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Charred Green Beans Recipe July 16, 2018

Vegetables are more versatile than people may know. Steaming or sauteing vegetables might be among the most popular ways to cook veggies, but grill masters know that it is not just main dishes that taste great when cooked over an open flame. As the following recipe for Charred Green Beans with Lemon Verbena Pesto from Karen Adler and Judith Fertig's "The Gardener and The Grill" (Running Press) can attest, grilled vegetables make for simple yet satisfying side dishes.

Charred Green Beans with Lemon Verbena Pesto (Serves 2 to 4)

Green Beans

1 1/2 lbs. slender green beans

2 teaspoons olive oil

Lemon Verbena Pesto

1 cup fresh lemon verbena leaves (substitute fresh lemon balm leaves)

2 garlic cloves

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup pine nuts or English walnuts

1/2 cup olive oil

Fine kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1 - Prepare a hot fire in the grill.

2 - Toss the beans with olive oil and place in a perforated grill basket or wok set on a baking sheet.

3 - For the pesto, combine the lemon verbena, garlic, cheese, and nuts in a food processor and pulse to puree. Slowly add the olive oil with the processor running until the mixture thickens and emulsifies, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper. The pesto will keep in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days or it may be frozen for up to 3 months.

4 - Place the grill wok or basket directly over the fire and stir-grill, tossing the beans with wooden paddles or grill spatulas until crisp-tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the grilled beans to a large bowl and toss with about 1/4 cup of the pesto or to taste.


Santa Run Registration Opens July 13, 2018

The Manheim Lions Club has opened registration for the fourth annual Manheim Santa Run and Walk 5K, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8:30 a.m. The event provides a time for family and friends to get together and share in the holiday spirit as they dress in Santa suits and run or walk through the Manheim streets.

To kick off the event, the club will offer a "Christmas in July" special. Those who register between Sunday, July 22, and Saturday, July 28, will receive a discount on the registration fee. To register, readers may visit For more information, readers may visit


Virtually Visiting German-Speaking Countries July 12, 2018

Sommer Singspiel Day Camp Set For Aug. 6 To 9

This year's Sommer Singspiel, a day camp hosted by the Lancaster Liederkranz, will take students entering grades three through 12 on a virtual journey through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The camp will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, through Thursday, Aug. 9.

"The students will learn vocabulary about the different modes of transportation available in Europe as well as packing items and famous destinations," said Lisa Sempsey, who is one of four certified educators who will teach various aspects of German music and dances during the camp. "The music will be a wonderful mix of traditional pieces as well as students experiencing and creating music to accompany their 'journey' across the German-speaking parts of Europe. Additionally, the campers will get the opportunity to create and play instruments from some nontraditional materials," she explained. "It's going to be a blast!"

Sommer Singspiel, which in German means "play and sing in the summer," is in its fourth year. The camp is an outgrowth of the Cultural Grant and Scholarship Fund of the Liederkranz, which aims to provide opportunities for students to experience German language and culture. In addition to music, the camp will focus on experiences with German language, authentic food, cultural traditions, and soccer and other outdoor games. A sharing showcase on the final afternoon will give students a venue in which to share their experiences with their friends and families.

"It is going to be very much a learn-by-doing camp, and while it will be very valuable and meaningful, it will be taught in a fun, kid-friendly way," said founding director Drue Bullington. "(Sommer Singspiel) engages the younger family members and promotes in them a love of community music-making (and) a sense of cultural heritage and gives exposure to singing, playing, and moving - all things kids love to do naturally - in tandem with developmentally appropriate German language learning interspersed with experiences that stem from German cultural traditions."

Bullington shared one parent's perspective, quoting the individual as saying, "I love that German language, music, and culture is experienced rather than taught. For instance, rather than just telling the kids the word for 'apple strudel'' and that it is a popular German dish and maybe giving them a taste of strudel, they involve the children in making strudel."

The Lancaster Liederkranz, 722 S. Chiques Road, Manheim, was founded in 1880 as a singing society by German immigrants in Lancaster city. It continues today as a dynamic family organization dedicated to perpetuating and amplifying the founders' original purpose through song, dance, language, art, education, and international cultural exchange.

The Sommer Singspiel camp will be held at the Liederkranz. There is a cost per student to attend, with discounts for Liederkranz members and for multiple family members. Registrations may be submitted at For more information about the camp, readers may contact Bullington at or 717-940-9927.


Hunting Licenses Available July 10, 2018

Holders of a 2018-19 Pennsylvania hunting license valid July 1, 2018, through Sunday, June 30, 2019, may now apply for a resident antlerless license. Nonresidents with a valid 2018-19 hunting license are able to apply for nonresident antlerless licenses. Separate fees have been set for residents and for nonresidents.

Checks or money orders must be submitted by mail; cash should not be sent with applications. The York County treasurer's office will accept antlerless license applications on a first-come, first-served basis through the United States Postal System only. The treasurer's office is not responsible for applications that are not received through the United States Postal Service.

Hunters are encouraged to mail applications in the pink envelopes provided by the Pennsylvania Game Commission on July 6 in order to ensure timely delivery to the treasurer's office. Applications should not be sent to the Game Commission. Hunters should place first-class postage on Sections I and II of the pink envelope.

Only one license per hunter may be issued in the first round. Hunters may apply for a second or third license in subsequent rounds until the supply is exhausted.

Applicants submitting up to three applications per envelope are encouraged to submit separate checks or money orders for each application. If one check is remitted for multiple applications, all of the applications may be rejected if there is a problem with any one application or if any wildlife management unit is sold out.

If the license allocations for all unit preferences are sold out, the application will be returned to the hunter. The hunter may apply for another unit where licenses are available by using a new pink envelope.

For more information and to check the status of license application, readers may visit Information is also available by contacting the Game Commission at 717-787-4250 or visiting


Residents Wish For A Merry Christmas ... In July July 6, 2018

Although temperatures are more like 93 degrees instead of 39, a group of Woodcrest Villa residents is thinking Christmas. The seventh annual Christmas in July school supplies drive will be held from Tuesday, July 24, through Tuesday, July 31. A kickoff celebration will be held at 7 p.m. on July 24 in Gamber Auditorium, which is located within the VIVA Centre on Woodcrest Villa's campus, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.

"We'll have a little music, a little laughter," co-founder Barbara Smith said of the celebration. "That's the best part: eating homemade Christmas cookies!"

The program will feature musical performances as well as group singing of carols, and resident Dee Harnish will read a Pennsylvania Dutch translation of Clement Moore's poem "The Night Before Christmas." Refreshments - including the cookies that Barbara mentioned - will be provided. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to order school supplies for donation to the program.

Volunteer Dennis Good explained that the group has put an efficiency measure in place to improve the shopping process. As in previous years, group members will offer school supplies for residents to buy and donate. This service enables folks who are unable to shop off-campus to participate in the supplies drive. This year, however, the group will take orders for items, which Dennis will order in bulk and ship directly to the Families in Transition program.

Families in Transition began more than 20 years ago in the School District of Lancaster and has since spread to incorporate 17 Lancaster County school districts. The program aims to remove barriers to education for homeless children by helping to provide school supplies, clothing, transportation to school, and other basic needs. Christmas in July accepts donations of cash in addition to school supplies; the funds have been used to purchase school uniforms and other necessities, including laundry detergent. In 2017, more than 10,000 items were donated, and financial contributions amounted to almost $4,000.

Barbara noted that $500 is earmarked for the Hempfield School District, as that is where the retirement community is located. She related a conversation with her contact at the district who requested some of those funds be used for laundry detergent. The contact explained that the school nurses all have access to washers and dryers, and when children come to school in unclean clothing, the nurses are able to provide the students with a fresh set of clothing to wear while they launder the clothing.

"That's a really touching story," Barbara remarked.

Accounts like those are why Barbara, Dennis, and others participate in Christmas in July.

"It's fun to do something with the younger generation," remarked program co-founder Pat Smith, who is not related to Barbara.

"We have so many former school teachers, nurses, and principals who live here," Barbara explained. "They're so touched by this program (because they remember their own students). They like selecting things themselves if they're mobile."

Items for the project may be placed in decorated boxes in several areas on campus. Members of the public may drop off items at the VIVA Centre, and cash contributions may be made at the center's front desk. The school supplies requested are crayons, No. 2 pencils, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, pink erasers, glue sticks, safety scissors, spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, three-ring notebook paper, composition books, and backpacks. Personal care items will also be accepted, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, socks, hairbrushes, combs, and hair picks.

For more information about Christmas in July, readers may call Barbara at 717-391-3627.


HBIC Continues Doughnut Day Tradition July 6, 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


Summer Garden Experience Planned For July 28 July 5, 2018

Penn State Extension's annual Summer Garden Experience (SGE) in Lancaster County combines the ambiance of a farm in summer with cutting-edge planting and growing information. This year's event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Penn State's Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SEAREC), 1446 Auction Road, Manheim, 7 miles northwest of Lancaster city. People of all ages are welcome to attend.

At 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Brie Arthur, author of "The Foodscape Revolution," will present talks on gardening while combining ecological, economic, and nutritional interests. Michael Judd of Ecologia Design in Maryland will speak on permaculture at 10 a.m.

The event will include short seminars on growing mushrooms at home, new perennials, container gardening, culinary herbs, butterfly gardening, tomatoes, flower arranging, and more. Visitors may enjoy the colors of Penn State's flower trials through a specialized tour, as well as wagon tours of research trials throughout the farm. In addition to the research trials, SEAREC is home to a Master Gardener idea garden and a rain garden that are continually being updated. Guests will be welcome to stroll through both areas.

The SGE will also feature a caterpillar vivarium, ideas for children's gardening, dyeing with vegetables, and booths to "ask the expert" or obtain general information.

Food, milkshakes, and other beverages will be available for purchase during the event. Admission to all talks, tours, and demonstrations will be included with a per-vehicle parking fee, and preregistration is not required. For a schedule and more information, readers may visit or call Penn State Extension, Lancaster County, at 717-394-6851.


GVWA Offers Summer Day Camp July 3, 2018

Openings are still available at Nature Day Camps being offered this summer at the Green Valleys Watershed Association (GVWA). During the hands-on learning sessions, children ages 4 to 12 are invited to discover the natural world through exploration and learning activities offered at Welkinweir, GVWA's headquarters, which features 219 acres of ponds, meadows and forests.

Each week of camp has an independent theme. During camps, attendees learn about animal adaptations, water conservation, insects, birds and outdoor survival skills. Campers are grouped by grade levels and led by camp counselors.

Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and run until noon for youngsters age 4 and those who are entering kindergarten. Children entering grades one through seven attend camps from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Parents who need extended-day activities can register for before-camp care or after-camp care for additional fees.

Camps began on June 18 and will end on Friday, Aug. 10. Campers can register for one or more weeks of their choice, and spaces are still available for various age groups in many camp weeks. Currently there are spaces available for Lenape Native American Week, which will take place from Monday through Friday, July 16 to 20; for Art Week, which will be held on Monday through Friday, July 23, to 27; and Adaptations Camp, which will run from Monday through Friday, Aug. 6 to 10.

"(During Art Week) we will paint and sculpt and the older kids will make candles," noted Dawn White, GVWA environmental educator. "For Adaptations (Camp), we will focus on what features animals and plants have to help them survive where they live. That week we will have camouflage games and a design-your-own animal (activity) and learn about why migration and hibernation happen."

Camp themes, fees and registration procedures are available at For camp availability, readers may contact White at 610-469-8646 or

GVWA also maintains a Summer Nature Day Camp Scholarship Fund to assist families that cannot financially afford to send their children to camp. "There are currently six children who have applied for and are waiting for scholarships in order to attend a week of camp at Welkinweir," said White.

Community members are invited to donate to the fund. Donations are tax-deductible. More information about donating is available at the previously mentioned website.

GVWA and Welkinweir are located at 1368 Prizer Road, Pottstown, in East Nantmeal Township. For information about other summer programs at Welkinweir, readers may visit


In Celebration Of Tomatoes June 27, 2018

Annual Festival To Take Place In Washington Boro

A tradition spanning six decades will continue when the Washington Boro Tomato Festival takes place on Saturdays, July 14 and 21. The event will be held at the Washington Boro Park, which is located at the intersection of Penn Street (Route 999) and Water Street (Route 441). On both nights, food will be available beginning at 4 p.m., and the fun will run from 5 to 9 p.m.

Country band Borderline will perform on July 14, and Stu Huggens and the Black Hats will play at the festival on July 21. Event co-chair Dick Schock noted that the latter band's repertoire contains a mix of country, oldies, and a little bit of everything else. He expressed the hope that the variety of music would appeal to a broader segment of the population. Schock continues to be on the lookout for quality bands that fit within the event's budget.

"I would love to get a bluegrass group in here," he remarked.

Affordability is important, as the Tomato Festival is the only fundraiser held by the support group of Blue Rock Fire Rescue. While the fire department is funded by Manor Township and Millersville borough, the support group occasionally assists with purchasing additional equipment, and it hosts an annual banquet for volunteers. Recently, the support group provided money for the acquisition of a new squad vehicle that transports volunteers and water rescue gear and pulls a trailer with a boat when the watercraft is needed.

At the festival, the support group will profit from games and the sale of food. Games will include a dime pitch and stands where competitors may win candy, cakes, fruit baskets, and goldfish.

"The kids like that," support group vice president Brenda Miller said of the goldfish stand. She did not indicate whether parents like it.

The food options will include hot dogs and sauerkraut, burgers, beef barbecue, sausage sandwiches, and soft-serve ice cream. Chicken corn soup will be available for takeout as well as for eating at the event. Customers may bring their own containers if they wish. A vendor will sell fries and funnel cakes.

The tomato sandwiches and BLTs made with locally grown produce are the highlight of the festival.

"People wait in line (for a long time); it's amazing," Miller commented. "They do that because they look forward to it."

Folks may purchase locally grown tomatoes and fruit from stands at the festival. Event T-shirts will also be for sale.

The festival will offer opportunities to win a 55-inch television, a kayak, an electronic tablet, and 10 $100 prizes. Folks may enter the drawings on both nights, and the winners will be selected in a drawing on July 21. Winners do not need to be present for the drawing.

The support group welcomes volunteers to help with facilitating the festival. It will take approximately 150 people to set up, run, and tear down the event. Anyone who is interested in volunteering may call Schock at 717-951-6411 or festival co-chair Carl Miller at 717-684-4184.

Additionally, folks are invited to join Blue Rock Fire Rescue. Volunteers are needed to serve in administration, as fire police, with fire fighting, or in special operations: water rescue, brush fires, and collapse team. Interested individuals are welcome to attend a monthly meeting, held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Station 5, 26 E. Charlotte St., Millersville, or they may download applications at


Dealing With Extreme Heat June 26, 2018

As Pennsylvanians prepare to spend more time outdoors, 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


Car Club To Host Annual Cruise June 25, 2018

The Lancaster County Cruisers meet at 6 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month to discuss all things related to automobiles. Afterward, the group caravans from its meeting site at the New Danville Fire Company, 43 Marticville Road, Lancaster, to a nearby restaurant.

"That's the history of car clubs," said Cruisers member Andy Andrews of Bird-in-Hand. "You get a bunch of people with old cars together and then decide where to go eat."

With dining together inextricably linked with the car club experience, it should be no surprise that reducing hunger is one of the motivations behind the annual cruise that the Lancaster County Cruisers have held for nearly two decades.

"The sole purpose is to support the Solanco Neighborhood Ministries food bank," explained Cruisers vice president Jack Parke of New Providence. "The secondary reason is for camaraderie and the sharing of (a love of) the cars."

The Cruisers typically give at least half of the proceeds from the annual cruise to the food bank; the group retains enough to host the following year's show. The club also accepts donations of nonperishable food items at the event.

The 19th annual cruise will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at the Willow Street Fireman's Field, 2901 Willow Street Pike, Willow Street. Interesting vehicles - including cars, trucks, and motorcycles - will be welcome for entry, with no restriction on age. There is a cost to enter a vehicle, with a discount for those who preregister. The first 150 entries will receive dash plaques. Awards will be given to the top 10 vehicles and the top two cycles. All exhibitors will be eligible to win door prizes; drawings will be held throughout the day.

"We have lots and lots of door prizes, and there are some nice cash prizes," said club member Judy Andrews of Bird-in-Hand.

Spectators may attend free of charge, but monetary donations will be accepted. A disc jockey will play oldies music, and vendors will sell a variety of food and other items. Vendor spaces are still available and may be reserved for a small fee.

A muffler rap, which measures the loudness of an engine, will be held during the cruise. Burnouts will not be tolerated.

New this year, club members will wear "staff" T-shirts. Event attendees will be invited to ask anyone with a staff shirt for assistance or for information about club membership.

For more information, to register a vehicle, or to reserve a vendor space, readers may call Jack Parke at 717-786-3923 or Pete Parke at 717-575-1494.


Global Fair To Offer Taste Of International Culture June 22, 2018

The sight of alpacas, the sound of bongo drums, and the scent of curry will be part of the atmosphere at the annual Global Fair event that will be hosted by Salunga-based Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) on Saturday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The showcase of international flavor and culture will be held at the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street.

Global Fair, an open-air missions and culture festival, will offer opportunities for community members to meet EMM missionaries and to experience samples of the sights, sounds, and flavors from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

This year's Global Fair will feature longtime favorites like alpacas from a Mount Joy farm. There will also be a number of newcomers, including Bridge - an award-winning cultural exchange startup by Somalian refugee Mustafa Nuur - and handicrafts from a Peruvian store.

As always, Global Fair will offer authentic international foods for purchase from local cultural restaurants and ethnic groups. Visitors may sip on masala chai, try a home-cooked Ethiopian platter prepared by members of Tinsae Kristos Evangelical Church, snack on a caramel-filled Dutch "stroopwafel" cookie, and more.

Global Fair is family friendly, with multiple children's activities. This year, children may make slime and enjoy a bubble machine, among other offerings. Youngsters age 12 and under may complete a challenge to win free soft-serve ice cream. Families will be invited to fold paper cranes to add to a large paper crane sculpture, joining together hundreds of the colorful birds as a symbol of peace.

Tickets will not be required for admission to Global Fair, but donations will be accepted.

Readers may visit to learn more or contact Jessica Fellenger with questions at or 717-898-2251, ext. 235.


Saddlebag Riders Will Host Biker Breakfast June 22, 2018

The Saddlebag Riders team of Motorcyclists for Jesus Ministry (MJM) will host a biker breakfast event on Saturday, July 7, from 7 to 11 a.m. at Washington Boro Park, located at the intersection of Penn Street (Route 999) and Water Street (Route 441).

The meal will be held rain or shine. The park has a pavilion with benches and tables, but attendees are welcome to provide their own seating. A food truck from York County will prepare the food, which will feature an all-you-can-eat repast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, hash browns, orange juice, coffee, and water. A fee has been set for the cost of the meal. Reservations are not required.

Everyone is welcome to attend the meal, although the team extends a special invitation to motorcycle enthusiasts.

"We want to get to know other bikers, fellowship with other bikers, and let them know we exist," explained Saddlebag Riders secretary Gail Moore.

The team will have information about MJM at the event, and the group will offer bike blessings upon request.

"We would like to minister to people," said Saddlebag Riders road captain John Young, adding that team members will be available to talk and pray with breakfast attendees.

MJM is a service organization, and the Saddlebag Riders team assists other motorcycle groups with their events, such as rallies and benefit rides. The team also offers bike blessings and facilitates Biker Sundays at various churches. According to, MJM members enjoy motorcycling and have a desire to share God's love by assisting fellow bikers with their personal and spiritual needs.

Committed Christians who would like to combine their passions for Jesus Christ and motorcycles are welcome to join the Saddlebag Riders, one of five MJM teams in Pennsylvania. The group meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church of Creswell, 1165 Letort Road, Conestoga. All makes of motorcycles are welcome, but owning a motorcycle is not a requirement for membership.

For more information about the Saddlebag Riders or the July 7 breakfast, readers may contact team president Chuck Moore at 717-224-8790 or


Two Diverse Trios To Perform In Strasburg Concert June 21, 2018

The second of five free concerts in the Sounds of Strasburg series will take place at the Strasburg Community Park on Saturday, July 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The open-air concert, which will be held in the park's amphitheater, will feature local bands Featherburn and The Ultramarines.

Featherburn will open the evening's performances. This will be the band's second gig at the park; the dynamic group was a hit when it performed there last year. Featherburn is a trio led by Strasburg resident John "Milo" Milosich, who plays accordion and guitar and sings. Tom Doorly is the bassist, and James Munster plays guitar.

"Our visitors loved their quirky, accordion-powered, theatrical folk, punk, and eastern European rock show," shared Dale Kaufman, president of the Strasburg Community Parks Foundation. "Their show will be sure to please as it will be a high energy, cosmic folk-romp, party-starting set."

The Ultramarines will be the second act of the night.

"We are very excited to bring The Ultramarines to Strasburg, especially since James (Wolpert) grew up in Strasburg and many here rooted for him when he was a semifinalist on NBC-TV's fifth season of 'The Voice,'" Kaufman said.

Wolpert is a singer-songwriter and guitarist, and he is joined by drummer Aaron Shiflet and bassist Dustin Cain. "You'll hear this talented trio merge psychedelic, punk, surf, and blues influences into a dynamic sound that will surely create a diverse live performance for our town," Kaufman remarked.

Concert guests are advised to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating on the soft-turf and terraced amphitheater. Coolers and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Those who wish to eat a preshow picnic meal may use picnic tables in and beside the park's pavilion.

"We encourage our visitors to patronize our food vendors,"" Kaufman commented, noting that an assortment of food, cold beverages, and Italian water ice will be available for purchase.

The concert series will continue with shows on Saturdays, Aug. 4 and 18 and Sept. 1. Admission is open to the general public and free of charge due to the generosity of local concert sponsors. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. The park's main parking lot is located at 151 Precision Ave., Strasburg, and is reserved for handicapped-accessible parking. A golf cart shuttle service will be available for disabled guests. Ample parking can be found along Precision Avenue.

For more information about the 2018 Sounds of Strasburg concerts, concert updates, and the Strasburg Community Park, readers may visit, find "Strasburg Community Park" on Facebook, or call Barb Rathbone-Frank at 717-572-6830.


Family Farm Days Attract Large Crowds June 21, 2018

Michelle Walton, Lancaster County 4-H volunteer, has given her time to as many as four Family Farm Days events, but she was amazed at the number of people who attended on the first day of the three-day event this year. "The line to get on the shuttle is back to the chicken barbecue," said an astonished Walton that day.

In the past, an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people have attended the event, which is held at Oregon Dairy. Family Farm Days, held this year on June 12, 13, and 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, included a variety of displays and interactive exhibits designed to teach attendees about the importance of agriculture while enjoying fun activities. Events included a visit from Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, pony rides, barrel train rides, stream study information, Barnyard Theatre presentations, and more.

Walton volunteered to hand out scavenger hunt forms to children who entered the Kids' Tent. "We hand them this (questionnaire), and they can (complete) it as a family," said Walton of the form. According to Walton, when children returned with the completed questionnaire, they had the opportunity to spin a wheel and receive a prize. "The goal is for the children to learn something and have more of an appreciation for farmers and what farmers do," explained Walton.

The Kids' Tent also included a number of animals for children to visit, including cows, chicks, a rabbit, goats, and alpacas. Caitlin Cullen, a 4-H member and a rising seventh-grader from the Lampeter-Strasburg School District, spent time watching over the chicks and then switched to overseeing the goat petting station. Cullen, who belongs to the Spinning Spurs 4-H Club, said that goats can actually be very shy, but they also try to do what they want. The goat Cullen was struggling with wanted to eat one volunteer's lunch. Bringing the goat back under the tent, Cullen continued explaining that goats are prized for their milk, cheese, and meat.

Toward the back of the Kids' Tent, Ashlee Dugan, PA Preferred coordinator with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, passed out a variety of educational materials, many of them designed to teach children about farming. "PA Preferred is the statewide branding program for Pennsylvania-grown products," said Dugan. The Buy Local papers that Dugan handed out included a variety of puzzles, games, and activities that children could complete to learn about mushrooms, healthy meals, and the process of making maple syrup.

For adults, Dugan had stocked up on pamphlets on the Choose PA Dairy campaign that explains how to determine whether milk is locally sourced. "It's an effort to teach consumers how to find local milk (so they can) really support local dairies," said Dugan. Another pamphlet offered a seasonal calendar to help shoppers know when different types of produce are in season. "It's important to eat local and (know) how to determine what's local," said Dugan. "Buying local supports your community."

Behind the Kids' Tent, local dairy royalty manned three stations where children could take part in activities and learn about milk production and the nutritional value of milk. Mikayla Davis, Berks County Alternate Dairy Princess, and Berks County Dairy Ambassador Anthony Hix ran the COW-ABUNGA game, which gave players a chance to choose a question and win a prize. The duo asked questions such as "How much water does a cow drink in a day?" (The answer is 25 to 50 gallons.) Another station included fitness activities such as jumping rope and kicking a soccer ball, with information about how milk can be used to refuel the body. The third station traced the path of milk from the farmer milking the cow to the supermarket shelf.


Mobile Market Offers Fresh Produce June 20, 2018

Residents of Chester County are able to enjoy garden-fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables through the Fresh2You Mobile Market, operated by the Chester County Food Bank (CCFB).

The Mobile Market offers a wide selection of produce, including kale, strawberries, tomatoes, cauliflower, collards, radishes, turnips and cucumbers, as well as locally sourced eggs and honey.

"Our produce is grown by our farmers or we get (items) from Leola, Lancaster County, so all of our produce is local," noted Sol Noguera, CCFB bilingual outreach educator. "We go all over Chester County from Oxford and Kennett (Square) to Phoenixville and West Chester. Our goal is to have a farmers market that accepts all forms of payment and to get the community together (to purchase healthy fruits and vegetables)."

The Mobile Market is open to everyone, regardless of income. All forms of payment, including debit cards, cash, SNAP/EBT (food stamps) cards and WIC vouchers, are accepted as payment. Customers at the Mobile Market receive matching dollars ("veggie bucks") for additional fruit and vegetables when shopping with SNAP/EBT.

Those who visit the market can also enjoy free samples and recipes. Visitors during the Mobile Market's recent stop at the Coatesville Public Library were able to sample homemade coleslaw that was made with shredded cabbage, carrots and radishes mixed with a vinaigrette of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey and other ingredients.

People were provided recipes for the dish and could purchase all items needed to make the coleslaw in a convenient box to take home. "The individuals doing the recipes are volunteers," noted market manager Roberta Cosentino, who was accompanied at the library by market assistant manager Alex Steinmetz and other staff members and volunteers.

The Fresh2You program began in June of 2016 as a way to offer fresh produce to underserved areas of the county. The Mobile Market vehicle, a former delivery truck, was retrofitted with a generator, a sink and other components to make it work as a mobile food truck. "The back third of our truck is a refrigerator and it is full of produce, so we are always refilling the bins," said Cosentino. "This is our third year, so we are definitely an embedded part of the community."

She noted that in 2017, Fresh2You piloted a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program. "Many of the people have prescriptions from their health care provider for various amounts (of produce) depending on the size of their household," noted Cosentino. "They can purchase fruits and vegetables (to fill) their prescriptions."

The Mobile Market opened on June 12 and will be stationed at sites throughout the county through Saturday, Nov. 17. On Tuesdays, the Mobile Market is stationed at the Phoenixville Area Senior Center, 153 Church St., Phoenixville, from 10 a.m. to noon and at the Coventry Mall, 351 W. Schuylkill Road, Pottstown, from 3 to 5 p.m.

On Wednesdays, the market is at Building 9 at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1400 Blackhorse Hill Road, Coatesville, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Service King, 203 W. First Ave., Parkesburg, from 3 to 5 p.m.

On Thursdays, the Mobile Market is open from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Kennett Area YMCA, 101 Race St., Kennett Square, and from 1 to 3 p.m. at West Chester Head Start, 540 E. Union St., West Chester.

On Fridays, the Mobile Market can be found at the Oxford Public Library, 48 S. Second St., Oxford, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Mobile Market is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coatesville Public Library, 501 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville.

For more information, readers may call the CCFB at 610-873-6000. More information about the Fresh2You Mobile Market, including a map of the locations, is available at


Event Will Spotlight Fireflies June 20, 2018

The York County Department of Parks and Recreation will host a program on fireflies at John Rudy County Park, 400 Mundis Race Road, York, on Thursday, June 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Park volunteer Jodi Sulpizio will share information about fireflies, and participants will hear a story and take a firefly-watching hike. The program is designed for children ages 4 to 7 who are accompanied by an adult.

There is no fee, and no registration is required. For more information, readers may visit


Wrightsville Plans Fourth Of July Celebration June 20, 2018

The community is invited to join together to observe Independence Day during the annual Wrightsville Fourth of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4. Each year the Wrightsville Fourth of July Stay-at-Home Committee plans a full day of family-oriented activities and entertainment in honor of Independence Day. The festivities are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Eastern York County.

Festivities will kick off with the Susquehanna Fish and Game's trap shoot. Registration for several age groups will open at 9 a.m., and the competition will begin at 10 a.m. at the organization's headquarters at 7084 Roundtop Lane, Wrightsville. Winners will receive trophies.

A bicycle contest for children and youths of all ages will also begin at 10 a.m. at the Wrightsville Memorial Playground, located at Fourth and Orange streets. Prizes will be awarded for creative decorations and riding skills in two age groups for girls and for boys.

Chicken barbecue meals will be available to purchase in the parking lot of Hope United Methodist Church, 416 Hellam St., from 11 a.m. until sold out. To request delivery, interested individuals may call 717-968-0679. Meals will include a half-chicken, a baked potato, applesauce, a roll and butter, and a beverage. Half-chickens will also be available to purchase individually. All proceeds from the chicken barbecue will benefit the Rotary Club of Eastern York County and its efforts to support the local community.

At 1 p.m., a pet show will take place in the park with categories for dogs, cats, general pets, and exotic pets. A basketball contest will begin at 1:30 p.m. Children are invited to enter a doll - no stuffed animals - in the doll show at 2 p.m. Parents may enter their infant or toddler in the baby contest, which will include two age groups: newborns to 12-month-olds at 2:30 p.m. and 13-month-olds to 2-year-olds at 3 p.m.

Other events will include a flying disc contest at 3 p.m., a softball throw competition at 4 p.m., and a golf chipping bout at 4:30 p.m. Golf chipping is a new addition for 2018 and will be led by former Eastern York High School state golf champion Rodney Crumling. Prizes from a local golf course will be distributed to the winners of the golf chipping event.

Area residents and visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Front and Walnut streets in the evening to enjoy a live performance by the Twin Rose Community Band from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Children age 12 and under may participate in a peanut and lollipop scramble at 7 p.m. An ice cream walk will be presented at 7:30 p.m. with divisions for individuals ages 13 to 25 and age 26 and older. A variety of food choices will be available to purchase from the Rotary Club of Eastern York County, including french fries, funnel cakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, and beverages.

The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. Event chairman Phil Lehman noted that North Front Street from Locust Street to Limekiln Alley, as well as Walnut Street from Front Street to Third Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic from approximately 6 to 10 p.m. Lehman credited local first responders for faithfully providing safety assistance for the event, including Wrightsville Fire Company Chief Chad Livelsberger and local Emergency Medical Agency director Phil Smith.

The Wrightsville Fourth of July Stay-at-Home Committee members include Lehman, Crumling, Jim Warfield, Brad Ream, Tim Lehman, Bobbi Cook, Crystal Bolton, Ron Bolton, and Jo Weisler. Additional volunteers assist on the day of the event. Individuals interested in volunteering to help plan next year's celebration may call Lehman at 717-252-1856.


Library Offers Summer Reading Program June 19, 2018

It is not too late for youngsters to get involved with the Summer Reading Program at the Coatesville Public Library. The program, which has a "Libraries Rock!" theme, began on June 7 and will run through Tuesday, July 31.

Children are asked to stop by the library, located at 501 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, to obtain a program folder, a reading guide, a newsletter and a book bag. The information also includes a sheet with a drawing of three music records.

In keeping with the program's music theme, students are asked to color each record's track as they complete specific requirements. They will receive a prize when the whole disc is filled in, as well as a ticket for a chance to win a grand prize.

The first of the three records, titled "Read 2018," asks children to read various genres, including mysteries, poetry and nonfiction. For children who are too young to read, parents may read to them. Also, there are no time requirements. "We just want kids to read - anything, any time, anywhere," said Penny Williams, library director and youth services librarian. "It doesn't have to be on grade level, (and) it doesn't have to be a library book; it is just supposed to be fun."

The second record, "Music," asks children to sing a song or listen to classical music, among other related activities.

The third record, "Random Acts of Kindness," asks children to perform a service project such as picking up litter, cleaning up at home or holding the door for someone. "We all want kind and responsible adults, (and) it starts with kind and responsible kids," said Williams.

She noted that the grand prize is a secret and the winner will be drawn the week of Monday, Aug. 6. "There will be other prizes, too, that we will call the winners about," she added.

Along with the reading incentive program, the library will host special activities. Magician Stu Rudnick will be featured on Saturday, June 30, at 1 p.m. His show combines magic, comedy, audience participation and live animals. There will be free prizes for all children attending the show.

Story time and meditation class will be offered on Saturdays, July 14 and Aug. 11, at 10:30 a.m. Attendees will read a children's story and discuss it, after which they will take part in short, guided meditation.

Also, during the summer all Coatesville Library's children's DVD rentals are free, with a limit of three at a time.

For complete programming details, readers may call the library at 610-384-4115 or visit or


Coach Shines Her Light At Washington Elementary School June 15, 2018

GOTR Chooses Winner Of Second Ellen Award

Four days after being named 2018 recipient of the Shining Light Ellen Coach Award by Girls on the Run (GOTR) Lancaster, Lisa Wood, special education teacher at George Washington Elementary School in Lancaster, was still processing the experience. "I am still trying to find the words to express how honored I am," said Wood. "I am still floating." Wood received the award at a special event hosted by GOTR at The Inn at Leola Village on the evening of May 31.

The Ellen Award, which was first given to GOTR coach Falon Doutrich in 2017, is named for Ellen McCabe, the stepmother of GOTR Lancaster program director Jennifer West. West, along with Lancaster GOTR executive director Carrie Johnson; board member Kate Mullen; West's daughters, Alex and Regan; and Doutrich, formed the selection committee that chose Wood from more than 60 nominees. According to Johnson, coaches can be nominated by fellow coaches, principals, staff members, colleagues, spouses, family members, friends, parents, and the girls who make up the GOTR teams.

Wood's relationship with GOTR began in 2012 when she started helping to coach Team Empowered, composed of girls in the School District of Lancaster with physical and intellectual disabilities. "Seeing the change in the girls was really inspiring," said Wood. "I wanted to be part of that."

In 2015, Wood began coaching at Washington. During the spring season, the two Washington teams boasted a total of 33 girls. "I rallied the girls by taking them to my classroom, and I told them about (GOTR) and showed them videos," said Wood of the enrollment. "The girls wanted to be part of this amazing thing." One of those girls, Alashana Ramos, nominated Wood for the Ellen Award. Ramos had tragically lost a cousin this year, and she wrote about how Wood was there for her during that difficult time.

Wood said she has been especially impressed with components of the GOTR curriculum. "(Understanding) empathy is a huge strategy in the (GOTR) toolbox," she said. "How to make a friend and how to be a good friend is another great lesson."

Wood also lauded the requirement that teams complete a community impact project. "Our community impact project (involved) a third-grader who was severely burned the day after Christmas," said Wood. "Our girls decided to put together a sunshine basket for her." After reaching out to the child's parents, the coaches learned that the girl would need bedding and that she loves unicorns. "The teams held a flower sale and raised $305 that went toward buying new things for her bedroom in the unicorn theme," said Wood. "We got bedding, pillows, and wall decals."

Johnson noted that when Ellen, who passed away in the fall of 2016, was helping to create the award, she asked that each winner be given $500 to pay it forward to a charity of her choice. Wood has chosen the Washington Elementary TEAM mentor partnership program. She will donate her winnings to that program through the Lancaster Education Foundation. Wood also received a special bracelet.

Wood noted that she believes she has benefited from coaching GOTR teams. "This program is life changing, and not just for the girls but for the coaches too," said Wood. "It has made me more accountable (because) I am teaching these girls skills and strategies, and I need to be using them myself. (I wish) I had had these coaches as leaders (when I was a girl)."

Readers who wish to learn more about GOTR Lancaster may visit Registration for the fall 2018 program will begin in early August.

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