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Wakefield Ambulance To Celebrate 45th Anniversary May 23, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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WIC To Offer FMNP Vouchers May 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Northwest EMS Presents Scholarships May 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stirling scholarship applicants do not need to be graduating seniors, but they must plan to pursue a degree in a medical program. To learn more, readers may visit www.nwems86.org.

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Choose To Lose Wraps Up Successful Season May 18, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bicycle Club Announces Grants May 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the Lancaster Bicycle Club or the grant program, readers may contact John Mullineaux at 717-575-1221 or mullineaux2@gmail.com.

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Motorcycle Safety Classes Posted May 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Safety Seminar Posted May 10, 2018

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

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

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Eye Protection Tips Posted May 9, 2018

Prevent Blindness, an eye health and safety organization, has declared May as Ultraviolet (UV) Awareness Month to help educate the public on the dangers that UV exposure may have on vision. UV damage may cause immediate effects, such as a corneal sunburn (photokeratitis). Long hours on the water without proper eye protection, for example, can cause this problem.

UV damage has been linked to the development of macular degeneration, cataract, pterygium (a growth on the white part of the eye) and cancer. According to the World Health Organization, different forms of eye cancer may be associated with lifelong exposure to the sun. Melanoma is the most frequent malignant cancer of the eyeball, and a common location for basal cell carcinoma is on the eyelids.

Adults and children are at risk from UV damage. However, the risk of sun-related eye problems is higher for people who spend long hours in the sun; have certain retina disorders; had cataract surgery (although some artificial lenses do absorb some UV rays); or are on certain medicines, such as tetracycline, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, diuretics and tranquilizers that increase the eye's sensitivity to light.

When purchasing sunglasses, Prevent Blindness recommends consumers always read labels carefully and only buy sunglasses that clearly state that they block 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays. Sunglasses should be worn in conjunction with a brimmed hat. Wrap-around sunglasses are best.

For those participating in outdoor sports activities, Prevent Blindness recommends consulting with an eye care professional on eye protection that both blocks UV as well as protects eyes from injury.

For more information, readers may visit www.preventblindness.org/protect-your-eyes-sun or call 800-331-2020.

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Forum On Palliative Care Slated May 9, 2018

Geisinger Holy Spirit will host "Palliative Care: Experiencing a Full Life," a daylong forum on palliative care, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 25, in the hospital auditorium, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill.

The forum will include large and small group discussions, question-and-answer time, and a noon Mass. Presenters will also address the ethical challenges surrounding end-of-life decision-making. Presenters will be Dr. Arlene S. Bobonich, palliative care attending physician at Geisinger Holy Spirit, and Dr. Joe Zalot, ethicist at the National Bioethics Center.

Chaplains will earn 4.75 continuing education hours.

The cost to attend includes lunch and refreshments. For more information or to register by the Friday, May 18, deadline, readers may call the Geisinger Holy Spirit Pastoral Care office at 717-763-2118.

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YWCA To Offer Free Training May 9, 2018

YWCA York's ACCESS and Victim Assistance Center has created a new program, Beyond the Bar, designed to educate bar staff and patrons on how to prevent customers from becoming potential sexual assault victims. The program works to provide York bars and restaurants with properly trained staff.

The training is free and hopes to provide ongoing staff support. Upon completion, the bar will receive a certificate and other material to reference that sexual assault or harassment will not be tolerated inside the bar.

For businesses that wish to take part in the training or to obtain more information on Beyond the Bar, readers may contact khershey@ywcayork.org or 717-845-2631, ext. 160. Readers may also visit www.ywcayork.org.

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River Rescue Posts Awareness Day May 9, 2018

Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services has announced its support of Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day, set for Friday, May 18. The purpose of the day is to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available, including inflatable life jackets, and to demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work.

The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), is intended to serve as a fun, educational element prior to National Safe Boating Week, the official launch of the 2018 Safe Boating Campaign. National Safe Boating Week will be observed from Saturday, May 19, through Friday, May 25.

According to Joe Ketterer, public information officer of Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services, it is important to be sure a life jacket is right for the wearer, as well as for the wearer's planned activities and the expected water conditions. Life jackets should also be U.S. Coast Guard approved.

The NSBC asks all participants to take a picture of themselves in their life jacket while at work and post it to the Ready, Set, Wear It! Facebook page or submit it directly to the NSBC at outreach@safeboatingcouncil.org. Participants may also tweet their picture with the hashtag #RSW12018.

For more information about Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services, readers may visit www.harrisburgriverrescue.org.

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Lyme Disease Information Posted May 9, 2018

With May designated as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, Rep. Ron Marsico has posted reminders about staying healthy. Individuals who spend time outdoors should check themselves for ticks and be aware of the symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick-related ailments. The first line of defense against Lyme is to take precautions in the outdoors by using insect repellent with DEET, wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants, checking for - and promptly and properly removing - any ticks, and showering shortly after exposure.

If bitten, an individual should monitor the area for the next month. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, a bull's eye rash, and other symptoms that may be mistaken for viral infections, such as influenza or infectious mononucleosis.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently launched the "Don't Let a Tick Make You Sick" campaign, aimed at raising Lyme disease awareness. For tips about protecting oneself from Lyme disease, readers may visit www.health.pa.gov and click on Lyme Disease.

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Driving Safely In Bright Conditions May 9, 2018

Weather often contributes to motor vehicle accidents. Snow, rain, and other factors that compromise drivers' vision can make driving hazardous, but there is a dark side to sunny skies as well.

Glare from the sun can compromise drivers' vision and lead to driving mishaps, regardless of drivers' experience or skill level. The sun can pack a powerful punch any time during the day, but it can be especially hazardous in the early morning sunrise and late afternoon sunset.

Researchers found that the risk of a life-threatening crash was 16 percent higher during bright sunlight than during normal weather. Researchers concluded that bright sunlight may create visual illusions that lead to driver error, including poor distance judgement.

Plentiful sunlight is often a hallmark of spring and summer, but sun blindness is a real concern for drivers. As anyone who has turned into blazing sun only to discover their windshield has been rendered opaque by sun glare can attest, driving on sunny days can be challenging. Unfortunately, the sun might create substantial glare during rush hour, making driving during these times more dangerous and accidents more likely.

While there might be no way to prevent glare, drivers can take steps to make driving safer during times of day when glare is prevalent. Drivers should make sure the windshield is clean. Water marks, dead insects, cracks, and road grime can make it even harder to see out of the windshield when the sun is blazing. Windshields should be cleaned regularly, and drivers should not wait until they are head-on into the sun to engage the windshield washer spray. Doing so may only further compromise visibility.

Drivers are cautioned to observe speed limits. When glare is present, drivers should slow down and keep more space between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them. If someone ahead needs to brake suddenly, the greater distance between vehicles can give a driver more time to react and avoid accidents.

Changing a route may also be an option. Drivers can try changing their commute so they are not driving head-on into eastern sun in the morning and western sun in the afternoon.

Investing in new sunglasses is a good idea. Special lenses that mitigate glare, UV rays, and blue light can make it easier for drivers to handle glare when behind the wheel.

Drivers should make sure the visor is functioning in their vehicle. Sun visors are there for a reason. Drivers should use it to the best of their ability, angling as needed.

If the glare is especially bad, Plymouth Rock Assurance suggests playing it safe and pulling over until the sun rises or sets. Drivers may also want to change their driving time to avoid the glare.

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Kressler To Direct Prevention Programs May 9, 2018

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) has announced the appointment of Kayla Kressler as director of Prevention Programs. Kressler, a former clinical supervisor and program site director at Blueprints for Addiction Recovery, a community-based outpatient dual-diagnosis treatment program in York County, will direct PFSA's services to a network of statewide affiliated agencies.

Kressler has more than a decade of experience in the field of addiction treatment and is widely regarded as a specialist in supporting and helping to heal individuals with substance use disorder and their families. She earned a Master of Arts with a specialization in clinical counseling from Alvernia University. She is an experiential therapist and is pursuing licensure to become a licensed professional counselor. Kressler has worked in transitional housing, intensive case management with women and children, the forensic treatment setting in county jail systems, and inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, as well as within the community in direct-care clinical, education, and supervisory roles.

Kressler resides in Cornwall Township, Lebanon County, with her husband, Chad. She may be reached at kkressler@pa-fsa.org or 800-448-4906.

PFSA provides education, community awareness, and mandated reporter training programs to support strong parenting and empower Pennsylvanians to recognize and report suspected child abuse. To learn more about PFSA and its programs, readers may visit http://pa-fsa.org, or call 800-448-4906.

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Recycling Reminder Posted May 2, 2018

Chester County Solid Waste Authority (CCSWA) has shared reminders about items that may be recycled and those that should be included in trash bins.

Items such as scrap metal, hangers, pieces of rope or hose, pieces of wood, yard waste, and children's toys are items that cannot be recycled as part of curbside pickup. Scrap metal should be taken to a scrap dealer, yard waste should be composted, and children's toys should be donated or, if broken, thrown away.

Plastic bags should also be kept from entering recycling bins because they can jam and damage source separating equipment at recycling facilities. Plastic grocery bags can be returned to local grocery stores and plastic trash bags should be used for trash only.

Most curbside recycling programs in Chester County collect mixed paper, flattened corrugated cardboard cut down to 18 by 24 inches, glass bottles and jars, steel and aluminum cans, and plastic bottles and containers numbered 1 through 5 and 7. Chester County programs also collect clean aluminum foil and pie tins and empty aerosol cans.

Polystyrene foam, other forms of polystyrene, and foam should not be placed in recycling containers. Also, if a plastic container or bottle does not have a recycling symbol on it, it should be thrown out.

For more recycling details, readers may visit www.chestercountyswa.org.

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Wardens Will Check On Dogs May 2, 2018

Dog wardens will canvass York County homes in the coming weeks to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs. Per Pennsylvania law, all dogs, age 3 months and older, must be licensed by Jan. 1 each year. There is a license fee, with a discount for dogs that are spayed or neutered. Older adults and persons with disabilities will also receive a discount.

All dogs and non-feral cats, age 3 months and older, must be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.

Violators may be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. Licenses may be purchased in person from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays or by mail to York County Treasurer, 28 E. Market St., Room 126, York, PA 17401. Licenses may also be obtained by visiting www.doglicenses.us/PA/York or at one of the agents in York County.

For more details, including how to replace a lost or missing license, readers may call the treasurer's office at 717-771-9603. To learn more, readers may visit www.licenseyourdogpa.com or call 717-787-3062.

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Free Eyecare News Posted May 2, 2018

A partnership between VisionCorps and Pennsylvania Vision Foundation has helped facilitate free eye examinations and glasses for more than 500 eligible individuals over the past year. Through a need-based voucher program, individuals receive essential eye examinations and glasses at participating eye doctors in their area. VisionCorps works closely with community partners to help identify those in need of vision care.

Those eligible for this program include low-income adults and children residing in Pennsylvania, who do not have vision insurance. Eligible residents must first schedule an appointment with VisionCorps staff to complete the required verification paperwork. In affiliation with Pennsylvania Vision Foundation, Vision Benefits of America will then provide a printed voucher, accepted at any eye doctor listed in their network.

To schedule an appointment with VisionCorps staff to verify program eligibility, readers may call 717-291-5991. To find a local optometrist or ophthalmologist in-network, readers may visit https://vbaplans.com.

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AHA Donates CPR Kits April 27, 2018

The American Heart Association (AHA) donated a year's worth of Infant CPR Anytime kits to the Women's Place at UPMC Pinnacle Lititz, a donation made possible by funds raised at the 2017 Go Red for Women Pursenalities Party held on Oct. 16, 2017.

The kits will be provided to families and children at the Women's Place throughout the year. The facility also participated in the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative during American Heart Month in February to raise awareness about congenital heart defects.

The Pursenalities Party is part of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign, which aims to fight heart disease and stroke among women.

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Program To Feature Storytelling Projects April 27, 2018

The Penn State College of Medicine will feature first-year medical students presenting their "Patients as Teachers" short-film storytelling projects at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 4, in Junker Auditorium at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey. Refreshments and pizza will be served at 4:30 p.m. in the anteroom outside the auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public. No preregistration is required. For more information, readers may contact the Department of Humanities at 717-531-6423. To watch films created by students from previous years, readers may visit http://sites.psu.edu/patientsasteachers/archives.

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Land Conservation Action Completed April 25, 2018

Fort Indiantown Gap facilitated an Army Compatible User Buffer program land conservation action, which is the largest in the Northeast. Officials with the installation, Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and Capitol Region Water attended a Feb. 28 meeting to approve the paperwork conserving more than 4,000 acres at the DeHart reservoir using the Army Compatible User Buffer Program. This transaction brings the total contiguous acreage placed in this conservation easement to more than 8,000 acres.

The program allows Army installations to work with landowner and conservation partners like the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation to create conservation easements with landowners. Landowners are paid for the development rights of their land through the Army Compatible User Buffer program by the conservation partner. This parcel was in Capitol Region Water Authority holdings and remains the authority's; however, the development rights have been transferred to The Nature Conservancy.

The program is good for sportsmen, bird watchers, the wildlife living there, and anyone who cares about conserving open space. The land will be conserved in perpetuity.

The benefit to the military is the conservation of pristine land to conduct nighttime flying. The land is essential for pilots training at the installation. An additional benefit is that by conserving land it curtails development, also known as encroachment, near the installation's borders.

Military installations can generate noise, smoke, and other disturbances. By participating in this program, the military can help conserve the land around the installation as well as mitigate the impact of training on others.

The transaction has taken several years to complete. The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation was brought on as the primary partner several years ago. The installation hopes to continue its success with the program. Additional conservation efforts are planned for 2018, including adding another 160 acres onto this conserved piece of property.

Fort Indiantown Gap is the busiest Army National Guard training center in the nation and is run by members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. More than 130,000 service members, first responders, and partners at the local, state, national, and international levels train there annually.

To learn more, readers may contact Lt. Col. Angela King-Sweigart at 717-861-6254 or ng.pa.paarng.list.ftig-pao@mail.mil.

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