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Pensinger to run for Greencastle mayor

April 04, 2001

Pensinger to run for Greencastle mayor



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


Greencastle may be going from green to Red.

Red Pensinger, of 323 Moss Spring Ave., has launched a write-in candidate for mayor in the May 15 primary. If he wins the November general election, he will replace Frank Mowen, who ends his second four-year term as mayor in December.

Mowen sat on the fence for weeks trying to decide whether to seek a third term. He procrastinated so long that he missed the March 6 filing deadline.

Asked last week whether he would consider his own write-in campaign, Mowen said "I don't think so. I think Red will do a great job."

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Pensinger, 68, said he wanted to run for mayor, but waited until Mowen made up his mind. "If Frank was going to run, I wasn't," he said.

Waiting for Mowen to make up his mind made Pensinger miss the filing deadline too. He then decided to go with a write-in campaign.

Pensinger, a Republican, is unopposed so far. He could earn his party's nomination with as few as 10 write-in votes if no one else gets more.

The mayor's job in Greencastle is mostly ceremonial. The mayor serves as the police commissioner and casts only tie-breaking votes on the Greencastle Borough Council.

"I think Frank has done a terrific job," Pensinger said. "If I can just take up where he left off and run with it, I'd be satisfied."

Pensinger is following Mowen's footsteps in another important Greencastle job - that of president of the Old Home Week celebration. Mowen presided over the event in 1998.

The celebration has been held every three years since 1901. The week-long series of events draws nearly 7,000 people, including many expatriates who return for every triennial celebration.

It runs Aug. 4-11 and involves nearly 200 volunteers working on 35 different committees, Pensinger said.

Admission is gained to all events through the purchase of a $5 Old Home Week badge. The image on the badge this year will be the Allison-Antrim Museum. Pensinger said 4,000 badges are on order and will be available for sale by mid-May.

Pensinger retired after 32 years as a State Farm insurance agent. He is on the board of directors of the First National Bank of Greencaste, is co-chairman of the fund-raising drive for the new Medic II unit and president of the Greencastle-Antrim Senior Center Association.

He is a life-long Greencastle area resident. He and his wife, Nancy, have two grown children.

Pensinger is passionate about two aging Buick convertibles. One, a yellow 1947 Super, is a carbon copy of one he and Nancy drove to the Poconos on their honeymoon in 1953. He bought a restored copy of the Buick, same year and color, 12 years ago.

The other one is a white, 1966 Wildcat convertible that he bought nearly new from a local Buick dealer in 1968. It served as the family car until 1986 when he sold it to a "lady in Marion (Pa.)" for $1,500. He bought it back from the woman in 1999 for the same amount. She had only driven the car 500 miles in the 13 years that she owned it, Pensinger said.

He had the car repainted and the engine rebuilt.

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