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Papermaker scores 150th: Why Glatfelter doors are red and other Spring Grove stories

Glatfelter has produced this 45-minute video as part of its 150th-anniversary celebration. Glatfelter started as a single Spring Grove mill in 1863 and now is a sprawling, international company. ‘When I first came to Spring Grove,’ Amanda Glatfelter is quoted at the video’s beginning, ‘the mill was standing where the Western Maryland Railroad crosses my front lawn. A dozen houses, most of them built of logs, comprised the village … .’

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John J. Snyder Jr. tall case clock exhibit: ‘A simple design can tell you a lot’

John J. Snyder Jr. collected a hall-of-fame lineup of tall case clocks in his day. The works of John Fisher, Godfrey Lenhart and Jacob Hostetter, all clockmakers with York County connections, are part of that collection. Now, 14 grandfather clocks from the Snyder collection are on display at the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market St. a York, Pa., Daily Record story on the exhibit noted that many dealers collect 10 to 20 such clocks. Snyder collected hundreds. The clocks are works of art and loaded with history.

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From Texas to Dillsburg: Haar’s Drive-In livestreams Buffett concert on its big screen

Maybe it’s a form of adaptive reuse with an assist from technology. Haar’s Drive-in’s big screen stands in York County, Pa.’s Carroll Township showed captured a Jimmy Buffett concert in Texas, rather than a recently released flick. The drive-in, York County’s last one of the few in the region, installed digital equipment last year, positioning itself for such shows.

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Throwback Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge lanterns: Nice, bright and impressive-looking

Linked in/Neat stuff: Red Rabbit restaurant/Hardscrabble York? This view, courtesy of the York, Pa., Daily Record, gives an interesting view of replica lanterns as they’re placed atop the Veteran Memorial Bridge, aka the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge. It also shows the old … Continue reading

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Golden Plough, Part III: 1740s York tavern to receive 50th anniversary party

‘Greater York in Action,’ a 1969 book, celebrated the restoration of the Golden Plough Tavern and the neighboring Gates House as ‘restoration of two of York’s most outstanding buildings.’ And that they are. The York County, Pa., Heritage Trust plans a 50th anniversary celebration of the complex on May 16-17. These images come from the hand of artist Cliff Satterthwaite,

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The name’s Bond. Bond Building. Will it have a productive future?

The Bond building or the Bond Sanitary Products building, as it still known, has been the scene of several significant moments in York County, Pa., history. And now, empty for some years, the King and Queen street structure faces a new use connected to York’s future – part of a growing arts community.

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‘FOE’ in old F.O.E. lodge is no foe of York, Pa.

Confederate Gen. Jubal Early greets recent opening night attendees at an installation by Wayne White titled ‘FOE.’ The exhibit was part of what White described as a ‘three-ring circus’ that included the downtown installation, a lecture at sponsor York College of Pennsylvania and a retrospective exhibit on campus. ‘FOE’ will be open to the public through May 20.

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A hidden hall links York’s underground comfort stations? Did you know?

Those old comfort stations under York, Pa.’s, Continental Square. Well, some folks weren’t aware of them, as indicated in comments on YDR’s Facebook page. (See below). Probably fewer were aware that those stations went into during Prohibition to replace the bars that were no more. But here’s one thing even fewer know. A passageway connects the men’s and women’s comfort stations.

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Picturing history, then & now: Soon-to-be-reopened Hannah Penn Middle School

Picturing History offers this before-and-after, then-and-now look at Hannah Penn Middle School. Some quick facts: This York, Pa., school, soon to be reopened with New Hope Academy Charter School shutting down, was not the first to bear the Hannah Penn name. The west end schoolgrounds also represent the site where Poorhouse Run goes underground as it crosses under the city to the Codorus Creek. Its grounds also were on or near the site of the old York Fairgrounds, site of a Union training camp early in the Civil War. But all this brings on the question: Who was Hannah Penn?

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King’s Mill, Schmidt & Ault, Smurfit-Stone: By whatever name, here’s how a bird saw it

East Berlin’s Dale E. Brenner has provided this aerial photo of the King’s Mill/Schmidt & Ault/Smurfit-Stone complex beside the Codorus Creek from about 15 years ago. Since then, York College of Pennsylvania has rehabbed part of the site, which is no longer used for papermaking or other uses. Among other things, this interesting photo shows York College’s movement toward the western part of York City, with the Penn Street Bridge serving as a connector. That’s a good thing for the city.

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