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Team Reggio Wins Regular Season Title August 21, 2014

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Prepayment Plan Set August 21, 2014

The Solanco School District promotes prepayment by parents for breakfast and lunch, which avoids the potential problem of their child forgetting to take breakfast and/or lunch money to school. If money has been forgotten and meals have not been pre-paid, it is possible to charge meals; this helps to ensure that a child will eat breakfast and/or lunch, which will help them perform at optimal capacity during the school day.

Meal charges are a temporary solution to address intermittent forgetfulness on the part of the parent or student. Charges are not intended to provide a credit service for continuous charging of student meals.

All schools have procedures in place to ensure students do not go without lunch. Students without money on their account or exceeding the maximum charge limit are allowed a cheese sandwich and white milk for lunch. The cost of this alternate meal is absorbed by the Food Service Department; there is no federal reimbursement for this meal, as reimbursements are not allowed for meals not meeting the mandated meal patterns.

For details about the prepayment program, readers may email the Solanco Food Services Department or call 786-5621.

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Pasta Dinner August 21, 2014

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"We're from New York. We don't do anything from a jar," Danny DiPaula said, referring to the cooking style that he and his wife, Kim, practice. The DiPaulas are members of the food service committee of the Strasburg Fire Company, and they are the masterminds - and cooks - behind the first-ever pasta night that the company will host on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. The meal will be held at the fire station, 203 Franklin St., Strasburg. Separate prices have been set for children ages 4 to 12 and for adults, payable at the door.

The DiPaulas have drawn up a menu for the event, which will feature Kim's homemade sauce and meatballs. Kim plans to start cooking on the Thursday before the event, making meatballs from ground sirloin and sauce from crushed tomatoes.

"I put in my own spices," Kim said.

Rounding out the meal will be salad, bread, and baked goods. Individuals who would like to support the meal are welcome to donate cakes and pies for the affair. Contributions of other menu items will be accepted as well.

Hosting another fundraiser in addition to auctions and turkey dinners has been discussed at the fire company for several years, said food service committee member Ike Fisher.

"We have rising costs," Fisher explained.

The DiPaulas were glad to spearhead the effort. The couple has been members at the Strasburg Fire Company for three years and at the Rawlinsville Fire Company for several years before that. They developed their habit of service in New York, where they grew up.

"We'd gotten involved with fundraising up in New York," Danny said, adding that he and Kim do it "just to help the community."

Danny welcomes anyone to call him at 490-3157 about donating items or helping with the pasta dinner.

Fisher also invited readers to mark their calendars for Saturday, Oct. 4, when the fire company will hold its annual fall sale featuring quilts, crafts, and antiques.

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Moving Forward With Excellence August 21, 2014

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LCCS Introduces New Head of School

Lancaster County Christian School (LCCS), with campuses in Leola and West Lampeter, has announced the appointment of Samuel Botta as head of school. Botta has arrived at LCCS with credentials that include serving as middle and high school principal at Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Va., as well as head of school at Trinity Christian Academy in Tennessee.

Botta noted that from his first contact with the board and the search committee, he was impressed with the caliber of the people involved with LCCS. "The people are very genuine and have a love for what they do and for the students," said Botta. "What a great place that is (from which) to start!"

Although Botta was impressed with the people he met at LCCS, he and his wife, Lynda, took time to consult God before making the move from Virginia to Lancaster County. "(I was) offered the position, and my wife and I took some time and thought and prayed on it," said Botta. "We really knew God was leading us." God's plan became clear to the Bottas as the opportunities at LCCS crystalized. "The door opened very wide, and one thing after another confirmed the decision," said Botta. "We know it's the right thing."

LCCS was formed a few years ago when Living Word Academy merged with Lancaster Christian School. Along with a traditional Christian school, LCCS offers a University Model School (UMS), which combines homeschooling with on-campus and distance learning. The UMS option became available shortly after Living Word and Lancaster Christian School united. The willingness of the two schools to come together to form an improved educational entity further impressed Botta.

"(There's a) rich tradition (at LCCS), and the merger, which from my standpoint was a model of what many Christian schools could benefit from doing, brought together two schools that said, 'We could be better together than separately,'" Botta explained, noting that he saw the intent behind the merger. "(A merger) takes a real humility and ... (I) see the heart that's behind that."

According to Botta, the UMS model represents a similar partnership between the school and homeschooling parents. "It's very important for (homeschooling parents) to be directly involved in their child's education, but we support that by providing a lot of opportunities, programs, and courses that can be a challenge for the homeschool parent." Botta described UMS as a way for homeschool students to be part of a broader educational experience without giving up the vision behind homeschooling. "(UMS) meshes homeschooling and Christian schooling together for the best of both, and that is tremendous," he said.

Because of the strengths Botta has found at the school, he sees his task as working to enhance the good things happening there. "A big part of my charge in terms of leading is to make it better," said Botta. "That should always be our goal: constant, steady improvement to continue to go to the next level." He also sees his job as working with families to customize each child's educational experience. "We have to continue to look at creative ways to support families and students to fulfill the destiny God prepared for them," he said. "Every student is unique ... each one learns (differently). It's very important to maximize (students) as individuals, but in a collective setting where we're like a family and a team."

The concept of working to continually improve is near to Botta's heart. "I think we're called to do everything we do with excellence," he said. "I think LCCS has done that and my role is to help continue to move that forward by adding new and creative things to inject even more life into a school that has a lot of life already."

Readers who would like to learn more about LCCS may visit www.lccs.cc.

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Honey And Bees Contests Posted August 21, 2014

The 2014 Denver Fair will host a contest of baked goods including honey and apiary products. Categories wil be bees, honey, beeswax, and baked goods. Readers may refer to page 69 of the fair booklet for complete details, or they may contact Charles Messner at 336-0424. The fair will open on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

The first category, bees, may include any type of bees in a one-frame observation hive. The category will be judged on uniformity of color, bees, presence of queen, brood and honey, cleanliness, and appearance of observation hive.

The second category, honey, will be divided into 10 subcategories: light comb, dark comb, extra white extracted honey, white extracted honey, extra light amber extracted honey, light amber extracted honey, amber extracted honey, dark amber extracted honey, creamed honey, and chunk honey. Entries will be judged on neatness and uniformity of cut, absence of watery capping, uncapped cell and pollen, and cleanliness of product. All entries must be in 1-pound glass jars that are cylindrically uniform. Extracted honey will be judged on body, flavor, clarity, cleanliness, and general appearance for market.

There will be three beeswax categories: single block of at least 1 pound; commercial - single block of at least 3 pounds; and molded or designed of at least 1 pound total. Beeswax will be judged on cleanliness, color and aroma, uniformity of appearance, and freedom from cracks and shrinkage.

The baked goods category must include honey as an ingredient. Recipes must be included with the entries. Categories include 1-pound honey cake loaf and honey drop cookies (with seven pieces per plate).

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Playhouse Will Hold Auditions August 21, 2014

Hershey Area Playhouse will hold auditions for the final show of its 2014 season, Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol." The production will take its inspiration from the subtitle that appears on most of the early publications of the tale: "A Ghost Story of Christmas."

A cast of approximately 20 adults and 10 children is being sought. Most cast members will play multiple roles over the course of the December show, so actors and actresses have a chance to be a part of an ever-changing ensemble. A list of roles and descriptions is posted at www.HersheyAreaPlayhouse.com.

Those who wish to audition should prepare a short monologue. This does not need not be memorized and can be as simple as a nursery rhyme for younger auditioners. Actors may also be asked to read short scenes from the script.

Auditions will be held for adults and teens only on Friday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m.; for children on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon; and again for adults and teens from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 20.

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School Marks Project Phase August 21, 2014

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Saint Leo the Great Catholic School celebrated the completion of the first phase of a two-year construction project by bringing the students back to school a week early. In order to enhance the overall security of the building, the office was brought to the front of the school this summer.

Students started the school year early in order to maintain a tight timeline for further expansion and modernization of the school. The school itself will turn 50 in 2015, when eight new classrooms will be added to handle increasing enrollments.

Saint Leo serves students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. More information is available at www.stleoschool.org.

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Hershey Rotary To Give Grants August 21, 2014

The Hershey Rotary Club is accepting requests from local charitable organizations for its yearly community allocations program. Interested organizations should submit a grant application form no later than Friday, Sept. 19. Organizations will be notified by the end of October, and the club will hold one large check presentation for the recipients on Monday, Nov. 24.

Due to a successful 2014 annual auction, the club has earmarked more than $25,000 to be distributed to local charitable organizations this year. Grant application forms and more information may be received at www.HersheyRotary.org.

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East Petersburg 5K Race Planned August 21, 2014

The East Petersburg Day 5K will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, with a "Totally 1980s" theme. The race, preceded by a children's fun run and followed by the annual parade, will start and end at the East Petersburg Fire Hall, 6076 Pine St., East Petersburg. Proceeds will benefit the East Petersburg Day Events Committee. Runners will be eligible for prizes for fastest male and female, the top three in each age group, and best dressed.

A cost has been set for the fun run, which will start at 8:30 a.m., with a higher cost for the 5K, to begin at 9:15 a.m., and a special cost for runners in groups of five or more. Those who register by midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 2, will receive a race T-shirt. To register or for more information, visit www.eastpetersburgday.com.

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President Leads Opening Event August 21, 2014

Lewis Evitts Thayne, Lebanon Valley College's 18th president, led the college's traditional opening breakfast, announcing the college's annual community gifts totaling $58,850. He presented checks to Annville-Cleona School District for $17,800, Annville Township for $21,450, and Annville's Union Hose Fire Company for $19,600, including $17,000 of a second installment of an overall $50,000 pledge to assist the company in purchasing new fire equipment.

The president announced preliminary enrollment figures for the 2014-15 academic year, including 448 new students, both first-year students and transfers. He also invited attendees to tour the new Lebegern Learning Commons in the lower level of Mund College Center.

For the full text of Thayne's remarks, readers may visit www.lvc.edu/president/breakfast-2014.aspx. Photos from the event may be viewed at www.facebook.com/LebanonValleyCollege.

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