The Van Wyck News

Volume 2 Number 8 The Web – Based Newspaper of the Van Wyck Community             20 October 2010

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Bake Sale 20 November
The Community Development Club will sponsor a bake sale on Saturday 20 November from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Community Center. Donations of baked items are needed  - pies, cakes, cobblers, cookies and candies are especially appreciated, but all items are welcome. Customers will find a selection of specialty items prepared by a group of excellent bakers at very reasonable prices.

Fall Events
Election Day - 2 November  7AM - 7 PM.
Bake Sale - 20 November 9 AM - 1 PM

Christmas Parade - 11 December 2010 at noon.
Lighting of the Way - 12 December 2010.
    Pole Assembly - 27 Nov, rain date 4 December

Children's Attention Home News
    The Childrens Attention  Home is located in Rock Hill. It provides temporary housing and, through its Charter School, schooling for abused children removed from their homes by court order.  Fundraising events coming up include a Mardi Gras party on 20 November.
    The Childrens Attention Home has announced a major expansion campaign. Last year the Home had to turn away a large number of children due to lack of capacity. The Home is raising money to permit the purchase of additional land and will build on that land as funds become available.

Turkey Program
    Many supermarkets offer programs at this time of year that result in frozen turkeys being available at very low prices. These frozen turkeys can make a large difference to food programs that can use them, such as the Greater New Hope Soup Kitchen at a very low cost to the donor. The Van Wyck Press is happy to transport food to the agencies serving the needy in Lancaster.  If you have food that you would like to donate and would like us to transport it for you, let me know.

County Council to Create Indian Land Fire District, Impose Fire Tax
    County Council is poised to to create an Indian land Fire District at its meeting on Tuesday, 26 October at 6 PM. Existing fire districts in Sun City, Bel Air and Edenmoor would be abolished and the properties included in the new Indian Land Fire District, which would include all properties from the City of Light to south of Route 75.  The Indian Land Action Council has championed the new fire district, which would vastly expand the number of properties included in the Fire District and have the effect of reducing the Fire District Tax on Sun City properties from $90/year to $75/year. ILAC alleges that the present situation is discriminatory and that County Council has an obligation to correct the situation. The new Fire District will have its own Fire Commission to spend the resulting money.
    It would seem that the history of the situation has been forgotten.  When these developments were first proposed the question arose as to how to pay for the infrastructure required to support them, including the fire protection service.  The decision was made to use the Fire Protection Districts and impose the Fire Protection Tax in these districts to provide the required additional fire protection. There is nothing discriminatory in this approach - the people responsible for the additional need are being asked to pay for the additional capability which the county has provided. At the time the Fire Districts were created the current residents of Sun City, Bel Air and Edenmoor were paying no taxes, and it did not seem feasible to ask the then current residents of Indian Land to pay to support these services.   

Savannah Bean at the 2009 Halloween Party
Halloween Party 30 October
    The Van Wyck Community Development Club will sponsor a free Halloween Party for area children on Saturday 30 October 2010 from 4 to 6 PM. Hot dogs and candy will be provided along with a variety of activities and games. The train, covered wagon and gem mine will be operating along with a scary trail. Come on down and enjoy the fun!
  Greater New Hope Soup Kitchen  
    The Greater New Hope Soup Kitchen  served more than 1500 dinners to hungry people in Lancaster during September.  Now open four days per week, the need for nutritious dinners served at no charge seems to have picked up substantially since school started. At the same time, donations to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Charlotte, source of much of the food served at the Soup Kitchen, have fallen off dramatically. Donations of food or money are gratefully received at 201 Ferguon St., Lancaster, SC  29720.  The facility is open from 4 to 6 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and is staffed entirely by volunteers. The number of dinners served each month has doubled in the last six months. 
Election Day 2 November
    Positions on the 2 November ballot include US Senate, US House of Representatives, South Carolina Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer,  Comptroller General, Adjutant General, Commissioner of Agriculture, Superintendent of Education and Lancaster County School Board, Solicitor and Probate Judge. A list of positions and candidates may be found here.  There are also four amendments to the South Carolina Constitution to be considered. Polls will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM.  Those unable to vote at the polls may vote by absentee ballot or in person between now and 2 November. Voting is a fundamental right of every citizen and every citizen is encouraged to become familiar with the alternatives and vote. The deadline to register to vote has passed, but voter registration and precinct information may be found here.  

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