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Hollidaysburg alum develops program

Jim Ricker was working as a territory manager for John Deere in Atlanta, Ga. — and was doing quite well selling insurance. He was a five-time member of the President’s Club and won numerous trips for his production along with being the first person to qualify for President’s Club in ...

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Rutter’s celebrates Altoona grand opening Rutter’s CEO Scott Hartman cut the ribbon and presented four local charities with donation checks during the grand opening of the chain’s 3000 Sixth Ave. store on Thursday. It is Rutter’s 74th store and the third in Blair ...

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Courtesy Collision certified Courtesy Collision, 3100 Pleasant Valley Blvd., has been officially certified by Assured Performance, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, for maintaining the tools, equipment, training and facilities necessary to repair the participating automaker brand ...

Sheetz installs superchargers

Sheetz is continuing its efforts to become a bigger player in the electric vehicle industry. The Altoona-based convenience store chain recently completed the installation of eight Tesla Supercharger stations at its 17th Street and Pleasant Valley Boulevard location. Sheetz currently has 21 ...

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CLAYSBURG Blue Knob Resort sets St. Patty’s Spring Fling Blue Knob All Seasons Resort will hold its annual St. Patty’s Spring Fling on Saturday. The event will feature a costume parade at 1 p.m. with a 2019-20 full season pass as the prize for best costume. At 2 p.m. the Pond Skim will ...

Kaup to receive Life­time award

A lead partner of a local accounting firm that has served the area for more than 100 years has been selected as the 18th recipient of the Blair County Chamber of Com­merce Life­time Achieve­ment Award for Business Ex­cel­lence. Rex Kaup, a lead partner at Young, Oakes, Brown & Co. PC ...

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Meeting set on Sicily trip The Blair County Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Epic Journeys, is hosting a trip to Sicily, Oct. 18-28. The excursion includes guided tours through Palermo, Ragusa, Taormina and Riviera. An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 27 at the ...

Premium payment may help state dairy farmers

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania State Grange has called on the Penn­syl­va­nia Milk Marketing Board to set the over-order premium payment at $1. Testifying on behalf of the Grange, Lancaster County dairy farmer Matt Espen­shade said that 2018 will be a year that will be talked about for ...

Educational seminars for notaries

The Pennsylvania As­so­ci­a­tion of Notaries will hold several educational seminars this month for Altoona area notaries and motor vehicle agents. The seminars will be held at the Hampton Inn Altoona, 180 Charlotte Drive, on the following dates: - March 19 — A First Time Notary Seminar ...

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INDIANA First Commonwealth recognized by Forbes First Commonwealth Bank has been recognized by Forbes as one of the World’s Best Banks for 2019. First Commonwealth is one of 60 banks from the United States receiving this distinction and joining a total of 415 banks, from 23 countries, ...

Stores luck out on St. Patrick’s Day

Americans plan to spend a record $6.1 billion to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, according to the annual survey conducted by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Consumers plan to spend $40 on average for St. Patrick’s Day this year, just a fraction ...

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Blair chamber to hold workshop about vaping The Blair County Chamber of Com­merce will hold an educational workshop from 7:30 to 9 a.m. March 26 at Park Hills Golf Club. The workshop, titled, “Juul is Definitely NOT Cool,” will address the growing epidemic of vaping by young people ...

Rutters set to open its 74th store

Rutter’s will open its newest Blair County location at 3000 Sixth Ave. on Wednesday. The convenience store is located on the former site of a Kings Family Restaurant near Mansion Park, at the fork where Sixth and Seventh avenues come together. The new location, Rutter’s 74th store, is ...

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Breakfast club to meet The Blair County Chamber of Com­merce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:45 a.m. March 14 at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The 2019 Operation Our Town Commu­nity Partnership Award will be presented to Amtran. The 2019 Law Enforcement Awards also will be presented. The ...

Lent boosts businesses

With the start of the Lenten season on Wednesday, fish dinners and seafood buffets will pop up all across the area. At least two organizations got a head start on the Lenten season. The Excelsior Volunteer Fire Company of Bellwood and Blazing Arrow Hook and Ladder Fire Company of Tyrone ...

Penelec rates drop slightly

Customers who use Penelec as their power generation supplier are paying less for their electricity. Effective today, the residential rate for electricity has decreased from 6.29 cents per kilowatt hour to 5.75 cents per kwh — an 8.6 percent decrease — said spokesman Todd Meyers of ...

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Keller wins competition HOLLIDAYSBURG — Keller Engineers has been named as the winner of the 10th Annual Engineers Fight to CAN Hunger competition. The company with the highest amount of money raised per participating employee won the competition — Keller Engineers raised $46.75 per ...

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PITTSBURGH F.N.B. Corp. recognized F.N.B. Corp. has again been recognized as a national Greenwich Excellence in Banking Awards winner. Since 2009, FNB has received a total of 44 Greenwich Excellence Awards for its commercial banking client experience. FNB’s most recent national award ...

Show offers array of vendors

The 49th edition of the Blair County Home and Garden show will be a mix of new and long-time vendors. The event, a partnership between the Blair County Chamber of Commerce and Blair-Bedford Builders Association will be held Friday through Sunday at the Jaffa Shrine Center. “We offer a ...

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Kitron expands Pa. presence WINDBER — Kitron, an international electronics manufacturing services company, started operations Tuesday at its newly acquired site in Windber. The new location complements its existing facility in Johnstown and significantly strengthens Kitron’s presence in ...