Gettysburg 152: Commemorating the battle on land – and sea

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A port side view of the US Navy (USN) USS GETTYSBURG (CG-64) underway on the Atlantic Ocean during Exercise SUMMER PULSE 2004. SUMMER PULSE 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft strike groups (CSG), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other US, allied, and coalition military forces.

Gettysburg is landlocked, but The Evening Sun in Hanover found a neat way to tie this historic town and its battle to the sea: Several years ago, the USS Gettysburg, pictured here, borrowed artifacts from the National Park Service. Those 20 items included an officer’s saber, officer sash, an officer’s revolver, musket bayonet, shell fragments and cannonballs. Some of the missile cruiser’s crew were to return them as part of  152nd anniversary observances going on this week at the battlefield. And here’s another neat connection between Gettysburg and the USS Gettysburg. ‘The borough of Gettysburg has its own specific flag,’ a crew member told The Evening Sun, ‘and about 20 years ago they let us fly that flag on our ship to show we have a connection with the city wherever we are.’ Read more: USS Gettysburg.  Also as part of the 152nd, free Sacred Trust presentations on compelling Civil War topics are set for July 4-5 on the lawn of the visitors center. Here’s a bit about last year’s Sacred Trust talks. Also of interest: Replicating Lincoln in Gettysburg: A Red Lion artist is working to reproduce ‘The Man.’

 

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Replicating Lincoln in Gettysburg: A Red Lion artist is working to reproduce ‘The Man’

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Brian Griffin is a Red Lion, seen here, is an exhibit specialist for the National Park Service, another important artist with York County, Pa., ties. He’s done metal restoration at the White House and historic sites across America. According to The Evening Sun in Hanover: His big current project is to restore hollow casts, made of plaster and burlap, that were made for a replica of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ ‘Abraham Lincoln: The Man.‘ That 12-foot-tall bronze statue stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Those casts that Griffin is restoring? Well, President Lyndon Johnson wanted to give a replica of the 19th-century statue from the famed American Saint-Gaudens to Mexico. That never happened and the casts have been sitting in storage since the 1960s. Now Griffin is others are working in Gettysburg to produce the replica for the Saint-Gaudens National Historic site in New Hampshire late September. ‘We’re just the current generation maintaining this history for the next,’ he said. ‘You feel a lot of pride in that. These are all national treasures.’ Also of interest: Another example of a statue restoration in Gettysburg after vandals struck.

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Springetts again focal point of preservationist-versus-developer debate, Part II

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Another developer v. preservationist debate is playing out in (where else?) Springettsbury Township. Bloomingdale (seen here) and the Modernaire Motel are significant structures that could be demolished as part of the plans to build a shopping center at the Route 30/Mount Zion intersection. ‘The imposing Bloomingdale house is a juxtaposition of several styles, its footprint hearkens to times when estate houses like “Elmwood,” the Strickler Mansion and Vincent Keesey’s Italianate house at 1901 E. Market (both still standing) heralded the York to Wrightsville and Lancaster Turnpike,’ Robert S. Frey, Jr., Sally Cox Frey and Terry Downs wrote in a York, Pa., Daily Record guest column. So we have another case of developers saying their project means jobs and preservationists pointing to loss of quality of life. Township officials should – must – listen carefully to the preservationists’ points. These old places, indeed, matter. Also of interest: Springettsbury again focal point of preservationist-v.-developer debate.

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That was Tropical Storm Agnes: ‘My mother-in-law … they took her out of the second story window by boat’

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This History Mystery quiz captured the interest of York, Pa., Daily Record Facebook readers. It reached more than 50,000 and attracted, 268 likes, 134 comments and 226 shares. One commenter remembered:  ‘My mother-in-law lived on the corner and they took her out of the second story window by boat.’ That was Agnes. Check out more interesting comments. Here’s the quiz: In late June 1972, ‪York CountyP was dealing with this – immense flooding from Tropical Storm Agnes’ rain. The high water damaged small towns, like this one, as well as York City. What street in what small town are we seeing here under water? Do you remember Agnes? Answer: http://goo.gl/YX4gHJ. Also of interest: Check out this quiz and (fun) tests.

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Growing bad blood in families means more York County judges – and more courtrooms

Doors leading to a newly-built fifth-floor courtroom can be seen at center, during a tour of the recently finished fifth floor of the York County Judicial Center on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. When the seven-story judicial center was finished in 2004, the fifth floor was purposely left vacant to allow for additional courtrooms and chambers to be built at a later time. President Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh said it was anticipated that those facilities would be needed to accommodate increased caseloads by 2015. The completed fifth floor, which was estimated to be a $7.1 million project but came out about $6.9 million, has eight smaller, non-jury courtrooms, multi-purpose rooms and two judges' chambers. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News
The buildout of the fifth floor at the York County Judicial Center, seen across the North George Street atrium, reflects what’s going with family structure in the county. Some of the fifth-floor courtrooms will open in July to accommodate escalating county court business. “When I took the bench in 1998, there were one and a half judges handling juvenile and family court,” President Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh told the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News. ‘Now, we have seven to eight judges in juvenile and family court.’  Also of interest: Is the Judicial Center York County’s fourth – or fifth – courthouse?

 

Check out two more photos of the fifth floor below, part of a YDR photo gallery on the additions this fourth courthouse to stand in York County.

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Royal Square in York, Pa.: These buildings will be in the middle of things. Actually, they already are

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This remote section of Royal Square Development continues to expand in York City, Pa. Actually, it’s not remote – right down North Beaver Street from Central Market. And when the Northwest Triangle goes up a short piece the other way across from North Beaver, these buildings will be in the middle of things. Santander Stadium will be a short walk to the east. The White Rose eatery to the south. But the buildings are remote from the epicenter of Royal Square and King and Duke streets, showing the influence and reach the developers are having along key streets in York’s downtown and across the Codorus in the WeCo District. This map shows Royal Square properties in and around this epicenter. Also of interest: 6 views of York, Pa.’s, Royal Square, then and now.

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A YorkTownSquare.com reader and Lancaster County resident enjoyed a recent post that included an aerial photo of Jefferson’s square.

He shared this story about the southwestern York County town:

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In their day, these old York, Pa., lamp posts were works of art

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You see these old utility poles bearing new street lamps around town. You squint and realize that in their day, they were special. They still bear an element of their original craftsmanship, although this one outside Central Market on North Beaver Street is particularly weathered. A rehab of these old poles in would be worthy project for sprucing up the Market/Arts districts. Who wants rusty poles in a budding arts district? Terry Downs, a student of local architecture surmises that they could have been made locally, at Smyser-Royer Foundry. It was Terry who pointed to the presence of these artifacts of the past in a comment on Facebook, below, in which in spotted one of the old light standards in a 1942 York Hospital photo.  … .

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York Fair 250: Big parade, big top circus part of big anniversary plans

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These panels, part of the outdoor York Fair painting in the Murals of York series, show high-profile parades that have been part of the fair’s past. This year, an expanded parade around the York Expo Center is part of  the observances of 250 years since the first fair. Or should we say fairs. The original charter in 1765 allowed for two annual events. The 250th anniversary in 2015 does not mean that York County has hosted a fair every year since before its pre-Revolutionary War founding. For example, after a murder at the fair in 1815, the event was discontinued until 1853. Back to the parade. For many years, York countians would get a free parade when circus animals would disembark from the train and make their way to the fairground. The circus at the fair, inside in recent years, will be outside this anniverary year – under a big top tent. Check out this preview of activities connected with York Fair 250. Also of interest: In search of proof that York Fair is America’s oldest fair.

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Off-year, off-season election musings: Leader and Wolf families have impact on York County, Pa.

Front of The Gazette and Daily, November 3, 1954.Submitted

Front of The Gazette and Daily, November 3, 1954.Submitted

This is a story of two front pages and two venerable York, Pa., families.

Next to the York Daily Record copy machine the other day, I ran across a copy of The Gazette and Daily front page. One of our journalists must be working on a piece about George Leader, the first York County native son to become governor of Pennsylvania.

It reminded me how often the Leader family has been in the news – and still is in the news.

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Murals of York, Pa.: 3 views and some news about these deteriorating, outdoor paintings

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Good news here. This vandalized panel in the Murals of York series will be rehabbed. Its cleanup offered an opportunity for an artist to make a mark on the community, and a York, Pa., Daily Record story says someone has stepped forward to do the work at a cost of $300. Still this West Market Street mural, featuring a Pullman automobile made in York sometime before 1917, has deeper structural problems – the background stucco is falling off. This is a definite candidate for the adopt-a-mural program (see below). Also of interest: When a Pullman became a seesaw … .

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Two more items about the Murals of York … .
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