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Book signing by Chambersburg-area authors set for Friday

December 06, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A pair of Chambersburg-area residents on Friday evening will be signing the book they co-authored.

"Images of America: Franklin County" went on sale at the end of November and will be available during the autograph session from 5 to 8 p.m. at the former Chambersburg Trust on Memorial Square. Proceeds from the signing, with books priced at $19.99 before tax, benefit the Heritage Center.

The book - comparable to ones published on the Waynesboro and Greencastle-Antrim communities - features photographs and documents from the late 1800s and early 1900s. In addition to the county's larger towns, small ones like Five Forks and Cove Gap are featured.

"Over the years, by learning these things, talking to people in Franklin County and collecting, it's been like putting together a puzzle," co-author Maurice L. "Mike" Marotte III said.

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He and Janet Kay Pollard teamed previously to publish a book about Chambersburg. The pair used Marotte's library of photographs and documents to compile their latest effort in the early part of this year.

"We were able to preserve them for future generations," Pollard said.

She said the challenge was "to find good images to represent all of Franklin County and to tell the county's story."

Pictures include those of vehicles stranded in Waynesboro during a 1917 hailstorm, the Eagle Hotel in Fort Loudon, the Caledonia Iron Works and the former Sunset Airways at Chambersburg Airport. Documents include advertisements for Quincy Engine Co., a ticket from the Cumberland Valley Railroad and receipts from businesses like Western Maryland Elevator in Chambersburg.

The third page has a picture of Marotte's father, to whom the book is dedicated.

Books are being sold at pharmacies, gift shops and Franklin County bookstores in Waynesboro, Chambersburg, Shippensburg, Mercersburg, St. Thomas and Greencastle, Pa.

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