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For the first time, Lonestar will appear on stage at Luhrs Performing Arts at Shippensburg University at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 on their TEN to 1 tour. Tickets are available through the Luhrs Center box office by calling: (717) 477-SHOW or by visiting: luhrscenter.com.

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Every year, several thousand calls for emergency services are requested in the Borough of Chambersburg, ranging from medical issues to large-scale fire responses. Each day, 9-1-1 dispatchers, fire and emergency medical services personnel, and hospital nursing staff within Franklin County do …

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One person suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Ritner Highway and Deerfield Commons Lane around 11:15 p.m. last Wednesday. The injured driver was transported to Penn State Holy Spirit Medical Center, Camp Hill via ambulance. The other vehicle…

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Gov. Tom Wolf recently highlighted the Wolf Administration’s efforts to improve accessibility and awareness for Pennsylvania’s Senior Food Box Program, which is now feeding 20 percent more seniors than it was this time last year.

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The Franklin County Commissioners have proclaimed September to be National Recovery Month in Franklin County. In doing so, the commissioners are drawing attention to the impact mental health and substance use disorders have on communities as well as the services that are available to help th…

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Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) partners with local communities to hold Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs this year from Sept. 18-24. The annual safety week ends with National Seat Check Saturday, a day for parents and caregivers to receive free i…

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The Franklin County Commissioners expanded their efforts to support safe, affordable housing in local communities by allocating $5,000 in Housing Trust Funds to Chambersburg Project Inc. The commissioners approved the allocation during the board’s Sept. 7 public meeting.

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As part of a movement to promote health, nature, and local parks and trails, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) recently announced the second annual month-long effort encouraging communities and health professionals to get active together during “Walk with a Doc” pro…

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Fall is definitely in the air this week, which means the start of autumn is right around the corner. To help celebrate this crisp new season of change, make plans to head on out to Newburg’s Hopewell Township Park, 218 Shippensburg Road, where lots of fall fun and activities will be awaiting…

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Hello readers! Welcome back to the Blast and this week’s offering about another landmark in Shippensburg, the Domestic Engine & Pump Co. This once bustling business had disappeared from the landscape, but not from the minds of those who were once employed there, or those who remember whe…

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One person suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision just after 8 a.m. last Thursday in the 100 block of Walnut Bottom Road in Shippensburg Township. Local firefighters extricated the operator from the driver’s side door, and was taken to a landing zone at the former Lowe’s parking lo…

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The Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce, along with D.O.I.T. (Downtown Organizations Investing Together) and SADCO (Shippensburg Area Development Corp.), will once again host the Shippensburg Beer & Wine Festival on Sept. 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Shippensburg Fairgrounds, 10131 Poss…

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Love music? Want to be inspired? Come to Walnut Bottom on Thursday, Sept. 22, for an evening of sacred music – from contemporary to traditional. You are invited to come to the sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church for a free 7 p.m. concert with the Chi Rho Singers.

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The Cumberland Singers are currently holding auditions for sopranos and altos who love choral singing and making new friends. Visit: www.Cumberlandsingers.org for details and to set up your Zoom or in-person audition.

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Firefighters from the West End Fire & Rescue Co. didn’t have to go too far to make an animal rescue last Friday afternoon because it was found inside their station. They rescued a 2-week-old bunny or a kit that ran into their station from across the street. Members said, ‘A mowing compan…

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On Monday, Sept. 12, Chambersburg Borough Council will conduct a public hearing and then consider approving a new comprehensive plan for the Borough of Chambersburg, entitled: “Chambersburg Vision 2035.” The public hearing will be held during the regularly scheduled council meeting at 7 p.m.…

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Visit the Adams Ricci Butterfly Garden to learn how to help pollinators where you live! Join the Penn State Master Gardeners of Cumberland County for their Pollinator Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, outdoors at the Midway Pavilion and Adams Ricci Butterfly Garden at Adams…

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Learn about essential tasks to improve and enjoy your garden this fall! Join the Penn State Master Gardeners of Cumberland County for a free in-person garden talk titled: “Fall Housekeeping in Your Garden” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, outdoors at the Trial and Idea Garden in Carlisl…

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Former News-Chronicle graphic designer Kristine Celli and her husband, David, recently attended Jeep Week in Ocean City, Maryland. Celli designed our papers, ads and special sections for many years until recently pursuing another design job closer to home. She is pictured giving the camera t…

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The Jacksonville Lions Club recently donated $1,000 to three local food banks serving our area. Specifically, $200 went to Trinity United Methodist Church Food Pantry (Walnut Bottom); $400 to Shippensburg Produce and Outreach (SPO) (Shippensburg); and $400 to Big Spring Area Food Bank (Newville).

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission will, once again, be providing free webinars to teach people of all ages how to hunt. Learn to Hunt webinars include information on where to hunt, what you need to hunt, hunting tips and tactics and preparing game for the table.

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Look around while driving along a roadway, walking through a park or paddling down a stream, and one thing becomes clear – we have a plastic problem. Plastic is visible everywhere – on the land, in the water, even up in trees.