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GEARS Posts Schedule November 9, 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 www.getintogears.org or call GEARS at 717-367-0355.

Do It Yourself Day will be offered for first- through sixth-graders on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Donegal Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Drive, Elizabethtown. The program will offer an opportunity to get acquainted with science and creativity using items that can be found around the house.

Iddy Biddy Basketball, for 4- to 6-year-olds, is an instructional program that will take place on Saturdays, Dec. 1 to Jan. 26, from 8 to 8:45 a.m. in the gym at the East High Street Elementary School, 800 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Coaches will teach basic shooting, dribbling, and passing skills. The fee includes a T-shirt.

An American Red Cross Babysitting Training Course, for people age 11 and up, will be offered by certified American Red Cross instructor Dave Rosensteel on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Recreation Room 2, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Attendees will learn to supervise and care for infants through early teenagers, and they will be taught about child behavior, age-appropriate activities, emergency protocols, and professionalism. Those who complete the course will receive a two-year certification for first aid and CPR/AED.

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GEARS Posts Schedule November 2, 2018

GEARS has announced several upcoming programs and activities. For more information or to register, readers may visit www.getintogears.org or call the GEARS office at 717-367-0355.

A Princess Party will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. Princesses must be chaperoned by an adult age 18 and up, and they are encouraged to dress in their favorite princess attire. The evening will include music, dancing, games, crafts, and a princess costume parade. Light snacks will be served. There is a set per-couple fee, with an extra cost for additional princesses. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 9.

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, Nov. 14, 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. Separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers.

A trip to New York City has been set for Wednesday, Dec. 26, and participants may spend the day on their own. Motorcoach transportation will depart the parking lot at Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St., at 6:30 a.m. and will arrive in New York City at approximately 10:30 a.m. with a return time of 11 p.m. There is a cost for the trip, with a discount for GEARS members.

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GEARS Sets Schedule October 26, 2018

GEARS has posted its upcoming programs and activities. To register or to obtain more information, readers may visit www.getintogears.org or call GEARS at 717-367-0355.

A Men's and Women's Doubles Volleyball Tournament will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with divisions of Open, AA/A, and BB. A coed doubles tournament will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The event will be held in the gymnasiums at Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St. First place in the Open division will receive cash awards, and others will receive volleyball merchandise. The team fee will be discounted for teams that preregister and full price on the day of the event.

Zumba Gold will be offered on Mondays, Nov. 5 to Dec. 10, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the gym at Memorial Hall at Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. The toned-down version of Zumba, an aerobics-type class that is part dance and part fitness, is geared toward deconditioned individuals, beginner exercisers, and active older adults. Licensed Zumba Gold instructor Judy McMillen will lead. Separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers.

Hatha Flow Yoga will be taught by certified instructor Charla Lorenzen for people age 14 and up on Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 5 to Dec. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Carpenter Chapel at Masonic Village. The multi-level class will incorporate seated and standing yoga poses, conscious breathing, and meditative focus. Participants should wear layers of comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers for one day per week or both.

A Princess Party will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. Princesses must be chaperoned by an adult age 18 and up, and they are encouraged to dress in their favorite princess attire. The evening will include music, dancing, games, crafts, and a princess costume parade. Light snacks will be served. There is a set per-couple fee, with an extra cost for additional princesses. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 9.

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SECA Auction Sets New Time, Content October 18, 2018

When scheduling the upcoming annual fundraising auction, the leadership of Southern End Community Association (SECA) put the community at the forefront.

"We are planning for the Solanco (High School) football team to go to the playoffs," executive director Nicole Luecker explained. "The Southern End is football-proud, so, historically, when the auction coincides with a playoff game, the auction doesn't do well."

The Golden Mules are having another good season, so rather than plan a make-up date in case of a playoff game, the board of directors decided that the auction will be held solely on a Saturday this year, with the event planned for Nov. 10. On that day, the Hoffman Building, 172 S. Lime St., Quarryville, will open at 3 p.m. for a preview of auction items, and folks will be able to place bids on themed baskets in the silent auction, which will run until 8:45 p.m. The live auction will start and a pasta meal will be available for purchase to benefit the Solanco post prom at 5 p.m.

"We would like to invite the football players to help out as runners for our auction (as a show of) mutual support," said SECA board president Carol Gibson.

There will be fewer items for volunteers to deliver to winning bidders this year, as the board has opted to be selective of the things accepted for the sale. The leaders are striving to curate a collection of desirable items, Luecker said, adding, "We are hoping to raise the caliber of the auction and make it more upscale."

Some items will have reserves, but there should still be a variety of price points at the auction. Gibson noted that the board is accepting donations of artwork, themed gift baskets, gift certificates, quality antiques and collectibles, sports tickets, and new items. Sports memorabilia that will be up for bids include signed photos of Baltimore Orioles player Dylan Bundy and Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a photo of several Chicago Bears players inscribed with laser autographs. Tickets to a Harrisburg Senators game and other sports contests will be up for bids.

"Eagles tickets are back," Luecker said. "They're a key one that people have missed (at previous auctions). It should be a good game." The four tickets are for Monday, Dec. 3, when the Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Redskins.

Luecker shared that the auction typically brings in about $12,000, which covers SECA's operating costs during the winter when fewer programs are running.

"We're planning to take a loss (at this auction) because we're changing things up a bit, but we hope it does well for us," Luecker commented.

"We decided to change the format this year because, as the saying goes, if one continues to always do things the same way, the results will stay the same," Gibson pointed out. "This (year's auction) will feel different, but we hope the community will enjoy the change and support our efforts to raise the bar."

For more information about the auction or to make a donation, readers may contact SECA at 717-806-0123 or seca@epix.net.

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YMCA Branch Programs Posted October 17, 2018

The Dover and York YMCA branches will accept registrations for several upcoming programs: a Basketball League for children ages 4 to 11 will be held at the York and Dover branches; a Hip-Hop Dance Class for youths ages 9 to 12; Girls' Intramural Volleyball for girls ages 8 to 10 at the Dover branch and ages 11 to 15 at the York branch; Nerf Tag for youths ages 6 to 11; Painting Class for children ages 6 to 10; and a fifth- and sixth-grade Night Out the second Friday of each month.

For more information, readers may contact dmarkel@yorkcoymca.org or 717-292-5622.

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Rec Center Plans Free Celebration October 12, 2018

Hempfield recCenter, 950 Church St., Landisville, will hold a free Community Days celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On both days, land and aquatic group exercise classes will be free to the public. In addition to the classes, the public is invited to use the fitness center and enjoy family time in the indoor pool. Community partners will be on-site, bringing with them free samples, demonstrations, and wellness screenings.

Special activities on Oct. 20 will include a Zumba Dance Party in the gym from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., featuring prizes and giveaways; yoga featuring beverages and cheese from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with donations accepted for the Everyone Belongs financial aid program; and children's pumpkin decorating and games from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Special features on Oct. 21 will include Aqua Stand Up Yoga trial classes from 8 to 9 a.m., a children's meet-and-greet with police and fire first responders from noon to 4:30 p.m., free blood pressure screenings from a local EMS crew from noon to 4:30 p.m., and a giant inflatable Aqua Rock-It Splash Party from 2 to 5 p.m.

Coinciding with the weekend's event will be a membership special.

Details regarding Community Days, class descriptions, pool schedules, and more can be found at www.hempfieldrec.com. For more information on membership or how an organization can participate in the two-day event, readers may call 717-898-3102, ext. 41, or contact Catherine Hamby at chamby@hempfieldrec.com.

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GEARS Sets Schedule October 12, 2018

GEARS has posted its slate of programs and activities. Unless otherwise noted, separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers. For more information, readers may visit www.getintogears.org or call the GEARS office at 717-367-0355.

Sign-ups have been posted for BEARS Youth Basketball, which is open for girls and boys, with participation levels of grades one and two (instructional), three and four, five and six, and seven through nine. Registration fees vary by participation level. Registration forms are slated to be distributed to all first- through ninth-graders in Elizabethtown schools. Players will participate in practices and games from late November through the end of January.

Draft days will be as follows: girls in grades three and four, Monday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 7 p.m.; girls in grades five and six, Nov. 5 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; boys in grades three and four, Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m.; and boys in grades five and six, Nov. 7 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. All drafts will be held in the gym at Bear Creek School, 1459 Sheaffer Road, Elizabethtown.

Boys and girls in grades one and two will take part in a Saturday-only program at East High Street Elementary School, 800 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Boys and girls in grades three and four will practice one day per week and play games on Saturdays. Boys and girls in grades five and six and grades seven through nine will practice two days per week and play games on Saturdays.

GEARS is in need of volunteer coaches, referees, and supervisors for this program. Interested volunteers may email DougKnauss@GetintoGEARS.org or call 717-367-0355.

Mommy and Me Dance Class will take place in the lobby at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, on Tuesdays, Oct. 23 to Nov. 27, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Geared for children ages 2 and 3 and a parent, the class will focus on the fundamentals of dance, music, and balance in a friendly and positive manner.

A Pokemon/YuGiOh/Buddyfight League, featuring friendly competition and updates, will be offered for first- through 10th-graders from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 25 to Dec. 13, with no class on Nov. 22, in the GEARS Recreation Room 2, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Participants should bring their decks to battle other opponents as they find ways to improve their skills and decks.

Professional skateboarding lessons will be offered for 6- to 18-year-olds by sponsored skateboarder Luke Davis at the indoor skate facility at Cornerstone Youth Center, 95 S. Wilson Ave., Elizabethtown, on Sundays, Oct. 28 to Dec. 2. Class for beginners will be from 6 to 7 p.m., with intermediate/advanced classes slated for 7 to 8 p.m.

The Pumpkin Plunge will take place on Friday, Oct. 26, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Patton Pool at the Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. Swimmers will be able to pick pumpkins from the floating pumpkin patch in the pool. The event will also include music, treats, and pumpkin-themed water games and activities. There is a fee per person. Only swimmers need to register. Readers may preregister by Tuesday, Oct. 23, to ensure an adequate supply of pumpkins is available.

Spin & Sculpt will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 30 to Dec. 18 in GEARS Recreation Room 4 at 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. One class will take place from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., and a second class will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. There will be no class on Thursday, Nov. 22. Spin & Sculpt is a 45-minute indoor cycling class combined with 15 minutes of toning and core work. Attendees should bring a towel and water. People age 16 and up of all fitness levels are welcome to participate.

POUND, open to people age 14 and up, will be offered on Tuesdays from Oct. 30 to Dec. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Village Memorial Hall gym. Featuring lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercise, POUND offers a full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning and strength training with yoga- and Pilates-inspired movements. Instructor Courtney Lesnick is a certified POUND instructor. Attendees should bring a yoga mat.

Zumba classes will be offered on Wednesdays from Oct. 31 to Dec. 19, excluding Nov. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Village Memorial Hall gym. The Latin-inspired dance fitness class fuses motivational musical rhythms and unique moves in routines that include interval training and resistance training. The classes will be taught by Emily Harlan, a certified Zumba fitness instructor. People age 14 and up may participate.

A Charming Charleston Plantation Holiday Tour will take place from Sunday to Friday, Dec. 9 to 14. Participants will depart on Dec. 9 at 7 a.m. from the MoviE-town parking lot, 700 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown. The trip will include a tour of historic Charleston, a trolley tour, and visits to Magnolia Plantation, Boone Hall, Middleton Place, and a tea plantation. Charleston will be decorated for the holidays.

A "day on your own" trip to New York City will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 22, with the motorcoach scheduled for a 6:30 a.m. departure from the parking lot at Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St. and arrival in New York City at approximately 10:30 a.m. The group will return at approximately 11 p.m.

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Upcoming Holiday Events Announced October 9, 2018

East Berlin Area Community Center (EBACC), 405 North Ave., East Berlin, will host three upcoming holiday events. All events are open to the public.

The sixth annual pie and soup sale will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 21. A variety of pies will be available, and chicken corn soup will be sold by the quart. Whole pies and mini pies will be sold. All orders must be placed in advance by contacting EBACC. Orders may be picked up on Nov. 21 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The 23rd annual Christmas Bazaar will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature vendors, food, prizes, and more.

The fifth annual Christmas Festival in East Berlin will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, and will continue at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. The festival will include soup, sandwiches, apple crisp, wagon rides, activities for children, and more.

For more details or to place an order, readers may contact 717-259-8848 or info@ebacc.org or visit www.ebacc.org.

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AGRA Posts Soccer Results October 2, 2018

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

In the mixed elementary division, the Falcons defeated BSN Sports 5-0. Goal scorers for the Falcons were Natalia with two and Jude, Cameron, and Andy each with one. Jackson Cruice had the shutout in goal for the Falcons, and Kylie Cruice was the key offensive player of the game. BSN Sports had good offense from James Williams, who made some nice attacks. Ethan Lebo and Ryan Manley were key defensive players of the game. Dylan Doyle skillfully saved goals for BSN Sports.

Cosmos beat Oxford Plumbing & Heating Inc. 5-0. Goal scorers for Cosmos were Chase, Sydney, Morgan, Jazlyn, and Anthony. Key defensive players were McKayla, Lucas V. Preston, and Lucas for Cosmos.

In the girls' elementary division, Yerkes Insurance won 1-0 over John Gallen Photographer. Taylor Wright scored the goal. The offensive players made great passes and assists. Ava Skelley played well on defense. Madison Gain, Miranda Todd, and Ava Roux all defended the goal and blocked lost of shots for Yerkes Insurance. John Gallen Photographer had key offense from Emma McAfee, Abby Chance, and Maddie Snodgrass, with key defense from Kim Rose and Piper Gagnon. The key goalkeeper was Molly Chance, and the team had good midfield plays from Maura Mraz and Emme Gagnon.

In the mixed senior division, First Baptist Church Kennett Square took the win 2-1 over Nowland Associates Contractors. Billy McAfee and Isaac Rose each scored one goal. Warren Simms and Keira Ollis were key defensive players. Aydin Fischer and Michael Shatley were strong in goal for First Baptist Church Kennett Square. Nowland Associates Contractors' goal scorer was Tejvir Gill. Colin Zern was the key offensive player. Kayla Pennington, Genalyn Mason, Jasmeet Gill, Sophia D'Isabella, and Kyalami Swezey played well. Milos Stevens, Griffith Swezey, Xavier Reith, Spencer Laskow, and Joseph D'Isabella played well on defense for Nowland Associates Contractors.

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Club Volleyball Tryouts Posted October 1, 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 dmarkel@yorkcoymca.org or 717-843-7884, ext. 263.

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GEARS Sets Programs September 28, 2018

GEARS has posted 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 www.getintogears.org or call the GEARS office at 717-367-0355.

The class Wills, Trusts, and Estates will be led by Thomas S. Beckley, Esq., on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the basement of Elizabethtown Area Middle School, 600 E. High St. The class is designed to be an introductory course to give attendees a working knowledge of the law in the estate area. Questions about particular circumstances will be welcomed.

A Fall Field Hockey Clinic will be led by Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) coaches and players on Saturdays, Oct. 13 to Nov. 3, at Jane Hoover Field at EAHS, 600 E. High St. Second- through fourth-graders will meet from 10 to 11 a.m., and fifth- and sixth-graders will meet from 11 a.m. to noon. Game-like situations will be incorporated. Participants will need a field hockey stick, shinguards, and a mouth guard. Field hockey sticks will be available to borrow for those who do not have them.

Pond Fishing for Beginners will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. Participants will be provided with a rod and reel, tackle, and bait and will be instructed on how to use the equipment. The class will be held at a pond so participants can test out their new skills. People of all ages are welcome, but those over age 16 must have a Pennsylvania fishing license. The rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 7.

A Discover Pittsburgh and Flight 93 Memorial trip will take place on Friday, Oct. 19, with a departure time of 6 a.m. from the parking lot at MoviE-town, 700 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown. The group will visit the memorial for the crew and passengers of Flight 93 in Shanksville and then travel to Pittsburgh to enjoy four-star dining, the historic Duquesne Incline, and a 60-minute sight-seeing cruise on the three rivers.

A Divine Design - Fallingwater trip has been set for Tuesday, Oct. 16, with a 5:45 a.m. departure from the MoviE-town parking lot. Attendees will view the design works of Frank Lloyd Wright, including Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, and will stop at the temporary site of the new memorial "Crescent of Embrace," which is designed to be a remembrance of the passengers and crew of Flight 93. A luncheon buffet will be included.

A Lifeguard Recertification Course will be offered on Sundays, Oct. 14 and 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Patton Pool at Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. Individuals age 15 and up with a current lifeguarding/first aid/CPR/AED certification may take this class, which will recertify them for two years. Students must bring a rescue mask.

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, Oct. 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.

Aquacise, for people age 14 and up, will be instructed by Bonnie Leibold from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 23 to Dec. 11, at Patton Pool. The shallow-water, heart-healthy exercise class will allow participants to move at their own pace in keeping with their fitness level.

Discover Dance will be instructed by Katie Carter and Shaye DiPasquale on Tuesdays from Oct. 23 to Nov. 27 in the lobby of the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. The class is designed to encourage younger children to express themselves through creative movement and ballet. Children ages 3 and 4 will meet from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., and youngsters ages 5 and 6 will meet from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Various dance classes for children will be taught by Katie Carter on Wednesdays, Oct. 24 to Nov. 28, in the GEARS Community Center lobby. Beginner Ballet will be offered from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., with Beginner Jazz from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

A Men's and Women's Doubles Volleyball Tournament will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with divisions of Open, AA/A, and BB. A coed doubles tournament will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The event will be held in the gymnasiums at Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St. First place in the Open division will receive cash awards, and others will receive volleyball merchandise. The team fee will be discounted for teams that preregister and full price on the day of the event.

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Registration Open For Basketball Programs September 27, 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 regarding the programs and initiate the registration process by visiting www.playhya.com.

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AGRA Posts Soccer Results September 26, 2018

The Avon Grove Recreation Association (AGRA) has posted the results for its fall soccer program, including its Mixed Elementary Division, which played two teams from Newark Parks and Recreation with the following results.

BSN Sports was defeated by Cosmos 3-1. BSN Sports' goal scorer was Thor DiCicco. Ethan Lebo played well on defense and James Williams assisted on offensive attacks for BSN Sports. The Cosmos' goal scorers were Sydney with one goal and Chase with two goals. Lucas and Morgan were key defensive players of the game for the Cosmos.

Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. lost to the Falcons 0-4. Falcons' goal scorers were Natalia Lawson, Genevieve Duker, Meghan Gould, and Jude Watson. Doris Ouyang was the key offensive player and Andy Yang was the key defensive player of the game, with Cameron Riffel in goal for the Falcons. Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. had several saves by the goalkeeper.

In the girls' elementary division, John Gallen Photographer and Yerkes Insurance played to a 0-0 tie. John Gallen Photographer had key offense from Maddie Snodgrass, Emma McAfee, and Kim Rose. Key defensive play was from Abby Chance and Molly Chance, and Maura Mraz played well in goal for John Gallen Photographer. Yerkes Insurance had great endurance and effort by Miranda Todd, Lila McCauley, and Ava Skelley.

In the mixed senior division, Nowland Associates Contractors tied First Baptist Church Kennett Square 0-0. Nowland Associates Contractors had Tejvir Gill and Colin Zern come close to making goals. Milos Stevens, Spencer Laskow, Genalyn Mason, and Joseph D'Isabella played great defense. Kayla Pennington, Jasmeet Gill, Xavier Reith, Sofia D'Isabella, and Griffith Swezey were fierce on midfield positions for Nowland Associates Contractors. Recognized for key offense for First Baptist Church Kennett Square were Billy McAfee, Mike Shatley, Aydin Fischer, and Isaac Rose. Great goalkeeping was handled by Brayden Foy. Key defense players were Warren Simms, Luke Spatafora, Brandon McAfee, Keila Ollis, Ava Aldana, and Krish Kochhar for First Baptist Church Kennett Square.

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Community Center Kicks Off Campaign September 21, 2018

The new Hershey Community Center recently kicked off its capital campaign with a special fundraising event, Adult Swim: Last Call, inside the empty outdoor pool at the current recreation center. More than 150 supporters were in attendance. During the event, honorary campaign chairperson and Hershey Company CEO Michele Buck announced the company has pledged $1,000,000 for the $5 million capital campaign.

The new Hershey Community Center is scheduled to open in the spring of 2020. It will replace the existing Hershey Recreation Center, built in 1963 through funds earmarked by Milton S. Hershey. The Hershey Recreation Center, also known by many as The Plaza, was operated by the M.S. Hershey Foundation until 1979, when it was sold to the Township of Derry for one dollar. The facility has served the community well for 55 years, but the building is in a state of disrepair and there is no room in the current building to expand programming to meet the needs of the larger community.

The new Community Center will provide meeting and social space for residents; classroom space for activities; gymnasium space for basketball, volleyball, pickleball, and other court activities; a 50-meter indoor pool and indoor leisure pool with a slide for use by the community, youth aquatics organizations, Special Olympics, and large competitive meets; an outdoor pool; an indoor track; and exercise rooms and a fitness center. The new Hershey Community Center will also provide space for after-school programs, quiet space for students to do homework, and a teen lounge. Additionally, the Senior Center will call the new Community Center home, as will the People Movers, a service that provides transportation to seniors in the community.

To learn more about the Hershey Community Center capital campaign, readers may visit www.HersheyCommunityCenter.org. On the website, readers may request a campaign brochure by mail, sign up to volunteer, or donate.

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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 https://ywcalancaster.org/lunch-and-learn-october/.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.lancasterymca.org/cancer-survivorship-at-the-ymca/.

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 communityhealth@lancasterymca.org or 717-393-9622.

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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 www.getintogears.org 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 john_myers@etownschools.org.

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.

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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 www.getintogears.org 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 www.StrictlySkills.com 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.

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