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Franklin County briefs

March 10, 2009

Geesaman running for township supervisor

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Former Washington Township Municipal Authority Chairman Jeffrey B. Geesaman recently announced his candidacy for Washington Township Supervisor.

Geesaman, 53, served 15 years on the WTMA board before the supervisors ousted him with a 3-2 vote in January.

Geesaman, a Republican, is a senior project manager for Lobar Associates Inc. in Dillsburg, Pa. He oversees site work, bridge construction, utility installation and infrastructure system upgrades.

The lifelong township resident and 1973 graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School is a past employee of the municipal maintenance department.

Only one Washington Township Supervisor position, with a six-year term, is open this election cycle. Supervisor Christopher Firme is ineligible to seek re-election because of the Hatch Act, which comes into effect because his employer receives federal funding.

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Dog washes on tap at Wilson College

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Wilson College Veterinary Medical Technology Club will host two dog washes this spring -- on Saturdays, March 28 and April 18.

Both will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the college veterinary building near the Park Avenue campus entrance off U.S. 11.

The cost is $5 for toy dogs, $8 for small dogs, $13 for medium dogs, $18 for large dogs and $22 for extra-large or double-coated dogs. The fee includes a bath, nail trim, ear cleaning and drying -- all of which will be performed by VMT Club members, most of whom are enrolled in Wilson's veterinary studies program.

This year, the spring dog washes will benefit the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter and the VMT Club. Proceeds will help pay for the club's spring trip to the Bronx Zoo in New York.

Error in ad will not be on ballot

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A mistake within municipal primary election information distributed by the Franklin County (Pa.) Election Board will be corrected before ballots are printed, Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said Monday.

The notice of open positions that printed as a legal ad mistakenly listed two spots available on the Washington Township Board of Supervisors.

Only the position held by Christopher Firme is open this election cycle. Firme is not eligible to run for another six-year term because of his work with the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

The deadline to file for the primary election is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Latrine near park entrance to be moved

MONT ALTO, Pa. -- The issue of moving a latrine from near the entrance of Mont Alto State Park has been resolved after meetings among state Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Pa., officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and concerned citizens.

"They were at a standstill. I made some calls to Bruce McFate, the park manager, and others at DCNR," Alloway said in a news release. "They were very understanding and wanted to make this happen for the community."

"I'm thrilled to hear that. This really distracts from the entrance," said Carolyn Poffenberger of Waynesboro, Pa., who was among area residents trying to find a way and the money to get the structure moved.

The 23-acre park is Pennsylvania's oldest state park, she said.

"I'm just glad to help the Borough of Mont Alto in this project to make Mont Alto State Park a more inviting place for visitors," Alloway said. "The relocation of the modular structure will be done with existing DCNR funding," he said.

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