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
Kreutz Creek
Menges Mills
New Bridgeville
New Park
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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