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"Gracenotes" Will Debut At Apple Festival September 20, 2018

Two notable musicians will be featured during the 33rd annual Apple Festival hosted by Boehm's Chapel Society. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Boehm's United Methodist Church (UMC), 13 W. Boehm's Road, Willow Street.

Vocalist Katie Wieand of Strasburg and woodwind specialist Tim Price of Reading will perform with Gracenotes, a 20-piece jazz band from Grace Community Church (GCC) of Willow Street. The group was formed by Darin Esterly, the music and arts coordinator at GCC, who plays saxophone in the band. Gracenotes is one facet of the music ministry at GCC, with many of the band members also playing in the congregation's worship bands. Gracenotes members range in age from 16 to 70s and in skill from student to professional.

"Gracenotes tries to play at holidays, about four times a year. This is our first time to venture off-campus," Esterly remarked. "We are inching more toward getting out there and showing what God is doing through musical arts."

The jazz band specializes in standards from the 1940s to 1960s. "We try to have the American songbook: Count Basie, Mancini, Gershwin, and more," Esterly said.

Several Gracenotes members - including Esterly - study saxophone with Price, who is a Berklee College of Music graduate and is considered one of the world's foremost woodwind artists. Price has played with numerous musicians such as Charlie Watts, Richie Cole, and Doc Severinsen. He participated in GCC's worship conference last year, which was a highlight for Esterly and other GCC musicians. Price will have several solos during the Apple Festival performance, which will comprise two half-hour sets at 11 a.m. and noon.

Wieand will also solo with Gracenotes. She holds a Master of Music in opera performance from the Boston Conservatory. Additionally, while studying in Nashville, Wieand served as a backup singer for Amy Grant, Steve Green, Martina McBride, and Nichole Nordeman. She now performs and teaches locally, and she leads the children's music ministry at GCC. Wieand will perform jazz favorites, including "It Don't Mean a Thing," "Blue Moon," and "Embraceable You."

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to relax during the concert and when taking a break from shopping the handcrafted items made by numerous vendors. Tours of the 1791 Boehm's Chapel and a video outlining the story of Martin Boehm's call to spread the Gospel in the 18th century will be available throughout the day. Additionally, there will be a wide variety of apple-themed food offered for purchase, including homemade apple butter, dumplings, and nuggets; homemade apple ice cream; and apple bread made by Grandview UMC members. Stehman Memorial UMC will sell hot and cold luncheon foods, and Boehm's UMC will offer baked goods.

For more information about the Apple Festival, readers may email, call 717-872-4133, or visit


"Wednesday Night Happenings" Will Resume September 20, 2018

Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lancaster, invites the community to participate in Wednesday Night Happenings. Starting with a home-cooked buffet-style meal served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., each evening will be packed with activities for people of all ages, including nursery care, music, and Bible classes for children; youth group gatherings; and classes for adults.

Families and friends are encouraged to start the night off right by gathering for supper in the church's new Family Life Center, which was dedicated in May. The menu for the kickoff night, Wednesday, Oct. 3, will feature smoked beef, new potatoes, and green beans. Each meal will offer child-friendly selections and a salad bar, some sort of fruit or applesauce, and a dessert bar. Other entrees during October and November will include taco salad, beef tips in gravy, lasagna, sloppy joes, chicken Alfredo, turkey stuffing, and baked ham. Meal tickets, purchased upon arrival, are free for children up to age 3, and small fees have been set for children ages 4 to 11 and for folks age 12 and older.

From 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., children will experience the "Music and Bible Expedition," and youths will meet for worship, small group, service activities, Bible study, games, and more.

Adults will have several options during that time. "That the World May Know" is a DVD series filmed on-location where stories of the Bible occurred. "Prophets and Kings" explores a turbulent time in Israel's history and encourages participants to build devotion and trust in God. "Getting to the Heart of Parenting," a study by Paul David Tripp, teaches a biblical view for permanent behavioral change through grace. This class is geared to parents of children from birth through age 18. School nurse and Lampeter Church's former children's director Jane Weigel and pastor John Hostetter, father of six, will provide teaching, practical experience, and encouragement.

GriefShare is a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. It aims to help participants experience comfort and encouragement as they navigate through difficult times.

Additionally, a men's group will provide opportunities for men of all ages to talk, study, have fun, and build trust. Also, Project Linus will welcome new and experienced crafters for conversation, interaction, and service by making blankets for children in need.

For more information about Wednesday Night Happenings this fall, readers may call the church at 717-464-2050.


New Beginnings Church Sets Fall Fest September 20, 2018

New Beginnings Church of Middletown, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, will host Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located next to the Rescue Fire House.

The event will feature games, relays, face painting, candy scrambles, hayrides, food, crafts, spider limbo, pumpkin bowling, entertainment, door prizes, and more. Everything will be free.


Novel Halloween Costume Ideas September 19, 2018

Nothing says Halloween like the perfect costume. Children may spend months thinking about what they will wear and how they can bring their favorite characters from movies, comics, and books to life. Clever costumes can be made from items already on hand.

Billions of dollars are spent each year on Halloween costumes, advises the National Retail Federation. Many of these costumes are worn just once. The environmental group Recycle Nation states that Halloween costumes are often made with low-value materials like petroleum-based polyester and a mix of other materials. Financially savvy environmentalists may lament that Halloween costumes can be wasteful and potentially harmful to the environment. Recycling and reusing these garments can quell such concerns.

Pinterest offers many ideas for turning different materials into homemade Halloween costumes. With a little creativity, items like boxes, paper bags, plastic water bottles, and more can be upcycled into costumes at little or no cost. Afterward, costumes can be broken down, and individual parts can be recycled.

Parents also can look for items around the house that potentially can be used to make costumes. An apron and a whisk is the perfect representation of a pastry chef. Wearing a pair of overalls and holding a hammer can signify a construction worker.

Another way to get more mileage out of costumes is to swap them with other people. This way another family can benefit, and the costume will not end up in the garbage after a single use.

Parents can also consider turning the idea into a fundraiser for a school or sports organization. People can donate their costumes to the cause, and then others can shop the selection and pay a donation for a costume. The school or organization keeps the proceeds, and children get gently used costumes.

Petroleum-based Halloween costumes that go into landfills will sit there a long time. Choosing costumes made from natural materials can help prevent this problem.

Clothing and textiles are notoriously hard to recycle, but some items on costumes may be recycled into new things. Theater groups perhaps can use pieces of old costumes to create wardrobes for their productions or children can use items for pretend play. Crafters with a creative eye may take apart pieces of costumes and turn them into artwork or home decor.

Parents can try selling a costume through an online site like Craigslist. Many people are happy to get a discount on costumes that are in good shape. Otherwise, a thrift store or consignment shop may be a good option. Costumes may bring in foot traffic for these retailers, and they will be happy to take costumes in good condition prior to the Halloween season. Accessories like tiaras, swords, hats, and cloaks also can be sold or swapped.

Halloween costumes are easy to enjoy, and those who want to think a little greener can find new ways to get more use out of costumes.


Halloween Safety Tips September 19, 2018

Come Halloween, youngsters' attentions are understandably focused on costumes and candy. Their parents, however, are likely more concerned with their children's safety.

Parents should discuss costumes well in advance of Halloween. Many children are so enthusiastic about Halloween that they know which costumes they hope to wear long before Halloween. Parents can discuss potential costumes well in advance of Halloween before children even know what they want to wear. Doing so gives parents a chance to encourage children to choose bright costumes that will make them more visible to drivers on Halloween night. Waiting to discuss costumes increases the likelihood that children will already have an outfit in mind, making it harder for parents to convince them to choose something safe.

Adults should explain that some tailoring might be necessary to make gathering all that candy a lot easier. Superman does not trip on his cape in the movies, and youngsters dressed up as the Man of Steel should not trip on their capes either. It should be explained to children that costumes should be trip-proof, so they can seamlessly go from house to house in search of their favorite goodies.

Depending on what children will use to carry the candy they accumulate this Halloween, parents can plan a bag or bucket design day a few days in advance. Children will enjoy this chance to get in the Halloween spirit, and parents can encourage youngsters to decorate their bags and buckets with reflective tape that will make them more visible to drivers.

As Halloween approaches, parents can discuss how much fun children will have going door-to-door with many of their friends. This is a good way to ensure children trick-or-treat in large groups, making them more visible to drivers. In addition, children trick-or-treating in large groups might be too busy joking with their friends to notice when one or two parents tag along as chaperones.

Parents can discuss Halloween safety with their children in ways that make it fun to be safe while trick-or-treating.


Tape, Trees, And More September 18, 2018

Harvest Festival Will Feature Historic Crafts

"This is really like coming home," said Susan Faulkner Weaver, reflecting on her planned participation as a demonstrator at the Conestoga Area Historical Society's annual Harvest Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 4 p.m. The event will take place on the society's museum grounds, 51 Kendig Road, Conestoga.

"It struck me that this is my own background, and I should be involved," Weaver continued. She noted that she graduated from Penn Manor High School and then Millersville University. Her interest in handweaving has taken her to Mexico, and she has explored a wide range of weaving techniques from an array of cultures. Recently, she published a book on handwoven tape. Before the invention of elastic and zippers, Americans in the 18th and early 19th centuries used narrow bands of woven tape to fasten their clothing, close sacks, and even hold up their stockings.

"In Pennsylvania German culture, communities had village weavers (of cloth)," Weaver explained. "Tape looms were small, portable devices. Almost every household had one. They were so valuable. Family members would take turns weaving - if you had a spare minute, you'd sit down at the loom and weave a few rows. Everyone had a hand in it, from children to grandparents."

During the Harvest Festival, Weaver will have a variety of tapes and looms displayed, and folks may try their hands at weaving. Other fiber artists will be on hand to demonstrate spinning, dyeing, and cloth-weaving.

Another German-influenced craft is that of feather trees. Ron and Carol Wardell of Lititz will display examples of the holiday decorations, which were popular from the mid- to late-1800s. Carol explained that the trees were invented in Germany as the result of deforestation. They are made by wrapping goose feathers around straight branches to create sparse yet strong frames from which to display ornaments.

"The oldest ones are 5 or 6 feet tall," Carol remarked. "I can't imagine making that."

Based on a design perfected by Ron, who is a mechanical engineer, Carol makes feather trees that range in height from 18 to 54 inches. Ron continues to assist by building museum reproduction bases and attaching the wrapped branches to the trunks. Additionally, the couple manufactures natural sisal "bottle brush" trees, German-style sheep, a variety of fences and structures, and ornaments.

"Both of our grandparents were Germanic, so we stick with those," Ron said.

Additional craftspeople will demonstrate pottery-making, woodworking, tinsmithing, blacksmithing, broom-making, rug-making, cobbling, and the creation of powder horns decorated with scrimshaw. Early American farm machinery and water rams will be on display. The squirrel tail bake oven and the open hearth fireplace in the Harnish House will be in operation. Activities for children will include pumpkin painting and the opportunity to play with early American toys. Live music will be played by Dillweed. Food will be available for purchase from a Manor Township caterer.

Also, the historical society will have reproductions of various antique wall maps available for purchase. These include Manor Township circa 1852, Lancaster County circa 1852, and the new American Republic circa 1846.

No admission fee will be charged for the Harvest Festival, but donations will be accepted. For more information, readers may call the museum at 717-872-1699.


Students Invited To After-School Programs September 7, 2018

The mission of Solid Rock Youth Ministries (SRYM) is to earn trust through authentic relationships so lives can be changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The organization offers Christ-centered programming, Bible study, encouragement, discipleship, and community involvement. At Solid Rock, the desire is to minister to families and to journey through life with them. A primary method of carrying out that mission is through after-school and youth programs for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. The programs will begin on Monday, Sept. 24, and run through May 2019. All programs will be offered free of charge.

Transportation to after-school programs from Quarryville Elementary will be provided by Solid Rock staff members, but students from other schools are welcome to attend and may be dropped off at the youth center, 34 E. State St., Quarryville, at 4 p.m. Lack of transportation should not be an issue preventing youngsters from participating; guardians may contact Solid Rock to discuss possible options and arrangements.

The elementary after-school program will be offered for kindergartners through third-grade students on Mondays until 5:45 p.m. and for fourth- and fifth-graders on Tuesdays until 5:45 p.m. Sessions will include snacks, group games, and Bible lessons as well as group activities or free time. Ping-pong, pool, foosball, crafts, board games, gaga, and more will be offered.

"Our staff and volunteers treasure the opportunity to get to know the students and have fun with them," said Corey Alfonso, who was hired as program director in May to meet the needs of the growing ministry. "I'm excited for what God has in store for Solid Rock this year."

Homework help will be offered on Thursdays until 4:45 p.m. for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. Sixth-graders through high school freshmen may arrive at 3:30 p.m., and younger students may get there at 4 p.m. A snack will be served, then there will be quiet time to work on homework, study, or read. Students will have the opportunity to receive individualized help and tutoring from volunteers.

"This program doesn't offer our typical activities and free time. Instead, the focus will be on academics," Alfonso explained. "We at Solid Rock want to partner with you to promote your child's success in and out of the classroom."

Youth Night will be held on Thursdays from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. for girls and boys in sixth through ninth grades. The program has been designed to give young people a place to come together and experience community, friendship, mentorship, and fun in a Christ-centered context. Youth Night will include group games and free time, as well as a Bible lesson followed by a time of small group interaction with same-gender peers and Christian adults. Organizers explained that Youth Night exists to share the truths of the Gospel of grace with young men and women and navigate the joys and hardships of life with them.

Solid Rock also plans special events throughout the year, including Family Fun Days and special events for sixth- through ninth-grade students on the third Friday of each month.

For more information and to register, readers may visit or call 717-786-8007.


Five To Vie For New Fair Queen Crown September 7, 2018

Five young women will compete in the inaugural Solanco Fair Queen Pageant on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. in the East Drumore Township municipal building, 925 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville. The winner will represent the Solanco Fair at the 2019 Pennsylvania State Fair Queen Pageant, which will be held in Hershey in January.

"The committee is so excited to have this group of contestants represent the Solanco Fair at the Solanco Fair Queen Pageant," commented organizer Carly Foose. "They each are well-spoken and carry themselves with such poise. While every young lady has a unique background, their passion for the Solanco Fair and their community shines brightly."

The contestants will be evaluated on their speeches, essays, personal interviews, quality of poise, answers to on-stage questions, and overall interaction with the judges. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship, and the runner-up will receive a $250 scholarship. The scholarships are funded by the Solanco Fair board and will be disbursed once the winners complete their obligations.

"Although only two young ladies will be walking away with a title, it takes a lot of courage - especially in the first year of a program - to compete, and I admire each girl for taking the opportunity to participate," Foose remarked.

The candidates for 2018 Solanco Fair Queen are Lydia Fetterman, Alexis Findley, Kelsey Peifer, Amber Pownall, and Alicia Rohrer.

Lydia is the 18-year-old daughter of Dan and Amie Fetterman of Kirkwood. Before graduating from Solanco High School this past June, Lydia was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. She currently serves as the vice president of the Solanco 4-H Community Club. Lydia is studying ultrasound at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.

Alexis is the 17-year-old daughter of Jake and Crystal Findley of Holtwood. She is a senior at Solanco High School and is involved in 4-H, FFA, and the High School Rodeo Association. Alexis enjoys showing dairy animals at local fairs and the Pennsylvania Farm Show. She helps on her family's farm, working with crops, cows, and heifers. In the future, Alexis hopes to have her own dairy herd and milk full-time.

Kelsey is the 17-year-old daughter of Dwayne and Karen Peifer of Kirkwood. She is currently a senior at Lancaster Mennonite School, where she is a member of Hans Herr FFA and Campus Chorale, and she volunteers as the varsity girls' soccer manager. She is involved with her family's dairy farm. Kelsey attends youth group at her church, and she hopes to study occupational therapy in college.

Amber is the 16-year-old daughter of Betsy Pownall of Little Britain. She attends Solanco High School, where she is a junior. Amber is involved in the Solanco FFA and serves as the chapter's chaplain. She is an active member of the Milk Duds and Dairy Beef 4-H clubs, and she raises cows for dairy shows. As a representative of the Lancaster County Junior Holstein Club, Amber competes in the Dairy Bowl and Jeopardy competition at both the state and national levels. She also serves as the club's news reporter. After graduation, Amber plans to either attend Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to complete the welding program or find a position at a calf care facility.

Alicia is the 20-year-old daughter of Greg and Veronica Rohrer of Quarryville. She is a junior at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where she is studying special education and early childhood education. She is a member of the Bloomsburg University equestrian team and the Student Council of Exceptional Children, a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, and a volunteer at the Danville SPCA.

The pageant will be open to the public free of charge. To learn more about the Sept. 15 event, readers may contact Foose at or 717-847-3742.


Foundation Offers Free Trees September 5, 2018

The Arbor Day Foundation has announced that anyone who joins the foundation in September will receive one of the following tree packages based on their location: 10 Arizona cypress, 10 live oak, or a mix, consisting of the following trees: Eastern redbud, white pine, sugar maple, white flowering dogwood, pin oak, red maple, river birch, silver maple, northern red oak and Colorado blue spruce.

The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting and care instructions at the right time for planting between Monday, Oct. 15, and Monday, Dec. 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

To become a member of the foundation and receive the free trees, readers may visit


Fun For All At The Elizabethtown Fair August 28, 2018

Elizabethtown Fair president Kenneth Myer welcomed crowds to the 45th annual fair under clear skies on the evening of Aug. 20, reminding those in attendance that the event is an American and Elizabethtown tradition made possible by a generous community.

Rain and muddy grounds did not seem to put a damper on the excitement that filled the air throughout the week as tens of thousands of people spent time at the fair, which continued through Aug. 25 and marked the official start of fair season in Lancaster County.

In conjunction with opening night, the 2018 Elizabethtown Fair Queen Scholarship Competition took place on the freshly completed Kiwanis Stage with master of ceremonies Galla, of husband-and-wife musical duo Dan & Galla. Each of the five young ladies competing for the crown shared speeches on the subject of "Why You Should Come to My Fair" and answered randomly selected questions. Judges Jessica Armacost, Sue Bowman, and Michael Firestine selected Madison Shaw as queen and Kayla Azaroff as first runner-up.

Madison, the daughter of Angela Shaw of Fishing Creek Valley, is currently in her senior year as a homeschooling student dually enrolled in classes at HACC. She has been actively involved in 4-H since age 5, completing projects with rabbits, poultry, dairy cows, horses, sheep, and goats as well as family living projects such as canning, weaving, and knitting. She designs and creates finished garments using fiber from her own animals. Madison serves on the National 4-H Youth Design Team for the National 4-H Congress that is set to take place in November in Atlanta. After graduation, Madison plans to attend Pennsylvania State University to major in animal sciences and minor in poultry or dairy science.

Kayla, the daughter of Andre and Linda Azaroff of Elizabethtown, is a senior at Elizabethtown Area High School. She is a member of her class council, Model UN, and choir and volunteers at various local animal shelters. Her post-graduation plans include attending college to major in political science and minor in communications.

Following the queen contest, the band Laredo took the stage to entertain audiences with country music. Live entertainment on the main stage throughout the week included The Josh Squared Band, The Uptown Band, an Elvis tribute featuring Jeff Krick Jr., Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods, Nomad, and Chris Higbee.

On Wednesday morning, as part of Senior Citizens' Day, the winners of the 2018 Elizabethtown Senior King and Queen were announced on Stage 2. Vincent Caradello of Elizabethtown was named the king, and Deb Rinker of Enola was selected as queen. They each received a shirt, a hat, and a $100 cash prize.

During the week, fairgoers enjoyed live animal exhibits, as well as produce, crafts, and baked goods displays. The petting zoo, sponsored by The Merchandiser, was a popular stop for visitors to hold rabbits, watch baby chicks hatch, and pet baby goats, lambs, calves, and donkeys.

Hundreds of children and adults participated in an assortment of contests, ranging from livestock competitions to tests of physical strength and talent. The top winners of various contests and competitions include the following:

Livestock Competitions

In the Swine Competition, Abrianna Nissley earned Champion, and Tyler Zimmerman received Reserve Champion. The Champion Showman winners were Cole Weaver, Tyler Zimmerman, Eric Zimmerman, and Drew Zimmerman. Reserve Champion Showman winners were Denton Geib, Abrianna Nissley, Elizabeth Alspaugh, and Mikayla Nissley.

For the Market Lamb Competition, Leah Welk won Champion Senior Showman, Supreme Champion Market Lamb, and Champion Non-Sale Lamb. Other winners were Danielle Oberholtzer, Reserve Champion Senior Showman; Jenna Wetzel, Champion Intermediate Showman, Reserve Champion Sale Lamb, and Champion Pair of Lambs; Jeremiah Snyder, Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman and Reserve Champion Non-Sale Lamb; Andrew Oberholtzer, Champion Junior Showman; Cohen Miller, Reserve Champion Junior Showman; Maddox Donough, Champion Novice Showman; Drew Zimmerman, Reserve Champion Novice Showman; Jordyn Wetzel, Champion Sale Lamb; and Cole Weaver, Reserve Champion Pair of Lambs.

For the Goat Competition, the Market Goat Champions in the selling division were shown by Faith Burkholder, Light Weight Champion; Elizabeth Alspaugh, Reserve Light Weight Champion; Skyler Anderson, Medium Weight Champion; Jacob Zurin, Reserve Medium Champion; Kayden Youndt, Heavy Weight Champion; and Madison Donough, Reserve Heavy Weight Champion. The winners in the non-selling division were Skyler Anderson, Light Weight Champion; Payton Miller, Reserve Light Weight Champion; Leah Welk, Medium Weight Champion; Faith Burkholder, Reserve Medium Weight Champion; Waylon Kready, Heavy Weight Champion; and Emma Musser, Reserve Heavy Weight Champion. Other awards went to Leah Welk, Grand Champion Market, and Skyler Anderson, Reserve Grand Champion Market and Supreme Market Animal.

The Goat Showmanship Champions for Market Goats were Skyler Anderson (age 16 and up), Kyle Nissley (ages 13 to 15), Holden Haver (ages 9 to 12), and Carter Miller (age 8 and under).

The Breeding Goat winners included Delainy Winfindale, Champion and Reserve Lamancha; Emercyn Winfindale, Champion Other Purebred Dairy; Lily Meuler, Reserve Other Purebred Dairy; Madison Shaw, Champion and Reserve Fiber; Alyssa Flahart, Champion Boer; Taylor Flahart, Reserve Boer; Delainy Winfindale, Champion Recorded Grade Dairy; Emercyn Winfindale, Reserve Recorded Grade Dairy; and Alyssa Flahart, Supreme Breeding.

The Goat Showmanship Champions for Breeding Goats were Jeremiah Snyder (age 16 and up), Emercyn Winfindale (ages 9 to 12), and Jaelyn Ribera (age 8 and under).

The Pygmy Goat winners included Taylor Flahart, Champion Wether; Alyssa Flahart, Reserve Champion Wether; and Payton Miller, Champion Doe and Reserve Champion Doe.

The Pygmy Goat Showmanship Champions were Taylor Flahart (ages 10 to 13) and Alyssa Flahart (age 9 and under).

For the Beef Competition, Maddie Musser won Supreme Beef, Reserve Champion Sale Beef, Champion Non-Sale Beef, and Senior Champion Showman. Caleb Miller earned Champion Sale Beef, Intermediate Champion Showman, and Champion Breeding Heifer. Other winners were Emma Musser, Reserve Champion Non-Sale; and Brayden Burkholder, Junior Champion Showman.

The Dairy Feeder Calves Competition winners were Lindsey Umbrell, Champion Dairy Feeder; William McNitt, Reserve Dairy Feeder; Trenton Balmer, Senior Showman; Kathryn Houck, Intermediate Showman; and Elizabeth Alspaugh, Junior Showman.

In the Rabbit Show Competition, the following individuals received accolades: Karina Anderson, Sienna Veith, Noah Barnes, Madison Shaw, Alexandria Neff, Addison Neff, Alyssa Neff, Mary Alspaugh, Adam Snyder, Jordan Wetzel, Avery Cassel, Evan Yeagley, Gabrial Brojakowski, Adrianna Strait, Keegan Tilley, Bentlee Mendez, Jonas Brojakowski, and Brooke Coble.

For the Sheep Competition, the winners included Logan Hoffman, Champion Dorset Ram and Champion Dorset Ewe; Carrie Rutledge, Champion Southdown Ram and Champion Southdown Ewe; Jeremiah Snyder, Champion Shropshire Ram, Champion Shropshire Ewe, and Champion AOB Ewe; Denny Haugh, Champion Suffolk Ram and Champion Suffolk Ewe; Ed Donough, Champion Crossbred Ewe and Supreme Champion Breeding Sheep; Madison Shaw, Champion AOB Ram; Cole Weaver, Champion Senior Showman; Nevaeh Nickel, Champion Intermediate Showman; and Maddox Donough, Champion Junior Showman.

In the Dairy Competition, the winners included Nora Briggs, Champion Showman; Austin Kolb, Reserve Champion Showman; Emma Heavy, Champion (ages 5 to 8); Canyon Sellers, Reserve Champion (ages 5 to 8); Ainsley Sellers, Champion (ages 9 to 12); Levi Sites, Reserve Champion (ages 9 to 12); Kelli Schwenk, Champion (ages 13 to 15); and Jacob Copenhagen, Reserve Champion (ages 13 to 15).

Children's Competitions

The winners in the Three-Legged Race were Zoey Miller and Cameron Handran (ages 4 and 5), Brooklyn Stouffer and Joey Wagner (ages 6 and 7), Everett Handran and Malachi Morris (ages 8 to 9), and Anna Rittle and Emilee Port (ages 10 and 11).

In the Children's Coloring Contest, the winners were Alejandro Green (age 4), Kherington Powell (ages 5 and 6), Laili Mathin (ages 7 and 8), and Anwitha Candula (ages 9 and 10).

The winners of the Egg and Spoon Race on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, were Lucas Locker and Isabella Fittery (ages 6 and 7) and Ben Rittle and Jenna Wivell (ages 8 and 9). Jamison Jorich won for ages 4 and 5 on Wednesday. Jonathan Hubler won for ages 10 and 11 on both days.

Taking top spots in the Sack Race on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, were Luke Gish and Uriah Morris (ages 4 and 5), Bryce Ippolito on both days (ages 6 and 7), James Sweger and Owen Burkepile (ages 8 and 9), and Dalton Fink and Aiden Ippolito (ages 10 and 11).

In the Pie Eating Contest, the first-place winners were Theo Peterson (ages 4 and 5), Noah Hostetter (ages 6 and 7), Katelin Norman (ages 8 and 9), and Logan Stewart (ages 10 to 12). In the Grandparent division, Jeff Bard took first place.

The Pedal Tractor Pull first-place winners were Liam Barton (ages 5 and 6), Dakota Bollinger (ages 7 and 8), Rebekah Sweger (ages 9 and 10), and Cole Weaver (ages 14 to 16).

Other Competitions

The Talent Show adult amateur winners were Juliana Schnee (first place); Alyssa Peterson, Rayna Hample, and Stephanie Boltz (second); and Ian Aston (third). Youth amateur winners were Owen Wagner (first), Ellie Ray Wostman (second), and Jessica Robinson (third). Lip sync winners were Jim Beamenderfer (first) and Lori Walmer (second). The Itty Bitty winners were Grayson Marz (first), Chase Jenning Gray and Scarlett Meyers (second), and Annika Gutil (third).

In the Youth Pet Show, Keegan Tilley's pet, Zeus, won the Best Dressed and Rescued Pet awards in the Other Pets class. Jenna and Naomi Kreiser's dog, Gracie, earned the Best Dressed and Best Decorated Float awards in the Dogs class. Luka Mack's dog, Spice, won the Largest Dog award.

The first-place winners in the Cornhole Tournament were George Hoffman and Kevin Todd. Josh Wagner and David Stolzfus came in second, Dan Berrier and Andrew Berrier earned third, and Kerry Garber and Josh Smith were in fourth place.

Chess Tournaments were also held. In the Youth Chess Tournament, Grayson Smith came in first place, with Jack Nyveldt taking second and Ben Mast coming in third. For the Children's Chess Tournament, Max McGahren won first place, Logan Wilson nabbed the second-place spot, and Landon Nyvelt took third place. In the Adult Division, Zining Fan earned first place, with Barry Stoner taking second and Craig Hinkley coming in third.

The winners of the Celebrity Milking Contest were Rep. Dave Hickernell and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Greg Hostetter (first), Congressman Lloyd Smucker and 2018 Elizabethtown Fair Queen Madison Shaw (second), and Sen. Ryan Aument and Commissioner Craig Lehman (third).

For the Tractor Pull, Londa Brandt won first place in the Ladies' Power Pull and Cody Andrus took first place in the Men's Power Pull.

The Buck Shot Tournament winners included Autumn Crump taking first place in the youth category and Maryann Swartz winning first place for the adult division.

Hay Bale Throwing Contest first-place winners were Allison Laing (girls ages 14 to 18), Caleb Miller (boys ages 14 to 18), Tabitha Yeaglin (women age 19 and over), Cody Andrus (men age 19 and over), and Dan Paese (senior men age 60 and over).


Labor Day Auction Set For Sept. 1 And 3 August 24, 2018

Hospice & Community Care's 34th annual Labor Day Auction will be held at the Solanco Fairgrounds, 101 Park Ave., Quarryville, on Saturday, Sept. 1, and Monday, Sept. 3, beginning each day at 7:30 a.m. with Amish-made food, specialty auctions, and packed schedules. The Labor Day Auction is free to attend, with proceeds from winning bids and food sales benefiting patients and families receiving hospice and palliative care and bereavement support.

The two-day event will feature new and used items up for bids, a furniture auction, an array of gift certificates and gift baskets, and five specialty auctions.

The specialty auctions on Sept. 1 will feature plants, artwork, and days of care. Through the auction for days of care, folks will be able to contribute directly to patient care. On average, a day of hospice care for one patient costs $186. Auction bidders may "buy" one or more days of care.

The art auction will offer original paintings from local artists as well as the debut of the 2018 Memorial Garden Ornament. Gardeners will love the plant auction, which will continue on Sept. 3 in order to accommodate the six truckloads of plants donated to the fundraiser.

A high-end auction on Sept. 3 will focus on vacations, fine jewelry, handyman services, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and handcrafted items. Additional auctions that day will include sports items and quilts. The sports memorabilia auction will showcase items from regional, state, and national icons with guest auctioneer and SportsTalk host Eric May. The specialty quilt auction will offer hand-quilted pieces from Amish crafters, quilters' groups, and volunteers, as well as gently used quilts in a wide range of sizes.

There will also be opportunities to win a 2018 Ford Mustang Coupe and $2,000 or $1,000 Visa gift cards.

Folks who are hungry during the Labor Day Auction are invited to join the Auction Club, which is designed for anyone who loves Amish-made food, enjoys access to an all-you-can-eat array of hot and cold sweets and savories, and wants to support medical, emotional, and spiritual end-of-life care and grief support. Folks may join the Auction Club for a set fee; membership offers access to all-you-can-eat food on both days of the Labor Day Auction and acknowledgment of a donation in the auction program and Hospice Horizons magazine. To join the club or to view an auction schedule, readers may call 717-295-3900 or visit

Hospice & Community Care has been partnering with local businesses, individuals, the Amish community, and volunteers to grow this successful event over the past 34 years. All proceeds from the Labor Day Auction directly benefit patients and families receiving hospice and palliative care and bereavement support through the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss. For more information, readers may call the aforementioned number, visit, or email


K-9s And Kayaks August 23, 2018

Race Will Aid Bloodhound Team

Strasburg residents Al and Patti Means have been working with bloodhounds since 1988, when they picked up their first man-trailing hound.

"That 40-pound dog had two people to train," Al recalled. "There was no one around here who was doing search and rescue. He taught us a lot."

Al and Patti launched Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue in 1989 and have provided their services free of charge to the community for 30 years. Along the way, they have trained and worked with a total of 12 dogs; the current and final two are Chip, age 3, and Reuben, age 4. Although Al and Patti are anticipating retiring, probably within a decade, they are still going strong, and Patti routinely walks at least 2 miles every morning in order to be physically prepared to track a person through any kind of terrain.

"(On a case), it's different," Patti remarked. "There's a dog pulling you on. The adrenaline kicks in and carries you."

The teams - Patti works with Reuben, and Al is paired with Chip - have looked for lost children and alleged criminals in all kinds of weather. Al noted that the dogs have trained in temperatures as low as 3 degrees. "At those temps, we have to be careful their ears don't freeze because they drag on the ground," he said.

As a nonprofit organization, Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue accepts donations from individuals, businesses, and other organizations. For nearly a decade, the team has been the recipient of funds raised by Millersville residents John and Phyllis Koenig through the Muddy Run Canoe and Kayak Race. The Meanses typically use the race proceeds for training seminars hosted primarily by law enforcement groups that use bloodhounds every day.

"Bloodhounds are highly active and intelligent dogs," John related. "(Their) scent tracking is so good that the testimony of a bloodhound's man-trailing results is accepted in almost any court."

This year's Muddy Run Canoe and Kayak Race will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, on the lake at Muddy Run Park, 172 Bethesda Church Road W., Holtwood. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m., the race meeting that is mandatory for all entrants to attend will be held at 10:30 a.m., and the race will begin at 10:45 a.m.

Three courses of distances ranging from 1.25 miles to 5.5 miles have been established. More than 60 classes are available to accommodate racers of all skill levels and types of watercraft. Phyllis noted that a few classes have been added to the recreation category to reflect changes in kayak and canoe components and design. Awards for the top three finishers in each class will be distributed after the race, and drawings for door prizes will be held as well. Additionally, a kayak tug-of-war will take place just for fun while the times are being tabulated.

Between 80 and 100 children and adults participate each year, and even more folks attend as spectators. A number of people are regular attendees. "It's such a cool group of people," Patti remarked. "It just always has a good feel about it," she said of the event.

The lake tends to be calm, and there is minimal current. Participants may focus on their form or the scenery as they paddle, rather than worrying about obstacles or rapids. "We made it so the average person can go out and have a good time," John explained. "I try to make it enjoyable."

There is a cost to enter the race, and registrations received by Friday, Sept. 14, will be guaranteed an event T-shirt. Registrations will be accepted by postal service through Wednesday, Sept. 19; after that date, folks must wait to register at the event.

To register or for more information about the race, readers may contact John at 717-872-2805 or, visit, or find "Muddy Run Canoe and Kayak Race" on Facebook. To learn about the Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue team, folks may visit


Scottish Festival Will Feature Sheepdog Demonstration August 23, 2018

The Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Foundation held its first Covenanter Scottish Festival four years ago. As time has passed, the event has grown to include a wide array of entertainment and educational opportunities, and this year's festival promises to be no exception.

The fifth annual Covenanter Scottish Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church, 1199 Valley Road, located 4 miles east of Quarryville on Route 372. The athletic events will begin at 8 a.m.

The Washington Memorial Pipe Band, Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks, Fire in the Glen, and harpist Kendrah Tozzo will perform throughout the day, and bagpipers will skirl their best for a panel of judges. There will also be a Highland dance competition, and the Penn's Wall Highland Games will test athletes' abilities to move cumbersome objects great distances. Scottish clans and organizations will be represented, and vendors will sell Scottish goods, food, and locally made ice cream. A variety of demonstrations have been planned; these may include spinning and weaving, Irish dancing, a haggis ceremony, and more.

One of the confirmed demonstrations will be that of sheep herding. Rebecca Bellaman of Bainbridge will bring her Border collies Czechers and Ena to show how they move sheep through and around obstacles in a calm and controlled fashion. Bellaman has been working with collies since 1999 and obtained her first working dog in 2013. She competes regularly with two of her three dogs. Czechers is 5 and has moved up to open-level trialing, while 1.5-year-old Ena is just making her debut into the sport.

According to the United States Border Collie Handlers' Association (USBCHA), sanctioned stockdog trials are modeled directly after trials in Great Britain, where both the event and the breed originated. The object of a trial is to test the ability of a dog to manage sheep or goats in circumstances they may encounter in everyday work. The dogs may be asked to gather, drive, shed, single, or pen an individual or group of sheep. Handlers are expected to give their dogs few commands and to work their dogs quietly. Bellaman and several of her friends will run a mock competition so that spectators may experience an arena sheepdog trial. They will also give a basic demonstration on the training of the collies.

"Coming from an Irish family, I have always been into the Celtic and old-fashioned lifestyle, and working these dogs just gives me a bond with the animals you can only imagine," Bellaman remarked.

A schedule of the day's events is posted at Folks may purchase discounted tickets through the site, or they may buy full-price tickets at the festival. Children age 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. Parking will be free of charge and located at the church. Handicapped-accessible parking will be available. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, and wearing sunscreen is advised, as shade may be limited.

There are still opportunities for vendors, competitors, and volunteers. Anyone wishing to participate may find the appropriate application on the event website.

For more information about the Covenanter Scottish Festival, readers may email or find the event on Facebook.


Schreiber Center To Host 30th Annual Duckie Race August 16, 2018

To put a new spin on Ernie the Muppet's classic song, "Rubber Duckie, you're the one, who makes fundraising so much fun." Indeed, for three decades, Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center has centered its biggest fundraiser around the floating bath toys.

Schreiber supporters may purchase tickets for the 30th annual Rubber Duckie Race, which will be held as part of a Rubber Duckie Festival on Sunday, Sept. 9, in Lancaster County Central Park, 1050 Rockford Road, Lancaster. Each ticket corresponds with either one of 20,000 yellow racing ducks or one of 5,000 blue racing ducks that will be dropped into the Conestoga River at 5 p.m. Among the yellow ducks, the first 50 across the finish line will win prizes for people holding those tickets. The speediest yellow duck will win its ticketholder a $1,000 Visa gift card. For blue ducks, the first 10 finishers will win one of the higher-value prizes, including a Weber grill, a flat-screen TV, and a mountain bike.

For each ticket purchase, supporters will receive a souvenir duckie. This year's theme of a Schreiber Animal Kingdom includes more than a dozen different animal ducks, ranging from cows and tigers to cats and yaks. Each ticket for a blue duck comes with a limited-edition dinosaur duck. In honor of the 30th anniversary, retired racing ducks may also be purchased as supplies last.

Tickets are on sale now at the center, 625 Community Way, Lancaster, and at They will also be available at various locations around Lancaster County between now and race day, including Root's Country Market and Go 'N Bananas. Readers may check the Schreiber web page for the complete list of sales locations.

The Rubber Duckie Festival will be held at Central Park at 2 p.m. The outdoor affair will feature carnival games, pony rides, inflatables, face painting, crafts, food vendors, and more.

All proceeds from the Rubber Duckie Race and Festival will benefit the therapy and education programs of Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that provides physical, occupational, and speech-language therapies, as well as educational and recreational programs, to thousands of children in central Pennsylvania living with congenital and acquired disabilities and developmental delays. The center aims to provide everything needed for all of life's challenges so that families and children can reach their dreams and visions, enhancing every child's unique capabilities and helping them to achieve their fullest potential. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-393-0425.


Community Picnic Set For Salunga July 27, 2018

The 77th annual Salunga Community Picnic will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Hempfield Fire Department Pavilion in Salunga Park, located next to the fire station, 19 W. Main St., Landisville. The event will take place rain or shine.

Festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a variety of games, and a penny scramble will be held at 5:30 p.m. for children age 12 and under. Everyone will be invited to sit down for an evening meal at 6 p.m. Attendees should bring their own dinners and place settings; the picnic committee will provide chips, ice cream, and beverages. A peanut scramble and a traditional cake walk will take place following the meal, and drawings for door prizes and themed baskets will be held.

There is no cost to attend the picnic, but donations will be accepted to cover the costs associated with producing the event. The picnic committee would be especially appreciative of new volunteers to help with next year's picnic.

"We have a meeting, and you get stuff to do on your own time," said committee member Karen Haldeman, explaining what is involved.

"The more volunteers we have, the less each person has to do," added committee member Stacey Cooper. She noted that a sign-up sheet for volunteers will be available at the upcoming picnic. Folks who would like to help with this year's picnic may show up and ask to be put to work.

Haldeman and Cooper would like to see the picnic continue, as they feel it benefits the community.

"You can meet your neighbors," Haldeman suggested.

"It's like a reunion. It brings people back together again," Cooper added. "It's a nice family event, and kids really like it."

For more information, readers may search for "Salunga Community Picnic" on Facebook.


Elizabethtown Fair Slates Annual Auctions July 25, 2018

The 45th annual Elizabethtown Fair will open on Monday, Aug. 20, and continue through Saturday, Aug. 25, at the fairgrounds, 900 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Those who would like to bid on some of the award-winning items at the fair will have the opportunity to do so in three auctions during the week.

The first auction will feature baked goods entered into the fair competitions by area residents and will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, on Stage 2. Elizabethtown Fair president Kenneth Myer will serve as auctioneer, and he will be assisted by John Carl. All of the baked goods entered in the competitive exhibits area will be up for bids, including the Best of Show Decorated Cake; Blue Ribbon Apple Pie; Angel Food Cake; Chocolate Cake; PA Preferred Junior Brownie, Cookie, or Bar Cookie; and all Mars Wrigley Confectionery entries.

The annual Sale of Champions auction will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 22, following the Supreme Champion events in the show ring. Rabbit meat pens, dairy feeder calves, beef, goats, market lambs, and swine will be auctioned off by Harry Bachman and Carl. Proceeds from the sales will benefit local youths.

Thirdly, the annual arts and crafts auction will offer several items donated by local artists, craftspeople, merchants, and fair vendors. Myer and Carl will once again serve as the auctioneers, and the event will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, on Stage 2.

Items up for bids will include the Elizabethtown Fair Premium Book cover painting that was created by local artist Nancy Landis. Landis resides in Elizabethtown with her husband and serves as director of the Winters Heritage House Museum. Landis has enjoyed painting numerous premium book covers as her way of assisting with the Elizabethtown Fair. "This year's fair book cover is a tribute to the youths who raise, care for, and bring their animals to the Elizabethtown Fair each August," Landis stated. "A casual observer may at first assume the livestock show is all about the animals in the ring. However, it is the young handlers who are the stars, exhibiting a wealth of dedication, love, knowledge, and courage as they raise, show, and sell their livestock."

"In a circle, one ring larger yet just as important, is the Elizabethtown community - families, businesses, and organizations that encourage, support, and celebrate our agricultural heritage," Landis continued.

The original cover painting will be auctioned off at 9 p.m. Additional items will include floral arrangements in dated crocks designed by local florists. Proceeds from the baked goods and arts and crafts auctions will benefit the Elizabethtown Fair.

Arts and crafts auction donations are still being sought. Individuals who are interested in donating an item may contact Darlene Halterman at 717-367-0108 or drop off a donation at the Elizabethtown Fair office between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Aug. 18.

For more details on the Elizabethtown Fair, readers may visit Contest and entry information is also listed in the Elizabethtown Fair Premium Book, copies of which are available at Brandt's Farm Supply, the Elizabethtown Borough office, Darrenkamp's Elizabethtown Market, Groff's Meats, White Oak Mills, and the Winters Heritage House Museum.


Dealing With Extreme Heat July 23, 2018

The Department of Health shares important tips to keep families safe in extreme heat this summer. During the heat, it is important to protect oneself from harmful ultraviolet radiation and stay hydrated to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Several safety tips are recommended to help people prepare for the summer weather. People should remember to wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing; a hat or visor; sunglasses; and SPF 15 or higher sunscreen and reapply as necessary. To stay hydrated, people should drink plenty of water throughout the day and not wait until they are thirsty; outdoor workers should drink between two and four cups of water every hour; avoid consuming caffeinated, alcoholic, or sugary beverages; and replace salt lost from sweating by drinking fruit juice or sports drinks.

To safely exercise during the summer, people should limit outdoor exercise and stay indoors in air conditioning on hot days; exercise early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the hottest part of the day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and pace oneself when running, walking, or otherwise exerting one's body.

To protect others, children, older adults, or pets should never be left behind in a vehicle. Individuals who may be more at risk from extreme temperatures should be checked on, including infants and young children, people age 65 and older, and people with chronic medical conditions.

It is also important to know the difference between heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Symptoms of a heat stroke include a high body temperature (above 103 F); red, hot, and dry skin, but no sweating; a rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and unconsciousness.

If someone is having a heat stroke, it is important to first call 9-1-1. After calling for help, the person should be taken to a shady area and cooled down quickly by putting them in a tub of cool water or spraying them with a garden hose. The victim should not be given any fluids, including water, to drink.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, fainting, and nausea or vomiting. The person should be assisted in cooling off and seek medical attention if symptoms are severe, symptoms last more than one hour, or the victim has heart problems or high blood pressure.

During extreme heat waves, cooling centers are opened in cities across Pennsylvania for individuals without air conditioning. To find a cooling center, readers may contact the local municipality or county office.

Additional information on how to prepare for summer weather can be found at


Taking Time To Explore The Water July 19, 2018

Ever wonder what inhabits the waters and banks of local streams and creeks - and why? Or why it matters so much? The Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance (CCWA) invites individuals of all ages to find out at the organization's annual creek stomp on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. The free event will take place rain or shine.

Participants will gather at the pavilion at Mummau Park on West High Street in Manheim, and the creek stomp will take place in Rife Run Creek. Old shoes or sandals that can get wet are recommended, as attendees are encouraged to wade into the water and explore. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

The creek stomp will be led by Matt Kofroth, a watershed specialist with the Lancaster County Conservation District who has been leading this event and others throughout the county for several years. CCWA president Steve Gergely explained that participants enter the creek and collect macroinvertebrates before sharing their findings and listening to Kofroth explain how the species that are found in the water directly relate to the health of the creek.

"It's a great hands-on event," Gergely said. "I think most participants are surprised at how much life is within our local waterways. We've been hosting this event for a few years now and it's always exciting and gratifying to see folks of all ages discovering what's in our waterways and how the macroinvertebrates are a direct indicator of how healthy, or unhealthy, our local waterways are."

The time will also include discussion on the ways that everyone can help to keep pollution out of local streams and rivers. Participants are also welcome to tour the Logan Park streambank restoration project just across the street from Mummau Park, which Gergely said was implemented a few years ago to help control smaller flood events and to improve water quality. CCWA members will be available to answer questions and provide information about the organization's other ongoing efforts to promote good stewardship of the land within the Chiques Watershed. CCWA meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Rapho Township building, 971 N. Colebrook Road, Manheim. New members and interested individuals are always welcome to attend.

To learn more, readers may visit


Science In The Summer Returns To Local Libraries July 19, 2018

Local libraries are keeping learning alive throughout summer vacation time with Science in the Summer. This year, the popular program, themed "The Science of Space," aims to help children learn more about the sky above them.

"I think it's fun to learn in the summer to keep my brain educated for the next year," said 10-year-old Jill Chase, who recently took part in Science in the Summer at the Oxford Public Library.

Both Jill and her brother took the classes this year. "Every summer we do this. It's a great free program, sponsored by the Franklin Institute, that allows students to get a little more exposure to some science curriculum," said Jill's mother, Nancy Chase.

Science in the Summer has been a popular fixture in the suburban Philadelphia area since 1986 and is sponsored by a global pharmaceutical company. The Franklin Institute has been a partner and administrator of the program since 2012. Area libraries serve as host sites, providing a location and volunteer support for the weeklong experience.

The free program includes four days of classes divided by age group. Level One students, who will be entering second or third grade in the fall, enjoy hands-on learning targeted to their age range, while Level Two students, entering fourth through sixth grades, explore the same topics in greater depth.

The program is an exciting week for students, with classes taught by experienced, certified teachers such as Joe Korzec, who recently retired from teaching seventh-grade science at Springton Lake Middle School.

"I've been doing Science in the Summer coming up on 15 years," he said. "It prevents summer slide to a degree. From the time (students) leave school in June until the time they go back in September, there's a lot lost in between. (Through Science in the Summer), they get to refresh their memories, shake those neurons together and put together some good thoughts."

One of the major attractions of Science in the Summer is that children learn through active, hands-on experience. In "The Science of Space" curriculum, students explore the sun's energy, the phases of the moon, human survival in space and how rockets overcome Earth's gravity.

"We change the topic every year. The Franklin Institute has brought some new topics in. Last year was 'Science of Sports,'" said Korzec. "I think it's a nice roundabout way for the kids to see areas they may not learn in school. I imagine the topic will tickle many of their fancies."

Science in the Summer was offered July 9 through 12 by the Oxford, Parkesburg and Atglen libraries. The program is scheduled to be held at the Avon Grove Library from July 23 through Thursday, July 26.

"It's an honor to come to the libraries. They treat us really well," Korzec added.


Master Gardeners Offer Services July 19, 2018

Dauphin County Master Gardeners are available to answer gardening questions at Penn State Extension - Dauphin County Office, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin. The public is invited to call with gardening questions or bring in samples of plants or insects from their gardens for analysis and/or diagnosis. All insects brought to the office must be dead and in a container, preferably with isopropyl alcohol due to the bed bug problem.

This service will be available to the public through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Readers may also call the Master Gardeners at 717-921-8803 or visit

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