Concert will aid shelter

March 13, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Five area punk rock bands have been recruited by two Waynesboro high school seniors to perform a benefit concert Sunday for the New Hope homeless shelter, which is scheduled to reopen on a limited basis Monday.

Leah Markus, 18, and Cassie Tarr, 17, friends since eighth grade, are sponsoring the concert as a community service project to meet a graduation requirement.

It will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Quincy Gym on Pa. 997, a concrete block building in front of Mowrey Elementary School north of Waynesboro.


Borough Fire Marshal Jerry Hartman closed the shelter at 25 S. Potomac St. in September 2003 for fire code violations - a move that put its 42 residents on the street.

Earlier this week Hartman, following an inspection of the four-story building, gave shelter officials permission to reopen as a cold-weather, temporary overnight emergency facility. The shelter is expected to resume full service on April 1, Hartman said.

The shelter has a history of being barely able to make ends meet since it opened a year ago.

"The shelter needs help," Markus said. "It helps a lot more people than people in Waynesboro think it does. We would have done this (held the benefit concert) even if we didn't need a graduation project."

William Krouse, a member of the shelter's board of directors, said the girls' effort is appreciated.

"It's amazing what kids can do sometimes," he said.

Markus said she and Tarr have been thinking about putting together a benefit concert for about two months, but didn't start to get organized until two weeks ago.

"We procrastinate a lot," she said.

The five bands, who agreed to play at no charge, are Saving Flaurence, My Winter Nerve, The General Store, Driving in Silence and Split End.

Tarr said she and Markus knew some of the members of some of the bands, which helped in lining them up for the concert.

The bands perform around the area, Markus said.

A friend, Owen Brinser, a senior at Smithsburg High School, is donating his time and sound equipment for the benefit, Markus said.

She said having a punk rock concert will "help to show that kids can help a cause they care about. Looking at us you wouldn't think we would care enough to do something like this."

She said she and Tarr have volunteered at the shelter. "We also shop there regularly," she said.

The shelter runs a thrift shop in its basement.

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