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Northern Maryland photographer: Chesapeake Bay ‘more solidly frozen than I’ve seen in thirty years’

‘The Bay is more solidly frozen than I’ve seen it in the thirty years I’ve live(d) around here,’ Maryland resident Don McClure wrote on Facebook about the region where the Susquehanna River meets up with the Chesapeake Bay. It was a cold February when Don McClure, a photographer whose work ofen has appeared on YorkTownSquare, wrote this. March is starting that way, too.

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When residents admire York County architecture, they put church buildings on their most-viewed lists

York countians love to talk about the wonderful architecture around here. And they also are eager to engage when significant architecture is found in houses of worship. In fact, church buildings are among York County, Pa.’s, most best-known and admired architectural prizes. This one, for example. The way the congregation lights it up – a beacon to motorists driving along Interstate 83 and the old Lincoln Highway.

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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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Susquehanna River’s Veterans Memorial Bridge good example of an architectural showpiece

You could say they don’t make bridges like they used to. Spans like the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge, built in 1930 and christened the Veterans Memorial Bridge, are architectural showpieces. Their replacement spans often are, well, just boring. Consider this photo of the Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Susquehanna River, for example. The York, Pa., Daily Record’s Chris Dunn gathered in this scene, and look at the engagement: 350 plus likes. It’s now atop the YDR’s Facebook page. How often do you see the Wright’s Ferry Bridge, constructed 40 years later, in photos? OK, it’s just a one-bridge sample, but quality-of-life advocates would say that infrastructure should add to experience, not detract from it.

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York’s Lafayette statue removed – all 6-feet, 6-inches, 800 pounds of him – for some foot work

Linked in/Neat stuff: Those Codorus Eagles, again/Exhibiting black history at CA The Twitter exchange about the removal of the Marquis de Lafayette statue from in front of West Market Street’s Colonial Complex for repairs drew this exchange on Twitter: YDR’s … Continue reading

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York, Pa.’s grand Lady Linden: The city house built by farm harvesting machinery

Yes, the Lady Linden. And a grand lady she is. Queen of The Avenues, a neighborhood that grew along the trolley line that ran from York, Pa.’s Continental Square to Dover. As this Picturing History slider shows, at left is the Lady Linden, an 1887 Queen Anne house on Linden Avenue in York, circa 1890. And at right, the Lady Linden, now a bed and breakfast, is seen in a late 2014. The Lady Linden’s website gives this brief history: ‘Lady Linden was built in 1887 for industrialist Samuel Nevin Hench. He and his business partner, Walker A. Dromgold, came to York from Perry County in 1878 to manufacture farm harvesting implements for steam tractors and horse drawn. Many of these items were of their own design and patent and were shipped to international destinations. They built their houses side by side with the same design footprint here on Linden Avenue and raised their families here. Both these gentlemen were very active in the community and family members remained here until 1920.”

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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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York County, Pa., residents love Pennsylvania Dutch food. We like to talk about it, too.

York countians like to comment on buildings, that’s proven by their engagement on Facebook. But we like to eat, and we like to share, like and comment about those delicacies that are distinctively Pennsylvania Dutch and York County, Pa.

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Hanover’s stately Young Manor isn’t so young, but it’s still spry

Linked in/Neat stuff: Firefighter Greg Halpin retiring/Restoring Jefferson’s cannons The Young Manor  isn’t young, but it has a new tenants and energy. State Rep. Kate Klunk is one new tenant in the Carlisle Street fixture in Hanover. It’s also a … Continue reading

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Surely, this is York, Pa., at its best. And worst.

This is the City of York, Pa., at its best: Market day in the Beaver Street neighborhood that has been branded as the Market or Arts District. That’s the bright view at street level. Looming above are the crises facing … Continue reading

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