LANCASTER – Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight looks at the life of a young couple who wanted have their own children, but could not. Instead, they adopted three children, two of them with Down Syndrome. Heather Avis, author of “The Lucky Few,” says even though it was not want she and her husband originally expected, they see God’s hand in bring to them their special children. Hear more from Heather Avis on Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight at 12:30 on WDAC and 2 p.m. on WBYN 107.5. You can listen to the program online right now at wdac.com under “podcasts.” Heather will also be the guest speaker at Friendship Community’s 45th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Shady Maple. Tickets are complimentary, but reservations are needed by October 3rd. You can make reservations by calling 717-656-2466 or online at www.friendshipcommunity.net.
HARRISBURG – The PA Senate Transportation Committee has approved Senate Bill 888 aimed at improving accessibility of parking spaces for persons with disabilities. Under the measure, violators who illegally park in parking spaces or block access aisles designated for persons with disabilities will be subject to towing, charged with a summary offense, and be susceptible to increased fines. Access aisles are generally marked with diagonal lines adjoining the space. The bill was co-sponsored by Lancaster County Sen. Scott Martin along with Senate Transportation Committee Chairman, Sen. John Rafferty of Berks & Chester Counties. The measure now advances to the the full Senate for consideration.
DOVER TOWNSHIP – A 13-year-old boy was killed when he was struck by a minivan while he and three other boys were walking or standing on the shoulder of a York County road with an elliptical machine. Police say the van collided with Matthew Gowen of Dover Township and the machine shortly before 7:30 Thursday night in the 4800 block of South Salem Church Road in Dover Township. Gowen was pronounced dead at the scene. The 35-year-old driver of the van and the three other boys were not hurt. Gowen was a student at Dover Intermediate School. The district is providing counseling for students and faculty today. Anyone with information is asked to contact Northern York County Regional Police at 717-467-8355.
LANCASTER – A Berks County man will be tried in Lancaster County Court for causing a four-vehicle crash that killed two people last year in Salisbury Township. A judge ordered 21-year-old Jeffrey Gable of Mohnton face charges of vehicular homicide and related counts regarding the Oct. 7, 2016 crash on Route 30 near Hoffmeier Road. Prosecutors say Gable, driving a non-emergency transport ambulance, was speeding and veered into opposing traffic when he struck a vehicle head-on, causing impact with two more vehicles. Doris Waltz, a 60-year-old passenger in Gable’s ambulance, was killed, as was Jason Oswald, the 43-year-old driver of a car struck head-on. Gable was transporting Waltz, who was in a wheelchair in the rear passenger area, to an area nursing home. Gable is free on $250,000 unsecured bail until his next court appearance. Authorities say Gable’s ambulance was traveling west on Route 30 at 64 mph in a 45 mph zone prior to collision.
WEST WHITELAND TOWNSHIP – A missing Chester County girl has been found. West Whiteland Township Police report that 15-year-old Victoria Grimaldi, who was last seen Tuesday at West Chester Henderson High School has been located and is safe. Police say her family is aware and waiting for her safe return. Police also thanked the public for their assistance in sharing the missing teen’s information.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf expressed his support for the people of Puerto Rico as they begin work to assess damage and recover from the devastating effects of both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Wolf said, “Pennsylvania is proud to be home to more than 500,000 people of Puerto Rican ancestry, many of them with family members on the now-devastated island.” Five members of PA Task Force 1 are currently in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The members of the task force are assessing damage and offering their expertise as part of FEMA operations.
HARRISBURG – The PA Senate has adopted a resolution designating September as “Military Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth. The resolution urges civilians to help prevent the suicides by learning the warning signs of depression and to be there for our veterans. Lancaster County Sen. Ryan Aument , a veteran himself, sponsored the measure. The lawmaker said that the Veterans Administration has responded to the suicide crisis by boosting their mental health personnel and suicide hotline staff.
DOVER TOWNSHIP – A 13-year-old boy was killed when he was struck by a minivan while he and three other boys were walking or standing on the shoulder of a York County road with an elliptical machine. Police say the van collided with the boy and the machine shortly before 7:30 Thursday night in the 4800 block of South Salem Church Road in Dover Township. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. The 35-year-old driver of the van and the three other boys were not hurt. The teen, whose name has not been released, was a student at Dover Intermediate School. The district will provide counseling for students and faculty today. An autopsy is scheduled today. The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact Northern York County Regional Police at 717-467-8355.
LANCASTER – Students around our region are gearing up for See You At The Pole next Wednesday. For over 25 years, the annual event encourages students to come together in prayer around their school’s flagpole. It’s a time committed to global unity and prayer for this generation, and will have students in every time zone gathering at their flagpoles and praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. “Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus” is this year’s theme from Hebrews 12:2. For more information, you can visit www.syatp.com.
MOUNT JOY – If you enjoy quilting, you may wish to volunteer for Global Aid Network’s annual Quilt Camp running next week at the GAiN Logistics Center at 1506 Quarry Road in Mount Joy, Lancaster County. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, September 25 through Thursday, the 28th and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, the 29th. Volunteers will help prepare all stages of quilts to be completed during GAiN’s October Mission Packing Project. GAiN receives requests around the world for food, medical supplies, and especially blankets and quilts. Volunteers are asked to bring at least two yards of new 100% cotton quilting fabric to help with supplies. Volunteers are asked to bring a bagged lunch if you stay the entire day, and wear closed toed shoes. To RSVP or for more information, call 717-285-4220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.