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UGI updates gas cost rates

UGI Utilities Inc. will consolidate and update its purchased gas cost rates for all Pennsylvania residential heating customers on Sunday.

This consolidation was part of the base rate case settlement approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission earlier this year. With this action, all UGI residential heating customers will be billed under the same rate structure and no longer billed under separate rate districts.

In addition, UGI has re-calculated the average annual usage to be consistent across its service area. Average usage is now based on all residential heating customers across the commonwealth.

As a result of these changes, average residential heating customers of the former UGI-Central District using 89.2 Ccf annually will see their monthly bill increase from $75.72 to $78.98 or by 4.3 percent.

That district served 83,000 customers across Pennsylvania, including parts of Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clearfield and Huntingdon counties.

ARE in compliance

Allegheny Regional Endoscopy Center, 810 Valley View Blvd., was recently determined to be in complete compliance with the requirement of the state Department of Health’s Rules and Regulations for Ambulatory Care Facilities.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health conducted an annual survey for State Licensure on Oct. 11.

Chamber sets Lunch ‘n’ Learn

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Safety Committee will host a Lunch ‘n’ Learn from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Devorris Center for Business Development.

The topic of the Lunch ‘n’ Learn is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administra­tion’s Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, which goes into effect on Jan. 6. The clearinghouse is a secure online database that will give employers, the FMCSA, state driver licensing agencies, and state law enforcement personnel real-time information about commercial driver’s license and commercial learner’s permit holders’ drug and alcohol program violations.

Cost to attend is $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. To make a reservation, call the Chamber at 943-8151 or register online.

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