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Newcomer named to Borough Council

March 03, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Lorena Newcomer's first official vote as a newly sworn Waynesboro Council member was to allow flower baskets to be installed on the Victorian light poles downtown.

Newcomer, 41, of 28 Tritle Ave., was one of five residents who applied to the council to replace veteran member Ardie Winters. Winters, 89, who represented the borough's second ward for 16 years, resigned effective Monday for health reasons.

Newcomer will fill out Winters' term, which ends Dec. 31.

She said she will run for a full four-year term this year beginning with the May 19 primary.

This is her first foray into politics, she said. She has attended council meetings in recent months.

She has lived in Waynesboro for 38 years and is married to Paul Newcomer, an employee of Mack Trucks Inc. in Hagerstown. The couple has a 20-year-old son.

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She said she is "committed" to her council duties and will listen to the concerns of Ward 2 residents. "I felt really comfortable when I sat down here," she said after taking her seat on the council. She was sworn in by Mayor Louis Barlup Jr.

Barlup, after administering the oath, offered his congratulations to the "little lady." Later, he referred to Newcomer as the "young lady."

The only other woman member to serve on the Waynesboro Borough Council, at least in recent memory, was Vicki Jo Huff, who resigned in November 2002.

Applying for the Ward 2 seat in addition to Newcomer were Allen Berry of West Main Street, Ronald Rock of Frick Avenue, Scott Robinson of Fairmont Street and Jason Stains of Commerce Street.

Each was given a half-hour interview by the council in open session last month.

Council President Charles "Chip" McCammon said the five remaining council members - John Cook, A.J. Benchoff, Dick George, Harold Mumma and McCammon - voted for Winters' successor by secret ballot.

The council Wednesday, at the urging of Benchoff, reported that Stains received the second-highest number of votes.

Ward 2, which contains the northwest section of the borough, runs west of Church Street and north of West Main Street.

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