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Penn State Extension Upcoming Events and Webinars

Penn State Extension is pleased to continue to provide quality education via a wide variety of webinars and recordings.If you have difficulty registering online for any of these live webinars, please contact Penn State Extension’s customer service team at 877-345-0691. Most of these webinars will be recorded and available for viewing at a later time, as well. Continue to search our website: for the latest offerings.

Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM – 2024 Beginner Beekeeping Basic Course – held at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. Apiary field day will be held on Saturday on April13th at the Mellott Apiary. Cost is $65 per family by February 23. Registration is required and is limited to the first 50. Registration includes a beekeeping manual, membership in the Franklin County Beekeepers’ Association and various resources. For more information and to request a registration form, contact Lisa Mellott please call 717-328-5763.

Friday, March 8, 2024, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM – Milk Quality Workshop: Tools to Reduce Mastitis on Your Farm – Join Penn State Extension on March 8, 2024, for an informative and engaging in-person workshop that will provide dairy farmers with tools to reduce mastitis on their farms and increase overall farm profitability. Attendees will learn how to develop and implement milking practices to prevent mastitis, how to identify mastitis causes for a better cure rate, how to utilize DHIA records to make profitable treatment decisions, and how to put protocols in place for effective treatment results. The workshop will be held in the Ag Heritage Building next to the Franklin County Extension Office located at 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA. Lunch will be provided, and the registration fee is $15. Please register by March 1, 2024. For more information and to register, visit or call 1-877-345-0691 to register by phone.

Saturday, March 16, 2024, 10:00 AM – Small Space Gardening – Make the best use of limited space for growing herbs and vegetables. Join the Franklin County Master Gardeners and learn techniques to plant your garden in a small area with less work. You will learn about using containers, vertical structures, raised beds, and succession planting for a season long harvest. The cost for this workshop is $15 and will be held in the Ag Heritage Building next to the Franklin County Extension Office located at 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202. For more information and to register, visit  or call 1-877-345-0691 to register by phone.

SAVE THE DATE – Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 4:00 PM Hummingbirds in My Yard (children ages 6-8)

Friday – March 22, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM – 4-H Spaghetti Dinner – Join Franklin County 4-H in celebration of Pennsylvania 4-H week at our first annual Spaghetti Dinner. Let us serve you a dinner of spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, salad, applesauce, dinner rolls and dessert on Friday, March 22. The event will take place at Solomon’s Evangelical Lutheran Church from 5:30-8 PM. Tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance by calling the Franklin County Extension Office at 717-263-9226 or purchased at the door. Children five and under are free. All proceeds benefit Franklin County 4-H programming.

Thursday, April 18, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Franklin County 4-H Junior Gardener Club – A4-H Club for youth ages 8–18 and designed to teach youth the art of gardening with a largely hands on component a designated 4-H Garden space located at the Franklin County Extension Office. This club will meet the first and third Thursday with the last meeting scheduled on September 5. 2024.  For questions and enrollment instructions, call the Extension Office at 717-263-9226.


Gregg P Davis 1926-2024

Gregg was well known as an avid outdoorsman, a passion he developed as a boy who helped provide food during the Depression.

A Fred McCleaf 1923-2024

Mr. McCleaf served in the South Pacific with the United States Navy during World War II. He owned and operated A. Fred McCleaf Plumbing & Heating most of his life.

Daily Forecast, February 24, 2024

Franklin County Forecast: In the forecast for today, we are expecting light rain, with a high of 42.03°F and a low of 27.55°F. The humidity

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