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Pennsylvania briefs

July 16, 2013

Franklin Co. church serving as cooling shelter

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — In partnership with the Franklin County (Pa.) Department of Emergency Services, Grace Community Church at 17 N. Washington St. in Greencastle has opened a cooling shelter.

People can go to the church to stay in the air-conditioning.

For more information about the shelter, call Doug Toms at 717-567-1663.

The emergency services department urges residents to drink plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty, check on animals frequently, take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors, and check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air-conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

Chamber to host borough, township officials at breakfast

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast on July 23 at The John Allison Public House, 104 East Baltimore St.

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Speakers are Greencastle Borough Manager Susan Armstrong and Antrim Township Administrator Brad Graham. The topic will be on challenges of Greencastle Borough and Antrim Township, according to a news release.

The breakfast, which will include a buffet and door prizes, will begin at 7:30 a.m. 

The cost is $12 for Chamber members and $15 for non-members. To attend, contact the Chamber at info@greencastlepachamber.org or 717-597-4610.

Pa. school district receives pre-kindergarten grant

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — The Tuscarora School District announced recently that the district has received a PA Pre-K Counts grant of $282,960 from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

In partnership with Franklin County Head Start, the grant will replace the two federally funded Head Start classrooms with two full-time, state-funded pre-kindergarten classrooms at St. Thomas Elementary School, according to a news release.

Cindy Ash, director of Head Start; Jane Johnston, director of curriculum; and Nadine Sanders, principal of St. Thomas Elementary School, have worked together on several occasions to prepare pre-school students for academic subjects, social skills and other school routines before entering formal education, according to the release.

The grant will allow the district to continue to provide a quality pre-kindergarten program at St. Thomas Elementary School, the news release stated.

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