Tri-State briefs

July 22, 2010

Woman's remains buried in family plot in Pa.

KAUFFMAN, Pa. -- The remains of Janet Christiansen Abaroa, a North Carolina resident who was stabbed to death in 2005, were buried Wednesday in a family plot at Brown's Mill Cemetery.

Franklin County (Pa.) Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Abaroa was buried shortly after 9 a.m.

On Monday, Conner supervised the exhumation of Abaroa's remains under a court order. The victim's husband, Raven Abaroa, is charged with murder in North Carolina, and authorities there requested additional forensic testing be done.

A family spokesman previously told The Herald-Mail that the Christiansen family decided to bury the woman at their plot in Antrim Township, Pa.

Walking tours offered Saturday in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- You can make history 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. on Saturday and Aug. 21, beginning at the Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East.

The easy paced, one-hour 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 of the John Brown House/Mary Ritner Boarding House.

The cost of the tour is $5 per person. Reservations are requested; call 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 factual information about each.

Snyder elected president of Young Democrats

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Jefferson County native Rod Snyder recently was elected the 39th president of the Young Democrats (YDA) of America at the organization's national conference in Washington.

Snyder is only the second West Virginian to lead YDA in the organization's 78 year history.

Snyder graduated in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in political science from Eastern University near Philadelphia, where he served as president of the student body. He currently works as Director of Public Policy with the National Corn Growers Association in Washington, DC and resides on his family's farm in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia.

In 2004, Snyder was a candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates and was named the state's Outstanding Young Democrat of the Year in 2005.

He is the son of West Virginia state Sen. Herb Snyder.

During the 2008 election cycle, Snyder managed three successful campaigns in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, including the election of the youngest ever female legislator in the history of the state, Del. Tiffany Lawrence of Jefferson County.

Big Bad Burger contest backs Hospice

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The second annual Big Bad Burger Contest kicks off this Saturday at and around the grounds of Sunfire Hearth, Patio and Spa on East Stephen Street in Martinsburg.

Attendees can sample the competition and vote on their favorite burgers between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. While sampling the burgers, beer and wine, enjoy live music performed by the Jokers, who will take the stage at 2 p.m. The family friendly event features a kids' area with crafts and activities.

Proceeds benefit Hospice of the Panhandle.

Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. with the grand-prize winner receiving $1,000 in cash and bragging rights of having the biggest, baddest burger in the region.

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North Park Street to be closed today

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- North Park Street in the Borough of Mercersburg will be closed to all traffic beginning at 8 a.m. today for sewer work, Borough Manager Jason Cohen said.

The work will be completed by 4 p.m. Friday at the latest, he said.

Traffic will be diverted along North Main and West Seminary streets.

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