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Pa. orchards, vintage car, driver with pipe: Surely, this is York/Adams at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: Is York’s downtown safe?/Where is this Vietnam memorial? There’s something about this photo by Clare Becker of the Evening Sun in Hanover that makes you pause to take it all in. And then pause to take in … Continue reading

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How do you move a gallows? York, Pa.’s relocating Police Heritage Museum will figure that out

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Dan Connolly’s O’s book/York Jeopardy game will challenge you York, Pa.’s Police Heritage Museum’s collections go beyond the many artifacts from its law enforcement past on public display. Here, John Stine, the go-to person with questions … Continue reading

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York County, Pa., enjoys its big anniversaries, Part II: And there’s even more history to enjoy

The year was 1887, and Borough of York, Pa., turned into the City of York, Pa. This came exactly 100 years after the Village of York became the Borough of York. All this called for a major celebration, and the … Continue reading

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What is a community connector? York, Pa., columnist Gordon Freireich defines that important role

York Sunday News columnist and community connector Gordon A. Freireich was honored at Martin Library last week. A fund has been set up in his name to purchase new books for Martin Library. Freireich, center, is pictured with Allan Dameshek, … Continue reading

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Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers in WW II: 4 more little-known facts about York, Pa.’s four-star general

York, Pa., native Jacob Loucks Devers sports a cavalry look at Fort Knox early in World War II.  Armoured cavalry replaced horse cavalry in reconnaissance and other duties in the U.S. Army. Devers was relatively little known. By war’s end, … Continue reading

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Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers in WW II: ‘True driving force in the creation of American tanks and tank divisions’

Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers, left, talks with Lt. Donald E. MacNutt, 85th Engineers, as light and heavy vehicles from the 10th Armored Division cross the Rhine River about 70 years ago – on April 1, 1945. The engineers installed this … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln, Part II: How many times did the 16th President’s trains touch York County?

Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train stopped in York, Pa., on April 21, 1865. The train’s sad visit to York’s North Duke Street station came only a couple of miles from where his assassin, John Wilkes Booth, attended school a dozen years … Continue reading

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Reflecting on J.W. Gitt’s Gazette and Daily and journalism in York, Pa.

J.W. Gitt owned The Gazette and Daily in York, Pa., for 55 years. His left-leaning tabloid is remembered today for its against-the-grain look at conservative-to-moderate York County, Pa., particularly in the post-World War II era through his closure of the … Continue reading

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Widespread contour farming in York County, Pa., and beyond goes back only about 75 years

Yes, there is grass and greenery and such below the snow! This photograph remind you of that. It comes courtesy of David Trout and the book ‘Yesteryears in Southern York County,’ and shows contoured land on an East Hopewell Township farm. Interestingly, the widespread practice of contoured farming only goes back 75 years. Farming practices that resulted in the Dust Bowl helped inspire that. ‘Yesteryears’ states: ‘The Penn State Extension service designed conservation plans and strongly encouraged landowners in the 1930’s and 40’s to alternate crops on a hillside to prevent soil erosion.’

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Penn Park field, York, Pa.’s, first known ballpark: Then & now.

Linked in/Neat stuff:  ‘Pennsylvania Barn Stories’/Stewartstown RR rolls again   Spring will eventually get here – and so will baseball. Which brings us to a then-and-now scene. This is York, Pa.’s, first known baseball stadium, Penn Park field. It spread out at … Continue reading

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