Tri-state news briefs

November 29, 2002

Giant flag to come down for the winter

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The giant flag dedicated in Memorial Park this spring has come down for the winter.

The Franklin County Flag Association raised the funds for a 150-foot pole and the 60-foot by 30-foot American flag and is responsible for its upkeep.

Chambersburg Recreation Director Herb Dolaway said Tuesday the flag was taken down to protect it from the winter's inclement weather. He said it will be raised again in the spring.

Council OKs second bond for power station

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council approved a $9.9 million bond Tuesday to pay for a new electrical generating station.


As with the first $10 million bond issued in August, the borough ran an Internet auction to find the lowest interest rate, said Gregg McLanahan, senior managing consultant for Public Financial Management in Harrisburg, Pa.

The council has already approved a contract with Wartsila for four diesel engines for the facility, which will be located in the Chambers-5 Business Park.

The additional 23 megawatts of electrical generation will improve reliability for borough electric customers, protect against future price spikes and provide local control, officials said.

Coy re-elected to House leadership post

HARRISBURG, Pa. - State Rep. Jeff Coy, D-Shippensburg, Pa., was re-elected Tuesday by his colleagues to serve as a leader in the House of Representatives for the 2003-2004 legislative session.

Coy was elected to a fifth term as Democratic Caucus Secretary, the fourth highest leadership post in the caucus. A state legislator since 1982, Coy has held a leadership position since 1993.

As caucus secretary, Coy is responsible for administrative duties, including tracking votes on the House floor and working with leadership on policy-making decisions. Coy said he will use his influence as a leader to fight for property tax cuts, prescription drug coverage for seniors and to keep tuition affordable at state universities.

Coy has served as caucus secretary for eight years. During the 1993-94 legislative session, he served as caucus chairman. Coy will continue to serve on the Rules and Ethics committees.

Ruritan Club supports Pa. Toy Mission efforts

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Members of the New Franklin Ruritan Club presented the Chambersburg Toy Mission with a $1,500 check on Tuesday.

The Toy Mission is a non-profit organization that has provided new and used toys to children in need for the last 55 years.

Each year the organization provides gifts for more than 200 Franklin County families and about 800 children.

The toys are a mix of new and used, all donated by area residents and businesses.

Cash donations like the Ruritan Club's are used toward the purchase of new toys for age groups where not enough are received.

Dealer collects items for women's center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Parsons Ford Lincoln Mercury of Martinsburg will be collecting new toys and nonperishable food items for the Shenandoah Women's Center.

A 2003 Ford Ranger pickup truck will be on the dealership's showroom floor today through Friday, Dec. 20 acting as "Santa's Ranger" - the designated drop-off location.

Parsons Ford, 1400 Shepherdstown Road, will deliver the gifts to an outreach worker for the women's shelter on Raleigh Street.

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