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Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced that 10 Pennsylvania county Veterans Affairs Offices will receive a total of $150,000 in grants, and 18 charitable or Veteran Service Organizations will receive $650,000 in grants from the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF), administered by the Pennsylvania Departmen…

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Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn recently announced the appointment of Christopher Houck as manager of Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Cumberland County. He is the former assistant manager at French Creek State Park, Berks County. 

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In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reminded Pennsylvanians that the fourth annual Governor’s Civic Engagement Award (GCEA) Program for high schools is underway. The program promotes student-led voter registration efforts and recognizes school…

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Gov. Tom Wolf Monday vetoed House Bill 2787, which would have mandated that school fall activities be under the sole jurisdiction of local school districts. This bill is superfluous given that local school governing bodies already have authority but it restricts state and local officials’ ab…

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Vector Management has reported Franklin County’s first mosquito samples positive for West Nile Virus for 2020. To date, two mosquito samples out of 487 collected in Franklin County have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). Last year s…

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Healthy Franklin County, a health improvement collaborative operated by WellSpan Health, in partnership with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, created the Franklin Forward Nonprofit Recovery Grant program to provide funding to eligible 501(c)3 and 501(c)19 nonprofit organizations n…

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Newburg Borough Council welcomed new member Ken Rife Monday evening to replace Nathan Shoemaker who will be moving from the area. Rife will serve out the remainder of Shoemaker’s term, which expires in 2022.

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More than 50 percent of the phone calls received each year by the Franklin County Mosquito Disease Control Program from residents with mosquito problems are due to the Asian Tiger Mosquito. This invasive mosquito species is a nuisance that has been interrupting outdoor summer activities in F…

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The Kiwanis Club of Shippensburg recently presented Shippensburg Head Start with a check for $800 to help provide books for students in the Head Start Program for the 2020-21school year. Presenting the check to Head Start Director Linda Butts, right, is Kiwanis member Pam Herb.

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Regional transportation leaders invite area residents to attend a virtual public meeting regarding the I-81 Improvement Strategy in south-central Pennsylvania. The plan display opened Tuesday, and will close Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the project website: www.i81southcentralpa.com.

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Get ready for Garden Harvest Day 2020 with pumpkins, family-friendly crafts and activities, food, and music at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, 500 Kings Gap Road, Carlisle!

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Rep. Torren Ecker (R-193) and Rep. Barb Gleim (R-199) recently condemned the “decision” by the 5-2 majority of partisan Democrats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to allow unattended drop-off boxes for ballots and removal of a party from the ballot for the Nov. 3 elections.

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Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of the Department of Health Dr. Rachel Levine recently launched the COVID-19 exposure notification mobile app, COVID Alert PA, to help fight the spread of the virus.

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A grant by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and matching funds will provide nearly $2 million in investments to plant and maintain 360 acres of new trees and boost efforts in eight Pennsylvania counties toward achieving local pla…

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To celebrate the fall season in Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) experts will be available to serve as regional advisers on fall foliage, offering tips and resources to help residents and visitors experience a colorful autumn in a variety of ways across t…

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Creating a budget can be a valuable experience, not only for folks who are raising crops or livestock for profit, but also those who are homesteading. No matter the scale of your operation, knowing your costs and potential income will be valuable tools in making future decisions.

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Hunger impacts people in every corner of Pennsylvania. According to Feeding America’s annual Map the Meal Gap report, in 2018, more than 1.4 million Pennsylvanians – 10.9 percent of all residents in the state – didn’t always know where their next meal was coming from. And given the impact of…

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Classic cars and the Hampden Township Fire Engine were the first vehicles to test the weight of the newly built Orrs Bridge that will carry more than 10,000 vehicles across the Conodoguinet Creek daily, that’s more than 3 million cars that will cross this bridge in a year

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Pennsylvania’s elk hunting season kicked off Saturday, Sept. 12, with the archery elk season, in which 26 hunters selected by lottery will be spread across nine of the 14 Elk Hunt Zones within the state’s elk range. Ten of those hunters are in pursuit of bulls, while 16 are hunting antlerless elk.

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The Appell Center for the Performing Arts and presenting sponsor Doceo, in partnership with the York Revolution, are bringing central Pennsylvania’s own Earl David Reed to PeoplesBank Park, 5 Brooks Robinson Way in York, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

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Judge William Stickman IV, a federal judge on the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, on Monday, ruled Gov. Tom Wolf’s and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine’s congregate gathering, stay-at-home and business shutdown orders unconstitutional in the case of County of Butle…

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After review of guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health, recommendations from the college’s COVID-19 Task Force and feedback from students and employees, HACC, central Pennsylvania’s Community College, will extend its online instruct…

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Franklin County employees raised $480 for local animal shelters this summer. Through a county wellness initiative and direct donation, Franklin County’s Healthy Living Coordinator Vicki Kamler collected funds to distribute to two local animal shelters -- Antietam Humane Society in Waynesboro…

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The Pennsylvania State Grange lauded the Sept. 8 unanimous vote by the PA State Senate on Senate Bill 835, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria), to create an authority which could award grants to telecommunications companies willing to “go the last mile” in providing access to high…

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School days are here again! Welcome to this week’s edition of a Blast from the Past where we’ll look back at the beginning of the school year in September of 1952, and in particular, the home football opener for the Greyhounds which was slated for Friday night, Sept. 19.

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While the format of programs has changed greatly over the last several months, Franklin County 4-H is adapting well to this change. We are exploring new ways to connect with youth and provide hands-on learning experiences that embrace the 4-H slogan, “Learn By Doing.” Our virtual summer camp…