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Labor Day Auction To Return To Solanco Fairgrounds August 11, 2017

After a record-setting year in a new location, Hospice & Community Care's Labor Day Auction will be held for the second time at the Solanco Fairgrounds, 101 Park Ave., Quarryville. The venue will open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, and on Monday, Sept. 4, and bidding will start at 9 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively.

"There was an increase of a few hundred bidders," said communications manager Ashley Peck. "We were very happy about this increase and where they were coming from: Maryland, New Jersey, even New York, and a lot of the Quarryville community."

A total of $710,000 was raised through the 2016 Labor Day Auction, with $79,000 of that amount coming from the sale of an original Norman Rockwell painting. The proceeds from the auction, which is now in its 33rd year, make it possible for Hospice & Community Care to provide hospice, palliative, and bereavement services to patients and families, regardless of their ability to pay. The average cost to provide one day of care for a patient is $182, and auction attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a Day of Care during celebrity auctions at noon on Sept. 2 and 4. Folks who are unable to attend but who would like to purchase a Day of Care may do so at www.hospiceconnect.org/one.

There will also be plenty of tangible items to buy at the Labor Day Auction, and with the additional space at the Solanco Fairgrounds, more items will be offered. A few of the unique items include a restored mail sleigh circa the 1850s, which had been included in the Pennsylvania State Museum's "Common Canvas" exhibit in 2009; a limited giclee print of "Remembering Nickel Mines" by former state trooper Glenn Blue; an Amish buggy donated by a craftsman in the Amish community; and the chance to ride in a street-legal, modified shopping cart with three friends.

"Moving to the Solanco Fairgrounds was a terrific idea, and the increased space is affording us more flexibility to expand how the auction looks over the weekend," Peck remarked. "For example, the schedule has been updated to reflect a true two-day event, with the art auction moving to Saturday at 1 p.m., the plant auction taking place both Saturday and Monday, and expanded food selections on Saturday that include a pork barbecue dinner."

Full dinners will be served on both days, and there will be plenty of homemade snacks and sweet treats as well. Made-to-order omelets, milkshakes, chicken salad sandwiches, breakfast logs, chicken and rib barbecues, fruit smoothies, sticky buns, doughnuts, and a new salad bar will be prepared by Amish cooks. Folks who want to enjoy unlimited food on just one day of the auction may purchase wristbands, which Peck noted have increased in price to reflect the expanded options. Those who join the Auction Club, however, will receive all-you-can-eat privileges on both days of the event, recognition in the program and in the "Hospice Horizons" newsletter, and credit for a tax-deductible donation. Readers who are unable to attend may show their support by joining the Auction Club at www.hospiceconnect.org/auctionclub.

A complete schedule, a map of the fairgrounds, a listing of lead items and used vehicles, donation information, and an application to volunteer are available at www.labordayauction.org. Lists of sports memorabilia, fine art, and handmade quilts are also posted.

For more information, readers may contact Natalie Scolnick at 717-735-2497 or nscolnick@hospicecommunity.org.

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ASL Classes Planned August 9, 2017

SpiriTrust Lutheran Deaf Connections will offer weekly beginner-level American Sign Language (ASL) classes on Tuesdays, Sept. 19 to Nov. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at SpiriTrust Lutheran's The Village at Kelly Drive, 750 Kelly Drive, York.

Students will learn facts about hearing impairment, deafness, and deaf culture; fingerspelling and principles of reading and expressing finger-spelled words; information about the grammatical structure of ASL; and more than 300 signs.

The course fee includes class materials and the required textbook, "A Basic Course in ASL" by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden, Terrence J. O'Rourke and Frank A. Paul. To register, readers may call SpiriTrust Lutheran Deaf Connections at 717-852-4357 or call 717-848-6765 to use TTY. Registrations will also be accepted at www.spiritrustlutheran.org/american-sign-language-classes. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 12.

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Hospice Honors Volunteers July 10, 2017

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Harrold Receives National Award April 19, 2017

Dr. Joan Harrold, chief medical officer and vice president of medical services of Hospice & Community Care, has been awarded the 2017 Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). The award is presented to a hospice medical director or physician who provides the highest quality services and innovative programs and who demonstrates exemplary dedication to the practice of palliative medicine. Harrold was presented the award at the AAHPM annual assembly in Phoenix, Ariz., on Feb. 24.

Harrold has been the vice president of medical services and medical director of Hospice and Community Care since 1998. She is the co-author of "Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness," and her research on hospice and palliative care has been published in more than 30 scholarly journals, conference papers and grants.

The Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award was named for an oncologist who founded the International Hospice Institute in 1983 and was an early pioneer for hospice and palliative care. The recipients of the award are nominated by their peers, and the AAHPM committee chooses the individual who is innovative, dedicated and provides the highest quality services.

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Hospice Seeks Volunteers November 28, 2016

SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care and Hospice is in need of individuals interested in becoming hospice volunteers. Volunteers assist and support those living with a terminal illness in their homes by providing emotional support to clients and families, relief and respite to caregivers, but mostly being a friend at a time when companionship is needed most. Certified pet therapy volunteers, certified massage therapy volunteers, and music therapy volunteers are needed as well.

For more information about volunteer opportunities or to register for free upcoming training classes, readers may call the volunteer coordinator at 757-0774.

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Hospice Posts Volunteer Opportunity November 9, 2016

Grane Hospice is seeking caring adults to volunteer individually or as a group to help patients and their families. The hospice seeks to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals through visits. Activities may including playing music, holding a hand, visiting with one's children or certified dog, reading aloud or listening.

For more information, readers may call the volunteer coordinator at 829-4923. Free training and mileage reimbursement are provided.

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Grief Support Group To Meet September 28, 2016

Grane Hospice will offer a grief support group, Journey to Healing, on the second Tuesday of each month at Calvary United Methodist Church, 11 N. Richland Ave., York, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The group will hold its first meeting on Oct. 11.

Journey to Healing will be a time of fellowship and support for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The group is free and open to the community.

For more information, readers may contact Debe Snyder, bereavement coordinator and group facilitator, at 757-1526 or dsnyder@granehospice.com.

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Hospice Seeks Volunteers July 13, 2016

AseraCare Hospice works to make terminally ill patients' last days of life as comfortable and meaningful as possible by providing holistic care and end-of-life support. In addition to the nurses, social workers, aides, chaplains, and bereavement coordinator who provide services to patients and their families, volunteers play a crucial role on the care team.

AseraCare Hospice is seeking companion volunteers to join the team of individuals making a difference in patients' lives in the York area. Companion volunteers provide emotional support and comforting words to patients and their families. They also assist with practical tasks such as giving the caregiver relief for a brief period of time, writing letters, reading, and making phone calls for the patient.

Each volunteer is given training courses to prepare them to work with hospice patients. For more information or to become a volunteer, readers may call Carol Shull at 845-8599.

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Musical Volunteers Needed June 14, 2016

AseraCare Hospice is seeking volunteers in the York area who can play a musical instrument and/or can sing and are interested in joining Harmony of Hearts, a volunteer music outreach program that brings peace to the dying and comfort to their families. The goal is to create therapeutic music to help brighten the last days or hours of life for patients.

Volunteers should be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers under age 18 must be supervised by an adult. They must be able to play an instrument or be able to sing. Instruments with a soft and soothing sound are preferred, such as guitar, autoharp, violin, etc.

Readers interested in participating may call Carol Shull at 845-8599.

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Hospice Seeks New Volunteers June 7, 2016

AseraCare Hospice is seeking volunteers to join the team of companion volunteers who provide emotional support and comfort to patients and their families in the York area.

Companion volunteers also assist with practical tasks such as giving the caregiver relief for a brief period of time, writing letters, reading, and making phone calls for the patient.

Each volunteer will be given training courses to prepare to work with hospice patients. Individuals interested in volunteering may contact Carol Shull at 845-8599.

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Hospice Seeks Volunteers With Sewing Skills May 24, 2016

AseraCare Hospice is seeking volunteers with sewing skills to make memory pillows for families that have lost a loved one. Volunteers will create a pillow for families from a piece of clothing that they have chosen.

The AseraCare Hospice team provides holistic care and end-of-life support for patients with a terminal illness and their families. Readers who are interested in becoming a volunteer with AseraCare or who have questions about hospice services may call Carol Shull, volunteer coordinator, at 845-8599 for information.

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Pathways Center Posts Calendar May 18, 2016

Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, will offer several grief programs in June. Programs are free and open to the community. Programs will be held at the center, unless noted otherwise. For more information, readers may call the Pathways Center at 391-2413 or 800-924-7610.

Adult drop-in groups will include a presentation and an informal time to talk with others. No registration is needed. Coping With the Loss of a Parent or Sibling will be held on Tuesday, June 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Coping With the Loss of a Companion or Spouse will meet on Tuesday, June 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster. Coping With the Loss of a Companion or Spouse will meet on Tuesday, June 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Coping With the Loss of a Child (of any age) will take place on June 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Traveling Solo, a free workshop led by local author Brenda Lee Sieglitz, will offer tips on how to create and execute a vacation without a loved one. The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on June 8. Participants will come away with sample itineraries and information for various travel organizations. Space is limited, and registration is required by Wednesday, June 1.

A three-week Newly Bereaved Program will be held on Thursdays, June 9 to 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The 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. Interested persons should call the center.

Camp Chimaqua, an overnight weekend camp for grieving children ages 6 to 12, will be held at Camp Donegal, 303 E. Telegraph Road, Airville, from Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12. A trained adult buddy is individually paired with each child for companionship, support, and supervision throughout the weekend. This experience allows campers to realize they are not grieving alone and to understand that their feelings are normal as they get to know others who have also lost a loved one. There is cost to attend per child, and financial assistance is available. Applications must be received by Friday, May 20. Readers may call the center to request camp applications or visit www.pathwaysthroughgrief.org.

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Veteran Receives Recognition March 30, 2016

AseraCare Hospice recently honored hospice patient Thomas McClune for his service in the Army. The recognition was part of the We Honor Veterans program. McClune was presented with a certificate of appreciation, a U.S. flag, and an Army blanket in recognition of the sacrifices he made and his willingness to serve his country.

The purpose of the We Honor Veterans program is to publicly acknowledge the military service and sacrifices made by veterans and their families. The program also aims to improve veterans' access to hospice and palliative care and transitions across care settings, ensure every veteran is able to receive hospice care at the time and place needed, and initiate comprehensive end-of-life community engagement plans designed to reach veterans. Anyone interested in volunteering for the program may call Carol Shull, volunteer coordinator, at 845-8599.

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Grief Support Group To Meet March 30, 2016

A Grief Support Group aimed at helping individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one will be held at AseraCare Hospice, 44 Bowman Road, York, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Meetings will be facilitated by Chaplin Steven Hershberger and Jeff Hoffman, volunteer facilitator.

The support group is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. For further information, readers may call AseraCare at 845-8599.

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Hospice Posts Support Group February 23, 2016

AseraCare Hospice will offer a grief support group that is open to anyone who has experience the death of a loved one. The support group will meet on the first Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the AseraCare office at 44 Bowman Road, York. The meetings will be led by chaplain Stephen Hershberger and volunteer faciliator Jeff Hoffman.

For further information and directions, readers may call the AseraCare office at 845-8599.

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Hospice Seeks Volunteers January 19, 2016

AseraCare Hospice is an organization that works to make terminally ill patients' last days of life as comfortable and meaningful as possible by providing holistic care and end-of-life support. In addition to the nurses, social workers, aides, chaplains, and a bereavement coordinator who provide services to patients and families, volunteers play a crucial role on the care team.

AseraCare Hospice is seeking companion volunteers to join the team of individuals making a difference in patients' lives in the Hanover area. Companion volunteers provide emotional support and comforting words to patients and their families. They also assist with practical tasks such as giving the caregiver relief for a brief period of time, writing letters, and making phone calls. Volunteers may also read, play cards, or just talk with the patient.

Each volunteer is given training courses to prepare him or her to work with hospice patients. Individuals who are interested in volunteering or would like more information may call Carol Shull at 633-7204.

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Grief Support Programs Posted November 19, 2015

Hospice and Community Care will offer a variety of grief programs to the community. Programs are free. For details and registration, readers may call 391-2413 or 800-924-7610.

A 90-minute seminar on Coping With the Holidays will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the second floor Activities Room at WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital, Apple Hill Health Campus, 55 Monument Road, York, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The session is open to adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. Space is limited.

A three-week series on Coping With the Holidays will be offered on Tuesdays, Dec. 8 to 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at York Hospital Childbirth and Family Education, Queensgate Towne Center, 2017 Springwood Road, York. Topics will vary week-to-week.

The annual Light Up a Life tree lighting ceremony will take place on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. in the Terrace Room at Heritage Hills Golf Resort, 2700 Mount Rose Ave., York. Everyone is invited to watch the display of white lights purchased in honor of a loved one as they are illuminated for the first time. In the event of snow, the ceremony will take place on Sunday, Dec. 13.

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Grief Support Programs Posted November 17, 2015

Hospice and Community Care will offer a variety of grief programs to the community. Programs are free. Programs will be held at Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, unless otherwise noted. For details and registration, readers may call 391-2413 or 800-924-7610.

Coping With the Holidays, a four-week series, will assist adults who are grieving to get through the holiday season. Topics will vary from week to week. The program will be held on Tuesdays, Nov. 24 and Dec. 8 to 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. On Dec. 15, attendees will create a memory box, and the activity is open to children, teens, and adults.

A 90-minute seminar on Coping With the Holidays will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at two locations in Lancaster County. Sessions will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata, and at the Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville. A session will also take place on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the center.

A three-week Newly Bereaved Program will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Dec. 1 to 15. The program is open to adults whose loss was recent. The series will provide an overview of common grief responses and help to identify coping tools. Space is limited.

The annual Light Up a Life tree lighting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster. Everyone is invited to watch the display of white lights purchased in honor of a loved one as they are illuminated for the first time. Parking will be available at Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, with shuttle transportation to the ceremony. Parking for those who have physical limitations will be available at Hospice and Community Care.

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Foundation Awards Funds September 29, 2015

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Hospice Seeks New Volunteers July 7, 2015

AseraCare Hospice is seeking volunteers to join the team of individuals making a difference in patients' lives in the York area. Companion volunteers will help with activities for the elderly and provide emotional support. Activity companions will help with bingo, games, sing-alongs, and other activities.

Training is provided. For more details or to volunteer, readers may contact Carol Shull at 845-8599.

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