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J&O Fireplaces recognized

J&O Fireplaces of Duncansville was featured in the March/April edition of Patio and Hearth Products Report, a trade publication for owners and managers of specialty casual furniture stores, retailers and dealers of patio, hearth, barbecue/grill, outdoor-kitchen and outdoor-living products.

“It was quite an honor, there are about 2,500 dealers across the country,” said owner Joe Panaro.

Starting in 1976 as a small wood stove dealer, Panaro and his family have created one of the largest distribution centers of fireplaces, stoves and hearth products in the mid-Atlantic. Now with three showrooms with 46 burning displays plus 26 additional units, the Duncansville location has a hundreds of units as well as venting systems, locally made mantels and custom stone and marble work.

Peoples increases rates

Customers of Peoples Natural Gas are paying more for their gas.

Effective Oct. 1, the quarterly adjusted cost recovery rate increased from $2.42 per thousand cubic feet to $3.28 per mcf.

With the increase, the average residential customer who uses 86,000 cubic feet per year, or 7.2 mcf per month, will see a monthly bill increase from $67 to $74.

The reason for the increase is due to market prices being up. The commodity gas cost is a straight dollar-for-dollar pass through from Peoples to the customers, said Carol Scanlon, manager rates and regulation.

Peoples serves about 31,200 customers in Blair County.

Roaring Spring

CenClear opens new office

ROARING SPRING — CenClear has opened a new office at 819 E. Main St., Roaring Spring for people of all ages in need of mental health or drug and alcohol therapy.

CenClear offers Mental Health Outpatient Therapy, which includes individual and family therapy as well as psychological and psychiatric services.

CenClear opened in Roaring Spring in 2016.

Chamber sets meeting on Rockies trip

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will be offering a Canadian Rockies trip from July 25 to 31, 2021. The chamber will partner with Epic Journeys and Collette on the trip. An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 on Zoom. There is no cost to participate in the meeting, but registration is essential to get a Zoom link. For information contact, the chamber at 814-943-8151 or go to www.blairchamber.com.

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