2013-04-25 / Local & State

Chamber Holds Open House

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism members cut the ribbon on its new office, located in Susquehanna Bank along Second Street. Fulton County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism members cut the ribbon on its new office, located in Susquehanna Bank along Second Street. Instead of its monthly membership luncheon, Fulton County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism (FCCC&T) held an open house Wednesday, April 17, at its new location on 101 Lincoln Way West, Suite 102 in McConnellsburg, with more than 50 people attending.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at 1 p.m., with president Dwight Washabaugh saying a few words of appreciation and thanks to those in attendance as well as a special thanks to Susquehanna Bank for providing such nice quarters. Clyde Bookheimer spoke on behalf of the FIDA, which also shares office space in the new location. Another note of recognition went to Jason Ritchey and Lincoln Way Pizza for their hard work in providing such an excellent meal.

Several prizes were awarded throughout the day, including historic wooden buildings donated by Loy and Linda Garber of Sheep Ridge Farm as well as historic building ornaments and Fulton County thermometers provided by the Chamber. Additionally, drawings for three 1-year free memberships were awarded to Linda Crampton, Jamie Greathead and Andy Washabaugh. Winners of the door prizes included Lincoln Way Pizza, Mike Straley, Kathy Hall, Gene Leese, Pat Berrier, Gordon Duvall, Linda Mellon, Jacque Brumbaugh, Mike Crampton and Trudy Morton.

In other matters relating to the organization’s events, students in their junior year at all of the Fulton County high schools are reminded that the chamber is sponsoring one student to a week-long event at PFEW (Pa. Free Enterprise Week). PFEW is an intensive program that educates high school students about the American Free Enterprise System. The weeklong boot camp allows students to learn about all the facets of owning a business and also teams them up with business leaders from all over the state. The chamber is sponsoring a Fulton County student this year in the $525 program.

PFEW is a 501c3 non-profit agency and any donations by individuals may be deductible for scholarship purposes. Businesses may also donate utilizing the Educational Improvement Tax Credit. Students should consult their respective school counselors for information about registering or register on-line at PFEW – Student Application. PFEW will select the scholarship student for Fulton County.

FCCC&T is still accepting logos for the ongoing logo contest. Up to three original designs per individual may be submitted. The winner will receive a cash prize of a minimum of $100. Anyone any age may apply by May 1, but must be a legal resident of Fulton County.

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