EDITORIAL: YCD 'Cyber Hounds take on the world

York Dispatch
  • And you thought quicksand was a thing of the past!
  • Revs to herald LGBTQ rights.

Thumbs up: You have to like the name: “Cyber Hounds.”

York Country Day seventh-grader Elan Azriel lines up a robot while eighth-grader Eva Cihak watches as the students practiced with the EV3 Lego robot at the school Thursday, May 4, 2017. Their team, the Cyber Hounds, will be competing in the First Lego League International Open Championship in Bath, England in June. Bill Kalina photo

And also like the focus: robotics.

And you have to pull for this robotics team from York Country Day School. This group of  sixth-through-eighth-grade YCD Greyhounds has qualified to compete in the First Lego League International Open Championship, taking place June 23 in Bath, England.

“This is way bigger than anything we’ve done before,” Caroline Danner, a sixth-grader at the school, said about the team’s upcoming trip.

In deciding on the group’s project, she said the Cyber Hounds brainstormed for several hours before narrowing their focus on audio rehabilitation and, ultimately, an audio dog collar. And Project P.A.R.T.N.E.R: Portable Audio Rehabilitation Therapy for New Environmental Residents, was born.

“You’re not just learning robotics, you’re learning to work together as a team," school science teacher Liz Charleston said.

The students will show how the collar will lessen a dog’s fearful response to certain loud noises.

York Country Day students heading to International Robotics Competition

“This is huge,” added Tyler Wertz, an eighth-grader at York Country Day, said of the trip.

The team is trying to raise money to cover travel costs, so it would be great for the community to help them out.

It’s not every day kids have a chance to travel abroad. Let’s make sure they have the funds to pull it off.

Thumbs up: To the Goodwill Fire Co. in Jacobus for its efforts to save people caught in “quicksand.”

People who were children in the 1960s remember quicksand. It was a common peril in lots of television shows and movies. Tarzan movies, "Gilligan’s Island" and "Lassie" TV shows all featured scenes involving this hazard.

It scared us kids plenty. It was a real fear!


Of course, as we grew up, we realized it’s really not a common thing — the stuff of jungle expeditions and fiction.

But for two young “explorers” along the shores of water-depleted Lake Redman, a brush with that terror became a reality.

The fire company was called to the lake for a boy stuck up to his waist in quick sand-like mud. Coincidentally, a call for a second identical rescue came in after firefighters arrived to help the first boy.

Goodwill Fire Co. Chief Joe Hildebrand said they had the same rescue a month earlier.

The firefighters, using ladders spanning the quagmire, had the boys harnessed and freed quickly.

Two boys rescued from mud in separate incidents at Lake Redman

With water levels intentionally lowered to accommodate a construction effort at the lake, the newly-exposed shoreline of Lake Redman can be a dangerous place.

“You can end up sinking the whole way," the chief said.

"Gilligan’s Island" is gone, but for reruns. Still, the concept of quicksand remains. Be careful around Lake Redman!

Thumbs up: It would seem that LGBTQ rights causes and Atlantic League baseball would make for an odd coalition, but that is just what the York Revolution is aiming to do.

The team is hosting its first annual LGBTQ Pride Night on Wednesday, June 14, at PeoplesBank Stadium.


LGBT ambassador and former major league pitcher Joe Valentine, who was raised by a lesbian couple, will be headlining the event.

“The world needs more understanding and patience and less hate and ignorance, and I hope I can help with spreading the word,” he said.

A group of invited area high school and college coaches and athletic directors will get to hear his message on battling homophobia in competitive sports.

York Revolution to host first LGBTQ night

The ceremony will include a pride parade on the field with hundreds of rainbow flags provided by Equality Fest, the annual daylong LGBTQ pride event in York City.

“We not only wanted to do it but also wanted to make sure we could be part of the solution to homophobia and exclusion in sports,” Revs President Eric Menzer said.

We applaud the efforts of the Rev's organization to promote diversity in the York community and beyond.