Spring 2023 Edition
Local Businesses and Community Members Recognized at Annual Awards Banquet
The New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce held its 2nd Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday, January 18th at Inn 94 in New Oxford. Around 100 guests attended the event, which honored multiple award winners and members with milestone anniversaries. The banquet was made possible by presenting sponsors WellSpan Health and The Markets at Hanover.
Congratulations to the following award winners:
Volunteer of the Year - Kerry Prutzman
Educator of the Year presented by PWI Incorporated - Michael DeFilippo, Conewago Valley School District
Student Achievement Award presented by Adams Electric Cooperative, Inc. - Alaina Myers, Conewago Valley School District
Community Impact Award presented by Lyle R Pitner State Farm - Scott and Karen Coyle, Scott & Co. Fine Jewelers
Non-Profit of the Year presented by Zelma’s Emporium - Children’s Aid Society
Business of the Year presented by the Adams Economic Alliance - Fuhrman Creative, LLC
Additionally, the following Chamber members were recognized for milestone anniversaries (based on continuous years of membership):
5 years - Kona Ice of Adams County, LLC and The Manufacturers’ Association
10 years - United Hook & Ladder 33 and UPMC
15 years - Crawford Designs LLC and Kurt K. Thomas D.O., LLC
25 years - Frock Bros. Trucking, Inc., H.M. Kelly, Inc. and PNC Bank
30 years - Douglas M. Miller Construction Company
35 years - Winter Gardens Quality Foods, Inc.
The New Oxford Chamber would like to thank everyone who helped make the 2nd Annual Awards Banquet a success, including our sponsors, presenters, host, member and community attendees, and award winners. Additional photos from the banquet can be found on our Facebook page and on our website at www.newoxford.org.
Board of Directors:
Ashley Hershey, President
Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz CPAs & Business Advisors
Lyle Pitner, Vice President
Lyle R Pitner State Farm
Jennifer Meckley, Secretary
Members 1st Federal Credit Union
Christina Palermo, Treasurer
Dorothy Robinson, Borough Liaison
New Oxford Borough
Jimmy Akinrosotu Agency Farmers Insurance
Allied Plaster & Construction
Conewago Valley School District
Membership & Marketing Coordinator
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April Membership Mixer
Thursday, April 13th, 4 to 6 p.m.
VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove, 440 Madison St., Hanover
June Membership Mixer
Wednesday, June 7th, 5 to 7 p.m.
Friends of the New Oxford Library, 122 N. Peters St., New Oxford
67th Annual Market on the Square Saturday, June 17th, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. New Oxford
A full events calendar, featuring both Chamber and member events can be found at www.newoxford.org/events. Members can submit event details directly through the Chamber website.
Thank You Renewing Members!
1st Choice Computer Solutions
ACNB Insurance Services, Inc.
Adams County Arts Council
Adams County Community Foundation
Adams County Historical Society
Adams County Technical Institute
Adams Economic Alliance
Adams Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Aflac - Maryssa Figlioli
Allied Plaster & Construction
Bridges Golf Club and Green Horizon Grill
Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz
Bruno & Schwartz B&B/Music by the Master
Carma Industrial Coatings
Cassidy Hershey, Realtor
Children’s Aid Society
Clark Financial Planning
Clark’s Body Shop, Inc.
Columbia Cottage Assisted Living
Conewago Enterprises, Inc.
Conewago Valley School District
Continental Food & Vending Service
Covington Plastic Molding, Inc.
Cross Keys Village - The Brethren Home Community
Cynthia Forry- BHHS
Dawg Gone Bees
Deja Brew Coffee & Bakery
Dentistry on the Square/Kari Stuntz DDS
DL3 Systems p/b NetworkRevolt
Douglas M. Miller Construction Company
Edward Jones - Janelle Coolbaugh
Elite Therapy Solutions
Embark Property Management
Everoak Insurance Group
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
Friends of the New Oxford Library
Frock Bros. Trucking, Inc.
Fuhrman Creative, LLC
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Furs by Susan
Gene Latta Ford
Gettysburg Montessori Charter School
Gettysburg Osteopathic Family
H&R Block- Carla Green
H.M. Kelly, Inc.
Hanover Area YMCA
Hanover Building Systems, Inc.
Hanover Concrete Co.
Hanover Country Club
Hanover Land Services
Hoffman Homes for Youth
Homestead Funding Corp./
J. Kuhns Home Improvement
Jeff A. Shaffer Real Estate Inc.
Jimmy Akinrosotu Agency
Kasey King, Bodacious Properties
Ken Adams Mechanical, Inc.
Ken F. Smith Custom Sheet Metal
Kona Ice of Adams County, LLC.
Kurt K. Thomas D.O. LLC
L&M Tire and Wheel
Laboratory Analytical & Biological Services, Inc. (LABS, Inc.)
Lyle R Pitner State Farm
Members 1st Federal Credit Union
Michael Gray Painting
Miller Hanover Insurance
New Hope Ministries
New Oxford Antique Center
New Oxford Area Historical Society
New Oxford Municipal Authority
New Oxford Social and Athletic Club
Open Book Construction LLC
PCI Insurance, Inc.
Penn’s Youth Initiative
Petula Yingling - Realtor at Keller
Williams Keystone Realty
Phoenix Physical Therapy
Primerica Financial ServicesMarc Weber
Quality Service Settlement
Re/Max Quality Service Inc./ Karen Tavenner
Rebel’s Roost Antique Emporium
Riggle Wealth Group
Ryan California - State Farm Insurance
Scott & Co. Fine Jewelers
Select Physical Therapy
Shining Stars Therapeutic
Smith’s Auto Sales, Inc.
SockEm Web Solutions
South Central Community
Susquehanna Door Service
T&S Customized Electrical Services
The Chamber of Gettysburg & Adams County
The Harvest Barn Country Market
The Manufacturers Association
The Markets at Hanover
Treysta Technology Management
TrinaKay Weddings and Events
Trone Outdoor Advertising
Trone Rental Properties, LLC
Unique Upscale Resale
United Hook & Ladder Company 33 United Way of Adams County
UPMC Pinnacle Hanover
Vida Charter School
VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove
Wilson’s Bittersweet Barn
Winter Gardens Quality Foods, Inc.
Yazoo Mills, Inc.
York Street Treat, Inc.
Zimmerman Homes and Renovations
*List as of 3/26/23. Additional renewing members will be included in the Summer 2023 edition.
Welcome New Members!
Aflac - Maryssa Figlioli 3605 Vartan Way, Ste. 304 Harrisburg, PA 17110 aflac.com
Beckley’s RVs New Oxford 4643 York Rd. New Oxford, PA 17350 (883) 209-4486
Deja Brew Coffee & Bakery 16 Center Sq. New Oxford, PA 17350 (717) 479-5544
Dining & Food Services
Quality Settlement Services
1147 Eichelberger St., Ste. E Hanover, PA 17331 (717) 632-1266
Wilson’s Bittersweet Barn 590 Dicks Dam Rd. New Oxford, PA 17350 (717) 624-7116
Event Planning & Entertainment
Lights, Camera, Action: Snapshots of Your Chamber on the Move!
January 18th - 2nd Annual Awards Banquet
February 15th - Membership Mixer at Select Physical Therapy
The 2022 winners pose with their awards. (L to R): Eric Chase, president of Children’s Aid Society (NonProfit of the Year), Kathi Fuhrman, owner of Fuhrman Creative (Business of the Year), Karen and Scott Coyle, owners of Scott & Co. Fine Jewelers (Community Impact Award), Kerry Prutzman (Volunteer of the Year), Michael DeFilippo, teacher at Conewago Valley School District (Educator of the Year) and Alaina Myers, student at Conewago Valley School District (Student Achievement Award).
March 14th - New Member Breakfast
March 8th - Winter Lunch & Learn presented by Adams County Community Foundation
New Oxford Chamber staff and board members pose with the organization’s newest members at the Spring New Member Breakfast held at the Green Horizon Grill. L to R: Chamber Membership & Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Smith, board member Heather Laughman (HD Entertainment), board member Janice Swartz (WellSpan Health), Maryssa Figlioli (Aflac), Troy Starner (Wilson’s Bittersweet Barn), Nicole Forry (Quality Settlement Services), Cynthia Forry (BHHS), board member Dorothy Robinson (New Oxford Borough) and board Vice President Lyle Pitner.
Adams County Community Foundation President & CEO Ralph Serpe presented “The Business of Charitable Giving” at the Winter Lunch & Learn.
Market on the Square is Right Around the Corner
The Annual Market on the Square is back for its 67th year in 2023. The event will be held on Saturday, June 17th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Market on the Square, a beloved annual event for decades, features a variety of vendors selling items such as antiques, vintage goods, repurposed and upcycled furniture and decor, artisan products, crafts and food. The farmers market will be back for its third year on S. Peters St., just one block east of the square.
Don’t forget that Chamber members receive a $20 discount on vendor spaces. If you are interested in being a vendor at this year’s event, please visit www.newoxford.org/market-on-the-square for an application or more information. Additionally, the Chamber is always looking for volunteers to assist with Market on the Square. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please email Membership & Marketing Coordinator Jenn Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of this year’s event:
Platinum Sponsor: Yazoo Mills, Inc.
Gold Sponsors: Harvest Chapel, Members 1st Federal Credit Union and WellSpan Health
Silver Sponsors: ACNB Bank, Adams Electric Cooperative, Dentistry on the Square and HD Entertainment
Bronze Sponsor: April Majka
We look forward to seeing everyone on June 17th!
Chamber Board President Graduates from Local Leadership Program
Ashley M. Hershey, CPA, CITP, MBA, Senior Manager at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz (BSSF) and president of the New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce recently graduated from the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Hanover program.
Leadership Hanover is a six-month leadership program focused on developing connections in the Hanover community. The program aims to help make leaders more successful by increasing area knowledge and building key relationships within the region.
Hershey has over 10 years of public accounting experience and specializes in providing financial statement, tax and consulting services for local governments, nonprofits and closely held businesses. She also assists businesses, individuals and nonprofits with federal, state and local tax filings, with a specialization in the complex areas of Form 990s required to be filed for non-profit organizations.
Hershey graduated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with both a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Personal Financial Planning and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). She is also a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP). This credential identifies professional accountants with the unique ability to provide business insight by leveraging the knowledge of information relationships and supporting technologies.
In addition to her role within BSSF and with the New Oxford Chamber, Hershey is also an avid community supporter and volunteer. She serves as treasurer of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Hanover and Spring Grove; secretary of the VNA Endowment Funds, Inc.; and treasurer and secretary of the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce.
Due to her leadership roles, both at BSSF and within her community, Hershey was honored with Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award in 2020.
The Manufacturers’ Association Receives Grant
The local manufacturing sector was recently awarded funding to further support the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership of South Central Pennsylvania. The PA Department of Labor and Industry’s PASmart Industry Partnership Grant program provides funding to support the development, launch, implementation and technical assistance of employer led partnerships to address the workforce, economic development and educational needs of Pennsylvania industries.
The partnership is facilitated by The Manufacturers’ Association who works with regional organizations to help implement the employers’ identified priorities that will grow the industry. Over the past several years, the South Central PA Manufacturing Industry Partnership of C-suite leaders implemented programs focused on the most urgent needs identified by the industry. These efforts have included creating a network of bestpractices exchanges, a marketing campaign to attract students and individuals to manufacturing careers and offering career exploration programs to students and schools.
The partnership also trained 421 manufacturing employees over the last three years in high skill technical training that included credentials and certificates for the individuals and resulted in wage gains and promotions in their career paths. With this continued funding the Industry Partnership plans to train an additional 120 workers, continue to promote manufacturing careers and develop cutting edge strategies to help manufacturing companies retain their workforce.
Adams County Arts Council Announces S.T.A.R. Grant Recipients
The Adams County Arts Council recently announced the recipients for the 2023 S.T.A.R. (Serving the Arts Regionally) Grant awards cycle. This was a competitive year with 19 applications and over $26,000 in requests. With the help of a panel of community members, ACAC distributed $15,505 to numerous artists, schools and non-profit organizations to support a variety of arts programming in Adams County.
The organizations that accepted their award for a 2023 project include the following Chamber members:
• Friends of Jean Barnett Memorial Library for a folk music residency with Simple Gifts (Adams County Library System)
• Gettysburg Montessori Charter School for the Danza Antiqua – Civil War Program
• Vida Charter School for 3rd-6th Grade Ceramics Projects
Additional awards were accepted by the following organizations: Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center, Adams County Farmers Market Association, Christ Lutheran Church, Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority, Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, Gettysburg Choral Society, Gettysburg Community Concert Association, IGlow Black, Inc., Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, Project Gettysburg-León, Upper Adams Intermediate School and Waldo’s & Company.
Prestige Apparel Announces Staff Promotion
Kaley Arnold was recently promoted to the role of office manager at Prestige Apparel, LLC Arnold has worked at Prestige for one and half years, starting as a part-time office assistant before moving into a full-time role. During her time with the business, Arnold’s leadership and customer service skills have served her well. Congratulations on the promotion!
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Adams County Historical Society Announces Grand Opening, New Hires and County Recognition
Grand Opening Weekend at the Adams County Historical Society (ACHS)’s new museum, Gettysburg Beyond the Battle, will take place on Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16. Grand opening festivities include self-guided museum tours, events and programs, living history, children’s activities and a special pop-up stand from Hollabaugh Bros, Inc. Special guests include historians William A. Frassanito, Sue Boardman, Garry Adelman and Tim Smith and authors Jeff Shaara and Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of 34th president Dwight Eisenhower. The programming throughout the weekend will cover a range in topics, including presentations geared toward families on Sunday. Most of the programs are open to the public and free to attend. Tickets are only required for the museum and the April 15th Panel Discussion with William A. Frassanito. Additional parking will be available at Harrisburg Area Community College’s (HACC) Gettysburg campus, and a shuttle will provide transportation between HACC and the museum. Tickets are available for the Grand Opening and for all dates through October 2023 at www.gettysburgbeyondthebattle.org.
In addition to the Grand Opening of its news museum in April, ACHS recently welcomed two new staff members: Denise Eberspeaker and Lindsay Poling.
Denise Eberspeaker is ACHS’s new Director of Operations. She has dedicated her career to working in the non-profit sector with experience in management, fundraising, organizational leadership, volunteer recruitment, communications and marketing and event planning. In 2021, Eberspeaker and her husband Phil moved from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to Adams County for the beautiful scenery and to be closer to her children.
Lindsay Poling is the new Museum and Sales Manager. She is a native of Stuart, Virginia. Poling earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master’s in American History from Liberty University, graduating with honors. She started her career working for Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation with experience in frontline operations and volunteer management.
Additionally, ACHS’s Director of Education Timothy Smith was recently named the official County Historian for Adams County. Smith’s contributions to the preservation of Adams County history are immeasurable. He has been a part of the local community for over 30 years, serving in various roles at both ACHS and as a Licensed Battlefield Guide. Smith was instrumental in the creation of ACHS’s new museum, Gettysburg Beyond the Battle. He is also the author of multiple books and articles about Gettysburg. Perhaps most importantly, Smith has a passion to share his knowledge. He cares deeply about Gettysburg and Adams County and is always excited to talk about that passion and knowledge with others, including future generations of historians.
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