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.
APG has 144 miles of shoreline to take care of. Left unprotected, shoreline erosion threatens roads and infrastructure on the proving ground, and eventually APG’s vital missions that support U.S. service members. This story goes into those efforts.
This is a feature I wrote about soldiers singing the National Anthem.
Soldiers say performing national anthem brings extra sense of honor
It's no secret that the "Star Spangled Banner" has significance for Soldiers at Aberdeen Proving Ground. But those who…
Last, APG firefighters got some training out in the community when a controlled burn was held. Here’s a dispatch from there, with plenty of photos.
This year, I also kept a folder of stories that I enjoyed reading for one reason or another. Here’s that list, without much context, in the order they were bookmarked.
Life After 'Jeopardy!': Austin Rogers Doesn't Want to Be Quiz Guy, Despite the Groupies
Austin Rogers is working behind the bar at Gaf West, a cozy little Irish pub in Hell's Kitchen. It's a pleasant…
'Please keep kids safe from guns': How Trump replied to a 7-year-old's anguished letter
February 4 The manila envelope arrived on Mary Olsen's doorstep the day after Christmas, and in its top left corner…
The search for Jackie Wallace
A New Orleans football legend reached the pinnacle of the sport. Then everything came crashing down.
'I Need a Miracle Every Day': Jake Peavy Picks Up Pieces of a Shattered Life
MOBILE, Ala. - The famous duck boat sits motionless in the quiet of a shed at the center of the property. Where cheers…
On Valentine's Day, one Towson couple's 66 year love story
When David Ross and Phyllis Cheek met in 1949 it wasn't exactly love at first sight. The University of Maryland…
Generations of Philadelphia families are incarcerated together
Cintron Sr.'s own father wasn't around when he was a kid in Puerto Rico. He came to Philadelphia at 15 in search of…
New courses on drones take flight at Anne Arundel Community College
Is it a bird or a plane? Neither. It's a drone. And if a person wants to learn more, Anne Arundel Community College is…
Ichiro's return to Seattle won't resolve the battle raging within him
Day 1: Feb. 4, 2018 "There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony…
Daylight saving time starts this weekend. Here's how things would change if we got rid of it.
Winter may still have a few tricks up its sleeve, but we'll be one step closer to spring when daylight saving time…
What If Major League Baseball Was Entirely Alphabetical? (Part 1) - Off The Bench
How great would it be if every roster in the MLB were reconstructed such that it consisted only of players who shared…
Crab crisis: Md. seafood industry loses 40 percent of workforce in visa lottery
Maryland's seafood industry is in crisis: Nearly half of the Eastern Shore's crab houses have no workers to pick the…
Game Changer: What happens to the lucky fans who hit a...
Mike Shelley strode onto the court at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, his heart thumping, his eyes gazing up…
"If I'm going to fail, I'd rather fail my way." The...
Aaron Judge reaches for his bat, coils into his stance, and locks his eyes on a styrofoam cup sitting on a table…
The freelance writer of Sing Sing
When John J. Lennon writes about the criminal justice system, he must first tell his own story. Lennon is Inmate No…
What It's Like To Die In Prison
Perspectives from those who work and live in the criminal justice system. The typical bank robbery nowadays is pulled…
A baseball dream 30 years in the making washed away
In the middle of it all, the entire, emotional ordeal that would come to define his career, in the midst of the literal…
How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born?
Methodology For each year, the count of days at or above 90 32 degrees reflects a 21-year rolling average. Temperature…
Dear Baltimore, thank you! - TJ Smith Media
Dear Baltimore, It's time. Goodbye for now and thank you for letting me be me. To change a city, you have to change the…
Alex Trebek on Retirement, His Legacy, and Why Knowledge Matters
Alex Trebek, dressed in a chambray shirt and blue jeans, walks into the plushly carpeted, book-lined study of his…
Outdoor School, a legacy program in Carroll County, is the 'perfect recipe for a child'
Carly Miller stands in the wetlands at Hashawha Environmental Center, a group of sixth-graders lined up in front of…
An Anonymous Wawa Employee Tells All
The longtime Wawa worker tells us about bloody in-store fights, idiotic customers, and the one sandwich you should…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jon Bleiweis has written for a variety of publications in Maryland and Delaware since 2011. For more about Jon, visit JonBleiweis.com. He can be reached at @JonBleiweis on Twitter.