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After some agony, a nearly two-month delay and a lot of hemming and hawwing, I’ve finally edited together what I think are the best of my photos from 2011.

2011 was good: It was the first full year in which I shot on assignment, full-time, every week. In January, I left my home in Texas for an internship at a paper in York, Pa.; in May, I left my internship for a job at the other paper in York. I’ve since been learning my way around York County, exploring the rest of Pennsylvania on occasional outings and making friends among various local and regional journalists.

2012, so far, has also been good. We’re only about a month and a half into the new year, but I’m already looking forward to compiling next year’s “Best of,” as well as looking back at 2011 again and coming up with an entirely new selection. But — in the meantime, here’s what I have from last year.

Hope you enjoy.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Blake Cooper hauls a piece of plywood to board up a lower-story window of 136 W. High Street in Red Lion on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. Cooper, who works for Major Restoration Services, said the fire damage at this duplex was among the worst he has seen. The fire, ruled as arson, was caused by trash bags filled with gas that were thrown onto the porch of 136 W. High Street and ignited. Both families living in the duplex were displaced.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Penn Manor's Colby Graham wrestles Spring Grove's Neal Grudi in the 189-pound bout at Spring Grove Area High School on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. Grudi pinned Graham; Spring Grove defeated Penn Manor 44-19 in the first round of the District 3-AAA Team Tournament, but lost to Cumberland Valley 35-19 in a quarterfinal match later that night.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. With the help of her father Reggie Ross, Miracle Ross reaches for the ceiling fan switch in their home on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. When she was born four months early on Jan. 23, 2009, Ross weighed 13 ounces and couldn't leave the hospital until that July. Now almost three years old, Ross was diagnosed with liver cancer in May 2011 and receives chemo treatments every day at home when her blood levels are high enough. Ross also has a feeding tube and underwent a tracheostomy because her diaphragm and lungs are not strong enough to support her. Doctors have evaluated her to be at the same stage of mental development as that of a 10-month-old - an evaluation with which Ross's mother Sherrie Baker disagrees.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. In search of a toy to comfort her upset 4-year-old daughter Mariah, Katie White bends over to pick up an undamaged slinky in her fire-damaged home the day after the fire, on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. White is nine months pregnant with her third child and first son, whom she and her husband Anthony will name Darius. The White family had occupied the downstairs apartment of a rowhouse on the 600 block of Wallace Street in York, Pa., for about two years when, on April 26, 2011, their upstairs neighbor left her cooking unattended. The resulting fire destroyed three rowhouses, including a condemned property, and displaced seven adults and three children. The Whites' renters insurance had elapsed, and they are currently staying with family.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. 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. 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.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution outfielder Val Majewski and other teammates celebrate their 2011 Atlantic League Championship win with Champagne in the locker room on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, after defeating the Long Island Ducks 6-3 at Sovereign Bank Stadium and becoming back-to-back champions.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. DeWayne Boyer of Ashton, Md., laughs in response to one of his friends' remarks as he stands in chest-high water on what used to be the patio of his summer house in Goldsboro on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. With the help of family and friends, Boyer stripped the carpets and relocated valuable items in his family's summer house in the 70th block of Water Street, as the Susquehanna River's floodwaters flowed into the house's basement and neighboring houses.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. FightRight MMA promoter and fighter Eric Albright lies splayed out on the wrestling mats after a three-minute match against former Red Lion wrestling coach Biff Walizer, on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Red Lion Area High School. Albright and Walizer are training to fight in the Brawl in the Hall mixed-martial arts tournament on June 18, 2011, at the York Expo Center. Albright, who wrestled at Red Lion Area High School in 2004 and 2005, is promoting the tournament via his organization FightRight MMA. Walizer, who was Albright's wrestling coach, just ended his final and 12th season coaching at Red Lion and has fought 16 MMA fights.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Red Lion's Gisselle Truiett gets a mouthful of the ball as Wilson's Ivory Bailey fouls her in the third period of the District 3-AAAA title game on Friday, March 4, 2011, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Red Lion defeated Wilson 39-20 and won the title. The Wilson Bulldogs failed to score until the second period, and didn't bring their total into the double digits until after halftime.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Tah'ryzma Holland, 3, looks up at her grandmother Rebecca Moore as Moore prepares to leave the house for a while on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. The girl, known as Nana to friends and family, and her father live with Moore on Parkway Boulevard. Nana calls Moore "Mommy" and gets separation anxiety whenever Moore leaves the house without her. Moore is a resident on Parkway Boulevard, where she has seen the level of crime and violence rise in the past six years. Moore has since formed Operation Stand Up -- an organization that assists residents and police officers at crime scenes -- and become an outspoken member of the community against the Parkway Gang's activities.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State corner back and senior Chaz Powell leaves the field visibly upset after Penn State lost 17-14 to Nebraska in the Nittany Lions' first game in 46 seasons without former head coach Joe Paterno at the helm at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Brian Keefer, center, and his family react after seeing their newly renovated home for the first time on Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Newberry Township. Per "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" tradition, the show's bus blocked the family's view of the house until host Ty Pennington, the family and 1,000 supporters shouted, "Move that bus!" Greeted by 1,000 supporters, the builders and the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" crew, the Keefer family returned to their Newberry Township home, which is renovated and features a connected wing for son Brian Keefer, on Sunday, June 26, 2011.

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I began the York Revolution’s 2011 season as the photo intern at The York Dispatch and ended it as a full-time staff photojournalist at The York Daily Record.

It’s been an interesting journey. Slowly but surely, as I followed the Revolution from spring training to their Atlantic League Championship win, I became a better baseball photographer, as well another of the team’s and fans’ superstitions.

I am so glad and thankful that I had the opportunities to do this.

Here’s a look back at the season, from the Revs’ starting their spring training…

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. York Revolution pitching coach Mark Mason, far left, gives a few pointers to the pitchers during the first day of spring training at Sovereign Bank Stadium on Monday, April 18, 2011. Monday, April 18, was the York Revolution team's first day of spring training for the 2011 season. The team plays its opening game on Friday, April 29, at home against the Camden Riversharks.

…playing an exhibition game…

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. York Revolution outfielders Chris Walker and Scott Grimes warm up before batting in the ninth inning against the Heroes of the Diamond on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The York Revolution tied 6-6 with the Heroes of the Diamond, a traveling team of former and active-duty military personnel. Because it was an exhibition game, the teams did not play overtime innings.

…winning on opening day…

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. After diving into the crowd behind home plate, York Revolution catcher Octavio Martinez shows the ball he successfully caught bare-handed after Camden Riversharks outfielder Drew Macias' bat in the third inning of the Revolution's opening day game on Friday, April 29, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The Revolution defeated the Riversharks 8-2.

…hosting the All-Star Game…

© 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.

…playing the regular season…

© 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.

…clinching a spot in the postseason playoffs…

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution outfielder Chris Walker and pitcher Corey Thurman hug and exchange words after the Revolution defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 8-2 in the first game of a doubleheader in their drive to clinch a playoff spot on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

…playing in the playoffs…

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution outfielder Chris Walker heads onfield during the second inning of the second playoff game on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The Revolution defeated the Lancaster Barnstomers 4-1.

…playing in the Atlantic League Championship series…

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution third baseman Vince Harrison waits in the dugout before his name is announced in the starting lineup before Game 3 against the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic League Championship series on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The York Revolution defeated the Long Island Ducks 9-6.

…and, finally, becoming a back-to-back Atlantic League Championship team.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution pitcher R.J. Rodriguez celebrates with Champagne in the team locker room after the Revolution defeated the Long Island Ducks 6-3 in Game 4 to clinch the 2011 Atlantic League Championship on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

Who’s already excited for next year?

Me!

(Yeah, okay, and the Revs probably are, too.)

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For one of my last York Dispatch assignments, I accompanied World War II veterans, Northeastern High School juniors and dozens of volunteers to Washington, D.C. The students had organized the entire trip so that local World War II veterans could visit the U.S. National World War II Memorial and see the changing of the guard in Arlington Cemetery, free of charge.

I shot photos and, despite some mic/audio problems, put together a video. Yet, although I spent a full 10 hours with the group, my favorite picture from the day was taken just before the buses departed the school.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Volunteer Sandy Brenner (in maroon shirt) hugs Mary Blymire goodbye before Brenner and World War II veteran Junior Aughenbaugh, right, all of Mt. Wolf, board one of two buses destined for Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 7, 2011, in the Northeastern High School parking lot. Brenner was one of about 40 volunteers and Aughenbaugh was one of 57 York-area World War II veterans to visit the U.S. National World War II Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery free of charge as part of an "Honor Bus" trip organized by 12 Northeastern High School juniors.

It was a long trip and a good day.

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The last of the tools-themed diptych posts. You’ve seen one of these already.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. These furrowing gears on farmer Andrew Flinchbaugh's 12-row corn planter dig rows into the earth where corn seeds are dispersed via another gear on the machine, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

The extended caption:

Andrew Flinchbaugh, whose family runs Flinchbaugh’s Orchard & Farm Market in Hellam Township, is working “around the clock” to plant 800 acres of corn. April’s rains created poor planting conditions, as wet ground would compact too easily and prevent the seeds from taking root. Flinchbaugh said he has planted about 2 percent of the crop so far.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Farmer Andrew Flinchbaugh drives the tractor attached to the 12-row corn planter -- whose gears churn up rows of earth, disperse the corn seeds into those rows and cover them back up -- on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Flinchbaugh said Tuesday was his first real day of corn planting, as April's rains meant poor planting conditions.

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I’m now/finally blogging all the backlog from the past few weeks, so I’m starting by resuming this series of tools-themed diptychs.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Full-time artist Marion Stephenson works on an oil painting of a dancer that may, depending on when it is completed and how quickly it will dry, be one of her contributions to The Degas Project.

The extended caption:

Stephenson was one of 30 York Art Association artists who came to the Greater York Center for Dance Education to photograph and sketch costumed dancers on Sunday, April 10, 2011. The artists had three weeks to create artwork based on their sketches, photographs and observations that will be on display in the dance studio 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 8.

Photographing (and taking video) of Stephenson working on her art was part of an extended assignment, the first installment of which you can also view on my blog.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch.

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Today’s my last day as a photo intern at The York Dispatch.

Not gonna lie - I'm going to miss the Dispatch newsroom's downtown location.

Tomorrow, on Friday the 13th, I start as a photojournalist at the newsroom across town — The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

As I wrote in my cover letter, I really think I’ve grown as a photographer since I’ve come to York, and I hope that growth continues. I’m excited to start growing some roots here in Pennsylvania and to learn and contribute at the Record. And I’m grateful to the editors and staff at the Dispatch for offering me the opportunity to come here in the first place and for enabling my growth.

I’m fairly behind in blogging some Dispatch assignments — the past week has been a flurry of assignments and projects — but even as I begin working at the Record, I’ll be sure to get caught up and take care of the backlog.

Funnily enough, it’s been a year almost to the day since I graduated from college and began a new chapter in my life. Today, that chapter closes; tomorrow, a new one opens. I’m feeling some trepidation, but more than anything, I’m excited and ready to take on this challenge and opportunity.

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© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Tooling Dynamics customer service representative Linda Myers, in pink, chats with Souriau USA Inc. purchasing manager Randy Witt, wire planner Candida Perez and new product planner Becci Sharp on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, during a tour of Tooling Dynamics' facilities. The machine behind the group is a Swiss turning machine, which feeds in length of rods and cuts and shapes them into various parts.

The extended caption:

Tooling Dynamics — a company specializing in metal stampings, tool and die design and more — held an open house and tour 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, for its various customers and vendors. The company recently received the 2010 York Entrepreneur Award.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. A strip of electronic connectors is systematically photographed by a vision system for on-line inspection at Tooling Dynamics on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The vision system, developed and built by Tooling Dynamics, is used for quality control to ensure that each connector is precise. If the system detects that a connector is not aligned properly, it automatically stops the strip from advancing so a technician can address the issue.

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I was originally saving these photos and some others for a “tools we use”-themed “vignettes” blog post, but realized that that many photos in one post would have been a little unwieldy. So instead, I’ll have a mini-series of “tools we use”-themed diptych blog posts.

Here’s the extended caption for this first installment:

A 4-H community garden is taking root in an empty lot at 234 South Pershing Avenue in York City. At least 15 garden beds will be available, with more beds built specially for the Healthy World Cafe’s use. Community members interested in using a garden bed or two can sign an agreement and pay 10 dollars on a first-come, first-serve basis.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Shovels lean against a fence at the new 4-H community garden at 234 South Pershing Avenue on Monday, April 18, 2011. The 10-dollar fee to use one of 15 garden beds in the lot includes the use of shovels, rakes, hoes and other tools that are kept in two lockable sheds on-site.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Marilyn Hoffman, of West Manchester Township, fills a wheelbarrow with soil to top off the garden beds at 234 South Pershing Avenue on Monday, April 18, 2011.

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Tuesday, I spent a bumpy hour bumping my head against the roof and windows as I rode in the cab of a bumpy farm tractor with a local farmer.

This is the photo that ran on A1:

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Farmer Andrew Flinchbaugh drives the tractor attached to the 12-row corn planter -- whose gears churn up rows of earth, disperse the corn seeds into those rows and cover them back up -- on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Flinchbaugh said Tuesday was his first real day of corn planting, as April's rains meant poor planting conditions. Flinchbaugh, whose family runs Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market in Hellam Township, is working "around the clock" to plant 800 acres of corn. He said he has planted about 2 percent of the crop so far.

This is another photo I turned in:

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. (Same caption as above.)

I’m torn over which one I’d choose, if I had to make that decision. These two would/should never run together in a two-picture package, so it’d have to be one or the other. So which is it: A slightly more artistic shot that emphasizes the corn planter? Or a shot that shows the farmer’s slightly preoccupied face and not much else?

What do you think?

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Some more photos from a few weeks ago:

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Dancer Jeanne Mallory of Dover poses as York Art Association artists Pat Koscienski of Lewisberry, Suzanne Collins of Stewartstown and Brett Grieman of Spring Garden Township take pictures on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at the Greater York Center for Dance Education.

From the extended caption:

Thirty artists from the York Art Association came to the Greater York Center for Dance Education to photograph and sketch costumed dancers on Sunday, April 10, 2011. Over the next three weeks, the artists will create paintings based on their sketches, photographs and observations that will be on display in the dance studio 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 8.

I’m blogging these now because they’re now published in this week’s York Weekend section. Making pictures of artists making pictures was a little challenging, so I tried to have fun with it and work the situations for creative pictures.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Dancer Nicolette Blouse of Manchester Township poses as York Art Association artist Suzanne Collins of Stewartstown sketches her on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at the Greater York Center for Dance Education.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Dancer Alex Snell of York Township poses for York Art Association artist Suzanne Collins of Stewartstown on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at the Greater York Center for Dance Education.

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A few photos from a few weeks ago that I never got around to blogging until now:

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Damu, an American pit bull terrier, hangs onto the spring-pole rope at Cold Springs Farm & Pet in East Manchester Township on Sunday, April 10, 2011. Damu belongs to Stephanie Feld of York City, who was one of several dozen pit bull owners who came to Cold Springs for the semiannual Bully Boneanza.

From the extended caption:

Pit bull owners brought their dogs to Cold Springs Farm & Pet in East Manchester Township on Sunday, April 10, 2011, for the semiannual Bully Boneanza event. Twice every year, Lori and Bill Carpenter host the event in conjunction with Bad Press (Breed Anti-Defamation, Protection, and Rescue Society, Inc.) so pit bull owners can bring their dogs to a place where they will be comfortable. Bad Press cofounder Lori Zimmer, of Camp Hill, said pit bull owners are often ostracized by other dog owners at dog events and parks because of pit bulls’ bad reputation.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. David Heffelfinger, of Port Clinton in Schuylkill County, tries to get Damu, an American pit bull terrier, to let go of the spring-pole rope at Cold Springs Farm & Pet in East Manchester Township on Sunday, April 10, 2011. Damu belongs to Stephanie Feld of York City, who was one of several dozen pit bull owners who came to Cold Springs for the semiannual Bully Boneanza.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Bailey, a pit bull belonging to Jewel Holden of Spring Grove, and Roxy, a pit bull belonging to Bill Carpenter of East Manchester Township, greet each other at the semiannual Bully Boneanza event at Cold Springs Farm & Pet in East Manchester Township on Sunday, April 10, 2011.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Nighster, a rescued 3-year-old American pit bull, relaxes as his owner John Heffelfinger, 9 of Port Clinton in Schuylkill County, plays Gameboy on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at Cold Springs Farm & Pet in East Manchester Township.

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I began Sunday in a Methodist church and ended it in a Jewish temple. And went to a baseball game in-between.

Anyway, back to the Jewish temple. Sunday was Yom HaShoah, otherwise known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. A local Reform temple held an evening service, during which the congregation also rededicated its Holocaust Torah scroll.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Holding Temple Beth Israel's Holocaust Torah scroll, Elliott Weinstein waits in the back of the sanctuary before bringing it before the congregation at the beginning of the Yom HaShoah service on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Temple Beth Israel. The Torah scroll, which dates back to the mid-18th century, is one of about 1,500 scrolls that were saved from the Nazis' destruction during World War II. Weinstein was president of the congregation's board 20 years ago when he and Rabbi Kenneth Cohen acquired one of the Holocaust scrolls via the Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust.

The service also featured a Holocaust survivor.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Holocaust survivor John Freund, who now resides in Toronoto, speaks to the congregation during the Yom HaShoah service on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Temple Beth Israel. Freund said 1,000 Jews shared his hometown of Pisek in former Czechoslovakia; following the Holocaust, only 40 of the 1,000 were still alive. Temple Beth Israel's Holocaust scroll also hails from Pisek.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Helen Zell of Spring Garden Township lights one of the candles during the Yom HaShoah service on Sunday, May 1, 2011.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Mitchell Grossman of Spring Garden Township reads the Mourners' Kaddish with the rest of the congregation during the Yom HaShoah service on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Temple Beth Israel. The Mourners' Kaddish is a part of the Jewish prayer service that, despite being referred to as a prayer for the dead, does not mention the dead and instead praises God.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Arlene Domue of Spring Garden Township points out a few features of Temple Beth Israel's Holocaust Torah scroll after the conclusion of the Yom HaShoah service on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Temple Beth Israel.

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This is possibly the most adorable thing I have ever photographed.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Assisted by the child's great-grandmother Ruby Olson, Rev. Mke Langford performs the sacrament of holy baptism via a seashell upon a still-asleep 10-month-old Takoda Allen Schultz on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Messiah United Methodist Church. Gage Schultz and Lauren Kelley, of York City, had their son Takoda receive the sacrament of holy baptism. Kelley, a member of the Native American tribe Haliwa-Saponi, had the child dressed in his grass-dance regalia for the occasion.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Lauren Kelley, of York City, holds her newly-baptized 10-month-old son Takoda Allen Schultz during the final blessings on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Messiah United Methodist Church.

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Thursday morning brought buckets of rain and a tornado, but the sun was shining by afternoon, and roads that had been brimming with water in the morning were completely dry.

By evening, the sky had clouded over again, which made for a completely gorgeous backdrop for girls soccer.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. West York's Lauren Gay gains possession of the ball during the first second on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Susquehannock High School. West York won 1-0 in double-overtime to clinch the team's second consecutive York-Adams League Division II title.

And, once the sun had set, the stadium lights weren’t too shabby, either.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. West York's Jess Noll attempts to pass the ball to Raychel Johnson and past Susquehannock's Katie Steines during the second period on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Susquehannock High School.

(No, I didn’t just make “pretty sky!” pictures. Yes, I do have more action shots. Check ‘em out.)

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Yesterday was the York Revolution‘s season opener.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. The Camden Riversharks, umpires and York Revolution stand at attention as members of the York Youth Revolution bring the American flag onto the field before the season opener on Friday, April 29, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

I’d covered the team’s first exhibition game last week, so inwardly I was worried about making the same “first game”-y pictures. Fortunately, the fanfare was much different and more grand than it had been last week. And I didn’t make still pictures of the opening ceremony after all because my editor had me on video duty:

The most exciting moment of the game? For at least a few people, this was it:

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. After diving into the crowd behind home plate, York Revolution catcher Octavio Martinez shows the ball that he successfully caught bare-handed after Camden Riversharks outfielder Drew Macias' bat in the third inning of the Revolution's opening day game on Friday, April 29, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

I happened to be shooting from the stands when Martinez caught that ball for the Riversharks’ final out of the third inning. Otherwise, I’d never have made this shot — and I wished all the more I had a 300mm for less depth of field. (With the access we get in the stadium, a 400 would be almost excessive except for far outfield action.) I’m shooting the game tomorrow, though, and will probably be borrowing Bill’s (manual) 300.

A few more shots:

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. The Spring Garden Band and Sovereign Bank Stadium are reflected in band member Michael Bubb's tuba as the band performs outside the stadium before the York Revolution's opening game on Friday, April 29, 2011.

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When I first arrived at the 600 block of Wallace Street, where yesterday an unattended cooking-fire consumed three homes, this was all I saw:

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Citizens Public Adjusters solicitor Douglas Dardaris leans against the porch rail of 624 Wallace Street as a bassinet, mattresses and other items that Anthony and Katie White's family once used lie on the curb outside their fire-destroyed home at 622 Wallace Street in York City on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The Whites' upstairs neighbor had left her cooking unattended, which started the blaze that consumed three rowhouses and displaced seven adults and three children.

So I went to an adjacent rowhouse that had suffered water damage from the fire hoses, and I made a few pictures there. Upon my exiting that house, I met its owners/former residents, the Follers, and got to know them a bit. Soon, a pregnant woman approached us, and I found out quickly that she had lived in one of the fire-destroyed homes.

I asked her if I could make a few pictures of her around the area. She said no, that she was too emotional for the time being. I let the matter rest and continued to listen to her share stories with her former neighbors.

Then, her husband and daughters pulled up in a van, and her older daughter ran out, in tears.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Mariah White, 4, collapses in her mother Katie's arms, in tears after seeing the family's fire-destroyed home on the 600 block of Wallace Street the day after the fire, on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Katie White said Mariah took the fire hard on Tuesday. The Whites had been living in that home for two years, since Mariah was two years old.

Then, with no protest or objections from Katie or her husband, I began to follow them and make pictures as they went through their house once more to salvage any playthings to comfort Mariah.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Debris and damaged belongings litter the water-soaked carpet of the White family's master bedroom in their fire-damaged home on the 600 block of Wallace Street on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Katie White bends over to pick up an undamaged slinky in her fire-damaged home the day after the fire, on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Katie White is nine months pregnant with her third child and first son, whom she and her husband Anthony will name Darius.

The Whites have no renter’s insurance. Friends and neighbors helped them remove most of their salvageable items yesterday after the fire was extinguished. For now, they are staying with family — and Katie said they probably won’t return to their old home even after the repairs are made, because their growing family needs more space.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Anthony and Katie White try to salvage playthings and memorabilia from their fire-damaged home on the 600 block of Wallace Street on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The majority of what property they were unable to retrieve on Tuesday, after the fire happened, was water-soaked from the fire hoses.

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Yesterday morning, a four-alarm fire destroyed three homes in York City and displaced seven adults and three children. Bill and John covered the fire itself and the immediate aftermath. This morning, I headed over there to see if anything else was happening.

At first — not much.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. The interior of Edward and AnnaMae Foller's home suffered severe water damage from the firefighting efforts at the adjacent rowhouse on the 600 block of Wallace Street on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. The Follers -- Edward is 77 and AnnaMae is 75 -- had lived in their home since 1958 but are now staying in a hotel suite while their home is checked for moisture levels from the fire hoses. The Follers' home was protected from the blaze by a brick wall.

The fire had destroyed three rowhouses on the 600 block of Wallace Street. The house adjacent to those three had suffered water damage from the fire hoses, so I looked around in the house and followed the restoration technicians at work in there.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Belfor Property Restorations technician Dylan Simkins checks the moisture content of the third-level ceiling of Edward and AnnaMae Foller's home on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Belfor Property Restorations technician Dylan Simkins checks the moisture content of the third-level floor of Edward and AnnaMae Foller's home on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

Then I went back outside, and found the Follers themselves talking to another Belfor technician. Then a very pregnant woman approached us as we talked, and I quickly learned that she was one of the displaced residents. Then — well, that’s another blog post coming up soon.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Two sooty handprints are imprinted on an upright wall above the stairwell that connects the second and third floors of Edward and AnnaMae Foller's water-damaged home on the 600 block of Wallace Street in York City on Wednesday, April 17, 2011.

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It’s not every day that you meet a Holocaust survivor.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Holocaust survivor Severin Fayerman shows the tattooed serial number he received in Auschwitz when he was 19 years old. Fayerman, a Pole who later founded a multimillion-dollar hardware business in Reading, Pa., said he never removed the tattoo because he now sees it as "a badge of honor" and a testament to the horrors of the Holocaust.

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It’s not just about the chocolate bunnies. (Or turkey hands, or Christmas trees, or a lot of other things.)

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. George Riddley of York City walks toward the drinks table after receiving his plate of Easter lunch at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist on Sunday, April 24, 2011. The lunch was open to any public safety workers, the homeless, those living in shelters or those living by themselves.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Tables start to fill up at the annual Easter lunch at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist on Sunday, April 24, 2011. Rev. David Lovelace said the church began the Easter lunch seven or eight years ago. "People were asking what we do for Easter. We do meals for Christmas and Thanksgiving, so why not Easter?" Lovelace said.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. The Easter lunch served at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist included ham, green beans, sweet potato casserole, tropical fruit salad, bread rolls and homemade Easter eggs.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. William Donald, who said he is homeless, sits by himself in the corner during Easter lunch at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist on Sunday, April 24, 2011.

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Baseball! Sunshine! Action!

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. York Revolution third baseman Vince Harrison unsuccessfully tries to tag out Heroes of the Diamond outfielder Francisco Santana in the first inning of the exhibition game on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

But first: Music! Overcast sky! Thompson Square!

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. American country duo Thompson Square -- husband Keifer and wife Shawna Thompson -- perform "Let's Fight" as their first song for the crowd who came to Fan Fest outside Sovereign Bank Stadium on Saturday, April 23, 2011, before the York Revolution's exhibition game against the Heroes of the Diamond.

Yesterday was the York Revolution’s exhibition game against the Heroes of the Diamond, which is a traveling team of former and active-duty military personnel. Opening day isn’t until April 29, but I worked to make plenty of “first game” feature pictures.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Staff member Jim Knaub scans tickets at one of the Sovereign Bank Stadium gates before the York Revolution exhibition game on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Knaub said he took the first ticket at the Revolution's first-ever game, as well as the 1 millionth ticket last season.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Grounds crew member Bob Darr cleans off the home plate at Sovereign Bank Stadium prior to the York Revolution's exhibition game against the Heroes of the Diamond on Saturday, April 23, 2011.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. York Revolution third baseman Vince Harrison stretches against the foul-line wall before the exhibition game on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

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