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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!

Memories of York County’s Tom Thumb weddings

York County readers share their stories of Tom Thumb weddings among children in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Another sampling of York County memories: W.T. Grant, 1500 Club and more

Only in York County readers share memories of the 1500 Club and The Washington House, as well as a photo from the former Mount Zion School.

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Kicking of 2015 with a smattering of York County memories

Readers share their memories of former York County, PA, locales, including the 1500 Club; Joe, the Motorists’ Friend; the Hiway Theater; Playland roller-skating rink; the A&P; and more.

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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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