EDITORIAL: Sports writer a real pro

Staff reports
Mark Medina

Thumbs up: To York Suburban graduate Mark Medina, who started his sports writing career as a local correspondent and parlayed his love of basketball into a gig covering the Los Angeles Lakers for the L.A. Daily News.

Medina has long had a love for basketball. When he realized he wouldn’t be a pro basketball player himself, he became a pro journalist and followed that passion as a sports writer.

His example is one to follow when pursuing a career: Find out what you love and follow that passion; when disappointment arise, don’t let them stop you; work really, really hard.

Medina’s is a winning formula, on or off the court.

York Suburban graduate Mark Medina covers L.A. Lakers

Thumbs up: To York Habitat for Humanity and all of the volunteers who this past year built a house so a young family could make it a home.

Construction on the home, built on land donated by Wrightsville borough, started in August. The house is now ready for Wrightsville couple Tanya and Eliseo Cruz and their daughters to make a home.

One volunteer, Robert Rose, a retiree from Springettsbury Township, gave at least 100 hours because “it was a way to give back.”

York Habitat for Humanity dedicates Wrightsville home

To Robert and all of the volunteers who make homes possible for families who might otherwise not be able to afford them without a struggle, we admire your giving spirit.

You walk the talk — and you exemplify a giving community.

Thumbs up: To author Beverly Cleary, who this past week turned 100 years old.

Many of us grew up with the author whose Oregon childhood inspired characters Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins. Those characters are in the hearts of millions of children — and they inspired millions of children to embark upon reading, a lifelong habit that will keep them mentally agile, curious and engaged.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Cleary recalled an idyllic childhood that inspired her to write:

“I was a well-behaved little girl, not that I wanted to be,” she said. “At the age of Ramona, in those days, children played outside. We played hopscotch and jump rope and I loved them and always had scraped knees.”

Author Beverly Cleary turns 100 with wit, candor

Ramona, perhaps her best-known character, made her debut in “Henry Huggins” with only a brief mention. But that changed soon.

“All the children appeared to be only children so I tossed in a little sister and she didn’t go away. She kept appearing in every book,” she said.

Thank goodness for that because Ramona inspired many children to speak their minds and cultivate their independence. That’s a gift for a lifetime.