Monthly Archives: December 2011

Just another Wednesday in a Codorus Township

Originally published on the Money & More page of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.

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Earl Thoman, 91, checks out a deer rack at the Wednesday morning meeting in his Codorus Township woodworking shop. © 2011 York Daily Record/Sunday News -- Lauren Boyer

In the midst of the Christmas rush, I found myself face-to-face with the opposite as I traveled down Route 616 toward Seven Valleys with just the radio, my iPad and a travel mug full of hot chocolate.

It was Wednesday. A week earlier, I’d gotten a call from 81-year-old William Garman. He remembered a column I wrote in October about a meet-and-greet with bluegrass legend Del McCoury’s brother and other characters who frequent the Papertown Restaurant and Dairy Bar in his town of Spring Grove.

Garman, a P.H. Glatfelter Company retiree, invited me to his Codorus Township hangout – though he hinted at its unconventional appearance.

By the time I got to Shaffers Church Road, the sparse signs of civilization began to speak for themselves. Continue reading


Showcasing digital skills: My application for Digital First Media’s ideaLab

Applicants for Digital First Media’s ideaLab were asked to submit a 200-word explanation on how they would use a tablet, smartphone and laptop to change the journalism business for the better.
Here’s what I came up with, using Storify:
  1. York, PA — The young multi-platform business journalist choked on her stale newsroom coffee when the boss handed her an iPad and said he didn’t want to see her face in the office.
  2.      Lauren Boyer had only ever read about this phenomenon. But as she watched her colleagues, tethered to desks by spiraling
    landline cords, she finally saw the writing on the cubicle walls, between which
    no news had ever happened.
    With vigor, she set off in search of stories (and, if luck would have it, a tastier cup of joe.) Continue reading

Hallmark holiday greetings start at Spring Grove paper mill

Originally published on Page A1 of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Wednesday, December 21, 2011.

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You’ve penned the thoughtful messages, stuck the stamps and sealed envelopes until your tongue throbbed with papercuts.

But before you lighten your load on the U.S. Postal Service, take a deeper look:

Those heartfelt holiday greetings — and the envelopes they’re sealed in — may have started as trunks of U.S. grown trees broken down into millions of pulp fibers, bound together and rolled out the door in massive reams at one of Glatfelter’s mills in Spring Grove or Ohio.

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York County motorcycle shop gives disabled brother the ‘ride of his life’

Originally published on Page A1 of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, December 4, 2011.

A disabled man had a wish to ride again. His brother set out to fulfill it. © 2011 York Daily Record/Sunday News -- Paul Kuehnel

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York, PA – After emerging from a nine-month coma, Adam Boxleitner twisted his tattooed wrists into a biker’s grip.

“I want to ride,” he told his family, from a wheelchair at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.

The year was 2004. His head still ached from a cracked skull and battered brain, scars of a motorcycle crash that nearly claimed his life.

But Adam — like many diehard gearheads before him — desired few things more than the chance to ride again. Continue reading