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People lived year round at Elm Beach. Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff: Jan. 11, 2011

The Elm Beach area along the Conewago Creek had more than summer swimming visitors. That stretch near Manchester was home to year-round residents as well. York County, Pa., resident Gary Heiland shared this photograph of his parents, John Mervin and Cora Ann Trimmer Heiland, in the summer of 1962, about 30 years after the heyday of the swimming hole. “This picture was taken at their home on Conewago Avenue, which is on the north side of the Conewago Creek near what was once known as Elm Beach Park. Their mobile home is behind them as is their 1952 or 1953 Kaiser automobile,” Gary wrote. His mom and dad moved to the area in 1959 and lived there for more than 20 years. Also of interest: Conewago crossing near Manchester a hot spot, literally, for years and Mount Wolf resident answers call for photos of Elm Beach, old York County swimming hole, Part I and Mount Wolf resident answers call for photos, Part II.

Neat stuff from all over … .
York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News religion writer and Belief and Beyond blogger Melissa Nann Burke pulled together “York County’s top religion news stories of 2010.”
No. 1?
Snyder v. Phelps, about which Melissa writes:

“In October, justices of the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a Spring Garden Township man’s lawsuit against the members of a Kansas church who protested his son’s military funeral.
“Experts say the case could have a significant impact on the laws governing speech, protest and religion, depending on how the justices rule. Their decision is expected in early summer.”

Recommended column: I’ve written about the love affair many people have with the Children’s Home of York, particularly those who have been aided by that 150-year-old organization. The York Sunday News’ Gordon Freireich also captured that sentiment in: Warm memories of Children’s Home.
Recommended Yorkblog post of the day, I: Every Friday, Buffy’s World’s Buffy Andrews brings together the week’s best from the yorkblog.com virtual community and then some. It’s a new initiative of the York Daily Record/Sunday News for Buffy to promote all things social. And it’s working. Her recent best-of post drew this comment from Dan Christ: “Excellent spotlight shined on local bloggers, Buffy. This is a great service to your readers, and a excellent way for you to further establish yourself as the digital keystone of the community.” The Yorkblog community will soon reach a half-million page views a month, which represents a lot of socializing and neat stuff about our community. The history blogs make up about a quarter of the current views.
Recommended Yorkblog post of the day, II: Greenmesh’s Paul Kuehnel captured retired Rutter’s milkman on video in an old delivery truck and has this to say: “I illustrated this story 16 years ago with the same man and his truck only this time film is dead and we have video. :)”
Forum of the day, The Exchange: York County has had numerous amusement parks. Why not a new one?
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