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BELLWOOD

B-A approves KOZ extension

The Bellwood-Antis School Board has approved a seven-year extension to a Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone, which includes five parcels in the district and Antis Township.

The Antis Township supervisors previously approved the extension.

The extension, which would exempt the property tax on the extended parcels 100 percent through Dec. 31, 2027, must be approved by the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

Keystone Opportunity Zones are specific commercial or industrial areas with greatly reduced or no tax burden for property owners, residents and businesses throughout the state. The first KOZs were established in 1999 by the Pennsylvania Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Tom Ridge.

The parcels include: an 8.16-acre parcel owned by Altoona-Blair County Development Corp. on East Pleasant Valley Boulevard; a 50.85-acre parcel owned by the township at Kerbaugh Road; a 1.84-acre parcel owned by Penn Railyard LLC at Kerbaugh Road; a 173.27-acre parcel owned by Charles C. Powell at Old Sixth Avenue Road and a 46-acre area owned by Pennsylvania Lines LLC at the Northfolk Southern rail line, south of Station Street.

MARTINSBURG

Food safety courses offered

Three opportunities are being offered for individuals to take the ServSafe Food Safety Manager Course, conducted by Penn State Extension.

The two-day courses will be offered on Oct. 6 and 13 at the Huntingdon County Extension office, on Nov. 2 and 9 at the Cambria County Extension meeting room in Ebensburg and on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 at the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence in Altoona. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first day and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the second day. The certification exam will begin at 1 p.m. on the second day.

These in-person trainings, taught by certified ServSafe instructors, help participants learn how to prevent contamination of food by properly receiving, storing, preparing, cooking, cooling and serving the food, as well as proper methods of sanitizing foodservice facilities.

The course fee of $185 covers the cost of the most recent edition of the ServSafe Manager book, exam, answer sheet and learning materials. To register, visit

extension.psu.edu/servsafe or call 877-345-0691. For more information, contact Elaine Smith at 414-0583 or ess10@psu.edu.

From Mirror staff reports

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