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GEARS News April 16

Apr 16th, 2018 | By | Category: Front Page, News

  GEARS SUMMER 2018 BROCHURE IS COMING GEARS has put together a wide variety of programs and activities for all ages in its Summer 2018 Brochure.  GEARS members should have received a copy in their mailbox soon! All classes are also listed at Members can begin to register starting on Monday, April 23.  Registration is accepted online at, by phone (717-367-0355) or fax (367-4138) with a credit card, by walk in or mail in at 600 East High Street, Elizabethtown, PA  17022.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis.  Some classes/programs fill quickly.  Get out of[Read more...]

Grand Opening of the Historic Star Barn Village

Apr 16th, 2018 | By | Category: Front Page, News

The Historic 1877 Star Barn and its ancillary structures were disassembled and moved from Middletown, Pennsylvania to Stone Gables Estate in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania where they have been meticulously reconstructed and restored. In the past year, numerous other structures and amenities have been added to complete the site now known as “The Star Barn Village.” To celebrate the completion of this beautiful and historic site, the community is invited to attend the Star Barn Village Grand Opening. This ticketed event will take place July 3 and 4, 2018 and net profits will benefit Brittany’s Hope,, a non-profit organization that aids abandoned children[Read more...]

Senior center activities week of April 19

Apr 13th, 2018 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Area seniors are invited to participate in any of the following programs held At the Elizabethtown Area Senior Center.  The Senior Center is located in the GEARS Community Center, Elizabethtown and is open Monday through Friday.  Call the center for more information about the activities or to make reservations at 367-7984. The Elizabethtown Area Senior Center is a service of GEARS and the Lancaster County Office of Aging.   Thursday, April 19: 9:00 am Walking, 10:30 am Table Games or Craft, 12:30 Pinochle or Bridge. Lunch will be: Stuffed Pepper with tomato sauce, garlic whopped potatoes, coin carrots, wheat bread,[Read more...]

Bear Creek School team places first at Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Competition

Apr 12th, 2018 | By | Category: Front Page, News

April 12, 2018- A team of students from the Bear Creek School recently took part in the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 Real World STEM Solution Challenge. Sixth graders Lillia Alvarez, Jaycen Conrad, Quinn Dolan, Gabriel Rottet, and Trenten Miller collaborated to develop L.U.L.O. (Leverage Utilizing Locker Opener) that was designed to help students with stunted muscle development in their hands. Their entry placed first in the Grades 4-6 division. The team was led by faculty advisor Sara Torchia. The competition was open to students from the local intermediate unit in grades 4-12.  The purpose for the competition was to increase STEM-related educational opportunities[Read more...]

Trump Seeks Asylum in Moscow (Redux)

Apr 10th, 2018 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

  This article was originally published in January. We now know that it was a false alarm–fake news. Of course, EJ admits no responsibility in that deception. We picked the story up from a wire service with which we had a contract, Ersatz News.  We also now know that it is poor judgement to enter into a contract based on a solicitation appearing on the inside cover of a matchbook. Even though it was false news then,  it may yet prove to be prophetic and evolve as true in the near future. The plane was fully fueled in a hanger[Read more...]

Sertoma Club of Lancaster Will Host Largest U.S. Chicken Barbecue: May 19 event will support Long’s Park and community programs

Apr 10th, 2018 | By | Category: Front Page, News

  LANCASTER (Apr. 10, 2018) – Now in its 66th year, the nation’s largest chicken barbecue will be held again on Saturday, May 19 at Long’s Park in Lancaster.  The Sertoma Club of Lancaster’s chicken barbecue is the biggest event of its kind in the U.S., as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. A total of 23,000 dinners will be prepared this year, with 1,500 donated to charitable organizations for people in need in the Lancaster area. Long’s Park will receive 70 percent of the event’s proceeds. This year’s goal is $100,000, following last year’s total of just[Read more...]

Justice in the balance in Luzerne County

Apr 8th, 2018 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

In 2011, two judges in Luzerne County were found guilty of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for sentencing children to private prisons operated by two businessmen. These children, thousands of them, were taken away from their parents and put into for-profit juvenile facilities for minor infractions. One of the victims later committed suicide. Former Judge Mark Ciavarella, who is serving a 28-year sentence, scored a legal victory in January, when a federal judge threw out convictions on three counts (but upheld them on nine others). In an ironic twist, the ruling relied on the incompetence[Read more...]

Advoz Will Present Amanda Kemp Its Dignity in Dialogue Award on Apr. 19

Apr 8th, 2018 | By | Category: Front Page, News

LANCASTER (Mar. 16, 2017) – Advoz, a local organization committed to resolving conflict through face-to-face dialogue, will present its second Dignity in Dialogue Award to Amanda Kemp, Ph.D. at its annual Around the Table dinner on Apr. 19. A Lancaster resident, Kemp is a poet, playwright and performer who has advocated for racial justice and equality for 35 years. Kemp has taught at Millersville University and Franklin & Marshall College, where she has served as chair and visiting scholar for Africana Studies. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She founded Theatre for Transformation,[Read more...]

Bear Creek School team earns first place at local STEM Bowl competition

Apr 4th, 2018 | By | Category: Front Page, News

April 4, 2018- A team of students from the Bear Creek School recently took part in the Lancaster-Lebanon Elementary STEM Bowl. Fifth graders Liam Burke, Brendan Fritz, Austin Risser, and Owen Wagner formed the Quizzly Bears. Competing against 20 team and nearly 80 students, the Quizzly Bears placed first. As part of the competition, they participated in two STEM activities and six quiz-bowl style contests. The two teams with the highest number of points participated in a final match at the close of the event. It was there that the team from the Bear Creek School went head-to-head against Hempfield[Read more...]

EAHS Student Performs at Prestigious Chorus Festival

Apr 4th, 2018 | By | Category: Front Page, News

April 4, 2018- Elizabethtown Area School District choral student Claire Fritz took part in the 2018 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Region 5 Chorus Festival held at Annville Cleona High School in March. Fritz, a sophomore, was selected to the prestigious student ensemble based on her audition at the District 7 music festival held in January. Selection to the Region 5 chorus is highly competitive and very prestigious. While at the regional festival, Fritz worked under the direction of guest conductor Mr. Jeffrey Kern, assistant professor of Music at the University of the Arts. Participants at the festival included the[Read more...]