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Of course, you can do it.
You don't even need to use StatCounter for it.
What you have to do is add this PHP code to the footer of your page "mail("yourEmail@example.com","My subject","MyNotificationMessage"); "
so every time somebody visits your page and start reading, You will get an email notification.