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'Lucky people' enjoy Waynesboro's annual Summer Jubilee

July 03, 2010|By DANA BROWN
  • George and Pat Souders of Hagerstown lead the procession of bicyclists from the Antietam Bike Club Saturday in the Waynesboro Summer Jubilee parade to celebrate Independence Day.
By Kelly Hahn Johnson, Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Families, friends and neighbors lined Main Street in Waynesboro Saturday morning for the start of the community's 14th annual Summer Jubilee patriotic celebration.

With American flags in their hands, displayed in their hats or hair, festivalgoers cheered as the Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Brothers of the Brush, approached the festival grounds across from Waynesboro Hospital.

"Make some noise for Independence Day," said Ben Franklin, portrayed by former Waynesboro resident Michael Levick, as he waved to spectators from his perch in the back seat of a convertible.

With the kickoff of the daylong event, freedom and family ties seemed to be on the minds of many.

"It's a great family time," said Marjorie Seilhamer of Waynesboro.

In addition to spending time at the festival with her daughter and grandsons, Seilhamer said, for her, the Independence Day holiday brings liberty to mind.

"We have the freedom that we can say and do what we could like without fear," she said.

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Phyllis Murphy of Waynesboro watched the parade surrounded by her grandchildren. This parade was her 3-year-old granddaughter Nevaeh's first. The little girl took particular delight in the Shriners' little cars, Murphy said.

For Murphy, the July Fourth holiday has deep meaning that evokes emotion from her.

"It's all about freedom," she said. "I'll start to cry," she added, choking back tears.

"I was a military wife for 18 1/2 years. I'm all about supporting the troops," she said.

Murphy had the opportunity to show her support to a unit of local area Iraq war soldiers who rode in the parade.

Seventeen members of Bravo Battery 1-108 FA, who returned from overseas in September, were invited to join the parade, said Sgt. Mark Travitz of Lewisberry, Pa.

"It was a welcome home gift from the city," he said. "It means a lot to me."

Following the parade, people found shade beneath several tents to enjoy music and food or just relax.

For Pat Sherman of Waynesboro, however, her relaxation came only after running a 5K race. Along with her husband, S.K. Sherman, and her daughter, Nicole Prorock, of Frederick, Md., Sherman participated in the Salamander Scramble, held in conjunction with the Firecracker 5K.

She was one of 78 team members from Team Salamander who ran to raise money for the Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies. Nearly $6,000 was raised this year, said Tracy Holliday, assistant director of the Renfrew Institute. All three family members medaled in their respective age divisions.

Later in the day, Ben Franklin again was at center stage. Joined by a group of nine people, Franklin and the group read the Declaration of Independence in full, with each person taking a turn reading a paragraph.

This was the first year the document was read at the celebration.

The idea was spearheaded by Pat Heefner of Waynesboro, who got the idea last year after gathering with a group of friends to read the Declaration. Heefner said she decided to ask the Jubilee Committee if they could read it at the festival this year.

"We wanted to remember the real meaning we are here," she said.

Trudy Daywalt seemed to best sum up the reason for the celebration.

"We have the freedom to do what we want to," she said. "We are lucky people."

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