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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 24th.

25 Years Ago

June 24, 1995  Saturday

“Luther Ridge plans open house Sunday”

SCOTLAND — Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania plans to add 11 townhouses to the 54 already built at Luther Ridge.

Townhouse floor plans will be displayed during an open house at Luther Ridge, 2735 Luther Drive, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Inn at Luther Ridge, a personal care facility, will also be open for tours. 

“The additional independent living townhomes will enable us to better serve the community with expanded living options,” said Ellie Ford, Luther Ridge’s executive director. 

The plan needs approval of Greene Township officials. 

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Luther Ridge is one of five retirement communities owned and managed by Lutheran Social Services, a non-profit social services agency. In addition, the agency owns three personal care homes and three nursing facilities.

50 Years Ago

June 24, 1970 – Wednesday

“New Park Dedication”

A concert by the First United States Army band and a display of fireworks will top entertainment during the formal dedication of Chambersburg’s new municipal park Saturday. 

The Army band, from Fort Meade, Md., will play at 7:30 p.m. prior to the 8:30 p.m. formal dedication ceremony. The fireworks display will be held at 9:30 p.m. 

A full afternoon of sports, exhibitions and contests is also planned, beginning at 1 p.m. when the park swimming pool opens.

At 2 p.m. an American Legion Baseball game will be played on the park’s baseball field. At 2:30 a diving and life saving exhibition will be held in the swimming pool.  

A foul shooting contest and apple eating contest are scheduled for 3 p.m., with a tennis exhibition following at 3:30.  Children’s field day events will be held in the Softball field area from 4 to 5 p.m. 

Members of Laurel Lodge Elks Club No. 133 will sponsor a chicken bar-be-que dinner with all the trimmings at 5 p.m. in the large pavilion. 

The Nellie Fox All Star baseball game will be played on the baseball field at 6. Simultaneously, the VFW soft-ball double-header will be played on the softball field. A 7 p.m. swimming exhibition will complete the events prior to the band concert. 

After formal dedication ceremonies are held at 8:30, a Teen Hop will be held on the hard surface court area, with fireworks climaxing the day’s events. 

The fireworks display, sponsored by Public Opinion, will be held on the property of the Chambersburg Area School District north of the park. 

The park, free to the public at all times, will be open all day to visitors. The pool will also be open with the normal charges. During the swimming and diving exhibitions the public will be allowed free into the area to view the life guarding staff of the pool demonstrate their aquatic abilities. 

The Army Band will also participate in the retiring of colors and retreat. Local veterans and boy and girl scout troops will perform the official duties. McKinley street will be closed to traffic prior to the dedication.

100 Years Ago

June 24, 1920  Thursday

“61 Are Graduated at Shippensburg”

The sixty-one members of the graduating class of the Cumberland Valley State Normal School were given their diplomas at the graduation exercises held yesterday morning in the chapel in the main building at the school.

The exercises concluded the commencement activities, which began Sunday evening with the baccaulareate sermon by the Rev. H. J. M. Kline of Lancaster.

The exercises were opened by Updegrove’s Orchestra of Harrisburg, which followed devotions, led by the Rev. Mr. Lobb, pastor of the Church of God at Shlppensburg. Miss Hollie Urey of Waynesboro followed with a vocal solo and the commencement speakers were introduced. 

Miss Lois Attlcks, valedictorian, delivered an oration on the subject, “Cut Off From the People,” and Isabelle W McCurdy of Dry Run spoke on “Woman the Franchised Citizen.” An essay, “Nature In the English Romanticist Poets” concluded the students part of the program and Dr. Ezra Lehman, president of the school, delivered an address to the graduates on “Campaigning for Pennsylvania.”   

Dr Lehman pointed out the true elements of state patriotism and analyzed Pennsylvania’s position educationally, politically and industrially among the stares of the union.

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