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Hempfield RecCenter Sets Parks Events May 24, 2018

Hempfield recCenter, 950 Church St., Landisville, has announced a series of new outdoor programs aimed at providing free fitness opportunities and family events in several area parks.

On Saturdays, June 2, July 7, and Aug. 4, at 8 a.m. at Amos Herr Park, 1700 Nissley Road, East Hempfield Township, free, no-equipment-needed exercise classes will be held. Each 45-minute class will include basic moves for beginning to advanced exercisers along with bodyweight exercises to work all major muscle groups.

Afterward, at 8:45 a.m., certified instructors will lead a free Yoga in the Park class. Participants should bring their own mat or towel and water.

On Saturdays, June 9, July 14, and Aug. 11, the classes and times will remain the same but will take place at Silver Spring Park, 3800 Ironville Pike, West Hempfield Township.

On Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at Grubb Lake, 667 Hempfield Hill Road, West Hempfield Township, Hempfield recCenter will hold a Family Scavenger Hunt with Nature Trivia. Families will be given a list of items to track down throughout the area. Found "treasures" will be displayed and discussed before the trivia takes place. Another round of trivia and a scavenger hunt will be held on Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. at Amos Herr Park. Both events are free and will include a moderate amount of walking. Participants are asked to bring collection containers.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5 through Aug. 28, at 9:15 a.m., Hempfield Rec will offer the new Amos Herr Park Walk for Wellness. Participants will decide the pace and distance as they walk the park's walking trails.

For more information, readers may call 717-898-3102 or visit


RecCenter Sets Basketball Camps May 24, 2018

This summer, Hempfield recCenter, 950 Church St., Landisville, will offer two basketball camps run and instructed by Millersville University All-American and Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Parker.

Parker, a former professional basketball player, will offer a youth basketball camp from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22, for children ages 5 to 12. The camp will focus on the basic fundamentals of basketball and the development of skills and is open to the public. Registration fees will vary.

Parker will offer another camp from Monday, Aug. 13, through Thursday, Aug. 16, for players in grades three through 12. He will be joined by current and former collegiate players and coaches. The camp will be geared toward intermediate and advanced players and will focus on continued development of skills. Players will participate in drills such as ball handling, footwork, scoring, passing, defense, and shooting techniques. Games and contests will be featured.

There is a registration fee. Players in grades three through six will take the floor from 9 a.m. to noon, while those in grades seven through 12 will meet from 1 to 4 p.m.

Parker has been an instructor at Hempfield recCenter for three years, teaching individual and group private basketball lessons to elementary through high school students.

For more information, readers may contact Cristine Maser at or call 717-898-3102, ext. 39.


GEARS Posts Programs May 24, 2018

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

One-hour guided trail riding through the woods and farmland will take place at Ironstone Ranch, 1 Hollinger Lane, Elizabethtown, at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, June 13 and 20, and at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18. All riders must be age 6 and up. There is a strict weight limit of 250 pounds.

CSI E-town forensics camp will be offered for youths ages 9 to 14 on Monday through Thursday, June 11 to 14, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 2605 of Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS), 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Chemistry teacher Scott Baylor will instruct the camp.

Chemistry Camp for youths ages 9 to 14 will be offered on Monday through Thursday, June 18 to 21, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 2605 of EAHS. Baylor will instruct the camp.

Harry Potter Camp for youths ages 6 to 13 will take place from Monday through Friday, June 18 to 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the West Donegal Township Building, 1 Municipal Drive, Elizabethtown.

Dance classes will take place on Wednesdays, June 13 to Aug. 1, with no classes on July 4. Roni Masters will instruct the classes, which will be held in the lobby at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. Beginner Tap, set for 5 to 5:45 p.m., will teach rhythm, coordination, balance and performance qualities. Beginner Ballet, from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., will teach grace, balance, strength, flexibility and coordination. Beginner Jazz, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., will teach performance qualities, coordination, flexibility and confidence.

Dance Workout for individuals age 14 and up will be instructed by Masters in the gym at the GEARS Community Center on Mondays, June 11 to July 30, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. It will offer an introductory survey to different genres of dance, such as ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and tap, with an emphasis on physical conditioning.


Baseball, Softball Camp Slated May 23, 2018

Lancaster Catholic High School (LCHS) will hold a baseball and softball camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily from Monday to Thursday, June 25 to 28. The camp is for students entering fourth through ninth grades; children of all ability levels may participate. The camp will be led by LCHS baseball coach Ty Book, LCHS softball coach Marv Adams, and the Crusader baseball and softball staff and players.

There is a fee to participate. Registration is required by visiting


Keystone State Games Kickoff Set May 23, 2018

The official kickoff of the 2018 Keystone State Games (KSG) Festival of Sports will take place on Tuesday, June 5, at the Ryan Office Building in the Harrisburg Capitol Complex from noon to 1 p.m. during the annual Keystone Games Hall of Fame Induction. The annual induction event honors key individuals throughout the history of the Games.

The 2018 KSG Hall of Fame inductees are Bob Parkison, KSG competition director; Karen Klassner, KSG field hockey state director; and Andrew "Sarge" Richards, KSG ice hockey south region director. The individuals will be honored for being the backbone of the Keystone State Games Festival of Sports and for exemplifying the spirit of amateur sports and the promotion of physical fitness. Since its inception in 1981, Keystone State Games Inc. has attracted a total of more than 500,000 participants of various age groups into a variety of sporting events.

The 37th annual KSG will take place throughout the summer in Pennsylvania. The 34th annual Pennsylvania Senior Games, featuring more than 50 sporting events, will also take place in the summer. The majority of the KSG and Pennsylvania Senior Games events will take place throughout Luzerne County during the week of Wednesday to Monday, July 25 to 30. During the Senior Games, participants may qualify to compete at the National Senior Festival, which will take place in Albuquerque, N.M. in June 2019.

For more information and to register for the KSG or Senior Games, readers may visit


Swim Program To Offer Lessons May 22, 2018

The Red Lion Community Swim Program announces it will offer swimming lessons for the summer. A full range of Red Cross-certified courses will be offered from beginner to Level 6, as well as adult classes. Parent/tot classes will only be held in the evening sessions. The first session will start on Monday, June 4.

There will be five morning sessions. Classes will be 50 minutes long and will be held on Mondays through Fridays for two weeks. Evening classes will also be offered, and they will be 45 minutes in length and held on Mondays and Wednesdays for five weeks.

On May 30, registration will be held for Red Lion Area School District residents and nonresidents. This registration is for the first session of the swim program only and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the pool lobby.

For further information about the other sessions, readers may visit the Red Lion Area School District website at or contact Heather McDanel by text at 717-693-3310 or email at


FCA To Offer Sports Camp May 22, 2018

Lancaster Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will offer Power Camp, a youth sports camp, from Monday to Thursday, June 18 to 21, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Petra Church, 565 Airport Road, New Holland. Sports that athletes can choose are basketball, baseball, field hockey, and soccer.

The day camp is for young athletes ages 8 to 12 who want to develop their skill in sports with a spiritual emphasis. The camp aims to provide quality instruction and competition through sports-specific and multi-sport focuses while helping young athletes grow in their faith.

The camp involves the local community, with high school students and coaches leading the athletes. Lunch will be provided for all campers.

Financial assistance is available. To register for Power Camp, readers may visit or contact Diana Roth at Registration ends on Saturday, June 16.


Softball Team Honors Teachers May 18, 2018

The Manheim Township High School softball players held Honor an Educator Day at their game on May 7. The players honored all the teachers in the Manheim Township School District, particularly four teachers chosen by the seniors as their favorite teachers during their time in the school district.

Andrea Acosta honored Betsy Cook, who was her second-grade teacher at Neff Elementary School. Acosta honored Cook for her kind and loving heart, compassion, patience, excellent communication skills, and ability to make her class feel like a family and her classroom feel like home. Acosta said that even on tough days Cook had a special way of connecting with her students to let them know that everything was going to be OK.

Tahj Charles honored high school English teacher Judy Lepore, who was one of Charles' teachers in 11th grade. Charles recognized Lepore because of her honesty, sense of humor, and equal and respectful treatment of all students. Charles said Lepore listens to and supports her students, but she also requires everyone in her classes to respect her and each other. Charles said she learned a great deal from Lepore in the one year she studied with her.

Breeze Brown recognized Kathy Costello, her fourth-grade teacher at Brecht Elementary. Brown said Costello came to school every day with a smile on her face and had a way of making her day better when she was feeling down. She said Costello had high expectations for her students and worked with each of them to help them reach their full potential in the classroom. Brown also remembered a time Costello made cookies for the class, proving that the most memorable things in life are often the little things that are done in kindness.

Mikayla Brennan recognized Nicole Eshelman, who taught her 11th-grade Advanced Placement U.S. History class. Brennan honored Eshelman for her smile, positive attitude, and unique way of teaching history that makes her class fun and the material memorable. No matter what kind of day Brennan was having, she always looked forward to Eshleman's class.


GEARS Posts Schedule May 18, 2018

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

GEARS, in cooperation with the Elizabethtown Area Services for Special Needs, will offer Camp Ladybug, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays from Monday, June 18, through Friday, July 27, at the Elizabethtown Area Community Park Pavilion 5, with no camp on Wednesday, July 4. The program is a camp for individuals age 6 and up that may be mentally delayed and/or physically challenged. Participants will participate in activities to enhance socialization skills and recreational activities. Special events will include a Jack Hubley presentation, swimming, glow bowling, Christmas in July, interaction with alpacas, and a trip to Ironstone Ranch.

GEARS will offer a youth basketball combine for boys entering grades four through six from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays, June 3 to July 22, at the Bear Creek Gym, 1459 Sheaffer Road, Elizabethtown. Coach Chadd Ward will lead the clinic, which will focus on fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense.

A Zumba class led by Emily Harlan for people age 14 and up will run from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 6 to Aug. 8, at the Masonic Village Memorial Hall gym, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. The class will not meet on June 20 and July 4. The routines will feature interval training where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined.

Family Fitness Fun for people of all ages will be led by Lindsey Teske from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 6 to July 19, excepting July 4, at the GEARS Community Center Gym, 60 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. Participants will learn simple moves while enjoying music from every decade.


Tennis Camp Posted May 18, 2018

Solanco High School will offer a summer youth tennis camp on Mondays and Wednesdays, from July 9 to 25, for students entering grades two through nine. The session for grades six through nine will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and the session for grades two through five will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

There is a cost per participant. The camp is designed to teach skills and fundamentals and to allow students to play matches with other campers. Coach Annie Hammel and coach Todd Brown, along with members of the high school tennis team, will lead the camp. The registration deadline is Friday, June 1.


Youths Invited To Football Camp May 18, 2018

The Manheim Township football team, which won the District 3 6A championship, will hold a summer youth camp for youths who will be in grades two through seven in the fall of 2018. The camp will be held on Monday, July 30, through Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gene Kruis Memorial Stadium at Manheim Township High School, 115 Blue Streak Blvd., Lancaster.

The camp is organized and run by head coach Mark Evans, who was named Lancaster-Lebanon League Coach of the Year, District 3 Coach of the Year, and Eastern Pennsylvania Football 6A Coach of the Year. He will be assisted by members of his coaching staff and Blue Streak varsity players.

Campers will participate in skills and drill development, as well as games and skills contests. All campers will receive a T-shirt and have the chance to win various prizes. Campers are encouraged to bring a snack; water will be provided.

All proceeds will benefit the Manheim Township Football Association (MTFA).

Registration may be completed at under Athletics by scrolling down to Athletics Downloads and clicking on the 2018 Youth Football Camp link. Registration forms are also available at all Manheim Township School District school offices. Readers with questions may email Dona Ridley at


Byers Receives Award May 17, 2018

Pequea Valley High School senior Danielle Byers received the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame's 2018 Courageous Athlete of the Year Award during the annual banquet on May 5 at the Four Seasons Golf Club in Landisville.

The William "Bill" Mable Courageous Athlete Award and Scholarship is given to a courageous athlete who has not allowed an injury or disability keep him or her from enjoying sports and reaching a goal.

Danielle began playing soccer at the age of 4 at Paradise Park. By the age of 17, she had undergone seven major surgeries. The first two surgeries were at the age of 7 and took place at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City to remove a benign tumor from her left femur. She endured three additional surgeries between 2009 and 2015.

In April 2016, she was diagnosed with Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) of the right hip as well as a torn labrum. She was told that after surgery she may never run, play soccer, or perform physical activities the same as before. Hearing this only made her more determined. After spending months on crutches and wearing a hip brace as well as undergoing physical therapy, she was ready to get back in the game. Knowing that time on the field was going to be minimal during her junior year, she continued to focus on conditioning and strengthening to prepare for her senior year.

Unfortunately, after playing only a few games her senior year, she began experiencing excruciating pain in her left hip. After an appointment with the surgeon, she was diagnosed with FAI on her left hip. Determined to finish her senior year on the soccer field and not the sideline, she chose to delay her surgery and work through the pain. On Dec. 26, 2017, she underwent surgery to repair her left hip and torn labrum.

She continues to recover and is looking forward to playing soccer in college. In the fall, she plans to study in the nursing program at Drexel University. Danielle is the daughter of Kelly Byers of Paradise.


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Golf Tour Registration Posted May 16, 2018

The Lancaster County Junior Golf Tour (LCJGT) is open for registration.

The 2018 season will use new divisions. After its first year, which brought about highly competitive tournaments, the tour will continue with the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Futures divisions. As in 2017, players will start the year in a division based on last year's performance or play in other tournaments, but they can play their way up into higher divisions. There are also several changes for the 2018 season. Dauphin Highlands Golf Course will be added to the tournament schedule. Also, Gary Patton is the new LCJGT board president, and Jon Chronister is the new tournament director.

When registering for the tour, players may also register for one of the two rules clinic options. The clinics will review parent and player expectations when participating on the tour, as well as some of the critical rules of golf. The first LCJGT event will take place on Thursday, June 14, at Overlook Golf Course in Lancaster.

To register, readers may visit


EBACC Summer Camps Slated May 15, 2018

East Berlin Area Community Center (EBACC), 405 North Ave., East Berlin, will offer 19 different summer enrichment camps. Camps will be held from 9 a.m. to noon from Monday, June 11, to Friday, Aug. 3.

Experienced instructors will teach basic skills according to the camp topic and theme. All camps will spend some time outside daily and take breaks. Camps will use indoor facilities and the pavilion in the event of rain.

Registration forms must be completed and returned with payment three weeks before the start of camp. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. Payments can be made at EBACC Fitness Center or at the EBACC main office.

For more details and registration, readers may contact 717-259-8848 or or visit


Cheerleaders Win U.S. Finals May 15, 2018

The West Shore Shock cheerleaders recently participated in the U.S. Finals in Providence, R.I., on May 5. The U.S. Finals featured more than 25,000 athletes competing in eight cities across the U.S. Every season, teams must win a bid by placing first, second or third at qualifying events or by receiving Golden Ticket bids, meaning the U.S. Finals pays for the athletes to participate. This season, the West Shore Shock teams all won first-place bids, and three teams won Golden Ticket bids to the U.S. Finals of their choice. The teams are as follows: Lil Chargers, age 6 and under; Velocity, age 10 and under; Jolt, age 14 and under; Impulse, age 14 and under; Vortex, age 18 and under; Intensity, age 18 and under; and Blitz, age 18 and under.

All seven teams won their divisions, earning West Shore Shock seven U.S. Finals champion titles, seven golden trophies, and white champion jackets for all the athletes. The cheerleaders were scheduled to next participate in the Champions Challenge round, which means all teams in their division that won at the eight cities across the U.S. were to be judged by a panel, and the final winners were scheduled to be announced on May 23. If any teams win the Champions Challenge, they will be awarded rings.

This season, the West Shore Shock cheerleaders earned more than 37 first places, 13 national championships, and nine Grand Champion titles. They also won several specialty awards, including two Most Spirited Fans Awards, three Golden Ticket paid bids to the U.S. Finals, three paid bids to the Finale, one paid bid championship to The One, one Spirit of Excellence Award, one Best Choreography Award, and two Best Sportsmanship Awards.

West Shore Shock is part of the West Shore Youth Athletic Association. Since the association's formation in 2012, Tina Minkoff has been the head coach of West Shore Shock. This season, Minkoff and her fellow coaches, Jamie Shimko, Kathy Snow, and Lacie Winn, have been training the athletes at the PowerPlant facility in Etters five to six days per week. The coaches are all volunteers.

Registrations are being accepted for the 2018-19 season. West Shore Shock Cheerleading accepts boys and girls ages 4 to 18 from any area. The organization currently has cheerleaders from seven school districts. Every child who wants to join is placed on a competitive team. The West Shore Youth Athletic Association relies on fundraising and community sponsorships to fund its programs.

According to Minkoff, the organization aims to provide an environment in which children feel safe, have fun, and learn life skills, such as teamwork, communication, self-management, problem solving, resilience, and the importance of having a positive attitude and never giving up. In the future, the organization would like to have a place that is self-supported so parents do not have to pay for their children to participate.

Videos of the U.S. Finals award announcements may be viewed at For more information about West Shore Shock Cheerleading, readers may email, call Shimko at 717-825-8768, call Minkoff at 717-215-2482, or visit


Rec Center Recognizes Basketball Team Sponsor May 11, 2018


GEARS Will Offer Programs May 11, 2018

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

Various yoga classes will be taught for people age 14 and up by Michelle Pelna in the Masonic Village Lodge meeting room, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, on Thursdays, May 31 to June 28. 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.

A trip to the Philadelphia Zoo and the New Jersey Aquarium will be offered on Friday, June 22, with a departure time of 8 a.m. from the parking lot at Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown.

The GEARS Summer Youth Program, for youths ages 6 to 14, will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Thursdays from June 11 to July 26, with no programs on Wednesday, July 4. Locations will include the Elizabethtown Community Park, Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church, and West Donegal Township Municipal Park. Monday and Tuesday, June 11 and 12, will be Playground Kickoff Days and will be free to anyone who wants to give the program a try.

Trained program leaders will guide supervised, quality recreation activities, including sports, games, arts and crafts, and nature activities.

There are fees for the program for GEARS members and nonmembers, and there is a per-day drop-in rate as well. In addition to online registration, registration will be accepted at each site. Payment is due at registration. Scholarships are available, and readers may contact the GEARS office for details.

GEARS will also administer sites in Rapho Township and Marietta. More information is available by calling GEARS.


GEARS Posts Cornhole Tournament May 11, 2018

GEARS will hold a Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at Elizabethtown Fairgrounds, 800 E. High St. In the case of rain, the tournament will be held in Memorial Hall at the Elizabethtown Fairgrounds. ACL cornhole rules will apply to the two-person, double elimination tournament. Cash awards will be presented to the first- through fourth-place winners. Food and beverages will be available.

There is a fee per team. To register, visit, call 717-367-0355, or stop by the office, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Preregistration is recommended to guarantee a spot. Registrations will also be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at noon on the day of the event.

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