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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, to place an order by using just their voice.

“We could not be more excited to bring this next generation of innovation to our customers and industry,” Ryan Sheetz, assistant vice president of brand strategies for Sheetz, said in a statement. “From the inception of our MTO menu more than

30 years ago, to the introduction of touch-screen ordering in 1993, to the launch of the voice activated ordering today, our goal has always been to continue to innovate and reinvent ourselves in order to provide the ultimate convenience to our customers.”

Customers who have a Sheetz online ordering account and an Alexa-enabled device can use the new Sheetz skill for Alexa.

Ordering through the Sheetz skill for Alexa is now available at all of Sheetz’s

564 locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

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AUCP receives accreditation

Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy’s Service Coordination, a provider of services to people with disabilities and case management, has received a three-year accreditation for its service coordination program from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

The accreditation awarded to Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy demonstrates its dedication to quality and commitment to providing high quality and exceptional person-centered care to the individuals they serve.

Cost of homes decreases

Home prices in Altoona, including distressed sales, declined by 4.8 percent in October compared with October 2016, according to CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider.

On a month-over-month basis, home prices, including distressed sales, decreased by 1.0 percent in October compared with September.

Home prices nationally increased year-over-year by 7 percent in October and on a month-over-month basis by 0.9 percent, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index.

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