06/28/06 — Waynesborough officers installed

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Waynesborough officers installed

By Bonnie Edwards
Published in News on June 28, 2006 1:50 PM

The Old Waynesborough Commission's membership unanimously approved a new slate of officers during their quarterly meeting Monday and laid the final plans for the Summerfest to be held next weekend.

The new president, Bill Kemp, presented a mahogany gavel to Lloyd Massey, the outgoing president.

Massey said he didn't want the job of president when he got it. He said vice president Arnold Leder twisted his arm, "and I had to do it. I don't know if I did any good or not.

"I said I'd had my share of desks, but I'll attend all the meetings and do the best I can."

Waynesborough is going through a crucial time, Kemp said. He pledged to seek donations to help pay for the many needs at the historical village, which sits on the site of Wayne original county seat

"We need a meaner, leaner organization to meet the challenges," Kemp said, adding that the commission must address the issues it faces in keeping the site open.

Kemp, who has been involved with the commission since 1988, said he believes the best way to overcome disagreements is to keep the issue on the table until a decision is reached.

Other officers elected included Arnold Leder, vice president; Pat Yates, secretary; Bob Logan, treasurer; Karen Schneider, assistant treasurer; and Ray Swinson, public relations. The officers will serve for two years.

The Summerfest will be held at the historical village from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, July 9. Games will include favorites from the 1800s, such as tug-of-war, hopscotch and horseshoes. The commission hopes to find a watermelon grower to donate watermelons for a watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests, said Lou Hines, the office manager in the visitor's center.

Wayne County 4-Hers are expected to bring some small animals for a petting zoo. Other activities include living history demonstrations by Civil War reenactors and story telling by Granny Tilley, dulcimer musicians, craft items and plenty of food vendors. On Sunday, a worship service will be held in the Bethany Friends Meeting House.