Chamber News

 

June 2024

A message from the Deanna,

Summer is officially here and there is so much to do in the Laurel Highlands! From swimming, to fishing, hiking and biking, to camping or even glamping! National Fishing and Boating Week and National Garden Week are the first week of June and June just so happens to be National Camping Month too, so if you are looking for a reason to explore the outdoors take your pick! Many of our MLCC members are having summer specials on foods, gifts, lodging and admissions. Check our Facebook page all summer long to see what is happening and where.

A big thank you to all our golfers and sponsors who participated in the 25th Annual Golf Outing on May 10th at Glengarry Golf Links! It is great to see a 25-year tradition still thriving. Congrats to Stefanie on a job well done!

Just around the corner we have another Chamber tradition, our Annual Community Day! It will be held on Wednesday, June 19th at Mountain Pines Campground from 9am to 4pm. All amenities are FREE to the community with advanced registration through the Chamber. Ice cream will also be provided. Call Stefanie at 724-593-8900 or email [email protected] to make your reservation. Coinciding with our Community Day, Red Silo Events, located just across the road from Mountain Pines, will be holding an open house from 9am to 4pm for visitors to view the grounds, take photos, and visit with vendors of local artists, silk and live floral arrangements, greenhouse plants, food, refreshments and more. Be sure to mark your calendar for JUNE 19th!

To wrap up summer, Stefanie has been working on a chamber vendor show for August to highlight our membership. More details on this event will be available soon. Keep following our Facebook page for the latest information!

Lastly, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

 

May 2024

A message from the Deanna,

May is in full bloom and so are the MLCC activities. Our 25th Annual Golf Outing is set to take place on Friday, May 10th at Glengarry Golf Links. Thank you to all our sponsors who helped make this event possible and good luck to all our golfers! We will also be wrapping up our Student of Month awards this month for the 2023-2024 school year. See page 20 for this month’s awardee and check back in October as we begin the awards for the 2024-2025 school year. These awards would not be possible without the generosity of our members and their investment in the education of our youth community. The MLCC is also busy planning and preparing for this year’s Annual Community Picnic at Mountain Pines Campground on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Make sure to Save-the-Date and don’t forget to contact the MLCC office to register! A BIG “Thank You” to all of our sponsors; American Sewer Specialists, Amerikohl Aggregates, Inc., Champion Lumber Company, Denise Kintigh Insurance Services, Donegal McDonalds, KSL Roofing and Remodeling, Marinades Grill Catering, and Ridgeline Renovations & Black Ridge Contracting and Excavating LLC. See page 6 for more details.

Stefanie has also been busy growing our membership and highlighting many of our members’ fantastic events, merchandise and services on our Facebook page. If you haven’t already, head over to Mountain Laurel Chamber and ‘Like’ the page so all the content shows up on your feed daily.

Since it is May don’t forget to get Mom something nice for Mother’s Day! I can think of several MLCC members that have the perfect presents for moms with all types of interests and hobbies. Whether you are looking for jewelry, flowers, candles, food or lawn décor, our members can help make the day special for all the moms in your life.

Let’s not forget about Memorial Day at the end of month. This weekend is sort of the unofficial start of camping season and tourism in the Laurel Highlands. Many of our seasonal members will be opening for the year and others will be having specials and events to highlight this exciting time of year. Be sure to visit our website, mlchamber.com, for the entire list of MLCC members for all your camping and party needs!

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

 

April 2024

A message from the Deanna,

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate action of its members.”

~Coretta Scott King

The Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce (MLCC) would not be successful without the dedication and support of its members. The unique variety of businesses and organizations that make up the MLCC enhance our community and the efforts of the Chamber. Former Executive Director, Kris Enberg, created the tag line, ‘Better Together‘ several years ago for the Chamber. We truly are better together as a Chamber and community and the results prove it! We work together as business owners and community leaders to keep our region prospering. As you look through this Membership Directory you will find members big and small. This collection of members not only provides services to our community, but they also support the efforts of the MLCC. Community events, charitable fundraisers, special events, students of the month and other efforts to bolster our community and attract tourists to the area. We look forward to continuing to grow better together! Thank you to all our members who continue to support our efforts and are helping take the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce into the future!

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

 

March 2024

A message from the Deanna,

We’ve almost made it through the cold, snowy weather. Spring is just around the corner. However, before winter officially ends, we have one last snowy contest for you! March 17th-31stis the MLCC Snowman Contest on Facebook. Post your best snowman of the season for a chance to win! We can’t wait to see all the unique and fun snowmen you built in 2024. Good Luck and the winner will be announced on Facebook!

March 17th is the first day of our Snowman Contest, but it is also St. Patrick’s Day. Many of our local businesses will be celebrating the green holiday with specials and themed meals and baked goods. Be sure to check our Facebook page for all that’s happening in the area.

Looking ahead to April, we will be sending our MLCC Membership Directory in place of this magazine to give everyone a complete look at all that our membership has to offer. This edition is a great reference to keep for the entire year. We at the MLCC love nothing more than to promote shopping locally and the Membership Directory has everything from A-Z in our area. If you aren’t an MLCC Member today and are interested in learning more about being a member please contact Stefanie at 724-593-8900 or [email protected].

With the thought of snow melting and the glorious sun shining, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your golf foursome for the 25th Annual MLCC Golf Outing at Glengarry Golf Links! The outing will be held on Friday, May 10th with a 1PM tee off. You can get more information on the outing in this magazine, visiting MLChamber.com or contact Stefanie at 724-593-8900. We are also still looking for sponsors for the event. The outing is a great place to advertise your business on the course through hole sponsorships, event program advertising and leader board recognition.

Stop and smell the Shamrocks. March is here!

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

 

February 2024

A message from the Deanna,

Did you know Groundhog Day, National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, National Flannel Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, President’s Day, National Margarita Day, Pokémon Day, and Leap Day all happen in February? Don’t sleep on this mid-winter month because there is a lot to do and celebrate all month long, especially with that extra day this year! 

We’ll be kicking off the month with a Membership Brunch on Wednesday, February 7th for members to meet and mingle with Stef, our new MLCC Executive Director. Many of you know Stef already, but if you don’t this will be a great time to come out and meet her and other MLCC members. The MLCC has always served to enhance and grow businesses while developing new community activities. We feel that as we continue to work together and learn about each other, we as the MLCC, will be able to develop new ways to serve our members and community.

For our MLCC members, you will be receiving information on advertising in our MLCC Membership Directory. The Directory will be distributed in April in place of this magazine. It’s a great time to promote summer specials, activities, and events! Contact Stef for more information or to reserve your listing right away!

Looking ahead, the MLCC has our annual Snowman contest that will run the last 2 weeks of March (Mar 17-31), be sure to snap photos of any snowmen you build between now and then to submit! As mentioned above, the MLCC Membership Directory will be sent in April, and the 25th Annual MLCC Golf Outing will be held in May at Glengarry Golf Links.

I hope that you all find fun ways to celebrate this February! Be sure to follow the MLCC on Facebook as we celebrate all these holidays and National Days too.

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

 

January 2024

A message from the Deanna,

Happy New Year! As we usher in 2024, I am sure many of us have lots to be excited for in the upcoming year. The MLCC is excited to have Stefanie at the helm and leading us into this new chapter. She has been working on many new ideas and has already begun planning many of the MLCC’s annual events. For the MLCC members who have not had a chance to meet Stefanie or anyone thinking of becoming a member, we will be holding a brunch in February to officially welcome Stefanie. More details on that will be sent to the membership in the coming weeks.

As it turns out, this year is the 25th anniversary of the Chamber. What an amazing accomplishment! The MLCC was formed by a group of trailblazers who felt that Donegal and the surrounding areas needed better representation and support as a business community. Their mission to enhance the economic growth and development of the business community by offering a variety of services and programs to meet the needs of local businesses, residents, and tourists has remained throughout the years. Former Executive Director, Kris Enberg, was busy throughout those 25 years leading many business initiatives, establishing events, creating the community flyer, promoting economic growth, and finding ways to unite businesses from a variety of industries. The drive of the Chamber is rooted in its passion for the Gateway to the Laurel Highlands. That passion is something that Kris has passed down to Stefanie and as we enter the 25th year of service, we hope to celebrate this anniversary and all the past and future successes of the organization.

Speaking of MLCC activities, our annual Parade of Trees event went very well, and we were able to make a donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Our Stocking Stuffer ticket is set to go off on January 5th. Be sure to check your tickets! As always, follow us on Facebook to find out the latest news and updates on all the upcoming events.

Cheers to the New Year and to looking forward to all that is to come!

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

December 2023

A message from the Deanna,

The Christmas countdown has begun! It’s time to start holiday shopping, baking, and decorating, that is if you haven’t already started! If you are looking for some help, look no further than our MLCC members. Whether it’s homemade pies or cookies, a unique gift for someone special, or new Christmas décor our members have what you need. For a complete list of members, locations, hours and business services go to MLChamber.com, then click on Directory. A good category to start with for the holidays is Shopping & Specialty Retail.

During the holidays we often want to find ways to give back to our community. Whether you are considering volunteering or a monetary, food or clothing donation, there is always a need and we have members that can help you see that your donation makes a difference this season. Light on the Hill Outreach Church & Love Abounds Outreach, Open Hand Ministry, Valley Brethren Church, and many of the local Volunteer Fire Departments are all excellent resources for volunteering, donations and many holds chartable fundraisers for those in our community who could use a little extra help this time of year. You can always check the MLCC Facebook page for information on upcoming fundraising events.

If you’d like to help support the MLCC and give a unique gift, consider purchasing the MLCC Stocking Stuffer ticket! It’s on sale now at the following locations: MLCC Office, LHTC Broadband, Sadler-Bruner Insurance Agency, Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping, & See-Mor’s All-Star Grill. Winning number will be taken from the PA daily 3-digit Lottery Number drawn at 7PM on Friday, January 5th 2024. Thank you to our ticket sponsors LCT Energy, Laurel Valley Graphics, Gnagey, The Silver Penny, Alamo Restaurant Group, Out of the Fire Café, and Marinades Grill.

On behalf of the MLCC, Stefanie, and the Board of Directors, we are grateful to everyone who has made our progress possible this year and extend our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year filled with Peace, Joy and Success!

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

November 2023

A message from the Deanna,

November is a month to remind us to be thankful for the positive things and blessings in our lives. As a Chamber we have been blessed with the most supportive membership and Board of Directors. The goal of the MLCC has always been to bring value to our membership while enhancing and celebrating the community. As we enter November, as a Chamber, we are reminded of the all the positive things we have accomplished thus far like recent Ladies Day Bash that was a sold-out event filled with members of the community. Our 24th Annual Golf Outing held in May that had over 60 golfers from our membership. The monthly Student of the Month award that continues to help us celebrate the youth in our community.  Our MLCC Community Day held this past June which allowed us to invite our members and the community for a fun day filled with prizes from many of the local businesses. We have so many blessings to be thankful and there is so much more to come! December’s calendar of events is filling up fast. With the holidays right around the corner be sure to add these activities to your list and continue to follow the MLCC on Facebook for the latest updates.

UPCOMING HOLIDAY EVENTS:

  • Melcroft Light-up – Friday, December 1st, Ed’s Car Wash – 1301 ICV Road, Melcroft
  • Christmas in the Mountains – Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 3, Various Businesses, see complete list on pg. 6
  • MLCC Parade of Trees – Friday, December 1st through Sunday, December 3rd MLCC Office – 4111 State Route 31, Jones Mills
  • Springfield Light-up – Springfield Township, see page 15 for details
  • Living Treasures Holiday Light Extravaganza – 288 State Route 711, Jones Mills, see page 16 & 17 for details
  • Braddock Trail Chapter DAR Festival of Lights – Saturday, November 25th – Sunday, November 26th & Thursday, November 30th – Sunday, December 3rd, Braddock Trail Chapter House – Corner of Church & Walnut Streets, Mt. Pleasant
  • Christmas in the Barn – Sunday, December 24th, The Kinneer Farm – 2956 State Route 31, Acme

On behalf of Stefanie and the Board of Directors, have a Happy Thanksgiving and Thank You for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

October 2023

A message from the Deanna,

Hello Fall! As the leaves begin to change and the temperatures start to drop, many of us start to think about all those projects that need done around the house or tasks like updating our insurance coverage, starting a new savings account, getting the heater serviced before winter, or maybe even setting up a will or estate. Fall has a way of reminding us that we only have a few months to complete all the projects that we told ourselves we would at the beginning of the year. But have no fear, our MLCC members offer many of these services and more to help you check those remaining tasks off your to-do list. Here is a list of just a few of our members that are ready and able to help. Visit our website, MLChamber.com, and go to Directory for categories and links to each business for more information. 

  • AA Septic Tank Service
  • American Sewer Specialist
  • Backup Power LLC
  • Bizup Refuse Company
  • Bruner Insurance Agency
  • Denise Kintigh Insurance Services
  • Dipaola Quality Climate Control
  • Donegal Mini Storage
  • Estate Assurance, Inc.
  • Expert Paving Company LLC
  • Financial & Groupe Services, Inc.
  • Firestone Insurance Agency LLC
  • First National Bank of Pennsylvania
  • Gnagey Gas & Oil – Propane
  • Graystone Landscape Supply Company
  • Highlands Quality Climate Control
  • Jason’s Carpentry
  • JM Mountain Top Heating
  • King Legal Group LLC
  • Lonely Oaks Timber
  • Luther P. Miller, Inc.
  • Milt Neiderhiser & Sons, Inc.
  • Port-a-Storage
  • Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping
  • Somerset Trust Company
  • Steele Construction, Inc.
  • Surge Water Conditioning
  • Top Septic Service, Inc.
  • Tri County Home Improvements

Our community has so many local businesses that offer professional services with local, friendly customer service that you just don’t get from big corporations. The MLCC works Better Together, and our members are proof of that!

Even though we may just be entering the Fall season, the MLCC is already starting to think Holidays! Our Stocking Stuffer tickets will be available soon. Be on the lookout for more details in the magazine, Facebook and website.

Happy Fall,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

September 2023

A message from the Deanna,

September ushers in a lot of changes. School is back in session and our schedules are all changing with new activities and sports. Plus, Fall is right around the corner. The temperatures are starting to cool down and soon the leaves will be changing. With changes comes new opportunities and new perspectives.

The Chamber is embracing new changes as well this September. After 25 years of service as the Executive Director of the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce, Kris Enberg, has decided to resign from the position. While this is a tremendous loss for the Chamber, the Board and staff are all very happy for Kris and look forward to seeing her embrace this new chapter in her life. Kris led the MLCC through many challenges and successes throughout her tenure. She helped to build and shape the MLCC into what it is today including the introduction of many fundraising events like the Annual Golf Outing, Ladies Day Bash and Kid’s Day, and her most notable achievement, the MLCC monthly magazine. Kris challenged the businesses in our membership to ‘Be Excited’ and join together to fortify our community so it remained a place where not only visitors would want to come but families would want to put down roots and raise their children with nearby access to schools and activities. Kris’ pride for the MLCC was evident in everything she did, every time she spoke and wherever she represented the Chamber. The Board wishes Kris the best and thanks her for her dedication and service! Kris you are truly one-of-a-kind, and I personally am so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with you over the years! Enjoy your travels and time with Donnie, Riley, Nichole, Wellsee and family, but don’t go too far as we still expect to see you at the events!

While we are sad to see Kris go, we are also very happy to announce that Stefanie Cramer will be assuming the role of Executive Director! Stefanie has been the MLCC’s Administrative Assistant for the past six years. Stefanie has worked closely alongside Kris on all projects including the recent transition to the full-color glossy magazine, Ladies Day Bash, Golf Outing, Kid’s Day, numerous fund-raising tickets, and social media account messaging. Stefanie lives in Normalville with her husband, Jerold, and two sons, Frank and Henry, and their dog Clyde, two cats, Beans and Cody, and their pot-bellied pig, Nellie. She also has a daughter, Siera, who lives in Scottdale. The Board looks forward to working with Stefanie as she leads the MLCC into the future and builds upon the foundation that she and Kris have built.

If you would like to Congratulate Stefanie in person, we have an opportunity this month! The 10th Annual Ladies Day Bash tickets sponsored by King Legal Group, LCC & BHHS The Preferred Realty Josh Crowe Team will be held on Sunday, September 24th from 1PM- 5PM at the Donegal Event Center. Tickets are still available at the MLCC Office, Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping, Mountain Pines Campground, LHTC Broadband and See-Mor’s All-Star Grille. We hope to see you all there!

 

Happy Retirement, Kris and Congratulations, Stef!

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

August 2023

A message from the Deanna,

Step right up! It’s time to buy your 10th Annual Ladies Day Bash tickets sponsored by King Legal Group, LCC & BHHS The Preferred Realty Josh Crowe Team. The Bash will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 1PM- 5PM at the Donegal Event Center. Tickets are available at the MLCC Office, Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping, LHTC Broadband, Mountain Pines Campground and See-Mor’s All-Star Grille! $150 CASH giveaways every hour, $100 CASH or $100 GIFT CARDS every 15 minutes, $500 CASH giveaway at 5PM plus local gift certificates, BINGO, short tips, 50/50 drawing, instant tickets and auction! A special thank you to all our sponsors; King Legal Group, LLC, BHHS The Preferred Realty Josh Crowe Team, Sarnelli’s Corner, Marinades Grill and Mill Run Market! We can’t wait to see you all there!

Also, be sure to come out to the 15th Annual LHTC Broadband Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 19th at the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Grounds. It’s a FREE event for the entire family with lots of great prizes! More information on the event and activities can be found in this month’s Member Highlight.

August 26th is National Dog Day, #NationalDogDay, and we have a few members that can help you take care of your furry friends and maybe even pamper them a little too. Loyalhanna Veterinary Clinic, Pup N Suds Dog Grooming and Valley View Vet are all MLCC members that provide great services for your dogs and other pets! My one-year-old Mini Goldendoodle, Pumpkin, loves the staff at Valley View Vet! Share your pets’ photos with us on the 26th by tagging us on Facebook with hashtag #MLCCDogs.

Let’s make the most of these last few weeks of summer so be sure to get out and enjoy all the events and sales that our members have going on. Visit mlchamber.com for a complete list of members and our Facebook page for updates on all the happenings!

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

July 2023

A message from the Deanna,

Happy 4th of July!

Here are some interesting facts about the 4th of July: Americans spend more than $1 billion on fireworks annually; Americans consume approximately 150 million hot dogs every July 4th; George Washington celebrated the July 4th holiday by giving his soldiers a double ration of rum; Prior to the Civil War, it was deemed unpatriotic for business owners to keep their establishments open on July 4th; and The tradition of fireworks on the 4th of July came from the 1777 celebration in Philadelphia. A ship fired a 13-gun salute to honor the 13 colonies, and the Sons of Liberty set off fireworks over Boston Common.

Now that you are thinking of fireworks, hot dogs, drinks, and shopping, consider all the summertime celebrations you have planned this year. Your calendar is probably filled with weddings, graduation parties, family reunions, picnics, holidays, birthdays, and other fun celebrations. Our many MLCC members can help with all your party needs from food to signs to venues! G&D Market, Leeper Meats, May’s Country Store, Mill Run Market, Sarnelli’s Corner, Country Pie Shoppe, Pletcher’s Farm Market, Creekside Grill, Foggy Mountain Lodge & Pub, Fox’s Pizza Den-Donegal, Highlands Pizza & Wings, Donegal McDonalds, Donegal Dairy Queen, Out of the Fire Café, See-Mor’s All-Star Grill, Coen Markets, Champion Gas & Food Mart, Mountain Top Mobile Concessions, Sparks Catering, and Marinades Grill are all great options for catering or purchasing food to make for your party. If you are looking for invitations, banners or custom signs for events contact Laurel Valley Graphics, Inc., Moseye Graphics or Somerset Screen Printing & Embroidery. Need somewhere to hold your celebration? Not a problem either. Many of our members have venues from small to large, indoor or outdoor. Visit Bear Rocks Community Club, Donegal Event Center, Highlands Hall, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Mountain Pines Campground, Caddie Shak Family Entertainment Center, Log Cabin Lodge & Suites, Living Treasures Animal Park, and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park.

I hope you enjoy all your celebrations and your time with family and friends this summer! Be sure to visit the MLCC website and Facebook page for upcoming events and information from our members.

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

June 2023

A message from the Deanna,

It’s Summer in the Laurel Highlands! Officially, the first day of Summer is June 21st and the Laurel Highlands is packed with activities for everyone to fill those long summer days!

Whether you are looking into camping; Donegal Campground, Laurel Highlands Campland, Mountain Pines Campground, golfing; Glengarry Golf Links, Norvelt Golf Club, go-karting; Caddie Shak Family Entertainment Center, zoo trips; Living Treasurer’s Animal Park, clay shooting; Buffer Creek Sporting Clays or even water parks; Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park our members have the perfect destination for you! Be sure to check out each of their websites and social media pages for summer activities, events and specials. Visit www.mlchamber.com/business-directory for a full list of all our members and links to their businesses.

In addition to camping, we have more members with lodging options including Log Cabin Lodge & Suites, Days Inn Donegal, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, and Trenthouse Inn. Each location has great accommodations, friendly staff and is located near many of the attractions listed above.

Several events, fairs and festivals happen throughout the Laurel Highlands region during the summer and information on many of them can be found in MLCC Magazine but also be sure to visit GoLaurelHighlands.com/Events for even more! There is so much to do and explore right in our backyard so be sure to get out and visit our members and share your experiences on our MLCC Facebook page. We love to hear from you and see your photos!

One event you need to put on your calendar now is our MLCC Community Day! It will be held at Mountain Pines Campground on Thursday, June 15th from 9AM-4PM. Look for more information in this magazine and on our Facebook page. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

May 2023

A message from the Deanna,

International Firefighters’ Day is celebrated on May 4th as a way to say thank you to the world’s firefighters for all that they do to keep our communities safe. The Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the local volunteer firefighters and departments who help protect and serve our communities. Fire is a powerful force and has a reputation for being destructive, but there is more to fire than that. It can be a form of heat and light that is critical for our survival. However, if it gets out of control it can be disastrous. International Firefighters Day raises awareness of the importance and safe use of fire.

We are very fortunate to have many local volunteer fire departments all throughout our community. Bakersville, Bullskin, Chestnut Ridge, Kecksburg, New Centerville, Normalville, Ohiopyle, Saltlick Township, Seven Springs, and Springfield Township Fire Departments continue to not only be there when called in emergency situations but also when are friends and neighbors are in need of a little extra help. They also provide education on the safe use of fire and what do in emergency situations. Please remember to support these local firefighters who help keep our communities safe while volunteering their time.

On International Firefighter’s Day there are a few ways we, as a community, can celebrate these heroes:

* Shine your light for firefighters! Decorate / light up your houses or public buildings with the IFFD colors red and blue (red for fire and blue for water) on the night of May 4.

* Send a card, a letter or a picture and send them to the local fire stations, give them to a firefighter you know or leave a message on their social media pages.

* Spread the word – let people know about IFFD so they can also thank and recognize firefighters across the world.

May 14th is another special day, Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms!! I know I have mentioned it before, but our members offer great products and services that any mom would be sure to love. Here’s a few to check out: I am Beautifully Made Psalms 139:14 for handmade, small batch, polymer clay earrings; Bella Florals for handmade bouquets; Champion Lawn Ornaments & Gifts for home & outdoor décor; or Pletcher’s Farm Market for unique floral gifts. As always visit the MLCC website for a complete list of members.

Finally, May 29th is Memorial Day. As we honor all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending and protecting our country, we also thank those who continue to fight for our freedoms.

Heroes never die. They live on forever in the hearts and minds of those who would follow in their footsteps.Emily Potter

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

April 2023

A message from the Deanna,

Happy Easter to you all! May this joyful season of Easter fill your hearts with renewed hope, love, and peace. For all those Easter Bunny helpers, don’t forget to visit our retail members to find eggs-xtraordinary treats to fill those Easter baskets!

Spring has sprung and I’m sure many of you are planning on tackling your outdoor projects in the coming weeks. If you are looking to spruce up your patio or outdoor area stop by Champion Lawn Ornaments & Gifts, Hemlock Lane Designs, Witt’s Nursery or Pletcher’s Farm Market for furniture, plants and accessories.  If you are working on a larger scale project, check with Expert Paving Co. LLC., Champion Lumber Co., Graystone Landscape Supply Company or Ritenour Lumber Company, Inc. for lumber and landscaping materials.

Springtime is also a good time to have your home heating and air conditioning systems checked. Dipaola Quality Climate Control, JM Mountain Top Heating and Ridgline Heating & Cooling’s contact information can all be found on the MLCC website under the Directory tab.

If home improvements aren’t on your list for Spring, perhaps, getting out on the golf course is on it! The 24th Annual MLCC Golf Outing is scheduled for Friday, May 19th at King’s Mountain Golf Course. After the tournament begins at 1:00PM and includes lunch, contests, skill prizes, auction, and an awards ceremony. An After Party will be held following the awards ceremony with steak dinner prepared by Juliann Brown of Marinades Grill. Registration and sponsorship information can be found on our website and Facebook page. Spots are limited so be sure to secure your team’s space today!

No matter what’s on your Spring to-do list, be sure to get out and enjoy all that our community and our MLCC members have to offer. A complete list of members, their services, and links to their websites can be found on www.mlchamber.com. Also, check the MLCC Facebook page (@MountainLaurelChamber) for updates on member events, specials and more!

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

March 2023

A message from the Deanna,

Our MLCC members know how to have FUN during the winter in the mountains! Check out the following activities and businesses during the last few weeks of winter, starting with the MLCC Build a Snowman Challenge. Grab your shovel, carrot and top hat and build a snow buddy that’s going to impress our judges! We all know that Seven Springs serves up the winter fun like no other because every day is a snow day on the mountain. After all that fun in the snow, head to Foggy Mountain Lodge & Pub where they are serving up delicious food and specialty drinks at their newly renovated bar. If you are looking for a winter staycation for the family, book a night at Holiday Inn Express and Suites. The kids will love the indoor pool! Perhaps you are looking for a weekend getaway for two, look no further than the Trenthouse Inn! This charming Victorian home serves delicious food, cozy accommodations and is minutes away from a wide variety of winter activities. These are just a few of our amazing members so be sure to check out www.mlchamber.com/business-directory for a full list of all our members and links to their businesses. Also, follow us on Facebook for specials from many of our members!

Speaking of FUN, the MLCC’s bi-annual “Gateway to the Laurel Highlands” Fun Map is set to come out this Spring. Be part of the Fun and reserve your spot on the Map by contacting Stef, [email protected], before March 10th! While we are thinking Spring, the Annual MLCC Golf Outing is being planned right now, so be sure to follow us on Facebook for details and look for updates in the upcoming magazine.

Finally, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you get to indulge in all things green!! Every year my son builds a leprechaun trap to try and lure in the mythical creature from Irish legends. The candy, gold coins and rainbow roads haven’t trapped him yet, but may the luck of the Irish be on his side this year!

May the luck of the Irish be with you

And a blessing of unicorns cross your way.

May you have love, laughter, and friendship true

And may each new dawn be a perfect day.

~Irish Blessing

Sincerely,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

February 2023

A message from the Deanna,

Roses are red, Violets are blue, the MLCC is here to help YOU!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but there is no need to stress, our members have the perfect gifts that are sure to impress!

Stop by the Country Pie Shoppe, Donegal Dairy Queen, G&D Market, Sarnelli’s Market, Leeper Meats, May’s Country Store, or Mill Run Market to give something sweet, grab a bottle of wine at Sarnelli’s Wine Cellar for a special treat, swing by Champion Lawn Ornaments, Donegal Resale & Flea Market, Gerry’s Western Shop, Hemlock Lane Designs, The Old General Store, The Silver Penny, or Wood’s Jewelers for gifts that are unique, or plan lunch or dinner at Creekside Grill, Foggy Mountain Lodge & Pub, Fox’s Pizza Den – Donegal, Norvelt Golf Club, Out of the Fire Café, Rodney’s Corner Café See- Mor’s All Star Grill, or the Trenthouse Inn if a great meal is what you seek!

Since this is my first letter as President of the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce (MLCC), I would like to thank Kris, Stef and the Board of Directors for their support. The next chapter of the organization is sure to BE EXCITING! Our Board is enthusiastic to support our members and develop new and creative ideas to bring more value to our members and the communities we serve.

It’s a special treat for us to welcome our newest member, Lonely Oaks Timber located in Melcroft. We would also like to congratulate the winner of the MLCC Stocking Stuffer Ticket, Arlene Addis. Thank you to all those who purchased a ticket and to all our generous members for their contributions.

Do You Want to Build A Snowman? Then join our Build a Snowman Challenge going on right now through the end of March! Gather your family, friends, or even co-workers and build your best snowman! Take a photo and post it on our Facebook page from March 17th -31st to be entered to win. Channel your inner Olaf and build a snowman worth melting for!

Be sure to continue to follow up on Facebook for all the latest updates, events, new member announcements, contests, and more! Wishing you everything that makes you happiest, today and always.

Happy Valentine’s Day,

Deanna Richter
MLCC President
LHTC Broadband

January 2023

A message from the Kris,

On behalf of the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce (MLCC), we would like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

Reflecting on the past is inevitable when looking to the future and, it is with sincere appreciation that Stef & I wish to thank everyone who supported the efforts of the MLCC over the last year. 2022 was memorable from beginning to end. November and December were celebrated with many events, each of which was unique. Local families, and families from afar, celebrated the Spirit of Christmas by enjoying one or all the following: BHHS The Preferred Realty Donegal Holiday Photo Shoot, Braddock Trail House DAR Mt. Pleasant Annual Festival of Lights, Christmas in the Barn, Christmas in the Mountains, Living Treasures Holiday Light Extravaganza, Melcroft Light-up Night, MLCC Parade of Trees and Springfield Township Light-up Night. Thanks for a great holiday season!

We are proud to announce the 2023 Executive Team and Board of Directors.

Executive Team:

President: Deanna Richter – LHTC Broadband

Vice President: Jamie Stilley – Amerikohl Aggregates, Inc.

Treasurer: Josh Crowe – BHHS The Preferred Realty Donegal

Secretary: Juliann Brown – Trenthouse Inn

Directors:

• Shari Bukovac Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping

• Tom Guiher Living Treasures Wild Animal Park

• Roxanne Kern See-Mor’s All-Star Grill

• Rob King King Legal Group

• Barb Skinner Christian Family & Children’s Center

• Valeri Stahl Mountain Pines Campground

Happy New Year,

Kris Enberg
MLCC Executive Director