Downtown Chambersburg, Inc. Recognized

Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) recently presented twelve awards during the organization statewide Townie Awards gala. The Townie Awards are a festive and venerable tradition designed to recognize the commonwealth’s core communities and individuals for creation and implementation of projects, programs and events that exemplify the goals of PDC’s community revitalization mission.

Eligible communities consist of Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s nearly 200 member organizations, including Main Street and Elm Street programs, making the Townies a competitive award process each year Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s executive director, Julie Fitzpatrick, said “Each year we look forward to the Townie Awards presentation for its ability to excite and inspire our members to continue their community revitalization efforts. Our member communities work tirelessly to improve their cities and towns, and we love having the opportunity to applaud them for their efforts.”

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Downtown Chambersburg, Inc Awarded

Downtown Chambersburg Inc. received a Promotions & Marketing Award for Special or Neighborhood Event. Downtown Chambersburg Inc. filed an application for our 2021 Spring and Fall Food Truck Fests, Sip & Strolls and Chinchorreo: Latin/Hispanic Food Crawl and their application demonstrated that they significantly shifted their cancelled 2020 events due to COVID to COVID friendly outdoor and semi-outdoor events that not only generated foot traffic but also revenue for the organization to further it’s mission to revitalize downtown Chambersburg.

Downtown Chambersburg Inc.’s president, Sam Thrush, said “We are honored to be recognized for our efforts. Our Food Truck Fests, Sip & Strolls and Chinchorreo: Latin/Hispanic Food Crawl allowed us to raise necessary funds for our organization, allowed us to put foot traffic on our streets and sidewalks and provided us an opportunity to build relationships with beverage companies, our growing latin/Hispanic businesses and mobile vendors who may decide to have a brick and mortar location in the future and hope they select our downtown to do business.”

The Townie Awards

The Townie Awards are a part of PDC’s annual statewide conference, which is held in a different commonwealth community each year in order to highlight the respective city or town’s accomplishments in community and neighborhood revitalization.

This year’s conference and 35th Anniversary Celebration, held in downtown Harrisburg, was attended by close to 300 individuals and included both borough and municipal officials, experts in community planning and landscape architecture, and dozens of Main Street and Elm Street Managers.

For information about the Townie Awards and PDC, contact Emily Zebel at 717-233-4675. For information about Downtown Chambersburg Inc., contact Sam Thrush at

Pictured in photo: Sam Thrush, president of Downtown Chambersburg and Jenna Kaczmarek, board chair of Downtown Chambersburg Inc. accepting the 2022 Townie Award


Kimberly Ann Zimmerman 1960~2023

Kim was always a very outgoing person who loved the outdoors and spending time at her campsite she enjoyed life to the fullest and had an overabundance of friends.

Linda K Ditzler obituary 1953~2023

Linda was a counselor at TruNorth Counseling Services. She also was employed at Wilderness Lodge Leather’s & Hat Shop and The Horse You Rode In On.

John J Durkan obituary 1939~2023

Born in Brooklyn, New York on July 3, 1939, John will be remembered as a man of great faith, unwavering integrity and endless generosity.