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Cumberland Valley Business Alliance Honors Leaders at Annual Awards Breakfast

L-R Back Row): Rebecca Voss (Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County), James Flannery (Deputy Sheriff), Matthew Wedd (The Conocochegue Institute), Assistant Chief Elizabeth Heller (Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department EMS), Barry Statler (Russell Standard), Andrew Newman (Fort Loudoun Historical Society); (Front Row L-R): Dr. Lura Hanks (Greencastle-Antrim School District), Kacie Gelsinger (The Floor Trader Outlet) and Sam Worley.

The Cumberland Valley Business Alliance (CVBA) hosted an awards breakfast sponsored by M&T Bank, attended by nearly 250 business leaders and community members. The event took place at the Chambersburg Country Club and celebrated notable achievements in the business and community sectors. Awards were distributed across various categories, including seven business awards and two new recognitions for outstanding first responders.

Dr. Lura Hanks, superintendent of the Greencastle-Antrim School District, received the International ATHENA Leadership Award for her efforts in education enhancement, curriculum development, literacy improvement, inclusive teaching methods, and community involvement. This award, locally sponsored by Jennings Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and F&M Trust, recognizes individuals who support women in achieving their leadership potential.

The Spirit of the Community award was given to Sam Worley, a WWII veteran and former County Commissioner, for his extensive community service in the Cumberland Valley.

Matthew Wedd of The Conococheague Institute was named Innovator of the Year for significantly increasing the institute’s endowment and introducing innovative programs.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County received the Nonprofit of the Year award for its contributions to child welfare and community collaboration.

The Event of the Year award went to the Fort Loudoun Market Fair, recognized for drawing over 5,000 visitors and supporting local tourism.

Russell Standard was honored as Employer of the Year for its employee-focused benefits and community involvement.

Kacie Gelsinger earned the Emerging Business Leader award for her career excellence and community service.

James Flannery, a deputy sheriff and K9 handler, received the Bravery in Blue Award for his commitment to public safety and bomb threat response.

Elizabeth Heller, a paramedic and Assistant EMS Chief, was awarded the Courageous Responder Award for her dedication to community EMS and safety education initiatives.

The CVBA, a partnership between the Chambersburg and Greencastle-Antrim chambers of commerce, is Franklin County’s largest business advocacy organization, focusing on member prosperity and quality of life enhancement in the Cumberland Valley.


Pamela K Coyle 1949-2024

Pam received her Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in 1978. She never lost her love of reading or her enthusiasm for libraries.

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Candie worked in the Prothonotary’s office at the Fulton County Courthouse, and later at Irving Accounting and U.S.A. Cartage in Williamsport, MD.

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