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Penn State Extensions Upcoming Webinars and Events

UPCOMING WEBINARS AND EVENTS: 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.

Thursday, November 30, 2023, 11:30AM – Smart Choice Health Insurance Basics Webinar – Becoming a smart consumer means making well-informed decisions about your health insurance. By expanding your knowledge about health insurance and learning effective selection strategies, you can confidently choose a plan that aligns with your healthcare needs and financial circumstances. It is the perfect opportunity for those interested in learning more about health insurance and gaining access to valuable resources. Register at

Thursday, November 30, 2023, 5:00PM – Let’s Cook Charcuterie Boards – is a hands-on cooking class that will explore the basic components of a charcuterie board and share tips and recipe ideas to create a healthy charcuterie board for entertaining. We will practice creating condiments from scratch and putting together a delicious charcuterie board together with Penn State Extension Educators. This event will take place at the Penn State Extension Adams County Office located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325.  To register, visit or call 877-345-0691.

Monday, December 4, 2023, 5:00PM – From Evergreen to Centerpiece – Join the Penn State Master Gardeners in Franklin County for an engaging and informative workshop that will delve into the fascinating world of Evergreens. In addition to learning about Evergreens, you will also have the opportunity to get creative and make your very own holiday centerpiece. Our expert instructors will guide you through the process, providing you with all the tools and materials you need to create a beautiful and unique centerpiece that will be the envy of all your friends and family. This workshop will take place at the Franklin County Extension Office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. For further details and online registration, visit or by calling 1-877-345-0691 to register by phone.

December 4, 6, 11, 13, 2023, 12:00PM – Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management Webinar – Join Penn State Extension Specialists and Educators for an informative four-session workshop on Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management. This workshop aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals that underpin effective farming practices and soil health. Q&A sessions at the end of each day will allow you to seek clarification and engage in meaningful discussions. Additionally, participants attending the live sessions will have the opportunity to earn Nutrient Management and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits, enhancing their professional qualifications. Register at

Thursday, December 7, 2023, 9:00AM – Setting the Stage for Succession: FREE Retirement Planning Workshop – Are you currently a farmer who is concerned about how you can achieve your desired retirement lifestyle while still being able to transition a viable business to the next generation or operator? Worried about what your retirement living expenses will be or how Social Security or Medicare fits into the picture? If so, the Setting the Stage for Succession: Retirement Planning Workshop is for you. This workshop will assist you in envisioning your retirement, developing a retirement budget and personal balance sheet, and understanding the basics of Social Security and Medicare. The workshop will take place at the Penn State Extension Mifflin County Office,152 East Market St., Suite 100, Lewistown, Pennsylvania 17044. For further details and online registration go to or call 1-877-345-0691 to register by telephone.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 9:00AM – Franklin County Crops Day – Join us at Crops Day 2024, where Penn State Extension Field and Forage Crops Specialists will provide an informative recap of the 2023 crop production season. Discover new innovations for the upcoming season and gain valuable insights into the latest developments in agronomic research, products, and technology. It’s an opportunity to stay informed and prepared for the changing landscape of crop management. Crops Day events, conducted across the state, feature specialists and Penn State Extension educators with region-specific agendas. These presentations will focus on agronomic topics pertinent to the previous growing season. Several local agricultural companies, including agricultural lenders, applicators, seed suppliers, equipment dealers, and more, will be in attendance, showcasing their products and providing support while addressing any inquiries you may have. This presents an excellent opportunity to engage in conversations regarding your specific crop requirements and to explore the latest product offerings. Franklin County Crops Day will take place at the Kauffman Ruritan Community Center, 7289 Ruritan Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202. For further details and online registration go to or call 1-877-345-0691 to register by telephone.


Timothy S. Barrick 1959-2024

Born June 13, 1959 in Carlisle, Tim was a milk truck driver, and was the owner operator of Timothy S. Barrick Inc., of Newville. 

Betty Lou Raukko 1946-2024

Betty was a self-employed artist and poet.  A Quaker-Methodist, she was known as the “Bonnet Lady.”   She is remembered as a loving, kind, happy person.

John E. Coffin 1939-2024

John was a self-employed house painter for most of his career, but later he worked at Gettysburg College in the grounds keeping department.

Ruby LaVern Seville 1940-2024

Ruby was a homemaker most of her life, but did work at the Sagner Company, as well as Johnnies Diner, and for the McConnellsburg School District in the Cafeteria.

Joseph Irvin Sharar 1930-2024

Joseph was a 1949 graduate of Mercersburg High School. A US Marine Corps veteran, he served honorably during the Korean War.

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