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United Way staff members share what they’re thankful for

United Way staff members share what they’re thankful for

(Source: One United Lancaster) Thanksgiving gives us all an opportunity to pause and reflect on what means the most to us, what enriches our lives, what touches our hearts. One United Lancaster asked staff members at United Way of Lancaster County what makes them feel grateful this holiday season. Here’s what they said:

News: Wednesday, Nov. 24

News: Wednesday, Nov. 24

NASA’s DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) spacecraft lifts off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, carried by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (Source: NASA) Headlines: • Attorney General asks Pa. Supreme Court to reinstate mask mandate: The emergency application filed by Josh Shapiro says the order is necessary to protect

Food banks deliver holiday meal supplies amid a 2nd pandemic Thanksgiving

Food banks deliver holiday meal supplies amid a 2nd pandemic Thanksgiving

Giant Food Store employees pose with some of the 1,500 turkeys the company donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for Thanksgiving distributions. (Source: Central PA Food Bank) Last Friday, as part of the Extraordinary Give, the Lancaster County Food Hub distributed more than 100 free Thanksgiving turkeys at Bright Side Opportunities Center. The birds

Ephrata Area Social Services celebrates 50 years

Ephrata Area Social Services celebrates 50 years

Joy Ashley, executive director of Ephrata Area Social Services, gives a tour of the Hand UP food pantry on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) When Ephrata Area Social Services was founded in 1971, Richard Nixon was president, the Vietnam War was raging and Apollo 14 had become the third manned spacecraft to land

Lititz Chooses Love to celebrate ‘safe space’ venue Dec. 15

Lititz Chooses Love to celebrate ‘safe space’ venue Dec. 15

(Source: Lititz Chooses Love) Local LGBTQ+ organization Lititz Chooses Love will hold a grand opening celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15 to introduce its new space. The drop-in event will include food, photos with Santa Claus and a chance to see Lititz Chooses Love’s new digs. Lititz Chooses Love is being given access

News: Tuesday, Nov. 23

News: Tuesday, Nov. 23

Workers install a Christmas tree in Penn Square on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. The 25-foot tree was donated by Kelly Rineer of Quarryville in memory of her husband Bill. (Source: Lancaster City Alliance) Headlines: • Private criminal complaint filed against police chief in Vicosa case: The complaint against York Area Regional Police Chief Tim Damon

Gov. Wolf highlights Lancaster ‘Tiny Can’ litter initiative, unveils state Litter Action Plan

Gov. Wolf highlights Lancaster ‘Tiny Can’ litter initiative, unveils state Litter Action Plan

Small porch-mounted litter cans are seen along the 500 block of Pershing Avenue in Lancaster on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Gov. Tom Wolf stopped in Lancaster Monday morning to tout a local nonprofit’s partnership with city government on an anti-littering initiative and to introduce the state’s first Litter Action Plan. “We’ve got

LG Health begins allowing visits for Covid-19 inpatients

LG Health begins allowing visits for Covid-19 inpatients

(Source: LG Health) Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health said Monday it will begin allowing limited visitation for Covid-19 inpatients. The change was announced Monday morning and takes effect immediately. Visitation hours for Covid-19 patients are 3 to 7 p.m. Visitors must be fully vaccinated or have had coronavirus and recovered. They must wear hospital-approved personal

News: Monday, Nov. 22

News: Monday, Nov. 22

In this video image, an SUV speeds through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (Source: City of Waukesha | Facebook) Headlines: • Pa. Senate GOP hires firm for ‘forensic’ election probe: Iowa consulting firm Envoy Sage will be paid up to $270,000 for the review. A related subpoena seeking comprehensive information on all state voters

Extraordinary Give 2021 raises more than $15.8 million

Extraordinary Give 2021 raises more than $15.8 million

Flanked by colleagues, Lancaster County Community Foundation President and CEO Sam Bressi announces the grand total raised in the 2021 Extraordinary Give. (Source: Extra Give Cast) “Thank you, Lancaster,” Lancaster County Community Foundation President Sam Bressi and CEO said as Friday night crossed into Saturday morning. The Extraordinary Give was wrapping up, and once again,

Extraordinary Give 2021: Part 1 (video)

Extraordinary Give 2021: Part 1 (video)

(Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Around 12:30 p.m., the Extraordinary Give fundraiser total crossed the $6 million mark. “Way to go, Lancaster!” the Lancaster County Community Foundation tweeted. Half an hour later, just after 1 p.m., the total was up to $6.5 million. The pace of giving augurs well for the Extra Give to achieve a record

A 2021 Extraordinary Give photo gallery (updated)

A 2021 Extraordinary Give photo gallery (updated)

The Adrian Garcia Band performs at Extra Give Fest. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Nonprofits and their supporters hosted numerous events throughout the day Friday to promote the Extraordinary Give and attract donors. They ranged from concerts to exhibitions to blood drives to food festivals to a camp out at Clipper Magazine Stadium to support housing services.

All adults eligible for Covid-19 vaccine boosters (update)

All adults eligible for Covid-19 vaccine boosters (update)

(Source: HHS.gov) Update: Late Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued a statement approving Covid-19 vaccine boosters for all U.S. adults. “Based on the compelling evidence, all adults over 18 should now have equitable access to a COVID-19 booster dose,” Director Rochelle Walensky said. The CDC’s full guidance is available here. The

News: Friday, Nov. 19

News: Friday, Nov. 19

In this image taken from police video, officers confront Christian Hall as he stands on the ledge of an overpass on Dec. 30, 2020. (Pa. State Police | Spotlight PA) Headlines: • Father, his accomplice and abducted girls die in apparent murder-suicide: A days-long manhunt ended Thursday with police chasing a car off the road

Covid-19 cases increasing locally and statewide; public health experts urge caution over Thanksgiving

Covid-19 cases increasing locally and statewide; public health experts urge caution over Thanksgiving

Coronavirus case rates are rising again in Lancaster County, as they are doing statewide and across the U.S. The county is on pace to record around 1,300 new Covid-19 cases, versus 1,007 last week. The most recent test positivity rate was 11.5%, well above the standard of no more than 5% that is considered optimal.

A porch railing before lead remediation. (Source: City of Lancaster)

City, health officials welcome CDC’s stricter standard for childhood blood lead levels

Carolyn Scanlan, board chair, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, speaks at an launch event for LG Health’s Lead Free Families program in Columbia on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Local officials charged with protecting children from lead say they’re glad the federal government has established a stricter standard for identifying childhood lead poisoning,

LGBTQ+ Coalition celebrates 3rd anniversary with GAYLA

LGBTQ+ Coalition celebrates 3rd anniversary with GAYLA

Master of Ceremonies Chi Chi Unbothered Mizrahi addresses the crowd during the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition’s Gayla at Tellus 360 on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. (Photo: Ole Hongvanthong | PhotOle Photography) The Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition celebrated its first “Gayla” at Tellus 360 on Sunday, marking its third anniversary, honoring local gay leaders and setting an ambitious

By the numbers: Lancaster County rental assistance has paid out $11.4 million so far

By the numbers: Lancaster County rental assistance has paid out $11.4 million so far

Staff from the Lancaster County Redevelopment Authority and local nonprofits assist clients with Emergency Rental Assistance Program applications at the Rental & Utility Assistance Community Days event at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster on Friday, July 23, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Lancaster’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or ERAP, is steadily processing thousands of applications and