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TACC Commemorates Local Business Achievements

The Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner on Tuesday, April 10th. Over 150 business and community leaders gathered to help the Chamber commemorate the achievements of area businesses and organizations.

The event was held at the Solstice Restaurant at Whitetail Ski Resort.

TACC Executive Director, Chris Ardinger, presented the first award of the evening, Volunteer of the Year. “This individual has been active in our Chamber long before I was even here”, Ardinger said of the winner, adding that she has worked for Bell Insurance for the past 11 years, and is very active in the Rotary Club of Mercersburg. She participates heavily in the Santa’s Toy Box Project, and reads to children in area schools.

“She has been a huge asset to the Chamber and is one of the most community-oriented people that I know; she volunteers for just about every event that we have, as long as it does not interfere with beach visits of course” said Ardinger. After a few more teasers, he announced that Danielle Bristol was the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

Next on the agenda was the Not for Profit of the Year award presentation, being presented by State Senator John Eichelberger, Jr. A PowerPoint presentation listed a variety of facts about the nominee, which has roots back to July 1913; it was formally established as an organization in 1962. The Fendrick Library operated at several different locations in Mercersburg over the years, finally finding a place of its own in 1962, when the Parker House was gifted to them by the Humphrey family in memory of Ms. Virginia Shannon Fendrick. In 2011, the organization constructed a beautiful expansion and enhanced its collections.

In addition to the resources and collections available to the public, The Fendrick Library offers many children’s programs, and houses a wide assortment of genealogy records. The site serves as an educational resource to the community, has public meeting space, provides computer access, and has a beautiful outdoor patio. They also have History Rooms featuring: local artifacts, documents, special collections, and photographs. The James Buchanan Room has some special items in it relating to his presidency. Several board members and volunteers were present to receive the award, as well as Librarian Cheryl Custer.

The nominee for Business of the Year is family-owned and operated, and has been doing business in downtown Mercersburg for 42 years. It is one of the oldest businesses still in operation in our community. Throughout their many years of service, they have existed at three different locations. Currently, they are located directly in front of Mama’s Pizza. The owner and founder of the business attended Bowman Technical School in Lancaster to study the art of Horology. The business started out in that art form and eventually expanded into what it is today. In 2001, the owner’s son, Aaron joined the family business and has been able to enhance the store’s capabilities. In 2005, Aaron won “Outstanding Craftsman of the Year” from a state-wide trade association. Computer-aided design and 3D printing is now a consistent part of business operations.

The business is currently operating as a full retail jewelry store, specializing in custom design pieces and jewelry repair. In 2015, in collaboration with Deb Mumma, the store began the Ribbon of Hope & Tears Project. The idea was to create a piece of jewelry that would share both Deb’s sadness and struggles with cancer, as well as her hope for a cure and healing loved ones. To date, close to $10,000 has been raised in the fight against cancer. The family is also an integral part of the Tuscarora Wildlife Education Project.

It was clear soon enough that the 2018 Business of the Year was Snider’s Jewelers. The award was presented to the family and staff by Bob Fignar, President of the First Community Bank of Mercersburg, who spoke highly of the businesses success and community contributions. The Snider family was present to accept the award, along with long-time employee Kristie Grove. Owner, Ty Snider thanked the community for their many years of support.

The highest commendation that the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce presents each year is the Business Person of the Year Award. This award is given to a person who is unselfishly committed to the business community. This year’s nominee was a 1985 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School and a graduate of Shippensburg University in 1989 with a degree in Economics. The nominee married his wife Kelly in 1991, and they have three children; Evan, Emily and Will.

While attending college, he worked multiple jobs to pay for his education. At age 19, he took a job delivering beer for Shippensburg Beverage. From there, he moved through the ranks with different opportunities, working with DM Evans Distributing, eventually acquiring the business in 1997. Never satisfied with doing one thing at a time, over the next two decades, this individual would go on to oversee, acquire and establish multiple businesses; this includes: In & Out Beverage in Chambersburg, York Street Beverage in Hanover, and Keystone Country Store in Fort Loudon. In 2013, this individual moved the DM Evans license to Mercersburg and it now operates as Mercersburg Beverage. The nominee is involved with multiple community organizations: Mercersburg Area Community Chorus, Tuscarora Youth Soccer Club, board member for the First Community Bank of Mercersburg and the Tuscarora Education Foundation, and was active with the FixJB Sports Campaign.

Without further ado, Mercersburg Academy’s Head of School, Katherine Titus presented Kevin Schoenberger with the award. Katie thanked Kevin for his support and dedication to the community. Kevin contributes to the Mercersburg Academy each year to help fund scholarships for Pennsylvania students to attend the school. Kevin’s wife Kelly, and daughter Emily were present to celebrate the achievement with him.

Among the other honored guests were: Senator John Eichelberger, Jr.; Bonnie Mellott Keefer from Rep. Topper’s Office; Franklin County Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski; Mike Ross, President of FCADC; Magisterial District Judge Jody Eyer; as well as several TSD School Board members, Borough Council members, Borough staff, Township Supervisors, and neighboring Chamber of Commerce representatives from Shippensburg.

As the evening’s events concluded, Ardinger thanked attendees for coming out to celebrate the successes of Tuscarora area businesses and organizations, and thanked the First Community Bank of Mercersburg for being the event sponsor. The Chamber also thanks the many silent auction donors and table sponsors, and the gals at Oktober Hollow Photography for the beautiful pictures.


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