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Dr. Julia Hines-Harris retired after 36 years in York, Pa., City School District. Her last position was assistant superintendent for secondary education. She later became a pastor. Those are her credentials but there’s a big picture view of this educator who died this week. She spent her lifetime as an advocate for children.

John L. Burns is known as the ‘old hero of Gettysburg,’ a heralded civilian fighting man in the Battle of Gettysburg. Equally famed photographer Timothy H. O’Sullivan captured Burns, wounded in action, in this image now in the Library of Congress.

This veterans memorial sits in front of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, VFW 5265 at 199 W. 1st Avenue. Dozens of such veterans memorials are posted around York County. Check out this slideshow of photographs showing about 75 of these attractive markers.

Former Pennsylvania Governor and York County native George Leader, who died this week, also had another important item on his resume: He was part of the distinguished Glattfelder family. Here, he’s pictured, right, with fellow descendants of Casper Glattfelder, U.S. Congressman William F. Goodling, left, and Dr. Millard Gladfelter at the family’s 250th anniversary reunion in 1993.

A memorial garden featuring the names of firefighters and police officers who have died in the line of duty is to the right of the York County, Pa., emergency services building. The 911 center in Springettsbury Township is protected by a curved continuous concrete wall, between 18 and 24 inches wide.