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Greencastle ready for 36th triennial Old Home Week

August 03, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - With welcome banners hanging from buildings and lampposts and streamers surrounding Center Square, everything was falling into place Friday for the 36th triennial Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week, which begins today.

"Most things are where they need to be right now," Jeff Shank, president of the Old Home Week Association, said Thursday.

In addition to all of the borough's decorations, residents and business owners also are doing their share of cleaning up.

"It gives people an excuse to clean/paint their houses," said Carol Christophel, treasurer of the Old Home Week Association. "They do a good job around here during Old Home Week."

Eight people already had registered at the Old Home Week headquarters before registration officially opened Friday at noon, said Jeannie Johnston, who is in charge of registration with her husband, Bob.

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"Almost anybody in town usually stops in (to register throughout the week)," Jeannie Johnston said.

She also said a man who registered Friday was from Winston-Salem, N.C., and had come back to Greencastle for his high school's class of 1975 reunion.

Old Home Week headquarters, at 40 Center Square in the First National Bank of Greencastle, will open for registration today at 9 a.m. Old Home Week badges, programs, hats, visors, T-shirts and other items are on sale at the headquarters.

Registration for the Old Home Week Parade and "Fun" Dog Show, both scheduled for Thursday, already have been filled.

"The parade is already maxed out ... 105 units right now," Jeannie Johnston said.

The Old Home Week Parade is scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The rain date is next Saturday at 2 p.m.

Fifty-two dogs were signed up for the dog show, Christophel said. The show is scheduled for Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the citizens pavilion area at the Jerome R. King Playground.

The cost to put on this year's Old Home Week is more than $50,000, which was raised through the sale of Old Home Week memorabilia and donations, Bob Johnston said.

To collect donations, 2,100 letters were mailed to people who registered and gave donations in the past, he said. Along with the letter was an envelope in which people could mail donations.

"At the end of the year, we have a little money left that trickles in after Old Home Week," Christophel said.

Richard and Barbara Nicarry donated money for the fireworks display scheduled for Friday at Greencastle-Antrim High School's Kaley Field.

"Both of them grew up in Greencastle," Bob Johnston said. "They just wanted to give back to the community."

More than 125 volunteers and 50 committees contributed to preparations for Old Home Week, Christophel said.

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