Monthly Archives: July 2012

The trend story: If it’s happened more than once, it’s obviously sweeping the nation

Photo snapped circa 2 a.m. in a Rutter’s convenience store restroom.

Sometimes, my co-workers suggest I should be the bathroom beat reporter.

Honestly, I can’t help the scatological nature of the things I notice.

First, there was this story, earlier this year.

And, of course, my ever-present fascination with people’s disgusting work habits.

But I hit the mother load recently following a late night jaunt (and I mean really late) through a Rutter’s convenience store. Continue reading


Distraction du jour: Creepin’ on my neighborhood using social mapping tool GatheringPoint

What’s going on in Boyer’s neighborhood? Click the map.

So, because WordPress is dumb, and I can’t figure out how to embed an iFrame into the non-customized blog that I barely pay anything annually for, here’s the deal:

Today, my editor Cathy Hirko gave me a distraction that, if executed properly, should keep me sufficiently amused all weekend.  Continue reading

Guerrilla marketing win! Social media pushes our project back into Top 10.

So, I had my doubts about guerrilla marketing stories.

To me, it just seems like a hassle — not to mention irritating — to be posting EVERY story I write on random Facebook walls, forums, blogs and the like.

But yesterday proved me wrong.

Our “Risky Business” package had dropped off the radar of’s Top 10.

Sean and I may have shed a tear.

Alas, we weren’t ready to throw in the towel. This project is the result of months worth of work. Continue reading

Co-worker Sean Adkins poses with a cucumber

York Daily Record/Sunday News Business Reporter Sean Adkins poses with a succulent, green vegetable.

Just a slice of life over here at the YDR business pod.

The other day, copy editor Teresa Cook gave me a fresh cucumber plucked from her garden.

Naturally, I figured, I’d use it to harass Sean.

This includes, but is not limited to, putting the elongated veggie in my purse and asking, “Is that a cucumber in my bag, or are you just happy to see me?”

Glad he has a sense of humor.

For another amusing photo of Adkins in action, click here.

The HoodiePillow: A product of York County manufacturing and my amusement for the week

BOYER IN ACTION: Testing out the HoodiePillow at Dallco Industries in York.

There are some stories you have to jump on, both literally and figuratively.

That’s just what I did when a press release from Dallco Industries came across my desk Friday.

As a manufacturing reporter, I hadn’t been so amused since a pharmaceutical company announced it was opening a distribution center for lube (of the medical variety, perv!) in the county.

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Monday Funday: A morning at Martin Library with YDR Books Editor Sarah Chain

NOTE TO SELF: Pick up books. We are, at the library, after all.

Last week, I planned to visit Martin Library in York with York Daily Record/Sunday News books editor Sarah Chain.

We decided to promote the visit as a meet-up/office hours/please-come-talk-to-us event in the Sunday News, and social media channels.

Deb Sullivan, York County Libraries community relations director, even put our visit on the calendar.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., we parked our carcasses on the second floor of the downtown building.

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Check out ‘Risky Business,’ a Sunday package by Sean Adkins and I


I don’t usually post every story I write on here.

But I think this one is worthy.

Check out this double byline from Sunday, co-authored by Sean Adkins and myself.

The story is the culmination of weeks of research at the York County Judicial Center, tallying up open judgments at the prothonotary’s office and calling folks involved with casing dating back as early as the late 1990s. Continue reading