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Five home featured on Lioness house tour

September 08, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim Lioness Club is hosting its benefit house tour this Sunday, offering visitors an opportunity to peek into some of the area's showcase homes.

The $10 tickets and informational booklets can be purchased at any of the five houses on the tour, which is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. The tickets are also being sold at Carl's Drug Store on U.S. 11 today and Saturday.

Lioness Club projects in the past have included serving hot chocolate during the Halloween parade, hosting an annual bazaar, donating to Tayamentasachta Environmental Center and conducting vision testing in the schools.

"We do lots in the community (and) service projects, too," tour committee chairwoman Dolly Shoemaker said.

The Lioness Club hosted the house tour for several years in the past, then turned the operations over to the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce. The tour returns to the Lioness Club's direction again for 2006.

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Shoemaker said Lioness Club members contact homes that attract their interest and even knock on doors to talk with homeowners.

"Our own Lionesses are the tour guides," Shoemaker said. "We have people at the door to welcome people."

In the past, the event has drawn 300 to 500 visitors.

"It's quite an endeavor. I must have 30 to 40 people helping out altogether," Shoemaker said.

The houses on the tour are:

· Dave and Toni Poper, 926 Shannon Drive North, Greencastle

Landscaping at this home, purchased in 2005, was designed by Toni Poper.

· Richard and Debbie Oberholzer, 105 Homestead Drive, Greencastle

The living and dining rooms are formally decorated with flowers arranged by Debbie Oberholzer. A plate collection displayed throughout the home belonged to her father, Hayward Group.

· Michael and Melissa Minotti, 58 Carowinds Drive, Greencastle

The Cape Cod-style home, built in 2005, has locally-crafted cabinetry and antique furnishings inherited from Melissa Minotti's grandfather.

· Jefferey and Cheryl Smith, 366 Moss Spring Ave., Greencastle

The 2002 home's dining room, decorated with a collection of ruby dishes, overlooks an outdoor swimming pool.

· Ardell and Michele Martin, 91 Colorado St., Marion, Pa.

Shoemaker is especially pleased to have the 1920s home, which has been significantly renovated in the past several years, on this year's tour.

"The one in Marion used to be an orchard. Years and years ago there had been an orchard. It's beautiful inside," Shoemaker said. The home features built-in bookcases and mirror, wood paneling and a dumbwaiter.

For more information on the tour, call 717-597-7557.

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