Author: Robb Helfrick

The latest art exhibition at Waynesboro’s Gallery 50 showcases a memorable collection of creative works depicting both the majesty and subtlety of American landscapes. Titled ‘America the Beautiful’, the show runs through August 10, 2024 at the gallery’s 50 West Main Street location. Gallery 50 is an attractive exhibit space sponsored by the Art Alliance of Greater Waynesboro, which is a member venue of ‘Destination Arts’. This program has encouraged and promoted art and artists through public exhibitions and other creative downtown Waynesboro activities since 2013. The artistic pieces comprising the America the Beautiful collection offer varied viewpoints and styles.…

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During a regular meeting of Waynesboro’s Borough Council on Wednesday evening June 19, the town’s leaders announced two men will assume new leadership roles in the Police and Fire Departments in the coming weeks. One of those announcements was expected, as Police Chief Sourbier’s retirement was confirmed at a Council Meeting in May. Fire Chief Dever’s resignation was officially announced at last night’s meeting, at the same time his replacement was named. These major Fire and Police announcements were scheduled last on the meeting’s agenda as Borough Council, the Mayor, Borough Manager, and other city officials conducted various other resolutions,…

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Walter Reed created a remarkable life. His inspiring journey into medicine and science took him throughout the United States and also on a dangerous mission to Cuba. Reed left behind a legacy still celebrated today, noted for a milestone career as a biomedical researcher and remembered as a kind and devoted family man. Reed adored the natural world and never felt totally at peace within cities. After decades of travel and hard work, when it was finally time to own his first property, Walter Reed bought a 12-acre local tract in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He built a home for…

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The American Legion baseball team completed a dominant season June 11th by winning Waynesboro’s Little League Majors Championship. They finished the season with a perfect 16-0 overall record and bested the runner-up VFW team by a final score of 14-4, winning the best of three series, 2-0. American Legion (AL) attained a remarkable turnaround from their 2023 season, when they finished with a 1-15 record. This year’s striking achievement was due to well-scouted draft picks, maturing of the team’s roster, a solid defense, balanced pitching staff, and a timely hitting offense. The Legion’s coaching staff expertly managed these multiple strengths…

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Prominent local Democratic Party officials and loyal supporters gathered in Greencastle on June 8th to raise campaign funds and promote candidates for the upcoming election cycle. The event offered a catered brunch hosted by Blue Heron Events. Two Democratic candidates were highlighted, each running for a separate Pennsylvania office in the upcoming November 2024 general election. Cameron Schroy was the local candidate feted, a Franklin County native who lives in Greencastle. Schroy is running for the 33rd District State Senate seat. Malcom Kenyatta was the second candidate featured. Kenyatta is a Philadelphia resident and current State Representative, and he seeks…

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The tri-state area contains an abundance of historic and cultural sites. As summer begins, a full slate of seasonal events will celebrate that rich heritage at interesting locales in southern Pennsylvania, Western Maryland, and West Virginia’s panhandle. These occasions are hosted by scenic towns throughout the region, including jewels such as Gettysburg, Shepherdstown, and Waynesboro. The events listed below are entertaining portals leading to further study about people, cultures, and the local lore they created during America’s eventful past. These historical programs are often complimented by modern touches including appetizing food and drink, live music, and local art. These happenings…

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A community receives light from its history and is illuminated by remembering it. Waynesboro exhibits a wonderful sensibility to this ideal, expressed by a long tradition of celebrations and honorary endeavors supported by individuals and organizations throughout the Borough. As Waynesboro enters an unofficial season of remembrance, anchored by bookend parades on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, its downtown parade route bears witness to a multitude of customs and traditions, as storytelling people and places celebrate accomplishments and recognize sacrifices of its past citizens. Memorial Day began with devotion to the local men and women who paid the…

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WAYNESBORO- During a special Town Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 28, Waynesboro officials accepted the resignation of Police Chief James Sourbier IV. Sourbier has served in the position since September 15, 2012, and his effective retirement date is September 16, 2024, according to Mayor Richard Starliper. Sourbier has a long history in law enforcement, following in the footsteps of his father, James Sourbier III, who was a wildlife conservation officer. Prior to his promotion as Waynesboro’s Police Chief, James Sourbier was Chief of Police Services at Penn State’s Mont Alto campus and held other positions in area law enforcement. One…

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When archeologists search for hidden truths embedded in ancient landscapes, they often begin their work near a vital natural feature: water. Aquatic sources are liquid gold for plant and animal species’ development and survival. Ebbert Spring is one of these special places. At Franklin County’s Ebbert Spring Archeological Preserve and Heritage Park, potential answers to fascinating mysteries are explored and shared through a unique collaboration. Every ceramic shard or purposely carved stone tool found near this watery location is a tantalizing piece in an intricate puzzle. These artifacts help explain how human civilizations originated and evolved. Ebbert Spring flows continuously…

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Artist Seth Holmes unveils his new gallery in downtown Waynesboro on Saturday May 25th from 8 am to 2 pm. The vibrant space, called Holmes Watercolors, is located in the town square at 8 East Main Street between Wee Scot Bookshop and the Candy Kitchen. Seth Holmes works primarily with watercolors, seeking wonder and whimsy in his subjects. The Frederick native explores his enthusiastic interest in architecture, and since moving to Waynesboro has found the town’s buildings a source of inspiration. Holmes also enjoys the Boro’s small-town charm and support for the arts. Waynesboro has a thriving creative community, with…

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