Thumbs up: To York County President Commissioner Steve Chronister, who said he'll be considering the salaries of nonprofit executives before he gives their agencies county money next year.

Chronister said he made the decision after what he called an "eye-opening" look at what some agencies requesting "special allocations" pay their execs.

"It's tough to ask, but it's something we need to stop doing if we're making (county) employees hold the line but nonprofits' administrators are making $120,000 to $180,000," he said. "We didn't (request documentation of pay) this year, but we're starting to find out that some of these salaries are high. We need to look at who we give what and how they use it."

The other two commissioners -- Chris Reilly and Doug Hoke -- weren't quite as shocked as their colleague, but both said they would review salaries if they were offered by nonprofits.

Only if the pay was "egregious" or "outrageous" would it affect their decisions on whether to fund a particular agency.

Neither Reilly nor Hoke could say what type of pay would be considered out of line -- only that they'd know it if they saw it.

We don't know if there even are any nonprofit executives out there with excessive salaries.

But if they're asking for taxpayer money, it's certainly worth checking.

Thumbs up: How fresh can your food be if you're not even sure where it came from?


York County Buy Fresh Buy Local wants to help put your mind at ease -- and support the local economy -- by connecting consumers with area food growers and producers.

This year, the organization's first, it released a local food guide that lists participating farmers and producers, and it also used social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to reach consumers.

The growers are singing the praises of Buy Fresh Buy Local, which is hoping to expand in 2013.

Thumbs up: And finally, a big thank you to Sprint, for stepping in at the last minute to save York City's annual New Year's Eve celebration.

The cash-strapped city cut the $35,000 celebration on Continental Square after last year's event, and it was looking like a dark end to 2012 in downtown York.

But then Sprint committed $20,000 last week, which, combined with $15,000 raised through smaller donations, means "a full-blown event" is scheduled for Dec. 31, according to Public Works Director Jim Gross.

Mayor Kim Bracey said it best, calling the company's support "a New Year's miracle."