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Applications For Bike Grants Sought January 16, 2019

"We have given out $350,000," said John Mullineaux of the Lancaster Bicycle Club (LBC). "The single biggest (amount) was for municipal and EMS (emergency medical services) bike patrols. We've purchased bicycles and equipment (for those organizations)." Mullineaux added that Lancaster police and police stations in a number of county boroughs have received funds from the club to purchase bikes.

LBC is currently seeking applicants so that the club can give away another $25,000 in grants. Grants are available to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools. The application form may be found at Completed applications are due to the club by Friday, Feb. 15.

"It is a simple application process," said Mullineaux. "We ask for a short description of what they will do (with the funds) and how much they want." Mullineaux said that the application form also asks what the organization will do if it does not receive the grant.

"I pull all the applications together and do a presentation for the board, and they (usually) vote up or down," said Mullineaux, who added that sometimes the amount of the grant request is modified by the group. Those receiving grants must initiate their projects during the 2019 calendar year.

The grants were first given in 1990. Over the years, the types of requests that have been granted have varied. "We have spent money on bicycle advocacy," recalled Mullineaux. "We have spent more than $30,000 on bicycle racks." Mullineaux said many bicycle racks seen in theLancaster city and around the county were provided by the club. The club has also purchased road signs and bicycles for elementary school gym classes that were used to teach bicycle safety.

Mullineaux said that one of the most unusual awards was to the mural project at the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail near Columbia. A part of the 250-foot-long mural will show a bicycle rider on the trail.

In addition to the $25,000 grants, LBC also donates $5,000 to the county to help defray costs of maintaining covered bridges and $5,000 to HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Commuinty College, for student scholarships.The scholarship program grew out of the 450-member club's annual Covered Bridge Ride. The ride, which dates back 40 years, was originally just for club members. "We expanded (the ride) to include visitors because of the great place Lancaster County is," said Mullineaux. Originally, the intention of the ride was to raise funds to augment the club's budget, but in the 1990s, Bicycling magazine listed the ride as the best in Pennsylvania.

"Attendance exploded," said Mullineaux. "One year, we hit 4,000 (riders)." The ride is now restricted to 2,300 participants. It begins at the HACC Lancaster campus, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. Several routes will be offered. The 62-mile metric century route will head north to New Holland, Farmersville, Terre Hill, and Reamstown, before turning south to return to HACC. Seven covered bridges will be part of the route. Additional routes include a 31-mile course with four covered bridges and a 15-mile ride with two covered bridges. One option adds a loop at Stevens that travels 32 difficult miles for riders who wish to complete a more challenging ride.


Basketball Results Posted January 16, 2019

The Avon Grove Recreation Association began its 38th year of Youth Basketball with the following results:

Girls/ Elementary Division: BSN Sports defeated First Baptist Church of Kennett Square 16-4. Emily Sullivan scored 12 points for BSN. Deisy Rose and Kaylee Robertson each contributed two points for First Baptist. John Gallen Photographer won 14-8 over Linda's Hair Techniques. Adriana Velez netted eight points for Gallen. Aubrey Ferraro popped in six points for Linda's.

Boys' Elementary Division: Oxford Plumbing and Heating took the win 11-8 over Cari Orthodontics. Sean Chapin and Alex Outridge each contributed four points for Oxford Plumbing and Heating. Cari had six points from Landon Willey. Davis Accounting won 30-4 over Filacheck's Furniture. Aaron Moran put in 12 points for Davis. Keegan Johnston and Grant McCauley each contributed two points for Filacheck's. Yerkes Insurance and Nowland Associates Contractors tied 12-12. Julien Okenczyc and Connor Jacoby each contributed four points for Nowland. Kyle Richards and Mason O'Connor each contributed four points for Yerkes.

Girls' Junior/Senior Division: McCormick Orthodontics defeated Bonner-Costa-McMullen-Wisse Dental Associates. Erin Chapin netted 12 points for McCormick. Julianna Igo popped in three points for Bonner-Costa-McMullen-Wisse.

Boys' Junior/Senior Division: Tom's TV pulled out a 27-24 win over DuVall Bus Service. Jackson Colonna popped in 13 points for Tom's TV. Ryan Campbell netted 12 points for DuVall. K&T Automotive and Towing beat McCormick Orthodontics 34-23. Sam Balick put in 14 points for K&T. Chris McKinney scored seven points for McCormick.


EYRA Will Offer Recreation Programs January 15, 2019

Eastern York Recreation Authority (EYRA) has announced its newly formed organization. EYRA was created to jointly operate educational, recreational, and sports programs and facilities to economically meet the present and future needs regarding parks and recreation for residents of Hellam Township, Lower Windsor Township, and Hallam Borough. According to Jessica Cirilo, the parks and recreation director, EYRA's purpose is to operate, strengthen, and expand the community recreation programs formerly provided by Hellam Recreation Commission.

The EYRA became a reality due to the successful completion of a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DNCR) Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Peer-to-Peer Technical Assistant Project. This project helped EYRA with the tasks necessary to begin its operations. By submitting a successful Circuit Rider grant application to DCNR, the organization was able to recruit and hire a full-time parks and recreation director.

Cirilo, a certified parks and recreation professional (CPRP), was hired as the first director in mid-November. As EYRA is an organization with one full-time employee, Cirilo is tasked with coordinating sport leagues, activities, and programs; managing special events and facilities; conducting marketing efforts; writing grants and securing funding; and communicating with volunteers and all those involved.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to help advance and inspire the direction of park and recreation services and facilities in the area," stated Cirilo. "With this new venture, we are certainly at a point of change, and I am so grateful for the support and encouragement I have received so far.

"I am valuing the opportunity to make connections with the municipalities, school district, and local businesses," Cirilo added. "I am also excited to build partnerships and network with neighboring recreation professionals. As seamless as we intend transitions to be, I fully appreciate that there will be periods of adjustments, but given time, the pieces will come together."

EYRA's goal is to serve the Eastern York School District area by offering programs, services, and facilities that appeal to a wide audience, benefit residents of all ages and abilities, and create a community that fosters an ideal place to live, play, and work.

The organization is in the process of establishing a website. In the interim, residents will begin to learn more about EYRA via municipal newsletters, social media (Facebook and Twitter), and road signs. The EYRA has established an email address at

For additional information, readers may contact Cirilo at 717-487-5295 or


Senior Softball League Seeks Players January 14, 2019

Ches-Del Senior Softball League is looking for new players for the 2019 season. Games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. from April through July in the West Chester and Delco area. Players must be age 60 or older anytime during 2019.

For more information, contact Joe Morgan at 484-840-1644 or


Fuhrman Earns Recognition January 11, 2019

Mackenzie Fuhrman of Elizabethtown has been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America first team. It was the second consecutive year Fuhrman was voted onto the first team. She is also a two-time first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) honoree.

Fuhrman started all 19 games during her junior season in the middle of the field, and she finished third on Kutztown with five goals and was second with 11 assists, which ranked second in the PSAC. Her 20 career assists ranks eighth all-time in program history.


GEARS Sets Schedule January 11, 2019

GEARS has posted its programs and events. For more information or to register, readers may call 717-367-0355 or visit

GEARS will hold the 2019 Elizabethtown Area Field Scheduling Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the GEARS Recreation Room 2, located beside the GEARS office on the lower level of Elizabethtown Area Middle School (EAMS), 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. This is a mandatory meeting for leagues, associations, and groups interested in utilizing Elizabethtown Borough, West Donegal Township, Mount Joy Township, and/or Elizabethtown Area School District athletic fields/facilities. Organizations should have a representative attend to review regulations and facility stipulations and to discuss facility requests. They should bring specific dates, times, and field requests to the meeting for consideration. To request forms or to obtain additional information, readers may call 717-367-0355 or email

GEARS is accepting teams for its Winter 2019 Coed Sixes Volleyball League, scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 11, and conclude in early May. Interested teams should submit a team roster and registration fee no later than Friday, Feb. 1. Games will be on Mondays between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. at the Daubert Gym, the GEARS Community Center gym and the EAMS gym. The league is a 10-match season with playoffs. Teams must have a minimum of six and a maximum of 15 players on the roster, and teams must have two females on the court at all times. There is a per-team fee.

Gym Bears gymnastics classes will be available for girls and boys ages 3 to 5 in the gym at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, on Thursdays, Jan. 31 to March 14, with sessions from 5:15 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 6:45 p.m. The program will aim to help develop large and small motor skills in a fun learning environment while introducing the fundamentals of gymnastics.

An indoor field hockey clinic has been set for Saturdays, Feb. 2 to March 9, in the EAMS gym. First- through third-graders will meet from 1 to 2 p.m., with fourth- through sixth-graders meeting from 2 to 3 p.m. The clinic will be a modified version of field hockey geared toward younger participants to help them learn the fundamentals. Hockey sticks and balls will be available for use. Shinguards are recommended. Separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers, and the fee includes a T-shirt and mouthguard.

GEARS is offering discount ski tickets for various venues in the area. Purchases must be made by check, cash, or money order; credit cards will not be accepted. For pricing and availability, readers may call GEARS at 717-367-0355 or visit


Rec Center To Host Health Screenings January 11, 2019

Health screenings will be provided by Prevention Health Screenings (PHS) at the Hempfield recCenter, 950 Church St., Landisville, on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The following six quick, painless, noninvasive health tests will be performed: a carotid artery screening, an ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms, a peripheral screening that checks the arteries in the legs for poor circulation, a thyroid screening, an EKG that detects abnormal heart rhythms, and a heart disease risk screening that uses ultrasound.

All procedures will use the same state-of-the-art ultrasound and EKG equipment found in many hospitals. Screenings will be performed by experienced vascular technologists registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. A board-certified vascular physician from The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) will review and confirm all vascular screenings before the confidential report is mailed back in 10 to 14 days. The ICAVL accreditation ensures the highest level of testing.

Registration is required. To register, readers may call 717-898-3102. A discounted cost has been set for Hempfield recCenter members.


Basketball Team Wins Tournament January 9, 2019

The Twin Valley Basketball Association (TVBA) fourth-grade boys' travel team won the New Year's Buzzer Beater Tournament hosted by Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia on Dec. 30, 2018. The Raiders went 3-1 in pool play and were the third seed entering the playoff round on Dec. 30.

In the playoff round, the Raiders defeated Holy Child (Staten Island) and the Exeter Eagles, avenging an earlier loss in the tournament, and advanced to the final game. The victory in the championship game was against Springfield (Delaware County) by a score of 37-25.

The championship game was a total team effort. Lucas Myers led the team with 14 points, and Tyler Rhode had eight points. Kieran Proska contributed seven points, including a three-pointer to swing momentum early. Braden Rice scored four points, with Andrew LaBruto and Grant Moser contributing two points each and excellent defense. Dom Minitti grabbed numerous rebounds, which led to many of the Raider fast-break points. Both Carter Borkowski and Grant Altman, two key members of the team, missed this particular tournament, but they were cheering for their teammates.

This is the third tournament victory in the past year by this TVBA team, which previously won the 2017 King of the Court Tournament hosted by Inter County Basketball Association in December 2017 and the Urban Youth MLK Invitational at West Chester University in February 2018.


Deihm Named As Player of the Week January 9, 2019

Lebanon Valley College's Jeremy Deihm of Honey Brook was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 6.

Deihm, a graduate of Twin Valley High School, netted a career-high 26 points on 13 of 17 shooting in LVC's 77-71 win over Widener on Jan. 5. The freshman added eight rebounds in the bounce-back victory. He opened the week by scoring 11 points and bringing down five boards in a setback to Dickinson to average 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the week.

Deihm is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice.


small group training classes January 4, 2019

Herbie Beckett, health and wellness director with the Lancaster Family YMCA, is happy to extol the advantages of classes that max out at 10 students. "(Classes of) five to 10 (students) allow for individualized attention along with a group atmosphere where you can encourage each other," said Beckett.

The three Lancaster Family YMCA locations will all be offering small group training classes in some form beginning in early February. The YMCA at New Holland, located at 123 N. Shirk Road, New Holland, will offer four classes, including a nutrition class. The Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA, 800 Village Road, Lancaster, will hold five classes, and the City Center YMCA, 265 Harrisburg Ave., Lancaster, will offer eight classes.

Beckett noted that the atmosphere of a small group is more conducive to students' reaping healthy rewards. "With (large) group classes, it's easy to get lost in the crowd and not receive that individual instruction," Beckett said, adding that personalized training can be expensive. "This is a nice middle zone for individual attention, (while still offering) the group atmosphere of camaraderie."

The YMCA at New Holland will offer Body Sculpting 101 on Mondays at 11 a.m. beginning Feb. 11. Beginner Bootcamp will be offered on Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. beginning on Feb. 14. Eat Well, Eat Smart will be offered on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. beginning Feb. 20. Beckett noted that the New Holland location has the advantage of offering a kitchen where class members can learn about macronutrients, which he said include carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. "(Students) will learn how to swap certain ingredients to make recipes healthier," said Beckett.

The fourth New Holland class will be Introduction to Olympic Weight Lifting, and it will be held on Thursdays at 6 p.m. beginning on March 7. "Olympic lifts are getting popular, and people are trying them and performing them incorrectly," explained Beckett. "They're not getting the most benefit from the exercise if they're not using proper form." Beckett noted that the class will break down the technical exercises to teach the skills students need to perform the complex movements correctly.

Lampeter-Strasburg will offer Fierce, Fit, Fabulous on Saturdays at 9 a.m. beginning Feb. 2 and Tone, Tighten, and Train Tabata on Mondays at 6 p.m. beginning on Feb. 11. Beckett explained that Tabata involves 20 minutes of activity punctuated by a brief rest. "The idea is to increase your anaerobic capacity," he said, adding that anaerobic activity is higher intensity than aerobic.

Lampeter-Strasburg will also offer Ab Attack on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 21 and Ready, Set, Run on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning on March 2. Barbell Basics will be offered at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning March 12.

Classes offered at City Center will include Aquatic Boot Camp on Mondays at 7 a.m. and Strongman Training on Mondays at noon, both beginning on Feb. 4. Tabata Jump will be offered on Mondays at 9:55 a.m., beginning Feb. 4, and Anaerobic Training for the Everyday Athlete will be offered at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning on Feb. 5. Running Strong will be offered on Tuesdays at 6 a.m. beginning on Feb. 5, and Unfinished Business, a class that will focus on making holistic life changes in diet and exercise, will take place on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 5. Body Pump Basics will be held on Thursdays at 4 p.m. and Triathlon Training will be held on Thursdays at 6 a.m., both beginning on Feb. 7.

Classes are open for registration with special early bird pricing, which gives a 10 percent discount on class fees for both members and nonmembers, available through Thursday, Jan. 31. Readers who would like to learn more or register for a class may visit


Recreational Programs Planned January 4, 2019

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee for the programs, which will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. To register, readers may call 717-295-2055 or visit Registration is required by noon on the business day before the event.

PA Owls and Snowy Irruptions will be offered for people of all ages on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. Attendees will learn what an irruption is and what it has to do with snowy owls. The program will be led by naturalist Brandon Pentz.

Let's Go Tracking, also for people of all ages, will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, and Tuesday, Jan. 15. Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez will lead participants as they follow in the footsteps of animals and learn about them from the signs they leave behind. Attendees will become familiar with locating and identifying tracks, scat and other clues indicating animals are active and surviving the winter. Participants are asked to dress for the weather.


GEARS Posts Schedule January 4, 2019

GEARS has set its upcoming programs and activities. Unless otherwise noted, separate costs have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers. For more information or to register, readers may visit or call 717-367-0355.

Irish Dance will be offered on Wednesdays, Jan. 23 to Feb. 27, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the lobby at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. Children ages 7 to 9 will learn the basics of Irish dancing from simple hops to full steps, and rhythm and grace through music and dance will be taught.

Fundamentals of Dance, focusing on ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz, and hip-hop, will take place on Wednesdays, Jan. 23 to Feb. 27, from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. in the GEARS Community Center lobby. Children ages 7 to 9 will learn basic techniques, terminology, body awareness, and more.

French for Beginners has been set for Wednesdays, Jan. 23 to Feb. 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in GEARS Recreation Room 2, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Students ages 9 to 16 will learn the basics of the French language, including numbers, basic vocabulary, sentences, and conversation.

Medicare Madness: Intro to Medicare, led by human resource benefits specialist Jonathan Ebersole for individuals who are about to turn age 65, will be offered on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in GEARS Recreation Room 2. The basics of Medicare will be explained, including how and when to sign up for Medicare, what is covered by the different parts of Medicare (A, B, C, and D), and what the difference is between a Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) plan and a Medicare Advantage plan, along with how to find a plan that best fits one's needs. Several rounds of Medicare Bingo will be played.

A Splash Bash will take place on Friday, Jan. 25, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Patton Pool at Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. People of all ages are welcome and should bring a swimsuit and a towel. Advance registration is not required, and the per-person fee may be paid at the door.


Basketball Players Aid CrossNet Ministries January 3, 2019

Garden Spot boys' basketball players recently gave back to the community by helping CrossNet Ministries with its Christmas gift-giving program. The effort provides an opportunity for community members to come together to make sure needs are met and families are empowered and loved during the Christmas season. All recipient families participate in a one-day gift pickup event CrossNet Ministries. Families may pick up their gifts, wrap the items themselves, talk to volunteers, eat cookies and drink hot chocolate, pick out stocking stuffers, and take their gifts home to give to their children on Christmas Day.

Garden Spot boys' basketball parent and student advocate Donna Snader was involved with CrossNet before her death in August 2018.

CrossNet is also involved in other community outreach programs throughout the year. For more details, readers may visit


Softball League Seeks More Teams January 2, 2019

Tri-County 50 and Over Senior Modified Men's Softball League is looking for continued expansion in 2019 for southern Berks, eastern Lancaster, and Chester counties. Most fields are located within 25 minutes of the southern Berks County and eastern Lancaster County lines.

The league is nine-man Modified, 10 players in the field. New teams are being accepted, and a few teams need additional starting players. The 2019 new team registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 21. If interested, contact or 717-314-1505. All teams must have a home field available on Mondays and/or Wednesdays and some Fridays.


GEARS Posts Program Schedule December 27, 2018

GEARS has scheduled several upcoming programs and activities. Unless otherwise noted, separate costs have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers. For more information or to register, readers may visit or call GEARS at 717-367-0355.

Zumba will be offered for people age 14 and up on Wednesdays, Jan. 9 to March 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the gym at Masonic Village Memorial Hall, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. The dance fitness class, led by certified fitness instructor Emily Harlan, fuses motivational musical rhythms and unique moves, based on Latin and international music.

GEARS will offer an AARP Driver Safety four-hour Refresher Program for people age 50 and up who have previously taken the eight-hour 55 Alive course. The refresher course will fulfill requirements for a continuing insurance discount from any auto insurer doing business in Pennsylvania. Participants are required to bring evidence of previous course completion to receive a certificate. They must also bring a valid Pennsylvania driver's license. The class will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown.

Buns, Guns and Cardio will be offered for people age 14 and up on Thursdays, Jan. 10 to Feb. 28, from 7 to 7:45 p.m. at the Masonic Village Memorial Hall Gym. The fitness and toning class for all levels, led by certified personal trainer Cheryl Dohner, will use dumbbells, step boxes and body weight.

Yoga classes for people age 14 and up will be offered on Thursdays, Jan. 10 to March 7, at the Masonic Village Lodge Meeting Room. Classes will be taught by Michelle Pelna. Participants should bring a yoga mat. The Gentle/Beginner Yoga class will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn fundamental yoga postures using safe alignment and modifications. Vinyasa Yoga will meet from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Previous yoga experience is not required. Modifications will be offered.

Tai Chi classes will be offered on Tuesdays, Jan. 15 to March 19, in the gym at Rheems Elementary School, 130 Alida St., Rheems. Introduction to Tai Chi, for people new to Tai Chi, will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A simple 10-step Taiji form will introduce participants to basic postures appearing in many Tai Chi forms. Attention will be given to relaxation, basic alignment and how to move safely. Advanced Tai Chi will meet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will integrate the basic postures with new moves. Sword and other weapon forms will be gradually introduced and integrated with additional hand forms.


Students Will Continue Athletic Careers December 27, 2018

Two Lower Dauphin High School student-athletes announced their decisions to continue their academic and athletic careers at the University of Delaware. In a National Letter of Intent signing day ceremony in the school cafeteria held on Dec. 12, the student-athletes made their announcements before parents, coaches, teachers and classmates.

Will Bowen, son of Jane Lightner and John Bowen, is a four-year starter on the Falcons' football and basketball teams. He was second team all-state in football his junior year and was a two-time first team divisional all-star. In basketball, he was a first team divisional All-Star and topped the 1,000-point milestone on Dec. 15. He will attend the University of Delaware to major in finance and business administration and will play football.

Mayson Light, daughter of Julie and Fred Light, is a four-year varsity starter on the girls' soccer team and is a four-year member of the winter and spring track and field teams. She is a two-time first team divisional all-star in soccer. She is a state qualifier in pole vault and qualified for districts three times. She will attend the University of Delaware to major in civil engineering and compete in track and field in the pole vault.


Christmas Lunch Held December 27, 2018


Rec Center To Kick Off Winter Session December 21, 2018

Lititz recCenter, 301 W. Maple St., will continue to offer year-round options for fitness, swimming, and sports activity. In addition, it is planning to launch several new programs for members and nonmembers.

Virtual fitness options are now available at both Lititz recCenter and recROC. Lititz recCenter invites community members to try these group fitness classes with instructors on the "big screen." Eight free classes, each lasting a half hour to 45 minutes, will be offered on Monday, Dec. 31, between 8 and 11 a.m.

The new Winter Program Session at Lititz recCenter and recROC will kick off on Monday, Jan. 7, with classes offered every day of the week. A new recFamilyFit program will focus on fitness, nutrition, and stress relief so families can reach goals together. Expectant moms can take part in the new FitBump program, and children ages 6 to 12 can join the new Dance Fusion program.

A new Golf Conditioning program will also be offered, and participants will be able to strengthen their form and flexibility with the center's personal trainers.

New high-intensity training options will be available in January, including Boxing Conditioning and the Les Mills GRIT series. Boxing Conditioning offers a personalized workout and attention to boxers' form and technique, while GRIT is a cardio and strength training group program. Both will be led by certified instructors and trainers who will guide participants in safely achieving their fitness goals.

Programs are open to both Lititz recCenter members and nonmembers. Registration for winter classes will be open until programs fill. Individuals are also welcome to stop in for a tour of Lititz recCenter and learn about winter membership specials. People may also call the center at 717-626-5096 for details.


Learn, Set, Spike December 20, 2018

New Program Will Introduce Youngsters To Volleyball

A new instructional volleyball program open to girls and boys in grades three through six in the Hempfield School District will start on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Hempfield Coed Elementary Volleyball practices will be held in the gymnasium of Centerville Middle School, 865 Centerville Road, Lancaster, on Tuesdays through Feb. 26, 2019.

The program was created when two former volleyball players from a Hempfield High School state championship girls' team, after successful college careers, approached the Hempfield Volleyball Parents Alumni Association (HVPAA) about starting a new initiative for elementary-age students. Brittany McMullen and Morgan Buterbaugh both have graduated from college and now are teachers. Their goal is to provide basic instruction in the three basic skills - passing, setting, and hitting - all while helping youngsters develop a love for the game.

Each session will run for two hours, and participants should bring water bottles. A registration fee has been set, with a maximum amount per family. Early registration is encouraged. A Facebook page has been created for the program, and readers may find it by visiting

The sponsoring organization, HVPAA, is a nonprofit that was established in 2007 to support the sport of volleyball in the Hempfield community. The objectives were to provide support for the middle school and junior varsity programs and to create a scholarship program to help Hempfield High School volleyball players further their education in a technical school, college, or university. Since its inception, the HVPAA has awarded 40 graduating seniors with scholarship awards valued at more than $30,000. The association's work is coordinated through the efforts and many years of leadership provided by Gary Dimm and Karren Wonders.

For more information about the HVPAA, readers may email president Grant Shultz at Questions about Hempfield Coed Elementary Volleyball may be emailed to McMullen at or Buterbaugh at


GEARS Slates Upcoming Programs December 20, 2018

GEARS has posted its schedule of programs and classes. Unless otherwise noted, separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers. For more information or to register, readers may visit or call 717-367-0355.

A multi-level hatha yoga class for people age 14 and up will be offered on Mondays and/or Wednesdays, Jan. 7 to March 6, 2019, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Carpenter Chapel at Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. The class, which will be taught by certified hatha yoga instructor Charla Lorenzen, will incorporate seated and standing yoga poses, conscious breathing, and meditative focus to foster strength, flexibility, and relaxation. Participants should wear layers of comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Individuals may sign up for one or both days.

Spin and Sculpt, for people age 16 and up of all fitness levels, will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 8 to Feb. 28, 2019, with sessions from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m. in GEARS Recreation Room 4, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. The 45-minute indoor cycling class will be combined with 15 minutes focused on toning and core. Participants should bring a workout towel and water.

Zumba Gold, a toned-down version of Zumba geared toward deconditioned individuals, beginner exercisers, and active older adults, will be offered on Mondays, Jan. 7 to March 4, 2019, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the Memorial Hall gym at Masonic Village. The fun aerobics-type class, led by licensed Zumba Gold instructor Judy McMillen, is part dance and part fitness, based primarily on Latin American and international-style music.

POUND, a cardio jam session inspired by playing the drums, will be led by certified POUND instructor Courtney Lesnick on Tuesdays, Jan. 8 to March 12, 2019, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Village Memorial Hall gym. Using lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercise, the class will feature a full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. The class is for people age 14 and up, and participants should bring a yoga mat.

Power Yoga, for beginner or advanced yoga students age 16 and up, will take place on Tuesdays, Jan. 8 to March 12, 2019, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Village Carpenter Chapel. The class will focus on strength, balance, and flexibility while linking mind and body through breath.

Aquacise, for people age 14 and up, will be instructed by Bonnie Leibold on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 3 to Feb. 19, 2019, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Masonic Village Patton Pool. The shallow-water, heart-healthy exercise class will feature stretching, strengthening, endurance moves, balance building, and cardio exercises.

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