More than 100 York merchants are participating in the Hometown Heroes program that provides discounts for military veterans, according to "Patriots' Sentinel," a publication of the Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery Heritage Foundation.

The publication explains:

"The Hometown Heroes discount program is a way for local business leaders to express their gratitude and recognize the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.

"Participating merchants agree to honor and reward our York County heroes with a special discount toward purchases or services when presented with the Hometown Heroes identification card."

Businesses wishing to enroll in the Hometown Heroes program may download an application at www.yorkcountypa.gov or call 771-9295.

Recently, the office of Recorder of Deeds Randi L. Reisinger created a photo ID card that veterans can get free.

Vets need to bring their DD-214 or WDAGO form to the recorder's office at 28 E. Market St.

So far, 650 vets have received the ID cards.

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Courage and caring -- that's what it takes. And that's what Michael Hawkins obviously has -- a Good Samaritan as The York Dispatch news story dubbed him.

Michael, hearing cries for help, jumped into the rain-swollen Codorus Creek at North Beaver Street to save two brothers trapped by swift currents.

York City police and firefighters had to come to the rescue of Mike, as well as brothers Nate Jeffers, 13, and Mike Jeffers, 12.

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York Habitat is searching for a new site on which to build a home for a young mother and her two sons, one of whom is handicapped.

Habitat said the "overwhelming opposition" that New Salem residents expressed at a meeting of the borough council induced it to abandon its plans, even though the New Salem Planning Commission had approved the Women Build project and even though it had invested a year of planning and $6,000 on the project.

Habitat said it is now looking for a site where "this most deserving family will be embraced by the community rather than placing them in such an unwelcoming environment."

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York soprano Dr. Robina Santa niello sang a featured role over the weekend in the Harrisburg Opera's presentation of Johann Strauss' famed comic operetta, "Die Fledermaus."

As Adele, the chambermaid who goes to a fancy party, Santaniello sang three arias from the Strauss masterpiece.

When the late musical genius Marvin Hamlisch performed at the Strand in September 2010, aware of Santaniello's talent, he called on her to sing to his accompaniment. And she did ... sang one of his numbers, "What I Did For Love," from "A Chorus Line."

Hamlisch enrolled in Juilliard at the tender age of 6. 6! The prolific composer went on in later life to sweep the field ... Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Pulitzer.

In 1974, at the Oscar ceremony, he captured the trophy for scoring both "The Sting" and "The Way We Were." Over the years, he wrote the music for more than 40 films.

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York Boy Scouts ... the New Birth of Freedom Council ... selected Rus sell E. Horn Sr. for their 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award, citing him for his "outstanding leadership and service in the community," and for "exemplifying the values of the Boy Scouts of America in their daily lives."

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Invasion!

Word has leaked that Gen. Jubal A. Early will lead a band of Confederate troops to the Central Market at high noon on June 27 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of that historic event.

The "invasion" heralds an exhibit, "The Fiery Trial: York County's Civil War Experience, " opening that weekend at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., all under the auspices of the York County Heritage Trust.

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The Pennsylvania Association of Family Physicians has named Dr. Gordon Zubrod, assistant residency program director for WellSpan, as its Exemplary Teacher of the Year.

"He is an expert at what he does," says Dr. Andre Lijoi, associate residency program director at WellSpan. "He has deep compassion for his patients. ... His integrity is impeccable ..."

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Officers of the York Home School Association for the ensuing year: Robin Wilson, coordinator; Valerie Wickard, assistant coordinator; Karen Judy, secretary and Maryann Gross, treasurer.

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