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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 Feb. 17th.

25 Years Ago

ebruary 17, 1995  Friday

“Message from kids: Save our Earth”

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Fayetteville Elementary School pupils display the wise from bottom left: Alesha Helman, Zachary Rowe, panels they made for an environmental flag. Clock- Maurice Barbour and Molly Brookens. (Photo by Christopher Shatzer)


From a distance, it looks like a patch-work quilt, a fine piece of craftsmanship.

But close-up, it’s 57 multicolored squares created by Fayetteville Elementary School pupils squares with such sayings as “Don’t Pollute” and “Save the Whales.” 

“We formed kids in groups of fours and whatever their environmental concern was, it was placed on the panel,” said Annette Parrott, president of the school’s Parent Teacher Association. 

Molly Brookens, 8, helped make a square that said “Don’t Waste Water.” 

“I take baths and whenever I need water, I turn it on and then I turn it offwhen I’m done,” she said. 

Zachary Rowe, 9, said his favorite animal is a whale, so he wanted to tell people not to pollute the water. With three other students, Zachary drew fish in the ocean on their square. 

When Parrott shopped at the local Wal-Mart a few months ago, she saw a free newspaper advertising a worldwide project for the 25th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. 

The project , Kids FACE Kids For a Clean Environment, involves elementary children drawing pictures of their environmental concerns. Eventually all of the 12-by-12 pictures will be sewn into a mammoth flag. It will be on display at the United Nations summit meeting in Washington, D.C., this year. 

Today, the completed flag is being shipped to Kids FACE headquarters in Nashville. 

“It’s a great program for the kids to learn cooperative learning, self-esteemand know that they can make a difference,” Parrott said. 

The students colored and painted the pieces of material during their art class for almost a month. 

The students were responsible for covering all topics: littering, protecting nature, recycling, endangered animals, water pollution, forests and wetlands. 

“Where I live, it has a whole bunch of trash and bottles and cans laying down in the bushes,” said Maurice Barbour.  

He made a square with a “Don’t litter and throw trash away” message.

Alesha Helman, 9, said, “If you keep the Earth clean, it will look pretty.” Alesha helped draw a forest with monkeys and trees and people. She wants people to “Save the Forests” for the animals’ sake. 

PTA member Susan Faehl said some teachers assigned children to research the environment. That’s how many of them came up with what they would do.

50 Years Ago

February 17, 1970 Tuesday

“Julie E. Stoner Wins Dairy Club First Year 4-H Trophy”

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FIRST YEAR WINNER Julie Stoner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Stoner, R. R. 2, Mercersburg, receives trophy as Outstanding First Year 4-H Dairy Club youngster from Wilber Burkholder, R. R. 1

Julie E. Stoner, daughter of. Mr. and Mrs. John R. Stoner, R. R. 2, Mercersburg, was named outstanding first year 4-H Dairy Club youngster in the Fifth annual meeting last week of Franklin County Milk Producers Cooperative. 

In introducing Julie to members and guests of the Co-op, County Agent John Shearer commended them for recognizing the outstanding first year 4-H’er. First year youngsters, he said, are often overshadowed by the older, more experienced 4-H participants. 

Ten year old Julie, a Fifth grade student at Lemasters Elementary School, was chosen by the Franklin County Extension office on the basis of her 4-H Dairy Club project. 

Entries were limited to first year 4-H Dairy Club members of Franklin County. They were judged on the care given to their project animal, cleanliness of stalls, completeness and neatness of record book, their performance at round-up, as well as their attitude and interest. 

Guest speaker for the evening was Herman Durr Jr., president of United Milk Producers Cooperative, Allenhurst, New Jersey, with whom the local cooperative is affiliated. 

In an organizational meeting which followed, J. Wilber Burkholder, R. R. 1, was re-elected president. Also re-elected were, Robert Helman Jr., R.R. 5, vice president and Lewis Knepper, R. R. 1, chaplin. Elected to the post of secretary was Harshman, R. R. 5. 

Three directors were elected to a three year term: Abner Knepper, Lewis Knepper and Richard Harshman. They join Robert Helman Jr., E. Z. Keller and J. W. Burkholder, who will retire in 1971, and Martin Mel-lingcr, Lewis Willis and Donald F. Van Soyoc, who will retire in 1972. 

About 45 milk producers from the Cumberland Valley belong to Franklin Cooperative Milk Producers Cooperative, markets its milk through United Milk Producers Cooperative.

100 Years Ago

February 17, 1920 Tuesday


The Chambersburg canteen committee will meet tonight at 7:30 o’clock in Hoke and Eyster’s store to close up its affairs and to consider the presentation of its furnishings to the local branch of the American Legion for the fitting up of their new quarters. 

Any persons, who provided furnishlngs for the canteen and desire to have them returned, are asked to notify Fred Eyster, today, at Hoke and Eyster’s store

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