Looking Back: Franklin County’s history May 8th

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 May 8th.

25 Years Ago

May 8, 1996 –Tuesday

“Council moves to ban skaters from downtown”

Seven skateboarders lost their battle Tuesday against a skating ban in downtown Shippensburg, but the borough’s leaders did offer to find them a more suitable location. 

Members of Shippensburg Borough Council voted 6-0 to advertise a law that would prohibit skateboarding, roller skating and in-line skating in the downtown area. 

The group of skateboarders and two adults came to the meeting to ask council members to vote against the ban.  But if council passed it, the borough should provide a place for skating enthusiasts, they argued. 

“If you have to take it from us, please give us some place to go,” said Chazz Turnbaugn, a 21-year-old skater. “There’s nothing to do in Sliippensburg,” said Jason Killinger, another skateboarder.  “Skateboarding is a form of exercise . . . and it keeps them out of trouble for the most part.” 

Councilmen Jack Sease and David Lovett expressed interest in building a skateboarding park in the borough. 

“We do need to provide you with an opportunity to go someplace,” Lovett said. 

James Faust, a first-term councilman, introduced the ordinance last month. 

“For safety reasons, it’s better that everyone be walking, rather than people be on skateboards or Rollerblades ,” Faust said. 

The ordinance would prohibit skating on King Street between Prince and Fayette streets; on Earl Street between Burd and Orange streets; and on Penn Street between Burd and Orange streets. Violators could be fined $300. 

Council likely will vote on the ordinance at its May 21 or June 4 meeting.  

50 Years Ago

May 8 , 1971 – Saturday


Franklin County’s history May 8th

Chambersburg’s street crew George Monn (far right), Bill Hager (center), and John Layman repair a pothole on Industrial Drive in Borough’s industrial park. Hager pours tar on area surface while Monn and Layman shovel crushed stone.

100 Years Ago

May 8, 1921 – Sunday

Road Conditions Vary

Chambersburg — The Lincoln highway in this state, New York and New Jersey is in good condition excepting about 50 or 60 miles in the vicinity of Greensburg and from Chambersburg to Gettysburg. The street between the last two named places is closed, making necessary a detour via Greencastle and Waynesboro from Chambersburg, for those who would include the historic battlefield in their tour.


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