Local youth ... 111 members of the York County Senior Honors Choir ... will be singing in Carnegie Hall tomorrow and Saturday.

"We carefully select and invite only the top choral programs," said Christopher Scott Olin, artistic director of Choirs of America.

Randy Yoder, director of the Senior Choir, declared:

"We are honored to have the opportunity to perform again in New York's Carnegie Hall. It has been the three years since our Concorde Vocal Ensemble was invited to perform there, and we are delighted that 111 of our singers from all over York County will also have the chance to sing in this world-famous, historic concert hall."

Overall, some 600 or more young singers from across America will participate in the invitation-only, "elite choral program," the American Music Performance Nationals For Children's and Youth Choirs.

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"Volunteers are not paid because they are worthless, but because they are priceless."

That quote comes from some unknown author.

But this one comes from the famous Winston Churchill, Great Britain's heroic leader in World War II ...

"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give."

Without volunteers, much of the priceless good work that churches and social service agencies do in the community would disappear.


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Presently, the Area Agency on Aging has issued a plea for volunteers. Anyone 18 or older is encouraged to consider becoming involved in any of the following categories ...

Friendly visitor, financial/counselor, APPRISE insurance counselor, ombudsman, telephone reassurance, general office assistance, deliveries of the agency's New Horizon newspaper, medical office outreach, peer educator, Judicial Center tour guide or the York County Senior Games coming up later this month.

Naturally, volunteers are trained for the work ... details, 852-4902.

As another unknown author put it ...

"Volunteers don't necessarily have the time, but they have the heart."

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York Township reports a shortage of fire police. If you're interested in serving as a volunteer fire policeman, contact your neighborhood fire company.

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New Eagle Scouts ...

Matthew Klinedinst, Troop 284, sponsored by some New Cumberland citizens ... son of Michael and Andrea Klinedinst. Project: Prepared a community vegetable garden for Christ Presbyterian Church, Camp Hill.

James Sergent, Troop 90, Southern York County Rotary Club, Shrewsbury ... son of MaryLynn Sergent. Project: Landscaped and installed a bike rack, also installed a fence around waste bins for Trinity United Methodist Church, New Freedom.

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What to do with the unused or expired medicine in your bathroom or kitchen closets?

Well, check with your police department.

The Solid Waste Authority and 11 police departments in York County have partnered to "host medication take-back boxes."

So far, they've "safely collected and disposed of a total 2,650 pounds of unused and expired medications."

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If you're looking for books, DVDs, CDs or videos, you'll find bargains at the Book Nook Bonanza June 20-23 at the York City Ice Rink, 941 Vander Ave.

The popular event is a project of the York Hospital Auxiliary. Proceeds help to buy equipment benefitting patients.

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Also on the weekend agenda ...

•The Salvation Army's huge Fabric Fair ... mountains of yarn, needles, thread, buttons, patterns, even how-to books and sewing machines ... 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

•Red Lion Yard Sale Days ... toys games, puzzles, decorations and food ... tomorrow and Saturday.

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Your old electronics may help support services at the White Rose Senior Center.

The center is collecting old or broken cell phones, laptops, game systems, digital cameras and MP3 players.

Columns by Hank Merges, a local writer, appear Tuesday and Thursday in The York Dispatch. Reach Merges at hmerges@yorkdispatch.com or 854-1575.