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LBC Earns Top Spot September 20, 2018

Lancaster Bible College (LBC) - Capital Seminary and Graduate School topped lists in The Wall Street Journal's college rankings once again. In the media outlet's 2019 rankings, LBC tied for first place in the Right Choice category with Stanford University.

The finalists for the Right Choice category were determined by a survey given to students that asked, "If you could start over, would you still choose this college?" Results were recorded on a scale of zero to 10, with a score 10 of representing the strongest agreement. Each school earned an overall score of 9.4 out of 10.

Also included on the prestigious list are two Ivy League institutions: Brown University and Harvard University. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) also made an appearance on the list.

LBC moved up in its rankings this year, taking second place in the same category in the last year's rankings. The college also landed at third place for Career Preparation in the 2018 rankings, a category not surveyed or included in this year's report.

To learn more about LBC, readers may visit www.lbc.edu.

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Fire Company Benefits From QPRC Donation September 20, 2018

Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community (QPRC), 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, has made a $12,783 donation to the Quarryville Fire Company for the purchase of four new handheld gas meters for the company's fire-fighting apparatus. The new meters are replacing old and obsolete models, fire chief Joel Neff explained.

"We appreciate Quarryville Fire Company's outstanding service and dedication to keeping our community safe," said QPRC president and CEO Robert B. Hayward Jr. "We are blessed to have dedicated public servants here in Quarryville, and it is an honor to support their efforts."

"Quarryville Fire Company is grateful for QPRC's financial support and help in protecting our firefighters' health and safety," said Neff, speaking at the check presentation on Aug. 29. "Your contribution means a lot to our volunteers, and we thank you."

The new gas meters will help the department detect dangerous gases that can cause harm to firefighters as well as bystanders, Neff explained. One of the gasses that the meters will detect is hydrogen cyanide (HCN). HCN is produced when common products such as wood, silk, cotton, plastic, foam, and synthetic rubber burn. Firefighters are exposed to HCN in every fire emergency. HCN is 35 times more toxic than carbon monoxide and can enter the body through inhalation, absorption, or ingestion. When HCN enters the body, it targets the heart and brain. The harmful chemical also lingers in the air once fire is extinguished, and the meters will allow monitoring of HCN to ensure the air is safe to breathe. The new meters will also measure carbon monoxide, oxygen, and hydrogen sulfide.

According to www.qfd57.com, the fire company serves the borough of Quarryville as well as Eden, Colerain, East Drumore, Providence, Little Britain, and Strasburg townships for a total coverage area of about 98 square miles, which is the largest coverage area in Lancaster County by a single company. The area consists mostly of rural farmland, but it also includes residential and light industrial territory, three schools, and two retirement facilities. The Quarryville Fire Company is an all-volunteer organization and always welcomes new members. Interested individuals may visit www.qfd57.com/recruitment to fill out an application, or they may email firehouse@qfd57.com or call 717-786-2898 for more information. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the fire station, 217 E. State St., Quarryville.

Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community strives to provide for the spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs of its residents through high-quality facilities, services, and personal care in a manner faithful to the Bible and honoring Jesus Christ. For more information about QPRC, readers may visit www.quarryville.com.

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VisionCorps Receives Grant September 20, 2018

VisionCorps Foundation recently received a $12,000 Capacity Building grant from the Lancaster County Community Foundation. The grant supports projects designed to enhance an organization's capacity to fulfill its mission. VisionCorps plans to utilize the funds to improve manufacturing workflow for members of its staff who are blind or vision impaired and better prepare for anticipated growth.

The improvements are part of a three-year strategic plan developed to encourage VisionCorps' growth and support its mission to empower individuals with vision loss to attain independence through rehabilitation services and employment opportunities.

VisionCorps serves more than 2,000 individuals who are blind or vision impaired in Lancaster, Lebanon, York, Adams and Chester counties, through rehabilitation services and/or employment opportunities.

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Blood Pressure Kiosk Installed September 20, 2018

The American Heart Association recently dedicated a second blood pressure kiosk in Lancaster thanks to support from the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation and matching funds from CVS Health. Carol Culliton of the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation and representatives from the American Heart Association were on hand at Bright Side Opportunities Center on Sept. 12 for a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new blood pressure monitoring kiosk, which is available for public use.

The first kiosk was installed at the Barnstormers' home stadium in July with the support of the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation. The kiosks are also the first American Heart Association blood pressure kiosks to be installed in Pennsylvania. The kiosks provide instructions to ensure the user receives an accurate blood pressure reading and information to interpret their blood pressure reading and make healthy lifestyle choices that can help control their blood pressure.

Users will also have the opportunity to register for the American Heart Association's evidence-based blood pressure control tracker called Check. Change. Control. The program provides users with ongoing information and tips via email and helps them track their progress toward lowering their blood pressure over time using an online tracker. Anyone in the Lancaster community may take enroll in the Check. Change. Control. program by visiting www.ccctracker.com/aha/Gunterberg and entering campaign code GCFBP.

According to new blood pressure guidelines released in November that define high blood pressure beginning at 130/80, 46 percent of U.S. adults may have high blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure. For more information about controlling high blood pressure and other healthy living tips, readers may visit www.heart.org.

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Students' Artwork Sought For Posters September 20, 2018

Celebrating York's Unity Through 10,000 Acts of Kindness is seeking artwork to include on posters throughout the county over the next 10 months.

To enter the contest, students from preschool through grade 12 are invited to draw or paint a picture of what kindness looks to them on 8.5-by-11-inch paper. There will be one winner for preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school.

Winners will be chosen by local artists Carol Oldenburg and Ophelia Chambliss and local art teachers. Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 15, at www.facebook.com/YorkActs/ and will be honored at an event hosted by Creative York later in October.

Participants are asked to send their submissions to I-ron-ics, 256 W. Philadelphia St., York 17401. The student's name, age, grade, school, and phone number must be included on the back of the artwork. All artwork must be postmarked by Monday, Oct. 1.

For more information, readers may email tenthousandactsofkindness@gmail.com with "Kindness Poster" in the subject line or email jmmaruskin@gmail.com.

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Center To Start Radio Station September 19, 2018

September House Senior Center was the recipient of a grant from York County Community Foundation to start an Amateur (HAM) Radio Station. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for the station. Use of the equipment at the station will include attempting to make contact with every state in the United States, many other countries, the Space Station, and beyond.

Classes to acquire licenses are already in place and will continue for newcomers. The station and classes are open to all current or future HAM operators of all ages. For more information about classes or other Amateur Radio opportunities, readers may call 717-848-4417 or visit September House, 1251 W. King St., York.

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Tips For Sharing The Road Safely September 19, 2018

The country's roadways are for all to enjoy. Tens of millions of cars take to the highways every day, but they are not the only mode of transportation allowed on the road. Cyclists and pedestrians also make use of streets when sidewalks or biking paths are unavailable.

Although biking and walking are inherently safe activities for millions of people per year, motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians can all take steps to make roads safer for everyone.

Everyone should follow the rules of the road. Whether riding a bike or driving a motor vehicle, the rules of the road are the same. That means heeding traffic signals, signage, right-of-way, speed limits, and much more.

When using the roads, people should avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs motor skills, which are necessary to walk and operate cars and bicycles safely. Many accidents and fatalities on the roads can be traced to alcohol consumption. Individuals should not drink and drive or drink and ride. Pedestrians who need to walk heavily trafficked areas would be smart to limit their alcohol consumption as well.

Pedestrians and cyclists can make themselves more visible to motorists in various ways. Wearing bright-colored, reflective gear when walking or riding and installing reflective lights on bicycles are ways to be more visible.

Drivers should remain alert at all times when behind the wheel. Motorists should be focused on the road at all times, avoiding distractions such as smartphones and in-vehicle entertainment systems. Such devices can dramatically reduce motorists' reaction times, greatly increasing the risk of accident. Drivers should slow down when cyclists, runners, and other pedestrians are nearby.

Drivers should pass safely and give room. They should not pass too closely when driving near cyclists and pedestrians. Drivers should always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Whether driving, riding a bicycle, or walking, everyone should work together to share roads safely. For more information, readers may visit www.nhtsa.gov.

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School Safety Grants Posted September 19, 2018

The new School Safety and Security Grant Program - established as part of the 2018-19 state budget package - is now open for applications. Schools interested in applying for grants to help with safety equipment and resources should submit applications by Friday, Oct. 12, to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which administers the new program.

A total of $52 million in grant funding will be provided to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools, and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety. The grants can be used for any of 22 specific school safety initiatives listed in the legislation, including such things as hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and other programs and services to protect students.

The grant money will be distributed geographically, with no school district receiving more than 10 percent (but eligible for at least $25,000) of the available funds. The money is expected to be distributed by March 2019. To apply or for more information, readers may visit www.pccd.pa.gov and look under the Funding tab for Current Open Funding Opportunities.

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Workforce BEP Grants Available September 19, 2018

Local workforce development boards can apply for $2.5 million in Business-Education Partnership (BEP) grants that will connect businesses and school districts in an effort to expand career opportunities across Pennsylvania. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The funding is available through the Department of Labor and Industry to local workforce development boards, which are regional entities that direct federal, state, and local funding to workforce development programs in their areas. These partnerships connect schools, employers, parents, and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing, and career mentoring, all with the goal of engaging more students in the need for technical skills required by employers.

Additional details and the grant application can be found at www.dli.pa.gov.

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Gogna Leaves For Mission September 18, 2018

On July 29, Isaac Gogna, 19, of Springettsbury Township, left York to serve a two-year proselytizing mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in the Brazil Sao Paolo Mission. Isaac was slated to receive training in the Sao Paolo Mission Training Center, where he was to learn to speak Portuguese prior to beginning his mission.

Isaac's parents, Matthew Gogna and Sarahi Aragon de Gogna, and his brother, Ammon, have served missions for the church. Sarahi served in Mexico, Matthew served in Argentina, and Ammon served in Ecuador.

While in high school, Isaac participated in swimming and water polo. In his church, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout in an LDS-sponsored Boy Scout Troop, he received the Duty to God Award in his Young Men's program, and he attended and graduated from four years of early morning seminary, which he attended in grades nine through 12.

After his graduation from Central York High School in 2017, Isaac attended Brigham Young University (BYU), Idaho, for one year. When he returns from his mission, he plans to resume his studies at BYU in music composition and to work toward a Master of Business Administration.

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Agency To Offer Medicare Sessions September 18, 2018

The York County Area Agency on Aging's APPRISE Program will offer free personalized counseling during Medicare's annual enrollment period, which will run from Monday, Oct. 15, to Friday, Dec. 7. The annual enrollment period is when Medicare beneficiaries can review their coverage and determine if health and prescription plans continue to meet their needs. By comparing plans and making changes by Dec. 7, Medicare will have enough time to process those changes to ensure that the new coverage will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

Medicare beneficiaries throughout the annual enrollment period will be able to receive one-on-one counseling assistance offered by trained APPRISE counselors at different locations throughout York County. Prescheduled appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the APPRISE scheduling line at 717-771-9042 or 800-632-9073.

Sessions will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. at South Western High School, 200 Bowman Road, Hanover; Friday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kennard-Dale High School, 393 Main St., Fawn Grove; Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. at York Suburban High School, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York; Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spring Grove High School, 1490 Roth's Church Road, Spring Grove; Monday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. at West York High School, 1800 Bannister St., York; and Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Red Land High School, 560 Fishing Creek Road, Lewisberry.

Sessions will continue on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dallastown Area Senior High School, 700 New School Lane, Dallastown; Monday, Nov. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at SpiriTrust Lutheran Zimmerman Place, 800 Bollinger Drive, Shrewsbury; Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at Spring Grove High School; Thursday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Northeastern High School, 300 High St., Manchester; Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at South Western High School; Monday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. at West York High School; Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Red Lion Area High School, 200 Horace Mann Ave., Red Lion; Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at York Suburban High School; and Monday, Dec. 3, to Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at York County Area Agency on Aging, 100 W. Market St., York.

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Ohl Leaves For Mission September 18, 2018

Bryce Anthony Ohl, 18, of Spring Garden Township, left on July 31 to serve in the Brazil Vitória Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years. He is the son of Bishop Jeffrey D. Ohl and Daphne R. Ohl, and he is the fourth member of his family to serve a mission. His dad served in the California Santa Rosa Mission (Spanish speaking). His mother served in the California Anaheim Mission, and his brother Ethan Ohl served in the Salt Lake City Mission (Spanish speaking). His siblings also include Courtney Ohl and Jordan Ohl.

Bryce was to learn to speak Portuguese. He was slated to begin in the Brazil Mission Training Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for six weeks. Afterward, he was to join a companion to begin his proselytizing mission. Periodically, he or his companion will be transferred to another location, and each of the missionaries will work with a new companion to teach the church's beliefs to those who are interested.

Bryce graduated from York Suburban School District in May. While in high school, Bryce participated in cross-country, basketball, and track and field. Bryce came in first place in county and district competitions in cross-country his senior year, and he finished in second overall at states in cross-country his senior year. His cross-country team won either first or second place in states all four of his high school years.

Bryce has also achieved a number of awards in his church. He earned his Eagle Scout rank in a church-sponsored BSA troop. In his Young Men's program, he received the Duty to God award, and he graduated from four years of early morning seminary, which he attended from ninth through 12th grades.

After he returns from his mission, Bryce plans to attend Brigham Young University - Idaho.

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Events To Benefit Program For Cancer Survivors September 18, 2018

In October, the Lancaster Family YMCA will launch Cancer Survivorship Month and host three community events with the goal of raising awareness and funds in support of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.

A Walk for Cancer Survivors at the Lancaster Family YMCA will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the rail trail in Quarryville. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Luncheon will take place on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Covered in Care Quilt Online Auction will begin on Monday, Oct. 1, and continue through Friday, Oct. 19. Proceeds from the events will help support the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. More information about the events is available at www.lancasterymca.org/cancer-survivorship-at-the-ymca/.

Since 2011, the Lancaster Family YMCA has been supporting cancer survivors on their journey to reclaim their health through a cancer rehabilitation exercise program. This program - now known as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA - is a physical activity program that helps adult cancer survivors move past the effects of treatments such as fatigue, loss of appetite, and loss of strength, while also helping them battle the emotional toll of the disease. The program is offered free of cost at all Lancaster Family YMCA branches to men and women recovering from any form of cancer, and nearly 400 cancer survivors have participated in the program to date.

Anyone who is recovering from cancer and is interested in participating in the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program may contact the Lancaster Family YMCA at communityhealth@lancasterymca.org or 717-393-9622.

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Relocation Set For Covered Bridge September 14, 2018

The Herr's Mill Covered Bridge is being moved to Stone Gables Estate in Elizabethtown as part of DAS Companies' stewardship outreach to save and preserve Lancaster County's historic architectural treasures. All hurdles have been overcome, and the 210-ton crane arrived on Sept. 4 to shore up the structure, which was almost lost during recent flooding.

Everything, including the limestone abutments, is being removed and reused in the reconstruction of both sections of the double pour arch bridge. One section will be used and rebuilt to its original condition for horses and carriages, hitch wagons, and modern traffic crossing over the creek. The other section will be rebuilt to cross the creek at another point with an 1860s replica of a 4-4-0 steam locomotive and passenger cars. Visitors will once again be able to experience the Herr's Mill Covered Bridge in two distinct applications. The first half is slated to be completed by Saturday, March 30, 2019, with the second half being completed approximately three years later.

The opening to the public will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019, with the re-enactment of the Lincoln funeral train passing by the Herr's Mill Covered Bridge. For more details, readers may visit www.TheStarBarn.com.

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Individual Assessment Forms Available September 13, 2018

The Borough of Mount Joy advises individuals and businesses that were affected by flood damages to complete Individual Assessment forms available at the borough office, 21 E. Main St.; at http://mountjoyborough.com/; or at www.lancema.us/forms-resources.php.

Completed forms should be emailed to borough@mountjoypa.org, faxed to 717-653-6680, or mailed to or dropped off at the borough office. Office hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Keeping It Positive September 13, 2018

Resident Seeks To Share Uplifting News

New Holland resident Allison Cuthie recently addressed the New Holland Area Kiwanis Club concerning a project that is close to her heart. "My children are the reason I do most things," said Cuthie, who has four children ranging in age from 8 to 11. "As a parent, you want to do everything you can to give your child advantages and help them be the best person they can be."

Cuthie explained that her concern for her children and for her own emotional health led her to create "Uplift ELANCO," a Facebook page and email newsletter that focuses on the good things happening in the New Holland community. Cuthie noted that the page reports on volunteerism - spotlighting community servants - and the work of area nonprofits, such as CrossNet, along with service organizations like Garden Spot Fire Rescue. "Good things need to be reported," said Cuthie.

Negative news that Cuthie was watching cross her screen was not only causing concern for her children, but she felt it was taking a toll on her emotional wellbeing. One day she wrote about her concerns and posted them online, where she found others could relate to her frustrations. Cuthie noted that it was difficult to balance her desire to be informed with wanting to avoid the consistent push of negativity she had experienced.

Cuthie decided that she had a choice in the matter. "We are responsible to make these decisions for ourselves," she said. In response, Cuthie began taking account of positive experiences and reacting to them in a positive way. "I decided to make a resolution that whenever I observed good things happening, I would acknowledge those things," she said.

After writing a letter praising a postal worker who took time to help her with a complicated mailing, Cuthie decided she wanted to do more. She created a Facebook page. She also added an email option for those who are not Facebook savvy. Readers who would like to follow the Facebook page may search for "Uplift ELANCO" on Facebook or email upliftelanco@gmail.com to receive the newsletter in their inboxes.

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Dauphin County 4-H Fair Held September 12, 2018

The Dauphin County 4-H Fair recently took place at Pennsylvania's Farm Show Complex. Members exhibited projects they have been working on for most of a year.

The 4-H Fair began on Aug. 9 with the categories of Family Living, 4-H Opportunities, Poultry, Pets, Small Animal, Dairy Cattle, Dairy Goat, and Horse Grooming and Showmanship. Aug. 10 featured the Horse Show, Rabbit and Cavy, and Swine Showmanship, followed by the categories of Small Animal, Family Living, and 4-H Opportunities Clover. The fair ended on Aug. 11 with Sheep, Beef, Dairy, Dairy Beef, Market, Meat Goat, and Large Animal Clover.

Honors that were bestowed included the following: Family Living Senior Champion - Madison Shaw, Harrisburg; Family Living Senior Reserve Champion - Madelyn Morrison, Hummelstown; Family Living Junior Champion - Abigail Nissley, Middletown; Family Living Junior Reserve Champion - Cassie O'Shell, Hummelstown; 4-H Opportunities Senior Champion - Addison Neff, Harrisburg; 4-H Opportunities Senior Reserve Champion - Abby O'Shell, Hummelstown; 4-H Opportunities Junior Champion - Caleb Bell, Jonestown; 4-H Opportunities Junior Reserve Champion - Daphne Linn, Hummelstown; Large Animal Clover Senior Champion - Madelyn Morrison, Hummelstown; Large Animal Clover Senior Reserve Champion - Ashley Dobbin, Halifax; Large Animal Clover Junior Champion - Larissa Sweigard, Halifax; Large Animal Clover Junior Reserve Champion - Colin Miller, Elizabethtown; Small Animal Senior Champion - Alyssa Neff, Harrisburg; and Small Animal Junior Champion - Keegan Tilley, Harrisburg.

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Fee-Free Cat Adoption Event Set September 12, 2018

In response to an elevated number of incoming cats, the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will offer a Free to a Great Home - Fee-Free Cat Adoption Event at the shelter each day from Friday, Sept. 21, to Sunday, Sept. 30. Cats may be adopted from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

As a nationally recognized initiative, the Free to a Great Home program was created in 2005 to provide free cat adoptions to qualified adopters throughout the community. Adopters wishing to save a cat's life through the Free to Great Home emergency cat adoption program must go through the same adoption screening process as any other adopter.

Once the adopter is approved, the cat adoption fee is waived. The cat receives a health supplement, spaying or neutering prior to adoption, vaccinations and de-worming medication, flea treatment, microchipping and chip registration, and a bag of pet food.

The free adoption event provides families with the ability to welcome a new furry friend into their home without needing to pay the standard adoption fee. Throughout the weekend, families can view, select, and meet-and-greet with cats that are available for adoption.

To view the cats that are available for adoption, readers may visit www.humanepa.org/adoption. They may also meet the cats at the shelter during the scheduled operating hours. For more information about the free adoption event, readers may call 717-393-6551 or email adoptlancaster@humanepa.org.

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Planning Commission Posts Meeting September 12, 2018

The York County planning commission has scheduled the second of three public information sessions to discuss creating a county stormwater authority to combat flooding and water pollution in York County. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the York Learning Center, 300 E. Seventh Ave., York, from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to further educate the public on the possibility of creating a countywide stormwater authority and, if created, how the authority would operate, what services it would provide, and what fees would be assessed. Planners will present an update on the exploration process and answer questions from the public. Breakout groups will form for property-specific items.

If approved by the York County commissioners, a stormwater authority would address flooding and pollution problems by investing in stream restoration, erosion control and reforestation projects along waterways throughout the county. Approximately 1,100 miles of streams that do not meet mandated environmental standards have been identified in York County, and many miles of streams have not yet been tested. The planning commission has identified 215 locations on roads in the county that experience frequent flooding problems.

The county is considering the stormwater authority option while Pennsylvania and neighboring states work together to clean the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. The stormwater authority would work to help York County meet its responsibilities to reduce the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment that flows into the Susquehanna River from local waterways.

The final public information session will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8. Residents may obtain updates and submit comments at www.yorkstormwater.com.

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Retirees' Group Plans Trips September 12, 2018

Lancaster County Chapter of School Retirees has announced its two remaining tours for 2018, along with two 2019 tours. There is a cost per person for each trip. To register and for more information, readers may contact Carol Tangert at 717-984-2108 or cettours@comcast.net.

A trip to Cape May, N.J., will take place from Sunday to Monday, Oct. 14 to 15. Participants will depart from Weis Markets at Red Rose Commons at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 14 and return at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15. The trip will include a visit to Washington Street Mall, a show at a dinner theater, a trolley tour, a haunted sites tour, and a visit to the Towne of Historic Smithville. A deposit is due at the time of registration.

A Christmas in New York City trip will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1. The trip will consist of free time. Participants may consider shopping, seeing a show, dining at a restaurant or visiting Santa. The group will depart at 6:30 a.m. from Lancaster Shopping Center and return at 9 p.m. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 21.

A trip to Cleveland, Chicago and Columbus will take place from Friday to Wednesday, May 24 to 29, 2019. Attendees will depart on May 24 from A. C. Moore at Lancaster Shopping Center at 8 a.m.

In Cleveland, participants will visit the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. The Chicago portion of the trip will feature a guided city tour, a guided tour of Millennium Park, a cruise down the Chicago River and into Lake Michigan, a drive through Hyde Park, a show at a dinner theater, and visits to Navy Pier, John G. Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium, the Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park, 360 Chicago, the Field Museum, and Greektown. Attendees will visit Notre Dame University on the way home. A deposit is due at the time of registration.

A Seine River Cruise will be offered from Monday, April 22, to Thursday, May 2, 2019. Before attendees board the ship, they will take a tour of Paris and visit Montmarte and Musee d'Orsay. During the cruise, participants will have opportunities to visit Chateau Gaillard, the former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart; the beaches of Normandy; Claude Monet's home and gardens; Chateau Malmaison, the former home of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte; and other sites. They may also hike and go on bike tours. A deposit is due at the time of registration.

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