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Adamstown Community Days Expands To Four Days Of Fun

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (front) Ruxin Graeff, Dakota Kells, Colden Martin, Patrick Soley; (back) Nolan Martin, John Soley, Mia Trate, Maci Kells, Aila Mattern, Lauren Mattern, Trevor Graeff and Reagan Martin.

The Adamstown Comm­unity Days committee is excited to be bringing new, exciting rides for all ages. In addition, the Community Days celebration will now be four days! The event will take place over the Memorial Day week, Thurs­day, May 26 through Sunday, May 29. The hours will be Thursday and Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. All events will take place in the community grove located just off Route 272, next to the Adamstown swimming pool. As always there is no charge for parking or admission to the grounds. There will be free professional entertainment every evening under the huge circus tent. There are a limited number of chairs available, but they suggest bringing your own.

New this year at the game tent will be a silent auction. Numerous items such as gift cards and other items each day will go to the lucky ticket holder. Tickets to bid on the items will be available for purchase at the Community Days game tent.

Throughout the days there will be lots of delicious food, games and entertainment for all! The much-anticipated finale to the weekend is Sunday night’s grand finale fireworks show at 10:00 p.m. For more information and a complete list of events and sponsors, look in next week’s issue of The Shopping News (May 25th issue).

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Farm Fest Community Outreach To Include Fellowship/Fun

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

First Church, FUMC Ephrata invites the community to come out and enjoy the 2nd annual Farm Fest community outreach this coming Saturday, May 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at their farm located at 651 Stevens Road. This a community outreach event featuring live praise and worship music from their very own Praise Team and other groups from the community! Please invite friends and family for an afternoon of fellowship and fun!

Bring chairs or blankets and feel free to bring any of your favorite backyard games to enjoy during the event. The Church Youth (ICON) will be serving burgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks for a nominal donation. In addition, Farm Fest t-shirts will also be available for purchase. Please contact the church office at 717-738-2465 with any questions.

Shown is Cayden Holmes, Farmfest volunteer, with the farm venue behind him.

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Guess “Where’s Oakley?” And Win Tickets!

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Years ago Oakley had a good friend named Loyd who used to take him fishing and would also play Frisbee golf with him in this local park. Oakley was rummag­ing through some old drawers and came across Loyd’s signature pink cowboy hat he had given to Oakley when he moved away. When he heard the azaleas were blooming, he knew he had to send Loyd a photo wearing his vivid hat! What local park is Oakley shown at?

By correctly identifying the location in which Oakley is photographed, your entry will be submitted to win a weekly random drawing. Each week, two entrants will be selected to win a four-pack of tickets to the Wildlife Center or one of the Escape Rooms at Refreshing Mountain Retreat and Adventure Center. Two winners will be chosen each week. The Center, located at 455 Camp Road, Stevens, also offers other family activities such as camping, zip lines and a pool. For more information, visit them online at refreshingmoun This week, the contest entry form, rules and regulations, can be found on page 4A.

The winners from the Wednesday, May 4th “Where’s Oakley?” contest are Scott Byrom of Rein­holds, and James McFred­erick of Lititz. Oakley was shown at Reiff’s Farm Market. They each will receive a four-pack of tickets to the Wildlife Center (or one of the Escape Rooms) at Refreshing Moun­tain Retreat and Adventure Center. Congrat­ulations!

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Law Enforcement Excellence, Outstanding Firefighter Award Presented

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Dwayne Mackenzie (VFW Post 3376 Commander) presenting the VFW John Radko Award for Law Enforcement Excellence to Ephrata Police Department Officer Michelle Cook, while Lititz Fire Company Firefighter Brian Gallagher receives the VFW Outstanding Firefighter Award from Timothy Frey (Post Safety Committee Chair).

Officer Michelle Cook

Officer Cook is a native of Lebanon County. She graduated from Lebanon High School and completed an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College.

Michelle began her Law Enforcement career as a civilian Community Services Officer (CSO) with the Derry Township Police Department in Hershey. She enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard in 2001, serving as a Personnel Administrative Specialist for eight years. She is a combat veteran, having deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 with the 28th Finance unit supporting the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division under Operation Enduring Freedom. She is also a life member of the VFW.

In 2005 she was hired by the Ephrata Police Department. Since her appointment as a police officer, Officer Cook has shown an admirable commitment to the community. Her accomplishments are as follows: A member of the bike patrol team. An assignment that allows her better maneuverability in tight spaces and the ability to interact with residents, business operators, and visitors more frequently than in a patrol car. Field Training Officer. An additional duty assigned to officers, who are typically the best of the department, and tasked with training and educating new police recruits to perform their duties with thoroughness and professionalism. A counselor for the Girls on the Run program at Fulton School. Here she acts as a coach/mentor/mother figure to elementary-age girls – inspiring girls to build confidence and other life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity. Serves as Officer in Charge in the absence of the sergeant. In her career she has been involved in two lifesaving events, most recently a cardiac arrest at the Green Dragon.

Officer Cook exemplifies what a community-oriented police officer should be. She is proactive in problem-solving – always engaging the community. You’re likely to see her at school and community functions where she may be reading to the students or representing the Department as an ambassador to the community.

As a testament to Officer Cook’s performance, Lieutenant Chris McKim stated in her award recommendation, “Her commitment and professionalism shine brightly in our profession.”

Firefighter Brian Gallagher

Firefighter Gallagher served as a volunteer with the Seaford Fire Department in Long Island, New York for six years before relocating to Lititz. He served with the Lititz Fire Company for 12 years. After a break in service, he returned to the fire company in 2016 where he continues to serve as a driver and the vice-president of the company. He also has the prestigious title of main cook for all company meal nights.

Brian entered the United States Air Force in 1982. He is a combat veteran having served in Southeast Asia between 2010 and 2011. He served as a Flight Line Supervisor with the 405th AEF at Oman Airbase, and a De-icing Supervisor with the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing at Manas Air Base in Kyrgzstan. After 33 years of service, Brian retired from the Air Force Reserves at Dover Air Force Base after achieving the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.

Brian was a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service having retired in 2017 with 34 years of service. Although he is retired, he still serves his community with the Lititz Fire Company even though he has five children and eight grandchildren.

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Cocalico LEO Club’s 5K for Johnnie K

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

The Cocalico Leo Club will be hosting their annual 5K for Johnnie K on Sunday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. at the IronSpire Complex on Route 272 in Adamstown. All proceeds will benefit the Brown and Tran families to financially assist the families while Nicki and Kim undergo cancer treatments. Register online at, search May 22, 2022 and 5K for Johnnie K. Raffles and awards will be presented immediately following the race. A 1.5 mile walk through Stoudtburg Village will also occur at the same time as the 5K run.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Matt Stevens, Dolan Byrnes, Lynn Parmer (teacher advisor) and Ashlyn Alt­house.

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9th Annual Hope For Haiti Benefit Auction

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

What brings back people to the Hope for Haiti (HFH) Benefit Auction each year? “My parents have been helping with the HFH Benefit Auction as long as I can remember. Every third Saturday in the month of May, our farm is transformed into a giant auction,” says 15-year-old Kiefer Hertzog, whose parents own Hertzog Homestead Event Venue, just outside of Ephrata.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Scott Hertzog, Kiefer Hertzog and Kristen Hertzog. Not pictured are Elva Ober­holtzer and Arlene Hertzog.

“There are horse and buggies, cars, people of all ages to come together to buy stuff to help the people in Haiti. I like that our whole community comes out to help people who they have never met before who need more education and business trainings to be successful.”

This year will be the 9th annual Hope for Haiti Benefit Auction, an event with many items to be auctioned, as well as a large bake sale, children’s activities and barrel train rides, and lots of delicious homemade food. The auction, hosted by Beiler-Campbell Auction Services, Curvin Horning and many volunteers, will take place on Saturday, May 21 at 9:00 a.m. until the last item is sold.

“I remember one year, my neighbors let me design a quilt that they made and then sold at auction. Of course, my parents bought it,” remembers Kiefer. “The food I look forward to the most is the Whoopie pies, strawberry pie with vanilla ice cream and of course, the barbecue chicken. They are so good every year.”

Items to be auctioned include a multitude of gift cards to local area businesses, furniture, antiques, sheds, lawn and garden items, flowers and plants, quilts made by local women, collectibles and many more items will be available.

All gifts and donations are tax deductible. Food will be available all day for purchase to benefit the cause. All proceeds will go towards Transformation Haiti and Hope Christian Training Library, both located in Montrouis, Haiti.

Based in Lancaster and led by Nelson and Sue Martin, Transformation Haiti’s program Paradigm Shift offers Haitian men and women the business and leadership training skills critical to be self-sustainable in their businesses.

Hope Library (Bibliyotèk Lespwa) is the town’s only public library and IT center open to over 18,000 people in Montrouis, Haiti. Hope Library offers ethical, Godly training in a variety of jobs, and quality books in French, Creole, and English.

Regular updates and more information can be found at All gifts are tax deductible through Hope for Haiti Benefit Auction, a 501 © (3) non-profit organization. Please contact their Lancaster-based office at 717-201-4893 for more information.