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YWCA Lunch And Learn Scheduled

YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime St., Lancaster, will host its next Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The program will feature Norman Bristol Colón, speaker, advocate, leader, entrepreneur, author, community organizer, and strategist. In this session, he will talk about "An Opportunity to Build One City Through Diversity and Inclusion: Embracing the Voices of Latinos." Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the program will run from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The program is free and open to the community, but registration is requested by visiting


Basketball Sign-up Events Posted September 20, 2018

Penn Manor Rec will hold winter basketball sign-ups from Monday to Wednesday, Oct. 1 to 3. Sign-ups will take place on Oct. 1 and Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Manor Middle School, 2950 Charlestown Road, Lancaster, in the cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Oct. 3rd at the Marticville Middle School, 356 Frogtown Road, Pequea, in the cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m.

Registration is open to any Penn Manor resident from second grade through 12th grade. A fee is due at the time of registration. Penn Manor Rec is not affiliated with the Penn Manor School District.


Penn Manor Posts Pink Out Campaign September 20, 2018

The Penn Manor community is raising funds for cancer care and research efforts through its Pink Out campaign. Fall sports teams are selling pink and blue Penn Manor Fighting for the Cure T-shirts to support the cause and will raise additional funds at special Pink Out home games. Pink Out home games will take place on the following dates: Monday, Oct. 1, field hockey; Tuesday, Oct. 2, boys' soccer; Tuesday, Oct. 9, girls' volleyball; and Friday, Oct. 26, football, cheerleaders, and Penn Manor Marching Unit.

In addition, field hockey team members will raise money through a coin drive, a bake sale, memory markers and a special game following the varsity game on Oct. 1 at Comet Field. The girls' volleyball team will dedicate time and energy to a community service project in early October in collaboration with Grace Cancer Care in Millersville. The high school MiniTHON Club plans to raise awareness of childhood cancer through a Gold Out game. The Pink Out will culminate with a dress-down day on Friday, Oct. 26, at all Penn Manor schools.

Over the past four years, the Pink Out has raised nearly $60,000 thanks to the generosity of students, staff and community members. Donations have benefited organizations such as the Children's Miracle Network, Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, Velvet's Totes for Hope and Help the Fight.


Club Volleyball Tryouts Posted September 19, 2018

The YMCA of York and York County will accept registrations for Girls Club Volleyball tryouts. Tryouts for girls ages 11 to 14 will begin on Saturday, Oct. 27, and tryouts for girls ages 15 to 18 will begin on Saturday, Nov. 10. An Adult Dodgeball League will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

For further information, readers may contact or 717-843-7884, ext. 263.


AGRA Posts Soccer Results September 19, 2018

The Avon Grove Recreation Association (AGRA) has posted the results for the first week of its fall soccer program.

In the mixed elementary division, BSN SPORTS defeated Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. 2-0. James Williams scored a goal. Dylan Doyle, Ryan Manley, and Thor DiCicco helped on the offense. Amarvir Gill and Ethan Lebo played good on defense for BSN SPORTS. Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. had good offensive play from Cameron Kearns and Daniel Olivere. J.J. Melniczuk, Ben Snodgrass, and Piper Cole were the goalkeepers for Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc.

In the girls' elementary division, Yerkes Insurance won 9-2 over John Gallen Photographer. Taylor Wright and Madison Gain each scored a goal, and the team worked together and had fun. John Gallen Photographer had key offensive play from Abby Chance and Molly Chance. Key defensive players of the game were Kim Rose and Emma McAfee for John Gallen Photographer.

In the mixed senior division, First Baptist Church Kennett Square took the win 1-0 in a closely played game over Nowland Associates Contractors. Billy McAfee scored the goal with an assist by Aydin Fischer. Key defensive players of the game were Luke Spatafora and Warren Simms. Key offensive players of the game were Keira Ollis and Isaac Rose for First Baptist Church Kennett Square. Tejvir Gill, Colin Zern, and Kyla Pennington of Nowland Associates Contractors were great on offense. Spencer Laskow, Milos Stevens, Griffith Swezey, Jasmeet Gill, Xavier Reith, and Sophia D'Isabella kept up strong defense for Nowland Associates Contractors.


Events To Benefit Program For Cancer Survivors September 18, 2018

In October, the Lancaster Family YMCA will launch Cancer Survivorship Month and host three community events with the goal of raising awareness and funds in support of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.

A Walk for Cancer Survivors at the Lancaster Family YMCA will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the rail trail in Quarryville. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Luncheon will take place on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Covered in Care Quilt Online Auction will begin on Monday, Oct. 1, and continue through Friday, Oct. 19. Proceeds from the events will help support the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. More information about the events is available at

Since 2011, the Lancaster Family YMCA has been supporting cancer survivors on their journey to reclaim their health through a cancer rehabilitation exercise program. This program - now known as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA - is a physical activity program that helps adult cancer survivors move past the effects of treatments such as fatigue, loss of appetite, and loss of strength, while also helping them battle the emotional toll of the disease. The program is offered free of cost at all Lancaster Family YMCA branches to men and women recovering from any form of cancer, and nearly 400 cancer survivors have participated in the program to date.

Anyone who is recovering from cancer and is interested in participating in the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program may contact the Lancaster Family YMCA at or 717-393-9622.


GEARS Sets Programs September 14, 2018

GEARS has posted its schedule of 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.

GEARS will accept registrations for girls and boys in grades one to nine for the BEARS Youth Basketball Program. Players will participate in practices and games from late November through the end of January 2019. The participation levels are grades one and two (instructional), grades three and four, grades five and six, and grades seven to nine.

The draft days for children in grades three to six will be Monday, Nov. 5, for girls and Wednesday, Nov. 7, for boys. On each day, children in grades three and four may attend from 6 to 7 p.m., and children in grades five and six may attend from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. All drafts will be held in the gym at Bear Creek School, 1459 Sheaffer Road, Elizabethtown.

The program for boys and girls in grades one and two will take place on Saturdays only at East High Elementary, 800 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Boys and girls in grades three and four will practice one day per week and play games on Saturdays. Children in grades five through nine will practice two days per week and play games on Saturdays.

Separate fees have been set for grades one and two, for grades three and four, and for grades five through nine. Registration forms will be distributed to all first- to ninth-grade students in the Elizabethtown Area School District schools.

GEARS is in need of volunteer coaches, referees, and supervisors for the program. Anyone who is interested in volunteering may call the aforementioned number or email

GEARS will host a four-hour AARP Driver Safety Refresher Program on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. The refresher course, open to people age 50 and up who have previously taken the eight-hour 55 Alive 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 a certificate. Registration is required. Separate fees have been set for AARP members and for nonmembers.

Tai chi classes will be offered in the gym at Rheems Elementary School, 130 Alida St., on Tuesdays, Oct. 9 to Dec. 11. Introduction to Tai Chi, for people who are new to tai chi or who have not practiced in years, will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will introduce a simple 10-step Taiji form. Advanced Tai Chi (Forms, Weapons, and San Shou) has been set for 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will build on the 10-step form by integrating those postures with new moves and, eventually, sword and other weapon forms.

GEARS' 22nd annual two-person scramble golf tournament will take place on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Dauphin Highlands Golf Course, 650 S. Harrisburg St., Harrisburg. The event will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee per person includes green fees, use of a cart, a steak dinner, and prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit GEARS.


GEARS Sets Schedule September 14, 2018

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

GEARS has posted tryouts and skill evaluations for the 2018-19 Travel Basketball Leagues. All girls and boys in fifth and sixth grades are encouraged to try out, with sessions to take place in the gym at Bear Creek School, 1459 Sheaffer Road, Elizabethtown. Participants should use the main school entrance. Girls' tryouts will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 8 to 9 a.m. and Monday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. Boys' tryouts will be on Sept. 29 from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and Oct. 1 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Travel teams will participate in Lancaster/Lebanon League and Central Penn League. The season, including practices, will begin in late October and continue through early February. All players selected for the travel team will pay a participation fee after selected.

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, Sept. 19, 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.

Smart Driver, an eight-hour classroom refresher course designed specifically to meet the needs of drivers age 50 and up, will be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 25 and 26, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. During the PennDOT-approved course, participants will learn how to sharpen their driving skills; develop strategies for adjusting to age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time; and learn about the effects of medication on driving performance. Completion of the course may entitle participants to a discount on car insurance. Individuals must bring a current driver's license. Separate fees have been set for AARP members and for nonmembers.

A trip to the Finger Lakes in New York will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14. The group will depart at 6 a.m. from the parking lot at Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St. There is a cost, which is based on double occupancy.

A trip to see the Viking display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia will be offered on Tuesday, Oct. 16, with a 7:30 a.m. departure from the parking lot at MoviE-town, 700 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown. Individuals will be able to view more than 600 authentic archaeological relics. There will also be free time at Liberty Place.


GEARS Posts Schedule September 14, 2018

GEARS has posted its schedule of 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.

Strictly Skills Basketball Clinic for boys and girls in grades four through six will be offered at Bear Creek School, 1459 Sheaffer Road, Elizabethtown, on Tuesdays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 16, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Each clinic will incorporate a variety of basketball-specific skill stations, fun games, and game play. Ball handling, shooting fundamentals, dribble moves, moving without the ball, and offensive footwork will all be stressed. Readers may visit for more information.

One-hour guided trail riding through 275 acres of woods and farmland will take place at Ironstone Ranch, 1 Hollinger Lane, Elizabethtown, at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 12, Oct. 3 and 17, and Nov. 7. All riders must be age 6 and up. There is a strict weight limit of 250 pounds. Horses are trained to work with riders who have little or no experience, and there will be no trotting or galloping on the trails.

Power Volleyball will offer pickup games on Fridays, Sept. 14 to Dec. 28, except Nov. 23, in the auxiliary gym at Elizabethtown Area Middle School, 600 E. High St. Youths of high school age through adults are invited. There is a per-day cost.

Two canine classes will be taught by Deb Haldeman on Tuesdays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 2, at the Elizabethtown Fairgrounds, 900 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Canine Fast Track Basic Obedience, set for 7 to 8 p.m., will highlight basic obedience, problem solving, and tricks. Advanced Canine Fast Track, set for 8 to 9 p.m., will concentrate on skills learned in the beginner class and work on advancing toward obtaining Canine Good Citizen (CGC) recognition as determined by the American Kennel Club. The CGC test will be offered to teams that are ready.

Materials needed for both canine classes are a six-foot fabric or leather leash, dog treats, and proof of vaccinations, and it is recommended that the dog receives the kennel cough vaccine. Handlers must be age 16 or older.

A trip to watch a NASCAR race at Dover Speedway will be offered on Sunday, Oct. 7, with a 6:15 a.m. departure from the parking lot at Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St. The trip fee includes transportation and a ticket.


Registration Open For Basketball Programs September 13, 2018

The Hempfield Youth Association has announced that online registration for the 2018-19 intramural and travel basketball programs is now open. Hempfield School District residents may access information and initiate the registration process by visiting

Several changes have been made to intramural basketball for the upcoming season. Intramural programs are available for girls in grades one through nine and for boys in grades one through four. Additionally, leagues for boys in grades five through 12 will be offered through Spooky Nook Sports, so boys in this age range should register through


Team Sets Information Sessions September 13, 2018

The Dutchland Derby Rollers, Lancaster's roller derby league, are seeking skaters, referees, and non-skating officials. No experience is necessary, as participants will receive instruction.

Individuals who are interested in learning more about roller derby and becoming a part of the organization are invited to attend one of three information sessions at Overlook Activities Center, 301 Golf Drive, Lancaster. Sessions will take place at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26; at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27; and at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30.

The first practice will be on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. at Overlook Activities Center. For the first practice, participants should bring a mouth guard and the set nominal fee; everything else will be provided.

For more information, visit


Designer Purse Bingo and Basket Giveaway Drawing Event September 12, 2018

The Hempfield girls' volleyball team will host a designer purse bingo and basket giveaway drawing event on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster, from 4 to 8 p.m. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to people of all ages. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The admission fee includes six bingo cards to play in 20 games of bingo. The prizes will be designer purses. Four extra games will be available for a fee per ticket. The extra games will feature high-value prizes.

In the basket giveaway drawing, attendees may win a variety of items, including restaurant gift certificates, hunting and fishing baskets, sports items and entertainment tickets for venues throughout central Pennsylvania. A full concession area will be provided as well.

Seating is limited to the first 500 tickets sold. To guarantee a seat, readers may purchase tickets in advance by contacting Crystal Gruber, the event chair, at or 717-940-7492. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door until they are sold out.

Community members may also donate purses or give money toward the purchase of purses for auction in memory or in honor of someone who has battled cancer. For more information, readers may contact Gruber.


Field Hockey Team Sets ALS Game September 12, 2018

The Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) field hockey team will hold its third annual ALS game on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the L-S stadium, located on Book Road. The junior varsity game will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m. The players and their opponents from Garden Spot will wear special warm-up shirts.

Proceeds will go to the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia chapter in memory of Karen Delaney Shideleff, who passed away in January 2017 at age 44 after a five-year battle with ALS. She was the aunt of L-S goalkeeper Delaney McCormick.

In the ALS game's first two years, L-S and its opponents, Solanco in 2016 and Cocalico in 2017, have raised a total of approximately $1,300.


Fundraiser To Support Soccer Program September 12, 2018

The third annual bingo event supporting the Garden Spot boys' soccer program will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the New Holland Fire Hall, 339 E. Main St. Doors will open at noon, and bingo will begin at 1 p.m. Prizes will include designer purses and bags.

To purchase tickets, contact Angie at 717-445-4478 or Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


Elks Present Donation To Football Program September 11, 2018


Derby Rollers Post Event September 11, 2018

The Dutchland Derby Rollers will kick off the second half of its season on Saturday, Sept. 15, against the Greensboro B Team at Overlook Activities Center, 301 Golf Drive, Lancaster. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the action will begin at 6 p.m.

To learn more, readers may visit


YMCA Sets Food Drive, Incentive September 11, 2018

The Lancaster Family YMCA invites readers to join any of its branches. Those who join through Sunday, Sept. 30, and donate a canned food item or other dry goods will have their join fee waived. All donated items will be given to food pantries in Lancaster County.

Branches include City Center YMCA, Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA, and YMCA of New Holland. Financial assistance is available.

For more information, readers may visit


SYC Warriors Win Championships September 11, 2018


CV To Induct Former Athletes September 6, 2018

On Friday, Sept. 21, Conestoga Valley (CV) will welcome three former athletes into its 20th Athletic Hall of Fame Class. A reception and induction ceremony will be held in the Conestoga Valley High School lobby and auditorium beginning at 4:45 p.m. Following the ceremony, this year's honorees will be introduced to the CV community during halftime of the football game against Solanco. The newest members of CV's Athletic Hall of Fame include James Bounds, Robert Cardina, and Tony Franciscus.

Bounds, a 1997 graduate, earned seven varsity letters while a member of the football and wrestling teams. On the gridiron, Bounds received Section II Honorable Mention recognition his junior year, was named a Section II All-Star his senior year, earned the team's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Awards, and participated in the War of the Roses Game. As a wrestler, he was a Section II All-Star his junior and senior years, won a Section Title, and finished fourth in the PIAA District 3 Tournament. Following high school, Bounds played football for the University of Richmond.

Cardina, a 2012 graduate, earned 14 varsity letters through his involvement in track and field, soccer, basketball, and football. On the track, Cardina captained the team that won the Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League Championships in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He scored numerous top 10 finishes and registered a school record of 761 career points. As the football team's punter and place kicker, he was Special Teams Player of the Year three times and a Section II All-Star. On the basketball court, Cardina captained the 2012 team, was named to the Lancaster-Lebanon League First All-Star Team, and helped the Bucks win an L-L League Championship in 2009. On the soccer pitch, he was a four-year starter, recorded 38 goals and 19 assists, and was a member of the Section II Championship Team. He was named to the Section II All-Star First Team in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and he was Section II Player of the Year in 2011. At Penn State University, Cardina participated in the decathlon and heptathlon and was named NCAA First Team All-American in the decathlon.

Franciscus, a 1985 graduate, was a scholastic standout in football and wrestling, earning five varsity letters. As a football player, he was selected to the Second Team All-State, received the Lineman of the Year Award, and played in the Big 33 Game in 1984. As a wrestler, Tony won a Section Championship his junior year. At the University of Maryland, he earned two varsity letters.


Volleyball Team Wins Tournament September 6, 2018

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