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AHEC hosts Reenactor Recruitment Day Saturday

Area residents will not have to walk far this Saturday to experience a whole timeline of history.

They would only need to go from one table to the next during the 7th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, in Middlesex Township.

The event is free and open to the public. There is no charge for parking and the building is handicapped accessible.

About 220 reenactors are expected this year covering eras from the pike men and musketeers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to a medical unit from Operation Desert Storm.

The event has several different goals, said historian Karl Warner, program and education coordinator at USAHEC. “Primarily, it allows reenactors from all over the East Coast to show off what they do.”

The hope is to engage the public to learn more about soldiers of particular time periods and to encourage individuals to pursue reenacting. While many people become interested in the pastime after attending a living history event, they are often unsure of how to get involved.

Reenactors will share information about the wars that shaped our nation, the armies that fought the wars and the trades that were common in the military of bygone days. About 54 groups will be present with the majority representing American soldiers from the past.

The full width and breadth of the Civil War will be represented in cavalry, infantry and even an artillery unit, Warner said. He said a similar variety will be there for the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.

Other groups represent countries that were either allied with America or adversaries. There are German army units from World War II, North Koreans during the Korean War and French soldiers from World War I.

The event usually includes a special lunch program from noon to 1 p.m. This year, the Victorian Dance Ensemble will demonstrate Civil War era group dancing.

Aside from educating the public and helping groups recruit, the event is an opportunity for reenactors to network, plan events, talk shop, prepare equipment and get back into a living history mindset after the winter holidays. The event draws groups from as far away as New York, New Jersey and North Carolina.

The Army Heritage Center Foundation will have a used book sale at the USAHEC Museum Store during Saturday’s event. Café Cumberland will offer lunch specials.

For more information, visit or call 717-245-3972.

AAA warns of dangers of 'drowsy driving'

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in a new study says the number of drowsy driving crashes is eight times higher than federal estimates.

The foundation said its study is the most in-depth drowsy driving research conducted in the United States using in-vehicle dash cam footage of drivers’ faces in the three minutes leading up to a crash. The foundation said in a news release Thursday that it’s difficult to detect drowsiness following a crash, making it one of the most under-reported traffic safety issues.

The foundation analyzed footage from more than 700 crashes.

“Drowsy driving is a bigger traffic safety issue than federal estimates show,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Drivers who don’t get enough sleep are putting everyone on the road at risk. By conducting an in-depth analysis using video of everyday drivers, we can now better assess if a driver was fatigued in the moments leading up to a crash.”

The foundation said it measured the percentage of time a person’s eyes were closed and determined that 9.5 percent of all crashes and 10.8 percent of crashes resulting in significant property damage involved drowsiness.

Federal estimates indicate drowsiness is a factor in 1 to 2 percent of crashes.

The foundation said that in another survey, nearly all drivers (96 percent) said drowsy driving is a serious threat but 29 percent admitted to driving when they were tired to the point of struggling to keep their eyes open in the past month.

AAA said warning signs of drowsiness include having trouble keeping your eyes open, drifting from your lane and not remembering the last few miles driven.

“Don’t be fooled, the only antidote for drowsiness is sleep,” said William Van Tassel, manager of Driver Training for AAA. “Short term tactics like drinking coffee, singing, rolling down the window will not work. Your body’s need for sleep will eventually override your brain’s attempts to stay awake.”

AAA also recommends drivers travel at times of the day when they are normally awake, avoid heavy foods, avoid medications that cause drowsiness or impairment, schedule a break every two hours or every 100 miles, travel with an alert passenger and take turns driving, and take a quick nap at a rest stop to keep yourself alert.

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One dead in fatal crash on I-81 in Franklin County Thursday morning

State Police at Chambersburg said a man is dead after a fatal crash in Franklin County Thursday morning.

Police said they were contacted about the crash at 5:48 a.m. The crash involved a sedan and a commercial vehicle at mile marker 15.9 on I-81 north in Guilford Township, police said.

A man in the sedan was killed, according to police, who did not release his name.

The northbound lanes of the highway were closed after the crash.

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The northbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Chambersburg are closed because of an early morning crash.

Around 6 a.m. PennDOT reported a multivehicle crash along I-81 north between exit 16 at U.S. Route 30 and exit 17 at Walker Road near Chambersburg.

The crash closed both northbound lanes for nearly a mile between the two exits.

As of about 9 a.m., PennDOT reported northbound lanes remained closed and traffic was listed as stop and go for several miles south of the crash.

Southbound lanes are currently open.

Sentinel area fire calls for Feb. 7

Wednesday, Feb. 7

5:55 a.m.: automatic fire alarm, Salem Church Road, Hampden Township; Hampden

6:38 a.m.: auto accident, Interstate 81 north, Southampton Township; Vigilant Hose, West End

7:02 a.m.: auto accident, Interstate 76 west, Lower Mifflin Township; Friendship Hose

8:36 a.m.: auto accident, Creekview Road at Lambs Gap Road, Hampden Township; Hampden

8:39 a.m.: auto accident, Ridge Drive, Middlesex Township; New Kingstown, North Middleton, Carlisle Fire & Rescue

9:00 a.m.: nonstructure accident, Route 581 east, Hampden Township; Hampden

10:05 a.m.: auto accident, I-76 west, Lower Mifflin Township; Friendship Hose

12:09 p.m.: auto accident, I-76 west, West Pennsboro Township; Carlisle Fire & Rescue, West Pennsboro, Friendship Hose

1:37 p.m.: fire police, South Third Street at Lowther Street, Lemoyne; West Shore

1:55 p.m.: nonstructure accident, Petersburg Road, South Middleton Township; Citizen-Mount Holly

4:48 p.m.: first-alarm structure fire, Sheepford Road, Lower Allen Township; Lower Allen, Upper Allen, Lisburn, Hampden

5:25 p.m.: nonstructure accident, Erford Road, East Pennsboro Township; Enola, Creekside

5:42 p.m.: nonstructure accident, Victory Church Road, South Middleton Township; Citizen-Mount Holly

Body found near Penn State Mont Alto Campus

The State Police in Chambersburg and the Franklin County Coroner’s Office on Thursday night were investigating the discovery of a man’s body near Penn State Mont Alto Campus.

The body was discovered in a wooded area approximately one mile east of the off of Staley Road (SR 233) in Quincy Township, Franklin County, State Police said.

Police said no foul play is suspected.

The State Police in Chambersburg were contacted at 11:15 a.m. Thursday about the body.

Thursday lottery

Pick 2

Midday — 1-1

  • Straight — $50
  • Boxed — 0

Evening — 4-6

  • Straight — $50
  • Boxed — $25

Pick 3

Midday — 9-6-8

  • Straight — $250
  • Boxed — $40

Evening — 8-4-4

  • Straight — $250
  • Boxed — $80

Pick 4

Midday — 6-8-1-2

  • Straight — $2,500
  • Boxed —$100

Evening — 2-8-1-2

  • Straight — $2,500
  • Boxed —$200

Pick 5

Midday — 4-0-6-9-8

  • Straight — $50,000
  • Boxed — $425

Evening — 1-5-2-2-3

  • Straight — $50,000
  • Boxed — $850

Wild Ball

Midday — 3

Evening — 3

Treasure Hunt


No player matched 5

26 players matched 4, receiving $100

929 players matched 3, receiving $6

7,399 players matched 2, receiving $1

  • Jackpot— $30,000

Cash 5


No player matched 5

86 players matched 4, receiving $234

2,826 players matched 3, receiving $12

34,585 players matched 2, receiving $1

  • Jackpot — $650,000

Match 6


  • Jackpot — $560,000



  • Powerball — 10
  • Jackpot — $184 million

After 20 years, inmate says he stabbed to death teen brother

YORK — A Pennsylvania inmate is admitting he killed his brother when they were teens 20 years ago, pleading guilty to third-degree murder so that he could be released from prison in about a year.

Zachary Paul Witman told a York County judge on Thursday that he stabbed to death his 13-year-old brother Gregory in the laundry room of their family home in New Freedom in 1998. The 34-year-old inmate was a 15-year-old honor student when he stabbed his brother 65 times in the neck.

He’d previously denied committing the crime.

A jury convicted him in 2003 of first-degree murder.

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