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Remember the U.S. 30 Drag-O-Way? The dragstrip, operating at the York Airport in Thomasville, was the place to go on Saturday nights. It closed in 1979, but it lives on in the lives of the many car clubs around York County and the Musclecar Madness event every July at the York Expo Center.

A new marker for an unknown Confederate soldier was unveiled at his longtime burial spot along the Susquehanna River recently. In my York Sunday News column today (3/14/13) – Another unknown soldier – I suggest we remember another unknown soldier, a black militiaman fighting for the Union on Pennsylvania soil in Wrightsville.

Remember when Sears, Roebuck and Co. operated in the York County, Pa., Shopping Center? Now at the Galleria in the York area, Sears has discontinued its portrait center here and in its stores across the United States.

This scene of Springettsbury Township’s Camp Security is one of several drawn by British prisoner Roger Lamb incarcerated at this American Revolution POW camp. It will go on display at a public fundraising event to purchase land where the camp sat in 1781 to 1783. York, County, Pa.’s, Camp Security is the last remaining undeveloped POW camp from the American Revolution.

York County, Pennsylvania, does not have the Civil War fame of neighboring Adams County. Never will. But we have the opportunity this year to mark sites such as Jeb Stuart’s ditch (the exact location is disputed) that are part of York County’s Civil War story. This site, like so many others in York County, are unmarked and almost forgotten. Gettysburg 150 gives us a chance to remember them.

Who was Henry Laurens? The York Daily Record/Sunday News’ Deb Hummel wrote this in 2001: ‘Henry Laurens. Born in 1724 in Charleston, S.C. Successful merchant and planter. A delegate from that southern colony to the Continental Congress. President of the congressional delegates for much of the group’s 1777-1778 stay in York Town, Pa. Signer of the Articles of Confederation. Captured by a British man-of-war while on a diplomatic mission to Holland in 1780. Imprisoned in the Tower of London as a traitor.’