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Fire Company Benefits From QPRC Donation September 20, 2018

Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community (QPRC), 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, has made a $12,783 donation to the Quarryville Fire Company for the purchase of four new handheld gas meters for the company's fire-fighting apparatus. The new meters are replacing old and obsolete models, fire chief Joel Neff explained.

"We appreciate Quarryville Fire Company's outstanding service and dedication to keeping our community safe," said QPRC president and CEO Robert B. Hayward Jr. "We are blessed to have dedicated public servants here in Quarryville, and it is an honor to support their efforts."

"Quarryville Fire Company is grateful for QPRC's financial support and help in protecting our firefighters' health and safety," said Neff, speaking at the check presentation on Aug. 29. "Your contribution means a lot to our volunteers, and we thank you."

The new gas meters will help the department detect dangerous gases that can cause harm to firefighters as well as bystanders, Neff explained. One of the gasses that the meters will detect is hydrogen cyanide (HCN). HCN is produced when common products such as wood, silk, cotton, plastic, foam, and synthetic rubber burn. Firefighters are exposed to HCN in every fire emergency. HCN is 35 times more toxic than carbon monoxide and can enter the body through inhalation, absorption, or ingestion. When HCN enters the body, it targets the heart and brain. The harmful chemical also lingers in the air once fire is extinguished, and the meters will allow monitoring of HCN to ensure the air is safe to breathe. The new meters will also measure carbon monoxide, oxygen, and hydrogen sulfide.

According to, the fire company serves the borough of Quarryville as well as Eden, Colerain, East Drumore, Providence, Little Britain, and Strasburg townships for a total coverage area of about 98 square miles, which is the largest coverage area in Lancaster County by a single company. The area consists mostly of rural farmland, but it also includes residential and light industrial territory, three schools, and two retirement facilities. The Quarryville Fire Company is an all-volunteer organization and always welcomes new members. Interested individuals may visit to fill out an application, or they may email or call 717-786-2898 for more information. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the fire station, 217 E. State St., Quarryville.

Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community strives to provide for the spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs of its residents through high-quality facilities, services, and personal care in a manner faithful to the Bible and honoring Jesus Christ. For more information about QPRC, readers may visit


Fire Company Sets Matches September 19, 2018

Craley Fire Company, 73 New Bridgeville Road, Craley, will hold shooting matches on select Fridays. Upcoming events will be on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Three rounds will be shot off each time, and the third round each week will feature guns. Various games will be available, as well. The kitchen will be open offering homecooked food, including sandwiches and weekly specials.

The environment will be smoke-free and alcohol-free. For more information, readers may contact Bob Kline at 717-244-5237, Sid Leibhart at 717-252-1622, or the fire hall at 717-244-1999.


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 Individuals may also find the fire company on Facebook.


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


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, or call Friends member Rich Graham at 717-917-6500.


PAANG Firefighter Receives Public Safety Award August 30, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) recently recognized recipients of its annual Public Safety Awards. Each year, the Pennsylvania VFW presents awards to an outstanding firefighter, police officer, and emergency medical technician to honor them for the critical roles they fill as first responders. This year's award winners are residents of Middletown, Lenox/Clifford Township, and Erie.

The PA VFW Firefighter of the Year was awarded to Gregory A. Chandler, a firefighter with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard (PAANG) in Middletown, sponsored by VFW Post 5265 in District 21. Chandler serves as a fully trained firefighter with a primary duty of protecting life and property for the PAANG 193rd Special Operations Wing.

Prior to this position, Chandler was a firefighter for Harrisburg International Airport, an assistant fire chief for West Manchester Township, and a crash fire rescue specialist for the United States Marine Corps. He is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5265, the International Association of Fire Firefighters, and the Crash Fire Rescue Association.

During his military career, Chandler earned many military awards and decorations, including the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal with one Silver Star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star, and many others.

The PA VFW Emergency Medical Technician of the Year was awarded to Phillip P. Price, an emergency medical technician with the Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Department, sponsored by VFW Post 8488 and District 14. The PA VFW John Radko Police Officer of the Year was awarded to Lt. Christopher Crawford, a crime scene unit commander with the Erie Bureau of Police, sponsored by Erie VFW Post 470 in District 28.

Nominations for PA VFW safety awards must be processed through a local VFW Post with a nomination letter and resume from the sponsoring safety organization. State winners advance to the national level for consideration as the VFW's national first responder award winners.

For more details, readers may call 717-234-7927 or visit


Taking A Step Toward A Safer Future August 23, 2018

"Polished concrete floors are great for warehouses, but this isn't a warehouse," New Danville Fire Company treasurer Michael Kuntz commented as he looked across the engine bay of the fire station, 43 Marticville Road, Lancaster.

As the name implies, polished concrete is slick, especially when wet. Kuntz noted that when firefighters dashed into the building in response to fire calls, they were at risk of falls if the floor was wet from rain or washing the apparatus. Thankfully, although there had been a number of slips in the engine bay, no one had been seriously hurt. To prevent any possible injury, however, the fire department recently installed a nonskid floor.

"We wanted to be proactive and get something safer," Kuntz remarked.

The oil-resistant epoxy floor and cove edging is highly durable and is guaranteed for 10 years. During the application process, all of the stress cracks in the 4,000-square-foot floor were repaired. The new surface was also installed in the restrooms and on the staircase that rises to the upstairs reception room. The process began on Aug. 6, and the engine bay was in use again on Aug. 11. Kuntz noted that the Southern Regional Police Department kept an eye on the fire apparatus while it was parked outside during the week.

The project cost $27,000, most of which was generated through a support letter sent to the residents of Pequea Township, the west side of which the New Danville Fire Company serves as its first due.

"Our community is very supportive of us," Kuntz said. "We solicited (for the floor) specifically in the spring fund drive, and we got all but $500 (for the project). The Pequea Township residents came through for us, but we weren't surprised. They always come through for us."

Fire Lt. Alex Kuhl agreed. "They're there for us, and we're there for them when they need us."

The new flooring is part of a series of improvements that have been made to the fire station in the past four years. The engine bay received a fresh coat of paint, the ceiling lights were replaced with LEDs, two rows of racks with enough space for 36 sets of gear and a new hose rack were installed, and updates were made to the restrooms. The fire company would like to install an exhaust system, a backup generator, and an air cascade system. Currently, the department uses Willow Street Fire Company's cascade system to refill its air packs. Completion of projects on the wish list is dependent on the receipt of state and federal grants. Additionally, a fire engine will be replaced in the near future, but formal plans have not yet been made.

With the new racks, Kuntz noted that there is room for the gear of new volunteers. Training and turnout gear are provided free of charge. After passing a background check, volunteers will be invited to participate in in-house training and certified training classes. Opportunities to serve are not limited to fighting fires.

"Everyone can find a place," Kuntz said, pointing out that folks are needed in administration and to serve on the board of directors. "We need people to go in and fight the fires, but if you want to serve in other ways, we'll find a place for you."

Anyone who would like to see the new floor or to learn more about volunteering may visit the fire house on Mondays after 7 p.m. For additional information about the fire department, readers may visit, find New Danville Fire Company on Facebook, or call the station at 717-872-2181.


Fire Company To Host Breakfast August 22, 2018

Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, Robeson Township, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 7 to 11 a.m.

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


Car Cruz, Vendor Show Announced August 21, 2018

The Goodwill Fire Company No. 1 of Jacobus will host its Car Cruz and vendor show on Monday, Sept. 3. The event will take place at Jacobus Park, 1 S. Pleasant Ave., and will also feature live music, children's tractor pulls, and food.

For vendor space information, readers may contact the fire company at 717-428-1436 or call 717-850-6059.


First Responders Receive Awards August 15, 2018

Local first responders Derek Eveler, Wayne Bush, and Dennis Wilt received Commendation Awards from the Emergency Health Services Federation on Aug. 3 at Red Lion Area Ambulance Association (RLAAA). They were recognized for their role in saving a life.

On June 8, Red Lion Area Ambulance EMTs Eveler and Bush, along with Medic 102-6 - UPMC Pinnacle LifeTeam paramedic Wilt responded to a call for a cardiac arrest in Windsor Township. The patient's neighbor had witnessed the patient collapse in the front yard and immediately called 911 and began CPR, continuing until the police arrived and took over CPR.

The first responders arrived to find police and fire departments on the scene and CPR in progress. A York Regional Police Department officer reported that one shock had been delivered using an automated external defibrillator (AED). The EMS team continued patient care with manual CPR, followed by placement of the LUCAS, an automatic mechanical CPR device. Two more shocks were delivered with the AED. A pulse was re-established and the patient began to regain consciousness. Today, the patient is doing well and is enjoying life with his family.

At the recognition ceremony, C. Steven Lyle, executive director of the Emergency Health Services Federation, presented the awards to Eveler, Bush and Wilt. Recognition commendations were also presented to the police officers, the firefighter and the patient's neighbor for their actions.

Attending the ceremony were the patient, Bradley Blouse, and his family; the neighbor who had called 911 and performed CPR; firefighter Barry Barshinger from Laurel Fire Company No. 1; Officers R. Brice and R. Miller, York Area Regional Police Department; Michael J. Kraska, EMT-P shift leader/EMS captain - UPMC Pinnacle LifeTeam EMS; Rep. Stan Saylor; Rep. Keith Gillespie; and Rep. Kristen Phillips-Hill. Also attending from RLAAA were Travis Gladfelter, director of operations; Kimberly Grim, EMS supervisor; co-workers of Eveler and Bush; and the board of directors.

RLAAA will offer free hands-only CPR training for members of the greater Red Lion community. For dates and times, readers may call 717-244-0983 or email Travis Gladfelter at or Kimberly Grim at


Lancaster To Host 9/11 Stair Climb August 9, 2018

"(The 9/11 Stair Climb) gives everybody a chance to pause and remember 343 firefighters who died and what they sacrificed that day," explained Lancaster 9/11 Stair Climb committee chair Scott Yuill.

"It's our chance to honor those 343," added committee member Joyce Mokros.

The eighth annual Lancaster 9/11 Stair Climb will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Lancaster Barnstormers' stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster. Registration for participants will open at 8 a.m., and the event will start at 9 a.m. with a time of calisthenics. Bagpiper Heidi Tywalk will play "Amazing Grace," and East Petersburg Fire Company (EPFC) chaplain Bob Kauffman will give an invocation. Participants will begin climbing the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs at approximately 9:30 a.m. Moments of silence will be observed at the times the Twin Towers fell.

The event will conclude in a new manner this year. The first 343 participants will receive a badge representing a firefighter who died in the World Trade Center collapse on Sept. 11, 2001. An additional group of people may receive badges representing police officers, as supplies are available. As individuals complete the climb, they may ring a bell and announce the name of the person whose badge they carry.

Yuill explained that this new procedure is based on the method used in New York City to honor first responders who died in the line of duty. Prior to the introduction of two-way radios on fire trucks, a system of bells was used to communicate the location of fires. At firefighters' funerals, 20 tones were rung in groups of five. The pattern of 5-5-5-5 will be sounded at the start of the 9/11 Stair Climb. The bell used for the event previously hung on a fire engine used by the EPFC.

The 9/11 Stair Climb is typically attended primarily by first responders, but anyone is welcome.

"(This is) a chance for firefighters to remember, since we are involved with the same job they did," Yuill said. "Whenever we go out on a call, we run the risk of not coming back."

There is a cost to participate in the 9/11 Stair Climb. Event T-shirts will be included in the registration fee for those who sign up by Friday, Aug. 24. After that date, folks may register at the event, but the availability of shirts will not be guaranteed.

The silent auction of a framed poster featuring the badges of the 343 deceased firefighters will be held during the climb. The proceeds from the auction and the event registration fees will go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the counseling services unit of the New York Fire Department, which assists the survivors and bereaved families from 9/11. Last year, Lancaster's event was ranked 13 out of 47 events in total amount raised.

For more information or to register for the event, readers may visit Anyone with questions and those who would like to volunteer to assist at the event may email Yuill at


Fire Company Plans Bus Trips August 2, 2018

Conestoga Fire Company will sponsor two bus trips. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the trip will visit Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. Payment is due by Saturday, Sept. 15. In addition, a trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse to see the Christmas show will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

There is a cost to participate. Payment and contact information should be sent to Doris Warfel, P.O. Box 42, Conestoga, PA 17516.


Fire Company Plans Breakfast August 1, 2018

Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Station 18, located at 1 S. Main St., Jacobus, will offer an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 8 to 11 a.m. Separate fees have been set for adults and for children ages 2 to 12. Children under age 2 may eat for free.

The breakfast will include bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, potatoes, creamed chipped beef, sausage gravy, toast, and biscuits. Beverages will include coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, and chocolate milk.

The event will support the fire company.


Giving Back To The Community August 1, 2018

LCFCA Seeks Volunteers With Recruitment Campaign

Jared Artus began volunteering as a junior firefighter simply because he had always loved helping people - and he loved fire trucks, too. He is now the deputy fire chief at Fivepointville Fire Company and has 24 years - and counting - of experience as a volunteer firefighter. "You have a great opportunity to make a huge difference in someone's life, especially since 99 percent of the people are in their worst nightmare when you get there," Artus said.

While Fivepointville has a decent amount of volunteers, Artus said that like many other fire companies, its numbers have slowly dwindled. Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association (LCFCA) Recruitment and Retention Committee spokesman Duane Hagelgans said that while some stations do very well, most are struggling to have and maintain enough members to provide adequate service. "Some municipalities are seeing a need and must pay for firefighters; (however), there are many municipalities in Lancaster County that can survive and provide adequate protection with volunteers, if we have enough members of our communities willing to make the sacrifice to help their neighbors," Hagelgans stated.

Earlier this year, several Lancaster County volunteer firefighters and rescuers shared their experiences in on-camera interviews for videos as part of an ongoing countywide recruitment effort led by the LCFCA to draw in volunteers for the county's 67 volunteer fire companies and search-and-rescue squads. The videos may be viewed by searching for "Lancaster County Volunteer Recruitment" at

Hagelgans said that the LCFCA has seen an uptick in volunteer inquiries since the videos were released but is still well below the number of volunteers needed. The campaign has also included advertisements on the internet and television and at movie theaters, with radio ads coming soon.

"If we can find people to give a little, we can all work together for the safety of our communities," said Hagelgans, adding that individuals should not feel like they are signing up for a lifetime commitment either - just a few years will make a difference. Plus, Hagelgans emphasized that not all volunteers run into burning buildings. Willing individuals are needed to help with administrative functions, to serve as fire police to direct traffic, and to assist with exterior firefighting work. No special skillset is required, as training will be provided.

For Lisa Breneman, who volunteers with Fire Department Mount Joy, it was seeing her father volunteer that sparked an interest in her. "Initially, I had approached it to just become a driver only and help them get out during daytime calls," explained Breneman. That soon grew into an interest to do more than drive, as Breneman said she wanted to learn how to run in and assist those who were injured, and help extinguish the fires. That interest eventually led into a career for Breneman, who now works full-time as a fire investigator while continuing to volunteer locally.

"It's rewarding to help people in the community, to see that sense of relief in their eyes when you arrive on the scene, and try to calm the situation at hand," shared Breneman. Providing fire prevention training at schools and watching the children's excitement is another part of volunteering that Breneman loves.

"You feel a sense of purpose when helping to serve the community, and I'd love to see more young people volunteer," Breneman said. Most fire companies offer junior membership opportunities for students age 16 and older.

Artus and Breneman both praised the camaraderie at their respective fire stations. "The fire service is a camaraderie and a brother and sisterhood," Hagelgans remarked. "We are a family, and we will be your family."

To learn more or sign up to volunteer, readers may visit


Providence Township To Participate In National Night Out July 27, 2018

The board of supervisors of Providence Township will host a National Night Out (NNO) event on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the municipal facility, 200 Mount Airy Road, New Providence. The event will be supported by township employees and volunteers. No cost will be charged for any part of the event.

"The board wanted to have an appreciation picnic for the residents, like it had several years ago," explained zoning officer Heidi Martinez, who has helped to organize the event. "About 50 people had attended, but they would like to have more this year, so they combined the picnic with National Night Out."

NNO is an annual event in its 35th year. It was created to develop awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and partnerships between police departments and the communities they serve, and send a message that neighborhoods are organized and fighting against crime. The Pennsylvania State Police will participate in Providence Township's event, as will the Rawlinsville and Quarryville fire companies and Lancaster Emergency Medical Services Association.

Lancaster County Joining Forces, which aims to reduce the number of deaths from opioids and heroin, will be represented, as will a physical therapy group and a vendor of security lighting. A farm equipment seller is slated to bring a tractor or other large apparatus, and Solid Rock Youth Ministries will offer activities for children. A disc jockey will play music.

There will be giveaways from local businesses; free stickers, temporary tattoos, and light-up bracelets for children; and prize drawings for grocery gift certificates, T-shirts, and two rugged coolers. Martinez noted that the event organizers hope to have several children's bicycles to give away as well. Additionally, vouchers for a Lancaster Barnstormers game on Saturday, Aug. 18, will be distributed to 400 NNO attendees.

The members of the board of supervisors, which include chair John Schroeder, vice chair C. William Shaffer, and J. Pepper Goslin, will grill hot dogs and scoop ice cream. Popcorn, water, and other beverages will also be available.

"We are looking forward to having our residents meet our first responders and the board of supervisors because everything (the board does) affects the residents," Martinez remarked.

The event is open to all Southern End residents and will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, updates will be posted at, on the township's Facebook page, and at the municipal building.

For more information about the Providence Township National Night Out event, readers may call the municipal office at 717-786-7596.


National Night Out Planned At Glatfelter Field July 27, 2018

The first Tuesday evening in August has become a special one for Columbia Borough and thousands of other towns across the county, state, and country, as National Night Out events are held to promote police and community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make communities safer places to live. According to, the events offer an opportunity for police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel and residents to come together under positive circumstances.

Columbia Borough Police Department will host National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Glatfelter Field, 1249 Lancaster Ave., Columbia. Area residents are invited to attend and enjoy free entertainment, activities, and food.

Nearly 50 local organizations and area businesses will have interactive exhibits at the event. A petting zoo, pony rides, a dunk tank, bounce houses, vehicle displays, a Civil War encampment, kayak rides, a walk-in hot air balloon, and a first responders kickball game will all be part of the fun. The Kracker Beez will perform live music throughout the evening. Free hot dogs, potato chips, ice cream, and beverages will be available, too.

The Columbia Borough Fire Department will do a live demonstration of a vehicle extrication using saws and the Jaws of Life. "That always draws a crowd," remarked Columbia Borough Police Chief Jack Brommer. Another popular part of National Night Out returning this year is a canine demonstration conducted by the Lancaster County Prison K-9 Unit, which will take place at 6 p.m. on the softball field. New this year will be reptile shows by Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary, set for 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. under the large pavilion. A biodegradable balloon release will take place at approximately 8:30 p.m.

As is tradition in Columbia, attendees who bring donations of new school supplies will receive tickets to use in the annual Jail and Bail. Local celebrities, including Columbia Mayor Leo Lutz, Brommer, and Ray McCarty of the Columbia Boys Athletic Association, will be locked in makeshift jail cells at the center of Glatfelter's football field. People may submit the tickets they receive for bringing donations to help the celebrity of their choice to earn enough votes to be released.

The school supplies will be distributed to students in need at all of the public schools in Columbia Borough, as well as Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School and Head Start of Columbia. Requested items include new backpacks, pencils, pens, crayons, rulers, scissors, binders, notebooks, glue sticks, and more. School supplies may also be dropped off at Columbia Life Network, 336 Locust St., Columbia, between 8 a.m. and noon on Mondays through Fridays.

"National Night Out provides us with the opportunity to bring the community together to discuss crime prevention, and it also affords the police department the opportunity to interact on an informal basis with community members," shared Brommer. "The entire event draws the community together."

Brommer emphasized that National Night Out is supported entirely by area businesses and community organizations, including the Columbia-Middletown Elks, Catholic War Veterans, Owls Club, Sunsnappers, American Legion Post 372, Forresters, Hambones Social Club, and Loyal Order of Moose.


Fire Company Plans Festival July 25, 2018

Lisburn Community Fire Company, 1800 Main St., Lisburn, will host its 65th annual Olde Time Festival from Wednesday to Saturday, Aug. 8 to 11. The event is open to the public. The festival will take place on Aug. 8 from 5 to 10 p.m.; on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 4 to 10 p.m.; and Friday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Aug. 11, from 4 to 11 p.m.

Aug. 8 will be Ride Night. Rides will be available from 6 to 10 p.m. The large pavilion will be closed, but sandwiches, pizza, ice cream, and hot dogs will be available elsewhere.

Free entertainment will be provided by disc jockey Kraig Nace on Aug. 8, Make Mine Country on Aug. 9, Borderline on Aug. 10, and Laredo on Aug. 11. A tractor parade, featuring all makes and kinds of antique tractors, will take place each evening from Aug. 9 to 11. The festival will also include bingo, a midway of rides and games, pony rides, hayrides, a silent auction, a book sale, and arts and crafts vendors. The silent auction will take place in the social hall. Bidders do not need to be present to win.

Food offerings from Aug. 9 to 11 will include french fries, chicken corn and ham bean soups, funnel cakes, and barbecue chicken. In the large pavilion, attendees may obtain hot chicken and roast beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes, homemade pies and cakes, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, and hamburger barbecue sandwiches. Other food choices will include ice cream and a variety of cold beverages. Credit cards will now be accepted for payment in the large pavilion.

All proceeds will benefit the volunteer fire company. Pets will not be allowed at the festival.

For more information or to be an arts and crafts vendor, readers may call 717-577-8970 or email Volunteers are needed for the event; volunteers will receive a free food pass.

More information is available at and


Craley Community Celebration To Support Fire Company July 11, 2018

On Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, the Craley Community Fire Company, 73 New Bridgeville Road, Wrightsville, will host the Craley Community Celebration featuring a book sale, a chicken barbecue and other food, children's activities, and a craft and yard sale. The public is invited to attend.

Thousands of used books will be available to purchase at the book sale, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 20 inside the fire hall and will reopen at 8 a.m. on July 21 and continue throughout the day. Organizer Robert Kline noted that the book sale will replace the one normally held at Craley Days, which historically took place in August. Craley Days is being replaced this year with the community celebration.

Donations of quality used books are still being accepted and may be dropped off in front of the fire hall. Additionally, individuals interested in renting a space for the craft or yard sale for a set fee may contact Kline at 717-891-2303.

Subs and pretzel sandwiches will be available to purchase on July 20. A bake sale will take place on July 21, with the chicken barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until sold out. Additional food available on July 21 will include breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, soft pretzels, homemade ice cream, and more.

Children may enjoy playing in a bounce house and watching presentations by Marty's Miraculous Flea Circus, a children's act with fleas performing circus-inspired tricks.

All proceeds from the two-day celebration will support the Craley Community Fire Company. "I think people don't always understand how fortunate they are to have a volunteer fire company, and the best thing you can do is to support them," remarked member Betsy Shaw.

Craley Community Fire Company, a 100-percent volunteer fire company located in Lower Windsor Township, has been serving the local area since 1914. Individuals with questions about the community celebration may contact Kline at 717-891-2303 or


Lions Club Presents Donations July 5, 2018


In Celebration Of Tomatoes June 27, 2018

Annual Festival To Take Place In Washington Boro

A tradition spanning six decades will continue when the Washington Boro Tomato Festival takes place on Saturdays, July 14 and 21. The event will be held at the Washington Boro Park, which is located at the intersection of Penn Street (Route 999) and Water Street (Route 441). On both nights, food will be available beginning at 4 p.m., and the fun will run from 5 to 9 p.m.

Country band Borderline will perform on July 14, and Stu Huggens and the Black Hats will play at the festival on July 21. Event co-chair Dick Schock noted that the latter band's repertoire contains a mix of country, oldies, and a little bit of everything else. He expressed the hope that the variety of music would appeal to a broader segment of the population. Schock continues to be on the lookout for quality bands that fit within the event's budget.

"I would love to get a bluegrass group in here," he remarked.

Affordability is important, as the Tomato Festival is the only fundraiser held by the support group of Blue Rock Fire Rescue. While the fire department is funded by Manor Township and Millersville borough, the support group occasionally assists with purchasing additional equipment, and it hosts an annual banquet for volunteers. Recently, the support group provided money for the acquisition of a new squad vehicle that transports volunteers and water rescue gear and pulls a trailer with a boat when the watercraft is needed.

At the festival, the support group will profit from games and the sale of food. Games will include a dime pitch and stands where competitors may win candy, cakes, fruit baskets, and goldfish.

"The kids like that," support group vice president Brenda Miller said of the goldfish stand. She did not indicate whether parents like it.

The food options will include hot dogs and sauerkraut, burgers, beef barbecue, sausage sandwiches, and soft-serve ice cream. Chicken corn soup will be available for takeout as well as for eating at the event. Customers may bring their own containers if they wish. A vendor will sell fries and funnel cakes.

The tomato sandwiches and BLTs made with locally grown produce are the highlight of the festival.

"People wait in line (for a long time); it's amazing," Miller commented. "They do that because they look forward to it."

Folks may purchase locally grown tomatoes and fruit from stands at the festival. Event T-shirts will also be for sale.

The festival will offer opportunities to win a 55-inch television, a kayak, an electronic tablet, and 10 $100 prizes. Folks may enter the drawings on both nights, and the winners will be selected in a drawing on July 21. Winners do not need to be present for the drawing.

The support group welcomes volunteers to help with facilitating the festival. It will take approximately 150 people to set up, run, and tear down the event. Anyone who is interested in volunteering may call Schock at 717-951-6411 or festival co-chair Carl Miller at 717-684-4184.

Additionally, folks are invited to join Blue Rock Fire Rescue. Volunteers are needed to serve in administration, as fire police, with fire fighting, or in special operations: water rescue, brush fires, and collapse team. Interested individuals are welcome to attend a monthly meeting, held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Station 5, 26 E. Charlotte St., Millersville, or they may download applications at

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