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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 June 28th.

25 Years Ago

June 28, 1995  Wednesday

“Restaurant hopes for solid growth”

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Jess Davis prepares food to serve at the Orchard.

The lobby at The Orchards looks like it belongs in a posh hotel: Rich cherry wood along the walls, marble-like floor tiles and lush weeping figs. 

The clerk at the front desk points guests to the cocktail lounge straight ahead, the banquet rooms to the left or the restaurant to the right. 

Everyday, more people filter through the lobby as word gets out about The Orchards, which opened recently at 1580 Orchard Drive. 

The restaurant is an expansion of Texas Inn, which was at 110 Lincoln Way West. 

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It is all part of Charlie Kalathas dream, says Nancy Kife, manager of The Orchards. 

Kalathas, who co-owns the restaurant with his brother Tom, is reluctant to call it his dream. But this is what he has wanted for a long time: “More room. Better location. More parking spaces.” 

At the Texas Inn, We got a lot of calls for banquets and we didn’t have the room,” Kalathas said. 

Despite the elegance, Kalathas isn’t out to attract the elite. 

“Anybody can walk in,” he said. “We’re just trying to make it nice. We appreciate everybody’s business.” 

He’s dressed, as usual, in white pants, a partly unbottoned white shirt and an apron. 

Just what you’d expect from a hands-on owner who spends hands-on owner who spends much of his time in the kitchen.

“I like to watch what’s going on,” said Kalathas, who’s spent 25 years in the restaurant business. 

The Kalathas brothers also own New Texas Lunch at 108 Lincoln Way West and Washington House Restaurant & Bar at 204 Lincoln Way East. 

Charlie Kalathas says his latest venture can be compared to the finer restaurants in Chambersburg. 

For lunch, the restaurant serves sandwiches, salads, pasta and several entrees, including crab strudel and beef fajitas. Prices range from $3.95 to $7.25. 

The dinner menu includes seafood, steaks, ribs and pork chops. Dinner prices range from $5.25 to $16.95. 

They’ve retained the popular dishes at Texas Inn: cordon Bleu, chicken enchemise and prime rib. 

The Orchards has already been swamped with reservations for next year. The banquet hall, which seats 425 people, is fully booked for wedding receptions and graduation parties on weekends next April, May, June and August.

50 Years Ago

June 28, 1970 – Sunday

“Thousands Brave Chill to Help Dedicate New Park”

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FORMALLY DEDICATE PARK – On the speakers platform at the dedication of the new borough park Saturday are: (left to right) State Rep. R. Harry Bittle; the Rev. Paul B. Baker; William T. Coffield; J. Warren McClure; John McD. Sharpe Jr.; Mayor J. William Stover; Mrs. Louise Nuernberger; Jerry Wettstone; George G. Gonder Jr.; William Scatchard: Mrs. Frances Shreiner and the Rev. Richard Leonard.;! Not pictured but also on the stand were State Rep. William O. Shuman;; Stacey Casseday; Gordon Rudd and Douglas Niemond.

It was a day that had been awaited for a long time by both Chambersburg residents and for the many people that planned it and had weathered a series of minor setbacks during 1969 and early this year. The day was the day set aside for dedication of the $1 million Chambersburg Municipal Park. 

Local government authorities and civilians turned out for a chill afternoon and evening of events for young and old. Competitive swimming, diving and synchronized swimming, the indigestive art of pie-eating, baseball, Softball, and a chicken barbecue, were offered to the people that attended the afternoon activities. 

Following dedication ceremonies the evening was climaxed by a fireworks display sponsored by the Public Opinion. A crowd estimated at over 9,000 people witnessed the fireworks. A crowd of well over 10,000 attended the park during the day and night. 

The dedication speech was delivered by J. Warren McClure, president and publisher of the Public Opinion and the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. 

McClure addressed himself to the young in the audience as well as elders. Referring to the people that brought the park into existence, he said, “This team knows no age limits no so called generation gap. It knows only the thrill of accomplishment.” 

The publishing executive said “The world needs people willing to try new things — let’s not get boxed in by accustomed ways of behaving and thinking. We need to be willing to take the risks involved in new thinking but let’s not discard what is good and what is proven, and let us only have change in an orderly way, based upon law.”

Referring to the park initiators, McClure said it was “a thrill to address some of the most optimistic people in the United States.” 

The key to the park was officially turned over to the borough by William Scatchard, landscape architect, and Gordon Rudd, vice-president of National Construction Co., general contractor. Mayor J. William Stover accepted the key and in turn gave it to Mrs. Frances Shreiner of the Golden Age Club and Stacey Casseday, an elementary school student. 

Miss Casseday and Mrs. Shreiner turned the first spade of dirt at the new swimming pool on Oct. 1, 1968. 

Jerry Wettstone, chief of recreation and conservation division of the State Department of Community Affairs presented Town Council President George G. Gonder Jr., with a check from the State for $130,000 toward construction of the park.

100 Years Ago

June 28, 1920  Sunday

“Hooper Clouts In Enough Runs To Win Game”

Manager Hooper was able to connect sufficiently with Vandermast’s elusive apples in Saturday’s set-to to drive in two runs and as Waynesboro made only one run although the Villagers had 7 hits the Maroons took the week-end contest by a 3 to 1 score. 

Hersperger started for Chambersburg, but it was not Lefty’s day. He walked Pedone, who stole second and scored on Kaunas’ hit. He walked Blair and then retired. Raab taking up the pitching burden. And Raab did it well, keeping the six hits so well scattered that Waynesboro could not score.

We should have had a run In the first. Durboraw hit and so did Fuhrey. Hooper advanced them by a sacrifice but the succeeding batters could not come across. We garnered one in the third, when Durboraw got a pass, stole second and scored when Robinson booted Hooper’s hot one. In the fifth the locals got two more. Raab drew a pass and was sacrificed to second by Durboraw.  Fuhrey drew four balls and on Hooper’s smart hit Raab scored. Hooper and Fuhrey put on a double steal and when Stratten hit a slow one to Fishburn Furhey kept on running and tallied our final run. 

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