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Borough to be on 'Our Town'

June 19, 2004|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, PA.

Sometime this summer, a group of local residents carrying video cameras will be recording scenes that they think visitors to Waynesboro might want to see when they come to town.

When they finish, producers from Pennsylvania Public Television's "Our Town" series will put together an hour-long show showing what the local videographers recorded.

Waynesboro is the 17th south central Pennsylvania community to be featured on the program. Shippensburg and Chambersburg in Franklin County were featured earlier, said Angel Hernandez, vice president of production and executive producer of the "Our Town" series.

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Members of the Waynesboro Borough Council said this week that they were pleased that the station has decided to feature the community.

"It's going to show the rest of Pennsylvania what kind of town this is and what kind of folks we have living here," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said Thursday.

Between 15 and 20 local videographers will be recruited to tape the segments, most of which will run for about three minutes, Hernandez said.

Subjects to be videotaped include buildings, special features of the community, architecture, historical features and anything that grabs the imagination of the videographer, Hernandez said.

Recording and interviewing individuals is discouraged, but the videographers are encouraged to videotape many different subjects, he said.

Among subjects recorded by videographers for the Chambersburg show were an alpaca, a Jeep off-roading, barbershops and a chandelier in a church.

"The concept is that if Aunt Maude comes to Waynesboro, what do the residents want her to see," Hernandez said.

Videographers will do their own research and prepare narratives on the subjects they videotape. They will be interviewed by TV station personnel and those interviews will make up the hour-long program, Hernandez said.

"It's fascinating," he said. "People are so into their towns, know so much about them and are very proud of them."

The show is scheduled to air Oct. 4 at 8 p.m., although that is subject to change, Hernandez said.

A sneak preview for the participating videographers and invited guests is scheduled for Sept. 30 at a site to be determined.

Station officials will meet with the videographers Aug. 2 and 3 at a location to be determined. The actual videotaping will take place between Aug. 3 and 12.

For more information, call Sandy Kern at 717-221-2832 or e-mail her at sandy_kern@witf.org.

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