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It was a big deal in Lancaster when Manor Street was paved for the first time.

The occasion was commemorated with a parade and a ceremony on June 15, 1923, at which Mayor Frank Musser officially opened the street by striking a small fence with a hatchet.

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In 1923 a group of Manor Street residents gathered to celebrate the paving of Manor Street. Friday evening another group gathered to celebrate the new street lights that were recently installed and recreate a photo of the 1923 event. SoWe and West Lancaster Jewels held the event Friday evening October 4, 2019 in Lancaster City in front of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The moment, which kicked off a two-day carnival on Cabbage Hill, was captured in a photo that appeared the next day on the front page of both the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal and the Lancaster New Era. (Click the links to see the two papers' coverage on; access is included with a digital LancasterOnline subscription.)

Friday evening, the SoWe and West Lancaster Jewels neighborhood groups recreated that image to commemorate another big deal — the installation of 129 "boulevard"-style lights along Manor and West King streets.

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New streetlights have been installed along Manor Street, seen here on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. 

Installation of the lights, which are similar to those downtown, was a long-term goal for SoWe and is part of the organization’s vision for the corridor's revitalization.

They "will provide increased safety and invite more community and economic activity to the area," SoWe Neighborhood Director Jake Thorsen said.

Included is the planting of 65 street trees along Manor and West King streets.

The project cost $1.97 million and the work was performed by a city contractor. A state grant covered a third of the expense and the S. Dale High Foundation chipped in $50,000 as part of its support of SoWe. The city provided the remaining funding.