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Fire Company Benefits From QPRC Donation September 20, 2018

Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community (QPRC), 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, has made a $12,783 donation to the Quarryville Fire Company for the purchase of four new handheld gas meters for the company's fire-fighting apparatus. The new meters are replacing old and obsolete models, fire chief Joel Neff explained.

"We appreciate Quarryville Fire Company's outstanding service and dedication to keeping our community safe," said QPRC president and CEO Robert B. Hayward Jr. "We are blessed to have dedicated public servants here in Quarryville, and it is an honor to support their efforts."

"Quarryville Fire Company is grateful for QPRC's financial support and help in protecting our firefighters' health and safety," said Neff, speaking at the check presentation on Aug. 29. "Your contribution means a lot to our volunteers, and we thank you."

The new gas meters will help the department detect dangerous gases that can cause harm to firefighters as well as bystanders, Neff explained. One of the gasses that the meters will detect is hydrogen cyanide (HCN). HCN is produced when common products such as wood, silk, cotton, plastic, foam, and synthetic rubber burn. Firefighters are exposed to HCN in every fire emergency. HCN is 35 times more toxic than carbon monoxide and can enter the body through inhalation, absorption, or ingestion. When HCN enters the body, it targets the heart and brain. The harmful chemical also lingers in the air once fire is extinguished, and the meters will allow monitoring of HCN to ensure the air is safe to breathe. The new meters will also measure carbon monoxide, oxygen, and hydrogen sulfide.

According to www.qfd57.com, the fire company serves the borough of Quarryville as well as Eden, Colerain, East Drumore, Providence, Little Britain, and Strasburg townships for a total coverage area of about 98 square miles, which is the largest coverage area in Lancaster County by a single company. The area consists mostly of rural farmland, but it also includes residential and light industrial territory, three schools, and two retirement facilities. The Quarryville Fire Company is an all-volunteer organization and always welcomes new members. Interested individuals may visit www.qfd57.com/recruitment to fill out an application, or they may email firehouse@qfd57.com or call 717-786-2898 for more information. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the fire station, 217 E. State St., Quarryville.

Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community strives to provide for the spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs of its residents through high-quality facilities, services, and personal care in a manner faithful to the Bible and honoring Jesus Christ. For more information about QPRC, readers may visit www.quarryville.com.

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Pumpkin Fest Held September 20, 2018

The Middletown Home, 999 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, held its Pumpkin Fest on Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event included live music, local and regional artisans, giveaway drawings, food items, and various pumpkin-themed activities, among other festivities.

All proceeds went to provide care and services for residents of The Middletown Home who have exhausted their financial resources. More information is available by calling 717-944-3351.

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Fairmount Posts Food Drive September 20, 2018

A food drive to benefit CrossNet Ministries is underway at Fairmount. Items will be collected until Friday, Sept. 28. Community members may donate items at the tables in the Wheat Ridge and Crest View lobbies. A list of the most needed items is posted on each table.

CrossNet Ministries is an organization that provides programs in the area of youths, food and nutrition, social services, and community in the Eastern Lancaster County (ELANCO) School District. CrossNet maintains a food pantry accessible by residents in need in the ELANCO area. Boxed and canned food, as well as hygiene products, are needed. All donated food items must be within code date; no expired food items will be accepted.

Fairmount's mailing address is 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata. Directions are available at www.FairmountHomes.org.

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Organizations To Launch Program September 20, 2018

Landis Communities has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Friends Life Care to launch a Continuing Care at Home (CCaH) program in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The arrangement will allow both organizations to expand their missions through the Friends Life Care service and senior care. The new offering is a membership-based program designed to help people remain in their home as they age. The service may be utilized for care at home if needed and even for residence-based care as needs may evolve. The program, slated to be launched in October, is intended to give older adults another option to remain living where they choose for as long as possible.

Landis Communities and Friends Life Care will begin holding informational seminars in October. The seminars will provide detailed information regarding membership in the CCaH program. Online webinars will also be made available.

Landis Communities owns and operates Landis Homes, a continuing care retirement community/ life plan community serving nearly 900 residents, in addition to a number of living options and services for seniors in the area.

Friends Life Care is a mission-focused, Quaker-based organization that offers long-term care protection by providing wellness programs, home health care, related personal care services and facility care to enrolled members in the Philadelphia and Delaware areas.

More information about Friends Life Care and Landis Communities, along with dates of seminars and webinars, may be found by visiting www.friendslifecare.org/landis or by calling 844-2Landis (844-252-6347).

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Pumpkin Fest Planned September 20, 2018

The Middletown Home, 999 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, will hold Pumpkin Fest 2018 on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will feature a barrel train, hayrides, face painting, a build-your-own-scarecrow opportunity, caricatures, and, new this year, hot air balloon rides. Additionally, there will be pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin chunkin', and a pumpkin dunkin' booth.

Local and regional artisans will be on-site, and there will be giveaway drawings. Food, such as chicken barbecue provided by the Lower Swatara Fire Department and homemade chicken corn soup, will be available.

Live music will be performed by No Last Call, Pentagon Band, The Fabulous Hubcaps, and Erin Cruise and Cruise Control Band.

All proceeds will help to provide care and services for residents of The Middletown Home who have exhausted their financial resources.

More information is available by calling 717-944-3351.

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Volunteers Sought For Safety Vest Frolic September 19, 2018

Fairmount, 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata, will host a Safety Vest Frolic on Friday, Sept. 28, at 9:30 a.m. The event will take place in the Crest View Gathering Room on the east side of the Fairmount campus.

Materials will be provided to make vests and assemble kits. Volunteers are needed to help cut pieces of fabric fastener or reflective tape for the vests or assemble the cut pieces into kits. The program makes and distributes reflective vests for Amish and Mennonite children to wear when traveling on the roads.

Residents of the local community are invited to participate. Individuals who would like to help in their own home may call 717-394-6851. Due to increased demand, there is a great need for more people to sew, as well as for someone to cut fabric for vests. Donations are also needed to purchase additional materials for more vests.

Directions are available at www.FairmountHomes.org.

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Senior Center Posts Schedule September 19, 2018

The Delta Area Senior Center, located in the Peach Bottom Township Building at 5 Pendyrus St., has announced its upcoming activities. Free Wi-Fi, Wii video games, and walking is available from Monday to Friday. A hot lunch is served on weekdays at noon for a donation. Those interested in eating lunch at the center should make a reservation two business days in advance by calling the center at 717-456-5753.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, dominoes will be played at 9 a.m. and a group will meet at Lion Bowling Center in Red Lion to bowl three games. The Veterans Service Officer will be at the center to offer information on services available to veterans. To schedule an appointment, readers may call the center. Veterans of any age may take advantage of this service. Dutch Welker will also be available at 9:30 a.m. to replace watch batteries and make minor repairs. No appointment is necessary, though there is a nominal fee for the batteries. Chair exercises will begin at 11 a.m., and the challenges will be held at 12:30 p.m. The art class will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Give Away Day will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 27. Everyone who eats lunch at the center will be treated to an ice cream sundae bar for dessert and will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. The Sequence players will meet at 9 a.m. Volunteers will also set up tables for the Gigantic Indoor Yard Sale. Donna will lead rubber stamping craft class at 9:30 a.m. There is no charge and all materials will be provided. The Yes We Can healthy living group will meet at 11 a.m. Also at 11 a.m., Patrick Lampman will perform old fashioned country and gospel music. The pinochle players will meet from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Friday, Sept. 28, a breakfast will be served from 8 to 9 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, chipped beef gravy and toast, coffee, hot tea, and orange juice. Further set up for the yard sale will begin immediately after breakfast. Bingo will be played at 9:30 a.m. and chair exercises will begin at 11 a.m. The auction game will be played at 11:15 a.m. and challenges will begin at 12:30 p.m. The knitting class and cribbage group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Gigantic Indoor Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the all-purpose room of the Peach Bottom Recreation building.

On Monday, Oct. 1, the Sit and Sew group and the dominoes group will both meet at 9 a.m. A Bible study will begin at 10 a.m., and chair exercises will begin at 11 a.m. The crochet class will meet at 1 p.m. The pinochle players will meet at 7:30 p.m.

Bingo and pickle ball will both begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Wii Millionaire will be played at 12:30 p.m., followed by Phase 10 at 1 p.m. The Creative Writing Class will begin at 1:15 p.m.

The Delta Area Senior Center is open to all Pennsylvania residents age 60 and older. There are no registration fees or membership dues.

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Senior Center Plans Programs September 19, 2018

September House Senior Center, 1251 W. King St., York, has posted its upcoming schedule of activities.

On Friday, Oct. 5, a group will meet at 11 a.m. to carpool to eat at Fujihana. On Monday, Oct. 8, the senior center will be closed for Columbus Day.

Daily workouts will be offered from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial arts program, will be taught by a certified teacher on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. A study group for those interested in obtaining their ham (amateur) radio operator's license will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m.

The senior center also offer cards and games throughout the week. Pinochle is played every Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. Chess is played on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the bridge club meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. The center is also adding a group for shuffleboard on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and the group is looking for additional players. All are welcome to play or watch. A wide variety of board games, cards, and jigsaw puzzles are also available for everyone to enjoy. In addition, wood burning classes and workshops are held on the first and third Fridays.

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Senior Center To Offer Flu Shots September 19, 2018

The Stewartstown Area Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, will offer flu shots on Monday, Oct. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. Standard flu shots and high-dose flu shots will be available for people age 18 and up. Preregistration is required by calling the senior center at 717-993-3488 by Friday, Oct. 5.

Medicare Part B will be accepted for the flu shots. The flu shot provider will submit the claim to the insurance company. Attendees may also pay for the shots with cash; separate fees have been set for the standard shot and for the high-dose shot.

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Presentation, Ice Cream Social Posted September 19, 2018

Stewartstown Area Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, will host a demonstration and talk about phone captioning services on Oct. 3. Attendees of the presentation will be able to participate in an ice cream social.

To make reservations for the event, readers may call the center at 717-993-3488 by Monday, Oct. 1. The senior center is located in the Stewartstown United Methodist Church.

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Center To Start Radio Station September 19, 2018

September House Senior Center was the recipient of a grant from York County Community Foundation to start an Amateur (HAM) Radio Station. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for the station. Use of the equipment at the station will include attempting to make contact with every state in the United States, many other countries, the Space Station, and beyond.

Classes to acquire licenses are already in place and will continue for newcomers. The station and classes are open to all current or future HAM operators of all ages. For more information about classes or other Amateur Radio opportunities, readers may call 717-848-4417 or visit September House, 1251 W. King St., York.

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Grief Support Group Will Meet September 19, 2018

The Living with Loss Support Group at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Board Room.

Guest speaker Michele DeRosa will present "Sharing a Personal Experience of Grief and Loss." As a funeral director, DeRosa will share her expertise and insight as she interacts with those who grieve every day.

The Living with Loss group is for persons who have experienced death of a spouse or family member. The group's focus is support and education. The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, readers may call Jenny Snyder at 717-355-6259, or email jsnyder@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Homestead Village To Host Three Events September 14, 2018

The first three weekends of October will be busy ones for the residents and staff members of Homestead Village, 1800 Marietta Ave., Lancaster.

In conjunction with Lancaster ArtWalk, the second annual Homestead Village Art Fest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artists will display and sell their creations. Pottery and glass-blowing demonstrations will be offered on Oct. 6. A portion of the proceeds from the sales will benefit the Homestead Village endowment fund.

This year, children who receive services from Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, which is located next to Homestead Village, will be the special guests at Art Fest. Homestead Village residents have volunteered at the Schreiber Center for a number of years, and inviting the young artists to participate in Art Fest is a new way to continue that relationship and to provide opportunities for youngsters to be active in artistic endeavors.

"We have tried to have a component to encourage creativity in kids," said Homestead Village director of marketing Christina Gallagher. "Last year, we had a toothpick sculpture, and everyone was invited to add a few toothpicks to it."

To showcase an educational component, Homestead Village has invited the STEM truck operated by Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. The mobile lab travels to area schools to provide hands-on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). On Oct. 7, Art Fest visitors will be able to screenprint T-shirts in the STEM truck.

The following weekend will feature the first Homestead Treasure Sale, which will be held in the retirement community's Bachman Center on Friday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event was created to combine and centralize all of the excitement of Homestead Village's previously existing white elephant, book, and jewelry sales into one easy-to-navigate location. The Treasure Sale will be a one-stop-shop for antiques, attic treasures, estate jewelry, and more. All of the proceeds will benefit resident committees or the benevolent care fund.

October's public events will conclude on Saturday, Oct. 20, when Homestead Village will participate in the eighth annual Explore Retirement Living Open House. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., members of the public may visit all of Lancaster's nonprofit life-plan communities, where they may meet residents and ask questions. Visitors may register at the Bachman Center and begin self-guided tours of Homestead Village from there. Preregistration is encouraged, and folks may call the receptionist at 717-397-4831.

For more information about Homestead Village, readers may call the receptionist or visit www.homesteadvillage.org.

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Senior Center Posts Schedule September 14, 2018

The Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, located in the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, invites area seniors to its upcoming programs. The center, a service of GEARS and the Lancaster County Office of Aging, is open regularly on Mondays through Fridays. Interested individuals may call the center at 717-367-7984 for more information or to make reservations. Readers may also visit www.etownareaseniorcenter.org for details.

On Thursday, Sept. 20, the center will offer walking at 9 a.m., crafts at 10 a.m., Let's Make a Deal at 11 a.m., and pinochle or bridge at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be meatloaf with gravy, whipped potatoes, green beans, white bread, and banana pudding with vanilla wafers.

Activities on Friday, Sept. 21, will include walking at 9 a.m., Bible study or table games at 10 a.m., Reminisce at 11 a.m., and a TGIF dinner pinochle party at 5 p.m. Lunch will be steak sandwiches on hoagie rolls with onions, peppers, and cheese, along with ranch-seasoned potatoes and fresh seasonal fruit.

On Monday, Sept. 24, activities will be walking at 9 a.m.; laddergolf at 9:30 a.m.; Strength, Stretch, and Balance at 10 a.m.; the Think Outside the Box game at 10:30 a.m.; and pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be creamy chicken salad with lettuce and tomato, tomato soup with crackers, whole-grain croissants, and fresh seasonal fruit.

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the schedule will feature walking at 9 a.m., a morning strech at 9:30 a.m., the SNAP Program at 10:30 a.m., and Current Events at 1 p.m. Lunch will be orange-glazed pork loin, vegetable rice pilaf, cauliflower, wheat bread, and applesauce.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the All-Center Picnic will take place at Long's Park in Lancaster.

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Seminar Set For Veterans September 13, 2018

A representative from the Lebanon County Department of Veterans Affairs will present a free educational seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. at Traditions of Hershey, 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra. Senior veterans and their families are invited to learn how they may be eligible for benefits that can help offset the cost of long-term care.

Seating is limited. To preregister, readers may call 717-838-2330.

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Model Railroad Club Sets Open House September 13, 2018

The Masonic Village and Elizabethtown (MV&E) Model Railroad Club will host its first open house after the summer work season on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community is invited to come see the club's G-gauge, O-gauge, S-gauge, HO-gauge, N-gauge, Z-gauge, and standard-gauge trains and trolleys laid on 1,600 feet of track. Club members will be available to answer questions. Attendees may view the many projects the club members worked on over the summer.

There is no cost for admittance, though donations are appreciated. The Model Railroad Club is open to the community and meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Masonic Village is located at 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. Once at Masonic Village, individuals should follow directional signs. For more information, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33253, or visit www.mvemodelrrclub.com or www.facebook.com/MasonicvillageMRRC.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet September 13, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Landis Homes Retirement Community, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage, the special care center at Landis Homes.

Members of the Charles Wert family will speak on "Sharing Our Journey of Caregiving." The meeting will include a time for refreshments and informal discussion following the presentation.

The public is invited. The group operates in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. For more information, readers may call Landis Homes at 717-581-3939.

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AARP Sets Meeting September 12, 2018

Centerville AARP Chapter 4221 will meet on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at Centerville Middle School, 865 Centerville Road, Lancaster.

Singer and guitar player Daryl Thomas will provide entertainment. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting. Visitors are welcome to attend.

For more information, readers may call Mike Chuhran at 717-569-3467.

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Senior Center Plans Chicken Barbecue September 12, 2018

Red Land Senior Center, 736 Wyndamere Road, Lewisberry, will host a chicken barbecue and bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. until the food is sold out. Each dinner will include a half-chicken, a potato, coleslaw, a roll, and applesauce.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the center or on the day of the event. The food may be picked up at the center or at J & W Hardware, 1060 Old Trail Road, Etters. All proceeds will benefit the senior center.

For more information, readers may call the senior center at 717-938-4649.

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Senior Center Posts Schedule September 12, 2018

The Delta Area Senior Center, located in the Peach Bottom Township Building at 5 Pendyrus St., has announced its upcoming activities. Free Wi-Fi, Wii video games, and walking is available from Monday to Friday. A hot lunch is served on weekdays at noon for a donation. Those interested in eating lunch at the center should make a reservation two business days in advance by calling the center at 717-456-5753.

A staff member from state Rep. Stan Saylor's office will be available on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. to answer questions, help people fill out forms, and do notary work. The service is free and open to the community. No appointment is needed. Dominoes will be played at 9 a.m. and a group will meet at the Lion Bowling Center in Red Lion to bowl three games. A nurse will be on-site from 10 to 10:30 a.m. to offer free blood pressure checks to anyone in the community. Denise will lead the chair exercises at 11 a.m., and the challenges will be held at 12:30 p.m. Chef Marty will lead a cooking demonstration featuring free samples at 1 p.m. The art class will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and the Quilts of Valor group will meet at 6 p.m.

The Sequence players will meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. At 9:30 a.m., Ruthie Harris will lead individuals in a glass beading craft project. There is no charge, and all materials will be provided. Patrick Lampman will perform country and gospel music at 11 a.m. After lunch, the pinochle players will meet from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Friday, Sept. 21, mystery bingo will be played from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Chair exercises will begin at 11 a.m., followed by challenges at 12:30 p.m. The knitting and cribbage groups will both meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 will be the last day the senior center will accept donations for the Gigantic Indoor Yard Sale, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The dominoes players and the Sit and Sew group will both meet at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 24. A Bible study will start at 10 a.m., and chair exercises will begin at 11 a.m. Challenges will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the crochet class and Sew For Vets at 1 p.m. The pinochle players will meet at 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, bingo and pickle ball will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wii Jeopardy will be played at 12:30 p.m., followed by Phase 10 at 1 p.m. The Creative Writing Class will meet from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

The Creative Writing Class is a group of aspiring writers who meet every Tuesday from September to May to hone their skills. The group is open to any Pennsylvania resident over the age of 60. Writers of all levels of skill are welcome. There is no fee, but participants are encouraged to bring a notebook and several No. 2 pencils with good erasers. The class is taught by Ann Rose, a retired Maryland English teacher.

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