Business

An Army at Ollie’s

It’s time to enlist in Ollie’s Army. The bargain department store is a “specialty retailer,” said District Team Leader John Ketter. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet opened its doors officially on Wednesday morning at just before 9 a.m. in the Warren Mall. The grand opening was scheduled ...

Forest Service reviewing Penelec proposal

The United States Forest Service is reviewing a proposal by Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) for a special use authorization to install, operate, and maintain a fiber-optic line on 2.7 acres of the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). The project is located on the Bradford Ranger ...

Warren’s Mark Papalia named president of UPMC Kane

Mark A. Papalia, F.A.C.H.E., has been appointed president of UPMC Kane effective June 1. “Mark continues a legacy of great leadership at UPMC Kane,” says David P. Gibbons, president UPMC Hamot. “Mark has provided exceptional leadership and brings a wealth of valuable knowledge and ...

Unemployment rate stays flat in county

The unemployment rate stayed flat in Warren County at a seasonally-adjusted 4.6 percent in April. That’s a .6 percent decrease from April 2017. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information and Analysis released the April data on Tuesday. Warren ...

Warren resident to lead chapter of State CPA Association

Sally A. Hawkinson, a certified public accountant (CPA), was elected president of the Northwestern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Hawkinson is a senior staff accountant at Kersey and Associates PC in Warren, where ...

Unemployment rate rises slightly

The unemployment rate rose in Warren County to a seasonally-adjusted 4.6 percent in March. That’s a .5 percent decrease from February and a .5 percent decrease from March 2017. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information and Analysis released the ...

Journalism Award

Photo submitted to Times Observer Hospice of Warren County nominated Times Observer writer Stacey Gross for the Pennsylvania Hospice and Palliative Care Network Journalism Award, which recognizes pieces aimed at increasing community awareness of the Hospice and palliative concept of care. A ...

Times Observer reporters receive Keystone awards

It takes a certain kind of person to write award-winning columns. The Times Observer has at least two of those people on staff. News Reporter Stacey Gross and Sports Reporter Brian Hagberg each received awards in the 2018 Professional Keystone Press Awards contest. Gross took second place ...

Bollinger Enterprises Inc. holds open house

Members of the community were able to get an inside look at Bollinger Enterprises, Inc. (BEi) during an open house on Friday. Attendees were able to view posters explaining services provided by the company, observe art created by members, and listen to comments from several people involved ...

Bon-Ton stores open for 10 to 12 weeks

The Bon-Tons at Warren Mall and Chautauqua Mall (Lakewood, N.Y.) will be open for another 10 to 12 weeks, according to a company vice-president. The situation for the local stores is “pretty much the same for all our stores across the country,” Vice-President of Public Relations and ...

Bon-Ton to be shut down

The winning bidder in an auction of Bon-Ton Stores’ corporate assets plans to shut the company down. Bon-Ton Stores entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February. The bankruptcy restructuring effort led to Monday’s auction. The name of the winner bidder was not released, but the bid was ...

Auction means uncertain future for Bon-Ton Stores

The Bon-Ton is in bankruptcy and may be headed for liquidation. There is a court-scheduled auction of the company’s corporate assets set for Monday. Bon-Ton Stores Inc. entered into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February. The company received a letter of intent this month from a group that ...

Local real estate firms announce merger

Local real estate firms Nancy J. Shattuck Real Estate of Warren, and ERA Team VP Real Estate, headquartered in Chautauqua County, N.Y., with a location in Warren, have announced the merger of their operations. The combined firm will conduct business as ERA Team VP Real Estate with the Warren ...

Nearing 18 years

Howard Hanna Daley Real Estate, Inc. soon will have completed eighteen years in business in Warren County. As franchise owners, Jeanne and Bill Daley attribute the longevity of their office to the industry-leading and innovative programs available to them from Pittsburgh-based parent ...

Hampton hits Top 25 for Best Service

There are over 50,000 hotels throughout the United States. And the Warren Hampton Inn & Suites has landed in the top 25 for Best Service in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. Number 17 to be exact. To say that the award was unexpected would be an ...

Times Observer reporter earns recognition for hospice articles

Times Observer staff writer Stacey Gross has been recognized by a state hospice and palliative care network for a series of stories published last year on the volunteers that serve with Hospice of Warren County. The Journalism Award – which recognizes “pieces aimed at increasing community ...

Federal EPA prepares to sign off on United Refining’s emissions

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is prepared to sign off on air quality implementation plans regarding reduced sulfur dioxide emissions from United Refining. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), United Refining Company has made modifications ...

Wilkins corporate facilities supervisor at Northwest

Cristen Wilkins has been named corporate facilities supervisor of Northwest Bank. Stephen Bell, senior vice president, Corporate Real Estate, made the announcement. Ms. Wilkins joined Northwest as an administrative assistant in 2006. In 2009, she joined the Facilities department as a systems ...

Northwest names Shawn Walker Executive Vice President

Shawn O. Walker has been named executive vice president, chief marketing officer of Northwest Bank. Steven G. Fisher, senior executive vice president, chief revenue officer, made the announcement on December 15, 2017. As the company’s chief marketing officer, Mr. Walker has executive ...