Thumbs up: To the East Manchester Township Board of Supervisors, for coming to their senses -- finally -- and settling their dispute with the York County SPCA.

The board had been at odds with the nonprofit organization over its annual fee and refused to sign a contract for the past year and a half.

Despite having no contract with the township for 2012, the SPCA continued to provide services there through January 2013 because the supervisors reportedly were still considering their options.

But with no deal on the table at the beginning of the year, the SPCA refused to accept lost, stray and injured animals from East Manchester Township residents, according to SPCA executive director Melissa Smith.

The amount?

A little more than $3,600.

That works out to 50 cents per resident, the same fee structure it applies to every other municipality -- and considering the services the SPCA provides, it's a bargain.

Luckily for the township residents, the supervisors relented last week, paying the organization a pro-rated amount for service in 2013.

"This has been a hardship for East Manchester residents, and we are very relieved for this resolution," Smith said. "We think this is a fair and reasonable arrangement, given the circumstances, and we hope for a positive working relationship for years to come."

Thumbs up: Those who served our country were treated to a token of appreciation Sunday -- a relaxing fishing excursion on Lake Williams in York Township.


The event was the first sponsored by the newly created regional chapter of Heroes on the Water, a nonprofit organization that provides all the necessities for military veterans to enjoy a day on the water.

Volunteers provided kayaks, personal floatation devices and fishing rods for the veterans, and treated them to a grilled lunch at the boat launch. All the vets had to bring was a fishing license.

Dustin Miller of the Central Pennsylvania chapter said fishing is a way to get out in nature and relax and rejuvenate, and that's the thought behind Heroes on the Water.

"Every day we can get out on the water is a good day," he said. "There's a sense of camaraderie out there between the volunteers and the veterans."