Ask Joan: The Long and Short of It edition

Last week, I shared some longer letters I received in the mail; this week, most of the letters I’m bringing to you are of the shorter variety. I like them all; keep them coming!

What’s inside
1. Memories of Camp Tuckahoe
2. Restaurant and dance floor
3. More on the paint sign
4. Recalling former Dover businesses
5. Sharing many downtown memories

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Ask Joan: The writing-long-letters edition

Long letters, like this one from Virginia Lease with memories of York’s former trolleys, bring lots of Ask Joan questions and memories.

In the day of text messaging as primary communication between many people, I have to admit: I love getting actual long-form letters. Don’t get me wrong – they can be digital (a long email is still a “long letter” in my book) – I just like the idea that someone sat down with purpose to compose a set of thoughts, rather than sending you three words while they’re waiting in a checkout line. It feels more connected.

In that spirit, today I want to share some nice letters I’ve received from readers. These all happened to be of the handwritten-and-mailed variety, but I love the detailed emails you all send too!

What’s inside
1. The Avenues and the trolleys
2. Airmail, 1940s-style
3. Better information on a music memory
4. Downtown in the ’40s

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Ask Joan: Kicking off 2018 with snippets from all over

Sylvia L. Snellbaker shared this photo of the former Peoples Drug Store in downtown York, where she worked from 1970 to 1973.

To kick off 2018 in “Only in York County” style, I just want to share some fun memories I’ve received over the past year or so from all around town. I hope you’ll enjoy reading these letters from readers, many of whom have family connections to the businesses they’re recalling.

What’s inside
1. Memories of J.M. Fields
2. Bowling centers of the past
3. Recalling Mort’s Newsstand
4. Memories from a 1916 cookbook
5. Peoples Drug remembered fondly

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Ask Joan: Following up to close out the year

Longtime reader Dale Boyce has been wondering about this sign, at the corner of East Prospect and Freysville roads in Windsor Township.

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to wrap up a few lingering topics from 2017 (and earlier) so we can move into 2018 and tons more great Ask Joan questions! I hope you’ll enjoy tying up these loose ends.

What’s inside
1. What was that Freysville sign?
2. Bury’s burgers: Memories continue
3. More on Ahrens butcher bologna

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Readers recall Tanger’s, whistle and Greek Christmas cookies

Christmas image from Betsy Baird

A longtime Only in York County reader named Betsy Baird, who has since passed away, shared this Christmas card back in 2011. To those who celebrate, Merry Christmas, York County style!

I’m sure everyone has been busy getting ready for the holidays. In our house, things got a little more hectic than normal when my mom fell and broke her hip. She’s recovering quite well, but there’s nothing like a family emergency to cause you to stop and think, “Do I REALLY need to buy even more gifts, or are there more important things to focus on?” I’m just glad she’s healing so nicely and going to be able to be home with us soon; it’s the best gift I could ask for this Christmas.

What’s inside
1. More on Tanger’s Toyland in Hanover
2. An additional Christmas whistle memory
3. Remembering Roupas family contributions

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