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York Barbell spawned celebrity weightlifters: Can you ID this iconic lifter?

Look, mom, one hand. This is one of ‪‎York Barbell‬’s iconic weightlifters in one of the iconic photos of those days when York was know as Muscletown U.S.A.

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Change in York, Pa.: Compelling photo tells the story of an old neighborhood coming down

Linked in/Neat stuff: Jacob Devers & Ike Eisenhower/Reuse for Met Ed’s old steam plant We hear from former Yorkers living elsewhere that photos of change in real time – like this one by the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Paul Kuehnel … Continue reading

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It’s 90 years old, but the 11-story Yorktowne Hotel still stands tall

Linked in/Neat stuff below: Hanover Theater back in news/New use of old York church? Yorktowne Hotel G.M. Rick Cunningham stands atop the 11-story landmark that is celebrating its 90th birthday this weekend. That’s one grand milestone. This scene was captured … Continue reading

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When Milton D. Martin’s Quiet Reading Room was anything but quiet

An audience overflowed from Martin Library’s Silent Reading Room in a Fixing York forum this week. The library’s original benefactor Milton D. Martin, in the portrait, top center, looks on. Also of interest: The Who’s Who that have led the … Continue reading

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What is a community connector? York, Pa., columnist Gordon Freireich defines that important role

York Sunday News columnist and community connector Gordon A. Freireich was honored at Martin Library last week. A fund has been set up in his name to purchase new books for Martin Library. Freireich, center, is pictured with Allan Dameshek, … Continue reading

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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, 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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Strasburg Railroad’s February excursion: Extreme cold unveils lots of hot steam

Linked in/Neat stuff: Lydia Hamilton Smith honored/Orphan trains explained The York, Pa., Daily Record’s Anthony Machcinski braved the bitter cold – about two hours of it – to visit the Strasburg Railroad. In fact, the cold was part of the … Continue reading

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Mark Zuckerberg and his ‘A Year of Books’ invited to make road trip to York County, Pa.

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. Late in 2014, York countian Cindi Greco’s good idea appeared on Facebook in response to a request by the social media site’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Every year, Zuckerberg asks for – crowdsourcing is the … Continue reading

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7 questions – and answers – to check your York Smarts

Ever since this scene appeared in the York, Pa., Daily Record, I’ve thought about such countless gatherings, morning, noon and night across York County. This typifies a piece of York County – past and present.

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