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People to talk most at this old-fashioned town hall meeting: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, July 12, 2012

Other good stuff, below: Haar’s Drive-in/Coyotes in YC/Penn Park dig

For about 10 years, YDR reps have joined WGAL’s top people in a town meeting. The annual meet-the-pubic evening is unvarnished and unrehearsed. The emphasis is on giving the audience an opportunity to ask questions. In other words, the public does most of the talking in this old-fashioned town hall meeting. But the real reward for the evening is meeting folks before and after 60-minute town meeting. If you’re there and read this blog, make sure you look me up. Also of interest: Nine publishers have sat in top chair at York Daily Record/The Gazette and Daily in past 100 years

Neat stuff from all over … .

Erik Hummel, ehummel2@gmail.com, is interested in York County’s old jail, the Chestnut Street prison.

“I am independently producing a documentary about the past, present, and future states of abandoned/derelict buildings in the northeast with a particular focus on forgotten institutions,” he wrote.

He was interested in contacting the current owners.

“I hope to shed some light on the current struggles and efforts to save such a historic place as the old jail,” he wrote.

I asked him to tell us when his project is available, and we’ll share details with yorktownsquare.com readers.

Helping out Haar’s: So, as it turns out, Haar’s Drive-in in northern York County is facing a challenge in its 60th year: the costly upgrade to digital. PennLive reports: Haar’s Drive-In marks 60 years, tries to raise money to stay in business

Mansion in Emigsville: The beautiful Emig’s Mansion is for sale for $495,000, which leads to the question on FB: If you owned a 5,000-square-foot house like the Emig Mansion, what would be your greatest job (showing it off?) and largest concern (keeping it clean?)

The cable in Cable House?: The air conditioning is out in the Cable House for the summer, a not-good situation. With the Cable House in the news, time to ask: Where does “cable” come from? Check out: Torpedo, bomb loader, made in York, Pa., turns up in Tennessee museum.

A flock of Gettysburg-related posts: An iPhone app guides your through the battlefield and Treasure hunters not allowed on hallowed ground and Rebels pass hat to replace stolen Yankee pistol.

How could they?: Yes, they did. Vandals worked their dirty tricks on a historic Wrightsville cemetery.

Forum of the day, I: York countians are experiencing problems with coyotes. Coyotes, the four-legged pests? Check out what Exchangers are talking about, yes, coyotes.

Forum of the day, II: Youngsters are undertaking a dig at historic Penn Park this week as part of Archaeology Week coordinated by the York County Heritage Trust and York County Parks: http://bitly.com/NjjhUY. Do you have any memories of Penn Park? When was the last time you were in this oldest of city parks? Did you enjoy your visit? Please comment below. Background on Penn Park: Rebecca at the Well stood tall in Penn Park for years.