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One Mountain Foundation seeks own identity

April 29, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

Residents in the Blue Ridge Summit area, which takes in five communities spread over four counties in two states, are looking for an identity as a separate region.

"We're being neglected by all four counties," said Robert Davis, one of the leaders of a group of area residents trying to put the region on some federal, state and county funding maps.

The residents are creating an organization called One Mountain Foundation. It is seeking legal status as a nonprofit group to apply for government and private grants to help pay for needed community improvements.

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Chief among them are a community center that can be used by senior citizens and the area's young people, said Dana Burns, an organizing member.

The Blue Ridge Summit area has about 5,000 residents, Davis said. It includes Blue Ridge Summit, a mountain community six miles east of Waynesboro, Pa., Sabillasville in Frederick County, Md., Cascade and Highfield in Washington County and Fountaindale and Charmian in Adams County, Pa.

So far the grassroots group has a 15-member board of directors and an executive committee, Burns said. Each county will have a member on the board.

Arlyn Madsen, a retired Army officer in Blue Ridge Summit, will be the foundation's executive director. He will not be paid, Davis said.

"We want to improve our quality of life," Davis said. "There's no place for seniors to go. There are a lot of retirees around here."

The nearest senior center is in Waynesboro.

"They can't all drive there," he said. "We don't have much for the kids to do either after the Little League and softball seasons end."

The group's goal is to someday buy or rent a building for use as a community center, Burns said.

"We don't want to look too far ahead until we get our nonprofit status," Davis said. "Once we get it we can come up with a plan and apply for some grants."

The foundation hopes to be a voice in dealing with county and state government officials, Davis said. It will be supported by grants, membership fees, gifts and bequests, organizers said.

The group meets monthly at the Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blue Ridge Summit.

There is no telephone number to contact the foundation. Anyone wishing more information can send a fax to 1-717-794-0105.

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