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Neighbor of the Month: Darlene Byrd

November 27, 2019 | Mayor's Office Office of Neighborhood Engagement

Congratulations to Darlene Byrd, who was named Neighbor of the Month for November!

Darlene has lived in Lancaster City for over 50 years. She moved here after growing up on a farm in Lancaster County, near the border of Chester County. She has lived on the 200 block of South Ann Street for 45 years!

Her nomination read, “Darlene is passionate about her neighborhood and very caring and concerned about the people who live and work there. She is the leader of the South Ann Concerned Neighbors group and keeps neighbors informed about events that could be of interest or concern to them. She gets involved with charitable endeavors such as the Fun Pink Pageant for breast cancer awareness and support. She is able to bring together groups of people to work on issues and come to common ground. She is a proud city resident and deserves to be recognized for her work.”

Anyone who knows Darlene knows how involved she is in the community! She is the founder of the South Ann Concerned Neighbors group, a member New Life Assembly of God Church, an elected Democratic Committee person, part of Bible2School at Washington Elementary School for 2nd and 3rd grade, involved APPRISE program with the Office of Aging, and on the Annual Parade and Festival Committee.

When she is not volunteering her time, Darlene enjoys sewing, meeting people, traveling, and enjoying the many Spanish restaurants in town. She lives with her father, who is a 96 year old WWII veteran, and has two daughters, one granddaughter, one grandsons, six brothers, 5 sisters, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews.

Darlene’s favorite public space in the city is the SACN Peace Garden.

“The history of the garden represents our neighborhood and tells our story so well,” Darlene said.

Thank you, Darlene, for all that you do for your neighbors and the community at large!