The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 7012 in New Freedom is collecting new and gently used suitcases and duffle bags for foster-care children.

The collection is part of "A Case for the Future," an initiative of the York County Foster Care System. The cases and bags are given to youngsters so they have something in which to pack their belongings when they move to new locations.

I was unaware of the program until I heard about the New Freedom VFW's participation. Thanks, Ladies, for spreading the word through your collection.

To donate, stop by the VFW post, 123 W. Main St., New Freedom, or call 717-968-8505.

The collection will end Jan. 13.

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Mount Zion Potosi United Methodist Church invites you to its annual cookie walk and candy/fudge sale 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The church is at 10730 Mount Zion Road in the little village of Potosi, not far from the Susquehanna Trail.

For details or directions, call 717-235-0280.

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Indian Steps Museum and Shank's Mare Outfitters are teaming up to give you a sneak peak at what the museum has to offer.

The museum will display its ancient Native American artifacts, along with its famous two-headed calf,

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Shank's Mare, 2092 Long Level Road, Lower Windsor Township, along the Susquehanna River.

Visitors will have the opportunity to handle primeval tools, spear points and projectile points.


As part of the Give & Give Back program, Shank's Mare will donate 5 percent of sales that day to the museum.

Indian Steps Museum is a 100-year-old architectural gem along the Susquehanna River in Lower Chanceford Township. There are more than 10,000 artifacts embedded in the structure that tell the story of York County's earliest inhabitants.

The facility is owned and operated by the Conservation Society of York County, which relies solely on donations to keep the museum open to the public.

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The last chance to decorate gingerbread men at Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Cost is $3 per cookie. Other activities include face painting, a healthy eating scavenger hunt, a coloring contest and apple cider.

The market is at 110 Ducktown Road, Hellam Township.

Felton resident Lori Badders is a native of southern York County and writes news items and this column for the Weekly Record. Reach her at or 717-244-5397.