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Teen's swan logo a winning design

July 30, 1998

photos: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

Connie HurdBy DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Connie Hurd moved to Franklin County, Pa., about six months ago, but soon her work will become a permanent fixture in the county.

The 16-year-old was the winner of a contest to design the new logo for the Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Franklin Farm Lane. Her image of a swan floating on a rippling spring will replace the rather generic sign in front of the Franklin County Nursing Home.

It will also grace the nursing home's letterhead, brochures and vehicles, according to Franklin County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott. The change in the name of the 224-bed facility and its logo will go into effect as soon as the Pennsylvania Department of Health approves the change, said Christopher Bailey, nursing home administrator.

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"I came up with a number of ideas and most of them took about five minutes," said Hurd, of 1743 Buchanan Trail East, Greencastle, Pa. Hurd said she drafted the logo on her home computer, experimenting with different images before settling on the swan.

Falling Spring logo"She was thinking that the swan was simple, but elegant," said her mother, Deborah.

Connie and her family were at the Board of Commissioners Office Tuesday when she was presented a $100 savings bond for winning the design competition.

Connie was one of students in teacher Carolyn Baker's art class at Greencastle-Antrim High School who submitted designs for the logo. Elliott said the county notified all the school districts in the county of the competition, but the only entries were from Greencastle students.

Connie, who moved to Greencastle from Laurinburg, N.C., said she wants to study interior design in college. She will be a junior in high school this fall.

In May, the commissioners announced they were changing the name of the nursing home to reflect its increasing emphasis on rehabilitation.

The home now offers a series of rehabilitation therapies that were once contracted out. Elliott said that allows the center to offer rehabilitation programs for people who are not permanent residents of the home.

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