THE ISSUE: It’s Monday, the day we take a few moments to focus on the good information in Lancaster County and the surrounding area. Some of this stuff are welcome developments on the financial entrance or for space neighborhoods. Others are native tales of accomplishment, perseverance, compassion and creativity that symbolize welcome factors of sunshine throughout one other winter of this lengthy, demanding pandemic. All of this uplifting information deserves a brighter highlight.
In a tremendous act of compassion, the house owners and volunteers from the Lancaster Farm Sanctuary spent weeks eradicating and caring for tons of of animals that have been victims of hoarding circumstances at a farm in Perry County, LNP | LancasterOn-line’s Aniya Thomas reported in the Jan. 1 version.
Over about two weeks in December, the Mount Joy-based sanctuary teamed up with different organizations from throughout the state to move about 300 animals to hospitals and present them with medical care, meals, water and momentary shelter, Sarah Salluzzo, co-founder and government director of the sanctuary, informed Thomas.
The circumstances of the hoarding have been terrible, making it tough and sorrowful work for the volunteers. Organizers discovered that lots of the animals at the Perry County farm have been already lifeless, whereas others have been ravenous and/or affected by critical sickness.
The Lancaster Farm Sanctuary took on lots of the most crucial instances and is quickly sheltering and caring for six birds and 16 goats (together with lovely goats named Cha-Cha and Frenchie that have been pictured with the Jan. 1 LNP article), Thomas reported.
“It’s been exhausting and yet at the same time it’s just been incredible,” Salluzzo mentioned. “It’s funny, I had literally said … we’re going to try to take it easy over Christmas because it’s been so crazy this year, and then, like the next day, we were notified about this, and so it’s just been a marathon. But I’m really proud of what we’re doing.”
The sanctuary is working to nurse the animals again to full well being and then discover them everlasting houses, Salluzzo added. Updates on the animals’ progress could be seen at the nonprofit’s Facebook web page.
We applaud all these from the sanctuary and different organizations who’ve labored to care for these animals in misery.
Other good issues:
— Five Lancaster city-based artists will work for 18 months to create momentary, however partaking, works of public art with a $15,000 grant awarded by Lancaster city, LNP | LancasterOn-line’s Mickayla Miller reported final week.
“Matty Geez, Dominique Miller, Libby Modern, Shauna Yorty and Teatro Paloma were chosen for the grant and mentorship program, called Public Art Community Engagement Neighbors,” Miller wrote. “The artists will go through a yearlong program that will assist them in their creations and network them with other artists.”
City of Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace mentioned she is happy to see how the native artists can deliver their artistic abilities to group engagement and discussions. As are we. A strong funding in the arts enriches the locations in which we dwell.
At the finish of the program, the artists’ works shall be showcased on both the Millersville University or Franklin & Marshall campus.
— Another form of artistry is makeup, and we loved studying about former Lancaster County resident Angie Shell, who’s now discovering success in her distinctive commerce in Hollywood. Her story was detailed by LNP | LancasterOn-line correspondent Rebecca Logan in the Jan. 2 Sunday LNP.
What makes Shell’s experience distinctive is that she specializes in creepy and monstrous makeup results, which is probably much less of a shock upon studying that she acquired her begin at the Mountville-based horror attraction Field of Screams.
“I could totally make you something horrifying,” is one thing Shell says to win over potential purchasers in California.
Then she goes to work along with her brushes, makeup and different instruments of the commerce to show strange people into ghouls, zombies, incredible folklore creatures and different issues that go bump in the night time.
It could be exhausting work — a 13-hour shift on a film set shouldn’t be unusual — however she’s additionally doing what she loves after working exhausting to attain her aim.
That aim was thrown a curveball by the pandemic, however she persevered.
“I was enrolled in an eight-month (makeup) program but was in it for about two years because of the pandemic,” Shell informed Logan.
We can’t wait to see what terrors she creates subsequent for the massive display screen. If we will peel our palms away from our eyes, that’s.
— Finally, in case you missed it, Francis McKenna of Ephrata wrote a letter of reward for Eric Bair — the proprietor of Sports Barber in Ephrata and a Marine — who has been supporting Toys for Tots for 11 years together with his bike donation program.
“The number of bikes donated has grown each year,” McKenna wrote in Saturday’s LNP. “In 2020, 162 bikes, plus helmets, were donated to area children. Bair set a goal of 200 bikes for 2021, and the final tally was 301 bikes for donation to Toys for Tots.”
We wholeheartedly agree that Bair must be praised for doing such a nice job, serving to vacation needs come true. And we moreover agree with McKenna’s suggestion that donating a new bike to a little one in want could be a nice method to go in 2022.