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York countian Jacob Zellers spoke to an American University class about ‘charms, cures and curses’ circa 1931. He made a distinction between powwowing and other ‘good influences’ and witchcraft and hexing, both ‘bad influences.’ A reporter sat in on the class, and this story appeared in The Philadelphia Record and other newspapers after the Hex Murder and its subsequent trials in 1928-29.

Voni B. and Lorrayne Grimes were honored at a recent event at their York, Pa., church, Small A.M.E. Zion Church. ‘Let God tell you what he’s going to do in your life,’ Voni Grimes told the large gathering. ‘But most importantly, don’t speak with your mouth. Speak with your heart.’

This image, courtesy of Google Maps, came to light with a York, Pa., Daily Record story about vehicle vandalism at this York County Heritage Rail Trail parking area a few months ago. The Brillhart Station scene caught my eye because it shows a 21st-century re-use of former agricultural and industrial land. That popular York Township parking lot, park and rail trail section show the transition from ag (farming) and industrial use (railroading) to recreation use. It’s a snapshot of how York County’s economy is changing from its historic agricultural and industrial roots to service and information uses.

A magazine spread circa 1950 about York, Pa., titled ‘Tune Town,’ said this about the photo above: ‘York’s crack Spring Garden Band, Lester K. Loucks conducting, strikes up a tune in Continental Square, the music town’s main crossroads. The boys own their own club building, make records, and play out-of-town dates.’

This is vintage Voni B. Grimes, talking to residents in a York, Pa., city neighborhood several years ago as the rain falls. Grimes and his wife, Lorrayne, will be honored for such civic involvement at gathering on Nov. 30 at Small A.M.E. Church in York.