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 Dec 21st.
25 Years Ago
December 21, 1996 – Saturday
“$25,000 Boosts Ice Rink Campaign”
Plans for the Doris I. Billow Ice Arena in Zullinger got it first major financial boost with the donation of $25,000.
The Cumberland Valley on Ice Inc. board of directors kicked off its “Dream Takes Shape” capital campaign on Nov. 22 with the $25,000 leadership gift.
The Olympic-sized ice rink will be built at the corner of Polktown road and Pa. 16.
Fourteen people from Franklin County, Hagerstown, Md., and West Virginia serve on the board of directors. Mike Christopher, Washington Township manager, serves on the board of directors.
“To achieve this level of financial commitment from this group of people is truly a testimony to their dedication and conviction that this project will be successful.” said state Sen. Terry Punt (R-Waynesboro), honorary campaign chairman.
CVOI’s goal is to raise $500,000 in the next 3 months, relying on gifts from Franklin County businesses, corporations, foundations and individuals.
CVOI plans to break ground on the arena as soon as the weather permits this spring. It’s expected to be open in the fall.
The Olympic-sized ice rink will offer year-round skating activities, such as public skating, hockey, skating competitions and Special Olympics.
50 Years Ago
December 21, 1971 – Tuesday
Chambersburg – Santa chose a poor place to park his sleigh according to the parking restriction sign on the curb. The Christmas decoration is located in front of a Wayne Avenue tavern.
100 Years Ago
December 21, 1921 – Wednesday
“C.V. Telephone Cuts Toll Rates”
Chambersburg – C.V. Telephone Company puts into effect today a new schedule covering long distance calls. The day rate, which was on a three minute basis, is changed to a five minute basis. On a call to Lancaster under the old schedule for a period of five minutes the charges would have been ninety five cents; under the new schedule it is sixty five cents and between 6 p. m. and 6 a. m. thirty five cents.
The night rate feature is restored and results In practically a 50 per cent saving to patrons. This reduction covers all points reached over the C. V. system within the state of Pennsylvania.
Manager Hearn is busy arranging for the distribution of the January 1922 directory, which were delivered to the local office on Saturday the 17th.