Have you heard of the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative?

It has the potential to give the city of York a new face and renewed pride.

Habitat is partnering with the city to renew neighborhoods, to give people a chance to own a home. It has completed its first project, a home on West Princess for a mother, two children and five grandchildren.

Habitat explains, "This program improves neighborhoods, increases property values and creates safe and secure neighborhoods.

"NRI's function is to repair homes in blighted neighborhoods for low-income families. The key to the program's success is that the homes being repaired will be homeowner-occupied, and the homeowners will be required to help facilitate and complete the repairs to their home.

"Homeowners will complete required sweat equity, allowing for a 'hand up' and not a 'hand out' in keeping within Habitat's mission ..."

Also, Habitat is looking for "Adopt-a-Home" partners ... organizations, businesses or individuals willing to sponsor one month of a Habitat mortgage payment of $850.

Anyone interested in joining this promising grass-roots, community-building work may contact Miles at 854-6168.

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Ann Hetrick, Janelle Kli nednst and Mary Smith are the Area Agency on Aging's latest volunteers of the month ...

Hetrick serves as a financial counselor and general office assistant. The agency says Hetrick believes that "whatever you put into the service of others, you will reap great happiness and feel you've accomplished something special for these persons." She also serves at the Red Lion Senior Center.

Klinednst also provides general office assistance as well as serving as counselor offering help to folks dealing with Medicare issues. She "encourages new volunteers to have patience and a willingness to learn and accept new challenges."

Smith enjoys volunteering in the telephone reassurance program. "I encourage new volunteers to try to find ways to help no matter where the journey takes you."

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New Eagle Scouts ...

---Ammon Gogna, Troop 183, LDS Ward 1, York East Stake ... son of Matthew and Gloria Gogna. Project: Assembled hygiene kits for Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Services.

---Tyler Miller, Troop 155, St. Paul's Chapel United Methodist Church, Red Lion ... son of Jayson Miller and Kim Preske. Project: Built mobile farm stands for Leg Up Farm and the Horn Farm Center.

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Reminder ... Bethany United Methodist Church in Red Lion and the York Country Literacy Council have partnered to provide the opportunity for adults to prepare for a GED exam ... details, 845-8719.

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York Rotary has launched a book drive to benefit the children being served by Family-Child Resources.

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Dallastown now has a farmers market ... open 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday at St. Joseph's Church.

Peter Siwik, who owns the Siwik Produce Farm in Felton, organized the market at St. Joe's. Potential vendors may contact him at (717) 495-4087.

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Did you know that a heat wave is defined as three or more consecutive days when the temperature is 90 degrees or more?

Also, did you know that the temperature in a parked car without a sunshade on the windshield can reach 192 degrees, high enough to grill a hamburger?

Speaking of heat, fans don't really cool the air. They move the air around you and you feel cooler because the circulating air helps to dry your skin.

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