Extension Sets Food Entrepreneurship Workshop July 18, 2018
Penn State Extension will offer a Food for Profit workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Berks County Community Foundation, 237 Court St., Reading.
Food for Profit will take attendees through the entrepreneurial process step by step. Topics will include conducting a feasibility study, performing marketing research, and beginning to draft a business plan. Attendees will also learn about local and state regulations and food safety issues. Sponsored by Jump Start Incubator, the course will be taught by certified instructors and business experts.
The fee per person includes all materials and lunch. Prepayment and registration are required and may be accomplished by visiting http://extension.psu.edu/food-for-profit-5 or by calling Penn State Extension registration at 877-345-0691.
For further information about workshop content, readers may contact Extension educator Winifred McGee at email@example.com or 717-921-8803. Information about accommodations or physical access may also be obtained by calling the aforementioned number in advance of individuals' participation.
Fundraiser To Benefit Library July 13, 2018
The Milanof-Schock Library will benefit from the Meal on the Porch fundraiser to be held on Friday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Darrenkamp's, 945 E. Main St., Mount Joy.
For a set fee, individuals may purchase a meal of a pork barbecue sandwich, a bag of chips, and a beverage. Proceeds will benefit the library.
Farm Show Event Raises Funds July 11, 2018
During its Farm Show Weekend, the Lancaster Barnstormers raised $6,800 to support the mission of the youth program at the Lancaster County Agriculture Council. It is the third year the Lancaster County Agriculture Council has teamed up with the Barnstormers to organize the Farm Show, which took place from June 22 to 24.
Farmers, agriculture business owners and employees, and 4-H and FFA students were among the 15,000 who attended the three-day event. Outside of the stadium, modern and antique tractors and other machinery were on display for attendees to check out.
On June 23, live farm animals took over the outfield, including cows, sheep, pigs, alpacas and rabbits. Agriculture-themed games were highlighted in between innings, such as alpaca races. Local dairy princesses were on hand to answer questions from the crowd.
Pennsylvania secretary of agriculture Russell Redding was the guest of honor on June 23 at a pre-game program. Redding also threw out the first pitch to start the game.
The Lancaster County Agriculture Council also presented its science fair winners with the Lancaster Agriculture Innovation Awards. A $500 donation also was awarded to Lancaster County Career and Technology Center's Animal Production Science and Technology program.
PSBA Safety Grants Posted July 11, 2018
Winners of the Keystone/Pennsylvania School Bus Association (PSBA) Safety Grant were announced at the PSBA's Annual Conference on June 24. Winners included John Polli with Reliance Student Transportation of York, Lea Newcomer with F&S Transportation of York, and Fred and LeeAnn Kline with Allegheny Transportation of Aetna.
Keystone and the PSBA partnered in 2018 to offer the first annual Safety Grant as an opportunity to improve safety of fleet operations or services provided to employees or students. The grant offers up to $30,000 for winners to implement proposed safety initiatives throughout the course of a year, with the opportunity to showcase their efforts during the next year's annual conference.
Reliance Transportation proposed the installation of electronic "child check" units in their passenger vans to minimize the chances of a child being left in a van. F&S Transportation proposed creating an eco-friendly driver simulator for new and seasoned drivers to test skills in real-world environments while saving on fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Allegheny Transportation proposed a mascot, Gus the Goose, to minimize injuries by helping students remember safety rules in videos, school appearances, and signs on the bus.
For more information, readers may visit www.paschoolbus.org.
Spirit Of YoCo Awards Posted July 11, 2018
The Spirit of YoCo Awards 2018 will accept nominations in several categories. The awards breakfast will honor community volunteers, elected and appointed officials, and community organizations and individuals for their service to York County. The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road, York.
The categories include Appointed Official of the Year, Elected Official of the Year, Community Service Award, Education/Workforce Development Advocate of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Non-Profit Community Impact Award. For additional details and to submit a nominee, readers may visit www.ycea-pa.org and search the Events Calendar under Member Benefits for the Spirit of YoCo Awards breakfast on Sept. 26.
For more information, readers may also contact Mary Walker at 717-771-4575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tourism Grant Program News July 11, 2018
The York County Tourism Grant Program supports projects that grow the local tourism industry and draw more visitors to York County. Funded by the local room tax, tourism grants can help enhance existing programs, create a new event, improve marketing efforts, and much more.
The application period for 2018 Round Two grant awards is open with a maximum grant amount of $10,000. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Local businesses may apply to grow their business, reach new customers, and make York County an even better place to live, work and play. Creative ideas could be a perfect fit if they enhance the visitor experience, create a positive economic impact through overnight stays, strengthen an existing attraction, and attract visitors beyond a 50-mile radius of York.
To apply for the grant, readers may visit www.yorkpa.org/about-us/york-county-tourism-grant-program/. Grant applications must be submitted online. For questions, readers may contact email@example.com.
Local SCORE Sets Events July 10, 2018
Susquehanna SCORE will offer two workshops in July. In addition, SCORE will hold roundtable discussions and networking opportunities on the first Wednesday of every month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and on the third Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both meetings will take place at the York Economic Alliance, 144 Roosevelt Ave., York. For more details or registration, readers may contact Tammi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-845-8830.
Intermediate Quickbooks will be held on Thursday, July 12, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at HACC York Leader Building, Room YL152, 2010 Pennsylvania Ave., York. Participants will be led through the process of invoicing, accounts payable, and bank reconciliations. Some basic knowledge of Quickbooks or the Introduction to QuickBooks workshop is required. There is a cost to attend, except for veterans. To register, readers may visit www.score.org and visit Take a Workshop and enter 17404 as a ZIP code.
COSTARS It's Not Just Price will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 13. The free session will be held at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Harrisburg. Participants will learn about COSTARS, the program's benefits, and marketing tips. For details and to register, readers may call Kristen Moyer at 570-524-4491 or email@example.com.
YoCo Bloom Micro-Grant Available July 10, 2018
The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) has announced the launch of YoCo Bloom. YoCo Bloom is a new micro-grant program available to YCEA members with initiatives benefiting the York County community.
Two grants in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded to YCEA members based in York County with fewer than 100 employees. This growth opportunity will allow for smaller organizations to increase their impact in the county. In addition, this gives organizations a chance to gain exposure throughout the county.
Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Friday, July 13. For details and an application, readers may visit www.ycea-pa.org and search for "YoCo Bloom."
The Arc Recognizes Donors July 3, 2018
The Arc of York County recently recognized a new class of donors who have contributed significantly to its efforts of bringing respect and independence to individuals with intellectual disabilities. The donors were invited to a reception on June 21 at The Arc of York County's Camp Pennwood, where each selected a leaf on the Philanthro-Tree mural. The name of each donor was permanently placed on the selected leaf to commemorate contributions made during the 2017-18 program year.
This year's leaves were claimed by various businesses and groups, including Members 1st Federal Credit Union, South End Democratic Club, and the Walmart Foundation. One leaf was claimed in memory of Dudley and Sylvia Kramer. Present for the reception were representatives from Members 1st Federal Credit Union and PCBH, along with members of the staff and board for The Arc of York County, including executive director Josh Leik and board president Ray Kraft. In order to receive a leaf on the mural, businesses, organizations or individuals must contribute $1,000 or more in a program year.
The Arc of York County is dedicated to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their families by promoting and providing supports and services. The organization also fosters research and education regarding the prevention of intellectual disabilities in infants and young children.
For more information on The Arc of York County, readers may call 717-846-6589 or visit www.thearcofyorkcounty.org.
Fundraiser To Benefit Alzheimer's Association June 29, 2018
The Alzheimer's Association will benefit from a fundraiser that will take place on Monday, July 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Friendly's, 1521 Oregon Pike, Lancaster.
A percentage of the proceeds from purchases made during that time frame will benefit the association. Giveaway drawings and other prizes will also be part of the event.
For more information, readers may call Mary Read at 717-333-0689.
Chamber Seeks Event Sponsors June 27, 2018
The Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce will hold its July Block Party on Friday, July 13. The event will feature the Lego Crawl, where children and adults may visit participating businesses to collect Lego pieces and have their bingo-style cards stamped.
Any Elizabethtown area business can be a sponsor, which will help cover the cost of the Lego pieces for this year's event. To register a sponsorship, readers may visit www.elizabethtowncoc.com/events or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solanco, L-S Seniors Receive Scholarships June 27, 2018
The Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce has awarded $500 scholarships to graduating seniors in both the Solanco and Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) school districts. The Solanco scholarship recipients are Timothy Schmitt and Joshua Zimmerman, while Kyle Knapp was chosen to receive the Lampeter-Strasburg scholarship. The scholarships are awarded annually to students in each district who plan to pursue a career in business through post-secondary education or by starting their own business.
The Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce obtains funding for the scholarships through its annual Shredding Event, held on the first Friday in June each year at G.R. Mitchell Inc. on Beaver Valley Pike in Willow Street. At the Shredding Event, local businesses, organizations and residents bring their sensitive and confidential paper-based materials for shredding. All shredded material is recycled. Donations are encouraged and are used by the Chamber to fund the annual college scholarships.
For more information, readers may call Keith Kaufman, secretary of the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, at 717-786-5617.
Local Orchard Owner Named Grower Of The Year June 26, 2018
Cherry Hill Orchards owner Tom Haas was recently presented with the 2017 Outstanding Grower of the Year Award by the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania. Tom received the honor for his outstanding contributions to the fruit tree industry and the association.
Tom has learned a great deal about growing and merchandising fruit, having worked at the family business since he was a young boy. The Haas family has been operating Cherry Hill Orchards, 400 Long Lane, Lancaster, for more than 45 years.
The ownership and day-to-day operation of the business passed to Tom more than 15 years ago from his father, Richard, who has more than 55 years of experience growing and marketing fruit in Lancaster County.
Tom received the award thanks to recognition by his peers for his significant contributions, including serving on the state board and numerous committees involved in research projects to benefit the state fruit industry. This research benefits Tom's business, as well. He noted, "It benefits us in management strategies to handle the quality of new varieties, to deal with pests, and to help in many other aspects."
As the oldest of four children, Tom says that farming has always been part of his life and it is where he is most comfortable and hands-on.
"I've always liked the change of seasons and the different challenges with each," Tom added, noting that the seasons provide him and his team with the opportunity to grow the unique varieties of quality produce for which Cherry Hill Orchards is known.
The operation grows 30 varieties of cherries on 23 acres, 45 varieties of apples on 45 acres, and 40 varieties of nectarines and peaches on 45 acres. There are also five acres for sweet corn and five acres for pumpkins, along with acres for plums and apricots.
"We provide people the best possible product we can offer, with outstanding varieties at different prices," said Tom, noting that the orchard also keeps up with industry trends. For example, Tom pointed out that the popularity and demand for Honeycrisp, Gala, and Fuji varieties of apples has been rising in the past five to eight years.
Approximately one-third of the orchard production is harvested on a "pick-your-own" basis. Another third is sold retail through the Orchard Outlet store. The final third is sold wholesale to a variety of customers. "We continually plant new varieties to be able to offer our customers the best-flavored, highly colored fruit," Tom shared.
According to Tom, Cherry Hill Orchards' fruit flavors and colors are the result of care taken during growing and picking processes. "Through a management process, we've learned about soil, root stock, (and) minerals," Tom explained. "(We've also learned) when to pick at just the right time and get our product into cold storage for sale."
Tom notes that the pick-your-own periods throughout the growing season are popular among Lancaster County families. "It's a great teaching opportunity where young people can learn where fruit comes from. And you can't get it any fresher," Tom said.
Cherry Hill Orchards employs approximately 25 people during the summer season and 12 in the offseasons. "I have to thank my whole team," Tom noted as he reflected on the state association's award. "I certainly couldn't be involved in all the committee meetings and travel without the staff's support here."
As for the spring, summer and fall seasons ahead, Tom is hoping for bountiful crops, but he is philosophical about the nature of the business. "A lot of things we can't control, like the weather, but you work hard with what you can manage," Tom shared. "Some of our best customers are the ones who grow things themselves, in gardens and other ways. They know good produce doesn't just happen. A lot of work goes into it!"
Cherry Hill Orchards, which is located in New Danville, is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays. The business can be reached at 717-872-9311. Additional information is available at www.cherryhillorchards.com.