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MAY 2014



Chamber honors members for excellence

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The Chamber honored six of its members and a Heritage Center volunteer for their community engagement and accomplishments at the Annual Awards Breakfast on April 10. With over 170 attendees, the awards ceremony also featured speaker John R. Rodgers, owner of Dale Carnegie training franchise JR Rodgers & Associates, Inc.

Chairman’s message Chamber board and staff Annual Awards Breakfast Higher education & the community Home-based business seminar Downtown happenings Around town with the Chamber Upcoming Lunch and Learns ChamberChoice Energy Program Early Childhood Investment Summit Chamber golf tournament ChambersFest 2014 Young adults receive logistics training Members in the news Giving back Member spotlights Welcome new members Milestone anniversaries Leadership Youth Leadership Community April Civil War seminar Do, Dine, Stay in Franklin County Heritage Center summer hours May calendar of events



ANNUAL CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT 11:30 a.m. Lunch 12:30 p.m. Shotgun start Chambersburg Country Club



2 - 7 p.m. Trade show 5 - 7 p.m. Mixer Green Grove Gardens Visit for more info about these events and more. May’s events are listed on the back of the newsletter.

One of the larger awards presented at the event was the ATHENA Leadership Award, an international award which honors professional, community and personal leadership, in addition to recognizing those who actively assist women in reaching their full leadership potential and/or personal and professional advancement. The award was presented to Brenda Hefner, assistant marketing director of Menno Haven Retirement Communities.


Hefner has held leadership positions for various organizations in the banking and healthcare industries. She chairs the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation’s board of directors, represents the Foundation on the Chamber’s board of directors, and has been instrumental in assisting with the Foundation’s chief fundraiser, Scoop-a-Palooza. Hefner has been involved with Leadership Franklin County programs since 2003, the year she graduated from the Community program. During her tenure on the program committee, she contributed to the creation of a strategic plan that yielded two new programs; the youth and advanced leadership programs. She also chaired the youth leadership steering committee in 2011 for two years, during which she overhauled the curriculum and cultivated new volunteers to assist. The result was a solid curriculum that resonated with students and volunteers. She was named the Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year in 2012. The ATHENA Leadership Award is sponsored locally by Jennings Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and F&M Trust Co. It was presented by last year’s local Athena Award winner, Maryann Fisher, owner of Decorating Den Interiors, and Trish Hanks, representing F&M Trust. Story continued on page 3.

New look for The Outlook The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is pleased to release our redesigned monthly newsletter, The Outlook, which reports vital information for the Chambersburg business community about local events, initiatives, happenings and more. The Outlook is distributed to over 1,550 Chamber members via mail, email and the website. Added features to the newsletter include a table of contents for a quick glance at the articles, a save the date column on the front page featuring important upcoming events, bolded member names throughout the newsletter to highlight our members, and sponsor boxes to highlight the businesses that play a huge role in helping to make Chamber events possible. Comments on the new look? Let us know; email [email protected]

It’s All About Community!

THE OUTLOOK NEWSLETTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS Eric Foreman, Susquehanna Bank - Chair Suzanne Miller Trinh, Zullinger-Davis Law Firm - Past Chair David G. Sciamanna - Chamber President Lance Kegerreis, Dennis E. Black Engineering, Inc. - CADC Vice President Brenda Hefner, Menno Haven Retirement Communities - 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 Jacqueline Iampietro, Manitowoc Cranes Troy Garman, RE/MAX Realty Agency Donna J. Adkins, Volvo Construction Equipment Carlos Perez, Chambersburg Wireless Melanie Furlong, Lutheran Home Care & Hospice and LIFE Lutheran Services Dottie Harding, café d’italia Alice Hawbaker, LCSi Lehman Construction Services, Inc. Luke Martin, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., LLC Dennis Mickley, Proforma Mickley Visual Media Kim Crider, Kim Crider/Take Shape for Life

CHAMBER STAFF David G. Sciamanna - President [email protected] Noel Purdy - Vice President [email protected] Amy Fisher - Communications Director/ Special Events Coordinator [email protected] Doug Harmon - Membership Director [email protected] Maryliz Toohig - Financial Director [email protected] Robin Harmon - Exec. Assistant/Leadership Franklin County Coordinator [email protected] Angie Schaeffer - Exec. Assistant/Office Manager [email protected] Lark Plessinger, Marketing Assistant [email protected] Stacy Guyer - Accounting Assistant, [email protected] Sue Black - Heritage Center Coordinator/ Customer Service Specialist [email protected]


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Why we need to invest in early education

Chamber honors excellence

On March 28, the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, Franklin County Government, United Way of Franklin County, and Franklin County Area Development Corp., along with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission, held the first Early Childhood Investment Summit to help bring awareness to the topic of early childhood education and how it relates to workforce development.

In addition to the ATHENA Leadership Award, the Chamber presented six other awards at its Annual Awards Breakfast. The 2013 award recipients were:

Throughout the event, it was evident that meeting the workforce needs of the future means meeting the educational needs of our children today. Today’s infants and toddlers will become tomorrow’s doctors, technicians, teachers, engineers and bankers. Over the next fifteen to twenty years, they’ll be learning how to think, act and compete in the global market place. Our challenge will be to grow our future talent pool and provide them with the every opportunity to succeed. According to research from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the foundational skills required to be successful in school, work and life are built in the earliest years - between birth and age five. From birth to age three, 85 percent of the brain is developed, and by age five the brain has grown to 90 percent of its final size. Skills such as language, math, logic, relationship building and self-esteem all begin at birth. That being said, the best way to provide our youth with a head start on education during the pre-k years is to provide the opportunity for more children to take part in pre-k programs. Stressing the importance of offering high-quality pre-k programs for the children of Franklin County, the summit addressed how United Way of Franklin County has applied to be a recipient of the pre-k Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. This will allow more money to flow through the county for monetary scholarships for pre-k programs. The Chamber will host a Lunch and Learn session on June 5 regarding the importance of the EITC program to the community and the benefits received by those companies who participate in the program. I would encourage anyone who wants to learn more about the benefits of the EITC program to attend this session. [Details about the Lunch and Learn are on page 7. For more about the Early Childhood Investment Summit, see the recap article on page 8.] Eric Foreman Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager, Susquehanna Bank Chair, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors


Gabler Trucking Inc., Chambersburg

Environmental Sustainability Award

Co-presented by Wilson College and the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, this award recognized Gabler for their sustainability goals focusing on energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling and procurement. Chip Gabler accepted the award on behalf of the company, whose efforts include using SmartWay-approved vehicles, implementing a no-idling policy at all drop off and distribution centers, initiating a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified warehouse; installing more efficient lighting and motion detection systems in warehouses to reduce energy consumption, using low flow plumbing fixtures, water efficient landscaping, upgrading recycling efforts and completing a waste stream audit. James (Jim) H. Sulfare, Jr., owner of Solinkit, LLC and Padblue

Innovator of the Year

In 2013, Sulfare opened Padblue at 875 Lincoln Way West to help meet the needs of the home computer repair and cellular service markets, and he moved Solinkit’s headquarters into the same building. In addition to the technology services provided by these two companies, Sulfare’s innovation is evident through the recent launch of Purple Deck Media, where he created a method of using the cloud to provide a way for small business to easily create and manage a mobile app. He pulled together a team of partners and developers, and was invited by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners to apply for the PA Big Idea competition, which recognizes companies developing a new, innovative tech-product or process. A finalist in the competition, Sulfare described the product before a prestigious panel of judges and the potential it has for small business to take back control of their market, promote their business, and stay connected to their customers. Valley Community Housing Corp.

Nonprofit of the Year

For the first time, the Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Franklin County presented a Nonprofit of the Year Award, accepted on behalf of Valley Community Housing Corp. by Bonnie Zehler. The nonprofit develops affordable housing in Franklin County and is a certified housing development corporation approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Through a joint effort with the Borough of Chambersburg, the housing corporation was awarded several grants totaling more than $580,000, which allows them to sell new homes at below the construction costs. Two of four houses planned to be constructed for first-time homebuyers were built in the fall of 2013. The other two homes will be built later this year.

Award recipients (L-R): Cheri Kearney, Helen Kreitz, Mike Carty, Jim Sulfare, Chip Gabler, Bonnie Zehler and Brenda Hefner

the building’s exterior was pressure washed and repainted, and a stone façade was added to the bottom portion of the building. Inside, improvements included a new hardwood floor, new lighting and painting, new kitchen and restroom. They kept some of the original elements of the building, such as exposed brick, doors and windows as well as a unique ceiling. Cheri Kearney

Volunteer of the Year

Kearney has been instrumental in helping the Chamber and other organizations as they work to address the findings of the Franklin County Indicators Report by serving on the steering committee. Her knowledge of workforce development systems and project planning skills have helped bring a new program online this spring - a logistics training program targeting at-risk young adults. She is also contributing to the creation of early childhood development strategies. Kearney has been involved with the Chamber Foundation’s workforce development initiatives since 2008. She currently chairs the Foundation’s Business Education Committee, serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and has served as a coach for Leadership Franklin County. Helen Kreitz

Heritage Center Ambassador of the Year

Kreitz has been a regular volunteer at the Heritage Center since 2005, leading tours, working in the gift shop and helping the Chamber with office duties. To celebrate her 90th birthday last May, she and her granddaughters went skydiving. She went snow-tubing for the first time when she was 89. She believes older people need to stay active mentally and physically. Kreitz stays active not only through her volunteer work, but by exercising regularly and line dancing. SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR BREAKFAST SPONSORS Breakfast Sponsor

ATHENA Leadership Award Sponsors

Lotus Moon Gallery and Emporium

Property Improvement

Downtown Chambersburg business, Lotus Moon Gallery and Emporium, was honored for its 2013 renovations of the property at 27 N. Main St. Co-owners Mike Carty and Lauren Stickell said they are committed to having a business downtown and wanted to make an impact with an existing building. Formerly a tattoo parlor,

Table Sponsors F&M Trust │ Gabler Trucking, Inc. │ LCSi Lehman Construction Services, Inc. M&T Bank │ Manitowoc Cranes │ Menno Haven Retirement Communities Patriot Federal Credit Union │ Susquehanna Bank │ Vacon, Inc.


Support and become a sponsor!. Thousands of people enjoy ChambersFest every year, a community celebration throughout July that salutes the spirit of Chambersburg’s townspeople. Sponsors enable the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce to offer events for the community while boosting the area economy. But, more than that, sponsors greatly benefit through sponsorships in a number of ways. Some of the benefits your business could leverage through a sponsorship include:  Showcase your business in front of thousands of area residents and visitors.  Build brand recognition for your company.  Show community support with your investment to the area.  Attract potential clients through your involvement.

Available sponsorships for 2014 include:

Questions? Want more info? Contact Amy Fisher, communications director: 717-264-1701 ext. 204 [email protected]

ChambersFest Corporate Sponsor - $1,000+  Logo featured on Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce promotions for ChambersFest (including the Chamber’s website, newsletter, e-blasts, flyers and more).  Logo positioned on the ChambersFest banner.  Company name featured in ChambersFest advertisements in newspapers and publications.  One 3”x5” advertisement, or 5”x3” advertisement, in the Chamber newsletter, to be used anytime in 2014.  Mentions of sponsorship on Verstandig Broadcasting’s four radio stations. ChambersFest Booster - $500-$999  Company name featured in Chambersfest articles .  Company name listed in promotional materials (including newsletter, flyers, advertisements and more).  Two business card advertisements in the Chamber newsletter, to be used in 2014. ChambersFest Backer - $250-$499  Company name listed in most promotional materials (including newsletter, flyers and more).  One business card advertisement in the Chamber newsletter, to be used anytime in 2014 ChambersFest Benefactor - $100-$249  Company name listed in most promotional materials (including newsletter, flyers and more).

JULY 12-27 SCHEDULE 11th Annual Tim & Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race/Walk - JULY 12


7 a.m. Registration begins at the Chambersburg Memorial YMCA; 8 a.m. Women’s/Girl’s Race/Walk; 9 a.m. Men’s/Boy’s Race/Walk; 9:30 a.m. Results and ceremony. More information or to register:

ChambersFest Bike Day - JULY 12


Compete in one or more of three bicycle events: Pump Track Race; Best Trick Jump Contest; and Short Track Cross-Country Race at the Chambersburg Bike Park. Various categories to include ages 6 to adults. More information or to register:

Scoop-a-Palooza - JULY 12


Sidewalk Sales - JULY 18


Old Market Day - JULY 19


Enjoy all-you-can-eat ice cream samples from local ice cream shops; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School. All proceeds benefit the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation. More information or to purchase tickets: Downtown businesses bring their best deals out on the sidewalk (or inside if raining) downtown; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. More information:

Festival featuring art, craft and food vendors, kids activities, entertainment on two stages, North Square Farmers Market, and the final day of Sidewalk Sales at downtown retail stores. More information:

150th Commemoration of the 1864 Burning of Chambersburg - JULY 19


Enjoy music, Civil War walking tours, book signings and exhibits downtown from 6 - 8:30 p.m., followed by the reenactment of The Ransoming and Burning of Chambersburg from 9 - 10:30 p.m.. More information:

“Terror on the Border: Summer 1864” Civil War Seminar - JULY 23-27


Featuring Ed Bearss, Jeffry Wert, Richard Sommers, Ted Alexander and others, this action-packed seminar recounts the area’s Civil War history, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the burning of Chambersburg. More information or to register:

ChambersFest Sponsorship Form Company Name ________________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _____________________________________________ Phone ______________________________________


Address ___________________________________________________ City _______________________________________ State ______ Zip ________________ Email __________________________________________________________________ Sponsorship:




Benefactor Amount (must match sponsor ranges above) _______________

I understand that the submission of this form confirms commitment from the company above for this sponsorship.

Saturday, July 12 Signature _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Mail form to Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Amy Fisher, 100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A, Chambersburg, PA 17201 OR email to [email protected] OR fax to 717-267-0399

Saturday, July 12 This schedule is current as of April 14; more events may be added. For more information or to become a ChambersFest sponsor, visit or contact Amy Fisher, communications director for the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce: [email protected], 717-264-7101 x204.

It’s All About Community!


Higher education and the community Home-based businesses learn from panel of experts The Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee met on April 2 to hear from Dr. Francis Achampong, chancellor of Penn State Mont Alto, Dr. George “Jody” Harpster, president of Shippensburg University, and Dr. Barbara Mistick, president of Wilson College. The speakers discussed the impact of higher education on the local community. They also addressed some of the issues facing both public and private colleges/universities in Pennsylvania today.

The Chamber presented a seminar for home-based business owners on April 1, sponsored by Kim Crider of Take Shape for Life. More than 15 local home-based businesses attended. Home-based businesses are a growing segment of the business community, due in part to the economic recession of recent years and low start-up costs.

Add one year of college to the region’s workforce and GDP per capita jumps 17.4%

Higher education institutions also contribute to the local economy through institutional, student, visitor, staff, faculty and capital expenditures. Furthermore, they impact the community by contributing to the local workforce, broadening the area’s cultural and educational offerings, and involving students and faculty in community service. Currently, colleges and universities face tight budgets and reduced funding. Public higher education institutions previously received 75 percent of their funding from the state and 25 percent from tuition. Nowadays, that is flipped. This has a significant impact on tuition rates, making it harder for lower and middle class families to afford college.

Public workshops to discuss future of downtown In addition to providing regular business assistance, Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) looks to drive a “big picture” planning effort for the downtown, with a goal of attracting long-term investment. To get public input, DCI is coordinating a series of five Community Visioning Workshops to develop a clear vision for the future of downtown Chambersburg. The workshops will be facilitated by the PA Downtown Center and Derck and Edson.

According to Dr. Achampong, only 85 percent of youth in the area graduate high school, and of those only 65 percent go on to receive post-secondary education. Dr. Mistick mentioned that studies show college graduates will earn an average of $1 million more throughout their lifetime than those who don’t graduate college. Clearly, receiving higher education benefits the individual, but it also has a huge impact on the area economy. A study conducted by the Milken Institute found that, in regional economies, adding one year of schooling to the average educational attainment among employed workers with at least a high school diploma is associated with an increase in real GDP per capita of 17.4 percent and an increase in real wages per worker of 17.8 percent.


Doug Harmon discusses ways to market through the Chamber

The educational seminar featured a panel of experts who focused on three main areas: finances, marketing and organization.


Ralph Norcross of Paladin Financial Services and Dana Kaiser of F&M Trust discussed financial planning for home-based businesses. When planning finances for a home-based business, they recommended to identify a business structure, discuss protection issues, prepare yourself for legal issues and consider an exit strategy. Doug Harmon, membership director of the Chamber, talked about easy and affordable ways to promote a home-based business. The number one suggestion was to network and get your face in front of the community and potential clients. The Chamber hosts a number of events monthly that provide this opportunity. Crider and Cathy Folmar, CruiseOne, followed with organizational tips for working from home. Tips included separating work space from family/home space, having an area for storage and archives, using a calendar to keep track of your work and home life schedule, and identifying specific goals for your business and tracking them.

The governor’s 2014-2015 budget proposal includes $25 million to fund the Ready to Succeed Scholarships through PHEAA. This would provide more families with the ability send their students to college. “Funding higher education isn’t an expense, it’s an investment,” said Dr. Harpster. “We ask that you continue to support funding for higher education and advocate its importance to legislators. If we back higher education collectively in our community, students and the workforce can only benefit.” For more information about PHEAA scholarship funding in the governor’s 2014-2015 budget proposal, visit


The three remaining public workshops will be held: • May 19, 6 p.m., King Street Church, 162 E. King St. • June 16, 6:30 p.m., Chambersburg Area Senior High School’s Auxiliary Gym, 511 S. Sixth St. • July 21, 6:30 p.m., Wilson College’s Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave.

March’s visioning public meeting

DCI encourages stakeholders to attend as many of the workshops as possible. Those interested in attending do not have to attend previous workshops to participate. Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of the visioning process. After each workshop, two visual renderings will be unveiled that incorporate feedback from the previous workshops.

Downtown mural project For the second year, the Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) Design Committee is coordinating a mural project that will add color and creativity to the public spaces of downtown Chambersburg. Area artists are invited to create an individual mural that will be displayed at various outdoor locations in the downtown area. “Art belongs in downtown. This project is a creative way to engage the community and to make art more accessible to everyone - as it should be,” said Noel Purdy, president of DCI, an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. Prepared canvases (1/4” primed plywood) will be available free of charge at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce beginning June 2 and will be 2-by-4-feet in size. The deadline for submissions is August 1. The installation will be unveiled at a First Friday Event on September 5. The murals will be judged and awards will be announced at AppleFest on October 18. Community members of all ages are encouraged to participate. Guidelines for work: • Must be the artist’s individual work in design and execution. • Work must be able to withstand outdoor display for about five months; two coats of marine grade primer are highly recommended. • Work must be suitable for all ages. • Committee has the right to determine the suitability of work. • All mediums and themes are welcome.

DCI raised more than $32,500 of the $50,000 needed to fund the visioning and master plan updating processes. The visioning process will lead to the Master Plan Update, a document that will drive the physical development of downtown over the next 15-20 years. The Borough of Chambersburg has appropriated $8,000 in 2014 for the Downtown Master Plan Update. Contributors to date include Summit Health, Keystone Health, Wilson College, TB Wood’s, Vacon, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., Volvo Construction Equipment, Trinity Episcopal Church, Franklin County Redevelopment Authority, Greater Chambersburg 21st Century Partnership, Community Development Corp. of Franklin County and Bill Nitterhouse Foundation. SAVE THE DATE! DOWNTOWN EVENTS


3 - 8 p.m., AMVETS picnic pavilion, 750 Fifth Ave. View the flyer inserted in the newsletter for more info.

Supplies sponsors include Gateway Gallery Auction, Nitterhouse Masonry and Hardware Supply and Carter’s. Other sponsors include Pathways Counseling. Submissions will be photographed and posted on the Downtown Chambersburg Facebook page. For entry forms and more information, contact Gillian Mazzone, DCI Design Committee member, at [email protected], through the website at, or call 717-264-7101 ext. 207.

Stay up-to-date on DCI happenings


More info about the first annual Oktoberfest coming soon. Both of these events are chief fundraisers for DCI, with proceeds being used for downtown revitalization projects.

For more information about Downtown Chambersburg Inc.’s initiatives and events, visit their website at Make sure to subscribe to the weekly downtown e-newsletter, which includes updates on downtown businesses and happenings.


It’s All About Community!


Mixer at Susquehanna Bank

The Chamber will host a Lunch and Learn titled “Network Security: More than just passwords” on Thursday, May 22 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Chamber office, 100 Lincoln Way East. Join presenter Paul Bart, computer science and information science technology instructor at Penn State Mont Alto, for a valuable discussion to learn more about how to secure your network and what to look out for. Topics include:

A large crowd turned out for the Chamber’s March mixer, hosted by Susquehanna Bank. Guests enjoyed delicious food catered by EJ’s Grille and beverages provided by the bank. Susquehanna even gave away pint and wine glasses to mixer attendees.


Broski’s opens downtown Broski’s Subs & Slices celebrated its opening at 40 W. Washington St. with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 4. Several Chamber staff members and community members attended the ceremony to join in welcoming the new eatery to downtown Chambersburg. Co-owners Albert Martinez and Tony D’Ambrosio opened the restaurant in early March. Drop in for lunch or dinner - pizza by the slice is just $1 each!

• Malware: What it is and why it’s important • Social Engineering Attacks: What are they and why do you care? • Physical Security • Application and Network Attacks: What do they look like? • Administering a Secure Network • Wireless Networking Security



I wasn’t even at the [March Chamber] mixer 20 minutes when I started chatting with an old acquaintance. She asked if I did catering and could cater her daughter’s graduation. If anyone questions whether the mixers do anything for your business, hear my story about how I got direct business. Mixers are beneficial - you just have to go! You never know who you’ll run into. - Dottie Harding, cafe d’italia

Upcoming Lunch and Learns


ChamberChoice Residential Program

The Chamber will host another Lunch and Learn about how businesses can participate in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. The seminar will be on Thursday, June 5 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Chamber office. Lynn Rotz of Rotz and Stonesifer, PC, Mic Starr of Starr Insurance and Amy Hicks of United Way of Franklin County will discuss what the EITC program does for community pre-k programs, as well as how companies can participate and how to sign up for the program. To register for Lunch and Learns, visit or call the Chamber at 717-264-7101.

Any Pennsylvania residential customer that is currently on a variable price program can switch and take advantage of ChamberChoice’s low fixed rate Electricity Program to lock in savings regardless of weather extremes. Join with over 25,000 ChamberChoice’s residential customers that have already saved millions of dollars to be protected from the next extreme weather pattern. Simply visit, click the Residential Button and apply for your fixed low rate. The ChamberChoice Residential Energy Program is managed by OnDemand Energy Solutions and supplied by First Energy Solutions. It is not available within the Borough of Chambersburg.

Civil War Seminar with Ed Bearss Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours held their first seminar of 2014 in April. During the weekend, Ed Bearss charged Antietam National Battlefield with attendees following close behind to hear him recount the final attack trail in the footsteps of General Burnside’s command. Participants came from as far away as California to attend the three-day seminar based in Chambersburg. (Full article on page 15)



It’s All About Community!


Educators and business leaders address early childhood education The Chamber partnered with Franklin County Government, United Way of Franklin County, and Franklin County Area Development Corp. (FADC) to present the inaugural Early Childhood Investment Summit on Friday, March 28 at The Orchards. The summit addressed the need to improve and expand early childhood development programs and offerings within Franklin County, which will lead to a better future workforce. Many educators and business leaders attended to hear from a number of speakers invested in early childhood development. “How do we grow workforce talent here in Franklin County? Through healthy brain development in early childhood, this is key to maximizing our children’s potential,” Dave Sciamanna said Andy Williford, a member of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission and vice president of human resources for Volvo Construction Equipment. “Meeting the workforce needs of the future means meeting the educational needs of children today.” Williford spoke about the impact of proper early development and its effects on children’s ability to learn throughout life. Only 36 percent of Pennsylvania’s children from birth to age five participate in publiclyfunded quality early education programs. Studies show that children who receive quality pre-k education go on to perform significantly better in school; they are less likely to repeat grades, more likely to graduate high school and more likely to receive a 4-year degree. More than that, proper early childhood education has an impressive return on investment. For every $1 invested in early childhood development programs, individuals see $3.24 in increased earning returns. Returns to society include $1.55 for special education, welfare and income taxes and $11.35 return for crime-cost savings. That is a total return of $16.14 per $1 spent. Investing in children now is cheaper and more beneficial than paying for their incarceration, welfare or other programs later in life.

Amy Hicks, Dave Sciamanna, Mike Ross and Andy Williford

Amy Hicks, executive director of United Way of Franklin County, stated that only 23 percent of the 9,947 children under age five in Franklin County are in publicly funded high-quality early education programs. These include Head Start, Pre-K Counts, pre-k programs in school districts, Early Intervention (for kids with developmental issues), Child Care Works (income assistance), and others.

Congressman Bill Shuster addresses the attendees

Dr. Linda Thomas Worthy, a product of Head Start, shared her experiences growing up in a household with nine children raised by a single mother. She attributes a large part of her educational and career successes to her involvement in the Head Start program and having a mother determined to see her children receive a proper education. “It was in Head Start when my self-confidence and high self-esteem started to build. It was later experiences that tried to shatter my selfworth,” Thomas Worthy said. Thomas Worthy went on to graduate high school, receive a bachelor’s degree, obtain a master’s degree and earn her doctorate. It is in testimonies like these that we see the true impact of quality early childhood development programs. If we improve and expand the programs available for young children in Franklin County, the impact on our workforce is proven to be very positive. This is why early childhood development is not just an issue for educators or parents with young children, but also for businesses and the greater community. L. Michael Ross, president of FCADC, spoke about the need for businesses to direct their resources to help address this issue. “If you don’t participate, we might as well pack it up and go home right now,” said Ross. “I don’t want to be that blunt, but I have to be because what we’re looking at. We have to create a workforce for the future.” So what can we do as businesses and individuals invested in the future of Franklin County? • Educate employees about quality childcare. Inform them about childcare offerings and programs in the county. • Talk to your legislators. Get them to support early childhood education programs and funding. • Encourage childcare providers to get involved in the places where you do business. This includes chambers of commerce, community clubs, etc. • Encourage your business to direct its annual corporate taxes to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. (The Chamber will host a Lunch & Learn on June 5 about this topic. More information is on page 7.) • Continue the conversation. Early childhood education is important to the community, and we need to continue to foster constructive discussions about improving our investment in early development. The Summit was just one piece of the ongoing goal to address early childhood development in Franklin County. As the conversation unfolds, area providers are learning about services that are available and how they work to meet the needs of area children. Ideas and solutions are shared, which is vital for the future of early childhood investment.


Chamber’s annual golf tournament

Young adults receive logistics training

Mark your calendar for Friday, June 13 and enjoy some friendly competition on the greens with fellow Chamber members. The 19th Annual Golf Scramble will have a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. at Chambersburg Country Club, 3646 Scotland Road. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., with dinner following the tournament.

To help expand workforce training opportunities in Franklin County, United Way of Franklin County, the Youth Employment Program and Manufacturers Association of South Central PA (MASCPA) have partnered to provide a new workforce development program. This is a free training course for young adults aged 18-21 who have had some barrier for employment. The purpose of the program is to address the local workforce needs of the growing transportation and logistics sector.

Golfers will enjoy a number of contests, including a hole-in-one contest, Beat The Pro par 3, Pot-o-gold par 3, Birdie Ball, ladies’ and men’s closest to the pin and ladies’ and men’s long drive. Registration is $95 per golfer and includes greens fees, range balls, lunch, dinner, drinks, networking and door prizes. As the Chamber’s chief fundraiser, a variety of sponsorships are available, including Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500), and Green (1 for $100 or 3 for $250). If you would like to become a sponsor, register or donate a door prize, contact Doug Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext. 202. SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GOLF SPONSORS Title Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

ChamberChoice/OnDemand Energy Solutions Silver Sponsors

Office Environments

Beverage Sponsor ACE Distributing Hole-in-One Contest Sponsor Lincoln-Forrester

Goody Bags & Water Sponsors

Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Service Inc., Manpower, Office Environments, Tele-Plus Corp.

Capital Blue Cross SEK & Co. Keystone Ford Tele-Plus Corporation uFinancial Valley Agency Company Birdie Ball Sponsor Phantom Shadow

Raffle Prize Sponsor Susquehanna Bank

Support ChambersFest 2014 Thousands of people enjoy ChambersFest every year, a community celebration throughout July that salutes the spirit of Chambersburg’s townspeople. The staff of the Chamber plays a key role in promoting ChambersFest and coordinating some of the events. Many events support charitable organizations such as the Chamber Foundation and the Chambersburg Area School District Foundation, which provides scholarships to Chambersburg Area Senior High School students.

Instructed by Tammy Marcase of MASCPA, the 12 enrolled students attended four to eight hours of class every day for four weeks. Students learned first-hand from employers about workplace expectations, such as attendance and how to act around supervisors, and toured a distribution center. They also attained their logistics associate certification, logistics technician certification and forklift certification. “This group has been really fun to watch,” said Amy Hicks of United Way Franklin County, who coordinates the program, “and they are so driven, which is inspiring.” One of the most valuable aspects of the class for students was receiving forklift certification. They claimed that many employers look for candidates with this certification when considering them for a job. Beyond the certifications, students expressed how participating in the program helped them gain experience for positions in logistics and transportation. They voiced their struggles finding jobs in the past because of the catch-22: you need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. Through this program, students received the training and experience needed to make them stronger job candidates. At the end of the program, successful students received job interviews with local employers, some of which had the intent for direct hire. About half a dozen employers and staffing agencies participated in the program, including Aerotek Inc., CSX Intermodel Terminals Inc., Express Employment Professionals, Manpower, Randstad, Target, and ULTA Inc. This program will be offered approximately every two months, with the next training to begin June 13. If you know potential students aged 18-21, contact Hicks for more information: [email protected], 717262-0015. The program is supported by the Chamber, Franklin County Government and Franklin County Area Development Corp.

ChambersFest takes a lot of time to plan and coordinate, and the Chamber is asking our members for sponsorship support. Sponsors enable us to offer events for the community while boosting the area economy. Sponsors and exhibitors will get to showcase their businesses and/or products while supporting events that benefit the community. By supporting ChambersFest, you are encouraging the continuation of a variety of fun and free or low-cost community events that bring people to Chambersburg. For information about the benefits of sponsoring and the various sponsorship levels, view the flyer inside the newsletter. To become a sponsor, contact Amy Fisher at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or [email protected], or complete the sponsorship form.



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THE OUTLOOK NEWSLETTER MEMBERS IN THE NEWS Providence Place offers monthly Fireside Chats open to the public. The May Fireside Chat will feature the New Franklin Fire Dept. on May 19 at the Providence Place Chapel covering “Fire Safety.” Geisel’s Funeral Home will host the June 16 Fireside Chat about “Being Prepared” held in the Providence Place Chapel from 1 to 2 p.m. For questions please call 717-709-0668. Totem Pole Playhouse has a new director for its summer theatre camps for able and disabled students. Charlie O’Rourke (pictured right), is from the IDEAL School in New York City. He teaches performing arts at the school, which offers a unique model of inclusion education and has been featured on the Today Show, CNN and The New York Times. Adams County Winery won several awards at the 2014 PA Wine Competition. They included the winery’s Rebel Red claiming Double Gold and Best of Class for sweet red wines. Other awards included gold and bronze medals. This increased the winery’s total awards count to more than 120 awards since 2000. Global Data Consultants, LLC announced the relocation of its Hagerstown-based operations to the Fountainhead One building in Fountainhead Plaza. The newly constructed office building will provide spacious accommodations with enhanced conference rooms and green technology. The company is an information technology service provider with experienced and certified professionals providing services in the areas of application development, networking and infrastructure design, desktop support, 24/7 technical service desk, project management, staffing and business process consulting. Help-U-Sell Keystone Realty relocated May 1 to the Brandale Business Center at 138 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. The new office is on the lower level. Shalom Christian Academy had a number of students in third through eighth grades that recently competed in the Math Olympics at Calvary Church in Lancaster. Twelve schools sent a total of 377 students to compete in two categories of mathematics: computation and reasoning. Seven of Shalom’s 36 students who attended the Math Olympics received recognition for their achievements. Pictured left is fifth grader, Sawyer Shank, who placed first in the fifth grade competition in reasoning with a 100% score. The Boys & Girls Club is hosting an art auction at the Winebrenner Seminary Campus, former Scotland School for Veterans’ Children, on Tuesday, May 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. The Boys and Girls Club members’ art work will be showcased and auctioned through both silent and live auctions. Light refreshments will be served and music will be provided by the Cumberland Valley School of Music. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center will feature Brian Regan on May 2 at 8 p.m. Regan is one of the premier comedians in the country and presents a balance of sophisticated writing and physicality. For tickets, visit

Tele-Plus Corporation was invited to attend Technology Assurance Group’s Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in April. The convention was attended by the forerunners in the industry who are pioneering new ways of utilizing technology to better serve their business community. Tele-Plus is a locally owned and operated telecommunications provider. Global Data Consultants, LLC (GDC) completed its acquisition of Williamsport, MD-based Interstate Communication Services (ICS), a leading provider of telephony and communications serving the Quad-state area of MD, PA, VA and WV. The acquisition of ICS brings together two regional market leaders to create a new telecommunications division. Totem Pole Playhouse is pleased to announce Ken Jenkins, who played ‘Dr. Bob Kelso’ for 9 years on the hit series Scrubs, will be directing and appearing in “The Foreigner” opening July 18. For more info or tickets visit or call 1-888-805-7056. Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc. (HRG) hired Daniel D. Santoro, AICP (pictured right) as director of land development services. Santoro is responsible for the sales, marketing and project delivery of the group’s service offerings across PA, OH, WV and surrounding states. This position will allow HRG to foster new relationships and provide a greater opportunity to advance development in local communities. Penn State University’s Health Policy and Administration department awarded John Massimilla, Chief Operating Officer for Chambersburg Hospital, with the department’s Alumni Service Award. Massimilla is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is currently a member of the Capitol Theatre Center Foundation board. He is also an advisory board member of M&T Bank. Rita McMullen of PDM Insurance Agency, Inc. will be one of 28 women recognized for her professional success, community involvement and leadership at the 2014 Women of Influence awards on Monday, June 16. The Women of Influence awards were created in 2010 and are an effort to recognize women leaders who are influential in their companies, industries and communities. Cumberland Valley School of Music will host the 6th Annual Chefs’ Walk on June 7 from 4-7 p.m. along Alexander Ave. in Chambersburg. This year’s event features seven dining stations from local chefs and restaurateurs who will be preparing and serving their unique culinary delights. More than 50 performers will provide non-stop live entertainment on five stages and in the street. Tickets are $60 per person and are available at Cumberland Valley School of Music, The Cottage Restaurant and Pub, Johnnie’s Restaurant and Hotel Services, The Butcher Shoppe, Norland Pub or online at


MEMBERS IN THE NEWS (CONTINUED) Help-U-Sell Keystone Realty welcomed three new agents to the organization: Amy Fager of Shippensburg (below left), Brian Hanks of Chambersburg (below middle) and Carrie Frey of Shippensburg (below right). They are members of the National Association of Realtors, the Pen-Mar Association of Realtors, and MRIS.

Wilson College and Vermont Law School, the top-ranked environmental law school in the country, are teaming up to offer Wilson students the chance to earn a bachelor’s degree from Wilson and a master’s degree from VLS in just four years (what’s known in higher ed as a 3+1 program). Some credits would be shared between the two institutions and to expedite the master’s program, students would take two online courses from VLS while attending Wilson. After their junior year, they could enter Vermont Law’s summer program. Both degrees would be completed at the same time. Chambersburg Ballet Theatre will present Snow White on Saturday, June 14 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are available at the box office (717-263-0202) or

Chambersburg Community Theatre’s season closes with “Peter Pan,” one of the world’s most celebrated musicals. Performances will be May 10-11 and 15-18 with shows on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Seating is limited to 400 for all performances. The show will feature flying effects. Providence Place will offer AARP safe driving courses in July, September and November in their conference room. The course on July 29 will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch provided. Another will be held on Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. with lunch provided and another on Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 717-709-0668 to register. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center will feature Ronnie Milsap 40/40 Vision Tour on May 17 at 8 p.m. Milsap moved the country music genre beyond its rural roots into the mainstream of modern entertainment. For tickets, visit A number of local organizations including Summit Health, BOPIC, Inc. – Building Our Pride in Chambersburg, Wilson College, St. Paul United Methodist Church, and Franklin County officials have started a summer garden project for elementary school children. The garden will be grown on donated space at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 750 Norland Ave., Chambersburg. Preparation began on April 12 with planting through May; seven gardens will be planted with their own themes including salad, pizza and color wheel. For more information about the community garden, contact Summit Health’s Nickie Fickel at (717) 267-7561 or [email protected]

The Capitol Theatre will present Lonesome River Band on June 21 at 8 p.m. For more information, or tickets, call 717-263-0202 or visit Totem Pole Playhouse is offering Children’s Theatre Camp this summer to students ages 8 to 12. The program is June 16 to 27. The children will have an opportunity to audition for a children’s choir that will be featured in the theatre’s upcoming production of the Broadway musical “Godspell,” which runs August 8 to 31. Scholarships will once again be available this year to families who need assistance in covering the camp’s $385 fee. Parents interested in enrolling their children should call Daphne Blair at (717) 352-2164 ext. 1004. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center will present The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie & the 5th Dimension with Florence Larue on May 31 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit

GIVING BACK Maryann Fisher from Decorating Den Interiors presented Sharon Brosious of Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance with a check for $2,450 (pictured right below). The money was raised from a decorating seminar held at Penn National with Decorating Den Interiors donating a portion of sales generated from the seminar.

Pat Wollschlager (pictured left above) with Alternative Creations donated time and energy to raise money for The Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center. She gave free massages and collected donations during the Chambers’ Apothecary Open House in early April and raised thirty dollars toward the program.


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Hoss’s Steak and Sea House

20 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA 17201 717-263-0264 │ [email protected] │

Hoss’s Steak and Sea House has been serving the Chambersburg area since February 1984. The new store, currently at 20 Falling Spring Rd., was opened September 6, 2012. Hoss’s is a Pennsylvania based corporation with 37 units that have been going strong since its founding by Bill Campbell in 1983. They feature juicy steaks, savory chicken and delicious seafood. All entrées include the all-you-can-eat salad bar which also features fresh made soups, the freshest of fruits and delicious desserts and fresh oven baked breads. Hoss’s strives to help the communities they serve through various fundraising. The “Dine at Hoss’s” community fundraising program can earn groups and organizations up to 25 percent of the sales they bring in, while the boxed meal kits can earn groups $5.50 per each kit sold. The restaurant also has a private room available for meetings, banquets or family gatherings. Open for bookings Monday through Thursday anytime, and Friday and Saturday for lunch, the room is free for groups who purchase meals.

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. 369 East Park Dr., Harrisburg, PA 17111 717-564-1121 │ [email protected] │

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is an employee-owned, fullservice consulting engineering and related services firm. For the past 10 consecutive years, the firm has been nationally ranked as one of the Top 500 engineering design firms in the United States by Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine. And for the past two years, HRG was also honored by ENR with two prestigious Best Project awards. Since its inception in 1962, HRG has expanded to eight offices located throughout PA, WV and OH. HRG’s staff of professional engineers, geologists, environmental scientists, surveyors, landscape architects, GIS specialists and related support personnel provides a full-service approach to every project. The firm’s service offerings include water resources, land development, water & wastewater, transportation, geomatics, environmental and financial consulting. From the initial concept to project completion, the firm has built a reputation as being innovative, responsive and accurate. HRG has a proven track record of forging lasting partnerships with local leaders to ensure critical infrastructure is safe and that revitalization of their communities remains strong. Please visit for more details on the firm or connect with them on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Garman Photography

437 Lea Dr., Chambersburg, PA 17201 │ 717-263-6329 [email protected] │

Garman Photography has been serving the area for over 10 years, opening in 2003 on Mower Road in Chambersburg. Last year, they built and moved into a beautiful new studio at 437 Lea Drive in Chambersburg. The studio is modern and professional. It allows for natural lighting poses and can accommodate larger family groups. Nicole Garman has a degree in photography and has been photographing professionally for over 11 years. She specializes in children and family portraits, high school senior portraits and business headshots. Garman gives individualized attention to each client and takes as much time as needed to make them feel comfortable and look their best. She also pays close attention to detail and professionally retouches each portrait. Thinking of updating your business portrait? Schedule a business session and your portrait will be retouched and ready to use the next day. Check out our images at For questions or to request a brochure on pricing, call 717-263-6329 or email [email protected]

Mountain Lake Summer Camp 17700 Old Camp Rd., Fannettsburg, PA 17221 937-726-9380 │

Mountain Lake Summer Camp opened in 1924 as a traditional summer camp for kids. In the last 90 years, thousands of children have made some of their best memories and friends right here in Franklin County. The camp was purchased by the Gooding, McLain, and Roby families in 2012 and is set to reopen this summer. Campers are able to ride horses, shoot archery, canoe, fish, do arts and crafts, play capture the flag, play sports, attend camp fires and more. Since last summer, the tennis and basketball courts were repaved and the large in-ground swimming pool was refinished. The camp is in great shape, providing a home-away-fromhome feeling for campers. Mountain Lake Summer Camp will offer two weekly sessions for the summer of 2014 from June 9 to July 5 and July 6 to July 12. Regular weekly rates are $975 per camper, but those who attend the grand reopening this summer receive a discounted $375 per week rate! Mention this article when registering your future camper to receive the discount. Mountain Lake Summer Camp is also for rent, providing the perfect setting for weddings, family reunions, scout groups, church retreats and more. They only rent to one group at a time so all rental groups and parties have compete privacy, as well as access to all camp buildings, amenities and equipment.





1 YEAR 1st Ed Credit Union ADP American Red Cross Blood Bank Franklin Orthodontics Keystone Behavioral Health Keystone Family Medicine Keystone Health - HIV Program Keystone Health Infectious Diseases Keystone Internal Medicine Keystone Pediatrics Keystone Pharmacy Keystone Urgent Care McClure Company PA Media Group Revive Bodyworks Stevi B’s Pizza (GEM Pizza Partners LLC) Sylvan Learning Center

Associated Products

Bryan Hock 2 East Rd., P.O. Box 231 Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 (717) 497-4598 [email protected] Restaurants

Broski’s Subs and Slices

Albert Martinez 40 West Washington St. Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 446-0586 [email protected] Restaurants

Little Vince’s Pizza

Alex Anzalone 3811 Main St. Scotland, PA 17254 (717) 267-2113 [email protected] Business Consultants

Lizzie’s Ink LLC.

Lizzie Bailey 13 N Morris St. Shippensburg, PA 17257 717-530-8000 [email protected] Farms, Farm Equipment and Farm Services

Ryder Supply

Ernie Bert 539 Falling Spring Rd. Chambersburg, PA 17202 (717) 263-9111 [email protected] Physicians & Surgeons

Scotland Family Medicine/Direct Primary Care

Kenneth Rictor P.O. Box 398 Scotland, PA 17254 (717) 267-3606 [email protected] Know a business that isn’t a member? Refer them to Doug Harmon, membership director: 717-264-7101 ext. 202.

5 YEARS Hagerstown Suns M&R Livestock, Inc. StediWatt Windy Knoll Farm Market 10 YEARS CCI Cleaning Connection Inc. Kim’s Cleaning Madison Settlement Services - Chambersburg, LLC New Franklin Assembly of God 20 YEARS Shetter Ins. Agency - Nationwide Insurance

PROVIDE YOUR FEEDBACK Do you feel like you’re getting the most out of your Chamber membership? Do you have a great testimonial to share about the benefits of membership, or some constructive feedback on how the Chamber can better serve member businesses? Complete our 2014 member survey. With your input, the Chamber can help determine the most effective ways to serve Chambersburg area businesses. As a member-based nonprofit organization, we thrive when our members thrive, so let us know what is working and what isn’t. To fill out the survey, visit our online version at Print copies are also available by contacting the Chamber at 717-264-7101.

GET SOCIAL Did you know the Chamber is active on social media? Connect with the Chamber on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to interact with fellow members, stay up-to-date on the latest Chamber news, view photos from events and local businesses, and more!

25 YEARS Fayetteville Contractors, Inc. Starr Insurance

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LOCAL HISTORY, LOCAL GIFTS Looking for a unique gift for a birthday or special occasion? Peruse the Chambersburg Heritage Center gift shop for Chambersburg T-shirts, mugs and glasses, Civil War paraphernalia, books about local history and much more! The Heritage Center is open Monday Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays in May - October from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the center at 100 Lincoln Way East.


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LFC Youth class of 2014 wraps up Challenge the Process was the theme of Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth’s April session. Christy Unger of Healthy Community Partnership of Franklin County led the 10th grade students through several brain teasers to help them explore new ways of thinking. The class also discussed scenarios, such as “What if you caught a friend stealing from a teacher,” and what they would do in each situation. To wrap up the morning session, students were asked to think about a time they made a mistake and what they learned from their mistake. They discussed how they could have challenged the process to keep from making the error.

LFC Community students learn about education and arts Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community held the education and arts session in April. LFC Community students began their day at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center (FCCTC) where Dr. Eric Michael of Wilson College led them through a mock school board exercise. The class was divided into various interest groups and debated how to deal with budget issues. The participants were able to experience some of the challenges facing public education first hand. They discussed other issues facing education such as bullying, technology and government mandates.

After lunch, the students learned public speaking tips from Jason Crider of Orrstown Bank. Crider discussed pointers such as how to deal with nerves and how to write a speech. Some of the students were called on to give short impromptu speeches to their classmates. A second April session was held on April 22 to make up for days missed over the winter due to bad weather. At this session, Christina Yoder of F&M Trust spoke about the importance of personal branding. She also cautioned the students about the hazards of social media and the importance of things such as a proper email address. Finally, the students were able to put the tips they’ve learned about public speaking to the test when they practiced their graduation presentations. The students had the opportunity to speak about their experiences over the past year with their team projects. The steering committee offered feedback to help them prepare for their final presentation. The LFC Youth class of 2014 will graduate on May 4. For more information, please contact Robin Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext 205 or [email protected] LFC Youth is a program of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, and is offered free of charge to Franklin County sophomores thanks to sponsor 1st Ed Credit Union.

LFC prospect reception

LFC Community prospects mingle with alumni and current students

A reception held to inform people interested in the Leadership Franklin County Community program drew many prospects for the class of 2015. Attendees were able to talk to current students, faculty, alumni and steering committee members to learn more about the program which runs September through May. Applications are currently being accepted and are available at Application deadline is June 30. For more information, contact Robin Harmon at 717-264-7101 ext 205.

LFC Community students participate in panel discussion


Seminar honors Ed Bearss, attracts tourists from across the U.S. Nearly 60 history enthusiasts from 17 states gathered to listen to the legendary bellow of Ed Bearss, one of the nation’s top Civil War battlefield historians, on and off the battlefield in a tributary weekend dedicated to the life and knowledge of Ed Bearss. Hosted by Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours, the “Weekend with Ed Bearss” kicked off on April 4.

The day continued with an exploration of the arts at the Capitol Theatre complex in Chambersburg. The group toured the facility with Stacy Mellott, executive director of the Council for the Arts, and Linda Boeckman, manager of the Capitol Theatre. Students then met with Rowan Joseph, producing artistic director of Totem Pole Playhouse; Sally Herritt, executive director of the Chambersburg Community Theatre; Paula Kellinger, professor of dance at Wilson College; and Don Schaller, marketing, communications & project manager at Cumberland Valley School of Music (CVSM) to discuss why the arts are important. The class created art of their own with Richard Shoap of CVSM and watched a performance from CVSM instructor Heather McEndree.


To promote tourism in Franklin County, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) maintains a detailed website promoting attractions, entertainment, restaurants, hotels and more in the area. They also list upcoming events that would be of interest to visitors and tourists.

“It was a wonderful idea to do a tribute to Ed,” said Pat Eker, a firsttime Chambersburg Civil War Seminar attendee from New Mexico. “[The weekend was] very well done, well organized, informative, creative and fun.” The seminar included a guided bus tour of Antietam and Gettysburg led by Bearss, as well as sessions with Bearss and historians like Terry Winschel and Dennis Frye, who described their experiences with Bearss. Bearss shared stories about his WWII wounding, raising the gunboat U.S.S. Cairo and his interactions with President Lyndon B. Johnson in acquiring the LBJ Ranch, in addition to Civil War topics.

Keith Yohn, Director of FCCTC took the class on a tour of the school and provided an overview of the programs offered and technologies studied by the high school students, such as hydroponics, circuit board design and manufacture, and welding. After a wonderful lunch provided by the culinary department of FCCTC, the class participated in a panel discussion of other education options in the area. The panel consisted of Patricia Flood of Shalom Christian Academy, Kim Kulla of Montessori Academy, Jennifer McCleary of Mason Dixon Homeschoolers Association, and Dr. Mark Long of the Chambersburg Career Magnet School. Each panelist spoke about the unique services their programs offer and how they operate.

Do, Dine, Stay in Franklin County

If your business is something to do, a place to dine or a place to stay and is located in Franklin County, FCVB wants to list your business on their website! To add your business listing, email the following information to [email protected]: • • • •

Company name Address Phone number Website address

• Short business description • Main contact name • Main contact email (does not appear on website)

You may also promote your event through FCVB’s website. To add your event to their calendar, email [email protected] Visit FCVB’s website at

Ed Bearss leads the group to Otto Farm at Antietam battlefield

As part of the tribute to Bearss, Chambersburg Mayor Darren Brown dedicated April 4-6, 2014 as “Ed Bearss Weekend” in Chambersburg. The dedication was presented Saturday evening by David G. Sciamanna, president of the Chamber. “Ed is truly an All-American,” said Sciamanna. “We are grateful for his loyalty and commitment to our seminars and our town, which is why we devoted this weekend to Ed.” Ted Alexander, co-founder of Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours, also announced the creation of the Ed Bearss Award that will grant one recipient each year with funding for research related to the Civil War. A committee will screen the applicants and announce the first winner in spring 2015. Four of Bearss’ lectures from the weekend were filmed and will be available on DVD in late May 2014. The DVD lecture series will be for sale in the Chambersburg Heritage Center Gift Shop for $29.95, with $5 of each sale being donated to the Ed Bearss Award. The Chamber has been offering the seminars in partnership with historian Ted Alexander since 1989. These seminars and tours not only provide an opportunity for the area’s history to be shared, but they attract tourists from across the nation every year. There are three remaining seminars this year. For more information, please visit or call the Chamber at 717-264-7101.

Summer hours resume for Heritage Center The Chambersburg Heritage Center, an initiative of the Chamber, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. It also will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays from May through mid-October. The Heritage Center extends its Saturday hours during special events such as ChambersFest, AppleFest, and Oktoberfest. Located at 100 Lincoln Way East in downtown Chambersburg, there is no admission charge, except for group tours. This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the burning of Chambersburg, so special exhibits and gift store offerings will be featured at the Heritage Center. The Heritage Center is a site on the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails and the Gettysburg Wine and Fruit Trail. Exhibits focus on the area’s architecture, frontier and Civil War history, the Underground Railroad and transportation. An exhibit added in 2013 is a replica of the first plane that flew over Chambersburg in 1911. Two short films offer an overview of Franklin County history, and its transportation history. For more information, contact Sue Black at 717-264-7101.


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Lunch and Learn - Make Good Ear Health Decisions, lunch provided by Fuddruckers


Leadership Franklin County Youth Graduation, RSVP to Robin, 717-264-7101 x205


Cinco de Mayo Regional Mixer Fiesta

Don’t miss one of the largest Chamber mixers of the year, the 6th Annual Cinco de Mayo Regional Mixer Fiesta on Monday, May 5 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Conference Center at Shippensburg University, 500 Newburg Road. 11 chambers from throughout the region participate in this popular mixer each May. To attend, RSVP to [email protected] or 717-532-5509.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., presented by Chambersburg Hearing Center, Chamber Board Room

2:30-5:30 p.m., fee to attend, Wilson College Harry R. Brooks Complex, 1015 Philadelphia Ave. 5-7:30 p.m., Conference Center at Shippensburg, 500 Newburg Rd., Shippensburg, PA

15 Leadership Franklin County Community Graduation, RSVP to 717-264-7101 x205

5-7:30 p.m., fee to attend, Waynesboro Country Club, 11000 Country Club Rd., Waynesboro, PA

16 Civil War Seminar - Wilderness and Spotsylvania with Robert K. Krick

May 16-18, various programs, fee to attend, more info: or 717-264-7101

19 Downtown Visioning Workshop

6-8 p.m., King Street Church, 162 E. King St.

22 Lunch and Learn - Network Security: More Than Just Passwords, lunch provided 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., presented by Penn State Continuing Education, Chamber Board Room

26 Memorial Day

The Chamber office is closed in observance of Memorial Day

29 May Chamber Mixer co-hosted by Cumberland Valley Dental Care, Dr. N. Nasreen Khan,

Dr. Salvatore DiMercurio, PICPA & SNAP Fitness; 5-7 p.m., City Center, 69 St. Paul Dr., Suite A To register or view more details about these and more upcoming events, visit

The next Chambersburg Chamber after hours mixer will be held on Thursday, May 29 from 5 - 7 p.m. at City Center, 69 St. Paul Dr., Suite A. Join co-hosts Cumberland Valley Dental Care, Dr. N. Nasreen Khan, Dr. Salvatore DiMercurio, PICPA and SNAP Fitness for some great networking and refreshments. Register online at

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