York County Mosquito Control is hosting its third annual tire amnesty event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The event is part of the American Mosquito Control Association's 20th Annual National Mosquito Control Awareness Week and will take place at the county's public works complex at 105 Service Drive. Individual residents (no businesses) may bring up to five standard-size tires to the drop-off event.
Tires are a preferred breeding location for the Asian tiger mosquito, according to a county news release. This invasive species bites even during daylight hours and is present in high numbers in York County and the surrounding localities.
The Asian tiger is also a vector for several mosquito-borne diseases including Zika, chikungunya, dengue fever and dog heartworm, the release said. Tires retain water and provide shade, making excellent nurseries for the mosquito larvae.
The goal of Mosquito Week, which runs from June 26 to July 1 this year, is to educate the public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the services provided by mosquito control workers, the release said. Residents who are educated on the mosquito life cycle and given tips to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around their homes can help to reduce the numbers of mosquitoes in their neighborhoods.
Call York County Mosquito Control at 757-890-3790 for more information on the tire amnesty event or other local events during Mosquito Week.
Yorktown ready for an active Independence Day
Yorktown visitors can expect to find a variety of activities during this year's Independence Day weekend.
The annual Yorktown Independence Day 8K Run and 5K Walk, sponsored by the York County Historical Museum, kicks off at 8 a.m. July 4 at York High School on Route 17 in Yorktown. Race registration begins at 6:30 a.m.
The Yorktown Patriotic Parade is the second event of the day, starting at 9 a.m. along Water and Main Streets. Morning parade closures include Water Street from Comte de Grasse Street and Ballard Street from 8:30 a.m. until around 10 a.m. and Ballard Street from Water Street to Main Street from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Zweybrucken Road, Comte de Grasse Street, Main Street from Zweybrucken Road to Ballard Street and the Beach Picnic Area will be closed to vehicle traffic the entire day. The free air-conditioned Yorktown Trolley will run from 10 a.m. (after the parade) until 5 p.m.
Event parking opens at the corner of Cook Road and Ballard Street at 4 p.m. The Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on the Riverwalk Landing Stage.
The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band will take the stage at Riverwalk Landing at 8 p.m. The day will end with a fireworks display over the York River around 9:15 p.m.
Go to visityorktown.org or call the York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department at 757-890-3500 for more information.
Bell can be reached by phone at 757-746-6333.