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Well Workplace Awards Presented June 21, 2017

Lighten Up Lancaster County, LiveWell Lancaster County, and Central Penn Business Group on Health recently presented the 2017 Well Workplace Awards to local businesses at the Lancaster County Health Summit. The Well Workplace Awards are given at four levels and were awarded to 26 companies in Lancaster County this year.

Lancaster General Health received the Impact Award for achieving measurable results and meaningful outcomes with its comprehensive workplace wellness program. Masonic Villages of Elizabethtown received the Innovation Award for its unique efforts to create a culture of complete wellness that incorporates physical, mental, and social well-being.

Franklin & Marshall College and Electron Energy Corporation were given special recognition for earning a Platinum Well Workplace Award for the first time. These companies have developed gold-standard programs to support health and well-being for their employees. The resources that are offered, including on-site fitness classes, tobacco cessation programs, healthful dining options, health coaching, and health screenings, empower employees to reach their personal health goals. Platinum Well Workplace Awards were also given to Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine, Masonic Villages of Elizabethtown, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, Ecore International, Herr Foods, Lancaster-Lebanon IU13, Dutchland Inc., LCSWMA, ITT Engineered Valves, and Murray Insurance Associates Inc.

Gold Well Workplace Awards were given to Engle Printing & Publishing Co. Inc., Ephrata Area School District, Preferred Health Care, and Nxtbook Media.

Silver Well Workplace Awards were given to Fulton Financial Corporation, Donegal Mutual Insurance Company, Hospice and Community Care, the County of Lancaster, CoreSource Inc., INGROUP Associates, Longenecker's Hatchery Inc., East Lampeter Township, and StoudtAdvisors.

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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Transportation Partnership Formed June 7, 2017

Mason-Dixon Community Services has announced its new partnership with rabbittransit. In an attempt to increase ridership in the Delta region, the organizations will increase the Paratransit service, also called Shared Ride. Paratransit is a door-to-door public transportation service available in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Paratransit connects people to doctor's offices, grocery stores, senior centers, and other destinations across each county.

The Shared Ride service will now include an earlier morning pick-up time of 9 a.m. The goal of the program is to help Delta area residents increase their access to health care and employment opportunities, which are traditionally found in the greater York area. For non-life-sustaining or employment trips, the service provides a 9 and 11 a.m. average arrival time in York, with an average return time back to Delta at noon and 3:30 p.m.

To learn more about Shared Ride, readers may watch a 90-second video about the service, available on YouTube by searching for "rabbittransit shared ride." The video is the product of discussions between rabbittransit and Access to Care, a committee that helps explore the barriers between healthcare and transportation. Information and applications are available at www.rabbittransit.org/sharedride.

Founded in 1983 in Delta, Mason-Dixon Community Services is a human services agency with the goal of providing a safety net in the community for struggling individuals and families.

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Fourth Friday Planned May 17, 2017

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold Fourth Friday in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville on May 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. A number of area businesses will offer a variety of special sales and exhibits.

Columbia Crossing, 41 Walnut St., Columbia, will be open for extended hours on Fourth Fridays during the summer. On May 26, Jefery Woodall will provide live music.

The Fourth Friday Passport program will continue. Individuals may purchase passports and receive discounts and giveaways at the participating locations during Fourth Friday and the businesses' regular hours. The program will continue until Fourth Friday, Aug. 25. Passports may be purchased at the Visitor Center and the participating businesses. Participants may enter their passports in a gift basket giveaway at the end of the summer. For more details, call 684-5249 or email svcc@parivertowns.com.

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Seniors' Expo Held May 11, 2017

The Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging co-hosted the 18th annual Dauphin County 50plus Expo on May 9 at the Hershey Lodge. The free, one-day event provided information and resources for the area's community of people age 50 and up and their caregivers. Guests could speak face-to-face with exhibitors about products and services on display in travel, housing, medical services, nutrition, home improvements, finances, healthcare and more.

Attendees were eligible to win door prizes and took advantage of free health screenings for glucose, hearing, lower back and sciatica pain, bone density, ear health and others. The Expo also included ongoing entertainment, including two vocalists from Gretna Theatre performing songs from the educational musical "Amelia Earhart: Lost Hero."

Physical therapist Chad Madden from Madden Physical Therapy shared his method for relieving back pain and sciatica, and Kim Eichinger with Mohler Senior Center conducted a SilverSneakers fitness demonstration. The mostly seated exercise program included rhythmic movements in which participants stretched and twisted while pounding out the beat on drumsticks.

Staff from the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society shared the area's local history, including the life and community works of chocolate titan Milton Hershey. Jerry Mitchell, education and outreach specialist with the Office of Attorney General, educated visitors on how to protect themselves against fraud and financial exploitation.

For more information, readers may call 285-1350 or visit www.50plusExpoPA.com.

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Downtown Oxford Nominated For Award May 10, 2017

Downtown Oxford was named a quarterfinalist in Independent We Stand's 2017 America's Main Streets contest. Independent We Stand invites the public to vote for their favorite quarterfinalist and move a deserving Main Street one step closer to the grand prize of $25,000. Independent We Stand believes that, as the lifeblood of cities and towns, main streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place.

Downtown Oxford is home to boutique shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Oxford Mainstreet Inc. (OMI) nominated downtown Oxford for the America's Main Street award. OMI sponsors various activities, including the monthly First Friday street fairs, 3rd on Third, which highlight local artists.

Quarterfinalist voting began on May 1 at www.MainStreetContest.com and will continue through Sunday, May 28.

The top 10 semifinalists will be announced on Monday, May 29, and the winner of the contest will be announced on Monday, June 5. During a Main Streets Make Us Better celebration on Tuesday, July 4, the winner will announce how the prize money will be used.

In addition to the grand prize, additional prizes will be awarded, including shopping sprees, outdoor power equipment, a subscription to an online marketing service, public relations and social media recognition, an alignable small business social media neighborhood online, and a plaque.

For more information on downtown Oxford, readers may visit www.DowntownOxfordPA.org or call 610-998-9494.

Oxford Mainstreet Inc. aims to serve as the catalyst to unify and collaborate with supporting organizations to promote and foster economic growth and stability within the business improvement district and surrounding areas, while preserving downtown Oxford's rich historic and cultural identity. Oxford Mainstreet Inc. is committed to improving the quality of life for residents and visitors alike by making downtown Oxford a more attractive and enjoyable place to live, work, play and shop.

Independent We Stand is a nationwide movement of independent small business owners whose mission is to inspire other small business owners to better understand and celebrate their locally owned status while educating consumers about the importance and strong economic benefits of supporting these businesses. More information is available at www.IndependentWeStand.org.

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Business Showcase Announced March 22, 2017

The fourth annual Chanceford Township Business Showcase will take place on Saturday, April 1. Local businesses and organizations will be showcased from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chanceford Township Community Building, 51 Muddy Creeks Fork Road, Brogue.

Information from more than 70 Chanceford Township businesses and organizations will be included in a directory to be handed out to all attendees. The event will include a free giveaway drawing featuring prizes provided by local businesses.

SonLight Chapel will collect new and gently used clothing for local clothing banks. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The event, sponsored by SonLight Chapel, is free and open to the public. For more information, readers may contact the church office at 927-6261.

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Students Visit Credit Union March 1, 2017

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Students Learn About Financial Literacy March 1, 2017

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Fourth Friday Announced January 17, 2017

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold Fourth Friday in Columbia, Marietta and Wrightsville on Jan. 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. Area businesses will offer a variety of special sales and activities.

A full list of venues is available at http://parivertowns.com/m/events/view/Fourth-Friday.

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Partnership News Posted January 10, 2017

Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania (VROCP) will partner with Keystone Correctional Services Inc. in a new business endeavor that promises to support the mission of both organizations and the individuals they serve. The two organizations will act as the manufacturers of ceramic tile products for an established business, Inglenook Tiles. The plan is to have the production venture underway by the end of 2016.

For VROCP, a nonprofit that generates approximately 80 percent of its revenue from its businesses, this opportunity represents another source of income to pay for its programs and services to the blind and visually impaired. The business will provide hands-on business training for parolee residents of the state correctional system at Keystone Correctional Services. Understanding the aspects of how a business operates, developing transferable skills, and building steps to success are all intended to prevent as many parolees as possible from becoming repeat offenders in the future.

For more details, readers may call 238-2531.

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