York County Prepares for 21st Season of ‘Safety Town’

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YorkCountyLogoA popular York County youth summer activity is returning for another season.

The county’s “Safety Town” program is getting ready to kick off its 21st season of teaching youth different safety techniques for many of life’s situations.

The program is geared to 5-year-olds, and teaches basic safety concepts, including pedestrian safety, playground safety and home safety.

York County spokeswoman Gail Whittaker said the program was popular among York County parents, and offered educational fun for children. She said 5-year-old children were a good demographic for the program.

“It’s a good age to target since they’ll be going to school soon,” Whittaker said. “They’re getting into that learning mode. It gets them at an age where the information will stick.”

Whittaker added the information could benefit parents as well, as her son, who participated in the program, taught her the adage “leaves of three, let it be” as a way to avoid touching poison ivy.

Whittaker said one of the most anticipated activities during the program was the bike safety session. During the lesson, students ride bicycles around a model town, complete with city streets, storefront and traffic signs.

“It’s all very brightly colored so it sticks in the kids’ minds,” Whittaker said.

The Safety Town lessons are taught by a combination of county staff and local volunteers, including firefighters, paramedics and others.

Safety Town is open to pre-kindergarten children and offers four weeklong sessions:

  • July 6-10 at Mt. Vernon Elementary School
  • July 13-17 at Mt. Vernon Elementary School
  • July 20-24 at Mt. Vernon Elementary School
  • July 27-31 at Queens Lake Middle School

Sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The program costs $25 for York County residents and $35 for non-residents.

The county is also looking for 60 volunteers for Safety Town 2015. Applications are available in person at the York County Parks and Recreation offices or online here. Applications will be accepted from April 20 through May 29 or until all spots are filled.

 

York County Seeks Applications for Historic Yorktown Design Committee

York County is looking for applicants for a county advisory board.

The Board of Supervisors is asking county residents to apply for a position on the Historic Yorktown Design Committee. The committee is tasked with reviewing and determining the appropriateness of proposed actions involving properties within the Yorktown Historic District.

The committee’s responsibilities include administering and overseeing the implementation of the Yorktown Design Guidelines, issuing or denying certificates of appropriateness for proposed construction projects in the historic zone, and advising the Board of Supervisors and property owners in matters regarding historically significant sites.

York County spokeswoman Gail Whittaker said the call for applications was due to the expiration of current board member Robert Andrade’s term at the end of May.

The HYDC consists of three voting members and two alternate members, and is appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The committee meets monthly and as necessary. Committee members serve four-year terms.

York County residents interested in serving on the HYDC can pick up an application from the County Administrator’s Office at 224 Ballard St. in Yorktown or online here.