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Chambersburg briefs

August 15, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

School Board honors veterans with diplomas



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Area School Board of Directors honored two World War II veterans Wednesday with high school diplomas.

Robert M. Rider, of Chambersburg, received his diploma and a standing ovation during Wednesday's regular board meeting. The wife of the late Howard R. Sollenberger also accepted a diploma on his behalf.

"In the 1940s, thousands left high school to serve gallantly in World War II. Their sacrifice ensured our freedom," said Eric Michael, assistant superintendent of curriculum.

"Many veterans were not able to complete high school for various reasons. This is a small overdue gesture of the sacrifices they made," he said.

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Crime Solvers signs considered for schools



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Signs advertising the Franklin County Crime Solvers program, which offers rewards for tips leading to the arrest of criminals, will go up outside of schools in the Chambersburg Area School District this fall.

The signs feature a pipe-smoking detective and the number to call with tips, 717-263-3000.

The Franklin County Crime Solvers committee will provide the signs free to the district.

School board members approved the idea Wednesday with only one concern - the image of the pipe.

"I like the sign, but the silhouette of the detective - can we remove the pipe?" asked board member Tom Orndorf. "It's inconsistent with the smoke-free campus idea."

That recommendation will be discussed with the committee.




Board advised to reject gift from Menno Haven



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg School District solicitor recommended the school board reject a gift of $5,000 worth of kitchen equipment from Menno Haven, Inc.

The board tabled the item at a prior meeting, and Solicitor Jan Sulcove recommended Wednesday that it be included on the next meeting's agenda so the board can officially reject the gift.

The school district is currently involved in litigation with Menno Haven, which claims it should not have to pay taxes because it is a charitable organization, providing housing and nursing care to elderly residents.

Sulcove said no matter how small the gift, it could be construed by a court as an agreement of payment in lieu of taxes.

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