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Business news of local interest

Keller wins competition

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Keller Engineers has been named as the winner of the 10th Annual Engineers Fight to CAN Hunger competition.

The company with the highest amount of money raised per participating employee won the competition — Keller Engineers raised $46.75 per employee.

The total donated from all participating firms — Stiffler McGraw, Keller Engineers, Gwin Dobson and Foreman, McLanahan Corp. and The EADS Group — was $7,237.

Stiffler McGraw collected monetary donations from employees and matched the total dollar amount. Stiffler McGraw’s total contribution to the competition was $2,372.

The donation was made to the American Rescue Workers.

SFU partners with GoBabyGo

LORETTO — The Physical Therapy Department at Saint Francis University, in collaboration with the national organization, GoBabyGo, will begin producing ride-along, modified battery powered cars for children with limited mobility.

These modified Power Wheel brand vehicles will be assembled by physical therapy students. Following the blueprints provided by GoBabyGo, students will re­- inforce safety straps, build customized supports and rewire the foot pedals so the accelerator will be accessible by hand.

Infants, toddlers and preschoolers frequently have a difficult time getting approval for any power mobility devices. Through a faculty development grant, these modified cars valued at $300 will be free of charge for qualifying families.

The PT department is now taking requests for cars for qualified applicants.

The registration deadline is March 12 and can be completed at www.francis.edu/ gobabygo.

South District rates go up

South District — the former UGI Utilities Gas Division — announced its purchased gas cost rates will increase.

As a result, the average residential heating customer’s bill will rise by 7.2 percent, increasing from $62.50 per month to $67 per month.

“While this increase reflects increases related to wholesale gas purchasing costs, natural gas continues to be an economical, reliable and environmentally responsible source of energy for our customers and our communities,” Paul Szykman, UGI chief regulatory officer, said in a statement.

By law, utilities are required to pass the cost of the natural gas they purchase directly through to customers without any markup.

South District serves more than 392,000 customers in 16 eastern and south central counties in Pennsylvania including parts of Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clearfield and Huntingdon.

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