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PSBA Safety Grants Posted July 11, 2018

Winners of the Keystone/Pennsylvania School Bus Association (PSBA) Safety Grant were announced at the PSBA's Annual Conference on June 24. Winners included John Polli with Reliance Student Transportation of York, Lea Newcomer with F&S Transportation of York, and Fred and LeeAnn Kline with Allegheny Transportation of Aetna.

Keystone and the PSBA partnered in 2018 to offer the first annual Safety Grant as an opportunity to improve safety of fleet operations or services provided to employees or students. The grant offers up to $30,000 for winners to implement proposed safety initiatives throughout the course of a year, with the opportunity to showcase their efforts during the next year's annual conference.

Reliance Transportation proposed the installation of electronic "child check" units in their passenger vans to minimize the chances of a child being left in a van. F&S Transportation proposed creating an eco-friendly driver simulator for new and seasoned drivers to test skills in real-world environments while saving on fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Allegheny Transportation proposed a mascot, Gus the Goose, to minimize injuries by helping students remember safety rules in videos, school appearances, and signs on the bus.

For more information, readers may visit


Spirit Of YoCo Awards Posted July 11, 2018

The Spirit of YoCo Awards 2018 will accept nominations in several categories. The 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 categories include Appointed Official of the Year, Elected Official of the Year, Community Service Award, Education/Workforce Development Advocate of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Non-Profit Community Impact Award. For additional details and to submit a nominee, readers may visit and search the Events Calendar under Member Benefits for the Spirit of YoCo Awards breakfast on Sept. 26.

For more information, readers may also contact Mary Walker at 717-771-4575 or


Tourism Grant Program News July 11, 2018

The York County Tourism Grant Program supports projects that grow the local tourism industry and draw more visitors to York County. Funded by the local room tax, tourism grants can help enhance existing programs, create a new event, improve marketing efforts, and much more.

The application period for 2018 Round Two grant awards is open with a maximum grant amount of $10,000. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Local businesses may apply to grow their business, reach new customers, and make York County an even better place to live, work and play. Creative ideas could be a perfect fit if they enhance the visitor experience, create a positive economic impact through overnight stays, strengthen an existing attraction, and attract visitors beyond a 50-mile radius of York.

To apply for the grant, readers may visit Grant applications must be submitted online. For questions, readers may contact


YoCo Bloom Micro-Grant Available July 10, 2018

The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) has announced the launch of YoCo Bloom. YoCo Bloom is a new micro-grant program available to YCEA members with initiatives benefiting the York County community.

Two grants in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded to YCEA members based in York County with fewer than 100 employees. This growth opportunity will allow for smaller organizations to increase their impact in the county. In addition, this gives organizations a chance to gain exposure throughout the county.

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Friday, July 13. For details and an application, readers may visit and search for "YoCo Bloom."


Chamber Seeks Event Sponsors June 27, 2018

The Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce will hold its July Block Party on Friday, July 13. The event will feature the Lego Crawl, where children and adults may visit participating businesses to collect Lego pieces and have their bingo-style cards stamped.

Any Elizabethtown area business can be a sponsor, which will help cover the cost of the Lego pieces for this year's event. To register a sponsorship, readers may visit or email


Carlisle Property Showcase Slated June 12, 2018

The Downtown Carlisle Association will host a Downtown Carlisle Property Showcase on Wednesday, June 20, at 3 p.m. The event will highlight available properties and offer an opportunity to learn the steps to open a business in Carlisle.

The showcase tour will start at 6 S. Hanover St. (next to the Comfort Suites), where visitors will be welcomed and taken on a walking tour of available downtown properties. After the tour, attendees will have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with key people who can guide them through the process of opening their own business and making downtown Carlisle their business address.

Readers may register for the showcase by contacting


López Completes Term As President June 5, 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, which 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


Leadership York To Host Annual Event May 31, 2018

Leadership York will host SPARK, its annual social and networking event, on Wednesday, June 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Warehaus, 320 N. George St., York. The signature annual event is an opportunity for Leadership York alumni to reunite and network, as well as a way to introduce non-alumni to the organization's leadership development programs.

This year, the annual event will also be a special celebration of Leadership York's 40th anniversary. The brief program will include stories and reflections from alumni throughout Leadership York's history, the vision for the future of the organization, and an announcement of the total funds raised for the special 40 Days of Giving Challenge. Refreshments will be served, and prospective participants may speak one-on-one with alumni about what they gained from their participation in the programs.

There is no charge to attend SPARK. Registration is not required, but those who wish to register may email

Leadership York's mission is to train and support individuals who have the desire to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization was founded in 1978 and boasts just under 3,700 graduates from its six programs. Those graduates provide leadership to more than 250 nonprofit organizations and serve thousands of constituents in state and local government. For more information, readers may visit


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 or by calling the CSA department at 717-656-3533, ext. 2.


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 or contact Lancaster City and County Medical Society at 717-393-9588. Applications must be received or postmarked by Saturday, June 30, for consideration.


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 or


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


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 or visit


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.


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


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 or by calling 717-684-5249.


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


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 or contact Chamber executive director Steve Plaugher at 610-269-1523 or There is a fee per person.


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 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.


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

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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