Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Sept 14th

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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 Sept 14th.

25 Years Ago

September 14, 1996 –  Saturday

“YMCA can’t attract teens”

Waynesboro Area YMCA is trying again to form a Youth Leaders Club. So far, no one’s signed up.  The club is for teens in grades seven through 12.  

It’s run by its members, who learn leadership skills through training, community service and personal growth.   

Dick Martz, YMCA executive director, is baffled by the lack of response.  

“Teen-agers complain about not having anything to do or no place to go. We offer them something they can run, and we get no takers,” he said.

Steven Layton, youth program director, is disappointed but believes another approach, other than posters and newspaper advertising, is needed to inform teens about the club.

“We need to talk to them … one on one,” he said.

“We can start with a few members and build on that.”

Mark Scott, 14, of Quincy, and Darin Johnson, 14, of Waynesboro, didn’t know about the club.  

It’s difficult, they said, to get teens involved in meetings and working on projects.

“We get enough of that in school,” Scott said.

Johnson said, “Maybe this isn’t the time of the year to start a club. Kids are into football and getting back to school.”

The YMCA had a Youth Leaders Club from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. It faltered due to lack of participation. “

At times, we had a lot of members,” Martz said. “Other times, we struggled to get members. I can’t put my finger on what it is.”

Club members would decide how often to meet and what activities they would have.

They would help with the YMCA’s day camp, preschool, dances and gymnastics.  They could also hold dances and take trips.

50 Years Ago

Sept 14, 1971 – Tuesday

“Audubon Films Start Oct. 5”

The tenth season of Audubon Wildlife Films in Chambersburg will open Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Faust Junior High School auditorium with the film, “Bush-Country- Botswana ,” presented by Robert Wright.  All programs start at 8 p.m.  

The other three films and lectures will be presented as follows: Monday, Nov. 15, “The Shandon Hills,” by Greg McMillan; Wednesday, Jan. 5, “Acadian Reflections,” by Robert E. Fultz, and Thursday, March 9, “Mule Deer Country,” by Buzz Moss.

Conococheague Naturalists, sponsors of the series here, reports a mistake in the day and date of the last film as printed on the tickets and inside the Audubon brochure announcing the films.  The tickets and the explanatory material inside the brochure list the last showing as Friday, March 10.  This is in error.  The actual date is Thursday, March 9.


100 Years Ago

September 14, 1921 Wednesday

“Franklin County Has Large Sycamore”

Berk’s county big sycamore tree, with a height of 108 feet and a spread of 100 feet, has four rivals which exceed it in measurements, according to records made by the state forestry department.

These trees, which were inspected by Dr. J. S. Illick, head of the research bureau, are in other counties. 

The Linglestown tree in Dauphin county is 125 feet high and has a spread of 135 feet, being twenty-five feet in circumference at the base.   

Franklin county’s record sycamore has a spread of 114 feet with a height of 125 feet while Bucks county has one with a spread of 115 feet.   

Lancaster county claims another which is 102 feet high and spreads 138 feet, being twenty-seven and one-half feet In circumference at the base.