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MTHS Graduation

When Manheim Township High School (MTHS) graduates approximately 456 seniors from the Class of 2018 on Wednesday, June 6, at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, at 6:45 p.m., three students will address their family, friends, school staff members, and fellow classmates. Will Esposito, Meredith Schulz, and Lucas Schall, who were chosen based on an audition process, have each written a speech based on the theme of "Legacy."

Esposito will speak on how each human's legacy is shaped by shared experiences. "All of us ... are a product of our time," Esposito said. "I will talk a lot about our past as a class and how those experiences have shaped us and how growing up in the time when we did has shaped our legacy."

In the fall, Esposito plans to attend Gettysburg College, where he will pursue a double major in music and history. Esposito noted that he appreciated the experiences MTHS offered him during his years there. "We have such strong programs across all the fields," he noted, adding that he had the opportunity to take part in activities involving academics, athletics, the arts, and the community.

Schulz said that her speech will focus on the individual within the whole. "There are millions of teenagers graduating, but each one has their own unique high school experience," she explained. "We have a collective identity that is the sum of all its parts." She plans to expound on how the Class of 2018 has set a precedent and left a legacy for the next class that is without limitations. "We are leaving room for them to grow and do their own thing," Schulz stated.

In the fall, Schulz plans to attend Villanova University, where she will be part of the business school. Having moved from Ohio as a child, Schulz noted that she has enjoyed the caliber of the friendships she has cultivated at MTHS. "I went to the largest public school in Ohio," said Schulz. "I am glad to have moved here and built lasting connections with people."

Schall said that his speech will focus on the labels that students are given by those around them. "How we respond to those labels ... can limit (both) our legacy and who we can become," he explained.

Schall plans to attend Temple University to major in business, but he has not yet declared the area of business in which he plans to specialize. Like Schulz, Schall said that his time at MTHS has been marked by quality relationships. "I am glad to have been able to meet and get to know so many people here," he said.


Solace through Writing

Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, will offer the program Solace Through Writing on Wednesday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Michele DeRosa, a licensed funeral director, and will give suggestions about how to process grief through writing prompts or journaling. DeRosa has helped grieving families by facilitating grief support groups, as well as grief journaling workshops. She is the author of "Solace Through Writing: A Calendar Journal to Use When You Are Beset by Grief."

To register or for more information, readers may call 717-653-1510 or visit


LCCF Annual Gathering

Lancaster County Community Foundation (LCCF) invites the community to its annual gathering, set for Wednesday, June 7. The drop-in event will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg.

Attendees will be able to enjoy fresh, local food and live music while learning about the organization's plans for the future.

To register, readers may search for "2018 Annual Gathering" at For more information, readers may email


Girls' Lacrosse Summer Camp

Warwick Girls' Lacrosse Summer Camp will be offered from Monday, July 30, through Thursday, Aug. 2, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Warwick Middle School, 401 Maple St., Lititz.

The camp, for players entering second through ninth grades, will provide an opportunity for girls to play and develop the skills of lacrosse. Warwick girls' lacrosse coaches, as well as current and former Warwick High School players, will lead the camp.

There is a registration fee per camper. Registration forms are due by Tuesday, July 10. For more information, readers may email Coach Miller at


2018 What Young Historians are Thinking Symposium

The 2018 What Young Historians are Thinking symposium will feature three presentations from up and coming scholars on Saturday, June 2, in Hoover 110 at Elizabethtown College, 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown. Attendees will learn about topics from a historic peace church perspective at 1:30 p.m.

Presentations will include "Tracing the Trajectory of Racial Engagement Within Mennonite Central Committee, 1985-2005" by Paula Holtzinger, "Objection Overruled? Reformulating the Mennonite Witness Regarding Law" by Jenae Longenecker, and "Anabaptists in the Military: Stories of Conscripted Men From Indiana-Michigan Conference" by Kyle Stocksdale. The presentations will vary in scope from race relations within Mennonite Central Committee to the experience of Mennonite soldiers in the 20th century.

A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. The event is a collaboration of Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, and the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College. For more details, readers may contact Joel Nofziger at 717-393-9745 or visit


Summer Yoga Sessions

On My Mat will offer summer yoga sessions at the Millersville Lions Club Pool, 314 N. Prince St., Millersville, from Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

To register or for more information, readers may visit or call 717-779-3104.


Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

YWCA Lancaster will bring back the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to Tellus360 on Friday, June 15. Registration will start at 4 p.m., with the walk stepping off at 6 p.m. in Penn Square, Lancaster. Walking a mile in high heels is symbolic of the challenges faced every day by members of the community whose journey includes constant vigilance against the possibility of a sexual assault, violence in their home, or, for some, their path of healing following an assault.

The event is open to individuals age 16 and older. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To learn more or to register, readers may call 717-393-1735 or visit Proceeds will benefit the Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center at YWCA Lancaster.


Farm and Family Safety Days

Safe Kids Lancaster County and Lancaster General Health will host their annual Farm and Family Safety Days to help prevent and reduce the number of farm-related injuries. The first event will take place on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at White Horse Fire Company, 111 White Horse Road, Gap. The second event will take place on Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rawlinsville Fire Company, 33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood.

Community partners will teach practical safety measures families can use on the farm and at home. Presentations will be appropariate for all age levels. Attendees will rotate through interactive educational stations to learn about safety topics, including fire safety, hay holes, hidden hazards, large and small equipment, pesticides, bleeding emergencies, wheeled safety, and pedestrian safety.

The events are free and open to the public. Each event will include a morning snack, lunch, and safety-related materials.

For more information and to register, readers may call Sue Lackmann at 717-544-3282 or 888-544-4636.

Safe Kids Lancaster County is dedicated to preventing accidental childhood injury and death for children under age 14 through education, collaboration and advocacy. The coalition consists of volunteers and representatives from community organizations. Lancaster General Health is the lead agency for Safe Kids Lancaster County.


Jim King Art Reception

Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, will showcase the artwork of Lancaster artist Jim King in the Crossings Art Gallery. The public is invited to the opening reception, which will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6. The reception will feature live piano music by Janet Eberly and Glenda Gingrich. The exhibit will be on display through July.

The exhibit will feature King's most recent pastel works, including still life, florals, and his views from his recent travels to the southwestern U.S., as well as local scenes of rural Pennsylvania.

King recently retired from Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata, where he was a store designer. In the 1990s, King lived in Bangladesh, working for Mennonite Central Committee as a product designer. He assisted many local artisans in southeast Asia.

For more information, readers may call Landis Homes at 717-381-3550 or visit


Yoga in the Garden

The Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, will offer yoga classes on Mondays, June 11 and 25, at 9:30 a.m. The classes will take place outside in the library garden, weather permitting.

Yoga instructor Joyce Courtney will lead participants through a series of simple yoga poses that will help to add strength, flexibility, and body awareness.

The class is appropriate for teenagers and adults of all fitness levels. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a water bottle and a mat or towel. Space is limited. Readers should preregister by calling 717-626-2255 or emailing their name and phone number to


DAR Free Flag Giveaway

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Lebanon Chapter participated in the annual naturalization ceremony of new citizens on April 27 at the Lebanon Municipal Building. Lebanon Chapter DAR regent Nancy Behney and flag chairman Sylvia Coble handed out patriotic bookmarks and U.S. flags to 11 new citizens.

DAR chapters also honor local organizations and individuals for correctly displaying the U.S. flag. This year St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Lebanon will receive a certificate from the Lebanon Chapter for displaying and lighting its flag correctly.

The Lebanon Chapter members will observe Flag Day by handing out U.S. flags in the Boscov's lobby at the Lebanon Valley Mall on Thursday, June 14, starting at 1:30 p.m. while supplies last.

In addition, the Lebanon Chapter of DAR recently welcomed new member Kathy Murphy.


Heidelberg Brass Band

Zion Evangelical Church, 1290 River Road, Marietta, will host the Heidelberg Brass Band on Sunday, June 10, at 9:30 a.m.

The worship service will feature polka music. Coffee will be provided following the service. The public is welcome to attend.

For more details, readers may call 717-426-1884 or email


Flag Retirement Ceremony

The Boy Scouts of Troop 90 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Froelich Park, 350 W. Main St., Mountville. The public is invited to bring flags for retirement.

Troop 90, which currently has 21 Scouts, serves the Mountville, Columbia, and Ironville areas. In the past year, the Scouts did road cleanups, collected 3,700 pounds of food for the Columbia Food Bank, performed erosion control work at a Scout camp, helped with the library book sale and with the lawn concert parking, planted 50 trees at Froelich Park, revitalized a small Mountville park, and built several dozen duck houses for Ducks Unlimited. The troop totaled 543 service hours in 2017.

The past year's activities have included snow tubing, cabin camping, snow camping, bike hikes, day hikes, camporees, a trip to a rustic water park, sailing on the Chesapeake, and summer camp. They also kayaked 34 miles down the Juniata and camped on the Gettysburg Battlefield. This year's planned activities include backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, exploring one of Lancaster County's small creeks in kayaks, going to summer camp, whitewater rafting, touring an underground lake, going ziplining, and performing service in the Mountville area. The troop is also on track to add at least two more Eagles Scouts in 2018.

For more information, including how to join the troop, readers may contact Scoutmaster Derik Shelor at 717-517-6340.


Bike Auction

Columbia Borough Police Department, 308 Locust St., Columbia, will hold a bike auction on Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m.

The auction will take place in the alley between the police station and the Columbia Market House building. Approximately 45 bicycles and scooters, as well as several bike parts, will be auctioned. One of the bikes to be auctioned is a Trek police version mountain bike that was used by the bike patrol.


Summer REading Program

O'Sullivan Named New Director

Prior to her retirement as director of the Pequea Valley Public Library (PVPL) on June 1, Margie Perella made a statement that some might consider amusing. "I am looking forward to having more time to read (after I retire)," said Perella with a chuckle.

Perella began her career with the library in May 1975 when the Intercourse Lions Club founded the library in its original location, a former schoolhouse at the corner of Route 340 and Blueberry Boulevard in Intercourse. Originally, the facility was a reading center of the Lancaster Library, but use soon exceeded expectations. Perella served the facility on a part-time basis until 1984 when she took a full-time position elsewhere. In 2000, when the director's position became available as a full-time opportunity, Perella applied and was selected. In 2013, a replica of the schoolhouse was added to the current library at 31 Center St., Intercourse, and named the Perella Schoolhouse in her honor. Perella has served PVPL a total of 27 years.

On June 1, Perella will officially retire, and Catherine O'Sullivan, who has served as the Salisbury Township Branch Library manager, will become the new PVPL director. O'Sullivan, who is currently working on her master's degree in library science, moved to the area nine years ago from New York City. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chinese language from Michigan State University.

"(O'Sullivan) was a homeschool mom who used our library all the time," said Perella, who recalled that O'Sullivan approached library staff about the possibility of working at PVPL part time. "We hired her right away because we knew her," said Perella, who added that O'Sullivan spent much of her time at the Salisbury Township Branch Library. Perella noted that when the manager's job at that location opened up, O'Sullivan was quickly hired.

When Perella decided to retire, there was consensus that O'Sullivan would be a good replacement. "It wasn't just me (who wanted O'Sullivan to be director)," said Perella. "Several members of the staff also thought that Catherine would be perfect to be the library director, and she will be."

"I appreciated that Margie thought of me," said O'Sullivan. "It's very humbling to step in (to her shoes)." O'Sullivan noted that Perella is leaving a well-worn path for her to follow. "Margie has made it easier (for me) because she has so much in place," said O'Sullivan. "There's a great facility, incredible staff, and a nice collection she has built up."

Perella is comfortable that she is leaving the library in good hands with O'Sullivan and the other staff members, many of whom have been serving patrons for a number of years. Perella lauded the library personnel for their positive attitude and customer service outlook. "All the staff members are so supportive and wonderful with the public," she said.

On Saturday, June 2, the same day O'Sullivan will become director, the Summer Reading Program - themed "Libraries Rock!" - will kick off for the summer.

O'Sullivan was undaunted by the task ahead. "I am very excited (about the position)," she said. "I have always been a lover of libraries, and this is my dream." O'Sullivan noted, however, that she will be looking to Perella for help, if necessary. "I think Margie should just remember that she is on my speed dial," she said with a chuckle.

Jane Fisher, who has been a part-time library employee, has taken over the directorship of the Salisbury Township Branch Library.

More information about the library may be found by visiting


Lighthouse Vocational Services Auction

Crystal Smeltzer, director of community relations, and Kirt Barden, CEO, with Lighthouse Vocational Services (LVS) are looking forward to the organization's upcoming fundraising auction, but both are also excited to talk about changes that have been happening at Lighthouse and the $500,000 capital campaign LVS has just undertaken.

LVS, located at 144 Orlan Road, New Holland, provides a Christ-centered environment for individuals with disabilities to engage in vocational development and find employment opportunities. "We have been helping (clients) be all Christ wants them to be by bringing them into the community," shared Barden.

"We have almost 70 (clients) going into up to 20 nonprofit organizations," said Smeltzer.

Completion of the capital campaign will allow LVS to add more than five rooms to the facility. Among these will be a sensory room, a living skills room, and a community room where members of the community can visit to discuss and demonstrate their own career choices. "We will also be teaching etiquette and courtesy to help our (clients move into the community) outside the center," said Barden.

The benefit auction will be held at LVS on Friday, June 8, from 4 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, June 9, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beginning in 2017, the auction has kicked off on Friday with a pork barbecue drive-through featuring sandwiches or pork only. At 5 p.m., visitors will be welcomed to the venue and at 5:15 p.m., a sky diver will parachute in to the event. Flowers and plants will be available for purchase on a cash basis from 4 to 9 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, the first auction will begin with craft items and groceries going up for bids. A European auction and children's auction will be held, followed by the auctioning of tools, flowers, and hunting equipment. A few years ago, LVS added meat to the auction's offerings, including pork halves, beef quarters, and pork barbecue. Frozen food items will also go over the block.

On Saturday, the fundraiser will start with a 6 a.m. cafeteria-style breakfast. "Breakfast is usually eggs, sausage, pancakes, and a drink," noted Smeltzer. Plants and flowers will be available for cash purchase from 6:30 to 8 a.m. At 8 a.m., a candy drop from an airplane will be held, and at 8:15 a.m., visitors will be officially welcomed to the opening of the auction.

Smeltzer noted that fire trucks from local stations will be on-site for children to enjoy seeing.

Saturday's auction schedule includes crafts, farm supplies, and groceries, which will go up for bids at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m., remaining flowers and plants will be auctioned. At 10 a.m., power tools will go over the block, and indoor furniture will go up for bids at 11 a.m.

At 10 a.m., chicken barbecue meals, which will include a leg and a thigh, a roll, sides, and a beverage, will become available for purchase. At noon, LVS will make a presentation involving Barden, director of programs Brian French, and LVS clients, who will talk about their experiences at Lighthouse.

At 12:15 p.m., specialty items will be sold, followed by a variety of quilts and wall hangings, which Smeltzer noted are homemade by members of area Plain families and donated to be sold. "Some are made specifically for the event," she noted. Following the auctioning of the quilts, lawn furniture and more meat items will go up for bids. At 1 p.m. sheds and a gazebo will go over the block.

Readers who would like more information may call 717-354-0355, email, or visit


Joy Ike Concert

Music in the Orchard will return to the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum for another summer of highlighting local artists. Concerts will take place every other Saturday from June 9 through Aug. 4, at the Herr House orchard, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street. Attendees may bring picnic dinners.

Joy Ike will open the series on June 9 with a blend of neo-soul with a hint of pop, featuring vocals and piano-playing. Alex Brubaker, Lancaster-based fingerstyle guitarist, will open. Brubaker's music features two-hand tapping and percussive hits on the body and strings of the guitar, as well as live looping.

The second concert in the series, on June 23, will feature Vinegar Creek Constituency. The group's style encompasses bluegrass, ragtime, swing, outlaw country, and more. Vinegar Creek Constituency was formed in 2005.

On July 7, Rizzetta's Tones will make its Music in the Orchard debut. Rizzetta's Tones is a Celtic and folk band whose members play fraternal twin hammer dulcimers, a silver flute, high and low whistles, and guitars. The group's repertoire includes music from Ireland, Scotland, and the United States, drawing as well from the traditions of Finland, Brazil, France, Macedonia, and many other lands.

Smokehouse 4 will perform on July 21. Drawing on traditional New Orleans blues and neo-New Orleans funk, the group plays a mix of roots rock, blues, funk and New Orleans soul. The noted Native American musician Terry Strongheart will open.

The season will close on Aug. 4 with Cricket Tell the Weather, an indie string band with a bluegrass-inspired sound.

Concerts will take place rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will move into the implement shed on the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum grounds. In cases of severe weather, cancellations will be announced by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert.

Tickets will be available for purchase on site. Children under 12 will be admitted for free. No advance registration is required. The 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum is an alcohol- and smoke-free environment.


Señor Fancypants Concert

The Junction Center, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim, will host the debut of a new children's musician, Señor Fancypants, on Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. in Landis Hall.

Señor Fancypants is Brian Richard Smith, previously known for his touring act Dave & Brian, which has appeared on "Good Morning America." As Señor Fancypants, Smith writes and performs children's indie-pop songs about a variety of topics, including traveling, hanging out at the beach, teleporting between dimensions, and eating doughnuts. The songs have received airplay on WJTL and on satellite radio children's programs.

Local children's musician Phredd will also perform. Phredd is a singer-songwriter whose music includes ukulele, harmonica, and suitcase kick drum. Lisa Landis of Kids Cookie Break will host the event and offer games.

To purchase tickets and for more information readers may visit


Victorian Day

The Lancaster Cemetery, 205 E. Lemon St., Lancaster, will hold its annual Victorian Day on Sunday, June 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will include tours, historical groups, and time for a picnic.

Guided walking tours of the grounds will emphasize the cemetery's Victorian heritage and gravesites of prominent Lancaster citizens. A self-guided tour will also be available. Members of the Sons of the Union Veterans, General George H. Thomas Camp Number 19 will be positioned at the Grand Army of the Republic lot in the cemetery. Dressed in Civil War attire, members of the Sons of the Union Veterans will talk about Lancaster's participation in the Civil War. Members of the Patriot Daughters, in period dress, will also be present to talk about the Victorian Era. Attendees may bring picnic lunches, as it was customary for Victorians to hold picnics on Sunday afternoons while visiting family grave sites.

In 1845, the First Reformed Church of Lancaster established the Lancaster Cemetery as a suburban burial ground. Initially, 10 acres of farmland were purchased from the David Longenecker estate, and because the tract then seemed large, lot purchases were made available not only to church members but to the entire community. The lots were so popular the church agreed to sell the property to the lot holders and thus remove itself from direct affiliation.

Since the first interment in June 1848, more than 18,000 burials have been recorded. The cemetery is the final resting place of many distinguished Lancaster citizens, including Major General John F. Reynolds, the first commissioned officer killed in the Battle of Gettysburg; and internationally acclaimed water colorist Charles Demuth.

Proceeds from Victorian Day will go toward the continued restoration and preservation of the cemetery grounds.


LCHS Graduation

When the more than 150 Lancaster Catholic High School (LCHS) seniors gather with their family members, friends, and faculty in the school's Berger Gymnasium on Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. to graduate, Class of 2018 valedictorian Maria Howe and salutatorian Olive Song will be prepared to give speeches. Student Council president Annamaria Walden will welcome the gathering and move tassels on graduating students.

Howe has planned a speech that focuses on motivation. "(I will talk about) people and experiences that have motivated us and led us to where we are now," Howe said. "I will also look ahead and encourage people to maintain motivation through school or whatever path they (choose)."

In the fall, Howe is scheduled to attend Penn State University's Schreyer Honors College, where she will major in math with the goal of studying actuarial science. She said that she is thankful to have attended LCHS because the school offers a combination of excellent academics and extracurricular activities with an aspect of community.

Song, an international student from China who has lived with a host family during the three years she attended LCHS, said that her speech will focus on diversity. "Being from China, I see differences in people here and how diversity can influence society to move ahead," she said.

In the fall, Song will attend New York University in New York City to major in math and minor in business with plans to go into actuarial science. "I am glad I am in America to experience different cultures and live in a society where there is (freedom of) religion because in (China) there is no religion," Song noted, adding that she was thankful to be able to apply at American colleges.

Walden, who prepared a speech for the student awards ceremony, said that she plans to attend Siena College in Albany, N.Y., where she has enrolled in an eight-year program to study medicine with hopes of specializing in the field of pediatrics.

Walden, who entered LCHS as a freshman, said that the people she met there have influenced her development. "At LCHS, the relationships I formed were a defining aspect of attending school here," she said. "It really is a family school."

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