I think every newspaper where I’ve worked, local history has been somewhere in the mix.

In my hometown, the weekly newspaper had a regular feature called The Good Old Days with stories from the past. (It was a bit unnerving when I appeared in one of the items a few years back. It was reflecting on a high school play I was in many, many years prior.)

In York, I worked with an editor fascinated with York County history. Jim McClure, soon to retire from his post there, has written many local history books  -- a few of which I had the pleasure to help design and edit. I hope he plans to write many, many more in retirement.

And in Lancaster at LNP and on LancasterOnline, we have a lot of local history in our pages and on our website. Lancaster That Was – a weekly feature in Sunday – and LancLife both feature a lot of stories and photographs from our past.

The Scribbler, however, is the go-to solution for when you have a question about the way things used to be here. So today we feature a selection of that work.

Enjoy your Sunday.


In this edition:

REVISITING THE SCRIBBLER: Spend a moment or two with LNP’s long-running local newspaper column filled with facts and tidbits from Lancaster County’s past. We now have a growing collection of The Scribbler columns on the LancLife portion of LancasterOnline.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: We catch up with Tom Herr, the first manager of the Lancaster Barnstormers in 2005. Herr went on to other baseball positions before focusing on spending more time with his family. Read what’s next for him here.

VIEWFINDER: We have winter and birds on the mind with this great moment captured by LNP photographer Suzette Wenger. How long will we see ice and Canada geese together along the edge of the Susquehanna River this year?

LANCASTER THAT WAS: When Mike Ruby faced a health setback prior to he and his wife’s silver wedding anniversary, their kids went into action. Read about the celebration they created in 1994.

SPOTTED: A local bird watcher identified a real gem by listening to its unique call on Feb. 17. Be sure to take a look.

And we have a collection of haiku and special puzzle celebrating this weekend’s Roots & Blues festival in Lancaster, too.