FlipSidePA kicks off York City Boutique Week

FlipSidePA Editor Ashley May, second from right, poses with York City Boutique Week models at the FlipSidePA Happy Hour at White Rose Bar and Grill.

FlipSidePA Editor Ashley May, second from right, poses with York City Boutique Week models at the FlipSidePA Happy Hour at White Rose Bar and Grill.

Tuesday, FlipSidePA kicked off York City Boutique Week with food, fashion and fun. First, I hosted the Fall Trends Luncheon at Tutoni’s Restaurant on George Street. Guests enjoyed Tutoni’s Watermelon Gazpacho, Brogue Hydroponics Field Green Salad and mini desserts. Plus, The Beer Ace offered Yards PYNK beer, a champagne-like brew. In between bites and sips, models wearing the latest fall fashions from local boutiques walked a catwalk. Guests could purchase most of the items at the event. See photos from the event here.
Then, models strutted to the FlipSidePA Happy Hour at the White Rose Bar and Grill.

There, guests enjoyed free appetizers and discounted drinks from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. provided by White Rose Bar and Grill. The featured specialty drinks included the FlipCider, a hard apple cider cocktail, and the Silk Blouse, a passion fruit pink cocktail. Guests who came dressed to impress could also step inside our FlipSidePA photo booth. See the photos here. DJ Mike Love dropped beats as models showed off their local looks on the catwalk and he emceed our fashion trivia.   Continue reading “FlipSidePA kicks off York City Boutique Week” »

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Sports department receives our yearly $2 bill

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Every fall the Daily Record sports department gets a letter with rather unique contents: A $2 bill.

A loyal out-of-state football fan requests that we send him a copy of the YAIAA football preview special section. And each year, he encloses his payment — a crisp $2 bill. Always a $2 … no $1 bills here.

And each year, I ship off a tab and return the $2 bill. (I wonder if he sends the same one each year?)

Amid the long days and tight deadlines, it’s a nice reminder that what we do matters to fans of YAIAA football, both near and far.

(LNP Sports Editor Chris Otto received his tab request, with the $2 bill, the other day, too. Our sender must be a big fan of District 3 football.)

Fun fact: The Interwebs are full of stories of people who don’t know that $2 are legal tender, including this story out of Baltimore. I’d have to wager that most millennials have never even seen one: according to a 2014 New York Times article, about 1 million $2 bills are in circulation, which accounts for just 3 percent of the total volume of issued notes. $1 bills number in the 10 billions.

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Bittersweet loss at 1891 Loucks Road as key support player retires

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Linda Smith

People come and go in any business, and as someone who has been with this company in one way or another since 1985, I have seen many people spin through the revolving door. It’s hard to watch any of the good ones go.

Last week, I sent the following note to the newsroom editors about a key support player who has helped all of us every day, though many have never even met her.

 

Hey folks,

Linda Smith, who has long been the backbone of York Newspaper Co.’s Ad Layout Department, has announced her retirement. We are fortunate that she has given long notice. Her last day will be Oct. 2.

When I first took the position of managing editor, Jim McClure wisely counseled me to get to know Linda and to form a solid relationship with her. She has saved our butts countless times and helped us reconfigure, rework and build pages and sections. She has helped us get the most flexibility possible from the pressroom and from the ad sales team.

After 28 years with this company, she’s ready to let someone else manage the chaos.

Stop by and thank her at some point. You might not have been directly involved with her often, but I can assure you that she has helped you and your readers many, many times.

BTW: Did you know that Joan Concilio is her sister? True fact.

 

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Pulling together ongoing coverage, and putting the news in context

Charlene Sciarretta holds a picture of her son Danny for a portrait outside her home in October 2014. Sciarretta said the photograph is of Danny at his happiest, when he was the best man at a 2003 wedding, one year before he died. Since Danny died of a heroin overdose at age 26 in May 2005, Sciarretta has worked to promote drug abuse awareness. A member of the York County Heroin Task Force, Sciarretta has told her story many times during town hall meetings around the area.   (File photo)

Charlene Sciarretta holds a picture of her son Danny for a portrait outside her home in October 2014. Sciarretta said the photograph is of Danny at his happiest, when he was the best man at a 2003 wedding, one year before he died. Since Danny died of a heroin overdose at age 26 in May 2005, Sciarretta has worked to promote drug abuse awareness. A member of the York County Heroin Task Force, Sciarretta has told her story many times during town hall meetings around the area. (File photo)

The heroin problem in York County came to the forefront last year as the death toll from overdoses mounted.

A task force convened and brought a presentation to raise awareness to towns in every corner of the county.

In the York County Coroner’s annual report, the numbers showed what they were saying: Overdose deaths from heroin in 2014 were more than triple the number in 2013.

This past year, lives have been saved by anti-overdose drugs carried by police officers, and reporters have told stories of how heroin has impacted people’s lives.

As efforts to combat the heroin problem continue and with all the stories to be told, we realized there should be one place where people can find all of the stories, information and resources on getting help.

Here is that one stop for all that information.

We always hope to serve a need in the community in this service-oriented profession, and this seemed to do that: Our stats guru, Joel Shannon, reported that this page has been popular with readers over the few days since it was posted.

More collections of stories

Other topical pages the York Daily Record have launched recently include:

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NewsVroom heads to Dover for Bookmobile fun

Ever hear of a Digital Bookmobile? The YDR’s NewsVroom headed out to the Dover Area Community Library to check it out on Monday.

Turns out the Digital Bookmobile is a giant truck that travels to libraries around the country to teach readers how to access books and library services online, and was in Dover for one day only.

Of course, another cool truck was there as well… note the stylish Vroom.

The YDR showed readers how to get their news digitally… and the opening line of “A Tale of Two Cities.” (Check out this and this.)

But wait… what’s that? Not enough excitement? No Sweat, York was there, too, handing out water bottles and shake, shake, shaking it off during a Zumba class in the Community Center.  

That’s right, books, news, pork and Zumba all in one day. Needless to say the NewsVroom escaped a case of the Mondays this week.

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Kickball’s more than just a game for Daily Record/Evening Sun staffers

YDR staffer Will Hanlon catches a ball during the game. (Shane Dunlap - Evening Sun)

YDR staffer Will Hanlon catches a ball during the game. (Shane Dunlap – Evening Sun)

Evening Sun Assistant Metro Editor Katy Petiford rolls a kickball against the Daily Record.

Evening Sun Assistant Metro Editor Katy Petiford rolls a kickball against the Daily Record.

It’s amazing how much you can do with a ball and a few bases. To some, kickball is just a children’s game – and playing as an adult is more of a “blast from the past” than anything else.

For us at the York Daily Record/Sunday News, it’s about blowing off some steam and bonding with co-workers.

For the past few months, we’ve been playing kickball once a week among the Daily Record staff. The games aren’t elaborate, but the friendly competition does the trick.

In June, our sister paper, The Evening Sun in Hanover, issued us a challenge, claiming they would beat us in a kickball game.

Naturally, we weren’t going to back down from such a challenge!

The game took place on Saturday, and, despite our best efforts, a five-run fifth inning helped the Evening Sun team prevail, 12-9.

While the loss stings (especially since yours truly didn’t play his best game), we’re focusing more on its after affects.

This wasn’t just a chance to show off athletic prowess; it was an opportunity to bond with other journalists. The game wasn’t about the competition, it was about getting to know our peers.

So while the game was officially a loss for the Daily Record, it’ll go down in our books as a win.

Thank you for the great game Evening Sun staff – just be ready. We’re coming back with a vengeance next year!

Daily Record and Evening Sun journalists pose after a well-fought game.

Daily Record and Evening Sun journalists pose after a well-fought game.

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United Way campaign 2015 and other events at 1891 Loucks Road

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This is the kickoff of the United Way’s Happy Hour Basket Raffle, one of many United Way of York County events at 1891 Loucks Road in the 2015 campaign. Meanwhile, another contest sits in the background … .

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That other contest is Penny Wars, and those pennies are adding up. Wonder which department will win? Here, Advertising’s Michael Wynegar,  with microphone, brings staff at 1891 up to date on the various United Way events.

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Other unrelated stuff inside 1891 Loucks Road and out in the community

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FlipSidePA Happy Hour in Lebanon was a hit

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Friday night, FlipSidePA joined First Friday festivities in Lebanon by hosting a happy hour downtown with free food, discounted cocktails, live music and trivia.

More than 120 people registered for the event at The Foundry Craft Grillery, located above the historic Lebanon Farmers Market.

While we’ve hosted several FlipSidePA Happy Hours in the past (and plan to do more), this was our first in Lebanon.
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Guess the staffer

See how many York Daily Record staffers you know based on the quirky fact given. This is a fun way of learning more about those who serve you. When you flip the digital card, you’ll not only find out who the person is but also their contact information. I will update and add to deck as I get information. Enjoy!

Check it out after the jump.

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A new view of “Fixing York” keeps readers up-to-date on continuing efforts

As YDR’s Fixing York coverage has grown over the past few months, the name has taken on many new lives.

Fixing York is a vibrant Facebook community of people dedicated to bettering York City. It’s a series of solutions-focused articles on issues relevant to the city. It’s profiles of York’s neighborhoods and the people who live in them. And it’s a pretty cool map of those neighborhoods that you should check out.

“Fixing York” is a big effort — it’s a part of the newsroom’s DNA. And it extends way beyond articles with a “Fixing York” badge in our print edition.

The new, mobile-friendly Fixing York page.

The new, mobile-friendly Fixing York page.

Early this summer, we knew that our coverage was becoming so expansive that we needed a better tool to organize it — a place that our readers could go to stay up-to-date on Fixing York efforts alone.

We were especially concerned about our mobile readers, who now make up the majority of our audience. We wanted a way to show connections between Fixing York articles, even on the smallest of screens.

The even greater challenge was creating a home for “Fixing York” that showed the broadness of a solutions-oriented effort that has always extended beyond the headlines.

The new Fixing York page is our attempt to do that — organize our coverage in a reader-friendly (and mobile-friendly) way, while keeping the communal, action-oriented goals of the effort front-and center.

On this page our readers will find Fixing York-related news, features and opinion; links to community organizations that are making a difference in York; quotes from Facebook community members and a form for suggesting Fixing York stories to the newsroom.

It’s just one more component of an ongoing effort that YDR is proud to be a part of.

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