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NEWsletter Greater Latrobe - Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Chamber Staff


Chamber Board of Directors


Supko Elected Chamber Board Chairman


Westmoreland Heritage


Latrobe Themed Gifts


Media Group Helps Businesses Meet Growth Goals


Welcome New Members



Chamber Staff Briana Tomack President

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Hannah Kahn Membership Coordinator

Mike Dudurich Media Writer

Chamber Board of Directors CHAIRMAN Jerry Supko Commercial Bank & Trust of PA VICE CHAIRMAN Andrea Cuda Ramada Ligonier TREASURER Maryann White Kelly, Sparber, White and Associates, LLC SECRETARY Madalyn Kalning Gutchess Hardwoods Melissa Blystone Valley Dairy Restaurants Brian Edmiston TSI Titanium Eric Huttenlocher Carpenter Latrobe Specialty Metals

Brian Maglosky Kennametal Inc. Jeff Minkovich Community Options Don Orlando Saint Vincent College Gary Siegel Latrobe Bulletin MaryAnn Singley Excela Health Judy Swigart Greater Latrobe School District Cheryl Walters Derry Area School District Todd Weimer Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center

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Supko Elected Chamber Board Chairman As he stepped into the role of chairman of the board of directors of the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 1, Jerry Supko brings a wealth of experience and a never-ending commitment to the community. Supko, a Senior Vice-President at Commercial Bank and Trust of Pa., succeeds Saint Vincent College Director of Public Relations Don Orlando, whose second of back-to-back one-year terms were completed on Dec. 31. “It’s an honor to be chosen to lead an organization that’s made such great strides over the last several years under the previous two board chairs, Don Orlando and Paul Puleo,” Supko said. “My plan is to continue working to expand our membership, maintain and grow our events and explore and research the possibility of adding events.”

Outgoing chairman Don Orlando shakes hands with incoming chairman Jerry Supko.

Supko sits on the Board of Directors and is incoming president of the Latrobe Rotary Club. He’s the president of the Board of Directors at Blackburn Center. He’s also the chairman of the board of the Adelphoi Education Board and board member of Adelphoi USA. “I’m very pleased that Jerry has accepted responsibility for next year,” Orlando, who will become the immediate past chairman and continue as a member of the board and its executive committee, said. “His presence in the community will serve him and the chamber very, very well.” The GLLV Board of Directors is made up of 15 area members of the business community: Supko,vice-chairman Andrea Cuda (Ramada Ligonier); treasurer

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Maryann White Helfferich (Kelly Sparber, White and Associates, LLC); secretary Madalyn Kalning (Gutchess Hardwoods); Melissa Blystone (Valley Dairy Restaurants); Brian Edmiston (TSI Titanium); Mike McDoniel (Pace-Airo Division); Eric Huttenlocher (Carpenter Latrobe Specialty Metals); Brian Maglosky (Kennametal Inc.); Jeff Minkovich (Community Options); Gary Siegel (Latrobe Bulletin); Mary Ann Singley (Excela Health); Judy Swigart (Greater Latrobe School District); Cheryl Walters (Derry Area School District); and Todd Weimer (Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center). Orlando has been a long-time member of the GLLV board and has gained a great deal of respect, not only from his colleagues on this board, but from chamber boards throughout the area. “I’ve always enjoyed being involved in the GLLV chamber,” Orlando said. “It’s been an excellent way for Saint Vincent College to participate in the life of the community. It’s been a very pleasant and productive experience for me to represent Saint Vincent.” “While our staffing is relatively small, changes that have taken place had to be addressed and we’ve done that,” he continued. “We’re stronger than we’ve ever been and our membership is indicative of that. I’m proud of our organization and it’s exciting looking forward.”

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Westmoreland Heritage Did you know that Westmoreland County is chock full of awesome things to do, all the time? In February alone: ҃҃ The Palace Theatre in Greensburg is featuring Donnie Iris in Greensburg. ҃҃ Latrobe Art Center’s monthly program for the 21+ crowd, POP THE CORK, features an adorable owl painting this Thursday, February 15. ҃҃ The Westmoreland Museum of Art just opened a new exhibition, EmigrationImmigration-Migration: Five Photographic Perspectives, a civic engagement project that uses photographic imagery to document the faces and experiences of multiple generations of immigrants and their descendants. ҃҃ Fort Ligonier is hosting a History Trivia Night on Friday, February 16 featuring trivia questions in honor of our very first president, George Washington. ҃҃ Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra is performing Keys to the Heart at The Palace Theatre, featuring pianist Andrew Tyson, on Saturday, February 17. ҃҃ The Lamp Theatre in Irwin not only shows local and national performing acts, they’re now showing movies! Catch the beloved Disney/Pixar film Ratatouille on Monday, February 19 and the classic Hollywood film Casablanca on Monday, February 26. And that’s just February, a month where historical sites such as the Compass Inn Museum in Laughlintown, Bushy Run Battlefield in Jeannette, and West Overton Village in Scottdale, and Historic Hanna’s Town in Greensburg are closed for the winter. Sure, Pittsburgh has dinosaurs. But we have rich history and culture comparable to da ‘Burgh, and all for a much more affordable price. Stay informed with what’s going on with your favorite history and cultural institutions with Westmoreland Heritage. We keep you up-to-date with a monthly eNewsletter, updated events calendar, constant social media posts, and more!

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Why working professionals choose online programs at GCU: • Industry expert instructors – learn from proven leaders in your field • Complimentary credit evaluation – review transfer credits and find out how long your degree will take • GCU Net Price Calculator – know your investment before you enroll • Local counselors – get the support you from enrollment through graduation

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Latrobe Themed Gifts One of the questions often asked since the chamber opened its Visitor and Information Center in Sharky’s Plaza in 2015 concerned the availability of logo-ed merchandise for Latrobe. Visitors said they had been to several places in the area and had not been able to find much, if anything. Problem solved. The GLLV Chamber has debuted a sharp collection of Latrobe-logoed merchandise available at the Visitor and Information Center that show off Latrobe pride for residents, visitors and those who grew up in the area and have moved away. Included in that collection are magnets ($1); shot glasses ($5); 14-oz. coffee mugs ($8) in either satin black or orange; rocks glasses ($8 per glass or $15 per pair) and T-shirts ($15). The T-shirts are available in sizes small, medium, large, extra large and 2XL. Colors are gray and black. The logo pays tribute to aspects of the city that have made it famous, including the first airmail drop, Arnold Palmer, the birthplace of professional football, the birthplace of Fred Rogers and the home of the banana split, which was first made in Latrobe. George Fetkovich, the Art Director at Saint Vincent College, created the logo and was very mindful of what he was dealing with. “The idea was to focus on the rich history of Latrobe,” he said, “I thought the items in the logo were significant and iconic and we were able to get them in this circular design.” In addition to paying tribute to the history, the logo merchandise has a wonderful practical application as well. “These are something that residents, visitors and people who are no longer in the area would appreciate,” Fetkovich said. “And the key was we have enough people visiting the Visitor and Information Center looking for things like this.”

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Media Group Helps Businesses Meet Growth Goals It’s 2018 and what a beautiful start to a new year! You’ve survived the flu (maybe more than once this winter), the Eagles beat the Patriots and business is booming. Or could be. Website​content, local events​, social media​outlets​, print advertisements, tv commercials; as a small business it’s absolutely critical that you know what will work for you and not break the bank. I’m Candice Nolan and my husband and I started Red Prism Media in 2015. ​For several years we’ve been helping ​large and ​small​, national and international​ businesses, not just avoid bankruptcy but become top of their market while​ we were​ working under our family ​company. Over time we have built up our own editing studio and an arsenal of 4K cameras and drones with the ​desire to help local small businesses reach their goals. Give us a call, we want to get to know you and your business and come up with a cost effective plan of attack for growing your fan base in 2018.

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Valerie Hoegel of Hospaws will talk about the organization’s mission to provide local residents who are in need of medical care, with the assistance they need in order to care for their pets.

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Young professionals in the area have the chance to network and socialize at Lesco Federal Credit Union for a wine and cheese event. Bring a friend and make a friend!

Greater Latrobe - Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 463 • Latrobe, PA 15650 • 724-537-2671 • Visitor & Information Center is located on Route 30 West beneath Sharky’s near Latrobe Airport

The Newsletter: February 2018  

February 2018 edition of the GLLV Chamber newsletter

The Newsletter: February 2018  

February 2018 edition of the GLLV Chamber newsletter