "We couldn't do it today without them helping us. We owe a debt of gratitude to them."

"It's a way to donate our time," commented sale committee member Abe Stoltzfus. "We appreciate what (the fire company does). We don't want it to go away. Plus, it's a fun time of year. We look forward to the sale."

In the many capable hands of the Amish community, the mud sale has thrived and now accounts for a third of the fire company's yearly budget. At last year's event, the 49th, approximately 2,500 bidder numbers were assigned, and at one point, 10 auctions ran simultaneously.

Organizers are planning for a similar outcome at the 50th annual mud sale, which will be held on Saturday, April 14, at the fire station, 33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood. Bidder registration will open at 6 a.m., breakfast will be available at 7 a.m., and the first auction will begin at 8:30 a.m. The sale may continue as late as 5 p.m.

"Flowers, shrubs, and horses: that's what we're known for," Abe remarked.

"Horses are our biggest moneymaker," added committee member Sam Stoltzfus.

The mud sale is a consignment event, so while donations of items are welcome, a majority of the goods offered at the sale are consigned. The fire company takes a percentage of each sale according to a set schedule. Folks who would like to consign or donate items may call the fire station at 717-284-3943.

To commemorate the occasion of the 50th mud sale, several community members collaborated on a large quilt and other items. The top of the quilt contains cloth patches printed with photos of the fire trucks and other apparatus currently in service with the Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company. The quilters also created placemats, potholders, a table runner, a wall plaque, and a handbag with the same theme.

The commemorative items will be sold at noon. A special cake will also be auctioned off at that time. It is a fire company tradition to sell a cake, and the sweet treat can bring in several thousand dollars.

"Usually several individuals buy it and give it back," Ressler explained.

A variety of food will be available for a la carte purchase during the mud sale. Breakfast sandwiches, American subs, ham and cheese subs, burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, chicken corn soup, soft pretzels and doughnuts made on-site, and soft-churned ice cream will be sold from the kitchen. Vendors will sell pizza, fries, and candy. Other vendors will sell tools, crafts, and more.

Parking for carriages and automobiles will be located around the fire station, and shuttles will take people to and from the handicapped-accessible parking lot.

Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company serves Martic Township and portions of Providence, Drumore, and East Drumore townships. It welcomes new members, and interested individuals may stop by the station at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month or any Wednesday at 7 p.m. to learn more or to pick up an application.

For more information about the company or the mud sale, readers may visit or call 717-284-3943.


Schreiber Center Announces 2018 Ambassadors March 22, 2018

A little girl who suddenly lost the use of her arms and legs when she was 8 months old. A boy born with cerebral palsy. A brother and sister each with their own set of challenges. And a 7-year-old with Down syndrome. The stories among this year's group of Schreiber Ambassadors are all different. But the families have one thing in common: They came to see if Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center could help. They came looking for hope.

The five Ambassadors were introduced on March 24 at Schreiber's 36th annual gala, and each has a story of continuing hope. They include Kami Appleby, Paxton and Giuliana Grasso, Roberto King, and Connery Pham.

Kami is 2 years old and has been receiving services from Schreiber since July 2016, when she became ill with transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord. The illness left the previously healthy baby paralyzed from the neck down. Kami has worked through physical and occupational therapy to regain her lost mobility, increase her core strength, and improve her fine motor skills. Her mother, Juliann, says Kami now has enough strength to walk with the aid of a walker and will soon be using forearm crutches.

"Kami has had a wonderful experience so far at Schreiber," Juliann said. "We are so thankful to her therapists for always trying something new with her, to push her further in her recovery. We truly feel like it's a team effort to help her."

Paxton, age 4, was born with a brain hemorrhage that caused hydrocephalus, or swelling on his brain, and has led to him having sensory issues. He has been coming to Schreiber since early 2017 for therapy and to attend Schreiber's S.T.A.R.S. Preschool. He receives occupational therapy to help him work through his sensory issues and to learn how to calm down when he is feeling overwhelmed. Paxton has changed from a quiet, anxious little boy to an outgoing preschooler who looks forward to attending school.

Paxton's older sister, Giuliana, is 5 and was born with Trisomy 21, also known as Down syndrome. Like many other children her age, Giuliana attends kindergarten and loves macaroni and cheese, playing with Barbies, and dancing. At Schreiber she has begun the work of catching up physically through physical and speech-language therapy.

"Giuliana has made leaps and bounds during her time at Schreiber," Giuliana's mother, Andrea, said. "From being able to communicate her wants and needs to the ability to run and jump and play with her friends, she has become much more independent. The therapists here are exceptional. They are giving her the tools to be successful for years to come."

When Merv and Carolyn King adopted Roberto from Guatemala, they were told the baby had some physical delays because he had been in a crib so much, but it turned out that Roberto had cerebral palsy. Roberto received services through the Intermediate Unit and then through Schreiber. Through hard work, Roberto, now a 12-year-old, has learned to sit, stand with support, and walk with crutches. Sometimes the difficulty of the work can be a struggle to deal with, even for a funny, sociable kid like Roberto.

"He gets pushed to try new things," Carolyn remarked. "Everybody is friendly and understanding when your child (fights against the therapy), and they cheer him back up."

Like Giuliana, Connery has Down syndrome. She plays soccer, likes watching the television show "Max and Ruby," and wants to be a day care teacher when she grows up. Connery has made remarkable progress with Schreiber's occupational and speech-language therapy.

"The level of support and care at Schreiber is so very personal to our family," said Connery's mother, Kara. "The staff is amazing, ready, and eager to help her progress. There is always an element of fun with every session."

The 2018 Ambassadors will participate in a number of events for Schreiber throughout the year. To learn more about the organization, readers may visit and, follow @SchreiberCenter, or call 717-393-0425.


Donation To Benefit Fire Victims March 21, 2018


Fire Company Plans Egg Hunt March 21, 2018

Yoe Fire Company will host its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at Yoe Park, 230 E. Philadelphia St. Children will be split into the following groups: birth to age 2, ages 3 and 4, ages 5 to 8, and ages 9 to 12. Prizes will be awarded in each age group.

For more information, readers may call Becky at 717-324-4726.


Police Department Receives Donation March 21, 2018


Auxiliary Plans Social March 21, 2018

The Caernarvon Fire Company Ladies' Auxiliary will hold its social on Friday, April 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Caernarvon Fire Company, 2145 Main St., Narvon. The event will feature refreshments and conversation with members of the auxiliary to learn how they support the fire company and community.

Individuals interested in membership are encouraged to attend. For details, call Margo Korbel at 717-351-9996.


Hospital Posts Lifesaver Class March 21, 2018

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer classes in lifesaving skills. All classes will be held at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. Registration is required by calling 717-721-8790.

Basic Life Support - CPR class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 26. The course will cover adult and pediatric CPR, two-rescuer scenarios, and use of a bag mask. Foreign body airway obstruction and use of an automated external defibrillation (AED) is also included. There is a cost to attend.


OSHA Campaign Has Launched March 21, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a regional campaign to raise awareness about the four leading safety hazards in the construction industry. The "Focus Four Hazards" campaign will serve employers and employees in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

From March through June, the campaign will educate employers to recognize, evaluate, and control electrical, struck-by, fall, and caught-in/between hazards. Each month, OSHA representatives will participate in "Toolbox Talk" discussions focused on one of the four hazards.

The campaign is designed to promote and encourage a safe workplace so that employers and employees finish each day without injury. In Pennsylvania, OSHA's Harrisburg area office will work with employers in Adams, Berks, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Mifflin, Perry, and York counties.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, readers may visit


Farm Loans Available March 20, 2018

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) servicing Lancaster County has announced that it has funding reserved specifically for use by targeted underserved groups, as well as beginning farmer loans. The loan programs are designed to help farmers purchase and operate family farms.

According to farm loan manager Tiffany Lutz, the loans help to encourage and assist farmers in owning and operating their own farms and ranches, participating in agricultural programs, and becoming integral parts of the agricultural community.

In addition, a portion of funds are reserved for targeted underserved groups, defined by the USDA as women, African Americans, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, and Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Funds may be used to purchase or enlarge a farm; purchase easements or rights of way needed in the farm's operation; construct or improve buildings such as a dwelling or barn; promote soil and water conservation; pay closing costs; purchase livestock, farm and home equipment, feed, seed, fuel, fertilizer, or insurance; fund hired labor; and perform other improvements.

Applicants must meet eligibility requirements. Additional information on applications is available at the local FSA office, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, or by calling 717-397-6235, ext. 2.


Experience The Flavors Of Ethiopia March 15, 2018

Hope Within Sets Annual Fundraiser

On Saturday, April 14, Hope Within Ministries will host its annual Flavors of Ethiopia dinner at Mount Joy Church of God, 30 E. Main St., Mount Joy. The food will be freshly prepared by Ethiopian cooks and served in an all-you-can-eat buffet style from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

"This event came about as the Ethiopian community in our care wanted to do something special for Hope Within as a way to raise awareness and give back," shared Donita Sturgis, president of Hope Within Ministries. "We could not be more thrilled to care for these individuals and now to work alongside them to prepare this succulent and satisfying authentic culinary feast.

"It truly is an honor and a privilege, and we know our guests will not be disappointed," added Sturgis.

Foods will include siga wat, misir wat, atikilit wat, mike alicha, injera and Ethiopian bread. The authentic Ethiopian dishes will feature a variety of spicy and mild options. Hope Within Ministries office manager Anne Marie McAlester said that the Ethiopian chicken, beef, and vegetable dishes are prepared similarly to a stew.

A variety of fresh baked goods from regional bakeries as well as homemade treats will be served for dessert. Coffee, tea, and water will also be available.

African-themed crafts and other items will be available for folks to bid on in a silent auction throughout the evening.

There is no charge for the event; however, interested individuals must register in advance to allow organizers to plan accordingly. To register, readers may fill out a form at or contact McAlester at 717-367-9797, ext. 303, or The deadline to register is Friday, April 6.

A freewill offering will be received that evening, and all proceeds from the event will benefit Hope Within Ministries, which provides medical and counseling services to individuals in need in Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties.

According to the organization's 2017 Annual Report, the Hope Within Community Health Center hosted a total of 1,742 medical visits in 2017 and Hope Within Counseling Services served 49 unique individuals through a total of 537 counseling visits. Eight staff members and more than 80 volunteers work together to serve patients. Hope Within Ministries' mission, as stated in the Annual Report, is "to show God's love through the provision of high-quality professional health care, sound counsel, and related education."

Hope Within Ministries is located at 4748 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. To learn more, readers may visit or


CCFCA Launches Recruitment Campaign March 14, 2018

The Chester County Fire Chiefs Association (CCFCA) has launched a new volunteer recruitment and awareness campaign. The focus of the campaign is to promote the importance of volunteerism and encourage residents to become volunteers.

The CCFCA is the advisory body to 55 separate volunteer fire departments and companies located in Chester County, all of which have volunteer opportunities available within their respective locations.

As part of the kickoff to the recruitment campaign, the CCFCA unveiled its newest slogan, "Volunteer Today. Chester County Lives Depend on It," which will be included in all print and electronic materials sent to the community. In addition, the CCFCA has rebooted its website,, to help prospective volunteers understand the role they may play in protecting their community. The website also includes a volunteer inquiry form they may fill out.

To become volunteers, readers may visit the aforementioned website.

A variety of opportunities are available for prospective volunteers.

Firefighters help save lives and protect property in their community. Volunteers learn to do tasks like advance a hose line, perform search-and-rescue operations, and position ladders strategically. Training and equipment needed to stay safe are provided free of charge.

EMTs (emergency medical technicians) help save lives by transporting sick and injured people to the hospital. Volunteers respond to specialized calls like automobile accidents, carbon monoxide alarms, and other rescue calls. Training and equipment are provided.

Fire police help keep an emergency situation safe by directing traffic and crowds and by providing general assistance to other first responders.

Junior firefighters are teenagers who gain experience around a fire house, lend a hand, and begin fire training that will prepare them to become full members at age 18. Volunteering as a junior firefighter may count as community service hours.

Administrative volunteers are non-emergency volunteers who help teach fire safety, assist in fundraising events, and help with bookkeeping, human resources, website maintenance, and other duties.

The new campaign will also develop content to post on the official Help Fight Fire social media accounts in order to develop a following. Additionally, there will be a dedicated effort to raise public awareness of CCFCA's activities through billboard and movie theater advertisements and production, press releases, and other print and electronic materials.

The campaign is funded through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

For more information on volunteer opportunities, readers may visit


Fire Company Slates Flower Sale March 14, 2018

Union Fire and Hose Company No. 1, 30 E. Canal St., Dover, will sell Easter flowers on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31.

The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Local Wellness Programs Posted March 14, 2018

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital offers a variety of wellness programs. To register for any program, readers may call the health center at 717-721-8790. There is a cost to participate.

Healthy You will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 27 to April 17, and Tuesday, May 15, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. The program is for adults who want to lose weight, eat healthy, and be active.

Safesitter Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center. Designed for teenagers ages 11 to 14, the class will teach babysitting skills, injury prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, and other skills.


Diabetes Program Posted March 14, 2018

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer Taking Charge of Your Diabetes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 21 to April 25. The program will meet at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens.

The class will provide people who have diabetes with essential day-to-day skills for better blood sugar control. The program includes 10 hours of group instruction, initial assessment with a registered dietitian and registered nurse, and follow-up. A family member or friend may attend as a support person. Cost varies by insurance provider.

To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.


Diabetes Workshop Posted March 14, 2018

The York County Area Agency on Aging will offer a diabetes self-management workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, March 28 to May 2, at York Township Park Building, 25 Oak St., York.

York County residents age 60 and up who are living with Type 2 diabetes, as well as caregivers age 60 and up who are caring for someone with Type 2 diabetes, are invited to participate in the interactive program. The workshops will be taught by certified instructors through the agency.

Developed by the Self-Management Resource Center, formerly Stanford University Patient Education Program, the health promotion program will provide tools for managing diabetes, dealing with emotions and breaking the symptom cycle that comes with the disease. The program will introduce participants to self-management tools like healthy eating, exercise, monitoring blood sugar and action planning.

A companion book, "Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions," and an audio relaxation tape will be provided for all participants.

There is no charge for the workshops. To register, readers may call Megan Craley at 717-771-9610.


Garden Starter Kits Available March 14, 2018

Individuals who grow their own fruits and vegetables are more likely to eat them. To increase access and availability of fresh produce, Lighten Up Lancaster County, with funding from the Lancaster Heart and Vascular Institute at Lancaster General Health, will offer raised-bed starter kits for schools and nonprofit organizations that are interested in expanding or starting a garden.

Schools and nonprofit organizations in Lancaster County can apply online to receive lumber, hardware, and soil for two raised beds. In addition, a 100-foot hose, watering cans, buckets, shovels, trowels, and gloves will be provided.

Recipients of the raised beds, who will be notified approximately two weeks after submitting an application, will be linked to an extensive network of garden experts and have access to garden resources. Organizations that received the raised beds are encouraged to use the produce for taste testing and meals at their organization, share the produce with the community, and donate extra produce to local organizations.

For more information, readers may visit and click on Garden Starter Kit under Community.


Health Services Announce News March 14, 2018

UPMC Pinnacle announced the completed affiliation between the health system's mobile integrated health service, Community LifeTeam and White Rose Ambulance in York County. All White Rose employees in good standing at the time of the transaction are eligible to continue employment.

As a mobile integrated health service consisting of highly trained, certified emergency medical technicians and paramedics, White Rose will continue to provide service for the York and Gettysburg communities. White Rose Ambulance provides mobile patient care and transportation 24/7. Together, White Rose Ambulance and Community LifeTeam will be able to provide coordinated and cost-effective care.

With the addition of White Rose Ambulance, Community LifeTeam continues to expand emergency medical services to meet the needs of the community. Community LifeTeam provides both basic and advanced life support to 45 municipalities in Dauphin, Cumberland, Northumberland, and York counties, including the cities of Harrisburg and York, and mutual aid response to EMS services in Dauphin, Cumberland, York, Perry, Schuylkill, and Northumberland counties.


Eick Named EMS Captain March 14, 2018

Longwood Fire Company has announced that Matt Eick is the new captain of emergency medical services (EMS). He began his duties in February.

As part of his new role, he has complete oversight of the ambulances and emergency medical services and manages a staff of nine full-time and 14 part-time individuals, as well as 10 volunteers. In addition to responding to emergencies, services offered include CPR training, EMS outreach programs, and car seat installations and inspections.

Eick began his EMS career in 2002 and became an emergency medical technician (EMT) in 2003 and a paramedic in 2008. He came to Longwood in June 2010 as a part-time staff paramedic and accepted a full-time position in January 2011.

In 2014, Longwood restructured the management approach for the EMS side of the fire company and Eick was promoted to one of three EMS lieutenant positions. In addition to the lieutenants' primary focus on managing the staff throughout the day, Eick was responsible for community outreach/training and the Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement.

Longwood Fire Company has served the communities of Kennett, East Marlborough, Pennsbury, and Pocopson townships since 1921. It provides fire and rescue and emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, readers may visit

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