EDITORIAL: Spartan Service Day improves ‘town-gown’ relations

York Dispatch
Some of the nearly 300 students, faculty, staff and alumni of York College’s annual Spartan Service Day work at the Hope Street Garden and Learning Lab, Saturday, October 8, 2016. Students cleared all the plants from this year's garden in preparation for new gardens that will be installed later in October. John A. Pavoncello photo
  • Tethered dog survives imbedded collar, surgery
  • "Fill the Truck" event helps homeless veterans

Thumbs Up: To participants in the York College Spartan Service Day, where students and alumni pitch-in around the city.

About 200 students walked up the Rail Trail from campus to Continental Square in the city, where they were given their duties.

Sara Goodwin, assistant dean of student affairs, said the volunteer event was a good way for students to get involved in the community.

York College students give back

Annie Clark, executive director for Hope Street Garden & Learning Lab, needed a large swath of the garden cleared of plants. About 30 students made quick work of the daunting task.

"York College comes through for me all the time," Clark said.

Goodwin said some students had received internships from the relationships they formed during previous days of service.

"I think this is a great way to improve ‘town-gown’ relations," she said.

And it may just attract more students to a city in which they’ve invested some elbow grease.

Thumbs Down: To the person or persons who neglected a tethered a pit bull mix named Baby Girl in Golsboro.

The dog’s collar was deeply embedded under her neck skin which happens when a collar is put on a still-growing dog, then never removed or readjusted, according to Melissa Smith, executive director of the York County SPCA.

Melissa Smith, executive director of the York County SPCA, sits with Baby Girl at the shelter on Friday, Oct 7, 2016. The dog is part of a cruelty investigation after a collar had had to be surgically removed because the skin on her neck had completely grown around it.
(Bill Kalina photo)

The dog had broken free from its tether and someone got a look at the neck wound and called the SPCA.

"It was pretty serious surgery to remove that collar," Smith said. "It was grown in completely around the entire neck, and in some places it was an inch deep into the flesh."

Nicole Lawrence, the county SPCA's Humane Society police officer, said it would have taken at least a couple months for the collar to become that embedded.

SPCA: 'Serious' surgery for dog with collar embedded in neck

Smith said after the surgery the wound was “horrific,” and took over 50 staples to close all the way around her neck.

“The pain and suffering this dog was experiencing? I can only imagine," she said.

A Humane Society officer said charges are being filed against at least one person.

To adopt the dog and other animals at the York County SPCA or to make a donation, visit ycspca.org.

Thumbs Up: To Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2943 and its "Fill the Truck" event, which gathered supplies for Mr. Sandy's Homeless Veterans Center.

The truck was being filled with items such as toiletries, deodorant, toothpaste and more for anyone who uses the center.

Wesley Elfner, 3, of Mount Wolf, hands supplies to Deb Shaffer to box up as the Susquehanna Post #2493, Auxiliary and Jr. Unit, along with the National  Veterans of Foreign Wars & Auxiliary,   hold a "Fill the Truck" event at Bobcat Creamery for Mr. Sandy's Veterans Center, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. The center will celebrate its first anniversary Friday. John A. Pavoncello

"It makes you feel good," said John Brenner, a Vietnam War veteran and chairman of the Pennsylvania State Veterans Commission who attended.

The event also addressed the issue of veteran suicide with a table containing information on dealing with the crisis.

Yorkers 'fill the truck' for vets

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs released a study that covered suicides from 1999 to 2010, which showed that roughly 22 veterans were committing suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes.

"Maybe that can help, who knows," Brenner said.

To donate to the center or get help for a veteran call (717) 900-4742.