Thumbs up:As the area prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, it's nice to see efforts to preserve Civil War-era history right here at home.

The William C. Goodridge Freedom House and Underground Railroad Museum was supposed to open several years ago, but water damage to the 123 E. Philadelphia St. property delayed the launch.

However, thanks to a recent $15,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Louis J. Appell Fund for Central Pennsylvania, the project is back on track.

The grant will be used toward a renovation project to repair the substantial water damage mainly done to the basement and first floor of the museum, said Carol Kauffman, community development director at Crispus Attucks Community Association, which owns the facility.

A timeline for the overall renovation and opening of the museum has yet to be determined, she said.

The facility is part of the National Park Service's Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Goodridge was an ex-slave who became a prominent York businessman in the 19th century and who helped escaping slaves along the Underground Railroad while living in his home in the 1800s.

"(Goodridge) was such an interesting person," Kauffman said. "We really want his story known to the public."

Thumbs up: To 11-year-old Sarah Foess, who's trying to help ailing children "One Cup at a Time."

That's the name of the Locust Grove Elementary fifth-grader's lemonade stand, which she manned again last weekend to raise funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand, a national foundation for children with cancer.


Sarah, of Windsor Township, began the event last year in honor of Mara Novak, a cancer survivor and fellow Eastminster Presbyterian Church member. Over two days, the stand sold lemonade for about $1 a cup, raising about $100 in sales and donations.

Saturday's event at Eastminster Presbyterian was in honor of her friend and classmate Aaron Weiss, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year.

Her mother Beth Anne said Sarah hopes to make "One Cup at a Time" an annual event.

"I'm really proud of her," Beth Anne said. "She's got a big heart."