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Congratulations to Girls on the Run Lancaster for a successful Fall 5K!
11/08/2021

Congratulations to Girls on the Run Lancaster for a successful Fall 5K!

The plan calls for rehabilitating some 2.5 miles of the Little Conestoga Creek, returning it to something approaching it...
11/05/2021
Ambitious Little Conestoga Creek restoration project eyed for 2022 start - One United Lancaster

The plan calls for rehabilitating some 2.5 miles of the Little Conestoga Creek, returning it to something approaching its natural conditions hundreds of years ago.

Read more about the Little Conestoga Blue/Green Corridor Project and the "transformational" plans here: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/uncategorized/ambitious-little-conestoga-creek-restoration-project-eyed-for-2022-start/

Starting next year, a local foundation hopes to commence what would be the largest contiguous stream restoration in Lancaster County history.

"The vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 is a big step toward moving past the pandemic," Acting Pa. Secretary of Heat...
11/05/2021
Secretary Beam urges pediatric Covid-19 vaccination - One United Lancaster

"The vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 is a big step toward moving past the pandemic," Acting Pa. Secretary of Heath Alison Beam said. "To fellow parents I say: If you have a child between 5 and 11, get them vaccinated and give your child the power to safely learn, play and be a kid."

Read more of what Secretary Beam had to say yesterday: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/coronavirus-news-roundup/secretary-beam-urges-pediatric-covid-19-vaccination/

Pennsylvania's acting Secretary of Health joined pediatricians in northeastern Pennsylvania on Thursday to celebrate the authorization of the Pfizer Covid-19

What was it like building the Lancaster Public Library and Christian Street Garage on the east side of Ewell Plaza?"Imag...
11/04/2021
Touring the Christian Street Garage and library construction project (photos) - One United Lancaster

What was it like building the Lancaster Public Library and Christian Street Garage on the east side of Ewell Plaza?

"Imagine 1,500 Lego pieces," says Larry Cohen, executive director of the Lancaster Parking Authority, the project's developer.

See pictures and learn more about the new building here: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/coronavirus-news-roundup/touring-the-christian-street-garage-and-library-construction-project-photos/

What was it like building the Lancaster Public Library and Christian Street Garage on the east side of Ewell Plaza?

Laurie Baughman is MidPenn Legal Services' deputy director for legal advocacy and managing attorney for the Lancaster of...
11/04/2021
Legal aid during Covid-19: A Q&A with MidPenn Legal Services' Laurie Baughman - One United Lancaster

Laurie Baughman is MidPenn Legal Services' deputy director for legal advocacy and managing attorney for the Lancaster office, MidPenn's largest.

Hear more from Laurie about MidPenn, what legal services are like during a pandemic and how many times she's camped in Alaska: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/community-voices-coronavirus/legal-aid-during-covid-19-a-qa-with-midpenn-legal-services-laurie-baughman/

The coronavirus pandemic has been a busy time for MidPenn Legal Services.

The decision opens vaccination to an estimated 28 million elementary school age children.Read more about where to find v...
11/04/2021
Local providers roll out Covid-19 vaccination for ages 5-11 - One United Lancaster

The decision opens vaccination to an estimated 28 million elementary school age children.

Read more about where to find vaccines for children in Lancaster here: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/coronavirus-news-roundup/local-providers-roll-out-covid-19-vaccination-for-ages-5-11/

Local health care organizations are rolling out the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for ages 5-11, now that the shots have received federal approval.

The discussion will cover childcare and the staffing crisis, including ways to get parents and grandparents back to work...
11/03/2021
United Way to host online forum on workforce, childcare issues - One United Lancaster

The discussion will cover childcare and the staffing crisis, including ways to get parents and grandparents back to work, appropriate wages for childcare workers, early learning initiatives through Start Strong PA and their importance and the value of Pre-K for PA.

Read more about United Way of Lancaster County, PA's event: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/community-voices-coronavirus/united-way-to-host-online-forum-on-workforce-childcare-issues/

United Way of Lancaster County will hold its next free, virtual "Conversation About OUR Community" from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12.

Hilary Harp Falk, a 2001 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, interned with the Chesapeake Bay Foundati...
11/02/2021
F&M alumna Hilary Falk to head Chesapeake Bay Foundation - One United Lancaster

Hilary Harp Falk, a 2001 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, interned with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in 1997, then spent another three years with the organization after graduation as an educator.

Read more about Falk and the future of her new position here: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/coronavirus-news-roundup/fm-alumna-hilary-falk-to-head-chesapeake-bay-foundation/

Hilary Harp Falk will be the next president and CEO of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the nonprofit announced Monday.

11/02/2021
Election Day 2021

The polls don't close until 8 p.m. today, so there's still plenty of time to go vote!

Check out this video of a few voters in Manheim Township talking about why they came out to vote and the importance of voting in local elections.

It's time to go out and vote, Lancaster County!
11/02/2021

It's time to go out and vote, Lancaster County!

It's time to go out and vote, Lancaster County!

The Pyfer family's gift will help the conservancy "armor" the preserve against its own popularity, said Brandon Tennis, ...
11/01/2021
Conservancy receives $1 million gift for Tucquan Glen trail projects - One United Lancaster

The Pyfer family's gift will help the conservancy "armor" the preserve against its own popularity, said Brandon Tennis, the Lancaster Conservancy's senior vice president of stewardship.

Read more about the gift and Tucquan Glen here: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/coronavirus-news-roundup/conservancy-receives-1-million-gift-for-tucquan-glen-trail-projects/

Philanthropists John and Carol Pyfer Jr. have donated $1 million toward trail restoration and enhancement at the Lancaster Conservancy's Tucquan Glen &

Sarita Rivera is the Lancaster City Alliance's first outreach specialist, tasked with building trust with "individuals c...
11/01/2021
Lancaster City Alliance adds Sarita Rivera as homelessness outreach specialist - One United Lancaster

Sarita Rivera is the Lancaster City Alliance's first outreach specialist, tasked with building trust with "individuals congregating in public places" who are dealing with homelessness, addiction or mental illness.

Read more about Sarita and what her new role entails here: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/coronavirus-news-roundup/lancaster-city-alliance-adds-sarita-rivera-as-homelessness-outreach-specialist/

Since early August, Sarita Rivera has been working with homeless individuals downtown and in surrounding areas of Lancaster city.

11/01/2021

Check out the work Union Community Care is doing to help our community get vaccinated, even offering vaccinations door-to-door.

If you are in need of health insurance, make sure to check out the potential options and saving available through Pennie...
11/01/2021

If you are in need of health insurance, make sure to check out the potential options and saving available through Pennie, Pennsylvania's state-run insurance option.

Open Enrollment is officially here! Be sure to hit up pennie.com to get in on all the savings!

Feliz Dia de los Mu***os to everyone remembering a loved on who has passed. May you feel their spirit with you today!
11/01/2021

Feliz Dia de los Mu***os to everyone remembering a loved on who has passed. May you feel their spirit with you today!

Feliz Dia de los Mu***os to everyone remembering a loved on who has passed. May you feel their spirit with you today!

Dia de los Mu***os, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday that originated in Mexico where families gather around alters with ...
11/01/2021

Dia de los Mu***os, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday that originated in Mexico where families gather around alters with gifts and food to remember and reunite with the souls of loved ones that have passed away. Feliz Dia de los Mu***os, Lancaster County!

Dia de los Mu***os, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday that originated in Mexico where families gather around alters with gifts and food to remember and reunite with the souls of loved ones that have passed away. Feliz Dia de los Mu***os, Lancaster County!

Happy Halloween to all of the trick-or-treaters, costume-wearers, storytellers and more in Lancaster tonight!
10/31/2021

Happy Halloween to all of the trick-or-treaters, costume-wearers, storytellers and more in Lancaster tonight!

Happy Halloween to all of the trick-or-treaters, costume-wearers, storytellers and more in Lancaster tonight!

Today is the last day to offer your opinion via Engage Lancaster on priorities for Lancaster city's $39.5 million in Ame...
10/30/2021
One day remains to weigh in online on Lancaster city's ARPA priorities - One United Lancaster

Today is the last day to offer your opinion via Engage Lancaster on priorities for Lancaster city's $39.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding.
https://oneunitedlancaster.com/coronavirus-news-roundup/one-day-remains-to-weigh-in-online-on-lancaster-citys-arpa-priorities/

To vote, visit https://engage.cityoflancasterpa.com/en/projects/american-rescue-plan

As its open-comment period draws to an end, the city of Lancaster is urging residents to weigh in online via its "Engage Lancaster" platform on how to spend

Incumbents Ismail Smith-Wade-El and Faith Craig, both Democrats, are seeking their second terms. They faced off against ...
10/28/2021
City Council candidates debate funding priorities, pledge community engagement - One United Lancaster

Incumbents Ismail Smith-Wade-El and Faith Craig, both Democrats, are seeking their second terms. They faced off against Elizabeth Elias, a Republican, and Joey Dastra, representing the independent Gold Goose Party.

Hear more from the candidates, including those who weren't present at the meeting, here: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/coronavirus-news-roundup/city-council-candidates-debate-funding-priorities-pledge-community-engagement/

Four of Lancaster's eight City Council candidates met Wednesday evening for a collegial debate that showcased broad agreement on the importance of affordable

As we finish out the remainder of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it's a good time to be reminded that domestic viole...
10/28/2021
We need to talk about all forms of domestic abuse [column]

As we finish out the remainder of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it's a good time to be reminded that domestic violence comes in many forms; all of them valid reasons to seek help.

As part of our partnership with Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, we've reposted the LNP + LancasterOnline article below on our website to broaden its reach.

A woman tentatively reached out to Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County for help last spring. She texted to make contact, and then called the hotline. (To protect her, I’m

Among other things, the proposed amendments stipulate that all city parking restrictions are to come back into effect im...
10/27/2021
City Council delays vote on changing parking, snow emergency rules - One United Lancaster

Among other things, the proposed amendments stipulate that all city parking restrictions are to come back into effect immediately once a declared snow emergency ends.

Learn about the results of the last meeting and when the amendments will be voted on here: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/coronavirus-news-roundup/city-council-delays-vote-on-changing-parking-snow-emergency-rules/

City Council has postponed changing Lancaster's rules around street sweeping, parking and snow emergencies.

Now, with Pfizer booster shots authorized for higher risk groups and vaccination for ages 5-11 on the horizon, South Asi...
10/27/2021
SAAL, Lititz Apothecary to offer Covid-19 booster clinic on Saturday; pediatric clinic anticipated Nov. 6 - One United Lancaster

Now, with Pfizer booster shots authorized for higher risk groups and vaccination for ages 5-11 on the horizon, South Asian Association of Lancaster and NCS, now known as Lititz Apothecary, are gearing up again.

Get the dates and more information here: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/coronavirus-news-roundup/saal-lititz-apothecary-offer-covid-19-booster-clinic-pediatric-clinic-pending/

This spring, thousands of Lancaster County residents were vaccinated against Covid-19 at weekend clinics hosted by the nonprofit South Asian Association of

The $5 million comes from $39.5 million in federal ARPA funds allocated to the city. The city administration has been ca...
10/27/2021
Lancaster City Council approves record sum for affordable housing - One United Lancaster

The $5 million comes from $39.5 million in federal ARPA funds allocated to the city. The city administration has been canvassing public opinion on what to do with the money, and affordable housing is the top priority cited, Danene Sorace, Mayor of Lancaster said.

Get more details about the council meeting and plans for the money here: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/coronavirus-news-roundup/lancaster-city-council-approves-record-sum-for-affordable-housing/

City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to allocate $5 million of Lancaster's American Rescue Plan Act funds to affordable housing.

The grants, announced Tuesday, are funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Akron and Quarryville ar...
10/27/2021
Akron, Quarryville receive grants for 'active transportation' planning - One United Lancaster

The grants, announced Tuesday, are funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Akron and Quarryville are among 10 recipients statewide that received a total of $160,000.

Get more details about the grants here: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/coronavirus-news-roundup/akron-quarryville-receive-grants-for-active-transportation-planning/

Two Lancaster County communities have received grants to help them develop plans to promote walking, biking and other forms of non-motorized transportation.

Once it is fully outfitted, Refresh Lancaster (sponsored by Lancaster County Homelessness Coalition) will travel to key ...
10/26/2021
Public gets a glimpse of 'Refresh Lancaster' mobile shower unit at open house (video) - One United Lancaster

Once it is fully outfitted, Refresh Lancaster (sponsored by Lancaster County Homelessness Coalition) will travel to key sites in Lancaster County to provide free showers and other services to the homeless population.

Take a virtual tour of the shower truck via video here: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/coronavirus-news-roundup/refresh-lancaster-lanc-co-myhomes-mobile-hygiene-unit-provides-public-tours-video/

The "Refresh Lancaster" mobile hygiene unit has officially arrived in Lancaster County.

As the owner, executive director or leader of more than half a dozen businesses and initiatives in Lancaster County, Chr...
10/26/2021
Making a career in the business of second chances: A Q&A with Chris Dreisbach - One United Lancaster

As the owner, executive director or leader of more than half a dozen businesses and initiatives in Lancaster County, Chris Dreisbach is quickly becoming a household name.

Learn more about his professional goals, personal stories and his "favorite thing in the universe" in this Q&A: https://oneunitedlancaster.com/community-voices-coronavirus/making-a-career-in-the-business-of-second-chances-a-qa-with-chris-dreisbach/

As the owner, executive director or leader of more than half a dozen businesses and initiatives in Lancaster County, Chris Dreisbach is quickly becoming a

Candidates for Lancaster City Council will debate this Wednesday ahead of the Tuesday, November 2nd election.The forum b...
10/25/2021
Lancaster City Council candidate debate set for Wednesday - One United Lancaster

Candidates for Lancaster City Council will debate this Wednesday ahead of the Tuesday, November 2nd election.
The forum begins at 6pm at Schuyler Learning Resource Center at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology as well as being live streamed by TCP Network - The Cultured Professional.

A debate this week will give Lancaster voters a chance to hear from the municipality's City Council candidates.

Yesterday, Lancaster's annual Pride Festival took place at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The event brought hundreds of peopl...
10/25/2021
Pride celebrates LGBTQ+ community in Lancaster (video) - One United Lancaster

Yesterday, Lancaster's annual Pride Festival took place at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The event brought hundreds of people together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in-person for the first time since 2019.

After going virtual last year Lancaster Pride was thrilled to host its flagship annual event in person on Sunday at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

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I was at the County Commissioner's proposal for a Health Advisory Council and heard the letter that Tom Jones read supposedly from Beam's office in Harrisburg. He was interviewed extensively by WGAL and LNP afterward. I examined the letter and noted that the body of the letter was cut and pasted onto the State letterhead. This needs to be investigated further.
Learn About Local Covid-19 Impacts in Wednesday Webinar. Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Sustained Engagement with Lancaster (CSEwL) and United Way of Lancaster County will discuss the final results of their collaborative research on the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the community with the 4th installment of United Way's Conversation about OUR Community. https://oneunitedlancaster.com/community-voices-coronavirus/learn-about-local-covid-19-impacts-in-wednesday-webinar/
This spring, Lancaster County Office of Aging launched Tai Chi for Arthritis classes for adults 60 and older. Led by a certified instructor, Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence-based program designed to improve movement, balance, strength, flexibility, and relaxation. The goal of the program is to decrease pain and falls in older adults and is appropriate for people with mild, moderate, or severe joint and back pain. https://oneunitedlancaster.com/community-voices-coronavirus/office-of-agings-tai-chi-classes-bring-seniors-together-promote-wellness-video/