Bring on Play’s bowling event raising money for Memorial Park playground

“Come knock down some pins for our new playground,” is the command at the top of a news release from York’s public works department regarding a bowling fundraiser.

Playworld Systems contractor Andy Willow tightens a bolt on the loop ladder for the new playground at Yorktown Park on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. York City and the Bring On Play Committee teamed up to build a new playground at Yorktown Park near Devers Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

York City and the Bring On Play Committee teamed up to build a new playground at Yorktown Park near Devers Elementary School in 2013. Bring on Play is working to raise money for a new playground at Memorial Park in York. (York Daily Record/Sunday News – File)

BOPeration Bowling, launched by Bring on Play, is aiming to raise money for a new playground at Memorial Park, according to the release.

People can join the effort Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Suburban Bowlerama in Spring Garden Township, the release states. The $15 event will include two hours of bowling, music and prizes, it states.

Click here to register for the event.

Bring on Play is a committee of people and organizations working together to increase recreational opportunities for children within York city. BOP’s mission is to renovate one playground per year in the city with the community’s support to design, fundraise and build.

Since 2008, the recreational committee has renovated five city parks.

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Kiwanis Lake hosts 16th annual William Shaffer Trout Fishing Derby for kids

If your kid wants to cast a line in York city, Saturday is their chance.

Tia Robinson, age 15, of York carries her fish to the judging table during Labor Day fishing derby at Kiwanis Lake in York Monday September 1, 2014. Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News   Paul Kuehnel

Tia Robinson, 15, of York, carries her fish to the judging table at a Labor Day fishing derby at York’s Kiwanis Lake in 2014. (FILE)

The 16th annual William Shaffer Trout Fishing Derby will be 8 a.m. to noon April 4 at Kiwanis Lake, according to a news release from the city’s Recreation and Parks Department.

The kids-only fishing derby is free for children ages 15 and under, according to the release. Registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. and prizes will be awarded for the largest trout caught. Parents are allowed to help their children and the event w

ill take place rain or shine, the release states.

For more information, call Tom Landis, superintendent of the city’s Recreation and Parks Department, at 717-849-2276.

The derby is being sponsored by the Izzack Walton League of York, Rotary Club of York, Kiwanis Club of York, Schaad Detective Agency and Brickers French Fries.

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Last chance to sign up for Weight Watchers program

There is still time to sign up for York’s Weight Watchers Healthy Communities grant program, with one more registration day left on March 31.

The program allows city residents who meet financial and health qualifications to attend Weight Watchers meetings at a steeply subsidized rate of $3 per week, according to a news release from York Mayor Kim Bracey’s office.

Qualifiers for the program include being a York city resident with a body mass index of 27 or higher, and other financial requirements, according to the release.

Those who want to sign up for the 10 Weight Watchers vouchers and 14 weeks of Weight Watchers E-tools for $30 can do so Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at George Street Commons, 231 S. George St., York.

The program launched in September 2013 through a joint effort by the city, Weight Watchers International, Inc. and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Interested individuals unable to make Tuesday’s meeting should contact Melanie Quigley at the city’s Bureau of Health at 717-849-2340 or

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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

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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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