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Fleagle named head of Main Street Waynesboro

December 08, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Former state representative and Waynesboro mayor Patrick E. Fleagle has been named the newest administrator for nonprofit Main Street Waynesboro Inc.

Fleagle, 58, said he will begin his new duties Jan. 1. His official title with the downtown revitalization organization will be director of economic development.

He said he has a good base on which to build Main Street's future.

"I hope my kids and grandkids walk down the street when I'm gone and say, 'My dad or my pappy worked hard to get this,'" Fleagle said.

In 2006, Fleagle lost a re-election bid for a 10th term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the 90th District. He said he wanted to try something "low-key" and focus on his love for emergency medical services, so he became the administrator of the Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue Squad.

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Now, Fleagle feels it's time for a new challenge.

"I think the big thing is to bring people together," he said. "The very thing that makes businesspeople successful is their independence, and sometimes that makes it hard to get people together on the same page."

"The board is extremely thrilled to have Pat accept our offer," said Barb Persun, president of the Main Street Waynesboro Inc. board.

She predicted the community also will be excited about Fleagle's appointment as word spreads.

"I think the chemistry is really good for downtown," he said.

Fleagle will share administrative duties with Melissa Russ, a Main Street Waynesboro Inc. staff member who took on additional responsibilities with the resignation of former manager Bruce Dreisbach.

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