From left, Scott Mingus, Stephen Smith, June Lloyd and Jim McClure at the Preservation Pennsylvania awards ceremony Sept. 25 at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg. These Yorkblog history bloggers were honored for shining a light on local historic preservation efforts.
Five bloggers who focus on York County history were honored by Preservation Pennsylvania at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg Sept. 25. The bloggers received Initiative Awards from the statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties. Here’s what the event program said about the bloggers:
For those who love and live in the York County area, the online blogs at YorkBlog.com serve as both an information outlet and a platform for discussion of community news, politics, lifestyle, sports – and especially the area’s rich local history. The website features blogs by York Daily Record/Sunday News staff members as well as community blogs by York County residents. In “York Town Square,” York Daily Record editor Jim McClure shares his passion for local history and journalism and “proves that all roads do lead to York.”
Lifelong Yorker Joan Concilio talks about all the things that make York County unique – and sometimes weird – in her blog “Only in York County.” The “Cannonball” blog allows author Scott Mingus to explore York County’s rich Civil War heritage, while Stephen H. Smith shares a hodgepodge of explorations in “York’s Past.” Finally, in “Universal York,” historian June Lloyd looks at how things have converged on the town, past and present.
Collectively, these blogs inform residents about obscure history that might be forgotten otherwise, highlight new historical research resources available to local residents, and create a forum for discussion of current community preservation issues. No other newspaper in Pennsylvania has reported on historic preservation in such a consistent and positive manner. For 10 years and through approximately 8,000 posts, the history blogging team has placed a bright spotlight on local preservation efforts and a colorful kaleidoscope of York County’s rich history.
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Tagged award, history, only in york county, Pennsylvania, Preservation, Universal York, york town square, yorkblog, YorksPast, zembo shrine
York is the world’s biggest small town, Jim McClure has said more than once.
So it was no surprise that a Facebook post would pop up from someone from York who was visiting someone in Roanoke, Va., recently in the national news, and who had run into a reminder of home.
But it was great to see that the York resident, Brittany Figdore, was so nice as to post a photo and a kind comment (below) about the YDR newsroom’s effort to support journalists in and around Roanoke, near where two journalists were shot and killed while doing a live broadcast for WDBJ-TV.
And then Renee Ellis, a member of the Fixing York PA Facebook page, was kind enough to share it there.
Our newsroom staff responded with generosity to the idea of supporting WDBJ and other journalists in Roanoke — and to be sure, it was one of many, many instances of newsrooms reaching out to WDBJ in the wake of the shooting. Our staffers’ response tells you about the kind of people they are, and I also think our focus on trauma-aware journalism played a part. So we’re happy if the word gets around about the importance of journalists supporting journalists.
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Montgomery County shooting: Extraordinary story calls for focus on trauma journalism
Peer support initiative scores an honorable mention in E & P’s 10 Newsrooms that do it Right Competition
A top York Daily Record/York Newspaper Co.’s goal in 2015: ‘Be a great workplace’
Surely this is York County at its best. And worst
YDR welcomes a new class of journalists, leaders
Brain science and journalism: A trauma survivor’s memory is still forming when she might be giving an interview. What does that mean for those asking the questions?
On improving our coverage of trauma victims — and taking care of the journalists who tell those stories
Dart Center resources for journalists
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Guess who’s coming to the York Fair? WE ARE! Meet YDR and FlipSidePa staffers at our booth in Memorial Hall. You can buy souvenir fair bags and enter our Alabama Concert Ticket Contest. Here’s your one-stop for all things York Fair.
Don’t miss YDR and FlipSide staffers at the York Fair. We’ll be there throughout the week at our booth in Memorial Hall. We hope to see you there!
Shout out to our NewsVroom sponsor, Beshore and Koller Ford of Manchester, Pa.
FlipSidePa had a blast meeting readers at Foodstruck Labor Day weekend at Penn Park in York. The weather was gorgeous, the food was delicious and the entertainment was great. Here are some photos from the event. Also, don’t miss the cool FlipSidePA slideshow full of great shots from our photo booth.
Our FlipSide tent provided shade for those looking for a cool place to eat. The favor boxes were a big hit along with our photo booth. FlipSide also gave away concert tickets.
These beautiful floral arrangements were made by Foster’s Flowers. We loved how she incorporated Flipside’s colors and logo into the design.
FlipSidePa Editor Ashley May, right, and FlipSidePa reporter Abbey Zelko, greeted fans throughout the day. One reader said,” You ladies are really knocking it out of the park.” We think so, too!
Trees were popular spots during Foodstruck. This one near the FlipSide tent was especially popular.
Cindi and George take a well-deserved break from meeting and greeting the public.
Carol and John, who live in Shrewsbury, stopped by to tell us how much they enjoy reading FlipSide, both in print and online. They said FlipSide helps them plan their weekend.
United Way Spirit Week at 1891 Loucks Road featured a Basket Raffle and Penny Wars. Those competitive fundraisers garnered more than $1,000.
President/Publisher Sara Glines’ thank you note to 1891 Loucks Road staff members for their involvement in a successful 2015 United Way campaign:
“Our United Way campaign has ended and raised $10,258 for local programs.
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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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Tagged Arthur and Daughters, ashley may, Cherie Ann Designs, Elizabeth & West, FlipSidePA Ashley May, Indigo Bleu, Kimman’s, My Girlfriend's Wardrobe, Redeux, Revolt Style Studio, Sweet Melissa’s Dream, The Watchmaker’s Daughter, York City Boutique Week
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Other topical pages the York Daily Record have launched recently include: