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Community Place Receives Donation January 17, 2019

Community Place on Washington in Elizabethtown received a donation of $5,000 from Northwest Bank on Jan. 11. Community Place is a collaborative effort among United Churches Elizabethtown Area (UCEA) and community members, organizations, businesses, and social service providers to establish a centralized location for community services. The location is currently home to the Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown and provides office space for Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS) and Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC).

UCEA embarked on a capital campaign in April 2018 to purchase the old Catholic Parochial School on Washington Street and repurpose the property for social services programs for the community.

Phase one of the campaign included purchasing the property and remodeling existing buildings to accommodate office space, a new location for the food pantry, and space for the winter shelter. UCEA estimated that $500,000 would be needed to complete phase one. Through December 2018, UCEA raised approximately $390,000 toward the goal.

Plans to erect a new building on the campus and host a variety of additional programs will require another $1.2 million to $1.3 million in capital campaign fundraising. Land development is underway for phase two.

More information is available at www.CommunityPlace


Leg Up Farm Receives Donation January 17, 2019


Eye Associates Opens New Holland Office January 17, 2019

Eye Associates of Lancaster, which has been named Lancaster County's No. 1 rated eye care provider for 16 years in a row, is opening a new office in New Holland. Eye Associates will be providing complete eye care from its new location at 654 E. Main St., New Holland. Patients can have a complete eye exam and order new glasses or contacts all in one visit from the company's full-service on-site optical shop.

Dr. John B. Fileta, Dr. Pierre K. Palandjian, Dr. Patrick T. Tiedeken, and Dr. Wenxin T. Wei will be seeing patients in the New Holland office. They are all board-certified and fellowship-trained eye surgeons with expertise in everything from routine eye exams to treating cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, double vision, macular degeneration, conditions relating to diabetes, and more. Cataract surgery and LASIK surgery with follow-up visits in New Holland are available. In addition, optometrists Dr. Melissa S. Walker and Dr. Meetal V. Umarvadia will be seeing patients for contact lenses, glasses, diabetic exams, and routine eye care.

In addition, Eye Associates of Lancaster offers cataract and small incision implant surgery and femtosecond laser cataract surgery, including multifocal implant lenses and astigmatism correction; state-of-the-art laser surgery for glaucoma and other ocular problems; corneal transplantation; neuro-ophthalmology; and more.

The full-service optical shop in New Holland will strive to offer outstanding quality, professional expertise, and affordable prices. Patients will be able to choose from a large selection of fashionable, high-quality frames and the latest technologies and innovations in lens design. Readers may view the ad in this publication for a discount on purchasing glasses.

Eye Associates will be accepting new patients and seeing current patients and will also be available for emergency appointments. Readers may call 717-397-4724 to schedule an appointment or visit for more information. Eye Associates of Lancaster participates with more than 40 insurance plans, and discounts are offered for uninsured and self-pay patients.

Eye Associates of Lancaster also has locations at 1254 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, and in the Lancaster Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2106 Harrisburg Pike, Suite 309, Lancaster.


Ag Council Appoints Board Members January 16, 2019

The Chester County Agricultural Development Council (Ag Council) has announced the appointment of three new board members: Aimee Bowers, Dr. Barbara Dallap-Schaer, and Bill Shick.

Bowers is a business attorney and an ally to the agriculture industry. Her experience growing up on a large family farm in Ohio has inspired her work with agribusiness clients on matters related to business, real estate, and land use as well as business succession. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Agricultural Law Committee and is an active Rotarian. Bowers also served in a volunteer capacity with the London Grove Planning Commission, with the Economic Development Council's AgConnect, and as an agriculture stakeholder for the Chester County Planning Commission's comprehensive plan update.

Dallap-Schaer is the medical director at New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where she specializes in emergency medicine and critical care of large animals. She and her husband, Tom, own and operate Meadowset Farm and Apiary in Landenberg. At Meadowset they focus on their bee yard, where the honeybees produce honey, pollen, propolis, and beeswax. The Schaers were the recipients of the Ag Council's Farmer of the Year Award in 2013.

Shick has 12 years of vegetable growing experience in both for-profit and nonprofit environments. As agriculture program manager at the Chester County Food Bank, he oversees all aspects of greenhouse production, field production, and produce handling. Each year, Shick and his team of staff and volunteers grow between 150,000 and 200,000 pounds of vegetables, which are distributed free of charge to those in need throughout Chester County. Recognition of Shick's work includes eight years of consecutive blue ribbon awards from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for SHARE Food Program's Urban Farm and the Chester County Food Bank's Springton Manor Demonstration Garden.

For more information about the Ag Council's board members and work program, readers may visit


Chamber Plans Luncheon January 16, 2019

Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce will host its February luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nordstrom East Coast Fulfillment Center, 30 Distribution Drive, Elizabethtown. The guest speaker will be Charlier Cook, production designer for Atomic Design at Rock Lititz.

Spaces are limited. To make reservations, visit and click on Membership and Events.


BIA Of Lancaster Installs Board January 16, 2019

The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Lancaster County officially installed its 2019 board of directors on Jan. 10. The newly installed officers are Keith Petrisek, president; Matt Grosh, vice president; Steve Cook, secretary; Jason Herr, treasurer; Lori Bentley, associate vice president; and Shawn Garman, immediate past president.

The presidential advisers include Bruce Gingrich, Mark Stanley, and Jeff Stauffer. Builder directors are Randy Blank, Jared Erb, Louie Hurst, Jordan Metzler, and Andy Toms. Associate directors include John Bear, Shannon Smith, Tom Keller, and Frank Vargish.


Group Names Award Winners January 16, 2019

The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Lancaster County announced several award winners at its annual installation banquet on Jan. 10. The Building - Industry - Association Awards, the Young Professional Award, and the President's Award were chosen by association peers and staff.

The Building Award, recognizing a member who contributes to the creation of quality homes, thus strengthening relationships in the local community and providing business opportunities for those that support the industry, was presented to Shawn Garman, Garman Builders Inc.

The Industry Award, recognizing a member who has strongly advocated for the industry position on issues that influence members' ability to do business, was presented to John Bear, Stevens and Lee/Griffin.

The Association Award, recognizing a member who has represented the association as an ambassador, volunteer, and leader, promoting the association and its member companies, was presented to Barb Schopf, Integrity Pools and Spas Inc.

The Young Professional Award, recognizing a young professional who has represented the association as an ambassador, volunteer, and leader, promoting the association and its member companies, was presented to Jordan Metzler, Metzler Home Builders Inc.

The President's Award, recognizing a member who stood out during Shawn Garman's term as the 2018 BIA president, was presented to Bruce Gingrich, Glenn H. Gingrich Inc.


Scholarship Applicants Sought January 16, 2019

The Merit Shop Training and Research Center invites applications for its Merit Shop Construction Scholarships, awards dedicated to assist individuals seeking to further their education in careers in construction. An average of eight scholarships are awarded each year, with Merit Shop Construction scholars receiving up to $4,000. The Merit Shop Construction Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and is administered by the Merit Shop Training and Research Center.

To be eligible, applicants must enroll in a trade school, college or university program that is directly related to a construction career. This includes skilled trades, engineering and construction management.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, Feb. 22. This deadline includes all reference forms. Notification to finalists will be made in May. Readers may visit to download application materials.


Valentine Card Project Planned January 16, 2019

Local residents are encouraged to get involved in the annual Operation Valentine initiative. Through the initiative, individuals write messages to military veterans on Valentine cards, cut-out hearts or whatever they like, and they are delivered to the Lebanon VA Medical Center. Locally, the program is supported by Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory and the Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home and Crematory.

Valentine cards may be dropped off through Friday, Feb. 8, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 414 E. King St., Lancaster, or 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz. For more information, readers may email or call 717-393-6991.


Blood Drives Slated January 16, 2019

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will host blood drives at three Royer's Flowers and Gifts stores as part of "Buds for Blood."

On Thursday, Jan. 31, stores at 201 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, and 805 Loucks Road, York, will host bloodmobiles from 3 to 6:30 p.m. The third blood drive is set for Saturday, March 16, at the Camp Hill store, 3015 Gettysburg Road, and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments are not needed, but donors should bring ID, eat within four hours of giving blood, and stay well hydrated. Orange juice and snacks will be provided after donating.


Mentoring Organization Receives Donation January 15, 2019


Group Announces Board Leadership January 15, 2019

The Central Penn Business Group on Health has announced its board leadership.

Joan Enoch has been elected as board chairperson. Enoch is the director of human resources for Lift-All Company Inc. in Landisville. Enoch is joined by vice chairman Regina Deel, benefits manager, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation; secretary Jason Dennis, regional vice president of sales, CoreSource Inc.; treasurer Maureen Putnam, director of human resources, OSS Health; and immediate past chair James Maurer, vice president of finance, Sauder's Eggs.

New board members for 2019 include Eric Athey, co-chair, labor and employment, McNees Wallace & Nurick; Robert Glus, partner and consulting actuary, Conrad Siegel; and Jenna Roenne, human resources operations supervisor, Herr Foods Inc.

The Central Penn Business Group on Health is a nonprofit employer coalition that provides a forum and a voice for the business community on health care through collaboration among stakeholders. For more information, readers may contact Diane Hess, executive director, at 717-239-6954 or

The full CPBGH board roster is available by visiting and clicking on About and Board of Directors.


BPW Group Presents Donation January 14, 2019


PAFP Announces Resource Center January 14, 2019

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) has launched a Pain Management and Opioid Misuse Resource Center as it continues to address the opioid crisis through information and education for its more than 5,000 member physicians, residents, and students. This resource center contains everything from overviews on various therapies to educational webcasts to help family physicians combat opioid use disorder.

The Pain Management and Opioid Misuse Resource Center builds on prior in-person education the PAFP has provided on these topics. The center will serve as a resource to ensure individuals struggling with chronic pain or opioid use disorder can rely on their family physicians to deliver quality individual and population health care.

To learn more, readers may visit


Applications Sought From Nonprofits January 10, 2019

Applications are currently being accepted from local charitable organizations to be the recipient of the proceeds from Hartz Physical Therapy's 16th annual Fall Blast 5K run/walk. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Interested nonprofits must be headquartered in Lancaster County or specifically earmark the funds to benefit Lancaster County initiatives. Applications must be received by Thursday, Feb. 28. More information may be found at


Area ABC Chapter Posts Board News January 9, 2019

The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently announced that Douglas M. Dvorchak, A.R.M., assistant vice president at Murray Securus, Lancaster, has been named 2019 chair of the board.

Dvorchak has been with Murray Securus for 24 years, serving in his current position for the last 15 years. He earned a bachelor's degree in public relations from Penn State University. Dvorchak has served on the ABC National Safety Committee (2002 to 2003), the ABC Keystone Safety Committee, and the ABC Keystone Construction Rodeo Committee. Elsewhere, Dvorchak has served on the St. Leo School board (2010 to 2014) and the North Museum board of directors (2008 to 2018). Currently, he resides in Lancaster with his family.

A new addition to the 2019 executive committee, Steve Conway, Benchmark Construction Company Inc., Brownstown, will serve as secretary to the board. He has been with Benchmark Construction for 17 years and has served as vice president of senior living for the past three years. Conway earned a bachelor's degree in construction engineering technology from Montana State University. He currently lives in Elizabethtown with his family.

ABC Keystone also welcomed several new additions to its leadership for 2019. They include Steven Kearns, vice president, James Craft and Son Inc., York Haven, and Michael Monaco, director of safety, Mowery, Mechanicsburg. In addition, John H. Hykes II, B & B Integrations, Lancaster, will return for a three-year term.

The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors is a construction trade association based in Manheim, representing nearly 600 construction-related firms. For more information, including a complete list of board members, readers may visit


Library To Host Special Event January 9, 2019

Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, will host an event through the Grow With Google initiative on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through the initiative, Google aims to help create economic opportunity in communities across the United States. The tour consists of free, one-day events in local libraries to help job seekers and small business owners improve their digital skills.

To learn more about the free event and to register, readers may visit Space is limited, so advance registration is requested.


Economic Group Sets Luncheon January 9, 2019

The York County Economic Alliance, 144 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 100, York, will host its next Leadership Luncheon, themed "Security Awareness From the Top Down," on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. Attendees will learn how to be prepared before, during and after an attack.

Food and beverages will be provided free of charge, and space is limited. For more information and to register, readers may visit


Food Pantry Receives Donation January 9, 2019


MDBA Sets Monthly Luncheon January 3, 2019

Mason-Dixon Business Association (MDBA) will hold its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Geneva Farm's Twin Silos Restaurant, 217 Davis Road, Street, Md. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon. The guest speaker will be Julianna Simmons from the Boys and Girls Club Camp Hidden Valley.

Preregistration is encouraged, and guests are welcome. There is a cost.

In the case of inclement weather, if schools in either Harford County or York County are closed, the meeting will be canceled. For more information, readers may visit or Mason-Dixon Business Association's Facebook page.

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