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Local Children Welcome Spring With A Joyful Message

Shopping News Photos by Donald Reese

The students at this one room school near Blue Ball used their faith, creativity and the remnants of fall leaves to create a simple, yet powerful message on the chain link fence. This small gesture of kindness certainly brightened the day for countless passing motorists who saw it and was a great message to share as we welcome the return of spring.


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Ephrata Unleashed K-9 Eggstravaganza This Weekend!

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

The second annual Ephrata Unleashed Doggie Egg Hunt is scheduled for this Saturday, April 1, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ephrata’s Unleashed PetSafe® dog park at 160 Old Mill Road. This event is an on-leash egg hunt for social dogs that even includes photos with the Easter bunny! All proceeds from the event benefit the Ephrata Unleashed Dog Park. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Brenda Perrotti, Lisa Willwerth with Scout, Mark Luscombe with Molly and Sandy, the Easter Bunny and Norma Lorenzo with Washington.

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Warwick Middle Earns Grand Prize In Prestigious International Competition

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Odesa – engineered by students from Warwick Middle School, Lititz, has won the Grand Prize at the 31st year of the prestigious international DiscoverE 2023 Future City® Comp­etition. Since last fall, middle school students in 38 U.S. regions, as well as teams from all over the world, have imagined, designed, and built cities for DiscoverE’s 2022-2023 Future City® Competition. This year’s theme, Climate Change, challenged stu­dents to choose a climate change impact and design one innovative and futuristic climate change adaptation and one mitigation strategy to keep their residents healthy and safe.

Warwick Middle School from the Pennsylvania Central region takes home the Grand Prize of a trip to U.S. Space Camp and $7,500 for its school’s STEM program (provided by Finals sponsor Bentley Systems, Inc.).

Working as a team with an educator and STEM mentor, students present their vision of the future through a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model of their city (built with recycled materials); a project plan to help keep their project on track; a presentation and Q&A session with a panel of judges. Keeping the engineering design process and project management front and center, students are asked to address an authentic, real-world question: How can we make the world a better place?

In addition to winning the competition, the team was also awarded the following Special Awards: Best City Presentation, Best Land Surveying Practices, Most Sustainable Food Pro­duction System and Best City Model.

Shown is senator Ryan Aument presenting The Future City Advisor Mr. Michael Smith, and the winning students, with a state citation for their achievement. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (front) Aaron Morgan, Jack Talbot, Henry Browne, Jack Musser; (middle) Soren Miller, Kensi Courchesne, Matteo Medini, Michael Smith, Senator Aument, Kayla Stuckey, Maya Buch­anan, Sam Esterbrook; (back) Reese Shelley, Ian Boltz, Stephen Ashton, Lillian Rivera, Axel Stauffer, Nora Walton, Izzy Wolfe, Nulla Mellet, Kayla Gockley, Carly Spade, Capri Shoemaker, Ronan Zee, Leah Brownsberger, Liam Deacher, Aliya Tyson and Charlie Cox.

The following students made up this year’s team:
 (7th graders) Stephen Ashton, Leah Brownsberger, Maya Buchanan, Kensi Courchesne, Charlie Cox, Liam Daecher, Carter Geesaman, Oliver Maljovec, Camryn McCormick, Reilly Naymik, Lily Rivera, Reese Shelley, Capri Shoemaker, Carly Spade, Kayla Stuckey, Aliyah Tyson, Norah Walton, Ben Witmer, Izzy Wolfe, and Daniel Wood; (8th graders) Reid Anderson, Ian Boltz, Henry B. Browne, Ben Carlson, Sam Esterbrook, Kayla Gockley, Auguste Johnson, Nula Mellett, Soren Miller, Aaron Morgan, Jack Musser, Cody Rodgers, Tristan Smith, Rivers Smoker, Axel Stauffer, Travis Stuckey, Leah Turnbull and Ronan Zee.

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Pursuit Of Excellence Recognized

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

At a recent Board meeting, Garden Spot High School Principal, Dr. Matthew Sanger, presented to the Board and recognized Students of the Month Elena Zimmerman, Morgan Watt, Gwendolyn Varley and Amber Beck. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Amber Beck, Gwendolyn Varley, Morgan Watt and Elena Zimmerman.

Elena Zimmerman is the freshman Student of the Month and is the daughter of Denise and Micah Zimmerman from East Earl. She has been an honor roll student since seventh grade and is a member of the applied music program.

Morgan Watt is the sophomore Student of the Month and is the daughter of Kimberly and Philip Watt of New Holland. She is enrolled in several honors and AP courses, is a member of the Garden Spot performing arts and plays on the field hockey team.

Gwen Varley is the junior Student of the Month and is the daughter of Stacie and Erin Varley of East Earl. She is an honor roll student, a member of the class of 2024 club and plays on the basketball and lacrosse team.

Amber Beck is the senior Student of the Month and is the daughter of Cheri and Wayne Beck of Morgantown. She has been enrolled in several honors and AP courses, is a member of the model UN club and participates in the internship program.

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Enjoy Spring With A Scavenger Hunt

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Cocalico area families are invited to participate in the 3rd annual self-directed scavenger hunt: Spring Thru Cocalico.

Hosted by Cocalico Cares and the Adamstown Area Library, the event encourages families to download a game card, which directs them to find participating businesses who will display a unique placard in their windows.

Families can search and find as many placards as they choose. They can also submit game cards to the library to receive a goodie bag and be entered in a drawing for the grand prize: $100 cash.

Photos taken at select store fronts with the placard may be submitted for a chance to win one of several gift baskets. All photos must be uploaded to Facebook by Thursday, June 1 with #SpringThruCocalico to be eligible. Download the game card and see the list of participating businesses at

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Cindy Mellinger (Cocalico Cares Committee), Rod Redcay (Executive Director of REAL Life Ministries), Kathy Scott (Social Serv­ices Coordinator), Beny Iordanescu (Program Coor­dinator, REAL Life Community Services) and Tamara Eshleman (Adamstown Library).