Ask Joan: New old restaurants edition

Two fine bear dining companions enjoyed their lunch at the new Marco’s Pizza on Carlisle Road in West York in January 2018. (So did Only in York County author Joan Concilio and her fiance, Dan Herman!)

I recently had the privilege of eating at the new home of Marco’s Pizza on Carlisle Road in the West York area – also known as the former home of Alexander’s. I’ve always loved eating at Marco’s at their former White Street location, and I grew up going to Alexander’s with my parents after church most Sundays. (Soup of the day: Chicken Supreme. Every Sunday. I’m still not sure what the “supremeness” was.) So bringing those two things together was a lot of fun for me.

The new Marco’s is great, too. Lots more seating and same great food, plus the space looks amazing. You should definitely check it out. And in its honor, I figured today would be a good time to share some food-themed questions and memories!

What’s inside
1. Seeking info on East King eatery
2. More memories of Pappy’s Pizza
3. What was Cottage Place restaurant?
4. Ritz Ice Cream in Freysville
5. Forest Ice Cream and Jolly Cow

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Ask Joan: The Long and Short of It edition

Last week, I shared some longer letters I received in the mail; this week, most of the letters I’m bringing to you are of the shorter variety. I like them all; keep them coming!

What’s inside
1. Memories of Camp Tuckahoe
2. Restaurant and dance floor
3. More on the paint sign
4. Recalling former Dover businesses
5. Sharing many downtown memories

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Ask Joan: The writing-long-letters edition

Long letters, like this one from Virginia Lease with memories of York’s former trolleys, bring lots of Ask Joan questions and memories.

In the day of text messaging as primary communication between many people, I have to admit: I love getting actual long-form letters. Don’t get me wrong – they can be digital (a long email is still a “long letter” in my book) – I just like the idea that someone sat down with purpose to compose a set of thoughts, rather than sending you three words while they’re waiting in a checkout line. It feels more connected.

In that spirit, today I want to share some nice letters I’ve received from readers. These all happened to be of the handwritten-and-mailed variety, but I love the detailed emails you all send too!

What’s inside
1. The Avenues and the trolleys
2. Airmail, 1940s-style
3. Better information on a music memory
4. Downtown in the ’40s

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Ask Joan: Kicking off 2018 with snippets from all over

Sylvia L. Snellbaker shared this photo of the former Peoples Drug Store in downtown York, where she worked from 1970 to 1973.

To kick off 2018 in “Only in York County” style, I just want to share some fun memories I’ve received over the past year or so from all around town. I hope you’ll enjoy reading these letters from readers, many of whom have family connections to the businesses they’re recalling.

What’s inside
1. Memories of J.M. Fields
2. Bowling centers of the past
3. Recalling Mort’s Newsstand
4. Memories from a 1916 cookbook
5. Peoples Drug remembered fondly

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Ask Joan: Following up to close out the year

Longtime reader Dale Boyce has been wondering about this sign, at the corner of East Prospect and Freysville roads in Windsor Township.

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to wrap up a few lingering topics from 2017 (and earlier) so we can move into 2018 and tons more great Ask Joan questions! I hope you’ll enjoy tying up these loose ends.

What’s inside
1. What was that Freysville sign?
2. Bury’s burgers: Memories continue
3. More on Ahrens butcher bologna

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