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Utz in Hanover, Baltimore and Philly: Linked in with neat history stuff – April 19, 2010

This familiar Utz sign is no longer in Baltimore. After a flirtation with the idea of re-locating it in Utz Quality Foods’ hometown of Hanover, Pa., the company moved it to a heavily traveled area in Philadelphia. A Hanover (Pa.) Evening Sun story reported that the company is holding a contest for those photographing the sign at its new home near Interstate 95 and uploading it to Utz’s Web site. “An opportunity presented itself in the Philly market that we couldn’t pass up,” an Utz spokesman said. “It’s a big market for us and a good location opened up for us.” Also of interest: York County, Pa. made big, heavy things – and was immensely proud of it and Who makes the best potato chips in York County, Martin’s or Utz? Or someone else? and Chipmaking of the potato kind has deep roots in York County.

A mixed bag of neat stuff…
At a recent Second Saturday program at the York County Heritage Trust, archivist Lila Fourhman-Shaull reminded the audience that community-minded people have a weekly opportunity to hear a free presentation on York County heritage and culture:

1st week of month: Southcentral Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, first Sunday, at the York County Heritage Trust. This group’s programs sometimes involve on-site visits to various historical sites and churches. (Contact via York County Heritage Trust.)
2nd week of month: York County Heritage Trust’s Second Saturday program. Jonathan Stayer recently presented about Camp Security.
3rd week of month: York County Civil War Roundtable, third Wednesday, York County Heritage Trust. Scott Mingus is presenting this week (see below).
4th week of month: Susquehanna Trail Woodworkers Guild, fourth Thursday, Agricultural and Industrial Museum. Among other good things, this group seeks to advance the fellowship among persons interested in the art of woodworking and preserve the tradition, culture and history of that craft.
Recommended blog post/upcoming event: Yorkblogger Scott Mingus will present on his book: The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign: June-July 1863 on Wednesday, April 21, at the York County Civil War Roundtable.
Another upcoming event: I will speak on references and sources for York County research at the Susquehanna Trail Genealogical Club’s regular meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 22, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hollywood Drive, York Township.
Forum of the day, The Exchange: Comment on the internationally prominent case with York County ties: Snyder vs. Westboro.
Also of interest:
– All York Town Square posts from the start.