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Used Bookstores Speak Volumes

By Irish Hersh, Public Opinion

Feet shod in sparking ruby-red slippers peek out from under a table of books at the entrance to Northwood Books in downtown Chambersburg. 
Upon further observation, shoppers entering the bookstore realize those slippers, reminiscent of those in the film "The Wizard of Oz," are attached to gangly legs in red-and-white striped wicked witch stockings.
A warm and inviting Victorian-designed shop with book-themed decor, the used bookstore...

Used Bookstores: Heard the Word?

Hagerstown Magazine

Vanessa Amar

In Chambersburg Pa., Northwood Books is Ami Plessinger's ode to the published word. Ami and her husband have owned the store for six of its 24 years in business. A frequent visitor prior to assuming ownership, Ami seized the moment when she spotted a "For Sale"sign in the window. With a stock of 90,000 books, the shop has reached capacity and is also bursting with creative energy: Artwork displayed throughout the store is for sale, and literary scenes bring books to life with props.

Used Bookstores: Heard the Word?

Hagerstown Magazine
Vanessa Amar

In Chambersburg, Pa., Northwood books is Ami Plessinger's ode to the published word. Ami and her husband have owned the store for six of its 24 years in business. A frequent visitor prior to assuming ownership, Ami seized the moment when she spotted a "For Sale" sign in the window. With a stock of 90,000 books, the shop has reached capacity and is also bursting with creative energy: Artwork displayed throughout the store is for sale, and literary scenes bring books to life with props.

Used Bookstores: Heard the Word?

Hagerstown Magazine

Vanessa Amar

In Chambersburg, Pa., Northwood Books is Ami Plessinger's ode to the published word. Ami and her husband have owned the store for six of its 24 years in business. A frequent visitor prior to assuming ownership, Ami seized the moment when she spotted a "For Sale" sign in the window. With a stock of 90,000 books, the shop has reached capacity and is also bursting with creative energy: Artwork displayed throughout the store is for sale, and literary scenes bring books to life with props.

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Researchers Hope to Document Underground Railroad Activity

Public Opinion
Vicky Taylor

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Many believe Franklin County was an integral stopping point on the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad, but much of the local connection to the famed escape network has not been documented. The county's tourism bureau has identified 20 sites as possible stopping points on the route many escaped 19th Century slaves took to freedom in the north and Canada...

Ami Plessinger, owner of Northwood Books on North Main Street, believes the basement of her property might have been part of that network. When she and her husband began to clean the basement out after buying the building, they found evidence of filled-in tunnels and false walls they believe could have been a stopping point on the railroad route. 

Other buildings, including the one that today houses Olympia Candy Kitchen on South Main Street, have similar features...


Brave Booksellers

Running Independent Bookstores Seen as Heroic 

By Candice Bosely, The Herald Mail 
February 26, 2006
Taped to the wall of a back room of Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, W.Va., is a piece of tattered paper that reads, "There's something heroic about an independent bookstore..." 

Public Opinion Correspondent Schedules Book Signings For His New Memoir, "The Year of the Moon Goose" 

Public Opinion
December 2012

GETTYSBURG - Writer, blogger and frequent Public Opinion contributor T.W. Burger has released the first in a planned series of books with the first title, "The Year of the Moon Goose."

The Gettysburg resident has scheduled two book signing appearances this week in Chambersburg and Waynesboro... 

Artists Win 50 Prizes in Annual Franklin County Art Alliance Annual Show

The Herald Mail
June 10, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Art Alliance presented more than $1,000 in awards at its 40th annual exhibition on Sunday, June 5, at Calvary United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Pa. More than 300 works by 86 artists were judged by Jennifer Chapman Smith and Lauren Ippolito of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. 
The judges selected works to receive more than 50 awards, including:
Northwood Books Best of Show - Cindy Smith of Waynesboro, Pa...