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PV-1 Lockheed ‘Ventura’ favored by former crew member: Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – Nov. 7, 2009

The World War II model aircraft collection of York County, Pa., aviation enthusiast and author John F. M. Wolfe will be on display at the annual York County Veterans Day breakfast Wednesday. (See event details below.) Wolfe’s favorite model? A miniature of the PV-1 Lockheed “Ventura.” He served as a crew member of that medium bomber in World War II. (Update: In late 2015, John Wolfe donated his collect of planes to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading.) Also of interest: Where was York County’s earliest documented airstrip? and York Airport memories spawn even more recollections about old York-area airfields and It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s cigars with wings dropped by York-based promoters.

Neat stuff from all over … .

The player pianos produced by Weaver Organ and Pianos in the 20th century formed the home entertainment centers of that day.

We learned that last post: York, Pa.’s Weaver Organ and Piano Co.: ‘Guaranteed to give permanent satisfaction’
Weaver closed in 1959, but there are successor musical instrument makers in York County today.
Bluett Brothers Violins has been making instruments for 25 years in York.
Enjoy a video, produced by York Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Paul Kuehnel, of that music maker below:

– Ever wonder how a business could start up during the turmoil of the Civil War? As it turns out, the Civil War aided the advent of Glatfelter paper in Spring Grove. Glatfelter exec and Cannonball blogger Scott Mingus explores the mill’s founding at: Mill got its start because of the Battle of Gettysburg.
– York County Veteran’s Day Breakfast: A program will honor all who have served, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the York Expo Center. Tickets, including breakfast, are $11 and can be purchased in advance from the York County Department of Veterans Affairs, 771-9218, or at the door.
New Yorkblog pick: Susan Jennings worries and writes about her kid brother, Marine Lance Cpl. Stephen Haller, who just left for his first tour of Afghanistan in The Yellow Ribbon.
Forum pick: Commenters are having fun backing their favorite chip at the York Town Square blog post: Who makes the best potato chips in York County, Martin’s or Utz? Or someone else?

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