Habitat calling ... we need your help ... urgently!

"As you probably already know," Habitat continues, "we build year-round, so we are always looking for help on the construction sites. You do not have to have construction experience, just a willingness to lend a hand. You are guaranteed to have some fun and come away with a feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment."

Habitat explains that anyone age 14 or older may participate in its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative that involves basic repairs and exterior painting under the guidance of experienced volunteer supervisors.

Also, Habitat needs more skilled construction supervisors to teach and lead unskilled workers.

Then there is Habitat's "Women's Build 2013," a project requiring "hundreds of women" to help behind-the-scene as well as with construction.

"We need your creativity and time to get this handicapped-accessible home built for a wonderful single mother of two."

The Glatfelter Insurance Group has boosted the Women's Build project with a gift of $12,500.

Meanwhile, Habitat's "Building on Faith" project involves two homes for deserving families who, hopefully, will be living in them by Thanksgiving.

Habitat needs $180,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to support the project. Already, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, with "tremendous generosity," covers the one home, and its matching gift of $25,000 boosts the other.

"However," says Habitat, "additional funds are needed to complete the two homes. The hope is that congregations throughout York County will unite in this calling to help God's people in need. ... The time to put faith in action is now ...

"Rally your congregations," Habitat pleads to pastors.

For further details about Habitat's work, call 854-6168 or e-mail: vs@yorkhabitat.org.


Celebrating its 80th anniversary, York Little Theatre is also celebrating new life with awesome local talent and a proud fresh look.

"The Producers," Mel Brooks' hilarious Broadway musical, played to knee-slapping York audiences last weekend. If you didn't catch it then, you still have a chance to see it tonight through Sunday. Marvelous local talent!

But that's not all. The theater itself has taken on a new look ... bright and cheerful with new air-conditioning, a new sound system and sparkling new restrooms.

Also, the theater boasts hand-crafted thick, glistening, brass-bedecked new doors leading to the main auditorium.

All this, coupled with roof repairs, electrical updates and painting, gives it not only a welcoming look but also a significant role in the cultural life of the community.


New Eagle Scouts ...

---Christien McGinnis, Troop 22, New Creation Community Church, United Methodist Church, Dover ... son of Timothy and Lynne McGin nis. Project: Renovations in the council room of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.

---Lucas Evans, Troop 49 St. James Lutheran Church, Hallam ... son of Rob Evans. Project: Built a weatherproof bulletin board for the Horn Farm Center.


Members of the Knights of Columbus will be staging "Christmas in July" for residents of Pleasant Acres and Misericordia on Saturday. The Knights will brighten their day with gifts, carols, cake and other good cheer.

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