Tri-State briefs

June 17, 2012

Franklin County Commissioners tour OSI
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — On June 7, the Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners toured the facilities of Occupational Services Inc. (OSI) and were briefed on the various work activities and services that individuals are provided in working toward independence.
The mission of OSI is to assist individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment to lead more productive and meaningful lives through vocational programs and employment services, according to a news release.
More than 145 clients are provided with subcontract work on a daily basis from local businesses at OSI’s 33,500-square-foot production facility, as well as working offsite within the community. OSI’s capabilities include packaging, repacking, assembly, document scanning, manufacturing wood stakes and shipping blocks, as well as a full range of print shop services, the news release stated.
More recently, OSI has embarked upon a new venture by providing “green” opportunities. Clients are recycling metals and various other materials as well as paper shredding.
Companies interested in partnering with OSI in recycling paper are given a choice of secure containers, which are provided and maintained by OSI.
For additional information on services and products, or for a personal tour, contact Linda Mayo at 717-263-9293.

Public invited to Letterkenny advisory board meeting
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Letterkenny Army Depot is holding its regularly scheduled Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Building 14’s public works conference room.
Building 14 is at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Overcash Avenue. Access to Building 14 does not require driving through the Letterkenny security gate.
Updates will be presented on current environmental issues regarding the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program and the Installation Restoration Program.
Following the RAB meeting, a public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. to present the proposed remedy for three sites in the ammunition area. The public meeting will be held in the same location as the RAB meeting.
The RAB is a government/community board that provides input on the environmental cleanup actions ongoing at Letterkenny. RAB meetings are public meetings and are open to all interested individuals of the general public.
Questions can be addressed to the Letterkenny Public Affairs Office at 717-267-9741.

Kauffman recognizes depot’s impact on 70th anniversary
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Cumberland/Franklin, recently authored a resolution adopted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Letterkenny Army Depot in Franklin County, Pa.
“Letterkenny is more than just an Army depot; it is a critical part of the story of our nation’s military history,” Kauffman said in a news release.
The site for Letterkenny Army Depot, originally called Letterkenny Ordnance Depot, was chosen due to its safe, yet convenient distance from the eastern seaboard and Washington, D.C., with land well-suited for ammunition storage and proximity to rail facilities and power and water resources, according to the news release.
The depot provided crucial support during the 1940s, keeping materials and supplies flowing constantly to 70 theaters of war. Letterkenny was one of the largest depots of its kind and was called the Springboard of Invasion in 1944, the news release stated.
It became a permanent military installation on July 1, 1954.
In 2001, it was recognized as the Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Air Defense and Tactical Missile Ground Support Equipment and in 2005 for the Mobile Electric Power Generation Equipment. In 2010, Letterkenny received its first Combined Logistics Excellence Award for superior performance of duty in Depot Maintenance Excellence, resulting in improved combat readiness.
“Not only does Letterkenny play a significant role in terms of our military defense, but it is also the largest employer in Franklin County and continues to be a major contributor to our local economy,” Kauffman said. “We are proud to have this outstanding facility in our own backyard and happily celebrate this milestone in its history.”

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