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Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff Kennebec Drive Block Party Mixer Chamber forms Online Brand Ambassadors Lunch & Learn Everyone’s favorite ice cream festival Sponsors make golf tournament possible Youth students graduate program Pollard named Alumni of the Year 16 graduate from LFC Community LFC applications due June 30 Second Saturdays kick-off June 10 Paint a mural for downtown CrabFeast returns in August Take a cruise to Bermuda Chamber supports bill on property assessments Sip & Savor: Masquerade Ball Around town with the Chamber PA Chamber update Member spotlights Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries Members in the news Giving back June calendar of events
SAVE THE DATE
SECOND SATURDAYS Enjoy free live music from local artists and free family-friendly movies in Chambers Fort Park all summer long! Details on page 5.
CRABFEAST 3 to 8 p.m. at AMVETS Post 224 Enjoy all-you-can-eat hardshell crabs with all the fixins’ plus entertainment and small games of chance. More details on page 5. Visit www.chambersburg.org/events for details about these events and more. June events are listed on the back of the newsletter.
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Catch the spirit at ChambersFest On July 30, 1864, Chambersburg became the only northern town burned by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Chambersburg bounced back quickly and has celebrated the spirit of the townspeople with an annual festival, ChambersFest, each year since 1986. This year’s ChambersFest will be July 7-15. A range of events will be held during the festival including the Tim and Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race, Scoop-a-Palooza, Old Market Day and 1864: The Burning. For the most current schedule of events, visit the Chamber website at www.chambersburg.org/ChambersFest. ChambersFest takes a significant amount of time to plan and coordinate, and the Chamber is asking members for support. Sponsors enable us to offer and promote events for the community while boosting the area economy. For more information, view the newsletter insert or contact Amy Weibley at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or [email protected]
by Friday, June 9.
11/30 Network seeks young professionals The 11/30 Network, Franklin County’s young professionals group, is now accepting membership enrollment and renewals for its third year. Those interested in learning about the 11/30 Network and how to join are encouraged to attend the 3rd Thursday Happy Hour on June 15 at the Capitol Theatre. A social hour will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by the movie West Side Story at 6 p.m. Membership to the young professionals group costs $30 and is effective from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Anyone who lives and/or works in Franklin County that is 21 to 39 years old as of July 1, 2017 is eligible to join. Membership forms are available online at www.1130network.com. “With the energy the 11/30 Network has been generating, we’ve connected many young professionals in the community and engaged them in new ways,” said Dave Livengood, founding chair of the 11/30 Network. “We look forward to continue growing this group as it becomes a fixture in Franklin County for years to come.” For more information about the 11/30 Network or a list of upcoming events, visit www.1130network.com or contact Amy Weibley at [email protected]
or 717264-7101 ext. 204. The 11/30 Network is an initiative of the Chambersburg Chamber.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Troy Garman, RE/MAX Realty Agency Chair Eric Foreman, Patriot Federal Credit Union Immediate Past Chair, CADC Vice President Kim Crider, Take Shape for Life - Chair-elect Jim Zimmerman, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. - Treasurer Sherri H. Stahl, Summit Health - Secretary Michael Doncheski, Penn State Mont Alto Foundation President Blake Truman, VerStandig Broadcasting Brian Speer, Wilson College Rod Hocker, Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Service Carlos Perez, CPA Wireless Boost Mobile Melanie Furlong, SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice Alice Hawbaker, LCSi Lehman Construction Services, Inc. Luke Martin, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., LLC Mark Story, Franklin County Library System Chris Patterson Jeff Truhan, The Shook Home Mark Durniak, Fuddruckers Brad Evans, Bartlett Tree Expert Company Angela Lynch, Chambersburg Area School District Foundation Michael J. Connor, Walker, Connor & Spang, LLC
CHAMBER STAFF Amy Weibley - Interim Executive Director [email protected]
David G. Sciamanna - Vice President [email protected]
Doug Harmon - Membership Director [email protected]
Maryliz Toohig - Financial Director [email protected]
Robin Harmon - Executive Director of the Chamber Foundation [email protected]
Scott Fish - Interim Director of Downtown Chambersburg Inc. [email protected]
Angie Schaeffer - Exec. Assistant/Office Manager [email protected]
Lark Plessinger - Marketing Manager [email protected]
Stacy Guyer - Accounting Assistant, [email protected]
Sue Black - Customer Service Specialist [email protected]
Leadership program benefits employers, employees alike Thirty-two years ago, the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce started a community leadership development program that evolved into Leadership Franklin County (LFC). Today, LFC encompasses three programs – Community, Youth and Advanced – and is run by a team of volunteers organized by the Chamber Foundation. The Chamber can now boast that there are more than 500 graduates of the Community program, which is intended to develop a continuum of civic leaders who are engaged in the community’s quality and growth. Sixteen students completed the Community program on May 11 and were honored at their graduation ceremony. I want to congratulate this year’s graduates for a job well done. I also want to express thanks to the employers, colleagues and family members who supported the graduates while they were enrolled in the program. LFC demands a significant commitment of time and energy from its participants, but it is time well spent on leadership development and community engagement. If you are an employer wondering whether it is worth supporting an employee who wants to participate in the program or if you are a business owner who is wondering whether it is worth diverting time from your business to participate in the program, the answer is an unequivocal “Yes.” Graduates routinely use the skills developed in the program for their jobs, personal career development and community involvement. It may be difficult to measure immediate tangible benefits from the program, but the intangible benefits are wideranging and translate readily into any business setting. A few ways in which the LFC Community program benefits students include: • Students work in groups to complete a community service project. This requires everyone to practice project management skills, learn traits of effective teamwork, assess their individual strengths and weaknesses and use organizational and problem-solving skills. • Students interact with one another and with instructors, facilitators and speakers, increasing their network and making valuable connections with people from a variety of backgrounds and industries within our community. • Students are exposed to a wide variety of perspectives about the community. Each class session focuses on a different topic, ranging from business ethics and nonprofits to diversity and education. This helps them understand our community better and the resources available, which contributes to their job performance. As an employer, if you support an employee’s participation in the program you are showing value for their contributions to your business and sending the message that you want your employee to succeed. For small business owners, participation in the program is a great way to energize yourself, develop new contacts and gain new perspective about your business and how it fits into the community as a whole. I encourage anyone who is considering enrolling in LFC Community or supporting the enrollment of an employee to contact Robin Harmon, executive director of the Chamber Foundation, at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 to learn more. Applications for the 2017-2018 program are due by June 30. I am sure that you will find LFC to be an excellent use of your resources! Troy Garman, Realtor, RE/MAX Realty Agency Board Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
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Kennebec Drive Block Party Mixer The popular Kennebec Drive Block Party Mixer is back again this year! The mixer will be held on Tuesday, June 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. co-hosted by a variety of businesses on Kennebec Drive in Chambersburg. You’ll enjoy delicious food and refreshments along with networking and DJ entertainment. Remember, it’s outside so dress for the weather! Chamber mixers are a great way to make new business contacts, catch up with old friends and get to know fellow Chamber members. Mixers are free to attend and include food, beverages and door prizes. To register for the June Block Party Mixer or other events, call the Chamber at 717-264-7101 or visit www.chambersburg.org/events.
Chamber forms Online Brand Ambassadors committee The Chamber recently launched a new Online Brand Ambassador program. The group of volunteers focuses on leveraging the Chamber’s social media channels to support the mission of the Chamber, which is to help its members prosper and enhance the quality of life in the Chambersburg area. These online ambassadors implement strategies to spread awareness of Chamber happenings while also promoting fellow members’ businesses. The current Online Brand Ambassadors include Kim Bain of Occupational Services, Inc., Amanda Breeden of Verstandig Broadcasting, Lisa Hogue of F&M Trust, Rebecca Holder of Orrstown Bank, Logan Peters of The Nutrition Center & Oasis Float Co., Robin Russell of Manpower Chambersburg and Ilana Vojnovich of Danfoss. If you are interested in learning more about becoming an Online Ambassador, please contact Doug Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 202.
Everyone’s favorite ice cream festival returns July 8 The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation’s 8th Annual Scoopa-Palooza is planned for Saturday, July 8 at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. The event is one of several that kick-off the ChambersFest celebration. The popular all-you-can-eat ice cream fundraiser is a dream for ice cream lovers of all ages. Ice cream vendors set up shop in the high school’s cafeteria and serve samples for attendees to vote on. There’s a kids’ area with fun things to do, live entertainment and other activities. Tickets are available in advance at the Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop, 100 Lincoln Way East. Adult tickets are $6 each and children 12 and under are $4 each. Tickets will also be on sale at the door for $1 more per ticket. Sponsorships are still available! For more information, contact Scott Fish at [email protected]
or 717-264-7101 ext. 212. Thanks to our current sponsors, including presenting sponsor ACNB Bank.
Sponsors make golf tournament possible The Chamber is gearing up for the 22nd Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 15 thanks to the support from this year’s sponsors. The tournament, featuring title sponsor Spherion, sold out over a month in advance with 32 teams signed up to play. Golfers will enjoy a day networking on the greens with fellow Chamber members partaking in some friendly competition. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at Whitetail Golf Resort, 13805 Blairs Valley Road, Mercersburg. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Lunch & Learn: Free project resources for nonprofits
Learn how nonprofits can benefit from a dedicated, professional and motivated group of volunteers who perform six-month service projects though the Leadership Franklin County Community program. The free Lunch & Learn on Thursday, June 15 will provide step-by-step instructions on the RFP process plus all the information you need to write a winning proposal. The Lunch & Learn will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office, 100 Lincoln Way E., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Chick-fil-A. Lunch & Learns are free, but registration is required. Register at www. chambersburg.org/events or call 717-264-7101. Any cancellations made within 48 hours and no shows will be billed $10.
Premier Sponsor VFW Post 1599 Contest Sponsor Craig Campbell Allstate Insurance
Food & Beverage Sponsors Tent Sponsors BJ’s Wholesale Club ACNB Bank, F&M Trust and Beer Ace and Orrstown Bank Benefactor Sponsors Aerotek, BJ’s Wholesale Club, GDC IT Solutions, GEODIS, Hamilton Hyundai, Keystone Ford, LB Water, Lewrene Interiors, Menno Haven, Olympic Steel, Penn National Insurance, Rausch USA, ServiceMaster, Small Business Development Center, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., State Farm Insurance - Kim Stouffer, Tele-Plus Corp. and Valley Agency Raffle Prize Sponsors BB&T and Hamilton Hyundai
Green Sponsors The Shook Home and Summit Health
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GREATER CHAMBERSBURG CHAMBER FOUNDATION
Youth students graduate program The eighth class of Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth graduated this May with tools to help them emerge as leaders in their schools, communities and personal lives. High school sophomores from throughout Franklin County completed the program.
Since last September, students met once a month for half-day sessions where they participated in tours and other learning opportunities in the community. The curriculum included team building exercises, sessions on leadership, communication, ethics and personal accountability, community awareness, diversity and goal setting. The students also chose their own service projects. The projects included: Valentines made by Greencastle-Antrim students for Menno Haven residents, a volleyball tournament to benefit Cumberland Valley Christian School athletics, a clothes collection for the Salvation Army, a collection for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, books for the Ronald McDonald House and St. Jude’s, creation of an encouraging poster for Reese Burdette, a 5k to benefit the Better Days Animal Shelter, and a senior acceptance day celebration for Waynesboro students. The 24 graduates from the Class of 2017 are: Jack Allen, Hana Amdeta, Grace Banfe, Isabel Beard, Cameron Burkholder, Kyle Beelitz, Aidan Campbell, Alexis Dougherty, Sharon Effland, Star Glatz, Olivia Harmon, Ken Hott, Mackenzie Leary, Kristen Louder, Madison Mellott, Brianna Mickey, Ella Milback, Corrine Miller, Darnell Montgomery, Kaitlyn Myers, Taylor O’Donnell, Kelly Shank, Laura Stahlman, Bergen Stevens and Janae Watkins. The top program sponsor for the 2016-17 LFC Youth program was Wilson College. Other sponsors included Manito Centers for Innovative Learning and SCPa Works.
Pollard named Alumni of the Year Janet Pollard, executive director of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, was named the 2016 Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Alumni of the Year. The award goes to a graduated alumni who has distinguished themselves in their professional and/or voluntary careers and who has shown continuing service, interest and support in the growth of Franklin County. Pollard is a 1998 graduate of the LFC Community program and has a long and varied career in service to Franklin County. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, and is a very active volunteer in the community. Congratulations, Janet, on your accomplishments and thank you for your dedication to the betterment of Franklin County!
16 graduate from LFC Community Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community Class of 2017 celebrated the end of their program and the beginning of their leadership journeys on May 11 at the Waynesboro Country Club. Debbie Keyser, market development manager for CenturyLink, the LFC Community program sponsor, stated that the support of their local customers and businesses make it possible for CenturyLink to give back to the Franklin County community. “CenturyLink would like to congratulate the Leadership Franklin County Community class of 2017 on their accomplishment,” said Keyser. The LFC Community Class of 2017 includes: Mandy Bakner, Summit Health; Teresa Beckner, Franklin County Government; Jaclyn Davison, Boyer & Ritter; Mark Delaney, Jan Zell Wines & Ciders; Missy Eyer, Orrstown Bank; Patty Flood, Shalom Christian Academy; Darby Fritsche, Patriot Federal Credit Union; Tammy Hawbaker, Women in Need; Jarred Knott, Orrstown Bank; Heather McEndree, Cumberland Valley School of Music; Patti Murray, F&M Trust; Lekha Patel, Orrstown Bank; Samantha Phillips, 1st Ed Credit Union; Diane Reed, Greencastle-Antrim School District; Chris Schuster, Sears Holdings; and Sam Thush, Franklin County Government.
In addition to learning about their community and meeting county leaders throughout their time in the LFC Community Program, the class also completed five community service projects. Projects included: marketing and outreach for Relay for Life, American Cancer Society; updating downtown walking tours for Downtown Chambersburg, Inc.; developing a means to connect LFC Alumni to volunteer opportunities for the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and marketing and outreach for Montessori Academy of Chambersburg. LFC Community is a program of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and is sponsored by CenturyLink Business. The Foundation is very grateful to its volunteers, faculty, and sponsor for their assistance with the program.
LFC applications due June 30 Interested in building your leadership skills while learning more about the community? Apply for the Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community program. The program creates an awareness of the problems, opportunities and resources available locally while stimulating a commitment from students to work together to make Franklin County a better place to live and work. Applications are due June 30 and tuition is $1,300. A limited number of scholarships are available. To apply, visit www.franklincountyworks.com/leadership.
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Second Saturdays kick-off June 10 Second Saturdays are back this summer at Chambers Fort Park featuring live music from 5 to 8 p.m. and movies beginning at dusk. Coordinated by Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI), the Second Saturday series kicks-off on June 10 and continues through September (July 8, August 12 and September 9). Second Saturday events begin with Concerts in the Park, sponsored by Volvo Construction Equipment, from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring local musicians. This concert schedule includes: • June 10 - Rivers with opener Cody Wilt • July 8 - Pale Barn Ghosts with opener Rebekah Foster • August 12 – Shawan and the Wonton with opener Dave & Allison’s String Band • September 9 – Jam Pony with opener Carly Clark Following the live music will be the Downtown Summer Movie Series showing family-friendly films sponsored by Summit Health. Second Saturday movies begin at dusk and include:
• June 10 - “Moana” (2016) • July 8 - “Jurassic Park” (1993) • August 12 – “The Lego Batman Movie” (2017) • September 9 – “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)
Second Saturdays are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Chambers Fort Park is located between North Main Street and the Rail Trail at the confluence of the Conococheague and Falling Springs. For more information, visit DowntownCburg.com, follow Downtown Chambersburg on Facebook or call 717-264-7101.
Paint a mural for downtown Downtown Chambersburg Inc.’s mural project is underway and you can contribute! Area artists are invited to create an individual mural to be displayed at various outdoor locations in the downtown area. Prepared 2-by-4-feet canvases (1/4” primed plywood) will be available free of charge at the Chamber office while supplies last. Deadline for submissions is August 1. The installation will be unveiled at a First Friday event on September 1. The murals will be judged for People’s Choice (voting via Facebook likes) and Judge’s Choice. Awards will be announced on October 21 on the Downtown Chambersburg Facebook page. For entry details and forms, email [email protected]
or call 717-264-7101 ext. 212.
CrabFeast returns in August Don’t drive all the way to the beach for great crabs! We bring them to you at the 22nd Annual CrabFeast by Downtown Chambersburg Inc. and VerStandig Broadcasting. The event will be held rain or shine at the AMVETS Post 224 picnic pavilion, 750 Fifth Ave., from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 26. Doors open at 3 p.m. for small games of chance. Food will be served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets include barbeque chicken and the fixin’s by Main Street Deli and all-you-caneat Hard Shell Crabs by Freddy’s Woodpoint Grille. There will be a live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. CrabFeast tickets are available at the Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop, 100 Lincoln Way E. Cost is $41 per adult and $13 for children 12 and younger. Price includes beverages. Proceeds are used for downtown revitalization.
CHAMBER TRAVEL CLUB
Take a cruise to Bermuda! Picture yourself relaxing and soaking up the sun’s rays in a lounge chair on Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas® as it glides down to the beautiful and mysterious island of Bermuda. By the time you get to Bermuda, you’ll already have savored a world of delicious cuisine, climbed a 40-foot rock wall, learned to tango, relaxed in the whirlpool and more. You’ll arrive at King’s Wharf refreshed and ready to seek your next adventure. Sample typical island food and stroll through the shops and museums of the Royal Naval Dockyard. Sail the clear waters of Hamilton Sound. Find quaint gems at the Bermuda Arts Center and Craft Market. If that’s not enough, a snorkel park and water-sport facility offer hours of activities to the adventuresome. Staying overnight in port gives you plenty of time to explore the island. Make this dream a reality! Join the Chamber Travel Club and Cruise Planners for a five night cruise to Bermuda leading from Baltimore on June 30, 2018. Pricing starts at $948.26 including taxes and port fees, based on double occupancy. Trip includes five nights lodging in your stateroom based on double occupancy, meals in the dining room, buffet dining and snacks, limited menu room service, nightly entertainment on board, including musicals and comedians, daytime entertainment and classes on board, access to sports areas, pools and library, as well as a casino. For more information or to book your cruise, contact Cruise Planners at 717-477-0111 or [email protected]
You may also attend the Travel Info Session: Bermuda Cruise on Tuesday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chamber office, 100 Lincoln Way E. For more about the Chamber Travel Club and to join our email list, visit www.chambersburg.org/TravelClub or contact Lark Plessinger at 717-264-7101 ext. 206 or [email protected]
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THE OUTLOOK NEWSLETTER
Chamber supports bill to limit spot appeals of property assessments The House Commerce Committee voted in midMay to advance to the floor legislation that would provide much-needed limitations on the practice of taxing districts spot appealing individual property assessments. House Bill 1213 would limit a school district or municipality’s ability to appeal an assessment after property is sold, refinanced or investments are made to make the builder safer or to meet fair housing or disability access requirements – meaning that the buyer can face large tax increases after they make an economic investment. Currently, counties are prohibited from picking and choosing individual properties to reassess, but unfortunately some school districts are getting around this prohibition and hiring third-party contingency-based consultants to recommend specific property assessments to appeal, which can lead to significant property tax increases on employers who are often targeted. This practice is inconsistent with the constitutional requirement that taxes be applied uniformly, and allows school districts to pick winners and losers among property-owning employers. In 2014, the Chambersburg Area School District initiated an effort to reassess the value of certain commercial properties to increase the property taxes owners must pay. While this may provide financial benefits for the district in the short-term, it will have long-term negative consequences on the district, local businesses and the community. These changes could lead to companies moving to other locations in the region where the taxes are significantly less. According to the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, one example in the Commonwealth involved a property that was spot appealed and the owner later learned that a school district official who helped facilitate the appeal was business partners with the owner of a comparable property. By initiating the appeal, this official was able to personally benefit by making his business partner’s property more marketable. Anecdotes like this are one of the most important instances why spot assessments are prohibited and why H.B. 1213 is necessary: public officials should never have the power to manipulate the system for their own financial benefit. For all of these reasons, the board of directors of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce voted to oppose reverse tax appeals as part of our Public Policies Agenda. While the Chambersburg Area School District tabled the discussion of reverse tax appeals in 2015, the school board may decide to initiate new tax appeals at any time. The Chamber sent a letter of support for H.B. 1213 to our state legislators. The bill awaits further consideration by the full House. To view the Chambersburg Chamber’s full Public Policies Agenda, visit www.chambersburg.org and click on “Public Policy Positions” under the “About Us” tab.
Sip & Savor: Masquerade Ball The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce hosted its 4th Annual Sip & Savor event on April 22 at the Chambersburg Country Club, entertaining 120 guests with a delicious four-course wine and food pairing, as well as games and live and silent auctions. Each delicious dinner course was paired with the perfect wine from local wineries: Adams County Winery, Jan Zell Wines & Ciders and Tuscarora Mt. Winery. In between the third and fourth courses, guests challenged each other with bids during the exciting live auction led by John Kohler of Gateway Gallery Auction. Following dinner, guests enjoyed a silent auction and fun games including “Spin the Bottle” to win bottles of wine and other prizes as well as the “Heads or Tails 50/50 Raffle.” The After Party added to the evening’s fun with a live DJ, full bar service and a photo booth. Dancing during the after party lasted past midnight with all enjoying a good time. The Chamber staff expresses our appreciation for all of our members who provided their gracious support to make this event a success with their generous donations and attendance. Special thanks to the Sip & Savor Committee for devoting their time and efforts to put this event together: Theresa Bachman, Jamie Bryant, Kim Crider, Morgan Hukill, Danielle Lovelace, Jake Naugle and Tasha White. SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SIP & SAVOR SPONSORS
After Party Sponsor
Live Auction Sponsor CPA Wireless - Boost Mobile
Entertainment Sponsor Patriot Federal Credit Union
Raffle Sponsor Penn National Insurance
Silent Auction Sponsor Orrstown Bank
Premier Sponsor LCSi Lehman Construction Services Inc. Benefactor Sponsor Manpower Patron Sponsors Bartlett Tree Experts │ Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. C4LE Counseling & Neurofeedback │ Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. Newcomer Associates Inc. │Penn State Mont Alto │ Power Train Sports ReliAvail I.T. Company │ SpiriTrust Lutheran
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AROUND TOWN WITH THE CHAMBER
April mixer at Nitterhouse Nitterhouse Masonry and Hardware Supply hosted an excellent mixer in April. Members enjoyed networking, delicious refreshments by GearHouse Brewing Co. and Kathy’s Deli. Thanks to all who attended to network and support our local businesses!
The Chamber also appreciates the support of John Kohler of Gateway Gallery Auction for leading the Live Auction, as well as J. Bryant Photography & Designs for capturing the evening. Visit www.jbryantphotography.net/p912084427 to view event photos. The auctions and games at Sip & Savor were made possible thanks to the generous contributions of our members as well as other businesses. The Chamber received more than 80 donations thanks to their support. Donors for 2017 included: Gaia Kosha Yogic Spa 11/30 Network Garman Photography 2nd Hand Sally’s Gartenberg Jewlery Adams County Winery Hershey Lodge Appalacian Running Company Holiday Inn Express & Suites Belle Jewelers Hotel Hershey BJ’s Wholesale Club Inka Kitchen Boyer Cellars J. Bryant Photography & Designs Buffalo Wild Wings JM Boswell’s Handmade Pipes The Butcher Shoppe Kenny’s Grill & Ice Cream Café d’itlalia Lehman’s Carpet Cleaning The Capitol Theatre Ludwigs Jewelers Chambersburg Community H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Theatre Center Center for Life Enhancement Julie Koehrer-Truman - Mary Chamber Travel Club Kay CM Pig Out Mr. Phab Photos Colony House Furniture Oasis Float Company Coyle Free Library Olney Winery Congressman Bill Shuster The Orchards Cracker Barrel Penn National Golf Course Cruise Planners Power Train Sports & Fitness Decorating Den Interiors Red Lobster Downtown Chambersburg Inc. Reids’s Orchard & Winery Fast Ink Screen Printing Roy-Pitz Brewing Co. First Community Bank of Snavely’s Garden Corner Mercersburg Spicher’s Appliance SpiriTrust Lutheran Stable Studio Chambersburg The Hershey Story Thomas Anderson Totem Pole Playhouse ULTA Beauty Volvo Construction Equipment Warm Springs Day Spa Weis Markets Wolf Furniture Thank you, auction donors!
Members network at Nitterhouse’s mixer hosted in April
Full house for May Lunch & Learns We had a full house for both our Lunch & Learn seminars in May. Cumberland Valley Dental Care hosted a seminar about their Dental Health Advantage Plan, and Symbiotic Marketing instructed about social media. Thanks for coming and supporting our Chamber members. Special shoutout to our lunch sponsor, Fuddruckers.
Attendees enjoy the Lunch & Learn from Cumberland Valley Dental Care
Cinco de Mayo Regional Mixer We had a fantastic turnout at the annual Cinco de Mayo Regional Mixer. Thanks to the Conference Center at Shippensburg University for hosting this joint chamber networking event with delicious food, drinks and entertainment.
(L-R) Kim Crider, Michael Peterson and Clint Bolte at the Cinco de Mayo mixer
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Join us for the 14th Annual Tim & Susan Cook Memorial ChambersFest 1-Mile Race/Walk on Saturday, July 8.
Race Schedule: 7AM
Registration at Chambersburg Memorial YMCA 570 E. McKinnley St., Chambersburg, PA
8AM Women’s and Girl’s Race/Walk 8:30AM Men’s and Boy’s Race/Walk 9:30AM Results Ceremony Races begin at Chambersburg Area Middle School and end at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.
Why We Run/Walk Tim E. Cook and Susan M. Cook were both 49 when they died on December 13, 2002 as a result of a car accident. Both were 1971 graduates of Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS). Tim was a mathematics teacher at the high school for 28 years and was the coach of the girls’ cross country and track teams. Susan was an administrative assistant at Shippensburg University. Money raised from this race is contributed to the Tim and Susan Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund at CASHS.
Participants may register and pay online or complete the form below. To register online, visit www.chambersburg.org/events.
Amount enclosed: ___________________
Mailing Address________________________________________ City___________________________ State______ ZIP_________
OR Charge this amount __________________ to (circle one):
Phone________________________ Age on race day__________
Email________________________________________________ Race Entered (circle one): Female Run/Walk Walk
Pre-registration (encouraged to ensure T-shirt availability): $15 per entry without T-shirt, on or before June 23 $20 per entry with T-shirt, on or before June 23 Race-day registration: $18 per entry, no T-shirt $22 per entry with T-shirt (if available) T-shirt size (circle one): Youth L Adult Small Adult M Adult L Adult XL None
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Credit Card Number____________________________________ Exp. Date___________________ Sec. Code_________________ Please complete and return this form to the Chamber office: 100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A, Chambersburg, PA 17201 Waiver: Upon acceptance of my entry, I the undersigned, assume all risks associated with running in this event & do hereby release & discharge the Chambersburg Road Runners Club, Chambersburg Area School District, Borough of Chambersburg, and the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce & all other race representatives from any and all claims for damage, demands & causes of action arising from or as a result of my participation in this race. Signature: ____________________________________ Date: ________________
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PA CHAMBER UPDATE
Legislation to pay down pension debt earns support from IFO
Keystone Human Services
It’s been relatively quiet over the last several weeks on lawmakers’ plans to address Pennsylvania’s bloated and unsustainable public pension systems. However, in mid-May the state’s Independent Fiscal Office filed an actuarial note to a bill (H.B. 778) that would tackle the pension crisis in part by paying off the current unfunded liabilities of the State Employees Retirement System ($19.5 billion) and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System ($42.7 billion) within about 20 years. The actuarial report projects increased costs in the short-term with the potential for “significant” long-term savings. It indicates that under H.B. 778, PSERS contributions would initially increase by 17 percent, and then by approximately 35 percent until the unfunded liability is satisfied. SERS initial contribution would be about $90 million lower for the first five years, after which they would be higher than the estimated contribution rates under current law until the SERS unfunded liability is satisfied. All told, these provisions could save as much as $18 billion. The IFO notes in its report: “The projections show that the savings over the entire projection period are much more significant on a cash flow basis than when they are measured on a present value basis. This occurs because the bill shifts the timing of employer contributions to pay down the unfunded accrued liabilities, and the savings that occur at the back of the projection period are valued much lower when measured by current dollars.” In its review of H.B. 778, Milliman - the actuarial firm used by the IFO - voiced support for the bill’s reduction of the amortization period (the length of time it will take to pay down the unfunded liability) because it would help to improve security, protection from adverse experience and intergenerational equity. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle offered some level of praise for the bill, with House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, saying, “I think John [Rep. John McGinnis, R-Blair, who sponsored the legislation] has done an excellent job of putting together half a proposal, on the accelerated payments, but, obviously, we’ve got to see the other half of his proposal of how we would make those additional payments up front.” In a Capitolwire story, House Democratic spokesman Bill Patton praised McGinnis for his focus in paying down the pension debt. “The 2010 law that it’s in place now [Act 120] has a schedule for paying the pension debt, but it could be done faster if larger chunks of taxpayer funds are redirected …. House Democrats are open to workable ideas that use sustainable revenue sources to pay off the pension debt.” This article was written by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. For more information, visit www.pachamber.org.
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He’s known as the guy with the big smile who loves his work. Sean has blossomed into an enthusiastic, dedicated worker, employed by one of our local Chambersburg restaurants. He is always present and on time to carry out his responsibilities. Sean is a great asset to the business. Sean is able to be so productive due to the support of his skilled support staff provided through Keystone Human Services’ Customized Employment Program. This program not only aids potential workers with intellectual disabilities to have productive and meaningful lives but also provides businesses with individuals to perform specific tasks to make their services run more smoothly. Keystone Human Services opened their doors in Chambersburg in 2000 to serve citizens with intellectual disabilities living in Franklin and Fulton Counties. Keystone’s goal is to create environments where all people can grow, make choices, be valued and be contributing members of their community. Utilizing employment as a key part to a person’s involvement in the community, Keystone is committed to supporting people in their jobs to fully realize their skills and abilities. Keystone provides customized employment for individuals assisting them to find employment in which they can grow in their career path. This process is most successful when the potential employee, the company employing them and all persons involved in their support work together as a team. Through networking and building collaborative relationships with area businesses, Keystone is promoting inclusive employment which not only aids the individuals we serve but also strengthens the community’s economic well-being. To learn more, contact Michael Taormina at [email protected]
Merge Community Church 540 E. Washington St, Chambersburg, PA 17201 www.merge540.org │ [email protected]
Merge Community Church is a local body of believers united with the understanding that we all come from different places and experiences. We are merging our lives onto this one common path; the path of Jesus. In September 2011, we found ourselves in the center of numerous conversations with people who expressed they were “just trying to find God.” They were seeking God in the midst of life and desiring to know Him in new and experiential ways. As a result of these conversations, along with a deep longing within us to see the fame of Jesus spread throughout our city and world, we launched into something new and significant. Merge Community Church exists for three purposes: to encounter and connect with God; to live for others and to create a place of belonging for people. We believe that merging these three values places us into a much bigger story. It is a story of love and redemption. We currently gather for worship on Sundays at 10 a.m.
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Squires Electronics & Appliances 4228 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17202 www.squireselectronics.com │ 717-263-4960
Squires started as a jewelry store in 1893 in Shippensburg, Pa. After specializing in jewelry and watches, Squires became a music store with pianos, vitriolas, sheet music, etc. until finally evolving into an appliance store. Squires’ 6,500 square feet of showroom and warehouse space currently offers electronics that include stereos, home theaters, televisions and speakers. Appliances range from entry level to commercial washers and dryers. We deliver and install everything we sell as well as service during and after warranty. Our prices compete with the big box stores every day. The future looks bright as we strive to bring quality electronics and appliances to enhance everyday life. Stop in and see us!
Symbiotic Marketing www.symbioticmarketingllc.com 717-372-7717
Symbiotic Marketing, LLC opened for business in January 2017 focusing on social media marketing management for small businesses in the TriState area. Working with small businesses for nearly 20 years, Stephanie Wilson created Symbiotic Marketing specifically based on the needs of small business owners with limited time or expertise to manage a quality social media presence. Believing in the power of networking, Symbiotic Marketing stands for the relationship between small business owners to promote, support and assist locally owned and operated businesses. Symbiotic Marketing, LLC offers social media marketing management for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, SnapChat and blogging services based on a non-contractual monthly rate, a la carte services as needed and hourly consultation based on current market rates. Long term goals for Symbiotic Marketing are simple - to support local businesses in an effort to build our communities, to support local non-profit organizations through promotions and events and to be able to maintain a humble business model.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Leroy Houp 1811 Hartzok Road Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 377-8817 [email protected]
A & K Settlements LLC
Becky Ables 9974 Molly Pitcher Hwy, Suite 3 Shippensburg, PA 17257 (717) 477-2420 www.kelso-law.com [email protected]
Campbell Insurance & Investments, LLC - All State Craig Campbell 454 Gateway Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 261-1933 www.campbellinsuranceteam.com [email protected]
Farmers Insurance Group
Jordan Flaim 2009 Mackenzie Way, Suite 320 Cranberry Twp., PA 16066 (412) 200-9024 [email protected]
Nonprofit Organizations & Associations
Franklin County Military Outreach Program Fred Bucci PO Box 745 Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 261-1234 www.fcmop.homestead.com [email protected]
HERITAGE CENTER & Gift Shop
Chambersburg Gifts, Handmade Soaps & Candles, T-shirts, Hats, Books & More!
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Monday-Friday 8am-5pm Saturday 10am-3pm and for Special Events
100 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg
Leroy’s Lawn Service LLC
PA Starz, Inc.
Stephanie Bryan Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 473-7829 www.pastarz.com [email protected]
The Local Carwash Co. John Treanr 331 West Ludon Street Chambersburg, PA 17201 (443) 871-2955 [email protected]
Darren Bricker 1640 Orchard Drive, Unit 4 Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 764-8218 www.yorkhoist.com [email protected]
MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES 50 Years Brechbill & Helman Construction Co., Inc. 35 Years BB&T Glen and Glen LLC Hoskinson & Wenger Law Offices Newcomer Associates, Architecture + Engineering 30 Years Decorating Den Interiors 25 Years Main Street Tax Service 20 Years Coldsmith Construction Company, Inc. Orrstown Bank 15 Years Bethel Assembly of God 5 Years Chambersburg Hearing Center Chambersburg Massage Therapy 1 Year Aarons Sales & Lease Edward Jones - Rod Salter Union Cigar Club
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THE OUTLOOK NEWSLETTER
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS Penn National Golf Course Community will become the home for Leg Up Farm’s location in Franklin County, its second therapy center. LUF is a nonprofit therapy center for children with special needs from birth to age 21. It is the only facility in the nation to offer physical, occupational, aquatic and speech therapy, therapeutic horseback riding, counseling, nutritional services and educational programming under one roof. The original LUF is located in Mt. Wolf, Pa. White Rock, Inc., developers of Penn National, will contribute a 15-acre site along Mont Alto Road north and west of the new Homestead neighborhood. The facility will feature a barnlike architectural style and include classrooms and therapy rooms, a 10,000 square-foot indoor riding center and outdoor areas. The new facility will employ a total of 70 people during the construction phase and 50 (excluding the school component) once LUF is operational. Many area businesses have also given generously to the project by donating time, talent and services to LUF, including: Brechbill & Helman Construction Co., Fox and Associates, Triad Engineering, Core Design Group, United Enterprise, Paragon Engineering Services, Dennis E. Black Engineering and Live Sound Co. Fast Ink Screen Printing & Embroidery Co. has been re-certified as a woman-owned business by the National Women Business Owners Corp., the first national certifier of Women Business Enterprise. The goal of the program is to streamline the certification process and increase the ability of women business owners to compete for contracts at a national level. Fast Ink, celebrating 20 years in business, is a full service promotional marketing company offering embroidery, screen printing, direct to garment printing and promotional products. For more information, visit at www.fastink.com. The Capitol Theatre will once again host its Summer Movie Series for only $5 per movie. Movies in June will include “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “West Side Story,” “Newsies” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Each movie will be introduced by a member of the community who will explain why it’s one of their favorite films. Tickets can be purchased by calling 717-263-0202 or online at www.thecapitoltheatre.org. United Way of Franklin County hosted the inaugural Early Childhood Expo on April 22 in partnership with the Community Education Coalition. The event provided information, resources and fun to families in the community. Despite the rainy day, many families came out to get information from over 30 vendors about early childhood development opportunities in the area. Topics ranged from local daycare centers and education to health care and safety. Large construction vehicles from Volvo and Manitowoc were set up outside, as well as a fire truck from the Chambersburg Fire Department. Summit Health hosted an obstacle course, and the Franklin County Library System brought along their Book Buggy. Among other activities, community leaders also read stories to kids in the Reading Corner. The expo will hopefully turn into an annual event, thanks to support from the community.
Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC will be represented in 2017 on four Allinial Global committees. Allinial Global, formerly known as PKF North America, is a membership association comprised of 110 legally independent accounting and consulting firms in North America. They share resources such as: education, client service, best practices, marketing, and expertise. Timothy E. Peters, CPA, CGMA, member of the firm, was reappointed to the Accounting & Auditing Committee. Nathaniel L. Fissel, CPA, MST, tax manager, was reappointed to the Tax Committee. MaryBeth Hockenberry, MBA, marketing director, was reappointed to the Business Development/Marketing Committee. Laura L. Stover, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, human resources manager, was appointed to the Human Resources Committee. For more information, visit www.sek.com. F&M Trust is pleased to announce that Summer Franzoni has rejoined the bank as the Chambersburg market manager. Franzoni will be responsible for the development of consumer and business customer relationships, community involvement activities and employee development within the market. Franzoni previously worked for F&M Trust as the Memorial Square community office manager from 2005 to 2016, and she was most recently employed as credit manager for Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc. She is active in the community and has served in various volunteer roles for the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg and the Shook Home. For more information, visit www.fmtrustonline.com. Watch live the first round of the A Cappella & Unplugged competition, hosted by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, at the Capitol Theatre on June 17 at 7 p.m. Contestants are local musicians competing to win $500 and a chance to perform at the reenactment of the Burning of Chambersburg on July 15. Tickets may be purchased online at www.capitoltheatre.org. Five Wilson College students - Gaser Ahmed, Anna Harutyunyan, Vanessa Lybarger, Ahmed Alshahrani and Tracy Dile - presented the results of their research at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. Two students, Ahmed and Harutyunyan (pictured above), were recognized with research grants. Students shared the results of their research during Wilson’s annual Student Research Day in April. This is the sixth year for the award competition. To address the specific needs of athletes in our community, Summit Health has launched a comprehensive Sports Medicine program. It focuses on: injury prevention, speed and strength training, orthopedic care, physical and occupational therapy, sports physicals, primary care, etc. Their newly developed Concussion Management Program, offers baseline testing at the beginning of a sport season, and then comprehensive care following an injury where concussion is suspected. The goal of the program is to provide care to local athletes so they don’t have to travel far for experienced professionals. For more information, and a full list of services offered, please visit SummitHealth.org/SportsMedicine.
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The Franklin County Historical Society and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau invite you to participate in the Franklin County Cemetery Scavenger Hunt. Cost is $10 per person and participants may work in groups or alone. The hunt will last the whole month of June and all answers will be checked after June 30. Pick up your packet and register at The Old Jail at 175 E. King St. starting June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your packet will contain clues and maps; your job will be to find the headstones listed and gather information or photos. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places. For more information, call 717-264-1667 or visit www. franklinhistorical.org.
Totem Pole Playhouse will feature “The Drowsy Chaperone” now through July 2 at 955 Golf Course Rd. in Fayetteville. Also in July, “I Love a Piano” will light up the stage at Totem Pole from July 7 to July 23. Those interested in purchasing tickets for these shows and future performances may call the box office at 888-805-7056.
Students from the Heritage Academy School in Hagerstown recently toured Patriot Federal Credit Union’s Wayne Avenue branch as part of a collaboration between Heritage Academy and the credit union. Patriot purchased personal finance course materials for the school’s sixth grade students called “Foundations in Personal Finance: Middle School Edition.” The course materials are designed to help students understand personal finance concepts and to empower the students to learn how to make sound financial decisions throughout their lives. For more about Patriot, visit www.patrtiotfcu.org.
The nursing program at Wilson College inducted 40 students and community members into its new Nursing Honor Society during a ceremony at the college in April. The society was created, in part, as a forum to advance the profession within the Chambersburg community. To become a member of Wilson’s honor society, nurses from the community must be invited and hold a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in nursing. Students in Wilson’s bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing who have completed at least threequarters of their education and have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher are also eligible for membership. For more information, visit www.wilson.edu.
In 2016, volunteers at Waynesboro Hospital, an affiliate of Summit Health, gave more than 17,700 hours of service to various hospital departments, including the gift shop, information desk and emergency department. A volunteer recognition luncheon was held during National Healthcare Volunteer Week. Thirty-nine volunteers received special recognition for reaching milestone hours of service. In total, those recognized have given a total of 77,500 hours of service during their volunteer careers. To find out more about volunteering at the hospital, call Roeder at (717) 765-4000.
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will feature “The McCartney Years” on June 3 at 7 p.m. During the month of July, the Shippensburg Festival Symphony Series will debut with Simone Lamsma, violinist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, pianist, the Towne Singers of Chambersburg and others. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717-477-7469 or online at www.luhrscenter.com. Pregnancy Ministries, Inc. (PMI) welcomed new staff member Keith Humes. Humes is the new director of PMI’s Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) program. The program promotes healthy dating relationships, teaches STI, STD and HIV education, and the benefits of sexual integrity. SRA presentations are available for public and private schools, churches, retreats and community programs. Keith has experience in working with SRA at his previous position as Program Specialist and Program Facilitator at Women’s Care Center of Erie County. The Chambersburg Community Theatre will present “Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.” on July 29 following the weeklong STAGE camp. Learn more about the summer theatre groups and the show by visiting www.cctonline.org/stage-camp/.
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Open House: Habitat for Humanity Home Again Project Noon to 7 p.m., 153 S. Second St.
Downtown Historic Walking Tours 5:30 and 6 p.m., Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop, 100 Lincoln Way E.
15 22nd Annual Chamber Golf Tournament with Title Sponsor Spherion 11 a.m. registration begins, Whitetail Golf Resort, 13805 Blairs Valley Rd., Mercersburg
15 Lunch & Learn: Free Project Resources for Nonprofits
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East, lunch provided by Chick-fil-A
15 11/30 Network: 3rd Thursday Happy Hour & Movie, movie tickets are $5 5-6 p.m. social hour, 6 p.m. movie “West Side Story”, The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St.
20 Kennebec Drive Block Party Mixer 5-7 p.m., hosted by businesses on Kennebec Drive
To download the Chamber’s Advertising Rate Sheet, visit www.chambersburg.org and click on “Marketing Opportunities” under the “Membership” tab, or contact Amy Weibley at [email protected]
21 Ribbon Cutting: Faithful Steward Wealth Advisors 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 946 Lincoln Way E., Suite 8
27 Travel Info Session: Bermuda Cruise 5:30-6:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way E. To register for these events and more, visit www.chambersburg.org/events.
The Outlook is the monthly publication of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. Ideas, opinions and statements expressed in articles by contributors are not necessarily those of the Chamber. Neither the publisher nor any individual associated with any branch of production, nor the advertisers, will be held liable for typographical misprints contained herein. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is a 5-star accredited chamber, rated among the top chambers in the U.S., and is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the PA Chamber Business & Industry.