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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

Open Fore Business Golf Tournament

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 during the 2015 Open Fore Business Golf Tournament Thursday, June 11 at Hidden Valley Resort. Registration for this event includes lunch, participation in the tournament, golf cart, skill holes, prize drawings, a barbecue dinner and on-course refreshments. Also, don't miss the $50,000 putting contest sponsored by VCS Group Inc./Benefits Network and the hole-in-one contest sponsored by Tri Star Somerset Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Other sponsorships are also available, and the Chamber is seeking both prize donations and volunteers for the event. For more information, click here or contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or the SCEDC at (814) 445-9655. The deadline to register is May 29.

Sponsors:
Ameriserv Financial
Citizens National Bank
First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union
RMB Realty
Snyder of Berlin
Somerset County Commissioners
Somerset Regional Water Resources
Somerset Welding & Steel
Stoner Quality Water
Tri Star Somerset Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep
VCS Group Inc./Benefits Network


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Vote For Somerset Lake Park

Somerset Lake Park has been selected as one of the 200 causes in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® program. To support Somerset Park Lake and vote, visit the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook app by clicking here, get the application, then click on the “Vote” button to show your support for Somerset Lake Park. Vote up to 10 times a day between May 14 and June 3. On June 16, State Farm will announce the 40 causes that receive the most votes and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of those affiliated nonprofits. The Somerset Lake Park project comes as part of the efforts of Somerset Lake Action Committee (SLAC) to “save the lake” and the failing dam. One of the original goals of the committee was to facilitate public support for the lake so that Somerset Lake will be given a high priority when funding becomes available to rebuild the failing dam. The committee has made great strides with raising more than $50,000 in public donations and getting $50,000 in matching funds from the Somerset County Commissioners. The committee is also hoping to create a greater recreational opportunity at Somerset Lake through the creation of a county park. The organization strives to improve the lives and welfare of people in our community, and that mission can be furthered by rallying together and encouraging others to vote and to support this project.

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Leadership Graduation June 17

Join the Chamber in celebrating the 2015 graduating class of Leadership Somerset County during a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 17 at The Hayloft, Rockwood. The event includes lunch, group presentations, presentation of certificates and a keynote presentation by Somerset County Judge D. Gregory Geary. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon. Click here for a registration form. Reservations are required by Wednesday, June 10. Contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com for more information or to register.

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Discounted Idlewild Tickets

Join in the fun at Idlewild Park & SoakZone for this year's Somerset County School Picnic Day Saturday, May 30. Discounted tickets of $20 (regular admission $42.99) will be on sale at the Chamber May 4 through May 29 during normal business hours. Sales are cash only. Tickets are non-refundable, but may be used other times during the season. See ticket for details. For more information, contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or Idlewild Park's Group Sales Department at (724) 238-3666, ext. 3.

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ACM Strategic Planning Survey

Allegany College of Maryland is updating its strategic plan and would like your perspective to ensure that the college’s goals and priorities meet the needs of the region by completing a short survey. Your responses on subjects such as awareness of the college, use of its programs and services, and your opinion of its effectiveness will provide crucial contributions to ACM’s future plans. Provide input by completing a survey at www.allegany.edu/survey. If you would like to request a paper copy, contact the Office of Institutional Research at sharrah@allegany.edu.


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Third Annual Sporting Clays Shoot

Head to Seven Springs Mountain Resort for the Third Annual Sporting Clays Shoot on Friday, June 3 to support Somerset County Drug Free Communities. Click here for more information, or contact Ronna Yablonski at (814) 443-3639, ext. 252, or ronnayablonski@twinlakescenter.org.

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Legacy Truck Centers Open House

Visit Legacy Truck Centers, Inc., Somerset, for a public open house from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 9. Includes food from the Chuckwagon from noon to 7 p.m., giveways, Volvo experience trailer, dealership factory tours and more. For more information, call (814) 445-9617 or visit www.legacytruckcenters.com.

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Art In The Museum

The Laurel Highlands Photography Club (LHPC) invites Chamber members to attend Art in the Museum Friday, June 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Somerset
Historical Center. Winners of the annual LHPC and Town Planner Community Calendar contests will be revealed. See contestants’ photos on display and enjoy light refreshments. There is no fee to attend, but reservations are required by Friday, June 12 by contacting the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com.

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Telling Amy's Story

Soroptimist International of Somerset County will be hosting three sessions of  "Telling Amy's Story" this spring. In this powerful video, "Telling Amy’s Story" follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on Nov. 8, 2001. The hope is that telling this story can change outcomes for the millions of victims, survivors, and loved ones affected by domestic violence every day. For more information, click here. Each session will include a light dinner and a special presentation by Katelyn Clem of the Women's Help Center. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.

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'Give A Dam' Fundraiser

Help support the Somerset Lake Dam and Somerset Lake Park projects through the Give A Dam Fundraiser, a Leadership Somerset County project, on Friday, June 19 at The Hayloft, Rockwood. Doors will open at 6:30. Dirty Dogz will play at 7 p.m., followed by Whitehorse at 9 p.m. Concessions and beverages will be available as well small games of chance, raffle baskets and more. Tickets ($20) will go on sale as of May 1. The group is seeking sponsors and basket donations for the event. For more information, click here.

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LHPC Photo Contest

The Laurel Highlands Photography Club is seeking entries for its 2015 photo contest. This year’s contest includes eight categories: scenic, floral, people, animals/insects, general, digital art, black and white, and professional. 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 7 at the Somerset Historical Center. All entrants must sign an Exhibit/Display Release, which can be obtained online at the time of registration.

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Restaurants Wanted For Competition

Junior Achievement Golden Ticket Raffle

Chamber Calendar


 Open Fore Business Golf Tournament
June 11
Leadership Graduation
June 17, noon
 Mountain Playhouse Mixer
June 17, 5-7 p.m.
 Somerfest Mixer
Sponsored by Ameriserv Financial
July 17, 5-7 p.m.
 45th Annual Somerset Antique Show
Aug. 8, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 8th Annual Pittsburgh Zoo Safari
Aug. 13, 5-9 p.m.
First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union Mixer
Aug. 20, 5-7 p.m.

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

USS Somerset Merchandise

The Chamber has USS Somerset coins and hats for sale. Coins are $8.48 each and hats are $16 each. Contact the Chamber for more information.