Tri-State briefs

September 30, 2009

Homeless shelter to benefit from scare attraction

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Franklin County Shelter for the Homeless has been chosen by Community Underground as the organization to benefit from the 2009 Halloween season attraction at the former Eddie's Tire Service building at 1515 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg.

"There is no more worthy cause in our community than the Franklin County Shelter for the Homeless. We are pleased to assist financially with a portion of our proceeds, and we promise that Terror Beyond Bars 2009 will not disappoint," said Bart Raifsnider, chief executive officer of Community Underground, which created "Terror Behind Bars" at the old Franklin County Jail in 2008. 

Raifsnider said this year's attraction has an expanded story line, design props, extended 3D and the addition of a wooded graveyard walk.

Terror Beyond Bars 2009 is being held every Friday and Saturday during the month of October. The former Eddie's Tire Service building, at 1515 Lincoln Way East, is beside Supershoes and across from Lowe's on Route 30. 


Doors are open from 7 to 11 p.m., and admission is $10 per person. For more information, go to

Human rights activist to speak at Wilson

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. --Human rights activist Dimon Liu will spend a week in residence at Wilson College as part of the Council of Independent Colleges Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program.

During her week at Wilson, Liu will meet with college students, faculty and staff in a variety of ways and will speak to a number of classes.

She also will give a free lecture, "On Human Rights Activism and Human Rights Policy," that is open to the public at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Brooks Complex auditorium. The lecture will be followed by a reception at 7:30 p.m., which is also open to the public.

Liu, who was born in China and immigrated to the United States in 1965, has worked for many years to address human rights abuses in her native country. In 1989 at a United Nations human rights subcommission, she initiated and organized an intervention that resulted in an unprecedented U.N. reprimand against China for human rights abuses.

As an activist, she has urged human rights organizations to embrace Chinese concerns, briefed journalists about conditions in China, taught Chinese citizens how to get involved in politics, and organized human rights initiatives within Chinese pro-democracy groups.

Cycling club hosts Track Day at Summit Point

SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. -- The Panhandle Pedalers Cycling Club (PPCC) has teamed up with Summit Point Motorsports Park to present the inaugural Track Day, where the community is welcome to bring their bike and ride on the Jefferson Circuit, one of three race tracks in the sprawling facility.

The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is free to the public. Refreshments will be provided and local bike shops will also be on-hand to provide assistance.

The Jefferson Circuit is a seven-turn, 1.12-mile (1.80 km) road course that was designed and built by Bill Scott, owner of the Summit Point Motorsports Park.

There are straights, turns and switchbacks, along with elevation changes, and best of all, the track will be open to cyclists only so they can experience the safety of open road biking without the threat of automobiles.

Mountain bikers are also welcome to explore the off-road trails that begin next to the Jefferson Circuit parking area. For those interested in a different challenge, two extracurricular, scenic rides that begin and end at the park entrance are being tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

For more informatiom, go to

Waynesboro church plans chicken, waffle supper

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Faith United Methodist Church, 104 N. Potomac St., will host its Chicken & Waffle Supper on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the church's Fellowship Hall.

The menu includes homemade waffles, mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, corn, pepper slaw, dessert and beverage.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and younger. Tickets are sold at the door.

For more information, call 717-762-2819.

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