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Ask Joan: On the mend edition

As my husband mentioned in his VERY sweet guest post Saturday, I’ve been a bit under the weather. Just starting to feel human again today; thanks for all your good wishes!

What’s inside
1. A question about newspaper archives
2. Seeking name of hobby shop
3. Rec sports info in southern York County

1. How far back do the (newspaper) archives go? And can I view them?
– Dave Myers

This was definitely a good question and one I’m asked fairly frequently.

The Daily Record/Sunday News archives go back to 1998 digitally and are available at, for a small fee.

Regarding the Dispatch, I can’t speak to their date range – they are our editorial competitor, so we don’t have access to that. I do know their website to search them is here, also for a fee:

For further-back copies, you might try Martin Library or the York County History Center, both of which might have microfilm of older editions.

Hope that helps!

2. I am trying to remember the name of the hobby shop in the 2nd block of S. George Street. I would go there and dream about purchasing all the neat trains and slot cars that they had. There also was a hobby shop on the northwest corner of Penn and W. Market Street. It was called The Checkered Flag . They had a lot of AMT model kits. They also had trains and slot cars. This was in the late 50’s/early 60’s.
– Kenneth Summers

That’s slightly before my time, but I’m hoping someone else can remember. Hobby shop in the second block of South George Street? Please do share any ideas!

3. I am writing to you because I am new to PA and to the New Freedom area. I have a 5 year old daughter and a 15 month old son. We are coming from the Maryland area where there is a “rec-council” that provides activities for children such as soccer, softball and football leagues for children to sign up and participate in. I was wondering if there was such an organization like that in the Southern York Area. I would like to sign my daughter up for cheerleading, youth soccer and softball. Can you help me or let me know who I can contact for my area? Thank you for your help in advance!
– Donna

Donna, that’s a great question! I have two ideas for you. The first is the SYC program; Southern York County Youth Club provides, among other things, cheerleading and softball, at least for kindergarten students and older. They definitely serve the New Freedom area, so that might be a good bet; they also expand into sports even for kids of high school age, so it’s a good program to “grow” in.

The other thought would be the Southern Branch YMCA. They’re based in Shrewsbury – not far at all to your north – and they offer a lot of children’s sports programs, including soccer and usually softball or baseball. Most of the Y’s programs are open to both members and non-members, with just a difference in fees; you’d want to contact them for specific details, of course.

I hope that helps, Donna – and on behalf of everyone here, welcome! We’re glad you’re calling York County “home” now.

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’m already getting a big volume, so it might take me a while, but I hope to be able to answer as many as possible!

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