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ACS Celebrates Daffodil Days March 26, 2019

The American Cancer Society (ACS) welcomed spring on March 20 with its annual Daffodil Days flower sale. Daffodil Days is a campaign through which local businesses, organizations, churches and individuals in the community can purchase cut daffodils, cut tulips or mini potted daffodil plants in support of the ACS.

This year, the ACS raised more than $16,000 in sales in York County alone. Because of campaigns like this one, the ACS is able to provide free programs and services benefiting the York County area like the Road to Recovery program and its Hope Lodges.

Any business, organization or church that would like to be added to the ACS mailing list may contact Ashley Leary at or 717-848-2229. For more information on the ACS and its programs and services, readers may visit or call 800-227-2345.


York Branch AAUW Meeting Posted March 25, 2019

Pamela L. Gay, York County coroner since 2014, will be the featured speaker at York Branch AAUW meeting on Tuesday, April 9. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at York Alliance Church, 501 Rathton Road, York. Gay will speak on "The Opioid Epidemic in York County: A Community Response." A social time will start at 6:30 p.m.

Gay's lecture will address how opioids came to York County, what is being done to combat the epidemic, and how the community can be involved in helping resolve this increasing problem. A registered nurse for 37 years, Gay has had experience in critical care, emergency medicine, and the WellSpan Forensic Nursing Team, working with sexual assault and child abuse victims. For five years, she and her husband, Jeff, raised a great-niece and great-nephew while their mother recovered from addiction.

All are welcome to attend.


Prescribed Burn Season Begins March 22, 2019

Fort Indiantown Gap has begun its spring prescribed burn season to reduce the risk of wildfires. The burns will be conducted on approximately 4,500 acres, as conditions permit, through Friday, May 3, between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Local residents may notice smoke originating from or in the vicinity of the installation while burns are being conducted.

A prescribed burn is a commonly used forestry management technique that reduces the amount of combustible material naturally existing in the wilderness. It is performed only when conditions such as humidity, wind, and temperature are ideal for managing fires. Prescribed burns are not conducted unless all required conditions are met.

For more information, readers may visit or follow Fort Indiantown Gap on Facebook. Individuals may also call the installation's community information line at 717-861-2007 to hear a recorded message with dates and times of community activities and training events.

Fort Indiantown Gap is now enrolled in AlertPA, a mass notification service by CodeRED. Readers may subscribe to get alerts delivered straight to their phone and/or email whenever the installation is conducting prescribed burns or training that may result in increased noise levels. To sign up for AlertPA, readers may visit and then subscribe to Fort Indiantown Gap community notifications under Additional Notifications. Notification settings may be adjusted as needed at any time.


Experience Camp Slated March 18, 2019

From Monday, Aug. 12, through Saturday, Aug. 17, at Camps Equinunk and Blue Ridge in Equinunk, boys and girls from the Mid-Atlantic will come together to spend a week at Experience Camp. Experience Camps provide free, one-week camps for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver.

Along with swimming, arts and crafts, and team sports, participants take part in bereavement activities including sharing circles, where they are encouraged to talk about their grief. Referrals and applications are being accepted for girls entering grades four through 10 and boys entering grades four through 11 in the 2019-20 school year.

For more information about Experience Camps or to obtain an application, readers may visit


Community Cleanup Effort Planned March 14, 2019

The annual Kiss Hershey Back, Penn State College of Medicine medical students' annual initiative to give back to the community, will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kiss Hershey Back is an effort to clean up public areas and streets.

Students are calling for help from community members and local businesses, as the cleanup covers a large area and the effort requires donations. Those interested in participating or supporting the cause through donations may email More information may be received at


Grant Helps Fund EMS Provider Merger March 13, 2019

In an ongoing effort to create a uniform EMS system that provides high-quality service to all areas of York County, the York County Community Foundation's (YCCF) WellSpan EMS Fund has awarded a grant of $33,000 to three local nonprofit EMS providers to create efficiencies and optimize service delivery. The three organizations in the project are York Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Inc., Grantley Fire Company, and West York Ambulance.

The grant supported the hiring of a legal consultant to perform an analysis of the organizations, the market, infrastructure, and more, resulting in a recommendation for merging that was then taken to each organization's managing board for review and a vote. The grant also supports the execution of the recommendations, resulting in the creation of First Capital Community Transport Partners as the first step toward regionalizing and coordinating the provision of emergency and medical transportation services.

For the past five years, York Regional EMS, Grantley Fire Company, and West York Ambulance have been in discussions about coordination and consolidation to create the foundation on which a sustainable, broad-based, uniform EMS system could be established. With the grant from YCCF's WellSpan EMS Fund, the three nonprofit organizations aimed to create one that is viable, high-quality, and quick to react to and resolve service area challenges now and in the future.

Established by WellSpan Health with the goal of creating a more coordinated, regional EMS system that effectively meets the needs of York County communities, the YCCF WellSpan Emergency Medical Services Fund provides grants for purposes such as professional services, start-up resources, and/or the development of new and innovative collaborative projects in order to meet the emergency medical needs of the community. Since 2014, the fund has awarded more than $200,000 in grants. More information can be found at


EMS Strong Campaign Set March 12, 2019

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), has announced that this year's EMS Strong campaign theme is "Beyond the Call." The annual EMS Strong campaign provides opportunities to recognize the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community, enhance and strengthen the profession on a national level, and expand and celebrate National EMS Week, which will be Sunday through Saturday, May 19 through 25.

The campaign brings together key organizations, media partners, and corporate sponsors committed to recognizing and fortifying the EMS community, commending recent groundbreaking accomplishments, and increasing awareness of National EMS Week. For more information on the campaign, readers may visit


Training Sessions Slated March 11, 2019

Penn State Extension is seeking volunteers to become Master Food Preservers and to teach others the basics of home food preservation. This volunteer program is for those who are currently living in the Lancaster County area and have basic knowledge and experience with home food preservation and food safety.

Applicants must be able to attend training sessions, including a webinar on Thursday, May 9, and sessions in University Park on Wednesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 16. To learn more about applying, contact Stacy Reed at 717-394-6851 or The application deadline is Monday, April 15.


Assistance Sought For Comfort Stations March 5, 2019

During the extreme heat of summer and the ice and snow of winter, there is always the possibility of disruptions in electricity to power heat and/or air conditioning in homes and businesses. These disruptions may go on for hours and even days.

Although everyone should be prepared for emergencies and to sustain themselves for up to 72 hours, this is not always possible, especially for the elderly, those with access and functional needs, or families with small children. York County Local Municipal Emergency Management Coordinators (EMCs) look for organizations within their individual municipalities that may be able to provide cooling stations and/or heating comfort stations.

EMCs have found that faith-based community organizations (FBCOs) are best able to provide residents with a place to go. Therefore, local EMCs attempt to coordinate heating and/or cooling comfort stations with FBCOs. Memorandums of agreement with FBCOs are written by EMCs and signed by local elected officials and the officials of the FBCOs, which agree to be available to shelter people on short notice.

These comfort stations are not required to provide meals and/or overnight accommodations, but they do have chairs, tables, bathroom facilities and water fountains. In the event of a known long-term disruption to power, mass care shelters may be established by the local chapter of the American Red Cross, but may take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours to be set up.

More information is available by contacting one's local municipal government office.


Lyme Disease Group To Meet March 4, 2019

The Tri-County Lyme Disease Support Group will meet in the community room at the Village Library, 207 N. Walnut St., Morgantown, on Thursday, March 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month and are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Celeste March at or 610-286-6824.


Hempfield UMC Sets Special Event March 1, 2019

The Hempfield United Methodist Church (UMC) Care Team will host a special event on Friday, March 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hempfield UMC, 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster. The event, titled "What Matters in the End," is open to the public.

"What Matters in the End" will be an evening of fellowship and learning centered on the important, necessary, and often difficult family communications surrounding end-of-life care and choices. Discussing the subject with attendees will be a panel of local experts: a funeral director, doctor, and hospice liaison, as well as a Hempfield UMC pastor.

Topics to be covered include burial versus cremation, prepaying for funerals, personalizing a funeral, the importance of advance care planning (ACP), understanding CPR, breathing assistance options such as ventilators and BiPAPs, tube feeding, when to call hospice, services hospice provides, how hospice can help manage pain and other symptoms, and living well/dying well.

Families are encouraged to attend together. A soup and salad dinner will be provided, and a freewill offering will be received. Registration is required for this event, and the deadline for registration is Monday, March 11. Preregistered child care is also available. To sign up, readers may visit Joyce Young is Hempfield UMC's director of care and minister of visitation.


Surgery Information Program Posted February 28, 2019

WellSpan will offer a Surgery for Weight Loss program from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. This free seminar will provide an overview of the WellSpan bariatric surgery program, including preoperative education and surgical procedures, medical weight management, and patient expectations and outcomes.

For more information or to register, readers may call 717-721-8795.


Wheelchair Drive To Benefit Wheels For The World February 28, 2019

Wheels for the World, a ministry of Joni and Friends, provides a free wheelchair, along with a Bible and the Gospel message, to children and adults affected by disability. The faith-based ministry collects used wheelchairs, crutches, canes, walkers, cushions, and parts.

Joni and Friends has designated March as Wheelchair Collection Month, and Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster, is holding a wheelchair drive through Friday, March 15, on behalf of Wheels for the World. The church will collect manual, adult and pediatric wheelchairs, wheelchair cushions, and footrests.

On Saturday March 16, all wheelchairs collected will be loaded and transported to a Wheels for the World Restoration Center, located in a correctional facility. There, inmates will restore the wheelchairs to like-new condition. The wheelchairs will then be shipped to countries around the world to provide the gift of mobility to people in need. Teams made up of volunteer therapists and wheelchair mechanics will then fit each wheelchair to meet an individual's unique needs and provide training in the wheelchair's maintenance.

For more information or to arrange for a more convenient drop-off site, readers may contact Cindi Feaster, a Chair Corps volunteer for Wheels for the World, at 717-464-9351 or or Joni and Friends volunteer Larry Easton at 315-416-1716 or Tax-deductible receipts will be provided. Readers may visit for more information regarding this ministry.


Support Group Plans Meeting February 27, 2019

The Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute Bladder Cancer Support Group will hold a meeting at the Mohler Senior Center, 25 Hope Drive, Hershey, on Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m.

Jen Petrask will discuss the concept of "pre-habilitation" at the meeting. She is a clinic nurse and a certified personal trainer at the Cancer Institute. She has been actively involved in fitness, nutrition and wellness for more than a decade.

Also, Andrea Young, manager of Hope Lodge in Hershey, will share information on the services and housing provided free of charge to patients receiving outpatient cancer treatments away from home.

All Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute patients and family members are invited to attend.

For more information, readers may contact Theda at 717-531-3038 or


Health Screen Scheduled February 27, 2019

The Columbia VFW, 401 Manor St., will sponsor a community health screen from 7 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16.

The comprehensive blood testing includes complete blood count (CBC), HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), electrolytes, and glucose, along with liver, kidney, and coronary risk profiles. Individuals will have a copy of their blood test results mailed to their home address.

There is a cost for the health screen, with optional thyroid screening, prostate screening, and Vitamin D tests available for an additional fee. Payment may be made by cash, check, or money order at the time of service.

To preregister, readers may call 800-776-6342 on Mondays through Fridays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Help Available For Eating Disorders February 26, 2019

All Pennsylvanians are encouraged to be aware of the various types of eating disorders that can affect individuals of any gender, age, race, ethnicity or lifestyle. They are also encouraged to know the importance of supporting those affected by them.

Anyone looking for support, information, referrals and guidance about eating disorders, either for themselves or for a loved one, can call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 800-931-2237.


Concealed Carry Seminars Posted February 14, 2019

Two concealed carry seminars will be offered in March to better inform area gun owners regarding Pennsylvania's firearm laws. Both events are free and open to the public. The seminars will be hosted by Rep. Sue Helm.

The seminars will both be held from 6 to 8 p.m. The first seminar will take place on Thursday, March 7, at Halifax Area Ambulance and Rescue Association Building, 31 Bunker Hill Road, Halifax, and readers may call 717-692-0833 to register. The second seminar will be offered on Thursday, March 14, at Ono Fire Company, 10805 Jonestown Road, Ono, and readers may call 717-651-0100 to register.

Seating is limited. Participants may also register online at


PSA To Feature Local Resident February 14, 2019

Hershey resident Cari Lopez Bryan will be one of the 29 people featured in a new public service announcement (PSA) in Times Square in March for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Bryan, a stage IV colorectal cancer survivor, is an awareness ambassador for Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC), an advocacy organization focused on colorectal cancer policy and research. The PSA will launch during the NASDAQ opening bell ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 9 a.m. Bryan's story will be featured on Fight CRC's Facebook page and blog on Saturday, March 16.

Colon and rectal cancers (colorectal cancer) make up the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women combined. Fight CRC estimates that 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented with screening. Bryan, who was diagnosed at age 34, has dedicated a year of volunteer time to Fight CRC to raise awareness about the importance of screening using her story in an effort to save lives.

Bryan's story is one of many stories launching the annual March Colorectal Cancer Awareness campaign, a movement uniting more than 1 million survivors of colorectal cancer and their loved ones to get behind a cure and prevent future cases with screening.

To join Fight CRC's awareness efforts, readers may visit to sign the petition to make sure everyone has access to screening. More information is available at


Heart Ball Raises More Than $247,000 February 14, 2019

Nearly 300 Lancaster County business and community leaders came together at the 34th annual Lancaster Heart Ball on Feb. 2 at the Lancaster Country Club. The event raised more than $247,000 for the American Heart Association, a voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health.

The gala, themed "Fire and Ice," opened with the Keep the Beat dance hour featuring The Uptown Band playing a full hour of songs with 100 beats per minute, which is the correct tempo for performing Hands-Only CPR. The dance hour was followed by a custom "Fire and Ice" performance from American Music Theatre dancers. Lancaster Chamber president Tom Baldridge hosted the evening's festivities, which also included silent and live auctions, a heart-healthy dinner, musical entertainment and dancing. Dave Murray and Diane Murry served as the event's co-chairs.

Organizers dedicated this year's Heart Ball and Open Your Heart appeal to longtime Heart Ball committee member and American Heart Association volunteer Kim McNabb, who passed away in December of a heart-related illness. McNabb had been a volunteer for the Heart Ball since its inception 34 years ago. In his honor, American Heart Association, Lancaster Division board president Shawn Hart presented the Kim McNabb and Glenn L. Myers Friend of Heart Award to two other longtime volunteers and American Heart Association supporters, Brian and Sandy Brightbill.

Funds raised from the Lancaster Heart Ball will support the American Heart Association's mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives through community education, public policy advocacy, health care quality improvement and investment in lifesaving research.

For more information about sponsoring or attending the 2020 Heart Ball, set for Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, readers may contact Bill Coder at or 717-730-1736.


HLAA Chapter Slates Meeting February 14, 2019

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Capital Region Chapter will hold a meeting on Monday, Feb. 25, at 7:10 p.m. at the second-floor Community Center at the Giant Food Store, 3301 Trindle Road, in the Camp Hill Shopping Center.

Representatives from various hearing aid companies will share about new hearing aid technology and connectivity options. The meeting will be captioned in real-time, and refreshments will be provided.

The meeting is free and open to the public. People who are hard of hearing and those they live with are especially invited to attend.

For more information, readers may visit or call 717-802-6918. The HLAA strives to improve the quality of life for people who are hard of hearing through education, advocacy, support, and self-help. Details about the HLAA are available at

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