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Insurance agenciesmerge operations
SHARON, Pa. -- Reinhardt's Agency of Sharon and Lawyer Insurance Agency of Hermitage have merged operations.
The newly merged entity will operate under Reinhardt's Agency Inc.
Dan Lawyer and his staff will remain with Reinhardt's, and both the Sharon and Hermitage office locations will be maintained.
Reinhardt's Agency specializes in personal auto, home, business, life and health insurance, as well as providing commercial and residential real estate services.
Lawrence Co. Chambernames 2007 officials
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce elected its officers and directors for 2007.
They are Thomas L. Johnston Jr. of Packer Thomas, president; David Copper of Cray Youth and Family Services, vice president; Dennis Alduk, Newcastle Company, senior vice president; Frank Moses of New Era Realty and owner of Westgate Cinemas, treasurer; Dena Caldararo of Superior Sign and Graphics, secretary; Alice Sankey of Lark Enterprises Inc., assistant secretary.
Those appointed to a one-year term on the board were Laura Achenback, Carol Bugher, Jim Fitzpatrick, Lynda Jaworski, William Lutz and Sam Mastovich.
Elected to two-year terms were Marie Russo, Jim Buttermore, Joe Wright, Charlotte Bolinger, Jon Natale, Steve Caldararo, Kristin Pascoe Argiro, George Moses, Mark Leombruno, Ronalyn Mitcheltree, Paige Kaufman, Henry Karki and Mark Nord.
McDonald's studies Boston Market options
OAK BROOK, Ill. -- McDonald's Corp. said Friday it is reviewing its strategic options for Boston Market, the meat-and-potatoes restaurant chain it acquired seven years ago as part of a push to diversify its business.
The statement came after Mike Andres, CEO of Golden, Colo.-based Boston Market, said at the company's annual meeting of all employees Thursday that McDonald's is looking at its options involving ownership of the chain.
"We are beginning to look at potential options and will explore our alternatives during 2007," McDonald's spokesman Walt Riker said in an e-mailed statement. "No decisions have been made whatsoever and therefore it is absolutely inappropriate to speculate."
Boston Market spokeswoman Phyllis Hammond denied a report that Andres told the staff that McDonald's plans to sell the chain.
That option remains a possibility as McDonald's pares its stable of so-called partner brands, which until relatively recently included Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., Donato's Pizza and Fazoli's Italian fast-food restaurants. McDonald's spun off Chipotle last year after disposing of its Donato's and Fazoli's involvement in 2003.
The company's priority, Riker noted, continues to be on the McDonald's brand.
"Since our revitalization began, we have successfully shifted our organizational resources towards our Plan to Win, driving strong, continued business results for more than three years," he said.
Boston Market, originally Boston Chicken, has 620 restaurants in 28 states. McDonald's acquired it in 2000 for 173.5 million.
From Vindicator staff and wire reports

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