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Take a look back at Franklin County’s history through news and photos that appeared in local newspapers 25, 50, and 100 years ago on Nov. 30th.

25 YEARS AGO

November 30, 1994 – Wednesday

“Audubon Society focuses on Christmas bird count next month”

Chambersburg area bird watchers are gearing up for one of their major events of the year the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. 

The Conococheague Audubon Society will count the wintering birds here on Dec. 17. Members will cover an area 15 miles in diameter with its center near the Falling Spring in Chambersburg. 

Edith Lindsell, this year’s count coordinator, is recruiting volunteers to help with the day-long census in the field and at home feeders. She asks that volunteers call her at 263-4361, or any of these captains: Joan Bowen, 264-9493; Ellen Babas, 264-3980; Elizabeth Johnston, 762-6966; Jessie Hague, 352-2647; Rebecca Wertime, 597-2213; or feeder captains Esther Buck, 263-8303, or Polly Gahler, 263-3164. 

The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count originated 95 years ago as a protest to the traditional holiday “side hunt” in which teams competed to see which could shoot the most birds and animals in one day.   On Christmas Day 1900, 27 conservationists decided to protest the shoot by counting birds instead. 

Chambersburg area birders joined the count 35 years ago. Today, they are among more than 43,000 volunteers counting birds and bird species in all 50 states, all Canadian provinces, parts of Central and South America. Bermuda, the West Indies, and Pacific Islands. The count reveals scientifically useful information on the early winter distribution patterns of bird species and the overall health of the environment, according to society information.

50 YEARS AGO

November 30, 1969  Sunday

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”To Help Him Learn”

Franklin County history
TO HELP HIM LEARN – Robert Wingerl a morning student in Mrs. Laura Stewart’s kindergarten class in the lower school at Scotland Elementary, admires a teepee he made. This was a class project as part of their study of Indians for Thanksgiving.

100 Years Ago

November 30, 1919 Sunday

 “Juniors Take Cup”

The hockey championship of Wilson College was decided yesterday afternoon when the juniors crossed clubs with the Freshmen eleven. The upper class men won by the score 6-1. 

The Juniors took advantage of the early periods of play and scored steadily throughout the game, against the defense staged by the Freshmen. The cup was presented at the conclusion of the game by Miss Lindsay, physical director at the college. 

At 6 o’clock the champion hockey team broke all training rules and were the guests of the junior class at a banquet served at the College Inn. Toasts were respended to by each member of the winning team.

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Looking Back: Franklin County’s History On Dec. 16th

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Take a look back at Franklin County’s history through news and photos that appeared in local newspapers 25, 50, and 100 years ago on Dec. 16th.

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