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Bits of Business | Rita’s makes spring return

After being closed for the winter season, Rita’s Water Ice of Happy Valley, 119 E. Beaver Ave., State College, reopened earlier this month.

And with its reopening comes new offerings including sugar-free raspberry tea, vanilla ice cream, marshmallow peanut butter cream ice, strawberry margarita ice, cookie dough ice cream, strawberry starburst ice, mango-pineapple ice, pumpkin cheesecake cream ice and dulce de leche ice.

Store owner Rich Shore said Rita’s is also expanding its sundae offerings and for the first time, offering some novelty items. Customers can also purchase Rita’s apparel and other decor items and be a part of the loyalty program through the Rita’s mobile device app.

Rita’s is open noon to 10 p.m. seven days a week throughout the spring.

For more information, visit or visit them on Facebook.

New law firm comes to State College

Scipione & Kovalcin PC opened at 169 Gerald St., Suite 110, in State College on March 1. The firm specializes in general practice with a focus on oil and gas issues.

Michael Kovalcin said he and his partner, Joseph Scipione, chose to open in State College because they are both natives to the area.

Kovalcin graduated magna cum laude of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. He is a general practitioner who represents a diverse range of clients with an assortment of legal issues.

Kovalcin said his main interest is in the area of wills, estates and estate planning, and he has a “firm grasp” on the needs of the elderly population from his years of volunteer work at nursing homes and hospice facilities.

Scipione, a Penn State Law School graduate, resides in State College with his wife and two children and practices real estate, and oil and gas issues. This is his fourth year practicing law and was a previous partner at Thompson Law Offices in Philipsburg.

For more information contact the law office at 826-2244.

KBB celebrates record year

While Kissinger Bigatel & Brower Realtors is celebrating its 80th year, it is also celebrating a year of record sales numbers.

The report said the real estate company closed last year with record 1,112 residential sides last year in Centre County alone. That, the report highlighted, amounts to 14 percent more than in 2011 and closed sales volume hit $300 million for the first time in the company’s history.

“Although the housing market here showed no significant increase in prices, our agents were able to help a wide cross section of buyers and sellers in this affordable market,” said Mark Bigatel. “Low interest rates continue to make this the best time to purchase a home.”

In 2012, KBB partnered with Brigandi Real Estate in Lock Haven to become Brigandi Kissinger Realtors.

KBB has two State College offices: 2300 S. Atherton St., and 1612 N. Atherton St.

Gamble Mill making music rock

Gamble Mill in Bellefonte underwent massive remodeling from mid January to the end of February and opened earlier this month.

Co-owner Dave Fonash said the restaurant converted its large dining area that also was used for private events and made it into a microbrewery concept with a bar and stage for bands.

Fonash said the restaurant will focus a lot on its music venue that will host live local bands every weekend, starting last weekend.

“We’ve gotten a good public response and it’s a great venue for bands and the craft beer scene,” Fonash said.

Gamble Mill will also host an open mic night every Tuesday and is planning other events throughout the year.

Family planning center holding event

The Natural Family Planning Center of Central Pennsylvania is holding a free Introduction to Natural Family Planning and Related Infertility Options, 7 p.m. Monday at the Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St.

Parking is free adjacent to the library. For more information, contact