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Dr. Julia Hines-Harris retired after 36 years in York, Pa., City School District. Her last position was assistant superintendent for secondary education. She later became a pastor. Those are her credentials but there’s a big picture view of this educator who died this week. She spent her lifetime as an advocate for children.

The Amish and Mennonites fascinate folks but how often do you have an opportunity to increase your understanding of these Pennsylvania Dutch denominations? Old Order Amish and Mennonite historians who will discuss the topic of “Amish and Mennonite: History of Growing Faith Communities” on Monday, June 10, 7:00 PM at Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center, in Ephrata, Lancaster County.

A memorial garden featuring the names of firefighters and police officers who have died in the line of duty is to the right of the York County, Pa., emergency services building. The 911 center in Springettsbury Township is protected by a curved continuous concrete wall, between 18 and 24 inches wide.

Vic Wertz was born in York, Pa., and spent his first 11 years here. He still has family here. And his name lives on, most famously as the Cleveland Indian who hit the massive long out that Willie Mays pulled down in the 1954 World Series. But his most spectacularly achievement was that he returned to a productive Major League Baseball career after contracting polio. His name is back in the news because of efforts to name a field after him at a Berks County youth sports facility.

Yorktownsquare.com covers video bios of Bobby Simpson and Susan Byrnes, a historical marker in Adams County’s Fairfield, and York High’s appointment as interim coach of the Indianapolis Colts.