Thumbs up: Central York High School held a homecoming of a different sort last week.

The school's 1,700 students gatheredoutside the front doors Oct. 21 to cheer the return of Principal Ryan Caufman, a major in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard who spent the past two years on active duty in Jordan and Kuwait.

Although Caufman said he didn't anticipate such a strong greeting -- which included chants of "U-S-A" and waving American flags -- it wasn't too much of a shock, considering how supportive the school has been.

"I wouldn't expect anything else," he said.

Senior MacKenzie Windsor said she had fond memories of the principal from before his military leave.

Caufman was always involved in school activities and made the students feel comfortable, she said.

"He was a very welcoming principal. He made the school welcoming," Windsor said.

Even while on duty overseas, Caufman stayed in touch with school updates, said 11th-grade teacher Mark Shive.

"We're excited to have him back, that's for sure," he said.

Thumbs up: Patricia "Trish" Calvani is closing the book on her long career with the York County Library System.

Calvani, 66, is retiring as president of the system, which consists of 13 local libraries. She has held the position since 1991.

"This is the right time for me," said Calvani, who has spent 35 years working libraries. "It's hard to leave. It's just the right time for me to be slowing down."

For her service, Calvani will be the 31st person celebrated by the Martin Library Honors Program, which recognizes or memorializes people who demonstrate commitment to serving the library and the community.

Through the honors program, an endowment will be established to enable people to purchase library materials in Calvani's name.

The honors ceremony is at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Quiet Reading Room at Martin Library, 159 E. Market St. in York City.