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Business

2020 brings higher labor costs for small businesses

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Small business owners have plenty of changes to deal with as 2020 begins — higher labor costs for many companies, and some owners will discover that they have to comply with new laws that aren’t on the books in their own states. As ...

Big winners

PHOTO PROVIDED Students from Central Mountain Middle School and High School (middle and right) show their prizes after being selected as top sales pitches at the LHU Entrepreneurship Challenge recently. Diversified Asset Planners of Lock Haven sponsored this big event for local students from ...

Christmas tree growers report good year, despite challenges

By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. — While Mother Nature and the lingering effects of recession created challenges for some New England Christmas tree growers and retailers this year, many experienced an early, brisk business, driven in part by growing demand for an ...

Utah to launch miles driven fee for alternative-fuel cars

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State officials in Utah have announced plans to launch a road-user fee program expected to raise money for highways that could someday replace gas taxes. Utah would become the second state to implement the program Jan. 1 where volunteer drivers would pay a 1.5 cent per ...

Car dealership donates books to Jersey Shore School District

PHOTO PROVIDED Alexander Subaru of Montoursville recently donated science-related books to the Jersey Shore Area School Disstrict as part of the 2019 Subaru Loves to Learn program. The dealership donated books on behalf of customers who purchased a brand new Subaru. Shown above are, from ...

Arts Center receives contribution from First Citizens Community Bank

WILLIAMSPORT — The Pennsylvania College of Technology Community Arts Center recently received an EITC contribution from First Citizens Community Bank of Mansfield. The funds will be used to support the Student Masterclasses, The Nutcracker or Student Summer Stock programs approved in the ...

CATArt poster contest winners announced

STATE COLLEGE — CATA launched its second annual CATArt Poster Contest in September, as a means of encouraging local students to consider the impact transit has on their communities. This year’s theme was “Postcards from CATA” — students were asked to imagine they were sitting on a ...

First Citizens Community Bank donates to education programs

MILL HALL — First Citizens Community Bank, who recently kicked off this season of giving with their annual donations to education-based programs in our communities. This year, the Bank reinvested $325,000 in more than 40 programs across the state, including the Keystone Central Foundation ...

Laser Center provides services to veterans

The Laser Center of Central Pennsylvania held its third annual LASIK Giveaway for local Veterans. For the staff, this is a way to say “Thank you!” to our veterans for their service, and to honor Veteran’s Day. At the end of September, they announced they were accepting nominations (500 ...

Urie named Collision Center operations manager

LOCK HAVEN — Jay Urie, formerly of State College, recently assumed the role of Operations Manager at The Collision Center, located on South Hanna Street in Castanea Township. With over 20 years experience, he will assume the tasks of quality control, completion coordination and final ...

Local dealer named rep of quarter

LOCK HAVEN —Pennsylvania-based Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes has awarded Steve Mehl of Alpen Haus Crafters, the top selling National Sales Achievement Award for the third quarter 2019. Steve is an independent dealer for Timberhaven and has offices in Clara, Pa. and Denver, Colo. He ...

The first step for starting a small business

LOCK HAVEN — Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn’t know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing ...

Car dealerships partner to fight breast cancer

PHOTO PROVIDED WILLIAMSPORT — Car dealerships throughout northcentral Pennsylvania teamed up with Susquehanna Health Foundation for Drive for a Cause. During the month of October, participating dealerships raised $19,325 to support breast health services and the fight against breast cancer ...

JS State Bank donates to LH Catholic School

LOCK HAVEN — Members of the Jersey Shore State Bank, Lock Haven Branch, presented a group of students from Lock Haven Catholic School and Brooke Fravel, the school’s development manager, andwith a check for $4,000. Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. is the $1.6 billion parent company of Jersey ...

US stocks rise toward records, following global tide higher

By STAN CHOE AP Business Writer NEW YORK — U.S. stocks pushed upward in early trading Friday, following a global tide higher, as a week clouded by uncertainty about progress in U.S.-China trade talks comes to a close. Chinese President Xi Jinping told a visiting U.S. business delegation ...

First Citizens supports River Valley YMCA

PHOTO PROVIDED First Citizens Community Bank made a donation of $10,000 to the River Valley YMCA. Presenting the check is Mill Hall manager Peg Shaffer with Jessica Probst, development director of the River Valley YMCA, and Lori Lohman, summer program coordinator for the YMCA.

Lackawanna County announces details of upcoming winter market

BY JEFF HORVATH The Times-Tribune, via AP SCRANTON — The annual Lackawanna Winter Market at the Globe returns to the 100 block of Wyoming Avenue next month. Commissioners Patrick O’Malley and Laureen Cummings joined other officials at a press conference inside the former Globe store ...

Avery Dennison employees help CC Women’s Center

LOCK HAVEN - Lots of good things happened at the Clinton County Women’s Center, all in one day. A strong autumn wind blew through, leaving behind a new storage shed, fresh coats of paint, chalkboard art walls, and more. Avery Dennison Mill Hall powered this energetic blast, with 25 local ...

New identity

One Focus Property Management, formerly Fish Property Management, held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday. Jennifer Ruelens, co-founder and vice president of the company, cut the ribbon at the offices, located at 220 N. Jay St. in Lock Haven. One Focus Property Management ...

Starting a Small Business workshop

LOCK HAVEN — Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn’t know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing ...