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Starbucks will observe its 20th anniversary in York County next year. Time really passes fast.

At York Town Square, we like serendipity. When we ran across this aerial photo of the Starbucks roasting plant in Manchester Township, we knew it would perk interest.

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Public pools plan Memorial Day weekend openings, but Playland and others exist only in memories

With Memorial Day approaching, pools are primed to open. But here’s one that is long gone: The Playland pool. Here, artist Cliff Satterthwaite explains the purpose of his drawing of Springettsbury Township’s Playland complex. Interestingly, other York County, Pa., community pools preceded Playland or followed its lead in shutting down over time. Glady’s Pool in Stewartstown was one. Sun Valley Pool in Spry closed more recently. Today, an increasing number of residents can afford private backyard pools. Fortunately, several community pools remain open.

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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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York County canneries: After you picked the fruit, here’s where it ended up

This cannery is identified as the New Park Canning House, operated by Louis P. Colgan in the 1920s. York County, Pa., had many such businesses, and some operate today. It was southern York County’s bountiful agricultural products, vast orchards and large canneries that prompted the U.S. to send German prisoners-of-war to that region in World War II. The Stewartstown Historical Society is looking for information on southern York County canning houses for an upcoming program.

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How 1 monument celebrates York Rifles’ contributions to 2 wars

The York Rifle Company marches to Boston in 1775 after the call from Gen. George Washington reached York Town, Pa., for troops to support the fledgling Continental Army. Elizabeth Quinn sketched this scene of these early responders for the 1959 W. Walter Van Baman’s book ‘The Story of York Town.’

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Does anyone remember York, Pa.’s, Colonial Days?

‘Here’s a “lost Satterthwaite” for your collection,’ ex-Yorker and Florida journalist Gary Dutery wrote on my Facebook page. ‘I wonder if anyone remembers York, Pa.’s “Colonial Days?” ‘ Gary went on to tell his a story about fellow York ex-pat artist Cliff Satterthwaite, now living in Fredericksburg, Va.

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American Civil War Day calls on York countians to trek south

Bob Rinehart, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Southampton Middle School in Belair, Md. And he’s a 1983 graduate of West York High School and a 1994 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania. And he’s a descendant of a Civil War veteran from York County, Pa., and organizer of a major event – the American Civil War Day on Saturday, May 3.

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York, Pa., Schmidt & Ault sign refurbished: A sign of the times?

Linked in/Neat stuff: Dr. Harry Wildasin, York County achiever/Camp Scott There’s a new sign in town. Or a redone sign, at least. (It’s kind of a sticker, not repainted). But is it a sign of the times? Will the rest of … Continue reading

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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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Utility poles moved for this slow-moving York, Pa., monster

Still on the artist Cliff Satterthwaite beat. He keeps sending in these interesting scenes documenting York County, Pa., circa 1960s and 1970s. This one shows a large piece of equipment passing through York County on its way to Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in the county’s southeastern corner. The artist noticed that utility poles had to be moved to accommodate this slow-moving monster, circa 1965.

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