Monthly Archives: September 2010

Homecoming for the 1185th!

Our adopted unit, the 1185th DDSB, arrives back at the Reserve Center in Lancaster Thursday, September 30th. If you’re free, feel free to come by and help give them the hero’s welcome that they deserve! They’ll be arriving anytime between 9AM and 12PM, but we’ll be waiting with snacks and drinks for the families. I can’t believe it’s been a year – but I’ll bet it’s seemed a lot longer for the soldiers and their families! Let’s give them the welcoming they deserve!

1135 Ranck Mill Rd
Lancaster, PA 17602-2521

Feel free to bring a flag to wave!

A Stressful Day

An embedded reporter recorded this ambush with the 101st Airborne Division soldiers out of Combat Outpost Monti in Afghanistan. *WARNING*: It is mildly graphic and full of adult (soldier) language.

Next time you think you’re having a stressful day, consider what the soldiers are going through overseas:

Our Thoughts to the Family of Dick Kauffman

From his obituary:

Dick L. Kauffman, 77, of Willow Street, passed away on Sept. 10, 2010 at Hospice of Lancaster Co. surrounded by his loving family. His smile and humor will be greatly missed, but we celebrate his life now in heaven.

Born and raised in Willow Street, Dick was the son of Ralph Kauffman Sr. and Cleo (Cochran) Kauffman. He was married to Loretta (Rankin) Kauffman for 54 years.

Dick will be lovingly missed by: his wife Loretta, his 2 daughters, Sharon, wife of Donald Neff, Terry, wife of Curt Stumpf, and a son Rick, husband of Kimberly; 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Connie.

Dick served in the Army from 1953-55 and was a Veteran of the Korean War. He was employed by Holsum Bread for 19 years and later worked for Penn Manor School District, retiring in 1994. Never one to sit back and relax, Dick then began working for the Willow Street Car Wash and soon became their #1 employee.

He was also a lifetime member of Millersville VFW and Pequea Valley Sportsmen Assoc. Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in his garden and yard, and going to the family’s bay cottage. He was an avid Phillies fan and enjoyed playing “Horsie-pepper” with his friends at the mountains. He could always be found at the Willow Street Diner drinking coffee with his buddies.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at the New Providence Church of God, 269 Cinder Road, New Providence, PA with the Rev. Susan D. Sliker officiating. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment in the Marticville United Methodist Church Cemetery with full military honors. If desired, contributions in Mr. Kauffman’s memory may be made to the Marticville United Methodist Church General Fund, 641 Marticville Road, Pequea, PA 17565 or to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. Arrangements by the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 394-4097, to send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.