Tornado Alley milestone
Ten years ago, naysayers were convinced Dave Porter's "Tornado Alley" backyard basketball court would not last.
But that was then, and this is now: The half-court, at his home at 105 Ruby Street, remains a magnet for young hoopsters from a wide area.
The lighted, fenced-in court has a transparent acrylic, NBA-style backboard. NBA team flags and logos are hung throughout.
As many as 50 youngsters play there on peak days during the summer months (although the court is in use year 'round.)
Captains appointed by Porter tutor younger players on court rules and keeping the property clean.
Contests and competitions are held, with trophies and T-shirts being awarded.
A number of hoop stars from Porter's alma mater, McCaskey High School, have joined in the fun over the years.
A b-ball court is being built at Crystal Park, about a block away, and some are wondering whether it will spell doom for Porter's half-court.
Don't bet on it. The 57-year-old Porter has beat the odds before.
As the person behind the continued success of the court, Dave Porter is this week's Lancaster New Era Red Rose Award recipient.