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Schools Host Recycling Assemblies November 12, 2018

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

The assembly programs ran through Friday, Nov. 16. Performances ran approximately 45 minutes and featured 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 received "Magic Pots and Recycled Bottles" performances at no charge. The schools included 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 www.ycswa.com and click on Community Outreach and Education or contact the schools listed above.

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LCCTC Receives Mini Excavator November 6, 2018

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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 www.facebook.com/KeystoneMilitaryFamilies.

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Children's Book Drive Planned October 24, 2018

Public libraries in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties will benefit from the annual children's book drive held by Royer's Flowers and Gifts, set to run through Saturday, Nov. 10. The book drive began on Oct. 28.

Used books will not be accepted. For more information, including library wish lists, readers may visit www.royers.com/bouquetsforbooks.

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Youth Group To Host Food Stand October 19, 2018

The youth group of Hempfield Church of the Brethren (COB) will operate a food stand during the open house at Eastland Alpacas, 2089 Risser Mill Road, Mount Joy, to raise money for future mission trips. The community event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 3 and 10, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, Nov. 4 and 11.

This year, the food stand, which will accept cash only, will offer hot dogs, burgers, walking tacos, fried taco salad, homemade fries, baked goods, and beverages. The stand will be staffed by church youths and church families. The open house will also feature opportunities to feed, walk, pet, and learn about alpacas. There will be 4-H obstacle course presentations throughout the day, as well as balloon animals, barrel train rides, and wagon rides.

The church's mission trip focuses rotate between local, national, and international locations. The group's next trip will take place the weekend of Friday, Nov. 16. The senior high youths will travel to Washington, D.C., with Lititz COB and partner with St. Stephen's Baptist Church to assemble and hand out Thanksgiving meals, join with Widow's Pantry to hand out food and clothes to homeless individuals, and collect shoes for those in need, both nationally and internationally. Past mission events have included service work ranging from construction through Brethren Disaster Ministries to partnering with Roblealto Child Care Association to minister to at-risk children.

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Program To Buy Back Candy October 19, 2018

Local residents are encouraged to trade in their excess trick-or-treat candy for cash through the Halloween Candy Buy Back program. Through Operation Gratitude, the collected candy will be sent to troops serving overseas.

Candy will be collected at Mor Smiles, 245 Bloomfield Drive, Suite 211, Lititz, on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each child is eligible to receive a set amount of money per pound of unopened, uneaten candy, up to 10 pounds.

The dental practice has participated in the Halloween Candy Buy Back for several years and has collected hundreds of pounds of candy.

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Program To Buy Back Candy October 19, 2018

Local residents are encouraged to trade in their excess trick-or-treat candy for cash through the Halloween Candy Buy Back program. Through Operation Gratitude, the collected candy will be sent to troops serving overseas.

Candy will be collected at Mor Smiles, 245 Bloomfield Drive, Suite 211, Lititz, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each child is eligible to receive a set amount of money per pound of unopened, uneaten candy, up to 10 pounds.

Children are also encouraged to create letters for the service members, which will be shipped out with the candy. Parents can also enter to win a gift card for a local eatery.

The dental practice has participated in the Halloween Candy Buy Back for several years and has collected hundreds of pounds of candy.

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Bazaar To Support Fire Company October 16, 2018

A Christmas bazaar will be held at Kinzer Fire Hall, 3521 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzers, on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bazaar will feature signs, jewelry, clothes, books, decor, soaps, candles, blacksmith goods, horseshoe art, desserts, candies, makeup, canvas paintings, gourds and crocheted items.

The event is being hosted by Chapel Hill Forge. Vendor fees, along with proceeds from food sales, will benefit the fire company.

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Cultural Alliance Receives Contribution October 9, 2018

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Organization Receives Donation Of Supplies October 9, 2018

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Food Bank Receives Grant October 8, 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 https://creategrit.com/grants.

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.

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Corn Pickin' 5K To Benefit Landis Homes Caring Fund October 5, 2018

The fourth annual Corn Pickin' 5K will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Oregon Dairy, 2900 Oregon Pike, Lancaster. The timed 5K race will start at 8 a.m. The community event will feature other activities, including a 1-mile fun run/walk and a Kids' Dash for youths age 12 and under.

The 5K course winds through the rolling hills of the Oregon Dairy farmland and through the campus of Landis Homes, where residents often line the route to cheer on the 5K participants.

WJTL's Kid's Cookie Break with Lisa Landis will be live on-site from 9 a.m. to noon, and there will be opportunities to take part in the Kids Pumpkin Pickin' Days, a corn maze, a jump pad, and more. Food will also be available.

Proceeds from the Corn Pickin' 5K will benefit the Landis Homes Caring Fund, helping ensure that aging adults living at Landis Homes and their families have the peace of mind and financial support. Annually, Landis Homes, a faith-based and Christ-centered nonprofit ministry, provides more than $3 million of uncompensated benevolent care to recipients who have exhausted their financial resources. Last year the race brought in nearly $5,000 for the Caring Fund.

For additional information about the race and to register, readers may visit www.oregondairy.com/family-fun/corn-pickin-5k.

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Ronald McDonald House Receives Donation October 5, 2018

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Schools Receive Supplies October 5, 2018

Students at four Penn Manor schools recently received donations of supplies.

The school supplies were collected from staff members and customers at Roberts Automotive in Mountville and Customs Classics in Willow Street. The donations, which included hundreds of markers, pencils, notebooks, crayons, rulers, glue sticks, backpacks, and tissues, were recently given to Central Manor, Pequea, Conestoga, and Eshleman elementary schools.

The annual supply drive began five years ago and has grown from supporting one school in the first year to four this year.

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Fall Blast 5K To Benefit "A Week Away" September 28, 2018

A Week Away, a Lancaster County-based 501(c)(3) charity, will benefit from the 15th annual Fall Blast 5K run/walk hosted by HARTZ Physical Therapy.

The 5K (3.1-mile) race will be held at John R. Bonfield Elementary School, 101 N. Oak St., Lititz, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The route will be flat. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners, and awards will also be given to the top finishers in each age bracket.

A children's fun run will take place immediately following the conclusion of the 5K.

Team entries will be discounted. For team entry information, to register, and to learn about the children's fun run, readers may visit www.hartzpt.com.

For the third year in a row, all proceeds will benefit A Week Away, a volunteer-run organization that helps to finance and coordinate respite weeks for individuals and their loved ones who are dealing with life-threatening illness. A check for $17,000 was presented to president Joe Fittipaldi and vice president Marie McCune following last year's race. Those proceeds were used to help pay for the nearly 53 respites the organization has scheduled so far in 2018. For more information, readers may visit www.aweekaway.org.

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Organization Receives Donation September 26, 2018

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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 www.redcrossblood.org.

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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 www.facebook.com/KeystoneMilitaryFamilies.

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4-H Organization Receives Donation September 12, 2018

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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 www.pplempoweringeducators.com. Applications will be accepted online through Sunday, Sept. 30.

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