Thumbs up: To the Good Samaritans who used their muscles and snow blowers to help neighbors dig out from the foot of snow that fell last week.

James Waughtel spent nine hours Thursday moving the wet, heavy snow that buried his York City neighbors' sidewalks and driveways.

"If you're fortunate enough to be able to afford a snowblower, hopefully you'll put it good use," Waughtel, 43, said.

In Manchester Township, Stacey Burroughs said she's lucky to have the neighbors she does, especially one man who owns "some sort of an ATV that has a plow on the front."

Burroughs said she completed one round of shoveling Thursday and was preparing for another when "I looked out the window and there he was in the driveway."

She said she realized she's not the only person her ATV-powered neighbor assisted.

"He really helps people out," she said.

After nearly a full day behind his snow blower, Waughtel said he needed a couple of Advils, but, mostly, he felt satisfied.

"It makes you feel good that you're able to help people," he said.

Thumbs up: More and more people carrying concealed weapons. And that's their right.

But it's also up to them to understand Pennsylvania's concealed carry law and what their responsibilities are under it.

State Reps. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, and Ron Miller, R-Jacobus, are providing that opportunity


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next month by hosting a free meeting Miller describes as a "unique opportunity" to learn about concealed carry laws and ask questions of the experts on the topic.

The meeting will be held at the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Co., 31 Berlin St. in Jefferson, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 22.

The annual number of York County permits issued has grown 63 percent, from 3,836 in 2001 to 6,238 in 2011, the most recent year for which the state police have data. The number of permits issued grew 24 percent alone between 2010 and 2011.

Though a permit to carry a concealed firearm allows someone to carry a concealed weapon in public, there are some limitations.

For example, Grove said, if someone carries a gun onto school property, that person will likely have an encounter with a police officer.

Attendees at the meeting will learn about where they can carry and what to expect if they are ever approached by an officer about carrying a gun, he said.

"It makes you better prepared and makes you think," said Grove, who has hosted three similar meetings in the past.