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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.

By LAUREN BOYER 
Daily Record/Sunday News

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.

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COLUMN: Confessions of a former Hershey Park mascot

Originally published in the Business Section of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, May 15, 2011.

By LAUREN BOYER 
Daily Record/Sunday News

People sometimes tell me I’m a character. But they don’t know the half of it.

It was my first job title.

For my first job, I spent two summers dressed as a candy bar at Hersheypark.

For two years, I signed autographs and frolicked around Hersheypark as a life-size mock-up of the Hershey Kiss, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and, yes, sometimes the York Peppermint Pattie.

It’s sort of creepy, if you think about it.
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COLUMN: Anybody want to rent my mom?

Originally published in the Business Section of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, June 26, 2011.

By LAUREN BOYER 
Daily Record/Sunday News

In this harsh economy, I’ve considered ways to supplement my lucrative

This is my mom and I -- two Penn State graduates -- after I was honored as Penn State College of Communications student marshal for commencement December 2009.

reporter wages.

I looked into part-time jobs. I thought about freelance writing. That’s when I stumbled upon the mother of all  business opportunities:

Momstitution. I’m going to rent out my mom, Ann. She’s awesome.

Hear me out.
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