Franklin County PA Tourism Summit Set For September 26

Franklin County PA Tourism Summit Set For September 26

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is holding a Tourism Summit at the 11/30 Visitors Center on September 26, 8 AM to Noon. It will recap FCVB’s first year in the new visitors center, look ahead to 2020, and provide tourism partners an opportunity to share highlights of their organization or business. The goal is to share and learn and expand the footprint of tourism in Franklin County.

Keynote speaker Mickey Schaefer will present Driving Tourism Through Quality Experience. The presentation will help summit participants to understand strategies to make visitors experiences better. A good visitor experience is the way to bring more visitors, return visitors, and increase spending throughout the county. Schaefer is the founder of The EXPERIENCE Institute, a companion of the Certified Tourism Ambassador Program, and is an inductee into the Events Industry Council’s Hall of Fame.

Tourism brings $350 million in visitors spending to Franklin County’s economy and generates nearly $1 million in room tax that supports heritage, culture, agricultural and recreational vitality. To frame tourism’s importance and integrated value in both an economic and quality of life perspective, a panel discussion will follow the keynote. Panelists include Mike Ross of Franklin County Area Development Corporation, Katie Hess of South Mountain Partnership, Matthew Ross of Southcentral PA Works, Janet Pollard of Franklin County Visitors Bureau, and Mickey Schaefer.

The public, non-profits, and tourism-related or tourism-supporting businesses are welcome. There is no charge to register. Contact FCVB at 717.552.2977 or visit Eventbrite to register.

Ride-A-Thon Festival – September 22, 11 AM-4 PM

Ride-A-Thon Festival – September 22, 11 AM-4 PM

A 29-mile, 13.5-story high-voltage power line is proposed for Franklin County PA. Much of the impacted land is to farmland with breathtaking views. Three rides bike rides are being offered–33-mile, 16-mile, and 4-mile. It is shows the farmland and the beauty it brings, plus what should be nurtured, preserved, and protected. Following the Ride, is a Ride-A-Thon Festival. The public is welcome to come out for the music, food, and family fun. Suggested donation for entry to the Ride-A-Thon Festival is $20. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon

Think about our future! All funds raised support the costs of legal fees in opposing the Transource Project, which does not bring power to anyone that does not have power and brings ZERO benefit to Franklin County and Pennsylvania!

Register here.

Join The Ride!

Join The Ride!

A 29-mile, 13.5-story high-voltage power line is proposed for Franklin County PA. Much of the impacted land is to farmland with breathtaking views. Join The Ride and see why it is important to protect, nurture, and preserve. The ride is Sunday, September 22, 9 AM to 4 PM, and includes three levels of bike rides—33 miles, 16 miles, or 4 miles. Riders receive a t-shirt, plus pizza after the ride. Beginning at 11 AM is a Ride-A-Thon Festival with music by Ev Crider & Jon Ingels, Negley Brothers, Jewelweed, and The Pale Barn Ghosts. Foods trucks and beverages will be on site as well as cornhole tournament and kids activities. 1181 Falling Spring Road is the beginning and ending of all levels of rides, plus the site of the Ride-A-Thon festival.

A $45 donation will give riders a section of a 33-mile course, showcasing the acres of farmland and the beauty of the valley. For an easier ride, the 16-mile course is an a

A 29-mile, 13.5-story high-voltage power line is proposed for Franklin County PA. Much of the impacted land is to farmland with breathtaking views. Join The Ride and see why it is important to protect, nurture, and preserve. The ride is Sunday, September 22, 9 AM to 4 PM, and includes three levels of bike rides—33 miles, 16 miles, or 4 miles. Riders receive a t-shirt, plus pizza after the ride. Beginning at 11 AM is a Ride-A-Thon Festival with music by Ev Crider & Jon Ingels, Negley Brothers, Jewelweed, and The Pale Barn Ghosts. Foods trucks and beverages will be on site as well as cornhole tournament and kids activities. 1181 Falling Spring Road is the beginning and ending of all levels of rides, plus the site of the Ride-A-Thon festival.

A $45 donation will give riders a section of a 33-mile course, showcasing the acres of farmland and the beauty of the valley. For an easier ride, the 16-mile course is an abbreviated version of the longer route, and there is also a beginner route, suitable for younger riders.

Register here!

Franklin County Hosts Fall South Mountain Partnership Meeting

Franklin County Hosts Fall South Mountain Partnership Meeting

Twice annually—in spring and fall, the South Mountain Partnership holds a meeting with partners as well as interested businesses, non-profits, and individuals to learn more about current initiative and on-going projects. The Fall Partnership Meeting is slated for Friday, September 13, 8 AM to Noon, with an optional lunch.

The meeting  will include:

  • Welcome by Franklin County Commissioners David Keller and Robert Thomas and South Mountain Partnership Director Katie Hess
  • Update – Proposed Independence Energy Connection Electric Line
  • Lancaster Clean Water Partners – best management practice implementation with municipal, business, and non-profit partners
  • Precision Mapping for Water Quality Programs
  • Chesapeake Conservancy – discussion around creating a regional tool for planning and reporting
  • Programs to support Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPIIIs)

It is easy to register on Eventbrite. Go here to sign up.

The Fall Partnership Meeting hopes to connect local and county agencies and officials to technical and funding resources for planning and implementing WIP IIIs – all types of partners have a role to play and a contribution to make. In addition, the meeting will facilitate discussion and next steps for working as a region to attract more implementation resources to the counties and WIP teams in the South Mountain landscape (portions of Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York counties).

South Mountain Partnership meetings help to build and strengthen a network of organizations working throughout the region to preserve and conserve the landscape known as South Mountain, the eastern terminus of the Blue Ridge. Meetings are a way to spark conversation and collaboration across political and sectorial boundaries and help partners understand opportunities to engage in the on-going work of the Partnership. Learn more about the Partnership here.

Thaddeus Stevens Society Raises Funds For Stevens Statue

Thaddeus Stevens Society Raises Funds For Stevens Statue

The Thaddeus Stevens Society has contracted with Alex Paul Loza of Chattanooga, TN to sculpt a statue of Thaddeus Stevens, one of the greatest statesmen in United States history.

Stevens, who lived from 1792 to 1868, was the most powerful congressman during and after the Civil War and was instrumental in freeing the slaves and then trying to protect them after the war. He is also the father of the 14th Amendment, the single most important Constitutional amendment requiring equal treatment under the law and extending civil liberties to the state level.

“This is a giant step in honoring a man who did so much for the state of Pennsylvania and the nation,” said Ross Hetrick, president of the Stevens Society. “The statue will be a magnificent work capturing the spirit of the Great Commoner.” he said.

The $55,000, 6-foot bronze statue is expected to be completed in late 2021 or early 2022, in time for its dedication in April 2022, which will also mark the 230th birthday of Stevens. When completed, the sculpture will be only the second Stevens statue in existence. The first statue is at the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster.  The Stevens Society is currently investigating various locations for the statue in Gettysburg.

“My goal with the monument is to highlight Stevens’s determination and never-ending stance to fight for the less fortunate,” said sculptor Loza. “To visually and emotionally communicate this message I decided to place his body weight on his club foot and walking stick while his right foot is set to take another step forward. His left hand clings to his cane to reinforce his drive to always move onward, while the other hand is very close to his heart protecting and holding his legacy, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.” he said.

Loza, 41, is a native of Lima, Peru, and has lived in Tennessee since August 2010. A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, he has 20 years of experience in using clay and paint to immortalize people and their stories. His goal is to bring diverse communities together and reveal theprofound inter-connectedness of all people. He was selected as the sculptor after a nation-wide search that involved 20 submissions.

Franklin County connects to Thaddeus Stevens through the Caledonia Ironworks, now Caledonia State Park. The Franklin County Visitors Bureau worked with research historian Randy Harris on a successful application to the National Park Service to designated Caledonia as a NPS Network to Freedom site. More information on Thaddeus Stevens and the South Mountain Underground Railroad activity can be viewed here.