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Like many other local newspapers, my newspaper’s prep sports department, GameTimePa.com, has long recognized high-performing student-athletes as “all-stars” at the conclusion of each sports season. For my first three years on staff, the photographers had little to no involvement in the production of the high school all-stars presentation, which consisted mostly of round-ups and submitted headshots of each athlete being honored.

Then, in fall 2014, I saw that our sports editor had placed assignments for all-star team photo shoots in our photo schedule. It took me maybe six seconds to decide to claim ownership of the project — that is, every single photo shoot — because otherwise, three different photographers would end up being assigned and the presentation wouldn’t necessarily have a cohesive look.

After Jeff and I researched and compared lit portraits featuring three or more athletes, I decided on the aesthetic I was most interested in (and that could be feasibly accomplished with a large group of teenagers). With Jeff’s invaluable on-site assistance and support from various GameTime staffers, we managed to produce good-enough work in the 2014-2015 school year that, by the time May rolled around, I knew there was no way we couldn’t do it again for 2015-2016.

For the 2014-2015 school year, we staged all the photo shoots on the fields, courts and mats where the athletes competed. For the 2015-2016 school year — largely for logistical (weather) reasons and to emphasize that they are student-athletes — we staged all the photo shoots inside schools.

I’d like to thank the principals, administrative staffers and athletic directors of Central York High School, Dallastown Area High School, Hanover High School, Northeastern High School, Red Lion Area Senior High School, Spring Grove Area High School, Susquehannock High School, West York Area High School, William Penn Senior High School, York Catholic High School and York Suburban High School for welcoming us into their schools for the past two years of photo shoots. I’m also grateful to Jeff for his assistance at every single shoot, to my photo and GameTime editors for letting me own this project and to the hundreds of our all-star athletes who brought their game face to the photo shoots.

Below is a selection of my favorite team portraits from the past two years. You can view all the 2015-2016 team portraits here, and find a roundup of all the 2015-2016 all-star coverage here.

© 2015 by GameTimePA.com. From left to right: Spring Grove’s Emily Jenkins, Red Lion’s Courtney Schaefer, West York’s Maelyn Elder, West York diver Erika Sarver, West York’s Taylor Hoover, York Suburban’s Megan Hunt, York Suburban’s Madie Devaney, York Suburban’s Carson Gross, York Suburban’s Anna Schmittle, York Suburban’s Jenna Hufnagle, Dallastown’s Anna Hess, Dallastown’s Jena Woods, Dallastown’s Erica Wise and New Oxford’s Regan Chalk. GameTimePA’s all-star swimmers. Picture taken Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Red Lion.

© 2015 by GameTimePA.com. From left to right: Dallastown’s Patrick Jacobson, Gettysburg’s Dan Filler, York Suburban’s Donovan Mears, Delone Catholic’s Will Greene, York Suburban’s Bryce Ohl and York Suburban’s Jarrett Raudensky. GameTimePA’s all-star boys cross-country athletes. Picture taken Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, at York Catholic.

© 2016 by GameTimePA.com. From left to right: York Tech’s Lauren Corbitt, Fairfield’s Morgan Jarrell, Red Lion’s Madisen Kling (seated), Eastern York’s Ashley Kerr, Eastern York’s Maddie McLain, Dallastown’s Lilly Cook, Gettysburg’s Hannah Baddick (seated), South Western’s Sammy Trone, South Western’s Lynne Mooradian, New Oxford’s Ayanna Johnson, New Oxford’s Madi Smith and Spring Grove’s Nathalie Elliott. Not pictured: York Tech’s Kirstyn Evans. GameTimePA’s all-star girls’ track and field athletes. Picture taken Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at Central York.

© 2015 by GameTimePA.com. From left to right: York Catholic’s Michael Andrews, York Suburban’s Elliot Diehl, York Suburban’s Michael Peck, Central York’s Chris Maderitz, Dallastown’s John Schmitt, Dallastown’s Tyler Lillie, Red Lion’s Sam Innerst, South Western’s Gavin Kenny and South Western’s Ben Sentz. GameTimePA’s all-star boys tennis players. Picture taken Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Spring Grove.

© 2016 by GameTimePA.com. Seated, from left to right: Delone Catholic’s Cassie Rickrode and Central York’s Rachel Butler. Standing, from left to right: Littlestown’s Kaitlin Yealy, Littlestown’s McKenzie Somers, Susquehannock’s Mallory Lebo, Delone Catholic’s Shelbee Holcomb, Delone Catholic’s Katie Laughman, Dallastown’s Jaelynn Harbold, Central York’s Cheyenne Miller and Dover’s Natalie Cutright. Not pictured: Susquehannock’s Maddy Staub. GameTimePA’s all-star softball players. Picture taken Monday, May 23, 2016, at York Suburban.

© 2015 by GameTimePA.com. From left to right: Eastern York’s Conrad Rhein, South Western’s Ben Hollinger, South Western’s Anthony DeVincent, Red Lion’s Sam Emig, Red Lion’s Tanner Reif, Red Lion’s Joe Dashler, West York’s Hunter Betz, West York’s Tanner Hale, Spring Grove’s Tanner Bolton, Susquhannock’s Collin Riley, Susquehannock’s Shane Silk, York Suburban’s Collin Mailman, Dallastown’s Brian Prats and Dallastown’s Frankie Marqet. GameTimePA’s all-star boys lacrosse players. Picture taken Friday, May 15, 2015, at Central York.

© 2015 by GameTimePA.com. Front row, left to right: Spring Grove’s Eli Brooks and Central York’s Sam Saxton. Center row, left to right: Hanover’s Dylan Krieger, William Penn’s Jahaire Wilson and Norhteastern’s Kobi Nwandu. Back row, left t oright: Dover’s Ryan Beck and William Penn’s Montrel Morgan. GameTimePA’s all-star basketball players. Picture taken Sunday, March 15, 2015, at William Penn.

© 2014 by GameTimePA.com. From left to right: York Suburban’s Jordan Landis, York Suburban’s Maura Brehl, Eastern York’s Lauren Reichard, Susquehannock’s Abigail Bentz, Delone Catholic’s Maddie Comly, Delone Catholic’s Katie Laughman and Delone Catholic’s Sarah Senft. GameTimePA’s all-star girls volleyball players. Picture taken Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at Central York.

© 2015 by GameTimePA.com. From left to right: York Suburban’s Matt Spinello, Dallastown’s Grant Wertz, York Suburban’s Aidan Fryar, Dallastown’s Jake Stoner, Dover’s Casey Marshall, Dallastown’s Noah Brockway, Central York’s Alec Peckmann, Dallastown’s Spencer Hill, Central York’s Will Hartzell, Dallastown’s Logan Brockway and Central York’s Erik Peckmann. Not pictured: Red Lion’s Dylan North and Central York’s Jesse Tate. GameTimePA’s all-star swimmers. Picture taken Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Red Lion.

© 2014 by GameTimePA.com. From left to right: York Catholic’s Lauren Parrini, York Catholic’s Joe Parrini, York Catholic’s Nick Geiman, Central York’s Gus Minkin, Spring Grove’s Tori Ross and West York’s Alex Hartman. Not pictured: Eastern York’s Kevin Crumbling. GameTimePA’s all-star golf players. Picture taken Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at Briarwood Golf Club.

© 2016 by GameTimePA.com. Front row, left to right: Dallastown’s Nick Parker, Dallastown’s Bryant Holtzapple, Dallastown’s Riley Hamberger and Gettysburg’s Michael Tempel. Back row, left to right: Susquehannock’s Connor Hood, Northeastern’s Kody Reeser, York Suburban’s Thomas Merkle, York Catholic’s Brenden Kennedy, Eastern York’s Brandon Knarr and Eastern York’s Colby Shimmel. GameTimePA’s all-star baseball players. Picture taken Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at West York.

© 2015 by GameTimePA.com. From left to right: Kennard-Dale’s Maddie Ferner, Kennard-Dale’s Caitlin Salomon, Eastern York’s Madison Nalls, Eastern York’s Olivia McLain, Eastern York’s Maddie McLain and West York’s Bethany Weaver. GameTimePA’s all-star girls cross-country athletes. Picture taken Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, at York Catholic.

© 2016 by GameTimePA.com. From left to right: Central York’s Jack Schultz, Red Lion’s Dillon Hildebrand, Northeastern’s Dakoda Hoffman, Northeastern’s Reese Devilbiss, Northeastern’s Matt Schaeffer, Northeastern’s Jeff Reynolds and Central York’s Hayden Wagner. GameTimePA’s all-star boys volleyball players. Picture taken Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at Northeastern.

© 2016 by GameTimePA.com. From left: Susquehannock’s Ashley Stone, York Catholic’s Kate Bauhof, Northeastern’s Jordyn Koster, Red Lion’s Courtney Dimoff, New Oxford’s Kaelyn Long, William Penn’s Chyna Steel and Central York’s Emma Saxton. GameTimePA’s all-star players. Picture taken Monday, March 14, 2016, at York Suburban.

© 2015 by GameTimePA.com. From left to right: Central York’s Igor Gomes, Central York’s Jared Wagner, West York’s Darian McCauley, Dallastown’s Kyle Hennigan, Dallastown’s Kyle Schimmel, Susquehannock’s Luke Thomas, Susquehannock’s Brady Gallegos, Biglerville’s Connor Griest, Gettysburg’s Adam Yingling, Gettysburg’s Matt Yingling, Gettysburg’s Bobby Weikert, Bermudian Springs’ Samuel Johnson and Bermudian Springs’ Johnny King. GameTimePA’s all-star boys soccer players. Picture taken Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, at Spring Grove.

© 2015 by GameTimePA.com. Front row (seated or kneeling), from left to right: New Oxford’s Brock Hartman, West York’s Logan Loucks, York Catholic’s Dan Yokemick, Bermudian Springs’ Logan Luckenbaugh and Central York’s Rodney Johnson. Middle row (standing), from left to right: Biglerville’s Victor Lopez, Delone Catholic’s Tavian Dorsey, West York’s Terry Cains, York Catholic’s Jakkar Kinard, York Suburban’s Collin Mailman, York Suburban’s Thomas Merkle, York Suburban’s Dustin Knaub, Spring Grove’s Andrew Lawson, Red Lion’s Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie, Red Lion’s Nick Argento, Northeastern’s Shamari Young, Northeastern’s Fred Mulbah and Northeastern’s Fernando Flores. Back row (on ladders): South Western’s Corbin Byers and Spring Grove’s Andrew Luckenbaugh. Not pictured: Dallastown’s Jordan Burns, Jacob Garrity, Jake Jansen and William Reilly. GameTimePA’s all-star football players. Picture taken Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at Hanover High School.

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Better late than never, right?

The last time I did a “best of” roundup, it was 2011 — my first full year in York, after working five months at one newspaper and getting hired full-time by the other. I’ve shared a lot of work from the past five or so years, but 2015 brought a lot of changes. Jeff and I got married. My newspaper changed ownership. Jeff’s work introduced a large shift in our weekly/monthly routine. And I didn’t blog as much.

I’ve got some recent work I plan to share here, but first I need to move on past the last year. So, here are my 25 favorites/bests, in chronological order:

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. All About Pets Too co-owner Tammie Arnold greets Salso, an 8-year-old umbrella cockatoo who is one of the three store birds, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Arnold’s pet shop in Red Lion. Salso’s cage is close to the front door, where he can greet customers. Arnold, who has operated the store in various locations for 22 years, has provided grooming and nail-trimming services, and now offers same-day delivery service as a way to compete against big-box stores that carry pet food. “It’s been up and down, but we’ve survived,” she said of the store she co-owns with Jennifer Warfel.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Emily Laslo, center, celebrates with her teammates after winning the PIAA District 3 Class AA basketball championship game on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the Giant Center. York Catholic defeated Camp Hill 63-57 in overtime to win the Fighting Irish’s 10th consecutive district title.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Twins Gabriel (in blue) and Deirdre (in purple) Casey, 14 of York, dance to John Legend’s “All of Me” as performed by Eli Wear, 13 of York Township, center, and Augustine Mariche, 14 of York, in a back hall of the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. The four had just performed onstage in the variety show Passages: A Celebration of African-Americans in the Arts. Challenged by his editor to find out what people do in downtown York on a cold Saturday night, YDR reporter Gary Haber headed out to see what he could find.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Suburban’s Madie Devaney prepares for a successful shot on goal in the first half of a girls lacrosse game on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Red Lion. Red Lion defeated York Suburban 17-8.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution designated hitter Johan Limonta and Jacob Yingling, 8 of Spring Grove, pray together on the field before doing warm-ups on Friday, April 24, 2015, at Santander Stadium. The York Revolution opened its season against the Long Island Ducks.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Aeyla Haddaway, 2 of Glen Rock, dances under the eye of her mother Jade Garcia at the drum circle at Spoutwood Farm’s 24th annual Fairie Festival on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Codorus Township. The three-day festival, held every year around May Day and attended by over 15,000 visitors, celebrates the coming of spring and features a may pole, art, music, vendors and family-friendly activities. The event benefits Spoutwood Farm’s CSA program and the farm itself.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York seniors make their way to their seats on the football field during commencement on Friday, June 5, 2015, at Central York. Central York graduated about 380 seniors.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Glenda Romero hugs Ashley Cosby during a vigil for brothers Angel Berrios, 21, and Abdiel Vazquez-Soto, 19, who died in a late-night shooting and car crash Friday, at the site of the car crash on North Newberry Street on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Romero is a cousin to both Berrios and Vazquez-Soto, while Cosby is the mother of Berrios’ 2-year-old child Amir. The York County Coroner’s Office confirmed the brothers were each shot at least once on Jefferson Street, but York City Police could not confirm whether the brothers had been shot in their car. Berrios died at the scene of the crash, while Vazquez-Soto died at York Hospital. A passenger, Francisco River, 20, was taken to York Hospital as well. Dozens of family members and friends attended the vigil, at which Berrios’ father, Angel Berrios Sr., called for justice. “I look for justice for my son and my nephew,” Angel Berrios Sr. said. “Help us bring some peace.”

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Lion rising junior Dylan Gurreri examines the charred ground at the site of a car crash that claimed the lives of two Red Lion Area High School rising seniors, Stone Hill, 17, and Nick Mankin, 16, on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The York County Coroner’s Office reported Tuesday night that Hill had been driving the vehicle when it struck a utility pole, flipped and caught fire on the 200 block of Slab Road in Lower Chanceford Township.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Lydia Foster, center, grabs at her mother Debbie, left, in the midst of a mild seizure at lunch with her sister Julia, 14, right, on Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Foster family’s Straban Township home. Lydia Foster, 17, was diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age and has tried numerous medications and treatments to cease or prevent her seizures, of which she can have as many as nine in a day. Last year, her parents Debbie and Bob decided to split up the family so Debbie could take Lydia and four of their six daughters to Colorado, where Lydia could take cannabidiol oil (CBD) to reduce her seizures. When the CBD turned out not to be a miracle cure and the Fosters found the separation of their close-knit family to be painful, Debbie brought her daughters back to Straban Township, where she continues to give Lydia legally-obtained CBD.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. With a little help from Elmer’s stick glue, Red Lion sophomore Sarah Cimino, 15, applied red, white and blue stickers to her forehead on July 3, 2015, in Red Lion for the borough’s annual fireworks show.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Inbee Park of South Korea walks up to tee off at Hole 8 on Thursday, July 9, 2015, during the first championship round of the 70th U.S. Women’s Open at the Lancaster Country Club.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution pitcher Stephen Penney relaxes in the dugout with York City Little League players before managing them in a Wiffle ball game on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at Santander Stadium. York mayor Kim Bracey managed a team of community leaders against a York City Little League team for two innings of Wiffle ball before the York Revolution’s game against Somerset.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Land’s Braden Kolmansberger reacts after scoring the winning run on Chayton Krauss’s hit in the sixth inning Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, during the Little League World Series U.S. championship game featuring Red Land Little League of Pennsylvania and Pearland West Little League of Texas, in South Williamsport. Red Land defeated Pearland 3-2 in a walk-off victory to move on to the world championship game against Tokyo Kitasuna of Japan.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, Red Land Little League’s Dylan Rodenhaber, Jake Cubbler, Braden Kolmansberger and Jarrett Wisman goof around playing hot potato before their hometown parade celebration Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the Newberry Baseball Complex in Newberry Township. One week after Red Land won the Little League World Series U.S. championship, local municipalities and businesses teamed up to organize a hometown celebration.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Buffalo Bulls wide receiver Marcus McGill and Penn State Nittany Lions running back Johnathan Thomas compete for a catch in the first half of an NCAA Division I football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Buffalo 27-14 to win its home opener.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Shilvosky Buffaloe, interim director of York’s Department of Economic and Community Development, center, applauds with others as state Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York, speaks Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, during the one-year anniversary celebration of Sonny Simpson Play Zone’s opening on the 500th block of South Duke Street in York. The play zone, which is dedicated to a longtime maintenance foreman at Crispus Attucks who died in 2002, was built in a former vacant lot by Crispus Attucks volunteers and Wells Fargo employees.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Harold Hebel, 48, gets situated in the bathroom next to his new bedroom Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in a new house built by Penn-Mar Human Services on Hebel’s family’s Shrewsbury Township property. Three other men with intellectual disabilities will move into the house soon, while a woman will move into an adjoining suite.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Devers K-8 third-grade teacher Denise Waughtel walks to school from her nearby home Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Waughtel grew up in the Devers Area neighborhood, attended Devers when it was K-5 and now lives a two-minute walk from Devers K-8 where she teaches third grade. Waughtel had taught at Jackson K-8 for four years when she and her husband closed on their house in Aug. 2003. One month later, she was transferred to teach at Devers. These photos are a part of the neighborhood series project.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. YWCA York Synchro-ettes enter the basement to relax between routines in a synchronized-swimming production of “The Little Mermaid” on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at the YWCA York. The water show, which had three showtimes each on Saturday, Oct. 10, and Sunday, Oct. 11, was the YWCA York Synchro-ettes’ 33rd annual storyline-based show in the team’s 43-year history. “Instead of inviting people to come see what we do in competition, we thought it’d be fun to do a story,” said Robin Weist, who has coached the team since 1975. “Nobody else that I know of does shows like we do.” Each show means countless hours put in by the team and coaches towards rehearsal and by the parents towards working on sets, costumes, makeup and backstage logistics.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, Tyler Smith, 17 of York; Brandon Smith, 15 of York; and Wes Marshall, 14 of Enola, climb up their spar poles as Austin Clarke, 15 of Cumberland County, far right, rappels down after reaching the top of his pole during New Birth of Freedom Boy Scout Council’s eighth Wizard Safari on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Wizard Ranch in Hellam Township. The 300-acre ranch was donated to the council, which covers six counties including York, by local businessman and Haines Shoe Company founder Mahlon Haines in 1960. The safari, held approximately every four years, is a council-wide jamboree with activities ranging from live music to high ropes courses. Organizers estimated total attendance would be 3,000, with 1,100 Scouts.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, Northeastern’s Adam Kipp, Kody Reeser and Fernando Flores attempt to block a pass by Northern Lebanon’s Isaac Wengert in a District 3 Class AAA playoff football game Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at Northeastern. Northeastern defeated Northern Lebanon, 48-12, to advance to the next round.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown cheerleaders, including Jeordyn Cassidy, bottom center, work on their hair and makeup before the YAIAA Cheerleading Championships on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at Dallastown. Dallastown won first place in the large squad division, Spring Grove defeated five other teams to win first place in the small squad division and Red Lion took first place in the co-ed squad division.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown’s Darin Wise, front, and Dover’s Brandon Rodriguez wrestle in a 113-pound match in a YAIAA wrestling dual meet Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at Dover. Rodriguez pinned Wise.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. River Aiken, 3 of York, watches the children’s balloon drop from his father John’s arms at Central Market Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, during York City’s New Year’s Eve festivities. A children’s New Year’s Eve party was held in Central Market, with an 8 p.m. balloon drop preceding the city’s White Rose midnight drop in Continental Square.

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Between being gone for two weeks, covering the U.S. Women’s Open and working on various other smaller projects, I wasn’t sure how much material I’d have for my third annual “Children of Summer” blog post. Nevertheless, I decided I’d share whatever I had by the time most schools in York County started.

Then I was assigned to cover a local team‘s appearance in the Little League World Series. And they won. And they won again. And then they lost, in the very end. Their incredible run delayed this blog post by a few weeks but also provided even more photos, which appear toward the end.

Now even the Red Land Little League players — U.S. champions and all — are back in school, so it’s time to share “Children of Summer”:

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Aeyla Haddaway, 2 of Glen Rock, dances under the eye of her mother Jade Garcia at the drum circle at Spoutwood Farm’s 24th annual Fairie Festival on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Codorus Township. The three-day festival, held every year around May Day and attended by over 15,000 visitors, celebrates the coming of spring and features a may pole, art, music, vendors and family-friendly activities. The event benefits Spoutwood Farm’s CSA program and the farm itself.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Camp Cann-Edi-On camper Daniel Taylor, 8, floats with the aid of a pool noodle at the YWCA’s summer program on Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Conewago Township. The camp, which is cradled by a curve in the Conewago Creek, has put a halt to kayaking and swimming and the creek and to using its well water, resulting in campers’ drinking bottled water after nitrates and other contaminants were released into the Conewago Creek in Adams County after a fertilizer business caught fire on June 8. The contamination has killed fish in Adams County. Although nitrates are not toxic to humans, officials have placed restrictions against swimming, boating or fishing downstream from the Hanover area through Adams and York counties.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Briana Hayes, 7 of York, center, plays on a new splash pad at Penn Park on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, before a dedication ceremony. Years-long efforts to update the park, which is the city’s second-largest and oldest green space, have culminated in two new playscapes and a splash pad.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Isla Moran, 2 of Reading, eyes the driver seat of Pennsylvania Posse driver J.J. Grasso of Middletown, Del., on Friday, July 24, 2015, during the first night of Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg. The event, pitting the Pennsylvania Posse against the World of Outlaws, featured 39 drivers.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Da’zya People, 5 of York City, inflates her balloon while waiting in line for a drawstring backpack during National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in the 200 block of East College Street in York City. Various municipalities and police departments in York County teamed up to host National Night Out, an annual, nationwide event designed to strengthen relationships between communities and police. York City, the York City Police Department and other community and religious groups hosted 27 National Night Out block parties throughout the city.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Madison Witman, 7, and her brother Aiden Horn, 4, chase their cousin Caleb Horn, 2, up a hill on July 3, 2015, in Red Lion before the borough’s annual fireworks show.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Hank Maul of Springettsbury Township, right, holds a rainbow flag steady as his grandson Connor Hassa, 4, plays with it in the Bond Building during Equality Fest on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. The second annual Equality Fest, held in the 100 block of East King Street in York, featured a vow renewal ceremony and a wedding expo in the Bond Building, as well as music, crafts, food and games. The festival, which was inspired last year by the legalization of gay marriage in Pennsylvania, is designed to celebrate the diversity of Pennsylvania and York residents.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Lynn Lemon-Witmer of Dover Township holds her 2-year-old daughter Grace Witmer’s hand as they and others walk down the stairs for the naturalization ceremony at the York County Administrative Center on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Thirty-four people representing 23 countries took oaths to become naturalized citizens. Lemon-Witmer is originally from South Africa.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Jeremiah Markline, right, gives his 3-year-old son J’maani a bite of cupcake during National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in the 200 block of East College Street in York City. Various municipalities and police departments in York County teamed up to host National Night Out, an annual, nationwide event designed to strengthen relationships between communities and police. York City, the York City Police Department and other community and religious groups hosted 27 National Night Out block parties throughout the city.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution pitcher Stephen Penney relaxes in the dugout with York City Little League players before managing them in a Wiffle ball game on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at Santander Stadium. York mayor Kim Bracey managed a team of community leaders against a York City Little League team for two innings of Wiffle ball before the York Revolution’s game against Somerset.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Ashlynn Simpson, 4 of Newberry Township, wears a Red Land Little League T-shirt as she eats ice cream with her brother Braydon, 6, and Ford Griffith, 7, far right, on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at Reeser’s Soft Ice Cream in Newberry Township. Local businesses, including Reeser’s, have been showing their support for the Red Land Little League team’s appearance in the Little League World Series by donating some proceeds from special promotions to the team.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Land centerfielder Dylan Rodenhaber, far left, glances back during the singing of the national anthem Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, before a Little League World Series game against Pearland, Texas, at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa. Red Land, representing the Mid-Atlantic region, defeated Pearland of the Southwest region 3-0 to advance to the U.S. championship game Saturday.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Land relief pitcher Jaden Henline, center, is greeted by teammates Dylan Rodenhaber, left, and Cole Wagner, right, after defeating Pearland Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in a Little League World Series game at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa. Red Land, representing the Mid-Atlantic region, defeated Pearland of the Southwest region 3-0 to advance to the U.S. championship game Saturday.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Japan’s Koki Jo, center, waves to his team’s parent section in the stands after he batted in the winning run Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, after the Little League World Series international championship game featuring Tokyo Kitasuna Little League of Japan and Seguro Social Little League of Mexico, in South Williamsport. Japan defeated Mexico 1-0 in a walk-off victory in extra innings to move on to the world championship game against Red Land Little League of Pennsylvania.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Land’s Braden Kolmansberger reacts after scoring the winning run on Chayton Krauss’s hit in the sixth inning Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, during the Little League World Series U.S. championship game featuring Red Land Little League of Pennsylvania and Pearland West Little League of Texas, in South Williamsport. Red Land defeated Pearland 3-2 in a walk-off victory to move on to the world championship game against Tokyo Kitasuna of Japan.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Land’s Adam Cramer, center, yells in the outfield Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, after the Little League World Series U.S. championship game featuring Red Land Little League of Pennsylvania and Pearland West Little League of Texas, in South Williamsport. Red Land defeated Pearland 3-2 in a walk-off victory to move on to the world championship game against Tokyo Kitasuna of Japan.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Members of the Tokyo Kitasuna Little League team of Japan and Red Land Little League players, including Bailey Wirt, center, wish each other luck in their games outside Lamade Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, before the Little League World Series U.S. championship game featuring Red Land, Pa., and Pearland, Texas, in South Williamsport.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, Red Land Little League’s Dylan Rodenhaber, Jake Cubbler, Braden Kolmansberger and Jarrett Wisman goof around playing hot potato before their hometown parade celebration Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the Newberry Baseball Complex in Newberry Township. One week after Red Land won the Little League World Series U.S. championship, local municipalities and businesses teamed up to organize a hometown celebration.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, York YMCA Early Learning Center pre-schoolers Asante Gonzalez, Janae Smith-Lemiso, Kevin Armentilla, Samya Crampton, Camila Toban and Julius Little, all 3 years old, participate in breathing exercises Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at the York YMCA on North Newberry Street. The Pennsylvania Alliance of YMCA is celebrating local branches’ work with an “Advocacy Week,” during which the York branch invited local officials to spend time with the 40 children in the Early Learning Center.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Helen Thackston Charter School sixth-grade math teacher Craig Fish directs Qu’Tez Matai-Weedon, 11, to indicate on the whiteboard how much he loves math Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, during the school’s open house event. After an audit by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale criticized the school for problems with accountability, transparency and other mismanagement, school officials worked to overhaul staffing and other areas that needed attention.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, Morgan Srebro, 6 of Manchester Township, and sisters Autumn Vanover, 10, and Brook Vanover, 4, of Red Lion, play together at Springettsbury Township Park on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. School for most York County children resumes in mid-August.

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A few months ago, I spent a morning in All About Pets Too, a small pet store in Red Lion. It’s a small shop, but it offers supplies for all kinds of pets and is home to three roaming cats, three squawking birds and a small pond of fish, plus other animals that are for sale. In the short article I wrote to accompany the pictures I made, I compared the store owner, Tammie, to an American Doctor Doolittle, as she spent most of her daylight animals surrounded by animals.

Here are a few of the pictures I made:

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Max, one of three store cats, watches goings-on from his perch on stacks of pine bedding on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at All About Pets Too in Red Lion. Co-owner Tammie Arnold, who has operated the store in various locations for 22 years, has provided grooming and nail-trimming services, and now offers same-day delivery service as a way to compete against big-box stores that carry pet food. “It’s been up and down, but we’ve survived,” she said of the store she co-owns with Jennifer Warfel.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. All About Pets Too co-owner Tammie Arnold feeds a turtle on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at her pet store in Red Lion. Every morning an hour before the store opens, Arnold arrives to feed the various pets and clean up from the previous night.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. All About Pets Too co-owner Tammie Arnold greets Salso, an 8-year-old umbrella cockatoo who is one of the three store birds, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Arnold’s pet shop in Red Lion. Salso’s cage is close to the front door, where he can greet customers.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. All About Pets Too co-owner Tammie Arnold holds out Salso, an 8-year-old umbrella cockatoo, to greet Max, one of three store cats, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Red Lion.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A micro potbelly pig eats food thrown to him by Salso the 8-year-old umbrella cockatoo on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at All About Pets Too in Red Lion.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Tiggie, a 10-year-old cat, sits in an open-top pen with a micro potbelly pig and two bunnies on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at All About Pets Too in Red Lion. Tiggie, one of three store cats who are free to roam, changes her nesting spot every few weeks and has recently settled in with the smaller mammals.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. All About Pets Too co-owner Tammie Arnold cleans out the cage of Buddy, a 22-year-old African grey parrot on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Red Lion.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Max, one of the three store cats at All About Pets Too, watches as store co-owner Tammie Arnold feeds the mice on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Red Lion.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A bunny and a micro potbelly pig snuggle up together for naps in an open-top pen on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at All About Pets Too in Red Lion.

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As the seasons change, so do the sports. Each time I shoot a sport for the first time that season, it’s a big refresher course: “Oh yeah, that’s how baseball works.” “Okay, now I remember the best way for me to shoot wrestling.” And etc.

But if you’re covering Penn State, it’s always football season.

Just a few short months after the end of the Nittany Lions’ 2014 season, I’ll be returning to Beaver Stadium this Saturday to cover the Blue-White spring scrimmage. Just two months ago, I was in State College to shoot the second annual Signature Event. Here are a few pictures from the signing day festivities back in February:

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, running back Akeel Lynch and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton wait for fans to arrive for an autograph session during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall. The event, held on National Signing Day, featured an autograph session by the 2015 football starting players and culminated in head coach James Franklin’s discussing each of the new recruits.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State fans wait in a line that snaked around the concourse to get posters signed by football players, during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin walks the concourse before the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State sophomore Misha Demchuk holds a flag as she watches the video board during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin, new recruit Paris Palmer and player development director P.J. Mullen discuss Palmer’s background during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State fans watch a recruit’s highlight video on the video board behind them during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

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The high school winter sports season ended not too long ago, but with spring games getting canceled left and right due to inclement weather, I’m a little nostalgic for the days of photographing sports exclusively indoors.

Earlier in the winter season, reporter Steve wrote a feature on New Oxford’s swim team, which meant I had the rare opportunity/freedom to photograph a swim meet without worrying about getting action shots of certain swimmers. Here are some photos from that assignment (you can view more here):

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Oxford swim coach Cheryl Mowery talks to her team before a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Despite being a small team, New Oxford is competing in Division I for the first time.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Oxford’s Alex Pecher, center, prepares to swim the 100-yard butterfly during a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, New Oxford’s Hailey Janocha, Madison Smith, Regan Chalk and Rachel Groden put on their swim caps before the 200-yard freestyle relay during a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Oxford’s Regan Chalk, second from bottom, begins the 100-yard backstroke, which she won, during a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Oxford’s Alex Pecher, center, lifts himself from out of the pool after swimming the 100-yard breaststroke during a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

Not too long afterwards, I was assigned another swimming feature — this time, at the 36th annual South Western Relays.

Fun fact: Between the ages of roughly 6 and 11, I was on my neighborhood’s summer swim team. This meant every morning, five days a week, my brothers and I were shipped off to the neighborhood pool for two hours of swim practice. Saturday mornings were spent at the pool again, participating in more specialized clinics. On Mondays, our team would compete in a swim meet against another neighborhood team (there were six or seven teams in whatever league had been formed).

At first, I hated swim team: It subjected me to my first experiences as a victim of bullying and made me feel completely inadequate when, try as the coaches might, I never did learn how to dive properly. Once I became pretty decent at backstroke and butterfly at age 8 or 9 and got moved up to heats 2 and, occasionally, 1, it was all right. But definitely the best part of swim team and the meets was the downtime between races, which was when I’d eat whatever I wanted — especially since my mom would always volunteer to work the concessions booth, and would pay for my Airhead candies, pizza slices and flavored shaved ice.

Photographing the South Western Relays took me back to those swim meets, in a good way, especially once I discovered that even high school swimmers get their races Sharpie’d onto their arms and also pig out between races.

Just a few photos from that assignment (here are more):

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Suburban swimmer Karl Schmittle, center, puts on his goggles as he and other swimmers enter the natatorium for the 400-yard medley relay on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at South Western High School. Hundreds of swimmers competed in the 36th annual South Western Swimming Relays, which featured 21 relay events.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Event, heat and lane assignments, written in permanent marker, are visible on the forearms of Susquehannock swimmers Ryan Denis, Jade Reall and Allie Reed as they play Cards Against Humanity with teammates during downtime in the gym on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at South Western High School.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. One heat of backstroke-relay swimmers walks around the diving end of the pool as another heat competes on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at South Western High School.

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The city of York faced a budget crisis last year that resulted in cuts to the fire department, effective Jan. 1, 2015. This meant reporter Teresa and I spent much of Dec. 31, 2014, shadowing one of the four laid-off firefighters on his final shift. Clifton Frederick IV was gracious to let us follow him right up to the end, and I wish him all the best.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, York City firefighters Don Newcomer, Clifton Frederick and Joe Portner relax in Station 2’s lounge on West Market Street on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Frederick is one of four firefighters who was laid off as a result of the York City Council’s budget that calls for eight firefighter positions to be eliminated. His 7 a.m.-5 p.m. shift Wednesday was his final shift. Three of those positions had been vacant, while another firefighter announced his retirement effective Jan. 2, 2015, resulting in four firefighters being laid off effective Dec. 31, 2014. Frederick, hired in July, was the last firefighter hired by the department. He started volunteer-firefighting with the Yorkana company with his father as soon as he was old enough, and left a welding job to join the York City company.

We also caught up with another firefighter on his final shift (the other two who were laid off had already worked their last day):

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Steve Bowman, Jr., stands for a portrait inside Station 5 on East Market Street. The York City Council passed a balanced budget for 2015 that cuts eight firefighter positions. Three of those positions had been vacant, while another firefighter announced his retirement effective Jan. 2, 2015, resulting in four firefighters being laid off effective Dec. 31, 2014. Bowman, Jr., hired in July, was one of the last firefighters hired by the department. His father, also Steve Bowman, has long worked in the York City company.

But we spent most of the day with Frederick, who went out on a medical call, installed smoke detectors and took in his last hours as a York City firefighter.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick, carrying his medical pack, returns to a Manor Street home where he had been installing smoke detectors when he was radioed to a medical call on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick, center, makes light conversation with fellow firefighters, including Don Newcomer, right, as they wait to see whether they need to assist in a medical call in a West Cottage Place home on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick works to install a smoke detector in a Manor Street home on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick installs a smoke detector inside a second-story bedroom in a Manor Street home on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick, right, returns some gear to a firetruck as fellow firefighter Don Newcomer, left, stands by at Station 2 on West Market Street on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick’s accountability tag is Velcroed below Don Newcomer’s on the truck they worked out of on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. The tags work much like a military service member’s dog tags, to help keep track of which firefighters are where.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick stands in the Station 2 bay to help guide a firetruck backing into the bay on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York City firefighter Clifton Frederick folds up his jacket before placing it in a bin to turn in at the end of his final shift Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

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Open wide.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Pleasant View Elementary kindergartner Benedict Cardell, 5, watches as York County School of Technology dental assisting student Fabiola Checo demonstrates how to floss during a dental screening for Red Lion Area School District’s second annual Fluoride Day on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Larry J. Macaluso Elementary School. By appointment, students and their parents could come to the school to learn about flossing and brushing from York County School of Technology dental assistant students and to get their teeth checked by a hygienist.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Lion Area School District hygienist Kathi Hunger-Sanders examines Pleasant View Elementary kindergartner Benedict Cardell’s mouth during a dental screening for Red Lion Area School District’s second annual Fluoride Day on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Larry J. Macaluso Elementary School.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Pleasant View Elementary kindergartner Benedict Cardell, 5, and his mother Melanie Cardell open their mouths wide after Benedict brushed his teeth for the second time during a dental screening for Red Lion Area School District’s second annual Fluoride Day on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Larry J. Macaluso Elementary School.

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Last month, South Western hosted its 36th annual diving competition. I wasn’t able to arrive on time to photograph the girls, but I did photograph every single dive performed by the boys later in the afternoon. Some favorites:

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Northeastern’s Josh Freeze performs a dive during the 36th annual South Western Diving Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Emory H. Markle Intermediate School. Chambersburg’s Nick Cover bested the meet and pool records with a diving score of 471.95, while South Western’s Andrew Feeser took second with 351.85 and Northeastern’s Joe Writer won third with 289.95.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dover’s Jamie Kohler performs a dive during the 36th annual South Western Diving Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Emory H. Markle Intermediate School.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Chambersburg’s Nick Cover performs a dive during the 36th annual South Western Diving Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Emory H. Markle Intermediate School.

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A few years ago, I blogged a series of summer heat pictures. Now that there’s a wind chill of -2 degrees Fahrenheit, I’m almost ready for summer again. Almost.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Peyton Tucker, 3 of Coudersport, shields his eyes from the sun as he sits in a snow tube on top of the Avalanche Xpress hill on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in York Township. Thanks to mild weather throughout December, Heritage Hills Resort wasn’t able to open its snow-tubing and ice rink attractions til early January. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

Unrelated: I forgot to submit my January entries for the National Press Photographers Association’s monthly clips contest, so over the next few days, I’ll be blogging many of the pictures that I probably would have turned in.

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© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State players enter the field from the first-base dugout for warmups before the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Yankee Stadium.

One does not simply cover a bowl game.

At least, not if you’re The York Daily Record.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin tours the field at Yankee Stadium ahead of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

In the weeks and days ahead of the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, I was involved in one formal planning meeting and at least a half-dozen informal others. The main points were these:

  • It’s Penn State’s first bowl game in three seasons, following the NCAA’s lifting the sanctions enacted after the Sandusky scandal erupted, so this game is important for the players and the fans.
  • It’s in New York City, which is weird because bowl games are usually played in nice, warm places, but New York is also iconic, so pictures of Penn Staters — who usually tailgate in the rolling hills of rural, central Pennsylvania — wandering or partying in the concrete jungle are paramount.
  • It’s my first bowl game to cover for the paper, so it’s crucial I’m on my A-game.

To be fair, the third point was never actually uttered, but it stood.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin and Boston College coach Steve Addazio listen to a question at a coaches’ press conference at Yankee Stadium on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. Penn State plays Boston College tomorrow in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl Bowl in Yankee Stadium.

So, the day after Christmas, writers Frank and Lizi and I boarded the Amtrak to Penn Station, and got to work immediately upon our arrival in Manhattan. The only chances we had for relaxation and/or exploration were in the late evenings after we finished work on Friday and Saturday, as well as Sunday morning before we departed for home. We made the most of these limited opportunities, and had a nice Roman-Jewish dinner, a hoppin’ late-night Korean dinner and a hearty Sunday brunch.

(The Korean dinner was particularly memorable: Not only was it weird and delicious, it also followed an unintentional 12-hour fast during which I was so busy covering festivities, the game and the celebration that I didn’t have time to eat anything, including the provided meal for media.)

As for the actual festivities, game and celebration? Check out some pictures:

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State alumni Kayla Nakonechni of Scranton and John Tecce of Downington, center, stand in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree for a photo on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in New York City. Tecce graduated in 2012, while Nakonechni just graduated in a December commencement ceremony.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State fans Scott Yorty of Bloomsburg, left, and Zach Stike of Suffolk, Va., center, walk into Johnny Utah’s for a happy hour hosted by the Nittany Lion Club and the Penn State Alumni Association on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in New York City.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Peggy Rehill of State College is the first person to ride the mechanical bull at a happy hour hosted by the Nittany Lion Club and the Penn State Alumni Association at Johnny Utah’s in New York City on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, Penn State fans Beth Bevan of Tunkhannock, Pa., Nathan Cartwright of Los Angeles, Calif., Bevan’s husband Bill Berholtz and Berholtz’s daughter Sarah, 15, shout the “We are” chant at their tailgate in a Bronx parking lot nearby Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State fan Dave Hennon of Pittsburgh checks his phone outside Stan’s Sports Bar on River Avenue toward Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boston College cheerleaders walk down River Avenue toward Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday news. A portrait of New York Yankee legends Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth hangs on a wall behind Penn State cheerleaders as they rally up a crowd inside Yankee Stadium before the team’s arrival on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin tours the field at Yankee Stadium ahead of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin escapes a tackle by Boston College’s Manuel Asprilla in the first half of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Yankee Stadium.

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In two days — the day after Christmas — I’ll be covering the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium, where Penn State will meet Boston College in the Nittany Lions’ first bowl game since the Jan. 2012 TicketCity Bowl.

This will be my first-ever Penn State bowl game, and only my second-ever college bowl game. (My first was in 2010, when the Navy defeated Missouri in the Texas Bowl.) This will also be my first time in Yankee Stadium.

I’m ready for it. But first, I’ll finish out my Christmas Eve shift and enjoy Christmas Day. In the meantime, here are pictures from the Penn State football games I’ve covered this season:

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Penn State head football coach James Franklin walks up Curtin Road toward Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State hosts Akron in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Geno Lewis rushes against Akron’s Kris Givens and Johnny Robinson in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3 in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Michael Buddenberg tries to break a pass from Akron quarterback Kyle Pohl in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3 in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Penn State head football coach James Franklin reacts to a call in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3 in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. The Penn State student section erupts after Jesse James rushed a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3 in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Maryland head football coach and York County native Randy Edsall walks into the visiting team’s locker room at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Penn State and Maryland will play their first game against each other since 1993, with York County native Randy Edsall leading the Terrapins as head coach, at Beaver Stadium.

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Tomorrow is officially the first day of winter, so naturally my mind is turning towards warmer, summery topics. I’ve also been reviewing the pictures I’ve made in 2014, which reminded me just how many summer nights I spent at William Grove Speedway. (Three — which isn’t that many, but definitely more than any other YDR photographer this year.)

This job has a way of flinging me out of my comfort zone, with the expectation that I’ll make it out not just alive and relatively unscathed, but with some decent pictures as well. Four years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined being able to navigate my way around a dirt track, but now I’m hailed as a familiar face by crew members and push-truck drivers. The more time I spent with these folks, the more I appreciated how the races are just a big family reunion.

Here are pictures from three of those reunions, or races:

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

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Chad Lloyd and Vince Hamberger, crew members for driver Cory Haas of York, measure the circumference of the right-rear tire while pumping it up Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Ryan Hand, crew member for driver Greg Hodnett of Spring Grove, works on Hodnett’s car Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A tractor grooms the track Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Pit steward Eric Walls waves drivers onto the track for the motor heat Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Queen Anne’s Lace grows on the safe side of the rail as drivers run their dirt-track cars for the motor heat Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

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

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Spectators cross a bridge connecting the infield and a grandstand as a truck grooms the track below before hot laps at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Pennsylvania Posse faced off the World of Outlaws in the 52nd National Open.

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

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Drivers take their hot laps around Williams Grove Speedway Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Cory Haas of York, second from left, stirs up some dust while driving a heat at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Pennsylvania Posse faced off the World of Outlaws in the 52nd National Open.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Fan Matt Miller lifts up World of Outlaws driver David Gravel after Gravel won the 40-lap feature race at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Pennsylvania Posse faced off the World of Outlaws in the 52nd National Open.

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I never thought about it til Penn State football beat reporter Frank brought it up, but I’ve covered three different head coaches in as many years as I’ve been with The York Daily Record (about three and a half years).

My first season photographing Penn State football turned out to be Joe Paterno’s last (2011).

Bill O’Brien took the helm for the next two seasons, but signed on with the Houston Texans basically as soon as he possibly could (2012-2013).

And now, we have James Franklin (2014).

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Penn State head football coach James Franklin steps off the team bus and greets the crowd outside Beaver Stadium before the Blue-White Game on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Penn State’s spring football scrimmage will be new head coach James Franklin’s first game in Beaver Stadium.

I photographed the Blue-White Game in April, which was technically Franklin’s first game in Beaver Stadium. Tomorrow, editor Eileen and I go to cover the game against Akron, which will be his first regular-season game in State College.

Another season, another coach. This’ll be fun.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can view more photos here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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