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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

Rambling conversation with senior citizen turns into really cool manufacturing story

In other news, I took this photo last week in an alley. North York is apparently where York Fair stuffed animal prizes go to die.

In other York Fair news, I took this photo last week in an alley. North York is apparently where York Fair stuffed animal prizes go to die.

So, I went to the York Fair this year.

A lot.

While I was reporting on this story, I met a senior citizen that wouldn’t stop talking to me.

Initially, it was kind of annoying.

I wanted to write my story, get it out of the way and move onto the zillion other things I needed to do that day. Yet he wouldn’t take my body language cues.

He kept talking and talking and wouldn’t leave me alone.

Then, he said something crazy. Continue reading

10 reasons why it’s pretty depressing that the “The Office” strip club debate is over

Last night, Chanceford Township zoning hearing board members denied “The Office” strip club from opening in the township.

It’s a saga that began in March — one that had a largely Christian community up in arms about the possibility of nakeds within their hallowed boundaries.

The decision is a relief for some.

For me, it’s bittersweet. I loved traveling to The Brogue for the last four hearings for many reasons , some of which have nothing to do with always-hilarious references to G-strings and pasties.

So, in no particular order, here are the Top 10 things I’ll miss about this issue being kaput for now: Continue reading

Of Farquhars and fasnachts: A man-on-the-street spelling bee video in York County

To watch this hard hitting documentary, click here.

To watch the video, click here.

In fourth grade, I won a spelling bee by correctly spelling the word “embarrassment.”

On Tuesday, I brought new meaning to that same word as I trolled the aisles of Central Market York looking for people to accost for this video.

You see, the Scripps National Spelling Bee was last week.

After great feedback on this video, which examines the pronunciation of “Utz,” a coworker suggested I take to the streets holding a pop-up spelling bee of sorts. Continue reading

Live tweeting about “The Office” strip club: Fun with a planning commission meeting

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When’s the last time you saw this many people come to a planning commission meeting?

I had some incredible live tweeting fun the other night in Chanceford Township.

… also known as “the middle of nowhere.”

… also known as “The Brogue.”

You can check out the Storify here.

It doesn’t get any better than this, my friends.

Essentially, the township’s planning commission was considering a plan for an adult cabaret to occupy vacant space in a strip mall (pun totally intended!) Continue reading

First try at New Hive: A graphic on BAE Systems and the proposed shutdown of the Bradley Industrial Base

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So, it’s 10 p.m., and I really wish I was watching Chicago Fire.

However, I got addicted to New Hive instead. Continue reading

A month of music: A lack thereof and a LIVE concert

The stage of the Strand all decked out for Think Loud's after party on Feb. 28. Later in the night, the curtains opened and Live played with a backdrop of empty seats.

The stage of the Strand all decked out for Think Loud’s after party on Feb. 28. Later in the night, the curtains opened and Live played with a backdrop of empty seats.

The past couple weeks, for me, have been about music.

First, there was the lack thereof.

Last week, we broke this story about Harley-Davidson removing radios from its plants as a matter of safety and productivity protocol.

I know what you’re thinking. (Some people even emailed me to share their two cents.)

“Why is this a story?” 

“What are you going to write about next? The contents of Harley’s vending machines? The employees’ bathroom breaks?”

Truthfully, this isn’t really a story about Harley at all. Continue reading

NewsVrooming with the Girl Scouts at Dover Area Community Library

So, last night was super fun.

I joined co-workers Brittany Wilson and Sarah Chain to kickoff the NewsVroom’s yearlong initiative of visiting York County libraries.

We traveled to Dover Area Community Library, where I had the opportunity to present my ideaLab project to Girl Scout Troop #20195.

Before a mock press conference, I discussed basic apps (QuickVoice, iMovie, Notability, 360Pano, etc.) and I got to play this video of this old man with his funny cane.

The best part: One of the girls recommended I go set up my “office” at Chuck-E-Cheese.

Loves it.

Here are some photos from the event:

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I had to drive the NewsVroom van, because — let’s be honest — everyone else was scared to.

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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

Two happy stories and a Penn State victory to wrap up this Thanksgiving weekend

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for Penn State’s win in overtime against Wisconsin … and these awesome seats!

If you’re looking for a warm fuzzy story this Thanksgiving weekend, I have two.

The first belongs to our Thanksgiving package where we highlighted what Yorkers cherish this holiday. (Hint: It’s difficult to fit this theme for the Money & More section.  Most people, I hope, won’t say, “I cherish money.”)

I met Amanda Danuski through through Twitter and wrote this story about her cherishing the ability to start a new job while coping with osteogenesis imperfecta, a brittle bone disease.

Today, a story I wrote about Chandra Illarza appeared on the front of the Sunday News . The York city woman recently quit her job and purchased a house to shelter homeless men.n Continue reading