"The poor are plentiful in York City and the number is growing."

"The August food run proved it," according to Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

In August, on its most recent food run for York's Helping Hands for the Homeless, the people of Aldersgate prepared and distributed 295 hot meals and more than 300 bagged lunches to the needy. About 90-100 of the people served were children.

Aldersgate is one of the many churches involved in this year-round Helping Hands weekend project.

Folks prepare the food then distribute it at several locations in the city.

Aldersgate's next food run is Oct. 26. Because it's near Halloween, the church hopes to give every child a Hershey Chocolate Bar with a sticker saying, "Jesus loves you and so do we -- Aldersgate Church."

Bob Witmyer and Dave McLaughlin organize the food runs for the church.


Word has reached York of the death Sept. 30 of Edmund P. Reiley, 100, at the home of his daughter, Janice Stoughton, and son-in-law, David, in Charlotte, NC.

In the years 1948-68, Ed, as public relations director of the Manufacturers Association of York, was a well-known and highly respected figure in town.

He left York to join the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, where he was public affairs officer until his retirement in 1982.

In that post he supervised the agency's national campaign against drunk driving.

During World War II, the Villanova University graduate served as a naval officer on the staff of famed Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

Marjorie, Ed's wife of almost 70 years, died in 2010. They had four daughters: Marjorie Reiley Maguire, of Milwaukee; Anne M. Reiley and Jeanne R. Graham, of Gaithersburg, Md., and Janice.

Following a Mass of Christian Burial, Ed has been laid to rest in All Soul's Cemetery, Germantown, Md.


Shawn Carney, founder of "40 Days For Life," will keynote Human Life Services' fundraising banquet Friday at the Valencia.

"40 Days for Life," a movement mobilizing pro-life volunteers, started in Texas in 2004 and has spread to 240 cities in America, including York, as well as to Canada, England, Ireland, Peru Australia and New Zealand.

For reservations, call 854-7615.


York County Parks salutes Todd Eyster, of Stewartstown, who has been a volunteer at Wallace Cross Mill since 2000.

His area of expertise is the machinery within the mill. He is also involved with Fawn Grove Old Tyme Days, is a member of the Rough and Tumble Museum in Gap, Pa., and is a board member of the Stewartstown Historical Society.

Judy Grove, chairperson of the Friends of Wallace Cross Mill, declares ...

"The overall polish of Wallace Cross Mill is due in no small part to Todd's quiet and effective behind-the-scenes work on training, machinery and working hand in hand with the park's staff."

Columns by Hank Merges, a local writer, appear Tuesday and Thursday in The York Dispatch. Reach Hank at hmerges@yorkdispatch.com or 854-1575.