Looking Back: Franklin County’s history Sept 6th

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 Sept 6th.

25 Years Ago

September 6, 1996 –  Friday

“State joins push to block out-of-state trash”

Pennsylvania and other states that grudgingly receive garbage from the Northeast continue to press for congressional help to block the imports even as they rated their chances at 50-50.  

Lawmakers from the leading garbage-importing states Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania decided to raise a stink Thursday as a last-ditch effort to obtain authority to restrict out-of-state waste.  They want House leaders to at least allow a vote on the issue.

“We have to have some control over the flow of waste coming to Pennsylvania,” said Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., whose state is the nation’s leading importer of municipal garbage.

A crucial test could come next week, when House and Senate negotiators are to consider a spending bill that includes a Senate provision giving states authority to restrict trash imports. But even supporters consider their battle as an uphill one. 

“We have three adversaries: exporting states, the waste industry and the clock,” said Rep. Jim Greenwood, R-Pa.

The Supreme Court has declared garbage to be interstate commerce that only Congress could regulate, leaving importing states powerless to keep their landfills from filling up with garbage from other states.

Waste haulers from densely populated Northeastern states, where land is more expensive, simply are finding it cheaper to send their garbage to private landfills and incinerators hundreds of miles away.

Pennsylvania Environmental Secretary James Seif said his state’s efforts to create enough dumps for its garbage disposal needs are being disrupted.

“We now ask Congress to … give states the right to set up reasonable barriers,” Seif said.

Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Everett, said communities “should have the freedom to decide whether or not we want to accept more trash into our own back yards.”

The issue has taken on increased urgency because of plans to close a New York City landfill within five years. New York now must find other places to dump the 4.75 million tons of trash it deposited there annually.

50 Years Ago

September 6, 1971 – Saturday

“Sewing Class for Beginners”

McConnellsburg Fulton County Home Economist Mrs. Sybil Coble announces that beginners’ sewing classes will be held Sept. I6 and 23, Oct. 7, 14 and 21 at 10 a.m. in Knobsville Church of the Brethren.

Mrs. Coble reports that basic information on laying out patterns, construction techniques, invisible and standard zippers and fabric selections will be included in the sewing classes.

100 Years Ago

September 6, 1921 – Tuesday

“State To Provide Employment For Mont Alto Patients”

Plans for co-operation between the state departments of labor and Industry and health whereby the state employment bureau offices will seek openings for proper and congenial work for “arrested” tubercular patients from State sanitarium were announced today by Commissioner Clifford B. Connelley.  The plan is to have the places secured for the people as they are dismissed from the Institutions at Hamburg, Mont Alto and Cresson so they may have employment for the support of themselves and their families.

A statement Issued says:

“These persons while not wholly cured of tuberculosis are entirely “arrested” cases; that is persons In whom the disease has been arrested, in whom under proper care, nutrition and environment the disease will probably never return and from whom contagion or Infection la not readily liable.

“It is generally and In nearly every case impossible for thorn persons to return to their former lives and occupations because such return will probably revive the disease and bring back the patient a relapse.  

“The new occupation must not be too heavy or laborious, must not entail long and exhausting hours, and must not require long and continuous confinement within doors.  The new occupation must be as congenial as I possible In order to cheer and keep up the spirit and good feeling of the worker.” –


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