Monthly Archives: February 2014

‘Hot Spill’ sculpture or giant paper clip in York, Pa.? You decide

Millersville University sculptor Ike Hay died recently, but his legacy remains in York, Pa. – a sculpture in Foundry Plaza next to Codorus Creek. It was named ‘Hot Spill’ when it was unveiled in 1984. A York Daily Record/Sunday News story about the sculptor’s death described a bit of controversy that ensued: ‘The piece — all vivid red curves and lines, with a smaller black section — brought some controversy, (his wife) Teri Hay said, and was initially derided by some in print for its abstract design. They called it a giant paper clip, she said. But it was long one of her husband’s favorites.’

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Seven Gates of Hell and Toad Road: Film scares the fun out of York County’s most popular urban legend

York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News columnist Mike Argento has written several times about the urban legend which places the Seven Gates of Hell on Toad Road in Hellam Township. The recent release of the film ‘Toad Road’ gave him another opportunity.

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York photo captured memorable moment of human contact: ‘An emotional life saver for me’

York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Paul Kuehnel captured this touching scene at a York Ecumenical Choral Society concert at St. John Episcopal Church. The photograph drew an equally touching response from the chorus member who reached out to the youngster.

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York County’s history mystery school: Where did this old clapboard one-room school sit?

Some day, we’ll post photos of all former one-room schools in York County, Pa. Well, we might not get them all, but when we run across them, we like putting them up on here. Here’s one submitted to the York Daily Record. Can you locate it?

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More about York County’s Cameron Mitchell: Famed actor’s family members served in Civil War

Bryan Sellers provided these artifacts about the life and times of famed Hollywood star Cameron Mitchell at January’s Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society meeting. This week, he’ll be back to tell about plans to permanently honor Mitchell in York County, his home county.

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Old York County dirt track brought sounds of revving engines, cheering fans to middle of no where

The long-abandoned Bowling Green Speedway’s oval is visible today from the air in this Google Map. This bird’s-eye view shows the rural nature of the old track. Noise from the racing cars and fans broke the peace of this rural area on race nights. Fans of the speedway and Glen Rock-area history will learn about that old dirt track at a Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society meeting this week.

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Bowling Green Speedway illustrates York County’s love affair with its cars

York County’s old Bowling Green Raceway will be remembered in an upcoming Glen Rock Historical Society program. The rural raceway is remembered by many as an attraction drawing thousands to rural York County 60 years ago. Joe Heisler will present.

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How Springettsbury’s Old East York became Old East York

Advent Lutheran Church, decorated for the Christmas 1952 season, stands in this York County, Pa., Heritage Trust photo on the western edge of the East York Historic District, but for years it has been central to neighborhood residents as a church home and nearby gathering place. It was dedicated as the Chapel of the Advent during Advent season, 1924. When the cornerstone for this building was laid in November 1940, the East York development was about two-thirds built out.

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York’s old Codorus Street neighborhood: ‘I didn’t know one family that didn’t get along with another’

York, Pa.’s Codorus Street neighborhood is seen in this page from a book from a past reunion. Former residents of the neighborhood have been meeting annually in reunions and plan to do so again this year.

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Working at a York County icon: ‘I always wanted to be a Maple Donuts girl, and here I am’

York County, Pa., has long played host to business and other venues that are, well, distinctly York County. In the past, we had Bury’s Burgers, Melvin’s Drive-In, Playland, White Oak Park and the Shady Dell. Today, we have going businesses like Rutter’s and Bricker’s fries and Smittie’s Pretzels and Maple Donuts that span decades. Maple Donuts is, in fact, expanding, looking to expand its Springettsbury Township facility. York Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Chris Dunn spent overnight at Maple’s Springettsbury shop the other day and got some neat photos and slice-of-life story. One quote from Maple Donut retail clerk Teresa Mckeown shows how the shop bridges generations: ‘I always wanted to be a Maple Donuts girl, and here I am.’

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