Etters doesn’t exist

The news came down from the top today, Etters is not a municipality. Neither is Emigsville, Thomasville, Spry, and a whole bunch of other places I’ve been saying people are from for the past 4 1/2 years

The York Daily Record/Sunday News style dictates that we identify where a person lives based on their municipality. This tends to be one of the more difficult questions I ask people on a daily basis. People first say York, then I ask a few follow up questions because most of the time they do not actually live in York, even if their mailing address is York. York turns into East York (also not a municipality), and finally we come to the conclusion that the subject lives in Springettsbury Township or some equally conveluded conclusion.

A few of these tricky ones, like East York, I’ve known about for awhile. But after a discussion over Etters that was overheard, assistant sports editor Jess Sprenkle blew everyone’s mind when she produced a list of 20 places people tend to identify as where they are from that are absolutely not municipalities. I’ve lived in York (city) for 4 1/2 years, so I was a little surprised there were so many non-place places I didn’t know about. Airville?!? But another staffer who has lived in York County 20+ years pretty much fell out of his chair when he saw all the places that were not really places. Since I know by this point you’re curious, here’s a list of places you should never see listed as the primary municipality for a person in the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

East York
Codorus
Brogue
Shiloh
Airville
Craley
Emigsville
Etters
Glenville
Kreutz Creek
Menges Mills
New Bridgeville
New Park
Pleasureville
Rossville
Spry
Stoverstown
Strinestown
Thomasville
York New Salem

One Response to Etters doesn’t exist

  1. Barry Ness says:

    Etters is a location/area on the Valley Road in York County. Maybe a chat with fellow YDR’r Joan Colcilio can clear up that one up for you. I think if one “looks” at those “blue signs” outside these locations you may find that they are mostly villages. They may not have “municipality status” (councils/mayor’s/etc.) but it is a BIG DEAL to be a resident from those places. :-)) If you think York Countians are a little “unclear” about where they live….look to the east at Lancaster County. Locate 5 Corner’s, if you please! :-))) Location,location,location IS important to “us” who have lived in these places and to those that still do.

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