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SPE Federal Credit Union ready to shred

SPE Federal Credit Union is holding its annual community shred day from 9 a.m. until noon on May 3, in the credit union’s parking lot at 650 N. Science Park Road in State College.

Community shred day provides everyone with the opportunity to bring personal records to the credit union for destruction. The shredding is done by Knisely Mobile Shredding. Two of their large commercial shredding trucks will be at the credit union destroying documents on site.

Credit union members may shred up to 100 pounds for free. Quantities exceeding 100 pounds are processed for 20 cents per pound. Non-members may shred up to 100 pounds of documents by donating two large personal hygiene items or paying 20 cents per pound. All food and money collected are donated to local food banks.

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Upcoming job fair

Pennsylvania CareerLink of Centre County spring job fair will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology, 540 N. Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap.

The event is open to the public and will include more than 25 employers.

Happy Valley VIP makes changes

Happy Valley VIP has re-launched its program.

The membership-based association in State College now offers savings at more hotels, attractions and restaurants in the area, along with a new website and Facebook page.

According to an emailed statement, the Happy Valley VIP program originally allowed members to take advantage of savings at the State College-area Fairfield Inn & Suites, along with a few local vendors.

Now, members can save at additional State College area hotels.

The program also offers other special discounts to members at participating businesses.

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Energy improvement made in State College area

More than $160 million will be invested this year in the West Penn Power area to enhance and maintain electric system and reliability.

The enhancement is designed to help reduce number and duration of outages, according to FirstEnergy Corp.

Major projects scheduled for this year include transmission improvements to reinforce the system and support economic growth; construction of new circuits, inspection and replacement of utility poles and other equipment; and continuing tree trimming work including a special program to remove trees endangered by the emerald ash borer — a type of beetle.

For the State College-area, the company is building new transmission switching facilities to help enhance transmission reliability and capacity, both here and near St. Marys in Elk County, at a cost of more than $10 million. It will also add more distribution line capacity in the Park Hills area near State College to help support new student housing and related development — an investment of nearly $600,000, according to the report.

West Penn Power serves about 720,000 customers in 24 Pennsylvania counties.