Pa. community briefs

March 23, 2009

Home & Garden Festival planned in Mercersburg

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The Mercersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating a Home & Garden Festival, which has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in downtown Mercersburg.

The event will feature the Woman's Club of Mercersburg House & Garden tour, entertainment on the Square, Conococheague Institute frontier encampment and a street market.

The Chamber is recruiting vendors for the marketplace. Artists, crafters, jewelers, farm/garden vendors, local organizations and churches are welcome.

Call 717-328-5827 or go to for a vendor brochure.

New book puts spotlight on Kauffman Station

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Allison-Antrim Museum Inc. has published a new book, "Kauffman Station - Brown's Mill-Antrim Township."

The book was written by the museum's second appointed historian, Glen L. Cump, who grew up and lived in the village of Kauffman Station until the fall of 1934. Cump's lifetime has been spent immersed in the history and genealogy of this area, according to a news release.


"Kauffman Station - Brown's Mill-Antrim Township" covers the first Blunston license recorded on June 10, 1734, through the French and Indian War to the Revolutionary soldiers from the area buried in the Brown's Mill graveyard. Also included are incidents during the Civil War, industry and business, the Old Brown's Mill School House and the Consolidated School.

Cump was born in 1914 and is currently a resident in assisted living at Penn Hall in Chambersburg, Pa.

"Kauffman Station - Brown's Mill-Antrim Township" can be purchased at Allison-Antrim Museum (717-597-9010) during open house hours or at the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, Monday through Friday. The cost of the book is $9.43 plus $0.57 tax for a total of $10.

All proceeds benefit the barn project at Allison-Antrim Museum.

Fulton County Medical Center receives grants

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Fulton County Medical Center recently received $20,000 in grants to help it strengthen the local health-care system.

Fulton County was one of three rural counties across the nation to receive grant awards from the Rural Health Works Technical Assistance program, which is under the National Association of Counties. The program is funded through the Office of Rural Health Policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Hospital CEO Jason Hawkins said in a news release that a study that accompanies the grant will allow the medical center to get a better idea of what services it needs to provide in the future.

Welsh Run church plans hymn sing

WELSH RUN, Pa. - The Friends of the Robert Kennedy Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a hymn sing at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the church.

The concert will feature local talent, including the Welsh Run Octet; choristers Paul Ostocih, Dave Mc Candless and Ed Mowen; organ and piano playing by John Johnson and son; and Barbara Heil, violinist. There will also be a special event for children.

Refreshments will be served outside, weather-permitting.

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