Thumbs up: To West York High's baseball team, which ended the season Friday and entered the record books.

With their 2-1 victory over Upper Moreland, the Bulldogs became just the sixth team to win consecutive AAA championships since the PIAA began sponsoring state baseball playoffs in 1977.

"I, honest to God, can't honestly stand here and say we had the most talented team in the tournament," Coach Roger Czerwinski said. "However, I believe, though, that the fight they (the West York players) have in them is what made the difference this year ..."

Thumbs up: John T. Smith was a local philanthropist in life, and he continues to enrich our community in death.

Smith, who died last July at the age of 92, left $1 million to the York County Community Foundation to benefit the York County 4-H Endowment, the Farm and Natural Lands Trust of York County, the York County Agricultural Society and nine local nonprofits.

The bequest will be added to the John T. and Paige S. Smith Fund that Smith had previously established at the foundation, said Tracy Daniels, the community foundation's managing director of marketing and communications.

Smith was head of the Penn State Extension Office and a life member of the York County Agricultural Society and of the National Agricultural County Agents Association.


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One of his primary goals in life was to provide agricultural education opportunities to local youth, according to Leon Butler, a treasurer of the York County Agricultural Society

"We are so pleased that he thought of the York County Agricultural Society as a beneficiary of his generosity, which will allow us to continue striving to achieve that goal," Butler said in a statement.

Thumbs up: A longtime holiday tradition in York County will continue, thanks to the efforts of a local business.

The Christmas steam-whistle concert's new host is the Metso Corp., which volunteered to house the whistle after the New York Wire Co. announced last year it would close its plant at 441 E. Market St. and eliminate 170 jobs there.

The steam whistle has already been moved from New York Wire to Metso. Its installation will be complete by the end of July, and a summer trial concert is in the works.

"This is not a one-year thing. We want to make this the permanent home of the whistle going forward," said Andy Fritz, Metso's vice president of manufacturing and capital projects.

Metso, formerly known as the Hardinge Company, has manufactured mining equipment in York for more than 100 years and employs about 400 people in York.