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Behind the Desk: Paul Vincent

Address: 188 N. Hawthorne Drive, Altoona Telephone number: 207-1038 Position: Owner Years with company: Three Family: Wife, Kathy; and sons, JD and Nick What products or services does your company provide? We do group tours for nonprofits, group cruises for nonprofits, honeymoons and ...

Mini-loan, grant programs launched

TYRONE — Borough Council has created a revolving mini-loan fund along with a mini-grant fund to help businesses in Tyrone get started or keep going. It will use a year’s worth of the borough’s annual “community enrichment” payment received for 15 wind turbine sites on watershed ...

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WARREN Northwest Bancshares announces 2Q numbers Northwest Bancshares Inc. announced a net loss for the quarter ended June 30 of $6.2 million, or 5 cents per share. This represents a decrease of $32.6 million or 123.5 percent, compared with the same quarter last year when net income was ...

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First Commonwealth unveils 2Q results INDIANA — First Commonwealth Financial Corp. announced net income of $23.9 million and earnings per share of 24 cents for the second quarter of 2020, an increase of $19.1 million or 19 cents per share from the previous quarter. First Commonwealth ...

Slinky, Shrinky Dinks sold

Just Play, a leading global toy company, recently announced the acquisition of two iconic children’s brands: Slinky and Shrinky Dinks. With long-standing legacies as award-winning products that ignite kids’ imaginations, both Slinky and Shrinky Dinks will continue to inspire creativity ...

Virus concerns temporarily closing YMCA

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair Regional YMCA is closed until 5 a.m. Thursday after being notified that some members of the facility tested positive for COVID-19. The YMCA Early Learning Center in front of the Frankstown Elementary School remains open. The YMCA posted the notice of the ...

Chamber kicks off new program

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce has kicked off a 60-day program incentivizing its members to support local bars and restaurants. Using the name, “Eat. Drink. Help,” the effort falls under the recently launched “Buy Here. Thrive Here.” initiative. The program encourages ...

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Chamber cancels dinner The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Dinner will not take place this year. It had originally been scheduled for June, and then rescheduled for October. “It’s such a great event that we didn’t want to take the chance that it couldn’t be ...

Nonprofit of the Month: Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps

Years in existence: 26 Total number of employees: Five Type of nonprofit: National service organization Populations served: The AmeriCorps members of PMSC serve in communities across 15 counties of southwest and southcentral Pennsylvania. Area(s) of focus: We have three main areas of ...

Panel rejects carbon tax plan

An advisory panel that reviews the impact of state environmental policies on Pennsylvania’s small businesses opposed Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative on Wednesday, according to Sen. Joe Pittman and State Rep. Jim Struzzi, ...

Restart of cafe planned

A local resident is working with the city Redevelopment Authority to restart cafe operations in the Altoona Transportation Center. Evan Kephart, who moved to the city five years ago and who works in ministry, has dreamed of running a restaurant since he was a kid, he told the authority at a ...

Behind the Desk: Toni White

Address: Delaney Insurance Agency, 266 Aviation Way, Martinsburg Telephone number: 205-2241 Position: Partner Years with company: Three years Family: Husband, Roger White What products or services does your company provide? We provide insurance products for just about everything. Who ...

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ACE Award nominations open for submission The Blair County Chamber of Commerce’s Farm-City Committee is accepting nominations for the Blair County Agricultural Community Excellence Award. The ACE Award was started as a continuation and expansion of the chamber’s successful Farm Family of ...

Local businesses impacted by national coin shortage

Area residents may have noticed a few signs in the area asking shoppers to pay with exact change or use a debit or credit card because “the U.S. is currently experiencing a national coin shortage.” While coins haven’t really gone anywhere, the coronavirus pandemic has significantly ...

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Escape Altoona now open with safety measures Escape Altoona, 820 12th St., is now open for business and is following protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure a safe environment for the community. The escape room is open by appointment only. For more ...

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ROARING SPRING Smith Transport in top 100 Smith Transport Inc. has been ranked 38 in the Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America, according to the Transport Topics 2020. The trucking company operates at 153 Smith Transport Road, Roaring Spring. Companies on the ...

Behind the Desk: Aaron Kovach

Address: CrossRoads Cryotherapy, 1798 Plank Road, Suite 103, Duncansville Telephone number: 696-3400 Position: COO/physical therapist Years with company: Been with CrossRoads Physical Therapy for 3.5 years; working with cryotherapy for 2 Family: Parents, Steve and Sherry; and brother, ...

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CRESSON Mount Aloysius to offer cannabis program Mount Aloysius College has partnered with Green Flower Media, the leader in cannabis education to offer an innovative, six-month certificate program that will equip professionals with the skills to fulfill the growing workforce demands of ...

Petition seeks to save 250 health care jobs

STATE COLLEGE — Workers at Mount Nittany Medical Center have delivered a petition to hospital CEO Kathleen Rhine calling on the hospital’s board of directors, executives and administrators to halt plans to cut 250 health care jobs from the hospital. The hospital announced the job cuts in ...

Stuckey Mitsubishi officially opens

STATE COLLEGE — Stuckey Automotive has officially expanded into Centre County. Stuckey Mitsubishi officially opened Monday at the former Maggi Mitsubishi location at 273 Benner Pike. Stuckey had purchased the Mitsubishi franchise at the end of June, said President Matt Stuckey. “This ...