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Working at a York County icon: ‘I always wanted to be a Maple Donuts girl, and here I am’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Thaddeus Stevens’ wig/Stewartstown’s igloo

A man walks from his car to the Maple Donuts entrance just after sunrise around 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Early-morning regulars start showing up at the Springettsbury location around 4 a.m., while the morning rush picks up around 6 a.m.  Chris Dunn - Daily Record/Sunday News

York County, Pa., has long played host to business and other venues that are, well, distinctly York County. In the past, we had Bury’s Burgers, Melvin’s Drive-In, Playland, White Oak Park and the Shady Dell. Today, we have going businesses like Rutter’s and Bricker’s fries and Smittie’s Pretzels and Maple Donuts that span decades. Maple Donuts is, in fact, expanding, looking to grow its Springettsbury Township facility. York Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Chris Dunn spent overnight at Maple’s Springettsbury shop the other day and got some neat photos and a slice-of-life story. One quote from Maple Donut retail clerk Teresa Mckeown shows how the shop bridges generations: ‘I always wanted to be a Maple Donuts girl, and here I am.’ Also of interest: York-area full of memory-spawning landmarks.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Did you know that a society exists to, well, fund projects relating to the great abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens, whose first job was teaching in York, Pa.?

In the past year, the society has, according to a release:

1. Spent $960 to repair the urn in front of Thaddeus Stevens’s grave and repair other tombstones in the Shreiner-Concord Cemetery in Lancaster.
2. Contributed $1,000 to Stevens bobblehead give-away at Lancaster’s baseball stadium.
3. Bought a rare 190-year-old stove made at the Maria furnace, Stevens’ first iron mill near Fairfield in Adams County. Lynn Jensen and Leslie Robinson of York donated a stove made at Steven’s later iron mill, Caledonia.
4. Contributed $500 to restoration of Stevens’s wig.

Yes, restored Stevens’ wig, made famous in recent times in the film “Lincoln.”

Interested in a membership? Contact: Thaddeus Stevens Society.

This is a turning a series of snowstorms into snow fun. For other snowmen, figures etc., check out this Media Center gallery: Getting creative with snow.

Letters from York County: Ron Hershner is a lawyer by day, and by night he writes interesting local history books. He’ll speak on his latest book, “Letters from Home,” at 7:30 p.m., April 2, at Stewartstown United Methodist Church.