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Health Screening Posted August 21, 2017

The Manheim Lions Club will hold an Omega Health Screening, performed by Quest Diagnostics, on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at St Paul's United Church of Christ, 50 N. Main St., Manheim.

The personal health screening includes tests for anemia, diabetes, heart disease, gout, and liver and kidney diseases.Optional tests that can be added include PSA (prostate specific antigen, for males), TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), and Vitamin D.

Individuals must not eat or drink for 10 hours before testing, but they may have water and medication.

There is a cost for the screening. To preregister, readers may call 800-776-6342.

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Swim Team Honors Harold Billow August 21, 2017

The Mount Joy Lions Swim Team recently held an event to honor local resident and World War II veteran Harold Billow. He was made an honorary member of the swim team.

Known to team members as "the fireworks man," Billow sets off a fireworks display that is presented at the end of each of the swim team's home meets at the Lions Club pool. Both home and visiting team members and spectators look forward to the display after each home meet. Win or lose, team members say that Billow makes them feel special, and they are grateful for his support.

Billow is the last living survivor of the Malmedy Massacre. He has received Congressional recognition and he has been honored by the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum and Fort Indiantown Gap. He has shared his experience as a guest speaker at Donegal High School and at veterans events, and he was a past grand marshall for the Mount Joy Memorial Day parade.

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Children's Playroom Offers Judgment-Free Support August 17, 2017

As Children's Playroom of Lancaster County enters into its 20th year, executive director Vicki Dolan said that the parenting support group remains "a community within a community." With an emphasis on developing positive parenting skills and learning the concept of positive discipline, Children's Playroom also provides socialization for young children and judgment-free support for moms and dads.

"I tried a lot of different things, and they didn't fit for whatever reason, but we love Children's Playroom," said Elizabethtown resident Katie Lechleitner. "I look forward to it every week. You not only get to share about your experiences, but you hear from others too, and you realize we're all going to be OK."

The weekly gathering begins with community play, which encourages parents to play with their children undistracted. After playtime, a snack is given out to each child to help ensure a smooth transition into the time where parents separate from children and meet in another room for teaching and discussion.

Aside from positive discipline, sessions cover a variety of relevant parenting topics such as child development, toilet training, bedtime routines, stress management, and relationship building. Some meetings include a guest speaker and others are interactive sharing times.

Denise Ebersole, who attends with her two toddlers, said that she has made Children's Playroom a priority in her schedule. "I work full time from home, but I give myself permission once a week to have this time to connect with other moms," Ebersole said. "No matter what, we plan around this."

Plus, Ebersole said that her children love the time they spend at Children's Playroom. "It's like Disneyland the first time you come," Ebersole recalled. "And the kids all love Miss Vicki. All of the staff is phenomenal. Our prized possessions are our babies, and they do a wonderful job (taking care of them)."

Dolan frequently reminds moms and dads that parenting is the most important job they will ever have, but it is also the hardest. The curriculum and discussion for parents at Children's Playroom is applicable even into the teenage years, she explained. "Discipline means to teach, so we're talking about teaching our children," said Dolan. "We talk about being kind and firm and how we need both. We can be kind but still be firm."

Hearing the experiences and perspectives of other parents can be encouraging on so many levels. "The moms learn: you're not alone," Dolan said. "Some people may be new in town or just feeling isolated for other reasons, and this may be the support they're needing." Ebersole said that going to Children's Playroom helped to ease the transition from working as a full-time professional to working from home with her children.

Lechleitner particularly enjoyed hearing from another couple in the program who had recently moved to the Elizabethtown area from China. "It was so neat to see their perspective and how positive discipline worked for them," Lechleitner said. "Parenting is universal. No matter where you're from, we all have the same goals and fears."

Parents of children age 5 and younger can register to attend Children's Playroom sessions from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 398 N. Locust St., Elizabethtown. Space is limited. There is a fee to attend, but scholarships are available.

In addition to morning sessions, Children's Playroom offers a single moms' parenting program every other Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner is provided, and the group follows the same format of playtime together followed by a time where parents split off for discussion while the children have supervised activities in another room.

Readers who would like to sign up or learn more may call 717-945-9348, email childrensplayroom14@gmail.com, or visit www.childrensplayroom.org.

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Building Character Through Bicycling Adventures August 17, 2017

"Changing lives one ride at a time" is the bumper sticker slogan for Lifecycles, and founder Lee DeRemer said that sentiment has been the organization's aim from day one. When DeRemer's nephews lost their father to cancer in 2009, DeRemer planned a bicycle trip with them as a way to spend time together and provide some of the male leadership they were now missing in their lives. They traveled 11,000 miles through Montana and Wyoming and had the time of their lives. DeRemer saw a transformation of sorts in his nephews as they took on the adventure together. "I concluded that if I could somehow do this on a larger scale, it could potentially help a lot of young men," he shared.

So DeRemer established Lifecycles, a nonprofit mentoring program committed to building young men of character through bicycling and outdoor adventures. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, trained volunteers and teenage boys set off for a bicycle ride and return to eat a meal together. Before the ride, DeRemer or another leader shares a Bible verse and word of encouragement and prays.

Approximately 50 youths and 18 leaders are currently involved in Lifecycles. Everyone splits into five teams based on ability level, and each group travels on a different route. "Everybody's welcome. You don't need to try out," noted DeRemer. "We are here for any teenage boy." Lifecycles provides bikes, helmets, a T-shirt, and a hot meal free of charge. Interested individuals are encouraged to sign up ahead of time if they would like to join a ride, and they may do so at www.lifecyclesteam.org. Walk-ins are welcome too.

The website lists a detailed schedule of rides along with the starting locations. Currently, the weekly events run from 6 to 8 p.m., with Tuesdays beginning and ending at East Donegal Riverfront Park, 551 Vinegar Ferry Road, Marietta, and Thursdays beginning and ending at Amos Herr Park, 1700 Nissley Road, Landisville.

Most participants find out about the program by word-of-mouth, and DeRemer said all the volunteers are men from York and Lancaster counties who are attracted to the mission of Lifecycles. "We have incredible leaders," reflected DeRemer. "Watching the leaders selflessly speak into the lives of the boys is so encouraging."

In addition to the weekly rides, Lifecycles plans a three-week challenge ride each summer. On the first challenge ride, nine teenagers and seven adult guides pedaled 290 miles to Niagara Falls. This year the group drove to New Hampshire to bicycle a route to the White Mountains.

Watching the sense of community on any of the weekly rides, but particularly on the capstone events that bring a whole new set of challenges, is a joy for DeRemer. The trips yield a huge boost in each individual's confidence as they recognize what they are capable of accomplishing, and a sense of maturity develops quickly.

"To get to see the kids laughing and celebrating their achievements and to have them ride many more miles than they ever thought they could is just wonderful," DeRemer said.

DeRemer is a retired United States Air Force colonel and lives outside Wrightsville with his wife, Marcie. He said he has been continually blown away by the way that God is at work through all the people involved in Lifecycles and the way God provides and protects. "If a boy shows up, we believe he's there by appointment and it's our job to meet him where he's at with encouragement and love," DeRemer said. "We just really are trying to be a positive force in their lives."

To sign up to participate or inquire about serving as a leader, readers may visit www.lifecyclesteam.org. Financial donations and meal contributions are also welcome.

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River's Edge Community Services Helps Students August 17, 2017

A few years ago, Carolyn Livingston and her friend Brenda Holcomb were talking about how their churches were in need of more volunteers, and the two of them laughed when Carolyn joked that no one would ever dream of asking someone from another church to help out. "I've always felt that the churches all try to do it all, and you can't; but if you work together, you can do so much more," Livingston said.

So Livingston, formerly of Wrightsville, approached her pastor about forming a ministerium of sorts to help meet the needs in the communities of eastern York County. After receiving the go-ahead, she called the pastors of six area churches who had conducted Lenten services together. "By the time I was done calling them I was just about in tears, because they were all so excited," Livingston recalled. The new collaboration was called River's Edge Community Services.

Each church was tasked with collecting a few different items that would be donated to students in need at the three elementary schools in Eastern York School District (EYSD) as part of River's Edge Community Services' first major initiative. "That first year everyone was so excited, and they said things like, 'We only had to remember three things!'" Livingston shared. Some told her that they had thought they could not do anything to help because of being such small congregations, but this was something they could manage and they were thrilled to be able to help their neighborhood.

The collection has grown from 25 backpacks filled with school supplies in the first year to more than 160 backpacks for the 2017-18 academic year. The initiative expanded to include Eastern York Middle School last year, and this year Eastern York High School was added as well. River's Edge volunteers communicate with district guidance counselors throughout the year to find out what specific needs exist, and the counselors distribute the items to students and families as needed.

The list of churches that help and comprise River's Edge Community Services has grown significantly as well and now includes Canadochly Evangelical and Reformed Church, Canadochly Lutheran Church, Christ United Methodist Church (UMC) in Yorkana, Emanuel Lutheran Church in Freysville, Emmanuel United Church of Christ (UCC) Freysville, Faith UMC, Kreutz Creek Presbyterian Church, Mount Pisgah UMC, Trinity Lutheran Church of Wrightsville, Trinity UCC, Water's Edge UMC, Wrightsville Assembly of God, Wrightsville Hope UMC, Wrightsville Presbyterian Church, and Zion United Methodist Church.

"The support between the churches and the relationships we've continued to develop is just wonderful," remarked Livingston. "And they always end up giving more than was expected."

In addition to churches, other groups and individuals serving with River's Edge include Community REACH (formerly Red Lion Area Community Services), Eastern York YMCA, and Rep. Keith Gillespie.

River's Edge volunteers honored Livingston for her efforts at a special breakfast on July 31, before they organized the donations and assembled the backpacks for delivery.

River's Edge volunteer Denise Ferree said that the group is in the process of applying to become a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. "As a community of faith, we're reaching out to those in need," Ferree said. "And it just keeps growing."

Ferree explained that the group seeks to partner with projects that have already been started in the region whenever possible. In addition to the backpack and school supply drive, the group assists with the East Prospect Lions Club's annual book drive, Christ UMC's holiday toy collection, Hope UMC's clothing closet and food bank, and an ongoing sock and underwear collection for EYSD.

Churches or individuals interested in teaming up with River's Edge Community Services may contact pastor Allen Schwarz at 717-819-6237.

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Animal Rescue Offers "Seniors For Seniors" Program August 17, 2017

"(Having a pet) elongates their life, gives them a purpose and makes them happier," said Pat DeMarco, when describing a new program that matches senior citizens with senior pets. "Not only are we saving an animal that can be euthanized, but we are saving the lives of seniors."

DeMarco is the coordinator of the new Seniors For Seniors program that was recently launched by Tails of the Free! Animal Rescue. As part of the initiative, the rescue will provide senior pets to senior citizens at no cost. Volunteers with the rescue will also help the senior citizens with various services, such as making veterinarian and grooming appointments, providing transportation to those appointments and offering support and training advice.

In addition, the animal may be given back to the rescue at any time. "If (seniors) become incapacitated or can no longer care for the animal, we will take it back," DeMarco stated. "It is an (open-ended) adoption."

Money may also be available to help the senior citizens pay for their pets' medical treatment. "If someone is on a fixed income, they can fill out a financial aid form," DeMarco explained. "If (the pet) needs surgery or gets sick, the rescue will try and help. If they can't get (pet) food, we'll arrange to have the food delivered."

Those interested in adopting a pet are required to complete an application and take part in a home visit. "If the seniors are approved, they will get matched with a senior pet who would be a good fit as far as their health, lifestyle, living situation and time they have available to care for a pet," explained Tails of the Free! volunteer Shana Stephens. "If we don't have a match for them within our rescue, we will reach out to our rescue partners to try to find a match within their organizations.

"The problem with senior pets is that they tend to be the first euthanized in shelters and the last adopted in rescues, which takes up foster space, and (that) creates a huge need we are trying to help fill," she added.

The community is invited to meet DeMarco and adoptable cats on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lionville Pet Valu, 144 Eagleview Blvd., Exton. "We will have a table and - depending on the weather - have some animals there. If it's too hot, we won't bring the animals out," DeMarco noted.

DeMarco will also have an informational booth at the Honey Brook Fire Company Carnival Grounds on Harmony Day, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those interested in applying for the Seniors For Seniors program are asked to email tailsofthefree.seniors@gmail.com.

Tails of the Free! Animal Rescue is composed of a group of individuals who foster cats and dogs that are waiting for permanent placement. In addition, the organization places cats that are available for adoption at Pet Valu stores throughout the area. Kittens are fostered by Tail of the Free! president Dave Middleton before they are placed in the pet stores.

In addition to the Lionville store, cats are housed at the following Pet Valu locations: Sadsbury Commons Shopping Center, 408 Commons Drive, Parkesburg; Thorndale Center, 3469 E. Lincoln Highway, Thorndale; Morgantown Crossing, 212 Crossings Blvd., Elverson; and Gilbertsville Shopping Center, 1050 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville.

Volunteers are needed to help with the daily care of the cats living at the pet stores. Foster families are also needed to provide shelter for the animals until they find a permanent home.

For more information, readers may call 484-854-FREE (3733), email info@tailsofthefree.org or visit www.facebook.com/tailsofthefree.

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Local Rider Competes In World's Largest Rodeo August 17, 2017

Sixteen-year-old Brittany Coldiron recently traveled with her horse Jake to Gillette, Wyo., to compete in the 69th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR).

The competition, held July 16 to 22, featured more than 1,750 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia. In addition to being the world's largest rodeo with all of the traditional rodeo activities, the event featured shooting sports, volleyball, dances, family-oriented activities, shopping and church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys.

Brittany, who attends the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, rides with the Maryland National High School rodeo team.

"The rodeo team is a separate organization. It has nothing to do with high school. It's for high-school aged people," Brittany explained. "(As a member of the) Maryland High School rodeo team, you have to compete throughout the year. The top four in every event qualify for nationals."

Brittany qualified to ride in the national finals by finishing in first place in high school competitions throughout the year in barrel racing, pole bending and reined cow horse. In addition to her riding events, she placed first in light rifle and second in trap shooting for the Maryland team.

Brittany has been competing with the Maryland team for three years. Last year she qualified and took both of her horses to the NHSFR. "It was really stressful with two horses and multiple events," she said.

This year, she took just one horse and limited herself to the reined cow horse and trap shooting competitions. For the reined cow horse event, riders must ride a reining pattern demonstrating turns, changes of speed and other movements. In the second portion of the event, the horse and rider must show their skill working with cattle. Each section counts equally toward a contestant's total score.

Although she did not place among the top finishers, Brittany was part of a winning group with the Maryland team in the state showcase contest, a part of the rodeo queen contest.

"They had specific grand entries for the queen contest. Our state needed someone to carry the flag, so I rode behind (the queen) with the flag," Brittany said. "It was judged. They had us dress up in costume, so we were jousting knights because jousting is Maryland's state sport. We actually won the state showcase with that."

Brittany has been riding since she was 3 years old. "I started out riding English. I rode hunter ponies and Arabians, then I started barrel racing my Arabian pony, then I got a paint horse," she said. "I was showing the hunter ponies and I wanted to do something really, really different, so I picked this and I really liked it. I like the speed. I like training for it especially. Reined cow horse is an extra event I picked up for the fun of it."

Brittany has competed in 4-H up to the state championships, winning the junior division barrel racing championship when she was age 14 and both barrels and poles classes when she was 15.

She uses Jet, a solid paint horse, for the speed events and Jake, a quarter horse, for the reined cow horse events. She also has a 3-year-old quarter horse colt she is training.

The daughter of Holly and John Coldiron, Brittany is not the only rider in the family. Her younger sister, Mia, is also involved in rodeo in the junior high school age level and qualified for the National Junior High School Rodeo Finals this year, but did not compete.

Brittany would like to major in animal science in college. She hopes to continue working with horses and build a career as a professional horse trainer. She is already on that path, as she currently works with horses and students.

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Bass Classic Raises Funds August 17, 2017

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Junior Supervisor Recognized For Service August 16, 2017

During a Lower Oxford Township Board of Supervisors meeting on Aug. 9, a resolution was passed unanimously recognizing Gabrielle Murphy for her service as junior supervisor.

This is the first time that Lower Oxford Township has appointed a junior supervisor, and township officials were pleased with the results. "She did a terrific job. We're very proud of her," supervisor Ron Kepler said.

It was Murphy who originally contacted township officials, asking if they had a junior supervisor and proposing that she fill that spot if they did not. She was appointed to the position on Sept. 14, 2016.

The position of junior supervisor allows a selected high school student to attend board meetings, participate in discussion and add a younger generation's viewpoint to township matters. A junior supervisor does not vote and is not allowed to attend executive sessions.

In Murphy's case, she was able to contribute to the township in additional ways by helping select a new color of paint for the township meeting room.

She attended meetings throughout the year, often commenting on items that affect younger residents such as parks and traffic. She made a significant contribution when she stepped in to take notes for minutes at several township meetings when secretary Sara Laganelli was unable to attend.

Looking back on her year with the township, Murphy is grateful for the experience. "I am so thankful. It was incredible. I've learned so much," she said. "It's definitely broadened my horizons."

Murphy graduated from Oxford Area High School (OAHS) in June. At OAHS, Murphy was involved in FBLA, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, the Helping Hands Club and Leo Club. She was Student Council vice president and a member of the varsity cheerleading squad, plus she played the flute in the concert and marching bands.

Soon after her final meeting as junior supervisor, Murphy traveled with her family on a vacation to national parks prior to starting college at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. She plans to double major in international business and political science, as well as pursue a minor in Spanish.

Based on her experience, Murphy would suggest other students consider becoming involved in local government. "I would encourage any student to take advantage of this opportunity. It was such an enthralling experience," she stated. "It's not an opportunity to be passed up."

At this point, the township supervisors do not have a replacement for Murphy lined up, but they are open to the idea of continuing the position. "We got a good student. She set some pretty high standards," Kepler said.

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CCEDC Releases Survey Results August 16, 2017

The Chester County Board of Commissioners and Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) recently released the results of a survey of local businesses. Phase 2 of the Take the Pulse business survey shows significant changes from the survey's findings one year ago.

Conducted by CCEDC in partnership with the county commissioners and the county's 10 Chambers of Commerce, the Take the Pulse survey is a key component of VISTA2025, Chester County's 10-year economic development strategy designed to maintain the economic health of the county by striking a balance between progress and preservation.

More than 300 business decision-makers responded to the 20-question online survey assessing the business climate in Chester County. A new question added to the survey this year gained feedback on priorities for economic development investment. Survey respondents strongly favored redevelopment of vacant industrial sites and investment in transportation infrastructure. Other key results from the Take the Pulse survey include the following:

Quality of Place continues to play a critical role in Chester County's economic success. A total of 27 percent of respondents cited it as the primary reason they are located in Chester County (up from 16 percent the prior year). Business owners in 2017 are more optimistic for growth in Chester County (53 percent "improving") compared to one year ago (46 percent "improving" in 2016). Three-quarters of respondents (75 percent) are optimistic for growth in their own companies. Traffic congestion and the availability of qualified workforce candidates remain concerns.

Compared to 2016 findings, respondents in 2017 have a significantly more positive view of several characteristics of the county, including the following: natural environment/open space (90 percent net positive ratings in 2017, up from 76 percent in 2016), location/access to markets (86 percent from 78 percent), and presence of related business clusters (77 percent from 58 percent).

Areas where impressions of the county declined compared to 2016 include the following: availability of workforce (63 percent net positive ratings in 2017, down from 72 percent in 2016), infrastructure (down to 39 percent from 58 percent), roads/highways (37 percent from 62 percent), and permitting process/municipal approval process (19 percent from 26 percent).

The complete results from Phase 2 of CCEDC's Take the Pulse survey will be shared with the Chester County commissioners, local chambers, and the general public to help guide future decision making and policy considerations. CCEDC will also draw insights from the top trends to guide its programs and services for area businesses, including successful practices of job creation, generation of commercial tax ratables, business retention and enhancement, agricultural economic development, and workforce development.

For more information on VISTA2025, readers may visit www.vista2025.com. For details on Chester County, individuals may visit www.chesco.org. More information on CCEDC is available at www.ccedcpa.com.

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KAB Awards $10,000 Grant August 16, 2017

National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Lowe's awarded local Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful affiliates, Keep Blair Beautiful, Keep Lancaster County Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful a total of $40,000 for high impact community improvement projects. Lowe's is supporting more than 30 other grant-funded community service projects in 2017.

The 2017 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe's Community Partners Grant Program engages local volunteers to take action to benefit their community with projects that focus on critical needs. Pennsylvania funded projects include Keep Lancaster County Beautiful. A grant of $10,000 was awarded to educate the community about the value of recycling, create an opportunity for skill sharing by fabric artists and hobbyists, and provide job training/transitional employment for low-income residents.

To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, readers may visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.

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Five Generations Gather August 16, 2017

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Seminars To Focus On Medicare August 16, 2017

The York County Area Agency on Aging's APPRISE Program will present free Medicare Facts for New or Pre-Retirees seminars at local venues. APPRISE is the state health insurance counseling program for all Medicare beneficiaries in Pennsylvania. Individuals who are recently retired or are considering retirement are encouraged to attend.

Seminars have been set for Thursday, Aug. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Windy Hill on the Campus, 1472 Roth's Church Road, Suite 103 in Spring Grove, as well as Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Penn State Extension Offices, located in the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Road in Springettsbury Township.

Topics to be covered include a review of Medicare benefits, Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plan options, Medicare prescription drug coverage and the Drug Plan Finder, Medicare savings programs, Medicare preventive services, and supplemental insurance Medigap plans.

Seating is limited, and preregistration is required. Readers may call 717-771-9008 or 800-632-9073 to register and for more information.

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History Center Will Be Closed August 16, 2017

All sites of the York County History Center will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, for the Labor Day holiday. The museums will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

For information on programming and museum exhibits, readers may visit www.yorkhistorycenter.org.

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Foundation Offers Trees August 16, 2017

Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a set donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees through the foundation's Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid between Sunday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 10, depending on the right time for planting in each member's area.

New members of the Arbor Day Foundation will also receive "The Tree Book," which includes information about tree planting and care, and a subscription to Arbor Day, the Foundation's bimonthly publication. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

To receive the free trees, readers may join by Thursday, Aug. 31, at www.arborday.org/august.

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Office To Aid Consumers August 16, 2017

To better protect consumers from financial scams, the Office of Attorney General has created a unit dedicated to consumer financial protection. The effort will focus on lenders that prey on seniors, families with students, and military service members, including for-profit colleges and mortgage and student loan servicers.

Individuals who think they have been scammed should contact the Attorney General's office at 800-441-2555 or scam@attorneygeneral.gov. In 2016, the Office of Attorney General's Consumer Protection Bureau handled 19,727 consumer complaints and returned a total of $8.5 million in restitution to consumers.

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4-H Dairy Goat Show Held August 16, 2017

The Chester County 4-H Dairy Goat Show was held at the Romano 4-H Center of Chester County on Route 322, Honey Brook, as part of the 4-H Fair Week in August. A total of 35 goat projects were exhibited, and there were 24 4-H youth participants. This year the show was divided into four classes: Alpine Dairy Goats, LaMancha Dairy Goats, Pet Goats, and Market Goats.

Rachel Teller of Hershey placed the animals and instructed the 4-H participants in how to improve their animals for show.

In the Alpine breed, Frank Reith of West Grove captured the Grand Champion award for his 4-year-old doe, Reith Bros. Daisy, and the Reserve Champion award with Dixie, another 4-year-old doe. Skylar Jackson of Landenberg was the Junior Champion with her kid, Aristos' Harvest Hennessy, and Jubilee, a five-month-old kid belonging to Melissa Jackson of Glen Mills, was the Reserve Junior Champion.

Xavier Reith of West Grove won the LaMancha breed with his 3-month-old kid, Chiquita.

In the Market Goat division, Lily Bramm of Pottstown won Champion for her heavyweight boar goat. This was the first year that a market goat show was held, with the animals being auctioned off as part of the 4-H livestock sale.

The Pet Goat division included 11 entries. Sheldon, a Silky Fainting goat owned by Aaron Phillips of Elverson, was the Grand Champion, and Oreo, a 10-year-old Pygmy Dwarf goat also owned by Aaron Phillips, was the Reserve Champion.

Frank Reith's Grand Champion Alpine doe, Daisy, was selected for Best in Show honor.

In the Fitting and Showing competition, Frank Reith was both the Champion Showman and Champion Fitter for the senior division. Skyler Jackson was the top intermediate showman and fitter, closely followed by Makayla Malcom of Elverson. Heidi Bramm of Pottstown was the top fitter and showman in the junior division, and Lily Brann of Pottstown was the top first-year showman and fitter.

Another highlight of the day was watching the five Cloverbud goat participants - youths between the ages of 5 and 8 - have the opportunity to enter the show ring with their animals. They all went home with Cloverbud Achievement Ribbons.

The Chester County 4-H Goat Show is one of the many shows that took place during the Chester County 4-H Fair, held Aug. 7 to 12.

4-H is open to all young people ages 5 to 18. For more information about the 4-H program in Chester County, readers may contact Penn State Extension at 610-696-3500.

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4-H Livestock Sale Takes Place August 16, 2017

The Chester County 4-H Livestock Sale was held on Aug. 9 at the Romano 4-H Center in Honey Brook. The judge was Sam Long of York County. Record crowds were on hand each night to watch the 4-H livestock shows and view the various projects completed by community clubs and outreach members.

Nine steers, 67 hogs, five goats, and 38 lambs were shown and sold at the annual event, which averaged well above the market prices for the day. The Champion Market Hog was shown by first-year member Olivia Jaekle of West Chester, with the 248-pound hog purchased by GrayHawk Home Care, owned by Andrew Henderson of West Chester, who then donated the hog to the Chester County Food Bank. The 276-pound Reserve Champion, shown by Olivia's brother James, another first-time member, was purchased by longtime sale supporter John Rock Incorporated of Sadsburyville. The 1,332-pound Champion Steer was shown by Ethan Macomber of Elverson and was purchased by Deana Jak Farms of Wagontown, and the Reserve Champion Steer, weighing 1,388 pounds, was shown by David Bell of Nottingham and was purchased by Herr Foods Inc. of Nottingham, which then donated it to House of His Creation in Lititz.

A pair of siblings repeated their performance from last year exhibiting the Champion and Reserve Champion Market Lambs. Brooke and Jason Mazepink of Parkesburg exhibited the Grand and Reserve Champion Lambs, respectively. The Grand Champion Lamb was purchased by Richard and Diane Hicks of Unionville, and the Reserve Champion was purchased by Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit of Lancaster, both breaking the record for the lamb sale.

The Champion Market Goat, weighing 71 pounds, was shown by Lily Bramm of Pottstown and was purchased by B&R Excavating of Nottingham. The Reserve Champion Goat, weighing 62 pounds, was shown by Jason Mazepink and was purchased by Sentry AG Inc. Crop Insurance and Pioneer Seeds.

The Grand Champion Beef Showman was Kaitlin Bell of Nottingham, and the Reserve Grand Champion Showman was Emilie Howe of Downingtown. The Grand Champion Sheep Showman was Brooke Mazepink of Parkesburg, and the Reserve Champion was Zack Bare of Atglen. In the Swine Show, the Champion Senior Showman was Kaitlin Bell and the Reserve Champion Senior Showman was Samantha Nace of Glenmoore. The Champion Junior Showman was David Bell of Nottingham, and the Reserve Junior Showman was Deborah Uhlman of Exton. The Champion First-Year Showman was Henry Rohrer of Nottingham, and the Reserve First-Year Showman was Cameron Johnson of Elverson.

The honorary judge for 2017 was Mindy Beam of Elverson. The honorary showman was Zachary Johnson of Elverson.

For further information on the 4-H program in Chester County, readers may contact the Penn State Extension Office at 610-696-3500.

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BackPack Program August 16, 2017

Solanco Neighborhood Ministries (SNM), 355 Buck Road, Quarryville, will host a BackPack Program for families of SNM with children in kindergarten through grade 12. Children will be provided with a backpack full of school supplies. Supplies may be picked up on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m.

Information must be current for 2017 to participate. For details, call 717-786-4308.

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Clothing Drive August 15, 2017

The Charles Ludwig VFW Post 7362, 755 Rancks Church Road, New Holland, is seeking donations of clothing for its second annual clothing drive for veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

Organizer and post commander Norman E. Brower Jr. noted that clothing for both men and women veterans, such as pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses, and new stockings, will be accepted, as well as items such as carry-on bags and suitcases.

Interested individuals may schedule an appointment to deliver items to VFW Post 7362 by calling Brower at 717-824-3443.

According to Brower, many times veterans will arrive at the Coatesville VA Medical Center with only the clothing they are wearing. After receiving help through the center's programs and services, the veterans are able to leave the center to find employement and go on to lead a successful life.

VFW Post 7362 offers many programs and services to the community, including an American flag retirement program as regulated by the flag code, services to veterans and their families through the VA administration, and donations of hospital equipment.

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