WEEKLY RECORD -- ROSE HAYESKatie Horn’s latest feathered friend is an American Parakeet named Zeke
WEEKLY RECORD -- ROSE HAYES Katie Horn's latest feathered friend is an American Parakeet named Zeke
The Weekly Record covered many good stories in 2012; here's a sampling of some of those stories.

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Bird is the word

KATIE HORNE'S first pet was a bird, an American parakeet named Bailey Bird. The one-ounce bird made up for his diminutive size with a lot of personality, including a 400-word vocabulary.

Bailey Bird died in March at age 11 and in a July cover story, Horne said she found the loss difficult to talk about.

The story also offered tips on caring for pet birds, and information on the York Area Pet Bird Club Read the story

Helping four-legged friends

LAURA HERBST-AGEE and her husband, Christopher Agee, spend weekends transporting dogs from high-kill shelters to no-kill rescues and foster homes in a bus they bought on eBay.

Weekly Record staff member Rose Hayes accompanied the couple on one of the transports for an April cover story about their efforts to move the dogs to safety. Read the story

Pen pals

IT STARTED WHEN they were in elementary school and continued for decades. Kaye Allison of Shrewsbury Township became pen pals with Lynne Waugh Moore of Australia, pictured, through a class assignment in sixth grade.

The pair's correspondence has evolved to a combination of letters and emails over the years.

In the 48 years they have been corresponding, Allison and Moore have never met, but Allison hopes to have the chance to visit Australia soon.

Halloween spirit

MARK DANIELS' spooky Halloween birthday was featured in an October issue.

Mark's wife, Carol, said the holiday is a family affair for the West Manchester Township couple.

Carol Daniels of West Manchester Township said her husband, Mark, was born on Halloween, and it’s a special occasion in their household. Last
Carol Daniels of West Manchester Township said her husband, Mark, was born on Halloween, and it's a special occasion in their household. Last year's costume theme was The Wizard of Oz. submitted
Children, grandchildren and the family dog gather for festivities, including setting up a ghoulish display. Read the story

Leftover candy?

THE DELICIOUS CHALLENGE of re-purposing leftover Halloween candy was featured in an October cover story.

Writer Brittany Wilson suggested several ways to use extra treats, including by incorporating them into crafts. Other suggestions included donating the candy or using it in healthier snacks.

Read the story

Remember the Hiestand School?

ALUMNI REMEMBERED their elementary school days at Hiestand School in a May feature.

A wreath repurposing candy as a decoration. Photo taken Tuesday, October 23, 2012.  DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN
A wreath repurposing candy as a decoration. Photo taken Tuesday, October 23, 2012. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN (YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS -)

The school was built in 1912 and educated the youth of Springettsbury Township until it closed in 1978.

Hiestand gave students a good education, said Dorothy Spangler, who attended the school between 1925 and 1932. Read the story

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Decorating with wreaths

THE MANY OPTIONS for wreath decorations were in the spotlight in one of our November cover stories.

Keep an open mind when decorating wreaths, Brillhart said, and don't forget to consider non-traditional shapes and materials. For holiday wreaths, look for classic touches like evergreen branches, bows and a little sparkle.

Katie Flinchbaugh unrolls the cake of a pumpkin roll from a dishtowl for icing. After the cake comes out of the oven it is cooled and kept from sticking by
Katie Flinchbaugh unrolls the cake of a pumpkin roll from a dishtowl for icing. After the cake comes out of the oven it is cooled and kept from sticking by rolling in the towell . At Flinchbaugh's Orchards and Farm Market in Hellam Township Monday Sept 24, 2012. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL (Paul Kuehnel)