Business briefs

CBICC announces new members

The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County added new members in October, November and December.

They are: Ashford Staffing; Centre Medical and Surgical Associates P.C.; Ersatz Coffee; Inc.; JLS Creative Solutions LLC; Keystone Insurance Consultants; NDC Real Estate Management Inc.; PaperworkPlus; PCQuikFix; RestoreCore; St. John the Evangelist Catholic School; Tamar London Photography; The Warren A. Gingrich Agency Inc.; Valpak of Lion Country; CoolPixx Media Production; Kid to Kid of State College LLC; LunchTime Software LLC; National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central PA Chapter; ServiceMaster by Holobinko; Steven M. Wager Inc.; Susquehanna Life Magazine; WHVL-TV; Wiscoy Pet Food Co. Inc.

Columbia Gas purchased gas rate stays same

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania’s purchased gas cost rate gas will remain at $10.25 and the company will not file a formal quarterly gas cost recovery rate with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

The average residential customer, using 8.1 metric cubic feet per month, will pay about $115 per month, down .22 percent.

Graystone Bank’s workplace honored

Graystone Bank has received first place in the 2007 Best Places to Work competition sponsored by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation.

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania, benefiting the state’s economy, its work force and businesses.

Graystone has plans to move into in Centre County, and broke ground on its new two-story 15,000-square-foot regional headquarters at 1735 N. Atherton St. on Feb. 19.

The first floor, which will be known as the “Shops at Graystone,” will feature a full-service branch, drive-thru lanes and two commercial and retail spaces for tenants yet to be named.

The office is slated to open in August 2008.

Kimball to build PSU’s new softball stadium

The architecture and engineering division of L. Robert Kimball & Associates has been contracted to provide design services to Penn State for a new 1,000-seat stadium for the women’s softball team.

The stadium will be located on the University Park campus near the current softball field.

Construction will begin in November, with the first game to be played in March of 2010.

Local hospital receives two awards

Mount Nittany Medical Center has received two VHA Pennsylvania Achieving Patient Care Excellence Awards for achieving “green light status” for both myocardial infarction or heart attack and surgical infection prevention quality measures in the first quarter of 2007.

The award is designed to honor organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary levels of clinical performance.

Two Penn State bulls listed for siring

Penn State owns two bulls listed in the Spring 2008 Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association.

Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 5,299 sires and is accessible at

Local graphics firm receives media award

State College-based Graphics & Design, a visual communications and marketing agency, received a media award from the National Association for Interpretation.

The award was given for the research, writing and design of the Black Moshannon State Park interpretive sign series, through a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources contract. The series informs visitors about the park’s unique ecosystems and heritage.

The awards are judged for excellence in the delivery of natural, cultural and historical interpretive services.

Grants available from environmental nonprofit

Community and environmental organizations located in areas served by Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Columbia Gas of Maryland are encouraged to apply for grants of between $500 and $5,000 from the NiSource Environmental Challenge Fund.

The fund, a nonprofit corporation, supports local natural resource and wildlife improvement projects and related educational and recreational efforts. NiSource is the parent company of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania.

Grant guidelines and a downloadable application form are available on the NiSource web site at Applications will be accepted through Thursday.

Centre Hall B&B featured in magazine

The Keller House Bed & Breakfast at 109 W. Church St., Centre Hall, is featured in the recent edition of Pennsylvania Magazine.

It is owned by Ernie and Kathy Mowery and opened in 2002.

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