Tri-State briefs

May 03, 2010

Rohrer hosting town hall meeting at Shady Grove Community Center

SHADY GROVE, Pa. -- Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Sam Rohrer will be hosting a town hall meeting Monday at the Shady Grove Community Center, according to a campaign spokesperson.

Rohrer, 54, from Reading, Pa., is scheduled to appear from 10 a.m. to noon at the community center, which is off Pa. 16, according to Mary Burkholder, a Rohrer campaign representative.

Rohrer is running against Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett in the Republican primary race for governor. The primary is May 18.

One Mountain Foundation holding 'Memories of Pen Mar'

CASCADE -- The One Mountain Foundation will be holding "Memories of Pen Mar" and a member appreciation day May 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort Ritchie Community Center.


The event is designed as a way to spotlight one of the historical areas in the mountaintop region, and as a day to recognize and thank its loyal members. The event is open to the public, with most activities being free of charge.

The day will feature:

  • Pen Mar Park collectors displaying memorabilia and artifacts of Pen Mar Park, and of the heyday of the railroad and hotels in and around the Cascade/Blue Ridge Summit (Pa.) mountaintop.

  • Premiere of a new DVD, "Greetings from Pen Mar: The Grand Hotels of the Blue Ridge." $5 admission fee for non-OMF members; free for OMF members.

  • Artifact donation

  • Antique car display

  • Music

    Food will be sold by Sons of the American Legion Post 239.

    More information about the One Mountain Foundation can be found at

    Educator of the Year being honored May 20

    CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation will honor an Educator of the Year at a May 20 luncheon.

    The award recipient will be an educator within Chambersburg Area School District (public and private, grades kindergarten to 12) who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and service in the field of education.

    Also at the luncheon, Technology Innovation Challenge Grants will be awarded to educators who successfully integrate innovative technology in their classrooms.

    The luncheon will begin at The Orchards Restaurant, 1580 Orchard Drive, at 11:30 a.m. and is sponsored by the Chambersburg Area School District Foundation. The cost to attend is $20.

    To register, call 717-264-7101 or send an e-mail to">

    The Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

    Walking tours of downtown Chambersburg offered

    CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- History can come alive by joining costumed Heritage Center ambassador Joe Hunt on a walking tour of historic sites in downtown Chambersburg.

    The tours will be offered at 10:30 a.m. May 15, June 19, July 24 and Aug. 21, beginning at the Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East.

    The tour features the Memorial Fountain, historic buildings, the Founding Family Statue in Fort Chambers Park, the fort site and Falling Spring Presbyterian Church. The tour will conclude outside the John Brown House/Mary Ritner Boarding House.

    The cost of the tour is $5 per person. Reservations are requested, and may be made by calling 717-264-7101 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

    Participants will receive a copy of the outdoor walking tour, listing 40 points of interest and facts about each.

    The Heritage Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The exhibits and videos inside the center provide an opportunity to learn about the founding of Chambersburg, its frontier life and the Revolutionary War, as well as local Civil War and Underground Railroad history.

    For more information about the Heritage Center, go to

    Schools and organizations may schedule tours by contacting Heritage Center Coordinator Jeanne Newvine at 717-264-7101.

    Church tours to feature Levick portraying Chambers

    CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Benjamin Chambers, Chambersburg's founder, was an advocate of religious diversity and donated land for three churches. For rent, Chambers asked only that the church congregations donate a rose to a Chambers descendant each year.

    That tradition continues to the present day at Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring, First Lutheran Church and Zion Reformed Church.

    On Saturday, Michael Levick -- who served as one of three Benjamin Franklins during Franklin County's 225th anniversary last year -- will portray Chambers during a tour of the three churches from 1 to 3 p.m. The tour will begin at the Falling Spring church, 221 N. Main St.

    Levick's appearance is courtesy of the Franklin County (Pa.) Visitors Bureau.

    Levick will speak at the Falling Spring church, which Chambers established in 1734. Heritage Center volunteer Joe Hunt and others will speak at First Lutheran Church, and the Rev. Jeff Diller will lead the tour at Zion Reformed Church.

    The cost of the tour is $5 per person.

    Reservations are requested. Call the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce's Heritage Center at 717-264-7101 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

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