Information About Covid-19 Coronavirus in Lancaster County, PA

List: Free Lancaster County Thanksgiving meals

List: Free Lancaster County Thanksgiving meals

The listing of free Thanksgiving meals has been compiled by Pennsylvania 211 East, a program of United Way of Lancaster County. (For a PDF version, click here.) While every effort has been made to validate the information below, please note that changes may occur after the publication of this list. For the most up-to-date listing

News: Thursday, Nov. 18

News: Thursday, Nov. 18

Advocates for education funding reform rally at the Capitol in Harrisburg on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (Source: Power Interfaith) Headlines: • Fair funding advocates rally at Capitol: They support the plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging the state’s educational funding system results in unconstitutional disparities. Testifying in the case Wednesday, Panther Valley history teacher Tara Yuricheck

Pa. designates holidays to honor Mideast war veterans, first responders

Pa. designates holidays to honor Mideast war veterans, first responders

State Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, and retired Army Sgt. Harold Redding stand at a veterans’ recognition event at the state Capitol in Harrisburg in November 2021. (Source: Senatorkristin.com) Pennsylvania has three new state holidays to observe beginning next year. Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a bill establishing March 6 as “Persian Gulf War Veterans

Vertical greenhouse no longer planned at Prince Street Garage

Vertical greenhouse no longer planned at Prince Street Garage

The vertical greenhouse would have abutted the West Orange Street facade of the Prince Street Garage. (Source: Lancaster Parking Authority) Plans for a large hydroponic “vertical greenhouse” along the south side of the Prince Street Garage in Lancaster have “fizzled out,” according to Lancaster Parking Authority Executive Director Larry Cohen. “I’m exploring other options for

The Mix’s ‘Legacy’ mural highlights Lancaster legends (video)

The Mix’s ‘Legacy’ mural highlights Lancaster legends (video)

The “Legacy” mural at The Mix. (Photo: Kyle Gamble) The Mix recently added a feature to its courtyard: A “Legacy Mural” honoring prominent local Black leaders. “When I thought of the word ‘legacy,’ names just started popping into my mind,” Kyonna Bowman, executive director at The Mix, said. “You have Hazel I. Jackson, who they

News: Wednesday, Nov. 17

News: Wednesday, Nov. 17

The Clubhouse at Willow Valley Communities. (Source: Willow Valley Communities) Headlines: • Judge says school mask mandate must end Dec. 4: Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon agreed to lift the automatic stay granted when the Wolf administration appealed her ruling that the mandate is unlawful. (Source: Fox 43) • State House passes permitless concealed carry: The

Lancaster Conservancy acquires former Camp Donegal site in York County

Lancaster Conservancy acquires former Camp Donegal site in York County

A creek runs through the former Camp Donegal property. (Photo: Jenn Teson | Lancaster Conservancy) The Lancaster Conservancy has acquired a forested property in eastern York County that served for decades as a children’s camp. The conservancy paid $2 million for the 128-acre site, according to a deed dated Oct. 29. Formerly known as Camp

News: Tuesday, Nov. 16

News: Tuesday, Nov. 16

(Source: Pa. Lottery) Headlines: • Pa. Sen. President Jake Corman to run for governor: The Republican plans to make an official announcement today. (Source: ABC 27) • Apartment complex proposed in downtown Lancaster: The building in the first block of West King Street would have 120 to 130 units, with 10% subsidized affordable units, plus

Lancaster’s 10th Extraordinary Give is Friday

Lancaster’s 10th Extraordinary Give is Friday

(Source: Lancaster County Community Foundation) On Friday, Nov. 19, the Lancaster County community will celebrate generosity with its 10th Extraordinary Give. The 24-hour Extraordinary Give or “Extra Give” encourages thousands of people throughout the county and beyond to give to the nonprofits of their choice. On a per capita basis, it is the most successful

News: Monday, Nov. 15

News: Monday, Nov. 15

Ernie and new Muppet Ji Young. (Source: AP) Headlines: • Opening arguments made in school funding lawsuit: Plaintiffs said state funding is insufficient in poorer school districts. Defendants said funding has grown and that the plaintiffs’ narrative is “not accurate.” (Source: WITF) • Berks County suffers three mild earthquakes: A 2.1 magnitude quake that hit

Forum makes case for a better-funded child care system (Video)

Forum makes case for a better-funded child care system (Video)

This composite image shows the panelists in the United Way of Lancaster County’s “Conversation in OUR Community” on child care on Friday, Nov. 11, 2021. Top, from left: Stacie Blake, Steve Doster, Kimberly Early. Bottom, from left: Rebecca O’Shea, Tyrone Scott, state Rep. Mike Sturla. Major public investments are needed to provide high quality child

Deadline is today for nonprofits to apply for Extraordinary Give’s ‘Pursuit of Equity’ prize

Deadline is today for nonprofits to apply for Extraordinary Give’s ‘Pursuit of Equity’ prize

With Lancaster County’s 10th annual Extraordinary Give just one week away, today is the deadline for nonprofits to apply for a new prize associated with the event. The Steinman Foundation is offering 10 “Pursuit of Equity” prizes, each worth $5,000. To be eligible, organizations must demonstrate that they are “programatically and operationally” moving toward equity.

News: Friday, Nov. 12

News: Friday, Nov. 12

Robert Brock and his mother, Mary Lou, of the Lancaster Marionette Theatre. (Source: Lancaster Marionette Theatre) Headlines: • Some schools reinstate masking: The Wolf administration is appealing a judge’s ruling that its mask mandate is invalid, and says the rule remains in force in the interim. Accordingly, Conestoga Valley and Lampeter-Strasburg school districts have reimplemented

Ceremony honors Lancaster County veterans

Ceremony honors Lancaster County veterans

Lancaster County Commissioner Josh Parsons looks on as a plaque honoring Lancaster County veterans of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm is unveiled during a Veterans Day ceremony at the County Government Center’s Veterans Plaza on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher) Lancaster County commissioners marked Veterans Day with a ceremony Thursday, and unveiled

How can U.S. improve child care? PolicyLab has some suggestions

How can U.S. improve child care? PolicyLab has some suggestions

(Source: Policylab.chop.edu) Increasing support for caregivers through subsidies and public policy changes would be broadly beneficial, according to the PolicyLab research center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In a blog post titled “A Caregiving Agenda Is Long Overdue,” Health Policy Director Rebecka Rosenquist notes that November is National Family Caregivers Month and calls for enacting

News: Thursday, Nov. 11

News: Thursday, Nov. 11

Lancaster area Rotary Club members and other volunteers plant trees and clean headstones at the Stevens Greenland Cemetery, a historically Black cemetery, on May 22, 2021. (Source: Rotary District 7390) Headlines: • Recount triggered in Commonwealth Court race: Democrat Lori Dumas is leading Republican Drew Crompton by just 0.33% of votes cast. The threshold for

Commonwealth Court rules against K-12 mask mandate

Commonwealth Court rules against K-12 mask mandate

(Source: School District of Lancaster) In a 4-1 decision announced Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled that acting Health Secretary Alison Beam did not have authority to issue the state’s K-12 mask mandate. In the absence of a disaster emergency declaration, Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon, a Republican, wrote, Beam could not issue the order without going

Eight local nonprofits receive funding through tax-credit program

Eight local nonprofits receive funding through tax-credit program

Eight Lancaster County nonprofit organizations have together received $767,640 through a state program that awards tax credits to businesses that contribute to projects in distressed or low-income areas. The money was part of nearly $36 million distributed to 220 community revitalization projects through the state Department of Community & Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program. (Source: