A Conversation withSen. Mike Brubaker

Local organizations will be hosting free dinners at the following locations, to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a good meal at Christmas:

o Reinholds Old Elementary School sponsored by Cocalico Senior Center, Dec. 22. Call (717) 336-7487 for more information.

o Columbia Consolidated Fire Department, Dec. 25. Doors open at 10 a.m. For seniors only. Call (717) 684-4850 for more information.

o Water Street Rescue Mission, Lancaster, Dec. 25, 12 p.m. Call (717) 393-4966.

Some locations may provide transportation or home-delivered meals. For additional information or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, you can contact United Way LINC at (717) 291-5462.

Heritage Region Offers New Agricultural Guide

The Lancaster-York Heritage Region is pleased to announce the release of their new publication, Growing Traditions Discovery Guide. The free regional guide to local farm products and agricultural heritage includes historic downtown markets, farm markets, roadside stands, country markets, wineries and other agricultural experiences.

First introduced in 2003, the new Growing Traditions guide helps strengthen the relationship between farmer and consumer.

With increasing gas prices, food scares and healthy lifestyle choices, buying fresh, local food is more important than ever. The guide includes over 150 site listings selected according to specific criteria related to their strong connections to local agriculture, including the sale of produce and other products grown in the region.

The 2008 edition includes a special focus on the region's five downtown farmers markets, each of which retains its own unique character, traditions and architectural features and remains critical to the vitality in our urban centers. The Guide also features "Real Stories of the Land" illustrating the richness of our region's agricultural heritage and its importance to our local economy. A regional map helps readers discover local bounty as they travel the county roadways.

Growing Traditions is free of charge and will be available at the PA Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitor Center, York's Central Market, and at my district office, 301 East Main Street, Lititz, Pa. 17543.

Game Commission offers wild gifts ideas

Dozens of "wild" holiday gifts for that hunter, trapper or wildlife fan on your list are just a click away at "The Outdoor Shop" on the Pennsylvania Game Commissions website, www.pgc.state.pa.us. All revenues from these items support the Game Commission's wildlife management programs.

Gift ideas range from $5.50 for a "Waterfowl Stamp," which can be used as stocking stuffers, to $135 for the "Working Together for Wildlife" or "Waterfowl Stamp" fine-art prints. Revenues generated from the sale of water-fowl stamps and fine-art prints are used by the Game Commission to acquire and improve State Game Lands and preserve critical habitats, such as wetlands; and for other wildlife research and management programs.

Also for those interested in making a last minute tax-deductible contribution, "The Outdoor Shop" on Game Commission's website ( www.pgc.state.pa.us) offers that opportunity.

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