"Operation Paperback is always looking for the addresses of military personnel who would like to receive books from us," says Kathy Weigel, of Manchester Township, who has been involved in the project since its infancy.

Born in York 11 years ago, Operation Paperback has spread to dozens of communities throughout the nation. More than 1.3 million books have gone to GIs around the world.

This year, Kathy alone has shipped 56 boxes containing 1,768 books to our men and women in uniform.

Family and friends help Kathy with books and money for postage. The Bishop McDevitt Assembly-Knights of Columbus sends her a monthly donation to help cover mailing costs. She runs fundraisers, even collects aluminum cans, to generate money to mail the books.

Book stores helping to supply her with paperbacks include Recycled Paper, on Market Street; Irvin's Books, on White Street; Book Ends, on Eastern Boulevard; and Bay Window Books, in Dallastown. The outlets also display canisters for postage donations.

Kathy's husband, Dave, is a veteran, as are her sons, Josh and David.

"Operation Paperback," she says, "is close to my heart because of the military parts of my life. I love my country, I love books and I want to see service members have something to give them some relief from their duties at hand."

So, if you know someone in the military, Kathy would welcome his/her name, address, etc. Call her at 854-6620.

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Something new in the world of church ministry: "Hangin' with the Rev" -- and the Rev. Allison J. Beau lieu, of First Presbyterian, is giving it a shot.

"I've decided to create a fellowship time and called it 'Hangin' with the Rev' to get to know the youth on a more one-on-one basis," she explains. "Every Monday, I will pick up a youth or two from school and take them to a coffeehouse or restaurant for an after-school snack. We'll chat for about an hour, and then I'll drive them home," she said, adding:

"I hope all of you take advantage of this opportunity to 'hang' with me. I'd love to get to know you better."

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WellSpan is looking forward to completion of its new Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital at Apple Hill in the near future. The cost is around $73 million.

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New Eagle Scouts:

---Tyler Snouffer, Troop 49, St. James Lutheran Church, Hallam, son of Tina Zeigler. Project: Designed and installed a patio at Crow's pavilion, Rocky Ridge.

---Jared Ross, Troop 38, Dillsburg Lions Club, son of Tony and Lori Ross. Project: Constructed a roof for the rear breezeway at Country & Town Baptist Church.

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Members of the White Rose Senior Center are throwing their support behind a project of the Fourth UM Church, whose pastor is the Rev. Mitch Galloway. The project: Sending personal hygiene health kits to the needy in foreign lands. In the kits are items such as a hand towel, soap, a comb, toothbrush, bandages plus fingernail clippers and files.

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Happenings:

---The Byrnes Health Education Center is hosting a reunion of board and staff alumni evening.

---County Commissioner Steve Chronister will address a meeting of the York Campaign For Liberty at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10 at Meadow Hill Family Restaurant.

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