We were presented with another fragile gift of antiquity.
Here is a program from “The York Pageant” – a three-day celebration of York’s role in the founding of this nation. Click on the picture of the program below to read through the program.
“Scratching a 17-year itch, Brood II periodic cicadas again are emerging from underground burrows in Lancaster County for a noisy trumpeting of one of nature’s great spectacles.
“Already, the website magicicada.org has recorded a resident’s observation of a cicada nymph seen somewhere in Lancaster County on May 6.
“In 1996, the last time the Brood II cicadas appeared here and elsewhere in the eastern third of Pennsylvania, reports were received primarily from the Furnace Hills in northern Lancaster County, according to newspaper records.
“‘Enjoy it,’ advises Marten J. Edwards, an associate professor of biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.
“‘It’s up there with the great migrations, and it really is a natural wonder that happens only here in the eastern United States and nowhere else in the world. It’s something you will remember.’
Happened onto a couple of frail pages from an old Sunday News recently. Pages 1-2-15 & 16 of the September 15, 1963 Sunday News contain history of that time in this nation’s life. We scanned articles from some of the brittle, yellowed pages from almost 50 years ago.
We were in a war then. When aren’t we?
Lancaster Catholic High School’s building plans were announced
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MAKING OPEN AND MACHINE READABLE THE NEW DEFAULT
FOR GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. General Principles. Openness in government strengthens our democracy, promotes the delivery of efficient and effective services to the public, and contributes to economic growth. As one vital benefit of open government, making information resources easy to find, accessible, and usable can fuel entrepreneurship, innovation, and scientific discovery that improves Americans’ lives and contributes significantly to job creation.
Decades ago, the U.S. Government made both weather data and the Global Positioning System freely available. Since that time, American entrepreneurs and innovators have utilized these resources to create navigation systems, weather newscasts and warning systems, location-based applications, precision farming tools, and much more, improving Americans’ lives in countless ways and leading to economic growth and job creation. In recent years, thousands of Government data resources across fields such as health and medicine, education, energy, public safety, global development, and finance have been posted in machine-readable form for free public use on Data.gov. Entrepreneurs and innovators have continued to develop a vast range of useful new products and businesses using these public information resources, creating good jobs in the process.
To promote continued job growth, Government efficiency, and the social good that can be gained from opening Government data to the public, the default state of new and modernized Government information resources shall be open and machine readable. Government information shall be managed as an asset throughout its life cycle to promote interoperability and openness, and, wherever possible and legally permissible, to ensure that data are released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, accessible, and usable. In making this the new default state, executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall ensure that they safeguard individual privacy, confidentiality, and national security.
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“In 2001, a handful of extremists perpetrated the single biggest massacre on American soil in history. Since then, the entire Western world has gone into lockdown—ramping up security, launching international wars and trying its goddamn best to wipe out the terrorist menace. Only problem is: it isn’t working. Not only is ‘terror’ alive and well, our failed war on it is harming all of us, thanks to things like:
Last night’s Columbia Town Meeting drafted by mayor Leo Lutz and police chief Jack Bromer brought together an assembly of around 80 people … citizens, business owners, religious leaders, the new borough manager, the departing borough manager, all of the councillors, the codes officer, the Columbia Economic Development Corporation and members of the school board of directors. The Town Meeting began at 7:00 pm and concluded just after 10:00 pm. At the conclusion, just under 40 persons were in attendance.
Those assembled for the Town Meeting, held at the Columbia Borough School District’s headquarters at the corner of Chestnut and Fifth streets, were welcomed by the mayor and police chief. Each shared Power Point slide shows. Chief Bromer welcomed the community’s shareholders then turned the program over to the mayor who began the meeting with a slide show showing some of the highlights of Columbia’s successes over the past years.
He identified the Yardwaste Facility, the Town Square, the Route 462 project through town, the new streets, the Market House, the added parking lots, the downtown streetscape, the River Park and more.
He then introduced Ray D’agostino, the executive director of the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) and Jim Shultz, program development manager for LHOP. Each of them shared success projects about reclaiming neighborhood housing opportunities from the City of Lancaster. D’agostino and Shultz each spoke to the importance of bringing community shareholders together to develop planning to determine what they want their community to be in the future. D’agostino stressed that planning is great, but plans need resources to come to fruition.
He and Shultz announced and entertained questions about Community First Foundation initiative that will make some of those “resources” available – in the form of a grant opportunity of $100,000 a year for five years for the borough under the long-term creative solutions matching fund program: “To invest in creative solutions to benefit low-income residents in Lancaster City and Columbia.”
D’agostino continued by indicating that there is the potential for continuation and Read the rest of this entry »
Jane Holahan has written a eulogy, of sorts, for the Point of View in Millersville. We often ventured down 999 to Millersville to see a movie of lesser promotion, but of greater substance. We watched “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” at least three times. We saw “The Way” and numerous other niche screenings there and we have been wondering “what happened?” Today, entertainment editor Holahan shares her memories of the Point of View experience.
By Jane Holahan | The Sunday News – April 14, 2013
“If you are a true movie lover, you have no doubt been in mourning for a while.
“The Point of View is closed.
“The Millersville movie theater, nestled away down a long, pothole-ridden driveway off West Frederick Street has not been running movies since the fall.
“Movie lovers will have to look elsewhere to find the foreign films, documentaries and independents that the Point of View used to show.
“It took a while for everyone to realize it was shut down. Not only did the theater, with its sagging sign and often empty parking lot, look closed, but in the past the place did close down for a few weeks.
“But it always reopened.
“Not this time.
“The man who runs the place, whom I always called Mr. Mystery Man, but whose real name is Mark Thompson, is not commenting.
“But then he never did. That was part of the mystique of the Point of View. And there was a lot of mystique at the Point of View.
“It was an acquired taste — one that I acquired very quickly when I moved to Lancaster in 1987. But then, I love the kinds of movies the Point of View showed, and I was willing to put up with a lot to see them.
“Many of the seats sagged. There was Read the rest of this entry »