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JULY 2015



Chamber earns 5-star Accreditation

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The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is pleased to share with our members that after a comprehensive self-review, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded us with a 5-star Accredited status. This prestigious honor distinguishes us as one of 95 chambers in the nation with this top rating; there are more than 7,000 chambers total.

Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff Sip & Savor the Roaring Twenties New directory debuts United Business Park under contract Chamber Day at the Capitol Chamber signs letters to General Assembly Downtown Happenings Around town with the Chamber Committee corner 60+ members join 11/30 Network Special Section: ChambersFest 2015 Members in the news Giving back Member spotlights Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries Chamber Night at the Hagerstown Suns B2B Expo exhibitor space July Lunch & Learn Shuster fights for Letterkenny Upcoming mixers Customer service workshop on Sept. 24 Ben Franklin statue turns 150 Leadership Franklin County update July calendar of events

“Our chamber strives to represent both a vibrant community and a dynamic business climate,” said David G. Sciamanna, president of the Chamber. “The five star accreditation recognizes the highest level of professionalism and service to our members. While this is our fifth accreditation, it is the first time that we have been awarded the highest level of achievement which is something that our staff, board and volunteers have been collectively focused on for many years.” This past year the staff, Accreditation Committee and board of directors spent countless hours completing the extensive Accreditation process. Our task: demonstrate competency in nine core areas ranging from finance to program development and technology. The result of our hard-work is evidenced by this impressive rating. But, in truth, we should all be extraordinarily proud of this milestone achievement for our community. The U.S. Chamber’s Accreditation is the only national program recognizing chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. Participating in the process allows us to renew, improve and promote sound business practices, policies and procedures. Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars or 5-Stars, with the final determination made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members and chamber executives from across the country.

Widening of I-81 must be a priority


Interstate 81 spans a total of 855 miles, 233 of which are located in Pennsylvania. This is the longest northsouth Interstate link in the state. Truck traffic on I-81 is anticipated to double by 2040 according to data from the Pennsylvania Statewide Freight Model. Others estimate the truck traffic will increase at a much quicker rate, doubling by 2025.


SIP & SAVOR THE ROARING ’20s 6-9:30 p.m. Sip & Savor 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Speakeasy After Party Chambersburg Country Club Early bird tickets are on sale through July 31! See page 3 for details.


OKTOBERFEST Noon - 5 p.m. Oktoberfest Downtown Chambersburg See page 5 for details. Visit for more information about these events and more. July events are listed on the back of the newsletter.

To improve traffic flow and address safety concerns that have steadily been increasing on I-81, DMJM Harris, Inc. completed an I-81 widening study in February 2005. The study evaluated seven segments of I-81 throughout PennDOT District 8-0 based on roadway classifications, population centers and length. The outcome estimated adding a third lane on the inside median throughout the entire corridor would cost approximately $2 billion. If widening were to happen today, that cost estimate would significantly increase due to inflation. However, little has been accomplished to move this infrastructure improvement forward because federal Interstate funding is inadequate. The Highway Trust Fund generates $35 billion per year, but has only been able to fund stopgap measures for transportation. (Continued on page 4.)


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Eric Foreman, Susquehanna Bank - Chair Suzanne Miller-Trinh, Zullinger-Davis Law Firm - Past Chair Troy Garman, RE/MAX Realty Agency Chair-elect David G. Sciamanna - Chamber President Lance Kegerreis, Dennis E. Black Engineering, Inc. - CADC Vice President Michelle Paulnock, ACNB Bank Foundation President Jim Zimmerman, Valley Quarries Inc. Treasurer Sherri H. Stahl, Summit Health - Secretary Derrick Donnell, PA CareerLink Blake Truman, VerStandig Broadcasting Terry Guberman, Comfort Keepers Brian Speer, Wilson College Rod Hocker, Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Service Carlos Perez, Chambersburg Wireless Melanie Furlong, SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice Alice Hawbaker, LCSi Lehman Construction Services, Inc. Luke Martin, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., LLC Kim Crider, Kim Crider/Take Shape for Life Mark Story, Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County Chris Patterson, Manitowoc Cranes Jeff Truhan, The Shook Home Mark Durniak, Fuddruckers Brad Evans, Bartlett Tree Expert Company

CHAMBER STAFF David G. Sciamanna - President [email protected] Noel Purdy - Executive Vice President [email protected] Amy Fisher - Communications Director [email protected] Doug Harmon - Membership Director [email protected] Maryliz Toohig - Financial Director [email protected] Robin Harmon - Executive Director of the Chamber Foundation [email protected] Angie Schaeffer - Exec. Assistant/Office Manager [email protected] Lark Plessinger - Marketing Assistant [email protected] Kimberly Clapper - Special Events Coordinator/Admin. Assistant [email protected] Stacy Guyer - Accounting Assistant, [email protected] Sue Black - Customer Service Specialist [email protected]


Recognizing Sciamanna’s years of leadership Our organization has been fortunate to have a tremendous leader for the past 32 years. As Dave prepares to step down from his role as Chamber President at the end of this month, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the overall impact his leadership has had on the Chamber, local businesses and the greater community. To be honest, we cannot accurately quantify the immense impact Dave’s leadership has had on our area; it’s simply not possible. But we do know Chambersburg would not be the town it is today without his leadership, guidance and dedication for the last 32 years. Dave moved to the area in 1979 when he began working for the Borough of Chambersburg as director of downtown development. In 1983, Dave was hired as president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, which at the time consisted of two employees and less than 300 members. Today, the Chamber serves more than 880 members with a team of 11 employees and six affiliate organizations. During the course of his tenure, the Chamber has grown its programs and implemented initiatives to serve the needs of businesses and the greater community. This includes forming affiliate organizations focused on downtown revitalization, leadership, education and citizenship, as well as economic development. Places like Chambers-5 Breaking ground for the Chambersburg Heritage Center and adjacent office building in 2003 Business Park, CADCO Industrial Park and the Fifth Avenue Commercial Center, which employ more than 3,000 people, would not exist without Dave’s direction. As a result of his leadership, the Chamber recently earned a 5-star Accreditation, ranking among the top chambers in the nation. This is a significant accomplishment of which the Chamber has been working toward since its first Accreditation in 1991; it is in no small part due to Dave’s clear vision, deep understanding of the businesses and passionate commitment to the community. On behalf of the Chamber and its members, we would like to say thank you. Thank you, Dave, for your unwavering devotion to our town that has shaped it into a vibrant, growing community. Words cannot properly express our appreciation. Please join me and the rest of the board of directors for a celebration of Dave’s significant Dave receiving a Congressional Citation from Congressman Bill Shuster in 2009 contributions to the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce at a special recognition reception on Friday, August 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Chambersburg Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East. The indoor/outdoor reception will include a brief ceremony at 6 p.m. To R.S.V.P., please call the Chamber office at 717-264-7101 by July 31. Eric Foreman Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager, Susquehanna Bank Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors


It’s All About Community!

Sip & Savor early bird tickets now on sale through July 31 Wine, jazz and delectable cuisine... what more could you ask for? Inspired by the sounds and flavors of the 1920s, Sip & Savor the Roaring Twenties is the Chamber’s signature fundraiser featuring a four-course dinner paired with succulent local wines from Adams County Winery, Reid’s Orchard & Winery and Tuscarora Mountain Winery. The event will be held on Saturday, September 12 at the Chambersburg Country Club from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The Chamber is still seeking sponsorship support, which allows us to host an elegant and fun event while keeping ticket prices affordable. Available sponsorships include: • After Party Sponsor - $1,500 one available (includes table for 8) • Premier Sponsor - $775 (includes seats for 6) • Benefactor Sponsor - $550 (includes seats for 4) • Patron Sponsor - $225 (includes seats for 2) Tickets are on sale now to join the Chamber in celebrating local businesses at this premier event unlike any other in the region! Early bird tickets are $80 per person through July 31; Regular tickets are $90 per person from August 1 to September 2. SIP & SAVOR SPONSORS Sip & Savor is for members only. Grand Sponsor

Wine Sponsor

Live Auction Sponsor Chambersburg Hospital Silent Auction Sponsor Orrstown Bank Raffle Sponsor Penn National Insurance Benefactor Sponsors LCSi Lehman Construction Services Inc. Spherion Patron Sponsors Gomez Law Office The Shook Home

New this year, guests will have the opportunity to continue the night’s festivities at the Speakeasy After Party from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The after party will feature a live DJ with appetizers and an open bar. Early bird tickets for attendees of the main event are only $30 per person through July 31; Regular tickets for attendees of the main events are $40 per person from August 1 to September 2. Members of the 11/30 Network have the exclusive opportunity to attend the after party only for $40 per person early bird or $50 per person regular. To become a sponsor, purchase your tickets or learn more information, visit or contact Kimberly Clapper at 717-264-7101 ext. 212 or [email protected]

New directory debuts this month The 2015/16 Membership Directory and Community Profile will be released this month. All Chamber members will receive a copy and more will be widely distributed throughout the county. The book will be available to the public on July 18 at the Chamber; it debuts during Old Market Day during ChambersFest.


United Business Park under contract for 200 acres Chambersburg Area Development Corp. (CADC), an affiliate of the Chamber, announced at its Annual Meeting in early June that nearly two-thirds of the land at United Business Park is under contract. New Jersey-based real estate investment and development firm Matrix Development Group signed a 200 acre agreement with Cumberland Valley Regional Development Corp. (CVRDC), a wholly owned subsidiary of CADC, for land at the 363-acre United Business Park. The park is located off Exit 24 on Interstate 81. Matrix’s contract is currently under 60 days due diligence with the hopes to settle in August. “We’re delighted that we finally have a promising deal under contract,” said Sciamanna at the meeting. “We’ve gone through many ups and downs - mostly downs - but we’re beginning to see the pay-off.” Sciamanna was referring to the amount of time and money devoted to the project since it began in 2002 when CVRDC was established. The economic recession provided unique challenges for the development and sale of the business park. With the recovery well underway, promising progress has been made in recent years. Now, with Matrix under contract, CADC board members are hopeful. “While we have had several interested parties over the years which were mainly publicly held real estate investment trusts,” said Lance Kegerreis, vice president of CADC, “we believe that Matrix Development Group is the perfect partner at the United Business Park since they are privately held and don’t have the same constraints as a public company...” In addition to Matrix, Sheetz is under contract for land in the United Business Park. Sheetz is proceeding through its permitting phase with settlement scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. CADC continues to see growth and development in other areas as well. Business parks developed by the corporation employ a total of 3,108 people. According to Sciamanna, creating jobs is the greatest impact CADC has made on the community. Construction is ongoing for the final undeveloped property in the Fifth Avenue Business Park, which is under agreement with Stohan Property Investments. With the promise of a strong future for CADC business parks, the organization initiated a planning committee to assess how CADC can best support and encourage future economic activity while remaining a fiscally strong organization. With key priorities identified, CADC will refrain from further business park acquisition and development while continuing to address the community’s economic needs in other areas. As CADC prepares for future endeavors, Kegerreis reflected on its significance: “If you travel in any direction from the square, you can see the impact that CADC has had on our community’s economic wellbeing. While we can certainly feel good about these accomplishments, we must always be thinking about the future.”







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Chamber Day at the Capitol As lawmakers continue to negotiate the details of the 2015-16 state budget, local chamber representatives from across the Commonwealth, including the Chambersburg Chamber, visited Harrisburg in early June to discuss issues of importance to Pennsylvania’s business community with key policymakers. More than 100 people attended the annual event hosted by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry and the PA Association of Chamber Professionals. The day-long event featured welcoming remarks from Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny. Auditor Noel Purdy, Dave Sciamanna, Jim Zimmerman and General Eugene Dan May attended on behalf of the Chamber DePasquale served as the event’s keynote speaker at a luncheon at the PA Chamber building. Attendees also participated in policy discussions with representatives from the PA Department of Labor & Industry and legislative leaders. Discussion topics ranged from how the public and private sector can work together toward strengthening workforce development programs; to proposals being debated in this year’s budget negotiations that would change Pennsylvania’s tax structure; to the Commonwealth’s ongoing financial challenges and its overall economic outlook. Speakers also offered their perspectives on what the political landscape is looking like as the June 30 budget deadline draws closer.


Widening of I-81 must be a priority Without federal enhancement of funds dedicated to implementing long-term solutions for the national highway and Interstate system, the widening of I-81 will not be implemented. This could have severe consequences for Franklin County. The region’s economic make-up is dominated by the Manufacturing, Logistics and Distribution industries due to its accessibility to major transportation routes, mainly I-81. The county’s ideal location along these transportation arteries is a huge draw for industries requiring reliable and efficient transportation routes. Without significant, sustainable solutions to the traffic congestion issues on I-81, we could see a negative impact here through loss of businesses and jobs. “This is a critical issue,” commented David G. Sciamanna, Chamber president, at a recent Government Affairs Committee meeting addressing the issue. “It’s not just a transportation issue, but it’s a safety issue. And nothing is going to be done about it unless we all pull together to advocate for change. We are the ones who have to make this a priority for legislators to take notice.” If you would like to help the Chamber and other stakeholders in the community advocate for the widening of I-81, contact Sciamanna at 717-264-7101 ext. 203 of [email protected]

Chamber signs letters to General Assembly on pensions, natural gas tax The Chambersburg Chamber’s board of directors agreed to sign two letters organized by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry to be sent to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The first letter expresses an opposition to the imposition of an increased tax on the state’s natural gas industry. The second is in support of the efforts to put the state and municipal public pension systems on a path to sustainability. More than $2 billion in tax revenue attributable to natural gas activity has been generated in Pennsylvania since the emergence of the natural gas industry. It is providing an energy resource to consumers, creating thousands of jobs and securing our state’s reputation as an energy hub. This success is due in large part to Pennsylvania’s very competitive impact tax that has generated more than $630 million since it was established in 2012. Revenue from the impact tax currently goes to every one of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties (see below for Natural Gas Tax Impact on Franklin County).

Natural Gas Tax Impact on Franklin County Since 2012, a total of $630 million in impact fees from the natural gas tax has been distributed to counties in Pennsylvania. Of that amount, Franklin County has received the following:

Marcellus Shale Liquid Fuels (must be spent on road and bridge improvements): 2012 - $212,716 2013 - $210,949 2014 - $242,833

Greenways Marcellus Shale: 2012 - $126,936 2013 - $126,288 2014 - $144,961

Franklin County has been using these funds to make improvements on bridges and trails throughout the community.

Unfortunately, the Wolf administration wants to impose a 5 percent severance tax on natural gas companies and assess an artificial price floor that ignores the market value of natural gas. With the price floor set at nearly $3, the industry could end up being taxed at an effective rate of more than 15 percent – the highest tax rate in the nation. This proposal will only drive the natural gas industry out of state, which would impact employers in Franklin County that provide goods and services to these companies. With regards to pension, the cost borne to taxpayers to fund the State Employees’ Retirement System and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System is increasing precipitously. The unfunded accrued liability is over $50 billion and growing, which represents the greatest threat to Pennsylvania’s long-term fiscal stability. The state needs to control these expenses and come to a consensus on how to address the pension crisis as part of the 2015-2016 state budget agreement. As an example of how this impacts our taxpayers, the Chambersburg Area School District has increased its annual contribution in the past 10 years from $750,000 to $5.5 million, and that number is projected to grow. For more information about these issues, visit


It’s All About Community!

Buy your CrabFeast tickets

Bring the family downtown for Second Saturdays Second Saturdays returned this summer on June 13, attracting a large crowd to downtown. The free Second Saturday series begins with Concerts in the Park from 5 to 8 p.m., presented by Volvo Construction Equipment, followed by the Downtown Summer Movie Series at dusk, presented by Summit Health. Both the concerts and movies are held in Chambers Fort Park, located between North Main Street and the Rail Trail and is at the confluence of the Conococheague and Falling Springs creeks. The schedule for remaining Second Saturdays include: • July 11 - Live music by Second Hand from 5 to 8 p.m.; “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” at dusk featuring Family Photo Night (get a fun photo taken with the whole family in our photo booth) • August 8 - Live music by Seldom Said No from 5 to 8 p.m., “Planes: Fire & Rescue” at dusk featuring Emergency Preparedness Night • September 12 - Live music by Jerry Rigged from 5 to 8 p.m.; “Cinderella” at dusk featuring THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS Princess Night

Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) is gearing up for the popular CrabFeast event, which celebrates its 20th year this August. The event will be held rain or shine at the AMVETS Post 224 picnic pavilion, 750 Fifth Avenue, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 22. Proceeds are used for downtown revitalization. Doors open at 3 p.m. for small games of chance. Food will be served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets include barbeque chicken and the fixin’s by Main Street Deli and all-you-can-eat Hard Shell Crabs by Woodpoint Grille. There will be a live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. CrabFeast tickets are available at the Chamber, 100 Lincoln Way East. Tickets are $39 for adults and $13 for children 12 and younger. Price includes beverages. Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Don’t miss your chance to gain exposure at this well-attended, all-you-can-eat crab event. For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Kimberly Clapper at [email protected] or 717-264-7101 ext. 212. SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CRABFEAST SPONSORS

Concert Sponsor

Premier Sponsor Falling Springs Nursing & Rehab

Gold Sponsors HCR ManorCare │ Kelsey Springs Landscaping │ Orrstown Bank SERVPRO of Chambersburg │ Summit Health Silver Sponsors Country Inn & Suites │ Ed’s Carpet Cleaning & Floor Care The Shook Home │ Smith Elliot Kearns & Co. │ Susquehanna Bank Voila! Children’s Art & Creativity Center

Gain Exposure for Your Business!

Movie Sponsors Presenting Sponsor

Attendees are encouraged to dine at downtown restaurants and explore the specialty shops. Bring your blankets and chairs; we’ll see you in Chambers Fort Park on Second Saturdays! For more information about Second Saturdays, call 717-264-7101 or visit the Downtown Chambersburg Facebook page. In case of inclement weather, status of events will be posted on Facebook.

Sponsorships are now available for the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest! To learn about sponsorship opportunities and how your business could benefit, contact Kimberly Clapper at [email protected] or 717-264-7101 ext. 212.





Fitz Auto Mall donates new scissors Fitzgerald Auto Mall recently donated a new pair of ribbon cutting scissors to the Chamber. The scissors are engraved and were officially broken in at the Fitzgerald Auto Mall located at 1436 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg. Thank you for your donation! ACNB staff and community supporters cut the ribbon

ACNB opens location on Wayne Ave. ACNB Bank celebrated the opening of its new drive-thru location at 915 Wayne Avenue in Chambersburg in May with a ribbon cutting and reception. Bank staff were joined by members of the community to celebrate the occasion.

Fitz Auto Mall presents the Chamber with new ribbon cutting scissors

The Orchards celebrates 20 years The Orchards celebrated its 20th anniversary in early June with a ceremonial ribbon cutting followed by a reception featuring complimentary champagne, wine and appetizers. A family owned and operated business, The Orchards Restaurant includes a dining room, six private party rooms, a ballroom and cocktail lounge.

Members of the community join OSI for a ribbon cutting

OSI expands to Industrial Dr. Occupational Services, Inc. (OSI) recently cut the ribbon at the grand opening of their new facility on 49 Industrial Drive in Chambersburg. Guests enjoyed tours and refreshments to celebrate the nonprofit’s expansion. OSI provides document destruction services, subcontract services, metal recycling and e-recycling at this new location.

The Orchards celebrates 20 years with a ribbon cutting

Adamson Family Dentistry opens In June, Adamson Family Dentistry hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of their practice at 1962 Scotland Avenue. The Chambersburg family dental practice is devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-ofthe-art dental procedures that will result in long lasting smiles. New diner, Route 30 Family Restaurant, celebrates its grand opening

Route 30 Family Restaurant opens

Drs. Tim and Erin Adamson are joined by members of the community

Route 30 Family Restaurant celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony in early June. Located at 1329 Lincoln Way East, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. The owners of Route 30 Family Restaurant have a combined 38 years of experience serving families American diner food that people enjoy.


It’s All About Community!

11/30 Network adds 60+ members


Meet Brenda Hefner, member of the Scoop-a-Palooza Committee Committee Corner spotlights a different Chamber volunteer to provide insight on their experiences being part of the Chamber, contributing to the community and building their career.

“I’ve waited all year for this!” “This is the best day of the year!” “My favorite day of the whole year!” Are they talking about Christmas? The last day of school? Nope! These comments were all overheard at Scoop-a-Palooza, Ice Cream for Education, the four hour ice cream event that helps kick off ChambersFest. For just $6 for adults, $4 for kids ($1 more at the door), attendees sample a variety of ice cream flavors from our great, local ice cream shops while enjoying music, entertainment and kids’ activities. I have been part of this committee since the first event and, like everything I’ve been involved with through the Chamber and the Chamber Foundation, committee members throw their skills and energies into the work with great goodwill and enthusiasm. We started at the middle school with a couple hundred attendees and a handful of volunteers. Now, five years later with the help of about 50 volunteers, we look forward to serving over 1,000 ice cream lovers in the Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) cafeteria. The funds earned from Scoop-a-Palooza help fund educational programs such as Leadership Franklin County Youth. Every spring, 25 high school freshmen are selected from a pool of applicants who attend any of the county school districts, private schools or are home-schooled. These students receive mentoring through a nine-month program that teaches them leadership skills and exposes them to a cross-section of community life. They spend time with local nonprofits, meet a diverse group of adults who have successful careers in a variety of traditional and non-traditional fields, and they learn about our local justice system. Just as importantly, they expand their worlds by interacting with other young people from across the county, an opportunity most won’t have until college. Thanks to the passion of program volunteers, the generous support of program sponsors like 1st Ed Credit Union and Wilson College, and a community of ice cream lovers like you, we can offer this fabulous opportunity to the high school students for free. So, come on out to the CASHS cafeteria on Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and support our young leaders – it just might become your new favorite day of the year!

The 11/30 Network is excited to welcome more than 60 members since initiating membership enrollment last month. To serve its members, the 11/30 Network committees have been diligently scheduling the next year of events. The young professionals are creating a calendar that balances fun, social events with valuable professional development and volunteer opportunities. Summer events currently planned for members only include: • Scoop-a-Palooza Kids’ Area - Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. The 11/30 Network is running the Kids’ Area at the popular ice cream festival. To volunteer, email [email protected] • Stars, Stripes & Straws Pool Party - Saturday, July 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Chambersburg Country Club. The Chambersburg Country Club will host an exclusive 11/30 Network pool party featuring a poolside bar and music provided by NOW 92.1. Members: Bring along a non-member interested in joining the group, and if they sign-up that night you both get entered to WIN awesome PRIZES! • Summer Picnic at Norlo Park - Sunday, August 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Norlo Park in Fayetteville. Join us for a picnic at Norlo Park to enjoy fun outdoor games and activities with fellow members and their families. As the group grows, there will continue to be events open to nonmembers, providing young professionals not yet part of the group opportunities to see how membership can benefit their personal and professional lives. Summer events for all young professionals include: • “Parking Lot Party” Happy Hour - Wednesday, July 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chambersburg Heritage Center parking lot. Enjoy an outdoor happy hour with networking activities, drinks and snacks provided by the 11/30 Network. • Chamber Night @ the Hagerstown Suns - Thursday, August 20 with picnic at 5:30 p.m. and game at 7 p.m. at Municipal Stadium. Enjoy a picnic, drinks and baseball at the Hagerstown Suns vs. Lexington Legends all for just $15! It’s also Thirsty Thursday ($1 drafts, $2 crafts in the beer garden). Not Yet a Member? Here’s How to Join... Membership is $30 and is effective THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS through June 30, 2016. Anyone who Title Sponsor lives and/or works in Franklin County and is aged 21 to 39 years old as of July 1, 2015 is eligible to join. For Premier Sponsor more information or to complete the Central PA Wireless-Boost Mobile membership form, visit Wilson College


11:00 am – 3:00 pm Chambersburg Area Senior High School Cafeteria

Enjoy all you can eat ice cream samples from a variety of Franklin County’s Ice Cream Shops & vote for your favorite! Tickets on Sale At The Heritage Center, CVR Uniforms & Cluggy’s Family Amusement Center Advance: Adult $6 Children 12 & Under $4 At Door: Adult $7 Children 12 & Under $5 Children 3 & Under Free Call 264-7101 for more information. All proceeds benefit the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation Sponsored by:

Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club F&M Trust Smith Elliott, Kearns & Company

Ice Cream Shop Sponsors Dietrich’s Ice Cream * The Meadows * Misty Meadow Farm Creamery * South Mountain Creamery * Trickling Springs Creamery * Windy Knoll



Information about all of the ChambersFest events is also available online at under the “Visit” tab.



JULY 11-18

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Chambersburg Area Senior High School

“Focal Point” Visual Art Exhibit

Enjoy all-you-can-eat ice cream from Dietrich’s Ice Cream, The Meadows, Misty Meadow Farm Creamery, South Mountain Creamery, Trickling Springs Creamery and Windy Knoll. The event is a primary fundraiser for the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, an affiliate of the Chamber. The Foundation’s educational programs include leadership programs for adults and high school students. Advance tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for 12 and under. Ages three and under are free. Tickets are also available at-the-door for $7 adults, $5 children. Scoop-a-Palooza is sponsored by ACNB Bank.

Council for the Arts - Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment

“Focal Point” highlights the camera work of four area photographers. Vince Ha, Meelika Molder, Kaitlin Shadle and Constantine Vloutely will display a wide variety of photographs, from depictions of wildlife, nature, Vince Ha and classical architecture, to international scenes, and manipulated and mixed media photographs. For more details, visit


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Tim & Susan Cook Memorial Race 7 to 9:30 a.m. - Chambersburg YMCA

The Chamber invites the community to participate in the 12th Annual Tim and Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race/Walk. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Chambersburg YMCA, with the women’s race/walk at 8 a.m. and the men’s race/walk at 8:30 a.m. The one-mile race is held to honor the memory of Tim and Susan Cook, who died tragically in a car accident in 2002. Money raised from this event is contributed to the Tim and Susan Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund, which annually awards scholarships to two seniors from Chambersburg Area Senior High School. Day-of registration is $18, or $22 with a T-shirt (while supplies last). For more details, contact Kimberly Clapper at 717-264-7101 ext. 212.


ChambersFest Bike Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Chambersburg Bike Park (corner of Hood & King St)

Enjoy a fun, adventurous race over the bike park’s rollers and jumps. Compete in one or more of three bicycle events beginning at 10 a.m.: Pump Track Race, best Trick Jump Contest; and Short Track Cross-Country Race. All categories include ages six to adults. Helmets are required! The pre-registration deadline is July 6; Day-of registration through 9:30 a.m. is $10 for Borough residents, or $15 for non-residents. Rain date is July 12 (no events on a wet track).

Route 30 Three! Film Screening Two screenings: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. - The Capitol Theatre

Watch the newest film in the Route 30 trilogy, “Route 30 Three!” The Route 30 movies are independent comedies inspired by director John Putch’s experiences growing up in Franklin County. Putch and cast members of the film will lead a Q&A session following each film. For more details, visit


Second Saturdays Free live music 5 to 8 p.m., free movie at dusk - Chambers Fort Park

Second Saturdays are back this summer! The free event features an outdoor concert followed by an outdoor screening of the movie “Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” beginning at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnics. For more details, see page 5.


Quilted Treasures Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Falling Spring Church

The Chambersburg Quilt Guild presents a quilt show with an abundance of quilts and handmade items on display. This year, visitors from Gotemba, Japan Chambersburg’s Sister City - will receive handmade quilts to take back with them as souvenirs.

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It’s All About Community!



Old Market Day

1864: The Burning

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg

6 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg

A ChambersFest tradition, this street festival features art, craft and food vendors, kids’ activities, entertainment on two stages and the North Square Farmers Market. VerStandig Broadcasting stations 104.7 WAYZ, NOW 92.1 and 101.5 Bob Rocks will provide performers and DJs for the two stages throughout the day. The event is coordinated by the Downtown Business Council (DBC) with presenting sponsor F&M Trust.

Enjoy history exhibits, kids’ activities, vendors, guided Civil War walking tours and more downtown from 6 to 8:15 p.m. From 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. will also be the final round in the musical competition A Capella & Unplugged. At 8:50 p.m. the reenactment of the Burning of Chambersburg begins featuring an exciting light show. The burning events are coordinated by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau. For more details, visit


Illuminate! The After Party

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10 p.m. - The Capitol Theatre

New this year, the festival celebration will continue after the popular light show at “Illuminate! The After Party” with food, beverages, music, games and more.


CVSM Camp performances

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9 a.m. and 10 a.m. - First United Methodist Church


At 9 a.m., the students of Cumberland Valley School of Music (CVSM) Voice & Drama Camp will present scenes and songs from “Annie” which they rehearsed during a week-long camp including vocal lessons, drama sessions and choreography classes. The performance is followed at 10 a.m. by Sam’s Music Camp participants who will perform songs and dances they have learned. Sam’s Music Camp is a collaboration between the Chambersburg YMCA and Cumberland Valley School of Music offering students a music camp experience at no cost.

The annual ChambersFest celebration has been held every summer since 1986. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business Council and Franklin County Visitors Bureau partner to coordinate and promote ChambersFest activities. Other organizations also host events, including the Chamber Foundation, Chambersburg Recreation Dept., Chambersburg Quilt Guild, Council for the Arts and Cumberland Valley School of Music.

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Corporate Sponsors

Booster Sponsors AMVETS Post 224 │ Chambersburg Area Development Corp. F&M Trust │ HCR ManorCare │ Menno Haven Retirement Communities Scoop-a-Palooza Sponsors

Backer Sponsors First Community Bank of Mercersburg Patriot Federal Credit Union Contributor Sponsors Central PA Wireless │ Chambersburg Club │ Cumberland Valley School of Music Johnnie’s Retaurant & Hotel Supply │ Noelker & Hull Associates Inc. The Shook Home │ Strickler Agency Inc. │ TB Wood’s Inc.

BJ’s Wholesale Club First Community Bank of Mercersburg │ frank M&T Bank │ Manitowoc Cranes Orrstown Bank │ Patriot Federal Credit Union Susquehanna Bank Volvo Construction Equipment



MEMBERS IN THE NEWS Shalom Christian Academy is offering a Summer Enrichment Camp from July 27 to 31. Tina Holderman, a third grade teacher at Shalom, will be the camp director. This year’s theme is “Water Works” and is designed for students in rising grades one through six. Each day will include a snack and a field trip; a pizza party will also be held on Friday, July 31. The fee is $125. Contact [email protected] or call 717-375-2223 for information. Totem Pole Playhouse, recently gave 16 awards for outstanding production and performance of high school musicals in a ceremony packed with a full house and filled with lively performances from 10 high schools in Adams, Franklin and Fulton counties. Awards included Outstanding Ensemble Actress and Actor, Outstanding Female and Male Solo Vocal Performance, and Outstanding Duet, as well as the Jean Stapleton Award given to one student from each school who contributed the most to the production of their school’s musicals. The ceremony was hosted by Totem Pole’s Producing Artistic Director, Rowan Joseph. Penn National Golf Course Community was recently named one of the “Top 50 Master-Planned Communities in the United States,” for the third consecutive time by Where to Retire magazine. Communities honored with this ranking offer retirees a well-rounded and active lifestyle. With more than 1,400 acres, Penn National is a thriving community of more than 1,000 families. Penn National also offers many advantages for retirees including two nationally-recognized, 18hole championship golf courses. Residents may choose from a variety of homes, including single-family and patio homes, condos and villas. They also have privileges of membership to the golf courses and have access to the clubhouse, swimming pool and tennis courts. For more information about Penn National, visit Adams County Winery recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary. The winery began operations in 1975 and is located eight miles west of Gettysburg, Pa. with a 19th century bank barn and an ideal climate for growing grapes for quality wines. Katherine Bigler and her husband John Kramb purchased Adams County Winery in the summer of 1998. Since 2000, the winery has garnered more than 140 major national and international competition awards. Adams County Winery offers 24 different wines and complimentary wine tastings. There are three locations: the Farm Winery in Orrtanna, The Wine Shop at 25 Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg and The Wine Shop at The Markets at Hanover. For more information about Adams County Winery, events, tours, wines and more, visit or call 717334-4631 The Chambersburg law firm of Walker, Connor & Spang recently announced Nathaniel F. Spang, Esq., joined the firm as an associate attorney. Spang, who was recently admitted to practice in Franklin County, will be concentrating in all areas of family and domestic law including divorce, custody, support, alimony, guardianship, adoption, protection from abuse and pre-marital planning. He will also continue to handle criminal defense matters. Walker, Connor & Spang includes all areas of family and domestic law, real estate, estate planning, estate administration, elder law, criminal law, business law and bankruptcy. For more information, visit

NEWS Talk 103.7 FM is pleased to announce the launch of First News, the morning magazine radio broadcast hosted by Mayor Darren Brown. Brown is currently training to be an anchor for the show which airs 6 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Elected officials are expected to be guests on the First News broadcasts. For more information, contact the station at 877-709-1037. Craig Victorian Bed and Breakfast was recently awarded the Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor for the third year in a row. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Winners of the award deliver superior customer experiences by taking into account the quality and quantity of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor during a one-year period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for 12 months. Stacy Lehman will be joining the faculty at Shalom Christian Academy for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year as the pre-kindergarten teacher. Lehman is a graduate of Shalom Christian Academy and Shepherd University. Since graduating from Shepherd in 2009, she has worked with preschool children at the Citi Family Center. This is the first year Shalom will be offering a full-day PreK class on their campus for children who will be age four by September 1. Families have the option of enrolling their children to attend three or five days per week. The introductory fee is only $3,000 for the year. Before school and after school care is also available. For information, contact [email protected] or call 717-375-2223. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will present the Shippensburg Symphony Festival Series this month with multiple performances. The series will host three concerts featuring Simone Lamsma, violinist, Robert Trevino, conductor, Alaine Lefevre, pianist and other special guests. For more information or tickets visit or call 717-477-7469. Penn State Extension’s Military Youth Program will host a Camp Military Kid Strong residential summer camp opportunity for military youth entering second to twelfth grades. The camp will be held August 16 through 22 at Camp Hebron in Halifax, Pa. New this year, high school teens will experience a week of thrills by engaging in daily adventures and camping out in rustic shelters. For more information, visit or call 814-865-2264. Totem Pole Playhouse will present “Shenandoah,” “The Memoirs of Abraham Lincoln” and “Grease” this month as the summer theatre is in full swing for the season. “Shenandoah” is a powerful Civil War musical about a Virginia farmer who refuses to participate in the Civil War starring Tony Award Honoree, Ben Davis. “The Memoirs of Abraham Lincoln” marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln and delivers a refreshing portrait of Lincoln’s early years as a country lawyer to the troubling times of the Civil War. “Grease” will make its first appearance on the Totem Pole Stage this summer with performances in July and August. For more information or tickets visit


It’s All About Community! Wilson College’s new, low-residency Master of Fine Arts program launching this summer has finalized the faculty who will lead the inaugural session. In addition to internationally renowned choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin, faculty members include Dean Moss, Diana Puntar and Marlon Barrios Solano. Moss is a dancebased, multidisciplinary theater and video artist who is also a lecturer and former curator of the Kitchen in New York City. Puntar is an artist and assistant professor of sculpture at California Polytechnic State University whose most recent work involves sculptural and interactive installations as well as 2-D and 3-D object-making. Solano is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, consultant, coach and online producer and curator based in the United States and Germany. Students will take courses in the history and philosophy of art, study current trends in art and performance, and develop their own artwork with mentoring and guidance provided by an experienced summer faculty. For more information, contact Spradlin at [email protected] SunnyHill Properties announced their newest business tenants with offices located within the Borough of Chambersburg. New tenants located at The Avenues include Drayer Physical Therapy, T.W.I.G.® Consulting Engineers, Alpha Reinforcing Services and Family Behavioral Resources (Franklin BHRS). Also joining SunnyHill Properties is the Pennsylvania Municipal Code Alliance at 405 Wayne Avenue. SunnyHill Properties, established in 1987, is locally owned and operated offering well-maintained commercial building, corporate office, residential apartment and single family home rentals in Chambersburg. Totem Pole Playhouse, Pennsylvania’s premiere summer theatre located in Caledonia State Park, recently attended the Northeastern Theatre Conference (NETC) held in Boston. The NETC bring together hundreds of acting and musical theatre students from across the U.S. to audition for a collective of over 40 professional union and non-union theatres and touring companies. For more information call the Totem Pole Playhouse box office at (717) 352-2164, ext. 1. Franklin County Literary Council is in need of tutors to volunteer four to five hours per week to teach adults basic literacy skills. In Franklin County, one in five adults cannot read and write; the Council needs volunteers willing to help adults with reading, spelling, writing and several more programs. The next tutor training session is Saturday, September 12. The council also accepts monetary gifts since the program operates solely on grants and fundraising. Please contact the Franklin County Literacy Council at 3015 West Commerce Street in Chambersburg or call 717-504-4459.

GIVING BACK Patriot Federal Credit Union contributed a check for $500 to the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation in support of the Foundation’s annual fundraising event, Scoop-a-Palooza. The ice cream festival raises money for the Foundation’s educational programs, which include leadership courses for adults and high school students. Scoop-a-Palooza will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. For more information, visit F&M Trust recently presented a check for $1,500 to the Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies to support two programs for students. “Wake up Earth, it’s Spring!” is a program for kindergarten students who walk a trail to find signs of spring and along the way find several stations with opportunities for sensory exploration. The “From Field to Table” program teaches students how the Pennsylvanian German settlers prepared for winter and enjoy handson activities to demonstrate basic methods of food preservation such as drying, pickling, candying and cellaring. The mission of the Renfrew Institute is to guide the residents of the Cumberland Valley to become stewards of their natural and cultural worlds. For more information on the Renfrew Institute, as well as the programs listed above, visit www. F&M Trust is an independent community bank headquartered in Chambersburg with over $1 billion in assets. Members of the Chambersburg Area Hospital Auxiliary recently presented $53,500 to Chambersburg Hospital that will go towards purchasing new medical equipment. The auxiliary raised the money through various fundraising events, including the 8th annual golf tournament held in May. The tournament, hosted by the Chambersburg Area Hospital and Waynesboro Hospital auxiliaries, raised a total of $42,000, which was divided evenly for use at each hospital. Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club has been honored with Lions Club International’s Centennial Service Challenge Award for participating in several service projects throughout the year. One of these projects included Sharing the Vision in which the club provided eye exams and eyeglasses for needy in the Chambersburg community. The club also participated in Operation Child which helps children throughout the world. Other services included serving meals at the Chambersburg Homeless Shelter, awarding the Tom Stouffer Memorial Sportsman of the Year and assisting the United Way with the Downtown Clean-up project. For more information, visit them on the second and fourth Tuesdays at noon at The Orchards.




25Penn Marketing 25 Penncraft Avenue, #F, Chambersburg, PA 17201 │717-496-8302 │[email protected]

25Penn Marketing is a division of the Blue Ridge Publishing Company. The business was created from The Franklin Shopper working with local businesses in the Franklin and Washington County markets as well as national clients that have voiced frustrations over their lack of or inadequate websites. Thirty-one years ago, The Franklin Shopper was created to fit a need in the community for a free weekly paper. 25Penn Marketing was developed as a way for the community to have a reputable local company that has built relationships with the local business community to fill their digital marketing needs. They specialize in website design and development, social media marketing, local SEO and website hosting. The company is led by Margaret Ehle, publisher, and Rick Heckman, general manager, of The Franklin Shopper. Ehle and Heckman have hired an experienced team to fill the digital needs of the community. Bryan Rotz has many years of website development and has been a member of The Franklin Shopper staff for more than 10 years. Brett Wiley, digital sales director, has many years of experience in website development, and Alicia Gaul, social medial director, has many years in managing social media professionally. The staff is well trained and can help you get your business noticed digitally with custom website design and hosting, social media marketing and SEO.

ReliAvail I.T. Company 59 S Pitt St, Carlisle, PA 17013 │ 877-372-6782 │ [email protected]

Is your business faced with credit card PCI compliance or healthcare HIPAA regulations, and you are not sure where to turn? Or perhaps you have a vision to grow your business and need a team who understands both business and technology that will help you translate confusing tech lingo into achieving that growth?

stakeholders in the medical, lodging, financial and logistics industries. Clients are headquartered from Harrisburg, Pa. to Richmond, Va., and those companies have workforces under ReliAvail support as far away as the U.K. and Russia. ReliAvail is partnered with a number of leading solution manufacturers and can help with most any hardware or software requirements from Cisco networking, Meraki managed WiFi networks, VMware server consolidation, phone systems from Digium Asterisk, Avaya and others, centralized surveillance and automation from Milestone Systems to hardware from HP, Dell and more.

Weber Business Services, LLC 41 South Antrim Way, Greencastle, PA 17225 │ 717-597-8890 │[email protected]

“Liz helped us get control of the business. In the last 8 months, we have doubled… Before we didn’t have a map or game plan… Now employees are no longer dependent upon me, the owner of the company. I can now see our future so clearly…” – Jocelyne Melton, CEO, The Baxter Group. Liz Weber is president of Weber Business Services, LLC, a company that works with business owners in the tri-state area to create a business that will allow them to live the lifestyle they want, and then retire or sell profitably. If you are not sure if you need help, consider these questions: • If something happened to you, would your business survive? Could your business continue to repay your commercial loans? If not, let’s build a business that is not solely dependent upon you to survive. • If you tried to sell your business now, would you have a business to sell or just physical assets? If not, let’s build a viable, valuable business. • If your managers had to step up and fill in for you, could they? If not, let’s develop stronger leadership skills organization-wide. If you feel as if running your business is harder than it should be, as if no one else seems to think or care as much as you, and that you’re handcuffed to your business, you’re not alone. Weber Business Services works with business owners to create a focused plan for their business’ future. Then teach them how to make it happen.

ReliAvail I.T. Company assists enterprises and small businesses with technology strategies, computer and server network security and secure connections of remote offices and workers, regardless of geography. ReliAvail has the technology translators that will help you evaluate, acquire, integrate and manage technology. Rick Stough, director of IT for Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, remarks about ReliAvail: “I would absolutely recommend ReliAvail to anyone in the IT field looking for external support with projects or ongoing system support.” Located in Carlisle and Chambersburg, ReliAvail works with


It’s All About Community! WELCOME NEW MEMBERS



RA Yohe Restoration & Construction, LLC Notary Public

Contrera Tax & Multi-Service LLC Janet Contreras 354 East Washington Street Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 729-8846 [email protected] Health Care Services

Genesis Rehab Services Luke Jackson 22 South Second Street Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 264-6815 x2362 [email protected]

Amy Yohe 1 West Main Street Newburg, PA 17240 (717) 301-1085 [email protected]

Congratulations to ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning for celebrating their 30 year anniversary this month! Thanks for your continued contributions to the Chamber and the greater community.

Business Services

30 YEARS ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning

StretchPak, Inc. Rich Capozzi 1575 Woodward Deive Greensburg, PA 15601 (724) 850-8550 [email protected] Telecommunications

Photography & Photography Supplies

Intelligent Corporate Solutions, LLC Joseph Toth 8 Redstone Court Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 (717) 796-5920 [email protected]

T-Mobile Express LLC Duane Cahill 158 Tices Lane East Brunswick, NJ 08816 (732) 683-1898 [email protected]

20 YEARS Weber Business Services, LLC 15 YEARS Montessori Academy of Chambersburg Nancy’s Lock & Key Service 10 YEARS Cintas Corporation Exit Preferred Realty - Timothy Smith, Broker Tapestry Technologies, Inc Thrivent Financial 1 YEAR BJ’s Wholesale Club C & J Roofing LLC Dick’s Cabinetry and Flooring

For a full list of member businesses, view our interactive online Business Directory at www. or drop by the Chamber office for a print directory.



Enjoy a night at the ballpark Enjoy professional baseball - and perhaps see some future major leaguers - at Chamber Night with The Hagerstown Suns on Thursday, August 20 at Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown, Md., when the Suns play the Lexington Legends. All employees of Chamber members and their families can attend this event, as well as 11/30 Network members, so spread the word! The game starts at 7:05 p.m. with a special picnic for Chamber members and their guests from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and include admission and the picnic. For information or to purchase your tickets, contact Doug Harmon, membership director, at [email protected] or 717-264-7101 ext. 202. The Hagerstown Suns are part of the South Atlantic Class A Affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

B2B Expo: Register for a booth Save the date for Thursday, October 8 when the Chamber hosts the third annual Franklin County Business-to-Business Expo from 2 to 7 p.m. at Green Grove Gardens. The Expo is designed to promote business-to-business relationships. The expo will provide businesses the opportunity to sponsor booths to promote their goods and services, as well as feature professional development workshops on digital marketing.

Shuster continues fighting for Letterkenny Army Depot The House recently passed H.R. 1735, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. This legislation authorizes funding for our nation’s defense and armed forces as we continue to work with our allies in the mission to destroy enemies like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This legislation has a major impact here in Franklin County. Congressman Bill Shuster, the only member of the Pennsylvania delegation on the House Armed Services Committee, has the opportunity to ensure that Letterkenny Army Depot’s voice is heard in crafting the NDAA, and this year was no different. Congressman Shuster worked to prevent language from being included in the legislation that could authorize a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). During consideration of the legislation in committee, Ranking Member Adam Smith offered an amendment to authorize BRAC, something Congressman Shuster remains an outspoken advocate against. Congressman Shuster stressed how essential Letterkenny is for our national security and how the talented workers there help provide our armed services with the best equipment possible. In addition, Congressman Shuster cosponsored a bipartisan amendment to require that Congress be notified before any furlough of Department of Defense employees paid through the Working Capital Fund, which receives its revenue through channels such as foreign military sales rather than direct congressional appropriations. Approximately 1,700 civilians are paid through the Working Capital Fund at Letterkenny Army Depot. The amendment also prevents the Department of Defense from using furloughs of Working Capital Fund employees to shift work, protecting the hardworking employees of the depot. For more information, visit

Businesses interested in an exhibitor booth can reserve one for $250. Limited exhibit spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to reserve your booth/sponsorship, contact Doug Harmon, membership director, at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or [email protected]

Upcoming Chamber mixers

July Lunch & Learn

Join us on Monday, July 13 for a joint Chamber mixer with the Shippensburg Chamber hosted by University Grille from 5 to 7 p.m. at 32 East King Street in Shippensburg. The mixer will have a “Christmas in July” theme.

GDC IT Solutions will lead a Lunch & Learn session at the Chamber on Wednesday, July 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. GDC is a leading Information Technology services provider with experienced and certified professionals delivering services in a variety of areas from application development to desktop support. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Fuddruckers in Chambersburg. Attendance for Lunch & Learns is free, but space is limited and reserved on a first come, first served basis. To register, call 717-2647101 or visit Any cancellations not made within 48 hours of the event will be billed $10 per seat by the Chamber. No shows will also be billed $10 each.

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.

Then make sure you attend the Chamber’s mixer on Tuesday, July 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. hosted by Patriot Federal Credit Union, 800 Wayne Avenue. Patriot is the sponsor of the Chamber’s 50/50 raffle, which offers attendees the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets at the mixer every month. To register for a mixer, visit the Chamber’s online events calendar at, or call 717-264-7101.


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Customer service workshop Sept. 24 Did you know 70 percent of customers who stop doing business with a company do so because of the way they were treated - many times on the first contact or because of a single incident? On September 24, the Chamber will host a half-day session led by customer service expert Bill Drury. In this action packed workshop, you’ll discover the secrets of customer loyalty, acquire skills to help you dazzle customers, learn proven strategies and techniques to keep customers coming back and develop tools to turn tough situations into future sales opportunities. The Chamber is currently seeking sponsors for the workshop. For more information, contact Doug Harmon at [email protected] or 717-264-7101 ext. 202. Event registration will be available soon.

Benjamin Franklin statue turns 150 One hundred and fifty years ago marks the rebuilding of the courthouse after the burning of Chambersburg during the Civil War. With it came the placing of the Benjamin Franklin statue on the courthouse dome. Standing at 8 feet tall and weighing nearly 250 pounds of pure pine, the goldleafed statue was made in 1865 by Fredrick Mayer of Pittsburgh to pay homage to the man for which Franklin County is named.


LFC Youth welcomes 25 students The Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth class of 2016 got a jump start on the year with an orientation in May. The 25 sophomore students spent the day getting to know each other with icebreaker activities and learning how different personality styles interact. The students will continue getting to know each other at a July summer retreat focused on team building. They will begin digging into the curriculum once school begins in September. Students attend the program at no charge thanks to sponsor Wilson College. The program is managed by Chamber affiliate, the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation.

Leadership seeks to help nonprofits Nonprofit, education, government and business organizations in need of volunteer help on a project may apply for assistance from the Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community program.

Benjamin Franklin was the tenth son of Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger, born in Boston on January 17, 1706. Unable to afford more than one year of schooling, Ben began to apprentice for his older brother, who was a printer. After five years he ran away in 1723 to continue his life elsewhere, settling in Pennsylvania. In 1729 he bought the Pennsylvania Gazette where he authored and printed the first political cartoon. Living for work, Ben also created Poor Richard’s Almanac in 1733 where he coined memorable phrases such as “a penny saved is a penny earned.” A few other achievements included helping establish the Library Company in 1731, creating the Union Fire Company of Philadelphia in 1736, launching the American Philosophical Society in 1743 and forming the Pennsylvania Hospital in 1751. Most notably, however, Ben is known for being a colonial representative for Pennsylvania, Georgia, New Jersey and Massachusetts until 1776 when he helped draft the Declaration of Independence and became one of our nation’s Founding Fathers. Ben stood vigil atop the Franklin County Courthouse dome until June 14, 1991 when he was taken down for restoration and replaced by a weather-proof replica made of fiberglass. A group of volunteer craftsmen, Clarence Harbaugh, Emmert Whitaker, John McClellan and Elmer Young, put approximately 500 hours of work into the old statue to undo the damage time and weathering had caused. After replacing his feet, legs just below the knee, a few fingers and fifty pounds of wood putty, we now find the original Ben statue restored to its full glory in the Chambersburg Heritage Center where he still keeps watch over the town through his own personal window. For more about the Heritage Center, visit

A project team from the class of 2015 worked with the American Red Cross

Part of the experience for participants is completing a service project to enhance teamwork skills while giving back to the community. Past projects include: organizing the Icefest Fun Run & Kids’ Fun Zone, marketing the county’s 2-1-1 system for United Way, assisting with plans for restoration of the Henry X. Stover House with Little Antietam Creek, Inc. and more. Participants in the 2015-2016 class will choose their community service projects from submitted proposals. If your organization would like to submit a request for a project team, please complete a Request for Project Application, available online at Proposals must meet the following criteria: • The project must have a definable goal that can be achieved in less than nine months (October 2015 to May 2016). • The organization has a single contact who will provide background, materials and support for team members. • Applications are submitted no later than July 24. The LFC Community Steering Committee will inform organizations by August 10 if their proposal will be forwarded to LFC students for consideration. If so, the contact person will be required to make a 10-minute presentation to the class of 2016 on September 12. Organizations will be notified by September 14 if their project was selected by a Leadership team. For more information, contact Robin Harmon, Executive Director of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or [email protected] Formed in 1986, the Leadership program is designed to develop and mobilize current and emerging leaders. Special thanks to the 2015-16 program sponsor, CentruyLink.


Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce 100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A Chambersburg, PA 17201 717-264-7101


T-Mobile Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Begins at noon, Chambersburg Mall, 3055 Black Gap Rd.

11-18 ChambersFest 2015, For a list of events, see pages 8-9; Festival events are coordinated and promoted by the Chamber, Downtown Business Council and Franklin County Visitors Bureau


Christmas in July Mixer, with the Shippensburg Chamber of Commerce 5-7 p.m., University Grille, 32 East King St., Shippensburg


GDC IT Solutions Lunch & Learn 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber Board Room, 100 Lincoln Way East, lunch courtesy of Fuddruckers


11/30 Network Parking Lot Party 5-7 p.m., Chambersburg Heritage Center parking lot, 100 Lincoln Way East


July Chamber Mixer 5-7 p.m., Patriot Federal Credit Union, 800 Wayne Ave.


LFC Paint Nite Fundraiser, $45/ticket, call 717-264-7101 ext. 205, Limited spaces avail. 7-9 p.m., John Allison Public House, 104 East Baltimore St., Greencastle


Shook Home Therapy Gym Ribbon Cutting and Open House

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PAINT NITE FUNDRAISER Back by popular demand, Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Alumni will host another Paint Nite fundraiser on Tuesday, July 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at John Allison Public House in Greencastle. Tickets are $45 and include admission, paint supplies, $2 toward your first drink and one raffle ticket. Proceeds will go toward the LFC Alumni Scholarship. Space is limited, so register soon! To register, visit

Begins at noon, The Shook Home, 55 South Second St.


11/30 Network Stars, Stripes & Straws Pool Party 7-10 p.m., Chambersburg Country Club, 3646 Scotland Rd., for 11/30 Network members only To register for these events and more, visit

It’s All About Community! 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.