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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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Solanco Marching Band Prepares "UPrising" August 17, 2017

"These kids are awesome," said Solanco High School marching band director Scott Weyman. "They continue to amaze me every day."

For two weeks, beginning Aug. 7, the nearly 70 members of the marching band and color guard rehearsed the music and learned the drills for "UPrising," this year's field show, the second one produced with Weyman at the helm.

"There is an emphasis on 'up,' both in terms of the theme of the program and in our goals for the band for this season," Weyman remarked. He described the show as a "state-of-the-art program," adding, "We are the first ones in Pennsylvania to license it. We shouldn't see anybody playing our book."

The show has three parts - "The Phoenix," "UPrising," and "Viva La Vida" - and features the music of Fall Out Boy, Muse, and Coldplay. The theme of the show is of rising energy, the uprising, and finally the realization of a better way of life for all, Weyman said. He noted that the show is emblematic of his goals for the band, one of which is to inspire the band members to learn to play their instruments well and enjoy a lifelong participation with music.

"We have a continued mission to improve our skill set each year," Weyman remarked. He noted that the instrumentation is more balanced this year, with a full complement of low brass. "It gives us the ability to address the whole score," he said.

The band has also been working on adding pep songs to its repertoire. The high school has a wealth of songs in its library, and Weyman has selected a mix of standards and other tunes.

"We are trying to strike a chord with as many of the fans as possible," Weyman explained.

Fans may see a difference this year in how the band functions at football games. Weyman has been working with athletic director Anthony Hall to change how the band interacts with the "Black Hole" fan section.

"We are trying to create more of a college football experience in which the band plays the whole time," Weyman said. "We have greatly expanded the grooves and beats the drumline has. It's already a whole lot of fun."

The band's schedule has also been expanded. This year, the group will perform in marching band showcases at Manheim Township and McCaskey high schools. The events are noncompetitive, but the band will receive feedback on its performances.

"Showcases are a new world for (the band)," Weyman said. "It's important for students and parents to get an idea of what's out there in the band world. They'll see a bit of everything: a variety of design and music."

Weyman is not alone in preparing the band for its new season. Elizabeth Martin is the assistant director, and the instructors include Karen Huber, Jared Drennen, Rachel Olszewski, David Bailey, Sam Broomell, and Matt Green. Ryan Argenti is the drum major.

The marching band's first performance will take place during Spirit Night at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, at the high school stadium, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville. Folks may catch a preview performance, however, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23. A meeting for band parents will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event will conclude by 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the marching band, readers may email Weyman at


Seniors Of The Month Chosen August 17, 2017

Hannah Barbush and Benjamin Burkhart have been selected as the September Seniors of the Month at Manheim Central High School. The Manheim Women's Club sponsors the Girls of the Month and honors them at a dinner meeting at the end of the year. The Boys of the Month are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Manheim. Both students are invited to a luncheon at Teen Central for the month they are chosen. Seniors of the month are chosen by the professional staff of the high school based on academic achievement, character and involvement within the school and community.

Barbush, 17, is the daughter of Justin and Angie Barbush of Manheim. Her school activities include involvement in the field hockey program and Student Council, and she has chaired many committees. Her community involvement includes her involvement with the field hockey team, moving library books, and working at the registration for 5K races. She plays field hockey year-round and participates in youth group.

She plans to attend East Stroudsburg University to pursue a dual certification in early childhood education and special education. She plans to play field hockey at the collegiate level.

Burkhart, 18, is the son of Dan and Gina Burkhart of Manheim. His school activities include volleyball, ski club and ALPHA. In volleyball, he was named a Section 2 All-Star and reached the All-State level. He plans to attend college. Burkhart has been active in his community by participating in service projects within his church and a community clothing bank. He attends youth group.


Penn Manor Welcomes New Teachers August 16, 2017

Penn Manor welcomed 20 new teachers for the 2017-18 school year during New Teacher Orientation Day on Aug. 8 at Manor Middle School. In all, 27 professional staff members have been hired for the coming year. Some of the teachers previously served in long-term substitute positions at Penn Manor schools, but the others are new to Penn Manor.

The new staff includes the following individuals.

Conestoga Elementary School: Krista Eby, grade one. Central Manor Elementary School: Aliza Becker, grade six; Cristen Appel, grade one; Paige Martin, learning support; Anna Raneiri, learning support.

Conestoga and Eshleman elementary schools: Kailey Brennan, music, and Morgan Fasnacht, art. Hambright Elementary School: Megan Binkley, kindergarten; Ashley Brubaker, music; Brandon Leinbach, grade one; Morgan Stepanchick, learning support. Martic Elementary School: Vicki Fafel, grade six; Jeb Thompson, grade two. Pequea Elementary School: Caroline Lovett, grade four; Grace Painter, grade two; Danielle Zook, learning support/life skills, grades one through three.

Manor Middle School: Courtney Heiser, mathematics. Marticville/Manor Middle School: Brittney Anderson, school nurse.

Penn Manor High School: Julie Knauss, English; Katherine Ream, math; Leomery Silva-Tavarez, Spanish; Kayla Starry, social studies; Christopher Vrabel, biology; Mary Wittemann, biology; Thomas Bechtel, social studies; Joel Ernst, science; and Beth Reburn, learning support/English.


Field Hockey Team Will Introduce New Coach August 12, 2017

The Hempfield High School field hockey program will kick off its season with a "Meet the Team and Coaches Night" on Friday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria of the school, 200 Stanley Ave., Landisville. The doors will open at 5:45 p.m., and folks may drop in at any time.

A small fee will be charged for admission of adults, and college-age and younger individuals will be admitted free with paid adult tickets. Attendees may dress in casual attire. Snacks and beverages will be served.

The event will include silent and live auctions, as well as prize drawings. Some of the auction offerings will include Penn State football and basketball tickets, jewelry, gift cards to local entertainment venues and restaurants, Phillies tickets, gift baskets filled with various items, and field hockey items. Cash and checks will be accepted for payment.

The proceeds from the event will be used by the field hockey booster club to support the athletes and the team throughout the year.

Also, folks will be introduced to the new varsity coach, Tesla Atkins, during the evening.

"Hempfield is where I began my career as a field hockey player, and I am excited to be home," Atkins said.

Atkins played field hockey at Hempfield as a freshman before transferring to Penn Manor for the rest of her high school career. She was selected to the Lancaster-Lebanon conference team and was named academic All-American in 2006-07. Atkins graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2011 with a degree in health and physical education. During college, she was a four-time academic All-American, and she had two appearances in the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference on Final Four and runner-up squads.

As an adult athlete, Atkins has played in countless tournaments throughout the country, including the National Indoor Tournament hosted by USA Field Hockey, and she was drafted to the Harrow Cup.

Atkins coached several field hockey clubs from 2009 to 2014, and she served as an assistant coach for high school teams in Charlotte, N.C., from 2013 to 2016. Atkins' teams won two North Carolina state championships and placed second twice. Additionally, Atkins created the Carolina Evolution club team in 2014 and coached teams that were successful in numerous tournaments. She subsequently represented North Carolina at the 2017 U.S. Field Hockey League tournament.

After returning to Pennsylvania, Atkins coached 11 Hempfield players at the 2017 Limelight college showcase, finishing in second place overall. She has also coached several youth field hockey teams that competed in the National Futures Tournament.

Atkins has high hopes for the future of Hempfield's field hockey team, and she has created goals for the group.

"We will create a positive, encouraging, and uplifting environment where the athletes can work as a unit to achieve their goals," she remarked. "We (will) focus on the tactics necessary for success on the field, but also concepts like problem-solving, teamwork, and sacrifice, which will benefit our athletes throughout their lives. Our team is also focused on the growth of the program and implementing opportunities for elementary players to learn and love the sport."


School To Recycle Playground Equipment August 11, 2017

As part of the Bainbridge Elementary School renovation project, Elizabethtown Area School District has partnered with Conoy Township to recycle the school's current playground equipment. The school will receive new equipment for its campus while the old equipment will be carefully disassembled and relocated to parks throughout Conoy Township.

Superintendent of schools Dr. Michele Balliet explained that Bainbridge students participated in a yearlong project, researching and designing their dream playground.

The district was unable to repurpose the old equipment due to Pennsylvania School Code that governs the specifications for school playground equipment. At a June 20 action meeting, the district's board of education approved the donation of playground equipment to the township.

At a small ceremony, township supervisors Gina Mariani and Stephen Mohr joined Balliet, school business manager George Longridge and district buildings and grounds director Richard Kahley to celebrate the donation. According to Mohr, the Conoy Township Board of Supervisors chairman, the preservation of the old equipment was important because it has many years of use remaining and because students at the school had raised the funds for the equipment and had cooperated with the PTO and the township for its installation.

Conoy Township is in the process of identifying where the equipment will be relocated, but it is expected to be distributed among several locations. One possibility is for the most heavily used playground just two blocks away from the school on Arch Street in Bainbridge to receive the largest multisectioned piece of the equipment. The remainder of the donated equipment will be used to enhance Conoy's four other existing parks containing play areas and equipment, with two parks being located in the Bainbridge area and two in the Falmouth area.


Marching On "Cloud Nine" August 9, 2017

Brandon Nase, Conestoga Valley High School (CVHS) marching band director, wants to take audience members on an atmospheric journey with the band's fall show. "The show is called 'Cloud Nine,' based on the idea that (cloud nine) is a euphoric kind of place," said Nase.

The 51 musicians and 13 color guard spent the week of July 31 to Aug. 4 rehearsing the drill at the school from 5 to 9 p.m. each day. From Aug. 7 through 10, students met from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Aug. 11, band camp concluded with pictures and a short rehearsal.

To illustrate the theme on the field, the drill will open with music from Eric Whitacre's "Cloudburst," followed by parts of Antonín Dvorák's Ninth Symphony, with Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" as the ballad. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony will also be utilized, and the music will conclude with "Cloudburst" as a bookend piece. Nase said that Mitchell's well-known song was an important choice. "(Mitchell) talks a lot about the idea of that song being between reality and fantasy," he said. "(The song) plays very well within the show." "Cloudburst" also figures heavily as both the opener and the closer. "We will end with a mixture of melodies from the show and (a reprise of) 'Cloudburst,'" said Nase. The details of exactly how the show will end are still being nailed down. "We are playing around with some ideas for the end where we will try to get as much color as possible and create an angelic moment," said Nase.

CVHS junior Jasmine Yachasz, who serves as drum major, said that one of her biggest challenges is not losing her voice. "This year we are implementing more commands and giving orders on the field (into the drill)," she said. "It's (very different) from being a band member marching on the field." According to Yachasz, her job is made easier by a large number of upperclassmen who are band members, although she praised the newer members as well. "We have a lot of returning members who are (experienced), but the incoming members are stepping up quickly," she said. "Often (I) can't tell the difference between the new and returning members."

Nase noted that several members of the band will be highlighted during the drill, with a baritone solo and mellophone duet or small ensemble of mellophones during the ballad. There will also be a percussion feature in the closer. Color guard members will be doing body work and dance, and there will also be dedicated rifle and flag lines. Flags that will be used will include full ensemble flags, along with large colorful swing flags in the ballad. Musicians will have plenty to do in addition to playing instruments. "We are incorporating a lot more body (movements) in the winds and percussion on the field," said Nase.

To bolster morale on the longer days of band camp, special dress-up days were held, and the group took a break to play marching band Olympics. Nase said that activities included drumhead discus and guard pole javelin throw. "(Those activities) are definitely a lot of fun," said Yachasz, who added that she loves being able to spend so much time with her fellow marchers. "I have been trying to not just give orders but to get to know all the (band members), especially the new people, so I can recognize challenges and if they need more assistance to overcome those," she said.

This year's activities also included a field trip on Aug. 2 to Talen Energy Stadium in Chester. "We took most of the group to see a drum corps (performance) to show them what professionals look like," said Nase. "It was a great experience."

Yachasz is looking ahead to presenting the drill to audiences. "I hope audiences feel amazed," she said. "I think the way the show is laid out with tunes (audience members) know mixed with tunes they don't know (will inspire them) to go home wanting to look into (the music) more."


Immunization News Update August 9, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has revised Pennsylvania's school immunization requirements for the 2017-18 school year. The new rules require parents to get their children fully immunized prior to the fifth day of school or the students will be excluded from school.

Previously, parents had eight months to meet school immunization requirements. If a student is in the middle of an immunization series, and it is too soon for the next dose, the parents must provide the school nurse with a written plan, signed by their health care provider, within the first five days of school.

For more information, readers may contact their health care provider, visit, or call 877-PA-HEALTH.


PVHS Marching Band To Explore Movie Themes August 9, 2017

When Pequea Valley High School (PVHS) band director Jim Ackerman considered ideas for the marching band's 2017 fall drill, he looked to the cinema, and Ackerman was gratified when members of the band reacted positively. "The students like the music," he said. "They were excited when I told them it was a movies theme."

The theme draws from four well-known film series, including "Batman" by Danny Elfman, the "Glory Days" theme from "The Incredibles" by Michael Giacchino, "One Last Shot" from "Pirates of the Caribbean" by Klaus Badelt, and Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die" from the James Bond film of the same name. The students began learning the drill during PVHS band camp, which was held at the school from July 31 through Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ackerman is trying a few drill techniques that will be new for the band, including dividing the show into two parts rather than four. "The first half is a medley of 'Batman' and 'Incredibles' without stopping," explained Ackerman, who added that the two parts will be separated by a break for moving equipment. The second half will begin with a slow section of the "Pirates" tune with the band standing still. From "Pirates," the music will move directly into "Live and Let Die."

The musical selections will give Ackerman opportunities to spotlight different sections of the band. "There will be a saxophone solo featured in 'The Incredibles,'" he noted, adding that a trumpet part will lead into the song "Live and Let Die." The movies theme will also give the nine-member color guard opportunities to use flags, rifles, and sabers in a mock scene. "It will make you think of a sword fight on a pirate ship," explained Ackerman. The show will also include a solo twirler, Emilie Thibeault, who will twirl knives.

Another change will include senior Lexy Lassak, a flute section leader, conducting part of the music in the second half of the show. Ackerman said that he chose to use a conductor because of the tempo and time changes in the music that a conductor can help the band to complete. Lassak said that although she has conducted a symphonic band, overseeing the more-than-two-minute section that includes music from "Pirates" and "Live and Let Die" will be a challenge. "This is something I have never done before," she noted.

Senior Andrea Perring, clarinet section leader, said that camp was challenging because of the physical strength the students needed to master the drill in the summer heat. "Marching and learning the music and putting it together is tough, but at the end of the day it is super fun and everybody loves it," she said. Perring noted that the students are excited about the drill and how audiences will react to it. "The drill is cool because of the movies night theme," she remarked. "It's action-packed music, so the songs are fast paced, and they will draw the audience in."

To enhance morale during camp, students hoeld nightly events in their homes with food provided by parents. Each evening a different activity is offered to students including swimming, yard games, a bonfire, and a barbecue.

Percussion section leader Jonathan Wilkins said that he appreciates Ackerman's direction as he oversees the camp. "We have a great director because he is really encouraging, and he knows unique ways to (inspire) us," he said.


ABE/GED Program Seeks Tutors August 9, 2017

RSVP of the Capital Region - York County is seeking volunteer tutors for the York County School of Technology ABE/GED Program. Volunteers need to have a bachelor's degree.

Volunteer benefits include transportation reimbursement, free supplemental liability insurance, recognition and appreciation events, paid assistance with clearances, free two-hour tutoring training, and improved personal happiness.

To become a volunteer, readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 443-619-3842 or or Beverly Strayer at 717-747-2130, ext. 5509, or


Movin' To The Music At Band Camp August 3, 2017

GSHS Marchers Explore Dance Theme In Fall Show

When the 119 members of the Garden Spot High School (GSHS) marching band met for band camp at the school, 669 E. Main St., New Holland, from July 31 through Aug. 4, the focus was on dance. For this year's fall drill, the band will move to the music of David Bowie's 1983 hit "Let's Dance" from the album of the same name; ABBA's 1976 disco era song "Dancing Queen"; and "Shut Up and Dance," a 2014 hit single by Walk the Moon. "These are songs that everyone will (recognize)," said flute section leader Rachel Hungerford.

According to drum major Seth Babb, who will be accompanied on the field by fellow drum majors Daniel Skinner and Bailey Coon, the drill will challenge the band members by making use of the expanse between the two 10-yard lines. "We spread everyone out this year, which makes it hard to form a straight line, and we really need to hustle," said Babb.

The 26-member color guard will have several features in the show, utilizing a variety of props, including rifles, flags, and sabers. Guard co-captain Becca Hoover will have a saber solo at the beginning of "Let's Dance," where she will perform the complicated move of throwing a saber in the air and catching it. In another intricate section of the drill, the color guard will pass between members of the flute and clarinet sections, according to color guard co-captain Ashley Antkowiak.

The GSHS drumline, 18 members strong, will be a focus this year, according to Brent Miller and Sarah Neuville, who lead the section together. "The percussion music is hard," said Miller, who added that the section will not be moving around the field as much as other band members. "The drum break near the end of 'Dancing Queen' will stand out," added Neuville.

To ensure the productivity of band camp, director Rich Fitz schedules rehearsals from 8 a.m. to noon and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each day. To add interest to evening practices on the football field, student leaders hold theme nights. On Monday evening, band members were encouraged to dress in patriotic clothing. Tuesday night was Superheroes and Villains Night, and Wednesday was Horror Night. Thursday evening was Section Night, so each section picked a theme and dressed accordingly.

On Friday night, the band offered a preview of the drill to parents and other area residents who visited the football field located adjacent to the school. According to band members, this is the time when they really feel a sense of accomplishment in what they have learned and are able to perform after only a week of camp.

Asked what they enjoy about band camp, the students responded "everything." "The best thing about band camp is family," said Neuville. "We build bonds," added Josh Hicks, one of the clarinet section leaders. Those bonds were obvious as band members expressed excitement and support for others in their sections. "We have three bass clarinets," said Leah Sitar, a clarinet section leader, who noted that the instrument is not usually featured in a marching band. Mellophone player Aaron Hungerford added with excitement that there are two mellophones this year.

In 2014, the GSHS 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 GSHS band will perform this year's drill at Lancaster Catholic High School's band showcase on Saturday, Sept. 23.

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