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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: 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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What does it mean to be a York Countian? A look at why I’m still here

What does it mean to be a York Countian? Or, to put it another way, what is it that keeps you here? Joan Concilio’s Only in York County project seeks to answer that question.

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Ask Joan: Trying to catch up edition

The Sept. 11, 2014, edition of Ask Joan seeks recipes for the Knaub’s bakery chocolate cake with peanut butter icing, and the Jay’s Restaurant Apple Pan Dowdy, as well as the name of a North Mall jewelry store, details on Stillman’s Department Store on East Market Street in York, PA, and how to find older newspaper articles.

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Ask Joan: Are you ready for the fair?

The Sept. 4, 2014, edition of Ask Joan seeks details on the history of the York Fair as well as the name history of several places in and around York, PA, like Rathton Road, Spry and Powder Mill Road.

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Assorted notes on Bury’s and Playland

Readers of Only in York County share their memories of the former Bury’s Burgers restaurant next to Playland Skating Rink in Springettsbury Township in the 1950s and beyond.

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