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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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Thanks to warehouses and shipping and other forces beyond my control, I won’t get to send Christmas presents to my brother, sister-in-law and niece in time for Christmas. So, Matt, Emily and Layla, here are some analog photos from Italy (and a bonus frame) as an early Christmas present to make up for the belatedness of your package!

© 2013. Layla rides a turtle? dinosaur? something? in a playscape near the Pozzuoli harbor.

© 2013. Emily and Layla along the river Tiber in Rome. This frame looks like I applied an Instagram filter, but this is real film, y’all.

© 2013. You can sit on ancient pillars inside il Colosseo. I think my mom might’ve had something over the lens, on the righthand side of the frame.

© 2013. Family photo in Montepulciano.

© 2013. Along the Pozzuoli harbor.

© 2013. At this point, I was trying to use up the rest of the roll of film, and Emily and Layla happily obliged.

Aaand now for a bonus frame — the last frame on the roll, which I took during one of three snowfalls we had in a week back in York:

© 2013. We bought this bottle at the Maker’s distillery back in May, and I got to dip it in the wax. Jeff finally opened it to make bourbon balls, but before he did, I insisted on making this frame. Check that dynamic range!

And thus concludes my blog posts of photos I made while in Italy.

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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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I’m not gonna lie: For the majority of my life, Memorial Day meant little more to me than a long weekend.

Until I met a 90-year-old World War II veteran who has devoted the past two years of his life to finding, documenting and mapping more than 70 York County veterans memorials.

Al Rose is blind in his left eye, but he spent countless hours poring through newspaper microfilm at the York County Heritage Trust, in search of any news of veterans memorial dedications. Then, before giving up his drivers license last Christmas Eve, Al put several hundred miles on his car in search of these memorials — many of which are pretty difficult to find even if you know generally where they are.

Believe me, I know: I followed in Al’s footsteps in order to confirm his work and readers’ information and to help create a map of these memorials for the newspaper.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. In a fit of OCD-induced restlessness during a relatively empty shift, I compiled all the pictures I made of York County veterans memorials into this poster-like image. The bottom image is of the various honor rolls that adorn the columns of the old York County courthouse.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. In a fit of OCD-induced restlessness during a relatively empty shift, I compiled all the pictures I made of York County veterans memorials into this poster-like image. The bottom image is of just a few of the various honor rolls that adorn the columns of the old York County courthouse.

This was a time-consuming process that took me several shifts — in one case, all the daylight hours of a shift — to complete. And I loved it. I thrilled in driving to and finding corners of York County I had never seen before. It was exciting to find an obscured memorial, and it was sobering to read the names on so many communities’ honor rolls.

One honor roll had a name listed under the Spanish-American War. Others were overwhelmed by those who served in World War II. At least three honored those who have served in the current war on terror.

After finding and photographing 68 of the 70+ veterans memorials over roughly the past few weeks (editor Scott and reporter Brandie helped out with a few of the last ones we found out about), I find it repugnant that I formerly had so little respect for Memorial Day, and that many Americans continue to do so.

York County certainly has its share of veterans memorials — over 70! — and yet I doubt that many who live here are aware of or care about their existence. It’s saddening, especially when I think about all the tiny communities who gave up so many sons that their honor rolls are too long for a readable photograph.

Yes, I’ll probably participate in some sort of grill-out this Memorial Day weekend. But I’ll draw the line at Memorial Day sales. And, thanks to a long and sometimes difficult search for almost 70 veterans memorials, I’ll remember just how much of itself York County has given to this nation.

For more information:

  • A summary of Al Rose’s work and how we completed this project
  • The interactive map itself
  • A full slideshow of all the veterans memorials Scott, Brandie and I photographed
  • A video of Al Rose working on his project… at the bedside of his wife, who has Alzheimer’s

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Sometimes, when the big event is happening, I look elsewhere to make pictures — especially when the big event involves somebody at a podium.

So, I look to the children.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Goode Elementary fourth-grade student Demylee Perez leans on her crutches while pledging allegiance during the 21st annual Four Chaplains Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Yorktowne Hotel. Perez, who is a member of the school’s select chorus, received her leg injury in a minor car accident the previous day, but nevertheless showed up at the school Wednesday morning with her mother so she could sing at the breakfast. Major General Wesley E. Craig spoke at the 21st annual Four Chaplains Prayer Breakfast at the Yorktowne Hotel on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, while Hanover-based American Red Cross member Elizabeth Tyler received the Legion of Honor membership.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Leah Bazzle, 7, and Mia Johnson, 9, hold the keys to the city that were presented to their fathers David Uhrik and and Jamiel Alexander during the State of the City reception prior to York mayor Kim Bracey’s address at York College on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Uhrik received the York Humanitarian Award, while Alexander received the York Unity Award.

(I love that the fathers in the second photo can so easily show affection for their daughters without my having to include their faces: Look at their gentle hands.)

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Today, the York Catholic girls played their seventh state championship game in the past eight seasons.

Today, they lost 45-38 to Bishop Canevin.

But — they lost with grace.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) York Catholic’s Zaenna Echevarria, Morgan Klunk, Hannah Laslo and Amelia York listen to head coach Kevin Bankos in their locker room after losing 45-38 to Bishop Canevin in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center.

I began following the team’s journey this morning after I checked in with the student tailgate outside the Giant Center:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) York Catholic seniors DeeDee Davis and Bri Raineri and junior Ian Shelley help themselves to eggs as Mary Williams and her daughter Christina, 11, work on cooking the bacon at a student tailgate outside the Giant Center before attending York Catholic’s PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game on Friday, March 22, 2013.

Hairspray:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) York Catholic’s Zaenna Echevarria and Deanna Chesko fix up their hair as Morgan Klunk washes her hands in their Giant Center locker room on Friday, March 22, 2013, before playing the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game.

Socks:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Amelia York prepares to change out of a lucky pair of socks in the locker room at the Giant Center on Friday, March 22, 2013.

High-fives:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Morgan Klunk swoops in for high fives from her teammates as they get ready for a group picture on the Giant Center’s court on Friday, March 22, 2013, before the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game.

After the game, tears:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Amelia York, right, wipes her face after receiving her PIAA Class AA runner-up medal on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center. To her left is Marissa Ressler (22).

Trophy:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Morgan Klunk holds the PIAA Class AA runner-up trophy while watching Bishop Cavenin players receive their championship trophy on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center.

Chocolate:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Hannah Laslo holds up a five-pound Hershey’s chocolate bar as she and her teammates greet the student section after losing 45-38 to Bishop Canevin in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center.

And a pep talk:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. While comforting teammate Hannah Laslo, York Catholic’s Amelia York gives a pep talk to her fellow players after York Catholic lost 45-38 to Bishop Canevin in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center.

I’d like to thank the girls for letting me follow them around, even inside the locker room, and being completely normal about it. They’re a class act, a strong team and wonderful people.

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I’ve never taken the time to count how many times I’ve been assigned to photograph people as they work out or otherwise exercise. But even if we don’t include sports practices and games, it’s still a fairly large number. In the week around New Year’s this year, I happened to have two separate assignments that had me cover people going through their routine gym workouts.

The funny part was, people in both assignments made remarks along this vein: “I’m sorry you have to follow me around while I’m in the gym today. This can’t be that interesting. I hope they’re paying you a lot.”

I assured them that I was not suffering in these assignments. On the contrary, I see these assignments as a challenge to show the human interacting with and mimicking the form of the gym equipment.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Shelby Dietz, 40 of Windsor Township, completes a set of pull-ups under the supervision of her personal trainer Evan Branin on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Strictly Fitness in Springettsbury Township. Dietz has been working out with personal trainer Evan Branin for about five years, and has been concentrating on weights and strength training. Dietz said she typically does four days of strength training and two days of running in a week.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Mary and Craig Duttera of Dover Township exercise their arm muscles in the fitness room at Bob Hoffman YMCA on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. The couple have been members at that YMCA for about 20 years, and work out 5-6 times a week. Since Mary joined Craig in retirement several years ago, they have been working out together more frequently.

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My first-ever cheerleading assignment took me to the YAIAA Cheerleading Championship, where seven teams competed in two divisions. It was a lot of fun, especially with the presence of the youth cheerleaders who performed showcase, non-competition routines. If I shoot this next year, I’ll definitely take my shooting to the next level, but nevertheless — this was fun.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown Cougar youth cheerleader Nautica Shortlidge, 11, works on 11-year-old teammate Lauren Maher’s hair as Riley Sharp, 10, looks on before they showcased 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 of the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School, while Central York won in the “large” division.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Members of a Dallastown Cougars youth cheerleading squad practice their routine in the wrestling room before showcasing in the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Susquehannock cheerleaders return to the locker room after performing their routine in the YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn cheerleader Shalai Tyler and Central York cheerleader Abbie Davis, center, hug on the mat after each school took first place in its respective division in the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School.

Check out more photos, plus a video I produced of Central York’s winning routine.

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I love shooting basketball. It was the first sport I ever shot (thanks for throwing me in, Rae) and much of my first winter in York was spent covering high school games. This season, not so much, oddly enough. But here’s a collection of some reaction-oriented feature pictures — or jubilation, or “jube” — from the post-season.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown’s Katie McGowan cuts off a piece of the net after the Wildcats won the YAIAA girls title game on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Dallastown defeated West York 50-37.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn’s Trey Shifflett, left, looks on as Stephen Dickson gives South Western’s Mike Duffy a hug after the Bearcats defeated the Mustangs 57-44 for the YAIAA boys title game on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at York College.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Susquehannock’s Makenzie Fancher looks at the scoreboard after the first half of the District 3 AAA girls basketball title game on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Giant Center. Palmyra defeated Susquehannock 46-30 to capture the District 3 AAA girls basketball title.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Delone Catholic’s Allyson Shipley, 32, stares straight ahead during the runner-up medal ceremony after York Catholic girls defeated Delone Catholic 56-38 to win a District 3 record eighth Class AA basketball championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Giant Center.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn cheerleader Shalai Tyler comforts player Derek Wilson as he gets up from the bench to congratulate Harrisburg after the Cougars defeated the Bearcats 78-76 in overtime to capture the District 3 AAAA boys basketball title on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Giant Center.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn’s Stephen Dickson leaves the court after congratulating Harrisburg after the Cougars defeated the Bearcats 78-76 in overtime to capture the District 3 AAAA boys basketball title on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Giant Center.

And, to end on a joyous note, four pictures from the York Catholic girls’ eighth consecutive district title win — which, by the way, is a District 3 record:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Amelia York, 12, hugs her fellow starters as they greet the relief players on the court after defeating Delone Catholic 56-38 to win a District 3 record eighth Class AA basketball championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Giant Center.

For me at least, it’s easy to forget, after covering some of these girls for three seasons, that they’re just girls. They’re still in high school. They’re just kids. Then you get off the court, and they’re jumping and whooping and giving each other piggy-back rides back to the locker room, where they then break out into song and run around and remind you that they’re still girls, and that’s totally okay.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Standing on a chair, York Catholic’s Amelia York leans on teammate Morgan Klunk while pretending to be a character from the Disney movie “Mulan” in the team’s locker room after defeating Delone Catholic 56-38 to win a District 3 record eighth Class AA basketball championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Giant Center.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic players Emma Keffer, Morgan Klunk and Amelia York celebrate in the locker room, alongside their assistant coach’s daughter Amanda Reed, 6, after defeating Delone Catholic 56-38 to win a District 3 record eighth Class AA basketball championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Giant Center.

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I’ve lost track of how many commencement ceremonies I’ve photographed, but I learned pretty quickly that you’ll make the best pictures before or after the actual ceremony. I tend to arrive early, just to make sure I get pictures in case I’m called away to spot news mid-ceremony, but until somewhat recently, I never mustered the courage to walk into the girls bathroom and ask if I could make pictures.

Glad I finally did.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Adams Academy graduates Shawni Mitzel, left, and Aniamonie Walker adjust their caps before walking in the winter commencement ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at the York Learning Center. York Adams Academy graduated 32 students from 14 York and Adams counties school districts in its winter commencement.

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Dinosaurs. This was reporter Lauren’s and my first assignment together since covering Newtown.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Holding daughter Sophie Hewitt, 1, in one arm, Jessica Fahringer of Wrightsville coaxes son Lucas Hewitt, 2, to stand with her for a picture underneath an Allosaurus dinosaur model in the “Discover the Dinosaurs” traveling exhibit on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the York Expo Center.

It was basically a big traveling exhibit of dinosaurs. No one in the newsroom was excited about it except for editor Kate and me. Me, I love dinosaurs. Everyone else, though, was hatin’ on it.

Turns out — if you read the comments on our story and a Facebook page dedicated to it — a lot of people hate on this exhibit. I’ll let you judge.

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When I asked fellow photographer Kate about shooting wrestling at Milton Hershey School, she gave me two really good tips: Use a 300, and shoot from the track level.

I understand wrestling just enough to shoot it, so I’ve never tried to have fun with it before. Today, I did just that by acting on her tips. Thanks Kate!

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boiling Springs’ Grant Bond, top, wrestles with Bermudian Springs’ Dalton Becker in the 120-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Milton Hershey School. Boiling Springs defeated Bermudian Springs for the District 3 Class AA team championship.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boiling Springs’ Kyle Shoop, left, wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Ted Marines, right, in the 126-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Milton Hershey School.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Bermudian Springs’ Briton Shelton, left, wrestles with Boiling Springs’ Tyler Kauffman in the 145-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Milton Hershey School.

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Damn straight this is my first photo blog post of the new year. May 2013 be a good and happy year for us all.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Rascal the barn cat observes her domain from her perch on 17-year-old Kristen Thomas’s head on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.

(Yes, Rascal climbed up there on her own. Yes, I have real photos from this assignment. Yes, I will share them soon.)

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Last night, reporter Lauren and I covered a fire in Newberry Township. It was the second fire in Newberry Township that day — I wasn’t sent to the first — but what caught editors’ attention was that a women was insisting on removing her exotic birds from the burning house. Then, the scanner crackled to life when emergency officials began shouting about ammunition going off inside the house.

So, we drove out, parked our cars near the road blocks and hiked down the dead-end, unlit road where the house was located. We did our jobs there and, over two hours later, hiked back to our cars. I obviously have real pictures from the scene, but here’re a couple I took on our way there and back, just because:

Lights from the fire vehicles.

Lauren (right) walks toward her car (center), which is silhouetted by an oncoming car.

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