EDITORIAL: Good Samaritan steps up to help

York Dispatch
Dennis Tyndall of 1st Avenue Collision in Red Lion talks with Helen Mattox about fixing her car Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Mattox' car was damaged by a hit-and-run driver, and Tyndall is repairing it for free. Bil Bowden photo
  • The Zimmerman Center for Heritage gets national distinction.
  • Welcome walk greets the William Penn High School 2020 freshman class.

Thumbs up: To Dennis Tyndall, who runs 1st Avenue Collision in Red Lion and is fixing a car for a senior in need, free of charge.

Helen Mattox’s 1992 Cadillac was hit by another car, whose driver initially stopped but quickly fled after the crash. The Wrightsville woman learned her insurance wouldn’t cover the damage.

Her granddaughter, out of frustration, posted about her dilemma on social media. And, like the other driver, the post took off — with more than 1,000 shares.

'Southern hospitality' drives car repair shop owner

“I saw it on Facebook. I just figured that’s just an old Cadillac; I can get parts for that pretty fast,” Tyndall said.

He runs a small shop and said he’s not in a position to donate monetarily but likes to share his talents for fixing things when he can. He attributes that attitude to his South Carolina roots.

"I thought it was awesome; I was shocked half to death," Mattox said. "It was a pleasant shock.”

Thumbs Up: To the York City School District for its welcome walk for William Penn Senior High School's Class of 2020.

Staff and community members crowded around the entrance of the school to cheer, hug and high-five this year's freshmen as the students arrived on their first day of high school.

The idea is to support the freshman class and "thank them for making William Penn their high school of choice," according to Principal Brandon Carter.

Cheers for York City's ninth-graders

Reading proponent and self-described “Bug Lady” Donna Watkins, whose theme is “I’ll bug you to read!” came dressed in her signature bee costume.

"It's already a scary time, so I provide a little encouragement and humor," she said.

Encouragement, humor and support in this embattled district can’t solve all the problems, but it surely get things off on a positive note for the new high-schoolers.

Thumbs Up: To Susquehanna Heritage and its Zimmerman Center for Heritage, which will host the Chesapeake National Historic Trail's first visitor contact station.

The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail was designated as a historic trail by Congress in 2006 and was expanded in 2012 to include the Susquehanna River. The trail is based off  Captain John Smith's explorations of the Chesapeake Bay in 1608.

Zimmerman Center for Heritage gets visitor contact station

The new visitor contact station will serve as a place to learn about the trail, its history and the history of the area near the center. Inside is a collection of Susquehannock Indian artifacts, informational displays and the Visions of the Susquehanna River art installation.

The center offers public access to the river for small watercraft, thanks to the addition of a pavilion and launch area two years ago. Visitors can hike the Native Lands Heritage Trail to Native Lands County Park, from which they can access the Dritt Family Cemetery and the last Susquehannock Indian settlement site.

The mid-18th century stone home was renovated by John and Kathryn Zimmerman in the late-1990’s. The Zimmermans donated the property to Susquehanna Heritage in 2007.

A ceremony celebrating the center's new designation and the National Park Service 100th birthday will be held 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the center at 1706 Long Level Road.