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Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff Winter Mixer at Shalom February Lunch & Learns Highway bill to allow increased investments LFC Youth and Community update LFC Alumni of the Year nominations Seeking students for LFC Youth Bike and Pedestrian Improvement Plan The Foundry completes renovations Partner with downtown Healthy Franklin County Dale Carnegie Training March 28 PA Chamber update Important energy information Around town with the Chamber Committee corner Member spotlights Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries Giving back Members in the news February calendar of events



ANNUAL AWARDS BREAKFAST 7-9 a.m. Chambersburg Country Club Join the Chamber as we honor members for their significant contributions to the community.

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SMALL BUSINESS WEEK Mark you calendar for National Small Business Week! The Chamber will host a number of events to celebrate, so keep an eye out for details to come. Visit for details about these events and more. February events are listed on the back of the newsletter.



Nominations sought for business awards

The Chamber is seeking nominations for the Annual Awards Breakfast, to be held on Thursday, April 7 at the Chambersburg Country Club, 3646 Scotland Road. Nominations are being accepted for the following awards: ATHENA Leadership Award, Agribusiness Award, Environmental Sustainability Award, Innovator of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year and Property Improvement Awards (multiple categories). For more information about the criteria and to request nomination forms, contact Amy Fisher, communications director, at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or [email protected] Nominations are due no later than February 22, 2016.

11/30 Network celebrates 1 year anniversary The 11/30 Network, Franklin County’s young professionals group, turns one this month. After launching in February last year, the group has grown to include 112 members who live and work in the area. The group will celebrate with a Birthday Bash on Thursday, February 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. Location and details can be found at An initiative supported by the Chamber, the 11/30 Network was created by a diverse group of young professionals concerned with the lack of opportunities for young adults in the area. For more information, visit or call 717-264-7101.

Chamber publishes 2016 Public Policies Agenda The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce accepts the responsibility to represent its members as the voice of business. Our goal is to ensure that the business community’s best interests are always represented in the region’s governments. For this reason, the Chamber’s board of directors approved its 2016 Public Policies Agenda in January. Local policies in the agenda include the widening of Interstate 81 and addressing local education and workforce development needs. It also adopts positions on the 2016 Legislative Agenda of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. These include affordable and accessible health care, improve the business tax structure, responsible state spending and smart government, and more. To view the 2016 Public Policies Agenda, visit the website at and click on “Public Policy Positions” under the “About Us” tab. The Chamber’s Public Policies Agenda is updated annually to reflect the issues currently facing our community. In addition to specific priorities outlined, the board of directors may identify key issues throughout the year that the Chamber will advocate for on behalf of the business community.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Troy Garman, RE/MAX Realty Agency Chair Eric Foreman, BB&T - Immediate Past Chair Noel Purdy - Chamber President Jim Zimmerman, Valley Quarries Inc. Treasurer Sherri H. Stahl, Summit Health - Secretary Lance Kegerreis, Dennis E. Black Engineering, Inc. - CADC Vice President Michelle Paulnock, ACNB Bank Foundation President Blake Truman, VerStandig Broadcasting Brian Speer, Wilson College Rod Hocker, Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Service Carlos Perez, Chambersburg Wireless Melanie Furlong, SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice Alice Hawbaker, LCSi Lehman Construction Services, Inc. Luke Martin, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., LLC Kim Crider, Kim Crider/Take Shape for Life Mark Story, Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County Chris Patterson, Manitowoc Cranes Jeff Truhan, The Shook Home Mark Durniak, Fuddruckers Brad Evans, Bartlett Tree Expert Company Angela Lynch, Chambersburg Area School District Foundation Michael J. Connor, Walker, Connor & Spang, LLC

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


The Super Bowl and leadership I’m sure most of you will be watching the Super Bowl this weekend. Football reminds us that you can have the best players, stadium and conditions but it takes great coaching and leadership to get you to the championship. This is also true in our local community. Leadership is the key component to success. Leadership Franklin County (LFC) has been around for 30 years. What started as a Chambersburg-only program is now countywide consisting of three separate programs. Since 1986, LFC Community has graduated more than 500 area residents from this program, which was developed to produce well-informed, motivated leaders who are willing and capable of working together for the betterment of Franklin County. LFC Community is a tuition-based, nine-month program. The class makeup is a mix of emerging and seasoned professionals with diverse backgrounds. Recruitment for 2016-2017 will begin in the spring. LFC Youth is designed to create a community of young people who are actively engaged in responsible, ethical and effective leadership. The Youth program brings together high school sophomores from all six school districts as well as home-schooled and private school students in Franklin County. Leadership skills development, community awareness and community service learning drive the curriculum for this nine-month program, provided at no cost to participants thanks to contributions made by service organizations, businesses and individuals. Applications for the 2016-2017 program year are due by February 19. LFC Advanced provides opportunities for higher-ground leadership development for managers and executives. These half-day and full-day seminars are led by local and national experts on various topics, from managing generations in the workplace to leading organizational change. These workshops are great for continuing your leadership growth. The next seminar will be held in late spring with more information coming soon. So when you are enjoying the game on Sunday take a moment to consider signing up for one of the Leadership Franklin County programs or encourage someone you know to get involved. Also, go easy on the guacamole...the third portion tends to give you heartburn. Troy Garman, Realtor, RE/MAX Realty Agency Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors


Winter Mixer at Shalom Join the Chamber at our February mixer hosted by Shalom Christian Academy, 126 Social Island Rd. The Winter Mixer on Tuesday, February 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. will provide guests the opportunity to view and tour the recently renovated Learning Commons. You’ll also enjoy hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and musical entertainment from Shalom students. Shalom Christian Academy is an accredited, independent Christian school committed to fulfilling its mission to develop lives of consequence in the world for the Kingdom of God. Today Shalom serves more than 400 students in Pre-K through 12th grade on the 33 acre Shalom campus. Another 180 students are served through Growing Tree Preschool at their five satellite locations. Chamber mixers are free to attend, but registration is requested. Register at or call 717-264-7101.

February Lunch & Learns Penn National Insurance will host a free Lunch & Learn seminar about Cyber Liability on Tuesday, February 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Orchards, 1580 Orchard Dr. All businesses are in the crosshairs of cyber thieves, and small businesses can be the most vulnerable. Join speaker Tom Miele, manager of Information Security and Compliance at Penn National Insurance, to learn how to protect your business from a data breach.


Another Lunch & Learn will be held on Wednesday, February 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chamber, 100 Lincoln Way East, presented by Prudential Advisors with lunch provided courtesy of Fuddruckers. Learn how to exercise strategies which may help you leverage your business capital, provide retirement income, and protect your business – all on a tax advantaged basis.

Highway bill to allow for increased investments to Pa. infrastructure In December, Congressman Bill Shuster’s long-term surface transportation bill the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, passed the House 359 to 65 and was later signed into law. This legislation is the first long-term surface transportation measure enacted into law in 10 years and will provide about $8.7 billion in funding over five years for Pennsylvania to invest in programs for highway and bridge improvement. This is a nearly $800 million (10 percent) increase over current levels. “This is great news for Pennsylvania’s families and businesses, as this major highway bill has been years in the making,” said Congressman Shuster. “We are increasing investments to the roads and bridges we drive on each day, and providing long-term certainty that will allow for new investments to grow our region and strengthen our communities. The FAST Act is one of the most important measures that this Congress will pass. It is also fiscally responsible because it is fully paid for and contains no tax increases on the American people.” The FAST Act is a five-year surface transportation reauthorization of federal highway, transit, highway safety, motor carrier safety, hazardous materials, and passenger rail programs. The bill reforms and strengthens transportation programs, refocuses on national priorities, provides long-term certainty and more flexibility for states and local governments, streamlines project approval processes, and maintains a strong commitment to safety. “Like other counties across the state, Franklin County and the surrounding region need to make new investments to its infrastructure,” continued Shuster. “Local businesses need a strong transportation network to remain competitive across the country and world, and this highway bill will allow for state and local leaders to finally have the certainty needed to identify projects in Franklin County that need investments and to use the new funding to make those improvements.” For more information about the FAST Act, visit the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website at


Save the Date

Lunch & Learns are free to attend with limited seating available. Any cancellation less than 48 hours prior to the event or no shows will be billed $10 by the Chamber. For more information about this month’s seminars and to register, view the online events calendar at, or call 717-264-7101. Special thanks to our 2016 lunch sponsor, Fuddruckers, for providing complimentary lunches for Lunch & Learn attendees once a month. Specializing in burgers, chicken and fresh salads, Fuddruckers features an in-restaurant bakery and fresh produce bar. Visit them for lunch or dinner at 442 Gatway Ave.


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Youth define their personal brand Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth had a busy session in January as they worked with Christina Yoder of F&M Trust to develop their own personal brand. The sophomore students learned what a brand statement is by examining well-known brands such as Nike, Subway and Apple. They discussed each brand’s impressions, examples, target audience and message. The students then worked on developing their own personal brand by listing what they are passionate about and what their personal values are. They shared one characteristic they saw in each of their classmates, then listed what they saw as their personal strengths and talents. Yoder explained how a personal brand is what differentiates you from others. Each student finished the exercise by writing their own personal brand statement. Jason Crider of Orrstown Bank continued the session by leading a discussion about how their personal brand lays the foundation that enables them to help others act. The students spoke about times where others enabled them to accomplish something they thought was unobtainable, and they examined times where someone prevented them from achieving a goal. They put all of these experiences together to brainstorm how they can personally enable others to act, make others feel powerful and contribute to teamwork and trust. The session wrapped up by watching a video of the Dick and Rick Hoyt story, the father son team who are famous for completing marathons and ironman triathlons. When Rick was young, he wanted to run a five mile race, but being physically disabled and wheelchair bound, he was only able to race when his father enabled him to act. LFC Youth is offered free of charge thanks to sponsor Wilson College.

Seeking students for LFC Youth Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth is currently seeking students for the class of 2016-2017. Eligible students are current ninth grade students attending any Franklin County school (public, private or home school) that will be sophomores during the 2016-2017 school year. Thanks to a sponsorship from Wilson College, the program is offered at no cost to the students. The mission of the LFC Youth program is to invest in promising Franklin County sophomores by providing them with the tools to emerge as leaders in their personal lives, schools and communities. Kassandra Wright, LFC Youth alumni, said, “The program helped me realize my full potential and passion for learning and teaching leadership skills. The great role models I met and motivated peers have been instrumental in my initial choice of major and school and are greatly responsible for my success at Temple University.” For more information or to apply, visit and click on Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation or call 717-2647101. The application deadline is February 19.

Alumni of the Year nominations The LFC Alumni Committee is accepting nominations for the 2015 Alumni of the Year. The criteria are exceptional achievement and significant contribution to professional and community service in Franklin County. Additional criteria for Alumni of the Year include: • The candidate must be a graduate of the LFC program for at least three years (visit and click on Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation for list of alumni). • Write an essay up to 300 words on why you are nominating the person. You may submit newspaper articles, photos and additional materials. • It is important for nominators to stress the noteworthy facts, positions, awards and accomplishments of the nominees. • Self-nominations are permitted. • Nominations must be received by Robin Harmon, Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, 100 Lincoln Way East, by February 28. This award will be presented during the LFC Community Class of 2016 Graduation on May 12. For more information, contact Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or [email protected]

LFC Community learns about government and diversity In January, the Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community class met with government officials to discuss how government functions. Judy Chambers of Penn State Mont Alto began with a presentation about the structure of government in Pennsylvania. Chambers also spoke about various roles in government and how to get involved. The class then heard from a panel of elected officials about why they ran for office, the good parts about being in office and the challenges of holding office. The panel consisted of Tuscarora School Board Member Chris Ardinger, Alice Elia of Chambersburg Borough Council and Franklin County Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski. The class broke up into groups to talk more in depth with each official. After lunch from café d’italia and donuts from The Doh-Nuh T Co., the group delved into the topic of diversity. The discussion was facilitated by Marvin Worthy of Marvin Worthy LegalShield Independent Associate, Chambersburg Area School District Behavior Specialist Maria Banks and Sears Holding Company Human Resources Manager Krista Streletz. The class discussed topics such as what diversity means to them, contradictory experiences and the importance of taking the time to engage a person and get to know them. The impact of this in the workplace was also discussed. The group participated in some exercises to increase their personal awareness of diversity issues and facilitate the discussion. LFC Community is sponsored by CenturyLink Business.



Progress for Bike and Pedestrian Improvements Plan continues Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) completed a fundraising campaign in December that raised $39,920 for the Borough of Chambersburg to hire consultants to create a Bike and Pedestrian Improvements Plan. The plan will outline enhancements to make the community more bike- and pedestrian-friendly based on Chambersburg’s existing infrastructure. “DCI was enlisted to lead the effort because of its success with raising funds for other community planning efforts including the downtown visioning and master plan,” said Noel Purdy, president of DCI. “We’re excited for the process, which also fulfills one of the goals in our downtown master plan. A local stakeholder group made up of health professionals, bicyclists, running enthusiasts and community planners worked with the Borough last spring and summer to identify cost estimates and ultimately select a consultant to complete the plan once the funds were raised. The stakeholder group interviewed several consultants and selected Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, an engineering and architecture firm. The planning process will start in early 2016. “The business community has a vested interest in efforts that improve the livability of the Chambersburg area, such as the Bike and Pedestrian Improvements Plan, which is important in attracting new residents and determining quality of life,” said Craig Nitterhouse, president of Franklin Logistics and a funding partner for the plan. According to the AARP Public Policy Institute’s Livability Index, Chambersburg has a livability score of 53 on a scale of 100. Many factors contribute to the livability of a place including education, public transportation, pedestrian- and bike-friendly amenities, access to healthcare and more.

The Foundry completes major store renovations The Foundry, Chambersburg’s artist cooperative, recently completed major renovations of their retail space at 100 S. Main St. Work was done by a number of volunteers throughout the four week rehabilitation process. Renovations began in late December after the holiday shopping season with removing old fixtures and flooring. Next came the removal of plaster of the now exposed brick wall by Fleagle’s Painting, who donated their services. The floors were then sanded and refinished, along with the cleaning and sealing of the brick walls. Finally, the finishing touches were completed with paint, fixtures, shelves and more. All work was completed just in time for The Foundry’s retail space to open for IceFest. The Foundry is now open. View hours of operation and more information at

Partner with downtown Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) continues to market Downtown Chambersburg locally and regionally. In addition to coordinating events and promotions, DCI works to drive big picture planning for the downtown area. This includes leading branding efforts, managing downtown communications like the website and social media, and more. We are very fortunate to have a strong group of marketing professionals and business owners at the table to support our mission. We need your financial support to continue the progress that has been made in the promotion of Downtown Chambersburg. Please consider becoming a Downtown Partner and contributing to our marketing and promotion efforts. For more information and to become a partner, contact Noel Purdy at 717-264-7101 or [email protected]

Funding partners include: Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors Smart Growth Grant, Summit Health, Franklin County Tourism and Quality of Life Enhancement Grant, Volvo Construction Equipment, Chambers’ Apothecary, Charles M. Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599, Craig and Paige Nitterhouse, William and Diane Nitterhouse Foundation, Norland Avenue Pharmacy, Park Avenue Pharmacy, American Legion Post 46 and Patti Nitterhouse. DCI, an affiliate of the Chamber, is a nonprofit organization focusing on downtown revitalization through design, economic vitality, promotion and organization. For more information, call 717-264-7101 or visit For more details about the Livability Index, visit



Healthy Franklin County


In 2011, the Chamber along with healthcare workers, planners, business leaders and nonprofit organizations came together to begin assessing the needs of Franklin County. There were two reports developed, 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment and the Prosperity Report. The main needs found were early childhood education, mental health, wellbeing, access to healthcare, nutrition and employability. Healthy Franklin County and the Community Education Coalition of Franklin County were formed to bring the community together to address these main priorities.

Every company needs to not only understand today’s financial picture, but have some type of barometer with which to help forecast what may happen on both the national and international economic fronts. Knowing the trends and probable outcomes helps companies plan for hiring, save for reserves, anticipate new products and services, develop marketing strategies and communicate with customers.

The goal of Healthy Franklin County is to align resources and work together to improve the health and well-being of all Franklin County residents. Through the utilization of data, the group is able to integrate practices and coordinate improvements that will provide collective impact, leading to positive change. One product of this initiative is the online resource for local residents: The site provides information about leading healthy, balanced lives in our community. The Community Education Coalition operates under the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and consists of three subcommittees: Wellbeing, Employability and Early Education. This group continues to work on coordinating existing community resources to create a more unified approach to addressing these needs. For more information, please contact Robin Harmon, executive director of the Chamber Foundation, at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or [email protected]

“The Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is a true resource for the community. The networking opportunities allow for new partnerships and friendships. A value cannot be placed on the support shown for fellow Chamber members and the support we have personally received. Thank you for helping to bring our community together.” - Michelle D’Antonio, Montessori Academy of Chambersburg

Dale Carnegie Training Mar. 28 The Dale Carnegie Course® has transformed the careers of over seven million graduates. Join the ranks of the world’s most successful people by starting the next eight-week training course on Monday, March 28. Sessions are held once a week from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the WTS Education & Conference Center, 3583 Scotland Rd., Scotland, Pa. This course will empower you to move far beyond your comfort zone as you stretch for and attain ambitious new goals. It will also teach you the 5 Drivers of Success: Build Greater Self-Confidence, Strengthen People Skills, Enhance Communication Skills, Develop Leadership Skills, and Reduce Stress and Improve Attitude. For more information, contact Jeff Davis at 814-931-1963 or visit

Economic Forecast Summit

Because of the importance of these topics to the growth and success of businesses in the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association will present the 4th Annual Economic Forecast Summit on Tuesday, February 23 from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The event will feature: • Gov. Tom Wolf is invited to discuss the economic challenges facing Pennsylvania businesses following his proposed state budget. • Keynote speaker Dr. Lowell Catlett, Regents Professor from New Mexico State University, is an exciting futurist whose knowledge of technologies and their implications on the way we will live and work in the future is upbeat. • Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, will show how the issue of the economy has impacted nearly every presidential election in American history. • KPMG’s National Lead, Cyber Investigations, Intelligence and Analytics Practice, Ronald E. Plesco, Jr., Esq., will provide an update on the current threats to cyber security. For more information and registration, visit This article was written by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry.


Beware of misinformation from American Power & Gas Since the start of the year, American Power & Gas has stepped up their slamming efforts. They have been reaching out to customers from other energy companies, with a focus on townships and boroughs in Pennsylvania, to slam these other companies in an attempt to gain more business. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has received a pattern of complaints from customers involving sales practice and billing issues alleging that the rates they are being billed are double and triple their previous invoice and that of the rates the business had promised. As a result of this and other issues, American Power & Gas is not BBB Accredited. Please be wary if you are contacted by representatives of American Power & Gas. Before making any business decisions, it is recommended you contact your current energy provider to find out more information. You are also encouraged to search the BBB business directory for details on the company’s business practices:



Holiday Mixer at Wilson The annual Holiday Mixer hosted by Wilson College was attended by more than 350 members from all five Franklin County chambers of commerce. The mixer featured refreshments, appetizers, door prizes, vendor tables set up by various local businesses and plenty of networking. Co-hosts included Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Service, Menno Haven Retirement Communities, Roy-Pitz Brewing Company and Adams County Winery. Congratulations to The Garage Studios on their ribbon cutting

The Garage Studios ribbon cutting The Garage Studios at 2540 Falling Spring Road celebrated their ribbon cutting in December. Local artists, family, friends and Chamber members attended to support the art studio/store, which features pottery, decor, handmade soaps and much more. Eric Foreman, Natalie Lehman and Troy Garman at the Holiday Mixer

CrossFit celebrates new location Best wishes to CrossFit Chambersburg! They cut the ribbon at their new location at 1495 Lincoln Way East with members, staff, friends and others from the community. They offer fun, constantly-varied, high-intensity group training focusing on functional movements.

Appalachian Running Co. opens their location in Chambersburg

Appalachian Running Co. opens

Ribbon cutting for the new location of CrossFit Chambersburg

Welcome to Chambersburg, Appalachian Running Company! We celebrated their grand opening at 1640 Orchard Drive with many representatives from the Chamber and community present. Appalachian Running Company has everything you need for running, including shoes, clothing, cold weather gear and more.

First Responders Appreciation Day The 11/30 Network, Franklin County’s young professionals group, celebrated the holidays by thanking those who selflessly serve and keep us safe - first responders. More than 20 volunteers delivered care packages to 36 fire, police, EMS and emergency services stations in Franklin County. The care packages consisted of cupcakes, snacks, gift cards and cards from local elementary school students, which were made possible thanks to donations from individuals and businesses throughout the county. Thanks to all of the donors and volunteers who made this event possible and helped the 11/30 Network show appreciation to local first responders.

11/30 Network members deliver care packages to first responders


The Campaign for Parker House at Quincy Village The Challenge In Franklin County and the surrounding area, options related to assisted living and personal care are very limited. Quincy Village is addressing this challenge by preparing to bring a unique concept in assisted living to our area – there is nothing else like it. You may not need this service today, but you may need it in the future. Or, your Mom, grandfather, neighbor or friend at church may need it now and having them leave the area may not be convenient.

Quincy Village is ready to address this challenge and meet the needs of seniors through the creation of the new Parker House Small Houses at Quincy Village. Each of the Parker House buildings will accommodate 16 residents.

The Solution – We need you! This is an ambitious project that is worthy of your consideration. The Campaign for Parker House at Quincy Village has been launched with a goal of $400,000. Overall, the project will cost $10 million to complete. Your gift will help: • Build 3 Parker House homes with 16 private apartments in each one • Offer amenities to inspire interaction, decrease social isolation while encouraging maximum function and self confidence • Provide small kitchenettes and a full bathroom in each private apartment • Include in each building a centrally located open kitchen, den, patio, dining room and living room with a fireplace Quincy Village is a 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization, meaning that your gift is tax deductible according to your individual situation. A variety of giving options is available with pledges accepted and paid over a three year period. For more information or to learn how you can support this important work, please contact Sue Barthalow, Area Director for Mission Support at 717-432-1826 or [email protected]

It is our policy to admit residents without regard to race, color, national origin, age, ancestry, sex, religious creed, handicap or disability.




Meet Karen Johnston, member of Kim Crider - Certified Health Coach │717-404-1015 the LFC Youth Steering Committee [email protected] Committee Corner spotlights a Chamber volunteer to provide insight on their experiences being part of the Chamber, contributing to the community and building their career.

Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth is where 25 excited but nervous 9th graders from all Franklin County schools come together for the first time to learn their role as leaders in their schools, neighborhoods, group affiliations and communities. A year later, they leave as 10th graders ready to embark into their remaining years in high school, forever transformed and charged to become leaders in the many aspects of their young lives and into their future. And so it goes each year. Just as the current class of LFC Youth sophomore students are basking in the excitement of graduation from the program they just took a year to complete, a new class is welcomed and introduced to the program, a year-long journey that will promote growth for a lifetime. However, their journey, and the journey of the other seven classes that have come before them, started way before then. It began with a small group of committed persons who had a vision to build a youth leadership program, and it continues thanks to an equally committed group of persons that I am privileged to be a member of: the LFC Youth Steering Committee. The committee works year-round making decisions about the program, curriculum, projects and best ways to help students gain the skills, experience and knowledge they can use to be leaders wherever life takes them. Committee members also serve as mentors for times when questions linger or a little “push” to action is needed. As a committee member, it is hard to see a beginning or end because for those on the committee it is continuous work on a quest to make LFC Youth the best program for our young leaders. Meeting monthly, we work to carefully put together each educational session to optimize learning, often using the feedback from the youth themselves to meet their learning needs. In my four years on the steering committee I have met amazing and capable youth and worked with some of the most committed and caring adults. Being a part of LFC Youth has allowed me to see promise in our future youth and to grow in my own leadership and learning. If you are interested in learning more about LFC Youth, I encourage you to contact Robin Harmon at [email protected] or 717264-7101 ext. 205. We are also seeking applications for next year’s class, so if you know a 9th grader who might be interested (we love finding the kids who have yet to find their leadership potential or have not had the opportunity to shine), refer them! Contact Harmon for an application or visit and click on Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation.

I have been a Certified Health Coach for more than seven years, and now more than ever our country is in a crisis more people than ever are overweight, overworked and overstressed. I am deeply committed to creating a legacy of health in all areas of life: building a healthy body, developing a healthy mind and generating healthy finances. This is the Trilogy of Optimal Health. Within the Trilogy, you can find the balance you are seeking and help others to do the same. Healthy Body: Physical health resulting from adopting sustainable, health habits. Healthy Mind: Emotional health resulting from the opportunity to live a life with less physical and financial stress. Healthy Finances: Financial health resulting from a compensation plan that lets you earn based on your efforts and build your financial future. The Trilogy of Optimal Health offers my clients an opportunity to create completely supported and sustainable health in all areas of their lives! I can’t imagine a future where I am not coaching folks to Optimal Health – is this YOUR year?

Franklin County Literacy Council LIU12 305 W. Commerce St., Chambersburg, PA 17201 │717-504-4459 │[email protected]

The Franklin County Literacy Council (FCLC) is a nonprofit organization of volunteers that has been providing free literacy services (Adult Basic Education [ABE] and English as a Second Language [ESL]) to adults living in Franklin County since 1985. The FCLC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliated with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 (LIU12) and a member of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. We receive funding from Pennsylvania Department of Education, United Way, F&M Trust, M&T Bank, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, the Evangelical Lutheran Church and other civic organizations and benefactors. FCLC functions under the direction of an Advisory Board. FCLC currently has around 25 volunteer tutors serving about 40 ESL and 20 ABE students. We have a waiting list for students, and are planning on expanding services to meet the needs of those students. We need tutor volunteers and volunteers to help with funding, development and marketing. For more information about serving as a volunteer or volunteer tutor, contact Frank Thomas at 717-504-4459 ext. 2.




Counseling Services - Human Relations

Congratulations to Ludwigs Jewelers for celebrating 75 years of Chamber membership!

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761 5th Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 660-2114 [email protected] Martial Arts Instruction

Cumberland Valley Martial Arts Sam Kauffman 23 Yeager Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 (717) 360-1101 [email protected] Health Care Services

Epic Health Services

Josh Spigner 518 Cleveland Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 263-2190 [email protected] Restaurants

Grill Kabab

Simankumar Patel 1495 Lincoln Way East, Unit 109b Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 504-8484 [email protected] Office Supplies, Equipment & Furniture

Higher Information Group

Barbara Hartman 400 North Blue Ribbon Avenue Harrisburg, PA 17112 (717) 652-3310 [email protected] Specialty Shop

Hip Gypsy Emporium

Stacey Niedentohl 2168 Mont Alto Road Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 552-1840 [email protected] Computers & Computer Services

Jay’s Computer Repair

Jay Edwards 1502 Lincoln Way East Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 552-2129 [email protected]

Counseling Services - Human Relations

Resolute Counseling

75 Years Ludwigs Jewelers, Inc.

Michael Linn 38 Black Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 264-0450 [email protected]

30 Years Chambersburg Memorial YMCA


20 Years M.S. Johnston Company, Inc. Mental Health Association of Franklin & Fulton Counties Salzmann Hughes, P.C.

25 Years RWR Construction, Inc. Ventura Foods LLC

Route 30 Beer

Drew McGwin 1758 Lincoln Way East, #2 Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 262-2203 [email protected]

15 Years American Micro Industries

Health Care Centers & Hospitals

Summit FastCare

Jeannie Constable 993 Wayne Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 264-FAST [email protected]

10 Years Shipley Energy

Financial Services

1 Year Humphrey’s Cleaning Service Jones Fire Extinguisher, Inc. Quality Associates State Farm Insurance/Garrett T. Hawkins The Procter & Gamble Distributing LLC V&F Multi-Service

5 Years The Cottage McCartney, Inc.

Woodforest National Bank

Anthony Armstrong 1730 Lincoln Way East (Inside Walmart) Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 709-0482 [email protected]

Search More Local Businesses For a full list of member businesses, view our interactive online Business Directory at or drop by the Chamber office at 100 Lincoln Way East for a hard copy of the Membership Directory & Community Profile.

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1st Ed Credit Union employees, retired teachers and volunteers from local businesses came together to help more than 90 high school seniors from Franklin County Career & Technology Center through a financial reality fair on December 18. Students chose their career then were given a budgeting worksheet that they had to fill in for their monthly expenses. Volunteers helped the students figure out budgeting choices at each table, some of the monthly expenses were food, cell phone plans and housing. Students had to visit each table and make a choice based on their monthly take home pay. The most popular part of the fair is the wheel of reality; students spin the wheel to either gain income (a work bonus) or lose money (flat tires). Once they completed the budgeting worksheet, they sat with a financial counselor to go over their expenses and see if they were under their budget. If they went over budget, they had to change some of their expenses to lower options or find a roommate to help split the cost. If they are under budget, they discussed what they should do with the money, rather than spending it on a new flat screen TV or shopping spree.

Former President and CEO Peggy J. Bosma-LaMascus retired the end of 2015 following a 34-year career at Patriot Federal Credit Union. Bosma-LaMascus joined Letterkenny Federal Credit Union, the predecessor to Patriot, in 1982. At the time she took the helm, the credit union had $26 million in assets and 29 employees, serving 14,250 members from three branch locations. Under her stewardship, the credit union has grown to over $520 million in assets serving more than 51,000 members in Franklin and Fulton County, the Borough of Shippensburg, and Washington County, Md. through eight branch locations including a student branch at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School. During this time, she has made Patriot a premier credit union in Pennsylvania and the nation, joining the ranks of the top five percent of all credit unions in the country by assets, remarkable growth born out of a dedication to the membership while demonstrating her leadership at the local and national level. View more information about the credit union at

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Rich McEntire recently celebrated 50 years with Baer’s Sign Service LLC, Franklin County’s oldest full service sign company. Founded in 1948, McEntire joined the team in January of 1966 and has become a valuable asset to the business. He has had a part in thousands of signs of all types, from fabrication to installation and maintenance and has experienced many changes as the sign industry has evolved. Semi-retired now, McEntire continues to work on a part-time basis and continues to play a vital role in the company. Thank you for five decades of hard and dedicated service. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will present River City Brass “Brasstacular” on Thursday, February 4 at 8 p.m. For tickets, call the box office at 717-477-SHOW (7469) or visit The Greencastle-Antrim Endowment, a component of Summit Endowment through Summit Health, is accepting applications for its 2016 health education scholarships. To be eligible, applicants must be graduating seniors from Greencastle-Antrim High School who will pursue a degree in a healthcare field. Applications can be found at or requested by contacting Director of Community Services Ann Spottswood at [email protected] or 717-267-4861. Applications should be submitted to Spottswood, 785 Fifth Ave., Suite 1, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201, by 4 p.m. on March 10. Discover more at Shalom Christian Academy (SCA) on Tuesday, February 23. The Open House from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. will offer an opportunity to tour the campus, meet with admissions and financial aid representatives, receive information packets and learn about scholarship opportunities. That evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Shalom Showcase will take place with numerous activities and displays showcasing drama, music, art, public speaking and projects produced by students of all ages. SCA educates students from age 4 to grade 12. Private tours of the school can be scheduled by appointment. For more information, call 717-375-2223.


The members of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC (SEK&Co), a Top 200 Accounting Firm, are pleased to announce the recent promotions of Denver R. Martin, CPA to manager, Ryan J. Grigg, CPA, MBA to senior associate, and Holly M. Myers, CPA to senior associate. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in accounting from Shippensburg University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Grigg graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with degrees in accounting and management information systems. He also earned a MBA from Shippensburg. He joined the firm in 2014 and works in the Audit Department of the Chambersburg office. Myers joined SEK&Co in 2013 and was recently promoted to senior associate. She graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree and has pursued additional accounting courses at Mount St. Mary’s University. Myers works in the Audit Department of the Chambersburg office. Austin Hardware and Supply, Inc. has been named the 2015 Innovator of the Year by Prime Advantage, the leading buying consortium for midsized manufacturers. This award recognizes the Prime Advantage endorsed supplier who introduces the most innovative and creative products and services during the year. Among the innovations Austin Hardware was recognized for included development of a commercial oven door-handle with improved aesthetics, name plate design and assembly time. Austin Hardware also created a new latching system for convection ovens designed with a built-in steam release feature as well as a bun cart door hinge improvement that featured food grade materials and increased cycle life while remaining within the customer’s target price. Austin Hardware & Supply is a wholesale distributor of specialty industrial and vehicular hardware with ten locations throughout the U.S. The Capitol Theatre will feature William Stillman Psychic Gallery in the Wood Center on Sunday, February 21 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Order online at or call 717-263-0202. The Center for Aging and Population Health is bringing a free, fiveweek program to Menno Haven Retirement Communities to address 10 Keys to Healthy Aging, presented by Linda Seilhamer, to be held on Tuesdays from February 9 through March 8. Each class will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Penn Hall at Menno Haven, 1425 Philadelphia Avenue in Chambersburg. The following topics will be addressed: Systolic Blood Pressure, Smoking, Cancer Screening, Immunizations, Blood Glucose, LDL Cholesterol, Physical Activity, Healthy Bones, Joints and Muscles, Social Contact and Depression. Those interested in attending should make reservations with Katie Ackerman by calling 717-261-4196 by February 1. Movies for only $5 at the Capitol Theatre continue with 50 Shades of Grey on Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m. and Dirty Dancing on Sunday, February 14 at 6 p.m. Order tickets at www.

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will present Joe Nichols on Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m. For more information or tickets visit or call 717-477-7469. Franklin Financial Services Corp. announced the retirement of William Snell Jr. who has been the bank’s president and CEO since 1995. Timothy Henry is the new president effective February 1 and has 33 years of banking experience. Snell will keep the CEO title for about six months once Henry joins F&M Trust. After that, he will retire from the bank and be involved with the bank on a consulting level. Henry has been senior vice president and commercial executive in Washington County, Maryland, for Susquehanna and BB&T banks since 2013. He’s also had experience as the top executive at a bank, having held the CEO role at Centra Bank in Maryland before it was acquired. Join the Luhrs Center on Friday, February 19 for Drew Thomas Magic “Materialize.” Thomas is a masterful illusionist, powerful entertainer and passionate storyteller. Order tickets at www. SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice has been named a national best practice agency by Fazzi Associates based on overall patient satisfaction results for the year 2014. The Award of Distinction is presented to home health organizations that have demonstrated superior performance in patient satisfaction, measured by the Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, a survey designed to measure the experiences of people receiving home health care from Medicare-certified home health agencies. For more information, call 800-840-9081 or visit www. The Capitol Theatre will present A Night of Blues on Friday, February 26 at 7 p.m. Three bands will be featured including Ray Fuller, Moondog Medicine Show and Terry Oates & The Mudcats. For tickets, visit or call 717-263-0202. Noelker and Hull Associates is excited to announce the addition of a third office in Richmond, Va. This expansion will extend the firm’s geographic reach across the Mid-Atlantic and I-81 corridor from Virginia to Pennsylvania, as well as serve as a local presence for current and future healthcare and higher education clients. The new office is located at 1421 Lombardy Alley, 1st Floor, Richmond, Va., 23219, in the historic Buggy Factory building and officially opened December 2, 2015. Co-located with Sustainable Design Consulting, the sustainable-focused building features impressive environmentallyfriendly design strategies. For more information on its markets and services, please visit Hill Harper will lecture on “Building a Foundation for Your Life” on February 25 at 8 p.m. at the Luhrs Center. Harper is an awardwinning actor, best-selling author and philanthropist. For tickets visit or call 717-477-7469. Jungle Jack Hanna will return to the Luhrs Center on February 26 at 7:30 p.m. with “Into the Wild Live!” presented by Nationwide. Back by popular demand, his amazing show of interesting and unusual animals will be another great adventure. Find more information at


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Grand Opening Humphrey’s Cleaning Service 3-4 p.m., 13 W. King St., Shippensburg

16 Lunch & Learn: Cyber Liability, presented by Penn National Insurance 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Orchards, 1580 Orchard Dr.

16 February Chamber Mixer

5-7 p.m., Shalom Christian Academy, 126 Social Island Rd.

18 11/30 Network: Third Thursday Happy Hour 5-7 p.m., The Orchards, 1580 Orchard Dr.,

24 Lunch & Learn: Prudential Advisors 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East, lunch provided by Fuddruckers

25 11/30 Network: Birthday Bash! 5-8 p.m., location TBA,

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