Lineup Announced For Mountville Lawn Concerts May 24, 2018
Series Will Run From June 3 to Aug. 19
The sounds of music will once again ring through the streets of Mountville this summer. The Mountville Lawn Concert Series features a variety of musical styles and performances free of charge, thanks to funding from the Mountville Community Services Foundation in conjunction with the Mountville Welfare Association - Ed Froelich Trust Fund.
The concerts will take place on the lawn of Mountville Church of the Brethren, College Avenue and Clay Street, Mountville. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held inside the church. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
Performances will begin at 7 p.m. on Sundays from June through August, with the exception of the final concert on Aug. 19, which will start at 6 p.m.
The series will kick off on June 3 with the Bainbridge Band, which will perform concert band music. Acoustic folk rock artist Duane Slaymaker will entertain on June 10. The Fabulous Cheeze Brothers and Sisters will rock out to hits of the '50s, '60s, and '70s on June 17. The Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band will round out the month with brass band music on June 24.
No concert will be held on July 1. The series will start up again on July 8 with a performance of "I'll Fly Away," a new show by Servant Stage Company featuring bluegrass music. The Perseverance Band of Lebanon will offer concert band music on July 15. Audiences will be treated to classic rhythm and blues from Class Act featuring Rita on July 22. The concert on July 29 will feature the Amy Banks Quartet, which will perform traditional standards with Philadelphia all-star musicians, including Aaron Graves, piano; Kevin MacConnell, bass; and Doug Hirlinger, drums, and featuring guest saxophonist and vocalist Erich Cawalla.
Steven Courtney Band will perform bluesy rock 'n' roll on Aug. 5. The Herm Miller Big Band will perform big band music on Aug. 12. The series will conclude on Aug. 19 with concert band music played by the New Holland Band.
Donations to continue the concert series will be accepted. To learn more about contributing or for additional information about the concert series, readers may call 717-285-5122.
Sounds Of Strasburg To Launch June 9 May 23, 2018
Big Boy Brass will perform during the first of five concerts in the Sounds of Strasburg series to be held at the Strasburg Community Park this summer season. The band's eight players will make a big sound at the park's outdoor amphitheater on Saturday, June 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The group, which made its debut in 2016, is a mix of Millersville University music education, music business, and music performance students and alumni. Known for a sound that fuses New Orleans brass band music with popular hits, rhythm and blues, funk, and jazz, the band will share its talents during this family-friendly show. A local favorite in Lancaster, the group has become well-known through performances at local venues, street corner fests, and fundraisers.
The band includes Connor Devlin on sousaphone; Ben Ewing, Jose Johnson, and Vincent Shickora on trumpet; Nick Franks on saxophone; Matt Woodson on drums; and Sam Yoder and Tim Zettlemoyer on trombone.
"We anticipate that (the musicians) will create a loud and brassy sound that results in an infectious party atmosphere. We hope to have many guests on hand for this energetic and gifted group's performance," said Dale Kaufman, president of the Strasburg Community Parks Foundation. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate the start of the summer concert season than with their upbeat brassy sound. Our guests will be sure to enjoy their original songs as well as unique arrangements of other artists' songs. I expect we will hear some selections from their recently released album, 'Live @ Tellus 360.'"
Concert attendees are advised to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating at this open-air event that will be held in the park's amphitheater. Coolers and alcoholic beverages will not be permitted. Those who wish to eat a pre-show picnic meal are welcome to use picnic tables inside and beside the park's pavilion. Food vendors will be on-site.
"We encourage our visitors to patronize our food vendors, as they serve a delicious selection of food items, cold beverages, and refreshing Italian water ices," Kaufman remarked.
The Sounds of Strasburg concert series will continue on Saturdays, July 14, Aug. 4 and 18, and Sept. 1. Admission is open to the general public and is free of charge due to financial support from local sponsors. All shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. The park's main parking lot at 151 Precision Ave., Strasburg, is reserved for handicapped-accessible parking, and a golf cart shuttle transport service is available for disabled guests. Ample off-street parking can be found along Precision Avenue.
For more information about the Big Boy Brass concert, the 2018 Sounds of Strasburg concert series, concert updates, and the Strasburg Community Park, readers may visit www.strasburgpark.org, find Strasburg Community Park on Facebook, or call Barb Rathbone-Frank at 717-572-6830.
DEP Holds Educational Event May 23, 2018
The newest Harrisburg falcons were recently banded in a livestreamed educational event attended by local students and hosted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Pennsylvania Game Commission at the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg.
Talking with students from Pine Grove High School and St. Stephens Episcopal School, DEP secretary Patrick McDonnell noted the symbolism of having a thriving peregrine nest on top of the building named for an influential pioneer of modern environmentalism, Rachel Carson.
Game Commission biologist Art McMorris led the team in bringing the nestlings in from the 15th-floor ledge. He weighed the birds, inspected their health, and banded them. A Pine Grove student recorded the weight and band code for each.
The peregrine falcon was removed from the federal Endangered Species List in 1999 but remains federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It is listed as endangered in Pennsylvania and protected under the Game and Wildlife Code.
Sixty-eight falcons have now hatched since the nest was installed at the Rachel Carson Building in 1996.
Encounter Church Revs Up For Motorcycle Sunday May 23, 2018
Encounter Church, 200 Hideaway Drive, Quarryville, will host its annual Motorcycle Sunday event on Sunday, June 10. A worship service will be held at the church at 9:30 a.m., and a group photograph of motorcyclists and their bikes will be taken in front of the church before the group leaves for an hourlong ride into Maryland. The ride will conclude at approximately 1 p.m. at Susquehannock State Park, where a picnic will be held and softball and other games will be played.
"Motorcycle Sunday has become one of the highlights on our summer schedule," commented pastor Stuart Osborne. "It's been a fun and effective outreach."
At least year's event, church member Tom Steinhauer's 2003 Honda ST 1300 graced the stage. This year, Steinhauer and the bike will be in front of the congregation, as he is slated to give the message.
Steinhauer has been riding for around 30 years after falling in love with motorcycles as a teenager. His love of Jesus Christ was acquired a short time later.
"The draw of the (Motorcycle Sunday) event is to bring people outside the church inside," Steinhauer said. "I grew up outside the church and experienced the downsides of that life. I had an encounter with Christ that was life-transforming for me."
Steinhauer noted that it is easy to use a driving analogy to describe his life. As a teenager, he was misguided and went off the straight and narrow road, becoming heavily involved in the party scene and making poor choices. After surrendering his life to Christ, he worked for churches in France for two years before returning to the United States, where he now leads worship with his family. Memories of his preconversion life are still vivid, and Steinhauer shudders to think of what might have happened if not for the grace of God. "I could never go back to what I was like," he remarked.
Guests, but especially bikers, are invited to attend Motorcycle Sunday. Registration is not required. Nursery care and children's church will be offered during the worship service. Church members will provide the lunch. No rain date has been set. In the event of bad weather, an announcement will be posted on the Encounter Church Facebook page.
Motorcycle Sunday is part of a series of events Encounter Church hosts to appeal to people with niche interests. Other events include a car show and a service honoring first responders around 9/11.
For more information about Motorcycle Sunday, readers may call the church at 717-786-2756.
Yard Sale, Barbecue To Support Mission Trip May 23, 2018
Stehman Memorial United Methodist Church (UMC), 485 Indian Run Road, Millersville, will once again host a chicken barbecue in conjunction with its annual yard sale. The yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and the chicken barbecue will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the same day.
The proceeds from the event will be used to fund the congregation's yearly mission trip to Henderson Settlement in Kentucky. Henderson Settlement is a United Methodist mission agency serving Appalachia. The Stehman mission team spends a week there every year to repair homes and do other projects for people in the community. The upcoming trip has been set for Sunday, July 1, to Saturday, July 7.
The yard sale is open to the community, both to vend and to shop. Spaces will be available by donation, and tables will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. If no tables are available, sellers may bring their own tables or set up in their vehicles in the parking lot.
A food stand will operate during the yard sale, offering items in addition to the chicken barbecue. Folks who opt to purchase a barbecue meal will receive a half-chicken, a baked potato, coleslaw, applesauce, dessert, and a beverage. Half-chickens will be available for a la carte purchase as well.
Yard sale spaces may be reserved and chicken barbecue tickets may be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Details about the event also are available at www.facebook.com/stehmanchurch.
Worshipful Wednesdays, a weekly program that will feature dinner, outdoor worship and a time for fellowship, will be held from June 6 through Aug. 29 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 730 S. New St., West Chester. There will be no program on July 4.
Each Worshipful Wednesday will begin with dinner served by church members at 5:45 p.m. The dinner will be free for those who preregister by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the church office at 610-696-2475 by noon on the Monday prior to that Wednesday's service. Walk-ins will also be welcome and will be asked to pay a nominal fee for dinner.
Worship will follow dinner at 6:30 p.m., and there will be dessert and fellowship at 7:15 p.m.
Worship will be casual and contemporary, and Communion will be available each week. The theme of the program will be "12 Weeks With Jesus and the Disciples." A different disciple will be featured each week.
There will also be special music from the church's new Praise Team director, Jon Ruths.
Kara Butler, a member of the church's hospitality committee, explained that the outdoor worship will be held in a field located next to the church. The area is shaded, and chairs will be provided for visitors. In the event of rainy weather, the service will be moved indoors.
Butler said the first-time outdoor worship series is based on the church's Wonderful Wednesday program, which is held September through May. "Every week it's a different theme, and this will be similar in style, but outside," she said. "There is something (special) about being outdoors and close to nature."
Butler said the program is suitable for all ages and will give attendees an opportunity to worship in an outdoor setting. "It will be nice for families. We have a really strong family and youth ministry," she said. "We're hoping that families may be interested (in joining the church)."
The church also recently announced that registration is currently open for "Shipwrecked" vacation Bible school (VBS), which will be held from Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. VBS is open to children who are 4 years old by Sept. 1 through current fourth-graders. A fee will be charged, and the deadline to register is Friday, June 15. For more information or to register, readers may visit www.clcwc.org/vbs-2018.
Calvary Lutheran Church offers traditional Sunday services at 7:45 and 9:15 a.m. and a contemporary service at 10:45 a.m. A Rejoicing Spirits worship service for those with developmental needs is held at 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month. Nursery care is provided at the 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. services.
For more information, readers may contact the church office or visit www.clcwc.org or www.facebook.com/clcwc.org.
Summer Theater Camps Scheduled May 22, 2018
Theatre Arts For Everyone (TAFE) will offer summer theater camps for students. For additional information, readers may visit www.tafepa.org or call 717-884-8233.
Story to Stage day camps will be offered from Monday, July 9, to Friday, July 13. Children ages 5 and 6 will attend from 9 a.m. to noon, and children ages 7 to 9 will attend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Everything Theatre Camp will be offered to youths ages 10 to 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and from Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20. Participants will experience all of the non-technical theater arts, including being a playwright, acting, directing, and stage management.
Step Back in Time, designed for youths ages 11 to 19, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday, July 30, to Friday, Aug. 3. Campers will spend a week immersed in King Henry's England and then attend the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair's Youth Day on Thursday, Aug. 2, and share all they learned on Friday.
There is a cost to participate. Some work and financial need scholarships are available. The summer camps will be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 700 E. Market St., York.
County Swimming Pool Set To Open May 22, 2018
The Lancaster County Central Park swimming pool is a 15,255-square-foot pool that is ADA accessible and has zero depth entry. Other pool features include a wading area, six-foot deep end, water slides, and water features. Within the swimming complex, there is a children's playground with a state-of-the-art rubber surface, a basketball court, vending machines, and a spacious, green lawn.
The pool will open for the Memorial Day holiday weekend from Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28, and Saturdays and Sundays, June 2, 3, 9, and 10. After that, the pool will open daily effective Wednesday, June 13.
Pool users can pay a one-time membership fee for unlimited pool use or purchase day passes. Day passes are available at the pool entrance while season memberships and swim lesson registrations can be purchased online at www.lancastercountyparks.org or at the Park Office, 1050 Rockford Road, Lancaster. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The office may be reached at 717-299-8215.
Certified lifeguards and water safety instructors lead participants in a swim lesson program that includes sessions for infants through school-age children. Lessons will be held before public hours. Private lessons for all ages are also available.
For more information, readers may visit https://co.lancaster.pa.us/255/Pool.
2018 CSA Shares Still Available May 22, 2018
The Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op (LFFC) will offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares to members of the community. This year, farms will offer a full range of foodstuffs, from fruit and vegetables to flour, eggs, cheese, and dairy to chicken and red meat as well as flowers and Community Supported Medicines shares and more.
Prorated shares will be available throughout the summer. Readers may check out all LFFC has to offer by visiting www.lancasterfarmfresh.com or by calling the CSA department at 717-656-3533, ext. 2.
Great American Cleanup Video Submissions Sought May 22, 2018
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful reminds anyone participating in the Great American Cleanup of PA to submit an entry in the video contest. To participate, a 60-second video of a Great American Cleanup of PA event showing individuals, groups, children, and adults having fun making communities clean, beautiful, and vibrant should be sent to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Participants should be sure to mention the Great American Cleanup of PA in their video.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the winning entry and for two runners up entries. The deadline to submit a video is Friday, June 8. For contest details, readers may visit http://gacofpa.org/video-contest/.
The public can help choose the winners by liking their favorite video at www.facebook.com/keeppabeautiful/. Voting will begin on Monday, June 18, and conclude on Wednesday, June 27, at 3 p.m. To learn more, readers may visit www.gacofpa.org.
HBIC Continues Doughnut Day Tradition May 18, 2018
National Doughnut Day has been celebrated by the Salvation Army on the first Friday in June since 1938. For the congregation of Hope Born in Christ (HBIC) Church, 2600 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, however, Doughnut Day is every first Friday from April through October.
"Our office isn't open on Fridays, so it's fun: We come in, hand out doughnuts, eat doughnuts, and go home," said HBIC pastor Jan Latshaw.
HBIC has been serving up free coffee and doughnuts for 14 years. HBIC administrative assistant Lisa Groff recalled that the first Doughnut Day was held on a Monday: Columbus Day, Oct. 11, 2004. In the spring of 2005, the schedule was changed to Fridays, and it has remained that way ever since. From 7 to 9 a.m., Latshaw, Groff, Walt and Jo Burnett, and John Gerlach run a drive-through service offering hot coffee, orange juice, and glazed coffee rings.
"They're fresh," Groff said of the pastries. "(The bakery) makes them for us, so they're warm when I pick them up."
There is no cost for the morning munchies or beverages. The church offers the treats to do something sweet for the community.
"We were just trying to figure out a way to reach out to the community," Groff explained about Doughnut Day's origin. Brian Willison, who was pastor of the church in 2004, was part of the event's creation. "The first time, we bought nine dozen doughnuts, but (that was too many). We realized people were afraid we'd be preaching to them," Groff recalled.
While the church members who help with the event are always happy to talk about their faith, there is no proselytizing.
"We have casual conversation, no agenda," Walt said. "We don't pass out tracts or question them about their relationship to religion."
"We don't want to pester them," Groff added.
"We just want to meet people in the community," Latshaw remarked. "Regular people come every month, and you get to know them. We've built up some relationships, but then we have the new ones, who try to pay us."
The Doughnut Day team members are happy to pray with people or just listen to their stories if anyone chooses to share.
"If anyone has a problem and they wouldn't walk through the (church) door, this way, they can say a little something without being afraid of being judged," Jo said.
Walt noted that over the years, a few people have attended the church as a result of Doughnut Day. Guests are always welcome on Sunday mornings. Worship services begin at 10:15 a.m. Nursery care is available for children age 3 and younger. Children's worship is offered during the sermon for children age 3 through third grade. Sunday school will not be offered during June, July, or August.
Beginning in June, Latshaw will preach "... In Christ," which is based on a verse-by-verse examination of the book of Colossians. The series is expected to run for 10 weeks.
HBIC is also planning to host a giant backyard water slide event on the last weekend of August. A worship service and a lunch will be part of the event, which will be open to the community. Details about the festivities will be announced later.
For more information about HBIC and its Doughnut Day, readers may call 717-295-9800 or visit www.HBICchurch.com.
EPHS Aims To Bring History To Life May 18, 2018
In Lancaster County, East Hempfield Township is paired with West Hempfield, and East Earl Township has its compatriot, West Earl. However, East Petersburg has no partner. Or does it? East Petersburg Historical Society (EPHS) president David Johnson enjoys telling the story of how the borough got its name.
In 1760, Peter Gottshall received a land patent for 130 acres. When he died in 1789, each of his children received approximately 50 acres. Peter's son, also named Peter, sold his land in chunks. One of those pieces was eventually purchased by Daniel Wolf, who built a general store in 1810 at what is now 1905 W. State St. and named the area Petersburg. Eight years later, a post office was opened at the store, and that is when the trouble started.
It turned out that Pennsylvania already had a Petersburg, so what were the two towns to do? After discussions with the other borough, it was decided that as the Petersburg located in western Pennsylvania had been formed earlier than Lancaster County's, that town should have the right to the name of its choosing. It chose Petersburg, so the younger borough added "East" to its name. If any hard feelings had ever occurred, they were all gone by the time EPHS members took a bus trip to visit Petersburg a few years ago.
Wolf eventually sold his store, and it was operated as a tavern until Prohibition in 1921. It became Hollinger's Butcher Shop and then was converted into a residential rental property. The EPHS, which formed in 1976, purchased the property in 1994. Over the years, the historical society has worked at restoring the house; the brick exterior was repointed this year. EPHS secretary Lynn Dull noted that the organization has extensive archives stored in the house, and the goal is to make them accessible to the public.
The EPHS also has a goal of creating more enthusiasm about history, particularly that of the borough.
"We're trying not to lose our past, (to lose) what happened here," Johnson commented.
"Personal interaction with history is the best way to learn," added EPHS founding member Betty Nauman.
This summer, the historical society will provide several opportunities to brush shoulders with history. The property is typically open from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of every month. Special events will also be held on the first Saturdays of June, July, and August.
Members of the 30th PA Company E, a re-enactment group interpreting the Civil War-era volunteer infantry from Lancaster County and the state's first reserve unit, will have a camp set up on the lawn behind the Wolf House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. There will be a variety of tents, campfire cooking, and a firing demonstration of muskets. The re-enactors will have with them only the things that an enlisted soldier could carry.
Re-enactor Bruce Hoover noted that the group enjoys presenting history in a tangible manner because it prompts people to reflect. "People have a connection to the past without realizing it," he said. "(Most people) can look back to their grandparents' stories (for that connection)."
The historical society also hopes to inspire community members to support its efforts to preserve the Wolf House. "History for me is 'R and R,'" EPHS board member Rick Brouse said. "I have a respect for history and a responsibility to learn it and pass it on."
Future events will include Colonial craft demonstrations on Saturday, July 7, and a Revolutionary War encampment with the 1st PA Regiment Flying Camp of Lancaster County on Saturday, Aug. 4.
All three events will be open to the public free of charge, and free parking will be available at neighboring businesses. Concessions will be sold.
For more information, readers may call Dull at 717-664-3808 or find the historical society on Facebook.
Church To Hold Summer Nights In The Park May 16, 2018
The congregation at Trinity Assembly of God (AG) is inviting the community to enjoy an outdoor picnic dinner, music, worship and other activities on Wednesday evenings this summer at Marshall Square Park, 200 E. Marshall St., West Chester.
Trinity AG's Summer Nights program is being offered for the first time, beginning on June 13. "We are doing a Wednesday initiative to connect with our community," explained Trinity AG pastor Jimmy Smuda.
Each session will begin at 5 p.m. with a dinner of grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, followed at 6:30 p.m. by an informal worship service and small group sessions.
Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, and they may also bring additional food and beverages to enjoy. The park facility offers activities for youths, including basketball courts, playgrounds and open fields.
"We will grill, have some games for the kids and do a short service with acoustic music," Smuda said, noting that amplifying equipment is not permitted in the park. "Then, people will share their testimonies about the Word and how God has impacted their lives. We will then break into small groups and discuss things of faith and people will get to know one another."
After the opening session on June 13, Summer Nights will take place in the park on June 20 and 27, as well as July 18 and 25. There will be no service on July 4. In the event of rain, activities will take place at the church, 1022 Pottstown Pike, West Chester. On July 11 and Aug. 1, 8 and 15, Summer Nights will take place at the church.
"It will be an acoustic, open air kind of format (at the park). People will not feel like they are in church," Smuda said. "It's more to have the church come out to the community. The hope is that we can meet some new people and hope they feel comfortable enough to hang out with us and find out that we are cool people.
"It's not a (traditional) service and preaching," he added. "It's a time to say, 'Have a burger with us.' We want people to know we are here, and we want them to be part of our family."
Smuda noted that people of all ages and denominations are welcome, as well as those who do not attend church.
"The whole (goal) is trying to connect with the community," he said. "We want people to show up. We'll have enough food, but if not, we will run out and get more; that's a beautiful problem (to have).
"My dream is that it will feel like it's a family reunion," he added. "It gets us out of the walls of the church to connect with others."
For more details about the Summer Nights program, readers may contact the church at 610-692-1897 or email@example.com. More information about the church is available at www.trinityag.org and www.facebook.com/TrinityAGWC.
Preschool Posts Summer Camp Program May 16, 2018
Mount Zion Preschool, 2164 Mount Zion Road, York, is accepting registrations for its summer camp program for children ages 3 to 11. The camp will take place in June and July on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Camp will include play time, projects and activities based around themes, such as nature, music, dinosaurs, science and cooking. Children will have time to enjoy packed lunches.
For more information, readers may email MZPreschoolYork@aol.com or call 717-718-1093. Campers must be toilet trained.
Summer Day Camp Planned For Girls May 15, 2018
From Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22, girls ages 5 to 18 can choose their own weeklong adventure at Camp Cann-Edi-On in York Haven.
Girls Adventure Camp will offer a day program with activities including science, art, cooking, and wilderness/survival skills (including archery). The program also has team-building activities integrated throughout the week, as well as swimming.
The program's overall mission is to offer girls an experience that helps them find independence, confidence, and leadership abilities. The fee for the week includes a T-shirt and patch. For more information, readers may email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 717-825-1815. Information is also available at www.girlsadventurecamp.com.
EBACC Summer Camps Slated May 15, 2018
East Berlin Area Community Center (EBACC), 405 North Ave., East Berlin, will offer 19 different summer enrichment camps. Camps will be held from 9 a.m. to noon from Monday, June 11, to Friday, Aug. 3.
Experienced instructors will teach basic skills according to the camp topic and theme. All camps will spend some time outside daily and take breaks. Camps will use indoor facilities and the pavilion in the event of rain.
Registration forms must be completed and returned with payment three weeks before the start of camp. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. Payments can be made at EBACC Fitness Center or at the EBACC main office.
For more details and registration, readers may contact 717-259-8848 or email@example.com or visit www.ebacc.org.
Mountville VFW Will Host Memorial Day Activities May 11, 2018
Reese-Hall Mountville VFW Post 8757 will host the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Saturday, May 26. The parade will queue at the Mountville Area Community Center, 120 College Ave., Mountville, prior to 10 a.m., at which time it will commence down College Avenue to Main Street and conclude at Froelich Park, 350 W. Main St. A memorial ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Mountville Cemetery, Hill Street and Orkney Road.
An honor guard from the VFW will lead off the parade, which is slated to feature seven bands, including the Hempfield High School marching unit, Scout troops, floats from local businesses, and fire and police vehicles. The RiverTowne trolley will transport veterans.
During the ceremony, Mountville resident, church deacon, and former serviceman Ted Dickerson will offer a prayer, John Hess will play taps, the March Masters will perform, and a song will be skirled by a bagpiper. A local Boy Scout troop will retire the flag that has flown at the cemetery during the past year, and the honor guard will give a three-gun salute.
At the ceremony's conclusion, attendees will be invited to place flowers on the graves of veterans interred at the cemetery. The VFW auxiliary will provide 100 carnations for the service.
The parade and service will be held rain or shine. They will be canceled only in the event of a thunderstorm. The roads used by the parade will close at approximately 9:30 a.m. and reopen around 11 a.m.
The VFW has hosted the parade annually for most of its 72 years. It has also perpetuated a tradition of placing flags on all of the graves of veterans in the Mountville area. On Saturday, May 19, post members will visit 11 cemeteries and distribute 72 dozen flags.
Post commander Bob Froelich noted that the organization is committed to serving the local community. Since the beginning of the year, the post has donated $8,400 to civic organizations. The group has 275 members and welcomes regular and social members. Interested individuals may stop by the post, 48 E. Main St., Mountville, daily between noon and 11:30 p.m. to apply, or they may call 717-285-5035 for more information.
"It's a great place for friendship and camaraderie," Froelich commented. "There's lots of storytelling. We're like a family; it's not a hard place to make a friend."
Additionally, the auxiliary is accepting members. Auxiliary president Susan Wile explained that the coed group was formed two years ago and supports veterans through fundraising, holding food drives, sending packages to deployed members of the military, and making social visits to area VA hospitals. Individuals eligible for membership in the auxiliary must be 16 years old, U.S. citizens or nationals, and immediate family of someone eligible for VFW membership. For more information, readers may call Wile at 717-333-8195.
Memorial Day Parade, Service Set In Strasburg May 10, 2018
The Strasburg Area Sertoma Club, in cooperation with the former Paul R. Strubel Post 8710 VFW, will sponsor a Memorial Day parade and service on Monday, May 28, to honor the sacrifices of deceased veterans, service members missing in action, retired veterans, and those who are currently serving in the military. Parade formation will begin at 8 a.m. along Clearview Drive, and the parade will commence at 9 a.m. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Strasburg Cemetery, located on West Franklin Street behind the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg. Strasburg Mayor Bruce Ryder and High View Church of God pastor Tom Myers will assist in the service.
The parade's honorary grand marshal will be Clayton L. Frackman, a Korean War veteran who served stateside with the First Army Division. Frackman is a lifelong resident of Strasburg, and he spent many years helping with the Memorial Day parade in addition to other community activities.
Parade chair Brian Barr noted that Strasburg's long tradition of honoring fallen heroes was started more than 70 years ago by VFW members. Again this year, community service organizations, Scout troops, and church groups are busy preparing parade floats. A special float sponsored by Strasburg Sertomans will pay tribute to heroes, both killed in action and missing, and club members will distribute VFW Buddy Poppies to spectators in exchange for donations. The Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) High School marching unit and the Martin-Meylin Middle School band will participate in the parade. The L-S Community Band will perform in the parade and at the memorial service.
Additional folks will be involved as well. "Each year, veterans and young service persons arrive and offer to participate in the parade by walking the route or riding in a classic car," added Sertoma Club president and U.S. Army veteran Lynda Houck.
Participation in the parade is open to the public. Folks are invited to decorate their bicycles and ride them in the parade with a local bike shop. Residents along the parade route are also encouraged to display flags or other patriotic decorations.
The parade will stop at several churches along the route to pay respects to veterans interred in their respective burial grounds. Local Girl Scout troops will place bouquets of flowers at each cemetery. After doubling back along East Main Street, the parade will stop at the War Memorial at the Square, where VFW members will lead a flag-changing ceremony. The flag being retired is in honor of Kenneth L. Retallack, U.S. Marine Corps, and the flag being raised is in honor of Raymond L. Echternach, U.S. Army Air Corps.
After the parade, everyone will be invited to take a short walk over to the Strasburg Cemetery for the memorial service. Two Gold Star mothers - Denise Torbert, mother of Cpl. Eric M. Torbert, U.S. Marine Corps, and Barb Bernard, mother of Sgt. 1st Class Brent Adams - will share their unique perspectives on Memorial Day.
In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled. Notification will be announced on WGAL and FM97. However, the memorial service will take place in the fellowship hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 S. Decatur St., at 10:30 a.m.
The Sertoma Club welcomes assistance by community members to place American flags in Strasburg-area cemeteries to mark veterans' final resting places. Korean War veteran and Sertoma member Chet Lutz heads up the process, with labor provided by local Boy Scout troops and members of the Strasburg Lodge of Odd Fellows. To volunteer, to obtain more information about the Memorial Day events, or to register a group to participate in the parade, readers may call Barr at 717-344-8174.
Moonlite Cruisers Will Host Special Event May 9, 2018
"The first car I ever owned was a '55 Chevy Bel Air convertible," recalled Moonlite Cruisers member Lewis Whiteman. "My dad's brother had a used car business. He brought it in one night, and I bought it from him for $1,000."
Whiteman was 17 at the time, and he remembers the hours of labor involved in earning the money to buy the car. "I did a lot of dirty jobs nobody else would do: cleaning box stalls and gutters, hauling manure, bagging barley on a combine," he said. While he did not baby the car, he still treated it with care. "I wasn't a hot rodder. I worked too hard to earn the money I had; I didn't want to burn the tires off."
To put things in perspective, new tires then would have cost around $45. Now, the going rate is $250. Whiteman knows that well, as a few years ago, he bought another 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. His first convertible had been sold many years ago.
"Anything to do with these classic cars, you'll pay a big price to have that car," Whiteman said. "It's worth it just to have something nobody else does."
Celebrating classic and antique cars is the purpose of the Moonlite Cruisers and the group's annual cruise night. The 19th annual event will be held at Legion Memorial Park, Route 472 South, Quarryville, on Saturday, June 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the same time, has been set as the rain date.
Classics and antiques from 1993 and earlier, cars and trucks, and street rods and muscle cars are welcome to be displayed at the event. Donations will be accepted for participation. Spectators may attend free of charge.
Moonlite Cruisers member and event organizer Ray Wimer will play recordings of rock 'n' roll music from the 1950s and '60s. The Wakefield Lions Club and a commercial vendor will sell food and ice cream. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night.
Wimer noted that the cruise has always been an informal event, but several rules have been set. Alcoholic beverages and pets are not allowed at cruise night, and burnouts are forbidden.
"We're just there to have a nice time and give something to our community," Wimer remarked. "The simpler we can keep it, the better it is."
Cruise nights have always been full of stories, many of which are memories of vehicles, like Whiteman's Bel Air convertible, from the days of the exhibitors' youth. "We're just big kids who don't want to grow up yet," Wimer said. "We're just having a good time."
For more information about the Moonlite Cruisers and the cruise night, readers may call Wimer at 717-786-2796, Bob Sheppherd at 484-983-7275, or Bill Kimble at 717-806-1058.