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Chambersburg Chamber holds awards breakfast

March 26, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Cheryl A. Shields, community relations manager of Waste Management Inc., received the 2008 Athena Award, one of several honors awarded Thursday morning at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce's annual breakfast.

The Athena Award recognizes support of professional women's goals. Winners demonstrate the values that inspire women, according to a press release.

Shields was instrumental in creating the Women-To-Women network in Greencastle, Pa. She was one of six founders of the monthly networking organization, which doesn't require dues or a membership fee, according to the release.

Shields also has been a supporter of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and its Leadership Franklin County program. She has sent several students through the program and served as a company adviser for high school students during Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week.

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Shields' community activities include being involved in four Chambers of Commerce, serving as vice president of the United Way of Franklin County Board of Directors and acting as secretary of the Medic 2 Advanced Life Support Committee. She is a member of the Greencastle Rotary and Exchange clubs and the Antrim Township Parks and Recreation Committee. In 2008, she presented a "Go Green" message to more than 20,000 people through tours, speaking engagements and special events.

"Her dedication to improving the quality of life in her community is obvious," said Patty Bartel, a co-worker at Waste Management.

Shields said she was "very touched by" the Athena nomination and appreciates the acknowledgment.

Also, William "Bill" Gindlesperger won the Chamber's Innovator Award; Pam Anderson was named Volunteer of the Year; Vacon Inc. won the Technology Award; and Brechbill and Helman won the Environmental Sustainability Award of Wilson College and the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Café d'Italia and Orrstown Bank were the winners of the Chamber's Property Improvement Awards.

Café d'Italia renovated 9 N. Main St. in Chambersburg, and improved elements such as brick, tin ceiling and hardwood floors.

Orrstown Bank was honored for its new office facility at the North Pointe Business Center, which involved converting 36,812 square feet of a former grocery store and 1,600 square feet of the adjoining site.

Maurice "Mike" Marotte III of Chambersburg was named the Heritage Center Ambassador of the Year. In addition to being a weekend volunteer, he has donated hundreds of historic postcards that are sold at the Heritage Center.

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