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When I was younger, summer always seemed to drag on. Don’t get me wrong: It’s not as if I was anxious to get back to school. But after we finished swim practice in the summer mornings, my brothers and I were ushered off to the babysitter’s house for the rest of the day, and frankly, I’m not sure how we passed the time besides rereading the same old books and watching the same old TV shows and reliving the same old arguments. (I’m sorry, former babysitters.)

Now, probably because I have a year-round job and no three-month vacation, summers seem to fly right by. But most York County schools are opening up this week, so it’s time to share my second annual “Children of Summer” collection:

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Gabe Sulpizio, 9 of Manchester Township, comes back up for air as Cameron Wright, 9 of Newcastle, Dela., dives into the pool at Summit Grove Camp in New Freedom on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Camp Superkids, run by Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center at Summit Grove Camp in New Freedom, is now in its 23rd year.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Led by Tiffany Berry of Conewago Township, Carly Knoedler, 4 of Jackson Township, rides Peanut the miniature horse at the 30th annual Olde Tyme Days in Conewago Township on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The annual show features historic power equipment, tractor pulls, a petting zoo and more.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Temple Guard Drum Line members Reuben Beatty, 4; Quasen Hawkins, 5; Conrad Beatty, 5; and Mijiere Hillian, 7, perform at the third annual Codorus Street Reunion at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. The reunion, a celebration of the values and heritage of one of York’s first African-American neighborhoods, brings together descendants of families who moved from South Carolina to the neighborhood now marked by the park.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Kendell Graham, 3 of Delta, gets ready to ride the Dragon Wagon with her sister Cambria, 5 of Delta, right, and Brooke Shrewsbury, 5 of Fawn Grove, left, at the Mason-Dixon Fair on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The 16th annual Mason-Dixon Fair, located on the Pennsylvania-Maryland line between Delta and Cardiff, runs through Saturday, July 12, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Regional Academy Charter School second-grade student Claire Guschel hands a piece of trash to teacher Jennifer Reihm in Lincoln Park on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Second-grade students at York Regional Academy Charter School picked up litter at Lincoln Park along Roosevelt Avenue, as part of both their curriculum and York’s Litter Letter project.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Brothers Zaire Kittrell, 7; Zayden Kittrell, 5; and Zyon Sweeney, 8, plead with their cousin Naquaj Sweeney, 14, for another push on the tire swing during Parkway Day 2014 at Williams Park in York on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Parkway Day first began as a sort of block party for the neighborhood in 1984 and was held every year through 1996, followed by a reunion in 2001. Now the older generations who hosted the previous events hope the younger members of the neighborhood will carry the torch and continue the tradition of Parkway Day.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Lion Fire Company volunteers Jarred Miller, second from left, and Andrew Duarte, far right, help Lincoln Porta, 4 of Hellam Township, and Blake Kahler, 5 of York Township, down from the company’s ladder truck on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Grace Baptist Church’s Community Night in Windsor Township. Almost 10 firefighter, police or EMT units were represented at Grace Baptist Church’s first-ever Community Night, which was organized by fifth- and sixth-grade students at the church. The event took place in lieu of the regular Wednesday night service.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Nas Simms, 11, takes a shot at the basket during Parkway Day 2014 at Williams Park in York on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Ka’Liyah Redman, 6 of York, pulls out a notebook and other supplies that came in her new backpack at Project Big Love 717, a free back-to-school event that was the result of collaboration among Dillsburg-area churches, business and citizens, on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Northern York High School. The project served about 500 special-needs persons by invitation only on Friday, and opened up to the public Saturday. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, about 1,500 people had come for free backpacks filled with school supplies, haircuts, sneakers, family pictures, groceries and lunch.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Hannah Penn students peer into the gymnasium during a back-to-school night at Hannah Penn K-8 School on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Hannah Penn was closed as a middle school at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, but is reopening as a K-8 school, to accommodate students who previously attended the now-closed New Hope Academy Charter School and to relieve overcrowding at other schools.

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In March 2013, I covered the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship, where I made this picture:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn’s Q’ajaniyah Miller drops into her teammates’ arms during the Bearcats’ routine in the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School. William Penn took first place in the “small” division, while Central York won in the “large” division.

Little did I know that Q’ajaniyah — whose name her teammates were unable to spell out for me — and I would cross paths again.

The YAIAA would host yet another 2013 cheerleading championship that took place in the next school year, in December. Sports reporter Matt Goul was covering a William Penn basketball game later that day, and happened to be chatting with their scorekeeper, who was upset that the William Penn cheer squad had lost their division title by a mere half-point. The conversation then revealed that one of the cheerleaders had had a particularly rough year: Q’ajaniyah had been caught in some crossfire in June and struck through the hip, yet recovered in time to rejoin the squad in the fall.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller and other Tri Town Extreme cheerleaders run through a routine in the squad’s final practice of the year on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at William Penn. Miller, 18 of York, has twice been the victim of gun violence: Her father, Ajani Miller, died via a gunshot in the pelvis in Dec. 1999, and she was caught in crossfire outside her house in June 2013. Newly graduated from William Penn Senior High School — where she was a cheerleader, class vice president and homecoming queen — and motivated by her brushes with gun violence, Miller is working to overcome financial and other issues in order to study criminal justice at The Pennsylvania State University this fall.

Matt relayed this information to me in January or February, and mentioned he was interested in pursuing the story. I encouraged him to dig a little deeper and to include me in the coverage.

The longer we worked on the story, the more we learned.

We learned that Q’ajaniyah’s father had been shot and killed two days after Christmas 1999, when she was 3.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. This picture of Ajani Miller, left, his daughter Q’ajaniyah, right, and Q’ajaniyah’s cousin was taken two weeks before Ajani Miller’s Dec. 27, 1999, death. The picture hangs on the refrigerator in Q’ajaniyah Miller’s West Princess Street home, and is the only one she has of her father.

We learned that her mother moved them to Brooklyn two years later and studied to become a police officer, but another tragedy prompted their return to York.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller, 18, and her mother Ronielle Kirkland stand on their West Princess Street porch and brace themselves before running in the rain to the minivan to take Q’ajaniyah to school on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. When she hesitated about whether to leave her mother and family for college, Q’ajaniyah said her mother told her: “Get out of here, I’ll be fine.”

We learned that Q’ajaniyah, profoundly affected by her father’s death and perhaps influenced by sitting in on her mother’s law enforcement classes, was determined to go to college and study criminal justice.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller, 18, participates in her criminology class at William Penn on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Teacher Stuart Krise said of Q’ajaniyah, “She’s rare in my 32 years of teaching because she’s so resilient.”

We learned that she is the oldest of her siblings — two brothers, ages 6 and 2, and a now 10-month-old sister — whom she helps care for, and for whom she strives to set a good example.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller, 18, helps her brother Julius “Juju” Little, Jr., 2, brush his teeth before school in her family’s West Princess Street home on Wednesday, April 30, 2013. Q’ajaniyah, who is 12 years older than her oldest sibling, helps her mother, Ronielle Kirkland, care for her younger brothers and baby sister.

We also learned that she found strength in cheerleading, where she made friends with other girls who had lost their fathers to gun violence.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller looks across the floor as she and other Tri Town Extreme cheerleaders stretch before the squad’s final practice of the year on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at William Penn Senior High School.

Over the course of several months, we worked with Q’ajaniyah, her mother and her friends, and incrementally learned new tidbits that would shape or completely change the story. The weeks before Q’ajaniyah’s graduation presented a tough time for all involved, as she wasn’t sure whether she could afford to go to Penn State and we weren’t certain how we should end the story.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller, 18, reacts after the announcer at William Penn’s commencement ceremony pronounced her full name correctly on Friday, June 6, 2014. She was named after her father, Ajani Miller, who was killed when she was 3.

In the end, I’m grateful to Q’ajaniyah for opening up to us, and glad that we all put so much of ourselves into the story. And I’m excited for her as she starts classes at Penn State in the next few weeks, and I wish her all the best.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Q’ajaniyah Miller, 18, stands with her grandmother Tina Maxfield while waiting for her mother, Ronielle Kirkland, to drive the minivan over after graduating from William Penn on Friday, June 6, 2014. Q’ajaniyah, who is enrolled to attend Penn State in State College in the fall, plans to spend this summer working on her tumbling and staying in shape for cheerleader tryouts.

You can read Matt’s story here, and view many more pictures here.

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We’re in the midst of sweaty, humid, buggy summer, so it’s high time I shared my favorite photos from a Spring Forward fashion show I photographed back in April.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Jamie Wolf, a model for The Watchmaker’s Daughter, gets her hair braided into a fishtail by stylist Christina Vicario, before The Parliament’s Spring Forward event on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Bond Building. The Parliament hosted Spring Forward: Fashion Meets Art, an event featuring collaboration between local artists and fashion boutiques and culminating in a runway presentation at The Bond Building on East King Street in York.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Pairs of shoes line the floor beneath a table of refreshments backstage at The Bond Building as 20 models prepare for The Parliament’s Spring Forward event on Friday, April 18, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Karen Staub, owner of The Watchmaker’s Daughter, and Hilary Arthur, owner of Arthur & Daughters, consult on what type of shoes model Annie Mendoza, far right, should wear for The Parliament’s Spring Forward event on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Bond Building.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Event hair director Glen Oropeza, of Glen Coco for Hair, leans in for a selfie with Allyson Bohnert, a model for KrysLyn’s Bridal Boutique, before The Parliament’s Spring Forward event on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Bond Building.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. People mix and mingle during The Parliament’s Spring Forward event in The Bond Building, which will become a wedding and events venue, on Friday, April 18, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Annie Mendoza, a model for The Watchmaker’s Daughter, waits as the other models line up before walking the runway at The Parliament’s Spring Forward event on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Bond Building.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Tony Jacquiez, a resident artist at King’s Courtyard Artists’ Collective, high-fives Angela Brenneman, a model for Sweet Melissa’s Dream, as she walks the runway at The Parliament’s Spring Forward event on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Bond Building.

You can view more photos here.

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For my last eight working days in June, I put down my camera and became a reporter.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

It was the first part of a “cross-training” experiment of sorts, wherein another reporter and I traded jobs for eight days. I’m told there’ll be more cross-training in the future, between other departments, but as far as I know, my part in the experiment is done.

I first started this blog in January 2009 for two classes I was taking at the Missouri School of Journalism: Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism, and Advanced Reporting. One class had me working on weekly assignments to improve my ability to use different lighting for photos. The other had me reporting on state politics out of the Jefferson City statehouse three days a week.

So I’m no stranger to reporting, but it’s also been a few years since I’ve done it on a near-daily basis. If anything, my eight days as a reporter were varied. There were days I was handed a press release and told to make an actual story out of it. There were other days I was given a vague story idea and instructed to turn it around into something meaningful. Sometimes, these leads didn’t work out, but more often than not, I was able to find a story and write about it.

Here, I share the stories I worked on, roughly in the order in which I wrote them:

My first assignment was a hot weather story, but I found out that we weren’t even going through a heat wave, technically. Still, it was hot. Determined not to go to a water park, pool or lake, I went to a baseball game where I found a bronze-skinned umpire just dealing with the heat.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record.

Thanks to modern satellite technology, Jimmy Buffett was to give a concert at about 90 drive-in theaters across the nation. After talking to the local drive-in’s owner on the phone and doing some research, I pre-wrote about half the article before I arrived at the drive-in around 5 p.m., at which point I did some more interviews for color. As activities wound down, I wrote up the rest of the story in the projection room before the concert began, and planned to end the story with some more color from the first song. Then, the satellite signal was disrupted, fans complained and I had to rewrite the whole story.

We received a press release about how the grown children of a train-loving man planned to take his ashes for a ride on a local Civil War-era replica train. For this story, I ended up talking to three of the man’s sons and learned a lot about their father, who had grown up alongside steam engines during the Great Depression and, years later, built a U.S. Navy-commissioned satellite to track the newly launched Sputnik’s path.

A quick-turnaround brief I jimmied up toward the end of my shift… after checking my own bank statement, that is.

Another quick-turnaround brief that happened near the end of my shift.

Yet another quick-turnaround story also resulting from a press release. I tried to liven it up with some detail about one video in my lede.

Interviewing kids is hard. I’ve long known you’ll get better, more genuine quotes from kids if you just follow them as they tour a fire station, and keep the recorder app on your phone rolling. But then you have to make a note at which point a kid said something awesome, or else listen to the whole recording later at the office.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

I’ve covered the Senior Games in some capacity every year since I’ve been here. This year was the first I did so as a reporter. But it’s always fun to watch people having a good, competitive time, and this was definitely another instance where I just stayed with folks I’d already interviewed and kept the recorder app rolling.

I was a little nervous about covering the USA-GER World Cup match, even though I was just putting a local spin on it and not actually reporting from Brazil. Thing is, I know pitifully little about soccer. I played it in P.E. in grade school, but the day I blocked a hard pass with my sternum was the day I quit caring about the sport.

Fortunately, at Buffalo Wild Wings, I found a group of visiting Germans who happened to be passing through York on a three-week vacation to the U.S., brought their Deutschland jerseys with them and set up a little American flag on their table. Also fortunately for me, Germans tend to speak very good English. They basically saved my story.

A local blogger tipped us off that her neighbor has been upset and preoccupied by the gift of a $50 from two young girls. So, before I headed to Buffalo Wild Wings for the World Cup, I interviewed Joe Sheetz in his home. Later, I was able to get in touch with the president of the Pay It Forward Foundation, a California-based nonprofit, who gave me some background on the concept of paying it forward.

I wrote that article almost as if it were a column, largely because it was practically a single-source story. Joe was a very sweet man, and I hope he finds the answers he’s looking for, and the end of the story that he’s seeking.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

 

This past week has been my first week back at my own desk, with a camera in my hands. I enjoyed working alongside other editors and journalists in the newsroom, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to tune up my reporting skills. But I’m also glad to be back in the photo department and telling stories the way I love most.

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In my 3.5 years in York, I’ve never known the West Manchester Mall to have even half of its storefronts leased out and occupied. Let’s hope that its de-malling brings good results.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Mardell Messersmith, 75 of Dover Township, left, walks with her brother Harold Feeser, 64 of York City, around the interior of West Manchester Mall on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Messersmith and Feeser have taken to mall-walking a few days a week in the past year, but security will soon ask mall walkers to cease their routines before the mall begins dramatic renovations. With the West Manchester Mall destined to give way to an outdoor town center-style shopping center, stores within the mall are shutting down and moving out.

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© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York student council members greet graduates after they received their diplomas and sunflowers during commencement at Central York on Friday, May 30, 2014. Central York graduated 445 seniors, 430 of whom participated in the 2014 commencement ceremony.

I didn’t attend my college graduation because I had better things to do. But, having photographed four high school graduations and one college graduation in the past two weeks (including three ceremonies in as many nights, in a row), I’ve probably heard “Pomp and Circumstance” enough times now to atone for not walking in my own commencement.

Without further ado, my favorite pictures from the 2014 graduation season:

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Stefano Colletti and James Volpe, both candidates for Bachelor of Science degrees, try to figure out their regalia before York College’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2014. York College of Pennsylvania’s class of 2014 celebrated its spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Retiring nursing faculty member Jacquelin Harrington, left, chats with fellow nursing faculty member Susan Scherr as they wait for York College’s spring commencement ceremony to begin on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic senior Ralph Maiolino, center, relishes the applause of faculty members as he and other seniors proceeded to commencement at York Catholic on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. York Catholic graduated 107 seniors in its 2014 commencement ceremony.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic graduate Mary Hale, left, exits the stage after receiving her diploma during commencement at York Catholic on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. York Catholic graduated 107 seniors in its 2014 commencement ceremony.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A York Catholic graduate winks at a friend in the audience during commencement at York Catholic on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. York Catholic graduated 107 seniors in its 2014 commencement ceremony.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Suburban senior Allie Patterson looks at photo collages of her classmates in the cafeteria before commencement on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at York Suburban. York Suburban had 213 seniors participating in commencement.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Central York seniors Teal Kreft, Jaida Klyeman and Zane Knaub wait in queue for the procession before commencement at Central York on Friday, May 30, 2014. Central York graduated 445 seniors, 430 of whom participated in the 2014 commencement ceremony.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York senior Pedro Tavarez pauses and acknowledges the crowd at the stadium for commencement at Central York on Friday, May 30, 2014. Central York graduated 445 seniors, 430 of whom participated in the 2014 commencement ceremony.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York graduates stand and wave their sunflowers during a choral arrangement of “For Good” from the Broadway musical “Wicked” at the end of commencement at Central York on Friday, May 30, 2014. Central York graduated 445 seniors, 430 of whom participated in the 2014 commencement ceremony.

I didn’t intend for all of my favorite pictures from the next graduation — William Penn Senior High School’s — to feature one particular senior, but it just turned out that way.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn senior Jeshaun Maddox wears sunglasses as he relaxes in the school library before commencement on Friday, June 6, 2014, at William Penn Senior High School.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn senior Jeshaun Maddox, left, looks back on classmate Symia Major-Kinard as she cries into a tissue as they enter the auditorium for commencement on Friday, June 6, 2014, at William Penn Senior High School.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn senior Jeshaun Maddox comforts classmate Symia Major-Kinard — and checks her face for tears — as they enter the auditorium for commencement on Friday, June 6, 2014, at William Penn Senior High School.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014, and best of luck to everyone!

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York seniors stand to receive their diplomas during commencement at Central York on Friday, May 30, 2014. Central York graduated 445 seniors, 430 of whom participated in the 2014 commencement ceremony.

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We’re currently enjoying spectacular weather here in Pennsylvania, which certainly wasn’t the case even last month when April dared to hurl hot days, cold days and snowy days at our faces, as if the snow-laden winter hadn’t been brutal and long enough.

In January, my editors sent me to a local pet daycare where dogs can indulge in the luxury of two heated swimming pools. It was a fun assignment made better by the caring and energetic dog handlers. My only advice to anyone photographing swimming dogs: Wear rain pants. I’m glad I did.

Morgan's Paws Pet Care Center dog handlers Roxanne Smeltzer, left, and Rikki Herbst keep an eye on six dogs and the two heated pools during the daily one-hour pet swim session on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Dogs enrolled in Morgan's Paws Pet Care Center in Spring Garden Township have access to two heated pools for an hour-long session, while dogs not enrolled can participate in private or open swim sessions. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

Morgan’s Paws Pet Care Center dog handlers Roxanne Smeltzer, left, and Rikki Herbst keep an eye on six dogs and the two heated pools during the daily one-hour pet swim session on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Dogs enrolled in Morgan’s Paws Pet Care Center in Spring Garden Township have access to two heated pools for an hour-long session, while dogs not enrolled can participate in private or open swim sessions. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

Charlie the English Springer Spaniel wades in a 2-foot-deep, heated pool at Morgan's Paws Pet Care Center in Spring Garden Township on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Dogs enrolled in Morgan's Paws Pet Care Center in Spring Garden Township have access to two heated pools for an hour-long session, while dogs not enrolled can participate in private or open swim sessions. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

Charlie the English Springer Spaniel wades in a 2-foot-deep, heated pool at Morgan’s Paws Pet Care Center in Spring Garden Township on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Dogs enrolled in Morgan’s Paws Pet Care Center in Spring Garden Township have access to two heated pools for an hour-long session, while dogs not enrolled can participate in private or open swim sessions. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

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I wouldn’t call myself a sports photographer by any means, but when you photograph as many sports as we at the Daily Record do, you can’t help but consider the immense variety of humanly physical achievements these athletes are attempting via any amount of training or number of techniques.

Take, for instance, javelin. Javelin is but one sport in the all-encompassing term “track and field,” but it’s similar to shot put in that both involve an athlete manipulating his/her physique in order to manipulate physics in order to propel an object as far away from him/her as possible. Yet, if you observe different javelin athletes, you can’t help but notice each one is using completely different techniques to attempt the same basic objective.

And that’s just javelin. Shot put has the same basic objective, but it’s achieved completely differently. And again, each athlete has his/her own techniques to that end.

Maybe I think too much about these things. But these are the types of things I think about when I’m sent to cover two very different track assignments in one day.

Track and field…

Littlestown's Lucas Reynolds fails to clear the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Littlestown’s Lucas Reynolds fails to clear the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University.

…and sprint car racing:

Hanover driver Logan Schuchart, in his first season in the World of Outlaws, drives a time trial before racing the Pennsylvania Posse at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Hanover driver Logan Schuchart, in his first season in the World of Outlaws, drives a time trial before racing the Pennsylvania Posse at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

Yesterday was the first of two days of PIAA District 3 track and field championships at Shippensburg University. Track and field is a good sport to cover if you want to stay on your toes, because it comprises so many different types of sports (and, in the case of track, different events) that are all photographed differently.

Yesterday was also the World of Outlaws’ season debut at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg. Sprint car racing is a good sport to cover if you don’t mind partial hearing loss.

Anyway, when you cover these different sports in one day, it’s hard not to marvel at what the human body (plus the occasional gears, wheels and oil) is capable of doing.

I’ll stop babbling. Photos:

Drivers warm up their cars on the track as others get their cars pushed onto the track before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Drivers warm up their cars on the track as others get their cars pushed onto the track before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

Dallastown's Lillian Cook throws the javelin for 117 feet, 9 inches on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown’s Lillian Cook throws the javelin for 117 feet, 9 inches on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University.

(Left to right) Crew members Vince Hamberger and David Rohrbaugh change out the rear gears of York driver Cory Haas' car before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Crew members Vince Hamberger and David Rohrbaugh change out the rear gears of York driver Cory Haas’ car before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

West York's Abdul Junaid runs the 100-meter dash trial on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. West York’s Abdul Junaid runs the 100-meter dash trial on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University.

Hanover driver Jacob Allen drives a time trial before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced Friday, May 16, 2014, at Williams Grove Speedway. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Hanover driver Jacob Allen drives a time trial before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced Friday, May 16, 2014, at Williams Grove Speedway. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

You can view more track and field photos here, and more sprint car racing photos here.

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Cue the obligatory kick-in-the-pants. Like many other photo-bloggers, I’m guilty of falling way, way behind in posting current — or even old — photos.

It’s my personal rule to share pictures I made for the paper only after they’ve been run in the paper. I actually have a number of photo stories — some dating back to 2012 — that I haven’t yet blogged. I’d like to think I’m a mercilessly efficient and adept photo editor, but the reality is that I still struggle to edit many of those photo stories in a way that I’d be comfortable sharing. That said, I hope sometime this year to finally post a few of those stories.

But for now, a fun photo from an off-the-beaten-path story that reporter Rebecca LeFever (soon-to-be Rebecca Hanlon) and I covered last summer:

James Parsons IV, 13, lowers two dead groundhogs into a tub on top of a scale to be weighed together, as his father and volunteer firefighter James watches and as his twin sister Rebecca, 13, stands by to record weights on Saturday, June 15, 2013. The groundhogs were two of nine brought in by Steve Wilson of Lower Chanceford Township, who registered in Airville Volunteer Fire Company's first-ever groundhog hunt fundraiser. "Now I get the dubious pleasure of getting rid of them," Wilson said as he scooped the carcasses back into the bin in which he'd brought them. Airville Volunteer Fire Company hosted a groundhog hunt fundraiser, registering 38 local hunters who hunted for groundhogs on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, 2013. Two prizes -- one for the heaviest groundhog and one for the most kills -- were awarded. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - CHRIS DUNN

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. James Parsons IV, 13, lowers two dead groundhogs into a tub on top of a scale to be weighed together, as his father and volunteer firefighter James watches and as his twin sister Rebecca, 13, stands by to record weights on Saturday, June 15, 2013. The groundhogs were two of nine brought in by Steve Wilson of Lower Chanceford Township, who registered in Airville Volunteer Fire Company’s first-ever groundhog hunt fundraiser. “Now I get the dubious pleasure of getting rid of them,” Wilson said as he scooped the carcasses back into the bin in which he’d brought them. Airville Volunteer Fire Company hosted a groundhog hunt fundraiser, registering 38 local hunters who hunted for groundhogs on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, 2013. Two prizes — one for the heaviest groundhog and one for the most kills — were awarded. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

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I think we may have just had our final snowfall of the winter — well, I sure hope so, anyway.

Whenever people here in Pennsylvania find out I’m originally from Texas, their next thought is usually the assumption that I’m not used to snow and real winter weather. What they often find out next is that I went to college in Missouri, where the first Midwestern snowfall I experienced was a 16-inch dump that canceled classes. So I’m not entirely a snow baby.

That said, I am absolutely done with snow and winter for now. Everyone in this stretch of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic is. We’ve had nearly 20 winter storms involving ice and/or snow since December, which means area students have had something like a week’s worth of snow days, municipalities have run out of rock salt and everyone is ready for spring.

In the hopes that the 1-inch pittance we just had is this winter’s last hurrah, here are just a few of the wintry-weather photos I made since December:

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Ashawn Creque, 6, right, catches snowflakes on his tongue as his brother Amari Brady, 5, follows on West Market Street in York on their way home from a clinic on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. York County’s first snowfall of 2014 happened two days into the new year. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A red bird perches on a tree branch amid heavy snowfall in the Springetts Apartments complex in Springettsbury Township on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The National Weather Service predicted a total of 10-18 inches of snow will have fallen by the conclusion of a storm that began late in York County, Pa., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, and continued through Thursday afternoon. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Mail carrier Greg Holler delivers mail in the snowfall on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in West York. York County received its third snowfall in a week on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Two people walk the King Street bridge across the Codorus Creek in York amid a dense fog advisory on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Much of York County was cloaked in dense morning fog on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Ben Bartkowski, 12 of Springettsbury Township, and Sasha Sobestanovich, 13 of Springettsbury Township, tube down the AvalancheXPress slope on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in Springettsbury Township. AvalancheXPress at Heritage Hills Golf Resort was closed Thursday during the heavy snowfall but opened back up with fresh snow on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. As coworkers Jack Adams, left, and Todd Barnhart, far right, tug at a fallen pine tree, A Climbers View tree services employee Robert Mays cuts off sections of the tree trunk on the York County Heritage Rail Trail half a mile north of the Taylor Hill Road crossing on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Shrewsbury Township. York County Parks and its contractors are working to clear sections of the York County Heritage Rail Trail that have been blocked by fallen trees from this winter’s storms. Parks assistant superintendent George Howett said this winter has felled the most trees in the past 11 years, and he expects more to fall by summer: Trees, especially pines, that are already leaning over will likely succumb to typical springtime rains and strong winds. “This has been an exceptional winter,” Howett said. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Kristian Martiny, 2 of Lancaster County, gets ready to slide down a tall snow pile created by snow plows near AvalancheXPress’s snow-tubing slope at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in Springettsbury Township on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Martiny’s mother took him down the tubing slope twice, but he preferred to slide down this smaller snow pile on his stomach. AvalancheXPress at Heritage Hills Golf Resort was closed Thursday during the heavy snowfall but opened back up with fresh snow on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

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We watched the Academy Awards show last night, and I’ve just now been thinking about costumes and pretty dresses, and then I remembered that I never shared this photo. So, here we are and there you go.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Costume designer Carrie Robbins shows a group of college, high school and middle school students how she designed a silk dance dress for The Alley Theatre’s “American in Paris,” during a talk she gave on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Penn State York. A Penn State alumna, Robbins has designed costumes for on- and off-Broadway shows, including operas, for about four decades and has received multiple awards and two Tony nominations. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

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It’s 20-something degrees outside, and we’re about to get this season’s 17th winter storm, and I’m not sure that we’ll ever see warm weather again, so it is time that I posted photos of people having fun in the sun, even if only to remind myself of what summer is. (That said, come summer, I’ll almost wish for winter weather again. Almost.)

Last summer, I went to every miniature golf course in York County — eight! there are eight! — and made pictures at each for a project at The Daily Record/Sunday News. You can view all the photos and read my snippet of an article, but here’re some of my favorites:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Carl Henry Smith, 4 of Abbottstown, practices his putting on his first time at a miniature golf course as he waits for the group ahead of him to finish the next hole at Cones and Clubs Miniature Golf in Hellam Township on Saturday, July 20, 2013. The facility, owned by Jimmy Mack, includes the 24-hole miniature golf course, a miniature zoo, an arcade, a bounce house and, of course, Jim Mack’s Ice Cream. Elijah was too young to play miniature golf with his father and brother, so his mother Christy kept him occupied in the Bankshot court. York County is home to eight miniature golf courses, and each offers a different approach to the game. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Miniature golf clubs stand up against the concession stand building at the Memorial Park complex’s miniature golf course on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Donald Reeser of The Frosty Putter Miniature Golf Course built the course in York City’s Memorial Park complex, “somewhere around 2000.” The course is now owned by Tom and Julie Thomas, who open it mostly during the spring and summer softball seasons and operate it as a nonprofit benefiting the Razorback softball team. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Donald Reeser watches as a golf ball gets putted into the final hole — built into a sprint car — at his Frosty Putter Miniature Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. The car, which replaced an Amish buggy that rotted over the years, was “one of the best sprint cars in Pennsylvania,” according to Reeser. “This one won 26 features in one year. I worked about six months to get it.” Three years after a shoulder injury forced him into early retirement, Donald Reeser built The Frosty Putter Miniature Golf Course within sight of his house, just south of Lewisberry. Now 76, Reeser enjoys watching people roam the course. The par is 41, but Reeser says he’s shot a 32, which included six holes-in-one. “In fact, I had four of them straight in a row,” he said. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Madison Messinger, 5 of Franklintown, runs up a green to join her twin brother and grandfather at Putters’ Paradise on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Putters’ Paradise, formerly Rutter’s Putters’ Paradise, has been located near the Manchester Township Rutter’s Dairy facility since 1983. John and Liz Inch have owned it and the adjacent snow cone stand for five years. “It’s just a fun night out,” Liz Inch said. “Dessert’s good with everything.” DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Jim Richard, 75 of Newberry Township, watches as his wife Judy, 63, tries to putt her ball from between a bear statue’s legs at Putters’ Paradise on Friday, July 26, 2013. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Madelin Marcin, 6 of Catonsville, Md., stands on a rock formation and a wooden stump near her golf ball as she and her brother Drew Marcin, 9, wait for their grandparents to putt at Hickory Falls Family Entertainment Center’s miniature golf course on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. “It was Jeff’s dream to own a miniature golf course,” said Rick Martz, who now co-owns Hickory Falls Family Entertainment Center with Jeff Stern and several others. The miniature golf course is just one of several attractions at the Penn Township complex, but it was the first one built, in 2002. “It’s something that all ages can do,” Martz said. “We’re all about promoting family time.” DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

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Last week, while washing out my Tupperware in the office’s break room, I mentioned to reporter Rebecca how I’ve known Christmas is coming up, yet I could hardly believe it was next week. She then said something that completely explained that phenomena: We at the paper have been covering Christmas-y things for so long that Christmas just feels like a marathon now, not a sprint.

I’m not sure if that makes sense written out, but it makes sense in my head.

Here are pictures from pretty much all the Christmas-y assignments I’ve had, starting in… November! I also covered at least three  — maybe four? — retail/business stories focusing on Christmas shopping, so I’ll spare you most of those, too. (Whew. End-of-year holiday coverage truly is a marathon.)

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. An apatosaurus-like dinosaur is one of many lit-up attractions at Christmas Magic for the 2013 season. Christmas Magic, which opens the day after Thanksgiving, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Rocky Ridge County Park. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Greater York Dance students Katie Harper and Jennah Motter perform as harlequin dolls as Morgan Strathmeyer plays another doll in a dance sequence from a party scene from “The Nutcracker” at the Capitol Theatre during Light Up Night on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. York City hosted its annual Light Up Night throughout downtown, with events culminating in the arrival of Santa Claus in Continental Square. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution mascot DownTown greets Rodney Yeaple as he plays Christmas tunes on the bagpipes while approaching Continental Square during Light Up Night on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in York. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Faith United Church of Christ member Pete Perez puts the finishing touches on his 10-year-old son Aaron’s shepherd costume before participating in the church’s first live nativity program on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Christina Abel, 6 of Jackson Township, picks out a poinsettia for her mother as she shops with her grandmother Sherry, not pictured, in Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in West Manchester Township on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. With three snowfalls in a week’s time, both shoppers and stores are being affected by the weather. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Brothers Carlos and Jorge Montalvo, along with Carlos’s daughter Karla, beat on las plenas (drums) as they and other relatives sing traditional Puerto Rican, parrandas-style Christmas music in Carlos’s living room on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2013. Jorge Montalvo and his brother Carlos came to York from Puerto Rico about 14 years ago, and have since lived in the city with their families. Every Christmas, their 12 other siblings and other relatives fly up from Florida, Puerto Rico and other areas to celebrate the holiday in a hotel ballroom that they rent to hold more than 100 people. The Montalvo brothers and their families also regularly gather at least twice a month for large family dinners featuring traditional Puerto Rican food. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Sister Ana Luisa Sanhueza plays the guitar as she and others lead parishioners in worship during mass while celebrating Las Posadas in a York home on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Parishioners of the Church of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in York participated in one of nine nights of Las Posadas — a Latino pre-Christmas tradition focusing on the journey of Joseph and Mary — at the house of Vicente and María Reinoso in York. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Santa Claus, played by Elmer Baker, opens up his bag in veteran Ryan Walton’s York Township living room as Walton’s son Ayden, 3, watches shyly on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. With the help of Santa and Mrs. Claus, CJ Hoffman and her nonprofit Feed the Vets Red Lion delivered an early round of Christmas presents, grocery gift cards and food to Walton’s family. Walton, who served in Iraq and was at Fort Hood at the time of the 2009 shooting, is currently hospitalized for renal failure and disintegrating spinal discs. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

Next up… my “Best of 2013″ post.

Maybe.

After all, I didn’t get around to my “Best of 2011″ until February 2012.

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I’ll scrabble together a “Best of 2013″ — and maybe “Best of 2012,” since I didn’t get around to it last year — at some point, but for now, let’s talk about cats.

I love cats. I do. Unfortunately, I’m pretty allergic to cats. This means that every time I’m on assignment and a cat is in the vicinity, that cat finds a way to rub up against my legs. In return, I find a way to get that cat in a picture.

And then I manage to get that picture published.

According to some people in the photo department (my editor, and Kate), six published cat photos (out of nearly 1,500 published photos in 2013) is a lot.

I guess it is.

Here they are.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Omega Horse Rescue director Kelly Smith bundles up hay feed for the following day, on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Kelly Smith, director of Omega Horse Rescue in Peach Bottom Township, rescued a horse from a kill auction whose photo she posted on Facebook. A Massachusetts teenager recognized the horse as hers, and is now reunited with it. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

In my defense, two of the six photos involve barn cats, which are basically the most bad-ass domestic cats around. I mean, check out Rascal:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. One of Eric Thomas’s Belgian Draft horses approaches Rascal the barn cat on Thomas’s Springfield Township property on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Eric Thomas and his family own five Belgian Draft horses, which weigh about 2,000 pounds each, and keep them and three other lighter horses on their 50 acres in Springfield Township. “As a kid, I wanted elephants, so this was the closest I could get into it,” Thomas said. The family got their first team of Belgians in 2000. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

And I’ve also been working on a three-part series about a married couple who operate a white-glove travel agency, and they work out of home, and they have a naked Sphinx cat. A NAKED SPHINX CAT. How could I not make sure to get photos of a naked Sphinx cat?

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Jason Holland wears his pilot’s uniform as he enters information from scores of business cards he’s collected onto his computer and social networking sites, as Sphinx cat Bailey nestles in his lap, on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Jason and Sandy Holland’s white-glove travel service, Travel Simplicity, has recently turned a profit. But Sandy Holland, who has been the primary provider since they started the business, continues to work her full-time day job even as she helps the company grow. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Bailey the Sphinx cat watches from a high chair as Jason Holland mixes up another batch of chocolate chip cookies, which he and his wife Sandy Holland serve to potential and existing clients at trade shows and during meetings, on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

Gettysburg cat:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Buddy the cat stands up to look out a window in the Shriver House Museum’s attic, which during the battle at Gettysburg served as a sniper’s nest for Confederate soldiers. Blood stains have been detected on the wooden plank floor, and bullets are still embedded in the brick walls of the house that is now a museum depicting civilian life during the Civil War. Private musuems in Gettysburg are starting to prepare for the 150th anniversary of the battle this summer. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

And, finally, spot-news cat:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Holding a Dora the Explorer blanket and a wet cat, a woman prepares to disembark a five-ton rescue vehicle after she, four girls and two dogs were rescued from a flooded Hellam Township mobile home park on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

But even my cat-loving editor says she’s getting tired of my cat photos, so I guess I’ll have to seek out a new favorite animal for 2014.

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Penn State ended its 2013 football season on a high note tonight, but here’re a few action-feature photos from the two regular-season games I shot this year. (I did shoot the spring Blue-White game, and did video for a third regular-season game.)

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Zach Zwinak brings the ball into the endzone against Eastern Michigan in the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Penn State defeated Eastern Michigan University 45-7.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Adam Breneman celebrates in the end zone after scoring the first touchdown against Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Penn State lost 23-20 in overtime.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg finds an opening in the Nebraska defense to rush a third-quarter touchdown on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State kicker Sam Ficken reacts after watching his bad field goal attempt in overtime against Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

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Five years ago, Bill Eppridge visited my university. He and his wife Adrienne had some time to visit with students, so I hastily threw together a portfolio for them to review. I was terrified and convinced that they’d tear it apart — Bill being a venerable visual journalist and Adrienne being a venerable visual editor — but they were completely kind and supportive in their criticism and suggestions.

Looking back now, I’m guessing they recognized that I didn’t really know what I was doing, and that prodding me along would be more productive than tearing me apart. (Related: I’ll never forget the only written comment that former Columbia Daily Tribune photo editor Gerik provided after reviewing my exit portfolio in May 2010: “Could be a newspaper photographer someday.”) I’ve since made conscious efforts, every time I’m in a position to encourage or review work with a younger photographer, to be just as considerate and supportive as Bill and Adrienne were to me.

. . .

I’ve just learned that Bill has died. His legacy includes a number of iconic images made in times of peace and war, and I’m certain he inspired and helped young photojournalists who are far more successful than I. But for my part, I’ll never forget the gentle, compassionate critique he and his wife gave me five years ago in the Missouri photo lab. My next portfolio iteration was much more restrained and well-edited enough to land me an internship at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the following summer, and I’m convinced that Bill and Adrienne gave me just the right push to get my internship applications rolling.

(With a wink in Adrienne’s direction, Bill also told me that the best advice he could ever give a young photographer is to marry a good editor. I’d like to think Jeff and I have edited each other’s work fairly thoroughly in our almost-five years together.)

Just for fun, I’m opening myself up to potential embarrassment by posting what I believe is the portfolio that I showed Bill and Adrienne on that Oct. 2009 evening:

Sgt. Curtis Webb moves forward to reinforce the line formation during the 1140th Military Police Company's riot control training on April 15, 2007. The company, which is a local division of the Missour National Guard, practiced blocks and movement patterns using wooden bats.

Sgt. Curtis Webb moves forward to reinforce the line formation during the 1140th Military Police Company’s riot control training on April 15, 2007. The company, which is a local division of the Missour National Guard, practiced blocks and movement patterns using wooden bats.

Columbia City Clerk Sheela Amin swears re-elected mayor Darwin Hindman into office on April 9, 2007. Winning more than 70 percent of the vote, Hindman won a record fifth term.

Columbia City Clerk Sheela Amin swears re-elected mayor Darwin Hindman into office on April 9, 2007. Winning more than 70 percent of the vote, Hindman won a record fifth term.

Oklahoma State junior shortstop Jordy Mercer slides home during the series finale against the Tigers on April 6, 2007, in Taylor Stadium. Mercer scored three runs in the game, which the Sooners won 8-6.

Oklahoma State junior shortstop Jordy Mercer slides home during the series finale against the Tigers on April 6, 2007, in Taylor Stadium. Mercer scored three runs in the game, which the Sooners won 8-6.

(No cutline, apparently, but this was from the first-ever Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, Mo.)

(No cutline, apparently, but this was from the first-ever Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, Mo.)

Andrea Molina and Maria delCarmen Reguera dance the flamenco during the Multicultural Dance Expo's opening act on March 19, 2007, at Memorial Union. Other dances featured at the expo highlighted Mexican, Indian and Southeast Asian cultures.

Andrea Molina and Maria delCarmen Reguera dance the flamenco during the Multicultural Dance Expo’s opening act on March 19, 2007, at Memorial Union. Other dances featured at the expo highlighted Mexican, Indian and Southeast Asian cultures.

Robert Ray places a rattlesnake's still-beating heart on his hand after skinning the snake in front of a small audience on April April 26, 2008, in Mangum, Okla., during the 43rd Annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby. Ray, a Mangum native who now resides in Oklahoma City, has been butchering rattlesnakes at the derby for 32 years.

Robert Ray places a rattlesnake’s still-beating heart on his hand after skinning the snake in front of a small audience on April April 26, 2008, in Mangum, Okla., during the 43rd Annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby. Ray, a Mangum native who now resides in Oklahoma City, has been butchering rattlesnakes at the derby for 32 years.

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., concludes her speech to more than 5,000 supporters on Jan. 19, 2008, in the McCluer North High School gym in Florissant, Mo. Clinton had just won the Nevada primary and was beginning her campaign in Missouri and the other Super Tuesday states.

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., concludes her speech to more than 5,000 supporters on Jan. 19, 2008, in the McCluer North High School gym in Florissant, Mo. Clinton had just won the Nevada primary and was beginning her campaign in Missouri and the other Super Tuesday states.

Elton John acknowledges the audience's screams and applause after making his entrance on Oct. 5, 2007, in Mizzou Arena. During an encore, John wore a headband with tiger ears, which a Missouri fan gave him in anticipation of the Tigers' football game against Nebraska on Oct. 6.

Elton John acknowledges the audience’s screams and applause after making his entrance on Oct. 5, 2007, in Mizzou Arena. During an encore, John wore a headband with tiger ears, which a Missouri fan gave him in anticipation of the Tigers’ football game against Nebraska on Oct. 6.

Missouri guard Kassie Drew scans the court to pass the ball away from Nebraska guard Ashly Ford's block during the game's second half on Jan. 20, 2007, at Mizzou Arena. The loss was the Tigers' fifth in conference play.

Missouri guard Kassie Drew scans the court to pass the ball away from Nebraska guard Ashly Ford’s block during the game’s second half on Jan. 20, 2007, at Mizzou Arena. The loss was the Tigers’ fifth in conference play.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., reads aloud a quote he always carries with him, on Feb. 1, 2008, in the Spirit of St. Louis Airport. The quote, by George Washington in 1789, reads, "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars and how they were treated and appreciated by their nation."

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., reads aloud a quote he always carries with him, on Feb. 1, 2008, in the Spirit of St. Louis Airport. The quote, by George Washington in 1789, reads, “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars and how they were treated and appreciated by their nation.”

A man holds up a sign to cheer on participants in the Disney World Marathon near Mile 2 on Jan. 13, 2008. The marathon course began and ended in Epcot, and went through each of the theme parks in the Disney World complex.

A man holds up a sign to cheer on participants in the Disney World Marathon near Mile 2 on Jan. 13, 2008. The marathon course began and ended in Epcot, and went through each of the theme parks in the Disney World complex.

Then-Missouri House of Representatives Minority Floor Leader Jeff Harris, D-Columbia, waits to be recognized by House Speaker Rod Jetton during the House's morning session on April 17, 2007, in Jefferson City. Harris has since resigned from his position as Minority Floor Leader to concentrate on his campaign for Attorney General.

Then-Missouri House of Representatives Minority Floor Leader Jeff Harris, D-Columbia, waits to be recognized by House Speaker Rod Jetton during the House’s morning session on April 17, 2007, in Jefferson City. Harris has since resigned from his position as Minority Floor Leader to concentrate on his campaign for Attorney General.

IndyGround LLC hip-hop artist Bustrip freestyles a song and a beat on March 5, 2007, at the Sapphire Lounge. Hailing from Tulsa, Okla., Bustrip has joined forces with seven other rappers to form a new record label in Columbia.

IndyGround LLC hip-hop artist Bustrip freestyles a song and a beat on March 5, 2007, at the Sapphire Lounge. Hailing from Tulsa, Okla., Bustrip has joined forces with seven other rappers to form a new record label in Columbia.

Byron Carlisle awaits instruction during swim practice in the Student Recreation Complex on Nov. 9, 2006. Carlisle, who is a competitive swimmer on the University of Missouri swim team, was diagnosed with ADD and dyslexia in the fourth grade.

Byron Carlisle awaits instruction during swim practice in the Student Recreation Complex on Nov. 9, 2006. Carlisle, who is a competitive swimmer on the University of Missouri swim team, was diagnosed with ADD and dyslexia in the fourth grade.

Missouri forward Leo Lyons tries to hold onto the ball as Kansas guards Sherron Collins and Brandon Rush grab at Lyons' forearm during the game's second half on Jan. 15, 2007, at Allen Fieldhouse. The Tigers attempted a failed three-point play in the game's final 11 seconds and lost 80-77 to the Jayhawks.

Missouri forward Leo Lyons tries to hold onto the ball as Kansas guards Sherron Collins and Brandon Rush grab at Lyons’ forearm during the game’s second half on Jan. 15, 2007, at Allen Fieldhouse. The Tigers attempted a failed three-point play in the game’s final 11 seconds and lost 80-77 to the Jayhawks.

Rest in peace, Bill, and thank you again.

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Incredibly, summer is past, and we all made it through unscathed. The kids have been back in school for a month or more now, but here are a few wonderful children I was fortunate enough to photograph this summer:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Siblings Asyar Hoover, 6; Amir Hoover, 8; and Anayah Hoover, 4, of North York, try to eat their ice cream cones before they melt at the counter at Jim Mack’s Ice Cream on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Holding a candle and wearing a “Stop the violence in York, Pa.” T-shirt, Danari Hankerson, 5 of York, turns around to face a singer singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” at a vigil for Trayvon Martin on Saturday, July 20, 2013, outside the York County Judicial Center. Hankerson and 20 other men and boys stood with candles in front of the courthouse as a representation of the years Martin had lived and, after being shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, the years that Martin would not live to see. More than 125 people gathered for a vigil for Martin at the same time as similar vigils in other cities across the nation. The York vigil, organized by York City School Board member Sandy Walker, featured prayers, calls for justice and a singing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Trinity Young, 4 of Yuma, Ariz., gets a lift from family friend Kayla Sherrod, 15 of North Carolina in front of the Cookes House in Martin Luther King Jr. Park during the Codorus Street Reunion on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Young’s great-great-great-grandparents lived across the street from the Cookes House from 1927 to 1961, before the Codorus Street homes were razed and the area became the park. Families and friends congregated at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in York City for the second annual Codorus Street Reunion. The park was once the site of Codorus Street, to which a number of black families moved from South Carolina in the 1920s.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Nicholas Warren, 3 of Windsor Township, waves to passing firefighters as he, his sister Brianna, 9, and his mother Danielle watch the Firefighters Association of York County parade of firefighting apparatus pass by on West Broadway in Red Lion on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. This year’s convention and parade were dedicated to the memory of Loganville fire chief Rodney Miller, who was killed in the line of duty in April 2013.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Hayden Russ, 5; Keaton Brenner, 4; and ZaiNez Davis, 3, all of York, eat ice cream while wearing oversized backpacks they received during a giveaway hosted by the Freemason Social Friendship No. 42 at Farquhar Park on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. In front of the boys is a line of several hundred people waiting to receive their free backpacks.

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The first high school football game of the season is tomorrow, and we’re sending folks to cover Penn State’s first game on Saturday. With that in mind, here’re a few pictures I made last year while working on a story about pee wee football.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club rink varsity football players do the crab-walk while drilling at practice on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.

For one and a half years, practically every fall evening as I drove back to the office via Parkway Boulevard, I’d see miniscule football players running through drills and practices. Finally, my interest had been sufficiently piqued and, one evening, I pulled over, observed the final minutes of practice and chatted up one of the fathers who was making sure his son wasn’t slacking. Then he introduced me to the coach, and after that, I was at practice at least once a week.

After following the “rinkies” for about a month, I pulled the story together with this basic summary:

After an undefeated regular season — and not allowing first downs or touchdowns in all but the last game — the Boys Club of York Red Raiders’ rink varsity football team lost the York County Youth Football Association championship game 12-0 to West York’s rink varsity football team on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Northeastern High School. The “rinkies” are 7-8-year olds who had practiced every weekday from August through the beginning of November on a field just off Parkway Boulevard in York. This team of rinkies has played together for three years so far and, despite three consecutive undefeated seasons, has yet to claim a league championship title.

You can read my final story here, and view more pictures here, but finally, after a year, I’m showing a few of my personal favorites:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Marlyn Dellinger ties the shoe of his son’s Boys Club rink varsity football teammate Jonathan Orr, 8, before practice on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Armonni Borges, 5, waits for the whistle as Jaxiel Ascencio, 8, runs through a drill during practice on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2012, at a field just off Parkway Boulevard in York. Armonni’s older brother Terrance Price, 8, plays for the Boys Club’s rink varsity team, but Armonni is too young to join the Boys Club’s youngest division — the 6-7-year-old “smurfs.” Nevertheless, the “rinkies” coaches allow Armonni to practice alongside the older boys and to watch games from the sidelines.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club rink varsity football coach Shanoy Moody knocks helmets while trying to pump up the boys near the end of practice on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Zamir Weedon-Parker, 8, stands with his co-captains in the endzone before the semifinal game against the Eastern York County Blackhawks on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Central York High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club’s Jonathan Orr stiff-arms Yorktowne’s Imeire Manigualt on his way to a touchdown in the final regular-season game on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Central York High School. For the first time this season, the Red Raiders allowed first downs and touchdowns, but defeated the Yorktowne Patriots 32-18.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Andrew Miller, 11, encourages his nephew Zamir Weedon-Parker, 8, as Zamir stretches out after a long rush for a touchdown to bring the Red Raiders up 12-6 after the half against the Eastern York County Blackhawks on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Central York High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Zamir Weedon-Parker, 8, is carried off the field by teammate Mehki Workman, 7, and uncle Andrew Miller, 11, after the Boys Club won its semifinal game against Eastern York County on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Central York High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Nani Nieves, 8, listens to the Boys Club coaches’ post-game talk during a huddle after the Red Raiders defeated the Eastern York County Blackhawks on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, to advance to the York County Youth Football Association championship game. Nieves’ mother Neesha said she likes to wear makeup at home — and, evidently, while playing football.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Neesha Nieves helps her daughter Nani, 8, get geared up for practice on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club rink varsity football players march down the track before playing the York County Youth Football Association championship game against West York on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Northeastern High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. West York’s Connor Michael breaks past the Boys Club defense in the York County Youth Football Association championship game on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Northeastern High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club rink varsity quarterback Kerry Glover, 8, leaves the field, tears streaming, after the Red Raiders lost the York County Youth Football Association championship game to West York on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Northeastern High School. “The hardest part for me was seeing the look on their faces,” said his father, also Kerry Glover, who is head coach.

Happy football season, everybody!

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Last week, Jeff, his brother Mike and I found a T-rex skull at the National Zoo. Much to the joy of a nearby 17-year-old girl whose mother insisted she was too old to pose with the skull, I insisted that Jeff take this photo of Mike and me:

© 2013. Um, yeah, I’m 25. And a half. Pentax 6×7, Kodak Portra 400.

Today, while on assignment at a 30-attraction fun park in southern York County, I discovered that owner Hugh is a kindred spirit when I asked him to hop on top of an incomplete tire-saurus for a picture and he immediately struck a dinosaur pose without my prompting him:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Maize Quest Fun Park owner Hugh McPherson stands atop a “tire-saurus” whose head has yet to be mounted on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The tire-saurus and a nearby sea serpent — also made of tires — are the latest additions to the 30 attractions at the park, and need to be completed within the next two days before opening day. McPherson opened the park with the original corn maze 17 years ago, and has added another attraction or two every year. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN

KINDRED SPIRITS, I’M TELLING YOU.

(Read more about the Maize Quest Fun Park here.)

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Softball picture from forever ago:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Lion’s Alexa Taylor, left, swivels around third to successfully evade Central York’s Kelsey Wisner in the fifth inning at Central York on Friday, April 26, 2013. Central York defeated Red Lion 6-4.

 

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