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Foundation Announces LGMD Fundraising Events October 23, 2017

The CureLGMD2i Foundation, formerly the Samantha J. Brazzo Foundation, is a local organization that is having a worldwide impact.

"Since changing our name, we have received many more donations from people around the world," said Kelly Brazzo. "It's a global disease."

LGMD2i is a type of Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD) that is progressive and causes weakness and muscle wasting mainly in the hip and shoulder areas. Eventually, individuals with LGMD2i can experience cardiovascular, respiratory, and overall physical complications that typically become significant in adolescence. Kelly and her husband, Keith Brazzo, who live in East Hempfield Township, formed the foundation in 2011 after their daughter Samantha, now age 9, was diagnosed with the disease. The foundation has awarded nearly $330,000 to fund research directly related to LGMD2i.

"We are hopeful that with the groundbreaking work being done with gene therapy, drug screenings, and clinical trials, a successful treatment will halt the progression of LGMD2i," Kelly said.

The Brazzos reported some progress in the last year regarding research. The CureLGMD2i Foundation has taken on a volunteer medical director who not only specializes in orthopedics but who also has a young son with LGMD2i. A $10,000 grant was awarded to Washington State University, which is testing an FDA-approved medication for an off-label usage. Also, Samantha's neurologist at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore has partnered with a pharmaceutical company to run a drug trial to treat symptoms of LGMD2i that so far has not produced any side effects. The Brazzos are especially excited about work being done with a new technique called CRISPR, a gene editing process that showed positive results on a mouse with LGMD2i.

"The plan is to do CRISPR and gene therapy on mice, and if it's successful, it would then be offered to adults (with LGMD2i)," Kelly explained. "It's our next big funding push, and we are waiting for two big grant proposals (to be finalized)."

Kelly serves on the board of, which is the information hub for LGMD. The organization set Sept. 30 as the global LGMD Awareness Day. The Brazzos secured a proclamation regarding the day from Gov. Tom Wolf, and they participated in a Muscular Dystrophy Association walk in Hershey on Sept. 30.

"The biggest thing is raising awareness," Kelly said. "The more people are diagnosed, the more can register to participate in trials to find treatments."

To fund those trials and other research, the CureLGMD2i Foundation hosts an annual game night. This year's event will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Eden Resort & Suites, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster. Tickets are required for the event and are inclusive of a variety of food and beverages, as well as the opportunity to win lots of prizes. There will also be live and silent auctions, with vacation home getaways and tickets to Steelers and Sixers games listed as just a few of the things that will be up for bids. Samantha's 12-year-old sister, Marina, will speak at the event, and several people with LGMD2i will attend.

Limited tickets are available, so folks should not delay in registering by following the link at Prize donations and volunteers to staff the game night are welcome, and interested individuals may contact Kelly at or call 717-405-7518.

Additionally, a golf outing has been organized by a friend of the family to take place at 9 a.m. on Oct. 28 at Crossgates Golf Club, 1 Crossland Pass, Millersville. Folks who would like to participate may follow the link at the CureLGMD2i Events page listed previously.


Church Slates Trunk Or Treat October 20, 2017

Mount Pisgah Trinity United Methodist Church, 5615 Mount Pisgah Road, York, will host its annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include treats, hot dogs, s'mores, hot chocolate, a bonfire and hayrides. Last year, more than 250 people from the community attended the event.

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The Trust Will Present Special Events October 19, 2017

The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N. Market St., Lancaster, will host several events in celebration of the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Pennsylvania. For a full listing of events, readers may visit

The Yang Yang - Xun Pan Piano Duet will perform on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. Yang Yang is from Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China. She participated in the Russian Arts Program, funded by the China Scholarship Council, and earned her master's degree at the Nizhny Novgorod State Glinka Conservatory in Russia. Pan is professor of piano and director of keyboard studies and Pre-College Music Division at Millersville University of Pennsylvania's Music Department and is a visiting professor at many universities and conservatories in China. The event is open to the public.

The Lancaster Bible College Chamber Singers will perform a 10th anniversary concert on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. The program will feature this year's ensemble performing favorite repertoire from the past decade as chosen by Chamber Singers alumni. The concert will end with a rousing finale performed by Chamber Singers, both past and present. The concert is free, but tickets are required.

The Sisterhood of Composer/Performers (Annie Neikirk, Sabrina Clarke, and Krystal Folkestad Grant) will present a program exclusively featuring piano music by women on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. Repertoire will include new works for piano by Neikirk, Grant, and Clarke. Pianists Clarke and Grant will also perform music by Amy Beach, Cecile Chaminade, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Ailem Carvajal. The event is open to the public.

For more information, readers may visit or call 717-208-7835.


Recreation Events Slated October 19, 2017

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer several programs. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee to take part in the programs. Programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster, unless otherwise noted. Registration should be completed by noon on the business day prior to the program by calling 717-295-2055.

Storytelling Around the Campfire will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, at campsite 3, 19 Nature's Way, Lancaster. The campfire sing-along, led by naturalist Erin Freeman, is open to children of all ages, and attendees are encouraged to bring marshmallows, song requests, a blanket or chair, and bug spray.

Leaf Animals will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 28, and is open to people of all ages. Naturalist Ann Strauss will lead a walk under the fall foliage, and participants will learn why leaves change color and what determines their fall hues. After collecting leaves, attendees will create leaf animals.

A Twilight Hike will be led by Strauss on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for participants of all ages. Hikers will look for nocturnal animals such as deer, owls, foxes, opossums, and raccoons.

In celebration of National Author's Day, naturalist Brandon Pentz will host a discussion on influential scientists and naturalists who put their work into words and wrote some of the most famous books about the natural world during a program titled Authors and Their Environment from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Followed by a visit to the Shuts Environmental Library, the discussion will focus on the backgrounds, history, and ideas of famous writers like Rachel Carson, John Muir, and Aldo Leopold. Light refreshments will be provided. The program is open to individuals age 12 and older.

Trash Talk! Our Remarkable System, for people age 16 and up, will be led by Strauss on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. Attendees will find out what happens to trash after it leaves the curb, including several stops and procedures designed to make the least environmental impact.

Let's Go Geodashing! will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 4, for people of all ages. In geodashing, participants locate as many dashpoints or randomly generated locations as possible in the time allowed. Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will choose dashpoints throughout Central Park, and participants will report what they find at each dashpoint to score it. A short introduction to the use of handheld GPS units will be provided, and a limited number of GPS units are available. Individuals who wish to borrow a unit must bring a valid driver's license.

A Fall Full Moon Hike, for people age 18 and up, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 4. Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez will lead the night hike, during which participants will travel through fields and woods looking and listening to nature at night time. The moon will provide all the light that is needed.

Fun and Fascination ... With the World Around Us will be offered to children ages 6 to 10 on Wednesdays, Nov. 1 and 15 and Dec. 6 and 20. Programs, in order, will be Forests, Grasslands, Deserts, and Mountains. Schlegel will lead children in exploring the world's major habitats and the animals that call them home. Activities will include crafts, games, and outdoor time. Children should dress for activity indoors and for the weather outside. Younger children with parents are welcome to attend if accompanying older siblings.

Munchkin Science, designed for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult, will be held on Tuesdays, Nov. 7 and 21. Sessions, led by Strauss, will run from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Participants will discover the science of nature and the plants, animals, and rocks found in the outdoors.


Community Calendar October 19, 2017

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

Avon Grove Seniors

The Avon Grove Seniors will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. at the West Grove Presbyterian Church, 139 W. Evergreen St., West Grove, in the fellowship hall. The program will be a fashion show.

Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 610-255-4477

"Spirit Ride"

Null's Towing Inc., 1003 Gap Newport Pike, Cochranville, will host the traveling "Spirit Ride" on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. The purpose of the Spirit Ride is to raise public awareness of the "Slow Down Move Over" laws that are in place to protect the people who work along the highways, including fire, police, EMS, tow truck operators and road construction crews.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and then be part of a procession that will go from Cochranville to Elkton, Md. For more information, contact Gwen Null at 610-593-5586 or More information about the Spirit Ride is available at or

Health Screenings

Life Line Screening will be offered at Oxford United Methodist Church (OUMC) on Thursday, Oct. 26. Five painless and non-invasive preventive health screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems/risks related to stroke, heart disease and osteoporosis. The screenings are typically not a part of a routine physical, and can be performed in 60 to 90 minutes.

A fee will be charged. To register or for fee information, call 888-653-6441 or visit www. OUMC is located on the corner of Market and Addison streets in Oxford.

LibraryLive! Talk

As part of the LibraryLive! Series, a program on the Navajo Doe Talkers of World War II will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Parkesburg Library, 105 West St., Parkesburg.

Local historian David Manuel will present the talk about the Navajo Code Talkers, who were U.S. Marines who employed the language skills of some Native Americans to thwart Japanese radio interceptors from understanding their communications.

The program is free to attend. Seating is limited; reservations are suggested. Register by calling the library at 610-857-5165 or at

Trunk Or Treat

Family Fun Night and Trunk or Treat will take place at the Octorara Senior High School, 226 Highland Ave., Atglen, on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event will include a Soup for Sweets food drive, and attendees are asked to bring cans of soup for donation to the Octorara Area Food Cupboard.

Treats and activities will be available inside the school. Outside, the Octorara Girl Scouts will offer a Trunk or Treat in the school parking lot. Various troops will hand out treats at decorated car trunks.

The Scouts ask that attendees bring cans of soup to put in the collection boxes at their favorite trunks. The troop that collects the most soup will be awarded a small prize at the end of the event.

Movie Screening

West Grove United Methodist Church, 300 N. Guernsey Road, West Grove, will host a movie night on Friday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. "The Case for Christ" will be the featured film.

"The Case for Christ" is about one man's attempt to disprove Christianity. The public is welcome to attend. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Fall Fest

The community is invited to a free Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the sports fields behind Penn's Grove School, 301 S. Fifth St., Oxford. Gateway Church's Oxford campus will host the event, which will include bounce houses with slides, a 65-foot inflatable obstacle course, a hay maze, pumpkin decorating, live music and games for children of all ages. Small prizes and candy will be given out at the games.

Music will be provided by Exit Strategy, a classic rock cover band based in Chester County, as well as Gateway Oxford's worship band. Parking will be available at the lots in front of the school. All are welcome.

Halloween Fundraiser

Our Lady of Consolation will host a Halloween Costume Family Bingo at the Schneider Parish Center, 2995 Cemetery Road, Parkesburg, on Friday, Oct. 28. The event will feature prizes, food available for purchase and a costume contest for all ages. Doors will open at 5 p.m.; games will begin at 6 p.m.

Tickets purchased in advance will be discounted. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 610-857-0511 or email

Trunk Or Treat

West Grove United Methodist Church, 300 N. Guernsey Road, West Grove, will present a Trunk-or-Treat event on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. The family event is open to children through fourth grade. The church will have cars, vans and trucks lined up in the parking lot with fun, themed decorations and candy for costumed children. Also included will be games, crafts, a story, a hayride, music and snacks. All activities are free.

In the event of rain, activities will be moved indoors. For more information, call 610-869-9334 or visit


Kemblesville United Methodist Church, 1772 New London Road, Kemblesville, will celebrate its 165th anniversary with an anniversary/homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 29. A worship service with guest speaker the Rev. Dr. S. Willard Crossan, will take place at 10 a.m., followed by a covered dish lunch, music, games and fellowship. The community is welcome.


The weight loss support group TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 31 (and every Tuesday), at the Oxford Senior Center, 12 E. Locust St., Oxford. Weigh-in will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Joyce at 410 375-5629.


Atglen Public Library will sponsor designer bag bingo on Saturday, Nov. 4, at West Fallowfield Christian School in Atglen. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; bingo will start at 7 p.m. There will be special games, an early bird game, door prizes and snack bar available.

Tickets are available in advance and will also be sold at the door. Call the library at 610-593-6848 for more details.

Craft Fair

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford will host its 16th annual fall craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sacred Heart School gymnasium located at 205 Church Road, Oxford.

The event will feature more than 60 crafters, children's games, lunch items, including zesty tomato soup, chili, grilled cheese, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches and baked goods. Soups and chili will also be available in to-go sizes. Also featured will be Granny's Attic that will offer gently used household items.

For more information, email

Church Guest Speakers

First Baptist Church, 552 Market St., Oxford, will host representatives from the men's and women's addiction recovery programs at America's Keswick in Whiting, N.J., on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Kathy Withers will speak at 9:15 a.m., and Jim Lang will follow at 10:30 a.m. They will speak about the freedom offered by God's word from addiction. All are welcome. For more details, call 610-932-2949.

Craft Fair, Bazaar

Avondale Presbyterian Church, 420 Pennsylvania Ave (Route 41), Avondale, will hold craft fair and Christmas bazaar on Friday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 11, form 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 50 crafters and vendors will be on hand. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local food banks.

For more information, contact Sue Hanson, chairperson, at 610-268-7437. Interested crafters and vendors should contact Barbie Needham at 610-869-9667.

Craft Fair, Bazaar

Our Lady of Consolation (OLC) Parish will host its 27th annual Christmas craft fair and bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Schneider Parish Center, 2995 Cemetery Road, Parkesburg. The craft fair will welcome more than 40 local area crafters and vendors. Homemade foods and baked goods will be available for purchase. There will also be an opportunity to win themed gift baskets and turkeys.

The the event will also include a Scholastic Book Fair, face painting and hair designs and more. Santa will greet children from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the OLC Early Learning Center. For more information, visit or email


Community Calendar October 19, 2017

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 For more information, call 800-800-1833, ext. 7592.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss support group, will meet on Thursday, Oct. 26 (and every Thursday), at Tel Hai Retirement Community's Garrett Center in Honey Brook. Weigh-in is from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6 p.m. The first meeting is free to guests. For information, contact Marcia at 484-238-4559.

Breakfast With The Bible

Alan Lindsay, pastoral leader of Saint Mary's Chapel-Warwick (Episcopal), will host Breakfast With the Bible on Friday, Oct. 27, at 8:30 a.m. at The Morgantown Coffee House, 4997 N. Twin Valley Road, Elverson.

Attendees should bring a Bible and may enjoy coffee, tea, and/or breakfast. The community is invited to participate.

Baked Ham Dinner

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1035 Old River Road, Birdsboro, will hold a baked ham dinner on Friday, Oct. 27. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The cost of a meal will be discounted for children ages 4 to 12, and children age 3 and under may eat for free. For details, call 610-582-3655. A portion of the proceeds will support hurricane relief, and the remainder will be used for church projects.

Trunk Or Treat

Trunk or Treat will be offered at the Robeson Lutheran Church and Preschool, Route 10 and Plow Road, Mohnton, on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will provide a safe family environment for trick-or-treaters. Free refreshments will be provided for everyone, and there will be games and crafts for children.

Those who are interested in decorating a car to participate are asked to call the church office at 610-856-7242 to reserve a space.

Community Dinner

St. Peter United Church of Christ, Route 23, Knauertown will hold a community dinner on Friday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to stop in and enjoy food, fellowship, fun and possibly entertainment. A free will offering will be received. For more information, call 610-913-7717.

Trunk Or Treat

Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 2203 Harmonyville Road, St. Peters, will hold a Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. Hayrides will be offered at 6 and 7 p.m. A "Best Decorated" trunk or tailgate prize will be awarded at 7:30 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the North Coventry Food Pantry. For more information or to reserve a spot for a decorated car, call 484-520-6263.


The Berks Strollers will hike at the Gring's Mill Recreation Area in Reading on Saturday, Oct. 28. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Gring's Mill main parking lot, located across from Penn State-Berks Campus on Tulpehocken Road. For more information and directions, contact Chris, the hike leader, at 610-926-5182.

Cleanup At Struble Lake

The Honey Brook Environmental Group is planning an "Autumn Activism at Struble Lake" on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 4 p.m. The group will clean up the Struble Lake area in Honey Brook Township as part of the national Make a Difference Day. Attendees should bring water and dress appropriately. All ages are welcome.

Trunk Or Treat

Trunk or Treat, a free family event, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1035 Old River Road, Gibraltar. Designed as a trick-or-treating alternative, the event will include music, a haystack search, a witches' hat toss game, a photo booth, snacks and beverages, pumpkin bowling, face painting and more. All are welcome.

Chicken Barbecue

St. Paul's United Methodist Church (UMC) in Birdsboro will sponsor a chicken barbecue on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. (or until sold out). People may pick up their chicken dinners at Birdsboro Beverage, 236 W. 15th St., Birdsboro.

A fee will be charged per meal. For tickets call 610-802-4488. Proceeds will benefit St. Paul's UMC.

Women's Class

Still Waters Ministries will offer its "The Value of You" women's class at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 31; Nov. 14 and 28; and Dec. 12.

The class, which will be taught by counselor Jill Waters, will meet at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2769 Main St., Morgantown. For information, call the church office at 610-286-9124.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 31 (and every Tuesday), from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at The Torch Community Center, located in the Clock Tower Plaza in Morgantown. For more information, call Sally at 610-286-6748. Guests may attend one meeting without joining. All are welcome.

Toiletries Drive

Tel Hai Retirement Community, 1200 Tel Hai Circle, Honey Brook, invites the community to participate in a toiletries drive benefiting the Honey Brook Food Pantry. The drive will continue through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Toiletry donations can include items such as toilet paper, tissues, lotion, soap, safety razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, stick deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Only new or unopened items will be accepted.

Drop-off locations include the Garrett Community Center, auditorium/chapel, and StoneCroft Commons lobbies, all on the campus of Tel Hai Retirement Community. For more information or directions, visit

Community Night

Robeson Lutheran Church, 3520 Plow Road, Mohnton, will host its November Wednesday Community Night on Nov. 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Naturalist Dawn White from Indian Run Environmental Education Center will present "Amazing Animal Adaptations." White will share how birds of prey and reptiles have adapted for survival, and attendees will receive visits from an owl, a hawk, and a turtle. The program is open to people of all ages.

Prior to the program, the church will serve a taco meal prepared by Mandy and Dave Hinkle.

A freewill offering will be received to help defray expenses and provide funding for future Community Nights.

To make reservations, call the church office at 610-856-7242 by Monday, Oct. 30.

Merchants Faire

Tel Hai Retirement Community invites the community to the 21st annual Merchant's and Community Services Faire on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the community's StoneCroft Center for Worship and Performing Arts, located at 4000 Tree Line Drive, Honey Brook. It is free and open to the public.

Information will be available about various resources in the region, along with more than 55 business and professional service providers; health care service providers; community, civic, and service organizations; and government and public agencies. The Chester County Department of Health will provide free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, and a company will provide free hearing screenings. The event will also feature door prizes and giveaways.

For more information, visit

Winter Play Days

Community Evangelical Free Church, 52 S. Brick Lane, Elverson, will host Winter Play Days on the first Friday of each month November through March 2018, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The first PlayDay in the series will be held on Nov. 3. The program is open to mothers or caregivers and their children, age 5 and under.

Christmas Bazaar

St. Benedict's Church Christmas bazaar will be held in the church's new Family Life Canter, 2020 Chestnut Hill Road, Mohnton, on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 4.

The bazaar will feature more than 20 crafters, and the kitchen will be open both days. All are welcome to attend.

Vendors Wanted

Vendors are being sought for a holiday bazaar to be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, located at 1136 Geigertown Road, Birdsboro. Contact Beth at 610-636-3599 to reserve a table and for fee information.

Holiday Bazaar

Robeson Lutheran Church, Route 10 and Plow Road, Mohnton, will hold its annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be vendors, craft tables, food, a white elephant sale and more. All are welcome.

Holiday Bazaar

A holiday bazaar will be held at Harmony United Methodist Church, 740 Harmony Road, Morgantown, on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured will be holiday crafts, gifts, baked goods and lunch items. The community is invited to attend.

Holiday Bazaar

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, located at 1040 Chestnut Tree Road, Honey Brook, will hold its annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All craft items offered for sale are hand-made, including soap, Christmas ornaments, knitted and crocheted hats, mittens and scarves as well as crocheted animals for the children.

There will also be vendors from home-based businesses, and a white elephant table. Beverages and light refreshments will be available for a fee. All are welcome.


Night Hike Planned October 19, 2017

Manheim Township Parks and Recreation Department will offer a night hike and costume contest on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Boettcher House at Landis Woods, 2369 Lititz Pike. Snacks will be provided.

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes and explore the trails in the dark. They will learn how nocturnal animals are equipped to survive in the darkness. Participants should bring only red-tinted flashlights and wear hiking shoes.

There will be a costume contest before the hike, with prizes awarded in a children's category.

There is a per-participant fee. Registration is available at the Manheim Township Recreation and Park Planning office, Stauffer Mansion, 1241 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, or by calling 717-290-7180.


"Light The Night" Event Planned October 19, 2017

Light the Night, a free Manheim community event, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at two locations: Teen Central, 15 S. Wolf St., and the Town Square.

Each site will offer safe family entertainment, including children's games, face painting, skits, snacks, and a hayride.

For more information, call Diane at 717-665-2631 or Veronica at 717-664-2990.


Community Calendar October 19, 2017

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

Talk On Reformation

In connection with the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a talk titled "500 years of Catholics and Protestants" will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Downingtown Library, 122 Wallace Ave., Downingtown, by the Rev. Dr. Dave Holmlund, a specialist in 16th-century church history. Dr. Holmlund is the pastor of Downingtown Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

People of all faiths are welcome to join in the discussion about the enduring influence of church history in the nation and the local community.

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, Nov. 2, 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.

Craft Fair

The Sodality of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 80 17th Ave., Coatesville, will hold its fifth annual craft fair on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church hall. More than 50 crafters will offer handmade jewelry, fabric crafts, holiday ornaments, wood items, edible treats, home decor, baby clothes, handbags, and more.

In addition, coffee, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches will be available in the morning, and lunch items will be offered in the afternoon. For details, call 610-384-1415.

"SALT'S Got Talent"

The finale of "SALT's Got Talent," a singing competition for youths age 18 and under, will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27. The event will take place in the SALT theater, located in the West Pikeland Township Building at 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs. During the finale, the final five contestants will sing three songs each of their choosing.

For tickets and additional information, visit Tickets are also available by calling the box office at 610-703-1734. The finale of the competition will be streamed live at

Spaghetti Dinner

The Eagle Glenmoore Lions Club will hold its annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Oct. 28, in St. Elizabeth's Social Hall, 100 Fellowship Road, Chester Springs. Dinner will be available for eat-in or takeout from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Children under age 4 may eat for free, and tickets for children ages 4 to 10 will be discounted. Tickets are available for purchase at several local businesses or by calling 610-636-0243. Proceeds will benefit the Glenmoore, Ludwigs Corner, and Lionville volunteer fire companies.

Costume Dance Party

SALT Performing Arts will host a Costume Dance Party fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 11 p.m. in the SALT theater, located at 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs. The admission fee includes food, music by a disc jockey and a live performance by the Dueling Divas. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Drug Take-Back Day

The Downingtown Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents may bring their pills for disposal to the Downingtown Borough Hall Annex Building at 4 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

The service is free and anonymous. For more information, call 610-269-0344, ext. 200, or email

Reformation Day Service

In observance of the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the congregations of Zeltenreich Reformed Church (URCNA) and Downingtown Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) will have a joint Reformation Day worship service on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. at Zeltenreich Reformed Church, 752 Hollander Road, New Holland. A reception will follow the service.

The Rev. Dr. Dave Holmlund from Downingtown OPC will give the message and the Rev. Dr. Robert Godfrey, pastor of Zeltenreich Reformed Church, will conduct the service. All are invited and welcome to attend.


The Playground Committee of East Ward Elementary School will host a designer bag bingo on Friday, Nov. 3, at the school, 435 Washington Ave., Downingtown. Doors will open at 6 p.m. There will be an early bird game held at 6:45 p.m.; the remaining games will begin at 7 p.m.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, email Proceeds will benefit the East Ward Community Playground.


The MOMS Club of Pickering Valley and Shamona Creek will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 6, at 9:45 a.m. The group is open to all mothers and their children who reside within the boundaries of the Pickering Valley and Shamona Creek elementary schools of the Downingtown Area School District.

The group offers playdates, Mom's Night Out and various community service projects. For more information, including the meeting location, email or visit

Lions Club Meetings

The Eagle Glenmoore Lions Club meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m., from September through June, at the Eagle Tavern, 123 Pottstown Pike (Route 100), Eagle. The next scheduled meeting will be on Nov. 7.

New members are always welcome. Call 610-636-0243 for more information.

Crafters Wanted

Downingtown United Methodist Church (DUMC) is looking for crafters and independent sales representatives for its Christmas bazaar, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register for a space, contact Cheryl at or DUMC at 610-269-1496. Registration deadline is Monday, Nov.6.

Crafters Wanted

The Women of Steel of Local 1165 will be host a holiday bazaar on Sunday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. at 750 Charles St., Coatesville Additional vendors and crafters are needed.

For more information, contact Audrea at 610-384-9180 or


Railroad Plans Special Events October 18, 2017

The Stewartstown Railroad, 21 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Stewartstown, will offer special events during the fall season. There is a per-person cost per event.

On Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, the Stewartstown Railroad will operate its Halloween Train. The ride will leave the station in Stewartstown at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. on both days. Scenes along the right-of-way will depict friendly Halloween themes appropriate for all age groups.

To wrap up the fall season on the railroad, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit youngsters riding the special Santa Trains on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Dec. 17. The Saturday trains leave the station on the hour from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday trains will leave the station on the hour from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy seasonal decorations and an audience with Santa Claus on board the train.

Ticket prices will be discounted for seniors age 65 and older and children age 12 and under. Tickets for all trains may be purchased in the station on the day of the trip or in advance by credit card at The events are hosted by the Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad Inc.


College Plans Performances October 18, 2017

York College's Division of Music will present faculty artist and flutist Alicia Kosack on Friday, Oct. 27, and the York College Rock Band on Monday, Oct. 30. The performances will take place on the campus of York College, 441 Country Club Road, York.

Kosack's recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in DeMeester Recital Hall, Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall. From the exotic sounds of Ian Clarke's "Spiral Lament" to Anne Boyd's gamelan-inspired "Bali Moods," Kosack and faculty colleague and pianist Kenneth Osowski will present a recital of flute soundscapes.

The York College Rock Band will present a Black Sabbath tribute at 7:30 p.m. in Waldner Performing Arts Center. The concert will also feature a classic rock cover band presenting a diverse set list that everyone in the audience can enjoy.

Both performances are free and open to the public. For more details, readers may visit


Wrightsville AOG To Host Fall Fest October 18, 2017

The heart behind Wrightsville Assembly of God's (AOG) annual Community Fall Fest is to love the community with no strings attached, explained pastor Aaron McNatt. "This is the fifth year and the event has really grown, but the vision has stayed the same," reflected McNatt. "Halloween is the one night of the year that the neighbors are actually walking around and knocking on your door, so we said, 'Let's turn the lights on, and let's throw a party.'"

Area residents are invited to wear costumes - or not - and drop in at Wrightsville AOG, 365 Orange St., Wrightsville, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, for an evening of free food and activities.

Outdoor activities will include a bounce house and an inflatable slide, carnival games with prizes, a car bash, a petting zoo, hayrides, cake walks, and more. New for this year will be a bicycle obstacle course set up by a local bicycle shop. The shop will provide bicycles of various sizes for youths to ride as they navigate the challenge.

Inside the church, volunteers will serve hot dogs, homemade soup, snacks, baked goods, and beverages. The Rotary Club of Eastern York County will also offer french fries. All of the food is free.

More than 700 people have attended the event in recent years, and McNatt said that many families stop in before, during, or after their regular trick-or-treating route. "Our church family gets excited about the opportunity each year, and volunteers come out by the dozens to make sure it's a fun, safe, and memorable night for all the families," stated McNatt. "Most of the games are geared toward the children, but guests of all ages come out to enjoy the festive atmosphere."

The growth of the Community Fall Fest mirrors the growth that the Wrightsville AOG congregation has seen as a whole in recent years. Prior to McNatt's installment as pastor in 2013, church membership had dwindled to approximately 30 individuals who were eager for revitalization.

The church added events such as Fall Fest, an Easter outreach, and a Christmas Eve service, while also being intentional about partnering with traditions that have already been established in the Wrightsville community for years. The church plays a part in the town's annual Christmas tree lighting and hosts students from Wrightsville Elementary School for a weekly Released Time program.

The building underwent a physical transformation, beginning with an upstairs renovation in 2014 to expand the children's ministry space. "We did that in faith, because at that time we had no kids and no one to lead a kids' ministry, but as we started moving that way all of the pieces started coming together," McNatt recalled. Exterior doors were replaced and the foyer was renovated in 2015 to create a cafe atmosphere designed to help people connect, said McNatt. Finally, at the end of 2016, renovations were completed on the sanctuary.

Another change at Wrightsville AOG was hiring staff members beyond a lead pastor for the first time in its history. The church welcomed Valerie McClure as secretary in 2015 and Chris Merrill as connections pastor in 2016.

The children's ministry has seen tremendous growth in the past few years, and overall church attendance has increased so much that a second service time was recently added to make room for even more growth. Wrightsville AOG launched its new service times at 9 and 11 a.m. on Oct. 8. "We set a new record for attendance, so that was a nice confirmation," remarked McNatt. "But more than the size of it, what's exciting to me is the health of it and the direction that it's going. If you focus on the health, growth will follow. We are right here in the community, and we want to have a positive impact."

For more details, readers may visit or call 717-252-3623.


Eastern York Dollars For Scholars Plans 6K, Fun Run October 18, 2017

The Eastern York Dollars for Scholars (EYDFS) 6K and 1-mile fun run will be held rain or shine on Saturday, Nov. 11. Check-in and race-day registration will take place at Eastern York High School (EYHS), 720 Cool Creek Road, Wrightsville, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The race will begin at 9 a.m. Online registration is available at through Tuesday, Nov. 7. Those who register by Tuesday, Oct. 31, will receive a race T-shirt. Separate registration fees have been set for the 6K and the fun run, and military veterans may register for half-price. All proceeds will benefit EYDFS.

Formerly known as the Jacob Dannels Memorial 6K, the event is a key fundraising component for EYDFS, an organization that exists to support EYHS graduating seniors through scholarships. Scholarships are awarded annually to individuals who demonstrate strong academic achievement and improvement, exhibit involvement in community and school activities, maintain consistent school attendance, and receive strong professional recommendations.

Event organizer Sherrie Snyder said that the group's goal is to provide as many scholarships as possible by hosting fundraising events like the 6K and an annual three-versus-three basketball competition, as well as through business sponsorships. More than $72,000 was awarded to graduates from the EYHS Class of 2017, said Snyder.

The EYDFS 6K course, which is equal to approximately 3.73 miles and will include a mix of roads and trails, will begin in the parking lot of EYHS, travel through a portion of Highpoint Scenic Vista and Recreation Area, and conclude on the EYHS track. The course does not accommodate pets or strollers.

A water station will be located at the halfway point at Highpoint. Volunteers will be stationed on the hill to cheer on the runners. Among the volunteers will be an EYDFS board member who is known as "King of the Mountain" for his faithful encouragement to runners at that spot each year. "People love the challenge," shared Snyder. "Our race volunteers come back every year and have a great time."

The 1-mile fun run will begin shortly after the 6K runners take off. "The fun run course is for those who want to participate on a small scale," Snyder explained. "The course (goes) on the Eastern York campus and (is) great for any age group."

As is tradition, homemade Italian wedding soup and tortilla soup will be provided for all participants after the race.

Awards will be presented to the top three men and top three women overall, as well as to the top male and female finishers in various age groups. The top three finishers in the fun run will also receive awards. Snyder said the awards ceremony will begin at approximately 10 a.m.

Last year's event had great weather and drew 94 participants for the 6K and 26 for the fun run. "We started giving random prizes (to people) after the race," Snyder said. "We will do that again this year - something a little extra for the great group of people who help support us."

For more details, readers may email or visit


Evans To Lead Iron Furnace Walking Tour October 18, 2017

With the advent of the "hot blast" anthracite-fired iron furnace in the 1830s, according to Rivertownes PA USA president Dave Haneman, the stretch of land between Marietta and Columbia became a hotbed of activity. Using the Susquehanna River as a conveyor of anthracite coal from northeast Pennsylvania, as well as the Pennsylvania canal and railroad systems, the eight furnaces provided "pig iron" for the quickly growing population of the United States.

The furnaces are just one element of the region's rich history that Rivertownes aims to preserve and promote. The nonprofit organization will host its biannual Iron Furnace Walking Tour from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, beginning at Breezy View Overlook, 881 Chickies Hill Road, Columbia.

The tour is free to the public, but donations for the Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center in Marietta will be appreciated. Individuals may preregister by calling Haneman at 717-314-4060.

After an overview of the valley, attendees will drive to the Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center, located in the Chickies Rock County Park. The center features displays, articles, and drawings that tell the stories of the region's iron industry and the residents who made the area "the Pittsburgh of the East." Additionally, attendees will be able to view the diorama of the Musselman Vesta Furnace, which produced iron until 1926. Following time at the center, participants will step off for the walk, which will be approximately three quarters of a mile along a flat, paved surface on the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail.

Walking tour attendees will visit seven furnaces, including the Marietta Furnaces, the Donegal Furnace, and Chickies Furnaces I and II, before ending at the Henry Clay Furnace, where Dr. June Evans will discuss the archaeological digs and findings at the site.

A Hellam native, Evans is a retired archaeologist who taught at Millersville University (MU). She conducted five MU summer archaeology field schools at the site of the ruins of the Henry Clay Furnace between 1988 and 1994. The classes recovered more than 50,000 artifacts, which are cataloged and stored at the Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center.

Evans has been conducting furnace tours for more than 25 years.

For more information, readers may email or visit


Volunteer News Posted October 17, 2017

RSVP of the Capital Region - York County is seeking volunteers age 55 and older for a variety of opportunities. For more details, readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 443-619-3842 or

Tutors are needed for the York County School of Technology ABE/GED Program. Volunteers need to have a bachelor's degree. Readers may contact Beverly Strayer, tutor coordinator, at 717-747-2130, ext. 5509, or for more information.

Drivers to help support those who need to be driven to appointments and various places in the York and Hanover areas are needed. Tutors in math or reading for the elementary schools in the City of York School District are needed, and volunteers may choose at which school they want to tutor. Volunteers are also needed for York County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).


Public Library Events Planned October 17, 2017

New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, will offer a variety of programs and activities. Programs are free and open to the public, unless stated otherwise.

The library will offer eBook Help on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist individuals in learning how to use OverDrive to download books onto a personal phone or device. Participants should bring their own device. A library card is required.

The Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library will hold preowned book sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 4 and 18, in the Foundation House, located across the shared parking lot. Hardback and paperback books, vintage jewelry, DVDs, music CDs, puzzles, children's books, 33 rpm records, tote bags, note cards, and prints will be available. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Ruth's Mystery Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 10:15 a.m. to noon in the Browsing Room. The focus will be on "Military Mysteries." A reading list is available at meetings.

The Monday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Mondays, Nov. 6 and 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens will be discussed on Nov. 6, followed by "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Purloined Letter," and "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allen Poe on Nov. 20. For more information, readers may call Ethel Bitterman at 717-938-1590 and Joan Short at 717-938-3494.

Learn to Crochet Plus, open to teenagers and adults, will gather in the Browsing Room at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Nov. 8 and 15. Participants will learn how to crochet, and experienced crocheters are invited to attend for inspiration, to share their expertise, and to work on current projects. Registration is required for beginners.

The Wednesday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Nov. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room to discuss "Jon" by George Saunders from the anthology "Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions." For more details, readers may contact Dan Tepsic at 717-774-0719.

Barbara Goll will present "Hospice and End-of-Life Wishes" on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room. The presentation will help attendees to think about their end-of-life wishes or the tools and ideas needed to start the conversation with a loved one.

A Write-On Writer's Workshop will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room. Aspiring and published writers are also invited to attend open readings on Saturdays to receive friendly suggestions and critiques or just observe and participate in discussion. For more details, readers may call Sue Kerr at 717-802-2594.

A book review will be held in Foundation Hall from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Don Helin, leader of the local PennWriters group, will review two of his own works, "Secret Assault" and "Angel's Revenge." Light refreshments will be provided.

The PennWriters Writing Group will meet on Nov. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Foundation Hall. The group is open to all who are interested in improving their writing skills. For more details, readers may contact Don Helin at 717-567-2216.

Couponing for Extreme Savings will take place on Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon. Dawn Marron and local coupon clippers will meet in the Browsing Room and share their tips and techniques to cut spending, including "Frugal Holiday Finds." Participants may bring coupons to trade and share. Readers may contact for further details.

The library will offer a Fall Story Time Series with age-appropriate activities for young readers through Nov. 14. All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Preschool Pals, designed for children ages 4 to 6, will be held on Mondays at 10:15 a.m. and Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Toddlertime, open to children ages 2 to 3, will be held on Mondays at 11 a.m. Book Babies Storytime will begin at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and is open to children ages 6 to 23 months.

A drop-in program, Fun Fridays at the Library, will be offered on Friday, Nov. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. Children age 4 through teenagers may stop by after school for self-directed crafts, games, and activities related to science, technology, engineering, art, and math. No registration is required.

Choose KIND! will take place on Friday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. Open to children age 7 and older, the program will celebrate the release of the movie "Wonder" and World Kindness Day. Students are invited to stop by the library after school to make kindness rocks and add to the Choose Kind bulletin board. No registration is necessary.

"Nutcracker" Story Time with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will be presented on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. Children will be taught pantomime from the classic "Nutcracker" ballet, so they may understand how the story is told on stage through movement and gesture. This family-friendly event does not require registration, but it is best suited for children over age 3.

STEM Club will meet on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. to learn about coding and play with robots Dash and Dot. Students in grades three to six are invited to expand their science, technology, engineering, and math skills through a variety of activities and programs, including building, engineering, crafts, exploration, and experiments.

SmART: Saturday Morning Art will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Nov. 18 and will be open to children ages 7 to 10 who are accompanied by an adult. November's theme will be a collaborative painting project. Participants are asked to bring an empty shoebox and wear clothing they do not mind getting dirty. Registration is required.

Hands-on Science: Robots! will take place on Nov. 21. Participants may sign up for a 45-minute time slot to try out beginning robotics. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, and registration will begin on Monday, Oct. 30.

In addition, Donna Mitchell will display her paintings of portraits of people, pets, landscapes, and other subjects of interest in the Charley Krone Gallery during November. Bob Shatto will exhibit a variety of artistic seasonal gourds in the display case.

Registration is not required for library programs, unless noted, with the exception of children's programs. Parking for the library is available off Ninth Street at the rear of the building. For more information, including directions, readers may call the main circulation desk at 717-774-7820 or the Children's Library at 717-774-7822. Readers may also visit


Community Cabaret To Benefit Hurricane Relief Fund October 16, 2017

For the fourth year, Elizabethtown resident Deborah Santiago has decided to combine her passion for musical theater with her desire to serve the community by directing a local production. Past shows have included "Godspell Jr." and "Into the Woods Jr.," but this year Santiago decided to try something different: a Community Cabaret.

Area residents of all ages were invited to audition in August with a song they were interested in performing at the cabaret. Santiago and other leaders narrowed the cast to 12 individuals ranging in age from 9 to 60-something. The performers have been rehearsing and perfecting the show during the course of the past several weeks.

"I love musical theater and it's also part of my faith to serve others, so this was a way that I could combine those things," shared Santiago. "It's a way for me to do something I love while serving the community."

The Community Cabaret will be open to the public with performances offered on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22, at 2 p.m. at Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 777 S. Mount Joy St., Elizabethtown. Admission to each show is free, but a freewill offering will be received to benefit the 2017 Hurricane Response Fund of Brethren Disaster Ministries.

Some of the acts will include "Another Op'nin', Another Show" from "Kiss Me, Kate," "It's Possible (in McElligot's Pool)" from "Seussical the Musical," "Be Our Guest" from "Beauty and the Beast," "On My Own" from "Les Miserables," and the infamous "Who's On First?" routine by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

"It's almost completely show tunes and cabaret-style songs," Santiago said. "And it's a combination of solos, duets, and ensemble pieces that feature the whole cast." The family-friendly performance is approximately one and a half hours in length, including a brief intermission.

Cast members include Santiago, James Anderson, Karen Ungemach, Hallie McDonough, Ana Santiago, Logan Stynes, Jacob Porter, Jude Petersen, Anna Nornhold, Laurie Miller Petersen, Olivia Brown, and Liam Nornhold.

Local dance studio owner Danny Aldous is the choreographer for the project, and Santiago credited him with helping to make the production as professional as possible. Rounding out the crew are Beth DeGoede as the accompanist and Nate DeGoede as the audio/visual technician.

When it came to choosing the charity beneficiary for this year's show, Santiago said that designating the proceeds toward hurricane relief felt like a no-brainer. The Brethren Disaster Ministries hurricane fund will benefit individuals in areas including Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico that have been ravaged by the recent onslaught of hurricanes. To learn more about Brethren Disaster Ministries, readers may visit


Teal Pumpkins Mean Allergy Alternatives October 13, 2017

Northwest EMS Joins Trick-Or-Treat Outreach

For children with food allergies, trick-or-treating can often lose its luster. That is why Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) launched a national effort for Halloween called the Teal Pumpkin Project, an initiative designed to offer options for youths with allergies and for children whose parents who may not want them to be overloaded with sugar.

Northwest Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project during countywide trick-or-treat hours from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Families are invited to stop in at the stations located at 60 W. Colebrook St., Manheim, and 380 W. Bainbridge St., Elizabethtown, to meet emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics and receive non-candy treats. All are welcome.

Northwest EMS community outreach manager Lori Shenk explained that FARE's mission is to help make sure all children will come home from trick-or-treating with something they can enjoy. "The key is to raise awareness," Shenk said.

Teal pumpkins are already set up outside of each station to indicate participation in the Teal Pumpkin Project, and Shenk encourages area residents to consider taking part in the initiative at their own homes. "Anybody can do the Teal Pumpkin Project," Shenk noted. By displaying a teal-painted pumpkin on Halloween, homeowners are saying that they will offer non-candy treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, to trick-or-treaters. "Lots of households give non-candy items anyway, but the pumpkins are a way for people to know for sure before they go to a house," said Shenk.

Thanks to donations from several area businesses, Northwest EMS will have a free coloring book and piggy bank for each trick-or-treater while supplies last. Each child may also select a few prize items from a large cauldron that will be filled with things like whistles, slime, sticky fingers, and other gadgets and toys. "We had a lot of support from the businesses," Shenk said, noting that Bainbridge farmer Ben Burkholder donated the pumpkins and straw that have been used to decorate the station porches.

Shenk also gave teal pumpkins to 25 local businesses to display during October in hopes of getting the word out to more people about what the project is and the fact that the Manheim and Elizabethtown stations will be open to trick-or-treaters. "I have had a lot of feedback from the businesses saying that people are asking about the pumpkins," Shenk shared. "We hope to do this every year on trick-or-treat, so you'll see pumpkins at our stations next year, too."

Northwest EMS serves more than 55,000 residents in 15 municipalities in Lancaster, Lebanon, and Dauphin counties, said Shenk. In addition to the Manheim and Elizabethtown stations, Northwest EMS operates stations in the East Donegal Township municipal building and the Brickerville Fire Department.

According to Shenk, Northwest EMS prioritizes community outreach by intentionally partnering with other groups that provide education, prevention, and wellness services. Aside from the Teal Pumpkin Project, some of the organization's other education partnerships include Cribs For Kids safe sleep education in partnership with Penn State Children's Hospital; Farm and Home Safety Education with Lancaster General Health Trauma Services and Penn State Extension Services; Concussion Awareness and Education with the American Trauma Society and PA Safe Kids; CPR, Hands-Only CPR, and first-aid with the American Heart Association; Toys for Tots collection with the United States Marine Corps Reserve; Teen Safe Driving and Distracted Driving education with local emergency response agencies; and an annual food bank collection with local food banks.

To learn more, readers may call Shenk at 717-371-8282 or visit


DPMJ Plans Upcoming Events October 13, 2017

Dog Park Mount Joy (DPMJ) is mourning the loss of one of its committee members, Anne Ronning Ritsch, known as Annie. She was 23.

Annie and her dog, Frankie, were the first members to step through the gates of the dog park when it opened on Nov. 1, 2016. According to Annie's mom, Deb Ronning, both Annie and Frankie loved the large and diverse group of friends who supported each other at the dog park.

Members of DPMJ have planned a memorial service for Annie and for the dogs that have died this year, to be held on All Saints' Day, Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. at the dog park, located adjacent to Rapho Township Community Park, 960 Strickler Road, Mount Joy. The dog park's official chaplain, the Rev. Ellie Hart Garner, will lead the service, during which a tree will be dedicated to Annie's memory. All are welcome, and attendees may bring lawn chairs.

Annie and the committee had planned several events, including the Mutt Strut, a pet costume parade to be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the dog park. There will be food, music, photos, giveaway drawings, treats, and prizes for the best costumes. Spectators can attend free of charge, and there is a nominal fee for entry into the contest. Frankie will dress as a hamburger, and her dachshund friend, also named Frankie, will be a hot dog.

The fourth annual basket and designer purse bingo will take place on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Elizabethtown Moose Lodge, 18 N. Market St.

Information about each event, including directions, can be found at and on the Facebook page. Individuals who would like their dog to try the park before they commit to a membership should post a message on the DPMJ Facebook page, and arrangements will be made.

In order to build and maintain the off-leash dog park without taxpayer dollars, there is a membership fee per rolling year for the first dog, with a discounted fee for each additional dog. Applications require vaccination records and either homeowners' or renters' insurance to cover expenses in case of a dog-on-dog injury. There are currently 355 member households from the surrounding areas, as well as Palmyra, Ephrata, Millersville, and York.


Wickenheiser Named Mardi Gras Parade Grand Marshal October 13, 2017

The Columbia Lions Club and Sunsnappers have announced that Edmund A. Wickenheiser Jr. will serve as grand marshal for the 71st annual Mardi Gras/Halloween Parade on Thursday, Oct. 26. The parade will form at 10th and Manor streets and step off at 7 p.m. It will proceed along the traditional 1.5-mile route, which includes sections of Manor, Fourth, Union, Locust and Sixth streets. Wickenheiser will ride in a horse-drawn carriage at the front of the parade.

Wickenheiser, a retired television news executive and retired Marine Corps officer, has been an active volunteer in Columbia Borough and Lancaster County for many years. He has served on numerous volunteer boards and committees. A member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Wickenheiser serves as a lector, an extraordinary minister, a member of the choir and a volunteer coordinator for the annual fastnacht bake.

Wickenheiser was married to his wife, Susan, for 49 years before her death in 2011. He has a daughter, Karen, married to Phil Heckert of Lancaster, and three grandchildren. A lifelong Columbia resident and a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School, Wickenheiser is a retired news director from a local news station. He also worked for several local radio stations and has served as master of ceremonies for hundreds of events.

Lions president Jack Gamby said Wickenheiser has served the residents of Columbia and Lancaster County for many years and is deserving of the honor to serve as grand marshal. "Ed served his country in the United States Marine Corps for more than 30 years. He has also played a critical role in helping to ensure our communities are safe, secure and prepared to respond to any type of emergency situation," Gamby said. "I salute him for his service to his country, his hometown, his church and his fellow man."

Lions vice president Paul Resch has gotten to know Wickenheiser through their volunteer service at the Holy Trinity fastnacht bake. "I live just a few blocks over from Ed. The man is incredible. Almost every day, I see him pulling out of his driveway before daylight. He's always on the go, helping with one volunteer activity or another," Resch said. "He has a special gift of listening to people and is always willing to lend a hand to help his friends and fellow parishioners."

The parade theme is "Fun 'n' Games." The parade will feature five divisions with at least one band in each division. The Catholic War Veterans Post 1306 honor guard will display the colors. The procession will also include high school marching bands, emergency response units, Scout troops, fire companies, and a steam calliope as the final entry.

The Columbia Lions Club and Sunsnappers will award more than $1,500 in cash and prizes to the winners in various categories, including baton groups, floats, walking groups and individuals. John Grunden, Lions Club treasurer, explained that judges are anonymous and roam the parade route to rate contestants on their overall appearance and performance. This helps to ensure that parade viewers get a fair representation of what each unit has to offer, including components that might have been missed along the route if the entrants were to save their best performance for a specific reviewing area.

Nonprofit organizations will sell food along the parade route. In the case of rain, the parade will take place on Monday, Oct. 30.

For more information or to register to march in the parade, readers may call Cheryl or John Grunden at 717-684-2714.

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