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Penelec rates to increase

Customers who use Penelec as their power generation supplier are paying slightly more for their electricity. Effective Tuesday, the residential rate for electricity increased from 5.53 cents per kilowatt hour to 5.6 cents, said spokesman Todd Meyers of FirstEnergy Corp., Penelec’s parent ...

PNG proposes sharing portion of tax benefits

PITTSBURGH — Peoples Natural Gas Co. has filed a petition with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission which proposes to share a portion of the benefits resulting from a change to income taxes Peoples incurs under the Internal Revenue Code. Peoples has proposed to use 40 percent of the ...

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Ice cream business closes Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt in the Plank Road Crossing Center has closed its doors, according to WTAJ-TV. Sub Zero uses liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze a custom ice cream at negative 321 degrees Fahrenheit. In October 2014, Cherie and Tom Brandt opened the ...

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Coronavirus has crippled the motor coach industry. “‘Decimated,’ that is the first word that came to our lips in March,” said Tonya Greenawalt, office manager and wife of Todd Greenawalt, one of four partners who own Bollman Charter Service, Everett. “We have lost 1,225 trips due to ...

Nonprofit of the Month: Young Life of Central Pennsylvania

Years in existence: Established in Central Pa. in 1974 (Established nationally in 1941) Total number of employees: One full time, one part time Type of nonprofit: Youth/faith based Populations served: Blair County Area(s) of focus: Our focus is on all adolescents from junior high school ...

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Pirates GM to speak at event The next Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will have a new time and day. The event will be held at noon Sept. 9 at The Casino at Lakemont Park with the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ben Cherington, as keynote speaker. The cost ...

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Chamber sets trip for 2021 The Blair County Chamber of Commerce is planning a trip for 2021 to several destinations within the United States, On April 23-30, the trip will be “Bourbon, Bridles and Bluegrass,” which begins with a flight to Louisville, Ky., and includes visits to ...

COVID-19 deflates bicycle supply

If you are looking for a new bicycle — good luck. There is a bicycle shortage in the United States, partly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “This is because people are feeling more active during quarantine and buying up the available inventory in addition to much slower imports ...

Behind the Desk: Debbie Kelly

Address: 1401 Turkey Valley Road Hollidaysburg Telephone number: 312-2614 Position: Program manager Years with company: More than 30 years Family: Husband, Tim; children: TJ, Erin and Cody; pets: Gizmo, Shelby, Sophie and Bella; and six Dreams Go On horses at the barn What products or ...

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Free meals to be offered Pennsylvania Skill and DeLeo Games are offering free takeout meals for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The meals will be distributed from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at Nic’s Subs & Sandwiches at 1010 Sixth Ave. in Altoona. All are ...

Mallow’s Service Center plans to end gasoline sales

While Sheetz plans to open its new rebuilt store at 25th Avenue and Juniata Gap Road at 8 a.m. Thursday, the service station on the other side of the road will stop selling gasoline later this month. Sheetz plans to open its 4,913-square-foot store with eight fuel pumps and a drive-thru aisle, ...

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CARLISLE Flu shots available Flu vaccinations are now available at all 132 Giant and Martin’s Food Markets in-store pharmacies to help families fight the flu this year. Giant and Martin’s pharmacists also will offer drive-up flu vaccinations in select store parking lots. Beginning ...

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JOHNSTOWN JARI offers free webinar JARI will offer a free Expertise Matters webinar regarding employees from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 20. Ashley Reams, staffing consultant with Manpower Inc., will present “Employees: Your Most Valuable Asset,” where attendees will learn how to plan a ...

Inlow’s Drive-In will reopen under new ownership

DUNCANSVILLE — Inlow’s Drive-In will have new owners when it reopens for business. Greg Werstil, owner of Werstil Companies, and Duane Della, owner of Bickel’s Surplus Too, are buying the business as a partnership from Ernie Ayers and his wife, Georgette, as well as Ayers’ ...

Behind the Desk: Nick Damin

Address: 122 S. Locust St., Ebensburg Telephone number: 472-9530 Position: President/CEO Years with company: 17 Family: Wife, Jenny; daughter, Olivia, 6; and son, Roman, 3 What products or services does your company provide? Commercial printing, graphic design, printed and ...

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Brooks Brothers to be sold Brooks Brothers will be purchased for $325 million by a retail venture owned by licensing company Authentic Brands Group and mall owner Simon Property Group. The venture, called Sparc Group LLC, initially offered $305 million for the clothing company last month. ...

WTAJ announces new co-anchor

WTAJ announced Monday that Matt Alvarez has been named co-anchor of WTAJ News evening newscasts. Alvarez is an Edward R. Murrow award winner and Emmy-nominated journalist with 15 years of experience in broadcast journalism. He worked as a news reporter in Nashville and New York, where he ...

Wolf: $96M for small businesses

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that $96 million in state grants have been awarded to 4,933 Pennsylvania small businesses that were impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent business closure order. Businesses in every Pennsylvania county received grants in this ...

Clearfield salvages some fair favorites

CLEARFIELD — For the first time since World War II, the Clearfield County Fair was canceled due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. It would have been the 160th edition of the fair, but as 2020 continued with the virus not diminishing, it became obvious that the fair board had no ...

ABCD sees positives despite virus

The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on almost every business and organization in the area — it even led Altoona Blair County Development Corp. to cancel its annual meeting for the first time in its history — a time set aside to reflect and celebrate the previous year’s ...