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Sun Protection Tips Provided September 18, 2018

Due to the time of year, sun protection may slip down the list of health and wellness priorities. But harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are present year-round, and one study notes that children sustain a significant amount of sun exposure at school. About 23 percent of lifetime UV exposure occurs before the age of 18, and this exposure can have far-reaching effects.

Sun damage is cumulative, so sun exposure during childhood can contribute to skin cancer risk later in life. The best way to mitigate that risk is to educate young children on effective sun protection, instilling healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Children should understand that summer vacation is not the only time they are exposed to the sun's rays.

The Skin Cancer Foundation offers several recommendations for keeping children sun-safe during the school year. UV rays are most intense from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and this is when students are usually outside for recess, physical education class, and after-school sports. Parents should check with the school to see if there are adequate places for students to seek shade during outdoor activities. Shade can be provided by gazebos and roof structures, awnings, shade sails, and natural shade, such as thickly leaved trees.

Clothing is the single most effective form of sun protection for the body, children should be sent to school in densely woven and bright- or dark-colored fabrics, which offer the best defense. The more skin that is covered, the better, so long sleeves and long pants should be chosen whenever possible.

Children should be sent to school with a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses to protect their face, neck, and eyes. If a child will not wear a wide-brimmed hat, a baseball cap is better than nothing.

Sunscreen should be part of the morning routine. At least 30 minutes before children go outside, parents should apply a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher to their skin. Older children should learn to apply sunscreen themselves and make it a routine habit. To remain effective, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. At a minimum, remind children to reapply sunscreen before after school sports and outdoor activities.

One ounce of sunscreen (about the size of a golf ball) should be applied to the entire body. Parents should remind children to cover those easy to miss spots, such as the back of ears and neck, as well as the tops of the feet and hands.

There is a chance a school does not allow students to use sunscreen or wear a hat outdoors during the school day without written permission from a physician. If that is the case, The Skin Cancer Foundation has created a sun protection permission form that parents and doctors can sign, allowing students to bring these items to school to apply and use as needed. The form is available at www.skincancer.org/schoolnote.

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Sports Eye Safety Tips Posted September 18, 2018

Prevent Blindness, an eye health organization, has declared September as Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month to help educate the public on the need to protect vision while participating in sports activities. New annual data from Prevent Blindness shows that more than 33,000 Americans were treated for sports-related eye injuries last year.

Eye injuries from any sport may include infection, corneal abrasions, fracture of the eye socket, swollen or detached retinas or a traumatic cataract. Eye injuries from water sports may include eye infections and irritations, and scratches or trauma from other swimmers.

As part of September's Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month, Prevent Blindness has posted tips on buying sports eye protectors.

Shoppers should always consult an eye care professional to get the best eye protection for their sport and lifestyle.

Wearers of prescription glasses should ask their eye doctor to fit them for prescription eye protection. Monocular athletes, those with only one eye that sees well, should ask their eye doctor what sports they may safely play.

Athletes should not buy eye protection without lenses. Only lensed protectors are recommended for sports use. Athletes should make sure the lenses either stay in place or pop outward in the event of an accident. Lenses that pop in against the eyes may cause serious injury.

Fogging of the lenses can be a problem when a person is active. Some eye protection options are available with anti-fog coating. Others have side vents for additional ventilation. Shoppers should try on different types to determine which is most comfortable for them.

Shoppers should check an eye protector's packaging to see if the item has been tested for sports use and if it is made of polycarbonate material. Polycarbonate eye protection is the most impact resistant.

Sports eye protection should be padded or cushioned along the brow and bridge of the nose. Padding will prevent the eye guards from cutting the skin.

Athletes should try on eye protectors to determine if they are the right size. The strap should be adjusted so it is not too tight or too loose. Athletes should consult their eye care professional to ensure eye protectors have a comfortable, safe fit.

During Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month, Prevent Blindness is offering printed materials to assist eye care professionals in educating consumers on the importance of eye safety during sports. To request a free kit, readers may contact Angela Gerber at 973-882-0986, ext. 972, or agerber@libertysport.com.

For more information on sports eye injury prevention or contact lens safety, readers may call Prevent Blindness at 800-331-2020 or visit www.preventblindness.org/sports-eye-safety.

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Fire Company Sets Breakfast September 18, 2018

Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, Robeson Township, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 7 to 11 a.m.

Proceeds will support the fire company. For additional details, call 610-286-6481 or visit www.geigertownfireco.com. Individuals may also find the fire company on Facebook.

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Scrap Metal Drive Slated September 17, 2018

Penryn Fire Company will host a scrap metal drive from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will take place at the Penryn Fire Company Park at 542 Oak Lane, Lititz. It is located at Oak Lane and Newport Road in Elm.

Local residents are invited to recycle steel, aluminum, cast-iron, brass, copper, and other scrap metal. Items that will be accepted include washers, dryers, water heaters and tanks, wire, metal siding and roofing, fencing, engines, empty cans, lawn mowers, pumps, farm and lawn equipment, electric motors, lawn chairs, and appliances. All items must be metal.

Items that will not be accepted include refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, propane tanks, chemical and gasoline cans or metal drums containing any oil or other liquids, batteries, wood, plastic, paper, cardboard, magazines, and cloth items.

All oil, coolant, gasoline, and other liquids must be drained from any engines, storage cans, transmissions, and radiators. Only dry, empty metal drums and cans with their tops removed will be accepted.

Assistance will be provided for unloading items. For more information, readers may contact a Penryn fireman or Gary Berlin at 717-224-3501 or garystoys1@aol.com.

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Program To Discuss AMD September 13, 2018

The William H. and Marion C. Alexander Family Library, 200 W. Second St., Hummelstown, will be the site of a presentation by Dr. Gary Kirman on the early detection and treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The program will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second floor in conference rooms A and B.

The event is being held to raise the awareness of the current diagnostic technology available to diagnose the presence of AMD before vision loss occurs. A discussion of the effectiveness of early treatment for AMD will also be presented.

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Individual Assessment Forms Available September 13, 2018

The Borough of Mount Joy advises individuals and businesses that were affected by flood damages to complete Individual Assessment forms available at the borough office, 21 E. Main St.; at http://mountjoyborough.com/; or at www.lancema.us/forms-resources.php.

Completed forms should be emailed to borough@mountjoypa.org, faxed to 717-653-6680, or mailed to or dropped off at the borough office. Office hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Coalition Posts Informative Event September 13, 2018

Share Your Wishes Coalition invites the community to a free event on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the third-floor conference room at the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.

The coalition aims to be a supportive community where conversations about end-of-life decisions are discussed openly and honestly, without fear or avoidance, so that a person's wishes and values are honored during the last stages of life.

Advance care planning is a process that enables individuals to make plans about their future health care. Advance care plans provide direction to health care professionals, family, and other loved ones when people are not in a position to make or communicate their own health care choices.

The free workshop will focus on what advanced care planning is, how to select a health care agent, how one can express his or her wishes, and how to share the plan. Attendees will also be able to reflect on their values and beliefs.

Individuals are asked to preregister by calling 888-LGH-INFO (888-544-4636).

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Deputy Sheriff Makes Connection At Festival September 12, 2018

On duty at the recent Citadel Country Spirit USA concert in Ludwig's Corner, Chester County Deputy Sheriff Matthew "Jamie" Mendenhall was giving Nero, his K-9 partner, some exercise when a man initiated a conversation about the importance of K-9s. The man subsequently introduced himself as Doug Paisley, the father of country superstar Brad Paisley, who was to perform at the concert on Aug. 26.

As the two continued their discussion, Mendenhall noted that two area K-9 handlers had lost their lives in the line of duty in recent years: Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox and Berks County Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pagerly. Mendenhall, who came to Chester County from the Berks County Sheriff's Office, had supervised Kyle in the K-9 Unit there.

Doug asked if Mendenhall could supply photos of the two fallen heroes so that his son could pay tribute to them during his performance. Further, he asked if Mendenhall wanted tickets to the concert.

Mendenhall shared that Kyle and his wife, Alecia, were both huge fans of Brad. In fact, Kyle's special song for his wife was Brad's "She's Everything." Mendenhall then contacted Alecia to let her know that "Brad Paisley's dad says hello" and to see if she wanted to come to the concert.

Alecia arrived 15 minutes before Brad Paisley took the stage; it was the first time she had seen him live. He sang "When I Get Where I'm Going" in front of a giant projection showing Kyle and Fox and their respective K-9 partners, Jynx and Nick. The country icon also performed Kyle Pagerly's anthem to his wife. According to Doug, that song was added and had not been on the original play list.

Alecia also reconnected with Chester County Sgt. Paul Bryant Jr., who was also on duty at the music festival. She had not seen Bryant since the day her late husband graduated from the Philadelphia Police K-9 Academy, where the sergeant had previously worked.

At the end of the event, Mendenhall was unable to leave the concert grounds because his vehicle was blocked by a school bus bearing the number 27, which was Kyle's badge number.

For more information on Kyle Pagerly, readers may visit https://kylepagerlymemorial.com.

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Support Groups Scheduled September 12, 2018

The Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, invites the community to several support groups. There is no cost to attend.

Individuals who serve as a caregiver to a loved one are invited to a Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The meeting will have a focus on spiritual care. The group meets every third Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Masonic Village's Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. For directions and to preregister, call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

Those who have lost a loved one are invited to attend the monthly Bereavement Support Group on Thursday, Oct. 18. The group meets every third Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. Refreshments are served. For more information, call Heidi Young, bereavement coordinator, at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.

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WellSpan Ephrata Posts Programs September 12, 2018

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

WellSpan will offer a HealthTalk in September. Admission is free, but registration is required by calling 855-237-4222.

"Chronic Shoulder Pain? Learn About Options for Relief" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Fieldcrest Great Room, Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lititz. Joy Long of the Lancaster Orthopedic Group will discuss shoulder-related problems such as pain, arthritis and rotator cuff injuries, and the latest surgical techniques to repair the shoulder.

Surgery for Weight Loss will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. Attendees will learn more about WellSpan's bariatric surgery program. To register or for more information, readers may call 717-721-8795.

The Wellness Center of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer programs to manage diabetes. To register, readers may call 717-721-8790.

Taking Charge of Your Diabetes will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 18, at the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, 435 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. The class will provide people who have diabetes with essential day-to-day skills for better blood sugar control. A family member or friend may attend as a support person. The cost will vary by insurance provider.

Participants will learn how to live a healthier, active life in series of programs, which will be held at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center, 63 W. Church St., Stevens, unless noted. To register for any program, readers may call 717-721-8790. There a fee for each program.

I Can Challenge will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays through Nov. 11. This program is for individuals with a chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer or obesity, and gives them the tools and support they need to set goals, eat healthy, manage stress and get fit.

Healthy You will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3 and 31. Healthy You is a program for adults who want to lose weight, eat healthy and be active. Participants will learn ideas to increase daily physical activity, choose healthy foods, lose and maintain weight, set goals and overcome barriers.

Healthy You will also be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 18 and 25, Oct. 2 and 9, and Nov. 6.

A Grocery Store Tour will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Weaver Markets, 2610 N. Reading Road, Adamstown. A registered dietitian will direct a tour of the aisles of the supermarket, providing information on reading food labels and comparison shopping to save money and make healthier choices.

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Support Group Scheduled September 12, 2018

The Spiritual Care Department at Geisinger Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill, will offer a five-week bereavement support group that will be held in the Spiritual Care consultation room. The group will meet Wednesdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The group is open to anyone experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one. Each week's focus will assist participants in understanding how to cope with grief and how to develop the skills necessary to turn mourning into memories. The facilitator will be Sister Mary Joan Smith, director of Spiritual Care Services at Geisinger Holy Spirit.

Participation is free, but registration is requested. To register, readers may call 717-763-2118.

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Home Water, Septic System Workshops Set September 12, 2018

Penn State Extension, in partnership with the ELANCO Source Water Collaborative, will offer two free workshops about home water systems. The events will be held on Monday, Nov. 5, in the Terre Hill Community Center, 131 W. Main St., Terre Hill. Workshops will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. They will include protecting, testing, and treating private water supplies. Septic system inspection and maintenance will also be discussed.

Free drinking water testing will be provided for the first 30 households to register at each workshop. Water will be tested for coliform bacteria, E. coli, pH, total dissolved solids, and nitrates. Results from these simple educational tests can help guide attendees in future testing by accredited labs. Sample collection instructions will be provided after individuals register.

Support for the workshops is provided by the Master Well Owner Network grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Ground Water Association. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences research and extension programs are funded in part by Pennsylvania counties, the Commonwealth of PA, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Individuals may register by Wednesday, Oct. 31, by visiting http://extension.psu.edu/home-water-and-septic-workshop or calling 877-345-0691.

Qualified persons with disabilities are encouraged to participate. Individuals who anticipate needing any type of accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided may contact Jennifer Fetter at 717-921-8803.

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Stadium Installs Blood Pressure Kiosk September 11, 2018

The American Heart Association, with the support of the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, recently installed a new blood pressure monitoring kiosk at the Barnstormers' stadium in Lancaster. Carol Culliton of the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation and representatives from the American Heart Association were on hand before the Lancaster Barnstormers game on July 18 for a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

This is the first blood pressure kiosk the American Heart Association has installed in Pennsylvania. The kiosk is located inside the main concourse near the box office and is available for any member of the public to use during all events held at the Barnstormers' stadium. The kiosk provides instructions to ensure the user receives an accurate blood pressure reading and information to interpret their blood pressure reading and make healthy lifestyle choices that can help control their blood pressure.

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

According to new blood pressure guidelines released in November that define high blood pressure beginning at 130/80, nearly half (46 percent) of U.S. adults may have high blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure. It is sometimes called the "silent killer" because it has no symptoms. Improving access to blood pressure monitoring tools and education can help more individuals manage high blood pressure.

For more information about controlling high blood pressure and other healthy living tips, readers may visit www.heart.org.

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Safe Driving Reminder Posted September 10, 2018

Motorists, parents, and children are encouraged to refresh their memories about how to share the road safely with school buses and other school transportation vehicles.

Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn. Drivers should not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety. Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record, and a 60-day license suspension.

Parents are reminded to ensure that their children are at the bus stop early to avoid rushing. Students should stay where the bus driver can see them while boarding or exiting the bus.

For more information and tips on school bus safety, readers may visit www.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/Safety/TrafficSafetyAndDriverTopics/Pages/School-Bus-Safety.aspx.

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Concussion News Posted September 10, 2018

Students, parents, and coaches are reminded about ways to prevent, recognize and manage concussions. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Concussions can have serious short-term and long-term impacts, especially on young people, whose brains are still developing. In 2011, the Safety in Youth Sports Act was signed into law in Pennsylvania, requiring all school entities to develop return-to-play policies for student athletes with concussions, as well as requiring related training for coaches.

Readers may visit www.health.pa.gov and search for "traumatic brain injury" for approved curricula for coaches and other school personnel, along with frequently asked questions about the law and many other state-related resources. Most importantly, if parents think their child has a concussion, they should seek medical attention, discuss the injury with the coach, and not allow the athlete to return to play without permission from a health care professional.

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Paper Shredding Event Slated September 7, 2018

West Donegal Township, Mount Joy Township, and East Donegal Township will host a shredding event on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon at the West Donegal Township building, 1 Municipal Drive, Elizabethtown.

The event will be free of charge to all residents and businesses that reside or are located within these three townships. Residency identification will be required. The amount of items to be shredded will be limited to a maximum of three banker boxes or 32-gallon bags of paper per property. Shredders handle staples, paper clips, and folders as well as colored paper. Boxes or bags containing any materials that cannot be shredded will not be accepted.

Shredding services and equipment will be provided by a shredding services company that is AAA NAID certified. Individuals can watch while their paper is shredded by bonded personnel and equipment. All shredded paper will then be taken for proper and green disposal, and the township will be provided with a Certificate of Destruction.

While there is no charge to have paper shredded, participants are asked to bring donations of canned goods and boxed items to benefit the Conoy Brethren in Christ Church's food bank. Last year, more than 20 boxes of donated food and nonperishable items and almost $200 in monetary donations were donated. The food bank's greatest needs include canned meats, juice, canned/boxed pasta, jams and jellies, cereals, pancake mixes and syrup, and paper products. Baby food and formula will also be accepted. Perishable items, glass containers, frozen food, fresh produce and meat, and homemade food will not be accepted. Donations should be nonexpired, nonbreakable, and in unopened containers.

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Series To Address Opioid Epidemic September 7, 2018

Lancaster County Joining Forces (LCJF), in partnership with Compass Mark and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, will present a free, three-part series addressing the opioid epidemic in Lancaster County. All sessions are free to attend and will take place on select Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Alliance Church of Elizabethtown, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown.

The lecture series will kick off on Sept. 25 with Jack Sodak of Retreat at Lancaster County sharing on "Addiction - A Disease of the Mind and Body." On Oct. 9, Joel Jakubowski will speak on "How to Help a Loved One Struggling With Drug Use." The series will conclude on Oct. 23 as Deb McCoy of Compass Mark presents "How to Talk to Children About Drugs." To register for any or all of the sessions, interested individuals may visit www.lancasterjoiningforces.org.

According to Rosemary Search, health promotion specialist with Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, LCJF launched as a community collaborative in 2017 with a primary aim of supporting and coordinating countywide efforts to reduce the number of deaths from overdoses of heroin and other opioids. LCJF brings key stakeholders and community members together to strengthen existing initiatives across all sectors, identify and address gaps in services and resources, and implement strategies for prevention, intervention, and monitoring.

"Opioid-related overdose deaths constitute a serious public health concern across the United States," stated Search. The United States federal government declared a national public health emergency in October 2017, with Pennsylvania declaring a statewide disaster emergency in January 2018.

"Lancaster County is not alone in this crisis, but it displays a higher rate of drug-related overdose deaths than the nationwide average," said Search, noting that more than 160 Lancastrians died from accidental overdose in 2017. "The opioid crisis is not a problem happening 'somewhere else,' nor is it limited to our nation's cities or among certain socioeconomic populations," Search emphasized.

Lancaster County is not only well-known for things like its agriculture and natural beauty, Search noted, but also for the way that its people come together to address the needs of the community. "Joining Forces is just the latest example - in this case bringing together dozens of organizations to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for opioid abuse prevention and help for those trapped in addiction," said Search.

LCJF strives to implement a continuum of care with an emphasis on both broad, community-based education and awareness and the promotion of healthy lifestyles, while also connecting people who are experiencing addiction to appropriate treatment and recovery support. Some of the organization's efforts include producing and distributing more than 93,000 brochures about opioid addiction and how to get help throughout the county and working with schools. LCJF currently offers evidence-based prevention programming in 13 school districts.

In the first three months of 2018, Lancaster County's rate of overdose deaths was down 20 percent from 2017, according to Search. "Early data from April through May suggests that rate of overdose deaths continues to head downward," said Search. "While it is too soon to say if this is a definite trend, we can say that this coordinated response to our county's opioid crisis exemplifies the concern and compassion we all share for the health and wellbeing of our fellow citizens."

Individuals who would like to learn more about hosting a presentation or series of presentations through LCJF may contact Sue Lackmann at 717-544-3284 or selackma@lghealth.org.

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Northwest EMS Works Toward Fundraising Goal September 6, 2018

Northwest Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is more than halfway to its goal of raising $30,000 to purchase bullet-resistant vests for crew members. The EMS agency intends to provide the vests due to the opioid crisis and an increase in active shooter threats. Northwest EMS covers the northern tier of Lancaster County from Conoy Township to Clay Township, including Elizabethtown and Manheim.

As payments for ambulance services decrease, the EMS agency based in Elizabethtown decided to ask area residents to help protect its crews. The community responded, and to date the agency has received $15,151 in checks, including at least 20 from donors who paid the full $500 cost of one vest, and $1,665 from the GoFundMe page, for a total of $16,816.

Recently the EMS agency received help from the Northwest Regional Police, which patrols West Donegal and Mount Joy townships. The Northwest Regional Police Commission donated $1,000, and the Northwest Regional Police Association, representing the officers, donated $500.

Contributions may be made at www.gofundme.com/invest-in-ems.

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Fifth Annual Car Show Set In Conestoga September 6, 2018

Nearly 350 vehicles were entered in last year's Conestoga Classic car show, and organizers hope to attract at least that many at this year's event, the fifth annual, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street, Conestoga.

"It's the talk of cruisers everywhere," said Rae Ann Henry, secretary of Friends of the Southern Regional Police Force, which hosts the car show. "People are telling me they're already registered. They want to be part of the first 200. We have the best goodie bags."

As Henry indicated, the first 200 entries will receive a goodie bag and a souvenir dash plaque. All registered participants will receive lunch, which will be provided by the Conestoga Fire Company, and they will be entered to win door prizes. To encourage early registration, a discount on the entry fee will be offered until Saturday, Sept. 15. Folks who wait to register at the event will be charged full price.

Participants may arrive when they are able and leave at their leisure. In order to be parked together, car clubs must arrive as a group. Hot rods, antiques, new muscle cars, motorcycles, pickup trucks, and more will be parked on Main Street from Rineer Road to the Conestoga Wagon Restaurant. Parking for spectators will be located at the fire company, 3290 Main St., and Conestoga Elementary School, 100 Hill St. The car show will be held rain or shine.

"We're praying for no rain. So far, we've been blessed (with dry days) for four years," commented Friends member Melanie Scheid. "It's the busiest day in town. It's fun to see the streets full of people."

"We bring all the happy we can to Conestoga," Henry added.

The hub of the event will be located at the fire company and the neighboring Conestoga Ambulance Association, which share a driveway. The door prize drawings and award ceremony will take place at the ambulance building. Prizes will be awarded in 10 categories, with most winners selected by trophy sponsors. Disc jockey Bryan Scott will serve as master of ceremonies, and DJ Edge will play music. Lancaster Barnstormers mascot Cylo is slated to visit at some point. The fire company will sell cold beverages and hot food, including chicken corn soup, burgers, hot dogs, and french fries. Ice cream will also be available for purchase.

A number of vendors will sell their wares at the fire company. Friends president Bob Heckrote noted that due to limited space, vendors have been restricted to sellers of non-food, automotive-related items. Anyone interested in vending may call Heckrote at 717-472-0087 to learn more.

Additionally, for a small fee, folks may whack a car. Last year, eventgoers were offered the opportunity to write on a vehicle, but this year, they may apply sledgehammers instead of pens.

Proceeds from the car show registrations and the whack-a-car activity will be divided between the Friends and the fire company.

"From day one, (the fire company) got behind us and supported this event," said Friends vice president Joel Herzog.

The Friends of the Force has used past proceeds to support a National Night Out event and to host officer appreciation banquets for the Southern Regional Police Department.

"(We thank) the community for their support these past four years," Heckrote remarked. "Local businesses have been generous with door prizes. It is a community event. ... We wouldn't be able to do it with them."

For more information about the Conestoga Classic or to register, readers may find "Friends of the Southern Regional Police Force" on Facebook, email friendsofsrpd@yahoo.com, or call Friends member Rich Graham at 717-917-6500.

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Organizations To Offer Forum September 6, 2018

Samaritan Safe Church/Safe Places is partnering with The Emerald Foundation to offer "When Institutions Fail to Protect Our Children: A Community Forum," focused on child sexual abuse, at The Emerald Foundation, 2120 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.

The forum is for people who care about children and their safety. It will focus on what can be done to protect children, including in settings such as churches, athletic clubs, and youth organizations. It will also highlight how parents, adults, and community members can respond.

No registration is required. Readers with questions may call Lizz at 717-560-9989 or email LDurbin@scclanc.org.

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