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Thumbs Up to Tempur Sealy for providing new mattresses for the Palmer family of York City after a photo from York Hospital went viral. Amy Palmer took a photo of her husband, Andre, sleeping under their son’s hospital crib after finishing up his third shift job. Amy awoke in the chair she was sleeping in to find her husband and snapped the photo that received more than 22,000 likes on Facebook. News outlets around the country picked up the story.

Amy said the picture “spoke volumes about the good person, husband, and father he truly is."

Apparently the folks at Tempur Sealy, who donate about 30,000 beds per year, agreed. And the company is not one to pass up a wonderful public relations opportunity.

Thumbs Up to members of the Glen Rock Dog Park community organization who are celebrating the funding for the off-leash dog park it has been working toward more than a year.

Last week, Glen Rock Borough was awarded the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development for its Project 2016 Plan to upgrade Glen Rock Community Park.

The $150,000 grant is to be used to fund the park and for improvements including new play equipment and an upgrade of accessibility and safety standards. Monetary and in-kind donations from area businesses and individuals will be used toward the matching portion of the grant.

Shrewsbury and Codorus townships have contributed services and plan to continue with support. State Rep. Kate Klunk, R-Hanover, provided support, as well.

It is refreshing to see a vision become a reality on a local level with the support of so many.

Visit the dog park Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/glenrockdogpark.

Thumbs Down to the Amish dog-breeding farm from which a starved and neglected Boston terrier puppy was removed this week. The puppy, whose skin is ravaged by mange, was removed after a concerned deliveryman was given permission by the Lancaster County farm to take the dog.

The pup, later named “Libre,” was taken to an emergency veterinarian and is now in the care of Dillsburg Veterinary Center.

As of this writing, there are no charges against the breeding farm. That has prompted the website called Justice for Libre Online Petition at http://chn.ge/29KQT3o.

The ASPCA states on its website that USDA breeder licensing imposes standards upon breeders that are extremely minimal.  The Rendell administration in 2008 passed stricter breeder standards to try to rid the state of the reputation as the “puppy mill capitol of the East.”

With stories circulating like Libre’s, that reputation is only reinforced.

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