Week in Pictures – September 16, 2011

The flood waters recede

Spent a couple hours this morning checking out the damage from Susquehanna River flood waters. The mighty river is back in it’s banks along Long Level and Wrightsville and shore line residents are moving back into their homes and starting the effort of cleaning up after Tropical Storm Lee.

Week in photo, September 9, 2011

It’s been a crazy week covering the weather here in south central PA. With the Susquehanna River overflowing it’s bank, I’ll be back out later today and tomorrow covering the flooding but thought I’d post some of my favorites from the week so far.Spring Grove verses Red Lion girls volleyball

Jefferson street shooting

Susquehanna Trail flooding

Water rescue

Water rescue

Hallam flooding

Hallam flooding

Hallam flooding

Hallam flooding

Susquehanna River, Thursday

Memorial to Sgt. Wrinkle

Baseball and Bad Guys

Fun evening of photographing little league baseball practice and a citizen’s police academy. Shortstop Brenden Kennedy hangs out at second during base stealing practice as the York Young Revolution baseball team prepares for the opening of little league baseball season, Tuesday March 29, 2011.

 

Ron Smith, left of Dallastown, and Jim Clark, York Township, take aim at bad guys during the York Area Regional Police Citizen’s Police Academy trip to the York County School of Technology, Tuesday March 29, 2011.

Sometimes you get the perfect story

I received an email Wednesday about a local vet who was opening his home to fellow wounded warriors and needed a wheelchair ramp and other improvements to his home to make it accessible. Home Depot and their vendors stepped up and not only donated $6000 worth of materials, but also showed up in force to install the ramp, a new deck, ADA railing, a door wide enough for a wheelchair and hardwood flooring.

It was such an amazing outpouring of caring and good will, all much deserved by Mitch and his wife Sherry. Mitch truly cares about his fellow vets and he and Sherry want to make a difference. Not only has Mitch invited one of his friends to stay with them over the summer, but he has started collecting money and set up contacts to provide specialty prosthetic devices for vets so that they can again do things they love like fishing and hunting.

And, while all this is going on, Mitch is preparing to deploy, tomorrow, to Afghanistan.

I am deeply humbled being given the privilege to meet Mitch and Sherry and share a bit of their story.

Check out the video HERE

Mitch Court delivers coffee to volunteers from Team Depot as they install a new ADA ramp at his home, Thursday, March 24, 2011.

Think Spring! Day 5

Thursday was Day 5 of the Think Spring! count down and what better way to welcome in the season than with Bangers and Ale! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Kilt-clad Ryan Rodgers of Manchester and his son Liam, 1, look out the window of Maewyn’s Irish Pub and Restaurant while waiting for a table for a traditional Irish breakfast of eggs, bacon, bangers, and more with his family for St. Patrick’s Day,  Thursday March 17, 2011.

Think Spring! Days 11 and 10

I’ve missed a few days on my quest of the 30 days till spring. This week has been difficult with the death of a loved family member and other assorted things that keep us from doing what we had planned.

Yesterday I spent much of the day looking for good images of the result of 2 or more inches of rain in 24 hours. Local creeks and streams are running high and muddy and the Susquehanna River is expected to crest at 54 feet, well above the 49 foot flood stage.

All that said, I really had a hard time finding any really decent images. This is one of my favorites.

My Day 10 photo is something that really gets me excited for the arrival of spring.  As an avid fly fisherman, I am always on the lookout for good bug hatches and the flooding waters of the Susquehanna River are causing the little black stoneflies to hatch in clouds. The little blacks are always the first hatch of the season so as soon as the water recedes, I’ll be back on the streams hunting wild trout!