Local Business

Small engines, big business

Jim Carles got his start running a small engine repair shop in a back room at Mallow’s on 25th Avenue. “He quit school in ninth grade to work for Mallow’s,” his daughter Janet Mowery said. He ran the repair shop at Mallow’s for several years. “One day, he said he had too much to ...

Blair County Nonprofit of the Month

Name: McEldowney Academic Scholarship Fund Years in existence: 2003 to present Employees: We have volunteer committee members Type of non-profit: 501-3C Populations served: Blair County Areas of focus: Scholarships to all Blair County high School senior students going to ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions Jason Snyder has been hired by Pinnacle Treatment Centers Network as its regional director of outpatient services in Eastern Pennsylvania. Snyder, a leader in the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was most recently the Special Assistant to the Human ...

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Students show marketing plan Business administration-management and marketing students from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona Campus recently presented a social media marketing plan to the Blair County Planning Commission. Fostering the relationship between Blair ...

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CLEARFIELD Bank seeks calendar entries Since 2010, CNB Bank has offered free wall calendars featuring photos taken by local residents. Submissions are now open for the 2019 calendar. The 2019 CNB wall calendar will feature photos from the central Pennsylvania region with the theme of ...

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B2B CFO recognized B2B CFO recently was named a Small Giant by Forbes Magazine, joining the ranks of a select group of U.S.-based companies that share the accolade. Steve Koval is a local partner with B2B CFO and serves the central Pennsylvania market, including several clients in the Altoona ...

Finelli’s enters hall of fame

A local family-owned-and-operated restaurant is a “hall of famer.” Finelli’s Italian Villa, 1808 Fourth Ave., has achieved TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame status for receiving TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Certificate of ...

Leadership Blair County graduates 21 in new class

Graduation ceremonies were held June 7 at Park Hills Golf Club for the Leadership Blair County Class of 2017. This year’s 21 members bring the total number of people who have completed the program, sponsored by the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, to 571. This is the 24th annual ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions Attorney David P. Andrews of Altoona has been hired by Juniata College in Huntingdon to serve as general counsel for the college and coach of Juniata’s new mock trial team. Andrews also will serve as a professor teaching courses in human resources, ...

Conemaugh Health System to rebuild Cresson office

CRESSON — Conemaugh Health System has plans to tear down a carwash and rebuild a Second Street office in Cresson, the borough’s council president announced. At Monday’s meeting, President Michael Zabinsky Jr. said he and other borough officials met with a Conemaugh engineer last week, ...

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DUNCANSVILLE Health care career fair set PA CareerLink Blair County and the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board will hold a health care career job fair from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the National Guard Armory in Duncansville. Approximately 30 health care related ...

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INDIANA First Commonwealth honored First Commonwealth Bank was recognized recently for its efforts to encourage Americans and its customers to save money during America Saves Week and Military Saves Week. First Commonwealth Bank was one of 15 banks, 17 credit unions and five ...

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Women in ag session set The Penn State Extension Dairy Team and Reliance Bank are partnering to offer women involved in agriculture a day to relax, learn and network from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27 at the Bistro at the Village Green, 402 Village Way, Martinsburg. The meeting is free, with ...

Twisting business, arts and community

Ann Benzel says its an honor to be selected as the 17th recipient of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence. Benzel, president of Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery Inc., will be honored at the Business Excellence Dinner on Monday night at The Casino at ...

Twisting business, arts and community

Ann Benzel says its an honor to be selected as the 17th recipient of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence. Benzel, president of Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery Inc., will be honored at the Business Excellence Dinner on Monday night at The Casino at ...

Pa. dairy farmers strive to end statewide hunger

HARRISBURG — Dairy Month in Pennsylvania is being observed through the annual “Farm Show in June” celebration. Teaming up with Feeding Pennsylvania food banks, corporate partners and the public, Pennsylvania dairy farmers are calling for all Pennsylvanians to join them to help end ...

Behind the Desk

Name: Amy Brown Company: Adonia Beauty Bar Address: 919 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona Telephone number: 946-5189 Position: Owner/stylist Years with company: 25 years as a cosmetologist and owner of Adonia Beauty Bar for two years Family: Married with two children, two stepchildren ...

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Carnegie coming to Altoona Dale Carnegie will hold a training session in Altoona. A class will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from June 19 through Aug. 14 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2915 Pleasant Valley Blvd. The training will be presented by J.R. Rodgers & Associates ...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. Time running out to complete Census of Agriculture The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is wrapping up data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To stay on track for data release in February 2019, the deadline for ...

Leadership class graduates

Graduation ceremonies were held June 7 at Park Hills Golf Club for the Leadership Blair County Class of 2017. This year’s 21 members bring the total number of people who have completed the program, sponsored by the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, to 571. This is the 24th annual class. The ...