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Ask Joan: Fashion show edition

So in addition to my multitudinous trips at the York Fair, I did something else fun this past weekend. I went to see my mom in a fashion show! She was “modeling” for one of her favorite stores at the mall, and she had a great time. (And got a discount.) She did wonderfully. I hope that when I’m her age, I’m willing to do fun stuff like that!

What’s inside

1. More on Red Lion’s Moley’s
2. Earthquakes: How do you know?
3. Lincoln Highway marker follow-up

1. The last time we talked about the former Moley’s of Red Lion was back in the Memorial Day weekend Ask Joan, but since there’s (of course) a Moley’s stand at the fair each year, I figured it’d be a good time to revisit some memories!

This letter comes from Kitty Burke Wilkin of Lower Windsor Township. She writes, “I was a Red Lion ‘townie’ in the 50’s and 60’s. Moley’s Restaurant played a big part of my gastronomical and social life during my childhood and teenage years. Right inside the restaurant, glass partitions allowed us to watch the makings of Italian sandwiches, pasta and the most fun – PIZZAS.” If you’re interested in similar glass partitions, you can find more information at

She continues, “Living two blocks from Moley’s on West Broadway in Red Lion, we would have carry-out pizzas regularly. My older brother would walk to pick them up and if he didn’t do a balancing act on his head, the pizza would arrive home hot, cheesy and yummy. As a teenager in the 60’s, Moley’s was a place to hang out. I was from the younger crowd, so we usually sat in the dining room. The older boys went downstairs – I think there were pool tables there – probably no girls allowed.”

“Italian subs were my dad’s and my favorite,” Kitty says. “Mom liked pizza and my younger brother liked spaghetti and meatballs. My older brother enjoyed a sandwich called the Cuban mix. Moley’s moved a few blocks downtown at some point and closed later – I’m not sure when.” But, she concludes, “Moley’s Restaurant was a thriving business and I’m sure it was enjoyed by many.”

Indeed, Kitty, and thanks for sharing!

2. Silly me, I live just behind York Hospital and I think I just felt a small earthquake. I didn’t fell the one a couple of weeks ago, but about 6:30pm I felt vibrations lasting about a minute. Did anyone else feel this?
– Jean N.

Jean sent this question back on Sept. 8, and I was able to respond directly to her pretty quickly that I didn’t think we’d had a quake. My best guess was that we might have had some utility work from the storm. But I wanted to field this question here, because I thought other people might be interested in how we “know” if there’s been a quake. I always check – it shows you on a map any quakes from the past hour, day and week. At the time of Jean’s question, there were the ones from the previous week in the Richmond, Va., area, but none in Pennsylvania.

It’s a neat website. Sometimes I just go play around and see what’s going on where.

3. Today’s final “Ask Joan” is actually a neat follow-up. Last week, you might remember that I shared a question about the DORK candy bar from Robert Finke.

Well, I didn’t put two and two together fast enough, but that is the same gentleman who provided our fun “Ask Joan Trivia Challenge” some months ago!

It turns out that I do have some information on DORK, but that’s to come in another edition. Today, though, I received some follow-up information from Robert on one of those trivia questions and thought I’d share.

Robert writes, “I observed on Aug. 26, 2011, that the Lincoln Highway marker I wrote about in my letter to you and was addressed in your column … has been re-installed.”

The marker Robert was talking about is in Adams County, along Route 30 at Fleishman Mill Road, near New Oxford, and I’m glad to hear it’s back!

Got any questions? Ask Joan using the form at right. I’ll attempt to answer them in a future “Ask Joan” column on this blog. I get a large volume, so it might take me a while, but I hope to be able to answer as many as possible!

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