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Planting 'good will' for all

Neighborhood beautifier opens her heart

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State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans recently recognized community service leader and neighborhood beautifier Yoko Enomoto for her dedication to the York community at a surprise presentation in Penn Street Garden.

The presentation coincided with National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

“Yoko Enomoto can be seen as the wise woman on Penn Street who opens her heart to everyone,” said Hill-Evans, D-York. “She has worked to bring peace, justice and beauty to this York City neighborhood.

“Quietly, Yoko has transformed the area through sweeping the street, engaging her neighbors, planting a multitude of blooms and greenery, and turning an empty, neglected lot into the Penn Street Community Garden. It is a year-round showcase of color and welcome.

“Yoko shares her sense of service and love with no boundaries. She has had great success in bringing peace and joy to her little corner of York City and beyond.”

Enomoto is a member of the Salem Square Neighborhood Association, One York, SGI Buddhists, and York Cares, where she develops resources, rest, help and renewal for people in need.

Enomoto said she thanks Shilvosky Buffaloe for allowing her to use the lot to brighten the neighborhood, and “plant good will.”

She said that she also attributes her success to her neighbor, York Mayor Michael Helfrich, and youth in the area who she considers her garden and body guards.