Tractor Supply supports FFA

Tractor Supply Co. and the National FFA Organization continue to partner to support the next generation of agricultural leaders through their Grants for Growing program. Grants for Growing provides funding to FFA chapters across the country for the development or improvement of a proposed agricultural project.

This year, Tractor Supply stores nationwide raised a record $970,121 through customer donations to fund sustainable, youth-driven agriculture projects made possible by the initiative.

Tractor Supply awarded 259 grants impacting more than 24,000 students in 258 FFA chapters across the country this spring. From school gardens to beekeeping stations, the grants will be used to purchase the supplies needed to fulfill agricultural projects such as power tools, hydroponic systems, fencing, vegetation, livestock, poultry, feed, mulch and more.

Entrepreneurial workshop set

Startup Alleghenies and the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board will host “Alleghenies Ahead: Creating an Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Workplace” a daylong conference filled with innovative and business transforming ideas presented by leaders in entrepreneurship, workforce development and management June 5 at the Blair County Convention Center.

The conference is headlined by two internationally recognized presenters — Jeff Tobe and Bill Strickland.

Breakout sessions and panel discussions will include subjects like attracting talent with the right skillset, fostering multi-generational employee relationships, preparing your company and employees for the impact of AI innovation, building a more collaborative and entrepreneurial culture and more.

General information, list of presenters and topic descriptions and agenda is available online at Registration is $20 which includes access to all sessions and lunch.


New HiWay Pizza opening

HiWay Pizza Pub’s parent company Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife will soon open a third location of HiWay Pizza at College Avenue and Heister Street.

“We are thrilled to be opening our third location and bringing our HiWay Pizza Pub brand back downtown,” said Dante’s Director Jennifer Zangrilli in a statement. “HiWay Pizza will be returning home to the original building in which my dad, our owner, Andy Zangrilli, opened State College’s first HiWay Pizza in on Heister Street back in 1963.”

HiWay will return to the same location at 346 E. College Ave. as it once operated in from 1976 until Dante’s opened Inferno Brick Oven & Bar in 2008.

The return of HiWay Pizza downtown will mark an end to Dante’s Inferno Brick Oven & Bar concept.

Architect Coutts recognized

Judy Coutts, an architect of Altoona, won a national award at the 2019 Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence for her commercial remodel of the former Dunmire Printing building at Ninth Avenue and 12th Street near the Railroaders Memorial Museum and the Altoona Pipe & Steel Co.

Coutts renovated the building to include commercial suites on the first floor and high-end apartments on the two upper stories. This is the first year that the firm has received this award. This was the only award to recognize a Pennsylvania company.