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1 more quick fact about East Market Street’s Welcome to York sign: Linked in to history, Nov. 25, 2012

More stuff below: Hearts & Minds’ birthday/Stewartstown Railroad/Todd Platts

OK, you’ve seen the front of East Market’s Street Welcome to York if you viewed: 5 quick facts about East Market Street’s Welcome to York sign. An interesting feature of the sign, pointed out in ydr.com’s most recent Exit Interviews story, is that the Lincoln Highway Garage is featured on its back. That well-remembered filling station stood for decades on the site of the nearby Turkey Hill convenience store. When the garage was sold and torn down, Turkey Hill rebuilt its store with features from the old garage, including some murals interpreting the site. (See closeup photograph below.) Also of interest: See stories and photgraphs explaining the Lincoln Highway Garage and the Lincoln Highway and Web site filled with nostalgic Lincoln Highway photos, postcards.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Hearts and Minds, an independently owned bookstore in Dallastown, has turned 30 years old.

In that three-decade run, Byron and Beth Borger have bucked the trend toward chain ownership in the bookselling business.

A ydr.com story about the anniversary indicates that their business comes from thirds: retail customers, conference sales and selling on the web.

Other independent business owners could learn from Hearts and Minds’ success. Instead of waiting for customers, the Borgers go to where book buyers are, well, buying.

And small business owners can learn from the Borgers’ belief in what they sell.

The Borgers also are driven in business by Christian ministry and a deep-seated conviction that the volumes they sell can shape hearts & minds.

And btw, Hearts & Minds has a compelling history book section.

Last days on job:
Ydr.com spent some time with departing Congressman Todd Platts on his daily commute and his time in D.C.

Open for viewing: The Stewartstown Railroad Station Museum, 21 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Stewartstown, will be available to the public for free holiday open houses: Saturday, December 1; Sunday, December 9; Sunday, December 16; and Sunday, December 23. Hours will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“The station’s interior will be decorated for the holiday season and a small operating model train set will be on display,” a release states. Weather permitting, the railroad will operate motorcar (“speeder”) rides during the open houses. (The speeder service would be an excellent niche for the railroad going forward.) They will start at 1:30 p.m. and operate continuously until 4:00 p.m. Cost: $5 per seat. For more information, visit www.stewartstownfriends.org or call 717-654-7530.

Forum of the day:The Smith family of Hanover had more than 100 family members as guests at Thanksgiving. Check out this Exchange thread on this gathering.

The Lincoln Highway Garage in closer view. Memories of the old garage? Please comment below.

West Market Street has a mirror-image sign (actually two) of that on York’s east end. This York Daily Record/Sunday News photograph shows maintenance work undertaken on one of the signs. The work reflects the transition from the mayoral administrations of Charlies Robertson to John Brenner about 10 years ago.