A creative job-seeker

Employers prize out-of-the-box thinkers, so you’ve got to hand it to Blake Stough for being creative when it comes to finding a job.
The 41-year-old Spring Grove resident posted on Facebook earlier this week that he’d be at a table upstairs at Central Market between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, resume in hand, ready to meet with prospective employers.
“Central Market is a prime location for networking, and I want to use this opportunity to meet as many people as possible,” Stough posted. “Even one new connection will be considered a success.”
He asked his Facebook friends to circulate his post on their Facebook pages.
No prospective employers had shown up yet when I found Stough upstairs at Central Market around noon today.
But Stough, who was laid off from his job as a printer in August, wasn’t discouraged in the least.
“This was more of an attempt to get the word out,” he  said. “It’s still mission accomplished in my book.”
Stough is focusing on finding another job in printing , but he’s open to other fields, including something related to history. Stough is founder of the Preserving York Facebook page, which is dedicated to York County history.
“I’m passionate about whatever I do,” Stough said.
Sounds like that includes his job search.

If you want to reach Stough, his email address is blake@preservingyork.com



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Want some free coffee?

Listen up, coffee lovers.
In honor of National Coffee Day on Sept. 29, participating McDonald’s restaurants in central Pennsylvania are offering customers one free, small McCafe coffee a day, each day from Sept. 16 to Sept. 29.
The fast food giant is also running two Twitter contests in Central Pa. The prize for one contest is a year of free, medium-size coffee for you and a friend. Visit @mcdcentralpa on Twitter from Sept. 9 to Sept. 29 and tweet using #likemccafesweeps.
The second contest offers Central Pa. college students a chance to win free, medium coffee for themselves and everyone in their dorm. Tweet using #freecoffeesweeps from Sept. 12 to Sept. 19.


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The pros and cons of buying your own modem

xfinity modem router

a DOCSIS 3.0 modem router gateway

If you have internet service in York County, odds are, Comcast is your provider.

And if you have Comcast, you have a choice: to rent Comcast’s modem and router, or to buy your own.

By default, Comcast gives new internet customers one of their devices: a DOCSIS 3.0 modem with a wifi router built into it. As of August, 2014, Comcast charges customers $8 a month to rent this modem/router.

The other option is to buy your own modem/router, which as of August costs a bit over $100 new at retailers like Walmart, Best Buy or online at sites such as Amazon.

Renting Comcast’s device or buying your own each come with costs and benefits. Eight dollars a month for a rental adds up to $96 a year, $192 for two years and $480 for five years. On the other hand, renting a device leaves users off the hook when things go wrong and on the hook for free upgrades.


Bob Grove, a Comcast spokesman, said that one advantage of renting their modem/router devices is that Comcast will replace and service the devices for free if they go bad.

In addition, Grove said Comcast is better equipped to troubleshoot its own devices.

“Our Care agents have tools that can check the modem’s signal and connection history to see what might be going on, or they can do tests/diagnostics over the phone,” Grove said in an email.

Grove said that Comcast customer service would try to troubleshoot a customer-owned device, but may not be able to diagnose the problem or restore service.

Also, Grove pointed out that Comcast replaces their leased modems every few years so that customers always have the most recent technology.


For those who would rather buy a router, Ben Markey, a sales consultant at Best Buy at 2865 Concord Rd., Springettsbury Township, recommended two devices, both of which are on Comcast’s list of approved DOCSIS devices on their website.

The one device, a Zoom cable modem/router, listed at Bestbuy for $99 as of August, 2014. The other device is a Motorola SURFBoard modem/router, retailing for $135 in August.

Each device comes with a one-year warranty. In addition, Markey said customers can pay $20 to add an additional year of warranty coverage.

Markey said that, currently, “All the gateways are technically the same,” though he said that, when dealing with internet hardware, it’s always a matter of time before any device becomes obsolete.

What about you? Do you rent a modem and router, or did you buy your own? What led you to your decision?

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York Water Co. continues dividend-paying streak


At a time when many investors are looking to dividend-paying stocks to goose up the yield on their portfolios, York Water Co. announced it will pay its 575th consecutive dividend in October.
The company will pay a quarterly dividend of 14.3 cents a share on Oct. 15 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 30.
The investor-owned utility has paid a dividend since 1816, a streak of 199 consecutive years. The company says it believes it has the longest streak of consecutive dividends in the U.S.
Earlier this month, York Water Co. announced that its profit for the second quarter rose 17 percent.



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Leg Up Farm to include farmers market as part of Manchester Township project


Leg Up Farm plans to build a market to sell locally grown fruits and vegetables and other items as part of its plans for a 23-acre site it owns in Manchester Township.

The Mount Wolf-based nonprofit is turning the site, once occupied by Shiloh Nurseries, into an occupational training center for special-needs adults and high school students.

Leg Up already announced plans to renovate a 6,000-square-foot greenhouse on the property, where participants in its occupational training program would raise organic vegetables.

The latest development calls for a 20,000-square-foot farmers market building which Leg Up expects to complete by October, 2015, said Louie Castriota Jr., Leg Up’s CEO and founder.

Castriota’s vision is for what he calls a “full-service, natural foods grocery store,” including locally raised beef, a selection of gluten-free foods and a salad bar with organic vegetables.

The market will create about 30 jobs, Castriota said. The $3.2 million building is being financed through loans from Metro Bank and the Community First Fund, a  Southcentral Pennsylvania community development lender.

Construction on the market building is expected to start in February 2015. Wagman Construction is the general contractor.





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Tour highlights historic downtown law offices

If you’re a York County history buff, here’s a unique tour that might interest you.

Downtown Inc. and the York County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section are sponsoring a walking tour this Friday evening of law offices housed in historic buildings in downtown York.

The two-and-a-half hour tour includes stops on East Market Street at Trinity Law and the Law Office of Christopher A. Ferro and a visit to Richard Reilly’s law office on North Duke Street.

J. Ross McGinnis, who is of counsel to law firm Stock and Leader, will lead the tour. It starts at 6 p. m. at the York County Bar Association headquarters, 137 E. Market St. The fee is $12. Online registration is available on Downtown Inc.’s Facebook page.


People can also sign up at the event.

For more information contact Douglas Knight at Downtown Inc. at 849-2331.


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Brew Vino targeting mid-August opening

Brew Vino is aiming to open by mid-August.

That’s the word from Gregory Bower, one of the owners of the gourmet pizza restaurant at 251 N. George St., near Santander Stadium in downtown York.

Workers are hard at work on the restaurant space. The plan is to host a few “soft opening” events for select groups before opening the restaurant to the general public, Bower said. Consider them the restaurant world’s equivalent of a dress rehearsal before the opening of a Broadway play.

“We want to be fully prepared before we open,” Bower said.

A mid-August opening would be in time to catch the crowds for the remaining York Revolution games this season. The team’s final regular season home game is Sept. 14.

But in a stroke of good luck for Brew Vino, the Revs clinched the Atlantic League’s first-half Freedom Division title. That means the Revs will host at least one home game, and as many as three, from Sept. 26 through Sept. 28 if the first round of the playoffs goes the full five games

And the Revs would have even more home games if the team advances to the Championship Series to be held Oct. 1-5.

The folks at Brew Vino plan to be ready for all those hungry fans.

In addition to gourmet pizzas, the menu will include salads, craft beers and wine. The 10 beer taps at the bar will feature eight craft brews and two domestic beers, Bower said.


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Speaking of free food…

Chick-fil-A isn’t the only restaurant giving away free food.

Baron Von Schwein will be giving out a coupon for a free pork bun to the first 300 customers who show up at 11 a.m. Monday (July 14) for the grand opening of the restaurant at 35 W. Market St. in downtown York.

The restaurant opens on Saturday (July 12), according to its website.

Baron Von Schwein is adding a brick-and-mortar location to its popular food truck. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, check out Baron Von Schwein’s website, http://www.baronvonschwein.com/#home and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BaronVonSchwein


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Want free Chick-fil-A?

Chick-fil-A is giving free food on Friday to people who come to their restaurants dressed as cows.  Photo Submitted

Chick-fil-A is giving free food on Friday to people who come to their restaurants dressed as cows.
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If you’re a Chick-fil-A fan, you probably already know this but Friday (July 11) is the fast food chain’s 10th annual Cow Appreciation Day.

Come into any Chick-fil-A location nationwide tomorrow fully dressed as a cow and you’ll get a free complete meal — entree, side item and drink. If you’re not willing to go the full bovine route, sporting any cow-related attire will get you a free entree.

Locally, the folks at the Chick-fil-A at 2801 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township plan on going all out. Chick-fil-A’s cow mascot will be on hand for photos. Football players and cheerleaders from Red Lion Area Senior High School will be at the restaurant as will cheerleaders from Eastern York High School, said Susan Burd, the restaurant’s marketing director.

Last year, more than 900,000 Chick-fil-A customers nationwide dressed up. The company expects that number to top 1 million this year.

For more information, check out http://www.chick-fil-a.com/cows/appreciation-day



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High gas prices crimping your budget?

Hi, readers of the York Common Cents blog.

I’m working on a business story about how continuing high gas prices are leaving people with less money to spend on other things, like dining out, shopping and vacations.

I’m looking to talk to York County folks who are cutting back on their spending because of the high gas prices. I’m thinking the folks most affected are those with long commutes to work and retirees on a fixed income. But I’m looking to talk with anyone for whom this is a concern.

Please email me at ghaber@ydr.com, or call me at 771-2029 by Tuesday afternoon. Thanks for your help.

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