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Greencastle wants to join mural wave

April 06, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The borough of Greencastle, following the lead of Hagerstown and Martinsburg, W.Va., wants to paint murals downtown "that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors," according to a presentation given Monday by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

The Greencastle Borough Council gave its unanimous blessing to the plan.

"It's a great idea," said Council President Barbara Bock.

Councilwoman W. Jean Oliver said she has seen such murals in her travels around the country.

"They're unique," she said.

Dana Given, chamber executive director, said the murals, by Hagerstown artist Mary Fedorka, would be painted on both sides of the railroad bridge underpass on West Baltimore Street.

The cost of the project, between $4,000 and $5,000, would be paid through local donations and possibly a grant from the Franklin County hotel-motel room tax, which Given said she plans to seek.

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Donations for the project can be sent to the Chamber office at 217 E. Baltimore St., P.O. Box 175, Greencastle, PA 17225.

Given said the goal is to have the murals painted in time for Greencastle's triennial Old Home Week celebration, to be held July 31 through Aug. 7.

She said the project has to be started by the end of April to meet that deadline.

The murals, depicting local scenes, would be painted on both sides of the underpass.

The north wall would show a three-dimensional train appearing as if it were coming into town, Given said.

The mural on the south wall would have residents in period dress showing Greencastle's history over the years.

Given said the murals, when completed, would be covered with a sealant to protect them from the elements and make it easy to remove graffiti should the murals be vandalized.

Hagerstown's mural, painted on the Burhans Boulevard railroad bridge, won an award for improving the appearance of the bridge and highlighting the Western Maryland Railroad.

The Martinsburg Historic Preservation Review Commission on Monday night gave final approval for a mural on the side of the city-owned Market House Grill on Queen Street.

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