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York County Science Fair, founded in 1984, gives winners a chance to become ‘rock stars’

The York County Science and Engineering Fair has become a rite of March in York County, Pa., Schools. It follows the school fairs, so it features the best of the best. A York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News stories recounts the story of the fair, which goes back to 1984. Thought that was the fair’s first year, it doesn’t mean science instruction wasn’t done in York County Schools. Check out the list of prominent scientists who come from York County, many with international reputations, as proof. One science teacher told the YDR that some York County students have moved to the national level – ‘a rare chance for kids to be treated like “rock stars.”

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Former Hupmobile dealership in York, Pa., now in Royal hands

Linked in/Neat stuff: Farmers Market’s upcoming 150th/Bon Ton Potato chips made here Royal Square has secured this building, among others, in the WeCo district of York, Pa. I wrote this on the Fixing York community Facebook Page: ‘Royal Square’s Bond … Continue reading

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A big week for York County, Pa., sports: Ron Wolf, Bruce Arians and John Kuhn score national honors

New Freedom, Pa.’s Ron Wolf is seen with new Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman in 2000. Wolf has gained a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame, the second person with York County roots to do so. York High’s Chris Doleman was voted in last year.

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Manna Pro grain elevator: How its demolition will feed change in York, Pa.

This tall Manna Pro grain elevator has formed part of York, Pa.’s skyline for decades. The city’s Redevelopment Authority is going after state funding to demolish this former agricultural center. One estimate places that job at $500,000. So let’s see what this says about change in York, Pa. A former grain elevator, representing county agriculture, is expendable. The city is looking to use the land for a possible hotel, given its proximity to the York Expo Center, aka the York Fairgrounds. The York County Agricultural Society, sold the land to the Redevelopment Authority. So we have the fair and its board, representative of the agricultural community for 250 years, selling a former agricultural asset to clear way for a hotel. An county agricultural economy, as old as the fair, is giving way to a recreational/tourism economy. The grain elevator and its planned demolition is a symbol of that change. Not that there’s a bad guy in this case. It’s change, and that often is good and needed.

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Textile museum to explore York County’s long link with carding, weaving and spinning

Alpacas such as those seen here on Shady Pine Farms in North Hopewell Township are relatively new to York County, Pa., soil. But as the desire for natural fibers has grown in America, this South American animal is increasingly seen around York County, a county that is no stranger to working in the carding, weaving and spinning business. In fact, a museum is opening to educate and observe York County’s long relationship with textiles.

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This vintage 1957 International Harvester tractor clears 2015’s Winterstown snow

A recent snowy day in, yes, Winterstown, Pa., and Scott Hildebrand is at the helm of his vintage tractor – a 1957 Farmall 200. From York, Neb.’s Living History Farm comes this description of International Harvester and its Farmall line: … Continue reading

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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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When you enjoy this view from Chickies Rock, how how high above the Susquehanna are you?

Linked in/Neat stuff: Star Barn to move/The Inn at Lincoln Square How high is Chickies Rock, across the Susquehanna River from eastern York County in Lancaster County? The Chickies Rock County Park website lists it at 100 feet. When you’re … Continue reading

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York County, Pa., readers rank places and buildings on YorkTownSquare.com’s Top 10 list for 2014

This Hanover-area porch has been well-used over the years. It’s part of the Gitt Mansion, now a library and wedding venue on Hershey Hill outside Hanover. This is the former home of York, Pa., Gazette and Daily owner J.W. Gitt. His library, focusing on the Cold War era, is largely intact. His papers are also available for scholars to review. A YorkTownSquare story about the mansion – You can look down and see the town laid down before you – scored No. 6 in the top 10 list of posts on the the blog in 2014.

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Farm house in Indian Rock Dam area: Surely this is York County at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: True York County Crime, 1866/Hoke House’s history Ah, a simple and beautiful York County farmhouse in the snow. And this scene comes from one of the loveliest area around York – the Indian Rock Dam area. Surely, … Continue reading

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