January 1, 2012
Now I'm not much on making New Year's resolutions, but I do attempt to make each new day a little better than yesterday. One of my favorite people from history is Ben Franklin. He was indeed a unique individual who died at the age of 84 and was perhaps the most interesting founding father of our country. At the age of 20, Franklin had a desire to become a better individual and developed a list of 13 virtues that he would record in a small book he carried to track his progress.
March 5, 2006
At the annual member winter breakfast of the Franklin County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR), the audience was treated to a visit with Benjamin Franklin. Gerald Reichard, president of the Franklin County chapter of PASR, wrote and produced "Ben Franklin - His Life. " Reichard played a roving reporter who interviewed Ben Franklin about his young life at age 10 (played by Reichard's grandson Brett). Next, the reporter met and interviewed Ben Franklin at about the age of 30. Ben was married and had three children and was working in a print shop at that time.
May 10, 2009
In support of the American Bankers Association's efforts to promote financial literacy in schools, four employees of Susquehanna Bank made classroom presentations to Greencastle-Antrim Primary School students last month. Sharon Ruppenthal, Barbara Tisony, Cheyann Harshman and Melissa Cummings made 22 half-hour presentations to more than 600 kindergarten, first- and second-grade students as part of the "Teach Children to Save" program. The presentations featured a kite built by Ruppenthal to honor Ben Franklin, for whom Franklin County is named.
September 3, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The 225th anniversary of Franklin County's founding will be celebrated Monday with a parade, contests and fireworks. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and follows the Chambersburg Christmas Parade route. Afterward, The Capitol Theatre will host Benfest, featuring three men portraying the county's namesake, Ben Franklin. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The "Bens" will judge a birthday cake contest as well as several others, including the oldest person, youngest person and longest beard.
July 3, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Families, friends and neighbors lined Main Street in Waynesboro Saturday morning for the start of the community's 14th annual Summer Jubilee patriotic celebration. With American flags in their hands, displayed in their hats or hair, festivalgoers cheered as the Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Brothers of the Brush, approached the festival grounds across from Waynesboro Hospital. "Make some noise for Independence Day," said Ben Franklin, portrayed by former Waynesboro resident Michael Levick, as he waved to spectators from his perch in the back seat of a convertible.
November 21, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - International Swimming Hall of Fame honoree Benjamin Franklin was in his namesake county Monday to talk about one of his earliest innovations and the many other achievements of his multifaceted life. "You're never too young to invent something. You're never too old to invent something," the 300-year-old Founding Father told a group of Chambersburg Area Senior High School English students at the Heritage Center. One idea that got him into the Swimming Hall of Fame, albeit 178 years after his death, was a set of paddles for the hands and feet that Franklin fashioned at about the age of 12 to beat another boy in a race.
August 8, 2006
Brown letter was a disservice to American history To the editor: Although, I have no intent to debate or support the National Parks or NAACP policies, I would like to set a couple of historical facts straight from the July 23 letter to the editor titled: "John Brown was not a hero, he was a terrorist. " Although I found the basic facts in that letter to be accurate, the writer is looking through distorted lenses. Let me use the foundation of United States to prove my point.
September 10, 2009
The Top Five things to do this week Flat pickin' fun Relax and enjoy some good ole flat pickin' by Larry Keel as he headlines The Stonewalls Acoustic Series No. 3 on Friday at Stonewalls Underground Pub in Shepherdstown, W.Va. 9 p.m., Stonewalls Underground Pub, 126 E. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. 304-876-2720. $10 cover. Devil may care Join Charlie Daniels and his band at Pickin' in the Panhandle near Hedgesville, W.Va., on Saturday night. The barbecue and bluegrass festival will feature several bands Saturday and Sunday.