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FRANKLIN COUNTY — Our three Easter contest winners represent three separate parts of our circulation area — north, central and southern Franklin County.

We think it’s awesome! And it was a purely random selection process. We had no idea which of the 88 entries would be chosen.

Inspired by all the different Easter egg hunts around the county in the weeks leading up to Easter, the staff at Franklin County Free Press decided to try a different type of hunt.

We decided to hide virtual eggs in various places around our website and ask our readers to find and put them in virtual baskets.

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Sounds like fun, right?

Well, we immediately ran into problems. Our virtual baskets had holes in them. We really did try to find the problem and apply patches to those baskets, but in the end, the egg hunt was an epic failure.

So on Easter Sunday, we offered readers an alternative. We asked them to enter a drawing. Success! Our random drawing program worked and provided us with three winners.

So Meet the Winners:

Tina Diehl of Shippensburg - 1st place
Tina Diehl of Shippensburg
1st place
Deborah Ragno of Fayetteville - 2nd place
Deborah Ragno of Fayetteville
2nd place
Laura Ellis of Greencastle - 3rd place
Laura Ellis of Greencastle
3rd place

No more virtual egg hunts for us or virtual treasure hunts either. At least not until we can figure what went wrong last time.

Essay Contest for the Month of May

This month we are having an essay contest… of sorts .

Send us your best letter to the editor this month and you could win one of three really nifty prizes:

1st Place – T-Shirt
2nd Place – Tot Bag
3rd Place – Notebook

Each logo will have the author’s name and city in the return address position. The “stamp” on the letter will be a QR code that, when scanned with a cell phone, will open up the winning essay.

The Rules Are Fairly Simple:

  1. Pick out a subject or issue that you feel passionate about. It must be a local issue or a subject that impacts Franklin County, PA.
  2. Write a letter to the editor about it.
  3. Your letter must be at least 300 words, no longer than 1,000.

All letters meeting that criteria will be published on Franklin County Free Press in the Letters to the Editor section. At the end of the month, our three-member editorial board will pick out three letters we consider to be the best of the best.

Judging Will Be Based On:

  1. Timeliness of the subject matter and its relevance to the community as a whole.
  2. Organization of points relative to your subject matter.
  3. The popularity of the essay based on page views (how many people read the story).

Poorly written essays will be marked up (spelling and grammatical errors highlighted) by our editor and returned to you for rewriting and resubmission.

Each essay that is accepted will be published exactly as written.

May 2019 Essay Contest
Tell Franklin County What You Think
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