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Dyslexia Center Seeks Training Applicants October 10, 2018

The Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster will accept applications for multisensory language training in Orton-Gillingham. The 12-month training program will lead to CDC (Children's Dyslexia Centers Inc.) certified dyslexia practitioner 1 (CDP-1). 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 after-school tutoring. All clearances required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, including Act 31, must be submitted prior to the beginning of training. The cost of these background checks will be borne by the Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster provided the trainee completes the training.

This 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. This 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 the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council and International Dyslexia Association, which sets the standards for rigor and length of training. Requirements consist of commitment to a minimum of 50 lecture hours and a minimum 100 hours of supervised student practicum. For the student practicum, two students are seen for two hours a week after school hours, one-on-one.

Required readings and tests are additional requirements. Training will begin in March with projected completion of May 2020, with no classes scheduled in May or August. Trainees may opt to take the training for free, with a materials fee. Graduate credit is also available; trainees would need to enroll in the course to earn six credits. A total of 180 Act 48 hours will be awarded free of charge at the completion of training.

For more information and an application, readers may contact the Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster at 717-481-5680 or cdclancasterpa@gmail.com. The deadline for submission of a scholarship application is Thursday, Dec. 13.

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SCORE Plans Workshops October 1, 2018

Susquehanna SCORE has scheduled several workshops and networking events.

The Shippensburg University SBDC will present The First Step: Starting a Small Business on Friday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at Techcelertor/Murata Business Center, 453 Lincoln St., Carlisle. This workshop is intended to provide aspiring small business owners with an overview of many of the issues involved in planning and launching a new business venture. Topics will include personal and lifestyle issues of the entrepreneur or business owner; the legal, financial, and tax considerations of starting a small business; business registration; government regulations; and compliance issues. Attendees will also be introduced to the steps of developing a sound business plan. There is a fee per business, but the program is free to veterans. For more information, readers may visit https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/24769.

The 2018 Leadership Luncheon will take place on Monday, Oct. 15, from noon to 2 p.m. in the board room at York County Economic Alliance (YCEA), 144 Roosevelt Ave., York. Admission is free and includes food and beverages. Space is limited, but registration is requested. Registration and more information is available by visiting www.ycea-pa.org and clicking on Community Calendar.

The U.S. Small Business Administration will present Boots to Business on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 10 and 11, at 8:30 a.m. at the Carlisle Barracks in Carlisle. Veterans of all eras and other service members, including National Guard and Reserve members, and their spouses are eligible to enroll in the class. To learn more, readers may visit https://sbavets.force.com/s/.

An Entrepreneurial Conference will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 7:45 a.m. to noon at Giant Food Store, 3301 E. Trindle Road, Camp Hill. Attendees will receive information on tax law changes, payroll and human resources, company valuation and high-impact leadership. There will be time for networking with other entrepreneurs. There is a fee to attend. More information is available by visiting www.eventbrite.com and searching for "McKonly & Asbury's Entrepreneurs' Conference."

Additionally, Susquehanna SCORE offers monthly roundtable discussions and networking opportunities at the York County Economic Alliance. Meetups take place on the first Wednesday of every month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and on the third Thursday of every month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more information, readers may contact Tammi at Susquehanna@scorevolunteer.org or 717-845-8830.

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Leadership Program Kicks Off September 26, 2018

Thirty-nine individuals representing a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout York County kicked off the 41st Leadership Training Program (LTP) class this fall with a weekend retreat. LTP is a nine-month, experiential leadership development program designed to prepare 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.

The program participants and their sponsoring organizations are as follows: Joe Birli, Children's Home of York; Dan Boyle, RKL; Steph Bricker, OSS Health; Siya Brown, Shipley Energy; Thais Carrero, York County Community Foundation (YCCF) Fund for York County; Taylor Cubbler, York Revolution; Jen Dotzel, McConkey & Company Insurance & Benefits; Emily Doxzon, PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company; Ray Fox, Graham Engineering Corporation; John Fritts, Covenant Moravian Church; AliceAnne Frost, The Program, It's About Change; Jade Grunden, OSS Health; Terri Harmon, RAYAC; Chinu Heighes, Members 1st Federal Credit Union; Stephanie Himes, Fulton Bank; Emily Johnson, WellSpan Health; Erin Jones, York Water Company; Liz Kepner, BAE Systems; Jim King, M&T Bank; and Lori Leister, Bell Socialization Services.

Also, Raman Mace, Junior League of York; Ryan Martin, C.S. Davidson; Steve McDonald, CGA Law Firm; Kristen McGuire, Stock and Leader; Jessica Montour, self-sponsored; Josh Negley, Graham Architectural Products; Shaunna Nesmith, RKL; Montez Parker, YCCF Fund for York County; Lisa Reisinger, Glatfelter Insurance Group; Kristi Riley-Platt, York Traditions Bank; Lou Rivera, YCCF Kroh Community Fund; Catherine Roque, York County Economic Alliance; Jaleasha Ruth, WellSpan Health; Jamye Shah, The Glatfelter Agency; Logan Steckel, Graham Engineering Corporation; Stacy Strickler, Turkey Hill Dairy; Sussy Tjandra, Glatfelter; Craig Walt, City of York; and Lauren Wilcox, York County Economic Alliance.

Leadership York's mission is to train, connect, and inspire individuals to serve the York community in leadership positions. For more information, readers may visit www.leadershipyork.org.

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Volunteers Sought For JA Event September 13, 2018

Manheim Central High School is seeking volunteers for an event at the high school, 400 Adele Ave., on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Junior Achievement (JA) of South Central PA will offer its REAL Life program, and all 260 students in 11th grade will participate in daylong activities related to financial literacy.

Volunteers will facilitate one of the activities during the day. JA will provide all the training the morning of the event, and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To sign up to volunteer, email real-life@jascpa.org. For more information, contact Allison Kierce, vice president of volunteer engagement, at akierce@jascpa.org.

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Pesticide Applicator Training Posted September 6, 2018

The Penn State Extension's Agronomic Pesticide Applicator's School will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 20, 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. Certified Crop Advisor CEUs and pesticide credits from Delaware and New Jersey have been approved for the meeting. Pennsylvania and 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. 13.

For more information and to register, readers may visit http://extension.psu.edu/agronomic-pesticide-applicator-school or call Penn State's Extension registration desk at 877-345-0691 from Mondays to Fridays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information about the event, readers may contact Liz Bosak at the Dauphin County Extension Office at 717-921-8803 or the Perry County Extension Office at 717-582-5150. To arrange for accommodations, readers may call 717-921-8803.

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SCORE Slates Training Events August 27, 2018

Susquehanna SCORE will offer several upcoming learning opportunities. There is a fee to attend, unless otherwise noted.

Budgeting will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The program will explain how to set up a spending plan, track spending, save money, and create short- and long-term financial goals. The program is free.

First Step: Starting a Small Business will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 14. The workshop will provide aspiring small business owners with an overview of many of the issues involved in planning and launching a new business venture. Topics include personal and lifestyle issues of the entrepreneur/business owner, the legal, financial, and tax considerations of starting a small business, and steps to address business registration, government regulations, and compliance issues. Attendees will also be introduced to the steps of developing a sound business plan.

The 2018 SCORE Success Breakfast will take place on Sept. 14 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The event will be held at Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2000 Loucks Road, York. All York area fans, owners, and dreamers of small businesses are welcome to attend. The breakfast buffet will open at 7:30 a.m., followed at 8 a.m. by the one-hour program honoring successful small businesses.

For more details, readers may visit www.yorkscore.org.

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Extension Sets Food Entrepreneurship Workshop July 18, 2018

Penn State Extension will offer a Food for Profit workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Berks County Community Foundation, 237 Court St., Reading.

Food for Profit will take attendees through the entrepreneurial process step by step. Topics will include conducting a feasibility study, performing marketing research, and beginning to draft a business plan. Attendees will also learn about local and state regulations and food safety issues. Sponsored by Jump Start Incubator, the course will be taught by certified instructors and business experts.

The fee per person includes all materials and lunch. Prepayment and registration are required and may be accomplished by visiting http://extension.psu.edu/food-for-profit-5 or by calling Penn State Extension registration at 877-345-0691.

For further information about workshop content, readers may contact Extension educator Winifred McGee at wwm1@psu.edu or 717-921-8803. Information about accommodations or physical access may also be obtained by calling the aforementioned number in advance of individuals' participation.

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Local SCORE Sets Events July 10, 2018

Susquehanna SCORE will offer two workshops in July. In addition, SCORE will hold roundtable discussions and networking opportunities on the first Wednesday of every month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and on the third Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both meetings will take place at the York Economic Alliance, 144 Roosevelt Ave., York. For more details or registration, readers may contact Tammi at susquehanna@scorevolunteer.org or 717-845-8830.

Intermediate Quickbooks will be held on Thursday, July 12, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at HACC York Leader Building, Room YL152, 2010 Pennsylvania Ave., York. Participants will be led through the process of invoicing, accounts payable, and bank reconciliations. Some basic knowledge of Quickbooks or the Introduction to QuickBooks workshop is required. There is a cost to attend, except for veterans. To register, readers may visit www.score.org and visit Take a Workshop and enter 17404 as a ZIP code.

COSTARS It's Not Just Price will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 13. The free session will be held at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Harrisburg. Participants will learn about COSTARS, the program's benefits, and marketing tips. For details and to register, readers may call Kristen Moyer at 570-524-4491 or kristen@seda-cog.org.

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Leadership York Holds Graduation June 13, 2018

Leadership York hosted a graduation ceremony for its Future Leaders of York program on May 20. The Future Leaders of York Class of 2018 consisted of 36 high school sophomores and juniors from 20 schools.

Students included Maggie Senft, York Suburban High School; Megan Thomas, Kennard-Dale High School; Sarah Ginn, Hanover High School; Gabrielle Griffiths, York Country Day School; Grace Frizzell, Delone Catholic High School; Ellie McNally, Central York High School; Shyanne Fleming, Dover Area High School; Olivia Fetterolf, Red Land High School; Madison Butler, Dallastown Area High School; Kayleigh Deisley, Red Lion Area High School; Madisyn Deller, York County School of Technology; Jae Fitch, William Penn High School; Emma Raubenstine, Southwestern High School; Alexis Shoemaker, Red Lion Area High School; Silas Barnes, Dover Area High School; and Nicholas Shaqfeh, Spring Grove High School.

Also, Kaitlyn Arrow, Central York High School; Rachel Means, Northeastern High School; Noni Williams, Dallastown Area High School; Mackenzie Topper, Spring Grove High School; Zakeera Montouth, Logos Academy; Paul Heard, Northeastern High School; Andrew Guy, West York High School; Riley McCracken, Red Land High School; Demonte Martin, Eastern York High School; David Wentzel, Susquehannock High School; Cassidy DeLuca, Dallastown Area High School; Alex Fuhrman, York Suburban High School; Breanna Harvey, West York Area High School; Robert Hirko, York Country Day School; Megan Hale, York Catholic High School; Brian Harris, Southwestern High School; Cody Lemonovich, York County School of Technology; Jonah Dougherty, Eastern York High School; Matthew Tracey, Kennard-Dale High School; and DeJuan Gibbs, William Penn High School.

The Future Leaders of York 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 also awarded $5,000 in grants to area nonprofits, including Golden Connections Community Center, Green Thumbs Garden Box Project, Lehman Center - Children's Aid Society, Teen Parent Support Group, Salem Square Library, and The York County Food Bank Food for Families Program.

Leadership York's mission is to train and support individuals who have the desire to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization has graduated just under 3,700 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 www.leadershipyork.org.

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YWCA To Offer Free Training June 12, 2018

YWCA York's ACCESS and Victim Assistance Center has created a new program, Beyond the Bar, designed to educate bar staff and patrons on how to prevent customers from becoming potential sexual assault victims. The program works to provide York bars and restaurants with properly trained staff.

The training is free and hopes to provide ongoing staff support. Upon completion, the location will receive a certificate and other material to reference that sexual assault or harassment will not be tolerated inside the venue.

For businesses that wish to take part in the training or to obtain more information on Beyond the Bar, readers may contact khershey@ywcayork.org or 717-845-2631, ext. 160. Readers may also visit www.ywcayork.org.

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Well Workplace Awards Presented May 31, 2018

Lighten Up Lancaster County, LiveWell Lancaster County, and Central Penn Business Group on Health recently presented the 2018 Well Workplace Awards to local businesses at the Lancaster County Health Summit. The Well Workplace Awards are given at four distinct levels and were awarded to 25 companies in Lancaster County this year.

Lancaster-Lebanon IU-13 received the Impact Award for achieving measurable results and meaningful outcomes with their comprehensive workplace wellness program. CoreSource received the Innovation Award for its unique efforts to create a culture of complete wellness that incorporates physical, mental, and social well-being.

The companies who received Well Workplace Awards have developed exemplary programs to support health and well-being for their employees. These large and small businesses offer programming such as on-site fitness classes, tobacco cessation programs, health coaching, and health screenings, and they have also made changes to the work environment by offering healthier vending options, walking paths and trails, on-site farm share programs, and policies that promote work-life balance. Platinum Well Workplace Awards were given to Benchmark Construction, Dutchland Inc., Electron Energy Corporation, Herr Foods, LCSWMA, Moravian Manor, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Turkey Hill Dairy, UPMC Pinnacle, and Wellspan Health.

Gold Well Workplace Awards were given to Eastern Lancaster County School District, Engle Printing & Publishing Co. Inc., Ephrata Area School District Wellness Committee, Murray Securus, Nxtbook Media, and Preferred Health Care.

Silver Well Workplace Awards were given to Benecon, CoreSource Inc., Donegal Insurance Group, Fulton Financial Corporation, Lancaster Lebanon IU-13, and Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster Ltd.

Bronze Well Workplace Awards were given to East Lampeter Township, Keystone Custom Homes, and VisionCorps.

To receive a Well Workplace Award, companies complete the Worksite Health Scorecard created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Worksite Health Scorecard is a comprehensive tool that employers can use to evaluate whether they have implemented evidence-based health promotion interventions or strategies in their worksites. Many of the Well Workplace Award winners have used the scorecard for years to set goals for improving their workplace wellness offerings.

The Well Workplace Awards were first given in 2010. Applications are available in February of each year, and the Awards are distributed at the Health Summit in May.

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Leadership York Holds Graduation May 22, 2018

Leadership York recently recognized business leaders who participated in the Executive Connections program. The program's Class of 2018 graduated during a celebration on May 16. The 28 executives, managers, and directors in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors 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 people who are new to the York area or to their leadership role and who would like to expand their involvement in the community.

The Executive Connections Class of 2018 consisted of Heather Beam, self-sponsored; Rick Beam, Glatfelter Insurance Group; Sandra Bennis, WellSpan; Chad Brenneman, Graham Engineering; Kathleen Brown, York Traditions Bank; Russell Carey, Harley-Davidson; Andy Corea, BAE Systems; Maria Corea, self-sponsored; Debra Garton, OSS Health; Debbie Gerner, self-sponsored; Mark Gerner, Warehaus; April Herring, self-sponsored; Heather Maxfield, Fulton Bank N.A.; Amadou Mangara, Harley-Davidson; Kevin McKeon, Wagman Inc.; Tiffany McKeon, self-sponsored; Joshua Melnichak, self-sponsored; Tricia Melnichak, Tricia Melnichak - State Farm; Zach Merovich, Harley-Davidson; Timothy Nieman, PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company; David Osborne, The Fairness Center; Lindsay Osborne, Lindsay Osborne Photo; Ruth Robbins, Community Progress Council; Michael Sola, Keystruct Construction Inc.; Peter Shovlin, Paragon Engineering Services; Andrew Soisson, Harley-Davidson; Amanda Yiengst, self-sponsored; and Chad Yiengst, Ledge Inc.

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 www.leadershipyork.org.

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Leadercast Satellite Event Slated April 20, 2018

The Lancaster Chamber will host Leadercast on Friday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster. Broadcast live from Atlanta and shown via satellite nationwide, Leadercast will offer a day of professional development featuring nine business, sports, and leadership visionaries who will share how to be a more effective leader.

This year's speakers include Andy Stanley, leadership author and communicator; Kat Cole, group president of Focus Brands, including Auntie Anne's; Dr. Mae Jemison, the first female African-American astronaut, engineer, and physician; Joe Torre, chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball; Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 pilot; Jen Bricker, acrobat, aerialist, author, and speaker; Ian Cron, best-selling author, psychotherapist, and speaker; Dr. Jim Loehr, chairman, CEO, and founder of Human Performance Institute; and Michael Hyatt, author, speaker, and CEO of Michael Hyatt and Company.

There is a cost to attend. To register, readers may visit lancasterchamber.com/events or contact Paige Schober of the Chamber at 717-397-3531.

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Chamber Plans Lunch And Learn April 12, 2018

Manheim Chamber of Commerce will hold a Lunch and Learn seminar on Thursday, April 19, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Supply, 280 S. Oak St., Manheim. Garret Barbush, executive director of Men of Iron in Manheim, will share practical ways to build a culture of mentorship within one's business. Barbush will discuss the characteristics of effective mentors and proteges and will simplify the mentoring process.

Men of Iron's vision is to change a culture, one man, one family, one church and one community at a time. The organization seeks to equip and grow godly leaders through one-to-one mentorships.

For more details, contact Kelly Lauver at 717-665-6330.

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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 www.pleasantviewrc.org and click on Upcoming Events.

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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 www.foodsafety.psu.edu 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.

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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 http://extension.psu.edu/animals/beef/events. 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.

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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 https://extension.psu.edu/lancaster-county 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.

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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 www.ycea-pa.org or call 717-848-4000 or 717-637-6130.

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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 http://extension.psu.edu/farm-sense 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 wwm1@psu.edu.

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