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Scholarship Applicants Sought January 16, 2019

The Merit Shop Training and Research Center invites applications for its Merit Shop Construction Scholarships, awards dedicated to assist individuals seeking to further their education in careers in construction. An average of eight scholarships are awarded each year, with Merit Shop Construction scholars receiving up to $4,000. The Merit Shop Construction Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and is administered by the Merit Shop Training and Research Center.

To be eligible, applicants must enroll in a trade school, college or university program that is directly related to a construction career. This includes skilled trades, engineering and construction management.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, Feb. 22. This deadline includes all reference forms. Notification to finalists will be made in May. Readers may visit www.abckeystone.org/scholarships to download application materials.

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Valentine Card Project Planned January 16, 2019

Local residents are encouraged to get involved in the annual Operation Valentine initiative. Through the initiative, individuals write messages to military veterans on Valentine cards, cut-out hearts or whatever they like, and they are delivered to the Lebanon VA Medical Center. Locally, the program is supported by Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory and the Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home and Crematory.

Valentine cards may be dropped off through Friday, Feb. 8, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 414 E. King St., Lancaster, or 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz. For more information, readers may email ashley@snyderfuneralhome.com or call 717-393-6991.

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Blood Drives Slated January 16, 2019

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will host blood drives at three Royer's Flowers and Gifts stores as part of "Buds for Blood."

On Thursday, Jan. 31, stores at 201 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, and 805 Loucks Road, York, will host bloodmobiles from 3 to 6:30 p.m. The third blood drive is set for Saturday, March 16, at the Camp Hill store, 3015 Gettysburg Road, and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments are not needed, but donors should bring ID, eat within four hours of giving blood, and stay well hydrated. Orange juice and snacks will be provided after donating.

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Library To Host Special Event January 9, 2019

Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, will host an event through the Grow With Google initiative on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through the initiative, Google aims to help create economic opportunity in communities across the United States. The tour consists of free, one-day events in local libraries to help job seekers and small business owners improve their digital skills.

To learn more about the free event and to register, readers may visit https://g.co/GrowPennsylvania. Space is limited, so advance registration is requested.

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Economic Group Sets Luncheon January 9, 2019

The York County Economic Alliance, 144 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 100, York, will host its next Leadership Luncheon, themed "Security Awareness From the Top Down," on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. Attendees will learn how to be prepared before, during and after an attack.

Food and beverages will be provided free of charge, and space is limited. For more information and to register, readers may visit www.ycea.org.

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Community Invited To Submit News January 2, 2019

As part of its commitment to highlighting good news in the local community, Engle Printing & Publishing Co., Inc. (EPC) invites churches, clubs, community groups, schools, and other nonprofit organizations, as well as residents, to submit news releases to the Community Courier. Announcements for nonprofits are printed in the Community Courier free of charge as space is available and may cover meeting information, fundraisers, special events, community service, awards and accomplishments, and more.

News submissions should answer who, what, where (address and town), when (date and time), and why and provide any other relevant details and contact information. News releases are accepted by email and regular mail. Community members may email news release submissions and high-resolution digital photos to news@engleonline.com. Submissions may be sent via mail to EPC - News, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Those submitting news are asked to type or print neatly. Anyone who submits a photo and would like to have it returned is asked to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

In addition to appearing in print as space is available, news submissions are posted online at www.townlively.com. Digital editions of EPC's community newspapers are available at www.townlively.com/read.

Engagement, wedding, and anniversary announcements are also printed free of charge as space is available. Interested individuals may find more information, fill out the online form, and upload photos at www.townlively.com/wedding-planner/.

For more information regarding news items for nonprofit organizations, readers may email news@engleonline.com or call 717-892-6018 or 800-800-1833, ext. 6018.

EPC is a family-owned and family-operated business committed to being a regional leader in print and electronic communication. Founded in 1954 by Alvin Engle and his wife, Pauline, EPC is now celebrating more than 60 years in business, continuing its tradition of offering quality commercial printing services, community newspapers, and specialty publications. EPC publishes the Merchandiser, Pennysaver, Advertiser, Community Courier, Auto Locator, Auto Connection, Where & When: PA's Travel Guide, Dining in Lancaster County, Antiques & Auction News, Wedding Planner, Inns and B&Bs of Southeastern PA, and Lancaster County magazine, in addition to several themed supplements throughout the year. For more information about EPC, readers may visit www.engleonline.com and www.townlively.com.

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Community Invited To Submit News January 2, 2019

As part of its commitment to highlighting good news in the local community, Engle Printing & Publishing Co., Inc. (EPC) invites churches, clubs, community groups, schools, and other nonprofit organizations, as well as residents, to submit news releases to the Pennysaver. Announcements for nonprofits are printed in the Pennysaver free of charge as space is available and may cover meeting information, fundraisers, special events, community service, awards and accomplishments, and more.

News submissions should answer who, what, where (address and town), when (date and time), and why and provide any other relevant details and contact information. News releases are accepted by email and regular mail. Community members may email news release submissions and high-resolution digital photos to news@engleonline.com. Submissions may be sent via mail to EPC - News, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Those submitting news are asked to type or print neatly. Anyone who submits a photo and would like to have it returned is asked to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

In addition to appearing in print as space is available, news submissions are posted online at www.townlively.com. Digital editions of EPC's community newspapers are available at www.townlively.com/read.

Engagement, wedding, and anniversary announcements are also printed free of charge as space is available. Interested individuals may find more information, fill out the online form, and upload photos at www.townlively.com/wedding-planner/.

For more information regarding news items for nonprofit organizations, readers may email news@engleonline.com or call 717-892-6018 or 800-800-1833, ext. 6018.

EPC is a family-owned and family-operated business committed to being a regional leader in print and electronic communication. Founded in 1954 by Alvin Engle and his wife, Pauline, EPC is now celebrating more than 60 years in business, continuing its tradition of offering quality commercial printing services, community newspapers, and specialty publications. EPC publishes the Merchandiser, Pennysaver, Advertiser, Community Courier, Auto Locator, Auto Connection, Where & When: PA's Travel Guide, Dining in Lancaster County, Antiques & Auction News, Wedding Planner, Inns and B&Bs of Southeastern PA, and Lancaster County magazine, in addition to several themed supplements throughout the year. For more information about EPC, readers may visit www.engleonline.com and www.townlively.com.

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Community Invited To Submit News January 2, 2019

As part of its commitment to highlighting good news in the local community, Engle Printing & Publishing Co., Inc. (EPC) invites churches, clubs, community groups, schools, and other nonprofit organizations, as well as residents, to submit news releases to the Advertiser. Announcements for nonprofits are printed in the Advertiser free of charge as space is available and may cover meeting information, fundraisers, special events, community service, awards and accomplishments, and more.

News submissions should answer who, what, where (address and town), when (date and time), and why and provide any other relevant details and contact information. News releases are accepted by email and regular mail. Community members may email news release submissions and high-resolution digital photos to news@engleonline.com. Submissions may be sent via mail to EPC - News, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Those submitting news are asked to type or print neatly. Anyone who submits a photo and would like to have it returned is asked to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

In addition to appearing in print as space is available, news submissions are posted online at www.townlively.com. Digital editions of EPC's community newspapers are available at www.townlively.com/read.

Engagement, wedding, and anniversary announcements are also printed free of charge as space is available. Interested individuals may find more information, fill out the online form, and upload photos at www.townlively.com/wedding-planner/.

For more information regarding news items for nonprofit organizations, readers may email news@engleonline.com or call 717-892-6018 or 800-800-1833, ext. 6018.

EPC is a family-owned and family-operated business committed to being a regional leader in print and electronic communication. Founded in 1954 by Alvin Engle and his wife, Pauline, EPC is now celebrating more than 60 years in business, continuing its tradition of offering quality commercial printing services, community newspapers, and specialty publications. EPC publishes the Merchandiser, Pennysaver, Advertiser, Community Courier, Auto Locator, Auto Connection, Where & When: PA's Travel Guide, Dining in Lancaster County, Antiques & Auction News, Wedding Planner, Inns and B&Bs of Southeastern PA, and Lancaster County magazine, in addition to several themed supplements throughout the year. For more information about EPC, readers may visit www.engleonline.com and www.townlively.com.

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Community Invited To Submit News January 2, 2019

As part of its commitment to highlighting good news in the local community, Engle Printing & Publishing Co., Inc. (EPC) invites churches, clubs, community groups, schools, and other nonprofit organizations, as well as residents, to submit news releases to the Merchandiser. Announcements for nonprofits are printed in the Merchandiser free of charge as space is available and may cover meeting information, fundraisers, special events, community service, awards and accomplishments, and more.

News submissions should answer who, what, where (address and town), when (date and time), and why and provide any other relevant details and contact information. News releases are accepted by email and regular mail. Community members may email news release submissions and high-resolution digital photos to news@engleonline.com. Submissions may be sent via mail to EPC - News, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Those submitting news are asked to type or print neatly. Anyone who submits a photo and would like to have it returned is asked to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

In addition to appearing in print as space is available, news submissions are posted online at www.townlively.com. Digital editions of EPC's community newspapers are available at www.townlively.com/read.

Engagement, wedding, and anniversary announcements are also printed free of charge as space is available. Interested individuals may find more information, fill out the online form, and upload photos at www.townlively.com/wedding-planner/.

For more information regarding news items for nonprofit organizations, readers may email news@engleonline.com or call 717-892-6018 or 800-800-1833, ext. 6018.

EPC is a family-owned and family-operated business committed to being a regional leader in print and electronic communication. Founded in 1954 by Alvin Engle and his wife, Pauline, EPC is now celebrating more than 60 years in business, continuing its tradition of offering quality commercial printing services, community newspapers, and specialty publications. EPC publishes the Merchandiser, Pennysaver, Advertiser, Community Courier, Auto Locator, Auto Connection, Where & When: PA's Travel Guide, Dining in Lancaster County, Antiques & Auction News, Wedding Planner, Inns and B&Bs of Southeastern PA, and Lancaster County magazine, in addition to several themed supplements throughout the year. For more information about EPC, readers may visit www.engleonline.com and www.townlively.com.

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Visitor Center Announces Upcoming Hours December 19, 2018

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center will be closed through Thursday, Dec. 27, and will reopen on Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will close again on Sunday, Dec. 30, and will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

The Visitors Center is a resource for area visitors and has information on many local parks, businesses, museums and attractions.

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2019 FestivICE Celebration Set December 19, 2018

FestivICE, presented by York Traditions Bank and Eventive, will expand for 2019 to three days and fill Cherry Lane in downtown York with music, family fun, and live sculpting of thousands of pounds of ice. The free winter celebration will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, through Saturday, Jan. 19.

Chainsaw-wielding artists will again turn more than 20,000 pounds of ice into frosty pieces of art throughout the three-day event, including a 40-foot ice slide for the celebration's youngest attendees to ride for free. Ice sculpture artists will honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King on his holiday weekend by paying tribute to him and heroes inspired by his message in their ice sculptures. A record-setting 20 ice sculptures will be featured, including 15 creations sponsored by local businesses to support Children's Aid Society.

Vendors will offer handmade and vintage wares in Central Market, joining a number of Beaver Street and Market Street shops and restaurants that will be open.

The expanded winter party will kick off on the night of Jan. 17 with a make-your-own-superhero-cape event by Creative York from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and a free screening of "The Incredibles" at the Capitol Theatre at 7 p.m., both part of CelebrateARTS, an initiative of the Cultural Alliance of York County. York Young Professionals will host a social at Cherry Lane from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The ice slide will be open from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The schedule on Friday, Jan. 18, to date includes live ice carvings from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and a free silent disco after-party at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts from 8 to 11 p.m., also part of CelebrateARTS. The ice slide will be open at noon.

Jan. 19 will feature a full day of family-friendly activities, live music, fire pits, s'mores, and more. Family Day at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and vendors will be set up in Central Market from noon to 3 p.m. From noon to 4 p.m., the ice slide will be open, children's activities will be offered in Central Market, there will be live music at a local eatery, Anna and Elsa character appearances will take place, and there will be appearances by the FestivICE Yeti and the York Revolution's DownTown.

The "Yeti Stomp" interactive dance in Cherry Lane will take place at noon and at 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m. A free screening of "The Incredibles" will take place at the Capitol Theatre at 3 p.m. Show Me How to Live Band will perform in Cherry Lane at 4:15 p.m.

Details and ice sculpture sponsorships are available at www.FestivICE.com, which will be updated as more elements are added to the event. Children's Aid Society will receive a portion of each sponsorship of the ice sculptures. For more information, readers may call 717-801-4489 or visit www.eventiveyork.com.

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Her Traditions Scholarship Announced December 5, 2018

Applications are being accepted for the Her Traditions Scholarship offered by York Traditions Bank. Now in its eighth year, the scholarship is designed to help develop the leadership potential of women who will ultimately serve as role models for future generations in the county. York Traditions Bank will present up to five $500 awards to 2019 graduates.

Interested applicants must meet several requirements, including residency, leadership, academics, community service, and an essay. Applicants must be female residents of York County who are 2018 graduating seniors at a public or accredited private high school in the county. Applicants must have served as a class officer or held another leadership position in an organized, school-sponsored activity. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, maintained through the end of the junior year in high school, and include a transcript and letter of recommendation with their applications. Applicants must have accumulated a minimum of 20 hours of community service within the past calendar year.

Applicants must also complete an essay of 250 words or fewer that answers the question "How do you define leadership?" The essay must describe how the applicant has demonstrated her leadership ability both in and out of school.

For more information and an application, interested young women may visit a York Traditions Bank branch. Applications may also be found at www.hertraditions.com.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Applications must be dropped off at a bank branch or postmarked by Feb. 28. For more information, readers may call Melissa Moore at 717-747-2678.

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Chamber Will Hold Luncheon November 30, 2018

The Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas/holiday luncheon at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. A cost per person has been set. Those who preregister and prepay by Thursday, Dec. 6, will be entered into a drawing to win a prize. The Chamber will also be collecting donations of gift cards and/or cash to be donated to homeless students and their families in the Donegal School District.

For more information, visit www.mountjoychamber.com.

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Veteran Honored At Ceremony November 29, 2018

A ceremony was held on Nov. 17 to dedicate the newly renamed RAF Lounge at the Bulls Head Pub in the General Sutter Hotel in Lititz. The new name recognizes the 100th anniversary of the British flying service.

The recent ceremony honored the achievements of Flt. Lt. Richard E. Boyd, to whom the RAF Lounge is dedicated, and also celebrated Boyd's 97th birthday. Boyd resides in Lancaster and was in attendance at the ceremony.

In the early days of World War II, Boyd crossed the Atlantic for advanced flight training in the U.S. On completion, he received a Royal Air Force (RAF) commission and was selected to remain in the U.S. to train American pilots. He earned both RAF and USAAF wings. Returning to Britain in 1943, he flew 33 combat missions piloting the famed AVRO Lancaster bomber and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his gallantry in combat. Following his service, Boyd worked in management for several international airlines, eventually moving to the U.S. and becoming a U.S. citizen. He is still active in aviation circles.

The space presently known as the RAF Lounge was added to the Bulls Head in 2014. It now features items of RAF memorabilia, which were donated by Lancaster businessman Timothy Trimble, a friend of Boyd and an aviator himself.

Guests who joined Boyd and his family and friends at the event included Lititz Mayor Tim Snyder and RAF Wing Commander Neville Clayton, who is attached to the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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Penn Market Posts Hours November 28, 2018

Penn Market, Penn and West Market streets, York, will be open on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members of the William Penn High School Band will present music from 10 a.m. to noon. Children can make a winter craft with assistance from a member of Union Lutheran Church. There will also be free hot chocolate and homemade cookies. Attendees will be able to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables; locally produced poultry, beef, and pork; olive oils; vinaigrettes; and homemade baked goods. Lunch items will be sold at four stands.

Parking will be free. For more information, readers may visit www.pennmarket.com.

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Alliance Seeks Local Feedback November 15, 2018

The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) is looking for feedback from the community concerning its recent State of the County meeting. The public is invited to complete a survey regardless of whether or not they attended the event.

The survey may be found online at www.yceapa.org. For more information, readers may contact David Gonzalez at 717-718-7847 or dgonzalez@yceapa.org.

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Shop Small Event Set November 15, 2018

The ninth annual Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24. Dedicated to supporting the diverse range of local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy, and enhance neighborhoods around the country, Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: getting more customers.

Shop Small is a nationwide movement to support small, independent businesses and call attention to the valuable and distinct contributions they make to their communities and the economy. Shop Small celebrates small businesses ranging from retail stores and restaurants to fitness studios and salons, and everything in between. The Shop Small movement was spurred by the widespread participation in Small Business Saturday.

To learn more, readers may visit www.shopsmall.com.

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Montage Prints Are Available November 9, 2018

Mount Joy montage prints are available for purchase. The montage includes some Mount Joy history with buildings and people across the bottom. Throughout the rest of the print are Mount Joy businesses that chose to be a part of this project along with parks, cemeteries and other areas of interest in Mount Joy. This is a one-time, limited-edition project.

Montage prints are available at the Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce, 62 E. Main St., Suite 1, which may be contacted at 717-653-0773; the Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, reachable at 717-653-1510; Main Street Mount Joy, 55 E. Main St., reachable at 717-653-4227; and the Mount Joy Borough office, 21 E. Main St., which may be contacted at 717-653-2300.

A total of 75 prints autographed by the artist are available, with a limited number still available at each purchasing location. Of the approximately 760 standard prints, a few hundred are still available.

The Mount Joy Chamber donated the first of 75 prints to the Milanof-Schock Library as an auction item for its recent annual banquet and auction.

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Thanksgiving Meal Planned November 9, 2018

Greg and Dolly Workman and family, of Workman Funeral Homes Inc., will host the Workman Friends and Family community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22. The dinner will be held in the hall at the rear of 100 W. Main St., Mountville, where it has been held in the past.

There is no charge for the home-cooked dinner, which will be served family style. Seating will begin at 11:30 a.m., and dinner will be served at noon.

The community is invited. To make reservations and for takeouts and deliveries, readers may call 717-285-4513 or 717-439-8128.

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Shop Small Saturday Planned November 8, 2018

Downtown Lititz will host Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 24. The town has more than 70 independently owned shops and eateries offering gift options, and many shops will extend their hours on Nov. 24, as well as on Fridays and Sundays during the holiday season.

For more information, visit www.lititzpa.com.

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