Devastated by job loss, Manchester vying for HGTV Home Town Takeover

Shandra Irwin recalls a time when Second Street in the Village of Manchester was a vibrant place to walk, dine and shop. "At one point it was bustling, it was busy, it was one of the busiest places in the entire county," Irwin said. Today, it is desolate. Just a few businesses, like the Eight Ball, open for a few hours each day. It’s painful for Irwin, who was born and raised in Adams County. That’s why she’s spearheading the HGTV Home Town Takeover campaign. HGTV is looking for a town of less than 40,000 people, that has historical homes and buildings and has a Main Street area that needs a facelift. Irwin said Manchester checks all three boxes.