Just in time for squirrel season, Pennsylvania hunters now may carry digital versions of their licenses, in place of paper licenses.
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced recently that the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman has incorporated two Padbots as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance communication with residents in long-term care facilities. Padbots are mobile robots that utilize a smartphone …
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) invites the public to an online plan display regarding the Route 34 (Spring Road) and Cavalry Road (Cavalry Road) intersection improvement project. This project is in North Middleton Township, approximately 1.8 miles north of the Boroug…
The Shippensburg Shade Tree Commission is a volunteer board with a mission to maintain the trees throughout the borough, including the trees that line King Street and ones planted in Memorial Park and near Dykeman Pond.
The Franklin County Commissioners have proclaimed September to be National Recovery Month in Franklin County and are drawing attention to the impact mental health and substance use disorders have not just on local communities but throughout America.
Did you ever wonder why it is so important to use only research-based recipes in home canning? Participants in Penn State Extension home canning classes frequently tell educators they have been canning with a family or friend’s favorite recipes, recipes found somewhere online, from various c…
Karly Regan began a position with Penn State Extension in the Franklin County Office on Sept. 1. Regan’s responsibilities will include providing extension resources and information to commercial producers of horticultural crops, including vegetables and berries, in the area.
Families spent a wholesome afternoon together Saturday at the second annual Labor of Love event while shopping, playing games and enjoying delicious food.
The GIANT Co. kicked off its 30 days of hunger action in honor of Hunger Action Month Wednesday with its first ever GIANT Grocery Grab in Harrisburg, where contestants will shop ‘til they drop, raising awareness for local hunger relief organizations.
Two-Top Holsteins will open the Mercersburg area dairy farm to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, for the 31st annual Franklin Fall Farm Fun Fest.
Happy Fall Y’all! Welcome to another edition of a Blast from the Past. At the conclusion of last week’s offering, I mentioned that my next topic of discussion would be class reunions. Unfortunately, that discussion will be in a future column.
The All-American Dairy Show returned to Harrisburg this weekend, featuring four days of showring competition, youth programming and dairy innovation to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
Library visits and library program attendance are growing, as are our local children. This week, Memorial Lutheran Preschool children visited Coy Public Library of Shippensburg for a fun field trip to hear stories and learn about Fall. Children listened to the story ‘Fall is for Friends’ by …
The annual sunflower fields are blooming in the New Franklin area located on Springview Road. This year there are 212 acres of sunflowers blooming in the fields between Springview and Wayne roads. Lesher’s Sunflower Watch Facebook Page stated, ‘The fields should be in full bloom Labor Day we…
A heron stops at a pond near the intersection of North Fayette Street and Springhouse Road in Shippensburg Borough. The beautiful bird even sat still while being photographed. Herons typically fly away as soon as they are disturbed.
The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire held on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate in Lebanon is a wonderful step back in time! With a variety of different themes each weekend, the faire is a must-do event and is fun for the entire family.
Members of the Wolf administration gathered recently at the YWCA Greater Harrisburg to raise awareness about Veteran suicide, a health crisis taking the lives of about 20 Veterans a day nationwide. The event was held in recognition of September being National Suicide Prevention Month.
Last month, Central Penn College began delivering more than 3,000 items collected as part of the ongoing Raise the Roof campaign to combat homelessness in the capital region. The campaign began in June and will continue through December, with the combined goals of raising $10,000 and collect…
Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced that Pennsylvania’s nation-leading farmland preservation program has reached more than 600,000 acres of farmland preserved, leaving it forever safeguarded from future residential, commercial, or industrial development.
With hundreds of reenactors converging from across the region, blazing full-size cannons, the pounding of horses’ hooves, the clashing of sabers, accentuated with the smell of black powder, the 159th Antietam Civil War Reenactment promises to be a spectator’s delight this Saturday and Sunday…
The Shippensburg Area Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the basement of Christ United Methodist Church, 47 E. King St., Shippensburg.
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) recently announced that it will hold its virtual Bringing the World to PA Tour Sept. 13-24. This series of webinars and virtual presentations from around the world will help Pennsylvania companies interested in exportin…
This week’s offering of the Blast looks at two of America’s favorite pastimes -- baseball and football. Sports have always been a popular subject in this area, be it Shippensburg, Cleversburg, Walnut Bottom or Newburg. Shippensburg has had its share of stellar athletes over the last 75 years…
The Reunion Committee for Waynesboro (Pa.) High School Class of 1966 met recently via Zoom, and unanimously voted to postpone the reunion scheduled for Oct. 8 and 9, 2021, due to concerns over the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
Petapalooza, a free community festival that promotes animal adoption, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Central Penn College, 600 Valley Road, Summerdale.
With a new logo and a downsized celebration, the annual Adams County Heritage Festival will happen, as usual, at the Gettysburg Recreation Park, Long Lane on Sunday, Sept. 19.
Traffic through downtown Shippensburg was delayed Sunday, Aug. 22, as a CSX rail car was hauled near its new home at the Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail along Fort Street. The car will be transformed into a Conrail museum to further preserve the area’s rich railroad history. The rail car was ha…
Wilson College is the first college in Pennsylvania to offer post-baccalaureate teaching certification in American Sign Language (ASL). This teaching certification, awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), is accepted in most states.
Penn State Extension announces the launch of the Master Watershed Steward (MWS) Program in Adams and Franklin counties. The MWS program, which began in Lehigh County in 2013, is now active in 30 counties in Pennsylvania with more than 500 volunteers active across the state.
Join the Penn State Master Gardeners of Cumberland County on Monday, Sept. 13, for an evening of garden tours and fun exploring the Trial and Idea Gardens in Carlisle using all five senses.
One of the common questions when it comes to raising dairy calves has always been: should hay be included into the diet for dairy calves? There have been many research trials over the years to try and determine the benefits or deterrents of such a decision.
A free exhibition of artwork opened Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Bogigian Gallery, Wilson College, featuring the work of members of The Foundry. The gallery is in Lortz Hall.
The Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation will host the 11th Annual PA EMS Memorial Service at the Fountain area of the Capitol Building on Monday, Sept. 13, beginning at 11 a.m.
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.
The Historic Letterkenny Chapel and “9/11” Memorial and Veterans Park Committee is planning a 9/11 Commemorative Service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, on the grounds of Letterkenny Chapel, 2171 Carbaugh Ave., Chambersburg.
The Cumberland Valley Hose Co. of Shippensburg hosted a bingo fundraiser for one of its own members Sunday afternoon at the Firefighters Activity Center.
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners expected there would be a renewed interest in home gardening in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, they developed the 10-part “Victory Garden Reinvented!” webinar series to support gardeners across the country.
September is Hunger Action Month, a time when the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank joins other Feeding America food banks across the country to raise awareness on the issue of hunger in our communities.
The GIANT Co. announced recently that flu vaccinations are now available at all 132 GIANT and MARTIN’S in-store pharmacies. GIANT and MARTIN’S pharmacists will again offer drive-up flu vaccinations in select store parking lots beginning in September.
At Hill Top Academy in Mechanicsburg recently, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by Vonda Ramp, Pennsylvania’s Director of Childhood Nutrition Programs, where they revealed that over the past three years, Pennsylvania schools offering farm to school programming increased by mo…
As fall approaches, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help end the ongoing critical need for blood and kick off the season with a blood or platelet donation. The Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to give now and help ensure lifesaving transfusions are on the sidelines f…
The Army Heritage and Education Center will host a Carlisle Barracks-Cumberland County Commemoration for 9-11-2001, to honor those who lost their lives 20 years ago, first responders and military and Veterans who served that day and since then,
Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, working with the State System Foundation, has taken a major step to help prevent dropout among at-risk students by launching the Keystone Extraordinary Emergency Program (KEEP).