Chamber christens renovated building in Greencastle

August 05, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - It was a dream fulfilled for Dana Given, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, when more than 50 people showed up to help her celebrate the dedication of the newly renovated chamber office building.

The project, which included $250,000 worth of renovations paid for through donations and volunteer help, included the dedication Wednesday of the John L. and Cora I. Grove Community Room.

Cora I. Grove cut the ribbon on behalf of herself and her husband, John L. Grove, the local industrialist and philanthropist who died in June 2003 at the age of 82.


Grove and several partners started Grove Worldwide, a major crane maker in Shady Grove, Pa., in 1947 and later JLG Industries, makers of aerial work platforms in McConnellsburg, Pa.

He also was known for his philanthropic endeavors.

"I'm proud to be here and see this for all the people who helped and gave their time. I know John would be proud," Cora Grove said.

The community room used to be an old storage room behind the chamber office.

"We wish to thank all of the many individuals, organizations and businesses who helped to make our dream a reality," Given said.

She credited the commitment of Charles Eckstine, the chamber's building and maintenance committee chairman, in getting the work done.

"In addition, we now have the John L. and Cora I. Grove Community Room, which will be the meeting place for many organizations for years to come. We appreciate Mrs. Grove's kind and very generous donation...," Given said.

Given, too, was credited for her vision in designing the plan and raising the money and volunteers needed to get the building renovated.

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