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October 17, 2017 12:05 PM

Grand Re-Opening: Comfort Inn

Congrats Comfort Inn! They celebrated their new location and extensive remodel today with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony attended by family, friends, staff and prominent business leaders in the community.

Comfort Inn is located at 3648 Olde Scotland Road in Chambersburg and offers complimentary breakfast, free WiFi, beautiful views of the countryside, a new fitness center, accommodations on three levels, easy access to Interstate 81 and much more. Learn more about them by clicking here or call 717-264-6288.

October 6, 2017 1:28 PM

Ribbon Cutting: DICE Office Equipment

Congratulations! DICE Office Equipment celebrated their new location at 20 Commerce Ave. in Greencastle with family, friends, staff and community business leaders. 

They aim to make finding, repairing and operating office equipment as easy as it should be with quality products at fair prices. Stop in and learn more about their business or contact them at 1-800-495-3423 or

September 25, 2017 9:20 AM

Ribbon Cutting: The Shook Home Rehabilitation & Wellness Center

Congrats to The Shook Home for the grand opening of their new Rehabilitation and Wellness Center! They celebrated with many community leaders and Shook Home residents at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 22. Guests got to tour the new facility while enjoying delicious food from Main Street Deli and Catering...

September 6, 2017 3:21 PM

Ribbon Cutting: R.E.M. Staffing Agency

Welcome R.E.M. Staffing Agency to the Chambersburg Chamber! Many well-wishers gathered at their business to welcome them to the Chamber and their Chambersburg location during their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 456 Gateway Avenue in Chambersburg. 
R.E.M. is a M.B.E. Certified Company helping local employers find the talent they need. They also help find candidates new careers. Stop in and register with them at their office, call 717-491-8401 or click here:

August 30, 2017 11:18 AM

Community Effort: Houston Relief

by Lark Plessinger, Marketing Manager at Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

UPDATE 9/15/17: Community collections for Hurricane Harvey relief continue until Tuesday, September 19th.  The main drop off area is at Green Steam Solutions, 540 5th avenue is Chambersburg. News Talk 103.7 FM will be on site that day from 5-7pm as the final truck doors close. 
The service project started with the Carll and Hissong families with a goal to fill one truck, today they have filled two trucks, and with a few days left to donate believe they can fill three trucks before they head to Texas. Donations can also be made for fuel (estimated cost is $3,000). Cash or VISA gift cards for the gas expense may be submitted to Green Steam Solutions or by calling Steve Carll 717-658-0911 or Dr. Kelly Rife at 717-372-3516. 

Items for Houston Relief Efforts are being collected Aug. 30 through Sept. 19 in Chambersburg. Gabler Trucking will place a trailer at 540 Fifth Ave. next to TB Woods. Specific items needed are bottled water, baby diapers, adult diapers (Depends), personal care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair brushes, mouth wash).  They also need crayons, coloring books, reading books for kids, baby bottles, blankets for adults and kids, socks, underwear.  If there are other items that you would like to donate, please do so.

Special thanks to Green Stream Solutions, LLC and Heritage In-Home Services for spearheading this community drive to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

*An Additional Drop Off Point has been added for this effort.  Kim Stouffer - State Farm Agent is collecting items until 5 pm on Friday September 15 and will transport the items to the truck. Kim's office is at 1130 Kennebec Drive in Chambersburg.

 For more information regarding this effort, the contacts are:

Steve Carll, Green Stream Solutions

(717) 658-0193 or (717) 658-0911  

Peg Carll or April Kennedy, Heritage In-Home

(717) 593-0242 or (717) 377-5980

This is what we do best; we help each other in times of need. Please join us in supporting this community relief effort for those in need. Thank you.


Relax Lounge at The Orchards (1580 Orchards Drive, Chambersburg) will be gather supplies, food and water on Saturday September 2, 2017 between 3 pm and 7 pm.  Please come out and donate what you can! For more information contact the Orchards at 717-264-4711.


If any other organizations from the Chambersburg area are organizing relief efforts, please contact Lark at to be added to this article.

August 30, 2017 9:22 AM

Public Transportation Options in Chambersburg

By Jenna Reedy, director external affairs, rabbittransit

Franklin County is Hopping - Getting to Know rabbittransit

One of the area's regional transportation options is rabbittransit. We offer public transportation to a 10-County region, including the residents of Franklin County. Nearly 8,000 people depend on rabbittransit each day to get to work, medical facilities, school and other life-sustaining activities. 

On April 1, 2016, rabbittransit became the Shared Ride Coordinator for Franklin County after being appointed by the Franklin County Commissioners. Under the partnership agreement, the Franklin County Transportation Department transitioned from being a county-based department and was consolidated into the rabbittransit organization.

rabbittransit offers “Shared Ride” service, sometimes referred to as “Paratransit.” This door-to-door service is a public transportation program that transports multiple people who are traveling in one direction at one time. Shared Ride service is based on demand. This requires passengers to be flexible with their travel schedules, however, suggested travel guidelines are in place to guide customers accordingly.  

There is a required application process. Participants must register for the program and advance reservation is required for trips. Passengers call for pick-up times the business day before. Transportation fares or “co-pays” vary, depending upon age and eligibility for funding subsidization programs. The Senior Shared Ride program assists riders with visits to the grocery store, senior centers, banks, adult day care, medical appointments, social services, fitness centers, physical therapy and work.

Customers are able to utilize an automated call back system, rider alert feature, trip reminders and imminent arrival calls that are designed to make sure riders reach their destination.                         

rabbittransit’s Mobility Planning Department provides support for Shared Ride service. They offer outreach presentations to groups and individualized travel training to ensure riders fully understand the services available and feel comfortable accessing them. Mobility planners can also address possible mobility barriers and how to overcome those challenges. All rabbittransit vehicles are ADA accessible. 

As part of a larger initiative, rabbittransit offers a program called “Find My Ride PA” to Franklin County residents. The project allows riders to not only identify transportation options in their county, but actually book a ride with just their date of birth and rabbittransit ID number through the website using a computer or smartphone. Additionally, an expansion to the FindMyRidePA project allows riders to find out when their Shared Ride bus is arriving by logging on to the website.

Additionally, rabbittransit is participating in an innovative pilot program that was previously announced by Governor Wolf in October 2016. PennDOT received a special $1.2 million federal grant that will underwrite the pilot program to enhance Access to Care opportunities, which could potentially integrate medical appointments with ride scheduling in Franklin, Adams and York counties.

“Daily patients at Keystone Health miss health appointments in medical, dental and behavioral health because they lack access to transportation,” said Keystone’s President and CEO Joanne Cochran. “I believe this program has the potential to greatly reduce missed appointments and result in improved health outcomes. Access to care is a pressing public health concern, and greater access to care has been related to better health status, more frequent use of preventive services, and lower hospitalization rates. This funding will allow us to help improve community health, and it was a pleasure to work with rabbittransit and the Department of Transportation on it.”

“rabbittransit is excited to work on a project that focuses on the removal of transportation barriers and provides easier access to health care to help our community achieve its wellness goals,” added Richard Farr, rabbittransit executive director.

rabbittransit assists residents in having a more active and independent lifestyle.  Visit the website or call 1-800-632-9063 for more information on how to get started and “hop” on rabbittransit! 

          rabbittransit, a regional public transportation provider, offers a variety of transportation services to the residents of Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Franklin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Perry, Union and York Counties.  More than 8,000 people depend on rabbittransit each day to get to work, medical facilities, school and other life-sustaining activities.  rabbittransit is dedicated to helping all residents in the region get to where they want to go.

August 14, 2017 8:36 AM

Chamber Travel Club: Italy Bound!

By Abbey Holland, Intern, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

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The Chamber Travel Club is headed to Italy, the exotic beauty of Europe, from November 6-15, 2018. The trip will explore Rome, Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Chianti Winery, Venice, Murano Island and Milan. Travelers will enjoy the best of Italy with members of their local community while also supporting small businesses.

The tour, "Reflections of Italy" is hosted by Chamber member, Kay Estep of Kay's World Class Travel with the tour guided by Collette. The Chamber is excited to present this magical 10-day trip for only $3,999* for two people. This price covers airfare, hotels, transportation, food and much more.

“This is a perfect tour because it is a great overview of all of Italy's must-see's," said Kay Estep. "Venice is so enchanting as you work your way along the many canals and even more bridges and visit the legendary Bridge of Sighs.  I love all of Italy and cannot pinpoint just one experience.  As my daughter, Tiffany, said after accompanying me this year, it's so awesome; you just have to see it to believe the beauty and don't do it justice.’”

Upon arriving in Italy, the tour will begin in Rome, otherwise known as the “Eternal City.” The next day will start the exploration of Rome and its streets that are teeming with history and alluring culture. Half of this day is a scheduled locally guided tour of the Piazza Venezia, the expansive Circus Maximus, the renowned Piazza Navona, the Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum. For the remainder of that day, it will be up to you!

The next few days consist of visiting Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, the medieval town of Perugia, the beautiful and mysterious city of Siena, and then will continue your journey to Florence. When in Florence, you will be able to experience the wonder of the Renaissance with a visit to the Academy Gallery, the Cathedral of Santa Maria and many more enchanting sites.

Continuing on your adventure, the next segment of your trip will consist of visiting a historic winery in Venice, witnessing an up-close glass making demonstration on Murano Island and then make your way to St. Mark’s Square where you can choose to join a local expert to tour the square or explore the Castello Sestiere district.

As your journey comes to an end, you will tour the beautiful city of Milan, stopping at the famous Opera House La Scala, the Domo, a majestic Gothic cathedral and Milan’s well-known fashion district. Your final stop will be a visit to Milan Malpensa in the morning, then you will return home.

Please contact Lark Plessinger, at 717-264-7101 ext. 206 or at, for more information, as well as to sign up for the Chamber Travel Club. For more details on the trip, contact Kay Estep at 717-360-1593 or at

*Prices are subject to change prior to making full payment.

 Click here to view the full itinerary and pricing.


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