GREATER CHAMBERSBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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Please join the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce for the Annual Business Breakfast - a celebration of 2015 and the future that lies ahead. The event will be held on Thursday, December 10 at Wilson College’s Laird Hall. The breakfast includes highlights of the Chamber’s past year and the awarding of the 2015 Business Person of the Year.
Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff Buy Local BINGO continues Free active shooter training on Dec. 8 Host a Lunch & Learn in 2016 11/30 Network holiday events LFC Youth and Community update Franklin County Works website IceFest returns Jan. 28-31 Cocoa Crawl to hit Main Street Locally-made holiday gift ideas Early Childhood Investment Summit Civil War Seminars in 2016 Give the gift of shopping local Around town with the Chamber Member Spotlights Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries PA Chamber update Giving Back Members in the News November calendar of events
Happy Holidays from your
SAVE THE DATE
UGLY SWEATER PARTY
5-7 p.m. at EJ’s Grill Hosted by the 11/30 Network. See page 6 for more details.
For more details about IceFest events, see page 5 or visit www.icefestpa.com. Visit www.chambersburg.org/events for details about these events and more. December events are listed on the back of the newsletter.
The breakfast will feature a keynote presentation on the THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR importance and impact of community wellness by Andrew Grand Sponsor Kim and Vincent Sansone, Commissioned Corps Officers of the U.S. Public Health Service overseen by the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. Kim and Sansone will cover topics such as childhood obesity and walkability, describing how certain changes on both an individual and community level can positively impact our area. The breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. Tickets are $20 for members or $25 for non-members. The event often sells out, so breakfast guests are advised to register early. Register online at www.chambersburg.org/events or call 717-264-7101. For information about sponsoring, contact Amy Fisher at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or [email protected]
Don’t miss the largest mixer of the year Members of all five Chambers of Commerce in Franklin County are invited to a joint holiday mixer at Wilson College on Tuesday, December 15. The mixer will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in Laird Hall at Wilson College, 1015 Philadelphia Avenue. Wilson College and Menno Haven Retirement Communities are co-sponsoring the event.
Holiday Chamber Mixer
The joint mixer has been a rousing success December 15 since it began eight years ago and has a large attendance of business people from throughout the region. To register for this free mixer, call 717-262-2010 or register on Wilson College’s website at www.wilson.edu/chamberholidaymixer. Members may also donate door prizes or reserve a display table at the mixer for $100. Vendor space must be reserved prior to Friday, December 11. To secure your table or donate a door prize, contact Denise McDowell at [email protected]
or 717-262-2010 ext. 3181.
THE OUTLOOK NEWSLETTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS Eric Foreman, BB&T - Chair Suzanne Miller-Trinh, Zullinger-Davis-Trinh Law Firm - Past Chair Troy Garman, RE/MAX Realty Agency Chair-elect Noel Purdy - Chamber President Lance Kegerreis, Dennis E. Black Engineering, Inc. - CADC Vice President Michelle Paulnock, ACNB Bank Foundation President Jim Zimmerman, Valley Quarries Inc. Treasurer Sherri H. Stahl, Summit Health - Secretary Derrick Donnell, PA CareerLink Blake Truman, VerStandig Broadcasting Terry Guberman, Comfort Keepers 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
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]
g Stacy Guyer - Accounting Assistant, [email protected]
Sue Black - Customer Service Specialist [email protected]
2015 - A Year in Review December will complete my second and final year as the chairman of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve in this capacity and to work alongside a dedicated Board of Directors, a tremendously talented staff and an impressive group of volunteers. As I reflect upon the past two years, we have accomplished many goals which will help move the Chamber forward and poise itself for growth in the years to come. I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a few of our accomplishments in 2015. In August we officially welcomed Noel Purdy as the new Chamber president to replace the semi-retiring David G. Scaimanna who served as Chamber president for the past 32 years. With the staff restructuring the board approved in 2014, it paved the way for David to continue to be a valued resource for the Chamber and the community by moving to a part-time position as head of the Chambersburg Area Development Corporation upon retiring from his President position. Noel has been off to tremendous start as president of the Chamber, and I’m certain she will continue to lead the organization and the community in a positive direction of growth which will allow for a plethora of member benefits, a diverse membership base and sense of community throughout the greater Chambersburg area. It has been by pleasure to have the opportunity to work beside both David and Noel during my term as Chair. Each year our Membership Committee and membership director, Doug Harmon, work tirelessly to accomplish goals that are set through the Board’s annual strategic planning session. And, once again, they have met the challenge. This year they achieved a membership retention rate of more than 90 percent, instituted a successful member referral program and offered advertising/marketing packages to allow our members a better value for their advertising dollars. I personally wanted to thank Doug and the committee for their hard work in 2015. I would say our proudest accomplishment in 2015 was when the Chamber received the results of our accreditation application submitted to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The accreditation committee, consisting of Suzanne Miller-Trinh, Kim Crider, Melanie Furlong, Sherri Stahl, Noel Purdy, Amy Fisher and myself, worked to submit the application to the U.S. Chamber Accrediting Board in hopes of achieving a 5-Star Accreditation - the highest rating given by the U.S. Chamber. We reviewed topics on governance, human resources, finances, communication, technology, facilities, government affairs and program development. Upon review of the application by the U.S. Chamber we were awarded the 5-Star Accreditation rating! This is a direct reflection of the hard work of our Staff, Board of Directors and countless volunteers. It has been my honor and privilege to serve as Chair for the past two years and to help advance the mission of the Chamber. I look forward to continue being involved as the past chair and seeing you at the next Chamber event! Eric Foreman Vice President and Business Services Officer, BB&T Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors
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Buy Local BINGO continues through Dec. 15
Check off items on your holiday list, support local businesses and enter to win great prizes with Buy Local BINGO. Holiday shoppers have the chance to win $200, $100, $75 or $50 in Chamber Dollars or a gift card basket by shopping at Chamber Card businesses through December 15.
The 11/30 Network, Franklin County’s young professionals group, is getting in the holiday spirit with its December events. To celebrate the season, they’ll host an Ugly Sweater Party on December 17 and a Franklin County First Responders Appreciation Day on December 20.
Getting in the holiday spirit
When you shop at a participating business on your BINGO card, mark the space and save your receipt. Once you have “BINGO” either horizontal, vertical or diagonal, submit your card to the Chamber with receipts and you will be entered in the drawing. Completed cards are due at the Chamber by 5 p.m. on December 15 or can be turned in at the Chamber Holiday Mixer that same day from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wilson College’s Laird Hall. Buy Local BINGO cards are comprised of member businesses participating in the Chamber Card program and have been randomly assigned on each card. Pick up your BINGO card at the Chamber office or use the card inserted in this newsletter. Chamber Card deals are listed at www.chambersburg.org/ChamberCard. For more details, call 717-264-7101.
Free active shooter training on Dec. 8 Franklin County Department of Emergency Services will host a Lunch & Learn training on business/industry response to an active shooter situation on Tuesday, December 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Chamber office. This training is designed to improve the knowledge of management, security, safety coordinators and all general employees for response to an active shooter incident. It will provide the basis for developing and improving upon response to active shooter plans. Lunch & Learns are free to attend with limited seating available. Any cancellation less than 48 hours prior to the event or no shows will be billed $10 by the Chamber. To register, view the events calendar at www.chambersburg.org/events, or call 717-264-7101.
Grab your ugliest holiday sweater and head to EJ’s Grill after work on Thursday, December 17 for the 11/30 Network’s Ugly Sweater Party from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy drinks and a special food menu while mingling with fellow young professionals. To register for the free happy hour, visit www.chambersburg.org/events or call Amy Fisher at 717-264-7101 ext. 204. On Sunday, December 20, the 11/30 Network will give back to perhaps the most deserving citizens in the county - first responders. Volunteers will deliver treats and refreshments to the county’s fire, police and EMS departments to thank them for their service. The Network is currently seeking donations for their Franklin County First Responders Appreciation Day. For more information about how your business can contribute, contact Fisher at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or [email protected]
If you would like to volunteer to deliver treats to the first responders, also contact Fisher. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Premier Sponsor Central PA Wireless-Boost Mobile Wilson College
For more information about the 11/30 Network, learn how to become a member or view more upcoming events, visit www.1130network.com.
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Gain exposure to thousands of member employees in the print and online edition. Contact the Chamber for details: 717-264-7101.
Special thanks to our 2015 lunch sponsor, Fuddruckers, for providing complimentary lunches for monthly Lunch & Learns.
Host a Lunch & Learn in 2016 The Chamber has openings for Lunch & Learn seminars throughout 2016. If you would like to host a seminar, your business will gain exposure to the Chamber membership and have an opportunity to address a small group on topics relevant to your business. The rate to host a Lunch and Learn is only $75. For more information or to secure your date, contact Doug Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected]
Special thanks to Fuddruckers for continuing to sponsor the seminars through 2016.
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Youth learn about careers, inspiring a shared vision In November, Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth spoke with five representatives of different industries to learn about careers and what it takes to succeed in a given profession. Marybeth Williams speaks to LFC Youth students Linda Boeckman of Wilson College moderated a panel composed of Justin Barkdoll from Manitowoc, Eric Alleman from F&M Trust, Dr. Mark Long from the Chambersburg Career Magnet School, Angela Austin of Summit Health, and SFC David McWhite of the U. S. Army. Each panelist spoke about what led them to where they are now, skills they need in the workplace, and tips for the young adults starting out. The class also heard from vice president for student development/dean of students at Wilson College, Marybeth Williams, about career development. As the final part of the morning, the students were able to break up in small groups and have a conversation with each panelist in a round robin format.
LFC Community students take economic tour of Franklin County Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community students spent the November session with Mike Ross of Franklin County Area Development Corporation (FCADC) learning about economic development in Franklin County, including a tour to various businesses throughout the county. Ross began the tour by providing an overview of the county as the group then traveled to Letterkenny Army Depot. The class was treated to a tour of the facility to learn about the impact of the work of the staff at Letterkenny.
Dairy cow at Mercer Vu
Next, the group traveled to Mercer Vu Farms in Mercersburg to experience Mike Ross pets a cow at the dairy industry in Franklin County Mercer Vu Farms and how modern dairy farms operate. Mercer Vu is one of the largest farms in the area with over 1,700 cows on site. The class enjoyed lunch at Flannery’s in Mercersburg before heading to the final tour of the day, Pacemaker Press Inc. in Waynesboro.
After lunch at the Wilson College dining hall, the sophomore students learned about inspiring a shared vision with Karen Johnston of Healthy Communities Partnership. The students listed individuals who inspire them, both famous people and people in their own lives. A video of the famous speech by Martin Luther King Jr. was played and the class discussed how leaders are people who not only see and pursue a vision, but also help others pursue a vision. Leaders help others succeed, not just themselves. The day wrapped up with a “Pep Talk” from the Kid President. The class discussed his vision and how he inspires others to achieve that vision.
The group ended the day back at the FCADC offices discussing the county’s strengths and weaknesses as well as threats and opportunities the area faces.
LFC Youth is a program of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and is sponsored by Wilson College.
Franklin County’s popular job board and portal is getting a makeover. The new website, being built by Cross & Crown, will be launched in the coming weeks. While the site is being constructed, the job board is currently being hosted on the Chamber’s website.
LFC Community is a program of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and is sponsored by CenturyLink Business.
New Franklin County Works website to launch soon
The new website will feature portals for both job seekers and employers. Employers will be able to post jobs located in Franklin County, advertise events or programs of interest to job seekers and access a resume bank upon approval through a verification process. Job seekers will have the ability to search jobs, upload their resume and apply for jobs posted on the site. The website will also provide information about Leadership Franklin County, which is comprised of three programs: Community, Youth and Advanced. Information about the programs and applications to participate will be available on the site. Stay tuned for the launch of the new Franklin County Works website: www.franklincountyworks.com.
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Shake those winter blues! IceFest returns Jan. 28-31 IceFest originated in Chambersburg 14 years ago to help shake the mid-winter blues that fall upon us. A large group of volunteers came together to bring displays along with other activities to get us out of our houses and into our local community. Over the years, the committee, events and crowds have all grown.
Cocoa Crawl to hit Main Street The 2nd Annual Cocoa Crawl in downtown Chambersburg will be on Friday, December 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Stroll downtown with friends and family as you enjoy the holiday lights lining Main Street, sip hot cocoa recipes from participating businesses and perhaps see a special appearance from Santa Claus himself. The Cocoa Crawl is the perfect time to tackle some of your holiday shopping while supporting local downtown businesses and saving money with great holiday deals. Downtown stores will be open and feature specials for the evening. Many will also offer refreshments and entertainment as part of the Cocoa Crawl.
Thanks to M&T Bank’s sponsorship, local business and community support and coordination by the Borough of Chambersburg, Downtown Chambersburg Inc., Council for the Arts, Downtown Business Council and IceFest Committee members, IceFest has evolved into one of the largest outdoor ice festivals in Pennsylvania. Celebrate IceFest in downtown Chambersburg from Thursday, January 28 to Sunday, January 31. Pull out your favorite scarf and mittens, bundle the kids up and be sure to grab your camera - you won’t want to miss the faces of those who sit upon the giant ice throne for the first time or stand beside their favorite sculpture. You also can catch a glimpse of the carvers from DiMartino ice sculpting right in front of your eyes! Skilled in their art form, these carvers have trained for many years and can turn a plain block of ice into just about anything. It’s amazing to watch. Live carving is on Thursday and Kids sit on the iconic Giant Ice Throne Friday nights. Events are scheduled throughout the four-day festival and include, but are not limited to, the official ribbon-cutting and kick-off ceremony, ballroom dancing at the Snowfall Ball, chili tasting at the Chili Cookoff, dunking at the Polar Dunk Plunge, cake viewing and tasting at Icing on the Cake, slipping and sliding down the free ice slide and searching for the scavenger hunt. For the complete list of events, visit www.icefestpa.com. The IceFest Committee is still seeking sponsorships for IceFest events and ice sculptures. To become a sponsor or for more information, contact Robin Harmon at [email protected]
or 717-2647101 ext. 205.
Purchase your commemorative mug for $5 to taste the variety of hot cocoa recipes. You’ll also receive a ballot to select your favorite downtown merchant’s hot cocoa recipe. Turn in your ballot to cast your vote and and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to your favorite participating merchant. Only 175 mugs available and once they are gone, they’re gone! The Cocoa Crawl is coordinated by the Downtown Business Council. For more information, contact Mike Carty at 717-261-0072 or [email protected]
Locally-made holiday gift ideas If you want to give unique gifts that are made locally and represent our community for the holiday season, we’ve got you covered.
Items at The FOUNDRY
The 11/30 Store sells T-shirts, hoodies and car magnets featuring designs special to Chambersburg. The gifts showcase the importance of Chambersburg’s location along major transportation routes with the intersection of Routes 11 and 30 in the heart of our community. Not to mention they look great! Shop now at www.the11-30-store.myshopify.com or visit the Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East.
The FOUNDRY is an artist cooperative which includes a retail space at 100 S. Main St. Local artists have a variety of items for sale, from the useful like jewelry and coasters to fine art such as paintings and collages. The retail space will be open Friday, December 4 from noon to 9 p.m. as well as December 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit www.FoundryArtsCoop.com and on Facebook for more information.
Art at The FOUNDRY
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Thursday, January 14, 2016 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Snow Date, Thursday, January 21, 2016
Coyle Free Library 102 North Main Street, Chambersburg, PA View Renderings
Beer & Wine
The Next Chapter...
To R.S.V.P., visit www.chambersburg.org/events or call the Chamber at 717-264-7101.
THE OUTLOOK NEWSLETTER
Early childhood investment
CHAMBERSBURG CIVIL WAR SEMINARS & TOURS
The Community Education Coalition, an initiative of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, held the 2nd Annual Early Childhood Investment Summit in November. The summit addressed the need to improve and expand early childhood development offerings within Franklin County, which will lead to a better future workforce. More than 70 educators and business leaders attended to hear from a number of speakers invested in early childhood development.
Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours plans to host four Civil War Seminars in 2016. These seminars bring more than 300 people to Franklin County from all over the United States and Canada each year. The purpose is to educate participants on our region’s rich history while delivering tourism dollars to our area.
Why is early childhood education important to address? By the age of five, Mike Ross addresses attendees at the Summit 90 percent of the brain is developed. If a child doesn’t receive proper education within those first five years, learning in K-12 will be more difficult and the child has a higher probability of failing. According to a study cited by keynote speaker Rear Admiral Thomas J. Wilson of Mission Readiness, quality pre-K improves educational outcomes making them less likely to be held back a grade and more likely to graduate high school. Another study in New Jersey found that by the time pre-K children were past third grade, they were three-fourths of a year ahead in math and two-thirds of a year ahead in literacy. Furthermore, proper early childhood education has an impressive return on investment. For every $1 invested in early childhood development programs, individuals see $3.24 in increased earning returns. Returns to society include $1.55 for special education, welfare and income taxes and $11.35 return for crime-cost savings. That is a total return of $16.14 per $1 spent. Investing in children now is cheaper and more beneficial than paying for their incarceration, welfare or other programs later in life. The benefits of children receiving quality pre-K are seemingly endless, with plenty of quantitative supporting evidence revealed from study after study. In Franklin County, 84 percent of 3 and 4 year olds are without access to high-quality pre-K programs. Only 13 percent have access to publically-funded pre-K. So what can we do to help improve early childhood programs as businesses and individuals invested in the future of Franklin County? • Educate employees about quality childcare. Inform them about childcare offerings and programs in the county. • Talk to your legislators. Get them to support early childhood education programs and funding. • Encourage your business to direct its annual corporate taxes to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. • Continue the conversation. Early childhood education is important to the community, and we need to continue to foster constructive discussions about improving our investment in early development. The Summit was one piece of the ongoing goal to address early childhood development through the Community Education Coalition. To learn more about the efforts and how to get involved, contact Robin Harmon at 717-264-7101 or [email protected]
Civil War Seminars gear up for 2016
Seminars to be held in 2016 include: • Ed Bearss Symposium: April 7-10 - Tours of Gettysburg and Brandywine Battlefield with Ed Bearss, Tom Clemens, Dana Shoaf, Steve Bockmiller and others covering the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War and World War II. • Stonewall Jackson in the Valley: May 19-22 - Tours of Lexington, Va., Jackson Battle sites of 1862 in the valley with Ed Bearss, Jeff Wert, Keven Walker, Jerry Holdsworth and others. • Gettysburg Day Three & Beyond: July 27-31 - Tours of Gettysburg off the beaten path, East Cavalry Field, the Retreat and more. Speakers include Ed Bearss, Jeff Wert, Carol Reardon, Eric Wittenberg, Wayne Motts, Steve French and others. • Lincoln at Gettysburg: September 22-25 - Featuring Joe Mieczkowski, John Schildt and others. Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours is a division of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and held in partnership with historian Ted Alexander. For more information about the upcoming seminars, or to register, visit www.CivilWarSeminars.org or call Lark Plessinger at 717-264-7101 ext. 206.
BUY LOCAL PROGRAMS
Give the gift of shopping local Are you searching for unique gifts this holiday season, but aren’t sure where to start when it comes to buying local? Here are a few tips to stay ahead of the shopping frenzy and find exactly what you’re looking for. Start with buying smart by using your Chamber Card, our local discount program. This card offers deals on merchandise at more than 60 local businesses from Big Oak Cafe to Snavely’s Garden Corner. Check out all the businesses at www.chambersburg.org/chambercard and pick up your card at the Chamber on 100 Lincoln Way East. Chamber Dollar gift certificates are a great gift option because they can be redeemed for goods and services just like cash at 63 participating businesses. Your holiday shopping will still keep your dollars in Franklin County and you will have a great holiday present! Don’t underestimate the value of shopping in downtown to find unique gift ideas. Stroll through our historic downtown and you’ll find delicious candy on display, beautiful jewelry, Christmas decorations, fun gift ideas, dining and more. Wherever you decide to shop, keep these local ideas in mind because it’s all about community!
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AROUND TOWN WITH THE CHAMBER
Mixer at Zoo Zoo’s Animaland Spooky times were had at the Halloween Chamber Mixer hosted by Zoo Zoo’s Animaland Creations at 2005 Lincoln Way East. Attendees enjoyed delicious refreshments and explored the build-yourown stuffed animal store.
The ribbon is cut during the grand opening of St. Thomas Veterinary Center
Veterinary Center opens We are excited to welcome Saint Thomas Veterinary Center to the community! Many well-wishers attended the ribbon cutting at 6442 Lincoln Way West. The Center is a privately owned, full service companion animal hospital located in Franklin County. Networking at the Zoo Zoo’s mixer
Healing Arts Center opens on Fifth Congratulations to The Healing Arts Center for the opening of their location at 761 Fifth Avenue. Community members came out to support the alternative and holistic health center during a ribbon cutting ceremony in late October. The Center offers massages, yoga classes and various classes for healing such as art and creative writing. Community members congratulate Zullinger-Davis-Trinh during the ribbon cutting
Healing Arts Center celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting
Zullinger-Davis-Trinh, P.C. recently moved to 74 N. Second St. and celebrated their new location with friends, family, staff and representatives from the community. Zullinger-Davis-Trinh helps clients plan for what comes next, specializing in estate planning, trusts, elder law, family law, civil litigation and more.
Beauty boutique celebrates one year A Touch of Class Beauty Boutique celebrated its one year anniversary last month with a ribbon cutting and celebration. Located at 1228 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg, the salon owner, Sheila Boyd, cut the ribbon surrounded by many well-wishers. They specialize in hair, nails and waxing as well as tanning coming soon. Boyd has more than 12 years of experience in the field. A big crowd turned up to support Jan Zell Wines during their grand opening
New winery in Chambersburg
A Touch of Class celebrates its one year anniversary with a ribbon cutting
Jan Zell Wines, Franklin County’s newest winery, cut the ribbon and celebrated their grand opening at 251 Grant St. in Chambersburg. Many friends, family and representatives from the community were present to sample the wines, view the new tasting room and give them a grand welcome.
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Gillin Commercial Services is a fourth generation painting and site preparation contractor, with the original company established in the 1920s. We specialize in commercial painting, epoxy floor coating and industrial cleaning. Our main focus is to provide quality workmanship on all projects. We pride ourselves in providing our customers completed projects that are aesthetically pleasing, in compliance with specifications and meet all environmental, ANSI and OSHA Standards that pertain to the work. We comply with all ANSI/OSHA Safety Standards, as well as ISO 14001 and are fully insured and bonded.
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REEL PD is a professional development company formed in August 2015 by Randy Wilson. As an avid outdoorsman, Randy captures his love for fishing in his company name and logo. He is also a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, a seasoned corporate executive and an independent Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team. The 5,000 member John Maxwell Team is led by John Maxwell, who is identified by Inc Magazine as the world’s #1 leadership and management expert, and Randy is blessed to call John Maxwell his friend. Randy is passionate about adding value to individuals of all ages. The value he provides is personal and professional development with a focus on REEL (reliable, efficient, and ethical leadership) skills. Personal and professional development comes in many forms, and Randy provides tailored one-on-one or group coaching sessions and dynamic custom built lessons and speeches to inspire and grow.
In 2008, Gillin Commercial Services was presented with the Letterkenny Army Depot Coin of Excellence by Brigadier General Shapiro, and PA State Senator Alloway. All Gillin employees on the project at Letterkenny Army Depot were from Franklin County and were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation Award. Gillin Commercial Services’ experience includes structural steel, protective masonry coating, occupied office space, medical facilities, laboratory painting, new construction, epoxy coatings- including wash bays, assembly lines, floors, Trough Finish epoxy flooring, specialty finishes and interior/exterior structural steel cleaning. Steel Cleaning. We service the entire four state area, and we invite you to visit our website for more information at www.gillinservices.com.
Randy’s blend of real world experience and knowledge, and his passion to share it with everyone through various forms of tailored professional development are what make Randy and REEL PD unique to this area. Please welcome REEL PD, and reach out to Randy today.
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A Touch of Class Beauty Boutique Sheila Boyd 1228 Lincoln Way East Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 552-2829 [email protected]
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PA CHAMBER UPDATE
New state law will help protect employers, workers from threatening situations Act 59 of 2015 eliminates a loophole in the Crimes Code that has prevented law enforcement from intervening in situations involving stalking, harassment and even bomb threats if the perpetrator is a party to a labor dispute. PA Chamber of Business and Industry President Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf signing H.B. 874 into law. “We applaud Governor Wolf for signing into law this long overdue, commonsense reform that protects workers and employers from what would otherwise be considered criminal activity. This new law does not infringe upon union rights. It simply removes a restriction that has prevented law enforcement from effectively working to ensure that all parties – including union members, workers and employers – are fairly protected against dangerous criminal behavior at the workplace, in the community and at home.” “While the vast majority of unions do not engage in such activity, the need for this legislation became glaringly apparent following the 2012 federal indictments and subsequent convictions related to the burning and vandalism of a Quaker church in Philadelphia. This incident MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES and many others cited in the indictment were 15 Years preceded by harassing and bullying behavior. Gateway Commercial Real Estate and Had these exemptions not been in the Crimes Development, LLC Code, local law enforcement and prosecutors may have been able to intervene before these 10 Years cases escalated to the point of violence and Allegany Optical destruction of property.” Shatzer’s Fruit Market 1 Year DB Schenker Michaux Manor Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium Proactive Securities Sonic Drive-In of Chambersburg Verizon Wireless - Diamond Premium Retailer
“It’s important that we put safeguards in place to allow law enforcement to intervene and send the message that these types of actions will not be tolerated. By taking action on this issue, the General Assembly and governor have helped to ensure that both workers and employers are treated equally under the law.” This article was written by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry. For more information, visit www.pachamber.org.
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PA Municipal Code Alliance Jana Malot 405 Wayne Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 496-4996 www.pacodealliance.com [email protected]
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THE OUTLOOK NEWSLETTER GIVING BACK
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
F&M Trust Bank sponsored the creation of a permanent memorial containing photos, artifacts and articles recognizing and celebrating the history of the Italian prisoners of war who spent their time at Letterkenny Army Depot during World War II. While at the depot, the prisoners constructed the Letterkenny Chapel. Recently, a delegation from Italy came to celebrate the fact that it had been 70 years since the repatriation of the prisoners to their country.
Wilson College and Volvo Construction Equipment in Shippensburg have created a partnership in which Volvo will send pre-kitchen waste from its cafeteria to Wilson to be composted and reused on the college’s organic farm. The partnership, aimed at reducing the amount of waste going into landfills, is believed to be the first of its type in Pennsylvania. The partnership is part of Volvo’s initiative to become a zero-landfill facility. Mooney & Associates, LLC continues to grow as they welcome the addition of Jessica E. Weaver, Esq., to its team of attorneys. Attorney Weaver joins the firm full time in the Chambersburg office with three years of experience in the general practice of PA law and will be residing in the Chambersburg area. She has B.S. degrees from Penn State in Business and Spanish and received her law degree from The Dickinson School of Law (Penn State) in 2011. She will be representing clients in Franklin, Cumberland and Adams counties.
Pictured from left to right are Reverend William Harter, Chairman of the Historic Letterkenny Chapel and Franklin County Veteran’s Park; Dr. Flavio Conti, co-author of an upcoming book documenting the experiences of the Italian POWs; Mayor Antonio Brescianini from Vimodrone, Italy, son of a POW; and G. Warren Elliott, Chairman of F&M Trust, and Vice Chairman of the Historic Letterkenny Chapel and Franklin County Veterans Park. The collage that is pictured in the background will be permanently displayed at the historic Letterkenny Chapel. At their November meeting, the Chambersburg Noontime Lions filled and collected 221 Operation Christmas Child Boxes. This program serves children all over the world and is a great way for the Lions to live out our motto, which is “we serve.”
Pictured in the front row from left to right are Lion President Tim Fisler, Norma Bigham, Mike Plum and Dave Decker. Pictured in the back row are John Nogle and Nancy Bull. Do something good in our community? Submit an item for the Giving Back section! Email your press release or a one paragraph write-up to Lark Plessinger, marketing assistant, at [email protected]
The Penn National Resort Community is pleased to announce the addition of Justin Corey as Resale Coordinator to the White Rock Real Estate Team at Penn National Golf Course Community. Corey will focus on listing residential property for sale and for rent exclusively in Penn National. For more information, visit www.pennhomes.com. Rhodes Grove Camp & Conference Center is eager to present the First Annual Ladies’ Christmas Tea Fundraiser on Tuesday, December 15. The day will feature live music, testimonials and delectable treats and tea to be enjoyed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A suggested donation of $50 will secure your ticket. Space is limited so please reserve your spot as soon as possible by emailing Carrie at [email protected]
or by calling (717) 375-4162. Rhodes Grove is also available to rent for holiday events and accommodates up to 200 people. Visit www.rhodesgrove.com for more information. Tuscarora Mountain Winery recently entered and won several wine competitions. At the PA Wine Competition, its Granny Smith Apple won the silver medal. The Tasters Guild Competition awarded Blueberry, Harvest Moon and Cabernet Sauvignon with silver medals as well. They also entered the Finger Lakes International Competition and won silver for both Rifle Man Red and Sauvignon Blanc wines. The Winery is located at 25 Lincoln Way West in downtown Chambersburg. The Luhrs Center will present Celtic Woman’s “Home for Christmas” symphony tour on December 3 at 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman at this concert. For more information or tickets visit www.luhrscenter.com or call 717-477-7469.
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UniQuest Chambersburg Travel is pleased to announce that Kristin Berkstresser has joined the Agency as a travel consultant. Berkstresser studied sales and marketing at Allegheny College of Maryland, and she brings with her more than five years of consumer sales experience. Again reaffirming its commitment to college affordability and value, Wilson College will hold the line on tuition for traditional undergraduate students for 2016-17. The rate of $23,745 for the next academic year marks the sixth consecutive year that Wilson has either held the line or reduced tuition for traditional undergraduates. Tuition for other students including students enrolled in the adult degree and teacher intern programs, as well as graduate students will increase between three and six percent beginning in fall 2016. The Capitol Theatre will present Michael Clayton Moore’s Silent Night on December 5 at 7 p.m. Also coming to the stage in December is the Le Petit Cirque de Noel Holiday Show on December 12 at 7 p.m. The event will feature a pro-level pint sized cirque show with a theme about giving. Located at 159 S. Main St., tickets are available at www.thecapitoltheatre.org. Noelker and Hull Associates is pleased to announce the recent hire of four new employees plus a high school intern including: Mark Weaver, RA, CSI, LEED AP, Tracey Gould, M.S. IMC, Shane Beckner, LEED GA, Elizabeth Nelson and 1 Addyson Fry. Weaver (1) has over 30 years of experience and brings extensive design, project management, specifications and construction administration experience to the firm. Gould (2) oversees all internal and external marketing communications, branding and marketing assets for the firm and has more than 21 years of experience. Beckner (3) serves as an Auto CAD 2 drafter, surveyor and construction document developer across multiple vertical markets. Nelson, administrative assistant, has over 15 years of office coordination experience for several companies, and her expertise entails accounting support, including accounts receivable and accounts payable. Fry (4) is a part-time intern and graphics assistant and 3 will learn about corporate graphic design. Noelker and Hull is a Chambersburg, Pennsylvania-based national design practice. For more information on its markets and services, please visit noelkerhull.com.
Wilson College is expanding its acclaimed Women with Children program that allows single mothers to live in campus housing with their children to also include single fathers with children. Now renamed the Wilson College Single Parent Scholar Program, the move completes the expansion of coeducation to all programs at the college and keeps Wilson in compliance under the federal Title IX law, which governs gender equity within education. Anyone interested in enrolling in the Wilson College Single Parent Scholar Program should contact the college admissions office at 1-800-421-8402 or [email protected]
The Presbyterian Church of the Falling Spring (PCFS) has announced its new co-pastors, Rev. Dr. Andrew “Andy” and Rev. Laura Hart. PCFS’ Pastor Nominating Committee conducted an extensive search for more than 18 months, interviewing more than 150 candidates before selecting the Harts as candidates for the copastorate. Established in 1734, the Presbyterian Church of the Falling Spring is located at 221 N. Main St. and is Chambersburg’s oldest congregation. The campus houses historic and modern facilities, including the Sanctuary, the Family Life Center and the graveyard which is the final resting place of Chambersburg’s founder, Col. Benjamin Chambers and his family. The Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring offers a variety of programs and avenues for people and families to explore and grow spiritually. Jason Crider was promoted to associate vice president, branch executive officer of the Orrstown Bank’s Chambersburg location. Crider joined Orrstown Bank in 2011 as a management trainee and became a branch manager one year later. He is a member of the board of directors for The Arc of Franklin/Fulton County and the Exchange Club. Crider is also a graduate of Leadership Franklin County and volunteers for the United Way of Franklin County and Shippensburg High School’s “Teach Kids to Save” program. Have news to share? Submit an item for the Member in the News section! Email your press release or a one paragraph write-up to Lark Plessinger, marketing assistant, at [email protected]
The Capitol Theatre will feature $5 movie nights throughout December. Movies include “White Christmas” on December 21 at 3 p.m., “A Muppet 4 Christmas Carol” on December 23 at 6 p.m., “The Hunger Games” on December 27 at 3 p.m. and “Divergent” on December 28 at 3 p.m. For tickets, visit www.thecapitoltheatre.org or call 717-263-0202. Group discounts offered for 10 or more people. On stage at the Luhrs Center this month is Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. on December 5. The program will be one hour and is appropriate for audiences in grades k-5. Tickets are $15 each and can be reserved at www.luhrscenter.com.
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Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce 100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A Chambersburg, PA 17201 717-264-7101
DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS
HOST A MIXER
1-15 Buy Local BINGO, win up to $200 in Chamber Dollars just for shopping local!
The Chamber’s calendar for 2016 mixers is filling up quickly! Don’t miss this chance to showcase your business by bringing fellow Chamber members through your doors for a popular networking opportunity.
Pick up BINGO cards at the Chamber, 100 Lincoln Way East, and turn in by Dec. 15
Lunch & Learn: Active Shooter Training, hosted by F.C. Department of Emergency Services 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way E., lunch provided by Fuddruckers
10 Annual Business Breakfast, with Grand Sponsor Chambersburg Hospital
7-9 a.m., Wilson College’s Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., $20/member, $25/non-member
11 The Garage Studios Ribbon Cutting
Noon-1 p.m., The Garage Studios, 2540 Falling Spring Rd.
15 Holiday Chamber Mixer, sponsored by Wilson College and Menno Haven
5-7 p.m., Wilson College’s Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., wilson.edu/chamberholidaymixer
17 11/30 Network Ugly Sweater Party 5-7 p.m., EJ’s Grill, 346 Lincoln Way East
20 Franklin County First Responder Appreciation Day, hosted by the 11/30 Network Beginning at 1 p.m., volunteers will deliver goodies to first responders throughout the county
Months still available in 2016 include July, August and September. Hosts for Chamber mixers are expected to provide food, beverages and a door prize. If you’re interested in hosting a mixer, contact Doug Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected]
24 Christmas Eve
The Chamber office will close at noon for Christmas Eve
The Chamber office will be closed in observance of Christmas Day To register for these events and more, visit www.chambersburg.org/events.
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.