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York Factory Whistle’s sound: How about like a ‘whale song without the water?’

The York Factory Whistle’s move to Metso this year is a milestone in the long lifetime of this quirky York County, Pa., concert. This photo captures a moment in 2011 in which a compressed air line is being installed to funnel the power source for the variable-valve whistle at its longtime home, New York Wire. For most of its life, the whistle was powered by steam. A practice at the whistle’s new venue at Metso’s 240 Arch Street, York, plant is set for noon today in preparation for the early Christmas Day concert.

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Who originated the annual New York Wire Factory Whistle concert?

With the news that the New York Wire Factory Whistle Concert is moving to Metso, one might wonder how the annual Christmas Eve concert came about, in the first place. This season’s greetings card put the orchestration in the hands of Karl Alex Smyser. He’s shown here in the narrow room where successor whistlemasters stood to play the steam- – now air – powered instrument, made possible by the whistle’s unusual sliding valve.

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Precarious perch above York County, Pa., Part II

Two cranes, capable of reaching about 180 feet high, help technicians work on the Sprint phone network atop an old Met Ed steam plant smokestack in downtown York

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What is this mystery find in the Hanover Evening Sun’s closet? Linked in to history, 12/12/12

Yorktownsquare.com covers links to a Pearl Harbor anniversary observance, a West York whose 12th birthday is 12/12/12 and the Glen Rock Carolers annual performance

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The Avenues in York: ‘We are proud of the sense of community’ – Linked in to York County history, Oct. 6, 2012

More stuff below: Adams barn dance/Farmers markets/Factory whistle The Avenues, in Northwest York, is the birthplace of Memorial Hospital, Out Door Country Club and numerous notable York countians. Avenues Neighborhood Association is proud of its past and wants to show … Continue reading

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New York Wire factory whistle commentary delivered to readers via Google+

New York Wire’s factory whistle concert may be endangered again, with the reported closing of the company’s East Market Street factory. Musing about this on a recent Google+ post.

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A crack, a lean and Mount Wolf’s smokestack came down: Linked in to York County history, Sept. 20, 2012

Yorktownsquare.com covers demolition of another smokestack in York County, a view of a piece of the Electric Map and Voith’s 135th anniversary.

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New York Wire factory whistle, shift workers and children: Does the noise disturb them?

Workers get ready for the New York Factory Whistle Concert rehearsal in preparation for tonight’s concert. At the same time as this unusual concert, but about 15 miles away, the Glen Rock Carol Singers will exercise their vocal chords all … Continue reading

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Mount Wolf landmark coming down: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, Oct. 10, 2011

A Mount Wolf, Pa., community landmark, the old wire cloth factory, is coming down. The demolition is fascinating townspeople as a recent York Daily Record/Sunday News story reports. Interesting that this old Pennsylvania Wire Cloth plant, later New York Wire, … Continue reading

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