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The Fort Ritchie Community Center has added a marketing and special events coordinator to its team.
fort-ritchie-write-up-jaiBuck Browning, executive director, said Jaimie Paterson (pictured right) has begun her new role, and he is excited to have her on board. “There are so many exciting things in the works here for Fort Ritchie and the community; we felt we needed to expand and add some new resources to our team. We found someone who we feel is the perfect fit in Jaimie.”

Paterson, a Shippensburg University graduate, said she is very happy with how things fell into place. “I have known Buck and most of the staff at the Community Center for quite some time. When the opportunity arose, I jumped at it, because I knew they were the type of people I’d love to work with. I think we’re going to do great things as a team, and I’m really excited to be here.”

Paterson graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism, emphasizing in Public Relations. She is from the Pittsburgh area, and currently resides in Chambersburg with her husband and young son.

The Fort Ritchie Community Center’s mission is to create and provide healthy lifestyle and leisure activities, foster community traditions, and promote cultural development through the arts, education, sports, technology, and natural resources, to enhance the quality of life for the residents and users of Fort Ritchie and surrounding communities. The Community Center offers a fitness center, free-weight room, fitness classes, and various events throughout the year.

M&T Bank contributed $6,000 to the Fort Ritchie Community Center in Cascade. The funds helped sponsor the 2016 Mountaintop Heritage Days event that celebrated the 90th anniversary of Camp Ritchie.

“M&T Bank’s investment in the community goes beyond sponsoring Mountaintop Heritage Days,” said Buck Browning, executive director of the Community Center. “All of our programs and events are better off because of M&T Bank’s support of our area,” he added.

Mountaintop Heritage Days brings crafts and food vendors, carnival rides and games, and performances by groups such as the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corps to the former military post located in Cascade. The event concluded with a fireworks show over Lake Royer. The event has been restarted after a two year hiatus with hopes to restore its prominence throughout the region. An estimated crowd of more than 3,000 people visited the event this year.

The Fort Ritchie Community Center provides programs and activities for people of all ages. For more information on how you can get involved in the Community Center, visit
Anthony Bagley (back row, left) and Neil Davidson (back row, right) of M & T bank present Buck Browning, director of the community center, and three community center summer camp participants, with a ceremonial check in the amount of $6,000 to support activities and programs that serve local residents.