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The year 2009 in short-story form: Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – Dec. 28, 2009

French writer Felix Feneon wrote in a form of brief masterpieces. So York Daily Record/Sunday News staff members tried to emulate that form in telling events about 2009 in short story form (12/27/09). The death of 9-year-old Ciara Savage is one of the events pointed out in that piece. Ciara was shot in the back on Mother’s Day afternoon in the 500 block of York’s South Duke Street while waiting for her turn for a ride on a motor scooter. She died later at York Hospital. A Daily Record/Sunday News photographer captured the set up of a makeshift memorial. (See additional photo below.) Also of interest: Short stories in 2008 tell of long year in York County and Best of yorktownsquare.com, 2007 and A list of traumatic, painful incidents that rocked York County

Neat stuff from the mailbag and all over:
Starting today, the York County Heritage Trust is offering a busy four-day schedule of activities for the family promoted as Holiday Family Fun Week… .

Activities include a walking tour of historic sites downtown, tours of the Gates House/Plough Tavern complex, a presentation by New York Wire factory steam whistlemaster Don Ryan, scavenger hunts and a presentation on genealogy. To see a full schedule, click here.
– In case you missed them, The York Daily Record/Sunday News published several interesting stories touching on local history over the holiday weekend:

Stewartstown Railroad’s future derailed?. (See related blog post: Historic Stewartstown Railroad heading to the auction block?)
Another installment in the “Remember” oral history series: Remember Y2K.
Local church has German-language Christmas service.

Blog post of the day: Yorkblogger Scott Mingus posted a series on Cannonball – Jenkins’ Cavalry Raid through Northwestern York County.
Forum post of the day, from York community bulletin board, The Exchange: Should the New York Wire steam whistle concert continue?, Is it music or noise?

A photo of Ciara Savage can be seen in a memorial marking the site where she was shot on Mother’s Day, 2009. (York Daily Record/Sunday News file photo.)