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Whistlemaster Don Ryan sports a new look, tux and all, in recognition of the York Factory Whistle’s new location on Metso in York, Pa. It was move this year from its longtime home at New York Wire on East Market Street. Another change this year is that the public can see the whistle as it operates on compressed air and the whistlemaster as he performs.

The Glen Rock Carolers will stroll the streets of their southern York County, Pa., again after midnight on Christmas Day. Midnight and thereafter on Christmas Day serves as an interesting intersection of two quaint rites of the season in York County. About 15 miles north, the York Factory Whistle concert kicks off at about the same time. Both customers catch the ears of newspeople. The Glen Rock Carol Singers were featured on a recent BBC broadcast.

The York Factory Whistle’s move to Metso this year is a milestone in the long lifetime of this quirky York County, Pa., concert. This photo captures a moment in 2011 in which a compressed air line is being installed to funnel the power source for the variable-valve whistle at its longtime home, New York Wire. For most of its life, the whistle was powered by steam. A practice at the whistle’s new venue at Metso’s 240 Arch Street, York, plant is set for noon today in preparation for the early Christmas Day concert.

This view of Santa from the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News was picked up by media across America earlier this month. Every day, whether good news or bad, stories and photos from York County media are shared to newspapers and websites, really, around the world.

You hate to see any building go up, but this fire took down a 160-year-old church in Lineboro, just south of the Mason-Dixon Line in Maryland. Area churches have extended a helping hand to the two congregations who worshipped at Lazarus Union Church. The building almost stood in York County, only a short distance into Maryland. It was the closest union church to York County’s last remaining house of worship. Union churches, common in the region until demergers began in the past 50 or more year, are marked by two congregations that meet in the same building. Down in Lineboro, the congregations – United Church of Christ and Lutheran – hope to rebuild.

With all the well-deserved attention on Dedication Day observances at the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, it’s a due step to explore the nearby Evergreen cemetery as well. An Evening Sun story notes that people known to us from the Civil War era are buried there. ‘That list includes notable historic figures like Elizabeth Thorn who, while six months pregnant, buried 91 soldiers in the weeks following the Battle of Gettysburg; Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed in the battle; and John Burns, the only Gettysburg civilian to fight in the battle,’ the Hanover, Pa., newspaper reported. ‘Sam Cobean, a famous cartoonist known for his work in the New Yorker, Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Steve Corson, Hall of Fame baseball player Eddie Plank and poet Maryann Moore are among the buried.’ Of course, Evergreen is known because of its distinctive gatehouse seen in so many Gettysburg photos. And now it’s known for a soundtrack ‘Beyond the Gatehouse,’ which tells the cemetery’s story. The project’s mastermind is Brian Kennell, superintendent of Evergreen, seen here. So, Civil War students and visitors can now not only see the gatehouse, but also hear about it.

Remember the York Daily Record’s ‘Remember’ series? It’s become quite an archive of York County, Pa., oral history. Memories of Woodstock are on there. Same with York County cigarmaking. Now come memories of John F. Kennedy and that day 50 years ago (on Nov. 23) when he was slain. That day will be forever burned into our memory.

Motorists driving along North George street past York County, Pa.’s, Prospect Hill Cemetery can’t get this square look at its headquarters. The architecturally significant house is perfect for a cemetery that offers so much history. John Augustus Dempwolf, brother Reinhardt and their firm designed more than 500 structures.

Now that’s more like it. These scenes are playing out all over the re-opened Gettysburg Battlefield – reopened, that is, after the government shutdown ended. Shrewsbury’s Fred Luther is behind the camera at the Virginia Monument to capture Franklin, Pa.’s, Rob and Tina Wolbert’s moment at Gettysburg National Military Park.