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Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff Award winners The impact of education, arts Youth prepare for LFC graduation Applications for LFC Community Let’s paint the (down)town! Save the date! Downtown events Spring cleaning for downtown ChambersFest needs your support Network at mixers in May 22nd Annual Golf Tournament May Lunch & Learn seminars Around town with the Chamber Member spotlights Franklin County population growth Development continues at Exit 24 PA Chamber update Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries Members in the news May calendar of events


JULY 8-15

CHAMBERSFEST A variety of events will be held during the week-long festival, including the Cook Memorial Race, Scoop-a-Palooza, Old Market Day and more.


TRIP TO IRELAND Depart October 6, return October 13 Join the Chamber Travel Club for an adventure to southern Ireland! Call 717-264-7101 for details. Visit for details about these events and more. May events are listed on the back of the newsletter.

MAY 2017


Business and community leaders honored The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce honored businesses and community members for their leadership, community engagement and achievements at the sold out Annual Awards Breakfast on April 6, sponsored by M&T Bank. Nine awards were presented during the morning event.

Joanne Cochran was honored as this year’s international ATHENA Leadership Award recipient, which honors professional, community and personal leadership and those who actively assist women in reaching their full leadership potential and/or personal and professional advancement. The ATHENA Award is sponsored locally by F&M Trust and Jennings Chevrolet, Buick, GMC. Cochran founded Keystone Health in 1986 after recognizing that the area’s migrant workers needed healthcare. Thirty-one years later, Keystone Health serves more than 50,000 patients annually and employs over 400 people. Through Cochran’s tireless commitment and dedication, Keystone has grown to be the nonprofit community pillar it is today, becoming the largest multi-specialty Federally Qualified Healthcare Center in the nation. She has continually spearheaded efforts to add services to meet the community’s needs, and works closely with many organizations to help provide more services through a variety of outlets. As an innovative leader demonstrating compassion, creativity and fearlessness, Cochran helps women grow and develop to their full potential through leading by example. New awards presented at the ceremony for the first time this year were the Young Professional of the Year and the Spirit of the Community Award. Details on these winners and the other award recipients are on page three. Story continued on page 3.

Cinco de Mayo Regional Fiesta Mixer, May 4 Don’t miss one of the largest Chamber mixers of the year at the Cinco de Mayo Regional Fiesta Mixer on Thursday, May 4. The event will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Conference Center at Shippensburg University, 500 Newburg Road. More than 500 business people are expected to attend from throughout the region. Host sponsors are Shippensburg University and the Conference Center at Shippensburg University. Several chambers from south central Pennsylvania participate in this popular mixer each May, which includes beverages and Mexican-themed appetizers. To register, contact the Shippensburg Chamber of Commerce at 717-532-5509 or [email protected]. You can also access the online registration link at


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 Amy Weibley - Interim Executive Director [email protected] David G. Sciamanna - Vice President [email protected] Doug Harmon - Membership 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]


Chamber starts club for travelers Part of the Chamber’s role in the greater Chambersburg area is adding to quality of life. For this reason, we’ve recently launched the Chamber Travel Club for all in the community to participate in. The Chamber Travel Club is an opportunity for local residents to enjoy unique group travel experiences with their neighbors to magnificent destinations, both domestic and international. The Chamber works with its member travel agents to coordinate trips that provide you with no hassle and quality, local customer service. It’s a great way to travel with local friends and family while supporting area businesses through the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization. In October 2017, we’ll be traveling to one of the most visited, beautiful and talked about areas of the island as we explore the best of southern Ireland with member travel agent Dream Vacations. The trip is great for first time visitors, return travelers and anyone who wants to visit the most enchanting of all isles! Highlights of the trip include: • Tour of Dublin with local guide • Walking tours of Dublin’s Trinity College and Galway • Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display • Dingle Bay Cruise • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum • Visits and admissions to Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woolen Mills, King John’s Castle and Cliffs of Moher • 4 dinners including Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and show, Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet, welcome get-together drink Trip includes 6 nights, 11 meals, $2,799 per person based on double occupancy. This includes all transportation (with airfare), a professional tour guide, hotel accommodations, 11 meals, taxes, tours of sightseeing destinations and more. For more information about the trip to Ireland, please contact Rhonda DeShong at Dream Vacations at [email protected] or 717-267-2180. To learn more about the Chamber Travel Club and other upcoming destinations, contact Lark Plessinger at the Chamber at 717-264-7101 ext. 206. Troy Garman, Realtor, RE/MAX Realty Agency Board Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce


Main St., The Gift Enclosure has reported an increase in sales.


Award winners Environmental Sustainability: Brechbill & Helman Construction Co., Inc. and Women in Need, Inc. The Women in Need Shelter & Advocacy is an 11,070-square-foot structure with a LEED Certified designation. The building was designed with the environment in mind, including features such as solar thermal panels, use of rain gardens, water saving plumbing fixtures and more. The construction phase included a waste management program resulting in 75 percent of waste being recycled. Innovator of the Year: Dr. Aylmer Tang and Dr. Arshad Safi This past November, Drs. Tang and Safi further advanced Chambersburg Hospital’s cardiology services by offering first-ofits-kind fully dissolving heart stents to patients. The Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold, the world’s first FDA-approved dissolving heart stent, is a major advance in the treatment of coronary artery disease. Chambersburg Hospital is the first medical facility in the region to offer this technology, meaning patients no longer need to travel out of the area for the best medical care. Nonprofit of the Year: Cumberland Valley School of Music CVSM serves students throughout the region, from newborns to senior citizens, with a staff of six and nearly 50 teaching artists. Last fiscal year they taught over 12,000 individual music lessons, 48 group classes and hosted 10 summer camps. CVSM has also given attention over the past three years to increase innovative programming for early childhood development and increase access for families by partnering with Head Start. Property Improvement - Rehabilitation $150,000-$500,000: GearHouse Brewing Co., 253 Grant St. The late-1800s railroad warehouse at 253 Grant St. underwent major renovations to be converted to a brewpub. Work included replacing the roof on part of the building, repainting the crumbled brick, replacing doors and windows, installing a skip planed oak floor, installing updated HVAC, plumbing and electric, overhauling the grounds and installing a patio. The owners took great care to maintain the historical integrity of the building and worked with local artists and contractors to keep the economic impact local. Property Improvement - Rehabilitation under $150,000: Drawbaugh Development, 78 S. Main The Gift Enclosure operated temporarily from 1 N. Main Street while Drawbaugh Development worked on renovations to their retail space at 78 S. Main St. Work included new flooring and ceiling as well as removing the plaster walls to expose and restore the brick. After moving back into the retail space at 78 S.

Spirit of the Community: Holly Baker Strayer Strayer, an art teacher at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, received the award for leading the Chambersburg Community Mural Project. This dynamic public arts project engaged the community in fundraising for and installation of two large-scale mosaic murals on buildings downtown. Strayer made the project happen in partnership with Downtown Chambersburg Inc., raising a total of $26,000 in less than a month the fund the project. She also recruited, trained and managed more than 100 volunteers who participated in the mural installation. Volunteer of the Year: Sam Thrush Sam Thrush, a planner for Franklin County Government, joined the Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) board in 2013, immediately stepping into leadership roles. He created a new fundraiser for DCI, the Duck Derby, implemented a Main Street Piano Project, serves on the Chambersburg Bike and Pedestrian Improvement Plan Advisory Committee on behalf of DCI and recently completed research on a Storefront Preservation Zoning concept. He also served on the Downtown Visioning and Master Plan Steering Committee. Young Professional of the Year: David Livengood Livengood, business teacher at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, was recognized for his commitment to excellence in teaching as well as his efforts in launching the 11/30 Network young professionals group. As a teacher, he leads many initiatives at the high school for students such as Haunted Halls, Mini Thon and the student store. He has also engaged with the community through volunteer efforts and leadership roles, most notably as founding chair of the 11/30 Network. The Chamber congratulates all the award winners and thanks them for their continued contributions to the community. The Annual Awards Breakfast is held in early April to recognize Chamber members for outstanding accomplishments. Nominations begin every January. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Grand Sponsor

ATHENA Leadership Award Sponsors: F&M Trust Jennings Chevrolet, Buick, GMC

Table Sponsors Brechbill & Helman Construction Company, Inc., Corning Credit Union, Danfoss, F&M Trust, Keystone Health, Manitowoc, Menno Haven, Patriot Federal Credit Union, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., Summit Health and Wilson College Patron Sponsors American Micro Industries / Soundproof Cow, CPA Wireless Boost Mobile, First Community Bank of Mercersburg, ​LCSi Lehman Construction Services, Lehman’s Carpet Cleaning & Flooring Sales, Penn National Insurance, ​Penn State Mont Alto and Providence Place


Join the Chamber Travel Club for a

Trip to Ireland!

The majestic Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary

Tour Includes:

7 Days - October 6-13, 2017

• All transportation including airfare (roundtrip IAD), transport All of this for only to/from airport and sightseeing by luxury coach with professional driver and guide • 6 nights accommodations • Full breakfast daily except on day 1, and 1 Lunch based on double occupancy • 4 dinners including, Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show and Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet • Welcome get-together drink • Tour of Dublin with a local guide • Walking tours of Dublin’s Trinity College and Galway • Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display • Dingle Bay Cruise • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum • Visits and admissions to Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, King John’s Castle and Cliffs of Moher • All local taxes, hotel service charges and porterage for one suitcase per person • And more!


For trip/booking details, contact Dream Vacations: 717-267-2180, [email protected] To learn about the Chamber Travel Club, call Lark Plessinger at 717-264-7101 ext. 206 Learn More at Travel Info Session

May 15 @7pm Call 717-264-7101 for details

City of Dublin

Cliffs of Moher



The impact of education, arts Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community explored education and the arts in April. The session began with a welcome and talk at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center (FCCTC) from Jim Duffey, administrative director. Dr. Eric Michael of Wilson College led the class in a discussion of the current state of education in Franklin County, followed by a mock school board exercise for a small taste of the issues public schools deal with. Dr. Mark Long, principal at the Chambersburg Career Magnet School, then treated the class to a tour of the school. After the tour, Amy Hicks, executive director of the United Way of Franklin County, spoke about efforts in the county to support early childhood education. The class also enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by the FCCTC culinary department, then spoke to a panel of representatives from alternatives to public education: Angie Petersheim, administrator of Shalom Christian Academy; Michelle D’Antonio, head of school of Montessori Academy of Chambersburg; and Kimberly Travis, homeschool parent. During the afternoon session, the class heard about the importance of arts to our community. Rowan Joseph of Totem Pole Playhouse, Anne Finucane of the Chambersburg Council for the Arts, Sally Herritt of Chambersburg Community Theatre, Jon Meyer of The Capitol Theatre and Heather McEndree of Cumberland Valley School of Music (CVSM) described the impact arts have on the community, education, economic development and more. After a tour of the theatre, students participated in an arts experience then enjoyed performances from students at CVSM. The day ended with a prospecting reception for possible incoming students at the Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop. Applications are now available for the LFC Community class of 2018 at and are due by June 30. LFC Community is sponsored by CenturyLink Business.

Youth prepare for LFC graduation The final session of the Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth Class of 2017 in April was a bittersweet day. Jason Crider of Orrstown Bank gave the class tips about public speaking in preparation for their project presentations at LFC graduation. Students gave an impromptu one minute speech on a random subject. Then each project team practiced their graduation presentation, explaining their community service project and the process. The student projects include: Valentines made by Greencastle-Antrim students for Menno Haven residents, a volleyball tournament to benefit Cumberland Valley Christian School athletics, a clothes collection for the Salvation Army, a collection for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, books for the Ronald McDonald House and St. Jude’s, creation of an encouraging poster for Reese Burdette, a 5k to benefit the Better Days Animal Shelter, and a senior acceptance day celebration for Waynesboro students. The LFC Youth graduation ceremony will be held Sunday, May 7 at Wilson College. Leadership Franklin County Youth is offered free to area sophomore students thanks to program sponsor Wilson College.

Applications for LFC Community Class of 2018 now available Interested in building your leadership skills while learning more about the community? Apply for the Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community program. The application deadline is June 30 and tuition is $1,300. A limited number of scholarships are available. LFC strives to improve the quality and effectiveness of leadership in Franklin County by bringing together emerging leaders who represent a cross-section of the community. The program creates an awareness of the problems, opportunities and resources available in the area while stimulating a commitment from students to work together to make Franklin County a better place in which to live and work. Applications are available at For more information, contact Robin Harmon, executive director of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or [email protected].


Spring cleaning for downtown


Let’s paint the (down)town! Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) is coordinating the 5th Annual Downtown Mural Project that will add color and creativity to the public spaces in the heart of Chambersburg. Area artists are invited to create an individual mural that will be displayed at various outdoor locations in the downtown area.

Prepared canvases (1/4” primed plywood) will be available free of charge at the Chamber office, 100 Lincoln Way East, and The Foundry, 100 S. Main St., beginning in early June and will be 2-by-4feet in size. The deadline for submissions is August 1. The installation will be unveiled at a First Friday Event on September 1. The murals will be judged and awards will be announced on October 21 on the Downtown Chambersburg Facebook page. Community members of all ages are encouraged to participate. Guidelines for work: • Must be the artist’s individual work in design and execution. • Work must be able to withstand outdoor display for about five months; two coats of marine grade primer are highly recommended. • Work must be suitable for all ages. • Committee has the right to determine the suitability of work. • All mediums and themes are welcome. Submissions will be photographed and posted on the Downtown Chambersburg Facebook page. For entry forms and more information, visit or call 717-264-7101.

Downtown Chambersburg is getting ready for spring! The Memorial Fountain will be filled with water and turned on, flower baskets have been ordered, a care management plan for the trees that line Main Street and Chambers Fort Park has been approved and the landscapers will soon begin working on the green spaces. The community is getting involved in sprucing up downtown, too. For May of Caring, a month of volunteer opportunities coordinated by United Way of Franklin County, a downtown spring clean-up day is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 in coordination with the borough. Volunteer groups will spend the morning cleaning up various places around downtown, such as the rail trail, along the Conococheague Creek and more. If you’re interested in forming a volunteer group, contact the United Way at 717-262-0015 or office@uwfcpa. org. In addition to clean and green projects, DCI continues to administer the Facade Improvement Program and is planning for the 5th Annual Downtown Mural Project, a public art project that displays 2’x4’ paintings on various downtown properties. Last year, more than 60 paintings were submitted and have been on display throughout the fall and winter on downtown buildings. Every year, DCI coordinates several projects that work together to create an inviting atmosphere and enhance the physical character and sense of place in the downtown. For more information, visit or email [email protected].


JUNE-SEPTEMBER - SECOND SATURDAYS Enjoy free concerts and family-friendly movies in Chambers Fort Park on the second Saturday of every month from June through September! Check out the schedule at



3 - 8 p.m., AMVETS picnic pavilion, 750 Fifth Ave. View the flyer inserted in the newsletter for more info.


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Support and become a sponsor!. Date: July 8-15, 2017

Location: Throughout Chambersburg

Projected Attendance: Thousands!

Contact: Amy Weibley, Communications Director, 717-264-7101 ext. 204, [email protected] About the event: Thousands of people enjoy ChambersFest every year, a community celebration for a week in July that salutes the spirit of Chambersburg’s townspeople. Sponsors enable the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce to offer and promote events for the community while boosting the area economy. More than that, sponsors greatly benefit through sponsorships in a number of ways, such as:  Showcase your business in front of thousands of area residents and visitors.  Build brand recognition for your company.  Show community support with your investment to the area.  Attract potential clients through your involvement. Available sponsorships for 2017 include: ChambersFest Corporate Sponsor - $1,000  Logo featured on Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce promotions for ChambersFest (including the Chamber’s website, newsletter, e-blasts, flyers and more).  Logo positioned on the ChambersFest banner, which is displayed throughout the entire month of July.  Logo featured on the back of the Tim & Susan Cook Memorial Race T-shirts (race is on July 9).  Company name featured in ChambersFest advertisements in newspapers and publications.  Mentions of sponsorship on Verstandig Broadcasting’s four radio stations.  One 3”x5” block ad in the Chamber newsletter and one square ad in the e-news, to be used in 2016 - $144 value. ChambersFest Premier Sponsor - $500  Company name listed in promotional materials (including website, newsletter, flyers, advertisements and more).  Company name featured in ChambersFest articles.  Two square ads in the Chamber e-newsletter, to be used in 2016 - $90 value. ChambersFest Benefactor Sponsor - $300  Company name listed in most promotional materials (including website, newsletter and more).  One square ad in the Chamber e-newsletter, to be used in 2016 - $45 value. ChambersFest Contributor Sponsor - $100  Company name listed in most promotional materials (including website, newsletter and more).

Yes, I would like to sponsor ChamberFest 2017! Company Name (as you want it to appear in listings)


Contact Name




____Sponsorship Amount


I understand that the submission of this form confirms commitment from the company above for this sponsorship.



Return form to Amy Weibley, communications director: Mail to Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Amy Weibley, 100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A, Chambersburg, PA 17201; or email to [email protected]; or fax to 717-267-0399.

Join us for the 14th Annual Tim & Susan Cook Memorial ChambersFest 1-Mile Race/Walk on Saturday, July 8.

Race Schedule: 7AM

Registration at Chambersburg Memorial YMCA 570 E. McKinnley St., Chambersburg, PA

8AM Women’s and Girl’s Race/Walk 8:30AM Men’s and Boy’s Race/Walk 9:30AM Results Ceremony Races begin at Chambersburg Area Middle School and end at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Why We Run/Walk Tim E. Cook and Susan M. Cook were both 49 when they died on December 13, 2002 as a result of a car accident. Both were 1971 graduates of Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS). Tim was a mathematics teacher at the high school for 28 years and was the coach of the girls’ cross country and track teams. Susan was an administrative assistant at Shippensburg University. Money raised from this race is contributed to the Tim and Susan Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund at CASHS.

Participants may register and pay online or complete the form below. To register online, visit

Registration Form:

Payment Information:


Amount enclosed: ___________________

Mailing Address________________________________________ City___________________________ State______ ZIP_________

OR Charge this amount __________________ to (circle one):

Phone________________________ Age on race day__________


Email________________________________________________ Race Entered (circle one): Female Run/Walk Walk

Male Run/

Pre-registration (encouraged to ensure T-shirt availability): $15 per entry without T-shirt, on or before June 23 $20 per entry with T-shirt, on or before June 23 Race-day registration: $18 per entry, no T-shirt $22 per entry with T-shirt (if available) T-shirt size (circle one): Youth L Adult Small Adult M Adult L Adult XL None

Please make check payable to Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce


MasterCard Visa

Credit Card Number____________________________________ Exp. Date___________________ Sec. Code_________________ Please complete and return this form to the Chamber office: 100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A, Chambersburg, PA 17201 Waiver: Upon acceptance of my entry, I the undersigned, assume all risks associated with running in this event & do hereby release & discharge the Chambersburg Road Runners Club, Chambersburg Area School District, Borough of Chambersburg, and the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce & all other race representatives from any and all claims for damage, demands & causes of action arising from or as a result of my participation in this race. Signature: ____________________________________ Date: ________________


ChambersFest needs your support Thousands of people enjoy ChambersFest every year, a week-long community celebration in July that salutes the spirit of Chambersburg’s townspeople. The Chamber plays a key role in promoting ChambersFest and coordinating some of the events. ChambersFest takes a lot of time to plan and coordinate, and the Chamber is asking our members for support. Sponsors enable us to offer events for the community while boosting the area economy. Sponsors will have the opportunity to showcase their businesses while supporting events that benefit the community. For information about the benefits of sponsoring and the various sponsorship levels, view the flyer inside the newsletter. To become a sponsor, contact Amy Weibley at [email protected] or 717-264-7101 ext. 204. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s ChambersFest events!

Network at mixers in May This month is jam-packed with networking opportunities before the summer season hits! In addition to the Cinco de Mayo Regional Fiesta on Thursday, May 4, there are two other mixers for you to take advantage of. Spicher’s Appliance and Security, 1611 Orchard Dr., will host a mixer on Tuesday, May 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. Providence Place is hosting a mixer inviting members of the Chambersburg, Waynesboro and Greencastle chambers to enjoy their brand new pub on Thursday, May 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. Located at 2085 Wayne Rd., the mixer will include drinks, snacks, door prizes and tours of an apartment. Chamber mixers are free to attend, but registration is requested. Register at or call 717-264-7101.

Energy savings for members What if you could save hundreds to possibly thousands of dollars, depending upon your usage, on your commercial and residential electric bill? The Chamber, in partnership with OnDemand Energy Solutions and ChamberChoice, has the best commercial and residential utility savings program available for our region - and it is available exclusively to Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce members. Companies like Providence Place, Penn National Resort Community, McDonalds and F&M Trust all participate in the commercial energy program. Your business can save, too! If you are not in a contract or are currently already in a contract, please contact Doug Harmon at the Chamber, 717-264-7101 ext. 202, or contact OnDemand Energy at [email protected] or 888-5663362. You can also learn more at or

22nd Annual Golf Tournament Spaces are filling up quickly for the 22nd Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 30! The tournament, with title sponsor Spherion, will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at Whitetail Golf Resort, 13805 Blairs Valley Road, Mercersburg. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and dinner following the tournament. The cost is $95 per golfer and includes greens fees, range balls, lunch, dinner, drinks, networking and door prizes. Sponsorships are available, including Premier ($1,000), Benefactor ($500), Contributor ($250) and Hole ($100) sponsors.


Title Sponsor

Premier Sponsor VFW Post 1599 Contest Sponsor Allstate - Craig Campbell

To sponsor or donate a door prize, contact Doug Harmon at 717264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected]. To register for the event, visit Look for more information in the Golf Tournament flyer in this newsletter.

May Lunch & Learn seminars It is well known that effective use of social media is the cornerstone to any advertising campaign, however implementing quality social media business pages and campaigns can be daunting and time consuming. This is why Symbiotic Marketing LLC will host a free Lunch & Learn seminar titled “Social Media is Important - Now What?” on Thursday, May 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chamber. Another Lunch & Learn will be held on Thursday, May 11 at the Chamber facilitated by Cumberland Valley Dental Care. This free session will inform employers, employees and retirees about the Dental Health Advantage Plan, a high quality, innovative and affordable plan. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Fuddruckers. Lunch & Learns are free to attend, but registration is required. Register at or call 717-264-7101. Any cancellations made within 48 hours and no shows will be billed $10.


Advertise Your Business! Gain exposure for your business at affordable rates through Chamber advertising - exclusive for Chamber members! Learn more today by contacting Amy Weibley: 717-264-7101 ext. 204.


March mixer at ACNB ACNB Bank hosted an excellent Mardi Gras mixer in March. Members enjoyed networking, delicious food by CJ’s BBQ Smokehouse and live music from Jamie Negley. The bank also recently celebrated 160 years of service to the south central Pennsylvania region.

The ribbon is cut at Trendy Exchange’s grand opening

Trendy Exchange opens on LWE Welcome to Chambersburg, Trendy Exchange! They celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting at 2005 Lincoln Way E. Theybuy, sell and trade name brand clothing at affordable prices. Trendy Exchange is a great place to start your shopping with brand name clothing and accessories for the entire family.

ACNB Bank employees greet guests at the March mixer

Sell-out crowd for awards breakfast The Chamber’s Annual Awards Breakfast once again hosted a sold out crowd of members in April. Guests enjoyed a buffet breakfast followed by the presentation of nine awards to deserving member businesses and individuals. Vern McKissick then detailed the Central Center and Rose Rent loft projects. More details on the award winners can be found on pages one and three.

Superior Floorcoverings celebrates the completion of renovations

Ribbon cutting at Superior Guests enjoy breakfast before the presentation at the Annual Awards Breakfast

Seminar explores military history More than 60 people gathered in Chambersburg at the Hampton Inn for the 4th Annual Ed Bearss Symposium focused on military history and combat last month. The weekend conference hosted by Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours explored the beginning of George Washington’s military career during the French and Indian War. The bus tour took participants to Fort Necessity National Battlefield, the site of General Braddock’s grave, Braddock’s Battlefield History Center and more. Sessions included lectures by famous historians with lunch catered by Premier Events. Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours has been hosting tours since 1989 and welcomes guests from the U.S. and Canada to our region. For more information about upcoming conferences, please visit or call Lark Plessinger at 717-2647101 ext. 206.

Congrats Superior Floorcoverings & Kitchens LLC! They cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of the HUB Building at 254 E. King St with family, friends and members of the community in downtown Chambersburg. Superior Floorcoverings offers a great selection of flooring, cabinets, countertops and more to help you find the best products for your needs and lifestyle. Stop in and see their showroom - it’s undergone a major transformation!

Ed Bearss leads a tour at Fort Necessity National Battlefield


22nd Annual CrabFeast Sponsorship Opportunities

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017

Location: Amvets Post 224 Picnic Pavilion

Projected Attendance: 300+

About the event: The annual CrabFeast is one of Downtown Chambersburg Inc.’s most significant fundraising events. Guests enjoy all-you-can-eat hardshell crabs, games of chance, food and more entertainment. Corporate sponsorships allow DCI to cover the cost of numerous bushels of crabs. All proceeds benefit Downtown Chambersburg Inc. and its core mission of revitalizing downtown Chambersburg. DCI is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Contact: Scott Fish, Events Coordinator, 717-264-7101 ext. 212, [email protected] Corporate Gold Sponsorship - $500 - Sponsor will receive the following benefits:  Company name included in radio advertisements over four VerStandig Broadcasting Radio Stations, as time allows.  Company name featured in CrabFeast promotions in the following online and print media: o VerStandig Broadcasting website o Chamber of Commerce website o Downtown Chambersburg website o CrabFeast Facebook event page o Chamber of Commerce September recap article  Company may display banners and/or product display at the AMVETS Pavilion during the CrabFeast  Company logo on the CrabFeast T-shirt (Please email logo to [email protected])  Company logo displayed on Table Tent Card at the event  Acknowledgement of company as sponsor during the event  Community recognition of your firm’s support for Downtown Chambersburg  Four CrabFeast tickets to the event  Opportunity to reserve preferred seating for your company picnic o Purchase 12 or more CrabFeast tickets and receive a 20% discount on tickets Corporate Silver Sponsor - $250 - Sponsor will receive the following benefits:  Company name listed in Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce September newsletter recap article  Company may display banner at the AMVETS Pavilion during the CrabFeast  Company name listed on CrabFeast T-shirt  Community recognition of your firm’s support for Downtown Chambersburg  Two CrabFeast tickets to the event  Opportunity to reserve preferred seating for your company picnic o Purchase 12 or more CrabFeast tickets and receive a 10% discount on tickets Yes, I would like to sponsor the 22nd Annual CrabFeast Company Name (as you want it to appear in listings)


Contact Name




____Sponsorship Amount


I understand that the submission of this form confirms commitment from the company above for this sponsorship.


_____ Return form to Scott Fish, events coordinator: Mail to Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Scott Fish, 100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A, Chambersburg, PA 17201; or email to [email protected]; or fax to 717-267-0399.





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My family created Protection4Paws first as a campaign name and then realized that we wanted to do more for our K9 officers. Therefore, Protection4Paws, Inc. was formed to carry on that passion and to continue to provide needed items to police K9s both active and retired on a wider scale. We focus on the tri-state area but will help any K9 should the need arise. We are a nonprofit organization run by volunteers who share the same passion. Many of the police K9 units are self-funded, so we strive to provide any support we can to our furry officers and their handlers.

In March 2017, the Penn State Data Center reported that Franklin County’s population was estimated to be 153,851. The new estimate represents an increase of 4,233 people since the 2010 Census. The population growth ranks Franklin County as the 6th fastest growing county in the entire state. Neighboring Cumberland County had the fastest growing population with more than 13,000 people since 2010.

In 2016-2017, Protection4Paws raised enough money through small fundraisers and sponsors to donate bullet and stab protective vests to 17 K9s in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia at a cost of $1,050 each. Our goal is to continue to sponsor these needed items as well as provide first aid/trauma kits and medical expensed when needed. For more information, please call 717-331-0231 or visit

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 34 majors and master’s degrees in education, educational technology, special education, the humanities, accountancy, management, nursing, fine arts and healthcare management. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation. Located in Chambersburg, Wilson College has a beautiful 300-acre campus with the Conococheague Creek running through its center. The main campus buildings are part of a historic district as designated by the National Register of Historic Places. Six buildings serve as student housing and with additional facilities for recreation, athletics and equestrian competitions, including three athletic fields (field hockey, soccer and softball), a field house and a fitness center. In addition, Wilson College has the USDA organiccertified Fulton Farm, part of the Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies, which allows a wide range of opportunities to learn about approaches to sustainable living. In January 2009, the college opened the $25 million Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology, the first Gold LEED-certified building in the area, and 2015 marked the completion of a $12 million renovation and expansion of the historic John Stewart Memorial Library, which reopened with a new state-of-the-art learning commons. Wilson College had the largest enrollment of its history in the fall 2016 with 1,098, which included students from 18 states and 16 countries. Visit for more information.

The map above illustrates that--with the exception of Centre, Butler and Union Counties--the counties that fall to the southeast of Interstates 81 and 78 are driving the state’s economy and population growth. More information from the Penn State Data Center can be found at

Development continues at Exit 24 Chambersburg Area Development Corporation (CADC) is continuing with the construction of a new 100,000-square-foot industrial building adjacent to Interstate 81, Exit 24 in Shippensburg. Located within the United Business Park, the facility will serve as a new location for TST Impreso which is currently located on Wayne Avenue in Chambersburg. Based in Texas, TST is a manufacturer and distributor of a wide array of business forms, imaging products, and related paper products. The company operates five manufacturing plants and 16 warehouses across the country. Once completed, TST will relocate its 61 current full time and 13 temporary employees from Wayne Avenue to the new facility. New Jersey-based Matrix Development Group is also working on construction at United Business Park. In June, Matrix purchased 205 acres in the park with the intent of constructing up to 2.7 million square feet of warehouse facilities. The 1.5 million-square-foot warehouse/logistics building currently under construction is expected to be completed later this year. In addition to the Shippensburg locations, Matrix also owns the World Kitchen, LLC facility in Greencastle. In 2014 Matrix completed a $20 Million renovation to the World Kitchen property.




Addressing the job skills gap: PA Foundation partners with Mike Rowe As part of its ongoing initiative to address the Commonwealth’s job skills gap, the PA Chamber Educational Foundation is teaming up with Executive Producer and TV Host Mike Rowe to offer scholarships to Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing a career in skilled trades as part of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s 2017 Work Ethic Scholarship Program. “Pennsylvania has long been touted for its strong work ethic,” said PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr. “However, a lack of job readiness among candidates in critical growing industries has led to a growing skills gap. We’re proud to join with Mike Rowe and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to increase public awareness about the growing demand for workers in the skilled trades.” The mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s Work Ethic Scholarship Program gives scholarships to people getting trained for skilled jobs that are in high demand. The PA Chamber’s contribution to the 2017 Work Ethic Scholarship Program will go directly towards qualified Pennsylvanians. With the help of the Commonwealth’s business community, the PA Chamber will contribute more than $75,000 in scholarship funds. The 2017 Work Ethic Scholarship Program launched in March. This innovative collaboration developed as a follow-up to the PA Chamber’s 2016 Workforce Summit, in which Rowe was the keynote speaker. At the Summit, the results of the PA Chamber’s 2016 Workforce Survey were unveiled to show that more than 50 percent of employers surveyed believe that recruiting qualified candidates is very or extremely difficult. Additionally, 57 percent said they think it will get more difficult within the next five years, and 56 percent said they are having difficulty filling technical/skilled trade jobs. Those interested in applying for the 2017 Work Ethic Scholarship can find more information at This article was written by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. For more information, visit

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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS For the second straight year, Boyer & Ritter LLC was recognized by Accounting Today Magazine as one of the top Mid-Atlantic accounting firms. Only three other Pennsylvania companies made the list, which the magazine bases on a firm’s level of revenue that sets them in the top tier of their region. In February, Pennsylvania Business Central also named Boyer & Ritter among the “Top 100 Organizations” in the state for the second year in a row. Boyer & Ritter is among the largest regional accounting firms based in central Pennsylvania and has offices in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg and State College. For more information, visit The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University feature PIPPIN on May 3 at 7:30 p.m. PIPPIN is a Broadway musical full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs. 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 Enjoy great music, barbecue and drinks at the Blues, Brews & Barbecue event on May 6 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. This party will feature Jerry Rigged Blue Grass, Tullie Brae Blues and Skyla Burrell Blues with cuisine from CJ’s BBQ Smokehouse. Tickets are $10 per person or $7 for designated drivers, and can be purchased online at www.thecapitoltheatre. org or by calling 717-263-0202. The Community Support Program of the Mental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton Counties is hosting a Wellness Conference on May 5. The event theme, Overcoming Depression, will feature training seminars on supplemental therapies, medications and traditional therapies. The conference will be held at King Street Church, 162 E. King St. in Chambersburg. For more information email [email protected] or [email protected]. Ocker Financial Services located in Chambersburg is pleased to announce that Lacey Kipe has successfully passed the FINRA Series 65 licensure exam. The examination covers ethics, laws, regulations and topics such as portfolio management and fiduciary responsibilities. Kipe is able to offer financial services and investment planning. To schedule an appointment with her, please call 717-263-3316. Kipe is a registered representative. Securities are offered through HD Vest Investment ServicesSM, Member SIPC. Ocker Financial Services LLC is not a registered broker/dealer or registered investment advisory firm. Orrstown Financial Services, Inc. is pleased to announce Mike Kugler has joined Orrstown Bank as VP/C&I relationship manager. Kugler has more than 39 years of banking experience in the region and has spent the majority of his career with F&M Trust. With over $1.4 billion in assets, Orrstown Financial Services, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Orrstown Bank and Wheatland Advisors, Inc. provide a wide range of consumer and business financial services. For more information visit

Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels are invited to get “splashed” at the most colorful race in the area! On Sunday, May 13, Summit Health and the 11/30 Network will host the fourth annual Splash Your Sole 5k at Norlo Park, 3050 Lincoln Way East. The fun, untimed run will have heats at 8 and 9 a.m. Participants can preregister for the 5k online or register in person the day of the event. The cost is $30, includes a T-shirt and goody bag. Children younger than 10 may participate for free, but will not receive a T-shirt. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Antrim Township Park in Greencastle. The Chambersburg Community Theatre will present “Anne of Green Gables” on May 12-14 and 19-21 at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $18 for adults, $13 for students and $8 for children under 12. More information can be found at The Capitol Theatre will host the event, “Single Seniors Mingle” on May 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Fun activities to help you meet new people and make new friends. Get your tickets at or call 717-263-0202. Wilson College President Barbara K. Mistick was chosen as a recipient of the 2017 Women of Influence award, an annual Central Penn Business Journal (CPBJ) program recognizing 30 of the midstate’s top women leaders. The Women of Influence Award goes to women leaders who are influential in their companies, industries and communities; and have solid reputations based on their experience, integrity, leadership and accomplishments. Judges chose Mistick for her leadership and achievements at Wilson, as well as her contributions to the community. As an award winner, Mistick will be recognized at an event to be held June 26 at the Hilton Harrisburg, as well as in the June 30 issue of CPBJ. Totem Pole Playhouse will feature “Driving Miss Daisy” on May 26 to June 11 at 9555 Golf Course Rd. in Fayetteville. Set in mid-century Atlanta, Driving Miss Daisy tells the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy Werthan, portrayed by four-time Emmy Awardwinning actress Michael Learned (The Waltons), and her chauffeur, Hoke Colburn (Lance E. Nichols). For tickets, call the box office at 888805-7056. The Franklin County Historical Society will host its monthly meeting at Grove Family Library, 101 Ragged Edge Road, on May 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. Bob Macfarlane will speak on General J.L. Chamberlain. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 717-264-1667.


Camp Evergreen, presented by SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, is a weekend overnight camp for children between the ages of 6 and 16 years who have experienced a recent death of a loved one within their family or community circle. The camp is designed to mix traditional camp activities with others that are geared to help strengthen campers’ coping skills. The children can gather together in a safe, peer-to-peer environment and learn new ways of expressing their feelings. Camp Evergreen is offered free of charge and will be held Saturday, July 29 through Sunday, July 30 at Camp Fowler in Orefield, Pa. To register, volunteer or ask questions about Camp Evergreen call Linda Rothermel at 877-438-3511 or email [email protected]. Wilson College sophomore Keion Adams has been named a Campus Compact 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, an honor given to “community-committed” students who have demonstrated “an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.” Adams, one of 273 Newman Fellows named across the country, is the student director of Wilson’s campus food pantry and volunteers with the college’s Student-Athlete Mentor (SAM) program, which provides peer-to-peer mentorship and guidance for first-year students to help them adjust to the demands of college. Adams is majoring in exercise and sport science and is a Wilson College Curran Scholar. Visit for more information. Pregnancy Ministries, Inc. is hosting its annual Walk for Life events in Waynesboro and Fayetteville. These are fun, family-friendly events that help raise awareness for the need to care for young moms, dads and babies. The Walks are also major fundraisers for the ministry. Walkers ask their family and friends to sponsor them. This year, online fundraising is available. When walkers register online, they will receive their own personal fundraising page that may be shared via social media and email. This year there is a superhero theme. Visit with superhero favorites and if you like, dress up yourself! Enjoy great snacks and door prizes. The first walk will be held on May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Otterbein Community Park in Waynesboro. The second walk will be held on June 3 at 8 a.m. at Norlo Park in Fayetteville. For more information, please visit www. or call 717-267-3738.

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will feature The McCartney Years, the world’s number one Paul McCartney tribute experience, on Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. The McCartney Years is a period-true, technically stunning and explosive live concert show that performs the music of McCartney spanning two decades from The Beatles to Wings. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, 717-477-7469, or at Chambersburg Hospital is accepting applications for its 7th annual Kristin Runyon Memorial Scholarship that will be awarded to two local nursing students.This year, two $3,500 scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled in a full-time registered-nurse education program. The students must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.8 and be residents of Franklin County or the surrounding communities serviced by Summit Health. Applications can be obtained from the Summit Health Development Office, 785 Fifth Ave., Suite 1, or online at: In addition to a completed scholarship application, those wishing to be considered should submit a cover letter, official transcript, one academic reference and a clinical letter of reference by June 30. Keystone Human Services in Chambersburg operates a program that connects businesses to individuals who can work part-time. The participants in Keystone’s program are reliable and will do a great job, helping contribute to the success of your business. For more information, contact Mike Taormina by calling 717-414-6968 or email [email protected]. Do something good? Have news to share? Submit your press release to Lark Plessinger, marketing manager, at [email protected].

Summit Health is hosting an Autism Awareness Fair on September 17 and is currently seeking business sponsors for the event. The fair is held for individuals with autism, their families, friends, loved ones and care providers including games, sensory activities, food, beverages, entertainment and fun! A variety of sponsorship levels are available. For more information and to support the event, contact Deborah Strong, director of development, at 717-267-7457 or [email protected]. The Franklin County Historical Society and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau will host the Franklin County Cemetery Scavenger Hunt starting June 1. Cost is $10 per person and participants may work in groups or alone. The hunt will last the entire month of June with answers checked after June 30. Cash prizes will be given. For more information, please or call 717-2641667.


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Lunch & Learn: Social Media is Important - Now What? by Symbiotic Marketing 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East


Cinco de Mayo Regional Fiesta Mixer 4:30-7 p.m., Conference Center at Shippensburg University, 500 Newburg Rd., Shippensburg


Leadercast, Contact Robin Harmon for details: 717-264-7101 ext. 205 8 a.m. Registration, 9 a.m. Program, 3:30 p.m. After Event Mixer, $119/person


Lunch & Learn: Dental Health Advantage Plan by Cumberland Valley Dental Care


Leadership Franklin County Community Graduation

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East, lunch provided by Fuddruckers 5-7:45 p.m., Waynesboro Country Club, 11000 Country Club Rd., Waynesboro, $20


May Chamber Mixer 5-7 p.m., Spicher’s Appliance and Security, 1611 Orchard Dr.

PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS Advertising is a crucial tool to help build brand awareness and impact your bottomline. The Chamber offers low-cost advertising as an exclusive member benefit. Our rates are designed to be affordable for any size business or organization. To download the Chamber’s Advertising Rate Sheet, visit and click on “Marketing Opportunities” under the “Membership” tab, or contact Amy Weibley at [email protected] or 717-264-7101.

17-21 Shiloh Civil War Tour Enjoy tours and seminars in Corinth, MS! For details, visit


11/30 Network: 3rd Thursday Happy Hour 5-7 p.m., Good-ta-Go, 1640 Orchard Dr.


Multi-Chamber Mixer 5-7 p.m., Providence Place, 2085 Wayne Rd. To register for these events and more, visit

The Outlook is the monthly publication of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. Ideas, opinions and statements expressed in articles by contributors are not necessarily those of the Chamber. Neither the publisher nor any individual associated with any branch of production, nor the advertisers, will be held liable for typographical misprints contained herein. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is a 5-star accredited chamber, rated among the top chambers in the U.S., and is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the PA Chamber Business & Industry.