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Elks Club to auction items

September 22, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Looking for an ice machine that can hold 600 pounds? Or 150 stackable chairs? How about a two-lane duckpin bowling alley?

The auction scheduled for Monday, Oct. 12, at the Waynesboro Elks Club presents a diverse lot. The club's kitchen and restaurant equipment is scheduled to be sold, along with items from the ballroom and former basement game room.

The club at 66 W. Main St. closed in mid-August, but BPO Elks Lodge 731 kept its charter. New Exalted Ruler David McJonathan said the lodge could open a new, smaller club by December.

"We're definitely alive," he said.

Financial struggles prompted the club's closure. McJonathan said volunteers would staff any new club for its first year to keep costs down.

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He speculated the lodge might partner with a restaurant to provide a limited menu at a new club. That location could also serve alcohol and provide limited gambling opportunities.

"There's a definite sadness we've gotten to this point," McJonathan said, noting, however, that leaders are hopeful regarding the future.

Mark Baranowski of Harrisburg, Pa., will serve as the auctioneer of record Oct. 12. The sale starts at 10 a.m.

"We don't charge people to come," Baranowski said, saying there will be no buyer's premium.

Much of the commercial cooking equipment lends itself to other clubs or catering businesses, Baranowski said.

Items of interest to the general public include a shuffleboard table, old video games, beer bottle boxes and stainless steel sinks, he said.

A preview of the items will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. To view a tentative auction listing, go to www.auctionzip.com.

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