EDITORIAL: Thumbs up all around
Thumbs up: To the volunteers who rescued hundreds of goldfish from a water-retention pool at the former New York Wire site in Mount Wolf.
The fish had been living in the pool for years after people dropped them in, and the population expanded as the fish reproduced.
Property owners began draining the pool recently, and neighbors started scooping out some of the fish. But they realized they couldn't possibly save them all, so people began to call the York County SPCA.
On Oct. 5, three volunteers with permission from the property owners took huge plastic bins and nets to the pool and started saving the hundreds of fish.
It wasn't as easy at it sounds. The pool is mostly drained, but the remaining water is in the deep end, as local animal control officer Mike Ellis discovered when he took a step and suddenly found himself in water that reached high above his hip waders.
But the team persevered, saving dozens of fish in the first outing and returning with better equipment to snag more later.
"There's still a lot of fish in here — hundreds of them," Ellis said. "We can't just let them die."
Thumbs up also to Manchester Township, which gave many of the fish a new home in the pond at Cousler Park. Goldfish are an invasive species, so they can't be released into an existing ecosystem such as a creek. But the pond in the park is a closed system, so the fish won't be traveling.
There are still many goldfish that need homes, since the sheer number of fish would have overwhelmed the Cousler Park pond. If you can take in some goldfish, call the SPCA at at 717-764-6109, ext. 126, and leave a message for executive director Melissa Smith.
Thumbs up: To Spring Garden entrepreneur Madris Tomes, who won a $100,000 investment from AOL founder Steve Case during the Rise of the Rest competition on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
Tomes was the only contestant from York County of the nine entrepreneurs chosen for the southcentral Pennsylvania stop for the Rise of the Rest tour, which is making five stops at cities around the country to give entrepreneurs a chance at getting the investment.
Tomes' company is Device Events, an online tool that allows hospitals, patients and doctors, among others, to identify problems with medical devices months or even years before federal agencies can issue a warning or recall on the device.
She had four minutes to convince Case and other businesspeople that her company was worth the investment. And apparently she wowed them.
When Tomes was asked when the $100,000 will start being put to good use, her answer made it clear the plan she had laid out to Case and the other five judges is ready to go.
“Tomorrow,” she said.
Thumbs up: To Trilby Kite, a 16-year-old cyber-schooled senior who has made a name for herself on the West York volleyball team.
Trilby skipped two grades by the time she was 6, which is why she's now a senior at a young age.
And while she has played volleyball since she was 8, she also put on the pads and played football with the boys during middle school.
As a freshman in high school, Trilby's mom insisted that she hang up her football helmet for good.
“I just turned 12 and I wasn’t about to be going up against guys that were 18 years old,” Trilby said with a laugh. “And my mom really wanted me in one piece.”
Trilby started as a defender, but when she shot up from 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-10 between sophomore and junior years, she became a top notch setter for the team.
Next year, she'll be heading to the NCAA Division II volleyball program at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, with a full-ride scholarship. Nice!