Wrapping up 2010 in York County fashion

Thanks to everyone who has made this blog so much fun in 2010! As I mentioned earlier, in site traffic, number of comments and personal enjoyability, this year has been my best yet on Only in York County!

To celebrate, I thought I’d conclude 2010 with a list of highlights from the year, as well as a look back at a few 2009, 2008 and 2007 winners.

2010

- Dec. 31: As of today, I’ve blogged every single day since Jan. 2, 2010.
- Nov. 24: The return of Gino’s to Pennsylvania garnered road-trip plans and news of a possible York Gino’s reunion.
- Nov. 19: I posted about a very special visitor to the newsroom – this might be the highlight of the year in blogging, at least for me!
- Oct. 25 and 26: My fall drive through southern York County (told in Part 1 and Part 2) was one of our family’s best local day trips.
- Oct. 19: The ABCs of York County poster, which came out of the ABCs of York County series from earlier in the year, became available for purchase. I promptly got one. That sucker is huge, and cool!
- Sept. 13 and 20: I tried to get hypnotized at the fair and saw a large rat and smushed-up cars. How can that not be a highlight?
- Sept. 15: Handwritten menus become the “sleeper hit” of the blog year.
- Sept. 7: My year of “new Joan” continued with the beginning of tae kwon do lessons (which later became a mom-and-daughter production at Borders).
- Sept. 3: The official York County, Pa., stores and restaurants of the past directory was launched.
- Aug. 24: Little Caesars returned to my part of York County. Oh my gosh, I was thrilled.
- Aug. 13: We kicked off what would later become a series on York County radio history.
- July 22: Summer trip to Brown’s, Graybeard’s Antiques, the Corner Stable and Handel’s Ice Cream. Uh, YUM?
- July 5: The final ABCs of York County winner is announced!
- July 1: Is it stuffing, filling or dressing? Stuffing seems to be winning, but the poll is STILL open.
- June 25: You guys sure had a lot to say about the North Mall!
- June 22: I made an attempt to sort out former and present seafood restaurants on Route 30. Who knew how confusing that would be?
- June 4: We remembered the Jay’s Restaurant (and much of the greater Weigelstown area) with about a half-ton of comments.
- May 11: Avalong’s was another popular entry in the unofficial “Do you remember” series.
- April 23: Dude. York County appeared in Star Trek.
- Feb. 16: Convenient, that Star Trek thing, since it seems we believe in aliens.
- Feb. 10: Thanks to Hubby, I finally tried scrapple for the first time.
- Jan. 19: In more family news, Hubby and I bought a few (thousand) books.
- Jan. 12: Hubby makes yet another appearance, this time in his guest post about actor and Dallastown native Cameron Mitchell
- Jan. 5: We’re in a board game? No way!
- Jan. 3: We kicked off the “reader photos” weekly series.

2009

- Nov. 30: We kick off the ABCs of York County series, which turns into darn near the coolest thing ever.
- Nov. 12: My garage becomes famous on a professional organizer’s blog.
- Sept. 26: The stuffing vs. filling debate began, later to be supplanted with the Great Dressing Addition of 2010.
- Sept. 17: I went to the fair, played I Got It against Todd Platts’ family and won a lasagna pan.
- Aug. 22: I became super-excited about Royal Farms coming to Dover Township.
- Aug. 12: They’re called “red-beet eggs. Not pickled. So there.
- July 15: I get deep and ruminate on how to best use empty big-box stores.
- July 9: And it’s grilled cheese, apparently, not toasted cheese.
- July 8: I talk about why my husband is amazingly cool. Yes, you should read this.
- June 6: Hubby and Sarah check out the street rods while I recover from what I later found out was not swine flu but felt like it.
- May 26: Libraries are awesome.
- May 13: I try to explain the fun of quarter auctions!
- May 12: They let me go visit people outside the office sometimes and I have fun. This trip was to meet the Southern York County Business Association.
- May 9: Meet Mitts.
- May 1: I go to Adams County on a Wednesday and most of it is closed. More reasons to stay in York?
- April 30: Spring cleaning, Concilio-Otto family style.
- March 31: Our family had a good time and helped by picking up litter in several county parks.
- March 29: This was the 30-year anniversary of the near-meltdown at TMI.
- March 20: Meet Mr. Bill and Stormy.
- March 19: I hate bridges, but I drive across one repeatedly anyway for the sake of a good blog post.
- Feb. 18: I have the world’s best cheeseburger. Seriously.
- Feb. 17: Fun with barter, or, how Joan could get a goat. People find this post from Google ALL THE TIME. I have no idea what they might be searching for.
- Feb. 13: Showbiz Pizza, where a kid can be a kid!
- Feb. 3: A free breakfast at Denny’s for the whole county draws a crowd. I know. Shocking.
- Jan. 7: You shared your favorite sweet-and-salty snack combos.

2008

- Dec. 18: Special meat.
- Dec. 7: My favoritest-ever singer, David Byrne, sang at the Strand, and I reviewed the concert. Serious joy.
- Nov. 10: Love, love, love alpacas.
- Oct. 30: Rivels belong in chicken-corn soup!
- Oct. 16: I settled the Great Scrapple Uprising of Aught Eight. Or at least tried to.
- Sept. 28: I visit a nuclear power plant. Yes, go ahead and say it, “That explains a lot.”
- Sept. 25: Where in York County would you ride out a zombie apocalypse?
- Sept. 9: We found all 30 letterboxes in the library and park summer scavenger hunt!
- Aug. 30: I begin ruminating on a goat purchase.
- Aug. 28: We talk about the amazing prevalence of window candles in York County.
- July 19: The Smittie’s Pretzel “Shack” gets a makeover.
- June 22: We start a major family hiking hobby, mostly in the county parks.
- June 9: I celebrate my one-year blogiversary!
- May 7: I edited a whole book! It was about one-room schools.
- May 2: My hair is, briefly, purple and pink. Yes, you read that right.
- Feb. 9: I have fun experimenting with York slogans. No one does chicken like York does chicken, was one suggestion.

2007

- Sept. 22: Redding up, which becomes one of many Yorkisms to get multiple blog posts, is first mentioned.
- Aug. 20: We talk about what “used to be” at Delco Plaza. Like Hills, and Pathmark, and a movie theater.
- July 3: Possibly my first hogmaw post. Really, can you get any more York County?
- June 26: We recall when Rutter’s was a restaurant and not only the convenience-store chain that seems to use half my paycheck.
- June 23: It’s all. All what?
- June 16: Awhile. Perhaps my favorite Yorkism.
- June 10: Meet Huggles. (Note: I fear I am averaging one “Meet my new cat” blog post a year. This is a concern.)
- June 9: The very first Only in York County post was about the World’s Greatest Yard Sale.

There you have it – a “best of” Only in York County to wrap up the year! Hopefully, if you’ve joined us more recently, you’ll spend some time on those previous posts – we have a lot of fun and I LOVE to keep the comments going!

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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One Response to Wrapping up 2010 in York County fashion

  1. Jo says:

    Wow! So many things talked about in two and a half years. Fun to go back and reminisce.

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