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The Chambersburg Area Development Corporation reported a total net worth of $13.1 million for 2018 during this week’s 59th annual meeting.  Executive Director Stephen Christian reviewed the organization’s support of several community projects including a Habitat for Humanity Home Again project, donating funds to support Network Ministries, investing in new LED lighting for the Capital Theatre Center, supporting the Cyle Free LIbrary’s Capital Campaign, and a partnership with McKissick Properties for the renovation of the Central High School. 


A request by Columbia Gas Transmission for a court to intervene after Maryland denied an easement for a natural gas pipeline west of Hancock didn’t get past a federal judge, who has upheld that denial. The Maryland Board of Public Works had rejected a right of way easement under the Western Maryland Rail Trail near Hancock last January. The Maryland Attorney General’s office maintained that the constitution doesn’t allow for a federal court to order a state to grant an easement like the one requested by the company, which was trying to use eminent domain to access land for a pipeline that would carry natural gas from Pensylvania to West Virginia. The judge ruled that a private company cannot use eminent domain against the state of Maryland, which has sovereign immunity. 


Delegate Pual Corderman has moved to a new location- Downtown Hagerstown at 5th public Square, Suite 210. The movie will make his office more accessible and convenient for constituents. As of August 29th, his office will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4pm. You can get more information at


A request to stop the flow of drugs into federal prisons through the mail has been made by Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey. The two are leading several members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation in making the request of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It’s become such a problem, that multiple correctional officers in Wayne County have been hospitalized over the last couple of months following exposure to synthetic drugs smuggled into the prison. The delegation is asking for changes that include processing mail sent to federal prisons in an off-site facility similar to a program used by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. 


A mansion in Franklin County on Interstate 81 was recently purchased with contributions from the public by Carissa Mowen of Greencastle, who heads Monarch’s Way. The mansion has been vacant for years, but will soon be a home for girls with traumatic backgrounds like homelessness, bullying, mental health issues, and poverty. Now the public is invited to tour the property. A dedication ceremony is planned for Sunday at 7 pm. Entrance is free, but tickets must be picked up through the organization’s Eventbrite page. The home will begin welcoming girls in January.


Frederick County will be a lot greener soon- literally. The City Middletown is moving to increase the city’s tree canopy- from 18% to 25% by 2025. The hope is that the increased canopy will improve air quality and reduce runoff. The sustainability committee also has a goal of reaching 40% by 2040.