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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2013
More than 150 tomato enthusiasts got a chance on Wednesday to challenge their palettes with two dozen varieties at the Penn State Extension's 2013 Tomato Tasting. The 13th annual event was hosted by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Franklin County and held at the extension office off Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. The public was invited to sample 24 different varieties of tomatoes grown at Franklin County's Penn State Cooperative Extension Horticulture Center, Master Gardener Coordinator Linda Secrist said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners will tour nursing homes operated by Transitions Healthcare LLC and Mid-Atlantic Health Care Acquisitions LLC as they decide whether to accept one of the firm's proposals to buy Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. On Tuesday, the three commissioners chose the two companies as finalists from 10 proposals submitted to buy the county-owned skilled nursing center on Franklin Farm Lane. Officials said the sale price is expected to be between $10 million and $11.6 million.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2013
Thousands of public school students returned to school Monday in Franklin County, Pa. “Everything is going extremely well. It's just wonderful, smooth,” said Sherian Diller, superintendent of Waynesboro Area School District. Waynesboro opened its doors to 4,493 students. Waynesboro unveiled some changes to its dress code, and school officials said just one high school student violated it. The apparel rules are not as strict as the new ones in Chambersburg Area School District, where 9,553 students are enrolled.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2013
A couple who died in a murder-suicide over the weekend in Chambersburg was in the process of divorcing, according to documents filed in the Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas. Gordon M. Brown, whom Pennsylvania State Police said fatally shot his wife and himself in their home, was seeking custody of their two sons. In his petition for custody, he claimed Kelly R. Brown filed for divorce and was “threatening to leave the home with the children.” Brown shot Kelly Brown in the head with a handgun, then shot himself with the same gun, according to state police.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2013
Kool Smiles Kool Smiles, a dental-care provider in Hagerstown, has given more than $87,473 in free care in 2013 to Hagerstown patients for services above and beyond those covered by Medicaid and state insurance programs. Kool Smiles dentists determine on a case-by-case basis if additional free care is needed for low-income patients. Founded in 2002, Kool Smiles has 130 affiliated dental practices across 15 states and the District of Columbia, primarily in underserved communities that have historically lacked sufficient providers for the Medicaid patient population.  As recently as January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that approximately 45 million Americans live in “shortage areas.” According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, approximately 80 percent of dentists do not accept patients with Medicaid or State Children's Health Insurance Plans, or SCHIP, citing, among other reasons, low reimbursement for their services.  Kool Smiles helps provide a safety net for such patients, with approximately 80 percent to 90 percent of its patient population consisting of Medicaid or SCHIP enrollees.  According to the Pew Center's 2013 report, “In Search Of Dental Care,” each year in the United States, tens of millions of children - disproportionately low-income - go without seeing a dentist.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 24, 2013
Monday is the first day of school for thousands of students in Franklin County, Pa. For the past few weeks, teachers and staff have been working to ensure the 2013-14 school year gets off to a good start. In Greencastle, Pa., Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover said the Greencastle-Antrim School District is looking at a possible record year for enrollment. This is the second year in a row that the district estimates it will have 3,100 students in the district's four schools. “If it's not a record year, it will be one of our top three years,” Hoover said.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com 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.
EDUCATION
August 21, 2013
Graduation for the students of the August class of Franklin County Career and Technology Center's practical nursing program was held Aug. 8 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Chambersburg. It was the 109th graduating class of the nursing program, which has served the citizens of the area for more than 54 years. Welcoming comments were given by Keith Yohn, administrative director of Career Tech. The graduation address was given by Dr. Paul Orange, who challenged the graduates to make full use of their senses - light, hearing and smell - to better understand a patient.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2013
With Procter & Gamble poised to bring thousands of jobs to the area next year and several local companies expanding, the president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. said Tuesday that the county is positioned for growth. Speaking at a Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Green Grove Gardens, L. Michael Ross said there is a lot on the horizon for the county. “I think we're in a great place at a great time,” Ross told hundreds of business leaders assembled for the event.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 15, 2013
A transition is under way to convert the county-operated Franklin County (Pa.) Visitors Bureau into a nonprofit organization focused on tourism promotion. The Frankling County (Pa.) Commissioners voted Thursday to proceed with making the visitors bureau a nonprofit organization on Jan. 1, 2014. The commissioners said most visitors bureaus in the state are nonprofit entities. A priority will be ensuring the visitors bureau's three employees continue to receive employment and benefits if they want them, Commissioners' Chairman David Keller said.
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