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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | March 6, 2012
It wasn't the first time a car had slammed into Greencastle's historic Center Square. But the damage caused by a Feb. 24 accident has been called the worst destruction in the landmark's history. “This is the worst I've ever seen,” Greencastle Borough Council President Charles Eckstine said. “I was surprised (by the damage),” borough council Vice President Harry Foley said. “It appeared as a very large truck or an 18-wheeler hit it.” Debbie J. Hoffman, 54, of Hagerstown, was charged with driving under the influence and other traffic violations after her 2008 Ford pickup truck struck the stone planter in the center of the square on Feb. 24 at 11:35 p.m., according to Greencastle police.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | December 12, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The reconfiguration of center square, paving of Main Street and synchronization of downtown traffic lights won't be finished until 2009, a representative of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Tuesday. The project, which has spent a decade in development, is on target to start in August or September 2008, said Mike Lapano, a project manager with PennDOT. Customized pieces such as fluted poles that need to be ordered and a state prohibition on paving after mid-October will push the at-least $2 million endeavor into the next calendar year, Lapano said.
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December 16, 2010
Students from Summitview Elementary School in Waynesboro, Pa., sing carols last Friday inside Just Because, a downtown business in Waynesboro. Downtown activities continue Saturday with old-fashioned sleigh rides from 3 to 7 p.m. Rides begin on center square near The Candy Kitchen and cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. For reservations and additional information, call 717-762-0397.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | September 18, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Borough Council members bypassed some reservations about an engineering consultant on Wednesday and agreed to again hire the firm, but only if their conditions are met. Dennis E. Black Engineering of Chambersburg, Pa., will be told it must release all original plans, drawings, electronic data and notes related to a stormwater management study recently completed for the borough. In exchange, Black will be paid $17,000 to engineer upgrades for the stormwater inlets on Center Square.
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August 6, 2007
· 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Headquarters open, First National Bank of Greencastle, Center Square · 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Sweet Memories of School Days at First National Bank of Mercersburg, 821 S. Washington St. · Noon to 4 p.m. - "Gallery 7," Greencastle Area Arts Council, 107 E. Baltimore St. · 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Good Morning, Greencastle featuring comedy skit, music, door prizes, at Otterbein United...
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June 2, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Consider it a preview of things to come. Traffic was snarled for several hours Tuesday when the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation sent crews to Pa. 16 in downtown Waynesboro. A single lane was open as they fixed damaged pavement. "They're taking out the bad areas in the roadway and replacing them," Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said. Several replaced sections had dips where tractor-trailers wore down the asphalt when they stopped. The efforts this week foreshadow a massive construction project to reconfigure Center Square, which is the intersection of Pa. 16 and Church Street.
NEWS
August 2, 2007
Saturday, Aug. 4 · 9 a.m.: 23rd annual Fred Kaley Memorial 5K Run-Walk at Greencastle-Antrim High School, 300 South Ridge Ave. · 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Motorcycle show on Center Square (at the corner of Baltimore and Carlisle streets). · 11:30 a.m.: Official opening 36th triennial Old Home Week on Center Square - with keynote speaker State Rep. Rob Kauffman Sunday, Aug. 5 · Noon to 4 p.m.: Antique car show on Center Square and North Carlisle Street · 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Greencastle-Antrim Alumni Band concert at Jerome R. King Playground on North Carlisle Street · 11 p.m.: Unofficial opening on Center Square (at the corner of Baltimore and Carlisle streets)
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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 1, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Malfunctioning traffic signals on Center Square in Waynesboro snarled traffic Monday. The borough flipped the signals to a flashing function early in the morning while crews from Pa. Perks assessed the problem, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said. The old traffic signals operate with parts that have been "rebuilt and rebuilt," Hamberger said. Contacts in the electromechanical system wore out, he said. The contracted company planned to return Monday evening with a new unit to provide a temporary fix, according to Hamberger.
NEWS
September 5, 2008
Christmas tree to be placed on corner of Center Square WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro's Christmas tree will be placed on the corner of Center Square by Susquehanna Bank this year. The plan for the tree's placement received approval from the Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday. The request had been submitted by the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Waynesboro Inc. The tree's placement has generated controversy in recent years. After one tree snapped at the top, the organizations stopped placing the tree in the middle of traffic and instead decorated four trees on the corners of the square.
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By ASHLEY HARTMAN | November 16, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. ? Thousands of people crowded into Center Square in Greencastle on Friday for the illumination of the borough's Christmas tree. "Here in the heart of our community comes this evergreen tall and strong," said Paul Schemel, vice president of the Greencastle Borough Council. It was the official kickoff of Greencastle-Antrim's Heritage Christmas celebrations, which continue throughout November and December. As people arrived on the square, they were greeted and handed bells by members of Greencastle Brownie Troop 981 who were dressed as Santa's elves, and Heritage Christmas Committee members in Victorian-style dress.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | April 18, 2012
The message written on the lid of a toilet that was placed on the pedestal in town square in Martinsburg Wednesday morning was simple enough: “Put art in Martinsburg.” The pedestal was built last year for a sculpture of Martinsburg's founder, Revolutionary War Major Gen. Adam Stephen, but city officials have since tabled the public art project, citing cost and other concerns. The statue was planned as part of a $1.6 million redesign of the square to improve pedestrian safety aesthetics.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | March 6, 2012
It wasn't the first time a car had slammed into Greencastle's historic Center Square. But the damage caused by a Feb. 24 accident has been called the worst destruction in the landmark's history. “This is the worst I've ever seen,” Greencastle Borough Council President Charles Eckstine said. “I was surprised (by the damage),” borough council Vice President Harry Foley said. “It appeared as a very large truck or an 18-wheeler hit it.” Debbie J. Hoffman, 54, of Hagerstown, was charged with driving under the influence and other traffic violations after her 2008 Ford pickup truck struck the stone planter in the center of the square on Feb. 24 at 11:35 p.m., according to Greencastle police.
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December 16, 2010
Students from Summitview Elementary School in Waynesboro, Pa., sing carols last Friday inside Just Because, a downtown business in Waynesboro. Downtown activities continue Saturday with old-fashioned sleigh rides from 3 to 7 p.m. Rides begin on center square near The Candy Kitchen and cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. For reservations and additional information, call 717-762-0397.
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By DANA BROWN | July 8, 2010
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - When the siren sounds around 11:30 p.m. or so on Aug. 1, 90-year-old Richard L. "Dick" Fisher will be among the revelers gathering on center square for the "unofficial opening" of the Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week triennial celebration. "We'll be there," Fisher said speaking about himself and Ethel, his wife of 65 years. "I don't get to bed until 2 o'clock in the morning," he said. A lifelong borough resident, Fisher is the oldest living past president of the Old Home Week Association, which hosts its 37th week-long festivity July 31 to Aug. 7. Fisher hopes Old Home Week will bring him together with a few old classmates from his graduating class of 1939.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | November 19, 2009
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Greencastle will light up its 19th Annual Heritage Christmas celebration by illuminating the tree in Center Square Friday night at 7 p.m. The tree-lighting ceremony marks the start of Greencastle's Christmas celebration, which continues through Dec. 18. "We are excited," said Joel Fridgen, newly appointed executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce. "It is a good program this year. " Included in the holiday festivities are the tree lighting, parade, Heritage Home Tour and Heritage Christmas weekends.
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June 2, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Consider it a preview of things to come. Traffic was snarled for several hours Tuesday when the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation sent crews to Pa. 16 in downtown Waynesboro. A single lane was open as they fixed damaged pavement. "They're taking out the bad areas in the roadway and replacing them," Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said. Several replaced sections had dips where tractor-trailers wore down the asphalt when they stopped. The efforts this week foreshadow a massive construction project to reconfigure Center Square, which is the intersection of Pa. 16 and Church Street.
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April 2, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- It's already taken 14 years, so what's another month? Center Square construction work has been pushed to mid-May, Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said Wednesday, quoting information given to him by contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, Pa. Earlier estimates were the square's reconfiguration could start in March. The project, estimated to cost $3.2 million, has been in various stages of discussion for 14 years. Still, underground wiring will start for traffic light synchronization on Pa. 16 in mid-April, Grubbs said.
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February 25, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Construction work on Center Square should start at the beginning of March, Waynesboro Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said this week. Reconfiguring the square has been in the works for 14 years. Grubbs said contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, Pa., updates him regularly and reports being on schedule. The contractor has been submitting documents to the state. "They're pretty much ready to go," Grubbs said. The $3.2 million project will eliminate the existing double set of traffic lights, making the square a more traditional intersection for motorists.
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By DON AINES | November 7, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Plans to reconfigure Waynesboro's Center Square have been approved, voted down, redesigned and approved again over the past 14 years, but Pennsylvania state Sen. Terry Punt said Thursday the contract was recently signed and "nothing will stop it. " The $3.2 million project will reconfigure the square and replace and synchronize traffic signals at six intersections in the borough, said Punt, who will retire at the end of the...
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By JENNIFER FITCH | September 22, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Construction contracts for reconfiguring Center Square in Waynesboro have yet to be awarded. The two bids opened Aug. 28 came in at $2.8 million and $3.2 million, about a million dollars more than estimated. But Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials say the delay in awarding bids is not atypical, as they must be reviewed to ensure all components of the project are addressed. The corners of sidewalks at Center Square will be "bumped out" so they extend farther into the intersection.
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