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Loretta Claiborne medalist in portrait: Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – Sept. 22, 2010

Special Olympics gold medalist and York resident Loretta Claiborne spoke at a ceremony celebrating the arrival of a portrait featuring her friend and Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver at Pennsylvania’s Capitol. It’s a reproduction of one from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. That’s Claiborne immediately to the right of Shriver – President John F. Kennedy’s sister. (To view video of the ceremony, see below. For another view of the portrait, visit: York, Pa.’s Loretta Claiborne about friend Eunice Shriver: ‘She could have gone anywhere, but she wanted to help humanity’. Also of interest: William Penn Senior High School Hall of Fame honors a host of York County achievers and Loretta Claiborne’s achievements bring spotlight her way and Who were most prominent 20th-century sports heroes in York and Adams counties?

Neat stuff from all over … .
Gary E. Heiland is looking for information about a North York store where he remembers shopping for appliances.
That store came to mind because it occupied some of the structures that went up in flames.
He wrote:

The owner was somewhat of a character but was a good person to deal with. We knew him as ‘Speedy’ Kauffman and I think the business was known as Kauffman Appliances. Although it was an appliance store he actually sold a little of everything, though he sometime could not find the articles you wanted.

If you have information on the store, comment below or contact Gary.
– Yorkblogger June Lloyd’s York Sunday News column tells about the Pennsylvania Gazette, published in York in 1777-78. And it has sidebar with information about an essay contest on American Revolutionary themes.
– In an op ed piece in the York Sunday News, York countian Jonathan Stayer of the Pennsylvania Archives provides insight about past digs at Camp Security, Springettsbury Township’s controverted prisoner-of-war site from the American Revolution: Clarifying letter on Camp Security.
Recommended blog post: Yorkblogger Pat Abdalla writes in Southpaw about a little-known York County major leaguer from the past: Player Appreciation: George Decker, a local guy with a solid career.
– Recommended forum, The Exchange: Steam whistle to use air this year.
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This video shows the unveiling of a Special Olympics portrait this week in Harrisburg. To read more, visit: Local Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne attends portrait unveiling.