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Rejuvenating a mausoleum? Yes, in York, Pa.: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, Oct. 14, 2011

York artist Carol Oldenburg plies her craft on the ceiling of the mausoleum at Prospect Hill Cemetery. The century-old structure, housing the burial sites of numerous prominent York countians, is undergoing renovations. This York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News story tells about those efforts under the ironic, or perhaps oxymoronic, headline: Rejuvenation of York mausoleum under way at Prospect Hill Cemetery. (See exterior photo below.) Also of interest: York’s Prospect Hill Cemetery Community Mausoleum: ‘Once it’s rebuilt … we’re good for another 100 years’.

Neat stuff from all over… .

We appreciate all the kudos readers are handing out concerning the York Daily Record/Sunday News big  win as Pennsylvania Newspaper Association’s Newspaper of the Year.

It is a big deal, as I described in a recent York Sunday News column. Judges pitted the York Daily Record/Sunday News against newspapers of all sizes in the state.

Most of the judging appraised what appeared in the newspaper. The award becomes even more satisfying when you consider about half of our newsroom’s work appears only on the Web.

Our journalists work in this sequence:

In our daily cycle, we first produce stories, graphics, videos and photos for our digital platforms – about 50 web, social media and mobile products. The amount of digital content adds up to at least equal to what’s in the newspaper. Our newspaper work comes later in the cycle, so it’s: digital first, print last.

Please note: Not last in importance.  But later in sequence.

So this big award recognizes maybe half of the work we do. Which makes it all the more meaningful and appreciated.

Event of the day: Cannonball’s Scott Mingus passed this on: Hunterstown Historical Society is presenting “Taste of Freedom,” an evening with Deb McCauslin at 7 p.m, Octo. 20, at The Cornerstone Worship Center, 888 Coleman Road, in that Adams County town. Deb, an Underground Railroad expert, will tell the story of free woman Kitty Payne and her children. Details: 334-3070.

Reader query: A reader asked about the availability of old news stories back as far as 1975. Are they available online? she asked.

My answer: If she’s asking about local news stories, the answer is that they’re not available online. She’d have to go to the York County Heritage Trust and roll through microfilm. (I hope she has the approximate dates.)

York Daily Record stories, back to mid-1992, are available online. Searching is free, and there’s a download charge if you want to see the story.

Blog post of the day: Buffy’s World covers an upcoming “How to get it published seminar,” and the top ydr.com videos of the week.

Forum of the day: On the Exchange, weigh in on what is one of the most wrenching crimes in memory in York County. (See post of York County’s most notorious crimes.)


Notice the two spinxes outside the mausoleum at Prospect Hill Cemetery.