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EDITORIAL: Senior helping seniors

York Dispatch
YorkDispatch

Thumbs up: John Wolfe has been delivering Meals on Wheels to York County seniors for close to 20 years now — a labor of love he started when he was 72.

The West Manchester Township resident is now 89, and he's still going strong. Every Monday he packs his car with lunches and heads out on rounds, spending about two hours visiting clients, most younger than him but a bit less spry.

Wolfe — recently profiled by Bil Bowden, a local freelance photographer and author of The York Dispatch blog "Life's a Snapshot" — knows he's fortunate. He's active, walks strong and is an excellent driver ("PennDOT says I have to wear glasses," he grouses).

There is no age requirement for Meals on Wheels volunteers, although Wolfe might be the oldest driver.

They need only a driver's license, insurance and a "driving need to help home-bound seniors," said Lisa Krout, director of the White Rose Senior Center.

Wolf definitely has all of those bases covered.

Thumbs up: To the York City businessmen who teamed up to rehab the Penn Park basketball court.

"I saw how bad the conditions were at the parks this summer, and I figured I needed to help and give back," said T.J. Rice, owner of Next Level Barbershop at 203 E. Philadelphia St. "I see kids out there playing basketball every day."

Rice reached out to city officials and offered to spearhead a collaborative repair effort. He then approached Paul Harris from California Sports Surfaces for his assistance.

Harris jumped on board and convinced his company to provide a discount on paint and other products and offered to do the resurfacing work as a volunteer.

"Like a lot of old courts, it had the typical asphalt surface, which had not been treated for a very long time," Harris said. "There were a lot of cracks, and the paint was completely discolored. It was an old, rough-looking court, and now it plays like new."

Costly improvements to parks and recreation facilities haven't been a top priority as the city — which assisted with installation of equipment — struggles with financial woes.

"I'm grateful we have local homegrown community members willing to step up and partner with the city of York in assisting to provide our youth and community members with a quality state-of-the-art recreational outlet," York Mayor Kim Bracey said.