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The pride of Maugansville

Town comes together each year to put on day of fun and games

Town comes together each year to put on day of fun and games

September 05, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

MAUGANSVILLE - A community where neighbors wave, doors open and hands help gives pride to Maugansville residents, some patrons of the annual Maugansville Pride Day celebration said Saturday.

Riding lawn mowers pulled trains of children nestled in cutout barrels through Maugansville Ruritan Community Park and in circles at the baseball field Saturday morning as part of the celebration. Some people sat eating at picnic tables under the smoke of the barbecue and the scent of funnel cakes while others browsed vendors' tables flanked with everything from marinades to pillows.

Melissa Molineaux, who was knitting cashmere scarves next to the Maugansville Fire Co. Inc. stand, was able to point to her house, which sits on one of the town's main streets. She had just finished a 12-hour shift at the fire hall, but decided to come straight to the fair because "it's about being with the community."

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"I'm proud to serve on the Maugansville fire department as a firefighter," said Molineaux, 23. "I'm proud that you can walk down the street and your neighbors wave at you."

Aaron Miller, who recently moved to the Cearfoss area from Potomac, Md., said he really likes "the pace of it" in Maugansville.

Miller, 37, pastor at Maugansville Baptist Church, said that he didn't know his neighbors' names in Potomac, but since he's been in the Maugansville area, the fire department has offered to take his children on a tour of the fire hall and the people have been friendly.

"The business owners, they involve themselves in the community and it adds to the quality of life here," he said.

Terry McCarney, president of the Maugansville Little League, said that Maugansville residents also seem to take pride in their champion Little Leaguers.

Dixie Burton can relate to that. Burton, who lives over the railroad tracks near Maugansville's fire hall, said, "I have no one playing baseball, but I come out and I watch it anyway."

Janice Valentine, 60, came to see the town Saturday. She was born and raised in Maugansville, but now lives in Chambersburg, Pa. She pointed her fingers behind her, to Maugansville Elementary School, and in other directions as she recalled fun memories of her small-town upbringing.

"I love this small community," she said, as cars waited patiently for their turns at the Maugans Avenue stop sign in the heart of town.

"It has grown immensely," she said.

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