Local Business

Ventura key player in businesses

Born and raised in Altoona, John Ventura has always worked in his family’s business. “When I got my driver’s license, I started to work in the car business. I worked here through high school and college.  My first job was washing cars part time when I was in high school,” Ventura ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions -- David M. Cunningham has been promoted by Keller Engineers Inc. to the firm’s corporate associate level. Cunningham began his career at Keller Engineers in 1997 as a high school intern; he is now in his 20th year with the firm serving in the water/ wastewater ...

Behind the desk

Company name: Caribbean Sun Tan & Boutique Address: 1548 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. Telephone number: 941-2226 Position: Manager Years with company: 10 Family: Husband, Adam What products or services does your company provide? We have state of the art tanning services. We ...

Briefcase

Home Nursing Agency announces changes Home Nursing Agency on Tuesday announced the growth of its hospice program and rebranding as Family Hospice and Palliative Care, part of UPMC HNA. Earlier this year, Family Hospice and Palliative Care, headquartered in Mount Lebanon, was integrated ...

Tyrone native chases music dream

A Tyrone native is pursuing his dream. “I always wanted to be a country music singer.” Jaysen Gold, a 2004 Tyrone Area High School graduate, said “When I first saw Alabama perform on TV, I knew instantly that was what I wanted to do. I’ve spent my whole life pursuing that.” Gold ...

People on the job

New hires and promotions Robert Miller has been named as food service director at Homewood at Martinsburg. Miller, who brings more than 38 years of experience as a director of dining services in long-term care to Homewood’s campus, is a graduate of Penn State University with an ...

Behind the desk

Company name: Canoe Mountain Outfitters, or CMO Address: 1636 Turkey Valley Road, Hollidaysburg Telephone number: 573-6800/935-2013 Position: Owner/operator Years with company: Five Family: Wife, Danielle, and 1-year-old son, Samuel What products or services does your company ...

Deeds

Blair County Donald Dougerty to Daniel Mason Living Trust, property in Logan Township, $22,000. Scott Gearhart to Christopher Rowles, property in Allegheny Township, $35,000. Daniel and Emily Chverchko to Tyler Stiffler and Megan Mignogna, 468 Elliot St., Blair Township, $157,000. Mary ...

Briefcase

Home prices in Altoona increase year-over-year Home prices in Altoona, including distressed sales, increased by 6.2 percent in November 2016 compared with November 2015. On a month-over-month basis, home prices, including distressed sales, decreased by 0.5 percent in November. Home prices ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions Dr. Brian S. Jacobs, a family medicine physician, is joining Tyrone Regional Health Network and the Tyrone Hospital medical staff, effective Jan. 17. Jacobs will provide primary care services at TRHN’s Pinecroft Medical Center and at the Houtz­dale Rural ...

Deeds

Blair County John and Janine Campbell to Kelly Braggs, 412 and 414 E. Caroline Ave., Altoona, $105,000. James and Pamela Montgomery to Krena and Timothy M. Leberfinger Sr., 5428 and 5430 Caroline Ave., Altoona, $148,500. Samuel and Regina Boston to Erin Miller, 5718 California Ave., ...

Stocks higher as Nasdaq hits record and oil rises

A day of quiet trading on Wall Street ended Tuesday with the Dow Jones industrial average inching closer to 20,000 and a record high for the Nasdaq composite. Materials and technology companies led U.S. stocks slightly higher overall. Energy companies also rose as the price of crude oil moved ...

UPS expects 1.3 million returns

WASHINGTON — Christmas is the season of giving, and January the month of returns. UPS expects to deliver 1.3 million packages back to retailers on Jan. 5, celebrated by the delivery service, but no one else, as “National Returns Day.” Surging online sales have been followed by a surge ...

Franchises gaining in popularity

After his family business was sold, Mike Folcarelli said he was “looking for something to do.” So in 2014, Folcarelli opened a HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe franchise in the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center. “I thought at my age (49 at the time), this was the best way to go, ...

Blair County Nonprofit of the Month

Name: Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries Years in existence: 68 Employees: 509 Type of Non-Profit: 501(c)(3) Populations served: Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries offers services that span the generations serving young children through older adults. Areas of focus: We provide ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions -- Jessica Svidergol has been promoted to director of nursing at Conemaugh Miners Medical Center in Hastings. Svidergol has been the assistant director of nursing at Conemaugh Miners since 2015, and has been an employee of Conemaugh Health System for more than 10 ...

Early press start tonight

The Mirror will print early tonight — Christmas Eve — so our staff can spend time with their families. Consequently, the evening lottery numbers along with some sports results, including the late afternoon NFL games, will not be in Sunday’s paper. That information will be included in ...

Rockland buys former Cannondale building

From Mirror staff reports BEDFORD — Rockland Manufacturing, a national leader in the production of heavy construction equipment attachments, will expand its operation in Bedford County with the company’s recent acquisition of the former Cannondale building. “The 221,000-square-foot ...

Briefcase

STATE COLLEGE AccuWeather recognized at CBICC awards dinner AccuWeather was named Technology Company of the Year for 2016 at the CBICC Excellence in Business Awards and Vision Dinner. The Technology Company of the Year Award “recognizes a company with innovative products and ...

Briefcase

JARI Growth Fund created JOHNSTOWN — JARI officials have announced the formation of the JARI Growth Fund Inc. The fund is considered an emerging Community Development Financial Institution by the Treasury Department and is currently applying to the federal government for its certification ...