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Yes, we’re finally seeing some sun. Which leads us to swimming, which leads us to this Cliff Satterthwaite painting of a popular York County, Pa., pool. Many York countians remember this pool, so they should have no problem locating it.

So we put out a call on this blog at in the York Daily Record for the present of busybody mirrors, aka ‘spionnetje.’ And a Facebooker gave us a lead to this one, just west of Union Lutheran Church on West Market Street. That’s the only one to be brought forth so far. Any other such mirrors out there?

This is a pretty neat scene tying together two York County institutions. Yes, it’s a stocking for trout season a couple of miles north of Muddy Creek Forks. How did they to this remote spot on the north branch of Muddy Creek? Here’s comes the second institution: The Ma & Pa Railroad. The fish were hauled there aboard a Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village rail car. So this remote railroad – an old connector between York and Baltimore – is put to commercial use again – kind of.

The Golden Plough Tavern, that 1740s landmark in downtown York, will be the center of attention in May. The York County Heritage Trust, operator of the old tavern, will throw a birthday party at its West Market Street site. York artist Cliff Satterthwaite was there when the old building was restored 50 years ago – the topic of the birthday party.

The date appears to be 1975. Artist Cliff Satterthwaite gave an glimpse of what young people were doing that summer. On activity: Racing frogs. Interesting, at about that time, a harmful practice concerning frogs became popular in America. Licking them. Anyway, the artist wrote: ‘(N)otice the little boy chasing on.’ He believed the name on the sign is a sponsor of the event. Just another slice of York County life captured by the artist.

This is a World War II-era P-61 Black Widow. Elyse Pollick, a volunteer for the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, Pa., said only four such planes survive and all of them are museum pieces. The Berks County museum has launched a fundraising campaign to restore its Black Widow to flying status.

It’s been in the news that Prudential Bob Yost Homesale Services will change its name to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Homesale Realty. This shows Bob Yost’s real estate office in the late 1960s in York, Pa.