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News from Pluto: Astronomy Program on February 18

WAYNESBORO—It’s been nearly a decade since the controversial decision to demote Pluto to “dwarf planet” status. The debate was recently reignited when an exploratory space mission revealed new information about Pluto. Dr. Larry Marschall, professor of physics, emeritus, at Gettysburg College, will discuss the “News From Pluto” during a program on Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m. in the Visitors Center at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro. The program is free and open to the public. Weather permitting, the Tri-State Astronomers club will set up telescopes for sky viewing after the program. “Although demoted from its former status as a planet in 2006 by a vote of the International Astronomical Union, the controversy surrounding Pluto continues in light of information from NASA’s recent New Horizons ‘flyby’ of the dwarf planet,” Marschall said. In July 2015, the spacecraft flew to within 7,800 miles of Pluto’s surface—the first spacecraft to explore the dwarf planet. Researchers learned new things about Pluto, including the fact that it is larger than previously thought. With its new information, the historic NASA mission revived the debate around Pluto’s downgraded planetary status. A key factor in the debate is that many scientists around the world don’t agree on the definition of a planet. Marschall will explore the new information gleaned from the spacecraft’s flyby, and discuss the controversy that still swirls around Pluto. Marschall has a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D in astronomy and astrophysics from University of Chicago. A professor of astronomy and physics for many years, Marschall was a visiting research scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the University...

Destination ARTS! Performances and Events for February 11 – February 14, 2016

  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.  Thursday, February 11 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 artists over the last 35 years.  Friday, February 12 Wine Down Friday activities and receptions are planned at Gallery 50 (50 W. Main St.), 42 West ARTS Co-Op (42 W. Main St.), Through the Lens & Beyond (38 W. Main St.), and the Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro (13 S. Church St.) between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. From 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday as Dearest Home brings authentic Civil War era music to life! You’ll experience the enthusiasm, pathos and patriotism of the period through tunes and lyrics that still ring true. You’ll be able to sing and clap along, and may even find yourself dancing!  Based in Gettysburg, PA and appearing dressed in period costume, the band includes Chris Barnabei (acoustic bass), Chuck Krepley (fiddle, minstrel banjo, and vocals), Stephen Folkemer (concertina, and piano, and vocals), Margaret Folkemer (penny whistle and vocals), and Beth Folkemer (guitar, dulcimer and vocals). Expereince “authenticity and...

38TH Chambersburg Half Marathon Saturday March 12, 2016

The Chambersburg Half Marathon has drawn a diverse group of people each year. During the first year Jean Stapleton (Edith on “All in the Family”) was a spectator cheering on the runners. Many Olympic hopefuls have participated in the race. Steve Spence, who ran for the United States at the Olympic Games in Barcelona (1992) holds the men’s record for the course. His time of 1:08:12 was established in 2001. The female record of 1:21:01 was set by Molly Pritz in 2008. Robert Eyer, Sr. (1926-2001) The Chambersburg Half Marathon is held in memory of Robert Eyer, Sr., who died while running. Bob was an avid, competitve runner and was a member of the Chambersburg Road Runners Club. The Chambersburg Half Marathon was his favorite race. Additional Information All finishers will receive a finishers medal Course closes at 11:30 am – you must maintain a 13:44 minute per mile pace Showers will be available in the school Post race pizza and refreshments No bib transfers or deferments No refunds due to weather cancellations or any other reasons Long sleeve gender specific technical shirts available for $15 Contact information – Tim Fisler, Race Director 717.496.7431 –...

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 www.ceramics-nccs.org or contact Mary Ashe-Mahr at 717-404-3190 or waynesboroceramics@gmail.com. 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: netscape.net. 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...

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