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By DON AINES | January 11, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. " George Santayana "History is the science of what never happens twice. " Paul Valery Whichever of these contradictory sayings one subscribes to, history is a part of everyone's life and it is being made every day. Small chapters of it have been written in Franklin County, Pa., and some of it is on display at the Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East. "I like American history, especially the Revolutionary War period, but I also have an interest in European history," said Becky McCarty, 17, a junior at Chambersburg Area Senior High School and a "heritage ambassador" at the center.
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By DON AINES | May 8, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Sometimes it is hard to see what is special about where you live until you see it from another perspective, Columbia, Pa., Mayor Leo Lutz said Tuesday during a visit to Chambersburg. Lutz recalled watching a television profile of the Lancaster County community and seeing it differently. "When I watched that, I thought, 'Wow, that place is pretty darn nice,'" Lutz said. More than 200 municipal and tourism officials were in Gettysburg, Pa., this week for Destination Pennsylvania: The Governor's Conference on Tourism, which is focusing on "character of place," according to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office.
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By DON AINES | December 19, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Conservation District will be the first tenant for the county's Agricultural Heritage Center when it opens in the spring, and Director Ernie Tarner signed a 30-year lease Tuesday for its suite of offices. The Conservation District, which works with builders, farmers and others to develop plans to prevent soil erosion, manure runoff and associated problems that can harm farmland and contaminate waterways, already committed to moving into the center that is under construction on Franklin Farm Lane.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | December 6, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A pair of Chambersburg-area residents on Friday evening will be signing the book they co-authored. "Images of America: Franklin County" went on sale at the end of November and will be available during the autograph session from 5 to 8 p.m. at the former Chambersburg Trust on Memorial Square. Proceeds from the signing, with books priced at $19.99 before tax, benefit the Heritage Center. The book - comparable to ones published on the Waynesboro and Greencastle-Antrim communities - features photographs and documents from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
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By DON AINES | November 24, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Thanksgiving is the day Americans recall the feast celebrated by the Pilgrims in Plymouth four centuries ago, but their survival and that of many other colonists depended in large measure on the generosity of the Indians who helped them adapt to an unfamiliar environment. As thousands of Franklin Countians explored the shopping malls on Black Friday, some parents instead took their children to the Heritage Center on Memorial Square for Native American Indian Heritage Day. The Delaware, Tuscarora and Susquehanna Indians inhabited this part of the country, Gene Niswander of St. Thomas, Pa., told visitors Lester and Phyllis Rotz of Chambersburg.
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By DON AINES | November 23, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. ? Thanksgiving is the day Americans recall the feast celebrated by the Pilgrims in Plymouth four centuries ago, but their survival and that of many other colonists depended in large measure on the generosity of the Indians who helped them adapt to an unfamiliar environment. As thousands of Franklin Countians explored the shopping malls on Black Friday, some parents instead took their children to the Heritage Center on Memorial Square for Native American Indian Heritage Day. The Delaware, Tuscarora and Susquehanna Indians inhabited this part of the country, Gene Niswander of St. Thomas, Pa., told visitors Lester and Phyllis Rotz of Chambersburg.
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by DON AINES | April 30, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Construction contracts totaling $2,185,500 were awarded last week for a Franklin County Agricultural Heritage Building, with work expected to begin in the next four to five weeks. Thursday also was moving day for the county's Area Agency on Aging, the Chambersburg Senior Activities Center and Mental Retardation offices. Palmer Construction Inc. of McConnellsburg, Pa., was awarded the contract for general construction by the Board of County Commissioners.
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by DON AINES | February 1, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Nasby Bowen has made a business out of embroidering history. He got his first embroidered patches as a child playing on neighborhood sports teams and has been collecting official patches for about 25 years. Eight years ago, Bowen decided to create his own commemorative and historic patches documenting people, places and things of local interest. Working mostly from old photographs or pictures he has taken himself, the 66-year-old Chambersburg man had been designing embroidered patches marking significant anniversaries such as the Battle of Gettysburg; depicting landmarks such as President James Buchanan's birthplace in Mercersburg, Pa.; or depicting events such as the rescue of kidnap victim Peggy Ann Bradnick from "Mountain Man" killer William Hollenbaugh near Shade Gap, Pa., in 1966.
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by DON AINES | November 15, 2006
Keith Monninger of Custom Cleaning Co. of Greencastle, Pa., uses a power washer Monday to remove graffiti from the Heritage Center. Several downtown buildings in Chambersburg, Pa., including the Heritage Center and F&M Trust, were tagged with spray paint over the weekend, Chambersburg police said.
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