Briar Valley recognized

Briar Valley Vineyard Winery’s 2017 Cabernet Franc has been named by the The American Wine Society, Pennsylvania branch, as one of the top 10 wines in Pennsylvania.

The wine has received other awards recently, including a 90-point score by James Suckling, renowned wine critic, said Tod Manspeaker, who owns the winery with his wife, Jean.

The fruit was grown in Briar Valley’s Stein Road Vineyard, was hand-harvested and showed near-perfect ripening numbers for brix, ph and acid. It was aged two years in both new and neutral French oak barrels, Manspeaker said.

Nonprofit forum set

The Blair County Chamber’s Committee of Nonprofit Businesses will hold a Best Practices Forum from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. March 6 at the Devorris Center for Business Development.

Titled, “The Best Ways to Do the Most Good,” the forum will focus attention on ways to create awareness, encourage discussion and avoid duplicative and overlapping efforts of helping those in need in the local community.

The panel for the forum will be: Melanie Shildt of United Way of Blair County, Nicole Germaux of CONTACT Altoona and Capt. Larry Fulmer of the Salvation Army.

The cost to attend is $10 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. To register, contact the chamber at 943-8151 or register online.


SFU sets business seminars

The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center has scheduled two pre-business planning seminars for March.

The free seminar is for people who are interested in opening and operating their own business.

Topics to be discussed are feasibility issues, marketing, recordkeeping, business plans, legal issues, regulations/taxes and financing.

Seminars will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. March 5 at the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, 203 S. Juliana St., Bedford, and from 5 to 7 p.m. March 25 at the SBDC, 2299 Manor Drive, Loretto.

Preregistration is required for the seminar 48 hours prior to the scheduled date.

Contact the SBDC at 472-3200 or register online at https://www.francis.edu/



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