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YORK COUNTYâ€™S COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY Celebrating 55 years of helping York County break the cycle of poverty
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HELP ON THE JOURNEY Sean Turner still remembers those hot summer days holding a sign at the exit ramp for Interstate 83 advertising a closing sale for Kmart. He managed to negotiate a higher day’s pay just so that he could feed his family, but the 47-year-old man truly believed there was something better in his future. When Sean arrived in York several years ago, he didn’t have a place of his own to stay, received a variety of public assistance, and struggled to find a job that provided for his family. But cooking, a life-long passion, opened a door for Sean – this time at Community Progress Council. The trained cook has had short stints in kitchens across the country, from New Jersey to Florida, but if you ask him today about his favorite mouths to feed, it would undoubtedly be the pre-school children in CPC’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs in York City.
At times – to bridge that gap – CPC will provide financial support that could include help with childcare costs so a parent may attend a class, vehicle repairs for reliable transportation back and forth to work, or the cost of a GED test. These measures are critical to set low-income residents up for success as they work to achieve their goals. Community Progress Council also offers housing and financial counseling, early childhood education, nutritional support through WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), workforce development for those facing barriers in securing employment, and a Foster Grandparent Program that pairs low-income senior citizens with classrooms across York County to help children to develop basic learning skills and emotional support. Because of the work that CPC does to help low- and moderate-income residents throughout the community, new homeowners like Dan and Krista Green of Felton can watch their life-long dreams come true after attending a workshop for first-time homebuyers held by Community Progress Council. Parents of young children are provided the childcare they need through Community Progress Council’s Head Start and Pre-K Counts programs in order to secure jobs that support their respective families. And thousands more are taking steps toward progress through CPC’s WIC and workforce development programs aimed at providing resources and removing barriers to becoming financial stable.
Sean is just one of many individuals across York County who are working hard for a better life through programs offered by Community Progress Council – York County’s community action agency and the York Revolution’s 2020 presenting sponsor. Breaking the cycle of poverty in York County seems like an insurmountable task, but Community Progress Council is determined to work with low-income residents to make its vision – that all people in York County live free of poverty – become a reality.
In addition to empowering York County residents to move toward financial self-sufficiency, CPC’s mission also includes advocating for change to promote community growth as a way to bring systematic reform to community and governmental structure that ,in some cases, prevents York County’s residents from breaking the cycle of poverty – something that has challenged generations of families throughout the area. In 2020, as the York County community has felt the devastating economic effects related to the Coronavirus pandemic, Community Progress Council has joined other organizations throughout the community to help residents who are struggling financially – especially those threatened by eviction and facing unemployment.
The work of Community Progress Council goes beyond providing emergency services, and instead helps people meet their immediate needs and supports them as they strive to make progress to becoming financially stable. CPC’s mission of empowering individuals and families to move toward self-sufficiency is backed by a team of educators, nutritionists, counselors, and coaches who provide the crucial guidance that so many of York County’s residents need to make it through the long process of moving from poverty to financial self-sufficiency. Over the past 55 years, CPC has provided these valuable services to low-income residents – from Hanover to Lewisberry, Red Lion to Delta, York City, and everywhere in between. Getting out of poverty is often a journey that takes years to finish and comes with many challenges along the way. Realizing that it is a difficult road to take alone, CPC’s Self-Sufficiency Program helps residents bridge the gap from poverty to financial stability. Coaches build strong relationships with participants and serve as mentors, advocates, and advisers by first helping individuals and families to set goals, and then by partnering with them to reach financial independence.
To learn more about Community Progress Council, its programs and services, or its impact on the York County community, visit YorkCPC.org or call (717) 846-4600.
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There comes a time each year in York, PA, where ice on the streets is a good thing. It’s FestivICE presented by York Traditions Bank, the annual “laugh at the cold” festival created by York Traditions Bank and Eventive, the event planning and production division of the York Revolution.
“But wait,” you say. “Surely that can’t happen this year, right? Not while we’re still dealing with COVID-19, right?” Fear not, fellow Yorker. The icy party will go on. In fact, it will be bigger, longer, and icier than ever! Starting January 13, more than 40 ice sculptures will appear throughout the downtown area and in five locations along the Heritage Rail Trail – the start of the trail in York and along the trail in Seven Valleys, Glen Rock, Railroad, and New Freedom. The ice sculptures will remain on display (free to the public) through January 19. That’s more ice in more locations and for more days than ever before in FestivICE history! And the record-setting FestivICE will again serve as a nonprofit fundraiser, with $100 from each sponsored ice display going to the COVID-19 Response Fund created earlier this year by the United Way of York County and the York County Community Foundation.
It will also be a chance for people to win a high-quality souvenir from this year’s event. In honor of the event mascot, the FestivICE Yeti, York Traditions Bank will give away 20 Yeti brand 20 oz. tumblers to FestivICE visitors who take selfies with the ice sculptures and post them using the hashtag #YTBFestivICE. “This annual tradition could have been another victim of COVID-19, but we are fortunate to have a great sponsor in York Traditions Bank who said it will not only go on, but be bigger and longer than ever, and it will be safe,” said Nate Tile, York Revolution Vice President of Business Development. “We can’t express enough our appreciation for their support of our community, and we are thrilled that YCEA chose to join York Traditions in ensuring the fun goes on.”
“This really is a win-win for all of us,” said Gene Draganosky, President & CEO of York Traditions Bank. “Not only are we kicking off the new year with our biggest celebration yet, we are doing so in a way that further serves the larger community in which we live and work. It is not yet safe to gather all of our friends and neighbors in one location at one time, so this year we will show our appreciation for this great community through a truly socially distanced, safe event.” “We are thrilled to be part of a great York tradition and to bring this excitement to more communities,” said Silas Chamberlin, Vice President of Community &
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DARRELL HENRY’S PLAYBOOK BASEBALL IN 2021... WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?
By Darrell Henry, York Revolution Play-by-Play, General Manager of SportsRadio WOYK Imagine this: it’s a picture-perfect day, maybe in May or June of 2021, and the York Revolution are taking the field at PeoplesBank Park. Ahhhhhhhh. When you stop and think about it, we’re not all that far away from that time. Before that, we’ll have weeks upon weeks of roster news and baseball news, the start of Major League spring training and Opening Day, and then – soon enough – Revs baseball. Obviously there are still major health challenges going on in the world that require our attention and our care, but from a strictly baseball standpoint – again, I emphasize from a strictly baseball standpoint – the worst is far behind us now, and we’re now approaching the long-awaited point where we can dive back into the excitement of planning and looking ahead to an actual baseball season again. How exciting is that? It’s been almost a year, and it feels so much longer. Can you imagine what Opening Day 2021 is going to be like? I think I can only compare it to 2007, when our beautiful franchise was born and Atlantic League baseball commenced its voyage in York. It was the first time a professional baseball game was played in York since 1969. If you weren’t there that night, I can assure you it was an emotional night. I can only imagine Opening Day 2021 will rival that. It will be one of the most memorable nights in Revs history, win or lose, and that much I can guarantee.
What about what we see on the field as far as talent? Has any of that changed? With many minor league teams losing their previous direct affiliations with a singular MLB club this offseason, the player pool of free agents for Revs manager Mark Mason and his counterparts to choose from will be fuller than ever. How does that player pool affect what we actually see on the field for the 2021 York Revolution and its Atlantic League opponents? Following my thoughtful analysis, you may or may not be surprised to hear my prediction: Not much! At least in terms of your core, impact guys.
I’m not a big speculator or prognosticator on the air. I’ve always said I wouldn’t be a good talk-show guy, because I’m not terribly opinionated or outspoken. Describing the action of the game in front of me and the facts associated with it suits me just fine. But for this article, I’ll take the bait and look ahead a little bit and allow myself to wonder what we might see this coming season.
Triple-A, Double-A, High-A – those top levels basically still exist as they were. MLB mostly contracted its lower-level minor leagues this offseason, so there will be way more young players available than ever before.
So how will the 2021 Atlantic League season look? Is it right back to where we were before, or is this a big reset? Let’s start with the biggest picture item – the actual teams that will comprise the league lineup. Of course, in the past month, the New York Yankees purchased the Somerset Patriots to serve as their new Double-A affiliate, and the Houston Astros bought the Sugar Land Skeeters as their new Triple-A club. That’s truly a testament to how well our league’s teams are operated, for those two franchises to get that call. Let’s now pause and reflect on our favorite memories from Somerset and Sugar Land. Ok, that’s enough. Just kidding! In all seriousness, they were two model franchises across all of professional baseball and, as our rivals, provided countless memorable on-field moments. Despite their departure, there’s a real possibility that we still end up with eight teams or more this year, especially with the news of contraction in MLB. Our league is better positioned now than ever to add more teams in the future, so that number could certainly grow more in 2022 and beyond. That is truly exciting and a benefit of the Atlantic League being an official “Partner League” of MLB.
I don’t think the recent contraction means that MLB clubs will keep fewer veteran players. They were already trending toward favoring younger players with unproven upside, resulting in many veteran players turning to the Atlantic League for that second chance. And I think that dynamic, the veteran players with lots still to prove, will still provide the bulk of our rosters. But where I do think we’ll see a difference is on the edges of our rosters, and the mid-season reinforcements, or the guys “below the line” as the late, great Andy Etchebarren used to say, referencing the bench at the bottom of the lineup card, or “below the line” of the starters. (He’s the only man any of us have ever heard coin in that way which made it so charming.) I think with more young players available, the competition for entry-level professional baseball jobs is going to be fiercer than ever for those guys. That drastically changes things in the Frontier League and American Association, where it suddenly becomes far more difficult for first-year pros to even break in. In the Atlantic League, that won’t affect our core nucleus, but we will see a more talented “edge” of the roster and mid-season group of reinforcements. There should be fewer cases of signing a first-time pro out of necessity in our league with so many players that have pro experience released due to the contraction of teams.
“It’s really a trickle-down effect,” explained Mark Mason. “Those players may not be cornerstones in our league, but it will be tougher for the younger guys to even get jobs in the other leagues.” There are still a lot of roster questions heading into 2021, however. What do teams do with aging veterans who performed well in 2019 but have now gone a full year without playing? And how much of what would have been the 2020 Opening Day roster rolls over into 2021? “Everybody was pretty happy with their rosters going into 2020, but none of us ever got to see it,” Mason said of himself and his peers. It will be an interesting dynamic for each manager to consider heading into 2021. The sole goal for Atlantic League teams is winning, as opposed to singular affiliated teams, where the main focus is individual player development, often at the expense of team wins and losses. So there certainly may be younger players who were offered 2020 Atlantic League contracts that might now have to look elsewhere in 2021. The Revs and all other Atlantic League teams will also get to add to their rosters through an upcoming dispersal draft of players who had been under contract with Somerset or Sugar Land. And eventually each team will have to submit its “protected list” of players for 2021, usually 15 deep, whom other teams cannot sign during the offseason. “Our teams will still be built on the premise of signing the most experienced players available,” forecasted Mason. “That won’t change.”
We also saw some of the experimental rules used in the Atlantic League in 2019 go into Major League Baseball in 2020, including the new extra inning format and three-batter minimum for relief pitchers. I’m not aware of anything new coming to our league in 2021 and am not expecting anything radical, just simply further evaluation of some of the new items we’ve already seen. But I did find it interesting last month when one of the game’s all-time greats, current Marlins manager Don Mattingly, commented that a lot of last year’s MLB playoff games were “hard to watch,” referencing the need for more balls put in play and more action during the course of the game, a goal which served as the sole impetus for the rule change experiment in our league. It’s just further evidence of the importance of that initiative across the sport and the Atlantic League’s relationship with Major League Baseball in helping to grow the game going forward. So even as we went an entire summer without Atlantic League baseball on the field at PeoplesBank Park, our sport evolved tremendously behind the scenes, from potential expansion this year or in the future, to a much deeper player pool, to many other portions of the MLB-Atlantic League partnership that will be unveiled in the months to come. It’s all truly exciting. The biggest reason for excitement though? It’s 2021, and we now once again have Atlantic League baseball to plan for at PeoplesBank Park. Until Opening Day, stay safe, and bring on the games. Our long wait is almost over, and we’ll be back together before you know it. Go Revs!
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