Pennsylvania briefs

August 13, 2012

PennDOT announces road projects this week

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Franklin County office of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announces the following work schedule through Friday:

  • Pipe replacement on Harbaugh Church Road in Washington Township
  • Building headwalls on Mercersburg Road in Montgomery Township and Horse Valley Road in Fannett Township
  • Skin patching on Black Gap Road in Greene Township and Fort Ritchie Road in Washington Township
  • Grading on Path Valley Road in Peters/Metal Township and Lincoln Highway in Peters Township
  • In Hamilton Township, Warm Spring Road between Stone Bridge and Guitner roads will be closed to traffic through Friday for pipe replacement.
  • Widening on Rocky Mount Road from U.S. 30 to South Mountain in Guilford and Greene townships
  • Herbicide spraying will be conducted throughout the county.

Fort Loudon peach festival slated for Saturday

FORT LOUDON, Pa. — Live music, craft vendors and plenty of peaches will be featured at this year’s Peach Festival in Fort Loudon.

The second annual event will be held at the Community Grounds on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Breakfast sandwiches will be served until 10 a.m., followed by chicken barbecue at 11 a.m. A variety of other sandwiches, french fries and drinks will be available throughout the day.

Dessert options include peach pie, peach cobbler and peach ice cream sundaes.

A pie-eating contest begins at 10:30 a.m., and a pie-baking contest will be held at 1 p.m., with winners being announced at 1:30 p.m. After being judged, those pies will become part of an auction.

Dave Powers of Lemasters, Pa., will perform Southern gospel music at 10:30 a.m., and the Shippensburg (Pa.) Blaskapelle German Band will take the stage from noon to 2 p.m.

Several artists from the area will have their work on display in the Fort Loudon Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Face painting and barrel train rides will be available for children.

The festival is sponsored by Trinity United Church of Christ in Fort Loudon. In the event of rain, the festivities will be held in the Freedom Lighthouse on Path Valley Road.

Parking and admission to the festival is free.

Elliott appointed chairman of Ecosystems and Habitat Committee

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Having been elected vice president of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission in July, G. Warren Elliott has also gained a leadership role with another water-related entity on which he serves.

Rick Robins, chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, announced recently that he has appointed Elliott chairman of the council’s Ecosystems and Habitat Committee. Elliott will direct the operations of the committee, which is charged with the oversight of environmental and resource planning issues for coastal waters for three miles to 200 miles off shore from New York to North Carolina, according to a news release.

In making the appointment, Robins commended Elliott on having taken his roles with the council seriously since his appointment in August 2011. He called Elliott “an individual that is committed to the sustainability of our ocean resources,” the news release stated.

“This committee will play a vital role in securing our ocean resources for the future,” Elliott said.

Elliott is a former Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioner. Additionally, he is chairman of F&M Trust and is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.

Pa. state police warn of utility scam

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A utility scam claiming President Obama is providing funds to help consumers pay their utility bills is sweeping the nation, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Impostors contact power company customers through telephone calls, mail, fliers, emails, text messages, social media and in person, police said in a news release.

Customers are asked for personal information to receive alleged cash benefits from a government program.

“After the victim provides their Social Security number, credit card number and bank information, the victim is given a bank account and routing number to use when paying utility bills. The victim is told the account is set up through a federal assistance program that will provide up to $1,000 toward the victim’s utility bills,” the news release stated.

The bank account and routing numbers are not real, police said.

The situation makes people susceptible to identity theft, as well as overdue payments to their legitimate utility providers, police said.

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