Waynesboro to be county seat for day

August 06, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - For the first time in Franklin County's history, the county seat will be moved from Chambersburg, Pa., to Waynesboro on Thursday in celebration of the borough's bicentennial.

"This is official, not ceremonial. The county seat has never been moved just for the sake of a celebration," said Allie Kohler, Bicentennial Committee secretary.

At 10 a.m., opening ceremonies will begin on Waynesboro's square, where Franklin County Commissioners will proclaim Waynesboro as county seat for the day, a historic moment that may never happen in the county again, Kohler said.


After the proclamation, officials representing every elected office, along with other county agencies, will disperse to their makeshift offices throughout the borough.

The offices will be open until 3 p.m. in Waynesboro.

All county offices will be fully operational in Chambersburg on Thursday as well, said Brian Kelly, administrative assistant in the commissioners' office.

County Commissioners will work out of Waynesboro's council chambers in the borough hall, where they will hear 15-minute presentations starting at 10:45 a.m. from the Waynesboro Industrial Development Corp. and Main Street Waynesboro Inc.

At 11:15 a.m., Phil Tarquino and Sherri Clayton will update the commissioners and the public on the status of the county plan. At 11:30 a.m., Doug Price will give a presentation on the status of the county's human services programs.

From noon to 12:30 p.m., Waynesboro Mayor Louis Barlup will lead a walking tour of downtown Waynesboro for the commissioners. The walking tour will continue after lunch from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., all county employees will eat lunch at Trinity Church.

At 2 p.m., a ceremony will be held commemorating Joe Ausherman, a Waynesboro resident and former county commissioner who died earlier this year.

At 2:15 p.m., Carol Henicle, president of the Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, will give a presentation, followed by a report from the Waynesboro 2015 committee.

The public is invited to comment starting at 2:45 p.m.

In the community room of the Citizens National Bank on the square, county offices will be represented to handle some business and answer questions from the public.

The clerk of courts will be issuing marriage licenses, applications for a certified copy of birth or death records, general filing of criminal court and orphans court documents, summary appeal applications and other information.

The prothonotary's office will handle passport applications, naturalization packets, and certification of documents.

The office of the register and recorder will record military discharges and probate estates.

The sheriff's office will provide applications for licenses to carry firearms.

The treasurer will provide hunting, fishing and dog licenses, boat registrations, gaming applications and gun permits.

The district attorney and controller will also be represented to answer questions.

The following services will be located at the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, 45 East Main St.: Area Agency on Aging, Children and Youth Services, 911 communications, Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and voter registration, among others.

In the event of rain, all activities scheduled for the square will be moved into the borough hall.

Parking will be behind Rent-A-Vision and the Dollar General store on Main Street and in the CVS pharmacy lot across from the American Legion.

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