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New borough councilman up-to-date

December 27, 1997

New borough councilman up-to-date

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro's newest borough council member once delivered newspapers to Frederick L. Maytag, founder of the washing machine company that bears his name.

Allen Porter, 78, of 932 Sunset Ave., was sworn in earlier this month as a replacement for 3rd Ward Councilman Delmos Oldham, who left to become borough tax collector.

Porter, a Republican, was appointed by the council. He applied for the seat, as did Donald Weller, a former Waynesboro Area School Board member. The vote to appoint Porter was unanimous, Councilwoman Vicki Huff said Friday.

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Huff said while both men were well-qualified, she voted for Porter because he has been attending council meetings for the last year.

"He's up to date on all the issues. He will be able to step right in and hit the ground running," Huff said.

Huff is the only Democrat on the council. The other six members and Mayor Louis Barlup are Republicans. That will change on Jan. 5 when Charles "Chip" McCammon will be sworn in as the newest council member. McCammon, a Democrat elected in November, replaces veteran Councilman Kinney Stouffer who did not seek re-election.

Porter grew up on an Iowa farm, became a photographer for a small daily Iowa newspaper, then an aerial photographer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., a job that led to the Army Signal Corps during World War II.

After the war he worked as a civilian at the Pentagon's Site R, a nearby underground communications system. He moved his family to Waynesboro in 1956. In 1971 he took a post in Korea for six years before returning to Waynesboro.

He retired in 1980.

Porter is treasurer of Hearthstone Retirement home, secretary of the Rotary Club and a member of the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library board. His council appointment is his first political venture, he said.

"I'm not a politician, but I'm concerned about some issues in the borough," Porter said.

At the top of his list is the future of Center Square, he said. Traffic flows and the traffic lighting system no longer comply with state standards, he said.

The square is a popular landmark with many residents and talk of changing it has drawn intense public debate in recent months.

"My concern is that we don't jump the track and do something stupid like they did to the square in Hagerstown. They're doing it over for the third time," he said.

"Waynesboro is a nice town to live in. We have good schools, a good hospital, YMCA, good retirement facilities and a good library, and I want to do what I can to keep it that way," Porter said.Continued from

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