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Surely, this is York County, Pa., at its best. The community came together for a New Year’s celebration at Central Market. For years, the market’s hours were limited to market day. Now, this gathering place serves as such on other days – and nights. In its early years, 125-plus years ago, it served as a place for conventions and religious services and more. So the recent use of the market house for celebrations – coming together moments – such as this one represents change for the better. This photo, by the YDR’s Jason Plotkin, has served as the cover photo for the York Daily Record’s Facebook page since New Year’s. We realize we posted a ‘York County at its best’ photo in the last YorkTownSquare post. And we might have one next post. When we run across photos that say a lot about York County’s goodness, you’ll find them on this blog.

York countians value – and remember – their athletes. That’s particularly so when you quiz residents on those who excelled locally or nationally. This athlete and her accomplishments particularly resonated with York, Pa., Facebook fans who engaged with the quiz. One reason among many: She came back and became a popular coach. Test your York Smarts on this quiz, two other sports quizzes below as well as several quizzes on other topics. A good Thanksgiving Day pastime, as well.

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.

The Hugh McCall Mansion, 228 E. Market St., is owner of a new painting, mounted in its auditorium. The former Women’s Club of York building, now going by the McCall name, will be a venue for public musical concerts, art tours, antique shows, tea parties and weddings, according to its Facebook page. Here, building owner Eric Salzano looks on as Gabrielle De Veaux Clements’ mural ‘Enlightenment.’

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.