Old Boys return to open celebration

Dr. Edwin Smith will speak on "Coming Home" during the official opening of Old Home Week at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31 on the square.

Two men who are the epitome of what the Greencastle-Antrom Old Home Week celebration is about have taken the lead in opening the 37th Triennial with pomp a circumstance at the official ceremony.

Rev. Wayne Warren, who left his birthplace to pastor churches, and Dr. Edwin R. Smith, who took his education profession to the collegiate level, are both back in the fold of Greencastle. Warren is the chairman of the Official Opening of the 37th Triennial Old Home Week celebration and Smith will be the featured speaker.

“The Old Boys are coming home,” said Warren.

“Us old guys decided to come home.”

With several events getting off the ground early Saturday morning, July 31, it’s not until 11:30 a.m. that the Triennial gets its official start with a ceremony on the Center Square platform that will be set up in the E.L.M. corner.

The pageantry on the square will begin and end with an invocation and benediction by Rev. Joseph L. Stahura, St. Mark The  Evangelist Church, Greencastle. Special music will be provided by Patty Divelbiss and Trevor Timmons.

After retiring from the ministry and with grown children in Florida, North Carolina and Pittsburgh, Warren and his wife had a number of choices for their retirement home. They moved to Chambersburg in 1998 and five years later built a house in Greencastle.

Smith, a Professor Emeritus of West Virginia University who is a 1952 graduate of Greencastle High School and taught History and Physical Education in the Greencastle-Antrim School District for eight years and was a coach before moving on to WVU, also returned several years ago.

Warren felt that Smith was the perfect speaker for the event.

“We played basketball together, and soccer,” Warren explained. “We were on the gym team together.”

Smith will address the crowd at the opening on the topic, “Coming Home.”

Smith received his schooling from East Stroudsburg University, McDaniel College and WVU. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the U.S. Army Reserve for more than 30 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel. In addition to teaching at WVU, Smith was the Assistant Vice President and Associate Provost. His wife, Dr. Patricia K. Smith, is also a Professor Emerita at WVU.

“I think this (ceremony) is a wonderful way to get started on this week of excitement,” said Warren.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at the Rescue Hose Co. Special Events Center, 407 S. Washington St.