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Talking with Chambersburg Business Owners on LGBTQ+ Issues

Today, Senator Bob Casey visited Gear House Brewing Company to have a conversation with local business owners about their support of the LGBTQ+ community.

Senator Casey said, “After the appalling acts of the city council last year, many small businesses here in Chambersburg stepped up and rallied around the LGBTQ+ community, going out of their way to stand up for what’s right.

I was grateful to have the opportunity to meet with them and I look forward to working with this community to make further strides towards progress for our LGBTQ+ neighbors.

In Congress, I will continue to push for the Equality Act, a bill that would enshrine protections for the LGBTQ+ community into federal law, and ensure that no one in this country faces discrimination simply for being who they are or for whom they love.”

Local Business Community Support

In response to the repeal of Chambersburg’s repeal of the non-discrimination ordinance, businesses and organizations have been taking steps to make Franklin County and Chambersburg more welcoming and inclusive.

Several businesses and organizations have taken a pledge through PRIDE Franklin County, a program of the Franklin County Coalition for Progress to show their support. Those who take the pledge acknowledge that they are “an LGBTQ+ friendly business, health care provider, faith community, or organization, we celebrate the diversity and inclusivity in our community. We are committed to having a workplace and community that is diverse and welcoming for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”


Timothy S. Barrick 1959-2024

Born June 13, 1959 in Carlisle, Tim was a milk truck driver, and was the owner operator of Timothy S. Barrick Inc., of Newville. 

Betty Lou Raukko 1946-2024

Betty was a self-employed artist and poet.  A Quaker-Methodist, she was known as the “Bonnet Lady.”   She is remembered as a loving, kind, happy person.

John E. Coffin 1939-2024

John was a self-employed house painter for most of his career, but later he worked at Gettysburg College in the grounds keeping department.

Ruby LaVern Seville 1940-2024

Ruby was a homemaker most of her life, but did work at the Sagner Company, as well as Johnnies Diner, and for the McConnellsburg School District in the Cafeteria.

Joseph Irvin Sharar 1930-2024

Joseph was a 1949 graduate of Mercersburg High School. A US Marine Corps veteran, he served honorably during the Korean War.

Who We Are

The Franklin County Free Press, established by Vicky Taylor in 2019, emerged as a beacon of local journalism for the residents of Franklin County. Under Vicky's leadership, it quickly became an essential source of news, particularly at a time when major newspaper publications were increasingly overlooking local coverage.

On January 1, 2022, the torch was passed to Nathan Neil and his firm, Neil Publishing, LLC. Neil, a local entrepreneur with multiple thriving businesses in Chambersburg, shares Vicky's fervent commitment to both the community and the world of local journalism.

Rooted in the heart of Franklin County and powered by its residents, the Franklin County Free Press continues to bridge the gap, ensuring that the local stories, events, and issues that matter most to the community remain in the spotlight.