Looking Back: Franklin County’s history February 15th

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 February 15th.

25 Years Ago 

Feb15, 1996 –Thursday

“Planners ok rezoning for proposed ice rink “ 

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Cumberland Valley On Ice Inc. is a step closer to building Franklin County’s first Olympic-size ice skating rink.   

It got Washington Township Planning Commission’s recommendation this week to rezone 2.8 acres in Zullinger from residential to commercial.  

The land will be used for a parking lot for the $2.5 million arena, expected to be built by the end of this year.  

The rezoning request, which had no opposition, will go to township supervisors for approval.  

CVOI decided to build the rink more than three years ago.   Doris Billow, a retired Waynesboro teacher who died in April 1992, bequeathed $500,000 to any nonprofit group that would build a rink in the Waynesboro area. She wanted a place for Olympic hopefuls to practice.  

CVOI encountered opposition when it chose a site near Exit 3 of Interstate 81, at Greencastle.  Some people didn’t want it there because of the traffic it would generate and others argued that Billow would want it closer to Waynesboro.  

The building could also be used for car shows and other indoor events.  

CVOI is a week away from hiring a public relations firm to tell people about the project and fund-raisers.  

“We want to get people familiar and excited about ice skating,” said Carol Henicle, CVOI chairman. 

50 Years Ago 

Feb15,1971 –Monday

“Letterkenny Land Offered for Lease “ 

Five plots of land totaling approximately 565 acres at Letterkenny Army Depot are being offered for lease by the Baltimore District, Army Corps of Engineers.   

Use of the lands will be restricted to grazing and agricultural purposes.  The planting, cultivating, or producing of price supported crops in surplus supply will not be permitted.  

Detailed information, together with bid forms, may be obtained from the Office of the Chief, Depot Facilities Division Letterkenny Army Depot. Arrangements for inspection of the land may be made with that office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, holidays excluded.  

Sealed bids will be received by the Chief, Real Estate Division, U.S. Army Engineer District, Baltimore, Room 1319 Federal Office Building, 31 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, Md 21201 until 2 p.m. March 12, at which time they will be opened. 

100 Years Ago  

Feb15,1921 –Tuesday

“Capacity house greets harpists “ 

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Chambersburg- Admission fee $2 in Chambersburg, $5 in New York. That’s the advantage of living In Chambersburg. 

Thus did Principal Magill of Penn Hall succinctly say a lot In his advertisement of the Salzedo Harp Ensemble that was the attraction at Penn Hall last night.  

And a lot of Chambersburg residents took advantage of the opportunity, with the result that a capacity audience greeted Carlos Saltzedo; the greatest of all harpists and his chorus of six talented girl harp players.  

Both Halzedo’s solos and the ensemble numbers were exquisitely done, their technique being so obviously good that the layman appreciated It as he did the melody. 


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