Rain clouds and an ongoing criminal investigation could not dampen the spirits of 309 seniors who graduated from Plum High School on Friday night.
“It’s over,” senior class president Michael Bell said to a gymnasium audience brimming with nervous excitement. “We did it.”
The ceremony marked the end of a school year in which three teachers were charged criminally, two with sex crimes involving students, and other staff members were stuck under the cloud of a grand jury investigation into whether they knew about inappropriate relationships and did nothing.
Another great First Friday in Lancaster City. The day appeared to possibly be “iffy” weather wise but despite some ominous looking clouds at one point in the afternoon, the sky cleared in the early evening and the sun came back out.
There were a bevy of food trucks on the plaza next to the Hotel Lancaster. Musicians lined the streets. The pianos are back and we didn’t pass one that somebody was playing. We even heard some very good jazz being played in Lancaster Square. People from many cultures mingled and enjoyed the entertainment, shopping, eating and warmer weather. The Lancaster Police Department was present along with the Ambassadors ensuring everyone behaved themselves. There was even a break dancing competition going on next to the food trucks that drew a very large crowd.
We also checked out the new pop up pocket park on Prince Street before the First Friday throng arrived. What a nice thing for tourists and city residents, alike. A coffee company and an ice cream vendor (selling Carmen & David’s ice cream) have set up shop here. The park makes use of a parking lot which eventually will be a boutique hotel. The asphalt was been painted, trees and flowers and seating were added. There was even a television crew there from Blue Ridge Cable TV who were filming and interviewing the vendors. Many people were checking this out. When we went by much later in the day it was very full! People were really liking the space!
Lancaster is such a great example of what revitalization can do for a downtown. Up until the 90’s there was no reason go to downtown (other than Central Market). Now, it’s full of shops and restaurants. There are always people on the streets taking advantage of all downtown has to offer. There is nothing better than spending time in a vibrant city!
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