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The Glen Theatre looks like, well, it’s 100 years old on the occasion of a century birthday celebration recently. A plaque, explaining the auditorium’s long history, was dedicated as part of the birthday party. At the end of the day, this is my favorite description: The Glen served as the band hall for famed composer and Glen Rock’s native son Roland F. Seitz.

A bottle of water rolls uphill – or its actually downhill – at Gravity Hill in Bedford County about 140 miles west of York, Pa. Actually, there are two spots on Gravity Hill where your car appears to roll uphill. A Gravity Hill brochure lists this as one of the top 10 reasons to visit: ‘Ice cream cones aren’t as messy on a hot day.’ York County has a similar ‘Gravity Hill’ in its northern part. That one, like many of such locales around the country, have haunted tales attached to them. Not so, in Bedford County. At least as far as brochures go.

Glen Rock, Pa., celebrates two pieces of its past on Sept. 29. The community will dedicate a plaque at the Glen Rock Theatre, built as a band hall for its community band and famed composer Roland F. Seitz. The community Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps. camp living history event is set earlier that day.

Driving through York County’s Strinestown, off Interstate 83, it’s hard to take in the whole picture of how many vehicles are in and around the Pennsylvania Auto Dealers Exchange’s domain. This file photo from the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News shows the size of the vehicle auction, a fixture – and an expanding one at that – in that part of Conewago Township for years. One can safely say that P.A.D.E. occupies York County’s biggest parking lot.

A combination of York County, Pa., community icons came together over the weekend at Farquhar Park. The venerable Spring Garden Band, originating before the Civil War, played 12 works. Their bandstand was the beautifully restored Farquhar Park Gazebo. The park itself, York’s second oldest after Penn Park, is a popular place to stroll – or enjoy a concert. The Avenues Neighborhood Association, representing an old and well-preserved sections of the city of York, sponsored the gathering. This was a gathering of memories and with meaning.

With the news that the New York Wire Factory Whistle Concert is moving to Metso, one might wonder how the annual Christmas Eve concert came about, in the first place. This season’s greetings card put the orchestration in the hands of Karl Alex Smyser. He’s shown here in the narrow room where successor whistlemasters stood to play the steam- – now air – powered instrument, made possible by the whistle’s unusual sliding valve.

Many York countians have heard the New York Wire factory steam whistle on Christmas Eve. But to see it? Well, that’s rare. You could see the steam, but not the fixture itself. So here we see the whistle as it is being dismounted from the roof of New York Wire. It’s new home will be Metso, a couple of blocks away. Which leads the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News to wonder in an editorial – New factory whistle concerts needed – whether summer concerts might be in the plans, possibly linked in with the Fourth of July fireworks at nearby Sovereign Bank (Santander) Stadium.

Bruce Arians, a William Penn High School graduate, is seen here in 2007 after his promotion to offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has since received yet another promotion: to head coach of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. He is among a slew of achievers from York County, Pa., who played big on the national stage.