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Plankenhorn, Keystone Advertising merge

New and exciting things are happening at the Plankenhorn Stationery Co., the legendary Center City landmark that merged at the beginning of the year with award-winning Keystone Advertising Specialties. “Plankenhorn’s will stay the same as everyone has loved for 122 years, but with a ...

Mid-State, Diageo donate $30k to local food bank

Mid-State Beverage Co. along with Diageo donated $30,000 to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Each year Diageo recognizes a “Distributor of the Year” based on sales and growth. This year Mid- State Beverage Co. was honored to receive the Golden Bar Award. This award gave Mid-State ...

State promises better jobless claims system

HARRISBURG — After a year of frustration over long waits for checks, jammed phone lines and confusing online filing procedures, Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry is promising a much quicker and easier unemployment compensation claims filing system in two months. The new ...

Pandemic-weary chefs, cooks enjoy serving from home

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — When COVID-19 shutdowns hit in March 2020, Mike Winneker, a hotel executive sous chef, found himself without work for the first time in years. Between caring for a 6-year-old son and waiting for unemployment benefits, days now spent at home in Scottsdale were stressful. ...

Milton Savings Bank announces new CEO

Milton Savings Bank’s board of directors recently announced a change to the executive management of the bank. Effective March 22, Robert “Bob” Crane has been appointed chief executive officer of Milton Savings Bank. Crane will be replacing Scott Pfaff who was with the bank for over ...

Violin-crafting in ‘idyllic’ place

BELSANO (AP) — Robert Gordon III can hear, and even see, the music inside a piece of wood before he transforms it into a finished violin. To demonstrate how, Gordon, a second-generation luthier, twisted a Douglas fir top to a violin made based on a Guarneri mold that was handed down to ...

March hiring accelerated to 916K, yet many jobs remain lost

WASHINGTON — America’s employers unleashed a burst of hiring in March, adding 916,000 jobs in a sign that a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession is taking hold as vaccinations accelerate, stimulus checks flow through the economy and businesses increasingly reopen. The March ...

Former Genetti Taphouse to undergo transformation

The Genetti Hotel recently announced a new restaurant concept, “Windows on 4th”, coming in April. The restaurant, located inside the Genetti Hotel at the corner of 4th and William Street (formerly known as the Genetti Taphouse) will undergo a transformation which will involve a full ...

Dick’s to depart Lycoming Mall for Lycoming Crossing Plaza

Dick’s Sporting Goods, currently located within the Lycoming Mall complex, is in the process of building a new location at the Lycoming Crossing Shopping Center, according to the Muncy Township supervisors. Dick’s follows several other businesses, notably Old Navy, in leaving the mall to ...

Williamsport sees job recovery spike in January

The Williamsport area boasts a job-recovery of 60.9 percent since the initial state shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry numbers. From the end of last April to January 2021, the Williamsport Metropolitan Statistical Area ...

Jack Williams Tire & Auto Service opens new location in Muncy

Jack Williams Tire recently announced the opening of their newest tire and auto service location at 111 Kristi Road in Muncy. For over 90 years, Jack Williams Tire & Auto Services Centers has been family owned and operated offering the area’s largest selections of tires and complete ...

Clinics wait to vaccinate farmworkers

With Georgia’s sweet onion harvest approaching and COVID-19 vaccine arriving in increasing quantities from the federal government, migrant health centers around the state want to start vaccinating farmworkers. But there’s a catch. In Georgia and many other places around the U.S., such ...

Centre County casino being planned for former Macy’s site

STATE COLLEGE — The former Macy’s department store at the Nittany Mall will see second life — soon. The vacant Macy’s is the site for a new proposed mini-casino in Centre County. This week, College Township officials received a local impact report, which is required by the ...

3 ways COVID reshuffled our financial lives

The U.S. economy ground to a halt in March 2020 as state after state issued lockdown orders and shut down businesses to blunt the spread of the coronavirus. A year later, mask-wearing is commonplace, the phrase “social distancing” is now in the dictionary, elbow bumps have replaced ...

UPMC, new small business partnerships look to help strengthen diversity

PITTSBURGH — As part of its commitment to supporting economic development in Pennsylvania, the 16 statewide Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) announced a new, no-cost webinar to strengthening companies owned by minorities, women, ...

US jobless claims tick up to 745,000 as layoffs remain high

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000, a sign that many employers continue to cut jobs despite a drop in confirmed viral infections and evidence that the overall economy is improving. Thursday’s report from the Labor ...

Paul Digirolamo joins LDG as director of construction inspection

Larson Design Group recently welcomed Paul DiGirolamo, as its new director of construction inspection. Based in the Pittsburgh office, DiGirolamo brings the experience and skill of more than 30 years of working in the fields of construction, geotechnical, site planning, and structural ...

States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Not waiting for more federal help, states have been approving their own coronavirus aid packages, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help residents and business owners devastated by the pandemic's economic fallout. Maryland and California recently moved forward ...