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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.”


Jack G “Digger” Mellott 1926-2024

Jack was a United States Navy Veteran serving at Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Guam, and Nagasaki during WWII. Jack enjoyed working outside and maintaining his home and property.

David M Lawver 1970-2024

Dave was a member of the Foursquare Church in Gettysburg, PA. He was employed at Shadowfax in York since 1990.

Peter Kernan McCrary 1934-2024

Pete grew up in the Washington, DC area and had fond memories of learning to sail on the Potomac River. He was an avid sailor and boat builder for the rest of his life.

Ella G Daywalt 1929-2024

Ella was employed with the Waynesboro Area School District and worked in Mowrey Elementary as a cafeteria aide for many years.

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.