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August 10, 2018 1:45 PM

Member Spotlight: Over Achieve Fitness

Did you know Franklin County is one of the most obese counties in the United States? Over-Achieve Fitness is determined to change that!


Over-Achieve Fitness is dedicated to everyone who believed in Mike Over. Being able to grow as a trainer and friend has allowed OAF to grow together with fitness and relationships. We have a true support system, full of love and faith in one another. We hope to continue to grow and develop Chambersburg into one of the fittest gyms in the state! We pride ourselves in having the best and most experienced staff that will help you reach your goals.


Here at OAF we specialize in athlete training with incredible 1v1 and group workouts for all levels. We are available to train with personal sessions and with all types of group training sessions. Some of our other services include strength training, conditioning, cycling/spinning and more.


We invite you to come see why OAF has been voted one of the top fitness facilities in the area year after year. Come check out our facility in Franklin Shopping Center in Chambersburg, PA (behind Dick's Sporting Goods). Mike Over is our owner, leader and trainer!


Thank you for your membership!


Is your business interested in being spotlighted? Contact Laiton Suders at or 717-264-7101.

August 2, 2018 2:07 PM

Member Spotlight: Discount Mart


Discount Mart is a family-owned business. The owners are from Silver Spring, MD and the Bronx, NY. This is the third store they have opened and they chose Chambersburg as the site of their most recent enterprise because the people of Franklin County are some of the nicest people they have met.


Discount Mart has been in business for over 40 years and the Chambersburg store was opened on June 1, 2018. Our store hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00-8:00 and Sundays from 10:00-6:00. We are located between WalMart and Lowes and are right beside JoAnn Fabric.


At Discount Mart we offer discount prices for the entire family on products that everyone can use everyday. We have electronics, clothing, furniture, housewares and outdoor accessories at exceptionally low prices. It is our goal to provide our customers with quality merchandise, low prices and great, friendly customer service. As a partner of the Chamber, we are glad to accept Chamber Dollars in our store. Come by and visit us at Discount Mart. We would be happy to serve you. 


Thank you for your membership!


Is your business interested in being spotlighted? Contact Laiton Suders at or 717-264-7101 ext. 214. 


July 27, 2018 10:06 AM

New president of Downtown Chambersburg Inc. joins Chamber of Commerce staff

We are pleased to welcome Sam Thrush as the newest member of the Chamber of Commerce team to lead Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI). DCI, an affiliate of the Chambersburg Chamber, is focused on business development in the downtown region.


Sam joined the Chamber staff in mid-July as president of DCI and has spent the past five years serving on DCI’s Board of Directors as well as volunteering at events and participating on committees. He formerly served Franklin County as a Planner III and has over seven years of experience in land use planning and community development. Sam recently graduated from Leadership Franklin County Community and in 2018 achieved the premier planning certification from the American Institute of Certified Planning.


“We are excited to have Sam on board to focus on development in the downtown region as the leader of DCI,” said Stephen Christian, president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. “His work ethic, enthusiasm and dedication to downtown is exceptional, and we are fortunate to have such a strong leader join our team to facilitate growth in our community.”


Prior to serving Franklin County, Sam worked for Bradford County, Pa. He is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a degree in Geography-Land Use and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Originally a native of the Chambersburg area, he was happy to return to the area in October 2012. Prior to graduating from Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Sam earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.


In his spare time, you can find Sam with his family and friends, at the Chambersburg YMCA, cycling throughout the countryside and in-town, hiking, watching baseball or playing his musical instruments. It's not uncommon for Sam (when he has time) to cycle 50 miles or more in one day. He and his wife, Jeana, have two children. 


In addition to serving with DCI, Sam has spent time volunteering with the Borough of Chambersburg, Franklin County Cyclists, North Square Farmers Market, United Way's Stream Cleanups and Healthy Franklin County. In 2016, Sam received the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award for his outstanding service in the community. To contact Sam directly, please call 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or email


July 20, 2018 3:30 PM

The ducks are back!

More than 2,000 little rubber duckies will race down the Falling Spring Creek, over the falls and head to the finish line near the bridge in Chambers Fort Park. The 5th Annual Duck Derby presented by Patriot Federal Credit Union will be held on Saturday, September 22 in downtown Chambersburg to raise funds for downtown revitalization.


Winning ducks will receive up to $250 and the last duck to cross the finish line will receive $25. Ducks are $5 each or $25 for a Quack Pack of 6. Please purchase your ducks in advance as they sell out quickly! Spectators are welcome to cheer their ducks to the finish line on September 22 at 2:30 p.m.


Interested in sponsoring? Opportunities are available including the Duck Tent Sponsor for $1,500, Golden Egg Sponsor for $1,000, Quackers Sponsor for $500, Feathered Friend for $250, and Duckling Darling for $100. Please contact Sam Thrush for more information at 717-264-7101 ext. 204 or


The Duck Derby is coordinated by Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI). Learn more at

July 13, 2018 2:41 PM

Member Spotlight: Cool Hollow Financial

Established in 2015, Cool Hollow Financial found that people lean on their accounting relationships heavily and want to get more creative with their finances. We prepare comprehensive financial plans for individuals with a blend of: Investment Strategies, Insurance Planning, Education Funding, IRAs and Tax Efficiencies. Cool Hollow Financial, as a Firm, believes in taking the time to learn how to best aid clients in their financial goals and lean on a foundation of education to enable clients to redefine their financial future. By knowing where clients want to be, Cool Hollow can help reverse engineer a plan to make sure that decisions that are made today and tomorrow are made with the future in mind. Many firms aim for savings, what sets us apart is being mindful of distribution models and how a dollar saved one way isn’t always as valuable as a dollar saved another. Give us a call, we’d love to talk to you.

Securities and investment advisory services offered through qualified registered representatives of MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. Cool Hollow Financial is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC, or its affiliated companies.

5001 Louise Dr. Mechanicsburg, PA  17055 (717) 791-3300


July 6, 2018 2:45 PM

Member Spotlight: Franklin County Historical Society - Kittochtinny


The Franklin County Historical Society - Kittochtinny is a nonprofit founded in 1898 to collect, preserve and make available to the public materials about the Cumberland Valley’s history. We offer an extensive library and archival materials for both the general public and avid researcher to peruse. We also maintain five properties including the Old Jail Museum, John Brown House, Brown’s Mill School, Chambersburg-Bedford Turnpike Tollhouse and Carrick Furnace. Visitors are always welcome!

During ChambersFest, we will have a special exhibit called "Look Away: The Aftermath of the Burning of Chambersburg." It will feature archives and artifacts from the burning of Chambersburg including letters and photos. You can view the exhibit Tuesday, July 17 to Saturday,  July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will also be open for tours during Old Market Day on Saturday, July 21 to celebrate our 200th anniversary! Please call 717-264-1667 for more details.



Other exciting events we host throughout the year include murder mysteries, book signings, historical lectures, etc. More information can be found on our calendar at All of our tours, fundraisers and memberships support the preservation and conservation of archives and artifacts critical to preserving our heritage for future generations. For more information about our events or becoming a member of the Historical Society, please call us at 717-264-1667 or email

June 29, 2018 11:44 AM

Getting the Most Out of Your Chamber Membership

4_copyAs a member of the Chambersburg Chamber, you have access to a wide variety of programs and services that will benefit your business. First, ask yourself, “What are my business goals?” Once you’ve identified these, determine the benefits that will best help you achieve these goals and drive results! Member benefits to take advantage of include:


  • Sponsor and attend major events - from ChambersFest to the Legislative Breakfast and more.
  • Attend professional development seminars (ex: Lunch and Learns).
  • Advertise in the monthly newsletter or place an insert.
  • Contribute a post for the Chamber Blog.
  • Network at monthly mixers.
  • Subscribe to the Chamber’s e-newsletter for weekly updates.
  • Secure an individual e-blast or advertise in the Chamber’s e-news.
  • Join a Chamber committee.
  • Join a Chamber Connections Referral Group.
  • Add coupons to the Chamber's Hot Deals.
  • Advertise on the Chamber website.
  • Offer a deal for the Chamber Card.
  • Host a mixer.
  • Utilize ChamberChoice health and/or business insurance services.
  • Lead a Lunch and Learn.
  • Contribute a member spotlight for the monthly newsletter.
  • Post events to our online calendar.
  • Submit news for the “Members in the News” section of the newsletter.
  • Display your membership plaque.
  • Post the Chamber member logo on your website, in your email signature, on advertisements, etc.
  • Interact with us on social media (FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest and LinkedIn).
  • Purchase a member mailing list for a marketing campaign.
  • Post a classified in the Chamber's MarketSpace.
  • Sign up for the OnDemand Energy Solutions program.
  • And much more!

The Chamber Staff is always available to talk with you about how your business could greatly benefit from membership. To learn more about benefits or how to join, contact Joel Black, membership director, at 717-264-7101 ext. 202 or


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100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A  |  Chambersburg, PA 17201 
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