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Lancaster is still seeing the effects of that arctic blast brought about by the polar vertex earlier this week. and Blood donations are needed, trash collection was affected, power usage hit record usage, and the frozen puppies left at SPCA are improving. Special events today also include VisionCorps' 2nd Look.

The two puppies that were found nearly frozen in a backpack yesterday are being taken for at the Lancaster SPCA. They should be available for adoption once back to full health. The Lancaster SPCA is located at 599 Chesapeake Street.

There will be a PTO/PAC meeting at Reynolds Middle School at 5:45 p.m. today. There will also be a PAC Campus meeting at 6:30 p.m. at McCaskey East High School.

VisionCorps will hold its 2nd Look Lancaster event tonight and you are invited! The free event will be at TMB Clothing, 36 N Queen Street. Learn about VisionCorps. Check out TMB Clothing. Enjoy light refreshments by Greenfield Restaurant & Waltz Vineyards. The drop in event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The City of Lancaster has announced a change in collection dates this week. On Friday, 3 January, the inclement weather and street inaccessibility caused some missed collections within the City. Penn Waste collection crews will take double amount of trash today (Thursday, 9 January) on the following streets: North Street, Chester Street, Green Street, Christian Street, Howard Avenue, Locust Street, John Street, Woodward Street, Greenwood Avenue, Morton Lane, and the 700 block of South Plum Street.

The City has also announced that an antiquated water main in West Chestnut Street between College Avenue and Prince Street will be replaced. The replacement of the Chestnut Street water main is slated to begin mid-January and is expected to take five months. There will be traffic restrictions and changes in traffic patterns during this time.

The United Way is looking for over 100 volunteers. United Way’s MLK Day of Service provides opportunities to respond to Dr. King’s call to service. There are 13 projects available throughout Lancaster County. To register for volunteer projects, please go to, click “Get Connected”, then click the tab that says “2014 MLK Day of Service.”

The recent arctic blast set a new record for power usage, according to PPL Electric Utilities. Preliminary figures provided by the utility show the demand on the system for the hour ending at 6 p.m. Tuesday was 7,784 megawatt-hours. This passed the all-time winter peak of 7,577 megawatt-hours set on 5 February 2007. The new demand record means customers used 7.78 million kilowatt-hours of power in the hour in which the mark was set, enough to power more than 700 homes for a year, according to a release by PPL.

The severe weather also took its toll on blood donations. The American Red Cross is holding a blood donation drive tomorrow (Friday, 10 January) at Park City Center from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. All types are needed and appreciated but the Red Cross especially needs O negative and B negative. Click HERE to register.

Many Lancastrians may head up to Harrisburg today for the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show. Yesterday the Kirk Family of Peach Bottom accepted a certificate commemorating Cedar Fringed Farm’s Century Farm status. Pennsylvania’s Century and Bicentennial Farm programs are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Farmland Preservation. They recognize the farm families who have been part of Pennsylvania agriculture for generations. The Cedar Fringed Farm has been in the Kirk Family for four generations now, since Howard T Kirk came to Peach Bottom in 1912. The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation and runs through Saturday, 11 January. It is held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit for details.

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