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8th Annual Pittsburgh Zoo Safari

Join Somerset County residents for the 8th Annual Somerset County Pittsburgh Zoo Safari Thursday, Aug. 13. Admission is free with a wristband from 5-9 p.m. Wristbands are available while supplies last at the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at Somerset County branches of Somerset Trust Co. Children under 2 do not need a wristband, and large numbers of wristbands are limited. Bus transportation from Somerset, Meyersdale and Berlin for a fee. The last day for bus reservations is Aug. 1. No refunds after Aug. 6. For more information, click here or call the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431.

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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. The class begins with an overnight team-building retreat at Indian Lake Resort in September. Other sessions are typically held the third Wednesday of each month and focus on a variety of topics, including: community and economic development, local government, the judicial system, business development, healthcare, education, energy and natural resources, non-profit organizations and our heritage and quality of life. Each session features qualified panelists who share their expertise in these chosen areas and give complete overviews of the issues they face. Class participants also take part in individual, community-oriented group projects before the course culminates in a graduation ceremony in June. For more information, click here or contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431.

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Antique Show Volunteers Needed

The Chamber is seeking volunteers to assist with the 45th Annual Somerset Antique Show, both with set-up before the show on Friday, Aug. 7 and during the show on Saturday, Aug. 8. If you or your team would like to help, contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or

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Somerset County Reality Tour

Spaces are still available to participate in the Somerset County Reality Tour on Tuesday, July 14 at the Somerset Borough Building. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., is open to parents and their children (ages 10-18). Pre-registration is required. Download a registration form at For more information, email

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School Sub Fund Raiser

Somerset Christian School is selling Del Grosso subs as a fund raiser. Orders are due July 7 for a July 17 pick up or Aug. 11 for an Aug. 21 pick up. For more information, click here or contact Somerset Christian School at (814) 443-1960.

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ACM Offers Leadership Class

Allegany College of Maryland - Somerset County Campus will be offering Leadership I, an interdisciplinary approach to leadership development, July 24-26. This class examines practices in team-building skills, conflict management, diversity, and more. Students who successfully complete Leadership I, Leadership II and Speech 101 receive a letter of recognition. For more information, call (814) 445-9848, ext. 6100, or click here.

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'Our Flag Still Waves' Kickstarter

WIX PIX Productions Inc., Mineral Point, has produced a 38-minute documentary about the life of Michael Strank, a Johnstown native and one of the six flag-raisers on Iwo Jima in 1945. "Our Flag Still Waves" premiered in February at the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown on the 70th anniversary of that event. WIX PIX is hoping to raise funds to do more with the program, such as distributing it to middle and high schools throughout the region, getting it on public broadcast stations and more. To find out more about this project or to contribute financially, visit the project’s Kickstarter campaign here.

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Prestige Launches New Online Store

Prestige Printing, Somerset, has launched a new online store,, featuring an array of products and services.

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ACA Compliance Seminar

Benefits Network/VCS Group will be hosting a free seminar, "How to Eliminate the Work and Worry of Affordable Care Act Compliance" on July 21 at the Somerset Country Club. Keynote speaker Dr. Kristin Kahle, CEO of NavigateHCR, will discuss the most pertinent issues related to the ACA that employers need to be addressing. Two sessions will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. There is no charge to attend this event. However, space is limited and registration is required by July 17. For more information or to register, click here or contact Kari Butler or Debbie Sanner at (814) 445-4943.

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Small Business Awards

The Saint Francis Small Business Development Center is seeking nominations for a slate of Small Business Awards to honor the Small Business Person of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Women in Business Advocate, and Financial Services Advocate. These awards are to recognize individuals who have contributed to the economic success of the small business community and to those who provide the support and resources for this success. Click here for additional information. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, Aug. 3 and nominees and nominators will be acknowledged at the awards program on Thursday, Oct. 15.

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Extension Office Celebrates 100 Years

The Penn State Extension Office will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with an open house Tuesday, July 28 with an afternoon of events. Click here for details or contact the Extension Office at or (814) 445-8911, ext. 7.

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Inaugural Walk Planned At Memorial

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, and this public walk aims to raise awareness about the memorial as a place to honor the passengers and crew whose actions prevented an attack on our nation’s capital on Sept. 11, 2001. 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. Registration, which includes an event T-shirt, is $25 for adults (18 and older) and $12 for youth (ages 13-17). Children 12 and under are free and kids’ T-shirts can be purchased. Registration will open July 13 online at Sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact Rebecca Kuzar at (814) 893-6322, ext. 4, or

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Junior Achievement Golden Ticket Raffle

JARI PTAC Contract Types Workshop

VCI Symposium & Bus Trip

Veteran Community Initiatives, Inc. (VCI) and the Pa. Dept. of Military & Veterans Affairs will be hosting a free statewide symposium Oct. 10 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville. VCI and McIlwain's Bus & Charter Tours are offering a free, round trip from Johnstown to the event. For more information on the trip or the symposium, click here or contact Tina Pelesky, VCI community relations director, at (814) 255-0355 or VCI is also seeking sponsorships, both for the bus trip and for events at the symposium.

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Chamber Calendar

 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 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.