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Franklin County, Pa., closings, weather news

February 13, 2007

Wintery weather and an ominous forecast prompted Tuscarora School District on Tuesday afternoon to delay school by two hours Wednesday, with a promise that district officials would review the situation this morning and decide whether to completely close the Mercersburg, Pa., area schools.

The Chambersburg Area School District Web site stated that school's will be closed today. Schools in the Fannett-Metal School District in Franklin County also are closed today.

Other Franklin County, Pa., school districts opted to make their announcements in the morning.

The Waynesboro (Pa.) Area School Board canceled its meeting Tuesday evening and pushed the start time of next Tuesday's up to 6 p.m.

The Waynesboro Area School District announced that it will still follow a scheduled two-hour delay on Thursday (for teachers to analyze test results) unless further inclement weather warrants a change. Any change will be announced through area media and on the district's Web site at www.wasd.k12.pa.us.

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Dropping temperatures were blamed for Tuesday's water main break on Pa. 16 across from Borough Hall in Waynesboro. It was the second break on the route in a week.

"The guys worked really quickly," Borough Utilities Director S. Leiter Pryor said.

The 7 a.m. break was repaired in three hours, but required a section of the street to be torn up, Pryor said.

The borough also has pushed back curbside garbage and recycling collection because of the expected wintry weather today. Today's garbage and recyclables will be picked up Thursday, Thursday's will be picked up on Friday and Friday's garbage and recyclables will be picked up on Saturday.

Six trucks from Washington Township, Pa., were spreading antiskid material on roads, paying special attention to those in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., where temperatures are typically a few degrees colder.

"We had trucks out most of the day to get the intersections and hills antiskidded," Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

Other problem areas are typically behind Red Run Park and on Villa View Drive, he said.

"Our routes are set up to get to those spots early," Christopher said.

The Franklin County Courthouse will open one half hour later today at 9 a.m. with a liberal leave policy, according to an e-mail from the County Commissioners Office.

Franklin County Emergency Management Coordinator Susan Dutko said the county's emergency operations center was partially activated and will be manned through the duration of the storm. Municipalities have been advised to prepare emergency declarations in advance to be disseminated, if necessary, and be adequately staffed.

Municipal crews, she said, are also advised to be prepared for downed power lines, power outages and road closures. As winds pick up overnight, roads that have been cleared could become icy or drift over, she said.

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