Secretary of Transportation to speak in Greencastle

MARCH 2012
of the
of Commerce
will see
members honored at
the Annual Awards
Breakfast, and hear
an inspirational story
John Ulsh
died after
his vehicle
was hit by
going an
125 mph.
from a survivor.
The breakfast will be held at the Chambersburg Country Club on April 12, beginning at 7 a.m. M&T Bank is the sponsor.
Menno Haven is providing additional sponsorship support.
The featured speaker will be John Ulsh, a
Realtor who was given a 3% chance of
survival after his vehicle was struck head-on
on Pa. 16 near Mercersburg in December
2007. The vehicle that hit them was estimated to be traveling at 125 miles per hour at
impact; the other driver died at the scene.
Ulsh had enjoyed a successful business
career in the jewelry industry and real estate
Dale Carnegie course
begins March 29
When people take a Dale Carnegie course,
they learn communications and human
relations skills that help them both
professionally and personally. The next
class will begin in Chambersburg on
March 29. It will meet once a week for
eight weeks from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Four
Points Sheraton, 1123 Lincoln Way East.
For more information or to reserve a spot
when tragedy struck. Returning home
from his daughter's swim meet, Ulsh and
his family suffered severe injuries. He was
in a coma for 15 days. His recovery has
taken years of physical therapy, setbacks
and more than 25 surgeries. Breakfast
attendees will learn what motivated him to
survive and drove him to spend more than
1,500 hours rebuilding his body and his
“It is a miracle I’m still alive,” Ulsh
said, “and I want to use this gift to help
others appreciate their lives.”
Also at the breakfast, the Chamber will
announce the winner of the international
Athena Award, winners of property improvement awards, the Volunteer of the
Year and other honors. (Jennings Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and F&M Trust Co. are
co-sponsoring the Athena Award.)
The cost is $20 for Chamber members
and $25 for non-Chamber members.
Register by going to and clicking on
the events for April 12, or by sending an email to [email protected] or
calling 717-264-7101. Pre-payment or
invoice options are available. No cash will
be accepted at the door.
Secretary of
to speak in
March 8
Pennsylvania’s Secretary
of Transportation will be
the featured speaker at a
Legislative Luncheon presented by the
Franklin County Council of Chambers.
Barry J. Schoch of the Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation will speak on
March 8 at John Allison Public House, 104
E. Baltimore St., Greencastle. People may
arrive at 11:45 a.m. for lunch, with the
meeting beginning at 12:40 p.m. and a
question-and-answer session starting at 1:10
p.m. The cost is $20 per person.
Attendees will have the opportunity to
meet the Secretary and learn about
significant infrastructure issues and funding
challenges in Franklin County and
The Franklin County Council of
Chambers includes the Greater
Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, the
Greater Waynesboro Chamber, GreencastleAntrim Chamber, Shippensburg Chamber
and Tuscarora Area Chamber.
Reservations and payment are due March
1 to the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of
Commerce, 5 Roadside Ave., Waynesboro,
PA 17268. Call 762-7123 for information.
Learn how to make the Internet
work for your business
These days, successful marketing often includes methods beyond
traditional media. To help you learn more about how to reach
customers today and in the future, the Greater Chambersburg
Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar on March 30 called
“Savvy Marketing Through Technology.”
Presented by Larry E. Tosten Jr. of Superb Media Marketing,
the seminar will show you how to use technology to attract more
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Board of Directors
Suzanne Miller Trinh - Zullinger-Davis Law Firm,
Steve Caldwell - Orrstown Bank, past chair
David Sciamanna - Chamber of Commerce,
Jim Hill - R.A. Hill Inc., CADC president
Melanie Furlong - Lutheran Home Care &
Hospice Inc. and LIFE Lutheran Services,
Foundation president
Mike Kugler - F&M Trust, treasurer
Kathie Berard - Wilson College, secretary
Derrick Donnell - PA CareerLink
Michael Jamison - Alikat Advisory
Bernie Kotula
Rod Mason - Menno Haven Inc.
Dan May - Chambersburg Mall
Sherri H. Stahl - Summit Health
Blake Truman - Verstandig Broadcasting
Jim Zimmerman - Valley Quarries Inc.
William Etter - Nationwide Insurance
Karin Fitz - Main Street Deli
Terry Guberman - Comfort Keepers
Andy Grochowski - Lighten Up Chambersburg
Rod Hocker - Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel
Service Inc.
Jacqueline Iampietro, Manitowoc
Steven D. Lubart, SEK & Co.
Chamber Staff
David G. Sciamanna - President
[email protected]
Noel Purdy - Vice President
[email protected]
Kathy Leedy - Communications
Director/Coordinator of Special Events
[email protected]
Greg Davidyock - Financial Director
[email protected]
Maryliz Toohig - Assistant Financial Director
[email protected]
Doug Harmon - Membership Director
[email protected]
Cindy Baker - Graphic Design Specialist
[email protected]
Robin Harmon - Executive Assistant
[email protected]
Bonnie Jo Hicks - Executive Assistant
[email protected]
Jeanne Newvine - Heritage Center
Coordinator/Customer Service Specialist
[email protected]
Sue Black - Customer Service Specialist
[email protected]
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necessarily those of the Chamber. Neither the publisher
nor any individual associated with any branch of
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typographical misprints contained herein.
Suzanne Miller Trinh
from you is
very helpful
I would like to begin by thanking all of our
members who completed and submitted the
Chamber’s 2012 membership survey. For
anyone who has not completed the survey, it
is not too late. The survey is available on the
Chamber’s Web site and it takes only a few
minutes to fill it out.
Feedback from our members is the most
helpful tool we at the Chamber have for
matching our services and benefits to the
needs of our members. While we are
continuously looking for new benefits to
offer, the surveys that have been returned
indicate that our members place a high value
on opportunities for communication, whether
that is communication from the Chamber to
members or directly from member to
We also know is that the best way to
increase the value of communications is to
have them reach more people. This month, I
am asking for your help in reaching more
Every month the Chamber sends out 1,300
copies of the newsletter by e-mail. I
encourage each of you to take a moment to
forward this newsletter to one or two people
who might not already be receiving it. Please
think about people in your organization who
may be looking for ways to increase their
community involvement or
people who are new to the
community and might like
to learn more about our
local events. If you have
had changes in your staff,
perhaps it is time to update
your company’s contact list
with the Chamber. Anyone
can be added to the e-mail
distribution list simply by
registering at the Chamber
Web site.
The Chamber also has a
mixer every month. This is
a unique opportunity for
our members to relax and
socialize with one another.
I understand how hard it
can be to add one more
thing to your schedule,
especially at the end of the
work day, but I can also
sincerely say that you will not be sorry you
attended. You will probably meet someone
new, have an opportunity to tour a facility
that you don’t regularly visit, and either
learn about a business that you are not
familiar with or offer your support to a
business you know well. In the spirit of
reaching more people, I encourage you to
bring a friend or two to the next mixer and
take a minute to introduce him or her to a
few other Chamber members.
Finally, don’t forget to visit the Chamber
Web site regularly to check out the
community calendar of events. Adding your
own listing to the calendar is a simple, and
free, way for you to promote your own
community events. You can also visit the
Chamber’s Facebook page and “like” us to
show your support to all of your Facebook
friends or follow us on Twitter to make sure
you have the absolute latest news about
what is happening at the Chamber.
I agree with our members that
communication from the Chamber is one of
the most valuable services we offer. Of
course, the best way to enhance the value of
that communication is to have it reach more
people. In the end you, our members, are
the best resource for making that
communication more valuable by helping us
reach more people.
Suzanne Miller Trinh is chair of the
Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors and an attorney working
in the Law Offices of Zullinger-Davis P.C.
in Chambersburg.
She can be reached at 717-264-6029.
Robin Harmon
has joined the
staff of the
Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, filling the vacancy
created when Athena DeFreest resigned
because she is moving from the area.
Harmon will be an executive assistant,
working for Chamber affiliates Downtown Chambersburg Inc. and the Greater
Chambersburg Chamber Foundation –
both under the leadership of Noel Purdy,
vice president of the Chamber. Harmon
also will serve as coordinator of the
Leadership Franklin County Community
and LFC Youth programs, and assist with
the Community Development Corp.
Harmon is no stranger to the Chamber
or the Leadership program. She was
chosen in 2011 as the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year and has served on the
Board of Directors of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation since
Harmon led the planning for the
Foundation’s fund-raising event during
ChambersFest, Scoop-a-Palooza, Ice
Cream for Education – which has grown
enormously in just two years. Harmon
organized and led a volunteer committee, designed promotional materials, ordered T-shirts, made contacts
with vendors and obtained the required permits.
She also assists with ChambersFest’s Celebrate! The Arts at Old
Market Day and IceFest, and she is
one of the volunteers who places and
removes holiday lights downtown.
“I’ve always enjoyed the volunteer
work, and now I will be an employee,” Harmon said. Her first day on the
job was Feb. 13. “My family has been
a Chamber member for many years,
and we value the work that the Chamber does.”
Harmon said she is looking forward to assisting with Leadership
Franklin County. She is a graduate of
the program, which she called “a
rewarding experience.”
Her educational background also
includes receiving an MBA from
Northeastern University, Boston.
Harmon said she has met many
people through the Chamber; now she
will get to meet even more.
“Robin has an excellent skill set,
she knows the community and she
knows the Chamber,” Purdy said.
“She’ll hit the ground running and I
know she will quickly add to the
Chamber reaches out to Hispanic community
The Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce in Washington, D.C. and the
Greater Chambersburg Chamber of
Commerce signed a Collaborative
Partnership Agreement that establishes a
formal relationship between the two
business advocacy organizations.
The chambers will partner in an effort to
help facilitate the harmonious integration of
present and future immigrant communities.
The primary objectives of the agreement
are to promote economic, workforce and
community development in the Borough of
Chambersburg and in Franklin County, to
help integrate present and future immigrant
communities into the social, cultural and
economic fabric of Franklin County, and to
promote cultural diversity, inclusiveness,
and goodwill in the community at large. To
that end, the Chambers will work in
earnest to ensure that present and future
immigrant communities are given every
opportunity to succeed based on ability
and personal initiative.
The idea for creating a business
partnership came about as a result of a
series of conversations over a three-year
period between Mid-Atlantic
representatives Sila Alegret Bartel,
regional vice president, and Dr. Jorge
Ribas, president, and Chambersburg
Chamber leaders Suzanne M. Trinh, board
chair, and President David G. Sciamanna.
“As the ongoing demographic
restructuring evolves into more diversified
communities and workforce, it is essential
that new Americans be given every
opportunity to integrate into our culture
and way of life,” Ribas said. “Americanborn residents should take advantage of the
immigrants’ cultural heritage, high work
ethics and family values that are also at the
very core of American beliefs,” he added.
Sciamanna hopes that “as it has
happened with previous immigrants, this
partnership will help our respective
organizations better serve not only
mainstream businesses, but also HispanicAmericans entrepreneurs and workers who
are chasing the American dream. By
combining our respective expertise, both
chambers aim to create a vehicle to make it
happen in a manner that will ultimately
serve the Borough of Chambersburg and
Franklin County’s public interest.”
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Advertising in the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of
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Advertising rates are:
Business Card (3.5 by 2 inches): $45/month or $120 for
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the quality-of-life articles in
the book. “People who visit
the Chambersburg Heritage
Center also are impressed with
the book. Many come back
each year to pick up a new copy.”
The print version of the Community
Profile is distributed widely locally. Each
Chamber member is mailed two copies – a
hard cover and a members-only spiral
bound edition, which includes a useful
calendar. The directories also are placed in
area hotel rooms, allowing the publication
to reach guests in the area. The distribution
doesn’t stop there -- copies are free to the
public and given to visitors at the Heritage
Center, Chambersburg Mall and at many
community events. The Chamber also
makes copies available to member Realtors
and libraries. This broad distribution is part
of what makes this publication such a
strong advertising tool.
The contents of the Community Profile
include an overview of what the area has to
offer visitors, long-term residents and the
Be part of Chamber’s Community
Profile/Membership Directory
Work will begin soon on the Greater
Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
Community Profile and Membership
Directory. The sought-after hardback book
has become the place to turn to for
information about the greater
Chambersburg area. Soon you will be
receiving information in the mail and via email about opportunities to participate in
this year’s edition.
The publication will be published
online, too, allowing the community and its
businesses to market well beyond the
borders of Franklin County. The state-ofthe-art online edition will include links to
advertisers’ Web sites.
“Our members love this publication. It
consistently ranks very high in our member
surveys,” said Kathy Leedy, the Chamber’s
communications director and the writer of
SBDC/Chamber assistance makes a difference
business community. Sections providing a
review of life in the Chambersburg area
include education, health care, shopping and
recreation – all presented in an attractive,
photo-filled, full-color format. In the
Membership Directory, Chamber members
are listed alphabetically and by category,
making it a great tool to help readers buy
Centre Publications, which has published
the Community Profile for more than a
decade, will work with the Chamber on this
year’s project. Advertisers can choose from
a range of ad sizes, with Centre Publications
offering free design and photography
services. The Chamber recommends that
members speak with them and put the
Chamber’s most powerful publication to
work for you. For more information, or to be
a part of this edition, call 1-800-200-5375.
The printed book will be available on
July 21; it debuts during the community’s
annual ChambersFest celebration and is
available at CELEBRATE! The Arts at Old
Market Day.
Dale Carnegie
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Studies show that businesses that avail themselves of services offered by the Small Business
Development Center are more likely to
SBDC provides information
in the class, call Jeff Davis at 814-931-1963
survive and thrive in down economic
or e-mail him at
times. New businesses that
Small Business Development Center courses,
received planning and start-up assistance
[email protected] The Web
seminars and conferences provide up-to-date,
from the SBDC are also more likely to be
site,, also
successful than those started without SBDC practical information on a wide variety of
includes helpful information about the
business topics. Programs teach basic
business skills as well as more advanced and
The SBDC at Shippensburg University
According to the Web site, 99 percent of
specific business management. These
provides professional and confidential
Dale Carnegie graduates express
workshops feature experts and leaders from
business consulting services and supports
satisfaction with the training they receive.
small business development in south central
The course is designed to help participants
Pennsylvania. The Greater Chambersburg
build greater self confidence, strengthen
Chamber of Commerce assists the SBDC in
people skills, develop leadership skills,
its mission. The SBDC holds seminars at the SBDC at (717) 477-1935.
Workshops in March:
Chamber building throughout the year and
enhance communication skills and reduce
The First Step: Starting a Small
SBDC business consultants meet one-on-one
stress. It will encourage participants to
Business, 9 a.m. to noon, March 8, Murata
with clients at the Chamber building.
move far beyond their comfort zones as they
Business Center, 453 Lincoln St., Carlisle,
According to SBDC Director Michael
stretch to attain ambitious goals. The course
and 1 to 4 p.m. March 21, Gettysburg Adams
Unruh, the SBDC at SU provided
has transformed the lives of more than
Chamber of Commerce, 18 Carlisle St.,
educational programs to more than 550
7,000 graduates.
attendees in 2011, met one-on-one with
Founded in 1912, Dale Carnegie
more than 420 clients for more than 3,400
evolved from one man’s belief in
total hours, helped clients start 38 new
the power of self-improvement to a
businesses and purchase two existing
405, presented by the Small Business
performance-based training company with
As a result, more than 50 new jobs were Administration, free.
offices worldwide. The course is being
Writing an Effective Business Plan, 9
created in 2011 and businesses received help
offered in partnership with the Greater
a.m. to noon March 27, Gettysburg Adams
in meeting legal and environmental
Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber of Commerce, 18 Carlisle St., Suite
compliance regulations.
After meeting with SBDC staff, about 75 203, Gettysburg, cost: $15.
entrepreneurs in 2011 decided not to go into
business. “We consider this a valuable outcome of our work helping entrepreneurs carefully
The Chambersburg Heritage Center,
analyze their business data, the potential markets, customers, financial projections etc.
100 Lincoln Way East, is selling prints
These engagements may not result in positive economic impact in our communities, but
of a historic montage of Chambersburg
these entrepreneurs avoid making business decisions that may result in negative economic
for $15. It makes a unique gift item!
impact for them, their families and communities,” Unruh said.
Historic montage of town
Giving Back focuses on Chamber members who generously contribute time and money to charitable causes.
1.) United Way of Franklin County invited past campaign chairpersons and
board presidents to a meeting at E.J.’s Grill to help guide the future of the
organization. United Way leadership from the 1951 campaign, through the
present day, were brought together for a reunion, as the organization
celebrates 70 years of service. United Way began as a Community and War
Chest in 1942 to address community needs and continues today to shape the
programming that improves quality of life for county residents. Executive
Director Amy Hicks provided a presentation that highlighted the history of
the organization, as well as current activities. Board President Eric Foreman
proposed the vision for the organization, as it grows to meet the expanding
needs of the community. Campaign Chair Pam Anderson opened a group
conversation to draw out the experience and perspective of everyone present.
According to Anderson, pictured in the front row at right, “This group of
United Way leadership have been part of an effort that has raised over $28
million to help Franklin County over the years.” As of early February, United
Way was 91% of the way to its goal of $750,000. United Way helps to fund
40 programs that reach people in need. To get involved, call 717-262-0015.
Pledges of support are being accepted at 182 S. Second St. in Chambersburg.
2.) Shalom Christian Academy’s two first-grade classes worked on a
service project at Maranatha Ministries. They donated food to the food
pantry, sorted items, and stocked shelves. Also, they spent time making cards
to encourage families who receive help from Maranatha Ministries. Pictured:
Vicki Cordell’s first-grade class, and Madison Runk stocking donated food.
The Jan. 25 kickoff to a 28-day healthy-eating program hosted by the Penn
National Golf Course Community drew nearly 200 area residents interested
in learning how to choose and prepare healthy foods for a lifetime of
wellness. Attendees included members of the medical community, area
Mennonite families and Penn National residents, according to Patrice
Nitterhouse, VP of White Rock Inc., developer of the golf course
community. Those attending were invited to sample dishes made by
volunteers who used recipes that are both delicious and healthy. About 60
people signed up to take part in the program. Those who signed up were
assigned a coach and invited to take part in weekly potluck dinners at the
Penn National Clubhouse. The co-sponsor of the program, Summit Health,
offered vouchers to enrollees to obtain a lipid panel and glucose test before
and after completing the program. The tests allowed them to monitor their
3.) Trinity Lutheran Church and Habitat For Humanity teamed up for their
sixth annual book sale and it raised more than $4,300 for local charities.
Habitat received half of the proceeds and the remaining funds were
distributed to The Lunch Place, Waynesboro Human Services, Women in
Need, Greencastle-Antrim Food Basket and the McConnellsburg Food
Basket. Books were donated from throughout Franklin County. Volunteers
are planning the 7th annual book sale, to be held in November. Pictured from left: Mark Story, Habitat’s
executive director, receives a check for $2,150 from Scott Valentine, book sale chairman from Trinity
Lutheran Church, Greencastle.
4.) Chambersburg Hospital and the family of the late Kristin Runyon are accepting applications for the
annual Kristin Runyon Memorial Scholarship. Applications are being accepted until June 30. The
scholarship fund will award $2,000 each year to a student enrolled in a full-time registered nurse education
program. Applications are available from the Hospital’s HR Department and online at under the Careers section. Runyon was a registered nurse at Chambersburg
Hospital; she died in 2010. Pictured: The late Kristin Runyon
Corey Haldeman, owner of Haldeman’s Construction and Hockey Hock, owner of Factory Direct Carpets,
both of Chambersburg, raised money for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter’s Rallying to Relocate
Capital Campaign. Haldeman and Hock pledged to donate a
portion of their sales during February. Located at 2325 Country
Road, the independent, non-profit, community-supported
animal shelter provides shelter and adoption services for
animals in need. The shelter’s service area is comprised of
northern Franklin County and portions of southern Cumberland
County. The capital campaign recently entered the third and
final phase – the completion of the interior of the new facility
on Letterkenny Road. A number of events -- to raise funds and
awareness -- are planned for the year. For information, contact
Bill Gour at 717-263-5791 or [email protected]
5.) Verstanding Broadcasting’s BobRocks raised $6,675 to
benefit both United Way of Franklin County and United Way
of Washington County during its “Day Before the Day Before
Christmas” live broadcast. The event was a dramatic change
from the day-to-day show for BobRocks, as “The Bobs” hosted
the show from 2 to 7 p.m. live, including the reading of all
advertisements, skits etc. Even the bands that played were in
the studio, broadcasting without a safety net. Sponsors paid to
have their ads read or to talk to the listeners directly, companies
donated items to be raffled, bands paid to play, and listeners
paid for requests. For the United Way organizations, this was
an opportunity to connect with listeners from both
communities, as well as a boost for their campaign efforts.
BobRocks has been supporting the United Ways’ efforts for the
past three years with this event. Pictured from left: On-air
personality CrazyBob; Amy Hicks from United Way of Franklin
County, Addie Nardy from United Way of Washington County
and Blake Truman , station manager for BobRocks.
6.) Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter was the worthy cause
chosen to benefit from Orrstown Bank’s Operation Center’s
Groundhog Day “Phil Phestival.” Employees brought in items
on the shelter’s wish list and voted for their favorite dessert in
the Woodchuck Chocolate Challenge with monetary donations.
Winning the dessert challenge was, from left: Josh Welsh, Mary
Internet training
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customers. For example, he can show you
how to optimize your business’s Google
placement when someone searches the
Internet. “I’ll teach you ways to use the
Internet that you didn’t know existed – stuff
your competitors aren’t using,” Tosten said.
Tosten has researched the topic for years
and will present a summary of what he’s
learned at the three-hour seminar, to be
presented at Hays Development Center,
5121 Innovation Way, Chambersburg, from
8 to 11:30 a.m. The $49 cost includes a
continental breakfast.
Tosten’s seminar will include
information about cost-effective ways to
reach customers, including mobile
marketing. As he explains, “The average
American is already spending almost three
hours per day surfing the Internet from their
mobile devices. These millions of eyeballs
represent online traffic that is ready to hear
Asbury and Stacy Wagaman, at right. Linda Davenport, holding Patton, a
dog from the shelter, and Jennifer Vanderau, communications director for
CVAS, joined the winning team for a photo as CVAS received the donated
items and a check for $450.
From Feb. 12-18, The Orchards Restaurant, 1580 Orchard Drive,
Chambersburg, donated 10 percent of all sales to Chambersburg Hospital’s
cardiology services in support of heart care at Chambersburg Hospital.
Send your Giving Back news items to [email protected] by
the 10th of the month for publication in the next edition. News for the
April issue should be received by March 10.
your own promotional message.”
According to Tosten, mobile Internet is
expected to surpass traditional desktop
Internet usage by 2014. More than 200
million Facebook users access Facebook
using their mobile phones.
“Mobile marketing is taking off and if
you don’t get your business on board,
you’re going to be left behind,” Tosten
said. According to Tosten, many people
think that customers will find them if they
simply have a Web site. He’ll explain why
most Web sites do not rank well in search
engines, and he will offer advice on how to
make sure your business is “found” online.
He’ll show you how to use Facebook, too.
Tosten said it’s easier to track results
with online marketing. “You’ll be able to
see what’s working as opposed to
To register, go to events for March 30
at, call the
Chamber at 264-7101, or send an e-mail to
[email protected]
Send your
upcoming event
information, so
that it can be
added to our
Calendar of
Events on the Chamber Web
site, to [email protected]g.
Send your Giving Back story
or Members In The News
information to [email protected]
The Chamber wants to
share news about our
members with others!
IceFest is a winter
The 10th IceFest in late January
packed the streets of
Chambersburg, with visitors from
throughout Franklin County and
Pennsylvania. People came to
Chambersburg from Maryland,
Virginia and West Virginia, as
well as the Pennsylvania
communities of Biglerville,
Carlisle, Harrisburg, Hershey, McConnellsburg, New
Cumberland, Reading, York and many others. There also
were visitors from as far away as Tennessee and Wisconsin.
(We know because they signed the guest book at the
Chambersburg Heritage Center!)
After rain postponed the opening ceremonies, warmer than
usual temperatures caused the
sculptures to melt
prematurely on Saturday.
However, IceFest organizers
had the foresight to take
pictures of all of the
sculptures and to post them
by the melting structures,
thereby preserving the images
of the sculptures when at their
There were plenty of
activities to keep visitors
entertained and happy —
including a Polar Dunk
Plunge – a new event, and favorites such as the Chili
Cookoff, Scavenger Hunt, Snowfall Ball and fireworks.
◄Saying goodbye
Chamber President David G. Sciamanna, at
left, says goodbye to Athena DeFreest, at far
right, at a farewell gathering attended by coworkers and well-wishers from throughout
the community. DeFreest is moving from the
area after 11 years at the Chamber, where she
primarily worked for Chamber affiliates
Downtown Chambersburg Inc. and the
Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation.
Businesses are signing up for Community Market Day
Join the businesses signing up for the
Greater Chambersburg Chamber of
Commerce’s Community Market Day at
Chambersburg Mall. This is the fourth year
the Chamber is offering this low-cost
effective way for businesses to market
themselves at one of Franklin County’s
premier shopping destinations.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. on Saturday, March 3. Mall shoppers
can sample products or learn about
products and services.
Participants include Believe & Achieve
Fitness, Chambersburg Chiropractic,
Country Heart Sales, H. Ric Luhrs
Performing Arts Center, Harrisburg Area
Community College, Hornbaker’s
Landscaping, LIU12 Franklin County
Literacy Council, Luther Ridge Retirement
Community, Sam’s Club and
ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning,
Sleeping Cat Creations, Superior Floor
Coverings & Kitchens LLC, Valpak of
Cumberland Valley and Yo! Adrian.
Registration is open for single display
spaces and includes:
3-by-8-foot table with skirting
Business name in pre-event publicity and
an opportunity to display your banner.
Registration for this event is $50 for a
table, or $75 for two tables or $100 for
three tables.
Register at the Chamber, 100 Lincoln
Way East, or call us at 264-7101. You also
may register online at by clicking on
events for March 3.
LIU12 Franklin County Literacy
Council will be at Bonanza in the Mall on
March 3 in celebration of Read Across
America. Green Eggs and Ham will be
served at 8:30 a.m. and The Cat in the Hat
will make an appearance. The cost is $10
per person. Children who read 10 books
and bring the booklist to the event will
receive a free breakfast. Goody bags,
activities, and reading by community
leaders will be part of the fun.
Reservations are required; call 717-5044459, Ext 3505.
There also will be Boot Camp and
Cardio Interval Training presented by
Believe and Achieve Fitness, at 11:30 a.m.
and 1 p.m.
▲January mixer
A large crowd turned out for the Chamber
mixer at Montessori Academy of
Chambersburg, 875 Ragged Edge Road,
on Jan. 18. Students led tours of the
nonprofit, private school, which provided
food and entertainment for the evening.
The school offers instruction for early
childhood through middle school age
groups. Guided by the philosophy of Dr.
Maria Montessori, the academy immerses
students in a diverse community that
values creativity and nurtures each
student’s social, emotional and academic
For more information, see the Web
March 8, Lunch and Learn, “Demystify the
QR Code,” Chamber boardroom, 100 Lincoln
Way East, presented by Dennis Mickley of
ProForma Mickley Visual Media, 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
March 8, Legislative Luncheon , John Allison
Public House, 104 E. Baltimore St., Greencastle, Franklin County Council of Chambers
present state transportation secretary, 11:45
a.m. to about 1:30 p.m.
March 20, Chamber mixer, hosted by All
Occasion Florist and Spring Rise Landcaping,
2091 Edgewood Road, Chambersburg, 5-7 p.
State Sen. Richard Alloway, the Franklin
County Area Development Corp., and Franklin
County Careerlink are hosting a job fair at
Chambersburg Mall on April 12.
The job fair will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Businesses registering for the job fair should
be hiring in order to maximize opportunities
for prospective employees. Various human
services agencies will participate, too, and
provide information on services available to
the unemployed. Local colleges and
universities will be represented.
About 1,500 job seekers attended a similar
job fair last year. Job seekers should come
with resumes and be prepared to complete
applications on site. Workshops will be offered
throughout the day on such topics as resume
preparation and interview skills. Veterans can
learn about services available to them.
For more information, call Alloway’s office
at 717-264-6100 or
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Bring a friend to Chamber mixers and other
events and help to spread
awareness of our organization. Encourage
them to join the largest business advocacy
organization in Franklin County.
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are on our mailing list, too, so that they know
what’s happening with the largest business
advocacy organization in Franklin County.
March 22 – Dale Carnegie class begins,
Four Points Sheraton, 1123 Lincoln Way
East, Chambersburg, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
March 23 — Outdoor Living 1st anniv.,
1521 LWE, 11-1, ribbon-cutting at noon.
March 30 – “Savvy Marketing Through
Technology” seminar presented by Larry
E. Tosten Jr., Hays Development Center,
5121 Innovation Way, Chambersburg, 8 to
11:30 a.m.
March 31, Chamber Dinner/Dance, The
Orchards, 1580 Orchard Drive, Chambersburg, 6 to 11 p.m.
Don’t miss one of the largest Chamber
mixers of the year, when the Cinco de
Mayo Regional Mixer Fiesta will be held
Thursday, May 3. The event will be held
from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Conference Center
at Shippensburg University, 500 Newburg
RSVP to 717-532-5509 or [email protected]
To become a sponsor, contact Doug
Harmon at 717-264-7101, Ext. 202.
If you like to play golf and
enjoy a day outdoors with
friends, you’ll want to
participate in the Greater
Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce’s
golf tournament in June.
This year’s tournament will begin at 1
p.m. June 22 at Waynesboro Country Club,
which has a 6,600-yard championship
layout offering something for all levels of
golfers. The golf course has spectacular
views of the Appalachian Mountains, too.
Registration and lunch will begin at
11:30 a.m. Save the date of June 22 for this
fun event!
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Improve your
memory with
training on
April 25
Ever forget someone’s
name soon after you
were introduced? Or
forgotten something
else that’s important
in a business relationship? A simple slip of
the mind can result in thousands of dollars
in lost sales or credibility. The Greater
Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is
here to help you and your staff!
The Chamber has invited Matthew
Goerke, creator of the “Memory Switch
Program,” to Chambersburg on April 25 to
help our members remember names, give
presentations without notes, and have
information at their mental fingertips. Other
Chambers highly recommend Goerke’s 90minute program, as do other organizations
that have benefited from the training.
“When I do live demonstrations, people
are always amazed at my ability to
remember the names of dozens and dozens
of total strangers. I hear, “How did you DO
that?” a lot,” Goerke said.
“Quick recall is a skill, just like
swimming or riding a bike. Once you know
how to do it, you have that skill forever and
you can use it right when you need it,” he
Goerke has worked with such well
known speakers as Zig Zigler and Tony
Robbins and has trained executives,
students and teachers at all academic levels.
His workshop, “The Memory Switch,” will
teach people about the new advances in
memory technology as well as help them
achieve both business and personal goals.
The training in Chambersburg will be
held at Quality Inn and Suites, 1095 Wayne
Ave. The cost is $29 per person or $25 per
person if four or more people from a
Chambersburg Chamber-member
organization attend. The cost is $35 per
person for non-Chamber members. A
continental breakfast will be included.
Registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. The
breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the
training from 7:45 to 9 a.m.
To register for the training, go to and click on events
for April 25 and follow the link. Or, call the
Chamber at 717-264-7101 or e-mail
[email protected]
The Barrows Sollenberger Group, PC
Denise Barrows, Accountant
239 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, PA 17201
[email protected]
i360 Limited
Lane Thrush, Owner
442 Stouffer Ave.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
[email protected]
Real estate management
Fast Signs
Jay Sensenig, President
10 E. Walter Ave.
Greencastle, PA 17225
Someone at dinner/
dance will win getaway
The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of
Commerce’s Annual Dinner/Dance will be
on Saturday, March 31 at The Orchards
Restaurant, 1580 Orchard Drive. It will
feature live entertainment, four great meal
choices, door prizes and more.
The event is one of the Chamber’s
premier events each year and doubles as a
Chamber fundraiser and enjoyable night out
for Chamber members.
“Our invitation to the dance prominently
features a star. The stars of the Chamber are
our members, and we’d like for them to
attend the dinner and have a great time,”
said Kathy Leedy, events coordinator.
Chamber members should have received
their invitation in the mail in February.
Members who may not have received their
invitation can request one by calling Leedy
at 264-7101, Ext. 204.
The groups Triangle and Back to Back
will provide the musical entertainment.
Triangle will entertain during the social
hour beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner will be
served at 7 with Triangle performing light
[email protected]
Advertising, signs, graphics
Tech One Computer Solutions
Jeff Layton, Owner
433 Walker Road
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Computer Services
Simply Be More
Brandi Renee, Owner
501 Lincoln Way East, Suite 4
Chambersburg, PA 17201
[email protected]
Personal Assistance Services
McCleary’s Heating & Cooling LLC
Nicole McCleary
1031 S. Main St.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
(717) 263-3833
[email protected]
HVAC Mechanical Contractor
Educational Leadership Solutions, Inc.
Kevin Baer, Co-owner
52 W. King St.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
[email protected]
Computer Services: Web software
Aarons Sales & Lease
All Star Computers & Technology
Bollman Charter Service Inc.
Brad Etchberger, CPA
Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services
Patti Time Child Care Center, LLC
Phoenix Wellness
Subway/C&G Yohe Inc.
Traci's House of Coffee
Allstate Insurance Co/Don Moats Agency
Rita's of Chambersburg
State Farm Insurance/Gary E Siegfried
Grace Baptist Church (Reformed Baptist)
Ingram Book Group Inc.
Clerk of Courts
Luther Ridge Retirement Community
Bartlett Tree Expert Company
e-LYNXX Corporation
Oliver Water Group/Mountainside Coffee
jazz music during the meal,
particularly standards. Back to
Back will entertain from 8 to
11 p.m. The trio will present
dance hits from years ago right
up to the contemporary dance
music of today.
At the event, there will be
door prizes, including a
getaway sponsored by Boyer
and Ritter. The name of the
getaway winner will be drawn
The Inn at Ragged Edge is one of the getaway options
at 10 p.m. and the winner must for a lucky couple at the dinner/dance.
be present to win. The winner
will have a choice of getaway options
be used toward airline tickets, tour or cruise.
through UniQuest Chambersburg Travel,
Dinner/Dance tickets are $75 per person,
with tax included:
$150 per couple, or $600 for a table of eight.
●The Inn at Ragged Edge in
Sponsorship opportunities are available
Chambersburg – one night’s stay.
by calling Leedy at 264-7101, Ext. 204. In
●Bavarian Inn, Shepherdstown, W.V.,
addition to Boyer and Ritter, sponsors by
one night’s stay.
Feb. 10 included ACE Beverages,
●The Woods, Hedgesville, W.V., one
ChamberChoice, Decorating Den Interiors,
night’s stay plus day at The Woods’ facial
F&M Trust Co., Graphics Universal,
and massage package.
Manitowoc, MedExpress, Shook Home,
●King’s Cottage Bed and Breakfast,
Strickler Agency Inc., Summit Health and
Lancaster, – one night’s stay.
The Orchards. As of press time, there were
●UniQuest Chambersburg Travel gift
still opportunities to be an entertainment
certificate, in the amount of $300, which can
122 Madison Ave.
Waynesboro, PA 17268
[email protected]
Penn-Mar Oil Co. provides home
heating oil in Franklin and Cumberland
counties in Pennsylvania and Washington
County in Maryland. Third-generation
owners Thomas and Regina McKenzie
oversee a knowledgeable and friendly staff
that has developed Penn-Mar’s residential
oil delivery system. From humble beginnings with one truck and a hand bucket over
75 years ago to its current state-of-the-art
fleet – delivering millions of gallons of fuel
annually – one thing has not changed: The
company is committed to your family’s
home heating oil needs.
Penn-Mar Oil Co. has 24-hour emergency service for customers, for any type of
heating problem, any time of the day or
night. Penn-Mar’s expert Burner Service
department makes sure heating systems are
running their best. Penn-Mar also installs
top quality hot air furnaces, Burnham Boilers, and carries a complete line of replacement parts.
Penn Mar Oil Co.’s No Worry Automatic
Delivery Plan assures customers that they
will have oil all the time. They don’t have to
worry about running out of fuel. Penn-Mar
also offers convenient monthly payment
plans that avoid high fuel bills when it’s cold
by stretching lower payments throughout the
When customers have Penn-Mar Oil Co.
on their side, they have peace of mind -knowing that they are dealing with true
professionals that will take care of their
heating oil needs.
of the community
who are dedicated
to helping others
within their
community and
Civitans have been
doing that since the
organization’s founding in 1917. From
collecting food for a homeless shelter, to
volunteering at retirement homes, to
building playgrounds for children with
disabilities, Civitans are there to help when
a need arises.
Civitan has adopted a special emphasis
on helping people with developmental
disabilities. Civitans carry out this mission
by supporting Special Olympics, funding
and organizing special camps and events,
and countless other efforts. In fact, Civitan
played a role in establishing Occupational
Services Inc. in Chambersburg.
Chambersburg Civitan is looking for
new members and will be holding an
informational meeting March 19.
Membership is open to all members of the
community at least 18 years of age. Please
see the newsletter insert for information and
your invitation to learn more. Or contact
Melissa Miller, charter president, at
[email protected] or 717-8162252.
Chambersburg Area Civitan meets the
first and third Mondays of each month from
11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Orchards
software, installation,
implementation, training and
We were established in
2001 with an ad in the Franklin
Shopper and found our niche through a
continuing relationship with Drake
Orthodontics in Chambersburg. Though we
have clients as far away as California, we
really love our local customers!
On the medical front, MacAnswer works
with all specialties in medical, dental,
optometric and chiropractic practices. We
are able to integrate the Macs with most
diagnostic systems and peripherals -- even
those using Windows operating systems.
We offer practice management systems as
simple or complex as you need, from
scheduling to complete Electronic Health
Record solutions. And we can set up
HIPAA-compliant remote access.
For our legal customers (or anyone else
who needs a powerful organizational tool)
we provide a single software product that
stores and links your contacts, cases and
case timelines, business opportunities,
calendar/appointments, inbound and
outbound e-mails and telephone call notes,
internal task assignments between all users,
templates, and offers remote access via
iPhone or iPad. A billing module can be
added if desired. Sound too good to be
true? We use this solution in our business
and we love it!
MacAnswer is the answer for Macbased business!
Chambersburg Area Civitan Club
Contact: Melissa Miller
Phone: 717-816-2252
[email protected]
The same service organization that did
so much in the past for the Chambersburg
area is back in action. While the former
Chambersburg Civitan Club is no longer
active, Chambersburg has a brand new
club, chartered in late 2011, to pick up
where the former club left off.
Civitan International is a volunteer
service organization with clubs all over the
world. Each club is made up of members
MacAnswer, Inc.
Scott Hughey
550 Cleveland Ave., Suite 115
Chambersburg, PA 17202
[email protected]
MacAnswer provides complete solutions
to businesses who want the stability and
features of MacIntosh-based systems, with
a specific focus on medical and legal
practices. MacAnswer offers hardware and
Brechbill & Helman Construction Co.
Inc. of Chambersburg has been awarded a
$1.1 million contract for the construction of
a new Hoss’s Steak & Sea House to be
located at 30 Falling Spring Road in
Chambersburg. The 7,700 square-foot
restaurant will have a seating capacity of
250 with construction completion scheduled
for June. The site engineer is Martin and
Martin of Chambersburg.
The Franklin County Area Development
Corp. will host a 1940s USO-themed
Spring Fling in celebration of Letterkenny
Army Depot’s 70th Anniversary on March
10, in Jensen Dining Hall at Wilson
College. The evening will begin at 6:30
p.m. and will include dinner, drinks and live
entertainment provided by Swing Dance
Band, Jump Alley. Tickets are on sale for
$35 each and can be purchased in the Public
Affairs Office in Bldg. 10. Attendees are
encouraged to dress in 1940s/WW II-era
garb. Contact
[email protected] or 717-2675482 for further detail.
Letterkenny Army Depot is looking for
former female employees from the 1940s
through the early 1970s to participate in a
group panel discussion in recognition of
Women’s History Month. The Federal
Women’s Program Committee of
Letterkenny is hosting the discussion
focusing on a woman’s perspective of
working at Letterkenny and the changes that
occurred throughout their careers. The
program will be held in Building 10
(Headquarters Building) on March 22, from
11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. For information,
contact Kim Raley at 267-5223 or Becky
Chilcote at 267-9604 by March 9.
Chambersburg Hospital’s Laboratory
received accreditation from The
Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of
the College of American Pathologists,
following an on-site inspection. The
laboratory, under the direction of Dr.
Michael J. Rupp, was recognized for
providing quality laboratory services. The
hospital’s lab also received accreditation for
its blood transfusion services from the
American Association of Blood Banks.
A ceremony was
held Jan. 20, at
the Summit
Health Center at
757 Norland
Chambersburg, to
rename the
surgery center the
Dr. Roy A.
Surgery Center in honor of Roy A.
Himelfarb, DDS. According to Dr. Roger
Robertson, president of the Chambersburg
Hospital Medical Executive Committee and
orthopedic surgeon at Summit
Orthopaedics, Dr. Himelfarb consistently
displayed his medical leadership throughout
the last 35 years, as a president of the
hospital medical staff, a Chambersburg
Hospital and Summit Health board member,
and a founding member of the outpatient
surgery center. Pictured: Dr. Roy A.
Himelfarb and wife Deborah
Summit Health expanded its cardiology
practice in January when cardiologists from
the former Keystone cardiology practice
transitioned to Summit Health, and a new
Endocrinology practice opened Feb. 1. Both
practices are accepting new patients.
Summit Cardiology is located in Summit
Health Center – Building 1, at 755 Norland
Ave., Suite 201, in Chambersburg. Summit
Cardiology provides prevention services,
diagnostic tests, and treatment for heart
patients. Patients can call (717) 217-6944
for information. Summit Endocrinology
replaced Summit Diabetes & Nutrition
Services on Feb. 1 and is in Summit Health
Center – Building 2, at 757 Norland Ave.,
Suite 210, in Chambersburg. For
appointments, call (717) 217-6820.
Chemotherapy patients at Summit Cancer
and Hematology Services who need blood
tests before each appointment now have a
more convenient option. The affiliate of
Summit Health has installed a complete
blood count instrument at 755 Norland
Ave., Chambersburg. Patients will no
longer need to make an extra trip the day
before treatment. And, doctors will receive
immediate results -- the levels of red blood
cells, white blood cells and platelets. For
information, call (717) 262-HOPE.
Lisa Cole, president and owner of LBK
Transport Inc., has been named a
2011/2012 Professional Woman of the Year
by the National Association of Professional
Women. Cole oversees a worldwide
shipping operation, providing a crucial
service to small- and medium-sized
businesses in the Northeast. The association
has 200,000 members.
Orrstown Financial Services Inc. reported
a net loss for the year ended Dec. 31, of $23
million. Thomas R. Quinn Jr., president &
CEO, said, “Our strong capital levels
allowed us to take proactive steps to
strengthen the Company’s balance sheet.
While the non-cash, nonrecurring, charge to
goodwill affects short-term earnings, it has
minimal impact on our regulatory capital
ratios or tangible book value.”
Ken Brookens has joined
Orrstown Bank as VP,
business development
officer. He formerly worked
at F&M Trust, where he was
employed as a Commercial
Services Relationship
Manager. Previously, he
had served as loan review
officer, consumer lender and
credit analyst.
Orrstown Bank announced these
promotions and new roles for Chad
Rydbom, VP and business development
officer for the Shippensburg region; Angela
Tatum , assistant VP, business development
officer for the West Shore region; Colby
Windholz, assistant VP, business
development officer for the Carlisle region;
Crystal Stine, AVP/project management and
marketing officer.Tim Holder was promoted
to loan operations manager. Holder’s new
role resulted in Reed VanDerlyke’s
promotion to Insight Project Manager.
Tricia A. Baney of
Newburg has joined the
F&M Trust as Credit
Recovery Officer. Baney
brings nearly 14 years of
experience in the financial
services industry to F&M
Trust. Most recently she
was director of credit
recovery at Patriot Federal
Credit Union, where she
previously served as assistant vice president
– loan quality and senior branch manager.
Alice A. Dubbs of
Orrstown recently joined
F&M Trust as risk
management specialist.
Dubbs has more than 31
years of banking
experience. She began her
banking career as a teller,
and served as bookkeeper,
executive secretary to the
bank president, and loan
processing supervisor. Most recently, she
was assistant VP – loan operations officer,
where she had oversight of the loan
processing department.
Smith Elliott Kearns &
Company, LLC,
announced these personnel
moves: Peter O. McDonald,
CPA and Jessica L.
Mihalov, CPA were
promoted to the position of
manager with the firm.
Margaret E. Eldridge,
K. Geiman,
MaryBeth Hockenberry
and Leighton P. Stiffler
were promoted from
senior associate to
supervisor. Amy K.
Brousse, Tyler L.
Clugston, Jennifer G. Day,
Nicole E. Shives and
Mark A. Hill were
promoted from staff
associate to senior associate. Jaimie S.
Kaufman was promoted from accounting/
bookkeeping associate to staff associate.
Ashley N. Poole was promoted from
accounting clerk to staff associate. Deborah
L. Meckley was promoted from accounting/
bookkeeping associate to supervising
Dr. Cory Seylar, associate of Ludwick Eye
Center, was one of the first optometrists in
the nation to become board certified by the
American Board of Optometry. Dr. Seylar
passed the Board Certification Examination
administered in November 2011. To attain
this honor, Dr. Seylar completed an
accredited residency and rigorous postgraduate activities. He then passed an
examination on optometry. This
achievement earned Dr. Seylar the title of
Diplomate, American Board of Optometry.
Dr. Seylar sees patients in the
Chambersburg, Waynesboro and
Hagerstown offices of Ludwick Eye Center.
Michael Jackson has been
elected the next president of
the Board of Governors at
the Chambersburg
Country Club. He
previously served as Swim
Chairman. Jackson is Chief
Operating Officer at eLYNXX Corp. For
information about
membership or hosting your
event at the Club, call 263-
8296 or visit
Andrew O. Mackey has
completed five years of
service with Valley Agency
Co. and is responsible for new
business development in the
Chambersburg agency.
Laura E. Raifsnider has
obtained her Certified
Insurance Service
Representative designation
by completing a five-part
course. She has completed
four years of employment
with Valley Agency Co.
Stacey B. Rickard
completed 10 years of
service with Valley
Agency Co. and has her
PA State Insurance
License and CSR and
CISR designations.
Capitol Theatre in
Chambersburg will
present “Honky Tonk
Angels,” at 8 p.m. April
20. This musical spotlights three women
who gamble everything for a chance to
become country music stars. The show
features 20 classics including “Stand by
Your Man,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,”
“Harper Valley PTA,” “Nine-to-Five,”
“Ode to Billie Joe” and “Harper Valley
PTA.” The Artie Show Orchestra will
perform at 7 p.m. May 2, presenting big
band music from the swing era. For tickets,
see or call
(717) 263-0202.
Mommy &
Me Art &
Classes have
started again
at Capitol
Theatre, 159
S. Main St.,
and are open
to children
age 18 months
to prekindergarten.
Classes will
be from 10
to10:45 a.m. Wednesdays. No reservations
are required. Participants can show up for
one class or several in the Wood Center of
the theater. The cost per child per session
is $5. Some have a minimal cost for
supplies. Classes include sessions on kitemaking, March 7; St. Patrick’s Day, March
14; flowers, March 21; Easter, March 28
and April 4 (April 4 includes an egg hunt).
Pictured: Dawn Bergquist and Addyson, 3.
Chambersburg Community Theatre is
presenting “The Sound of Music” on the
Capitol Theatre stage, 159 S. Main St. in
Chambersburg on March 23-25 and March
30-April 1. Friday and Saturday shows
begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows start
at 2 p.m. For details,
Wilson College has an art exhibit
featuring the work of area high school
students. The exhibit, free and open to the
public, continues through March 16 in the
Bogigian Gallery on the second floor of
Lortz Hall. A total of 115 works of art
were submitted by 54 high school students
from five counties. The exhibit is the first
of its kind at Wilson, and is an opportunity
for students to showcase their work and
have it judged by the college art faculty.
For information, contact
[email protected] or
717-264-4141, Ext. 3305.
The Chambersburg premiere of the film,
“Route 30, Too!” will be held at Capitol
Theatre on Sept. 8-9. The film is written,
produced and directed by John Putch, and
his sister, Pam Putch, is the associate
producer of the second in the “Route 30”
trilogy of films. Totem Pole Playhouse’s
Ray Ficca and Wil Love are among the
cast, as is Curtis Armstrong, who was in
the first film. For those who haven’t seen
the original “Route 30,” it is available at
Coyle Free Library.
Register to vote at Coyle Free Library
during all open hours from March 19-23.
Zachary OHora visits Grove Family
Library at 10 a.m. and Besore Memorial
Library at 5:30 p.m. on March 26 to talk
to children about his book “Stop Snoring,
Letterkenny Army Depot received a
Shingo award for the seventh time, the
prestigious Bronze Medallion for the
Aviation Ground Power Unit Value
Stream. Prior awards include Bronze
Shingo Medallions in 2010 for the
PATRIOT (Phased Array Tracking Radar
Intercept On Target) Missile System;
Biological Integrated Detection Systems
Manufacturing Process in 2008; and
Power Generation Equipment repair in
2007. Letterkenny’s Silver Shingo
Medallions include High Mobility
Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle
(HMMWV) Recapitalization in 2007;
HMMWV Recapitalization in 2006; and
PATRIOT Recapitalization in 2005.
The Chamber publishes Members in
the News items for members at no
charge. Send news items to
[email protected] by the 10th
of the month, for publication in the
next edition.
Learn how to improve
leadership skills
For Kim Holtry, the
chance to take her
leadership skills to
the next level is an
opportunity she
didn’t want to miss. She and nine coworkers from Franklin County Head Start
are among those planning to hear renowned
leadership expert Scott Eblin when he
comes to Franklin County on April 17.
Leadership Franklin County Advanced,
a program offered by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, is bringing
Eblin to the area. He will present a program
between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Green Grove
Gardens, Greencastle. Eblin is an executive
coach and author of the book “The Next
Level,” which will be included with the
The cost to attend is $250 per person
and $999 for a table of five. The price
includes continental breakfast, lunch,
snacks and Eblin’s book. To register by
April 6, contact the Chamber at 264-7101
or register online at Contact Noel
Purdy, executive director of the Foundation, with questions at 264-7101, Ext. 207,
or e-mail her at
[email protected]
Holtry, human resources manager at
Head Start and a graduate of the Leadership Franklin County Community program,
said of Eblin’s presentation: “The program
itself looks very interesting, and it is very
timely.” Franklin County Head Start has
more than 100 employees and this is an
excellent training opportunity for them,
Holtry said. For Holtry, an added plus is
the training is accepted by the Society of
Human Resource Management for certification purposes.
About 20 are likely to attend from
Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals,
said Sherri Stahl, chief nursing officer.
Stahl serves as a member of the Greater
Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce’s
Board of Directors and is a Steering Committee member of the Chamber Foundation’s Advanced Leadership program.
Eblin was highly recommended, Stahl said.
“We felt his message would connect well
with our audience,” giving them an opportunity to grow and network with others.
“Any opportunity is a plus; leading is
learning,” Stahl said.
“This workshop is ideal for all levels of
leaders -- employees moving into new
leadership roles, and project and functional
teams,” Purdy said. Through various exercises and discussion formats, the workshop
will help attendees:
●Pick up new behaviors and let go of
old ones as they transition into new leadership roles.
●Learn simple tools to increase leadership impact immediately.
Through his coaching, writing and
speaking, Eblin has helped thousands of
leaders. Eblin is the co-founder and president of The Eblin Group Inc. and he blogs
regularly on leadership.
Businesses invited to join Student Career Expo at SU
Businesses are invited to participate in the
Franklin County Student Career Expo,
which will be held at Shippensburg
University on May 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
School districts and businesses from
across Franklin County, as well as more
than 1,500 high school sophomores, have
the opportunity to participate.
Business participation could include
being an exhibitor, speaking with students,
presenting breakout sessions, sponsoring the
event or all three. Students will have the
opportunity to learn about careers and
searching for jobs, consider postsecondary
options (including financing their
education), and educational requirements.
The Greater Chambersburg Chamber
Foundation (Franklin County Student
Career Expo Committee) is sponsoring this
The event will include a keynote
speaker, exhibitors, breakout sessions, an
entrepreneurial competition and door
The deadline to register is March 31.
For information, see the flyer in this issue
or contact Sandra Traynor, principal of the
Franklin County Career and Technology
Center, at 717-263-9033 or
[email protected]
Reception is opportunity to
learn about Leadership program
re you interested in connecting with
the community and developing leadership skills? If so, Leadership Franklin
County Community is starting recruitment
for the 2012-2013 program year.
To learn more, come speak with current
students, alumni and steering committee
members on Wednesday, April 11 from 5
to 6:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center, 100
Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg. Beer,
wine and hord'ourves will be available.
Hundreds of people have participated in
the program since the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, a Chamber of
Commerce affiliate, began the program
more than 25 years ago.
If you wish to attend the reception,
RSVP to [email protected]
by April 6. Visit the Leadership Franklin
County page at or check
out the program on facebook.
New school to offer
enhanced career
guidance, training
Chambersburg Area School District will be
opening a new school later this year, the
Chambersburg Area Career Magnet
School. It is being built next to the Franklin
County Career and Technology Center on
Loop Road. The district plans to offer tours
of the school in August and open it for the
2012-13 school year.
The school will give students and their
families more choice in their education. Dr.
Joe Padasak, district superintendent, said
students in grades 9-12 “will have more
options than any group of students before
them.” It is school choice within a public
school realm, he said.
Students and their parents filled the
Chambersburg Area Senior High School
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Career Magnet School
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auditorium on Jan. 19 to learn more about
the school and career opportunities available in the area. They learned that the new
school will offer more customized education and more flexible schedules for about
500 students, with a focus on science,
technology, engineering and math. There
will be smaller class sizes, enhanced career
guidance, state-of-the-art technology and
the opportunity for earlier graduation – with
the goal of improving the transition from
school to the workplace.
Chris Bigger, the district’s director of
curriculum, said another goal is to increase
the number of students who go on to higher
education. “Fifty percent is not good
enough in my book. Our goal is to improve
Some area employers have said they
have difficulty finding workers with certain
skills – welders and precision machinists,
for example. Because of the aging workforce, there is a need to train a new generation of workers for jobs in health care,
construction and trades.
Mike Ross, president of the Franklin
County Area Development Corp., said
Franklin County recently lost a major
project to Virginia because the company
questioned whether it could find the skilled
workforce it needed.
Noel Purdy, executive director of the
Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, spoke about, a Web
site the Foundation created. It includes job
postings as well as resources for employers and job seekers. She said the career
opportunities “in our own backyard” are
impressive. Teachers can learn about
career opportunities for their students
through the Foundation’s Educator in the
Workplace program.
Ross said the top manufacturers in the
county expect to hire up to 1,000 people
between June 2011 and June 2012, both
“blue collar and white collar.”
Leslie Baker and David Reese, who
work in HR for Volvo Construction
Equipment, stressed that opportunities are
greatest for those who continue their
education after high school.
Incentives available to assist downtown business, property owners
Downtown Chambersburg Inc. has several
incentives to help downtown business and
property owners. The façade improvement
program provides a dollar-for-dollar grant
up to $2,500. Eligible projects include
signage, awnings, painting, window replacement etc.
Since 2000, DCI has completed 74
projects that totaled $355,128 in private
investment and paid out $110,500 in
grants. DCI administers this program,
funded by a grant from the Department of
Community and Economic Development,
on behalf of the Borough of Chambersburg.
A new program is the Anchor Building
Revolving Loan Fund. This program originated with a grant from the PA Department
of Community and Economic Development,
to the Borough of Chambersburg, who, in
turn, loaned the funds to the Chambersburg
Area Development Corp. for the purpose of
developing the Chambersburg Heritage
Center in 2004.
Principal and interest payments have
been made by CADC to the Borough, on a
monthly basis, since January 2005 -- the
basis of this Revolving Loan Fund, which
will increase over a 30-year period to more
than $250,000. The Anchor Building Fund
is designed to stimulate new and emerging
business investment in the Downtown
Business District and Elm Street Neighborhood area of Chambersburg.
Primarily, this fund will provide capital
for façade loans, building improvement
loans, and equipment purchase loans within
the Main Street and Elm Street areas, each
collateralized by “personal guarantees” and
the “property” being improved.
In the absence of a qualifying Anchor
Building Project, these funds will be used to
assist non-anchor building-related property
improvement needs, which may also support space upgrades for new and emerging
small businesses. Note: A small portion of
each loan (less than 50%) may be applied
to working capital needs of businesses
within the property, but must also be collateralized and personally guaranteed by the
borrower and/or tenant business owner.
The maximum loan amount is $25,000
or 50% of the total project cost; whichever
is lower, subject to the availability of funds
in the Revolving Loan Fund.
Examples of eligible projects include:
Interior shop partitioning and surface
Permanent counters and shelving.
Electrical, lighting, HVAC and plumbing upgrades.
Acquisition and installation of business
fabrication equipment.
Exterior fastened signage.
For more information, contact Noel Purdy,
DCI president, at 264-7101, Ext. 207.
Leadership students get ethics lesson
possibly be misinterpreted.
Each panel participant described
Students also learned about law
their current role in the community and
enforcement in Franklin County and heard
how they feel ethics is important in their
from Sheriff Dane Anthony and
profession. Real-life examples were
Pennsylvania State Police Officers Brad
provided on how daily decisions are
Ford and Gary Carter. County statistics
affected by ethics and power and how
were provided to the students to compare
Franklin County Sheriff Dane Anthony discusses law
their beliefs guide their behavior.
enforcement in the county.
crime of a few years ago versus today.
For example, Judge Meyers
Students learned how the different levels of
discussed being a public figure and its
Leadership Franklin County students recently
law enforcement work together and the
effects. Pastor Boozer explained how there
observed a panel discussion on ethics and
importance of each.
must be a balance between personal and
power and its effects on leadership. The
Students participated in role-playing
church issues. For example, she recognizes
panel included Franklin County Judge Shawn
activities and prepared responses regarding
that her role in the church affects how she is
Meyers, District Attorney Matt Fogal, Pastor
how they would respond as a witness and
perceived, so she aims to be a positive role
Meagan Boozer and County Commissioner
what they would do at an incident.
model and avoid situations that could
Bob Ziobrowski.
Greater Chambersburg
Permit #7
Chambersburg, PA
of Commerce
100 Lincoln Way East
Suite A
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Students observe trial, visit with county judge
Leadership Franklin County Youth students
spent a morning at the Franklin County
Courthouse under the guidance of Judge
Carol Van Horn and Lauri Davis Ryder, an
LFC Youth steering committee member and
employee of Franklin County Drug and
Judge Van Horn explained how the
public court system works and the variety of
career opportunities available in law. She
also encouraged students to visit the courthouse and extended an invitation to them to
shadow her in the future. Students observed
a civil trial after Judge Van Horn explained
what they would see. She discussed the court
session with students afterward, too.
Youth leadership students spent the
afternoon in the boardroom at the Chambers-
burg Heritage
Center, learning
another Practice of
Exemplary Leadership, Encourage the
Heart. Maria
Banks, LFC Youth
Steering Committee
member, facilitated
several exercises
that demonstrated
why it’s important Franklin County Judge Carol Van Horn speaks to leadership students .
for leaders to pay
attention to little things, affirm their peers and engage in meaningful interactions with
everyone around them.
Leadership Franklin County Youth is recruiting students for the next school year. The
deadline for applications is March 6. Go to www.franklincountyworks and click on Leadership Franklin County for an application.
Teens learn
about business
Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week annually graduates about 1,500 high
school students with an
understanding of free market economics. PFEW
holds sessions in July and
August. The Chamber encourages local companies
and civic organizations to
provide sponsorships and,
if possible, volunteers for
sessions. Every student
attends PFEW on a fully
tax-deductible $525 scholarship. To learn more, visit or contact
John Trombetta at (814)
833-9576, Ext. 1.