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Peiffer Wins Service Award March 22, 2019

Scott Peiffer, of the Quarryville Borough Maintenance Department, is the recipient of the second annual Community Service Award from the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes a person who has provided important, lasting, volunteer public service in Quarryville and southern Lancaster County.

Kendall Keeler, chairman of the Chamber's Community Service Award committee, presented Peiffer with a plaque during the Chamber's annual banquet at Drumore Estates in Pequea. In addition, Keeler announced that a $500 scholarship in Peiffer's name will be awarded to a student in Solanco School District or Lampeter-Strasburg School District who plans to major in a business-related field at a college or technical school or who plans to operate their own business following their graduation from high school.

While presenting Peiffer with the award, Keeler noted Peiffer's support for the community and involvement in many activities, including the Hometown Heroes banners in Quarryville; the handicapped-accessible facilities at Huffnagle Park; the Solanco Fair Association; the Quarryville Teen Club, including the Miss Solanco Pageant; and the Quarryville Lions Club.

Nominees for the 2020 Community Service Award are now being accepted. To nominate someone, readers may visit or email Keith Kaufman at


JB Zimmerman's Will Hold Grand Opening Weekend March 21, 2019

A grand opening weekend will be held at the new JB Zimmerman's Ace Hardware store, 880 E. Main St. (Route 23), New Holland, on Friday through Sunday, April 26 to 28. The store will continue to offer the company's unique blend of personal, knowledgeable, and helpful service paired with quality home maintenance expertise and products to local residents.

The local retail establishment has converted from True Value to Ace Hardware and is now part of a team of more than 5,000 locally owned and independently operated Ace stores across the globe. In August 2018, the decision was made to join the Ace Hardware company. Improvements were made to the exterior and a complete reset of all departments began in September 2018. The store conversion began in December 2018 and is slated to wrap up on Saturday, March 30.

JB Zimmerman's was founded by Jacob B. Zimmerman in 1931 in Blue Ball. The first store, which focused on electrical, plumbing, and heating, was located near the Blue Ball square. It also sold Delaval milking machines and cream separators. Adding hardware to the business created a need for a new building by 1938, and the new store was built five houses west of the Blue Ball garage. Jacob and Laura later built their home beside the business.

The couple's two sons, Melvin and Charles, were incorporated into the business in 1960. When JB Zimmerman and Sons Inc. expanded by opening a store in Strasburg, Melvin and his family moved to that area in 1962 to manage it; this store soon outgrew its location, and a new store was built in 1980. The Blue Ball store continued to grow, and a new building was built less than a mile west of its location in 1974; Charles was the manager of that location.

In 1971, a decision was made to become a member of the True Value co-op. This change brought a broader array of products, competitive prices, and national recognition as a quality dealer of hardware.

In the late 1930s, the business began selling major appliances, and by the end of 1945, the department expanded and eventually included home entertainment products.

The Blue Ball store was enlarged in 1985 to its current size of approximately 30,000 square feet.

In 1992, the Delaval Dairy equipment division, which had long since graduated from selling cream separators to selling, installing, and servicing all aspects of dairy equipment, moved to its present location, the original hardware store facility at 1044 Main St., Blue Ball. The Strasburg location became independent from the original business in 1993 and was renamed Zimmerman's Hardware Inc.

The Blue Ball store took the name of JB Zimmerman in 2000. After a renovation that year, the store added a rental department, an expanded paint department, and a live kitchen. The store was remerchandised, and several side warehouse areas were reconstructed and added on to the housewares and paint departments.

In more recent years, JB Zimmerman's added a Sealy and Stearns & Foster mattress showroom that also features Catnapper recliners, sofas, and loveseats. The grilling area was expanded to showcase Weber, Grill Zone, and Charbroil gas grills; Traeger pellet grills; and griddle stations.

Now, more than 87 years after its founding, Jacob B. Zimmerman's business is still family-owned and family-operated and continues to provide quality products at competitive prices with the personal service that Jake, as he was known to customers and neighbors, would have provided himself.

"Our mission is to provide customers with the neighborly advice, excellent products, and assistance they have come to expect from us," said Gerry Weaver, who co-owns the store with his wife, Lynda. Calvin Horst is operations manager.

"We are proud to serve the community and our customers with the same strong work ethic and faith in God," the owners noted. "Our desire is to make a difference in the lives of our employees and our customers."

The store features thousands of products and supplies, including brand-name and best-selling items to help people take care of their homes. Key brands offered include Craftsman, Weber, Traeger, Yeti, Stihl, Toro, Ego, Stearns & Foster, Sealy, and Catnapper, along with many brands of major appliances. Also offered are paint brands including Clark+Kensington, Valspar Optimus, Valspar Aspire, Benjamin Moore, and Magnolia Home.

JB Zimmerman's offers delivery, installation, and service after the sale of major appliances with factory-trained technicians on call.

The store is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, readers may call the store at 717-354-4955 or toll-free at 877-836-3960 or visit Details about Ace are available at


La Academia Receives Donation March 20, 2019

La Academia Partnership Charter School (LAPCS) recently received an Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation of $10,000 from PeoplesBank. The funds will go toward the school's Early College/Dual Enrollment Program, which provides access to postsecondary education experiences for La Academia students. Many of the students have enrolled and selected courses from local higher education institutions, including Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. Through the EITC program, the funds support college tuition, materials, books, transportation, and technology fees.

La Academia's Career Readiness Program is intended to help students achieve their goals by equipping them with the skills they need for employment. The program involves introducing students to multiple success pathways by exposing them to career options and work-based learning experiences and by linking academic achievement with college and career readiness standards. In addition to the Early College/Dual Enrollment Program, the Career Readiness Program includes college and technical school visits, job shadowing, cultural and historical excursions, and two Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

La Academia is a public charter school with an enrollment of 220 students in sixth through 12th grades. For more information, readers may visit,, or


A&B Sales & Service Reopens After Fire March 19, 2019

A&B Sales & Service experienced a devastating fire and loss in November 2018. Merv Beiler offers his overwhelming thanks to the fire companies and the local community for all they did and for their support during the rebuilding process.

Abner Beiler founded the business in the 1970s and then took on the line of Stihl products in Leola. Eventually, Merv took over, and in 2014 he moved the business to 303 Queen Road, Gordonville, just south of Intercourse. Merv says he has seen a lot of changes, with the business now having trimmers and blowers available with battery power.

The community is invited to A&B Sales & Service's spring open house on Friday, March 29, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plenty of Stihl products are on display in the new showroom, which has been rebuilt since the fire and is now open. There will be products like the new Stihl BR 800 Blower, which is all new and is recognized as one of the largest available in the industry. Visitors to the open house may enjoy free refreshments, and there will be chicken barbecue available for purchase.

The store also offers push mowers, trimmers, chain saws, blowers, and much more. Service is available on most makes and models of push and riding mowers.

A&B Sales & Service is open on Mondays through Saturdays; it is closed on Sundays. For more information, readers may call the store at 717-656-6080.


Student Organizes Benefit Event March 19, 2019

Hannah Adler, a junior at Susquehannock High School (SHS), recognized the need for the Theatre Department at SHS to raise additional funds to support high school theater productions. With its budget, the department must cover costumes, set-build, licensing fees, production costs, and more.

Adler organized a Paint Night fundraiser on March 9. A fee was charged for each of the participants to paint a scene from "The Wizard of Oz," with instruction from Adler. The event was tied in to the spring production of "The Wizard of Oz." A total of 78 people participated.

With New Freedom Art donating the supplies and students donating refreshments, 100 percent of the proceeds were donated to support the Theatre Department at SHS. With additional donations at the free snack and beverage area, a total of $834 was raised.

Adler is secretary of the Theatre Department's International Thespian Society Troupe 4088. She was recently elected as a state thespian officer for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Educational Theatre Association, home of Pennsylvania Thespians.

The production of "The Wizard of Oz" will take place on Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7. For ticket information, readers may visit


CYWA Receives Donation From BPW March 18, 2019


Chamber Announces Officers, Board March 14, 2019

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center has announced its 2019 officers and board of directors.

The officers are president Brian McCowan, M&T Bank, Wrightsville; first vice president Kim Mable-Dolly, Turkey Hill Experience; second vice president Patty McKonly, Kleen-Rite Corporation; past president Kelly Kline, River Valley Disposal; treasurer Mike Reiner, Sager Swisher & Co; assistant treasurer Bill Kloidt, BB&T; and secretary Jeanne Cooper, Cooper's Comics.

Several officers are also board members. They are Mable-Dolly, whose term will expire in 2019; Kline and McCowan, whose terms will expire in 2020; and Cooper and McKonly, who will serve until 2021.

Other board members with terms expiring in 2019 are Linda Gallucci, Homewood Suites; Anita Martin, St. John's Herr Estate; Jim Switzenberg, John Wright Restaurant; and Steve Ulrich, My Digital Conversion, First National Escape. Mike Sivri, Black Olive Restaurant, will serve until 2020. Additional board members with terms expiring in 2021 are Scott Barrows, Lancaster Recumbent, Marietta; Stephen Jarvis, A Natural Approach, Basic Earth Essentials, and Natural Living Expo; Tammy Loughlin, Columbia Animal Shelter; and Leland Manuel, Pest Rite.

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization dedicated to preserving and strengthening the Susquehanna Valley's business and tourism environment by providing programs and services that promote civic, cultural, business and economic growth and development.


Chamber Forms New Council March 13, 2019

The Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the formation of a new Business and Education Council.

Made up of Chamber business leaders and educators from the Downingtown and Coatesville school districts and the Chester County Intermediate Unit's Technical College High School, the Business and Education Council recently held its first meeting to address its program of work.

A preliminary outline of the council's work includes the following: connect students with employment, internship, job shadow, and other work-to-learn opportunities in the region; create at least one annual event incorporating the above, open to all students in the region; educate employers about the benefits and state requirements for these opportunities; and gain input from the business community regarding needed workforce development efforts in schools.

The Chamber will introduce the new council to the business community at its networking luncheon on Tuesday, May 21, at the Technical College High School, Brandywine Campus, located in Downingtown.

To learn more about the Chamber, readers may contact executive director Steven Plaugher at 610-269-1523 or or visit


Fundraiser To Support Food Bank March 13, 2019

The York County Food Bank has been chosen as the benefiting nonprofit to receive donations through the Giant "Bags 4 My Cause" fundraiser. This fundraiser will take place during the entire month of March at the East York location of Giant.

For every reusable bag that is sold in March at the Giant store located at 2415 E. Market St., York, a donation of $1 will be given to the York County Food Bank.

For more information on the Giant "Bags 4 My Cause" program, readers may visit For more information on the food bank or to learn about ways to help with the food bank's mission, readers may contact Debbie Krout at 717-846-6435 or


Area Business Showcase Set March 13, 2019

On Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., local businesses and organizations will be showcased at the Chanceford Township Building, 33 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Brogue. The public is invited to stop in and check out what local businesses have to offer. The event will feature giveaways, drawings, and more.

SonLight Chapel, the event sponsor, will collect food items for Community REACH in Red Lion for its Summer Kids Kafe. There will also be a children's activity presented by Green Thumb Garden Club, a hot food and bake sale to benefit Bethel United Methodist Church, the sale of milkshakes, and barbecued chicken dinners being sold to benefit Brogue Lions Club.

For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-927-6261 or visit the Chanceford Area Business Showcase page on Facebook.


WCCCC Will Hold Luncheon March 12, 2019

The Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce (WCCCC) will hold its 18th annual Municipal Update Luncheon on Friday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the facilities of G.A. Vietri Inc., 105 Independence Way, Coatesville. Municipal leaders will share their news and opportunities for the municipalities they represent. Topics of discussion will include business initiatives, economic development projects and plans for the upcoming year.

To register, call the Chamber at 610-384-9550 or visit


Healing Heroes Provides Service Dogs March 12, 2019

The Healing Heroes initiative was launched by Armstrong on Veterans Day 2016 with the goal to raise enough funds to donate five service dogs to qualifying disabled veterans within communities Armstrong serves. More than two years later, enough funds have been raised to donate 11 service dogs, with six of those dogs being already paired with veterans. Four of those veterans just returned from the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs facility in Williston, Fla.

The latest four veterans to be paired include Bryan and service dog Fahrny of Wadsworth, Ohio; Lisa and Yogi of Hamlin, W.Va.; Harvey and Rosa of Austintown, Ohio; and Samara and Angel of Scottdale. The veterans spent time training at the Guardian Angels headquarters, where they learned how to live with their new companions.

The expenses for training and pairing for each service dog are estimated at $22,000. Armstrong, along with its customers and the communities it serves, raised more than $245,000 to date, according to Sam Pietrangelo, community marketing manager and Healing Heroes Committee chair.

Four veterans have recently been paired with service dogs. Amstrong is still seeking veteran applicants in Chester and York counties, as well as Harford County, Md.

Money is still being raised for the Healing Heroes program. To donate or for more information, readers may visit


Chamber Offers Scholarships March 8, 2019

The Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will award a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior in both the Solanco and Lampeter-Strasburg school districts. The scholarships are awarded annually to one student in each district who will pursue a business-related major in college or technical school, or who plans to operate his or her own business following high school graduation.

Applications for Solanco School District students are available at Readers may call the guidance office at 717-786-2151, ext. 8160, for more details. Lampeter-Strasburg students can get an application by contacting the guidance office at 717-464-3311.

For more information, readers may call Keith Kaufman, secretary of the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, at 717-786-5617.


Police Department Receives Grant March 7, 2019

West Hempfield Township Police Department received an $11,000 lifesaving equipment grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The grant allowed the department to purchase eight automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to enhance the department's lifesaving capabilities.

The new AEDs will replace the older machines currently in use. The new AEDs will be placed in service as soon as all officers undergo training on the new equipment.

According to Chief Mark G. Pugliese, "These AEDs are very similar to the machines we currently have except they are completely automatic, and voice prompts even assist the officers in administering CPR by telling the officer is they are going too fast (or) too slow or if chest compressions are too deep or not deep enough." Pugliese also noted, "(The new machines) are smaller, lighter, and extremely user-friendly."

The mission of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is to provide funding, lifesaving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations.


Business After Hours Event Set March 5, 2019

The Mason-Dixon Business Association will hold a Business After Hours gathering on Wednesday, March 20. The gathering will take place at Falling Branch Brewery, 825 Highland Road, Street, Md., from 4 to 6 p.m. Pizza and wings will be provided.

Registration is encouraged, and guests are welcome. There is a cost to attend. In the case of inclement weather, if Harford County schools are closed or dismiss early, the meeting will be canceled. For more information, readers may visit


SCORE To Offer Business Events March 4, 2019

Susquehanna SCORE supports business development through free mentoring and low-cost workshops. A variety of learning opportunities will be available in March. For more details, readers may contact

Free entrepreneur classes will be hosted by Susquehanna SCORE and Career Link. Classes will be held on the second Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. Classes will be held at Dauphin County Career Link, 100 N. Cameron St., Suite 101, Harrisburg. Readers may call 717-783-3270 to register.

The annual Employment Law Update will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at Country Club of York, 1400 Country Club Road, York. There is a cost to attend. To register, readers may visit

Retirement Planning for Small Business Owners will take place on Wednesday, March 20, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The free program will be held at the York College Center for Community Engagement, 59 E. Market St., York. The program is free. For details and registration, readers may contact 717-849-2331 or

A seminar on budgeting will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, at Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York. The free program will cover how to set up a spending plan, track spending, save money, and create short-and long-term financial goals. To register and learn more, readers may visit

A Veterans' Expo and Job Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road, York. The free event will connect active and retired military members of all ages and their families with the benefits and resources available to them through local community service providers, health care professionals, VA benefits counselors, VFWs, and American Legion groups, plus businesses covering everything from home improvement, legal services, and finance to retirement living and insurance. For more information, readers may visit

In addition, SCORE offers free and casual meetups on the first Monday of every month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and on the third Thursday of every month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All meetups take place at York County Economic Alliance, Roosevelt Avenue, York.

Small business owners are invited to take part in meet-ups at the York County Economic Alliance, 144 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 100, York. A lunchtime brown bag roundtable will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Additional meet-ups will be held on the first Wednesday of every month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and on the third Thursday of every month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more details, readers may contact Tammi at or 717-845-8830.


Movie Night Slated February 27, 2019

The public is invited to a movie night on Sunday, March 31, at 6 p.m. in the banquet room at Yoder's Country Market, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland. There will be no cost for admission. The movie "Tortured for Christ" will be shown, telling the life story of Romanian pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who endured torture and solitary confinement for 14 years.

Light refreshments will be served. A freewill offering will be received to benefit Voice of the Martyrs and Romanian Christian Outreach Foundation. For more information, readers may contact Denise at 717-371-0505 or


RLABA Seeks Scholarship Applicants February 26, 2019

The Red Lion Area Business Association (RLABA) awards $2,000 in scholarships annually. Students from Red Lion Area, Dallastown, and York County School of Technology are encouraged to apply throughout the year.

To apply, readers should complete the RLABA scholarship application available at For more information, readers may contact Lisa Roemer at


Youths Attend 4-H Conference February 25, 2019

Nearly 30 Chester County 4-H youth members represented the Penn State Extension's 4-H youth development program in Chester County at the Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference and the Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference - Junior held from Feb. 1 to 3 in State College.

The 4-H youth county delegates were among nearly 600 attendees, representing county 4-H programs from across Pennsylvania, at the state-level leadership conference. The conference was organized by the Pennsylvania 4-H State Council in conjunction with the Pennsylvania 4-H State Office.

The conference was open to all 4-H members age 13 and up, and the Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference - Junior was open to all 4-H youths ages 10 to 13. This year's theme was "Leadership in Overtime."

Attendees participated in interactive workshops to develop and strengthen their team-building, decision-making, and communication skills. The skills gained will be used in their 4-H clubs, schools, communities, and future endeavors. The conference included motivational speaker Clint Pulver, as well as Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding and his wife, Nina.

Closing ceremonies of the conference included the installation of the new Pennsylvania 4-H State Council. The council is a group of young people selected from around the commonwealth to be the official spokespeople for the Pennsylvania 4-H program. The new officer team includes Andrew Bowman of Lehigh County, president; Kelsey Bish of Clarion and Venango counties, vice president of operations and events; Addison Neff of Dauphin County, vice president of internal affairs; Trisha Poorbaugh of Fayette County, secretary; and Molly Scheetz of Bucks County, reporter and historian.

For more information about 4-H, readers may visit


Bar Association Receives Awards February 25, 2019

The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) presented County Bar recognition awards to the Chester County Bar Association during the 53rd annual seminar of the conference of county bar leaders in February at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College. Recognized for its bar foundation drawing and Law Explorers program, the Chester County Bar Association is one of 22 local bar associations in Pennsylvania honored this year for sponsoring projects that improve the legal profession, justice system, or community.

The Chester County Bar Foundation conducts a $20,000 drawing where no more than 200 tickets are sold at a per-ticket fee. If all tickets are sold, $10,000 is raised and one winner receives $10,000. The foundation uses the funds for grants awarded in the community each year.

In partnership with the Boys Scouts of America, the association established a Law Explorers Post. Six students participated in the first two sessions that were conducted by a president judge and a senior judge. Sessions will continue in the spring to provide the students with a greater knowledge of and introduction to the legal profession as a possible career choice.

For more information, readers may contact 800-932-0311 or

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