CHAMBERSBURG: Farm and Garden Penn State Extension -Activities for Week of May 30

Farm and Garden Penn State Extension -Activities for Week of May 30



Bug ID Workshop (Family-Friendly) – Saturday, June 11 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ag Heritage Building 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA, 17202

 It’s a “buggy” adventure for kids and their families. Join us to catch, identify and release insects.

Family Fee is $15.

Pre-registration required – Call 717-263-9226


Flower Arranging Workshop – Tuesday, June 14 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Offsite (directions given upon registration).

Learn the basics and beyond of floral design.

Cost: $25. 

To Pre-register Call 717-263-9226


Flower Arranging Workshop II – Tuesday, June 14 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Offsite (directions given upon registration). Advance to the next level.of flower arranging.

Cost: $25.

To Pre-register Call 717-263-9226


For more information on these and other activities please visit our website.


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 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, 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 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:

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 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 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.