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Montage Prints Are Available November 9, 2018

Mount Joy montage prints are available for purchase. The montage includes some Mount Joy history with buildings and people across the bottom. Throughout the rest of the print are Mount Joy businesses that chose to be a part of this project along with parks, cemeteries and other areas of interest in Mount Joy. This is a one-time, limited-edition project.

Montage prints are available at the Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce, 62 E. Main St., Suite 1, which may be contacted at 717-653-0773; the Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, reachable at 717-653-1510; Main Street Mount Joy, 55 E. Main St., reachable at 717-653-4227; and the Mount Joy Borough office, 21 E. Main St., which may be contacted at 717-653-2300.

A total of 75 prints autographed by the artist are available, with a limited number still available at each purchasing location. Of the approximately 760 standard prints, a few hundred are still available.

The Mount Joy Chamber donated the first of 75 prints to the Milanof-Schock Library as an auction item for its recent annual banquet and auction.


PCGC Scholarships Available November 7, 2018

Penn-Cumberland Garden Club (PCGC) will award a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior planning to attend a four-year college/university in 2019-20 with a major in horticulture, floriculture, landscape architecture, conservation, forestry, urban or regional planning, environmental science, botany, or plant- or ecology-related studies. PCGC will award a second $1,000 scholarship to a current college/university student enrolled in a bachelor or graduate degree in 2019-20, with a major in these same fields.

Applications and instructions on where to send them are available at The deadline for submission is Sunday, March 31, 2019.

In addition, the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania (GCFP) will award 13 high school/college student scholarships to students who are planning to major in the same programs mentioned above. Each award will be a minimum of $1,000. For information and applications, readers may visit Applications should be directed to Karen McAuliffe, president, 50 Longwood Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050-7969 for her signature before they are sent to the State Scholarship Committee. This process must be completed prior to Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.


Church Sets Calendar Sale November 7, 2018

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 25 W. Springettsbury Ave., York, is holding a calendar sale fundraiser. The 2019 calendars feature original paintings by pastor Stanley Reep and may be purchased on Sundays between 9 and 10:30 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Room, during the week in the church office, or from any church member.

The proceeds will benefit the church's newly renovated preschool and food pantry. The original artwork will be auctioned off on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. For more information, readers may call 717-843-8155 or visit


Holiday Tree Tips November 7, 2018

Natural Christmas tree aficionados love the authenticity such trees provide during the holiday season. Natural trees also provide a unique aroma that can make holiday celebrations feel more homey. A few simple strategies can help holiday revelers ensure their Christmas trees make it through the holiday season unscathed.

When purchasing natural trees, holiday celebrants, especially those who like to buy their trees in early December, may be concerned about keeping their trees fresh throughout the holiday season. Several tips can help trees last until the final present is unwrapped and the last of the egg nog has been consumed.

The first tip is to buy a freshly cut tree. Whenever possible, people should cut their own trees. This ensures that the tree they bring home is fresh, increasing the chances it will remain so throughout the season. If it is not possible to cut one's own tree, the National Fire Protection Association notes that fresh trees should have green needles that do not come off when touched. Trees that appear to be dried out or those that shed needles when touched should be avoided.

The Tree Care Industry Association advises consumers to protect their Christmas trees as they transport them home. The tree should be wrapped in a plastic wrap so it makes it home damage-free. A damaged tree might not make it through the holiday season.

Pre-cut trees should be cut again before leaving the lot. Pre-cut trees can make it through the holiday season looking their best, but buyers should request that employees cut as much as two inches off the bottom of the tree before leaving the lot. Once trees are cut, sap begins to seal their base, making it hard for them to absorb water. By requesting that between one and two inches be removed from the bottom of the tree at the time of purchase, buyers are ensuring their trees will be able to absorb the water they will need to make it through the season when they get home.

To prevent the base of the tree from drying out, the tree should be placed in water the moment it gets home. Freshly cut trees may initially need the water in their tree stands filled in the morning and then again in the evening. As the season progresses trees likely will not need their stands filled more than once per day.

The tree should be placed away from heat sources. Placing trees away from heat sources, such as radiators, fireplaces, heating vents, and lights, reduces the likelihood that trees will dry out and also reduces the risk of fire.


Tips Shared For Healthier Holidays November 7, 2018

The American Heart Association's Healthy for Good initiative offers simple swaps for healthier holidays. The association provides its latest recipes and science-backed health tips as part of Eat Smart Month in November.

Taking small steps and avoiding one common mistake - putting good habits on hold - is recommended. People may celebrate the season with no regrets by enjoying special occasion foods in moderation and swapping in healthier substitutions when they have control over the menu.

To be at one's peak this holiday season, American Heart Association-approved recipe hacks are offered. Additional recipes are available at

About 70 percent of the sodium Americans consume comes from processed, prepackaged, or restaurant foods. Reading labels is a simple way to net healthy results. Compare the nutrition facts on similar foods and go for the one with less sodium, including frozen varieties. Salt can be replaced with herbs and spices. Lemon juice, citrus zest, or hot chilies can add extra flavor without the added sodium.

Canned fruits packed in juice or water rather than syrup are recommended. Fruit is plenty sweet without added sugars. Overly ripe fruit can be used to sweeten baked goods.

Non-fat, plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream is a healthy swap with the same texture and flavor. Instead of butter, a healthier vegetable oil can be used, or people may substitute equal parts unsweetened applesauce when baking.

Sneaking in a vegetable like pureed sweet potatoes, carrots, or cauliflower can boost nutrition. Frozen cubes of pureed vegetable can be ready in the freezer.

Using half whole wheat and half white flour is also recommended. Whole grains are a great nutritional boost, and mixing the flours helps to disguise the swap.

People can sip smarter by adding seasonal fruit to old-fashioned water. There are plenty of ways to jazz up a beverage without adding alcohol. Readers are encouraged to try infusing cranberries, pomegranate arils, or orange slices into sparkling water.

To learn more, readers may visit or call 800-AHA-USA1.


Blood Pressure Kiosk Installed November 6, 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 and entering campaign code GCFBP.

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


LHOP Dedicates Veterans Barracks November 6, 2018

The Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) has announced the completion of the Lancaster Veterans Barracks, a first-of-its-kind home dedicated for veterans who are part of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas Veterans Court Program. A ceremony marking the completion and opening of the Barracks was held on Sept. 20 at the renovated home at 455 Fremont St., Lancaster.

Retired Maj. Gen. Eric Weller, Deputy Adjutant General - Veterans Affairs, served as the guest speaker. Commander James Vollrath of the American Legion, Department of Pennsylvania, was also in attendance. Vollrath is a member of Lancaster Post 34 and a volunteer with Veterans Court Community Partnership, of which the post is a part. Other local dignitaries and politicians attended, including Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace.

Preparation of the Lancaster Veterans Barracks project began in September 2017 when LHOP purchased a condemned and blighted house on Fremont Street from the Lancaster City Redevelopment Authority for a discounted fee. Working with veterans in the court program and community members, CAPital Workforce, a program of the Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County, completed the rehab work on the home.

The total cost of acquisition and rehab was nearly $100,000, and a total of $150,000 was raised through cash and in-kind contributions of labor and materials. The remainder of funds will be held in reserve to take care of future major systems repairs and replacements. The Barracks will be owned by LHOP, managed by a professional landlord, and administered within the rules of the Veterans Court program. Resident participants will be required to pay a monthly fee while living in the house to help cover costs.

"We at LHOP are extremely proud to be a part of a project that will help our veterans get back on their feet after serving our country," said LHOP CEO Ray D'Agostino, himself a veteran. "We and our partners, the Veterans Court Community Partnership and CAPital Workforce, are humbled by the many in-kind and financial donors as well as those who donated their time and talents in making this project a reality."

Veterans Court began six years ago as a way to give veterans in the criminal justice system who are charged with certain crimes individualized treatment programs based on proven national research and program models. There have been 43 graduates of the program, and 27 veterans are currently participating.

In addition to the personal benefits for veterans and their families, the community benefits as well. Notably, the Veterans Court Program is more cost-effective than traditional incarceration. It costs in the five figures each year to incarcerate someone as opposed to approximately $3,100 for someone to take part in the program.

LHOP is a community benefit, charitable nonprofit organization and a certified community development financial institution in Lancaster County with a 24-year history of making a positive impact by helping people access and create fair and affordable housing. With the understanding that good housing is the foundation of a great community, LHOP provides targeted education and training programs, financial products, and technical assistance in fair and affordable home ownership and rental housing opportunities.

Any individual, organization, or company that would like to support this effort or other efforts by LHOP to create affordable housing in the community may contact D'Agostino at 717-291-9945, ext. 104.


Tips For Sharing The Road Safely November 5, 2018

The country's roadways are for all to enjoy. Tens of millions of cars take to the roads 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 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


DMVA Shares News For Veterans November 5, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) appreciates the sacrifices made by all veterans and wants to see that everyone leaving the military receives every benefit they earned with their service to America. To prepare for the future, veterans are encouraged to register with the DMVA, apply for federal health care benefits, and safeguard important military paperwork. Taking these steps when transitioning back to civilian life may help to make accessing military benefits easier going forward.

Veterans can sign up for the DMVA Veterans Registry at In addition to veterans, family members and people who work with veterans can sign up for the registry to receive helpful information about programs, benefits, and services. Information about how to apply for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care benefits can be found by going to

It is also important for veterans to safeguard their DD-214/215 and other military documents by filing them at their county courthouse of record. The DD-214 is an official document that contains the information needed to verify military service and help to avoid verification issues later in life. The DD-215 is used to correct errors or make additions to a DD-214.

Additionally, any National Guard member who has not been ordered on active duty will not receive a DD-214. The discharge documents for National Guard members are the NGB-22 and NGB-23.

The easiest way to manage military documents is to make sure they are filed in a safe place immediately upon leaving the military. However, veterans who need help should never hesitate to contact the DMVA for assistance with searching for any military documents.

Anyone needing assistance from the DMVA to locate their DD-214/215 or other military documentation may contact 717-861-8910 or


Mortar Training Exercises Set November 2, 2018

Fort Indiantown Gap has announced training that is expected to result in increased noise levels. The training schedule is subject to change based on the military training mission. Currently, mortar training is slated to be conducted on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14 and 15, between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Individuals may call the installation's community information line at 717-861-2007 to hear a recorded message with dates and times of community activities and training events.

Fort Indiantown Gap is now enrolled in AlertPA, a mass notification service by CodeRED. Individuals may subscribe to get alerts delivered to their phone and/or email address whenever the installation is conducting prescribed burns or training that may result in increased noise levels. Notification settings may be adjusted at any time.

For more information, readers may visit or


Campaigns To Support Students' Families November 2, 2018

GoFundMe campaigns have been established for the families of two Warwick students who were involved in a car accident on Oct. 26.

Information about the campaign for the family of Rylan Beebe, who was injured in the accident, is available at Information about the campaign for the family of Jack Nicholson, who passed away in the hospital after the accident, is available at


Packing Shoeboxes, Sending Love November 2, 2018

Every November, during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, thousands of shoeboxes stuffed to the gills with small toys, school supplies, and hygiene items are collected to deliver to children in need around the world. While there are thousands of drop-off sites throughout the country, Deb Ward, who serves as the volunteer area coordinator for Lancaster and Lebanon counties, noted that this region is consistently one of the areas that collects the largest number of boxes.

"We collected around 32,000 boxes last year," Ward said. "We've got a huge goal this year, and we're really praying to get over 37,000."

National Collection Week is set to take place from Monday, Nov. 12, through Monday, Nov. 19, for the Samaritan's Purse project. Volunteers like Ward get to experience the joy that abounds as adults, youths, and children drop off the shoeboxes at various locations before they are shipped to a distribution center in Baltimore. From there, Ward said the boxes are taken by tractor trailers, airplanes, or ships to the approximately 120 nations where children will receive the gifts.

"During collection week, the best thing to see is when a family walks in and the child is carrying a box and they're so proud they made this box and so excited that a little kid is going to get a box (they) made themselves," shared Ward. "They're getting gifts for children in a war-torn or (developing) country who may have never received anything like this before."

"For me personally, I get to pray over the boxes at each location," Ward continued. "That blesses my heart, to know that I can touch so many lives in that way, because each box represents a person."

In April 2017, Ward had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda to help hand out shoeboxes to children and youths along with other Operation Christmas Child volunteer area coordinators from around the United States. Ward said that sometimes depending on logistics, the boxes are not distributed immediately at Christmas but later on throughout the year. This was the case with the Rwanda delivery, but the timing did not take away from the recipients' delight. "You see almost a void of joy, and when that gift comes in, they really come alive," Ward recalled. "The void that was in their eyes becomes this amazing joy. Like we say, it's the light of Christ that comes in."

One 11-year-old boy in Rwanda opened a box that included a pair of winter gloves, causing Ward and the other volunteers to feel dismayed about him receiving something so impractical for the climate where he lived. However, they were surprised to see his exuberant reaction. "He was thrilled, and the translator explained it was because he had needed a pair of gloves to try out to be a soccer goalie, but his family couldn't afford to buy any," Ward relayed. "So the gloves turned out to be perfect."

Ward explained that families may use a medium-size shoebox they already own, purchase a designated Operation Christmas Child box at Hobby Lobby, or contact any of the drop-off locations to see if they have any extra boxes available.

Drop-off locations in Lancaster County include the following: LCBC - Manheim, 2392 Mount Joy Road, Manheim; Jerusalem Church, 1620 Newport Road, Manheim; New Life Church, 1991 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster; Ascension Lutheran Church, 600 E. Penn Grant Road, Willow Street; Petra Church, 565 Airport Road, New Holland; and Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church, 1199 Valley Road, Quarryville. To view the times for each location or to find additional drop-off sites in surrounding areas, interested individuals may visit

Additional instructions and suggestions on what to pack in the boxes according to age and gender may also be found at the website. Generally, each box should include one special item, such as a stuffed animal, soccer ball with a pump, or clothing outfit, and then be filled in with other toys, school supplies, and hygiene items.


Free Pet Adoption Weekend Set For Veterans November 2, 2018

The Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will host Free Pets for Vets - Fee-Free Adoption Event from Saturday, Nov. 10, through Monday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Throughout the event, veterans and their families can view, select, and meet and greet any animals, including dogs, cats, and other critters that are available for adoption.

Waived adoption fees include Humane Pennsylvania's 30-day adoption health supplement, spaying or neutering prior to adoption, vaccinations (including current rabies vaccination) and deworming medication, flea treatment, and microchipping and chip registration. Adopters will also receive a free bag of pet food.

Veterans interested in adopting a pet during the Free Pets for Vets event will be asked to present their military ID as part of the adoption application process and verification of their service.

To view the animals available for adoption, readers may visit or meet the animals at the shelter, in-person, during scheduled operating hours. For more information about the free adoption event, readers may call 717-393-6551 or email


MAHS Band Receives Custom Bass Guitar November 2, 2018

Middletown Area High School (MAHS) band director Sam Fisher was recently asked if he was interested in a custom-built bass guitar for the high school band.

The source of the guitar was Darryl Betts, who builds bass guitars in his free time. When he is not working on his hobby, he maintains the grounds of Middletown Area School District properties as a district employee in the operations department. He also attends every home football game to support the Blue Wave Marching Band.

Betts started building guitars after watching online instructional videos. Betts now builds custom guitars for touring artists around the country. Some clients give him exact specifications for their dream guitars while others ask Betts for suggestions and input. He flew to Colorado to hand-deliver a custom guitar to professional bassist Andy Irvine.

The Middletown guitar is a blue four-string bass with decals provided by With Kidz in Mind. The materials were paid for by the Band Boosters, and Betts donated his time and labor. The guitar will be used predominantly by the jazz band but will also get appearances in future Blue Wave field shows. The guitar will debut at the MAHS holiday concert when MAHS bassist Daniel Brenner will play it for a live audience.


Frisby Takes Part In Parade November 2, 2018

Middletown resident Maria Frisby, who was Ms. Pennsylvania 2004, was recently in the 2018 Penn State Homecoming Parade in State College.

Frisby graduated from Middletown Area High School, Harrisburg Area Community College, and Penn State University. She has appeared in media, including magazines and television shows, and is involved with the upcoming movie "Meltdown." She also visits facilities to give stuffed animals, roses, cards, and hugs to individuals who are sick, disabled, or elderly. She helped Hurricane Matthew victims in Lumberton, N.C., and the homeless in Los Angeles, as well as in various states. Frisby is also slated to help the poor in Nigeria.

Frisby will be in the televised 2018 Holiday Parade in Harrisburg on Saturday, Nov. 17, at noon.


Contest Winners Announced November 1, 2018

The winners of the Veterans Day Wedding Giveaway have been announced. Sponsored in part by West Chester's American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC), the contest began earlier this year and was open to couples with at least one partner serving or who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The winners are Emily Beers and Tyler Thiel of Downingtown, who will be married on Sunday, Nov. 11. The prize in the Veterans Day Wedding Giveaway is a free five-hour ceremony and reception for 100 guests, to be held at the museum.

Beers, who has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is a United States Army veteran with eight years' service, including a tour of duty in Iraq. She is the recipient of Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals and Army Good Conduct Medals, among numerous others. She and Thiel have military veterans and active-duty members in their families. Beers possesses a bachelor's degree in nursing and works as an ICU nurse. She recently started the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program at Drexel University.

For more information, readers may visit


Chapel Plans Memorial Garden November 1, 2018

Coleman Memorial Chapel, 1980 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, will create a memorial garden and walkway in honor and memory of loved ones.

Members of the public can purchase bricks that will be personalized with a tribute and engraved. The bricks are available in the following sizes: 4 by 8 inches, 8 by 8 inches, and 12 by 12 inches. Separate prices have been set for each size. Donor certificates and duplicates of the personalized bricks are also available for additional fees.

For more information, readers may contact Darla Hobbs at 717-626-6933. More information about Coleman Memorial Chapel is available at


Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Held November 1, 2018

Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC), recently held its 29th annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at Mechanicsburg Middle School. The event brought together Navy military service members and civilians with the local community in support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The tournament featured teams from Mechanicsburg Middle School and Good Hope Middle School, military and civilian personnel serving on board Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, and former members of the Chairiot Express.

This year's tournament theme, "America's Workforce: Empowering All," celebrated the contributions of workers with disabilities and educated about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.


Navy Group Holds Special Event November 1, 2018

Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC) in Mechanicsburg. recently hosted an Echelon III visit and all-hands call. The event included a cake-cutting commemorating the Navy's 243rd birthday. The theme for the Navy's 243rd birthday is "Forged by the Sea." According to NAVSUP, the theme represents the aspirational outcome of every sailor's journey in uniform and conveys the notion that every sailor is shaped and strengthened into a more capable version of himself or herself through Navy service.

The guest speaker during the Echelon III visit was Rear Adm. Michelle C. Skubic, commander, NAVSUP and 48th Chief of Supply Corps. Skubic gave remarks, answered questions from NAVSUP BSC employees, and participated in command discussions with NAVSUP BSC staff.


Culinary Arts Students To Serve Food November 1, 2018

Infusions Restaurant, Deli and Bakeshop, located on the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center's Mount Joy Campus, 432 Old Market St., Mount Joy, is open to the public on Tuesdays for high tea and lunch on Thursdays and Fridays. All of the food is prepared by students participating in the Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts programs under the direction of certified chef instructors.

Classic high tea is served on Tuesdays. Menus include soup, quiche, tea sandwiches, scones, and pastries. The specific menu items change weekly and reflect the culinary program's scope of learning. All varieties of tea served are organic, with a majority also fair trade. Readers may check for menus and details. There is a cost per person. When calling for reservations, callers should indicate whether they prefer the 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. seating.

Lunch is served on Thursdays and Fridays. The all-inclusive menu is available for a set price per person. All lunch meals include a choice of soup or salad, choice of entree with accompanying side dishes, hot and cold beverages, and a selection from the dessert tray. Menus change seasonally.

Reservations are recommended for both high tea and lunch by calling 717-208-3127. When making reservations, callers should inform the host or hostess if anyone in the party has any allergies or dietary restrictions.

The bakery and deli are stocked with many different selections on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays when the restaurant is open for business. The students bake cakes, pies, tortes, cupcakes, cookies, breads, muffins, and much more. From the deli, premade entrees, soups, salads, and a variety of other hearty dishes are served. The Bake Shop also takes orders for custom cakes and specialty items. For details, readers may contact chef Tracie Gotshall at 717-653-3000, ext. 3036.

At this time, Infusions does not accept credit or debit cards. Cash and personal checks only are accepted. Tips are accepted and are used for culinary student awards distributed at the end of the school year and for field trips to related schools and businesses.

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