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Here are two of the shots I managed to get from yesterday’s Revolution game before I had to leave for another assignment. First, a feature:

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution team manager Andy Etchebarren tells catcher Octavio Martinez to have a good night after some fans wished Martinez a happy 32nd birthday before the Revolution began playing against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

Next, my first successful shot of a(n unsuccessful) pickoff attempt:

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution left fielder James Shanks briefly returns to first base just as Southern Maryland Blue Crabs first baseman Joe Jiannetti misses his catch in a pickoff attempt in the second inning on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Shanks turned around and made it safely to second base.

(Note: The contrast in the second photo is pretty much straight out of camera. I tried to tone it down a little for the blog. If you view it on the paper’s website, it looks more “normal” because our browser tends to desaturate our images anyway.)

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For the first time ever, I left a baseball game in the middle of the third inning yesterday.

It was for a semi-last-minute assignment during which a reporter and I listened to a young man recount how he tried to save a man from drowning — and instead saved his female companion.

The drowning, which happened on the same day as the barn collapse, was the first drowning in Lake Marburg in Codorus State Park since 2008.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Sitting in his family's living room, Kyle Mahorney of York Township describes on Saturday, July 30, 2011, how he tried to save Brian Krumrine, Jr., and instead saved his female companion, Kate, from drowning in Lake Marburg in Codorus State Park on Friday, July 29, 2011. Mahorney said Kate screamed that Krumrine, who was struggling in the water, had let go of her foot right as Mahorney had swum up to them. After diving twice trying to find Krumrine, Mahorney took Kate to the shore. Mahorney said that, had he arrived 30 seconds earlier, he thinks he could have rescued Krumrine. He plans to attend Krumrine's funeral.

Be sure to read Rebecca’s heartbreaking article based on Kyle’s account of the tragedy.

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Three of my four uncles live in New York City, and my mom, brother and other uncle (and his wife and daughter) came up to visit last weekend. So I took the train over there and joined them for a few days.

It was my first time taking the train — as in, a train that’s not public transportation — which freaked me out at first. But despite some delays on my return trip, I think I prefer rail over air. Much less hassle, and far more relaxing. The extra leg room is nice, too.

Some pictures from my train ride and one of the first subway rides we took over the weekend:

© 2011. Lancaster Amtrak station.

© 2011. Somewhere in Pennsylvania, between Lancaster and Philadelphia.

© 2011. Approaching 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.

© 2011. Lexington Ave./63rd Street station.

© 2011. F train from Lexington Ave./63rd Street station to Coney Island.

More photos to come.

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Nine cows were killed yesterday — and others were trapped — when 60,000 pounds of hay fell through the loft floor above them.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. The loft floor of a barn belonging to the Petersheim family in Lower Chanceford Township collapsed while people were loading hay bales into the loft on Friday, July 29, 2011. The floor and hay collapsed onto the Petersheims' cows on the ground level of the barn, and killed nine cows, according to Ben Petersheim. Petersheim also said there were about 1,500 bales of hay in the barn at the time, each weighing about 40 pounds.

Jeff’s reaction when I told him: “Why couldn’t the cows just have eaten their way out?

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Go to a club (with good air conditioning). Just make sure you’re wearing the right thing.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Holding hands, Jimmy Torres of Allentown and Kaitlin Kolva of Halifax in Dauphin County enter the dance floor on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Club XS in North York borough. Club XS in North York borough enforces a dress code that prohibits bandanas, sunglasses and saggy, baggy pants, among other items.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Johnathan Krug of Columbia in Lancaster County and Mike Shomody of Elizabethtown in Lancaster County converse on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Club XS.

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Go to a park and doze off while listening to jazz… with some grass on your eyelid.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Tuckered out after running around at a block party, Antron Mitchell, 10 of York, sleeps through the first set of jazz music performed by Jeff Stabley & Band on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Foundry Park. About three dozen people came to the park to listen to the band perform as part of Downtown Inc.'s SPLASH! Concert Series.

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Go to summer camp, play in bumper boats and get a bucket of water dumped on you by your camp counselor.

This photo didn’t run:

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Erin McBrairty, 12 of Springettsbury Township, and Amelia Strayer, 11 of Springettsbury Township, scream in anticipation as their Summer Adventure Camp counselor Marcy Renshaw throws a bucket of water on them in the bumper boat pool in Roundtop Mountain Resort's Mountain Adventure area on Thursday, July 14, 2011.

This photo did:

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Erin McBrairty, 12 of Springettsbury Township, and Amelia Strayer, 11 of Springettsbury Township, duck away as their Summer Adventure Camp counselor Marcy Renshaw throws a bucket of water on them in the bumper boat pool in Roundtop Mountain Resort's Mountain Adventure area on Thursday, July 14, 2011.

Which would you have chosen?

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Okay, so it’s no longer as hot out there… but I was in New York City for the past three days and still have a few heat/summer photos to share. So the series lives on!

Go eat a popsicle. But only after you’ve dug through your camp counselor’s backpack, found a permanent marker and drawn mustaches on your friends’ faces.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record. Zach Cline, 10 of Mechanicsburg, sits atop a barricade and eats his popsicle as he and other Summer Adventure Camp participants wait their turn to go down the slope in the H2 OGO ball at Roundtop Mountain Resort's Mountain Adventure area on Thursday, July 14, 2011. Cline's "mustache" is the result of his and other campers' finding a permanent marker in their counselor's backpack. Roundtop Mountain Resort is offering its fourth year of five-day Summer Adventure Camps, during which kids ranging in age from 8 to 15 participate in activities including fishing, kayaking, Frisbee golf and high ropes.

The above photo is one of a few that ran in print. Here’s another photo — of the same kid in the same situation — that I like but that I knew was maybe too messy/layered/hard-to-read to run:

© 2011 by The York Daily Record.

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Drink water. And dance. And stay cool.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record. Deshon Marine, Jr., 12, far right, watches as his uncle Dontavien Marine of York, center, dances along with his niece Victoria Hartman, 13 of Baltimore, right, while watching the movie "Hairspray" in the cooling center hosted by Christ Lutheran Church on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania operated the cooling center on Saturday, with Help Center director Joe Studivant on-site with his family to keep the fellowship hall open for anybody who needed to cool off, drink cold bottled water or have a freeze pop.

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Go watch some Shakespeare… under the shade of some trees.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Performing as the character Beatrice, Theresa Strange of New Freedom eavesdrops on a conversation between Theresa Bova of Manchester Township, performing as Ursula, and Sarah Tyler of New Freedom, performing as Hero, in a final dress rehearsal of William Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" on Saturday, July 16, 2011, in a fellow cast member's backyard in Spring Garden Township. DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre is producing Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" for Theatre Under The Trees, a series of free shows throughout York County every Friday from June 22 to July 30. The cast began its dress rehearsals on Saturday, July 16, 2011, in a cast member's backyard, and rehearsed in a different backyard every day to help the performers get used to acting outside in different locations.

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If you had to be a cow in this heat… you’d want to be one of these cows.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Cows gather toward the center of Leroy and Brenda Walker's barn to eat and get cooled off on Friday, July 22, 2011, at Walk-Le Holsteins farm in Paradise Township. The Walkers' 20,700-square foot barn features a misting system, as well as 36 fans that keep air moving at about 6 miles per hour. Leroy Walker said the barn has made a difference in the cows' comfort and milk production. "In our old barn, we might have lost 2 gallons a day" per cow, Walker said.

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Go get a snow cone… courtesy of the sun.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Chilly Dilly's Sun Sno employee Jena Prats waits for customers on Saturday, July 2, 2011, in the Sun Sno stand in the Shurfine parking lot in York Township. Saturday was Prats' first day on the job. Chilly Dilly's frozen treats owner Dylan Bauer has opened two solar-powered snow cone stands, one in York Township and one in Spring Grove. The stands' cash registers, lights and ice shaver are powered entirely by solar panels that sit atop the roofs.

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After shooting a particular assignment yesterday, I’ve realized I should get a Spanish textbook and brush up on some intermediate vocabulary and grammar. I was making pictures at the only supermarket in York City — which had just had its grand opening in the morning — and had to speak or know some amount of Spanish to communicate with the people in my pictures.

Here’s what ran on today’s front page:

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Cristian Morales, 11 of York, takes green bananas from his grandmother Miriam Rivera as he and his cousin Mairim Velez, 9, right, shop at C-Town Supermarkets on its opening day on Friday, July 11, 2011.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Noel Fernando packages meat behind the meat counter at C-Town Supermarkets on the store's grand opening day on Friday, July 15, 2011. The store features the meat counter, a seafood counter and a deli counter, as well as produce and a small bakery.

And here’s a photo that didn’t run / that I didn’t turn in, but I like it anyway:

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Mairim Velez, 9 of York, reaches for plastic produce bags in the produce section of C-Town Supermarkets on its opening day on Friday, July 15, 2011.

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Apparently, wearing feathers in your hair is a big thing now. I feel like there’s a(n old) song about this, but all I can think of is “Ribbons Down My Back” from the musical Hello Dolly!

Anyway. Feathers. Not big plumes, but long, thin rooster tail feathers.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. With three feathers already clamped to her hair, Hannah Bosley, 16 of Spring Garden Township, waits for Michael Alan Salon & Day Spa stylist Corinne Lentz to add two additional feathers on Friday, July 8, 2011. The feathers are inserted into a small metal bead and clamped around a few strands of hair. The feather extensions can stay in a client's hair for 2-4 months and can be worn in the shower and pool, and can have hair product applied to them.

If you read the article (which you should anyway — Lauren seems to have had fun writing it), you’ll find out why this feather trend is giving fly fishermen a run for their money.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Hannah Bosley, 16 of Spring Garden Township, admires her new feather extensions in the mirror before stylist Corinne Lentz clamps two more feathers into her hair on Friday, July 8, 2011, at Michael Alan Salon & Day Spa. Bosley said as far as she knows, she is the first girl in York Suburban High School and among her friends to get feather hair extensions, and is excited for her friends to notice.

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I may have had a raging headache — induced by lack of both sleep and food — but I’ll be damned if I didn’t zip up my mansuit (Philmont reference) and do my best to make pictures at the 2011 Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday.

Just a few shots from the day:

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Fans walk over York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren's star as they enter Sovereign Bank Stadium via the main entrance on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, before the 2011 Atlantic League All-Star Game. Etchebarren managed the Freedom Division team for the All-Star Game as well.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Recent York Catholic graduate Alex Tucci warms up before going up to bat for his turn in the home run derby on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium before the 2011 Atlantic League All-Star Game. Each team in the home run derby included one recent York County high school graduate, one York County townball player and one Atlantic League player. Tucci, who made two fair homeruns and hit a foul ball over the fence, was the only recent graduate to hit out of the field.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution outfielder Val Majewski returns to the Freedom Division dugout after hitting a homerun in the fourth inning and scoring the first point in the 2011 Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

This photo was the main art for today’s front page:

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution pitcher Corey Thurman and third baseman Vince Harrison dance on the track during the seventh inning of the 2011 Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

I was editing and transmitting photos when the fireworks show began, and had no intention to make pictures of the show. Once it began, though, I couldn’t resist leaving my computer and going to the front of the media room with my camera. I didn’t have a tripod, and was basically holding my camera steady on the open window ledge, but hey — it worked.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A fireworks show concluded the night for the 8,053 fans who came to the 2011 Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

Check out more photos, and complete coverage.

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I’ve just returned from spending a few days in Houston with my family. Jeff flew down from Tulsa, too, so it was great to see everyone again, if only for two and a half days.

As we’ve established (and as anybody who knows anything about my family knows), my younger brother is all about sharp objects. So when my mom mentioned a rotting watermelon in the fridge, my brother suggested a way to dispose of it: Chopping it up with a machete.

A rusty machete.

Click on the image above to view the video at a higher resolution.

Well, he did it. And Jeff helped. And I video’ed it via my 5D Mark II at f/1.4, and it’s pretty glorious.

Check out the video, which Jeff and I put together in our final few hours in Houston:

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I’m really excited to announce that The York Daily Record/Sunday News has published what we’ve been calling “the Mt. Rose project.” It’s my first big project for the paper, as my editors had me tackle it shortly after I was hired.

Graphic/presentation by Carrie Hamilton. Click on the image above to check out the interactive graphic and article.

I was assigned to provide visuals for the entire project, which meant I shot building mugs of all the businesses that will or may be affected, and covered a few more businesses more extensively.

Mexitaly – Mexitaly is a local eatery that claims a legion of fans. One side of its menu features Mexican offerings while the other side features pizzas and strombolis. In addition to making some general ambiance photos in the restaurant, I also produced a video featuring a few of Mexitaly’s regular customers.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Brian Carr of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Nathan Hess of Springettsbury Township chat as Kateri Michos of Springettsbury Township places her order with Mexitaly owner Greg Skirboll on Friday, June 3, 2011.

Nello Tire — For both my video and stills, I focused on the medium/commercial truck shop. Nello has a garage servicing your everyday cars and vans, but much of its business comes from larger sets of wheels like tractor trailers, recreational vehicles and medium-size trucks. The medium/commercial truck shop is directly adjacent to the 10,000-square foot tire warehouse, which is what would probably be directly affected by PennDOT’s plan to revamp the Mt. Rose interchange.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Tire/lube technician Scott Cramer chats with medium truck tire specialist Roy Hoffman as Hoffman fills up a tire with air at Nello Tire on Saturday, June 4, 2011.

Par Tee Mini Golf — It may seem strange to think about a mini golf course on the sloping side of an interstate, but business is booming. I went there one evening to make pictures during the evening “magic hour,” and for the video, I returned a few more times to talk to the girls who work there. Turns out they’ve worked the counter for a number of years, and have become best friends.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Zakary Kelm, 5 of New Freedom, races up one of the mini-golf greens at Par Tee Mini Golf on Saturday, May 28, 2011.

The businesses that will be “full takes” — that is, PennDOT would need all their property for the interchange reconfiguration — will receive their official letters from PennDOT this fall. The businesses that will be “partial takes” will be notified next year. Even after everyone receives letters, construction won’t begin for another three or four years, or so say most of the business owners.

Everyone with whom I spoke, including business owners and customers, agrees that the interchange makeover is needed. I’m inclined to agree, as I pass through that intersection every day on my way to and from work. But in the past few months, I’ve learned a lot about how much these businesses mean to their owners and customers, and I’m interested to see how everything pans out over the next few years.

We’ll see. In the meantime, these businesses have a few years yet.

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I’m about to head out to shoot a professional baseball game — but first, here’re a couple of feature shots from a town ball game from a bit ago.

Some nice light:

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Glen Rock's Dan Rhodes goes up to bat against Mt. Wolf in the first inning on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Glen Rock Community Park.

And some nice camaraderie:

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Glen Rock's Dan Rhodes high-fives his teammates after scoring against Mt. Wolf in the first inning on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Glen Rock Community Park.

(It’s just a coincidence that these two photos are of the same guy…)

As far as I understand, town ball is basically guys playing baseball just to play baseball. It’s not American Legion baseball, it’s not pro, it’s not Little League. I may be wrong — and, if so, correct me — but this is just playing for the sport.

The word “Americana” comes to mind.

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I took these photos so long ago that the article with which they were published is now in the online archives. (Oops.) Basically, a York-born-and-raised rapper came to speak to students at New Hope Charter School, right before Memorial Day weekend.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Rapper Phene, far right, greets New Hope Academy students as they leave the gym on Friday, May 27, 2011, after Phene spoke to the entire school. Phene, a rapper who graduated from William Penn High School in 2004 and is now based in Atlanta, encouraged the middle and high school students to work hard and excel in what they want to do. The first song he performed featured the phrase "First one in, last one out" as a reference to how much time he spent practicing on the William Penn basketball team.

Here’s the photo that ran big:

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Hope Academy junior Kris Davis shows his moves in a dance-off to win tickets to a hip-hop event from rapper Phene on Friday, May 27, 2011, in the school gym. Davis, who was one of five students participating in the impromptu dance-off, ended up teaching some of his moves to one of Phene's associates.

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As his wife stays grounded, a York County man will soon be soaring across Italy.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. With his wife Sue's help, Larry Bunner of Lower Windsor Township sets up his hang glider in a field across from their house on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Bunner started hang gliding shortly after he and Sue married, so his hang gliding - which might be a novelty for another family - is nothing out of the ordinary for Sue or their children and grandchildren.

Not too long ago, I went out to meet Larry Bunner, who showed me his hang glider. He’s been hang gliding for 36 years, and his wife is usually the one following him on the ground in a car to pick him up. Bunner will compete against 152 other pilots in the World Hang Gliding Championships coming up this month in Italy.

Not shabby for a 57-year-old man in retirement!

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. With his wife Sue's help, Larry Bunner of Lower Windsor Township sets up his hang glider in a field across from their house on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Bunner started hang gliding shortly after he and Sue married, so his hang gliding - which might be a novelty for another family - is nothing out of the ordinary for Sue or their children and grandchildren.

Check out Steve’s article about Larry, which ran on the front page a few days ago.

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