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Eggs & Issues: U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus

Join the Chamber in welcoming U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus to our region for an Eggs & Issues session Friday, May 6 at the Somerset Country Club. At this public forum, Congressman Rothfus, who represents Pennsylvania’s 12th District, will provide an update on legislative issues, including the Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) Act, as well as bills he has co-sponsored regarding the opiate/heroin epidemic. Congressman Rothfus will also answer questions from the audience. Registration begins at 8 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to register, click here or contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431. RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, May 4.
Sponsor:
The EADS Group

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WINS Season Finale

Join Women's Information Network Somerset (WINS) in welcoming former Somerset County Commissioner Pamela Tokar-Ickes for the 2015-2016 WINS season finale, "Success in Somerset County - Climbing The Career Ladder In Your Own Backyard," on Tuesday, May 17 at the Somerset Country Club. After a 30-year career that accidentally started in the local media and landed her in the Somerset County Courthouse for a decade and a half, Tokar-Ickes made the decision to change course – after age 50. At this session of WINS, Tokar-Ickes will discuss embracing career change for personal growth and how sometimes what you are looking for can be found right in your own backyard. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the presentation at noon. There is a cost to attend and pre-registration is required by Thursday, May 12. For more information, click here or contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com.

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2016 Chamber Directory

The Chamber's 2016-2017 Community Profile & Membership Directory is now available. This 88-page, full-color, glossy publication outlines life in Somerset County and includes a complete listing of the Chamber's membership. Copies were included in the April 3 edition of the Daily American. If you did not receive a copy or if your business would like additional copies, contact the Chamber.

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2016 Open Fore Business Tournament

Registration is now open for the 2016 Open Fore Business Golf Tournament Thursday, June 23 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Join the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and the Somerset County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) for a day of networking and fun on the links! Registration includes lunch, participation in the golf tournament, golf cart, skill holes, prize drawings, BBQ dinner, on-course refreshments and more. Tournament contests include a $50,000 Putting Contest sponsored by Benefits Network and a Hole-In-One Contest sponsored by Tri Star Somerset Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep. New for 2016: As an added bonus this year, participants can start the day with a 25-shot Five Stand Clays Shooting Competition at the Seven Springs’ Sporting Clays. Individuals may register for the shooting event even if they do not wish to participate in the golf tournament and Seven Springs will have equipment available to rent on the day of the competition for an additional charge. Click here for a registration form or contact the Chamber or SCEDC for more information.
Sponsors:
Allegany College of Maryland - Somerset County Campus
Applebees
Arcadia Theater
Benefits Network
Bittner Vending
Buffer Creek Sporting Clays
Citizens Neighborhood Bank
Denny's
Double Z Quilting Service
First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union
Ford Business Machines
Gander Mountain
Highland Tank
Historic Ships in Baltimore
Howard Hanna Geary Real Estate
Johnstown Symphony Orchestra
Lone Star Steakhouse
Lowe's Home Improvement
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Pine Grill
Red Lobster
Somerset Galleries
Stairs' Restaurant
Stonycreek Shooting Center
Tri Star Somerset Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep
Victorian Finance
Wal-Mart

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Discounted Idlewild Park Tickets

Join in the fun at Idlewild Park & SoakZone for this year's Somerset School Picnic Day Saturday, June 4. Discounted tickets of $20.50 (regular admission $42.99) will be available for purchase at the Chamber office May 2 through May 27, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash only. Tickets are non-refundable, but may be used other times of the season. See tickets for details. Call the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or Idlewild Park & SoakZone's Group Sales Department at (724) 238-3666 for more information.

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Plant A Tree At Flight 93

On May 13-14, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, National Park Service and the National Park Foundation will continue a major reforestation effort that will eventually result in 150,000 new trees at Flight 93 National Memorial. For the fifth consecutive year, Flight 93 National Memorial has invited volunteers to Plant a Tree at Flight 93. This event is one of the many activities the National Park Service will offer as part of the 2016 Centennial celebration. The tree planting will take place from approximately 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. over two days, with 200 volunteers needed each day. To date, more than 2,000 volunteers have assisted with planting more than 74,158 tree seedlings at the memorial. Many sponsors have joined with the National Park Foundation to make this effort possible, including Arbor Day Foundation, S & T Bank, Roy A. Hunt Foundation and The UPS Foundation. The Friends’ encourage members of the community and area businesses to support this continued reforestation project through in-kind donations as well as through financial contributions. For more information on how to get involved with Plant a Tree at Flight 93, contact Brooke Neel at (814) 893-6322, ext. 4, or brooke_neel@partner.nps.gov.


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Tour of Tuscany Deadline June 1

Time is running out to book your tour of Tuscany with Epic Journeys. All reservations for the nine-day tour Sept. 30-Oct. 8 must be placed by Wednesday, June 1. Click here for details or contact Cynthia Watters at (814) 266-5070.

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Windber Community Needs Assessment

Windber Medical Center is currently in the process of conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment. The process is being coordinated by Strategy Solutions, Inc. The assessment includes collecting information from the community regarding what they feel are the health needs of the community, in addition to looking at other secondary data that is available. This effort is being guided by a Steering Committee which is comprised of local stakeholders. All of the data collected during the process will be shared with this group, who will then determine priority areas to focus on over the next three years. Please take a few minutes to complete this input form and have your voice be heard. If you have any questions or need assistance completing this form, contact Jacqui Catrabone from Strategy Solutions, Inc. directly at jacqui@getstrategy.com or 1-866-480-8003.

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Give A Dam II May 13

Head to Glades Pike Winery, Somerset, on Friday, May 13 for Give A Dam II, a night of music, food and fun to raise money for Somerset Lake Dam and Somerset Lake Nature Park. All proceeds will be given to Somerset Lake Action Committee to help reach their goal of revitalizing public property to create the county's first family-friendly nature park. The vision includes walking trails, picnic areas, pavilions, improved parking areas, a playground, fishing areas and upgraded lake access. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Diamond Star Halo will perform from 7-9 p.m. white Whitehorse taking the stage from 9-11 p.m. Food vendors and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, to purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, contact Cassie Moon at (814) 279-1259 or Angi Tennant at (814) 443-3190. Tickets may also be purchased online here.

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6th Annual Salute To Veterans May 23

The Somerset Country Club is proud to partner with members of Somerset County veterans' organizations to show their appreciation and “Salute Our Veterans” by offering a free day of golf to Somerset County veterans on May 23. Veterans can bring along a friend to accompany them on a round of golf for $25. This year there will be two shotgun starts, one at 8 a.m. and one at 1:30 pm. All veterans are invited and encouraged to attend, whether golfing or not. Click here for more information or call the Somerset Country Club at (814) 445-5179.

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2016 LHPC Photo Contest

The Laurel Highlands Photography Club invites anyone with an interest in photography to enter its 2016 photography contest. This year’s contest includes six amateur categories and three professional categories. The entry fee is $6 per photo and $3 for students through 12th grade. There is no limit to the number of entries a photographer may enter, and submissions must have an outside finished dimension of 11” x 14” mounted securely on mat board or foam core. Other rules and restrictions apply. See the contest entry form, available online at www.laurelhighlandsphotoclub.org, for details. Contest entries will be accepted from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5 at the Somerset Historical Center or during the club’s monthly meeting Tuesday, May 17 beginning at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Somerset. All entrants must sign an Exhibit/Display Release, which can be obtained online at www.laurelhighlandsphotoclub.org or at the time of registration. Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in all but the professional categories. Only those placing first in the professional categories will receive cash prizes. Each person entering the contest will receive admission for two to the Art in the Museum reception set for Tuesday, June 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Somerset Historical Center. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m. during the reception. Winners need not be present to receive an award. Entries will be on display at the Somerset Historical Center from June 14 through June 28. Due to space limitations, all submissions may not be displayed. Winning entries will also be displayed at Somerset Hospital in early July. For more information, contact the Laurel Highlands Photography Club at LHPhotoClub@gmail.com.

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Salvation Army Seeks EDS Volunteers

The Salvation Army is seeking members of the Somerset County community who would like to volunteer in the organization's Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) unit in Somerset County. EDS is a division of the Salvation Army that provides services to support the basic needs of those who are affected by local disasters. Volunteers try to meet the basic needs of survivors and first responders in the field by providing food and hydration from the Salvation Army's mobile feeding trucks. Times are flexible; volunteer once a week, once a month or whenever fits your schedule. For more information, contact Holly Beckner at (814) 445-9232 or holly_beckner@use.salvationarmy.org.

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AmeriSolve Seminars In May

Employers of all sizes have endured a healthy dose of new regulations, healthcare reform, risk of DOL and IRS audits, new 401K rules, pending new overtime rules, and much, much more. How on earth do you have time to grow and run your organization? At two free seminars May 10 and May 24, learn about AmeriSolve – a creative collaboration and innovative business resource featuring AmeriServ Financial, Benefits Network and CTR Human Capital Management. These premiere enterprises have joined forces to streamline business services so employers can move ahead with confidence and never look back. Click here for additional information.

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Junior Achievement Golden Ticket Raffle

Hackers Targeting Payroll Data

Phishing schemes involving W-2s have spiked recently - so much so that the IRS has just issued a warning to payroll and HR professionals. "Spoofing" emails will appear to be from someone inside your organization, often an executive, asking for a list of employees and information, such as Social Security Numbers. What makes these attacks so difficult to stop is that it's easier than ever to get inside information on a company. All hackers need to do is check out LinkedIn pages to find out who's who in the organizations. You can avoid getting duped. Here are six steps you can take: 1.) Don't rush to reply. It's better to take a few minutes to be safe than to turn over employees' private data to cybercriminals. 2.) Always check that an email is coming from a work address before replying. Plus, look carefully for minor discrepancies in the address. 3.) Watch out for subtle tricks. Some hackers will put in typos to make the email appear more legitimate. 4.) Compare the current email from the alleged VP to older emails. How similar is the writer's voice? 5.) Don't be afraid to say, "I'm not comfortable sending that over email" if it contains potentially sensitive information. 6.) If something feels off, pick up the phone and call the sender or walk over to his desk. Confirm the request before proceeding.
-- From Keep Up To Date on Payroll, April 1, 2016

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