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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON -- After four consecutive months of gains, sales of existing houses slipped in August as investors paying in cash retreated from the market, the National Association of Realtors reported Monday. The increases in sales in the Northeast and Midwest were more than offset by declines in the South and West. Total existing-house sales -- defined as completed transactions of single-family houses, townhouses, condominiums and co-ops -- fell 1.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million from a slight downwardly revised 5.14 million in July, the trade...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CANFIELD, Ohio -- Baird Brothers will host its third annual Red, White & True Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at its lumberyard on Crory Road. The family-oriented event will feature activities and prizes for visitors of all ages. The festival also serves as a celebration of fine American craftsmanship, the company says. During the festival, open to the public, the company will give away prizes every hour with a grand prize of $1,000 in new hardwood flooring. Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.CLICK HERE to subscribe to our twice-monthly print edition and to our free...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CANFIELD, Ohio -- Baird Brothers will host its third annual Red, White & True Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at its lumberyard on Crory Road. The family-oriented event will feature activities and prizes for visitors of all ages. The festival also serves as a celebration of fine American craftsmanship, the company says. During the festival, open to the public, the company will give away prizes every hour with a grand prize of $1,000 in new hardwood flooring. Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.CLICK HERE to subscribe to our twice-monthly print edition and to our...

Monday, September 22, 2014

HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Jay Williams will return to the region Oct. 1 to deliver the keynote addess at "An Evening with the eCenter Community" at the Avalon Golf and Country Club at Buhl Park.  Williams, assistant secretary for economic development in the U.S. Commerce Department, is the former mayor of Youngstown, Ohio. In his current role, he leads the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The event begins at 5 p.m. It willl feature clients of the eCenter@LindenPointe, graduates, college interns and the Entrepreneurship Academy @ LindenPointe high school.  “We are...

Monday, September 22, 2014

PITTSBURGH -- The 21 offices of OBA Bank in Maryland opened Monday morning as branches of First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Vincent J. Delie Jr., president and CEO of the bank and its holding company, F.N.B. Corp., said Monday. The acquisition of OBA Financial Services Inc., the holding company of OBA Bank, was completed Friday, Delie said. It takes the number of First National Bank offices in Maryland to 31. The Maryland regional headquarters of First National Bank are at 300 E. Lombard St., Baltimore. With the 21 OBA offices, First National Bank has more than 280 branches in Ohio,...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Nearly one in three Americans who isn’t retired is planning to work longer so they can afford to care for or provide care for their parents, PNC Financial Services Group said Friday. PNC Financial, based in Pittsburgh, is the parent of PNC Bank. The results of its annual survey of 1,021 adults with investable assets of $100,000 or more, PNC Perspectives on Retirement, show that three in 10 will defer retirement so they can afford to care for, or have care provided to, an older relative. Nearly...

Monday, September 22, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Drilling in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region led to a rapid increase in both the number of hotels and hotel industry jobs, but Penn State researchers report that the faltering occupancy rate may signal that there are now too many hotel rooms. "Demand is still high in many of the counties in the Marcellus Shale region, but the occupancy rate is starting to come down," said Daniel Mount, an associate professor in hospitality management. "The case could be made that this is a sign that hotels were overbuilt." Marcellus drilling operations...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The price of energy is key to redeveloping downtown Youngstown and the central heating and cooling system in place should advance its rebirth, Carl Avers says.  Avers, chairman and CEO of Youngstown Thermal LLC, which furnishes the heating and cool air to 75 buildings in the downtown, points to the experiences of other U.S. cities, large and small, that have rebounded because they could provide energy inexpensively. Among them are Akron, Nashville, Tenn., Jamestown, N.Y., St. Paul, Minn., and...

Monday, September 22, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- As of 9:15 a.m. on the final day of its Fall Fund Drive, WYSU-FM surpassed its goal of the $132,000, the station announced Sunday. That sum came from 1,110 listeners, including 111 new donors, who contributed. The $132,000 goal was higher than the $115,000 set for the last several drives. This year’s fall drive was moved up a month and spread over three to adjust for changes in personnel that would have made that goal in October “impossible,” the director of broadcasting, Gary Sexton, said. Sexton said the additional funds are necessary to offset...

Monday, September 22, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Recent and classic books that have been banned or challenged are the subject of a new exhibit in the Sweet Gallery of University Archives and Special Collections in Maag Library. The free exhibit on the fifth floor of the library is in recognition of Banned Books Week, an annual event spearheaded by the American Library Association to highlight the value of free and open access to information. Since 1990,ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has received reports of 9,500 attempts to remove books deemed by some as inappropriate. Most of the...

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