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Ask Joan: Welcome to fall edition

By the time I write Ask Joan again, it will be October. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

What’s inside

1. Another Knaub’s bakery recipe sought
2. Where to place tribute notices
3. Hellam Township’s beautiful sunflower field


My husband’s family is from York. I always remember that celebrations for graduations, birthdays, etc. were ended with a Knaub’s cake. Several times I have tried to find the recipe for the yellow cake with chocolate icing. In your search and responses, if you find this recipe along with the peanut butter, would you publish them both. It’s been many years since the company was sold but we often bring up the subject of the delicious Knaub’s cake.
– Georgia Kuhn

I received Georgia’s question in response to a question from a couple of weeks ago seeking Knaub’s recipe for chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.

I’m still looking for that, so if you have that OR Georgia’s yellow cake with chocolate icing, let me know!


I’ve fielded a couple of questions in the past month or so about on this topic, so thought I’d mention it here.

Memorial tributes for loved ones who passed away a year ago, five years ago, 20 years ago, etc., are handled in the local newspapers through our obituary desk. You can reach them at or by calling 717-505-4778.

My condolences to those of you who’ve lost loved ones and are remembering them. I hope those memories are as fond as the ones we normally share in this column!

Sunflowers on Accomac Road in Hellam Township, York County, Pennsylvania, photo by Brenda Neff


Who planted all these sunflowers on Accomac Road and why? They are as far as the eye can see
– Brenda Neff

Brenda’s sunflower photo brightened my day considerably, so I’m glad to share it here! Any ideas on these Hellam Township sunflowers and their origin?

Another Brenda, Brenda Hake, my friend and our image tech here at the YDR, said they might be planted by the Lehmans, who live in the area, but we’d love to know for sure.

Please do let us know if you have any info!

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, but I will feature three each week and answer as many as possible!

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