Red Lion will "roar in" the New Year with its 17th annual celebration Dec. 31 in the town's center square and nearby locations.

This popular family event kicks off with free activities at two churches: St. Paul's UM serves pork and sauerkraut and music 5 to 7 p.m. and Grace Lutheran offers food, crafts and entertainment 5 to 9 p.m.

Other free activities open 7 p.m. with a variety of music at various sites, food sold in the square, model railroad display at the train station, open house at the historical society museum and much more.

A DJ in the square counts down to midnight when the lion rises and the fireworks explode.

This is a great event organized by a dedicated group of volunteers with the support of local businesses, churches and other groups.

New Year's Day dinner

If you're too tired to cook Jan. 1, don't worry. The Glen Rock Hose & Ladder Company's got dinner covered for you.

The company's New Year's Day Dinner gives everyone plenty to eat, and then some. The menu includes pork and sauerkraut (the Good Luck Meal for we Pennsylvania Dutchies), turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and much more.

The cost is only $13 for adults and $8 for children ages 2 to 12. You can eat at the fire hall, 15-17 Hanover St., or take a meal home.

Carryouts are available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. while sit-down serving runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To place carryout orders in advance, call 717-793-6432.

Eagle Scout project

Kudos to Joey Wagner of Dallastown.

The 16-year-old is collecting American flags for retirement and proper disposal as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Folks may drop off their old or tattered flags at 10 locations until Dec. 31: Cape Horn Country Store, Kaltreider-Benfer Library, Village Library, Dallastown Borough Office, York Township Municipal Office, Red Lion VFW, Dallastown American Legion, Whole Life Boost Natural Foods, Licatese and Sons or LDS Family History Center.

Wagner is a member of Boy Scout Troop 183, which is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Pearl Jubilee

Mason-Dixon Community Services' Pearl Jubilee was a big success.

The event held last September not only marked the agency's 30th anniversary, but raised more than $7,000 to help its clients.

Felton resident Lori Badders is a native of southern York County. Reach her at