Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

The Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration will host a community event on Saturday. (Source: Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration)

Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration to host community advocacy event

The Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration will host a community event on Saturday. (Source: Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration) Are you a returning citizen, friend or family member of someone incarcerated or recently released, or a supporter of those impacted by our criminal justice system? Have you been craving more opportunities to volunteer

News: Tuesday, Sept. 29

News: Tuesday, Sept. 29

The Central PA Food Bank is extending their virtual food drive until Wednesday. (Source: Central PA Food Bank) Headlines: • Lancaster Patriot editor revealed to be white nationalist podcaster: The “conservative website and planned print newspaper” will be discontinued as the publisher and investors “do not approve of or condone the views” held by the ex-editor,

United Way survey shows pandemic’s impact on PA

United Way survey shows pandemic’s impact on PA

(Source: Covid-19 Impact Survey, United Way of PA) The risk of getting Covid-19 is the No. 1 concern among respondents to a recent United Way of Pennsylvania survey on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Strip out the highest-earning households, however, and the top concern isn’t health, but housing. Among low- and middle-income households —

News: Monday, Sept. 28

News: Monday, Sept. 28

State College began free Covid-19 testing at Nittany Mall on Friday. (Source: Borough of State College) Headlines: • Two positive Covid-19 cases at Penn Manor, high school to remain open: A letter to parents stated that the PA Dept. of Health has been contacted and sanitizing and contact tracing are being done. (Source: WGAL) • Voter

Sept. 30 is deadline for nonprofits to register for Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends

Sept. 30 is deadline for nonprofits to register for Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends

(Source: Boscov’s) The Boscov’s department store chain is getting ready to help shoppers donate to their favorite nonprofits through its annual Friends Helping Friends sales promotion. “It’s going to be bigger and better than before,” the company said, adding that it hopes to donate more than $1 million through the program this year. Boscov’s has

Census Emergency Day: Lancaster pushes for a complete count

Census Emergency Day: Lancaster pushes for a complete count

Volunteer Lori Pagan hands out Census materials at the corner of St. Joseph and New Dorwart streets in Lancaster on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Lancaster city officials, census officials and volunteers sounded the call Friday for everyone to make sure they are counted in this year’s U.S. Census. As part of “Census

Latin American Alliance celebrates culture online during Hispanic Heritage Month

Latin American Alliance celebrates culture online during Hispanic Heritage Month

Performers and children dance at Longs Park in an undated photo from the Latin American Festival (Photo: Sollivan Photography | Courtesy of Latin American Alliance) This year, the Latin American Alliance’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month has gone virtual. Like many events, the alliance’s popular Latin American Festival at Longs Park had to be canceled

News: Friday, Sept. 25

News: Friday, Sept. 25

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank is in emergency need of blood donations (Source: Central Pa. Blood Bank) Headlines: • Federal judge orders extra month extension for census: U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of California issued the ruling on Thursday, saying a shortened schedule could produce inaccurate results. (Source: LNP) An appeal is expected. (Source: NPR)

As of Sept. 23, Lancaster City's southeast had a below-average census self-reporting rate of 53%. (Source: U.S. Census)

Lancaster, Reading mayors team up for last census push with Census Emergency Day

As of Sept. 23, Lancaster City’s southeast had a below-average census self-reporting rate of 53%. (Source: U.S. Census) In a final effort to ensure an accurate census count, Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace and Reading Mayor Eddie Moran are declaring Friday, Sept. 25, Census Emergency Day. The census count comes to a close just a few

Q&A: Mayor Sorace speaks on fatal police shooting, unrest

Q&A: Mayor Sorace speaks on fatal police shooting, unrest

In this image taken from online video, Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace speaks during a news conference on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. In dealing with a crisis, Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace says she focuses on finding potential avenues for positive change. “That is the way, quite honestly, I pick myself up,” she said. It’s by asking:

Court denies stay during appeal: What does it mean for Pa. gathering limits?

Court denies stay during appeal: What does it mean for Pa. gathering limits?

Gov. Tom Wolf A federal court in western Pennsylvania, which struck down the commonwealth’s COVID-19 gathering limits, denied Gov. Tom Wolf’s request to stay ruling while it is on appeal. This means that, for now, the limits are not enforceable. Last week, a federal court declared the gathering limits to be unconstitutional, along with the

News: Thursday, Sept. 24

News: Thursday, Sept. 24

Census Emergency Day is happening in Lancaster City on Friday (Source: City of Lancaster/U.S. Census) Headlines: • City Census Emergency Day to collect stray census responses: Mayor Sorace will take a caravan throughout the city on Friday to encourage last minute census response (Source: LNP) • 18 arrested in Binns Park drug sweep: K2 and cocaine were

Women United awards grants to nonprofits advancing health

Women United awards grants to nonprofits advancing health

Women United of Lancaster County, an affiliate organization of the United Way of Lancaster County, has awarded $80,000 in grants to three organizations advancing women’s health. Each year Women United’s 50-plus members have invested in programs and initiatives through an annual grant process. For 2020-21, the organization’s grant objective has been to better the lives of

News: Wednesday, Sept. 23

News: Wednesday, Sept. 23

Volunteers load Blessings of Hope boxes into vehicles. (Source: Blessings of Hope) Headlines: • Blessings of Hope to expand: Driven in large part by increased need stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, the food bank is planning a 20,000 square foot expansion. (Source: LNP) On Tuesday, Blessings of Hope partnered with Four Seasons Produce to give

Ephrata debates options for utility assistance

Ephrata debates options for utility assistance

Chairwoman Linda Martin leads a meeting of Ephrata Borough Council’s Municipal Enterprises Committee on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) The debate around Ephrata Borough’s resumption of electricity and water shutoffs continued this week, with council members weighing several proposals for helping customers to pay their bills and avoid disconnection. The two main ideas

Request by homeless leads to Binns Park cleaning

Request by homeless leads to Binns Park cleaning

Binns Park (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Lancaster city workers are giving Binns Park a cleanup this week — power washing the paving, reseeding the grass and doing some electrical repairs. The work should only take a couple of days, chief of staff Jess King said Monday. The park is a gathering place for homeless individuals, including

News: Tuesday, Sept. 22

News: Tuesday, Sept. 22

The Covid Alert PA app is now available. (Source: Pa. Dept. of Health) Headlines: • Pa. temporarily suspends Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments: State officials are seeing what appears to be a fraud-driven surge in claims. (Source: WITF) • Gov. Wolf vetoes sports spectator bill: Legislators say they have the votes to override it. (Source: WGAL)

Clergy meet with Fulton CEO

Clergy meet with Fulton CEO

The Revs. Edward Bailey, right, Matthew Lenahan, center, and Jason Perkowski speak to reporters outside Fulton Financial Corp. in Penn Square on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Following their meeting Monday morning with Philip Wenger, the chairman and CEO of Fulton Bank’s parent company, local church leaders said they’re optimistic he and other