Notes and quotes for October

Photo by Jennifer Deinlein
Work began this summer on a new Keystone Health facility at Norland and Fifth avenues in Chambersburg, Pa. Ground was broken July 11, according to a post on Keystone’s Facebook page.
“Several of our current practices will relocate to the new site to allow for expansion so we can better serve the community,” the post reads. 
Some of those practices include Keystone Urgent Care; pediatric dentistry; pediatric therapies including audiology and speech; infectious diseases; HIV/STD services; community outreach; and administration.

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:

‘No wrong answer’

“I think there’s no wrong answer. … There’s no one way to be successful at strategic planning.”

Michael D. Boyd, program manager for workforce development and certification and licensure at Hagerstown Community College, on various strategic planning procedures.

Sheetz For The Kidz tops $598,000

ALTOONA, Pa. — The Sheetz employee-driven charity Sheetz For The Kidz raised more than $598,000 during its annual July campaign through customer donations.

It was a new July record for the nonprofit, topping last July’s total by more than $34,000. All of the customer donationsdirectly support Sheetz For The Kidz programs.

“We are grateful for our customers and employees who continue to drive our fundraising campaigns every July and December,” Sarah Piper, executive director of Sheetz For The Kidz, said in a news release. “All donations will support local children during the holidays and grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions living in our communities.”

Throughout the holiday season, Sheetz For The Kidz will support nearly 9,500 children.


“Our patients will be better able to manage their own health care and know that there is improved communication and collaboration among all their health providers.”

Joseph P. Ross, president and CEO of Meritus Health in Hagerstown, Md., on switching to a comprehensive electronic medical records system.

Drinks in a dry township

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — Although Guilford Township remains a “dry” municipality, Penn National’s Black Oak Bar is serving alcoholic beverages.

In a dry municipality, no liquor sales are allowed, including in restaurants. But under a new law, products brewed or produced in Pennsylvania can be sold in “dry” municipalities.

In April, Penn National Golf Club and Inn Founders Grille — which uses Altland House of Abbottsbown, Pa., for its food service — established itself as a satellite location for its brewery and opened the Black Oak Bar.

Last month, the bar added cocktails to the mix.

‘Fully operational’

“I expect we’ll break ground sometime this fall. … Hopefully we’ll be fully operational in the first quarter of 2020.”

 John Luciani, chief operating officer to LTL services at A. Duie Pyle, on the company’s plans for a new integrated logistics center in Franklin County, Pa.