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Women living in the Civil War era are getting their due in the popular re-enactments in Gettysburg and elsewhere in these 150 years of the war observances. One re-enactor in Gettysburg for the 151st anniversary of the battle likened Civil War contributions to those of ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ that symbol of women who worked on shop floors in World War II.

Every time you go to Gettysburg, there’s something new to see. In this case, to see and hear. These 1869-vintage bells have a new home of Seminary Ridge. ‘Intended to memorialize soldiers who have fought worldwide and missionaries who have spread the Gospel in peace, it is fitting that the bells are in front of the seminary’s Church of the Abiding Presence, reaching out to the fields that hosted the bloodiest battle fought on American soil,’ the Evening Sun in Hanover reported in: Seminary Bells ring for soldiers, missionaries. So you might hear them before you see them. When they ring, they’ll be heard across the battlefield.

Maybe it’s a form of adaptive reuse with an assist from technology. Haar’s Drive-in’s big screen stands in York County, Pa.’s Carroll Township showed captured a Jimmy Buffett concert in Texas, rather than a recently released flick. The drive-in, York County’s last one of the few in the region, installed digital equipment last year, positioning itself for such shows.

‘Local Lens’, a photo show to benefit Olivia’s House is tonight. The work of photographers from the York Daily Record and Hanover Evening Sun will be on display tonight and available for purchase.

‘My interest in the Hotel Penn,’ Jim Hubley wrote in the York, Pa., Daily Record on Jan. 26, 1985, ‘goes back to when, as a tot, I was impressed with the long, long porch which fronted the building in the early 1920s. In summer the porch was filled with guests rocking away or nestled comfortably with with their feet resting atop the porch railing. To me, it represented the height of affluence.’

Volunteers often work on historic Stewartstown Railroad’s station and rail line on weekends in this southeastern York County town. So in the aftermath of last week’s ice storm, they saw up branches that came down atop the station. It was just a different way of working on the railroad,

Mills, churches and one-room schools (see a school example below) are among the landmarks that persist in York County, Pa., when other buildings fall into ruins. Many of these buildings were built of stone or brick and are sturdy enough that they can be used for other purposes. Old mills house businesses, apartments and even private dwellings, such as the The Stone Mill near Glenville in southwestern York County seen here. Paul E. Hoffman, who submitted this photo to ydr.com’s photo gallery, described the mill as ‘picture-perfect after an early December snowfall.’ of course, some houses last, too, and Spring Grove’s Hoke House (see below) hopefully will be in that group for decades longer.

The YDR’s Sonya Paclob was looking for stories in Mount Wolf, Pa., the other day. She saw the always interesting Mount Wolf theater, now the Mount Wolf Community Church. ‘Cool looking community church. Mt. Wolf Gospel Arts Theatre,’ Sonya wrote in on Twitter. The Southern Baptist Church’s website gives this interesting history of the theater – and the church