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Wakefield Ambulance To Celebrate 45th Anniversary May 23, 2018

Since 1973, the Wakefield Ambulance Association (WAA) has provided emergency medical care to people in southern Lancaster County. WAA began as a small group of concerned citizens answering a few calls each month, but it has grown into a progressive emergency medical services (EMS) agency now responding to more than 630 dispatches annually. To celebrate 45 years of service to the community, WAA will host an open house on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the station, 2272 Robert Fulton Highway, Peach Bottom. The event will be open to the public free of charge, and guests may participate in a variety of activities, including a children's coloring contest, hands-only CPR lessons, ambulance rides, station tours, and more. Snacks will be provided, and door prize drawings will be held.

In addition, residents in the WAA service area of Fulton, Little Britain, and Drumore townships will soon receive a capital campaign donation request in their mailboxes. All proceeds raised from the special anniversary fundraiser will be placed into the WAA's ambulance fund for the purchase of a new EMS vehicle.

"We want to emphasize to the community that this is a special campaign for our anniversary and is not a replacement for the separate annual subscription drive, which is mailed out each November," explained WAA operations chief Tyler McCardell. "Right now, there is a statewide trend of small volunteer-based EMS agencies closing their doors. While Wakefield is not in immediate danger, each dollar we receive here will enable us to continue providing high-quality, locally based emergency medical services to the community for years to come."

WAA leaders have set a goal of raising $45,000 to reflect the 45th anniversary. Donations are welcome from everyone, including those who live outside the WAA service area. Readers may call the station at 717-955-0152 to learn more about the WAA, the open house, or the capital campaign.

"We are extremely grateful to our local residents for their steadfast support over the years, and (we) truly appreciate any donations that come in through this campaign," said Ron Griffin, president of the board of directors.


Grief Support Programs Planned May 23, 2018

Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, and the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, will offer several programs in June in Lancaster County. For more information and to register for programs, readers may call the Pathways Center at 717-391-2413 or 800-924-7610.

Drop-in groups for adults will be offered on select dates. Each meeting will include a presentation and an informal time to talk with others. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.

Coping with the Loss of a Parent or Sibling will be offered on Tuesday, June 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss. Coping with the Loss of a Companion or Spouse will take place on Tuesday, June 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hospice and Community Care and on Tuesday, June 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss. Coping with the Loss of a Child of Any Age will meet on Wednesday, June 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss.

A three-week Newly Bereaved Program will be offered on Wednesdays, June 13, 20, and 27, from 10 to 11:30 the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss. The series will provide an overview of common grief responses and help attendees begin to identify coping tools. Participation is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Ladies, Start your Engines, a bereavement workshop, will take place on June 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hospice and Community Care. During the hands-on class, automotive expert Lori Johnson, will teach participants how to perform light automotive maintenance and how to communicate and understand technical jargon. Space is limited, and registration is required. A fee is due at the time of registration. Registration is due by Wednesday, June 6; no refunds will be issued after this date.

Pets You Have Loved and Lost, a bereavement workshop, will be offered on Thursday, June 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss. The free workshop for adults will offer suggestions on ways to memorialize one's pet. Attendees may bring photos of their pets. The workshop is free, but space is limited and registration is required by Tuesday, June 19.


Sheriff's Office Welcomes Deputies May 22, 2018

Three new deputies joined the Chester County Sheriff's Office on May 14. During a swearing-in ceremony in Courtroom One of the Chester County Justice Center, Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh explained that the positions were highly competitive and welcomed the new deputies, Marian "My" Inderelst, Keith Neiswender, and Howard "Larry" Sipple.

Welsh said the three deputies, who already have their Act 120 police certification, will participate in a rigorous 11-week regimen of orientation and field training. Inderelst and Sipple will then travel to Harrisburg for two weeks of state training, a program that Neiswender has already completed.

Inderelst, a Chester County native, began her working life in her family's fourth-generation sand-mining business. After her father sold the company, she became a licensed veterinary technician and worked at the University of Pennsylvania's small animal hospital. As a vet tech, she developed interest in police work through an affiliation with a SWAT team, and she decided to attend the Delaware County Community College's Police Academy. She graduated in 2017 and accepted a part-time position with the West Brandywine Township Police Department. Part of her attraction to the Sheriff's Office was its K-9 Unit.

Neiswender, a native of Birdsboro, graduated from the Montgomery County Community College's Police Academy in 2005 after stints in the Navy and Army National Guard. Neiswender comes to the Chester County Sheriff's Office with experience in the Berks County Sheriff's Office, where he attained the rank of sergeant and worked in a variety of areas, including the civil and warrants divisions, as well as Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He maintains a strong commitment to fallen law enforcement officers, participating annually in a bike ride to Washington, D.C.

Sipple grew up in a military family, with his father having a military service background and his uncle being employed as a state trooper. Sipple earned an associate degree in arts and sciences from the University of Delaware, joined the Navy, and graduated from the Delaware County Community College's Police Academy in 2002. He spent 13 years with the Caln Township Police Department and has worked part time for the police forces in Sadsbury Township and West Grove.


WIC To Offer FMNP Vouchers May 22, 2018

Community Progress Council will host a kickoff event with its Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program to distribute Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers to WIC participants. The free event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Penn Market, 380 W. Market St., York.

WIC participants will be able to pick up their 2018 FMNP vouchers and have the opportunity to redeem the vouchers the same day on Pennsylvania-grown produce. There will also be activities for children, giveaways, and informational tables from other like-minded community organizations. A WIC ID or photo ID is necessary to receive FMNP vouchers. New participants can also apply for the WIC program on-site.

FMNP distributes vouchers each year to eligible WIC participants, including pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, and children ages 1 to 5. Each eligible participant can receive four vouchers, to be redeemed June through November 2018.

Participants are encouraged to attend the event, so they do not have to wait until their July or August appointments to receive vouchers. Participants living outside of York city who cannot attend the kickoff event are encouraged to attend the walk-in date at their current clinic location.

Vouchers will be distributed from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Golden Connections Community Center, 20 Gotham Place, Red Lion, on Monday, June 4; St. Paul United Church of Christ, 161 S. Main St., Shrewsbury, on Tuesday, June 5; Lewisberry Community Center, 308 Market St., Lewisberry, on Wednesday, June 6; Mason-Dixon Community Services, 5 Pendyrus St., Suite 2, Delta, on Thursday, June 7; Dillsburg Senior Activity Center, 1 N. Second St., Dillsburg, on Thursday, June 14; Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9 N. Main St., Dover, on Tuesday, June 19; and New Hope Ministries, 135 Baltimore St., Hanover, on Tuesday, June 26.

Pennsylvania WIC is funded by USDA. To learn more, readers may visit


Girl Scouts Visit Fire Station May 22, 2018


Grief Support Programs Slated May 22, 2018

Hospice & Community Care and the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss will offer several programs in June in York.

Adult drop-in groups provide free meetings that include a presentation and an informal time to talk with others. No registration is needed. For more information, readers may call the Pathways Center at 717-391-2413 or 800-924-7610. Coping With the Loss of a Companion or Spouse will be held on Tuesday, June 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Ann B. Barshinger Hospice Center, 235 Saint Charles Way, Suite 250, York, and on Wednesday, June 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Ann B. Barshinger Hospice Center.

An open house will be held on Thursday, June 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Ann B. Barshinger Hospice Center. Visitors can meet the staff, learn about a typical day for a Hospice staff member, and see the new Pathways support group rooms. Interested attendees should preregister at

"Pets You Have Loved and Lost," a bereavement workshop, will be held on Thursday, June 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ann B. Barshinger Hospice Center. The free workshop for adults will offer suggestions on ways to remember pets that have died. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of their pet. Space is limited, and registration is required. Interested participants may call 717-391-2413 or 800-924-7610.

The Newly Bereaved Program, a two-week series, will be held on Wednesdays, June 20 and 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ann B. Barshinger Hospice Center. The free series will provide an overview of common grief responses and will help participants begin to identify coping tools. Space is limited, and registration is required. If interested, readers may call 717-391-2413 or 800-924-7610.


Fire Company To Host Breakfast Buffet May 21, 2018

The Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, June 3, from 7 to 11 a.m.

For more information, readers may call 610-286-6481 or visit


Fire Rescue To Host Car Cruise May 21, 2018

The Garden Spot Fire Rescue will host its 16th annual Car Cruise on the grounds of Garden Spot High School, 669 E. Main St., New Holland, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10. The Cruise will feature events such as a model car contest, a pizza eating contest, and a muffler rap. The event features a grand prize of either $1,000 off a new car or truck or $500 cash. Trophies will be awarded.

There is a participation fee, and door prizes will be given out. For more information, readers may call 717-940-8672.


Northwest EMS Presents Scholarships May 21, 2018

On May 16, Northwest Emergency Medical Services (NWEMS) presented Robert C. Stirling Educational Scholarships to three students at Manheim Central High School's (MCHS) awards ceremony for graduating seniors. The ceremony took place at Manheim Central Middle School.

The scholarship is offered each spring through the Stirling family and NWEMS, which the Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association merged with in 2013. A committee of NWEMS and Stirling family representatives selects the recipients each year.

The $1,000 educational scholarship is named in memory and honor of Bob Stirling, who was known for his enthusiasm for the town and community of Manheim, where he lived and worked. Stirling owned an insurance business, was active in many community and civic activities, and was a lifetime member of the Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association.

Stirling's interest in the ambulance service began when he assisted a volunteer ambulance crew at an accident that had occurred in front of his home on East High Street. On the crew that day was Clarence "Mike" Graham, one of the ambulance's founding members, who asked Stirling if he would like to ride along and assist with the transport of the patient. That invitation led to more than 30 years of service for Stirling with the ambulance association. After Bob's passing in June of 1994, his family and the Manheim Veterans Memorial Ambulance Association created an educational scholarship for residents of the Manheim Central community who are pursuing a career in the medical field.

The first scholarships were awarded in 1995, and NWEMS proudly continues the tradition today. The 2018 recipients are MCHS seniors Billie Jo Bollinger, Lauren Dorwart, and Elli Weaver.

Bollinger is the daughter of Keith and Michelle Bollinger. She plans to attend Lock Haven University to pursue a career as a physician assistant and to continue playing field hockey and running track. Bollinger said that her love of biology and anatomy and physiology, combined with career shadowing a physician assistant, influenced her decision to follow that career path. At MCHS, she participated in field hockey, softball, and track. Bollinger was a member of Science Honor Society, Math Honor Society, English Honor Society, Science Club, Spanish Club, Interact, Student Council, and Medical Careers Club.

Dorwart, the daughter of Tom and Sara Dorwart, plans to major in nursing at Penn State Altoona. "I've always wanted to help people, and this has been what I wanted to do since middle school," shared Dorwart. Her goal is to become an anesthesiologist. During high school, Dorwart served as the student athletic trainer for the football and wrestling teams and was a member of Student Council and Medical Careers Club. She was also a student adviser for Manheim Central Foundation for Educational Enrichment (MCFEE).

Weaver is the daughter of Nevin and Robin Weaver. She plans to attend Lebanon Valley College to pursue a career as a physical therapist. Tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and going through physical therapy was a big part of her decision to take that career route, Weaver said. At MCHS, she played basketball and was a member of Interact, Student Investment Club, National Art Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Medical Careers Club.

Stirling scholarship applicants do not need to be graduating seniors, but they must plan to pursue a degree in a medical program. To learn more, readers may visit


Choose To Lose Wraps Up Successful Season May 18, 2018

Last fall, as Elizabethtown resident Carolyn Cyms thought about a 13-day trip to Europe that she and her daughter had planned for the end of June, she did not know whether she would be up for it health-wise. "I have always struggled with my weight, and it has been especially difficult after I turned 40. I was feeling tired, achy, and pretty unhealthy overall," Cyms explained. "When I thought about my fears of not being able to keep up (on the trip), something in my brain just snapped and said, 'What are you doing? You should be able to enjoy yourself on the trip of a lifetime! You are too young to feel this old.'"

Wanting to make a change and be healthier not only for her daughter but also so she could enjoy life more was a large part of Cyms' incentive to sign up for the 2018 E-Town Get Fit Choose to Lose challenge. E-Town Get Fit is a three-month challenge sponsored by several area businesses and organizations. From Jan. 27 to April 28, Cyms and 77 others participated in the program, which is designed to teach individuals how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Participants, who joined the challenge for a set fee, could sign up as a team or as individuals to be placed on a team for moral support and accountability. They received free group exercise classes and a discounted gym membership, along with weekly fitness and nutrition challenges and information.

Mark Mueller, E-Town Get Fit developer and director, noted that the group exercise classes incorporated bodyweight and resistance exercises using dumbbells and barbells to increase strength and aerobic exercises in order to help increase endurance, as well as to improve movement and flexibility.

After the final weigh-in on April 28, Mueller compiled the total weight loss and body fat loss data to determine the winning team, as well as the individual female and male winners. Much to Cyms' surprise, she was the first-place female competitor. On top of that, she was a member of the first-place team, "Six Ladies And A Dude," which also included Terie King, Karen Carlson, Kathy Vosburg, Andrea Hoover, Lamar Hoover, and honorary team member Rebecca Jenkins. The team members lost a combined total of 98 pounds and had 3.33 percent total fat loss. Christian Zechman was named the top male competitor.

Cyms primarily attributes her success to the accountability the program offers. "I had a great team and a wonderful daughter supporting and helping me along the way," shared Cyms. "It really helped to set a plan, really lay it out, (and) be brutally honest with myself about my weaknesses and how I was going to overcome them."

Members of the "Six Ladies and a Dude" team met up before the program started to share their stories and goals and made arrangements to meet up to exercise together on a regular basis. Cyms scheduled a set time to exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes every day, joined a gym, and began planning balanced meals using an online app that also allowed her to track daily food intake.

"Mark does a really good job of giving people the tools to succeed if they are willing to use them," Cyms said. She noted that Mueller lays out a systematic plan for participants that provides tools to succeed in both the short- and long-term.

"In the beginning, I told myself I wasn't sure I could do this. I have bad knees (and) a bad back ... but when you focus on the goal and keep moving, do what you can, and stop making excuses, it's an amazingly satisfying feeling when you are doing things you thought you could never do," remarked Cyms. "I would wish that for everyone."

The next E-Town Get Fit Choose to Lose Challenge will begin in January 2019. More information is available at


Counseling Center Plans Series May 17, 2018

The Samaritan Counseling Center, 1803 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, will offer an Enhancing Emotional Health Series: Skills to Improve Your Emotional Well-Being. Participants will learn healthful coping strategies to help them get through challenges and enhance their overall emotional well-being.

Classes will take place on select Fridays from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Community and Training Room, located on the lower level. The dates and topics are as follows: June 8, Enhancing Our Emotions as Pathways of Care and Understanding; June 15, Healthy Mind: Strategies to Direct and Manage Your Thoughts; June 22, Spiritual Health: Developing a Spiritual Path; June 29, Healthy Relationships: Creating Secure Attachments; July 13, Sleep Wellness: The Benefits of Sufficient Sleep for Our Emotional Lives; and July 20, Compassionate Listening: Becoming More Present.

Participants may choose which classes to attend. There is a fee per class and a discounted fee for the entire series.

For more information, readers may visit and click on Events or contact Rhonda Myers at 717-560-9969, ext. 253.


Fire Company Plans First Carnival May 16, 2018

The Geigertown Fire Company Carnival will be held Wednesday, May 30, through Saturday, June 2, at St. Benedict's Picnic Grove, 4541 Morgantown Road (Route 10), Plowville. On May 30; Thursday, May 31; and Friday, June 1, the event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., and on June 2, the carnival will run from 2 to 10 p.m.

The event will feature rides, games, food and beverages, as well as daily entertainment and live bands. For more information about the inaugural carnival, readers may call 610-286-6481 or visit


Community Blood Drives Posted May 16, 2018

Lancaster General (LG) Health will sponsor community blood drives each month throughout Lancaster County. Blood donors must be age 16 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. Blood that is collected stays in Lancaster County to benefit members of the local community. No appointments are needed.

Community members may also schedule appointments to donate at the Lancaster General Health Blood Donor Center in the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2104 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, by calling 717-544-0170 and choosing option 1, or by visiting The Penn Medicine LG Health Blood Donor Center hours are 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.

Blood drives will receive donors from 2 to 7 p.m. Blood drives will take place on Tuesday, June 5, at Bareville Fire Company, 211 Main St. (Route 23), Leola; Wednesday, June 6, at White Horse Fire Company, 111 White Horse Road, Gap; Thursday, June 7, at Mellinger's Mennonite Church, 1960 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster; Tuesday, June 12, at Lancaster General Hospital, 555 N. Duke St. Third Floor Balcony, Lancaster; Wednesday, June 13, at Bird-in-Hand Fire Company, 313 Enterprise Road, Bird-in-Hand; Wednesday, June 20, at Kinzer Fire Company, 3521 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzers; Thursday, June 21, at Intercourse Fire Company, 10 N. Hollander Road, Intercourse; Tuesday, June 26, at Yoder's Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland; and Wednesday, June 27, at Hosanna Church, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz.


Fire Department Slates Car Event May 16, 2018

The 36th annual Antique and Classic Car Event, sponsored by the Weaverland Valley Fire Department, will take place rain or shine on Sunday, June 3, at the Terre Hill Community Park, 210 Lancaster Ave., Terre Hill. The park features ample shade and a large pavilion. The event will offer breakfast, lunch, and fun activities from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m., and the first 100 registered vehicles will receive a dash plaque. This year's dash plaque will feature last year's Best of Show winner, a 1958 Chevrolet Impala.

All classes will be judged by popular vote, with voting concluding at 2 p.m. and winners announced at 2:30 p.m. One voting ballot will be given to each show entrant, and a number of door prizes will be awarded to entrants. There will be first-, second-, and third-place awards in each of class 15 classes, including a number of vehicle classes, along with classes for trucks, motorcycles, and farm tractors. Additionally, the Weaverland Valley Best of Show trophy will be awarded. Winning vehicles will be paraded.

Organizers are not responsible for accidents.

Costs have been set to enter a vehicle and to rent a 10-by-20-foot craft or flea market space. There is a discount for those who preregister by Tuesday, May 29, with full price charged on the day of the event. Spectator admission is free. All proceeds will benefit the Weaverland Valley Fire Department. For more information, including how to register, readers may call 717-445-4581.


Bicycle Club Announces Grants May 16, 2018

The Lancaster Bicycle Club (LBC) has announced the recipients of its annual grant program for 2018. Seven organizations received funds from the club's 2018 open grant program, totaling more than $25,000.

The organizations include Boy Scouts of America: Pennsylvania Dutch Council, The Common Wheel, City of Lancaster, East Hempfield Township Police Department, Lancaster City Alliance, LifeCycles, and the School District of Lancaster. Grants are awarded for bicycling-related projects, advocacy, and/or education. Recipients must be nonprofit organizations or government entities and the projects must meet the grant criteria set forth by the Lancaster Bicycle Club.

In addition to the open grant program, the club earmarks funds every year for covered bridge maintenance in Lancaster County and supports a scholarship at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in Lancaster. In total, $37,000 is being awarded as part of the 2018 program.

Funds for the grant program come from the club's annual Lancaster Covered Bridge Classic fundraising bike ride, which is held each August. The club has donated more than $300,000 as part of its longstanding grant program.

The Lancaster Bicycle Club grant program accepts applications during December through February of each year at There is no minimum or maximum amount that applicants may request. Grant applications are not always funded to the full amount requested. Grantees must initiate but not necessarily complete their projects during calendar year 2018.

For more information about the Lancaster Bicycle Club or the grant program, readers may contact John Mullineaux at 717-575-1221 or


Motorcycle Safety Classes Posted May 15, 2018

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, a new line of Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) clinics focused on developing operator proficiency among prospective, experienced, and new Pennsylvania riders will be offered in 2018. Clinics will be offered free to Pennsylvania residents who have a motorcycle learner's permit or motorcycle license.

Riders of all skill levels can benefit from the valuable skills and safety lessons learned through Pennsylvania's free motorcycle safety clinics. The time spent in training translates into many safe miles of riding by helping riders sharpen reflexes and hone the split-second decision making required to safely operate a motorcycle.

Developed by PennDOT's new program coordinator, Total Control Training Incorporated, PAMSP will offer five revamped training syllabuses tailored not just to hone a rider's knowledge, but to test their ability to physically manipulate a motorcycle properly. All training clinics will be conducted under the supervision of certified instructors at one of numerous riding ranges located throughout the state. Three of the clinics - the Beginning Rider Clinic (BRC), the Intermediate Riding Clinic (IRC), and the 3-Wheel Riding Clinic (3WRC) - offer a pathway to earning a motorcycle license.

The 17-hour BRC, consisting of seven hours of in-class instruction and 10 hours of practical riding, provides valuable training for new riders and gives experienced riders the opportunity to polish their skills and correct any unsafe riding habits they may have developed. Basic riding skills, shifting, stopping, swerving, turning, and mental skills for hazard avoidance highlight the training. Students taking the BRC are provided with a motorcycle and helmet; however, students are responsible for providing all other protective gear. Act 84 of 2012 put into place the requirement that all permit holders under the age of 18 successfully complete the BRC to receive their motorcycle license.

The eight-hour IRC allows skilled riders to refresh their safety knowledge and hone their on-road skills. The IRC is based on motorcycle crash research and focuses on cornering, braking, and swerving skills. Students taking this clinic must provide their own motorcycle and protective gear and provide proof of insurance, current registration, and inspection for their motorcycle.

During the 3WRC, riders learn skills and safety strategies like those taught in BRC, except on a three-wheeled motorcycle. As with the IRC, students must provide their own motorcycle and protective gear and provide proof of insurance, current registration, and inspection for their motorcycle. The clinic is comprised of four hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of riding.

Motorcycle learner's permit holders who successfully complete the BRC, IRC, or 3WC will be issued a motorcycle license. Those who successfully pass their skills test on a three-wheeled motorcycle will be issued a motorcycle license with a "9" restriction, meaning they are prohibited from operating a two-wheeled motorcycle.

For those would-be riders who are still not sure if they want to ride, PAMSP offers the new, four-hour Introduction to Riding Clinic (ITR). This non-licensing clinic teaches fundamental skills for operating a two-or-three wheeled motorcycle and progresses from classroom to street skills and strategies. Students are provided with a motorcycle and helmet.

Rounding out the PAMSP offerings is the Advanced Rider Clinic (ARC), a one-day clinic for experienced riders who want to enhance their safety skills through attitude and awareness. The clinic is designed to enhance a rider's ability to avoid a crash through honing their decision-making abilities, riding strategies, risk management, and rider behavior and choices.

In addition to the benefit of improving riding skills, according to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, many insurers offer discounts for motorcyclists who have completed safety courses, have memberships in certain associations, or have a safe driving record. Anti-lock braking systems help maintain control during sudden stops, and some insurers offer discounts for motorcycles with factory installed anti-lock braking systems. Individuals should check with their insurance company for any applicable discounts.

For more information or to enroll in a clinic, readers may visit or call 800-845-9533. Potential riders who want a convenient way to study for their knowledge test can download the PA Motorcycle Practice Test app by visiting and searching the mobile apps for the Pennsylvania Motorcycle License Practice Test by clicking on the Apps link at the bottom of the page.


Agencies Post Road Safety Information May 15, 2018

To encourage safer driving in the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the State Police recently urged drivers to review and obey driver safety laws that may not be well known among the public.

Pennsylvania's Blind Pedestrians law mandates that the driver of a vehicle yield the right of way to any totally or partially blind pedestrian carrying a visible white cane or accompanied by a guide dog. The driver of the vehicle shall take any precaution necessary, including bringing the vehicle to a stop, to avoid injuring or endangering the pedestrian. This is a summary offense and in punishable by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $150.

The Prohibiting Use of Hearing Impairment Devices law prohibits any driver from wearing headphones while behind the wheel. The section does not prohibit the use of a headset in conjunction with a cellphone that provides sound through one ear and allows surrounding sounds to be heard with the other. Wearing headphones while behind the wheel limits the driver's ability to hear sirens belonging to emergency responders.

Title 75, Section 3112 under Traffic Control Signals dictates laws surrounding traffic lights. As part of a 2016 amendment, the law includes instruction on what may be done if a driver believes the traffic light is not functioning properly. This includes when the light's sensor does not detect the vehicle. In this case, drivers are instructed to stop in the same manner as they would at a stop sign and proceed when it is safe to do so.

The Unattended Motor Vehicle law limits where a vehicle may be left running and unattended. The law states that a person may not leave a vehicle unattended while the engine is running or while the key is in the ignition. The law, however, does not apply to private property such as private driveways.

The agencies also reminded drivers to always wear a seatbelt and to never drive while impaired.

For more information on highway safety, readers may visit Readers may join the conversation on social media using #PATrafficLaw on Twitter and Facebook.


Blood Drive Scheduled May 14, 2018

A blood drive will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Manheim Lodge 587, Free and Accepted Masons, 30 S. Linden St., Manheim.

The blood drive is affiliated with the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank. Any proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Lancaster Dyslexic Center.

Donors should bring a form of identification. They will receive coupons for ice cream and pizza, as well as two Lancaster Barnstormers ticket vouchers for a regular season game.

For more information, readers may contact Donald Wenrich at or 717-665-1619.


Police Enjoy Catered Luncheon May 11, 2018


Safety Seminar Posted May 10, 2018

The Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Department, 1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown, will be the site of an Active Shooter Safety Seminar on Thursday, May 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Derry Township Police Department will give a presentation on survival methods and responses that may be employed during an active shooter scenario.

The event is free and open to residents of the 106th District, but seating is limited and registration is required. To register, readers may contact state Rep. Tom Mehaffie's office at 717-534-1323 by Thursday, May 24. More information is available at and

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