Thumbs up: To the anonymous woman who last week showed us what the holiday season is all about.

Sean Scarboro, 21, was on his way to a job interview Wednesday morning when a wheel came off his car on Church Road in Manchester Township, according to Lt. David Lash of Northern York County Regional Police.

Fire police were directing traffic around the Manchester man's vehicle when a driver stopped.

"She pulled up to the fire policeman, handed him five 20 bills and said, 'Please give this to the young man who lost the wheel. He looks like he could use it,'" Lash said.

The fire police officer gave the money to a Northern Regional police officer, who handed it to Scarboro, the lieutenant said.

"He was speechless," Lash said. "He asked if we knew who the person was so he could thank them."

But the good Samaritan didn't leave her name, so the police officer suggested Scarboro simply be grateful and try to keep the good will going by doing something nice for someone else, Lash said.

Scarboro said he tries to do nice things for people, but the woman's generosity has inspired him to try harder to pay it forward.

"I would like to tell her thank you," he said. "I really appreciate it. ... That came from the heart. The holiday spirit got her."


Thumbs up: It took about a decade, but preservationists finally managed to save the last tract of Camp Security, an internment camp used during the Revolutionary to house about 1,500 British prisoners of war and their families.

Historians, public officials, and supporters of the plan to preserve the camp for years have been working to acquire 162 acres of the site along Locust Grove Road in Springettsbury Township.

The push for the final 47 acres started in May 2012, when the nonprofit preservation group The Conservation Fund bought the land from developer Timothy Pasch for about $1.05 million, including settlement costs.

The Conservation Fund held the property until the township was able to raise enough money to buy it back and move forward with historic interpretation plans on the site.

The township recently announced the property had been "saved from residential development" and the fundraising campaign was complete.

The land is being farmed until 2014, then transitioned to grassland for environmental and historic preservation, archeological research, public open-space and park access, according to the release.

"After more than a decade of effort, Friends of Camp Security is thrilled to see the preservation of this important historic site come to fruition," said Carol Tanzola, the preservation group's president. "We are proud to contribute to this purchase the many donations from our York County members and from people across the United States who gave to support the vital task of preserving our nation's history."