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Chamber of Commerce e-Dispatch Page

2015-2016 Leadership Class Recruitment

Recruitment is underway for the 2015-2016 class of Leadership Somerset County. This unique, 10-month program is designed to nurture new community and business leaders by providing an overview of specific areas of the region and to prepare them to face future challenges, thereby ensuring Somerset County is led by able, resourceful individuals. For more information, click here or contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, Sept. 1.

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WINS: NETstravaganza Sept. 9

Women's Information Network of Somerset County (WINS) is excited to begin a new season of fun, educational events this fall. Last year was a breakout year for WINS as we experienced growth in attendance and a wide variety of speakers and presentations directed at women in business. Help us keep the momentum going! Join us for "NETstravaganza" from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 at The Press Room at the Daily American, Somerset. During this networking, meet-and-greet session with a happy hour twist, you can enjoy light hors d’oeuvres from Bad Boyz Bistro and other refreshments, enter to win prizes and, most importantly, catch up with old friends and network with new contacts. You never know where a connection might take you in life or in your career. Admission is $10 per person and reservations are required by Wednesday, Sept. 2. Contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or

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Ron Aldom Roast

Junior Achievement's Somerset County Leadership Board and host Michele Beener for a smokin' and roastin' of Chamber Executive Director Ron Aldom on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the Somerset Country Club. Proceeds from this event will benefit Junior Achievement and the evening includes a reception, dinner and laughs. Admission is $35 per person. Sponsorships are also available. Click here for more information or contact Junior Achievement at (814) 266-2125, ext. 198. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Sept. 25.

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Open House At The Patriot

Join The Patriot, Somerset, in marking its 25th anniversary with a reception and open house from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Enjoy fellowship, live music, light hors d'oeuvres, prize giveaways and more. RSVP by Sept. 20 to (814) 445-4549 or

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'Reflections From The Memorial'

The Chamber has added "Reflections From The Memorial," Shanksville photographer Chuck Wagner's new book of photos from the Flight 93 memorial through the years and memories of the Families of Flight 93, to its inventory of books, apparel and other local products for sale at the Chamber office. This hard-cover, 140-page book retails for $34.95 plus tax. A portion of book sales will go to the Families of Flight 93. Call the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 for more information.

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Registration Open For Memorial Walk

Join the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, along with Leadership Somerset County, in their inaugural memorial walk, Walk 93, at the Flight 93 National Memorial on Sept. 26. Proceeds from Walk 93 will fund the building and maintenance of trails at the Flight 93 National Memorial. In addition to completing a 2.28-mile walk, Walk 93 participants will experience the memorial’s newly opened Visitor Center, Allée Walkway, Wetlands Bridge and Western Overlook Trail. Event-day registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the walk will begin shortly after 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they have plenty of time to visit the Visitor Center before the walk begins. Register online at Sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact Rebecca Kuzar at (814) 893-6322, ext. 4, 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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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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Shanksville Junior Class Golf Scramble

Help support the Shanksville-Stonycreek Class of 2017 through the Junior Class Golf Scramble Saturday, Sept. 26 at Northwinds Golf Course. Registration is $45 per golfer before Sept. 1 and $50 after Sept. 1 and includes 18 holes of golf, silent auction and prize drawings, lunch and more. Click here for more information or contact Adam Wilfong at (412) 889-2050 or Heidi Gross at (814) 233-5477. Sponsorships are also available.

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Habitat For Humanity Bike & Hike Event

Join Somerset County Habitat for Humanity, Inc. for the Seventh Annual Bike & Hike Event Saturday, Sept. 19 on the Great Allegheny Passage in Rockwood. Bike toward Garrett and the Salisbury Viaduct or walk 2 miles toward the Markleton trailhead. Lunch and T-shirt provided for all pre-registered participants. Click here for a registration form. Sponsorships are also available.

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Scarecrow Festival and Scarecrow 5K

The Kiwanis Club of Somerset is seeking participants and sponsors for this year's Scarecrow Festival Sept. 19 and the inaugural Precision Fitness Scarecrow 5K Sept. 18 benefiting Talon's Fight Against Duchenne. For more information on the Scarecrow Festival, call (814) 205-2937. For more information on the Scarecrow 5K, contact Chris Fadness at (814) 442-1401 or

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Get U.S. 219 Updates

The completion of U.S. Route 219 is progressing. However, there is still a long way to go until we see the final edition of what would be a 1,500-mile trade corridor from Canada to Miami. Somerset County is a strategic piece of that corridor and it is up to us to continue placing pressure on elected officials and other entities to make this a reality. Continental One is an organization specifically created to promote the northern part of the 219 corridor. Business, government and community leaders from four states, multiple counties, along with Canada serve on the board and help direct the efforts of this organization in keeping U.S. 219 on the front burner. For those of you who want to know more about the ongoing efforts of Continental One and their efforts in completing 219, you can sign up for their free quarterly newsletter, packed full of information and updates on projects in this corridor, by clicking here.

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Vietnam Era Vets Recognition Ceremony

On Nov. 1, Veteran Community Initiatives (VCI) will be holding a special recognition ceremony at the Cambria County War Memorial for Vietnam (Era) Veterans living in Cambria or Somerset counties. VCI is asking that local Vietnam Veterans or their friends and families contact the VCI office and provide the veteran's name, rank, branch of service, dates of service, and proof of veteran status. A phone number, e-mail (if applicable) and home address are also needed so veterans can be contacted with more details regarding the ceremony closer to the date of the event. For more information, click here. The deadline to register is Sept. 11.

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Chamber Calendar

 WINS NETstravaganza
Sept. 9, 5-7 p.m.
 Faranda's Farm Mixer
Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m.
 Laurel Arts Mixer
Oct. 8, 5-7 p.m.
 Chamber Annual Dinner
Nov. 17

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.