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Unwelcome to York, Pa.: Linked in with neat history stuff – Dec. 16, 2009

York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Paul Kuehnel insightfully captures a mixed message facing motorists heading into York from the east. Consultant Roger Brooks is among those advocate a return to two-way traffic on East Market Street, in part, to avoid such confusion at this important gateway. Also of interest: York’s one-way street pattern put in place to combat post-World War II traffic congestion and Web site filled with nostalgic Lincoln Highway photos, postcards.

A mixed bag of neat stuff:
Those not able to stay up until midnight on Christmas Eve can hear a New York Wire’s factory steam whistle rehearsal from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 24.
Those wide-eyed folks who can hear the whistle or travel to York’s downtown to witness this rite of the holiday season will be entertained by a 30-minute concert, 10 to 15 minutes longer than usual.
That treat comes because the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area says the poor economy and the need for a new coordinator may bring an end to this popular holiday tradition… .

The main cost of the concert is underwriting the portable boiler that generates the steam. The unusual whistle is equipped with a movable valve, which enables the whistlemaster to play Christmas carols.
Those wishing to make donations may send their tax deductible contributions to: Steam Whistle Concert Fund, c/o PeoplesBank, 48 East Market Street, York, PA 17401.
For a host of posts on this internationally famous whistle, visit New York Wire’s category in this blog.
York countian in the news: “You could say that Michael McElwain’s studies have taken him far afield since his graduation from Dallastown Area High School’s class of 1997. He’s since been to Hawaii, Tokyo and Heidelberg, Germany. But the discovery that made Time magazine’s ‘Top 10 Scientific Discoveries’ list for 2009 this month took place even farther away — about 300 trillion miles.” That’s the beginning of a story on a budding scientist, published in the York Daily Record/Sunday News (12/15/09)
Did you know? About 30 percent of today’s farmers are women, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That number increased 19 percent between 2002 and 2007. A Daily Record/Sunday News story profiled one of those local women working the land: Elaine Lemmon of Everblossom Farm in Reading Township, Adams County.
Recommended blog post of the day, No. 1: If you didn’t get enough the Hex Murder on this blog’s recent series, see Universal York’s June Lloyd’s: York County Hex Murder Defendant Taught by Well-Know Artist in Prison.
Recommended blog post of the day, No. 2Scott Mingus has a series of video tours of the Civil War Battle of Wrightsville on his Cannonball blog.
Recommend forum of the day: The Exchange is York County’s busiest community bulletion board. And one of its busiest sections is Local Memories. Check out the numerous threads that touch on York County history.
Click here to check out numerous other posts in this Linked in series.