Chambersburg chamber salutes 10 for achievements

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce recently honored 10 of its members for outstanding achievements in 2017.

More than 200 people attended the annual awards breakfast last month at the Chambersburg Country Club.

Janet Pollard, director of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, received the international ATHENA Leadership Award. The award honors an individual who exemplifies professional, community and personal leadership as well as someone who actively assists women in reaching their full leadership potential and/or personal and professional advancement.

For nearly 30 years, Pollard has demonstrated her drive and commitment to Franklin County, starting with her love of local history. Her leadership through the years has included writing local historical publications, establishing the Chambersburg Heritage Center and Gift Shop and excelling in her role as the director of the visitors bureau.

Her imaginative leadership has resulted in the creation of many events that drive tourism and interest to the county, including the re-enactment of the Burning of Chambersburg.

Also presented at the breakfast awards ceremony were the following awards:

• Property Improvement, rehabilitation over $500,000: The Shook Home and the Quarters at the Shook. The three-story, state-of-the-art rehabilitation and wellness center in downtown Chambersburg includes a therapy gym for in-patient, short-term rehab residents; an aquatic therapy pool for in-patients and out-patients; another therapy gym and six large private resident rooms for in-patient, short-term rehab residents.

• Property Improvement, historic preservation: The Franklin County Library System was honored for outstanding renovations at the Coyle Free Library, 102 N. Main St. The new library embraces its original roots as the Chambersburg Post Office and an office for the IRS, and also preserves the original woodwork, marble floors and more. The $5.5 million project, known as the Campaign for Coyle, was completed in December 2017.

• Property Improvement, historic preservation honorable mention: Drawbaugh Development, owned by Chris Drawbaugh, was also awarded an honorable mention for his extensive renovation of 1 N. Main St. The building currently houses the Public Opinion and Square 1 Restaurant.

• Environmental Sustainability Award: The Landscaping and Horticulture program at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center received the award, which recognizes a business or nonprofit organization whose operations, processes or products reflect adherence to the principles of ethical, economic and environmental sustainability. The Landscaping and Horticulture program has designed a number of learning opportunities and activities for their students to stress the importance of sustainable living and conservation of natural resources.

• Innovator of the Year: Dr. David J. Ludwick of Ludwick Eye Center received the honor, which recognizes an entrepreneur, business owner or key manager who has succeeded through innovation and risk-taking in introducing new products or services, or growing an existing product line through a unique approach. Some advancements he has incorporated include advanced intraocular lens implants to offer a greater range of vision following cataract surgery, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery devices and the opening of the Ambulatory Surgery Center.

• Nonprofit of the Year: The County Central Community Action Program received the award, which recognizes a nonprofit organization whose innovations address areas of need to improve the prosperity of Franklin County.

• Young Professional of the Year: Award-winner Morgan Neuburger started her career in construction with Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. in 2014.

• Volunteer of the Year: Winner Angela Quigley has been involved with Downtown Chambersburg Inc. since 2012, including volunteering on committees for IceFest and serving as a member of DCI’s board of directors. Quigley also serves as the treasurer of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation board of directors, and is actively involved in their Leadership Franklin County Community program.

• Spirit of the Community: Recipient Penny Shaul, owner of Here’s Looking at You, has become an essential part of the gradual revitalization of downtown Chambersburg, the chamber reported. Since she moved to Chambersburg nearly 15 years ago, she started a local business and has shown her commitment by delivering countless volunteer hours as a member of the Downtown Business Council and Downtown Chambersburg Inc. One of her greatest contributions has been her dedication to IceFest, which has grown into the single largest ice festival in Pennsylvania.