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Radon Action Encouraged January 16, 2018

January is national Radon Action Month. An estimated 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have higher levels of radon than national safety standards, due to the state's geology. However, residents can perform a simple test to detect this gas, which is considered the second-leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home.

Winter is a good time to test for radon, because doors and windows are generally closed, providing more accurate results. Simple radon test kits are inexpensive and available at home improvement and hardware stores.

For more information on radon, testing, and daily tips, readers may visit www.dep.pa.gov/Business/RadiationProtection/RadonDivision/Pages/default.aspx.

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Line Officers, Board Members Named January 16, 2018

Longwood Fire Company recently named new line officers and board members during the organization's annual reorganizational meeting.

The fire company promoted Mike Wells from captain to assistant fire chief, and firefighter Bas deVries was promoted to fire lieutenant. The remaining line officers are the same.

On the board, Mike Leventry is now vice president, Matt Glass is secretary, Brent du Pont is treasurer and Ron Mazik is financial secretary. The rest of the board remained the same, including board president Brad Bowman.

Longtime leaders Mert LaBare and Joe Deckman were honored for their service as fire captain and board treasurer, respectively.

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

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Foundation Selects Grant Recipients January 16, 2018

The Brandywine Health Foundation has announced 30 grants totaling $824,000, bringing the foundation's total giving to more than $16.5 million since it began awarding grants and scholarships in 2002.

In the Coatesville community, a group of nonprofit agencies providing high-quality, critical services to its neighbors. The foundation's grantmaking committee, led by Margaret Rivello, vice chair, Brandywine Health Foundation, reviewed several dozen proposals which led to the foundation's board of directors unanimous approval of each of the community grants.

The following nonprofit agencies and community organizations have received FY 2018 grants from the Brandywine Health Foundation:

Priority 1, Health Equity - Ensure that every resident of the greater Coatesville community has the opportunity to make choices that will allow them to live a long and healthy life, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, disability, income or background.

Recipients include Community Volunteers in Medicine, $10,000; Human Services Inc., $40,000; Maternal and Child Health Consortium, $45,000; Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), $5,000; Pennsylvania Health Access Network, $7,500; Valley Youth House, $5,000; and Volunteer English Program in Chester County, $7,000.

Priority 2, Healthy Youths - Empower youths ages 12 to 24 in the community to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, cultivate leadership skills and experience, and achieve their goals for the future.

Recipients include The Bridge Academy and Community Center, $7,500; Chester County Futures, $5,000; Coatesville Youth Initiative, $75,000; The Parkesburg Point, $5,000; and Youth Mentoring Partnership, $5,000.

Priority 3, Healthy Community - Improve community conditions that help impact the health of everyone in greater Coatesville.

General recipients include Chester County Food Bank, $20,000; Coatesville Area Public Library, $25,000; Coatesville Partners for Progress, $10,000; Coatesville Area Senior Center, $5,000; The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County, $10,000; Good Works Inc., $7,000; Home of the Sparrow, $6,000; and Support Center for Child Advocates, $5,000.

First responder groups that received grants include Chester County Economic Development Foundation, Chester County Public Safety Training Facility, $13,000; Keystone Valley Fire Department, $4,000; and Washington Hose Company No. 1, $3,000.

Through a multi-year pledge commitment through 2020, ChesPenn Health Services will receive $312,000 in fiscal year 2018, with a total grant of $870,000.

Multi-year pledge commitments through fiscal year 2018 were made to Chester County Health Department's Nurse-Family Partnership, $10,000; Child Guidance Resource Centers, $75,000; Coatesville Center for Community Health, $12,000; Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, $20,000; Family Service of Chester County, $20,000; and Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA's Coatesville Health Center, $50,000.

To learn more about the foundation, readers may visit www.brandywinefoundation.org or contact info@brandywinefoundation.org.

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Artist Turns Gratitude Into A Fundraiser For The Force January 12, 2018

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 www.friendsoftheforce.com 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 rpeters12@verizon.net.

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EMS Plans Food Drive January 12, 2018

Northwest EMS is accepting donations for the local food banks that are located in its primary response area.

The food drive will run through February, and donations will be accepted at Northwest EMS station locations at 380 W. Bainbridge St., Elizabethtown; 188 Rock Point Road, Maytown; and 60 W. Colebrook St., Manheim.

Suggested items include peanut butter, canned fruit or vegetables, canned soups, foods for those with special dietary restrictions (low sugar/sodium), bottled juice, applesauce, pasta, canned meats, crackers, and rice.

For details, call Lori Shenk at 717-371-8282.

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CHI St. Joseph Children's Health Announces New Program January 12, 2018

Initiative To Help Ensure Columbia Families Have Access To Formula

CHI St. Joseph Children's Health has announced a new program focused on food security for infants 12 months and younger under the organization's Healthy Columbia Project. The First Foods Access for Everyone Initiative (FACE), which kicked off on Jan. 2, aims to ensure that families with babies in the Columbia area have access to formula and nutritious first foods regardless of income.

The Healthy Columbia FACE Initiative is designed to supplement existing community programs so no child under age 1 experiences food insecurity. Unlike many other food access programs, the FACE Initiative does not have an income requirement and extends access to all families regardless of their income. CHI believes that financial difficulties, unexpected expenses, and changes in employment can have significant impact on families, and the organization wants to ensure all families that find themselves in need have access to formula and nutritious first foods for the most vulnerable residents of the community - newborns and infants.

The FACE Initiative is being piloted in Columbia Borough through a partnership with Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services - Columbia Pregnancy Clinic and will serve all residents living in the 17512 ZIP code during its initial pilot phase. To learn more, readers may contact CHI St. Joseph Children's Health at 717-397-7625 or visit www.healthycolumbiapa.org.

FACE is the newest initiative launched by Healthy Columbia. Healthy Columbia is funded by CHI St. Joseph Children's Health, which has committed to investing more than $2 million into the program over the next seven years. Healthy Columbia programs focus on four main areas: safe homes and neighborhoods, health and wellbeing, early childhood experience and education, and food security and nutrition.

In addition to the new FACE Initiative, current programs and initiatives of the Healthy Columbia Project include Lead-Safe Columbia, the Baby Box program, and Immunize Columbia.

"Health goes beyond the clinic or the exam room. If we are going to improve the health of our community, we have to recognize the connections to life and activities within the communities we serve and become an active participant in creating the types of communities we envision," stated Philip Goropoulos, president of CHI St. Joseph Children's Health. "That's what our Healthy Columbia Project is all about - creating lasting and meaningful changes in partnership with residents, businesses, organizations, and the entire community."

Goropoulos went on to say that FACE is an example of how CHI St. Joseph Children's Health collaborates with its partners in an effort to move the Columbia community forward.

The Healthy Columbia advisory council includes leadership from CHI St. Joseph Children's Health, including program manager Kelsey Miller and local community leaders and residents. "Columbia Borough is undergoing a revitalization, and I am proud to be a part of it through my business as well as through Heathy Columbia," commented local resident Don Murphy. "I grew up here, and the people of this community deserve the vital programs that are now in their neighborhood thanks to Healthy Columbia."

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Narconon Offers Help January 11, 2018

Narconon New Life Retreat encourages people to be aware and look for several signs when it comes to methamphetamine addiction. Signs include hyperactivity, insomnia, weight loss, and tooth decay.

People are urged to report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials and keep loved ones safe from the dangers of methamphetamine addiction.

To learn more about methamphetamine addiction, readers may visit www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/drug-abuse-information/signs-of-methamphetamine-abuse.html.

Narconon can help people to take steps to overcome addiction in their family. For free screenings or referrals, readers may call Narconon at 800-431-1754.

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PennDOT Offers Safety Guidance January 10, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) urges motorists to prepare their vehicles and take time to familiarize themselves with winter safety laws. It is important for drivers to think ahead and take a few simple steps before they travel to be prepared for winter driving as the season continues.

Drivers should prepare their vehicles by having a trusted mechanic check the cooling system, battery, hoses, drive belts, tires, and wiper blades to ensure they are in good condition and functioning properly. Drivers should also frequently check all fluid levels, lights, and wiper blades. In addition, tires should also be examined often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow.

Finally, the traveling public should also prepare or restock a vehicle emergency kit. The kit should contain items such as nonperishable food, water, first aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger, and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication, and pet supplies.

Motorists should also be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.

When winter weather does occur, PennDOT asks drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck. In addition, drivers should be alert, since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.

When a plow truck is traveling toward a car, the driver should move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width. Drivers should never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a plow train. The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.

Drivers should never travel next to a plow truck, since there are blind spots where the operator cannot see. Also, plow trucks can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.

Drivers should keep their lights on to help the plow truck operator better see their vehicle. Also, drivers should remember that, under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle's wipers are on due to inclement weather.

In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance, and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 252 crashes resulting in 129 injuries on snowy, slushy, or ice-covered roadways where aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.

To help make decisions as to whether to travel during winter weather, motorists are encouraged to "Know Before You Go" by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 850 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the Check My Route tool. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social media sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the Media Center under the Connect With Us footer.

For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist, and information on PennDOT's winter operations, including a video, readers may visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at www.PennDOT.gov/safety.

Individuals may follow the conversation by using #PAWinter on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.

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Tips For Dealing With Extreme Cold January 10, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has offered several tips to keep warm this winter. Dangerously cold temperatures can lead to life-threatening health problems like hypothermia and frostbite. Lower-than-normal temperatures and higher wind speeds can cause heat to leave the body more quickly than normal and result in serious health issues.

If venturing outdoors, people should make outdoor trips brief and dress warmly in layers; cover their ears, head, mouth, and face; and never ignore shivering. People should also know the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite.

Hypothermia causes shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness in adults and bright red, cold skin and very low energy in babies. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas, and symptoms include a white or grayish-yellow area of skin, numbness or skin that feels unusually firm or waxy.

Infants and older Pennsylvanians are at greater risk of serious cold-related health issues and should be checked frequently to ensure they are warm enough during cold weather. Pet owners are also reminded of a new state law that prohibits animals from being tethered outside for more than 30 minutes in weather colder than 32 degrees.

For more winter weather tips, readers may visit www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Know-The-Threats/Pages/Winter-Weather.aspx#Outdoors.

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"Wild Onions" Seeks Entries January 9, 2018

The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine and the Department of Humanities will accept entries for "Wild Onions," a publication for the literary and visual arts. The 2018 theme is "Identity."

Faculty and staff, both clinical and non-clinical, as well as patients, families, students, and volunteers are invited to submit original literary, artistic, or photographic work, not previously published, on all topics. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Jan. 15.

To submit work, readers may visit http://sites.psu.edu/wildonions. Entries may also be dropped off at the Humanities Department, Room C1747, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey, with the "Wild Onions" entry form attached.

For more information, readers may contact Christina Li at christinali@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or Melissa Haslam at mhaslam@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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Free HealthTalks Programs Posted January 9, 2018

WellSpan will offer two free HealthTalks in January. Registration is required and may be completed by calling 855-237-4222.

"Knee, Hip Pain and Arthritis: Options for Pain Relief" will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata. The anatomy of knees and hips, conditions related to arthritis, and the importance of getting a proper diagnosis will be discussed.

"Menopause Doesn't Have to Be a Dirty Word" will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Pine Conference Room at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, 169 Martin Ave., Ephrata. A certified registered nurse practitioner will discuss the physical and emotional changes of menopause and how to cope with them.

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Medication Take-Back Program Posted January 9, 2018

The York County Solid Waste Authority has purchased a secure medication take-back box for the Lower Windsor Township Police Department, bringing the number of participating police departments in York County to 17. The public may deposit unwanted medications anonymously in the take-back boxes during police department lobby hours, except on holidays.

This partnership program provides a secure disposal option for unwanted medications from residential sources at no cost to the public or law enforcement. The secure medication take-back box, purchased from MedReturn, works like a mailbox: once medications are deposited, they cannot be retrieved and are contained in a locked compartment accessible only by law enforcement.

The heavy-duty green metal box bolts to the floor and wall. Medication collected in the take-back box program will be delivered by law enforcement to the Authority's waste-to-energy facility for environmentally safe destruction. Law enforcement also maintains the box and secures medications that are received until they can be destroyed.

The Authority has invited all York County police departments to participate and has established medication take-back boxes in nearly all police departments across the county. The Authority purchases a box for each interested police department and provides free destruction of medications at the York County Resource Recovery Center, the Authority's waste-to-energy facility located in Manchester Township.

The Authority's waste-to-energy facility is equipped with state of the art combustion technology and air emission controls for destruction of unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medication. The facility's operator, Covanta York Renewable Energy, also supports this program.

Residents interested in dropping medication at a take-back box location should remove their personal information from containers before depositing them in boxes. Only residential prescription or over-the-counter medications are accepted, along with pet medications. Pharmacies, hospitals and other commercial sources of medications are not eligible to participate. Syringes and other "sharps" are not accepted in this program.

For more information, readers may visit www.ycswa.com. As the program expands to other locations, the Authority will announce them to the public. The following police departments are participating:

Carroll Township Police Department, 555 Chestnut Grove Road, Dillsburg, open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; City of York Police Department, 50 W. King St., York, open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Fairview Township Police Department, 145 Limekiln Road, Suite 600, New Cumberland, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Hanover Borough Police Department, 44 Frederick St., Hanover, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Hellam Township Police Department, 44 Walnut Springs Road, York, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Lower Windsor Township Police Department, 2425 Craley Road, Wrightsville, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Newberry Township Police Department, 1905 Old Trail Road, Etters, open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Northeastern Regional Police Department, 5570 Board Road, Mount Wolf, open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Northern York County Regional Police Department, 1445 East Canal Road, Dover, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Also, Penn Township Police Department, 20 Wayne Ave., Hanover, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Southern Regional Police Department, 47 E. High St., New Freedom, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Southwestern Regional Police Department, 6115 Thoman Drive, Spring Grove, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Spring Garden Township Police Department, 340 Tri Hill Road, Spring Garden Township, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Springettsbury Township Police Department, 1501 Mount Zion Road, York, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; West Manchester Township Police Department, 380 E. Berlin Road, York, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; West York Borough Police Department, 1700 W. Philadelphia St., York, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and York Area Police Department, 33 Oak St., York, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated system that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township. The Resource Recovery Center manages York County's household and commercial waste, as well as some manufacturing waste.

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Aaron's Acres To Offer Summer Camp In Manheim January 9, 2018

This summer, the Manheim Community Pool and Memorial Park, 504 E. Adele Ave., Manheim, will welcome participants from the Aaron's Acres summer camp program for the fourth year in a row.

Registration is open for 2018 Aaron's Acres summer camp sessions, which will run on weekdays. The camp has programs for children, adolescents, and adults ages 5 to 21 who are developmentally disabled. "We are proud to say we have never turned a camper away," stated communications coordinator Alexander Gawn.

The first session will run from Monday, June 18, to Friday, June 29, and session two will be held on Monday, July 9, to Friday, July 20, both with options of half-day hours from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and full-day hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A third session scheduled for Monday, July 23, to Friday, Aug. 3, will offer half-day hours only and is geared toward children ages 5 to 12.

Interested individuals may register at www.aaronsacres.org by Saturday, March 31. Scholarships are available. For families that are new to Aaron's Acres, a face-to-face meeting will be scheduled with the program director in order for everyone to get acquainted.

Aaron's Acres executive director Risa Paskoff explained that having professional staff, including special education teachers and a nurse, as well as a 1-to-1 or 1-to-2 staff-to-child ratio, enables Aaron's Acres to accept any child, regardless of medical or behavioral challenges.

"The (average) day starts with an age-appropriate social session - either circle time for our children or a mixer for our older group, then we swim at the Manheim Pool," Gawn explained. "After swimming, children enjoy games, crafts, and activities."

Activities vary and include music and animal therapy sessions, therapeutic horseback riding, art projects, and sports. Promoting appropriate socialization and communication are the focus of all of the activities, Paskoff said.

Campers ages 13 to 21 will also have the chance to take part in community service projects through the Aaron's Acres Acts of Kindness Program (AAAOK). Past projects included running an Alex's Lemonade Stand, playing bingo at a nursing home, and having a car wash and donating the proceeds to a local nonprofit selected by the campers.

Applications are also available at www.aaronsacres.org for individuals age 18 and up who are interested in being camp counselors and for high school students age 14 and up who would like to volunteer as buddies at camp. Buddies act as positive role models for campers under the supervision of the group leader.

For more information on Aaron's Acres, readers may visit the website.

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Library To Host Blood Drive January 4, 2018

The Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., is the site of a community blood drive each month, with January's event set for Monday, Jan. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will be on-site for the donations. Donors should bring a form of identification with them, and they must have eaten within a four-hour period prior to donating.

For additional dates, readers may visit the News/Events section at www.hersheylibrary.org. The community blood drives take place at the library every fourth Monday, with the exceptions of May and December in 2018, when they will be held on the third Monday.

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Blood Drives Scheduled January 4, 2018

LG Health sponsors community blood drives each month throughout Lancaster County. Blood donors must be age 16 and older and weigh at least 110 pounds. Blood that is collected stays in Lancaster County to benefit members of our community. No appointments are needed; however, all donors will be asked to present picture identification when they arrive to donate at all LGH blood drives. Donating blood takes approximately 45 minutes.

Unless otherwise noted, blood drives will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. The upcoming schedule includes Thursday, Jan. 11, at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Bart Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville; Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Grace United Methodist Church, 163 N. Frederick St., Millersville; Thursday, Jan. 18, at Hosanna Church, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz; Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Conestoga Valley Church of Christ, 2045 Horseshoe Road, Lancaster; Thursday, Jan. 25, at Mellinger's Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster; and Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Bareville Fire Company, 211 Main St., Leola.

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 visiting www.lancastergeneralhealth.org/blood.

The Blood Donor Center is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays; from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Lifesaving Classes Set January 3, 2018

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer various classes. Unless otherwise noted, classes will be held at WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. Registration is required by calling 717-721-8790. There is a cost to participate.

Basic Life Support - CPR class will be offered from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25. The course covers 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) are also included.

Heartsaver First Aid - Adult class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 27. The course is designed to meet the requirements of emergency response teams. Students will learn skills such as discovering the problem, stopping bleeding, applying bandages, and using an epinephrine pen.

Heartsaver Adult, Child and Infant with AED Training class will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 20. The class teaches CPR and relief of choking for adults, children, and infants. Instruction on the use of an AED is included.

Healthy You will be held in two sessions. One session will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 16 to March 6. The second session will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 24 to March 14. The program is for adults who want to lose weight, eat healthy, and be active. There is a cost to participate.

A Tobacco Free Living class will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 18 to Feb. 22, in the conference rooms at the WellSpan Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata The free program includes information on making positive behavior changes, developing a quit plan, coping with urges, and preventing relapse for those who smoke cigarettes, pipes, and cigars or use smokeless tobacco. Individual consults are available.

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Fire Company Plans Breakfast January 3, 2018

Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Station 18, 1 S. Main St., Jacobus, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 14. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost of breakfast will include bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, potatoes, creamed chipped beef, sausage gravy, toast, biscuits, and beverages.

The cost will be discounted for children ages 2 to 12. Children under age 2 may eat for free. Proceeds will benefit the fire company. For details, readers may call Barb Alexander at 717-428-1436.

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Eyeglasses Collected For Lions Clubs January 3, 2018

Geisinger Holy Spirit collected nearly 750 pairs of prescription eyeglasses, readers, and sunglasses in the fall in partnership with local Lions Clubs.

Geisinger Holy Spirit encouraged employees and patients to donate gently used glasses for use in countries where vision screening and eyeglasses are unavailable to people living in poverty. Several Lions Clubs in southcentral Pennsylvania, including those in Camp Hill (District 14-C) and Lower Paxton Township (District 14-T), donated the collection boxes and were slated to sort and ship the collected eyewear to distribution facilities in New Jersey and Virginia.

Additional donations of eyeglasses will be accepted on an ongoing basis in the hospital lobby, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill.

For more information about the Lions Clubs' sight programs, readers may visit www.lionsclubs.org/EN/how-we-serve/health/sight/index.php.

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Guarneschelli To Chair Heart Ball December 28, 2017

Philip Guarneschelli, president and CEO of UPMC Pinnacle, has been named chair of the 2018 Capital Region Heart Ball, set for Saturday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive.

In 2017, Guarneschelli oversaw UPMC Pinnacle's acquisition of five hospitals, growing the health system by more than 730 beds and adding almost 5,000 employees, and the affiliation of UPMC Pinnacle - formerly PinnacleHealth System - with UPMC. He served as senior vice president and chief operating officer and acting president and CEO of PinnacleHealth System from March 2010 through June 2011.

In his more than 30 years in a senior leadership role, Guarneschelli implemented and managed more than $500 million in modernization and consolidation projects, including the Fredricksen Outpatient Center and Medical Office Buildings, Susquehanna Valley Surgery Center, the Medical Sciences Pavilion, the Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital, West Shore Hospital and Ortenzio Cancer Center at PinnacleHealth, and expansion projects for Emergency Services at Harrisburg Hospital and Community General Osteopathic Hospital. He managed the design, construction, and opening of Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in partnership with Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and he implemented and managed the merger of Capital Health System and Polyclinic Hospital that formed PinnacleHealth.

In addition to serving as chair of the Heart Ball, Guarneschelli previously served as chair of the American Heart Association's Capital Region Heart Walk in 2009 and 2011 and on other committees for the American Heart Association. He is a past president of the local chapter of the Exchange Club and of the International Facilities Management Association. He served on the board of directors for the Keystone Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Harrisburg Regional Chamber, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and United Way of the Capital Region. He also serves on various committees with the March of Dimes and Keystone Area Council Boy Scouts of America.

The Capital Region Heart Ball is an annual gala to raise funds for the American Heart Association and will include dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, and other activities. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, readers may visit http://capitalregionpaheartball.heart.org or contact Karen McDermott at karen.mcdermott@heart.org or 717-730-1711.

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Diabetes Health Programs Slated December 27, 2017

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer programs to manage diabetes. Programs will meet at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens. To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 10 to Feb. 14. The class provides 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.

Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention Group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 4 and 11. The program focuses on healthy eating, portion control, label reading, physical activity, and behavior changes that can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. There is a cost to participate.

A Diabetes Support Group will meet several times in January. Meetings will take place at 1 and 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, and at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11. The topic will be "Diabetes and Emotional Health."

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