Franklin County History Sept. 2nd

Franklin County’s history

Take a look back at Franklin County’s history through news and photos that appeared in local newspapers 25, 50, and 100 years ago on Sept. 2nd.

25 Years Ago

September 2, 1995 – Saturday

“Local swimmer Verge to lead Ashland University program”

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Tim Verge of Chambersburg has been named the head men’s and women’s swimming coach at Ashland University.  

Verge, a 1985 graduate of CASHS and a 1989 grad of Shippensburg University, most recently was the assistant women’s coach at Arizona State, where he helped lead the Sun Devils to 14th place at the 1995 NCAA Division I meet and fourth place at the Pac-10 championships.  He coached six All-Americans, two Academic All-Americans, seven NCAA Division I qualifiers and four U.S. Olympic Trials qualifiers.  He also coached Beata Kaszuba, the 1995 NCAA champion and NCAA record holder in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.

At Arizona State, Verge helped design practices and coordinate recruiting.  He planned the summer camp program and worked closely with academic monitoring of the women’s swimmers.

Verge also served as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona (1992-94) and Edinboro (1989-92).  While at Northern Arizona he coached UNA’s first-ever NCAA Division I national qualifier and his swimmers set 16 school records.

At Edinboro, he coached 20 All-Americans and 24 national qualifiers and saw 41 school records established.

“Tim Verge possesses all the qualities that one would look for in a successful head men’s and women’s swimming coach,” said Ashland director of athletics William Weidner.

“Tim’s name was constantly mentioned as one of the top young coaching prospects in the profession.”

Verge competed on the Shippensburg swimming team and, as a senior in 1988-89, was part of a Red Raider team that placed fourth at the NCAA Division II championships.

He was the winner of the Shippensburg Swim Team Leadership Award in 1989.

50 years ago

September 2, 1970 – Wednesday

“Weeds Grow Tall”

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It’s wonderful what a few pictures will do.  A quick tour this morning reveals that someone has diligently cut the weeds at all but one place shown in the pictures Public Opinion has run over the past week.  

Even the Western Maryland Railroad had a sudden access of civic responsibility.

Weeds along the railroad from the trestle south of Lincoln Way West to Commerce Street have been mown to size. And we must not forget to mention the Urban Renewal people. They were so diligent as to cut weeds which we were prepared to show in a picture scheduled for tomorrow’s paper.  

Let it not be said that we are not appreciative.  But we’ll be watching, because weeds have a tendency to grow tall again, and the year’s growing season is not yet entirely over.  

Meanwhile, there’s the Penn Central Railroad.  While its cutting its financial weeds, let it cut the green weeds along the highline and around its decrepit buildings in the Grant Street area it should be a part of operating expenses and the railroad is operating.

100 years ago

September 2, 1920 – Thursday

“Personal Notes And Briefs Items”

Miss Helen Tennant has returned to her home on Chambersburg Street from Washington, ,D. C, where she was employed in Government service under the Auditor General in the Office Department.


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