Our community 9/20

Staff report

Sam Lewis State Park 

Buffet to support new center 

When it comes to environmental stewardship, one of the first things people consider is recycling. But why stop at aluminum cans and sauce jars when you can recycle a whole building? 

That's the idea for the unused concession stand at Samuel S. Lewis State Park: it will be recycled into an environmental center for the park and you can help make it happen. The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundations in joining with Burning Bridge Tavern to sponsor an all-you-can-eat buffet in support of the project. 

The buffet will be held 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Burning Bridge Tavern, 108 Hellam St., Wrightsville. The meal will features pulled pork and pit beef, mac and cheese, garden and jalapeno slaw along with soda, beer and wine. There will also be a silent auction. 

Tickets are $25 per person, and the deadline to buy tickets is Monday, Sept. 23.  

The group has raised $2,500 and needs to raise $1,500 more, they said.  

To buy tickets, go to 

York College 

Discussion of judicial independence 

York College's Department of History and Political Science will host a live-streamed panel discussion organized by the Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in Weinstock Lecture Hall, Willman Business Center.  

Judges from all levels of the bench will participate in the discussion at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg to discuss issues of importance and mutual interest to the courts and Pennsylvania families and organizations. 

The event is free and open to the public.  

The event will be moderated by G. Terry Madonna, professor at Franklin and Marshall College and host of "Pennsylvania Newsmakers."  

 Lecture series 

Underground Railroad 

The Susquehanna National Heritage Area is beginning an Underground Railroad lecture series, taking place at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut St., Columbia, Lancaster County.  

The Underground Railroad system was expansive, highly secretive and dangerous. Pennsylvania had a unique position along the Mason-Dixon Line as a free state with a large free, African American population and strong abolitionist fervor.  

Along the Susquehanna, the historic bridge piers and canal ruins are recognized as an important conduit on the Network to Freedom, a National Park Service program that recognizes sites important on the Underground Railroad.  

The three-lecture series will help listeners better understand the Underground Railroad network in York and Lancaster counties. The lectures are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. these days: 

Tuesday, Sept. 24: Scott Mingus Sr., “Slavery & the Underground Railroad in York County.” Author Scott Mingus discusses the events that led to the origins of the Underground Railroad in York County. He will focus on the growth of abolitionism in the county and resistance to it, as well as discuss leading conductors in the free black community, the Society of Friends (Quakers), Scots-Irish and German-Swiss population. This is based on his book “The Ground Swallowed Them Up: Slavery and the Underground Railroad in York County, Pennsylvania.” Books will be available for purchase and autographs. 

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Daniel Ness, “Wade in the Water: Underground Railroad Crossings along the Susquehanna.” Daniel Ness, who leads Underground Railroad tours in Lancaster County and with the African American Historical Society of South-Central Pennsylvania, will speak about the persons and places near the Susquehanna River, including how, when, and where they crossed the river.   

Tuesday, Nov. 12: Leroy Hopkins, “Marching to Zion: African Americans in Lancaster County and the Anti-Slavery Campaign.” Leroy Hopkins will share the rich history of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster County while highlighting the better known and lesser known African Americans who played a vital role in the struggle to end slavery. Hopkins is a professor emeritus of German from Millersville University, where he taught from 1979-2015. He has written and published articles on local African American history. 

The cost is $10 per lecture or $25 for the series. Seating is limited, so advanced registration is required. Registration is available through Susquehanna Heritage event calendar at or by calling 717-449-5607.   

Contact Columbia Crossing at or 717-449-5607 with questions. 

Marin Alsop, conductor of the Balitmore Symphony Orchestra, will speak Tuesday at York College.

York College 

Baltimore Symphony conductor to speak 

Marin Alsop, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's conductor and music director, will present York College's 2019 Chloé Eichelberger ’54 Business Education Lecture at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Waldner Performing Arts Center.  

The talk, "Lessons from a Maestra: Leadership, Innovation and Risk-taking," is open to the public free of charge and will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by an opportunity to meet Alsop and purchase signed CDs.   

Alsop also made history as the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the first woman to head a major American orchestra. She has spent a lifetime dedicated to music. The first woman to conduct the "Last Night of the Proms" in its more than 100-year history, she was also the first conductor to be named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow.