In 1999, my wife and I bought a house in Elizabethtown and a year later started our family. As someone who grew up in a borough about the same size as E-town, I had a comfort level with the community. It wasn't too big or too small, and it was the right distance from my job working in state government.

As a former newspaper reporter, I spent countless hours covering local government for The Record Herald in Waynesboro, Pa., The Evening Sun in Hanover, Pa., the Hershey Chronicle and the Elizabethtown Chronicle. Those meetings drove me nuts, especially the time the board members of the Washington Township Municipal Authority, whose responsibility was overseeing the public water and sewer systems, all had to give their opinions about what kind of motor oil the authority's vehicles should use.

That's 20 minutes of my life I'll never get back.

But when I moved here, I knew that I wanted to give back to the community. There are many, many ways that people can do that. Some find fulfillment through service organizations such as the Rotary Club or the Masons. Others are proud alumni of Elizabethtown College and volunteer with the campus. I have always been drawn to public service and using my skills and interests on issues that have a direct impact on the day-to-day lives of people.


  1. Great blog, Jeff! The Masonic Villages has been publishing a lot of new blog posts about how it interacts with the Elizabethtown community, including one on running. Check it out! http://www.masonicvillages.org/news/


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