Curves locations in State College and Bellefonte close

Two local franchises of the fitness center Curves closed their doors on April 29.

Sue Hanna, who has owned the Curves franchises in State College and Bellefonte since 2011, announced the closings on the businesses’ Facebook pages on April 28. According to the post, the members were made aware of the closings near the end of March.

The Bellefonte franchise was located at 401 W. High St. The State College location closed its doors at 2505 Green Tech Drive.

Curves hit a high of 8,000 U.S. franchises in 2005 but has continued to shed locations since then, falling to half that total in 2011.

Breaking ground

A State College-based hotel company broke ground on its latest project on May 3.

Shaner Hotels, which owns and manages 50 hotels in 13 states, the Bahamas and Italy, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Courtyard by Marriott Hershey Hotel located at 515 E. Chocolate Ave. in Hershey. It is the 13th Pennsylvania hotel under Shaner’s purview.

The four-story hotel will have 120 guest rooms and suites, and it will offer a redesigned lobby. A meeting room, a bistro, a fitness center, an indoor pool and an outdoor patio with a fire pit are also in the plans, according to a release.

The building will be one piece of a new development, which will include medical offices, a multi story parking structure and a separate restaurant.

Shaner is anticipating a mid-2017 opening.

Alternative to funeral services offered online

A new Clearfield-based company is offering cremation services online.

PA Simple Cremation’s website provides the cremation authorization form in addition to options for planning services.

“The entire transaction, including completing forms, can be accomplished in the comfort of your own home and at a lower cost than what most traditional funeral homes offer,” owner and funeral director Kevin Beardsley said in a release.

PA Simple Cremation’s offices are located at 113 N. Third St. in Clearfield.

Fighting hunger

Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets announced that their customers donated $632,620 in March toward food banks in four states.

Major recipients included the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, Greater Berks County Food Bank and Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster. According to a release, Giant and Martin’s will organize another Bag Hunger campaign during Hunger Action Month in September.

Last year, Giant and Martin’s donated $12.3 million to about 100 hunger relief agencies with the help of customers, vendors and corporate support.

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4659, @rogervanscy