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Bedford officials break ground on solar array

BEDFORD — Officials broke ground Wednesday for the construction of a new solar array at the Bedford County Jail, some of them describing the project as a forward-thinking investment that will reduce energy costs. The 1.7 megawatt solar array, which will power the jail, courthouse and ...

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Conemaugh to start program JOHNSTOWN — Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Mentoring in Medicine program is accepting applicants for the annual 10-week summer program. Mentoring in Medicine is designed to give area college students, planning on a career as a physician, the ...

UPMC Altoona tabs new president

On a day when UPMC Altoona unveiled a timeline exhibit that details the history of the city’s hospitals, the hospital revealed its latest bit of history: a pending leadership change. Starting Jan. 14, UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford President Jerry Murray will become vice president of special ...

Rec center celebrates 70 years

Robert DiVentura Sr. had a vision to bring a recreation center to the Pleasant Valley area. On Nov. 24, 1948, he opened his business, known today as Pleasant Valley Recreation Center at Logan Avenue and Jaggard Street along 17th Street, with six bowling lanes. The business, which is ...

Sourceree awarded Seaport-NxG contract

EBENSBURG — The Naval Surface Warfare Cen­ter, in support of the U.S. Navy, has moved forward on an expansive plan to manage an estimated $5 billion a year in services, including engineering and support services. As part of the competitive solicitation, an ...

Startup Alleghenies to give support to 3 more counties

Startup Alleghenies has announced that it will extend its comprehensive support for entrepreneurs in the Alleghenies to three additional counties. These counties include Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon. “We’re able to expand our Right Here, Right Now movement because of generous funding ...

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Business After Hours set The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona, 2005 Valley View Blvd. The event will include hospital tours, discussions of hospital awards and recognitions and ...

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HealthSouth to get new name HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona is getting a new name. Beginning Jan. 1, the hospital will be known as Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona. Birmingham, Ala.-based HealthSouth Corp. launched its new name and brand on Jan. 1, 2018, ...

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TYRONE Chamber sets breakfast club The Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 20 at the Bull Pen Restaurant. Eric Palmer, executive director of the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center will present “The Critical Role of Career and Technical ...

Chamber travel a ‘partnership’

While the Blair County Chamber of Commerce continues to sponsor trips to far away lands — it is not a travel agency. “We try not to infringe on the travel agencies we work with,” chamber president and CEO Joe Hurd said. “We would like to think we are helping them to draw from a ...

Penelec raises residential rate

Customers who use Penelec as their power generation supplier will now pay more for their electricity. The residential rate for electricity has increased from 5.97 cents per kilowatt hour to 6.29 cents per kwh, said spokesman Scott Surgeoner of FirstEnergy Corp., Penelec’s parent ...

Cryotherapy comes to area

DUNCANSVILLE — Two local physical therapists are now offering another form of therapy. Tim Parnell and Aaron Kovach recently opened Crossroads Cryotherapy at 1978 Plank Road. Whole body cryotherapy utilizes liquid nitrogen to create an extremely cold environment (as low as negative 230 ...

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Chamber sets breakfast club The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:45 a.m. Dec. 13 at The Casino at Lakemont Park. Congressman-elect Dr. John Joyce will discuss his vision for the new district and outline his goals as a newly elected representative. The cost ...

Appvion employees might have opportunity for reimbursement

APPLETON, Wis. — Appvion employees who lost millions of dollars in retirement savings when the company went bankrupt last year and was sold may have an opportunity at getting their money back. Appvion has a mill in Roaring Spring. A lawsuit filed late Monday by Employee Stock Owner­ship ...

Sheetz Inc. names first COO

Executive Vice President of Operations Travis Sheetz has been promoted to the role of president and chief operating officer of Sheetz Inc. — the first COO in the 66-year history of the family-owned company. His brother, Joe Sheetz, will remain Sheetz’s CEO. “The role of COO requires ...

UPMC to run drug trial

PITTSBURGH — The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute recently enrolled its first patient in the phase 2 MAVERICK-HCM clinical trial of mavacamten, a new drug in development to treat non-obstructive hypertro­phic cardiomyopathy. If clinical testing ultimately demonstrates safety and efficacy, ...

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TOLUCA LAKE, CALIF. Doing Better Inc. recognized Doing Better Business Inc., Altoona, has been selected as a 2018 Elite Dealer by ENX Magazine and ENX The Week In Imaging. This annual Who’s Who of the office technology dealer community will be featured in the December issue of ENX ...

Resorts prepare for ski season

The 2018-19 area ski season is already off to a good start. Seven Springs Mountain Resort opened for the season on Black Friday — they call it White Friday — and is expected to remain open over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The remainder of the season schedule will be weather ...

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. LifePoint completes merger LifePoint Health, Inc. has completed its merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners, which is owned by certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management LLC. As a result of the merger, LifePoint’s common stock is no longer trading on ...

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JOHNSTOWN Ace opens in Giant Eagle Giant Eagle Inc. has announced an agreement with Ace Hardware and has opened a “store-within-a-store” at the Giant Eagle supermarket at 1451 Scalp Ave. The Scalp Avenue supermarket began remodeling this past summer to make way for 7,000 square feet ...