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Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week officially begins

August 04, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The hot weather was no match for the crowd gathered Saturday to celebrate the official opening of the 36th triennial Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week.

Although Old Home Week events began earlier Saturday with the 23rd annual Fred Kaley Memorial 5K Run-Walk and window display judging, the official opening ceremony took place at 11:30 a.m. at Center Square.

State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin, who grew up in Greencastle, was the keynote speaker.

"This may be considered a small town, but it has a large heart," said Kauffman, R-Pa. "I am pleased that my roots are in the Greencastle-Antrim community."

Jeff Shank, president of the Old Home Week Association, also spoke at the opening ceremony, which was held on a stage built by Foremost Industries Inc. of Greencastle.

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"My official duty is to declare the 36th triennial Old Home Week open," Shank said. "Thank you for coming down."

For many people, Old Home Week is a time to celebrate the community and get together with friends and family. But for Linda Kline, it also is a time of celebrating personal traditions created during Old Home Week.

"We have a bunch of us who have been friends for years," Kline said. "Back in the '70s, we started having a pig roast at a friend's house."

Kline said the pig roast always takes place the night that Old Home Week begins, and it has grown from 40 to 100 people since it began.

Kline grew up in Hagerstown, but moved back to Greencastle 35 years ago. She remembers coming to Greencastle as a child for Old Home Week because her father grew up there.

"It was always coming back and seeing family as a kid," Kline said. "As an adult, it's seeing friends."

For Tina Thomas, Old Home Week means "getting family and friends together and having the community come together."

"Every three years, we celebrate this tradition," Thomas said. "It's a great tradition."

By the time Old Home Week officially started, 200 people had registered, said Jeannie Johnston, one of the registrars. People came to Old Home Week from North Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, South Carolina, Washington, Louisiana and Michigan.

"It's been very busy in here," Johnston said with regard to people registering and purchasing memorabilia at Old Home Week headquarters at the First National Bank of Greencastle at 40 Center Square.

Ben Thomas, secretary of the Old Home Week Association, was pleased with the official opening of Old Home Week.

"I think it's kicked off very well," Thomas said. "A lot of people have made this work for the entire community."

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