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JLL Membership Meeting Held September 17, 2014

The Junior League of Lancaster (JLL) held its first general membership meeting of the 2014-15 year on Sept. 8. Members voted to continue their support of projects and initiatives that focus on childhood education, including Kids in the Kitchen, Girls in Business, and the newly formed Lydia Smith Hamilton Society (LHS Society).

The Junior League's Kids in the Kitchen program is designed to help communities address the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition. The JLL also sponsors Girls in Business, a business plan competition for high school girls in Lancaster County.

The LHS Society is a mentoring program designed in cooperation with J.P. McCaskey High School to help girls develop social, business, research and entrepreneurial skills. The 12 members of the LHS Society will be selected through an essay application process in October. Members of the JLL, McCaskey High School teachers and staff, and Darlene Colon, a Lydia Hamilton Smith re-enactor, will participate in weekly group meetings and serve as mentors.

Readers may visit www.jllancaster.org for more information about the league's projects, programs, and fundraisers.

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Dementia Support Group Will Meet September 17, 2014

A meeting for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 30, on the "Components of a Comprehensive Memory Evaluation." The topic will be presented by the staff of the Alzheimer's and Memory Care Program at Lancaster General Hospital. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage, the special care center at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz.

The group operates in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. The public is invited to attend. Respite care is provided on-site upon 24-hour prior request. For more information or to arrange for respite care, readers may call Landis Homes at 581-3939.

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LCHS Holds Blue Mass September 17, 2014

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Lancaster Catholic High School (LCHS) hosted first responders and military members for the 9/11 Blue Mass ceremony, which was held in the morning on Sept. 11.

Two members of the Lancaster Mounted Police, a former Army Colonel, and relatives of those who lost their lives during the tragedies of September 11, 2001, joined the Rev. Allan F. Wolfe and the rest of the LCHS community in remembrance and prayer.

After the Mass, a group of students and priests moved outside to witness the blessing of two four-legged members of the mounted police. Police horses Ozzy and Duke, accompanied by their officers, Lt. Tim Frey and Ofc. Scott McDonald, were blessed by Father Wolfe.

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Lions Club Hosts Special Guests September 17, 2014

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Hospice Posts Auction Results September 17, 2014

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Hospice and Community Care's 30th Annual Labor Day Auction garnered a record-breaking $470,000 for the local nonprofit, which will use the funds to benefit patients and families.

The two-day event, held every year at the Lampeter Fairgrounds on the Saturday and Monday of Labor Day weekend, features multiple simultaneous auctions, with new and used items, artwork, vacations, sports memorabilia, plants and garden supplies, used vehicles, and even an Amish carriage on the auction block this year.

The Labor Day Auction serves as the organization's largest fundraising event, with funds supporting community members of all ages coping with serious illness, end of life, and loss.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the event, the organization held a special "Hospice Days of Care" Auction, with a goal set to raise enough funds to pay for a total of 30 days of hospice care. The average cost to provide care for one patient for one day is $189. In 2013, Hospice and Community Care provided nearly $900,000 of charitable care to patients who did not have the resources to pay for the hospice and palliative care they needed. This year, auction bidders supported 84 days of care, providing $15,876 for charitable hospice care, far surpassing the initial goal.

One tradition that has continued since the auction began in 1984 is the auctioning of a special full sheet cake designed with the Hospice Labor Day Auction logo. The sheet cake comes up on the auction block, and the bidding rapidly increases to hundreds of dollars, after which bidders turn the cake back to the auctioneer to sell again and again. This year's sheet cake raised a total of $2,775.

The Sports Memorabilia Auction generated more than $47,000. Top items included an autographed Wilt Chamberlain basketball that went for a top bid of $825, a football signed by Penn State head coach James Franklin for $775, a Yogi Berra-signed baseball for $735, and a Johnny Bench-signed baseball bat for $500.

There were a variety of "deals on wheels" up for bid, including two used cars, a motorcycle, a restored tractor, and for the second year, a new Amish carriage. This unique item trotted home with a bidder for $9,600. The Camp Chimaqua Quilt, created by children who attended Hospice and Community Care's Pathways Center for Grief and Loss overnight bereavement camp, was claimed for a bid of $700.

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MDS Completes Staten Island Project September 17, 2014

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Two years after Staten Island, N.Y., was devastated by the winds and water of Hurricane Sandy, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) closed its project site on the island. During the two years of MDS response, more than 1,400 volunteers cleaned up debris, mucked out homes, and then rebuilt and restored homes.

A celebration and closing ceremony took place in Staten Island on Aug. 27 at the St. Charles Seminary building, where MDS was housed for the past 20 months. Representatives of partner organizations, clients, and volunteers celebrated the work and the restoration of hope for many homeowners.

MDS had many partner organizations in Staten Island, including the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which provided the funding for many projects; the American Red Cross; New York Disaster Interfaith Services; and Oasis Christian Center Church.

The disaster response began as a joint project between the Ontario, Canada, MDS Unit and the New York MDS Unit. Locally, volunteers hailed from Lititz, Ephrata, Elizabethtown, East Earl, Lancaster, Quarryville, Washington Boro, Strasburg, and Willow Street, among other areas.

MDS continues active rebuilding projects in Jamestown, Colo., and High River, Alberta, Canada. Projects in Crisfield, Md.; Far Rockaway, N.Y.; Hattiesburg, Miss.; and Pensacola, Fla., will reopen in October.

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Local Sports Coverage September 17, 2014

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United Way Posts News September 17, 2014

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At the recent annual meeting of United Way of Lancaster County, attendees elected new officers and board members of the nonprofit organization for the 2014-15 year.

Elected chair of the board was Jennifer L. Craighead, Esq. of Barley Snyder. The chair-elect is Randy S. Patterson of the City of Lancaster. The immediate past chair is Thomas T. Baldrige of The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Jan Loeffler Bergen from Lancaster General Health was chosen as vice chair of mobilization. Scott R. Burky of Rhoads Energy will serve as vice chair of marketing and communications. Kathy Pandelidis Granbois, Esq. of McNees Wallace and Nurick LLC, was elected vice chair of finance and administration. Chosen to serve as secretary was Rolando L. Santiago, PhD, of Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.

Joining the board as members-at-large were Tim Dunigan, Johnson and Johnson, United Steelworkers Local 670; Sandy Garrison, RR Donnelley; John Humphries, WGAL 8; Peter D. Kerekgyarto, Beers and Hoffman Architecture; Theresa Mongiovi, Esq., Brubaker Connaughton Goss and Lucarelli LLC; Andrea Shirk, Clair Global; Janet Treer, The Treer Group; and Beverly Wise, Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc.

Re-elected to the board for a second three-year term were Peter Caddick, New Holland North America; Michael Daniels, community volunteer; and Michael Ronan, Lancaster/Lebanon PSEA.

Also recognized were retiring officers and members of the board of directors, including Ralph E. Simpson Jr., immediate past chair, Warfel Construction; Mary Renner, secretary, Laser Plus and The Digital Workshop; Christine Hertneky, RR Donnelley; Bethany Novis, CPA, Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP; Carol Y. Phillips, PhD, community volunteer; Anthony J. Purcell Sr., Armstrong World Industries, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers 2367; and Beth Riley, community volunteer. Phillips is now serving as the interim president and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Lancaster County.

For more information, readers may visit www.LiveUnitedLancaster.org.

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Local Sports Coverage September 17, 2014

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Local Students Help Refugees September 17, 2014

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Franklin and Marshall College Putting It Together (PIT) volunteer students welcomed five new refugee families to Lancaster County on Aug. 25. Students were able to help the families throughout the week by showing them around the area and telling them about the American lifestyle.

Refugees were taught how to shop for groceries, use the public transportation system and cash checks at a local bank. Over the next few months, the newly acquainted families will obtain jobs, learn English through English as a Second Language classes and enroll their children in school.

CWS Lancaster assists approximately 1,000 refugees and immigrants each year in making new homes, becoming self sufficient and moving toward full citizenship. Community support is provided by more than 150 volunteers and interns, as well as more than 100 employers and landlords.

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