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Blood Drive Scheduled September 13, 2018

A community blood drive benefiting the American Red Cross will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Morr Indoor Range and Training Center, 2488 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster. All eligible donors are welcome.

The blood drive is a result of the DoMorr Community Day event on Aug. 18. The event was held to raise funds and collect donated goods for local nonprofit organizations, including the American Red Cross.

People may donate one pint of blood every 56 days. Donors are encouraged to eat a meal prior to giving blood and drink plenty of water. Photo identification is required at the time of donation. Blood donation requirements include a minimum weight of 115 pounds and minimum age of 17. Many health conditions and medications do not prevent a person from donating blood. People taking insulin, blood pressure medication, thyroid medication, cholesterol medication, aspirin, antidepressants, and hormone replacement medications may give blood.

For more information about donor eligibility, readers may call 866-236-3276 or visit


Volunteers Sought For JA Event September 13, 2018

Manheim Central High School is seeking volunteers for an event at the high school, 400 Adele Ave., on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Junior Achievement (JA) of South Central PA will offer its REAL Life program, and all 260 students in 11th grade will participate in daylong activities related to financial literacy.

Volunteers will facilitate one of the activities during the day. JA will provide all the training the morning of the event, and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To sign up to volunteer, email For more information, contact Allison Kierce, vice president of volunteer engagement, at


VisionCorps Welcomes Tice September 13, 2018

VisionCorps has hired Beth Tice as its director of human resources. Tice will oversee human resources (HR) functions and lead the organization in employee development. She will also contribute to furthering VisionCorps' strategic initiatives with the Senior Leadership team.

Prior to joining VisionCorps, Tice served as HR manager for Flagger Force Traffic Control Services LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Lebanon Valley College and a certificate in human resources from Cornell University.

For information regarding VisionCorps, readers may visit or call Amy Giangiulio at 717-291-5951.


Business Start-Up Support Group To Meet September 13, 2018

Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce, 3 N. Market St., Suite 101, Elizabethtown, will host the monthly meeting of the Business Start-Up Support Group on Monday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Business owners are invited to share their trials and successes with a supportive group of like-minded entrepreneurs.


LCCTC Receives Mini Excavator September 13, 2018


Donations Sought For Military Personnel September 13, 2018

Keystone Military Families invites the community to donate to its Stocking for Soldiers program. The organization's mission is to provide caring support for deployed military members in all branches of service, no matter where they are stationed. It provides care packages, holiday packages, letters, cards, and more to military personnel.

Kyle Lord founded the program in 2002. To date, this initiative has helped thousands of troops. All requests come directly from the troops, their families, or someone who knows a military member. Each package is custom made depending on the needs and requests of the troops.

The program's goal is to ship 10,000 stuffed stockings to military members this year.

Community members are invited to donate signed Christmas cards, food, hygiene items, and other requested items, along with monetary donations to offset shipping costs. Die-cut Christmas card paper stockings will be provided for a per-stocking fee in order to defray mailing expenses. The goal is to include one of the cards with each stocking mailed.

Individuals who wish to donate may drop off supplies at Blue Ridge Communications, 804 Academy Heights Drive, Ephrata, between Monday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 18. A display will be set up in the lobby in October with brochures and a list of requested items. A list of requested care package items can also be found at


Food Bank Receives Grant September 12, 2018

The York County Food Bank (YCFB) has received GRIT Marketing Group's fall 2018 grant. The $5,000 grant will aid the YCFB in rebranding itself and expanding its reach and recognition throughout York County.

The grant program was established in 2008 and offers time and expertise to nonprofit organizations that strive to make a difference to the population they serve. Recipients must have 501(c)3 status and be located in the southcentral Pennsylvania region. For more details, readers may visit

The YCFB is a central serving hub that collects food from a variety of sources and then equitably redistributes it to more than 125 agencies or organizations, including shelters, churches, senior centers, schools and community centers. The YCFB currently provides a total of more than two million pounds of food and household items annually.


4-H Organization Receives Donation September 12, 2018


ABWA Chapter Plans Meeting September 12, 2018

ABWA Lancaster Area Express Network Chapter will hold a breakfast meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at Lancaster Country Club, 1466 New Holland Pike Lancaster.

Guest speaker Jen Strobel will present "Are You Getting in Your Own Way? Identifying Roadblocks to Effective Leadership" and how having the right mindset is more than just having a positive attitude. Strobel is vice president of human resources at a local company.

There is a cost to attend, and members will receive a discount. Registration is required by noon on Monday, Sept. 17, by visiting For more information, readers may contact Sam Biastre at 908-938-4135 or email


Educator Grants Now Available September 11, 2018

The PPL Foundation would like to provide funding power for teachers to bring their ideas to life and spark students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The PPL Empowering Educators program is designed to help K-12 teachers provide hands-on learning opportunities to enhance the classroom experience.

This year, PPL will award $25,000 in Empowering Educators grants. Twenty-five teachers will receive $1,000 for supplies to help make their projects a reality. Each team will be judged on its project proposal, its school need, and potential overall impact.

Through these competitive grants, teachers can receive $1,000 in funding for educational projects such as science fairs, energy conservation projects, renewable energy demonstrations, math competitions, and more. Last year, some of the projects that received funding ranged from building solar-powered cars to developing a school makerspace, a collaborative work space where students can explore and share innovative ideas.

The grants are open to K-12 teachers in school districts in the 29 Pennsylvania counties served by PPL. To be eligible for an Empowering Educators grant, teachers must submit a contest application online at Applications will be accepted online through Sunday, Sept. 30.


Business Award Nominees Posted September 11, 2018

Samaritan Business Consulting, in partnership with the Lancaster Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM), announced its seven nominees for the 2018 Ethics in Business Award. Now in its 11th year, the Ethics in Business Program spotlights Lancaster County businesses and organizations that "do well by doing good" and to broaden the discussion of ethics in the community. The program also provides resources for individuals to establish best practices in ethics at their company.

The seven nominees for 2018 are Astro Machine Works, Ephrata; Benjamin Roberts Ltd., Lancaster; Fulton Theatre, Lancaster; Lift-All, Landisville; ModernEYES Optical, Lancaster; Murray Securus, Lancaster; and The Wenger Group, Rheems. All seven nominees will be recognized, and the final recipient will receive the Ethics in Business Award on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Lancaster Country Club.

In addition to honoring this year's nominees, the program will feature a panel discussion of best practices from the organizations that participated in the program. Panel members will share lessons learned on their organization's journey to integrate core values, integrity, and accountability throughout all their business practices.

For further information, including how to obtain tickets to the event, readers may contact Amy Winslow-Weiss at 717-560-2805, ext. 101, or


Little Library Placed In Fawn Grove September 11, 2018


Students Receive Scholarships September 11, 2018

Several students from the central Pennsylvania area have received Everence college scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year. Each student will receive a $750 scholarship. The local honorees are as follows:

Andrea Acosta of Lititz is a member of Blossom Hill Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Bloomsburg University.

Lauren Hartzler of Manheim is a member of Mountville Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia.

Anna Hershey of Mifflintown is a member of Cedar Grove Brethren in Christ Church and is pursuing a degree at Misericordia University.

Marcus Huber of Lititz is a member of Manheim Brethren in Christ Church and is pursuing a degree at Temple University.

Bryce Kready of Manheim is a member of Manheim Brethren in Christ Church and is pursuing a degree at the University of Pittsburgh.

Shayna Landis of Lancaster is a member of Neffsville Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg.

Emma Lown of Elizabethtown is pursuing a degree at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster.

Micah Martin of Ephrata is as member of Blainsport Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Gordon College in Massachusetts.

Joanna Niesley of Marietta is a member of Mount Joy Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Cedarville University in Ohio.

Janell Preheim of Lancaster is a member of Blossom Hill Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Goshen College in Indiana.

Mason Stoltzfus of New Holland is a member of Conestoga Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Eastern Mennonite University.

Alexis Stoner of Elizabethtown is a member of Good Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

More than 150 students from across the country applied for scholarships and were evaluated on leadership, community involvement and responses to an essay question. A total of 42 students received scholarships. The scholarship program's goal is to encourage young people to explore the integration of faith and finances while helping them on their educational journeys.

For a complete list of the scholarship recipients, readers may visit


Spirit of YoCo Awards Announced September 10, 2018

The 2018 Spirit of YoCo 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 Nonprofit Community Impact Award will be presented to Give Local York. Michael D. Jefferson will be honored with the Community Service Award, and the Education/Workforce Development Advocate of the Year will go to James Sterner. The Appointed Official of the Year award will go to Nadine Huber, and the Elected Official of the Year honor will be presented to Sandie Walker. Volunteer of the Year honors will go to Amy Reinert and the Nonprofit/Government Employee of the Year award will honor Holly Metzger-Brown.

For more information or to register, readers may contact Tristalyn Bixler-Kint at


RLABA Awards Scholarships September 10, 2018


SMPS Members Win Awards September 6, 2018

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Central Pennsylvania Chapter, recently announced its Horizon Award and Keystone Award winners from the 2017-18 program year.

SMPS Central PA recogized Leah Williams from Stahl Sheaffer Engineering LLC with The Horizon Award. This award is presented to a person new to the AEC industry whose early success and commitment to the industry shows outstanding potential for business stardom as an AEC marketer.

The Keystone Award was presented to Eric Arcudi from Stewart and Tate Construction. This award honors a more senior professional in the AEC industry whose career accomplishments and service to the Central PA Chapter are especially noteworthy.

In addition, the Central PA Chapter recognized the following member anniversaries: Kelly Fry, Barton Associates Inc., five years; Loren McClosky, Buchart Horn Inc., five years; Thomas Donley, Butz Family of Companies, five years; Janet Helsel, The EADS Group, 10 years; Jeffery Lynch, Poole Anderson Construction, 15 years; and Jacque Foster, Skelly and Loy Inc., 15 years.

SMPS represents a network of nearly 7,000 marketing and business development professionals from architectural, engineering, planning, interior design, construction, and specialty consulting firms located throughout the U.S. and Canada. The society and its chapters benefit from the support of more than 3,700 design and building firms, encompassing 80 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and Top 400 Contractors.

For more information, readers may visit


Health Care Forecast Event Posted September 6, 2018

The Central Penn Business Group on Health (CPBGH) will host its 19th annual Healthcare Forecast Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lancaster Country Club, 1466 New Holland Pike, Lancaster.

Attendees will hear from key figures responsible for affecting change in the health care delivery system. Participants will also hear about the results of the 2018 Healthcare Survey, which includes information about how area employers are handling the rising costs of health care.

The breakfast will focus on how to use artificial intelligence to cost-effectively assist one's workforce in making better buying decisions; ensuring one's workforce has access to the tools and resources being developed to assist them when they need care; the role that plan design may play in assisting employees to make better decisions about care; the role of data in creating effective plan design; and facilitating and understanding the care process for people in need of significant care.

Separate costs have been set for CPBGH members and for nonmembers. Registration includes breakfast. To register, readers may visit


Pesticide Applicator Training Posted September 6, 2018

The Penn State Extension's Agronomic Pesticide Applicator's School will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Southeast Agricultural Research and Education Center, 1446 Auction Road, Manheim. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., the first breakout session will start at 8:30 a.m. and the last session will end at 3:30 p.m. Commercial or private pesticide applicators in need of continuing education credits are invited to attend.

Topics will include general pesticide safety and updates on current weed, insect and disease issues in Pennsylvania. Certified Crop Advisor CEUs and pesticide credits from Delaware and New Jersey have been approved for the meeting. Pennsylvania and West Virginia pesticide credits are pending. Each session will have a separate sign-in sheet for Pennsylvania, Maryland, and CCA credits, so participants may attend as many sessions as they want.

The fee includes a catered lunch. The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 13.

For more information and to register, readers may visit or call Penn State's Extension registration desk at 877-345-0691 from Mondays to Fridays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information about the event, readers may contact Liz Bosak at the Dauphin County Extension Office at 717-921-8803 or the Perry County Extension Office at 717-582-5150. To arrange for accommodations, readers may call 717-921-8803.


Pressley Ridge To Receive Donations September 6, 2018

Pressley Ridge, an organization dedicated to providing foster care and services for children, adults, and families facing difficult challenges and complex situations, has started a new partnership with OWL Chiropractic Center. The partnership is designed to support Pressley Ridge by bringing in financial and material donations.

Through the partnership, all new patient fees at the center will be donated to Pressley Ridge. Additionally, the center holds donation drives in its office. During the holidays, the office displays an angel tree through which patients can supply items such as toys and clothing for Pressley Ridge children.

The office is currently collecting new and gently used suitcases to fill with personal hygiene products such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, and other items to be given to children in foster care.

Pressley Ridge is headquartered in Pittsburgh, with central Pennsylvania offices in Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, and Camp Hill. For more information on Pressley Ridge, readers may visit


Cancer Care Center Receives Donation September 5, 2018

WellSpan's York Cancer Care Center recently received a donation of more than $10,160 from Miller Plant Farm. The funds will benefit the center's Patient Help Fund.

The funds were generated through the second annual Cancer Care Day, held on Aug. 4 at the farm. Festivities included the second annual Farm Fresh 5K, which was preceded by a welcome by Dustyn Miller, a fifth-generation farmer at the farm. Six weeks prior to the race, Dustyn's mother, Diane Miller, passed away after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. In lieu of the traditional moment of silence, he requested that all race participants cheer for everyone they knew who has been affected by cancer.

Out of a field of 186 runners, Christopher Martin of York had a winning time of 20 minutes, 54 seconds. Second-place finisher Dylan Ackerman of York logged a time of 21:23, and Thomas Urrunaga, also of York, came in third at 21:34. Farm employee Lyndee Anders of York repeated as the top female with a time of 23:35. Top male and female winners received a gift card to the farm. After crossing the finish line, all participants enjoyed fresh-cut watermelon.

President Dave Miller conducted giveaway drawings and was assisted by his daughter Courtney Fauth and daughter-in-law Christy Miller, along with his grandchildren Palmer and Alexandra Miller.

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