Author Archives: Austin Gisriel

About Austin Gisriel

You know the guy that records a baseball game from the West Coast in July and doesn't watch it until January just to see baseball in the winter? That's me. I'm a writer always in search of a good story, baseball or otherwise.

Boots Launch a Big Success

Thank you to everyone who made the launch of Boots Poffenberger: Hurler, Hero, Hell-Raiser such a big success. Joan and Jerry Knode were wonderful hosts providing an array of refreshments (still marveling at the banana bread, Joan!) and more importantly, … Continue reading

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The Launch Is About to Launch and One Other Tidbit

There seems to be a great deal of excitement building in Williamsport for the launch of Boots Poffenberger: Hurler, Hero, Hell-Raiser. That is rewarding and humbling at the same time! Just as a reminder, the launch will be held this … Continue reading

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“Boots” Will Launch on July 27th

We are just about at the end of a process that began in January of 2012. The official launch of Boots Poffenberger: Hurler, Hero, Hell-Raiser will take place on Sunday afternoon, July 27th at the Williamsport Town Museum in the Springfield … Continue reading

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Eating and Sleeping in Bedford

A couple of notes leftover from my trip to Bedford three weeks ago:. If you ever travel to Bedford, and I highly recommend that you do, just know that there really aren’t many good restaurants in town. With the exception … Continue reading

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Reflections on the D-Day Commemoration: There is Hope

The National D-Day Memorial and the town of Bedford should be proud of their commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The moving words of D-Day participants, read during the official commemoration on Friday; the presence of many D-Day veterans; … Continue reading

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A Sentimental Sendoff

I went back to the D-Day Memorial one final time last night for the concert given by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. A group of talented musicians led by Terry Myers and featuring outstanding vocalist Bryan Anthony faithfully recreated the music … Continue reading

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A Parade for the Home Folks

While yesterday’s ceremony at the National D-Day Memorial was for the nation, today’s parade through the streets of Bedford was for the town. It was small and sweet, just like the town itself. I heard someone remark that everyone in … Continue reading

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A Couple of Cafes

As followers of this blog know, my fellow adventurer Al Smith and I have a knack for finding the best in local diners and barbeque shacks. I turned up another one here in Bedford called, “The Forks,” a little diner … Continue reading

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A Moving Ceremony

The Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day was moving and inspiring. Several thousand of all ages gathered to hear a service that lasted a little over 90 minutes. Opening with a parachute jump, the ceremony also featured four different … Continue reading

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Travel Travails

My trip to Charlottesville, my first stop on the way to Bedford for the Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, has been an adventure unto itself. Just north of Winchester on I-81 an electronic sign warned me that the … Continue reading

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