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State Grants Awarded to Four Local Organizations

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Four local organizations in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, have been awarded state grants to support their community projects and equipment acquisitions. The grants, which were announced this week, are part of the Local Share Account program funded by revenue collected under Pennsylvania’s Gaming Act, not by taxpayer dollars.

Chambersburg Borough has been awarded the largest grant of $879,865 to construct an outdoor amphitheater and greenspace. The project includes the purchase of a vacant lot on Lincoln Way West in Chambersburg, the construction of an open-air amphitheater, hardscape seating, performance space cover, landscaping, fencing, pedestrian and pathway lighting, and adjacent existing greenways and other fixed amenities.

The Marion Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded $374,310 to purchase a new ambulance for use in Guilford Township. The ambulance will be a new F-550 4×4 Gasoline Rescue 170 Module Ultramedic Type 1 Ambulance with Stryker Power Load stretcher loading system and stretcher.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department will use its grant of $53,708 to purchase a K9-equipped vehicle to transport a newly acquired explosives detection and human tracking K9 police dog.

Finally, Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County Inc. has been awarded $65,888 to purchase a Ford F-250 SD Crew Cab Truck for construction delivery of tools and materials for the Habitat for Humanity Chambersburg office located in Guildford Township.

State Representative Paul Schemel expressed his satisfaction that these organizations had received funding through the competitive program, and he highlighted the benefits that these grants would bring to the local communities. The funding will enable these organizations to move forward with their worthy projects or acquisitions of equipment that will improve the quality of life in Franklin County.


Samuel R Welsh 1945-2024

Samuel was an avid sportsman all his life and enjoyed both playing sports and watching them on the television. He enjoyed playing golf.

Betty Marie Miller 1937-2024

Betty worked for 36 years in the Alumni office of The Mercersburg Academy. She enjoyed travel, knitting, and spending time with family and friends.

M Marie Trostle 1919-2024

She enjoyed sewing, baking, cooking, babysitting and crocheting. She especially enjoyed quilting, where she made over 40 quilts and gave them to her family.

John Harvey Hoffman 1941-2024

John enjoyed target shooting, fishing and was known for telling great stories. He was also very proud of his family and enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible.

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