Waynesboro council OKs downtown events, 30K race

July 23, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Athletic, holiday and religious events were approved for public areas by the Waynesboro Borough Council on Thursday.

First on the council agenda was a 30K race being planned by Waynesboro Running Inc. That event, which also involves Washington Township, Pa., will lead to portions of some roads being closed to one or both lanes of travel.

Race officials are planning for 250 runners to participate in the race Sept. 18.

Sept. 18 also will be the first big event for new organization Waynesboro Business & Community Partnership. The group of businesspeople is planning "Thunder on the Square" from 2 to 9 p.m., with music groups being scheduled to play in the American Legion, Eagles and Elks clubs.

Leon and Jean Adler from American Eagle Doors & Windows said the organization is working to bring a "Santa's House" to Center Square in November and December. They want to work with career and technology students to build a shed, then raffle it at the end of the season and split proceeds.


The council asked for more details about Santa's House as plans are finalized.

"Although I support what you're doing, I hear a lot of 'We may do this' and 'We may do that,'" Council President Craig Newcomer said.

Councilman Jason Stains asked that Waynesboro Business & Community Partnership ensure the people portraying Santa Claus and elves pass background checks. The Adlers agreed to that request.

Other events approved by the council were:

o Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland Valley will place pink ribbons on parking meters in mid-October. A letter from the organization said the ribbons are meant to increase breast cancer awareness.

o The Franklin County (Pa.) Housing Authority can close either Hawbaker Avenue or Elder Avenue for National Night Out programs from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 3. Waynesboro Police Department will host its own National Night Out events from 6 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Park.

"I think it's important for crime and drug awareness, so if we have two (events), so be it," Newcomer said.

National Night Out is designed to foster healthy relationships with police.

o Family Life Worship Center and Jedidiah Ministries will host a fellowship opportunity at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 on Center Square. They'll offer food and light music.

"Anytime there's a group of people who want to come downtown and congregate in a positive manner, I say, 'Let's do it,'" Councilman Wayne Driscoll said.

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