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TEXAS Area radiological firm joins Collaborative Imaging PLANO — Cambria Somerset Radiology & Nuclear Medicine of Johnstown has joined Collaborative Imaging, a radiologist-owned alliance, based in Plano, Texas. Collaborative Imaging is comprised of more than 500 partners in six ...

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District of Columbia County committee nominations are now open WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency has began accepting nominations for county committee members. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas for members who make decisions about how federal farm ...

Medical center sues insurance firm

Travelers Insurance Co. of Hartford, Conn., filed papers this week in U.S. District Court, Johnstown, refusing coverage to an area medical center, which is seeking financial damages stemming from the state-ordered shutdown of nonessential businesses due to the spread of the COVID 19 virus. In ...

Behind the Desk: Patricia Smith

Address: Infant and Toddler Center: 1637 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd, Altoona Preschool and School-Age Center: 284 Greenwood Road, Altoona Telephone number: 942-4221 and 944-1441 Position: Owner/operator Years with company: Purchased the childcare in 2014, but have worked as a preschool teacher ...

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Hotel properties win awards Hospitality Asset Management Co. announced that all four of its Wyndham Hotel Group properties earned 2019 awards. Days Inn Wyndham Penn State was recognized with the 2019 Days Inn Chairman’s Award. The property was also recognized as the No.1 rated Days Inn ...

Chamber battles inequality

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a national initiative to ad­dress inequality of opportunity. The local chamber will join the U.S. Chamber’s national town hall event on June 25 where business and community leaders will discuss concrete ...

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Eat’n Park now open Eat’n Park Restaurants have reopened for dine-in service with new safety measures and social distance guidelines in place as well as adhering to all recommendations and requirements set forth by national and state health officials. Among the precautions guests will ...

Eateries adjust to new normal

Blair, Bedford and Cambria counties along with other green counties are allowing diners to eat inside restaurants, although at a limited capacity and with social distancing between groups. Huntingdon and other counties in the yellow phase can allow limited outdoor dining, as well as takeout ...

A night out — Drive-ins eager to welcome cooped-up residents

For movie buffs looking to enjoy a big-screen cinema experience, outdoor drive-in theaters offer an alternative to the living room as COVID-19 restrictions keep indoor multiplexes shuttered. “If you are looking to go out for dinner and a movie, we’re your only option,” said Dustin Grush, ...

Grocery chain hit with mask lawsuits

Four lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. District Court in Johnstown claiming that the supermarket company, Giant Eagle, is violating a section of the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing entry into its area stores to individuals who say they cannot wear a mask due to various medical ...

Hair at last: Barbershops, salons open

Triangle Barber Shop owner Bill Herr was “thrilled to death” he was able to open Friday after being closed since mid-March — but he didn’t have a problem with the closure or the elaborate precautions he needs to take now. “You just have to do what the governor says,” Herr said, ...

Behind the Desk: Rebecca Reese

Address: 2914 W. Chestnut Avenue, Altoona Position: Owner/artistic director Years with company: 18 years Family: husband, Charlie; and children: Landon, 6, and Ava, 4 What products or services does your company provide? We provide professional dance training to over 300 students. We ...

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Urban Air scheduledto reopen Saturday Urban Air Adventure Park in Altoona will reopen Saturday with new safety protocols, which can be viewed online. Ahead of reopening to the public, Urban Air is offering a free day of fun for all essential workers and families, who may sign up for a ...

Fund makes first investment

The Alleghenies Angel Fund LLC has announced its first investment. The fund has invested in TravelWits, a company that uses artificial intelligence to develop complete door-to-door travel itineraries. The Alleghenies Angel Fund LLC was founded in 2019 by a group of investors and ...

Penelec rate increases

Customers who use Penelec as their power generation supplier are paying more for their electricity. Effective Monday, the residential rate for electricity increased from 5.4 cents per kilowatt hour to 5.53 cents per kwh, said spokesman Todd Meyers of FirstEnergy Corp., Penelec’s parent ...

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GiftHopper opens locally GiftHopper, a small, family-and-friends-owned business in Altoona, has implemented several programs to aid the community during the coronavirus pandemic. Because of business closures, more individuals are turning to nonprofit organizations for help with food, ...

Green pastures looming — Restaurants changing, preparing to reopen

Jen Haramoto speaks confidently. Mike Luciano is full of misgivings. Blair and its neighboring counties soon will be going into the coronavirus recovery green zone, which means that beginning Friday, June 5, bars and restaurants may serve in-house for the first time since mid-March — but ...

Going green: ‘People just craving it’

By William Kibler bkibler@altoonamirror.com Blair County, along with Cambria and Bedford, will be moving Friday from yellow to green on the state’s coronavirus recovery continuum, along with 13 other counties. Centre and Clearfield counties moved to green Friday with 16 others — while ...

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Bob Evans closes doors The Bob Evans Restaurant at 317 W. Plank Road has closed its doors. “They had a few years remaining on their lease but chose to terminate the agreement early. We are working through the termination details now,” said President Andrea Cohen of Blair Companies Real ...

Angel Fund raises $1.3M

The Alleghenies Angel Fund LLC formed to invest in high-growth startups announced the close of its inaugural fund with capital commitments in excess of $1.3 million. The fund is comprised of more than 50 members and institutions from all corners of the business community throughout the ...