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Bits of business: Fasta rebuilds after fire, will reopen in Pleasant Gap

A fire burned the Fasta & Ravioli Co. building in Pleasant Gap on Dec. 24, 2015. The location will reopen in May.
A fire burned the Fasta & Ravioli Co. building in Pleasant Gap on Dec. 24, 2015. The location will reopen in May. Centre Daily Times, file

Fasta and Ravioli Co. will go from zero to three real quick.

The pasta store was temporarily homeless after a Christmas Eve fire at its Pleasant Gap shop. Its fortunes turned around days later when owner Bob Ricketts prepared to reopen in its original State College storefront due to Good Seed Baking’s closure.

Ricketts plans to reopen the Pleasant Gap store and another in Harrisburg May 13, a free pasta day at his stores.

The State College location at 129 S. Fraser St. reopened in January, and the Pleasant Gap location at 157 W. College Ave. recently began reconstruction for flooring, walls and electricity. Ricketts will also open a store in Harrisburg’s Broad Street Market.

The December fire was ruled to be an electrical malfunction.

“It’s been a rough Christmas, but it would be a lot harder without the community,” Ricketts said in December. “So many local businesses and people have reached out to us. The Pleasant Gap Fire Company has been tremendous. I want to thank everyone for their overwhelming support.”

CEO named in Tyrone

The Tyrone Regional Health Network has a new CEO.

TRHN’s board of directors selected Joseph J. Peluso as CEO. He will succeed Stephen C. Gildea, who resigned. Sharon Fisher has served as interim CEO since his departure.

TRHN cited Peluso’s experience in health care management, his knowledge of the region’s health care market and commitment to community involvement as reasons for the choice.

Peluso was president and CEO of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, served in the same positions at Westmoreland Health System in Greensburg for 18 years and also gained executive experience at hospitals in Tennessee and Virginia.

He has served in leadership roles with the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts and other organizations in Westmoreland and Huntingdon counties.

National Nutrition Month

Geisinger’s clinical nutrition department cooked up activities to celebrate National Nutrition Month.

The department will host weekly seminars on mindful eating at various locations outside of Centre County. Events can be found at

Geisinger will also partner with the United Way to hold food drives for local families in need. The monthlong effort will collect healthy, nonperishable foods for food banks. People can deliver food with “high nutritional value” to the main lobbies of Geisinger locations. Gray’s Woods, at 132 Abigail Lane in Port Matilda, will collect food in Centre County.

Passing the bar

The Centre County Bar Association was honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association with the County Bar Recognition Award at the 50th annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders at the Nittany Lion Inn.

The association was one of 24 local bar associations in Pennsylvania honored “for sponsoring projects that improve the legal profession, justice system or community.”

The CCBA planned and coordinated Law Day at the county courthouse, in which four programs were developed for about 400 high school seniors. The event included presentations from lawyers and representatives from county and state correctional facilities, law enforcement agencies and the district attorney’s and public defender’s offices.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli