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Short stories tell of long year in York County

Dem presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign chose an improbable York site for a campaign stop in York in 2008. But hundreds jostled to see her. Background posts: Unsung York County asset: Actual, virtual historical community with hustle, Best of yorktownsquare.com, 2007 and In 2008, 8 top candidates or their families campaigned in York County.

About 100 years ago, a French writer told the year’s news in short snippets for a French newspaper.
The York Daily Record/Sunday News did a spinoff of Felix Feneon’s “Novellas in three lines” in recapping selected news items for 2008.
For example, as an entry for May 1, the staff wrote:

When Hillary Clinton visited last month, she cost the city nearly $3,000 in police overtime, public works expenses. Natalie Dismond lost $242 from customers who couldn’t get to her hair salon. Mayor John Brenner said he’d ask a Clinton supporter to help with the cost.

Here’s another:

Some Southern York School District students have to walk a mile along a highway to catch the bus until PennDOT repairs nearby bridges. Parents aren’t telling stories of when they had to walk a mile, uphill, in snow to school; they’re upset.

Here’s one more:

Helen Myers, 78, of York Township, took her first granddaughter to historic sites, cooked turkey dinners for church and cared for her ailing husband until he died. At her granddaughter’s request, Oprah gave Myers a new Volkswagen Beetle.

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