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Greencastle YMCA gets first office

December 27, 2001

Greencastle YMCA gets first office



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - When the Waynesboro YMCA sold some donated property to a Chambersburg company last month, the deal included an office for what has been operating as the Greencastle-Antrim branch of the Waynesboro Area YMCA.

The new office, on Pa. 16, a half-mile west of Greencastle, will be the branch's first real home. A sign out front will say so, said Ken Rhoe, chairman of the committee that's been working on getting a YMCA program in Greencastle since 1993.

The Greencastle committee hopes to hire its first full-time director by spring. The initial goal is to add to programs that the Waynesboro Y has been sponsoring in Greencastle such as the summer recreation and youth sports programs.

In July, Cedric and Julia Duffield of Welsh Run Road donated their former Greencastle Metal Works property to the Waynesboro YMCA. The building and 1.74 acres of land it sits on are not suitable for a YMCA, said Dick Marks, director of the Waynesboro Y. The property was sold Nov. 30 to Biltwood Architectural Millwork, a high-end cabinet manufacturer, Marks said.

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The deal, which has a total value of $290,000, includes free office space along with telephone and fax services, Rhoe said.

Marks said about $50,000 will be used to pay the director and the programs that will be established.

"The director will survey the community to see what is needed and what resources are available," Marks said.

At least $200,000 will be invested toward the eventual purchase of a site for a YMCA building in Greencastle, Marks said. The Greencastle community will decide on the kind of facility it wants, he said.

A full-fledged YMCA like Waynesboro's including a gymnasium and a pool, would cost around $4 million to build today, he said. The new YMCA building that opened earlier this month in Hagerstown cost $8.4 million.

Waynesboro has had a YMCA since 1915. It opened on West Potomac Street as a residence Y with 38 rooms, a gym and a pool, much like the one being closed in downtown Hagerstown, Marks said.

It was replaced in 1975 with the new YMCA building at 810 East Main St.

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