Author Archives: Joan

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!

Ask Joan: Belated birthday edition

The Dec. 4, 2014, edition of Ask Joan follows up on the history of what is now City View Lofts in North York, PA, and seeks information on Pudd’s crab cakes and a recipe for fastnachts.

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Ask Joan: Memories of Sears, and a Gitt family update

The Nov. 26, 2014, edition of Ask Joan follows up on a photo of Elizabeth Moul Gitt of the Hanover area and shares memories of the former York County Shopping Center, especially Sears.

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Ask Joan: Mailed notes and photos edition

The Nov. 20, 2014, edition of Ask Joan seeks memories of the Washington House restaurant and the identification of a woman in a photo and shares a recipe for lemon sponge pie, photos taken at Poist Studio and some thoughts on Peace Child York.

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Ask Joan: It’s snowing? edition

The Nov. 13, 2014, edition of Ask Joan shares information on where to find old photos of York County, Pennsylvania, information on the former St. Francis Prep school in Spring grove, and a question about the former YESCO Electrical building in North York.

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Ask Joan: Orange cats edition

The Oct. 30, 2014, edition of Ask Joan features questions on the history of schools in the Dillsburg area and memories of the 1500 Club in West York, PA, as well as follow-ups on Fisher’s Restaurant’s oysters and a downtown York 5-and-10 store.

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Ask Joan: Following up on stores and more

Today I’m playing catch-up with some mail I’ve received about past questions; I hope you enjoy today’s fun follow-ups in reverse chronological order. What’s inside 1. 5&10 in downtown York 2. Remembering Stillman’s Store in York 3. A note on … Continue reading

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Ask Joan: A half-dozen questions edition

The Oct. 15, 2014, edition of Ask Joan follows up on a weathering steel flyover bridge and shares questions about a one-room school, the village of Longport, connection with those of Slovenian heritage and more.

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Ask Joan: York Township questions edition

The Oct. 9, 2014, edition of Ask Joan shares three questions from York Township in York County, PA: Why School Street is so named; why the Innversville area was renamed Spry; and why a large flyover bridge across Interstate 83 looks rusty.

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Ask Joan: New questions, new logo edition

The Oct. 2, 2014, edition of Ask Joan seeks the name of a 5 & 10 store – maybe Kresge’s – in downtown York, PA, mentions the value of the Polk Directory of York City, seeks info on a swimming spot in the Pigeon Hills and shares more thoughts on Boeckel’s Landing along the Susquehanna River.

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Ask Joan: Welcome to fall edition

The Sept. 25, 2014, edition of Ask Joan shares information on placing memorial notices in the York newspapers and seeks another Knaub’s bakery recipe and information on some Hellam Township sunflowers.

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