Ask Joan: Recent follow-ups edition

Mark Raffensberger shared this photo of the former P.H. Grove & Son service station in the area known as Red Town or Red Front outside of Dallastown.

Last week, I shared some of the newest Ask Joan questions I’d received, and this week, I want to share some follow-ups – from those questions, as well as from other more recent topics.

What’s inside
1. Following up on The Cove
2. More about Red Front, The Flats
3. Sharing an L&H memory

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Ask Joan: The newest questions edition

Dean Messerly shared this photo of Dick's Dam in the New Oxford ara around 1928. He's wondering about the time at which the area was open to the public for recreation.

Dean Messerly shared this photo of Dick’s Dam in the New Oxford ara around 1928. He’s wondering about the time at which the area was open to the public for recreation.

Sometimes, I try to answer some of the oldest Ask Joan questions, because I want to make sure they eventually get a response despite sometimes taking a while! Today, though, is different; these are four of the newest questions or follow-ups I’ve received, including one that’s particularly timely because it involves a milestone birthday this month.

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What’s inside
1. Seeking stories about Dick’s Dam
2. L&H 5 and 10 memories sought
3. What came before The Cove?
4. Just for fun: Schnitz and knepp follow-up

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Ask Joan: Family scrapbook edition

Donna Kober shared her mother-in-law’s collection of old York County postcards.

As I sit down to write this column, I’ve just finished up a marathon family photo-sorting session with my mom and sisters in advance of some dedicated scrapbooking time. I’m sort of the person in our family designated to deal with the decades and decades of pictures and ephemera we’ve collected, but when it comes to things that happened before I was born, I just plain need help.

So, since that was on my mind, I figured today would be a good day to dig through my mailbag and find a couple of photo- and ephemera-themed questions and memories. I hope you’ll enjoy and, if possible, help answer any questions these readers pose!

What’s inside
1. Looking back at bazooka shell accident
2. Seeking information on family photo

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“Talking Dutch” – Some more about those fun things we say

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It’s time to dive again into the realm of Yorkisms, those fun Pennsylvania Dutch or Pennsylvania German sayings that, while certainly not found ONLY in York County, are prominent here.

We most recently talked about this topic last August, when I shared a list of just a few of the expressions I love most, like “dippy eggs” and “whatfer” and “once’t.”

Since that time, I’ve received more letters about your favorite “talkin’ Dutch” expressions that I wanted to share today.

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Ask Joan: The “How do I know what to write about?” edition

After last week’s schnitz un knepp culinary adventures, I thought it would be good to spend this week catching up a little on some letters – recent and not-so-recent. I ran into a reader in the West Manchester area recently who wanted to know how I decide what to write about each week, and whether, like a traditional reporter, my topics were assigned to me.

I was happy to tell her that, for this column, I’m lucky to be able to write about whatever I want. There’s sadly little method to the madness, though. Some weeks I pull out my file of print letters. Some weeks I go through my emails, opening older ones at random and seeing if I have multiples on the same topic. Other weeks I pull an idea from something happening in my life: a place I’ve been, a food I’ve made, the season, you name it. Sometimes I try to group like things together, or write series, and other times I intentionally try to mix it up, writing about Glen Rock if I’ve recently talked a lot about York city, etc.

Then there are days like today, where I grabbed a few letters from my mail folder and figured I’d just share whatever came up. I hope you’ll find something fun herein.

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What’s inside
1. Sharing memories from Boundary Avenue
2. Thoughts on Pappy’s restaurants
3. The Swamp, the one in York
4. Another memory of Valley View Park

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