Franklin County community briefs

September 16, 2009

Specter announces $30,000 grant for fire company

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- MMP&W Fire Co. was among 13 fire departments awarded grants announced by U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter.

On Sept. 11, Specter, D-Pa., announced MMP&W would be receiving nearly $30,000 from the U.S. Fire Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Program. The funding is contained in fiscal year 2008 grants from a staffing initiative.

"The programs are designed to enhance first responders' ability to protect the health and safety of the public, increase the number of firefighters, and enhance their ability to ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards," a news release states.

Red Cross chapter recruiting volunteers

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Franklin County Chapter of the American Red Cross is recruiting volunteers for local and national disaster response.


People interested in volunteering can attend the following disaster colleges:

o Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., "Fulfilling Our Mission"

o Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., "Mass Care"

o Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., "Client Casework"

All sessions will be at the First Baptist Church of Chambersburg, 741 S. Coldbrook Ave.

Disaster-relief volunteers are especially needed in the Greencastle, Mercersburg and Fannett-Metal areas, according to a news release.

Churches and other organizations willing to become disaster shelters are encouraged to have members trained.

The classes are free and participants are encouraged to attend all three classes. The "Fulfilling our Mission" course is required.

To sign up, call Allen White at 717-264-6214 or send e-mail to

School board candidates to host meet-and-greet

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. -- Waynesboro Area School Board candidates Gregory Ochoa and Bonnie Bachtell will host a meet-and-greet event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Rita's on Pa. 16.

Ochoa, an incumbent, and Bachtell said they will listen to concerns and share their views. Both are Democrats.

The municipal election is Nov. 3.

Crab Feast to benefit downtown revitalization projects

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The 14th annual Crab Feast presented by Downtown Chambersburg Inc. and Mainline Broadcasting will be held rain or shine from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, at the AMVETS picnic pavilion, 750 Fifth Ave.

Food will begin being served at 5 p.m. Tickets include barbecue chicken and "the fixins," catered by Main Street Deli, and all-you-can-eat hardshell crabs from Crab Alley Seafood.

Tickets are available at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East, or by calling 264-7101; and at Chambersburg Beverage, Ludwigs Jewelers, Printaway, Snavely's Garden Corner, Wagner's Supply Depot and Here's Looking at You.

Cost per ticket is $38 for adults and $12 for those 12 and younger.

Proceeds will be used for downtown revitalization projects.

Cumberland Valley Women's Conference to discuss "Women Growing Sustainable Communities"

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The 17th Cumberland Valley Women's Conference will be Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wilson College.

This year's theme is "Women Growing Sustainable Communities" and will be held in the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology.

The day will feature 15 workshops and more than 30 exhibitors.

Tickets for the public cost $20. Students can gain admission for $5. Lunch is included in the admission price.

Go to to see a complete listing of workshops and exhibitors, and to register online.

Registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 21.

Music festival to benefit homeless has been canceled

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The music festival being planned for Saturday, Oct. 10, as a fundraiser to support the Franklin County Shelter for the Homeless will not be held, according to a news release.

The decision to cancel the event was "due to timing and organizational constraints," the news release stated.

Volvo Construction Equipment donates $1,000 to library system

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- On Sept. 9, the Franklin County Library System accepted a check for $1,000 from Volvo Construction Equipment for Grove Family Library Children's Technology Initiative.

The funds received will support youth technology services at Grove Family Library for items such as educational software and a computer desk.

Children ages 3 to 12 use the computer programs for learning drawing, math, reading comprehension, spelling, music and science.

Habitat for Humanity collecting items for used book sale

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County, in partnership with Trinity Lutheran Church of Greencastle, will be collecting used books for the fifth annual used book sale, which will be held Nov. 5 to 7.

Hardbacks and paperbacks are accepted, except for Reader's Digest condensed books, encyclopedias, textbooks or any books that smell musty or smoky.

All proceeds from the sale are given to Habitat for Humanity and other charitable organizations.

Anyone wishing to donate used books can drop them off at any of the following locations:

In Chambersburg, Pa.:

o Habitat for Humanity office, 23 N. Third St. (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon)

o Sunnyway Foods, Warm Spring Road

o Wolf's Furniture, 480 Gateway Ave. (customer service desk)

In Greencastle:

o Trinity Lutheran Church, 1186 Jason Drive (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon)

o Office of Carolyn Horst, 32 E. Baltimore St.

o Sunnyway Foods, North Antrim Way

In Waynesboro, Pa.:

o Office of Charles Strausbaugh, Walnut and 2nd streets

o Food Lion, Rouzerville, Pa.

Books are being accepted through Oct. 28. For more information, call 717-597-9348 or 717-267-1899.

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