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Johnstown Thrift store closing After more than 20 years as part of the Johnstown community, The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store at 1025 Eisenhower Blvd. will close on March 1. The first priority of the store was to raise funds to continue offering no-cost rehabilitation programs to ...

New city power line completed

Mid-Atlantic Interstate Transmission, a transmission subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp, has completed and energized a new power line in Altoona. The new line provides flexibility to the transmission and distribution system to more quickly restore power to Penelec customers after service ...

Fogging glasses prompt more to look at LASIK

By Jason Klose For the Mirror Wearing protective masks to ward off COVID-19 and needing glasses is not a good mix, and the combination seems to be prompting more people to get LASIK surgery. Michele Scott of Huntingdon had LASIK surgery at Envision Laser Centers in Altoona in ...

Teen’s murder, COVID-19 voted top local stories of 2020

Although the COVID-19 pandemic dominated national and local news during 2020, the February murder of an Altoona teenager was voted as the top local story of the year by the Mirror’s news staff. The following is a look at the top stories as chosen by the Mirror news staff. 1. Devon ...

Snow much fun

By Walt Frank wfrank@altoonamirror.com After the COOVID-19 pandemic put a chill on sales of winter sports equipment, the Dec. 9 winter storm has unleashed interest locally. “Snow is huge for us. It makes a huge difference,” said Spokes N Skis owner Bryan Caporuscio. “We’ve ...

Nonprofit of the month: WISE Women of Blair County

Years in existence: 12 years as WISE Women, previously known as the Altoona YWCA. Total number of employees: One part-time assistant for our annual tribute dinner; 14 volunteer board members. Type of nonprofit: 501(c)(3) Populations served: Blair County Area(s) of focus: The mission of ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions UPMC has appointed James Houser as president of the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, which also operates the region’s STAT MedEvac critical care air ambulance service. Houser succeeds Doug Garretson, who retired in October. Houser ...

Local briefcase

Chamber event changes As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Blair County Home Garden & Healthy Living Showcase, co-sponsored by the chamber and the Blair-Bedford Builders Association, will take a year off and return in 2022. “The chamber board and the builders board ...

Behind the desk: Morefield Communications

Name: Jonathan Mifflin Address: 801 S. Kettle St. Altoona, Telephone number: 814-944-3344 Email: info@morefield.com Website: www.morefield.com Position: Practice lead, cloud and carrier services Years with company: 23 Family: Wife, Jessica Lippert; and three dogs: two Chihuahua ...

State awards tax credits to 3 local businesses

Pennsylvania has awarded three major business and building expansion projects in Blair County with more than $950,000 in State Enterprise Zone and Special Priority Program tax credits. The EZP program provides state tax credits to businesses or industries investing in or making physical ...

Local Briefcase

CLAYSBURG Blue Knob to open for season Blue Knob All Seasons Resort will re-open for the season on Friday. The resort was open for skiing for the first time over the past weekend. CARLISLE Giant Co. donating hams The Giant Co. will donate more than 3,000 hams to 14 partner food banks ...

Fir real: Tighter supplies might needle tree buyers

Some area growers say their supply of live Christmas trees is down again this year. The number of Christmas tree farms in central Pennsylvania has been declining, according to Thomas G. Ford, commercial horticulture educator for Penn State Extension. “When you factor in the loss of the ...

Levity Brewing Company plans Altoona location

An Indiana County craft brewery is planning to open a second location in Altoona and expand its current taproom in Indiana. Levity Brewing Co. has started construction at the old Chalk Box building at 1411 11th Ave. “We explored lots of towns for a second location, but in Altoona, we were ...

Levin furniture to acquire five stores

PITTSBURGH — Levin Furniture and Mattress has announced an agreement to lease five furniture stores in the greater Pittsburgh, Altoona and State College markets. The stores are all former Loves Furniture locations. All five stores were acquired by Loves Furniture through the bankruptcy ...

Local Briefcase

Chamber sets digital marketing presentation The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Digital Marketing presentation at 10 a.m. Thursday on Zoom. The program, “Facebook Ads That Create Sales,” will focus on how companies can more effectively get the attention of customers ...

Penelec increases winter prices

Customers who use Penelec as their power generation supplier are paying slightly more for their electricity. Effective Tuesday, the residential rate for electricity increased from 5.6 cents per kilowatt-hour to 5.67 cents per kwh, said spokesman Todd Meyers of FirstEnergy Corp., Penelec’s ...

Salon opens in Logan Valley Mall

Executive Barberz 2 Hair Salon is now open for business on the upper level of the Logan Valley Mall. Executive Barberz 2 is a full-service, multi-cultural barber shop and salon offering cuts, color and styles for men, women and children. Business hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday ...

Hobby shop now open

SCG Hobby, located at 3200 Pleasant Valley Blvd., in the Valley Plaza is now open for business. SCG Hobby, which also has locations in Indiana and Latrobe, is a retail store specializing in an extensive line of hobby products. Some of its featured items are Legos, sports cards and sports card ...

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Blair Chamber office closed The Blair County Chamber Office is closed to the public until further notice to comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s new mitigation efforts for COVID-19. “Our staff is working remotely and members will have access to our staff to assist with any issues or ...

Blair certifies Nov. 3 election results

HOLLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s votes in the Nov. 3 election for president and vice president were included in vote totals certified Wednesday by state Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar. Blair County voters cast 45,306 votes (71.07%) for Republican Donald Trump, 17,636 votes (27.67%) for ...