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Blair County Chamber sets networking event The Blair County Chamber’s Committee of Non-Profits will hold a networking event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Buccinese Society in Altoona. Cost to attend is $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers and includes a full Italian ...

‘Hands-on’ work grows company

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series on businesses that will be inducted into the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame on Oct. 21 at the Blair County Convention Center. City Beverage started out selling a single brand of beer — Ballantine — but through ...

Farmers face challenge

Gary Long is passionate about agriculture but admits the industry is facing many problems. Long said he grew up on a farm in Sinking Valley and started his business, Long’s Field Service, in 1998. “When I started, it was unique. There were five others doing this, but they had other jobs. ...

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MANCHESTER, N.H. Comcast increases web speeds Comcast is increasing download speeds for some of its most popular Xfinity Internet packages for residential customers in the Northeast Division, which includes Pennsylvania and 13 other northeastern states. Download speeds for the Northeast ...

Southern Alleghenies gets grant

Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission has been awarded $50,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission to complete an eight-county assessment of broadband infrastructure. Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Huntingdon, Somerset and Westmoreland counties have ...

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HOLLIDAYSBURG Courtesy raising funds HOLLIDAYSBURG — Courtesy Lincoln is bringing Lincoln’s Driven to Give program to Hollidaysburg community in an effort to raise up to $8,000 for C.W. Longer Elementary School. For every person who test drives an eligible Lincoln vehicle at Tiger ...

Nittany Express breaks ground

STATE COLLEGE — Nittany Express Inc., a taxi and shuttle service, will break ground this morning for major improvements at the University Park Airport. Nittany Express is expanding its airport services, with the addition of an extended parking lot and new office building that will offer ...

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Business Before Hours set The Blair County Chamber of Com­merce will hold Business Before Hours from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Oct. 15 at Wingate by Wyndham Altoona Downtown/Medical Center, 909 Chestnut Ave. There is no cost for chamber members to attend. Nonmembers may attend for $10. Registration ...

TLC recognized after 31 years

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on businesses that will be inducted into the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame on Oct. 21 at the Blair County Convention Center. Barbara Crago has been part of Tender Love for Children of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church ...

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Job fair space available Employers can get spaces for a mid-October job fair planned in Blair County. There is no cost for the Oct. 16 job fair that will be held at the Jaffa Shrine Center and sponsored by PA CareerLink, Altoona Blair County Development Corp., Blair County Chamber of ...

Man­u­fac­tur­ing Day today

BEDFORD — Man­u­fac­tur­ing Day will be held today at Defiance Metal Products, a Mayville En­gi­neer­ing Co. Around the country, communities and companies spend the day introducing students, teachers and parents to career opportunities available in the manufacturing industry. It’s ...

Firm at forefront of school law

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on businesses that will be inducted into the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame on Oct. 21 at the Blair County Convention Center. When it comes to school law, an Altoona-based law firm is at the forefront. “We represent ...

NonProfit of the month

Catalyst Space Years in existence: 3 years Total number of employees: Two employees Type of nonprofit: 501(c)(3) — Makerspace Populations served: Blair County and surrounding areas Area of focus: Small business development and prototyping Phone: 814-201-2196 Email: ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions -- Dr. Joel Messom has joined Conemaugh Physician Group — OB/Gyn. Messom will provide outpatient care at Conemaugh Physician Group – OB/Gyn, 1111 Franklin St., Johnstown, and inpatient care at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. -- Tracy McFarland has been ...

Take considerations before termination

While carefully selecting employees can help prevent human resources issues, your small business might still find it has hired a staff member who isn’t a good fit. A number of issues may justify termination of an employee: -- Sub-par performance. -- Disruptive or abusive behavior. -- ...

Tracy, WTAJ focusing new show on Pennsylvania ‘localism’

WTAJ is bringing a new look to local daytime TV. That’s how STUDIO 814 host Jordan Tracy describes the new show, which will air at 4 p.m. weekdays beginning Monday. “It will be a community variety highlight show, some comedy mixed with heartwarming stories. The goal is to highlight the ...

Burger King closed for renovations

The Burger King restaurant on West Plank Road is taking on a new look. The former building at 300 W. Plank Road has been demolished and a new 3,235-square-foot restaurant with a drive-thru lane, paved parking, sidewalks and various landscaping is to be built at the location. Access to the ...

Couple’s debt weighs on future mother’s mind

My husband and I are expecting our first child in November. Currently, our only debt includes his vehicle loan, our mortgage and his student loans. We both have healthy salaries and currently live comfortably while making our monthly payments. My question is, when it comes to extra money we ...

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JOHNSTOWN Conemaugh opens new lab Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has opened a new molecular lab on the first floor of the Good Samaritan building. The lab gives Conemaugh Memorial the ability to expand its specialty laboratory capabilities and support molecular testing for other ...

Huntingdon County business and industry executive director resigns

HUNTINGDON — Huntingdon County Business and Industry is looking for a new executive director. Robert Reitman, executive director since 2016, submitted his resignation effective Sept. 20. Reitman had been championing the business interests of Huntingdon County, spearheading or supporting ...