Finalists announced

The York County Community Foundation's YorIt committee, which awards grant money each year to fund ideas designed to invigorate York, has narrowed its 2013 finalists to five.

Still in the running are Townie Brand, website development for small businesses; YorShoppes, pop-up stores that would temporarily sell products from otherwise web-only businesses; CoWork 155, a membership-based office that would "serve as a home base" for working professionals who don't have their own building; Eat Play Breathe York, a group that wants the grant to purchase a bicycle-sharing station for downtown; and The Bee, a group of women who need a permanent work space to make things out of recycled materials.

The winner or winners could receive as much as $20,000 to put their idea into action.

The finalists, who first submitted their ideas in YouTube videos, are now required to submit a full proposal and be interviewed by YorIt members, according to a news release from the group.

A winner is expected to be announced in the spring.


Change of address

The local Social Security office will relocate this week, moving from York City to Springettsbury Township.

Limited service will be offered Friday as workers move from the 950 Borom Road address to a new facility at 2670 Industrial Highway, Suite 2, according to the agency's website.


The Social Security office will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day. It will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday at its new address in Springettsbury Township.

At its new address, the agency will share office space with a local branch of the Internal Revenue Service, which relocated last month.

Construction of the 22,233-square-foot office building was completed in December, and the facility will house about 70 employees.


Farm preserved

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced a York County farm has been preserved.

A Chanceford Township farm was among 21 protected by the state's Agricultural Land Preservation Board this month.

The Carl and Margaret Shaull farm, a 62.35-acre crop farm, was preserved with an easement price of $130,663.05, according to Will Nichols, spokesman for the department. That's about $2,095 per acre.

Including the Shaull farm, the preservation board protected 1,445 acres of Pennsylvania farmland throughout York, Lancaster, Dauphin, Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Chester, Lebanon, Northampton, Westmoreland counties.

Since the program's inception in 1988, the state has paid about $1.2 billion to preserve 471,601 acres on 4,385 farms throughout 57 counties, according to the state Department of Agriculture.