October is "Clergy Appreciation Month."

So, have you taken time yet to give your pastor, priest or rabbi leaders an encouraging word?

Like the rest of us, at one time or another, they experience burnout, disillusionment, frustration, isolation and stress.

Moreover, they're often on-call around the clock. Your words of thanks and good cheer will help to keep their energy tank full.


New Eagle Scouts ...

---Riley Purcell, Troop 19, St. Paul's Lutheran Church ... son of Timothy and Eileen Purcell. Project: Organized the project and collected supplies for the SPCA, York.

---Dallas Diehl, Troop 25, Yorkshire UM Church ... son of Duane and Nadine Diehl. Project: Planted a pollinator garden at The Horn Farm Center.


Rep. Keith Gillespie, 47th Legislative District, notes that York County "received more than $365,000 from the collection of an impact fee on natural gas drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale. The money generated by Act 13 fees will be used to support environmental, highway, water and sewer projects."


York Rotary will hear tomorrow from Ed Magee, general manager of Harley-Davidson, whose workers produce more than 100,000 motorcycles each year. He'll also discuss HD's $100,000-million-plus "physical and cultural transformation of the consolidated 'New Factory York'."

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