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Local green company made green: Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – April 30, 2010

York countian Joe Klein provided this post card (and a counterpart below) that touts an early county recycling business. Standard Rag & Paper collected waste paper, old newspapers and magazine and rags. This green company sought to turn waste products into green. Also of interest about “recycling” in York County: Star Barn’s relocation a plus, even if not in York County and Rail trail ribbons criss-crossing York/Adams and 21st-century Victory Gardens might morph into Stimulus Gardens.

Neat stuff from all over … .
The endangered New York Wire Factory Whistle Concert, a rite of Christmas Eve for decades, will continue.
The Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area has created a fund with the York County Community Foundation. That fund will underwrite the concert in the future… .

“Many people believed Christmas 2010 would be the last time they would hear the former steam whistle concert, which was performed using compressed air for the first time in its long history. The concert was performed by Donald E. Ryan on the New York Wire Company’s historic factory whistle. Ryan began to help his father with the concert in 1955 and took over the concert in 1990,” a York County Community Foundation news release stated.
Of course, donations to the fund are welcome: 848-3733 or visit www.yccf.org/give_online.asp.
For more, visit: York Christmas tradition saved.
Local link with Lincoln: Historic Restorations, a Lancaster based restoration and preservation company, is part of a major rehabilitative project at the Petersen House in Washington, D.C. The 19th century federal-style row house was built by a German tailor, William A. Petersen, across from Ford’s Theatre in 1849. This three-story townhouse would become the location of President Lincoln’s death hours later. This home has been preserved along with Ford’s Theater as part of the Ford’s Theatre National Park Site.
Neat video: A York County resident has posted a YouTube video in which he rides the old Hanover Trolley Line, soon to be a rail trail extension between York and Hanover. Here’s its caption: “The York Hanover Trolley Line was operated as a passenger trolley line from 1908 until 1939. The historic line, which is approximately 16 miles in length, provided a transportation connection for many outlying communities such as Graybills, Bairs, Sunnyside, and Menges Mills.” Check it out.
Blog post of the day: Buffy’s World posted these can’t miss posts: From PSU’s Larry Federoff to Conewago Inn to high school volleyball and outhouses in yards.

Forum of the day: Exchangers are still going back and forth over old York shoes and shoe stores. There’s an amazing amount of interest in the topic.

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