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Mask Wearing Policy

It is the policy of the Donald Heiter Community Center to follow all State, Federal, and Local guidelines, orders, mandates, and recommendations, especially in regards to public health and safety. The Donald Heiter Community Center (DHCC) has adopted the following policy in reflection of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic. This Policy will remain in effect until Governor Orders and the Board of Directors have opted to change it. Notification of all changes will be made to employees via email or memo. 

Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine ordered that all employees, volunteers, and participants must, properly, wear an approved face mask at all times when working for “Indoor Recreation”, “Summer Camps”, “After School Programs”, and “Community Centers”. The DHCC is categorized as all of these and, as such, we are required to follow such mandatory orders.   

This includes having a properly fitting, clean, mask that fully covers your nose and mouth. If you cannot afford these, they will be provided to you. Masks must be kept on even if you are socially distanced from all people or physical barriers are in place. 

The employee or volunteer: 

  • Is responsible to wear a mask during all Donald Heiter Community Center sponsored programs and activities, even when you’re not being paid. If you are in the building or participating in a DHCC sponsored activity masks must be properly worn.
  • Must provide a written medical excuse from your doctor if wearing a mask will cause you illness. The doctor’s written orders must state that it’s understood that you will be working long hours with children and other members of the public in close proximity.
  • Is allowed to remove your mask for short amounts of time, only when a minimum of 6 feet away from other people, not visible by the public, to eat or drink. Gum, mint or candy chewing does not warrant mask removal.
  • Must take your temperature upon arriving at the DHCC for your shift and every 4 hours thereafter, and to wash or sanitize your hands every hour. Adults must range between 97F (36.1C) and 99F (37.2C). Please don’t report for your shift if your temperature exceeds this and notify a supervisor immediately.
  • Must report illness, immediately, to a supervisor.
  • Must report a positive Covid-19 Test Result within 24 hours of receiving your results to a supervisor. 

Mask wearing is not a political statement of the DHCC, its board members, supervisors, staff members or affiliates. It is a government order by the State of Pennsylvania and a requirement of our insurance provider therefore this is nonnegotiable. Failure to comply with these mask wearing policies will lead to the disciplinary action outlined on page 29, section 1, of your policy manual.  

Drick Repeats as Long Drive Champion in Big Dog Contest

Lewisburg, Pa – White Deer’s Ross Drick might be getting older but he is getting longer too. His 319-yard drive Thursday evening was 9 yards longer than his 310-yard winning drive a year ago. He took home the Big Dog Prize in Long Drive Contest on the 15th tee at the Bucknell Golf Club. It was the fourth time the event has been held as a fundraiser for the Donald L Heiter Community Center in Lewisburg.

With the fifteenth tee holding three sets of bleachers, a fair crowd gathered to watch 8 of the longest hitters in the area square off.

In the opening round, all eight golfers were given 6 balls to try to outdistance the others but the ball had to hit the fairway to count. The four best moved on to the second round. Drick got three of his six balls in play, the longest of 319 yards got him through the first round easily. He advanced to the semi-finals along with Williamsport’s William Knauth (304), Williamsport’s Justin Cooley (292) and Lewisburg’s Al Kline, Jr. (283 Eliminated for the second round were Lewisburg’s Todd Vonderheid (276), Williamsport’s Allen Kiessling (264), Lewisburg’s Jeffrey Levitan (250) and Williamsport’s Brian Ratajczak (275).

In the semi-final round, this time only hitting 5 balls, it was Drick, who is employed at the Lewisburg prison and Knauth, a first-year student at Carnegie Mellon who advanced to the final round when Drick’s 302-yard blast again topped the field while Knauth registered 288 yards and then squared off in the finals. Cooley only got one in play at 256 yards and Kline’s best was 277.

Drick and Knauth have won four White Deer Club Championship between them. A coin toss determined who went first and it was Knauth who chose to go first. This time the finalists had only 4 balls to hit and Knauth got two of the four in play, his best was 285 yards. Drick’s first attempt in the final round was 318 yards and that clinched the title.

Drick took home a $500.00 VISA Gift card and Knauth and Kline (Senior winner) each got $250.00. Lewisburg’s Kline won the Big Dog Grand Prize for raising the most money for the Heiter Center, a total of $1691.50. Each of the contestants had to secure pledges as sponsorships and Kline’s efforts got him and his family a week in North Myrtle Beach at a 4-bedroom, 4 bath Ocean View Condo.

The contestants raised over $8000.00 in pledges and when combined with sponsorships from businesses and individuals, the Heiter Center raised just over $17,000.

The Donald L Heiter Community Center in Lewisburg was named after a former Lewisburg Chief of Police. They conduct after school programs and summer day camp for kids and a variety of community services that last year served over 4500 individuals from the surrounding area.