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8:51 AM

Member Spotlight: Geisel Funeral Home

At Geisel Funeral Home, we take great pride in being an active member of the Chambersburg community. As a family-owned and operated funeral home, we believe that is important for our funeral home to stay connected with our community and help the people we serve. Whether we are helping people connect with us or other groups or organizations in the community, we are proud to help facilitate those connections.


As a community partner, we are constantly striving to provide families in our area with relevant and helpful information to make the loss of a loved one easier. Whether it is providing cremation information or answering common questions like “what is a funeral?”, we are happy to help you better understand what we do. Our Facebook page is one such place where you can stay up to date with everything we are doing in the community. We invite everyone to visit our page and leave a review, share Chambersburg community events, promote initiatives, and start conversations with other members of the community.


While the loss of a loved one is never easy, we feel that when the community is there to offer support to those that need it, the pain of grief is easier to deal with. Our first priority has always been to help families through difficult times and begin the healing process. We encourage everyone to interact with our social media pages and offer support and condolences to those in our community that are experiencing grief.


If you would like to learn more about how you can connect with us or others in the community, please contact us today.


Thank you for your membership!

If your business is interested in being spotlighted, contact Laiton Suders at or 717-264-7101 ext. 214.

1:30 PM

Member Spotlight: Northwood Books


Northwood Books has been family owned and operated since 1988 in downtown Chambersburg. Ami and Dwain Plessinger bought the business in 2006 with a goal to create a bibliophile’s heaven. Since then, 18076679_1712313638785658_675844994405107670_othey have expanded and redesigned its layout to emphasize classics, fine bindings, antique and rare books. We are constantly working to deliver the best bibliophile experience to our customers! You’ll find over 90,000 books and 70 categories of gently perused used, rare and new books including literature, local history, cookbooks, collector editions, mysteries, Christian fiction, military history and many others. You’ll also see a display of original artwork throughout the store from talented local artists.



Created to resemble an old library, you’ll discover literary sites such as “The Old Curiosity Shop,” “The Narnia Wardrobe” and the wicked witch of the west -- all amid fireplaces, oriental rugs and wing back chairs to relax in. Books can take you anywhere; come away with us at Northwood Books! Hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are also open until 8 p.m. on the First Friday of every month. Learn more at or find us on Facebook.



Thank you for your membership!



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

2:26 PM

Ribbon Cutting: The BLOCK Fitness Studio

Congratulations to The BLOCK Fitness Studio for opening their brand new location at 405 Wayne Avenue in Chambersburg!


The BLOCK offers unconventional training with a "fitness studio vibe" that replicates the workout style of famous athletes and celebrities.


Unconventional training is the new way people all around the world are getting results! It involves using total body movement combined with unconventional equipment to gain explosive power, strength, speed, endurance and fast twitch muscle response all while burning a load of calories. ‚ÄčThe days of going to the crowded box gyms, working out on machines, traditional weights and boot camp classes are a thing of the past. Ask yourself: "where does my favorite celebrity and athlete get their results?" It's at small fitness studios with trainers that specialize in unconventional training; it used to be only available in major cities like New York and Los Angeles, but now it's available in the Chambersburg area at The BLOCK! It's time to finally experience real results.


For more information about The BLOCK, click here.

12:16 PM

Menno Haven Unveils Rehabilitation Center

Menno Haven is excited to announce the near completion of the new Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center at 2055 Scotland Avenue. A public Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place on Sunday, December 16, 1:30 PM with an open-house and tours until 4:00. Over 200 community members were in attendance for this monumental event.


The approximately $21 million project began construction in September of 2017.  “I am excited that the building will be completed on time, and on budget” says Menno Haven CEO, Hugh Davis.


The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony featured opening remarks made by Hugh Davis, CEO, guest speakers, and served as the launch of a Capital Campaign. The ribbon was symbolically cut by founding board members Charlie Diller and Charles Hunsecker. The building was open to tours after the ceremony. To learn more about the Rehabilitation Center, visit


Menno Haven expects to begin operating the building with patients in January after final regulatory inspections are completed.


Davis describes the new Rehabilitation Center as “unlike any in the region.” “This building will allow us to better serve individuals who need short-term care. Whether that be someone recovering from a surgery, an illness or an accident, they will recover here and then return home.”


Deanna Beins has been named the Administrator of the new Rehabilitation Center. “Our team is really eager to start serving guests in this wonderful building,” says Beins. "We put a lot of thought into the design to provide the best recovery environment possible," she says.


Here are some further details:

·         The Center has 44 private rooms that Menno Haven calls “suites," each with a private bathroom.

·         Since we will be focusing on clinical outcomes for short term care, our patients will be referred to as “guests".

·         The state-of-the-art therapy gym has the newest technology to help aid in recovery.

·         The therapy gym overlooks a beautiful therapeutic courtyard which serves the dual purpose of providing outdoor gathering space and functions as an extension of the therapy gym. Walking paths of varying materials, textures, and inclines provide guests with passive therapy opportunities.

·         The building is filled with amenities such as a salon & spa and café.

·         There will be an on-site Summit Health Clinic that serves Menno Haven residents and the general public.

·         The building will employ around 80 team members. Some career opportunities are still available at


The building is built to WELL Building standards. Davis says, "From the moment you enter the front door you will see this place is different. WELL design incorporates research based elements intended to promote the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of guests." A few examples of elements included in the building to achieve this standard are UV lamps in the HVAC cooling coils to ensure the best air quality, whole-building water filters, abundant natural light and a light system designed to match circadian rhythms. Davis says, "To our knowledge, this is one of the first senior living projects built to WELL standards in the nation.”


The Rehabilitation Center is part of Menno Haven’s 5-year strategic plan known as Project GENESIS which will include replacing the original 1964 nursing home, a Resident Life Center, Memory Care Houses and new independent living cottages.


For more information, visit:

Or contact Leslie Ray, Communication Coordinator at

3:23 PM

Member Spotlight: Fox Hill Environmental

Fox Hill Environmental (FHE) was founded in 2017 with a focus on providing individuals and organizations an affordable and timely approach to Environmental Compliance. Our staff has over 20 years of experience in Natural Resource Assessments, Cultural Resource Assessments, Phase I and II Environmental Assessments, Hazardous Building Materials Inspections, On-lot Sewage Facilities, and NEPA Compliance Assessments. 35757800_132253387578919_3607083336712847360_n

Our work includes projects in both the public and private sectors throughout the eastern U.S, primarily in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. We conduct all wetland and stream-related project work, including delineation of wetland/stream boundaries, physical/chemical/biological stream and pond assessments, benthic macroinvertebrate investigations, data collection, permitting, baseline ecological evaluations, threatened and endangered plant surveys, transaction-based due diligence assessments, agency coordination and soil/groundwater investigations. FHE offers free consultation for any environmental compliance project prior to contracts or costly commitments.


Thank you for your membership!


Interested in being spotlighted? Contact Laiton Suders at or 717-264-7101.

9:26 AM

Jim Martin Named 2018 Business Person of the Year

We are pleased to announce James “Jim” Martin, president of Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc. as the 2018 Business Person of the Year! He accepted the award during our Annual Meeting on December 6 sponsored by Summit Health.


Jim was chosen for this honor by a panel of business and civic leaders because of his business experience and growth, service to the community and contributions to economic development in the region. Given annually, the award is designed to honor business leaders with long-term contributions to their profession and the community.

 L-R Steve Christian, Chamber President; Jim Martin; Donna Martin; Kim Crider, chair of the Chamber board

“Jim Martin and his team have created an amazing success story, and they are constantly donating their products as well as time to worthwhile causes in our community,” said Kim Crider, chair of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “We are honored to present this award to him and appreciate his business’ dedication to our region.”


Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe had humble beginnings, Jim would help his parents, Lloyd and Lois Martin, sell pastries out of their converted garage turned bakery. At this time, the potato roll recipe was perfected. In the 1970s and 1980s, production of Martin’s Potato Rolls expanded and many rolls filled the shelves of supermarkets. The golden, buttery potato roll became an instant favorite!

Today, Jim and his family manage the state-of-the-art bakery headquarters in Chambersburg with more than 500 employees as well as an additional bakery in Valdosta, Georgia with 300 employees. Martin’s Potato Rolls and Bread products are widely distributed along the East Coast and as far west as Chicago and New Orleans. They have also exported their products to 32 other countries around the world.


Jim with his wife Donna serving sandwiches with Martin's Potato Rolls

Although the company has grown substantially, Martin’s under Jim’s leadership has stayed focused on baking the best products while centering on integrity, fairness and faith in God. Jim’s extensive community involvement includes supporting the Roxbury Holiness Camp and Shalom Christian Academy, serving on the Messiah College Board of Trustees, volunteering at Antrim Brethren in Christ and donating Martin’s products to many nonprofits each year.


On average, Martin’s donates time, products and resources that account for 10 to 20 percent of their profits each year! These donations are made to charities and organizations both locally and abroad including homeless shelters, food banks and disaster relief.


The Chambersburg Chamber has recognized the Business Person of the Year since 1987. Nominations are received from business and community leaders, then reviewed by a selection committee. The Chambersburg Chamber is the largest business advocacy organization in Franklin County with more than 800 members. It is committed to the prosperity of its members while enhancing the quality of life in the Chambersburg area. For more information, visit

2:07 PM

Executive Director of Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation Joins Chamber of Commerce Staff

We are pleased to welcome Virginia Harriger as the newest member of the Chamber of Commerce team to lead the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation.

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Ginny joined the Chamber staff in early November as executive director of the Foundation and most recently served as the general manager of the Public Opinion for 22 years. During that time, she has accumulated a wealth of community knowledge as well as exceptional skills in leadership, relationship building, organizational management, revenue development and strategic planning.


“I am delighted to serve the community in this position and am eager to leverage my experience that will positively impact the progress and growth of the Foundation,” said Virginia Harriger, executive director of the Foundation. “The organization is an important asset with its unique programs focused on leadership and workforce development. I look forward to the opportunity to invest in a 2019 strategic plan as well as a brand awareness campaign that will meet the core mission of the Foundation.”


Ginny is a native of Lancaster County, Pa. and earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from Juniata College. Her background as the General Manager/Advertising Director with Gannett (owner of Public Opinion) included overseeing a $10 million budget, leading a 20-member team through significant operational transitions, developing relationships with key community decision makers and thriving in a fast-paced environment.


“We are excited to have a valuable new team member join the Chamber staff to lead the Foundation,” said Stephen Christian, president of the Chambersburg Chamber. “Ginny’s expertise with both businesses and nonprofit organizations as well as her long-time dedication to this community will serve as a tremendous asset moving forward.”


In addition to her career accomplishments, Ginny has also volunteered extensively in the community. Her service has included involvement with the Boy Scouts of America, Chambersburg Area School District Booster Clubs and St. John’s United Church of Christ. Most recently, she completed the Certified Tourism Ambassador program through the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.


Prior to moving to Franklin County, Ginny’s early career took her to Cincinnati in the hospitality and weight loss sales/management industries. She and her family moved to the area in 1996 when her husband accepted a teaching position with Wilson College. In her spare time, Ginny enjoys catching up on the latest news or watching baseball. She and her husband Dana have two sons. To contact Ginny, email or call 717-264-7101 ext. 205.

12:45 PM

Chamber Travel Club Explores Italy

Twenty-seven local residents discovered the best of Italy’s cuisine, culture and architectural marvels on a 10-day exploration with the Chamber Travel Club earlier this month.


The multi-city “Reflections of Italy” tour was hosted by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce as one of the Chamber Travel Club’s longest excursions and coordinated by Kay Estep of Kay’s World Class Travel as well as Collette.



“Our ‘Reflections of Italy’ trip was a great way to introduce Italy to our travelers,” said Kay Estep of Kay’s World Class Travel.  “The awesome cities visited, delicious Italian cuisine, fantastic Collette tour guide and 27 great travelers all came together to make this a wonderful experience! The Chamber Travel Club is well organized and provides great tours with professional travel organizations. I encourage everyone to travel with them!”


The group of Franklin County residents was able to see everything from bustling Rome’s iconic landmarks such as the Colosseum and Vatican City, to the picturesque hill town of Assisi, to a true Italian winery in the peaceful Tuscan countryside. Highlights included not just sight-seeing, but cultural immersion through delicious meals, live musicians and dancing, wine tasting; and navigating the canals of Venice.


Trevi“We strive for the Chamber Travel Club to give locals the opportunity to see and do things they may not be able to do on their own,” said Lark Kennedy, marketing manager at the Chambersburg Chamber. “Travelers are guided by knowledgeable local travel agents and accompanied by people from their home, giving them the chance to relax and enjoy the wonders of their destination without worrying about the hassles of planning a trip.”


The group, consisting of people from all experiences and backgrounds, became a family as they traveled through Rome, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Venice and Milan. Many in the group appreciated the help of the Chamber Travel Club coordinators to guide them every step of the way. 


“It was an absolutely great trip! I liked that we met the bus locally and transportation was provided to and from the airport,” said Greencastle resident Jess Hudson, Chamber Travel Club Italy trip attendee.IMG_1033


Click here to view photos from the trip.


The Chamber Travel Club is open to anyone in the community interested in traveling to many destinations both foreign and domestic. The Club currently has three additional trips planned with their Chamber member travel agents through 2019. They include:

February 16-24, 2019 – Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with Globus coordinated by UniQuest Chambersburg Travel, LLC.
June 18-28, 2019 – Alaska By Land & Sea with UniQuest Chambersburg Travel, LLC and Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas.
October 21-27, 2019 – Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights coordinated by Carol DiBiase of Cruise Planners.

For more information about these trips or to join the Chamber Travel Club communications, please contact Kennedy at 717-264-7101 ext. 206 or For past trip photos and tour itineraries, visit


The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization with more than 800 Chamber member businesses. It has been serving the community since 1911 and exists to help its members prosper as well as enhance the quality of life in the Chambersburg area. For more information, visit

1:19 PM

Member Spotlight: Centre Publications


Centre Publications puts the power of creativity into high-impact print and digital designs. Founded in 1996, Centre Publications serves customers throughout central Pennsylvania with a full range of publishing services for chambers of commerce, visitors bureaus, economic development organizations and builders associations. Centre Publications has published the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Community Profile and Membership Directory for nearly 20 years and has produced advertisements for hundreds of our members.


In addition to publications, Centre Publications helps businesses develop and produce marketing collateral – providing turnkey solutions that draw on capabilities in digital printing, website design and development, product, site and staff photography, graphic design, mapping and content writing. Let Centre Publications‘ accomplished staff develop your entire corporate image from letterhead, logos, slogans, brochures and newsletters to complete web sites. 


Centre Publications is the perfect partner when you want to promote your business or community – catering to your needs, working with your timeline and traveling to your location at your convenience. Centre Publications also provides services to the hospitality industry, serving hotels in over 20 Pennsylvania counties, providing in-room guest service directories and site photography.


Give Centre Publications a call and see what they can do to make your business look its best while providing you with professional results, a quick turnaround time and competitive pricing. For additional information, call 800-200-5375,  email or visit


Thank you for your membership!


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