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2018 CSA Shares Still Available May 22, 2018

The Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op (LFFC) will offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares to members of the community. This year, farms will offer a full range of foodstuffs, from fruit and vegetables to flour, eggs, cheese, and dairy to chicken and red meat as well as flowers and Community Supported Medicines shares and more.

Prorated shares will be available throughout the summer. Readers may check out all LFFC has to offer by visiting www.lancasterfarmfresh.com or by calling the CSA department at 717-656-3533, ext. 2.

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Scholarship News Posted May 17, 2018

Applications will be accepted for the annual scholarship program of The Lancaster Medical Society Foundation. It is open to Lancaster County residents who are accepted or continuing a medical degree at an accredited medical school. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit good character and motivation, and show financial need. Funding for the 2018-19 academic year will be announced in September.

For more information or to obtain an application for the scholarship, readers may visit www.lancastermedicalsociety.org or contact Lancaster City and County Medical Society at 717-393-9588. Applications must be received or postmarked by Saturday, June 30, for consideration.

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López Completes Term As President May 9, 2018

Sharon López, partner in a Lancaster law firm, became immediate past president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) at the end of the PBA annual meeting on May 11. She completed her term as the 123rd president and the first Latina, the first ex-legal services attorney, and the first mother to serve as president in the history of the association that was founded in 1895.

López holds an undergraduate degree from Eastern Mennonite College and a juris doctorate degree from the Widener University School of Law (now known as Widener Law Commonwealth). The law school honored her in 2014 for her efforts to promote diversity in the legal profession. She also received the Widener University School of Law Alumni Outstanding Service Award in 2008.

For more information, readers may visit www.pabar.org.

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Scholarship Information Posted May 9, 2018

District 10 of the Pennsylvania Federation of the Business and Professional Women's Club (BPW) lnc. is seeking applications for its 2018 grants.

Two $500 grants will be awarded. One will go to a female resident of Delaware County, and a second scholarship will be awarded to a female resident of Chester County.

The deadline for submission is Friday, May 25. Awardees will be notified by Saturday, June 30. For more information, readers may email weinstein804@gmail.com or tmiller@frontrowlaw.com.

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Apprentices Earn Accolades May 9, 2018

The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC Keystone) recently announced that five of its high-achieving apprentices competed at the National Craft Championships (NCC) held on March 20 and 21 in Long Beach, Calif. On March 22, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) honored the winners of the National Craft Championships during the Careers in Construction Awards ceremony, which took place during the conclusion of the national convention.

ABC Keystone was represented by Jonathan Godinez (Lancaster), Benchmark Construction Company Inc. (Brownstown), carpentry; Alexander Tomassetti (Philadelphia), Benchmark Construction Company Inc. (Brownstown), carpentry; Nathan Ellenberger (Mount Joy), Haller Enterprises Inc. (Lititz), electrical; David Mummaw (Columbia), Frey Lutz Corporation (Lancaster), plumbing; and Shawn Ash (Wrightsville), Frey Lutz Corporation (Lancaster), sheet metal.

Two ABC Keystone apprentices won awards. Ellenberger won the Safety Award, Electrical. Tomassetti won the Bronze Medal, Carpentry.

The National Craft Championships (NCC) featured a field of more than 170 craft professionals competing for top honors in 15 competitions representing 12 crafts. Competitors first took an intense, two-hour written exam and then competed in a daylong hands-on practical performance test.

To learn more, readers may visit www.abckeystone.org.

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Chamber Presents Awards May 1, 2018

The Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 73rd annual Chamber Dinner and Awards Program on April 24 at the Downingtown Country Club. The Chamber's 2018 Civic Awards were presented to Virginia "Ginny" Pierce, Downingtown Country Club, Housing Partnership of Chester County, and Jay Fischer.

Pierce was awarded the 2018 Citizen of the Year. She is a lifelong resident of Downingtown and has contributed to the community for decades through delivering meals through the Meals on Wheels program, serving on the Downingtown Area High School Alumni Association and Borough Historical Commission, helping with upkeep and events at the Downingtown Log House, fundraising for the Minquas (Civil War) Cannon project, serving as caretaker of the public kiosk and gazebo in Kerr Park, helping to coordinate the annual Memorial Day Service at Marinelli Park, and more.

The Downingtown Country Club received the 2018 Business of the Year Award for its contributions to the community.

The 2018 Community Organization/Nonprofit of the Year Award recipient was the Housing Partnership of Chester County, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people of low to moderate incomes in Chester County by providing opportunities to acquire and maintain decent affordable housing.

Celebrating 30 years of service, the Housing Partnership of Chester County has coordinated 400 settlements for first-time home buyers, representing $3 million in financial assistance; completed $5.59 million in repairs for homeowners in Chester County; completed more than 500 weatherization and home maintenance projects for senior citizens at a cost of $4.3 million; made 160 homes handicapped-accessible, utilizing $2.06 million in grant funding; helped approximately 18,000 clients improve their credit worthiness; conducted prepurchase workshops for more than 4,500 potential first-time home buyers; submitted more than 300 Homeowner Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) applications to save homes from foreclosure; conducted financial literacy workshops in five school districts; and purchased, renovated, and sold eight distressed properties to first-time home buyers.

The James "Hank" Hamilton Chamber Service Award is presented each year to a Chamber member who excels in service to the organization. The 2018 Chamber Service Award was presented to Jay G. Fischer.

Fischer is a member of the Chamber's board of directors, serving as vice president, and is on multiple committees.

He is a partner in a Downingtown law firm and is a graduate of Penn State University and the University of Toledo College of Law. Fischer is a member of the Chester County Bar Association, Chester County Estate Planning Council, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and Pennsylvania Bar Association Probate Committee, and he serves as solicitor for the Borough of Downingtown Zoning Hearing Board. He has received numerous awards and was named the Chamber's Downingtown Citizen of the Year in 2003.

For additional information, readers may contact Steve Plaugher at 610-269-1523 or splaugher@dtrcc.com or visit www.dtrcc.com.

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Chamber Plans JumpStart Breakfast April 26, 2018

Manheim Chamber of Commerce will hold its May JumpStart Breakfast on Tuesday, May 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Enck's Catering, 1461 Lancaster Road, Manheim.

The event will feature a local officials roundtable with state Rep. Mindy Fee and Sen. Ryan Aument. For more information, readers may contact Kelly Lauver at 717-665-6330.

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Lancaster AHNA Chapter To Meet April 26, 2018

The Lancaster Chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7. The meeting will take place at the Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Road, Lancaster.

Dr. Keith Sheehan will present on natural ways for women to balance their hormones. A set donation will be accepted at the door.

For more information, readers may email Deb Gallagher at restoreenergy12@gmail.com.

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Vendors Sought For Art And Craft Show April 25, 2018

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Antique, Art, and Craft Show fundraising event on Saturday, June 30. The event is expected to attract 1,500 to 2,000 visitors.

The Chamber seeks craftspeople, antique dealers and artists to showcase their wares. Craft items must be handmade, and artwork must be original. All vendors will be asked to provide a valid PA Tax ID number upon registration.

Details and applications are available at www.PARiverTowns.com or by calling 717-684-5249.

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MDBA Plans Meeting April 12, 2018

Mason-Dixon Business Association (MDBA) will hold its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, April 18, at the Tea Trolley, 104 Main Street, Delta. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon.

In lieu of a guest speaker, each attendee will have the opportunity to discuss their business, nonprofit or upcoming event. Attendees are encouraged to register, and guests are welcome. There is a cost to attend.

For more information, readers may search for "Mason Dixon Business Association" on Facebook or visit www.masondixonba.org.

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Chamber Will Present Civic Awards April 11, 2018

Three Civic Awards recipients will be honored at the 73th annual dinner of the Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 24, at the Downingtown Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive, Downingtown. The event will begin at 5 p.m.

The Chamber will recognize Virginia "Ginny" Pierce as the 2018 Citizen of the Year, the Downingtown Country Club as the 2018 Business of the Year, and the Housing Partnership of Chester County as the 2018 Community Organization/Non-Profit of the Year.

Pierce is a lifelong resident of Downingtown who has contributed to the success and welfare of the community for decades by delivering meals through the Meals on Wheels program, spearheading upkeep and fundraising for the Downingtown Log House, serving on the Borough Historical Commission, coordinating the Log House Santa program, serving as caretaker for the Kerr Park Kiosk and Gazebo, leading renovation efforts at Marinelli Park, and developing a Neighborhood Watch Program.

The Downingtown Country Club has made a significant commitment in commercial growth through facility and golf course expansion efforts, along with service to the community. A member of the country club serves on the board of directors of the Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the club hosts numerous community events and functions.

The Housing Partnership of Chester County has made a significant impact on the Downingtown-Thorndale community and throughout Chester County by striving to improve the quality of life for low- to moderate-income people of Chester County by providing the ability to acquire and maintain decent affordable housing. Celebrating 30 years of service this year, the organization has coordinated 400 settlements for first-time home buyers, representing $3 million in financial assistance, and completed $5.59 million in repairs for home owners in Chester County and over 500 weatherization and home maintenance projects for senior citizens at a cost of $4.3 million. In addition, the Housing Partnership has made 160 homes handicapped-accessible utilizing $2.06 million in grant funding, and helped approximately 18,000 clients improve their credit worthiness, along with conducting pre-purchase workshops for more than 4,500 potential first time home buyers.

The Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce strives to set a standard for excellence in member service by advancing the civic, economic and business interests of the Downingtown-Thorndale region by promoting commerce, education and employment.

To obtain tickets to the Civic Awards dinner, readers may visit www.dtrcc.com or contact Chamber executive director Steve Plaugher at 610-269-1523 or splaugher@dtrcc.com. There is a fee per person.

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Chamber Posts Scholarships April 6, 2018

Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce scholarship applications are now available.

The Chamber will award $2,500 in scholarships: one for $1,000 to a graduating senior and one for $1,000 to a college/post-secondary student, as well as the Dorothy Metzler Memorial Scholarship based on community service. Students may apply for any of the scholarships but are required to fill out separate applications.

The scholarships are available to students who live in Mount Joy and also Chamber members' students (no matter which school district). To apply, readers may visit www.mountjoychamber.com and scroll to the bottom of the page for the links or they may pick up applications at the Chamber office, 62 E. Main St., Suite 1, Mount Joy.

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Program Features Mount Joy April 5, 2018

"Exploring Pennsylvania Boroughs" recently featured Mount Joy in an episode that aired on April 5 on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). Readers may watch the program on cable or by streaming on demand via a mobile device, Amazon Fire TV, or Roku using the PCN Select app. Readers may subscribe to PCN Select at pcntv.com.

According to the program, blacksmith shops and taverns were the first businesses to settle in the Mount Joy Borough, which is located in Lancaster County. Today, the borough is a bustling Main Street district that features a variety of attractions, shops, and restaurants. The television episode showcased local leadership, business owners, and residents as they took viewers on a tour of the borough and emphasized the quality of life and historic attractions that the small town offers.

"Exploring Pennsylvania Boroughs" is a partnership between PCN and the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB). Each month, PCN travels to a new borough to highlight the industry and culture that the communities contribute to the commonwealth. "Exploring Pennsylvania Boroughs" airs on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m.

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BPW Chapter Plans Meeting April 4, 2018

The Greater Downingtown Business and Professional Women (BPW) will meet on Wednesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at the Thorndale Inn, 430 Bondsville Road, Downingtown, for dinner, a program, and a meeting.

Guest speaker Arlene Renger, co-founder and president of Laundromat Library League, will share about the organization, which provides books to children. Members will donate children's books to the Library League.

For more information about BPW, visit www.bpwgrdowningtown.org. To make a reservation for dinner, call Cindy Markley at 610-363-1404.

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Chamber Of Commerce Will Award Scholarships March 15, 2018

The Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce (SLCCC) will award $500 scholarships to two graduating seniors - one each from Solanco and Lampeter-Strasburg school districts - who plan to pursue a business-related major in college or technical school or plan to operate their own business following graduation.

The application for Solanco students is available at https://app.mykaleidoscope.com/. For details, students may call the guidance office at 717-786-2151, ext. 8160. Lampeter-Strasburg students may obtain applications by contacting Ed Krasnai in the guidance office at 717-464-3311. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 1. Scholarship funding is provided through SLCCC's annual shredding event.

For more information, readers may call Keith Kaufman, SLCCC secretary, at 717-786-5617.

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Minnich Honored For Service March 15, 2018

Jeff Minnich, owner of Groff's Printing in Quarryville, is the recipient of the first annual Community Service Award from the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce (SLCCC). The award recognizes a person who has provided important, lasting, volunteer public service in Quarryville and southern Lancaster County.

Kendall Keeler, a member of the chamber's board of directors and chairman of its community service award committee, presented Minnich with a plaque during the chamber's annual banquet at The Fireside Tavern in Strasburg. In addition, Keeler announced that a $500 scholarship in Minnich's name will be awarded to a student in the Solanco or Lampeter-Strasburg school districts who will major in a business-related field in college or technical school, or who plan to operate their own business following high school graduation. Upon receiving his award, Minnich announced that he will provide a matching $500 to make it a $1,000 business-related scholarship for a Solanco or Lampeter-Strasburg senior.

While presenting Minnich with the award, Keeler noted Minnich's remarkable support for the community and involvement in many activities, specifically mentioning his coordination of the Solanco Fair parade each year.

Nominees for the 2019 Community Service Award are being accepted. To nominate someone, readers may visit southernlancasterchamber.org, or email Keith Kaufman at keith_kaufman@solancosd.org.

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MDBA Plans Luncheon March 7, 2018

The Mason-Dixon Business Association (MDBA) will hold a luncheon on Wednesday, March 21, at Steelefish Grille, 660 Boulton Street, Bel Air, Md. The guest speaker will be from the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon.

There is a cost for the luncheon. Reservations are encouraged, and guests are welcome to attend. For more information, readers may visit www.masondixonba.org. In case of inclement weather, if schools in either Harford or York County are closed, the meeting will be cancelled.

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LOHF Scholarship News Announced March 1, 2018

The Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation (LOHF) annually awards scholarships to deserving nursing students. These include students beginning their nursing education and nurses advancing their careers. Funds are also available for nurses studying for certification classes, such as the School Nurse Certificate. Scholarships renew annually for recipients for the duration of their program of study. Scholarship applications for Lancaster County nursing students are due no later than Tuesday, May 15.

Applicants must be practical or registered nursing students who are residents of Lancaster County and attend one of several schools in Lancaster County, including Harrisburg Area Community College (Lancaster Campus), Lancaster Career and Technology Center, and PA College of Health Sciences. Applicants may also be licensed nurses who are residents of Lancaster County and attend any RN to BSN, BSN, master's, post-master's, or doctoral program, and certification classes, including, but not limited to, school nurse, lactation consultant, and others requiring education.

There are scholarship program requirements that must be met. Applicants must be permanent residents of Lancaster County at the time of application or working in healthcare in Lancaster County. Applicants must be admitted to a nursing education program at time of application. Scholarships are for tuition costs only. Students receiving 100 percent tuition reimbursement should not apply. By accepting a nurse education scholarship from LOHF, the scholarship recipient agrees to work full-time in nursing in Lancaster County for one year of scholarship support awarded. For complete details and an application, readers may visit www.lohf.org/scholarships.

Applications will be reviewed to identify finalists for interviews that will take place in July. Recipients will be notified by mail in July. Initial scholarship payments will be made to the nursing schools in August. A reception to celebrate nursing and current and past scholarship winners will be held in September.

Individuals who have already received a nurse scholarship and wish to continue their nursing education are encouraged to re-apply for another scholarship as they advance their education.

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Coalition Elects Board Officers February 28, 2018

James Maurer has been elected as board chairman for the Central Penn Business Group on Health. Maurer is joined by Jason Dennis Sr., vice chairman; Regina Deel, secretary; Joan Enoch, treasurer; and Tom Williams, immediate past chair. New board members for 2018 include George Ioannidis, Jessica Lilly, and Maureen Putnam.

The Central Penn Business Group on Health is a nonprofit employer coalition that provides a forum and a voice for the business community on healthcare through collaboration among stakeholders. Its mission is to promote continuous improvement in the quality and cost of healthcare for member companies, their employees, and dependents. To learn more, readers may contact Diane Hess at 717-239-6954 or dhess@cpbgh.org.

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BPW Plans Meeting February 27, 2018

The Greater Downingtown Business and Professional Women (BPW) will meet on Wednesday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at the Thorndale Inn, Route 340, Thorndale, for networking, dinner, a program, and a business meeting. The speaker will be William Dunn, a cancer survivor. His topic will be "Against Smoking."

Readers are asked to call Cindy Markley at 610-363-1404 for information and reservations. Readers may also visit www.bpwgrdowningtown.org.

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