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Global Fair Will Celebrate World Cultures March 19, 2019

Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) will host the 22nd annual Global Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, at the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street. The international festival will celebrate cultures and people from around the world through exhibits, food, animals, and more.

"Approximately 20 of our workers from around the world will set up displays," said Jessica Fellenger, EMM events coordinator. "It's a great way to learn about different countries and hear stories from other cultures. There's also a wonderful local presence of nonprofit organizations and churches."

Some of the countries to be represented will include Albania, Belize, Cambodia, Guatemala, Kenya, and Vietnam, as well as countries across the south, southeast, and central regions of Asia.

"Where else in southcentral Pennsylvania can you watch someone cook osh - a Central Asian rice dish - over a fire outdoors and enjoy a fresh plate of it?" Fellenger asked.

Attendees will also be able to purchase food prepared by local immigrants and refugees from Riversedge Mennonite Church, the Lao Fellowship of Harrisburg, the Upohar food truck, and local Spanish congregation El Buen Pastor, to name a few. Other options will include stroopies, which are caramel-filled Dutch waffle cookies, as well as yak jerky and ice cream.

Children may enjoy making crafts and playing games. "There will be a giant Jenga game and a water station that's especially fun in hot weather," Fellenger said. "A new treat this year is that the Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster will perform. And, of course, the always-popular alpacas will be there."

"Children are one of the big reasons we do this," said EMM president Nelson Okanya. "Our worldview expands when we learn about other cultures, countries, and religions. When we, and the next generation, understand those who are different from us, it results in tolerance and peace. Of course, hopefully the kids are having fun and not realizing they are really learning at the same time!"

Artwork will be available to purchase from two local artists: paintings by Ryan Sommers, who served as a teacher at the PROMESA school in Peru, and pottery by Assefa Haile, a former EMM staff member and a native of Ethiopia.

"I'm excited that Assefa plans to bring his potter's wheel and demonstrate throwing mugs," said Fellenger. "Pottery is an ancient art form with rich analogies to our lives. It's fascinating to watch a lump of clay become something useful."

Visitors to Global Fair may also enjoy the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum and the grounds, including the Native American longhouse. Parking will be free of charge. Donations will be accepted for admission to Global Fair.

EMM is headquartered at 53 W. Brandt Blvd., Salunga. Its mission is to send personnel into the world with the transforming message of the Gospel as well as to catalyze mission engagement among congregations on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. To learn more, readers may visit www.emm.org.

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Come On In; The Water's Fine March 15, 2019

As temperatures rise, so does the excitement for the season's opening of the Landisville Pool, 50 Elmwood Ave., Landisville.

"We love the pool because it's a wonderful place to be," enthused co-manager Nancy Neff. "It's a fun, happy, healthy environment."

The pool will open for the summer on Saturday, May 25, and it will close on Labor Day. While school is in session, the pool will be open on weekdays from 4 to 8:30 p.m. and from noon to 8:30 p.m. on weekends. An open house will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1.

"We want the pool to be pristine, and it takes until then to make it happen," explained co-manager Kelley Tonkay.

The board members and employees of the Landisville Pool Association will be working up until opening day to have the facility ready for members and their guests. During the open house, folks may tour the facility, meet the staff members and board of directors, and purchase memberships. The pool will not be open for swimming during the event.

"(Open house guests) can purchase their memberships and begin swimming at noon," suggested board member Kim Reinfried.

Admission to the pool is restricted to members, and folks may visit only if they accompany someone who has purchased a membership. Currently, last year's members are able to renew their memberships and other families and individuals may join the waitlist. Beginning on Monday, April 1, those on the waitlist will be offered the chance to buy memberships. Those who do so by Monday, April 15, will pay a discounted rate. Memberships will be sold until capacity is reached, which has been set at 525 family memberships.

"(The waitlist) is filling up fast," observed vice president Mark Fitzgerald.

There are many things to like about the Landisville Pool, the board members said. The swimming pool is supplemented by a toddler-friendly feature pool. A lifeguard trainer is on staff to help ensure everyone's safety. The pavilions may be rented by members for special occasions. Lounge chairs are provided, and a snack bar is on-site. The pool association is financially stable, and as a private club, there is no cost to local taxpayers.

Additionally, ice cream is served on "Sundae Mondays," and burger night is held on Wednesdays, with board members taking turns manning the grill. Rafts may be used in the pool at set times on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Moonlight swims take place on the second Friday of every month. To celebrate Independence Day, special games are held on the lawn and in the water, and burgers, hot dogs, and watermelon are available. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit during Christmas in July, which also features cookie decorating and Christmas music. A campfire night is held in August.

Secretary Amy Roth listed basketball, volleyball, and ample shade as among her favorite amenities at the pool. Neff related that one particular tree on the grounds has become a popular landmark for seniors, who gather in its shade to relax, chat, and interact with each other and with younger pool members.

"They've had such a positive impact (on the pool community)," Neff said. "It's a very caring, nurturing place. We've had a few older members who cannot come anymore, and they're missed. People still look for them. It's such a nice atmosphere for everyone."

"The pool is not just for families," board member Bob Roth concurred. "It's a great place for old guys like me to sit and read, then nod off."

Nonmembers are welcome to join the Dolphins swim team and to learn to swim. SwimAmerica offers lessons for children age 3 and up at the Landisville Pool.

For more information about pool membership and the Dolphins, readers may visit www.landisvillepool.com or email landisvillepoolmembership@gmail.com.

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Garden Plots Available For Rent March 12, 2019

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will rent garden plots for the season from Monday, April 15, through Tuesday, Oct. 15. Gardeners of all skill levels may rent garden plots to grow their own flowers and vegetables.

County residents can select either a 20-by-20-foot plot or a 20-by-40-foot plot. Renters pay a one-time seasonal fee, with separate fees for the smaller and larger plots. The garden plots are located off Farm View Drive just off Golf Road in Lancaster County Central Park.

Interested parties may register for a plot by visiting www.lancastercountyparks.org; stopping by the park office at 1050 Rockford Road, Lancaster; or calling 717-299-8215. Office hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about plot rentals, readers may visit the website.

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Science Factory To Hold Camp March 6, 2019

Lancaster Science Factory, 454 New Holland Ave., Lancaster, has opened registration for its annual summer camps. There will be 28 unique camps, which will begin during the week of Monday, June 10, with special prekindergarten sessions and run through Tuesday, Aug. 16. Attendees may choose morning or afternoon sessions, or they may pack a lunch and stay all day.

Full camp information and registration is available at www.lancastersciencefactory.org/summercamps.

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IU13 Will Hold Summer Camps March 6, 2019

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) will offer various Summer Enrichment Camps. These camps, tailored for students in general education or gifted/enrichment programs, are intended to help students explore challenges in enriching, exciting ways that promote teamwork, flexibility, and social interaction between campers.

Over the course of nine weeks, from Wednesday, June 17, through Thursday, Aug. 8, IU13 will offer nine different camps for students in grades one through 12. The cost varies by camp, focus, and age/grade of students. All camps are facilitated by IU13 staff from the Student Services program, and some of the camps also involve partnering agencies.

New this year will be Healthcare Career Exploration, designed for older students looking to explore future career options in medicine. Here, students will learn about dissections, ultrasounds and even laparoscopic surgery.

For more information about the camps, readers may visit https://www.iu13.org/students-families/general-education-k-12/student-activities/summer-enrichment-camps. Older/teenage students looking for volunteer hours may learn about volunteer opportunities at www.iu13.org/images/uploads/documents/IS/Student_Activities/Summer_Enrichment_Camps/2019_Volunteer_Opportunities_2-page_flyer.pdf.

Inquiries about the camps may be directed to enrichment@iu13.org or to IU13 Gifted Education and Enrichment Services at 717-606-1822.

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Summer Camp List Available March 5, 2019

To support parents and students in their search for summer camps, IU13 has compiled a list of camps/programs designed for students with unique needs. The list for the 2019 season includes daytime and residential camps across Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York.

The camps serve a broad range of age groups and grades, and they can host students with autism, AD/HD, visual impairments, hearing impairments, and/or physical and development disabilities. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, music, hiking, recreational activities, and more. The comprehensive list of camps includes hours, contact information, and information about the services available to support students with special needs.

The camp list is compiled annually by IU13 staff and offered to the public free of charge. To access the list, readers may visit www.iu13.org/students-families/special-ed/student-activities3/summer-camps/. Information on summer camps for students with disabilities is also available through Pennsylvania 2-1-1 East at www.pa211east.org or by dialing 2-1-1 in Lancaster County.

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Geyers UMC To Sell Easter Candy March 5, 2019

Geyers United Methodist Church (UMC), 1605 S. Geyers Church Road, Middletown, has begun its 51st annual chocolate Easter egg sale. Orders may be placed through Saturday, April 20, while supplies last.

Those placing orders may choose from the following flavors: peanut butter, peanut butter with dark chocolate, coconut, butter cream, and peppermint patties. For prices and to place orders, call the church office at 717-944-6426.

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Foundation Offers Free Trees March 5, 2019

The Arbor Day Foundation is offering the opportunity for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Those who join the foundation in March will receive 10 free white pine trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees as part of the Trees for America campaign.

With planting instructions included, the trees will be shipped at the right time for planting, before Friday, May 31. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. New members of the foundation will also receive a subscription to the foundation's bimonthly publication.

To become a member of the foundation and receive the free trees, readers may visit www.arborday.org/march.

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Saint Patrick's Day Parade Announced February 28, 2019

The 36th annual York Saint Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 16. The parade will step off at 1 p.m. from Market and Penn streets and then proceed east on Market Street to Duke Street.

The annual celebration of Celtic heritage will feature approximately 100 entries, including a variety of bands, floats, decorated and antique vehicles, individuals, family groups, organizations, and more. Mary Yeaple, along with her husband, Rodney, and their son, Jay, will serve as the grand marshals.

For more information, readers may visit www.YorkSaintPatricksDayParade.org, call 717-578-0146, or find details on Facebook and Twitter.

The parade is organized by the York Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee, an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization. In addition to corporate sponsorships, a variety of fundraising activities are held throughout the year to raise the funds necessary to present the family-friendly event.

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Pool Announces Membership Rates February 27, 2019

Penn Oaks Swim Club, 3390 Edenbridge Road York, has announced its 2019 pool membership rates. Applications are now available for the family-friendly pool. Discounted rates will be given until Wednesday, May 1.

The pool offers late-night swims, a children's pool party, a family corn roast, and the ability to rent the pool for private use. For more information, including membership prices, readers may visit www.pennoaksswimclub.com.

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Homemade Easter Candy Sale Set February 26, 2019

Stewartstown Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, will sell homemade candy for Easter. Orders are due by Wednesday, March 20, and candy will be available for pickup from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, April 15, and Tuesday, April 16.

Available varieties include peanut butter marshmallows, chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate peanut butter wafers, and peanut and raisin clusters, along with peanut butter, buttercream, coconut cream, and cherry cream eggs. Separate costs have been set for 8-ounce boxes and 14- to 16-ounce boxes.

For more details and to order candy, readers may call 717-993-3488. Proceeds will benefit the senior center.

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Assembling Greens To Make Some Green February 22, 2019

The Southern Lancaster County Historical Society (SLCHS) will host the 28th annual greens sale on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the society's archives building, 1932 Robert Fulton Highway, 6 miles south of Quarryville on Route 222.

SLCHS members and other volunteers will assemble live greens and other items into a variety of shapes for decorating. Centerpieces, boxwood trees, grave blankets, and wreaths will be offered in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors. Some grave blankets will be decorated with patriotic colors for placement on veterans' final resting places. Shoppers may also purchase bags of leftover greens to create their own decorations. Additionally, some customization of items will be available.

Each year, the greens are harvested after Thanksgiving from trees and shrubs growing at the Robert Fulton Birthplace, which is located across the road from the archives building and is owned by the SLCHS, as well as from community members' properties.

"Our neighbors here are really good," commented SLCHS president Stan White. "With all the wet weather this year, the greens should be in great shape."

The sale committee is careful about what greens are used in the arrangements, opting to use evergreens that do not turn brown too quickly.

"If the boxwood trees are watered from time to time, some people have them last until February," said committee member Linda White.

Volunteers are welcome to assist in creating the arrangements in the lower level of the archives building on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Nov. 28, 29, and 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The sale committee noted that people who are not SLCHS members regularly help with the sale.

"They like the fact that we're trying to preserve local heritage," explained sale committee chair Peg Wurst.

Cash and checks will be accepted for payment at the sale. The proceeds from the event, as well as the sale of several book titles, 2019 calendars illustrated with pencil drawings of local landscapes, and notecards, will be used to sustain the SLCHS. The sale is the society's biggest fundraiser, now that the House and History Tour was discontinued two years ago.

"As owners of the (Robert Fulton) Birthplace, the society is in charge of addressing major issues and regular upkeep," Stan said.

The SLCHS has been working to get more age groups involved at the birthplace and with the historical society in general, Wurst said. Recently, eighth-graders from Swift and Smith middle schools spent time at the archives engaging with local history through a variety of activities.

The Robert Fulton Birthplace is open on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and tours are available for groups in the other months, weather permitting. The archives are open for research from September to May every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and on the second and fourth Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The SLCHS meets at 1:30 p.m. on every third Saturday of the month from January through November.

Preorders for arrangements are welcome, and folks may call Wurst at 717-392-5023 or the archives at 717-548-2679 to place orders. Otherwise, greens will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

"We'd like to remind people to come early for the best selection," advised SLCHS newsletter editor Marsha Stiles.

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Fire Company Announces 2019 Fundraisers February 21, 2019

For sale: one red firetruck in good condition. Ready to go immediately.

For the past year, the Conestoga Volunteer Fire Company (CVFC), 3290 Main St., Conestoga, has been trying to sell its 1990 E-One engine. Several fire companies from out of state have been interested, but so far, no one has opened their checkbooks to cover the $19,900 asking price.

"It's a good, solid truck," commented Missi Frankford, who is an active supporter of the fire company.

"We used it until we got the new one," agreed fire company president Troy Bresch. "When we got this one (new in 1990), we thought we were in heaven. Now, 30 years later, we got (another) one, and now we're thinking we're in heaven again." He explained that for rural fire companies that are still using engines from the 1960s and '70s, the 28-year-old E-One will be a dream come true.

The newest occupant of the CVFC's engine bay is just over a year old. It is a 2018 model manufactured by 4 Guys Fire Trucks. It was built to the CVFC's specifications, which included a rescue body so it can carry more tools and other supplies.

"It's our first-out piece," Bresch said. "It was at the (Enola Low Grade Trail) trestle bridge fire."

Considering new engines start at about $600,000, the members of the CVFC are pleased that only $85,000 is left to pay on the purchase. Community donations and fundraisers will help to continue to reduce the debt, along with funding the general operations of the fire company.

"We'd like people to support the fire department fundraisers. It would be nice if everyone donated, because then we wouldn't have to run fundraisers," Bresch remarked. "But when people come out to the dance, they have a good time while supporting the fire company."

Bresch was referring to the CVFC's annual spring dance, which will be held this year on Saturday, March 9, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Millersville VFW, 219 Walnut Hill Road, Millersville. The evening will include dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and opportunities to enter to win cash and other prizes.

"We will have a different DJ this year but the same amount of fun ... and hopefully more," Frankford wrote in a post on https://conestogavfc.com. "If anyone wants to donate something (for the silent auction), we'll pick it up."

If folks do not like pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, baked corn, and coleslaw, which will be served at the dance, they can mark their calendars now for the annual turkey supper on Saturday, April 6, and the annual ham supper on Saturday, Oct. 19. Additional fundraising events will include a gun giveaway drawing on Saturday, June 1; a festival on Saturday, June 29; and a car show on Saturday, Sept. 28. Conestoga Township residents can also keep an eye out for fund drive letters, which will be mailed soon.

And, of course, someone can buy that firetruck.

For more information about CVFC fundraising efforts, as well as to purchase tickets for the dance, readers may contact Frankford via Facebook Messenger or by calling 717-629-1990.

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Dance And Other Events To Support Fire Company February 21, 2019

Amidst all the time spent training for and responding to structure fires, brush fires, and automobile accidents, the members of the Conestoga Volunteer Fire Company (CVFC) also find time to host fundraising events. As a volunteer organization, the CVFC is dependent upon donations and proceeds from fundraisers to operate. Six events have been planned for 2018.

The fire company's 11th annual spring dance will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Millersville VFW, 219 Walnut Hill Road, Millersville. Admission will be restricted to guests age 21 and older. Disc jockey Chuck Colson will provide music for dancing. There will also be a buffet of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, and baked corn. Event coordinator Missi Frankford noted that last year, the donor of the meat provided brisket and other meats in addition to the pork. This year's proteins will be up to the donor again. Some beverages will be included in the ticket cost, and others will be available for purchase.

There will be numerous prize drawings during the dance. Prizes will include gift certificates to local attractions, gift baskets, and more. If any tickets are available for a prize drawing for a gun that is planned for Saturday, May 19, they may be purchased at the dance.

"It's a big celebration," Frankford commented. "We usually have lots of fun."

Only 275 tickets will be sold for the dance. Readers may call Frankford at 717-629-1990 to purchase tickets. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the dance.

In addition to the spring dance and the gun prize drawing, the CVFC has planned a turkey supper for Saturday, April 28, and a festival on Saturday, June 9. The Conestoga Car Show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, and a ham supper will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20. This year, in addition to the proceeds helping to cover the fire company's operating costs, the funds will help to pay off a state loan of $200,000 that helped the CVFC to buy a new engine.

The 2018 engine was picked up from the manufacturer on Feb. 2, and it was put into service on Feb. 18. The new engine replaces the 1990 pumper as the apparatus that responds first to calls for assistance. The result of three years of planning and customized for the CVFC with a rescue-style body, the engine is equipped with several kinds of electrical saws, metal-cutting tools, brooms, axes, powerful fans, miles of hoses, a 27-foot light tower, and more. Fire company president Troy Bresch noted that the lights on the tower are LED, making it better at illuminating accident scenes than the other lights in the fleet.

Anyone interested in seeing the new engine or learning about the CVFC is welcome to stop by the station, 3290 Main St., Conestoga, on Mondays at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome. In-house training is provided at least twice a month, and opportunities for off-site training are also available.

"(You can be involved) as much as you want to put in it," Bresch said, adding that there is no cost to become an active member. The CVFC supplies all gear and covers the cost of training. "The only thing you have to pay for is the gas to get here," Bresch quipped.

Social media users may follow the Conestoga Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook for updates.

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Train Display Raises Funds For Library February 20, 2019

The Train Guys - a group of local model railroad enthusiasts who set up the annual holiday train display in Elizabethtown Public Library - recently presented library officials with a check for $11,750. The monies were donated during the train display in December.

A record number of more than 4,600 people visited the exhibit. The Train Guys coordinated all aspects of the setup and ran the trains three or more days per week during December. In addition to collecting donations for the library, the Train Guys sold a limited number of custom model freight cars.

"Over the last 16 years, (the train display) has brought joy to young and old alike who dream of trains while also helping us with our mission of increasing literacy in the community," said Marian Fetter, chairperson of the library board.

Craig Coble, a member of the Train Guys, echoed these sentiments. "(People) love the interactive display, and we hear kids chirping with glee at seeing so many interactive features," he said.

The display attracts people from throughout central Pennsylvania, with 60 percent of visitors coming from outside the Elizabethtown area, according to Coble.

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It's Go Time For Go-Fore Golf! February 7, 2019

It has been nine years since Go-Fore Golf was first introduced at the Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville. The 10th annual event will be held in the library - yes, in and around the bookshelves - on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Go-Fore Golf is a fun, family-focused indoor miniature golf fundraiser designed to energize the public and build community partnerships," said youth services coordinator Randi Kennedy. "The community will have a chance to come out of the cold and play a unique round of miniature golf through the library, enjoy lunch or a snack at our 17th Hole Cafe, and participate in other family-friendly activities, all while helping to raise money for the library."

Various holes have been sponsored by local businesses, and some have opted to decorate their respective putting greens and the surrounding areas. "That's pretty exciting," Kennedy remarked.

There is a cost to play a round, with separate prices for adults and for children age 12 and under. Players may be of all ages, but groups will be limited to five players. Prizes will be awarded for best preschooler, child, teenager, adult, and senior scores of the day. Tee times are strongly suggested, but not required, and can be reserved by calling the library at 717-786-1336 or by visiting www.quarryvillelibrary.org.

In addition to miniature golf, there will be other activities available throughout the day. The Balunguy will offer balloon animal art from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Joyful Canvas will paint faces from 1 to 4 p.m. Also, the Friends of the Quarryville Library will host a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One notable change has been made to Go-Fore Golf this year. After several years of glow-in-the-dark golfing, the feature has been discontinued, and the course will be open only for regular play. Kennedy explained that the library's new LED light fixtures do not accept blacklight bulbs, and the emergency lights are too bright for the event. "The puddles of too-bright-for-glowsticks and the puddles of so-dark-we-are-walking-into-things didn't really work," she said. "The daytime golf is more popular, so we extended those hours to make up for no more glow."

The library will be closed for regular business on Feb. 23. Passport appointments will not be set, and passport walk-ins will not be taken. Computers will not be available for use. Additionally, the circulation desk will be closed, and items may not be checked out. However, books and other materials may be returned in the book drop located to the left of the front doors.

For more information about Go-Fore Golf and library services, readers may call the front desk at the aforementioned number.

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Strasburg Fire Company Sets 45th Spring Sale February 6, 2019

The Strasburg Fire Company extended its annual spring donation and consignment sale to two days last year, and sale committee members were so pleased with the results that they will keep the two-day format again this year. The 45th annual sale will be held at the fire station, 203 Franklin St., Strasburg, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, and continuing on Saturday, Feb. 23, starting at 8 a.m.

"Friday evening's sale was very successful," reported committee chair Ivan Fisher, referencing the 2018 event. "There were lots of people, and it made Saturday more enjoyable." The auction on Friday ran until 8 p.m. last year, and Ivan expects it to run later this year. Crafts and small quilt items will comprise many of the auction lots.

This year, the food offerings on Friday evening have been expanded, with grilled sausage sandwiches, fried shrimp, and french fries added to the menu, which also includes chicken corn soup made by fire company members and volunteers. Soup takeouts will be available on Feb. 22 from noon to 5 p.m., as well as all day on Feb. 23.

"We're trying to make (Friday) a family night out. Sit down with your kids and enjoy your evening," Ivan invited. He noted that tables will be set up in the station's dining hall, and a few high chairs will be available for little children.

The success of Friday's sale last year enabled more items to be moved on Saturday, Ivan remarked. The weather did not appear to dampen spirits too much.

"We had a good day (on Saturday) despite the rain," said committee member Jonathan Peachey.

Ivan explained that on wet days like last year, there are more tents to protect items and attendees and much less hay and straw for sale. This will be the first year that horses are not on the sale bill, he added. "Mostly fire companies don't sell horses anymore," Peachey remarked.

The spring sale - the fire company discontinued its fall sale several years ago - is the organization's largest fundraiser. "We are looking to replace an engine in 2021, so it's important to have another good sale," Ivan said. Sale committee member Mike Lockard shared that the apparatus scheduled to be retired is a 1982 Seagrave pumper.

In hopes of having another profitable sale, the committee has arranged for thousands of items to cross the auction blocks. Hundreds of quilts, crafts, new and used tools, antiques, groceries, new and used furniture, outdoor furniture, sporting goods, collectibles, shrubbery, feed and bedding, farm machinery, sheds, building materials, carriages, gift certificates, and lawn and garden supplies are slated for sale on Feb. 23. The fire company kitchen will sell a variety of food and beverages, and there will be several food vendors as well. A local Amish-run ice cream shop will be among the vendors for the first time this year. "They support the fire company, so it gives us a chance to support them as well," Ivan said.

Ivan expressed his gratitude for the generosity of area businesses, many of whom have donated gift certificates or other items for the sale. He added a special thanks for the members of the sale committee, including his co-chairs, Isaac E. Fisher and Amos Fisher. The vast majority of the committee is Amish.

"The Amish community feels it's a good way to give back to the fire company for all the services it provides," Ivan said. "But it's not just Amish that makes the sale successful; it's the whole community."

Donations for the sale will be received at the fire station from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 20 and 21, and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 22. For more information about donating or the sale in general, readers may call the station at 717-687-7232 or Isaac at 717-687-6223.

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Tiramisu February 4, 2019

Tiramisu is an Italian layered dessert, and the name translates to "pick me up" or "cheer me up." Requiring no baking at all, it can be an easy treat to prepare. This recipe for tiramisu is courtesy of the American Dairy Association.

Tiramisu (Yield: 9 servings)

6 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

1 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese

1 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

2 (12-ounce) packages savoiardi lady fingers

1/2 cup cold espresso or strong coffee

1/4 cup coffee-flavored liqueur (optional)

1 tablespoon cocoa for dusting

Instructions:

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

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

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

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

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Fastnacht Tradition Enters 95th Year February 1, 2019

In preparation for the Lenten season of reflection, which runs from Ash Wednesday until Easter and during which people often give up certain foods or luxuries, members and supporters of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 409 Cherry St., Columbia, will fry up a surfeit of fastnachts, just as they have been doing since 1924.

"My mother used to save the potato water (from cooking dinner) and bring it for the dough to help it rise," shared Kathleen Lutz, the head of the group that rolls out the yeast-raised pastries.

With the development of modern yeast and the introduction of food safety laws, church members no longer collect and donate the starch-rich liquid. The rest of the process is still much the same, resulting in a rich, tasty treat.

"They're delicious," Lutz remarked. "A group comes in over the weekend to measure the ingredients, and someone mixes the glaze."

"The glazed (version) is by far the biggest seller," said Jim Knapp, the general chair of the event.

According to Knapp, fastnacht preparation is a lengthy process. The dough is mixed at night so it has time to proof overnight. Then, folks arrive at 4 a.m. to prepare for the frying process, which the church calls a "bake." Fresh fastnachts are ready for pickup by 10 a.m. All pastries are reserved, but any not picked up by 1 p.m. are fair game and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

"People have grown up with them. They look forward to them every year," said night crew member Karen Sahd, adding that community members sometimes offer to assist with the bake, as well. "People come from all over to help."

Knapp noted that volunteers come from throughout Lancaster and York counties, and they hail from a wide variety of religious backgrounds. It takes a total of 178 people to make the event successful, and new volunteers are always welcome. Training will be provided. Anyone interested in helping may call Knapp at 717-475-3793.

The bakes will take place this year on Monday, March 4; Tuesday, March 5; and Wednesday, March 6, as well as Mondays and Wednesdays for the next four weeks, ending on Wednesday, April 3. A set number of fastnachts will be available for ordering on each day of the bake.

"620 dozen per day multiplied by 11 days - you've got quite a few," Knapp remarked.

Still, the bake usually sells out quickly. When the website went live last year, all of the available pastries were claimed within five days. This year, orders may be placed from a desktop or laptop computer at www.holytrinitycolumbiapa.com beginning on Monday, Feb. 11. The security settings on most phones and tablets will not work with the website. Online ordering will be open until fastnachts are sold out. Fastnachts will be sold by the dozen; half-dozens will not be available. Payment will be by credit card or PayPal. As was the case when the sale was introduced 95 years ago, the proceeds will be used for the church building and wherever funds are needed.

The fastnachts will be made and may be picked up at Our Lady of Angels Catholic School, which is located across the street from the church. Folks who have supported the fastnacht bake in previous years will note that the pickup door has changed to ensure student safety and security. Signs will point customers to the new location.

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Fire Company Sale To Expand To Two Days January 29, 2019

For the first time in the 44-year history of the Strasburg Fire Company's spring donation and consignment sale, the event will take place over two days. The main event will be held at the fire company, 203 Franklin St., Strasburg, on Saturday, Feb. 24, beginning at 8 a.m. with the sale of quilts. Simultaneous auctions will run throughout the day, offering crafts, small goods, new and used tools, antiques, groceries, indoor and outdoor lawn furniture, shrubbery, hay and straw, farm machinery, sheds, building materials, carriages, gift certificates, horses and mules, lawn and garden supplies, collectibles, and hunting and fishing equipment.

Crafts and quilt-related items, such as potholders, wall-hangings, crib quilts, and quillows, will be sold inside the fire station from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. A vendor will sell burgers, sausage sandwiches, fries, and beverages.

"We always had a big and busy day on Saturday," explained sale co-chair Ivan Fisher. "We thought, a lot of people are here on Friday night previewing the items, so why not sell some items? It won't go so late on Saturday, and the pace won't be so rushed."

Fisher noted that he has received a lot of positive feedback about the addition of a Friday sale.

"We're excited about the Friday evening thing," he added. "That'll be interesting.

Chicken corn soup, which the fire company members make from scratch with chicken, corn, and alphabet pasta, will be available for takeout on Feb. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. Soup takeouts will also be available all day on Feb. 24. Folks who bring their own containers will receive a discount.

The proceeds from the donation and consignment sale, along with the hot and cold foods the fire company will sell on Feb. 24, make up 30 percent of the organization's annual budget.

"This is our biggest fundraiser," Fisher said. "We as a (sale) committee want to thank the local community for supporting the sale."

The spring sale is the only auction that the Strasburg Fire Company will host this year. Until last year, the fire company held both spring and fall sales. The latter had never been as profitable as the spring sale, so in 2016, the organization held two chicken barbecues instead of the fall sale, and fire company representatives were pleased with the results.

Successful fundraisers are necessary for the fire company's continued operation. The group is also planning ahead for a significant expenditure.

"We're in the early stages of replacing our 1982 Seagrave engine," Fisher said. "We are hoping to have a new engine in service by 2021."

The new engine, fully equipped, will cost close to $700,000, estimated sale co-chair Ike Fisher, who is unrelated to Ivan. The fire company has conducted one extra fund drive so far to raise funds for the purchase. Donations are welcome.

To learn more about the Strasburg Fire Company's 44th annual spring donation and consignment sale or to contribute items for the event, readers may call Ike at 717-687-6223.

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