Tri-State briefs

October 11, 2012

Conococheague Institute to hold membership meeting

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

The annual meeting will feature a potluck membership luncheon and silent auction, followed by a business meeting.

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

'Royers of Renfrew' authors will hold reading Oct. 21

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Authors of a series of historical novels revolving around the real-life Royer family, who built the stone farmhouse at Renfrew Museum and Park in Waynesboro, Pa., have been invited to do a reading Sunday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Four Seasons Books at 116 W. German St. in Shepherdstown.

Sisters-in-law and co-authors Maxine Beck and Marie Lanser Beck will read excerpts from "A Family Tapestry" and the newly released "Threads of Change," the first two books in their "Royers of Renfrew" series set in 19th century Waynesburg (now Waynesboro), Pa., and discuss the lives of this Pennsylvania German farm family.

For more information, call 304-876-3486.

Township officials group cited for 100 years of service

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.

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