National nod to school cops

York Dispatch

Thumbs up: To the York City School District's police department, which recently was recognized as a "model agency" by the National Association of School Resource Officers.

Chief Michael Muldrow and his six officers will be honored at a national conference in Orlando, Florida, next week.

"It's proof on paper that what we're doing is working," the chief said. "Sometimes it's a fight to get guys to buy in, to buy into wearing your heart on your sleeve, to buy into the concept of treating the kids like they're all of our kids. That's what's in the heart of our program."

Thumbs up: To Yorkers who open their homes so city kids can get a taste of the great outdoors.

The Fresh Air Fund is a nonprofit group that since 1885 has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities. On Thursday the organization brought a busload of children — eager to enjoy a more rural laid-back community setting — to York.

They're among the nearly 4,000 children who visit local volunteer host families in suburban and small town communities in 13 different states and Canada through the Fresh Air Fund's Volunteer Host Family Program.

Thumbs up: And welcome, to York City's new medical director, Dr. Matthew Howie.

Howie, who began work Wednesday, will oversee programs that include treating chronic disease, responding to outbreaks of contagious diseases and reducing risks for city residents, such as unclean water, animal bites and other health hazards.

"Leading the City of York Bureau of Health's work will be a very fulfilling endeavor for me," he said. "I look forward to working to prevent, protect and promote the health of all people who live, work and play in the city."

Thumbs up: If there's going to be a mistake, this is the kind to make.

Scott Cassel, York County's director of facilities, previously estimated the multi-million-dollar project would come in $200,000 under budget. But after reviewing the numbers again on Monday, he noticed he included some expenses twice.

That means the project is $400,000 under budget.

"If (I'm) going to make an error, I'm glad it came in that way," Cassel said.