Category Archives: People

Upstairs at the Strand-Capitol: Life ‘Above the ceiling’ in York, Pa.

This ladder, with senior house manager Ben Spagnola aboard, ascends to the highest reaches of York, Pa.’s Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. The ladder is a continuation to the deserted steps project that have been the topic of several, very popular … Continue reading

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York Symphony + Lawrence Golan + The Strand = A1 entertainment

This past week, York countians experienced a never-before-seen view of the York Symphony and a seldom-seen look at its concert hall – the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. In the first category, brand new conductor Lawrence Golan conducted the York Symphony before a full house. In the second, the YDR’s Jason Plotkin went on a dizzying tour of ‘upstairs’ at the Strand. Check out the video of that tour below, plus eight other pieces of information or links about the YSO and its beautiful concert hall.

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Montgomery Ward, Woolworth’s back in York County headlines in same week

When was the last time you heard about the brands Montgomery Ward and Woolworth’s in the same week? News about the former buildings of these two retailers from days gone by came from two York County towns last week. The Montgomery Ward building Hanover, above, is scrubbed up and windows unboarded so prospective tenants can see the possibility. Check out news about York’s Woolworth’s building below. ‘The drop ceiling has been removed, revealing the original tin ceiling, and the interior walls have been demolished,’ an Evening Sun story says

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Lewis Miller’s ‘People’ and the York Daily Record’s ‘Faces’ meet up

These examples of ‘Lewis Miller’s People’ are exhibited at the York County Heritage Trust and appear in a forthcoming book by that name. By coincidence, the York Daily Record’s introduction of the ‘Faces of York County’ website was launched at … Continue reading

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These old York County steps, Part 6: Where did they lead?

These Springettsbury Township, Pa., steps don’t make sense. Why would someone want to walk from one fast-food place – Wendy’s – to another, Arby’s, both the the 2700 block of Route 462. So they must be left over from another time.

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In Red Lion, Pa.: Working on the Ma & Pa Railroad

Jan Barnhart of the Red Lion Area Historical Society emailed in an update about Ma & Pa Railroad station renovations in the borough. The historical group has been working on the station for about 15 years and is finishing restoration work there, including the relaying of the rails.

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This unexpected thing was fished from a York County, Pa., creek in a cleanup

Some were surprised with what was fished out of Lightner’s Creek in Manchester Township recently. That creek produced a casket lid in a recent cleanup. York has been home to a casketmaker for decades – York Casket. In fact, before and after York Casket formed in 1932, funeral homes made caskets in many small towns around York County. Or rather furniture makers operated funeral homes. Or both. No telling the source of the Lightner Creek casket lid or how it ended up in the creek. But casketmaking has been part of York County’s woodworking landscapes for centuries.

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When York County, Pa. Bibles were printed in German, and Fractur was the typeface

This early American Bible was on display at the recent unveiling of the 2014 Journal of York County Heritage at the York County Heritage Trust. The German-language book was published by Christopher Saur in 1776 and used at Black Rock Church of the Brethren. ‘This was the first Bible printed with American-made paper, and American-made typeset,’ Dianne Bowders, who put up the small exhibit, told a gathering at the event.

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History Mystery people of York County, Pa.: Test your knowledge

This week’s History Mystery quiz focuses on people. It’s amazing – and a bit sad – that once well-known York countians pass from the public scene and blend into history. So consider this quiz – and other YorkTownSquare.com posts an effort to remind folks of those who built this county. (OK, there are a couple of places in here, too.)

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This sports moment surely shows York, Pa., at its best: The hop seen around the world

The York Revolution’s Sean Smith is seen after the Revs pulled out a win against Sugarland in Atlantic League playoff action on Sept. 26. In the 8th inning, Smith had tied the game with a homer over the left field wall and hopped around the bases, a scene viewed hundreds of thousands of times in homes around the world. He injured himself rounding first base after running out the hit, not aware that the ball had cleared the outfield wall.

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