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Appell Center Adds To Schedule September 18, 2018

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., York, has added new programming to its 2018-19 season. The additions include nine big stage performances, four new CapLive shows, the return of CapComedy, two film festivals, and more.

Memberships are tax-deductible and provide the opportunity to get choice seats, plus new benefits, including free tickets to film and comedy in the Capitol. To see a full schedule or to purchase tickets or Appell Center memberships, readers may visit or call the box office at 717-846-1111.


Tape, Trees, And More September 18, 2018

Harvest Festival Will Feature Historic Crafts

"This is really like coming home," said Susan Faulkner Weaver, reflecting on her planned participation as a demonstrator at the Conestoga Area Historical Society's annual Harvest Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 4 p.m. The event will take place on the society's museum grounds, 51 Kendig Road, Conestoga.

"It struck me that this is my own background, and I should be involved," Weaver continued. She noted that she graduated from Penn Manor High School and then Millersville University. Her interest in handweaving has taken her to Mexico, and she has explored a wide range of weaving techniques from an array of cultures. Recently, she published a book on handwoven tape. Before the invention of elastic and zippers, Americans in the 18th and early 19th centuries used narrow bands of woven tape to fasten their clothing, close sacks, and even hold up their stockings.

"In Pennsylvania German culture, communities had village weavers (of cloth)," Weaver explained. "Tape looms were small, portable devices. Almost every household had one. They were so valuable. Family members would take turns weaving - if you had a spare minute, you'd sit down at the loom and weave a few rows. Everyone had a hand in it, from children to grandparents."

During the Harvest Festival, Weaver will have a variety of tapes and looms displayed, and folks may try their hands at weaving. Other fiber artists will be on hand to demonstrate spinning, dyeing, and cloth-weaving.

Another German-influenced craft is that of feather trees. Ron and Carol Wardell of Lititz will display examples of the holiday decorations, which were popular from the mid- to late-1800s. Carol explained that the trees were invented in Germany as the result of deforestation. They are made by wrapping goose feathers around straight branches to create sparse yet strong frames from which to display ornaments.

"The oldest ones are 5 or 6 feet tall," Carol remarked. "I can't imagine making that."

Based on a design perfected by Ron, who is a mechanical engineer, Carol makes feather trees that range in height from 18 to 54 inches. Ron continues to assist by building museum reproduction bases and attaching the wrapped branches to the trunks. Additionally, the couple manufactures natural sisal "bottle brush" trees, German-style sheep, a variety of fences and structures, and ornaments.

"Both of our grandparents were Germanic, so we stick with those," Ron said.

Additional craftspeople will demonstrate pottery-making, woodworking, tinsmithing, blacksmithing, broom-making, rug-making, cobbling, and the creation of powder horns decorated with scrimshaw. Early American farm machinery and water rams will be on display. The squirrel tail bake oven and the open hearth fireplace in the Harnish House will be in operation. Activities for children will include pumpkin painting and the opportunity to play with early American toys. Live music will be played by Dillweed. Food will be available for purchase from a Manor Township caterer.

Also, the historical society will have reproductions of various antique wall maps available for purchase. These include Manor Township circa 1852, Lancaster County circa 1852, and the new American Republic circa 1846.

No admission fee will be charged for the Harvest Festival, but donations will be accepted. For more information, readers may call the museum at 717-872-1699.


Mystery STEM Bags Available September 14, 2018

The Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, will offer free after-school Mystery STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Bags for children ages 5 to 9. The kits are part of a take-home, self-driven program to help children improve their STEM skills. There will be a new Mystery STEM Bag each week for eight weeks and bags will be available while supplies last.

Each bag will include a card outlining a problem to be solved using STEM skills and a selection of ordinary objects and supplies that children can use to create a solution to the problem. Parents may take a picture of their child's creation to share on the library's social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @LititzLib).

The Lititz Public Library aims to prepare children for the future. Its strategic commitment to lifelong learning includes a responsibility to help prepare the next generation to succeed in life. After-school Mystery STEM Bags will be provided through through a grant from Abby's Foundation.


MSMJ To Host Fourth Friday Event September 13, 2018

Main Street Mount Joy (MSMJ) will hold its Fourth Friday event on Sept. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. The theme will be "Blues, Brews, and Barbecues."

Local entities that want to participate in the event, set up space downtown, or offer specials may contact MSMJ through its Facebook page or call the MSMJ office at 717-653-4227.


Community Calendar September 13, 2018

The Community Calendar is a weekly feature of the Community Courier.

Local clubs, civic organizations, nonprofit agencies, schools, etc., that would like to have events or meeting date information published, should contact the Community Courier in writing at least two weeks before the event. No items will be accepted over the phone.

Send news releases to Engle Publishing Company, Community Courier, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552 or fax them to 717-892-6024. Calendar items can also be emailed to

Employees Meeting

The National Active and Retired Federal Workers Association (NARFE) will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Freedom Village, 15 Freedom Blvd., Coatesville. The group is open to all active and retired federal government workers who want to stay on top of what's happening to their pay and benefits. To learn more, contact Mary Lou Burton at or call Bill Staarman at 610-858-2573.

Coatesville Lions

The Coatesville Area Lions Club is seeking new members. The group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Coatesville Moose, 1200 Airport Road, Coatesville. The next scheduled dinner meeting will be on Thursday, Sept. 20, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Those who enjoy volunteering and helping with projects in the community are welcome to join. To learn more, call Robert Moskel, Lions Club secretary, at 610-486-0343.

Blood Drive

An American Red Cross donor bus will be on hand at F.F. Breuninger and Sons Insurance, 1140 W. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. To schedule a blood donation appointment, call 800-733-2767. Donors will receive a coupon by email for a free haircut at a local salon.

Peace Day Event

Chester County Peace Movement's International Day of Peace, "Peace Day," will take place Friday Sept. 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the steps of historic Chester County Courthouse on the corner of High and Market streets in West Chester. The event will be held rain or shine and will include a line-up of speakers, including local elected officials, musical performances and a candlelight vigil. The United Nations established Peace Day in 1981 as an annual observance of global non-violence and ceasefire.

Book Sale

The community is invited to purchase books in the fellowship hall after the Sunday service on Sept. 23 at St. Peter's Pikeland United Church of Christ (UCC) in Chester Springs. All proceeds will benefit Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy throughout the world.

Book sale visitors will be able to choose from more than 700 titles, including children's books and fiction and nonfiction selections in both hardback and paperback versions. People are welcome attend the Sunday service at 10 a.m. and then shop from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

St. Peter's Pikeland is located at 1193 Clover Mill Road, Chester Springs. For more information, call 610-933-6419.


Concordia Choral Arts, a nonprofit community chorale in Chester County, will celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace with a choral concert on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 145 Main St., Phoenixville. The concert is free of charge and will be followed by a reception at Community Arts Phoenixville, 207 Bridge St., Phoenixville. To learn more, visit

Flea Market, Craft Fair

A flea market and craft fair will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Philadelphia Memorial Park, 124 Phoenixville Pike, Frazer

The event will feature vendors, a mini food court, live jazz music by the Henderson and West Chester East high school jazz ensembles. All proceeds from vendor spaces will go to support a Chester County family for the holidays.

Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. The site is wheelchair-accessible.


GriefShare, a support group for those who have lost a loved one, will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Gateway Church, 160 Cowan Road, Parkesburg. The topic will be "Complicating Factors." Attendees will learn how to deal with problems that complicate grief.

For more information or to register, visit or email

Program On Chocolate

A free discussion and chocolate tasting will take place at the Chester County Library and District Center, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, on Thursday, Sept. 27. from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information and registration, visit or contact presenter Arlene Adam at 610-716-2685 or

Yoga Class

A "Project OM" yoga class will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 to 10 a.m. on the rooftop at Whole Foods Exton, 175 N. Pottstown Pike Exton.

The class donation will benefit breast cancer and the Susan G. Komen organization. Advanced registration required; visit to sign up.

Yoga, Meditation Clinics

A free introduction to meditation clinic will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on Monday Sept. 24, at Downingtown Yoga & Meditation Center, 116 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. The one-hour program will begin with a discussion of the benefits of meditation, followed by meditation instruction and a short group meditation period. Discussion and questions will follow.

The center will also offer a free yoga pain clinic on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. Following the discussion and informal anatomy lesson, a short series of adaptive poses will be offered.

For both programs, attendees should arrive 10 minutes early for registration and seating. For more information, contact the center at 484-678-2078 or

Outgrown Sale

A fall outgrown sale will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon at Pope John Paul II (PJP II) Regional Catholic Elementary School ,2875 Manor Road, West Brandywine. Offered for sale will be children's and teens' fall and winter clothing, Christmas outfits, girls' purses and accessories, baby and children's furniture, car seats, toys, video games, sports equipment, bicycles, skates, children's books, CDs, DVDs, maternity clothing and more.

For more information, contact Jackie or Trish at

Breakfast Fundraiser

An all-you-can-eat flapjack fundraiser breakfast to benefit Operation Christmas Child (OCC) will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Applebee's, 174 Eagleview Blvd., Exton. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event. Children age 2 and under may eat for free. For additional information, call 610-363-8546 or e-mail

Proceeds will benefit OCC, a program that provides shoeboxes full of gifts to children in need throughout the world.

Eagle-Glenmoore Lions

The Eagle-Glenmoore Lions Club dinner meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday from September through June at 6:30 p.m. at Ludwig's Grill and Oyster Bar, 2904 Conestoga Road, Glenmoore. The next meeting will be on Oct. 2.

For more information, visit or call 610-458-0677. New members are welcome.

Vendors Wanted

A community flea market and garage sale, hosted by the Eagle-Glenmoore Lions Club, will be held on Saturday Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The rescheduled event will be held on the grounds of the Ludwig's Corner Fire Company, 1325 N. Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore. Proceeds will benefit childhood cancer research and other Lions charities. The Lions will also hold an Alex's Lemonade Stand at the event.

A fee will be charged per space. To reserve a space or for more information, email or call 610-942-4951.


The Downingtown Ministerium is planning a CROP Walk on Sunday, Oct. 14. The Rev. John Symonds of St. James Church, Downingtown, is chairing the event. St. James is recruiting local churches, on behalf of the Downingtown Ministerium, to participate in the 3.6-mile walk that will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, starting from Central Presbyterian Church on Route 113 in Downingtown. Registration will open at 1 p.m. Walkers will be asked to collect monetary donations.

Individuals and churches interested in participating are asked to Jean Frank at for more information.

Crafters, Vendors Sought

Crafters and vendors are being sought for a holiday bazaar and "Saturday with Santa" event to be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. at West Brandywine Township, 198 Lafayette Road, West Brandywine Setup will be at 9 a.m.

A fee will be charged per space. Call 610-380-8200 or visit for details and registration


Community Calendar September 13, 2018

The Community Calendar is a weekly feature of the Community Courier.

Local clubs, civic organizations, nonprofit agencies, schools, etc., that would like to have events or meeting date information published, should contact the Community Courier in writing at least two weeks before the event. No items will be accepted over the phone.

Send news releases to Engle Publishing Company, Community Courier, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Calendar items can also be emailed to

Historical Society

The Historical Society of Salisbury Township will meet on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Salisbury Township Building, 5581 Old Philadelphia Pike, White Horse. Guest speaker Gloria Slater will present "A Birds Eye View of the Holocaust."

Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 717-442-4071.

Cooking Demonstration

A TasteIt! cooking demonstration will be held at the Oxford Public Library, 48 S. Second St., Oxford, on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m. The Chester County Food Bank's TasteIt! program offers an interactive way to introduce children and adults to new foods and suggests ways to cook nutritious meals on a budget.

Attendees will be encouraged to taste healthy dishes featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains and other pantry staples. The class will be presented in both English and Spanish.

To register, visit the library's calendar of events at or call 610-932-9625.

Talk On Sunset Park

"Sunset Park," a free talk by Anita Carr, will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. at the New London Academy, 902 State Road, Lincoln University. Carr, whose family owned and operated Sunset Park in Jennersville, from 1940 to 1995, will speak about the history of the premier country music and bluegrass venue.

The talk is being jointly sponsored by the New London Area Historical Society and the Franklin Township Historical Commission. Everyone is invited, and refreshments will be served.

Bingo Program

The Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square, will offer a Friday night bingo program to individuals age 18 and older on Sept. 21. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and games will begin at 6:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive early.

Soup, sandwiches, sodas, and dessert are sold from 5 to 6:25 p.m.

Card sheets ranging from six to 30 games per play are available for set fees. Cash prizes and a progressive jackpot are featured.

Ample on-site parking is available. Bingo will be held every Friday at the center, with the exception of Sept. 28 and Nov. 23.

For more information, call Aretha at 610-444-4819.

Gift Card Bingo

Members of the Parkesburg Lions Club will present a gift card bingo on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Parkesburg VFW, 406 W. Fourth Ave., Parkesburg. Doors will open at 1 p.m., and bingo will start at 2 p.m. The ticket price will include 20 games. Refreshments will be available.

Tickets purchased in advance will be discounted. Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, call Nancy at 610-724-3904.


GriefShare, a support group for those who have lost a loved one, will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Gateway Church, 160 Cowan Road, Parkesburg. Meetings will be held every Tuesday through Oct. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. The meetings are facilitated by Paul and Twila Ranck.

GriefShare is a nondenominational group that features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. The topic for the meeting on Sept. 25 will be "Complicating Factors." Attendees will learn how to deal with problems that complicate grief.

For more information or to register, visit or email More information about the GriefShare program can be found at

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight-loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 25 (and every Tuesday), at the Oxford Senior Center, 12 Locust St., Oxford.

Weigh-in will be at 6 p.m.; the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. For more information, contact Joyce at 410-375-5629.

Outgrown Sale

A fall outgrown sale will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon at Pope John Paul II (PJP II) Regional Catholic Elementary School. Offered for sale will be children's and teens' fall and winter clothing, Christmas outfits, girls' purses and accessories, baby and children's furniture, car seats, toys, video games, sports equipment, bicycles, skates, children's books, CDs, DVDs, maternity clothing and more.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the students of PJP II. PJP II is located at 2875 Manor Road, West Brandywine, For more information, contact Jackie or Trish at

ACE Meeting

Advocating, Collaborating, Educating (ACE) Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance of Oxford will meet at the Oxford Public Library, 48 S. Second St., on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. beginning in October.

The first meeting is scheduled to take place on Oct. 4. A representative of Crime Victims of Chester County will provide an update on the group's efforts to abolish human trafficking and the group's work with victims and survivors.

Copies of a newly published book of poetry are expected to be available at the meeting. The poems are a tool to educate the community.

For more information, call 610-932-0337.


The Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes at Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) Parish will present Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Assumption BVM Parish Center, 290 State Road, West Grove. The event will feature entrainment by the Alpenlaenders German Band and Dance Group, a German dinner, beverages, desserts and dancing. Tickets purchased before Sunday, Oct. 7, will be discounted.

To purchase tickets online, visit, and search for "Oktoberfest, West Grove." Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Ruder Schill at 610-255-4986 or 484-459-3852 (cell). Tickets are also available after Mass at Assumption BVM Church. Tickets are limited; only 300 will be sold.


Festival Rescheduled September 13, 2018

The 39th annual Amos Herr Park Community Festival has been postponed to Sunday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will take place at Amos Herr Park, 1700 Nissley Road, Landisville. The event will kick off with the national anthem and a flag ceremony.

The festival, originally scheduled for Sept. 16, was postponed due to inclement weather and field conditions. The event is produced in cooperation with East Hempfield Township, Landisville Lions Club, and the Amos Herr House and Historical Society.

The day will include the Landisville Lions Club Car Show, a Kids' Zone, crafts, food trucks, entertainment, free tours of the Amos Herr 1852 Homestead, and activities and demonstrations from the Lancaster Kennel Club.

Admission is free. Parking donations will benefit the Lions Club service projects. For details or to sign up as a crafter or vendor, contact Laura Dalton at Car show details may be obtaiend from Bill Ulrich at billu@dejazzd.


Parks Department Sets Programs September 13, 2018

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee to take part in the programs, all of which will take place in Lancaster County Central Park. To register, readers may visit or call 717-295-2055. Registration and prepayment are required by noon on the business day before the event, unless otherwise noted.

Boy Scouts age 10 and up wishing to complete the Environmental Science Merit Badge may join Naturalist and merit badge counselor Mary Ann Schlegel from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 20 and Oct. 4 and 18, at the Environmental Center, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. Park sessions will include information and activities to meet badge requirements, and attendance at all three meetings is necessary. Scouts will be responsible for completing some requirements on their own and sharing their findings with peers in subsequent park sessions. Scouts should dress for outdoor activity and bring a water bottle, and a field notebook. They should also bring two empty two-liter soda bottles to the first session. Registration and prepayment are required by noon on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Family Campfire - Native Star-lore will be offered to people of all ages on Friday, Sept. 21, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Millcreek Campsite 5, 19 Nature's Way, Lancaster. Naturalist Kristyn Small will lead the program, which will feature star stories and folktales of regional Native American groups. Attendees may bring s'more supplies and a lawn chair or blanket. Additional Family Campfire events will be held on Fridays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 9.

A Fall Blooms Hike, for people age 8 and up, will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Muhlenberg Wildflower Meadow. Attendees should meet at the meadow parking lot, 548 Golf Road, Lancaster, to join Small on an exploration of the meadow. They will learn about the importance of native species, bloom seasons, and pollinators.

The World and Its Explorers, for people of all ages, will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Environmental Center. After naturalist Brandon Pentz shares about the history of exploration, attendees will test their skills with a GPS treasure hunt. Children will need adult assistance. Participants should leave keys or a license if borrowing a GPS unit.

Munchkin Science - Worms, for 3- to 5-year-olds who are accompanied by an adult, will be offered on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Environmental Center. Naturalist Ann Strauss will lead the program, during which children will share a worm with a partner for study. The event will end with a walk to discover where worms hide and live in the wild.

Make Your Own Ant Farm, for people age 6 and up, will be offered on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Environmental Center. Naturalist Ellen Blazer will lead group members in making their ant farms and collecting ants to populate them. All necessary supplies will be provided, and attendees will learn step-by-step how to make the farm, which they may take home. Participants will learn about ant anatomy and behavior along the way, then discuss food and maintenance for the colony.


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.


Grand Prix Set In Coatesville September 12, 2018

The Historic Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Coatesville. Historic cars and motorcycles will be featured at the third annual event.

There will be free admission. For more information, including an event map, visit


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.


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


Golden Spike Ramble Posted September 11, 2018

Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on the Golden Spike Ramble to Utah from Wednesday, May 8, through Sunday, May 12, 2019. Travelers will witness a re-creation of the historic "wedding of the rails," with the fully functional replica steam locomotives Jupiter and No. 119 during this occasion held at Promontory Summit.

The Rocky Mountains will be the setting for this customized trip. Golden Spike Ramble highlights include rides on the Heber Valley Historic Railroad, the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort's aerial tram, and the Front Runner high-speed commuter train, as well as visits to the Natural History Museum, Antelope State Park, the Great Salt Lake, Hill Air Force Base's Aerospace Museum, the Family History Library genealogical research facility, Ogden Union Station, the Utah State Railroad Museum, and the Golden Spike National Historic Site. A tour of Salt Lake City's famous sites, time to explore the destination resort town of Park City, and a performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will also be featured.

The cost of the trip includes roundtrip airfare from the Newark International Airport to Salt Lake City, four nights of hotel accommodations, six meals, and a local tour guide. There is a discount for current Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania members. The deadline for registration is Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Golden Spike Ramble brochure and registration details are available at Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Readers may call after the deadline to determine if spaces are still available.


Movie Series Scheduled September 10, 2018

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts and York College of Pennsylvania's Center for Community Engagement will team up to co-host the 2018-19 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation's On Screen/In Person Program. The On Screen/In Person program will feature six independent American films and their respective filmmakers from across the Mid-Atlantic region for public film screenings and question-and-answer sessions.

A panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. will precede the film screenings, which will begin at 7 p.m. The series will run from September 2018 through April 2019, and all ticket prices have been set.

The program will feature the following movies: "Break the Chain," directed by Laura E. Swanson, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at York College of Pennsylvania, DeMeester Hall, 441 Country Club Road, York; "Holden On," directed by Tamlin Hall, on Friday, Oct. 12, at York College of Pennsylvania, DeMeester Hall; "Tyrus," directed by Pamela Tom, on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York.

Also, "Man on Fire," directed by Joel Fendelman, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at the Capitol Theatre; "From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave," directed by Pamela Tom, on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at the Capitol Theatre; and "Chavela," directed by Daresha Kyi on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the Capitol Theatre.

For tickets, readers may visit, call 717-846-1111 or visit the Appell Center for the Performing Arts box office at 50 N. George St., York.

For more information, readers may contact Rebecca Fellin at 717-825-2231 or


Audubon Society Slates Programs September 10, 2018

The Quittapahilla Audubon Society will offer three special events in September. The public is invited to participate at no cost. For more details, readers may call Jim Fiorentino at 717-269-0675 or visit

On Sunday, Sept. 9, a field trip along Pumping Station Road for the observation of local birds will be held. Participants will meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot off Route 322.

Dale Bicksler will present a nature photography website and slide show at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the chapel at Lebanon Valley Home, 550 E. Main St., Annville. He will describe his mid-life introduction to birding and later-life attempts at nature photography. He will also introduce his website and end with a 25-minute slide show of some of his photographs and bits of poetry.

A field trip to the State Game Lands 156 in and around Miners Village for the observation of local birds will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30. Participants will meet at 8 a.m. at the Miners Village ball field off Boyd Street.


Pack 203 To Host Open House September 7, 2018

Hershey's Cub Scout Pack 203 will host an open house event and sign-up night at the Chocolatetown Park on Chocolate Avenue in Hershey on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cub Scouts is designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Adult leaders will be on hand to answer questions about Cub Scouts. Interested children may enjoy games and ice cream. Each child who enrolls in Scouting and pays the annual dues will receive a complimentary fishing rod. This offer is only valid at this "Hooked on Scouting" event. The New Birth of Freedom Council will host an educational fishing derby in the future for the Scouts to use their new fishing rods.


Five To Vie For New Fair Queen Crown September 7, 2018

Five young women will compete in the inaugural Solanco Fair Queen Pageant on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. in the East Drumore Township municipal building, 925 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville. The winner will represent the Solanco Fair at the 2019 Pennsylvania State Fair Queen Pageant, which will be held in Hershey in January.

"The committee is so excited to have this group of contestants represent the Solanco Fair at the Solanco Fair Queen Pageant," commented organizer Carly Foose. "They each are well-spoken and carry themselves with such poise. While every young lady has a unique background, their passion for the Solanco Fair and their community shines brightly."

The contestants will be evaluated on their speeches, essays, personal interviews, quality of poise, answers to on-stage questions, and overall interaction with the judges. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship, and the runner-up will receive a $250 scholarship. The scholarships are funded by the Solanco Fair board and will be disbursed once the winners complete their obligations.

"Although only two young ladies will be walking away with a title, it takes a lot of courage - especially in the first year of a program - to compete, and I admire each girl for taking the opportunity to participate," Foose remarked.

The candidates for 2018 Solanco Fair Queen are Lydia Fetterman, Alexis Findley, Kelsey Peifer, Amber Pownall, and Alicia Rohrer.

Lydia is the 18-year-old daughter of Dan and Amie Fetterman of Kirkwood. Before graduating from Solanco High School this past June, Lydia was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. She currently serves as the vice president of the Solanco 4-H Community Club. Lydia is studying ultrasound at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.

Alexis is the 17-year-old daughter of Jake and Crystal Findley of Holtwood. She is a senior at Solanco High School and is involved in 4-H, FFA, and the High School Rodeo Association. Alexis enjoys showing dairy animals at local fairs and the Pennsylvania Farm Show. She helps on her family's farm, working with crops, cows, and heifers. In the future, Alexis hopes to have her own dairy herd and milk full-time.

Kelsey is the 17-year-old daughter of Dwayne and Karen Peifer of Kirkwood. She is currently a senior at Lancaster Mennonite School, where she is a member of Hans Herr FFA and Campus Chorale, and she volunteers as the varsity girls' soccer manager. She is involved with her family's dairy farm. Kelsey attends youth group at her church, and she hopes to study occupational therapy in college.

Amber is the 16-year-old daughter of Betsy Pownall of Little Britain. She attends Solanco High School, where she is a junior. Amber is involved in the Solanco FFA and serves as the chapter's chaplain. She is an active member of the Milk Duds and Dairy Beef 4-H clubs, and she raises cows for dairy shows. As a representative of the Lancaster County Junior Holstein Club, Amber competes in the Dairy Bowl and Jeopardy competition at both the state and national levels. She also serves as the club's news reporter. After graduation, Amber plans to either attend Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to complete the welding program or find a position at a calf care facility.

Alicia is the 20-year-old daughter of Greg and Veronica Rohrer of Quarryville. She is a junior at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where she is studying special education and early childhood education. She is a member of the Bloomsburg University equestrian team and the Student Council of Exceptional Children, a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, and a volunteer at the Danville SPCA.

The pageant will be open to the public free of charge. To learn more about the Sept. 15 event, readers may contact Foose at or 717-847-3742.


Series To Address Opioid Epidemic September 7, 2018

Lancaster County Joining Forces (LCJF), in partnership with Compass Mark and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, will present a free, three-part series addressing the opioid epidemic in Lancaster County. All sessions are free to attend and will take place on select Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Alliance Church of Elizabethtown, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown.

The lecture series will kick off on Sept. 25 with Jack Sodak of Retreat at Lancaster County sharing on "Addiction - A Disease of the Mind and Body." On Oct. 9, Joel Jakubowski will speak on "How to Help a Loved One Struggling With Drug Use." The series will conclude on Oct. 23 as Deb McCoy of Compass Mark presents "How to Talk to Children About Drugs." To register for any or all of the sessions, interested individuals may visit

According to Rosemary Search, health promotion specialist with Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, LCJF launched as a community collaborative in 2017 with a primary aim of supporting and coordinating countywide efforts to reduce the number of deaths from overdoses of heroin and other opioids. LCJF brings key stakeholders and community members together to strengthen existing initiatives across all sectors, identify and address gaps in services and resources, and implement strategies for prevention, intervention, and monitoring.

"Opioid-related overdose deaths constitute a serious public health concern across the United States," stated Search. The United States federal government declared a national public health emergency in October 2017, with Pennsylvania declaring a statewide disaster emergency in January 2018.

"Lancaster County is not alone in this crisis, but it displays a higher rate of drug-related overdose deaths than the nationwide average," said Search, noting that more than 160 Lancastrians died from accidental overdose in 2017. "The opioid crisis is not a problem happening 'somewhere else,' nor is it limited to our nation's cities or among certain socioeconomic populations," Search emphasized.

Lancaster County is not only well-known for things like its agriculture and natural beauty, Search noted, but also for the way that its people come together to address the needs of the community. "Joining Forces is just the latest example - in this case bringing together dozens of organizations to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for opioid abuse prevention and help for those trapped in addiction," said Search.

LCJF strives to implement a continuum of care with an emphasis on both broad, community-based education and awareness and the promotion of healthy lifestyles, while also connecting people who are experiencing addiction to appropriate treatment and recovery support. Some of the organization's efforts include producing and distributing more than 93,000 brochures about opioid addiction and how to get help throughout the county and working with schools. LCJF currently offers evidence-based prevention programming in 13 school districts.

In the first three months of 2018, Lancaster County's rate of overdose deaths was down 20 percent from 2017, according to Search. "Early data from April through May suggests that rate of overdose deaths continues to head downward," said Search. "While it is too soon to say if this is a definite trend, we can say that this coordinated response to our county's opioid crisis exemplifies the concern and compassion we all share for the health and wellbeing of our fellow citizens."

Individuals who would like to learn more about hosting a presentation or series of presentations through LCJF may contact Sue Lackmann at 717-544-3284 or


East Petersburg Days, Carnival Planned September 7, 2018

The 24th annual East Petersburg Days and Carnival will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Sept. 13, 14, and 15, in East Petersburg Community Park, 6040 Pine St.

On Sept. 13, attendees may purchase a wristband that will entitle them to unlimited carnival rides. In addition, a live disc jockey will provide karaoke. Hours on Sept. 13 will be 6 to 10 p.m.

Festivities will continue from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 14. In addition to ticketed carnival rides, the Big Big Jazz Band will take the stage.

Sept. 15 will be the 24th annual East Petersburg Day. The day will be filled with contests, music, events, and food. Sponsors and vendors will be set up throughout the East Petersburg Community Park.

For more information, readers may search for "East Petersburg Days and Carnival - East Petersburg Community Park" on Facebook.


Nature Programs Planned September 6, 2018

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee to take part in the programs. Programs are for people of all ages and will take place in Lancaster County Central Park at the Environmental Center, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster, unless specified otherwise. To register, readers may visit or call 717-295-2055. Registration and prepayment are required by noon on the business day before the event, unless otherwise noted.

A Butterflies program will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. Families will learn facts about the life cycle of butterflies, their physical traits and the plants they need. Afterward, attendees will watch butterflies on the butterfly bush, look for Monarch caterpillars on the milkweed plants, and use nets to catch butterflies in the field.

Tree Ring Relief Art will take place on Friday, Sept. 14, from 7 to 8 p.m. People age 12 and up may participate. Attendees will make woodcut relief prints and learn about native tree species, tree growth and conservation.

During Squirreling Around on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m., participants will take a hike through Central Park and learn how squirrels prepare for the winter. Afterward, the group will head back to the nature center, where each attendee will make their own make squirrel and drey (nest) to take home.

Wonderful World of Leaves will be offered on Sept. 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. Attendees will help conduct a science experiment revealing the real colors of leaves. As part of the activity, attendees will take a short walk and learn how to identify common trees. The program is appropriate for people age 6 and up.

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