Pennsylvania briefs - March 24

March 23, 2011

Mont Alto to host family portraits exhibition

MONT ALTO, Pa. — Penn State Mont Alto will host an exhibition of "IN OUR FAMILY: Portraits of All Kinds of Families," a touring photo-text display created by the award-winning Family Diversity Projects of Amherst, Mass., from April 1 to 30 in its library on campus.

A reception on Monday, April 4, at 2 p.m. will officially open the exhibit. It is free and open to the public, including local schools, during normal library hours, which are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends noon to 10 p.m.

Groups are encouraged to contact Alicia White, Penn State Mont Alto librarian, to make special arrangements at 717-749-6044 or by email at

IN OUR FAMILY travels across the nation and features photographs by Gigi Kaeser and interviews edited by Peggy Gillespie and Rebekah Boyd. The exhibit celebrates the diversity of family life in 21st-century America, introducing viewers to single-parent families, families living with physical or mental challenges, immigrant families, adoptive families, foster families, divorced families, gay and lesbian-parented families, stepfamilies, multiracial families, multi-generational families, and others in the family circle.

Family Diversity Projects s a non-profit educational organization founded to help eliminate prejudice, stereotyping, and harassment of people discriminated against due to race, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, gender, class, and disability. The exhibit is sponsored by the Penn State Mont Alto Faculty Diversity Committee.

Pa. Chamber launches business website

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation has launched a new workforce development website,

Noel Purdy, executive director of the Foundation, said the website will showcase Franklin County as a great place to live, learn and work.

"It provides many resources to residents, businesses and others exploring what Franklin County has to offer, including employment opportunities and labor market data," she said.

Many Leadership Franklin County alumni had a hand in developing content for the Web site. Trina Snoke, Natasha Koons, Stephen Busick and Marti Statler obtained business profiles, which include photos and the career pathways taken by area residents who work in a variety of industries in Franklin County. Photographer/alumni Tina Flohr provided the home page photos, including one of Ed Warren, another alumni.

Information about Leadership Franklin County is housed on the site, too.

"Leadership development training, like that provided through Leadership Franklin County, helps to build the local workforce. It seemed like a natural fit to house Leadership Franklin County on Franklin County Works," Purdy said in a news release.

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

'Snow Hill' author will sign books Saturday

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Denise A. Seachrist, author of "Snow Hill: In the Shadows of the Ephrata Cloister," will sign copies of her book on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Parker-Mason-Dorsett residence, 119 W. Main St. in Waynesboro.

The Antietam Historical Association is sponsoring the event, which is open to the public.

Kent State University Press published the 167-page hardbound book in November 2010. It sells for $45 per copy plus tax where applicable. A limited number of books will be on hand for sale, so those interested in purchasing the book are encouraged to call 717-658-6789 to reserve copies.

Snow Hill Institute (known locally as the "Nunnery") was a nineteenth-century Seventh Day Baptist commune located several miles north of Waynesboro, Pa., along Pa. 997. It was the successor to the more famous Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County, Pa.

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