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Edward Jones recognized

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 1 among investment firms for customer experience in the U.S. Customer Experience Index for 2020. This is the fifth consecutive year that the firm has received the highest spot on the CX Index among investment firms from Forrester Research, an independent research firm.

In addition to the No. 1 ranking overall, Edward Jones finished highest in the categories of customer service and clear communications among investment firms. Additionally, the likelihood of recommending the investment firm was highest among Edward Jones cleints.

Local Edward Jones financial advisers are J.T. Tidd, John Barton and John Biesinger in Hollidaysburg and Michael Harris, Jeff Smithbower, Katlin Webb, Paul Rhule and Vicki Karns in Altoona.

Rise set to open

DUNCANSVILLE — Green Thumb Industries Inc., a leading national cannabis consumer packaged goods company and owner of Rise and Essence retail stores, will open Rise Duncansville, its 47th retail location, at 370 Pound Road on Tuesday.

Profits from the first day of sales will be donated to Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit coalition of cannabis industry leaders, executives and artists dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry.

Rise Duncansville offers online reservations and in-store pickup for registered Pennsylvania medical cannabis cardholders. Patients may order online at www.risecannabis.com by creating an account and scheduling a pickup time. Text messages will be sent confirm all reservations and designated time.

Business hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Panda Express donates masks

DANVILLE — As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting medical professionals on the front lines, Panda Express has donated 19,920 KN95 and surgical masks to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital to protect those treating children in our community.

Panda Express operates a resturant at 240 Park Hills Plaza in Altoona.

The masks will help safeguard the health of the hospital staff as well as their young patients. These providers at the region’s only children’s hospital continue to care for routine and complex pediatric conditions, even during the pandemic.

“On behalf of all the caregivers who work on the front lines, we are grateful for these much-needed masks from our long-time partner Panda Express,” said Dr. Paul Bellino, chairman of Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger and pediatric hospitalist at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

“Panda’s generosity has never been more needed or more appreciated during these challenging times. It’s comforting to know that our doctors and nurses have the needed resources necessary to care for those who depend on our children’s hospital now and into the future.”

For the rest of the year, participating Panda Express locations are offering a 10 percent discount on in-store purchases to health care workers and first responders who show their employment badge.


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