Community briefs and events

Franklin County Courthouse in Chambersburg, PA

Community briefs include a bridge naming ceremony, an election announcement and some upcoming events, including virtual concerts and craft shows.

Here is a list of things that have happened or will be happening in the upcoming weeks.

Bridge Dedicated for Fallen Vietnam War Soldier

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The family of Sgt. Melvin Grayson Ehrhart joined Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) and Reps. John Hershey (R-82), Rob Kauffman (R-89) and Paul Schemel (R-90) in dedicating a bridge Friday, Oct. 16, in the soldier’s honor. Ehrhart’s widow, Darlene Provencher (pictured above), described how the man fondly called “Butch” continued to direct his troops despite being seriously wounded in combat in April 1969. He was then killed by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade. Hershey introduced legislation to name the Sgt. Melvin G. Ehrhart Memorial Bridge on Jack Road over Back Creek on the border of Hamilton and St. Thomas townships.

Saturday Hours for Ballot Pickup/Drop Off

The Franklin County Voter Registration Office will be open for business from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.  on Saturday, October 24. The office is located on the First Floor of the Historic Courthouse, 2 North Main St. in Chambersburg.

Voters will be able to apply for an absentee/mail-in ballot on this date or bring their voted ballot back in-person.  Tuesday, October 27, is the deadline to apply. The deadline to return the ballot in-person is 8 p.m. on Election Day.  Ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by the County no later than Friday, Nov. 6 will also be counted.   

Direct questions about the upcoming election to either the Voter Registration Office at (717) 261-3886; or the County Board of Elections at (717) 261-3810. 

31st Annual Gala Showcase

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Cumberland Valley School of Music will host its 31st Annual Gala Showcase Concert Sunday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. The concert will be broadcast via live stream from Thomson Hall Alumnae Chapel. This annual concert will feature musical selections from students and staff that follow this years theme “Connections.”

In March, when the National shutdown began, CVSM quickly made the transition to offering virtual lessons to students. They have offered three virtual recitals. Their annual marathon recital, Performathon, was also a virtual production. 

“I am excited for this opportunity to bring our annual Gala Showcase Concert to everyone’s living room,” said CVSM Executive Director Heather McEndree. “We have amazing performers to entertain our community.”

Speaking grief virtual film, community discussion

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A free November virtual film and community discussion event offered through Penn State Mont Alto is meant to help people communicate in one of the most difficult languages: grief.

The 2 p.m. “Speaking Grief” event on Thursday, Nov. 19, is a collaboration between Penn State Mont Alto and the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation. DMTF provides educational and support programs for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. 

A virtual panel discussion via zoom will follow the online screening of the documentary “Speaking Grief.”

The film produced by WPSU Penn State, a PBS and NPR member station and service of Penn State Outreach, a source for news, information and education.

The Nov. 19 program is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Click here to register. The event should wrap up by 4 p.m.

Franklin County Historical Society Suffrage Exhibit

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The Franklin County Historical Society’s exhibit, Votes for Women: A Movement Toward Equality, takes place Oct. 22 in the museum inside the Old Franklin County Jail, 175 E. King St., Chambersburg.

The exhibit commemorates the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.

Guests may make an appointment to view the exhibit or take a tour by calling 717.264.1667 or visiting the society’s webpage.

Virtual Craft & Vendor Fundraiser

TriState Event Planning Services of Greencastle is sponsoring a “live” virtual shopping experience from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 24-25 featuring various types of handcrafted items and direct sales products, including products from local businesses.

This event raises awareness and funds for Operation Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet Program. The program pays for the training needed through Good Dog located in Greencastle. It donations from community members.

Operation Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet Programs will have a booth where participants can ask questions of the organizations leaders. Learn how veterans can receive benefits from the program if they need a service dog, or how individuals can foster can foster a service dog.

The program is an outreach of Franklin County Veterans Office in Franklin County, Pennsylvania in Chambersburg.

The program assists Franklin County veterans with service-connected disabilities lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives by providing them with K-9 service companions.

To participate or find out more about this event,Click Here

For any questions regarding the event please send email to [email protected] or send text to (717) 262-8839.


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