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Behind the desk: Trade Secrets Body Care Products and Salt Room

Name: Andrew and Stephanie Hite Address: 1512 11th Ave., Altoona Telephone: 814-941-5050 Position: Owners Years with company: We have been in business since February 2017 Family: Four children and five grandchildren What products or services does your company provide? We make our ...

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HARRISBURG Ollie’s Bargain Outlet reports $64.4M in Q4 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $64.7 million. The Harrisburg-based company said it had net income of 98 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to ...

Luck of the Irish

By Walt Frank wfrank@altoonamirror.com` Despite the coronavirus pandemic consumers are expected to spend an average of $40.77 — or a total of $15.1 billion nationwide — while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year. The latest consumer spending data from the National Retail ...

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New hires and promotions Maggie Ivock has been promoted by Conemaugh Health System to regional director of physician recruitment. She is responsible for recruiting physicians at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center, Conemaugh Miners Medical Center and ...

Behind the desk: Thrivent Financial

Name: Gary L. McGovern Address: 1051 Pennsylvania Ave., Tyrone Telephone: 814-207-5805 Position: Financial associate Years with company: 7 Family: Wife, Lori; son, Sean; daughter, Alison What products or services does your company provide? Financial services, investment, life and ...

Rutter’s increases pay, plans expansion

YORK — Rutter’s has made the hazard pay implemented at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic permanent and has made performance increases, which have increased total wages by 15 percent for 2021. Last April, Rutter’s added hazard pay for store employees of $2 per hour for team members and ...

PHFA launches program to assist new homebuyers

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has launched a new home purchase assistance loan that is “Forgivable In Ten years,” hence its name K-FIT. The loan will be used to assist homebuyers with their down payment and closing costs. K-FIT is a forgivable second loan, with ...

Behind the desk: Retirement Plan Solutions

Name: Amanda C. Johnston, QKA, QPA, ERPA Address: P.O. Box 250, Tipton Phone: 814-684-2255 Position: Vice president and minority owner Years with company: 10 Family: Proud dog mom who enjoys spending time with her parents, brothers, nieces and nephews. What products or services ...

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EBENSBURG Walk-in orthopedic clinic set Western Pennsylvania Orthopedics, Conemaugh Physician Group, is now offering a walk-in clinic for quick, convenient orthopedic care from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the Conemaugh Ebensburg Outpatient Center, 861 Hills Plaza Drive. No appointments ...

Chamber plans ‘net-walks’

BEDFORD — The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce has announced a new networking opportunity for the business community in Bedford County — Networking Walks are being planned for noon Thursdays beginning March 4. “With the ongoing gathering restrictions due to COVID-19, we still don’t ...

Penelec says bills to go down

Customers who use Penelec as their power generation supplier are paying slightly less for their electricity. Effective Monday, the residential rate for electricity decreased from 5.67 cents per kilowatt-hour to 4.98 cents per kwh, according to Todd Meyers, spokesman for FirstEnergy Corp., ...

Fownes receives Chamber award

A man who has been providing sweet treats for area residents was honored Friday as Small Business Person of the Year by the Blair County Chamber of Commerce. Matthew Fownes, managing partner of a group that owns three Dairy Queen locations in Blair County, received the award at the chamber’s ...

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Chamber sets breakfast club for March 11 via Zoom The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:45 a.m. March 11 via Zoom. The event will be directing its attention to the many accomplishments of Operation Our Town, a community and business partnership that promotes ...

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HARRISBURG PPP funding discussion set Small business owners are invited to join the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers and StreetShares for a special live one-hour discussion, “Forgiveness: It’s Complicated,” on Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness during this latest round ...

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Business Bootcamp to return in new virtual format The Business Bootcamp at Penn State Altoona is back. Held virtually, the Bootcamp is open to entrepreneurs in all development stages to provide resources and education to help turn ideas into successful businesses. This eight-week series ...

Behind the desk: Reclamere

Name: Joe Harford Address: 905 Pennsylvania Ave., Tyrone Telephone: 814-684-5505 Position: Founder and president Years with company: Started Reclamere in May 2001 Family: Wife, Karen; three boys: Naithan, Matthew and Michael; granddaughter, Norah; and two dogs, Lacie and ...

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New hires and promotions Mike Tedesco has been named as president and CEO of Vision Together 2025, Johnstown. Tedesco, who comes to Johnstown from Spokane, Wash., where he most recently served as Executive Director of the Spokane Tribe of Indians, is an economic development expert with a ...

Nominations invited for ‘20 Under 40’

The Mirror is accepting nominations for its 14th edition of 20 Under 40, which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living. Criteria for nomination include business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of those ...

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JOHNSTOWN Penn Highlands/SFU extend agreement Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and Saint Francis University’s Francis Worldwide recently expanded its articulation agreement to now include 14 3+1 and three 2+2 pathway options. Graduates of Penn Highlands will receive a 25% ...

Tax hike would fund schools

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf will propose a sweeping new plan to dramatically boost funding for public schools, to be supported by an increase in Pennsylvania’s personal income tax rate that also expands exemptions for lower-wage earners, administration officials said Tuesday. Wolf’s ...