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Starbucks will observe its 20th anniversary in York County next year. Time really passes fast.

Linked in/Neat stuff: PeoplesBank first home/Keystone Tombstones, Vol. 3


At York Town Square, we like serendipity. When we ran across this aerial photo of the Starbucks roasting plant in East Manchester Township (top), we knew it would perk interest. Actually, we put this out in an early recognition of Starbucks anniversary of its opening in York County, 20 years old in 2015. The coffee seller opened its 375,000-square-foot roasting plant in September 1995. A caption with this YDR file photo from 1995 points out Board Road in the foreground, Maple Press, left, and Motor Technology, right. Also of interest: All York County aerial photos from the start and Starbucks, roasting for millions of taste buds, tucked into corner of York County.

Neat, serendipitous stuff from all over … .

The Joes, Joe Farrell and Joe Farley, have compiled another volume of Keystone Tombstones.

This one, volume 3, explores the burial places – and the lives – of  Joe Paterno, Joe Frazier, John Updike, “The Real Bob Casey,” Teddy Pendergrass, Grover Washington and Jimmy Dorsey, among others.

Check it out at SunburyPress.com.

PeoplesBank’s first home:


John ‘Otts’ Hufnagel provided this photo of the first home of the predecessor of PeoplesBank, Glen Rock’s First National Bank. This came in after the subsequent buildings presented in this post: 4 Glen Rock photos cover 150 years of bankingSo I added it to that post and present it here, too, with this bit of history from Otts and the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society: ‘On June 1, 1864, the bank opened for business on the second floor of Emanuel Sheffer’s building on Main Street (50 Main Street – former train station). By June 1876, the bank was ready for new and bigger quarters. The Directors announced that a new bank building would be constructed on the corner of Manchester and Hanover Streets on a lot purchased from Nathaniel Z. Seitz and that their excess room would be rented to local businesses.’ PeopleBank operates on that Glen Rock corner, in a 100-year-old building, today.

Memorial Day: Here’s how YDR photographer Paul Kuehnel wrote about this Memorial Day photo gallery:”People from 5 to 90 pay respect to those who served in York for Memorial Day.” Check out: Memorial Day in photos.

More serendipity:


Artist Cliff Satterthwaite provided this interesting scene of something that was no more. The York County Academy building on Beaver Street was demolished when Cliff captured this scene. That’s the old academy’s gymnasium, lower and upper right, that stands today in the back corner of the academy’s former campus. For a look at the academy building, see: New York Academy is around the corner from the old York Academy.

History mystery: Does anyone know a strawberry festival that has been around longer?