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Cleanup Days Set At Fairview Cemetery October 20, 2017

The members of the Wrightsville Cemetery Association would like community members to know about upcoming cleanup days that have been scheduled to take place at the Fairview Cemetery, located along the 600 block of Hellam Street in Wrightsville.

The association officers include president Phil Lehman, vice president Bob Gotwols, treasurer Fred Smith, secretary Donyae Kalbarczyk, and superintendent Charlie Lauchman.

Fall cleanup will take place from Sunday, Nov. 12, to Sunday, Nov. 26. Gotwols explained that workers will remove all of the decorations and items that have been placed beside the gravestones. The items will be moved to the area outside of the cemetery's lower shed, where individuals are welcome to claim anything they have placed that may have sentimental or other value to them. "We're not just going to be trashing everything," noted Gotwols. "We'll keep the (items) for one month for people."

Flyers will be placed throughout the town of Wrightsville to remind individuals as well. Folks are also welcome to collect their personal items prior to the dates of the cleanup.

Lehman said that cleanup days like this have been conducted in the past, but the association is now in the process of making it a more regular occurrence and hopes that everyone can be made aware of the event. Following the November effort, the next cleanup is scheduled for Thursday, March 1, to Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

Fairview Cemetery, which was established in 1870 and occupies 14 acres of land, is the only property maintained by the association. Lehman said the organization is in the process of developing new rules for decorations that may be placed on gravestones, and that the revised list of regulations will soon be available upon request.

A website is also currently in the works for the cemetery, and interested individuals can look for updates on that project in future editions of the Community Courier.


High School Plans Day Of Service October 19, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 9, will be a school day, but approximately 800 Solanco High School students will not be in school. Rather, accompanied by teachers, they will disperse throughout the region to volunteer at charitable organizations and other venues. In the event of rain, the Day of Service will be postponed until Friday, Nov. 17.

The inaugural Solanco High School Day of Service was created by a number of faculty members, including English teachers Erica Long and Jessica Prokay, music teacher Erin Brubaker, social studies teacher Rob Althouse, and math teacher Chris Rachor. The group is an off-shoot of a leadership team that principal Steph Lininger formed last year to foster student and faculty unity. Faculty members found organizations to serve, and students were invited to sign up. Participation in the event is not mandatory, and no incentives were offered. Students who did not opt in will report to the high school for educational, on-campus activities or attend their classes at the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center.

Some of the projects will require students to use specialized skills, while others will be more general. All of them will require the participants to demonstrate the Solanco School District's core character traits of respect, responsibility, courage, and kindness.

More than 150 students are slated to visit classrooms throughout the district, assisting in art and reading classes, inventorying clothing for Renee's Closet and Dapper Dan's, and performing concert and marching band music. Many of those volunteers will help younger students with painting rocks for the Kindness Rocks Project.

Numerous students will volunteer in the Southern End, while several groups will travel to Mount Joy and into Maryland.

Senior Kyle Dombach, who hopes to be involved in the housing industry, will serve with Refton-based IMPACT! Missions. Trained professionals will work alongside Kyle and 44 other students as they make homes warmer, safer, and drier for those in need.

Senior Austin Murry will split wood, stain outdoor furniture, and operate a pressure washer with 14 peers at Black Rock Retreat, located south of Quarryville. "It's a great way to give back because they've given me so much (through summer camp)," Austin said.

An interest in animals, plus a fascination with Jimmie the reticulated giraffe, inspired senior Randi Rambo to opt to head down to Plumpton Park Zoo in Maryland. She expects to assist with ground maintenance, raking, weeding, and general cleanup. "It's cool to see that our (school) community could come together as one to give back," she said. "We don't know of any other school doing this."

"Seeing so many and such varied opportunities is inspiring," added senior Rachael Opdenaker. She has chosen to serve at the Global Aid Network logistics center in Mount Joy, sewing feminine hygiene products for women in developing countries and organizing blankets and other items for distribution.

"(It's convicting) to imagine not having access to basic accessories," Rachael said. "It is not something I think about."

Inspiring students to increase their awareness about needs in local and global communities cannot necessarily be found in a textbook or taught in a lecture.

"Instead of telling kids, we'll be showing them," Long commented.

Rachor noted that while the inaugural Day of Service was planned by faculty members, the committee hopes to get students involved in leading the event next year. Student groups contributed funds to support the event. Businesses that would like to sponsor next year's Day of Service, as well as organizations that would like to host student volunteers, may email Rachor at


EASD Sets Veterans Day Event October 19, 2017

The Elizabethtown Area School District (EASD) will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10, to honor local military veterans. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown, rain or shine. The public is encouraged to to join students, faculty, and staff in paying tribute to veterans from the greater Elizabethtown area.

Taking part in the program will be Terry Seiders, school board president; Michele Balliet, superintendent of schools; Chuck Mummert, mayor of Elizabethtown borough; and numerous high school students.

All local veterans are invited to take part in the celebration. Interested veterans are asked to register by visiting and completing the online registration form by Tuesday, Nov. 7. They may also register by contacting Troy Portser, director of school and community information, at 717-367-1521, ext. 10024, or


Offering A Safe Haven For Addiction Recovery October 19, 2017

"Katartizo" is a Greek word that means "to mend, restore, and prepare." In the New Testament, the word is used in the Gospels to describe the disciples mending their fishing nets and preparing them for use, explained Daniel DeLeon, executive director of The Way Recovery Houses, which was created under the nonprofit banner of Katartizo, a faith-based organization.

The Way was launched on Jan. 1, 2016, and took over the management of an addiction recovery house in Washington Boro. Since then, The Way has acquired additional homes in Lancaster city, including one exclusively for women, and has a total capacity of 40 people. Following a graduation at the end of October, six beds will be available. Residents commit to living in a recovery house and working through The Way program for one year, although they may stay longer if they need to.

"We like to think we are bridging the gap between treatment providers and integration into society," DeLeon said. "Metaphorically, we teach people how to swim while they're still in the shallow end of the pool."

That process is summed up by the slogan "We R4 You." "We" represents The Way and the staff members' commitment to providing residents with a safe, structured environment, as well as accountability, encouragement, compassion, and a pathway to restoration and renewal. "You" is the individual seeking change. Those two groups bookend the four R's, which stand for rest, re-engagement, reintegration, and release. The plan is that by working through those four phases, residents become confident and prepared to transition seamlessly into life on their own. Counseling and other psychological treatment is an important part of the recovery process as well.

Church partners are crucial to the success of The Way. Each house has been adopted by a church, which welcomes residents to worship services and other activities and provides mentors who develop positive relationships with residents. Additional churches provide financial donations and meet tangible needs as they arise.

"The key (to our ministry) is we are mobilizing the church to respond to addiction," DeLeon said. "Churches are a tremendous resource to combating addiction."

He noted that people vulnerable to addiction often feel a lack of meaning and purpose in their lives, and they seek out mind-numbing or pleasure-giving substances to soothe their spirits. "It's a relational breakdown with our Maker," DeLeon asserted. "It's a breakdown in our families, in our sense of self, a relational breakdown with others, and a breakdown of our creative purpose. Through the participation of churches, we can make a greater impact."

DeLeon has a testimony of addiction and recovery, and the program used by The Way is based on his experiences and on research. Women's director Kelly Baldwin also has experienced addiction and recovery, and she developed a door-to-door program for people leaving prison.

"Kelly brings a level of expertise and connections to recovery work," DeLeon commented.

"The women call me 'Mama Bear' because I try to keep them safe as much as possible," Baldwin remarked. "The women's house is a safe haven. A lot of women (who have lived there) say they finally have a place to call home."

Residents are expected to find employment, and they pay rent, which just covers the cost of operating the houses. DeLeon and Baldwin are considered domestic missionaries, however, so they do not draw salaries from The Way and must raise support instead. Financial contributions toward the operating expenses of The Way are appreciated. Folks may donate online at, and they may call general manager Ivan Reyes at 717-510-2226 or email Baldwin at for more information.


New Housing Option Posted October 18, 2017

The Cooperative Living House, Ranck Road, New Holland, is nearly complete and is seeking applicants who would like to become the first residents. This unique housing opportunity includes a sliding scale rent for fixed income residents age 62 and older who live in eastern Lancaster County.

For more details, readers may contact Jackie Berrios at Garden Spot Village by calling 717-355-6000.


Fundraiser Benefits Four Diamonds October 18, 2017


Congregations Plant Tree October 18, 2017


PCD Receives Donation October 18, 2017

The Capital Region Partnership for Career Development (PCD) recently announced it has been awarded $29,500 from the South Central Workforce Development Board (SCPaWorks) to assist with program support for the 2017-18 program year. The funding will assist with the development and ongoing needs of student and educator programs. The programs are dedicated to assisting students, educators, counselors, administrators and other relevant district personnel in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and northern York counties with career exploration and development.

The funding will help to provide Educator in the Workplace sessions, educator professional development sessions, Student Career Connections sessions and a pre-apprenticeship feasibility study for the region.

The Capital Region Partnership for Career Development is an intermediary organization dedicated to providing career exploration and development opportunities that help with student career awareness, exploration and experiences and align with the needs of the workforce. PCD notes that additional support is needed in the forms of funding, program support and partnerships. For more information, readers may visit or contact PCD at or 717-732-8480.


Preservation Of Property Announced October 18, 2017

Natural Lands recently announced the preservation of a property consisting of farmland, orchard, and forest in the northwestern corner of New Garden Township, Chester County. Owners Lynn Sinclair and John Morris placed the property - known as Sunset Farm - under conservation easement, ensuring it will remain open.

A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement that remains in place in perpetuity. The easement on the Sinclair-Morris property encompasses 23 acres of the 28-acre tract of land. Under the terms of the easement, passive recreation, meadow management, and sustainable agriculture are permitted.

According to Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands, Sunset Farm is among 23,617 acres that Natural Lands has placed under conservation.

The Sinclair-Morris property lies within the White Clay Creek watershed and contains a section of the East Branch White Clay Creek, a federally designated Wild and Scenic River.

A public trail easement, held by the township, runs from north to south along the western boundary of the property, providing one of the first links of a New Garden Township Greenways Trail planned for the area.

The Arts and Crafts-style house on the property was built in 1915 by Thomas Crowell, whose uncle was Thomas Eakins, a painter and sculptor known for his realistic depictions of Philadelphia and the surrounding countryside. In 2001, a documentary was produced about Eakins, and filmmakers spent a day filming on the property.

Funding support for this conservation project was provided by the National Park Service and New Garden Township.

For more information about Natural Lands, readers may visit


25-Cent Bus Ride Promotion Posted October 17, 2017

Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA) and Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA) will offer 25-cent rides for the entire month of October on all bus routes in Lancaster and Berks counties.

Customers who ride often during the month and do not want to carry a lot of quarters can opt to purchase a special 25-cent ride 31-day pass for a discounted price. The discounted price will only be valid for the month of October.

For more information on the 25-cent ride promotion or the service changes, readers may call 717-397-4246 in Lancaster or 610-921-0601 in Reading.


Car Maintenance Tips Offered October 17, 2017

Vehicle owners usually want to keep their vehicles performing at peak capacity as long as possible. Owners likely know to check fluid levels and have their cars' oil changed, but air filters may not be at the top of their maintenance checklists.

However, these relatively inexpensive parts have an important job in a vehicle, preventing dirt, dust and other debris from being sucked into the engine. This task is important because engines operate using a mixture of fuel and oil. Without oxygen, gasoline or diesel fuels cannot burn properly and power the engine. Without a clean air filter, grime can build up and impede engine performance or cause erosion of parts under the hood.

Routinely changing air filters has several benefits, such as improving fuel efficiency. Clogged air filters reduce air flow to engines, resulting in an improper ratio of air to fuel. As a result, spark plugs may be negatively affected and the engine may idle roughly or misfire. These scenarios can greatly affect fuel efficiency and cause engine deposits from rich fuel. According to GearHeads, for older cars, studies have indicated that by replacing a dirty air filter, one can improve gas mileage by as much as 14 percent.

Clean air filters also reduce stress on the engine. Even an air-to-fuel mixture that is slightly off balance can affect what is going on under the hood. That means the engine must work harder to get enough clean air into the chamber to complete the combustion cycle, says the Automotive Training Center.

Additionally, a filter that is saturated with dirt will restrict air flow. In such instances, drivers may notice a lack of power during acceleration. Replacing the filter can easily restore that pep.

Also, clean air filters can also reduce vehicle emissions, which is a high priority to many people.

Replacing air filters is an easy task that many drivers can do themselves or that they may ask their mechanics to do during oil changes or other repair shop visits. It can be much more cost-effective to routinely change air filters than to replace expensive engine parts. Keeping air filters clean can prolong the life span of an engine and help a car run more smoothly and efficiently.


RV Maintenance Tips Posted October 17, 2017

Recreational vehicles (RVs), sometimes referred to as travel trailers or campers, are increasingly popular. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, RV shipments through February 2017 totaled 73,287 units, representing an increase of 8.6 percent from the same period in 2016. In fact, RV shipments have increased for seven consecutive years.

The popularity of RVs might be driven by the affordability and convenience of vacationing in a camper, which is essentially a hotel or home on wheels, providing many amenities in a compact package.

Regular maintenance, care and examination are necessary to avoid trip interruptions, and readers with RVs may want to take the following steps.

To keep the hard-working engine of an RV operating at optimal capacity, oil changes and air filter replacements should be conducted at regular intervals and in adherence to the owner's manual. Such maintenance prevents engines from seizing.

RV roofs are susceptible to sun and environmental damage. RVs should be stored under a steel RV carport or covered using a product specifically designed for an RV. Owners should remember to routinely inspect and clean the roof of the camper as well.

Owners should look under the RV and/or tow vehicle for any signs of leaks and repair leaks promptly. Transmission fluid leaks can lead to vehicle fires. When checking for leaks, owners can check fluid levels to ensure they are at the proper level. These fluids includes engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid, and brake fluid.

Radiator coolant is another important fluid to check. Antifreeze protects the engine in cold temperatures, but it also helps the engine run cooler in hot temperatures. Owners should wait for the RV to cool down before checking fluids.

RV generators should not go unused for too long. Gasoline has a short shelf life, and after time it can break down, condense and damage the generator's internal components. Owners should run the generator if the RV has not been used for a while, and be sure to change the oil and filter of the generator regularly as well.

Water systems can benefit from being drained periodically and flushed with clean, fresh water. The disposal waste system needs to be drained as indicated in the owner's manual.

Owners can avoid rust and corrosion in joints and slide-out rails by spraying moving parts with a lubricant spray.

RVs can be a home away from home while vacationing or touring the country. With proper maintenance, they can run like new for years.


YCEPC Joins Bar Foundation October 17, 2017

York County Estate Planning Council (YCEPC) has joined the York County Bar Foundation to operate as a program of the foundation rather than as a stand-alone organization. Through the new arrangement, YCEPC will leverage the opportunity of being part of a larger institution that will provide staff support and administration.

As part of the change, the YCEPC board of directors became a steering committee of the Bar Foundation and will focus its efforts on growth of the YCEPC membership, educational programs benefiting members, including offering continuing education credits, and partnerships with organizations whose work intersects with YCEPC.

YCEPC also announced Bryan Tate as its new chairman. Tate is vice president and chief development officer of York County Community Foundation (YCCF) and is the first nonprofit leader to oversee YCEPC. Tate was formerly the vice president of the YCEPC board of directors, which will now serve as YCEPC's steering committee as a program of the Bar Foundation.

In addition to his role at the Community Foundation, Tate is president-elect of Rotary Club of York, president of Central PA Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, program committee chairman of Leave A Legacy York County, and founder of the Spring Grove Alumni Chorus. A resident of the city of York, Tate is a graduate of Temple University and Spring Grove Area High School. In his capacity at YCCF, he assists professional advisers and their clients to create endowed charitable legacies to create a vibrant York County.

For more information about the York County Estate Planning Council, readers may contact Jennifer Mischke at or at 717-854-8755, ext. 202.


Runner Celebrates 10 Years In Remission October 13, 2017

Mount Joy residents Lisa Cannon and her sister, Tami, ran the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 8, celebrating 10 years since Cannon's last chemotherapy infusion, which took place on Oct. 8, 2007. Lisa and Tami participated alongside teammates from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training (TNT) fundraising program.

After she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 2007, Cannon developed a love of long-distance running. She celebrated five years of remission by joining TNT to complete her first marathon, and, including the Chicago Marathon, she has now completed 10 marathons. Tami, who is three years younger than Cannon, was at Cannon's side throughout her cancer battle and has run with her in almost all her marathons.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is an official charity partner of the Chicago Marathon, which had its 40th running this year. Cannon directly benefited from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's services during her journey to remission, and she now makes it a priority to give back to the organization. Cannon is a mother of three, wife, sister and full-time professional.


"Columbia Four" To Run Marine Corps Marathon October 13, 2017

On Oct. 22, the self-dubbed "Columbia Four" - Paul Resch, Jeff Detz, Jeff Seibert, and Jason Bootie - will run the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. Three of the men - Resch, Seibert, and Bootie - will be running their first marathon. Detz, a Marine Corps veteran, will be running his second, having run the same race last year.

The friends, who range in age from 36 to 59, have two goals: finish the 26.2 miles and raise $13,100 ($500 per mile) for Hospice & Community Care. All donations will be designated for the Hospice Care for Veterans program, which provides compassionate care to veterans and their families. To date, the runners have raised almost $10,000 toward their goal.

Through Hospice Care for Veterans, staff and volunteers provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support to veterans and their families. This specialized support, which is focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgement of the patient's military service, can be especially meaningful to veterans at end of life. In 2016, Hospice & Community Care provided services to more than 600 veterans in the local area.

The Columbia runners are pleased to have the support and encouragement of eight veterans and one active-duty service member who are serving as honorary chairmen of their fundraising campaign. All five branches of the military are represented among the group, which includes: Don Armold of Lancaster (Marines); Keith Combs of Columbia (Navy); Andrew Combs of Norfolk, Va. (Navy, active duty); David Detz of Leesville, La. (Army, retired); John H. Hahn of Columbia (Air Force); Joseph "Gabby" Hartman of Columbia (Navy, WWII); Lamar Kauffman of Columbia (Coast Guard); Benjamin Zeamer of Columbia (Army); and Ed Wickenheiser of Columbia (Marines, retired).

The Marine Corps Marathon attracts approximately 30,000 runners from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. The race steps off in Arlington, Va., and crosses over the Potomac River into Washington, D.C., before ending back in Arlington at the Marine Corps War Memorial.

The Columbia runners entered the Marine Corps Marathon lottery in March and were selected to participate in the race. They began training in April and estimate they each have logged nearly 1,000 miles running and walking - roughly the distance from Columbia to Orlando.

Raising money for Hospice & Community Care is especially meaningful to Resch, who lost his grandfather in June. He and his family were thankful for the compassion shown by hospice employees during that difficult time. "Training for my first marathon has been a life-changing experience," Resch said. "Come race day, my motivation will be knowing that I'm not just running for personal satisfaction, but I'm running for veterans and their families who are going through difficult end-of-life experiences."

"I feel proud and privileged to run the Marine Corps Marathon and raise funds to help our amazing heroes who have served our country and for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to give us our freedoms and protections in the greatest country in the world," Bootie said.

Seibert echoed those sentiments, saying that he is often reminded of the saying "All gave some, and some gave all." "While my miniscule efforts in this marathon can't offer anything to those who gave all, if I can somehow offer my gratitude to those who gave some in perhaps their final days on earth, then my efforts in this marathon will surely be worth it," stated Seibert.

To donate, interested individuals may visit and enter "Marine Corps Marathon" under special instructions.


DeFrance Descendants Gather In Elizabethtown October 13, 2017

Descendants of John Henry DeFrance gathered in Elizabethtown on Sept. 28 and 29 to discuss their ancestor. DeFrance lived in Elizabethtown and Middletown in the late 1700s.

Among those present were Ray Randlett, an independent artist and investor and retired government worker from Cape Coral, Fla.; Dr. Jon DeFrance, a neuropsychologist in Houston, Texas; the Rev. Wayne DeFrance Lawton, pastor of Cedar Hill Community Church, Elizabethtown; and Michele DeFrance, a licensed architect and custom home designer in Maine, who was accompanied by her 3-year-old son, Henry DeFrance.

During the visit, they spent time at Donegal Presbyterian Church in Mount Joy, where John Henry DeFrance met and married Polly Anna Allison in the late 1750s. After Anna's death in 1762, their two sons, John DeFrance Jr. and James DeFrance, were raised in the local community by their aunt, Sarah Allison. The two sons and their father answered the call for military service in 1777.

Additionally, Phil Clark, historian at Christ Lutheran Church in Elizabethtown, showed the visitors a record book with the names of John Henry DeFrance and his second wife, Elizabeth, when they brought their fourth child, Anna DeFrance, for baptism on Jan. 1, 1771.

The visit came full-circle when 3-year-old Henry stood where John Henry DeFrance, his great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, for whom he is named, opened a tailor shop on Lot 118 Market Street, Middletown, in 1764.

The final stop was in Hummelstown, where the group searched for Shepherds Cemetery, where John Henry DeFrance is said to have been buried in 1795. However, the group reported that the cemetery is unknown, and no grave was found.


Program To Buy Back Candy October 13, 2017

Area residents are encouraged to trade in their excess trick-or-treat candy for cash through the national Halloween Candy Buy Back program. Through Operation Gratitude, the collected candy will be sent to U.S. military personnel serving overseas.

Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to bring their excess unopened candy to the Healthy Smiles Dental office in the Woods Edge Plaza in Lancaster on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals will receive a set amount of money per pound of candy, with a limit of five pounds per child. Commercial outlets are excluded.

Children are also encouraged to draw a picture or write a note to a service person to be sent along with the candy. In addition, Dr. Matthew T. Kingston of the dental office will send individually packaged toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste to be included in care packages for the troops.

Last year, the dental office took in 102 pounds of candy to send to American troops.

Readers may visit for more information.


Family Celebrates Five Generations October 12, 2017


CLPC Welcomes New Pastor October 12, 2017

After a search process that took more than a year, Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church (CLPC) has welcomed a new pastor. The Rev. John Hartman began working at the church on Sept. 10, and he will be installed in a special service on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary, 1068 Chestnut Level Road, Quarryville.

Hartman's predecessor, the Rev. Michael Wilson, who accepted a position with the Donegal Presbytery, will issue the charge. Executive presbyter Erin Cox-Holmes will also participate in the installation, which Hartman compared to a wedding ceremony. A reception will be held in the Family Life Center (FLC) following the service.

Hartman came to CLPC from the South. A native of New Jersey and a graduate of Princeton Seminary, Hartman previously served churches in Virginia and North Carolina. His three adult children live in North Carolina.

Hartman is not bereft of family in the region, however. His father, who is 85, still lives in New Jersey, and his sister lives in West Lampeter.

"It's a call from God. This is where He feels I can use my skills," Hartman said. He listed preaching and building relationships as two of his strongest gifts. "I do enjoy preaching, proclaiming God's Word to the people in ways that connect them to God's love," Hartman remarked. "(And) I enjoy the fellowship of being with folks."

Denise McCardell, who served on the pastoral nominating committee, affirmed Hartman's assessment of himself. "When you are talking with John, you can be in a room with a hundred people, but he focuses on you," she said. "He's a very genuine, caring person, and that came across when we met him."

Hartman also expressed a desire to help folks in need. "I want to provide genuine Christian care for people who are hurting with various issues," he said. "(We will explore) how the church and I can bring hope and healing." Hartman will offer pastoral counseling when people are in crisis, but he will refer them to other professionals in the area as appropriate. He also hopes to challenge the congregation to actively engage in their communities and to meet needs regarding poverty, substance abuse, and broken families.

One of the current ways the church engages with the community is by offering a low-cost meal midweek as part of the Wednesday Night Alive program. Held in the FLC, the meal is served at 5 p.m., and at 6:30 p.m., classes for people of all ages meet. Hartman is currently leading "The Mayberry Bible Study" with a group of adults, and more participants are welcome.

Hartman enjoys a variety of athletic pursuits, and he plans to launch some sports-related community activities at the church. Pickup basketball will begin in February, and a pickleball league may also be created.

He is also planning ahead for Christmas. Advent will begin on Sunday, Dec. 3, and a cantata will be performed during the worship service on Sunday, Dec. 24. Services with carols and candles will be held at 5 and 7:30 p.m. that day, and a third service, this time with Communion, will be held at 11 p.m.

"I like ringing in Christmas with my church family," Hartman remarked.

Guests are welcome to attend the installation service and to join the congregation at other events. Worship services are typically held on Sundays at 8 and 10:30 a.m., with Sunday school classes for people of all ages at 9:30 a.m. On the fifth Sunday of the month, only one worship service is held at 10 a.m. Nursery care is available, and children's church is offered during the second service.

For more information about CLPC, readers may visit, call 717-548-2763, or email


Local Wrestler To Compete For World Championship October 12, 2017

A Millersville man will be one of about 15 Americans who will compete in the United World Wrestling world championships in Azerbaijan later this month. While the event will run for several days, Shaun Scott will compete on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21.

Scott is entered in the senior division of the gi and no-gi versions of grappling. In gi grappling, competitors grab their opponent's jackets for a hold or an advantage. In no-gi, material holds are not permitted. At the world championships, "senior" simply means "not junior" and includes men age 20 and up. Scott is 70 years old, so he could opt to compete in the veterans division for men age 35 and older, but he likes to test himself against younger competitors.

"I like the challenge," Scott said.

Scott has excelled in competition ever since he was introduced to the sport in junior high at a Toledo, Ohio, health club run by international wrestling referee Dick Torio.

"I was good at it," Scott recalled. "My mother had me take tap dancing, ballet, and acrobatics. I was flexible and skinny, and although I wasn't strong, I could get out of holds and turn people over."

Basketball was extremely popular in Scott's high school, so rather than vie for one of the limited spots on the team, Scott focused on wrestling. He did so well that in 65 percent of his matches, competitors never scored a point on him. Scott received a wrestling scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, whose team was one of the top three in the nation at the time.

After college, Scott joined the Michigan Wrestling Club and worked with several wrestlers who became Olympians. He was captain of the Greco-Roman team that competed at the 1975 Pre-Olympic Games in Montreal, where he won a silver medal at 82 kilograms (approximately 181 pounds).

Scott's wrestling career appeared to end after he was hit by car, so he moved to Philadelphia and attended Westminster Seminary, where he wrote a master's thesis on the subject of wrestling in the ancient biblical world and the Bible. After a seven-year hiatus, however, Scott was able to re-enter the sport, and he has not slowed down. He has volunteered with numerous wrestling programs around the country and in the U.S. Virgin Isands.

"I feel more relaxed wrestling than when I do anything else," Scott said. "The stuff I do (for work) is mentally intensive, so I need a physical break."

Scott is skilled in several types of wrestling and has medaled in Greco-Roman, freestyle, Judo, gi grappling, no-gi grappling, belt wrestling, combat wrestling and Sombo, which is an acronym for a Russian phrase that means "self-protection without weapons." Sombo is a combination of indigenous wrestling and martial arts styles from throughout the Soviet bloc. Judo is a Japanese form of self-defense. Scott is a 14-time national champion in Sombo, gi grappling, and Greco-Roman wrestling. In 2005, he was named "Godfather of the World Cup Sombo" by the French organizer in appreciation for his many years as a competitor, coach, team leader, and facilitator at the Cup.

Scott last competed at the world championships in 2013, when he finished seventh in the 203-pound weight class. He trains with dumbbells, rubber ropes, and grappling and wrestling dummies at home; he works out with Tim Musser in East Petersburg; and he is a member of Hempfield Rec and the Lancaster Brazilian Jujitsu Club.

"I guess (my wrestling career) could be considered a long time, but it seems short," Scott said. "I'll continue to wrestle as long as I can."

Results from the world championships will be posted at

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