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EDITORIAL: Life without 8 for DirecTV customers

York Dispatch
  • Leg Up Farm expands immigrant program with grant from YCP.
  • On hiatus since June, popular eagle cam returns.

Thumbs Down: To WGAL-TV's parent company Hearst Television and DirecTV for failing to negotiate an agreement that would allow DirecTV customers access to the popular local affiliate.

The channel has not been available to DirecTV users since a contract expired Dec. 31.


Comments from a York Dispatch Facebook post about the story address both sides of the impasse.

“WGAL has been my morning routine for many years and the first channel I turn on when walking in the door from work,” one person posted.

“Thank you Direct TV for standing your ground since WGAL wanted to raise their prices,” posted another.

Many viewers purchased a digital antenna to skirt the issue.

WGAL still not available for DirecTV users

“We went and bought an antenna!! Hahaha,” someone posted.

The bottom line is everyone loses. WGAL loses viewers, DirecTV loses subscribers and its customers lose a valued channel.

Thumbs Up: To students in York College’s "Philanthropy, Social Impact and Nonprofit Sector" course who chose Leg Up Farm to receive a $5,000 grant from the glass.

During the class, students visit local charitable organizations to learn about the process of running one. At the end of the course, students give the grant to support a nonprofit that benefits York City.

Jennifer Hitz, the development director for Leg Up Farm, said the money will expand the "Leading Change" program.

The program, which started last summer, offers recent U.S. immigrant students a chance to spend time with the farm’s horses with a goal of fostering confidence and self-esteem.

Leg Up Farm receives grant from York College

The Mount Wolf farm is partnering with Lincoln Intermediate Unit’s Migrant Education Program to offer the program.

"It gets them out of the city, gets them involved in something new, and I hope that it might lead to sparking an interest in some kids in an area of study they hadn’t considered before," said Colleen Wisor Patterson, a student support specialist with the LIU Migrant Education.

Thumbs Up: To the Pennsylvania Game Commission for reinstalling the eagle cam this month after it was shut down last June.

On April 4, 2016, experts said the remaining egg in the Hanover-area eagle nest is not viable and won't hatch. A parent eagle was still sporadically sitting on the egg on April 4, but experts say the parents will soon lose interest.
(Courtesy of Pa. Game Commission)

The camera, located near Codorus State Park, has been a big hit, especially when eggs hatch successfully. It got 1.5 million views its first year when two eggs hatched and the young eagles fledged three months later.

The camera gives viewers an inside look at life in an eagle's nest. The site even warns, "be aware that, at times, nature can be difficult to watch."

This will be the third year the eagle cam has been up and running.

The Hanover-area eagle cam is back

“Not only is it fascinating to watch, it is educational as well," Codorus State Park Operations Manager Deanna Schall said in a release.

We’ll be keeping an "eagle" eye on it and reporting any eagle news.