Veterans Day Commemoration at Franklin County Veterans & 9/11 Memorial Park

Veterans Day Commemoration at Franklin County Veterans & 9/11 Memorial Park

The Historic Letterkenny Chapel and Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park Committee and the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area (UCCA) will conduct a Veterans Day Memorial Service at the Historic Letterkenny Chapel.

The Chapel Service will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., 2171 Carbaugh Avenue, Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

The Keynote Speaker will be the 50th Commander of Letterkenny Army Depot, Colonel Gregory K. Gibbons, for a Veterans Day Message.

Musical accompaniment will be presented by Marcel Coates, on the Piano, throughout the Program, and he will direct special musical selections by the Chambersburg Community Chorus.

The Chapel Service will conclude with a rifle salute and the playing of Taps by the Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard, as final tribute to those Veterans who have, and continue to Go Daily In Harms Way, and those whose lives were lost in service to our nation.

Wilson College Names 20th President

Wilson College Names 20th President

Wilson College today announced the appointment of Dr. Wesley R. Fugate as the 20th president in the 150-year history of the college.

Fugate, who will officially assume the Wilson presidency in January 2020, currently serves as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. He will succeed Barbara K. Mistick, who left the post in August 2019 to become president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) in Washington, D.C.

Richard Kneedler has served as interim president while the Wilson College Board of Trustees, with the assistance of Academic Search Inc., conducted a national search for Mistick’s successor.

In making the announcement today to Wilson faculty, staff, alumni and students, Dr. Barbara L. Tenney, Wilson Class of 1967 and chair of the college’s Board of Trustees, said, “Dr. Fugate’s multi-disciplined experience in higher education, as well as his passion for small, private liberal arts institutions, makes him the perfect candidate for Wilson’s presidency. He has an infectious energy and commitment to the student experience that will serve our college well. I look forward to working with Dr. Fugate as Wilson College continues to evolve to meet the needs of our future students.”

Over the course of his career, Fugate has worked extensively in enrollment management and student affairs; supported the work of college boards of trustees; and led successful communications and marketing efforts–specifically at Randolph College and the University of Georgia. He has also held several key leadership roles focusing on strategy and policy while working for the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Office of the Governor.

As president of Wilson College, Fugate will be responsible for unifying the campus with a focus on enhancing the student experience and success in later life, managing enrollment, providing financial stewardship, fundraising, cultivating the alumni base, and building and enhancing relationships and partnerships in the local community.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected to lead Wilson College into its next 150 years,” Fugate said. “While Wilson’s commitment to opportunity, honor and providing a high-quality liberal arts education are what drew me to consider this position, ultimately getting to know the people of Wilson helped me to fall in love with the institution. Wilson has a remarkable history and I am excited about collaborating with students, faculty, staff, alumni, Trustees and friends of the college to chart a path for its future success.”

Fugate earned a doctorate of philosophy in higher education from the Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia, in 2012; a master’s degree in higher education administration with an emphasis in institutional advancement in 2005 from the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University; and a bachelor’s degree in dramatic arts and economics in 2002 from Centre College in Danville, Ky.

In addition, Fugate has served as guest lecturer at Lynchburg College, Randolph College and the University of Georgia, as well as presented at numerous higher education professional conferences and consulted on higher education structure and policy. His many awards and accolades are testimony to his distinguished service within the higher education industry, as well as in community engagement initiatives.

The Wilson College Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Oct. 19 to appoint Fugate president of the college. He was selected from a pool of more than 100 highly qualified candidates after an extensive national search.

Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college in Chambersburg, Pa., that offers bachelor’s degrees in 35 majors and graduate degrees in education, healthcare, nursing, business and the arts and humanities. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation. Wilson has a fall 2019 enrollment of 1,620 students in all programs. Visit for more information.

Dolly Harris Memorial Dedication Set For November 2

Dolly Harris Memorial Dedication Set For November 2

A special memorial dedication at Cedar Grove Cemetery for Civil War heroine Frances “Dolly” Harris Lesher is set for Saturday, November 2, the 174th anniversary of her birth. The ceremony will begin at 1 PM at the cemetery located at 130 North Franklin Street. The public is invited to attend the dedication.

During the Invasion of PA in June 1863 that initiated the Gettysburg Campaign, Confederate soldiers marched through Greencastle on Carlisle Street, past Dolly’s home at 37 North Carlisle Street.  Col. William Roane (A-let) Aylett, of Pickett’s division and great-grandson of patriot Patrick Henry, said, “Why the bravest woman I ever saw was a Pennsylvania “girl” who defied Pickett’s “WHOLE” division as we marched through the little town called Greencastle.  She had a United States flag as an apron which she defiantly waved up and down as our columns passed by her and dared us to take it from her.”  She called them traitors and scoundrels. Under the circumstances of an affidavit, Private John T. Boyd Sr., CO K, 57th Regiment VA Vol.  said, under oath, quote “as to her wearing a badge I remember she wore one and think it was a Lincoln badge. As Gen. Armistead passed by, she waved the stars and stripes at him and he saluted her.”

Dolly is the only woman from Franklin County who is considered to be a Civil War heroine and was the only woman buried with military honors upon her death in February 1906. For no known reason, a headstone was never erected on Dolly’s resting place in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg, PA. The generosity of Dr. Paul Orange funded the cost of the obelisk headstone to be placed on her gravesite.

Descendants of Frances “Dolly” Harris and her husband John Lesher, from VA, TN, FL, and MO, will be in attendance at the November 2 dedication.


Caitol Theatre Kicks Off Season’s Stand-Up Comedy with Louis Ramey

Caitol Theatre Kicks Off Season’s Stand-Up Comedy with Louis Ramey

Comedy veteran and world traveler, Louis Ramey opens the Capitol Theatre’s Nights of Professional Stand-up Comedy on Friday, November 8. Ramey loves what he does for a living, performing stand-up comedy over the past 20 years. Louis can be seen currently hosting TV Land Prime Movie Block’s. Other recent TV appearances include, Comedy Central, TBS Presents: A Very Funny Festival: Just for Laughs, and TBS Promo’s Bitcoms. He has been all over TV and the Net. You have seen him as a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ABC Daytime’s The View and NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly among many other television appearances in the U.S., Canada and abroad. Voted by students as “Campus Performer of the Year”, Louis Ramey is a strong headliner and crowd-pleaser.

All Friday Nights of Professional Stand-up begin at 7:30 PM. Admission is $20. Because of mature language and themes, the stand-up comedy shows are not recommended for minors. Other shows are January 10, February 7, March 6, April 17, and May 16. Relax and enjoy an evening of stand-up comedy.


Owl Walk at Renfrew Park

Owl Walk at Renfrew Park

Naturalist Lori Schlosser will lead The Institute at Renfrew’s fall owl walk along the hiking trails of Renfrew Park on Thursday, November 7, at 6:00 p.m. The excursion is geared toward families and children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.

The activity is free (donations accepted), but registration is required and limited to 60. Spaces fill up quickly, so anyone wishing to join the walk should register soon. For more information or to register, call the institute at 717-762-0373 or email:

Before the walk, Schlosser will present a brief introduction to owls and a preview of various owl calls at Renfrew’s visitors center. She will then lead the group along trails in the park where they will pause to sit and call various owls (tape recorded), including the great horned owl, the barred owl and the screech owl.

Patience is required when trying to call owls,” Schlosser said. “If the calls are too loud, you can scare them off.” Participants must sit quietly for short periods of time to watch for owl flight and listen for owl reply calls. 

Schlosser hopes participants will attempt to call owls on their own once they have learned how. “They could go to places on their own, maybe in their backyard or along a road at the edge of a woods.”  

Those attending should dress appropriately for the weather, as the walk may last up to an hour. Flashlights are permitted; however, participants will be asked to turn them off during the walk to allow their eyes to adjust to the darkness.

This program is underwritten in part by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company, with additional support from Renfrew Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support is provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.

For more information, visit Parking is available in Renfrew’s lower lot. 

Fall Work Day At Ebbert Springs

Fall Work Day At Ebbert Springs

Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc. will be hosting a fall workday at the Ebbert Springs Archeological Preserve and Heritage Park, 12633 Molly Pitcher Highway,  Greencastle, PA 17225  on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring yard and garden tools, trailers and pickup trucks to assist with the work projects both inside and out. This is a rain or shine event.  Volunteers are needed at all skill levels. Tasks include transporting chairs and other items from the Museum to Ebbert Spring, outside Fall cleanup, carpet removal, cleaning inside, cataloging books, and other jobs. Each volunteer hour is worth $25 when Allison-Antrim Museum applies for grants.
Lunch and snacks will be provided and participants will get an insider’s look at the property, its rich history and scenic beauty.
The Ebbert Springs Archeological Preserve and Heritage Park is co-managed by The Archeological Conservancy, Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc., and Antrim Township.  Ebbert Springs’ history extends back to 10,000 BC and has rich cultural history of both Native American and Early American occupation.
Today, Ebbert Springs  is a cultural and nature preserve open to the public year-round, dawn to dusk, for passive recreation on designated trails depicting the history of the site.
Because of lunch and parking, “Please” RSVP  by Wednesday, October 23 by calling the Museum at 717-597-9010 or email