York County Animal Control implements mobile system

November 11, 2013 

Animal Control implements new system

York County Animal Control recently implemented a mobile solution for Animal Control officer vehicles.

The new computer-based work process will provide the department with the ability to dispatch animal-related complaints online, using staff more efficiently in the day-to-day operations. This real-time capability replaces a cumbersome and time-consuming dispatch process. The system also provides officers with the ability to access prior history related to the animal owner or address.

Based on early estimates and with an initial cost of $25,000, the system will produce efficiency savings with a payback of less than two years.

If you are searching for a new pet or would like to visit or tour the facility, Animal Control is located at 713 Justice Blvd., York. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Visit yorkcountygov.com/animalcontrol for more information.

Holiday meal deliveries begin Wednesday

Clover Area Assistance Center is collecting food for holiday meals.

Items needed include turkeys and hams of all sizes. Nonperishable food items needed: cranberry sauce, potatoes, yams, green beans, corn, gravy, stuffing mix, broth, olives, pie filling, quick bread mixes, and biscuit or muffin mix.

Holiday food distribution begins Wednesday, Nov. 13, and will continue through Dec. 19.

Food can be dropped off 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at CAAC, 1130 Hwy. 55 E. Other times by appointment. For more information, call 803-222-4837.

Thread Trail seeks volunteer help

The Carolina Thread Trail seeks volunteers to help clean trash along Lake Wylie’s shoreline at the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail to prepare for its public debut.

Volunteer hours available are 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Nov. 13 and Nov. 14. Lunch will be provided noon-1 p.m. Also, gloves, snacks and water will be provided.

This trail will connect to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Volunteers will meet in the back of the parking lot of the garden. There will be signs for the meeting location.

Register to volunteer at carolinathreadtrail.org/cervis-volunteer-event-registration-page/. You will need to create a volunteer profile with the Carolina Thread Trail.

Library board meeting Thursday

The York County Library Board of Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the York County Library, 138 E. Black St.

Library board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. For more information, call 803-981-5831 or visit yclibrary.org.

Sleigh Bell Network under way

United Way of York County’s Sleigh Bell Network, partnering with WRHI’s Toys for Happiness Program and The Herald’s Empty Stocking Fund are taking applications for holiday assistance at the following locations:

• Family Resource Center, ParentSmart, 410 E. Black St.,Rock Hill, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays - Nov. 15, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6. 803-980-2079.

• Family Resource Center, Parenting Partnerships, 37 Pinckney St., York, 9 a.m.-noon Fridays - Nov. 15 - and noon-3 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6. 803-684-1504.

• YMCA, 402 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill, 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 16. 803-980-8697.

Applicants must live in York County and must be the parent or legal guardian of eligible child. Ages of children must be between birth to 14 years old. Applicant must sign-up at one location and no other assistance program. Photo ID and proof of income are required, as well as Social Security card for applicant and for each eligible child, and birth certificate for each eligible child. Call 803-980-8697 for information.

Volunteer opportunities are available. Help is needed to collect and pack gift bags. Toys for all ages and $10 gift cards are needed.

For more information or to request volunteer group times, email sleighbellnet@yahoo.com or call 803-554-2803.

Victory Farm volunteer training class Saturday

Victory Farm is looking for volunteers and will be holding a volunteer training class at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the farm.

Volunteers do not need horse experience, but should be comfortable around horses. Along with working with horses and riders, Victory Farm needs volunteer coordinators and help with fundraising projects.

Dory Pell, Victory Farm program director, is a certified Horsemanship Association instructor of riders with disabilities in cognitive and physical categories and is Safety/Standards and Horsemanship instructor certified.

For directions to the farm or more information, call 704-241-2270 or email info@victoryrides.org.

Memory screenings offered Nov. 19

As part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, HarborChase Assisted Living & Memory Care in Rock Hill and Hospice of South Carolina will offer free, confidential memory screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at 1611 Constitution Blvd.

Qualified healthcare professionals will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and care-giving. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and takes 5 to 10 minutes to administer.

AFA suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.

Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score poorly as well as those who still have concerns to pursue a full medical examination.

For more information, call 803-981-6855 or visit harborchase.com/rockhill.htm.

Meet the Breeds Nov. 23 in Steele Creek

The 23rd annual Piedmont Kennel Club Meet the Breeds event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 at 13607 Choate Circle.

While reminding people that puppies are not stocking stuffers and promoting Responsible Dog Ownership Day, the club plans to to fill area stockings for children ages 6 month to 16 by asking attendees to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Magical Toy Drive for distribution by the Greater Charlotte Salvation Army.

Meet trainers, breeds and their owners, and enjoy the Pooch Parade. The event is free.

For more information, call 704-282-4947 or visit pkc.org.

Blood drives set in York County

YORK COUNTY Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announces the following blood drives in York County:

• 3-8 p.m. Nov. 27, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors get a free movie ticket.

• 3-8 p.m. Nov. 30, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Donors get a free movie ticket.

The center is holding its ninth annual “Puppies for Patients” program through Dec. 31. Donors who give blood during this time will be able to sign a tag that will be attached to a stuffed toy puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals and care facilities during the holidays.

More public drives can be found online at cbcc.us. Call 704-972-4700 or go to carolinadonor.org to make an appointment at any location.

York County libraries closing for holiday

All York County libraries will be closed Nov. 28-Dec. 1 for Thanksgiving.

For more information, call 803-831-7774 or visit yclibrary.org.

Gardeners can give extras locally

A local group wants to enlist York County gardeners in the fight against food insecurity.

“An estimated 25 percent of York County residents aren’t sure where their next meal will come,” said Lori Nash, a volunteer with the Master Gardeners of York County.

Food pantries often lack refrigeration or the ability to store fresh vegetables on an ongoing basis, so they focus on canned and boxed goods, Nash said.

“But fresh produce is essential to healthy living, and many of our gardens produce a bit extra that could go to good use,” she said.

Nash, chair of the nonprofit group’s Share the Harvest York County committee, said anyone who grows vegetables can now donate food through 12 organizations, including Clover Area Assistance Center, in York County. The list is available at yorkmg.org/sharetheharvest, includes a map, addresses, telephone numbers and other information about specific agencies.

Master Gardeners give away several thousand pounds of vegetables every year. Organizations may email info@yorkmg.org to be included on the list.

CAAC seeks volunteers

Clover Area Assistance Center is looking for volunteers to serve four to five hours spans once or twice a month to help select foods for purchase from Charlotte area food bank Second Harvest.

Volunteers will be responsible for loading pallets and large boxes of food into a 26-foot truck and then offloading the merchandise into the CAAC warehouse.

Volunteers work in teams of three to select the food, and an additional team of four assist with offloading.

Volunteers must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds, able to drive and maneuver a large truck and forklift is a plus, but not required.

CAAC is located at 1130 S.C. 55 E. Food donations can be dropped off at CAAC 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday.

For more information or to obtain a volunteer application packet, call 803-222-4837.

Assistance available

Carolina Community Actions Inc. has money available to assist low-income families with services including mortgage, rent, water and heating bills. CCA’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, General Emergency Assistance Program and Duke Energy Project Share Program assists eligible households with benefits ranging from $50 to $1,000.

In addition, CCA Inc. administers employment, license for Certified Nursing Assistance, books, supplies, GED, childcare and youth leadership programs. Qualification is based on total gross household income during the past 30 days.

For more information, call 803-329-5196 or call 211.

Meal delivery volunteers needed

The York County Council on Aging is needs volunteers to deliver meals to frail, home-bound seniors in Clover. Delivery takes about one hour and can be done during a lunch hour or around that time.

Anyone interested in volunteering should call Clover Mill Senior Center at 803-222-9286 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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