Thumbs up: "Thank you for visiting York City -- you can pay your parking ticket in person as you leave or mail us a check."

Not very welcoming is it?

Well, now visitors to the city can remain ticket-free for up to five days by purchasing a temporary parking pass available to guests of residents who live on metered streets outside of the city's "core" district.

Cheryl Rascoe, head of York's parking bureau, said she hopes the temporary parking passes are the solution to a problem residents frequently complain about.

The passes cost $20 -- which might sound like a lot but is actually less than half of what it would cost to park for five days at a city meter, she said.

Residents can purchase the passes for their guests as many as five times a year.

"If residents request it more, we'll take another look at it," Rascoe said.

Thumbs up: To the York County Veterans Treatment Court on its first anniversary.

The court was founded a year ago to offer offending veterans intensive counseling instead of prison time. Program participants must undergo intensive therapy and treatment, attending meetings several times per month.

In exchange for their successful completion of the treatment, the judges can downgrade the severity of their crimes. For example, a felony might become a misdemeanor and a misdemeanor might be dismissed.


During its first year, 88 veterans graduated from the program, saving the county more than 22,000 days in York County Prison. That translates to a savings of more than $860,000 for taxpayers.

Common Pleas Judge Craig Trebilcock, a U.S. Army veteran, started the court because he under stand war changes people.

"You don't get the same one back you send overseas," he said.

The treatment court corrects an injustice against Vietnam-era veterans, who were thrown in jail because of lack of research and understanding about the effects of post-traumatic stress, Trebilcock said.

"The purpose of this court is to help them come home with honor," he said.