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

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.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento’s first piano came from York’s Weaver Organ Company

In a 1996 scholarly paper, York College’s Van Baker said York native and Pulitzer Prizer winning composer Dominick Argento’s work ‘seem to find real people expressing their emotions clearly and convincing through song.’ Argento life and work was one of … Continue reading

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New word here: spionnetje, Part 3. And they were once all around York, Pa.

Some months ago, Tom Gibson alerted us to the presence today of busybody mirrors, also called spionnetje, that were staples on building around York, Pa., decades ago. We found one on West Market Street near Union Lutheran Church. Just yesterday, Tom pointed out that one was posted on a building on East Market Street. So the hunt was on, and wouldn’t you know it? I’ve walked by this mirror, at 262 E. Market, scores of times on my way to the York County Heritage Trust, at 250 E. Market.

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York County’s Judicial Center opened 10 years ago. Can you believe it?

The entrance to the York County Judicial Center leads to a grand experience in the building’s tall atrium. The judicial center opened 10 years ago in October, 2014.

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Maryland’s Eden Mill Nature Center offers high dam, intact mill

At YorkTownSquare, we like to help you discover new places to explore, to increase your sense of discovery about York County and surrounding areas. This one comes from a surrounding area – Pylesville, Md., just south of the Mason-Dixon Line. It’s Eden Mill, part of the Eden Mill Nature Center.

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Cameron Mitchell applause growing in York County: ‘Honestly, it seems like more could be done’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Old Hanover Theatre unchanged/Old York Prison pictured Grass-roots efforts to recognize York County native son Cameron Mitchell are gaining momentum in southern York County, where the acclaimed Hollywood actor grew up. A movie night, above, is planned … Continue reading

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300-pound butter sculpture forms prelude to York Fair’s 250th anniversary

The historic York Fair is drawing on that history in its 2014 butter sculpture. The 250th anniversary of the fair comes in 2015, but this artwork is a forerunner of that anniversary. ‘This is a prelude to next year,’ Jim … Continue reading

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Kiwanis Lake in York, Pa., 1957: ‘Swans first, now a fountain’

Kiwanis Lake at its best … at sunset, several years ago. The York City lake will be part of Labor Day activities on Monday, as it has been for years

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Digging Camp Security: 10 ways to know more about York’s British POW camp

First they tilled the Springettsbury Township field, and then volunteers and trained archaeologists went to work. They found some 18th-century artifacts, significant because this could be the site of Camp Security, the British prisoner-of-war camp that operated from 1781 to 1783.

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York’s Knights of Malta temple: ‘And what a building it was’

In the late 1950s throught the 1970s, many historic York, Pa., buildings were demolished, often to provide parking to allow city retailers to compete against suburban shopping centers. This building’s site was put to a different purpose. It came down, but another stately office building took its place in 1959 – the headquarters for J.E. Baker Co.

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