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Before you fire up the grill and make today even hotter, go plant a flag. Or pause to think about those who have served and are serving.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A flag planted at William D. Willard’s grave waves over his grave marker on Thursday, May 17, 2012, in the Mt. Rose Cemetery. Volunteers from the local B’nai Brith Youth Organization planted flags on veterans’ graves in the Mt. Rose Cemetery in Spring Garden Township on Thursday, in anticipation of Memorial Day.

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Last summer, I blogged a series of “It’s hot out there” photos. Since the heat’s not going away any time soon, I figure I’ll pick up where I left off.

So, all that said… go to a pool. It’s Memorial Day weekend, after all.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Lincolnway Swimming Pool lifeguard Nathan Bahn, 18, scrubs the lime scale deposits off the barriers of a tower structure that children climb to access two of five slides at the pool, on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Like other outdoor pools in the area, Lincolnway Swimming Pool will be open starting on Memorial Day weekend — specifically, Saturday.

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I’ve only shot softball three times (including a doubleheader, so four games), and every time, Central York has won.

More significantly, each time I’ve covered their games, the Panthers have won by scoring a run in either the last inning in regulation or the last, pre-tiebreaker inning.

The first time:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York’s Courtney Hastings slides safely into home in the seventh inning against Spring Grove to score the game’s only run on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Central York defeated Spring Grove 1-0 in softball at home on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

The second:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York softball players gather at home plate to cheer on pitcher Taylor Rohrbaugh, far left, as she runs home after hitting a homerun in the ninth inning of the YAIAA softball championship game on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at New Oxford Senior High School. Central York defeated Littlestown 4-2 in nine innings.

And the third — last night’s:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York’s Kelsey Wisner hugs Courtney Hastings after Hastings hit a walk-off double that allowed Central York to defeat Elizabethtown 1-0 in nine innings on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Millersville University to advance to the PIAA District 3 softball semifinal.

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A few weeks ago, I had a crazy idea for a crazy assignment.

The assignment: Christian School of York students would spend the night “homeless” outside their school to raise awareness as well as collect donations for a local non-profit that assists homeless mothers and their children.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Christian School of York freshmen Luke Dixon and Ethan Miller carry a piece of cardboard to the side of the school where they planned to build their “homeless” shelter on Friday, April 13, 2012. Christian School of York high school students are camping outside the school in cardboard boxes as part of the second annual “Homeless Night Out” to benefit Bridge of Hope of York County’s homeless women and children. The students held a drive for household items to donate to Bridge of Hope, and about a dozen are spending the night in cardboard boxes to experience what homeless life might be like.

The idea: Shoot a video that would show the students setting up camp in their cardboard boxes, return to shoot more video at some point in the night and come back again in the morning as they woke up.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Christian School of York freshman Ashleigh Martin talks to fellow freshman Ellie Blair, not shown, as she decorates the side of their “homeless” shelter with duct tape on Friday, April 13, 2012. Blair and Martin acknowledged their awareness that their experience won’t be truly like that of homeless people, but it would still be an eye-opener for them.

Fortunately, two girls — Ashleigh and Ellie — agreed to let me follow them on their adventure. Check it out:

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© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Academy Regional Charter School kindergarten teacher Tracy Zeiders dances with second-grade student Sophia Sy during a dance party rewarding students with good behavior on Thursday, April 5, 2012. York Academy Regional Charter School students who acted by the school’s “positive behavior” standards earned a dance party in the school’s top floor, with music provided by a parent who is a DJ.

I made these pictures a while ago, but I still remember watching the kids as they entered the school’s media room, timid and confused at first… but then they saw the lights and heard the music and started having fun.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Academy Regional Charter School first-grade student Tawfiz Bolyard, left, sticks his tongue out while dancing near the DJ booth with fellow first-grade student Paris Martin and kindergarten student Amari Dickson on Thursday, April 5, 2012. York Academy Regional Charter School students who acted by the school’s “positive behavior” standards earned a dance party in the school’s top floor, with music provided by a parent who is a DJ.

And they got really into it. Really into it.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Flanked by other classmates, York Academy Regional Charter School first-grade student Amari Dickson shows her moves during a dance party at the school on Thursday, April 5, 2012. York Academy Regional Charter School students who acted by the school’s “positive behavior” standards earned a dance party in the school’s top floor, with music provided by a parent who is a DJ.

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© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. About 130 paper lanterns were floated out onto the Susquehanna River from the John Wright Restaurant boat ramp in the York County Youth Development Center’s first-ever Tea Light Lantern Float festival on Saturday, May 5, 2012. People could sponsor a lantern for $10 in support of the center, and lanterns were retrieved further downstream by a center employee in a boat. The paper lanterns consisted of paper bags glued to Styrofoam boards, which were painted and decorated by York County Youth Development Center students. The paper bags were sprayed with “peace” and “hope” stencils and filled with a layer of sand, on which tea lights were placed.

I’ve been awfully close to it, but I’d never set foot in Susquehanna River waters until last night. As people set paper lanterns adrift in a lantern float festival, I waded down a boat ramp as deep as my shorts — and the boat ramp — would allow me.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Daniel Braun, 9 of Wrightsville, right, sends out a lighted paper lantern to York County Youth Development Center community outreach coordinator Tony Zorbaugh, who sent the lanterns further out into the Susquehanna River off of the John Wright Restaurant boat ramp on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

And then I remembered that the moon was supposed to be a “super moon.” It wasn’t quite super at the time, but it was getting there:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. The “super moon” rises over the Wrightsville bridge as three paper lanterns float downstream on the Susquehanna River on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

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Spot news from last week:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Tierra Lenker of Dover Township holds her face in her hands after she crashed her car into the front lobby of Metro Bank in West Manchester Township on Thursday, April 26, 2012. West Manchester Township police said she hit the gas instead of the brakes while parking at the bank.

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