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Dear TACC Members,

It has been three months since I have taken over as your new chamber director. During that time, I have been busy with transitional matters; planning for our upcoming events; and most importantly, getting to know the membership. Although I am familiar with many of our members, there are a few in which I am not. As I've mentioned before, my goal for this year is to get to know all of you, your businesses and organizations, and your needs. 

Last week, I spent some time visiting a few of you. Thanks to Choice Collision for giving TACC Chairman John Flannery and I a tour of their operations. 

Our board of directors will be meeting at the end of February to strategic plan, and take a hard look at our organization and mission. However, our focus is and always has been the commitment to our members. In a few weeks, you will be receiving an email regarding a membership survey. This will be completed online, and will only take you a few minutes. It will be an important part of this process.

I am excited to announce that we will now hold standard office hours. Unless something crucial comes up, I will be in the office during the times below. This is not to say that I will not be in the office more than these times. 

  • Monday (9am-1pm)
  • Wednesday (12-4pm)
  • Thursday (9-11am)
  • Friday (10am-12pm)
  • *Other Times Available by Appointment*
I am also excited to announce that we will be creating a "Community Impact Statement", which will be made available to our members. This informational document will detail the impact that the chamber and our members have on the community, as well as our annual finances. 

Thank you. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Chris Ardinger
TACC Executive Director
Annual Business Awards Dinner & Silent Auction
We hope that you will join us for a wonderful evening commemorating the achievements of area businesses and organizations. We will present four awards: Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Not for Profit of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. We are looking for silent auction items, so please let us know if you want to participate.

Date: Tuesday, March 29th
Where: Harry Lackhove American Legion Post 517
Time: 5-8pm
Cost: $30/member and $35/nonmember

*Click HERE to register*

Thanks to our event sponsor:
2016 Excellence in Business
Award Nominations

Nominate your favorite company, business person, and not for profit to win in one of these categories. Click the links below for award criteria and nomination forms. All forms must be submitted to the chamber via mail or email for review by February 26, 2016. Awards will be given out at the TACC Annual Silent Auction & Dinner on March 29th.

Business Person of the Year
Business of the Year
Not for Profit of the Year
Mock Interviews Were a Success
In partnership with the Tuscarora School District, we held mock interviews for a sixth year at James Buchanan High School. Representatives from Fast Ink, Atlas Copco, Conococheague Institute, Alliance Elevator, Patriot Federal Credit Union, H&R Block, D.L. Martin Company, First United Daycare, and Tuscarora School District spent the morning interviewing juniors and seniors. This is part of their graduation requirement, and it provides them with a great real world experience.

"Mock job interviews bring a taste of reality to Pa. students" - The Herald Mail
"Mock interviews prepare students for real world" - Public Opinion
Upcoming Events?
Let Us Know!

Please let us know what events you are holding for 2016. We are happy to put them on our website, advertise them on social media and other appropriate means.

Email or call 717-328-5827 to submit.
TACC Supports
FixJB Sports

We were pleased to wrap-up our commitment of $5,000 towards the FixJB Sports Capital Campaign. A portion of the proceeds were raised from our annual Beer & Wine Festival. The committee has done an excellent job in supporting athletic facilities in the school district, and we are happy to help support the initiative. 

Mercersburg WWII Vet Celebrates 90th with Book Release

The Fendrick Library, 20 North Main, Mercersburg, will host Davis for two short presentations on Saturday, February 13, 2016. The presentations will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and Davis will be on hand to sign books before and after each talk.
WWII veteran Gregg P. Davis is celebrating his 90th birthday with his newly released autobiography: Battle-Tested, Street Kid, Soldier, Teacher, Patriarch. Davis, who turned 90 on January, 20, 2016, returned from WWII as a decorated Army veteran after serving as a mortar man in the 89th Division. He had a 35-year career as a teacher in the Tuscarora School District while raising a family of four.

Formerly of Altoona, PA, Davis was drafted 22 days after his high school graduation. Following his service in combat and more than a year in Army hospitals, he  earned his teaching degree at Shippensburg, known at the time as Shippensburg State Teachers College.

The book release is the culmination of a year's work and begins with the days Davis spent running the streets as a kid during the Great Depression. Later, Davis was among the first group of American soldiers to liberate the first concentration camp. His book provides details on the daily struggles of infantry soldiers as well as memories of life in a veteran's hospital.

Davis has built his book on personal stories. In addition to his storytelling, he provides many glimpses into life in Mercersburg and the local school district since the early 50's  He recounts his days as an orchard worker, rock quarry laborer and school  janitor during summer jobs needed to supplement his salary as a young teacher. 

The book retails for $14.99. For more information or to a order a signed copy, email: An additional $3.50 applies to mailed copies.


Mercersburg Summer Adds STEAM Program, Basketball Camps
January 14, 2016

MERCERSBURG, PA- Mercersburg Academy's Office of Summer and Extended
Programs announced today that it will offer three new summer programs, in
addition to the eight existing programs developed by the independent
college-preparatory school from June to August. Jo Wrzesinsky, Director of
Summer and Extended Programs, announced that programming will now include
Mercersburg Summer STEAM Camp and a boys' and girls' Basketball Camp.
“We are so excited for these new programs and for the opportunity to
open up our truly remarkable campus to younger students who may not
currently have access to state of the art facilities like Mercersburg's,"
Wrzesinsky said.

Mercersburg's Summer STEAM program will focus on collaborative learning in
the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art and
mathematics. The program is designed to take participants ages 10-13 to
the front lines of the Maker revolution as they learn by doing.
Engineering, computer programming, 3D printing, textiles, and metal
fabrication will all be featured in this five-day immersion, which will
run June 26-30.

Summer STEAM is designed to give younger students a glimpse into the
styles of work that seniors at Mercersburg Academy complete during the
senior capstone Springboard experience. Springboard features course
options such as Rapid Application Development, 3D Design, The Global Food
Chain, Entrepreneurship, and Makers Lab. Drawing on the ideas of Challenge
Based Learning, all students are required to delve into a challenge or
project that they define and create. Though on a smaller adapted scale,
the Summer STEAM Campers will learn via the same model as the Academy's

In addition, a week of boys' and girls' basketball camps has also been
added to the variety at Mercersburg Summer. The programs are designed for
players ages 11-14 who want to improve their individual and team skills.
Players will build habits that will lead to success on the court,
including improving ball handling, shooting, and body control.

The boys' basketball camp will run from June 27-30 and will be directed
and coached by Sean Crocker, Mercersburg Academy's boys' varsity head
coach. Crocker is currently in his first season at Mercersburg; he came
from Stuart Hall School in Virginia, where his teams improved from eight
wins in 2011 to 18 victories in 2014-2015. Crocker has worked as an
assistant coach at Washington and Lee University, Tufts University,
Framingham [Mass.] State College, and Wheelock College.

Mercersburg's girls' varsity head coach, Katie LaRue, will direct and
coach the girls skills camp from July 5-8. LaRue is in her fifth year as
head coach. During her tenure, the program has re-established itself as a
competitive force in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) and the
Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA), with
several players earning postseason recognition.

Mercersburg Summer also offers an array of commuter and residential
programs which also includes Adventure Camps, Discovery Day Camp, Young
Writers Camp, Summer Dance and Theatre Intensives, and Swim Clinics. For
more information on Mercersburg Summer Programs, visit, call 717-328-6225, or email [ ]

Comcast Business Chamber Alliance Referral Program Winter Special

Chamber Member Mary-Anne Gordon, local Comcast Business Small Business Specialist, is offering free account checkups for currentComcast Business customers and FREE NO OBLIGATION product comparisons for non-customers Comcast Business Customers. If you are with CenturyLink, Windstream, Verizon, Vonage, Frontier or another provider Comcast is confident they will bring you the best phone and internet services at the most competitive prices. Plus the Chamber will get a donation for every member who chooses to become a ComcastBusiness customer. 

The Comcast Business Chamber Referral Program helps our chamber raise extra funds and helps our members save money with the fastest, most efficient telecommunication tools in the market. You simply get in touch the Chamber or Mary-Anne or 717-682-8071
There is no obligation on your part to switch to Comcast Business but if you do switch, your Chamber can earn a little extra for the yearly budget!! Please contact the Chamber office by phone or email if you would like to look into Comcast Business. This is a great way to give to the Chamber and it doesn’t cost you a thing except a few minutes of your time!
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