Top tips of the week: Live Like Libby, miniature horseback riding and a great time to adopt a new pet [editorial] | Our opinion

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THE PROBLEM: Today is Friday, the day we take a few moments to highlight the good news in Lancaster County and the 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.

The non-profit organization Live Like Libby Inc. is doing incredible good in memory of Libby Miller, a 10-year-old girl who died in a collision with a vehicle in East Hempfield Township in February.

Good focuses on something Libby was passionate about during her all-too-short life: dancing. The nonprofit’s mission is to “reduce the financial barriers associated with the high cost of competitive dance education for deserving students,” according to its website, livelikelibby.org.

The description continues, “Not every family is lucky enough to make it work for their aspiring dancers. That’s why Libby’s family and friends created LiveLikeLibby.org in his honor – to provide financial assistance so that no dancer who wishes to take courses or participate in competitions will have their dreams dashed because of the financial burden.

NL | LancasterOnline’s Olivia Estright wrote of the charity and Libby’s life earlier this month: “Libby spent dance lessons helping young pupils, school days making sure everything the world felt included and the night telling their parents how amazing they are.”

The nonprofit was launched with surplus funds from a GoFundMe campaign that had been set up to help Libby’s family with funeral expenses. It has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships this year.

“The foundation awarded the first Libby Miller Memorial Dance Scholarships of $3,000 to Braedyn and Keaira Jones,” Estright reported. “The foundation also awarded two “mini-scholarships” of $1,000 each to senior Dance Dynamix graduates Taylor Shaffer and Cristina Elliott, who will both go on to dance at the college level.

These dancers will perpetuate Libby’s memory and passion for this art form.

“Libby wanted the world to dance,” says Live Like Libby. “We want to help.”

It’s absolutely helpful. And we hope it can continue to do so for many years to come.

In other good things:

— We enjoyed Lancaster Farming’s recent article on Doug Dalrymple and Little River, a 16-year-old miniature horse.

Dalrymple has been offering free rides to the top of Little River for several years during Lancaster Family Farm Days at the Oregon Dairy Market.

“It’s his gift to the community,” wrote Jason Guarente of Lancaster Farming. “He doesn’t ask for anything in return. There is something marvelous in these 50 meters that he walks in each direction.

Dalrymple runs Swift Cloud Farm, which is dedicated to miniature horses, in Peach Bottom. The farm hosts church groups and Bible schools. And Dalrymple and Little River go on tour to provide entertainment for kids at places like Oregon Dairy.

For Dalrymple, the reactions he witnesses are the best kind of “payment”.

“All the laughs I’ve heard over the years,” Dalrymple told Guarente, “you just can’t buy that. I wish I had a recording of it. That’s my motivation. To make the kids happy . »

He added: “I bet 75% or 85% of the kids have never been on a horse before. I think it’s pretty special. I want to give back. To see these kids here smiling.

We think smiling kids have a memory they won’t soon forget.

– A July 17 letter from Clyde McMillan-Gamber of New Holland, “Care Actions by County Residents,” reminds us that more good things are happening across the county.

“I was delighted to see two recent examples of people in Lancaster County caring enough about nature to contribute to its well-being,” McMillan-Gamber wrote. “I am happy to know that many people are helping wildlife however they can, but are doing so without media recognition.”

The first item he mentioned was the Organization for Responsible Animal Care in Lancaster County, which rescues animals, including baby birds, from storm drains. He is available 24/7 and responds to most animal emergencies. He can be reached at 717-397-8922.

McMillan-Gamber also praised New Holland’s fundraising campaign to create a 2-acre community butterfly garden. It’s something we also applauded in this space on July 8, and we agree with McMillan-Gamber when he writes, “The garden, like all natural habitats, will foster beauty, peace, and l intrigue for human visitors. It’s another win-win for nature and people.

– The last good thing about today is that Humane Pennsylvania is celebrating Dog Days of Summer this weekend with a no-cost adoption event, LNP | LancasterOnline’s Ann Rejrat reported.

The event runs from today to Sunday and Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical covers adoption costs for all cats, dogs and other animals. Hats off for doing it.

Adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lancaster Center for Animal Life-Saving at 2195 Lincoln Highway. Fee-exempt adoptions include Humane Pennsylvania’s 30-Day Adoption Health Supplement; castration or castration (before adoption); vaccinations (including the current rabies vaccination) and deworming medications; flea treatment; microchip and chip registration; and a free one-pound bag of Science Diet pet food.

More information can be found at HumanePA.org. If you’re looking to add a cuddly and grateful new member to your family, this might just be the weekend to do it.

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