This week’s good things: Heroic act in Lititz, students go gardening, a concert for Ukraine and more [editorial] | Our Opinion

Audrey J. Powers

THE Problem: It’s Monday, the day we choose a handful of times to spotlight the superior news in Lancaster County and the bordering location. Some of these things are welcome developments on the financial entrance or for area neighborhoods. Other individuals are local stories of accomplishment, perseverance, compassion and creativity that depict welcome details of gentle all through the 3rd spring of the COVID-19 pandemic and with other grim information enveloping our environment. All of this uplifting information deserves a brighter spotlight.

Foremost off this 7 days, Lititz officers have acknowledged the heroic steps of Shauna Lukus, who assisted to preserve the everyday living of a Lititz mother in early March.

Lukus was introduced with a Citizen Commendation by Mayor Timothy Snyder and the Lititz Borough Police Department, LNP | LancasterOnline correspondent Laura Knowles noted.

“Lukus … was driving residence after checking out pals in Lititz on March 2 when she noticed a youthful boy outside his house on West Next Avenue,” Knowles described. “The boy or girl was frantically trying to get support for his mom, who was inside and experiencing a healthcare emergency that still left her unconscious and not breathing.”

“I stopped proper away,” Lukus claimed.

Lukus built sure that 911 had been notified and stayed with the boy via the ambulance’s arrival, when the boy’s mom was remaining addressed and till other family associates could get to the scene.

“Your steps not only played a significant function in caring for the desires of the little one, but also contributed to the successful and secure end result of his mother’s medical unexpected emergency,” Snyder claimed at the March 29 borough council conference.

Included Lititz Borough police Main Kerry Nye: “The company is grateful for your intervention and appreciative of your endeavours.”

We should really all be appreciative of her actions. We hope we would do the similar in a crisis minute, way too. But when introduced with a genuine-daily life crisis, and not a hypothetical, Lukus stepped up.

In other superior items:

— The University District of Lancaster’s Lafayette Elementary College has partnered with community nonprofit The Edible Classroom to require some of its refugee learners in a sustainable gardening challenge, LNP | LancasterOnline’s Ashley Stalnecker reported April 6.

It is Lafayette’s 1st year in a program that also consists of other College District of Lancaster educational facilities, moreover Penn Manor, Columbia Borough and Manheim Township school districts and Kraybill Mennonite School in East Donegal Township.

“Lafayette Principal Marian Grill claimed the university invited college student refugees to the method through its English Studying Improvement classes to give them an prospect to showcase and learn about their distinct cultures by way of gardening,” Stalnecker described.

College students are cultivating the crops they are inclined to try to eat most typically at residence, reported Beth Horst, The Edible Classroom’s co-founder. She added that understanding to mature fresh generate, relatively than acquire it, gives an cheap alternative for learners to think about as they improve towards adulthood.

Grill reported she hopes the Lafayette college students can proceed the task into the summer season, so they can harvest their crops and share a food.

“The hope and the vision is that we will be harvesting together,” Grill stated. “The benefits are knowledge their society even improved, and seriously bringing the households into the neighborhood.”

We applaud all concerned for earning this arms-on instructional encounter probable.

— Lancaster County citizens go on to uncover techniques to aid Ukrainians who have experienced devastation in the course of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of their country.

A single a lot more illustration: For the very first time because 2019, Millersville College will hold the FestiVille songs festival. And the May 1 celebration at the Student Memorial Centre on Millersville’s campus will double as a advantage live performance to support refugees from Ukraine, LNP | LancasterOnline’s Mickayla Miller noted.

The party will incorporate 7 local performers and bands, including ska band Significant Unwanted fat Meanies, rock band Everlasting Frequency, African fusion artist Emmanuel Nsingani, state-rock singer Gillian Smith, multi-genre duo Dandy, bluegrass band Large Sky Quartet and the Songs Company Technologies Showcase Band.

Tickets are free for Millersville learners, and the general public can invest in tickets on the internet for $25 at lanc.news/FestiVille22. All ticket proceeds, as effectively as some other proceeds from the party, will go to Church Planet Company, organizer Barry Atticks mentioned.

“Church Globe Support sends money in its Ukraine Crisis Response Fund to people in Moldova, in which just about 100,000 Ukrainians have sought refuge,” Miller wrote.

“We’re portion of a world-wide neighborhood somewhat than just Millersville,” Atticks claimed.

We’re grateful that so lots of in Lancaster County share that look at and that stage of compassion.

— Ultimately, Jean Marie Romig, a former Millersville University professor who died past year at age 86, has still left a $900,000 endowment to advantage aspiring tunes educators.

The endowment “will create roughly $45,000 each calendar year to go to MU students majoring in new music education and learning with ‘demonstrated excellence’ in violin or viola,” LNP | LancasterOnline’s Stalnecker noted Friday.

It will be termed the “Jean M. Romig Violin and Viola Scholarship in memory of Karl and Pauline Romig” and was written into her will as a tribute to her mom and dad.

“I hope Jean’s scholarship generation can enable some young musician prolong their training and travel to enrich their long run in songs,” Romig’s sister, Carol Landis, stated in a information release.

Helping to more the educations of some others is indeed an superb legacy — and a person that will retain giving every single 12 months.

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