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Business

Ernie Cafe serves up exotic drinks

When Pat Olarikdeach’s kids wanted to sell lemonade in the summertime, it gave her an idea. That idea became Ernie Cafe, located at 11 W. Fourth St, just two doors down from her husband Ken Theerasuk’s family business, Joy Thai Cuisine. The cafe opened in November 2019 and their ...

Milton Industrial Park gets grants for access road

MILTON — SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) helped Milton Borough secure nearly $2.7 million in state and federal grant funding to construct Marsh Road to improve access to five developable lots in the Milton Industrial Park. SEDA-COG assisted the borough with the submission of the ...

Transco back again, seeking permits for Eastern gas pipeline

A hotly contested proposal to build a pipeline to take natural gas to customers in New York City and Long Island is back before New Jersey regulators. The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project would add to the existing Transco pipeline and would carry enough gas to heat 2.3 million homes. It ...

Awards highlight chamber’s annual banquet meeting

Three area businesses were honored at the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards and banquet meeting Thursday at the Holiday Inn. “We’re looking to improve and expand,” said Lance Thomas, co-owner of ClearView Asset Protection, a Hughesville area company that ...

Heartland Rehabilitation changes name to H2 Health

Heartland Rehabilitation has changed its name and will operate in the market as H2 Health. H2 is a national provider of outpatient physical rehabilitation care offering a wide range of services, including physical, occupational and speech therapies. The business operates more than 60 ...

Kay Jewelers to go in at Loyal Plaza

Kay Jewelers will be moving out of the Lycoming Mall and to East Third Street in Loyalsock Township, confirmed a store manager. Later this month the former Payless Shoes in the Loyal Plaza will be renovated to house the jewelry store. Kay Jewelers will join Great Clips and Venice Pizza in ...

Muncy Bank to open new office in Montgomery

MUNCY — Rob Glunk, president and CEO of The Muncy Bank and Trust Company, recently announced that the company is opening its eighth full-service office at 2190 Route 54, Montgomery. The office will offer traditional banking products as well as trust and investment services. The location ...

Resort wrestles with rental rise

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Lake Placid is a picture-book village in the Adirondack Mountains offering tourists crisp air, pretty peaks, Winter Olympic sites and, lately, a lot more houses to rent for the weekend. The rising popularity of short-term rentals on services like Airbnb is alarming ...

Hiring surges in January as Americans flood into job market

WASHINGTON — Hiring jumped last month as U.S. employers added a robust 225,000 jobs, bolstering an economy that faces threats from China’s viral outbreak, an ongoing trade war and struggles at Boeing. The Labor Department also said Friday that a half-million people streamed into the job ...

Schell’s brewery barely survived Prohibition

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Most breweries in existence at the time did not survive Prohibition, which started 100 years ago this month and lasted for 13 years. One of the few that did was the August Schell Brewing Co. in New Ulm, founded in 1860. It now counts itself as the second oldest ...

UPS to expand operations, hire 1,700 workers

HARRISBURG (AP) — Package deliver company United Parcel Service has committed to spending $1.4 billion to expand its operations in Pennsylvania, including in Northumberland County, and hire more than 1,700 new, full-time employees, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Wednesday. Wolf’s ...

Truist announces community banking regional presidents

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Truist Financial Corporation, the result of the historic merger of equals between BB&T and SunTrust, announced today twenty-four regional presidents who will champion its unique Community Banking model in many of the most attractive, high-growth markets in the ...

Billtown Blues Association announces new officers

The Billtown Blues Association Inc, BBA, a local non-profit organization dedicated to community arts, announces a change in elected officers and appointed board members. Replacing recent retiree, Bill Van Campen, who served the Billtown Blues Association as President for 26 years, is South ...

Heritage Springs opens dementia care facility in Montoursville

Citing a need for a specialized care home in the Williamsport area for people living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, President and CEO of Heritage Springs Memory Care Colleen Fritz opened a second location at 878 Old Cement Road in Montoursville this past August. Fritz, ...

City native creates product to promote safe winter driving

Safety on the roads. That’s the motivation behind a Williamsport native’s patent-pending invention that works to prevent the buildup of ice and snow on top of large truck trailers, box trucks and other vehicles that can cause accidents. Jim Nelson, now living just east of Hershey, has ...

Guitar shop rocks new location

After relocating from downtown Williamsport, Guitarley’s has opened at its new location at 611 Oliver St. Owner and musician Sean Farley opened the original location almost ten years ago, realizing there was a need in the area for custom guitar building and repair that was open to the ...

Lock Haven native gives business advice in new book

Lock Haven native Steve Poorman is giving anyone who wants to enter or is already in the business world an instruction manual. He drew from years of experience running businesses and consulting to write his new book, “Navigating the Business Swamp.” He started writing the book in 2006 ...

Fed should focus on fighting low inflation, official says

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Federal Reserve official believes that the U.S. central bank needs to re-orient its thinking and policies toward fighting inflation that is too low, rather than its historic focus on keeping inflation from getting too high. John Williams, president of the New York ...

Mountain Top Distillery owners to community: ‘We’re still here’

Big changes are happening on the mountain, and Mountain Top Distillery owner’s Frank and Sarah Kudlack want their customers to know the changes are positive. The Kudlacks, who purchased the location formerly known as Bastress Mountain Winery & Mountain Top Distillery almost two years ...

Calif law will force small businesses to rethink staffing

NEW YORK — A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing. The law puts tough restrictions on who can be independent contractors or ...