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I shot the District 3-AAAA girls basketball title game last night in Hershey. It was the lowest-scoring game I’ve ever shot, but it was also the best game I’ve shot since I acquired this full-frame. So I’m happy.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Red Lion's Gisselle Truiett gets a mouthful of the basketball 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.

And so are the Red Lion girls, who defeated Wilson 39-20 and won the District 3-AAAA title…

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Red Lion's girls varsity basketball head coach Don Dimoff joins the team and cheerleaders in a cheer and dance on the court after defeating Wilson 39-20 for the District 3-AAAA championship on Friday, March 4, 2011, at the Giant Center in Hershey.

…despite there being quite a few weird moments, as well as fouls, in the game.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Wilson's Carley Brew fouls Red Lion's Shanley Harlacker in the second period of the District 3-AAAA title game on Friday, March 4, 2011, at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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Last night in Hershey, I photographed victory

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. York Catholic's Morgan Klunk, Patrica McGann and Giana Lupinetti clap as their head coach Kevin Bankos awards them their District 3-AA title medals on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at the Giant Center in Hershey. Thursday's 61-45 victory over Delone Catholic marks the York Catholic girls' sixth consecutive district title.

…and defeat.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Eastern York boys basketball players stand wearing or holding their second-place medals as the Lancaster Catholic team receives its District 3-AAA title medals on Thursday, March 3, 2011.

As well as some game action:

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Eastern York's Andrew Nicholas catches the ball against Lancaster Catholic in the District 3-AAA boys championship on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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On Tuesday, I climbed 115 steps (not including 14 landings) to reach the belltower of Christ Lutheran Church in downtown York. Twice.

The first time, church secretary Tracey led me up there so I could make pictures and do some video. You see, for the first time since 1884, the church’s main bell — the one that dates to 1800 and that strikes hourly — is silent due to repair work.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Chuck Roeser, a tower clock renovation specialist from Lockport, N.Y., is one of two clockmakers commissioned by Christ Lutheran Church to renovate its bell system. Roeser, a tower clock restoration specialist from Lockport, N.Y., and Bob Desrochers, a clockmaker from Lancaster County, have been hired by the church to renovate the clock and bell system. The larger bell, which dates back to 1800, is having its striker replaced to improve the sound of its ring. After the bell and various gears and cables are renovated, the clock will undergo renovations.

But when Tracey and I arrived, the workers were gone. There was no note nor any indication of when the workers would be back.

So, figuring the workers would return soon, I hung out in the top level of the belltower (not including the crawlspace right below the cupola, which is accessible by an upright ladder) for a bit. It was a little strange. Normally, when you’re high up in a building, you’re in an insulated, soundproof area. But in the belltower, you’re still exposed to the cold air, you can hear the street traffic below and yet you’re apart from it all.

That top level happens to be where the four clock faces are, as well as all the gears and rods and cables needed to synchronize the clock and the bell. There’s also a lot of dust and graffiti.

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Tracey brought the pastor up to talk to me, and I interviewed him as we were surrounded by the four clock faces. Shortly thereafter, when it was apparent the workers weren’t coming back too soon, I descended the belltower and returned the office. On my way down, I counted the steps and made more pictures.

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Besides Apple’s iPad 2 announcement, today’s big news was that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of protesters’ rights at military funerals.

I didn’t know it until today, but the grieving father who sued Westboro Baptist Church for protesting his Marine son’s funeral and criticizing him on its website is from the York area. He and his lawyers held a presser in downtown York that was attended by more media than I’ve ever before seen in the area.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Flanked by counsels Craig Trebilcock and Sean Summers, Albert Snyder of Spring Garden Township approaches a press conference on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the York County Administrative Center to address the U.S. Supreme Court's 8-1 decision in favor of Westboro Baptist Church's right to protest military funerals.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Albert Snyder, of Spring Garden Township, addresses the press at a conference on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the York County Administrative Center to address the U.S. Supreme Court's 8-1 decision in favor of Westboro Baptist Church's right to protest military funerals. Snyder said, "It's been a long five years, and I'm ready to put this behind me and move on."

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I think it’s safe to say that, after living and being a journalist in Columbia, Mo., for four years, I know the area pretty well. I wouldn’t dare to presume I know it better than anybody who’s grown up there or lived there for a number of years — but I’d like to think I got to know my way around.

So it’s odd that I never paid homage to the McBaine bur oak tree until recently.

The McBaine bur oak tree on Route K, south of Columbia, Mo.

Also known as “the Big Tree,” the bur oak tree is… well, big. Located between a soybean field and Route K, the tree measures 90 feet in height, its canopy stretches 130 feet and its trunk is almost 24 feet in circumference.

Almost 24 feet. Wow. Do you know of any other trees on whose trunks you can project the shadows of two people standing three feet apart and about five feet from the tree?

(Left to right) Me. Jeff.

On a somewhat related note: The light, when Jeff and I arrived at the tree, was gorgeous. But it was fading fast. Check out what are currently our Facebook profile pictures, below, which were taken five minutes apart.

(Left to right) Me. Jeff. The quality of light sure changed in five minutes

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© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Shirley Ausherman of Windsor Township scans used books before placing them on the correct shelves in the correct rooms at the Book Nook in Windsor borough on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. The Friends of Kaltreider/Benfer Library sponsored a sale at the Book Nook at 144 West Main Street in Windsor borough. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, the sale featured used books at one dollar for hardbacks and 50 cents for paperbacks. The Friends of Kaltreider/Benfer Library already donated $7,000 to the library, and hoped to recuperate that cost via this book sale.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Valley View at Yorkshire secretary Peggy Dunty ("Little Cat in the Hat") pokes reading specialist Amy Hare ("Cat in the Hat") on the nose as they and other Valley View teachers read Dr. Seuss's "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" to students in an all-school assembly to kick off B.E.A.R. ("Be Excited About Reading") Week on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. Monday kicked off B.E.A.R. Week, in conjunction with Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America Day, at Valley View at Yorkshire.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Ray Bradley, of York City, sits with his dirty vodka martini at the bar in The Roosevelt Tavern during happy hour on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. A proposed law would ease up on when and for how long restaurants and bars can have happy hour. Under current law, establishments can hold happy hour for 14 hours per week and two hours per day. The proposed law would keep the 14-hour-per-week cap but allow establishments to choose how to divide those hours among days of the week.

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