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 had to find things to write for work despite not a whole lot going on at APG. …

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. Here’s a selection of my stories and photos this year that stood out.

Scroll down a bit for stories I enjoyed reading over the course of the year.

The 20th CBRNE Command moved from APG South to APG North, which had some great photo opportunities.

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 test for mosquito resistance, to help the Warfighter out in the field. This story goes into how and why.

Greening Week gives APG civilians a taste of life as a soldier. Here’s a story from that, and a video below the link. The video was a fun exercise in editing.

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 about a wide variety of topics. Below are just a few of my favorites. Feel free to give them a read, if you want.

Up first, photographer Laura Emmons and I spent 12 hours on Chet Townsend’s lobster boat about 22 miles off the Ocean City Inlet for a story…

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. When the end of the year crept up on me and I realized I wanted to recap my year in writing, I was worried there wouldn’t be a ton of selections I wanted to share.

Fortunately, I was wrong. While I wasn’t at the Baltimore Sun Media Group the entire year, I…

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, I moved to the city, accepting a job with the Baltimore Sun Media Group as its Catonsville and Arbutus reporter.

Getting to know the area has been interesting, and there has been plenty to write about.

So here are some favorites from this year that I’ve written from both here…

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 distance from a Major League Baseball stadium, I wanted to see them in action, as opposed to on the television.

The plan was to attend all three games of the series with my camera in tow and Instagram the heck out of it.

It was the first time I got…

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 year that was, though I’m sure I’ve forgotten a couple along the way. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.

One of my oddest highlights of 2015 is when a photo of me driving a go-kart was on the front page of USAToday.com for more than an hour. On purpose. Right next to Steph Curry. You can find a link to the related story if you scroll down a bit.

How Dogfish Head strives for quality through science

This was my favorite story to report in 2015. It’s a feature on the quality control team at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and what…

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 month — it didn’t have the general popularity to earn a day of the week, like chicken nugget Monday did. It was just a matter if it was twin tacos, or the obvious preference for a youngster, the taco boat.

The crispy shell (we were a hard shell family) provides…

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. But one could say the song — the Frank Sinatra rendition is blasted in Yankee Stadium after each home game — could easily relate to Derek Jeter. As a kid, he would say he wanted to be the shortstop of the New York Yankees when he grew up. A very…

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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