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Virtual workshop set The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Safety Committee will host a virtual workshop from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. April 23. The presentation, “One year of COVID — What have we learned and where do we stand,” will be presented by Dr. Andrea Knab of Geisinger Health ...

Car wash project part of construction blitz

The new car wash slated to be built soon on an outparcel of the former Kmart property on Plank Road is part of a construction blitz, according to officials who spoke Tuesday during a meeting of the Logan Township Planning Commission. The ModWash will be built by a new firm of the same name ...

Behind the desk: Tri-State Industrial Solutions Inc.

Name: William (Bill) Singer Address: 2701 Beale Ave., Altoona Telephone: 800-877-3030 Position: President Years with company: 41 Family: Two grown children, William R. Singer, Jason and Tricia Davison, grandson Owen What products or services does your company provide? We are an ...

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New hires and promotions Phil Freeman, executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been promoted by Reliance Bank to president and CEO. He succeeds Dennis Doll in the position. Freeman joined Reliance Bank in 2018 after having spent more than 30 years in executive ...

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JOHNSTOWN Conemaugh completes acts of kindness campaign During March, staff throughout the Conemaugh Health System wrapped up the organization’s 130 Acts of Kindness campaign in celebration of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s 130th anniversary. In support of the final 10 acts of ...

Comcast works to close digital gap

PHILADELPHIA — Comcast announced Wednesday it will invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to help close the digital divide. Since 2011, Comcast, working in collaboration with its network of thousands of nonprofit partners, has connected more than 10 million people in America to broadband ...

Behind the desk: Trade Secrets Body Care Products and Salt Room

Name: Andrew and Stephanie Hite Address: 1512 11th Ave., Altoona Telephone: 814-941-5050 Position: Owners Years with company: We have been in business since February 2017 Family: Four children and five grandchildren What products or services does your company provide? We make our ...

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HARRISBURG Ollie’s Bargain Outlet reports $64.4M in Q4 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $64.7 million. The Harrisburg-based company said it had net income of 98 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to ...

Luck of the Irish

By Walt Frank wfrank@altoonamirror.com` Despite the coronavirus pandemic consumers are expected to spend an average of $40.77 — or a total of $15.1 billion nationwide — while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year. The latest consumer spending data from the National Retail ...

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New hires and promotions Maggie Ivock has been promoted by Conemaugh Health System to regional director of physician recruitment. She is responsible for recruiting physicians at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center, Conemaugh Miners Medical Center and ...

Behind the desk: Thrivent Financial

Name: Gary L. McGovern Address: 1051 Pennsylvania Ave., Tyrone Telephone: 814-207-5805 Position: Financial associate Years with company: 7 Family: Wife, Lori; son, Sean; daughter, Alison What products or services does your company provide? Financial services, investment, life and ...

Rutter’s increases pay, plans expansion

YORK — Rutter’s has made the hazard pay implemented at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic permanent and has made performance increases, which have increased total wages by 15 percent for 2021. Last April, Rutter’s added hazard pay for store employees of $2 per hour for team members and ...

PHFA launches program to assist new homebuyers

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has launched a new home purchase assistance loan that is “Forgivable In Ten years,” hence its name K-FIT. The loan will be used to assist homebuyers with their down payment and closing costs. K-FIT is a forgivable second loan, with ...

Behind the desk: Retirement Plan Solutions

Name: Amanda C. Johnston, QKA, QPA, ERPA Address: P.O. Box 250, Tipton Phone: 814-684-2255 Position: Vice president and minority owner Years with company: 10 Family: Proud dog mom who enjoys spending time with her parents, brothers, nieces and nephews. What products or services ...

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EBENSBURG Walk-in orthopedic clinic set Western Pennsylvania Orthopedics, Conemaugh Physician Group, is now offering a walk-in clinic for quick, convenient orthopedic care from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the Conemaugh Ebensburg Outpatient Center, 861 Hills Plaza Drive. No appointments ...

Chamber plans ‘net-walks’

BEDFORD — The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce has announced a new networking opportunity for the business community in Bedford County — Networking Walks are being planned for noon Thursdays beginning March 4. “With the ongoing gathering restrictions due to COVID-19, we still don’t ...

Penelec says bills to go down

Customers who use Penelec as their power generation supplier are paying slightly less for their electricity. Effective Monday, the residential rate for electricity decreased from 5.67 cents per kilowatt-hour to 4.98 cents per kwh, according to Todd Meyers, spokesman for FirstEnergy Corp., ...

Fownes receives Chamber award

A man who has been providing sweet treats for area residents was honored Friday as Small Business Person of the Year by the Blair County Chamber of Commerce. Matthew Fownes, managing partner of a group that owns three Dairy Queen locations in Blair County, received the award at the chamber’s ...

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Chamber sets breakfast club for March 11 via Zoom The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:45 a.m. March 11 via Zoom. The event will be directing its attention to the many accomplishments of Operation Our Town, a community and business partnership that promotes ...

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HARRISBURG PPP funding discussion set Small business owners are invited to join the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers and StreetShares for a special live one-hour discussion, “Forgiveness: It’s Complicated,” on Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness during this latest round ...