Election Day in Elizabethtown Recap

Today, Tuesday, November 4th could very well be one of the most important dates in the history of the United States of America.  Us as community members and citizins of the USA have the right to vote for possibly the first African-American President in history, or the first female Vice President in history. Throw in the current state of the economy, and this makes for the most important election in the last 100 years.

As Elizabethtown community members, we get to cast our vote. With four voting locations in Elizabethtown, the urge for everyone to get out and vote is more apparent than ever.

“We have about 2,700 in ward, and the way today has gone, I would expect just about everyone to come out to one of the voting locations.” said Elizabethtown Judge of Elections, Don Crabb. At 2 P.M. the Lutheran Lodge on East High St. was jam-packed with eager voters. Crabb chuckled that “Its no where near as full as it was earlier this morning….line was out the door and down the hill.”

With Elizabethtown municipal Borough Representative Daniel Stevenson (Dem.) seeking a seat as 98th District Representative in the General Assembly, there were a fair ammount Stevenson supporters at the Lodge. “Stevenson is a democrat, and they are out-numbered pretty heavily in this area, so he needs all the support and votes possible. ” stated local citezin Bradford Harris.

The polls close at 7 P.M tonight  and if things continue to flow the way they were at 2 P.M, then we are looking at having more voters for this election than ever before, not only in this area, but across the country. This is an extremly important time in the United States, and we will know very soon, who will be leading us as a nation for the next four years.

For a list of all the Pennsylvania and General elections, click here.

Listen to the full interview with Elizabethtown Judge of Elections, Don Crabb
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More Elizbethtown Election Coverage

 Campaign Signs in E-Town


By Troy Machir

Local Voter Information for 11/4

If you havent already sent in your absentee ballot yet, then chances are you are going to have to go out and vote on Tuesday, November 11th.


Lucky for you, there are four voting locations in Elizabethtown.  You can go to the Lancaster County government website to see a whole list. Here is the location information for The Elizabethtown Borough.




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Free Starbucks Coffee to all Voters

Starbucks Coffee did their part to support people voting on Tuesday. As part of the company’s mission to be involved with the community, all Starbucks stores gave away one free coffee to any customer who voted.

Regular customers at the Starbucks in Hershey, Deb and Mary, thought this move by Starbucks was a very generous act. “It was very wise on their part, most people will buy something else when they get a free coffee, so it was very good advertising,” said Deb, who was wearing a vote sticker and holding a free coffee.

The clip below has more coverage on this event.

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Even with the end of the election, Starbucks continues to do its part to help the community. At the end of November, the company will launch a (Starbucks)RED campaign, that will benefit the Global Fund to save lives in Africa.

Local Starbucks can be found in Hershey, Middletown, Harrisburg, and York. Check out the Starbucks Store Locator to find out which one is closest to you.

reported by: Megan Angstadt, Elizabethtown student

Photos and images found at Starbucks.com and Google.com

Etown Public Library Provides Teen Club Opportunities

(Above image: Jamie Sebzda, eighth-grader from Etown Area Middle School)

This fall, the Elizabethtown Public Library is hosting various Young Adult (YA) Clubs as part of their Fall Teen Program. “We enjoy having teens here at the library,” said Paula Sherick, Youth Services Teen Coordinator for the library. “These programs allow teens something to do, and hopefully enjoy. It also gives them an opportunity to see many of the great books here at the library.” Each of these clubs meet on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m., unless noted otherwise. There is also no previous registration required for any of the clubs or events.

One the first Thursday of the month is the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting. This is a group of about 10 teen members, all grades six to 12, who make decisions on what events to do in the various clubs that month. “They decide what programs would be cool to have,” said Sherick. In a currently ongoing process, the board is also working with Etown College’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) to help make the library more economically friendly and “greener,” Sherick noted. If you are a teen and interested in joining this group, contact Kay or Paula at teens@etownpubliclibrary.org.

On the second Thursday of the month, the Game Club meets at the tables near the Teen Room for two hours of competitive board gaming. There are a host of games to choose from, including chess, Trivial Pursuit and Apples to Apples. While the emphasis for the period is on board games, Sherick remarked that “the library owns various systems, and we run special events for video games throughout our schedule. We previously ran a Rock Band night, and we hope to run a [Nintendo] Wii night in the winter.” 

Paula Sherick, Youth Services Teen Coordinator, displays a couple of Craft Club projectsOn the third Thursday of the month, the Craft Club gathers to create a new craft each month, decided by the TAB. Sherick was pleased with the crafts teens came up with, commenting, “Last month we made CD case covers. We try and base our crafts on recycled items.” Previous creations include recycled cup-shaped cases to hold various items, and just this past Thursday, teens created pipe cleaner animals. “It started out as spiders, but they soon created all sorts of creatures,” Sherick said.  

On the fourth Thursday of the month, there are two fall teen programs ran. First, from 3-5 p.m., the Middle School Book Club meets to discuss a book that was chosen at the beginning of the month. In September, the chosen book was “Inkheart,” by Cornelia Funke, which tells the story of a girl whose father, a bookbinder, can bring stories to life while reading them. “This month, we are letting kids bring their own books to share so they don’t feel like this is homework,” Sherick remarked.

The second event of the day, running from 6-8 p.m., is the monthly Teen Movie. This is a movie chosen by the TAB, and is played on the big screen on the lower level of the library. In the selection of the movie, it is enforced that none of the movies may be rated above PG-13. Popcorn is also provided. Some of the previous movies include “Transformers” and “Fantastic 4.” The movie shown for this month will be “Back to the Future.” The library hopes to show “Iron Man” in the future, as it has recently been released on DVD.

While not on Thursday, the Teen Anime/Manga Club meets on the first Saturday on each month, from 1-3 p.m., to share and discuss anime comics and their own created artwork. 

“We hope teens can meet other kids interested in the same thing,” Sherick said. For more information, visit the library at 10 South Market St., Elizabethtown. You can also contact the Etown Public Library at 717-367-7467, or visit their website at http://www.etownpubliclibrary.org/.

Reported by: Mike Moss
Images by: Etown Public Library, Mike Moss

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania Citizen Journalism