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Remembering Agnes: ‘Spring Grove’s Worst Flood’

This is the cover of a booklet published by Walt Geiger and Dave Leonard to show the impact of Tropical Storm Agnes on the Spring Grove,Pa., area. ‘Codorus Creek crests 96 inches deeps at mill dam, topping 1933 record of 54 inches,’ an introduction to the photo booklet states. Here, water spills onto Spring Grove’s main street from a Glatfelter loading dock.

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Scenic Hanover Junction: ‘Awesome horse and rider sculpture … on the Rail Trail’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Interest in Pennsylvania Furniture/Discovering Lititz Dover’s Teanna Byerts grabbed this scene along the York County Heritage Rail Trail in Hanover Junction. She writes this about the sculpture: ‘Awesome horse and rider sculpture at Hanover Junction on the Rail … Continue reading

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At home in Emigsville. Surely, this is York County, Pa. at its best

This is just a good picture. Emigsville looking down on High and St. Mark streets in December 2013. It comes from the camera of the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Paul Kuehnel, who lives in this Manchester Township neighborhood. This scene provides the top piece for The Emigsville Heritage Project, a community website that Paul has operated with since 2006. It features some wonderful Kuehnel photogs from around town.

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This York County witch doctor schooled scientists about powwowing in early 1930s

York countian Jacob Zellers spoke to an American University class about ‘charms, cures and curses’ circa 1931. He made a distinction between powwowing and other ‘good influences’ and witchcraft and hexing, both ‘bad influences.’ A reporter sat in on the class, and this story appeared in The Philadelphia Record and other newspapers after the Hex Murder and its subsequent trials in 1928-29.

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Remember the Mirrored Ball at York’s Bon-Ton? Know what became of it?

Check out these old photos from the 1940s through 1960s of downtown York, Pa., at Christmastime, and look for the Remember series story at http://www.ydr.com/remember.

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York County, Pa., buildings and sites engage people: ‘This Place Matters,’ indeed

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. Nothing gets more engagement – likes, comments and shares – on York, Pa., Daily Record’s Facebook page than History Mysteries about places and buildings. Just an impression. People will engage in History Mysteries about … Continue reading

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A moment to honor two York, Pa., heroes: ‘There’s that Voni and Lorrayne Grimes’

Voni B. and Lorrayne Grimes were honored at a recent event at their York, Pa., church, Small A.M.E. Zion Church. ‘Let God tell you what he’s going to do in your life,’ Voni Grimes told the large gathering. ‘But most importantly, don’t speak with your mouth. Speak with your heart.’

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How historic York County farming, railroading is engaging with the service, information age

This image, courtesy of Google Maps, came to light with a York, Pa., Daily Record story about vehicle vandalism at this York County Heritage Rail Trail parking area a few months ago. The Brillhart Station scene caught my eye because it shows a 21st-century re-use of former agricultural and industrial land. That popular York Township parking lot, park and rail trail section show the transition from ag (farming) and industrial use (railroading) to recreation use. It’s a snapshot of how York County’s economy is changing from its historic agricultural and industrial roots to service and information uses.

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Hyson School: One of oldest one-room schools in York County, state?

Doug Winemiller of the Stewartstown, Pa., Historical Society flagged Hyson’s School in East Hopewell Township as a one-room school of particular note. This photo of the Round Hill Church Road School appeared in the first in the series of the … Continue reading

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Norman Wood Bridge at sunrise: Surely this is York County – actually Lancaster County – at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: Hess trucks for sale/Synagogues in York Ah, the Norman Wood Bridge, seen before sunrise, several years ago, as captured by photographer Don McClure. It’s a beautiful span, high above the Susquehanna River. The bridge has a distinctively … Continue reading

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