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stacey schlosser, Chair* Biggerstaff’s Catering
isaac Bucher, vice Chair* Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium
Wesley Warehime, treasurer* Aero Energy sarah Dull, secretary* Comfort Suites
Darlene a . Brown Individual Member
lisa Duffy UPMC Hanover shawn Eckenrode Adams County Technical Institute
John hanner Living Bible Fellowship Church
John husser ACNB Bank
Melinda Jeffries WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital
Bryan Johnson* SMB Associates sharon Kebil-Whisler M & T Bank
Jessica Knouse-Rasmussen* Gettysburg Eddie’s
peter J. Martin, immediate past Chair* Amblebrook Gettysburg
Judy Morley, phD Intuitively Speaking
Kelly Mower Graphics Universal, Inc. Bill shoemaker USI Insurance Services
alicia stanley Helix Strategies, LLC
Carrie s. stuart, president* The Chamber of Gettysburg & Adams County *Denotes Executive Committee Member
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Chartered in 1919, the Chamber of Gettysburg & adams County is adams County’s oldest and largest business organization. the chamber supports and strengthens its members and the adams County area by promoting diverse economic opportunities through advocacy, building relationships, providing timely information and developing leaders for the future. nearly 530 local businesses and organizations have made an investment in adams County through membership.
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The bolded businesses in Business Briefs are Chamber members. Submit news to firstname.lastname@example.org by the second Tuesday of each month for inclusion in the following month’s publication.
Michael Burkentine, an owner of Burkentine Real Estate Group, accepted an award for 2022 Developer of the Year at the recent Leaders in Construction & Real Estate Awards ceremony held by the Central Penn Business Journal (CPBJ).
The CPBJ Leaders in Construction & Real Estate event honors the individuals and companies who are shaping the Central Pennsylvania region - be it through design, construction, project management, lending, or innovation.
Gettysburg foundation hosted its Gala event Nov. 18. The Gala raised funds to support the Foundation’s mission of preservation and education to ensure the lessons of Gettysburg remain alive for not only this generation, but for generations that follow. The sold-out event, held at the Gettysburg national Military park Museum & visitor Center, brought together more than 275 corporate and foundation sponsors, Gettysburg Foundation Directors, donors, Friends of Gettysburg and elected officials and raised more than $575,000 for the Foundation’s education and preservation mission. As part of that total, the Raise the Paddle fundraiser during the Gala raised more than $187,000 for direct support of priority National Park Service projects at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site.
Wellspan health nurse Shawna Meckley has been selected as a recipient of the Nightingale Award of Pennsylvania for 2022. The award recognizes exceptional nurses who emulate the dedication, spirit and tenacity of Florence Nightingale. She won the prestigious award for her clinical practice as a registered nurse at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and was honored at the awards gala on Oct. 28 among other nominees and winners. In addition to Meckley, Amanda Nye was named as a finalist in the nursing administration – executive, category. Nye is a nursing operations director at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital.
stock and l eader, attorneys at l aw, announced that David M. Walker has joined the firm as Counsel in the School law group. Walker will assist clients with general solicitor, labor and employment issues, school business, construction, contracts, and pupil services matters.
For three consecutive years, he has been recognized as a Super Lawyer Pennsylvania Rising Star®, an honor awarded to only 2.5% of all Pennsylvania attorneys in the selection process. Walker earned his undergraduate degree from West Chester University and his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law. In his spare time, David enjoys skiing, hiking, running, baseball, soccer and golf.
Belco Community Credit union, president & CEO, Amey Sgrignoli has been selected by American Banker as one of its 2022 Most Powerful Women in Credit Unions. Nominations for the program were open to any women leaders who are primarily employed at a credit union. Applications were read by a selection committee of American Banker staff members and judged on qualities such as leadership, teamwork and personal initiative. Sgrignoli’s leadership at Belco has led to tremendous growth in both membership and asset size. A sharp focus on technology and member service keeps Belco competitive with a strong dedication to employee development and education.
sEK, Cpas & advisors won two categories in Herald Mail Media’s Tri-State’s Best Awards for 2022: SEK was voted Best Accounting Firm and William F. Fritts, CPA, CVA, Member of the Firm, was voted Best Accountant. This is Bill’s fourth time receiving the Best Accountant title, previously winning this award in 2017, 2019, and 2020. In 2021, Manager Hillary M. Grove, CPA, was voted Best Accountant. SEK has held the Best Accountant category for four consecutive years.
Willow Designs & fabrication broke ground on their new facility located in York Springs and are hoping to be moved in by spring.
Willow Designs is a company that designs, prototypes, and manufactures products for the asphalt paving industry.
Wellspan health was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) for pledging ongoing action to make health care facilities more sustainable and resilient to the effects of climate change. WellSpan Health has formally committed to reducing emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and has already begun to take steps across the health system.
RKl llp unveiled a new spectrum of financial planning, tax, investment and advisory services tailored to families and individuals with sophisticated wealth management needs. RKL Private Wealth offers a continuum of services to create and grow wealth, prepare assets for transfer and prepare recipients to receive the assets. United around the client’s vision and values, RKL’s deep bench of wealth advisors, portfolio managers, investment analysts, business strategists, estate planners and tax professionals design a comprehensive plan to turn life and legacy plans into reality.
Barley snyder attorneys at l aw attorney Katelyn E. Rohrbaugh has been appointed to the board of directors of TrueNorth Wellness Services. As a board member, Rohrbaugh will be responsible for fundraising efforts, supporting the organization through financial contribution, and devoting time to the organization through meetings, committees, and attendance at events. The firm has a longstanding commitment of having an attorney serve on the TrueNorth board. Barley Snyder attorney Jennifer McKendrick Stetter served on the board for six years prior to Rohrbaugh’s appointment and recommended her for the role when her service ended.
aCnB Bank recently welcomed Brett D. Fulk as executive vice president/ chief strategy officer. In this role, he is responsible for management of the bank’s functional areas of community banking and marketing, as well as initiatives related to strategic planning and revenue enhancement. Fulk has worked in the banking industry for more than 30 years. Originally from Millersburg, PA, he earned his bachelor of science in finance from Shippensburg University.
M EMBER spotli G htJeff a . shaffer Real Estate Megan Cellucci, Realtor, RENE, ABR, MRP
tell us about your business:
Jeff A Shaffer Real Estate is a full service real estate brokerage serving Adams County and the surrounding counties. We help our clients through all aspects of real estate – buying, selling, investments, rental management. Our office has been open since 2018, but I’ve been a Realtor for 8 years.
What are your primary responsibilities?
My responsibilities revolve around my clients’ needs –marketing properties, advising on repairs and design, writing contract and following through on contingencies and making sure everything is completed prior to expiration dates. From contract to settlement, there are a lot of things to be checked off! Most people don’t buy or sell property often, so they have questions about the market, the process, the finances, and physically moving. They are also dealing with the emotions of leaving a home they love, the excitement of a new home and the nervousness around change! It can be a stressful time and is more than just a business transaction for most people. how do you stay engaged with trends?
Staying engaged with real estate trends these days is not easy – lots of things can affect a person’s decision making process, so having up to date information for them is so important! Larger issues like interest rates or the national economy are important, but so are local trends including home styles and prices as well as availability of rentals and new construction. The Adams County economy is also very different – small businesses, agriculture, National Park and College opportunities – the types of employment people can find here affects their ability to buy. I stay in touch with these trends by watching the properties that sell quickly, keeping in touch with local lenders, and staying in contact with my buyer clients as their search criteria shifts.
What makes adams County such a great place to do business?
I love living and working in Adams County! As a military brat, I moved often and have experienced all kinds of communities. I love the blend of small and medium sized businesses here as well as the agricultural base. The Chamber and many of the community organizations provide opportunities for business owners to socialize and collaborate. Gettysburg College and our thriving arts community bring in plenty of opportunities for performances, music, and creativity. Our proximity to larger cities like DC and Baltimore as well as the history of the area makes our community appealing to retirees. And younger people who might be commuting to those cities are looking for a safe place to raise their kids. I think we have it all and I really feel blessed to live here and I want my clients to feel that too!
how does the Chamber help?
Real estate is a relationship business. Having opportunities to showcase the area and to network with other business owners is incredibly helpful to promoting relationships. I appreciate the variety of opportunities the Chamber offers whether it’s a lunch and learn, casual get togethers, or fundraising events – each of these is another opportunity for meeting new people, learning something about the work someone else is doing, serving the larger community and growth.
When i’m not working:
I’ve been a community volunteer for decades through my church, my children’s schools, and my involvement with Collaborating for Youth. Working with kids keeps me young and is its own reward. I also love the beauty of Adams County and enjoy walks on the Battlefield, hikes in Micheaux, visiting local farms and markets and just watching sunsets on my back porch!
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As the 2021-22 session comes to a close, two of my initiatives – one to make it easier for teens to get jobs and the other to improve firefighter training – were recently signed into law.
First jobs are a rite of passage for nearly every teen. These jobs not only provide extra pocket cash, but also serve as teaching opportunities in which youth learn the value of hard work. This new law not only further opens employment for teens, but also removes an unneeded government regulation.
For teens to receive a work permit under the previous law, they had to sign the permit in front of the issuing officer. This regulation was waived by the administration during the pandemic and Act 117 of 2022, formerly House Bill 1829, permanently removes it, making it easier for teens to obtain a work permit.
The governor also signed companion legislation of my House Bill 2268. Act 155 of 2022, formerly Senate Bill 1027, allows a 17-year-old junior firefighter to complete interior firefighter training. Previously, only people age 18 and older were permitted to enroll in the training.
Easing this age restriction allows junior firefighters to hit the ground running as full-fledged firefighters when they turn 18.
As volunteer fire departments continue to struggle with decreased membership, it is my hope the law will help keep junior firefighters interested and committed to the fire service and serving their communities.
CouRt RulinG thREatEns aCCEss to affoRDaBlE hEalth CaREBy REp. Dan Moul (R-aDa Ms)
A recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reverses a policy that has prevented frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits and improved patient access to health care.
Twenty years ago, Pennsylvania health care was in crisis. Medical professionals were leaving the state or abandoning work in maternity care and other high-risk specialties to escape the exorbitant cost of medical malpractice insurance. It was particularly burdensome on the poor and rural residents who were forced to drive great distances for medical care.
At the time, medical malpractice cases were not limited to the jurisdiction where the alleged violations occurred. Instead, patients were permitted to file their claims in Philadelphia and Allegheny counties where juries were routinely awarding substantially higher payouts – a practice known as “venue shopping.”
In 2002, the General Assembly enacted reforms to prevent venue shopping. It passed a law requiring a medical malpractice claim to be filed in the county where the alleged violation occurred. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court followed with a matching prohibition. But now, in an apparent nod to the powerful trial lawyers’ lobby, the court is reversing course. It is repealing its medical malpractice venue rule and suspending related statutes. Beginning Jan.1, plaintiffs will no longer be restricted to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in the county where the action allegedly occurred. This action effectively restores venue shopping, which will once again lead to higher health care costs, a decline in the number of available medical professionals, and a decrease in patient access to affordable health care.
While remedies for the court’s action seem elusive, we cannot afford to regress. While we continue to search for a legislative solution, we can only hope the court sees fit to reverse itself again and restore the solution that has worked well for us the past two decades.
JOIN THE TEAM
Have you wondered how to get more involved in developing programs, planning events or honing your leadership skills? If so you should consider joining one of The Chamber’s committees. Meeting times vary so it will be easy to find something that fits your schedule!
Contact the chamber office, 717.334.8151 for more information.
Recruits and maintains chamber membership. Meets monthly at various locations.
AWARDS COMMITTEE GOLF COMMITTEE RAFFLE COMMITTEE GOV’T AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Selects individuals or groups for recognition of their contributions, service and dedication to Adams County. Meets as needed two times per year.
Organizes an annual golf outing in the summer to benefit the local community. Meets as needed April through June.
Coordinates the holiday fundraiser event and plans the Annual Mingle & Jingle. Meets as needed August through December.
Monitors legislative issues and educates membership about issues that affect the business community. Meets the second Thursday of the month at Noon.
Enhances the image of the chamber by recommending marketing and communications actions to chamber staff. Meets as needed for specific marketing and communications projects.
WINE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
Coordinates the chamber’s major annual event, the Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival in September. Meets monthly March through August and as needed the remainder of the year.
Fill out the form portion on the left and email it to Maura Herron at maurah@ gettysburg-chamber.org. Or you can always mail it to 1382 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
C h a M BER Ev E nts
Executive Committee | 7:30 a.m., Chamber office
D ECEMBER 8
Mingle & Jingle | 4-7 p.m., Gettysburg Fire Hall
Board of Directors Meeting | 7:30 a.m., Gettysburg Fire Hall
DECEMBER 26-J anua R y 2
Chamber Office Closed
J anua R y 9
Executive Committee | 7:30 a.m., Chamber office
J anua R y 12
Governmental Affairs Committee 12 p.m., Chamber office
J anua R y 25
Ambassador Committee | 7:30 a.m., Chamber office
J anua R y 26
Board of Directors Meeting | 7:30 a.m., Chamber office
C o MM unity Ev E nts
13th Annual Gingerbread Celebration & Holiday Mart 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg adamsarts.org
A Gettysburg Christmas Festival agettysburgchristmasfestival.com
Adams County Arts Council Jingle Ball GNMP Museum & Visitor Center | 6-11 p.m. adamsarts.org
Christmas Festival East Berlin Area Community Center | 5-8 p.m. ebacc.org
Gettysburg Holiday Tuba Carol Fest Lincoln Square | 7 p.m. destinationgettysburg.com
Gettysburg High School Holiday Market Gettysburg High School | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. gettysburg.k12.pa.us
2 Lincoln Way East, New Oxford, Pa 17340 717.479.5899
email@example.com brookmerewine.com Agribusiness ---- Wineries
Center for Youth & Community Development
233 W. High St., Gettysburg, PA 17325 717.338.0300 firstname.lastname@example.org cfygettysburg.com Human Services
Shining Stars Therapeutic Riding Program
3175 Old Harrisburg Rd., Gettysburg, PA 17325 717.451.9509 email@example.com shiningstarstr.org Health Services ---- Children Services
241 Pickett St., Taneytown, MD 21787 724.624.2812 firstname.lastname@example.org welcomehomelifestyle.com Events & Meetings
Kenworthy Funeral Home, Inc.
Buchart Horn, Inc.
Diana’s Limousine Company
Edward Jones-Frank Pizzuto, AAMS
Granite Hill Camping Resort
Mamma Ventura Restaurant and Lounge, LLC
Members 1st Federal Credit Union
New Age Associates, Inc. Scott, Carolyn Unger, Richard L.
Fine Line Trim LLC
Getty Pak Inc.
Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority
Gettysburg Trading Post G-Force Security Solutions
Littlestown Area School District
Tulpehocken Spring Water & Mountainside Coffee Walton C. Jones, PhD
Adventure in Fun Dancing Fox Consulting Elsner Bell & Associates, LLC
Entertainment Production System & Services (EPSS)
Jeff A. Shaffer Real Estate Inc.
Novak Strategic Advisors
Open Book Construction LLC
The Beveled Edge Marble and Granite, Inc.
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