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Tree-lighting, parade to kick off Waynesboro's holiday season

November 18, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A tree-lighting ceremony and parade this weekend kick off the holiday season in Waynesboro.

An evergreen tree has been set up on the southwest corner of Center Square. Employees of Star Electric tested the lights earlier this week in anticipation of Friday's tree-lighting ceremony, which is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m.

"Former Sen. Terry Punt is going to be there to do a kick-off speech, along with current Sen. Rich Alloway," said Barb Persun, of nonprofit organization Main Street Waynesboro Inc.

Santa Claus will be featured in Saturday's parade on Main Street, starting at 2 p.m. The parade route spans from CV Avenue to Enterprise Avenue.

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Carlene Willhide, director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, said the parade has 90 entrants.

The parade will be led by a color guard from the Pennsylvania National Guard's Battery B, 108th Field Artillery. The parade also features local dignitaries, five high school bands, amateur floats and walking units.

Waynesboro Area Advanced Life Support Unit Medic 2 will collect nonperishable foods during the parade to benefit Waynesboro Area Human Services. Food also may be dropped off at the emergency room entrance of Waynesboro Hospital or the Chamber of Commerce offices.

The Waynesboro Historical Society has planned events to coincide with both the tree-lighting and the parade. The historical society's headquarters, the Oller House on West Main Street, will be open for visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The historical society activities, which include a silent auction and shopping opportunities for children, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, plans to host an open house at his Waynesboro office in connection with the parade. The open house at 237 E. Main St. will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

"They're going to have refreshments, and they're going to have bathrooms available," Willhide said.

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