Lives: outside of York Springs
From: outside of York Springs there's no place like home
Educated at: Bermudian Springs High School, Penn State, and Villanova Law School
Family: Unhappily single
Job: I'm serving as Land Conservation Coordinator for the Land Conservancy of Adams County while Sarah Kipp is taking some time off to travel
Job's reward: Knowing that what I do every day helps protect Adams County's working farms, scenic landscapes, and special qualities for years to come
What I hate about my job: Dealing with unnecessary federal paperwork and red tape
Very first job was: Stocking shelves at Weiser's fruit stand on Route 15
Favorite food: Anything with peanut butter
Pets: One outdoor cat, and hopefully a dog soon
Hero: The average American farmer who feeds more people than ever before while under heightened scrutiny and in the midst of an ever-changing regulatory landscape
Hobbies: Golfing, reading, playing the piano, going to Penn State sports events, and spending time with family and friends
Pet peeves: Rudeness, arrogance, and people who manipulate facts to get their way
Collects: I have an impressive dust bunny collection under my bed. Does that count?
Best friend: Vijay Nainani, my fraternity brother and one of the most hilarious people I know
Would like to have witnessed what event in history: The sinking of the Titanic (preferably from the safety of a lifeboat)
Event that changed your life: I can't really think of anything specific; I must lead a boring life
Scariest moment: Going to the emergency room after I jumped off a very high yacht and fell into shallow water in Florida. It's quite the story!
Your first memory: Going to the Pennsylvania Farm Show
Trait inherited from parents: My hatred of inefficiency and the ability to do good vocal impressions of others
Piece of advice that you live by: "Nothing very good or very bad ever lasts very long"
Who needs a hug? My parents, I wouldn't be who I am today if it weren't for them!
Favorite reading/author: I'll read almost anything non-fiction, but I especially enjoy reading books and articles about history and public policy
Favorite spot on earth: Upstate Pennsylvania on a clear fall day
Website you visit most: Onwardstate.com (not during work hours, of course!)
Would like concert tickets to see: Billy Joel
One bad habit: I'm a germaphobe at times, but I'm trying to break myself of that
3 items on your bucket list: Visit and tour every state - not just drive through them on the way to somewhere else, somehow snag a seat on the Penn State Board of Trustees (it's technically a volunteer position but they get some pretty nice perks), and do something political
Five minutes with: My great-grandparents, many of them died when I was very young
What skill or lesson would you like to learn? I took a lot of foreign language credits in college but lost some of my skills due to lack of use. I'd love to recapture some of what I used to know
What would people find surprising about you? I was once ten feet away from Barack Obama and somehow didn't notice him
What would make this world a better place? If people would truly listen to an opponent's perspective and point of view rather than dismissing him/her out of hand
What is the best piece of news you received lately that you would like to share? I learned two weeks ago that I passed the Pennsylvania bar exam!
How would you like to be remembered? As somebody who acted for the greater good and not just in my own self-interest
- By Alex J. Hayes, Times Managing Editor