EDITORIAL: Pull over, buddy
- Dashed wedding plans lead sisters to open business.
- Are neighborhood library branches the wave of the future in York County?
Thumbs down: To drivers who don’t adhere to the “keep right, pass left” law on Pennsylvania highways.
It’s frustrating to be in that line of cars behind the driver who just won’t get out of the left lane.
It’s created quite a blame game on which state harbors the most offenders: Pennsylvania drivers blame the Maryland drivers, Maryland drivers blame the Virginia drivers — and everyone blames New Jersey drivers.
And it’s pretty dangerous, creating bumper-to-bumper traffic at high speeds. Often backed-up drivers are more concerned with finding a right-lane opening to pass the offending car rather than watching the car in directly in front of them.
Currently 11 York County police departments are participating in an aggressive-driving enforcement initiative to reduce accidents, injuries and deaths on the roadways. The initiative is targeting, among other things, this very violation.
We hope the effort is successful and left-lane drivers get the message that the left lane is for passing only.
They’re really not that hard to find.
Thumbs up: To Angelica Friend, who turned a heartbreak into a business idea. Friend, who found herself with canceled wedding plans and $1,300 dress she wouldn’t have an opportunity to wear, tried to sell the dress to local consignment and bridal shops.
But as she and sister Bobbi Friend-Buchmyer found, there was no such retailer.
That’s when their entrepreneurial spirits kicked in. The sisters opened their own shop, Twice Upscale Resale, with Friend's wedding dress as their first piece of inventory.
“We wear these dresses one time, and then they pretty much hang in your closet,” Friend-Buchmyer said of women’s formal wear.
Friend said the store started out as a “hobby” and a distraction from her failed engagement.
Apparently, it worked. Three years later the business is going strong.
It’s a classic case of “turning lemons into lemonade” and a happy story of an entrepreneur we are delighted to tell — and celebrate.
Thumbs up: To the York County Library System for creating the county’s first neighborhood branch in the Salem Square neighborhood.
There are lots of advantages to this — and other community libraries.
A neighborhood library can tailor its offerings to the specific needs of a community. For instance, 50 percent of kids in the Salem Square neighborhood are Latino, so the library will offer bilingual story time. In addition, the library will offer early childhood and after-school education programs and nutritious meals.
It will offer internet access in a neighborhood lacking it.
It will occupy a building that formerly housed a “nuisance bar.” You remember Gus’ Place, don’t you?
“We need to continuously find ways to reinvent ourselves and provide greater access to people in York County,” president and CEO of the York County Library system Robert Lambert said. “The Salem Square community is one of the most underrepresented and underserved communities in the city."
The library is monitoring the library’s impact which, if successful, could lead to more community libraries.
We wish this little library success, and you can, too.
Come to the Salem Square Library grand opening at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at 596 W. Princess St. to see the library and show your support.