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Comets Threepeat as Pennsylvania Champs March 22, 2018

On lucky St. Patrick's Day, Penn Manor's bowling team captured its third straight Pennsylvania state bowling championship at Princess Lanes in Pittsburgh. But luck had nothing to do with it.

"The kids just did not want to lose," said head coach Chris Vital.

The Comets, in a 12-team field, worked their way through the qualifying rounds and two baker sets and found themselves sitting in second place behind a familiar foe in District Three's Wilson. The Bulldogs, with a 4105 total, sat in first place while Penn Manor, with a 4064, fell in second place ahead of Franklin Regional (3993).

"We rolled a 1074 in the third game," said Vital. "That was the highest game by any team in the tournament."

In the Baker Game semifinals, the Comets, as they did in the L-L League finals and regional tournament, fought from behind to advance. Franklin took the first game 187-171. In a win-or-go-home second game, Manor pulled out a 206-205 win and then commanded the rubber match 236-173 to get Wilson in the finals.

"It was a total team effort," commented Vital. "We were pretty far ahead in that second game. We were on three strikes in a row going into the tenth frame and Dan Mease, who was a rock all weekend, rolled a nine on the first ball. After that, we had the momentum."

The Comets, with three strikes early, came out strong against Wilson, winning 209-173. But the Bulldogs, after falling to the Comets 2-1 in the regional finals on March 4, were looking for revenge and took the second game 206-196. That, however, wasn't enough as Manor charged back with a 234-174 championship-clinching game.

"Michael Morris took over the leadership role and kept everyone focused," Vital noted.

"When it came down to crunch time, we opened that last game with three straight spares and Wilson had an open frame in the third," explained Vital. "We took it upon ourselves to win and finished with five straight strikes. It was over by the ninth frame."

Prior to the team championships, Dan Mease competed in the singles competition on Friday and, in a field of 24 competitors, finished in 10th place. He rolled a 224 and a 226 in his last two games, the highest of his six qualifying rounds. Mease finished with a 1216 total. Lewisburg's Anthony Neuer was tops in the qualifying rounds with a 1455. The top six advanced to the stepladder finals.

"Dan wasn't far off the top five," Vital stated. "He was 44 pins away, but he fouled four times and that cost him 40 pins. He was right there.

"Dan is only the fourth Penn Manor boy ever to qualify for states," he added. "That's quite an accomplishment.

"It certainly was a memorable weekend."


Also competing in the state championships was swimmer Alaina Breitbach. The sophomore competed at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium on March 15 and finished 12th overall in the 100-yard breaststroke.

"Alaina dropped her time from districts by 1.1 seconds in the prelims and broke her own school record from last year with a 1:04.47," noted head coach Eric Urban. "She is also a Pennsylvania High School Swimming Coaches Association All-State Honorable Mention swimmer for the 2017-18 season. What a tremendous finish to the year," he added.


Seniors Alyssa Schriver and Macy Carroll were recently recognized as Section One All-Stars. Schriver, who joined the 1,000 point club earlier this year, was a First Team selection while Carroll received Honorable Mention recognition. Both were slated to play in the senior All-Star game on Tuesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at Hempfield High School.

On the boys' side, Kevin Roldan represented the Comets as a Section One Honorable Mention All-Star.


A handful of Comet matmen also received all-star recognition for their efforts this season. Tanner Stefanick (106) and Trevor Grassel (113) were both First Team All-Stars, while Nick Fafel (126), Caden Rogers (132), Nick Baker (160), and TJ Keener (195) were voted to the Second Team. Receiving Honorable Mention recognition was Chad Mowbray (138).


Solanco Wrestlers Receive Awards March 22, 2018

Dominic Flatt, Grayson Charles, Nick Yannutz, and AJ Wilson received some of the top awards at Solanco's end-of-the-season wrestling banquet held on March 20 in Strasburg.

Flatt (106) received the Iron Man Award named after former coach Ivan Steele.

Wrestling at 138, Charles was the team captain and received the Outstanding Senior Award. Charles posted 103 career wins with 41 pins and earned 36 wins this year with 14 pins. He is a two time L-L League champion, and he received the Shorty Hitchcock Pin Award this year. Charles is a four-time Sectional runner-up, a three time First Team All-Star, and a four-time district/regional qualifier.

This year's Most Improved Wrestler Award, in memory of Ray Long, went to Yannutz with 26 wins and 16 pins at 195.

Wilson was awarded the Carlton Shindler Award/MVP and the Most Team Points Award. He wrestled at 160. He finished the season with 40 wins and 14 pins and pushed his career record to 102 wins with 40 pins. Wilson was a two-time Sectional champion, a district/regional third-place finisher in 2017, and this year's regional champion. He is also a two-time PIAA state qualifier, a sixth-place PIAA finisher, and a three-time First Team All-Star.

Also receiving awards were Ben Root, Zach Spade, Kaleb Tucker, Tucker Pierson, and Sheldon Peiffer. Root was a team captain and PIAA qualifier. He finished with 32 wins and 16 pins this year and pushed his career record to 117 wins with 58 pins. He is a two-time L-L League and Sectional champion.

Spade, who finished fifth in Sectionals, received a one-year Dedication Award.

With 46 career wins and 27 pins, Tucker received a three-year dedication award. He finished third in both the Mule Classic and Penn Manor tournaments, was fourth at the Trojan Wars, and was a Second Team All-Star.

Pierson and Peiffer both received four-year Dedication Awards. Peiffer capped his career with 61 wins and 25 pins, earning 25 wins and 10 pins this season. He is a two-time district/regional qualifier and a Second Team All-Star.


Athletes Sign Letters Of Intent March 21, 2018

Twenty-three Hempfield High School senior student-athletes committed to continuing their education and athletics at a college or university during a recent recognition ceremony.

Students include Rachel Gantz, field hockey, College of William and Mary; Siena Gates, cross-country and track and field, Western Carolina University; Christian Groff, cross-country and track and field, University of Vermont; Lindsey Heisey, volleyball, Eastern University; Nathan Heisey, swimming, Monmouth University; Kelly Hester, swimming, Dickinson College; Mark Himmelsbach, football, Franklin & Marshall College; Isaac Hollinger, soccer, La Salle University; Cameron Hukill, soccer, McDaniel College; Graycen Keener, track and field, West Chester University; Brady Lausch, cross-country and track and field, Grove City College; Sophie Lear, swimming, Ursinus College; and Lauren Loperfido, field hockey, Shippensburg University.

Additional student-athletes who signed committments include Lucy McGloshen, soccer, Lebanon Valley College; Allison Nikolaus, field hockey, Arcadia University; Carena Nottoli, track and field, Penn State University; Evan Pritchard, football, Davidson College; Julia Sears, field hockey, Gettysburg College; Reily Shelly, volleyball, Lebanon Valley College; Trinity Sumrall, basketball, Messiah College; Brandy Troutman, softball and field hockey, Eastern Mennonite University; Caroline Ulrich, tennis, Franklin & Marshall College; and Tyler Wassell, golf, Franklin & Marshall College.


Swim Team Plans Meeting March 21, 2018

The Millersville Sea Lions Swim Team will hold its registration and informational meeting on Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 222 N. George St., Millersville. Attendees should use the back entrance.

Any interested swimmers and parents are invited to attend to learn more about the swim team and how to register for the 2018 summer season. Swimmers must be members of the Millersville Pool to join the swim team.

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Partnership Will Work To Help Cancer Patients Regain Health March 19, 2018

Lititz recCenter, 301 W. Maple St., Lititz, is now offering recCARES, a 12-week cancer recovery support program sponsored by UPMC Pinnacle, 1500 Highlands Drive, Lititz. "If a patient has cancer and goes through chemotherapy, and exercise is recommended as good for him or her, the doctor will decide (whether recCARES is right for the patient)," explained Simon Ababou, fitness director with the Lititz recCenter.

The program seeks to combine physical activity, including low-impact workouts that can encourage healing, with social connections with others who can relate in a setting where the focus is wellness. Participants will be encouraged to set fitness goals and then work at their own pace to reach targets while working with staff members trained to suggest appropriate activities and provide motivation.

Jeanette Barber, who will serve as the recCARES ambassador, is certified by ACE and NETA, both exercise trainers associations. She is certified to work with cancer patients, and she has been a part of the Lititz recCenter team for three years. Barber's professional background includes work in human resources and mental health. She has a passion for working with people in recovery.

The program will include a three-month membership to the Lititz recCenter with a doctor's release saying the patient is allowed to exercise. The program will include group fitness and aquatics classes and personal training. Specific areas of recovery will focus on relieving stress, overcoming fatigue, developing coping skills, increasing flexibility, improving balance, and making positive changes in muscle tone and cardio function.

Two weekly Walk and Talk events on the rec center's indoor track will be offered as well. During the walks, patients may move at their own pace while talking with other participants or the recCARES ambassador. Participants will be able to add weight and stretches to their walk as they feel they are able. Increases in pace and distance may occur as the patient regains strength.

Personal training for participants will include two free training sessions to help set goals and consider wellness options that will help the patient work toward those goals. Optional group fitness classes that patients may choose include low-impact cardio or strength training programs, body and mind classes, aquatics, and spin classes. According to Ababou, the beauty of the program is that it can be tailored to the patient's needs. "Maybe (it's) just a behavior change program that starts them easy," said Ababou, who added that many patients desire a body and mind program like yoga or tai chi to help with stress release after completing cancer treatment. He added that more rigorous workouts will also be available. "(Offerings may include) walking, cycling, or maybe aquatic (classes)," he said.

Ababou has worked with cancer patients in the past, and he has seen firsthand how similar programs can benefit patients. "It was by baby steps, but one woman ran a marathon," noted Ababou. "She needed a goal, and she had run a 5K." Ababou explained that the woman was looking for a program that would keep her working out steadily for seven to eight months. "She decided to run a marathon, and she did it," he said.

Readers who would like to learn more about the program may email or or call 717-626-5096, ext. 239.


Raasch, Lynam Place in PIAA Swimming March 16, 2018

Most freshman athletes spend their first varsity season learning the ropes, but Conestoga Valley's (CV) Karli Raasch broke the mold, as well as multiple records, in her first season on the varsity Buckskin swim team. Capping her debut season with a trip to Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium for the PIAA state tournament last Wednesday and Thursday, Raasch competed in the 200 IM, where she produced a personal best time and a new school record with a time of 2:05.58, good enough for a 12th place overall finish.

Junior Nick Lynam also represented CV at states, competing in two events. Lynam cracked the top 10 in the 200 free with another school record of 1:40.89 to secure the 10th-place spot. In his second event, the 500 free, Lynam once again made school history, cruising into ninth place with a personal and school record time of 4:33.88.


Basketball duo and brothers Logan and Austin Monroe were each named to the L-L League Section One all-star second team. L. Monroe was CV's top scorer, netting a season total of 374, for an average of 16 points per game. A. Monroe collected the Bucks' second-highest total of 282, averaging 12 PPG.

Even while battling a late-season injury, Kenzie Reed's season-long efforts were recognized by the league, and Reed was named to Section One's first team all-star roster. Reed led the Lady Bucks with a game average of 15 points.


GEARS Posts Schedule March 16, 2018

GEARS has posted several upcoming programs and activities. 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.

Strictly Skills Basketball Clinic, for boys and girls in grades four to six, will be offered at Bear Creek School, 1459 Sheaffer Road, Elizabethtown, on Tuesdays, March 27 to May 1, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Each clinic will incorporate a variety of basketball-specific skill stations, fun games, and game play. Details are available at

A four-hour AARP Driver Safety Refresher Program for people age 50 and up who have previously taken the eight-hour 55 Alive course will be offered on March 27 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. The course will fulfill requirements for a continuing insurance discount from any auto insurer doing business in Pennsylvania. All participants must bring a valid Pennsylvania driver's license and evidence of previous course completion to receive the certificate. Registration is required, and there is a discount for AARP members.

POUND, a cardio jam session that utilizes lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercise, will be taught by certified instructor Courtney Lesnick on Tuesdays, March 27 to May 29, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall gym at Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. The full-body workout, for people age 14 and up, combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Participants should bring a yoga mat.

Power Yoga will be offered for people age 16 and up on Tuesdays, March 27 to May 29, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Carpenter Chapel at Masonic Village. The class, for beginner and advanced yoga students, will focus on strength, balance, and flexibility through sun salutations, standing and seated postures, balance poses, and intense relaxation.


SECA Will Offer Free ESL And GED Classes March 16, 2018

The Southern End Community Association (SECA) has offered various sports and recreation activities for years. Now, it is adding something less physical to its offerings. In conjunction with Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) and the Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon, SECA will offer adult educational classes free of charge. All classes will be held at the SECA building, 299 Park Ave., Quarryville.

"We want to offer more programs for the community," explained SECA executive director Nicole Luecker, noting that the idea for the classes came from a Solanco Family Life Network meeting. "If they go well the first time, we will have them again."

Literacy Council instructor Linda Cullen will teach English as a Second Language (ESL) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 10 to June 28. Interested students must attend one of the information sessions, which will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 27 and April 3, and on Thursdays, March 29 and April 5. Participants do not have to know any English to join the class, and those with high proficiency may be referred to volunteer tutors.

Cullen enjoys teaching ESL classes and appreciates diversity in the classroom, as she says that her students do better in that environment. "It's a better class with lots of languages," she said. "Participants can't (resort to) their own language."

Cullen said that many of her students have taken her class in order to improve their job status. Helping folks find and maintain sustainable jobs is one of the goals of the Literacy Council. In addition to employment assistance, the Literacy Council provides individualized services and programs to help adults to achieve their goals, whether they are transitioning to job training or secondary education, acquiring skills to function in their communities, or supporting their children's educational success.

"Our name is a bit of a misnomer," Literacy Council program director Jenny Bair commented. "We go beyond basic reading."

IU 13 instructor Laura Binkley will lead the GED/high school equivalency class. Interested individuals must attend an information session on either Monday, March 26, or Wednesday, March 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. The class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from April 4 to June 11 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Binkley's goal is to help students acquire the skills they need to pass subject tests. She will teach group lessons and offer independent work. While Binkley will not offer GED testing, she will provide information about exams that will be held in Lancaster in the coming months.

There is no cost to attend the classes, and course materials will be provided. Students must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in high school. Child care will not be offered during the classes.

For more information, readers may contact Teresa Dolan at or 717-786-4308.


Brennan To Play College Football March 16, 2018


Team Places In Diocesan Tournament March 15, 2018


Vintage Baseball Team Seeks Players, Spectators March 14, 2018

"It's historical re-enactment combined with competitive baseball," said team member Rick Stratton when describing the Brandywine Base Ball Club of West Chester, which is currently seeking players for its upcoming season. The team, which formed in 2013, portrays the game of "base ball" as it was played (and spelled) in 1864 by competing with other vintage clubs in the Mid Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League.

According to Stratton, teams follow the rules and customs established in 1864 by dressing in historically similar attire and using period-appropriate equipment, including handmade wooden bats and hand-stitched balls made exclusively for vintage play.

Unlike modern baseball, players do not wear gloves in the field. "(The ball is) slightly bigger than a modern baseball and a little bit softer. It is stitched differently," said Stratton. "A modern baseball uses a figure eight stitching. Vintage baseballs use a lemon peel stitch. The round ball is covered by one piece of leather stitched at four quarters. There is a gentleman in New York who makes them by hand, and most of the clubs order them from him."

In addition, only one baseball is used during the entire game. "During the game, you start with a brand-new ball and you use that ball until the end of the game. At the end of the game, the winning club gets to keep it," Stratton explained. "A concerted effort is made to not lose (the ball during the game). Unless it deformed or the seams are busted open, we use the same ball."

The games have one umpire, and all pitching is underhand. Team members do wear cleats, but all modern-day logos are covered with black tape.

The current club consists of individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Some have no prior experience playing competitive baseball, while others have college-level experience. Men and women 18 years or older are invited to participate as players.

"The barehandedness and old-school rules are a great equalizer," Stratton stated. "It kind of puts everyone on the same playing field, regardless of ability."

Home matches are played at East Goshen Park, and games are free to attend by spectators. "We play on an open expanse of grass," said Stratton. "There are canvas bags or sacks for bases. We fill ours with rubber chips. Traditionally they filled them with sawdust."

He noted that old-fashioned baseball also has its own lingo. "Players are called ballists; the batter is called the striker," Stratton said. "They don't call them outs; they call them hands. Fielders will say two hands down (meaning there are two outs)."

Since the team formed, the club has improved its level of play. "Our first year we were learning the game and getting used to it. Our first season we only had three or four wins out of 25 games," Stratton stated. "At one point last year, we won 10 in a row.

"It's more about educating the public, having fun and getting the exercise," he added. "It's fun to win, but we love getting out there and playing the game."

In addition to players, the team is also recruiting umpires and scorekeepers. "The historically accurate way to keep score is (to record) if someone scores an out or a run," he pointed out. "We do keep a modern tally of the score for our own record keeping."

Team players are asked to pay a fee to participate. Full- and part-time memberships are offered. "As the year goes on and people get busy and go on vacation, we need reinforcements," Stratton said. "The more people we get out, the better."

He also encourages non-players to check out a game. "(It's for anyone) who appreciates baseball and history," Stratton added. "It looks like a baseball game, but slightly different."

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Softball Players Complete Service Project March 14, 2018


Team Wins League Championship March 14, 2018


E-town Lady Bear Bowlers Qualify for States March 9, 2018

The weather outside may be driving mid-staters crazy, but the Elizabethtown bowling team has found comfort inside the cozy confines of various bowling lanes. Most recently that sent the Bear bowlers to Leisure Lanes and 222 Dutch Lanes on March 2 and 3 for the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Championships.

Count the trips to the two Lancaster Country bowling alleys a success as the entire girls' team, as well as Katelynn Garman, qualified for the Pennsylvania State Championships to be held on Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, in Pittsburgh. Garman opened the state qualifying on Friday, rolling her way to a 213 average in the qualifying round. Her 1,065 total was good enough to make the top 12 cut into the finals. Garman bowled games of 199, 245, 228, 227 and 166 to finish 21 pins over what ended up the cut line. The qualifying success slotted Garman eighth in the finals, pitting her opposite Muhlenberg's Charlize Wanner in the first round of the stepladder finals. Wanner, the Lady Muhl sophomore, got the better of Garman, 214-212, leaving the E-town bowler one of four first-round casualities.

Four other Lady Bears joined Garman in the singles competition, but none were able to join their teammate in the finals. Elizabeth Vuxta came the closest, tallying a 997 to finish 25th out of the 150-bowler field. Nikki Lee was the only other Lady Bear to crack the top 50, her games of 169, 171, 184, 201 and 215 giving her a 940 total. The final two Elizabethtown bowlers finished 12 pins apart with Eryn Moore finishing 55th with an 899 while Abby Chaffins claimed 59th thanks to her 887.

After spending Friday bowling for themselves, the five Lady Bears and Addie Gish teamed up for the Girls Team Championship on Saturday. The team qualifying used the standard three-game format with Vuxta leading the Lady Bears to a fourth-place mark with a 688 series. Garman and Lee also cracked the 600-pin barrier with Garman posting games of 199, 244 and 196 to finish with a 639 series while Lee posted a 629 series thanks to games of 205, 201 and 223. Chaffins was the fourth and final Lady Bear to bowl all three games, finishing with a 485 series. Moore handled the first two games of the fifth spot, rolling her way to a 125 and 158. Gish stepped in for the final game and posted a 164.

With their state championship berth locked up courtesy of their top six finish, the Lady Bears went to work in the stepladder finals. Unfortunately, that resulted in a 2-0 quarterfinal loss to Truman with the Lady Tigers posting wins of 211-151 and 188-146.

Over on the boys' side, just two bowlers, Logan Hoover and Patrick Hoffmaster, qualified for the singles championships on Friday. Hoover bettered his teammate but was off the qualifying pace set by the top 12. Hoover's five-game tally of 991 left him 142 pins short of the cut line and in 73rd place. Hoffmaster's games of 210, 183, 161, 166 and 190 left him in 131st place with a qualifying tally of 910.

The pair, along with Bradley Ruth, Zach Deardorff, Andrew Telenko, Ben Davis and Tyler Freeman, teamed up for the boys' qualifying on Saturday at Leisure Lanes. The result was a 20th-place finish and an end to their 2017-18 season. Hoffmaster and Ruth managed to cross the 600-pin threshold with Hoffmaster posting games of 190, 243 and 171 to record a 604 series. Ruth finished 10 pins better with games of 232, 179 and 203. Hoover was the only other Bear to bowl all three games, finishing with a 561 series. Deardorff and David bowled two games apiece while Telenko and Freeman picked up the final two games. Davis posted the lone 200+ game of the quartet, a 211 to go along with a 136 game two. Deardorff finished with a 195 and a 163 while Telenko (170) and Freeman (174) finished a few pins back.


The swimming team made its annual trek to Mechanicsburg for the District 3 Championships on March 2 and 3. The Bears collected five podium finishes in the eight events that Gabby Walsh, Lexi Fink, Oliviah Rachael, Abbi Dehmey, Daniel Mueser and Ben Azzalina competed in at the Cumberland Valley Natatorium.

The quartet of Lady Bears collected the bulk of those finishes, leading to a 12th-place finish in the team standings. Rachael earned three of those finishes, two for her solo work and one as a part of the 200 medley relay team. The relay team posted a 1:53.76, good enough for an 11th place-finish while trimming just over a quarter of a second off their seed time. Rachael's solo medals came in the 50 and 100 freestyle races, where she outperformed her entry times as well. The senior shaved just over six-tenths off her 100 freestyle time, taking 12th with a time of 53.32 while her 24.43 in the 50 free was good enough for ninth place and came in 0.12 seconds quicker than her previous best time.

Walsh was the final Lady Bear to make a podium trip, doing so thanks to a 1:00.12 in the 100 backstroke. Like Rachael, Walsh outperformed her qualifying time, jumping from the 16th quickest time to her 10th-place finish. Fink was the final Lady Bear to go solo at Cumberland Valley. Fink came into the 100 breaststroke with the 28th best time but finished 27th with a 1:11.65, cutting 0.38 seconds of her previous best time.

On the boys' side, only Mueser was able to climb the podium, taking ninth in the 100 butterfly. The senior posted a 52.24 in finals, jumping from the 15th seed to his ninth-place spot on the medal stand. Mueser experienced the opposite in the 50 freestyle, his 22.35 coming in three-tenths of a seconds slower than his best time, dropping him into 16th place.

Azzalina also took part in two solo events during the district competition but was unable to earn a medal. The freshman went through the same troubles as Mueser in the 50 freestyle, his 23.17 time in the finals being 0.23 seconds slower than his best time which resulted in a 28th place finish. Azzalina was able to redeem himself with a 20th place finish in the 100 backstroke by trimming 0.16 seconds off his 56.71 seeded time to post a 56.55 in the finals.


Hempfield Rec Slates Playground Programs March 9, 2018

This year, Hempfield recCenter will celebrate 40 years of its Summer Playground program, which is open to youths ages 6 to 13. It will be held from Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from June 11 through Aug. 3, at participating parks in the Hempfield School District, including Amos Herr Park, Mountville Park, Silver Spring Park and East Petersburg Park.

The program encourages children to discover the outdoors, engage with friends and remain active during summer vacation. It offers outdoor play, organized games, sports, and optional pool parties and field trips. There is a flat fee for the entire program.

Summer Playground was originally held at the elementary school in East Hempfield and was revamped and moved to Amos Herr Park in 1978. Since then, the program has grown gradually in size. Many of the counselors were campers themselves.

For children ages 3 to 5, Hempfield recCenter offers the Preschool Playground program, a thematic four-day preschool program, at Lancaster Mennonite Church, 3320 Bowman Road, Landisville. The program is designed to help develop preschoolers and encourage fun and friendship. The program will be held from Mondays through Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. from June 11 through July 12.

For both Summer Playground and Preschool Playground, separate fees have been set for Hempfield School District residents and nonresidents. Youth members of Hempfield recCenter will receive an additional discount on Summer Playground. Registrations for both programs will open on Sunday, April 1. For more information, readers may visit or email


Kline Will Continue Football Career March 8, 2018


GEARS Posts Upcoming Programs March 8, 2018

GEARS has posted several upcoming opportunities. For more information or to register, readers may visit or call 717-367-0355. Unless otherwise noted, separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers.

Two dance classes will be offered on Mondays, March 19 to April 23, in the lobby of the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown.

The Mommy and Me Dance Class will be offered from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Children ages 2 and 3 will learn the fundamentals of dance, music and balance in a friendly and positive manner. One adult should participate with each child.

Discover Dance will be available from from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. for children ages 3 and 4, and from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. for children ages 5 and 6. The class is designed to encourage younger children to express themselves through creative movement and ballet. Katie Carter and Katie Bomboy will instruct, helping dancers to develop body awareness, gross motor skills, rhythm and flexibility.

Zumba Gold will take place on Mondays, March 19 to May 7, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. at the Masonic Village Memorial Hall Gym. The aerobics-type class is part dance and part fitness, and it is based primarily on Latin American and international-style music. The class is geared toward deconditioned people, beginner exercisers, and active older adults. Judy McMillen, a licensed Zumba Gold instructor, will lead. The Masonic Village is located at 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown.

Zumba will be led for individuals age 14 and up by certified Zumba instructor Emily Harlan on Wednesdays, March 21 to May 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the gym in Memorial Hall on the campus of Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. Zumba is a dance fitness class that fuses musical rhythms and unique moves to create a workout system.

Various yoga classes will be taught for people age 14 and up by Michelle Pelna in the Masonic Village Lodge meeting room on Thursdays, March 22 to May 17. Participants should bring a yoga mat. Gentle/Beginner Yoga will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will focus on fundamental yoga postures using safe alignment and modifications. Vinyasa Yoga will take place from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., and previous yoga experience is beneficial but not required, as modifications will be offered.

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, March 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Recreation Room 2 at 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. 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.


Warfel To Play In NCAA Tournament March 7, 2018


AGRA Posts Basketball Results March 6, 2018

Avon Grove Recreation Association (AGRA) has posted the results for the seventh week of its youth basketball program.

In the boys' elementary division, Filacheck's Furniture pulled out a 17-10 win over Davis Accounting. Brandon McCoy scored four points and Owen Barnes contributed three points for Filacheck's Furniture. Jack Calio and Sawyer Simon each netted four points for Davis Accounting.

Yerkes Insurance took the win 18-12 over Kelly's Sports Ltd. Aydin Fischer and Brendan Tester each contributed six points for Yerkes Insurance. Timothy Daddario scored two points for Kelly's Sports Ltd.

In the girls' elementary division, Whitford Insurance Network won 18-9 over Tom's TV. Adriana Velez popped in six points for Whitford Insurance Network. Lily Martin scored seven points for Tom's TV.

In the girls' junior/senior division, Cari Orthodontics and Linda's Hair Techniques tied, 22-22. Elise Westley scored six points for Cari Orthodontics. Julia Short scored one point while Katherine Albietz, Katelyn Lutman, and Andrea Quijano each scored two for Linda's Hair Techniques.

In the boys' junior/senior division, DuVall Bus Service won 37-16 over Nowland Associates Contractors. Dean Harman scored two points for DuVall Bus Service. Isaac Rose popped in four points for Nowland Associates Contractors.

Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. defeated John Gallen Photographer 36-21. Sam Balick netted fifteen points for Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. Luke Fish scored two points and Brady Bollacker contributed four points for John Gallen Photographer.


Program Aims To Bring Golf To Schools March 6, 2018

Approximately 10 schools in York County are making use of the free Golf in School Program, which is being offered through a partnership with the Philadelphia PGA and York Indoor Golf and Training Center.

Through the program, which is geared toward children in kindergarten through sixth grade, schools receive free equipment to implement the program in physical education class. Additionally, physical education teachers receive free training on how to teach the program to students. PGA professionals will coordinate and visit local schools and help teach and offer support to teachers.

A training session was held on March 5 at St. Patrick's in York, and schools slated to be represented included St. Patrick's, St. Joseph's, St. John's, and Dayspring Christian Academy.

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