Business news of local interest

Young professionals events

Young Professionals of Blair County has planned the following events:

— Toastmasters & Dessert where attendees learn about the local “Toastmasters” club and hear how the group can help develop public speaking skills, confidence and the ability to give constructive feedback. The event will be held at 7 p.m. today at Penn State Altoona in the Mountain View Room, Port Sky Cafe. For more information, contact Dani Fry at

— Speed Networking with PSU Altoona Students at 6 p.m. April 3 at Penn State Altoona’s Slep Student Center.

The Committee for Penn State Altoona’s Leadership for Life program is hosting a networking event for students to interact and learn from young professionals in Blair County. For more information, contact Brittany Solomon at bsolomon@

— Pennsylvania Movie Trivia & Networking at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at Tavern 27, Park Hills Country Club on movies either filmed or staged in Pennsylvania.

Join Rob Z from Hot 100 as the trivia host. The cost to attend is $5 per person. To register, call the chamber at 943-8151 or register online at

Sheetz opens beer cave

CLAYSBURG — Sheetz Inc. has opened a beer cave at its store at 12604 Dunnings Highway.

Sheetz now has nine stores in Pennsylvania that offer beer. Additionally, wine is offered at six locations in the state and soon will be offered at the Claysburg location.

Sheetz sells beer in the five other states.

Dunkin Donuts now open

A Dunkin Donuts is now open for business in the former Friendly’s Restaurant in Sierra North Plaza.

MDM Management Group of Acton, Mass., is the franchise owner.

Back Yard Burgers closing

EAST FREEDOM — The Back Yard Burgers restaurant at the East Freedom exit of Interstate 99 will close its doors after April 1.

The building housing the restaurant has been sold by the Freedom Group to Tennessee-based Charter Foods, which plans to convert the facility into a Taco Bell restaurant.

Back Yard Burgers opened in East Freedom in November 2007. The building previously housed a Rax Restaurant from 1990 until 2007.

Galliker’s marks anniversary

JOHNSTOWN — Galliker’s Dairy Co. is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Lightsafe Yellow Jug.

A study from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences determined that exposure to light depletes milk of essential nutrients like vitamin A and riboflavin and stressed the benefits of milk jugs with light-blocking properties, according to a Galliker’s press release.

Galliker’s was one of the first dairies in the Northeast to offer milk in containers specially designed to block nutrient-depleting light rays.

Since March 2, 1992, Galliker’s estimates it has distributed more than 200 million yellow jugs.