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Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff Sip & Savor returns Sept. 17 Kennebec Drive Block Party Mixer Run/walk to fund CASHS scholarships Scoop-a-Palooza on July 9 LFC Youth and Community update LFC Community applications available Second Saturdays kick-off June 11 Paint a mural for downtown Starting a conversation about zoning ChambersFest Restaurant Week CrabFeast coming in August Get the most from your membership Technology grant deadline approaches Chamber Night at the Suns game Around town with the Chamber Committee Corner Member spotlights PA Chamber update Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries Giving back & Members in the news May calendar of events



SIP & SAVOR: BLACK & WHITE BALL 6 p.m. Cocktail hour 7 p.m. 4-course food & wine pairing 10 p.m. After party Chambersburg Country Club


BUSINESS & INDUSTRY NIGHT 4 - 7 p.m. at Penn State Mont Alto Featuring a Business-to-Business Expo, seminars and more. Visit for details about these events and more. June events are listed on the back of the newsletter.

JUNE 2016


11/30 Network seeks young professionals The 11/30 Network, Franklin County’s young professionals group, is now accepting membership enrollment and renewals for its second year. Those interested in learning about the 11/30 Network and how to join are encouraged to attend the Membership Open House on June 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jan Zell Wines. Membership to the young professionals group costs $30 and is effective from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Anyone who lives and/or works in Franklin County that is 21 to 39 years old as of July 1, 2016 is eligible to join. Membership forms are available online at The 11/30 Network has had a successful beginning. After officially launching in February 2015, they initiated membership that June. The group grew quickly, reaching 100 members in just four months and ending its first membership year at more than 150 members. “With the energy the 11/30 Network has been generating, we’ve connected many young professionals in the community and engaged them in new ways,” said Dave Livengood, chair of the 11/30 Network for the 2015-2016 membership year. “We look forward to continue growing this group as it becomes a fixture in Franklin County for years to come.” For more information about the 11/30 Network or a list of upcoming events, visit or contact Amy Fisher at [email protected] or 717-2647101 ext. 2014. The 11/30 Network is an initiative of the Chambersburg Chamber.

Catch the spirit at ChambersFest On July 30, 1864, Chambersburg became the only northern town burned by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Chambersburg bounced back quickly and has celebrated the spirit of the townspeople with an annual festival, ChambersFest, each year since 1986. This year marks the 30th anniversary; thousands of people will come out to enjoy this community celebration and “Catch the Spirit.” This year’s ChambersFest will be July 9-16. A range of events will be held during the festival including the first ever ChambersFest Restaurant Week featuring specials at participating restaurants throughout the week. ChambersFest takes a significant amount of time to plan and coordinate, and the Chamber is asking members for support. Sponsors enable us to offer events for the community while boosting the area economy. For more information, view the newsletter insert or contact Amy Fisher at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or [email protected] by Friday, June 10.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Troy Garman, RE/MAX Realty Agency Chair Eric Foreman, BB&T - Immediate Past Chair Noel Purdy - Chamber President Jim Zimmerman, Valley Quarries Inc. Treasurer Sherri H. Stahl, Summit Health - Secretary Lance Kegerreis, Dennis E. Black Engineering, Inc. - CADC Vice President Michelle Paulnock, ACNB Bank Foundation President Blake Truman, VerStandig Broadcasting Brian Speer, Wilson College Rod Hocker, Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Service Carlos Perez, Chambersburg Wireless Melanie Furlong, SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice Alice Hawbaker, LCSi Lehman Construction Services, Inc. Luke Martin, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., LLC Kim Crider, Kim Crider/Take Shape for Life Mark Story, Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County Chris Patterson, Manitowoc Cranes 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 Noel Purdy - President [email protected] David G. Sciamanna - Vice President [email protected] Amy Fisher - Communications Director [email protected] Doug Harmon - Membership Director [email protected] Maryliz Toohig - Financial Director [email protected] Robin Harmon - Executive Director of the Chamber Foundation [email protected] Angie Schaeffer - Exec. Assistant/Office Manager [email protected] Lark Plessinger - Marketing Assistant [email protected] Scott Fish - Events Coordinator [email protected] Stacy Guyer - Accounting Assistant, [email protected] Sue Black - Customer Service Specialist [email protected]


Summer events for the whole family June marks the official kick-off to summer. With that comes the infamous statement from our kids...“I’m bored, there’s nothing to do.” Isn’t it kind of ironic that you sometimes hear a similar statement from adults? “There’s nothing to do around here.” Well, let me tell you that just isn’t true. There are tons of events planned in our area, like the Race Against Poverty on June 3, Neighborhood Chefs’ Walk on June 4, American Cancer Society Relay For Life on June 10, 11/30 Network Business Fashion Show on June 22 and the Chamber’s 21st Annual Golf Tournament on June 30. Other ongoing events throughout the summer include First Fridays, which feature fun activities downtown and at local businesses for the entire family to enjoy on the first Friday of every month from May through December. Second Saturdays from June through September feature free live music from local artists in Chambers Fort Park from 5 to 8 p.m. followed by free, family-friendly movies in the park beginning at dusk. June’s Second Saturday will include performances by The Hello Strangers and Soleil as well as a screening of Disney’s Inside Out. ChambersFest will celebrate its 30th anniversary this summer featuring fun events for the whole family to enjoy from July 9-16. Favorites like Old Market Day and 1864: The Burning will return, and the new ChambersFest Restaurant Week will offer dining deals at participating restaurants throughout the entire week. For the most up-to-date schedule of events, visit If you’re ever looking for things to do, view the Chamber’s events calendar at You can also check out for events in Downtown Chambersburg. As a member, you have the opportunity to post your upcoming events on the Chamber calendar for free. Simply login online to your Member Portal and add your event from there. For details, call the Chamber office at 717-264-7101. Troy Garman Realtor, RE/MAX Realty Agency Board Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce


Sip & Savor returns Sept. 17

Run/walk to help fund CASHS scholarships

It will be a formal affair at the Chamber’s Sip & Savor: Black & White Ball on Satuday, September 17 at the Chambersburg Country Club. The signature fundraiser will feature a delicious fourcourse dinner paired with local wines.

The Chamber invites community members along with their family and friends to participate in the 13th Annual Tim and Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race/Walk on Saturday, July 9. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Chambersburg YMCA, with the women’s race/walk at 8 a.m. and the men’s race/walk at 8:30 a.m.

Sip & Savor guests will enjoy the pairings while learning about the balances of flavors from a local wine expert and the chef. In addition, attendees will experience a spectacular evening filled with live and silent auctions, entertainment, networking and more. Following the main dining event, the party will move to the Sip & Savor After Party with a DJ dance club feel, appetizers and cash bar. The After Party is sponsored by the 11/30 Network. Mark your calendars to join the Chamber as we celebrate local businesses at this premier event unlike any other in the region! Tickets for Sip & Savor will be on sale soon. Help us make Sip & Savor a great success while gaining exposure for your business. Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels. For details, view the insert in this newsletter or contact Scott Fish at 717264-7101 ext. 212 or [email protected].

Become a Sponsor!

Kennebec Drive Block Party Mixer The popular Kennebec Drive Block Party Mixer is back again this year! The mixer will be held on Tuesday, June 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. co-hosted by a variety of businesses on Kennebec Drive in Chambersburg. You’ll enjoy delicious food and refreshments along with networking and DJ entertainment. Remember, it’s outside so dress for the weather! Chamber mixers are a great way to make new business contacts, catch up with old friends and get to know fellow Chamber members. Mixers are free to attend and include food, beverages and door prizes. To register for the June Block Party Mixer or other events, call the Chamber at 717-264-7101 or visit

The one-mile race is held to honor the memory of Tim and Susan Cook, who died tragically in a car accident on December 13, 2002. 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 event is contributed to the Tim and Susan Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund, which annually awards scholarships to two seniors from CASHS who have modeled the characteristics exemplified by Tim and Susan Cook. Last year, the race raised $1,500 that the Chamber was able to donate for the scholarship fund. Participants who register for the race/walk by Sunday, June 26 will receive a discount. The pre-registration rate is $20 per entry and includes a commemorative T-shirt, or $15 with no T-shirt. For more information or to register, visit or call 717-264-7101.

Scoop-a-Palooza on July 9 The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation’s 7th Annual Scoop-aPalooza is planned for Saturday, July 9 at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. The event is one of several that kick-off the ChambersFest celebration. The popular all-you-can-eat ice cream fundraiser is a dream for ice cream lovers of all ages. Ice cream vendors set up shop in the high school’s cafeteria and serve samples for attendees to vote on. There’s a kids’ area with fun things to do, as well as a Homemade Ice Cream Contest where amatuers can take a crack at making delicious, unique ice cream flavors in an effort to win prizes. Tickets are available in advance at the Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop, 100 Lincoln Way East. Adult tickets are $6 each and children 12 and under are $4 each. Tickets will also be on sale at the door for $1 more per ticket.




Youth students graduate program The seventh class of Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth graduated this April with tools to help them emerge as leaders in their schools, communities and personal lives. High school sophomores from throughout Franklin County completed the program, which is offered by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, an affiliate of the Chamber.

The LFC Youth class of 2016 at graduation

Since last September, students met once a month for half-day sessions where they participated in tours and other learning opportunities in the community. The curriculum included team building exercises, sessions on leadership, communication, ethics and personal accountability, community awareness, diversity and goal setting. The students also chose their own service projects. The projects included: holding a book drive for Legal Aid Society, providing inspiration to classmates for Spirit Week at Shippensburg High School, collecting cards for soldiers at Christmas, coordinating a supply drive for Antietam Humane Society, raising funds for House of Grace and planning a food drive for the food pantry. The 24 graduates from the Class of 2016 are: Makenzie Armstrong, Kalynn Boos, Kaitlyn Bowser, Ariana Burke, Victoria Buselli, Paige Cavanaugh, Julie Crouse, Jacob DeCarli, Caley Eyler, Lorrie Goodrich, Collin Griffin, Alyson Hoffmann, Sydney Jones, Angelica Lopez, Emma Newell, Jacob Reid, Sydni Ressler, Kayla Rhoads, Kennedy Roseborough, Derek Rotz, Morgan Snyder, Kirti Venkatesh, Kaylee Warrenfeltz and Avery Wenger. The top program sponsor for the 2015-16 LFC Youth program was Wilson College. Other sponsors included: Manitowoc Crane, Target and Manito Centers for Innovative Learning.

23 graduate from LFC Community Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community Class of 2016 celebrated the end of their program and the beginning of their leadership journeys on May 12 at the Waynesboro Country Club. The LFC Community Class of 2016 includes: Jon Baker, Menno Haven; Shalom Black, Franklin County Government; Mike Brown, 1st Ed Credit Union; Kira Cramer, Cool Hollow Financial; Bill Dann, CenturyLink; Amy Ehrhart, Keystone Health; Jeremy Flores, Chambersburg Area School District; Heather Kohler, Gateway Gallery Auction; Amber Gift, Franklin County Government; Tina Gipe, Boyer and Ritter, CPAs and Consultants; Andrea Grenke, Patriot Federal Credit Union; Rebecca Holder, Orrstown Bank; Bill Humphrey, Patriot Federal Credit Union; Penny Koser, F&M Trust; Cody Marker, Chambersburg Area School District; Steve Nevada, Franklin County Government; Lark Plessinger, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce; Rochelle Plummer, Wilson College; Laurie Porter, Source 4 Teachers; Chad Rydbom, Orrstown Bank; Rachel Schrek, Zullinger-Davis-Trinh, P.C.; Jen Verno, Patriot Federal Credit Union; Michele Williams, F&M Trust. In addition to learning about their community and meeting county leaders throughout their time in the LFC Community Program, the class also completed five community service projects. Projects included: marketing for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life; data collection for the Franklin County Office of Veterans Affairs; Run Your Ice Off 5k at IceFest; Educational Improvement Tax Credit outreach for Montessori Academy of Chambersburg; and Program Development for the Work Ready Program with South Central Community Action Program. LFC Community is a program of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and is sponsored by CenturyLink Business. The Foundation is very grateful to its volunteers, faculty, and sponsor for their assistance with the program.

Applications due June 30 for LFC Community program 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].



Second Saturdays kick-off June 11 Second Saturdays are back this summer at Chambers Fort Park featuring live music from 5 to 8 p.m. and movies beginning at dusk. Coordinated by Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI), the Second Saturday series kicks-off on June 11 and continues through September (July 9, August 13 and September 10).

Paint a mural for downtown! Downtown Chambersburg Inc.’s mural project is underway and you can contribute! Area artists are invited to create an individual mural to be displayed at various outdoor locations in the downtown area. Prepared 2-by-4-feet canvases (1/4” primed plywood) will be available free of charge at the Chamber office beginning this month. Deadline for submissions is August 1. The installation will be unveiled at a First Friday event on September 2. The murals will be judged and awards announced on October 15 on the Downtown Chambersburg Facebook page. For entry details and forms, email [email protected] or call 717-264-7101.

“Providing free, family-friendly events in our downtown for people of all ages to enjoy is a priority for us,” said Noel Purdy, president of DCI. “We want everyone to experience all that downtown has to offer and take advantage of the great restaurants, retailers and business professionals who serve our community in the heart of Chambersburg.” Second Saturday events begin with Concerts in the Park, sponsored by Volvo Construction Equipment, from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring local musicians. This concert schedule includes: • June 11 – The Hello Strangers with opener Soleil • July 9 – Wings That Buzz with opener Jonathan Ingels • August 13 – Shawan and the Wonton with opener Carly Clark • September 10 – NAS Trio with opener Waylon A. Smith

Starting a conversation about zoning We’re at a tipping point with downtown revitalization. More than 30 years of hard work, commitment and investment have made downtown what it is today: ready for growth. Over $30 million dollars of investment is planned for downtown in the next few years, and we must position ourselves to leverage that investment. Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) recently completed a Downtown Master Plan. Input from the community during the process yielded many discussions about how to bring more retail and entertainment options that could create more patron and pedestrian activity. One strategy DCI is exploring is a zoning concept called storefront preservation. This would target Main Street businesses with a high percentage of windows and restrict certain uses of these storefronts that are perceived to be counter to revitalization efforts. Uses like residential, churches and soup kitchens do not generate foot traffic that translates into business sales. These types of uses do not maximize the economic activity traditionally associated with a Main Street location. Rather, these kinds of uses create a lack of cohesion, a disjointed feeling on Main Street, and a lack of investor confidence.

Following the live music will be the Downtown Summer Movie Series showing family-friendly films sponsored by Summit Health. Second Saturday movies begin at dusk and include: • June 11 – Inside Out • July 9 – Back to the Future • August 13 – Zootopia • September 10 – Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens Second Saturdays are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Chambers Fort Park is located between North Main Street THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS and the Rail Trail at the confluence of the Conococheague and Falling Concert Sponsor Springs.

Movie Sponsor

For more information, visit, follow Downtown Chambersburg on Facebook at DowntownChambersburgPA, or call 717-264-7101.

Downtown Chambersburg’s Main Street is located in the most flexible zoning district in the borough, which allows most uses and even has areas that are not defined. Some would argue this is a good thing. The reality is there are over 80 unique parcels fronting Main Street from the Towers on the Falling Spring to Washington Street and over 40 unique property owners who have different investment philosophies. A discussion about how to create cohesion from a zoning perspective just makes sense. It’s much easier to facilitate cohesion in a strip mall or business park, because typically there is one owner. With downtown revitalization, collective impact can be marginal without some type of standard or consensus about what brings visitors to downtown. Local government is the only entity who can do that. That is why DCI has started an important conversation about zoning with the Borough Planning and Zoning Commission. DCI has asked the Planning Commission to be involved with a committee to explore zoning in general, and how it can help with downtown revitalization. While DCI has submitted a report to the commission about the storefront preservation zoning concept, it has not asked that it be formally adopted, but rather provides an example of a zoning concept that is being used in other downtowns.



ChambersFest Restaurant Week

Get the most of your membership

Help us celebrate ChambersFest 2016 with our first ever ChambersFest Restaurant Week, with presenting sponsor Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Service. Visit participating restaurants from Saturday, July 9 through Saturday, July 16 to take advantage of their restaurant week specials and enter to win prizes! Specials will include meal deals at $18.64, to commemorate the year Chambersburg was burned by Confederates during the Civil War, and $30, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of ChambersFest.

What are you getting out of your Chamber membership? Come learn some of the ways the Chamber can help your business from Membership Director Doug Harmon at this Lunch & Learn on Thursday, June 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some of the topics to be discussed include: • Receive discounts from other members • Get free press • Raise your profile • Solve business problems 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. You may submit questions prior to the seminar to Doug at [email protected].


Did we mention you can win prizes? Use the hashtag #CburgEats when you post a picture to social media throughout the week to enter the daily contest. Each unique visit to a participating restaurant is an opportunity to post and tag a picture. The more locations you visit, the more chances you have to win! Here’s how to enter the restaurant week daily prize contest: Step 1: Dine at a participating restaurant. Step 2: Take a photo of you and/or your food at the restaurant. Step 3: Post your photo to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram using #CburgEats to be entered to win. Step 4: The next day at noon, check the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for the announcement of the winner from the previous day’s entries ( Step 5: On Monday, July 18 at noon check Facebook for an announcement of the GRAND PRIZE winner! Check out the ChambersFest webpage regularly for the most up-todate list of participating restaurants and their restaurant week specials:

CrabFeast returns in August Don’t drive all the way to the beach for great crabs! We bring them to you at the 21st Annual CrabFeast by Downtown Chambersburg Inc. and VerStandig Broadcasting. The event will be held rain or shine at the AMVETS Post 224 picnic pavilion, 750 Fifth Ave., from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 27. Doors open at 3 p.m. for small games of chance. Food will be served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets include barbeque chicken and the fixin’s by Main Street Deli and all-you-can-eat Hard Shell Crabs by Woodpoint Grille. There will be a live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. CrabFeast tickets are available at the Chamber, 100 Lincoln Way East. Cost is $41 per adult and $13 for children 12 and younger. Price includes beverages. Proceeds are used for downtown revitalization.

Technology grant deadline approaches The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation is offering the Innovative Technology Challenge Grants to educators in all six school districts for innovative use of technology in the classroom for grades K-12. Applications are available on the Chamber website at The deadline for applications is June 30. Applicants will be evaluated based on three key criteria: innovation, value added to curriculum and advanced academics. Grants totaling $11,600, each between $2,000 and $5,000, are available as a result of contributions from area businesses, including Waste Management, BB&T and M&T Bank. Contributing businesses are eligible for Educational Improvement Tax Credits through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. For more information about the grants, contact Robin Harmon, executive director of the Foundation, at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or [email protected].

Chamber Night at the Suns game Enjoy professional baseball, a delicious picnic and fireworks at Chamber Night with The Hagerstown Suns on Friday, August 12 at Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown, Md., when the Suns play the Ashville Tourists. All employees of Chamber members and their families can attend this event, so spread the word! The game starts at 7:05 p.m., with a special picnic for Chamber members and their guests from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 per person and include admission and the picnic. For information or to purchase your tickets, contact Doug Harmon, membership director, at [email protected] or 717-2647101 ext. 202. The Hagerstown Suns are part of the South Atlantic Class A Affiliate of the Washington Nationals.



April mixer at PA CareerLink There was plenty of networking and delicious food at the April Chamber Mixer hosted by PA CareerLink. Members enjoyed door prizes as well as appetizers and refreshments catered by Bistro 71 and Norland Pub.

Standing room only at the Cinco de Mayo Regional Mixer

Cinco de Mayo Regional Mixer Guests network at the April mixer hosted by PA CareerLink

J. Bryant Photography opens on Main

It was a packed house once again for the annual Cinco de Mayo Regional Mixer at the Conference Center at Shippensburg University. Guests traveled from Waynesboro, Carlisle, Harrisburg and everywhere in between to enjoy networking with more than 350 professionals as well as nachos, margaritas and door prizes.

J. Bryant Photography & Designs cut the ribbon at their new location on 76 S. Main St. in Chambersburg. Photographer and artist Jamie Bryant specializes in artistic services customized to suit the unique needs of her clients.

The ribbon is cut at Belle Jewelers’ new location on Norland Avenue

Belle Jewelers moves to Norland Ribbon cutting for the new location of J. Bryant Photography & Designs

Leadercast Franklin County

Big congrats to Belle Jewelers! They cut the ribbon at their new location at 960 Norland Avenue next to Chick-fil-A. Belle Jewelers has been in business for 70 years and is one of the area’s largest sources for diamonds along with Pandora and Endless.

Leadership Franklin County Advanced was a host site for Leadercast 2016: Architects of Tomorrow. The largest one-day leadership event in the world, Leadercast is broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of locations. Nearly 100 people attended our local simulcast of the event.

Ribbon cutting for Patriot Federal Credit Union branch on Lincoln Way E.

Patriot opens new branch

Sherri Stahl of Summit Health welcoming attendees at Leadercast

Patriot Federal Credit Union held a ribbon cutting ceremony in April for its ninth and newest branch, located at 1536 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg. Lobby hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, as well as 24/7 ATM accessibility.


Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce at Municipal Stadium Friday, August 12th


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Meet Marissa Schmehl, member of the Ambassador Committee

Lancaster County Career & Technology Center

Committee Corner spotlights a different Chamber volunteer to provide insight on their experiences being part of the Chamber, contributing to the community and building their career.

2463 Loop Road, Chambersburg, PA 17207 │717-491-4932 │ [email protected]

Blessed. That’s the one word that best describes my life. This summer I’ll be celebrating 20 years in the payroll business and, like most small business owners, I owe many thanks to our local community for their support. What does this have to do with the Chambersburg Chamber? Plenty. Take downtown Chambersburg for instance. The Chamber and its affiliates work hard to attract businesses and traffic to the downtown area. This benefits the overall community by attracting more businesses to Franklin County. When more businesses open in the area it raises all boats by increasing the amount of money flowing through our local economy and helping all of us grow our businesses. Being a Chamber Ambassador (an Ambassador helps with member retention and the recruitment of new members) allows me to actively thank the Chamber and the community for everything they’ve done for me and BCM Payroll over the last 20 years. The more the Chamber grows, the more funds they have to invest in making Chambersburg and Franklin County the best it can be. And, of course, I help myself and BCM Payroll by getting to meet lots of great people in the process of helping the Chamber meet its goals. Please talk to Doug Harmon about becoming the next Ambassador for the Chamber if this sounds like a fun (and profitable) venture for you! Note: I owe a special thank you to Brittany Snyder from our local ServPro office. She inspired me in the summer of 2014 to get actively involved in the Chambersburg Chamber. BCM Payroll joined the Chamber in 1998 and other than about a year and a half when we dropped out we have been a member ever since, but we have only been active since Brittany invited us to sponsor a table at the ServPro mixer in the summer of 2014. SAVE THE DATE! OKTOBERFEST ON OCTOBER 1 The 3rd annual Oktoberfest brings the traditional German festivities to downtown Chambersburg. On Saturday, October 1, you’ll enjoy a funfilled day packed with events including a 5k run/walk and duck derby. Stay tuned for more information to come!

Chambersburg Campus Commercial Truck Driving

Lancaster County Career & Technology Center has been training truck drivers since 1987! The truck driving industry is in high demand and expected to increase as more companies transport their goods by truck. Graduates from our Commercial Truck Driving Program can expect to earn good wages, as much as $45,000 a year to start as an over-the-road driver. Every effort is made to ensure our graduates are successful in finding gainful employment. Classes start the first Monday of every month and run 10 hours a day, Monday through Thursday, for five weeks. Upon graduation students earn CDL Class A or Class B license with endorsements, understand the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules and regulations and have the skills to obtain an entry-level position as a professional truck driver for local, regional or over-the-road companies. We are also a third-party testing site for the State of Pennsylvania. Testing is available five days a week. Appointments are necessary, please call. You can bring your own vehicle or test in one of ours.

Oasis Float Company

154 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17201 │ 717-446-0250 │ [email protected]

At Oasis Float Company we offer 75 minutes of uninterrupted relaxation through floatation therapy. Floatation therapy begins with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) and 180 gallons of water. This combination creates a zero gravity environment that allows the body to float. Floating is great for relaxation, pain, inflammation, lowering blood pressure, releasing lactic acid, improving athletic performance, raising endorphins, reducing stress and so much more. Stress can cause a lot of issues for us mentally and physically. Considering all the stresses of today’s world, everyone really needs an escape. As current owners of The Nutrition Center, Inc. in Chambersburg, we strive to constantly educate ourselves on alternative healing. When we discovered floating and all of its wonderful benefits, we thought it would be such a wonderful addition to our community. We offer three private rooms in our brand new location at 154 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. With great introductory prices and monthly membership plans, we’re sure we can satisfy your relaxation needs! Available appointment times can be found online at or give us a call at 717-446-0250. We look forward to seeing you. Go float, you’ll be glad you did!



Ridesharing bill advances A bill that would provide for the regulation of Transportation Network Companies – such as Uber – was reported out of the House Consumer Affairs Committee in May. Ridesharing has gained widespread popularity throughout the United States. Uber is currently operating under temporary authority in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 984 would make that authority permanent, and in doing so would help to even the playing field and improve competition. The bill, which passed the Senate with broad support last November, now awaits consideration by the full House. The PA Chamber sent a memo to the committee before the vote voicing approval of the bill, and a compromise amendment by House Consumer Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Godshall, R-Montgomery. Both the bill and the amendment provide necessary protections for consumers and drivers. “Ridesharing and transportation network companies help connect people to their communities and provide Pennsylvanians more transit options and economic opportunity,” the memo stated. “A statewide regulatory framework is necessary for Pennsylvanians to take full advantage of this opportunity, and we urge your support for this important legislation.” In addition, the PA Chamber sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission urging the agency to reconsider the excessive penalty it has assessed against Uber for briefly operating without a license in the Commonwealth. The $11 million penalty – which is well in excess of anything the PUC has issued before – sends the wrong message about Pennsylvania’s willingness to embrace innovation and technology, and punishes a company that has provided a welcome benefit to consumers. This article was written by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. For more information, visit


Financial Services

Answering Service

Diane Baker 1 Western Maryland Parkway Hagerstown, MD 21740 (301) 745-3000 [email protected]

Antietam Call Center

Paul Walters 239 North Potomac Street Hagerstown, MD 21740 (301) 739-0187 [email protected] Auctions

Claystrong Enterprises

Clayton Armstrong 610 North Fifth Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 372-3243 [email protected] Automotive Services

Boyer Mill Repair

Mark Young 640 Boyer Mill Road Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 262-2421 [email protected] [email protected] Coffee Shops

The Daily Grind

Georgia Kakaziotis 1098 Lincoln Way East Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 504-8377 [email protected] Landscaping

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Lelan Eberly 707 Woodstock Road Fayetteville, PA 17222 (717) 532-8363 [email protected] Home Builders

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Bob Hickey 1112 Kennebec Drive Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 753-3639 [email protected] Child Care

Eagles Nest Child Care Center Airica Evangelista 871 Stanley Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 261-0305 [email protected]


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Thrivent Financial recently contributed $67,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County to help build a house in Waynesboro this year. This gift marks the largest single source of charitable funds received at one time in Habitat’s 22-year history. Habitat values gifts of every size and remains grateful for the hundreds of donors that have funded many projects over the years.

The Children’s Aid Society, Southern PA District Church of the Brethren recently announced Eric M. Chase, MS of York Township as its new executive director. Chase’s resume includes more than 25 years of executive planning, administration, communications, marketing, fundraising and family counseling experience in the nonprofit sector. For more information about Children’s Aid Society, visit

1st Ed Credit Union celebrated National Credit Union Youth Month by focusing on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise as well as being financially fit with your money. 1st Ed Credit Union offered free youth memberships for the month, hosted a reality fair at Shalom Christian Academy, and invited Fannett-Metal Elementary School students to tour their branch. They also raised funds to support financial education on Financial Fitness Day by donating money to wear jeans for the day. 1st Ed Credit Union dedicates time to educate youth on the importance of financial literacy. Taking time to teach children about finances and involve them in the family budget is a necessary step on their path to financial stability. Orrstown Bank recently donated $10,000 to the Shippensburg Area School District Foundation to support two programs that prepare local children for school. The donation from Orrstown will be used to fund the Ready, Set, Go! and Smooth Sailing programs. Ready, Set, Go! helps parents prepare their children for school through a series of workshops. Smooth Sailing is a week-long program held each summer to boost the skills of local kindergarteners and first-graders. Students at FannettMetal High School will have new laptops thanks to a $10,000 donation by Orrstown Bank. Orrstown donated the funds to the Fannett-Metal Education Foundation that will support upgrading technology in the classrooms. Over the past 10 years, Orrstown Bank has donated more than $100,000 to the Foundation. Do something good? Have news to share? Submit an item for Giving Back and Members in the News! Email your press release or a one paragraph write-up to Lark Plessinger at [email protected].

Wilson College has just recently launched a Master of Science in management, which is Wilson’s seventh graduate program. The new program is suited for managers of diverse organizations which include: accounting, logistics, supply chain management, etc. The program is being offered online and will allow real-time interaction with students and faculty as well as compliment six other currently existing programs at Wilson College. For more information about the master’s degree in management, visit or contact the Wilson College Office of Admissions at 800-421-8402 or [email protected]. Lekha Patel was promoted to branch executive officer at Orrstown Bank’s Chambersburg location on Lincoln Way East after serving as a customer support representative at the bank’s Norland Avenue branch. Before joining Orrstown she worked at Metro Bank and Susquehanna Bank. Patel holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Shippensburg University and serves on the event committee for the United Way of Franklin County. Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC (SEK&Co) was named as a regional leader in Accounting Today’s Top 100 Firms Report for 2016. SEK&Co was recognized as one of 16 leading firms in the Capital Region based on firm revenue and growth over the last year. They are a full-service certified public accounting and consulting firm with offices in Hagerstown, Maryland; and Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg and Hanover, Pennsylvania. The firm offers financial statement preparation, auditing and assurance services, small business accounting, tax and payroll services, QuickBooks® and Sage 50® training and consulting, tax return preparation and planning, estate planning and administration, business valuations, retirement plan design consulting and third party administration. For more information, visit The H. Ric Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University will present Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles” on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy this extraordinary vocal and musical performance! Tickets are available online at or by calling the box office at 717-477-746. Summit Health and Healthy Franklin County recently completed a county-wide Community Health Needs Assessment to evaluate the health and healthcare needs of Franklin County residents. There will be a community event held at Antrim Brethren in Christ Church on Thursday, June 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. that announces findings from the assessment and healthy planning. For more information or to register, call (717) 262-4472 or visit:


Boyer & Ritter LLC has been recognized by Accounting Today Magazine as one of the top 27 firms in the Mid-Atlantic and recognized their success by showcasing their near 10 percent increase in revenues in the past year, its four offices, 12 partners and 90 professionals. Contributing to Boyer & Ritter’s growth was its development of its Tangible Property Regulation Toolkit, which accountants across the country use. For more information on Boyer & Ritter visit The President and CEO of Menno Haven Senior Living recently announced a five year, $120 million strategic plan. The plan proposes six major building initiatives at both Philadelphia and Scotland Avenue campuses. Menno Haven’s plans include a new life enrichment addition to the Penn Hall nursing center, 81 new two- and threebedroom independent living residences and the addition of 24 assisted living licensed Memory Care accommodations. Along with other additions, they proposed a 35,000 square foot resident life center for all residents. For more information on Menno Haven and this plan, go to their website: or contact Shannan Small at 717-404-4084. Patriot Federal Credit Union recently opened its ninth branch and is continuing to celebrate their growth and expansion. The new branch, located at 1536 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg, will provide greater convenience with their extended hours. The new branch includes five member service offices for a variety of financial service needs and created seven new jobs. While serving more than 51,000 members in total, they strive to please all their members with convenient access to their accounts with mobile and internet banking. For more information visit Camp Evergreen is a weekend-long overnight camp for children between the ages of 8 and 16 years who have experienced a recent death of a loved one within their family/community circle. SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice’s professional staff and trained volunteers provide craft and physical activities including games which enable children to acquire appropriate ways to cope with their loss and grief. It is free of charge and will be July 29 through July 31. For more information call Linda Rothermel at 1-877-438-3511 or email [email protected]. Totem Pole Playhouse will perform Forever Plaid from June 17 to July 3. The program will feature beloved songs and delightful patter that will keep the audience rolling in the aisles in this nostalgic 1950s stage. Find more information at Superior Floorcoverings & Kitchens moved to 254 East King Street in Chambersburg recently. In 2015, Superior became the proud owner of the former Public Opinion building - a local, iconic building firmly rooted in Chambersburg with a rich history. Renovations are currently underway. Visitors are welcome to tour the building and visit their new showroom. For more information visit

Foxhole Technology and the Chambersburg Magnet School teamed up for the 2016 Robotics Competition. Foxhole has been a loyal sponsor and considers this to be a worthy investment in young minds in support of STEM initiatives. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center will feature The Raleigh Ringers, presented by the Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, on Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m. This internationally acclaimed concert handbell choir is based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Get your tickets online at or by calling the box office at 717-477-746. The Capitol Theatre will be screening $5 movies on the big screen every Thursday throughout the summer thanks to support from the Franklin County Visitors Bureau. Movies schedule for June include: Aladdin on Thursday, June 2 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Minions on Thursday, June 9 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Interstellar on Thursday, June 16 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., The Lego Movie on Thursday, June 23 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Movies are $5 each or buy a summer movie pass for $25. Concessions are available at an additional cost. For details or to purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 717-263-0202. Submit your news to be considered for this section to Lark Plessinger at [email protected].

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The 21st Annual Golf Tournament on June 30 is sold out! Special thanks to our sponsors:

The Daily Grind Ribbon Cutting 8:30 a.m., 1098 Lincoln Way East


Divinity Homes Ribbon Cutting Noon, 1112 Kennebec Drive

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16 Lunch & Learn: Get the Most from Your Chamber Membership 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East, lunch provided by Fuddruckers

16 11/30 Network: Third Thursday Happy Hour & Membership Open House 5-7 p.m., Jan Zell Wines, 251 Grant St.,

21 Kennebec Drive Block Party Mixer, co-hosted by the businesses on Kennebec Dr. 5-7 p.m. on Kennebec Dr. in Chambersburg

22 11/30 Network Business Fashion Show, free for 11/30 members, $10 non-members 5-8 p.m., The Orchards, 1580 Orchard Dr.,

30 21st Annual Chamber Golf Tournament, with presenting sponsor Spherion, SOLD OUT! 11 a.m. registration, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, Waynesboro Country Club, pre-reg. required To register for these events and more, visit

Premier Sponsor - VFW Post 1599 Contest Sponsor - Antrim Way Honda Tent Sponsors - ACNB Bank, F&M Trust Beverage Sponsor - ACE Distributing Benefactor Sponsors - ACNB Bank, Aerotek, Candlewood Suites, F&M Trust, GDC IT Solutions, Glessner Technologies, Hamilton Hyundai, JFC Staffing, Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Service, Keystone Ford, Menno Haven Retirement Communities, Orrstown Bank, Penn National Insurance/Strickler Agency, Rausch USA, Small Business Development Center, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., State Farm - Kim Stouffer, Tele-Plus Corp., Valley Agency Insurance Contributor Sponsor - Summit Health

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.