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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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United Way of Franklin County is once again conducting its annual Winter Food Drive, collecting monetary donations to help local food pantries restock their shelves after the busy holiday season. Donations are being accepted now through Jan. 31 at: www.uwfcpa.org/givefood, and at United Way’…

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The CommunityAid Foundation recently awarded Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties (DVSCP) a $25,000 grant to support the agency’s emergency shelter services. The funds will specifically aid the agency in providing shelter and rental assistance during the pandemic. 

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During session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) recently gave details of two pieces of legislation he is sponsoring to aid fire departments.

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On Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, the Shippensburg Police Department was contacted by the Ashland Police Department in Virginia in reference to a missing 15-year-old girl from the Ashland area.  The juvenile had been missing since Saturday, Jan. 15.

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The Shippensburg University Center for Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS) was honored by 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania during their annual Commonwealth Awards on Dec. 15. 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is the statewide nonpartisan advocate for responsible and efficient land use and partner …

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PA State Fair Queen Addison Neff, left, accepts the first-place prize in place of Sharon Kurtz from Lehigh County during the 2022 PA Farm Show Chocolate Cake Contest. Second-place winner Lorrie Rauch from Lehigh County is pictured in the middle, and third-place winner Tracy Deneen from Fulto…

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Snow fell from the sky for much of Sunday, blanketing about 4 inches of the white stuff on Shippensburg and surrounding areas. About an inch of ice fell on top of the snow, creating quite a mess for commuters earlier this week. Pictured above: the Spring Lot Gazebo on King Street is always n…

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The unknown age female operator of the pictured minivan escaped injury when she crashed on a snow-covered Newburg Road, near Byers Road in Hopewell Township, just before 3 p.m. last Friday. The driver lost control, and hit an embankment and road sign, which caused the van to roll onto its si…

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An unknown age male operator of a small tractor plow suffered serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle at 3:12 p.m. last Friday in the 1000 block of Ridge Road, Hopewell Township. The injured operator was transported to the Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center by Shippensburg…

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Whether you are raising calves for the future of your dairy herd or are raising calves to sell for beef production, producing healthy, quality calves should be a main priority for any producer. For those that are currently raising calves, the ups and downs of mortality and morbidity can be a…

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The Newburg-Hopewell Fire Co. 2022 Officers were sworn into their respective offices last Thursday evening at their January monthly meeting. Giving the oath of office was Chaplain Larry Singer. The 2022 Administrative and Fire Officers are: Steve Moffat Jr., President; Larry Singer, Vice Pre…

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The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in more than a decade. Dangerously low blood supply levels are posing a concerning risk to patient care and forcing doctors to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need …

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Letterkenny Army Depot endeavors to maintain the highest water quality standards by conducting routine tests of the depot’s drinking water which is from a public, off-post site. As part of this commitment, Letterkenny Army Depot is evaluating water quality in the vicinity of the depot.

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The Franklin County Prison Board congratulated Franklin County Jail Warden Bill Bechtold and recently retired Deputy Warden James Sullen last month for receiving Pennsylvania Prison Wardens Association (PPWA) awards at the organization’s Fall Conference.

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Christine Helm of Shippensburg and Kevin Stahl of Mercersburg were named champion showmen during the 2022 Open Beef Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg over the weekend. Helm, who exhibited the Champion Mainetainer Female, is joined by Steve Helm, Diane Helm, Krystal Helm, Karli…

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The West End Fire & Rescue Co. recently elected its 2022 Officers at the regular monthly meeting in December, and were sworn into office by Mayor Kathy Coy. The 2022 fire line and administrative officers are as follows: Fire Chief Jamie White; Deputy Fire Chief Dick Perry; Assistant Fire…

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Late fall and winter are an excellent time period to reflect on pasture management, and devise an action plan for the coming season. Whether you want to improve your pastures or continue to maintain their quality, there are multiple steps to take throughout the year to ensure that forage gro…

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All three Shippensburg fire departments were dispatched to 11 Britton Road, Shippensburg Township, just before 3 p.m. last Wednesday for reported smoke in the  apartment building. Upon arrival, firefighters found the apartment building to be evacuated by the residents with a light haze of sm…

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The driver of a dump truck escaped injuries when they rolled the truck on a snowy Newville Road in Southampton (Cumberland) Township around 12:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Pennsylvania State Police investigated the crash. John’s Mobile Towing, Shippensburg Fire Police and South Newton Township Fire Co. …

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The Franklin County Commissioners proudly presented the December 2021 Employee of the Month award to Benjamin Sites. Sites has been employed with Franklin County since February 2011, and currently serves as the chief deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

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Central Penn College has been selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to receive the maximum award of $30,000 for the “It’s On Us PA” grant program. The It’s On Us PA program invites everyone, including higher educational institutions, to play a greater role in ending sexual assault.