Robotics Team Seeks Members April 28, 2017
Imagine It, Lebanon County's award-winning robotics team, is seeking several high school students who desire to apply their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to a real-world, hands-on application.
Imagine It is a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team that meets twice weekly to design and build a robot for competition against other high school teams in Pennsylvania. Students from any high school are welcome to attend.
Students who are interested in robotic design, software development, website construction, and business development are encouraged to join. Readers who are interested may email Tim Cope at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about FIRST is available at www.firstinspires.org/, with details on Imagine It found at www.imagineitrobotics.org.
Farmers Market Posts Hours April 28, 2017
Lititz Farmers Market, 9 N. Water St., Lititz, will be open every Saturday from May 20 to Oct. 14. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.
To learn more, visit www.lititzfarmersmarket.com.
Veteran Takes Part In Berlin Trip April 28, 2017
In September 2016, Elizabethtown resident Dennis Smith, along with 10 veterans of two branches of the U.S. military, returned to Berlin, Germany, for a weeklong tour thanks to the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation (CCF) and its American partner, the Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association (BUSMVA).
Initiated in 2008, the trip, known as the Welcome Home Tour - Berlin, has been a tribute to U.S. military service in West Berlin, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The foundation endeavors to honor and remember those who risked their lives to protect Berlin's freedom during the Cold War. The program also serves to illustrate how much the city has developed since the fall of the Wall.
Smith's service in West Berlin began in the fall of 1973 and concluded the summer of 1975. Among the 10 others on the tour, the eldest had arrived in 1959 prior to the Wall being built and had served as a Russian interpreter. The youngest, a married Air Force couple, served during the fall of the Wall in 1989. Other veterans on the tour included interpreters and linguists in languages like German, Russian, and Czech, as well as a provost marshal, a member of the military police, and a warrant officer helicopter pilot.
As a 20-year-old serving in the U.S. Army, Smith was trained as a MOS 32F - Fixed Cyphony Repairman in the field of cryptographic secure voice/digital communications. He worked at Teufelsberg, a communication center where U.S. and British forces monitored the activities behind the Iron Curtain.
During his return to Berlin 41 years later, Smith was able to visit historic sites in and around Berlin. He also got to see Andrews Barracks, once the training grounds for Hitler's SS, which served as his living quarters; Tempolhof, the site of the Berlin Airlift and the commercial airport while Smith served; and Teufelsberg, the highest spot in the city built of rubble from World War II which was one of his work sites. Additional visits to sites such as the Embassy of the U.S., the Berlin Legislature, and the Bundeswehr's Julius-Leber Barracks allowed the group to meet with present-day decision-makers such as John B. Emerson, U.S. ambassador, and Ralf Wieland, president of the Berlin Parliament.
On the final day of the tour, the group split up to visit local Berlin high schools to talk about their Cold War experiences, as well as their lives in the U.S. and what they have done since leaving Berlin. Smith, along with two other veterans and a CCF chaperone, visited the Lise-Meitner School, which is a school for students studying science. The visitors received a tour of the building as well. Smith, who grew up in Hershey, gave local chocolate to the students, and they shared with him honey produced at the school.
As Welcome Home Tour alumni, the group will have the opportunity to meet once a year in the U.S. with each of the other groups that have been selected to take part in the tour. To learn more about the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation, readers may visit www.cc-stiftung.de/index.php/language/en/.
Fergie's Introduces Online Ordering April 20, 2017
The owners and managers of Ferguson & Hassler ("Fergie's") supermarket, 100 TownsEdge Drive, Quarryville, have introduced a new service that they hope will be a boon to the community. On April 24, online ordering was slated to go live through the Rosie app.
"This is the way grocery shopping is going," noted store manager Jimmy Hassler. "We wanted to be the first in our area to kick this off."
The online ordering service has been successful in other states, so Fergie's owners - brothers Tim and Jim Hassler, along with their cousin George "Chip" Hassler III - introduced the idea last year, when the store marked its100th anniversary.
"When we opened in the early 1900s, we did the shopping for you," said e-commerce manager Timothy Hassler.
"We're kind of going back to the future," Jimmy quipped.
The similarities are striking, with a few noticeable differences. Rather than write out a paper list of desired items that they would hand to a clerk, today's customers may open the Rosie app on their mobile devices or personal computers, add items to their virtual cart, pay using a credit card, and collect their bags of goods at the store. When an order is submitted online, Fergie's employees will collect the items and have them ready for pickup during a set time. Customers will not have to leave their vehicles.
"A lot of working moms with kids like (the idea)," Jimmy said.
The service will also be beneficial for people with mobility challenges, those who do not have time to shop, and those who do not enjoy grocery shopping in general.
A service fee will be charged per order, but the fee will be waived for each customer's first purchase. Items may be favorited, and previous purchases may be reordered through the app. The Fergie's customer loyalty program is not linked to Rosie, but advertised sale prices will be honored. The only difference is that online purchases will not earn gas rewards.
Currently, only credit cards are accepted for payment for online orders, but the team is working on adding PayPal as a payment option.
Two pickup times have been set each day, and 20 orders will be accommodated during each time slot. Orders may be picked up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays as well as from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Fergie's is closed on Sundays. Orders must be placed at least three hours before the preferred pickup slot. If the service proves popular, additional slots will be opened. Eventually, grocery delivery may be added.
During the pickup times, a Fergie's employee will be stationed by the new refrigerator and freezer that have been installed under the overhang at the front of the store. Customers will show a code generated by the Rosie app to collect their orders, which will be retrieved from the cold storage or from the warehouse if nonperishable.
While practically the entire Fergie's inventory is accessible through the Rosie app, customized bakery items, party platters and other catering items, and self-serve food bar selections will not be available. Customers should call the store at 786-7301 to place orders with the bakery and catering departments.
The Rosie app may be downloaded through the Apple Store and Google Play or by visiting www.fergusonhassler.com. Readers with questions about the online ordering service may call or text 725-0070 or email email@example.com.
Teacher Publishes Latest Book April 20, 2017
Penn Manor history teacher Todd Mealy has published his fourth nonfiction book about historical figures and events in central Pennsylvania. Titled "This Is the Rat Speaking," the nonfiction book chronicles the takeover of Franklin & Marshall (F&M) College by African-American students in 1969.
After writing a 25-page paper on the takeover for a graduate class, Mealy decided to expand his scope and write a book about the incident. He spent the 2015-16 school year researching parallels between the F&M takeover and other black student takeovers at colleges and universities in 1968 and 1969.
He tracked down several students who participated or witnessed the F&M takeover, along with the two professors, to get their perspectives, both from 1969 and looking back on the incident today.
Mealy hopes that the book will help advance the dialogue on race.
Mealy's other books include "Legendary Locals of Harrisburg"; "Aliened American," a biography of William Howard Day; and "Biography of an Antislavery City," about anti-slavery advocates, abolitionists and the Underground Railroad in Harrisburg.
Students Perform Indian Dances April 20, 2017
Hershey students Mythilli Pai and Reva Nallani recently presented Indian dance performances for the International Fair at Hershey Elementary School. They are taught by Guru Viji Rao, artistic director of Three Aksha, which operates a training center in Harrisburg.
Three Aksha seeks to raise awareness of Indian culture and heritage through promoting the Bharatanatyam form of traditional Indian dance. It specializes in the Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam.
Two Home Repair Programs Posted April 20, 2017
With the harmful effects of widespread lead issues making national news, the Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority will offer two home repair programs. The first is a Lead Remediation Program where low- and moderate-income families with a child under age 6 may qualify to receive a grant to rid homes of dangerous lead conditions that may affect the health of children.
The second is a Home Repair Program where homeowners can receive financing to fix things like an old heating system, a leaking roof, a faulty electrical system, and more. The program is not for general repairs or cosmetic work. The funds are provided to the homeowner as a no interest, deferred payment loan that is secured with a mortgage on the property. There are no monthly payments required, and the loan does not need to be repaid as long as the recipient maintains the house as its primary residence. Other restrictions do apply.
Qualification for both programs are based on household income, creditworthiness, home value, and equity. Also, the homeowner(s) must have owned the house for a minimum of two years.
Interested homeowners may obtain an application for the Home Repair Program at www.lchra.com or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 394-0793, ext. 226. A rolling application deadline applies.
YSEF Announces Grant Awards April 19, 2017
The York Suburban Education Foundation (YSEF) recently announced it has awarded 11 grants totaling $45,078.54 through its 2017 Grant Program. Funds are made possible by donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and community partners. For more information, readers may visit www.ysef.org.
Greenhouses...To Grow Healthy and Successful Students - A grant of $1,549.34 will allow the third graders at East York Elementary to participate in experiential learning opportunities in science and mathematics through the purchase of portable greenhouses. As these students are applying their content learning by getting dirty growing their own seedlings, they will also engage their community by marketing and selling the plants they grow at the annual East York May Day. The greenhouses will also be utilized by East York's newly created Envirothon team for fifth-graders as they conduct experiments and research. This grant was made possible from endowment proceeds through the Jeffrey D. Sindicich Foundation, in memory of Jeffrey Sindicich, York Suburban graduate class of 1986.
Escaping Language Limits - In 2016, YSEF supported this pilot program which aims to build connections through Imagine Learning, an award-winning software program that features interactive content for the increasing population of English language learners. This program provides first-language support in 15 languages, while gradually translating reading for the students to begin acquiring essential English language skills. To encourage consistent participation when school is not in session, this $750 grant will fund three face-to-face activity meetings throughout the summer with students and their families to keep the program active and celebrate student progress with families through fun incentives.
Mindful Moments and Yoga for Kids - The goal of these two grants, totaling $2,339.54, is to enhance the district's innovative approach to improving students' social-emotional well-being through lessons in mindfulness inspired by The Mind Up Curriculum. This grant will facilitate the creation of a Mindful Moments Room, a private space with a calming atmosphere where students can go to focus on the present, calm down, relax, and re-center. It will also provide teachers professional development on the benefits of yoga, yoga-based breathing, and relaxation techniques. Yoga classes for students, led by a professional instructor, will also be part of the learning experience with the goal of working toward independent skill use.
Learning Commons District Initiative - YSEF has awarded $30,000 to be distributed among four grants in support of a district wide "Learning Commons" strategic initiative to incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) concepts into the York Suburban curriculum at all learning levels. STEAM promotes inquiry and project-based learning, collaborative learning, critical thinking skills, innovation, and creativity. From incorporating coding, engineering, and design into kindergarten lessons to enhancing STEAM labs in the high school to transforming the middle and high school libraries into flexible learning spaces that allows for collaboration and exploration, the collective York Suburban Learning Commons grant reinforces the district's dedication to maintain academic rigor, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. These grants are supported with corporate funds donated to YSEF through the PA State Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.
Trout in the Classroom - In 2016, YSEF granted funding to launch Trout in the Classroom (TIC), an interdisciplinary program provided by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Education's Environmental and Ecology, and Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited. This successful pilot program, which allowed students to raise brook trout by observing and monitoring a cold water ecosystem in a classroom aquarium, exceeded student engagement expectations. This $3,000 grant will allow the TIC program to expand into two more science classrooms so that all seventh grade York Suburban students benefit from this experiential learning.
Job Ready Career Skills Online Program - This $1,295 grant will provide funding for a web-based product that is designed to teach students the fundamental skills that employers have identified as key to success in the workplace. This cross-curricular program will cover topics, including work habits, workplace effectiveness, communication skills, business etiquette, and the job search. This program will offer necessary tools for success upon graduation regardless of a student's post high school plan.
Stand Up For Kids - This $6,144.10 grant for alternative classroom furniture in middle school math classes will provide for standing desks benefiting the physical, cognitive, and emotional needs of middle school students. These desks will enable students to focus and boost brain function, which research has shown to promote academic growth. Providing students with desks where they can stand will continue to benefit students through increased levels of engagement while encouraging more discussion, collaboration, and ultimately, higher level thinking.
Poorhouse Run Clean-Up Posted April 19, 2017
The Penn State Master Watershed Stewards in York County will partner with Northeastern High School to clean up along Poorhouse Run in York city on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to help with the event.
Volunteers age 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Gloves, bags and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to enter the creek if the need arises.
To volunteer or for more information, readers may contact Wendy Seifert at email@example.com or Jodi Sulpizio, Master Watershed Stewards coordinator, at 840-7408 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations are due by Thursday, April 27.