Tri-State briefs

March 19, 2012

State championship celebration slated for Wednesday

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — The public is invited to attend a Victory for The Ville, in honor of the Hedgesville Eagles high school basketball team’s recent win in the Class AAA state championship.

The event is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Gilbert B. Miller Health & Physical Education Center at the school.

AARP Driver Safety Class to be offered in Franklin County

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Motorists ages 55 and older who would like to sharpen their skills behind the wheel and earn a discount on their auto insurance can sign up for the AARP’s Driver Safety Class, according to a news release from state Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Cumberland/Franklin.

The eight-hour class is taught in two four-hour sessions spanning two days. No test will be given.

One-day refresher classes also are available.

The cost for the class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Upon successful completion of the class, individuals might be eligible to receive a state-mandated, multiyear discount on their auto insurance premium.

Classes being offered in southcentral Pennsylvania will be held from 8 a.m. to noon as follows:

Southampton Township Building, 705 Municipal Drive, Shippensburg, Pa.

  • April 18 and 19
  • June 14
  • Aug. 15 and 16
  • Oct. 4
  • Nov. 15

Chambersburg Area School District administration building, 435 Stanley Ave., Chambersburg

  • May 2 and 3
  • July 12
  • Sept. 12 and 13
  • Nov. 7 and 8

To register, contact Kauffman’s office at 717-532-1707 and ask for Shelly.
Trout stocking slated in Pa. for upcoming trout season

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania trout-stocking schedules are available online in preparation for opening day of trout season in April, according to a news release from state Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Cumberland/Franklin.

A total of 736 streams and 121 lakes will be stocked as part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s 2012 adult trout-stocking program. Stocking occurs year-round, though most anglers typically view March as the official start of stocking season.

The fish and boat commission will stock nearly 4 million adult trout in Pennsylvania rivers and streams that are open to the public for fishing. More than 1 million additional trout will be stocked by private contractors across the state.

Opening day for trout season is scheduled for Saturday, April 14. There also will be a regional opening day at the end of March for many southeastern Pennsylvania counties.

Copies of the trout-stocking schedules can be found online at

Hard copies of trout-stocking schedules may be obtained at Kauffman’s offices at 166 S. Main St. in Chambersburg and 9974 Molly Pitcher Highway in Shippensburg.

Pa. communities partner to help homeowners lower energy costs

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The chambers of commerce in Chambersburg, Greencastle-Antrim, Shippensburg and Waynesboro, Pa., have joined forces to help area homeowners lower their energy costs, just as they have done for commercial properties for more than a year.

The ChamberChoice Energy Program is available to homes in the West Penn Power service area, which includes most of Franklin County, as well as the Penelec and Med-Ed territories, according to a news release.

Given the current 10-year lows in the energy market, there is no meter within these service areas that cannot take advantage of electricity deregulation and lock in a lower energy rate than the current default tariff rates, according to the executives of the four participating chambers of commerce in Franklin County.

The ChamberChoice Energy Program launched a residential offer previously for chamber members and their employees. More recently, ChamberChoice expanded the program to help stimulate local economies across the state by allowing all citizens to participate in the residential program endorsed by participating chambers of commerce.

According to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s latest statistics, about 25 percent of Pennsylvania residents statewide have taken advantage of electricity deregulation for their home residence.

Homeowners interested in the program can visit and click on the residential savings button.

With a residential bill in hand, people can sign up online for the lower ChamberChoice rate in minutes. Homeowners also may call 1-866-699-9968 to speak to a program representative.

Customers who choose to sign up for the lower rate will continue to receive one bill and the same level of service from their utility. Their utility company will continue to deliver the electricity, maintain the poles and wires, and respond to power outages.

For membership information or to learn more about the programs offered, contact your local chamber of commerce.

The ChamberChoice energy program is managed by OnDemand Energy Solutions, an independent consulting company that has been operating and helping consumers save on energy since 1995.

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