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June 17, 2009
The 34th annual Mont Alto Volunteer Firemen's Carnival continues at Mont Alto Fire Company Carnival Grounds through Saturday, June 20. In Mont Alto, take Pa. 997, 7 miles north of Waynesboro, Pa. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 19.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | July 13, 2013
Finding the perfect birthday gift can be a nearly impossible challenge. But Saturday, Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, found a birthday present for Mont Alto's 100th anniversary celebration that had the town talking. Rock asked Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to serve as grand marshal of Mont Alto's Centennial Parade, and he accepted. “Two years ago, Todd (Rock) asked me to do this and convinced me to come for the 100th anniversary, and I said yes,” Corbett said. “I keep my word.” “With about 67 counties across the state and thousands of little towns just like Mont Alto, and he picked us out of that group - we're very thankful,” Rock said.
NEWS
June 19, 2008
The Mont Alto (Pa.) Fire Department Carnival continues through Saturday night. The annual event moved to a 15-acre facility adjacent to the fire department off Pa. 997, about six miles north of Waynesboro, Pa.
NEWS
November 21, 1996
MONT ALTO, Pa. - Another Mont Alto public official has called it quits. Mayor Richard J. Thomas Jr., citing personal reasons, resigned effective at the borough meeting Tuesday night, said acting Council President Thomas Lowson. Only four people are on the council - three others have quit this year. Franklin County Judge John Walker appointed Charlene McKean to fill one of the vacancies, but she hasn't been sworn in yet, Lowson said. "We've had quite a turnover," he said.
NEWS
by JENNIFER FITCH | May 15, 2007
MONT ALTO, Pa. - Although he wasn't necessarily expecting to set a speed record, Penn State University's systemwide president gave it the college try anyway when cross-cutting a log Monday evening. Graham B. Spanier crouched into position and sliced through the wood with a member of the Mont Alto campus's Woodsmen team. Spanier, who said he gets to the campus once a year, arrived at the school on his "Road Scholars" bus trip and is scheduled to depart this morning. "This is as beautiful as the campus has ever looked," Spanier said.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | December 1, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com MONT ALTO, Pa. - Economic impact on a community - nation, state, county or town - begins when an organization spends money, and the Pennsylvania State University spends a lot of it every year, a financial report drafted by a private consultant commissioned by the university said. Penn State's main campus in State College, Pa., and its 24 satellite campuses, including the one in Mont Alto, Pa., contributed more than $6.1 billion to the statewide economy last year, according to the report released Tuesday.
NEWS
April 28, 1999
By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer MONT ALTO, Pa. - Michelangelo is getting his own Web site. The Web site, created by students, is an offshoot of a cluster of courses on the art, literature and history of the Renaissance. They were requested by some honor students who said they wanted tougher academic challenges. [cont. from news page ] The students asked that the courses be centered on the Renaissance, the time of great intellectual and cultural innovation in Europe from 1300 to 1527.
NEWS
May 23, 2008
Lynne Bertrand of Blue Mountain Soaps shows off her wares to Mardy Laabs, Jeanette Dempsey, Mary Ursillo and Claudia Williams at Thursday's opening of the Penn National Community's Farmers Market near Mont Alto, Pa. The market drew about a dozen local producers of meats, cheeses, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and other products, along with scores of customers. The market will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through the growing season and is open to the public, not just Penn National residents, said Patti Nitterhouse, vice president of White Rock Inc.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | May 19, 2007
MONT ALTO, Pa. - Sixty percent of the newest alumni from Penn State University's Mont Alto campus are older than 23. The adults, part of a class of about 140 graduates, said they face challenges while balancing studies and classes with families, bills and jobs. "These individuals used to be called nontraditional students, but, for Mont Alto, they're now our traditional students," Chancellor David Gnage said. Adult learners graduating in Saturday's formal commencement ceremony often had more than 10 guests with them, like Dwain Sheffler, who had 20 family members and friends supporting him. Sheffler, 54, obtained a bachelor's degree in business after the "opportunity just slipped away" when he was younger.
NEWS
by DON AINES | December 9, 2006
MONT ALTO, Pa. - On a bitter cold Friday night, the family of U.S. Army Sgt. Edward W. "Eddie" Shaffer gathered at the community Christmas tree in Mont Alto, joined by about 150 friends and neighbors there to show their support for the wounded soldier. "This is really overwhelming. I didn't expect this," grandfather Edward L. Shaffer said before the tree lighting ceremony, as residents of the small Franklin County community came up to the family offering hugs and words of encouragement.
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OBITUARIES
September 4, 2013
Irvin Thomas Smith, 90, of Fayetteville, Pa., and formerly of Mont Alto, Pa., died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, after a long illness at the Village of Laurel Run. A celebration graveside service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Mount Zion Cemetery, Quincy, Pa., with the Rev. Bill Gray officiating. Arrangements are by Lochstampfor Funeral Home, Inc., Waynesboro, Pa.
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NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2013
When Francis K. Achampong took over as Penn State Mont Alto's new chancellor on Aug. 1, he viewed it as something of a multifaceted homecoming. “I came back home in more ways than one. I am back on the campus where I started my Penn State career, and I'm back home with my family and my friends,” Achampong said Wednesday. Achampong worked at Penn State Mont Alto as its chief academic officer from 2002 until 2010, when he transferred to the Penn State Fayette campus in western Pennsylvania to serve as its interim chancellor.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 29, 2013
A new chapter in education in Franklin County, Pa., began Monday when Winebrenner Theological Seminary officially opened its doors at the home of the former Scotland School for Veterans Children. The school begins seminary classes this fall. “The way we are going to measure our success is not by the number of graduates, not by the money (the school) generates, but is the world a better place,” said David Draper, president of Winebrenner Theological Seminary. The Ohio-based seminary is affiliated with the Church of God denomination, but recruits students from other backgrounds.
NEWS
July 14, 2013
The community of Mont Alto owes its existence to the Mont Alto Iron Works, according to local historian Charlie Kauffman. The Hughes family from Ireland came to the United States and started the company in 1807. Company officials set up a feudal system with community offerings, like grounds for herding. Still, the growth of the coal-blasted iron company outpaced the level of goods and services being offered, Kauffman said. Families began to settle nearby on other land, he said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 14, 2013
As Mont Alto residents filled a time capsule Sunday afternoon, Mayor John Esser mused that the people who open it in 100 years will probably not be familiar with newspapers and printed books. He said they might hardly recognize iPads. “In our time, we've seen advancements in cars and technology. Likewise, we can't even fathom what it'll look like in 100 years,” Esser said before the time capsule was lowered into the ground across from borough hall. Burying the time capsule marked the end of a three-day celebration of the municipality's 100th year.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | July 13, 2013
Finding the perfect birthday gift can be a nearly impossible challenge. But Saturday, Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, found a birthday present for Mont Alto's 100th anniversary celebration that had the town talking. Rock asked Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to serve as grand marshal of Mont Alto's Centennial Parade, and he accepted. “Two years ago, Todd (Rock) asked me to do this and convinced me to come for the 100th anniversary, and I said yes,” Corbett said. “I keep my word.” “With about 67 counties across the state and thousands of little towns just like Mont Alto, and he picked us out of that group - we're very thankful,” Rock said.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | May 4, 2013
As Nicole Glaze of Waynesboro, Pa., fiddled with her cap and gown before Saturday's spring commencement at Penn State Mont Alto, she remembered the obstacles she faced to achieve her dream. “I've worked really hard to get here. I got pregnant when I was 16,” said Glaze, now 20. So many teens give up on their dreams when that happens, she said. But she vowed to herself not to let anything stop her from an education. “To be able to graduate from college is a big thing for me,” she said.
NEWS
April 22, 2013
Two people kicked in the door at a home near Penn State Mont Alto on Monday morning and stole $5,000 from a woman, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release. One of the male suspects held a gun to the 24-year-old victim's head during the 8:30 a.m. robbery in the 7300 block of Slabtown Road, police said. The college campus issued a warning that individuals stay inside and lock their doors. That warning was later lifted, and classes were to be held as regularly scheduled, according to Penn State Mont Alto's website.
EDUCATION
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | April 12, 2013
Penn State Mont Alto will change its nursing program from a two-year degree to a four-year degree beginning in the fall of 2014. “Hospitals are changing their employment pattern. They aren't hiring associate degree nurses like they had in the past. They are looking for the entry-level professional, which is the bachelor's degree,” said Carranda Barkdoll, Penn State Mont Alto's coordinator for nursing. As the health care delivery system increases in complexity, more education is needed to support the nurses who must navigate it, Barkdoll said.
LIFESTYLE
March 22, 2013
The second annual "Blue and White" 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, on the campus of Penn State Mont Alto. At 8 a.m., children between the ages of 6 and 12 are invited to join the Penn State Nittany Lion for the "Little Lion" Run, a free one-mile trip across campus. Participants will have an opportunity to win prizes, which will be awarded in four categories, including men and women 30 years old and younger, and men and women 30 years old and younger. Each of the top three finishers in each category will receive a medal and a VISA gift card.
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