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Leadership Somerset County 2016-2017

Recruitment is underway for the 2016-2017 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 now and in the future. Classes begin in September and class size is limited. Click here for more information or contact the Chamber.

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Somerset County Job Fair

Registration is now open for the Somerset County Job Fair, set for 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 in Founder's Hall at the Somerset County Education Center. Click here for a registration form. Sponsorships are also available. Information is available online at www.somersetpajobfair.com. This event is hosted by the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, the Somerset County Commissioners, Pennsylvania CareerLink Somerset County and JARI.
Sponsors:
Allegany College of Maryland - Somerset Campus
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Saint Francis University - Adult Degree
Seven Springs Mountain Resort/Hidden Valley Resort
Somerset Trust Company
Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board
The Patriot

Participants:

Allegany College of Maryland - Somerset Campus
Bedford Somerset DBHS
Goodwill Industries
Pennsylvania CareerLink Somerset County
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Saint Francis University
Seven Springs Mountain Resort/Hidden Valley Resort
Somerset Trust Co.
The Patriot
Triangle Tech

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Electronic Payment Now Available

The Chamber now offers a fast and easy way to pay your Chamber dues, event registrations and more without the hassle of writing a check, giving your credit card information or having to submit your invoice for payment. EZ Pay is a more convenient way to register for events and renew your membership. You have the ability to have your payments done automatically each time you register for an event or renew your dues, or you can just let us know event by event or when you pay your dues to make your payment for you. Monthly or quarterly payment options available. Have your dues deducted automatically from your account on a monthly or quarterly basis. Instead of one large payment, pay in small installments throughout the year. Payments would be deducted from whichever bank account you prefer. All bank information is kept strictly confidential and will only be used with your permission. It’s simple to sign up for EZ Pay. Contact the Chamber to set up your payment account. We will need your bank account number, routing number and contact information for any questions we may have. EZ Pay is free an you can discontinue this service at any time without penalty. Sign up for this convenient option today and make your day a little less hassle free.

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See Paris, Normandy With Epic Journeys

The Chamber has partnered with Epic Journeys for a tour of France May 12-20. On this nine-day trip, tour Paris, Normandy, Brittany and Chateau Country as well as other sites. For more information and a detailed itinerary, click here or contact Cynthia Watters at (814) 266-5070.

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Back To School Shopping Spree

Parents, here is your chance to win a back to school shopping spree for your child. Curtis & Grammy Adventures is selling 500 lunch bags, each one containing a ticket. When all 500 bags are purchased, Curtis & Grammy will draw the winning number for the back to school shopping spree, which will include clothes, shoes, and school supplies. Each bag is $10 (an extra charge applies for shipping, if applicable). For more information, call (814) 634-KIND.

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Beener Memorial Golf Tournament

On Aug. 15, 2015, longtime community leader, local attorney and Chamber board member Jim Beener passed away suddenly. Now, to cherish his memory and support the causes Jim cared about so dearly, the Beener Family is hosting the James F. Beener Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 24 at the Somerset Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Somerset County Library, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and autism awareness. For more information, click here or contact Josh Beener at (814) 233-2113 or jfbeenermemorial@gmail.com.

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K&D Auto Electric Celebrates Milestone

Join K&D Auto Electric, Somerset, in celebrating 25 years of serving the local community during an anniversary celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, September 9. For more information, call (814) 443-3615.

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Grand Opening Celebration

Join 1806 Uniques & Antiques, Jennerstown, for its grand opening celebration beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, September 1. For more information, call (814) 703-8125 or visit the 1806 Uniques & Antiques Facebook page.

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Co-Ed Kickball Tournament

Join the Somerset Hospital Rehabilitation and Wellness Center for a Co-Ed Kickball Tournament Saturday, September 17 at Somerset Community Park Association Bibbs Field. Proceeds benefit the Somerset County Drug-Free Communities Coalition. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or a registration form, click here or call (814) 445-1522.

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Community Kitchen Grand Opening

Officials will celebrate the grand opening of the Field-to-Fork Agricultural Incubator at the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, September 8 at 9:30 a.m. The commercial shared-use kitchen and small-scale co-packing service is a community economic development project of the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission.

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Boys & Girls Club Crab Feed

Grab some friends and join the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and the Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County for a Crab Feed Saturday, September 17 at The Hayloft, Rockwood. Funds raised will be used to operate the Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County’s daily afterschool program, which serves 100 area youth. Admission is $50 per person and includes crabs, chicken, shrimp, side dishes and beer. Adults only. Music and raffles will also be included. Come dressed to compete in the Best Dressed at the Beach Contest. For more information or for tickets, call (814) 445-1802 or click here.

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Somerset Hospital Auxiliary Shoot

Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual Somerset Hospital Auxiliary Sporting Clays Shoot Friday, Sept. 23 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Sponsorships are also available. Click here for information.

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U.S. 219 Study

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (MDOT/SHA), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have collaborated on a Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) study. This study is currently underway for the US 219 corridor which extends approximately 8 miles from the southern end of the Meyersdale Bypass in Somerset County, Pa., south to Interstate 68 in Garrett County, Md. The PEL study is conducted as part of planning, and occurs prior to and separate from NEPA. During PEL, no "project" studies are conducted to determine if a potential project exists. Data collected and analyzed during the PEL study can be used during future project development, as funding for improvements becomes available. PEL allows for an analysis of optional study alignments, and consideration as to whether portions of those alignments can be cleared environmentally, designed and constructed as stand-alone independent projects. Stand-alone projects identified during the PEL study must have independent utility, have logical termini and not restrict potential options for future reasonably foreseeable transportation improvements. A PEL study “acknowledgement” from the FHWA was issued on July 21, 2016. The PEL document is available online and in public repositories throughout the project area.

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CONNECT! 2016

Are you interested in obtaining high-quality products while saving money at the same time? Join JARI PTAC on Tuesday, September 27 at CONNECT! 2016, a one-stop event designed to help area small businesses set the stage for success, particularly with state and local government, educational institutions, and nonprofits as well as prime contractors. Buyers will find this an excellent opportunity to learn about and meet with local, experienced small businesses that offer high-quality standards and on-time delivery at very reasonable prices. These small businesses will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to purchasing representatives during two special sessions during the event. CONNECT! 2016 also includes a program of several speakers, including keynote speaker Gloria Larkin, TargetGov president and nationally renowned government business expert. Buyers/purchasing department representatives from prime contractors, state and local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofits are eligible to attend for free. Lunch is included for those with a table. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today by submitting the attached form or contacting Lenora Leasure, JARI PTAC program manager, at LLeasure@jari.com or (814) 254-4022.

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Youth And Employment

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 14 and 15 year olds are able to work during the school year -- as long as certain conditions are met. The first thing is to make sure their schedules are adjusted when they go back to school. These youths can work up to three hours a school day and a maximum of 18 hours in a school week. On non-school days, youths can put in longer hours -- up to eight in a day. During non-school weeks they can also work 40 hours total. Regardless of the number of hours, however, 14 and 15 year olds can only be scheduled to work 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., except from June 1 to Labor Day when they can work 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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