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Jeff and I are suckers for national parks, so almost immediately after we booked our flights to California, he reserved a campground site in Yosemite National Park. We budgeted only two days and a night for the park, but, accompanied by my brother Matt, we definitely made the most of those 30 hours.

As we drove into the park, the sunshiney day turned to spitting rain, and we barely got our tents up in time. We then immediately started heading toward Glacier Point Road, with a few stops along the way. Pentax 6×7 the entire time, of course — I left my 5DII at Matt and Emily’s house in Fremont:

© 2016. I stood in the rain for almost 10 minutes to wait for the sun to break through the clouds and hit those trees. We didn’t see the sun again that day until sunset. Cathedral Rocks and Spires. Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Yosemite National Park. Portra 160+1.

Then onward and upwards:

© 2016. El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and Cathedral Rocks and Spires, from Tunnel View. Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Yosemite National Park. Portra 160+1.

© 2016. Bridalveil Fall, from Tunnel View. Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Yosemite National Park. Portra 160+1.

As we continued on Glacier Point Road and gained elevation, the temperature dropped precipitously. While we’d enjoyed low 70s in Yosemite Valley, we suddenly faced upper 20s and snow:

© 2016. Matt and me, off of Glacier Point Road. Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Yosemite National Park. Portra 160+1.

When we arrived at Glacier Point, we found Half Dome and much of the rest of the view obscured by clouds. So we decided to hike the Panorama Trail to Illilouette Falls Bridge, in hopes that the sun would eventually overcome the clouds by the time we returned to Glacier Point.

© 2016. Jeff, Matt and Half Dome, from the Panorama Trail. Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Yosemite National Park. Portra 400.

© 2016. View from the Illilouette Falls Bridge. Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Yosemite National Park. Portra 400.

We spent maybe five minutes on the bridge, and then went right back up the Panorama Trail to return to Glacier Point.

© 2016. Moss on the Panorama Trail. Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Yosemite National Park. Portra 400.

As we made our way up the Panorama Trail’s gradual incline, the clouds slowly began giving way, and the quality of light changed before our eyes. Unsure if we’d reach Glacier Point by sunset, we stopped to grab photos of Half Dome as it was bathed in a beautiful glow.

© 2016. Half Dome from the Panorama Trail. Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Yosemite National Park. Portra 400.

Then we hiked for maybe 10 more minutes and realized we were basically back at Glacier Point. So we hurried to the overlook and waited for the sun to finally come out. This frame — my only one of Half Dome lit by the sun — was the last on my roll for the day:

© 2016. Half Dome from Glacier Point. Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Yosemite National Park. Portra 400.

The next morning, over breakfast burritos, we decided to hike the Yosemite Falls Trail.

© 2016. Yosemite Falls, as seen from Yosemite Valley. Monday, May 2, 2016, in Yosemite National Park. Portra 400.

This trail is notoriously steep, with an elevation gain of 2,700 feet over 3 miles, and it was definitely a challenge for me. Worst of all, by the time Jeff and I got to the top of Yosemite Falls, we found it difficult to enjoy the vista simply because of the time of day — it was just past noon, and half the valley was cast in dark blue haze.

So here’s one more photo of the upper falls, taken on the trail’s downhill section after Columbia Rock:

© 2016. Yosemite Falls, as seen from the Yosemite Falls Trail. Monday, May 2, 2016, in Yosemite National Park. Portra 400.

The next day, Jeff and I flew out of San Jose, marking the end of our trip. Despite my occasional misuse, it was an excellent test run for my Sekonic L-508, and I’m excited to use it for future outings!

Of course, our Bay Area visit last month wouldn’t have been complete if we hadn’t made a Golden Gate Bridge expedition.

© 2016. Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Ektar +2.

It was at this point in our trip that Jeff actually complained about our having blue skies every day. I knew he wanted that iconic San Francisco fog for photos, but the picture-perfect day combined with Ektar was all I needed to make me happy.

© 2016. Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Ektar +2.

© 2016. Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Ektar +2.

© 2016. View from the bridge. Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Ektar +2.

We’d walked most of the length of the bridge with Matt, Emily and the kids when Emily decided to take the kids back towards San Francisco. Matt, Jeff and I continued on to Battery Spencer for probably the most popular overlook of the bridge:

© 2016. View from Battery Spencer. Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Ektar +2.

On our way back across the bridge, we saw two couples of gray whales breaching beneath the bridge. While I didn’t attempt to take any photos on film, seeing whales in the bay was definitely a highlight of the day, as you can tell from my tweets.

We reunited with Emily, who provided much-needed pastries, and went on to Baker Beach, but only after Jeff and I paused in a sandy woodland area for quick portraits:

© 2016. Baker Beach. Saturday, April 30, 2016, in San Francisco. Ektar +2.

© 2016. Baker Beach. Saturday, April 30, 2016, in San Francisco. Ektar +2.

Then onward to the beach:

© 2016. Baker Beach. Saturday, April 30, 2016, in San Francisco. Ektar +2.

Anyone who knows me knows I strongly dislike beaches. I’m not a fan of hot sand or dirty ocean water or greasy sunscreen or salty, humid breezes. It turns out, however, that I’ve just been on the wrong coast this entire time. Baker Beach, at least when we were there, was delightfully cool and crisp, and even the wet sand didn’t cling to my feet.

Plus, Atlantic beaches don’t get the sunset, nor this view:

© 2016. The Golden Gate Bridge, as seen from Baker Beach. Saturday, April 30, 2016, in San Francisco. Ektar +2.

Coming up next: YOSEMITE!

I hauled both digital and film cameras on our trip to California last month — digital for my very active niece and nephew, and film for everything else. I did manage to capture the kids on film, though — in Livermore.

Matt and Emily live in Fremont, so Jeff and I never considered going to Napa Valley when Livermore is practically in their backyard. Accompanied by them, as well as their friends who have Livermore wine connections, we went to BoaVentura de Caires Winery, McGrail Vineyards and Winery, Page Mill Winery and Wente Vineyards. Here’s some Ektar from BoaVentura, which featured two very friendly dogs and a (fenced) yard of chickens clucking near the wine-tasting room:

© 2016. Henry in the bocce court at BoaVentura. Friday, April 29, 2016, in Livermore. Ektar +1.

Especially in Fremont and Livermore, I noticed beautiful, soaring rosebushes everywhere. Emily said roses are grown in vineyards because the flowers are susceptible to the same diseases as the grapes. While each vineyard we visited featured rosebushes, BoaVentura boasted a wider array of flowers, which I loved.

© 2016. BoaVentura. Friday, April 29, 2016, in Livermore. Ektar +1.

© 2016. Layla at BoaVentura. Friday, April 29, 2016, in Livermore. Ektar +1.

A number of friends have moved to California (SF, LA and everywhere in-between) over the past few years, which means I’ve heard “west is best” more than once.

I admit, after visiting the Bay Area for the first time last month, I might have to agree.

After my sister-in-law, Jeff, the kids and I visited Muir Woods National Monument, we took the very winding drive up into Mount Tamalpais State Park and then the very winding drive on the Pacific Coast Highway. I’m embarrassed to say the wildly curvy roads gave me an uncomfortable case of motion sickness, which lessened my enjoyment of the scenery, but here are a few frames out of the Pentax 6×7:

© 2016. Mount Tamalpais State Park. Thursday, April 28, 2016, on the Pacific Coast in California. Ektar +2.

© 2016. Mount Tamalpais State Park. Thursday, April 28, 2016, on the Pacific Coast in California. Ektar +2.

Plus, the hazy day didn’t lend itself well to photos of the far-off vistas of San Francisco or the coastline, except when we came to this spot off the Pacific Coast Highway:

© 2016. Pacific Coast Highway. Thursday, April 28, 2016, in California. Ektar +2.

Gotta love Ektar for those ocean blues. We’ll see more Ektar blues in a future blog post, but next up is a wine break in Livermore.

The first day we walked around San Francisco, I fell in love with the trees. All the trees.

I love what trees do for a place, and for photos. When my parents had to have one of their three large oaks removed because the roots were threatening the house’s foundation, I was pretty upset. Jeff and I got married in an orchard of 100-year-old pecan trees. The first thing I want to do when we get a house, if the yard will allow for it, is plant a tree.

As much as I loved the trees in San Francisco itself, I somehow didn’t take any photos of them. But here are some fabulous trees further out in the Bay Area, all captured on my Pentax 6×7:

© 2016. Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Muir Woods National Monument. Portra 400+1.

© 2016. Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Muir Woods National Monument. Portra 400+1.

© 2016. Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Muir Woods National Monument. Portra 400+1.

© 2016. Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Muir Woods National Monument. Portra 400+1.

Yes, Muir Woods is where the forest moon of Endor was filmed in Return of the Jedi. No, we didn’t see any Ewoks.

Later that evening, we met our friend Esten (with whom we roadtripped into the American West in 2009) in Oakland. I had two frames of Ektar in my camera that I wanted to kill, so when Jeff and I emerged from the Jack London Square parking garage and I saw a stand of trees against the fading twilight, I immediately took out my meter and camera.

When Jeff texted Esten to let him know why we were running late, Esten responded back in astonishment that I was still shooting film when a digital exposure at that hour would call for something upwards of ISO 6400.

Well, this is Ektar rated at/pushed to 400, at f/4 and probably 1/8 or 1/4:

© 2016. Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Jack London Square in Oakland. Ektar +2.

Coming next on the blog: The coast.

Jeff and I visited my brother and his family in the Bay Area last month, marking my first entry to California since I was 11 months old. We spent a full week gallivanting, wining, dining and adventuring with various combinations of my brother, sister-in-law, niece, nephew and old friends. And, of course, we brought cameras.

I took my 5DII strictly for the kids — Layla is a very active toddler, while Henry is a very active crawler/soon-to-be walker — and my Pentax 6×7 for everything else. Along with 18 rolls of film (12 of which I used), I brought a new-to-me toy: A Sekonic L-508 meter, which I happened to misuse for the entire trip. (One day, I accidentally kept the meter set for spot when I wanted incident, and I looked through the wrong lens/side for spot-metering the entire trip. The good news: Now I know better, and all my mistakes only meant I was overexposing the film, which is not a terrible thing.)

I’ll break up the film blog posts by topic, and will soon share the digital photos of the kids. First off, the city of San Francisco:

© 2016. Grant Avenue in Chinatown. Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Portra 160+1.

© 2016. Grant Avenue in Chinatown. Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Portra 160+1.

© 2016. Grant Avenue in Chinatown. Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Portra 160+1.

© 2016. Looking west down Filbert Street from Telegraph Hill. Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Portra 160+1.

© 2016. The Mission District. Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Portra 160+1.

© 2016. Mission Dolores Park. Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Portra 160+1.

© 2016. Mission Dolores Park. Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Portra 160+1.

© 2016. The Painted Ladies from Alamo Square. Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Portra 160+1.

Check back for more blog posts over the next few days!

The last time I blogged photos of my niece was almost two years ago. Much has changed since then — most notably, Layla now has a baby brother. Jeff and I got to meet little Henry when he was only a few weeks old at our wedding last May, but perhaps you’ll understand why I didn’t photograph him the way I have with Layla at the time.

The next time we saw Henry was in Houston for Christmas — the first time my two brothers and I were together for Christmas since 2010. Henry was then a solid 9 months, while Layla was just over 3 years old. Having everyone under one roof made for a riotous house, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Jeff and I will be visiting Matt, Emily, Layla and Henry in California this upcoming week, so it was high time I edited and shared these photos from Christmas:

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© 2015. The weight of the world on Matt’s shoulders.

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© 2015. It’s hard, being 9 months old.

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Late last summer and early fall, we took a number of short trips: New York City, Rochester, Niagara, Corning, Rehoboth Beach, Bethlehem. Wherever I went, so did a few rolls of Portra 400 and either the Mamiya or Pentax. I’ve been sitting on these scans from Film Box Lab (which is now closed) for far too long now. Enjoy.

© 2015. Jeff (and a bird) outside the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Mamiya C220.

© 2015. Catherine and me, at the Rockefeller Center in New York City. Mamiya C220.

© 2015. Foliage on the High Line in New York City. Mamiya C220.

© 2015. View from the High Line in New York City. Mamiya C220.

© 2015. Jeff, and Dewey Beach. Mamiya C220.

© 2015. Jeff and his beloved Thrasher’s French Fries, at Dewey Beach. Mamiya C220.

© 2015. Corning Museum of Glass. Pentax 6×7.

© 2015. Corning Museum of Glass. Photo by Jeff. Pentax 6×7.

© 2015. George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y. Pentax 6×7.

© 2015. Niagara Falls, N.Y. Pentax 6×7.

© 2015. Flora. Niagara Falls, Ontario. Pentax 6×7.

© 2015. Mom ran a 5k, 10k and half-marathon in two days for a “hat trick” in the Runner’s Half Marathon and Festival in Bethlehem. Mamiya C220.

© 2015. Mom and me with farm-fresh vegetables from Goldfinch Farm’s CSA. Mamiya C220.

Philadelphia has become my favorite city, tied with Houston (which has the hometown advantage). It’s walkable and has plenty of restaurants, which is great since Jeff and I tend to plan our trips around where we want to eat. We’ve established a tradition of visiting the City of Brotherly Love every mid-December since 2012, but we usually end up trekking over at least three times a year.

Easter weekend brought a much-needed three-day weekend in Philadelphia, after several long months of projects that culminated in two insanely busy weeks. I also got to try a new camera bag for my Pentax 6×7 and lenses, ahead of several upcoming trips.

All the below photos were shot on Portra 400, rated at 800 and pushed +1 in development by the FIND Lab.

© 2016. Outside the Barnes Foundation.

© 2016. Eastern State Penitentiary.

© 2016. Eastern State Penitentiary.

© 2016. Eastern State Penitentiary.

© 2016. Eastern State Penitentiary.

© 2016. Philadelphia Chinatown.

© 2016. Philadelphia Chinatown.

Best of 2015

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.

Analog: Forgotten Colorado

Recently, I took a dive back into some older film scans and found a few frames from our Colorado trip that I hadn’t blogged. Coincidentally, their composition and subjects are pretty similar. Here we go:

© 2014. Looking westward from Ute Pass Road off of Highway 9 near Arapaho National Forest, Co. Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

© 2014. Tundra Communities Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

© 2014. Tundra Communities Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

Analog: Jeff and Vera

© 2015. Jeff and Vera, after a quick breakfast from Russ & Daughters on East Houston Street in New York City.

Analog: Birthday crabs

At some point in the past year, I put my film cameras down and, more or less, forgot about them. I could blame our move in January or our wedding in May or a general lack of inspiration since I’d last used film (in Colorado). Whatever/regardless of the reason, my film cameras sat in the closet and stayed there.

Then my friend Zach got a Mamiya C220, like mine. And he and his wife had a beautiful baby girl. And he began taking exquisite frames of their everyday life and sharing them, and inspiring me to pick up my damn cameras again.

So, here’s some film from my mother-in-law’s birthday lunch of steamed crabs in Essex, Md. — and there’ll be more film to come.

And thank you, Zach for getting me out of my rut.

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Children of summer

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.

Pet shop

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.

You can view more photos here.

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.

You can check out more photos from the Signature Event here!

Swim features

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.

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.

To view more photos, click here. You can read Teresa’s story here.

Fluoride Day

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.

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.