Pennsylvania briefs

March 01, 2011

Presentation to kick off collectibles display at Oller House

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A presentation by local collector Jeff Mace will kick off a display through April 15 of Waynesboro memorabilia at the Oller House, headquarters of the Waynesboro Historical Society.

Admission to the program, set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Oller House, 138 W. Main St., is free. Donations will be accepted.

Memorabilia by Mace, as well as collector Joe Rock of Waynesboro, will be featured in the display. Many of Mace's collectibles are still on display at the Parlor House Restaurant, which he owned for 20 years.

There will be collectibles dating from the 1890s to the 1960s, including advertisement items for local merchants, milk bottles, glassware, historical paper goods, calendars and Waynesboro centennial items.

The exhibit will be open during the Oller House's regular hours — 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call the historical society at 717-762-1747.

Mont Alto students raise $25,580 for THON


MONT ALTO, Pa. — Mont Alto students collected community donations on weekends from October to January in Chambersburg, Pa., for THON, raising more than half of the total $25,580 in can collections.

The campus sent two students — Kaitlyn Shifflet and Jennifer Szalayand — and more than 20 supporters to the dance marathon last month in State College, Pa. The students remained on their feet for 46 hours.

"We are thankful for the outpouring of support from individuals in our community. Our team worked hard and ended up with the sixth-highest total raised among Penn State's commonwealth campuses," said Michele Coletta, Mont Alto's campus nurse and THON adviser.

In 1972, Penn State students held their first dance marathon and raised $2,000. Since then, THON's presence in the Penn State community has grown to include 15,000 student volunteers and 700 dancers.

THON has raised more than $69 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children's Hospital. Go to for more information.

Penn State students raised a total of $9,563,016.09 at THON this year.

Medical Center Foundation donors to be recognized

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — The board and staff of the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation will be delivering certificates to donors of $5,000 and more, and hosting a thank-you event May 14.

"All the donors are important — more important than they know," said Helen Overly, co-chairwoman of the foundation's donor recognition committee.

Donors are awarded certificates for different levels of giving and placed in "donor societies," some named for the history of the medical center. For example, the Green Hill Civic Society, for contributors of $25,000 to $100,000, was named for the group that raised dollars toward the first medical center building that broke ground in 1950.

Robert Roush, executive director of the foundation, said 119 donors gave $5,000 and more to the medical center. The combined giving total reached more than $10.5 million.

"Without this unprecedented groundswell of support, there would be no new facility, and we would not have been able to add many new programs such as bariatric surgery and gynecology services," Roush said in a news release. "Coming soon will be infectious disease and telehealth services, as well as additional orthopedic surgery."

For more information, go to From there, you can follow the foundation on Facebook, read a copy of the latest newsletter or make a contribution.

To contact the foundation by phone, call 717-485-6116.

CVPF members recommend Wild Pheasant Recovery Area

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Board members from the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever (CVPF) attended the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners' January meeting to recommend the Franklin County (Pa.) Wild Pheasant Recovery Area.

On Jan. 30, the commissioners heard public recommendations for the 2011-12 season, during which CVPF board members explained the value the Franklin County program would provide to all wildlife.

The proposed recovery area would cover the southwest quadrant of Franklin County. Pheasants Forever considers this the first phase of the recovery area and would like to expand it to the rest of Franklin County over the next few years, according to a news release.

With proper nesting cover, pheasants and other wild birds, unlike farm-raised birds, can survive despite predators such as foxes and hawks, the news release states.

The recovery area is part of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Ring-necked Pheasant Management plan. Over the past several decades, the formerly thriving wild pheasant population has deteriorated across all of Pennsylvania.

To learn more about the recovery area, and about improving water and soil quality while improving wildlife habitat, contact Brian Brake at or by calling 717-328-5247.

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