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by DON AINES | June 22, 2006
Fire from a burning brush pile nearby set a sawdust pile on fire Wednesday afternoon behind MDL Custom Woodworks in Marion, Pa., according to owner Michael Slothour. The fire, called in about 3:30 p.m., extended above the ceiling of the shop, causing about $5,000 to $10,000 in damage, according to Marion Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Jerry Houpt. Firefighters from the Franklin, New Franklin (Pa.) and Greencastle (Pa.) Rescue Hose companies and Chambersburg (Pa.) Fire Department assisted at the scene.
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October 4, 2008
ST. THOMAS, Pa. - A wood stove used to heat water in a shed was blamed for a fire that destroyed the shed and damaged a house Friday morning, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Jeffrey Sarver said. The fire at the home of Bennie S. Lapp at 127 School House Road was called in at 8:51 a.m., St. Thomas Fire Chief Mark Straley said. It took about 10 minutes for firefighters to bring it under control, he said. Lapp said he had been tending the stove a few minutes before the fire, which melted the fiberglass igloo-shaped shed and caught the rear of the house on fire.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | June 24, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Firefighters from Franklin and Washington counties were able to keep a Wednesday afternoon electrical fire from flaring and destroying a Waynesboro home. The owner of a home at 321 W. 9th St. reported smoke coming from his basement living room about 2 p.m. The reported fire was "more of a smolder" as it never flared into flames, the Waynesboro Volunteer Fire Department said. Faulty wiring high in the basement wall was to blame for the smoldering fire, which damaged the walls and ceiling of the home, the fire department said.
NEWS
March 17, 2009
DEC. 21, 1920-MARCH 15, 2009 WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Lois M. Barnett Angle, 88, of 235 Landis Ave., died Sunday, March 15, 2009, at Waynesboro Hospital. Born Dec. 21, 1920, in Three Springs, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George N. and Nora E. Chesnut Barnett. Her husband, W. Elliott Angle, died Dec. 18, 2004. They were married Jan. 6, 1940. She was a 1939 graduate of Hustontown High School in Fulton County, Pa. She owned and operated Angle's Grocery in New Franklin, Pa., for 11 years.
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | August 7, 2004
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Firefighters from seven area companies responded to 9601 Long Lane Friday evening to battle a fire that destroyed a 1 1/2-story frame shed. There was no damage estimate and the cause of the fire is under investigation, said Robert Ebersole, chief of Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 in Greencastle. The state fire marshal will investigate today, Ebersole said. The building was owned by Eddwin Norris. Norris said his grandson, Isaac Lauffer, 10, discovered the fire.
NEWS
December 29, 2008
OCT. 22, 1935-DEC. 27, 2008 CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Helen M. Whitmore, 73, of 1695 Gomer Road, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center.  Born Oct. 22, 1935, in Fulton County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Herman and Delilah Souders Purnell.  She was a 1955 graduate of Chambersburg High School.  She was a homemaker most of her life. She was a member of The Open Door Church and Chambersburg Memorial YMCA. She is survived by her husband, William E. Whitmore, whom she married Dec. 16, 1961; four children, Terry W. Whitmore and Donald A. Whitmore, both of Chambersburg, Julie M. Kemper of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and James L. Whitmore of Waynesboro, Pa.; two brothers, Stanley Purnell of New Franklin, Pa., and Quay Purnell of Key West, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
NEWS
October 3, 2008
ST. THOMAS, Pa. - A wood stove used to heat water in a shed was blamed for a fire that destroyed the shed and damaged a house Friday morning, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Jeffrey Sarver said. The fire at the home of Bennie S. Lapp at 127 School House Road was called in at 8:51 a.m., St. Thomas Fire Chief Mark Straley said. It took about 10 minutes for firefighters to bring it under control, he said. Lapp said he had been tending the stove a few minutes before the fire, which melted the fiberglass igloo-shaped shed and caught the rear of the house on fire.
NEWS
December 11, 2008
NOV. 30, 1918-DEC. 9, 2008 ORRSTOWN, Pa. - Cora C. Forrester, 90, formerly of Upper Strasburg, Pa., died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at the Orrstown Personal Care Home. Born Nov. 30, 1918, in Chambersburg, she was a daughter of the late Joseph N. and Clara Jane Stewart Wenger. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stoey W. Forrester. They were married Oct. 26, 1938. He died May 20, 2000. She was employed with the former Stanley Co. She was a member of the First Church of God in Shippensburg, Pa. She is survived by one son, Robert W. Forrester of Upper Strasburg; one brother, Richard Wenger of New Franklin, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
NEWS
August 16, 2013
Eight thousand baby turkeys or poults died in a barn fire Friday morning in Antrim Township, according to a fire company official.  The fire, called in at 5:06 a.m. from a farm at 8665 Hades Church Road, took about 15 minutes to bring under control, Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. Fire Chief Kevin Barnes said. The blaze was mostly contained to the poults' bedding, although there was some smoke and heat damage to the building, which he estimated to be about 250 feet by 60 feet, Barnes said.
NEWS
March 6, 2013
The Potomac District of Ruritan National is comprised of 45 Ruritan clubs in parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Frederick County has seven Ruritan clubs. Ruritan is considered the leading community service organization in the United States. Each year, representatives from throughout Ruritan hold their national convention. Delegates from the Potomac District joined others from throughout the nation recently at the convention at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky. Recognized at the convention were 2013 Potomac District Gov. Donald Foster of the Mount Pleasant Ruritan and past District Gov. John Lovell Jr. of the Jefferson Ruritan Club.
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August 16, 2013
Eight thousand baby turkeys or poults died in a barn fire Friday morning in Antrim Township, according to a fire company official.  The fire, called in at 5:06 a.m. from a farm at 8665 Hades Church Road, took about 15 minutes to bring under control, Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. Fire Chief Kevin Barnes said. The blaze was mostly contained to the poults' bedding, although there was some smoke and heat damage to the building, which he estimated to be about 250 feet by 60 feet, Barnes said.
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March 6, 2013
The Potomac District of Ruritan National is comprised of 45 Ruritan clubs in parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Frederick County has seven Ruritan clubs. Ruritan is considered the leading community service organization in the United States. Each year, representatives from throughout Ruritan hold their national convention. Delegates from the Potomac District joined others from throughout the nation recently at the convention at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky. Recognized at the convention were 2013 Potomac District Gov. Donald Foster of the Mount Pleasant Ruritan and past District Gov. John Lovell Jr. of the Jefferson Ruritan Club.
NEWS
September 26, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - In March, the New Franklin Ruritan Club donated a house to Habitat For Humanity of Franklin County. Plans were made by Habitat's volunteer building committee for a major rehabilitation of the property, now nearing completion. As a demonstration of its continued support of Habitat and its mission, the New club recently contributed $10,000 toward the rehab project. Mark D. Story, Habitat's executive director said, "In these economic times, it is refreshing to see community-minded organizations still contributing charitably.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | June 24, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Firefighters from Franklin and Washington counties were able to keep a Wednesday afternoon electrical fire from flaring and destroying a Waynesboro home. The owner of a home at 321 W. 9th St. reported smoke coming from his basement living room about 2 p.m. The reported fire was "more of a smolder" as it never flared into flames, the Waynesboro Volunteer Fire Department said. Faulty wiring high in the basement wall was to blame for the smoldering fire, which damaged the walls and ceiling of the home, the fire department said.
NEWS
March 17, 2009
DEC. 21, 1920-MARCH 15, 2009 WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Lois M. Barnett Angle, 88, of 235 Landis Ave., died Sunday, March 15, 2009, at Waynesboro Hospital. Born Dec. 21, 1920, in Three Springs, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George N. and Nora E. Chesnut Barnett. Her husband, W. Elliott Angle, died Dec. 18, 2004. They were married Jan. 6, 1940. She was a 1939 graduate of Hustontown High School in Fulton County, Pa. She owned and operated Angle's Grocery in New Franklin, Pa., for 11 years.
NEWS
December 29, 2008
OCT. 22, 1935-DEC. 27, 2008 CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Helen M. Whitmore, 73, of 1695 Gomer Road, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center.  Born Oct. 22, 1935, in Fulton County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Herman and Delilah Souders Purnell.  She was a 1955 graduate of Chambersburg High School.  She was a homemaker most of her life. She was a member of The Open Door Church and Chambersburg Memorial YMCA. She is survived by her husband, William E. Whitmore, whom she married Dec. 16, 1961; four children, Terry W. Whitmore and Donald A. Whitmore, both of Chambersburg, Julie M. Kemper of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and James L. Whitmore of Waynesboro, Pa.; two brothers, Stanley Purnell of New Franklin, Pa., and Quay Purnell of Key West, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
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December 11, 2008
NOV. 30, 1918-DEC. 9, 2008 ORRSTOWN, Pa. - Cora C. Forrester, 90, formerly of Upper Strasburg, Pa., died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at the Orrstown Personal Care Home. Born Nov. 30, 1918, in Chambersburg, she was a daughter of the late Joseph N. and Clara Jane Stewart Wenger. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stoey W. Forrester. They were married Oct. 26, 1938. He died May 20, 2000. She was employed with the former Stanley Co. She was a member of the First Church of God in Shippensburg, Pa. She is survived by one son, Robert W. Forrester of Upper Strasburg; one brother, Richard Wenger of New Franklin, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
NEWS
October 4, 2008
ST. THOMAS, Pa. - A wood stove used to heat water in a shed was blamed for a fire that destroyed the shed and damaged a house Friday morning, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Jeffrey Sarver said. The fire at the home of Bennie S. Lapp at 127 School House Road was called in at 8:51 a.m., St. Thomas Fire Chief Mark Straley said. It took about 10 minutes for firefighters to bring it under control, he said. Lapp said he had been tending the stove a few minutes before the fire, which melted the fiberglass igloo-shaped shed and caught the rear of the house on fire.
NEWS
October 3, 2008
ST. THOMAS, Pa. - A wood stove used to heat water in a shed was blamed for a fire that destroyed the shed and damaged a house Friday morning, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Jeffrey Sarver said. The fire at the home of Bennie S. Lapp at 127 School House Road was called in at 8:51 a.m., St. Thomas Fire Chief Mark Straley said. It took about 10 minutes for firefighters to bring it under control, he said. Lapp said he had been tending the stove a few minutes before the fire, which melted the fiberglass igloo-shaped shed and caught the rear of the house on fire.
NEWS
By DON AINES | September 26, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - On Wednesday the Chambersburg School Board became the last of five districts to approve expanding and renovating the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, and on Thursday the center's Joint Operating Committee hired its new principal. Joseph Conrad, 40, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., was hired as the new principal, replacing Michele Orner, who announced in August she was resigning to become an assistant principal at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.
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