3rd Annual TWEP Field Day Event May 21, 9am -2pm

3rd Annual TWEP Field Day Event May 21, 9am -2pm


3rd Annual TWEP Field Day Event May 21, 9-2

Charles Brightbill Environmental Center

Located near Mercersburg

on the campus of the James Buchanan High School


A day for all ages to enjoy!

Learn about organizations in the community that work with animals, wildlife, habitat, and/or ecology.

There will be special speakers and activities for children.

Concessions will be available

There is no admission fee!


Visit our website at www.twep.org to learn more about the event.

A schedule of the day’s activities will be posted on May 1.

Renfrew Rocks! Geology Program: “Meet Some Rock Stars!” Thursday, April 14, 2016 • 7 p.m

Renfrew Rocks! Geology Program: “Meet Some Rock Stars!” Thursday, April 14, 2016 • 7 p.m

Jeri Jones geologistRenfrew Rocks! Geology Program—“Meet Some Rock Stars!” on tap for Thursday, April 14

WAYNESBORO—Geologist Jeri Jones presents a quick-paced and informative program on the local underground world during a program on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the visitors center at Renfrew Park. Admission is free.

Sponsored by Renfrew Institute in partnership with the Franklin County Rock and Mineral Club, the program, “Meet Some Rock Stars!,” combines fun with education and continues the popular “Renfrew Rocks!” annual geology series.

“Drive any direction for two hours from Waynesboro,” Jones said, “and you are guaranteed to find some ‘rock stars’—not musical ones, but rocks that make the area very special for scientists.”

Jones’ PowerPoint program will address these special “rock stars” and explain their importance, origin and meaning. The program also explores the geologic history of the area, and questions are invited.

Those who attend may email questions to Jones before the program. “People can email geologic questions to me at jonesgeo@comcast.net, and I’ll feature those questions in the program,” he said. Audience questions are welcome, too, and door prizes will be awarded.

Members of the Franklin County Rock and Mineral Club will have a display and some rock specimen giveaways during the program.

A geologist for more than 35 years, Jones has conducted extensive research on Pennsylvania mining practices, authored several publications, and narrated a 3-part video series on regional geology known as “TimeWalk.” Jones is currently working with a co-author on a children’s book about the geology of Pennsylvania.

In the past Jones has been on the faculty at York College of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Area Community College and Messiah College. Jones received the Digman Award for Excellence in Geologic Education by the Eastern Chapter of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

Parking is available behind the visitors center. For more information, email the institute at info@renfrewinstitute.org or call 717-762-0373.

Jones will also lead a geology field trip on Sat., May 7, continuing his “Digging in the Dirt” series. This year’s trip will travel to Schuylkill County to visit a coal mine, learn about the coal mine fire at Centralia, and collect fossils. Details will be available on the institute’s website: www.renfrewinstitute.org.

Thursday, April 21 • 7 p.m. Fish Need Trees: Forests for the Bay Special Joint Program with Antietam Watershed Association

Thursday, April 21 • 7 p.m. Fish Need Trees: Forests for the Bay Special Joint Program with Antietam Watershed Association

fish need treesFish Need Trees: Forests for the Bay

Special Joint Program with Antietam Watershed Association

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

An adult/teen educational program of local or regional environmental interest, co-sponsored by Antietam Watershed Association and Renfrew Institute. Speaker is Craig Highfield with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Forestry for the Bay. Highfield discusses strategies to promote woodland stewardship on private lands—educating landowners about the connection between healthy woodlands & clean water. The goal of the Forests for the Bay program is to increase the vitality of wooded areas to improve the health of local streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Free. For more information visit www.renfrewinstitute.org or call 717-762-0373.





Thomson Chapel, Wilson College, is the location of the Tuesday, March 22 event
CHAMBERSBURG—Varied classical selections and a featured violin soloist are on the program for the Spring CVSM Community String Orchestra concert planned for Tuesday, March 22, at 8 p.m.

Location of the annual event is the Thomson Hall Chapel on the Wilson College Campus. The public is invited to attend the performance free of charge.

Participating musicians include several local music instructors and interested individuals from the area. All began meeting for weekly rehearsals at the end of February with director Herman Hopple. In addition to directing the group, Hopple also teaches string and electric bass lessons at the school.

Violinist Deborah Stotelmyer is the featured soloist for the evening. She will be accompanied by pianist Diana Reinert and the orchestra.  Both Stotelmyer and Reinert are also CVSM individual music lesson instructors.  Chosen for their presentations is a Tango entitled “Por Una Cabeze (but for a head!) by Carlos Gardel, which was arranged by José Londez.  Also, they will play the “Theme from Ladies in Lavender” by Nigel Hess, and arranged by Hopple.

“When Herm Hopple asked me if I’d like to perform a solo with the ensemble, I didn’t hesitate because although I do have rheumatoid arthritis, I am able to play well for shorter periods than groups like the Maryland Symphony Orchestra require, and when he mentioned playing the Tango, it was a definite yes!” Stotelmyer said. “Herm is very adept at arranging, so his arrangement fits perfectly,“  she added.

A professional violin freelancer since 1984, Stotelmyer recently retired from the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. With a desire to share her expertise, she continues as concertmaster for the CVSM Orchestra, and with the Mercersburg Community Chorus.

Stotelmyer explained that she advocates the “European philosophy” of music instruction.

“Become the performer, the expert, the best, then share that knowledge with others. I do that by teaching students, including younger teachers, by performing with groups like the CVSM string ensemble, and by organizing an event for Associated Chamber Music Players, among other endeavors,” Stotelmyer said.

Other music the orchestra will bring to the stage will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Contra Dance No. 1,” arranged by Isidor Seiss, and the “Semiramis Overture” by Gioachino Rossini and arranged by Cliff Thomson.

In addition to the spring event, the string orchestra also comes together for a November concert. Anyone interested in learning more about the String Orchestra, or other lessons or classes that CVSM offers, is encouraged to investigate the school website www.cvsmusic.org. Further information can be obtained by calling the school at (717)-261-1220.


53rd Annual Chicken ‘n Stuff

53rd Annual Chicken ‘n Stuff

Riding Center

53rd Annual Chicken ‘n Stuff to be held Monday, March 28th at Chambersburg Area Middle School South

The Rotary Club of Chambersburg, The Knights of Columbus and The George Washington Masonic Lodge # 143 will gather early on Easter Monday, March 28th at the Chambersburg Area Middle School South Cafeteria, 1151 East McKinley School, Chambersburg to begin preparations for the 53rd annual Chicken ‘n Stuff event.

Lunch will be served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and dinner will be served from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  The meal will consist of oven roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, Martin’s potato roll, butter & dessert for a donation of $10.00.  Meals can be eaten in or taken out via a rapid take out line.

Proceeds go to benefit the Franklin County 4 – H Therapeutic Riding Center on Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg.  The Riding Center lost most of its hay supply when the barn where the hay was stored lost its roof during the winter storm Jonas.  Much of the proceeds will help recover their hay loss.  In 2015 they received $8,000 from this event.


Currently there is a waiting list of over 30 students on the center’s rolls.


Enjoy IceFest 2016 & Shake Off The Jonas’ Blues

IceFest 2016 Map

Downtown Chambersburg is ready for the 14th annual IceFest. No need to get stuck in the throes of winter. Get out of the house and enjoy 80 ice sculptures, beginning Thursday, January 28 and running through Sunday, January 31. Live carving by DiMartino Ice is set for Thursday and Friday evening when the giant throne is transformed from clear blocks of ice into the coolest place to have a picture taken. It is an amazing transformation done with chain saws, drills, and blowers.  Downtown Chambersburg glistens with beautifully lit ice sculptures. Twinkling lights fill the trees along the Main Street. It is magical.

Everything kicks off Thursday, January 28, at 5 PM on Memorial Square with an Opening Ceremony and the traditional IceFest Cake. Enjoy a piece of cakes and view live sculpture carving. Take a trip down the double-wide slide on South Main Street, open until 8 PM.  Race a friend!

On Friday evening from 5 PM to 8 PM, carving of the giant sculptures continues, plus the double-wide ice slide is open again. The Snowfall Ball at Central Presbyterian is back for the 7th year, beginning with a dance lesson on the Cha Cha and Foxtrot at 5:30 PM, followed by open dance from 6 PM to 10 PM with a spotlight dance at 8:30 PM.  Watch glass blowing by Glass Routes on North Main Street in the parking area near King Street Church, plus enjoy the glass blowing exhibition at the new location of Council for the Arts, 81 North Main Street.

Saturday starts with The All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Trinity Episcopal Church on South Second Street, 8 AM-11 AM.  At 10 AM, the Ice Slide and Glass Blowing get under way at 10 AM and both go on until 8 PM.  Icing on the Cake, a cake-decorating contest with professional, amateur and student competitions begins at 10 AM and runs until 4 PM. This year’s theme is Super Heroes. Help select the People’s Choice by casting one-dollar votes. Winners announced at 4 PM. Then, everyone gets to eat the cakes.

ArtFest is a long-standing part of IceFest, and it has a new location for 2016 at 102 South Main. Artists share their time and talent in this annual fundraiser to benefit For the Kids of Chambersburg. A canvas is provided, and artists bring their own paints and easels. Space is limited to about 35 artists. It is a fantastic chance to see art come to life. Enjoy music by Joe Blues and ice carving by artist Danny Kissel. Artists begin painting at 8 AM, doors open at  9 AM, artists wrap up their work by 4 PM, and the auction begins at 4:30 PM.

At 11 AM is the centerpiece of Saturday–the Chili Cook-Off–in the large, heated tent just north of the square. Amateur and professionals face-off for the best chili.  Watch out for Dr. Orange’s variety; it is so hot, it has a disclaimer. Plus, anyone attending the chili cook-off can enter the Hot Pepper Eating Contest for a chance to win $100. Voxology, a central Pennsylvania group, will play its custom Americana sounds during the chili cook-off. The Polar Dunk Plunge is noon on Courthouse Plaza, a chilly fundraiser to support Relay For Life and Leadership Franklin County. At 4:30 PM, slip back inside the big, heated tent for this year’s Frozen FlickThe Avengers. Admission is free. Coloring books and crayons are being collected for donation to Heroes for Little Heroes, an organization that takes toys to children in hospitals throughout the year. It is a great family activity.

The Chambersburg Heritage Center, located on the square in the 1915 marble bank building, is open Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM.  It is a beautiful building and a good place to warm up while checking out Franklin County history.  It offers a children’s activity room, walking tour brochures, information about the area, and admission is free.

The Foundry, on the corner of South Main and Queen Streets, is Chambersburg’s new art cooperative. For IceFest 2016, the Foundry is offering open studio time–no fees. Bring an art project and work in the studio during IceFest. It is open on Thursday and Friday from 2 PM to 8:30 PM, Saturday from 9 AM to 8:30 PM, and Sunday from noon to 7:30 PM. Live music on Friday is provided by Evan Crider and on Saturday by Tresa Paul. On exhibit is local artist Alex Swisher, and everyone is invited to participate in a coloring wall with artwork by Nashville artist Valentina Ramos.

Chambersburg’s downtown merchants are welcoming visitors with all types of specials. Duck inside the boutique shops of downtown, warm up, and shop a little. Many merchants have IceFest specials.

Food vendors are arranged around the square, and downtown has a number of restaurants–Molly’s Restaurant , Checkos, Texas Lunch, Cafe d’italia, Main Street Deli, and Bistro 71 to name a few. So, there is the chance to grab and go or sit down to relax and enjoy a meal.

Sunday is the final day of IceFest 2016. The ice slide on South Main and Kids Fun Zone in Chambers Fort Park, just off North Main, open at noon. The Kids Zone has lots of free fun for the kids, including a scavenger hunt, hockey skills demo, and even a little football fun. New this year is the “Run Your Ice Off” 5K. Fee is $25 and race begins at 1:30 PM at Fort Chambers Park.

Throughout IceFest, the Franklin County Old Jail is displaying the 2016 IceFest Art Contest. The theme is “The Hidden History of Franklin County.” The exhibit will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM.  The entry fee to the exhibit is $1, and all entry fees will be given as prize money to the first, second, and third place projects.

IceFest is a community event, bringing many organizations and civic groups together to create an experience with something for everyone. IceFest is guaranteed to be a great moment in Franklin County. It will shake loose those mid-winter blues.