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Fourth Friday Passport Program Set April 19, 2017

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) will offer the Fourth Friday Passport program from Fourth Friday, April 28, until Fourth Friday, Aug. 25. Venues will be open various days and hours throughout the week, as well as each Fourth Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Six local businesses in the Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville areas will offer special discounts or promotions only for holders of a program passport. Those who obtain an approved vendor stamp from five of the businesses may enter a prize drawing, set to occur at the SVCC Visitors Center on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Completed passports must be submitted by Monday, Aug. 28, to qualify for entry.

Passports may be purchased at the SVCC Visitors Center, 445 Linden St., Columbia, and most participating businesses at any time until the end of the program. To learn more, call the SVCC Visitors Center at 684-5249. First Friday details are also available at


Leadership Panel Event Planned April 19, 2017

Leadership Cumberland will hold an "Evolution of Leadership" panel discussion on Wednesday, May 3, at 3:30 p.m. at the U.S. Army Heritage Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle.

Kyle C. Snyder, chief administrative officer of Geisinger Holy Spirit, will speak during the event. At Geisinger Holy Spirit, Snyder is responsible for the operations of the hospital, medical group and emergency medical services in central Pennsylvania. Prior to assuming this position in June 2016, he served as vice president of operations/integration following Holy Spirit's affiliation with Geisinger Health System in 2014.

The interactive panel discussion will also feature Bob Marquette, president and chief executive officer, Members 1st Federal Credit Union; Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, commandant, U.S. Army War College; and Maddie Young, president and chief executive officer, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Panelists will discuss what has shaped their careers and how their leadership styles have changed over the years.

The event is free, but registration is requested. To register, readers may visit, email, or call 763-9300.


Project Brings New Look To Columbia April 19, 2017

Area residents and visitors may have noticed new banners hanging from lamp posts throughout Columbia, as well as flags on display at the borough's businesses. The design of the flags and banners is part of the rebranding efforts for the town led by the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) and Columbia Borough.

"We're really enthused about the new branding," said SVCC executive director Kathleen Hohenadel. "This way when people look down the street, they'll see a more uniform look."

Individuals will also see the new look on Columbia Borough letterhead and SVCC newsletters and promotional materials.

Businesses have the option of purchasing open flags to display that are emblazoned with "Historic Columbia: Museums, Treasures, and Riverlore" and a picture of the Columbia-Wrightsville bridge. Business owners with an SVCC membership will receive complimentary paper bags with the new design to use when shoppers purchase merchandise. To inquire about purchasing banners, interested individuals may contact or 684-5249.

The project was funded by SVCC and Columbia Borough. Design work was completed by Columbia designer Todd Burgard.

SVCC is a nonprofit organization that represents the communities of Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. According to, the member-driven organization is 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.


Craft Guild Plans Display April 11, 2017

Chester County Craft Guild paired 20 poets with 20 craft artists and invited them to write an "ekphrastic" poem, in which poems are written in response to artwork. The poems, and the works in glass, metal, wood, fiber, clay, and photography that inspired them, will be exhibited in the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Gallery, 335 N. Queen St, Lancaster, from Friday, May 5, through Tuesday, May 30.

An opening reception will take place on May 5, and visitors may vote for their favorite poem and artwork from 5 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to attend.


AHNA Plans Workshop April 6, 2017

The Lancaster Chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) will present a workshop on "Tapping - Emotional Freedom Technique" by Marian Condon, R.N., D.Ed., professor emerita from the Department of Nursing at York College, on Wednesday, April 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will take place at Sage Continuing Education Center, 719 Olde Hickory Road, Suite B (second floor), Lancaster.

The event is open to the public. There is a cost to attend. Space is limited, so preregistration is encouraged. For more information, readers may contact Ann Reid at 431-9646 or


MDBA Plans Luncheon April 6, 2017

The Mason-Dixon Business Association (MDBA) will hold its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, April 19, at 510 Johnnys, 510 Marketplace Drive, Bel Air, Md. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon. The guest speaker will be Harford County executive Barry Glassman.

Registration is encouraged, and guests are welcome. There is a cost. For more information, readers may visit the association's Facebook page or


Wills For Heroes Selects Honorees April 5, 2017

Organizers of Wills for Heroes, a program providing free wills and other estate planning documents for Pennsylvania's emergency responders, military veterans, and their spouses or significant others, selected five attorneys for the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Verdina Y. Showell Award for their dedication and years of service to the program.

The award recognizes outstanding community service and commitment to the Wills for Heroes program and is named in memory of Verdina Y. Showell, a lawyer at Exelon Business Services Company LLC, who passed away suddenly in 2008. As Exelon Legal Department's pro bono lead in Philadelphia, she helped plan and execute the first Wills for Heroes clinic in Pennsylvania, which was held in 2008 at Exelon's Limerick Nuclear Generating Station.

Showell Award recipients for 2015, 2016, and 2017 were recognized during a Wills for Heroes clinic on March 11. Those honorees are Jodi Oley of Downingtown, Wills for Heroes county co-coordinator and attorney at Eckert Seamans; Courtney Wiggins of Coatesville, Wills for Heroes county co-coordinator and attorney at Mauger and Meter; Crystal Fritsch of Glenside, attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP; Julianne Beil of Pittsburgh, Wills for Heroes county co-coordinator and attorney at Cutruzzula and Nalducci; and Amy Rees of Pittsburgh, Wills for Heroes county co-coordinator and attorney at Heritage Elder Law and Estate Planning LLC.

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division adopted Wills for Heroes in 2008 as one of its major community service projects. To date, the program has provided wills and other estate planning documents to more than 10,000 first responders, military veterans, and their spouses or significant others. Despite the inherently dangerous nature of their jobs, an overwhelmingly large number of emergency responders - approximately 80 to 90 percent - do not have wills.

Wills for Heroes events are being held in Pennsylvania communities upon request of leaders from local police, fire and emergency medical personnel organizations, military veteran organizations, and county bar associations. On a scheduled day, a team of lawyers bring computer laptops to a meeting location and spend at least an hour with each participant who preregisters to attend the event. Volunteer non-attorneys who serve as witnesses, notaries, and event organizers also are crucial to the success of each clinic.

A participant sits with a lawyer to review a questionnaire that the participant has filled out in advance. Answers are entered into a computer-based program. The lawyer reviews the resulting document with the participant to ensure its accuracy. After a final review by an estate planning lawyer and any necessary corrections are made, the will is printed, signed and notarized.

Upon request, lawyer volunteers also work with each participant to prepare a healthcare power of attorney and an advance medical directive, often called a "living will," which specify what actions should be taken for the participant's health in the event that he or she can no longer make decisions due to illness or incapacity. In addition, lawyers prepare a durable power of attorney, a document that gives another person legal authority to act on behalf of the participant if the participant becomes incapacitated or unable to handle his or her financial matters.

To learn more, readers contact the Pennsylvania Bar Association at 800-932-0311 or


CPENG Members Will Network March 29, 2017

Career Professional Executive Networking Group (CPENG) will hold an event on Tuesday, April 11, at Fiorentino's Restaurant, 500 Airport Road, Lititz, from 6 to 8 p.m. The occasion will be a social networking event and is open to all mid- to senior-level executives and their guests.

CPENG is a membership based nonprofit organization that provides a forum for members to develop professional relationships and to provide support for business and professional career transitions through training, volunteer experience, networking and support groups. Attendees who are currently in career transition should bring copies of their resume or a one-page career profile, while self-employed individuals or business owners are encouraged to bring business cards.

There is a cost per attendee, which will be collected at the door. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Reservations are requested. To learn more about the organization and to register for the event, readers may visit


ABWA Chapter Plans Meeting March 28, 2017

The Wheatland-Conestoga ABWA Chapter will hold its dinner meeting at the Heritage Hotel, 500 Centerville Road, Lancaster, on Tuesday, April 4. Dr. Lucia Murphy will speak on "It's Been Said That As Long As You Feel Inspired, Your Life Is Being Well Spent." The meeting will open with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

For more information and reservations, readers may contact Doris James at 394-5358 or visit


ABWA Chapter Posts Meeting March 23, 2017

The Penn Square Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) will meet on Thursday, April 6, at 11:45 a.m. at the Hamilton Club of Lancaster, 106 E. Orange St., Lancaster. The meeting will feature Shirley Kurtz, who will share her expertise relating to the coordination of the appropriate colors best suited to accommodate skin tones.

To register, readers may search for "ABWA Penn Square April 2017 Monthly Chapter Meeting" at For more information, readers may email or visit

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