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Credit rating improvement means $28K savings >> Springettsbury Township will save $28,000 as a direct result of its improved bond rating status. The township's bond rating improved from A+ to AA- effective in December 2013.
Standard & Poor used local general obligation factors to make the determination. Credit ratings range from AAA, the highest, to D, the lowest. A plus or minus sign shows relative standing within the major rating categories. Credit analyst Steve Tencer said, "The stable outlook reflects our view of Springettsbury's very strong budgetary flexibility, very strong liquidity, and debt profile."
The improved credit ratings means the township no longer is required to purchase bond insurance.
Land development plan >> Springettsbury Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to terminate an agreement with a developer for an office building at the corner of Locust Grove Road and Eastern Boulevard.
Township manager John Holman said, "The township does not lose any money by agreeing to rescind the approved land development plan. By agreeing to rescind the agreement, the township can release the bonds for public improvements." The project was terminated at the request of the developer.
EASTER HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE >> U-Stor-It Self Storage is holding its annual Easter holiday food drive. All donations made will benefit the Bridge of Hope of York County, a social-service ministry that helps at risk or homeless women and children attain stable and affordable housing, set and accomplish goals, problem solve and build friendships.
Donations may include non-perishable food and grocery story gift cards. The drive runs through March 31.
Drop off donations at U-Stor-It York North, 1331 N. Sherman St., Springettsbury Township, or U-Stor-It York South, 2786 S. Queen St., York Township.
For details, call 717-840-9369 or 717-741-2202.
Public Meeting >> The Mount Zion Cemetery Association will hold its annual public meeting at the cemetery office at 3103 Deininger Road, Springettsbury Township, at 8 a.m. March 29, followed immediately by a quarterly meeting. Additional quarterly meetings will be held June 28, Sept. 27 and Dec. 13 at 8 a.m. at the cemetery office.
Interested parties are encouraged to attend. For details, call 717-755-4828.
Groups build self-esteem >> Are you a parent of a school-aged child and see your child struggling with issues such as divorce and separation, substance abuse prevention, body safety, getting along with others, coping skills or bullying prevention? Springettsbury Township-based Family-Child Resources is offering a course to help you child overcome these struggles and have a greater self-esteem.
Kids' groups are designed for children to have a chance to meet other children experiencing similar issues and learn skills to better manage their feelings and behavior.
Kids' group meets 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Family-Child Resources, 3995 E. Market St., Springettsbury Township. Lunch is provided to all participants. The program is free, but registration is required.
For details, call 717-757-1227.
Rent a room at the SPCA >> Looking for a place to hold a child's birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower or service organization meeting?
The York County SPCA's conference room, which seats 35 people, is available to rent for such occasions. There is also a kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave and stove. Rental cost is $35 for SPCA members and $50 for nonmembers.
To reserve the SPCA conference room for your next meeting or party, call 717-764-6109, ext. 130.
Shelter tours and speaking programs are also available upon request.
Recycling is collected weekly >> Manchester Township provides a container for weekly curbside recycling collection for aluminum, bi-metals, glass, plastic and newspapers. Residents can notify Northern York County Regional Police Department of any vandalism to or theft or loss of containers.
Alkaline batteries are no longer recyclable. These batteries should be disposed of with your regular trash.
For details, call the York County Solid Waste Authority at 717-845-1066 or visit ycswa.com.
Street-address numbers required >> Manchester Township requires residents to post street-address numbers. Numbers must be no less than two inches by three inches and in a color that contrasts with their background.
Buildings not visible from the street must have street numbers placed on a post by the street, at least 24 inches off of the ground. For details, call the Department of Fire Services at 717-767-1954.
learn about the night sky >> Learn how to find the planets and constellations visible in the March night sky during two shows presented Friday and March 22 by the York County Astronomical Society.
• "Back to the Moon for Good" at 7 p.m. is an educational full-dome show narrated by award-winning actor Tim Allen. The 25-minute digital film highlights the history of exploring the moon and provides an insider's look at the teams vying for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history.
• "StarWatch" at 7:40 p.m. allows participants to become star watchers by exploring the current night sky, locating visible constellations and enjoying some sky lore.
• "Flight Adventures" at 8:20 p.m. tells about the dreams of flying, model aircraft and a young girl and her grandfather coming together in a planetarium show about the science of aeronautics. Learn about famous inventors and aviators of the past and the pioneers who first revealed the four forces of flight.
•The planetarium is in the York Learning Center, 300 E. Sixth Ave., North York. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. Admission to any second or third show is $1 each.
Fire dept. seeks new members >> The York Haven Fire Department is looking for new members, junior firefighters and cadets. The department is also seeking non-firefighting members who could help with fundraisers and administrative offices.
The company covers the borough of York Haven and southeastern Newberry Township.
Membership meetings are 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the fire house, 100 S. Front St. If interested, attend a meeting or call 717-266-2821.
Kindergarten registration set >> York Suburban School District will register 2014-15 kindergarten children by appointment only on Monday and Tuesday, for students who will attend Yorkshire Elementary, and Wednesday and March 20 for students who will attend Valley View Elementary.
Children who turn 5 years old before Sept. 1 can register for kindergarten; and those who turn 6 years old before Sept. 1 can register for first grade. Children currently in kindergarten in the district do not have to register for first grade.
Parents may complete registration materials online at www.yssd.org.
Contact the Yorkshire office at 717-885-1230 or the Valley View office at 717-885-1220 if you are unable to complete the forms online and a packet will be mailed to you.