Tri-state briefs

December 11, 2007

Chambersburg hires three firefighters

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Three firefighters will be added to the Chambersburg Fire Department in January.

The Chambersburg Borough Council voted Monday night to hire Marshall Warden, David McMullen and Ben Myers into the fire department, bringing the total number of firefighters in the department to 21, according to Assistant Borough Manager David Finch.

Warden, McMullen and Myers were appointed to the department during an executive session on Nov. 26 under the conditions that they pass fitness, psychological and drug screening.

Since all three individuals passed the tests, they were publicly appointed during Monday's meeting. McMullen will start work on Jan. 2, Warden will start on Jan. 3 and Myers will start on Jan. 4.


Finch said a committee made up of himself, the fire chief and a borough council member interviewed all the candidates, which were given to the committee by the Civil Service Commission, and rated them based on background and knowledge.

Council clears way for multispace meters

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council on Monday approved an amendment to the borough's code to allow for a multispace parking meter system to be installed in the Rosedale Parking Lot.

A multi-space parking meter system is one computerized unit that serves multiple parking spaces.

"People select the pace they want to park at on the machine and push a button for that space," said Borough Secretary Tanya Mickey.

There will be two centrally located multi-space meter consuls in the parking lot and they should be installed by late January, Mickey said.

The parking lot, near Fort Chambers Park and the Founding Father statue, was recently repaved.

"It's an improvement over having 50 or 60 parking meters that would add clutter to an area that's been upgraded," said Assistant Borough manager David Finch.

If the multi-meter system is found to be successful, it might be expanded elsewhere in the borough in the future, Finch said.

The meters are expected to costs about $7,000 apiece.

- Ashley Hartman

Land-use course to be offered

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - A free course on land-use planning will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Adams County Ag Center.

The "ABCs of Land Use Management" is a basic course presented by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. The course will introduce citizens to the Municipalities Planning Code and talk about steps local governments can take to address land-use issues.

The public is invited.

For more information, contact Judy Chambers at 717-334-6271 or e-mail

Shuster to host military families

ALTOONA, Pa. - U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., will host a holiday party for local military families from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Food and entertainment are on tap at the Ramada Inn, 1 Sheraton Drive.

Military families are encouraged to RSVP by Friday by calling Jenny or Marlene in Shuster's office at 814-696-6318 or 800-854-3035.

Fulton Co. MC hosts Tree of Love

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The Fulton County Medical Center Auxiliary Tree of Love Ceremony was held Sunday in the activities room of the new medical center.

The tree between the two long-term care wings was lit with memorials and in honor of others. The McConnellsburg High School Choral Ensemble provided carols.

"It's the spirit of wonderful events like this that we bring with us from the old facility that makes us realize we wouldn't be here without all of you," CEO Jason Hawkins said.

Hersh's grant benefits Renfrew Institute

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Retired State Farm insurance agent, Joann Hersh of Waynesboro, was recently awarded a State Farm Good Neighbor Grant on behalf of Renfrew Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides cultural and environmental education programs to area children on the site of Renfrew Museum and Park in Waynesboro.

According to State Farm's Web site, the company's Good Neighbor Grant Program "awards a $500 grant on behalf of each eligible State Farm associate, agent or retiree who volunteers a minimum of 40 hours a year to an eligible nonprofit organization."

The Good Neighbor Grant funds were used to help underwrite the institute's annual Chesapeake Bay Supper Fundraiser, "an evening of food, friends and fund-raising featuring Maryland blue crabs, other good food and drink, and oral and silent auctions," said Holliday. "It is the institute's largest fundraiser." Hersh serves on the Bay Supper committee.

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