Thumbs up: To the York Catholic girls' basketball team, for another season that again capped with a state championship game.
Though their effort against Bishop Canevin Friday fell short with a 45-38 loss, the Fighting Irish coach put things in perspective for the girls.
"It stings right now," coach Kevin Bankos said. "But I told them when we lined up that I don't want any tears in the picture that I'm going to put on my shelf with all the other stuff I have lined up. We're going to celebrate. We knew coming in, win or lose, it was going to be a celebration of a great year."
Morgan Klunk and Katie McNamara are the only seniors on York Catholic's roster.
"I feel bad for Morgan and Katie that we didn't get them the gold, but Morgan said to me, 'Coach, I was here, and we had an opportunity, and that's all you can ask for,'" Bankos said.
With 11 of 13 players eligible to play again next year, the coach already is anticipating a return for the 2014 state finals at the Giant Center, a place where the Irish had never lost until Friday.
"We're going to do whatever we have to (to return)," Bankos said. "This place has been great to us. Hopefully, we're in a position next year to use it again."
Thumbs up: Just in time for mosquito season (almost, hopefully), the York County Solid Waste Authority is offering a free tire-disposal program that runs until April 22.
Improperly discarded tires are not only an eyesore, they're also breeding grounds for the pesky insects known to carry West Nile virus.
County residents -- although not business -- can unload up to 10 tires at the York County Resource Recovery Center, 2651 Blackbridge Road in Manchester Township.
Most garbage haulers will also collect tires at the curb, according to the authority.
Both options require that tires be off the rim, not dirty or full of waters and not exceed a diameter of 32 inches.
Registration is required. To register and schedule a drop-off time, call Jen Cristofoletti at (717) 845-1066 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The program coincides with Earth Day and is designed to support the anti-litter efforts of Keep York County Beautiful.