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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 September 25th.

25 Years Ago

September 25, 1994  Sunday

“Ex Globetrotter Andrew Sussman settles down to music”

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Andrew Sussman

Sussman surprised a few people with his performance during a recent brunch in Waynesboro

CHAMBERSBURG – Andrew Sussman’s mother played piano and his father played violin. His older brother Richard listened to jazz records and used to have jam sessions in the house. 

But it’s the way Sussman’s father used to call to him and his brother that reminds Sussman of the role music played in his youth. 

When my father wanted us to come in, he’d whistle an excerpt from the Beethoven violin concerto,” he recalled. 

Today, as executive director of Cumberland Valley School of Music, Sussman hopes music will play an important role in the lives of others including his own children, who recently enrolled in classes there. 

Sussman, 43, is a former music school student who dropped out to travel around the world for six years. 

In the years after his travels, Sussman worked for a record store and a recording company and held executive positions at several publishing companies. He also pursued his passion for writing, reviewing jazz records and writing articles for Fanfare and Down Beat magazines, among other publications.

But like a well-structured symphony, Andrew Sussman’s life has always returned to the theme, which for him is music.

“I believe Andrew, in his heart, always loved music more than anything,” said his brother Richard, who is a teacher at the Manhattan School of Music. 

Sussman was 10 years old when he began studying the trumpet in his hometown of Glenside, outside Philadelphia. Soon afterward, his brother purchased three jazz records Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, Julius “Cannonball” Adderly’s live in San Francisco and Ray Charles’ Genius Soul Jazz. Little Andrew was hooked. 

“I loved it. He (Charles) and Dizzy Gillespie were my first musical idols,” Sussman said. 

By the time Sussman was 12, he was playing Charlie Parker tunes in a band. Three years later, he went to a month-long jazz camp in nearby New Hope, led by legendary alto saxophonist Phil Woods. This helped to reaffirm his love of jazz. 

Sussman left high school a year early to enroll at the Philadelphia Music Academy, where he studied trumpet and composition. But after 1½ years at the music school, he drifted away from music as a lifestyle and began traveling the world. 

HE WORKED numerous odd jobs during his adventure, which took him to more than 50 countries. 

In Denmark, he was a mixer in a polyester factory. In South Africa, he sold records in a department store. He was a fisherman in Iceland and a salad chef in Dublin, Ireland. He also worked as chief cook on a Dutch cargo ship for six months. 

“I knew instinctively that I wouldn’t have another opportunity to do it,” Sussman said of his early travels. “You have to remember, this was the early ’70s and I was pretty young.” 

When Sussman returned from his travels, he moved to New York City and landed a job as a salesman and buyer for a record store. 

A year later, he was working for Inner City Records, where, among other things, he began writing liner notes for albums. At this time, Sussman also began writing a regular jazz column for Fanfare, a monthly magazine for record collectors. 

In 1980, Sussman met his future wife, Sally, a South African who came to America to travel. They fell in love while going to New Orleans, where Sussman was writing a freelance article about Mardi Gras. 

A year later, Sally returned to the U.S. to “get me out of her system,” according to Sussman. Instead, they were married a week later in New York City Hall. 

Sussman worked for book publishers in New York and New Hampshire (he had always dreamed of living in New England) until 1986, when he landed a job at TAB Books in Blue Ridge Summit. He and Sally lived in Waynesboro for a year until they found their dream home a 200-year-old stone house surrounded by corn fields halfway between Waynesboro and Smithsburg, Md.

In 1992, Sussman left TAB, which had merged with McGraw-Hill, and started a consulting business. 

Earlier this year, Sussman saw an advertisement in a newspaper about the executive director job at Cumberland Valley School of Music. He applied for the job and was hired in May. 

“What was intriguing to me was to get back to music at different levels,” Sussman said of his decision to take the job. “The opportunity to actually run and shape a school and no less a music school was an exciting opportunity.” 

Sussman was the overwhelming choice to take the helm at the music school, according to board member Patricia Epstein, who served on the search committee.

”We were pretty unanimously impressed with the skills he presented to us,” Epstein said. Among those skills: management and fund-raising experience, involvement in his children’s schools and the Renfrew Cultural Institute, and a deep love of music. 

Sitting on his rear deck overlooking the stream that runs through his yard, Sussman seems content. His daughters play in a tree in the front yard. His son, draped in a trench coat, conducts covert operations in the back room. Thousands of records are stacked against the wall, the fringe benefits of being a jazz record critic for 15 years. 

Sally describes her husband as a family man who works hard and has “more patience playing with the children than anyone.” 

The couple share an easygoing, positive attitude, she said. “We’ve been very lucky in life.”

Of his plans, Sussman said he’ll focus on expanding the offerings of the music school. 

“Beyond that, I’ve learned that life sometimes brings the unexpected.”

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50 Years Ago

September 25, 1969  Wednesday

“Peoples Main Street Store to be Closed”

CHAMBERSBURG – Peoples Drug Store at 75 S. Main Street will close Saturday and its two remaining employees will join the workforce at the Peoples operation in South Gate Mall.

“Deterioration of Main Street” was cited by Charles Burke, district manager for Peoples, as part of the reason for closing the Main Street store. It first opened in 1931. 

Burke blamed the deterioration on local merchants, saying they are “not aggressive enough”. He added it was too late now to recoup the situation. “Downtown just doesn’t have the traffic”, he said. 

Elmer Hutzell, manager of the Main Street store, will work out of the district office in Frederick on a “rotating basis,” Burke said. The prescription department of the Main Street store was moved to the South Gate Mall store about five months ago. Burke said the only on-going operation at the downtown store involves film processing and persons will be notified to pick up the processed film at the mall store. 

The new store was opened last November and offers a much wider list of merchandise and services, Burke pointed out.

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100 Years Ago

September 25, 1919 – Thursday


CHAMBERSBURG – All undertakers in Pennsylvania have received orders from the state department of health forbidding them from conducting public funerals in cases of whooping cough, measles, German measles, mumps or chicken pox. 

Another order received, forbids undertakers from furnishing any rugs, carpet, drapery, clothing or artificial flowers at funerals held from private homes.

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