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Therapeutic Riding for Special Needs

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“Helping individuals with special needs is something that I really believe in, so to be able to do it through horses is just the best of both worlds,” said Dr. Elizabeth Newell, Vice President of the Board of Directors at Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center.

Helping riders to build both confidence and physical strength, horses are different from other therapeutic animals.

“The horses can emulate the movement of walking, so for someone who’s never walked on their own to actually be locomoting and feel the movement of the horses’ legs underneath is just spectacular.”

Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center offers lessons for people with special needs.

“We look at what’s gonna benefit them the most, and that’s how the goals and the lesson plans are developed not according to ‘this is your disability’ but according to ‘this as a person,'” said lead instructor, Karen Weber Zug.

Some riders are only three years old while others are in their seventies.

“It’s great to see them progress over time and that they have these goals in mind, and then they continue to work towards those goals using our equine friends.”

It’s safety first here at Greystone Manor TRC. Every rider has to wear a helmet, these rainbow reins help the riders learn the proper hand position, and safety stirrups.

“The side walkers are watching out for the safety of the rider, the leader is watching out for the horse,” said Zug.

The organization is mostly run by over 200 volunteers who strive to help riders achieve their goals.

“I had a rider one time who said something about me wanting to show off what I’ve taught her and I said ‘no, that’s not what this is all about. This is what you have accomplished. All I did was open the door, you walked through,'” Zug said.

In Lancaster, Irene Snyder,



Live Theater Without the Price Tag

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Servant Stage Company’s Little Women.

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“It’s so unique, once you walk in the door, you just know something is different.”

It’s a different door and a different stage every night. “I like to say we bring the theater to the people rather than people coming to the theater,” Servant Stage Company’s Artistic Director Wally Calderon said.

Servant Stage Company shows travel to nursing homes, parks, and church across Lancaster County, with one mission in mind. “We strive to inspire, to educate, and just to reach anybody, reach everybody and to make family friendly entertainment available,” Calderon said.

The company’s most recent show was the Broadway musical Little Women, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. “A book that everyone has read at some point or another,” Calderon said.

“I think the show itself is so special,” said Heather Reed, who plays Beth March in the show. “It is such a good representation of what the novel is originally. They take the characters and they are real, and they have so much honesty and life in them, which they still do in the musical.”

“If you think seeing a live performance is too extravagant, the performers here say, pay what you want.”

“So truly anyone can come see the show who wants to, a family of ten can come see the show and if they’re not able to provide financially, that’s fine with us,” Calderon said.

“It’s gotten to the point that you can’t go to a baseball game unless you’re wealth, you can’t go to a theater with a full family unless you’re wealthy. Servant stage is doing something in their small way to change that,” Jon Rider said, who plays Mr. Laurence.

But even though they have this pay what you want policy, the cast members are still professional actors. “I can like promise with servant stage it will be just as good if not better for what you would be paying somewhere else,” Reed said.

And with each new show, both the cast and crew stick to the company’s mission of service.”

“That is to bring the best entertainment that we can to those who really can’t afford it or can’t get out to see it,” Rider said. “I mean the pay is the smiles.”

In Lancaster Irene Snyder,


Refugee Life in President Trump’s Administration

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The Osire Refugee Camp in Namibia

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“We left our property, land, house, everything as it was, and we just ran for our life.” 18 years waiting for freedom. 18 years, looking for a new chance in life.

“We had no hopes, no dream, no nothing, our dream was to be alive the next day.” When Milan Neopaney was just one year old, he and his family were forced to leave their homeland of Bhutan. They fled to India and were then sent to Nepal. It was there that Milan grew up–in a refugee camp.

“Thirty to 50 people were dying everyday from diarrhea, dissenttaria, vomiting, malaria.” Like all other refugees, Milan and his family had to go through a five stage vetting process before they could enter the United States. Regional Director of Bethany Christian Services, Mark Unger said “you have homeland security, you have FBI, you have CIA, you have retina scans and blood tests. And so all kinds of background checks to make sure there is no relation between you and any terrorist.”

In 2010 they finally made it to the U.S. Milan now works at Bethany Christian Services in Lancaster, where he helps other refugees who are trying to start a new life here. “I don’t charge them anything, I just volunteer here.”

The organization just started its Lancaster refugee program last May. But with President Donald Trump’s Executive Order, there will have to be some changes.

“if this 120 day halt takes place, many people don’t realize that’s a four month hault in our programs.”

“Bethany Christian services had originally planned on resettling about 180 refugees this year from around the world, but with the executive order that number will be more than cut in half.”

“Yes, I understand the need for us to keep our borders strong and to not let illegal immigrants come in this country especially those who are bent on violence and harming people. We don’t want that in our country we need to protect our people, but refugees aren’t the people who are doing those things.”

After those 18 years in a refugee camp and five years in the U.S., Milan just got his U.S. Citizenship. He says he will definitely be voting in the next election. In Lancaster, Irene Snyder,

Problem Solving Competition

In the Fall 2015 semester, Elizabethtown college students won the Judith Little Problem Solving Competition.

Sociology and Anthropology students, Caitlyn Lockard, Philip Ebersole and Samantha Poremba participated as a team. Their faculty sponsor for the competition was Associate Professor of Sociology, Doctor Michele Lee Kozimor-King.

The students were given 48 hours to solve a real world problem. The team then presented their solution to a panel of judges.

Each year, the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology hosts this competition. It is held at their annual conference.


Zumba On-Campus

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Elizabethtown college students can exercise and relieve stress with E-fit’s Zumba.

Every week, Zumba is held in the KAV. This program is based on Latin and International rhythms. The classes feature Salsa, Reggaeton, Merengue and Cumbia dances. The classes include other styles of dance as well.

The instructor, Amy Fleming, has been teaching the class at Elizabethtown College since January 2015. She said the purpose of Zumba is to help students get their exercise while also having fun. During a class, students take about 6 thousand steps.

Zumba is held at 6PM on Mondays in the cave. It is also held at 6PM on Wednesdays in Royer Basement.