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Self-Reliance Classes Posted October 18, 2017

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has developed a series of four free courses to aid individuals in their quest for greater financial independence.

The courses include Education, Better Employment, Starting and Growing a Business, and Personal Finance. Each course runs for a 12-week period and is guided by authorized, locally trained facilitators. Each group meets two hours per week at a time that the participants agree works best for them.

Ten self-reliance groups from York and Lancaster have recently concluded the first round of training. The regional leader of the Lancaster Pennsylvania Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ, Dr. Conrad Knudson of York, who serves as the Church's Stake President, invites people of any faith over age 12 in Lancaster and York counties to take part.

For additional information, readers may contact Richard Read at The next round of classes will start the beginning of next year.


Scholarship News Posted September 21, 2017

The Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster will accept applications for scholarship training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to multisensory language teaching. The 12-month training program will lead to Teacher Level Certification in Orton-Gillingham. Orton-Gillingham is a structured, sequential approach to multisensory language remediation.

Candidates must have at least a bachelor's degree and be willing to commit time to training and tutoring. All clearances required by the PA Department of Education must be submitted subsequent to the awarding of a scholarship. The cost of these background checks will be borne by the Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster.

The training program is of value to all teachers, but especially to those in the fields of reading, special education, and ELL. However, a background in the field of education is not required. The program is also ideal for retirees with a love of learning who want to make a difference in the life of a child.

The training program is accredited by IMSLEC (The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council), which sets the standards for rigor and length of training. Scholarship requirements consist of commitment to 50 hours of lecture and a minimum 100 hours of supervised student practicum. Student practicum consists of two students seen for two hours a week after school hours.

Readings and tests are additional requirements. Training will begin in March with projected completion for May 2019. The only cost to a scholarship recipient is for core materials and a materials fee. At the completion of training, 180 Act 48 hours are awarded free of charge.

For more information and a scholarship application, readers may contact the Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster at 717-481-5680 or The deadline for submission of a scholarship application is Friday, Dec. 1.


"Career Success" Events Posted September 20, 2017

Parents, students, and young adults are invited to Redefining Career Success, a series of community events focusing on linking attendees' passion, knowledge, and skills with employers in Lancaster County.

The events will take place as follows: Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Quarryville Library Center, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville; Thursday, Oct. 12, at Ephrata Area High School, 803 Oak Blvd., Ephrata; Thursday, Oct. 19, at HACC - Lancaster Campus East 203, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster; Thursday, Oct. 26, at ABC Keystone Chapter, 135 Shellyland Road, Manheim; and Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the auditorium at Columbia High School, 901 Ironville Pike, Columbia.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., and employers will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. Workshops, which will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., will include "Earning While You Learn: Financing Your Education" and "One Size Does Not Fit All: Training Options in an Ever-Changing Economy."

Scholarships in the amount of $500 are available, with a $1,000 grand prize scholarship.

For more information or to register, readers may visit


Seasonal Garden Service Posted September 20, 2017

Dauphin County Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions at the Penn State Extension - Dauphin County Office, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, from Sunday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 27. The public is invited to call with gardening questions or bring in samples of plants or insects from their gardens for analysis and/or diagnosis. All insects brought into the Dauphin County Office must be dead and must be in a container preferably with isopropyl alcohol due to the bed bug problem.

Office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Readers may call the Master Gardeners at 717-921-8803 or visit


SCORE Plans Financing Workshop September 13, 2017

Susquehanna SCORE, a business mentoring service for start-ups, will hold a "Financing for Small Business" workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Camp Hill Borough Building, 2145 Walnut St., Camp Hill.

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., participants will hear an overview addressing topics such as how much of one's own seed money should be invested, when and how much should be borrowed from family and friends, pros and cons of crowd-funding a start-up, when a business owner should seek investors, how much ownership should be given to investors, the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan process, and how to access loans. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., the attending business and banking experts will be available to provide participants with individual guidance about financing and business development.

Workshop reservations are available at


Pesticide Applicator Training Posted September 6, 2017

The Penn State Extension's Agronomic Pesticide Applicator's School will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 21, 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. Pennsylvania pesticide applicators can obtain as many as six core and six category PC/01 credits in one day or as many as 12 core credits. Certified Crop Advisor and pesticide credits from Delaware and Maryland have been approved for the meeting. 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. 14.

For more information and to register, readers may visit or call the Penn State Extension Dauphin County Office at 717-921-8803.

Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided may call the aforementioned number in advance of his or her participation or visit.


Women's Mentoring Program Posted August 16, 2017

The Center for Women in Leadership, a program of Samaritan Business Consulting, will accept applications for the 2017-18 Key to Your Future Women's Mentoring Program. The program offers women an opportunity to experience a mentoring relationship in a structured format that includes self-assessments, workshops, one-on-one meetings, networking, and social events while they expand their career potential.

Mentees will be supported in taking steps toward a career goal while increasing confidence, making connections, and learning to articulate a personal vision. Mentors will have the satisfaction of helping another woman in that process while learning a formal mentoring process and enhancing their own personal growth.

The program, which runs September through April, includes mentor training and support; matched mentor/mentees; a kickoff luncheon; four 90-minute workshops on the Disc behavior profile, networking, goal setting, and presentations; monthly mentor/mentee meetings; two networking/social events; and graduation.

The ideal mentee is entering or re-entering the workforce, looking for a fresh start in her career, or seeking a position of greater responsibility. The ideal mentor is a seasoned professional woman who is passionate about helping women succeed, communicates effectively, and willing to commit time and expertise. Potential mentors do not have to have experience in a formal mentoring program to participate.

Mentors and mentees will be matched by the KEY Partners, with consideration of personal and professional interests. The cost to participate as either a mentor or a mentee covers all expenses. Special business discounts are available.

For more information, readers may contact Amy Winslow Weiss at 717-560-2805, ext. 101, or


Educators Complete Program July 31, 2017

The York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL), in partnership with Shippensburg University, recently held its Educator in the Workplace course. Nine York County Educators successfully completed the program over the course of five days starting on June 12.

The program consisted of two days in a traditional classroom setting at Dallastown High School, learning about the importance of bringing relevant workplace experiences and career education into the classroom. The primary feature was in the middle of the week, when participants spent three days on-site at a host's workplace observing and participating in a variety of job-shadowing activities.

The following individuals completed the Educator in the Workplace course: Kelly Blizzard, Ore Valley Elementary, Dallastown; Debra Caler, Hanover Middle School, Hanover; Sarah Curry, South Eastern Intermediate School, South Eastern; Molly Dallmeyer, Dallastown Area High School, Dallastown; Michael Drudy, York County School of Technology; Eva Hess, York Catholic High School; Laura McGowan, Dallastown Area Intermediate School, Dallastown; Richard Meinl, Kennard-Dale, South Eastern; and Megan Zinn, Dallastown Area Intermediate School, Dallastown.

Educators completing the Educator in the Workplace Program are eligible to receive Act 48 Credits at no cost to them, provided they are from a YCAL Partner School. Educators may also enroll in the course through Shippensburg University and take the course for graduate-level credit. The Educator in the Workplace Program is offered each summer through a partnership between YCAL and Shippensburg University's Educational Leadership Program.

The YCAL works with businesses and schools to provide career education, relevant academic experiences, and work-based learning to York County students. For more information, readers may visit or contact executive director Kevin Appnel at


Organization Honors Business Leaders July 21, 2017

Leadership York held its Leadership Training Program/Executive Connections graduation event on May 24. The organization recognized the Executive Connections Class of 2017 and the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Rob Stone.

The Executive Connections Class of 2017 comprised 21 executives, managers, and directors in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The group met from March through May to learn about York County history, services, and systems, and to explore York's economic and cultural issues and amenities. The annual program series is aimed at those who are new to the York area or to their leadership role and are looking to expand their involvement in the community.

The class consisted of the following individuals: Joe Cerminara, Graham Architectural Products; Jason Elliott, WellSpan Health; Charles Field, PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company; Darryl Jones, HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, York Campus; Michael Konieczka, Wagman Construction Inc.; Scharmen Konieczka, self-sponsored; Brian Laughlin, York Newspaper Company; Andrew Loehwing, York County School of Technology; Ben Marchant, Springettsbury Township; Tim Melita, Graham Engineering; Anthony Moore, Graham Architectural Products; Richard Read, Glatfelter; Kathy Read, self-sponsored; Brian Scutta, Columbia Gas of PA; Stacey Sidle, Northeastern School District; John Stachowiak, Glatfelter; Amy Stout, Harley-Davidson; Tuan Tran, Graham Architectural Products; Janique Walker, Children's Aid Society; Frederick Walker, self-sponsored; and Patricia Zwergel, Graham Engineering.

Each year, Leadership York recognizes one outstanding alumnus or alumna for his or her contributions to the greater good in the community. Stone, the 2017 honoree, is a graduate of Leadership York's Executive Connections Class of 2011.

Stone is president and CEO of Covenant Insurance Group. His community service and leadership includes roles with Dover Township, Historic York, the York County Stormwater Consortium, Katallasso Family Health Center, United States Airforce Auxiliary, and his church. He and his wife, Nancy, have served as foster parents for special needs children for the past 19 years.

The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year selection committee consists of past recipients of Leadership York's Alumnus of the Year Award and Leadership York staff.

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 more than 3,500 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


COBYS Plans Training Session July 13, 2017

COBYS Family Services will host a training event on opioid use and response for social service professionals, educators, foster and adoptive parents, and others on Friday, July 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. The event will take place at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster.

David Fialko will lead the session, titled "Understanding Opioids and Narcan Response." Fialko is an international certified prevention specialist with the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania. According to its website, the organization provides resources and opportunities to reduce the impact of addiction, trauma, and other related health issues by offering prevention, consultation, education, advocacy, assessment, intervention, and recovery support services. Fialko has more than 14 years of experience working in the drug and alcohol and mental health fields as an adventure-based counselor, educator, intensive outpatient counselor, and prevention specialist.

Training objectives include understanding opioids and how they are abused, and learning about resources for combatting the problem.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. There is a fee to attend, but the program is free for all current and former foster or adoptive families. Advance registration is required for all attenders by Thursday, July 20. To register, readers may visit

More information is available by contacting COBYS director of placement services Mary Sourber at or 717-656-6580.


Chamber Seeks Mentors July 13, 2017

The Lancaster Chamber is searching for mentors for the Women in Business Mentoring Program and Young Men's Mentoring Program for the 2017-18 school year.

Both programs provide opportunities for local business professionals to help shape and grow the future leaders of the workforce by providing guidance, sharing wisdom and offering encouragement to high school juniors through one-on-one mentoring relationships. Activities include job shadowing and special learning and professional growth opportunities. The full schedule and additional details are available by visiting and clicking on "Community Prosperity" and then "Business Education." The registration deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 1.

There is a fee to participate, and an additional fee may be required for criminal background checks. To learn more or to register to be a mentor, readers may contact Sandi Thompson at or 717-397-3531.


Leadership York Holds Graduation July 5, 2017

Leadership York hosted a graduation ceremony on May 21 for its Future Leaders of York program. The Future Leaders of York Class of 2017 consisted of 36 high school sophomores and juniors from 21 schools.

Students include Madison Bernlohr, Jackson Kollasch, and Sarah Raver, Central York High School; Kyle Stump, Christian School of York; Rebecca Schweitzer, Chad Starner, and Emily Swartz, Dallastown Area High School; Alexander Guy and Daniel Sweeney, Delone Catholic High School; Sophia Barnes and Shadrach Murphy, Dover High School; Payton Becker and Hannah Lewis, Eastern York High School; Helen Rosenbrien, Hanover High School; Alyssa Keeny and Donnell Williams, Kennard-Dale High School; Reuel Goins, Logos Academy; Jordan Lemen, Northeastern Senior High School; Hayden Gerver and Lindsay Martin, Red Land High School; Cassidy Childress and Allyson Miller, Red Lion Area Senior High School; Maya Fornaro and Isaiah Washington, South Western High School; Madison Hagerman, Spring Grove Senior High School; Julia Kelbaugh and Matthew Keuler, Susquehannock High School; Caleb Lingenfelter, West York Area High School; LeQuient Lewis, William Penn Senior High School; Srosh Matti, York Catholic High School; Chanel Quashie and Evan Wiley, York Country Day School; Lynsey Belaus and Kole Shenberger, York County School of Technology; and Litzy Garcia and Benjamin Salazar, York Suburban High School.

The program helped the students develop their leadership skills, such as building consensus to solve problems. It also introduced them to community leaders and educated them about how the community functions.

The students awarded $5,000 in grants to area nonprofits, thanks to funding from York County Community Foundation and United Way of York County. The class developed the field of interest, selection criteria, and process for requesting proposals. They received requests totaling $44,000 from 15 agencies.

They selected the following organizations and programs as grant recipients. Bell Socialization Services received funds for its Healing Arts Show, which showcases the works of 100 artists with mental illness. Leg Up Farm used its funds for the Healthy Habits Program, a 12-week program hosted in partnership with the York JCC for children with special needs and their families. The Lehman Center/Children's Aid Society received a grant for its Teen Parent Support Group, which meets weekly to foster healthy parenting techniques and connect teenage parents with community resources. PTC Youth Services received funds for its 18 South Youth Center After School Program, which includes homework help, mentoring, and a meal three times per week to youths in grades six through 12 in the Red Lion School District.

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 has graduated a total of more than 3,500 graduates from its six programs. The 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


Brinker Completes Training Program July 5, 2017

The Rev. David Brinker, chaplain at Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community, recently completed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), a professional development course for chaplains. The course is offered by the Spiritual Care Association and allowed Brinker to use Normandie Ridge as his clinical setting.

Brinker has recently completed one unit of CPE. His goal was to learn about the best practices of professional chaplaincy, putting these skills into practice in his work as a chaplain.

The CPE was a time of study and clinical work that lasted 20 weeks, beginning in February and ending in June. Brinker participated in weekly online classes with 14 peers from across the country. There were 100 hours of instructional time, which included two online learning modules: "Values, Obligations, and Rights: Health Care Ethics" and "When It's Time to Say Goodbye: Introduction to Spiritual Care at the End of Life." Additionally, Brinker wrote weekly reflection papers and reviewed his work as a chaplain with his peers and his class supervisor by submitting written reports. In total, he completed more than 400 hours of contact time for the unit.

The Sara Little Fund for Staff Education and Chaplaincy, given to Albright Care Services, provided the funding for the tuition costs of the unit of CPE for Brinker.

Brinker joined Normandie Ridge in April 2012 as the chaplain for the residents and staff. He is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and Wesley Theological Seminary. He is an ordained elder in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church and has served congregations of various sizes in rural and urban settings of central Pennsylvania since 1976.

Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community is owned and operated by Albright Care Services. More information is available at


Organization Presents Award June 27, 2017


YCLC Posts Training Program June 14, 2017

The York County Literacy Council (YCLC), 800 E. King St., York, will offer a new Pre-Clinical Nurse Aide Training for individuals who are interested in health care careers as nurse aides but may lack the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully complete the clinical training and testing. YCLC will educate potential candidates to better prepare them to succeed in a clinical nurse aide training program.

This three-week course will help get participants ready for a certified nurse aide program with financial aid and with job placement. Three weeks of classroom instruction will be provided to all accepted applicants. Topics will include concepts and principles for nursing assistants, body systems and human anatomy, healthcare terminology, mathematics for nurse aides, study skills and test-taking strategies, and professionalism and ethics for health care.

Participants will need to complete a contact information form by Friday, June 23. Forms are available at or by calling 717-845-8719. Participants are required to attend a two-day orientation from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 29.

If accepted, participants must be available to attend all Pre-Clinical Nurse Aide Training classes on Mondays through Thursdays, Aug. 14 through Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Educators Complete Leadership Program June 13, 2017

Leadership York recently recognized 22 educators who completed this year's Leadership for Diverse Schools program. The Leadership for Diverse Schools Class of 2017 included teachers and administrators from nine school districts. They worked together from September through May, exploring personal bias and learning to interact more effectively with diverse populations of students, parents, and colleagues. The program, presented in partnership with the York Jewish Community Center, aims to foster understanding, acceptance, and tolerance so the educators can be leaders in helping to build culturally proficient communities within their districts.

The Class of 2017 included Wilma Buerger and Anna Haertsch, Central York School District; Margaret Booze and Heather Lehr, Dallastown Area School District; Morgan Daugherty, Randi Payne, and Mary Jo Welker, Northeastern School District; Brandon Carter, Heather Myers, and Jose Santiago, School District of the City of York; Elaina Angelone and Sandra Ness, South Eastern School District; Lacey Anderson and Shannon Resh, South Western School District; Jay Althouse, Kim Hughes, and Stephanie Winemiller, Southern York County School District; Kelly Peake, Nadia Schildt, and Robert Shick, Spring Grove Area School District; and Brooke Borden and Andrew Loehwing, York County School of Technology.

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 more than 3,500 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


Leadership Program Holds Graduation June 13, 2017

Forty people representing a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout York County completed Leadership York's Leadership Training Program (LTP) this year. They participated in a graduation ceremony on May 24 at the York Jewish Community Center. The nine-month, experiential course educates participants about York County history and community issues, systems, and services.

As a component of their participation in the program, the members of the Class of 2017 completed six distinct service projects for area nonprofit organizations. LTP service projects are an opportunity to develop skills in researching community needs, identifying partners for collaboration to maximize impact and efficiency, and bringing together the resources necessary to address a need or problem.

This year's projects included a comedy night to benefit York County Food Bank, as well as work day at the organization's distribution center; a cleaning supply drive for families leaving Bell Socialization Services' shelter; a grand opening celebration for Martin Library's Salem Square neighborhood satellite library; the creation of a professional suit closet for students at William Penn High School; the development of an internship program for LifePath Christian Ministries; and the design and building of seedling decks for the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education's new greenhouse.

The LTP Class of 2017 participants and the companies and organizations that sponsored their participation are as follows: Debbie Bailey, self-sponsored; Daniel Bender, Barton Associates; Matthew Bergey, Barton Associates; Nikki Brandt, Murray Securus; Tina Carpenter, Glatfelter Insurance Group; Denise Conrad, City of York; Leslie Currier, Fulton Bank; Matthew Davis, CrocodileDog Marketing; Timothy Dehoff, self-sponsored; Ellen Dooley, RKL; Jackson Federle, York Revolution; Bobbie Ford, York Traditions Bank; Kate Gaudet, York County Economic Alliance; Kayla Glatfelter, Graham Architectural Products; Shelly Grim, Communities in Schools Pennsylvania; Kate Harmon, Family First Health; Beth Harris, OSS Health; Lisa Howald, York County Library System; Natasha Kaplan, Philhaven; Shari Kim, Susquehanna Valley Community Mental Health Services; John Kottmyer, R.S. Mowery and Sons; Karen Lam-Duckett, Glatfelter; Ashley Lonzetta, RKL; Michael Lowe, self-sponsored; Elaine Madden, HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College; Danielle Makrias, First National Bank; Siera Mizenko, BAE Systems; Zachary Nahass, CGA Law Firm; Tamra Peroni, RAYAC; Elyse Pollick, York County Community Foundation; Margo Shaw, York County Literacy Council; Jennifer Stolte, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania; Brandon Tesluk, York Revolution; Deena Trebilcock, C.S. Davidson; Jennifer Wisman, Buchart Horn; Paul Wolfman, Glatfelter; Joe Wurtz, Glatfelter Insurance Group; Bakhtavar Wykpisz, self-sponsored; Sarah Yacoviello, Lewis Fundraising; and Patricia Zeltwanger, Penn-Mar Human Services.

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 more than 3,500 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


Baker Earns CAPS Designation June 8, 2017

Andrew Baker of Brubaker Inc. recently earned the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying him as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist with the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of the older population, owners with disabilities, and their visitors.

The National Association of Home Builders, in partnership with the AARP and NAHB Research Center, created the CAPS program, which includes training and education on the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the residential remodeling industry's segment that deals with making home modifications for aging-in-place.

CAPS graduates include remodelers, builders, designers, architects, occupational therapists and others who help homeowners remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably as they age.

In three days of coursework, the CAPS curriculum incorporates market demographics, communication techniques, marketing, common barriers and solutions, building codes and standards, product ideas and resources, and business management.

CAPS program graduates are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and/or participating in community service projects.

For additional information about the CAPS program, readers may visit


Program To Accept Applications May 24, 2017

Leadership Lancaster applications for the Class of 2018 are now available. Individuals who have a passion for the Lancaster community and who want to be effective in their volunteer roles are encouraged to apply.

The mission of Leadership Lancaster is to develop outstanding community leadership to support the needs of Lancaster County. Leadership Lancaster challenges men and women from diverse backgrounds to assume a more active and effective role in addressing community needs.

Participants will meet 13 times from September through May. They will receive an overview of public education, government, human services, healthcare, criminal justice, the arts, and economic development, all of which will provide an insider's view of Lancaster, its people, and its issues. Each session is crafted to include a diverse group of individuals, and participants can take advantage of networking opportunities over the course of an entire class year. In addition, participants meet community leaders throughout Lancaster County.

Class members will meet government leaders, corporate chief executive officers and local media executives, as well as charitable and arts group leaders. There will also be two retreats that focus on leadership skill training to enhance personal growth.

Participants will be chosen by a selection committee on the basis of the completed application and reference forms. The committee gives preference to candidates who, in addition to their potential for leadership, demonstrate the certain characteristics, including their accomplishments to date, willingness to contribute time and personal talents to community service, and a commitment to Lancaster County and the broader society.

Leadership Lancaster tuition may be paid by the individual, an employer, agency, organization, or other source. Partial scholarships are available to individuals who would be unable to participate otherwise.

There is no application fee. To request an application or recommend an individual for the Leadership Lancaster program, readers may call 394-9393 or visit The deadline to apply is Friday, May 26.


Mortgage Seminar Announced May 5, 2017

Real estate professionals, financial planners, attorneys, home builders, and other professionals are invited to a veterans' mortgage seminar on Wednesday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bent Creek Country Club, 620 Bent Creek Drive, Lititz.

Sean Parnell, a retired Army Ranger, and author of "Outlaw Platoon," will be the keynote speaker. The seminar will provide information on the barriers that active-duty and veteran military clients face when trying to buy homes and how to help those clients overcome these barriers.

The seminar is free, but for continuing education credit, there is a fee. Realtors may earn a Certified Military Residential Specialist (CMRS) Certification.

For more information, readers may contact Ken Pederson at or 431-9299.

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