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Man's bike ride to benefit homeless shelter

February 18, 2004

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Greencastle man plans to ride his bicycle to Adams County, Pa., this week to help raise money for a financially troubled homeless shelter in Waynesboro.

Pete Seville, who is celebrating his 43rd birthday today, said he will leave Thursday from Greencastle and ride his bike to Gettysburg, Pa.

Seville, a fixture at area parades with his patriotic display of flags and flag apparel, is making the ride because he wants to raise money for the New Hope Shelter on South Potomac Street in Waynesboro.

The shelter closed last year because of safety and fire code hazards and had been unable to reopen. Dozens of residents were displaced when the shelter closed.

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Since then, New Hope has experienced financial difficulties and shelter officials are looking for help from local and state government agencies.

Seville said he will stop by the shelter on his way to Gettysburg Thursday.

He said he has dedicated the ride to homeless people and in honor and awareness of the U.S. service personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He previously rode his bike to Washington, D.C., after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the shelter on behalf of Seville's bike ride, can call the shelter at 717-762-5840 or shelter board of directors member Bill Crouse at 717-762-3967.

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