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Somerset County Job Fair

Registration is open for the Somerset County Job Fair Oct. 15 at the Quality Inn Conference Center, Somerset. This event, which will be held from 1-6 p.m., allows business representatives to meet with potential employees. For more information, click here or contact the Chamber at (814) 445-6431 or For a list of participants and event sponsors, visit

Sponsors and participants:
Allegany College of Maryland
Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers
Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries
Alternative Community Resource Program
Bayada Pediatrics
Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc.
Bedford-Somerset MH/MR
Bittner Restaurant Group
Cambria Rowe Business College
Choice One Staffing Group
County of Somerset
CVS Pharmacy
Experience Works
Family Behavioral Resources
Family Video
Forever Broadcasting
Geneva College Adult and Graduate Studies
Goodwill Industries
Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
Interim Health
Johnstown Area Regional Industries
JWF Industries
Meadow View Nursing Center
MRS Physical Therapy
NHS Human Services
Pennsylvania Academy of Cosmetology
Pennsylvania CareerLink Somerset County
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Quality Inn of Somerset
Rest Assured Residential Living
Riggs Industries
Safari Contract Cleaners
SCI-Laurel Highlands/SCI-Somerset
ServiceMaster Cleaning and Disaster Restoration
Seven Springs Mountain Resort/Hidden Valley Resort
Somerset County Chamber of Commerce
Somerset County Commissioners
Somerset County Technology Center
Somerset Hospital
Somerset Trust Co.
Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board
Stoner Quality Water, Inc.
The Learning Lamp
The Patriot
Triangle Tech
U.S. Army
Woodmen Financial Services

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JARI Communication, Computer Courses

Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) is offering communication and intermediate and advanced computer classes at no cost. The classes are funded through a grant awarded to JARI by the Community Initiatives Fund of the Community Foundations of the Alleghenies. Click here for a list of classes. Seating is limited and will be offered on an as-needed basis. For more information, contact Debi Balog at (814) 262-8366 or

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Job Opening For Finance Coordinator

Finance Coordinator Professional candidate with minimum of 3 years A/P, A/R, GL, payroll and financial reporting experience for non-profit regional tourism promotion agency based in Ligonier. Associate’s degree in Accounting or Business required; bachelor’s degree preferred. Must be self-starter capable of multi-tasking, interfacing well with the public, and have excellent communications and organizational skills. Proficiency in Microsoft software and QuickBooks required; experience with ADP or Paychex a plus. FT with benefits. M-F 8:30-4:30. Send cover letter and resume to or visit for more details and to apply online. Deadline for resumes 10/4/14.

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Learning Lamp Job Opportunities

The Learning Lamp is seeking to fill the following positions at school districts in Somerset and Cambria counties: school psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and personal care aides. The organization continues to recruit substitute teachers and aides for a number of Johnstown- and Somerset-area school districts. These positions offer great flexibility and are available immediately. Retired teachers and emergency certified teachers are welcome. Current clearances, a physical and TB test are required. Interested candidates can send a resume to or call Kayla at (814) 262-0732.

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Bella's Grateful Opening

Bella's will celebrate its "grateful" opening with a three-day grand opening event Oct. 2-4. The event begins with a "kickoff" at 4 p.m. Oct. 2, and live entertainment is planned each evening from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call (814) 444-9000 or visit Bella's Facebook page.

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Charity Golf Outing

The Women's Help Center is seeking participants for its Oct. 3 golf outing at the Somerset Country Club. For more information, call Carol Stern at (814) 525-9020.

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Dress To The Nines Donations

The Dress To The Nines committee is seeking prize donations and donors to support Dress To The Nines Oct. 18 to benefit the Somerset Oncology Center. For more information, click here or contact Somerset Oncology at (814) 444-1424 or the Dress To The Nines committee at

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Upcoming ServSafe Classes

The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA) will be offering a one-day ServSafe training course Sept. 29 at Hoss's Steak & Sea House, Johnstown. For more information, click here. For information on other ServSafe courses, click here. PRLA offers early bird pricing for its one-day courses: $130/PRLA member and $170/non-member (regularly $135/member and $175/non-member). To qualify for the early bird special, you must pre-pay 14 days prior to the class. Shipping/handling fees and tax will apply. Contact the state office at 800-345-5353 for more information.

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Soroptimist International Program

Soroptimist International of Somerset County will present “Amy's Story” at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at Morguen Toole Co., Meyersdale. Hosted by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay and told by Detective Deirdri Fishel, Telling Amy’s Story follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on Nov. 8, 2001. The victim’s parents and co‐workers, law enforcement officers, and court personnel share their perspectives on what happened to Amy in the weeks, months, and years leading up to her death. The hope is that telling this can change outcomes for the millions of victims, survivors, and loved ones affected by domestic violence every day. There is no charge to attend, but seating is limited and refreshments will be served. Register by emailing or by calling Sandy Berkebile, (814) 443‐4705, Lori Hogan, (814) 445‐3501, or Cindy Breen, (814) 443‐3055.

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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 or contact 888-823-2220 or

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Natural Gas Utilization Conference

Registration is open for the 4th Annual Natural Gas Utilization Conference Oct. 14-15 at Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe. Uday Turaga, president of ADI Analytics, will be the keynote speaker. Other sessions are included. Network with exhibitors, presenters, sponsors and organizers. Browse the exhibit hall to see the latest technologies and future of natural gas utilization. Visit the event website for more information or to register.

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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

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Chamber Calendar

 Mountain Playhouse Mixer
Oct. 1, 5-7 p.m.
WINS: New Idea, New Challenge, New Start
Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m.
 Somerset County Job Fair
Oct. 15, 1-6 p.m.
 First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union Mixer
Oct. 16, 5-7 p.m.

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
Harold W. Wheeler, Jr. Memorial Humanitarian Award
Grant B. Miller Award
Click here for a full description of each of these awards. Nominations must be submitted to the Chamber by Friday, Oct. 17. Award winners will be recognized at the Chamber's Annual Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.