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Letter: More great things are taking place in Topton


February was a great month for many reasons. On Feb. 10, Geist Sporting Goods in Topton hosted a baseball autograph signing day with Robert Clayton Shantz and Dickie Noles.

Shantz was a star with the A’s in the 1950s, was American League MVP in 1952 and is now 98. Noles was a pitcher with the 1980 Phillies and a World Series hero.

I was able to set up our Topton Museum with a small part of my baseball memorabilia collection. I think I was pretty fair with the display, but I’m a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan. My brother was a Phillies fan, and my sister was an A’s fan, especially of Elmer Valo. Aunt Mable Werst Miller went to business school with Mrs. Valo and was the grandmother of big league pitcher Wade Miller. I was happy to get a good turnout of some of my baseball friends.

As a Brandywine Heights alumnus, I considered it an honor to be contacted to write an article for the spring issue of the school district’s Bullet Points newsletter. I was blessed to have many teachers and classmates who have made me so proud of our schools. From the very beginning we were respected in academics, sports, art and music.

It was impossible to name all the heroes I had in the 1950s, but I named many and continue to honor others in our museum. I hope and pray for all those connected with our school now will make it even greater.

Larry Werst

Source: Berkshire mont

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