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Bits of Business | Fulton Bank expands

Late last month, Fulton Bank broke ground at the site of a new office building on North Atherton Street.

Construction should begin this month and last until the fall, the bank said.

The building, which will be constructed next to the branch office, will be 11,000 square feet with three floors.

The new building will house some of the bank’s administrative services team, including loan processors and lenders.

The existing full-service branch will continue to serve customers, the bank said.

Foundation has new home

About five weeks ago, the Centre Foundation moved to its new home at 1377 Ridgemaster Drive, Ferguson Township.

More than 30 people were present at an open house late last month, including eight former board chairs.

“We are so happy in this building,” Centre Foundation Executive Director Molly Kunkel said in a statement. “Our staff has plenty of room to operate and collaborate, there is beautiful landscaping thanks to a team from City Serve, and the natural light throughout the office is wonderful.”

Donald Strickler, of Howard, donated the new space.

The building was originally constructed by Strickler as a bridge club. After the building was donated, architect Michael Haluga and Jack Frost Construction turned it into an office for the foundation’s staff of four, according to the foundation.

“Don’s generosity to Centre Foundation and our community is unmatched,” Kunkel said.

Centre Foundation was formerly located at 2601 Gateway Drive.

“While we enjoyed visiting other offices in the area, we now have a space large enough to host our own board meetings, trainings and events,” Kunkel said.

The community is welcome to visit the facility 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Centre Foundation is a philanthropic organization that helps fund other nonprofits in Centre County.

Fitness center gives back

One on One Fitness held a fundraising challenge in April that raised nearly $10,000 for two local charities, and helped people manage a healthier diet.

The Nutrition Habit Challenge was a monthlong event that involved 720 participants and raised $9,750 for the Youth Service Bureau and Centre Volunteers in Medicine, said co-owner Kym Burke.

Participants chose a nutritional behavior they committed to change, Burke said.

The goal was to be significant enough to positively affect health, but manageable enough that participants could be successful for 28 days. If they were successful for 26 out of the 28 days, they became eligible for a prize drawing that included a trip for four to Disney World.

“We created the NHC for our clients several years ago,” said Bruce Burke, founder of One on One in State College. “It was quite successful and we decided it would be a great way to educate and inspire members of our community to make better choices with not only their diets, but also their exercise habits and lifestyle choices. Raising money for the YSB and CVIM was an added bonus.”

About 100 families participated this year, including Mary Wright, 10, who won the Disney trip.

“I was so excited,” Mary said. “My parents promised we would go to Disney someday. My mom surprised me at my school lunch with the news.”

Mary’s goal, along with her family, was to eat five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day, Kym Burke said.