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I think it’s an “Only in Joan’s family” thing that grocery-shopping is a full-on family event that takes up most of a weekend. Saturday was Central Market and BJ’s; Sunday was a trip to Wegmans outside Mechanicsburg that, all told, took about 4 hours. Guess I have no excuse to

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

I’ve said before that my purpose with Ask Joan is to help you find answers to things you don’t know about York County, past and present. I prefer for it not to be “stump Joan” by asking me to answer things you already know about or that you just know

As today marks the first official “summer vacation” day for my daughter, I’m forced to ask myself: Can I really be the parent of a rising middle-schooler? This is emphatically not the type of question I really want to contemplate. What’s inside 1. my husband seeks The Regal Store 2.

Late last week, our family went on a 4-H trip to Kiwanis Lake to see the nesting herons and egrets. They’re amazing – and it’s cool that some of the most unusual wildlife in York County is nestled inside the city. Read more about the birds at Kiwanis here, through

I’m sure many of you are enjoying the three-day weekend and kicking off the start of “summer” with a cookout, some ice cream or a trip to the pool. That’s awesome, and I hope you have a great time! Please do pause, though, and remember those who gave their lives

No, not the sixth anniversary of Ask Joan; rather, this weekend marked my husband’s and my sixth wedding anniversary. We spent the weekend in State College and had a blast. I came home to about a ton of Ask Joan mail and other thoughts for the blog, though, so please

My Sunday afternoon was spent planting in the garden, doing some light weeding and making the ritual pilgrimage to the Delco Lowe’s along with, apparently, 98% of the rest of West Manchester Township. Maybe I saw you there! What’s inside 1. A Gino’s employee reunion 2. Former hotels/boarding houses in

Of course yesterday was Mother’s Day. As much as I loved being celebrated by my husband and daughter, my favorite thing remains to celebrate my own mom. Did you know her name is also Joan? I can’t tell you how many things I still ask that Joan – even more