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: Sewing factory, shoe store and gas station recalled

The July 28, 2015, edition of Ask Joan seeks memories of Bernstein & Sons sewing factory, a shoestore in Delco Plaza in the 1980s, H.S. Schmidt, and the W.C. Lauer Mobil Gas & Oil Station, all former businesses in York County, Pennsylvania.

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Memories of York County’s swimming pools

Only in York County readers share their memories of swimming pools in York County, PA, including the Meadowbrook Swim Club and Springwood Park and Pool.

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Ask Joan: Murder mystery edition

The July 14, 2015, edition of Ask Joan seeks information on the former Menu-Ette Restaurant in the York area, the 1962 York White Roses, and a teddy bear that might have been from the former Bear’s Department Store. Several readers also shared topics for future columns.

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More memories of the former W.T. Grant stores

Only in York County readers share their memories of the former W.T. Grant department stores in York, PA.

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A central Pennsylvania way to store your recipes

Longtime reader and source of neat York County information Jo Ott shared something with me several years ago that I just found in my files today and wanted to publish. It’s about the cabinets above, which were seen and photographed … Continue reading

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Do you remember the Red Lion bean strike?

An Only in York County reader shares memories of a 1962 “strike” at Red Lion High School, where students refused to eat any more surplus navy beans.

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Ask Joan: Fun follow-ups edition

The June 16, 2015 edition of Ask Joan follows up on a Grantley Road restaurant and a manhole cover that reads “York T&T.”

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Ask Joan: GRE edition

Only in York County readers wonder about Grade A chocolates, a restaurant on Grantley Road and a bust of President Lincoln made of Hydro-Stone that might have been in a former bank in York County, PA.

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Remembering Ahrens and other York County butcher shops of the past

Readers of Only in York County share their memories of the former Ahrens Butcher Shop in York, as well as other former York, Pennsylvania, butchers.

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Receipts from York, PA, businesses of the past

Only in York County reader Lorie Redding shares images of receipts of York, PA, businesses that her mother, Rosella Linebaugh, kept from when she and Lorie’s father, Glenn Linebaugh, were first married in the late 1940s.

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