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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


YMCA Posts Calendar March 6, 2018

York YMCA will offer a variety of programs to the community. Registrations are now being accepted. For additional details, readers may contact Doug Markel at or 717-843-7884, ext. 263.

A Girls Intramural Volleyball Program will be held on Mondays, April 16 to June 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The instructional program is open to girls ages 9 to 15.

Dover YMCA will offer a T-Ball Program for children ages 4 to 5 and 6 to 8. The instructional program will also include games on Saturday mornings along with non-mandatory instruction on Thursday evenings.

The York YMCA's annual Daddy Daughter Dance will be held on Saturday, May 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the York YMCA, 90 N. Newberry St., York. The dance is designed for fathers, grandfathers, and uncles with girls of all ages, including members and non-members. There is a cost to attend, and registration is required by Tuesday, May 1.

The York, Dover, and Eastern YMCA branches will accept registrations for Camp Spirit, a summer camp for children ages 5 to 16, as well as several sports camps. For details, readers may stop by a local YMCA branch or contact Markel at the previously mentioned phone number.


Hempfield recCenter Slates Triathlon Weekend March 5, 2018

For nearly a decade, Hempfield recCenter has welcomed triathletes from near and far for the annual TRI for Life, and this year will be no different. The annual triathlon spectacular will kick off with the Youth TRI 4 Fun on Saturday, April 28, and will culminate on Sunday, April 29, with the 2018 TRI for Life.

A staple of the Hempfield recCenter event calendar since 2009, the TRI for Life touts an indoor 300-meter lap swim, a 16-mile bike ride through rolling hills, and a 3-mile flat course run through the scenic Hempfield area. Both individual racers age 13 and older and teams can participate in the TRI for Life, which is slated to begin at 8 a.m. on April 29. The Youth TRI 4 Fun will have varying course difficulties and is open to three different age groups ranging from 7 to 12.

The races are favorites of both seasoned and new triathletes. The variety of terrain and environments creates a course participants are eager to conquer. Some come to improve their best times, while others use it as a prelude to an even bigger race. Still others see it as an opportunity to cross an item off their bucket list.

No matter the reason for entering, the TRI for Life welcomes entrants of all skill levels. While the race will be rife with veteran triathletes, organizers encourage those who have never competed in a triathlon to try this athletic competition. The top three overall male and female athletes will receive a cash prize, and there will also be awards for the top three finishers in the age groups and the top relay team.

The Youth TRI 4 Fun is a fun, noncompetitive event aimed at introducing children to the world of triathlons. Check-in will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on April 28. There will be no officially recorded times for this event. Each participant will receive a medal, a T-shirt, and a goodie bag. A towel, a swimsuit, a bike helmet, and running shoes are necessary for participation.

Pickup of packets, including a T-shirt, a course map, a bib number, and other assorted goodies, will take place on April 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hempfield recCenter, 950 Church St., Landisville.

There is a cost to enter the TRI for Life, and registrations must be submitted by Friday, April 20. Registrations will not be offered on the day of the triathlons. Registrations may be made at or by visiting the Hempfield recCenter. Discounted participation rates will be available until Saturday, March 31.

All proceeds from the triathlons will support Hempfield recCenter's Everyone Belongs program, which provides financial assistance to individuals and families for the various programs and memberships offered by the nonprofit organization.

For more information, readers may visit or contact Hempfield recCenter fitness and wellness director Jamie McGlaughlin at 717-898-3102, ext. 38, or


Camp Ladybug Celebrates 50 Years March 2, 2018

For Marty Dixon, it is hard to believe that it has been nearly 50 years since she and several other Elizabethtown parents decided to start a summer camp for their children with special needs. After noticing how the children tended to regress with their social skills during summer break, the parents came up with the idea for Camp Ladybug, which they implemented in 1968.

"Camp actually started as an outdoor classroom so the kids could be outside and enjoy each other's company and go into the school year not like they were starting out all over again. It gave the parents a respite," explained Pat Minick, who has volunteered with Camp Ladybug since the early 1990s.

"We were a bunch of mothers who took care of them," recalled Dixon, 85. The core group of families also took day trips together throughout the year, to places like Lake Tobias and Raystown Lake. Having the chance to connect with other parents also helped Dixon in raising and relating to her own daughter, Dawn, who is now 53. The name for Camp Ladybug was inspired by Dawn's love for ladybugs at the time.

"My experience was loving the kids," Dixon shared. "I'm a hugger, so I used to hug everyone. (Camp) gave me a real sense of care, and they became like my own kids."

Dixon said that making pies and subs for annual fundraisers helped to cover costs for Camp Ladybug in the early years. Additional financial support came from local civic organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown, Lions Club, Milton Grove Sportsman's Club, and more.

As attendance grew, the leaders began providing transportation to and from camp for the youths. Minick said it is unclear when that service began, but it stopped in 1995. "One summer there was a bus company mishap, so limos brought the kids to and from camp every day," recounted Minick with a laugh. "That was a grand summer."

GEARS took over operations in 2002 and runs Camp Ladybug in conjunction with the Elizabethtown Area Services for Special Needs, according to senior program coordinator Karen Eberly. What began as a three-week program with approximately 10 to 15 youths has grown into a six-week camp with approximately 40 campers ranging from ages 4 to 62. The location remains the same: pavilion five, at the Elizabethtown Area Community Park, 201 S. Mount Joy St., which Minick said was originally chosen for its close proximity to the home of Walter and Mary Espenshade, who had a daughter who attended camp and offered to store materials for camp in their family's garage.

Minick was originally recruited by Elaine Wentling, who has been volunteering with Camp Ladybug for decades and continues to serve at age 72. "She still comes (to camp) almost every day, and she drums out volunteers. She's relentless," remarked Minick.

"I remember one time Elaine said, 'I finally came up with how to describe this place: it's like Never-Never Land,'" shared Louise Saulina, who served as assistant director for eight years. "The camp is a magical place. It's been a huge part of my life from the start. You think that you're doing it for them, but what I have gotten from those campers is huge, and I'm just so grateful."

Adults and students age 12 and up are encouraged to apply to volunteer at Eberly said that volunteers may commit to a few specific days, a week, or to the entire span of camp - depending on what fits their schedule.

This year's Camp Ladybug will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Fridays from June 18 through July 27, excluding Wednesday, July 4. Individuals age 6 and up who have mental or physical challenges are welcome to attend. Attendance is free to residents of the Elizabethtown area.

To register or learn more, readers may visit or call 717-367-0355.


SECA Announces Schedule March 1, 2018

SECA (Southern End Community Association) Recreation Center, 299 Park Ave., Quarryville, will offer a variety of programs to the local community. For more details and preregistration, readers may visit There is a fee for most programs.

A Flashlight Teen Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 24, at 8:30 p.m. for youths ages 11 to 15. Teenagers should bring a basket or bag to collect their goodies. Registration will take place at the pool before the hunt. Teenagers should bring a flashlight.

A Women's Self Defense Class will take place on Mondays, April 2 to 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The class is designed to educate participants in risk reduction and minimize the danger of physical attack. The hands-on instruction teaches simple techniques for effective action, if the attack can neither be prevented nor avoided. Attendees will learn mental preparedness, escapes, strikes, and self-defense positions.

A seven-week Swim Clinic will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, April 6 to May 18. The clinic will focus on improving stroke techniques using proven competitive coaching methods and self-correcting drills. This clinic is open to all competitive swimmers in and around Lancaster County. The clinic will be held at Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA. The registration deadline is Friday, March 23.

Cash Bingo's Friday Nights will be held on Fridays, March 16 to April 6 and April 20. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and games will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Sits and Tricks, a dog obedience class, will take place on Tuesdays, March 13 to May 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the SECA Inline Hockey Rink. Space is limited.

Pickleball will be offered on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., weather permitting, and will start on March 20. This mini-tennis game is a combination of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton, played with wood or graphite paddles with unique plastic balls. Pickleball is easy to learn, provides exercise, and is played on a court smaller than a tennis court.

Bunz of Steel will be held on Tuesdays through March 25 at 5:30 p.m. The class will offer 45 minutes of body weighted exercises to strengthen, tone, and tighten legs, hips, and backside. No prior experience is necessary, and people of all levels of fitness are welcome. Participants should bring a yoga or exercise mat.

American Red Cross babysitters training for participants ages 11 to 15 will be offered on Friday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the SECA Building. Interactive activities will help students learn prevention, preparation and emergency skills needed by every babysitter. Attendees will learn skills like diapering, feeding, proper discipline and game playing. Participants should bring a lunch. The registration deadline is Friday, March 23.

Yoga will be held on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. People of all skill levels are welcome. Participants should bring a yoga mat, if they have one.


LRC Executive Director To Retire March 1, 2018

Lancaster Recreation Commission's (LRC) executive director, Susan E. Landes, will retire on Tuesday, April 3. The search for her successor is underway.

Landes served the Lancaster community for more than three decades, having started at the Lancaster Recreation Commission in 1987. During her years of service, there was an increase in the number of recreation programs and services offered for city of Lancaster and Lancaster Township residents.

She has also worked to provide leadership and guidance for parks and recreation professionals throughout the commonwealth. Sue is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Urban Parks and Recreation Alliance, is an active member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the State Outdoor Recreation Plan, and serves as a governor's appointee on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Citizens Advisory Council.

Landes has written six handbooks that are distributed free of charge to Pennsylvania municipalities, including Community Recreation and Parks, Recreation and Parks Board Handbook, Financing Municipal Recreation and Parks, Hiring Municipal Recreation and Parks Staff, Municipal Recreation Programming, and Multi-Municipal Cooperation for Recreation and Parks. She also created the statewide RecTAP program, a technical assistance program that matches parks and recreation professionals with communities needing help with specific issues.

For more information, readers may contact marketing and development manager Heather Dighe at 717-392-2115, ext. 154, or

Lancaster Recreation Commission is located at 525 Fairview Ave., Lancaster.


YMCA Announces Change February 28, 2018

The YMCA of York and York County has announced that it will now deliver services at its Eastern Branch solely as a YMCA as of Feb. 1. On March 1, 2017, the YMCA entered into a joint venture agreement with Ohana Fitness to maintain services in the eastern region of York County.

After nearly one year of service under the joint venture, the YMCA announced it will continue services at the 4075 E. Market St., York, site but now as the Eastern Branch of the YMCA of York and York County, solely operated by the YMCA. The YMCA will make some adjustments to schedules, class offerings, services, hours of operation, facility and employees as a result of the transition.

For more information, readers may visit


YMCA Announces Capital Campaign February 28, 2018

The YMCA of York and York County announced its $5.5M capital campaign, "Transformation and Preservation." The campaign is in response to emerging and urgent community needs for which the YMCA will address issues in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility and engage multiple sites.

The YMCA will create an urban park at its downtown site, an aquaponics program for urban youth STEM programs, a warm water therapy pool at its Southern Branch in Shrewsbury for youth swim lessons and active older adults exercise and rehab programs, adapt facilities at Southern to host Southern Community Services, and expand multi-use space at the Bob Hoffman Branch in Dover to accommodate expanding preschool programs, chronic disease prevention programs, and wellness facilities.

The YMCA's desire to continue to address emerging needs in each of the communities they serve is the purpose behind this campaign. To date, the campaign has reached 71 percent of its goal.

To learn more, readers may visit


EBACC Fitness Classes Posted February 28, 2018

East Berlin Area Community Center (EBACC), 405 North Ave., East Berlin, will offer three fitness classes to the community. There is a cost to participate, and participants may opt to pay monthly or per class.

Hip-Hop Step Class will be offered on Tuesdays, March 6 to April 24, from 5 to 6 p.m. The class will combine step aerobics with dance moves and body weight exercises. People of all ages and fitness levels are welcome.

Bands and Body Weight Strength Class, a 45-minute low-impact class that focuses on strength training using resistance bands and body weight exercises only, will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesdays, March 7 to April 25.

Total Body Fit will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, March 8 to April 26. The class focuses on the total body, incorporating strength training, cardio, and abs all in one class. Participants must bring a set of hand weights for themselves.

To register, readers may contact 717-259-8848 or or visit


AGRA Posts Basketball Results February 28, 2018

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

In the boys' elementary division, Davis Accounting defeated Kelly's Sports Ltd. 25-2. Nolan Whitney netted 15 points for Davis Accounting. Kyle Richards scored two points for Kelly's Sports Ltd.

Filacheck's Furniture came away with an 11-7 win over Yerkes Insurance. Doug Kleintop popped in five points for Filacheck's Furniture. Garrett Smith contributed two points for Yerkes Insurance.

In the girls' elementary division, Whitford Insurance Network beat Tom's TV 14-6. Jessica Ziegler scored eight points for Whitford Insurance Network. Brooke Hafich, Lily Martin and Nikki Sammons each contributed two points for Tom's TV.

In the girls' junior/senior division, Linda's Hair Techniques took the win 24-12 over Cari Orthodontics. Leila Rubin scored six points for Linda's Hair Techniques. Gianna DeLio popped in four points for Cari Orthodontics.

In the boys' junior/senior division, Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. won 35-25 over DuVall Bus Service. Matthew Reynolds netted 10 points for Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. Ethan Hill had 14 points for DuVall Bus Service.

John Gallen Photographer squeezed out a 24-20 win over Nowland Associates Contractors. Brady Bollacker popped in six points for John Gallen Photographer. Luke Watson netted six points for Nowland Associates Contractors.


SOPA And YMCAs Form Partnership February 28, 2018

Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) and three local YMCA organizations have announced increased fitness and training opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Effective Feb. 1, the partnership links athletes to 27 YMCA facilities across the Philadelphia region. The participating facilities are part of Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, YMCA of Greater Brandywine and the YMCA of York and York County. SOPA and the YMCA share a similar mission that works to improve the quality of life and well-being for the community.

The partnership will help alleviate SOPA's struggle to find suitable locations to train athletes and host local competitions. Athletes in the SOPA programs will have access to dozens of YMCA facilities, where they may train for competitive meets, improve fitness levels, and build conditioning skills needed to meet the physical challenges of sports training. Athletes may also train for Olympic-type sports year round as opposed to their current eight-week sessions.

Developing healthy habits is another big challenge facing the athletes and their families. Many have limited health care, so health issues often go untreated. With the support from the YMCA, athletes will have regular access to health and wellness programs, group exercise, and nutritionists, as well as open gym and swim time.

The collaboration is intended to not only benefit the athletes, but the entire community the YMCA serves. In addition to the training and fitness components, community activities and events will help drive the importance of developing youths across generations and diverse populations. The relationship between SOPA and the YMCA will open up volunteer opportunities for both organizations and demonstrate the impact that partnerships like this one may have on strengthening the community.

This is the first year Special Olympics Pennsylvania and these YMCAs have partnered to increase opportunities for athletes to develop lifelong fitness goals and reach their full potential.

For more information and to find local opportunities to get involved with SOPA and the local YMCAs, readers may visit,,, or


AGRA Posts Basketball Results February 21, 2018

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

In the boy's elementary division, Kelly's Sports Ltd. beat Filacheck's Furniture 15-8. Timothy Daddario netted three points for Kelly's Sports Ltd. Evan Kyle popped in eight points for Filacheck's Furniture.

Davis Accounting won 16-8 over Yerkes Insurance. Jack Calio scored four points and Sawyer Simon contributed two points for Davis Accounting. Trey Nielsen popped in six points for Yerkes Insurance.

In the girls' elementary division, Whitford Insurance Network pulled out a 20-12 win over Tom's TV. Jessica Ziegler scored 16 points for Whitford Insurance Network. Riley Rubin had four points for Tom's TV.

In the girls' junior/senior division, Linda's Hair Techniques defeated Cari Orthodontics 23-15. Julia Short scored two points for Linda's Hair Techniques. Hannah Hollis netted 10 points for Cari Orthodontics.

In the boys' junior/senior division, Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. won 30-18 over Nowland Associates Contractors. Ian Bennett scored two points and Carter Daugherty added five points for Oxford Plumbing and Heating Inc. Alderic Nealley scored two points for Nowland Associates Contractors.

DuVall Bus Service took the win 23-9 over John Gallen Photographer. Jackson Colonna netted eight points for DuVall Bus Service. Joseph Lewis scored two points for John Gallen Photographer.


YWCA Partners To Offer Help February 21, 2018

YWCA York, in partnership with YWCA Hanover, York County Judicial Center, and a local newspaper, has been named by Central Penn Business Journal (CPBJ) as a finalist for its 2018 Nonprofit Innovation Award for Collaborative Innovation regarding efforts to better serve victims of domestic violence in York County. The Nonprofit Innovation Awards honor local organizations who demonstrate innovation in their daily operations. The winner and runner-up in each category will be revealed at the 19th annual CPBJ breakfast event on Thursday, April 12, at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg.

Last year, YWCA York and YWCA Hanover combined efforts with York County Judicial Center to better serve domestic violence victims who seek protection from their abuser by arranging for YWCA legal advocates to staff the York County Protection from Abuse (PFA) Office. This unique collaboration - a first among the over 200 YWCAs across the country - was prompted by a local news story on the disturbingly high number of domestic violence incidents in York County, then ranked third in the state for domestic violence related fatalities. While efforts from a decade-long partnership between York County Judicial Center, YWCA York, and YWCA Hanover existed, the need for an even stronger partnership became clear. A community dialogue occurred, and, as a result, YWCA victim advocates began staffing the York County PFA office.

Today, every individual who seeks a PFA is greeted by a trauma-informed YWCA victim advocate. In the first year of this partnership, 724 individuals who sought to file a PFA benefitted from trauma-informed options counseling compared to only 125 the previous year. YWCA victim advocates have the ability to provide victims with information and legal options so they may determine if a PFA is the right course of legal action for their situation. Furthermore, YWCA victim advocates provide safety planning during which time the advocate and victim determine specific interventions to increase the victim's safety. Advocates also provide information and referral, through which victims learn about the resources available to help live independent from their abuser.

To learn more about YWCA York's victim services, readers may visit For additional information, readers may contact Crystal Patterson at 717-845-2631, ext. 111, or


GEARS Sets Schedule February 16, 2018

GEARS has posted several upcoming opportunities. For more information or to register, readers may visit or call 717-367-0355.

GEARS Recreation will host a men's and women's doubles volleyball tournament in the gymnasiums at Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS), 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown, on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 8:30 a.m. with divisions of Open, AA/A, and BB. There will also be a coed doubles tournament on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 8:30 a.m. with the same divisions. The open division will receive cash awards for first place, and others will receive volleyball merchandise. There is a discount for per-team prepaid preregistration, with a higher fee for walk-in registration.

The Middle School Lacrosse Club for boys in seventh and eighth grades and girls in fifth through eighth grades will start on Monday, March 12, and continue through early May on Mondays through Fridays. Practices and games will take place on an EAHS field. The program will teach the basics of lacrosse.

A Lifeguard Recertification Course, for individuals age 15 and up with a current lifeguarding/first aid/CPR/AED certification, has been set for Sundays, March 11 and 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Masonic Village Patton Pool, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. Recertification is for two years. Students must bring a rescue mask. Separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers.


SECA Posts Programs February 16, 2018

Southern End Community Association (SECA), 299 Park Ave., Quarryville, has posted its schedule of activities. There is a registration fee for most programs unless otherwise noted. To register, readers may call 717-806-0123.

The flag football program will teach basic football skills, such as passing, catching, running receiver routes and pulling flags while emphasizing having fun, teamwork, good sportsmanship and developing an appreciation for the game. All games will be played on Sundays beginning in March on the lower softball field in Memorial Park. Teams will be set up for girls and boys ages 5 to 8, age 9 to 11, and ages 12 to 15. The registration fee will include team equipment, jersey and officiating fees.

The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 23. To download the registration form, visit A jersey order form is available at Registrants are required to complete both forms. All players must also complete a NFL player agreement at

American Red Cross babysitters training for participants ages 11 to 15 will be offered on Friday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the SECA Building. Interactive activities will help students learn prevention, preparation and emergency skills needed by every babysitter. Attendees will learn skills like diapering, feeding, proper discipline and game playing. Participants should bring a lunch. The registration deadline is Friday, March 23.

Bunz of Steel will be offered from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays through March 27. Jennifer Buttriss will lead the 45-minute class of body weighted exercises to strengthen, tone, and tighten legs, hips, and backside. No prior experience is necessary, and people of all levels of fitness are welcome. Participants should bring a yoga or exercise mat.

Wacky Science for children ages 3 to 6 will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, from Feb. 21 through March 21, at the SECA building (lower level). Attendees will have several different stations setup each week to enhance participants' socialization skills and allow little scientists to add, measure, mix, and observe.

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