Local Business

Business camp turns kids into future CEOs

Megan McConnell had a different kind of summer. The Altoona Area High School senior spent five weeks at Lycoming College participating in Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week. PFEW is a summer program that offers incoming high school juniors and seniors a unique and challenging opportunity to ...

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WINDBER Group helps breast care center Members of the Girls Night Out Altoona Inc. committee delivered a donation of $34,600 to the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center in support of patient-care services. Each year, the committee hosts a fundraising dinner that brings together breast cancer ...

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JustJaks in new location JustJaks Pet Market has moved to the Morningside Plaza from 211 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg. The business, which specializes in products for dogs and cats, has expanded its independent food brand offerings and now includes Fromm, Origen, Acana, Victor, Verus, ...

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PHILADELPHIA Store aids homeless animals Pet Valu, a specialty retailer of premium pet foods and accessories, collected pet food and supplies for homeless animals as part of its annual “Thanks for Giving” collection drive this November, raising a total of $477,568 in donations — three ...

School conversion in the works

Plans to convert a school building at 28th Street and West Chestnut Avenue into a chancery and administrative offices are generally consistent with countywide planning, the Blair County Planning Commission decided. The Our Lady of Lourdes office building development plan calls for site ...

O’Reilly Auto Parts coming to Logan Twp.

The Blair County Planning Commission has recommended adding a third handicap space, bicycle parking and painted crosswalks to a project for an O’Reilly Auto Parts store in Logan Township. The commission gave a favorable review to plans to convert the former Mattress Warehouse building at ...

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Dollar General now open Dollar General’s newest store at 606 South Temple Lane is now open. Dollar General will celebrate the store’s official grand opening at 8 a.m Saturday with free prizes and special deals. The first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General ...

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Sheetz has hands-free ordering Customers of Sheetz Inc. can now order their Made-to-Order food without even getting up from the couch. Sheetz created a new skill for Alexa, which is now available using interactive voice activated technology to enable Sheetz customers, for the first time, ...

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Area firms named to ‘best’ list Four area companies are among those recognized in the Top 100 Places to Work in Pennsylvania. Among medium-sized companies, Doing Better Business Inc. of Altoona was ranked No. 7, 1st Summit Bank of Johns­town was No. 12 and Mutual Benefit Group of ...

Helsel Hardware closes

A longtime family-owned local business has closed its doors. Helsel Hardware, of 225 W. Plank Road, closed its doors on Thursday. The closing came as a result of Helsel selling its Polaris dealership to Five Star Powersports of Duncansville, said owner Roy “Buck” Leister Jr., the ...

ARC plans expansion

ARC Federal Credit Union plans to begin construction of an addition to its 1919 Seventh Ave. branch before the end of the year. The project will include a two-story addition, adding about 7,500 square feet of floor space, that will provide a new boardroom, elevator access to all floors, ...

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United Way supported United Way of Blair County has partnered with local small businesses during this season of giving for the Small Business Checkout for Charity Campaign. For two weeks that began Black Friday, local businesses are engaging their customers in the spirit of giving to ...

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Tyrone Tyrone Hospital recognized Tyrone Hospital has been recognized by the Chartis Center for Rural Health/ iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health for overall excellence in Quality and Patient Perspective reflecting top quartile ...

Blair County nonprofit of the month

Name: Downtown Altoona Business Community Years in existence: Three Employees: Completely volunteer driven with an executive board of five members. Type of nonprofit: Community organization Populations served: All businesses and residents who wish to see our downtown continue to thrive and ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions Marc Lemberg has joined the AccuWeather leadership team as General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer. Lemberg, former vice president and associate general counsel and vice president, Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions, for Tyco International, will advise the ...

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Tyrone Hospital partakes in contest Tyrone Hospital officials are asking members of the community to submit stories about the importance of the hospital to them and the community. Submissions will make Tyrone Hospital eligible to win up to $10,000 in the My Hospital My Community ...

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Escape Rooms now open Escape Rooms Altoona is now open at 505 E. 25th Ave. Owned by Dan Shaffer and David Wilhelm, Escape Rooms Altoona is a live adventure strategy game. Escape Rooms is based in Johnstown and games are designed for teams of four to eight people. When both rooms are in ...

Retailers prep for event

Local small businesses are ready for their day in the spotlight — Nov. 25 marks the eighth annual Small Business Saturday. According to a press release, the annual celebration was founded by American Express in 2010 and is held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage all ...

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New hires and promotions Nicole Germaux of Hollidaysburg has been named executive director of Contact Altoona. Prior to accepting her new position, Germaux had worked as HR coordinator for Blair Companies; police department administrator for the Allegheny Township Police Department and was ...

Behind the Desk

Josh Boslet Company name: East Side Concrete Supply Co. Inc. Address: 114 Old Mill Run Road, Altoona Telephone number: 944-8175 Position: Vice president Years with company: 14 Family: Wife, Melissa, and two daughters What products or services does your company provide? Ready mix ...