2019 Chamber News

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