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Union church buildings, once common, now rare in York County area

 Linked in/Neat stuff: Buchart-Horn founder dies/History mystery photo

churchfire_500You hate to see any building go up, but this fire took down a landmark, 160-year-old church in Lineboro, just south of the Mason-Dixon Line in Maryland. Area churches have extended a helping hand to the two congregations who worshipped at Lazarus Union Church. The building stood only a short distance from York County in northern Maryland. It was the closest union church to York County’s last remaining union house of worship, St. Paul’s (Dubs) Church. Union churches, common in the region until demergers began in the past 50 or more years, are marked by two congregations that meet in the same building. Down in Lineboro, the congregations – United Church of Christ and Lutheran – hope to rebuild. Also of interest:  Filey’s fire: Why are so many family names attached to York County churches?

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Russell E. Horn Sr., the Horn in noted design firm Buchart-Horn, died this week.

The familiar buildings his design firm drafted included: York County Shopping Center on East Market Street (opened in with Sears, Roebuck, Joe the Motorist’s Friend, McCrory’s, Food Fair and W.T. Grant as early tenants); the round bank building near Queensgate, now home to M & T Bank; and Hannah Penn Junior High School.

russellRussell E. Horn Sr. throws at the first pitch at a York Revs game in 2010. Here are some links to posts about Buchart-Horn: B-H’s Susquehannock High School; Firm started in Yoe; and  Bright color replaced gritty gray at former Borg-Warner site.

Von Trapps were Pa. Dutch? This is from the I-didn’t-know-this department. But maybe you knew. The ‘Sound of Music’ family lived near Philadelphia for four years.

Inside view: Want to see the inside of one of those nice 200 East Market Street homes? Check out: York couple opens historic homes for a Make-a-Wish fundraiser.

Concert details: More info is coming out on the now-Metso factory whistle concert, formerly the New York Wire concert.

*Top photo courtesy of Josh McCullough