EDITORIAL: The world has 'eagle eyes'

York Dispatch, York Dispatch
  • White supremacist posters removed at York College.
  • Dedicated volunteers strive for a common dream.

Thumbs Up: We think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in York County who hasn’t watched the Pennsylvania Game Commission's livestream of the bald eagle nest near Codorus State Park.

An adult eagle feeds the new eaglet in in the Hanover-area eagles nest Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The watch is now on for the second egg to hatch.

Once you tune in online it’s hard to turn away.

It’s the third year the commission is broadcasting from the eagle’s nest and this year has gotten off to a great start. Two eggs have hatched within a day of each other and it will be fun, hopefully, to watch the eagles' growing progress.

Nature being what it is, things can, and have, gone drastically wrong, like they did last season.

The parent eagle feeds the older eaglet pieces of fish while the younger eaglet rests next to its sibling Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Last year, one egg never hatched and the other egg produced an eaglet that only survived a couple days. Shortly after, a portion of the nest collapsed and the live feed was ended. The feed got only 550,000 viewers last year, down from 1.5 million viewers it’s first year, when two chicks survived and fledged.

The eagle cam has been popular, giving viewers an inside look at life in an eagle nest. It is both entertaining and educational. 

Second eagle egg hatches for Hanover-area nest

Kudos to the game commission’s efforts to restore the livestream this year. It gets international attention that puts York County on the map.

Thumbs Down: Most days, it’s amusing walking through the halls of the buildings at York College to read the various postings on its many bulletin boards to keep current on upcoming events. And fun to see what the student body is up to.

But recently posters touting a Euro-centric, white nationalist group began to appear around campus. The propagation of hate was a clear departure from the good-natured missives typically found around campus.

Posters from Identity Evropa, labeled a white nationalist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, appeared on York College's campus and were promptly removed.

The group, Identity Evropa, states on its website that it is "a generation of awakened Europeans, who have discovered that we are part of the great peoples, history and civilization that flowed from the European continent."

Andrey Romanov, a York College junior, researched the group and found that the Southern Poverty Law Center had listed Identity Evropa among active white nationalist hate groups in America.

White nationalist posters spotted, removed at York College

It’s curious that a white supremacist group would target a diverse and forward-thinking institution like a college. How much support could they expect?

It turns out they got very little.

York College policy states that those wishing to post information on campus must get approval from the college's Office of Student Activities and Orientation. The white supremacist group missed that step and the posters were promptly removed by offended students.

To those who didn't get the memo: There's no place for hate in York.

Thumbs Up: To a group of volunteers who have taken on an endeavor that would seem daunting. 

The Liberty War Bird Association is trying to restore a Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter, aka “Huey,” that transported troops, living and dead, resupplied ammo and delivered holiday meals to the field during the Vietnam War.

It’s no small task.

And it’s the stuff of movie plots.

In the two years since the association acquired Huey 823, the group has restored the instrument panel and installed a new tail boom. The engine is out for repair and overhaul, and two brand new main fuel tanks and a new paint job are in the works. They are still searching for main rotor blades.

"We should have our engine back by mid-June, our fuel tanks will be installed by that time, the flight controls will be re-rigged." Founder Mike Ciami said.

The group estimates the cost of the project at around $450K.

Vietnam War-era helicopter heading back to the skies

Some of the volunteers donating their weekend time to the project are former crew chiefs. Some just want to help out.

Restoring a piece of history of this magnitude is no small job and leaves an important and lasting legacy.

For more information, go to libertywarbirds.com.