Awards, giving back, and making moves in the region!

Paula Wolf//August 15, 2022

Awards, giving back, and making moves in the region!

Paula Wolf//August 15, 2022


Harrisburg-based regional accounting and advisory firm Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz was recently honored with the 2021 Best Special Event Award by the United Way of the Capital Region. BSSF was specifically recognized for its cornhole tournament event in September 2021, which raised $1,750 to benefit the United Way. 

Harrisburg-based PSECU made Forbes Magazine’s list of Best-In-State Credit Unions for 2022 for the fourth consecutive year. 

York-based Wagman Heavy Civil Inc. was recognized with a 2021 Contractor Safety Award from the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance. The company accepted the award during the VTCA annual meeting in July at the Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront. 

Wagman won the award in the 300,001 to 500,000 Manhours category. The alliance recognizes contactor members who demonstrate their commitment to a safe and healthy work environment. 

The commonwealth of Pennsylvania earned national recognition as a premier employer for modernizing its human resource portal for state employees. The Office of Administration received the 2022 Eugene H. Rooney Jr. Award for Innovative State Human Resource Management Program from the National Association of State Personnel Executives at the organization’s national conference. 

Health Care
WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital were recognized as among the best hospitals in the country by Money, a personal finance website, in the Teaching Hospitals category. 

Harrisburg-based Keystone Agency Partners, an insurance brokerage platform that reported 233% year-over-year growth in 2021, was named to Business Insurance’s ranking of the world’s Top 100 Insurance Brokers of U.S. Business for 2022. 

Jennifer Craighead Carey has been named to the Law Power 100 by City & State PA as one of the most powerful people in the legal profession in Pennsylvania. A partner in Barley Snyder’s Employment Practice Group, she concentrates in the areas of labor and employment law and associated litigation and serves on the firm’s Management Committee, as Crisis Management Service Team chair and as Diversity & Inclusion Committee chair. 

Lancaster-based Armstrong World Industries has been named by Newsweek as one of the Most Trusted Companies in America in 2022. Armstrong is the only ceilings and walls company to make the list, which was identified through an independent survey of approximately 50,000 U.S. residents who rated publicly traded companies in the nation with revenues over $500 million. 

Real Estate 
The Crossings at Sweetbriar 55+ community in Lebanon and Cortland Park 55+ community in Mechanicsburg were recently recognized by Ideal Living Magazine as two of “America’s 100 Best Places to Live” in the mid-Atlantic region.



Bert’s Bottle Shop, which closed its 369 Comet Drive, Millersville, location in February, will move to the first floor of 29 E. King St. in Lancaster city. The restaurant and bar will have inside seating for around 60 as well as room for about 20 on a patio. 

The owners of Fox Meadows Creamery in Clay Township have opened a new location at 193 E. Main St., Upper Leacock Township. Both creameries feature ice cream made using milk from the Fox family dairy farm that’s next to the family’s original creamery. The new location has a production area where the ice cream is made from a mix produced at the Clay Township creamery. 

Girls on the Run Capital Area has leased 3,000 square feet at 123 N. Enola Drive, East Pennsboro Township, from City Limits Realty LLC. Campbell Commercial Real Estate Inc. represented the tenant in the transaction, and NAI CIR represented the landlord. 

The historic Carson Coover House, a six-unit luxury apartment building at 223 Pine St., Harrisburg, was sold to investors 223 Pine LLC. The Vartan-owned property sold for $790,000 ($131,666 per unit) at a 6.75% cap rate. NAI CIR represented the seller. 

Lot 2A on Fairville Avenue in Harrisburg has been sold to Narciso Becerra, who will convert the 1-acre lot into a trailer parking site for a trucking company. NAI CIR handled the transaction. 

Oola Bowls has leased 2,187 square feet in North Cornwall Commons, North Cornwall Township, from Byler Holdings. The Lancaster-based smoothie bowl chain is expanding to an end cap drive-thru retail suite at the complex. Oola Bowls serves products that feature organic superfoods. Founders Joe Ferderbar and Brock Snider started the business with a food truck. Today, Oola Bowls operates at three local farmers markets, HersheyPark and in a storefront location in Lancaster in addition to the North Cornwall Commons site. Campbell Commercial Real Estate handled the transaction. 



Beacon Clinic for Health and Hope in Harrisburg was awarded a $25,000 Grant from the Highmark Foundation. The grant will support data infrastructure and security of the technology systems at the clinic and staffing costs of a registered nurse who provides care to patients and support to the clinic’s health care providers. 

Harrisburg-based Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania, a 501(c)(3) committed to building a “tiny home” community for veterans experiencing homelessness, received donations from Carter Lumber, Garden Chapel, Pyramid Construction Services, FloorMax, DT Mechanical Electrical Contractors, Navarro Bros. and Accent Pro Painting, enabling the organization to build a traveling replica of a tiny home. 

Veterans Outreach plans to build a village of 15 tiny houses on a 5-acre tract along the Susquehanna River in south Harrisburg. 

York-based Wolf Home Products announced its collaboration with the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York, to enhance the facility and its popular wild nocturnal adventure experience. The company will donate Wolf Perspective Decking for 12 new camping pods; siding products for the state-of-the art 4,700-square-foot education center and the camping pods; and Wolf Classic cabinets for the education center kitchenette. 

Harrisburg-based Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Inc., in partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, raised over half a million dollars nationwide from June 12-July 9. The funds raised at Ollie’s stores will benefit 85 local member hospitals in communities Ollie’s serves. 

Dunkin’ and its franchisees throughout the Lancaster, Harrisburg and York area announced that $15,000 will be granted to Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital through the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation. 

The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, headquartered in Wormleysburg, recently awarded its 2022 Thomas R. and Laura Ridge Scholarship to 27 students, totaling $67,500. Recipients are chosen by a panel of judges who review each applicant’s academic record, school and community involvement, recommendations and a submitted essay. 

The Parkinson’s Foundation awarded more than $2 million in community grants for Parkinson’s disease programs across the U.S. York and Lancaster counties’ YMCA of the Roses was awarded $18,000 for its Partners in Progress initiative, which will bring accessible and affordable wellness classes to individuals with Parkinson’s through activities including boxing, cycling and water-based exercises. 

Chambersburg-based F&M Trust recently pledged $12,500 to Costa Academy, a culinary arts school in Chambersburg that educates students through a style of teaching that fosters engagement, provokes confident decision-making and inspires leadership. 

Housed at The Orchards restaurant, Costa Academy has educated high school students through an alternative education program since 2016. With the 2022-2023 year, the academy will shift programming to post-high school and other adult students. 

Co-President Dan Schwab of D&H Distributing, based in Harrisburg, presented a $10,000 check to The Joshua Group (Harrisburg) during its first-ever Career Day on July 29. The group provides services to at-risk area youth. The donation was arranged by the D&H Cares employee-run foundation and involved a community of D&H customers. 

York-based First Capital Federal Credit Union raised $2,050 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams Counties. A portion of the money was generated through soft pretzel sales and jeans days as part of the FirstCap Gives Back Program. 

First Capital also sponsored two fundraising initiatives hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams Counties: Bowl For Kids’ Sake and Golf Fore Kids’ Sake. 

Compiled by Paula Wolf