Greencastle Mayor Ben Thomas Jr.
WOW! What per week it has been in Greencastle-Antrim. So how was your post-Outdated Dwelling Week Sunday? Tina and I strolled round city this morning and checked out the show home windows we hadn’t noticed. It was like strolling by means of an open-air museum. My heart-felt congratulations to 41st triennial President Bonnie Shockey and all the volunteers who made this 120-year historic occasion an enormous success. It wouldn’t be truthful to ask what your favourite occasion was as a result of they have been all great with giant crowds.
See the images:Greencastle-Antrim’s Outdated Dwelling Week parade held Aug. 11
A brand new group picture:Mural created at Outdated Dwelling Week Paint within the Park
I’m going to inform you about an Outdated Dwelling Week love story in only a few minutes so keep tuned. In the meantime, Sunday has been a day of relaxation with some entrance porch and facet porch sittin’! With Outdated Dwelling Week, did you are feeling the group spirit and the enjoyment of households and pals getting collectively? The spirit of Outdated Dwelling Week ought to proceed within the G-A group. I encourage all of us to proceed that great feeling as you go to with household, pals, and neighbors as we enter the autumn season. To these of you studying this that would not return to the “hometown,” take a look at the Echo Pilot and Outdated Dwelling Week web sites for the great photographs and tales. What sticks in my thoughts is a black and white photograph of our Middle Sq. throughout Outdated Dwelling Week within the Twenties with an getting old Philip Baer seated on a chair surrounded by residents. That was 100 years in the past. The magic continues.
Tina and I have been honored to have many visitors at our house through the week. U.S. Congressman John Joyce, state Sen. Judy Ward, and our neighbor, Pennsylvania Rep. Paul Schemel stopped in for a go to. Dr. Joyce and Sen. Ward are simply in awe of the group spirit of the G-A group. Paul and I get to reside it on daily basis. As mayor of Greencastle, I designated Congressman Joyce and Sen. Ward as our “honorary residents” and offered them with Official Outdated Dwelling Week badges.
Congressman Joyce spent Thursday afternoon in Greencastle for a number of very particular veterans’ shows that included U.S. Military veteran R. Eugene “Gene” Hurley receiving his service medals as a Vietnam veteran. Greencastle residents Roger and Bev Bitner acquired a United States flag that was flown over the nation’s Capitol in reminiscence of their son, Inexperienced Beret Grasp Sgt. Ben Bitner, who died in Mushan, Afghanistan, on April 23, 2011. Congressman Joyce then visited a number of Greencastle companies. Police Chief John Phillippy and Borough Supervisor Emilee Little had a superb sit-down with the congressman and mentioned federal points that he might help us with sooner or later.
Are you able to take part by strolling or observing? The mayor is once more internet hosting our Sept. 11 Observance Stroll and Packages. Since 9/11 is on a Sunday this yr I’ve scheduled our particular applications on Saturday, Sept. 10. The stroll will start at 8:30 a.m. alongside Japanese Avenue and proceed by means of Middle Sq. then to the Veterans Monument and Memorial at 60 N. Washington St. A patriotic blue grass live performance shall be on the Jerome R. King bandshell that Saturday afternoon from 2 till 3:30 p.m. Extra data shall be forthcoming. These with challenged mobility can meet us on Middle Sq. and stroll to the Veterans Memorial or simply carry a garden chair to the vacation spot location at 60 N. Washington St.
And now, right here’s an exquisite love story. After Wednesday night’s Outdated Dwelling Week pageant within the G-A Excessive Faculty auditorium, I stayed and talked to numerous attendees. After about half-hour the auditorium was cleared apart from a beautiful couple sitting within the heart of the big facility. As I walked up the aisle, I greeted them they usually stated, “We’ve been ready on you.” That’s after I met Ed Sneckenberger of Morgantown, W.Va., and Prescilla Matheny of Hagerstown. Mr. Sneckenberger graduated from Greencastle Excessive Faculty, then positioned alongside South Washington Avenue, in 1955. They have been engaged to be married, nonetheless, the connection ended … however not for lengthy! Over 60 years later, the 2 have gotten again collectively and are once more engaged to be married this November. I do hope I’m invited to their marriage ceremony. We had an exquisite dialog together with others current proper in the midst of the auditorium. Now that’s fairly a love story. Congratulations Ed and Prescilla!
I finish by saying thanks to our group for collaborating within the 41st triennial Outdated Dwelling Week and for holding our group protected. My greatest needs to our 42nd OHW officers, President Garon Gembe, and Secretary (43rd President) Vernon McCauley. Let’s preserve this nice group spirit getting in G-A till we meet for OHW occasions once more in three years. OK … I’m puttin’ the laptop computer away and getting again to some facet porch sittin’! WOW … We’re so blessed!