Local Business

Briefcase

City foreclosure rates drop CoreLogic data reveals that the rate of Altoona area foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 0.84 percent for October, a decrease of 0.44 percentage points compared with October 2015 when the rate was 1.28 percent. Foreclosure activity in Altoona was ...

SAPDC names president

Cambria County Commissioner Mark Wissinger has been named president of the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission’s board of directors. Wissinger is the 20th president of the board since 1981 and replaces Jeff Thomas, Huntingdon County commissioner, who served as president ...

Bringing business back home

TYRONE — The 1000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue is taking on a new look. Russell Property Holdings, owned by Tyrone native John Russell, recently purchased three downtown buildings — 1010 and 1018 Pennsylvania Ave. and 1004 Blair Ave. —  to go along with the 1014 Pennsyl­vania Ave. ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions -- Adam C. Houseknecht has been appointed president of Best Line Equip­ment, State College. Prior to joining Best Line, House­knecht began his career in sales and marketing at Ingersoll Rand and Bosch Rexroth. For the past 11 years, Houseknecht has been working in ...

Behind the desk

Company name: Central Hydraulics Inc. Address: 366 Travelers Road, East Freedom; phone: 224-2535; and 72 Wilson Road, Eighty Four; phone: 724-884-2060 Position: Vice president of operations Years with company: 16 Family: Wife, Alyssa; son, Parker; and daughter, Madyn What ...

Nominations invited for ‘20 Under 40’

The Mirror is accepting nominations for its 10th edition of “20 Under 40,” which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living. Criteria for nomination include business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of ...

Duncansville Snap Fitness closed

One local Snap Fitness center is closed, and the other reportedly will be closing soon. The Snap Fitness at 176 Glimcher Drive, Duncansville, closed within the past week. A sign on the door says, “closed, report to the Altoona location.” The 228 E. Chestnut Ave., Altoona, location, ...

Briefcase

Pittsburgh F.N.B. reports earnings F.N.B. Corp. reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2016 with net income available to common stockholders of $49.3 million, or 23 cents per share, including one cent per share in merger expense. Comparatively, third quarter of 2016 net income totaled ...

Briefcase

STATE COLLEGE Chinese restaurant opens Panda Express has opened a new location at 1910 N. Atherton St. in State College. The State College location plans to hire at least 20 new associates who will be provided with professional and personal improvement opportunities. Business hours ...

Ventura key player in businesses

Born and raised in Altoona, John Ventura has always worked in his family’s business. “When I got my driver’s license, I started to work in the car business. I worked here through high school and college.  My first job was washing cars part time when I was in high school,” Ventura ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions -- David M. Cunningham has been promoted by Keller Engineers Inc. to the firm’s corporate associate level. Cunningham began his career at Keller Engineers in 1997 as a high school intern; he is now in his 20th year with the firm serving in the water/ wastewater ...

Behind the desk

Company name: Caribbean Sun Tan & Boutique Address: 1548 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. Telephone number: 941-2226 Position: Manager Years with company: 10 Family: Husband, Adam What products or services does your company provide? We have state of the art tanning services. We ...

Briefcase

Home Nursing Agency announces changes Home Nursing Agency on Tuesday announced the growth of its hospice program and rebranding as Family Hospice and Palliative Care, part of UPMC HNA. Earlier this year, Family Hospice and Palliative Care, headquartered in Mount Lebanon, was integrated ...

Tyrone native chases music dream

A Tyrone native is pursuing his dream. “I always wanted to be a country music singer.” Jaysen Gold, a 2004 Tyrone Area High School graduate, said “When I first saw Alabama perform on TV, I knew instantly that was what I wanted to do. I’ve spent my whole life pursuing that.” Gold ...

People on the job

New hires and promotions Robert Miller has been named as food service director at Homewood at Martinsburg. Miller, who brings more than 38 years of experience as a director of dining services in long-term care to Homewood’s campus, is a graduate of Penn State University with an ...

Behind the desk

Company name: Canoe Mountain Outfitters, or CMO Address: 1636 Turkey Valley Road, Hollidaysburg Telephone number: 573-6800/935-2013 Position: Owner/operator Years with company: Five Family: Wife, Danielle, and 1-year-old son, Samuel What products or services does your company ...

Deeds

Blair County Donald Dougerty to Daniel Mason Living Trust, property in Logan Township, $22,000. Scott Gearhart to Christopher Rowles, property in Allegheny Township, $35,000. Daniel and Emily Chverchko to Tyler Stiffler and Megan Mignogna, 468 Elliot St., Blair Township, $157,000. Mary ...

Briefcase

Home prices in Altoona increase year-over-year Home prices in Altoona, including distressed sales, increased by 6.2 percent in November 2016 compared with November 2015. On a month-over-month basis, home prices, including distressed sales, decreased by 0.5 percent in November. Home prices ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions Dr. Brian S. Jacobs, a family medicine physician, is joining Tyrone Regional Health Network and the Tyrone Hospital medical staff, effective Jan. 17. Jacobs will provide primary care services at TRHN’s Pinecroft Medical Center and at the Houtz­dale Rural ...

Deeds

Blair County John and Janine Campbell to Kelly Braggs, 412 and 414 E. Caroline Ave., Altoona, $105,000. James and Pamela Montgomery to Krena and Timothy M. Leberfinger Sr., 5428 and 5430 Caroline Ave., Altoona, $148,500. Samuel and Regina Boston to Erin Miller, 5718 California Ave., ...