Pennsylvania briefs

January 16, 2009

Workshop covers how to run for office

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A workshop with information on running for local office will be Monday, Jan. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Franklin County Administrative Annex.

The responsibilities of school board members, borough council members and township supervisors will be covered. Instructions will be shared on how to file petitions and report campaign expenses, and a panel of local officials will talk about their experiences.

The workshop is being presented by the Penn State Extension, according to a press release.

The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Workshops also are being held in other south-central Pennsylvania counties. Information on those can be found at

To register, call 717-263-9226 or 717-334-6271, ext. 313. Reservations also can be e-mailed to

Employee retention seminar offered

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - PA CareerLink Franklin County and Penn State Mont Alto will present an employee retention seminar Thursday, Feb. 26.


The free event will be at 600 Norland Ave. in Chambersburg. A continental breakfast will be served from 8 to 8:30 a.m., followed by the seminar until 10:30 a.m.

The seminar will feature Helen E. McGarry, area representative for the Office of Continuing Education at Penn State Mont Alto.

The seminar will cover retention strategies, the cost of losing employees and retention assessment.

Enrollment is limited to two people per company.

Reservations must be made by Feb. 19. To make a reservation, call Derrick Donnell at 717-709-4901 or send an e-mail to

High school students invited to create radio PSAs

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to create 30-second radio public service announcements for a contest hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The contest is designed to remind motorists to "Drive Safe PA" and focuses on aggressive driving, buckling up and driving under the influence, according to a press release.

All entries must include the phrases "Drive Safe PA."

One finalist will be chosen form each of PennDOT's 11 engineering districts. The winning students will be offered the opportunity to travel to Harrisburg to have the announcement professionally recorded and distributed to radio stations.

Students can submit audio or scripts to or mail them to PennDOT Press Office, c/o Alison Wenger, 8th Floor-Keystone Building, 400 North St., Harrisburg, PA 17120.

Entries must be received or postmarked by Saturday, Feb. 28.

For complete contest rules, go to and click on "Drive Safe PA."

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