6th Annual Home Run Derby to Fight Drug Addiction



(Greencastle, PA – August 25, 2021)

The 6th Annual Home Run Derby to Fight Drug Addiction raised  $26,683, the most raised by the event thus far. The event was held at Norlo Park Softball Complex on August 1, 2021.

All of the proceeds were donated to Noah’s House, a recovery house for men in Chambersburg, PA.

About VerStandig Media

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About Noah’s House

Noah’s House offers men suffering from addiction a residential treatment setting to give clients the tools necessary to maintain a substance free lifestyle. For more information please visit, www.noahshouse.org.

Franklin County Trunk Or Treat Planned For Nov. 1

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (Sept. 23, 2021) – Several Franklin County departments, local law enforcement agencies and first responders are joining forces to host a free Halloween celebration for area youth.


Franklin County’s annual Trunk or Treat Night will be held 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Chambersburg Mall parking lot at 3055 Black Gap Road, Chambersburg. Representatives from the Franklin County Adult Probation Department, Franklin County Juvenile Probation, the Franklin County Jail, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement agencies, first responders and other organizations will be on hand for this safe, family friendly trick-or-treat event. Costumes are encouraged.


Organizations interested in participating in this year’s Trunk or Treat should RSVP by Oct. 22. The county is also accepting candy donations for distribution during the event. Donations are being accepted at the following locations:

  • Franklin County Human Resources Department, 272 N. Second St., Chambersburg;
  • Franklin County Jail, 1804 Opportunity Ave., Chambersburg; and
  • Franklin County Probation Department, 440 Walker Road, Chambersburg


For more information or to reserve a space for an organization, contact Ashley Lupro at allupro@franklincountypa.gov.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Visit Williamsport, MD During 2021 Tour

 “Peoples Treewill spread holiday joy on crosscountry journey from California to Washington, D.C.


Williamsport, MD Nov, 16, 2021 – Every year, the USDA Forest Service selects one of its 154 national forests to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for the holiday season. The Six Rivers National Forest in partnership with nonprofit partner Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from California to Washington, D.C. for the 2021 holiday season. The Tree will make a special appearance in Williamsport on November 16, 2021 from 6-8pm in front of Town Hall on Conococheague Street.

Under the theme, Six Rivers, Many Peoples, One Tree, the 84’ tall White Fir will be harvested on the Six Rivers National Forest on Oct. 25 and prepared for the 3,300-mile expedition. The journey will include a series of 25 outdoor community celebrations before being delivered to the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 19. The Tree will then be decorated with handmade ornaments and tree skirts specially created by Californians and lit in early December.

“The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree campaign exists to connect people from across California and throughout the country to the outdoors and their public lands,” said Ted McArthur, forest supervisor for the Six Rivers National Forest. “We are honored to represent California national forests and bring the joy of the People’s Tree on its journey to Washington, D.C.”

Festivities during the tree’s visit to Williamsport on November 16, 2021 will include children’s activities, brief remarks from local public officials, hot cocoa, toy drive for Toys for Tots, canned food drive for the Williamsport Food Bank, food vendors, and more. Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy while following local health guidelines.


“We are honored that the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will visit Williamsport on its journey to Washington, D.C.” said Mayor William “Bill” Green. “Our community looks forward to being a part of this gift to the nation and the joy it will bring to our own community this holiday. It is a great way to kick off our holiday season in Williamsport this year.”


The initiative made possible with cash and in-kind contributions from companies large and small as well as volunteers locally and across America, who provide vital support of time and resources. 2021 sponsors include Kenworth Truck Company, System Transport, ABC Sacramento, Spireon, Inc., PG&E, Hale Trailer, Mountain F Enterprises, Visit California, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Society of American Foresters, Truckload Carriers Association, Great West Casualty Company, Meritor, Inc., Coast Central Credit Union, Alaska Airlines, BT Metals, The Forest Foundation, Green Diamond Resource Company, Sierra Pacific Industries, Mendocino and Humboldt Redwood Companies, Trinity County, Verizon, LexisNexis VitalChek Network, Inc., The Joy Trip Project, Bass Pro Shops, BERG Co, Vesmir, Gene Lucas Community Center, Dick Taylor Chocolates, Humboldt Craft Spirits, Humboldt Marketplace, and ChicoBag & To-Go Ware.


“We are grateful to the host cities such as Williamsport who play a vital role in bringing the tree across the country and this annual celebration to life”, said Bruce Ward, President, Choose Outdoors.”


For more information on the Williamsport event, visit Main Street Williamsport’s Facebook page or www.williamsportmd.gov. For news, events and tour information, visit uscapitolchristmastree.com, along with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Brook Lane Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer, Michael C. Hann, MD

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Michael C. Hann, MD has joined the Brook Lane staff as Chief Medical Officer, effective September 20, 2021. “I was looking for an organization with a strong sense of service,” says Dr. Hann. “Brook Lane has a long history in helping and serving others and I look forward to getting started in my new position.”

Dr. Hann received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of California in Santa Barbara, CA. He also obtained a Master of Science degree in professional science with a concentration in biotechnology from Middle Tennessee State University, College of Graduate Studies, Murfreesboro, TN and a Master of Business Administration in health care management from Florida International University, Chapman Graduate School of Business in Miami, FL. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Florida International University’s Wertheim College of Medicine.

A former United States Naval Officer and physician leader, Dr. Hann has gained varied experience in healthcare quality, patient safety, clinical programming and administrative leadership. Earlier in his naval career, he completed his residency in psychiatry at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA, where he served as Chief Resident. He then began a tour in Yokosuka, Japan, where he served as the Senior Medical Officer, Mental Health Department at the US Naval Hospital (USNHY). In that position he expanded outpatient and inpatient clinical expertise through supervision, training and education, developed best practices and supported crisis management.

In 2018, Dr. Hann was promoted to Director, Health Care Business. In this capacity, he managed the finances, operations and strategic development at USNHY, provided guidance and direction to executive leadership, directed a multidisciplinary Medical Management Program Team, spearheaded the development of a telemedicine program and ensured full operational capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tire Collection Event Planned For Oct. 22

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (Sept. 22, 2021) – The Franklin County Commissioners will be hosting a tire collection event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the former Franklin County Jail, 625 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. Staff from the Planning Department, under its mosquito and tick-borne disease control program, are coordinating the event.


Currently, strict guidelines and fees act to hinder some individuals’ ability to properly dispose of scrap tires. Often old tires are discarded and remain unused on properties until the resident has the time or the means for proper disposal. In the meantime, these tires can fill with rain water and become the perfect breeding habitat for mosquitoes.


The Oct. 22 collection event helps Franklin County residents dispose of unwanted tires for a reduced fee while at the same time eliminating potential mosquito breeding sites.


Franklin County residents must pre-register for this first-come, first-served event. There is a limit of 20 tires per household and  the fees are:

  • Regular vehicle tires (up to 35 inches in height) – $2 per tire
  • Tires measuring 36-47 inches in height – $4 per tire
  • Tires measuring 48 inches in height or larger – $15 per tire


Tires on rims and tires that are full of debris, such as mud, water or concrete will not be accepted.


Residents can access the registration form online at https://portal.co.franklin.pa.us/Forms/YWhoD. Forms are also available through the Franklin County Planning Department by calling 717-261-3855 or emailing planning@franklincountypa.gov. All completed registration forms and checks, made payable to FCPC, must be submitted to the Franklin County Planning Department, 272 N. Second St., Chambersburg, PA 17201, no later than Oct. 15.


For more information, contact the Franklin County Planning Department at 717-261-3855 or planning@franklincountypa.gov.