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'The Grinch' delivers

December 05, 2000

'The Grinch' delivers



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

Window paintingFAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Rick Renn wanted to do something special for his first Christmas as postmaster of the Fayetteville Post Office.

He came up with the idea of having a mural painted on the front plate glass windows of the office at 4025 Lincoln Way East. Since the postal service is using the Hollywood movie based on the Dr. Theodore Seuss story about "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" in its holiday promotions, Renn chose it as the theme for his mural.

He decided to recruit a Franklin County high school art student to paint the mural.

Jeff Shreck, Jr., a 17-year-old junior at Waynesboro Area Senior High School, saw the opportunity to showcase his talent in a big way and agreed to paint it.

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He started working on the mural this week and expects to spend 16 hours on it before it's finished in a day or two.

Shreck spoke with Renn, got an idea of what the postmaster had in mind and put his imagination to work on his sketchpad. He came up with a design he liked, grabbed some brushes and paint and headed to Fayetteville.

Shreck's scene will show The Grinch, his dog Max, a Christmas tree with presents and a small row of houses signifying Seuss' fictional town of Whooville, all under the holiday greeting of "Happy Holidays."

"I've been doodling and sketching since I was in the first grade," said Shreck, who hopes to become a public school art teacher.

To reach that goal Shreck said he will enroll at Penn State Mont Alto for his general education credits, then transfer to Kutztown University near Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for art education courses.

Renn worked in a post office in Florida before taking over the Fayetteville office earlier this year.

"This is my first year as postmaster here and I just wanted something different," he said. "This will be great fun."

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