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Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff Mixer at Visitors Bureau Committee corner Regional advertising opportunity Dale Carnegie Training March 28 LFC Youth and Community update Kindergarten registrations begin Learn about LFC at mixer on April 13 New website, guide for downtown Gift Shop March Madness Sale Downtown plan information sessions Seeking support for golf tournament 11/30 Network Wine Tour Celebrate local at ribbon cuttings Host a Lunch & Learn Boost your online presence Around town with the Chamber PA Chamber update Member spotlights Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries Giving back Members in the news March calendar of events
SAVE THE DATE
SMALL BUSINESS WEEK The Chamber will host a number of events to celebrate National Small Business Week.
GOLF TOURNAMENT Begins at 11 a.m. Waynesboro Country Club Enjoy networking on the greens with fellow Chamber members. Visit www.chambersburg.org/events for details about these events and more. March events are listed on the back of the newsletter.
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Chamber members to be honored The Chamber will honor several of its members for their accomplishments in 2015 at the Annual Awards Breakfast on Thursday, April 7 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Chambersburg Country Club, 3646 Scotland Road. Honors include the international ATHENA Leadership Award and recognizing members for their property improvements, innovation, volunteerism and more. The featured speaker at the breakfast will be John R. Rodgers Jr., franchise owner for JR Rodgers & Associates Inc., the Award winners from the 2015 breakfast Dale Carnegie Training® Franchise in Pittsburgh. Rodgers will present a keynote on “Generational Leadership: How to Lead Millennials and the New Generation Z.” Sponsorships are still available. Sponsors will receive recognition before and during the event. Table sponsorships are $300 (includes preferred seating for a table of eight) and Patron sponsorships are $75 (includes preferred seating for two). Contact Amy Fisher at [email protected]
or 717-264-7101 ext. 204 for more information. Individuals may purchase tickets for $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Register at chambersburg.org/events or call 717-264-7101. Registration deadline is 9 a.m. on Monday, April 4. No shows will be billed.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR
How the Chamber can work for your business Whether you’re a new member, a new employee or simply need a Chamber refresher, the Member Orientation on Friday, March 11 will help you get the most from your membership. Join us from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 1097 Wayne Ave., as we cover a variety of topics from networking opportunities to referral benefits. The event is free to attend for two representatives per business. Breakfast is included. To register, call 717-264-7101 or visit www.chambersburg.org/events. Special thanks to our event sponsors, Corning Credit Union, Penn National Insurance and VerStandig Broadcasting. If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Doug Harmon, membership director, at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected]
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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
Stay tuned in to local government affairs It seems like everywhere we turn today we are inundated with news on the Presidential Primary: The latest poll numbers, the debate winners, who can raise the most campaign money, who said what about a candidate, and on and on. Even with all of this information at our fingertips we often feel somewhat disconnected from the process. The Pennsylvania Primary isn’t until April 26 and 38 states vote ahead of us. We may not be able to connect with the Presidential Primary as we had hoped but there is an opportunity to connect on a local level. The Chambers Government Affairs Committee is a great way to stay informed about local, regional and state issues. The committee is a countywide group with representatives from all five chambers of commerce in Franklin County and has members from different industry sectors and local government. It serves in an advisory capacity to the Chamber. The group identifies areas of interest each year and invites elected officials and area experts to speak about those different topics. In 2016, the group identified the following topics/speakers for programming: State Representatives, State Senators, Franklin County Commissioners, Franklin County Planning Director, PA Budget Overview (from Secretary), Letterkenny Update, Workforce Development Panel (FCCTC Administrator and School District Superintendents), Agriculture Sector – Systems Change Panel, Franklin County RE-ENTRY Strategic Plan Update, PA Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, and an EPA Storm Water Requirements and Impacts to Municipal Systems and Development Panel. The committee meets the first Wednesday of the month. If you’re interested in serving on the government affairs committee, contact Jim Zimmerman, chair of the committee, at [email protected]
, or call the Chamber at 717-264-7101. …And if you haven’t gotten enough information on the candidates running for president, I hear Fox News, CNN and MSNBC are thinking about adding a 25th hour to the day just to make sure they don’t miss anything.
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]
Troy Garman, Realtor, RE/MAX Realty Agency Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors
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Mixer at the Visitors Bureau
Regional advertising opportunity
Join the Chamber at a March Madness Mixer hosted by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, 37 S. Main St. #100. The mixer on Wednesday, March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. will provide guests the opportunity to network with fellow Chamber members while also enjoying competitive basketball, prizes, music, food, wine, beer and more.
Representatives from Centre Publications are beginning to meet with members about being a part of the 2016/17 Membership Directory and Community Profile. This popular publication, produced by Centre Publications in coordination with the Chamber, is a vital resource for both area residents, tourists and travelers.
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau is the first stop for tourists and visitors of Franklin County to gain information about things to do, places to visit, where to stay and more. Each year, hundreds of people visit the visitors bureau office to pick up visitors guides, tourist maps, coupon booklets, rack cards, event information and more.
The publication utilizes a unique design that features a fresh, modern look with a huge visual impact. Some of the popular features include: • Horizontal format with maximum space per page for photos, charts and text to feature content about the area. • Dynamic layout allowing for panoramic photos that engage the reader. • Listings by industry categories make the directory easy to use. • Optimized layout for viewing on tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices in the online version. • Advertisements in the online version connect readers directly to the advertiser’s website.
Chamber mixers are free to attend, but registration is requested. Register at www.chambersburg.org/events or call 717-264-7101.
Get involved, join a committee If you want to be more involved in the community, look no further than Chamber committees. By joining a committee, you’ll be exposed to a new aspect of the community you may not have access to otherwise. You’ll meet new people and develop meaningful relationships that can impact your business. Check out the committees listed below to explore what might be the right fit for you. 11/30 Network – Various committees support the mission of this young professionals group, which is to connect young professionals in Franklin County through social, civic and professional opportunities. Membership Ambassador Committee – Works to actively support the Chamber by reaching out and engaging with Chamber members to ensure the most effective way to enhance the Chamber and serve the community, as well as recruiting new members. Business Trade Show Committee – Works to plan, organize, promote and execute the fall business trade show, an opportunity for participating businesses to network and connect with potential consumers/clients. Golf Committee – Works to plan and implement the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament. Government Affairs Committee – Countywide committee consisting of members from all five county chambers that works to review, recommend, and promote positions on legislation that will impact the business community. Sip & Savor – Works to plan and implement the Chamber’s annual social event held in September. If you are interested in any of these committees or learning about Chamber affiliate committees, contact Doug Harmon, membership director, at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected]
All members are included in the alphabetical and categorical listings in the directory. The publication is distributed to Chamber members and is available throughout the year at the Chamber office. It is also placed in area hotel rooms - giving members access to visitors and business travelers in the area. A popular relocation tool, the profile is used by people planning to relocate to the area, and it is available to new residents, real estate agents and others. It is viewable on the Chamber’s website at www.chambersburg.org. Advertisers will have a range of ad sizes to choose from, with Centre Publications offering free design and photography services. For information, or to be a part of this edition, call 1-800-200-5375. The book will debut on July 16 - Old Market Day in Chambersburg.
Dale Carnegie Training Mar. 28 The Dale Carnegie Course® has transformed the careers of over seven million graduates. Join the ranks of the world’s most successful people by starting the next eight-week training course on Monday, March 28. Sessions are held once a week from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the WTS Education & Conference Center, 3583 Scotland Rd., Scotland, Pa. This course will empower you to move far beyond your comfort zone as you stretch for and attain ambitious new goals. It will also teach you the 5 Drivers of Success: Build Greater Self-Confidence, Strengthen People Skills, Enhance Communication Skills, Develop Leadership Skills, and Reduce Stress and Improve Attitude. For more information, contact Jeff Davis at 814-931-1963 or visit www.centralpa.dalecarnegie.com.
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MARCH MADNE SS
100 Lincoln Way E. Chambersburg, PA Hours: M-F, 8a-5p
SAVE up to
ALL MONTH LONG!
The Heritage Center Gift Shop is making room for new inventory - come shop & enjoy huge savings!
EVERYTHING MUST GO!
Thursday, April 7 7 to 9 a.m. Chambersburg Country Club 3646 Scotland Road
B R E A K FA S T
Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
Program highlights of the breakfast include the honoring of award recipients for their leadership, innovation, volunteerism and more. Featured speaker for the breakfast will be
John R. Rodgers, Jr.,
owner of JR Rodgers & Associates, the Dale Carnegie Training franchise in Pittsburgh. $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Register online at
Table Sponsorships ($300) and Patron Sponsorships ($75) are available. Contact Amy Fisher for more info: [email protected]
, 717-264-7101 ext. 204.
ATHENA Award Sponsors:
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Youth “Encourage the Heart” Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth’s February morning session focused on ethics. The students met at the Franklin County Courthouse and were able to speak with Judge Zook and Judge Meyers about court operations, ethical requirements of judges and what it takes to be successful in the legal field. Sergeant Ben Sites of the Sherriff’s Department gave the class a tour of the Courthouse where they could learn more about how the facility functions.
LFC Youth students pose on the Courthouse steps
After a lunch from Hat’s Heroes, the students continued their Leadership curriculum learning to “Encourage the Heart.” Duane Bock from First Community Bank of Mercersburg led the class in a discussion about what it really means to encourage the heart. He began by asking the students to name the richest people in the country - sports MVP’s and American Idol winners. While not able to name all of these people, the class was able to name those who have most encouraged them during their lives as well as those who have discouraged them. They discussed how harmful words cannot be taken back once they are said. The class then practiced ways to encourage each other. LFC Youth is offered free of charge thanks to sponsor Wilson College.
Kindergarten registration begins in Franklin County It’s time for kindergarten registration. All families of a child who will be five years of age before September 1, 2016 are invited to register their child for kindergarten. Children should be registered for the school district that receives your property taxes. Contact information for kindergarten registrations are as follows: • Chambersburg Area School District: Elementary Services, 717-261-3417 • Fannet-Metal School District: Visit fmtigers.org • Greencastle-Antrim School District: 717-597-3226 • Tuscarora School District: Kendra Reese, 717-328-3127 ext. 2802 • Waynesboro Area School District: 717-762-1191 ext. 1264 For more information about kindergarten registration, visit papromiseforchildren.com/find-kindergarten-registration-information.
Community students discuss ethics Ethics was the topic of the morning session for Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community in February. Michele Ford of First Community Bank of Mercersburg and Myranda Goetz of Patriot Federal Credit Union led the class LFC students break into groups to discuss ethics in a discussion about personal ethics. Each student reviewed their employer’s code of ethics and compared the similarities and differences between codes of different industries with their classmates. A panel - consisting of Brad Ocker, Chambersburg Area School District; Cheri Kearny, United Way of Franklin County; Mary Beth Shank, Salzmann Hughes, P.C.; and Marcela Mason, Amazon - also discussed ethical requirements of their industry and fields as it relates to their employment. After lunch from Big Oak Café, the class learned about law enforcement in Franklin County during the afternoon session. Tyler Hamilton of ABRAXAS South Mountain Programs spoke about their Leadership Development Program and the work they do with adjudicated youth. Franklin County Sheriff James Brown and Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Bradley Ford and Lieutenant Gary Carter Jr. spoke about the roles of the different law enforcement agencies and how they work together. LFC Community is sponsored by CenturyLink Business.
Learn about LFC at mixer on Apr. 13 Interested in building your leadership skills while learning more about the community? Join current students and alumni for an information mixer to discover how the Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community program can help you achieve these goals. The mixer will be held Wednesday, April 13 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East. The mixer is free and includes wine, beer and light appetizers. Register by contacting Robin Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or [email protected]
Since 1986, LFC has graduated more than 600 area residents from its Community program, developed to produce well-informed, motivated leaders who are willing and capable of working together for the betterment of Franklin County. The program is a tuition-based nine-month program. The class make-up is a mix of emerging and seasoned professionals with diverse backgrounds. Recruitment begins in the spring. A limited number of scholarships are available. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation offers the Leadership program. The Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.
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New website, guide for downtown Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) recently launched a new website and released a Downtown Chambersburg Guide as part of ongoing efforts to promote downtown attractions, merchants and amenities. “Promoting downtown and its offerings is critical to a comprehensive revitalization strategy,” said Noel Purdy, president of DCI. “We’ve worked diligently over the past few years to build out a core communications platform including the website, social media and an electronic newsletter. It was time to update the website with a new, fresh look that is easy to navigate while also exploring new marketing ideas.” Downtown’s new, mobile-friendly website provides information about the Main Street area for residents, visitors, business owners and investors. The website’s purpose is to provide convenient access to everything downtown related in a simple and intuitive format. It features a parking map, lists of businesses, an events calendar, annual festival details with organization contacts, residential property listings, park information and more. Visit the website at www.downtownchambersburgpa.com.
Downtown plan information sessions Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI), an affiliate of the Chamber, recently completed a downtown visioning and master planning process that provides a framework for DCI and its partners to leverage the existing cultural, historical, retail and natural assets located in the downtown. The ultimate goal of this plan is to attract more private investment to the downtown. Some projects in the plan are already being implemented, such as The Foundry, an artist cooperative DCI recently launched at 100 S. Main Street. Another project identified in the plan is the downtown branding initiative. DCI recently rolled out a new downtown website and guide to market downtown. Work continues on creating branding messages. To learn more about the downtown plan, free afternoon and evening information sessions are planned. Several lunch and learns (bring your own lunch) will be held at the Chamber, 100 Lincoln Way East, on March 9, 10, 16 and 17 from noon to 1 p.m. Evening presentations will be held at The Foundry, 100 S. Main St., on March 10 and 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. To R.S.V.P., call 717-264-7101 or email [email protected]
Don’t Be This Guy…
The Downtown Chambersburg Guide is a brochure-sized pamphlet offering an overview of downtown in a user-friendly print format. DCI worked with a publishing company to produce the guide, which visitors can pick up to reference lists of shops and restaurants, annual events, a map and more. “We received feedback from downtown merchants about the need for a guide that includes a map, as many customers ask for directions to other places in the downtown while they’re here,” said Purdy. Guides are available at downtown businesses, local hotels, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and the Chambersburg Heritage Center, as well as online. These updates are part of an overall branding initiative to educate residents and visitors about downtown amenities and attract them to shop, dine, live, invest and explore downtown. The branding initiative began in 2015. The branding committee will continue to work on this initiative through 2016.
Gift Shop March Madness Sale The Heritage Center Gift Shop is about to undergo a makeover, but before work happens we need to get rid of inventory. Stop in to enjoy savings up to 90 percent off every item in the store for the March Madness Blowout Sale, happening all month long. The gift shop, located at 100 Lincoln Way East, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
When it Comes to Employee Benefits Compliance www.chamberchoice.com Compliance is an employer responsibility There is a minimum of 12 federal laws which could affect
employee benefits Laws may require reporting, notices and documentation Employers may be exempt from some laws, but not all
Call for help today! 1.800.377.3539
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Hosted by Leadership Franklin County Advanced For Small Business Week Venue: Shippensburg University Tuscarora Room/Reisner Dining Hall 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $99 a person (Continental Breakfast & Lunch Included) CEU’s Available Go to www.chambersburg.org/events for more information or register or call 717-264-7101 x205 Sponsored by Patriot Federal Credit Union Summit Health
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Chamber seeks support for annual Golf Tournament
Support your neighbors at ribbon cutting ceremonies
Mark your calendar! The Chamber’s 21st Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, June 30 at Waynesboro Country Club. Golfers will enjoy some friendly competition on the greens while networking with fellow Chamber members.
The Chamber hosts ribbon cutting ceremonies as a member benefit to celebrate openings and anniversaries. Attending ribbon cuttings is a great way to support local businesses (and fellow Chamber members!), meet new people and expand your presence in the community.
The Chamber is currently seeking sponsors for the event. If you are interested in a sponsorship or would like more information, please contact Doug Harmon, membership director, at [email protected]
or 717-264-7101 ext. 202. Golfer registration will be open soon, so stay tuned for more details!
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS Title Sponsor
Premier Sponsor - VFW Post 1599
11/30 Network Wine Tour Experience the flavors of delicious wines made right here in South Central Pennsylvania! The 11/30 Network will host a wine tour on Saturday, April 2 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. Our tour will begin in downtown Chambersburg at Jan Zell Wines, 251 Grant St., for check-in and wine tasting. Then we’ll take the bus to Adams County Winery for tastings and to spend some time at the winery, followed by heading to Reid’s Orchard & Winery for tastings paired with dinner. You’ll also receive a wine glass souvenir. Your ticket includes bus transportation, tastings at each winery, dinner and a souvenir wine glass from Reid’s Winery. Cost is $30 for 11/30 Network members. Members are allowed to bring non-member guests for a non-member rate of $40 per person. Limited seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Register online at www.chambersburg.org/events or call Amy Fisher, 11/30 Network coordinator, at 717-264-7101 ext. 204. Special thanks to Gift Transportation for providing the bus transportation.
Currently slated to happen in March is a ribbon cutting and open house for Chambersburg First Church of God, 2230 Grand Point Road, on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ribbon cuttings are scheduled on an ongoing basis, so be sure the check the online events calendar at www.chambersburg.org/events for the most up-to-date listing. We hope to see you at the next ribbon cutting!
Host a Lunch and Learn The Chamber has openings for Lunch and 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 $75. For more information, contact Doug Harmon, membership director, at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected]
Boost your online presence The Chamber offers targeted online advertising for member businesses interested in increasing their online presence in the community. Last month, the Chamber website received more than 25,000 pageviews and more than 60 percent of its online visitors were new. The Chamber’s website sponsorships have three levels - gold, premium and enhanced - starting at just $25 per month. Banner and tile advertising receive up to 180,000 impressions per year based on the package level. All website sponsorships include enhanced business page options, priority business placement in the online business directory, free banner designs and more. The Chamber’s goal is to maintain your online advertising with up-to-date information and quality graphics that will reach your local audience. Chamber website advertising also includes regular management of your account by the Chamber staff to monitor and update your information. Businesses interested in learning more about our online advertising options should contact Doug Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected]
More information can also be found at www.chambersburg.org/MarketingOpportunities.
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AROUND TOWN WITH THE CHAMBER
Mixer at Coyle Free Library We had a great turnout at the first Chamber Mixer of 2016 hosted by the Coyle Free Library. Guests enjoyed the delicious food from Main Street Deli, drinks from Roy-Pitz Brewing Company and music by Kerensa Gray. The library is currently fundraising for the Coyle building project, a $5.5 million project to renovate and more than double the 12,000 square feet of the current library. For more information, contact Cheryl Brown at 717-658-0961.
Congratulations to Chick-Fil-A on their grand opening and ribbon cutting
Chick-Fil-A opens in Chambersburg Guests network at the Coyle Free Library during the February mixer
Welcome to Chambersburg, Chick-Fil-A! The new fast-food location opened at 970 Norland Ave. with a big crowd of hungry guests, excited employees and happy representatives from the community. Free samples were enjoyed by all, and the store has been receiving great business since opening. Remember to “Eat More Chickin’!”
11/30 Network on the ice slide Members of the 11/30 Network volunteered at the Double-Wide Ice Slide on the kick-off night of IceFest, a four-day winter festival. With coffee and hot chocolate in hand, the young professionals helped put smiles on the faces of kids as they glided down the ice slide on sleds. IceFest relies on hundreds of volunteers like this group to make the festival and its events a reality. The 11/30 Network is Franklin County’s young professionals group; For more information visit www.1130network.com.
Inka Kitchen celebrates six months and its new Chamber membership
Inka Kitchen celebrates 6 months Congratulations Inka Kitchen! They just celebrated their six month anniversary and joined the Chamber. Inka Kitchen is a Peruvian restaurant and more offering dishes from Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Stop in and try their great food at 1228 Lincoln Way East next to KFC. 11/30 Network volunteers on the IceFest ice slide
Summit FastCare ribbon cutting A hearty welcome to Summit FastCare on Wayne Avenue in Chambersburg. They cut the ribbon with staff, friends and community representatives in attendance. They are located in the front of Giant next to Customer Service. Summit FastCare is open seven days a week, except on New Year’s Day, Easter and Christmas. They treat bronchitis, cold & flu symptoms, cough, pink eye, sore throat, upper respiratory infections, strep throat, stomach viruses and more! For more information, call them at 717-264-3278.
Summit FastCare cuts the ribbon celebrating their opening
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! d e vit n I e r ' u Yo Franklin County Visitors Bureau
March Madness Mixer
March 16 5pm-7pm at the FCVB office @ 37 S. Main St. (red brick walkway between 103.7 Radio Station & Olympia Candy) Competitive basketball, prizes, music, food, wine, beer and more! • Get your team together...win great prizes: two players per team! • Test your knowledge at Franklin County trivia! • Learn about new tourism opportunities for 2016 plus lots of Franklin County information!
Please RSVP to The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce at 717-264-7101, by emailing [email protected]
or by visiting www.chambersburg.org/events
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PA CHAMBER UPDATE
Governor’s budget proposal
Baxter Group, Inc.
PA Chamber President Gene Barr issued the following statement in regard to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget address last month: “It’s disappointing that the governor’s budget plan again features tax and spend proposals that do nothing to foster constructive dialogue or address the Commonwealth’s core cost drivers such as the growing pension crisis. By continuing his demands for more taxation and higher spending instead of looking at innovative ways to move Pennsylvania forward, the governor is hurting our chances to compete on equal standing with other states for investment, economic opportunity and job growth. This proposal would require the business community to take a step back in fulfilling our mission of growing jobs and building better communities, and would only end up increasing the cost of doing business in the Commonwealth. Simply put, tax and spend policies work against the creation of a healthier economy. “Governor Wolf’s plan to place another punitive tax on the natural gas industry is not only unproductive given current economic conditions, but counterproductive given the far-reaching negative repercussions it will create. The development of the Marcellus Shale has revitalized the Commonwealth, creating jobs and reducing energy costs. However, due to market conditions, the state has seen a reduction in investment, with a 65 percent decrease in the number of operating rigs compared to last year. Despite this fact – and the fact that the industry already pays a myriad of taxes – the Wolf administration is determined to implement an additional tax burden that jeopardizes the industry’s future; sending out a message to all potential investors that no matter how difficult the economic environment is, the state will continue to come after you for more money. It should also be noted that in West Virginia – whose severance tax was the model for the Wolf administration’s proposal last year – the legislature is currently moving forward with a plan to eliminate the 4.7 cent per mcf fee from its tax structure. While neighboring states are reducing the tax burden on the industry, the governor seeks to take more. Rather than attacking the industry, we should be focusing on building the infrastructure needed to get natural gas to market – which would in turn enhance our national security through the increased utilization of domestic energy sources. “As we debate the issue of additional funding for our public education systems, it’s important that these discussions are based on the facts. Pennsylvania already ranks high in education funding compared to other states - sixth in total spending and ninth in total per pupil spend. There can be a conversation about the fairest way to distribute funding, but if the conversation shifts to increased funding, there should be assurance that those dollars will benefit Pennsylvania’s students. That’s why pension reform is critically important. Rising pension costs continue to eat away at both the state’s and school districts’ budgets – diverting funding away from the classroom and other important state programs. Pennsylvania’s public pension systems – which currently have an unfunded liability of $53 billion and growing – is unsustainable; offering far richer benefit packages than the overwhelming majority of the state’s taxpayers have. The Commonwealth’s pension debt has already led to multiple credit downgrades and will continue to threaten every state taxpayer with higher costs the longer it goes unaddressed. Comprehensive, structural pension reform will ensure more education dollars are directed toward the classroom, while at the same time putting the state on a path of financial stability and economic growth.”
941 Progress Road, Chambersburg, Pa 17201 │717-263-7341 www.baxtergroupinc.com │ [email protected]
Baxter Group, Inc. is a locally owned company specializing in indoor environmental quality for over 25 years. Baxter Group provides asbestos testing and abatement, mold testing and remediation, lead paint detection and removal, radon testing and mitigation, as well as indoor environmental quality testing for hazards such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause long term health effects. We have crews of conscientious, well-trained and licensed individuals that will ensure timely completion and service at the highest possible level of quality workmanship. Baxter Group has a strong reputation, extensive resources and the capability of undertaking and successfully completing large, complex tasks. We take pride in the fact that we help make our community a safer, healthier place to live. Please contact us for more information at www.baxtergroupinc.com. What did you breathe today?
38 Black Avenue, Chambersburg, PA 17201 │717-264-0450 www.resolutecounseling.com │[email protected]
Resolute Counseling officially opened to the public in January 2016 offering the Franklin County community a positive path to growth and wellness. Located at 38 Black Avenue in downtown Chambersburg, Resolute Counseling offers ethical and professional mental health counseling for adults, couples and families in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Owner Michael Linn is a Pennsylvania licensed professional counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor, bringing more than 10 years of counseling experience to Resolute Counseling. Prior to forming Resolute Counseling, Michael worked for over three years at Greencastle Family Practice and three years for Safe Harbor Christian Counseling in Chambersburg. Areas of expertise include treating depression, anxiety, obsessivecompulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss, and sexual/porn addictions. Some methods used are Gottman therapy for couples, Christian counseling and various cognitive-behavioral techniques. For more information, visit Resolute Counseling online at www.resolutecounseling.com or call 717-264-0450 to learn more.
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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Rick Warner 993 Wayne Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 263-4000 www.giantpa.com
30 Years Modnur Pharmacy, Inc.
Bloom Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Debbie Stouffer 125 Chambers Hill Drive Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 262-2500 www.bloomtmw.com [email protected]
Chambersburg First Church of God Lawrence Metzler 2230 Grand Point Road Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 263-9523 www.cfcog.cc [email protected]
Adam Donius 970 Norland Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 263-0477 www.chick-fil-a.com/chambersburg [email protected]
Commercial Roofing Solutions Scott Bothe 2826 Galaxy Drive Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 658-9713 www.crsreps.com [email protected]
Arts & Artists/Artistic Instruction
Anita Crawford 100 South Main Street Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 261-0706 www.foundryartscoop.com [email protected]
Giant Food Stores, Inc.
25 Years Edward Jones - John Reinert
15 Years Peter G. Wallick, M.D.
Tom Baranauskas 925 Norland Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 267-0440
10 Years First Home Mortgage - Ted Gosnell Franklin County Historical Society – Kittochtinny
5 Years Bollman Charter Service, Inc.
Giant Food Stores, Inc.
Zully Santana 1228 Lincoln Way East, Suite C Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 491-1833 www.inkakitchen.net [email protected]
1 Year Advanced Wound Healing Center of Shippensburg Alta Vista Advisor Group, LLC Coldwell Banker - Tina Gonzales Drawbaugh Development GMH Mortgage Services LLC Gold’s Gym Chambersburg JFC Staffing Companies Maranatha Ministry, Inc. UniFirst Corporation
Health Care Services
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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
BB&T presented the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation with a $5,000 contribution for the 2016 Technology Innovation Challenge Grant Program. These funds were given through the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program under the Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development. The revenue will be used to integrate innovative technology into the classroom and are open to any Franklin County public school.
Wilson College is partnering with Widener University to provide advanced entry into a nurse practitioner program offered to Wilson Master of Nursing (MSN) graduates. Under the new partnership, students who graduate with a Wilson MSN degree and have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average will be guaranteed admission to the 18-month Widener program. Credits will be transferred between programs and institutions. Two of the Chambersburg area’s largest healthcare providers, Summit Health and Keystone Health, will serve as approved preceptor sites for the new program. Anyone interested in enrolling in any of Wilson’s nursing programs should contact the Department of Nursing at 717-262-4853. Orrstown Bank recently announced its purchase of an office building in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, as part of the bank’s strategic expansion plan. Orrstown Bank is headquartered in Shippensburg and has its operations center in Chambersburg. The new regional office will house employees from several departments including retail banking, commercial/business banking, mortgage lending and trust/ wealth management. Additionally, the building contains flexible public meeting space that can be made available to non-profits and community groups. The Capitol Theatre will feature the 29th Annual Comedy & Magic Spectacular presented by the Exchange Club of Chambersburg on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Order tickets online at www. thecapitoltheatre.org or call 717-263-0202.
Summit Physicians Services employees donated more than 10,000 pounds of food as part of the United Way of Franklin County’s food and book drive. The 32 Summit Physician Services offices, collected nonperishable foods and lightly used books. Total donations, which were distributed to Franklin County food pantries and community services offices, weighed in at more than 10,195.60 pounds. In addition to the Summit Physicians Services offices that participated, employees from Chambersburg Hospital and Waynesboro Hospital also donated food to the United Way food drive. Summit Health recently partnered with Chambersburg Road Runners Club and Chambersburg Area School District to present donations of $6,000 from the Christmas Cash Dash and $5,000 from the Splash Your Sole 5k, respectively, to Downtown Chambersburg Inc. for its Bike and Pedestrian Improvements Plan. The project aims at making the downtown more bike- and pedestrian-friendly.
Shalom Christian Academy’s drama students will present their spring musical/dessert theatre, Robin Hood—The Musical. The classic legend of the bandit who “robbed from the rich to give to the poor” will be on stage March 10-12 at Shalom Christian Academy on 126 Social Island Rd. in Chambersburg. Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 12, at 2 p.m. the members of the “Torn Curtain” troupe will share their talents. Tickets are $6 each and may be purchased in advance at the school office or at the door. Advance reservations are required for the dessert theatre productions which are Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased from Shalom’s main office. For more information call 717-375-2223. Jim Carchidi, CSP, chief executive officer with JFC Staffing Companies was recently appointed chairman of the American Staffing Association (ASA) office–administrative section policy council. ASA is the national trade association representing the $130-billion U.S. staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry. In this role, Carchidi will work with ASA and its board of directors to spearhead programs and services that meet the sector’s needs within the association. Carchidi is a recipient of the Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award and a 2015 finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year. Committed to giving back, he serves on multiple committees and boards. The Capitol Theatre will present Irish Happy Hour in the Wood Center on Thursday, March 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will include music by Across the Pond and dancers from Hooley School of Irish Dance. For tickets, visit www.thecapitoltheatre.org or call the box office at 717-263-0202.
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Join the Luhrs Center on Monday, March 14 for beginner ballroom dance lessons at 5:30 p.m. This six-class course will teach beginners the Tango, Cha Cha, Swing and Foxtrot. Advance registration is requested. Order tickets at www.luhrscenter.com.
The team at Ocker & Associates, PC recently welcomed a new administrative assistant, Julianne Hayhurst, of Shippensburg, to the firm. Hayhurst is a 2011 graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Ocker & Associates, PC, located at 4148 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville, and 526 Main Street, McSherrystown, has provided payroll, accounting, tax, consulting, and financial services to the area for over 40 years. Arsenic and Old Lace will be presented by the Chambersburg Community Theatre on March 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. in the Capitol Theatre. Order tickets at www.thecapitoltheatre.org. Wilson College was recently awarded a $35,000 grant from the Eden Charitable Foundation to support the college’s Helen Carnell Eden Chaplaincy. The foundation has provided funding for Wilson’s chaplaincy every year since 1993, for a total of $713,000 awarded to date. Wilson’s chaplain, currently the Rev. Emily Morgan, is the spiritual leader of the campus presiding over weekly chapel services, special religious services, pastoral care and counseling and religious programming. The chaplain also organizes community service activities and oversees several student organizations. Lehman Constructions Services, Inc. (LCSi) recently welcomed two employees to their design / estimating staff. Jared Eberts, P.E. is a 2009 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa., in civil engineering. Eberts had been employed with Gannet Fleming since 2009. Jeremy Bitner is a Norwich University, Northfield, Vt., graduate of 2001 with a bachelor of architecture degree. He will take two tests this spring to receive his Architectural License. Bitner served as architectural Intern/Project Manager since June 2005 with Edward Rowse Architects in Providence, RI. LCSi provides commercial construction services throughout Franklin and Cumberland County and the four state area. The Shook Home has welcomed Connie Moran as the assisted director of nursing. Moran is a native of Franklin County and brings more than 29 years of progressive nursing experience, serving the local and surrounding communities in both acute and elder care. Moran graduated in 1986 from the Franklin County Area Vocational Technical School LPN program. She later obtained her associate of science in nursing degree from Penn-State Mont Alto, a bachelors of science in nursing degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and a masters of science nursing degree from Walden University with specialty in leadership and management. The H. Ric Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University will present Yamato the Drummers of Japan: “Bakuon” Legend of the Heartbeat on Tuesday, March 15 at 8 p.m. Dozens of players will start the performance beating a Japanese taiko drum that will escalate into powerful sounds, colorful scenes and amazing costumes during the show. Find more information at www.luhrscenter.com.
The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation recently awarded a $530,000 grant to fund scholarships for Wilson College students with financial need through the Stabler Scholarship Endowment. The endowment has provided scholarships for students since the program began in 2009. The foundation has provided more than $3.45 million for the Stabler scholarships program since its inception in 2008. Students are selected for scholarships based on financial need, academic achievement and service to the community. Since 1985, The Stabler Foundation has provided Wilson with funding for a number of programs, including the Curran Scholars program, which promotes student volunteerism, and daycare support for students in Wilson’s program for single-parent scholars, formerly known as the Women with Children program. On Friday, March 18 the H. Ric Luhrs Center will host Jay & The Americans and Dennis Tufano at 7:30 p.m. This is your chance to see these classic 1960s singing groups. Pick up your tickets at www. luhrscenter.com. SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice recently presented its 2015 Karen A. Rohaly Award to Brenda Robinson, payroll specialist. The Karen A. Rohaly Award was established after the death of the agency’s first administrator, Karen Rohaly. Leading the agency from its inception in 1978 until her untimely death in 1987, Ms. Rohaly was a visionary who defined the organization’s mission. This award is presented annually to the employee who best upholds the ideals set by the work of Ms. Rohaly. The nominations are made by co-workers, those who are most familiar with the staff member and his/her work. An awards committee, made up of individuals from throughout the agency’s service areas, evaluates the nominations and a recipient is selected. For more information, call 800-840-9081 or visit the website at www.spiritrustlutheranhomecare.org. The Skippyjon Jones Snow What will be shown at the H. Ric Luhrs Center on Saturday, March 19 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Come see the Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Mexican Chihuahua! For more information about this event, please visit www.luhrscenter. com or call 717-477-7469. Have news to share? Do something good in our community? Submit an item for the Member in the News and Giving Back sections! Email your press release or a one paragraph write-up to Lark Plessinger, marketing assistant, at [email protected]
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MARCH CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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9:30-10:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Express, 1097 Wayne Ave.
12 NRA First Steps Pistol Training 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hill Top Range, 410 Grant St., Waynesboro, registration is closed
16 March Chamber Mixer 5-7 p.m., Franklin County Visitors Bureau, 37 S. Main St. #100
17 11/30 Network: Third Thursday Happy Hour 5-7 p.m., Relax, 1580 Orchard Dr., www.1130network.com
19 Ribbon Cutting: Chambersburg First Church of God 10 a.m.-Noon, 2230 Grand Point Rd.
25 Good Friday
The Chamber office is closed in observance of Good Friday
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