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September 2, 2013
Fall turf workshop - Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Penn State Extension, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. Did the summer weather leave your lawn looking a little ragged and tired? Would you like to prevent the same yearly problems? Master Gardener Bob Hyatt will teach how to care for area landscaping. The workshop costs $10. To register, call 717-263-9226. Master Gardener fall garden tour - Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; the community is invited to stroll through eight gardens in the Waynesboro, Pa., area.
September 1, 2013
Frances R. Parmer, 90, of Chambersburg, Pa., died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at W.F. Sellers Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The service will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
August 29, 2013
Robert L. "Bob" Whitfield, 58, of Buchanan Trail West in Greencastle, Pa., died Thursday morning, Aug. 29, 2013, at his home.  Born Sept. 1, 1954, in Chambersburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Earl R. and Grace M. (Schooley) Whitfield. Bob was a 1972 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School.  He and his wife of more than 34 years, Vicki L. (Shindle) Whitfield, were married April 7, 1979, in Leitersburg, Md. They moved to their home on Buchanan Trail West in 1982.  Bob worked at various locations throughout his life, including Grove Manufacturing, Hennessy Products, Baer Packing, Fresh Express, Borden Foods, Eldorado Stone, ProTube and Advanced Drainage Systems.  He was a member of Moose Lodge 1790 in Mercersburg, Pa.; and Dark Hollow Bassmasters, where he was past president and secretary, and was honored as Angler of the Year three times.  Bob was an avid hunter, fisherman and wood carver.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Stephanie K. Whitfield of Greencastle, and Jessica R. Hoffman and her husband, Brandin, of McConnellsburg, Pa.; two grandchildren, Caitlyn Noel and Fischer Hoffman; one sister, Patricia Keith and her husband, Alan, of Chambersburg; six half sisters, Harriet McCleaf of Waynesboro, Pa., Shirley Flook of New Cumberland, Pa., Darlene Fordyce of Chambersburg, Donna Burns of Fayetteville, Pa., Carol Shetter of Chambersburg and Sharyle Goshen of Chambersburg; two half brothers, Merle Jay...
August 27, 2013
Margaret Pauline Zimmerman Stoops, 100, of Hearthstone Home died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. The family will receive friends Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lochstampfor Funeral Home Inc., Waynesboro, Pa. The service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum, Chambersburg, Pa.
August 25, 2013
Penn State Extension Office and Franklin County Conservation District will hold the third annual joint meeting Friday, Oct. 25, at Solomon's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4868 Wayne Road, Chambersburg.  The featured speaker will be George Greig, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Greig will talk about the following topics: the future of agriculture in Pennsylvania (including issues most affecting Pennsylvania agriculture and how the department is addressing those issues)
By DON AINES | | August 24, 2013
As a young man working in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago, Hugh Crittenden admits he “didn't know how much discrimination was going on at the time.” Nevertheless, he and two friends, Howard Cook and George Hungerford, took part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963.  “I had worked at the Library of Congress, and I think they gave us leave that day” to attend the march, the Chambersburg, Pa., native said....
By ROXANN MILLER | HM Media | August 21, 2013
The employment outlook across the nation might be dismal, but the president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. said there are new jobs on the horizon. L. Michael Ross said a Brazilian-based company is bringing a facility to Chambersburg in the next year. “It's a year out, but TORCOMP will build a 21,000-square-foot facility in the Cumberland Valley Business Park,” Ross said. TORCOMP expects to hire 80 people for manufacturing jobs within three years, he said.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | August 17, 2013
In 20 years, Don and Shirley Howard helped to put roofs over the heads of 30 families. The Chambersburg couple served as charter board members of Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County. After two decades of service, the Howards stepped down earlier this year from the board of directors. “We liked the people and what we were doing, and we liked getting people into homes they otherwise couldn't,” Don Howard said. Habitat for Humanity sells homes to partner families at cost and offers a home loan with zero percent interest.
By MARIE GILBERT | | August 14, 2013
Walk into any wine store and the shelves will be filled with award-winning brand names from around the world. But over the past few years, local wineries have been making the case that their bottles deserve a place at the table, too. Cellar-worthy reds? Crisp whites and flavorful roses? They can be found practically in your own backyard. Serious sippers and novices alike will have an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of local winemakers' labor when the fifth annual Pop a Cork for the Capitol wine festival is held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at The Capitol Theatre Center.
August 13, 2013
Two mosquito samples from the Chambersburg area have tested positive for West Nile virus, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday. The samples were from Hamilton Township and Greene Township, the DEP said in a news release. The state's website indicates five samples have tested positive this year out of 715 collected in Franklin County, Pa.
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