Ask Joan: Beautiful day edition

Our neighborhood was BEAUTIFUL today! (Hence Ask Joan in the middle of the night – I was enjoying the weather all day!)

What’s inside
1. Finding Twin Pines sweet bologna
2. Scott Stevens sporting-goods store
3. How Pinchtown got its name

1. Where can I find Twin Pines Sweet Bologna?? I’m going crazy trying to find it!
- Diane Dorfman

My friend Betsy Baird actually was incredibly helpful on this, coming up with locations beyond the one I knew! She said to try their stand in Eastern Market on Memory Lane in Springettsbury Township, or Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market in Springfield Township. She also mentioned the source that immediately came to my mind, the Twin Pine Farms locations at 1428 Seven Valleys Road in North Codorus Township and off Glatfelter’s Station Road outside Seven Valleys. You can get all the details on their website here. I’m not sure if they ship, if you’re not in the area, Diane, but I hope that will help!

2. Was there a sporting goods store named Scott Stevens on W. Market St. near Pershing Ave.?
- Sis James

Sis, I’m pretty sure you’ve got that exactly right; there was a store called Scott Stevens down near Pershing Avenue. We actually talked about it in this Ask Joan from last August, as we were talking about sporting-goods stores in general, including Cohen Bros. and Webb & Wolfe. I don’t have a ton of details about it, but what I do know is in that previous link!

3. If you drive on West Canal Road from Dover to Big Mount, there is a road marked “Pinchtown Road.” I followed it out once and there is no Pinchtown, or anything else for that matter. I would like to know the origin of the road name and why it is called Pinchtown.
- Tim Smith

Here’s a look at the area Tim’s talking about, which I have driven through hundreds of times without being any closer to an answer than he is.

My best guess is that, much like so many other “towns” and villages of the past, it was named after a family living in the area, never incorporated, and faded away to nothingness in present time. “Lucky” and “Laurel” in southern York County are about the same way, though at least Laurel is marked! Lucky, like Pinchtown, seems to exist only in cartography.

Any info on Pinchtown in particular would be greatly appreciated. As that’s in my home area of the county, I’m especially curious!

Got any questions? Ask Joan using the form at right. I’ll attempt to answer them in a future “Ask Joan” column on this blog. I get a large volume, but I will feature three each week and answer as many as possible!

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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2 Responses to Ask Joan: Beautiful day edition

  1. Linda Harlow says:

    I remember Scott Steven Sporting Goods very well. When I bought my first pair of downhill skis I got them at Scott Stevens. I also got my ski goggles and gloves there as well. Although the goggles and gloves have been gone for some time I still have the skis and poles. I had to replace the bindings due to a recall but otherwise they are still the same. That was in the mid 80’s and I used them up until 2005. Bad hips have put my skiing days behind me.
    Linda

  2. Steve Eaton says:

    I was a schoolmate of Jeff Stevens at Edgar Fahs Smith Jr High in the sixties. Jeff was the grandson (I believe) of Scott. Jeff’s dad, Jack, ran the store, in later years, and Jeff worked there after school. I also bought my first set of ski’s there, as well as all my sporting goods. After shopping there, you could buy some peanuts next door at Mike’s Nut Shop; or get donuts at Dixie (Creme?) Donuts. Those donuts were my favorites and I would stop there on my walk home from York High. Jeff’s family moved to the West York School District in our high school years, but we stayed in touch at the store.

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