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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 ...

Behind the Desk: Kaitlin Webb

Address: 601 Valley View Blvd. Telephone number: 944-4636 Position: Financial advisor Years with company: Three Family: Husband, Anthony, a corrections officer at SCI Smithfield; and daughters: Paislee, 5, and Everlee, 1 What products or services does your company provide? Retirement ...

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CARLISLE Duncansville store reaches zero waste As part of its ongoing sustainability efforts and commitment to healing the planet, The Giant Co. on Thursday announced four additional stores in Pennsylvania — including the Martin’s Food Market in Duncansville — have reached zero ...

New pharmacy to open

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg soon will have a pharmacy. The town has been without a pharmacy since Dick’s Pharmacy closed its doors in November. Tyler Ruby, who owns Orby Pharmacy in Orbisonia and Ruby’s Pharmacy in Saxton plans to open Williamsburg Pharmacy at the 318 E. First St. ...

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PITTSBURGH F.N.B. Corp. recognized F.N.B. Corp. has been named a Q2 2020 Standout Commercial Bank Amid Crisis by Greenwich Associates. FNB was one of only ten banks in the country to be recognized for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Standout” banks were identified using ...

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Online program to discuss senior citizen job session Associates for Training & Development will offer an online orientation session at 1 p.m. Aug. 18 for people to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program. SCSEP is a federally funded jobs training program specifically ...

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Kennametal reports fourth-quarter loss PITTSBURGH -- Kennametal Inc. on Monday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss of $9.1 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Pittsburgh-based company said it had a loss of 11 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for ...

Behind the Desk: Paul Vincent

Address: 188 N. Hawthorne Drive, Altoona Telephone number: 207-1038 Position: Owner Years with company: Three Family: Wife, Kathy; and sons, JD and Nick What products or services does your company provide? We do group tours for nonprofits, group cruises for nonprofits, honeymoons and ...

Mini-loan, grant programs launched

TYRONE — Borough Council has created a revolving mini-loan fund along with a mini-grant fund to help businesses in Tyrone get started or keep going. It will use a year’s worth of the borough’s annual “community enrichment” payment received for 15 wind turbine sites on watershed ...

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WARREN Northwest Bancshares announces 2Q numbers Northwest Bancshares Inc. announced a net loss for the quarter ended June 30 of $6.2 million, or 5 cents per share. This represents a decrease of $32.6 million or 123.5 percent, compared with the same quarter last year when net income was ...

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First Commonwealth unveils 2Q results INDIANA — First Commonwealth Financial Corp. announced net income of $23.9 million and earnings per share of 24 cents for the second quarter of 2020, an increase of $19.1 million or 19 cents per share from the previous quarter. First Commonwealth ...

Slinky, Shrinky Dinks sold

Just Play, a leading global toy company, recently announced the acquisition of two iconic children’s brands: Slinky and Shrinky Dinks. With long-standing legacies as award-winning products that ignite kids’ imaginations, both Slinky and Shrinky Dinks will continue to inspire creativity ...

Virus concerns temporarily closing YMCA

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair Regional YMCA is closed until 5 a.m. Thursday after being notified that some members of the facility tested positive for COVID-19. The YMCA Early Learning Center in front of the Frankstown Elementary School remains open. The YMCA posted the notice of the ...

Chamber kicks off new program

The Blair County Chamber of Commerce has kicked off a 60-day program incentivizing its members to support local bars and restaurants. Using the name, “Eat. Drink. Help,” the effort falls under the recently launched “Buy Here. Thrive Here.” initiative. The program encourages ...

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Chamber cancels dinner The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Dinner will not take place this year. It had originally been scheduled for June, and then rescheduled for October. “It’s such a great event that we didn’t want to take the chance that it couldn’t be ...

Nonprofit of the Month: Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps

Years in existence: 26 Total number of employees: Five Type of nonprofit: National service organization Populations served: The AmeriCorps members of PMSC serve in communities across 15 counties of southwest and southcentral Pennsylvania. Area(s) of focus: We have three main areas of ...

Panel rejects carbon tax plan

An advisory panel that reviews the impact of state environmental policies on Pennsylvania’s small businesses opposed Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative on Wednesday, according to Sen. Joe Pittman and State Rep. Jim Struzzi, ...

Restart of cafe planned

A local resident is working with the city Redevelopment Authority to restart cafe operations in the Altoona Transportation Center. Evan Kephart, who moved to the city five years ago and who works in ministry, has dreamed of running a restaurant since he was a kid, he told the authority at a ...

Behind the Desk: Toni White

Address: Delaney Insurance Agency, 266 Aviation Way, Martinsburg Telephone number: 205-2241 Position: Partner Years with company: Three years Family: Husband, Roger White What products or services does your company provide? We provide insurance products for just about everything. Who ...

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ACE Award nominations open for submission The Blair County Chamber of Commerce’s Farm-City Committee is accepting nominations for the Blair County Agricultural Community Excellence Award. The ACE Award was started as a continuation and expansion of the chamber’s successful Farm Family of ...