2019 Chamber News

October 2019

A Message from Kris

September 2019

HAPPY FALL TO ALL! What a beautiful colorful season, but I still want summer.

What a busy time of the year, but when isn’t it a busy time? Reviewing the past month, the Ladies Gun Safety Course was well attended with over 25 ladies present. We learned how to tear our guns apart, clean them and put them back together, as well as how to properly hold, aim and shoot with accuracy. Safety is always top priority when handling fire arms. This is one of the many community services that our Chamber sponsors and is pleased to bring into our community. It was held at the I.C.V. Sportsman’s Club and we would like to thank them for hosting this event.

I’d like to take this opportunity to reach out to our fire departments and to mention another community service we offer. The MLCC takes pride in our local fire departments and is forever thankful for their volunteer commitment to defend our families, our homes, and our businesses from fire and other dangers. In recognition of their service and as a gesture of our appreciation, we provide our honorary fire departments with free advertising in our flyer. For more details on this offer and to request your fire department’s advertising, please contact the MLCC office. Again, we thank you for your brave and dedicated service and we look forward to hearing from you.

The ladies again did not let us down when it came to attendance for the Ladies Day Bash, we had a full house and a good time. If you missed it, you missed out on great food, great prizes and greater still, a bunch of ladies having fun. See next month’s flyer for pictures and more details. This is an annual event so make sure to mark your calendar for next year so you don’t miss out.

Fall is the perfect time of year for family events as well as getting out to see the beautiful leaves. If you are looking for things to do, we wanted to give you a handy list of upcoming activities in the Laurel Highlands area. You can stick it on the fridge as a quick guide to lots of fun adventure.

Upcoming Events:

  • Seven Springs Autumn Fest: Sep 28 – Oct 20 – 777 Water Wheel Drive, Champion, PA
  • Whoa Nellie’s Corn Maze & Fall Activities: Saturday’s and Sunday’s – September 21 – October 27, 724-771-3680
  • Living Treasures Wild Animal Park: Night at the Zoo – Fridays and Saturdays – October 4 – October 26
  • Fort Ligonier Days: October 11 – October 13
  • I.C.V. Sportsman’s Association Gun Bash: November 10

Upcoming MLCC Events:

  • Membership Meeting: November 7 – Nino’s
  • Stocking Stuffer Ticket: November & December
  • Springfield Township Light Up: Thanksgiving Weekend through December 20
  • Melcroft Tree Lighting Night: December 1 – Ed’s Car Wash

I hope you have a fun filled fall and remember that the MLCC prides itself in providing community service.

Always wishing for summer,
Shari Bukovac
MLCC President
Owner, Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping

August 2019

A Message from Shari

WOW! What a fantastic day with the kids on Fun Day. The weather couldn’t be beat. Champion Christian School provided the bus and fabulous driver to haul us around. We started our day at Living Treasurers Wild Animal Park with a trip through the zoo and a pony ride or two, it was a perfect way to start the morning. Then off to the Donegal Dairy Queen for a delicious lunch and tasty ice cream treat, with feeding that many in such a short amount of time it was a job “well done”. We finished our day at Mountain Pines Campground where we went to cool off in the huge pool. It was perfect for all ages and what a lot to do with the kids: mini golf, gaga ball, swing sets and a bouncing pad. It kept the kids entertained all afternoon, but truthfully swimming would have been enough. Thanks to all the businesses mentioned above for hosting and helping us all to have the perfect day. See Facebook for some of the pictures showing the fun we had.

A delicious dinner was had by all at the Main Street Wine Bar where our July Summertime/Fun Times gathering was held. Glad to have seen you come out, if you weren’t there you missed a good time of food, fellowship and relaxation. What a way to support our local businesses and mingle with our community. Our next Summertime/Fun Time gathering will be at See Mor’s All Star Grill on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

Get ready for our clay shoot on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Buffer Creek Sporting Clays. Men and women alike test your shooting skills. A fun day for sure to be had by all.

Ladies, sign up for the MLCC Ladies Gun Safety Course on Saturday September 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm, being held at the ICV Sportsmen Association shooting range. A $5.00 donation will be collected. Come and learn how to safely care for, load, aim and shoot your weapon as well as target practice. Come spend 2 hours of your afternoon learning how to shoot safely and protect yourself.

Here comes the MLCC Ladies’ Day Bash again, hooray! Saturday, September 29, 2019 is the date, mark your calendars ladies, but get your tickets in advance before they are all sold out. Tickets are available at the MLCC Office, See Mor’s All Star Grill, and Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping.

Did all you fire chiefs see the ad in our July flyer offering free advertising for your firemen events? Just call Kris at the Chamber and give her your information so we can get the word out.

As president of Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce I find it a great privilege to be a part of such an impressive organization. I am appreciative for the opportunity to serve our community and support our local businesses. With that being said I would like to welcome our newest member of MLCC, Bella Florals, I’m sure you will benefit from everything the Chamber has to offer.

Looking for something fun to do? Laurel Hill State Park is holding their Annual Bluegrass Festival on August 17 & 18. Along with some great music, there will be good food, kid’s activities, and many vendors. For more information, call (814) 445-7725 or visit www.laurelhillbluegrass.com.

And last of all, I sadly recognize that this is the last month before the kids go back to school. Please have a safe and enjoyable rest of the summer.

Here’s hoping for longer summer weather!
Shari Bukovac
MLCC President
Owner, Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping

P.S. I’d like to use this opportunity to thank everyone who accepted my challenge of doing nice things by thanking everyone who dropped off lunch or supplied my office with special items. Kind people really do exist!

June 2019

A Message From Kris
Local Community + Small Businesses = Pure Magic

Working in our local chamber for 20 years, I’ve witnessed the synergy of our community and its businesses more times than I can count. The power of referrals and recommendations from trusted colleagues, family, friends and neighbors is great. I’d like to share with you a fantastic experience I recently had and hopefully inspire you to share your own.

My husband, Donnie, and I live along a creekbank in the sleepy village of Weltytown where we have relied on a walking bridge to cross the creek for the last 20 years. As the bridge has grown weaker over the years, Donnie and I have spent many evenings creek-side, nervously anticipating the day when a complete replacement would be required.

One afternoon, Josh Dipaola of Dipaola Climate Control stopped into the MLCC office and I happened to ask him if he knew anyone that made bridges. “Yeah!”, Josh exclaimed. “Jerry Ritenour from Champion Lawn Ornaments can build bridges. Give him a call.” One phone call later, Jerry Ritenour was prepared to give us a quote for a custom-built wooden bridge on steel I-Beams. It took Jerry just one visit to our home to take measurements and he was off to build our new bridge. Although I was already beyond impressed with Jerry, you can only imagine my sheer excitement and appreciation when Jerry arrived with his flatbed truck to remove the old bridge and install the new one – weeks before it was due!

The magic was nearly tangible. It all started with one chamber member, Josh Dipaola of Dipaola Climate Control – a local resident and business owner – referring another chamber member, local resident and business owner, Jerry Ritenour of Champion Lawn Ornaments. Jerry’s concern, knowledge, professional presentation, quick response and exquisite customer service is why we chose him for the job. He ordered the I-Beams from another local business, Mt. Pleasant Mine Supply, and these businesses worked together to complete our project. I spent the morning of the installation in total awe of their work and their confidence in one another, all of which provided total satisfaction knowing that Donnie and I made the right decision in putting our trust in Jerry. We’re reminded daily of the excellent choice we made as we enjoy the view of our new beautiful bridge, complete with a gorgeous flower basket from Brian Pletcher at Pletcher’s Farm Market!

Because we couldn’t be happier with our decision, we even purchased a second, smaller bridge from Champion Lawn Ornaments for a separate section of the creek. On a personal note, we thank Jerry and his team for making this such a pleasurable experience for us and for increasing our property value. On a professional note, I can’t stress enough the importance – and ultimate value – of seeking and providing recommendations and putting your trust in our local small businesses.

That’s all it takes to set the magic in motion!
Kris Enberg

Executive Director

June 2019

Summer Greetings,

Look what’s happening this month!!!

A delicious dinner for our Summertime/Fun Times gathering at Nino’s on June 13. I’m ready to enjoy a wonderful meal with wonderful people. All are invited! Please see page 5 for details.

Remember Father’s day on June 16, a special day to honor our fathers who are still with us or remember those who have passed.

Don’t miss the Senior Expo on June 20 being held at the Donegal Event Center. See page 6 for more information.

Join us for a Senior Luncheon on June 21 at Champion Christian School. See page 8 in the Flyer for details.

Calling all kids for a fun filled day on June 27. What a way to spend special time with our kids/grandkids/family! Look for more information and the registration form on page 10 of the Flyer.

As you go about your summer activities in the mountains don’t forget to support all the local businesses.

Welcome to our newest members Buffer Creek Sporting Clays in Somerset and PNC Bank in Donegal. If you’re not a member yet, please consider joining us, we’d love to help your business grow with all that we offer.

The 20th Annual MLCC Golf Outing was a huge success. The event concluded on the Friday, May 17th at Norvelt Golf Club. Please look for a recap of the event with pictures in the July flyer.

Summer is in full swing – gardens growing, flowers blooming, sun shining, blue skies, birds singing and a few rain showers (I hope) to keep things going. I just want to say, Thank you Lord for all of these amazing gifts.

Our challenge in the previous newsletter was to do nice things for each other. We would love to hear what someone did for you so we can share the joy. Personally, I would like to thank Tim and Anita Fosbrink for the special gift card they left for me at G&D Market. It’s encouraging to be appreciated and my office will enjoy a pizza lunch one day. And a huge thank you to Debbie Hall – she made me a family tree shadow box that is beautiful. Totally a surprise and it makes me smile and warms my heart every time I look at it. Debbie is so crafty.

Upcoming Events:

  • Summertime/Fun Times Gatherings – June 13, Nino’s Restaurant
  • Senior Expo – June 20, Donegal Event Center
  • Kids Day – June 27, Living Treasures, D.Q., Mt. Pines Campground & Champion Christian School
  • Clay Shoot – Sept 14, Buffer Creek Sporting Clays
  • Ladies Day Bash – Sept 29, Donegal Event Center

Soaking up the sun!

Shari Bukovac
MLCC President
Owner, Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping

May 2019

A Message from Shari,

How blessed I am/we are to live in this community. I am so proud of all the good people that have compassion, kindness, sympathy and love for one another. Again, this was displayed in March. God said we are to, “Love one another, be kind to one another, help one another” and I see this in our community, and it’s AWESOME! So, with that being said, I want to challenge every one of us to do something kind for one another at least once a week and let’s watch God’s love grow.

Summer is on its way. My favorite season of all. Get your gardens growing by getting your plants at Pletcher’s Farm Market or Witt’s Perennial Nursery.

Congratulations to the Ramada in Ligonier and Champion Food Mart as our newest member to this awesome organization. I hope you all found your dream job or employee at last month’s job fair.

Please join us as we celebrate the MOUNTAIN LAUREL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 20th ANNUAL GOLF OUTING at the Norvelt Golf Club. The celebration begins with registration and a light breakfast at 7:30, followed by the playing of our National Anthem and a shotgun start at 8:30. Golfers will be golfing to the tunes of 98.7 JACK FM who will be broadcasting live from the putting green. We’re going a little retro this year in remembrance of Johnny Shaffer of the Donegal Dairy Queen by once again giving away all of our items as door prizes donated by our Title Sponsor, Bud & Bud Light and each golfer will take home a participation gift. There will be lunch on the turn & fun skill contests on the course, followed by a mouth watering steak dinner, refreshments and awards ceremony in the new pavilion looking out over the picturesque course. Special thanks in advance to all of our sponsors, golfers and volunteers for making this day a huge success. See you on the course!

Upcoming Events:

  • Summertime/Fun Times Gatherings – June 13, Nino’s Restaurant
  • Senior Expo – June 20, Donegal Event Center
  • Kids Day – June 27, Living Treasures, D.Q., Mt. Pines Campground & Champion Christian School
  • Clay Shoot – Sept 14, Buffer Creek Sporting Clays
  • Ladies Day Bash – Sept 29, Donegal Event Center

Soaking up the sun!

Shari Bukovac
MLCC President
Owner, Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping

April 2019

Dear Neighbors,

Want to know HOW TO BECOME INFORMED about issues impacting our communities and businesses?

It’s easy! Become a chamber member, a member of the Board of Directors or volunteer to be on a committee. Attend a community POP-UP event and network with us! You see, chamber members are business people. Everyone has a mixed bag full of experiences. What is unique is that they all are willing to share their lessons learned from those experiences.

Lessons that can make you more aware of resources or pitfalls of choices you may be considering. Lessons that can help our community become stronger and more prosperous. Lessons that can help shorten your learning curve.

If you’re not quite ready to join our leadership team here are some more ideas of how to stay on top of issues. Consider attending your monthly meetings of our elected representatives, they impact our lives. Borough and township meetings take care of our roads and know what is up locally. School boards have a direct impact on our real estate taxes. Planning meetings can impact you and your neighbors’ properties.

Most importantly remember to vote in the upcoming May elections!

The internet is your friend. Check out these websites for to find out more about who is running for elected office and where to vote:

Check here to find out WHO is your representative: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/
Check here to find where you vote: https://www.votespa.com/en-us
Check here to become registered to vote: https://www.votespa.com/en-us
Check here to find your polling place visit: https://www.votespa.com

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest members to the MLCC: The Battle Zone Family Fun Center, Thistledown at Segar House, and Light on the Hill Outreach Church & Love Abounds Outreach.

Let’s Get Involved,

Adrienne “Abe” Wagner
MLCC Board of Directors
Associate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – The Preferred Realty

March 2019

A Message from Shari,

Happy March!!!  When March is here that means that spring is right around the corner.  Yippee!!  The first day of spring is March 20th.  Not that I’m excited, but warmer weather sure sounds good to me. What could be better than longer warmer days? Daylight saving time begins March 10th, don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead.  That just gives us an extra hour of sunshine to enjoy.

Before we go further, I would like say goodbye to our winter hats by raising them to give sincere thanks to our township supervisors and their crews, as well as to our PENNDOT employees for keeping our roads safe and clear this winter.  These groups of individuals work long, cold hours to keep our roads clear in the worst conditions – THANK YOU!

Now is the time to think green, not only for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th but also because with March comes the new growth after a long winter.  I always enjoy seeing everything turn green as it comes back to life.  But let’s not forget all the memories we made this winter with the Build a Snowman Challenge. I’m sure you all had a great time out in the snow with family and friends building a snowperson. I know I had a good time looking at all the entries. Congratulations to the winner, who will be featured in next month’s flyer and thanks to everyone who participated in the Build a Snowman Challenge.

Speaking of winners, you can all be winners at the upcoming job fair that is being held at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park on Saturday, March 30th.  Everyone is encouraged to come and check things out.  Maybe there is a job waiting for you.  There will be many local businesses represented with a variety of skill levels offered.  Please refer to pages 15 & 16 for more information.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest members to the MLCC, Barron’s Floral and Coen Markets. We look forward to working together in the coming year.

In other member news, we would like to take this opportunity to wish Marty Savanick well in all of her endeavors with her upcoming retirement. Collections by Marty is closing its doors at both the Scottdale and Donegal locations after almost 30 years of serving our communities. The MLCC will miss everyone at Collection by Marty and thanks them for their friendship and professionalism over the years.

Looking to hire new employees!  Attend the MLCC Job Fair at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Mill Run on Saturday March 30th from 12 noon to 3 pm.  This is a FREE Event.

Members of the community are cordially invited to attend a Senior Luncheon on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 12 noon.  Featured speaker is Roy P. Laux a Synergy Financial Retirement Specialist.  Please see page 12 for more information.

On Friday, May 17th 2019, we will be celebrating 20 years of having fun on the course.  The fun begins with breakfast followed by a shotgun start at Norvelt Golf Club.

We are thrilled to announce the return of our wildly successful “Gateway to the Laurel Highlands Fun Map”.  Please see detail enclosed and take advantage our 10% Discount.

Watch for details on our Kid’s Day scheduled for mid-June.  We’re planning a fun filled day beginning at Living Treasures Wild Animal Park, lunch at the Donegal Dairy Queen and an afternoon of swimming at Mountain Pines Campground. Transportation provided by the Christian Family and Children’s Center.

New this year is our Gun Safety Class for our ladies.  Watch for upcoming details as we partner with members of the Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen’s Association as they teach us girls how to protect ourselves.

Summertime/Fun Times Gatherings!  We are planning something a little different for the summer months.  In lieu of traditional mixers, we plan to gather in various restaurants within the chamber.  There will be no commitment, registration or fees (food & drinks will be on your own).  We’ll simply tell you were we’ll be with hopes that you can join us for an evening of just hanging out and having fun.  Members of the community who are interested in who we are and what we do are encouraged to join us.

Mark your calendars!  The Annual MLCC Ladies Day Bash is scheduled for Sunday, September 29th at the Donegal Event center.

Ready. Set. Pull.  Watch for details on our upcoming Clay Shoot at Buffer Creek Sporting Clays in Somerset on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

Back by popular demand is our membership meeting dinner.  Our members had so much fun at our 20th Anniversary Dinner that they decided they wanted to get together as business leaders once a year to keep up on the ever-changing business communities.

Plans are underway for celebrating Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 30, 2019.  Plans include members of the community joining for a tour of our local businesses.  Transportation provided by Christian Family & Children’s Center.

Celebrate in the true meaning of Christmas by joining us in Melcroft for our annual tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 1, 2019.  We will celebrate by giving thanks and caroling.  Refreshments will be served.

Looking to have an event and you need some help with marketing and advertising? Let the MLCC offer assistance with our new Community Pop-up Events Program. Please refer to page 28 for details.

Until the weather gets warmer!

Shari Bukovac
MLCC President
Owner, Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping

February 2019

A Message from Shari,

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Love is in the air, so grab your sweetheart and go for a delicious dinner at Brenda’s Family Restaurant, Donegal McDonalds, Foggy Mountain Lodge, Fox’s Pizza Den, Hidden Valley Resort, Main Street Wine Bar, Nino’s, Out of the Fire Cafe, See Mor’s All Star Grill, Seven Springs Mountain Resort or Tall Cedar’s Restaurant & Tavern, then stop at The Country Pie Shoppe or Donegal Dairy Queen for your sweet treat. Wow, we have a lot of great places to eat! I hope my sweetheart will take me to every one of these places throughout the entire month or I’ll take him!!

Hope we get some snow for the BUILD A SNOWMAN CHALLENGE or we’ll have to think out of the box and build with mud or whatever we might find to use. I hope everyone is able to participate in this challenge and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun with family and friends. See the next page for more details. Don’t forget to take your snow, mud or whatever man/woman’s picture and upload it to the MLCC’s Facebook Page on the contest post from February 10th – 24th.

Congratulations to the winner of the MLCC STOCKING STUFFER ticket, Jean Echard. What a loot you’ve won! Thanks to all who purchased a ticket, maybe you’ll be the lucky winner next year. A special thanks to the members who supplied their goods and services and to those who sold tickets.

I am anticipating our first gathering that Kris talked about last month! Where will it be??? How soon will it be???? I hope you’ll come out to mingle, meet your local business owners, have a great meal and lots of FUN.

Upcoming Events:

  • Open House – Excela Square at Frick – February 13th
  • Build a Snowman Challenge – February 10-24th
  • Job Fair – Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – April – Watch for Details
  • Golf Outing – May 17th
  • Kids Day – June – Watch for Details
  • Summertime/Fun Times Gatherings – June, July & Aug – Watch for Details
  • Annual Ladies’ Day Bash – September 29th
  • Clay Shoot – October – Watch for Details
  • Membership Meeting – November – Watch for Details
  • Small Business Saturday Celebration – November 30th – Watch for Details
  • Stocking Stuffer Ticket – November & December
  • Melcroft Tree Lighting – December 1st

Don’t forget to kiss your sweetheart

Shari Bukovac
MLCC President
Owner, Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping

January 2019

A Message from Kris,

It gives me great joy to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I hope both young and old experienced the “Magic of Christmas” and had memorable holidays!

If you’ve been following us, you know we just celebrated our 20th anniversary as a chamber of commerce. In past issues, we focused on memories over the years, along with thanking everyone for believing in us. Moving forward and in the “Spirit of New Year Resolutions”, I encourage you to join with us as we begin carving out memories of the next twenty years. Those that we have thanked now look to new leadership within the MLCC to carry the baton and to continue not only building a presence but sustaining a presence in our communities. Make it your new year’s resolution to become active in your community, the possibilities are endless!

According to Google, community means, “a group of people living in the same place, sharing common interest and goals”. THIS IS US! Between these pages we’ve learned of and participated in many events. We called upon and built trusting relationships with local merchants and we’ve created strong friendships and lasting memories that some can only imagine.

Let’s partner our energies and continue this journey. Together we can bring back some of our small-town memories by creating new ones. For instance, on December 1st, Melcroft celebrated their first ever tree light up. The event sponsored by Shari Buckovac Bookkeeping, along with other merchants in the area, celebrated the true meaning of Christmas with a gathering of the community for an evening of caroling and fellowship around a newly planted Christmas tree that will grow loving memories in years to come. Along with the same theme, the chamber is having a Snowman Contest this year! The only agenda for this idea is to bring fun to our communities. See page 2 for details. Please contact the chamber office to find out how we can assist you with your community events.

I would like to use this opportunity to thank all our followers for participating in our programs and events, including our annual golf outing, lady’s day bash and stocking stuffer. We couldn’t do it without you!

New for this year, we are planning something a little different for the summer months. In lieu of traditional mixers, we plan to gather in various restaurants within the chamber. They’ll be no commitment, registration or fees (food & drinks will be on your own). We’ll simply tell you where we’ll be and if you can join us, we’ll have fun just hanging out together.

And now without further ado, I proudly announce the MLCC Board of Directors and Executive Officers.

President: Shari Bukovac – Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping
Vice President: Rob King – King Legal Group
Treasurer: Mark Hughes – Hughes Physical Therapy
Secretary: Tammy Shawley – Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Julianne Brown – Alpine Retreat Bed & Breakfast
Ken Firestone – Firestone Insurance
Tom Guiher – Living Treasures Wild Animal Park
Rich Naugle – Champion Lumber Company
Hank Parke – Somerset Trust Company
Deanna Richter – LHTC Broadband
Barb Skinner – Christian Family and Children’s Center
Jamie Stilley – Amerikohl Mining, Inc.
Abe Wagner – Berkshire Hathaway the Preferred Realty, Donegal

Special thanks to the following for their past service on the board: Jim Kail, Brit Grimes & Tim Pisula and to our fabulous office team: Stefanie Cramer – Administrative Assistant, Cami DiBattista – Freelance Writer and Boss Bear Creative – Marketing & Social Media Manager

And, as our newly appointed treasurer, Dr. Mark Hughes said, “the chamber is exciting!” So, with keeping that in mind please consider; joining a committee or becoming a volunteer as your New Year’s Resolution this year and let’s have some fun!

Here’s to a Happy, Prosperous & FUN New Year!
Kris Enberg
Executive Director