Author: Nancy Mace

Area residents will be participating in a Water Walk for Kenya Saturday, June 1 to raise funds for portable water filtration systems for villagers in rural Maasai and Kampo villages in the Great Rift Valley and northeast Kenya. The walk, hosted by the Rotary Club of Waynesboro, starts at 8 a.m. at the Buchanan Automotive Stadium in Waynesboro. Participants will walk a 3-mile course, carrying a 1-gallon water container for half the distance to simulate the task of water retrieval faced by the villagers. Each $30 registration fee provides five years of clean water for a family of six in…

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Andrew Paterno is fulfilling his calling. The 29-year-old Waynesboro man is serving as pastor of Waynesboro Church of the Brethren. Paterno began the journey during his final semester at Juniata College in Huntingdon, where he graduated with a degree in political science. “I was in my room. I liked to do a lot of studying on different topics and when I heard the gospel, everything made sense and that’s when I knew I was saved,” added Paterno, who referenced Romans 10:17 – “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of God.” Confident that the spirit came to him,…

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The grounds of Noah’s Ark Christian Child Care Center in Waynesboro have been transformed into a work of art with the help of students from a nearby elementary school. Second- and third-graders from Fairview Elementary School partnered with children at the center to fill seven flower beds May 17. “We decided to make our campus a canvas for them, so they could leave a little bit of a footprint here at the Ark,” said Lindsay Cook, director at Noah’s Ark. “Together, they planted flowers all over the grounds. “Fairview graciously donated all the materials needed for the project and we…

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It was “A Night To Remember” for Pre-kindergarten students at Noah’s Ark Christian Child Care Center in Waynesboro when they attended their first prom May 17. Seventeen students and their parent chaperones attended the themed event in the fellowship hall of Christ United Methodist, where Noah’s Ark is located. “The students arrived dressed to the nines, with boutonnieres and corsages, ready to dance the night away,” according to Lindsay Cook, director. The setting included a photo backdrop equipped with Polaroid cameras to capture the moment. “And there were many strobe lights and bubble machines to set the scene,” Cook said. “Kidz…

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Students at Fairview Elementary School in Waynesboro experienced a Day of Service May 17. The annual observance, part of the building’s overall positive behavior program, featured outreach by all the students, both at the school and in the community. “It’s all about the power of teamwork,” according to principal Megan McGuire. “We shifted our focus four years ago from ending the program with a rewards celebration and carnival to becoming more in line with the intention of the program – to teach students about the power of service and outreach in the community. We want them to see how even…

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Seven students at Waynesboro Area Senior High School have been awarded scholarships by Waynesboro College Club. The winners were announced at the club’s 89th banquet May 15 in Waynesboro Country Club. One objective of the club is to encourage interest in obtaining a college education among high school students. This year, the club awarded $25,000 to the recipients, the most money ever awarded in a year. The three students who were awarded $5,000 scholarships are: Gracie French will attend Juniata College to major in environmental science or animal sciences. Gracie, daughter of Crystal Fridinger and Jeremy French, is the student…

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Staff and students at Mowrey Elementary School in Quincy got their first glimpse of the library makeover May 14. The ”reveal” showcased the $40,000 worth of furniture the school received for the winning entry of media specialist Jennifer Smith and instructional technology specialist Keith McCray in the second annual education learning space design competition sponsored by KI (kay eye), an employee-owned furniture manufacturer in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The design, developed using a free classroom planner tool provided by KI, received more than 12,000 online votes. It features different zones to support students with different learning styles as well as students…

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Waynesboro Studio Art Club welcomed guests to its 70th annual Clothesline Art Exhibit May 3 through 5 at Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC) in Waynesboro. Co-chairs of the show were Jean Frey and Janette Koons. Exhibit categories included historical, landscape (oil, watercolor, acrylic or gouache on paper), floral, still life, pastel, portraits, animal portraits, drawings or transparent graphics, genre, abstract and pottery; and student categories – realism and abstract. The club is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to enhance and share the visual arts. All are welcome to join the monthly meetings at ELC, 43 S. Church St., at…

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A Waynesboro teen has created a meditation garden at her church for her Eagle Scout project. “It will give people a place to sit quietly to pray and meditate,” offered Olivia McDonald, daughter of Sean and Becky McDonald. Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43 S. Church St., Waynesboro, also will use the gated, grassy space off the church parking lot for outdoor church services, youth ministry and Sunday School lessons, she added. “In addition, it will be welcoming to neighbors who wish to use it,” she added. Olivia said she conceived the idea for the project after talking to the church pastors…

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“The Waynesboro Area Cancer Auction surpassed our expectations, raising over $120,000 for local patients,” said Ali Huber, who co-chaired the 42nd event April 20 in Green Grove Gardens, Greencastle. “This is our most successful auction yet, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible generosity of our community,” added Huber. An “ultimate football game experience” at FedEx Field to see the Washington Commanders received a top bid of $9,200. A fiesta dinner party hosted by Amy Stevens garnered $8,500. A private showing of a movie of choice for 50 people at Waynesboro Theatre was sold for $3,400. Various handmade…

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