Category Archives: Longtime York families

Fire in hamlet of Sunnyburn damages Lower Chanceford landmark

Linked in/Neat stuff: Helb’s family remembered/Grammy gift bags made in Hanover When you see an old building this large in a rural area, you know it has an interesting past. A fire elevated this Lower Chanceford building into the news … Continue reading

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Jefferson’s wonderful square: 5 views from different angles

 A recent post about Jefferson’s square brought this delightful photograph of the borough from Eric Krebs. He wrote: ‘The lights and white bags with candles were placed around the Jefferson Square every Christmas by the Jefferson Brothers of the Brush. … Continue reading

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10 links and pictures that tell the story about Tom Wolf’s inauguration

York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photographers captured a bunch of compelling photographs and videos at the inauguration and post-event party. Editors judged this pictured by Paul Kuehnel as the pick for the newspaper’s front page.

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These 10 stories, photographs tell about buildup to the Wolf Inauguration

This neat image came from a Tom Wolf Inauguration email. That’s the future governor at left. ‘While we would love Tom to show us his musical skills at the inaugural party on Tuesday,’ the newsletter said, ‘we’ll let him off … Continue reading

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York County’s long meet up with Jeeps: From a World War II prototype to Tom Wolf’s Jeep

On the eve of the inauguration of Tom Wolf as governor of Pennsylvania, it’s an appropriate time to bring up a vehicle that helped him gain the driver’s seat of state governor. That would be Tom Wolf’s Jeep, popularized, in … Continue reading

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Let’s just call Hellam Township’s Jim Mack’s a sanctuary for people

The official name is Jim Mack’s Ice Cream/Cones and Clubs, but locally everyone calls it Mack’s or Jim Mack’s. And it’s home to Little Ricki, an 18-year-old female bear, its mascot for the past 16 years. Mack’s is a local institution … Continue reading

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This York County witch doctor schooled scientists about powwowing in early 1930s

York countian Jacob Zellers spoke to an American University class about ‘charms, cures and curses’ circa 1931. He made a distinction between powwowing and other ‘good influences’ and witchcraft and hexing, both ‘bad influences.’ A reporter sat in on the class, and this story appeared in The Philadelphia Record and other newspapers after the Hex Murder and its subsequent trials in 1928-29.

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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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Can the York Factory Whistle and Glen Rock Carolers harmonize their Christmas concerts with the same song?

This York, Pa., Daily Record photo gallery has many compelling pictures of the Glen Rock Carolers in action. But I lingered on this one by the YDR’s Paul Kuehnel. It has all kinds of then-and-now and anachronistic characteristics. Men in … Continue reading

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York County’s love affair with its wheels – even small ones – rolls on and on, Part 6

York County’s love affair with all things on wheels means wheels of all sizes. As in here, miniature. As in model trains. This elaborate display at the Red Lion Train Station is open to the public this Christmas season. Years ago, the train station was the venue for the 77-mile-long Ma & Pa’s Railroad’s welcome in the borough, and when combined with its trolley service and highways, propelled the borough as a transportation and market center of southeastern York County in the 20th century.

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