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Behind the desk: Beth Wagner

What products or services does your company provide? Full-service pet grooming for all dog breeds with deep conditioning treatments, deshedding treatments and teeth brushing maintenance, just to name a few. Who are your customers? So many are clients that have been with me for 20 years. My ...

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HOLLIDAYSBURG ARW selected as beneficiary The American Rescue Workers has been selected as a beneficiary of the Martin’s Bags 4 My Cause Program for the month of February. The American Rescue Workers will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Bags 4 My Cause Bag is ...

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JOHNSTOWN Clean energy grants available The Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund will distribute nearly $200,000 in grants throughout the Pennsylvania service territories of the Met-Ed and Penelec in 2020 for projects and programs that support the development and use of clean energy ...

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Big Idea contest open Ben Franklin Technology Partners, in partnership with the Startup Alleghenies initiative, is looking for the region’s tech-entrepreneurs, innovators and small manufacturers who are developing new products, processes or software applications for the annual $50,000 Big ...

Behind the desk: Zachary Haulman

What products or services does your company provide? Haulman Physical Therapy is Blair County’s first concierge physical therapy company. There is nothing like HPT within two hours of Altoona. We have an orthopedic clinical specialist (Zachary Haulman) and a pelvic floor specialist (Taylor ...

PCBI president addresses issues of new employees

The president of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry says workforce development is the top issue facing businesses. Gene Barr, organization president since 2011, was the featured speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club at The ...

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American Rescue Workers sets fundraiser The American Rescue Workers is partnering with Panera Bread in Logan Town Centre for a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. If customers mention the fundraiser, Panera Bread will donate a portion of their purchase to the ARW. LORETTO Saint Francis ...

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LORETTO SFU receives funding Saint Francis University has received a $2.5 million commitment toward Phase II of the Sullivan Hall Expansion and Renovation project. The gift comes from an alumnus and spouse, longtime donors to the university, who wish to remain anonymous. Phase II of the ...

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EBENSBURG Rebekah Manor sold Cambridge Retirement Living has acquired Rebekah Manor Wellness Community, a senior care facility in Ebensburg. Rebekah Manor is the latest property to join the Cambridge Retirement Living and will be known as Cambridge Ebensburg. Cambridge Retirement ...

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Sheetz announces gift card exchange program Sheetz has announced the return of its gift card exchange program, allowing customers to trade in unwanted gift cards received during the holiday season for Sheetz gift cards. With more than 200 retailers and restaurants accepted, customers can ...

Everett Railroad to utilize grant for track expansion

CLAYSBURG — The Everett Railroad will use a PennDOT grant to help an Armstrong County-based company to expand its local business. The railroad was recently awarded $232,554 to upgrade 3 miles of track as it connects to a new cement transload terminal for Penn Mag Inc., which has a location ...

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Jimmy John’s now open Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is now open for business in the Pleasant Valley Shoppes, 3420 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Suite 1A. Jimmy John’s is an American franchised sandwich fast food restaurant chain specializing in delivery. It was founded by Jimmy John Liautaud ...

New owner ‘good fit’ for C&M

DUNCANSVILLE — Jeff Long had been buying countertops for his many projects from C&M Distributors Inc. for about 40 years. So when owner Mary Campbell was looking for someone to take over the business started by her husband, Ernest, in 1972, she turned to Long. Ernest and a partner, John ...

Plaza expansion planned

An expansion project at the Kranich’s Jewelers Plaza on Plank Road received a positive review by Blair County Planning Com­mission members. Kranbros LLC plans to construct a 2,212-square-foot building in the existing plaza. As part of the project, additional sidewalks and paved parking ...

Blair reviews glass repair plans

Blair County Planning Commission members gave a favorable review to plans for Blue Knob Auto to build a glass repair facility. Plans call for construction of a 2,500-square-foot facility to be located on an existing gravel lot in the Blue Knob Auto site off Herr Lane. In addition to the ...

Sheetz hits milestone, opens its 600th store

Altoona-based Sheetz will reach another milestone today with the opening of its 600th store at 973 William Flynn Highway, Glenshaw, in Shaler Township. The convenience store chain was founded in 1952 by Bob Sheetz. “It was in Bob’s head to open 10 stores,” said his brother Steve ...

ABDC Corp. loan program to help startup businesses

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Altoona Blair County Development Corp. and Blair County commissioners have settled on an arrangement allowing ABCD to retain a revolving loan program to help local startup businesses. Commissioners acknowledged Tuesday that the county, in 1997, secured an $85,000 grant ...

PUC: Compare electricity rates

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is alerting consumers about the potential for large winter energy cost increases for electric customers who do not shop for competitive electric suppliers. To avoid the possibility of “sticker shock” from high bills during the ...

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STATE COLLEGE Chamber for Business and Industry presents awards The Chamber for Business and Industry of Centre County recently handed out its 2019 Excellence Awards. The awards were distributed to the following individuals/companies in the categories listed below: - Lifetime Achievement ...

Florists ready for the season

The holiday season is an important time of the year for florists and greenhouse operators. According to the Society of American Florists, Christmas/Hanukkah is the number one floral-buying holiday. Thirty percent of adults purchase flowers or plants as gifts for the holiday ...