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Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff Franklin County Works November Chamber Mixer Business Person of the Year Annual Holiday Mixer LFC students begin service project LFC Youth model the way Foundation Luncheon rescheduled Give the gift of local this holiday Support small businesses 2016 mural project winners Crowds flock to Oktoberfest The Foundry celebrates one year Child care in today’s economy Active Shooter Training on Nov. 8 First Responders Appreciation Day Around town with the Chamber Meet the 11/30 Network leadership Members spotlights PA Chamber update Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries Giving back Members in the news November calendar of events



CHAMBER HOLIDAY MIXER 5 to 7 p.m. Wilson College’s Laird Hall Join the Chamber for one of the final networking opportunities of 2016.


ICEFEST Everyone’s favorite winter festival returns with popular events like the Chili Cook-off, Ice Slide and more. Visit for details about these events and more. November events are listed on the back of the newsletter.



Shop Small Sweepstakes: Win up to $300! Check items off your holiday list, support local businesses and enter to win great prizes with the Shop Small Sweepstakes from November 15 to December 15. Shoppers have the chance to win up to $300 simply by supporting our community’s small businesses throughout the holiday season. Use your Shop Small Sweepstakes card (inserted in the newsletter) to mark off at least five experiences. These range from “order take-out” to “buy a locally-made gift” and more. When you fulfill an experience at a local small business, mark the space and save your receipt. Once you have completed at least five squares, submit your card to the Chamber with receipts and you will be entered in the drawing. Prizes include $300 cash, $200 in Chamber Dollars, $100 in Chamber Dollars and a gift card gift basket. Use the Shop Small Sweepstakes card inserted in the newsletter, or pick up more at the Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop, 100 Lincoln Way East. Completed cards are due at the Heritage CEnter by 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 15. Winners will be drawn the following day and announced on the Chambersburg Chamber Facebook page at Don’t forget to use your Chamber Card at participating small businesses to get great deals! Offers are listed at

Annual Business Breakfast on Dec. 8 Please join the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce for the Annual Business Breakfast - a celebration of 2016 and the future that lies ahead. The event will be held on Thursday, December 8 from 7 to 9 a.m. at Wilson College’s Laird Hall. The breakfast features highlights of the Chamber’s past year, a keynote presentation and the awarding of the 2016 Business Person of the Year. This year’s keynote will be presented by Brad Ocker, Brian Zimmerman and Scott Schoenberger of the Chambersburg Area School District. They will shed light on a new program, Academics Career Transition, that provides at-risk students with education to earn their diploma along with career training - including social skills and counseling - so they have the skills to be employed after graduation. 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 OUR GRAND SPONSOR or call 717-264-7101. Sponsorships are also available for $300 (table sponsor) and $75 (patron sponsor). Sponsors receive recognition before and during the event, as well as preferred seating. For more information or to secure your sponsorship, contact Amy Weibley at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or [email protected]


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Troy Garman, RE/MAX Realty Agency Chair Eric Foreman, BB&T - Immediate Past Chair Noel Purdy - Chamber President Jim Zimmerman, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., 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, Franklin County Library System Chris Patterson, Manitowoc Cranes Jeff Truhan, The Shook Home Mark Durniak, Fuddruckers Brad Evans, Bartlett Tree Expert Company Angela Lynch, Chambersburg Area School District Foundation Michael J. Connor, Walker, Connor & Spang, LLC

CHAMBER STAFF Noel Purdy - President [email protected] David G. Sciamanna - Vice President [email protected] Amy Weibley - 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]


Shop Small for the Holidays I know it’s hard to believe, but the Christmas Parade will be happening in just a couple of weeks in downtown Chambersburg. That means Santa Claus is coming to town, and with his arrival also comes the holiday shopping season. The best way to improve the community is to support small businesses. So, when you’re ready to shop this holiday season make the extra effort to patronize our area’s small businesses. When you shop small, you make a big impact on our economy in many ways. Forty-eight percent of each purchase made at an independent business is recirculated locally, compared to less than 14 percent of purchases made at chains. Small businesses also account for 64 percent of new job growth. Plus, your support strengthens our existing businesses while attracting new ones. The Chamber and its affiliates are dedicated to supporting our small businesses. Throughout the holiday season, the Chamber is planning promotions to incentivize consumers to buy local. In addition to general “Shop Small for the Holidays” marketing, the Chamber is coordinating a Shop Small Sweepstakes from November 15 to December 15. The sweepstakes gives shoppers the chance to win up to $300 cash by enjoying experiences at small businesses. Anything from “enjoy a family night out” and “buy a gift for someone” to “donate to a local nonprofit” can get a square marked off on your Shop Small Sweepstakes card. After five experiences are marked, turn your card in for a chance to win. (See more details on page 1.) Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) will again coordinate Small Business Saturday promotions. DCI plans to give away over $2,000 in Downtown Dollars to shoppers who present a receipt for $25 or more dated November 26, 2016, from a downtown Chambersburg business. Present your receipt from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courthouse Plaza to receive your giveaway. (See more details on page 5.) Remember, when you shop small you’re supporting our community! Troy Garman Realtor, RE/MAX Realty Agency Board Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce


Franklin County Works website now mobile-friendly

Business Person of the Year

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation recently relaunched the Franklin County Works website featuring a new, mobile responsive design. The site includes a local job board, resume bank and information about leadership training programs. Similar to and, the Franklin County Works job board makes it easy for employers to find workers, examine resumes and manage accounts. Job seekers can easily find and apply for job openings. The benefit of using Franklin County Works is all the jobs are local. Job seekers visiting the site and applying to jobs desire to work in south central Pennsylvania. “Franklin County Works is about matching talent with the quality jobs we have to offer,” said Robin Harmon, executive director of the Foundation. “More importantly, we’re educating area residents that there are good jobs in a wide variety of fields available right here in Franklin County. We’re working to recruit new workers while cultivating our existing talent to meet the county’s labor needs.” The website also features information about the Foundation’s leadership training programs through Leadership Franklin County. These include opportunities for high school students, mid-level professionals and executives. Employers may post jobs either on a case-by-case basis or with an annual contract. Members of any chamber of commerce in Franklin County will receive discounted rates, including free postings for businesses with 25 or fewer employees. Advertising opportunities are also available. For more information about posting jobs and advertising, contact Harmon at [email protected] or 717264-7101 ext. 205.

The Chamber is accepting nominations for the 2016 Business Person of the Year through November 7. The recipient will be named at the Annual Business Breakfast on Thursday, December 9. If you know someone who has proven professional leadership, displays excellence in the field, has driven business growth and is active in the community, consider nominating them for the 2016 Business Person of the Year. For a list of the award criteria or to receive a nomination form, please contact Amy Weibely at [email protected] or 717-2647101 ext. 204. Nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, November 7.

Business Person of the Year Since 1987, the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce has named a Business Person of the Year. Past recipients include: 1987 John L. Grove 1988 Robert G. Zullinger 1989 Will G. Pananes 1990 Charles M. Sioberg 1991 John L. Mills 1992 E. Lewis Leaman 1993 Paul E. Lehman 1994 Charles Q. Smith 1995 Allan E. “Skip” Jennings Jr. 1996 John D. Helman 1997 Norman B. Epstein 1998 Michael L. Hurt 1999 Sam Small 2000 Harold L. Brake 2001 John Massimilla

2002 William “Bill” Snell 2003 L. Michael Ross 2004 J. Christian Snavely 2005 Pat O’Donnell 2006 Peggy Bosma 2007 Michael “Mic” Starr 2008 Dennis E. Black 2009 Michael G. Hull 2010 Lynn Rotz 2011 Edwin D. Martin 2012 Ann Wagner 2013 Joanne Cochran 2014 Jacob Kaufman 2015 Tom Beddard

To nominate someone for the 2016 Business Person of the Year, contact Amy Weibley at [email protected] or 717-2647101 ext. 204.

Annual Holiday Mixer on Dec. 13

View the website at Franklin County Works is made possible thanks to sponsors VerStandig Broadcasting and Menno Haven Retirement Communities.

Members of all five chambers of commerce in Franklin County are invited to a joint holiday mixer on Tuesday, December 13. The mixer will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in Laird Hall at Wilson College, 1015 Philadelphia Avenue.

November Chamber Mixer

The joint mixer has been a rousing success since it began eight years ago. To register for this free mixer, call the Chamber at 717-2647101 or register online at www.

Join us at the November Chamber Mixer hosted by J. Bryant Photography & Designs at 76 S. Main St. on Thursday, November 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy food, entertainment, refreshments and door prizes as you network with old friends and make new connections. To register for the mixer or other events, call the Chamber at 717264-7101 or visit

Members may reserve a display table at the mixer for $100. To secure your table, contact Doug Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected] If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, also contact Harmon for information.




LFC Community students begin service project Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community spent October focusing on teamwork and their community service projects. Ron Kaczmarek of the City of Gaithersburg offered the class project management tips and worked with them on planning their projects for the upcoming year. The service projects for the class of 2016 are: American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life marketing initiative; Downtown Chambersburg Inc.’s History Walking Tours update; Montessori Academy’s Community Awareness Campaign and LFC’s Service Opportunities for Leadership Graduates. In the afternoon, Helen McGarry of Penn State Mont Alto worked with the class on behavior styles. Each student took a DiSC assessment and learned about their personal style. They were able to compare styles and explore ways to interact with other people’s styles. LFC Community is sponsored by CenturyLink Business.

LFC Youth model the way Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth explored the leadership principle of Model the Way in October. The students began by discussing what values are and their impact on us and our decisions. Led by Tiffany Bloyer of Franklin County Government and Amy Seiders of F&M Trust, each student completed an exercise to help define and rank their own personal values. They also researched the mission and value statements of their home schools. After the curriculum part of the day the class was able to see values in action. The session was located at The Lunch Place, a soup kitchen in Waynesboro providing meals for the community. Carroll Sturm of The Lunch Place spoke to the class about the operation noting that they have served more than 291,000 meals at no cost to the clients since 1990. Each weekday, approximately 23 unpaid volunteers model the way by providing this service. The Lunch Place is funded through donations. Maria Banks of the Chambersburg Area School District spoke with the students after their experience and helped the class explore the stereotypes, biases, perceptions and expectations of the people they encountered while dining at The Lunch Place. The students reflected on being pushed out of their comfort zone in a new way. LFC Youth students are able to participate in the program for free thanks to the generous sponsorship of Wilson College.

Foundation Luncheon rescheduled for Nov. 15 The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation will award grants totaling $15,600 to teachers in Franklin County for using technology in an innovative way in their classrooms. Grants are available thanks to Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) contributors BB&T, M&T Bank, Orrstown Bank and Waste Management. Teachers will receive the grants at the Foundation’s annual luncheon on Tuesday, November 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Orchards, 1580 Orchard Drive. To attend, call the Chamber at 717264-7101, or email your reservation to [email protected] org. Cost of the luncheon is $20 per person.


Give the gift of local this holiday If you want to give unique gifts that are made locally and represent our community for the holiday season, look no further than the Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop. New to the gift shop are locally-made bath and candle products. Thanks to Cynthia Newman of Cynsational Suds, you can gift beautiful soap bars, luxurious sugar scrubs, soft lotion bars, fizzy bath bombs and more. Pair your bath products with 100 percent soy candles made locally by Thompson Soy Scents and extend the relaxing aromas to the rest of your house. One of the scents you can enjoy is Chambersburg Peach. Did you know Chambersburg peaches are in high demand by people who live both in and out of the state? The gift shop is the exclusive retailer of Chambersburg Peach souvenirs - including peach-scented soaps and candles - which make unique gifts for out-of-town family and friends. The gift shop also sells 11/30 T-shirts, hats, hoodies, car magnets and stickers featuring designs special to Chambersburg. The merchandise showcases the importance of Chambersburg’s location along major transportation routes with the intersection of Routes 11 and 30 in the heart of our community. With newly stocked shirts, you’ll have a variety of options to pick from. Another new addition to the gift shop are the pictures as letters. Purchase letters that were taken throughout downtown Chambersburg to spell out a word or name. They make the perfect gift for weddings, holidays and more. Visit the Heritage Center & Gift Shop at 100 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special hours for downtown events like First Friday and Small Business Saturday.



Support small businesses and enjoy giveaways on Nov. 26 Small Business Saturday is November 26, the day after Black Friday (the traditional kick-off to the holiday shopping season). This time of year can make or break a small business, particularly retailers and restaurants. This is especially true for independent, mom and pop shops, i.e. your neighbors. Many downtown Chambersburg merchants have said that Small Business Saturday is as important to them as IceFest with regard to sales. Small Business Saturday is a great way to support your favorite independent business and to discover new ones. It is a boon to the local economy. The best way to improve the community in which you live is to support its locally owned businesses. Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) will again coordinate Small Business Saturday promotions this year with support from American Express’s nationwide Small Business Saturday marketing program. DCI plans to give away over $2,000 in Downtown Dollars to shoppers who present a receipt for $25 or more dated November 26, 2016, from a downtown Chambersburg business. Present your receipt from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courthouse Plaza to receive your giveaway (while supplies last). The best way we can improve downtown and the community at large is to support small businesses. So plan to #ShopSmall with us on November 26! Visit for complete rules and restrictions of the Small Business Saturday Giveaway. Special thanks to our sponsors, F&M Trust, as well as advertising sponsors, Kegerreis Outdoor Advertising, VerStandig Broadcasting and Alpha Media.

2016 mural project winners The votes are in for the winners of the 2016 Downtown Mural Project! Winners were announced on Downtown Chambersburg’s Facebook page in mid-October. The results are: Judges’ Choice Award 17 and under - c/o Courtney Kensinger #38, Judge’s Choice Award 18 and over - Jamie Bryant #64, The People’s Choice Award 17 and under - Katelyn Kelly #14, Winner of People’s Choice Award 18 and over - Tim Bolesta #24. Thanks everyone for entering and Corey L. Alleman, LMFT for sponsoring!

Crowds flock to Chambersburg for Oktoberfest celebrations Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) held the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest this past month. Despite the gloomy, damp weather, hundreds of people attended to celebrate the festivities with German food, seasonal beer, festive German music and Oktoberfest games as well as the Duck Derby and Harmon 5K. Volunteers poured mugfulls for guests from a variety of options, including craft beers from Roy-Pitz Brewing Company, seasonal beers, hard cider and hard root beer. Cafe d’italia served up brats, cabbage and noodles, barbecue pork sandwiches and apple streusel, and Roy-Pitz Brewing Company sold out of their pretzels. During the Duck Derby, nearly 2,000 rubber ducks traveled down Falling Springs Creek through Fort Chambers Park. The owners of the first five ducks to cross the finish line won cash prizes. The event was coordinated by DCI and the Rotary Club of Chambersburg. Oktoberfest and Duck Derby proceeds will be used for downtown revitalization efforts. Thank you to everyone who sponsored, volunteered and attended the event to help make it a great success - we are excited to host it again next year!

The Foundry celebrates one year Local artist cooperative, The Foundry, celebrated its one-year anniversary in October with an Artist Challenge. Local artists created artwork for two hours on Main Street during Applefest, turning in their finished work to be voted on that same day. After an hour of voting, the winner was announced and all the artwork was auctioned off to raise money for The Foundry. Another part of the celebration was the publication of a coloring book. Eleven artists submitted drawings featured in the book, available for $14 at The Foundry, in their online store and on Amazon. “The Foundry has reached a critical milestone in its growth and development,” said Noel Purdy, president of Downtown Chambersburg Inc., an affiliate of the Chambersburg Chamber that is incubating the artist cooperative. “The artist cooperative has contributed to downtown revitalization efforts in a relatively short time by bringing more art into our downtown.” For more about The Foundry, visit or drop by their store at 100 S. Main St. in Chambersburg.



Location: TBA

Projected Attendance: 100+

About the event: The Franklin County High School Business Challenge provides opportunities for local high school students to engage their entrepreneurial spirits by creating and developing business plans for a new or pre-existing business. The top finalists will pitch their plans at this final event on April 19. Challenge winners will be determined and formally recognized at the conclusion of the event. Your sponsorship will help with the expenses associated with final Business Challenge event as well as provide prize money to the winning entry(s). The Chamber Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Contact: Robin Harmon, executive director, 717-264-7101 ext. 205, [email protected] Presenting Sponsor - $1,500 (non-exclusive)  Company supplied banner displayed at final event  Company logo on final event screen presentation  Company mention in Chambersburg Chamber newsletter  Company logo on all printed final event materials (program, promotions, etc.)  Company logo placed on Chambersburg Chamber website event listing with hyperlink to sponsor’s homepage Associate Sponsor - $500  Company logo on the event screen presentation  Company logo placed on all printed event material (program, promotions, etc.)  Company logo placed on the Chambersburg Chamber website event listing with hyperlink to the sponsor’s homepage Supporting Sponsor - $250  Company name on the event screen presentation  Company name listed in the event program  Company name placed on the Chambersburg Chamber website event listing with hyperlink to the sponsor’s homepage Patron Sponsor - $50  Individual name listed in event program  Individual name placed on Chambersburg Chamber website event listing Yes, I would like to sponsor the Franklin County High School Business Challenge! Company or Individual Name (as you want it to appear in listings) Contact Name


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Email _________________ ____Sponsorship Amount I understand that the submission of this form confirms commitment from the company above for this sponsorship. Signature




Return form to Robin Harmon, Executive Director: Mail to Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, 100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A, Chambersburg, PA 17201; or email to [email protected] or fax to 717-267-0399.

Mentors are also needed to coach the student teams! Check here if you’re interested in learning more: _________ or contact Tricia Baney at [email protected] for more information about mentoring.


Child care in today’s economy “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” William Ross Wallace, who penned that line in 1865, would not likely have guessed the implications for families in today’s workforce. Yes, that cradle is rocking, but today there are many hands rocking the crib. Hanging in the balance of family and work, parents are seeking affordable child care that promises a safe, quality learning environment for their child. In the current economy, both parents are often working to make ends meet. According to the living wage calculator for Franklin County, researched by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a family with one child requires over $40 thousand per year just to manage basic expenses. The average annual cost of child care is over $7 thousand and infant care can cost over $10 thousand annually. According to Fortune Magazine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that affordable child care should account for less than 10 percent of a family’s budget. In reality the costs can consume more than 30 percent, rivaling the cost of housing. Working parents balance the importance of reliability, safety and quality of learning with the cost of care and convenience. Factors like the center’s relationship with the local school district, access to resources and home or single provider environments vs. center environments all impact the experience children and parents have in their learning environment. Living and working across communities, many parents find differences in their child care experience. Meanwhile, providers are balancing the cost of facility, staffing and curriculum improvements that are demanded to meet the requirements of licensers, accreditation agencies and parent expectations against the pressures of budgets and profitability. Parents who have the benefits of placing their children in quality learning environments—stability of scheduling, high quality curriculum and access to resources—are able to make the time and focus commitment to succeed at their job. For parents, quality early learning equals success in the workplace. Across the communities of Franklin County, there is a realization that supporting early childhood initiatives impacts the workforce, now and for the future. The Community Education Coalition (CEC), hosted by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, is working in partnership with community partners to help bring business and education together. Working in partnership with the United Way of Franklin County, the CEC is working on projects with the early learning community to connect resources, providers and families. You can learn more about

early learning resources and providers by participating with the CEC’s Early Learning Committee, which meets on the first Friday of each month at the Chamber of Commerce. The Early Learning Committee will hear from a variety of providers throughout the year to hear how services are delivered in Franklin County and how the community can help strengthen and connect services. Early learning providers and program specialists are encouraged to participate with the Early Learning Partnership, which is hosted on the third Monday of each month at 11 a.m. at the United Way office, 182 S. Second St., Chambersburg. Topics revolve around the direct interests and concerns of early learning providers. An Early Learning Expo is being planned for April 22, 2017, in tandem with the Week of the Young Child, a national celebration of early learning. Planning meetings will be held at the United Way office on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. Volunteers are needed. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program is just one more way to support quality learning environments across Franklin County. The EITC Pre-K Scholarship Programs support the cost of pre-K spaces in quality early learning centers that align with school district curriculum, allowing more families to benefit. For more information about the CEC’s Early Learning Committee or to get involved in strengthening Franklin County’s early childhood education offerings, contact Amy Hicks at the United Way: 717-2620015, [email protected]

Active Shooter Training on Nov. 8 Don’t miss the Intruder Alert: Active Shooter Training on Tuesday, November 8 at Rhodes Grove Camp & Conference Center, 7693 Brown Mill Rd. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This seminar will feature unique safety training by Proactive Securities including information needed to deal with the dangerous possibility of an intruder or active shooter in the workplace. Registration is $40 per person. All registrants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the event. For more information or to register, call 717-264-7101 or visit Special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Penn National Insurance/ Strickler Agency.

First Responders Appreciation Day On Friday, December 9, the 11/30 Network will give back to perhaps the most deserving citizens in the county - first responders. Volunteers will deliver care packages and cards from local elementary school students to the county’s fire, police and EMS departments to thank them for their service during the 2nd Annual Franklin County First Responders Appreciation Day. The Network is currently seeking monetary donations and care package item donations for first responders. To donate, contact Amy Weibley at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or [email protected] Also contact Weibley if you are interested in volunteering.



Vintage Hounds celebrates one year Congrats to Vintage Hounds Grooming Salon! They celebrated one year in Chambersburg with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 975 Progress Rd. Vintage Hounds is a locally owned pet spa by Heather Oberholzer, who is a certified groomer with 10+ years of experience grooming dogs and cats. She offers a safe and stress free environment and uses the best quality products and services for your beloved pets.

State elected officials discuss important business issues

Breakfast covers important issues The Franklin County chambers of commerce hosted a Legislative Breakfast in October featuring our local state elected officials. They discussed a variety of topics from pensions to energy and more. Gene Barr, President/CEO of the PA Chamber, moderated the panel. Vintage Hounds Grooming Salon celebrates one year with a ribbon cutting

Oasis Float Company opens Oasis Float Company has officially opened at 154 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg! They offer wonderful and relaxing floatation therapy services. Visit for details.

Ocker Financial celebrates opening a new location

Ocker Financial opens new location The ribbon is cut at the Oasis Float Company opening ceremony

The team at Ocker Financial Services cut the ribbon at their new location on 858 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg. Many friends and family attended to wish them well. Ocker Financial is committed to helping people create solutions for their retirement assets.

RELAX Lounge celebrates remodel RELAX Lounge & Grill located at 1580 Orchard Dr. in Chambersburg officially celebrated their new expansion with a ribbon cutting followed by a fundraiser for Costa Academy. The restaurant includes daily specials and local musicians, for a relaxing atmosphere to kickback.

Owners of the Mercantile Home cut the ribbon at their Chambersburg pop-up

Art pop-up visits downtown

RELAX Lounge celebrates their new expansion and remodel

The community art pop-up, Mercantile Home’s Make. Believe. Tour, visited Chambersburg for a week in October. They set up shop downtown at 1 N. Main St. to share their love of arts and crafts with the community. Downtown Chambersburg Inc. coordinated with the owners to bring the pop-up tour to our town.




Meet the 11/30 Network leadership The 11/30 Network is nearly at 100 members in its second year. With a mission to connect young professionals in Franklin County through social, civic and professional opportunities, the group’s leadership is actively engaing its members in the community through a variety of events and programs. The Steering Committee is made up of 11 young professionals that hope to demonstrate the transformational potential of a community where young professionals thrive – both in their careers and personal lives. By engaging young professionals in the community, the network will impact the community by helping future leaders invest in the place they live, work and play. Leading the Steering Committee closer to its goals are the chair, Jake Naugle, and vice-chair, Ilana Vojnovich. Here’s more about them: Jake Naugle, 11/30 Network Chair Member since: 2015 Linkedin: Email: [email protected] Bio: Jake is a branch manager with Patriot Federal Credit Union. As a native of Franklin County, Jake has a passion for giving back to the local community through the 11/30 Network and other Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce committees. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and his two dogs Rusty and Pico. Talk to me about: dogs, The Walking Dead, sushi Let’s get a group to go: on a winery tour. Ilana Vojnovich, 11/30 Network Vice-Chair Member since: 2015 Linkedin: Email: [email protected] Bio: Ilana is an electrical engineer for Danfoss Drives in Chambersburg and a Penn State alumna. She works on electrical design of AC variable frequency drive systems. In addition to serving on the 11/30 Network Steering Committee, she also serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of Franklin County. In her free time, she plays in the Chambersburg YMCA volleyball league, volunteers at her church soup kitchen and works on renovating her townhouse. Talk to me about: The Walking Dead, Korean food, TED Talks Let’s get a group to go: to karaoke night! The other nine members of the Steering Committee include: Tracy Ross, secretary; Dave Livengood, past chair; Blake Truman, past vicechair and membership chair; Jon Clark, sports chair; Jennifer Esposito, community action chair; Amber Gift, social chair; John Pierce, professional development co-chair; Becky Starliper, professional development co-chair; and Amy Weibley, Chamber staff liaison. For more information about the network, visit


Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. 1115 Sheller Avenue, Chambersburg, PA 17201 │ 717-263-4621 │ [email protected]

Brechbill & Helman Construction Co., Inc. has served the construction industry since 1966. We are located at 1115 Sheller Avenue in Chambersburg. Our services include general construction, construction management, design/build services, pre-construction development services, new construction, major renovations & additions, commercial, industrial, institutional and retail. Our firm services the four-state region of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia and is licensed for your project in each of these states. Brechbill & Helman offers design build services and is a member of DBIA (Design-Build Institute of America), located in Washington, D.C., plus “Fast Tracking” of projects and a dedication to quality, safety and owner satisfaction. We specialize in commercial, institutional and industrial construction. Some of our projects have included: personal care/assisted living facilities, hotels, office buildings, restaurants, supermarkets, warehouses and heavy industrial manufacturing buildings.

Hampton Inn Chambersburg 955 Lesher Rd., Chambersburg, PA 17202 │ 717-261-9185 │ [email protected]

Hampton by Hilton Chambersburg was built by Falling Spring Corporation founded by John L. Grove, Ed Beck and Richard Pellegrino; it then opened in September 1992. In May 2016 the property was purchased and is now managed by the Wankawala Organization of Philadelphia. Our friendly staff is committed to showing our guests that we love having them here. The property has been in the top 10 percent of all Hampton’s for the past three years running, along with having a TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Certificate of Excellence for 2011-2015. Discover great amenities when you stay including complimentary WiFi, complimentary breakfast, fitness center and beautiful outdoor pool. Our knowledgeable staff is always ready with a great recommendation for dinner. Our hotel is located near business interests such as Danfoss, Atlas Copco and Letterkenny Army Depot along with local educational facilities such as Wilson College and Shippensburg University. Just three miles to the town center where you can visit the Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop to learn why Chambersburg was the only northern town burned during the U.S. Civil War. Guests can also travel to historic Gettysburg, discover forests and rivers in our state parks, or visit beautiful fairways and greens in dozens of golf courses. Chambersburg is a great place to be!



State business leaders endorse Rafferty for Attorney General PA Chamber President Gene Barr joined PA Manufacturers Association President David Taylor and National Federation of Independent Business Executive State Director Kevin Shivers at a press conference last week to endorse state Sen. John Rafferty, R-Montgomery, in his race for Attorney General. The PA Chamber officially endorsed Rafferty in June, based on his breadth of experience both in the private sector as an attorney and in the public sector as a previous deputy attorney general and state Senator. Rafferty is the current chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and vice-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, previously served on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and currently serves on the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. Rafferty faces Democratic Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro in the upcoming General Election. This article was written by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. For more information, visit

U.S. Chamber online toolkit gives voters election day insight In an effort to get out the vote on Tuesday, November 8, the U.S. Chamber has unveiled a new online resource for individuals to check out before they head to the polls. The 2016 Voter Toolkit – which can be viewed via the PA Chamber’s website - allows users to make sure that they’re registered to vote, runs down the list of candidates who will appear on their ballot and helps them figure out where to vote, among other key details about the General Election. You can also visit to access all this information and spread the word to your employees, colleagues and friends about this great pre-Election Day resource.



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L. Kay Estep 4061 Warm Spring Road Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 360-1593 [email protected]

20 Years Randy L. Heck Plumbing & Heating 15 Years First Community Bank of Mercersburg Franklin Metal Services MJ Hair Studio 10 Years Conference Center at Shippensburg University World Harvest Outreach

5 Years Candlewood Suites Lil’ Ponderosa Abattoir & Butcher Shoppe Paul D. Orange, MD Super 8 Bob Boyce WJAL-TV 1711 Gabler Road Chambersburg, PA 17201 1 Year (717) 264-6787 A Touch of Class Beauty Boutique Bistro 71 Non-Profit Organizations & Associations Creative Engraving Plus, LLC Peace 4 Peyton Water Safety & The Doh-Nuh T Co. Awareness for Franklin County & Finally Free Organizing Surrounding Areas Mary Kay Cosmetics - Julie KoehrerCherie Stoner Truman 680 Broad Street Mid-Atlantic Pro-tel, Inc. Chambersburg, PA 17202 PA Municipal Code Alliance (717) 377-8728 [email protected] Food Processors

Physicians & Surgeons

The Children’s Doctor

Vandana Sajankila 767 5th Avenue, Suite A Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 753-3535 [email protected] Photography & Photography Supplies

VR360 Imaging

Lydell Strayer 468 East Catherine Street Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 219-2367 [email protected]

Chamber Holiday Mixer Tues. Dec. 13, 5-7pm @Wilson College


Chambersburg Gifts, Handmade Soaps & Candles, T-shirts, Hats, Books & More!

Buy Local Gifts! Open M-F 8a-5p, 100 Lincoln Way East





Dr. Anthony Patterson of Summit Primary Care, Summit Health Center Building 2, First Floor and member of Chambersburg Knights of Columbus, Council 1426, presented a gift card to Valerie Sue Lynch, daughter of Sharlean Doucette and Stephen Lynch of Needmore, in recognition of Valerie being the first baby born at Chambersburg Hospital on October 10, Columbus Day observed.

Central PA Wireless, formerly Disco Hit, was recently named a “Top Prepaid Premier Branded Retailer” award winner. The business was named among the best in the nation at a conference last month.

The Franklin County Library System (FCLS) is delighted to see the first pledge payment come in from the Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club. Their $2,000 gift will immediately be put to good use as construction at the Coyle Free Library is well underway. The Lions’ total pledge of $10,000 over a five year period represents a significant investment to our local community. Mark Story, director of development for FCLS, said, “The Lions Club motto of ‘We Serve’ is clearly more than just a trite slogan. They serve as a stellar example of people coming together for the common good. Chambersburg is a better place because of the Noontime Lions Club.” Visit to learn more about the library and to see pictures and videos of the construction progress thus far.

Even though the location remains the same, patients at Scotland Podiatry will notice that the practice has a new name. The practice, located at 1920 Scotland Ave., as well as the third floor of the Waynesboro Medical Office Building, 601 E. Main St. in Waynesboro, officially joined the Summit Health network of providers as Summit Podiatry on October 1. The practice treats conditions affecting the foot and ankle, as well as surgery when needed. To learn more about Summit Podiatry, including hours of operation and how to make an appointment, call 717-264-5211 or visit

Soundproof Cow recently partnered with fellow Veteran-owned organization, Vet-Traxx Project Inc., on their studio project. VetTraxx is a California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to helping disabled veterans who have served our country. Soundproof Cow donated Quiet Batt™ for the walls and ceilings to achieve the desired absorption quality needed in a studio environment. Quiet Batt™ is a sound dampening insulation you can tuck into place with your bare hands without difficulty and meets or exceeds all necessary fire safety requirements conducted in accordance with ASTM standards. Soundproof Cow is passionate about educating others about the importance of how sound can affect daily life.

Shalom Christian Academy has started its Great Pie Project 2016 just in time for Thanksgiving. Available baked pies include: pumpkin, lemon sponge, apple crumb, cherry crumb, coconut, shoofly, blueberry crumb, mincemeat and pecan. Unbaked pies available that can be frozen and enjoyed later include: apple crumb, cherry crumb, blueberry crumb, and mincemeat. Orders of 10 pies or more can be scheduled to be delivered to your business on Tuesday, November 22 or Wednesday, November 23 by noon. Individual orders can be picked up on November 22 at the school, 126 Social Island Rd. Deadline for orders is Monday, November 14 by 5 p.m. For more information or to order online, visit

JFC Staffing Companies has been named finalists for three awards: Executive Management Award, Best Places to Work in PA 2016 and Business of the Year. A total of 1,098 students have enrolled at Wilson College for the fall semester, the largest enrollment in the 147-year history of the liberal arts college. New students entering the traditional undergraduate college increased by more than seven percent over fall 2015, producing the largest incoming class since 1967. This year’s enrollment marks the fourth consecutive year of growth under the Wilson Today plan. Wilson’s fastest-growing enrollment program remains graduate study, with 350 students enrolled across seven master’s degree programs—a 50 percent increase over fall 2014. Wilson’s graduate degree programs include accounting, education, management, humanities, nursing, fine arts and healthcare management for sustainability. The Chambersburg Community Theatre will perform Disney’s Beauty and the Beast November 4-6 and 11-13. You won’t want to miss this classic tale held on the Capitol Theatre’s stage this month. Tickets are available online at or by calling 717-2633900.

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Soundproof Cow recently earned the Better Business Bureau (BBB) accreditation and would like to thank the community for helping them achieve this honor. The BBB acknowledges Soundproof Cow’s commitment to making a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints and best practices among their clientele and within their community. Since 1995 Soundproof Cow, a division of American Micro Industries (AMI), has provided acoustic panels, soundproofing materials and solutions in a simplistic approach. Soundproof Cow carries an extensive product line of soundproofing, sound absorption and noise reduction materials. For a free consultation or to find out more, contact the herd online at or call them at 1-866-949-926. Alpha Media has announced Ed Dorsey as the VP/market manager. The business is home to WHAG-AM, WCHA-AM, WCHA-FM, WIKZ-FM, WQCM-FM and WDLD-FM. Most recently, Dorsey held the position of director of sales in the Hagerstown-Chambersburg market. He has a strong commitment to live and local radio in the community. The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly recently published an article, “Transferrable Skills: You’re Quitting Your Job to Do What!?” written by Pam Anderson. Anderson is the owner of Anderson Construction and Genealogy Services and holds a master’s degree in speech pathology. She completed the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Home Study Course, has written for the NGS Magazine and is a member of ProGen26. She currently takes private clients, teaches a variety of genealogy workshops and volunteers as a researcher at Franklin County Historical Society in Chambersburg. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is offering Ballroom Dance lessons Monday evenings now through November 28. They will be held on-stage in the inspirational setting of the Grove Theatre, inside the Luhrs Center. The cost is $35 per person for the entire six session course. Two different classes are offered, based on skill and experience level, and taught by seasoned dance instructor Frank Hancock. For additional information or to register for classes, contact the Luhrs Center box office at 717-4777469 or online at

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will feature Martina McBride on November 12 at 8 p.m. McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date and has earned more than 15 major music awards. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717-477-7469 or online at

Billboards and advertisements sponsored by Summit Health were seen throughout Franklin County for the month of October featuring a group of local women who are either fighting Breast Cancer or are Breast Cancer survivors. The women were standing in the shape of a pink awareness ribbon with the words, “We stand together.” The group, known as the Pink Warriors, is a support network connected by the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance (CVBCA). Summit Health has worked closely with the CVBCA to support women diagnosed with breast cancer and to help spread awareness about the disease. For more information on scheduling a mammogram, please visit The Shippensburg University Community Orchestra will perform its Fall Concert at the Luhrs Center on November 20 at 3 p.m. Admission is free; no tickets are required. For more information please call 717-477-7469 or visit The Shenandoah Band will perform at the Capitol Theatre on November 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 717-263-0202 or online at Do something good? Have news to share? Submit an item for Giving Back and Members in the News! Email your press release or a one paragraph write-up to Lark Plessinger at [email protected]

Wilson College was honored in the newly released U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guide, which ranks the college fourth in the “best value” category for regional colleges in the North and 13th overall in the same category. U.S. News also ranks Wilson among the top regional colleges for international student enrollment, tied for seventh among North regional colleges, with eight percent of its student body identified as from a country other than the United States.


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Know Your Ballot! Election Info Open House, hosted by the 11/30 Network 5-7 p.m., Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop, 100 Lincoln Way East


Intruder Alert: Active Shooter Training 8-11:30 a.m., Rhodes Grove Camp & Conference Center, 7693 Brown Mill Rd., $40/person

10 Lunch & Learn with PA Media Group 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East, lunch provided by Fuddruckers

10 Brehm-Lebo Engineering 35th Anniversary 5-7 p.m., Carlisle Vault, 1 N. Hanover St., Carlisle

11 Ribbon Cutting: Zoo Zoo’s Animaland Noon, Long Meadow Shopping Center, 1529 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, Md.

15 Chamber Foundation Annual Luncheon

HOST A MIXER The Chamber’s calendar for 2017 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. 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]

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Orchards, 1580 Orchard Dr., $20/person, call 717-264-7101 to register

17 November Chamber Mixer 5-7 p.m., J. Bryant Photography & Designs Studio, 76 S. Main St.

17 11/30 Network Third Thursday Happy Hour, joint with Carlisle Young Professionals 5-7 p.m., Knutes Pub & Grill, 15 W. King St., Shippensburg,

19 11/30 Network Fall Hike, meet 10 a.m. at The Doh-Nuh T Co., 108 LWE, Chambersburg 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Waynesboro Trail, 8005 Old Forge Rd., Waynesboro

24 Thanksgiving

The Chamber office is closed on the 24-25 in observance of Thanksgiving

26 Small Business Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., giveaways for shopping downtown in the Courthouse Plaza To register for these events and more, visit

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