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Bits of Business | Custom Alterations proprietor taking a ‘permanent break’

Shirley Tussey is retiring and closing Custom Alterations on North Atherton Street this month.

Or, as she described it, she’s taking a well-deserved break.

“It’s a permanent break,” Tussey said. “I took a break once, years ago, but I got bored and came back. This time, it’s permanent.”

For 30 years, Tussey helped families and businesses with mending and altering.

With her grandmother’s guidance, she learned to sew at age 10, falling in love with her new-found skill, and eventually worked under an Italian tailor for six years in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

“I thought to myself, ‘Why don’t I do this for myself?’ ” Tussey said.

Tussey opened her first shop in a little store on Beaver Avenue in 1984, but quickly outgrew its tiny confines. She moved to a large shop on South Allen Street in 1986 and stayed for 22 years, but moved because of continually increasing rent. She relocated to North Atherton Street six years ago.

“With all those moves, I’ve always had wonderful customers that followed me,” Tussey said. “I might have lost a few when I moved to Atherton, but I gained a lot more in the Park Forest area. I’ll miss my customers more than anything.”

Chiropractor teams with Mid-State Literacy

Craig Brummert set up a stand near Amy Wilson at a Spikes game this summer.

Brummert was trying to gain traction for his new Port Matilda business, Brummert Family Chiropractic, 1243 Skytop Mountain Road.

Wilson was trying to raise funds for Mid-State Literacy Council, a nonprofit that provides adult education in Centre and Clearfield counties. They began talking during the game and realized they could help each other.

They’ve teamed up and like the results.

“You go for it when an opportunity is in front of you and you find a partner that’s really energetic about promoting what you’re doing,” Brummert said. “I’ve enjoyed giving back to the community.”

First-time patients’ $30 consultation and examination fees and will go to Mid-State Literacy.

The council offers assistance with reading, math, writing, English as a second language and employment preparation for adults.

“Dr. Brummert has certainly been a help to us, and we’ll continue to partner with him to help others,” Wilson said.

A hole in one

Take a breather.

And take a swing.

A local golf course has ramped up efforts to get students to the tee.

Toftrees Golf Club debuted College Links, a program designed to attract students after 3 p.m. Students who want to tee off will get discounted rates with a valid college ID. Students will also get a free twilight replay certificate that’s good until June 1.

“The College Links program also provides a healthy, fun recreation alternative for college students, not to mention a terrific stress reliever to the daily grind of classwork that consumes many students during each school year,” said James Keane, Marriott Golf’s director of operations.