Executive Director Alisa Parker and an
New Hope Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving
20 November the Greater New Hope Soup Kitchen celebrated Thanksgiving
by serving a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings to several
hundred people who otherwise would have gone hungry. The GNHSK serves
dinner four nights a week to those who would otherwise go hungry, more
1700 people per month.
Rev. Randy McSpadden and Rev.
The Lighting of
the Way actually begins several weeks before the ceremony with the setting of the poles.
Thanks to Betty George for organizing this tedious operation and to
Robert Conrade of Fitapatrick Lawn and Landscape for the use
gasoline powered auger.
light the first candle
of the Way
The Lighting of the
Way ceremony commenced at 4:30 on Sunday 12 December 2010 with
the lighting of
the first candle amid high winds and cold. The procession moved from
the Van Wyck Post Office to the Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, the
United Methodist Church, Trinity Presbyterian Church, the AME Zion
Church and then to the Community Center for refreshments. At each
church there were a few words from the Pastor and a few songs by the
choir. The ceremony at the AME Zion Church was particularly moving in
that this service traditionally ends with the hymn "Go Tell It On The
Mountain" with Wilkie Witherspoon leading the song. Wilkie Witherspoon
died on 30 October 2010 and there was considerable speculation as to
how the church would choose to continue the service. As it turned out,
Wilkie's only surviving brother, Clarence, stepped in and very capably
Tell It On The Mountain" in memory of his brother. It was a fitting
tribute to Wilkie, a much loved member of the Van Wyck community and a
moving moment for all in attendance.
Land Fire District Tax
people who vote at the Van Wyck Community Center are actually in the
proposed Indian Land Fire District. The only way to be sure is to call
the County Assessor's Office (803-285-6964) and
ask if they are planning to send you a bill if the Indian Fire District
comes into being.
is becoming more and more
clear that the proposed Indian Land Fire District is a very bad idea.
The funds to be generated by the proposed tax are double or triple the
money required to support all the needs of the existing Indian Land
Fire Department. There is no budget or demonstrated need for this
excess money. The excess money will go into a "slush fund" to be
spent at the discretion of a board of citizens not responsible to the
The Board will not be required to publicize or seek public
approval for its expenditures, needing only to send its budget to
County Council for approval each year. The $75 per year tax can
increase without limit if the Board simply obtains approval of its
budget by County Council. Approval by the voters is not
This should be raising all kinds of
alarm bells - $200,000 or more per year of tax money going into a fund
controlled by a group of people not responsible to the voters is an
invitation to abuse.
This fund is being
financed by a flat tax that does not take into account ability to pay.
For low income people creation of the Fire District will be taking food
off the table and transferring the money to a slush fund "in case we
decide to do something else."
It is difficult to envision a
better example of bad government gone amuck.
Questions? Send me mail.
Van Wyck and the firefighting world were much saddened by the untimely
death of Dillon Denton on Tuesday 6 December 2010. A husband, father,
grandfather, church member and longtime firefighter in the Van
Wyck Fire Department, Dillon was well known for his ready smile,
meticulous attention to detail and willingness to chip in
to get the job done, whatever the job might be. He will be
Betty Broome, Eleanor Threatt, Rev. Jimmy Fox as "Clownie the Clown"
and Carolyn Taylor
Wyck Christmas Parade
The Van Wyck Community Development
Club Second annual Christmas Parade was held on 11 December 2010 with
more units, a longer route and much fun for kids of all ages. The
Indian Land JROTC and Marching Band highlighted a parade that included
a fire truck, police car and numerous civic units. Participants and
spectators adjourned to the Community Center for Pictures with Santa,
hot coffee and treats after the parade.
Those who did not pick their Pictures
With Santa on Saturday may pick them up at the Van Wyck Post Office
during normal business hours.
Development Club President Ollie Bass gives his Christmas Wish List to
Santa and Mrs. Claus
to Lancaster County food programs have fallen off recently. The
recession increases the number of people facing hunger and the need for
food. The Van Wyck Press is happy to transport food to the
agencies serving the needy in Lancaster. If you have food
you would like to donate and would like us to transport it for you, let me know.
Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you.
See you in 2011.