Here you’ll find the stories, events, ideas and history of Franklin County, PA.

Beginners Pottery Class at The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies

The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies is offering an Introduction to Hand building Techniques class on February 16th, 18th, 23rd, March 1st, 3rd and 10th at the Ceramic Arts Center at 13 South Church Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268 This is a beginning pottery class where the student will learn the basic principles of hand building using stoneware clay.  This class focuses on key hand building techniques including pinch, coil, and slab construction.  Surface decoration and glazing will also be taught. Students with no or little experience are encouraged to register for this 15 hour course and is limited to 6 students. The cost is $200.00, which includes step by step hands-on guided instruction by instructor Trudy Gembe-Palughi, materials, weekend studio time, glazes and firings. To register go to or contact Mary Ashe-Mahr at 717-404-3190 or A minimum of three students must register to hold the...

Destination ARTS! Activities Continue in Waynesboro – February 3-7

Destination ARTS! activities continue in Waynesboro, PA with art exhibits, special events scheduled at Gallery 50,  42 West ARTS Co-Op, Through the Lens & Beyond, and the Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro.  All events are free unless otherwise indicated. Wednesday, February 3 The Destination ARTS! Writers Forum, sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro, will hold its monthly meeting at a new location: 32 E Main Street, Waynesboro, PA, on from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  The theme for the February meeting will be “Resolutions and New Beginnings”. After the initial ‘round and round’ as members read their contributions, they will then read any subject they’re currently working on – be it prose, poetry, memoirs or story-telling.  At the January meeting, Henry L. Mencken (Baltimore’s “Bad Boy”) was quoted saying, “Writers, as one were to discover from long experience with them – a large part of it of the hard, home-made variety – are born with some strange, built in compulsion that makes them write for the same reason that roosters crow and hens lay eggs.”  Interested writers are invited to join the group. Inquiries may be addressed to Jerry Kowallis at 717-352-8059 or email: Thursday, February 4 Gallery 50’s Curator/Director Marjorie Tressler will be back again presenting her weekly oil painting demonstrations from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm featuring a large landscape. Tressler teaches art locally and has conducted classes at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, where her portraits were featured  in a solo show in 1993. She is a former student of the Schuler School of Fine arts and has studied with several nationally known and prominent local...

South Mountain Partnership honors Franklin County officials

CHAMBERSBURG- The Capitol Theatre in downtown Chambersburg hosted the South Mountain Partnership’s 5th annual meeting. Franklin County Commissioners and Greene Township supervisors were honored with the Spirit of South Mountain Award. This annual award recognizes individuals, projects or organizations that make significant contributions to advancing a positive and sustainable future for the South Mountain landscape. This year, the award went to the Franklin County Commissioners and Greene Township Supervisors in cooperation with the Eagle Rock Project, led by The Conservation Fund, which worked to conserve over 1,100 acres of land in Greene Township. The Conservation Fund worked for more than 7 years to acquire and transfer the land to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Working with Kyle Shenk from the Conservation Fund, Katie Hess, director of the South Mountain Partnership, said she learned first-hand about the direct cooperation between local government and the project. “Gaining forces makes our partnership stronger together,” Hess said. Hand-crafted and carved wooden cutting boards, crafted by a South Mountain artisan, were given as a symbol of the award. Accepting the awards were Franklin County Commissioner David Keller, Commissioner Bob Thomas and Shawn Corwell, Greene Township Supervisor. Commissioner Keller noted the value of the Marcellus Shale funds stating, “These funds helped to support projects like the Eagle Rock acquisition.” The South Mountain Partnership announced $74,000 in mini-grants for six projects in 2016. These projects include restoration of the Appalachian Trail Museum, the Mount Holly Marsh Creek Preserve forest management plan project, Mountain Creek footbridge project for Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the Heart & Soul Project through the Greater Carlisle Project, Carlisle Iron...

Nathan Miller Chocolates gets top ranking in New York Times

In a blind taste test by the New York Times, Nathan Miller Chocolate had their product, the 72 percent Peru, chosen to be ranked fifth out of the eight most impressive bars of chocolate. New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells, ranked the chocolate along with other bars from all over the world. He wrote that Nathan Miller’s chocolate was “pure dark chocolate with a dairy creaminess, like dulce de leche swirled with honey-fun, unusual and easy to like.” In an article in Chambersburg’s newspaper The Public Opinion, Miller said the news still hadn’t really hit him yet. “It’s nice to see the result of our hard work,” Miller said. Miller’s business partner and fiance Chelsea Russo, also spoke with reporters, saying that this was “wonderful” news. “We’re really doing what we love. This has been his dream for a long, long time,” Russo said. View the article featuring the local chocolate in the New York...

Chair Caning Workshop 2016 (3-part)

Thursdays, March 3 & 10, 6:30–8:30 p.m., plus Saturday, March 12, 9–11 a.m.  Chair Caning Workshop 2016 (3-part) Visitors Center, Renfrew Park, 1010 East Main Street, Waynesboro, PA Underwriting support provided in part by Marge Kiersz; Lucinda D. Potter, CPA; and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company Local craftsman, Merri Tabor, will guide participants in the caning of a beautiful finished stool—or participants may bring an item from home for caning. Merri has been providing caning and rushing services in her husband’s furniture restoration shop (Golden Eagle Cabinet Shop) for more than 35 years. Pre-registration required. Ages 15 and up. Limit 10. Basic Workshop Fee: $25 for members of Renfrew Institute, $30/non-member. Participants may bring their own furniture piece to cane instead of buying the stool, so materials fees will vary per participant: $65 Stool: high quality, hand-crafted and finished except for cane seat; $25 Caning kit: includes all tools needed, cane and booklet; $17 Cane only, for those with their own tools. We hope these options will be helpful and encourage all levels of participation. Merri will work with each participant individually as well as with the whole group for basic instruction. To register call 717-762-0373 or email...

MODEL TRAINS: Part 3 of 3 Lectures on “Collections”

Thursday, February 25 • 7 p.m.  MODEL TRAINS: Part 3 of 3 Lectures on “Collections” Presented by Clif Rau Location: Quincy Village Model Railroad Club, Quincy Village, Quincy, PA 6596 ORPHANAGE ROAD, WAYNESBORO, PA 17268 Underwriting support provided in part by Charles & Undine Warner Presented in partnership with the Model Railroad Club of Quincy Village Clif Rau will talk about the history of model railroad trains with a focus on the many trains on display at Quincy. The display room of Quincy’s Model Railroad Club features large and detailed O, G, and HO gauge layouts. Each display is professionally arranged with elaborate backdrops, railway stations, mountain passes, quaint villages with houses in vintage “downtowns” that include vehicles, people, fish ponds, landscaping and much more. Most of the displays are handicap accessible. For more information visit or call...