Local Business

Fires deemed not suspicious

State police fire marshals concluded no suspicious activity was involved in the fires that consumed the Econo Lodge near the interchange of Route 30 and the turnpike in Breezewood. A fire broke out about midnight Jan. 18 and another fire the next night destroyed the building, which had housed ...

Peoples Natural Gas seeks base rate increase

Peoples Natural Gas has filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to increase natural gas distribution rates as of March 29. Peoples has requested an overall net distribution rate increase of $94.9 million per year. If the company’s entire request is approved, the ...

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TYRONE Silver Screen Video closing Silver Screen Video, 1303 Pennsylvania Ave., plans to close its doors. According to its Facebook page, the movie store will be closing soon. “With the constant barrage of ‘technology,’ it’s become apparent that movie rentals will no longer support ...

IRS ‘committed’ to returns

The Internal Revenue Service will process tax returns beginning Monday and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled. “We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment ...

Sheetz charity raises more than $700,000

Sheetz For the Kidz has raised more than $700,821 during its annual December campaign through customer donations. This is a record for the Sheetz employee-driven charity and exceeds last year’s total by more than $82,000. Each year, 100 percent of customer donations are used to directly ...

Ex-Altoona resident finds her calling

It took Maureen Black some time to figure out her calling — but once she did, she made a major impact on the lives of many children around the world. Black, 73, has two jobs. She is a Distinguished Fellow at RTI International in North Carolina and she is the John A. Scholl and Mary Louise ...

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Superheroes invited to skate Favorite superheroes is the theme for the Jan. 26 public skate at Galatic Ice. To participate, skaters should wear or display some sort of shirt, costume, hat, helmet or other regalia that shows the superhero’s insignia. One winner will be chosen for wearing ...

Bedford attorney Hershey announces bid for judge post

Bedford attorney Brandi Hershey announced her candidacy Monday for common pleas judge. “An effective judge will balance justice with compassion. One thing I’ve learned is that justice is sometimes difficult to attain,” Hershey said. “During my career, I’ve learned that there is ...

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BEDFORD First Thursday Networking Breakfast Series to start The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is hosting The First Thursday Networking Breakfast Series, a new networking opportunity for 2019. The buffet breakfasts provide a chance for introductions, informal networking and business ...

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Everett Healthy U. Lunch Series begins The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Healthy U. Lunch Series from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 22 and April 26 at ProCare Fitness Bedford at 125 Willow Grove Drive, Everett. During lunch sessions, attendees will have ...

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DUNCANSVILLE Open house set at business An open house will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the new location of Tony’s Antique and Estate Services, 1225 Third Ave. The business, owned by Tony Scaglione, recently moved from the Meadows Intersection into the former Donnelly’s ...

Passion helps design business

TYRONE — Zack Rackovan is doing what he loves to do. Rackovan recently re-branded a part-time freelance business into Foundry Design Works. The business is based out of his Tyrone home and focuses on branding, graphics and illustrations. “I love the design process, and seeing an idea ...

Blair Companies CEO takes on role with Tyrone paper mill

TYRONE — The pres­ident/CEO of Altoona-based Blair Companies, a diverse group of businesses assembled over the past five decades, has another title. Philip Devorris is the interim president/CEO at American Eagle Paper Mills in Tyrone. Devorris, who has been chairman of the board of ...

Joyce sworn in to US House

U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District, was sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives on Thurs­day. In a statement, Joyce said, “One of my first actions upon taking office will be to write the chief administrative officer of the House to withhold my pay during this shutdown. I call on ...

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Award nominations due Nominationg for Blair County Chamber of Commerce awards are due today. The Blair County Chamber’s annual meeting and awards presentation will be Jan. 25 at The Casino at Lakemont Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. A number of individual awards will be presented that ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions Dr. Olena MacNichol has joined the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center medical staff. MacNichol will provide services through Apogee Hospitalists at Conemaugh Memorial, Johnstown. Dr. Emil Dib has joined Conemaugh Physician Group — Obstetrics/Gynecology. Dib, ...

Eateries prepare for New Year’s Eve

Local restaurants are ready for what some call their busiest night of the year — New Year’s Eve. “It is our biggest night of the year by far. We take what we can take; we have to refuse a lot of people. It is great way to end the year and a great way to start off the new year. We have ...

Planning doesn’t have to be intimidating

A business plan is not only important for starting your business, it’s also an indispensable tool for helping you manage and grow your business. Your business plan is your roadmap in operating your company, and it’s essential if you intend to request funding from outside sources. A ...

Griffith Family Foundation

Address: Griffith Family Foundation, P.0. Box 28, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 Phone: 937-1082 Website: www.sidelinecancer.com Years in existence: Started and founded in 2010 Total # of employees: Six total; one part-time office administrator; and five non-paid student interns. Numerous ...

Peoples rates to rise

Peoples Natural Gas customers will pay more for their gas starting Tuesday. The quarterly adjusted cost recovery rate will increase from $3.95 per thousand cubic feet to $4.84 per mcf through March 31, said Carol Scanlon, Peoples manager of rates and regulations. The average residential ...