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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Eggs & Issues Oct. 30th

Join the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce for Eggs & Issues on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Somerset Country Club as we hear from Pennsylvania senators Pat Stefano, John Wozniak and Mario Scavello, all whom serve on the PA Senate Game & Fisheries Committee. Topics will include updates on the Lake Somerset project, as well as other issues important to Somerset County. The program will also include a Q & A session. For more information or to register, click here or contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or Reservations are required by Monday, Oct. 26.

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Brochures Available For Fall

Be sure to have copies of our popular Somerset County Covered Bridges - And More! - Tour and the 2015 Festivals & Events brochure, both favorites for tourists visiting our area each fall, available for distribution at your business this autumn. Also be sure to have copies of our newest brochure, the Somerset County Pennsylvania Barn Stars and Decorations Driving Tour Map & Guide available at your business. Contact Missy at the Chamber for more information.

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Route 219 Completion Meeting

Join Continental 1 at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 9 at Penn Highlands' Ebensburg campus for a one-hour strategy session. This discussion will be the first meeting of the “Compete 219” association in the Ebensburg-Carrolltown area, following a successful model used in Somerset County, McKean County and Cattaraugus County (NY). Click here for additional information, or to attend, RSVP to Meg Lauerman at or (716) 697-0950.

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Roof Garden Barbershop Chorus Show

The Somerset County Roof Garden Barbershop Chorus will present its 31st Annual Show Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Somerset Area High School. This year’s lineup includes regional groups Twang, Shanty Irish and Heart ‘n Soul. Immediately following the performance, the music and fun will continue at an “Afterglow” party at Oakhurst Tea Room. Tickets for the afterparty are $15 and seating is limited. Tickets for the show are available at the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, the Philip Dressler Center, Somerset Trust Co.’s main office and Northwood Realty Services. Tickets may also be purchased by contacting Stu Kreinbrook at (814) 442-3237. The Somerset County Roof Garden Barbershop Chorus is also available to entertain with a variety of songs during your holiday season events. Contact Ken Halverson at (814) 442-8313 for more information.

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MedExpress Open House

Shoot For Summer's Best 2 Weeks

Help support Summer's Best 2 Weeks by participating in the Shoot for Summer's Best 2 Weeks Friday, Oct. 30 at Pike Run Country Club, Jones Mill. The event includes 75 targets, 25 trap, 50 trap doubles and additional games for a fee. For more information, click here or contact Rob Strohm at (412) 638-1881 or

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Multi-Company Christmas Party Dec. 17

Rockwood Mill Shoppes & Opera House and Crazy Alice's Cafe invite you to celebrate the holiday season with your small-business employees at the Multi-Company Christmas Party Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Opera House. Bring one or bring 20 and show your appreciation for a great year together in a festive holiday setting. The evening includes a festive catered meal by Crazy Alice's Cafe followed by special entertainment by Ricky Howsare. Admission is $50 per person. Call (814) 926-4546 for reservations.

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Live Your Dream Awards Program

PACP Planning Spring Trip To China

Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals (PACP), in partnership with Citslinc International, Inc., is offering a 10-day tour of China April 7-16. Visit Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai as well as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Great Wall of China, Terra Cotta Warriors, the Bund, plus many other attractions. The cost is $2,299 per person (double occupancy) and includes roundtrip international airfare from Washington Dulles International Airport and Chinese domestic airfare, 4- and 5-star hotel accommodations, three meals each day, deluxe bus tours, fluent English-speaking tour guides, and entrance fees for attractions included on the trip’s itinerary. A valid passport for six months post trip and visa are required. Anyone can participate in this trip, but space is limited. Reservations must be made by Dec. 11. For more information, contact PACP Administrator Tiffany Fulmer Ott at (404) 312-0524 or

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Travel To Nashville, Tuscany In 2016

Epic Journeys LLC, Johnstown, invites area residents to enjoy two exciting travel opportunities in 2016. Enjoy a six-day trip to Nashville, Tenn., April 2-7. Visits include the Ryman Theater, the Parthenon, the Opryland Hotel, the Country Music Hall of Fame, a show at the Grand Ole Opry, a guided tour of Nashville and more. On the trip to and from Nashville, participants will make stops at the Corvette Museum, the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Creation Museum. In October 2016, Epic Journeys will take guests on a nine-day tour of Tuscany, Italy. Explore sights in Florence, including Michelangelo’s David, Piazza della Signoria, Castello di Verrazzano and more. Enjoy a wine tasting in the heart of Tuscany and visit San Gimignano, Montecatini, Pisa and other destinations. An optional four-day extension for a tour of Rome is also available. For additional information on either of these trips, contact Cynthia Watters at (814) 266-5070 or visit

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Chamber Calendar

 Laurel Arts Mixer
Oct. 8, 5-7 p.m.
 Eggs & Issues
Oct. 30, 7:30 a.m.
 Chamber Annual Dinner
Nov. 17, 5:30 p.m.

Contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or to RSVP to these events.

Annual Awards

Each year, the Chamber recognizes those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to our community. We're currently accepting nominations for this year's awards in the following categories:
Outstanding Person of the Year
Betty Haupt Memorial Tourism Award
Somerset County Ag-Business Award
Grant B. Miller Award
Howard W. Wheeler, Jr. Memorial Humanitarian Award
Click here for a full description of each of these awards. Nominations must be submitted to the Chamber by Friday, Oct. 16. Winners will be recognized at the Chamber's Annual Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

Parade of Baskets

Showcase your business or organization in our "Parade of Baskets" at the Chamber's Annual Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The “Parade of Baskets” is a popular part of the Chamber’s Annual Dinner and is a creative, fun way to promote your business or organization while helping to support the Chamber. For more information, click here.