Pennsylvania briefs

September 20, 2011

DEP to conduct mosquito spraying today

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will conduct mosquito spraying today in parts of Hamilton Township, Pa.

Crews will use a truck-mounted system to spray Biomist 3 + 15 to control adult mosquito populations.

A mosquito sample from Hamilton Township recently tested positive for West Nile virus.

Two new book clubs forming at library

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Two new book clubs are being formed at the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library at 45 E. Main St. for adults and teens that feature separate themes.

"From Pages to Sound Stages" will hold an introductory meeting today at 6 p.m. Participants will compare favorite books to their movie adaptations.

The "Banned Book Club" will hold its first meeting Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. during Banned Book Club Week. Participants will read and discuss frequently challenged and banned books, such as "Brave New World," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Fahrenheit 451" and the Harry Potter series.

Plans call for the book clubs to meet once a month at the library.

Mercersburg Townfest to be held Saturday


MERCERSBURG, Pa. — The Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 32nd annual Mercersburg Townfest Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Arts, crafts, jewelry and clothing vendors, and civic and faith fundraising bake and craft sales will line Seminary Street from Mercersburg Elementary School to First United Methodist Church on Fayette Street.

The Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce supported a local resident with his dream to create a Street Vault competition. More information about the competition can be found at

Kids Corner at Mercersburg Elementary School will feature a tent with family games. There also will be pony rides, face painting, crafts and games. Music will be provided by the James Buchanan middle and high school bands.

There will be no parking on Seminary Street and around the square from Friday at 9 p.m. to Saturday at 4 p.m.

Deadline nears to change voter-registration information

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Residents must submit new or changed voter-registration information by Tuesday, Oct. 11, to vote in Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 municipal election.

The deadline applies to new voters as well as people who changed their name, address or party affiliation.

Those who have questions about registering to vote may call the Franklin County Voter Registration Office at 717-261-3886 or the Franklin County Election Board at 717-261-3810. Additional information can be found at

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