A marine places a stone in memory of Marine Cpl. Dale A. Burger Jr. at the Gold Star Plaza in APG’s Living Legacy Forest.

2020 was spent mostly at home writing about Aberdeen Proving Ground. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down most day-to-day operations on the installation, leaving me without a whole lot to cover for a publication in which most of our coverage is events-driven.

Of course, because I was fortunately employed, I still…


Harrison Henneberg, 16, of Clifton, Virginia (right) operates the fire hose nozzle as Joseph Telfer, 14, of Baltimore, (center) handles the hose and APG firefighter James Smith, left, supervises during an exercise at the APG South (Edgewood) fire station on Monday, July 1, 2019. Harrison and Joseph are two of more than 160 members of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps who are taking part in a 9-day camp at APG. In addition to firefighting and emergency management skills, the cadets — ages 13–17 —spent their time at the installation learning military customs, Naval history and leadership lessons.

Another year bites the dust, as 2019 has come and (just about) gone very quickly. I spent the year at Aberdeen Proving Ground, writing about the Army’s achievements and innovations, as well as the local community, for APG News. …


An image from APG’s Greening Week. One of my favorite photos I took this year. Story and video from that is below.

My year in writing for 2018 was different than in years past. Writing for APG News all year gave me opportunities to learn things about the Army that I never would have realized.

Did you know, for example, that the Army tracks sturgeon migration? This story explains why.

They also…


Quick note: This was originally posted on Storify a few years ago, but now that Storify is shutting down, I’m just moving this here for posterity. If I was able to timestamp this retroactively, I would do so. Cool.

2014 was a long year. I got to write many stories…


2017 was an odd year. Yes, the 7 at the end of the number signifies it as an odd number, but it was also odd, in that my job unexpectedly changed in the middle of the year and I ended up writing a lot less than I expected. …


2016 was a long year. If you thought 2015 was long, this year was even longer than last year, by just a smidge. And in that time, I wrote some stories.

Like in years past, I started 2016 at the beach. But in April, after almost five years on Delmarva…


How I spent my Labor Day weekend

The setting for #WeekendOfGARY: Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

My Labor Day Weekend destination this year wasn’t too far away. About 1.4 miles from my apartment, to be more specific. It was Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

My beloved New York Yankees were in town for a three game series. And now that I live within such a short…


At times, 2015 felt like a long year. At other times, 2015 felt like it flew by. I’m sure we can all agree on that. Either way, I wrote plenty of stories over the course of the year on all kinds of topics.

Here are a few favorites from the…


Seven of the nine photos you see here are fish tacos I ate this summer. The other two are from an avid #fishtacblog fan.

I’ve always liked tacos.

Growing up, my mom would cook them for dinner on a somewhat frequent basis, despite some of my siblings despising them.

When I was in elementary school, taco day was certainly in my top five school lunches, even if it was held, at most, twice a…


After nearly two decades of consistent play, the Yankee captain announces his retirement, while this author moves on

Start spreading the news, Derek Jeter is leaving after 2014. The song “Theme from New York, New York” isn't about Derek Jeter. Heck, it was released days before he turned 3 years old…

Jon Bleiweis

Newspaper reporter by day and sometimes night. Writing here off the clock every once in awhile. Yankees fan all the time. 75" tall. More at JonBleiweis.com.

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