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Estate Planning Seminar Posted March 22, 2018

Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 North Penryn Road, Manheim, will host a Small Business Succession Planning seminar on Monday, April 9, at 4 p.m. at Town Square North in the Overlook Lounge. Patti Spencer from Spencer Law will share how smart, timely estate planning can help smooth the transition for management and ownership while taking into account the impact on the people most affected by a change.

For more information, readers may visit and click on Upcoming Events.


Extension Posts ServSafe Course February 6, 2018

Penn State Extension will conduct a ServSafe course at the Chester County Extension Office on Monday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. After attending the class sessions and passing the multiple choice exam with a 75 percent or higher, participants will receive a ServSafe certificate, which meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's requirement for food safety certification. Course topics include the prevention of cross contamination, the safe handling of food, temperature control, cleaning and sanitization, proper storage, and pest control.

To register, readers may visit and click on Food Service and Retail or call Penn State registration services at 877-345-0691. Information about accommodations for people with disabilities is available by contacting Stacy Reed at 717-394-6851 in advance of one's participation or visit.


Extension Posts Cattle Feeders Event January 18, 2018

The annual Lancaster Cattle Feeders Day will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. The speaker will be Robbi Pritchard, Extension beef specialist for South Dakota State University. He will be joined by Dr. Keith Belk, animal science professor at Colorado State University; Colin Woodall, senior vice president of government affairs, NCBA; and Dr. Tara Felix, Penn State University Extension beef specialist.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with Pritchard's first session beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The cost includes lunch. Participants are not required to stay for lunch, but the fee is the same regardless of whether the participant attends the lunch.

For more information, readers may visit Readers may register by calling 877-345-0691 by Monday, Feb. 5. Walk-ins are welcome; payment by check or cash will be accepted at the event.

For information about accommodations for people with disabilities, readers may call Cheryl Fairbairn at 610-696-3500 in advance of the event.


ServSafe Course Slated In Lancaster January 4, 2018

The National Restaurant Association's ServSafe course will be conducted by Penn State Extension at the Lancaster County Extension Office, located in the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, on Monday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The course will cover information related to preventing cross contamination, safe handling of food, temperature control, cleaning and sanitization, proper storage, pest control, and more.

After attending the class and passing the multiple choice exam with a 75 percent or greater, participants will receive a ServSafe certificate which meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's requirement for food safety certification. There is a registration fee. Readers may register by visiting and clicking on Workshops and then Food Safety and Processing. Registrations are also available by calling Penn State Extension customer service at 877-345-0691. Registrations are due by Monday, Jan. 15.

Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided may contact Stacy Reed at 717-394-6851 in advance of his or her participation or visit.


Human Resources Workshop Set December 19, 2017

A Supervisor Human Resources Workshop will be offered on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon at YBA, 540 Greenbriar Road, York. A representative of Alternative HR will provide attendees with a basic level of knowledge in a variety of supervisory human resource areas, including legal topics, how to deal with difficult situations, and performance reviews.

Reservations are due by Monday, Jan. 8. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-848-4000 or 717-637-6130.


Financial Management Course Posted November 30, 2017

Penn State Extension will offer the Farm$en$e Course on Thursdays, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, and Feb. 8, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl. The farm financial management course teaches key skills for agricultural producers interested in better understanding financial statements.

Participants will receive hands-on training in creating their own custom financial statements, cash flow budgets, balance sheets, and income statements. They will also learn how to calculate key ratios to make informed decisions and set production goals for a farm operation, strengthening the overall business and improving relationships with business partners. People representing all agricultural operations, including livestock; dairy; horticulture, such as orchards, greenhouses, and vegetable production; and diversified, multiple-enterprise farms are invited to sign up.

The program satisfies both the production and financial training requirements for USDA Farm Service Agency borrowers. Additionally, completion of the course provides for four SmartStart credits from AgChoice Farm Credit.

The registration fee provides one or two individuals per farm with personalized assistance from instructors, the course textbook and materials, and lunch all four days. To register and for more information, readers may visit or call 877-345-0691. Preregistration is required by Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided may contact the office at 717-921-8803 in advance of his or her participation or visit.

Subsequent classes will be held in February and March in Lewistown on Wednesdays and Mill Hall on Thursdays. For more information on the program at these locations, readers may contact Penn State Extension educator Winifred McGee at 717-921-8803 or


40th Leadership Training Program Begins November 28, 2017

Forty-two individuals representing a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout York County kicked off Leadership York's 40th Leadership Training Program (LTP) class this fall with a weekend retreat.

LTP is a nine-month, experiential leadership development program that prepares participants to get involved in the community and make a difference. Throughout the year, the class learns about York County history, services and systems, and community issues. Participants discover their individual learning styles and learn to work effectively with others by fine-tuning their leadership skills, enhancing their knowledge, and receiving guidance in choosing and applying for a board, elected, or appointed position. LTP provides access to additional opportunities for partnerships and new business relationships.

Leadership York's mission is to train, connect, and inspire individuals 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. These 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


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

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