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One month in for new Chamber president

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Stephen “Steve” Christian began in his new role as president of the Chamber and executive director of Chambersburg Area Development Corp. on October 30. After one month on the job Steve has jumped right in, attending committee meetings and community events as he meets members and learns the intricacies of our organizations.

Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff Shop Small and win up to $500 Employment issues facing Franklin Co. First Responders Appreciation Day Host a Chamber event in 2018 Economic tour of Franklin County Inspiring a shared vision Plug in to energy savings Getting ready for IceFest Buy local gifts at downtown merchants Sip & Savor: For Your Eyes Only Legislation on prescription drug overuse Civil War Seminars in 2018 Around town with the Chamber Member spotlights PA Chamber update Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries Members in the news December calendar of events

“I’m so excited to join this amazing organization and work with valuable members like you,” Steve said in a message to members. “Please come up and introduce yourself to me at Chamber events and meetings over the coming months as I settle in and better familiarize myself with the local industry and community.” Steve spent the last decade focusing on economic and community development along the I-81 corridor in the Cumberland and Shenandoah Valley region. In his role as executive director of the Berkeley County Development Authority, he more than doubled the organization’s staff and budget in nine years and was instrumental in working on the project that landed the Procter & Gamble $500 million multi-category facility in West Virginia. Steve’s professional career of 30 years also includes experience in real estate, government, sales and marketing. “Together, the talented Chamber staff and I will work diligently to help your business prosper and continue making Chambersburg a great place to live, work and visit,” Steve said. “I look forward to working with you!”



ICEFEST Everyone’s favorite winter festival returns with popular events like Chili Cook-off, Icing on the Cake and more.


SIP & SAVOR 5:30 p.m. at The Orchards Join the Chamber for an elegant and fun evening with a four-course food and wine pairing, entertainment and more. Details coming soon. Visit for details about these events and more. December events are listed on the back of the newsletter.

Don’t miss the largest mixer of the year Members of the all five chambers of commerce in Franklin County are invited to a joint holiday mixer at Wilson College on Tuesday, December 12. The mixer will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave. the event is co-hosted by Wilson College, Menno Haven, Roy-Pitz Brewing Co. and Tuscarora Mt. Winery. The joint mixer has been a rousing success since it began 10 years ago and has a large attendance of business people from throughout the region. To register for this free mixer, visit or call 717262-2010. Members may also donate door prizes or reserve a display table at the mixer for $100. Vendor space must be reserved prior to Friday, December 8. To secure your table or donate a door prize, contact Denise McDowell at [email protected] or 717-262-2010 ext. 3181.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Troy Garman, RE/MAX Realty Agency Chair Eric Foreman, Patriot Federal Credit Union Immediate Past Chair, CADC Vice President Kim Crider, Take Shape for Life - Chair-elect Jim Zimmerman, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. - Treasurer Sherri H. Stahl, Summit Health - Secretary Michael Doncheski, Penn State Mont Alto Foundation President Blake Truman, VerStandig Broadcasting Brian Speer, Wilson College Rod Hocker, Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Service Carlos Perez, CPA Wireless Boost Mobile Melanie Furlong, SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice Alice Hawbaker, LCSi Lehman Construction Services, Inc. Luke Martin, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., LLC Mark Story, Franklin County Library System Chris Patterson Jeff Truhan, The Shook Home Mark Durniak, Fuddruckers Brad Evans, Bartlett Tree Expert Company Angela Lynch, Chambersburg Area School District Foundation Michael J. Connor, Walker, Connor & Spang, LLC

CHAMBER STAFF Steve Christian - President [email protected] Amy Weibley - Communications & Strategic Initiatives Director [email protected] Maryliz Toohig - Financial Director [email protected] Robin Harmon - Executive Director of the Chamber Foundation [email protected] Scott Fish - Interim Director of Downtown Chambersburg Inc. [email protected] Angie Schaeffer - Exec. Assistant/Office Manager [email protected] Lark Plessinger - Marketing Manager [email protected] Stacy Guyer - Accounting Assistant, [email protected] Sue Black - Customer Service Specialist [email protected] Laiton Suders - Administrative Assistant/ Customer Service Representative [email protected]


Looking ahead to a bright future For those of you who have not heard the news, I am very pleased that the Chamber has hired Steve Christian as our new Chamber president and executive director of CADC. Steve comes to us with a tremendous amount of experience, as you can glean from the article on page one. I am proud to have served on the Selection Committee which conducted an exhaustive nationwide search ultimately resulting in finding Steve. I would like to give a big “Thank You!” to the members of the Selection Committee: Lance Kegerreis, Kim Crider, Eric Foreman, Chris Snavely, Sherri Stahl and David G. Sciamanna. This committee spent hours reviewing resumes, attending meetings, preparing questions and holding interviews. I am truly grateful for their service. I am excited and look forward to the future of the Chamber and its affiliates under Steve’s leadership. December will complete my second and final year as chair of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. It has been an honor to serve members and area businesses as chair. It certainly has been a term of changes with some ups and downs, but in the end I am pleased with what our board and our staff have been able to accomplish. The amount of time and dedication the volunteers and business leaders of this community devote to the Chamber is, in a word, remarkable. Every year the Chamber sponsors and supports countless events and programs including mixers, Lunch & Learns, the Duck Derby, CrabFeast, Oktoberfest, Sip & Savor, Scoop-a-Palooza, Leadership Franklin County, IceFest, the Franklin County Legislative Breakfast, ribbon cuttings, the 11/30 Network...and the list goes on and on. Without our unflappable Chamber staff and the selfless volunteers and leaders, none of these things would be accomplished. Thank you for all you do as a volunteer and member business to support these initiatives. With my departure comes great new leadership via Kim Crider. Kim owns and operates her own business as a Take Shape for Life certified health coach. I’ve had the privilege of working with Kim on various committees, particularly over the last several months. I can say without hesitation that the Chamber is in good hands under her direction. I’m confident that Kim will work closely with the Board and Executive Committee to provide Steve and the staff the support needed to lead a prosperous Chamber in the years to come. It has been a privilege to serve as chair and I welcome the opportunity to continue to champion the Chamber and its affiliates in their future endeavors. Troy Garman Realtor, RE/MAX Realty Agency Board Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

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Shop Small and win up to $500!

First Responders Appreciation Day

Check items off your holiday list, support local businesses and enter to win great prizes with the Shop Small Sweepstakes from November 3 to December 15. Shoppers have the chance to win up to $500 simply by supporting our community’s small businesses. Use your Shop Small Sweepstakes card and mark off experiences at a local small business. Once you have completed at least five experiences, submit your card to the Chamber with receipts and you will be entered in the drawing. Prizes include $500 cash, $250 in Chamber Dollars, $100 in Chamber Dollars, $50 in Chamber Dollars and a gift card gift basket.

On Friday, December 8, the 11/30 Network will give back to perhaps the most deserving citizens in the county - first responders. Volunteers will deliver care packages to the county’s fire, police and EMS departments to thank them for their service during the 3rd Annual Franklin County First Responders Appreciation Day.

Cards are available at the Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop, 100 Lincoln Way E. Completed cards are due at the Heritage Center by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 15. Winners will be drawn the following Monday and announced on the Chamber Facebook page at Don’t forget to use your Chamber Card, sponsored by Penn National Insurance, at participating businesses to get great deals. View the list of businesses and deals at

Employment issues facing Franklin County Research shows employment is the number one issue impacting individuals being released from jail and prison. At the same time, local employers have an overwhelming need for skilled labor. The solution to these employment problems may be found at the intersection where those with criminal backgrounds meet the needs of industries seeking workers. Join the Chamber for a keynote about local employment issues and the criminal justice system presented by Dr. Kimberly Eaton, Day Reporting Center Program Director for Franklin County, at the Annual Business Breakfast on Thursday, December 7 from 7 to 9 a.m. at Wilson College’s Laird Hall. Joining Eaton will be Ali Washabaugh, a formerly incarcerated local resident who now owns her own business. In addition to the keynote presentation, the Annual Business Breakfast features highlights of the Chamber’s past year and the awarding of the 2017 Business Person of the Year. Seating is limited, so register today before we sell out! Tickets are $20 for members or $25 for nonmembers. Register at or call 717-2647101. Registration ends Monday, December 4 at 9 a.m. or when all seats are sold.

First Responders Appreciation Day began in 2015 as an idea from 11/30 Network member Tracy Ross, who wanted to find a way to recognize and thank our local first responders. Her idea transformed into a day where volunteers travel in groups to police stations, fire houses and EMS postings throughout Franklin County to deliver care packages of edible goodies along with colorful cards from elementary school students. Donations are also made to the volunteer fire stations to help provide needed supplies. “We appreciate that they leave their families in the middle of the night to respond to accidents, especially when they often sacrifice family time during the holiday season to keep us all safe,” said Ross. “The least we can do is to thank them for their service and spread some cheer by delivering care packages as they work through the holidays.” The past two years gathered more than 20 volunteers together to deliver care packages to 38 first responder stations. Thanks to contributions from the community, approximately $4,000 worth of donations each year made the care packages and deliveries possible. The group is on track to have the same success for this year’s event. For more information about the event or the young professionals group, visit

Host a Chamber event in 2018 The Chamber has openings for members to host Lunch & Learn seminars and mixers throughout 2018. By hosting one of these Chamber events, your business will gain exposure to the Chamber membership and have an opportunity to showcase your business. Available months to host a Chamber mixer include August and November. If you’re interested in learning details about becoming a mixer host, contact Angela Schaeffer at 717-264-7101 ext. 208 or [email protected]. Lunch and Learns are typically held once a month with lunch provided courtesy of Fuddruckers. Your business can host a seminar for only $75. For more information or to secure your date, contact Laiton Suders at [email protected] or 717-264-7101 ext. 214.





Economic tour of Franklin County

Plug in to energy savings

Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community students spent the November session with Mike Ross of Franklin County Area Development Corp. Bill Boltz speaks with students during a tour of (FCADC) learning ULTA Distribution Center about economic development in Franklin County. Ross provided an overview of the county as the group traveled to Letterkenny Army Depot where they toured the facility to learn about the impact on our region and the world. Next, the group traveled to Mercer Vu Farms in Mercersburg to experience the dairy industry and how modern dairy farms operate. Mercer Vu is one of the largest farms in the area with over 1,600 cows on site and takes advantage of technology to improve efficiencies as well as protect land and animals.

OnDemand Energy Solutions is continuing as the Chamber endorsed energy consultant through 2018. As you may know, OnDemand has worked to educate our Chamber members on electricity deregulation and choice, while simultaneously providing our members with exclusive offers designed to reduce their energy spending and usage.

The class enjoyed lunch at Flannery’s in Mercersburg before heading to the final tour of the day, ULTA Distribution Center in Chambersburg. At ULTA, the group witnessed the process for both traditional distribution and e-fulfillment. Following the tour, the class headed back to FCADC where they reviewed the trip and what they saw versus their previous perceptions. LFC Community is sponsored by CenturyLink Business.

Inspiring a shared vision In November, Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth learned about the leadership skill of inspiring a shared vision. Led by Dr. Kim Eaton of Franklin County Government and Linda Boeckman of Wilson College, the class explored what a vision is and the different kinds of visionaries, both in the global world and in their personal worlds. The students then worked through how they can create their own vision and how they will inspire others. The class will put this lesson to use as they inspire others to share their vision through the community service projects they are working on throughout the year.

As a participating member of the ChamberChoice Energy Program, OnDemand’s energy management experts will work with you to customize an energy management strategy that is ideal for your business. Their consultants will: • Educate you about innovative products, energy management solutions and high-touch services. • Empower you to choose an energy plan that is within budget and fits your energy needs. • Execute the energy management strategy for your long-term success. Many of your meters may have electricity contracts expiring shortly, and it is not too early to map out your next electricity solution for the months and years ahead. OnDemand’s consultation will empower you with the knowledge you need in order to make smart decisions regarding your energy options. If you want to save money while working with a trusted consultant to find the best energy deal for your business, we highly encourage you to speak with Cheryl Hefft, our Chamber’s OnDemand representative. Cheryl is more than happy to review the best energy solutions for your business. Give her a call today at 717-575-4807 or email [email protected]. If you have any questions about this or other member services, please don’t hesitate to call the Chamber at 717-264-7101.

After lunch at the Wilson College dining hall, the students met with a local leader who had a vision to fill a need in our community and inspired others to achieve a lofty goal. John Lloyd of Noah’s House shared his personal history and struggles, sharing how this gave him the desire and drive to help others. He identified that Franklin County has a need for more facilities helping patients leaving drug rehab to become stable before moving back on their own. To meet this need, Lloyd had the vision to create Noah’s House, a recovery house for men suffering from addiction. He inspired the community to overcome many hurdles and opened the 15-bed house in October 2016. LFC Youth students participate in the program for free thanks to the sponsorship of Wilson College.


Available at the Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop, 100 Lincoln Way E.


Getting ready for Chambersburg’s most popular festival: IceFest The IceFest Committee is working hard to plan the 16th Annual IceFest in downtown Chambersburg which will be held Thursday, January 25 to Sunday, January 28. Visitors can stroll downtown to view the ice sculptures and enjoy a variety of events throughout the four-day festival. Catch a glimpse of the carvers from DiMartino Ice sculpting right in front of your eyes! Skilled in their art form, these carvers have trained for many years and can turn a plain block of ice into just about anything. It’s amazing to watch. Live carving is on Thursday and Friday nights. Events scheduled for the festival include the official ribbon-cutting and kick-off ceremony, ballroom dancing at the Snowfall Ball, chili tasting at the Chili Cookoff, dunking at the Polar Dunk Plunge, cake viewing and tasting at Icing on the Cake, slipping and sliding down the free ice slide and much more! For the complete list of events, visit The IceFest Committee is still seeking sponsorships for IceFest events and ice sculptures. To become a sponsor or for more information, contact Scott Fish at [email protected] or 717-264-7101 ext. 212. The committee is also in need of volunteers. Contact Scott Fish for information on how you can volunteer for the festival.

Buy local gifts at downtown merchants The holidays are a time to show love and appreciation to those closest to you while making new, heartwarming memories year after year. Staying in town to participate in activities like Small Business Saturday and supporting local businesses while holiday shopping may be some of your family’s new traditions! So, while you make your way through that holiday list of things to do make sure to keep downtown merchants in mind. Handmade jewelry, crafts and art make wonderful, personal gifts for a variety of people in your life. Downtown Chambersburg has a number of art galleries and studios, making it a one-stop-shop for buying local artwork. The Foundry is known for their beautiful and affordable art, furniture and more from area artists. The Garage Studios, J. Bryant Photography & Designs and Council for the Arts are more great stops for local crafts and works of art. For other locally made gifts from downtown merchants, the Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop is a hidden treasure trove of unique gifts. You may not realize the shop features perfect gift ideas like homemade soaps, candles, lotions and more, as well as “pictures as letters” that feature images from around Chambersburg shaped like letters so you can spell out names and words to frame. When talking about locally made, we can’t forget to include Chambersburg’s own craft brewery and wineries! Roy-Pitz Brewing Co., Jan Zell Wines & Ciders, GearHouse Brewing Co. and Tuscarora Mt. Winery offer delicious beverages made right here in Franklin County that let you give the taste of Chambersburg. When you’re looking for locally made gifts, downtown is full of options. In addition to those listed above, you can find gifts made right here in Chambersburg at: • Best Laid Seams, 115 N. Main St. • Gardens by Grace, 33 S. Main St. • The Gift Enclosure, 78 S. Main St. • KFB Jewelers, 31 S. Main St. • Nathan Miller Chocolate, 140 N. Third St. • Northwood Books, 59 N. Main St. • Olympia Candy Kitchen, 43 S. Main St. For a complete list of downtown retailers to fulfill your holiday shopping needs, visit



Sip & Savor: For Your Eyes Only

Civil War Seminars in 2018

Cue the James Bond theme music and get ready for a top secret mission. Chambersburg’s best night out is in need of secret agents to investigate a delicious four-course food and wine pairing along with entertainment, auctions, networking, games and prizes. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to attend Sip & Savor: For Your Eyes Only on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at The Orchards.

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours is preparing for another exciting year hosting three extended conferences in 2018. More than 250 people are anticipated to attend these seminars from across the nation and Canada. The conferences are sponsored by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and focus on educating guests about our region’s military history while delivering tourism dollars to Franklin County.

Sip & Savor is in need of businesses to provide sponsorship support. Your contribution will showcase your dedication to the success of area businesses and growth of our local economy through the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. All sponsorships also include tickets to attend the event. For details, please contact Amy Weibley at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or [email protected]. Keep an eye out for more details about your top secret mission to attend Sip & Savor: For Your Eyes Only. After all, diamonds are forever but Sip & Savor is only for one night...

Chamber letter supports legislation addressing prescription drug overuse The Chambersburg Chamber recently signed a collaborative letter with 71 other Pennsylvania chambers of commerce in support of legislation to address prescription drug overuse and abuse. Pennsylvania is facing a prescription drug and opioid abuse epidemic, struggling particularly with respect to injured workers; Pennsylvania ranked third in a recent 25-state study of opioid use among injured workers, measuring 78 percent higher than the median state. H.B. 18 and S.B. 936 would both implement a prescription drug formulary for workers’ compensation. Formularies are standard in regular and publicly-funded health insurance to help ensure appropriate patient care, address over-prescribing of medication and premature or inappropriate prescribing of opioids. Formularies offer a flexible approach that makes treatment of typical patients more efficient, facilitates exceptions for unique cases and addresses the outlier instances of over-prescribing. Utilizing a prescription drug formulary in workers’ compensation has helped mitigate prescription drug over-prescribing and addiction in many other states. For example, Ohio implemented its formulary in 2011 and has been able to reduce by half the number of workers’ compensation patients considered opioid dependent – from 9,343 to 4,723.

Seminars planned for 2018 include: • April 4-8: 5th Annual National Ed Bearss Symposium - Exploring all aspects of American military history with tours of the 1814 Battle of Baltimore, frontier forts of Ft. Loudon and Ft. McCord, Civil War sites in Harrisburg, Carlisle, Shepherdstown & more. Led by Ed Bearss, Jim Schmick, Wayne Motts & others. Based in Chambersburg, Pa. • July 25-29: “Roads to Gettysburg: Second Winchester and Brandy Station” - Following the Blue & Gray to Gettysburg with Brandy Station (largest cavalry action in North America) and Second Winchester (newly restored). Bonus tours of Aldie, Upperville, Middleburg and Mosby’s Confederacy. Led by Eric Wittenberg, J.D. Petruzzi, Bob O’Neill, Kevin Pawlak, Jeff Wert and others. Based in Chambersburg, Pa. • Oct. 10-14 “Mr. Lincoln’s City & John Wilkes Booth Escape Tour” - Touring Lincoln’s Washington, Booth Escae route and historic Frederick with Ed Steers and Joan Chaconas. Visiting Ford’s theater, Suratt Tavern, Dr. Mudd House, etc. Bonus tours include in the footsteps of the Presidents. Based in Frederick, Md. Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours has been hosting Civil War Tours for more than 27 years and is a division of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. The conferences are organized in partnership with Ted Alexander and include lectures with nationally-known historians as well as tours of battle sites, battlefields, monuments, etc. Whether you’re interested in the Civil War or belong to Civil War roundtables or historical societies, all are welcome to attend! For more information about upcoming seminars or to be added to our mailing list, please contact Lark Plessinger at 717-264-7101 ext. 206.

These bills also help ensure that Utilization Review Organizations, which resolve questions related to medical treatment, are properly certified. This guarantee will instill greater confidence in URO decisions and complements the drug formulary by ensuring qualified experts are holding all parties accountable to properly apply the formulary. The Chambersburg Chamber encourages our members to voice support of this legislation to your local representatives.


From Chambersburg to Italy During a trip to Italy, David G. Sciamanna met with leaders of the Milan Chamber of Commerce. He met with them to present the new book “World War II Italian Prisoners of War in Chambersburg.” He also enjoyed a tour of their beautiful building and gave them a gift from Chambersburg. The book is available now for $20.75 at the Heritage Center & Gift Shop, 100 Lincoln Way E., Chambersburg.


Tailgate mixer at Hamilton Hyundai More than 100 people attended the Chamber mixer in October hosted by Hamilton Hyundai. Featuring a tailgate theme, the evening included barbeque from CM Pig Out, refreshments, games and music from the Chambersburg Area Senior High School Pep Band. Orrstown Bank staff welcome guests to the November Chamber Mixer

Orrstown hosts mixer at Capitol

Members network at Hamilton Hyundai during the October Chamber Mixer

A fantastic crowd joined us at The Capitol Theatre for the November mixer hosted by Orrstown Bank. In addition to networking, refreshments and delicious food catered by EJ’s Grill, guests could enjoy a tour of the theatre facilities led by theatre manager, Jon Meyer. Thank you, Orrstown Bank, for coordinating a great event!

Grand re-opening of Grocery Outlet Congratulations to the Grocery Outlet on their grand re-opening! They celebrated with a community event including a moon bounce, hot dogs, face painting and more. The new ownership is excited to get involved in Chambersburg and provide quality service to its customers.

Comfort Inn celebrates its grand re-opening with a ribbon cutting

Comfort Inn grand re-opening Staff of the Grocery Outlet celebrate their grand re-opening

Franklin County legislative update More than 200 business professionals in the area attended the Franklin County Legislative Breakfast in October, co-hosted by all five chambers of commerce in the county. Attendees heard from Pennsylvania Senators Richard Alloway and John Eichelberger about pertinent topics of interest to our area. These included discussions on pension reform, the state budget, widening of Interstate 81 and more. Thanks to all our sponsors for making the event possible including Grand Sponsor, JFC Staffing Companies.

Comfort Inn celebrated their new location and extensive remodel with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Comfort Inn is located at 3648 Olde Scotland Rd. in Chambersburg and offers complimentary breakfast, free WiFi, beautiful views of the countryside, a new fitness center, easy access to Interstate 81 and much more.

Ribbon cutting for Diné Development Corporation at 70 W. King St.

Diné Development opens downtown

200+ business professionals gather to hear a legislative update

Welcome Diné Development Corporation (DDC) to downtown Chambersburg! They celebrated with an open house and ribbon cutting at their new location at 70 W. King St. - the former Ft. Chambers Building. DDC is a proactive business holding company charged to establish, invest in, own, and operate subsidiary corporations. The former Fort Chambers Building has been redesigned as a beautiful office space to house DDC subsidiaries.





180 Me, LLC

U.S. House passes joint employer bill

947 Wayne Ave., #320, Chambersburg, PA 17201 │ 717-504-3345 │ [email protected]

Rochelle guides businesses in increasing production, sales and clientele by focusing on its most valued resource: employees. Examining a company internally can provide useful data in cultivating the environment, so employee unity, longevity and dependability are developed. When employees believe they are respected and valued, they often work harder and longer for their employer, which typically leads to revenue increases and turnover decreases.

In November, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Save Local Business Act,” which would clarify the definition of “joint employment” under the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. The legislation aims to reverse the National Labor Relations Board’s joint employer theory as derived from the 2015 BrowningFerris case, which implemented a vague joint employer standard that holds businesses jointly liable for another party’s employees in business relationships; the decision also used an “Administrator’s Interpretation” of the standard that attempted to use a so-called “economic realities” test to define employment. As a result, many businesses now face potential legal liability for individuals they do not actually employ for workplaces they don’t control, including franchisors who work independently from individual franchisees. The current definition could also implicate companies that use contractors or purchase goods or services from a certain vendor.

As a master life coach, Rochelle utilizes the law of attraction to help individuals align their desires with their beliefs. She specializes in empowering women who struggle with fear, change, low self-esteem, insecurity, self-worth, sensual imbalances and lack of pleasures. Often times, women who have experienced trauma or abuse misplace their selfidentity. Rochelle guides them back to their personalized life mission.

The Save Local Business Act would reverse this overreach by setting forth a new definition of joint employment that stresses a person may be considered a joint employer in relation to the employee only if they exercise significant control over terms and conditions of employment – i.e., hiring, firing, determining pay rates, supervising, assigning work schedules and administering discipline.

Ganoe Paving, Inc.

While this issue is also currently before the court system, it does not negate the need for the legislation to pass. The U.S. Chamber is advocating in favor of the legislation, saying in a recent communication, “If enacted, the Save Local Business Act will provide a legislative solution that is needed to deliver clarity and stability for the business community. Its passage from the House is a positive development, and one hopes passage in the Senate will follow soon.”

The mission isn’t impossible! 180 Me, LLC was established in 2017 to empower individuals in accomplishing their life mission and businesses in achieving their mission statement, so there is rest at home and peace at work. The owner, Rochelle D. Plummer, earned her Master of Science in organizational development and leadership with a business concentration and a Masters of Arts in humanities, is a certified Corporate Life Coach, Master Life Coach, Health and Wellness Practitioner, Life & Spiritual Consultant and Relationship Mentor.

1455 Buchanan Trail W., Greencastle, PA 17201 │ 717-597-2567 │ [email protected]

Known for some 40 years primarily as a paving company, now under the ownership of Dirk Mowen, Ganoe Paving is expanding its business profile to include utilities repair and increasing its already proven excavating capabilities. The company has a growing customer base, with services that include new or refurbished driveways, utility repairs, such as water and sewer work, sidewalks, curbs and seal coating for everything from parking lots to driveways. Ganoe Paving operates in a large geographical area, stretching from Cumberland, Md. to York, Pa. and all the counties in between. As its website states:“Ganoe has set the standard for quality, smooth and long-lasting surfaces.” Ganoe handles a project thoroughly from the estimating process to project completion. As the economy has improved, Ganoe has also seen its prospects improve. Mowen welcomes new work for both residential and commercial customers, and provides free estimates. There is a form on the website for requesting a quote at

Congress moves closer to passing federal tax reform Congress took significant steps in November for the fight to reform the federal tax code for the first time in more than 30 years. The House Ways & Means Committee approved H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This move was applauded by business organizations throughout the nation, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In a statement following the committees’ passage of the bill, U.S. Chamber Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley called the legislation a “growth bill – achieving faster economic growth, encouraging job creation and getting more money in Americans’ pockets each year.” (continued on page 9)


In addition, the Senate Finance Committee unveiled its version of a tax reform package. The Senate’s version differs from the House’s on several fronts, including: how state and local tax deductions are handled and the number of tax brackets. A side-byside comparison of the House and Senate tax reform plans can be found on the Tax Foundation’s website,



Real Estate

60 Years Ken Shadle Aluminum Products, Inc.

Jim Cramer 2021 East Main Street Waynesboro, PA 17268 (717) 762-8000 [email protected]

30 Years Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, Inc.

The PA Chamber is teaming up with the U.S. Chamber and business organizations from throughout the country in calling for a final tax reform package that simplifies the tax code and improves our country’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. Additional information on why tax reform is needed can be found at


Save the date: Economic Forecast Summit Mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Economic Forecast Summit hosted by the PA Chamber of Business & Industry on Thursday, February 15 at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey, 4650 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg. This event brings together some of the nation’s most respected economic forecasters, workforce management strategists and cyber-security innovators to provide insights that will help executives understand the details of today’s economy and prepare for what is expected in the future. Tickets are available now for $159 each at

Exit Preferred Realty

Rice & Pho Vietnamese

Loc Truong 120 South Main Street Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 709-9988 Equipment Rental

Sunbelt Rentals

Michael Paylor 18304 Peak Circle Hagerstown, MD 21742 (301) 573-8972 [email protected] Know a business interested in becoming a member? Make a referral! Contact the Chamber staff to share the business’s information at [email protected] or call 717-264-7101.

These articles were written by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce for Business & Industry. For more, visit

25 Years Wal-Mart 20 Years Dymond Insurance & Realty Laurel Life Services 15 Years Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg/ Shippensburg, Inc. 10 Years Subway Subway (at Shippensburg Wal-Mart) Subway (at Wayne Ave) Subway (Downtown Shippensburg) Subway (inside Wal-Mart) Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. 5 Years Applebee’s Central PA Wireless - Boost Mobile CM Pig Out Heartland J & B Custom Built Homes, Inc. 1 Year AKI Civitan Club Of Chambersburg Dairy Queen Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) Human Resources by Design Power Train Sports & Fitness Chambersburg State Farm Insurance/Mike Hull Team Harper Enterprises LLC


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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS CenturyLink, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Level 3 Communications, Inc. The combination of CenturyLink and Level 3 creates a leading global network services company capable of providing customers a wide range of high-quality technology solutions over a secure and reliable fiber-rich network. The combined company, with estimated pro forma revenue of $24 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2017 (excluding revenue related to CenturyLink’s May 1, 2017, co-location business sale and including estimated intercompany eliminations and purchase accounting adjustments), anticipates that approximately 75 percent of its core revenue will come from business customers and nearly two-thirds of its core revenue will come from strategic services. CenturyLink’s network now connects more than 350 metropolitan areas with more than 100,000 fiber-enabled, on-net buildings. Visit to learn more. Patriot Federal Credit Union recently partnered with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), rolling out a new conventional mortgage loan product that offers qualified Pennsylvania borrowers a zero private mortgage insurance loan with as little as three percent down. PHFA mortgages do not require private mortgage insurance if a home buyer’s down payment is less than 20 percent. And, there is no first-time homebuyer requirement as long as a qualified borrower does not own other residential homes at the time of the loan closing. The partnership also offers additional assistance with down payment and closing costs for qualified borrowers. For information, call Mike Stouffer, mortgage consultant at 717-387-9346. The Girls’ Day Out Women’s Conference will be presented on Saturday, January 27 to benefit Pregnancy Ministries, Inc. The topic is Be Brave – Growing Up & Moving On with guest speaker, Laura Acuña, sharing the brave steps you can take to grow up, move on and discover that it is never too late to be who God created you to be. The host site for the conference is Otterbein Ministry Center at 912 S. Potomac St. in Waynesboro where guests will enjoy a coffee bar, continental breakfast and a hot lunch. Fun vendors will be selling their products and services. Registration, breakfast and shopping begin at 8 a.m. Admission is by donation to Pregnancy Ministries, a local nonprofit pregnancy resource center that helps men and women with unplanned pregnancies. To register, call 717-267-3738 or visit www. Chaplain Paul Yeun is preparing to retire from his position as the Chaplain at Chambersburg Hospital after 18 years of service. During his time there, the Chaplain successfully grew the pastoral services department from a group of seven, to more than 60; including 30 on-call clergy members and 30 lay volunteers. He offered countless trainings and educational opportunities for community members looking to get involved in pastoral care. The department also offers services to patients and staff in Waynesboro Hospital and all other Summit Health facilities. Chaplain Kibreab Gudeta will assume Chaplain Yeun’s position. Chaplain Gudeta has been the Chaplain at the Hospice of Washington County since 2011. Prior to that, he served in various Chaplaincy roles at the Hershey Medical Center.

Kofi Odoom has joined F&M Trust with a background in insurance, sales and finance. Prior to joining F&M Trust, he was self-employed as a freelance business professional working with organizations in the areas of financial reporting and analysis, operational improvements and business development strategies. Odoom is responsible for completing analyses and assessments with regard to credit for prospective and current F&M Trust commercial customers. F&M Trust is also pleased to welcome Frank Severa as a commercial credit recovery officer with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, he was a vice president with the Asset Resolution Group of BB&T in Maryland. In his new role, Severa is responsible for managing F&M Trust’s legal, financial and reputation risk associated with collection of the commercial loan portfolio. At a time when many colleges are only now considering tuition resets, the Wilson College Board of Trustees voted this past weekend to hold the line on tuition for an eighth consecutive year. On the recommendation of President Barbara K. Mistick, the board agreed to hold tuition at the current rate of $23,745 for undergraduates for the next academic year, 2018-19. Wilson’s actions are unique in today’s higher education landscape. The College Board reports that nationally, private colleges and universities have increased tuition an average of 13 percent over the past five years, while public institutions have raised tuition an average of nine percent over the same period. Chambersburg Hospital was recently recognized by Healthgrades for the seventh consecutive year as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Coronary Intervention for 2018. Chambersburg has also been recognized for the second consecutive year one of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Pulmonary Care. In addition, Chambersburg is one of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Orthopedic Surgery and one of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Critical Care in 2018. Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. Healthgrades identified the 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures evaluated within Orthopedic Surgery. The achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation. In 2018, Chambersburg Hospital is also the recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for the eighth consecutive year, which places Chambersburg Hospital in the Top 5% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures. Additionally, they have been named in the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiology Services. Chambersburg Hospital also has three five-star recognitions in Coronary Interventional Procedures for twelve consecutive years, Treatment of Heart Attack for seven years in a row and the Treatment of Heart Failure for four sequential years. Orrstown Financial Advisors is pleased to announce Lee Harter’s promotion to a vice president, financial advisor as well as Rebecca Holder to a financial services associate. Harter has earned his distinction because of his experience in financial planning and wealth management as well as his dedication to his clients. Holder has been with Orrstown Bank for 11 years and has the highest standards of service and dedication to her clients’ success. Both will work out of the Orchard Drive branch in Chambersburg.


William F. Fritts, II, CPA, CVA, and member of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC, has been voted the No. 1 Accountant in the Tri-State area by Herald-Mail Media readers for 2017. In the newspaper’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, readers nominate and vote for their favorite businesses and business professionals. Fritts joined SEK&Co in 1996 and was admitted as a member of the firm in 2001. He provides accounting and tax services to a wide spectrum of businesses and individuals, as well as valuation services primarily for estates and buy-sell agreements. SEK&Co was founded in 1963 and was recently named a “Top 200 Firm” by Inside Public Accounting. With 22 partners and a total staff of 160, SEK&Co services individuals as well as business clients in a variety of industries including construction, financial institutions, healthcare, local government, manufacturing, and nonprofit. For more information, visit The Franklin County Career and Technology Center Practical Nursing Program is pleased to announce Pamela Hoffeditz has earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing. Hoffeditz, an RN with over 26 years of experience has practiced nursing in many settings to include acute, community and long-term care. Pam has been teaching nursing at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center Practical Nursing Program for the last eleven years. Recently she was recognized by the Pennsylvania Association for Practical Nurse Administrators with a Best Practice Award for a Pediatric Simulation student learning experience. Hoffeditz is passionate about teaching and mentoring students to become qualified, caring nurses. Baxter Group, Inc. has received the Platinum level Safety Training Evaluation Process award from Associated Builders and Contractors for the second time in a row. Platinum is the highest of the four levels that can be achieved, and only four other companies in the ABC Cumberland Valley Chapter reached platinum. For 28 years, the Safety Training Evaluation Process has been used as a benchmarking tool to improve safety performance amongst the construction industry. Members measure their safety processes and policies using 20 key components and learn how to implement and better their safety practices and programs. In addition, Greg Crider of Baxter Group, Inc. recently achieved his ten-year anniversary with the company. A local from Waynesboro he serves as a project foreman and asbestos abatement supervisor. Baxter Group, Inc. sends out huge congratulations on this milestone. CEO, Jocelyne Melton, commends Greg on his loyalty to the company, dedication to his team and his devotion to improving the environment for our community. Totem Pole Playhouse will feature, from December 8 to 17, “A Christmas Carol” at Gettysburg’s Majestic Theatre. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at or call the box office at 888-805-7056. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will feature The Raleigh Ringers Holiday Concert, Ten Tenors Home for the Holidays and Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas Celebration this month. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717-477-7469 or online at

As construction nears completion on a major renovation and expansion of the historic Coyle Free Library in downtown Chambersburg, the Franklin County Library System and Summit Health have announced a partnership that aims to improve local literacy rates and bring accurate health information into the hands of community members. As a part of the partnership, Summit Health will sponsor computer-device check-out kiosks to be housed within the renovated library. Free resources to include pamphlets and other written materials will be available to community members near the kiosks. An outreach from this partnership will include classes and information sessions targeting the health needs identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment as well as priorities identified for PA Forward’s health literacy initiative. The Franklin County Historical Society is hosting “Escape the Old Jail” December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. This escape room adventure will consist of players solving a series of puzzles using clues and hints to escape the cell block within an hour. For more information on this event and others, visit or call 717-264-1667. The Capitol Theatre will host three live shows in December including Rockapella Christmas, The Nutcracker and a Hank Williams Tribute. A special screening of White Christmas followed by a holiday social hour is also planned for December 21 for only $5 per person. For more information about these and other upcoming events, visit The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will showcase The Piano Guys on Thursday, May 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now with group discounts offered for parties of 20 or more. Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. Reserved tickets may be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717477-7469 or purchase tickets online at Members and friends of the Franklin County Historical Society are invited to submit their favorite recipes for the Old Jail Cookbook, published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Old Jail. Please submit up to five of your favorite recipes (the ones your family members always ask about) to be represented in the anniversary cookbook. Your name will be printed with each of your recipes. Submissions must be received by February 23, 2018. Please visit to download the submission form or call 717-264-1667 for more information. For the first time, The Capitol Theatre will host a Young Playwrights Festival next year! This will be held at the historic Capitol Theatre on April 22, 2018 and will feature up to 10 fully-realized performances of original stage work written by school-age students. Authors of the plays will be paired with an experienced director and be involved in all aspects of producing their play, including acting in their own play if they like. Submissions are open to all students in Franklin County from kindergarten to 12th grade regardless of how or where they attend school. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three plays. Submissions for the Festival will close Friday, December 15, 2017. To submit a play, go to or call 717-2630202. Do something good? Have news to share? Submit an item for Members in the News to Lark Plessinger at [email protected].


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Our Service Vision Statement We promise to be your champion in the community, serving your needs to always be part of the solution. DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS 3

Make Your Own Wreath, benefiting Leadership Franklin County Alumni Scholarship 1 p.m., J. Bryant Photography & Designs, 76 S. Main St., $55 includes all supplies


Chamber Travel Club: Bermuda Cruise Info Session


Lunch & Learn: Office of Vocational Rehabilitaion

5:30-6:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way E., presented by Cruise Planners 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way E., lunch provided by Fuddruckers


2017 Annual Business Breakfast 7-9 a.m., Wilson College’s Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., $20 members, $25 non-members


Franklin County First Responders Appreciation Day, hosted by the 11/30 Network Beginning at noon, volunteers will deliver goodies to first responders throughout the county

12 Holiday Chamber Mixer, sponsored by Wilson College and Menno Haven 5-7 p.m., Wilson College’s Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave.,

14 11/30 Network Annual Ugly Sweater Party 5-7 p.m., Bistro 71, come wearing your ugly sweater - all are welcome!

25 Observance of Christmas

SHARE YOUR EVENTS Did you know as a Chamber member you can promote your upcoming events by posting them on the Chamber’s online events calendar? This free benefit of membership allows your events to be viewed by our many website visitors, as well as be placed in our e-newsletter the week of your event. To add your events, simply visit the Chamber website,, and click “Member Login” in the top right corner. After you’ve logged in to your member account, click the “Events” button at the top, then click the “Add an Event” button. Need assistance with your member login? Call the Chamber at 717-264-7101.

The Chamber office will be closed on Monday, December 25 To register for these events and more, visit

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