Business news of local interest

Hobby shop has new location

Shaffer’s Full Steam Ahead Hobby Shop has a new location.

The business — a full-service hobby shop offering HO & N scale model trains, remote control planes, cars, trucks, helicopters, quad copters and drones — is now at 630 N. Fourth Ave.

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion at 11 a.m. Sept. 14.


Breakfast meeting set

The Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:30 a.m.

Sept. 20 at the Bull Pen Restaurant.

Barry Howe, regional director with the state attorney general’s office bureau of investigation, will discuss drug activity in Tyrone and surrounding towns.

The cost to attend is $6. For more information or to make reservations, call 684-0736 or email


SFU ranks high in eco mobility

According to a New York Times report on economic diversity and student outcomes of colleges and universities across the country, Saint Francis University ranks in the top 20 percent nationally when it comes to economic mobility of its graduates.

The measure, taking into account access and outcomes, reveals nearly a quarter of SFU graduates will move up two or more income quintiles from their parents. Compared to other colleges in Pennsyl­vania, Saint Francis students rank in the top 12 percent in economic mobility.

According to the study looking at outcomes, a Saint Francis University student’s income level later in life is among the highest in Pennsylvania, as well as among selective private colleges nationally.


Safety conference set

The 16th Annual Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in Johnstown.

The event will feature educational workshops on a variety of health and safety issues and will showcase vendors’ products and services.

The event includes an active shooter simulation and a workshop on bullying in the workplace.

Those interested in attending can register by contacting Debi Balog, JARI director of workforce development, by email at or by phone at 262-8366.

The conference registration fee is $80 per person or $60 per person if a company registers four or more employees. The fee includes workshops, breakfast and lunch.