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A lot of people think this iconic weightlifter – the lasting memory many people have of York, Pa. – is York Barbell founder Bob Hoffman. It’s not Hoffman. Weigh in, if you can ID him.

YorkTownSquare.com is seeking to ensure that national celebrities with York, Pa., ties today make it into the history books 100 years from now. So we keep track of these celebs, who seem to be coming back to their hometown in increasing numbers. Evan Sharp, a York Suburban graduate who co-founded Pinterest, is one of them. He returned to his high school recently and took questions from students.

This past week, York countians experienced a never-before-seen view of the York Symphony and a seldom-seen look at its concert hall – the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. In the first category, brand new conductor Lawrence Golan conducted the York Symphony before a full house. In the second, the YDR’s Jason Plotkin went on a dizzying tour of ‘upstairs’ at the Strand. Check out the video of that tour below, plus eight other pieces of information or links about the YSO and its beautiful concert hall.

Today, this 210 York Street building house members of the rock band Live’s recording studio and headquarters of United Fiber & Data and ThinkLoud. Before Live moved into this 53,000-square-foot space, Bi-Comp was in there. And before Bi-Comp, Maple Press operated in this York, Pa., space.

Love this photo. Fireworks. Baseball. Community band. And one of York County’s most feted musical groups – the Spring Garden Band – at that. Where’s the apple pie? This is surely York County, Pa., at its best.

One hundred years ago, York County’s trolley system stretched from Bittersville to the southeast to Dover in the northeast. Then from Littlestown in Adams County and Hanover in the southwest to Wrightsville in the east. Here in this special before-and-after slider is the trolley line toward Wrightsville. It shows a car on East Market Street at Harrrison Street in 1939, the year the last trolley ran in York County.

Tom Anderson of Shady Dell Music and Memories blog provided this photo from Gettysburg resident Phil Spangler of the house that later became teen hangout Shady Dell in Spring Garden Township. The hillside has change over the years, and the vastly remodeled Dell, closed for more than 20 years, is privately owned. But memories remain as found on Anderson’s blog.