Jon’s Favorites · 2017
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 did write 136 stories while I was there. Here are a few favorites.
I guess the lede of my year, writing-wise, is that I had my first and only story on the front page of the Baltimore Sun during my time at the Baltimore Sun Media Group, in April. The third floor reporters usually aren’t on A1. Anyway, this was the story.
Maryland bill gives first responders protections when aiding pets
Police, firefighters and medics who provide aid to animals during emergencies would get new protection from liability…
My final story from my time at Baltimore Sun Media Group included one of my favorite photos I’ve taken in my career. It’s probably in the top two. Here’s that story.
Dogs are the guinea pigs in arthritis clinical trials at Catonsville veterinary office
When Hanna stopped climbing into her owner’s bed, Donna Foster knew something was wrong. Hanna, a 14-year-old Golden…
I always enjoy writing stories about people coming together for good, particularly when someone was in need, such as wrote about the pastor whose congregation stepped up after suffering a fall or the school community coming together after the unexpected death of a high school senior. It reminds me not all people are the worst.
After suffering a fall, Arbutus priest gets uplifting support from his congregation
When the Rev. Conan Timoney had an elevator installed at Patronage of the Mother of God Church in Arbutus 24 years ago…
A student's sudden death stuns Lansdowne High
The Lansdowne High School community came together Tuesday night to mourn No. 19. Kayla Linton, a 17-year-old senior…
On the flip side, an important story I broke this year was the one of the nursing home owner who was discovered housing 16 people in a facility licensed for four beds. Here’s the initial story.
Lansdowne assisted-living home investigated after 16 residents found in facility licensed for 4…
Baltimore County police and state authorities are investigating a Lansdowne assisted-living home after it was…
As someone who enjoys learning about how things work, I wrote a few stories that taught me a lot, such as the competitiveness of the gas industry, pet CPR and how future pilots and air traffic controllers are trained.
Competition keeps Baltimore County gas stations nimble
When it comes to filling up his GMC SUV, every penny counts for Frank Beales, a retired corrections officer from…
Catonsville resident offers training as interest grows in pet CPR, first aid
Tim and Megan Kelly's two mixed Boxers, Jack and Cassie, have a habit of gnawing everything in their Arbutus home. Two…
Demand for training in aviation jobs is soaring at Community College of Baltimore County
The two-year aviation technology program at the Community College of Baltimore County, started in 1974, offers six…
And, of course, I got to write about interesting people doing interesting things. That includes the couple celebrating their 70th anniversary, the 80-year-old line dancing instructor and the collegiate Baja racing team, just to name a few.
Catonsville couple passes a 70-year marriage milestone
After returning from a four-year deployment to Europe in World War II, Richard McQuay stopped by Kibby's Restaurant and…
Age doesn't slow Catonsville line dancing teacher, 80
After undergoing open heart surgery following a heart attack last year, doctors told Nancy Sullivan that line dancing…
A UMBC engineers' race drives innovation
Race. Wreck. Rebuild. Repeat. Four words, outlined by 23-year-old Nick Belkoff, sum up a year in the life of the…
I did not do a good job chronicling things I enjoyed reading this year, whether by friends or by others, so just check out my friend Mitch’s Twitter thread of what he enjoyed. Maybe I’ll do a better job in 2018.
Instead, here’s my #2017bestnine on Instagram.