Looking Back: Franklin County’s History On Feb. 11th

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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 Feb. 11th.


February 11, 1995 – Saturday

“Healthy Old Trees Should Not Fall To The Ax”

The borough of Chambersburg, some homeowners and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are in somewhat of a tug-of-war over several older trees growing along Philadelphia Avenue and Main and South Second streets. 

PennDOT officials are making preparations to resurface those streets in the coming summer and have determined that 14 trees could pose a traffic hazard. They want them chopped down. 

This does not sit well with the borough’s Shade Tree Commission and some home owners, who would like to save at least six trees they consider healthy.

PennDOT’s preliminary answer has been: If you want to keep them, you must assume liability for them.

Now it’s up to Borough Council to make a decision.

“Judging from what council said the other night, they sounded enthusiastic,” said Julio Lecuona, borough manager. “It’s a tough little problem for council,” he said. “PennDot is…

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