Tri-State briefs

October 09, 2012

Drug-prevention campaign holding home-decorating contest

The National Family Partnership is holding a national contest for its 27th annual Red Ribbon Week, which is Oct. 23 to 31. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug-prevention campaign in the country, according to a news release.

Families can enter Red Ribbon Week’s contest to win a $1,000 grant for their school and a new iPad for their home.

To participate in the contest, families and students will decorate the front of their homes with this year’s message: “The Best Me Is Drug-Free.”

For more information, go to

Conococheague Institute annual membership meeting is Saturday

WELSH RUN, Pa. — The Conococheague Institute’s annual membership meeting will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Welsh Barrens Visitors Center, Rock Hill Farm, 12995 Bain Road in Mercersburg, Pa.

The annual meeting will feature a potluck membership luncheon and silent auction, followed by a business meeting. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., Mikala Barnhart, a student at James Buchanan High School, will read her essay “Justice William Smith: An Unrecognized Rebel with a Cause.”

At 3 p.m., Linda Ries will offer her presentation, “The Black Boys after the 1765 Sideling Hill Affair.” Ries has been an archivist with the Pennsylvania State Archives, part of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, since 1979.

At 4 p.m., William Pencak will present “Pennsylvania Riflemen from Mercersburg and Elsewhere: A Crucial Link between the French & Indian War and the American Revolution.” Pencak is a professor of history and Jewish studies emeritus at Penn State University, and an adjunct professor at Gettysburg (Pa.) College.

The annual meeting is free to members of the Conococheague Institute.

Reservations are required to ensure seating availability. To reserve a seat, call 717-328-3467 or send an email to

Kauffman, Alloway named 'Guardian of Small Business' winners

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — State Rep. Rob Kauffman and state Sen. Richard Alloway have been named “Guardian of Small Business” award winners.

The National Federation of Independent Business recently honored both legislators. The award is presented to lawmakers “who work to protect the future of free enterprise and promote policies that help small businesses,” according to a news release.

Kauffman, a Republican, represents the 89th House District in Franklin and Cumberland counties.

Alloway, a Republican, represents the 33rd Senate District, which serves Franklin, Adams and part of York counties.

Franklin County township officials receive citations

MONT ALTO, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) Association of Township Officials recently received citations from the Pennsylvania General Assembly and recognition from the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors for serving the county’s township officials over the past century.

The county association celebrated its 100th anniversary during its annual convention Sept. 27 at the Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Hall.

State Reps. Rob Kauffman, Mark Keller, Dan Moul and Todd Rock signed the House citation congratulating the county association, and state Sen. Richard Alloway presented a citation from the Senate.

“It is exciting to be part of a local government organization that has been serving the people of Franklin County for 100 years,” Franklin County Association President Sam Cressler said in a news release.

“Our townships have a good working relationship, and I think this shows that we have successfully cooperated with our neighbors for many years,” he said.

The Franklin County Association of Township Officials is one of 10 county associations across the state that is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012.

Renfrew Pumpkin Festival slated for Oct. 20

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The 19th annual Renfrew Pumpkin Festival will be held rain or shine Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Renfrew Park.

The festival includes a full day of activities for all ages. Bluegrass music will be provided by Eric and Kate Avey of the Boro Boogie Pickers. There also will be pumpkin carving, games and other activities during the festival, which is a joint fundraiser for Renfrew Institute and Renfrew Museum.

A 50/50 drawing will be held during the event.

Visitors can try their hand at the corn toss game and pumpkin bowling. New this year is a “Pumpkin Ping Pong” game.

Children can have their faces painted and attend a corn necklace workshop, where they can create their own naturally colorful corn necklaces using needles and thread. Tractor-drawn hayrides and photo board setups will be provided, as will a scarecrow-making workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their own long-sleeved shirts, pants and hats, or they may use clothes provided.

Included in the price of admission is a lunch consisting of soup, bread, cider and an apple. This year, the festival will feature a new variety of homemade soup, traditional ham and bean, in addition to the vegetarian vegetable offered in past years.

Hot dogs, soda and coffee will be sold separately. In addition, a bake sale will offer a variety of homemade goodies.

Pumpkins will be available for purchase. A team of pumpkin artists will be on hand to help guests carve their pumpkins during the festival. Safe carving tools and adult supervision will be provided.

Admission costs $8 for adults, $4 for those ages 4 to 12, and is free for those 3 and younger. New this year, Renfrew Museum will hold an open house for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., included with admission to the festival.

The event is underwritten by MT Bank.

Parking is available in Renfrew’s lower lot off Welty Road. Limited handicapped parking is available behind the visitor’s center barn.

For more information, call the institute at 717-762-0373 or the museum at 717-762-4723.

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