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WINS: "Women In Politics"

Join Women's Information Network, Somerset County (WINS) for its November luncheon Monday, Nov. 3 (please note special date) when Somerset County Commissioner Pamela Tokar-Ickes presents, "Women In Politics." On the eve of the 2014 General Election, Tokar-Ickes will discuss the role women have played in politics, from the women's suffrage movement to the White House, to Somerset County in between. Registration for this event, sponsored by First Commonwealth Bank, begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the presentation at noon. For more information or to register, click here. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 29.

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Tourism Works For Somerset County

The Chamber is pleased to welcome economist Dr. Steve Morse to Somerset for "Tourism Works In Somerset County" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Somerset Historical Center. In his presentation, Morse will identify and discuss the top three reasons why tourism plays an important role in Somerset County's economic development. In addition, he will share strategies on how communities and regions similar to Somerset County have leveraged their unique tourism attributes to position themselves for future economic development. Morse will discuss how the arts, culture, history and location of outdoor adventure tourism opportunities can be leveraged into higher quality of life factors attracting new businesses, entrepreneurs and expanding current businesses offerings. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required by contacting the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com.

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PA Senatorial Debate

The Daily American will be hosting a community debate between Pennsylvania Senatorial candidates Deb Kula (D) and Pat Stefano (R) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Veterans Home Association of Berlin.

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74th Chamber Annual Dinner

Join the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce for this year’s 74th Annual Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. in the resort’s Exhibit Hall. Click here for an invitation or here for a RSVP card. The evening includes great networking opportunities, a menu highlighting local products and recognizes the winners of the Chamber’s Annual Awards. Additional details on the evening will be announced soon. The Chamber is also seeking prize donations for its popular "Parade of Baskets" during the dinner. New this year, guests can supplement their dinner experience and expand their culinary horizons with an exclusive chef’s demonstration and tasting with Seven Springs Mountain Resort Executive Chef Sandro Marcato from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the resort’s Wintergreen Room. Tickets are $50 and seating is limited. Please RSVP to the Chamber by Nov. 11. No reservations will be accepted after Nov. 14. Contact the Chamber for more information or to RSVP.

Volunteers are also need to help with the dinner, both before and during the event. If you'd like to help, please contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or info@somersetcountychamber.com.

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USS Somerset Coins

The Chamber has USS Somerset coins for sale. These coins, which commemorate the commissioning of the USS Somerset in March, are $8.48 each. Contact the Chamber for more information.

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Job Fairs Oct. 21 and 22

The Learning Lamp will be holding job fairs at the Somerset Area Senior High School on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. and at the Learning Lamp's main office in Johnstown on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 1 to 6 p.m. to fill the following positions at school districts in Somerset and Cambria counties: substitute teachers for many area school districts, classroom and personal care aides, staff and supervisors for before/after school and child care programs, administrative staff and other specialty positions in the classroom. All positions require updated clearances. Candidates should bring resumes and dress for success.  For more information on job opportunities at The Learning Lamp, call Kayla at (814) 262-0732.

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RN-BSN Information Session

Mount Aloysius College representatives will be hosting a RN-BSN Information Session from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at Crazy Alice's Cafe, Somerset. Learn more about the admission process and acceptance requirements, financial aid, convenient and flexible scheduling and more. For more information, click here. RSVP online at www.mtaloy.edu/gce or contact 888-823-2220 or gce@mtaloy.edu.

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Penn Highlands Open House

Visit the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Somerset Education Center for an Open House on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m.. Get information on coursework, transfer options, workforce training, community education, and more. Learn about student life at Pennsylvania Highlands, including clubs and activities. Representatives will be on-hand to discuss all of this as well as funding options through financial aid and payment plans. For more information, call (814) 443-2500 or visit www.pennhighlands.edu.

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Roof Garden Barbershop Chorus Show

Mark your calendars for the Roof Garden Barbershop Chorus Show Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Somerset Area Senior High School auditorium. Faces 4 Radio, the Barbershop Harmony Society 2014 International Senior Quartet champions, will be the guest performers of this year's show. Altoona's Sweet Adelines, a champion ladies' barbershop chorus, will also perform. Tickets can be purchased at Laurel Arts, Somerset Trust, the Chamber, at the show or from any Roof Garden Barbershop Chorus member. For more information, contact Ken Halverson at (814) 443-4858 or Larry Shober at (814) 267-4042.

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Residential Energy Program Returns

The ChamberChoice Energy Program, managed by OnDemand Energy Solutions, is in the final stages of negotiating an agreement with a new energy supplier which will result in the opportunity to relaunch a residential energy program for Chamber members in the near term. The targeted effective relaunch is early November. Residential homeowners interested in this program should visit www.ondemandenergy.com and click on the residential savings button. By entering in their contact information on the OnDemand Energy website, homeowners will then be automatically notified with the official program launch and continuing residential program offerings. By promoting the ChamberChoice Energy Program negotiated residential rates to all residents, local Chamber businesses will reap benefits, as homeowners with lower energy bills will have more discretionary income to spend at local Chamber businesses. Homeowners may also call 1-866-699-9968 to speak with a program representative. Additional Chamber collateral material will be made available upon program relaunch in early November.

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Grant-Writing Workshop

The grant-writing and fund-raising environment is increasingly competitive. Organization and preparation matter. Obtaining grants is a process. Workshop presenters from Penn State Extension and the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies will share their expertise during Getting the Most From Your Grant-Writing Efforts Nov. 18 at the Penn State Extension Office, Somerset. This workshop will break the process down into workable strategies to ensure a more successful outcome. Registration is $25, and the deadline to participate is Nov. 14. For more information, click here, or to register, click here. Also contact Judy Chambers, Penn State Extension, at chambers@psu.edu.

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Laurel Highlands Marketing Summit

Registration is open for the Laurel Highlands Visitor Bureau's Interactive Marketing Summit on Friday, Nov. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fred Rogers Center, Saint Vincent College. This day-long workshop is perfect for both small business owners and marketing professionals who want to learn about the latest trends and techniques in online marketing. Content topics include: the lastest updates on search engine optimization (SEO); getting the most out of your Google Analytics; social media marketing trends; and tips on developing a comprehensive digital marketing campaign. Admission is $35 for LHVB partners and $40 for non-partners and includes refreshments and lunch. For more information or to register, visit www.laurelhighlands.org/summit or contact Michele Wisnesck at mwisnesck@laurelhighlands.org.

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Counselor Workshops

Every year, PHEAA and PASFAA partner to provide financial aid workshops throughout Pennsylvania. These workshops cover financial aid programs that are available to assist students seeking post-secondary education. The information delivered at the workshops is designed specifically to help staff at high schools, career links, legislators' offices, intermediate units, community agencies, children and youth services organizations, and others who may be considered "first responders" when it comes to providing assistance to current and prospective post-secondary students. Click here for a list of workshops and more information.

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