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Only in York County is 5 years old today!

Five years ago today, I made the first post on Only in York County. Just for fun, here’s a look at some “then-and-now” facts! (More post highlights can be found here.)

Our daughter, Sarah, was 7 years old and had just finished the first grade. Sarah is 12 and finished sixth grade as a homeschooler last month.
The national average gas price was $3.052. Try taking that up a bit – like 50 cents to a dollar.
Most of my blog posts were about “Yorkisms,” with some profiles of local towns and a few “what it used to be” ideas thrown in for good measure. That whole “what it used to be” idea really caught on, as did my looks into local food traditions. Yorkisms remain popular, though!
My job at the YDR was to be the full-time Weekly Record editor, putting out four editions each week with a staff of two full-time copy editors. My job at the YDR is part-time (allowing me to homeschooling Sarah) as the online editor with a staff of one part-time librarian; this blog and the two accompanying print columns, “Do you remember?” and “Ask Joan” are part of that.
I had 3 cats: Scoop, Huggles (who arrived in my first week of blogging here) and Salem. I have 5 cats: Still Huggles and Salem, and also Mr. Bill, Mitts and Floyd. Scoop has gone to Kitty Heaven.
The York Fair’s musical acts were Willie Nelson, Trace Adkins, Bill Engvall, Daughtry and Randy Owen (from Alabama). (Search for Fair acts by year here. Confirmed acts for this year’s Fair include Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, REO Speedwagon, Jeff Dunham and Allstar Weekend.
We published the first installments of our one-room schoolhouse memories series (which would later become a hardcover book) in the Weekly Record. We’re STILL receiving schoolhouse memories – I got one in the past two weeks!
I loved living in York County. I love living in York County!

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