HAGERSTOWN, MD (July 22, 2021) – The Washington County Local Management Board (LMB) announced its award of $698,394 in state grant funds awarded by the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services, on behalf of the Children’s Cabinet. The grant award will fund six initiatives aimed at strengthening and improving the lives of youth and families residing in Washington County. The grants will be managed by the Washington County Office of Grant Management. This year, there will be an intentional focus on three elements: Race Equity, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma-Informed Practices, and Research-Based Practices. Programs and strategies are also aligned with the Children’s Cabinet “Three Year Plan” priorities including:


·     Reducing the impact of incarceration on children, families, and communities;

·     Improving outcomes for disconnected/opportunity youth;

·     Reducing childhood hunger;

·     Reducing youth homelessness;

·     Increasing opportunities for community-based programs and services for youth (including diversion); and,

·     Preventing out-of-State placements.


The initiatives/programs receiving funding in Washington County are:


·     Family-Centered Support Services – The Family Center is a multi-generational program targeting youth and young adults not attending school due to pregnancy or becoming a teen parent. Services are provided to both the parent and child and include parenting skills instruction, quality child-care, school readiness preparation, GED attainment, life skills, and employment readiness preparation.

·     School-Based Mental Health Program – This program places a licensed mental health clinician in every public secondary school and selected elementary schools in Washington County. Students are provided up to three sessions with the clinician at no charge during the school day in their home school and are given referrals if continued treatment is necessary.

·     Family Strong – This program was created to impact one of Governor Hogan’s targeted populations – children with incarcerated parents. The program provides case management to assist youth and their caregivers during this time of crisis. In addition, the program will provide resources to caregivers to help them prepare their children for school readiness and success in school.

·     Western Maryland Consortium Disconnected Youth Services – The LMB is providing additional funds to the Western Maryland Consortium to fill funding gaps in their existing programs serving disconnected youth. Disconnected youth are defined as youth ages 18-24 neither working nor attending school. The funding provided by the LMB will be used to pay for things that current State and Federal funding received by the Consortium will not pay for, such as driver’s education, transportation, GED fees, soft skills training, birth certificate copies, and a year-round work experience.

·     Local Care Team Coordinator – This staff person will ensure a coordinated system for case referrals to include tracking referrals and services, maintaining a comprehensive resource database, collecting and reporting data, and ensuring follow-up services. This will be a professional who has experience with child placement systems and a clinical or special education background. Staff will be responsible for facilitating a coordinated approach to services and ensure parent involvement in Local Care Team meetings.

·     True Opportunities – The program uses Opportunity Navigators (ON) which are intensive case managers who work intentionally to build transformative relationships with disconnected youth ages 18-24. The ON is responsible for providing crisis intervention, intensive case management, referrals, support, and follow-up. The ON helps youth establish goals and create an engagement plan using these goals. The ON provides mentoring, skill development, advocacy, and guidance so that each youth receives the goals of academic success, transition to employment, and improvement in healthy behaviors.


“Improving the outcomes for Maryland families is a key factor in creating Governor Larry Hogan’s vision for a safer Maryland,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services, and Chair of Maryland’s Children’s Cabinet. “Maryland’s Local Management Boards bring community partners to the same table to meet the specific needs and challenges of their local families in an efficient and comprehensive manner.”


About the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services

The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services is committed to ensuring that all Maryland children, youth, and families live and prosper in healthy, safe, and thriving communities. The office partners with state agencies, Local Management Boards, and community-based organizations to promote the well-being of Maryland’s children, youth, and families through data-driven policies and collective solutions.


About the Washington County Local Management Board

The Washington County Local Management Board (LMB) was created to identify priorities and targeting resources for children and families living in Washington County. The LMB brings together local child-serving agencies, local service providers, and other community representatives to empower local stakeholders in addressing the needs and setting priorities for their communities. The Washington County LMB includes representatives from the Department of Social Services, Washington County Public Schools, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Health Department, Department of Juvenile Services, Mental Health Authority, Washington County Housing Authority, the Developmental Disabilities Administration, the Western Maryland Consortium, the Washington County State’s Attorney, a member of the Washington County Board of County Commissioners, and a representative from the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly.


For additional information, please contact Washington County’s Public Relations and Marketing Department at 240-313-2380 or pr@washco-md.net.



Franklin County Receives Chamber Property Improvement Award

July 21, 2021 – Chambersburg, PA – Franklin County Commissioners were presented with a Property Improvement Award on Thursday, July 15 at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Breakfast.

The award was presented in recognition of the new Administration Building which is located on the corner of North Second and Grant Streets and carries an address of 272 North 2nd Street, Chambersburg, PA.  Situated on the site of the former Sheetz building, the 35,772 gross square foot structure houses 12 county departments as well as the Commissioner’s Office.

County Administration and architects focused on functionality, with much of the space being shared by multiple offices or designed to be multi-purpose in nature.   The building is an efficient use of space and adaptable for future needs.  Commissioner and Chairman Dave Keller said, “Bringing offices that work together into one building not only enhances operational efficiency, it provides added convenience to the public doing business with the County.”  A new building was determined to be a more cost effective option than renovating and expanding the former Administrative Annex located at  218 North Second Street.

Additionally, the building was designed to complement the other development occurring in the neighborhood and be energy efficient as well.  The building is equipped almost exclusively with LED lighting and has high efficiency heating and cooling.  The lighting system includes room sensors that turn the lights out when no activity is detected.  All the fixtures are automated and are non-touch.

The Administration Building is part of the larger Court Facility Improvement Project which addresses needs for safety and security, adequate space, and co-location of offices and services for operational efficiency and public convenience.

Noelker & Hull Associates, Chambersburg, PA, provided the architecture and engineering work.  The general contractor on the project was Lobar, Inc., of Dillsburg, PA.  The electrical work was provided by Frank B. Lesher Company, Inc., Chambersburg, PA, the plumbing  work was provided by Mann Plumbing and Heating, LLC, Fayetteville, PA and the HVAC work was provided by Stouffer Mechanical Contractor, LLC, Chambersburg, PA.

Pictured above, an artist rendering of the Franklin County Administration Building


Summer Learning Program

The Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition (SCRC) is offering the Summer Learning Program to children in Shippensburg once again this summer. It is a free program for children in kindergarten through grade 12 who live in the Shippensburg Area School District area.  The program this year focuses on environmental justice, climate change, and water within the local community. It runs from June 21st to August 6th, Monday through Friday and is located at Shippensburg Township Park on Britton road at the large pavilion. Guest speakers come and educate the kids on healthy habits, literacy, animals, and more. Field trips are taken each Friday to local State Parks, local parks, and local farms.

The Summer Learning Program includes a nutritious breakfast and lunch to youth in Shippensburg. The SCRC partnerships with the Shippensburg Area School District in order to provide these meals. Hound Packs has been providing snacks, and Toigo is donating fresh fruit and vegetables. Children are welcome to come on Monday through Thursday at the park, as the program is operating as an open meal site on those days. Breakfast is served at 8:30 am and lunch is served at 11:30 pm. Children are welcome to attend just lunch or breakfast even if not attending the entire program.

To register your child(ren) use the link: https://ship.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bxfMyIOKGF42BbU or contact the Summer Learning Program Director at: scrc.summer.director@gmail.com.

Franklin County “Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet” Receives National Attention

July 20, 2021 – Chambersburg, PA – Earlier this month, Congressman John Joyce visited Greencastle to meet with the “Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet” program. The initiative, implemented at the direction of the Franklin County Commissioners through the Veterans Affairs Department, pairs disabled veterans with service dogs in Franklin County.

During the Congressman’s visit, Blaine Beam of Greencastle, a veteran and participant of Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet program (pictured below), received a service dog along with two other veterans. Blaine and his new companion, Freedom, make up one of nine veteran/dog pairs since the program’s inception in 2015. The Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet program is operated from community donations and grant funding.

Congressman Joyce remarked about his visit, “I was proud to see the Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet initiative connect service dogs with our nation’s veterans. I am humbled by the service and sacrifice of those who choose country over self, and am thankful for the work being done by the Good Dog Paws team to support our veteran communities.”

“These ceremonies where the veterans take ownership of their service dogs are always very moving.  Hearing the veterans and their families describe what a difference the dogs have made in the veteran’s life really drives home the importance of this program,” said Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller.

If you would like to donate to support this worthy cause, please make checks payable to Franklin County Veterans Affairs and mail it to Franklin County Veteran Affairs, 425 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Additionally, Veteran Affairs is hosting a golf tournament on Friday, September 3, 2021 at the Penn National Golf Club on the Iron Forge Course.  Visit https://bit.ly/3elK5sY to learn more.

Pictured left to right are: Good Dog Owner Helen Nolan Carlson, Franklin County Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller, Veteran Blaine Beam, Franklin County Director of Veterans Affairs Justin Slep, and Congressman John Joyce, M.D.


Franklin County Commissioners Award Nursing Scholarships to Local Students

July 19, 2021 – Chambersburg, PA – Recognizing the extraordinary demand for skilled nurses in Franklin County, the Franklin County Commissioners recently honored six area high school graduates with a one-time $2,500 scholarship in order to pursue their career in nursing.

This is the fifth year of providing scholarships to area high school graduates. Since 2017, 30 $2,500.00 nursing scholarships have been awarded to deserving area high school graduates. The scholarships are funded by proceeds from the sale of the county nursing home in 2013. Funds are directly applied toward tuition and/or room and board. This year, there were 11 eligible applicants.
Congratulations to these 2021 Franklin County high school graduates:
Alyssa St. Clair is a graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School. She will be attending Shenandoah University.
Emily Horst, a recent graduate of James Buchanan High School, will be attending Bloomsburg University.
Ryleigh Timmons is a graduate of Cumberland Valley Christian School and will be attending Penn State Mont Alto.
There are two Chambersburg Area Senior High School recipients:
Brynn Hammond will be attending the main campus of Penn State University while Emily Brechbiel will be attending Wilson College.
Our first Fannett-Metal recipient is Tori Brookens. Tori plans to attend James Madison University.
Tiffany Bloyer, Franklin County Human Resources Director, along with two notable panelists from the local healthcare industry, Joanne Cochran, Keystone Health’s founder, President, and CEO; and Elyse Fisler, Chief Nursing Officer for Wellspan’s Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals, reviewed applications and awarded points based on a rigorous rubric. “We continue to be very impressed with the academic qualifications consistently shown by our local high school seniors, and especially the desire each student possesses. Their passion for wanting to help others through healthcare is commendable. We sincerely hope these enthusiastic students will seek a career path locally and create a positive impact on the lives of the residents of Franklin County,” said Franklin County Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller.
The Franklin County Nursing Scholarship is open to all high school seniors living and attending high school for at least one consecutive year in Franklin County and who have been accepted into an accredited four-year nursing program.

Applicants are required to include essays, briefly indicating their short and long term goals, as they pertain to nursing school. Letters of recommendation are required of each applicant’s high school Guidance Counselor, as well as two other adults. Every applicant is also required to submit a copy of their official transcript. A stronger consideration will be given to students requiring financial assistance.
The 2022 Franklin County Nursing Scholarship Applications will be available in the first quarter of the year from area high school guidance departments as well as on the County’s website. www.franklincountypa.gov.
Six local high school graduates were each awarded a $2,500 scholarship during a Franklin County Commissioners’ Meeting on Tuesday, July 7, 2021. From Left to Right: Commissioner John Flannery, Emily Horst, Tori Brookens, Ryleigh Timmons, Commissioner Dave Keller, Emily Brechbiel, Brynn Hammond, Alyssa St. Clair and Commissioner Robert Ziobrowski.