THE ISSUE: It’s Friday, the day we take a few moments to highlight the good news in Lancaster County and surrounding area. Some of these are welcome developments on the economic front or for neighborhoods in the region. Others are local stories of success, perseverance, compassion and creativity that represent welcome points of light in the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic and with other stressful developments enveloping our nation and the world. All of this uplifting news deserves greater attention.
Last week we wrote about Doug Dalrymple and Little River, his 16-year-old miniature horse from Swift Cloud Farm in Peach Bottom. We have praised their work to provide entertainment for county children.
This week, we just can’t help it. We will still write about miniature horses.
Or, more specifically, an adorable miniature horse.
NL | LancasterOnline’s Ann Rejrat reported online this week that the Quarryville Police Department has a new member — a 2 1/2-foot, 330-pound miniature horse delightfully named Officer McGillicuddy.
Officer McGillicuddy will act as a community relations specialist and is “responsible for cultivating positive relationships with police and the community,” Rejrat wrote.
The miniature horse was officially sworn in this week by Quarryville Mayor Anthony Cavallaro. Officer McGillicuddy even had his own bespoke uniform, which we loved, for the event.
In addition to this new position, “Constable McGillicuddy volunteers his time at Quarryville Police Foundation events in exchange for treats, and when off duty he is the pet of Maddie, the 6-year-old niece of Quarryville Police Foundation board member Kirklyn. groves,” Rejrat reported.
We’d love it if Quarryville could start a trend and inspire other local agencies to “hire” similarly endearing animals to work in community relations.
We guess residents wouldn’t say no.
In other good things:
— The Manheim Township-based Mennonite Disaster Service is preparing to help those in eastern Kentucky who were affected by torrential rains, flash floods and landslides late last month, LNP | LancasterOnline’s Enelly Betancourt reported.
“We hope to dispatch a response team as early as this weekend or next week to determine the extent of the damage, the type of work needed, immediate needs and long-term recovery plans,” said Jesse Huxman, communications manager for the volunteer network. of churches assisting disaster survivors in the United States and Canada.
Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers would likely help remove debris and repair or rebuild damaged homes.
The organization accepts financial donations by mail or on MDS.org, where people can also register to volunteer. His mailing address is MDS, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543. Donations can also be made by calling 1-800-241-8111.
Volunteers do not need to have construction experience.
“You don’t have to have carpentry or construction skills,” Huxman told Betancourt. “We just want someone with a servant attitude to do what’s needed and help with the recovery process.”
We are blessed to have so many people in Lancaster County who have this attitude when it comes to helping those in need.
– The Lancaster Barnstormers and York Revolution are rivals on the baseball field, but they teamed up this week with PeoplesBank Bank in York so people with disabilities can take part in a ‘Field of Dreams’ event organized by the Beautiful Lives Project.
The project, founded in 2017 by Anthony Iacovone and Bryce Weiler, “offers people with disabilities the opportunity to get involved in activities they may have limited access to, such as sports,” LNP | LancasterOnline’s Amber Williams reported in Thursday’s edition.
It was the first time a Beautiful Lives event was held in Pennsylvania.
On Wednesday at PeoplesBank Park, the 40 participants were able to hang out with players from Barnstormers and Revolution. They played catch, ran the bases (or were pushed around the bases in their wheelchairs), toured the dugouts and posed for photos with Atlantic League athletes.
Williams described how contestant Ethan Briner excitedly shouted “Yeah!” as he was pushed around bases, first by a Revolution player and then by his brother, Dustin.
“Whenever he’s happy, that’s normally when I’m happy,” Dustin Briner said. “I just like to see him have a good time.”
Augie Sylk, a pitcher from Lancaster, and Troy Stokes Jr., an outfielder from York, told Williams they both appreciated the perspective the event gave them.
“The fact that they’re having so much fun just playing wrestling, something that we almost dread sometimes, (is) just an eye opener for us,” Sylk said.
These two local teams and their players deserve a round of applause for helping to bring this ‘Field of Dreams’ to fruition. We hope the organizers can make it an annual event here.
– Finally, it’s great to see that the Mueller Family Outdoor Court has opened at the Lancaster Science Factory on New Holland Avenue in Lancaster City.
The backyard is a place where visitors of all ages can learn about environmental sustainability practices that can be applied in their own backyard.
“(Visitors) can recycle rainwater from the roof of Lancaster Science Factory or use it to water a rain garden filled with native plants,” LNP | Lancaster Online reported. “Customers can also adjust a ‘solar power flower’ to face the sun, so the energy it generates can power sounds, spinners and lights in the yard.”
The educational exhibits sit along a riverbed pathway and feature items designed by students from the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. Also featured are works by three local artists. There’s a 100ft mural of Katie Trainer (which we mentioned in a Good Things editorial in May); a 15-foot-tall kinetic tree designed by Jeremy Waak that is made of metal and mimics the movements of a willow oak; and walnut slab benches designed by Brian Gish.
For more information, go online to LancasterScienceFactory.org.
Making learning fun and accessible helps our younger generations become great citizens and leaders. Congratulation to all participants.