JARI sets Lunch & Learn

JARI will hold its next Lunch & Learn from noon to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 20 at JARI Center, 160 Jari Drive, Johnstown.

Randy Frye, dean of the Shields School of Business at Saint Francis University, will present “Creating Customer Delight and Enhancing Relationships.”

The cost to register is $5 per person, and lunch will be provided. To register, visit and click on the calendar to access the registration form or contact Lauren Brewer at


Eat’n Park receives award

Eat’n Park Restaurants has been recognized nationally for its best practices in employee retention.

Eat’n Park Restaurants is a division of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group.

Transforming Data into Knowledge presented Eat’n Park Restaurants the 2018 Best Practices Award in the category of family dining.

TDn2K is the parent company of People Report and the leading provider of human capital and workforce analytics for the food service industry.

The Best Practices Awards recognize consistently superior performance results among hundreds of companies tracked by TDn2K. Companies were evaluated on hourly and management retention, compensation, diversity and year-over-year improvement.

Business Before Hours set

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold Business Before Hours from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Feb. 23 at Atlas Therapy, 613 Valley View Blvd.

There is no cost to attend for chamber members. Nonmembers may attend at a cost of $10 per person. Breakfast is included.

To make reservations, visit the chamber online at or call 943-8151.

Rugrats Resale expanding

Rugrats Resale is responding to the need for quality second-hand children’s items by expanding its available sales to Altoona.

The new sales will allow for customers in Blair County to shop and consign in Altoona, rather than traveling to State College for the semi-annual children’s sales. At Rugrats Resale, shoppers can buy items for their children at a fraction of retail cost, and consignors can sell their outgrown items for cash, said owner Annette Thompson.

The first sale in Altoona is scheduled for April 5-7 at the Blair County Christian School gymnasium.

The State College sale will continue to be held at Penn Skates on March 27-29.


Nason earns certification

Conemaugh Nason Medical Center has earned Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/Amer­i­­can Stroke Association.

The certification recognizes hospitals equipped to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care prior to transferring them to a primary or comprehensive stroke center. Conemaugh Nason recently underwent an onsite review to assess its compliance with the Joint Commission’s Advanced Disease-Specific Care certification requirements.


Altoona home prices increase

Home prices in Altoona, including distressed sales, increased by 0.8 percent in December compared with December 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, increased by 0.2 percent in December compared with November. Home prices nationally increased year over year by 6.6 percent from December 2016 to December 2017, and on a month-over-month basis home prices increased by 0.5 percent in December 2017 compared with November 2017.