Seniors enjoy sweet reward

August 27, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - In the last six weeks in Franklin County, volunteers in 15 government agencies and eight senior centers collected more than 15 tons of used telephone directories and Peg Wolff of Waynesboro was right up there with the best of them.

Another 15 tons were collected in trash bins set up around the county.

Wolff, 74, of 105 Garfield Ave., was enjoying a slice of cake at the Waynesboro Senior Center Thursday that was served to her by Dan Wolfe, a community planner in the Franklin County Planning Office.

It was a reward for Wolff and her fellow Waynesboro Senior Center members for collecting more used phone books than all other seven senior centers in Franklin County combined.


All told, the senior centers collected about 1,400 books.

Volunteers at the Waynesboro Senior Center collected 960 books, said Margaret Bream, senior center director for the county.

Wolff collected more than any member of the Waynesboro center, although neither she nor center officials could say how many.

"I went around my neighborhood, the hospital, at church, friends collected them for me, different people. I'd find them on my porch," she said. "I did it to do something for the center."

Last year, the project resulted in 12 tons collected, Wolfe said.

The books are given to Lowell Peckman, a St. Thomas, Pa., farmer who grinds them up and uses them for bedding for his cows. The used bedding is then spread on his fields as fertilizer, Wolfe said.

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