Thumbs up: The Veteran's Memorial Gold Star Healing and Peace Garden was dedicated in York City Saturday, capping a long effort by families of York County's fallen.
Army Spc. Martin Kondor was the inspiration for the garden, according to his mother, Cherinney Kondor of Lower Windsor Township.
Martin Kondor was killed April 29, 2004, in Baqubah, Iraq, while serving on the personal security detail of Col. Dana Pittard. A makeshift bomb exploded next to an armored Humvee Martin Kondor was in while on duty.
The keynote speaker during Saturday's ceremony at 1000 Vander Ave. was now-Gen. Pittard, commander of Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
"I'm very excited," said Cherinney Kondor, .first vice president with American Gold Star Mothers Harrisburg Chapter. "We will have a memorial that honors the fallen, and I hope it would be worthy of the (courage) of our sons and daughters."
Names featured on the memorial include those from the War on Terror, which dates to 2001 when the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked. Also, names of service members killed in terrorist attacks as far back as the 1979 Iran hostage crisis will be included in the garden.
The names are being etched in blocks of granite that will be set up in a star shape in the garden, which also features trees, pathways and benches, as well as the U.S., POW-MIA and Honor and Remember flags.
A fountain will be situated at the center of the garden. Surrounding the fountain will be colorful "rooms," representing core values military members hold dear.
Each hue symbolizes a different value: red represents courage; orange signals duty and service; yellow is for remembrance; green stands for healing; purple denotes valor; blue signifies fidelity and loyalty; and white depicts honor.
Each of the rooms will include plants that will keep the rooms colorful year round.
Thumbs up: Students lost one free day at the York Fair, but gained a lower admission rate for the entire run of the 10-day event.
Fair officials said they made the change because some students weren't taking advantage of the free day, traditionally a Tuesday, while some students played hooky from school to get the free admission.
"That was an issue going back 15 years," Gene Schenck, the fair president, said of students skipping classes.
Also, the free day typically drew some of the biggest crowds, and, as a result, others avoided coming on that day.
"There was concern (among students) about the crowds being too big on Tuesday," Schenck said. "The days the kids want to come to the fair is Fridays and Saturdays."
Starting this year, students with school IDs will be charged a $3 admission fee any day they attend the fair. Students without school-issued IDs will be admitted at that rate by showing proof of age if they are 18 years or younger. Younger and homeschool students who may not have student IDs will also receive the student rate.