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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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West Manchester Township’s village of Shiloh took its name from a nearby Union church

West Manchester’s Shiloh Evangelical Lutheran Church is portrayed by an unknown artist as it appeared in the early 1900s. The rendering was recently donated to the church as part of an anniversary celebration. Also of interest: Where did the trolley … Continue reading

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York County doesn’t like change? Wyndridge Farm reuse challenges that

Wyndridge Farm near Dallastown has found two new uses for a 77-acre farm and 120-year-old barn. Wyndridge Crafty hard cider is made there, and the place is being developed into a special events venue. That means weddings and such. ‘The plan is to make Wyndridge Farm into what (owner) Steve Groff calls “a craft beverage destination and special events venue” that will draw visitors from throughout the mid-Atlantic,’ a YDR.com story states.

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How do you demall a mall? West Manchester Mall is example

Linked in/Neat stuff: George Trout’s book/York City in motionThis rendering shows what the West Manchester Mall will look like when it’s demalled. Turning malls inside out is becoming common today, making the climate-controlled covered shopping center experience a thing of … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis’ life and writings point to Easter themes

This is prep time for a dress rehearsal for ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ at York, Pa., Little Theatre in 2006. This performance put a different twist on C.S. Lewis’ famous series. Lewis is known to many in York County because of this story.

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5 ways to read the first draft of York County’s snowy, icy history right now

A pica pole marks the spot in a snowstorm. This represents a new role for an old rule. The metal ruler was part of the stuff most newspaper journalists had in and around their desks in the pre-computer days when you did page production manually. Some are still around the YDR newsroom, obviously, but they’re largely unused. Largely. That is, except when deployed in the measuring of snow.

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In this York County mystery town, you’re either going up or down a hill

This post card showing a bird’s eye view of … well, what York County, Pa., town? The postcard shows the town about 100 years ago, for it was postmarked 1917. That it’s the property of the Stewartstown Historical Society might suggest its somewhere in southeastern York County.

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How do you ‘demall’ a mall? Look at York County’s Delco Market Place

This 1990s aerial photo from York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News files shows the Delco Centre, right center, an enclosed mall, before it became Delco Market Place after ‘demalling,’ a post-2000 trend. A YDR story explained that to de-mall a mall, developers turn the shopping center inside out, designing stores so they face outward rather than inside. Plans call for a similar process to take place at the West Manchester Mall, left center. The YDR story noted that such a trend has already started at the early 1980s mall. Walmart is a standalone store.

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York County’s love affair with its cars continues, Part 5

Driving through York County’s Strinestown, off Interstate 83, it’s hard to take in the whole picture of how many vehicles are in and around the Pennsylvania Auto Dealers Exchange’s domain. This file photo from the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News shows the size of the vehicle auction, a fixture – and an expanding one at that – in that part of Conewago Township for years. One can safely say that P.A.D.E. occupies York County’s biggest parking lot.

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York, Pa.’s, Codorus Street Reunion photograph teaches history lesson

Linked in/Neat stuff: Fisher farm/Dollar stores/Coffee shops Ydr.com’s Chris Dunn made this wonderful, memorable photograph from the Codorus Street Reunion in York, Pa., the other day. But there’s more content here than just two young people playing. That’s the Cookes … Continue reading

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