Bubba, Harley and me

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I met Bubba Blackwell about 10 years ago. He is a good ole boy from Bon Secour, Alabama with an infectious smile, deep tan, and a lot of broken bones (more than 40 to be exact). Of course those bones had healed by the time I got to meet him, but he still has an unusual piece of collarbone that appears ready to pop through his skin. Bubba was, and still is, a motorcycle stunt performer. When I thought motorcycle performers I always thought Evil Knievel until I met Bubba. Bubba has jumped cars, trucks, and helicopters with rotating blades. Bubba was preparing to do a weekend stunt show at Battlefield Harley Davidson in Gettysburg when our paths crossed. Dealership owner, the late Jennifer LeVan, would often ask if I would emcee events at the dealership. Jen was a sweetie and I never said no. I think the fact I rode a Harley sat well with her too. This was Bubba’s first trip to Gettysburg and Jen asked if I would give him a tour while he was in town. So on a Friday morning after finishing my radio gig, I met Bubba at the dealership on my new 2007 stock Harley Nightster while he mounted a tricked out Harley Davidson sponsored Ultra Glide, painted in red, white and blue colors, and easily a $ 100,000 machine. It was an eye-popper and a head turner. So off we went through the battlefield. I’m no tour guide but we hit the important tourist stops including the Alabama Monument which I think was our first stop. After two hours of a condensed history lesson under the hot sun we headed for The Plaza for a sweet tea, fries, and a burger. We parked both motorcycles side by side in front of the old Bank of Hanover branch next to Codori’s, and while I was putting some coins in the meter, a young boy and his father stopped to look at Bubba’s show bike and my all black Nightster. The boy then said to his dad, “Look dad, there’s one of those new blacked out Harley Nightsters,” ignoring Bubba’s bike altogether. It is a great bike, but not even close to having the bells and whistles of Bubba’s Ultra Glide. Jennifer laughed and told that story for years, it almost became legend how Freddie’s bike outshined Bubba’s for that one hot day in August.

Bubba is coming to town this Saturday and will perform two stunt shows at 1 and 3 p.m. at Battlefield Harley Davidson on V-Twin Drive. Stop by and meet Bubba and enjoy one or both shows. He’s a great guy and loves kids. Bubba holds the world record for motorcycle jumps after clearing 15 buses in the late 90s and jumping 52 stacked cars in 2008. He broke Evil Knievel’s record for both jumps. On Saturday he will attempt another jump over cars after the 3 p.m. show. His shows are free so bring the entire family. Please make plans to enjoy a delicious barbecued chicken dinner along with vendors to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation being held in conjunction with Bubba’s appearance under the pavilion. Tell Bubba Freddie sent you.

After reading the latest account of Liberty Township’s monthly meeting, it appears they are vying for the bad behavior award with Gettysburg Borough. Public comment periods are just that, not tickets to get into a verbal free-for-all with local officials. Hopefully escorting disruptive people to the door will put an end to the bad behavior. Time-out chairs would be helpful, but unfortunately not in most budgets.

Congratulations to Carroll Valley Mayor Ron Harris for being named Mayor of the Year by the Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association. Ron was one of seven finalists among more than 500 mayors from around the Commonwealth eligible for the prize. Mayor Harris has served Carroll Valley as its mayor for 12 years and cited for his many accomplishments when presented with the award. Congratulations Mr. Mayor!

Let’s not be so anxious to pile on someone who owes back taxes without understanding the circumstances of how they were accrued. The question one should ask is whether the person is working to resolve the situation. I detect some personal animosity on the part of a few critics and in the whole scheme of things; this isn’t much of a story.

Let’s head Around Town:

The Adams County Fruit Growers Association invites you to share in their Bounty of the County event from Aug. 11 through the 20. Sarah Lott Zost tells me local restaurants in Gettysburg and Biglerville will have special dishes and beverages showcasing the tastes and textures of produce from local orchards. Some proceeds from the menus will support the Adams County Fruit Growers Association. For a complete list of participating restaurants go to the website at: www.acfga.info/bounty-of-the-county and enjoy the flavorful treats Adams County has to offer.

Linda Thompson from the Adams County Office for Aging asked if I would remind older Adams County residents of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Eligible seniors 60 and older can receive four $ 5 vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at approved farmer’s markets. To receive the vouchers you must be a resident of Adams County and meet the federal government income guidelines. The income limit is $ 22,311 for a single adult, or $ 30,044 for married couples. Stop by the Office of Aging on West Middle Street and bring identification showing proof of age and residency. You do not need to bring proof of income, but must sign indicating you are eligible for the vouchers. For more information call 334-9296.

For those of you who enjoy reading detective mysteries and watching true crime shows on television, the Adams County Library System has a free program for you! “Channel Your Inner Detective” features Cumberland Township Police Chief Don Boehs and Biglerville Police Sgt. Craig Hartley talking about investigative work and how police use evidence to discover the truth. The free program will be held next Tuesday, Aug. 15 at the Harbaugh-Thomas Library in Biglerville beginning at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Historic Gettysburg Adams County will address barn preservation Tuesday, Aug. 17 as part of its monthly educational speakers program. Next Tuesday HGAC’s Barn Preservation Specialist David Maclay will touch upon his own experiences as a timber framer and restoration carpenter and explain the importance of preserving these historic structures. The program is free to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. The program is held monthly at the GAR Hall on East Middle Street. For more information call 334-8312.

St. Francis Xavier Church is publishing a new Parish Photo Directory. All parishioners are asked to register for a photo session. Each family and/or single parishioner will receive a free portrait, directory, and a free CD with their picture. Register online at the Lifetouch link on the church’s website at www.stfxcc.org or contact Nancy Newbold at johnnnewbold@yahoo.com. or phone 420-5145 for questions or to register.

Are you ready for some nostalgic rock and roll music? Break out the poodle skirts and saddle oxford shoes because the Fabulous Hubcaps are coming to town. The Arc of Adams County will hold their Dinner, Dance, and Show Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 23. Enjoy a fabulous evening while supporting the amazing work being done by the Arc in the areas of advocacy, education, support services, and goal setting. Join us for this diversity celebration for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. This special night will be held at the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center on Emmitsburg Road. Doors will open at 6 with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dancing and the show will begin 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $ 50 a person for the dinner and show, or come by 7:30 p.m. for just the dancing and the show for just $ 30 a person. Tickets are now available online at www.arcfundraiser2017.eventbrite.com or by calling the Arc Office at 677-8487. A silent auction will also be held and auction items are still being sought. Contact the Arc if you can donate an item or services to this wonderful organization. For more information on the Arc of Adams County, visit their website at www.arcadamspa.org.

If you non-profit club, group, or organization has an upcoming event: be sure to let me know about it. My contact information appears at the end of the column. Please allow at least two weeks’ notice before the event.

Is a salad really worth going to jail over? A 58-year-old New Holland, Pennsylvania man was jailed last week after he ordered a salad at a local Wendy’s. Police say the man complained his salad didn’t have enough cucumbers and proceeded to throw the salad at the employee who was serving him. He then told the worker if he had a gun or knife, the employee wouldn’t be around. Police located the man on the restaurant parking lot when they arrived and arrested him after a brief altercation on a variety of charges including aggravated assault and making terroristic threats. He remained in jail last weekend. Would you like croutons with that salad?

That does it for this week. Stay safe and I’ll be back next Tuesday.

Fred Snyder is a Gettysburg Times columnist. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the newspaper. Contact Fred at fsnyder@gettysburgtimes.com or 717-334-1131, ext. 2850. “Around Town” is published in the Gettysburg Times every Tuesday.

Craig Ballantyne

I love anything to do with Harley Davidson and have two beautiful children and a beautiful partner. In my spare time i like building websites and love anything to do with the internet.

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