Local Business

Clearfield leaders hoping to attract mini casino

CLEARFIELD — Clearfield County officials are continuing efforts to attract a mini casino to the county. Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill in October to allow up to 10 mini casinos with up to 750 slot machines and 40 gaming tables. Four licenses have been awarded. The mini casinos have to be at ...

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Citizens Bank branch closing HOLLIDAYSBURG — Citizens Bank will close its Hollidays­burg office at 312 Allegheny St. on June 22. Customers will continue to be served through neighboring branches, including the Broad Avenue branch, 2035 Broad Ave., and the Altoona Giant Eagle branch, ...

Benzel to receive award

The president of a longtime local business and supporter of the arts has been selected as the 17th recipient of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence. Ann Benzel, president of Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery Inc., a fourth-generation family ...

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Small business workshop set The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Partners will hold a workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 11 at the Devorris Center for Business Development. The workshop will provide tips for using social media to enhance a business brand and how using ...

SAPD gets grant for Engage program

Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission has been awarded a grant for Engage! — a statewide business retention and expansion program initiated by the state Department of Community and Economic Development. The overall goal of Engage! is to retain existing businesses in a ...

Rutter’s to build more stores in Blair County

PINECROFT — Rutter’s, which opened its first Blair County convenience store near Wye Switches in July, is planning its fourth location at the Pinecroft interchange of I-99 in Antis Township. The York-based chain is also planning to build other Blair County locations on Route 764 in ...

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Body shop updates equipment Professionals Auto Body has made an equipment investment in excess of a quarter million dollars to modernize its vehicle repair process at its Altoona and Duncansville locations. “Today’s vehicles are so complicated. So much so that 90 percent of all body ...

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Pennsylvania Highlands adds flexibility option Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is providing students with flexibility this fall to have four-day class schedules. Recognizing that students have many obligations that include work, family and more, the college made it a priority to add ...

Kids meet real superheroes

At the sixth annual Mirror Moms Superhero Day held at the Blair County Convention Center on Sunday, everyone got to be super for a day. Sponsored by the Mirror, the event saw children throughout the area don capes, wear masks and take pictures with their favorite superheroes, all while ...

Easter spending blooms

By Walt Frank wfrank@altioonamirror.com Easter spending is expected to total $18.2 billion this year, almost on par from a record $18.4 billion in 2017 but still the second-highest level on record, according to the annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights ...

Blair County Nonprofit of the Month

Name: Women’s Club of Altoona Years in existence: 73 years Members: 106 Type of Non-Profit: Philanthropic membership organization Populations served: The Women’s Club encourages women to become involved and assume leadership roles to improve life in the Altoona area. It serves the ...

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New hires and promotions Richard W. Ogden has been appointed executive vice president and director of risk management at Riverview Bank, Clearfield. Ogden has been with the bank since the start of his financial services career in 1981. In his new role, he will oversee the risk management ...

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Johnstown firm recognized RNDT Inc. recently received the National Women’s Business Enterprise Certification through Woman’s Business Enterprise National Council. This certification shows that RNDT Inc. meets the requirements of the Woman-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting ...

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SEVEN SPRINGS Seven Springs Mountain Resort to hold job fair Seven Springs Mountain Resort is holding a job fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 with the goal of hiring more than 400 employees for seasonal, part-time and full-time positions for the summer season. Available positions include ...

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Duncansville CareerLink sets job fair Pennsylvania CareerLink’s Blair County office will hold a job fair April 11 at the National Guard Armory, 518 Municipal Drive. The job fair is open to veterans only from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and to the general public from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There ...

Homeowner spending to rise

The coming year is expected to be another robust one for residential renovations and repairs, with growth accelerating as the year progresses, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA projects ...

Behind the Desk

Name: Carl "C.A." Detwiler Company name: Forsheys Ag & Industrial Address: 110 Forshey St., Martinsburg Telephone number: 793-3791 Position: General manager/owner Years with company: 10 Family: Wife, Valerie; and daughter, Carley. What products or services does your ...

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New hires and promotions The following faculty members at Saint Francis University have received promotions beginning with the Fall 2018 semester: Timothy Bintrim, professor of English; Melissa Kagarise, professor of master medical science/master health science; Lane Loya, professor of ...

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JOHNSTOWN Pet store now open Fetch-N-Go Feed & Pet Supply, a locally owned and operated pet food and supply store, is now open for business at 103 College Park Plaza. This is the third location for local owners, Nate Jamison and Keith Hay, who also own and operate Cambria Agway in ...

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Furniture store closing Value City Furniture, 3010 Pleasant Valley Blvd., is closing its doors. “Store closing sale now going on” signs are placed in front of the business. A message sent to corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, was not returned. JOHNSTOWN HRAA leadership ...