Getting a look at their town of Waynesboro

October 22, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Folks in Waynesboro can learn some neat, sometimes off-the-wall, features about their community Wednesday by tuning in to cable channel 4.

Twenty-two local amateur videographers traipsed about the area for a week in August shooting familiar and not-so-familiar sights on the area's history, people, architecture and history.

A sneak preview of "Our Town: Waynesboro" Thursday night at Waynesboro Area Middle School gave the volunteer videographers a first look at their combined efforts.


Television viewers will see the hill behind Waynesboro Area Senior High School where John Wallace, the town's first resident, picked out the spot for his new town. That segment was shot by MaryBeth Hockenberry, executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce.

Viewers will learn that Wallace's son, John Jr., who laid out the town, named it after his hero, Revolutionary War Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne.

Hockenberry's covideographer, Kim Shockey, focused on the borough's Northside Pool. Shockey said in her narrative that the pool was built on the sight of "suicide hill," a famous local sledding spot when she was a child.

They also will see a panoramic view of Waynesboro taken by Patrick X. Burns. He climbed the Frick water tower to shoot it. He said he had no problem climbing the tower, one of the tallest spots in Waynesboro, "as long as you didn't look down."

Eric and Charlene Good pointed their cameras at local centenarians, including Charlene Palmer, who was honored at her 100th birthday at the Waynesboro Church of the Brethren in July.

Eric Good chose Milton Garland as his subject. Garland, who died July 20, 2000 at age 102, was honored as America's oldest worker. Noted for his many patents and inventions during his life's work as a Frick Company engineer, Garland reported to work every day until shortly before his death.

Eric Good's camera visited Garland's desk at the Frick plant on Cumberland Valley Avenue.

Doug Shetron went to Beck & Benedict Hardware store on a Friday night in August and shot the bluegrass jammers that show up there every week, a staple for lovers of the music. He also did a segment on Antietam Dairy on South Church Street and its brand of homemade ice cream popular with locals.

David Mackley and Matthew Stahley spent time in the Waynesboro News Agency photographing the locals who stop in, from the early morning coffee crowd to the lunch bunch to the pool players.

Seph Ternes took his camera up to High Rock and shot the hang gliders leaping into space on their frail-looking craft.

The Waynesboro segment is the 17th in the station's "Our Town" series. Chambersburg, Pa., was featured in March.

The first televised viewing of the Waynesboro segment is Wednesday on channel 4 from 8 to 10 p.m. and again Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The segments normally run for one hour, but the station is going to show the Waynesboro piece as part of its drive for new members.

The format for both broadcasts will include 20-minute segments of "Our Town; Waynesboro," followed by 20-minute segments of the station's membership campaign.

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