Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Oct 1st

County’s history Dec 4nd

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 Oct 1st.

25 Years Ago

October 1, 1996 –  Tuesday

“Flamingo watch: Concerns Grow”

“It doesn’t have a chance of surviving in the wild”

A flamingo fond of the Chambersburg area is playing hide-and-seek. The pink and white bird switches between two ponds in the Duffield area.

After his week’s stay in Franklin County, bird watchers are worried and confused.

“I don’t know if this seems like home to it now or not,” said Mildred Brechbill, whose property abuts one of the ponds.

The flamingo, a rarity in North America, much less Pennsylvania has been frisky. It flits around a drainage pond owned by Leilani and Dennis Brechbill, plunging its beak into the shallow water for algae.

Some days it launches into the sky, circling the Brechbill farm and then coasting out of sight. Friday, it landed in an irrigation ditch on Penn National’s new Iron Forge golf course.

“I’m not surprised,” said Steve Sarro, bird curator for the Baltimore Zoo, who is trying to capture the bird. “It probably eats a certain kind of food in one pond, exhausts them and goes to another.”

Enthusiasts are worried the bird will not survive cooler weather.  Starvation is the biggest threat. The birds can survive 20-degree temperatures, but may die when the water freezes, cutting them off from their food source.

“It doesn’t have any chance of surviving in the wild or getting to where it should. Absolutely none,” said Dan Brauning, wildlife biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Baltimore zoo officials hope to rescue the bird. They have set up an 18-foot nylon net that resembles a soccer goal. One end is open; the other is filled with flamingo food and two plastic flamingos to lure it in. If the bird enters the net, its wings would be clipped so it could be moved.

Sarro’s team hopes to identify the species and either keep it for their exhibit or ship it to another one, where it can join its own kind.

The problem is keeping the bird on a pond long enough to trap it.

“He’s pretty calm,” said Dave Beegle, pro at Penn National Golf Course. “We drove right up past him (on a golf cart) and he just sat there.”

Birders believe it’s a Chilean flamingo from South America.  They are now downplaying the theory that it blew in with a hurricane, because they believe the same bird was spotted in State College before Hurricane Fran.

It’s probably from someone’s private collection, Sarro said.

“I’m perfectly willing for people to come and see it because it is a neat sight,” said Mildred Brechbill.  “But I am sorry when it seems to be disturbed and feels it must fly away.”

50 Years Ago

October 1, 1971 – Friday

“Tulips Come in a Variety of Shapes, Sizes, and Colors”

A tulip is a tulip and just that to the general public and to many gardeners, but they can be a “waterlily,”. a “parrot,” single cupped, ruffled, tall, short, solid colored, mottled, early or late blooming and beautiful.

As you consider your fall bulb planting, remember that there are about 8,000 varieties of tulips officially listed in the International Register of Tulip Names through 15 classes and eight of species or botanical tulips.

To help with your selections, here are a few bits of information.  Ask your garden shop for single or double early varieties.  Midseason types are Mendel and Triumph.  Late flowering are Darwin, Breeder, Cottage, Bizarre, Parrot, Darwin Hybrid , Lily-Flowered, Rermbrandt, Bijbloemen and Double Late.  

You may have a succession of color from April into May by arranging plantings of the above, apart from other flowers, or mixed in the garden.  Plant tulips six to seven inches deep and six inches apart, but give Darwin Hybrids and Parrota two inches more space because of their big blooms.

Plant early varieties where you plan to clear for summer bedding of other flowers.  

The Double Early tulips, which first appeared about 1665 are the same 10 to 15 inches as the Single Early class.   They have cups filled with petals in a broad range of colors. Because they are neat and of even height they are fine for edging and windowbox displays.

Greigii hybrids are brilliant and often oriental poppy-like.  They bloom in April just behind the smaller Kaufmannianas Their broad leaves are prettily’ mottled.

Discovered in the Chirchik Valley of Turkestan in the late 100s by the German botanist Eduard August von Regal, the Greigii through Dutch breeding now comes in many sizes and colors, with large-cup shaped flowers.  They grow 5 to 18 inches tall.  The lower types should be planted 6 to 7 inches deep and the taller 7 to 8 inches deep, spaced 4 to 6 inches apart.  There are brilliant yellows, scarlets and orange-reds such as:

Cape Cod, bronze-yellow striped scarlet; Fairytale, tangerine red; Oriental Beauty, red, black base; Oriental splendour, red edged lemon; Zampa, yellow blotched carmine red. The species tulips officially classified Kaufmanniana sometimes are called waterlily because of their lovely shape.

100 Years Ago

October 1, 1921 – Saturday

Appreciates That We DO Not Cause Much Disturbance

“Pres. Jamison has praise for the Maroons conduct”

Chambersburg – President J. V. Jamison of the Blue Ridge League has sent the following letter to S. Miller Greenawalt, secretary-treasurer of the Maroons:

“Please accept my grateful appreciation of your letter of the 26th,  advising of the resolution passed by your association, and I assure you it  gives me considerable satisfaction to know that you are in a general way, at least, satisfied with the conduct of the league in the past. 

“As for the future I have been so  busy since the close of the season that I have not attempted to give next season any consideration as yet.  “I have always appreciated the fair treatment of the Chambersburg association, and the fair criticism of the Chambersburg Public Opinion and have the kindest feeling towards your city in general.