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Chamber Of Commerce Will Award Scholarships March 15, 2018

The Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce (SLCCC) will award $500 scholarships to two graduating seniors - one each from Solanco and Lampeter-Strasburg school districts - who plan to pursue a business-related major in college or technical school or plan to operate their own business following graduation.

The application for Solanco students is available at For details, students may call the guidance office at 717-786-2151, ext. 8160. Lampeter-Strasburg students may obtain applications by contacting Ed Krasnai in the guidance office at 717-464-3311. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 1. Scholarship funding is provided through SLCCC's annual shredding event.

For more information, readers may call Keith Kaufman, SLCCC secretary, at 717-786-5617.


Minnich Honored For Service March 15, 2018

Jeff Minnich, owner of Groff's Printing in Quarryville, is the recipient of the first annual Community Service Award from the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce (SLCCC). The award recognizes a person who has provided important, lasting, volunteer public service in Quarryville and southern Lancaster County.

Kendall Keeler, a member of the chamber's board of directors and chairman of its community service award committee, presented Minnich with a plaque during the chamber's annual banquet at The Fireside Tavern in Strasburg. In addition, Keeler announced that a $500 scholarship in Minnich's name will be awarded to a student in the Solanco or Lampeter-Strasburg school districts who will major in a business-related field in college or technical school, or who plan to operate their own business following high school graduation. Upon receiving his award, Minnich announced that he will provide a matching $500 to make it a $1,000 business-related scholarship for a Solanco or Lampeter-Strasburg senior.

While presenting Minnich with the award, Keeler noted Minnich's remarkable support for the community and involvement in many activities, specifically mentioning his coordination of the Solanco Fair parade each year.

Nominees for the 2019 Community Service Award are being accepted. To nominate someone, readers may visit, or email Keith Kaufman at


MDBA Plans Luncheon March 7, 2018

The Mason-Dixon Business Association (MDBA) will hold a luncheon on Wednesday, March 21, at Steelefish Grille, 660 Boulton Street, Bel Air, Md. The guest speaker will be from the Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon.

There is a cost for the luncheon. Reservations are encouraged, and guests are welcome to attend. For more information, readers may visit In case of inclement weather, if schools in either Harford or York County are closed, the meeting will be cancelled.


LOHF Scholarship News Announced March 1, 2018

The Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation (LOHF) annually awards scholarships to deserving nursing students. These include students beginning their nursing education and nurses advancing their careers. Funds are also available for nurses studying for certification classes, such as the School Nurse Certificate. Scholarships renew annually for recipients for the duration of their program of study. Scholarship applications for Lancaster County nursing students are due no later than Tuesday, May 15.

Applicants must be practical or registered nursing students who are residents of Lancaster County and attend one of several schools in Lancaster County, including Harrisburg Area Community College (Lancaster Campus), Lancaster Career and Technology Center, and PA College of Health Sciences. Applicants may also be licensed nurses who are residents of Lancaster County and attend any RN to BSN, BSN, master's, post-master's, or doctoral program, and certification classes, including, but not limited to, school nurse, lactation consultant, and others requiring education.

There are scholarship program requirements that must be met. Applicants must be permanent residents of Lancaster County at the time of application or working in healthcare in Lancaster County. Applicants must be admitted to a nursing education program at time of application. Scholarships are for tuition costs only. Students receiving 100 percent tuition reimbursement should not apply. By accepting a nurse education scholarship from LOHF, the scholarship recipient agrees to work full-time in nursing in Lancaster County for one year of scholarship support awarded. For complete details and an application, readers may visit

Applications will be reviewed to identify finalists for interviews that will take place in July. Recipients will be notified by mail in July. Initial scholarship payments will be made to the nursing schools in August. A reception to celebrate nursing and current and past scholarship winners will be held in September.

Individuals who have already received a nurse scholarship and wish to continue their nursing education are encouraged to re-apply for another scholarship as they advance their education.


Coalition Elects Board Officers February 28, 2018

James Maurer has been elected as board chairman for the Central Penn Business Group on Health. Maurer is joined by Jason Dennis Sr., vice chairman; Regina Deel, secretary; Joan Enoch, treasurer; and Tom Williams, immediate past chair. New board members for 2018 include George Ioannidis, Jessica Lilly, and Maureen Putnam.

The Central Penn Business Group on Health is a nonprofit employer coalition that provides a forum and a voice for the business community on healthcare through collaboration among stakeholders. Its mission is to promote continuous improvement in the quality and cost of healthcare for member companies, their employees, and dependents. To learn more, readers may contact Diane Hess at 717-239-6954 or


BPW Plans Meeting February 27, 2018

The Greater Downingtown Business and Professional Women (BPW) will meet on Wednesday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at the Thorndale Inn, Route 340, Thorndale, for networking, dinner, a program, and a business meeting. The speaker will be William Dunn, a cancer survivor. His topic will be "Against Smoking."

Readers are asked to call Cindy Markley at 610-363-1404 for information and reservations. Readers may also visit


Chamber Names Board Members February 14, 2018

The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce (LVCC) has announced the addition of three new directors, including Bill Bering, Bering Real Estate; Thomas Harlow, WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital; and Jamie Yocum, G.F. Bowman. Don Raiger of Lebanon Valley College joined the board in November 2017 to fulfill an unexpired term vacancy.

In addition to the new directors, the following individuals have agreed to serve a second three-year term: Jamie Hanford, Ladd Hanford Auto Group; Audrey King, Bell and Evans; Jeff Steckbeck, Steckbeck Engineering and Surveying; and Phil Tipton, Lebanon Valley Family YMCA.

Officers for 2018 include chairman Chris Gebhard, Hoaster Gebhard and Co.; chair-elect Jamie Hanford, Ladd Hanford; first vice chair Jeffrey Allar, Bayer HealthCare; secretary/corporate treasurer Julie Osborne, The UPS Store; member-at-large Georgette Dukes McAllister; and immediate past chair Ed Coyle, Buzgon Davis Law Offices.

Additional information is available at


BIA Installs Board Members February 14, 2018

The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Lancaster County officially installed its 2018 board of directors at the annual Installation Banquet on Jan. 17 at Brick Gables in Lititz. More than 120 local builders, contractors, government officials, and other guests attended the event.

Pennsylvania Builders Association 2018 president Kert Sloan installed the following BIA officers and directors:

Shawn Garman, Garman Builders Inc., president; Keith Petrisek, Dutch Quality Inc., vice president; Matt Grosh, Herr and Low, PC, secretary; Michelle Atwater, Bertz, Hess and Co. LLC, treasurer; Lori Bentley, Douple Agency Inc., associate vice president; and Mark Stanley, McNees Wallace and Nurick LLC, immediate past president.

Presidential Advisors include Jay Provanzo, Heartland Builders Inc., and Randy Hess, Hess Home Builders.

Builder Directors include Randy Blank, Sycamore Builders LLC; Jared Erb, Custom Home Group Inc.; Louie Hurst, Alden Homes; Jordan Metzler, Metzler Home Builders; and Andy Toms, EGStoltzfus Homes LLC.

Associate Directors include John Bear, Stevens and Lee/Griffin; Steve Cook, UGI Utilities Inc.; Tom Keller, G.R. Mitchell Inc.; and Frank Vargish, Blakinger Thomas.

As president, Garman is responsible for overseeing the team in their daily tasks, supporting the company mission and goals, strategic planning, and goal setting - ensuring that all activities align, support, and exemplify the businesses' high standards.

Garman is an active member of the community, supporting and serving on boards and committees of several local nonprofit groups. He is married with three children.

Garman gave insight into his goals for the year, which include promoting members through a new social media campaign, new awards, a membership drive, and events that will recognize excellence in the industry beyond specific construction projects. He encourages involvement in the association.


Chamber Seeks Nominations February 14, 2018

The Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce, 216 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, is seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Community Organization/Non-Profit of the Year. Nomination forms and guidelines for all three awards are available at

The deadline for submission is Friday, March 16. Awards will be presented at the chamber's annual dinner on Tuesday, April 24, at the Downingtown Country Club.

For more details, readers may contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 610-269-1523 or


Keystone Chapter Announces News February 14, 2018

The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently announced that Kenneth Schwebel, president of The Witmer Group in Mount Joy, has been named 2018 chair of the board. Schwebel earned a bachelor's degree in finance and management from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master in Business Administration degree from Lebanon Valley College.

Schwebel has served on two ABC Keystone Committees, including the Education Committee (2000-04) and the Legislative Issues Committee (2010-11). He has also served as a Construction Financial Managers Association board member since 1998, including a term as president.

ABC Keystone also welcomes Ed Engle as a new addition to its leadership for 2018. Returning for a three-year term are Steve Dzurik, Brian Floyd, Ben Pratt, Esq., and Thomas Williams, Esq.


YBA Installs Board President February 12, 2018

The York Builders Association (YBA) recently installed Jason Barshinger of embee and son inc. as the 2018 board president at a special event held at the Stone Grille and Taphouse. Barshinger will serve as president of the YBA board of directors for a term of one year.

Barshinger is co-owner of embee and son inc., along with his father, Michael Barshinger, and manages the York retail location. He is a graduate of West Chester University, with decades of experience in the building and remodeling industry.

As president of the board, Barshinger will provide leadership to the more than 400-member association in concert with executive vice president Laurie Lourie and a 20-member board of directors.

Barshinger and his wife, Whitney, have a young family.


Chamber News Announced February 7, 2018

The Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce held its 2018 annual address and breakfast on Jan. 16. The address featured several important announcements. Most notably, the Ephrata Area Chamber has decided to launch an ambitious rebrand campaign in 2018 that will transition the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce to the Northern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. The rebrand will allow for the chamber to enhance its regional impact while featuring the strong businesses and diverse communities that make up Northern Lancaster County.

The chamber will also move in 2018. The Northern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce's new offices will be located on the third floor of the Brossman Building in downtown Ephrata.

A formal "State of the Chamber" review was given for the past year. The chamber's goals and objectives were outlined for the new year. One of the major goals for 2018 is to focus on member engagement and build upon the success of last year's new programming. The Northern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce also unveiled new investor opportunities for potential sponsors for 2018.

Four individuals were elected to the 2018 board of directors and include Carol Brian, Tyler Eberly, Chrissy Gariano, and Dr. Ella Musser. Following an election by the board of directors, several individuals were named to the executive committee, including Erin Treese, president; Mark Thompson, vice president; Pam Armitage, treasurer; and Jeff Burroughs, secretary. Three outgoing board members, Dale Latshaw, Cindy Mellinger, and Jim Summers, were recognized for their years of service to the board.

In 2018, staffing changes will take place at the chamber. Andrea Glass has decided to step down as the executive director to focus on completing her doctorate and teaching. Liz Ackerman has become the member relations and events director, and Michele Newswanger will continue as the chamber's marketing consultant.

For more information about 2018 events or to become a member or sponsor, readers may contact 717-738-9010 or visit


Chamber Plans Events February 2, 2018

Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce has posted its upcoming events.

The Chamber board meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 a.m. at the Elizabethtown Public Library, 10 S. Market St., Elizabethtown.

The February Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moo-Duck Brewery, 79 S. Wilson Ave., Elizabethtown. The guest speaker will be Elizabethtown Borough Police Chief Ed Cunningham. There is a cost to attend, and space is limited. To register, visit and click on Events.

The SCORE Roundtable will take place on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Country Meadows Restaurant, 81 Hershey Road, Elizabethtown. Participants will discuss business issues and challenges, best practices, and networking opportunities. SCORE mentor Tom Burgum will present "It's OK to Say 'No!' The program will highlight when, why and how to say no to a customer, an employee, or a boss. To register, contact Jeanne Aument at 717-397-3092.


PPRS Presents Awards, Names Officers February 1, 2018

The Pennsylvania Public Relations Society (PPRS) recently presented awards and announced its 2018 executive board officers.

PPRS presented the Ernest R. McDowell Award for Excellence in Public Relations to Lori Baker Pizzarro, sole proprietor of The Design Department, located in Mechanicsburg. The award, established by PPRS in 1991, recognizes an individual for sustained excellence in the field of public relations. It is presented annually in memory of the late senior vice president of marketing and corporate relations with Capitol Health System, now Pinnacle.

After graduating with honors from the communications/journalism program at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, Pizzarro enrolled in Shippensburg University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations/communications with an emphasis in graphic design, again graduating with honors. At her design firm, Pizzarro has managed a diverse group of accounts, including nonprofit organizations, industry associations, retail stores, medical firms, political campaigns, public relations firms, and technology and software companies. In addition to the Ernest R. McDowell Award, she has been recognized with multiple IABC Capital Awards and PRSA Central Pennsylvania Chapter Keystone Awards.

The 2018 PPRS officers include Larissa Bedrick, president; Erin Waters-Trasatt, vice president; Ken Robinson, secretary; and Carolyn Simpson, treasurer.

For more information about PPRS, readers may visit


Chapter Adds Night Classes January 31, 2018

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) - Keystone Chapter recently announced that evening classes have been added to the comprehensive D1.1 Structural Welding program. All classes will be held at the ABC Keystone Center for Construction Careers, 135 Shellyland Road, Manheim. Classes will start on Monday, Feb. 19.

Upon completion of the program, testing by an independent third-party partner is performed to verify qualifications. Both the day and evening welding courses utilize NCCER modules and curriculum training.

These new evening classes will be offered in addition to the day classes already held at the chapter and provide training designed to work around the schedules of students who are seeking to learn a new career or enhance their skills. The welding program at ABC Keystone was created in response to the need for skilled welders in Pennsylvania and is one of the many workforce development programs available at ABC.

Of the 180 hours of training time during the 12-week block program, 80 percent of instructional time is spent in the booths, providing a comprehensive, hands-on experience. The chapter also offers a six-week full-day program.

For more details, readers may contact Kristi Pronovost at 717-653-8106 or or visit


Board Member Changes Posted January 31, 2018

Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation (LOHF) appointed new officers and board members whose terms began in January. Each offers valuable experience and insight to LOHF's mission of improving children's behavioral healthcare in Lancaster County, and equipping medical and behavioral healthcare providers to best serve this need.

Board members were appointed as officers effective Jan. 1. Officers include John Walker, board chair; Adam Biuckians, M.D., vice chair; Terry Sweigart, treasurer; and Charles Rieck, J.D., secretary.

Newly appointed board members include Anita Darpino, D.O.; Robert (Bob) H. Miller; Connell O'Brien; and Carli Youndt, M.S.N. Board members continuing their current terms are Carolyn Bruey, Psy.D., B.C.B.A.; Lindsi DeArment, D.O., M.S.; Kristen Loose, M.S.N., R.N., N.H.A.; Dee Minchhoff, D.N.P., C.R.N.P.; and Sean Post, C.P.A.


ABC Keystone Posts Awards January 25, 2018

The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has announced that ABC Keystone 2017 chair of the board Donna J. Shoff presented the 2017 Chair Award to Roger S. Brubaker, president of Wilco Electric Inc. in Columbia. In addition, the 2017 Special Recognition Award was presented to Timothy A. Kershner, CPA, principal, Walz Group in Lititz.

Each year, the past chair is given the opportunity to recognize individual members whose service to ABC and the construction industry went above and beyond the call of duty.


BIA Lancaster Posts Awards January 24, 2018

The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Lancaster County announced several award winners at the annual installation banquet on Jan. 17. The BIA Awards, the Young Professional Award, and the President's Award were chosen by association peers and staff for the 2017 year.

The Building Award, recognizing a member who contributes to the creation of quality homes, thus strengthening relationships in the local community and providing business opportunities for those that support the industry, was presented to George Graham, Super Enterprises/Marvin Windows and Doors.

The Industry Award, recognizing a member who has strongly advocated for the industry position on issues that influence members' ability to do business, was presented to Jay Provanzo of Heartland Builders Inc.

The Association Award, recognizing a member who has represented the association as an ambassador, volunteer, and leader, promoting the association and its member companies, was presented to David Palm of Jemson Cabinetry.

The Young Professional Award, recognizing a young professional who has represented the association as an ambassador, volunteer and leader, promoting the association and its member companies, was presented to Jared Erb, Custom Home Group Inc.

The President's Award, which recognizes a member who stood out to BIA 2017 president Mark Stanley, was presented to Chris Straka, Martin Appliance.


Chamber Names Board Chair January 24, 2018

The Lancaster Chamber recently named Nelson Longenecker of Four Seasons Family of Companies as the 2018 board of trustees chair.

Longenecker is vice president of business innovation and has been with Four Seasons Family of Companies for 19 years. He oversees the teams that support the business in the areas of information technology, strategic projects, continuous improvement, facilities, energy and sustainability, and food safety.

Longenecker serves as vice chair of the international board of Global Disciples. He and his wife, Dani, live in downtown Lancaster, participating in a missional church and a missional community that welcomes immigrants and refugees.


MDBA Plans Meeting January 10, 2018

Mason Dixon Business Association (MDBA) will hold its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Twin Silos Restaurant at Geneva Farm, 217 Davis Road, Street, Md. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon.

The guest speaker will be Janet Gomes, certified public accountant, of Weyrich, Cronin and Sorra. Registration is encouraged, and guests are welcome to attend. There is a cost to attend.

For more information, readers may visit or search for "Mason Dixon Business Association" on Facebook. In the case of inclement weather, if schools in either Harford County or York County are closed, the meeting will be canceled.

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