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Conservancy Receives Acquisition Grant January 16, 2019

The Brandywine Conservancy has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to be used toward the acquisition of a 569-acre natural area along the Octoraro Creek in Lower Oxford and West Nottingham townships in Chester County. The area is a portion of the 952-acre Glenroy Farm property that spans Chester and Lancaster counties.

The Conservancy's ultimate goal is to work with the landowner to permanently protect the entire property through purchase and agricultural easements. The $1.5 million from DCNR will be used to match an already approved multi-year $3 million grant from the Chester County Preservation Partnership Program.

Eventually, the goal is for the 569-acre natural area to be transferred to and managed by the Oxford Area Foundation (OAF). OAF will manage it as a passive preserve with 5 miles of trails mostly along the Octoraro Creek. Once completed, the project will help create 6,739 acres of contiguous preserved lands in the Octoraro watershed, according to director Ellen Ferretti.

The Brandywine Conservancy also assisted the landowner in applying for and securing agricultural preservation funding to preserve the 220 acres of farmland on the property.

The Brandywine Conservancy is seeking additional funds to meet the acquisition price, with a desired completion by 2021 for the remaining lands in Chester County and an additional 156 acres of farmland along the Octoraro Creek in Lancaster County.

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Brown Named To Judicial Conduct Board January 15, 2019

The Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania has announced that Gov. Tom Wolf recently appointed Joseph M. Brown of Berks County to the board.

The Judicial Conduct Board is an independent body of Pennsylvania citizens comprised of three judges, three lawyers and six non-lawyer lay members. Half of the board members are appointed by the governor and half by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The board's members serve four-year terms, without pay. No more than half of its appointed members may be from the same political party.

Brown possesses more than 32 years of law enforcement experience. He currently serves as a detective with the Berks County Office of the District Attorney. Brown recently retired from service with the West Reading Police Department. He retired with the rank of sergeant, having been with West Reading from 1991 to 2019. With West Reading, Brown served as a patrol officer, criminal investigator, and ultimately, patrol sergeant. Brown was also a detective with the Berks County Office of the District Attorney Major Crimes Unit. He is also an experienced polygraph examiner.

Brown serves as president of Berks Lodge 71, Fraternal Order of Police. Lodge 71 represents Berks County police officers. He also serves as president of the Berks County Police Heroes Fund, which provides financial assistance to the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. He is the current treasurer of the Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police, the statewide organization representing more than 40,000 active and retired members of law enforcement across the commonwealth.

Brown obtained associate degrees in both law enforcement administration and public administration from Reading Area Community College. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at Alvernia College in Reading.

Brown succeeds Harold E. Flack on the board. Flack completed his term on April 17, 2018. Brown's four-year term commenced on Dec. 4, 2018. Under the constitution, board members may not serve more than four consecutive years. Brown serves as a lay member of the board.

Created by constitutional amendment in 1993, the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania is an independent board within the judicial branch of the commonwealth's government responsible for reviewing, investigating, and, where warranted, prosecuting complaints of judicial misconduct. For further information, readers may visit www.jcbpa.org.

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Fort Indiantown Gap Posts Update January 15, 2019

As a courtesy to local residents, Fort Indiantown Gap announces training that is expected to result in increased noise levels. The training schedule is subject to change based on the military training mission.

Fort Indiantown Gap has announced that the installation currently has no training that would result in louder-than-average amounts of noise scheduled for the month of January.

Fort Indiantown Gap is an active military installation and routinely conducts training, in addition to specifically announced training, on a variety of ranges. Routine training includes, but is not limited to, small arms fire and aviation training - both rotary wing aircraft training at Muir Army Airfield and fixed wing aircraft training on Bollen Range.

To learn more about Fort Indiantown Gap, readers may visit https://ftig.png.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx and www.facebook.com/ftindiantowngap/. Individuals may also 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. Residents may subscribe to get alerts delivered straight to their phone and/or email whenever the installation is conducting prescribed burns or training that may result in increased noise levels. Notification settings may be adjusted as needed at any time.

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Livestock Judging Team Places Ninth In Nation January 15, 2019

Four students from Lancaster County achieved ninth place as a team in the 95th National 4-H Livestock Judging contest held from Nov. 8 to 14 in Louisville, Ky. The team placed ninth overall out of 33 teams with students ages 15 to 19 from across the country, as well as 10th in beef cattle and 11th in reasons. Members of the award-winning 2018 4-H Senior Livestock Judging Team included Emma Musser, Maddie Musser, Jacob Snavely, and Leah Welk.

Individually, Leah earned 15th overall for her scores at the national competition. Leah, the daughter of Don and Emily Welk of Strasburg, is a senior at Lampeter-Strasburg High School. She has been involved in 4-H for eight years and is also a member of FFA. After graduation, Leah plans to attend Penn State University to major in agricultural science and minor in animal science or agricultural communications. Plus, she plans to get involved in livestock judging at the collegiate level.

"I learned I can compete at a higher level just like anyone else can," said Leah. "It was one of the best experiences I've ever had." Earlier in the year, Leah set the goal of becoming an All-American, and achieving that was the highlight of her year.

Prior to the national competition, the team won the state championship at the Penn State 4-H Achievement Days held at University Park from July 23 to 25. The team placed second at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition on Oct. 5. Individually, Maddie earned fourth, Emma took eighth, and Leah came in 13th. At the Southeast Regional Contest in Raleigh, N.C., on Oct. 27, the team came in fourth place, with Maddie taking sixth and Leah placing ninth.

Coached by Adam and Dani Zurin of Mount Joy and Johanna Rohrer of Manheim, the team began holding practices in January 2018 at the Farm and Home Center. Beginning in March, practices went from going over basic information in a classroom setting to visiting local farms for hands-on experience judging real animals. Each student was required to raise funds for the costs involved with traveling to and from competitions and did so by sending letters to family and friends as well as selling baskets at the Elizabethtown Fair and Manheim Farm Show.

"We bonded really well as a team, and it was a lot of fun being together," remarked Emma when reflecting on the group's success. Emma, the daughter of Greg and Jodi Musser of Elizabethtown, has been a 4-H member for eight years. She is a junior at Elizabethtown Area High School, where she is president of FFA and plays tennis. "It was cool getting to see livestock from different states and getting to meet people from different states," said Emma, "and representing Lancaster County and getting to do it all with my sister."

Emma's sister Maddie has been a 4-H member for nine years and is currently a freshman at Penn State University, where she is studying agricultural business management. Maddie attributed the team's outstanding year to the coaches, who volunteered countless hours instructing and practicing with the students. They also planned stops at nine farms along the way to the national competition in Louisville for the team to practice judging animals.

Jacob Snavely, the son of Jason and Erica Snavely of Manheim, has been a 4-H member for six years. He is a sophomore at Manheim Central High School, where he is actively involved in FFA and started a student livestock judging club. Jacob decided to try out for the Senior Livestock Judging Team after hearing about it at the annual Lancaster County 4-H reorganizational meeting, where volunteers share about the various opportunities for the coming year.

The 2019 4-H Livestock Clubs reorganizational meeting is set to take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. Students interested in learning more are welcome to attend or to visit https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h/counties/lancaster for more information.

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Gillen Competes At Farm Show January 14, 2019

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Trees For America Campaign Posted January 14, 2019

Local residents can receive 10 free flowering trees or five crepe myrtles by joining the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation any time during January. The flowering trees include two Sargent crabapples, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, and three white flowering dogwoods. The free trees are part of the foundation's Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Friday, Feb. 1, and Friday, May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members will also receive a subscription to the foundation's bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and "The Tree Book," which includes information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the Arbor Day Foundation and to receive the free trees, readers may send the minimum contribution by Thursday, Jan. 31, to Ten Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410. Readers may also join by visiting www.arborday.org/January.

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Chocolate-Dipped Sesame Tuiles January 14, 2019

For many people, no baked good is truly indulgent unless it includes chocolate. Baked goods range from relatively simple fare like chocolate chip cookies to more elaborate indulgences, such as this recipe for Chocolate-Dipped Sesame Tuiles from Michael Recchiuti and Fran Gage's "Chocolate Obsession" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Tuiles are thin, curved cookies that often appeal as much to the eyes as they do to the stomach. This recipes makes an ideal choice for people who want to go the extra mile for their sweethearts this Valentine's Day.

Chocolate-Dipped Sesame Tuiles (Makes about 48 cookies)

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, preferably unhulled

1/3 cup granulated cane sugar

1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1/8 tablespoon kosher salt

2 extra-large egg whites at room temperature

3 tablespoon unsalted butter with 82 percent butterfat, very soft

8 ounces tempered 70 percent chocolate for coating cookies

Flavorless vegetable oil for the pans

Instructions:

To bake the cookies:

1 - Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line the bottoms of four 12-by-18-inch sheet pans with parchment paper. Lightly coat the paper with flavorless vegetable oil. Put a rolling pin on a work surface. If you have two rolling pins, ready both.

2 - Combine the sesame seeds, flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk by hand until combined. Mix - do not beat - the egg whites into the sesame seed mixture with a rubber spatula. Stir in the butter with the spatula until no streaks of butter remain.

3 - Measure 2 level teaspoons batter onto a prepared sheet pan. Using a small offset spatula, spread it into a round about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Repeat with the remaining batter, putting 8 rounds on each pan and leaving 1 1/2 inches between the rounds.

4 - Bake the trays, one at a time, until the cookies are a uniform golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and, while the cookies are still warm, run the offset spatula under each cookie and place it upside down on the rolling pin so that it curls around the pin. (You should be able to do five cookies on a rolling pin, so by the time the sixth cookie is about to be draped over the pin, a few should be ready to be moved. Ideally, though, you will have two rolling pins.) If some of the cookies are not a uniform color, or if some cool too much and are no longer pliable, return them to the oven for another minute until evenly golden brown and again pliable.

5 - Leave the cookies on the rolling pin until they cool completely and have become brittle, a matter of seconds. Carefully lift them off and store them in an airtight container at room temperature until you are ready to dip them. They will keep well for up to 3 days.

Dip the cookies in chocolate:

1 - You can store the cookies and dip them on a day when you have tempered chocolate for another use, or you can temper chocolate specifically to finish the cookies. Use a tempering machine to temper the chocolate.

2 - Dip the convex (smooth) side of each cookie into the chocolate and then smooth the chocolate with a small offset spatula. Place on a work surface, chocolate side up, and let sit until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.

3 - Store in an airtight container in a cool place, not in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to one week.

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Chocolate Avocado-Chia Pudding January 14, 2019

During the month of February, when National Heart Month is celebrated, an emphasis is placed on being heart-healthy. But February is also the month to celebrate Valentine's Day, which is known for its decadent desserts and indulgent meals, among other treats.

Health-conscious people do not need to sacrifice sweets this February. With a few substitute ingredients, even something as rich as chocolate pudding can be made healthier. Try this recipe for Chocolate Avocado-Chia Pudding from the American Heart Association, which gets a healthy boost from creamy avocado and chia seeds.

Chocolate Avocado-Chia Pudding (Makes six 1/2-cup servings)

2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and pitted

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt

3 Medjool dates, pitted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted chopped almonds or walnuts (optional)

Instructions:

1- In a food processor or blender, process all the ingredients except the almonds until smooth.

2 - Transfer the pudding to serving dishes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the chia seeds to thicken.

3 - Just before serving, sprinkle with the almonds, if desired.

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ESL, Citizenship Classes Slated January 11, 2019

Elizabethtown Alliance Church, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown, has slated its second semester of English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship classes. The classes were scheduled to start in January and will continue on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. through May 8.

New students are encouraged to come for the new semester, sign up for a class, meet teachers, visit classrooms, and look at materials. There is a registration fee for first-time enrollees. Returning students need only report to their classes as before.

In the ESL classes, students will be placed in class levels in which they are comfortable. Vocabulary building and conversational English will be emphasized at all levels.

In addition to ESL instruction, a class will be offered in citizenship covering the U.S. Constitution and American history. This class is open to anyone interested in preparing for the American Citizenship Test. It will be held at the same time and place as the ESL classes.

For more information, readers may contact Kara Werner at 717-769-1579 or the church office at 717-367-2995.

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Garden Club To Offer Scholarships January 11, 2019

The Harrisburg Area Civic Garden Club will offer a $500 scholarship to seniors enrolled full time in an accredited college or university in any state. Applicants must major in specific areas, including horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, biology, forestry, agronomy, conservation, plant pathology, environmental concerns, city planning, or other allied subjects approved by the scholarship committee chairperson.

A complete application packet must include the application form; complete official academic transcript; a letter from the applicant discussing their goals, background, financial needs, and personal commitment to their career choice; a list of extracurricular activities and honors received; and three letters of recommendation discussing scholastic abilities, personal character, and work-related experiences.

For more information, readers may call Betty Lewis at 717-566-0725.

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Locomotive Displayed at Farm Show January 10, 2019

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Discovering Roots Around The County January 10, 2019

Mount Joy Resident Traces Lineage Back To 1600s

Mount Joy resident Dr. James McCollum had always taken an interest in the McCollum side of his family's lineage. But in 2018, an invitation to be part of a ceremony for the installation of a historical marker at the Kyle-McCollum House in Youngstown, Ohio, sparked a newfound interest in the Kyle line.

The Kyle-McCollum homestead was completed in 1813 and became home to Joshua Kyle and his wife, who are McCollum's great-great-great-grandparents. The couple's daughter, Hannah Kyle, married Ira McCollum, and the pair inherited the home after Hannah's parents passed away - establishing it as the McCollum house. Ira and Hannah had a son named Alexander, who later had a son named James, who is the grandfather of Dr. James McCollum of Mount Joy. "My father was also named James, and he lived (in the Kyle-McCollum House) too, during the Great Depression," explained McCollum.

For that reason, McCollum and his siblings were invited to speak at the building dedication in July 2018 as the descendants of some of the earliest pioneers to settle in Youngstown. "It is the oldest continuously occupied home in Youngstown," noted McCollum. His ancestors sold the main home to an automobile dealer during the Great Depression, while maintaining ownership of a smaller house beside it.

"As I was preparing to say something (at the ceremony), I realized I'm also a Kyle descendent," recalled McCollum. As he began to research, he learned that Joshua Kyle was a veteran of the War of 1812. Joshua's father, John Kyle, was a captain in the Revolutionary War and had been born in - of all places - Lancaster County.

Although McCollum grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and spent much of his adult life and career in Youngstown and Columbus, Ohio, he moved to Mount Joy in 2006 to serve as executive deputy to the president and chief of staff at Millersville University. He and his wife, Donna, have remained residents of Mount Joy since his retirement.

Doing so turned out to be perfect as he further researched the Kyle family genealogy. McCollum discovered that John Kyle's parents, Jean Bell and Samuel Kyle, are both buried in nearby Chambersburg. Samuel Kyle is the son of James Kyle, who was born in Ireland and married Susan Dixon, and the two are buried in the cemetery at the historic Donegal Presbyterian Church in Mount Joy. Upon realizing this, McCollum contacted pastor Matt Randolph to learn more about the gravestones and cemetery, as well as the history of the church.

According to McCollum, many of his ancestors were part of at least two major waves of Scotch-Irish settlers in the 1600s and 1700s before the United States was officially founded. Many McCollums journeyed from Scotland to what is now New Jersey before making their way slowly to Westmoreland County in Pennsylvania and later on to Ohio. A second wave included the "Ultra Scotch-Irish," a group that McCollum explained had only lived in Ireland for one or two generations and would not allow themselves to be called Irish. Many of these settlers were Protestant Presbyterians seeking religious freedom who traveled through Philadelphia and into Lancaster.

"For me it was this incredible experience. We lived most of our lives in Ohio, but here it is that we have generations of people we're descendants of (who are) buried all over Lancaster County," remarked McCollum.

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Columbia Animal Shelter To Open In February January 10, 2019

Renovation of the new Columbia Animal Shelter, located at the site of the former Vigilant Fire Hall at 265 S. 10th St., Columbia, is nearly complete. Executive director Tammy Loughlin said that the state-of-the-art shelter is slated to officially open to the public in mid-February.

Demolition and renovation of the approximately 8,000-square-foot structure began on June 6, 2018. Initial plans were to renovate the interior without making extensive changes to the exterior, but Loughlin noted that as work began it was determined that major alterations to the exterior of the building would also be necessary. Support beams that were signed by previous builders and firefighters still remain intact in order to fulfill the goal of preserving the history of the original structure.

The shelter is being funded by the Harold and Judy McKonly Family Foundation and will operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Opening a top-notch cat shelter had been a dream for the late Judy McKonly, and after her passing in August 2017 the McKonly family set things in motion to turn her dream into a reality.

According to Loughlin, the mission of the Columbia Animal Shelter is to rescue and rehome at-risk companion animals while providing quality health care and adoption services. "Our goal is to collaborate, communicate, and educate about animal cruelty prevention and the importance of animal rescue and welfare," stated Loughlin. "Residents will be able to come to our shelter and leave with a new best friend, while also being educated with the knowledge to care for their newest family member."

The shelter is tentatively set to be open on Tuesdays through Sundays, and it will offer a low-cost spay/neuter clinic one day a week by appointment only. It will function primarily as a cat shelter, with accommodations for up to 100 cats. The cat rooms will feature doors to an enclosed outside area, enabling the animals to go inside and outside at their will and providing space to roam.

Initially, the shelter will only allow animal intake from within Columbia Borough to focus on reducing the feral cat population. "There is such a high need here in Columbia that we feel we need to start here before we branch out," explained Loughlin.

Adoption opportunities will be open to all, whether or not they live in Columbia. "Adoptions will be on best fit, not first-come, first-served," noted Loughlin. Every animal will receive the necessary shots and vaccinations and will be microchipped before it leaves the shelter.

Space for a maximum of 10 dogs has also been allotted at Columbia Animal Shelter. Loughlin said that at least two of those spaces have been reserved for housing dogs rescued by members of the Columbia Borough Police Department.

The shelter also features office space, adoption areas where people will be able to meet with their potential pets, and an isolation department where animals will be temporarily placed before their initial exam in order to prevent any potential spread of disease.

Loughlin is excited about utilizing the shelter's community room for youth programs and informational seminars. "Part of what we're going to offer is a lot of community programs," she noted.

Loughlin was hired as the shelter's executive director in June 2018 after managing an animal shelter in Westerly, R.I., for more than seven years. Additional staff positions at the facility will include an assistant director, two veterinarians, two veterinary technicians, and two part-time caretakers. Volunteers are welcome, and applications are currently accessible at https://columbiaanimalshelter.com. Information about the shelter's grand opening and upcoming events will also be posted on the website and on Instagram at @ColumbiaAnimalShelter.

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Pequea Township Police Department Is Ready To Serve January 10, 2019

After 15 years, Pequea Township has a police department dedicated solely to the municipality. As far as retired police chief and current township supervisor Bob Race can tell, the department was first formed in the 1960s. Lloyd Bachman was the first chief, preceding Race in that role.

"You couldn't even write your own traffic tickets back then," Race related. "You went before the judge, and he mailed them a ticket."

In 2002, Pequea Township partnered with Conestoga Township to form the Southern Regional Police Department (SRPD), which patrolled both townships. At the end of 2017, a decision was made by both townships to dissolve the police commission, and in 2018, Conestoga Township moved to rely on the state police, said current Pequea Township Police Department (PTPD) chief John Michener. The SRPD was left with providing service to only Pequea Township, so it moved into the municipal building at 1026 Millwood Road, Willow Street. From there, the department patrols the 13.6-square-mile township and a population of about 5,000 people.

On the first day of 2019, the department's name was officially changed to Pequea Township Police Department. The PTPD is in the process of changing the names on the cruisers and on signage. New uniform patches were commissioned, and officers now sport an arrowhead-shaped patch bearing the state seal and township name. Michener noted that the design was chosen to be simple and to honor the Native American heritage of the area.

As a result of going from serving two townships to one, staffing was reduced slightly. Now, six full-time officers and a handful of part-time patrolmen provide around-the-clock coverage of the township. One of the officers is a member of the Lancaster County Drug Task Force, which provides the PTPD with resources and intel-gathering for the management of illegal drugs.

"Pequea Township seems more than happy to have us. They're pleased with the police service we're providing," Michener said. "We have a positive relationship with the board of supervisors and overwhelming support from the public. Combined with good officers, all that leads to great service by the police department."

"We have the best officers in the county," Race agreed. "I'm proud to have these (officers). I would hire any of them if I were still chief."

In particular, Michener praised Sgt. Robert Burger, who was named the Officer of the Year at an appreciation dinner on Jan. 5. Burger has been with the department for 16 years and is in charge of criminal investigations. During the transition period when Michener was swamped with extra work, Burger picked up the slack, freeing Michener to focus on making the transition as smooth as possible.

As chief of the PTPD, Michener has plans for the future of the department. He has kickstarted a bicycle patrol in the township's urban growth areas, and he has plans to focus on parts of the township that had been previously overlooked. The PTPD's records management system will be changed soon, and significant updates are being made to the personnel policy, which lays out how the department operates from top to bottom. The PTPD continues to offer house checks while residents are on vacation, Project Lifesaver monitoring and recovery, and safe pharmaceutical disposal. Officers also visit Pequea Elementary School to interact with students and provide positive interactions with police.

Michener noted that he would like to explore other townships getting involved with the police department again. He cited several townships in Lancaster County that contract with other municipalities for coverage and pointed out that the majority of townships in the Southern End rely on the state police for service.

For more information about the PTPD, readers may visit www.pequeatownshippd.org, follow @PequeaTwpPD on Twitter, find Pequea Township PD on Facebook, or call Michener at 717-945-7546.

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Bornman Presents In Netherlands January 10, 2019

Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) worker Jonathan Bornman presented at an event on Nov. 30, 2018, at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands. The event's theme was "A Dialogue Comparing the Divine and the Human in Islam and Christianity." Along with Bornman, the presenters included Dr. Yaser Ellethy, Dr. Khalid Hajji, and Dr. Bert de Ruiter. The Muslim and Christian scholars had been invited to participate by Tyndale professor and EMM worker Dr. Philip A. Gottschalk.

Attendees were predominately seminary students and faculty, but community members were also present. Gottschalk hosted the event as part of a course he teaches titled "Ethics of War, Peace, and Peacemaking."

Bornman, a Christian-Muslim relations consultant, highlighted the belief that humanity is created in the image of God. He said that humans' ability to creatively solve problems is an example of humans reflecting God. Illustrating this creative problem-solving, Bornman shared the story of M.J. Sharp and his work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sharp, who was murdered in 2017, creatively sought to promote peace in a challenging setting. Bornman's main purpose in sharing this story was to emphasize how the creativity of God within humanity can be used to do good in the world.

Several students who were in attendance had been raised as Muslims but had later converted to Christianity. One student shared they were surprised at how openly the presenters could discuss theological differences in a respectful manner.

EMM's Christian-Muslim Relations Team, of which Bornman is a member, seeks to encourage church leaders to interact with Muslim clerical leaders.

In addition to his work with EMM, Bornman is a Ph.D. candidate at Middlesex University London. His dissertation is focused on the nonviolent practices of a Senegalese Sufi order called the Muridiyya. He served as a Bible teacher in Senegal from 1999 to 2009 but is currently doing research in the Murid community in Harlem, New York City.

Tyndale is an international, English-language seminary. The school has had students from more than 80 countries.

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Akron Church Cancels Cook-Off January 9, 2019

Akron Grace Evangelical Congregational Church, 101 N. Seventh St., has announced that its annual chili cook-off, originally scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 20, has been canceled.

For more information about the church, readers may visit www.akronpaecc.com.

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Fresh Air Fund Seeks Families January 9, 2019

The Fresh Air Fund seeks volunteer host families in Lancaster County to open their hearts and homes to a Fresh Air child this summer. Each summer, thousands of children from New York City's low-income communities visit suburban, rural, and small-town communities along the East Coast and in southern Canada through The Fresh Air Fund's Friendly Towns Program.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, nonprofit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls ages 7 to 18 who live in New York City. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips.

For more information about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, readers may contact Elaine Hurst at 717-951-0203 or visit www.freshair.org.

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Croissant French Toast January 9, 2019

Cherries are nutritional powerhouses that contain antioxidants, which studies have suggested can reduce the risk of heart disease. In addition, anthocyanins in cherries may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Furthermore, cherries are a natural source of melatonin, which promotes healthy sleep. People with arthritis may find that cherries can reduce the inflammation associated with their condition.

This recipe for Croissant French Toast with Fresh Bing Cherry Sauce is courtesy of the California Cherry Board and makes for a delicious and nutritious start to the day.

Croissant French Toast with Fresh Bing Cherry Sauce (Serves 4)

1/2 cup orange marmalade

2 cups pitted fresh California Bing cherries

4 croissants (Tip: Day-old are fine)

3 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 cups fresh whipped cream

1/2 cup chocolate sauce

Instructions:

1 - Heat orange marmalade in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the cherries and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the flame.

2 - Slice the croissants in half lengthwise, as if to make a sandwich. Whisk eggs, milk, and cream together in a flat-bottomed baking dish. Lay the croissant pieces in the egg mixture, turning several times as the liquid is absorbed.

3 - Add the oil to griddle and heat on medium flame. Cook the croissant slices until golden brown on each side.

4 - Place the bottom croissant slices on serving plates. Top with 1/2 cup cherry mixture. Top with the croissant tops, then add a dollop of whipped cream and finish with a pour of chocolate sauce.

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Tips Posted For Managing Stress January 9, 2019

Stress is an issue that seems to affect everyone, especially in the workplace. Workers who take on too much work or those tasked with performing jobs beyond their abilities might be particularly affected. However, they can employ various strategies to manage their stress.

Embrace planning: A 2011 survey from psychologist Robert Epstein asked more than 3,000 participants in 30 countries which stress management technique was most effective at helping them overcome their stress. Epstein discovered that participants felt planning was the most effective way to manage their stress. Planning is essentially a proactive approach to managing stress and fighting it before it even starts. Smartphone apps make it easier than ever to schedule one's time. Utilizing such apps or opting for the more traditional route by using a day planner can be a highly effective way to manage stress.

Practice cognitive reframing: Cognitive reframing is another effective stress management technique that involves changing the way a person looks at something so his or her experience of it changes. Psychologists note that cognitive reframing is effective because the body's stress response is triggered by perceived stress and not actual events. By reframing the way people perceive a potentially stressful event, they can change their body's response to it. This technique is most effective when people are mindful of their thoughts, particularly those that might be negative or stress-inducing.

Take breaks: A heavy workload may compel people to sit down at their desk and keep working until quitting time. However, that approach takes both a physical and an emotional toll. Sitting for long periods of time without getting up not only increases a person's risk for various diseases, but it also can contribute to something known as decision fatigue. Decision fatigue occurs when someone must make frequent decisions throughout the day. Without a break, such people's abilities to reason become compromised, and they may end up making poor decisions or feeling less confident in their decisions, which may increase their stress levels. Frequent breaks, even if they are just brief walks to get a glass of water, can help avoid both the physical and emotional effects of stress.

Stress affects people across the globe. Learning to manage it can make people happier in their personal and professional lives.

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Enjoy Tiramisu This Valentine's Day January 9, 2019

Romantic sentiments are expressed in many ways come Valentine's Day. Gifts may include sparkling jewels or personalized prose, but a homemade dessert from the kitchen can win over some hearts as well.

Even though chocolate may be expected on Valentine's Day, tiramisu can be a welcome and delicious alternative. Tiramisu is an Italian layered dessert, and the name translates to "pick me up" or "cheer me up." Requiring no baking at all, it is an easy treat to offer a sweetheart. This recipe for tiramisu is courtesy of the American Dairy Association.

Tiramisu (Yield: 9 servings)

6 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

1 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese

1 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

2 (12-ounce) packages savoiardi lady fingers

1/2 cup cold espresso or strong coffee

1/4 cup coffee-flavored liqueur (optional)

1 tablespoon cocoa for dusting

Instructions:

1 - Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler, over boiling water. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. This is the sabayon. Remove from the heat and whip yolks until thick and lemon colored. Add mascarpone to whipped yolks and beat until combined.

2 - In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream in the mascarpone-sabayon mixture and set aside.

3 - Mix the cold espresso with the coffee liqueur, and dip the lady fingers into the mixture just long enough to get them wet. Do not soak them. Arrange the lady fingers in the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish (or 6 by 9 inches). Spoon half the mascarpone cream filling over the lady fingers.

4 - Repeat the process with another layer. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Dust with cocoa before serving.

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