Franklin County briefs

April 15, 2010

Pediatric Health Fair slated for April 24

MONT ALTO, Pa. -- Penn State Mont Alto will host its fourth annual Pediatric Health Fair on Saturday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Multipurpose Activities Center on campus.

This community event is free and open to the public.

The goal of the program is to introduce families to pediatric health and safety, and to community resources available in the region.

"It provides our students practical, hands-on opportunities for learning," says Carranda Barkdoll, the coordinator of nursing program at Penn State Mont Alto.


Activities returning from previous years include the visit by the Nittany Lion and the Teddy Bear Clinic, and exploration of Penn State's Life Lion helicopter, ambulances and fire engines. Children of all ages can visit Crackers the Clown, be in the Kazoo Parade, and see horses, parachutes and puppet shows.

The event also will help children and families to learn about childhood obesity, firearm safety, allergies, asthma and poison control. There will be free eye, weight, height screenings and dental evaluations. Also offered will be gifts, toys, smoke detectors, gift cards and door prizes.

Tuscarora Chamber annual dinner on April 22

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- The Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and business person of the year award ceremony will be Thursday, April 22, at Keil Hall at Mercersburg Academy.

The evening is designed to celebrate the Chamber's accomplishments, take pride in the community, and enjoy the fellowship of members and guests.

The evening will begin with a social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a menu of roast beef au jus, chicken Marsala, Caesar salad, vegetables and assorted desserts.

Entertainment will be provided by Brennan Elliot. The event sponsor is Mercersburg Academy. Chamber President Elizabeth George give the State of the Chamber address, and the evening will conclude with the presentation of the Business Person of the Year Award.

The cost is $35 per Chamber member and $40 for nonmembers. If you would like to attend, call the Chamber at 717-328-5827 or e-mail

Mercersburg Farmers Market to begin in May

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- The new season of the Mercersburg Farmers Market will begin Saturday, May 22, in the Summit Health Center parking lot at 2 Keefer Drive in Mercersburg.

The market will be open every Saturday through Oct. 16 from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Vendors of locally grown products (within 100 miles of Mercersburg) are encouraged to participate in this selling venue, which requires a completed application and a daily stall fee of $10 or $75 for the entire season.

In addition to growers, local artists are invited to show and sell their wares.

For more information, call 717-328-2540.

Fresh Air program brings New York City children to small towns

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Applications are being accepted for families to make a difference in a Fresh Air child's life.

People may volunteer with The Fresh Air Fund's local committee or apply to become a host family in summer 2010 for New York City children. Each summer, close to 5,000 children, ages 6 to 18, enjoy two-week vacations with volunteer host families in suburban and small-town communities across 13 Northeastern states and Ontario, Canada.

Local Fresh Air Fund committee members recruit host families, reach out to the community and coordinate fun activities for families and children.

For more information, call Joey Bowser at 717-530-5779 or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003.

You can also learn more about the host family program by visiting

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