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New hires and promotions Bryce D. Harshberger, vice president and trust officer, is joining the Somerset Trust Company’s staff in Bedford. Harshberger brings more than 40 years of banking experience to the bank’s Trust Department. In addition to his expertise in estate planning and ...

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Workshop to focus on grants Penn State Extension and the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, will offer a free workshop, “Exploring USDA Small Business Innovation Research Grants,” from 1 to 4 p.m. June 19 at the SAP&DC office, 3 Sheraton Drive. The ...

City native goes West for success

By Walt Frank Mikey Franco is living his dream. “I read an article about Jackson Hole when I was 16 or 17 and immediately knew that was where I was going to be some day. I went to Jackson Hole for spring break, and that was it,” Franco said during a visit home to Altoona in ...

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New hires and promotions Dr. Juddson Chason has joined Conemaugh Physician Group - Urology. Chason has been a longtime locum tenens for Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and now permanently joins Conemaugh Physician Group as an employed physician. Karan Hinman Powell has been appointed ...

Accidents cost drivers dearly

Dear Bruce: I was recently in a car accident and damaged my car pretty good. The insurance company didn’t total it, but the damages are over $17,000 and it’s going to take a month for the dealership to repair it. I received the ticket from the officer who came to the scene, so it was my ...

Tips for female entrepreneurs

According to the 2017 State Of Women-owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express, women-owned businesses now account for nearly 40 percent of all companies in the United States. With the increase in the number of women-owned firms a whopping 114 percent (compared to the 44 ...

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PITTSBURGH F.N.B. declares dividend The board of directors of F.N.B. Corp. has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 12 cents per share on the corporation’s common stock. The dividend is payable on June 15 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 1. Business Before ...

Grow PA has plans to live up to its name

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Robert Wonderling cares about the future of Pennsylvania. The former state senator and current president/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia stopped in Blair County Wednesday to pitch his Grow PA plan to members of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce CEO ...

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EBENSBURG Blair Gastro expanding Blair Gastroenterology Associates is expanding its efforts by opening a new location in the UPMC Ebensburg Outpatient Center, 152 Zeman Drive. The office will officially open on June 7 and will offer patient appointments with Dr. Robert Bailey and ...

Appvion to sell assets

APPLETON, Wis. — The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has approved the sale of substantially all of Appvion Inc.’s assets to a group of its lenders led by Franklin Advisers Inc. The sale is expected to be completed by the end of May. Appvion owns a paper mill in Roaring ...

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MARTINSBURG Hometown Bank expanding Hometown Bank of Pennsylvania has filed applications with the state Department of Banking and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to open a branch office at 107 E. Allegheny St., Martinsburg. The office is expected to open in late summer, said Elaine ...

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JOHNSTOWN JARI sets Lunch n Learn JARI will hold Lunch n Learn from noon to 1:15 p.m. May 22 at JARI Center, 160 Jari Drive. Lynn Rovan of Barnes Saly & Co., will present QuickBooks Online. Attendees will receive a general overview of QuickBooks while learning to select company and ...

Program aids area businesses

Justin Merrell calls Startup Alleghenies a “fantastic front door for entrepreneurs.” Merrell was one of three Altoona business owners who addressed attendees at the recent Thought Leader Summit on Entrepreneurship at Seven Springs. The event, whose keynote speaker was Map Quest ...

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New hires and promotions Dr. Fawzia Haque, a board-certified family medicine physician, has joined Tyrone Regional Health Network and the Tyrone Hospital medical staff. Haque provides primary care services at TRHN’s Pinecroft Medical Center. She also will provide services at the ...

Behind the Desk

Name: John F. Gority Company name: Broadway Sharpening Address: 1401 Broadway, Altoona Telephone number: 943-3849 Position: Co-owner with Donna D. Gority Years with company: 30 years Family: Wife, Donna D. Gority, retired Blair County commissioner; daughter, Shannon Gority, owner of ...

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LORETTO SFU project under way Construction has begun on a new addition to Sullivan Hall at Saint Francis University. Last month, crews broke ground on the Health Sciences Experiential Learning Commons, a 10,000 square-foot addition that will provide classroom, laboratory and clinical ...

Area Merrill Lynch offices move

STATE COLLEGE — Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch Wealth Management offices in State College have moved to a newly constructed building at 475 Rolling Ridge Drive. After 25 years at its Regent Court location, the company has signed a 10-year lease for the new building, where Merrill Lynch ...

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HRMA sets program The Human Resource Management Association of Blair County will hold its May educational program from 7:45 to 9 a.m. May 16 at Park Hills Country Club, Altoona. The program “10 Proven Tips to Better Manage Conflict” will be presented by Philip Sukenik. The interactive ...

Businesses prep for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day spending is expected to total a near-record $23.1 billion this year, according to the annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. A total of 86 percent of Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day and spend an average of $180 per ...

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New hires and promotions Erika Carbaugh, of Altoona, a senior at Bob Jones University pursuing an associate’s degree in culinary arts, was hired before graduation as an employee dining room manager at Xanterra in Lake Village, Wyoming. Jackie Birch, of Portage, has joined P. Joseph ...