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Lincoln Fire Company Fund Drive Needs Your Support

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The all-volunteer Lincoln Fire Company has kicked off its 2020 Fund Drive Campaign. The organization provides first due emer­gency service to western parts of Ephrata Borough and Ephrata Township, as well as eastern Clay Town­ship. The company responds to over 340 calls annually.

The success of this fund drive is paramount, as it represents 80% of the company’s budget. There is no direct tax in the Ephrata area for fire and rescue services.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (kneeling) Walt Bair, Logan Weaver; (standing) Laura Martin and Matt Showalter.

This year’s fund drive has a two-fold purpose with funds being utilized to maintain operational ex­penses including six pieces of apparatus, the station and the modern portable equip­ment, as well as expenses to assure the best training possible for personnel to maintain their skills and life-saving capabilities.

Richard Gehman, Fire Chief, stated, “This year’s drive will also support our new hydraulic rescue tool project. Citizens in the first due and mutual aid areas we serve need the assurance of having the latest equipment on our rescue truck for vehicle, industrial and farm accidents, as well as building collapse.”

Gehman explained that the current hydraulic tools are over 20 years old. These outdated tools cannot cut or spread the new high-strength steel used in new car safety technology and construction. This makes vehicle rescue operations difficult and delays rescuing patients when time is of the essence to lessen injury or save a life.

“We have started a $95,000 four-phase project to replace our current tools. A committee worked and tested tools from four different manufacturers prior to making a decision. The new rescue tools are the most innovative and powerful available on the market today for the fire rescue service.”

Initial purchase of several of the new tools has been purchased as phase one and with a successful Fund Drive it is hoped that additional tools in phase two and three can purchase the rest of the equipment.

Members of the fire company have continued to carefully respond to calls during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional safety steps and precautions have been taken during this time to protect the citizens they serve, as well as the firefighters own safety and that of their families.

The fire company knows budgets are tight right now, but the community can always depend on the Lincoln Fire Company giving 100% when your family or business needs them. All tax deductible donations can be mailed to the Fire Station at 38 South Market Street in Ephrata. Also, people living in the Lincoln Fire District are always invited to apply to join as a volunteer by stopping in any Tuesday evening.


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Lititz Springs Pool Welcomes Man’s Best Friend To Year-End Swim

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The Lititz Springs Pool recently held the ever-popular Doggie Swim marking the end of summer. From big dogs to little dogs, they all took to the water to frolic with fellow K-9s and have a delightful swim. Shown in the photo, starting at the top left going clockwise, is Presley and Hunter of Manheim, as they offer support to Labradoodle Harley who was not sure about the water; a brave dog reaching the bottom of the water slide; owner Gwenn snuggles her Mini Aussie in a warm blanket after a swim; and Golden Retrievers Bourbon and Madelyn exit the water and are greeted by their buddy Olive, a Chinese Crested who wants a turn with the toy.


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Stevens Fire Company Plans Golf Outing To Defray Equipment Costs

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The Stevens Fire Com­pany will hold their 4th Annual Golf Outing on Saturday, October 3 at Foxchase Golf Club, 300 Stevens Road, Stevens. The shotgun start is at 1:00 p.m. There is a cost, which includes golf, lunch, dinner and more. Lots of door prizes have been donated by local businesses. Hole spon­sorships are still available.

As a volunteer fire com­pany they need to raise funds to pay for the services they provide for the comm­unity. It costs over $9,000 to equip one Stevens fireman: Coat $997, Pants $945, Nomex Hood $40, Gloves $37, Boots $150, Helmet $175, Self-Contained Breath­ing Apparatus $5,200, Pager $500, Hose per 100 ft. $340 and Nozzle $665.

This equipment is required for fire fighters to safely perform their services. It protects them from heat and hazardous materials. The golf outing is one of their biggest funding sources. This years’ support will go into the truck fund. The truck they are looking to purchase is known as a “mini pumper.” The estim­ated cost is between $300,000 and $400,000. This piece of apparatus will be more suited to operate in the medium and higher density housing that is currently being constructed in the neighborhood.

To help raise the funds needed to serve the comm­unity last year, Stevens Fire Company members volun­teered about 3,500 hours. Fire fighters spent 570 hours training to keep required certifications current last year. They also spent 576 hours responding to emer­gency calls, including fires, accidents, vehicle accidents, helicopter landings and false alarms in 2019.

One of their more recent responsibilities is to secure the medical helicopters when they land at the new landing pad at the facility in Stevens. Patients are transferred from WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital to hospitals in Lancaster, York, Hershey, Baltimore, Reading and others. This has become a vital advantage to the medical services and citizens in the community.

As you can see the Stevens Fire Company volunteers are very busy working in many ways to make the community a safer place to live and work. Please consider participating in this good cause for the community.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Cindy Mellinger, Blue Ridge Communications Marketing/Community Relations Coordinator/Golf event community partner; Christina Kauffman, Golf outing committee member; Elsie Kauffman, Stevens Fire Company Trustee; Chad Weaver, Stevens Fire Company Chief; Kim Waver, Stevens Fire Company Secretary; Jim Black, Stevens Fire Co. President; and Steve Graybill, Foxchase Golf Club co-owner.


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New Joy Church Soups On Ministry

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At New Joy Church they have a vision to assist families in the community in a practical way. They would like to provide dinner once a month for families “on the go,” families in need, or even for families that would like to have a home cooked meal. They want to encourage families to sit down and enjoy a meal together.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, is Steph Latshaw and Pastor Dave Miller (Associate Pastor).

The church plans to offer this on a regular and ongoing basis. Each month they’ll provide a different soup just to mix things up. Church members are providing some of the donations as well as helping to make the soup and distribute it.

This new ministry is co-lead by Steph Latshaw and Rosanna Shirk. There is a team of others who are supporting these ladies as well. These meals will be held at New Joy Church, 35 New Joy Drive, Ephrata, on the second Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Just drive through the church parking lot and enjoy a meal on the church. The food provided will be given according to your family’s size and needs.


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“Pieces From The Past” – Featuring The Lititz Historical Foundation

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“Pieces From The Past” continues this week, featur­ing the Lititz Historical Foundation. In this weekly article, Shopping News readers will learn about local items housed in local museums and historical societies.

In 1806 Christian Hall became the first Postmaster of Lititz, and ran his small operation inside the Lititz Springs Hotel (now the General Sutter Hotel) down the street. Then, in 1830, Frederick Zitzman (1787-1872) was appointed the second postmaster by President Andrew Jackson and used the room pictured for his profession. Zitzman, who married Johannes Mueller’s daughter, served as the Lititz postmaster until 1849 and would use the cabinet pictured for organ­izing and sorting mail for the members of the comm­unity. Back then, there was no mail delivery door-to-door – residents made trips to this room to pick up their mail.

The Lititz Museum and Johannes Mueller House are located at 137-145 East Main Street, Lititz. The Museum and Gift shop are open in September on Wed­nesday and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beginning in October the hours will extend to, Wed­nesday through Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guided tours of the Mueller House are available for a fee and tours are limited in size. You may telephone the museum at 717-627-4636 for additional information. They also ask that visitors follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask in the museum. The floors are also marked to aid social distancing. Free parking is available curbside along Main Street in front of the Museum and behind the Museum in marked parking lots.