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[ 31 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]
Michelle Waltz, at right, won the 2014 Corn Eating Contest after devouring eight ears. This is her third year entering the contest and her first win. (Kerri Fleegle — FOR Public Opinion)

by Jim Hook
@JimHookPO
SHIPPENSBURG >> Dwight Kauffman had corn on the cob for breakfast at the Corn Fest.
It’s not something the Fayetteville man planned.
He had slathered Zombie Apocalypse hot sauce on a chip, and took a bite.
“I was grabbing the first thing I could. It was hot stuff,” Kauffman said.
He grabbed an ear of corn from the Shippensburg Young Farmers stand and a block later, his eyes were still watering.
Ken Norton of Shippensburg too sampled the ghost and habanero peppers before dashing a dip from a sweeter, milder variety.
“I like hot and …

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[ 18 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]
Participants in a past corn eating contest. (Submitted)

SHIPPENSBURG >> The 34th annual Shippensburg Corn Festival is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 30, rain or shine, in downtown Shippensburg.
Seven blocks of King Street, Shippensburg’s main thoroughfare, become a bazaar for a day with more than 300 vendors of handmade crafts and fabulous food, great family-friendly entertainment, crafts demonstrations, special activities for kids, an antique car show and the festival’s exciting, sixth annual Corn Eating Contest.
Contestants may register for the Corn Eating Contest until the start of the 11:30 a.m. event. Cash prizes go to …

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[ 11 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]
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SHIPPENSBURG >> Bearding Man is pleased to announce the inaugural Bearding Man Music Festival & Facial Hair Competition on Sept. 6, 2014 at The Thought Lot in Shippensburg.
Hirsute hordes will gather to compete in eleven categories from which a victor will arise with one beard to rule them, upon whom the title “The Lord of The Beards” shall be bestowed.
“I want to create a place where people can connect with those that are choosing to pursue their passion—which is always risky,” said Bearding Man founder, Jason Stauffer.”Whether it’s a band, …

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[ 22 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Jordan Fleming is crowned 2014 Miss Shippensburg Fair queen. Photo by Kerri Fleegle.

By Becky Metrick
@BeckyMetrickPO on Twitter
SHIPPENSBURG >> In a swirl of glitter, gowns and deeply rooted farm traditions, four lucky ladies were crowned this year’s Little Miss and Miss Shippensburg Fair Queens and runners up on Monday night. The two competitions, sponsored by two dozen local businesses, hosted 14 girls from each age group for the competition.
In the Little Miss competition, Breanne Rotz took home the title of Little Miss Shippensburg Fair and Jossalyn Eckert won Little Miss Shippensburg Fair Princess.
The two girls, Rotz wearing pink and Eckert in a white …

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[ 22 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Aaron Feather, 30, Shippensburg will be competing in the International Tree Climbing competition on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3. (Submitted)

SHIPPENSBURG >> Ever since he was a kid, Aaron Feather, Shippensburg, has been climbing trees.
The 30-year-old certified arborist said it got him into trouble more than once when he came home covered in sap and pine chips. But years later, he’s become a top tree climbing competitor in the region.
Feather, who has worked for nine years as a production foreman and safety coordinator with Cumberland Valley Tree Service, will compete Aug. 2 and Aug. 3 at the International Tree Climbing Association in Milwaukee, Wis.
While he has competed for four years, …

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[ 21 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Officials move a gate as a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Downtown Shippensburg Pedestrian Connection Walkway beside the U.S. Post Office on King Street, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Pictured from left, Curt Cramer, Lance Hoover, Lizzie Bailey, Ben Laudermilch and Andrea Lage. Markell DeLoatch - Public Opinion

SHIPPENSBURG >> Work is to begin soon on a new walkway in downtown Shippensburg, the first phase of a long-term project to improve walkability and link various parts of the borough.
Local leaders marked the start of the project Thursday by removing a section of fence where the walkway will be built between the post office and Shippensburg Historical Society.
“It’s exciting because it’s one part of what we see as a much larger picture,” said Andrea Lage, Shippensburg council president. “We want to showcase Shippensburg’s downtown, which is an amazing resource, …

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[ 24 Jun 2014 | No Comment ]
A gathering of local, state, federal and Swedish officials lent an international air to the Monday ribbon-cutting ceremony at Volvo's North American Customer Center in Shippensburg. (Submitted)

By T.W. Burger
SHIPPENSBURG >> As ribbon-cuttings go, it was pretty dramatic.
On Monday, officials ranging from Franklin County and Washington lawmakers, the Swedish Ambassador to the United States, and high-level Volvo management officially opened their new North American Customer Center at their Shippensburg manufacturing site.
Well, not exactly a “ribbon” cutting.
One of Volvo’s smaller construction vehicles shouldered its way between a row of bigwigs and snipped through a thick, bright red chain with something that looked like the business end of a very large snapping turtle, but made of heavy steel.
The 20,000 square-foot …

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[ 16 Jun 2014 | No Comment ]
Ribbons representing different forms of cancer adorn the fence outside of the track during Relay for Life of Shippensburg. (Photo by Lauren Cappuccio)

BY Lauren Cappuccio
@LCappuccioPO on Twitter
SHIPPENSBURG >> Cancer survivors, supporters and family members of those who have lost the fight to cancer walked the track this weekend during The Relay for Life of Shippensburg’s 14th annual event.
This year’s Disney theme, “Making the Fairytale of a Cure Come True” had tents filled with references to classics such as “Dumbo” while also paying homage to newer favorites such as “Cars” and “Finding Nemo.”
Elizabeth Bakner and Rhonda Wolford, committee members for the event, said that the attendance was good. They said the weather was …

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[ 14 Jun 2014 | No Comment ]
Shippensburg seniors wait to graduate. (For Public Opinion-by Kerri Fleegle)

School name: Shippensburg Area Senior High School
Colors: The school colors are maroon and gray. The school mascot is a greyhound.
Number of graduates: 231, of whom 80 were inducted into the National Honor Society, which require a grade point average of 3.8 or higher.
Valedictorian: Zachary Cole Faulker.
Salutatorian: Rachel Anna Nye.
Commencement address: Given by Jonathan Baynum and Tiana Webber.
Program participants: Instrumental music provided by the Shippensburg Area Senior High School Orchestra, directed by Robert A. Maag. Choral music provided by The Sharps and Senior Chorus member solos. Assistant Superintendent Matthew Strine introduced …

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[ 31 May 2014 | No Comment ]
Mary Jo and Gary Grove, national co-chairs of Charting the Course, Lighting the Way, the Campaign for Shippensburg University. pledged a $500,000 matching gift for the project. The two had their first date at a dance at Stewart Hall. (Photo by Lauren Cappuccio/Public Opinion)

By LAUREN CAPPUCCIO
SHIPPENSBURG >> Organizers at Shippensburg University have announced plans to turn Stewart Hall into a new alumni house and have started a campaign to restore the historic building.
The campaign was given its first boost when Gary and Mary Jo Grove pledged to match donations — up to a total gift of $500,000.
The couple co-chairs the Charting the Course, Lighting the Way, the Campaign for Shippensburg University, which is part of the SU Foundation’s $45 million comprehensive plan.
Dr. Jody Harpster, interim president of SU, said that the goal of …