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Holiday Card Drive Planned November 15, 2018

Cards and coloring pages for area military veterans are being collected through Tuesday, Dec. 4, as part of the American Red Cross' "Holidays for Heroes" program. Cards may be dropped off at any Royer's Flowers and Gifts location during normal business hours. Free coloring pages are available at the stores or can be downloaded at

The Red Cross advises those preparing cards to use generic salutations such as "Dear Service Member," as cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program. Individuals should also include messages of support and thanks, sign their name to the cards, avoid including letters or other personal information, and refrain from choosing cards with glitter.


Nursery School Student Wins Bicycle November 15, 2018


Foundation Awards Grants November 15, 2018

The PPL Foundation has made grants to various nonprofit organizations to help them fulfill their missions across central and eastern Pennsylvania.

Grant recipients include Archie's Place, serving Lebanon, Dauphin, Lancaster and York counties; Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County; Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania; Hawk Mountain in Berks County; and REAL Life Community Services in Lancaster.

To be considered for a grant, all organizations must apply online. Readers may visit to learn more.


Alliance Seeks Local Feedback November 15, 2018

The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) is looking for feedback from the community concerning its recent State of the County meeting. The public is invited to complete a survey regardless of whether or not they attended the event.

The survey may be found online at For more information, readers may contact David Gonzalez at 717-718-7847 or


Shop Small Event Set November 15, 2018

The ninth annual Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24. Dedicated to supporting the diverse range of local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy, and enhance neighborhoods around the country, Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: getting more customers.

Shop Small is a nationwide movement to support small, independent businesses and call attention to the valuable and distinct contributions they make to their communities and the economy. Shop Small celebrates small businesses ranging from retail stores and restaurants to fitness studios and salons, and everything in between. The Shop Small movement was spurred by the widespread participation in Small Business Saturday.

To learn more, readers may visit


Montage Prints Are Available November 9, 2018

Mount Joy montage prints are available for purchase. The montage includes some Mount Joy history with buildings and people across the bottom. Throughout the rest of the print are Mount Joy businesses that chose to be a part of this project along with parks, cemeteries and other areas of interest in Mount Joy. This is a one-time, limited-edition project.

Montage prints are available at the Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce, 62 E. Main St., Suite 1, which may be contacted at 717-653-0773; the Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, reachable at 717-653-1510; Main Street Mount Joy, 55 E. Main St., reachable at 717-653-4227; and the Mount Joy Borough office, 21 E. Main St., which may be contacted at 717-653-2300.

A total of 75 prints autographed by the artist are available, with a limited number still available at each purchasing location. Of the approximately 760 standard prints, a few hundred are still available.

The Mount Joy Chamber donated the first of 75 prints to the Milanof-Schock Library as an auction item for its recent annual banquet and auction.


Thanksgiving Meal Planned November 9, 2018

Greg and Dolly Workman and family, of Workman Funeral Homes Inc., will host the Workman Friends and Family community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22. The dinner will be held in the hall at the rear of 100 W. Main St., Mountville, where it has been held in the past.

There is no charge for the home-cooked dinner, which will be served family style. Seating will begin at 11:30 a.m., and dinner will be served at noon.

The community is invited. To make reservations and for takeouts and deliveries, readers may call 717-285-4513 or 717-439-8128.


Shop Small Saturday Planned November 8, 2018

Downtown Lititz will host Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 24. The town has more than 70 independently owned shops and eateries offering gift options, and many shops will extend their hours on Nov. 24, as well as on Fridays and Sundays during the holiday season.

For more information, visit


BPW Group Slates Meeting November 7, 2018

Members of the Greater Downingtown Business and Professional Women (BPW) will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Thorndale Inn on Route 340 in Thorndale.

The topic will be "Women's Rights." The speaker will be BPW president Lois Hall, who will present a tribute to the pioneering women of women's rights. Local women are invited to enjoy networking, dinner, a celebration, and a business meeting.

For more information about the group, readers may visit or call Cindy Markley at 610-363-1404.


Susquehanna SCORE To Meet November 7, 2018

Susquehanna SCORE supports business development through free mentoring and low-cost workshops. Networking meetings are held at the York County Economic Alliance, 144 Roosevelt Ave., York, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month.

For more information, readers may contact Tammi at or 717-845-8830.


Business Networking Meeting Planned November 7, 2018

The BNI York I Chapter meets every Tuesday at Meadow Hill Restaurant, 2935 E. Prospect Road, York, for a business networking meeting. Meetings are held from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

For more information or to register to attend, readers may call or text Pam O'Keefe at 717-968-8600 or visit and click on "Find a Chapter."


Children's Home Of York Receives Donation November 7, 2018

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Central Pennsylvania Chapter presented a $1,000 check to the Children's Home of York (CHoY) on Nov. 1. CHoY is a nonprofit organization that aims to meet the needs of children and families and enrich the local community.

SMPS' donation came from proceeds raised through the chapter's fifth annual A/E/C Industry Golfing "Fore" Business Four-Person Scramble event on Sept. 18 at the Regents' Glen Country Club in York. More than 80 golfers participated. Registration included green fees and carts, lunch and dinner, complimentary beverages, networking, and the awards reception. Team prizes and skill prizes were awarded.

SMPS is a diverse community of marketing and business development professionals working together to advocate for, educate, and connect leaders in the building industry. For more information, readers may visit


Business Group Plans Luncheon November 7, 2018

The Mason-Dixon Business Association will hold its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Delta Pizza, 533 Main St., Delta. Guest speakers will be from Mason-Dixon Community Services. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon.

Preregistration is encouraged, guests are welcome, and a cost has been set. Guests are encouraged to bring canned food items to donate to the food pantry. For more information, readers may visit


LCCTC Receives Mini Excavator November 6, 2018


Schools Host Recycling Assemblies November 5, 2018

To promote recycling and celebrate America Recycles Day on Thursday, Nov. 15, the York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) is sponsoring puppet show assembly programs in 14 York County elementary schools. The recycling-themed program is titled "Magic Pots and Recycled Bottles." Students will see ordinary household items recycled into characters who promote care of the environment through reduction of waste, reuse, and recycling of materials.

The assembly programs will run through Friday, Nov. 16. Performances run approximately 45 minutes and feature audience participation. YCSWA offered to sponsor up to 20 program performances for any school in York County with students in grades one through six. Fourteen schools responded to the offer and are receiving "Magic Pots and Recycled Bottles" performances at no charge. The schools include Friendship Elementary, Kreutz Creek Elementary, Loganville Elementary, Manheim Elementary, Newberry Elementary, North Salem Elementary, Red Mill Elementary, Roundtown Elementary, St. Patrick's, St. Rose of Lima, Southern Elementary, Valley View Elementary, Wrightsville Elementary, and Yorkshire Elementary.

To learn more, readers may visit and click on Community Outreach and Education or contact the schools listed above.


New Record Shop Focuses On Classic Albums November 2, 2018

Jack Walton has a passion for music, both as an avid listener and as a concertgoer. During his 30-year career as a middle school history teacher, Walton used music to help him teach his students. Now, Walton is inviting the public to join him in his love of classic sounds through his new record shop, Spiders From Mars.

The shop takes its name from David Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," which is Walton's all-time favorite album. It specializes in new and used vinyl and compact disc recordings of the 1960s and 1970s.

Spiders From Mars is located at 2223 Dutch Gold Drive, Lancaster, in a small commercial strip across from Dutch Gold Honey. The shop is filled with more than 1,000 albums, as well as turntables, incense, gift items, T-shirts, Baja sweaters, magnets, buttons, posters, tapestries, hats, shoulderbags, and more. Groovy cat toys handmade by Walton's wife, Beth, and his mother-in-law, Jackie, are also available at the shop. The shop also sells gift certificates, which Walton noted are ideal for holiday giving.

Community members are invited to stop by to see the unique items found in the shop. Spiders From Mars is open on Sundays from noon to about 5 p.m., Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to about 5:30 p.m., and Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to about 6 p.m.

"When you step into the shop, you step into a time warp. You are (transported) into the 1960s and 1970s," Walton said. "There is a special section dedicated to the Rolling Stones and David Bowie. It's a fun place that honors the best music ever made."

Walton readily admits that he is not a businessman, and he considers Spiders From Mars a hobby. According to Walton, only time will tell the direction this hobby will take. "As David Bowie said, 'I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring,'" Walton quoted.

For more information about Spiders From Mars, readers may call the shop at 717-405-8162.


Items Needed For Care Packages November 1, 2018

Blue Ridge Communications, 804 Academy Heights Drive, Ephrata, invites the community to support Keystone Military Families and its Stocking for Soldiers program. Keystone Military Families' mission is to provide caring support for deployed military members in all branches of service to the country, no matter where they are stationed in the world.

Keystone Military Families provides care packages, special holiday packages, letters, cards, and more to raise the spirits of troops with some of the small comforts of home that others enjoy every day. Donations will be accepted through Sunday, Nov. 18, at the display in the lobby at Blue Ridge Communications.

A list of requested care package items can be found at


Downingtown Yoga Marks Milestone, Plans Workshop Series October 31, 2018

Meditation for Caregivers, a free workshop for professional caregivers - from those just starting out in the field to seasoned professionals - will be offered on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Downingtown Yoga & Meditation Center, 116 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. People who are caring for a loved one may also find the workshop beneficial.

"Many forget, in the tornado of life, how important it is to take care of yourself while taking care of others," said Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati, known internationally as Swamiji.

The event is a way for Downingtown Yoga to give back, especially on its fifth anniversary at its current location. The center was born five years ago after Swamiji studied in India and taught in California for many years.

Swamiji is an American woman who has dedicated her life to meditation and teaching others. Described as down-to-earth, knowledgeable, and funny, she aims to make profound teachings both accessible and useful in others' modern-day lives. She settled in Downingtown in order to make meditation easily available to the local community.

At the center's five-year milestone, Swamiji is kicking off a year featuring a series of free workshops; Meditation for Caregivers is the first one.

First responders and military members are invited to learn to meditate, as well. Those who are interested may make a reservation by calling 610-644-7555.

Swamiji is also available to teach meditation to groups at their location at no charge. Groups interested in a free workshop may call the previously mentioned phone number. "If you have tried to meditate and say you can't, these workshops are for you!" Swamiji said.

The free event on Nov. 11 will teach attendees how to find inner peace in a five-minute meditation. They will learn from Swamiji, a meditation master who is known for making meditation easy and accessible. Swamiji, originator of Svaroopa Vidya meditation, which she said is a "contemplative, slow-paced, and customized practice," will show participants the way inward and help them to discover the source of peace within. Attendees will also learn easy moving-and-breathing practices for instant centering.

Also presenting at the workshop will be Christine Jaskulski, B.A., B.S.W, M.A., P.P.A. For more than 40 years, she has worked in the field of developmental disabilities. Providing information and support to professional and familial care providers has been a passion and integral part of her work. "Knowledge is power," she emphasized.

Shelley Zeichner, a health and wellness event planner, will also present at the workshop. The stress from many years of planning and designing all types of special events led Zeichner to seek techniques for peace of mind. She explained that finding meditation was life changing and career changing. Now she shares the benefits of meditation through events designed for the caregiver community.

Downingtown Yoga offers free meditations on Sundays and Tuesdays. In addition, the center has yoga classes, workshops, retreats, meditation, and yoga teacher trainings. The weekly classes are for everybody.

For more information, readers may stop by Downingtown Yoga & Meditation, visit, or call 610-644-7555.


The Country Store Celebrates 40 Years October 26, 2018

The Country Store LLC, located at 3140 Mount Joy Road, Mount Joy, is celebrating 40 years in business. The store has been family owned and operated since 1978.

Over the years, what began as a small farmhouse business for Jim and Lillian Zimmerman has grown to include a diverse selection of fresh lunch meats and cheeses, bulk foods, produce, and frozen foods. The Country Store also features natural and organic foods.

The Zimmermans' son, Jamie, eventually joined the business; he helps to manage the day-to-day operations. Additionally, Tim Wilson and Wendy Arnold are being added to the team. Wilson will manage the store's new fresh meat department, featuring fresh chicken, beef, and pork.

The store continues to focus on providing friendly service, top-quality products, freshness, and reasonable prices, all in the charm of a truly authentic country setting. Fax and phone orders are accepted on deli orders and large bulk orders. The store's phone number is 717-653-2652, and the fax number is 717-653-8911.

Customers are invited to join The Country Store in celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special sale from Wednesday, Oct. 31, to Tuesday, Nov. 13. Anniversary deals will be offered on bulk foods, deli items, produce, and frozen foods. A list of specials can be found at and in the ad listed in this publication.

The Country Store's hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays; 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is closed on Sundays.

The store is located on Route 772 between Route 283 and Mount Joy. For more information on The Country Store, readers may call 717-653-2652 or visit the previously mentioned website.


Fall Flash 5K To Cross River October 24, 2018

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, a nonprofit organization, will hold the 10th annual MAG Memorial 5K Fall Flash on Saturday, Nov. 3. Named in memory of Melissa A. Glenn, former executive director of the Chamber, this event provides an opportunity to run the Veterans Memorial Bridge crossing the Susquehanna River between Lancaster and York counties.

The bridge (Route 462) is closed to vehicular traffic during the event. Runners may enjoy the scenic course against the fall foliage of the river valley.

The Fall Flash will begin in Wrightsville at 8:30 a.m., and preregistration is available and includes a T-shirt while supplies last. Participants may also register on the day of the run beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Wrightsville Elementary School, 300 Chestnut St. Following the race, medals will be awarded to the top male and female overall champions as well as to the top three male and female finishers in 13 age groups. Door prizes donated by local businesses will complete the awards ceremony.

For more information or a registration form, readers may visit or call 717-684-5249. Walkers are welcome, and pets and backpacks are prohibited.

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