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Where to see July 4 fireworks in York County and beyond

Yorkers watch fireworks during the Independence Day celebration at PeoplesBank Park, July 4, 2019.
Yorkers watch fireworks during the Independence Day celebration at PeoplesBank Park, July 4, 2019.

Looking for a fireworks display to watch for the Fourth of July?

Plenty of shows are planned around the region.

And not all of them will be held on Independence Day, giving watchers an opportunity to see more than one show.

Here's where you can see fireworks for the holiday:

Fireworks in Central PA:Where to see July 4 fireworks in York County and beyond

🔒 York's Most Influential People in 2022

York City Police Commissioner Michael Muldrow was parade Grand Marshall during the 2021 York Halloween Parade Sunday.
York City Police Commissioner Michael Muldrow was parade Grand Marshall during the 2021 York Halloween Parade Sunday.

This week we're taking a look at the people who are making a difference in York County.

Each person has generously given their time, money or expertise to help improve the lives of those who live here in some way. Subscribers can read the entire series now.

Most Influential:Meet York County's Most Influential People for 2022

🔒 He was a 'bad guy.' Now he's a 'good guy,' and he thanks this York youth program

Mike Smith, right, works with a group of recruits. Over the two years of the pandemic, students transitioned out to college and ranks weren't filled as quickly as in the past resulting in a mostly all new group as in-person events opened back up.
Mike Smith, right, works with a group of recruits. Over the two years of the pandemic, students transitioned out to college and ranks weren't filled as quickly as in the past resulting in a mostly all new group as in-person events opened back up.

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories, "Saving York, Street by Street," that will run through 2022 focusing on the unsung people trying to improve their community.

It was a difficult phone call.

Anthony Herndon was in trouble and needed help. He had been arrested in a shooting and for dealing drugs — crack cocaine and marijuana — and was in jail. His bond was set at $50,000.

He had to talk to Mike Smith. He had known Smith since he was 9 years old, when he met him while marching with Smith’s Temple Guard drill team, staying with the team until he graduated from high school, and Smith was like a father figure to him. Herndon was 21 at the time.

Saving York, Chapter 3:He was a 'bad guy.' Now he's a 'good guy,' and he thanks this York youth program

🔒 Revitalization without gentrification in York's Salem Square

From the left, Co-founder Anthony Moore talks with Cody Lighty, vice president of Four Square Construction, while future resident of one of the homes, Tamra Langle, looks on.
From the left, Co-founder Anthony Moore talks with Cody Lighty, vice president of Four Square Construction, while future resident of one of the homes, Tamra Langle, looks on.

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of stories, "Saving York, Street by Street," that will run through 2022 focusing on the unsung people trying to improve their community.

Tamra Langle left a bad relationship in Dallas and came back home to York looking for a fresh start.

Her family lived in York, and she was looking forward to helping her grandmother, Verna Langle. She had fond memories of spending time at her grandmother’s home on Salem Avenue and was hoping to create some new ones caring for her, stopping by often to clean and help around the house. Verna had lived there for 70 years, and the home's walls contained a lot of memories. “She was a big person in my life,” Tamra said.

But her fresh start didn’t go as planned. Her life was hard, and at the beginning of 2016, she escaped into heroin. She fell into that hole for 15 months, getting clean in April 2017. Then, the York County Office of Children, Youth and Families took her children – she has three daughters and a son, ranging from 7 to 13 – telling her they weren’t safe with her and that her friend’s home she was living in was not fit. “They said I didn’t make good decisions,” she said.

Saving York, Chapter 2:Revitalization without gentrification in York's Salem Square

🔒 In the shadow of a derelict prison, these 2 women work to save a once-thriving neighborhood

Joanie Markle, left and Deb Etter walk the railroad tracks in front of the vacant, former York County prison building.
Joanie Markle, left and Deb Etter walk the railroad tracks in front of the vacant, former York County prison building.

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories, "Saving York, Street by Street," that will run through 2022 focusing on the unsung people trying to improve their community.

Walking around their neighborhood in the city’s northeast — a pocket of narrow streets bordered by the old county prison, the Think Loud building and the city’s minor-league baseball park — Deb Etter and Joanie Markle talked about what used to be there.

Markle’s house used to be a corner store, its large storefront window facing Chestnut Street. (A sign in the window bearing the outline of a revolver warns: “Never Mind the Dog. Beware of Owner.” Markle no longer has the dog, she says, but the meaning of the sign stands.)

Markle pointed out a house around the corner — “My sister used to live there,” she said. Another nearby house was occupied by a family before being turned into a rooming house. Across the way was Duck’s Tavern, which Etter used to own, now the site of what they call a fire alley, a dirt path that runs east from North Pine Street and used mostly as a parking lot for residents of the house on the corner.

Saving York, Chapter 1:In the shadow of a derelict prison, these 2 women work to save a once-thriving neighborhood

With little fanfare or reward, these unsung heroes fight for York's future

Back in 1970, the legendary animator and cartoonist Walt Kelly was credited with coining the phrase, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Kelly, creator of the iconic comic strip “Pogo,” intended to his character to illustrate how human beings tend to create their own problems.

The quote came to mind after a discussion amongst the editors and reporters at the York Daily Record last year about how we cover violent crime in York City.

As we talked, we seemed to focus on one aspect of it — that people believe the city is a violent, dangerous place, mostly because a good bit of the news we reported about the city dealt with violence and danger. We weren’t alone.

Saving York:With little fanfare or reward, these unsung heroes fight for York's future

Does dashcam support police claim in deadly shooting? Lawsuit says no

A Philadelphia law firm's civil lawsuit and a dash cam video obtained by Lebanon Daily News, shown above, shines a new light on a trooper-involved fatal shooting in Jackson Township in 2020, with lawyers claiming the shooting is unjustified.
A Philadelphia law firm's civil lawsuit and a dash cam video obtained by Lebanon Daily News, shown above, shines a new light on a trooper-involved fatal shooting in Jackson Township in 2020, with lawyers claiming the shooting is unjustified.

A Philadelphia law firm's civil lawsuit and a dash cam video obtained by Lebanon Daily News shines new light on a trooper-involved fatal shooting in Jackson Township in 2020, with lawyers claiming the shooting was unjustified.

A recent New York Times article showed that one of those troopers has fatally shot three other people in line of duty incidents.

In a complaint filed August 2021 on behalf of Charity Thome's estate, the accounts of the events described by state troopers Jay Splain and Matthew Haber do not appear to match a North Cornwall Township Police department vehicle video of the fatal shooting.

Lawsuit: Trooper Jay Splain Matthew Haber wrong to shoot Charity Thome

🔒 HS cheerleader helps others while recovering from brain tumor, stroke

Annelise 'Red' Dicara sits at a table as she undergoes a session of neuromuscular electrical stimulation, or NMES, at Occupational & Hand Therapy Specialists Friday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Spring Garden Township. After suffering a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 2020, the electrical therapy helps Red slowly retrain the muscles in her left arm by sending electrical impulses to the nerves.
Annelise 'Red' Dicara sits at a table as she undergoes a session of neuromuscular electrical stimulation, or NMES, at Occupational & Hand Therapy Specialists Friday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Spring Garden Township. After suffering a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 2020, the electrical therapy helps Red slowly retrain the muscles in her left arm by sending electrical impulses to the nerves.

The girl dreams of flying again.

At least, that's what it felt like, in her memories. Flipping, tumbling, the rush of weightlessness as she left the ground.

These days, she mostly watches her cheerleading teammates from the sidelines at Kennard-Dale, helping coach and encourage them. She steadies herself by building one small goal upon another — from moving her legs without thinking, to walking without a limp, to running a few yards at a time.

There are so many things that 17-year-old Annelise Dicara has lost and is trying to find again.

They call her 'Red': Meet the cheerleader who brings others together as she rebuilds her life

World War II veteran needs help finding two girls who gave him a gift

Joe Sheetz wears the World War II veterans cap that he wore the day two girls gave him $50 in 2014. Today he lives at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, but he vividly remembers that day and would like to find the girls and thank them.
Joe Sheetz wears the World War II veterans cap that he wore the day two girls gave him $50 in 2014. Today he lives at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, but he vividly remembers that day and would like to find the girls and thank them.

Joe Sheetz reached for his prized World War II baseball cap as he talked about his life lived, those he's lost, and one final mission.

What he still wants, more than anything, is to find the two girls he met for a few precious moments on a spring day seven years ago. They gave him a gift and abruptly disappeared.

He's never stopped thinking of their kindness and their message.

His final mission: Find the girls who gave him a gift, then vanished

🔒 Closure still eluding Kortne Stouffer's family

Kortne Stouffer disappeared from her apartment on July 29, 2012. There was no note, no signs of struggle.

For almost 10 years family and friends have been searching for answers to her disappearance with no success.

Officials are actively investigating. Stouffer's family members haven't given up hope, though investigators admit the likelihood of her being found alive goes down as time passes.

Read her story, and listen to Return to View, a podcast about true crime in Pennsylvania.

Return to View: How — and why — did Kortne vanish from her apartment?

How big a problem is violence against referees in high school sports?

Blowing a pink whistle in observance of breast cancer awareness month, a referee calls a play to an end, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. The Gettysburg Warriors secured the YAIAA Division II title with a win over the Dover Eagles, 28-7, thanks to a huge second-half comeback.Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. The Gettysburg Warriors secured the YAIAA Division II title with a win over the Dover Eagles, 28-7, thanks to a huge second-half comeback.
Blowing a pink whistle in observance of breast cancer awareness month, a referee calls a play to an end, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. The Gettysburg Warriors secured the YAIAA Division II title with a win over the Dover Eagles, 28-7, thanks to a huge second-half comeback.Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. The Gettysburg Warriors secured the YAIAA Division II title with a win over the Dover Eagles, 28-7, thanks to a huge second-half comeback.

Pat Gebhart said the positive experiences outweighed the negative during his 25 years officiating high school basketball in York County.

But he won't deny that negative experiences are an issue. And negative experiences can sometimes go beyond verbal abuse. That happened this fall when a Spring Grove football player attacked a referee at the conclusion of a game against Dover on Oct. 1.

Incidents like that are rare, but the concern of them potentially occurring is a major reason why the PIAA — like many state associations — has struggled to retain and recruit new officials in recent years.

High school refs: Violence is rare, but harassment is a deterrent

WellSpan official: Latest patient data shows COVID vaccines work

A chart shows the breakdown of vaccinated and unvaccinated COVID-19 patients in WellSpan's seven hospitals.
A chart shows the breakdown of vaccinated and unvaccinated COVID-19 patients in WellSpan's seven hospitals.

WellSpan's intensive care units have 38 patients at the moment. Not a single one has been vaccinated. According to Dr. Anthony Aquilina, WellSpan executive vice president and chief physician executive, it's proof that the vaccine is working.

“The most discouraging part is that this latest surge was completely avoidable,” Aquilina said. “Right now, WellSpan’s COVID-19 patients are younger, sicker and 90 percent of them are unvaccinated. The numbers don’t lie. They provide clear evidence of the vaccines’ safety and effectiveness here in our community.”

Read more about this story here.

🔒 Which population grew the most in York County? Which shrunk most?

A former bank building, the Wellsville Museum doubles as the borough building.
A former bank building, the Wellsville Museum doubles as the borough building.

These two towns are remarkably similar. Both are well-known for their annual fire company carnivals and other events. Both have tiny geographic footprints, leaving little to no room for expansion. And both had been founded, and experienced their heydays, when industries that no longer exist gave the towns their identities.

And both have the feel of a small town where everybody knows everybody. So why is one losing people while the other is gaining?

Small towns: What population change means for them

🔒 Police detective searches for answers in Lisa Todd case

On the right is a a high school photo of Lisa Todd, who was identified as ˜Publicker Jane Doe", during a press conference Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at the Bensalem Township Police Department.
On the right is a a high school photo of Lisa Todd, who was identified as ˜Publicker Jane Doe", during a press conference Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at the Bensalem Township Police Department.

More than 30 years passed before police were able to identify Lisa Todd's body. In 1988, she was found in a concrete well at an abandoned distillery just outside Philadelphia in Bucks County. It had been there for about three years.

Thanks to a dedicated investigator and advances in DNA testing, her family was able to gain some small trace of closure. But the case is still active, and detectives think her death was no accident.

Return to View: Read Lisa Todd's story and listen to our new podcast

🔒 Central Pa. helps to restore the 'most useful tree in the world'

Jay Breneman looks though the surviving American Chestnut in Newberry Township.
Jay Breneman looks though the surviving American Chestnut in Newberry Township.

Why did this tree near York, Pa., survive a blight that nearly wiped out the American Chestnut?

The answer could revive this and other species.

Saving trees: Penn State fighting to bring back the American chestnut

🔒 Part 3: Police consider another tactic in Shuglie investigation

Additional trail work is set to begin at Somerset Lake next year.
Additional trail work is set to begin at Somerset Lake next year.

In almost 40 years since Janet and Marisa Shuglie disappeared, there have been a number of potential leads, but nothing solid.

A class ring, a muddy construction site and others have gone nowhere.

What's next for investigators?

Part 3: Police may use cadaver dogs at lake to look for Shuglies

🔒 Part 2: Frank Shuglie said his wife abandoned him. His son has a problem with that.

Frank and Janet Shuglie posing for a photo with sons Josh and Christopher.
Frank and Janet Shuglie posing for a photo with sons Josh and Christopher.

When Janet and Marisa disappeared from an area near the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange in Somerset in June of 1985, Frank Shuglie told his sons that his mother abandoned them all for another man.

Later that summer he met with two men, asking them to murder his wife and kidnap his daughter. Those two men were undercover police officers.

He was convicted and sent to jail. Now free, he has repeated his abandonment theory. His son, Josh, disagrees.

Part 2: Inside the case against Frank Shuglie

Part 1: How did the Shuglies disappear  36 years ago? A few theories.

The Economy Inn at 1138 N. Center Avenue in Somerset is the home of the former Coleman Motel, where the Shuglie family had been staying when Janet and Marisa disappeared.
The Economy Inn at 1138 N. Center Avenue in Somerset is the home of the former Coleman Motel, where the Shuglie family had been staying when Janet and Marisa disappeared.

Janet Marie Shuglie, 35, and her 10-year-old daughter, Marisa, were reportedly last seen walking near the Somerset interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in late June of 1985.

In the 36 years that have followed, the case has been complicated by a murder-for-hire conspiracy, frustrated by false leads, and more recently, illuminated by the opportunity for police to look for Janet and Marisa in a place they've been unable to search in the past.

"They disappear off the face of the Earth. And all these years (later) there's never been any surface of their whereabouts or knowledge of them in any way?" one investigator said. "You’d think that would be highly strange."

Part 1: Janet and Marisa Shuglie disappearance in PA leaves questions

York State Fair: New schedule, new name, even a double carousel

Workers set up The Swings ride at the York State Fair recently, in preparation for opening day, Friday July 23. Dozens of rides from a new vendor, Strates Shows, will fill up the entire midway. This will be a much earlier start for the annual event, which previously took place in September.
Workers set up The Swings ride at the York State Fair recently, in preparation for opening day, Friday July 23. Dozens of rides from a new vendor, Strates Shows, will fill up the entire midway. This will be a much earlier start for the annual event, which previously took place in September.

The Fair is back and it's bigger and better than ever.

"America's Oldest Fair" is now a "state" fair, to show it's on par with other fairs across the country. There will be plenty of food, free shows and rides for the 10-day event, which opens Friday.

Thinking about going? We've got everything you need to know at the link below.

2021 Fair guide: Admission, Grandstand, rides and more

Kyle Otto, left, smiles while holding his nephew, Conlay. Otto, family members said, was a caring, respectful and emotional person.
Kyle Otto, left, smiles while holding his nephew, Conlay. Otto, family members said, was a caring, respectful and emotional person.

Who killed Kyle Otto?

On July 20, 2019, Kyle Otto was shot and killed on Smith Street near Jefferson Avenue in York. He was 31.

“He had the biggest heart ever. He really did,” his mother, Lou Otto said. “He would go above and beyond.”

His murder remains unsolved.

Police seek answers: A detective seeks answers in killing

Bermudian Springs' Trevor Byers (top) gets back points against Camp Hill's Chad Gallaher in the 199-pound title bout at the District III Class AA Section I Tournament Saturday, February 24, 1985. Byers pinned Gallaher for the title.
Bermudian Springs' Trevor Byers (top) gets back points against Camp Hill's Chad Gallaher in the 199-pound title bout at the District III Class AA Section I Tournament Saturday, February 24, 1985. Byers pinned Gallaher for the title.

🔒 Bermudian Springs' Greatest Athletes: Who's No. 1 on our all-time list?

The football and wrestling tradition goes back decades at Bermudian Springs.

That's why these were tough choices for our staff, naming an all-time Top 10 list and five honorable mentions from every school in the YAIAA (Gettysburg, only a league member from 2014 until next year, was not included).

Read the story here: Bermudian Springs' Greatest Athletes: Who's No. 1 on our all-time list?

Biglerville's Joey Wagner runs the ball up field for a touchdown during their game at Delone Catholic on October 8, 2004.
Biglerville's Joey Wagner runs the ball up field for a touchdown during their game at Delone Catholic on October 8, 2004.

🔒 Biglerville's Greatest Athletes: Who's No. 1 on our all-time list?

Biglerville's top two athletes? Do-it-all multi-sport stars.

The school also has a history of producing top-notch track and wrestling athletes.

Read the story here: Biglerville's Greatest Athletes: Who's No. 1 on our all-time list?

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