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Pennsylvania writers converge at library

8 31 libraryLocal authors shared their stories about how they became writers during a special event Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Middletown Public Library. Left to right are Gabriella Gill, Deb Daniels Lerew, John Benedict, Natalie J. Damschroder, Nicole Zoltack, Charlie Brenneman and Jeffry W. Johnston. Brenneman, of Middletown, is a retired mixed martial arts competitor. Benedict is a practicing anesthesiologist in Harrisburg. Gill is a student at Harrisburg Area Community College. Johnston has published 35 short stories, more than 200 articles and a young adult mystery novel. Damschroder is the author of romantic adventures. Lerew, of Dillsburg, writes under the pen name Leta Hawk. Zoltack lives in Hellertown.

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23 Years Ago: 8/31/2016

O8311623 YEARS AGO - ORSA Opening Day – When you mention Opening Day 1993 for the Olmsted Regional Soccer Association, the heat comes to mind. For some kids it’s the Harrisburg Heat Soccer Team, but at Saturday’s festivities it was a heat of a different jersey color. With 530 kids on the field representing 45 teams and Mother Nature turning up her thermostat to unbearable, simply getting through the ceremony was worthy of a trophy. Under-six through under-16 teams will compete in the area’s fastest growing sport. The first games are scheduled for Sat, Sept. 11, and of course, the home field is Jednota.

From The Wednesday,
September 1, 1993 Edition
Of The Press And Journal

Middletown Officer Likes
England - Taking A Walk On
The ‘Mild’ Side

 He loves bagpipe music, has loved it ever since he was a child. He researched his family tree and found English roots. And so, when the opportunity arises, Middletown Police Officer Carroll Nelson seizes it, taking a jaunt on the mild side, the mild side of the ocean, that is.

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Out & About: Elizabethtown Fair


The 2016 Elizabethtown Fair held its 43rd edition Aug. 22-27, with some new musical attractions but also the return of old favorites such as the Baby Photo Contest, Pet Photo Contest, Baby-Toddler Parade and Senior Citizens Day, as well as the petting zoo. There were plenty of rides and food as well. Total, there were more than 3,000 competitive exhibits, 40 food stands, around 150 commercial exhibitors and over 800 livestock.

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A DREAM COME TRUE: Press And Journal's Larry Etter heads to Green Bay, packs in green and gold memories on trip of a lifetime

larry in standsPhoto by Dan Etter - Larry Etter sits in the stands at Lambeau Field prior to the Green Bay Packers’ preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Aug. 12.

“To be associated with that organization and the names that have been placed in the Ring of Honor, the names that have been placed in the Hall of Fame, is more than a dream come true.”   

Those are the words shown as quoted on the Bart Starr display in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame at historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

My son Dan and I experienced our own dream come true recently when we made a trip to Green Bay to see a preseason NFL game between the hometown Packers and the visiting Cleveland Browns. Getting to Lambeau was something I always dreamed of, but realistically believed I would probably never get to do. Fortunately, that doubt changed on Father’s Day back in June.

  Dan and his three children came to visit that Sunday and he handed me an envelope with my name written on it. I noticed that the writing was not his, but his wife, Shayna’s. Inside the envelope was a note from her that said in part, “You and Dan are going to a preseason game on Aug. 12. This game is against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field.”

I had to read the note twice to make sure I was seeing what I had read.

But it was true! She had gotten us the tickets and booked us a room as a combination Father’s Day gift for the two of us. Shayna was able to buy the tickets online after looking for more than a year.

Shayna, a zoologist, was working that day at her job at Lake Tobias and could not be there for the presentation. But I did get to talk with her on the phone a few minutes later and somehow managed to choke out the thank-yous to her.

And, so, we started working on the plans as we looked anxiously forward to August. Finally the week arrived.  We had decided to drive to Green Bay even though it would entail more than 875 miles and 13-plus hours to do so.  

We left Dan and Shayna’s home in Dauphin around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.  The game was scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, and we were confident we would be there in plenty of time.  And that worked out well for us.  

The drive was long and tedious, the worst part being the Chicago Loop with its bumper-to-bumper traffic on Friday morning. We had stopped at a hotel in northwestern Ohio that night prior to reaching The Windy City to catch a few hours of sleep and then were back on the road.  

Looping around Chicago with all of its traffic mayhem, we headed north and before too long we were in Wisconsin! As we neared the city limits of Green Bay, we looked off in the distance and could see a giant white G at the top of the stadium at Lambeau Field. The sighting sent a shot of adrenaline through our bodies.

Off the exit we headed straight down Lombardi Avenue and right to Lambeau. Needless to say, it was a thrilling sight.

It was around 1:30 when we arrived and we could see the event staff already getting set up for the game.  After making a turnaround for another driveby, we headed to our motel, which turned out to be just a few blocks away. We grabbed a quick lunch while our room was being readied and then checked in. An hour later, we caught a free shuttle bus to the stadium, happy and relieved that we didn’t have to drive and find parking.

Getting off the bus, we stood looking up in awe as legendary Lambeau Field Stadium rose majestically before us.  We took pictures of the green façade and of the statues of Vince Lombardi and Curly Lambeau standing stoically in Harlan Plaza.

From there, we climbed the steps and entered the atrium where various displays were on hand. Dan and I kept looking at each other, amazed that we were actually there. We had plenty of time before the game started and decided to visit the Packers Hall of Fame.  

  Wow! What a great decision that was.  Displays of past and present players, trophies, old and new uniforms and a history of the Packers lined the walls and glass cases in the two-floor hall.  We were walking amid the history of one of the most storied franchises in professional sports and enjoying every bit of it.  

uniform displayPhoto by Dan Etter -- This display in the Packers Hall of Fame holds the game uniforms that were worn by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, tight end Richard Rogers and running back James Starks in last year’s game against Detroit that Green Bay won on a last second, 61-yard “Hail Mary” pass.

From there, we were going to visit the pro shop on the lower level, but there was a line of visitors that stretched from the first floor to well past the top of the steps leading to the shop.  Instead, we walked around some more and Dan bought a Packers hat at one of the smaller concession stands. After stopping to get a drink to take with us, we headed to the section where our seats were.  

Walking up the ramp and finally looking down on the playing field at Lambeau was something neither of us will ever forget.

I have been a Green Bay fan since the mid-1960s. Pro football was just starting to get more television coverage, well behind Major League Baseball in that respect. Because the Packers were one of the most successful teams at that time, they probably got a bit more exposure than some of the other teams received, and I just liked the name.

I have stayed a loyal fan ever since, and Dan became a fan during his teenage years. Now, here we were, gaping in awe at the inside of the stadium, just like the first-timers we were.

And while it was a fact that this was only a preseason game that didn’t mean anything, and many of the star players did not play, to us it was as exciting as an NFL Championship contest.

  The fans around us were all friendly and we bonded with them, knowing they were there for the same reason we were — to cheer on the beloved Packers! Just knowing that players like Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, Paul Hornung, Jerry Kramer, Jim Taylor and the many gridders before and since then had actually played on the field we were seeing before us was thrilling. And to top things off, the Packers won 17-11, making Dan and I 1-0 at Lambeau.

The atmosphere was everything we had hoped for. The most exciting time probably was when the players entered the field prior to kickoff amid the cheers of the fans.

Getting out of the stadium when the game was over was easy and we caught the shuttle bus back to our motel with no trouble.  The next day, Saturday, we had a big breakfast and then headed back to Lambeau in our car. We took some more pictures and then visited the pro shop which was far less crowded than the day before. And, yes, we spent some money in the shop. We really could not leave without doing that.  

We walked across Oneida Street to look at the Don Hutson Training Center building where the Packers practice and then returned to our car.  

While it would have been great to have another day in Green Bay to see more of the city, we had to start heading back home. We left around 11:30, and the trip home turned out to be a long, grueling journey. The navigation system in the car sent us a different way than which we came and added a couple hours to the travel time. We had decided that we would drive as far and as long as we could. Rather than stopping, we ended up driving straight through, with short rest stops along the way.  

We finally arrived back in Dauphin at 5:30 Sunday morning and I pulled into my driveway 40 minutes later, tired but satisfied that we had made it to Green Bay and back. Since our return, we have had time to reflect on our dream trip and I have looked at the pictures we took a dozen times, just to make sure it was real and not a dream. The stadium staff, the fans we met and the people at the pro shop and restaurant were all great, making the experience even better and more memorable.  

We don’t know if we will ever have the opportunity to make a return trip to Green Bay, but, thanks to Shayna, we can truly say that we there at least once, basking in the history and the aura of Packers football.

dan by displayPhoto by Larry Etter -- Dan Etter stands by the display marking the Packers “Ice Bowl” game against the Dallas Cowboys in December, 1967. The Packers beat Dallas on quarterback Bart Starr’s sneak with 13 seconds left.

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23 Years Ago: 8/24/2016

O8241623 YEARS AGO - Back To “Shoe-LL” – Some things never change with the start of a new school year, including breaking in a new pair of shoes. Here, Ginny Murtoff, owner of the Middletown Shoe Store, 10 S. Union St., sizes up Stephanie Teeple, who is entering Londonderry Elementary School. Stephanie’s mom, Susan, with baby brother Alexander in tow, smiles her approval.

From The Wednesday,
August 25, 1993 Edition Of The Press And Journal

Trucking Co. Gets Okay
For L. Swatara Facility

 Watkins Motor Lines, Inc., a Florida-based trucking firm, got the green light from the Lower Swatara Township Board of Commissioners to submit a subdivision and land development plan for a 30-acre tract located along the east side of North Union Street, approximately 800 feet north of Fulling Mill Road.

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