November 2017

A Message from the President,

Happy winter to all!

It has finally arrived, to some with much joy and to others (like me) with less joy. The shorter days and colder nights make it harder to get up and get going, but I have to admit, snowfalls make for beautiful scenery.

The cooler weather brings with it the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the season. Take a sleigh ride, go skiing or just take a walk on those trails you enjoyed this summer! Remember the good ole days sledding as a kid? Why not “unplug” from those laptops, I Pads and cell phones, wax up those toboggans and sleds and take the family out for a day of playing in the snow! How about snow-tubing at Seven Springs Mountain Resort or Hidden Valley or build a snowman with your family and have some fun.

The countdown to Christmas has begun. It’s is my favorite holiday with all the merriment and festivities. W.J. Cameron put it nicely when he said “There has been only one Christmas-the rest are anniversaries.”

If you don’t have your Christmas shopping done, remember there are plenty of local merchants who can help you finish up or fill that stocking. Speaking of stockings, hope you had a chance to purchase our annual Stocking Stuffer ticket. This ticket has become a favorite of our members and the people of the community. If you haven’t gotten yours, they are available at many of the local businesses in the area. Please see page 31 for more information. What a great idea for those hard to buy for on your list or even the ones you may have forgotten (don’t worry we won’t tell). Just think how nice it would be if you or someone you bought a ticket for won. That tandem dump truck load of cut and split firewood could keep you warm while you enjoy all of the other fine prizes that come along with the ticket. Thank you for your support in buying these tickets, as well as participating in all the MLCC fundraising events.

Wishing you all a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as you gather together with family and friends. Let’s remember the true meaning of Christmas as we celebrate our favorite holiday traditions and make new ones!!

Bundle up, stay warm and remember that “Jesus is the reason for the season!”

Shari Bukovac
MLCC President
Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping

PS Just some quotes to ponder.

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.
~Charles Dickens

Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and batteries not Included.
~Author Unknown

NovaCare Rehabilitation Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Saturday, September 16, the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce (MLCC) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for NovaCare Rehabilitation located in Shaker Plaza. A beautiful day and family fun were on the agenda for the day. NovaCare Rehabilitation is a leading physical therapy service provider with many locations around the country and we are glad to have them as a part of our community. They offer hands on therapy to both adults and children, along with many other services. Executive director of the MLCC, Kris Enberg, began the event by welcoming the NovaCare team to the chamber as the ribbon was cut and photos were taken.

Many families and community members showed up to support NovaCare and took part in fun games, delicious food, and a bounce house for the kids. Everyone had a great time at the event and many took home wonderful door prizes and helpful information. communities

November 2017

A Message from MLCC Board Member Abe Wagner,

This year, voters will have the option of passing a referendum during the General Election on Tuesday, Nov.7. The referendum would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution allowing the state legislature to enact legislation to enable local municipalities and/or school districts to exclude up to 100 percent of the assessed value of a home from taxation. Currently, the law allows the exclusion up to one-half of the median assessed value of all homestead property (commercial, investment, and 2nd homes are EXCLUDED).

If voters approve this referendum, it expands the options available to the General Assembly for future legislation affecting homestead exemptions. But until the General Assembly enacts further legislation, no change will take effect. Ultimately, the referendum would allow local taxing authorities to approve eliminating property taxes on all owner-occupied residences and replacing with alternative taxes. Here is the link to the PAR website:

This amendment is one step toward achieving some property tax reform for homeowners. Allowing school boards, municipalities and counties to have the option to exclude up to 100 percent of the assessed value of a home from taxation puts them in control of their local tax collections and gives tax relief to many homeowners.

Consider voting “YES” on the referendum to help pave the way for property tax reduction or elimination, making the commonwealth a more attractive state for homeownership.

Adrienne Abe Wagner, Associate Broker
Mountain Laurel Chamber Governance Chair
BHHS The Preferred Realty

October 2017

A Message from the President,

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, the air is getting cooler and the trees are turning colors. This can only mean one thing. HAPPY FALL!

Although the days are shorter, there are still a lot of nice days to get out there and enjoy the beautiful Laurel Highlands. Remember, fall is the perfect time for wine tasting. Why not gather together and visit our local wineries for a fun day of relaxation and wine tasting? Plan a visit to local our orchards and markets for apple picking and pumpkin selecting. Local grown apples make the best apple cider and dumplings. And, speaking of pumpkins, who isn’t in for a haunted hayride or a corn maze? Last but not least, fall is one of the most decorated seasons of the year. Have you gotten your mums yet? Better hurry, they’re flying out of here like hot cakes. So, grab the kids and get out there. Use your imagination and pick up as much as you like to decorate your home or to bake something tasty. The most important part of the season is just to enjoy yourselves as you create new memories with your family & friends.

Things seem to be going smoothly with the Route 31 construction, as well as the many bridges being repaired or replaced. There are many visitors in the region looking at God’s beautiful scenery that we get to appreciate every day. Please be observant and patient as they may be lost or confused. While being patient, remember, these visitors bring business and boost our economy. School has been back in session for a month now and the buses are in full swing. Remember, continue to be careful as you travel about.

We had a blast at the Ladies Day Bash! I hope our ladies won something and had a fantastic time out with friend! Special thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s event. Please see next month’s flyer for a complete update on the event.

Looking forward to Indian Summer,

Shari Bukovac
MLCC President
Owner Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping

September 2017

A Message from the President,

Wow, September is here already, do you believe how fast summer has gone and how quickly winter will be upon us? Hope everyone has their firewood chopped and ready for the winter season. Speaking of which, watch for the firewood fundraiser ticket coming out soon. YOU could be the lucky winner of a triaxle load of firewood.

The Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce (MLCC) is thrilled to announce the Fourth Annual Ladies Day Bash which is set to take place on Sunday, October 1st from 1 pm-4 pm (doors open at noon) at the Chestnut Ridge CVFC at 113 Community Center Drive in Jones Mills, PA 15646. (Formerly the Donegal Area Community Center)

With the purchase of a $10 ticket, all lucky ladies in attendance will be treated to a delicious Pasta Buffet Luncheon catered by G&D Market. Refreshments provided by Sarnelli’s Beer Distributor and Wine Cellar.

Big wins are promised! Each year is bigger, better, and more exciting. We have so many awesome things planned for the attendees; we want everyone to feel like it’s their lucky day!

Ladies in attendance can look forward to $100 CASH giveaways every hour, (with a $500 CASH giveaway at 4 PM) $50 CASH, or $100 gift certificates every 15 minutes, short tips, instant tickets, 50/50 drawing, auctions, and tons of fun and unique vendors. Only 500 tickets are being sold.

The Route 31 construction seems to be moving right along without many traffic delays. Don’t forget to support the local businesses during this time of transition. There are a lot of good deals going on that you will not want to miss out on. Also, remember to take time and read about our featured Charter Members who have faithfully supported us for many years.

Special thanks to Pat Tressler of Fay-West Copies for donating a used photo copier to the chamber!

Still Lovin’ Summer,

Shari Bukovac
MLCC President
Owner Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping