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School District Honors Teachers August 23, 2017


Solanco Welcomes, Honors Teachers August 23, 2017

Solanco High School has announced its 2017-18 staffing changes and the recently honored Distinguished Teachers.

A host of new staff members greeted students when they returned to school in Solanco School District on Aug. 28.

The new elementary school teachers are as follows: Phoebe Bender, art, Bart-Colerain; Evan Belczyk, physical education, Bart-Colerain and Providence; Tara Cloud, speech therapist, Providence; Aaren Davis, kindergarten, Providence; Amy Hornberger, second grade, Clermont; Tabitha Hushon, third grade, Clermont; Sarah Kratz, third grade, Clermont; Shannon Kreider, second grade, Providence; Melissa Sattazahn, librarian, Bart-Colerain and Providence; Cortney Shirey, fifth grade, Clermont; Ashley Sipe, kindergarten, Quarryville; Sara Thomas, librarian, Clermont; Mollie Truitt, school nurse, Providence and Quarryville, along with Smith Middle School; Erica Ware, counselor, Bart-Colerain and Providence; and Jaclyn Whittaker, kindergarten, Bart-Colerain and Clermont. Belczyk is a graduate of Solanco High School. Cloud began teaching in Solanco in January.

Smith Middle School welcomed art teacher Lindsey Barker and seventh-grade LEAD teacher Danielle Croft. Swift Middle School added learning support teacher G. Nicole Domaracki and seventh-grade social studies teacher Ethan Martin.

The following individuals are new to the high school: Ted Barron, learning support; John Biles, American literature, public speaking, and acting; Johanna Jurisson, Spanish; Charleton King, physics and forensic science; Michael Miller, social studies and English; Sarah Musselman, math; and Dane Jester, school psychologist at the high school, Swift Middle School, and Bart-Colerain Elementary. Musselman began teaching in Solanco in January. Jurisson is a graduate of Solanco High School.

Also, familiar staff have taken on positions in different schools. At the high school, Tim Glackin is now an English Language Learner teacher and formerly taught social studies. High school social studies teacher Mike Hammel was formerly the teacher of the gifted.

At Clermont, Billie Corbin has become a special education teacher after having taught second grade. Lauren Byerly, a kindergarten teacher at Clermont, now additionally teaches kindergarten at Bart-Colerain.

The following individuals took on the same roles at different schools: art teacher Kesse Humphreys transferred to Solanco High School from Smith Middle School; reading specialist Alison McPherson, to Clermont Elementary from Swift Middle School; reading specialist Emily Ritholz, to Bart-Colerain Elementary School from Smith Middle School; and librarian Katrina Snyder, to Quarryville Elementary School from Bart-Colerain and Providence elementary schools.

Solanco School District also announced that it recently inducted teachers Stephanie Wood, Caley Roark and Leslie McRobbie into the district's Distinguished Teacher program. The Distinguished Teacher Award honors a teacher's instructional excellence, extraordinary success working with students, and professional leadership. Wood, Roark and McRobbie were announced as Distinguished Teachers in the spring, and they officially received their awards at the school board meeting on Aug. 21.

Wood is an English teacher at Swift Middle School. She is a 2000 Solanco High School graduate and a Millersville University graduate. She became a teacher at Solanco in 2008, after teaching at Pequea Valley and Cocalico high schools. At Solanco, she has taught at the high school and both middle schools. Wood earned a master's degree in educational leadership and strategies from Wilkes University and is currently enrolled in a reading specialist program at Millersville University.

Roark is Solanco High School's teacher of the gifted. Roark has been a teacher for 16 years, including 13 at Solanco. He graduated from Solanco in 1997 and earned a bachelor's degree in music education from West Chester University, a master's degree in sports management and education at Millersville University, and a certificate in gifted education from the University of Connecticut.

Leslie McRobbie is the lead teacher in Solanco High School's English department. She also created and operates Renee's Closet and Dapper Dan's at the high school, a service that provides free formal wear for students for homecoming, prom and other events. Prior to being hired by the district in 2007, she was a student teacher at Solanco, and she earned a bachelor's degree in education at Millersville University. She received a master's degree in education from Walden University.

Teachers new to Solanco School District for the 2017-18 school year were in attendance for the induction of Distinguished Teachers at the school board meeting. Distinguished Teacher honorees serve in various types of mentorship roles for young and new instructors.

The Distinguished Teacher Award winners each received a Solanco jacket, and their portraits will be displayed in the Solanco Administrative Office.


Committee Establishes Scholarship August 23, 2017

The Dallastown Foundation Scholarship Committee unanimously approved the establishment of the Michael A. Brenneman Memorial Scholarship at the committee's Aug. 9 meeting. The scholarship is intended to honor Michael A. Brenneman, who fought a 19-month battle with brain cancer. Brenneman was a 1980 graduate of Dallastown Area High School and received an associate degree in computer-aided drafting from York Technical Institute. His working career included long-term employment at AMP and Hartman Concrete Inc., where he worked alongside his extended family.

Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to a Dallastown student who has demonstrated strong academic performance; school, community, and charitable involvement; and skill enrichment and work experience in accordance with the objective criteria of the committee. Additionally, the recipient will plan to pursue further education in a construction-related field or in engineering.

Hartman Concrete Inc. has established the scholarship in Brenneman's name and has opened it to additional donations.

Any questions with regard to the scholarship may be directed to Jeff Rehmeyer, counsel for the committee, at 717-848-4900 or


Lancaster Mennonite Begins School Year August 23, 2017

On Aug. 22, Lancaster Mennonite (LM) superintendent Pam Tieszen kicked off the first day of school for the first time after accepting the role in January. Lancaster Mennonite School has five campuses: Lancaster Campus (grades six through 12), Hershey (kindergarten through 12th grade), New Danville (prekindergarten through fifth grade), Locust Grove (prekindergarten through eighth grade), and Kraybill in Mount Joy (prekindergarten through eighth grade).

The 2017-18 school year will serve as a pilot year for a new Encounter Bible curriculum developed by the Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) with input from many LM faculty. The Encounter curriculum will replace both the Journeys With God curriculum for kindergarten through eighth grade and the Mennonite School Council (MSC) High School Bible curriculum. LM faculty will present their experiences and best practices at the 2018 Mennonite Educators Conference (MEC) in February.

MEA has also granted the LM system full accreditation as a Mennonite School, and the regional accrediting body for private schools, AdvancED, has also accredited LM as a school system. AdvancED is an accrediting and consulting organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of schools and school systems offering prekindergarten through 12th-grade education.

Nine new air-conditioning units have been installed at the Locust Grove Campus. Both floors of the west wing, as well as the library area, have new HVAC units.

Locust Grove students also met their new principal, Paul Smeltzer, who previously served as a principal for three programs operated by Camelot Schools in partnership with the School District of Lancaster. Smeltzer holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Clarion University, a master's degree in education administration from the University of Scranton, and a master's degree in education from Eastern Mennonite University.

Additionally, the Locust Grove Campus added eighth grade this year to provide a full middle school of grades six through eight with traditional classes as an alternative to the Project-Based Learning approach at nearby Lancaster Mennonite Middle School (LMMS). The LMMS Connect! program offers an innovative, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary approach to engage seventh- and eighth-grade students in project-based and problem-based learning around a central theme for each quarter.

The Kraybill Campus in Mount Joy also has a new principal, but Michael Charles is a familiar face. Charles was a Kraybill Campus student from kindergarten through eighth grade before he graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School (LMH). After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in history and social studies from Eastern Mennonite University, Charles returned to his alma mater, where he has taught in the History and Social Studies Department, served as Student Council adviser, and coached junior varsity boys' volleyball for the past seven years. He has a Master of Science in Education in educational leadership with a principal's certification from the School Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

The New Danville Campus, serving 120 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade, had six new air-conditioning units installed this summer. Eloy Rodriguez is starting his fifth year as principal.

At the Lancaster Campus, new rooms were added to accommodate 12 additional LMH students in Millstream Hall. Air-conditioning units were installed in old Graybill Hall, which is needed to accommodate an overflow of 12 to 15 residential students, as the school was slated to welcome 130 international students. Academically, the school has added AP Computer Science Principles. In addition, the Lancaster Campus continues to serve Chester County students with a bus route with stops in Oxford, Parkesburg, and Cochranville.


Concussion Tips Posted August 23, 2017

With many student-athletes back at school for fall sports practice, it is a good time for students, parents, and coaches to be vigilant at preventing, recognizing, and managing concussions. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Concussions can have serious short-term and long-term impacts, especially on young people whose brains are still developing. In 2011, the Safety in Youth Sports Act was signed into law in Pennsylvania, requiring all school entities to develop return-to-play policies for student-athletes with concussions, as well as requiring related training for coaches.

Readers may visit the Department of Health's website at and search for Traumatic Brain Injury for approved curricula for coaches and other school personnel, along with frequently asked questions about the law and many other state-related resources. Most importantly, if a parent thinks their child has a concussion, they should seek medical attention, discuss the injury with the coach, and do not allow the athlete to return to play without permission from a health care professional.


Watson Selected For AP Reading August 23, 2017

Jennifer Watson recently participated in the College Board's annual AP (Advanced Placement) Reading in AP Literature and Composition. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the U.S. to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. Watson is a teacher at Octorara High School in Atglen.

AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world's leading academic institutions. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged.

The AP Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies - with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both - while still in high school. Through AP courses in 38 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue - skills that prepare them for college and beyond.


Yi Inducted Into Society August 23, 2017

Ling Yi of Palmyra was among students at The University of Scranton, Scranton, inducted into Phi Sigma Tau, the international honor society for students of philosophy. Yi is a junior majoring in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology.

Eligibility for nomination requires a major or minor in philosophy as well as excellence in philosophy works. Induction of nominated students is based on voting results of philosophy faculty and current chapter members.


LCHS To Present "Lazarus" August 23, 2017

Sebastian Klemmer, vice president of the Lancaster Catholic High School (LCHS) marching band and a baritone player, has never enjoyed learning drill music as much as he has this year at band camp. "The music is a lot of fun to play," said Klemmer. "This is the most exciting opener I have played since I started in band. It's just gorgeous."

The opener that Klemmer likes so much is "Mars, the Bringer of War" by Gustav Holst. The dynamic piece will lead off the year's drill themed "Lazarus," based on the biblical story of the man Christ brought back from the dead. For the ballad, band director Paul Murr chose "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini. The drill will end with "The Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky.

The 38-member LCHS marching band, including four color guard, learned the fall drill during band camp, which was held at the school from Aug. 14 to 18. Camp was scheduled for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and on Friday, it took place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and was followed by a pool party.

According to student director AJ Jacunski, the drill is designed to reflect the music. "(In the) opener and closer, the drill is boxy, and we make more lines and structured shapes," said Jacunski. "During the ballad, which is (a waltz), we don't have corners; they are curves, and that (matches) the music."

Color guard captain Hillary Zink said that the guard movements will reflect the music as well. "In the ballad, the (silver swing) flags match the ... music. (The flags) are longer to flow with the patterns in the drill." Zink noted that the guard will use black and purple flags in the opening song - which she characterized as dark and choppy - and flags that resemble stained glass in the closing number.

Soloists will include Rebecca Ressel on clarinet and Anna Peris on electric violin. Zink will have a guard solo to accompany each of the musical solos, and the pit will play prior to the clarinet solo. "The pit starts the ballad about 10 measures before the clarinet solo, and then we drop down and play under," said pit section leader Maria Howe. Klemmer noted that the percussion section will be featured in the opener. "That underlying pulse (they play) makes it easier to march," Klemmer said.

Jacunski noted that the timing of the drill has made it more complicated to learn, but band president Lauren Modlin added that band members were making progress toward mastering the drill. "We really prepared (for camp), and we have a great group of people," she said.

"We are learning ahead (of where we expected to be), and it's nice to see that teamwork." Zink agreed. "Everybody that's here (at camp) is really committed to this."

To lighten the intensity of band camp, student leaders held theme days including crazy hat or sock day, class color day, tie dye day, twin day, and section theme day.

In 2014, the LCHS band joined the Lancaster County Marching Band Coalition. The coalition was created by a group of county band directors who have chosen to make an intentional move to provide students with more balance in their high school years. The LCHS band members will perform this year's drill at several Saturday shows this fall, including the school's own band showcase on Sept. 23. The band will also take part in a showcase at Manheim Township High School on Sept. 30 and a showcase held at Owen J. Roberts High School near Reading on Oct. 7. A final show is scheduled for McCaskey High School on Oct. 28.

Zink pointed out that the atmosphere at the band shows is conducive to developing relationships with members of bands from other schools. She added that at the final show, all the coalition band members will gather as one band to perform. "It's nice to be able to come together and create something great together to show our families," she noted.


School Opens Registration August 22, 2017

Temple Beth Israel, 2090 Hollywood Drive, York, is currently accepting registration for students in kindergarten through 10th grade. Music education will highlight the Religious School offerings. School will begin on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Families of students in kindergarten through second grade need not be temple members. The Reform Jewish congregation operates the religious education program for Jewish youths in York County.

For more information, readers may call principal Elizabeth Arbittier or Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan at 717-843-2676 or visit


One-Room Schools Reunion Planned August 22, 2017

The Fairview Township, York County, one-room schools will hold a reunion on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Red Land Valley Church, 3553 Lewisberry Road, York Haven, in the Activity Center. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish. Place settings and beverages will be provided. Friends and family are welcome.

For more information, call Edie at 717-712-3120 or Pat at 717-938-2375.


Dohm Receives Master's Degree August 21, 2017

Regan Dohm of Downingtown received a master's degree during spring commencement ceremonies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wis., on May 12.

Dohm earned a Master of Science in environment and resources at the Institute for Environmental Studies.


Patkin Earns College Degree August 21, 2017

Joshua Patkin of Downingtown graduated from Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, N.Y., this academic year.

Patkin earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration entrepreneurship.


Foundation Awards Grant August 21, 2017

As part of Manheim Township's Mobile Learning Initiative, the Manheim Township Educational Foundation (MTEF) has awarded a $64,219 grant to the district to purchase streaming devices for television and other digital media. The devices will be put in every classroom in the Manheim Township School District.

Anthony Aldinger and Jessica O'Gorman applied for the grant in an effort to provide a device in each classroom and instructional areas so teachers and students could wirelessly share information from their electronic tablets or laptops. The streaming device is a complementary device to the electronic tablets and will be used to promote the 21st-century skills of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking in classrooms across the district. Many teachers in the district are already creating innovative lessons that will utilize the technology.

Over the next two years, the district plans to provide electronic tablets to all students as part of the one-to-one technology plan. The addition of the streaming devices creates a real-life collaborative learning environment intended to improve student participation and interaction.

The MTEF disburses contributions from area businesses and individuals to implement educational programs that are applied for by school district educators. For the spring of 2017, the MTEF board of directors awarded 13 grants totaling more than $100,000. The streaming devices grant is one of the largest MTEF has ever awarded and was made possible, in part, by donations from the Clark Associates Charitable Foundation.

The donations were a portion of the funds during the Clark Associates Charitable Foundation's fifth annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser. Funds were also donated to Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, Conestoga Valley Education Foundation, the Anchorage Breakfast Program, and several other local nonprofit organizations.

The MTEF aims to strengthen, enhance and enrich the educational experience of Manheim Township school district students by promoting innovative educational programs and assisting faculty and staff in supplementing existing curriculum. In addition, MTEF is a resource for the community, supporting academic, artistic or athletic educational experiences that enhance the normal curriculum or extracurricular activities. MTEF fulfills its mission by awarding grants throughout the school year and providing services to the alumni association.


Marching Through "Decades" August 21, 2017

Steven Barraclough, Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) marching band director, believes that the more input students have in something, the more they will take ownership in the end. "We all work together on (the drill)," Barraclough said. "It's a collective effort." This fall, the approximately 120-member band will present "Decades" during halftime at home football games.

Head drum major Jared Wolf said the show will take audiences on a journey through the 1950s, '60s, and '70s with a song from each time frame - "Johnny B. Goode," "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Assistant drum major Carissa Warren said this year's songs are a lot of fun. "They make you want to dance," she shared.

Overall, the show is very upbeat, Jared said, and the inclusion of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" adds a different pace than previous years' shows. "Our school hasn't done a slow song for five years, so it's nice to change it up," Jared remarked. "It's such a powerful piece."

Audiences can also look for a lot more precision drill movements, something Jared said is used frequently in college marching band productions. "When we do it right, it looks amazing," said Carissa.

To learn the show and solidify its music and movements into their minds and bodies, marching band members took part in a week of band camp from Aug. 7 to 11 at EAHS. The drum majors - Jared, Carissa, and Claire Fritz - planned the annual theme days that are a highlight of band camp. Students went all out for Section Day, Tourist Tuesday, Wild West Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Freedom Friday. As an added bonus, the students concluded the week of intense practices with an all-out water balloon battle on Friday.

Carissa explained that another key part of band camp is the buddy system - when each of the seniors pairs up with a freshman. "It's sort of someone who can mentor you throughout the week and the school year, too," said Carissa. Plus, since only seniors are allowed to go off-campus for lunch during the week, they often bring back treats like slushies and candy for their freshman buddies. Alumni band members also return to visit during lunch breaks.

The public may check out the marching band's performance of "Decades" during the first EAHS home football game, when the Bears take on the Hershey High School Trojans at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8.

Aside from playing at football games, the EAHS marching band takes part in plenty of area parades throughout the school year, including the Bainbridge Halloween Parade, Elizabethtown Holiday Parade, and the Elizabethtown Memorial Day Parade. The band will also perform at the annual Falmouth Goat Races on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Governor Stable Park, 101 Governor Stable Road, Bainbridge.


DHS Marching Band To Perform "H2O" August 21, 2017

"Bring water and reapply sunscreen even if you don't think you need to!" That is good advice for anyone spending time outside in the summer, and Donegal High School (DHS) marching band director Dale Sellers frequently repeated the reminder to his students during band camp.

Camp took place on weekdays from July 31 to Aug. 11, and DHS students spent the first week indoors learning the music for this year's show, "H2O." "It's about the properties of water and the power it has," explained senior and marching band president Molly Stoe. "It's more of an abstract show."

The five songs in "H2O" are "Northwoods Introduction," "Machine Age," "Paradiso," "A Zillion Nickels," and "Northwoods: Of Might and Mettle." Molly said the idea behind the first week is that the instrumentalists will be able to memorize the music so they can focus on learning the movements and other aspects of the show during week two, which was spent in the athletic fields behind DHS.

Color guard captain and senior Charlotte Garner noted that the show has a lot more movement than previous years' shows. "I like the ballads the best, because you get to dance a lot and use the big swing flags," Charlotte said. Brenna Barber, a senior and vice president of the marching band, said that the rhythms the band members march to for "H2O" were some of the most challenging things to solidify. Molly agreed, noting that the show is fast-paced. So much so that the students had to complete dreaded distance runs and sprints during camp to prepare.

To balance out all of the hard work, sweating, and running, band members planned theme days which included Clash Day, Tie Dye Tuesday, dressing as twins and multiples on Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Induction Shirt Friday.

"Friday's the easy day because we get out at 2:30," remarked Molly. From there, the marching band students headed to the Mount Joy Pool to relax and unwind and then to Molly's house for an induction ceremony to welcome all of the freshmen and any other new members. A scavenger hunt planned by the seniors is a longstanding DHS band camp tradition that also takes place at the induction ceremony. This year Molly, Charlotte, and Brenna opted to include everybody in the scavenger hunt, which is typically only for newbies. "We wanted it to be more inclusive," Molly said.

Band camp culminated with unveiling the new show to family members and friends on Aug. 12. Before the public showing the students gathered for their traditional "Tomahawk Feast" - another beloved DHS band camp ritual.

The community can catch a performance of "H2O" at the first DHS home football game against William Penn Senior High School, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24. The stadium is located at 1025 Koser Road, Mount Joy.


College Names Board Of Trustees Chair August 21, 2017

Elizabethtown College has announced the appointment of Robert J. Dolan as board of trustees chair, beginning Aug. 15. He replaces P. Edward Lovelidge, Class of 1982, who was acting board of trustees chair following the departure of Dr. Robert O. Kerr in spring 2017. Lovelidge will continue as vice chair.

Dolan's mother, brother, and daughter-in-law graduated from Elizabethtown College, and both of his parents were on the faculty. Dolan's father, Bob, taught math from 1964 until 1992; his mother, Sue, taught business from 1975 until 1994. Dolan has served on the Elizabethtown College board of trustees for four years.

Dolan graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School in 1969 and the University of Notre Dame in 1973. He became an associate of the Society of Actuaries in 1975 and an enrolled actuary in 1981. He attended Dartmouth Executive Management Series and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. He also is a fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. He became chief operating officer at Conrad Siegel Actuaries in 1991, president and chief executive officer two years later, and chair of the board in 2007, retiring from that position in 2013. Dolan has also served with many organizations.

Lovelidge is a 35-year veteran and partner with Philadelphia PwC, an assurance, tax, human resources, transactions, performance improvement, and crisis management firm. He earned his bachelor's degree from Elizabethtown College in 1982 and his master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

In addition to his time on the Elizabethtown College board of trustees, he is active in civic activities throughout the greater Philadelphia region.


WHS Band To Present "Dejà Vu" August 21, 2017

"Dejà vu" is a French term to describe the phenomenon of feeling that a current experience has already happened in the past. Warwick High School (WHS) band director Matthew Tenaglia and the 53 members of the school band, including six color guard, will perform a drill, themed "Dejà Vu" that works to display that concept on the field. "We will try to capture the feelings one experiences (during) the phenomenon of dejà vu using visual ideas and music," said Tenaglia, who noted that recurrences and mimicking will be important parts of the drill.

Band members were working to master the drill when band camp was held from Aug. 7 to 11 and 14 to 18. Additional rehearsals are being held from Aug. 21 through 24.

Tenaglia pointed to formations on the field designed to capture the dejà vu feeling. "Some things will happen on one side of the field and then happen on the other or one side will get larger while the other gets smaller," he said. "We will play a lot with circles in the ballad." According to drum major Abby Beatty, platforms and mirrors will be used as props to enhance the dejà vu feeling.

The music by composers Ian Grom and John Mapes will also reflect the theme. "The way the music is composed is that little clips from the opening theme blend together at the end," said Tenaglia. Beatty added that the music moves quickly and that at the beginning the feel is almost confusing, but then the band comes together. "The music is really cool," she said. "It entertains."

The pit will feature heavily in the show. Pit captain Salem Longer noted that the 10-member pit will include marimbas, keyboards, bass guitar, timpani, xylophone, and glockenspiel. "We have the melody, and other times we have cool harmonies that go with the music," she said. Tenaglia added that the pit will also utilize electronic sound manipulations. "We will manipulate some sound, and our synthesizer player will be triggering some sound effects throughout the show," he said. "There will be echoes."

The drumline will also be showcased in the percussion-heavy show, which will include mellophone solos by Maddie Grisbacher and Maddie Felpel and a trumpet solo by Nick Taylor.

The color guard will use flags and rifles in the drill. Color guard captain Jackie Leto will have a solo where she catches a flag toss with her leg. "With the flags, we have a lot of cool tosses at a fast tempo," said Leto, who added that the guard will also do dance movements including jazz running.

Tenaglia said that challenges during band camp included working with nearly 20 new members who have never marched before. "It is a blessing to have that many new members joining us, and we love it," said Tenaglia, who added that the students are picking up the drill quickly. "We are seeing growth every day, and that's a good challenge to have," he said.

To up the fun quotient at band camp, student leaders held theme days. On one day, band members were encouraged to dress as an older or younger version of themselves. Other themes included staff impersonation day, color day, and sectional spirit day. According to Beatty, the spirit week is more than just fun; it is a bonding experience. "It's a chance to get to know everyone," she said. "At band camp, people start feeling more comfortable with each other and with marching and the music."

WHS competes in the Cavalcade of Bands circuit in the American division. This year, the band will attend competitions on Saturdays including at Conestoga Valley High School on Sept. 23, at WHS on Sept. 30, at Wilson High School in Reading on Oct. 21, at Governor Mifflin High School in Shillington on Nov. 4, and at Hersheypark on Nov. 11.


Mom's House Gala Will Focus On Empowerment August 21, 2017

The second annual fundraising gala to benefit Mom's House of Lancaster has been titled "An Evening of Empowerment." The event will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. at Lancaster Country Club, 1466 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, and will include dinner and live and silent auctions. An optional social will be held on the veranda following the gala for adults age 21 and older.

To highlight the event's theme, three past program participants will share how Mom's House empowered them to break the cycle of poverty through child care, support, and resources. A recent graduate, a person who graduated in 2008, and an individual whose daughter is now in college are slated to speak.

Executive director Sara Johns, who moved from the board of directors to the head of the organization in February 2015, also has a story of empowerment. Johns became a mother at 17 and had planned to quit school, but a tour of Mom's House changed the direction of her life.

"You can be successful by getting an education," Johns recalled hearing on the tour.

The program offered by Mom's House today is similar to the one that enabled Johns to continue to attend high school. Mom's House provides child care for infants as young as 6 weeks through preschool-age at no cost to single parents. The parents are required to be enrolled in school full time, achieve good grades, and invest three hours of service each week at Mom's House. One of those hours can be fulfilled by attending a life skills workshop.

"We try to have them do things they generally need in their everyday lives (for their service hours)," Johns explained. That includes cleaning the facility at 415 S. Queen St., Lancaster, disinfecting toys, and even writing thank-you letters to donors. "The moms really enjoy making that connection," Johns said of the letter-writing task.

Currently, Mom's House serves 21 families, and 25 additional families are on the waiting list. The proceeds from the gala will help toward reaching a goal of hiring a new staff person so that an additional eight families can be added to the active clientele. A new or expanded facility may also be in the organization's future. Discussing possible locations, Johns pointed out a common misconception about Mom's House: that its services are restricted to Lancaster city residents.

"(When it started), it was strictly city-based, but we are blessed with a philanthropic community, so now families (in need) have more transportation options," Johns said. "A lot of families we serve are coming from rural areas."

Proceeds from the gala represent a significant portion of the Mom's House budget, said treasurer and gala committee chair Dan Massey. Last year's inaugural event, which celebrated the organization's 25th anniversary, attracted between 120 and 130 attendees, more than the 100 organizers had hoped for.

"We'd love to have 200 (this year)," Massey remarked.

"We would like to attract some businesses (that) would like to be community supporters," added board member and gala committee member Jean Good.

Sponsorships in a wide range of price points are available for businesses and individuals, and the committee is accepting donations of items for the auctions. The committee is planning to feature six significant items or packages in the live auction and 50 or more lots in the silent auction. Current donations include a high-end necklace from a local jeweler, a custom Renaissance-style family portrait painted by a regional artist, and gift cards and certificates.

To learn more about the gala, schedule a donation, or purchase tickets by the deadline of Friday, Sept. 1, readers may visit


MTHS Fall Drill Will Pay Homage To Bond, James Bond August 18, 2017

Student leaders in the Manheim Township High School (MTHS) marching band are secretive when discussing the first and final sets of the fall show, which will pay tribute to James Bond 007 with music from Bond movies, students playing Bond and a villainess, and opportunities for students to act as well as play and march on the field. Leaders would admit that the opening and closing sets will have special features that will appeal to Bond fans. "There are iconic (Bond features) that make the way into the drill," said brass captain Michael Buffa.

The nearly 140-member band, including 39 color guard, spent time during the weeks of Aug. 7, 14, and 21 at the school learning the drill, which was written by Scott Goebel and utilizes well-known movie music including the Bond theme, "Live and Let Die," "Goldfinger," "Die Another Day," and "Skyfall." The show will end with a medley of all the songs.

"We incorporate the theme a lot into the drill this year," said Will Esposito, who shares drum major duties with Madison Vaughen. "There is a lot of James Bond 007 influence in the drill." According to color guard captain Shannon Rehkugler, the theme will be acted out on the field with band member Justin Moore playing James Bond to Bella Sisay's villainess. Sisay, a color guard member, will be tossed into the air at the start of the show using a basket toss technique that guard members learned. "We start the show with Bond and a villainess who is trying to defeat Bond," said Rehkugler, who added that the color guard members will act like spies. "Throughout the show Bond and the villainess have this conflict."

Moore and Sisay will not be the only students who have a chance to act during the show. Esposito said that during parts of the show musicians will be acting sneaky or suave.

Vaughen described the drill as geometric, and woodwind captain Sheila Long added that the marchers will perform a number of lunges and casual walking moves along with acting on the field.

Several musicians will have areas where they are spotlighted during the show. Percussionists Tyler Brooks and Joshua Amoro said that the drummers will be busy during the show. "We have several drum features, and it's a blast," noted Brooks. Esposito added that Bryce Katch will play a saxophone solo during "Skyfall." "That's a big feature point," he said. Buffa added that his section will be highlighted as well. "There are two or three low brass features where baritones and tubas play for a few measures," he said, adding with a smile, "We can play as loud as possible, and it's a lot of fun."

Student leaders noted that having a large number of new band members this year has been challenging, but they are excited to see the band growing. Both entering freshmen and upperclassmen have joined the band this fall. The percussion section gained four new members, and 19 students joined the color guard.

To break up the practice routine of band camp, the students chose the middle week to hold theme days, which included 'Merica Monday, when students dressed in patriotic wear; Twin Tuesday, and Wacky Sock Wednesday. On Township Thursday, students wore spirit wear clothing, and on Section Pride Friday, each section made its own T-shirts to wear to rehearsal.

Several years ago, the MTHS band joined the Lancaster County Marching Band Coalition. The coalition was created by a group of county band directors who have chosen to make an intentional move to provide students with more balance in their high school years. The MTHS band will perform this year's drill at Lancaster Catholic High School's band showcase on Saturday, Sept. 23, and at its own band show on Saturday, Sept. 30.


Marching Barons To Present "Pompeii" August 18, 2017

When Manheim Central High School (MCHS) marching band members were feeling the heat and exhaustion during band camp, the thought of blasting their director with water balloons might have given some of them just enough incentive to press on. "On the first Thursday of band camp, they get to throw a few hundred water balloons at me," explained John Brackbill, who is in his ninth year serving as the MCHS marching band director. It was during his first year that Brackbill decided to let the students throw water balloons at him as a fun way to let go of some of their frustrations. Naturally, everyone loved it, and the tradition stuck.

Band camp took place on weekdays from July 31 to Aug. 11 at the MCHS football field, with daily sessions from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.

"(Band camp) is a long stretch to push through, but it's worth it," said drum major and MCHS junior Laura Forwood. Besides the water balloon tossing tradition, the students mixed things up with theme days during the second week of camp. These included Monochrome Monday with one specific color assigned to each section, crazy hats on Tuesday, "Star Wars" attire for Wednesday, and Throwback Thursday. Camp always ends with Section Day on Friday, where each section performs a skit or some kind of performance for the rest of the crew. "It's a nice way for each section to bond," Brackbill said.

Drum major and MCHS senior Andrew Kerdeman said this year's show, "Pompeii," is a significant switch from last year's steampunk-themed production. "It's more emotionally driven," Andrew noted. Audiences will be introduced to the ancient city of Pompeii as its people throw a lavish celebration until Mount Vesuvius erupts. The third movement depicts people saying goodbye to one another before they are all swallowed up by fire and smoke in the final movement.

"The music is pretty compositionally advanced," said Laura, adding that she likes the broad range it covers from classical to modern. With 44 new students in the 118-member MCHS marching band this year, tackling such a complex show is no small feat. Band camp helped to solidify the music and movements. Brackbill said that while plenty of high schools stick to just one week of band camp, he opts for two so that the students can more fully learn the show before jumping into the school year.

Rehearsals will continue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as the band prepares to perform "Pompeii" at football games and in Cavalcade of Bands competitions. MCHS is part of the Patriot Conference for Cavalcade of Bands - the largest division, which is open to bands with more than 101 members. "I'd say this band is about 12 to 15 percent of the high school's population," Brackbill commented. "We've worked hard to make it as inclusive as possible."

The MCHS marching band and Manheim Central Band Boosters will host the Baron Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 28, with 20 high school bands competing in a display of marching and music. The public is invited to attend.

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