The late Jim Goodling, formerly of Dover Twp., took this photo of the former gas station at North Hills Road and Route 30.
I just got my car back from the shop today with a RECORD LOW bill – $26! (It still needs more work, but hey, I’ll take it – thanks to my buddy Steve at TeamOne Auto Group for taking good care of my piece of junk!)
In honor of my car fortune, today I’d like to continue to share memories of local service stations, always a big topic for remembrances!
June 12, 2011: Mail call: Service station memories
June 1, 2012: Mail call: Memories of Stony Brook Garage
I’m more than overdue to share more notes received since I wrote the more recent of those posts a year and a half ago! (And I’ve got some photos from our archives that I hope will spark some more memories, too!)
This photo, originally seen on June Lloyd’s Universal York blog, shows the Peoples Drug in York in September 1955, with its windows taped as protection against a coming storm.
Today I’d like to share some memories of a former downtown store that MANY Yorkers seem to recall fondly – Peoples Drug!
July 15, 2011: Mail call: Memories of Peoples Drug
Jan. 27, 2012: A couple of quick memories about Peoples Drug
March 1, 2013: Ask Joan: Seeking recipe for Peoples Drug sandwich
April 15, 2013: Yet more memories of downtown York from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s
Since I shared those posts, I’ve received dozens more memories, and would like to share a few here today!
Fellow Yorkblogger June Lloyd shared this Golden Glow Cafeteria advertisement – as well as many memories of that eatery – in a 2012 post on her Universal York blog. Click the photo to read more about the Golden Glow!
It’s AWFULLY cold. I’m done with winter. So what better thing to blog about than… comfort food! Today I’m going to share some feedback and memories I’ve received about several former cafeteria-type restaurants in downtown York. I hope you’ll tuck into something warm and enjoy!
Dec. 20, 2010: More memories of stores in downtown York
Feb. 12, 2013: Ask Joan: What and where was cafeteria?
Now, here are some more memories about some of these great eateries!
Just a quick update today with an event readers of this blog might want to put on their calendars: A Pennsylvania German Zammelaaf, or gathering, taking place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22 at New Covenant Christian School, 452 Ebenezer Route (Route 72), Lebanon.
The free event includes a Pennsylvania German (or Pa. Dutch, if you prefer) singalong at 9:30 a.m., a program on the Pennsylvania German and Yiddish languages at 10:45 a.m.; entertainment in the dialect at noon; an acution at 1 p.m.; and several other presentations, games, food and crafts.
I am hoping very much to make this event, which sounds awesome! You can find out more at the PaGermanZammelaaf Facebook page.
We received this photo here at the York Daily Record this week, and while I haven’t been posting regularly recently, I had to take just a minute to share it!
It was submitted by Lee Thomson, who wrote, “Remember Spurg’s Restaurant in Spry? Syd Grim is having her 80th birthday on February 14th. If you have a funny story, memory, or picture from Spurg’s, please send it to Syd at 193 Dew Drop Rd, York PA 17402.”
I would LOVE to floor Syd with birthday memories of Spurg’s! It tentatively looks like I’ll be blogging here regularly again soon, and what a great way to kick that off than to help make a birthday fun!
The end of July is here – WOW! Today, I’m rounding up some Ask Joan questions on topics from parks to bologna to restaurants!
1. Where was former Highland Park?
2. Having Twin Pines bologna shipped
3. Seeking info about Naples Cafe
I apologize for the lack of recent posts, everyone! I’m in the middle of a project for the YDR that’s taking 100% of my working hours and then some, but I’m trying to find a few minutes here and there on my own to share what I can.
Today, just a couple of quick and neat things. First, here’s something neat our image technician, my friend Brenda Hake, put together: A gallery of all sorts of postcards showing York County in the past, more than 60 of them altogether. You may have seen many of them in earlier blog posts, but here they are much larger and all in one place. I hope you enjoy!
Next, for those of you on Twitter, you can now follow me @YDRAskJoan for all sorts of local goodness. I’ll update there even when I’m not able to write full posts here, so please stay in touch that way if you can!
Finally, wish me luck… I test tomorrow for my first-degree black belt in tae kwon do at Dover Dragons! I’ve talked about that journey occasionally in the past here, and I appreciate all the support!
Photo by flickr user Takot (click to view original)
Do you call these fireflies…
… or lightning bugs?
This “maybe it’s a Yorkism” question was originally asked of me by one of my fellow YDR editors, Brad Jennings, and I thought it would be great to share and get your thoughts.
In our family, we pretty much use them interchangeably, probably leaning a little heavier toward lightning bugs.
Either way, summer is all about catching them in Sarah’s mesh bug house, then letting them go. (Record so far? 7 at once.)
What do you call them? Comment and let us know!
Betsy Baird of Springettsbury Township shared this former Sunday News clipping of locals, including a Mark Gillespie, swimming in ‘The Swamp,’ a swimming hole on Barshinger Creek, south of Dallastown. Betsy also remembered that area being called ‘Rye.’
I thought, as we kick off summer, it might be fun to hear memories of this and other swimming holes around the county. Some of our Dogtown crew have mentioned a couple in their area, I know, and I would love to hear your thoughts on where you swam!
Many longtime readers know I have a passion for York’s farmers’ markets, since my family tended market for many years at the Market and Penn Farmers’ Market, selling baked goods and Fitzkee’s candy. Today, I’d like to round up some more farmers’ market memories and showcase some of our earlier posts on this topic in case you’ve missed them.
March 1, 2008: Fun in Thomasville
Jan. 2, 2009: Market day
June 15, 2010: Candy-store memories
Jan. 3, 2012: More on the former City Market, and on York’s other farmers’ markets and their history
Now, on with some additional farmers’ market memories!