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The first time I ever shot boxing was also the first time the main-event, hometown favorite lost as a professional.

Fortunately for me, I got to test out vantage points and shoot several amateur and pro matches before Carney “Beeper” Bowman took the ring. The Valencia Ballroom — where high schools host their proms and older societies hold their formal events — seemed like a strange boxing venue, but I did my best to have fun with it.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Benjamin Carter is lifted by trainer Julio Alvarez after defeating opponent Leonard Langley in the 123-pound amateur bout in the Battle of York VI in the Valencia Ballroom on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. The Battle of York VI featured several amateur bouts and three professional bouts, ending with York’s Jesus Saucedo against Alberto Manukyan and West York’s Carney “Beeper” Bowman against Ramesis Gil, on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at the Valencia Ballroom.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York’s Jesus Saucedo takes in the hometown crowd as he walks to the ring before his bout against Alberto Manukyan, which he won, on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at the Valencia Ballroom.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A referee signals before the start of an amateur bout at the Battle of York VI in the Valencia Ballroom on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A ring girl walks the ring before the second round of an amateur bout in the Battle of York VI in the Valencia Ballroom on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. The referee stops the action before Ramesis Gil delivers a blow to West York’s Carney Bowman’s back during the main-event bout in the Battle of York VI on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in the Valencia Ballroom.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Trainer Julio Alvarez, right, puts a bottle of water on West York’s Carney Bowman’s head after Bowman lost by a split decision to Ramesis Gil in the final professional bout in the Battle of York VI on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at the Valencia Ballroom.

Check out Jim’s article, which sums up and reports Bowman’s first professional loss much better than I ever could, and which includes a few other photos as well.

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Sometimes you get sent to an assignment that seems totally ordinary, and then you start talking to people because it’s your job, and then people start telling you really amazing, not-so-ordinary stories.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Maria Martinez of York hugs her husband Angel Santiago as they wait for Budget Mobile agent Rose West, lower right, tries to activate the cell phone for which Santiago applied on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in York. Santiago and Martinez are both on fixed incomes due to medical and health conditions, and their 2.5-year-old son Jeremiah has heart murmurs. Santiago said because he has no phone and no car, he has had to walk the eight blocks to York Hospital from his home, with Jeremiah in a stroller, just to make appointments for Jeremiah. Earlier in the day, Martinez tested positive for a second pregnancy, which means Santiago will need the new cell phone even more to make more appointments. Cell phone company Budget Mobile is working with the federal government to provide free cell phones with 250 free minutes per month for low-income persons. The booth is set up in the corridor between Stadium Grill and Labor Ready near C-Town Supermarket. About 1,500 refurbished phones have been given away in the several weeks that the program has been in place.

Check out Emily’s article for more information about the program, too.

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I’m pretty sure every fall sport had a scrimmage this past weekend, and begins this full season this week. So last week, my editor sent me hunting down some practices between assignments. Here’s what I found:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Suburban junior Kayla Gibbs, right, leaps over the jump boxes during a drill as sophomore Sabrina Geary, left, returns to the starting block on the first day of tryouts for the varsity and junior varsity teams on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. The teams will be announced on Wednesday evening, with the first scrimmages on Saturday. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, marked the first day of fall sports practice for YAIAA schools.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) York Suburban sophomore Aly Dieter, freshman Lauren Rower, senior Lindsay Saxman and freshman Devon Hornberger complete a setting rep drill on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in the high school gym on the first day of varsity and junior varsity volleyball tryouts.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic boys trying out for the varsity and junior varsity soccer teams run a speed drill on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. The teams will be announced on Thursday or Friday, and will have their first scrimmage at Dover Area High School the following Monday.

Maybe it’s because it’s been so terribly long since I’ve been in school, but this summer really flew by. It feels like I just shot West York’s baseball championship game a few weeks ago, and I can’t believe we’re on the brink of football season. Suffice it to say, I’m keeping a bottle of Alleve in my camera bag… and will do my best to avoid further football injuries this year.

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I think it’s so neat that, on any given day in a certain week of each summer, you can go to a county park and watch Shakespeare.

Or, in this case, you can watch Shakespeare at a local farm market.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A Midsummer Night’s Dream cast members Camryn Hayward, 10; Natalie Chamberlain, 9; and Annie Bova, 9, get dressed in their fairy costumes outside the Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market pavilion on Saturday, July 21, 2012. DreamWrights Youth Family Theatre’s annual summer Theatre Under the Trees program produced eight free performances of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A cast member’s copy of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – complete with sticky notes – sits amid blueberries, eyeglasses and other items on a picnic table at the Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market pavilion before DreamWrights Youth Family Theatre’s Theatre Under the Tree’s production on Saturday, July 21, 2012. Since 1998, Theatre Under the Trees has produced Shakespeare plays for free at various York County parks. This year, the program held its opening night performance at Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market after the first performance – scheduled to be at Gifford Pinchot State Park – was rained out.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A Midsummer Night’s Dream cast members Wilder Harrison-O’Neill, Julia Levis and Devin Palmieri stretch with the rest of the cast and crew outside the Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market pavilion before starting their production on Saturday, July 21, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Performing as the characters Demetrius and Lysander respectively, Nathaniel Tyson and Joey Miller duke it out over the woman their characters now rival for love in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as fairy king Oberon – played by Devin Palmieri – observes from afar and spurned lover Hermia – played by Theresa Strange – protests in confusion, on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market pavilion.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Lantern in hand, Taylor Hayward — playing a fairy — makes her way to the pavilion at Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market for a closing scene of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Saturday, July 21, 2012.

Check out more photos and the full write-up, too!

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Grief is a strange thing to me. Even before I became a journalist who could be dispatched to an emergency scene at any moment, I was capable of compartmentalizing emotion. Carrying on with normal life (at least, during daylight hours) after a close college friend passed away unexpectedly last year — right after I started my first full-time job — was tough, but I had to do it.

So when reporter Bill and I met a family who continues to mourn the loss of a loved one, it was eye-opening. And heart-breaking. And I’m realizing more and more how incredibly privileged we journalists are, that people open up their hearts to us — strangers — at their most vulnerable moments about their most intimate thoughts. And that is something we need to respect and value.

Jennifer may have died in a car crash nine years ago, but her loss remains a raw source of grief to her family and friends, who gather every year on the anniversary of her death at the site of her death.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Howard Daniels of Mount Wolf, right, hugs his son Howard Daniels III of Spring Grove in greeting on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at the Paradise Township intersection of Canal and East Berlin Roads where Daniels’ daughter Jennifer (Daniels III’s sister) was killed in a car crash nine years ago. Every year since her death, her parents — who were divorced before she died — join family and friends on the anniversary of her death at the cross they erected at the intersection. “It’s really tough for us, after nine years,” Daniels’ dad Howard said. “It’s a hole that never gets filled.”

 

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Howard Daniels III of Spring Grove holds his wife Elizabeth and daughter Hannah close after they and other family and friends released balloons in memory of Daniels’ sister Jennifer, who was killed nine years ago in a car crash, on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

 

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Friends and family release balloons at the intersection of Canal and East Berlin Roads in Paradise Township on the ninth anniversary of Jennifer Dawn Daniels’ death in a car accident at that intersection, on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

Check out Bill’s article, which discusses the broader issues of roadside memorials.

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