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Community Generosity: Keep the Cup Half Full

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Like most, physicians, nurses and other healthcare employees enjoy coffee in the morning, to start their day. It’s also a nice way to stay on the up-and-up throughout the day as energy levels wane.

People of faith must adapt to new reality

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Tom Wolf and religious leaders across the commonwealth are encouraging alternative forms of faith gatherings.

Barbara H. Terry obituary 1938~2020

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Primarily a homemaker, Barbara spent her early years serving in her children’s classrooms; on various committees of the Waynesboro Country Club; and elsewhere. She was also an avid bridge player and sports fan.

Jean Buhrman obituary 1939~2020

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Mrs. Buhrman enjoyed making crafts and playing cards but most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

Mary M. (Haugh) Bakner obituary 1917~2020

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A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Mrs. Bakner enjoyed camping, attending yard sales and auctions. She also loved to spend time outdoors, sitting on her deck.

Local businesses ‘making best of things’

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No matter what happens, we go through this all together and we all come back and work together towards success and help each other.

Pennsylvania tax revenues slide amid coronavirus pandemic

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Pennsylvania tax revenues came in 6.2% below expectations last month, providing a glimpse into the state’s fiscal future as the coronavirus pandemic further squeezes the economy.

$100M coronavirus small business relief program exhausted

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Nearly 900 applicants have requested over $75 million to their small businesses survive the Coronavirus shutdown.

Peter A. Wilberding Obituary 1942~2020

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Pete’s services will be held in Dubuque, Iowa in May, with a service and private followed by a celebration of life picnic.

Wear homemade masks in public, governor says

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Officials encouraged residents to begin wearing homemade masks when in public to help limit the spread of COVID-19 as the state’s death toll rises to 102.

SERVICE Value Award winners recognized

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Franklin County’s SERVICE Value Awards are Franklin County government’s highest employee honor. Commissioners recently honored its 2019 winners.

Trooper Kelly Smith answers questions about PSP enforcement efforts

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Trooper Kelly Smith answers some questions about the role of state police in enforcing Gov. Tom Wolf’s Coronavirus emergency orders, and other subjects in this open letter to the community.

Utilities can’t be shut off during Coronavirus emergency

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Seasonal restrictions on service terminations typically end April 1. The PUC last month issued an emergency order that halts service shut-offs for as long as Gov. Wolf’s emergency declaration remains in effect.

Annabel M. Weddle obituary 1928~2020

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Annabel was happy with the simple things in life and content to be by herself. She was very fond of animals and liked the opportunity to babysit her daughter’s cats while she would be away.

Denice J. Caouette November 1951~March 2020

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Denise enjoyed glass-working and making glass beads, virtual paint by numbers, coloring, and knitting.

David J. Crouse obituary October 1956~April 2020

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David was the self-employed owner of Crouse Brothers Excavating, where he started working with his father when he was 15 years old and eventually took over the business.

Pennsylvania ends business waiver requests

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The controversial waiver process has been plagued with criticism since Gov. Tom Wolf opened it last month as a way for nonessential businesses forced to close by his shutdown order to plead their case.

Deed transfers for March 23-27

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Here are the deed transfers recorded in the Franklin County Register and Recorder’s office for the last week of March. Deeds are public records.

Barry L. Eckert 1966~2020

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Barry had a great appetite for life and food. As we remember Barry in the days and months ahead, participate in an activity that would honor his memory.

Stop panic buying and hoarding, Wolf pleads

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The state's food supply can outlast the restrictions on public life caused by the pandemic, officials said.

43.8% of adults in Pennsylvania face elevated coronavirus risk

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The share of adults over age 60 out of the total at-risk adult population is 74.2 percent. The share of adults age 18 to 60 who are at risk is 16.7 percent.

COVID 19 Epidemic brings challenges to DMTF’s grief support services

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Donations earmarked for the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation will be used for the foundation’s Blue Butterfly Ball, held each November on the Saturday before Children's Grief Awareness Day.

Federal stimulus check scams could be coming

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AG Josh Shapiro issued a warning this week about potential scammers who want to profit from residents federal stimulus checks.

Terry J. Sullivan 1973~2020

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Services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Lloyd Keiffer Baker 1946~2020

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Lloyd was a devoted grandpa to all of his grandchildren and an accomplished fisherman. He was a fan of NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt. Services will be private.

John William Ringer 1928~2020

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Mr. Ringer’s wishes were to be donated to Humanity Gifts Registry. Online condolences may be made at KelsoCorneliusFH.com.

WellSpan offers remote visits, urges people to stay home

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Remote visits can be a video meeting that allows the provider to assess a patient utilizing smartphone or laptop cameras. If patients do not have access to video technology at home, many visits can be completed over the phone.

OP-ED: In the midst of health crisis, is the cure worse...

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In the end, we want our Governor to lead and make decisions that are in the best interest of our state, not in the best interests of his wallet or dubious political agenda.

Obituary: Sharon Elaine Jackson 1950~2020

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In deference to the current health crisis, funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family. At a later date there will be a Celebration of Her Life service.

Congressional Response to the coronavirus pandemic crisis

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Sen. Pat Toomey represents Pennsylvania in the US Senate. He talks about details of the recently-passed federal CARES Act and talks about its hoped-for effect on the American economy in a time of extreme crisis.

Wilson Adds NCEA Equestrian for Fall 2020

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The addition of the NCEA Equestrian team for hunt seat competition is a significant and positive development for Wilson’s program

Marshall Henry Lanehart 1932~2020

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A Graveside Service with Military Honors provided by Charles Nitterhouse V.F.W. Post # 1599, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, PA, with Rev. Dr. A. Robert Cook officiating.

Open letter from local boys and girls clubs

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The Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of Chambersburg and Shippensburg are taking proactive steps to continue to serve the kids who need them during the COVID-19 pandemic, online if necessary.

Library is refuge, even online during pandemic

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the Franklin County Library System has long had a vibrant online presence and a substantial eBook and downloadable audiobook collection.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise,12 new deaths

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Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine again today urged Pennsylvanians to stay calm and stay home in light of The continued rise in confirmed cases across the state.

Obituary: Eleanor L. (Bentz) Plum 1932~2020

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Eleanor will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services and burial will be private in Brown’s Mill Cemetery, Kauffman Station with Pastor Dennis Beaver officiating.

Driver License, ID card, vehicle registration deadlines extended

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PennDOT just made life easier for Pennsylvania residents facing deadlines to renew many official documents.

United Way of Franklin County Activates Crisis Fund for COVID-19 relief

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During times of uncertainty, people have always come together to help and support each other. Coronavirus is a new test of the community’s strength.

Pennsylvania liquor stores ‘Soft open’ uncertain, for now

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Pennsylvania is the only state to close its liquor stores during the coronavirus pandemic. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said the situation underscores flaws in the current state-run system. The Council urged the governor to consider alternatives to a complete shutdown.

Pennsylvania Unemployment claims soar amid coronavirus shutdown

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Federal data shows Pennsylvania’s claims represent one-fifth of the 3.3 million Americans requesting unemployment benefits nationwide as governors enact strict limits on public life, shuttering most businesses and closing public schools indefinitely.

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