Briefcase

Business news of local interest

Smith Furniture will close

DUNCANSVILLE — After 67 years in business, Smith Furniture House of Fashion is closing its doors, according to a letter to customers on the business’ website.

The business is closing as owners Gary and Mary Clare have decided to retire.

Smith Furniture is conducting a retirement sale and “once all merchandise, displays and warehouse inventory is sold, Smith Furniture will close the doors, forever,” the letter states.

Gary Clare said he hopes he can wrap up the sale by the end of March.

Coffee house now open

Greenbean Coffee House is now open for business at 720 Sixth Ave.

Owned by Travis and Katy McCabe, Greenbean Coffee House serves coffees, espresso-based drinks and pastries and offers free Wi-Fi, music, local art and a drive-thru window.

Business hours are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Thursday, when the coffee house will be open until

9 p.m.; and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The telephone number is 201-2317. The website is www.gbcoffeealtoona.com.

SFU receives grant

LORETTO — Saint Francis University was awarded a $25,000 grant in support for its 2018 STEM Summer Engineering Academies from the EQT Foundation, a charitable arm of Pittsburgh-based energy leader the EQT Corp.

The $25,000 grant enables Saint Francis University to provide two engineering-focused summer academies in petroleum and natural gas engineering as well as environmental engineering. This is the second year the funding has been provided by EQT Foundation. Twenty high school students will have their $400 program fee fully funded by the foundation.

Chamber sets safety session

The Blair County Chamber of Com­merce Safety Committee will hold an educational workshop from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House in Duncansville.

Guest speakers will be Jon Mills, clinic manager of NovaCare in Lakemont, and Colleen Medlin, regional director of work strategies.

The presentation will explain the impact of aging on the musculoskeletal system, will identify how specific body parts are affected by specific activities, will discuss the implications of age on post-injury recovery and will identify potential solutions for managing workers’ compensation spending in the aging workforce population.

The cost to attend the event is $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. A buffet breakfast is included.

To register, call 943-8151 or register online at www.blairchamber.com.

Conemaugh Nason awarded

ROARING SPRING — The American College of Cardiology has recognized Conemaugh Nason Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Conemaugh Nason was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation in January based on onsite examination of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

Shoe Fly collects used shoes

Shoe Fly Stores have launched a shoe drive to collect new or gently used shoes.

Until Feb. 28, shoes can be dropped off at six different Shoe Fly stores throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The shoes that Shoe Fly Stores collect will be delivered to Soles4Souls, a nonprofit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Founded in 2006, the organization has distributed more than 30 million pairs of new and used shoes in 127 countries.

The local Shoe Fly Store is in the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center.

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