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Shoppes On Market To Relocate June 22, 2017

Jewel David Ministries (JDM) has announced that it will relocate its retail business, Shoppes on Market, to Trellis Place, 153 E. High St., Elizabethtown, in September. The Lights of Hope Thrift Store will close permanently by the end of July. Despite being retail successes, the Shoppes on Market and the thrift store had difficulty operating in their present locations. JDM will continue to focus on its core mission of providing affordable Christian counseling services and education to combat situational homelessness at it 222 S. Market St. location.

"Shoppes on Market was born out of the idea to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for local residents and have the proceeds help fund the mission of Jewel David Ministries," said Dolores Reidenbach, who founded JDM in 2010. "Since we opened the doors of Shoppes on Market, we have seen several new businesses opened in the business incubator of Shoppes and grow to the point where they left Shoppes to open their own location."

Reidenbach explained that under this reorganization, the Shoppes will relocate to Trellis Place, owned and operated by JDM, but ownership of the Shoppes will transfer from JDM to a few of the business owners who have been active with Shoppes on Market.

Shoppes on Market will remain open at its current location until Friday, July 28. The community is invited to a celebration at Shoppes on Market as part of Elizabethtown's Second Friday on July 14 at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Originally opened in 2012 as a "Mall Without Walls," Shoppes on Market allowed local entrepreneurs to rent space to launch and operate their own business within Shoppes' space. Shoppes regularly featured approximately 30 businesses under one roof. Challenges with the building had become an issue, and for over a year, the leadership of JDM discussed multiple options to relocate and to move both the Shoppes and Lights of Hope Thrift Store.

"We have been looking for a space that would be suitable to the needs of both businesses in an effort to keep one or both of them open," said Lethea Myers, a JDM board member. "But since we could only find an alternative for Shoppes on Market that fit, we had to make the difficult decision to not renew our lease at the current location and close the Lights of Hope Thrift Shop."

Shoppes on Market store manager Tammy Stout will stay with JDM but transition to a new role.

The Elizabethtown Food Cupboard, which has subleased space within Shoppes on Market, is planning to remain at its current location.

After Lights of Hope closes, any remaining inventory will be sold to Community Aid, which operates four thrift stores in Pennsylvania. In addition, Community Aid will add a donation box to the parking lot of Trellis Place. Individuals may continue to donate to JDM by placing clothing and other items in the bin. Community Aid will then buy the items from JDM, allowing the proceeds to stay within Elizabethtown. An auction is planned for 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, at Lights of Hope to sell any remaining furniture and fixtures from the thrift store.

JDM will continue to operate the nonprofit Christian counseling center, House of David, and Trellis Place. The counseling center serves individuals, couples, families, and children with a variety of issues and concerns. House of David provides education and training in basic money management, goal setting, and support counseling for individuals and families struggling with homelessness. Trellis Place is boutique-style building that houses two businesses and serves as a small event venue.

To learn more about JDM, readers may visit www.jeweldavidministries.org.

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Food Service Program Posted June 21, 2017

Middletown Area School District will participate in the Summer Food Service Program. Free lunches will be provided on weekdays, rain or shine, to children age 18 and under.

Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Middletown Area High School through Friday, Aug. 4, and through Friday, Aug. 11, at the War Memorial Field concession stand at Fink Elementary School. Lunches will also be available at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 121 N. Spring St., Middletown, through Aug. 11 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

There is no need to register. Children may arrive at the location of their choice and join friends for a delicious, nutritious lunch.

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Fireworks Safety Tips Posted June 14, 2017

Outdoor celebrations dominate social schedules each summer. Several celebrations coordinate with national holidays or days of national pride and are accompanied by barbecues, parades, picnics, and often fireworks.

Fireworks can add character and excitement to group events. When done well, they can be the focal point of festivities and often mark the culmination of a day of fun. The earliest record of fireworks dates back to seventh-century China. Fireworks have long been a part of Chinese culture and were used to accompany many festivities. Soon the use of fireworks spread beyond China.

Today, fireworks may be part of military homecomings, large sporting events and more. Holidays like New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July frequently feature fireworks displays. Fireworks tend to be most commonly used during warm-weather months, which is why fireworks safety is emphasized throughout June and July.

Each year, the National Fire Protection Association warns that thousands of people - most often children and teenagers - are injured while using consumer fireworks. To the novice, fireworks can be dangerous, even in ways people may not realize. The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks urges the public to avoid the personal use of fireworks and to enjoy displays conducted by trained professionals who adhere to various safety protocols.

Those who engage in personal fireworks use are urged to do so properly and safely. The American Pyrotechnics Association says 47 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia allow legal "consumer" fireworks. Individuals should consider the following safety tips whenever fireworks are included in festivities.

Individuals should ensure that fireworks are legal in their state before planning a fireworks display. Fireworks, which can include everything from cone fountains to sparklers, should be purchased from a licensed and reputable dealer. Consumers should read all instructions before lighting and supervise all firework activities, making sure that children do not light any fireworks. Alcohol and drug use should be avoided when lighting fireworks since both can impair judgement and create hazardous conditions. Safety equipment should be on hand, including safety glasses and ear protection. Multiple fireworks should not be lit at the same time.

Also, fireworks should be used in a clearing far away from buildings and vehicles. Individuals should always have a hose or bucket of water available to douse fireworks. Individuals should wait 20 minutes before approaching a "dud" firework, and duds should be soaked in a bucket of water before they are discarded. Fireworks should not be pointed at people. Spectators should maintain a safe distance from the fireworks display. Spent fireworks should be disposed of safely, away from combustible materials.

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Naaman Center Plans 25th Annual Golf Tournament June 12, 2017

A four-person scramble golf tournament to raise funds for Naaman Center will be held on Friday, July 14, at Par Line Golf Course, 4545 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. Registration for the 25th annual event will begin at 7 a.m., and golfers will take to the green with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The tournament is open to the first 144 golfers. Interested individuals may email tfrank@naamancenter.com by Friday, June 30, to register. Entry forms may also be downloaded at www.naamancenter.com. The entry fee will include green fees and golf cart rental, a continental breakfast and refreshments during the tournament, the opportunity to win one of several prizes, and a complimentary post-tournament luncheon at 1 p.m.

An awards ceremony will take place during the luncheon. Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams in the open division, as well as in the 65-plus division. Additional prizes will be distributed to the top women's team, the top mixed group, and the top church team with a pastor participating. Plus, this year golfers will have the chance to win a 2017 Jeep Wrangler by sinking a hole-in-one on the hole designated by course officials.

Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available, including a new platinum sponsorship level, which will include full-page recognition in the printed materials distributed to each player, a banner display at registration or a hole on the course, and four additional golfer entries. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, readers may email tfrank@naamancenter.com.

Naaman Center is a nonprofit, faith-based drug and alcohol treatment center that provides intensive outpatient drug and alcohol abuse treatment, including individual, family, and group counseling, along with drug and alcohol evaluations.

According to executive director Tricia Frank, the annual golf tournament is Naaman Center's largest fundraiser each year. "We have to bridge the gap between the revenue that we get and what we need to operate," Frank stated. "We have a lot of people who come through our centers that can't pay the full amount, and we never turn anyone away. Having fundraisers like this is essential for Naaman Center to keep running and serving our community."

Naaman Center currently operates treatment centers in Elizabethtown, Elizabethville, Gap, Lancaster, and Quarryville. To learn more, readers may call 888-243-4316 or visit www.naamancenter.com.

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ServSafe Course Planned June 8, 2017

Penn State Extension will conduct a ServSafe course at Penn State Harrisburg, 777 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, on Tuesday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. After attending the class sessions and passing the multiple choice exam, participants will receive a ServSafe certificate which meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's requirement for food safety certification.

The course includes information related to cross-contamination prevention, safe handling of food, temperature control, cleaning and sanitization, proper storage, and pest control, in addition to other relevant topics. To register, readers may visit www.foodsafety.psu.edu and choose ServSafe under "Courses and Workshops" or call the registration manager at 717-921-8803.

Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided may contact Andy Hirneisen at 610-378-1327 in advance of his or her participation or visit.

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Clinic Benefit Auction Moves To Earlier Date June 8, 2017

"We are seeing more patients than ever," said Adam Heaps, executive director of the Clinic for Special Children, 535 Bunker Hill Road, Strasburg. He estimated that approximately 175 new patients are added every year, and office visits are up 30 percent in the last year, thanks to a new pediatric neurologist on staff.

The clinic was established in 1989 as a nonprofit medical service for children with genetic disorders. Researchers at the clinic discover 10 to 15 new causes of disease annually. 2015 was a banner year, as clinic researchers identified 31 variants in the genetic code that cause disease. The three physicians and a nurse practitioner who work at the clinic provide primary care, and specialists see patients at the clinic as well.

Additionally, the clinic has just started a gene therapy trial to treat Crigler-Najjar syndrome, a rare disorder that affects the metabolism of bilirubin. Currently, individuals with the syndrome are treated with phototherapy, but as they age, their skin thickens, which decreases the treatment's efficacy, and liver transplants are the next course of action. The clinic is working with researchers who have developed a different type of phototherapy light as well as researchers who will be trialing vector therapy in the fall.

"It would be a huge win for our patients (if the gene therapy works)," Heaps commented.

Families have come from around the world to receive treatment at the clinic, but most of the clients are regionally located. Approximately 90 percent are Amish or Old Order Mennonites and do not have insurance. Instead, the clinic subsidizes the cost of care, and the average patient pays only $340 of the $2,500 cost of services.

Five auctions held throughout the region provide a third of the clinic's nearly $3 million budget. The Lancaster-area auction has been running for 26 years, and the 27th annual benefit auction will be held on Saturday, June 17, at the Leola Produce Auction, 135 Brethren Church Road, Leola. Heaps noted that the timing has been changed from its traditional date in September in order to accommodate the venue's fall pumpkin sales.

"We're trying to let people know of the date change," Heaps said.

The event has been organized by a committee of Amish and Mennonite friends of the clinic. Their friends and family members will prepare a wide variety of food throughout the day, beginning with breakfast at 7 a.m. Other fare will include barbecued chicken, pork sandwiches, subs, a salad bar, potato dinners, french fries, pretzel logs, soft pretzels, doughnuts made on-site, soft ice cream, fruit pies, cakes, and more.

The sale will begin at 8:30 a.m. with one auctioneer, and several others will sell at various locations within the venue as the morning wanes. Quilts and related items will be sold at 11:30 a.m., and toys and collectibles will be offered at 1 p.m. Other items slated to be sold include furniture, household items, sewing machines, model tractors, outdoor furniture, shrubbery and other plants, farm supplies, hardware, tools, small machinery, carriages, carts, and ponies. Two tabletop clocks hand-built by a clinic supporter will be sold as well.

The clinic's doctors will give remarks at 11 a.m., and a silent auction that will run concurrently with the live auctions will conclude at 1:30 p.m. The event is expected to wrap up around 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the clinic, readers may call 717-687-9407 or visit https://clinicforspecialchildren.org/. Those who would like to contribute to the auction may call committee chair Mark Martin at 717-733-3070 or committee member Enos Hoover at 717-354-5415.

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Hazardous Waste Collection Event Set June 7, 2017

Chester County municipalities will host a household hazardous waste collection event for Chester County residents on Friday, June 23, at the Coatesville Learning Center, 1635 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. The entrance is across from Dairy Queen. The collection site will open at 9 a.m. and will close promptly at 3 p.m.

This event is not for businesses or contractors. No electronics, televisions, or appliances will be accepted. No items with freon will be accepted. No more than 220 pounds or 25 gallons of hazardous products per household will be accepted. Hazardous cleaning and maintenance products will have the following cautionary words on the label: poisonous, caustic, toxic, flammable, ignitable, corrosive, reactive, caution, warning, danger, or hazardous.

Unacceptable items include latex paint, used motor oil, tires, asbestos, explosives, gas cylinders, household alkaline batteries, PCBs, medical waste, unidentified waste, commercial and industrial waste, ammunition, electronics, televisions, electrical appliances, and appliances containing freon. Residents should not bring latex paint to the household hazardous waste collection event; only oil-based paint should be brought to the event.

Residents are asked to take their clean corrugated boxes home to be recycled at the curb. Alkaline batteries may be put in the trash.

Interested residents may visit www.chestercountyswa.org or call their municipality or the Chester County Solid Waste Authority at 610-273-3771, ext. 228, for information on how to properly handle unacceptable materials and for information on the other regional collection events.

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Emergency Groups Receive Funds June 7, 2017

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Free Dial Gauge Tests Available June 6, 2017

A Penn State food preservation consultant will be available to test dial gauges for pressure canners at various locations in Lancaster County this month. Dates and locations are as follows: Friday, June 23, 1 to 3 p.m., Good's Store, Schaefferstown; June 23, 1 to 3 p.m., Good's Store, East Earl; June 23, 6 to 8 p.m., Good's Store, Ephrata; and Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. to noon, Good's Store, Quarryville.

Dial gauges may also be tested on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Penn State Extension office, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, in Room 140. To schedule a Wednesday appointment, readers may call the Extension office at 717-394-6851.

Dial gauge pressure canners need to be checked for accuracy each year. The test is free and only takes a few minutes. New canners and new gauges should also be tested, and only the lid is needed for testing. Pressure canners with a weighted gauge do not have to be tested for accuracy, because they cannot go out of calibration.

Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided may contact the Extension office in Lancaster in advance of their participation or visit.

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Safe Grilling Tips Posted June 5, 2017

Taking time to conduct a few safety checks and practice other safety measures can help insure summertime grilling does not end in injury or a home fire. An average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbeques occur each year in the United States. There are several safety checks consumers should make before using a propane grill for the first time in a season.

Safety checks include checking the gas tank hose for leaks by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If the grill has a gas leak, by either smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, the fire department should be called.

Propane or charcoal grills should only be used outdoors. When using either type of grill, the grill should be kept well away from a home and deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Grease or fat buildup from the grill and in trays below the grill should be cleaned. A grill should never be left unattended, and children and pets should be kept at least three feet away from the grill at all times.

The lid of a gas grill should always be open before lighting. If using starter fluid for a charcoal grill, only charcoal starter fluid should be used, and charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid should never be added to the fire. Charcoal fluid should be kept out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. If the charcoal grill has an electric starter, an extension cord should be used. When finished grilling, the coals should be allowed to cool completely and then disposed in a metal container.

When using a propane grill and gas is smelled while cooking, everyone should immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. The grill should not be moved. If the flame goes out on a gas grill, the grill should be turned off and at least five minutes should pass before attempting to relight the grill.

These are common sense tips, but when relaxing with family and friends, it can be easy to forget or overlook safety precautions. But doing so can result in injury or a fire, which can damage or even destroy a home, and along with it valuable possessions, even irreplaceable family mementos. Filing a homeowners' insurance claim resulting in a payout by the insurer can result in an increase in homeowners' insurance premiums.

Safe grilling tips are available at www.insurance.pa.gov under the Home icon and from the National Fire Protection Association.

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