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'Waynesboro is on the move'

October 22, 2009

WAYNESBORO, Pa. , On Thursday, Terry Punt, Craig Newcomer, Richard Alloway and Harry Morningstar walked Main Street in Waynesboro, joined in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for MZeigler General Contractor's showroom and stopped at the Waynesburger restaurant for lunch.

Alloway, a Republican state senator representing Franklin, Adams and York counties, has toured downtown Waynesboro several times in 2009. Grant money and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation work are changing the aesthetics of Main Street, from laying brick sidewalks to installing Victorian-style traffic light poles.

Business incentive grants are designed to find uses for vacant storefronts.

"What we're seeing is a transformation and revitalization of downtown Waynesboro," said Punt, Alloway's predecessor in office.

"It's all working together," Newcomer, Waynesboro Borough Council president, said of the vision behind the efforts.

Morningstar, a business owner, said Waynesboro previously had "a strong sense of pride, but low self-esteem." Positive remarks about downtown show that is changing, he said.

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Most of the downtown construction is scheduled to be completed in the first week of November.

"Waynesboro is on the move," Alloway said, saying it's becoming one of the nicest downtowns in the area.

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