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Can you locate this York County town? Linked in with neat history stuff: Dec. 4, 2010

Metro Bank has colorized images of scenes proximate to their branches around Central Pennsylvania. They appear prominently on an inside wall, visible to motorists, and of course, customers. This mural, showing a post-World War II homecoming parade in 1946, appears in the South Queen Street office near the Interstate 83 interchange. (That’s a hint about the location of the town.) It’s appropriate to highlight the vets coming home, just days before the anniversary of the terrible moment that launched the war – the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Can you identify where the town in which these vets are marching? (Answer below and check out the original black-and-white photo: Veterans come home.) Other Metro bank murals: Avalong Restaurant and WW I soldiers depart Red Lion and M.B. Spahr building on York’s square.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Seth Fosmire commented on a Yorktownsquare.com post about Belsnickel:

I am a native of Western Pennsylvania but had never heard of Belsnickel until last year when we visited friends originally from St. Marys, PA. We visited over the weekend of December 6th. Our friend told our two young boys that, if they left their shoes outside their bedroom door, Belsnickel would fill them with treats (providing, of course, that they were good and stayed in bed all night!). My sons are 3 and 4 years old and we plan on keeping this version of a tradition every December 6th. They have been asking me about Belsnickel and your article gave me plenty to share with them.

What is Belsnickel? You can read what Seth just commented on at: Der Belsnickel of the Pennsylvania Dutch: ‘He looked scary and carried a sack of presents’

The Boyz: Adam Brown is the grandson of Cliff Brown of the noted country-and-western group 101 Ranch Boys, the band with York County ties.
He commented about Cliff Brown under the post: Story on famed 101 Ranch Boys spawns York County memories:

“Although, I have never met my grandfather I am very proud of his accomplishments as a musician. May he rest in peace … .”

Event of the day: Three authors are signing at a Civil War bookstore in Mechanicsburg on Sunday, Dec. 5. Cannonball’s Scott Mingus tells about the event.
Blog post of the day: The British Royal family has been in the news recently. Nothing ever changes. Some members of royalty of sorts made headlines in York in 1927, as Yorkblogger June Lloyd relates: York Opens Arms to British Guests in 1927.
Forum on the day, Joan Concilio’s Only York blog: Readers are talking about the weighty – really! – topic of pretzels in commenting on the post: Help for an out-of-state pretzel lover.
All York Town Square posts from the start. (Key word search by using “find” on browser.)

The name of the image above explains the location: ‘Dallatown, PA Vets’. Photo courtesy of Metro Bank, which received the original image from the Dallastown Area Historical Society; Photo by Richard Gemmill, Dallastown.