Dallastown-area merchant gives away food in York

Michael Fourhman stood underneath the lights strung over Cherry Lane, next to Central Market, and shrugged. Standing next to a 5 by 8 utility trailer loaded with boxes of food, Fourhman figured the weather kept people away Friday night.

There was so much food – nearly 50 pounds in each box – yet no mouths to eat it.

“It just blows me away that this was destined for a trash can,” said Fourhman, who owns Fourhman’s Natural Foods in York Township.

Every Friday night Fourhman and his buddy, Dion Boyer, bring as many boxes of food from First Assembly of God in Manchester Township to York as they can. The boxes, given away by Shady Maple Smorgasbord in Lancaster County, are filled with an assortment of groceries, including bacon, salad dressings, licorice and raspberry iced tea.

“It’s completely random but it helps a lot of people,” Fourhman said.

The food is available to whoever needs it, Fourhman said. There are no requirements or qualifications for recipients. Most aren’t the type of people one might suspect to be seeking free food, he said. For many, it eases up their monthly grocery bills.

Since November, Fourhman said he and Boyer have distributed nearly seven tons of food in York. The most in one night was 78 boxes, Fourhman said.

With no one around to empty their trailer, Boyer and Fourhman drove the food to York Rescue Mission. It didn’t take long for a few volunteers to unload the boxes on hand carts in the rear of the West Market Street building.

“It’s great you are doing this,” Torre Smith, a resident at the mission, told Fourhman. “There’s a lot of unemployed people who’d love to get a package like that.”

The mission serves three meals a day for up to 270 people, said Smith, 58, who is also the head cook there.

Fourhman stuck around for a couple minutes, chatting with Smith and Ted Henry, another mission resident. The mission relies mostly on donations from Central Penn Food Bank, so random contributions are a big help, Henry and Smith said.

“There are a lot of women who come in here with kids who would love to hear that,” Smith said when Fourhman told him to spread the word about his Friday night giveaways at Cherry Lane.

Fourhman and Boyer hope to get a refrigerated box truck so they can bring more food from First Assembly to give away in York. They are limited by what they can load on to their small trailer and in the back seats of their vehicles.

Until then, they will keep bringing what they can each week, giving it to whoever will take it. The best part of it is when someone physically takes a box, Fourhman said.

“To give is actually to get,” he said. “I couldn’t sleep knowing I gave away an opportunity to give this food to people.”

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Rep. Schreiber’s Instagram photo contest starts Saturday

State Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York, announced his second Instagram photo contest for middle, high school and college-aged students living in the 95th Legislative District, according to a news release.

State Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York, announced his second Instagram photo contest, which runs March 21 to April (FILE)

State Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York, announced his second Instagram photo contest, which runs March 21 to April (FILE)

Students may enter as many photos as they like in the contest running from March 21 to April 21, according to the release. Photos will be judged by a panel of local photographers, and the winners will be announced on or before May 1. Ten winning photos will be featured in Schreiber’s district office.

The photos cannot include people and they must be taken in Schreiber’s district, which includes York, West York, Spring Garden Township and district 1 of West Manchester Township, the release states. All photos should be uploaded to Instagram, labeled with the hashtag #springintoyork and include the student’s grade, school and the picture’s location.

“This is an opportunity for the youth of the community to showcase their originality and talent,” Schreiber said in the release. “Last year’s photo contest was a success and I am hopeful that this year’s contest will be even better.”

For more information about the contest, contact Kyle Joines at 717-848-9595 or kjoines@pahouse.net.

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Keep York Beautiful cleanup planned

Want to keep York beautiful? An upcoming spring cleanup event in the city welcomes people to do just that.

The Keep York Beautiful Spring Clean Up is 8 to 11 a.m. April 11, according to a press release from York Mayor Kim Bracey’s office.

Those interested in participating can pick up bags, gloves and equipment at York City Hall parking lot, 101 S. George Street, beginning at 7:30 that morning, according to the release. Volunteers will clean targeted areas from 8 to 10:45 a.m. Equipment is to be returned to 101 S. George Street by 11 a.m.

This is a litter only cleanup, meaning no large items will be collected, the release states. Curbside customers should call 717-843­-1240 to schedule a date for collection of household furniture and appliance items. Collections need to be scheduled 7 to 10 days in advance.

Community organizations, businesses, youth groups and families are welcome to be a part of the initiative designed to keep York vibrant and beautiful, the release states. Bracey encourages everyone to do their part in helping to keep York looking its best, the release states.

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Street sweeping will resume March 17 in York

As spring nears, York city residents are advised to be mindful of street sweeping, which resumes March 17.

A 2010 reminder tucked under a windshield wiper that street sweeping will resume in York. (FILE)

A 2010 reminder that street sweeping will resume sits under a vehicle’s windshield wiper. (FILE)

The first night of sweeping will be on streets posted for the third Tuesday of the month from midnight to 6 a.m., according to a releases from the city’s Highway Bureau.

Residents need to move their cars Monday evening before midnight, the release states.

Anyone with questions about street sweeping should call the city’s Highway Bureau at 717-849-2320. The fine for parking in a space during hours specified against parking is $50.

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York resumes curbside yard waste collections

Spring is near and that means yard waste collections in York begin this week.

Starting Monday, customers can place yard waste at their designated pick-up point for collection on their normal recycling day, according to a news release from the city’s Public Works Department.

Yard waste includes leaves, prunings and garden residue, but grass clippings are not permitted, the release states. Brush must be wrapped into 3-by-3 bundles, with each branch less than 4 inches in diameter. Yard waste, which should not exceed 40 pounds, can also be be placed in authorized yellow cans but should not extend above the container’s rim.

The release reminds customers that plastic bags should not be used and will not be taken for yard waste collections.

On April 4, the city’s yard waste site at Memorial Stadium will open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. Customers must provide proof of customer status or residency, such as a valid license or a recent sewer bill, to use the facility.

The drop-off facility is accessible to York customers only and should be used only during hours of operation, the release states. Violators could face up to a $600 fine.

For more information on the curbside yard waste and the city’s waste site, contact the city’s Public Works Department at 717-849-2245.

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York trash collection delayed, business panel canceled

York city trash collections for the remainder of the week will be delayed by one day, according to the city’s website.

A Penn Waste employee collects trash in the snow. (Jason Plotkin - Daily Record/Sunday News)

A Penn Waste employee collects trash in the snow. (Jason Plotkin – Daily Record/Sunday News)

All of Thursday’s collections will take place Friday, and Friday’s collections will be Saturday because of Thursday’s inclement weather, the website states.

York Mayor Kim Bracey declared a snow emergency Wednesday at 7 p.m. And the York Business Resource Panel scheduled for today was canceled, according to the city’s Department of Economic and Community Development.

York refuse customers are asked to be patient and make special efforts during winter weather to properly prepare all items placed for collection. Wind, rain, snow and ice present many additional challenges for collection crews, often resulting in sprains and similar injuries, frostbite and even worse, the city’s website states. Additionally, the website reminds customers that collections in inclement weather will take longer, with crews beginning work as early as 6 a.m. and may be collecting as late as 9 p.m.

Check out the city’s website for a list of things you can do to help make trash collectors’ jobs easier.

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York Mayor Kim Bracey declares snow emergency

If you have been saving your on-street parking space with a trash can, you could be cited by York city officials. And no putting snow from your sidewalk into the street, either.

York Mayor Kim Bracey declared a snow emergency as of 7 p.m. March 4, meaning vehicles must be removed from snow emergency routes.

A bench saves a parking space on Roosevelt Avenue in York last year. York Mayor Kim Bracey declared a snow emergency for Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. (Kate Penn)

A bench saves a parking space on Roosevelt Avenue in York last year. York Mayor Kim Bracey declared a snow emergency for Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. (Kate Penn – York Daily Record/Sunday News)

Check out a comprehensive map of York’s snow emergency routes and parking options.

The reminders and emergency announcement came from Bracey’s office Wednesday, in which city residents were urged to clear their sidewalks within 12 hours after precipitation has ceased. Violation of the aforementioned ordinances could result in a citation.

In text, the snow emergency routes are:

Market, Philadelphia, Queen, George and Princess streets throughout the entire city; Duke Street, from Jackson Street to North Street; W. King Street, from S. Beaver Street to S. George Street; and Beaver Street, from North Street to W. College Avenue.

Snow emergency routes are specially designated and marked roads in the city, which are the top priority for snow plowing. When the mayor declares a snow emergency, parking on these roads is not permitted. Vehicles not moved from these routes by 7 p.m. on March 4 will be ticketed and towed.

Alternative parking options consist of:

Lot #2 in the 300 block of W. King Street; Lot #3 at 150 S. Duke St.; Lot #4 at S. Howard St. and W. Newton Ave.; Lot #7 in the 600 block of W. Mason Ave.; Lot #11 at Duke and Princess streets; Lot #12 in the 700 block of E. Mason Ave.; Lot #14 at Penn and St. Paul streets; Lot #17 in the 200 block of W. Market Street’s rear (Mason Avenue); Allen Field Lot; and Lafayette Plaza at 200 W. Philadelphia St.

In case you were wondering, the city’s Public Works Department is working extremely hard to ensure that York’s streets are as drivable and walkable as possible, according to the release from Bracey’s office.

Useful contacts: York City Police Department – 717-846-1234; Snow Emergency Hotline – 717-849-2228; or check out the city’s website.

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York’s Cherry Lane wrapped in scarves

Random acts of kindness were tied to tree trunks at Cherry Lane in downtown York, but a responsible party was nowhere in sight.

A statue adorned with a scarf in York's Cherry Lane, which contained a note offering the apparel for free to those in need. (Mark Walters - York Daily Record/Sunday News)

A statue adorned with a scarf in York’s Cherry Lane, which contained a note offering the apparel for free to those in need. (Mark Walters – York Daily Record/Sunday News)

Nearly a dozen scarves – some with fringes, others with stripes – were wrapped around trees and posts at the West Market Street pocket park on the afternoon of Feb. 27. Whoever left the winter apparel was likely concerned with strangers keeping warm.

Most of the scarves were adorned with pieces of paper reading, “I am not lost! Please take if you are cold in need or know someone who is!”

Merchants at nearby York City Pretzel Company and Mudhook Brewing Company did not know who tied the scarves to the trees, but figured they were likely put in Cherry Lane overnight.

Alex Keener, owner of My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe Consignment Store at 41 W. Market St., said she had heard of similar occurrences in other cities.


One of nearly a dozen scarves in Cherry Lane on Feb. 27. The scarves contained notes offering the apparel for free to those in need. (Mark Walters – York Daily Record/Sunday News)

“I think it’s neat,” she said.

York City Police Department officers who could check the area’s surveillance cameras were unreachable late Friday afternoon.

Last summer, Downtown Inc put $10,000 worth of upgrades toward Cherry Lane, which is a courtyard-like alleyway. Also at Cherry Lane are some interesting murals, which you can read about on Jim McClure’s blog.

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York’s First Friday will feature sixth ‘Jazz in the City’ show

March’s First Friday in York will feature its sixth Jazz in the City concert, which is part of the monthly concert series featuring artists from around the region, according to a release from York Mayor Kim Bracey’s office.

The March 6 show will feature a quartet consisting of Tom Thompson playing the trumpet, Kirk Reese on piano, Ryan Kuhns playing bass and Jeff Stabley on drums, the release states.

Jazz in the City is a collaboration of the City of York, the Strand-Capitol and Downtown Inc.

The concert is at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center’s Philadelphia Street entrance. Each concert is held on First Friday from October through June from 5 to 7 p.m.

Additionally, Bracey’s office advised of street closings next week for First Friday. North Beaver Street between Market and Philadelphia streets will be closed to motorists from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., with parking on the street prohibited from 3:30 to 9:30.

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Teen’s Fourth Friday in York offers fellowship, resources

Youth are invited to Teen’s Fourth Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 27, according to a news release from York Mayor Kim Bracey’s office.

Held at William Penn Senior High School, the event aims to give students an opportunity to build a relationship with the York City Police Department, according to the release.

The initiative is designed to provide youth with a safe and positive place to enjoy themselves, meet new peers and receive access to information from several community programs, the release states.

Several community organizations, including the YMCA and Planned Parenthood, are helping York City School District sponsor the event.

“Providing our youth with positive outlets and the support of caring community members continues to be an important aspect of my administration,” Mayor Bracey said in the release. “The collaborative efforts that are flourishing in our community are very encouraging and indicative of our future as a city.”

In addition to fellowship and access to resources, youth will also be provided free meals.

To learn more about the event, visit the city’s website or check out the Teen’s Fourth Friday Facebook page.

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