April 28, 2014
As a long-time volunteer leader at United Way of Lancaster County, I have seen United Way create amazing impact through its various initiatives. Now, over the next few weeks, we are inviting everyone in the community to literally take a “hands-on” stand for early literacy and school readiness.  The High Five Campaign for Every Child runs through May 22, and invites everyone in Lancaster County to give a “High Five” ($5 contribution) to the campaign, which will be used to provide books to young children in their homes to help them get ready for kindergarten. Many studies have shown that kids... read more
April 21, 2014
Who doesn’t love to dance?  The contemporary American poet, William Stafford, tells us that children dance before “they learn there is anything that isn’t music.” And legend has it that the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, learned to dance at seventy, because he felt an essential part of him had been neglected.  From our children to our seniors, we all find the shape of spirit and discovery in the art of dance.   Randy Walker’s Dancing Arches, a planned public art sculpture at the newly renovated Rodney Park-- scheduled for installation in May 2014-- captures that shape of spirit and... read more
March 31, 2014
The City of Lancaster, Department of Public Works, will be performing a thorough flushing of water distribution mains to promote maximum water quality. Flushing operations will begin at 10:00 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014 and continue daily between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM until approximately May 30, 2014. Operations will allow for the cleaning of each main at least once during the designated flushing dates. Visit our website, Facebook and Twitter regularly for any schedule updates. Flushing may cause customers to observe a slight cloudiness in the water and a reduction in water ... read more
March 28, 2014
It’s amazing what a simple paper placemat and some crayons can do for you. In the case of the new Lancaster Brewing Company’s kids’ activity sheets—it gave my kids an opportunity to draw while learning about keeping our city clean; inspired a discussion on the role of functional art with my husband; and instilled a good dollop of civic pride — all while relaxing over a cold beer. Who knew?! Earlier this year, on a busy Friday evening, my family and I journeyed to the Lancaster Brewing Company to check out the newly installed public artwork, the Lancaster Gateway Bundle. The Gateway Bundle... read more
February 20, 2014
Due to the continued challenges created by melting and refreezing of snow/ice on streets and the accumulation of snow along the curbs that restrict travel on streets, it is very difficult for trash and recycling collection crews to access some streets. Penn Waste crews are doing their best to collect, but environmental conditions and safety may prevent the collection of trash and recyclables on schedule. Excess weekly trash will be collected when accessible. There are some steps that residents can take to assist crews: 1.       Be sure trash containers are within reach and not frozen into ice... read more
February 19, 2014
Customers in several areas may be experiencing brown or discolored water today, Wednesday, February 19. The areas affected include: - 800 - 900 block of N. President Avenue and Landis Avenue - Willow Street - South Pearl Street at High Street The water should clear by later this evening. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Water Quality Lab at 291-4818.
February 11, 2014
During the recent ice storm, many tree branches were downed. While the City will remove street tree debris due to the recent ice storms, this is being done to provide for public safety of the motoring public. Trees removed from private property will need to be disposed of by the property owner. Some township composting sites will accept this debris. For example, West Earl Township has a drop site for tree cuttings and chipped tree debris. There is a $10.00 fee per load (pick-up truck to dump truck) to access the facility on a 24 hour basis. If there is a need to drop material at the site, the... read more
February 5, 2014
From the Penn Waste Blog: Due to the extreme ice conditions, all Penn Waste routes have been cancelled for today, Wednesday 2/5/14. Due to today’s cancellation of all routes, Penn Waste’s residential routes will follow the schedule listed below for the remainder of this week: Tuesday Collections – Cancelled for this week, we will accept double the normal volume on your next regularly scheduled collection day. Wednesday Collections – Service to be done on Thursday, 2/6/14 Thursday Collections – Service to be done on Friday, 2/7/14 Friday Collections – Service to be done on Saturday... read more
January 30, 2014
As you know, at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 21st, we issued a snow emergency declaration.  With this, WGAL News, Lancaster Online, and the City's website posted announcements that a snow emergency would go into effect at Noon.  We also sent snow emergency messages on the City's Facebook, Twitter, and email alert systems and on the Police website and Facebook account.  With the snow emergency declaration, residents were advised to clear vehicles from snow emergency routes and move cars into Parking Authority Garages.  This is not the first snow emergency declaration issued in the City, but it... read more
January 27, 2014
I'm pleased to report that agreements have been reached with two of the City's three bargaining units.  Last month, we completed separate contract negotiations with the Lancaster Police Officers Association and with non-uniformed personnel represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.  We appreciate the efforts of these bargaining units to negotiate in good faith to arrive at a mutually agreeable contract.   Highlights of these agreements follow. First, Police union members have ratified a three-year contract that began on January 1st.  Medical savings... read more

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