Caraline Cornman, 16, drives Cashmere through a cone gate while training at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Cornman began riding ponies more than a decade ago, and was training for a carriage driving derby event at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Caraline Cornman, 16, drives Cashmere through a cone gate while training at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Cornman began riding ponies more than a decade ago, and was training for a carriage driving derby event at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

On a humble farm within sight of the Shoe House in Hellam Township, a miniature horse determinedly plods through several inches of snow. Atop a small, wheeled carriage harnessed behind the barely 32-inch high Bella, driver Hannah Bigler, a 15-year old sophomore at Eastern York, steers the tiny horse between obstacles as pellets of sleet fall.

The scene is nothing unusual at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township, owned by Pam Kister, 56, of Mount Wolf. Lacking an indoor arena and with a horse expo just days away, conditioning and training must go on. Bearing the elements is no problem for Kister, her horses or students. Over the last 15 years, Kister built Grey Horse from the ground up into a safe place where all who love and respect horses are welcome.

“I don’t have a beautiful facility, but it is a good working facility,” said Kister. Kister applies her background in marketing to score donations and deals to help stay afloat in what amounts to a very expensive hobby. “I make it work. If I want to do it, I get it done,” said Kister, who has had jumps and obstacles built from scratch and eschews traditional bedding for less expensive shredded newsprint. Her scrappiness is even evident in the horses and ponies she has on the farm. “I’ve worked with horses that rescues have turned down, and turned them around to have a purpose,” she said.

Kister currently mentors about 20 students in various disciplines, from driving, dressage, riding and therapy programs for individuals with disabilities.

Along with Curtis Pierce and Anne Councill, Kister has been instrumental in bringing the rapidly expanding equine discipline of carriage racing to Pennsylvania and the Horse World Expo in Harrisburg, where it appeared last year for the first time.

At its best, the sport is fast, flashy and fun for participants and spectators. The timed event features navigable obstacles, tight turns, and point deductions are taken for mishaps. “We’re trying to show people there’s more to driving than trotting gently along,” said Kister.

This year’s Expo featured carriage driving derby events all four days in the Large Arena at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Races are conducted in two divisions; miniatures and ponies, and larger horses. Teams often decorate their horses and outfits with elaborate themes. The demonstrations at the Expo aren’t meant to showcase high-profile drivers, of which there are only about 200 in the United States, but rather ordinary drivers with passion and enthusiasm for the sport.

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Caraline Cornman, 16, unleashes the reins on Cashmere after driving her during training at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Caraline Cornman, 16, unleashes the reins on Cashmere after driving her during training at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Caraline Cornman, 16, stands with Cashmere in the fading light at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Cornman's family operates Twin Pine Halflingers. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Caraline Cornman, 16, stands with Cashmere in the fading light at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Cornman’s family operates Twin Pine Halflingers. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Hannah Bigler, 15, sits in the carriage driver seat behind Bella as Storm, right, towers overhead after a training run at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Bigler competed in the driving derby at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Hannah Bigler, 15, sits in the carriage driver seat behind Bella as Storm, right, towers overhead after a training run at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Bigler competed in the driving derby at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Hannah Bigler, 15, covers Bella with blankets as father Chuck Bigler looks on in the barn at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Chuck Bigler began participating in the discipline after Hannah. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Hannah Bigler, 15, covers Bella with blankets as father Chuck Bigler looks on in the barn at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Chuck Bigler began participating in the discipline after Hannah. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Pam Kister feeds and tends to horses at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township before packing up to leave for the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Kister has worked with horses her whole life, and has been at Grey Horse for 15 years. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Pam Kister feeds and tends to horses at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township before packing up to leave for the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Kister has worked with horses her whole life, and has been at Grey Horse for 15 years. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Caraline Cornman fetches a bucket of water to help Pam Kister, left, clean up around the barn at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Kister applies her background in marketing to score donations and deals to help stay afloat in what amounts to a very expensive hobby. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Caraline Cornman fetches a bucket of water to help Pam Kister, left, clean up around the barn at Grey Horse Stable in Hellam Township on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Kister applies her background in marketing to score donations and deals to help stay afloat in what amounts to a very expensive hobby. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Dan Ritz, left, watches as Pam Kister loads up horses into a trailer before driving to the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Dan Ritz, left, watches as Pam Kister loads up horses into a trailer before driving to the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Donning a bumblebee outfit to match Bella, Hannah Bigler drives in a carriage racing event at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Friday, March 6, 2015. Driving derby teams costumes can range from traditional to elaborate. Another participant dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, with her miniature decorated like a wolf. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Donning a bumblebee outfit to match Bella, Hannah Bigler drives in a carriage racing event at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Friday, March 6, 2015. Driving derby teams costumes can range from traditional to elaborate. Another participant dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, with her miniature decorated like a wolf. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Caraline Cornman, 16, stands by Cashmere in the tunnel waiting to navigate with her mother Melanie Cornman driving during a carriage racing event at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Friday, March 6, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Caraline Cornman, 16, stands by Cashmere in the tunnel waiting to navigate with her mother Melanie Cornman driving during a carriage racing event at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Friday, March 6, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Donning a bumblebee outfit to match Bella, Hannah Bigler, 15, watches larger horses driven by Marcia Korose and navigated by Pat Freibold exit the Large Arena after a carriage driving derby competition at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Friday, March 6, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Donning a bumblebee outfit to match Bella, Hannah Bigler, 15, watches larger horses driven by Marcia Korose and navigated by Pat Freibold exit the Large Arena after a carriage driving derby competition at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Friday, March 6, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Spectators watch as final results are announced in the second heat of the carriage driving derby event on the second day of the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Friday, March 6, 2015. The demonstrations at the Expo aren’t meant to showcase high-profile drivers, of which there are only about 200 in the United States, but rather ordinary drivers with passion and enthusiasm for the sport. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Spectators watch as final results are announced in the second heat of the carriage driving derby event on the second day of the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Friday, March 6, 2015. The demonstrations at the Expo aren’t meant to showcase high-profile drivers, of which there are only about 200 in the United States, but rather ordinary drivers with passion and enthusiasm for the sport. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Pam Kister plays with her corgi Sadie as she sits atop Bella with Hannah Bigler watching in the stables at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Friday, March 6, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Pam Kister plays with her corgi Sadie as she sits atop Bella with Hannah Bigler watching in the stables at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Friday, March 6, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Surrounded by larger horses, Hannah Bigler, 15, washes Bella in the shower facility in the stables at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg following a carriage driving event in the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo on Friday, March 6, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Surrounded by larger horses, Hannah Bigler, 15, washes Bella in the shower facility in the stables at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg following a carriage driving event in the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo on Friday, March 6, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Attendees ride up an escalator toward the Great American Hall during the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Attendees ride up an escalator toward the Great American Hall during the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

A couple months ago, I had a great opportunity to be part of the York Daily Record’s inauguration day coverage. Because Governor-elect Tom Wolf is from York, the paper threw a lot of resources and journalists to cover this historic day. I sat out the swearing-in ceremony earlier in the day in Harrisburg, but headed over to Hershey to cover evening festivities. Since we had two other photographers at the ball, that gave us each a chance to focus on different things and tell the story from three different perspectives. I was tasked with the party-angle, capturing celebratory and off-beat moments of guests and vendors rather than the Governor himself. To help with the effect, I stuck with a gridded/zoomed-in flash to make the standard convention-hall setting pop just a little more. Thanks for looking!

A vendor sells cigars during the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

A vendor sells cigars during the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

A lone cowboy hat amongst the crowd during the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

A lone cowboy hat amongst the crowd during the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Attendees dance during the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Attendees dance during the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Bartenders server local Pennsylvania beers and wines for guests during the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Bartenders server local Pennsylvania beers and wines for guests during the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Coco, the mascot of the Hershey Bears, reads a commemorative magazine celebrating the inauguration of Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Coco, the mascot of the Hershey Bears, reads a commemorative magazine celebrating the inauguration of Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Gov. Tom Wolf makes his first public appearance in a hallway at the Hershey Lodge for his inaugural celebration in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Gov. Tom Wolf makes his first public appearance in a hallway at the Hershey Lodge for his inaugural celebration in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Members of the YWCA Temple Guard march in a processional toward the Great American Hall ahead of Gov. Tom Wolf's arrival at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Members of the YWCA Temple Guard march in a processional toward the Great American Hall ahead of Gov. Tom Wolf’s arrival at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

York Mayor Kim Bracey moves through the crowd greeting friends and supporters of Gov. Tom Wolf  during his inaugural ball at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

York Mayor Kim Bracey moves through the crowd greeting friends and supporters of Gov. Tom Wolf during his inaugural ball at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

A cardboard cutout replica of Gov. Tom Wolf's Jeep made another appearance as a photo booth during Wolf's Inaugural Ball at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

A cardboard cutout replica of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Jeep made another appearance as a photo booth during Wolf’s Inaugural Ball at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Servers stand by over a dessert spread during the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Servers stand by over a dessert spread during the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Tom Wolf at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

A Hershey's bar mascot greets guests in a main hallway after doors opened for Gov. Tom Wolf's Inaugural Ball at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

A Hershey’s bar mascot greets guests in a main hallway after doors opened for Gov. Tom Wolf’s Inaugural Ball at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jeff Lautenberger — For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Rocky Mountain National Park - 2014

Rocky Mountain National Park is in the midst of celebrating its 100th year. The parks’ actual founding date was Jan. 26, 1915. I was able to visit the park for two brief days in early October of 2014 during what had to be one of the most picturesque times of the year, thanks to a stunning combination of yellowing aspens and an early season snowfall. Because of our limited time in the park, we couldn’t explore or hike nearly as much as we liked. Still, our trips back and forth the winding and steep Trail Ridge Road and the few short treks we made were breathtaking. I can only hope to return sometime in the park’s next 100 years. All photos were taken in RMNP, except the last two, which are from Maroon Bells near Aspen. Continue reading

Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf drives his Jeep into his post-election celebration in Utz Arena at the York County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger/For The Daily Record/Sunday News

Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf drives his Jeep into his post-election celebration in Utz Arena at the York County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger/For The Daily Record/Sunday News

I was glad to have a chance to be a small part of the York Daily Record’s coverage of Tom Wolf’s victory rally. Because Wolf is from York County, there was an elevated level of local interest, and no resources were spared on election night. There were four of us shooting, and we each had a specific assigned location to cover during the rally, to make sure all angles were covered. Still, I wanted to expand our/my potential options, so I set up an additional two remote cameras (a vertical aimed at the podium from the risers, and a wide angle from stage left) that I would fire from my dedicated location in front of stage right. Nothing like being in three places at once! Other than the usual election night delays and an inexplicable, mystifying decision to dim the lights to near darkness right before Wolf took the stage, everything went smoothly, and the paper put out a pretty nice looking poster style front page. Check out more photos from the team in this gallery! Continue reading

Aaron Gebhart of New Oxford, left, finishes first in the YAIAA Cross Country Championship meet. Central York's Marty Rexroth catches his breath after finishing.

Aaron Gebhart of New Oxford, left, finishes first in the YAIAA Cross Country Championship meet. Central York’s Marty Rexroth catches his breath after finishing.

Girls race on the course during the YAIAA Cross Country Championship meet at John C. Rudy Park on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

Girls race on the course during the YAIAA Cross Country Championship meet at John C. Rudy Park on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

The PSU blue band plays at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The York Daily Record/Sunday News

The PSU blue band plays at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Jeff Lautenberger — For The York Daily Record/Sunday News


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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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