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Precarious perch above York, Pa.: Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – July 31, 2010

More than two decades ago, York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Bil Bowden captured this scene when the old power plant smokestack on East Philadelphia Street in York was being refitted into a communications tower. The worker seems unconcerned about his precarious walk. But consider this. What steps did Bowden take to get this photograph? Answer below, but meanwhile, here’s a hint: Bil didn’t use an airplane or helicopter. Also of interest: Photographer tramps to far reaches of York County and A far different view of York County and Simple photograph helps frame York, Pa.’s, future.

Neat stuff from all over:

On baseball-reference.com and Yorkblogger Pat Abdalla’s Southpaw blog about former Hanover Raider Bill Sherdel:

1930: Bill Sherdel is called out of the Cardinals bullpen to pitch to pinch hitter Johnny Mokan of the Phillies. There are no outs in the eighth with runners on first and second base. Sherdel throws one ball, and Mokan bunts it in the air to Jim Bottomley coming in from first. He throws to SS Jimmy Cooney, who doubles the runner at 2B and throws to Rogers Hornsby who goes covering first base. A triple play on one pitch… .

Upcoming week: Historic Church Tours of Gettysburg is scheduling tours covering four churches each.
A new release says volunteer guides provide information about features of the churches while short programs are presented about the heroic sacrifices made by citizens and the conditions found during and after the fighting at Gettysburg.
Wednesday Aug. 5:
Prince of Peace Episcopal, St. Francis Catholic, St. Paul’s AME and Christ Lutheran churches will be visited. (Repeated on August 19th)
Friday Aug. 7:
Gettysburg Presbyterian, Trinity UCC, Gettysburg United Methodist and St. James Lutheran churches will be visited. (Repeated on August 12th)
These 90-minute tours begin in front of the Presbyterian Church, 208 Baltimore St. One departs at 6 p.m. with a second at 6:30 p.m. No reservations required. Arrive 15 minutes early for tickets – $5 for adults, children under 13 free.

On display: Jennifer Reising of Mechanicsburg’s Bethany Village writes:
The 45-member model train club at Bethany Village, located just north of York County in Cumberland County, has added a fourth train display to run throughout the retirement community.
This fourth display was recently set up the two N-gauge trains in the East Breezeway in a long glass cabinet that residents built.
The third train was set up outside in the garden. They have a conductor who manages the crowd that comes to watch, sometimes up to 25 people, and an engineer who runs the trains at designated times.
For details, contact: jreising@reisingcommunications.com.

Recommended forum of the week, The Exchange: The Boy Scouts are celebrating their 100th birthday: Want to weigh in with memories?

*Answer to the question above about how this YDR photographer got up that high: He was in a basket raised by a crane.