Franklin, Fulton news briefs

January 27, 2009

Alloway bill would eliminate state's inheritance tax

HARRISBURG, Pa. - State Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Franklin/Adams, on Monday introduced legislation that would get rid of Pennsylvania's inheritance tax by 2017.

Senate Bill 80 would phase out the inheritance tax for direct descendants by 2012, for siblings by 2015, and for other heirs by 2017. Under current law, an estate is subject to a tax of 4.5 percent for direct descendants, 12 percent for siblings and 15 percent for other heirs, according to a news release.

"If someone pays taxes on their earnings and makes sacrifices to provide for their family's future, it is unconscionable for the state to take another bite out of that hard-earned money they intended for their family when they pass away," Alloway said in the news release.

There is no state inheritance tax charged for a property transfer between spouses, the release states.

Road to Recovery drivers needed in Franklin Co.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County, Pa., chapter of the American Cancer Society is in need of Road to Recovery Drivers. These are volunteers who offer a little of their time, as well as their car, to help cancer patients get to and from chemotherapy and radiation treatments.


Drivers need a car, insurance and a good driving record. They also can spare a few weekday hours each month to a cancer patient. Drivers will be asked to pick up the patient at his or her home, and provide transportation to and from their treatment facility.

Volunteers will be provided with a short training program.

For more information, call 717-264-6266 or e-mail

Shuster to speak at annual Pa. legislative breakfast

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The annual legislative breakfast hosted by three Franklin County Chambers of Commerce is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19, and will feature U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster.

Shuster, R-Pa., in his fifth term representing the 9th Congressional District, serves on the transportation and infrastructure committee, natural resources committee and armed services committee.

The buffet breakfast will begin at 7 a.m., with the program starting 30 minutes later at the Antrim House Family Restaurant, according to a news release.

Tickets cost $12 for Chamber members and $15 for non-members. The event is hosted by the Greencastle-Antrim, Waynesboro Area and Mercersburg Chambers of Commerce and sponsored by the First National Bank of Mercersburg.

For more information or reservations, call 717-597-4610 or e-mail info@greencastle by Feb. 17. Questions for the congressman must be submitted by Feb. 5.

$5 can go a long way in Fulton County on Feb. 6

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A $5 donation to the American Heart Association on Feb. 6 will allow visitors to the Fulton County (Pa.) Medical Center to receive an electrocardiogram (EKG), blood pressure screening and admission to a lunch-to-learn seminar.

The lunch-to-learn seminar will feature cardiologist Dr. Michael T. Donahue and be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the resident dining room. Participants can bring their own lunch or purchase a meal in the cafeteria, according to a news release.

The EKG and blood pressure screening in the main lobby will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the news release stated.

All events are scheduled as part of Wear Red Day.

For questions or volunteer opportunities, call Lori Bubb at 717-485-6853.

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