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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 Jan. 14th.


January 14, 1995 – Saturday

“’Domestic Peace Corps’ trains at Wilson College”

Franklin County history

CHAMBERSBURG – Three Wilson College students are among the nearly 150 students representing about 30 Pennsylvania universities and colleges who are training at Wilson this weekend. It’s part of a new statewide scholarship program, the first of its kind in the country.

Pennsylvania Service Scholars Program, also known as the “Domestic Peace Corps,” was designed by the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities, along with the Pennsylvania Campus Compact, after the passage of a new federal law known as AmeriCorps.

The law, signed by President Clinton in September, allocates $300 million to domestic service programs. Wilson will receive a three-year, $7,000 grant to help develop the program. Freshmen Deb Benedick and Jodi Hartlaub and junior Catherine O’Conner were picked to take part, based on their volunteer experience. They will tutor adults in reading for the Franklin County Literacy Council.

​Over the weekend, students will be required to attend training workshops on citizenship, conflict resolution, risk management, diversity, service learning, and personal visioning. The students will be sworn in at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg at 10 a.m. Monday.

**EDITOR’S NOTE: AmeriCorps is a voluntary civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.” Members commit to full- time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agencies, to fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, health care, and environmental protection. The program is often seen as a domestic Peace Corps. It employs more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year. AmeriCorps is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which also oversees the Senior Corps and the formerly-funded Learn and Serve America. It was created under President Bill Clinton by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, incorporating VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). A third division, AmeriCorps State and National provide grants to hundreds of local community organizations throughout the United States. The program first became operational in 1994 and has expanded over time, with over 80,000 members participating annually as of 2012. Members may be provided low financial compensation in the form of cost-of-living allowances, student loan deferment, Public ​Service Loan Forgiveness, and the Americorps Education Award. Less tangible benefits include professional skill development and work experience. An internal study found that participation in AmeriCorps strengthened civic attitudes and sentiment, making members more likely to choose careers in public service. (Information is taken from “Wikipedia”)

50 Years Ago

January 14, 1970  Wednesday

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Franklin County history
Elmer Martin, Chambersburg, third from left, was one of six Pennsylvania farmers who received Master Farmer awards at the Farm Show in Harrisiburg. They are shown at ceremonies honoring them as top farmers in the state. From left to right: Taylor DoeHer Jr., Jersey Shore; John Kresge, Lehigh ton; Martin; John Melchor, Easton; John Pitzer, Aspers, Adams County; and Alpheus Ruth, Fleetwood, Berks County

100 Years Ago

January 14, 1920 -Wednesday


The Hagerstown Rotary Club gave a dinner at its meeting held in the chamber of commerce rooms Monday night with Ralph Cummins, governor of the fifth district, as the principal speaker. These men from Chambersburg, interested in the formation of a club here, were present: A.K. Kottcamp, H.W. Skinner, H.B. Nulty, F. S. Magill. 

The local men were favorably Impressed and steps to form a club here will soon be taken.

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