Students attend the York County School of Technology prom at the Yorktowne Hotel on Friday, May 2, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Students attend the York County School of Technology prom at the Yorktowne Hotel on Friday, May 2, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Graduation candidates walk in procession from the school to stadium before New Oxford High School's graduation ceremony on Friday, May 30, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Graduation candidates walk in procession from the school to stadium before New Oxford High School’s graduation ceremony on Friday, May 30, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Graduates hug and celebrate after being awarded diplomas during New Oxford High School's graduation ceremony on Friday, May 30, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Graduates hug and celebrate after being awarded diplomas during New Oxford High School’s graduation ceremony on Friday, May 30, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

York Catholic's Erich Hartman, center, lifts his second place medal to his face as Irish head coach Joseph Gurreri, right, moves down the line after Lancaster County Christian defeated York Catholic 2-1 in the PIAA District 3 Class A title game at First Energy Stadium in Reading on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — GameTimePA.com

York Catholic’s Erich Hartman, center, lifts his second place medal to his face as Irish head coach Joseph Gurreri, right, moves down the line after Lancaster County Christian defeated York Catholic 2-1 in the PIAA District 3 Class A title game at First Energy Stadium in Reading on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — GameTimePA.com

Riding alone as Gilligan in the SS Minnow, Frank Stewart waves to the crowd after outlasting all other crafts in the "Last Boat Afloat" competition during the 5th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Cross Keys Village on Friday, June 6, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Riding alone as Gilligan in the SS Minnow, Frank Stewart waves to the crowd after outlasting all other crafts in the “Last Boat Afloat” competition during the 5th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Cross Keys Village on Friday, June 6, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Gov. Tom Corbett met with with a farm family, local business leaders and state Sen. Scott Wagner to discuss pension reform at Walk-Le Holsteins farm in Paradise Township on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Corbett and Wagner blamed property tax increases on rising pension costs, particularly within school districts. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Gov. Tom Corbett met with with a farm family, local business leaders and state Sen. Scott Wagner to discuss pension reform at Walk-Le Holsteins farm in Paradise Township on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Corbett and Wagner blamed property tax increases on rising pension costs, particularly within school districts. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Autumn Illingworth, 11, left, lets a millipede crawl on her arm as Brooke Fitcheet, 11, right, bends over for a closer look at Bob's Critters booth during the first-ever Utz Summer Bash at the Utz Quality Foods outlet store on Carlisle Street on Friday, July 25, 2014. Both girls said they share a love of nature and exotic pets. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Autumn Illingworth, 11, left, lets a millipede crawl on her arm as Brooke Fitcheet, 11, right, bends over for a closer look at Bob’s Critters booth during the first-ever Utz Summer Bash at the Utz Quality Foods outlet store on Carlisle Street on Friday, July 25, 2014. Both girls said they share a love of nature and exotic pets. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Firefighters from United Hook & Ladder Company 33 in New Oxford train on a simulated heavy equipment accident reconstruction on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Instructors from Mid-Atlantic Technical Rescue coordinated the class, which included four different rescue scenarios. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Firefighters from United Hook & Ladder Company 33 in New Oxford train on a simulated heavy equipment accident reconstruction on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Instructors from Mid-Atlantic Technical Rescue coordinated the class, which included four different rescue scenarios. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Mount Wolf defeated Glen Rock 10-6 in the first game of the Central League championship series on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Mount Wolf defeated Glen Rock 10-6 in the first game of the Central League championship series on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Men dressed in drag including George Hubbard, in wedding gown, walk along E. Walnut Street during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Hanover on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The second-annual event raised money and awareness for domestic violence prevention and victims. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Men dressed in drag including George Hubbard, in wedding gown, walk along E. Walnut Street during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Hanover on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The second-annual event raised money and awareness for domestic violence prevention and victims. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Northeastern field hockey players Kirstin Josey, left, and Kendra Meyer stare at each other while participating in a partnered push-up exercise during a midnight field hockey practice to kickoff the fall season on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Players ran, participated in drills, team bonding exercises and camped overnight at the stadium. Jeff Lautenberger — For GameTimePA.com

Northeastern field hockey players Kirstin Josey, left, and Kendra Meyer stare at each other while participating in a partnered push-up exercise during a midnight field hockey practice to kickoff the fall season on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Players ran, participated in drills, team bonding exercises and camped overnight at the stadium. Jeff Lautenberger — For GameTimePA.com

Rex Lawless celebrates a string of victories during a Rage Pro Wrestling event at the Hanover National Guard Armory building on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2016. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Rex Lawless celebrates a string of victories during a Rage Pro Wrestling event at the Hanover National Guard Armory building on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2016. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Northeastern quarterback Marcus Josey takes a snap during practice at Northeastern High School in Manchester on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For GameTimePA.comv

Northeastern quarterback Marcus Josey takes a snap during practice at Northeastern High School in Manchester on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For GameTimePA.comv

Todd Hinkle practices with a pair of kettlebells at Mettle Pit Kettlebell Gym in Hanover on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Kettlebell training is attractive because it involves a range of muscles with an emphasis on core strengthening. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

Todd Hinkle practices with a pair of kettlebells at Mettle Pit Kettlebell Gym in Hanover on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Kettlebell training is attractive because it involves a range of muscles with an emphasis on core strengthening. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

A firefighter takes a water break as temperatures approach 90 degrees while attacking a fire at a vacant house on Manor Road in Lower Windsor Township on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

A firefighter takes a water break as temperatures approach 90 degrees while attacking a fire at a vacant house on Manor Road in Lower Windsor Township on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Malachi Brooks, 4, plays with the bubble machine in front of Sunrise Soap Company during Boutique Week's happy hour night on North Beaver Street on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Participating stores are staying up until at least 7 p.m. this week for special events and extra shopping hours. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Malachi Brooks, 4, plays with the bubble machine in front of Sunrise Soap Company during Boutique Week’s happy hour night on North Beaver Street on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Participating stores are staying up until at least 7 p.m. this week for special events and extra shopping hours. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry is greeted by supporters before speaking jointly with Gov. Tom Corbett at the Adams County Republican Headquarters in Gettysburg on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry is greeted by supporters before speaking jointly with Gov. Tom Corbett at the Adams County Republican Headquarters in Gettysburg on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun

My first high school football action of the fall season brought me to Spring Grove where the Rockets faced visiting Mechanicsburg. Wish there was a little more natural light hitting the field, but tried to work with what I could during pregame.

The Spring Grove marching band gathers behind the stadium before the Rockets' game against Mechanicsburg at Papermakers Stadium on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For GameTimePA.com

The Spring Grove marching band gathers behind the stadium before the Rockets’ game against Mechanicsburg at Papermakers Stadium on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For GameTimePA.com

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During the tattoo contest at this year’s Gettysburg Bike Week at Granite Hill Camping Resort, I wanted something more than just photos of judges inspecting contestants’ tattoos on stage. To make their body art really stand out, I set up an outdoor photo booth using a large white sheet and a couple of PCB Einstein strobes.

Donni "Bones" Ehlert of Scranton, Pa.

Donni “Bones” Ehlert of Scranton, Pa.


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I’ve been sitting on this assignment for just over a year, but am happy to finally post it. I worked nearly a full day in Wellsboro, Pa., for a WSJ story about safety records for natural gas drilling companies in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania. The gist of the story was that as larger energy companies take control of wells and drillings sites from the smaller companies that originally held leases, safety increased as a result of more oversight and stricter working protocols. I previously worked on a fracking project in the Bakken Shale region in North Dakota, and after my day around Wellsboro I was astonished at the differences between the two regions.

Perhaps the most visible discrepancy is that the “boom” period in Pennsylvania has slowed — there simply is not as much of a visible presence of fracking as in North Dakota, which I would describe as a sprawling wasteland of towering rigs, flaring wells, and dusty, unbreathable air. That’s not to say the issue still isn’t controversial in PA for locals, politically, economically, and environmentally.

During my day in Wellsboro, I spent a great deal of time with a local county commissioner, Erick Coolidge, who is also a dairy farmer who has a natural gas well on his property. Mr. Coolidge went well above and beyond what I would ever expect of a source for a story, generously offering his time and energy to serve as my guide and driver for several hours, and coming through with a last-minute, almost impossible request to get me onto a Shell rig. I had the pleasure of running into Mr. Coolidge again just a couple months at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, and was glad to see he was doing well.

Dairy farmer and Tioga County Commissioner Erick Coolidge stands on the site of the Coolidge family farm off of State Road 287 in Delmar Township on Thursday, March 28, 2013, near Wellsboro, Pa. The century farm has five generations of history. Coolidge also leased land for a natural gas well built by East Resources Inc., later transferred to Shell. Jeff Lautenberger for the Wall Street Journal

Dairy farmer and Tioga County Commissioner Erick Coolidge stands on the site of the Coolidge family farm off of State Road 287 in Delmar Township on Thursday, March 28, 2013, near Wellsboro, Pa. The century farm has five generations of history. Coolidge also leased land for a natural gas well built by East Resources Inc., later transferred to Shell. Jeff Lautenberger for the Wall Street Journal

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Gettysburg Paranormal

Madam Della, a self-described psychic witch, stands in her seance room in the new Spooky Spirits shop in Gettysburg on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The new room can accommodate up to 20 people for psychic readings, compared to the former location which Della described as a “closet.” Jeff Lautenberger — For the Evening Sun

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Had a last-minute, on-deadline portrait shoot for The Wall Street Journal to illustrate GM’s massive and growing recall of vehicles due to safety concerns. Toby Beck of Allentown, Pa., is one of just one millions of car owners affected by the recall. A steady rain all day threw a wrench into my plans and made finding a suitable outdoors location difficult. Many thanks to Paul Noon of the Kutztown Car Wash for letting me transform one of his carwash bays into a car-size studio, and Toby’s cooperation on making it all work out.

Kutztown University student Toby Beck drives a 2006 Chevy Cobalt SS, which is included under General Motors' recent ignition switch recall. Beck, photographed in in Kutztown, Pa., on Friday, March 28, 2014, received an April service date for a repair. Jeff Lautenberger for The Wall Street Journal

Kutztown University student Toby Beck drives a 2006 Chevy Cobalt SS, which is included under General Motors’ recent ignition switch recall. Beck, photographed in in Kutztown, Pa., on Friday, March 28, 2014, received an April service date for a repair. Jeff Lautenberger for The Wall Street Journal

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As I write this in late March, with a dusting of snow still on the ground and a frigid breeze howling through the thin, drafty walls of my Pennsylvania apartment, I am seriously ready for spring. But first, here’s a quick look back at the winter that just won’t end.

During Peak Polar Vortex 2014, This Guy had the brilliant idea of going even closer to the arctic. I spent a few days in the Twin Cities visiting my future Best Man and friend-since-forever, Matt Ripley. I don’t think it got above 10 degrees the entire time I was up there, and lows were in the negative teens. Perfect weather for some backyard pond hockey (I can finally cross that off my bucket list), waterfall ice-climbing, and a once-in-a-lifetime expedition across frozen Lake Superior to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The latter involved a pre-dawn wakeup call, four hour drive, two-mile hike over the frozen lake/snowdrifts, spelunking and lots of bumped heads on icicles poking from cave ceilings. The caves were an epic playground, and the whole trip left me in complete awe of how beautiful frozen nature can be.

Minnehaha Falls - Minneapolis, Minnesota. February, 2014.

Minnehaha Falls – Minneapolis, Minnesota. February, 2014.

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Natalia Backus, 6, of Greensburg, Pa., nuzzles up to schnauzer Windy at the Celtic Classic Dog Show; Handlers wait with their Pembroke Welsh Corgis outside a show ring. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Natalia Backus, 6, of Greensburg, Pa., nuzzles up to schnauzer Windy at the Celtic Classic Dog Show; Handlers wait with their Pembroke Welsh Corgis outside a show ring. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

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The slug for the shoot was DRUGHUNTER.

The man with a literal bullseye in his sights is Dr. Peter Lebowitz, who spends much of his time scouting potential drugs for Johnson & Johnson to acquire. Inside a massive pharmaceutical facility on the outskirts of Philadelphia, we walked past countless labs with cutting-edge research and development on the next generation of drugs that will be used to fight cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, among other diseases.

After suiting up in white lab coats and safety glasses, I was fortunate to be allowed some shooting time in a lab. The science is way over my head and more than I could ever understand, but I’d like to thank Dr. Lebowitz not only for his time but for his dedication and passion for treatment and cures.

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Peter Lebowitz, Johnson & Johnson’s cancer research-and-development chief, talks with associate scientist Connie Zhang in a biology lab at the Janssen research lab in Spring House, Pa. Jeff Lautenberger for The Wall Street Journal

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More than 99 percent of the time, there is absolutely nothing redeeming about a ribbon cutting ceremony. I don’t shoot ‘em. Decent papers don’t run ‘em. End of story. That said, I decided to break a few rules today with the culmination of one of the biggest local news stories of the last year. Dynamic overhead angle + splashes of color + cute kids everywhere = Sure, I’ll shoot your ribbon cutting. You’re welcome.

Hanover Mayor Ben Adams and son Nicholas, 6, cut a ceremonial ribbon as children and families watch during the long-awaited grand reopening of the second floor children's library at Guthrie Memorial on Saturday, March 8, 2014. More than 500 people passed through the library within the first hour of its opening and participated in story time, games and crafts. Jeff Lautenberger — The Evening Sun

Hanover Mayor Ben Adams and son Nicholas, 6, cut a ceremonial ribbon as children and families watch during the long-awaited grand reopening of the second floor children’s library at Guthrie Memorial on Saturday, March 8, 2014. More than 500 people passed through the library within the first hour of its opening and participated in story time, games and crafts. Jeff Lautenberger — The Evening Sun

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This is right up there among the silliest things I’ve even seen done in a school. As part of a Red Cross fundraiser, students at a Hanover school could purchase strips of duct tape to literally tape their principal to the wall. Surprisingly, it was actually the principal’s idea.

Principal Jay Czap winces while trying to separate himself from the wall after being pinned to it with duct tape by students and staff at Clearview Elementary on Friday, March 7, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — The Evening Sun

Principal Jay Czap winces while trying to separate himself from the wall after being pinned to it with duct tape by students and staff at Clearview Elementary on Friday, March 7, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — The Evening Sun

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I’ve always been a maple syrup purist — none of that Aunt Jemima corn syrup filth for me. Sure the real stuff costs 10 times as much but it’s so, so, worth it. After watching the step-by-step, time consuming process today, I can finally understand the pricing premium. I didn’t fully realize how absurdly inefficient the sugaring process is.

When I was little, we used to go a maple syrup festival at Cunningham Falls State Park in Maryland. Other than probably eating pancakes, my only real memory was getting to take home a carved wooden spile used to tap into the trees.

Renee Saum of Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve describes the process of boiling maple sap into syrup in front of a steaming kettle during a maple sugaring tour at Camp Eder in Fairfield on Feb. 22, 2014. Because of the low percentage of sugar in sap, it can take more than 60 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of syrup, depending on the type of maple tree. Jeff Lautenberger –€” The Evening Sun

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