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Pond Bank benefits from peach fest

August 17, 2003|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - After serving for 16 years as a Franklin County commissioner and two terms as Franklin County treasurer, Fred Rock now serves his community as president of the Pond Bank Improvement Association.

A lifelong resident of Pond Bank until he moved to Fayetteville, Pa., six years ago, Rock, 80, helped out at the annual Peach Festival at the Pond Bank Community Center off Pa. 997 east of Chambersburg on Saturday.

Proceeds from the 20-year-old event, which attracts 600 to 700 people, benefit the local community.

"We've provided all the street lights in the village of Pond Bank since 1986," Rock said. "We have a fish rodeo for the kids. This is how we built the Community Center."

Maintenance of the building, including a new parking lot, is also covered by the various festivals the Improvement Association holds - a strawberry festival, an apple festival, a pork and sauerkraut dinner at New Year's - "and sometimes we boil apple butter," Rock said.

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A steady line of customers waited patiently to order soups, sandwiches, pies, cheesecake, fresh peach sundaes and fresh peach crisp made with local peaches.

Rock's cousin, Ommir Rock, stirred a 16-quart pot of soup in the community center's immaculate kitchen. He estimated that by the end of the day the association would have sold 240 quarts of beef noodle, chicken corn and ham and bean soups. It was available by the bowl or by the quart.

He said he has been making the soup for seven or eight years, and "just picked up" the skill.

The Pond Bank resident also made 30 coconut cream pies for the festival and helped bake peach pies, lemon pies, fresh peach crisps and cheesecakes.

While take-out was available, most customers sat at long tables in the community center or in the outdoor pavilion to enjoy their food.

Many were repeat customers. Shirley Leonard of Fayetteville, Pa., said she has been attending for several years and that she comes for the food.

"It's very good. We're getting peach sundaes," she said as she and her sister-in-law, Jane Glunt of Fayetteville, waited for their husbands to carry their trays to the table.

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