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St. Peter’s  

Blessing of the animals 

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in North York will celebrate the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi with a Blessing of the Animals at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6,  rain or shine. 

The church, 947 N. George St., will welcome all animals and will provide blessings for beloved pets who have died, for children’s stuffed animals and for living animal companions.  There will be kitty, doggie and human treats available, but anyone attending can bring a pet’s favorites. 

Leashes, carriers and cages should be utilized for the sake of safety.  A veterinarian will be on hand.  

The event is free of charge, and the church will welcome donations of supplies for the York County SPCA and invite you to bring lawn chairs in good weather.   

For more information, contact Pastor Beth Schlegel at 717-854-0589 or pastorschlegel@live.com. 

St. John Episcopal 

Blessing of the animals 

St. John Episcopal Church, 140 N. Beaver St., will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with a special blessing of the animals at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. 

The church will gather on the front lawn to celebrate the blessings received from all God’s creatures. Make sure your pet is appropriately leashed and/or restrained, and animal lovers can bring a photograph or a stuffed animal if a pet would rather stay at home. 

Genealogy 

‘Never Built’ 

The South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St. 

The topic for the monthly meeting is “Never Built: The Town of Pleasant garden and Other Curiosities.” Stephen Smith will lead the program about files in the York County History Center that contain an old hand-drawn plan of the Town of Pleasant Garden. The town has named streets and contains 175 lots, but it is not dated. This town was never built, and until this research, the planned location was unknown.  

This presentation focuses on the methods used in the discovery of the planned location for the Town of Pleasant Garden, by using a case study of researching land ownership history in the location where the town was to have built in the late 1700s. 

The other curiosities deal with a bridge and a railroad, both planned, but never built. The planned 1793 river bridge between York and Lancaster counties may have been the reason the Town of Pleasant Garden was drawn in the first place. In the last months of the Civil War, a new railroad was surveyed through this region of eastern York County. This railroad was to parallel the canal south from Wrightsville and pass through Long Level. If that railroad had been built, through lands of the planned Town of Pleasant Garden, maybe we would have that town today. 

A business meeting will be held at 2:15 p.m., and the program will begin at 2:30 p.m. 

Nixon Park 

Fall colors hike 

The York County Department of Parks and Recreation will host a fall colors hike at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Nixon Park.     

Nixon Park has more than 30 tree species and like fall leaves, and no two are alike.  Hikers will learn about the different species and explore the science behind fall colors. This hike has uphill and downhill portions with some roots and rocks on the trail.    

There is no fee, and no registration is required. For information on this and other programs, go to yorkcountyparks.org. 

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