Leadership program honors grads, names alumni of the year

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From left are Fauzia Chaudhary, Orrstown Bank; Kathyrn Gratton, SCORE Mentors Four State; Becka Mumma, Patriot Federal Credit Union; Melisa Ostrowski, First Start Partnerships for Children and Families; Shannon Lee, Healthy Communities Partnership; Shawn Stevens, Keystone Health; Nicole Wilson, SEK, CPAs & Advisors; Morgan Plummer, Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc.; Crystal Lantz, Wilson College; and Emily Scott, JLG Industries.
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From left are Michele Ford of ACNB Bank and chair of Leadership Franklin County Alumni Committee, Bill Dann of RJE Telecom, alumnus of the year; and Eric Alleman of ACNB Bank and the alumni committee.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation graduated 10 community members and announced the 2018 Alumnus of the Year during its 33rd Annual Graduation Ceremony held at the 11/30 Visitors Center.

Known as Leadership Franklin County Community, the program is a nine-month leadership training course where professionals gain leadership skills, learn more about the community and find ways to serve local nonprofits.

The 2019 graduates included Fauzia Chaudhary of Orrstown Bank; Kathyrn Gratton of SCORE Mentors Four State; Crystal Lantz of Wilson College; Shannon Lee of Healthy Communities Partnership; Becka Mumma of Patriot Federal Credit Union; Melisa Ostrowski of First Start Partnerships for Children and Families; Morgan Plummer of Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc.; Emily Scott of JLG Industries; Shawn Stevens of Keystone Health and Nicole Wilson of SEK, CPAs & Advisors.

The students gathered once per month for leadership training, met with community leaders and visited businesses throughout the region. They also worked outside of the classroom in teams to complete service projects for local nonprofits such as the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, IceFest PA, Occupational Services Inc. and American Cancer Society — Relay for Life.

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation also recognized Bill Dann as the 2018 LFC Community Alumnus of the Year for his volunteer service in Franklin County. He continues to demonstrate his leadership abilities as president of the Chambersburg Road Runners Club, a coach of the cross-country team at Chambersburg Area Senior High School and as a race director of the Chambersburg Half Marathon. In these roles, he has helped raise more than $14,000 annually for high school scholarships as well as additional funds for local nonprofits. After a long career with Century Link, DAnn joined RJE Telecom in 2018.

Applications to join the 2019-2020 LFC Community class are now available. Tuition is $1,300 with scholarships available; applications are due by June 30 and can be found at FranklinCountyWorks.com/Leadership. Salzmann Hughes is sponsoring the LFC Community Class of 2019.

Capital BlueCross, WellSpan Health entering into ‘strategic partnership’

Capital BlueCross and WellSpan Health plan to enhance their partnership, which the organizations say will focus on improving health care and lowering costs for employers and consumers.

The two organizations have agreed to enter into a long-term arrangement that would be finalized in the coming months. The partnership would coordinate the financing and delivery of health care “to improve the quality, efficiency and overall experience for WellSpan Health patients who are Capital BlueCross members,” the organizations said in a news release.

The organizations referred to the arrangement as a “strategic partnership” that will leverage WellSpan’s electronic health records and Capital BlueCross’ data systems to explore:

• New product offerings and care coordination programs for employers.

• Expanded Medicare offerings in Adams, Franklin, northern Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

• Innovative digital health strategies

• Tools to help consumers find the most appropriate medical care or pharmacy services.

• Payment arrangements that are focused on improved quality and outcomes

• Ways to better use data and analytics to improve patient experience

3 Roads to produce public TV special honoring Glenn Miller and featuring the U.S. Air Force Band

FREDERICK, Md. — 3 Roads Communications Inc. of Frederick, Md., will produce a one-hour public TV special honoring iconic musician Glenn Miller.

Famous for standards including “Moonlight Serenade” and ““In the Mood,” Miller joined the Army during World War II, was named a major and led the Army Air Force Band. During the war, he was a passenger in an airplane that disappeared over the English Channel. His remains have never been found.

“We are thrilled to have been selected to produce this special program,” said Russ Hodge, founder and president of 3 Roads Communications. “It is an honor to be chosen to bring this program, and Major Miller’s legacy, to such a large television audience.”

The public TV broadcast of the concert, “A Glenn Miller Celebration,” honors Miller on the 75th anniversary of his disappearance. The concert was recorded on April 2 at the Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, Md.

The TV program is expected to be broadcast nationally beginning on Veterans Day.

The concert was staged as a radio broadcast. The emcee was Murray Horwitz, Washington Performing Arts artist-in-residence and host of WAMU’s “The Big Broadcast.” The U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note provided the music with guest soloist Veronica Swift.

The television special was recorded using twelve ultra HD cameras.

3 Roads is an Emmy Award-winning company with a history of supplying programming to public television and Amazon.

Valley Health opens multispecialty practice


WINCHESTER, Va. — Valley Health has opened a new multispeciality practice in Martinsburg, W.Va., with specialists from Winchester Medical Center.

Three WMC specialty providers are seeing patients:

• Vascular surgeon Dr. Matthew J. Borkon, with Valley Health Vascular Surgeons, is board-certified in general surgery and vascular surgery.

• Surgical oncologist Dr. Patrick L. Wagner is with Valley Health Surgical Oncology at the Valley Heath Cancer Center on the Winchester Medical Center campus.

• Eric McBride, a nurse practitioner, is board-certified in wound care and is clinical manager for Valley Health Wound, Ostomy, Continence Services and the Center for Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine on the WMC campus.

Valley Health West Virginia Operations Manager Lisa Burgoyne said two more physician specialists will join the practice in the coming months.

Valley Health includes six hospitals, more than 50 physician practices, a regional medical transport service, home care and urgent care centers in five communities.

F&M Trust commits $15,000 to SpiriTrust Lutheran in Pa.

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From left are Susan Rosenberg, chief investment and trust officer at F&M Trust; Warren Hurt, chief investment officer at F&M Trust; Alyssa Proctor, assistant vice president, investment and trust service relationship manager for F&M Trust; Matthew Berger, vice president, investment and trust services market manager for Franklin, Fulton and Huntingdon counties at F&M Trust; Rachel Herrington, executive director of the Village at Luther Ridge; Pat Fairbairn, resident and capital campaign volunteer; Emily Clarke, vice president of philanthropy for the Village at Luther; and Tim Henry, president and CEO of F&M Trust.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa — In a continuation of its ongoing philanthropic initiatives, F&M Trust recently committed $15,000 to SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Luther Ridge, a nonprofit senior living provider in Chambersburg, Pa.

F&M Trust donated the money to support the construction of the organization’s new 40-bed skilled care center, which provides resident-centered care for long-term and short-term rehabilitation patients.

F&M Trust provides hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to support organizations across south-central Pennsylvania.

A subsidiary of Franklin Financial Services Corp., F&M Trust is an independent community bank headquartered in Chambersburg. With approximately $1.2 billion in assets, F&M Trust has 22 community offices in Franklin, Cumberland, Fulton and Huntingdon counties.

Brechbill & Helman receives award for Doey’s House work

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Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., received the National ABC Excellence in Construction Award for the Hospice of Washington County’s Doey’s House near Hagerstown, Md. From left are Don Smith of Bushey Feight Morin Architects; Ernesto Lopez, CEO of Hospice of Washington County; Barb Runyon and Gregg Thompson of Brechbill & Helman; Karen Giffin of Hospice of Washington County; and Pam Tetlow and Brent Feight of Bushey Feight Morin Architects.


Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., recently received a National ABC Excellence in Construction Award for the Hospice of Washington County’s Doey’s House near Hagerstown, Md.

The National Associated Builders and Contractors consists of 25,000-member companies across the United States. Its national awards competition recognizes quality and innovation in merit shop construction projects.

Brechbill & Helman took second place in the category for institutional construction project of less than $10 million at the 29th annual Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony in Long Beach, Calif., according to a news release.

In June of 2016, Hospice of Washington County Inc. and Brechbill & Helman signed a contract for the construction of Doey’s House with the team consisting of Bushey Feight Morin Architects; CJL, mechanical engineer; Fox Associates and Frederick Seibert, civil engineer; Matonak & Snyder Associates, structural engineer; Donna Brightman, landscaper; and TRIAD, geotech and testing.

Doey’s House is a 12-bed inpatient hospice with expansion capabilities to 16-bed and is the only active licensed hospice facility in Washington County, Md.

The home is named in honor of the late Doris “Doey” Glessner. Her son, Neal Glessner, along with the HWC board of directors, inspired the support of the community to bring a hospice house to the community.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 21, 2016, with the project at 80% complete, a fire erupted and destroyed the entire structure. Firefighters and EMS crew arrived shortly before 3 a.m. that day, and approximately 80 firefighters battled wind-driven flames for three hours to get it under control.

“Despite the setbacks of the lengthy site investigation and the wintry weather mix of snow, ice and freezing temperatures, the hospice board, contractors, architects, engineers and volunteers were all committed to donating their time and resources to rebuild as it was designed, once more,” Thompson said. “The resolve and tireless dedication of a community, construction workers and volunteers were impeccable. Undeterred by having to start completely over from the concrete floor; our company delivered the 16,400 square foot facility just a few months past the initial completion date.”

Plamondon Cos. presented with human relations award

FREDERICK, Md. — The Plamondon Companies in Frederick, Md. — comprised of Plamondon Enterprises Inc. and Plamondon Hospitality Partners — has received the 2019 Human Relations Award from the Frederick County Human Relations Commission.

Plamondon has established a set of company-wide values to guide associates in areas concerning family, company safety, community involvement, education and guest service. Plamondon also has donated time and resources to the American Red Cross and other nonprofit organizations, and the firm puts a high priority on employing a diverse range of people within their company, according to a news release about the honor.

The company was nominated by Katrina Wyand-Yurish, director of human sesources for the Plamondon Companies, and Rick Weldon, president and CEO of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.

“Their corporate value system places a high priority and value on having all of their employees make a commitment to the communities where they operate their businesses. Multiple nonprofit agencies have benefited as a result of this commitment, including the Red Cross, United Way and other agency partners,” Weldon wrote in his nomination letter. :When disasters strike our community, Plamondon Hospitality Partners are quick to provide emergency accommodations, saving hundreds of families at the most stressful time of their lives. We strongly endorse the Plamondon Companies for this well-deserved recognition.”

Each year, the Commission accepts nominations for companies within Frederick County that employ exemplary staff training opportunities, actively promote hiring of underrepresented groups, establish a diverse customer base and achieve other related accomplishments.

Plamondon Enterprises, Inc. owns the restaurant brand Roy Rogers, and owns and oversees 48 Roy Rogers Restaurants across the mid-Atlantic region. Plamondon Hospitality Partners owns and operates 10 Marriott and Hilton hotel properties in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Notes and quotes for June 2019

By Mike Lewis
Construction continues on the new Martinsburg, W.Va., police station on West Race Street in downtown Martinsburg. The Martinsburg City Council awarded a contract to Martinsburg-based W. Harley Miller Contractors Inc. for construction of the facility. The total cost of the project is about $13.5 million, according to published reports.

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

Maker of Famous Pastry Shoppe Receives Accolades

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc., based in Chambersburg, Pa., was recently recognized as the “Best of South Georgia — Best Industrial Employer” and as the “Leading Business of the Week” by The Valdosta Chamber of Commerce.

The family-owned company is known, among other things, for making Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread,

The accolades follow the recent awarding of Martin’s president, James “Jim” Martin, as the 2018 Business Person of the Year by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

“It is important that we make a positive impact on lives where we can,” Julie Martin, social media manager and granddaughter of the founders, said in a news release. “We appreciate the amazing people who make our business strong. We have had generations of families working alongside my family; and it takes all of us, bringing all of our talents and hard work together, to make something great. As we grow and bring in new employees, new family members, we are excited to welcome them into a loyal family of coworkers that care for each other.”

Company unveils
new model homes

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Richmond American Homes of Maryland Inc., a subsidiary of M.D.C. Holdings Inc., is showing four new model homes at Hager’s Crossing in Hagerstown, Md.

The homes showcase a mix of ranch and two-story floor plans from the builder’s classic lineup and Seasons Collection.

Hager’s Crossing offers new homes from the mid $200,000 with up to six bedrooms. The development also features community pools, a fitness center, tennis court, basketball court, soccer field and playground.

Top 25 truckers

The largest for-hire carriers in North America in 2018, according to Transport Topics magazine. The companies are ranked by total revenue.

1. UPS Inc.

2. FedEx Corp.

3. XPO Logistics

4. J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.

5. Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings

6. YRC Worldwide

7. Schneider

8. Hub Group

9. TFI International

10. Landstar System

11. Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.

12. Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

13. ArcBest

14. Estes Express Lines

15. Werner Enterprises Inc.

16. Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc.

17. NFI

18. Prime Inc.

19 (tie). Penske Logistics

19 (tie). UniGroup Inc.

21. U.S. Xpress Enterprises

22. R+L Carriers

23. CRST International

24. Kenan Advantage Group Inc.

25. C.R. England Inc.

Gifts pay for equipment at medical center

Client Sally Wilson works out on the new elliptical machine at Fulton County Medical Center.

Two monetary gifts were recently made to buy equipment at Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa. The first was a stretcher for patient care in the wound center that was gifted by FCMC’s The Corner Gift Shop at $6,000. The other was a new elliptical machine for the Community Health and Wellness Center, thanks to a $3,000 gift from the FCMC Foundation. That money came through gifts from the annual fund.

Tuscarora chamber presents awards

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The Rotary Club of Mercersburg was named Nonprofit of the Year. From left are Chris Ardinger of the chamber, Angie Heefner, Liza Main, David Moore, Linda Hargrove, Cherry Laye, Erich Hawbaker, Debbie Taylor, Karl Reisner and Bonnie Mellott Keefer.

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — The Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce recently honored the achievements of area people, businesses and organizations during its awards program at Whitetail Ski Resort.

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Romeo’s Café was honored as business of the year. From left are Chris Ardinger of the chamber, Maxwell McCullough, Lori Jo McCullough, Harry McCullough, state Sen. Judy Ward, Laura Theimer and Finn McCullough.

Marcy Hoffman was named Business Person of the Year.

To help present the award, the chamber’s executive director, Chris Ardinger, called to the podium Hoffman’s husband, Doug, and friend and community leader Gloria Pine.

Doug Hoffman was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017. He told the crowd of more than 175 people about his battle with cancer and the effort Marcy and her staff at Marcy’s Creative Touch put into the Cruisin’ for a Cure event, which raised more than $30,000 toward the recently formed Hospice of Franklin County. He described his wife as his rock and someone who works hard in her business.

“You can ride by our house and see the garage door go up at 6 a.m., and it goes down at 9 p.m.,” he said.

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Business Person of the Year (Left to Right): Chris Ardinger, Bonnie Mellott Keefer, Marcy Hoffman, Gloria Pine and Doug Hoffman.

Other award winners were:

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Volunteer of the Year Erin Berry Parker poses with with Chris Ardinger, executive director of the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce.

• Volunteer of the Year: Erin Berry Parker, whom Ardinger described as “a huge asset to the chamber.”

• Nonprofit of the Year: Rotary Club of Mercersburg, which is 90 years old and supports many community efforts, including Santa’s Toy Box, which provides toys and supplies to hundreds of children and needy families across the Tuscarora School District.

• Business of the Year: Romeo’s Café, a local haunt owned by Harry and Lori McCullough that participates in numerous community causes.