I-83 improvements causing change at Mount Rose interchange

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The Budget Host Inn, seen here in 2013 after a fire, is coming down. The well-known Mount Rose Avenue motel’s footprint at Exit 18 will be covered by improvements to Interstate 83. Also of interest: The Mount Rose Intersection: More comes together there than roads.

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The Budget Host Inn wasn’t historic, but it was a sign of the times. It appeared to go up when Interstate 83 came in and has witnessed the growth of Hampton Inns and other large-chain competitors along the highway.

Now it’s coming down because the interstate is coming through. Continue reading “I-83 improvements causing change at Mount Rose interchange” »

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This sports moment surely shows York, Pa., at its best: The hop seen around the world

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The York Revolution’s Sean Smith is seen after the Revs pulled out a win against Sugarland in Atlantic League playoff action on Sept. 26. In the 8th inning, Smith had tied the game with a homer over the left field wall and hopped around the bases, a scene viewed hundreds of thousands of times in homes around the world. He injured himself rounding first base after running out the hit, not aware that the ball had cleared the outfield wall.  Check out this photo and others as part of the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Kate Penn’s coverage of the dramatic game. Also of interest: Three photos surely show York, Pa., at its best.

This moment surely shows York, Pa., at its best.

And underscores the importance of baseball in York County.

In Atlantic League playoff action Friday night, Revs outfielder Sean Smith, hustling out a hit, tore his ACL. The hit was a homer, and Smith hopped around the bases. Continue reading “This sports moment surely shows York, Pa., at its best: The hop seen around the world” »

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Gettysburg’s Ziegler’s Grove returning to its Civil War state

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Slowly, the terrain in Gettysburg where the old Cyclorama building and visitors center stood for decades is returning to its Civil War state. In this case, its post-Civil War state as the marker for the Battery F, U.S Artillery is returned to where it first went up in 1907. It was moved when the Cyclorama building was constructed in 1962. How do you re-install a granite monument? Check out this Hanover Evening Sun photo gallery. Also of interest: The story of Evergreen Cemetery, with its distinctive Gettysburg gate, set to music.

That’s the after scene at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Remember Ziegler’s Grove when the Cyclorama stood? Here’s that scene: Continue reading “Gettysburg’s Ziegler’s Grove returning to its Civil War state” »

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Along the Susquehanna River: ‘We have the equivalent of a national park’

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Here’s a spot that hasn’t yet been here on YorkTownSquare.com , and we specialize in finding favorite – and obscure – spots around here, Pinnacle Overlook on the Lancaster side of the Susquehanna. Lancaster County Conservancy has received the 80-acre scenic vista near Holtwood Dam from PPL Electric. A York Daily Record/Sunday New story on such developments along the Susquehanna brought forth this interesting viewpoint from Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area: “We have the equivalent of a national park right in our own backyard. If we improve the quality of the guides and maps and work with our tourist promotion agencies to sell it beyond the local area, it’s a huge resource that could bring jobs and tourism to the region.” Also of interest: Zimmerman Center: They came by land and river to see the improvements.

Other neat stuff from all over … .

This is an outside the box idea. A dam on the Codorus Creek.
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This photo surely shows York County at its best, Part III

Linked in/Neat stuff: Spring Grove Museum /White Rose Photo Engravers
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This postcard scene shows a rite of all around York County, Pa. – wagon rides through the countryside. This scene shows such a scenic trip at Brown’s Orchards Yellow Church Road Farm. This event comes with the opportunity for riders to pick their own pumpkins. That’s Scott’s Pond, at right. Also of interest: Also of interest: Three photos surely show York County at its best, Part II and  Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market of Loganville: ‘I didn’t know a peach tree from an apple tree, but we learned quickly.’

Other neat stuff from all over … .

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History doesn’t stink: Check out these photos of York County, Pa., outhouses

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Mount Wolf’s Charlie Stambaugh has designed a regional plumbing business’s website, and to draw attention, he’s collecting photos of outhouses. The business’s pages are full of outhouses, many submitted from York County, Pa.,  readers. ‘The one pic from Mt Wolf (above) with the two doors is from the Mt Wolf Train station … . That outhouse is in better shape than the train station,’ he wrote in an email. He’s looking for other submissions to post on the site, which is filled with interesting details and trivia about outhouses. And a quiz: Are outhouses still legal in Pennsylvania? And the title on another page: ‘History stinks.’ So if you have a standing outhouse in your yard, email the photo to Charlie. Also of interest: Outhouses common in York only 40 years ago.

Other neat stuff from all over …

Cheryl Keener Smyers wrote on Facebook that the Eric Frein hunt underway in northeastern Pennsylvania reminds her of the hunt for the kidnapper of Peggy Ann Bradnick near Huntingdon County’s Shade Gap in 1966. Continue reading “History doesn’t stink: Check out these photos of York County, Pa., outhouses” »

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7 questions – and answers – to check your York Smarts

Ever since this scene appeared in the York, Pa., Daily Record, I’ve thought about such countless gatherings, morning, noon and night across York County. This typifies a piece of York County – past and present. So, where is it? Also of interest: Check out the York County quizzes and fun tests.

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6 more History Mystery quizzes … .

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Spacious Central Market can become known for more than good food

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Central Market served as a gathering place for 5,000 people in the late 1800s for religious services. Ever since reading that account, YorkTownSquare.com has advocated uses for the market that go well beyond the partial days that it is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. That is happening more and more. The balcony is being used for small group meetings and birthday parties, for example. The market is open on Bike Nights. And just last week, its food court served as a concert venue. Kable House Presents is hosting a series of acts in the market. A FlipsidePa.com story gave this summary from concert organizer J.J. Sheffer: ‘Central Market was the “sweet spot,” Sheffer said. It’s able to host 100 to 200 people, and allows them to use a building she believes is not used enough in York.’ Central Market indeed is a treasure – one that is underused and should be rediscovered. Kable House Presents is setting a visible – and audible – example. (See another market photo below). Also of interest: Central Market should be used for all kinds of things.

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What is it that keeps you here in York County, Pa.?

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Ah, what a wonderful point to ponder: What it means to be a York countian. What keeps you here in this 900-square-mile rolling, green and beautiful space? The YDR’s poll at the York Fair tried to get at it by probing: What does it mean to be a York countian? The YDR also asked about two pieces of that: What is your favorite county food and favorite place? People were ready and willing to answer and the results are on YDR.com with a subhead that summarizes it all well:  We asked York Fair visitors, others to share the best parts of local life. The scene here is Nixon Park, voted the favorite place in this informal poll. Also of interest: Chickens chased wild beasts to York County’s Richard M. Nixon Park wildlife wing.

On this important topic of meaning, the YDR’s Joan Concilio, who engineered the York Fair project, provided a behind-the-scenes look at this project and explains why she’s chosen to stay in York County, her longtime home, over at her Only in York County blog.

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50 years ago in York, Pa.: AMF paved way for Harley-Davidson

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This Harley-Davidson motorcycle was assembled on Feb. 2, 1973, the first to roll off the line at the Harley plant in Springettsbury Township. This Sunburst Blue Sportster XLCH carries the serial number 4A60000H3. The company, then AMF, had just moved assembly of its bikes to York County. The bike, owned by  Mercer County’s Mark Duell, is seen here in 2013, but was back in York and on display at the Harley open house and associated Bike Night and White Rose Thunder activities this weekend (see another photo below and check out this 2014 photo gallery). Also of interest: AMF/Harley by the numbers.

Fifty years ago, AMF came to York County.

A brochure from 1964 says 1,000 employees were transferred to York with arrival of AMF. They filled buildings previously occupied the Naval Ordnance Plant and before that, York Safe & Lock.

AMF made bomb casings, assembled snowmobiles and molded liquid propane tanks in its diversified product line. Continue reading “50 years ago in York, Pa.: AMF paved way for Harley-Davidson” »

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