‘Mid the Turmoil

By on January 7, 2015

Clean slate

It’s a new year, a fresh start. It’s like being reborn; the potential is exciting.

With this first edition of 2015 (I realize last week’s paper was dated Jan. 1, but due to holiday deadlines it actually went to press Dec. 30), we showcase the symbolism of a Baby New Year. At the same time, the life lessons that come with longevity are equally evident. Maintaining a balance of the two is our constant challenge. Embracing one too tightly can often cause us to lose sight of the other.

Interestingly, the ability to report a Baby New Year may be coming to an end in this ever-changing world of security concerns. Just a few hours prior to the birth of baby Emma, the hospital released a new policy to all media outlets:

As a child safety measure, Lancaster Regional Medical Center & Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center will no longer publicize the first baby of the New Year. Like many hospitals around the country, we’ve based this decision on guidance provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which has cautioned against these kinds of announcements because of the potential risk of abduction or identity theft. The birth of a baby is a joyous event and we know there is always interest in the first baby of the new year, but our first obligation is to the safety and privacy of our patients, which is why we have made this decision.

It’s not a surprising maneuver, but it does serve as a reminder that change is afoot and the comforts of our past are slowly slipping through our fingers. However, we still have some control over the outcome. We were able to report the Fehr’s joyous occasion because we had their permission to do so, but next year’s Baby New Year in Lititz may be a mystery.

Lititz has seen a lot of change in recent years, some good, some not so good. It depends on your perspective. I’d like to hear from you, the readers, about your perspective on recent changes in our community. Send your good, bad and ugly to me at sseeber.eph@lnpnews.com so we can continue the discussion in an upcoming column.

In the meantime, Happy New Year!

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