EDITORIAL: Happy 100th, Rotary

York Dispatch

Thumbs up: To the Rotary Club of York, which is marking its centennial anniversary by building a new landscape feature and greeting sign at the city's southern boundary.

Members of the organization — the 25th largest Rotary club in the world — broke ground last week on the gateway, located at the intersection of South George Street and Rathton Road across from York Hospital.

Once completed in the fall, it will feature a natural stone wall, running waterfall and message reading "Welcome to York."

Dr. Marsha Bornt, the club's president, said the project is just one of a large number planned by the Rotary "to celebrate 100 years of serving York County."

Thumbs down: Pennsylvania dropped from 16th to 17th place in terms of overall child well-being, according to the 2015 Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC) President and CEO Joan Benso said the slide is "a clear sign we need to pick up the pace in prioritizing investments in our children."

Mike Race, a spokesman for PPC, noted Pennsylvania's ranking in the annual report has "languished in the middle-teens for years ... which basically implies that we've been stagnating. This is particularly relevant because lawmakers are right now trying to decide on a spending plan."

Thumbs up: To Rose Arbittier, a soon-to-be senior at Dallastown Area High School who recently won the statewide Distinguished Young Women competition.

Combined with her win at the local level, Rose earned $13,000 in scholarships through the 50-year-old program that was formerly called Junior Miss.

"The name was changed in 2010 to Distinguished Young Women to better reflect the high caliber and talents of the young women participating," said program chair Lyn Bergdoll.

Rose said she hopes to attend Princeton and later run a nonprofit organization that provides special-needs students with socialization activities.