Category Archives: Business

Have you met the ‘murse?’ Read my latest piece.


In today’s Sunday business section, I have a byline about murses.

Why?

I don’t really know. Does a story about murses have to happen for a reason?

If you haven’t figured this out by now, allow me to explain it: Continue reading

How do you write an obituary for a cookie?

This photo, provided by Rodney Stauffer, was too grainy to use for print. It's a old Milk Custard box.

This photo, provided by Rodney Stauffer, was too grainy to use for print. It’s a old Milk Custard box.

This might be one of my favorite consumer-y stories I’ve done in a long time.

It started with an email about cookies. People couldn’t find them.

At first, I thought it sounded ridiculous.

It’s a fact of life. Companies discontinue products all the time.

After all, whatever happened to French Toast Crunch or Surge? BuzzFeed has a pretty good list right here.

So, what makes this situation different?

I’m going out on a limb here. No one’s holiday traditions (God. At least I hope not.) are tied to short-lived sugary soft drinks or strange, toast-shaped cereals. Continue reading

Today, I visited an air duct factory.

In this screenshot, Ken Brown, president of MKT Manufacturing, is contemplating his love of ducts. To watch the video, click here.

In this screenshot, Ken Brown, president of MKT Metal Manufacturing, is contemplating his love of ducts. To watch the video, click here.

Today, I visited a duct factory.

No, not the tape.

MKT Metal Manufacturing in Manchester Township, Pa., makes air ducts for commercial buildings and the kinds that are exposed in super swanky apartments.

Think ducts are boring, eh?

You’re wrong. Ducts are cool for a lot of reasons. Continue reading

Car wars: The business of booting in downtown York , Pa.

Sure, they’re all over big cities — used by police as a punishment for those who refuse to pay their parking tickets.

But when the boot came to York, people seemed more than confused.

They wondered: Are the police doing this? The parking authority? Continue reading

Hot for tots: A story that finally happened

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Designer tots at the Left Bank in York, Pa.

I wrote a story about tater tots the other week, just because.

Philip Given, who is mentioned in the story, suggested the tot angle months ago.

Naturally, I love weird stories. I, too, experienced the hipster tot phenomena on recent trip to DC, where we ate at Sticky Rice. Continue reading

Random creeping of civil records yields story on Brogue strip club

Last week, I was pretty bored.

This ad appeared in the Delta Star newspaper the day of the last hearing about the proposed strip club in Brogue.

This ad appeared in the Delta Star newspaper the day of the last hearing about the proposed strip club in Brogue. This was sent to me by a reader.

No layoffs to cover. No ridiculous videos to make.  No naked people to interview.

So, naturally, I did what I usually do: Creep civil court records for random people. This includes sources, but also literally random people.

I love to creep.

Gotten divorced recently? I know about it. Nasty custody battle? I know. Racking up credit card debt like it’s going out of style? No need to tell me.

I KNOW. Continue reading

Bare in the Brogue: The controversy continues over a proposed strip club in Chanceford Township

The hearing went on and on for three hours.

The hearing went on and on for three hours with a recess around hour two.

I came home from a trip to Chicago a day early to cover the first of what will probably be many zoning hearings on “The Office,” a proposed strip club in rural York County.

I had to.

This controversy is the event of the millenium for the tiny town of Brogue, Pa. I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge it.

Here’s the final story. 

It’s sort of boring, I suppose, compared to this, the Touts, tweets and photos that I and colleague Sonya compiled on scene. Continue reading

From this Sunday: BAE Systems story

Wanted to post this quick this morning.

I’m pretty tired from a crazy (and it was CrAzY) St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Here’s my story that ran this weekend about the potential shutdown of lines at the local BAE Systems factory.

 

Adult footie pajamas: A trend story that’s warm and cozy

Horrible picture. These were taken the day my mom gave me Penn State footie pajamas.

Horrible picture. These were taken the day my mom gave me Penn State footie pajamas.

Click here to read my story on the adult footie pajama trend that’s sweeping the nation.

As some of you know, I’m a huge footie pajama advocate.

In fact, I blogged about the topic not too long ago for YDR.

Ever since then, I’ve been scouring York County in a search for my fellow footie brethren.

One day last month, I had the hankering for a light-hearted story. Continue reading

A week of Johnson Controls: Reporting on the York employer’s possible relocation

Future home of Johnson Controls? We'll just wait and see.

Future home of Johnson Controls? We’ll just wait and see.

Last week got pretty wild.

For months, we knew a Fortune 500 company was looking to relocate within York County to Hopewell Township using a tax incentive program that needed approval from the school board, township and commissioners.

If they didn’t get what they needed, they’d likely go to Maryland — or so we’re told.

Not knowing who it was frustrated the hell out of me. Continue reading