Category Archives: Heroes

In this Christmas season of miracles, a miraculous York County story

Christians believe Christmas is the story of a miracle. They believe God sent his son, Jesus, into the world – an infant born in a remote stable, God made flesh. Many Christians believe miracles happen today, and some York countians point to a real- life example – the recent healing of Spring Garden Township’s Paul Miller. These four photographs tell a piece of Paul Miller’s story, really a Christmas story bearing Christmas themes of hope in Jesus, goodwill, community and, yes, the miraculous.

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How you can absorb Peach Bottom/Delta Welsh culture in a Sunday afternoon

You might recognize this distinctive door and stonework as part of the front of a Welsh miners’ cottage in Peach Bottom Township, Pa. Tours of a Coulsontown cottage will be offered as part of the Delta Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 8.

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Lauxmont from the air, in 2 different seasons, from 2 different directions

Development along the Susquehanna River has gained headlines recently. That would be at the Zimmerman Center, the old Dritt House, in Long Level, and plans to renovate the Susquehanna riverfront in Wrightsville. So, it seems appropriate to take a broader view of land near the river, specifically Lower Windsor Township’s Lauxmont Farm. This land was the source of controversy about five years ago. These two aerial photographs capture the beauty of the land – and give a clue about why the preservationist v. developer battle erupted, in the first place.

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Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne at 60: Who’s writing her biography?

Loretta Claiborne might be the best-known Special Olympian in the world, as the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News described in a recent story. Disney put out a made-for-TV movie on his life, ‘The Loretta Claiborne Story.’ She is part of a cadre of Special Olympians featured in a National Portrait Gallery painting. And she’s been profiled in an inspirational/instructional booklet, ‘In her stride.’ And she’s conditioning and training at 60 years of age. Now all that remains is for someone to write a serious biography about Claiborne. Or a master’s thesis. Here she runs on South Duke Street after working out at nearby Crispus Attucks Community Center.

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Did this Civil War Medal of Honor recipient suffer from PTSD?

York, Pa.’s, own John Henry Denig was not only a hero, but a bit of a post-war rascal. Some evaluating his conduct after the war wonder if he was suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).

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Prospect Hill Cemetery moment honors heroes in emergency, armed services

York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photograph captures a memorable moment Sunday at Prospect Hill Cemetery. Here we have U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, in military uniform, handing a folded American flag Michelle Miller, second from left. Michelle Miller is the wife of Loganville Fire Company chief Rodney Miller, who died in the line of duty earlier this year. The moment was part of a Court of Valor observance, tied to Sept. 11, 2001. The Court of Valor bears the names of more than 300 military veterans who earned medals for valor or sacrifice. So the day was a moment in recognizing heroes in the emergency services and armed services.

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Medal of Honor and Gettysburg hero Lt. Alonzo Cushing: ‘He certainly deserved the medal’

Alonzo Cushing’s story begins like this: ‘Gen. George Pickett’s Division advanced on Cemetery Ridge on the afternoon of July 3, 1863, and the booming guns in Battery A of the 4th U.S. Artillery started to go silent as the men assigned to them were killed. Lt. Alonzo Cushing, a 22-year-old from Wisconsin who had graduated from West Point two years earlier, watched his men die around him.

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Prep sports season start brings question: Who is the greatest athlete from York County?

The start of the prep football season brings to mind a former York, Pa., High athlete who is now in the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Chris Doleman is seen in his high school photo. He went on to football greatness at the University of Pittsburgh and then in pro ball with the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons.

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Frowning York, Pa., lion friendly compared to fierce faces in other architectural ornamentation around city

This artwork is about at ground zero in York County, Pa. It’s one of a series of architectural features captured in ydr.com’s Media Center: Architectural ornamentation. The gallery shows 15 examples of such architecture, including some scary ornamentation that plays a useful function. They serve as rain spouts

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‘You know you’re from Dover, Pa. when’ Facebook site creates, fuels community

Dover’s Veterans Memorial pays the community respects to vets who served in all American wars. An array of such photos appear on a new Facebook page that gives Dover residents and others interested in this community along Route 74 an … Continue reading

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